SparkPeople SparkDes Moines- the Official Team Team Messageboard This team is for all SparkPeople members in the Des Moines area. Welcome! SparkPeople SparkDes Moines- the Official Team Team Messageboard Hi Hi, My name is Cigdem (Cheedem) and I am new to the group. I live in Ames, IA. I was wondering if any of the members lives in Ames. I looked for a support group for loosing weight, exercising and eating healthy but couldn't find one. Please reply to my message if you are a member of this group and if you live in Ames. Maybe we can form a support group together. Thanks! Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:13:28 EST intro Hi My name is Linda. I'm single . work as an RN in Des Moines, night shift. Want to lose 40 pounds. Need some motivation. Can't seem to get started. I don't exercise or cook. So I'm gonna have to change something but it's so hard to change so much all at once. Just wanted to let people know I'm here. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:24:39 EST Miss Cindy Hi I'm excited to meet everyone and scared to Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:57:36 EST Helping people change there Life & Health Will to all SparkPeople out there this site will change your life & health all you got to do is read some of the blogs an send some out an people here will help you get you on your way to good health and a better life so all you got to do is keep track of your daily life on what you eat and do and you can turn your life around and be a happy person. Will all help anyone that we can so sign up and let’s go? <BR> <BR> PS: I read blogs every day and it helped me get though my day you be surpris... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:03:32 EST Grief Counslor Can anyone recommend a grief counselor in the DSM area? I want to help my friend find one. She lost her boyfriend a year ago and she is still struggling with guilt and depression. Thanks Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:39:31 EST Hello from Des Moines! Hello, I'm from Des Moines, back on Spark People for the third time. Hoping this time will be the permanent time that I get healthy, and stay healthy for life! :) Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:35:25 EST SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE Anyone interested in a September Challenge? What should it be? <BR> <BR> Katie Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:54:59 EST Why Run When You Can Do Push Ups! My brother thinks too many charities are sponsoring runs so here is a different twist to raise money for our Veterans! All it takes is 90 second increments and completing as many push ups as you can. <BR> Join Push Ups for Charity- happening June 14th here is Des Moines, Iowa! This event is part of a nationwide movement, which was started by a group of like-minded citizens who wanted to make the push to raise awareness, provide assistance and most of all, show honor and gratitude for our nat... Tue, 20 May 2014 10:01:58 EST Help for binge eating in Des Moines I just returned to Sparkpeople to take advantage of all this great site has to offer and record my food. I always knew I had an eating problem and said if chocolate and sweets were alcohol, I would be unable to function. Well, there is finally a name for this eating disorder and it's called Binge Eating and is recognized by the medical profession. (it has a DRG code so doctors can classify it like anorexia and bulimia). There is help in Des Moines!! I was a mess with my binging and Type 1 dia... Tue, 13 May 2014 23:46:01 EST Nutritionist? Hello! <BR> <BR> Does anyone know any inexpensive but good nutritionists around here? <BR> I'm struggling with finding the right eating habits for me and thought maybe hiring <BR> someone to help will be beneficial. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Lexi <BR> <em>194</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:58:19 EST Howdy Des Moines! I'm a resident and this is not my first time here. <BR> <BR> Let's make it the time that lasts. <BR> <BR> Best of luck, <BR> BB Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:34:38 EST Can't do this alone! I am 31 years old, and have struggled with weight issues for as long as I can remember. I began smoking as a teen, and not long after I began smoking, I was diagnosed with asthma. Things seem to have spiraled downhill since then. About ten years ago, the Dr told me that my cholesterol was high and that I needed to make some lifestyle changes in order to start losing weight and bring it down. I did try for a while to make those changes, but it didn't stick. I was also told at that time that I ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:27:31 EST Looking for support and accountability Hi everyone! I've been "lurking" around Spark People for a couple of years but I'm recently getting organized, setting goals, and trying to get connected. I'm "50 something" and have about 30 pounds I'd like to lose. I've also gotten out of the fitness routine and want to get moving again! It really boils down to me being kind of lazy, I think. I hate to admit it, but I have equipment at home. I have a full life, but there's definitely time for exercise. (There always seems to be plent... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:38:57 EST nervous about weight loss Hi everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself. i'm 42, mother of 1, divorced, i have been REALLY FAT since my teens. my highest weight has been 240. im in great health just lazy as heck. i want to loose weight and get in shape but not sure how to get started. maybe we could help each other. ty n good luck Sun, 2 Feb 2014 03:13:07 EST Time to change my life I have battled weight most of my adult life but have decided to win the battle for good! I want to be healthy, I want to wear cute clothes but most of all I want to be the one in control of my life and my choices. I am ready to make lasting changes, and have the patience to see this through! I welcome any support and friendship! I recently decided to stop eating meat although I will eat eggs and cheese. This is a challenge for me because I lose better when eating fewer carbs. Any tips fr... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:10:20 EST Steve Hi, I'm Steve. I'm overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, on all kinds of meds & I love food & drink. I don't want to leave my wife a widow. I don't seem to have the willpower to loose weight on my own. If I don't change something with consumption, I won't live to see 70, in 10 years. I want to live & be healthy but I'm holding myself back. I've never joined anything like this & am not sure what's right or wrong on these boards but I need help please. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:09:00 EST NEW MEMBER Hi all! Really excited to find a DSM team forum! <BR> <BR> So...anyone still Sparkin' in Des Moines? Give a shout. <BR> <BR> Thinking of a goal: Beaverdash 5K in September 2013. Tue, 9 Jul 2013 01:19:18 EST You never see fat old people This is what a friend said to me the other day. I was busy lamenting how old I feel and he hit me with it. Of all the things anyone has ever said to me about my size, that impacted me. Mostly because he's right. So, after a little reflection I decided it's time to do something about it. I want to be old, and I want to be fit enough to chase teenagers off my lawn and yell at the neighbors kids about the music being too loud. So here I am, looking forward to making the changes I need to make in... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 01:15:47 EST New Member Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just starting today. Want to get to know others who are using this site. Look forward to meeting all of you. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 20:20:21 EST Looking for someone to teach me jewelry making I'd love to learn how to do metal stamping. I'm not finding too much for classes. I'd also like to find a refresher course in soldered glass pendants. Do you know anyone? Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:27:28 EST Eating Out My job requires me to eat out quite a bit. Where do you go for healthier choices in the Des Moines area? My job is in West Des Moines, so anything close to there would be helpful! Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:43:01 EST Hey everyone! I have lived in Des Moines for 9 years but until recently travelled for my work and was never here. The past year I have been through a career change and now life changes. I don't know many people in the area unless I have/ or currently work with you. Looking to find a good place for cardio classes that does not cost an arm and a leg. Insight would be great thanks! Mon, 13 May 2013 22:52:02 EST vitamins supplements and more What vitamins and supplements are you guys taking to help aid in your healthy transformation? also do any of you use supplements when you work out? I AM NOT looking for a diet pill or a fad, I am looking for serious vitamins or supplements and tell me what you take and why. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:37:42 EST Mud Run? I'm thinking about taking on a new challenge and getting involved in maybe a mud run or something. But I have never done one. Does anybody out there have any information for one near Des Moines? Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:34:38 EST Boston Marathon Well isn't this world getting more scary all the time? I know there isn't a one of us who isn't horror-struck and saddened by a horrible ending to what should have been a wonderful thing for so many people. How can people do those things to their fellow man? I don't know. No one knows. <BR> <BR> This saddens me on so many levels. Lives lost, lives forever ruined. Psychological trauma to thousands that may never heal. How many people thought almost immediately after hearing about this tragedy... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:30:07 EST sparking up des moines I am looking for people to either get together as a group or even chat as a group to help pass a food and exercise journal. A physical journal mailed or handed off. sort of like flat Stanley but right here in Des Moines. Who is willing o help do this? Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:33:00 EST Looking for the metaphysical! I am looking for sparkpeople who also practice alternative things like Reiki, etc. I am a Level I/II practitioner as well as an energy healer in other ways. Is there anyone here that is also involved in any of these things that can chat about the challenges this kind of work does to your eating habits? I would love to hear about it! Mon, 8 Apr 2013 21:59:25 EST New/old leader Hi Des Moines! I used to be a leader on this board many moons ago and was very active in getting other people active. I tried to come back last year as a leader because things seemed a little dead around here and the leader (s) at the time denied the change. For whatever reason they dropped out and I am baaaaccckkkk!!!! I want this to be a livelier place and will do anything in my power to get it there. I want to make this a forum that can incorporate other forums in a sense so people who nee... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 21:54:23 EST Group/party SUMMER BIKERIDE!!! Hey, a couple friends and I thought it'd be fun to try and gather some peeps who enjoy riding for a planned ride in July. Waukee Trailhead to Sportmans Park outside small town Dawson Iowa, off of Highway 141, there's a couple of cabins to rent as well as tent camping, showers, trails, above the Raccoon River! If anyone would be interested please comment here or leave me a message on my Spark Page! Yay to scenic riding, and good times, meeting new people! :) Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:46:09 EST Finally decided I AM worth it. I started my journey Jan 2013. I kicked my 70 oz of pop a day, stopped eating out 5-8 times a week and hit the gym. With the help of my amamzing boyfriend who is getting his masters in personal training and has helped me come up with some healthy meals and also helps train me at the gym along with motivates me daily and tells me no matter what he will love me and has my back I have already lost 12.4 inches off by body and dropped 8 lbs. <BR> <BR> I am learning that slow and steady is th... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:02:30 EST Biking is Awesome! Hey! I'm Alicia...really really prefer working out outdoors, I've gotten into Pilates and follow Coach Nicole's videos as much as i can inside. Cant wait to get back out and hit the trails around DSM! If anyone knows any group bike rides, please let me know!! Thanks!! :) Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:53:01 EST Hello! I just joined this team! I'm hoping to run the Des Moines half in October - anyone else planning to be there? Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:05:08 EST Crafting Does anyone know how to hand stamp metal that might show me their wisdom. I want to stamp some things with Duck's Unlimted blanks and donate them to our Duck's Unlimited banquet. <BR> <BR> Especially since I am not having good luck with itmes being donated. <em>39</em> I a gong to be super busy crafting it all my self otherwise. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you or someone you know would be a willing teacher? <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:58:43 EST New P90X Classes in Ankeny! Hey Des Moines! I was asked to post this for everyone to see :) Hopefully help people get off on the right track in 2013. Currently Ankeny Parks and Rec are running P90X classes for citizens of Ankeny and surrounding towns. This is a great way to get in Shape for the new year! It's much cheaper than the other options too. If anyone is interested comment! I don't want to spam this page with website links :) Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:19:55 EST Heard anything about the new P90X Classes? Has anyone heard about the new P90X classes in Ankeny? Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:48:47 EST weight loss tracker I see some people have the tracker banner where it shows where you were to where you are now, how do you get that? Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:57:16 EST Where are you on this Road? Where are you on your weight loss road? Have you been stuck in a pot hole? Or have you been trapped on a detour and gotten lost? We all need to use the group to get the support to keep us on track. I would love to hear where everyone is and what they need from the group to support them on their journey. <BR> <BR> I have be uber busy this month and have not taken care of myself,(watching what I eat and workouts) Lots going on and I an just got to start getting my head back in the game....I am... