SparkPeople ANOKA COUNTY and BEYOND Team Messageboard WELCOME this is the place to be! Join us, gain support & have fun as we share where we are on meeting our goals and plan together on reaching them plus share interests & make new friends! SparkPeople ANOKA COUNTY and BEYOND Team Messageboard Our Team Leader To all who have followed this board, I have a very difficult subject to deal with here. <BR> Dusty (our team leader and my best friend) passed away suddenly and very unexpected on August 26 2014. It appears to have been a heart attack that took her from us. It has been a very difficult time for me and I have been slow to even be able to speak of this, but you all deserve to know why she is no longer active here. We all miss her very much, but we also know that we will see her again some day. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:00:46 EST May 2014 Daily Sign In Board Welcome to the First Day of May Thu, 1 May 2014 11:43:00 EST May 2014 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Welcome to May Day...seriously we do need help today <BR> Please share how you feel about the new changes to SparkPeople. <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 11:37:34 EST Anoka County Dog & Cat People 2014 Pet Clinics <BR> <BR> Check out your City for date & time of their annual pet clinic where you can get vaccinations for your dog or cat and a free dog license. I have included the information regarding upcoming Pet Clinics in four cities in Anoka County. IF YOU KNOW OF OTHERS PLEASE ADD THEM TO THE CITIES LISTED THANK YOU <BR> <BR> <BR> For the City of Coon Rapids the annual Pet Clinic will be held at three locations on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:12:59 EST Post here for April 2014 A new Spring...a time for new gardens, new places to visit, new ways to exercise, Pet Clinics and Bike Helmet clinics...lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy yourself and get some exercise too! Please share your plans as we come into the time we all enjoy here in Minnesota! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:58:44 EST April 2014 Daily Sign In Board <em>198</em> Welcome! We made it through March and now onto April with so much to look forward to! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:53:35 EST April 2014 Chit Chat & Discussion Board <em>376</em> Welcome to our Spring Discussion Board Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:49:44 EST Post here for March 2014 Hello & welcome to the March Board...please share whatever you would like here! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:14:50 EST March 2014 Daily Sign In Board Welcome to March...please sign in Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:11:59 EST March 2014 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Welcome to March Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:08:41 EST post here for February 2014 <em>524</em> welcome to February....share your plans, ideas and opportunities with us Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:15:54 EST February 2014 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Welcome to February...time to start thinking about starting seeds,doing taxes, plans for Spring Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:56:48 EST February 2014 Daily Sign In Board Welcome to February... <BR> In Japan they celebrate the 1st day of Spring on the 3rd of the month Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:52:04 EST Post here for January 2014 Welcome to the 2014 to share some games, as in Wii games, or outdoor games, etc that you enjoy? Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:26:47 EST January 2014 Daily Sign In Board Welcome to a New Year Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:23:35 EST January 2014 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Welcome to a new year, new beginnings, and a whole new you! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:18:21 EST Anoka County Library On the Go <em>244</em> Our Library System comes to us! <em>149</em> <BR> Since July the Anoka County Library opened an on the go location in both the Ramsey Municipal Center near the Ramsey Northstar Commuter Rail Station and the Andover YMCA. <BR> This unique library boasts book & media vending machines, lockers for reserved materials and convenient material drop off locations, an e book rental kiosk and a tablet computer vending machine. <em>17</em> For more information and a how to video fol... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:04:22 EST Post here for December 2013 Please post here for December Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:52:33 EST December 2013 Daily Sign In Board Please sign in and leave a short message telling us how you are doing Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:51:03 EST December 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Here is the final board for 2013 for Chit Chat & Discussion please feel free to share on this board Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:49:14 EST Post here for November 2013 Do any of you watch the games, the parade, or have a family tradition for the holidays? Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:47:57 EST November 2013 Daily Sign In Board How is fixing the turkey this month? Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:45:13 EST November 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Welcome to November....please share your plans for the holidays and ways to keep our slim figures <em>211</em> or at least stay on task Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:41:21 EST Diabetes Expo For those who are / or have a loved one with diabetes consider attending the Diabetes Expo this coming Saturday.Saturday October 12th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Doors open at 9 AM. <BR> <BR> The EXPO is FREE and includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, over 70 product and service exhibitors, as well as leading health experts talking about diabetes management, weight loss, behavior change and prevention. Learn tips to stay healthy from head to toe. Lots of information ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 11:18:40 EST Post here for October 2013 Welcome to the beginning of Fall <em>465</em> on this board. Now that summer is over I hope to see you all back here. <em>220</em> You have been missed. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:44:23 EST October 2013 Daily Sign In Board Welcome to the beginning of Fall <em>465</em> on this board. Now that summer is over I hope to see you all back here. You have been missed. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:42:19 EST October 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Welcome to the beginning of Fall <em>465</em> on this board. Now that summer is over I hope to see you all back here. You have been missed. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:40:04 EST Post here for September 2013 Welcome to September...please share what you are doing and your goals and how you hope to acheive them. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:17:00 EST September 2013 Daily Sign In Board Post here for September Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:13:42 EST September 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Welcome to the September Board Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:09:19 EST Post here for August 2013 Last month of summer post here for August Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:07:40 EST August 2013 Daily Sign In Board Last month of summer Sign In here for August Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:06:53 EST August 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Last month of summer post here for August Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:05:35 EST POST HERE FOR JULY 2013 Summer is upon us share what you are doing Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:40:46 EST July 2013 Daily Sign In Board coming enjoy the month Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:38:55 EST July 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board a new month post for the month of July here Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:36:10 EST POST HERE FOR JUNE 2013 First person to post here on June 1st gets a goodie Thu, 30 May 2013 09:20:34 EST June 2013 Daily Sign In Board First person to post here June 1st gets a goodie Thu, 30 May 2013 09:18:23 EST June 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board First person to post here June 1st gets a goodie Thu, 30 May 2013 09:16:47 EST Bike Helmet Sale (kids to adult sizes) - 5/7/13 May 7, 2013 - Bike Helmet Fitting and Sale - Blaine Police Department, 10801 Town Square Dr., Blaine, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Anoka County Safe Kids is hosting a bike helmet fitting clinic. We will fit helmets you already own for free or you can purchase a new Bell helmet for $12; toddler through adult sizes will be available. No appointment is necessary and we and we accept checks and cash. Bring the whole family and have a safe biking season! First Come First Serve, While Supplies Last. 76... Sun, 5 May 2013 18:43:47 EST Mud Games- Blaine- June 8th and 9th June 8th and 9th 2013- Blaine <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The Mud Games offer an exciting, exilerating, and thrilling course that includes <BR> amazing obstacles and entertainment. But then again, every mud run claims to offer this. So to make things a little more enticing we’ve added P90X’s Tony Horton. And if that’s not enough, How about we give away free vacations? Yep, That’s right. We’re giving away multiple free trips to destinations around the USA. Y... Sun, 5 May 2013 18:08:53 EST workout buddy near columbia heights any1? I would really really appreciate a workout buddy who is within 10miles of columbia heights. I was hoping to do walking, biking, exercise videos at home, etc... (as i currently dont have a gym membership). I am 27, a new mother, and want to lost 50 pounds (i will weigh in tomoro but i expect i am about 190). Wed, 1 May 2013 19:10:21 EST May 2013 Daily Sign In Board A new Month, a new beginning Wed, 1 May 2013 09:57:08 EST May 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Let's hope this first May snow gives only needed moisture and not more problems <BR> We may hit a new record today with snow this late in the season/ early in Spring Wed, 1 May 2013 09:53:34 EST POST HERE FOR MAY 2013 May is here so let's post and share Wed, 1 May 2013 09:46:49 EST POST HERE FOR APRIL 2013 A new month, a new Spring <em>126</em> , a new beginning...lets work together and see what we can accomplish! <em>448</em> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:15:24 EST April 2013 Daily Sign In Board Welcome to April <em>257</em> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:12:34 EST April 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board First person to respond here gets a goodie! Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:09:19 EST POST HERE FOR MARCH 2013 This is your chance to share whatever is near and dear to you... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:29:48 EST March 2013-Daily Sign In Board Please sign in with a wave/ or a message Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:27:47 EST March 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board A new month...March winds and April showers bring Mayflowers...and they bring June bugs!!! <em>211</em> <BR> February Team Goodies have been given out. I hope you enjoy them. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:25:09 EST February 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Welcome to February....will we have an early Spring or 6 more weeks of ....(shudder) winter? <BR> BRRRRRRRR stay warm out there! and hydrated.... <em>444</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:32:33 EST February 2013-Daily Sign In Board January is gone, February is here...can Spring be far behind? Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:27:28 EST POST HERE FOR FEB. 2013 Post here for Team Goodie this month AND huddle! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:20:43 EST Info regarding our health, medicine or diet Post here information regarding medications or articles regarding our foods or our diets. <BR> Examples include information regarding Fosamax, or Monsanto and GMO foods. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:59:17 EST EMOTICON...HOW ARE YOUR FEELING TODAY? <em>102</em> Holidays while exciting can keep you from a good nights sleep! IMHO Fri, 28 Dec 2012 09:22:31 EST Inspirational Quote of the Day....Come Share! It is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark <BR> Better far that you light just one little candle...all you need's a tiny SPARK <BR> If we all said a prayer <em>458</em> that the world would be free <em>432</em> <BR> What a wonderful dawn of a new day we'd see <BR> And if everyone lit just one little candle <em>500</em> <BR> What a bright world this would be. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> lear... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 09:19:01 EST POST HERE FOR JAN. 2013 TEAM GOODIE A NEW YEAR...A NEW BEGINNING Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:53:01 EST January 2013-Daily Sign In Board Sign in here now...Welcome January Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:48:30 EST January 2013 Chit Chat & Discussion Board Share, inform ask questions...go for it Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:43:08 EST December 2012- Daily Sign in Board Post on the boards AND huddle for December goodies! Sat, 24 Nov 2012 10:03:43 EST POST HERE FOR DECEMBER 2012 TEAM GOODIE Post here or on another board AND huddle for team goodies this month. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:57:50 EST December 2012 Chit Chat Rules again: Post to a board AND huddle for goodies... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:47:08 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIE MONTH OF NOVEMBER Remember you must huddle AND post on one of the topic boards to receive a goodie Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:38:26 EST November 2012 - Daily Sign In Board Remember you must huddle AND sign in on a board for goodies Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:35:02 EST November 2012 Chit Chat Please feel free to share about anything you feel will interest your team mates... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:32:39 EST Daily Sign In Board- October 2012 Please post here for October....even a wave, a hi, a hug or a frown...just to let us know you are around <em>211</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:31:57 EST October 2012 Chit Chat Good Morning and welcome to a brand new month to post. <BR> What are your plans for the next few months? Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:29:41 EST POST FOR TEAM GOODIE MONTH OF OCTOBER Post here if you want a goodie for October Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:22:54 EST September Goodies...Post here Post here for September <em>52</em> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:42:08 EST GOODIES GIVEN 2 TEAM MEMBERS FOR AUGUST <em>213</em> Good Evening Team Members! <BR> <BR> I've finished up giving the team goodies out to our team members today for the month of AUGUST. <BR> I want to say a BIG team "Thank You" to all of you members who visit our team daily and have participated with the team. So this is A LOUD SHOUT OUT to you!!!! We appreciate the time you spend here and the goodies are a way to say; Thank you!!!! <BR> <BR> For September remember you must huddle AND post in one of the forums for goodies. <e... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:28:30 EST Daily Sign in Board- September Please sign in here for September 2012 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:43:32 EST September 2012 Chit Chat Start posting here <em>303</em> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:33:42 EST Share your birthday with us! <em>44</em> I f you would like to share your birthday and receive greetings from team members please let us know your birthday....year is not necessary <em>383</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:50:47 EST SHOW AN EMOTICON 4 YOUR SPIN COUNT FROM THE WHEEL! <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>347</em> <BR> Plus <BR> Bonus Spin <em>311</em> <em>237</em> <em>332</em> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:55:41 EST August Goodies...Post here If you want team goodies for August post here first then on another board. Those that post the most will get the goodies. Fri, 3 Aug 2012 08:19:20 EST Gardening Quotes "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves." <BR> - Mohandas K. Gandhi Sun, 20 May 2012 11:20:00 EST Healthy Tip for Today My tip is to eat the fruit instead of the juice for more nutrients and less calories.... <BR> secondly make fruits and veggies your "sweeties" and not the man made ones.. <BR> As Zonya would say, Farm or Laboratory...where does your food come from! <BR> Sun, 6 May 2012 15:36:20 EST Local bike trails Anyone here into cycling? <BR> What is your favorite place to ride? <BR> My latest is the trails along Sunwood Drive. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 19:26:28 EST Goodie TIme For goodies in April huddle and then give a WooHoo here. <em>244</em> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 23:29:11 EST Hi All Hi All, <BR> I am new here. I have been an inactive member of sparkpeople for a number of years. What I'm looking for is a running partner. I live in Blaine. near 109th and radisson road. The last couple years I have started to get into running. Did some 5ks and an adventure 5k (super fun) but for the last several months have gotten out of it. Hoping to find someone to motivate me and help me stay accountable. I'd also be interested in finding someone to do new things with... I'm a mom of 2, ... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:53:37 EST What is the weather like in your neighborhood? This board is for sharing us to share weather conditions where we live. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:23:31 EST Northstar Corridor If you live, work or play along the Northstar Corridor please introduce yourself .The Northstar Corridor is an 82-mile transportation corridor that runs along Highway 10 from the St. Cloud area to downtown Minneapolis. It is one of the fastest growing corridors in Minnesota and the nation. In fact, it is projected that there will be more than 850,000 people living in the corridor by 2025. <BR> <BR> Some of the cities along the Northstar Corridor include: Anoka, Becker, Big Lake, Col. Heights... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 12:52:49 EST Birds I saw today This is a board to share the birds you see in your area. Also could share types of seed, suet, feeders you have and sharing about different bird baths, etc. Whatever is of interest to you that you wish to share about the birds in area be that yard, street or city. Wed, 4 Apr 2012 09:37:22 EST Spark's Backyard Gardening Resources <link><BR>le_center_detail.asp?id=17 </link> <BR> <BR> In the Backyard Gardening section under lifestyle center are many articles. Those regarding gardening include sections on Getting Started, Guides to Growing Fruits & Vegetables, What's in Season, and Protecting your body, and In The News. <BR> <BR> While the articles are not specific to Anoka County they are a good place to check out. I really like the Protect your Body section. It is importa... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 08:55:07 EST Resource: Anoka County Walking Guide If you follow the link you will be able to download the 24 page Walking guide for Anoka County. <link><BR>ing </link> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:41:41 EST Anoka County Parks to Explore I plan to share photos each month of a different park and information about it. My first will be Sunfish Park which I will share in the First of April. Please let me know which parks you would like to learn more about. Don't be shy this is a way for us to learn more about the parks we can visit and enjoy. <BR> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:37:33 EST Resource: Sparks Fitness Map Have you checked out the Sparks fitness maps? This is another way for you to know how far & long you have worked out, & it's figured for you! <link><BR>_maps_home.asp </link> <BR> <BR> You can calculate how far you have walked, run or biked outside as well as your speed, & calories burned! Then you can add this workout to your Fitness Tracker...check it out. You can even share your map, if you want. It would help if you shared how it worked for your ci... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:56:58 EST Daily Sign in Board This is a board to stop in daily and say "Hi" to everyone and share how you are , share a hug or just leave an Emoticon on how the day is going. Have fun with it! Hugs & Welcome to new members Sun, 25 Mar 2012 21:39:23 EST Daily Sign in Board This is a board to stop in daily and say "Hi" to everyone and share how you are , share a hug or just leave an Emoticon on how the day is going. Have fun with it! Hugs & Welcome to new members ! <BR> I have moved this board, the Daily Sign in Board, out of this forum and into the Introduction Forum please post there thank you! <em>198</em> Sun, 25 Mar 2012 21:35:29 EST 2012 Challenge Let's share how we are exercising each week: walking or running on our trails or on the treadmill, biking, bowling, gardening, golfing, swimming, dancing with Richard Simmons or on the Wii, etc. Share a goal of 30 minutes three times a week and how you spent that 1-1/2 hour. <BR> Let's see how many can top this goal each week. You CAN do this. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 16:59:21 EST Special Events This is a board for posting information on the events at the Coon Rapids Dam, Ramsey Cor, and other city or County wide events that count or can be combined with exercise such as musical events at the either of these places that could be a destination after a walk or bike ride, bike helmet fittings at the fire stations, reduced rates being offered for bowling or archery, or open houses at our fitness centers, etc. Please post what you know is happening in your area so everyone can benefit. Th... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 15:54:59 EST Dog Lovers in Anoka County Info Here is the forum to share information on our four footed friends. Walk for Animals is one. <BR> I haven't heard when the walk will be this year..anyone have that information for the walk in our county? <BR> Did you know that Fridley has a 1-1/2 acre fenced area inside Locke County Park just for dogs? Sun, 25 Mar 2012 15:46:13 EST What books are you reading We can share books & ideas we have read from books on gardening, exercising, diet, health, etc. <BR> Whatever is of interest and you are willing to share so we can get some first hand info about books that are out there...Heck maybe we might even meet at one of the libraries and use one of the rooms to share ideas, etc. What do you think? Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:54:22 EST 2012 Chit Chat It's a new year and we havenit had a leader for a year. Lets work on getting things done and sharing what is happening ... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:12:32 EST Recipes to Share Tastiest Corn Beef Ever <BR> Corn beef is cured in salt and last year I tried the following recipe from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes & was hooked as was my husband who has to watch his sodium level. Perhaps you too have been hankering for a Reuben but didn't think you could. <BR> <BR> Prep time 10 minutes...Cook time 2 hrs 30 minutes at 350F <BR> <BR> First you drain the corn beef from the package & discard the spice packet..or save it for another use. I actually rinse my corn beef to get ... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:00:16 EST What are you doing right now? Morning! I am making my lists now for Thanksgiving, a tea, St Nicks Day, and Christmas plans and making purchases and cleaning as I go so I wont be stressed and can enjoy the holidays! Sat, 12 Nov 2011 10:25:50 EST trying this again got to lose these last 15 Ok so i am trying spark people again because I am wanting to lose these final 15lbs. I stopped using it because I thought it was too difficult and troublesome to use. But I really really want to drop this final 15lbs so I am will to try anything right now. They say the thinner you are the harder it is to lose the weight. I started at 165 and I'm down to 140, my goal though is 125, so i only have 15lbs to lose. So I want to lose these last 15 this summer. I very motivated and I work out 5-6... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 10:23:00 EST New Challenge Ok, as a new Team Leader, I've got a challenge for our team. I know it's cold out, I know we hate to exercise in winter cause we can't get motivated without the sun.... but let's try this - let's set a walking goal, on the treadmill, along the downtown skyways over lunch, count the walk to the bus stop or building, whatever you got, put it in the tracker and then we'll post here on our weekly times. Let's get into shape together, a little friendly virtual competition just for fun, how about... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 21:42:07 EST Coon Rapids anyone? I am one of the new leaders and what to let everyone know I have lived in Coon Rapids for 14 years now in the neighborhood behind the Home Depot on Main St and the Northstar park and ride. There are lots of good walking paths here and my street, Wedgewood, is a full 2 mile trek without using the paths so it's a great workout - in the spring and summer! Tue, 1 Mar 2011 19:18:10 EST Indoor exercise for winter! Did you know that walking on your treadmill at an incline burns a lot more calories? Try walking 30 minutes at 10% incline at a comfortable 3.5 mph pace. I work up a sweat at that rate. It'll be another month or so before we can get outside, but when we do I have quite a few paths under the fitness maps. I use streets and walking paths,help yourself! Tue, 1 Mar 2011 19:15:01 EST White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe Since it's still cold out, here's a great recipe I want to share with you guys: <BR> White Bean Chicken Chili Ingredients: <BR> 2 cans white northern beans or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained <BR> 1 c chopped onion <BR> 1 garlic glove