SparkPeople Vancouverites (and GVRD) Unite Team Messageboard Vancouver is supposed to be the fittest city in Canada! Let's get together to recommend good gyms, beautiful hiking and running trails, healthy restaurants and general support. SparkPeople Vancouverites (and GVRD) Unite Team Messageboard Wellness Show Anyone going to the Wellness Show this weekend? I was thinking about going Saturday, but it's a bit expensive. Anyone been before? Is it worth it? Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:46:03 EST Hello! New to Vancouver BC Hello GVRD Members, <BR> <BR> I am new to Vancouver. We just moved here from Seattle and I love it! I am working to get my weight down to 215 pounds before the end of June 2012. I currently weigh 238. I am looking to get encouragement to stay on track, especially around staying away from sweets (I have a bad sweet tooth). <BR> <BR> I am restarting my physical work outs this week and tracking all my foods as well. I am looking forward to your encouraging comments (I could really use them). <... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 13:51:17 EST New Year's Resolutions for 2012 Hope everyone had a good holiday season. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to get a jump on NYRs by making December my "month of fitness". So far it has been less than notable. But I'm still trying. <BR> <BR> Anyone have resolutions for 2012? Mon, 26 Dec 2011 22:13:13 EST Almost the new year And times for New Year's Resolutions! <BR> <BR> I'm going to get a head start on it by making December my month of fitness. I've been so busy it has fallen to the wayside, but now I have time to focus! <BR> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:19:03 EST Chit Chat I suppose it is sunny in Vancouver. <BR> It is raining in Manitoba. Sat, 21 May 2011 11:47:36 EST April 2011 So I bought a cute book and I am planning on logging daily goals as well as monthly. <BR> <BR> Monthly goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Yard <BR> -paint bench <BR> -install lattice <BR> -lay stepping stones <BR> <BR> 2. Education <BR> -sign up for a class through Langara or Douglas <BR> <BR> 3. Fitness <BR> -complete Sun Run (or SunWalk) <BR> -use 3 metabody classes <BR> -run 2x per week <BR> -sign up for new gym <BR> -gym 3 x per week <BR> <BR> 4. Happiness <BR> -sign up for Con't Ed or Leisure Gui... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 23:10:04 EST March 2011 How's everyone doing on their goals??? Fri, 4 Mar 2011 22:52:57 EST Meetup Fitness Group I am from Coquitlam and looking for a workout buddy. Anyone a member of Goodlife Fitness or interested in outdoor walks or something? Sat, 15 Jan 2011 23:56:32 EST New Year's Resolutions Anyone have any resolutions? How about being more active on this group? Tue, 21 Dec 2010 23:35:51 EST Hi from the West End Just sending a hello from the west end. Great to know there are "sparks" here, too! <BR> <BR> Joe Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:56:21 EST Hello from New West 34 F. I have Fibromyalgia and strong desire to succeed at this time. Hoping to find an occasional work out buddy or someone to help keep each other motivated. Sun, 7 Nov 2010 22:18:30 EST Anyone up for a get together? I'm thinking of trying to organize a get together sometime in November. Anybody interested? What days and times work best? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking a weekend, I'm thinking Burnaby because the parks are nice and it's pretty central, I'm thinking a coffee and a walk. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:18:46 EST October Goals for October: <BR> <BR> Mine is a plain one: lose 10 lbs!!!! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 00:28:40 EST Active group? It seems like this group isn't very active right now. I'm hoping there will be a bit of movement on here, though, as there isn't on the other vancouver community page! Fri, 10 Sep 2010 01:01:15 EST Hello there! Hi everyone! I'm not from Vancouver (Santa Clara, California resident right now) but my long-term, long-distance boyfriend lives in North Van. He's lived there pretty much his entire life - I'm proud of my Canadian boyfriend! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I love Vancouver! I've visited 3 times now and every time I'm almost as sad to leave the city as I am my boyfriend. Hehe. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I've been on SparkPeople since July and I'm doing awesome on my weight-loss journey. If anyone wants to ... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 00:51:02 EST Anyone Here like to Craft/Sc rapbook? Hi! How's everyone doing? :) <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if any of you are crafters??? :) (ie. scrapbooking/ card making/ stamping?) <BR> <BR> I'm an Independent Demonstrator with Stampin' Up! and I'm hosting an Open House to demonstrate all the cool projects that you can make with Stampin' Up products! <BR> <BR> I'm not trying to spam you guys... I just want to meet more people and share what I love to do :) I'm just building my business and why not share my skills and crafting pass... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 20:53:21 EST June! June goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Attend 1 bikram or yoga or fitness class (carried over from last month, bad idea I know). <BR> 2. Pack lunch for new job!!!! <BR> 3. Get on track with my w.l. goals. <BR> 4. Go see horses, or kayaking, or hiking. <BR> 5. Gym 4x per week, in the mornings! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 15:23:01 EST EPIC Sustainability Expo May 28-30 at the Convention Centre <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone going? Wed, 19 May 2010 11:49:55 EST Anyone Still Active? So what has happened to the Vancouverites team? Seems like there has been a lack of activity. Well, is it possible to get this back and healthy. <BR> <BR> So who is still part of this team and how afre you doing in your Spark journey? Mon, 5 Apr 2010 13:23:05 EST Vancouver School Board Spring '10 <BR> <BR> So, for all you true Vancouverites out there, the new issue of the Vancouver School Board is out. Lots of fun classes as per usual. I have a ridiculously long list of things I want to take, but as usual will probably take none. Here's to hoping! <link><BR>=SPRIN </link> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 12:54:46 EST Hi! Im new and from Mission! Hey everyone! <em>213</em> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 14:33:53 EST January fun things! Because of the upcoming Olympics, a lot of schedules for community centres, etc have been altered. But here's a few things to check out. <BR> <BR> The Roundhouse is running short courses this month and drop ins. <link> </link> <BR> They're in Yaletown, very conveniently near the Canada Line. <BR> <BR> There are also Vancouver School Board classes: which includes a lot of bootcamp/fitness classes, dance, language, and personal development. They are also VERY reasona... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 12:44:41 EST Things to do December!!! There are so many fun things to do in December. Please feel free to add some that I have missed. <BR> Stanley Park runs a Christmas train until Jan 2 <BR> <BR> <BR> I went last year and it is a fun thing to do. Plus it's always great to be reminded how lucky we are to have such a wonderful, gigantic park in prime real estate. <BR> <link><BR>ts/ind </link> <BR> Goh Ballet is running the Nutcracker at the Centre for Performing Arts (great venue). Dec ... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 12:20:04 EST Vancouver Health Show this weekend <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:10:16 EST October goal Anyone have any October goals? Mine is to start running again. I can start anytime now.... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 12:36:28 EST Fitness Goal September 2-11 I seem to have given up on fitness, but here goes... Once again you can join my goal or create your own for this period! <BR> bikram yoga once <BR> walking 7 evenings <BR> try a run <BR> do some simple weight lifting in your house (arms and shoulders for lifting backpack) 7x <BR> Sun salutations 7 mornings Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:32:52 EST Anybody doing the Vancouver Triathlon? I guess it's too late to train now, but it's around Stanley Park during Labour Day Long Weekend. Fri, 28 Aug 2009 18:53:19 EST Starting Again <BR> Well, I am at the same weight as I was when I started,because I gave up. But as of today I am starting off with a new and positive attitude, joined the gym this weekend and will start food tracking and giving it my all. <BR> <BR> My Grandson was born last week and looking at me in pictures was a real eye opener, so I want to get healthy and strong for him. Any advice anyone can give me for staying on track would be greatly appreciated, thanks <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Aug 2009 12:18:17 EST Fitness Goal June 17-24 Let's get outside! <BR> 1 outdoor adventure everyday! <BR> My goals are (drumroll): <BR> tennis (1) kayaking (oh I hope so) (1) <BR> running (2) biking (if I buy a bike soon) <BR> walking hiking (1) Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:49:23 EST Nutrition Goal June 17-24 Okay my lackluster Vancouverites, here is the nutrition goal and there are no excuses for not joining and not succeeding! <BR> Eat your 5-7 servings of fruit/veggies daily! <BR> Lots of delicious ones out there. I do recommend strawberry picking! Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:43:49 EST Rose Festival and Jazz Festival The Rose Festival is this weekend at the Conference Centre. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Jazz Festival is June 26-July 5. <BR> <BR> <BR> There are lots of free events! Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:42:18 EST Hello frm North Van Hi, just joined yesterday and looking forward to a great new lifestyle, on my way to a healthier me. <BR> Sun, 17 May 2009 19:40:42 EST Nutrition Goal May 9-16 Please join!!! Watch portion sizes. This means meat the size of a deck of cards, veggies taking up 1/2 the plate. No second helpings and only a reasonable size first helping. <BR> Please join and track your progress. Fri, 8 May 2009 12:33:15 EST Personal Goal May 9-16 Look polished every day at work. This means ironed clothes, including pants and tidy hair. Fri, 8 May 2009 12:32:00 EST May 9-16 Exercise Goal, Please join me!!! Exercise 210 minutes this week. That is 30 minutes a day per average. <BR> Please join and track your progress! Fri, 8 May 2009 12:31:29 EST April Okay, you know I love me some monthly goals so... <BR> Some are vague, some are specific (I suspect the specific ones are better, ie. more accomplishable and gaugeable if that is a word) <BR> <BR> 1.) Get into routine with hubby being home. Set some time aside to exercise, draw him into your exercising/healthy/positive bubble. <BR> 2.) Running, yoga, dance class minimum 1x per week. <BR> 3.) Squash or badminton 1x. Only 1! So manageable. <BR> 4.) Do EarthRun and SunRun. Or Earthwalk and ... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 15:57:58 EST EarthRun April 26, 5km run/walk at Stanley Park. <BR> <BR> Anyone participating??? Wed, 1 Apr 2009 15:42:08 EST Hello! MrsPupCake left me a comment on one of my blogs and I checked out her teams and lo and behold and Vancouver Team! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> I'm Candice and I live in Burnaby near Deer Lake. I have a pretty sweet home gym set up but sometimes like to get out of my garage and experience the beauty around me (in nicer weather). <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being inspired by and being an inspiration to this group! <BR> <BR> Candice <em>223</em> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 19:16:19 EST Best Place for long oceanside walk? Other than the sea wall downtown, where is a good place to go for a long long walk? I'm not afraid of the weather, I'll just bundle up. I have 4 days off and would like to get outside this weekend. Along the water would be fantastic but not required. Preferrably somewhere not too crowded. I have some soul searching to do. Any suggestions? Thu, 29 Jan 2009 15:15:18 EST saw this today on Yahoo Lose weight watching TV <BR> Provided by Michelle Williams <BR> This time of year, when shorter days and cooler weather are driving you inside, it's tempting to just hole up on the sofa and watch your favourite TV shows while you munch away on calorie-laden snacks. But you can turn your evening around so it's fun, fit and healthy with just a few easy exercises and some nourishing food choices! <BR> <BR> Take an exercise break <BR> Don't feel like running off to the gym? Get fit and feel gre... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:06:54 EST Leukemia pub night I am reposting this message that was originally on the Vancouver and Area board. Hopefully we can get out and support Pinky 120. <BR> <BR> Hello Friends! <BR> <BR> On Thursday, Feb 5th I'm organizing a bar night in order to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. As most of you know, I'll be running a half marathon in May for the cause. It would mean a lot to me if you guys could come out and support me and the cause! Here are the details: <BR> <BR> Start Time: <BR> T... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 01:24:16 EST Ideas for Team Goals? Does anyone have any suggestions for team goals? <BR> Also, would anyone like to participate in weekly or monthly challenges. They could be fitness, diet, personal or anything!! Let me know any ideas to get this group rocking! Wed, 14 Jan 2009 16:26:43 EST Vancouver Sun Run Thought I would start a post, for anyone who is working towards training for the Vancouver Sun Run. <BR> <BR> I joined a Clinic and will start the Learn To Run Program, a week this Thursday. <BR> <BR> Anyone participating? Sat, 10 Jan 2009 13:46:25 EST Chan Centre for Performing Arts This isn't really an upcoming event, but I know that a lot of people have said that they are new to the area (as am I). I was introduced to this by a co-worked and we went and checked out an amazing and free show. <BR> Also, if anyone is into opera, Carmen is coming up soon and is supposed to be amazing! Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:41:40 EST New Years Resolutions I actually hate New Years Resolutions. I like to have ongoing goals at all times. But regardless, I am going to make some... <BR> 1.) I want to run the Vancouver half marathon in a reasonable amount of time. Thus I will have to train. <BR> 2.) Regardless of what hubby says and wants, I am going to persevere in my yoga and dancing. I think once he realizes that I'm going to do it anyways and it is part of my schedule like going to work in the morning, it will become unassailable. Also, I won... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 11:47:00 EST Holidays are upon us Only 4 days to go until 2009 begins and the cycle of "resolutions" we all try to stick to and usually fail at. <BR> <BR> Rather than that why not just say to yourself, enough is enough, and I'm doing this for me, it may take some time, but that's ok. I can do this!!! <BR> <BR> Hey we all fall off the wagon (guilty as charged lol) but I realize that I really can't even make my own excuses anymore. I need to do this, and if I choose to I can (should is removed from my vocabulary, I learned th... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 13:34:09 EST December and end of year Goals went okay for November, but December may be the hardest time of year to stay on track. Let's take it one week at a time. My goals: <BR> 1. Keep track of eating and calories on Spark and in food diary. <BR> 2. Keep on half marathon training, don't give up and definitely don't miss more than 1 day a week. <BR> 3. Keep going to bikram yoga, minimum 1 class per week, ideally 3. <BR> 4. Keep dancing. <BR> 5. Pack a lunch!!! Fruit for breakfast. <BR> 6. Somehow get hubby involved in exer... Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:50:08 EST November Plans Okay, October is almost over!! (already) How did everyone do on their goals??? <BR> What (specific and accomplishable) goals do we have for November. Let's achieve them so we can look beautiful and confident in all the photos that start happening around this time of year! Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:42:39 EST Resurrect the meetup?? So we have a couple new members and I've heard whisperings of interest in a meetup again. How does everyone feel about trying to get together. Maybe we can try for a coffee shop somewhere accessible. If anyone is interested let me know what day is good and what area would be easy to access and I will try to set a date, time and place!!!! Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:41:08 EST Changed username Just telling you I've changed my name from BiggestLoserKLJ to RhiannonMyst. If you read the intro on my SparkPage you will know I am a practicing Wiccan and because I've done a re-committment to the path I've decided to change my name to fit the change. <BR> <BR> Talk to you all soon <BR> <BR> Kimberley <BR> Fri, 10 Oct 2008 07:48:30 EST October Plans First of all welcome to Zaxapi, thanks for joining the team (hope I spelled your name right). <BR> My plans (not goals because I am going to achieve them): <BR> 1.) Go to 1 fitness class per week. <BR> 2.) Finish my 12 day cleanse and then continue eating right. <BR> 3.) Pack a lunch EVERYDAY. <BR> 4.) Start going to yoga again. <BR> 5.) Go swimming once per week. <BR> 6.) Go to french class. <BR> 7.) Lose 15 lbs. <BR> <BR> Anyone else?? Tue, 30 Sep 2008 22:56:03 EST Hey gang...!!!! Wanted to say hello and invite you all to come and read my new blog. Been enjoying my little "break" away from SP but I've not gone far, just been called away to follow another trail of sorts. <BR> Tue, 23 Sep 2008 20:20:24 EST Meeting is cancelled for now. Too many people are too scared to come to Metrotown let alone the food court there. I need to seek out some other place then. <BR> <BR> I was thinking it wasn't as expensive as a restaurant that will expect us to pay at least 3 to 5 dollars per person,perhaps more, and I'm not buying anything but for myself. <BR> <BR> Most restaurants don't like it if you sit there for a couple of hours just drinking soda or coffee. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions ? <BR> <BR> We could meet at the Ricky's the... Wed, 17 Sep 2008 21:12:45 EST Had one cancel already For our meetup on the 26th as they don't like Metrotown mall at night. So if you're too scared to come by yourself then bring some friends. Otherwise I look forward to seeing some of you there. Mon, 15 Sep 2008 09:33:37 EST Meet up with us on 26th of September BeeGurl(another SP member, not sure if she's here with us but she is on a couple of BC related groups on SparkPeople) and I thought of putting a little group together too. So I said I'd take care of it. <BR> <BR> So if you know how to get to Metrotown mall and where the big food court is meet us there at 6:30pm, you can come a bit later if you can't make it then, it's not set in stone as per arrival time. I want to get together once a month usually on a Friday and meetup for support and to ... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 22:21:24 EST Meetup for 26th of September BeeGurl(another SP member, not sure if she's here with us but she is on a couple of BC related groups on SparkPeople) and I thought of putting a little group together too. So I said I'd take care of it. <BR> <BR> So if you know how to get to Metrotown mall and where the big food court is meet us there at 6:30pm, you can come a bit later if you can't make it then, it's not set in stone as per arrival time. I want to get together once a month usually on a Friday and meetup for support and to ... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 07:19:46 EST Wanted to offer this to you all Beegurl and I have decided we'd like to meet up and bring some of you guys along and have like a little in person motivational/support group for us here in the area. <BR> <BR> I will probably just post this weekend where,when and all the particulars but we thought at the end of each month meet up for a snack and a chat or dinner but it might be too late for some of you to eat, including me so we can meet for coffee or something. Anyhow just giving you a head's up. Tell you more later this w... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 22:32:45 EST EarthSave's 10th Annual Taste of Health I would like to invite everyone to check out EarthSave Canada's 10th Annual Taste of Health. It is held the last week of September-26, 27, 28th at the Croatian Cultural Center (Commercial Drive). <BR> EarthSave is a nonprofit organization that promotes a plant based diet as a way to be more green. We do mostly education about the environmental impacts of a meat-based vs. plant-based diet. <BR> I am a vegetarian, but Taste of Health is for everyone! If you're thinking about becoming veggi... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 18:34:44 EST Product you may be interested in <BR> <BR> A SparkFriend from the US told me about it but it is available in Canada too. Sun, 31 Aug 2008 23:54:54 EST September goals and desires To share with all on my SparkTeams <BR> <BR> <BR> August 31, 2008 <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is September 1, 2008 and these are the goals I am going to try and accomplish during the month of September and I thought that I would share them all with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Keep track of my calories and meals, except for when I allow for that cheat meal or cheat day and learn not to feel guilty over it. <BR> <BR> 2. Get in more cardio and more than 2 or 3 times a week and do 2 strength training wor... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 19:10:26 EST How are things going? I am sticking to the plan. Perhaps we'd get more members if we promoted it on one of the other Spark Message boards in the general community boards. We can't be the only Vancouverites here. Thu, 28 Aug 2008 07:34:32 EST News .... Good news I don't have torn cartilage after all. I have a bone spur on my knee from that fall back in 2007 and that's what is now causing minor arthritic pains in my leg so it's not the worst. It ain't great news but it's better to know I can diet and exercise and lose weight and it will help. My blood pressure is down to 110/80 woohooo!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Aug 2008 21:40:57 EST Goals until Labour Day 1. Go to Bikram yoga 3 times. <BR> 2. Go to activity centre 3x per week therefore at least 6 times. <BR> 3. Get up at 6:30 on weekdays. Sat, 16 Aug 2008 17:24:24 EST Hello Vancouverites I'm just going to see how successful this group is in attracting members. I was shocked to see that Vancouver didn't have its own group. I am new to the area and would love to hear feedback on great places to exercise, ways to live an active life, etc. Hopefully we can encourage each other to live up to the "fittest city in Canada" standard! Mon, 11 Aug 2008 11:13:42 EST