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:11:44 EST New and ready to be new I'm Jack from Des Moines, 29. Wanting to get back to what I was before I stopped caring. Used to play sports and be active. I miss that. Newly single as well so now I can focus %100 on myself. <BR> <BR> Glad to find a place with people in the same boat and people local. Hopefully I can achieve my goals and better myself. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:15:42 EST Spark Coach How many here use it? What do you think? Is it helping you? Fri, 7 Sep 2012 11:04:49 EST What fitness are you going to do Either Labor Day or this week. I am going back to my Wii fit workouts. I am going to do a lot of deep cleaning and I am going to start walking at night. and You? Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:14:52 EST Hey all! My name is nicolette I am 24 years old and I ned to lose my baby weight! I have a 3 1/2 y/o boy and a 9m old boy! just wanted to say hi! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:26:07 EST Back for more success (again) Hello all. I've been a successful sparker since Fall of 2010 but a year of unemployment and no access to a gym has put a dent in all my hard work. I'm currently re-employed in Des Moines (though I live north of Ames) and am back and hoping to lose the 20 (ok... 30) lbs to get back where I was and the 50lbs overall to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I'm originally from Kansas City, but moved to Iowa last summer to be with my boyfriend. <BR> <BR> I'm also looking for a texting buddy around here fo... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:28:36 EST Your Goals? School has started once again. What are your goals for the rest of the year? <BR> Mine are: <BR> 1. Be active here. Post at least 2-3 times a week <BR> 2. Be more physcially active. I will swim every staturday, and walk twice a week. <BR> 3. Be more aware of the sodium in my foods. READ LABELS <BR> 4. Lose 10pounds by 12/31/12 - 126 days away or 18 weeks. 0.55 pounds a week. Track <BR> everything, food, fitness and weight <BR> What are yours and what are you going to do to attain them? Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:43:42 EST Home Treadmills I am looking to buy a trreadmill for home. <BR> Any suggestions or recommendations? <BR> <BR> I am in my late 50's, would like to know if there is a walking group for people around my age? Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:36:14 EST Girl Scout Gold Award - Thoguhts? My daughter is thinking about doing a "Cupcakes for a Cause". She would donate cupcakes to organizations for either fundraising or for a dessert at an event. She has made cupcakes for a school book club and for desserts at a Duck's Unlimited banquet. She made cookies for the WDM human resources Christmas party. She could doante to bake sales, the Ronald McDonald house, 4H, Girl Scouts, Susan G Komen, etc. We are getting input. Would this benefit you? Through what organization? Do you have ide... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:41:04 EST Just joined! Hi every one! I am starting over again. I have fallen of the wagon of healthy eating and excising. I decided I can't do it alone I need motivation and I am hoping to find it here. I did go to weight watchers which is a very good program but I can't afford to pay for the meetings. I hope to find some friends to talk to about living healthy. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 21:47:55 EST Anybody know anything about Planet Fitness I'm somewhat limited to what I can do as far as exercise machines due to back problems, my Dr. ok'd recumbent bike first, then possibly elliptical if that goes well. Since I can virtually only use these 2 pieces of equipment, I am wondering if Planet Fitness, with its low monthly rates, has plenty of each of these? I can't tell from the photos online and I don't have time to call during the day. Any comments/suggestions would be great. (I do have a treadmill at home, but currently can't u... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:20:40 EST Happy Hello's Hiya, I'm Heather. I have joined SP after losing the first 30lbs of my goal. I started this journey in Feb, set out to lose 55 pounds. I have 25 left and I am hoping to accomplish this by September 15th. I have found a new weekend obsession this summer, which cosists of riding on the Central Iowa Trail system. I can (and have) spend hours riding on the bike trails! I am 36, have a very supportive family and friends, and I am looking forward to a healthier me! Wed, 6 Jun 2012 11:23:22 EST So who has it? <em>756</em> What do you think? Thu, 10 May 2012 12:06:58 EST Kind of a re-intro Hi, I'm Mary! I've been on this team for quite awhile, but haven't logged into Sparkpeople since last year! Anyway, I am 30 and live in Ankeny, Iowa. I guess I've always been a weight loss/dieting rollercoaster, but this time I'm really going to follow through and make this lifestyle change. I've always wanted to be fit and in shape, and from past experience, I've discovered I have a lot more energy when I eat more fruits & veggies and get away from junk food and sugar and processed foods... Wed, 2 May 2012 16:50:41 EST Hey Hey! My name is Shan. I'm 34yrs old and married w/ 3 teenagers! I have spent my entire adult life struggling with weight loss and thought I'd try an online support group. I hope that I can figure out how to use this site. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:12:40 EST Dam to Dam!! Anyone running this year???? How's your training? Is this your first? If not - are you excited and/or nervous about the new route? Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:26:30 EST Back again from the long lost zone Once again I came back from the none work out zone.... That would be 'the lazy zone'.... or 'aka- 'COUCH POTATO LAND'. <BR> <BR> My husband is very supportie. For him he can drop weight like it is nothing. Then there is me. It is really hard to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Do most of you eat a high protein diet? That is how my husband loses weight but if I cut out all carbs my blood sugar drops to the point where I almost pass out. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Coffeegirl Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:10:17 EST Hopeful Iowan I have been neglecting my exercise, my family and everything else all week long working on this project. I am excited to share it with everyone. One I'm happy with the outcome and two is I would love some help winning a contest. <BR> <BR> It's something I have thought about making and just never did it. Then I saw the contest and jumped in head first. Thank goodness it's done now. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the project. You can check it out and potentially vote for me. <BR> <link>http... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 18:15:27 EST March Team Challenge Hello Everyone- <BR> First I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to read this. <BR> I also want to thank all of you who are working toward your goals. <BR> I have let my goals slide and that is not ok. <BR> I am going to issue the following challenge to you all. <BR> March has 31 day, 5 weekends and 4 full weeks. <BR> The Challenge is to log 1000 fitness minutes. <BR> That is about 33 minutes a day counting weekends. <BR> Or about 44 minutes with weekends off. <BR> You can do ... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:52:57 EST So what have you been doing during the unseasonalbe warm winter weather? Sat, 4 Feb 2012 22:09:21 EST One thing I did wrong today,one thing I did right. This is a fess up area. Did you eat something not so great? Did you put off execise? Did you call in to work when you weren't really sick? On the same token, you need to say one thing positive you did and it should always be the second thing you list so you go out on a high note. <BR> <BR> Okay-one thing I did wrong today: I grabbed a handful of mini rice cakes when I wasn't really hungry. <BR> <BR> One thing I did right today: I went to my son's pinewood derby when I really didn't want to ... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 17:56:04 EST Revamping topics Hey fearless leaders-can we get the sticky topics taken off so we can add some different ones? There has been no movement in awhile on some of these so I would like to introduce some new subjects. Thanks, Fri, 3 Feb 2012 21:05:43 EST I am grateful for..... Let's try the good old positive thing! We all know it helps to feel and say one good thing to yourself and others every day so let's try it and see what happens! <BR> <BR> I am grateful for this site. I lost forty pounds before when I utilized it and I KNOW I can do it again. I love Sparkpeople! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 21:45:19 EST I'm baaaaccckkkk! Hello all! My name is Ande and I was a sparker many moons ago. Many people knew me as Snooks04 and I was the leader of this group. Many things happened in the interim years and I am back and raring to go. Please let me know if some of the old-timers are still here! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 21:42:29 EST Silent Auction Basket I'm thinking about creating a basket of Iowa made goodies for our Duck's Unlimited banquet. I need some great Iowa made products. Do you have ideas what I could put in it? Do you know anyone that might want their products in the basket? <BR> <BR> Ideas I have so far: <BR> Cookies BBQ sauce <BR> Corky's seasoning <BR> A bottle of Templeton Rye or a bottle of Iowa wine. <BR> Iowa restaurant gift cards - not chains. <BR> Iowa based cookbook or a Iowa church cookbook <BR> <BR> Thanks Kris Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:25:28 EST Des Moines Buddies Is there a posting that has "want ads" for those of us that want workout partners in the Des Moines area? I'd like to find someone that wants to workout in the early mornings, either from a home gym or a local gym. I'm a mid 30's father/husband needing to shed about 50-70 lbs. Looking for anyone in my same boat. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 08:06:31 EST Intro-walking GM. Sun is shining and it looks like a good walk with the dog may be in order. R there any walking groups around the beaverdale or merle hay area? I am forced to walk by my 70 # dog, sometimes 2 x a day, LOL. But it would be nice to have some adults to talk with. He also loves going to the dog park and that is a nice getaway, b ut normally I don't walk then too much. I would like to work up to doing some of the fund raiser walks around town again. I can do 1.5 miles easily, but not... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 11:42:31 EST Welcome to the Pie Free Zone! Good evening! My name is Jodee and I'll be 31 in a couple weeks. (eek!) Mon, 2 Jan 2012 00:11:56 EST New Member Hello! I'm Megan. I'm a married mom of 3 kids, ages 3, 2, and 7 months. I stay at home during the day and work nights as a waitress and also have my own photography business. I am trying to get in shape for our Hawaii vacation in a couple weeks but would also like to look and feel better and make an overall lifestyle change. I might also train for the dam to dam race next June. I'm not sure if I can do it though! :S Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:16:57 EST Ames area? Hi there! I recently moved to Iowa from Georgia for a job opportunity in Ames. I was wondering if anyone out there in the Ames area needed a workout buddy? I have a membership at Ames Racquet and Fitness and don't intend on running outside in the snow. That may sound like an excuse to some, but I am a southern girl, after all. :) Anyway, I have a crazy work schedule that makes my workouts sporadic and would really would like a buddy to keep me honest. <BR> <BR> I'm dislike running and am ... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 22:08:55 EST Wii Fit Plus I need help. My Aunt is getting me one and I would like to use it the best way I can to use it with my workouts. Fri, 2 Dec 2011 11:40:48 EST What Are you Thankful For I m thankful for for my family, My new great niece, my son and daughters. I health and the ability to make it better by eating healthier and losing weight. <BR> <BR> What are you thnakful for? Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:38:52 EST I'm new Hello! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Christina. I just joined Spark last week and I am excited to use some of the tools they have to help me reach my goal. I am currently skating as a Ref in training for a local roller derby team (D3) and have some pretty attainable goals as far as weight loss if I don't give up on myself. I tend to lose motivation pretty easy but I have realised that motivation is a fair weather friend and normally is not there when you need it, so I got a work out pa... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 13:45:18 EST New Today Hi my name is Cindy and I am 44 years old. I am the process of going through a divorce. I have three children. I have a 20 year old that lives in Nebr. and goes to school. I also have a 18 and 4 year old that live with me. I have tried everything to loose weight. Last year in Feb. I lost 40 pounds cause that was the first time my husband filed for divorce. But to gain it all back when we reconciled. This time in July when I filed, I am even gained more weight! Don't understand. I am a stay at... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:09:59 EST Living History Farms Run Is anyone else running LHF this weekend? Forecast says maybe rain - that means MUD!!! <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 10:20:08 EST As the weather gets colder What are you doing to keep up your fitness. <BR> <BR> I joined the Wellness program at My hospital (Mercy) I go to the Adult swim times and the I want to work in some gym time. I go every saturday for famliy swim and it keeps me active. I am not out in the Cold. I hate cold, and yet I live in Iowa. So this will work for me, what about you? Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:25:24 EST What are you going to do differnet this Nov? I am going back to the Mercy Wellness Center. I need low impact work outs and swimming is a great one as well as water areobics. <BR> What are you doing Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:47:17 EST What are you doing Ok the Start Somewhere Walks are done what are you doing to keep it going Mon, 24 Oct 2011 23:22:05 EST New To SparkPeople Hi everyone in SparkDes Moines, my name is Tammy and I joined SparkPeople to help me lose weight for a healthier new me!!!!! I am a full-time student working towards my BS in Human Services. I enjoy working and helping people that is whey I chose this line of work. I am married and I have two daughters, one biological and one a step-daughter. I live on the east side of Des Moines. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 00:38:30 EST Busy mom Hello everyone, <BR> I am Heather and I joined Spark on the recommendation of a friend. I want to start living healthier and take off some of the weight that has crept up on my the last five years. I have three children, work full-time, and attend online classes full-time (going for my BA). I hope that the success my friend is having will find its way to me and I think this site will be a great way to start. