SparkPeople Kalamazoo Area SPARKlers! Team Messageboard This group is intended for those in Kalamazoo and surrounding counties. We are here to support and motivate each other. Let's go Kalamazoo! Welcome and good luck on your journey! :-) SparkPeople Kalamazoo Area SPARKlers! Team Messageboard Hello from Eastwood Hihi <em>213</em> <em>437</em> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:06:45 EST points from spins I won a big 50 today for the team in bonus spins! I also won 50 for the Eclectic Readers team I am on. Does that make up for the 2 and 3 I scored on the regular spins? I should hope so. I never ever get two 50's in one day. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:05:09 EST Spark Trivia Game Have you tried playing Spark Trivia yet? It's 3 more Spark Points a day and you might even learn something :) My all-time record is about 75 percent right (without looking up the answers on Google or anything). <link><BR>rivia.asp </link> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:40:02 EST Raw with Love - PFC Cooking Class, Feb. 13 People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo is taking signups for a a class with raw food phenom Sara Kozminske. Learn fresh new sweet treat recipes for Valentine's Day. <link><BR>/2/13/cooking-class-raw-with-love.html </link> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:25:14 EST Need recommendation on FitBit sort of device. I'm looking for a FitBit sort of device that tracks both steps and SLEEP patterns well. Low price also good. Any ideas? Do you own one? Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:11:37 EST What's you favorite cold weather food? Mac and cheese would be really good about now.... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:21:32 EST Master Gardener classes start Jan 21 in Kalamazoo Gardening is good for both our diet and exercise goals! See <link><BR>ener_volunteer/upcoming_training_classes </link> for more information. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:06:23 EST Borgess Run: May 1-3, 2015 Information on the 2015 Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess "Run for the Health of It" is now available at <link> </link> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 03:51:28 EST Fitness Minute Pledge How many minutes of fitness activities will you complete during June? <BR> <BR> I pledge to complete 1500 minutes during June...It will be a real challenge, but I'm motivated! <BR> <BR> June 1: 113 minutes/113 total Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:23:35 EST 50 Points a Day Streak-May Active participation on the SparkPeople website is a great way to keep motivated. How many days during May can you earn 50 or more Sparkpoints? Who will earn the most points during the month? <BR> <BR> Post your daily Sparkpoint total here using this format: <BR> date/daily points/total for the month <BR> <BR> Let's see how high those totals can go! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:41:32 EST Revitalizing the Team-Who is still Sparking? I have just volunteered to be the team leader for the Kalamazoo Area SPARKlers. Let's reintroduce ourselves. <BR> <BR> I am Michelle, and live in the Battle Creek area. I graduated from WMU in 1983, 1987 and 2010...overeducated :) Married with 3 grown children, 1 a WMU grad, 1 a WMU student, and 1 will graduate from MSU in 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting the area team going strong again. What kind of threads do you want to see on this forum? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:14:53 EST Hello from Westwood area! I joined the other day and forgot to introduce myself!, Yes, I am a 55-year-old with ADD--that is why my nickname is "Mama Loca"! Although I am considered a "skinny diabetic" (Type II) at 181 pounds (barely 34-35% BMI), I am in the prep stage for bariatric surgery, which I consider a TOOL in my journey for better lifestyle, not so much for weight loss (a given), but to help *reverse* diabetes and hopefully I can get off at least HALF of my 14+ prescriptions! <BR> <BR> My "final frontier" is ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 08:15:47 EST Get togethers? Are there ever any SP get togethers for the kazoo area? I saw that SP organizes them sometimes for bigger cities, but wasn't sure if this team did their own? Sun, 2 Jun 2013 00:15:53 EST New here from Battle Creek Hi! <BR> I just found this team tonight. I'm from Battle Creek. Hoping to meet some <em>223</em> 's nearby <em>213</em> Tue, 28 May 2013 22:02:18 EST Just Joined Team Hello, everyone. <BR> <BR> I've been on sparkpeople (again) since February....excited to be starting to see results. Also excited that the weather is finally nice enough to do some outdoor activities! <BR> <BR> I am a huge foodie, so if anyone ever needs advice on good restaurants in Kzoo, let me