SparkPeople Outdoor Women Team Messageboard This team is for the women who love the outdoors-whether you love to hike, hunt, fish, garden, visit natural areas, have concerns about the environment, or work in an outdoor career. SparkPeople Outdoor Women Team Messageboard New to team! Hello, all! I love being outdoors...whether it's hiking, camping, or working in my small garden. I've been married for 28+ years and am a mom and grandma! I'm here to lose weight and get healthier...and for community with other like-minded gals! Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:25:07 EST OF PERIODS AND HIKING I ran into this article a few months ago and wanted to share it. Little did I know that the article had been written by one of our new members, DreamerSpirit. I have permission to share it now. I myself, am post-menopausal (hurrah!) but it might be relevant for you younger gals: <BR><BR>ip <BR> =49550_hiking_and_menstruation <BR> Wed, 31 May 2017 22:12:07 EST Best wishes from a gardener in Washington state Hello outdoor women. I'm an outdoor woman, too. Even in the dreaded rain. I'm from the wet part of Washington, though I grew up in the dry part. I have a question: what is the owl goal? How does one go about owling? Tue, 30 May 2017 21:42:26 EST Hello from New England! Hello from New England! <BR> <BR> My name is Katie, and I live in central Massachusetts. I am an educator, aspiring artist, and a nature nerd. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite things to do is hiking! I'm not afraid to solo hike, but I also enjoy hiking with companions. My favorite place to hike is the White Mountains in New Hampshire, though I don't get up there as much as I'd like. To be honest, I mostly hike the handful of monadnocks in my region. They're short, local hikes that fit well in... Mon, 29 May 2017 21:57:42 EST UPDATE TO MY INTRO I am back Sparking after a three or four year absence. I think I will have more advantages now, than last time. <BR> My Sweetie and I are recovering from a major setback in finances. Her income was reduced by a third for five years (I call it create financing by the Veterans Administration, but I won't get on my soapbox now.) Last time I was here, some might recall that we were working on our roof. We can now resume construction. We also plan on erecting a wind powered electric generator and ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:30:36 EST Hudspeth County goings on. Today was a light day, as we discovered where we had placed the chargers for the cordless drills. and vibrating saws two days ago. We use these because the house that Teester2 and I am building while we live in a finished portion of it, is completely free of the electric grid. We are very environmentally conscious, and the house is run off Solar Panels, that will be augmented by a wind plant in the late Spring.. Once the equipment was located, we completed all but about 10% if the interior sh... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:20:12 EST HOOWDY. I AM TEE FROM TEXAS When I was active with Spark three or four years ago, this was a very active team I would like to see it become that way again. My lifetime companion is Taylorcraft, aka Sabrina, or Brie. . <BR> My name is Therese but I go by Tee or Teester. Together, she and I are building a hangar home on the west Texas plains east of El Paso. We have some acreage but most of our activity is confined to the two acres around the homestead. When we aren't building on the house or weeding the yard, we are... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:22:23 EST New member saying "Howdy" A big Texas Howdy to everyone here. My name is Sabrina, "Brie" for short. I am 67, Retired Army, and a retired commercial pilot. I am also a competitive shooter, and an avid Hunter, and Fisher. I live on 82 acres in far west Texas, with my mate of 24 years. We are building our house from the ground up, while we live in the part that is compleated. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:15:05 EST New to Team Hi everyone! I just joined (Sparkpeople and this team). The Outdoor Women team does not look super active, but I strive to do something active outdoors everyday and this seems like a good place to meet likeminded people. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:24:18 EST Happy Holidays !! Sorry for not posting in awhile. Hoping people will come back to post. Everyone have a happy and safe holiday! <em>445</em> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:20:37 EST Hi Everyone Hi everyone, I am really glad I found this team!! its perfect for me. I am very big into fishing, boating and camping and being outdoors as much as my life will allow. I look forward to getting to know you all as I take this journey to be more healthy. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 19:19:01 EST Do you have a favorite coffee? I love coffee i usually add cream to my coffee. Since i started using Mountain Cabin Coffee i don't need to use creamer!Love this coffee! Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:27:51 EST Back at it! I'm ready to start again. I'm 38 and glad to be here. I was on Spark a few years ago and managed to lose 50+ lbs. I felt great and even ran a couple half marathons. Then I started to get complacent and didn't log in to Spark regularly because I was a "success story." I started graduate school and stopped exercising regularly. I found it was too easy to fall back into old habits, and here I am again obese and winded after climbing 1 flight of stairs. I've logged into SP a couple of times over ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:52:47 EST Wake up and smell the coffee! What is the first thing you do in the morning? <BR> <BR> I put on my exercise gear and pop on my workout video or go fir a walk. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:56:05 EST How was your summer? I apologize for being away for some time was very busy enjoying my summer and getting my life back on track. <BR> <BR> How was your summer ? Would love to hear about your adventures, vacations so on,,,, <BR> <BR> I have been fishing at a few lakes near my home which catching hasn't been great but burned a lot of calories setting up the boat. Did a family camping trip that I enjoyed very much and got a little over tanned laying on the beach. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in helping o... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:08:46 EST Hi hi from North Carolina Hi all. After a long break I am ready so start getting healthy again so bringing my Spark People account out of retirement. Ready to try something new. Sun, 31 May 2015 10:58:17 EST Hello from N. California HI, I'm a newbie. I'm in rural Northern California, along the coast. I was raised in a farming community and am really happier outdoors than indoors. I am a retired art teacher, enjoying doing my own art now guess where? Outdoors, it is called "Painting en Plein Air". It is "macho painting", dealing with air, wind, sun, heat, insects, etc. Much fun! I also like to take tons of photos of my surroundings, some I can use for paintings, but I just can't stand seeing a gorgeous sunset witho... Tue, 26 May 2015 13:31:58 EST Gardening Question A question for the gardeners <BR> <BR> I have a small garden in my backyard that I haven't started planting as yet this spring. Last year I planted a garden. I can't remember what type of flowers they were <em>24</em> . I get alot of sunlight in my backyard and one day they were fine then a few weeks later they were dead. I watered them regularly because they soil was always dry. How do I keep this from happening again? What type of flowers work best for a person that really doesn't have... Thu, 7 May 2015 10:54:34 EST Spring Outdoor Plans So ladies, spring has been in full swing for a month now and only two more to go. <BR> <BR> What have you been doing? <BR> <BR> What do you plan on doing? <BR> <BR> *************************************** <BR> To answer my own questions ... <BR> <BR> What have I been doing? Well, I've done some outdoor prep work for the garden and of course care for the animals. Grandson loves being outside so at minimum I am chasing him around. However, I've been in physical therapy since February for a ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:25:56 EST Greetings from the Deep South Hello all, just wanted to do a quick introduction! I never know how often I'll get to post so I'll just be around when I'm around! <BR> I previously served in the Marine Corps and loved all the adventures we got ourselves into. I really miss those days and have sense found a group of folks (5 of us aged 22 - 44) that will go off on adventures with me. We mostly hike and will section hike the AT as well. It's gonna get much harder the farther north we go but it's a dream none-the-less. We also... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:10:35 EST March outdoor ideas! We had a really lovely hike this weekend at the Louisville Swamp along the Minnesota River - spring thaw, lots of animal tracks to ponder, including a wide tail-drag from a tiny bit of open water, across the water to a beaver lodge :) <BR> <BR> Friends of mine are beginning to post about maple tapping, and other outdoor foraging pursuits. What are you up to this month? <BR> Anne Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:15:56 EST GREAT BREAKFAST IDEAS..WHAT DID YOU HAVE? Sometimes breakfast is hard to get in for those who are busy? Give us your best breakfast idea. Tell us what you ate today. <em>490</em> <em>474</em> <em>470</em> <em>4</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:12:59 EST DAILY CALORIE BURN, HOW MANY? Post how many calories burned ? What exerise did you do? Show motivation and get others motivated. <em>312</em> <em>216</em> <em>315</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:09:36 EST OPEN FORUM CHIT'CHAT THREAD Hello <BR> This thread is for everyone to get to know each other and share ideas or goals in our everyday life. We are all on the same journey to accomplish the same goal. <BR> <BR> Live healthy and happy and keep moving!! <em>211</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:46:25 EST February outdoor ideas! I figured, we might as well set up topics that can get used all the time - we could have 12 monthly topics, so that when someone joins, they can immediately get ideas for that month! <BR> <BR> Ok! What do you like to do in February? Around here, it's COLD, and usually there's some significant snow on the ground. Lately, we havn't been getting enough snow to have good consistent snow for cross-country skiing. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to motivate myself to get out to an O-Meet this afternoon -... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:36:13 EST Wish there was more activity on this team Hello Team <BR> I know I haven't been on as much as I should but with my busy schedule I havent' had the time. I still love this team and wish there was more activity and post. I have seen new members join and I have seen alot of members go. I took on this team to share experiences with women who love the outdoors like me and to share our weight loss journey together. I would love to have a leader who is also a woman who loves the outdoors to keep this team going. I would like to say to ne... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:11:34 EST ARE YOU READY FOR THE FALL/WINTER? Hello ladies <BR> <BR> Are you ready for the fall/winter (not me) but I decided to make this winter a lose weight, get toned and eating healthy one. I will be taking advantage of this season to get myself back on track. I am determined and with that I will stay motivated. Right now I'm lining up my calendar so by summer 2015 I will be in shape and feeling great. The cold months are such a down time for me so I will make it happen. <BR> <em>211</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:10:01 EST Good hiking boots Im going to work on hiking my first 14er. Any suggestions on good hiking boots? not hunting ones, but hiking up a mountain on a trail. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:47:29 EST WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE DO YOU DREAD DOING? I really don't like jumping jacks. it feels like everything is going up and down for the wrong reason. <em>30</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:43:55 EST ~April Chat Thread~ I didn't see a thread for daily chat so hope it's ok that I started one! Hoping to see some activity from other Team members! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:56:19 EST Hello from Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri ! Morning all, just joined up last night. I was pretty excited to find a Team of women that are all about the great outdoors! I'm pretty terrible when I have to be cooped up inside. We live on Lake of the Ozarks and I have plenty of things to do here to keep me outside and loving it. I garden (flower and vegetable), hike, love working in my yard, walk daily, read and love to sew. I often will take my sewing machine down to the dock and sew during the summer when I have to get something don... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:59:30 EST Hello from Arizona Hello - I am new to sparks and I thought this would be a good sparkteam to join. I like to do outdoor things as I have the time, but mostly I work at a desk during the week. I'm hoping to be more intentional about getting out and about! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:36:34 EST Any ideas on what we can add to the team page Hello Team <BR> <BR> Haven't been as active as I should on this team and would hate to see it go, but I would like to see more participation and new topics. Lets work as a team and help out I'm sure you have topics you would like to discuss. Have a great holiday! <em>211</em> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:28:20 EST Hello from Indiana Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am happy to meet all of you outdoor lovers. My husband and I have recently taken up hiking to help us lose weight and get fit. In October I'm going to learn to kayak. The weather today was perfect and we had a lovely 4.5 mile hike at a near by state forest. <BR> <BR> I am 51 years old and sit at a desk five days a week, but I do walk at lunch everyday for 30 minutes. I look forward to being a part of this group. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 17:43:03 EST SUMMER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Summer is almost coming to an end. Have you done any great outdoor summer activities? <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:15:52 EST LUNCH - What did you have? I'm fasting so I can't share any great lunch stories for now. So what did you have? <em>140</em> <em>91</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:57:34 EST DO YOU HAVE A PLAN/SCHEDULE? I heard that planning or scheduling your workouts are a great way to keep you motivated and focus. Share how you keep motivated, Do you plan or schedule your workouts? if so how? <BR> <BR> I don't but I really need too. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <em>411</em> <em>56</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:52:52 EST DID YOU EXERCISE TODAY? Fitting exercise in your daily activities is hard I know cause I am guilty of using every excuse in the book for not being able to workout. So if you accomplished working out on any day or at any time what was the exercise you finally got done? Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:46:13 EST Hello OWLs How are you doing? I haven't been active for awhile some times life does that to you. I hope every is enjoying their summer and trying to keep cool. This summer has been a scorcher for me. I have been out fishing some days. I will see if I can post some pics for you to see how much fun I had. Hope your staying motivated and keeping on your journey. I see alot of new members but not any post. feel free to post and chat with eachother. I will be popping back in real soon. <BR> <BR> Welcome new members!! <BR> ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:30:54 EST Back on the horse, looking for friends! Hi Everyone! <BR> I am giving this "living healthy" business another shot. Problem is, I don't stay with it very long. I tend to become bored easily with exercise and eating healthy. I need your motivational tips! Please add me!! Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:12:18 EST Gardener and nature lover Hi everyone, I live in Halton Hills Ontario and love nature and the outdoors. I'm looking forward to getting to know more of you. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:07:09 EST Back and so proud Hello everyone! I just wanted to pop in and say hello and say how proud I am to see 309 members in this group! I am actually the original founder of the group many years ago and I turned the power over to others to continue it when I had to step away. I am back now, but am not seeking leadership control. I have started my own SparkTeam that is my new passion,, but I am so pleased to see this page has continued. Keep up the good work ladies! Fri, 31 May 2013 19:47:30 EST Hi from MN Hi! I just joined and am looking forward to getting outside now that it's FINALLY looking like spring might be here someday in the Minneapolis Metro area. I'm curious-- anybody else on this team in the area? <BR> About me: I'm looking to lose a ton (it feels like a ton, anyway) of weight, but slowly-- in the next few years before I turn 30. One of my biggest goals is to do a long-distance hike of the Colorado or Superior hiking trails, but generally I just love to be outside day-hiking, back... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:26:07 EST WORKOUT GEAR Its time for me to upgrade my workout gear. I'm having some trouble finding the right gear whether it's sneakers or clothes. I am looking for comfort, light weight, absorbant and inexpensive. <BR> <BR> Have you purchased anything (gadgets included) that was worth it and made your workout that much better and would like to share? Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:55:44 EST RUNNERS AND WALKERS Will running be on your schedule this spring? I can't wait. <BR> <BR> Do you run/walk indoors or outdoors? <BR> <BR> What is the longest miles or minutes you have ran or walked? <BR> <BR> How do you feel after a run/walk? <BR> <BR> How many miles or minutes would you like to complete each week? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:47:22 EST "FISHING ADVENTURES" POST PICS HERE! Post your fishing pics here!! Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:38:09 EST ANY FISHERWOMEN OUT THERE?! It is almost that time again. I am so excited to see the season for crappies coming. I am a die hard fisherwomen. I had the worst cabin fever ever but now it's that time again. I would like to know if there are any members who fish and would like you to post pics of your fishing adventures in the topic called "Fishing Adventures". <BR> <BR> Fishing fun. <BR> <BR> <em>14</em> <em>211</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:35:56 EST Hi Hello! <BR> <BR> I grew up in Michigan hiking, fishing, canoeing, swimming, skiing (both x-country and downhill), and doing pretty much anything that involved being outdoors. Now I live in Oklahoma where it's way too hot during the summer to do any of those things besides swimming (and that can only be done in a pool) and the winter is not cold enough for skiing. I miss my outdoor activities, but I make due with what I have and go hiking when possible. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:45:31 EST Cold month fitness plan During the cold months what do you do for fitness? <BR> <BR> I usually pop in a fitness DVD most of the time. This is the time I'm looking for all types of fitness routines because I like variety. Kickboxing is my fav, walking DVD with Leslie Sansone which is great. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:11:13 EST White water rafting 2013 will be here soon and that means Rafting season again. i am looking into training to become a raft guide as well. Anyways anyone into rafting around WV/PA/MD let me know. Here is my fb rafting page. <BR><BR>er-Pirates/215534691827168 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 18:29:12 EST Hello from Michigan Hello my name is Emmeline I started spark People just 1.5 week ago and recently I learned of this group. Earlier this morning around 5 a.m. I posted my writing note to this group so maybe writing at 5 a.m. without caffeine is not the best idea. <BR> <BR> I am certainly an out door girl but I am not fond of snow and today I am receiving snow. I want to hike the Appalachian trail. I actually dream of doing a straight through; my husband isn't so accepting of that idea and I hear it would tak... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:08:01 EST Hello from ohio Hi there 34 female emt basic who love the outdoors esp white water rafting Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:37:06 EST What are your plans for the fall/winter? I get really sad during this time of the season because it limits my time outdoors. I love fishing and doing my run/walks outside. I'll be planning my indoor activities and hopefully it will help during this time where we tend to eat more because we are not as active. First I will buy new DVDs to workout to and more exercise equipment. I'm really thinking about getting a punching bag so I can relieve some stress and continue to burn calories. Netflix has been really good to me last year pr... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:59:51 EST Share your summer experience with us Hello OWLs <BR> <BR> It's so sad to see the summer go. I know some of you have been camping and doing so many outdoor activities. I'm sure we will all love to hear about your experiences. Please share your summer fun in the sun stories. If you like you can even share pics. I think this would be fun. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:14:52 EST new Hello everyone! I am Tricia, from Virginia. I love being outside and I work as a Conservation Specialist for my local Soil and Water Conservation District. It is a wonderful job assisting farmers and citizens of all kinds on the importance of conserving soil and water. I like birding and taking walks outside. I look forward to being on this team. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:23:13 EST Hi, I'm Tracye I enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, gardening,photography and many more outdoor activities. <BR> I used to be a member of sparkpeople but I gave up on myself <em>46</em> . <BR> I finally got myself out of the funk that I was in and I am whole heartedly ready to accomplish my goals. <BR> At one time I was 280 lbs. I lost down to 203 then gained back to 248. I have been trying and managed to lose back down to 237 which is where I was the last time I saw a scale, about a month ago. Now... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:18:39 EST Hi from Naples FL with ? Hello everyone - what does the team goal "Be an Owl 1 day 4 times per week" entail? Wed, 18 Jul 2012 05:48:12 EST "MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES" SHARE HERE We all need some motivation and support from the people that care the most in order to give us the will to move forward on this journey. If you have any motivational words to help lift one another feel free to do it here. A few words can go a long way. <BR> <BR> <BR> " There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something you do it only when it convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results". <BR> ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 08:30:14 EST How's the weather? OMG!!! it is so hot here in NYC. It has been in the 90s but feels like 150! That's over exagurating but it feels like it. Hows' the weather where you are and how are you keep cool or warm? <em>67</em> <em>259</em> Fri, 6 Jul 2012 08:15:46 EST JULY WALKERS VS HIKERS CHALLENGE Attention all walker and hikers we all know we love the outdoors whether it's being with family, friends or just taking that time be alone or even if your on vacation. We all take the time to walk and maybe even take an adventure out to hike. So to all my walkers and hikers (mountain climbers included) here is what I want you to do for the month of July. <BR> Starting July 7 Saturday ending July 31st you are going to grab your back pack, fannie bag or whatever you use and go for it. I will ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 08:57:05 EST I'M BACK AND REALLY MISSED YOU ALL I have been MIA once again for awhile. Want to say hello and welcome to all the new members to the team and hope everyone enjoyed there 4th of July celebration and enjoying the outdoors. Fishing with the hubby and some friends. boating, mini cruises and just having a great time ( will share pics soon). Eating healthy and working out was becoming a distant memory but at least I still stayed active..any little bit counts. I hope to see everyone posting and sharing your summer activities and v... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 08:33:05 EST hello I love hiking and working in my yard! I really want to start a garden too. I like keeping active cause it makes exercising easier and I days I can't I didn't completely lose out of the benefits of exercise! Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:58:00 EST Hello from the briar hoppers Hi I'm new to this team. I am Kelly (don't let my user name fool you the one I wanted was already in use) I recently moved from CA to KY and I am loving it. I have woods less than half a mile from my house! One of the reasons I moved here was because of all of the natural beauty. I have however been remodeling my house so lately I've been feeling a little closed in. I did get out and walk today and was rewarded by seeing 2 rabbits, not to mention my neighbors cows (which don't stink). Anyway ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 22:02:48 EST Hello Team! I know I have been away for some time but I had life and health issues to deal with. I am trying to stay strong and get back on track if it kills me. : ) I hope everyone is doing well on their journey and hope to hear from you all by posting new topic or just asking eachother for advice and sharing your experiences through this journey. That's what this team is about. I attend to keep this team active but with your help. I just wanted to let you all know that I haven't forgotten about y... Tue, 8 May 2012 08:39:10 EST How do you keep your hair during a workout I know maybe some of you would like to know . I saw two women working out with a head scarf on covering their entire head. I feel that this will keep my the sweat from going on my face but my hair would be wet with sweat. So. Do you find this is the best remedy or do you have any other ideas for keeping your hair safe while working out. Suggestions? Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:04:27 EST Showin' some love from Utah! Hi there! <em>213</em> Nicole here. 42 year old married mother of one. Love to be outside and see what mother nature has made for us to admire. Love hiking, road trips, swimming, reading and gardening. <BR> I am on spark people to lose weight, quit smoking and just be focused on an overall healthier lifestyle. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:43:00 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Lisa and I'm new to the team but not SP. This will be my second time around but I'm going at it a little differently...I've lost 10 lbs, now to lose the last 25 :) <BR> I love being outside! Playing with my kids, gardening, hunting, fishing, walking, just taking it all in :) I don't think we were meant to be cooped up inside all day...not when there's so much more outside! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:09:23 EST Shout out from Maine!!!!! <em>131</em> I live in the southern portion of Maine and have recently joined a friend of mine in hiking the White Mountains in New Hampshire. In addition to hiking I love to play soccer and volleyball. My husband and I fish and boat all summer long; so we can't wait for warmer weather. We snowshoe in the winter, but this year didn't have enough snow to do year. We also go camping and ice fishing....always looking for something fun to do outside. Looking forward to cyber-m... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:15:36 EST Northern IL Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a late blooming flower:) As a child I was fascinated by science and nature, and hoped to be a scientist.... fast forward through 18 years of marriage, 7 years of homeschooling (kids in public school now). to the present. Started on Sparkpeople in 2010, and lost 30 lbs..but got psoriatic arthritis, hit some major brick walls, and quit for a time. Didn't gain it all back, but now I just finished getting back below where I was when I quit. I am currently a biology student... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 15:17:59 EST Hey From Iowa! Well I have been fishing, hiking, and biking in the outdoors since I was a young girl. I have also taken up bow hunting, and many other types of hunting here in Iowa. I recently had a baby and need to get back to the way I was before. ACTIVE! So I have joined so that I can change my life for the better. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 19:48:00 EST Hey from PA Hi everyone I've been with SP since the summer and was looking for a new team and this one sounds perfect for me. I'm a 24 year old nursing student who loves anything to do with the out doors. Hunting, fishing, camping, atvs, and water sports. I'm trying to get back in shape and get healthier for my future. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:25:34 EST THE MASTER CLEANSE ...NEED ADVICE I was thinking about trying to do the master cleanse for 3 to 4 days. I know it's not the healthiest of ways to lose some pounds but I also want to cleanse my body. This cleanse consist of <BR> <BR> Lemon juice <BR> maple syrup <BR> cayenne pepper (pinch) <BR> <BR> You have to drink this everyday all day and you cannot eat any solid foods for that period of time. <BR> <BR> Any advice or other ways to cleanse the body. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 11:11:58 EST KICKING IT TO THE CURB.. Ok ladies the warm weather is almost hear and whether you have or have not lost those unwanted pounds what are you planning to kick to the curb this season. <BR> <BR> Sorry I won't be getting into the bikini but its a start. <BR> <BR> Kicking my size 16 for a size 14. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 11:06:53 EST WHAT'S THAT I SMELL ....IS IT SPRING? I am so happy that Spring is just around the corner. Old man winter seems to have taken a break and didn't give us to much of his cold air which is good...I hope. It will be 70 degress in NYC today. Wow. I can't wait to get back outdoors doing what I enjoy running by the lake, fishing and camping. <BR> <BR> Have you made any plans for the the Spring or this coming Summer? If so what are they? Wed, 7 Mar 2012 11:00:05 EST Newbie Here! My name is Lacey, I’m 23, & I live in Orangevale CA. I love the outdoors! A few of my favorite activities are camping, fishing, snowboarding, & disc golf. I am new to Sparkpeople but have been dieting for years. I am now at my highest weight ever so obviously my dieting efforts have not been working for me thus far. However I feel things are about to change. I don’t really have anyone in my life to support me on my weight loss journey. I do have encouragement from friends & family but no one ... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 18:19:59 EST New from Arkansas Howdy, Ladies! I've been on SP for some time, but decided to shake it up a bit and look for a new team. This one seems perfect for me. I love being and doing outside... Fishing, Hiking, Running, Gardening, Camping... Well, you get the idea. <BR> I look forward to meeting some new Sparkers. <BR> <BR> ~Roxanne Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:26:30 EST An Owl? Would someone tell me what it means to "Be an Owl 4 times a week" in the team goals? <BR> Thank you! Sat, 4 Feb 2012 13:52:13 EST New from Alaska Hi everyone! I am relatively new to SP and just discovered this group....perfect for me!!! I live in interior Alaska. I am a wildlife biologist, so my profession is perfect for this outdoor woman - except for the fact I end up spending too much time behind my computer and not enough time being outdoors. I gained a lot of weight since moving here, it's a combination of being too sedentary in my job, and the cold and dark winters. I joined SP to get back into shape, lose weight, and be par... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 13:00:24 EST WHAT'S NEW FOR FEBRUARY? Hello Owls <BR> <BR> I have joined a boxing gym and I will continue to make this work. I have completed my 4th day and very proud of myself. Let the games begin! <BR> <BR> What will you be accomplishing this month? Wed, 1 Feb 2012 08:20:27 EST Hi from Nebraska Hi my name is Wilma and I'm from central Nebraska. I love archery, hiking, fishing if it is outside I love to do it. My goal in getting healthy is to be able to go on an all day hike. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 22:47:38 EST What was for breakfast this morning? Oatmeal and one egg white. I made it through. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Now to tackle lunch. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:13:37 EST FATTY TISSUE QUESTION? My daughter asked me this question the other day and I thought it was a good question to ask. I wasn't able to answer it but I thought I would start here first. <BR> <BR> What is easier to lose soft fat or solid fat? <BR> <BR> I have this soft fat which I call Ester roll but it is know for the pooch. I know this is hard to lose but there are some people who are solid around the belly area. What do you think. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:05:04 EST Hi from Northern VA Hi all, <BR> <BR> I live in Northern VA and have always loved the outdoors, but my weight and physical condition, etc. kept me from enjoying it. I've been on a mission to get in shape and am loving rediscovering the outdoors, especially with my dogs. I joined this group to hopefully get some additional ideas on what an old broad like me can do outside now that I'm more fit and perhaps be able to suggest for others. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Susan Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:43:19 EST Hello from QC, Canada! Hi! I just joined the team and I hesitated for a long time because it doesn't seems too active.. But maybe this year it's gonna move a little more :) <BR> <BR> I plan on going for many hikes in the summer, maybe some kayak too! I want to run outside and to swim :) I have a garden and I can't wait to spend some time in the sun. I take many long walks in a week, really love to be outside. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 19:03:00 EST GET BACK ON TRACK CHALLENGE JAN 2012 Hello OWLs <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is ready for the New Year. I had to take some time to reflect back on the past year and I am determine to make this year full of motivation, determination, courage, strength, positive thinking. I am planning on updating my page to show new goals that I will make every effort to stick to. I hope everyone is setting goals, if you are sticking to the same goals this year try adding more to it that's not just about losing weight because if you don't have a ... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:38:21 EST San Juan and my rain forest hike I finally have my blog done about the rain forest with pictures on my jodysjourneys blog. It was my favorite stop and I want to go back!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 11:33:38 EST IS WEIGHT LOSS/GAIN SABOTAGING YOUR RELATIONSHIP? I have heard a conversation that prompted me to ask this question. The discussion was that one ladies husband did not like the fact that she lost weight and became very jealous either because he didn't like his body or that he didn't want her to draw to much attention because her confidence grew extremely because she felt good about herself. The other lady gain weight after having children and he did not want to be intimate with her as often and didn't really want to be seen around town with... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 15:06:48 EST Hello from the Hoosier State Hi, I'm Heidi. Been on SP for 6 1/2 months. Now that I've lost over 50 lbs I can enjoy myself outdoors again! <BR> <BR> I love to garden (veggies and flowers), hike in the woods, do nature walks/studies, bird watching, wild animal watching, and just being out in nature in general. Planting native plants is a passion of mine. <BR> <BR> My exercise of choice is walking outdoors. However, in the winter I am unable to do that because of fibromyalgia. However, I am hoping that as I get heal... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 19:54:45 EST ?? SKIN & HAIR TIPS FOR THE WINTER WEATHER? This cold weather is doing nothing for my lips. They are always cracking and I try to keep them moist by using lip balm or vaseline I even tried the medicated kind. <BR> <BR> Do you know any helpful tips for keeping the skin & hair safe from Mr. Winter? <em>204</em> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 12:55:26 EST CRASH DIETING How do you feel about it? Do you feel like you need to lose the weight fast or are you patient and want to lose the weight a healthier way? Mon, 5 Dec 2011 12:48:54 EST HOW IS YOUR WEIGHLOSS PROGRESS? Moving slow but maintaining. Mon, 5 Dec 2011 12:45:57 EST Hi, I'm from the West Coast Hi, I'm Droplet. This year has been a terrific experience in terms of my rediscovery of the great outdoors. How could I have ever been so wrong as to think that my hiking days were over!? I guess that being overweight can play tricks in your mind. Now that I'm back on the trails where I belong, and having found some new friends along the way, everything is just right again, the way it ought to be. Hoping to find like-minded travellers along the trail. <BR> <em>256</em> <em>295</em> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:21:59 EST What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's a time for bringing family together. I am having a feast with many family members attending. love it! I get to try out some new receipes and drinks. <BR> <BR> How will you be enjoying your holiday? Will you put good eating habits to rest for one day or will you stick to it? <BR> <BR> oh Me?.... <em>39</em> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:59:45 EST Hi, I'm Carissa I joined spark to help me lose about 40lbs or so. I have two small children, 3yrs and 11mths. I gained about 40 lbs total from both pregnancies and was already about 20 lbs overweight to begin with. So far, I started going to Zumba classes regularly last March and lost some of the weight, but would still like to lose more. I will be turning 40 next year and am becoming more concerned about my health. I want to be around for my children, and hopefully grandchildren, as long as possible and als... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 17:18:51 EST What's for dinner? I love to cook. Are you making anything special tonight? Fri, 4 Nov 2011 16:06:59 EST Addiction What TV programs/ or any other things are you addicted to? <BR> <BR> I love Law and Order SVU. I can't get enough. I wish I was addicted to eating right all the time. <em>234</em> Fri, 4 Nov 2011 16:05:55 EST Team Goodies! I have been giving out team goodies to team members that I see have made such great accomplishments in whatever they do. I will continue to give these goodies every week. Who will be next? <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Look who has received their team goodie this week. You are doing it girls!! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Hypnotiq116 <BR> Marie201186 Fri, 4 Nov 2011 15:58:58 EST Hi from Ontario I've returned to SP after a few years absence. Love the outdoors, looking forward to chatting with you. Thu, 3 Nov 2011 23:18:22 EST Looking for motivation Hello ladies. I love the outdoors. My favorite activity is fishing. I live near the beach on long island. But I get caught up in working and am losing my motivation to be healthy and outside. I just moved here from Philly and it is now time to get back into shape and get outside. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:16:42 EST Fall/Winter Blah's already!! Hey OWL's! <BR> I'm really struggling with doing my outdoor workouts because the weather has turned and the days are getting colder and shorter. I live in the PacificNW where it rains most of the winter but I just can't seem to bring myself to go out in the rain yet! I have all of the waterproof gear, but I am so unmotivated. This has led to almost two weeks of no working out. I could go to the gym but I'm not ready to go inside. How do you get yourself motivated to go out when the weather i... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 11:16:02 EST New From Northern WI Hello all! My name is Maggie and I am looking to lose 80 lbs, while connecting with inspiring people who love the outdoors and have similar goals. <em>465</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 06:04:42 EST Newbie in VA Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I live in Manassas VA and I am new to the tems. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> Mist Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:31:49 EST POP Quiz.. Answer the question (if you can) then start a new one. <BR> <BR> Name one way to lose belly fat? Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:21:47 EST Did you know????? This thread is for those members who like to share new and interesting things about, nutrition, fitness, health etc. All you have to do is start your sentence with Did you know.... <BR> and add any new things that you have learned and would like to share. <BR> <BR> Did you know...a bowl of chili with a salad has 43 fewer calories than chili alone. You would think two foods instead of one will hae more calories. This kind of culinary confusion can afflict all of us. Our vision gets clouded... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:18:21 EST WHY ARE YOU "AN OUTDOOR WOMAN"? I am not an outdoor woman because I spend so much time outside. I work in an office with long hours, have lots to do at home inside, and have allergies to the grass, trees, weeds, etc. <BR> <BR> I am not an outdoor woman because of outdoor athletics. I don't ski, mountain climb, or run. <BR> <BR> I am an outdoor woman because outdoors is where I find my peace, where I 'smell the roses'. When relaxing, I can sit and stare at the clouds in the sky, the leaves blowing on the trees, listen to ... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:03:20 EST What are your plans for the fall season? With the temps a little cooler, I will be walking outside instead of inside and cleaning up the garden. Sat, 17 Sep 2011 17:50:20 EST Giving up We have lost Lady-Yooper as our co team leader. So now I am back to square one again. I really would like to keep this team going but the way things are looking it seems no one is very interested in this team. I'm going to try this out for a little while longer but if there isn't any posting or participation then it's not worth it. I try to come up with games, challenges and even something interesting to discuss and giving praises but I can't get a feel of what is interesting to this team... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:21:01 EST Topic of discussion The Big Sexy Reality Show Does anyone watch the Big Sexy show. It's about big thick and sexy women who who are pursuing a career in fashion and modeling. These women are creative, ambitious and have a will of confidence. I love the show because you get the feel of these four friends who can become successful in being confident in who they are even with the rude comments and being turned down by modeling agencies who only see big women as not being sexy and or being the right the right size or plus size model. If ... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:56:57 EST High Trestle Bike Path in IA Over Labor Day weekend I finally made it to a bike path here in Iowa called the High Trestle trail. I blog about it along with pictures on my travel blog jodysjourneys. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 11:22:49 EST OutdoorWomen Labor Day Weekend Plans for 9/2 - 9/5 Happy Labor Day Owls. How will/did you spend your holiday weekend? <BR> <BR> I just started my vacation so I will be spending it with family. Planning on getting a bungalow out by the lake for the weekend. Will see what happens. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your holiday weekend and be safe. <em>211</em> Fri, 2 Sep 2011 21:03:34 EST huddle with your team I challenge our team members to huddle every day , lets see how long we can do this . Lets get motivated and show our dedication to this team . I will send out a spark goodie to who ever huddles the most ina week . We can Do This .... <em>334</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 11:16:55 EST One word to describe your life with Sparkpeople? Challenging Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:40:48 EST This or That? Fresh water fishing or Salt water fishing Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:37:54 EST A-Z words ending with "ing" Amazing Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:34:53 EST A - Z words ending in "ing" Amazing Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:17:12 EST How do you fit exercise into a busy life? Life can be very challenging and it can make you fall out of line with getting fit and staying healthy. Any tips on how you do it? Or how can you do it? <BR> <BR> I believe you have to find what is a priority for that day and go from there. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 09:10:43 EST WELCOME!!! NEW CO LEADER TO THE TEAM We have a new co-leader Lady-Yooper! Please welcome her to the team. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>229</em> <em>250</em> <em>321</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:54:38 EST challenge eat 5 fruits or veggies a day for 1 week I am going to challenge our team to eat 5 fruits or veggies a day for 1 week , the person who does the best i will send them a spark goodie <em>267</em> <em>45</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 09:42:30 EST Inspirational Weight Loss Quotes Success is not a race, be patient. <BR> Success leads to success. <BR> Success is always a work in progress. <BR> Success doesn't come to you--you go to it. <BR> Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process. <BR> Some people dream about success... while others wake up and work hard at it. <BR> Success is achieved and maintained by those who try-and keep trying. <BR> Everyday is a good day to SUCCEED! <BR> If at first you don't succeed-try, try again <BR> Sat, 20 Aug 2011 13:48:35 EST When was the last time you weight yourself? I can't even remember. I am so afraid of the scale. <BR> <BR> Ok oopsy the word weight should be weighed. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:42:48 EST What place did you always want to visit? I would love to visit Hawaii because the water and sand look so relaxing and beautiful. Egypt is another one the history there is so interesting to me. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:39:37 EST Weekend Getaway in Iowa I spent a weekend at Okoboji, IA and have blogged about it in jodysjourneys with some pictures. Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>18/193/ </link> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:17:05 EST Outdoor Women Weekend Plans for 8/19 - 8/21 Post how your spend your weekends? <BR> <BR> I haven't got a clue as to what I'll be doing as yet but it will have something to do with staying active. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:35:29 EST 30 minutes of outdoor activity every other day Sometimes we slack at what we should do, I think being outside doing anything swinging on a swing , sitting under a tree with a good book , ect... being outside for me refreshes me and makes me feel good i use the outdoors as my getaway from all the crazy stuff in this world it is my meditation getaway . enjoy life enjoy what is outdoors no matter what your favorite thing is to do outdoors . Live Life ! Be Happy ! Be Healthy Mind Body and Spirit ! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>2... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:35:50 EST Today I Will Not...... Be Lazy Tue, 9 Aug 2011 15:36:08 EST How did you do this summer? How did you do with weightloss, eating and working out this summer? <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Aug 2011 15:17:00 EST Any ideas for a weekend getaway. I would really like to take a weekend and just go someplace. Not doing to good in the money department but would still like to do something fun with the family. I wanted to book a camping trip but now it's too late and everything is booked. Any Ideas Owls? Tue, 9 Aug 2011 15:14:02 EST Did you plant a garden? I didn't plant this year. I just bought a new patio set and I'm thinking about planting something but do you think it's too late? Sun, 10 Jul 2011 16:49:04 EST Baby it's HOT outside... What do you do to keep cool? <BR> <BR> I take many showers and try to just sit still. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 16:47:43 EST HIKERS I have never been hiking. <BR> <BR> <BR> Has anyone been hiking as yet? <BR> How many miles do you hike? <BR> Where are the best places to hike? <BR> What do you do while hiking? Sun, 10 Jul 2011 16:46:05 EST New to this team Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Amy, I'm new to this team. I've been a member of SP since June of last year and have lost about 60 lbs (depends on which Dr./scale you talk to) I am a wife and mother of 3 girls (13, 9 and soon to be 2) I have an absolutely wonderful husband who is always so supportive of me through every challenge I take on. I have a passion for wildlife and the outdoors, hence why I am <BR> <BR> Can't wait to meet you all! <em>334</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 07:38:17 EST Hi from Washington State Hi there!! <BR> I've been a member for awhile, but have been inactive almost two years while in grad school. I'm looking forward to a summer outside!! <BR> Joyce Sun, 12 Jun 2011 11:00:35 EST Heyyyyy from Mass! Hey, my name's Kelly. I've been on here for almost 2 months and am now just beginning to be able to navigate my way around the site! I'm down 26 lbs. since January (woot!) and am definitely kicking ass (if I do say so myself). Weight loss, I mean- cool. But really turning around: eating clean foods (with an occasional slice of pizza and wings), loads of exercise, ditching the negative people I let into my life (kept the real ones- you ladies know how it goes), etc. <BR> <BR> I was always... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 21:33:43 EST Biggest Outdoorser Challenge!!! Our June challenge will be who can spend the most time outside - doing anything!!! <BR> Rain or shine, warm or cold, night or day. <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>131</em> <em>281</em> <em>313</em> <em>300</em> <em>237</em> <em>299</em> <em>260</em> <em>251</em> <em>336</em> <em>220</em> <em>433</em> <em>278</em> <BR> <BR> We'll pick out some appropriate SparkGoodies for the Sparkers with the most minutes - weekly! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> <BR... Mon, 30 May 2011 20:29:02 EST Heylo from Alaska Hi, my name is Bri, I'm 23 and work as an outdoor educator. I've battled my weight my entire life but since I began to teach environmental education I have finally found the right reason to lose the weight. I want to get in shape because food should be fuel for my body, not a comfort to soothe the stress. I want to be in shape because I want my body to be a tool and a vessel I can use to explore the outdoors and I want to keep up with the kids I teach. I am fairly active in my daily life ... Fri, 20 May 2011 00:10:02 EST Hubby motivation NOT!! Are you getting the support you need from your DH? My DH just says I have a nice booty but I ask him to walk with me and he just doesn't want to do it. Uuuurgh. Tue, 17 May 2011 16:13:02 EST What food or drinks would you not give up? What are the foods you just won't give up? I can't give up bread to save my life. Tue, 17 May 2011 16:10:06 EST Do you feel pressured? Do you feel pressured by friends or family to not eat healthy or lose weight. Tue, 17 May 2011 16:08:55 EST Hi from WI Hi! My name is Kate and I'm from Wisconsin. I found SparkPeople through MyPoints, and I'm so excited to get started! Today's my first day, but I'm excited to report that I just got done spending 30 minutes on the elliptical! <BR> My favorite activities include: hiking, gardening, hiking, playing tennis, reading, hiking, geocaching, FlyLady, and hiking! Wed, 11 May 2011 21:28:20 EST Did you Plan a Summer Vacation? Did you plan a summer vacation? If so where are you going? I'm thinking about going to miami with friends. Mon, 9 May 2011 16:17:48 EST Outdoor Women weekend plans for 5/14 - 5/15 Any outdoor plans for this weekend scheduled? Let us know maybe we can give each other ideas of what to do for the weekend? Mon, 9 May 2011 16:15:32 EST WATER CHALLENGE I challenge you to drink a least 8 - 10 cups a water each day. Let see how long we can keep this on going. Just post your daily water intake each day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Drink up!!!! Mon, 9 May 2011 16:11:55 EST 10 MILE WALK/RUN THIS WEEK If you can do a 10 mile run/walk this week go for it!! I know you can do it. <BR> Post your miles each day. Starting Tues 5/9 - Mon 5/13 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 9 May 2011 16:08:02 EST 5 MILE WALK/RUN FOR A WEEK Let's do a 5 mile run/walk together this week. Post what you have completed so that members can cheer you on. Remember we need to keep each other motivated and show encouragement. Mon, 9 May 2011 16:03:28 EST Where are you from and how's the weather there? I know we all live in many different places. Where are you from and how is the weather there? Mon, 9 May 2011 15:59:34 EST What did you do for Mother's day? I hope everyone enjoyed there day. I didn't do much because I wasn't feeling well but I did go out to my favorite mexican restaurant with my family. Mon, 9 May 2011 15:57:32 EST Do you run/walk? if so where? I run at a park around a beautiful lake then after a run/walk I do a little fishing. So relaxing. Mon, 9 May 2011 15:55:56 EST How do you stay motivated? I think motivation is the key to staying healthy and fit. My motivation was posting on spark and keeping up with friends and their accomplishments. Mon, 9 May 2011 15:51:53 EST Hey! I think I've finally found a group with similar interests. <BR> <BR> I love everything to do with the outdoors. My husband and I love hiking and we're starting to buy gear for some overnight backpacking in Glacier next summer. <BR> <BR> I'm a pretty good hiker, but I'm slow. I want to lose weight and get healthy to better enjoy the outdoors. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:33:48 EST Hello! My name is Kate, I am a sahm to 3 boys ages 8, 6, and 5. My awesome hubby works on a tugboat which means he's away a lot and that makes exercising outside a bit of a challenge with my little guys - overprotective-mom-fearful-that-everyone-o<BR>n-the-trail-is-ready-to-attack- syndrome. So when my tugboat hubby is home we do as much hiking, camping or just skipping rocks as we can fit into our schedule. <BR> I have been a member of SP for about 4 years now and I had great success in my first s... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 00:56:38 EST Spring is ALMOST here! Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Allison, and I've lived just about everywhere, currently I find myself in Utah. I love to go hiking, snowshoeing, and biking. This winter weather seems to have other plans for my interests. I've always been active in the outdoors, however, I do need to get myself into better shape. I'm working on pushing myself - especially while hiking - instead of taking a slow stroll through the woods, to really GO for it. I'm glad there are so many other women who enjoy the ou... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:10:26 EST Hello From St. Louis MO Hello Everyone! My name is Ann and I hail from St. Louis Missouri. I love to be outdoors hiking and exploring nature. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to meet everyone! <BR> <BR> Ann Tue, 5 Apr 2011 10:06:17 EST Hello from Missouri! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team and LOVE being outside. I enjoy walking, running, biking, canoeing, backpacking, camping...pretty much anything that gets me outside. I'm anxious for warmer weather to get here (and stay here) so I can get back to doing some outside stuff. <BR> <BR> I've got a overnight backpacking trip coming up in a few weeks and will get in a few day hikes before then. I'm in the process of getting our first float trip of the year planned. I love the rivers in SW ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:02:52 EST New to the team! Hey! I'm new to the team! I LOVE fishing, hunting, hiking, the lake, and well, just being outside in general! I am a very hard worker, especially at my goals! I'm so excited to achieve this goal I have set for myself! <em>213</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:10:30 EST Anyone like to cook and create new recipes? Does anyone like to cook and share recipes. I would like to start a challenge with this in mind. We have enough members on this team and I'm sure most of you all cook. You don't even have to be the best cook. I would like to know how many in order to set this challenge up. Anyone out there...can you hear me. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:05:13 EST Game A-Z Recipes We all love to eat but now we are eating healthier of course but could you name some recipes starting with the letter A <BR> <BR> A - Apple Pie ( temptation) Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:01:56 EST Game A-Z Things you see outdoors? There are many things your see outdoors while your on your running, walking or just doing some type of activity. Name some things that you see. Starting with A <BR> <BR> A - Animals Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:58:11 EST IL...Too cold for anything I like outside I just joined this team because I really enjoy outdoor activities. Fishing, hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, rollerblading, gardening...I enjoy them all! Right now it's in the 30s in IL so I haven't been able to get out as much as I'd like. I'm stir crazy, that's for sure! Sun, 27 Mar 2011 21:25:49 EST Newbie from AL Hi, all! <BR> I'm pretty new to Spark and new to this group! Looking forward to talking with other outdoorsy gals! <BR> Husband, Dog and I took our first big hike of the year last weekend, and I'm itching for more!!! <BR> Good times. :) Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:58:10 EST How many calories did you burn today? I think I burned at least 200 walking and running at lunch time. What about you? Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:16:58 EST What does St. Patricks Day mean to you? I don't know too much about it but would like to learn if anyone wants to share. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:07:47 EST ST. PATRICKS DAY CHALLENGE! Hey you St Pattys day people. Lets do a challenge for the week of St Patricks Day starting 3/12 - 3/19. I challenge you to complete: <BR> <BR> Burn at least 500 calories <BR> Do at least one workout DVD of your choice <BR> Do at least 2 outdoor activities <BR> Work out for at least 30 min two to three times. <BR> Watch or read an inspirational story and share it in the forum it does'nt matter what the topic is. <BR> <BR> Share your progress in this forum. <BR> <BR> Also share a story... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:04:59 EST new to the team just joined I love the outdoors and i love to be challenged i am very motivated and i am looking forward to great sucess in my health with being part of this team Mon, 7 Mar 2011 19:35:02 EST what's in your bear canister? i was dreaming about spring hiking this weekend and planning trips in my mind. it got me thinking how i'd like to hear some favorite foods that you guys like to take on the trail. <BR> <BR> on weekend trips i always take summer sausage and a block of smoked cheddar. cheese has never tasted better than it does at the top of a mountain. Mon, 7 Mar 2011 13:38:27 EST Just joined this team Hi, I'm Terri from NorCal. I'm 51 and have been on Sparkpeople for about 8 weeks. I just found this team last week. <BR> I have always enjoyed hiking and the outdoors. Since we live 90 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, my husband and I like to try to go hiking at least once of month. <BR> I began backpacking in 2005, and did one 65 mile 10 day trek in "Philmont" New Mexico (The Sangre di Christo Mtns) and another 50 miler in Desolation Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada Mtns. Training for these ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 23:20:03 EST hi all! I'm new to the group (and spark) as of tonight. <BR> <BR> spring is on our doorstep and dreams of hiking have been drifting through my thoughts. time to get ready! Tue, 1 Mar 2011 22:46:10 EST Do I adjust Nutritional Goals 4 hike/BPing? Okay, so I just did my first hike (only 3.6 miles) since joining SP. So, for fitness it's telling me that I burned over 900 calories....since it's one day, do I not worry about burning so many cals and my body thinking I'm going thru a famine? <BR> I will be going on a backing trip (Point Reyes, yeah!) in May....when it's multi-days, do I need to temporarily change anything? <BR> Thanks in Advance! <BR> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 20:56:32 EST Need a pick me up lets do it here! If you need comforting motivating words of wisdom, something to laugh at, sympathy or just something to lift your spirits let do it here. Ask a question, say whatever you feel and we can support each other. Sun, 20 Feb 2011 13:33:07 EST President's Day Three Day Challenge Calorie burn. Hello OWLs <BR> <BR> Let's try this challenge starting today Sunday 2/21 ending Wed 2/23 or you can start Monday 2/22 ending Thurs 2/24 I want you to burn between at least 200 to 500 calories doing your favorite work out. If you do more that is great. Come on ladies this challenge is just for three days. Don't forget to drink your water. <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> 2/21 Wii Active 240 calories <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 13:20:32 EST Sharing Valentines with Family Friends or Yourself Even if you do not have a Valentines to share this day with you. Its fair to say that you can do something nice for yourself today. What are you planning on doing to show that you love yourself or are you just sharing this day with someone your love whether its family, friends or YOU!!! Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:33:24 EST What are your doing for him today? My hubby is very picky so It's very hard to do anything for him. He such a manly man. So I just show him that I enjoy and appreciate everything he does for me and I think he's happy just to see me happy. Awww. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:28:33 EST Candy, Flowers, Jewelry or Dinner Which do you prefer? <BR> <BR> Flowers and dinner will be just good for me. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:19:12 EST How are you spending your Valentines Day? Hubby said he has a nice evening planned so I am excited to see what it will be? Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:16:57 EST How will you stay away from chocolate demon today? They say dark chocolate does not have alot of calories it this true? I love chocolate. How are you planning on staying away from it? <BR> <BR> I just told my hubby do not bring that chocolate in this house if you do you will have a price to pay. LOL. I think he understands. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:15:57 EST Just Joined! Just got back from taking my two dogs on a hike. What better way to sit down and relax my feet than to get on SparkPeople and meet people who I have so much in common with! I'm really excited about this team. Maybe I'll meet some awesome people! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:12:34 EST HOW U DOIN? EMOTICON <em>104</em> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:08:58 EST New from MI Hi, I'm Cindi. I successfully lost 43 pounds using Sparkpeople back in 2007 only to gain all the weight plus some back when some really hard emotional times came upon me. So, I'm finally ready to lose the weight and keep it off. I enjoy the outdoors immensely and have trained all of my five kids to love hiking, the Great Lakes Beaches (they didn't need too much convincing there), and naturalist activities (oldest son is an avid birder). Winter is the hardest time for me because I still ha... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 22:36:56 EST Hi, I'm new here! I everyone, I'm new to the team. I've been a not-too-active member of Sparkpeople for a year, but I have lost 40 pounds. I hope to be more active in the coming year. I can't believe it took me a year to search for a hiking/outdoor team! <em>295</em> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:08:39 EST And the Sparkgoodie Award goes to Drum Roll Please This has been a hard 2010 year for us. Can you agree? with all of us committing ourselves to staying fit and healthy, sometimes failing and sometimes achieving and being strong enough to keep going strong. I have decided to give a big announcement and recognition including a great goodie to the person that has the most fitness and spark points at the end of the year 2010. So that should be two people for each category. On December 31st I will check the leader board to see who the award goes ... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 16:38:54 EST What is your favorite winter outdoor activity ? I'm not a winter person but I would like to go snowboarding. Sun, 26 Dec 2010 09:31:11 EST Do you run/jog/walk in the snow? This is something I thought about doing but I am not a winter person so I tend to do more of my workouts in the home around this season. <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 09:25:58 EST How was hunting today? It's hunting season and I know that there may be not just men but women who do this as a sport. I would like to see how many women do this and how they like it? <BR> <BR> Do you do it alone, with DH or friends? <BR> What do you hunt? Sun, 26 Dec 2010 09:23:51 EST Hey I'm new to the team Hey everyone! I just joined the team and I'm excited to meet other women with the same interests and goals as me. Check out my sparkpage or send me an email, leave me a comment. Happy Christmas Eve! Fri, 24 Dec 2010 08:42:00 EST POST YOUR NEW YEARS PLANS AND GOALS HERE! Whether you need to boost up your exercise and diet plans, lose more weight, focus on your personal goals, change something about yourself, post it here you may become an inspiration to someone or give someone an idea on how they may add to focusing on their goals. Questions are also welcome if you need advice. <BR> <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> <BR> Exercise: I am purchasing a weekly planner to help me better plan my workouts and eating habits. I will wo... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 08:18:35 EST Exercisin g...ABC's A- Arm lifts <BR> <BR> <BR> Your Turn.. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:17:35 EST ABC GAME ABC of who or what to avoid. <BR> <BR> Lets play. <BR> <BR> A - Annoying people. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:39:00 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE YOURSELF CHALLENGE Starting December 2nd. I want everyone to name something you would like to challenge yourself in doing for the month of October. Whatever you decide to do you will have to make a commitment to yourself to do it for the month. It can be anything you like having to do with fitness or eating or both. You can choose one or two things. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will challenge myself to: ___________ <BR> <BR> I will challenge myself to do it _____ times this month. <BR> <BR> I will challenge myself t... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 16:12:20 EST How was your Thanksgiving? My Thanksgiving turned out great. I had to cook for 24 people and 4 were children. I got to see family I haven't seen since they were babies or teenagers. We had a blast. I think I over cooked because I was making people take food home. I saw my son since he moved and that just really made it all worth while . I live this time of year because when things go well when family is together its worth being tired the next day. How was your holiday? Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:18:23 EST Cold weather gear Old man winter is here and I don't know about you but I'm having a hard time getting outside to do any type of activity because its cold. I usually wear the armored clothing gear. From the pants shirt and jacket but can't seem to get warm enough. What type of cold weather gear do you wear for outdoor activities? Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:00:34 EST M,I.A I know I have been MIA for awhile but I have not forgotten about my team. Had a minor set back in worrying about my grandmother and amongst everything else. I will return with some new ideas and get this team back where it should be. Talk to you all soon. <em>211</em> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 16:12:30 EST Hi Again! Just wanted to say hi again to all those I know and hi to all the new members. I can't say life is any slower or calmer but I am back to putting "Getting Fit" as a priority. Hope to talk to you all frequently! Thu, 4 Nov 2010 22:29:29 EST Hello everyone Hi, my name is Lisa. I am so glad I found sparkpeople. I need to lose about 90 lbs. I have struggled with weight since I was 18 and I am ready to make a change. I love doing lots of outdoor activities. Recenly my health seems to be in question, so I am going to everything I can to be healthy. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 18:34:56 EST Hello from Boston Hey there! My name is Jamie and I am new to the Spark. I am on here because I would like to finally reach my goals and lose weight, tone up and generally just feel better about myself and how I am. I am trying not to but I tend to beat myself up alot if I don't lose weight or if I take a day off. So I thought a community like this would not only help me stay on track but it would also inspire me to be less critical of myself. Thu, 21 Oct 2010 14:38:25 EST Newbie from Kentucky! Hey everyone. I'm 24, weighing in at 167 pounds, wanting to lose around thirty or so. I'm going back to school this winter and hoping to start a career as a wildlife biologist (specializing in herpetology). Sun, 17 Oct 2010 18:53:54 EST What I would miss once winter comes? The fall is here and soon some of us will see the snow or have seen it already. I don't get out much in the winter because I don't like the cold. I will miss being outside in the warmth and sunshine doing my run/walks. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:32:36 EST Zumba Has anyone done the Zumba? How do you like it and what were your results? Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:28:00 EST How many minutes did you spend outdoors? One hour. <em>24</em> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:47:27 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE YOURSELF CHALLENGE Starting October 1st. I want everyone to name something you would like to challenge yourself in doing for the month of October. Whatever you decide to do you will have to make a commitment to yourself to do it for the month. It can be anything you like having to do with fitness or eating or both. You can choose one or two things. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will challenge myself to: ___________ <BR> <BR> I will challenge myself to do it _____ times this month. <BR> <BR> I will challenge myself t... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:00:04 EST 15 MILE CHALLENG THE WEEK OF 9/26 - 10/2 Hello Ladies <BR> <BR> Let's try this challenge again this week. Post your result at the end of the week. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Let's get it back on track. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 12:39:22 EST Outdoorsy women weekend plan for 9/25 -9/26 Hey Ladies <BR> <BR> Tell us what your plans are for this weekend. It's still nice out so let enjoy the last of this beautiful weather. If not so nice where you are try to enjoy it anyway. <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:15:40 EST 100 CRUNCHES CHALLENGE WEEK 9/19- 9/25 I challenge you to complete 100 crunches for this week. Post your results. Don't forget to post your weightloss in the weightloss thread. <BR> <BR> Come on ladies lets get it started! <BR> <em>402</em> Sat, 18 Sep 2010 16:15:26 EST 15 MILE CHALLENGE WEEK 9/19 - 9/25 I challenge you to complete 15 miles walk or run or both whichever you choose for this week. Post your results. Don't forget to post your weightloss in the weightloss thread. <BR> <BR> Come on ladies lets get it started! <BR> <em>311</em> Sat, 18 Sep 2010 16:13:57 EST 30min CARDIO DVD CHALLENGE Hello OWLs! <BR> <BR> Complete a 30min cardio DVD 3x this week. <BR> <BR> Other challenges have been posted. Choose anyone you like for the week and post your results. <BR> <BR> Lets do it!! Sun, 12 Sep 2010 11:55:25 EST 100 CRUNCHES CHALLENGE 9/12 - 9/17 Hello OWLs!! <BR> <BR> Here is another challenge you have an option to choose whatever challenge you want to complete for the week. <BR> <BR> Complete 100 crunches this week and post your results. <BR> <BR> Come on ladies we can do it! <em>402</em> Sun, 12 Sep 2010 11:50:05 EST 10 MILE WEEKLY CHALLENGE 9/12 - 9/17 Hello OWLs! <BR> I would like to start weekly challenges. <BR> <BR> Starting September 12th (Sun) to the 17th (Sat) I would like for us to complete a total of 10 mile walk or run or both for the week. Start any day as long as you total 10 miles for the week. <BR> <BR> I am also posting other challenges on this thread so you have the option to choose which weekly challenge you would would like to complete. <BR> <BR> Come on OWLs lets do it!! <em>104</em> Sun, 12 Sep 2010 11:46:29 EST Outdoorsy women weekend plans for 9/4-9/5 What is your plan for the this weekend? Thu, 2 Sep 2010 18:54:58 EST On the go food or Snack What is your favorite on the go food or snack? Thu, 2 Sep 2010 18:53:24 EST Hi from Cbus Ohio I am two days into this journey of changing my life. Even though I'm heavy, having been living the outdoor lifestyle (hunting, fishing, camping, hiking) for about the last 5 years. Dog gone it, I wish I found it sooner - I feel like I have to make up for all that lost time! LOL! Wed, 1 Sep 2010 15:35:58 EST How did you do this weekend? Hope everyone enjoyed thier weekend. What did you do this weekend? Did you keep on track with eating and exercising. Let us know how you did? Sun, 29 Aug 2010 16:03:20 EST Hello from OR You will find from your very <BR> first moment in space <BR> your're surrounded by new friends <BR> all over the place! <BR> ,Dr. Seuss <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I've been with Spark People since March 2010 <BR> <BR> i weighed 180 pounds when I first joined SP it seemed impossible! <BR> <BR> I used to be a distance runner and climbed mountains & I am just barely out the door now getting back my momentum after a very long, long life-time away from being myself. <BR> <BR> I've fo... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 23:28:47 EST CO-LEADER Due to other engagements I regret to say that Karen has stepped down as co-leader of the team. She will be missed by me and other team members and I wish her well on her future journey. <BR> <BR> So.... I welcome anyone who is interested in helping me keep this team alive. Please send me a sparkmail if you are interested and I'm sure we can work together to come up with great ways to keep everyone motivated and determined to meet their goals. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:06:53 EST Winter Workouts? Old man winter is just around the corner (sigh) and because we are outdoor women we have to still find ways to stay fit. <BR> <BR> What sort of exercise is on your agenda for the those winter months when we really can't get outside? <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 08:44:43 EST Toning sneakers? I have read many articles and seen advertisments about these shoes. Has anyone tried them and do they really work? <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 08:41:42 EST Hello from VA I am new to Sparks and love it! I'm very active outdoors and share a passion of hunting and fishing with my husband and son. I spend most of my free time with them or taking long walks with my walker peeps. I'm looking forward to this experience. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:15:33 EST Vacation /Weekend Getaways/ETC I really enjoy hearing about people's great vacations in the outdoors so thought it might be nice to have a folder where people could post about them. I'm anxious to hear about Moonbird's vac. to the White Mountains! Anyway, I will start with my vacation last week although didn't do anything super exciting. I spent four days with my sister near Racine and on the way home I stopped at Kettle Moraine State Park - the southern unit. I didn't stay long since I had never seen mosquitos that th... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 14:36:34 EST Outdoorsy Women Weekend Plans for 8/7 - 8/8 What are your plans for this weekend. <BR> <BR> I won't be doing much. Just gonna try to catch up on some needed exercise. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekends OWLs!! <BR> <em>67</em> Fri, 6 Aug 2010 12:33:00 EST Hello from Illinois Hi ladies! I am fairly new to Sparkpages but not new to trying to lose weight and get in shape! I love the outdoors and it usually takes an outdoor adventure to get me motivated (in 2008 I quit smoking and got in great shape for a backpacking trip into the Grand Canyon) This time around, I am just hoping to squeeze back into my size 8 hiking pants for an upcoming trip to Glacier National Park and the Rockies. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 18:01:41 EST Newbie from WI Hi, Everyone, <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself and to say that I am looking forward to being part of your team. Here's a little about me: <BR> *love the outdoors in any weather <BR> *learning to swim <BR> *plan to learn to kayak <BR> *love to canoe & hike--hope to do more of it as I get thinner <BR> *nature photography as a hobby <BR> *birdwatcher <BR> *love a camping & a campfire <BR> *favorite vacations: Teton Mtns & Canada <BR> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 21:15:53 EST Hello from NC. I'm glad to find this group. I am glad to find a group of outdoor women. I enjoy deer hunting, fishing and horseback riding. I was injured in a motor vehicle accident last year and I missed last deer season. As this one approaches, it looks like I may miss it, too. Since the wreck, I've gained 50lbs and that extra weight does not make getting on my feet any easier. I need to lose it so I can experience a better recovery and be back in the tree stand or the saddle ASAP! Tue, 27 Jul 2010 19:48:40 EST A - Z COMMENTS ON THE GO Make a comment using the first letter of the alphabet. It can be motivational Quotes, Inspirational, ways to stay healthy, something about exercise. funny comments, something about yourself. Feel free to say whatever comes to mind. <BR> <BR> Come on OWLs lets make it a fun!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A- ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS!!! <em>334</em> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:22:43 EST What is your favorite summer drink? I love ice coffee. It's cool and it keeps me up. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 09:28:05 EST GIVE YOURSELF OR A MEMBER A WOOHOO!! I would like to use this thread to self motivate or motivate someone else. Give a Woohoo!! to a member you feel is making an effort with their goals or if you feel you need a Woohoo for your efforts. Explain what the accomplishment were no matter how big or small you deserve to be noticed. Don't forget to mention the name. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 09:08:00 EST Weekend Goals Setting goals is a big part of staying fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> How many calories will you burn this weekend? <BR> <BR> How many minutes will you be physically active this weekend? Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:10:15 EST Outdoorsy women weekend plans for 7/24 - 7/25 I am going to try to get in a 3 mile run sat and sun. Do some needed housework. Clean the mess my glass patio set made after the storm. The whole table shattered into a million pieces boy is that going to be fun. <em>24</em> <BR> Well at least it gives me a reason to buy a new one. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the weekend? Fri, 23 Jul 2010 15:06:57 EST I'm finally home again Sorry that I haven't been posting my challenges. But I have really been being an outdoors woman. I spent 6 days working at a camp for disabled people up in the beautiful Big Horn Mountains here in Wyoming. I had an awesome time! I didn't get as much fishing done as I would have liked and didn't catch any when I did (found out that the game and fish don't stock that creek anymore) but it was beautiful and peaceful. The drawback to the whole time was that I was one of the cooks and I ate l... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:03:13 EST Girrrrll!! It's hot outside!! Do you have a difficult time working out in the outdoor heat? <BR> <BR> It has been very difficult summer for me because it has been nothing but non stop heat waves. I try to do as much as I can. How about you? Tue, 20 Jul 2010 14:07:32 EST Newbie in south TX Hi everyone! I'm Erin. I live in a relatively rural area in south TX, so being outside is the best exercise I can get! I'm excited to meet other women who love the outdoors like I do! <em>252</em> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 13:58:28 EST Hello - Just getting started :) Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Wendy I am just getting started and fell in love with Hiking and kayaking. I want to loose weight and get healthier so I can enjoy longer hikes and paddles. I have been hiking mostly in NY and NJ and recently a few days in Vermont which is gorgeous. I am excited about being a member of the team! <BR> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:35:14 EST Staying healthy and avoiding tick-borne illnesses 7 weeks ago I was bitten by a tick. Got sick, sicker, and ended up in ER 2 times and hospital for 4 days. If you are bitten by a tick and get sick, MAKE your doctor test for tick-borne illness. I kept trying but was not forceful enough (and I am an RN). I will never make that mistake again. I have never been so sick, & e must take part of the blame because I was not assertive enough! <BR> <BR> I finally went to a infectious disease doctor and he tested me for all the tick illnesses in our a... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 19:07:57 EST Outdoor weekends plans for 7/10 - 7/11 I will be getting a walk/run in on Sat and Sunday. Do some laundry and maybe get some fishing in. Hope it's not too hot this weekend. Nothing special. Fri, 9 Jul 2010 13:45:21 EST Kid Things What did you do as a kid that you can still do now? <BR> <BR> I can still jump double dutch. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 13:00:29 EST Movies What was the last movie you seen that made you cry? <BR> <BR> I just saw "Return to paradise" very good movie and I was sobbing uncontrolably. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 12:52:48 EST Hi from very sunny Arizona! My name is Jennifer and I'm an enthusiastic hiker of the mountains and trails of AZ, at least until it gets furnace-hot! I have 28 pounds left to lose and keep off, and have found hiking to be a fun (and cheap) way to do my exercise. Seeing the beautiful outdoors here is a pleasant bonus! Mon, 5 Jul 2010 18:10:51 EST Brain Candy 1) If you wanted to look very sexy, how would you dress <BR> <BR> A short low cut black dress is always good. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2) What famous person do other people tell you that you resemble? <BR> <BR> People tell me that I look like Tisha Campbell all the time. She is the girl who played the girlfriend of Martin Lawrence in the show "Martin". She also plays the wife in the show "My Wife and kids" <BR> <BR> <BR> 3) What is the strangest thing you ever eaten? <BR> <BR> Frog legs <BR> ... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 10:08:32 EST JULY ACTIVITY CHALLENGE <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>206</em> <em>313</em> <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello OWLS!! <BR> <BR> Here is a new challenge for the month of July. I am hoping on more members participating in this challenge because since it is summertime and everyone is outdoors maybe most of the time. Let's try to make it happen this month. <BR> <BR> 60+ miles: walk,running,biking or hike <BR> <BR> 150+ minutes of any other outdoor activity such as: <BR> gardening, fun with kids, sailing, fi... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 09:39:55 EST How do you feel today? Describe how you feel today with one word. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 08:56:27 EST Newbie to the team Hello All~ <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself to the team. I'm a 28 yr old who loves to do almost anything outside. I hunt, camp, boat, fish, garden, ride 4-wheelers, cut firewood, walk, lots and lots of ball games with my son. And what ever else my husband and I can find to do. We have a bullmastiff (Tye), a basset/beagle(Sophie), and a cat(Tiger). I look forward to meeting you and hope to make new friends along this journey!! <em>41</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 08:42:06 EST Music What kind of music do you listen to when you work out that gets you pumping with energy? Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:14:07 EST New to the team! Hi everybody, my name is Liz and I live in Northern WI. My husband Travis and I love outdoor sports, and spending time outside. We are "silent sports" fanatics and spend lots of time hiking, mountain biking, camping, snow-shoeing and recently tried kayaking (so fun!) I am looking to connect with others who love getting outside and enjoying the wilderness and all it has to offer. <BR> <em>309</em> <em>434</em> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:24:18 EST GSMNP Trip I posted three pics on my spark page of my trip to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. I wanted to do something new for my 50th birthday so went backpacking for an overnight and then went day hiking other days. It was fantastic to see I have improved myself and could do something at 50 that I could not do at 40! <em>224</em> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:27:28 EST Compliments anyone? Has your hubby, significant other or friends complimented you lately. If so, who? <BR> <BR> I raised this question because my hubby has been constantly telling me nice things about my body especially my rear. A friend asked me did I lose weight. It's such a great feeling. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 09:51:44 EST Work and exercise? They say that you can keep your energy level up when you add workouts at the office. <BR> <BR> Does anyone do exercise at work? if so, What kind? Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:34:37 EST Outside Weekend Plans 6/19 and 6/20 What are your weekend plans? If it doesn't rain too much, I will be camping, gardening, and hiking! If it rains too much to get into the campground, I'll have to spend the weekend painting inside. :( Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:15:17 EST Refusing to air Lane Bryant commericial?? <link><BR>refuse-to-air-lane-bryant-commercial/ </link> <BR> <BR> I was so appalled by this action. In this day in age this is what the average women looks like. Do you remember back in the 1800s when women were full figured and it was considered sexy. Marilyn Monroe was even considered a full figured women in her days. How can people be so narrowed minded to think this is not acceptable. If you have it flaunt it why not? Just because we are valuptous ... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 12:11:15 EST I suck at ???? but I'm better at ???? I think the topic is self explantory. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Let us know ladies don't be shy. <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:24:09 EST Today I ... peeked in our bluebird box and there is a new nest which looks to be almost complete. I wonder when the first egg will be laid. This will be the 2nd brood. I am not sure if these are the same birds, but I am thinking they are. After the first 4 babies fledged last month, I didn't see them. I hope they did ok. <BR> <BR> <BR> I also saw a little baby bunny eating grass. We live next to a protected wooded area and see all kinds of little animals. <BR> <BR> Here are photos of my bluebird... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 13:03:38 EST It's HOT We have had the hottest weather for the last few weeks. Usually in May and early June it's in the upper 70s or somewhere in the 80s, but lately it has been over 90 everyday! It's so muggy too. I really hate hot weather like this. It makes it hard to do stuff outside. I much prefer wonderful cool crisp fall weather. I live in Richmond, VA by the way. <BR> <BR> How's your weather? <em>67</em> Mon, 14 Jun 2010 12:56:59 EST Weekend Activity plans for 6/12 - 6/13 My plans are checking out and weeding the garden, a hike for the June challenge, and playing with my granddaughter!!! Thu, 10 Jun 2010 18:51:39 EST Newbie from Georgia New to the team. I live on a farm in Georgia (about 1 hr south of Macon). Love the outdoors (that's saying a lot considering how hot, muggy, and buggy it gets here). :) Looking forward to losing weight so that I can enjoy being outside more without huffing and puffing. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 10:17:19 EST New to the team Hello everybody. What a great idea!I'm new to Spark and am just learing the site. I love the outdoors. I like to hike, camp, kayak, sail, ride my bike and just be outdoors. I love traveling and seeing all the beauty that is all around us if we take the time to look. I live in Lafayette, IN. Stay motivated. Wed, 9 Jun 2010 16:52:10 EST What a great team! Hello, <BR> I'm so happy to be a part of this group. I am an art teacher in Colorado and a cook for an outfitter in the Teton wilderness in the summer. I don't have computer access but once a week when we come out to repack. I'll have to figure out how to spark on Saturdays only. <BR> Any ideas? Tue, 8 Jun 2010 12:59:21 EST How Are You Going To Exercise During the Week? Being OWLS, we all have our outdoor time, activity and exercise on the weekends. How are you going to get in your outdoor time, activity and exercise during the work week? <BR> <BR> I am having a hard time with it. 10 hours on the job and 3 hours travel time. Sun, 6 Jun 2010 18:42:28 EST Rescued a Red-Headed Woodpecker earlier this week We've been having a lot of storms lately and the other night after dinner I looked out my bedroom window and saw something in the grass that caught my eye. It was a red-headed woodpecker! At first I thought he was dead, but then I went over to him and he moved. It was still raining a little and he was shivering. I got a towel and picked him up. He acted like he was going to peck me but was too weak. Poor thing. So, I called a number I had for wildlife rehabilitation and finally got some... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 13:14:35 EST Weekend Activity plans for 6/5 - 6/6 What is your plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jun 2010 09:44:02 EST What didn't you eat as a kid that you eat now? What didn't you eat as a kid that you eat now and love it. <BR> <BR> I never liked broccoli or string beans. Now I eat it all the time. I love asparagus it is now my favorite. Still don't like peas though YUCKY. <em>24</em> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 15:19:27 EST Check out the Team logo! Go to the photos tab located where the list of blogs are and you will see our team logo. Make a comment if you like it. Thanks Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:07:46 EST JUNE WALKERS vs HIKERS CHALLENGE! Attention all walker and hikers we all know we love the outdoors weather it's being with family, friends or just taking that time be alone or even if your on vacation. We all take the time to walk and maybe even take an adventure out to hike. So to all my walkers and hikers (mountain climbers included) here is what I want you to do for the month of June. <BR> Starting June 2nd Wednesday you are going to grab your back pack, fannie bag or whatever you use and: <BR> <BR> Walk/hike <em>311<... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 10:10:13 EST Name Game: Outdoor Activity Name an outdoor activity using the last letter of the previous word. I'll start: <BR> <BR> Hiking <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 28 May 2010 08:36:32 EST What is your favorite dish to cook? Do you have a favorite dish that you cook? <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 May 2010 16:09:33 EST What are your plans for Memorial Day? I plan to be outdoors of course. BBQ with the family and enjoy alot of fishing. Praying that the weather is nice. Tue, 25 May 2010 09:03:49 EST Mini Weekend Challenge 5-22 and 5-23 Weekends seem to be harder to stay disciplined with food and drink so this weekend our challenge is to stay within your nutritional calorie goals and to drink 8 glasses of water each day. Add <em>248</em> when completed. Fri, 21 May 2010 15:14:40 EST Weekend Activity Plans for May 15/16 Plan on relaxing outside, listening to the birds, and enjoying the sun. If the ground is dry enough, I'll mow grass for a few hours and check out the garden. I hope it hasn't completely drowned in the past weeks rains. Sat, 15 May 2010 17:56:10 EST New to the team My name is Julie. I came across this team today and was so excited! I love to fish, camp, hike, etc. although in the last several years have gotten away from it. My fiance is an avid outdoorsman so we are beginning to do lots of things outside since its springtime. I can't wait to get active in the great outdoors--and in this group! Fri, 14 May 2010 15:45:26 EST Mini Weekend Challenge starts 5/15 It' Friday and I would like to have a mini weekend challenge. This is all you have to do <BR> <BR> For Sat 5/15 & Sun 5/16 <BR> <BR> Eat two veggies a day <BR> Drink 8 Glasses of water a day <BR> Do an outdoor activity for 30min <BR> <BR> Post in this thread what you completed each day with a Goal met emoticon. <BR> <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Two veggies <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Do an outdoor activity for 30min <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Have fun OWLs... Fri, 14 May 2010 09:37:12 EST What do you see? When you look out your window at home what is the first thing you see? <BR> <BR> I see big pine trees. I remember when those trees where babies. Wed, 12 May 2010 15:09:05 EST Introducing myself Hi there! My name is Elizabeth and I joined Sparkpeople last month and have lost 12 lbs since! I love nature and the outdoors, and it's part of the reason I want to be healthier and lose weight so I can experience some new things. <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a lovely day. <em>88</em> Wed, 12 May 2010 14:37:49 EST Check out members page..Be utiful!! In a previous thread in honor of Mother's Day I had ask team members to decorate there page in that honor. <BR> <BR> I would like for you all to check out LuLu1959's page. She gets a great big <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <BR> You are the best. Thank you LuLu!! <BR> Please give her a shout out on her page for being so creative. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother's day. Wishing you the best. Hope you all have a great new start of the week. Stay focused and enjoy t... Mon, 10 May 2010 09:00:03 EST SCAVENGER HUNT CHALLENGE!!!! Hello OWLs <BR> <BR> The challenge is here! We are going to complete the Scavenger Hunt Challenge. Here is what you will be doing: <BR> <BR> In this challenge you will take pictures of only three things: <BR> <BR> 1) Something that smells good <BR> 2) Something that makes you smile <BR> 3) Something beautiful. <BR> <BR> You can be creative with it. Adding humor to it will be good to. Take a picture of these three things and post it by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Challenge starts... Fri, 7 May 2010 12:34:08 EST In honor of Mother's Day I would like to wish all of you a Happy Mother's Day. I would like for all of you who are mothers to enjoy and have a blessed day because you deserve it. <BR> <BR> Starting today I would like for you to decorate your page in honor of Mothers Day. I will be looking at members pages and will give a goodie to the ones that have their pages decorated. Do not change your page until the day after Mother's Day. Just to give me the chance to look at as many as I can. <BR> <BR> What are your plans... Fri, 7 May 2010 09:18:07 EST Measurement tools??? LJCannon’s blog in a SparkTeam I belong to, Curvy Crew, this morning that had me wondering what measurement tools do we have BESIDES the scale? You know some of us get down when that scale doesn't move YET we KNOW we're losing weight. We’re tracking everything we do and don’t understand why the scale WON’T budge. This blog had me surprised at the measuring tool I would NOT have thought about yet a measure tool it is for some of us. <link><... Fri, 7 May 2010 07:26:43 EST What do you eat for breakfast? I mostly eat egg white on wheat toast with a little butter. Special K bar <BR> <BR> But I like Multi grain cheerios with fat free milk!! Mon, 3 May 2010 15:59:42 EST VOTE FOR A MAY CHALLENGE I know we have already started the month of May but I would like to start a May challenge. If you can kindly give me some feedback on if you would like to participate in either challenge. Just post what challenge you would like to complete. <BR> <BR> First Challenge - Create an Inspirational Collague. You will create a collague of everything that inspires you to either exercise, push towards your goal or eat healthy or all of the above. At the end of the month you will take a picture and po... Mon, 3 May 2010 10:49:25 EST Organic Food? Do you buy organic food? I know that it suppose to be a healthy way of eating but what types of organic food you buy that taste good or bad? <BR> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 09:11:56 EST B.C. This is a great team, I love hiking the best. Husband and I like to drive on old forestry roads and find where they go and then hike for a while. Sometimes we get a little turned around and have to use our GPS, getting alittle lost is fun. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:42:18 EST An Apology and Explaination Dear Outdoor Women: <BR> For those of you who don't know me, which I'm finding may very well be almost all of you, my name is Bekah and I am the original founder of the Outdoor Women Sparkteam. I created this team back during a very different time in my life. At that time, I had lost 40 pounds and was starting to find myself as a person. I am sad to say that about a year and a half ago things changed drastically for me and for lack of better words, my life came crashing down. Because of d... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:25:02 EST Your thoughts on protein bars? Been drinking the Curves protein shake and added protein bars to my lifestyle change but can't help but wonder in this age of going green if they are really good for us? What is your thoughts? Got facts to share about the pros or cons of eating them? Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:21:31 EST What is your idea of a good night out? What is your idea of a good night out? <BR> <BR> Going to the opera <BR> See a movie <BR> Dinner for two <BR> Kareoke at a local pub <BR> Going out to see a game <BR> Other: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 09:29:55 EST Two Wishes If you were granted two wishes what will it be? <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 09:26:46 EST Snow walk I walked in the snow today, changed from pj's to clothes, just to get started. It's my first Spark day and I'm not waiting to start. <em>249</em> Wed, 21 Apr 2010 21:10:16 EST Making Recipes SparkPoints Work for YOU! Everyday I like to get as many Spark points as I can. (I especially love the articles, trivia and emails as I learn so much from reading.) The recipe section was more of find a recipe and get my point click. Since I've gone to the farmer's market and brought home so many vegetables, my attitude of gaining points on recipes has changed. I'm now starting cookbooks for later use of those recipes that appeal to me. I tend to do the same thing over and over again. All the reading shows variety is ... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:52:59 EST Nutritional FOTD. I posted this because I had a friend ask me this question the other day and I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> Does sugar cause diabetes? <BR> The official work from the American Diabetes Association is tha sugar does not casue diabetes. However, consuming too many sweetend foods can contribute to obesity, and that can increase the risk for developing diabetes. <BR> <BR> Simple ways to lessen you sugar intake: <BR> Reduce soft drinks and sweetened beverages. <BR> Limit processed foods s... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:23:36 EST Your Vision Collage Have you done your vision collage? <BR> <link><BR>collag <BR> e.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I've been slowly working on mine by collecting pictures while thinking what are MY goals and MY dreams. Today I'm putting it together! I decided to research to see how others organized theirs and find out what computer program they used. <BR> <BR> WOW on a couple I found! Here is links I found: <BR> <BR> Collage maker website: <BR> <link> <... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 08:21:05 EST WHAT WAS FOR LUNCH? Unfortunately, I missed my lunch today was busy running errands at lunch time. I did munch on yogurt raisins and nuts. Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:54:12 EST 31 yr old women with Alzheimers? Wow so young! I was really taken by this story. She has a new born that she would never remember. Her husband has alot to deal with. click link <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mom_has_alzheimer_VwMOjVUhS7Rblbbsu248UM </link> <BR> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 08:35:21 EST Motivational QOTD! How do you stay motivated? Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:14:23 EST New, outdoor girl from Texas! Hi! <BR> <BR> I just found this team! Thanks for having me. I live in Texas and couldn't think of a better state to be in. I love to camp, fish and hike our beautiful state parks, specifically Lake Somerville and Inks Lake. Our weather is absolutely beautiful now and we are lucky that it is the Texas wildflower season! The Bluebonnets and Indian Paint Brushes are lush and make for beautiful pictures. I have three dogs - Skinny my three legged terrier mix, Shiner my 1 1/2 year old Rotti... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:06:20 EST A - Z Things found in a Fishing and Hunting store. Beginning with the first letter of the alphabet name anything you find in a fishing and hunting store. I know everyone can come up with alot of things. I will start.. <BR> <BR> A - Air pump (for air matresses) Tue, 13 Apr 2010 11:17:43 EST Place a Motivational Quote or Saying here. I would like to start this topic for anyone that needs to express themselves or would like to motivate others. Post as much as you want and check back to see what others are saying to inspire and motivation you. You never know how a few words can change a persons life. <BR> <BR> This is my first saying of the day. <BR> <BR> Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.~ <BR> <BR> ~Bernice Johnson Reagon~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</e... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 13:23:09 EST LET'S GET TO KNOW EACHOTHER 1) YOUR NAME <BR> <BR> Monique <BR> <BR> 2) Where do you live? <BR> <BR> The Big Apple NYC <BR> <BR> 3) Are you married? <BR> <BR> Been together 26 years not married yet but <BR> technically maybe we are. <BR> <BR> 4) If you could have lived someplace else where <BR> would it have been. <BR> <BR> Probably the moon just to get away from it all. <BR> anywhere as long as it stays warm. <BR> <BR> 5)Do you have a pet peeve? if so what is it? <BR> <BR> Cleaning I... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 12:47:01 EST Congrats!! to the OWL leader of the day. By this time you should have received an sparkmail about this new thread. This thread will be used to motivate team members to succeed. I will be posting a new team member daily who are in the lead with the most fitness minutes and sparkpoints in the month of April. So please check in to see who has become leader of the day. It could be YOU!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So I would like to take this time to congradulate two of our first OWL team members of the day in successfully achieving the... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 10:06:27 EST Fishing? Is it really a MANS sport? I like to fish with my husband on the weekends. My husband just returned from a fishing trip in Pennsylvania with some guys from his job. He told me that they said that women were not invited. WHAT? When he tells his friends that I'm his fishing buddy they look at him like he's crazy and say they would not take there wives fishing. I watch the outdoor shows about fishing and hunting and there does not seem to be many women in any fishing tournaments or just talking about fishing. I do see the... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 14:53:47 EST Healthy Snacks If you tend to stay outdoors most of the time. What kind of snacks do you bring with you to keep you from eating everything in site? <BR> <BR> Peanuts and raisins are my fav. They help keep you full during the course of the day. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 11:38:23 EST Hello! Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi. <BR> <BR> I'm a very active rock climber... but I've recently had to down grade to 5.8s & 5.9s due to my weight to strength ratio. Any climbers on this team want to create some climbing goals? <BR> Fri, 2 Apr 2010 19:28:44 EST Missing Letter Game Create a word with a missing letter. The next person that finds the missing letter writes the entire word with the missing letter and make a new word with a missing letter and so on.. I'll start <BR> <BR> O_tdoors Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:30:01 EST Hello from Ohio Hi everyone. My name is Brenda. Married and have 2 children ages 8 and 13. We live in NE Ohio. I was born/raised in NE PA. Moved to WV for several years before moving to OH. <BR> <BR> Some of my favorite outdoor activities are fishing, hiking, walking, biking, camping and relaxing by a nice warm fire roasting marshmallows with family and friends. <BR> <BR> Goal for the summer is to go hiking to different state parks within an hour away and hike on the trails. <BR> <BR> Hope all of you hav... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:18:35 EST Kick to the curb What would you like to kick to the curb once the weight is gone? <BR> <BR> Well I already kicked my gurdle to the curb. <BR> Now I need to kick my underwear to the curb because they are sagging in the rear. LOL. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 13:26:27 EST