SparkPeople Binghamton Area Losers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=21611 This group is for anyone in the Greater Binghamton area (and beyond) who would like to get together, online or in real life, to help drop those pounds! I know we can do this! SparkPeople Binghamton Area Losers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=21611 SEPTEMBER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x59113962 S..."Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how awesome you are if you can't see it yourself?" - Unknown <BR> <BR> E..."Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are." -Stephanie Lahart <BR> <BR> P..."People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder." - Salma Hayek <BR> <BR> T..."The kindest thing you ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:25:41 EST Join Our Bike Club for 13 Mile Country Ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x59040938 Our Southern Tier Bicycle Club is always receptive to guest riders <BR> <BR> <link>southerntierbicycleclub.org/bikeride<BR>schedule.html </link> <BR> <BR> and this Sunday at 11 a.m. we are having a relatively short (13 miles) country ride from Chenango Forks to the Black Bear Winery: <BR> <BR> "Let’s meet at the Chenango Forks Fishing Access on Route 12 in Chenango Forks, NY at 11:00 AM, for a ride that will take the back roads from Route 79 through South Road and Cloverdale Road to Ro... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:39:11 EST Here is to trying one more time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x58207184 I am 31 years old and grew up in the Binghamton area. I am a mother of a 2 year old beautiful girl and also help care for her 3 older brothers. I am looking forward to losing some weight (55 lbs) to be able to keep up with the little ones and feel better about myself. My daughter was well worth every pound.. but now that she is two..its time to shed that baby weight!! I have tried everything from loseit.com to Shawn T T 25. I am hoping that learning to eat well and think differently about f... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:47:46 EST Doing the Binghamton Bridge Run Sun. May 4th? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x57713530 Is anyone else out there doing one of the Bridge Runs this coming Sunday, May 4th? <BR> <BR> I'll be doing the 5K as usual, have been gearing up with hour-long jogs several times a week. <BR> <BR> Let's catch up & trade a few high-fives this Sunday! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 1 May 2014 08:13:32 EST Community Wellness Day Sat. May 3rd Highland Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x57690592 Just found out about this free event through Catholic Charities: <BR> <BR> Community Wellness Day is an international event focused on educating the members of our community on very important information that is critical to the total well-being of our community. There will be an array of information on health, safety, environmental and financial wellness. <BR> <BR> This year’s event will be held at <BR> <BR> Highland Park Rec Center in Endwell on Saturday May, 3 2014 from 12-3pm. <BR> <... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:09:14 EST Bicycle Greenway Along Route 434 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x56831623 There has been an effort over the past several years by some super folks to put together funding for WONDERFUL project proposed to connect our downtown Riverwalk trail and Washington Street Bridge to Binghamton University via a Bicycle / Pedestrian Greenway which would run along the Vestal Parkway Route 434. <BR> <BR> I think this would be a BOON to our area and greatly enhance its appeal to everyone: pedestrians, dog-walkers, joggers, cyclists and the students who come from outside of the ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:52:48 EST Sarah Jane Memorial Dream Center Bicycle Giveaway http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x56746253 Later in May our local Southern Tier Bicycle Club coordinates a wonderful event in which used bicycles which have been reconditioned / refurbished bicycles which have been donated. Some of our SparkTeam members and their children have been able to take advantage of this event in the past. <BR> <BR> <link>www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/<BR>article?AID=2014302100033 </link> <BR> <BR> One of our bike club members recently shared this message: “As spring comes (I hope) folks will be cle... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:00:13 EST logging question for cyclists! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x56575824 Yesterday I did 4 miles on an excercise bike at the Y. However, I did one of the intervals courses pre-programmed into the bike, so it wasn't "just" level, unresisted bike riding. What is the best way to log this? Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:49:49 EST Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour 2014 Reg. Open! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x56163096 It would be SO COOL to have some local SparkTeam Members joining in the fun! <BR> <BR> Let me make the case for our local bike club's annual event: <BR> <BR> We've been putting this event together for 33 years! Our club pulls together decades of wisdom and fun! <BR> <BR> This year we are including a wider range of planned activities which add to our road rides some hiking and mountain bike rides. Our campgrounds are located just outside Watkins Glen, NY. <BR> <BR> For a full weekend of ri... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:54:51 EST Possible Power Outage in Binghamton Tues. 12/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x55997283 Hey folks, I haven't been able to track down the specific location of this planned power outage despite Googling & checking in with Press Sun-Bulletin, but thought I should pass this along in case any of you might be affected. This was passed along to employees of Catholic Charities, which is located on 232 Main St. and 290 Front St. Apparently they are planning on a likely power outage: <BR> <BR> "Good morning all. On Tuesday (12/17), the agency will open at 12 noon due to the possibility ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:52:55 EST Spark Meetup in Binghamton, NY Sat 11/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x55506277 Hey Everyone, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI has discovered a day of fun happening right in our back yard! <BR> <BR> It would be super to catch up with some of you during the: <BR> <BR> "9th annual KINDRED SPIRITS day of dance in Binghamton" <BR> Trinity Church, corner of Main and Oak in Binghamton NY <BR> <BR> As a total newbie to contra dance I plan to be going to the beginning portion of ths day of fun which begins at 12:30. <BR> <BR> Here are all the details as shared by 4A-HEALTHY-BMI: <BR> <BR> C... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:51:46 EST 3 Free Stationary Bicycles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x55475705 Here is a generous offer from our local "father" of the Southern Tier Bicycle Club <link>southerntierbicycleclub.org/ </link> , a wonderful fellow! : <BR> <BR> A few stationary bicycles have been donated and are presently in my garage that are free for the taking. I need the room. <BR> <BR> 1. Voit TRDE Dual Action (handlebars pump as well) Ergometer. Closest picture (not exact, but quite similar) I can find is http://www.russellheimlich.com/blog/the-th<BR>rift-store-is-the-best-plac... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:27:30 EST New Emoticons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x55116052 News from Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> Our Tech folks put up about 30 new emoticons today, based on some of the most popular suggestions you've given. <BR> <BR> Take a look! The tech team has been busy! Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:38:27 EST Fall / Winter Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x55079199 Stop on by folks and let us know what's happening! <BR> <BR> Just going to pass along an apple tip: They are IN at Maines and only 79 cents a pound! Many different varieties too...including our favorite Cortland apples. <BR> <BR> Anybody with other good leads on apples? <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:35:27 EST Junk Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x55069073 It's happening. My Saturday night cravings are kicking in. But luckily I didn't buy anything junky at the store this week, and I won't drive anywhere now that it's dark because I'm scared of hitting a deer (I live on a back road). Still, sometimes the cravings are hard to deal with... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 23:07:36 EST Send SparkPeople To The SuperBowl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x54994146 Right now Intuit is running a contest for small businesses. The prize is a commercial during the Super Bowl. I don't know about you, but every time I see a commercial for Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig I wish that SP had the resources to do the same. This is their chance to get the word out on a huge scale. All they need is the support of people like us. <BR> <BR> Go to this website and vote for SparkPeople: (It just takes one click and you can vote once a day.) <BR> <BR> Spread the SPARK! ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:33:22 EST End-of-Summer Meet 'n Greet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x54993812 How about an end-of-summer pot-luck meet 'n greet gatherings at one of our gorgeous local parks where we might go for walks, hikes, bike rides, perhaps even kayak (not sure if Dorchester has pulled their kayak rentals yet)...? My local favorite parks are Dorchester and Chenango Valley State Park, but I am WAY open to other suggestions. <BR> <BR> I am WAY open to ideas...let's spin a few and see what we can come up with! <BR> <BR> It has been too long since we've pulled together to share our... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:56:14 EST Binghamton http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x54993157 Binghamton can be a semi-gloomy place to live. Between crime and the weather, I can honestly say I'm only still here because of my family. But that doesn't mean it can't be a fun place to live. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else gone to the Campy Movie night at the Bundy Museum? I hear it's on Thursday nights. They show a cheesy movie every week. Maybe I can get a night off so I can enjoy. I think it's so important that we interact with each other in the community, and try to make this a good place ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:34:28 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x54954395 This group doesn't look that active, but thought I'd see if anyone responds. I've lived in Binghamton most of my life, have been on Spark People for about 2 weeks and would love to get to know some local residents. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 01:29:07 EST Cycling Opportunity in the 1,000 Islands & Canada! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x54439624 Every year our local bike club (The Southern Tier Bicycle Club) organizes a trip up to the 1,000 Island's area (Tibbett's Point) over the Labor Day weekend. This will be the first time for me, but other seasoned riders who are familiar with the area will be there also. <BR> <BR> The catch is: in order to pull it off we need 16 of us to go in together to make this happen. Right now we only have 11. <BR> <BR> So the club has opened this opportunity up to anyone who might be interested. I am ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:49:07 EST Garmin - Forerunner 410 GPS Watch w/ HRM 50% Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x54300868 Garmin - Forerunner 410 GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor, nearly 50% mark down today only! <BR> <BR> <link>www.bestbuy.com/site/Garmin---Foreru<BR>nner-410-GPS-Watch-with-Heart-Rate-Mon<BR>itor/4444291.p?id=1218477683445 </link> <BR> <BR> I don't use anything like this so I can't endorse it, however there appear to be a number of positive reviews on this HRM. <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:46:32 EST Babcock Bikes: $200 Off All Trek Road Bikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x54122856 If you've been yearning for a road bike, now might be the time to check out Babcock Bikes: they have a sale until 7/22 with $200 off all Trek Road Bikes. <BR> <BR> Here is their web page: <BR> <BR> <link>babcockbikes.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> While I haven't had any dealings with them I have heard good things about this shop. Living on the other end of the county I have stuck with Chenango Point Cycles for convenience: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.chenangopoint.com/index.p<BR>hp </link> ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:59:14 EST Sun Jun 16 OWEGO NY - Contra Dance 4-7PM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x53725662 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'll be likely going to this dance at the Strawberry Festival in Owego. <BR> <em>351</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone else want to come? <BR> <BR> Sun Jun 16 OWEGO NY - Contra Dance - Idlewild is the featured band for the Strawberry Contra with some Squares Dance Sunday, June 16, 4-7PM, at Tioga Trails Café, corner of Lake and Main, Owego. Bob Nicholson from Syracuse will be teaching and calling contra and square dances. Contra dancing, like square dancing, i... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:40:48 EST Woman's Specialized Bike For Sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x53684699 A member of our bike club shared info on a good deal on what sounds like a terrific bicycle if anyone is interested SparkMail me for contact information: <BR> <BR> "My neighbor has a like-new 21 speed Specialized Women's bike for sale. It has front and seat shocks; it's a hybrid or cross style. <BR> <BR> Has probably less then 25 miles on it. Because of health problems, she cannot ride it. <BR> Original price $500, asking $250." <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:42:57 EST Contradance Fun in Ithaca 6/22! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x53604687 As shared by fellow Finger Lakes Sparker 4A-HEALTHY-BMI: <BR> <BR> <link>www.hands4dancers.org/resources/Flye<BR>rs/Anadama.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a YouTube of the kind of fun you'll be in for: <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/STRUiouGqQ4 </link> <BR> <BR> AND an early head's up on ContraDancing in the Binghamton area Nov. 9th: <BR> <BR> <link>www.binghamtondance.org/kindred.htm </link> <BR> <BR> AND don't forget our own Swing Dance Society is always kicking up it's heels eve... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:24:07 EST Bike Club SUMMER Newsletter is OUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x53547233 Check it out here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/imag<BR>es/STBC_SUMMER2013.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Lots of great rides through our beautiful Southern Tier countryside! Join the fun with folks who share the joy of being out in nature on two wheels! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 31 May 2013 10:39:16 EST Summer Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x53507514 Any tips, good deals, great places to check out, fun plans? <BR> <BR> Post 'em here! <BR> <BR> Here's one I'll pass along: <BR> <BR> Here's a pretty cool deal on a decent MP3 Player, today only: <BR> <BR> "Get a SanDisk Sansa Fuze 8GB MP3 player for $19.99 <BR> That's your out-the-door price on this refurbished player, which features a color display, FM radio, and expandable storage." <BR> <BR> <link>news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-57586375-<BR>58/get-a-sandisk-sansa-fuze-8gb-mp3-pl<BR>ayer... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:08:25 EST Many Hands Food Co-operative http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x53506282 There is a group of people collaborating their efforts in putting together a "community-owned grocery store that will help us feed our families healthy food, support local farms & create jobs." <BR> <BR> The effort to put together Broome County's first food co-op is presently entitled the "Many Hands Food Co-operative." It will be a first for our area as the closest food co-op that I am aware of is in Ithaca. What a wonderful way to access healthy food choices under the control of OURSELVES ... Tue, 28 May 2013 08:32:28 EST Fat loss book for free download at Amazon today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x53449554 As shared elsewhere by our Finger Lakes neighbor, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI: <BR> <BR> "Nia Shanks made her book available for free until midnight today. <BR> <BR> "The Commandments for Losing Fat, the Sane and Simple Way" <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CTQUJ9A </link> <BR> <BR> #1 - Thou Shall Stop Focusing on Fat Loss <BR> #2 - Thou Shall Master the Basics of Strength Training & Nutrition <BR> #3 - Thou Shall Adopt Eating Patterns Suited to Your Lifestyle & Preferences <BR> #4 - Thou Sha... Thu, 23 May 2013 10:22:47 EST Local Resource: Massage Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x53438617 I've recently discovered how wonderful massage therapy can be and figured what better supplement to all our fitness efforts than a session with a super massage therapist? She offers a full body massage for only $35 an hour: <BR> <BR> Danielle Meissner, 27 Brookside Avenue West Apalachin, NY 13732, phone: (607) 341-1799 <BR> <BR> She has a comfortable, peaceful home studio, flexible scheduling and is a very skilled, STRONG therapist. Highly recommended! <BR> <BR> If you know of any local re... Wed, 22 May 2013 13:07:37 EST Mother's Day Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x53307857 A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan <BR> <BR> <BR> Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn, <BR> Hundreds of bees in the purple clover, <BR> Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn, <BR> But only one mother the wide world over. <BR> ~George Cooper <BR> <BR> <BR> Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont <BR> <BR... Sat, 11 May 2013 19:44:27 EST Gratitude Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x53224180 <BR> <BR> Gratitude Quotes <BR> <BR> "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus <BR> <BR> "Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goe... Sun, 5 May 2013 03:36:29 EST Spring Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x53224058 Whether you’ve been working out all winter or just coming out of hibernation, spring is a great time to start or step up your activity. We know the key to success with any fitness program is consistency. How about taking the work out of exercise and returning to play? <BR> <BR> So many activities we did as kids can still be surprisingly fun and serve double duty for fitness. Check out these three ways to redefine your fitness. <BR> <BR> Play like a Kid <BR> <BR> We’ve turned so many of ... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:46:39 EST Spring walking tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x53224041 <BR> <BR> Time to tune up your walking in anticipation of spring. With daylight savings time and warmer weather just around the corner, get ready to make the most of it. <BR> Tune Up Your Walking Gear and Clothing <BR> <BR> You will need lighter clothing layers for spring. If you are new to walking, this is your chance to go shopping for shorts and light tops. If you are a veteran walker, time to unpack the spring and summer workout clothes and check to see what needs replaced. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:37:40 EST Fitness and the Bible http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x53223995 <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 167 helpful votes <BR> <BR> Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:13 ESV / 91 helpful votes <BR> <BR> I can do all things through him who strengthens me. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 3:17 ESV / 83 helpful votes <BR> <BR> If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:23:13 EST Join The Ride of Silence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x53081897 Each year cyclists 'round the world honor the Ride of Silence: <BR> <BR> <link>www.rideofsilence.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> Although this is a sobering event, it is also a great event for those new to cycling who might want to join with others as it is an organized, slow-paced ride with much support from police as you'll see in the details below. It is a shorter and slower-paced ride as well. <BR> <BR> I'm copying an e-mail sent by the president of our local Southern Tier Bicycle Club: <... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:00:46 EST Binghamton Bridge Run Sunday May 5, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x53067234 Registration for the Binghamton Bridge Run closes 5/1/2013! <BR> <BR> <link>www.binghamtonbridgerun.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> For those already registered, don't forget to pick up your race packet on Saturday. More info here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.binghamtonbridgerun.org/race-inf<BR>o </link> <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to see some of you out there! Even if you aren't up for the run, c'mon down and cheer folks on! :-) <BR> <BR> Additional info, parking etc. from an e-mail I received: <BR> <... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:39:53 EST Bike Club Newsletter is OUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x53000765 Spring is here and so are the cyclists! The Southern Tier Bicycle Club has released their Spring Newsletter which is loaded with information about their ride schedule and other fun activities. <BR> <BR> Check it out here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/imag<BR>es/STBC_Spring_2013_Newsletter.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Some of the "kinder-gentler" rides for newbies include: <BR> <BR> SUN May 19, 9:00 AM Jimay’s Flea Market led by Augie M. 607-722-6005 <BR> D/3/26 - Meet at C... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:39:18 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x52911185 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new and just finding my way around. I looked for an intro thread but couldn't find one so here goes. . .I'm trying to focus on being active and eating right. I've struggled with my weight all my life sometimes being heavy sometimes thin. I'm ready to let go the diet lifestyle and focus on health and feeling good about myself whatever the scale says. <BR> <BR> I love to walk and especially to hike. My son and I just set a new goal of 50 hikes this year. I hope to use this ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:59:22 EST How to Create a Consistent Exercise Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x52787272 How to Create a Consistent Exercise Routine. You know the drill about how great exercise is for you, but perhaps you struggle with making it a priority in your life. Consistency is the key to making exercise a lifelong habit. Here are some tips on building workouts into your regular routine. <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> <BR> Get out early. Research shows that people who exercise first thing in the morning are most consistent. Nothing except your alarm clock gets ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:11:39 EST Spring Exercise Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x52787263 Spring is a good time to start exercising and stay motivated to keep it up. Photo Credit spring image by Valery Sibrikov from Fotolia.com <BR> <BR> When spring comes and the weather gets warmer, many people start peeling of the clothes and decide that it's time to get serious about exercise. The most important thing to remember is that small changes go a long way toward achieving your goals. Just because you are committed to an exercise program does not mean that you cannot have fun while yo... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:11:12 EST What You Need To Know About Exercise and the Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x52787261 With the warm weather coming, we can finally break free of the doldrums of indoor exercise and hit the sidewalks, trails, and roads! Exercising outside is great, especially if you dread indoor exercise, but some recent research lead by my colleague, Dr. Kristin Schneider shows that people who exercise may be at greater risk for skin cancer, because they spend more time outside than people who are sedentary. Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the US and one of few cancers that is ac... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:10:41 EST Vitamin D – sun and exercise?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x52787253 As new research emerges surrounding Vitamin D, the news is all over it, telling us that the “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign may have caused Australians to go overboard with their sun protection…and now many people have a vitamin D deficiency. <BR> <BR> During the winter months, Healthy Fix has taken the Bondi Bootcamp and Bondi Boxing sessions indoors to escape from the chills. However, as summer approaches, we will be heading back outdoors to train in the sun (for some of the sessions at le... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:10:13 EST Spring Into Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x52787245 By Julie Deardorff — Chicago Tribune <BR> <BR> Think you have what it takes to get in shape? Spring is “gut check” time. And if those abs – or arms or thighs – aren’t ready for public display, here are some ways to start a new workout routine: <BR> <BR> If you are working out but have reached a plateau and are bored: <BR> <BR> Spring clean your routine: Try one new cardiovascular workout each week for a month, said Mark Verstegen, founder of Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, whic... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:09:45 EST Free Fitness Kindle Book: Today Only (3/18) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52590546 Fitness Gurus – Personal Trainers Answer Your Fitness And Nutrition Questions <BR> <BR> <link>www.daily-free-ebooks.com/book/fitne<BR>ss-gurus-personal-trainers-answer-your<BR>-fitness-and-nu/ </link> <BR> <BR> “Anyone who reads this book will get a very well-presented view of what we as personal trainers think and how we work.” <BR> <BR> ” Excellent!” <BR> <BR> When celebrities need to get fit they don’t just go to the gym, they hire a personal trainer. <BR> <BR> If hiring a personal... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:17:25 EST Bike Donations for Annual Bike Giveaway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52586698 We're approaching that time of year when our local Southern Tier Bicycle Club <link>www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/ </link> puts on their Annual Bike Giveaway for people with limited income. Donated bikes do not have to be in working order as we have a number of dedicated bike club members who are quite skilled in rehabilitating broken, neglected bicycles. <BR> <BR> Here is the contact information you need to arrange for donating bicycles. Let me know (via SparkMail) if there is anything... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:15:08 EST Do you put more focus on your failures? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52422650 Do you put more focus on your failures rather than your success? How can you change it? <BR> <BR> I often notice I am harder on myself for my failures. I find them easier to point out and get upset about. But as far as my success, I often do not recognize it and don’t stop to be proud of myself. This also makes me miss out on a lot of the good I do. Today in order to focus on the good, every time I achieve a goal I am going to reward myself with some me time! <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 01:35:56 EST Do you feel lonely more often than not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52422644 Do you feel lonely more often than not? Why? Do you want to change that? <BR> <BR> More often that not I feel lonely. I do not know how to fix it. I can be surrounded by a hundred people and I often still feel like I am a sore thumb in a crowd. I get over-whelmed around a lot of people and I think that is why I don’t reach out. Or it may just be my lack of connection. Today to change it I am going to offer two random people compliments! <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 01:33:39 EST Mobile Food Pantry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52407510 Some people have a hard enough time feeding themselves let alone eat healthy. But the mobile food bank provides healthy food for those in need. This month, in Binghamton, they will be: <BR> <BR> March 6th, 2013 from 10:30-12 at the First Ward Boys and Girls Club on Clinton St. <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> March 27th, 2013 from 1-2 in Big Lots parking lot on State St. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 00:42:54 EST Baby chick here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x52398844 Hey everyone! My name is Melissa and I'm new! I don't technically live in Bing., actually I live in WP, but I'm there every day. I'm hoping to learn a lot from you all in terms of weightloss and motivation. I'd also like to stay updated with events in the area or exercise classes or more about the trails. :-) Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:41:20 EST Jackson Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52395046 3901 Wales Ave, Binghamton, NY 13901 Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:31:06 EST Liberty Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52395033 13900 Monroe St, Binghamton, NY 13904 Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:30:12 EST Columbus Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52395022 <BR> (607) 772-7168 <BR> <BR> Binghamton, NY 13901 Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:29:13 EST Fairview Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52395011 <BR> (607) 772-7208 <BR> <BR> Binghamton, NY 13901 Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:28:30 EST Recreation Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52395002 <BR> (607) 722-9166 <BR> <BR> Seminary Ave, Binghamton, NY 13905 Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:27:44 EST Otsiningo Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52394992 <BR> (607) 778-6541 <BR> <BR> Bevier St, Binghamton, NY 13901 Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:26:47 EST Mac Arthur Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52394978 <BR> (607) 772-7205 <BR> <BR> Vestal Ave, Binghamton, NY 13903 <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:25:54 EST Self-Worth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52394349 The concept of self-worth involves your inner sense of value or worthiness as a person. In truth, you are already born with inherent worth as a spiritual being. <BR> <BR> Over time, however, your views about what you deserve in life may be affected by self-destructive patterns of belief and behavior and external factors. <BR> <BR> By examining your personal interpretation of self-worth, you can gain insight into subconscious patterns that may not be serving your highest good. <BR> <BR> Par... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:50:57 EST Self-Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52394207 Below are a set of self esteem assessment questions that you can answer as either 'True' or 'False', as applicable to you. <BR> <BR> Since the questions are based on what you think and feel, your answers will always be true to you - there's no universal right or wrong answer. <BR> <BR> You will need about 10 minutes of quiet time, a pencil and a piece of paper. To get the best out of this assessment, try to be as honest as you can when answering the questions. If you do not know an answer t... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:42:15 EST Binghamton Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x52379788 Ok.... Lets face it.... Binghamton is not a huge area. It is not a hoping area. It is not a good job area. It is not a safe area. And the area is full of homeless, and poor; Managed by people more concerned with hydrofracking and conviction than education and under-privileged programs. It has some of the most qualified health-care in the surrounding area but is slacking in mental health.... regardless of the programs.... Does anyone know anything FUN in the area? That is enriching, educationa... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:11:44 EST So what is everybody doing this summer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5495x21611x52302422 I am trying to think of sunnier days and walks in the park during this little yuckier weather! I myself will start my outdoor fun in April at the STAP run/walk 5k. I am excited as this is my first 5k and support for organizations with a medical twist! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 23:47:37 EST WooHoo! I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x52286633 Hi! I am fairly new to the SP website and just found out there was a Binghamton team! I am excited! I am actually from Johnson City at this time, but I was born and raised in Greene! Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:17:14 EST Off Topic: WONDERFUL Low-Cost Concert Opportunity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x51864218 I am a HUGE fan of both of these artists and already have my ticket, but wanted to pass this exciting opportunity along to anyone who might be interested. Look up both Luciana Souza and/or Romero Lubambo on YouTube to sample their music. They are simply SUPERB and I can't recommend them highly enough! Pass along to others as this is such a low cost opportunity for an awesome afternoon of entertainment! <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> <link>www2.binghamton.edu/email-developmen<BR>t/anderson-center... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:23:08 EST Why is it so hard to make myself a priority? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x51844187 I just started back on SparkPeople and was looking at my original blog...how excited I was, motivated, putting me first...blah blah blah. So here I am 3 years later at back at the same point I was then. I need some tips to keep me on track. I don't want to be back to the start everytime. Any advice anyone? I sure could use it! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:38:13 EST Yikes! The Dangers of Soda Are Mounting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x51784293 Say It Ain't So -- A Can of Soda a Day Can Increase the Risk of Cancer for Men by 40 Percent? <BR> <BR> <link>www.alternet.org/food/say-it-aint-so<BR>-can-soda-day-can-increase-risk-cancer<BR>-men-40-percent </link> <BR> <BR> Fascinating look and the ins-and-outs of the soda industry, government and personal choice. <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:49:28 EST Hello Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x51769806 It's been way too long since I've been involved, so I thought I would introduce myself again. I'm Julie, working mom to Alexis who is 6. I've been around SP since 2009 and had lost about 70 lbs at my lowest. Recently though, life has gotten in the way of me taking care of me. So, I'm back to try to find my healthy side again. I'm about 25 #s from my goal weight and hoping that the lessons I learned previously will resurface to help again. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend and his kids moved in abou... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:44:47 EST 5 Easy Ways to Spread the SPARK (& Why You Should) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x51691432 We hope that all of you are off to a great start toward reaching your goals this January! Hopefully Spark People's trackers, resources, community features and coaching tools have helped you make some progress during these first few weeks of 2013. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:48:54 EST Community Supported Agriculture - Recommen dations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x51584554 I am totally new to the idea of Community Supported Agriculture or CSA's, but am curious and drawn to them as a way of buying local and having a steady supply of fresh, healthy foods. <BR> <BR> From what I understand the beginning of the year is the best time to jump into a CSA, before the growing season starts. <BR> <BR> I have a link here for more info on the program offered by Lone Maple Farms below, but would be curious to know if anyone out there has had experience with a CSA, can reco... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:26:27 EST Southern Tier Heart Walk April 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x51569111 Hey folks! It's been WAY too long since we've all gotten together for an event and I thought I would give everyone a head's up regarding the Southern Tier Heart Walk coming on April 28th. <BR> <BR> Details such as location, etc. aren't available as yet. The link to register is here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.kintera.org/faf/home/waiver.asp?<BR>ievent=1026994 </link> <BR> <BR> If the interest is there I'd be willing to form a SparkPeople team and we can get together and show off our SPARK to ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:22:35 EST Eight Winter Health Issues Women Should Know About http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x51501769 Winter can be a wonderful time of year, but it can also be detrimental to a woman's health. The snow is falling, the trees are bare, the temperature is dropping, and you are sitting there like a target waiting for the season to attack your health. <BR> <BR> <link>voices.yahoo.com/eight-winter-health<BR>-issues-women-know-about-7040806.html </link> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:51:20 EST SparkPeople Radio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x50701767 We're excited to announce the launch of SparkPeople Radio, a premium on-demand radio show that lets you listen to our latest and greatest content anytime! This is unlike anything we've done before, though we have done radio interviews in the past. This time, we have our OWN SHOW, designed with you in mind! WooHoo! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:26:09 EST Happy Birthday, Don! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x50417035 Today is Don's birthday (one of our leaders). Please stop by his page and wish him a great day! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:26:39 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x50388443 Hi! I'm a relatively new member of the Spark Binghamton team. I've also joined the Spark Finger Lakes team because I've lived in various places around the region. Binghamton, Endicott, Elmira, Horseheads, Syracuse, and now in a rural spot slightly south of the NY border. <BR> <BR> I've got a lot of weight to lose but once I'm more physically able, I'd love to be involved with local and regional activities, walks, eventually runs, etc. <BR> <BR> So I'm just "getting plugged in" so to speak.... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 18:24:02 EST Highland Park -Octoberfest 5 & 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x50361288 Anyone entered in one of the races at Highland Park tomorrow? It's going to be cold. What will you wear pre-race and during? Any advice from runners who are not entered? <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:23:12 EST Trailkeeper: Guide to Trails in Nearby Sullivan Co http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x50004823 "TrailKeeper.org is a one-source outlet for hiking trails and public lands in Sullivan County, NY with easy-to-read, easy-to-access maps and facilities information and guides to hiking safety. <BR> <BR> From serious hikers to beginners testing their hiking legs for the first time, from moms with babies in backpacks to senior citizens to seasoned hikers looking for a challenge, TrailKeeper.org provides access to trail information that matches hiker to trail. <BR> <BR> TrailKeeper.org gives h... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:23:41 EST Snowzilla 5K Run: Kick Off Holidays in Owego 11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x49650878 Snowzilla 5K Run Will Kick Off Holidays in Owego <BR> <BR> Help Raise Funds to Bring Snowzilla to Owego's Lights on the River Festival <BR> <BR> Saturday, November 10, 2012 - Run the Snowzilla 5K to kick off the Holiday Season! Help raise funds to bring the Snowzilla Toboggan Slide (a simulated snow covered hill, snow tube attraction) to Owego for the Lights on the River Festival on December 7. This inflatable toboggan slide is for adults and children and simulates a slide down a snow cover... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:32:09 EST Chris Thater Races This Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x49576478 Anyone Registered for Any of the Chris Thater Memorial Races? <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:17:40 EST SparkCoach anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x49574521 Just curious if anyone tried the 2-week free period with SparkCoach and then joined? I did sign up for the 2-week free trial, but didn't find I used it at all. I looked at it twice. Seems like a good tool, though. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:08:23 EST In MUCH NEED of motivation & support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x49374903 Hi, I am Bri, I am 19 years old & a mother of 1. <BR> Before i got pregnant i weighed 127lbs, my weight when i found out i was pregnant was 134lbs & my weight when i was 9 months pregnant was, 168 at the highest. After i gave birth to my daughter Ryleigh, i was able to breast feed for 3 weeks till my milk supply decreased. i lost about 40lbs and weighed about 145lbs... <BR> I know this is a lot to take in, but i now weigh 160.. and i am super depressed about my body, my weight and this one of... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 23:18:04 EST Does Gatorade Actually Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x49287337 Does Gatorade Actually Work? <BR> <BR> <link>www.alternet.org/food/does-gatorade-<BR>actually-work </link> <BR> <BR> "A top science journal has issued a blistering indictment of the sports drink industry. <BR> <BR> The BMJ papers address two related but distinct questions: Should people who exercise seek to proactively replace fluids lost, or can they rely on thirst to guide them during and after physical activity? And when they rehydrate, do they need all the salts, sugars, and other ... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 08:52:45 EST Sugary drinks can change muscles in a month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x49163280 Of course we all *KNOW* how unhealthy sugary drinks can be. Here is yet more scientific evidence of HOW unhealthy these drinks can be! <BR> <BR> <link>www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/07/21/S<BR>ugary-drinks-can-change-muscles-in-mon<BR>th/UPI-58301342928218/ </link> <BR> <BR> "This study proved our concerns over sugary drinks have been correct. Not only can regular sugar intake acutely change our body metabolism; in fact it seems that our muscles are able to sense the sugars and make our m... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:37:58 EST Shout Out and Kudos to one of our Local Members! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x49130411 Check out this video from yesterday's Today show featuring one of our local members of SparkPeople: 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI! <BR> <BR> <link>video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/4828<BR>6287 </link> <BR> <BR> She is such an inspiration and a truly SHINING example of living a life filled with SPARK! <BR> <BR> Stop by her SparkPage and give her a couple of high-fives! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=4a<BR>-healthy-bmi </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:38:53 EST Athletes Choosing Real Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x49097116 Athletes Reject High-Tech Sports Fuel In Favor Of Real Food <BR> <BR> <link>www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/07/16<BR>/156854397/some-athletes-reject-high-t<BR>ech-sports-fuel-in-favor-of-real-food </link> <BR> <BR> Some sensible folks out there! :-) <BR> <BR> Other interesting pieces from NPR: <BR> <BR> Chewing Chia Packs A Superfood Punch: <BR> <BR> <link>www.npr.org/2012/07/15/156551074/che<BR>wing-chia-packs-a-superfood-punch </link> <BR> <BR> High-Tech Shortcut To Greek Yogur... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 09:18:47 EST Great Event for Southern Tier Women Cyclists! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x49027874 Forwarding this which had been sent to the Southern Tier Bicycle Club as I'm sure ANY women would be welcome to join in this special event!: <BR> <BR> I'm the event coordinator for a 2-day women-only tour in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of NYS designed for women to challenge themselves while being treated like QUEENS in-between rides. It's scheduled for September 15 & 16, 2012 and we've got eight great routes of varying lengths and amounts of climbing, all with incredible vistas for be... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:52:00 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x48674438 Hello, my name is Nicole, I’m 29 and a single mother of a rambunctious 3 year old ball of fire named Stella. I am currently unemployed, I just finished BOCES LPN program and am waiting to take my NYS licensure test. I am also taking classes online through BCC for my RN this summer. <BR> I have been meaning to write this introduction since I joined SparkPeople after New Years’ 2012. I had a goal to lose 30 pounds (to take me from 160 to 130) by the time school ended this month. My father p... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 20:24:54 EST Find Locally Grown Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x48595659 "Our site let's you FIND, RATE & SHARE local and real food in your community - Growers, Markets, Artisans, and Restaurants. It's like YELP for LocalFood!" <BR> <BR> <link>eatlocalgrown.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> If anyone knows of any helpful resources or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) opportunities, please share here at this message thread! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:54:25 EST Evening Walk in the IBM Glen, June 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x48594278 JUNE 23, 2012, 6 PM <BR> <BR> Evening Walk in the IBM Glen To The Waterfalls with Colleen Wolpert and a shorter, easier hike with Victor Lamoureux. <BR> <BR> <link>www.watermancenter.org/pubevnts.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Colleen Wolpert will lead a long hilly hike to the waterfalls from 6 PM to 8:30 PM and Victor Lamoureux will lead a shorter easier hike that has fewer hills from 6 PM to 8 PM. <BR> <BR> Colleen will provide both groups with an introduction to butterflies and the plants ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:13:13 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x48585085 Hey all. New to Sparkpeople today. My friend Julie got me into this, and I'm so impressed by her journey that I had to start one of my own. <BR> <BR> Little bit about me: newly single mom of two girls, 11 and 9. I am a member of my local Elks lodge, I play the bagpipes in the Edward P. Memorial Pipe Band, and I work at UHS. I love reading, and I want to write a book someday sooner rather than later. <BR> <BR> My main goals with Sparkpeople are to lose about 20 pounds, run a 5k (without... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:28:03 EST Are All Calories Created Equal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x48538847 For years, nutritionists told us that all calories are equal. A calorie is a measure, like an inch or a mile, and the measures are constant, even though the kind of food might vary. <BR> <BR> What we didn’t know until recently is that while the energy in food may be equal in calories, the impact on the human body varies. <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2012/06/14/are-all-cal<BR>ories-created-equal/ </link> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:53:58 EST Bite Size Movie: Saving America, One Bite At A Tim http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x48526940 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMpIsiK-IZU&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:07:26 EST Article-p erception of obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x48307464 <link>health.yahoo.net/news/s/hsn/once-obe<BR>se-women-still-face-stigma-study-finds </link> <BR> <BR> Sad news, but in some way unsurprising. Thu, 31 May 2012 10:06:56 EST Bike Club Summer Ride Schedule Now Available! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x48276522 For all you cyclists out there check out this year's summer ride schedule from the Southern Tier Bicycle Club! <BR> <BR> <link>southerntierbicycleclub.org/images/S<BR>TBC_Summer_2012_Newsletter.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> There is something for EVERYBODY in the schedule from the Stop & Smell the Roses low-keyed rides to longer road trips 'round Skaneateles Lake coming up this Saturday to Doug's challenging Hill Rides every Tues. evenings! <BR> <BR> Also there is information on registration (... Tue, 29 May 2012 10:56:40 EST FREE e-book – http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x47957734 Introducing our first FREE e-book – just in time for Mother’s Day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 May 2012 15:11:44 EST Hello from Johnson City! Fitness buddies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x47946757 I was just thinking earlier today how it would be nice if there was a Spark Team for people in Binghamton so that I could find more fitness buddies to keep me accountable with my work outs, so imagine my surprise when I saw a past in NY Spark Team about Binghamton Area Losers! <BR> <BR> My name is Leslie, I am 23 and I have about 150 lbs to lose or more...let me know if you'd be interested in working out together :) Sun, 6 May 2012 23:24:26 EST 5 Running Tips for Beginners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x47890969 5 Running Tips for Beginners <BR> <BR> <link>www.active.com/running/Articles/5-Ru<BR>nning-Tips-for-Beginners.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Just starting? Check out these tips to get you going! <BR> <BR> ---Start with low mileage. <BR> ---Get yourself fitted for a good pair of running sneakers. <BR> ---Don't run too often. <BR> ---Drink lots of water. <BR> ---Don't compare yourself to other runners. <BR> <BR> Anybody have more suggestions to add...? Post away! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 3 May 2012 08:55:46 EST Top 10 Superfoods. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x47789446 I think we've seen these before, but a reminder is always good... <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/photos/top-10-superf<BR>oods-slideshow-165700005/#crsl=%252Fph<BR>otos%252Ftop-10-superfoods-slideshow%2<BR>52F-photo-2305390-165700726.html </link> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 09:11:14 EST Support the Rt 434 Greenway Construction May 10th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x47754002 I'm passing this along and encouraging as many folks as possible to be there and advocate for more Trail Development in our area! The intent of this project is to extend the downtown RiverWalk trail all the way out to the Binghamton University campus! Now wouldn't that just be an AWESOME addition to our community?!?! <BR> <BR> Here's the info, courtesy of Mark Bowers of the New York State Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator, who passed this on to our Bike Club: <BR> <BR> I want to t... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 09:20:34 EST Terrific Blogs On Being Each Other's SPARK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x47532589 Some of you may know JOHNTJ1 already, but his latest two blogs point to wonderful suggestions on how we might best "be there" for each other and offer the mutual support that can really distinguish SparkPeople from other communities. I want to also remind all of us local Sparkers here in the Southern Tier that there is a WHOPPING amount of potential support that goes untapped here among those on your local SparkTeam. <BR> <BR> I welcome and invite you all to knock on our collective doors, p... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:36:59 EST 5 Ways to Manage the Farmers Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x47494508 5 Ways to Manage the Farmers Market <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/feature_8261029_5-ways-<BR>manage-farmers-market.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Farmers' markets are full of fun and flavor: <BR> <BR> 5 Things That Make a Farmers' Market Worth the Trip <BR> <BR> 1. Location: There's something wonderful about a farmers' market that's just down the street or around the corner. The closer the market, the more you feel as if you're investing in your local economy. <BR> <BR> 2. Variety: A well-ro... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:49:57 EST Super Snacks: 5 Best Snacks for Mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x47374016 Change your diet, change your mood? Science says the answer is yes. Food isn't just fuel for the body; it feeds the mind and changes our moods. Food scientists are still exploring the big picture regarding food and mood, but it's clear that certain foods have a feel-good factor. Try these five mood-boosting snacks. <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/caring/super-snacks<BR>-5-best-snacks-for-mood </link> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 17:21:03 EST The 5 Most Pointless Supermarket Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x47373997 <link>health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/5-m<BR>ost-pointless-supermarket-foods </link> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 17:19:08 EST Run the Dam 5K in Whitney Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x47237996 Next weekend... March 31st... is the Run the Dam 5K at Dorchester Park in Whitney Point. You don't have to register ahead of time... should be a good turn out Sat, 24 Mar 2012 09:36:05 EST Binghamton Bridge Run: Sunday May 6th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x47159066 Only EIGHT weeks away everyone! <BR> <BR> This is the only running event I do as it's so cool to see so many local Sparkers getting together to celebrate their accomplishments! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping we'll see many returnees and new faces as well! <BR> <BR> <link>www.binghamtonbridgerun.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the latest information, including registration links as fees will be going UP on April 1st! <BR> <BR> "Hey Bridge Runners! <BR> <BR> Just think 8 weeks from now you'll be ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:54:39 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x47137133 hello. i am new to this group, but not new to slimfast. i want to lose 100 pounds. i have lost weight on it before. so i have great confidence that i can do it again. i am looking for a little support and am willing to be buddies with anyone who is looking. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 08:46:57 EST SparkPeople DVD Reaches #1, Save 53%... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x47094305 Great news! <BR> <BR> Thanks to YOU, SparkPeople's DVD “28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole" was the #1 selling workout DVD on amazon.com yesterday! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:16:14 EST SparkPeople's First Original E-Book is Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x46792120 Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759459 </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out at Amazon for only $2.99: <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/Easy-Vegan-Meals-Spar<BR>kPeople-ebook/dp/B007C4WKH8/ </link> <BR> <BR> SP Staff Stepfanie tells more about it at the first link above! <BR> <BR> Nothing like culling together the wisdom of our SparkFamily! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:36:54 EST Introducing 'SparkPeople Funnies' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x46507719 Introducing 'SparkPeople Funnies' <BR> Thursday, February 09, 2012 <BR> <BR> Good morning, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today we added some great health, fitness and diet cartoons to our website. We're calling them the "SparkPeople Funnies!" You can find all of the cartoons in the Wellness section of our website (under the Healthy Lifestyle tab at the top of the site) or by clicking here: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/funnies.asp <BR> <BR> You'll find some "SparkPeople" themed cartoon... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 19:02:20 EST Chat With Coach Nicole Online Thursday Night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x46216947 Have you always wanted the opportunity to ask Coach Nicole a question about your workout plan? Now is your chance! <BR> <BR> Join her this Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m. (EST) for her very first <BR> SparkPeople LIVE Special Event! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:47:00 EST 13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x46120746 13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings <BR> Sweet tooth raging out of control? Here's how to tame those sugar cravings. From WebMD: <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/features/13-ways-<BR>to-fight-sugar-cravings </link> <BR> <BR> Check out the link above for more details. Here are some of the tips: <BR> <BR> If you're craving sugar, here are some ways to tame those cravings. <BR> <BR> Give in a little. Eat a bit of what you’re craving, maybe a small cookie or a fun-size candy bar, suggests K... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:30:52 EST Tune In to Watch Chef Meg on 'The Doctors' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x46108602 Great news: Chef Meg will be on The Doctors on Thursday, January 19, to talk about "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight." This is huge, and we're incredibly excited! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:44:11 EST Share and Save Options on Member Blogs Removed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x46061597 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683820 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A few days ago we launched a new feature where we added buttons to share member blogs to Facebook and Twitter, with the option to opt-out of having this on your blog posts. We received feedback from members that they were not comfortable with how we implemented this feature, so this morning we removed the feature and option from the site. <BR> <BR> We definitely appreciate all the f... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:45:12 EST New Sharing and Saving Options on Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x46031624 As you may have noticed over the past month, we've been adding a bar to our articles, quizzes and more that lets you: <BR> - Share the page on Facebook and Twitter <BR> - Email to your friends <BR> - Save to your SparkFavorites <BR> <BR> We now show this on member blog posts as well. We believe this is a great way to Spread the Spark so that more and more people can be inspired by our SparkPeople members to live a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Note that we also have provided the option to hi... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 19:52:45 EST Southern Tier Heart Walk: Sunday, April 29 at BU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x45987698 I received an e-mail today from the Southern Tier Heart Walk: <BR> <BR> "The 2012 Southern Tier Heart Walk, being held on Sunday, April 29 at the Binghamton University Events Center, is kicking off and we would like to give you the first opportunity to join us again this year! We would love to have you join us again." <BR> <BR> I thought I'd give a shout out and see if folks would be interested in putting together a SparkPeople Fundraising Team for the Heart Walk...? <BR> <BR> If so I'd b... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 11:08:50 EST Coach Nicole's DVD Available at Target: Save $3, E http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x45717843 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> <BR> <BR> Good morning, SparkPeople! Coach Nicole here with a BIG announcement. <BR> <BR> I am thrilled to say that my new SparkPeople workout DVD is now available! As if that news wasn't exciting enough, there's more: You'll also find it at every Target store nationwide. [Happy dance!] That's right, "28 Day Boot Camp," which includes the best, most efficient, fat-burning workouts I've created to date, on the she... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:49:20 EST SparkRecipes Gets a Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x45184718 News from SP_Stepfanie! <BR> <BR> "Happy Monday! Have you visited SparkRecipes.com yet today? <BR> <BR> If so, you might notice some new features. We gave the site a bit of an update to highlight all the useful, tasty content--recipes, videos, blogs, and more!" <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4593928 </link> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 13:51:51 EST FREE! FOUR Stationary Bikes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x45044598 A wonderful offer from one of our most wonderful members of the Southern Tier Bicycle Club! I'd love one myself but just CANNOT shoehorn it into my home. <BR> <BR> Here's the details... Don: <BR> ======================== <BR> I have five stationary bikes. <BR> <BR> One is enough. <BR> <BR> Have four (4) to give away. <BR> <BR> Will list on Binghamton's FREE CYCLE if any are around in another week. <BR> <BR> Any takers? Augie <BR> <BR> August Mueller <BR> 4009 D... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 12:35:08 EST Tune in to Watch Chef Meg! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x45017576 WooHoo! Chef Meg, author of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight," is doing a national TV tour! <BR> <BR> Tune in the morning of MONDAY NOV. 14TH to hear Chef Meg talk about delicious and healthy holiday side dishes from “The SparkPeople Cookbook”! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:07:21 EST We have lost a fellow spark member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x44914287 For those of you who knew Tammy, aka Kobebrown, she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on 10/27. Her funeral services were this past monday. While i was unable to attend due to family commitments.. I was able to pay my respects to her family. She was a woman of good spirit and even in the face of adveristy never gave up hope and was the epitome of courage.... I will miss her greatly.. She was my triatholon mentor and my friend. I"m glad she's in a better place. I miss you tammy and you..... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 08:03:45 EST A stiff whiff can cut your raving craving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x44780637 If glorious smells make us want to eat, is there a scent that could have the opposite effect and actually reduce our urge? <BR> <BR> Yes, there is, says psychologist Bryan Raudenbush, a professor at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia <BR> <BR> <link>seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/foodw<BR>ine/2016570394_web26peppermint.html#.T<BR>qiYKXO7KEs.facebook </link> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:49:13 EST Wow! Check out this article/i nterview: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x44668033 <link>fatfightertv.com/blog/2011/10/why-a-<BR>personal-trainer-is-making-himself-obe<BR>se-on-purpose/ </link> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:58:56 EST Tis the Season...Cold and Flu Home Remedies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x44615213 Up to 20 percent of the population gets the flu each year, and Americans may catch a billion colds annually. These numbers are nothing to sneeze at: Colds can lead to bacterial infections, and the flu can cause serious or even fatal complications. Self-care methods may help you feel better if you have cold and flu symptoms. <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/cold-flu-pict<BR>ures/cold-flu-symptoms-home-remedies.a<BR>spx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthHealthyLiving<BR>_20111016#/slide-1 </link> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 15:15:41 EST Action Autumn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x44419823 Like it or not (me? I'm in the NOT camp...lol!) summer has wrapped up and we are on our way to fall and winter. For me this means a HUGE change in my workout routines as I will soon be mourning the loss of hitting the open roads on my bicycle. Last winter I opted to add the choices of a fitness center to my routine (RiverWalk Athletic Center), however it got HAMMERED by the flood and is still recovering and not up to snuff yet. So lately I've been re-acquainting myself with my old buddy The T... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 09:51:11 EST SparkPeople Cookbook is an Amazon Best Seller! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x44205315 'The SparkPeople Cookbook' is an Amazon Best Seller--Let's Keep Spreading the Spark! <BR> <BR> We sent an email this morning announcing "The SparkPeople Cookbook," which will be available Oct. 4. We're absolutely thrilled with the support you've shown. In fact, you've, once again, blown us away, SparkPeople members! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:38:05 EST Binghamton is in 4th place! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x44141886 By adjusted minutes. If we were counting minutes of moving flood debris to the curb, we'd probably be first right now, and that's tougher exercise (emotionally if not physically) than any workout <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I'm proud of my town - we're so tough we keep exercising right through this! Sun, 18 Sep 2011 07:35:02 EST FLOODING CRISIS & Assistance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43976192 I hope every one of our members of Binghamton Area Losers is safe and sound out there! <BR> <BR> But I realize given the widespread nature of our catastrophe that may not be the case! <BR> <BR> Given this, I thought it might be helpful to have a place for us to: A) Share our crisis and need for help and B) share our availability to assist and offer support to others. <BR> <BR> Please, if anyone out there is in need of help, consider sharing your needs here and anyone that is available to a... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:58:59 EST Great SparkPeople Story in The Irish Times! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43944529 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Tue, 6 Sep 2011 22:02:14 EST The Truth About Toning Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43922568 Do these shoes help you shape up? Health and fitness experts size up toning shoes. <BR> <BR> Can a pair of shoes help you burn more calories, tone your butt, banish cottage cheese thighs, and curb joint pain? <BR> <BR> The answer depends largely on who you ask. <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/featu<BR>res/truth-about-toning-shoes?ecd=wnl_l<BR>bt_072810 </link> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 20:24:07 EST For Bingo's dog lovers.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43865506 There is a BEAUTIFUL new fenced in dog park finally here for us. I am going to try and post a link but if it doesn't work just google Town of Union Canine Commons. It is open now but the grand opening is Sunday 9/18. I have not been there yet but is looks very nice. <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/pages/Town-of-Union<BR>-Dog-Park/10150137084990596?v=wall </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Sep 2011 09:01:22 EST Help Coach Nicole Land a Times Square Billboard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43830838 Here's a quick and easy way that you can help Spread the Spark! <BR> <BR> Coach Nicole has an opportunity to appear on a billboard in NYC's Times Square—and you can help her get there. All you have to do is click the link below, and then click on the "vote" button in the top right of the screen. It takes just three seconds! <BR> <BR> <link>about.me/coachnicole </link> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:48:23 EST Get 25 SparkPoints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43795807 You can now earn SparkPoints just for "Liking" our Facebook page and following us on Twitter! <BR> <BR> Joining us on Facebook and Twitter is a great way to get additional support & motivation throughout the day, get the inside scoop on what's going on at SparkPeople, and get access to exclusive contests! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454660 </link> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:57:08 EST Just Launched: Official Tracker for iGoogle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43756205 We're happy to announce that we officially launched our first official Tracking Gadget for iGoogle! Using this gadget will allow you to track your food, fitness, weight, and even water consumption, right from your iGoogle page. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 04:29:34 EST What’s Creamy, Green And We Eat 1.3 billion pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43676967 Holy guacamole! The country is eating record amounts of creamy, green avocado – the key ingredient in our favorite Mexican dip – and fast food chains are embracing it on their menus. <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2011/08/22/first-subwa<BR>y-now-burger-king-fast-food-embraces-t<BR>he-avocado/?cmp=NLC-RSS-DAILY-BULLETIN </link> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:24:34 EST Study: Healthy eating means spending more at store http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43431420 An update of what used to be known as a food pyramid in 2010 had called on Americans to eat more foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium. But if they did that, the study authors said, they would add hundreds more dollars to their annual grocery bill. <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/n<BR>ews-08-2011/us--expensive_diet.html?cm<BR>p=NLC-RSS-DAILY-BULLETIN </link> <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts? Agree or not? Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:47:00 EST To Buy or Not to Buy Organic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43309190 To Buy or Not to Buy Organic <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/food-recipes/slideshow<BR>-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic </link> <BR> <BR> I'm too cheap to bother with organic, but it is interesting to see what they recommend! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 1 Aug 2011 13:50:19 EST Bike Tioga http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43304326 <link>www.biketioga.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hey Don... are you doing this? I'm doing the sunday ride because SAturday is John's birthday. but i am questing to get that Century Ride under my belt! :) Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:54:28 EST NYC Century Bike Tour! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43264497 Here's your golden opportunity to nail a CENTURY on your bike in the BIg Apple! <BR> <BR> <link>nyccentury.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am sorely tempted by this one. It is not as crazy huge as the 5 borough ride I did earlier this year which had 32,000 cyclists. This, by comparison had around 6,000 cyclists last year. Last year our local bike club had around 8 folks who went. I'm hoping for at least as many. There is a good likelihood I'm going to nab this one! ...Don <BR> <BR> ----------... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 21:11:48 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x43187804 Hello everyone, I was messing around online and stumbled upon this site. I'm pretty impressed by its intricacy. My goal is to be under 10% bf, currently around 15-20. I was pretty much just looking for a tracker, but this definitely appealed to me because of the large community. To get right into it, I was wondering if anyone has read the book "Eat Stop Eat" Bran Pilon, I just recently finished it and am curious to hear some opinions on intermittent fasting. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 17:34:14 EST 5 Tips for Beating the Heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43113611 Summer is in full swing and the mercury is rising. When you're exercising or playing outdoors, it's important that you take care to keep yourself cool. My fitness plan is tough enough — you don't need to add heatstroke to the equation! Follow these tips to make sure you stay safe in hot or humid weather. <BR> <BR> Time it right. The hottest part of the day usually falls between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Do your workout early in the morning or in the evening, when the sun isn't directly overhead and... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:02:17 EST Amazing Feat for ANYONE, Let Alone Someone 61 y/o! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43095092 The science behind one woman’s quest to swim 60 hours in shark-infested waters <BR> <BR> <link>www.smartplanet.com/blog/science-sco<BR>pe/the-science-behind-one-womans-quest<BR>-to-swim-60-hours-in-shark-infested-wa<BR>ters/9514 </link> <BR> <BR> "Diana Nyad will soon attempt to swim 103 shark-infested miles from Cuba to Key West — without a shark cage. <BR> <BR> It will probably take her 60 hours. That means if she jumped in the water at noon on a Monday, she’d swim all day Monday, Tu... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:03:18 EST New Meal Planning Feature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x43082500 There is a new feature available to help you plan Healthy Dinners – it’s the Healthy Dinner Planner. You can read about it and access it from this blog on Sparkguy’s page: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM Tue, 19 Jul 2011 19:35:57 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x43056022 Hello to all! <BR> I am new to this site. I have just been diagnosed with COPD and had to quit smoking so I figured I would try to lose some weight as well. I have been walking to and from work for years and used to bicycle. I am 52 years old and find I am not as active as I used to be. I have a yoga DVD and really have no excuse anymore for not opening it and getting to work. I just need some motivation I guess. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:59:02 EST Swimming for running recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42880975 Copied this article from my SP tri team.. Very interesting: <BR> <BR> This article appeared on triathlete webpage and is written by Matt Fitzgerald. Matt is a senior editor an Competitor Group and has written 17 books, and counting, including Brain Training For Runners and Racing Weight. <BR> <BR> Triathletes do all kinds of strange things to accelerate muscle recovery after hard runs. We stretch, take ice baths, wear compression socks, get massages, strap on Normatec boots, drink recovery ... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 21:30:57 EST Top 10 Scariest Food Additives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42871006 <link>health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/top<BR>-10-scariest-food-additives </link> <BR> <BR> There was a time when "fruit flavored" and "cheese flavored" meant "made with real fruit" and "made with real cheese." Today? It's artificial everything. Most of the food at your local supermarket is no more authentic than Snooki's tan. Our fruit comes packaged in Loops, our cheese delivered via Whiz. Sure, it's edible, but there's no way your great grandparents would recognize this junk as food. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 10:31:09 EST Thank you, BAL team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42645952 I just wanted to give everyone a quick thank you for all your kind support and welcome to the SP team. I have just completed a move to Madison, WI, but the Binghamton team always has a warm place in my heart for your kindness and your helpful advice. BAL is a very special team and I'm honored that I was a part of that. Thank you! Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:19:30 EST Cravings 911 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42644446 Feed your cravings with healthy food <BR> <BR> It's a situation I'm sure everyone's experienced. You're trundling along and suddenly get hit with a food craving. A craving can be seriously distracting. <BR> <BR> It can also be unhealthy. Usually the food you crave isn't the healthiest. Wouldn't it be nice if you could crave something healthier? <BR> <BR> Well, now you can get the next best thing. Check out this tool called Cravings 911. It lets you select the food item you're craving. <BR>... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 08:35:40 EST Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42556801 Check out the Dirty Dozen (highest levels of pesticide) vs. the Clean Fifteen (lowest levels of pesticide): <BR> <BR> <link>static.ewg.org/reports/2011/foodnews<BR>/pdf/2011EWGPesticideGuide.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Dirty Dozen: <BR> <BR> 1. Apples <BR> 2. Celery <BR> 3. Strawberries <BR> 4. Peaches <BR> 5. Spinach <BR> 6. Nectarines <BR> 7. Grapes <BR> 8. Sweet bell peppers <BR> 9. Potatoes <BR> 10. Blueberries <BR> 11. Lettuce <BR> 12. Kale/collard greens <BR> <BR> Clean Fifteen: <BR> ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:43:11 EST The Weirdness of Walking to Raise Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42513884 Interesting thoughts on all these fund-raisers which are springing up all over and gaining so in popularity! <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/opinion/1<BR>9gup.html </link> <BR> <BR> "What I saw that morning in Boston was a resource diverted from its true purpose. Imagine those 210,000 man-hours (42,000 times a five-hour walk) put into direct service to benefit the poor. Think of the houses that might be built, roofs repaired, gardens planted and harvested, public spaces impro... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 11:26:47 EST 9 Easy Ways to Sneak in Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42478424 9 Easy Ways to Sneak in Exercise <BR> <BR> <link>www.health.com/health/gallery/thumbn<BR>ails/0,,20500418,00.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sound familiar to anyone here? :-) <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 17 Jun 2011 08:06:20 EST Now You Can Earn More Points and Trophies on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42464832 Sometimes, even if the scale isn't moving, it can still be motivating to earn SparkPoints and reach new levels of rewarding yourself. That's why we are delighted to announce some new features related to SparkPoints and SparkTrophies that just launched today! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:08:33 EST More Ways to Save, Share and "Like" Things on Spar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42448799 from Coach Nicole... <BR> <BR> This morning we added some new options to “Like” and “Tweet” many of the articles and other resources on SparkPeople.com. You'll see these buttons on more pages across our website, which will make it , even easier to Spread the Spark. <BR> <BR> In addition, we've also added more “Save” buttons to these various features and pages as well so that you can add them to your SparkFavorites, making it easy to quickly find them again! <BR> <BR> We hope that you'll no... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:17:22 EST SparkPeople: Looking for Cookbook success stories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42425218 Check out this opportunity from SP Coach Jen! ...Don <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Here's an opportunity I wanted to pass along from our PR folks if you're interested. (Please contact them if you want to partcipate.) <BR> <BR> We're looking for members who have lost more than 25 pounds and are within 20-40 pounds of their goal. As you may know, The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight, by Chef Meg Galvin and SparkPeople editor Stepfanie Romine, ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 14:40:52 EST Running Blog by Coach Nancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42412459 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296265 </link> <BR> <BR> For anyone who runs.. or wants to try ANY sport..this is worth the read. :) Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:52:07 EST Message from Coach Jen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42408835 We wanted to let you know about a small feature that launched today. <BR> <BR> On every SparkMail message you will now see a "Block This User" link on the right side of the page. After blocking, you can click the "Block List" button on you main SparkMail page to see everyone you have blocked, and be able to un-block members. <BR> <BR> Once you have blocked another member, if they try to send you a message they will see a general error saying you are not receiving SparkMails. <BR> <BR> Ho... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 19:46:11 EST 2011 New "dirty dozen" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42399752 WOuld any of you be surprised apples are #1... I eat 2-3 of t hose a day.... :( <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/event/green/the-new-<BR>quot-dirty-dozen-quot-list-of-produce-<BR>2496191/ </link> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:29:34 EST For the bikers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42364095 Video made to protest bike ticket. <BR> <BR> <link>news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/fir<BR>st-person-bike-lane-protest-video-2553<BR>3806 </link> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 09:48:45 EST 7 foods most likely to make you sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42364071 Ew... <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth<BR>/7-foods-most-likely-make-you-sick </link> <BR> <BR> Leafy Greens <BR> Eggs <BR> Hot Dogs <BR> Tuna <BR> Peanuts <BR> Potatoes <BR> Ice Cream Sat, 11 Jun 2011 09:46:56 EST Tips to increase fat burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42364048 Much of this seems like common knowledge, but it's worth a repeat I think... <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/blast<BR>-off-fat-way-faster-2492233/ </link> <BR> <BR> Stay Cool <BR> Wear a HRM <BR> Warm up your whole body for 5+ minutes <BR> High-intensity first <BR> Break your workout into multiple parts <BR> Be Aware <BR> Less rest between sets Sat, 11 Jun 2011 09:45:17 EST What an inspiration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42356023 WOW! You just have to check out this video! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXZcCjIXmOY </link> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 19:26:55 EST NY ALERT - DOWNTOWN BINGO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42330491 NYALERT issued a respiratory warning for the downtown Binghamton area and areas northeast of downtown due to a fire on Water St. The humidity is causing particulates to stay in the air longer. Please avoid Otsiningo Park and areas between the park and downtown-travel restrictions are in place and so it won't be safe to cycle or run in these areas. <BR> Thu, 9 Jun 2011 11:36:59 EST 'Perfect Produce' App Content Now Available Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42311316 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> <BR> <BR> No Smart Phone? No problem! <BR> <BR> Back in March we released our first premium app for the iPhone: Perfect Produce. <BR> <BR> We think this content is so useful, that we wanted to make it available to more people. So yesterday, we added Perfect Produce to the SparkPeople.com website. Now you can access all of this produce picking and prepping content when you're online! Wed, 8 Jun 2011 12:36:50 EST Sharing a TERRIFIC Blog @ Cycling to Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42235263 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=FLOWINGWATER </link> <BR> <BR> Just had to pass this one along...for anyone who's ever thought about cycling to work! <BR> <BR> Just DO IT! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 4 Jun 2011 17:30:00 EST Bing. Big Splash: Free Music with a Cause! 6/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42196690 No, not really Spark-related, but just wanted to share what sounds to be a GREAT freebie. I think I may ride my bike into town to catch some of this: <BR> <BR> Binghamton Big Splash <BR> <BR> <link>www.pressconnects.com/article/201106<BR>02/ENT/106020317/Big-Splash-blends-all<BR>-day-music-lineup-pro-water-message </link> <BR> <BR> <link>shaleshock.org/2011/05/syracusebingh<BR>amton-big-splash/ </link> <BR> <BR> The Big Splash will feature 10 bands on two stages, including Thousands... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 16:08:47 EST hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x42192220 Hi! I'm Lauren. I've been a member of spark for years, however am just getting serious about it. I recently had some medical issues that have really put my mind in gear that I have to get back in shape, and I'm hoping I can find a "buddy" that is just as serious in this group so we can hold each other accountable and keep each other focused and motivated! <BR> <BR> I'm a single mother of 3, living in Endicott. I do daycare in my home and am just starting to do Partylite parties! I'm excite... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 12:18:45 EST Concert this Saturday, 6/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42155050 Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you know about a concert this Saturday. The Binghamton Downtown Singers will be performing Mozart's Requiem Mass, as well as a cantata by J.S. Bach and a motet by G. Gabrieli. It's going to be a great concert. Here are some links to check out the music. <BR> Gabrieli: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=dap9Gsk3_uE </link> <BR> <BR> Bach: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNo79VGRaXs </link> <BR> <BR> Mozart: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v... Tue, 31 May 2011 21:01:44 EST Double Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42155049 Edited to remove duplicate thread. Tue, 31 May 2011 21:01:26 EST Make Your Own Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42143087 I haven't used this recipe, but we do make our own yogurt at times. <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=mak<BR>e_your_own_yogurtits_easy </link> <BR> <BR> I love Chobani Greek yogurt, and I would say that the recipe we use (we heat the milk in the oven on the "bread-proofing mode") compares favorably, very similar, but maybe a bit sweeter and creamier. We use Wegmans organic 1% milk to make it - if you're looking for savings and don't mind regular milk, you could get an even better savi... Tue, 31 May 2011 10:59:07 EST TV Watching or Commercials? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42077983 http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=ch<BR>ildhood_obesity_is_total_tv_watching_t<BR>ime_the_problem_or_is_it_the_commercials <BR> <BR> We do watch a bit of TV, but we have not had cable for years - we watch Netflix or shows we've purchased on iTunes. My DD does not ask for specific packaged treats unless I have bought the item before, or she sees a classmate with it & most of the time she doesn't ask for it by name, but tries to describe it. I think I'll blame commercials <em>20</em> Fri, 27 May 2011 16:28:18 EST new to all this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x42025397 Hi everyone-I am new here so thought I would tell you a bit about me. I am a 42 yr old SAHM who has recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I have struggled with weight issues my whole life, but now with the Diabetes, and an 8 yr old daughter to take care of- I need to make some changes in my life for the better. I would love support, as I lack in self confidence and control. Tue, 24 May 2011 22:54:58 EST Surgery done - feeling pretty good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x42019919 I had more surgery yesterday - delayed it until this week on purpose so I could do my 5K. Feeling better today than I did at this point with my previous surgery. I walked a little bit yesterday and today to help ease the bloating and prevent shoulder pain from the gas... nothing major, more like "extended pacing". trying to take it easy, but I may have to go back to work sooner than I'd like because I can't work from home & need to get some stuff done. I'm delaying it and taking it easy as lo... Tue, 24 May 2011 17:50:52 EST SparkRally 9-17-11 in Fort Wayne, IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x42009454 Courtesy of ~Indygirl...Beth has been a Spark DYNAMO in getting things going! <BR> <BR> I know this is hardly "local" or convenient, but perhaps some of you may be interested or have family in the area. <BR> <BR> Check out the details below: <BR> <BR> Fort Wayne, In Rally 9-17-11 is the Team Name to Join. <BR> <BR> EVENTS: (Include a live web address with Chris Sparkguy Downie himself!) <BR> Prizes include a hardback copy of The Spark sighned by Chris Downie! <BR> <BR> Location: <BR> All... Tue, 24 May 2011 08:47:07 EST Introducing new Spark*D program for people with di http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41995284 Today we are very pleased to announce the official launch of a complete diabetes-management program from SparkPeople called Spark*D. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Mon, 23 May 2011 15:02:58 EST Addicted to Carbs?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41925146 <link>www.details.com/style-advice/the-bod<BR>y/201103/carbs-caffeine-food-cocaine-a<BR>ddiction?currentPage=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Are Carbs More Addictive Than Cocaine? <BR> Your body is virtually defenseless against a dependency on carbohydrates—the substances that really make you fat—and it's time for an intervention. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 May 2011 16:25:53 EST Has anyone seen this "meat glue" thing- YUK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41917001 http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=ha<BR>ve_you_heard_of_meat_glue <BR> <BR> Oh... My... God!!!!!! This is TOO DISGUSTING! I didn't know that this went on! <BR> <BR> I don't eat a lot of meat anyway, but this will definitely cut back on what I DO eat. Thu, 19 May 2011 09:26:14 EST Nutrition Tracker enhancements launched today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41853755 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Mon, 16 May 2011 11:04:29 EST Bingo Bridgerun HM & 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41834644 GREAT JOB!!!! to everyone... it was nice to see so many sparkers out there even on a rainy yucky day.... Espeically kudo's for Tracy And Julie for tackling the HM in rainy weather. <BR> <BR> Kudo's to Nicole, Don, and Bam-ma(sorry if forgot your name) For your first race! may you have many more successful ones in the future. :) Sun, 15 May 2011 11:46:16 EST Article: Secrets of Thin People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41817014 <link>www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-<BR>diet/weight-loss/secrets-thin-people-1<BR>0000001170137/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> I feel good that I do many of these things. Here are the major points... <BR> <BR> Thin people favor bulky foods. <BR> Thin people watch portion sizes. <BR> Thin people can put themselves first. <BR> Thin people have thin parents. <BR> Thin people don’t skip meals. <BR> Thin people limit their options. <BR> Thin people live in Colorado. <BR> Thin people don... Sat, 14 May 2011 09:37:22 EST Hello, all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x41758293 Hi! I'm a 34 year old woman living in Binghamton who has a LOT of weight to lose. About 160 pounds of it to get back to a healthy weight. It just seems so impossible. However, my mother told me about this site and I'm here to try. I even bought the book The Spark to try to keep me motivated. I'm hoping being on a few sparkteams, including this one, will help as well. I look forward to getting to know you. <em>30</em> Wed, 11 May 2011 10:22:48 EST Hello and thanks to the folks who welcomed me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x41747717 This site has so much on it - I get a little confused getting around but I'm getting better at it. Never was on a forum before - this should be ineresting. I have spent a couple days working out in the yard - is there a way to use those kinds of activities for the fitness tracker? Tue, 10 May 2011 20:17:26 EST Summer Chat: What's Happening...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41608890 Here's a spot to just stop by and offer whatever thought or observation you might happen to have. Cheer on the Team, mention a great price on some healthy groceries, share a rave (or not-so-rave) review of some new food you've tried or local restaurant or an awesome park or nature spot you've never been to before or maybe a FAVORITE outdoor spot. <BR> <BR> Just jump on in! <BR> <BR> I'll give a SHOUT OUT to all the SUPER SPARKIN' going down so far this month...some folks have been racking u... Tue, 3 May 2011 20:37:19 EST FYI AIDS Ride Kick-Off in Johnson City May 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x41479666 Just a heads-up for cycling enthusiasts in your area. <BR> <BR> This is an opportunity to register for the September 10 AIDS Ride for Life for free (it costs $20 to register online) <BR> <link>www.aidsrideforlife.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> A number of us from Ithaca will be riding in this, and you're welcome to join our team! <BR> <BR> <link>www.firstgiving.com/process/teamarea<BR>/default.asp?did=21810&TeamId=143266&E<BR>ventId=110466 </link> <BR> <BR> ---------- Forwarded message -----... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:45:22 EST Binghamton & Syracuse Tied for Fitness Minutes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41470687 When using the population adjuster Binghamton and Syracuse are neck & neck with fitness minutes this month. <BR> <BR> Here's the top 12! <BR> <BR> 1) Minneapolis <BR> 2) Dayton <BR> 3) Cincinnati <BR> 4) Pittsburgh <BR> 5) Des Moines <BR> 6) Orlando <BR> 7) Salt Lake City <BR> 8) Manchester <BR> 9) ArlingtonVA <BR> 10) Binghamton <BR> 11) Syracuse <BR> 12) Madison <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:40:17 EST Warm Up With Cardio, Then Go To Weights? Wrong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41469927 Who'da thunk it? <BR> <BR> Warm Up With Cardio, Then Go To Weights. Right? Wrong: <BR> <BR> <link>www.thepostgame.com/blog/training-da<BR>y/201104/warm-cardio-then-go-weights-r<BR>ight-wrong </link> <BR> <BR> "Having been an athlete for most of my life, I figured I knew my way around the gym. On a typical day, I'd hit the treadmill or elliptical machine for 30 minutes, then move to the weight machines. And that's what I started to do when I recently joined a gym. Then I got my assessme... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:04:57 EST Eating Disorders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41469191 An interesting article on 2 newly named eating disorders. <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth<BR>/new-eating-disorders-are-they-real </link> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 08:26:14 EST She used 4 easy tips to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41457309 <link>www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/04/22/weight<BR>.loss.anita.mills/index.html </link> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:31:26 EST SparkRecipes Enhancements: Better Search, Serving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41436783 News from Coach Nicole... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:56:35 EST 6 Foods to Fight High Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41417650 <link>www.aarp.org/health/medical-research<BR>/info-04-2011/6-foods-fight-high-blood<BR>-pressure.html?cmp=NLC-WBLTR-CTRL-0422<BR>11-F1-1&USEG_ID=12040511061 </link> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:28:52 EST SparkRally @ HIckories Park in May! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x41406891 I'd like to start planning for a SparkRally at Hickories Park sometime during May. We're way past due to offer a gathering more convenient to those living on our western border and even beyond! <BR> <BR> If possible I'd like to include a bike ride from Four Corners to Owego via 434 and back. That would be a kind & gentle 18 mile round trip. We could either bring a dish to pass, which might be clunky via bike, or consider buying things in Owego for a pot-luck lunch at the park. <BR> <BR> In ... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 00:30:12 EST Making Binghamton A Healthier Place To Live....! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41330225 WILLOW49 passed along this cool development happening in Nashville, TN which Spark-Nashville has become a part of. Made me think: Hey, dya suppose we could get Mayor Ryan to ramp up something on par for Binghamton...? <BR> <BR> Check out these posts from the Spark Nashville Team Leader, OILPAINTER: <BR> <BR> "Nashville's Mayor Karl Dean has challenged Nashville, TN to Walk 100 Miles of Local Parks & Greenways This Spring and Summer! <BR> <BR> The Mayor has a list of SCHEDULED WALKS and he ... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 23:00:00 EST THe 6 snacks you should eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41328860 <link>health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/6-b<BR>est-worst-snacks </link> <BR> <BR> interesting enough.. I eat 5 of the 6 :) Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:53:47 EST Hi, I am coming back to the site after being away http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x41257032 Hi! I am coming back to the Binghamton Area losers after being away for quite a while. I have lived in Binghamton for almost 30 years and think it is a great city. I want to lose the weight and would like support in doing it. I would also like to be an inspiration for others. <em>67</em> Sat, 16 Apr 2011 10:28:50 EST New to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x41230982 I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself to the team. I just happened to be looking around and found you! I am from Norwich so I'm not too far away. I have been a part of SparkPeople for a few years and spend quite a bit of time on here. It is nice to know some Sparkers from close by. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 22:31:57 EST Food & Drug Addiction: Brain Activity Similar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41090072 "Researchers Look At The Brains Of Food Addicts" <BR> <BR> <link>www.latimes.com/health/hc-weir-obesi<BR>ty-addiction-brain-0405-20110404,0,364<BR>3485.story </link> <BR> <BR> "A new study from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity suggests that a chocolate milkshake and a line of cocaine might not be so different." <BR> <BR> <link>www.latimes.com/topic/health/physica<BR>l-conditions/obesity-HEDAI0000057.topic </link> <BR> <BR> This certainly makes sense to me and goes al... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 08:15:58 EST Life is like coffee... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41090034 <link>www.flickspire.com/m/SimpleTruths/Li<BR>feIsLikeCoffee?id=124676&cm_mmc=Cheeta<BR>hMail-_-All-_-032511FR-_-COFFEEmovie&u<BR>tm_source=CheetahMail&utm_campaign=COFFEEmovie </link> Fri, 8 Apr 2011 08:14:19 EST If You Were Thinking of Giving Up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x41036782 I was SO disappointed recently when I went to catch up with a fellow Sparker as I had an e-mail notice of her latest blog and... <BR> <BR> POOF! <BR> <BR> She was gone without a trace! No SparkPage, no recognition of her in the SparkSearch...just dropped right off the face of the planet! <BR> <BR> This has happened before and I my heart just falls so...what could have happened? Could I have said something that might have made a difference? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm passing this blog along to sh... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 21:41:31 EST BU Foods & Tracking Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40916794 Hey folks :-) <BR> <BR> I work and OFTEN eat at Binghamton University. I have just started tracking my nutrition, and I am wondering if anyone else from this team eats at BU often. <BR> <BR> If so, have you entered a lot of the foods into the "Create a Food Not Listed" window? <BR> <BR> How do folks mostly handle new foods within this group? Do you guesstimate using already existing options or do you create entries? <BR> <BR> Is there any interest in working with Dining Services on camp... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:02:12 EST New Perfect Produce iPhone App from Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40916553 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:50:25 EST Daringold http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x40915236 Ok... so, I was about to start a topic in General Discussion when I remembered I have not yet introduced myself. <BR> <BR> I don't like introducing myself. There is SO much to say... and nothing seems to really encompass all I mean, so... with that in mind... <BR> <BR> I work (and usually eat) at Binghamton University. I found SparkPeople through a friend who is also one of the Binghamton Area Losers. I have started finding my way around (-: thank u DDOORN for welcoming me as soon as I j... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:52:16 EST where do you buy running sneakers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40890696 I have a nice pair of Nike running sneakers, however when I'm running I just don't feel comfortable in them. I feel like they're either pulling too tightly across the top of my feet or I end up feeling like they're too loose. I'm planning to run the Bridge 5K in May and I'm wondering if I should get some "better" sneakers. I don't know of any running places around here that fit you for sneakers..does anyone have any suggestions?? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:39:16 EST A New Way to Say "No" to Junk Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40848302 Next time you find yourself in front of a bakery window full of pastries, here's a little trick to help you say "no, thanks": Just make a fist, and squeeze. <BR> <BR> Sounds a little goofy, we know. But there's scientific evidence that it may help boost your willpower. In a recent study, squeezing muscles at the moment of decision seemed to help prompt people to make healthier snack choices. <BR> <BR> Flex Your Power <BR> Researchers recently examined willpower under two conditions. In one,... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:48:34 EST This looks like an interesting Bike ride. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40844757 It's called Bike the Night: <link>www.bikethenight.com/Home.html </link> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:09:21 EST Running Partner for my 1st 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40830776 Hey all... I'll be running in my first 5k in May during the Binghamton Bridge Run. I am looking for a running partner to run the race with. I usually run around a 12m/m pace. Thinking that I will complete the 5k in about 40 minutes. I am really nervous to run in it alone. Is there anyone out there that will join me? Sun, 27 Mar 2011 18:54:34 EST SparkRally: Let's Take a Hike! (Sun. April 10th) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x40741524 The Binghamton Area Losers have been invited by the Finger Lakes SparkTeam to join them on a lovely hike as organized by the Cayuga Trails Club: <BR> <BR> <link>www.cayugatrailsclub.org/events/even<BR>tdetails.php?eid=391&page=index </link> <BR> <BR> "Abbott Loop to the Pinnacles <BR> Sunday, April 10, 2011 <BR> Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. <BR> Event/Trailhead location: Park on the shoulder at the Abbott Loop crossing on Michigan Hollow Road, about 4.0 miles south of Route 96B in Danby... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:11:57 EST Tri-Oswego Triathlon Weekend, June 25-26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x40717777 Heads up from Syracuse Bicycle: <BR> <BR> <link>www.tri-oswego.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> "The Tri-Oswego Triathlon Weekend is sure to attract first-time racers, seasoned triathletes, and relay teams from across the Northeast. With the courses' connection to the natural landscape, the Tri-Oswego Triathlon events are magnificently scenic, spectator friendly, and gentle on the environment. <BR> <BR> The Sprint event offers a refreshing 800 meter swim in the Oswego Harbor; followed by a 13 ... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 09:51:38 EST Dan Elwood Memorial 5K Walk/Run for Hospice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x40700098 Saturday May 28th. Registration at 8am. Starts at 9am. <BR> General Clinton Park <BR> Rt. 7 <BR> Bainbridge, NY Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:38:51 EST Spark Map http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x40674121 How do I put my little mark on the Google Spark Map for the Binghamton Area Losers? Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:46:42 EST Health and Wellness Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x40619254 Happy St. Patrick's Day my fellow BAL's! <BR> <BR> This Saturday my radio station, Q106.7, will be hosting the 1st annual Health and Wellness Fair at the Oakdale Mall from 10am - 4pm. There will be over 50 booths (plus some demonstrations) geared toward living a healthy and happy lifestyle. The event is FREE to attend. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you there! Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:47:37 EST Nutrition For Running and biking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40599372 OK.. one of my sorority sisters is an avid duatholon and biker.. for 10+ years. In fact she's done many 50 mile and 100 mile "death marches" as she calls her rides.. SHe's conned me into joining her friends for the lottery the Hood Coast to Coast ... and doing a Century ride ( 100 miles) with her this fall... I asked her about nutrition given my recent issues.. this was her response and i t hought i'd share it with you all: <BR> <BR> I really like Hammer products - Heed is an electrolyte rep... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:30:10 EST Hi team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x40519237 Don suggested I stop by and introduce myself. I have been Sparking since November of last year and find I keep learning about health and learning about myself. I really appreciated the 28 Day Bootcamp and that really helped me through the holidays. Didn't lose a lot but didn't gain without sacrificing too much. I am on week 4 of the 5K challenge. I am finding this more of a mental work out than anything. I actually live in the Horseheads area but you were the closest team. Glad to be h... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 21:23:14 EST Top 7 cycling mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40505938 I know that many of us are either avid bikers or getting started with cycling, so I thought I'd share an article that a friend in the tri-club posted on FB. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>trainingcycling.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a quick summary, but the article is good. <BR> <BR> Cycling Training: The Top 7 Mistakes Made by Beginners <BR> Mistake #1: Seat Too Low <BR> Mistake #2: Feet Improperly on Pedals <BR> Mistake #3: Using the Wrong Gear <BR> Mistake #4: Not Stopping for a Stop Sig... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 08:00:03 EST Dr. Wayne Dyer - Excuses Begone! On PBS in March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40464946 I couldn't find it among our local listings, perhaps others can turn it up and post to this thread? Dyer can be SUCH an inspirational speaker so FULL of SPARK! :-) <BR> <BR> <link>secure.elabs6.com/functions/message_<BR>view.html?mid=993054&mlid=20949&siteid<BR>=12346080&uid=17ade74f6b </link> <BR> <BR> In case this link doesn't work: <BR> <BR> "Dr. Dyer's television special, Excuses Begone! airs this month. <BR> <BR> Check your local listings to find out what times Wayne's extraordi... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 08:47:25 EST The Power of Pulling Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40452608 <link>www.pullingtogethermovie.com/ </link> Wed, 9 Mar 2011 17:09:02 EST Don’t End Agricultural Subsidies, Fix Them! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40327576 I'm beginning to like this guy almost as much as Michael Pollan! <BR> <BR> Don’t End Agricultural Subsidies, Fix Them <BR> <link>opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/0<BR>3/01/dont-end-agricultural-subsidies-f<BR>ix-them/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Agricultural subsidies have helped bring us high-fructose corn syrup, factory farming, fast food, a two-soda-a-day habit and its accompanying obesity, the near-demise of family farms, monoculture and a host of other ills. <BR> <BR> Yet — like so many... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 09:08:16 EST Better than BMI? A new way to measure body fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40327413 "Simpler ways like skin-fold thickness (used embarrassingly during my junior high PE class) are notoriously inaccurate. The best way to quantify body fat are underwater weighing and dual-energy X-ray absorption (DXA). Computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can best assess body fat distribution. <BR> <BR> But short of these expensive technologies or inaccurate methods, we only have the more familiar Body Mass Index (BMI), which has been used since the 19th century... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 09:01:53 EST My 2/17 blog is a featured blog post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40302184 COach Jen approached me over a week ago about using it as a feature community blog post.. It was lengthy and i knew she'd have to shorten it... I guess i never anticipated so many repsonses... I woke up this morning to 60 of them.... WOW.. I sat there reading all of them with tears coming down my cheeks... not in sadness but in repsonse to all the kindness people are showing... NEVER did i expect people to take notice when i wrote that blog... It wasa way for me to tell my sparkfriends what ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 08:28:53 EST Top 10 Worst Eating Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40293691 <BR> <BR> <link>blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/201<BR>1/03/01/top-10-worst-eating-habits/?nl<BR>=EATS_030211_P2_Worst </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 21:08:32 EST The Snooze Button: Friend Not Foe...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40284244 3 Reasons to Hit the Snooze Button <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/experts/healthieryo<BR>u/3-reasons-hit-snooze-button </link> <BR> <BR> Sometimes hitting the snooze button might be just what one needs...! <BR> <BR> Funny I would find this article on a day when I did just that... :-) <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> ps: here's a great rant against the awful things that can be done to a perfectly healthy food: Oatmeal <BR> <link>opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/0<BR>2/22/how-to-make-oat... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 13:39:44 EST Kinect http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40251458 Hey folks! I was wondering if anyone could give me a little insight on this. <BR> <BR> Garry and I are considering purchasing a Kinect bundle for the Xbox system. For me it would supplement my regular workout, and I'm hoping it will help get Garry into a more "enjoyable" workout routine (he's getting bored with the elliptical, but he loves to play video games). He's tried it (at a friend's house) and really likes it. <BR> <BR> If anyone out there has the system I am wondering if it's "wort... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 10:07:38 EST Advice for a "would-be" runner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40225361 I have mentioned on a previous board that I am thinking about running again. I could use some advice on how to get started and what tools you find helpful. <BR> <BR> So far I have figured out that I will probably start as soon as the snow goes away (if it ever does!) by starting with some walk/run intervals to ease my way into it. Then I will gradually increase run/ decrease walk intervals to progress until I am running/sprinting intervals. A couple of specific questions: <BR> <BR> I ha... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:38:45 EST 8 Ways to Stick to Your Diet While Friends Indulge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40160817 8 Ways to Stick to Your Diet While Friends Indulge <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/articles/weight-los<BR>s/8-ways-stick-your-diet-while-friends<BR>-indulge </link> <BR> <BR> "It's tough to stick to a healthy eating plan when those around you are indulging. It's even tougher when they're bent on making sure you indulge, too. But don't stress about it. These eight tricks will help you stay on track without alienating the not-so-healthy eaters in your life. Heck, you may even inspire the... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:20:27 EST Running mechanics class http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40149085 I got this from our Triclub email.. thought my fellow runners may like it. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekly Running Mechanics class information can be found here: <link>www.fingerlakesrunningcompany.com/Ac<BR>cessories/Events+and+Clinics/Running+M<BR>echanics+Class.