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:10:46 EST I challenge all of you According to the 2010 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, Iowa is #19 in the nation when it comes to being physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. We know we can do better, so we plan to claim the #1 spot by 2016. It’s ambitious, but with your help, we can help change Iowa and show the rest of the nation the road to wellness. Take the pledge to help create a healthier, happier Iowa today! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-pledge </link> <BR> <BR> All you nee... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 02:11:02 EST My inroduction and Forming Walking groups Hello one and all of my fellow Des Moines Sparkers. If you missed the announcement I am a new team leader. A little about me; I am a single mom, I have 2 adult children, and I am starting all over raising my 8 year old granddaughter. I am team leader for Cooking with Jamie Oliver, Diabetic Divas (men are welcome, they can be Diva’s too), and Spare Time sewing. I am victim of binge eating and just being lazy on my part. So whatever you may have gone through I have been there, done that, and I ... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 12:46:56 EST Walking group? Is there a Sparkpeople walking group in Des Moines? I would love to connect with others that are walking either on trails or in the mall. If there isn't a group already should we start one? I know weather will be changing and it would be nice to have others to walk with. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 21:33:44 EST How Many Calories if I am running I have been trying to stay at 1200 calories a day in order to get the rest of my weight off. I did however notice last night that when I went for my run I couldn't do it!! I felt tired very early and could only run about a mile. I had only consumed around 700 or 800 calories for the day since I had not ate supper yet. Should I be eating more if I am running? I still want to lose weight at the same time! Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:08:52 EST Confused... Hello! I'm new to SparkPeople and I'm a little confused on how to join a team. Can anyone walk me through it (or have I done it and don't even know it?) <BR> <BR> I'm excited about joining! I have been doing WW, which worked, but the $ has been killing my pocketbook. This looks like a great alternative and I look forward to meeting others in Des Moines on a new healthier lifestyle journey! Sun, 24 Jul 2011 09:47:12 EST Criminal Justice Majors/ Law Enforcement workers Hey Everyone!! <BR> If anyone is studying Criminal Justice or is in Law enforcement come join our team!! We need to get some members and get our team up and going!!! <BR> Thanks! Sat, 23 Jul 2011 01:14:32 EST water intake question I have noticed recently that I am having trouble getting in anywhere close to 8 glasses of water a day. I used to be pretty good about it but it was slowly gotten to the point where I may only have 4 glasses a day. Today I used crystal light peach tea mix in my 24 oz bottle and it seems to be going down much better. Since I added flavoring to my water does this still count towards the 8 glasses?? I am hoping that it does, I know that plain water is better than nothing but the peach tea does h... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 11:01:12 EST . . Tue, 5 Jul 2011 22:25:04 EST Adventurland Any aware of any coupons for Adventureland. All the early ones I knew about expired. Now my son wants a season pass. I was hoping I might save a few bucks. Thanks Kris Mon, 4 Jul 2011 19:33:59 EST I'm baaaaaack. Hello everyone. <BR> Some of you may remember me. It's been a few years, but I'm going to try and get back to Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> My husband has been trying to get me to get back to it, so he can also. I keep telling myself I'm going to do it, but never did follow through. <BR> <BR> I haven't been feeling well for a couple weeks now, and my mom told me that sometimes when the blood sugar is too high or low that it could make you not feel well. I told her I had been eating a lot more j... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:39:40 EST Exercise Class - Ankeny Area I am taking an exercise class through a private individual. She is losing part of the class and so I'm trying to help get her some more people to join. She is fun and perky. The classes are M&W at 6:00 pm. I try to hit the Saturday 9AM one. Message me if you are interested and I can get you more info. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------- <BR> ***BODYFIRM*** & *** PILATES Combo*** <BR> <BR> 2 classes per month $30 (up to 8 classes per month) <BR> 3 cl... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:38:11 EST Greetings and Salutations!!! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Good Morning Des Moines!! <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and looking forward to meeting some goals and learning tons of new things to get my fitness into gear!! <BR> <BR> I have 3 girls ages 17, 10 & 2. I really want to lose some weight so I can earn back energy for life to play and run with my girls. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have an awesome day! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Michelle Wed, 18 May 2011 10:00:13 EST Bernice, who is thrilled to have found this site! My name is Bernice, and I am trying to lose 25 lbs. My problem is I seem to be so attracted to carbs. Can anyone give me some very practical advice. I know I should not be eating so much of them, but that doesn't seem to help the cravings when they hit me. Looking forward in hearing from you! Sat, 14 May 2011 19:40:20 EST Just to say HI I'm so not new to this website. I have been off and on for a while now, but tonight I broke my own barrier and I took my dog for a walk. It wasn't much but it was a walk. She was tired and so was I. I'm hoping that I can keep this up with the help of the forums and get the community sense that I didn't take advantage of those last few times I've tried this. I quit smoking today. I had my last cig on Sunday. I want this to work, because I need this to work. Mon, 9 May 2011 01:59:42 EST Iowa Goes by Bicycle Challenge From May 2nd - October 15th, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition will be sponsoring an Iowa Goes by Bicycle Challenge. Riders can log minutes and mileage in order to win prizes! Challenging all Iowans to take more trips by bike this summer to get more exercise and save on gas. <BR> <BR> More information & sign up: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 09:46:21 EST Hi! Hey all, new to Spark and just saying hi. Glad to be here, glad to start getting serious about staying healthy. :) Sun, 24 Apr 2011 10:31:11 EST HEy new to the site and to the team. I am so glad i made the first step in the right direction! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:57:23 EST Hello all! Hi, my name is Matthew. <BR> <BR> I have lost 50 lbs. and am working out six days a week. <BR> <BR> I look forward to becoming active in this group! :) <BR> <BR> Matthew <BR> <BR> --- <BR> <BR> Random quote: <BR> “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~Mahatma Gandhi Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:39:59 EST Iowa Cancer Patient Looking for One MIllion Cards Send a card and help him make his goal. <BR> <BR><BR>/20110316/NEWS03/103160351/Munson-Worl<BR>dwide-deluge-mail-Mighty-Max- <BR> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:44:56 EST Status: Currently Benched Due to a back injury during a workout I hurt my back doing an intense cardio workout. Then 2 weeks ago my back went haywire on me completely. I had no choice to stop and visit a chiropractor (did not want to mask the symptoms with pain killers or muscle relaxers). The chiropractor told me I cannot lift/do anything- including yoga until my next appointment tomorrow. He will re-evaluate my back then and see if I will be able to do more walking/some yoga/pilates. Even going to the grocery store... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 09:48:38 EST Good Morning Lovely weather today, huh? Just wanted to say good morning and introduce myself. <BR> <BR> Have a good day!! <em>213</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 08:09:33 EST Hi I am Vee soon to be living in Iowa My son and his wife live in Johnston Iowa and I plan to come down in the spring and find an apt not far from where they live, but more of a smaller town than the big city. I am a small town girl and I need to move closer to the kids for health reasons. I am not exactly in Iowa yet, but I hope you dont' mind me joining your team, as I plan to leave here in june or july to start my new life over in Iowa. I am really excited to be moving there. <BR> <BR> I live in a very small town right now... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 04:53:14 EST I'm back and recovered!!! I had my tonsils removed on 01/11 and have been out of commission. I'm down 15 pounds so now lets see if we can keep this off. <BR> <BR> I decided to start over with my running. I'm back to week 1 on the couch to 5k program. Felt sooo good to run today. I've missed it so. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:45:19 EST The Spark This thread is for our members reading The Spark. I plan to read this book soon myself. Post whatever you want to share - we'd love to hear it! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:20:46 EST What is your Biggest Challenge This Week? I got another great suggestion for this thread - I hope we can use this to get to know eachother and help motivate one another! <BR> <BR> (Thank you again to SoonToBeMrs2011) Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:15:24 EST DSM Restaurants and Healthy Menu Items Ideas Have you ever wanted to go out to eat - but didn't want to ruin your healthy habits? We all have, right? <BR> <BR> So let's use this thread to post healthy restaurants - or healthy items in our favorite restaurants! We could even "copy" our fav. menu items and share how we made them healthy at home with eachother...let's make this fun! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:07:42 EST Wednesday Check In I got a wonderful idea from team member ToBeMrs2011. She suggested a weekly check-in for a certain day. Wednesday seems like a great day for a check in since it's mid-week and many of us lose our momentum by the middle of the week! <BR> <BR> So lets try to post here every Wednesday - also - Keep the suggestions coming team! <BR> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:03:12 EST Mall Walkers - Forming a Group or Groups I am looking to find a group of Sparkpeople who walk the malls in the Des Moines area. I think it would be great if we could get a group together and walk as a group to encourage each other. We could change up the malls each week like Southridge one week, Merle Hay the next week, The Valley West and even Jordan Creek. That way the everyone would be able to go to say the mall closest to them that week or all the malls. Or we could even get a group together for each mall. What do you all think?... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:17:21 EST Looking for ideas for donations I am sponsoring a Duck's Unlimited women's raffle. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for ideas to of items to put on the raffle. I am planning on making some items to put on it. But still need ideas. <BR> <BR> I'm also looking for donations of gift certificates, or items for the raffle, store bought or hand made. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you have ideas or want to help out. <BR> <BR> The banquet is February 19 at the Jasper Co Fairgrounds. <BR> <BR> Thansk Kris <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 13:04:57 EST General Discussion Daily Check In Hi, team! One of our new team goals is going to be to check in every day. Please join the goal at the bottom of our page(let me know if you need help with that). Then - come to this thread every day and update, chat, ask for help, or speak about whatever is on your mind! Come on team - let's get sparking! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 12:22:03 EST My Intro... Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Tiffany. Born and raised in Des Moines. I love it here! I've been married to my best friend for 12 years. We have 2 kids, Anna is 8 and Jack is 5. <BR> <BR> Growing up I was very fit, thin and active. When I was in my late teens someone said something to me that changed the way I looked at food and my image. One night while eating supper I was loading up my baked potato with sour cream and this person said to me, "Oh my gosh, you're going to get as big as a hou... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:12:33 EST Not new, but reintroducing myself. According to my SparkPage, I have been a member of Spark since 2008. Apparently, it didn't taken into consideration the 1 1/2 hiatus that I took. My husband and I live on the west side of Des Moines along with 2 cats and a dog. We just celebrated our 10-year anniversary and I would really like to be able to celebrate more. <BR> <BR> I really need to lose at least 45 pounds this year and decided that I would start back with Spark. One help already has been seeing someone with mini-goals ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 13:31:44 EST I, too am new and overwhelmed I joined Saturday I think it was. I can't say I will join any goals right away because I'm overwhelmed by the points here. I thought I'd be able to track on the site and am struggling to find things. I don't know if the speech on the screen will read all of the things or not, and as a blindindividual I am using speech. But as soon as I have learned to navigate and do something, I will, and I'm glad to be here. I live in Urbandale, and there is sure a lot of good material on this site. <BR> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:47:46 EST Brand New! Hi all - I'm brand new to the site, and when I saw there was a Des Moines team, I was thrilled! I want to become an active member because I truly believe that the lack of support and accountability are what have been holding me back in the past. <BR> <BR> A little bit about myself.. <BR> <BR> I'm nearly 24 (will be on Jan 3), attended Drake University and now work at EMC Insurance. I'd like to lose the weight and get into shape by the end of July for a vacation with my boyfriends enormous ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:48:45 EST Not so new to SP but looking for a SparkBuddy Hi everyone! I'm not really new to the group or the site, but I just have never actually introduced myself. I moved up to DSM from southern texas for college about 6 years ago. I've always had trouble with weight but it kinda just went crazy, and i mean super crazy, these past few years. I've managed to lose 20 of the 100-something I need to lose and this site actually helps a lot. However, with winter here and it being a rather mild winter (thank goodness LoL) I'm falling off track and ... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:50:10 EST Dr. Oz Challenge Hi Gang! I saw a terrific show today called the Dr. Oz show. I'm sure most of you have heard about it. Anyway, there was a finale show about a "Just 10lbs" challenge. He challenged his viewers to drop just 10lbs in 3 months or less. <BR> <BR> I thought this was valuable information, and I wanted to share a link to it for all who may have missed the show. I'm certainly going to try it. Perhaps you will find it as something you can do as well. <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 12:53:36 EST New to SP...looking for an early a.m. workout bud? Hello all- <BR> <BR> My name is Colby and I just recently joined Sparkplace. I've been in Des Moines about 2 years now and have recently joined Gold's Gym in Clive. I recently started a new job which requires a lot of hours, so unfortunately, EARLY mornings are my only available workout times. Is there any one in the DM area that belongs to Gold's interested in a workout buddy? I'm looking to do some running, spinning and weight training. I'm 25, but age/sex does not matter much to me. I jus... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:52:38 EST Motivational Sayings I'm searching for some new sayings to keep me motivated! How about you? Maybe we can use this thread to share the sayings that keep us going, and gain new ones for ourselves! <BR> <BR> One of my favorites is: "Today is a New Day" Tue, 9 Nov 2010 14:59:34 EST November Challenge - What ya got cookin? This is a spot where you can direct people to your November challenge blogs, share any inspiration that you've gained from reading other people's blogs, ask any questions that pertain to holiday eating, coping skills, etc. Tell us what plans YOU are making to eat healthy through this treacherous next few months! Thu, 4 Nov 2010 14:29:39 EST Donating Fleece Blankets Is anyone aware of an organization that takes fleece blankets. Like to comfort kids? I found the Linus project. It seems like it's mostly Ames area. Looking for different ideas of where to donate some blankets. <BR> <BR> Thanks Kris Fri, 29 Oct 2010 20:17:10 EST Hello everyone Hello all <BR> <BR> I am recently new to the Des Moines area. I move here in August from Missouri. I have been a spark member for sometime but have not stuck to the plan. I lost 30 pounds last winter but then allowed things in my life to get in the way of me sticking to the weight loss. I put a few pounds back on but have been working out the last few weeks. I am writing my goals down and making a commitment to become steadfast. Looking forward to talking to more of the members on this... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:52:22 EST New here! Getting started tips wanted!! Hello! I am new to the site and I am interested in hearing some motivational tips! Help, help, help! Thu, 28 Oct 2010 19:49:12 EST Whey Protein does anyone use whey protein or protein shakes for meal replacement or after exercise. If so, what kind of results are you having and how often do you use it. <BR> Thanks for any information. I am really interested in trying it out, just really don't know how to start it. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:08:48 EST Places to run Good Afternoon Everyone <BR> I am looking for a place that would be safe to run after dark over by the raccoon river area. There are a few days aweek that my husband does not get home till after 9 p.m. and I really am in the mood to go for a job, but none of my friends are real runners, not that I am either, but I am learning to love it. <BR> <BR> If anyone has a suggestion for places that has lights and safe, I would really appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:04:03 EST crossfit Has anybody else done crossfit and if so what have your results been? Tue, 26 Oct 2010 02:20:22 EST Hi My name is Tabitha and I'm new to SP. I'm still trying to figure all this out but I'm looking forward to finding something that works and helps me meet my goals of being healthy and happy. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 22:32:48 EST October Challenge Check-in October is here and that means two things -- the weather is getting cooler and we don't feel like getting out in the chill to exercise AND the stores are stocked with Halloween candy. That's a bad combo! Less exercise, more eating temptation! So the October challenge is to increase your exercise/fitness minutes by 30 minutes a week -- just over 4 minutes a day! People -- that is do-able! <BR> Check in here to tell how you are meeting this challenge. Sun, 3 Oct 2010 23:00:05 EST Hi, my name is Betty I have had GERD for many years and took tagment for years and I am now on Prilosec which is very much more helpful, but doesn't take care of all of the reflux. I am finding many helpful things on Sparkspeople. Sat, 25 Sep 2010 18:21:42 EST Does anyone have nutrition information for... Breadeaux pizza? I sent them an email and checked the website, but nothing yet. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:19:52 EST Hello! Well here I am, back in the healthy living game. I previously lost 35 lbs and was feeling great. Then I completely went back to all my old habits, quit working out and gained it all back. So here I am again, but this time engaged and really wanting to start my life with my future hubby on a good note. Wed, 8 Sep 2010 14:50:31 EST September Challenge Check-in! Our September challenge is to raise our spark points and move up 6 cities and the city leaderboard. As you increase your spark time and add up those points you learn more and increase your chance of success with your weight loss and fitness goals. Come here and tell us what you are doing to increase your points and how it is helping you on your weight loss journey! Sat, 4 Sep 2010 00:43:45 EST Attention all Des Moines area Runners! Hey everyone! New to this team, but wanted to extend an invitation to a new 5k walk/run in the area this year!!! It's called the G.Y.R.I.G. (Get Your Rear in Gear) It's Saturday October 9th at Raccoon River Park and it's for Colon Cancer Coalition. It's big in some of the major cities; Minneapolis, and some eastern cities! Would love to see lots of people there and it's a "qualifier" for the Marathon the next weekend. <BR> This is my goal for the end of summer is for the first time eve... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:57:46 EST Attention all Des Moines area Runners! Hey everyone! New to this team, but wanted to extend an invitation to a new 5k walk/run in the area this year!!! It's called the G.Y.R.I.G. (Get Your Rear in Gear) It's Saturday October 9th at Raccoon River Park and it's for Colon Cancer Coalition. It's big in some of the major cities; Minneapolis, and some eastern cities! Would love to see lots of people there and it's a "qualifier" for the Marathon the next weekend. <BR> This is my goal for the end of summer is for the first time eve... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:57:24 EST Hello Everyone! I'm extremely excited and happy to have found a site to provide motivation and community support for creating and maintaing a healthy lifestyle full of good eating habits and excerise habits to last. Sun, 15 Aug 2010 23:15:20 EST Hi, new here :-) I just joined Spark People yesterday. My husband and I are almost done with the Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping 10 weeks, and we just signed up for an entire year. We're really loving it, and hoping it'll help me reach my goals, one of which is running Dam to Dam next year (so far, my long run is around 2.5 miles, so I have a lot of work ahead of me there). Hoping to find some friends online who have similar goals! -Lauren Tue, 3 Aug 2010 23:51:17 EST August Challenge Here is where you respond to our special August state fair challenge -- to go to the state fair and stick to your diet plan. Let us know what healthy foods you found and ate. If you aren't going still share you favorite fair memories with us! <BR> Let's Go Team! We can do this!! Sun, 1 Aug 2010 00:38:08 EST newbie here! Hi everyone~ <BR> <BR> I'm ready to be a healthier person overall and am really excited to join SparkPeople. I just started running again for the 1st time in many many many years, and so far so good. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to going through this with all of you! Wed, 21 Jul 2010 14:24:31 EST Hi DSM Area Gals!!! :) I'm An Ankeny Girl. Transplanted from a small rural Iowa town. <BR> <BR> My DH and I will be married 18 years this October. We have been best friends since 1988. We moved to Ankeny to help our two sons grow up in a suburbean neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Our sons were adopted in 2001 from Tula, Russia when they were just about two years old. They are going to both be in 5th grade this year. They are non-sibling brothers. Two months and seven days apart in age. They both have been together since... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 19:35:19 EST July Challenge! It's the hot, rainy, month of July and we need a challenge to keep us motivated when we don't feel like exercising in the heat or cooking over a hot stove. The temptation is to just eat out - drive through for fast food more often than not. I went looking in the Spark recipe files for some quick easy sometimes no cook meals - everything from salads to sandwiches to keep my eating on track. <BR> I found so many delicious sounding recipes to try I thought this would make a great challenge! <BR... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 23:14:11 EST Anyone following Dr Fuhrman's program? Just wondering if anyone in our area is following Dr Fuhrman's recommendations in either Eat to Live or Eat For Health. It'd be fun to get together sometimes! <link> </link> Mon, 5 Jul 2010 21:52:13 EST Greetings! Hello Everyone! I joined this site a while back, but did not really start using it until last week. I am not happy with what I have done to my body over the last couple years, I am trying to commit to fitness and good nutrition. I need my body and my life back, my self esteem and happiness is suffering. I am hoping that this site may lead to Encouragement, Motivation, Support and maybe a friend or few who are at similar fitness levels to C25k and or bike with me (I am open to suggestions)... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 12:52:57 EST I love this city! Hello everyone! My name is Allison. I'm 24 and moved to Des Moines from Indiana for a summer internship. Grew up outside of Chicago, but quickly fell in love with this smaller city. Shocked there's so much to do and everyone is so friendly. Definately would love to stay here after September! <BR> <BR> Went to watch the Hy-Vee Tri a few weeks ago - it got me motivated to come back to Sparkpeople and get back on the boat. <BR> <BR> I look foward to keeping up with this forum and keeping i... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 02:13:23 EST Great inspiration with this blog You all have to read this person's blogs about jogging and getting in shape. She is a wonderful writer! And try not to do this at work unless you have excellent control of your laughter reflex! <BR> <BR> Honestly, I think we could be twins! <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3342485 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 13:58:43 EST Summer Check In Hey Gang! How is everyone's summer going? By the looks of the message boards, we are all pretty busy and don't have much time to post to them. I hope you are all keeping up with Spark People, even if you can't check in with posts. When you have a moment share with us what you've been up to this summer! Thu, 24 Jun 2010 08:55:39 EST This Saturday Okay, this Saturday is the American Heartwalk. <BR> <BR> The Greater Des Moines START! Heart Walk is being held Saturday June 19, 2010. It has two different routes, one mile and 3 miles. It starts at 9 am. <BR> <BR> I am in need of one more donation to make my personal goal. Go to<BR>norpledge.asp?ievent=320796 Look for sparkpeople and then me. I'm registered under my legal name - not the name most of my family and friends know me by. As I... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 10:44:31 EST HELP! Calling all RUNNERS!!! Where do you go to get properly fitted for a RUNNING shoe, not a cross-trainer. I don't want to get too serious about running before I get fitted properly so I don't injure myself with a poor-fitting shoe. <BR> <BR> Where do you go? <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 12:41:29 EST American Heartwalk June 19th I have created a team SparkPeople in hopes someone(s) will join me on this heartwalk. <BR> <BR> Go to my personal page and click on team to join me. Or else consider donating some money.... <BR> <BR><BR>g/donorPledge.asp?ievent=320796&supid=<BR>293749981 <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help and support Tue, 8 Jun 2010 17:30:26 EST Trader Joe's Is coming to Jordan Creek! <BR> <BR> A little far away, but still worth the drive! Gateway quality at Hyvee prices! WOOT! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 12:08:33 EST DVR and OnDemand If you live in the DSM area and you have Mediacom Digital Cable.... WHOO you have SO.MANY.RESOURCES! First of all: <BR> <BR> OnDemand. There is a whole Fitness channel on your Free Pass! You can get anything from buns to strip tease to yoga to Biggest Loser stuff to Walk at Home with Leslie Sansone. Jillian Michaels. <BR> <BR> Today I did Billy Blanks, Jr's Cardioke. It was cheesy and dorky and I felt really silly, but it was high energy, high impact cardio (with low-impact mods fo... Sat, 29 May 2010 14:02:26 EST Heartwalk in June The Greater Des Moines START! Heart Walk is being held Saturday June 19, 2010. It has two different routes, one mile and 3 miles. It starts at 9 am. The website for more info is: <BR><BR>fault.asp?ievent=320796&lis=1&kntae320<BR>796=8E042802A6354B8397123B159BA32B9E <BR> <BR> I won't be running it yet (okay, maybe a little bit - whatever I'm at that week for walk/run times) but it's close to a 5k. Shouldn't take more than an hour walking it. If i... Fri, 28 May 2010 13:51:12 EST Walnut Creek Alternative High School I am thinking about enrolling my son into this school. He is much like his mom. Shy and quiet. I thought I might try to find some kids that he could meet this summer and hang out with so that he would know some kids when school starts. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know teenagers that go to Walnut Creek? Do you have any information about the school that I should know. <BR> <BR> Thanks Kris Tue, 25 May 2010 08:26:52 EST Run Walks available this fall Okay, did some looking around (okay a lot) while I wait for an answer from the Beaverdale people about if they are going to have a run/walk with their festival. <BR> <BR> Sept 5 - 5k fun Run and Family Trail Ride <BR> <BR> sept 25th Walk for Lupus at Merle Hay Mall <BR> <BR> Sept 26th - Capital Pursuit - 10 mile and 5K road races <BR> <BR> Oct 2nd - NAMI Walks Waterwork park <BR> Oct 3rd - Stinkfoot 5k Lions Park Altoona <BR> <BR> Oct 17th IMT Des Moines Marathon, Marathon, 1/2 Marathon... Mon, 24 May 2010 15:29:04 EST I am an excited noob! Hi everyone. *waves*... <BR> I am fairly new to all of this, but trying to navigate my way around. I have been reading some blogs, one of them being a gal that had just lost 100 pounds and she posted 100 things that motivated her to success. Impressive! She included a list of her "can't live without" foods and I was wondering if some of you could help me out by letting me know what your favorite foods are that help you stay on track. I need some updated fresh new ideas. What do you eat for br... Thu, 20 May 2010 14:42:54 EST Couch to 5K Any DSM Sparkers interested in starting this with me? Let me know! Send me a message or leave a comment here or on my page! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>303</em> <em>312</em> Thu, 20 May 2010 11:16:12 EST Beaverdale Fall Festival Run/Walk This is 16 weeks away. Plenty of time to train. I'm going to do the 5k! I've started training this week. It would be nice to meet up with some of you there and start out together. And maybe rally/hang out together at the end! <BR> <BR> Who's with me? Heck, I'll even order a spark t-shirt for it! <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 May 2010 09:23:25 EST Click to Give a Free Mammogram! Your click can help a woman in need to get a mammogram! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ive/home.faces?siteId=2 </link> <BR> <BR> Tracy~ <em>26</em> Mon, 17 May 2010 13:58:57 EST New here Hi, I am forty and I have about 40 pounds to lose. I am happily married. My husband loves me thin or heavy, therefore it is hard for him to see how badly I need to lose the weight for myself. I am hoping to find a female buddy around my age to help me stay accountable and in return do the same. I would like to walk and eventually run a few nights a week at Coppercreek in Pleasanthill, IA If you are interested, please let me know. Looking for some good adult conversation while getting in sh... Thu, 6 May 2010 21:20:36 EST The Merry Month of May Challenge Hey all you Spark Des Moines sparkers! May is a beautiful month here in Central Iowa. Naturally we will be spending more time outdoors -- think sunny walks and farmer’s markets -- and spending less time indoors on the computer. So we want you to make the most of your time spent “sparking” by focusing on our Spark Des Moines team page. Our team is full of motivating, inspiring members so our May challenge will only help you in your weight loss efforts. <BR> There are 3 simple parts to our May... Sun, 2 May 2010 21:34:38 EST Can you please help a local cause? Hi folks, <BR> <BR> My diet...ehh not so good...but my efforts at helping my kids school win a 50k grant to provide wind turbines to power their school district have been pretty impressive. Today is the last day to vote and I am begging you, some time before midnight tonight, please sign up, sign in and cast a ballot for Waukee Wind Power in the 50k division. Here is a quick link, all you need to sign up is your email, name and birthday. No spam will come to you as a result. Please vote: <... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:21:10 EST Where in Des Moines area do you like to walk? One of our new members who isn't from Des Moines but is going to Drake asked where besides Gray's Lake is a good place to walk and I thought I'd go to the experts - our Spark Des Moines team! Where is your favorite place to walk?? Mon, 26 Apr 2010 22:20:33 EST Walking in Johnston in May I will be walking from Terra park in Johnston (off of Pioneer parkway down behind the IPTV station) during the month of May on both Saturdays and Sundays on 1&2, 8&9, 15&16 and 29/30 and May 31st (memorial day) weather permitting. My walk starts at 9 am - ends by 10. Then in June on weekends it will start at 8, July/Aug at 7 am. Walks are for one hour - whatever your speed. I'd really like company... so join me if you can. <BR> <BR> There are two loops in the trail - I take both of em.... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 13:19:59 EST New to DesMoines but not SparksPeople Hello Des Moines :) ! <BR> <BR> I love my body to a degree. At my heaviest I was 220 pounds, which at 5'11ish may not look too heavy ? ! ? However, I could feel every pound when I walked. The day I finally got it was when I was trying on a pair of slacks and found out my tired and true size 14 couldn't cut it any longer. The thought of wearing a size 16 was too much to bear and that was the beginning of my journey. <BR> <BR> My awakening was over 5 years ago. Today I'm a size 14 and I yo-... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:38:59 EST Hello!! Hello all! I just joined last night! My name is Katie and I live in DSM. I am going to school, not sure what exactly for yet, but we'll get there. <BR> I want to lose weight so when I get engaged I don't feel too big! I am not crazy big, but I am Plump, and my BF of 8 years likes to say! Oh well, he loves me! hehe <BR> I've been reading some of your posts and I truly enjoy what i've see so far! Wed, 14 Apr 2010 02:51:48 EST Des Moines area midwives Does anyone know of any good midwives in the Des Moines area? Home or hospital birth is fine - I am just looking to get some names to contact. Thanks! -Laurel Mon, 12 Apr 2010 15:22:47 EST Meet and Greet Walk April 17 How about we all meet at Terra Park/Crown Pointe at 10 am? It's just off Pioneer Pkwy in Johnston. They have a small lake-large pond that we can walk around. There is parking at Crown Point by the shelter. <BR> <BR> It's not Grey's lake - but it's not as crowded as Grey's lake either which is part of its charm for me. <BR> <BR> Twice around the lake seems to work fine for me. Once in one direction, once the opposite direction. <BR> <BR> It's looking good weather wise at this time. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:38:04 EST Here we go... Alright, I'm ready. I've done this before (lost 70 lbs.) But then I quit.... and went back to living a disgustingly unhealthy lifestyle. I gained it back and a little more. So now, it's going to be another long road. But I am ready to do it.... so here I am, ready to go. :) Mon, 5 Apr 2010 20:05:26 EST New April challenge I was at Jordan Creek Mall the other day and went to change levels by the center of the mall. You have a choice between an escalator, an elevator, and the stairs. Out of habit I started to get on the escalator when I caught myself and decided to take the stairs. Lets spend this month looking for little ways to sneak in daily fitness. Let's take stairs instead of elevators. Park further from the door in parking lots. <BR> Tell us how YOU chose to add fitness in YOUR day today! Sat, 3 Apr 2010 09:10:30 EST My name is Ann Zenk I am 54 and soon to be 55. I was always at a normal to low weight for my height until medications and inactivity due to my artificial hip and need for knee replacement made it difficult for me to exercise at all. If I am at Physical Therapy at least 3 times per week, I can lose weight so I am joining Anytime Fitness where I can exercise whenever I want to. Hopefully this will help. I do not like the image I make with so much extra weight. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of you in your fitness... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:01:51 EST Fun Runs / Walks / 5 k ? Im new in Des Moines (well im back home I mean) and am not familular with the "Walks" here. I want to do some Fun Runs or Walks.... Like the American Hearth Associations so I can set a goal and cheer other sparkers on! Where do I find a list? Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:22:50 EST Hey there Im new here and so glad to have refound SPARK! Fri, 12 Mar 2010 06:22:23 EST Hi! I'm Debbie, I live in Des Moines, IA. This past year I gained 20- 25 pounds! My goal is to lose that and more. I come from a family of obese to super morbidly obese people, my concerns of following in those footsteps are high. Thank you for welcoming me to your group! I started sparkpeople 2 months ago; since the 1st of the year I have lost 16 pounds! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 14:22:00 EST New Kid I just wanted to say hello I am new to spark. I am to a point in my life where I just want to give up on ever losing weight.I guess I am looking for some motivation to just take those small steps. <em>24</em> Thu, 4 Mar 2010 10:22:26 EST New March Challenge I rarely watch TV anymore but tuned in to American Idol tonight to support our local contestant -- GO KATELYN! I found myself eating supper in front of the television set which has always been a self-imposed no-no for me. It seemed like I gulped my food and didn't really savor one single bite! <BR> So let's challenge ourselves to eat at our kitchen/dining room tables and NOT in front of the TV this month. You will be much more aware of what you are eating and in better control of the portions... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 22:46:55 EST HERE I AM Hi! My name is Zech. My aunt recommended to my wife "zdwicker" at the start of this year. She has been using it ever since. I'm not sure how regularly, but she has made some great gains in her journey towards weightloss. Recently, I was put on alert to possibly deploy to Afghanistan, and ever since I've kind of let my body spiral out of control. So, HERE I AM. I like what I've seen so far on this website. Not only do I hope to be inspired, but hopefully I can inspires others a... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 10:43:15 EST New Here Well...actually I've been a member of Sparkpeople since November and I think a member of this team since then, but have been pretty inactive up until now. My name is Mary, and I'm 28 and live in Ankeny, Iowa with my boyfriend Ross and our 4 cats. Look forward to meeting all of you! Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:10:59 EST New Spark/Team Member! Just wanted to pop in and introduce myself to the team! I have been a spark member for 10 days and I love it. I grew up in Des Moines and currently reside in West Des Moines. I am a co-manager of BuildaBear Workshop, the greatest store in Jordan Creek! Looking forward to getting to know some of you better. <em>30</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 21:02:26 EST Healthy restaurant meals in the Des Moines area My husband and I like to out to dinner every Friday night for our "date night". I'm always looking for restaurant suggestions where I can get a nice meal that is fairly healthy. Help me out Des Moines Sparkers: Tell me where YOU like to go and what you order. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:41:39 EST Biggest Loser discussion Biggest Loser is such an inspiring show for many of us. I thought it might be fun to have a discussion thread about the show. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 08:48:17 EST An Honorary Member I grew up in Des Moines, and most of my family still lives there, so I visit once in a while. I worked at the old Bishops Buffet when I was just graduated from college. (I went to Drake University and the University of Iowa.) I also worked at Mercy Hospital while I was at Drake. The things I remember fondly about Des Moines include the public buses that I rode for years, the beautiful capitol dome, the Iowa State Fair, and the great public library system. So, I am joining the Official Des Moi... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:41:35 EST Johnsworth signing in Just signed up yesterday, started today. Lots to track...lots to learn...lots to do! Hello, everyone! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 11:53:15 EST newbie Hello everyone! Today is my first day on this site. All of the information here is wonderful. I am trying to lose some weight before my wedding in October and am excited to have found this site. Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:51:24 EST February Challenge Join the February Challenge in the Team Goals! We are going to try to get our 5 servings of Fruits and Veggies a day. Post your progress, struggles, advice, recipes, etc. here. <BR> <BR> Let's get Sparking Des Moines! Wed, 27 Jan 2010 00:37:20 EST Newbie! Thought I would check in, and say Hi!! I am local here to Des Moines, and just found this website! Learning the ropes, and am excited to get started!! I get my Aspen membership on Friday or so.. (tax refund!) Feel free to add me as a friend, love to hear from locals and get motivation! Sun, 24 Jan 2010 21:53:10 EST What Motivates You? Let's share what motivates us and make the Des Moines team strong! <BR> <BR> I am motivated by setting visual goals for myself. For instance I map out on the calendar my goals for each week. I also program my phone to have an alarm once a week with a message containing all my goals. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:09:53 EST Strong return! I'm not new, but it's been several months for me (I got a new job, going to grad school, and training for a half marathon - couldn't find time for the computer!) <BR> <BR> I'm Kerry - been a Sparker for nearly 3 years (*gasp*) already. I've got 2 girls, and have been married 7 years. I work in an office, supervising a team of 20. I have been a runner, until recently when I finished the 1/2 marathon and then found that I couldn't find time anymore. Today I jumped on the treadmill and bare... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:48:45 EST Thread Closed Nevermind about the Rally idea. <em>2</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:20:26 EST Farrell's? We've all heard the commercials and we probably even know of someone who's gone through the program, but what's the Farrell's Extreme Body Shaping program really like? How much does it cost? <BR> <BR> Just wondering! Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:26:20 EST January Challenge Ok, so it's mid-January, but Laurel 220 had a great idea for a challenge this month. 10 minutes of cardio daily. I do cardio every other day myself, but I figure I'll average it out. Let's get the new year off to a great start!!! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 07:49:47 EST Ice Skating in January I've been looking for "fun" ways to get some exercise in this winter. I just learned that Brenton Plaza Ice Skating is offering $2 Tuesdays. I've copied and pasted their info from their website, see below. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have fun ideas for winter time exercise? <BR> <BR> You '2' can celebrate National Skating Month at Brenton Plaza every '2sDay' in January $2 admission $2 skate rentals $2 food & drink specials $2 off all apparel items '2sDay' January 12th see performances by: ... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 15:09:46 EST Love this place! I've lost 5 pounds in 9 days, and I have this website to thank for the motivation and tools! Fri, 8 Jan 2010 21:19:05 EST STARTING OVER Hello, <BR> <BR> I have be struggling with weight all my life. Five years ago I was a size 8 going onto a 7. Then I moved back home left my job which made me unhappy. Then I just stopped doing my work out and put all my weight plus a lot back on. This time I am going all the way my goal is a size six which I was on my way to. I have started and stopped over the last five years. This year it is going to happen with the help of my mother who is also using Sparkpeople. Sat, 26 Dec 2009 13:15:09 EST HEY HEY HEY!!!!!! Hi everyone, my name is Katie and Im 25 years old and have alot of weight to goal at a time! I have been here before but its been about 2 years! The site has definetly improved and I'm very excited about getting started!!!! Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:17:54 EST December Challenge!!?!! Hey Des Moines members! I am hoping to Spark up the Des Moines team again...I'm missing everyone lately. Our boards are SO QUIET!!! So let's do this, anyone interested in participating in a December Challenge? I volunteer to lead the challenge. My idea is that we personally set a calorie goal for ourselves (no need to share it if you don't want to) and then post day to day or weekly on how we did. Maybe if we are accountable to the boards we will be encouraged to stay in our ranges. Th... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 18:34:15 EST Starting over again , after 2 years I used the Sparkpeople website way back in 2007, I have gained a few lbs since, I REALLY need to get serious, stay on track & track progress again. Thanks for all the nice welcome messages! I had changed my e-mail due to a "hijacking" of my original e-mail so I lost track of Sparkpeople until this morning, after looking at "diet's" on my lap top I came across a url for Sparkpeople again. I'm glad I'm back! Jill Sun, 29 Nov 2009 08:00:15 EST New and ready to lose weight Hello everyone my name is amber and im ready to get ride of all this weight that i have. Im also looking for someone to work out with, the buddy system has always worked for me before and i would love to do it again. Looking to make some great new friends Wed, 18 Nov 2009 21:51:27 EST peanut brittle Does anyone have a recepie for "diabetic" peanut brittle? My father in law loves it but was diagnosed with DM this summer and I would like to make him some for the holidays this year. <BR> Thanks <BR> Morgan Thu, 12 Nov 2009 08:05:00 EST smallstones here... Hi! I am new to this site and just wanted to introduce myself. I am a 20-something vegan living and working in Des Moines, Iowa. I am trying to create new habits and get healthy. Sun, 18 Oct 2009 22:32:11 EST New here! Good evening! Just starting SparkPeople, this is my second go around, I am going to be more successful this time - that is my goal at least! This is great to have a Des Moines team! Are their events that you guys get together for? Wed, 14 Oct 2009 22:35:20 EST Hello New to the site and to the SparkDes Moines team! Good luck and continued motivation to all! Fri, 2 Oct 2009 22:52:23 EST Hello there! I'm pretty excited to be on here! I have, like many others tried just about everything under the sun! This time somehow seems different though. Before I always did it with one of my sisters, my husband, or a friend. But Now I'm doing it For Me, By Me! Currently live in Des Moines on the south side but am moving end of October to Truro! Anyone out that way give me a holler! Fri, 2 Oct 2009 10:29:38 EST Tell me about your fitness club My husband had been talking about joining a gym this winter, since he won't be riding his bike outside as much. He's never belonged to a gym, and I haven't since the YWCA was still open. <BR> <BR> We are probably more interested in self-directed workouts than classes. Running track would be nice, but is not necessary, Pool is not necessary. <BR> <BR> We live north-central, but downtown, west side, or Ankeny would all be within range for us. <BR> <BR> Got a gym you would like to review or r... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:40:43 EST Hi my name is Linda I am a new one to this program. I have three dogs and wish I lived on a farm so I could rescue more. I really want to loose weight and get in to shape. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sat, 8 Aug 2009 04:22:56 EST I'm New! Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Tiffany. I have been a memeber of SP for a while but just don't really think about using it much. <BR> <BR> I am on a mission of wellness which also means weight loss. This is my only life to live and I'm determined to live it to the best of my ability. I want to be healthy for myself, my husband and children. <BR> <BR> I started with a personal trainer yesterday and I told her to "go Jillian" on me so I might be crying one day soon. <BR> <BR> I have f... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 13:30:38 EST Grays Lake Does anyone know how far it is between the light poles on the path at Gray's Lake? <BR> Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:45:32 EST August Challenge We moved up to 23 in the state category! Way to go team! Can we move just one more notch to number 22! Keep it up team and good luck! Let's show them that just becuase we are from the little state of Iowa that we can still do well! :) Wed, 29 Jul 2009 09:02:32 EST August's challenge Okay-July went right by me before I knew it! So, I am on it this time! <BR> <BR> August's challenge is to do something kind every day of the month. ANYTHING that positively impacts another person counts. It can be as simple as opening a door at the mall for someone. Donating to the DAV when they come around. Smiling and saying hi to a stranger as you walk by. These do not have to be grand gestures. Even the smallest things can make someone's day. <BR> <BR> Example-today was a horrible, emot... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 22:54:06 EST Good Morning!! I new here. I am moving back to DMI on friday from Omaha. I guess with all the stress of job and moving im having a hard time getting started. . . . . Okay, that was an excuse. I love to walk and workout.... and CHOCOLATE!!! I do more of the chocolate than the working out though. :) Help and motivation needed!! Wed, 22 Jul 2009 08:24:35 EST Howdy--I'm new to SparkPeople! I'm brand new, and this is my first post. I have a few friends who have been using SparkPeople and have encouraged me to join, too. I've been needing to lose weight since the birth of my third son 15 years ago. With each pregnancy, it got harder to lose the weight. (I'm sure you've heard this many times.) I'm not ignorant about how to get this done (I taught aerobics when I was younger), but I lack the motivation/accountability to stick with it. That's where I will need your help. For ... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 23:57:21 EST Biking in Des Moines Anyone know of good places to bike in and around Des Moines? Wed, 10 Jun 2009 01:17:15 EST Des Moines Marathon The Dam to Dam thread was truely inspiring! Maybe we can keep the magic going for the Des Moines Marathon? We can choose a goal of a 5K, half, or full marathon and encourage eachother! Who's with me??? Tue, 2 Jun 2009 21:18:57 EST One Hundred PushUps Challenge Anyone who is interested in spending 6 weeks doing an incremental pushup challenge, join in. <BR> Check out the following link before you make a decision- There are several different ways to do pushups and one way may work better for you than another. I am going to start with "girl pushups" with my knees on the floor. You could even do "wall pushups" This is a great way to tone your arms. <BR> You only do pushups 3 days a week... You can do it!! <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 28 May 2009 14:09:15 EST Light the Night Walk Hello. I am the Team Captain for "Sparklers" for the Light the Night walk in West Des Moines on Sept 26th. So far I only have my daughter and sister in law in my group. If you are interested in joining up for a good cause or even just to donate please email ( or message me through sparks people. If anyone else needs more members for a walk/run for charity please let me know. Wed, 13 May 2009 10:41:44 EST half-marathon walk anyone? I was cruising the net and found this great little program that gets you from here to a half-marathon in 14 weeks. <BR> I'm going to try and give it a go. <BR> <BR> Today is walk 3 miles. Tomorrow is a rest day. Wednesday is cross-train (I'm going to the bodypump class in the early morning), Thursday is 3 miles. Friday is cross-train (body pump? and/or Zumba?) Saturday is 4 miles (that's twice around Grey's lake.) Sunday is just 20 minutes of easy walking. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in... Mon, 11 May 2009 11:09:51 EST Hi - from Kateryn (deb) Hi, just signed up here today. I have over 150 pounds to lose - and 18 months to do it in. I want to be at a healthy weight for my 55th birthday party in November 2010. <BR> I belong to Aspen at Merle Hay and wouldn't mind having an exercise buddy or two. I tend to go early in the morning (5 to 6:30 am) about 3-4 times a week. Fri, 8 May 2009 14:44:01 EST May Challenge What should we do?! Mon, 4 May 2009 11:10:38 EST hello new to team just wanted to say hi Tue, 28 Apr 2009 19:31:24 EST How did you make the world a better place today? Our lives are enriched by those around us. What did you do today that made someone's day better? <BR> <BR> (full disclosure-my spark friend British Gal started this thread on another team. Those are her exact words topically and as the starter message-let's see where we take it!) Sat, 25 Apr 2009 08:28:41 EST Des Moines Bike Rally Do you enjoy riding your bike? Do you want to make it more aware that there are many cyclists out there? Do you want safer routes to work, school, bike paths? Join Us!! <BR> <BR> Rally for Bicycle Safety <BR> Cause we deserve the right to ride safely <BR> Host: Concerned Cyclists <BR> Type: Causes - Rally <BR> Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 <BR> Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm <BR> Location: Rasmussen Bike Shop <BR> Street: 301 Grand Ave <BR> City/Town: West Des Moines, IA <BR> <BR> On Saturd... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:47:48 EST i was wondering ? is there any other people on this team who do martial arts that do not attend a school and train alone or is there any one who wants to learn martial arts Tue, 14 Apr 2009 22:01:19 EST walk at grays lake hi everyone i just wanted everyone to know workout partners will have its first walk at grays lake sat the 11 at 9:30 am we will be at the first entrance on george flag parkway come burn some calories meet new people and have some fun look for the people in work out partners shirts have a great weekend Fri, 10 Apr 2009 16:52:39 EST Greetings! Hi, <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople on April 2nd, but I'm just getting around to introduce myself and join groups. I can't believe this...not only is there a team for Iowa, but there are two teams for Des Moines and our team has 2000+ members. That's fantastic! <BR> <BR> I created a SparkPeople page and already added a few blogs and my first mission (Mission 1 - Fit Into My Purple Shirt). Check it out! Wed, 8 Apr 2009 22:49:25 EST dose any one know about the 5k run in may i seen on the bcbs wec site that there is a 5 k comming in may at the court house dose any one know anything about that Tue, 7 Apr 2009 22:10:02 EST Coast to coast Multiple Sclerosis bike ride in DM whoops, couldn't get it all in the title... <BR> <BR> Phil Keoghan is currently riding his bicycle across America to raise awareness and funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I never watched the TV show The Amazing Race, but evidently Phil is/was a major player in the show. He left the Los Angeles area last Saturday and was in Kanab, Utah yesterday when his website was last updated. <BR> <BR> He is sponsored by General Nutrition Centers, you know, those GNC stores you see at ... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 23:52:17 EST grays lake olop aroud the lake walk /run i went to grays lake to watch the loop around the lake and it looked real fun i was wondering if there was anyone else who would like to do things like that i seen slow walkers slow joggers and of course those fast runners i have looked at the des moines local runs and walks and theres alot comming up there is a easter run or walk on the 27 i think i will have to get more info but if anyone else would like to do it im in Sat, 4 Apr 2009 15:04:23 EST New to forum... Hi! Just wanted to pop in and say Hello I'm new to the forum as of yesterday ~ I am very excited to get going with this whole thing a little anxious and nervous also I think that's expected though I hope <em>41</em> but anywho glad to be here I feel like I'm right were I need to be. Can't wait for all your support and advice (bring it on).... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 11:12:41 EST Dam to Dam I thought this would be a nice way to keep track of anyone who is participating in the Dam to Dam. Also.. a nice place for a newbie like me to ask silly questions about parking and such!! <BR> <BR> I am running the 5K (my first) and would like for my soon to be 10yr old son to be able participate in something, also. <BR> <BR> Tracy~ Wed, 1 Apr 2009 11:23:21 EST April Challenge Can you believe it????? I'm early! Yeah for me! <BR> <BR> <BR> Just to get you all lathered up and excited I am going to let you know what our next challenge is. No bad snacking after dinner. I won't even say you can't snack but it cannot be anything you shouldn't have. One of the things we do in our house is if my kids want something in the evening they can only have a fruit or vegetable. No exceptions. I am going to follow the same rule. Actually, I am going to try not to snack after dinn... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 22:20:04 EST Hey Team! Hey Guys! My name is Kelly and I just joined SparkPeople yesterday!! I have a 19 month old daughter and I need to FINALLY get the baby weight off! I look forward to being a part of this team and getting to know you!! Tue, 24 Mar 2009 14:32:06 EST dsm workout partners first walk and workout hi every one i just wanted to inform everyone in the des moines metro area that work out partner is having its first workout and walk @ union park circle its a great way to get support a good work out or walk in and it free so i hope all will join us you get a free t shirt come join us @april `1st from 5:30 until you are done have a great day Sat, 21 Mar 2009 15:07:31 EST Hello! I'm Past Due in Joining Here Greetings! <BR> <BR> My name is Jeannette. I'm in West Des Moines, and I just joined this lovely team a few minutes ago. <BR> <BR> I've been on the SP site since October of 2008, and I belong to several teams already. But I thought maybe it was time to hook up with other SP members in the area. I don't know if I'll be an active poster here, as I'm already deeply involved in many of my other teams -- two of which I'm heading up. But I will be checking in here from time to time, to see what's... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 10:02:45 EST First rate fitness center in DM on the cheap!!! How does $100 from March 24 to September 5 sound? <BR> <BR> In my search to locate an affordable fitness center close to my house in northwest Des Moines, I had a flash of brilliance this morning. (They are extremely rare I might add.) What about Drake University? I went there 25+ years ago. Maybe that will count for something. <BR> <BR> And yes it did. Drake has a policy where former students can purchase a pass to their Recreation Facilities. We are talking the Knapp Center, Bell Ce... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 18:02:00 EST Any thoughts on Oakmoor Health Center? I am considering a health club and want to stick close to home, so I checked out the Aspen club by Merle Hay Mall and also Oakmoor today. The Aspen club appears to have a lot going for it if for no other reason than it is new & so is the equipment. However I would really like to add swimming to my planned regimen since I was a swimmer in high school, so I figured that Oakmoor might be a better choice. <BR> <BR> The Oakmoor pool is only a 20 yarder but I could live with that. However Oakmo... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 19:13:43 EST Anyone ever measure the mileage at Merle Hay Mall? Greetings all. Newbie at the SparkPeople, exercise and stop smoking thing. <BR> <BR> Been trying to get in some cardio at the Merle Hay Mall for a few weeks now and am trying to figure out my pace. But I need to know the distance that I am walking per lap. The MHM customer service desk says that it is 1.1 to 1.2 miles per lap if you walk all the nooks & crannies, which I do. <BR> <BR> So how accurate is what the customer service people say? Has anyone here actually figured it out to som... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 16:12:51 EST Motivation 0 Tips for Maintaining Your Motivation, #2: The One Thing You Should NEVER, EVER Do. <BR> <BR> By: Dean Anderson : 1/6/2009 6:14:29 AM : 153 comments <BR> Last week, in the first of 10 Tips on Maintaining Your Motivation, I talked about the importance of framing your healthy lifestyle goals in positive language. <BR> <BR> There is, however, one very basic and important goal that everyone should have on their list, and it really needs to be expressed in the strongest possible negative terms:... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 07:38:27 EST MARCH Challenge Sorry about my tardiness. Looking for a job and adjusting to my husband being home has thrown my normal organizational skills right out the window! Ugh! <BR> <BR> Anyhoo..........the challenge for this month is to change your frame of mind. A lot of people don't feel worthy of being happy so they don't really try. Baloney! I want to work on your psyche a little this month to make you see how valuable you really are. <BR> <BR> I want you to, at least three days a week, say something here pos... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 08:55:46 EST Match Challenge Sorry about my tardiness. Looking for a job and adjusting to my husband being home has thrown my normal organizational skills right out the window! Ugh! <BR> <BR> Anyhoo..........the challenge for this month is to change your frame of mind. A lot of people don't feel worthy of being happy so they don't really try. Baloney! I want to work on your psyche a little this month to make you see how valuable you really are. <BR> <BR> I want you to, at least three days a week, say something here pos... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 08:53:21 EST Flabby arms I am not sure where to ask this, or who to ask this to, but I have flabby arms and I would like to know of some exercises that I can do to make them less flabby! <BR> <BR> Any help?! Thu, 19 Feb 2009 13:53:36 EST recipes I just today after being on here for 6 months, figured out how to add my own recipe! I will be adding many more in the near future ;) Wed, 18 Feb 2009 09:07:44 EST Recommitment I really need to get some of this weight off, which means I need to be better about tracking. . .I get quite discouraged when I can't put EVERYTHING in here, like recipes I make myself or such. . . <BR> <BR> I also sometimes need a push. . .Of course seeing the emails in my inbox should be enough, or the points, I love getting points! And the fitness minutes, those build up so quick! <BR> <BR> But I keep having issues. . . <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone would be willing to email me o... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 12:48:43 EST Dam to Dam I just got an update from the trainer I worked with last year getting ready for my first Dam to Dam. He and his wife are facilitating the group again this year, it starts in mid-March. <BR> <BR> There is a 5K walker, 5K beginning runner, 5K intermediate, and 20K intermediate program... I really felt like it was worth it (kept me on track, I met some great people who were there to cheer for me at the finish line) and there was NO pressure to sign up for anything addition (like a personal t... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 20:07:32 EST Workout Videos Does anyone use the workout videos that are on Sparkpeople? Do they work well for you? Do you have any suggestions of other places to find free/decently priced videos that you have enjoyed/worked well? <BR> <BR> Thanks!!! Mon, 9 Feb 2009 17:48:05 EST A good read.. I'm sorry if this has already gone around on the message board but it is one of my favorite readings..the way it is typed makes it spread out..but it is a pretty quick read. <BR> <BR> A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE <BR> <BR> <BR> old love <BR> <BR> she can imagine <BR> <BR> going back to... <BR> <BR> and one who reminds <BR> <BR> her how far she has come... <BR> <BR> A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE <BR> <BR> ...enough money within her <BR> <BR> control to move out and <BR> <BR> rent a place of he... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 01:59:58 EST striders running group I can't find the thread here, but in this week's newsletter there was a question about the beginner's running group sponsored by the Capital Striders. <BR> <BR> I'm a Striders member, and while I haven't done the beginners group (my daughter has her tumbling class on Monday nights) I do know that the members, and especially Curt and Nancy, are very open to questions you would have... if you wanted to know more about it, I think the website has a link to an email address. I would almost gu... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 14:31:17 EST Good Packable Meals What are some ideas of good meals I could pack and take with me say to school/work? We have a cooler available to us at work and I have a lunch box (so elementary school I know) but maybe if I can make some meals the night before on days I'm going to be busy I won't be tempted to buy all the bad stuff! Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:50:55 EST Videos on SparkPeople I put this on my new team and after I saw a couple comments, I thought this might be good to have here also. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has a library of videos. <BR> <BR> If you want an introduction on your start page, click here: <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1124 </link> <BR> <BR> If you want an overview of the SparkPeople community, click here: <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1179 </link> <BR> <BR> If you need help... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 12:53:51 EST Planning Meals.. Lets say I want to use recipes from the site to plan a meal list for next mon-saturday..and then print the grocery list. Can anyone walk me through this? I know how it shows it with the meal plan..but i want to make my own. Thanks!!! Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:42:44 EST I'm the New one! Well I am new here..22 years old..recently moved to Des Moines and don't know too many people! Getting married in Newton on May 23, 2009 and trying to look good for it! Any tips/advice would be really appreciated! Wed, 28 Jan 2009 02:31:34 EST Hi to all Hi Everyone! My name is Jen and I live in Ankeny. I just found this site a couple weeks ago, thanks to a friend of mine. I have been 'attempting' to lose weight for years, but I don't think I've been serious enough. I swear this time I am! I don't want my little girls to be unhealthy. <BR> <BR> So what's this about challenges? Fill me in please :). I don't have a gym at this point, just in-home exercising when I can. My 2 yr old just isn't at the point of letting me go somewhere to exercise... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 21:48:37 EST What's next? I was within another team's forum and they had this game. I tried it in my private team and noone would play it with me. So, I'm going to try it here and see if I can get more than Snooks to participate. <BR> <BR> How the game works...if you open this you have to do the exercise the person tells you do and for how long it tells you to do it. Then you reply saying you completed it (and hopefully you actually did) and then list an exercise for the next person. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do 25 squats... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 13:37:42 EST Scales This morning I went to use my scale for my weekly weigh in and it wouldn't turn on. I changed the batteries, pushed reset, the works and nothing. <BR> So it looks like I will be purchasing a new scale this week. My scale had memory to hold weights for up to 5 different people. I'd like to find another one that has the same type of feature. <BR> So I thought I would check here to see if anyone had a particular model or feature on their scale that they really like? Sun, 18 Jan 2009 18:49:25 EST DietTRIBE I check iTunes every couple of days to see what they've got as their free TV downloads - I watch them when I'm on the treadmill or traveling. <BR> <BR> Last night they had the first episode of DietTRIBE from Lifetime available, so I downloaded it to watch while I cleaned my kitchen... has anyone been watching it? It's about 5 friends losing weight together for one of their weddings. They have a trainer and a psychotherapist that they meet with together and one on one. <BR> <BR> The epis... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 11:12:44 EST February Challenge?? Here you go, Snooks. How about this? <BR> <BR> DSM to Bismarck, ND 669 miles <BR> Bismarck, ND to Lloydminster, AB 685 miles <BR> Lloydminster, AB to Pink Mountain, BC 659 miles <BR> Pink Mountain, BC to Whitehorse, YT 734 miles <BR> Whitehorse, YT to Anchorage, AK 706 miles <BR> Total = 3453 miles <BR> <BR> Still wanting to do 1 min of exercise = 2 miles? Thu, 15 Jan 2009 20:42:47 EST Trying to keep warm in DM Hi there! My name is Rebecca and I live in Urbandale. Seeing as the temperature is dropping like a rock, I am here on SparkPeople getting things done that I have been putting off and trying to stay warm! I have been gradually working towards my weight and fitness goals for quite awhile now, and am getting closer and closer to what I have visualized for myself. I am glad to have found this website and this group and look forward to all both have to offer! Wed, 14 Jan 2009 19:43:37 EST First week Today was my first weekly weigh in. I am down exactly 2lbs. I know I should be thrilled with that, but I thought I had done better having been bad and snuck at peek at the scale on Thurs when I was showing down 3lbs! ERRRRRRRRRR!! Oh well...I must remind myself...slow and steady...slow and steady!! <BR> <BR> Have a great week all and be careful out there in this lovely weather!! Mon, 12 Jan 2009 12:37:59 EST YMCA - LEAP Retreat? Hello! <BR> <BR> I was at the Y today and heard about the LEAP (Ladies Exercise & Adventure Program) retreat on February 21-22 out in Boone. It's a retreat just for the ladies of all the Des Moines YMCAs. Anyway, it sounds really great - really intense, but fun, - and I was wondering if anyone on this team was going to go. There are a bunch of classes and you meet with a dietician and can run a 5k and do ropes and rock climbing and a whole bunch of stuff. <BR> <BR> I have a flyer, so c... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 23:31:57 EST Newbie Here Hi everyone! I am really excited to have found this site, it was an accident! I am a 47 yr old RN and have struggled with my weight nearly all my life. It seems I have been on a roller coaster for years with the up and down weight. I am hoping this site will help me with motivation, I can see all of you have some great ideas and positive attitudes, I am looking forward to getting healthier with all of you! Tue, 6 Jan 2009 10:08:37 EST Back on the band wagon... Hey! Hi all. I am Lori, I used to be on the site, but have been slacking oh for almost a year! Yikes! <BR> <BR> Had to push the little tracker dealie back 8 lbs since my last weigh in on here...and I think my '09 starting weight is 4 lbs more than my '08 weight. UGH! <BR> <BR> Anyway, just wanted to say hi! Is anyone else finding the site really slow today or is it just me? <BR> Also, I am having a really hard time remembering how to do all this nifty stuff! I am sure it will come back ... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 14:46:28 EST Inspiration Okay, we are all here for our owns reasons. We all have issues and things we are trying to get figured out. What I would like is an area that you can post things or sayings that have meaning to you. You just never know what thing will strike somebody as truly profound or meaningful and wouldn't it be nice to know that someone else may really be positively affected by something you said? <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is mine. I love and believe in this saying 1000%. <BR> <BR> <BR> Others see in you ... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 10:20:39 EST Challenges I am making this new area so when we do challenges it will be easier to find them and post. I know I missed the boat on January so what I would like is some suggestions for February. As you know, we have A LOT of new people so remember that they may suggest challenges we have already done and that is just fine. I think most of us would benefit greatly from revisiting some of those, don't you? <BR> <BR> Okay people, what challenge would you like to see? Mon, 5 Jan 2009 10:12:13 EST Jokes and Humor Let's have a section for making people laugh. We could all use a little silliness every day so if you know a good joke, a top ten list of something funny, whatever, post it here so we can all laugh with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine for today: <BR> <BR> A blonde wanted to sell her car, but couldn't find any buyers. She called her friend for advice, and her friend asked her how many miles she had on her car. <BR> <BR> "235,000 miles." Her friend told her that was the problem. But the blonde's... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 17:05:08 EST hi every one i need some help i am bumbed out i didnt get picked for the juice challenge which is there weight loss thing that pairs u up with three othere people and u work out together for three months so that made me sad i was just wondering how manny people have had some real sucess i do good for a while but am tired of doing this alone is there any one els who feels this way Sun, 28 Dec 2008 10:40:06 EST Hi from icy Des Moines <BR> A newbie here. Joined SP recently to help with my getting healthy journey. I am currently a Weight Watcher and have lost 40lbs so far. Want to lose another 35 lbs and thought this site would be helpful. Just learning the ropes. <BR> <BR> I am a 52 yr old, married happily, with one son and one dog. Currently I am walking/jogging 90 mins. 4 days a week, and 30 mins 3 days a week. I want to start a weight lifting program that SP will certainly help. <BR> <BR> I look forward to get... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 11:06:36 EST ymca is there any one in the des moines area who has a y membership i was just wondering i go to the y and find my self just walking around maybe its just me but im not into anything about fittness here latley and also has any one signed up for the juice challenge <em>46</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2008 18:59:59 EST Hi from Morgan Hello. I have been on Sparkpeople for most of the year, I just don't always track calories everyday or post something everyday. <BR> Hope everyone is keeping warm <BR> I live in WDM. I work at Lutheran on the night shift, 7p-7a 3 nights a week. I also teach at Kaplan and I am also in grad school. I guess I keep busy. <BR> Morgan Sat, 6 Dec 2008 21:35:32 EST Thank you! I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the words of encouragement in response to my latest blog entry. <BR> <BR> I appreciate all of the support - I'm not normally the one needing the encouragement, so I appreciate you all being here for me. <BR> Fri, 5 Dec 2008 11:09:13 EST I need help. . . I need some help. I have been avoiding SP for a while, just because NOTHING seemed to be happening, I wasn't losing weight, and I was discouraged, which is something that happens to me. If I don't lose then it slows me down and I am discouraged. . .And it's harder for me to exercise, I love riding my bike, and I do still ride it to school, but I can't go on my "joy rides" anymore. <BR> <BR> I should use Wiifit at home more, but I can't seem to get much motivation, especially after Tuesda... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 11:42:25 EST December's challenge As I stated on the Daily check-in, this month's goal is easy! All I want you to do is log the things you do accurately. I want to actually know that the water and exercise team goal tickers are reflecting what this team is really doing. Our by-product challenge of this will be to meet all three of our team goals this month. Can we do it?? Damn straight! (Or darn straight if that is less offensive to you!). I KNOW people are not keeping track of all they do so let's make a concerted effort to ... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 12:01:46 EST Spark Recipes I liked.... Ok, Snooks...just for's the message board. <BR> I have tried these two recipes: <BR> <link><BR>.asp?category=1&recipe=22675 </link> <BR> <link><BR>.asp?category=1&recipe=10972 </link> <BR> <BR> Do you see a theme? I tried these right after I found out how much sodium turkey has. I really like the breaded chicken parmesan. The chicken bake wasn't too bad...I'm just not a fan of stuffing. I'm startin... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 19:06:25 EST Giving thanks Dodgegal's blog made me think how nice it would be if we could all say something positive about our lives. With Thanksgiving in two days, let's take a moment and give thanks. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my wonderful husband and four healthy children. I am thankful that in this economy my husband and myself are always employable because we are nurses. I am thankful for my middle-class home and my spectacular yard and the joy that both bring to my whole family. I am thankful that though this C... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 10:11:05 EST need some info i was wondering if anyone new of any weight loss challenges or walking or running groups i have realized that i do a lot better when i am in a group or am being challenged and winter is here and i need all the motivation and help i can get Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:57:31 EST Hello from Pleasant Hill Hello, I'm Jolene from Pleasant Hill and just found this site today. I need to shape up and start eating like an adult and working out like I am back in high school. I have grandkids that are the loves of my life and I need to be around to see them grow. <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Nov 2008 16:48:04 EST November Challenge Thanks to WILLLOSE20MORE for this idea she borrowed from another team. <BR> <BR> Okay, so it's starting to get colder here in Des Moines. Know what that means? That means it's time to pack up and exercise our way to Tampa, FL where we'll show off our new fit bodies! <BR> <BR> For every minute of exercise you do, you will be 2 miles closer to Tampa. (If you do 30 minutes of exercise, you will be 60 miles closer to FL.) It can be anything - yoga, walking, strength training, housework, etc... Sat, 1 Nov 2008 00:50:46 EST Tupperware. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in hosting a Tupperware party, I know I am one of those creepy internet people ;) but I just started selling Tupperware and I don't know anyone that can have parties :/ <BR> <BR> Although having Tupperware helps me with weight loss. How you might ask. Well a lot of their products can go from the freezer to the microwave or fridge to the microwave, so I can make twice the recipe and just freeze it or save some for lunches. <BR> <BR> Also they h... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 16:04:50 EST A Personal Challenge for Today Hi fellow team members- If some of you are like me and you have a hard time keeping up with challenges or even logging them consistently. I am going invite everyone to join me in making an individual personal challenge for each day. This has to be a simple one!! Feel free to post your information but don't feel like you have to. This is for each of us to feel accomplished every single day. <BR> <BR> This is my personal challenge for today: <BR> Park in the furthest parking space from the do... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 13:58:55 EST Beggar's Night/Halloween I'm originally from Marion (Cedar Rapids) and I find it so strange that Des Moines does trick-or-treating on October 30!!! It's my first Halloween living here. I just had to get that off my chest, it seems so weird for me because I grew up trick-or-treating ON Halloween! We are dressing my baby up as a ladybug. What are you all doing for Halloween?? Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:39:03 EST New to this team Not sure if I am allowed to belong to your group. I am 1hour south of West Des Moines. <BR> <BR> Have not been able to find anyone any closer. So, if it is allowable I would like to check in with you guys from time to time. I was originally from Des Moines if that counts. And I was in town today to pick up some supplies. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Karen <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2008 19:40:01 EST Any ideas for a fourth challenge? Okay, peoples, I need ideas. Ideas that people will do! I have had three and it has waxed and waned on the amount of participation. I am open to all ideas so let's hear them! Tue, 28 Oct 2008 15:11:22 EST Scrambled words Constantly trying to think of things to keep the brain working! <BR> <BR> This game is easy but makes you think. I will start with a scrambled word and you unscramble it and then add your own. It can be any amount of letters but not less than four. Ready? <BR> <BR> srthipeo <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2008 10:05:24 EST Song Titles Same idea as the movie titles but with songs! <BR> <BR> Another One Bites the Dust Mon, 27 Oct 2008 16:16:50 EST Brrr it's cold!!! Boy it's cold! We kind of got thrown into winter it seems like! <BR> <BR> So what are you doing or going to do to keep exercising all winter? Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:33:44 EST Hello Hi, I'm Jennifer, I live on the south side of Des Moines. I'm married I have 2 grown sons,been through every diet u can think of. Right now I'm following the LA weight loss plan(well trying). Sun, 26 Oct 2008 09:02:06 EST Do you own a.... Here you ask a question that starts with "do you own a" and the next person answers and asks their own question. It can be anything. Ready? <BR> <BR> Q: Do you own a moped? Fri, 24 Oct 2008 15:26:49 EST Which would you rather.... You are to ask a question that starts with "which would you rather". The next person answers and asks their own question. Ready? <BR> <BR> Q: WWYR eat: Grapes or Strawberries? Fri, 24 Oct 2008 15:25:44 EST Des Moines Sparker above me... OK...a game...I originally posted in discussions...oops!! <BR> <BR> Make a statement or pose a question. The next sparker has to respond to that statement/question and then create one of their own. <BR> <BR> First one... <BR> The Des Moines sparker above me has created a winter exercise program. Fri, 24 Oct 2008 11:43:58 EST The Des Moines Sparker above me.... Pose a question, the next sparker has to answer and pose another question... <BR> <BR> The DM sparker above me has a winter exercise program planned. Fri, 24 Oct 2008 10:41:24 EST Open to ideas This forum is a free for all. If any of you have game ideas, put them in this forum. I want everyone to participate. Use games that are fun from some of your other teams. Make up your own. I don't care, I just want people to get involved! <BR> <BR> So let's hear all those great ideas Iowa! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2008 10:22:26 EST Movie Titles Let's do some silly stuff to take all the stress and seriousness out of this whole process. We need to have a little fun! <BR> <BR> This first game involves making a movie title out of the last letter of the previous one. Example: <BR> <BR> Days of Thunder <BR> <BR> Next movie might be Raising Arizona <BR> <BR> The next movie would have to start with an A. <BR> <BR> Okay-ready? I'll just continue with Raising Arizona. <BR> <BR> Next............ Fri, 24 Oct 2008 10:19:36 EST Goals I was wondering if we could create another goal? Maybe something about exercising? Tue, 21 Oct 2008 11:32:56 EST Hello from a fellow Iowan I just joined today and really have enjoyed all the information this site offers. I look forward to finding my way around a bit better and getting on track with my health. It's nice to know there's people from DM on here too. Sun, 19 Oct 2008 13:20:25 EST Recommen ations?? Hi, I haven't lived in Des Moines that long and am looking for some advice. Do any of you have/know of great pediatricians, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants? Who do you recommend and why? I am shopping around for pediatricians and also keeping my ears open for the next time I have a baby...(not yet!!) Sun, 19 Oct 2008 11:32:48 EST I.O.W.A. Want a new challenge, want to join a group of women to get moving? Check this out... <BR> <BR><BR>cfm Wed, 15 Oct 2008 22:59:07 EST Looking for a walking partner I am looking for a walking partner. I walk every morning either at Merle Hay Mall or Greys Lake. I go early usually but willing to change the time. Anyone interested? Wed, 15 Oct 2008 20:43:50 EST new member Hello everyone! I just joined SP yesterday. I was thrilled to find this team today. I live in West Des Moines with my loving husband, three kids and two dogs. I have decided that I deinitely need to make some changes in my life starting with losing the 60 lbs. I have put on since starting meds for depression almost two years ago. I am currently tapering off of them now. Anyway I am glad to have found this web site it is awesome! Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:32:02 EST Some useless but fun information Let's do another get to know each other type thing. Something more in depth. Some are repeats but a lot are new. <BR> <BR> Name? Ande <BR> <BR> Age? 44 <BR> <BR> M/S/D?: married <BR> <BR> Kids? 4- 16, 10, 9, and 3. Two of each sex. <BR> <BR> Animals? 2 dogs, three cats and a lot of fish. <BR> <BR> Favorite TV show now? The Office <BR> <BR> Favorite TV show ever? Northern Exposure (I still miss it!) <BR> <BR> Favorite song ever? Life in a Northern Town by Dream Academy <BR> <BR> Favor... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 13:18:56 EST A Christmas Present Renee, aka Naners, brought to me a spectacular idea she got from another team which I have modified to fit the needs of this team. This is a challenge, per se, but not of the monthly type challenges. This involves the WHOLE team and the WHOLE team will either make or break it. <BR> <BR> Our Christmas challenge is to lose 50 pounds collectively by the holiday. That gives us almost three months and with over 1500 people it should be a snap! Right? Right? <BR> <BR> 50 pounds gang. It can and w... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 14:09:06 EST Sneak peek at number three I thought I would give plenty of warning for the next challenge! <BR> <BR> 30 minutes of cardio at least three days a week. You can break it up into 10 minute segments or whatever but it has to be at least 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> I am also going to continue to track my water and fruit/vegetable. I figure I will do each challenge three months before I let it drop off to keep me in the habit. So I will drop the fruit/vegetable tracking in November. You guys do as you see fit. I know for me, hav... Thu, 25 Sep 2008 09:17:01 EST Hello Everyone I just wanted to check in. I've been too busy lately to post. I haven't even tracked my food intake, which I'm afraid is starting to show. I haven't gained, but I haven't lost anything either. I will have to make sure to make time during the day to do it. I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather we've been having. Blessings. <BR> Dee Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:29:54 EST