know. :) <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone! <BR> <BR> JKay0115 Sat, 4 May 2013 14:17:24 EST hello from Battle creek Hello fellow neighbors....Glad to be a part of this team. back on track and going strong for my second day. Hope everyone is doing great. If not. Dont give up and start over we are here for you Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:30:04 EST Group Activities Do you have a love for biking or running? I would encourage you to join one of the Kalamazoo Area groups to meet new people, run or bike with others, and get out in the community. <BR> <BR> Running: Kalamazoo Area Runners <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Cycling: Kalamazoo Bicycling Club <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In being a part of these I have met many people and have been able to join in with others who are at my same pace both runnin... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 18:37:32 EST Hello from Bloomingdale! Lovin' SparkPeople! Drop by my Spark Page anytime! Sun, 9 Sep 2012 19:40:00 EST Hi from Plainwell! Hello Kalamazoo spark people! I tried this a few years ago and didn't quite make it. I just had a new baby a month ago and I lost quite a bit of weight while I was pregnant and I want to keep it going, so I'm trying again! If there is anybody in my area looking for a buddy for support or accountability, let me know. See ya around! :) Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:55:06 EST Local Runs 2012 Borgess Run for the Health of It 05/06/201 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kalamazoo Marathon (Borgess Run For The Health Of It) 5/6/2012 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Girls On The Run May 24th 2012 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kalamazoo Mud Run June 2, 2012 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:01:04 EST Hi there from Paw Paw I am new here. Just getting the hang of this awesome site!!! <BR> Finally getting on track with at least a few of my New Years resolutions. :) <BR> Good luck to everyone....whatever your goals are!! Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:43:27 EST Returning from site hiatus! My name is Amber and I am returning to the site as I embark on losing the last 30-40 pounds. I started out at 250 pounds, prior to learning about this site, and have managed to get down to 180 (+/- 5) pounds by using a combination of C25K, moderating my eating, and this site. <BR> Currently working third shift at a local factory and working out in the mornings at the new Planet Fitness, located on Stadium drive. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:13:31 EST Newb! Hey guys! <BR> <BR> Just joined SparkPeople and am really enjoying all of the tools they have available to keep me motivated! <BR> <BR> I'm a full-time belly dance instructor and performer, alongside my husband. We travel a lot and have a hectic schedule, and so we're using SparkPeople to organize our fitness plan! Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:42:36 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge How many fitness minutes did you complete this week? Sun, 17 Jul 2011 21:07:55 EST Girls on the Run 5k event ~May 26, 2011 Hello fellow Kalamazoo Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to post an upcoming event for our area!! The Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run will be holding a community 5k run at WMU's Waldo Stadium on Thursday, May 26. <BR> <BR> You can pre-register with Gazelle Sports on Tuesday, May 24 from 10 am - 8 pm or you can register the day of the event between 4 - 6pm at Waldo Stadium. Registration is $30. The run begins at 6:30 p.m.. <BR> <BR> This is not a timed run/walk, just a fun way to get... Thu, 19 May 2011 12:22:40 EST Hello Kalamazoo Just wanted to stop by and say "Hi". New to Sparks and new to the team :) I noticed that there was a picnic last there one for 2011 as of yet? I would love to meet all of you :) Also, always looking for people to walk/cycle with me! Weather is still chilly but hopefully we will see Spring soon! <BR> <BR> What are everyones favorite places to workout? Or walk/run/cycle? <BR> <BR> I work out from home with DVD's and I love the new Kal-Haven trial that goes past the Nature Center. Ha... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:22:08 EST Zumba? Does anyone go to a Zumba class? What do you like about it...would you recommend it? Where is a good place to go in kalamazoo? Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:43:38 EST New to kzoo :) Hello! names Liz. Just moved to Michigan about 5 months ago...and am hoping to get involved in some "community" fitness thing i really want to do is Zumba. :) My goal is to lose 20 lbs by June. and to lose 60 lbs as my long term goal. Ready to get my life back on track ! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:35:25 EST Newish member of Spark People My name is Kevin and I've been an "official" member of Spark People since June of 2010 but I've been working my hardest on losing weight and getting in shape since just before the holidays. My wife and I have been doing great on eating better and having more energy to play with our kids and now it's just taking it to the next level. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all those involved and keep up the great work. Being an actor I'd tell you to break a leg, but that makes working out just that much har... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 11:05:40 EST Portage Family Fitness Gym--question Does any one go to this gym? Family Fitness in Portage, the one on Constitution, by Cross Roads Mall. I have noticed an awesome promotion they have going of no contract and $10 a month...and thought this was a good choice of price and family gym for me. Was wondering if anyone went to this gym before or goes now. Any experiences or anything. I was thinking of going and checking it out tomorrow morning. Any feedback would be great!! THanks Sun, 20 Feb 2011 13:43:14 EST Introducing myself My name is Bree I live on the East side of Kalamazoo now. I am married one little one at home. My husband is very supportive of my choice to lose weight. I have had some success however it is hard to do this alone. He supports me but I need someone to hold me responsible when I slip. Everyone I have encountered here at Sparppeople have been kind and supportive thank you all. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:03:08 EST Spinning class? I live in the Plainwell area and am looking for a spinning class because it looks fun and motivating. The big health clubs in Kalamazoo have them but you need to be a member which doesn't work for me in Plainwell +high cost. <BR> <BR> Do any of you know of something like this in the region, Kalamazoo, Plainwell, Wayland, etc... where you do not have to join the club? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 07:25:46 EST Just joined the team Hello, I wanted to say hello to everyone. I just signed up for this team, funny thing, I didn't think kalamazoo had a page, lol! I am on the west side of kalamazoo and am interested in talk to and working out with someone that lives over this way. Problem is I don't have a car right now. So if anyone lives by Village apartments off of drake road let me know. Hope to talk to you all later. Thanks! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 21:24:23 EST Winter Motivation In the winter i find myself less motivated to get up in the morning and go to the gym. I know I am not alone either. While all of us are trying to get fit and healthy we sometimes hit a wall... a cold wintery one this time of year. <BR> <BR> What do you find motivates you to go to the gym or work out at home? How do you make the time in your busy life to do it? <BR> <BR> For me i find that if i go to bed early and wake up at 5am to go to the gym I can fit a work out in... even if its only... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 20:16:58 EST Saying Hi from, seeking others @ Tx Corners/KVCC Hi, I'm 47, a good long distance walker/hiker (I live near Al Sabo land Preserve, and try to go there often). I'm looking for others to do outdoor things as the weather gets too cold for me to motivate by myself. I don't go too quickly up hills, but I can go a long distance. When the weather turns really foul, I actually get a lot of exercise shoveling the snow, but until then, the cold pushes me inside too often. <BR> <BR> Happy holidaze! <em>422</em> Mon, 8 Nov 2010 20:15:57 EST UPCOMING EVENT - ANYBODY INTERESTED??? Hey team, there is an event coming up 2 weeks from today right here in our area. A 5k walk or run. Anybody interested. I'm gonna do it regardless just to get out and stay active this month. Would love to have some fellow Kalamazoo Sparkers join me. <BR> <BR> Here is the site and let me know so if you're coming, I'll know to look for you!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?ievent=425537# </link> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:09:40 EST Hello! I am a 30 year old stay at home mom from Kzoo. I have a 16 month old son. I joined SP because after having my son I have been so focused on him I've REALLY let myself go. I want to be, at the very least, a healthier, more active mom! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 11:37:41 EST October Challenge Hello Team! <BR> <BR> October has begun and while the leaves begin to change, the temp starts to cool and the pumpkin and cider farms in the area fill with people we should still remember that we still have lots of time to be outside too. The Challenge this month is to pledge your fitness minutes. Remember, you can get your fitness minutes doing fun things with your children, friends or significant other taking walks, hikes, bike rides, or going to the gym, taking a class, cleaning your hom... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 20:47:55 EST Let's Get Physical! Hi all! My name is Jenn and I'm a 24 (soon to be 25 on October 1st!) year old from Kalamazoo. I work full time in retail and while I am on my feet and moving all day, the need to feed myself quickly and inexpensively has taken it's toll on my thighs, belly and booty. My current weight is 206 lbs at 5'6" and I know that's not healthy. Even my Wii Fit Plus tells me I'm not where I'm supposed to be. More importantly, my doctor told me the same thing. <BR> <BR> Three years ago I was hos... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:55:39 EST I'm having trouble... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am having a difficult time and could really use some help. My summer schedule was fabulous in that I took the summer off from everthing school related just to work on getting myself healthy. I did just that. Now, school is back on and I am not doing too good at scheduling everything that I have to do. I have worked too hard to lose it now but I feel like it is slipping away. I haven't tracked my food all week but I have still been making healthy choices. My exercis... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 22:30:53 EST Equipment question Has anyone tried the folding cycle thing you can get through Walgreens? The one that you can take anywhere with you. You can use it on your legs or on your arms. Does anyone recommend it? Fri, 10 Sep 2010 13:07:22 EST Hello fellow SP I just joined Kzoo Area SPARKlers! Woo~hoo! <BR> <BR> I've been on "my journey to a healthier me" for 23 weeks now and with SP for almost two months. I am down 19 pounds, patiently waiting for that 20 pound mark! I think I can, I think I can.... <BR> <BR> Here's to a successful journey for all of us! <em>306</em> Wed, 25 Aug 2010 22:53:37 EST I'M NEW TO THE TEAM!!! Hi everyone! I was invited to join your group by TEALADY0531. I am new to the Kalamazoo Area SPARKlers team and thought I should introduce myself! My name is Daneene. I am 42 years old, married, and am the mother of four daughters. I joined Spark people to lose weight, become healthier, and more active in my daughters lives! I don't want to watch from the sidelines - I want to jump right in and enjoy!!! I am looking forward to getting to know you all! <em>220</em> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:40:41 EST What Would You Like To See? What would you like to see from the group? <BR> How can the group be more helpful to you on your weigh loss journey? <BR> What activities would you like the group to participate in on the site? <BR> How would you like to see the group be more interactive? <BR> Etc Etc <BR> <BR> All of these questions I am asking for the purpose of you, us, the entire group. Sometimes it is hard to do this task of healthy living and weight loss by our selves and without the support of others in our lives whi... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 15:18:03 EST Spark Rally This area is for information on our Spark Rally's. Spark rally's are times where the group will be able to get together at a local place and spend time meeting and supporting each other right here in our community. <BR> <BR> The rally's planned this month are: <BR> <BR> August 7th- Saturday- in Bronson Park (downtown Kalamazoo) for a team picnic at 12pm-2pm <BR> <BR> August 22nd- Sunday- Celery Flats (on Westnedge by Shaver) for riding bikes, roller blading, running or walking at the flat... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 10:33:04 EST Hi there from Battle Creek Hi I started in spark about a month ago, and weighing 225 lbs. I'm down to 205 and will do my weekly weigh in on Sunday . I hope the program will help me get down to my goal weight of 175. I already made it farther than previous attempts. If anyone wants a work out partner contact me. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 02:51:44 EST Hello from Battle Creek! Hi everyone! I'm 27 and I live in Battle Creek. I'm not really looking to lose weight, but to firm up and focus on my overall health and fitness. I started exercising consistently back in 2003, but since I started working about 70 hours/week in 2008, I found my exercise time was the first to fall by the wayside. I'm hoping this site will keep me focused and motivated! <BR> Sun, 25 Jul 2010 19:52:07 EST Update Haven't posted on the team page in a long time and thought I would update everyone. <BR> <BR> Since I started on Sparkpeople in mid January I have lost 39 pounds! I went from wearing size 16 pants to size 10! I feel healthier and my doctor says I do not need medication for cholesterol and blood sugar - I was borderline on both in January. <BR> <BR> I have 11 more pounds to reach my goal. <BR> <BR> I am having some motivational issues the last few days - I'm not sure why because I am so h... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 21:43:35 EST Graduate Student from Kzoo! Hey Everyone! <BR> My name is Kristy. I need social motivation to succeed in my weight loss! I am now at the end of my graduate degree and have realized that I need a little work in the health department. I've started on my own for the past week and have been doing well, 4 lbs lost! But in my experience, I have to get through at least 3 weeks before things become a habit! Anyway, I look forward to reading your posts and everything. Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Kristy Fri, 11 Jun 2010 19:43:30 EST Hello Kalamazoo sparkgirls! I'm Megan, I am a Kalamazoo Valley Community College student. I'm also a Passion Parties consultant. That's right, I sell adult toys and amazing body products and throw some of the best parties around! I'm rejoining spark people to re-loose the weight I've put back on over the past two years and hopefully more! Two years ago I was working out three days a week and eating healthy. After a bad relationship, loss of my beloved dog, and loss of my corporate job, I find myself unhappy with my body... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 00:11:43 EST Hi from Paw Paw! Hi <BR> <BR> I live in Paw Paw and work in Kzoo. I am excited to meet others from this area and hope to be motivated to loose 50 lbs. I am looking forward to the help and support of this team, and also to be the supportive to others as well. I am so worn out and just want to be healthy and fit. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone! Fri, 30 Apr 2010 23:43:42 EST Just trying this out... I'm a former Weight Watchers success story...but now lots of life changes and 2 kids later, I need more weight loss! I have a lot to lose and it is coming off so slowly that I'm a bit frustrated. Was trying other online options, but heard this was good and easy. Any tips on how to work this program most effectively despite many potential life "potholes"? Glad to be here and would love to connect with locals who are succeeding on here! Mon, 19 Apr 2010 22:35:51 EST Hello Hi, my name is Tabitha. I have been gluten-free since January 2008. After initial improvement, my health declined again. Eating well and supplementing nutrients did nothing to stop the decline So, I had a metabolic panel and food allergy panel done at the beginning of this year. I got the results on 3/11, when I became aware of all my other allergies. They contain many of the foods I have come to rely on as the basis for my diet in the last two years. They include corn, soy, milk, cheese, egg... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 21:34:17 EST Upcoming LOCAL Event!!!! Here is link to check out if you're looking to get active, involved or just want to get out and exercise since spring is upon us!! <BR> <link><BR>tup-Group/calendar/12201173/?a=cv1c_gr<BR>p&rv=cv1c </link> <BR> <BR> If anybody plans to do this, let me know. We could meet up! Sat, 6 Mar 2010 16:16:36 EST Your Ah Ha Moment So when did you have your Ah Ha moment and what have you done to get on the train towards a healthy lifestyle? Thu, 11 Feb 2010 17:21:10 EST Heart Disease Awareness Good Morning Team Kalamazoo! Today we honor Women and Heart Disease by wearing RED in support. Will you be wearing red? Let's show the world that in Kalamazoo we do care!!! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 05:32:12 EST Weekly Weigh In Challenge! Weekly Weigh In Challenge! <BR> <BR> Pick a day to weigh in every week and post: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: # lbs (-/+ #lbs) <BR> Inches lost: - # inches <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> -------- <BR> “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness…never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:51:45 EST Kalamazoo Runs 2010 Hey all, <BR> I just wanted to put out there that there are two big runs this year in Kalamazoo. I plan to run both. These two (the ones that I have research/know of) are the Borgess Run for the Health of It! and the Kalamazoo Klassic. <BR> <BR> This is the Borgess training outline for those interested in running it: <BR> <BR><BR>chedules/Borgess_Run_Camp_5k_Beginning<BR>%20to%20Run%202010.pdf <BR> <BR> And this is the information on the Kalamazoo... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:23:54 EST How do you get your water in every day? I struggle with getting my water in every day. I have started to carry a water bottle with me every where I go. I go ok for awhile, and then I start to get sick of water. I do so much better when I am drinking my I need to keep getting it in EVERY day! Sat, 16 Jan 2010 12:04:54 EST Did you work out today? Yes I did! I am pretty happy with myself today! As soon as I got up I did 30 mins of pilates, and then 45 Mins on the treadmill! And I feel GREAT now! one step at a time!!! Sat, 16 Jan 2010 12:02:55 EST Just a quick intro Hi, my name is Louise and I live north of Parchment. I joined Spark in September of 2008 and have made my goal but now continue to stay here and keep active and live a healthy lifestyle. I recently became a grandparent for the first time and am so very excited about this as well. <BR> <BR> Look forward to being a part of the team and hope to meet many of you face-to-face as I love to walk. It is my primary exercise but am now including weights and other things like EA Active on the Wii. ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:27:11 EST Pretty new I am pretty new to SparkPeople. Gotta take the girls to swim class now at the Y or I would chat more. I look forward to "meeting" you all soon! Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:19:03 EST Team Building Challenge Hello All, <BR> <BR> I was thinking of different ways we could get more involved in the boards and in motivating each other. And I have one that could help to start: <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE <BR> I would like to challenge everyone in the team to invite at least one member of SP on your friends list in the Kalamazoo area to the team. I think that it would help the team grow and new members as well as not so new members can help motivate each other. <BR> <BR> This is an awesome way to spread the... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 14:50:06 EST New Years Resolution What are your new years resolutions? <BR> <BR> Is it to lose weight? <BR> Spend time with family? <BR> Take care of your health? <BR> Quit smoking? <BR> <BR> Whatever it is please share. Good luck in 2010! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:09:18 EST Opportunities Where do you like to walk? How do you incorporate exercise in your daily and sometimes hectic life? <BR> <BR> I take 10 mins and do on-demand work outs. I do the videos that are quick for burning cals and toning muscle AND they work! Sat, 31 Oct 2009 09:10:13 EST Support and Motivation What support system helps you most? <BR> What motivates you in your life? Sat, 31 Oct 2009 09:08:21 EST Hi there from Kzoo I was a huge sparkpeople user last year before my wedding and thanks to this site... and a whole lot of support I lost 20 pounds.. <BR> Since then... I slacked off... and almost a year later... gained 10 back! <BR> <BR> But here I am... and there's no time like the present! I look forward to meeting you folks... and reaching our goals together! <BR> <BR> I've started a personal challenge this month... <BR> 100 Crunches a day! No matter what! <BR> <BR> Maybe we could do it together... a... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 19:48:25 EST Paw Paw!! Hi. I am VERY NEW! I am just getting around here and would like to have someone along for the ride. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 04:22:56 EST Good local gym Does anybody know of a good local gym that is 24 hours in Kzoo or in the surrounding area? I work until 8pm and usually am not really motivated to get up early to work out. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 11:13:07 EST New to the group would Like a buddy <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Hi My name is Hannah and I live in Paw Paw. I would love to find some people for support possibly work out partners. I hope that some one would be interested. I really need a good kick in the butt:0) <BR> THanks <BR> Hannah Tue, 21 Apr 2009 19:10:19 EST Reintroduction Hey, sorry for the cross-post… <BR> <BR> I freely admit I’ve been flaky about SP, but I’m still trying to figure out what will work for me. I’m looking for a walking buddy in the Kalamazoo area. Actually, somewhere up and down M-40 would be perfect, since I live and work on that route. In general I’m 36 and married my hubby less than a year ago. I’m a sci-fi geek, like books and movies, and have more than 50 pounds to lose in the long run. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 19 Apr 2009 05:59:13 EST Just Discovered Sparks New to Sparks as of yesterday - referred by a friend. This is a great program! Its easy to use and fun to watch the points add up. <BR> <BR> I moved to Kalamazoo 3.5 years ago from Florida and gained a whopping 35 pounds since living here. Winters are hardcore! I'm really excited about making a serious commitment to losing weight and living healthier. Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:52:40 EST What's the plan for a beautiful weekend? What is everybody doing this weekend in this beautiful weather? <BR> <BR> We unfortunatly get to be stuck inside the movie theater for a bit. Gotta do the things the kids like to too. But after we get to walk walk and more walk. Can't wait to enjoy the sun and warm. YEAH SPRING!!! Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:47:00 EST New girl looking for support! Hey there Ladies! My name is Marie and I live in the Allegan area. I have really struggled with my weight most of my life. Now with having 2 babies within 2 years my body is all out of whack! I have never had a good self image and I am determined to FINALLY love myself! I am looking for a buddy or buddies to help keep me motivated. I work full time in Holland and have a 1 and 3 year old. I have started P90 and work out at 5am since that is the only free time I have all day. Hello!! Thu, 2 Apr 2009 15:51:54 EST I'm a newbie Hello, I am a new member here. I live in Portage, married, no kids, 2 cats. I have a sit down desk job so I don't get much exercise during the day. I am still learning my way around the website. I am hoping this site will help watch what I eat and give me pointers on how to make positive changes in my eating habits and exercise. I have gained a lot of weight and I need to lose about 50 lbs or so. Thanks, <BR> Riley Sun, 22 Mar 2009 15:01:09 EST Yep, I'm new too! I just found this team. I didn't realize there were specific city teams, so yeah! Anyhow, I'm Teresa. I'm a 35 year old sahm (although up until recently was a wahm) to 6 kids - boys ages 16, 12, 9, and almost 3 and girls ages 7 and 5. I was born and raised in Florida. Although I've lived in Kalamazoo for almost 10 years since I have not really worked outside of the home here I don't know very many people here outside of my husband's family. He was born and raised here. <BR> <BR> Oh and... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 21:51:42 EST Just joined today! Looking forward to giving and getting support. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 18:34:02 EST What will you do in Kalamazoo this spring? I am so looking forward to my first ride on the Kal-Haven trail this spring!!! It got me thinking about what others may be looking forward to doing when spring arrives. <BR> Is there anyone interested in a team outing this spring to ride the Kal-Haven or some other activity? <BR> Sun, 25 Jan 2009 16:34:03 EST Found you I was looking at another SP's page and saw this local group, so decided to join. Looks like there is a slow start, but those of us who are still here can help each other out. <BR> I live in Portage and grew up in Allegan. <BR> Looking forward to some local conversation and support. Wed, 7 Jan 2009 07:34:28 EST Hello from Otsego I've been a Sparkpeople member since Jan 2006. I have started and stopped a couple of times, but got serious in Sept. of 08. Have lost almost 30 pounds and would love to correspond with others in the area on the rest of my journey. Sat, 27 Dec 2008 11:36:17 EST Cold weather issue Now that it's darn cold and all sorts of snowy, what do you do to keep that exercise interesting? Do you go anywhere, besides the gym? Is there a special place to get up and move? <BR> I am looking for ideas. I don't want to get bored just doing my exercises in the house. I figure if I plan ahead now and get ideas I can beat the boredom off with a stick. LOL. <BR> Any suggestions would be great. Wed, 10 Dec 2008 13:34:46 EST New To The Group Hello, I'm Heather and I am new to the group. Right now I am a Masters Student at WMU trying to lose 43 lbs by next year for my wedding. I am looking for motivation and a possible work out buddy. Wed, 19 Nov 2008 19:39:04 EST Here I am Hi everyone! <BR> I'm new to Spark People. I'm excited to start this new journey, and I'm so glad that there are people here in Kalamazoo that are Spark People too! <BR> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 09:58:44 EST New too Hi my name is April. I am currently residing in Portage right off of Westnedge where almost every food joint and restauruant imaginable is located. I work at the mall so I am constantly tormented by Sbarro's, McDonalds, and even the Steak and Potatoes Place. My only salvation is Subway, and even that can be bad. I'm going to be 26 in 11 days and my one salvation as well is I work at JC Penney's where I am on my feet and moving all day. Thu, 10 Apr 2008 17:13:44 EST in need of big time help! So i entered this contest on Runners to win an entry to the Boston marathon and all my expenses and all that jazz...NEVER thinking i have a chance because i never win anything. I get this email from them and then a subsequent call saying i am the winner. When i entered i never thought i'd win and if i did, i thought the race would be farther away (not being real up on my dates for races). Well...its in April and i am NO WHERE EVEN CLOSE to being able to do this in my strength. I kno... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 10:10:09 EST New Girl Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be a part of this! I am in Portage, currently. I have lived in the Kalamazoo area all my life, including Plainwell, Mattawan (class of 94) and Paw Paw. I have 3 boys, 3 step sons and 1 step daughter. My husband joined today too, so we are in this together, but I still need a lot of support. I lost 75 pounds after my divorce, but it was mostly due to stress and gained a lot back in my last pregnancy. I am an EMOTIONAL OVEREATER and have a very hard time with thi... Fri, 15 Feb 2008 21:56:00 EST New here Hi everyone. My name is Michelle. Im a 26 year old mother to 2 children. I have lost a total of 50 lbs,but would still like to lose 50-60 more. Tue, 29 Jan 2008 22:17:07 EST Hi from cold Michigan Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Wish it was July. <BR> <BR> I'm here to lower my BMI. I lost 30 lbs a few years ago, but about 10 came back to haunt me. <BR> <BR> Love this site. It has everything I need. I really look forward to logging in every morning. <BR> <BR> My goal is realistic. My reward will be some type of trip. I love the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids area. Many pretty things to see. <BR> <BR> Everyone have a great week. Stay warm and Spark on!! Tue, 29 Jan 2008 19:51:14 EST new hey y'all. My name is Becky. I am a happily married mom of 2. I actually started Spark people about 6 mths ago and kind of fell off the wagon <em>28</em> . I have started running again a couple months ago and have set a goal to run a marathon in the fall. I am hoping that will keep me motivated to keep running. I am homeschooling my kids and am active in my church so that helps keep me busy as well. I actually live in St. Joe county so i am a short drive south of kzoo, but find myself there a... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 15:12:14 EST Kind of New Hey all! I just noticed and joined this team, having been with sparkpeople for a few months now (with some minor setbacks). I'm 34, live in portage and have 2 year old son. I've got a ways to go, and am just focusing at the moment on adopting good eating habits, making running and exercise a daily part of my life again and feeling good. If there's anyone interested in taking up running (I'm going to do the couch to 5K program) and wants a buddy, let me know! Fri, 12 Oct 2007 11:13:54 EST Hi everyone! My name is Gale and I'm from Portage. I'm 35yrs old and married for 14yrs with 2 children ages 16 (boy) and 10 (girl). I've been trying to lose this weight for a long time. I've been up and down alot, but hoping to go back down and stay there. <BR> <BR> It's nice to meet others from this area! <BR> <BR> Gale Thu, 20 Sep 2007 09:02:06 EST (off topic) Son's Baseball Game Good morning everyone.. <BR> <BR> I just had to tell all of you how the games went.. <BR> <BR> Game #1 - Won ~ 21 - 1 <BR> Game #2 - Lost ~ 5 - 6 <BR> Game #3 - Won ~ 22 - 1 <BR> Game #4 - Won ~ 24 - 0 <BR> <BR> Placed 2nd in the pool (4th between all the pools) and made it to the championship round. <BR> <BR> Game #5 Played the 6th place team. Won 10 - 0 <BR> Game #6 Played the 1st place team. HUGE win.. 5 - 4 Tied at the end of the game so we went into extra innings. The oppo... Tue, 24 Jul 2007 10:44:59 EST Heather (Bearcollector) When I saw your picture the other day on this site I thought to myself you look very familiar.. Does your oldest play little league in Mattawan? I run the concession stand there.. I have a daughter 14 going into 9th grade and a son almost 10 going into 5th grade.. I look forward to getting to know you more. About where in Mattawan do you live. I live off of Stadium Dr. and 4th Street. Good luck with everything.. <BR> <BR> Heather S Mon, 23 Jul 2007 15:53:27 EST Biking (Holly) Hey you are really not to far from me. Maybe 15 minutes or so.. I live near Stadium Dr. and 4th Street. My kids do like to go biking. My daughter and I just got back from our annual bike trip with the middle schoolers at our church. The trip is about 250 miles. I could not bike it this year because I couldn't train for it. I just had a baby on May 21st. I biked it last year and hope to do it next year. We attend Southridge Church on Texas corners. They have the best youth group aroun... Mon, 23 Jul 2007 12:12:15 EST Cool site to count calories burned This site you have to put in your weight because everyone burns calories at a different rate due to their weight. I like this site because it is very detailed.. <BR> <BR><BR>n.html Mon, 23 Jul 2007 11:18:07 EST welcome to the list Hello 2befitmom3 to the list. I just started this list a few days ago.. I hope that we can get connected and help each other with lossing some more weight. I hope things are going well with you... Good luck and God Bless.. Mon, 23 Jul 2007 11:11:20 EST Who I am... My name is Heather and I am from Mattawan.. I have two children Kaila(14) and Nicholas(10). I have been married for almost 11 years.. <BR> <BR> I want to lose about 50 pounds and hope that through this website I can keep motivated to reach my goal. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know others who join this team.. <em>43</em> Fri, 20 Jul 2007 09:08:16 EST