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nick Lehecka <BR> Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company <BR> 215 E. State St, Ithaca NY 14850 <BR> 607-275-3572 <link>www.flrtc.com <link> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 18:06:11 EST Warrior Dash 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x40114312 JUlie and i have signed up for the August 14th, 11am heat of the Warrior Dash... We're doing it with some friends... If anyone is interested in it as well.. It looks like a fun time! Wed, 23 Feb 2011 09:30:26 EST 95-year-old runner sets speed record http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40112813 What was that recent message thread about where we see ourselves in 20 years...? :-) <BR> <BR> <link>http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749<BR>625/running-strong-24277101 </link> <BR> <BR> 95-year-old Ida Keeling is America's oldest sprinter. <BR> <BR> "Ida Keeling, who started her athletic career at age 67, credits her success to an unusual regimen." <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:30:55 EST Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40080679 This email was sent to me today through the Tri Club... Thought it may interest some of my fellow runner, cyclers.. and fellow Tri buds! :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2/22 6:30pm at FLRTC Psychological Training for Sport with Eric Sambolec, <BR> the assistant coach for Ithaca College XC and T&F, will discuss how to <BR> prepare you mind and outlook to perform and train at your best. <BR> <BR> The clinic Eric provided last year was very well done and informative and <BR> one of our best clinics, ... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:24:42 EST 7 new foods to try http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40021166 <link>www.active.com/nutrition/Articles/7_<BR>Foods_You_Have_to_Stop_Ignoring.htm?cm<BR>p=17-7-197 </link> <BR> <BR> In a nutshell... <BR> Beets <BR> Cabbage <BR> Prunes <BR> Goji Berries <BR> Guava <BR> Purslane <BR> Swiss Chard Sat, 19 Feb 2011 08:32:55 EST New Navigation, Updated Pages, and More SparkPoint http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x40008739 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:05:56 EST How to create your interval training. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39959940 I copied this from the TRI group on here: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This article is an example provided by Jessi Stensland for Active.com. Jessi is a professional Triathlete and has produced videos on movement efficiency and true athleticism. <BR> <BR> Interval training is a great way to help you achieve specific improvements as you work to reach your true potential. <BR> <BR> Here is a great example of an interval progression with a basic premise that can be applied to any endurance sport. Th... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:25:06 EST Interesting article on allergies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39940445 This is a link to a blog that I found through a friend. Interesting stuff... <BR> <BR> 2 quotes really stood out: <BR> <BR> 1. I’m reminded of a lecture given by Sally Fallon at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She explained that in an animal study they found that a processed, industrialized diet corresponded to a 1st generation with annoying allergies. Nothing major. The second generation under this same diet showed higher rates of serious allergies. The 3rd generation? Chronic di... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 15:46:08 EST Where (and how) do you see yourself in 20 years? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39909472 Hi! I am new to the team. I just joined about a week ago. I thought this might be a fun way to get to know some of the team members. <BR> <BR> They say to visualize your goals. I know we all have visions of things we want to do in fitness and in life.. I like to think far into the future to what I want and work my way backwards to see what I need to do from today. <BR> <BR> So: "WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?" <BR> <BR> For the last couple of days I have been thinking abo... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:30:21 EST Alarming News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39897780 I received this notice today: <BR> <BR> Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has received word that a devastating attack on trails, walking and bicycling could happen this week. <BR> <BR> Though we do not know details yet, we anticipate a congressional amendment that could do away with or hobble programs like Transportation Enhancements (the nation's largest funding source for trails, walking and bicycling), Recreational Trails Program and Safe Routes to School. Therefore, we are working with ... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 20:13:41 EST Riverwalk Athletic Center Special Till Feb. 26th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39839320 I stopped at Riverwalk AC <link>www.riverwalkac.com/ </link> tonight while jogging to my office and got the grand tour. Annual rates of $375 are reduced to $300 until their Grand Opening on Feb. 26th. <BR> <BR> That's less than a $1 a day! <BR> <BR> Heading down on Sat. to sign up and use it for the first time! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:09:36 EST NEW Fitness Features: 5K Training Plans, Virtual R http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39833158 <BR> SPARKGUYANDTEAM's Recent Blog Entries <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:56:02 EST Strokes on the Rise, Diet Soda Linked...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39822242 Strokes are rising fast among young, middle-aged <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/news/s/ap/us_med_st<BR>roke_younger_victims </link> <BR> <BR> Diet soda tied to stroke risk, but reasons unclear <BR> <BR> <link>news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110209/ap_on_h<BR>e_me/us_med_stroke_diet_soda </link> <BR> <BR> Love my water! Cheers! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:47:06 EST Spreading the Spark: Two Wheels at a Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39822170 Our local bicycle club is very involved with the George F. Johnson Dream Center for Community Empowerment 4th annual bike drive. I thought I would share this with others in case anyone would be interested in donating to help a very worthy cause: <BR> <BR> "The center has begun accepting donations of used bikes and bike locks to give to youths ages eight and up, and adult bikes to those who need a bike for transportation. Bikes will be accepted through the second week of May and can be droppe... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:43:56 EST ALternative to Yak Tracks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39772027 I saw this on my HM team in a post and thought it was interesting.. dOn't know if i could deface my sneakers like this considering how much $$ i spent on them..but here it is: <link>www.skyrunner.com/screwshoe.htm </link> Tue, 8 Feb 2011 08:06:08 EST Are We Born To Run? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39727966 Are we born to run? Christopher McDougall on TED.com <BR> <BR> Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries of the human desire to run. How did running help early humans survive — and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today? At TEDxPennQuarter, McDougall tells the story of the marathoner with a heart of gold, the unlikely ultra-runner, and the hidden tribe in Mexico that runs to live. (Recorded at TEDdxPennQuarter, July 2010, in Washington, DC. Duration: 15:52) <BR> <BR> This... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 12:39:58 EST Slideshow: 15 foods not to buy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39687750 <link>www.rd.com/slideshows/15-foods-you-s<BR>hould-never-buy-again/ </link> Fri, 4 Feb 2011 14:07:33 EST Five moves that prevent running injuries http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39657978 For all you runners and runners-to-be! <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/preve<BR>nt-the-five-most-common-running-injuri<BR>es-2442312 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:32:57 EST Best Exercise for Abs: NOT the Crunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39657933 <link>www.thepostgame.com/blog/training-da<BR>y/201102/no-more-crunches-abs-olutely </link> <BR> <BR> In addition to the plank, I've heard the push-up...for many of the same reasons as the plank, is terrific for abs. <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:31:32 EST Best marathons for new runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39656282 <BR> Saw this on another board so i thought i'd share it here. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.active.com/running/Articles/1 </link> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:30:16 EST Feb. SparkRally Plans: Weekend of 19th-20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x39564921 Okay folks: Let's make it a tad easier to plan for our SparkRally by starting with a definite weekend: Feb. 19-20! <BR> <BR> Our challenge during this week ahead: Let's nail our plans during this week ahead (Jan. 31-Feb 4th) so that we can get the word out to fellow members of our SparkTeam and hopefully even NEW members so that they have a rally to look forward to meeting fellow members of our local SparkTeam! <BR> <BR> I'll start the brainstorming by tossing out a few possibilities and fo... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:54:34 EST Southern Tier Bike Club Annual Meeting Sun. 1/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39480735 If anyone is at all interested in checking out the Southern Tier Biking Club this Sunday is a great opportunity to meet 'n greet fellow club members and sign up for the club. Membership rates are EXTREMELY reasonable! <BR> <BR> <link>www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>wsm.ezsitedesigner.com/share/scrapbo<BR>ok/25/259696/STBC_membership_applicati<BR>on.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Annual household membership $3 per year <BR> Lifetime membership under age 50 ($60) <BR>... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 06:30:43 EST Chain Letters on Sparkpages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39435012 The Spark Server is getting overloaded and slowing down. You may want to send out this note to your teams from Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> This is just a friendly reminder to please not pass along "chain" type SparkMails or comments on your SparkPage. There's one going around right now about being a beautiful person and passing it along to 3 other people you know. It's nice in theory, but can easily get out of hand. <BR> <BR> I'd ask that you spread the word to prevent th... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:21:20 EST Steep Yourself into Nature for Valentine's Day...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39429311 Just wanted to pass along what seems like a very special way to celebrate Valentine's Day. A bit pricey and involves a few hours of travel, but sounds very memorable too: <BR> <BR> Valentine's in the Forest: <BR> <BR> <link>onondagacountyparks.com/highland </link> <BR> <BR> Reservations are now being accepted for the popular evening dinner program... <BR> Valentine's in the Forest, <BR> February 5, 11, 12, 14, 18 & 19. <BR> <BR> Over 20 miles of year-round trails are the prime attra... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 09:10:16 EST Listen 2 Coach Nicole LIVE on Internet Radio Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39425732 Big News From Chris Downie, SparkGuy! <BR> <BR> "We're happy to announce that SparkPeople's Coach Nicole will be leading a free, hour long weight-loss seminar on Hay House Radio this Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 3-4 p.m. EST. Please tune in if you can. Participants will also have the opportunity to call in and ask questions toward the end of the show." <BR> <BR> Go to this link to sign up for the free event which you can listen to at any time, but try to join in so that you can ask questions that ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 05:33:53 EST Just Joined Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x39385877 Somebody help I am a bit overwhelmed. I am brand new. Where do I start? Sun, 23 Jan 2011 16:39:33 EST Article: Causes of fatigue. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39376348 I thought this was interesting... <BR> <BR> <link>www.womansday.com/Articles/Health/8-<BR>Surprising-Reasons-You-re-Tired.html </link> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 09:21:00 EST Where are the blueberries?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39376327 Here is a link to a video/article about what's in our food. It makes me wonder if other fruits are missing too... <BR> <BR> <link>www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=7EC06D27B<BR>1A945BE85E7DA8483025962 </link> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 09:19:59 EST Just How Much FUN Can A SparkRally BE?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39376227 If you want some inspiration for having a super SPARK Rally here in the Southern Tier, just check out these San Diegan Sparkers and the FUN they had during their recent SparkRally! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3951934 </link> <BR> <BR> San Diego was the site of the first SparkPeople Convention in May 2009 and they have been just SIZZLIN' with SPARK ever SINCE! <BR> <BR> What do you think folks...can we pull together for such a fun time ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 09:14:38 EST Membership rates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39334842 YMCA club: <link>www.bcymca.com/membership.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> And BoysandGirlsClub: <link>www.bgcwb.org/ratemem.htm </link> <BR> **note .. i think this is just for the aquatics package..you'd have to figure in the monthly rate. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:56:56 EST 6 changes to help save money on healthy food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39295361 <link>www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/b<BR>udget_cooking/6_simple_changes_that_co<BR>uld_help_you_save_2997_a_year </link> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 18:37:08 EST ME High School Pool and AQuatics Facility http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39223479 Well in response to the ? asked about free pool's in our area.. I posed the ? to my friends on FB and this is what i got: <BR> <BR> Open Swim Times <BR> <BR> The pool will be open on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:00 PM and also Saturday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 PM. There will be some lane lines left in the water for those individuals interested in lap swimming. <BR> <BR> Morning Lap Swim Times <BR> <BR> Morning hours from 5:30-7:15 M,W,F will remain in effect throughout the remainder o... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:09:13 EST anywhere in Binghamton to swim for free?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x39213176 I have am embership at Planet Fitness - btu get bored going there all week. I love to swim - but can't afford to join another gym or the Y (3 kids in college - that's where all my money goes:) Does anyone know of a free place to swim in Binghamton?? Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:04:18 EST Great swimming article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39211563 <link>www.beginnertriathlete.com/Ron/Getti<BR>ng%20Started%20With%20Swimming.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Just thought this would be nice to share with everyone :) Sun, 16 Jan 2011 18:56:47 EST January Freeze Series 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39180908 I figure we could post our times and check out our improvements and whatnot. :) <BR> <BR> 1/8: 62m32s finished 107/116 <BR> 1/15: 61m23s (unofficial) Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:46:00 EST CC Skiing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39153198 Greenwood Park open for skiing <BR> <BR> January 14, 2011, 9:01 am <BR> <BR> Broome County’s Greenwood Park in Nanticoke is now open for cross-country skiing, Parks and Recreation officials announced. <BR> <BR> Trails are open daily until 4 p.m. Equipment rentals are available at $3 per hour, and for those with their own equipment there is a $4 per day trail use fee. <BR> <BR> Season passes are also available. For more information, call Greenwood Park at (607) 862-9933. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:04:50 EST Vitamin's, pro's and con's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39137847 Do you take them??? yes or no.. and if so or not.. How come??? Just curious. <em>334</em> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 18:13:34 EST Who Needs Lots of $$ to be Fit...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39036132 Here's a nice reminder of low-cost ways to get fit and stay fit: <BR> <BR> Build the Perfect Home Gym <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/rodale/PVN/build-th<BR>e-perfect-home-gym </link> <BR> <BR> "The beginning of the year is a great time to muzzle some of the most common excuses for not working out—"I'm so busy!" "The weather is so bad!" How? By investing in home exercise gear. In one study, people with home gyms were 73% more likely to be active than those without one. Don't worry abou... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:00:34 EST Long Spark Break - Prayers requested! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39015961 I won't go into details here on the team, but please read my blog. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 15:34:03 EST 11 Foods for Faster, Easier Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x39008986 You won't lose weight on a diet of celery sticks and dry toast. Your body will just think it's starving and hang onto those extra pounds! Rather, to lose weight effectively and permanently, you need to eat. And eat smart. Happily, there are a host of delicious edibles designed by nature to turn up your fat-burning furnace, flatten your belly, and take a big bite out of your appetite. Here are 11 of the get-slim food gems we're talking about: <BR> <BR> <link>www.realage.com/eat-smart/food-... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 10:57:38 EST Team page changes coming this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38989285 <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We're going to launch a few enhancements to the SparkTeam pages early this week. These changes are based on feedback from both leaders and members on ways to make the pages easier to use for everyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> The main changes are: <BR> - Moving a number of features to the right of the page, to bring the Forums higher up the page. We moved the Huddle plus Announcements/Photos/Links/Blogs to the right, plus moved the team leader listing and team fitness ... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 14:15:29 EST How To Get What You Want Out Of The New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38969015 Goal Setting Skills For The New Year or Any Time <BR> <BR> <link>stress.about.com/od/programsandpract<BR>ices/a/goalsvsresoluts.htm </link> Fri, 7 Jan 2011 17:11:50 EST Vestal High School Pool weekend hours until 3/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38966879 I just reconfirmed with the town of Vestal recreation dept.. the pool IS open Sat& Sun <BR> <BR> Sat Open Swim 12-3 <BR> Sun Open Swim 1-3 <BR> <BR> Lap swim : Both days 3-4:15pm <BR> <BR> $2/ adult <BR> $1/ kids(17& under)... <BR> <BR> if you come for open swim and stay for lap swim there is no addition charge <BR> <BR> <BR> So my family WILL be swimming this weekend.. WHOOT! if summer won't come to us.. We'll go to summer! LOL <BR> <BR> edited to add date it will end. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 15:31:50 EST Pepsi Refresh Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38945110 I wanted to take a moment and put in a plug for 2 local not-for -profit organizations that are currently in the running for a grant from Pepsi. Each month organizations can qualify to be in the running for the grant. Each month the top ten vote getters get funding and the next 10 get one more month to try again. <BR> <BR> The 2 local organizations in the running this month are: <BR> ~A room to heal-they create dream rooms for children with illnesses or disabilities. Currently in the runni... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 19:44:43 EST For the Runners Out There... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38927490 "Runner follows news truck in huge gaffe A runner at a Tokyo marathon would have won the final stage if not for a comical mistake." <BR> <link>sports.yahoo.com/olympics/blog/fourt<BR>h_place_medal/post/Video-Japanese-runn<BR>er-makes-wrong-turn-in-Tokyo?urn=oly-303945 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 6 Jan 2011 08:39:25 EST Building the miles. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38917030 <link>www.active.com/running/Articles/Wher<BR>e_to_Go_From_Here__Building_the_Miles.<BR>htm?cmp=17-9107 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> an article JUlie shared with me and Tracy asked for. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 20:37:49 EST Eat to Stay Young! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38911069 Make sure your diet includes these 6 foods that slow aging and prevent disease. <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/food/diet-nutrition/inf<BR>o-11-2010/eat-to-stay-young.html?cmp=N<BR>LC-HLTH-CTRL-120610-F1-1 </link> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:33:54 EST Creating a "spark team" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38899521 NOT seperate of BAL.. but withing BAL... after seeing how many of us are either in the competition circuit or just lightly dip our toes in here and there.. With all the race schedules and/or NYS schedule for races... there leaves alot of opportunities for some team competition.. THe Bing TRi is one.. there are also duatholons and other races.. SO i was wondering if people WOULD be interested in competing together? Just a thought i have been wanting to throw out there. :) Wed, 5 Jan 2011 09:43:18 EST Spark Rally Jan 2011?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x38899388 Ok after reading Julie's blog last night about the winter blah's... i went through..read more BAL blogs... realized alot more of us are in the same boat... One of the questions in Julie's blog was what do we do to beat the blah's.... Me i crank the music and sing.. dance around..... But then i realized WE NEED A SPARK RALLY!! we haven't had one in awhile.. Why not get together where we can all talk about upcoming plans for the year..workouts..race schedules... Hype OURSELVES up! What do youal... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 09:39:06 EST New York State race http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38888104 <link>www.runningintheusa.com/Race/List.as<BR>px?State=NY </link> <BR> <BR> My Sorority sister, Lynn, sent me this link so i can check out some races around Oct 2011.. SInce it's for all over NYS.. i thought all of you might enjoy searching out some additional ones to compete and enjoy. :) Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:22:31 EST Lone Maple Farm (Binghamton) CSA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38887975 <link>www.lonemaplefarm.com/csa/ </link> <BR> <BR> If anyone is looking for a good way to get lots of fresh produce this summer, check out the link above. I love that you get to pick your own stuff! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:18:40 EST Broome County Triatholon 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x38885866 OK i'm gonna giggle at Julie's typo in the 2011 race calnder thread.. she put she'd do the running.. but is not up to the "running and the biking" ..I knew what she meant.. She needs a swimmer... Which has gotten me to thinking .. as i CAN do the 5K and bike the 12 miles... My main goal and hurdle i'm trying to accomplish in training for a triatholon this year is swimming... So.. i would like to do the TRi this year as a team even... <BR> <BR> Julie if you want to run it.. I'll swim it.. We... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 20:09:37 EST New fitness gear?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38866463 Just curious if anyone picked up anything new and exciting during Christmas or the after holiday sales. <BR> <BR> I got a new running outfit from hubby-compression tights, a fitted mock turtleneck and sweatshirt-all Under Armour cold gear. What an amazing difference! I also got a fleece sweatshirt and some tech socks, as well as a new yoga mat. From my dad I got a reflective vest to wear when I run in the dark. <BR> <BR> For myself, I picked up a second shirt, a pair of running gloves, a... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 08:29:41 EST 25 Ways to Get Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38793584 25 Ways to get BACK on Track by Spark People <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1062&page=2%20 </link> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:09:29 EST Pass it On: SP in People & Today Show!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38747663 MORE great news! We have a member of SparkPeople featured in an upcoming issue of People Magazine and next week on the Today Show! <BR> <BR> Check it out here!: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3872089 </link> <BR> <BR> Be sure to tell EVERYONE about it and Spread the SPARK! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 30 Dec 2010 21:37:27 EST New, Improved Spark Start Page! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38735685 Check out the news from Dave H. our leading SparkPeople Techie Guy! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871396 </link> <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone <BR> <BR> One of our biggest goals is to make SparkPeople easier and more powerful to use for all our members, both new and experienced. After getting considerable feedback from our members and coaches we re-worked our "Start" page, which is the page you see immediately after logging in to the site. <BR... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:03:54 EST 1/7/2011 is my birthday and a new start!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x38719970 Hello. My name is Allison and I look forward to starting my new life with the help of SparkPeople.com. I would like to add that if anyone needs some motivational help I am a good motivator. Although, its funny, I have a hard time motivating myself. I guess its the "Mom" in me that likes to take care of everyone else! :) NOW is the time to take care of myself and end my addiction to SUGAR! (but its so goooooood) I am a 28 (almost 29) year old mother of a great 3 year old little boy and a wife... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 16:24:48 EST The Truth About Your Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38707569 <link>health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/tru<BR>th-about-your-weight-gain </link> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 23:26:37 EST Spark Flash Cards Project! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38694113 For the clever and crafty folks out there I thought I would pass along WOLFKITTY's VERY cool idea! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3864907 </link> <BR> <BR> Jocelyn is a TERRIFIC member of SparkPeople I had the pleasure of meeting at the first SparkPeople convention in San Diego. <BR> <BR> Check out her crafty solution for hanging onto those words of inspiration we find here at SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:00:46 EST "Just A Short Run": 03/26 - Join the Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x38692135 I've been invited by a few of the really active members (nationally) of SparkPeople to join them in "Just A Short Run" in Pittsburgh this March. I'm sure others would be welcome and it would be such a cool way to network with some SUPER PUMPED and PSYCHED members of SparkPeople!: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=45321 </link> <BR> <BR> "Come and join your fellow Spark runners and walkers as we complete "Just A Short Run" in Pittsburgh PA on March ... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 09:35:13 EST Breakfasts That Boost Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38678629 How many calories should your breakfast be? If you're trying to lose weight, then the magic number for you is 400. Eating four 400-calorie meals daily fuels energy, revs metabolism, and makes you feel full longer while keeping calories in check. This translates into effortless weight loss. <BR> <BR> See 10 breakfasts that add up right! <BR> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/400calbreakfast/?<BR>cm_mmc=Eat%20Up%20Slim%20Down-_-122720<BR>10-_-Weight%20Loss-_-Breakfasts%20That<BR>%20Boost%20We... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:16:57 EST Today i conquered..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38664223 You fill in yours.... <BR> <BR> <BR> MIne: 80 minutes of TURBO JAM!! whoot.. and yes, my legs do feel like jello :) Sun, 26 Dec 2010 18:51:55 EST Race Schedule 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38661124 I'm working on mine at the moment per the hubby's request to make sure i have maximum cheering..lol.. so i was wondering what all of yours are ??? Sun, 26 Dec 2010 14:43:14 EST What's your goals for 2011? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38661095 I'm working on mine here.. so i was wondering what all of yours were. :) Sun, 26 Dec 2010 14:41:39 EST Struggling to Find Last Minute Gifts...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38609550 Share your quandaries here! Maybe we can pass along an idea or two that might help you out! <BR> <BR> Here's an article with suggestions as the Best Fitness Gifts of 2010: <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/experts/fitnessforr<BR>eallife/best-fitness-gifts-2010 </link> <BR> <BR> For those with limited income options consider a gift of time: such as certificates "Good for one housecleaning" or "Good for one home-cooked meal and company"...lots of possibilities...! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 22 Dec 2010 13:29:11 EST Handel's Messiah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38538315 I probably should have plugged this sooner, but the Downtown Singers are presenting Handel's Messiah tonight at 8pm at the Forum downtown. We performed last night as well and it was just amazing! Tickets are $10 for gen ad. and $15 for box seats. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of previews from our dress rehearsal on Thursday... <BR> <link>www.wicz.com/news/video.asp?video=12<BR>-16-10+mes.flv&zone=News </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.wbng.com/home/Holiday-Classics-1<BR>12042214.html </link... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 08:53:53 EST How are you all surviving the holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38523203 Just wondering how everyone was coping so close to holiday time. Doing pretty good here myself. :) Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:07:07 EST Lights on the Carousel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38506024 Hello fellow Sparkers! Thought I'd pass this little tid-bit along. <BR> <BR> CFJ Park is having their first "Lights on the Carousel" on Friday and Saturday 5-8 pm. The carousel will be lit, decorated and (most importantly) HEATED for free rides. Also there will be free photos with Santa for kiddos. <BR> <BR> The event is totally free, so feel free to bring the whole family. <BR> <BR> If you haven't been to the newly refurbished carousel, I can say it is gorgeous (I went in the summer for ... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 09:55:49 EST 9 Reasons Your Body Thinks It's Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38499466 <link>health.yahoo.net/articles/weight-los<BR>s/9-reasons-your-body-thinks-its-hungry </link> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 21:57:49 EST Gym Memberships http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38457109 OK i couldn't find info on this as a "sticky"..but i thought it was worth discussing as i'm looking to start triatholon training in January... I do plan on checking to see if UE high school has an open swim time.. I'm sure it'll be at O'Dark hundred Like CF high school if they have it.. But the COST of gym memberships are what i'm having a hard time finding.. <BR> <BR> I found the YMCA: http://www.bcymca.com/membership.htm <BR> <BR> <BR> Boys and girls club in Endicott: <BR> http://www.bg... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:25:08 EST How Many Years YOUNG are YOU? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38381069 Here's a great article about all the things all of us can do to stay young regardless of our age. It speaks to Baby Boomers such as myself, but is easily generalized to EVERYONE! <BR> <BR> Living the SPARK can help us to celebrate improved health throughout our ever-lengthening lives! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> <link>www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?Ne<BR>wsID=10477&Section=AGING&source=DHB_10<BR>1208 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 9 Dec 2010 09:58:35 EST Southern Tier Start! Heart Walk: May 1st, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=14307x21611x38342852 I've added this to our SparkBinghamton site: <BR> <link>www.sparkamerica.com/city_resources_<BR>detail.asp?event=9442 </link> <BR> <BR> Details are a bit sketchy as yet, however I believe the event has moved from JC Schools to Binghamton University this year. There is NO CHARGE and NO MINIMUM requirement for fund-raising. So why not consider joining in the fun...? <BR> <BR> Walkers are eligible for a Start! Heart Walk t-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100. <BR> <BR> Having a... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 12:41:13 EST 9 Reasons Your Body Thinks It's Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38338564 9 Reasons Your Body Thinks It's Hungry <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/articles/weight-los<BR>s/9-reasons-your-body-thinks-its-hungry </link> <BR> <BR> "A staggering 63 percent of Americans are overweight. The most common cause? We eat more food than we need—and we're all guilty of doing it: mindlessly munching on a bag of pretzels during a reality TV marathon or treating ourselves to a second helping when the first was plenty. But boredom and indulgence aside, why else are we reaching... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 09:13:12 EST The Value of Mixing Up One's Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38319426 Here's an article which compares a few different workout regimens which use "muscle confusion"...while they may be worthwhile I think a less costly approach is to just keep mixing up one's workouts by varying length, speed, intensity, incline and the type of activity. <BR> <BR> What do folks think? Anyone out there familiar with any of these...? Don <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/articles/fitness/p9<BR>0x-workout-program-really-best-boostin<BR>g-muscles-burning-fat </link> Mon, 6 Dec 2010 10:34:57 EST Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38283193 Well, yesterday I had a minor outpatient operation & am recovering well. Now the challenge will be to NOT dive right back into my fitness routine & hurt myself! It would be much easier to follow my doctor's instructions if I didn't feel so good LOL! Not that I mind feeling good, of course, but the treadmill is calling and I have to ignore the call today! Sat, 4 Dec 2010 10:45:11 EST Annual Gear Sale TODAY! (Sorry @ Short Notice!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38280540 Cornell Outdoor Education invites you to the return of their annual Gear Sale! <BR> <BR> On Saturday December 4th, from 9 AM to noon, come peruse a wide assortment of new and used outdoor clothing and equipment. You'll find everything from puffy jackets to running shorts, canoes to cross-country skis. Be part of the rush as the doors open at 9 AM to get your shot at the best selection. Have some gear you're not using any more? Bring in your items to sell on consignment during the week before... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 07:45:47 EST New to the Area, Reviving my SP account http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x38278971 Hi everyone! My name is Ness and I recently moved to the Elmira area. Yes I know it isn't really the Binghamton area, but it seems to be the closest SP group to my area :) With all of the craziness of moving and getting settled in the area I have ignored SP for the past 5 months but am not ready to get going again. I also decided to become active again because I am hoping to meet more people in the area and get involved in local activities. <BR> <BR> EDIT: Hahaha I just realized I said "am... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 01:19:38 EST Healthy U Closed...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21611x38237646 I was surprised to get an e-mail from one of Healthy U's staff who has gone out on their own, stating that Healthy U has closed...! News to me! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 1 Dec 2010 22:43:15 EST Long time Sparker, New to the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21611x38229884 Hi all. My name is Rachel and I've been a member of sparkpeople since 2006 (under a different name then.) I restarted last year in October but didn't do much until this past October. <BR> <BR> I have two small children, Julia is 4 and Reuben will be 2 on Sunday. I have a wonderfully supportive husband, and I currently stay at home with my kids. I am working on starting up a photography business, but without having a studio things are pretty slow in the wintertime. <BR> <BR> I am a Z... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 16:16:29 EST