minced <BR> 1 4 oz can chopped green chiles undrained <BR> 2 1/4 c fat free chicken broth <BR> 1.5c chopped cooked chicken breast, I use the precooked/chopped packaged <BR> 1 tsp chili powder <BR> 1/8 tsp salt if want <BR> To cook: mash 1 can of beans with ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 19:13:00 EST New team leader!!! Welcome new leader PURPLEKITTY57!!!! Tue, 1 Mar 2011 11:55:49 EST April 30 Walk for Animals I am walking in the annual fund raiser for the LOCAL Humane Society. Anyone interested in walking or donating, I'd love to meet ya. Here's my fund raising page, if you can make a tax deductible donation too that would really help the LOCAL sheltered animals stay alive... <BR><BR>te/TR/Walk/General?px=1461099&pg=perso<BR>nal&fr_id=1150 <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:15:49 EST Hello- I'm actually in Wright county I'm in Wright county (Otsego) but Anoka County is close enough :) <BR> Glad to see so many people in the area. Can't wait to get together. <BR> <BR> <BR> Laura Tue, 26 Oct 2010 04:00:22 EST Hey everyone starting again.... Took break from SP, it seemed like a chore to have to log in everyday. But I'm back to give it another go. Gained 5 lbs while I was out. Could have been alot worse. Re-evaluating everything in my life. Wanting to put myself first. First time I will have done that in my whole life. Sun, 22 Aug 2010 17:34:03 EST Last minute invitation for Sunday, 8/22/10! Trying to figure out a way to make tomorrow morning just a little bit more fun? KEENTINA and I are going on a nature walk at 10:00, and we'd love for you to join us if you can. <BR> <BR> According to, a Twin Cities wildlife organization: "Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP), Ramsey County TCAAP is the largest undeveloped parcel of land in Ramsey County. The 2,370-acre site sits on the Hillside Sand and Prairie du Chien-Jordan aquifers — major source... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 15:36:45 EST Yo. NEIGHBORS. Anoka County isn't that big. We shop at the same stores, we travel the same routes to work, and we fight the same battles and we fear the same fears - SO many things in common - so why aren't we more active? Why aren't we reaching out to each other? <BR> <BR> Seriously. We've got maybe two months left of good weather before it's back to the gym and the treadmills that we're currently using as clothes racks for our workouts. This isn't the time for cocooning yet. And speaking just for myself,... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 14:07:04 EST What was the best part of your holiday weekend? We didn't go to any barbecues this year. I'd like to say the fireworks over the Sports Center in Blaine were my favorite part of the holiday weekend, but truth is, either my inner child is getting Alzheimers, or they were lame this year. I suspect it's the latter. Plus there was a seven year old in the car next to us behind TCF who was channeling Howard Cosell the whole time. Next year I'm bringing duct tape. <BR> <BR> My favorite part of the weekend was the long bicycle ride my husband and ... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 14:22:18 EST new member Hi. I am new here. I have 80 pounds to lose! I guess I can take it one day at a time!! <BR> <em>15</em> Sat, 1 May 2010 20:24:35 EST Hello .. giving this another go! Hi, my name is Susan and I recently joined your team. I am hoping to continue to work on getting in shape and am hopeful that this will help me. I live in Ham Lake. I have been exercising regularly lately and I am very happy about that. My hope is that I can also find the time to use the Spark People website as well. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:43:48 EST Cross Country Skiing Hi Anoka County team! I'm wondering if there's anyone in our group who would be interested in doing some cross country skiing over at Coon Rapids dam? Their trails are groomed and flat, and it's a great workout. I'm planning to go this afternoon (Saturday) and probably Sunday too. Beth <em>329</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2010 10:02:14 EST Regular Northtown Walking Group Hi! I am new to SparkPeople and was wondering if the Anoka County Team has a regular walking group that meets at Northtown. If so, when and where do you meet in the mall? Are new members welcome? Thanks! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 10:19:34 EST Anoka County Dog People??? I thought I would through it out there....I have a Very friendly puppy that likes to go to the dog park on Lexington Ave and County Road J. I like to walk around the park and play with her. Would be fun to meet up with people there even if it is snowy, we can get some exercise playing with our pets! Just an idea! Wed, 23 Dec 2009 12:10:28 EST A - Z in Anoka County Jackie suggested a new game that might be fun - challenging at times but more related to our area. We will be naming things in Anoka County alphabetically - street, city, agency, restaurant, store, etc. <BR> <BR> I'll start with Apollo Street. Applebee's or Anoka County Library would count as well. <BR> <BR> Who's taking the B? Wed, 23 Dec 2009 07:22:22 EST Hi Team Hi all, <BR> <BR> First, thanks for the nice welcome to the team. I am the mother of a busy 20 month old and trying to balance work, school, family, and getting fit. It's a pretty hectic life, but I enjoy it. I have been on and off of sparkpeople for about a year now, and love the website, but seem to get burnt out on all the tracking. I'm going to give the quick track option a try and see if I see results, and if not, then I'll go back to tracking everything. <BR> <BR> I'm on a workout ... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 22:12:05 EST Hi Hi everyone, I am new to the group and also to sparkpeople. I have lived in anoka county for less than a year, transported from a different state. Still haven't met anyone in regards to friends, but hoping one of these days I will. I am a mother of two children, 8 yrs old and 21 months old. I am engaged to be married but at the moment, we have not set a date. I am hoping to at least get some encouragement and mentors on here as I get discouraged easily and would like to lose weight because I ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 02:25:22 EST new to this team I am wanting to keep a journal 1 time a day 7 days a week, Where do I do this? Mon, 26 Oct 2009 22:29:08 EST Walking buddies, workout buddies, etc. Jazzmine54868 lives in the Fridley area and would like a walking buddy. Is anyone interested? I sent out the email saying I would try to set up a meet for those who are interested which could include a workout. Right now, I am waiting for Halloween and an interview next week to be over so I myself know a little more about my schedule. HOWEVER, if anyone would like to set up some walking groups or times, please feel free. If you are in Fridley and would like a walking partner, please cont... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 19:10:03 EST Glad or sad? Why? New game! <BR> <BR> Are you glad or sad today? - basically, what emotion are you feeling? <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> You can be glad for your kids or spouse of a food, sports, whatever. They won, they make you happy, you enjoy a sport, you like the food, it's sweet, whatever. <BR> <BR> Today I'm sad that filing all the paperwork on identity theft is so complicated and that I have to go to so many agencies. <BR> <BR> I'm glad it's the weekend because I don't have to worry about it for a co... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 18:42:15 EST Name a healthy food! New game! Name a healthy food - why you like it - i.e., what health benefits does it have?, some vitamin it contains or some other reason it is healthy. <BR> <BR> Bananas for the potasium. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 18:30:22 EST Journaling? One of our team goals is to journal every day. Is everybody doing this EXCEPT me? I find it hard to get started and don't know what to write. I did a search here on Sparkpeople and found lots of ideas on how to journal. So I'm wondering if my teammates find journaling useful; how do you do it (focusing on the exercise workouts, eating related, the "ah-ha" moments, etc.)? Do you have a notebook for your entries, is it more like a scrapbook of your journey, or your blog entries? Has it helped? Tue, 6 Oct 2009 11:59:01 EST Great tips on curbing snack & sweet cravings! I wrote my blog yesterday on being able to change your habits and cravings. My sweet tooth doesn't always want chocolate now - it wants fruit. Hot cocoa is ok and VERY soothing! Sugar-free is about 50 calories a cup!!! AFTER I wrote the blog, I was catching up on emails and found an article from Sparks that tackles saving money on groceries - and employs many of the ideas I had to use for cutting my fat snacks and sweets. It's not a short process, it does take thought - even while you drive t... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 16:26:05 EST Q-P in your frig! I did find this on the main Sparks page but thought it would be fun to try for the team. I'm starting with the tough letter (Q). Your food does not have to be one word but the next entry will have to begin with R, and so on. If the food is a favorite, please feel free to share your recipes as well. <BR> <BR> Quesadilla fixings (basically it's cheese, tortillas and salsa) <BR> Thu, 17 Sep 2009 19:10:59 EST Games - New Forum!!! I am adding this to make the team more fun for everyone! If anyone has other ideas for games, please feel free to send me a message! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Thu, 17 Sep 2009 19:06:34 EST Obama comes to Minnesota Just wondering if anyone is going to go see Obama when he comes to town? I would like to but I have to work. I suppose people will start lining up early. Thu, 10 Sep 2009 21:48:19 EST Any sports fans? I'm not die-hard but many people are. The Minnesota Wild starts on September 18th and just going to a game can be great exercise if you are an active, cheering fan! Besides, we might have to move a lot in some of the new stadiums just to keep warm!!! Thu, 3 Sep 2009 19:44:01 EST Minnesota State Fair Just wondering if anyone is going to the Fair this year. What is everyone going to do about food at the fair? What is everyones favorite food at the fair? My favorite is the cheese curds. I go to the fair just for the food and people watching. My plan this year is to share every food item I get. The first bite or two is always the best anyhow. Then do alot of walking. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 18:17:21 EST Favorite places to walk/run/ exercise? Does anyone have favorite walking/running areas near you? Do you go out looking for new areas or stick with the same ones? Who belongs to a gym vs outside activity? Home gym? Tue, 4 Aug 2009 19:27:18 EST INTRODUCTION LETS GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF. <BR> <BR> My name is Leslie and I live in champlin. I have 2 boys and 1 grandson. I been trying to lose weight for a long long time. I will make this year my year to shine. <BR> I am in tops and I am also leader . I have about 60 pounds to lose. I might not make it this year but aimming for 35 pounds. 2011 our IRD is in Wisc and I want to become a kop and graduate there. <BR> <BR> I am doing the exchange system. similar to the dietebetic plan. I use the ... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 15:12:42 EST 4 week Challenge This is a monthly challenge. A new one will start each start of month. Since we are into june by a few days this one will be shorter. <BR> <BR> 1. Create your own goal Tell what your goal is <BR> 2. Set a wt loss goal for the month <BR> 3. Drink Water <BR> 4. Exercise create a plan for the month and tell us. <BR> Sun, 7 Jun 2009 08:47:30 EST Hi I'm New Here Hi my name is Dawn I just joined this site and found this team. I am looking for local people too. Nice to see there is a team for anoka county. I am a single mom of 2 and am going to college full time. <BR> <BR> I get to stay home this summer while taking online courses. I hope to lose 15 to 20 ounds and just strart living a healthier life. <BR> <BR> Since I started tracking my food intake I have discovered I really have horrible eating habits!!!! Help!!! My plan is to become ALOT more ac... Thu, 14 May 2009 23:34:17 EST July 4 Challenge This challenge will last till July 4th. <BR> <BR> we will use a pt system. <BR> Jouneral food (cal eaten)points 5 per day <BR> <BR> Exercise cardio (min or cal burned) 5 pt per 20 min max of 90 min. <BR> <BR> If using cal burning use the following. <BR> (180 pt for 300 + 120 pt 200-299 and 60 pt for 100-199) <BR> <BR> Measure food 10 daily must do for all meals. <BR> <BR> Drink your water 1 pt for each glass <BR> <BR> Lose wt or inches 15 pts for a loss each week 5 pt for a turtle. <... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 09:17:10 EST SPRING HOLIDAY CHALLENGE STARTS MARCH 1 <BR> <BR> 1. BID YOUR POUNDAGE LOSS BY MAY 1ST <BR> 2. BID YOUR CALORIES BURNED EACH WEEK <BR> <BR> 1. EAT ON SMALLER PLATE <BR> 2. NUMBER OF MEALS EATEN (INCLUDING SNACKS) <BR> 3. TIMES EXERCISED PER WEEK <BR> 4. EXTRA EXERCISE (EX PARKING FARTHER AWAY FROM DOOR. ECT) <BR> 5. CHARTING FOOD DAILY <BR> <BR> MY BIDS AND CHART <BR> <BR> 1. BID FOR WT LOSS 0/15 LBS <BR> 2. CALORIES BURNED 0/1500 PER WEEK <BR> <BR> SUNDAY MARCH 1 <BR> 1. SMALLER PLATE 0/0 <BR> 2. N... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:36:14 EST FEBRUARY /MARCH CHALLENGES . NO SWEETS (MAY HAVE ONE ON VALETINE DAY) <BR> 2. EXERCISE 3-4 TIMES A WEEK <BR> 3. DRINK 64 OZ WATER EQUALS 8 GLASSES WATER <BR> 4. PORTION CONTROL <BR> 5. EAT 5-7 VEGIES AND FRUIT. <BR> Mon, 9 Feb 2009 06:37:42 EST Anyone belong to a gym? Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone belongs to any gyms, and if you do which one. <BR> <BR> I have a membership at Fitness 19 in Riverdale by Walmart is where I go... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:18:55 EST Weekly Weigh in Starting wt 229 <BR> Goal wt 160 <BR> Current wt 229 <BR> short term goal 209 Sat, 3 Jan 2009 08:04:01 EST January Challenge 1. Journal intake and track calories <BR> 2. Cardio <BR> 3. Eat 5-7 vegies and fruit <BR> 4 Make a personal challenge of your own Sat, 3 Jan 2009 08:02:06 EST Chit Chat I though a chit chat thread so everyone can vent or just talk or congradulate each other. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 07:59:52 EST Crystal Hi, <BR> I'm restarting my Spark People so I wanted to join a new group. I'm a mom and wife, all that good stuff :). I'm also new to Minnesota but so far I'm trying to just get used to the cold. Happy New Year! Fri, 2 Jan 2009 23:56:35 EST HI Everyone how is everyone <BR> I am restarting my diet. I live in champlin. I also work in Anoka. I am 51 yrs old divorced single mom. I have a grandson too. I am so hoping to lose my weight this year. Tue, 30 Dec 2008 22:22:00 EST 2009 Goals Tomorrow is New Years Eve. I ve decide to get going with my goals. <BR> I figure out if I can lose 5 pounds a month I will reach my goal by next New years day. <BR> So my wishes for everyone is that they reach their goals too. <BR> S = Specific <BR> M = Measurable <BR> A = Attainable <BR> R = Realistic <BR> T = Timely <BR> <BR> Ok they are. <BR> <BR> 2009 Goals and challenges <BR> 1. To Lose 5 lbs a month(1.25 a week) <BR> 2. To Journal and work exchange. (Get good at one exchang... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 22:19:49 EST What's your favorite cardio? I like my Walk away the pounds DVD, and I have a step arobics DVD thats fun too!! I play softball on fridays and that believe it or not burns alot of calories. Thu, 28 Aug 2008 09:40:51 EST Who I am! My name is Michelle. I have 2 children, a 7 yr old son named Justin and a 17 month old daughter named Skyler. I live in Coon Rapids, MN. I created this team to hopefully get some local people together and help each other. Tue, 26 Aug 2008 20:49:12 EST