SparkPeople Minnesota Fat to Fit Team Messageboard This is a group of Minnesotans (and nearby are welcome too) who have around 50 pounds (or more) to lose. No more MN nice, we need to kick some bootie 'til its gone! SparkPeople Minnesota Fat to Fit Team Messageboard Backus here, new to the state I moved to Backus almost 2 months ago. I still feel a little lost. I am originally from Iowa but spent the last few years in Tulsa Oklahoma. Other than my X's family and a few folks I talk to after church I do not really know anybody. I moved my family here because my son's paternal grandparents are both sick. I wanted them to have time together while there was still time. <BR> <BR> Anybody from Spark near me? Mon, 26 Oct 2015 23:40:13 EST Hello from Underwood! Hello everyone! New to this group. I have been in Minnesota a year next month and LOVE it here! Transplanted from Montana. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:01:40 EST Have you tried a SparkPeople Virtual Race? These are so fun and FREE! What a great way to get motivated. Have you thought of doing this or participated already? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>race-home.asp </link> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:55:46 EST What are your spin points today? 3/7 Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:25:25 EST Hello from Minneapolis! Hi! I work in downtown MPLS and live in South Minneapolis! I am getting back into Spark People after a hiatus. I like to blog here and I love using the food and exercise tracker. <BR> <BR> Here is to bringing back the spark! Sat, 25 May 2013 11:19:29 EST Hello from Coon rapids Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Sherry and as you can see I am from Coon Rapids MN. <BR> I am looking to lose about 150 to 175 pds. <BR> I am looking forward to getting help staying motivated and also reading everyone success storeys. <em>41</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:24:47 EST MN Fat to Fit February 2013 Trivia Challenge Once again, a new month and a clean slate! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:36:26 EST Winter Indoors I'm in Grant County, Minnesota and have been passing the SP web site on to friends who are interested. We would like an OUT-STATE Team Page. We are walkers in warmer weather...........but brrrrr it's too cold outdoors in our West-Central part of the state! <BR> <BR> <em>259</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:12:25 EST NEW! Welcome To The January 2013 Trivia Challenge! A clean slate and a brand new year! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 01:09:15 EST NEW! Welcome To A- December 2012 Trivia Challenge! I hope that you might be interested in joining a Spark Trivia Challenge. Each one runs for a month and the reward is for having a 90% or higher score. <BR> <BR> The Trivia question link can be found on the SparkPoints page near the bottom of the first section. Play every day and copy and paste your daily and monthly score.I hope to meet you here every day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:47:09 EST Let's get together! I'm in the North Suburbs, but can fairly easily get on the commuter train on the weekends to go all the way downtown for a few hours. I'm wondering if anyone wants to take the virtual to reality and get together sometime to walk, chat and just generally feel the connection with other Spark People? <BR> <BR> I know that most of us would be able to more easily get together on the weekends, I know I can't get out of my town during the week, being a one car family. Perhaps we can find a good mid... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 10:49:25 EST New From Savage! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople in hopes to meet people who share the same goals as myself, loose weight, eat healtheir, and stay motivated. <BR> I look forward to hearing and sharing stories and working towards my personal goals!! <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> <BR> Erica Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:20:30 EST New from Richfield HI I just joined this group hoping for some local support I have been struggling for a long time with my weight and am trying to find a fresh perspective. I've been on either on or off a diet my entire life and am finding it hard to keep motivated. I'd love a walking partner if anyone is interested in having someone else to be accountable to help keep motivated. <BR> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:56:14 EST Hello from White Bear Lake Just joined this team, though I've been on Spark for a few weeks. Hello. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:36:46 EST LA Fitness Work Out Partner Anyone currently working out at LA Fitness? I'm near the Roseville/New Brighton Clubs if I go either before or after work. I don't necessarily need someone to work out with me, but just someone that I'm a little more accountable than myself - a new reason to show up if you will. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:23:35 EST Hi, from Richfield I'm pleased to join this team and want to be accountable for a 90 lb weight loss goal - plus all the good changes in eating habits and exercise (as I'm able). Have a great day! Tue, 29 May 2012 17:30:00 EST Hello from Bemidji Hi! <BR> <BR> I am in Bemidji. My name is Jessica. I have a gym membership at Anytime fitness. I try to get there at least every other day. :-) Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:40:07 EST Hello from Oakdale, MN Hi! I'm originally from Oakdale, MN however right now I live in River Falls, WI for school (but trust me, my heart is still in Minnesota!). <BR> <BR> I started gaining weight in college and just never stoped (until now!) I've been on SP for a few months and have been losing weight but now I want to branch out and really gain a support system :-) Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:32:51 EST Please read this Minnesotan's blog My friend (we actually go to church together) is leaving Spark People because of what she explains in her blog. Maybe we can get SP to take a look at it! <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779069 Fri, 9 Mar 2012 12:49:03 EST Hello from Rochester Hi! I am getting back into sparkpeople after some time away. It has helped me lose weight in the past, but I gained it back (and plus some after my last baby). I am ready to get it off for good this time, and keep it off! I have about 80 pounds to lose. I am looking for other ladies in my area to chat with for motivation and maybe work out with. I am currently a SAHM of 3 and we moved to Rochester last summer. Thanks! Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:14:08 EST Hello from Sherburne County! Hi All! <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople in January of 2010 and lost over 20 pounds. I unfortunately gained them all back with a few to spare. I let fatigue and excuses get in the way. I have lost my confidence along the way as well. I decided that the forty days of Lent was the perfect time to work on me. There are no excuses, I will exercise for at least 15 minutes ech of those 40 days, eat healthy and stay positive! <BR> <BR> I am a stay at home mom of 2 boys (9 & 12). I love to scra... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:31:11 EST Hello there! :) How are you guys doing? I'm Meg, 22 and looking for a buddy. Someone who is strong and motivational. A little bit about me? I go to college and work full time. I have 2 cats and one dog. I love, love, LOVE my family. I'm super laid back and down to earth (or at least I like to think so). I love children.... hmmmmmmmmm. I like doing pretty much everything. <BR> GOALS: make some new friends on spark people and keep track of my food and fitness. <BR> DOWNFALLS: FOOD!!! I love me some carbs! <BR... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:42:02 EST What is your spring/summer inspiration? Spring and the nice weather is around the corner. Really! I'm not kidding. What would you like to achieve before the sun starts to shine? What nice weather activity inspires you!?! <BR> <BR> I want to be able to run a 5k AND feel comfortable in some new summer clothes. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:24:39 EST Anybody want to get together and start walking? Please feel free to email me. I live on the border of Richfield and South Minneapolis. There are plenty of places to walk. I need more motivation! Let me know! We can do it! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>224</em> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 13:05:29 EST Trying So Hard Every Day!!!!!!! Hello, Im Cindy... I am so down right now... Im trying so hard, BUT not doing good. Every morning I tell myself!! ( Self) ITS A NEW DAY. LETS DO IT.... THEN AS THE DAY WEARS ON MY self WORTH IS GONE. SO THERE I GO. Please Help Me.... I Need Help. Thank-You. Cindy Mon, 30 Jan 2012 01:10:05 EST I'm new to this team! Hi there! I'm from West Central MN and I thought it'd be fun to be on a MN team. I've been with SP since last September and have lost 25# now, so that's exciting for me but I need to lose 50 more. I know that SP is the place to be, but thought it'd be even more fun to find a team that represents MN! Yay! Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:10:29 EST Snow Storm of October 31,1991- What is your story? Anyone remember the snow storm on October 31, 1991? We had come from Texas to visit our kids and stayed at our daughter's house. I let Trouble, the cat, outside and it was already snowing. I remember she was not happy about walking in the snow. Thoughts were of the kids going through the snow for trick or treat. It snowed and snowed. The next morning we had to leave on a flight to California for a cruise. Our daughter took us to the airport and we made our flight; I think we barely made it o... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 08:17:11 EST Italian families from Cumberland, Wisconsin Yesterday my husband and I went to the Festa Italiana in St. Paul, Minnesota. I helped at a booth where Pat Ricci is trying to find Italian families who were in Cumberland, Wisconsin. She has over 26,000 names in her records. If anyone has connections to families in Cumberland, please contact me and I will let Pat know. There was a lot of interest and many people who stopped by the booth had their family name in her data base. <BR> The Festa was really nice and lots of food and music. The da... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 14:47:01 EST Hi From Red Wing I am new to Spark People and am looking forward to learning of the strategies to reduce weight, manage overall health and make better choices for the future. I have started using the nutrition tracker and find that it is easy to take the 5 minutes in a day to log. I work full-time plus, volunteer time/energy to rescue and rehabilitation of dogs and find that at the end of the day I rarely take the time for focused exercise. I had lost approximately 70 pounds over the last 3 years but find ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 16:37:56 EST Trying...again I've started and restarted this journey multiple times over the last 16 years. I am 38, married with 3 teenagers and I don't want to be the "big girl" anymore! I completely lack motivation to exercise although I always feel better after I do it and I crave the foods that are the most unhealthy for me and eat more in the evening. I want to be healthy. I want to have more energy and I want to be able to participate more in life without feeling tired, sore or embarrassed all the time. I don't kn... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:18:52 EST Hello. I Need Help!! Looking for workout buddy <BR> Struggling to lose weight!!! <BR> <BR> I moved to Minnesota a few years ago due to my son having cancer and in the process I have gained about 50 - 60 lbs. We spent a lot of time at home and in the hospital which meant no time to eat good or exercise. He is now in remission. I work part-time and I am struggling with eating well and exercising. I have used sparkpeople in the past and I am returning for a second time. I live in Plymouth and would like to find an accountability partner t... Wed, 25 May 2011 00:10:40 EST trying for the second time To motivate myself this year I signed up for the susan k three day walk for breast cancer in august. I live in south mpls close to the river and minnehaha falls. I am also looking to lose at least 50-60 lbs. Fri, 20 May 2011 15:00:15 EST Snap Member / From Cities / Girl /Ages 20-25 Hello, my names nikki and i currently workout at snap fitness!.. and i wanna make a friend from SP that lives in the suberbs/cities!.. Iv been wanting to get up with someone 1x a week where we can go out to eat subway, bruggers begals, Qcumbers (a great place to eat healthy and its in bloomington), Ruby Tuesdays.. anywhere sumwhat healthy so we can sit down at talk!.. vent about problems, get a little prayer, talk about how are week went, maybe even start reading a weight loss book together,t... Mon, 9 May 2011 11:28:20 EST Twin Cities 3-Day for the Cure Is anyone else doing the Twin Cities 3-Day for the Cure on August 19th-21st, 2011? I am, and was thinking of starting a team. Let me know if you're doing this, or are interested in doing this, and we can get a team going!! =) <BR> <BR> Also, if you want to come out and support - I'm having a fundraiser garage sale/craft sale for the Cure TODAY! (and tomorrow and Saturday...) <BR> <BR> Fundraiser dates: <BR> Thursday May 5th, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. <BR> Friday May 6th, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. <BR> Satur... Thu, 5 May 2011 12:01:42 EST Hey y'all! My name's Elley and I live in Shoreview, MN. I started SparkPeople on Jan 1st of 2011 with 100 lbs to lose. I'm 31 lbs down, 69 more to go!! It's so exciting to see the HUGE number of MN people on SparkPeople!! We could take over the WORLD! (Or at least the state!) =) Thu, 5 May 2011 11:59:20 EST Where to work out? im trying to explore!! Hey everyone!.. i wanted to add this topic because its spring!.. and i love the out doors!.. im usually at the lakes (calhoun,harriet,nokomis,lake of the isles, como, phalen).. but i need some new ideas!.. i want this year to be different i know their is SO MUCH to explore!..some good ideas would be great!.. thanks MPLS/STP! Sat, 16 Apr 2011 13:39:53 EST Outdoor walking!..where do you walk!? Hey everyone!.. i wanted to add this topic because its spring!.. and i love the out doors!.. im usually at the lakes (calhoun,harriet,nokomis,lake of the isles, como, phalen).. but i need some new ideas!.. i want this year to be different i know their is SO MUCH to explore!..some good ideas would be great!.. thanks MPLS/STP! <BR> Fri, 8 Apr 2011 14:52:46 EST Groupon 5k Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know there is at you can purchase a registration for the Children's Hospitals Heartbeat 5000 5k Run/Walk for $16. The race is on Saturday June 25th at 9:30am. I think the regular price of the race is $25 pre-register and $30 day of race. Quantities are limited and the deal ends in about 14 hours. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:06:44 EST Hello, from West Central! I am new to Spark and am happy to see so many teams for Minnesota!! I am really motivated to take off this baby weight, and then some. It's great to be involved with a supportive community. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 23:10:20 EST Hello from the West Iron Range Good morning! I just learned about this team from a new SparkFriend. I am a life-long Iron Ranger and have been a member of SP since May 2009. This site has been life changing for me. <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> I look forward to interacting with other Minnesotans, who are on the same journey to good health. <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:29:36 EST Zumba in Roseville, MN<BR>tered.php <BR> <BR> Anyone who lives near or in Roseville I encourage you to look at this website if you want to try zumba. The class times are from 5:30-6:30pm Tuesday and Thursday nights. It cost $11 a time. The last two weeks of the month of December have no class due to Holidays but they start back up in the first week of January. Give it a try and you will not want to stop! I hope to see you all there. <em>306</em> Tue, 7 Dec 2010 20:16:44 EST Hi from Duluth! Hi, I'm not new to Sparks (my second time around), but am to this team. Looking to hit my goals and highly motivated. I wasn't committed last time around, but find myself committed and ready this time. I'm on my way. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 09:23:25 EST Hi from Roseville I have been on this site for about a week and a half and have lost 6 pounds already. I love the way people are so nice on here and they support you no matter who you are. We are all on her for one reason to kick off the pounds and to keep them off. <BR> <BR> I was told 2 weeks ago when I went to the doctor I am pre-diabetic. If I don't get my butt into gear and kick off the weight I will have to give myself insulin the rest of my life. That was like a slap in the face. I didn't know what to ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:05:47 EST MN Challenge 11/22-11/28 Hey gang, I know its been a while since I have done one of these. I am trying to get myself back on track. <BR> <BR> This week I am going to challenge you to eat one FRESH thing each day. This means, not frozen, not cooked, not dried.....fresh. It is important to eat fresh foods. Any diet out there will tell you how important it is to eat fresh fruits and veggies. Fresh produce has microorganisms that are important to digestion and health in general. <BR> <BR> So, what did you eat ... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:45:10 EST Greeting Starting over Hello I am Leticia I have been on sparkpeople for over a year but just keep losing the motivation to work at it well no time like the present to give it a go. I am going to give it my best this time I know I need to do something differently I can't keep going back. I can't always get on the computer but will try to check in once a week I need help. I don't have a support team. I have no family and not many friends in MN so I need to find some and what better place then here where we are all s... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 18:45:29 EST Hello from Minneapolis! I am not new to this but am starting fresh. Please feel free to email me and add me as a spark buddy. I would love to join up and go on walks. I have a very active 4 year old and my wedding coming up next October 15th of 2011. Congratulations to all who are joining and starting fresh! Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:35:29 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 15:40:59 EST Hello from Waseca! Anyone near by? Hi my name is Kat and I live in Waseca. I've been here 6 years and know a lot of people but don't have any friends here. I would love to connect with someone in the area looking for the same get in shape! Would love an exercise buddy, shopping buddy, drinking you name it! If you live in the area please contact me! <em>9</em> Wed, 18 Aug 2010 15:00:56 EST hello this is kari from chanhassen hello, <BR> i am a mom of three boys and a wife to a great husband. i started to put on the weight after i had my third son. i have had an issue with my weight for years but i was always able to take it off. i am now 31 and having a problem taking and keeping it off. i am looking for someone i could get together with and go walking for go to the rec center and work our butts off and more. i need to loose a 100lbs (its my goal). i cant wait to meet people!! Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:25:34 EST Rummage sale - lots of plus-size women's clothes! Hi there! <BR> I have no idea if I'm allowed to make a post like this, BUT: <BR> I'm having a fun, funky multi-contributor rummage sale on JULY 3rd (Saturday), from 8 am to about 4 pm in front of what used to be ARISE! Bookstore, 2441 Lyndale Ave. South in the Wedge neighborhood of Minneapolis. DVDs, records, cassettes, books, a coffee table, all kinds of other odds and ends, but most proliferously -- PLUS SIZED WOMEN'S CLOTHING! Sizes range from 16 to 26. If you're someone who's changing ... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 19:56:01 EST hello from the iron range!! My name is Racheal and I live on the iron range of crazy people.. ;) I am originally from Palo MN but moved to Hibbing after highschool.. I am fat but I am goin to change that.. I would love all the support I can get! Thanks peeps! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:10:23 EST Hello from Richfield - looking for a walking buddy I would LOVE to find a walking buddy from the Richfield/Edina/Bloomington/South Mpls area. I find it enjoyable to walk with another person - even if it's only once a week. <BR> <BR> I like to walk close to home on week nights - Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield Veterans Park, Richfield Lake, Lake Normandale, Centennial Lakes, Lake Nokomis, etc. A walk of 1-2 miles on a week day is just right for me. <BR> <BR> On weekends I'm willing to travel to a suburb farther out and walk 2-4 miles. I ... Wed, 26 May 2010 14:18:53 EST Hi from Wyoming, MN! Hi Everyone! Would love to connect with anyone in my general vicinity who may need a weight loss buddy, cuz I do! <BR> <BR> Happy losing everybody! Sun, 23 May 2010 19:42:17 EST Hi From Maplewood, MN Hi - I am new to the team be have been using Spark continually since April, 2010. I have lost 12 pounds and feel great. I have a long way to go but feel that this time it will actually work and I will be able to lose the excess weight. <em>235</em> Thu, 6 May 2010 12:01:55 EST Hi, from Long Prairie! New to the team but have been Sparking since early Feb. <em>213</em> Sun, 25 Apr 2010 23:01:19 EST Getting back on track!? I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago. I thought I was doing so good, and I felt so strong. I think I slowly went in reverse, and I am having a hard time getting back to where I was. I am doing ok, but just don't have that same "spark". Does anybody have any words of wisdom? Fri, 16 Apr 2010 23:52:41 EST Hello from the Twin Cities I'm relatively new to SP. Just getting to know the ropes around the SP site. Wanted to say hello to everyone! <em>252</em> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 11:55:11 EST Question of the Day Today Let's start simple: What are you doing today? <BR> <BR> I walked earlier today for 10 minutes. I will walk another 10 mins at 4. Tonight I'm going to track just what the consequences of our weekly Pizza&Sundae Fridays is in terms of calories! <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> Cindy in Minnetonka, mom of daughter (16) and son (10) <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 9 Apr 2010 15:52:25 EST Movies A-Z Time for something new... <BR> <BR> Ace Ventura Pet Detective Sun, 14 Mar 2010 19:12:48 EST Hi from Elk River Hi, old but new to this team :) Actually, signed up on SP last June, but kinda pittered out. Just got back on a couple months ago and am addicted now. Just found this team. Who knew? LOL <BR> <BR> Sheila Fri, 12 Mar 2010 19:51:10 EST New to the group Hello all. My name is Theresa. I live in West St. Paul. I joined SparkPeople in the middle of Jan 2010. I've finally had enough of my stomach. I want those washboard abs. I'm a size 5 but my stomach is as big as my chest and its driving me nuts. My chest is not small so I want the stomach to go. I've tried everything. I originally was a size 14 before sparkpeople and did walking for over 3 years and got to the size 5. I started off with crunchies when starting sparkpeople, got down to 116 fro... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 19:54:30 EST Challenge of the week! Lets post a goal at the beginning of the week and give updates at the end of the week as to how we did. This is basically to encourage yourself to set small goals to make minor changes for the better. And have the encouragement that is needed to keep up with them! Sat, 30 Jan 2010 23:21:06 EST Hi from Sartell Hello all! Just want to say HI! I am Diana, and am enjoying getting in shape, but the weather may try to defeat me yet! I fell on the ice today, and now I hurt. I worked out anyway, but will I be able to tomorrow? Fri, 29 Jan 2010 23:44:44 EST New in Town Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I stumbled on this website and am very glad I did. I've only been a member for a few days now and can't believe the resources and support this website offers and all for free! Incredible!!! I'm a 31 year old mother of five children. We recently moved to Southern Minnesota and I love it. I love reading, camping, fishing, and most outdoor activities. . I taught second grade full time until my two year old was born 2 ½ months early. I am currently working on my master’s (... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:11:31 EST old but new from Hopkins Hi, I'm Joan, I've been a Sparks member since 07 or 08 but have not been in here for more than 6 months now. Busy schedule is what I blame it on but it's more like laziness. I was member of different team but didn't seem to meet what I was looking for. Since I decided to come back today and start over, I figured maybe a new Team would help. Like the fact that most members are in same state as me and a lot of them nearby. Hope to get to know people during the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 13:47:12 EST hello from burnsville! hey all! <BR> <BR> my name is jess and i live in burnsville with my husband and two daughters. i'm excited to start sparkpeople and connect with fellow minnesotans on this journey :) <BR> <BR> anyone over in my neck of the woods? we just joined the ymca and are going to the minnesota valley location...i was hoping to find a sparkteam for that y location...thinking i may start one myself! <BR> <BR> looking forward to getting to know all of you! <BR> <BR> - jess Tue, 5 Jan 2010 13:52:39 EST SP Newbie I'm 25yo and I reside in southern MN. I am 6ft tall and have about 80lbs to lose! <BR> I am excited to join this group because it's active and because I feel like having my fellow Minnesotan's on my side to keep pushing me will help me get some results. And maybe there are some SP'ers nearby who are looking for some group stuff! <BR> <BR> I have 4 dogs and a cat. And I hate winter. So, it's a good thing I live in MN. LOL! <BR> <BR> Hope ya'll survived yesterday's storm! Ack! Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:44:39 EST Last letter starts a new word spark Wed, 18 Nov 2009 18:36:27 EST Just Starting Hey There from Burnsville; I'm learning to get around the SparkPeople website and am looking forward to support from the team. Hope to lose about 70 pounds but worried about the short days and trying to get exercise in around work, and other family commitments! Mon, 9 Nov 2009 19:56:38 EST Hi - I'm new from Chanhassen Hi. I am new to Sparkpeople. Just getting started. If anyone lives near Chanhassen, please let me know - it would be nice to have someone in the area to be a spark buddy. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 18:00:16 EST Question of the Day 10/08 What are your favorite fall activities? Thu, 8 Oct 2009 10:52:35 EST I'm new here Signed up for sparkpeople about a year ago but didn't really try to use the site enough to make it work for me. Trying to get involved now. Starting today. Looking for a support thread to stay involved. Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:49:27 EST Sort of like a peeping Tom I joined SP in 2007 and have never really become fully engaged, formally introduced myself, nor I have I lost much weight. I thought maybe I should stop peeking though the shades at my neighbors, trying to see what they are up too while admiring the fun they are having. Instead I would like to say HELLO everyone. I need help/support/encouragement/... <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2009 22:36:03 EST "New" in Duluth I'm new to the team, but not new to Sparkpeople. I've been using Spark on and off for about 4 years. Moved back to Minnesota about 2 years ago from Alaska. Just never took the time to find a Minnesota team. I've lost 50 pounds doing a low carb diet. I am climbing my way back up the carb ladder now that I am approaching my goal. I am up to 40 carbs and have added back some fruit and nuts. I love low carb eating...never hungry, have always liked meat and cheese and I am eating more vegeta... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 17:15:47 EST Hi! I'm New! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm a 30 year old living and working in Minneapolis/St. Paul. I joined (OK, signed up for the website) over a year ago, and now I have the motivation and committment to DO this instead of mulling it over! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I have always considered myself "athletic" but had to face the music when I realized I was getting a bit short of breath after going up three flights of stairs in the parking ramp. Kind of a slap in the face!! <BR> <BR> So now I am committi... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 13:05:30 EST Hi I'm new! Hi, I'm Kelli. I'm from the St. Paul area and am 25 years old. I'm happy to be on the team! Sun, 31 May 2009 21:56:09 EST NEW MEMBER HI EVERYONE I AM NEW MEMBER. Tue, 19 May 2009 09:45:47 EST Hello from the East Metro! Beautiful day today! Get out and enjoy it! <em>252</em> Sun, 17 May 2009 11:03:18 EST MN Challenge May 17-23 It all about being FRESH this week. At least once a day, eat something that is uncooked, unprocessed, not dried...Fresh! There is so much good in Fresh produce. There are nutrients that are lost when we cook, dry, or freeze it. So once a day, eat one serving of fresh produce! Enjoy! Sat, 16 May 2009 23:38:16 EST Hello from Southern MN Hi, <BR> My name Is Tami and I am looking for some support and fun in this MM team. I am 50 lbs over weight and looking for ways to lose it. Tue, 12 May 2009 10:08:39 EST Question of the Day 5/11 Is there anything that you've always wanted to do but haven't had the chance? Mon, 11 May 2009 00:39:15 EST MN Challenge May 11-17 This weeks challenge may be hard or easy. This week try and find ten minutes of me time each day. Read a book, do some breathing, listen to some music, take a short walk, sit in the sun whatever you choose make it your time. <BR> Sat, 9 May 2009 17:27:01 EST MN Challenge May 3-9 This is a pushup challenge. Every time you go to the bathroom this week, give me a set! A set is 12-15. These can be wall pushups, potty pushups (against the sink), modified pushups, pushups on a ball, or military style. I don't care....lets just do them. Lets get those arms ready for those cute tanks we want to wear this summer! <BR> <BR> Are you in? <BR> <BR> ~Melissa Sun, 3 May 2009 11:09:01 EST Looking for online support and workout buddies Wow. NEVER thought I would ever join an online support group, or need one. The truth is, I have 50 pounds to lose. I work and travel alot--but I am tired of those excuses. I am ready to re-vamp my way of life, how I eat and actually take care of me. I REALLY want to do this. I am looking for SERIOUS folks for online buddies. People in Minneapolis who want to really check-in and work out and be accountable. I don't have kids, so my schedule is pretty open in that sense. I am 35 and feel like ... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 22:47:04 EST 5K run for a good cause -- single or relay! Hi everyone - <BR> <BR> It's the time of year when I get excited to pull out the running shoes. It's never pretty getting started since I'm a painfully slow runner (if you can even call it that), but I feel so good once I've pushed myself to run for a while! A 5K is always a good motivator for me, especially when I know it's not a high-pressure race where people run to win. Fundraiser races are usually my favorite! <BR> <BR> My husband and I are organizing a funraiser on Saturday, May 9t... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:18:55 EST NEW Hi Minnsota, Here for support and help. Been over weight my whole life and a girl friend said its time to try again!! No giving up this time!! <em>100</em> Thu, 16 Apr 2009 15:21:04 EST Hello from new team member! This is the first day of the rest of my life, right? I have had a Spark account for over a year, but have been a lurker and not joining anything. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm with you guys--not wanting to join a team with people who just think they're overweight or who may be, but just a few pounds. I've been heavy most of my life except for a few times using WW. This is like WW for FREE, so I'm ready to try again! <BR> <BR> I live about 30 miles north of the Twin Cities. Glad to be here and loo... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:31:03 EST MN Challenge April 12-26 It's Spring!!! Finally It is here! The weather is getting nicer! The Challenge for the next 2 weeks to spend at least 15 minutes 6 of these days outside moving. You can do whatever you want out there, garden, throw a ball, walk......Just get out there! <BR> <BR> Let me know what you are doing outside! <BR> <BR> ~Melissa Sun, 12 Apr 2009 22:45:01 EST CSA opportunity Consumer Support Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to get your produce delivered each week. Just in case any of you are looking for a CSA. This is a fantastic small organic farm near Amery, WI. They deliver here to the cities once a week. Drop off locations are yet to be determined. <link><BR>l </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 13:34:22 EST MN Challenge March 22-28 Good morning. <BR> <BR> I am posting this weeks challenge early so you have a couple days to prepare for it. I know I have done protein challenges in the past, but this one is a little different. This one is about breakfast. This one also involves entering your calories....but at this point, just breakfast. <BR> <BR> I have noticed, that on the days that I eat a higher protein breakfast, I feel more awake and vibrant. I also don't crave as much during the day. I find once I start in on ... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 12:17:10 EST Mn Challenge 3/16-3/23 This weeks focus will be choosing one room to start spring cleaning in. Lets make the house or apt or your home shine. <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 16:54:24 EST Hello He, I am new to the team and would love to find a buddy in Granite Falls who would go walking with me. Sun, 8 Mar 2009 12:39:34 EST Update I just wanted to let everyone this is the last week I will be on the computer for a while. I will try checking in from time to time with my hubby's laptop if I can. Next week is going to be a very busy week for us. Wednesday they come to pack us and Thursday they load the truck. Friday we leave to drive to Wisconsin and then continue on Saturday morning. We will be staying with my mother in law until Monday. The movers will be dropping off our stuff on Monday. <BR> <BR> We will not have int... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 17:58:06 EST Wishing I were in MN Hi. I am new to the team. I am a born Minnesotian living in Germany. I have two children that live there, and one grandchild. I get to visit about once a year - this year in April. I am excited about Sparkpeople. I joined last year, but never did much with it. I have gotten serious this month with what I eat and especially exercising. So far I have lost 8 pounds! Mon, 23 Feb 2009 07:23:39 EST MN Challenge February 22-28 Don't think we forgot you. Your challenge this week is to try something NEW! This can be a food, exercise, or whatever. Please share with us your new thing and tell us what you think of it! <BR> <BR> <BR> ~melissa Sun, 22 Feb 2009 22:17:01 EST Question of the Day 02/19 What is your favorite television program? Thu, 19 Feb 2009 11:39:08 EST MN Challenge Feb 16-21 Hey gang, <BR> <BR> This week is another short challenge. I would love to see you use your stability ball as a chair for 30 minutes 3-4 times this week. It will work on balance and core. <BR> <BR> Have fun....and don't fall off! <BR> <BR> ~Melissa Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:02:01 EST MN Fat Challenge 16-22 This we are focusing on getting outside 15-20 minutes each day to catch some vitamin d are you with us? <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:30:18 EST Question of the Day 2/13 What is your favorite vacation spot? Fri, 13 Feb 2009 10:36:43 EST Question of the Day 2/10 If you had to choose between your cell phone and your internet, which would you choose? why? Tue, 10 Feb 2009 14:27:54 EST New Pics I finally uploaded some new pics of madison lol. Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:55:48 EST MN Challenge Feb 08-14 Good afternoon gals, <BR> <BR> This week, I challenge you to to do 3 days of bootcamp videos. Your choice. Add this to your normal routine. you can find coach Nicoles workout videos here: <link><BR>asp </link> The cool thing is there are 2 sets of bootcamps. There is the one she recently did, and if you scroll down, you will find more from one she did last year. <BR> <BR> Good Luck!!! <BR> <BR> ~melissa Sun, 8 Feb 2009 15:50:23 EST What did you do today that's GOOD for you? Here is just a little topic to cheer our little accomplishments! Sat, 7 Feb 2009 14:43:12 EST Question of the Day 02/02 What is your Favorite comfort food? Mon, 2 Feb 2009 17:49:02 EST MN Fat Challenge 2/1-2/8 This weeks challenge is non food and non exercise. Let's focus on organizing a room, a desk or something that needs some attention. <BR> <BR> Lets be healthy and thin this week. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 14:30:26 EST HELP WITH VEGGIES, WATER AND BREAKFAST i really have trouble with eating breakfast, drinking enough water and getting veggies.. any help? ANY breakfast ideas? help, i need help....... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 08:19:36 EST Question of the Day 01/29 How do you stay active (or get active) when you get stuck in the house because of weather? Thu, 29 Jan 2009 14:00:44 EST Question of the Day 01/28 What was the best piece of advice you have ever received? Wed, 28 Jan 2009 10:49:01 EST Question of the Day 01/27 What activities do you most enjoy during the winter months? Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:33:44 EST Question of the Day 01/26 What is your Favorite family game to play? Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:34:45 EST MN Challenge January 25-31 Good afternoon, <BR> <BR> This week is about protein. This has been in so many discussions this week, that I thought it would be an appropriate challenge. <BR> <BR> I would love to see everyone increase their protein a little this week. Eating protein will keep you fuller longer and keep away the cravings. <BR> <BR> My challenge to you is to make sure you are getting a little (or a lot) of protein at every meal or snack. So often we load up on carbs and we get the sugar rush from th... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 15:44:01 EST It's a beautiful day in the suburb of Savage Hi Everyone. I live in Savage and am a mother of two almost adult children. One just graduated from college and the other one has another year to go. I am hoping to become more active in 2009 and have started this by joining your goals which are simular to mine. I did loose weight on SP in the past however with life and slipping I gained it all back plus some. So now I've re-joined with a new ambition and hope to find a buddy along the way to keep me going. <BR> Great Wishes for your i... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 10:20:25 EST Hello from Deer Creek, Mn Just started here a few days ago and enjoy the sparks family.. <BR> <BR> Seen this team and new I found a great group to join. <BR> Looking forward to meeting some new people and gaining friends as we lose the weight. <BR> Thu, 22 Jan 2009 07:56:36 EST Workout Switch Up Everyday I do 20 minutes at a stair climber, 20 minutes at a stationary bike and 30 minutes on a Health walker. I also do 100 crunches and some band exercises. Should I try switching exercises? I heard your body gets used to the same thing and then it is not doing you any good? I am sweating and working hard, if it is going really easy that day I will up the level until I feel the burn. I don't know if maybe I should try something else. Do you guys do the same thing everyday? Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:04:38 EST Hello from Buffalo... ...looking for a buddie! Hey everyone! I am so excited to see that there is a group from MN!!! I am looking for a buddie someone to to work out with, maybe weigh in with etc. I am a single mom, work different hours, so my mornings are my best workout times after I get my daughter on the bus. I need to loose quite a bit of weight and am overwhelmed by that. I am having a problem getting going on this and I though maybe being accountable to another person or persons would help me. I need to loose 120 lbs. if anyone out... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 12:05:22 EST Question of the Day 01/19 Do you buy generic brands at the grocery? Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:06:08 EST fell off the wagon went scrap booking this weekend and ate as if I hadn't in a week. Had the best intentions going there but that went out the window the minute I got there. Fortunately only go on a scrap booking weekend once a year. Am very disappointed in myself and the fact that I gained back the 2 lbs I worked so hard to get off!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Well the wagon is back so I getting on, better strap myself in because I see how easy it is to fall off. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:41:22 EST MN Challenge January 18-24 Ok Gals, it is Crunch week. Every other day this week, I want you to get in 100 or more crunches. <BR> <BR> I will probably do several sets throughout the day. Cuz there is no way I can do them all at once! Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:59:39 EST Question of the Day 01/15 How's your New Year's momentum holding up? Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:19:34 EST weather!!!! How about this weather!! Right now where I live It is -22 and the wind chill is -40. How are you keeping warm? Lucky we burn wood with gas back up. So we can keep it a little more toasty then a lot of people. But it is still cold. I am so glad I am retired so I don't have to go out in this if I don't need to. <BR> Joan Wed, 14 Jan 2009 23:03:49 EST Movement Minutes!!! Hey gang, It's another countdown! Lets see how fast we can get from 10k to zero. Every minute counts. Walking, dancing, cleaning, exercising. everything counts. Count your Strength training too! if you count it for exercise, we count it in here! So here we go! <BR> <BR> <BR> 10,000 to start! <BR> <BR> I will kick this off. I shoveled for 10 minutes this morning and walked for 5. Dang snow emergency! but it did get me off my tush! <BR> <BR> 9985 to go! Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:07:37 EST Question of the Day 01/14 Do you feel like you get enough sleep each night? Wed, 14 Jan 2009 09:44:23 EST SOME GOOD NEWS ALONG WITH ALL THE BAD<BR>438554.html?elr=KArksUUUU <BR> <BR> Nationwide, violent crime fell 3.5 percent and property crime 2.5 percent during the first six months of the year. The full 2008 report will be available in the fall. <BR> <BR> Violent crimes nationally in all population groups declined: Murder by 4.4 percent, aggravated assault by 4.1 percent, forcible rape by 3.3 percent, and robbery by 2.2 percent. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <link> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 07:56:37 EST Seeking gym-goers with guest passes! Hi people! <BR> <BR> I just posted this as part of my intro hello in the "introduce yourself" category, but I'll toss it up here too... <BR> <BR> I am very, very low-income -- I'm a Minneapolis actor/writer/theatre gal with no health insurance, and most of the work I usually get has been almost completely obliterated by this recession. I had a YWCA low-income membership, but it's now expired, and I can't afford to renew it, and I miss going to the gym SO much. I do own an elliptical (best t... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 12:22:21 EST Hi from Uptown...and "Help?!", maybe? :-) Hi all -- <BR> <BR> My name is Amy, and I'm an actor/writer in my late 30's living in Uptown. I NEVER thought I'd join an online weight/fitness community -- I'm kind of an indie/rebel/do-it-yourselfer, and usually scoff at such mainstream activities, but...uh...doing it myself hasn't been working for me lately, and I got tired of seeing my increasing lack of self-discipline, especially around the new year, so I'm giving this a shot. There are ways in which I don't plan on using SP - for ex... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 12:08:28 EST MN Challenge January 11-17 This week, before you eat a meal, a snack, anything, you need to do 5 minutes of activity. This can be anything you want it to be. Walk around the block, march in place, Dance to a song, Strength Train. Have fun with this. One of my pals, dances around the kitchen while she cooks! If you are in the office, walk to the bathroom farthest away. You get the idea. anything counts. just shake that booty a bit! <BR> <BR> ~melissa Sat, 10 Jan 2009 11:44:42 EST anyone doing nutritional weight and wellness Is anyone doing the nutritional weight and wellness <BR> "diet". Just started and wanted to see if others were doing it also so we could compare notes. Fri, 9 Jan 2009 09:56:28 EST Question of the Day 01/09 Many of us give into temptation and eat foods that we know are not good for ourselves. What food(s) tempts you the most???? Fri, 9 Jan 2009 09:28:53 EST Question of the Day 01/05 Who/What do you think is responsible for rise in childhood obesity? Mon, 5 Jan 2009 11:08:31 EST New member- start tomorrow I'm new to this group and to sparks. Start diet and exercise tomorrow. Here for support, info, whatever <BR> will help keep me on track. Sun, 4 Jan 2009 12:15:33 EST Walkers for Southdale or St. Louis Park Bally's? Hello, <BR> I'm looking for support in the area of exercise. I would be interested in walking at Southdale or Bally's in St. Louis Park (treadmill or track) or taking a class... - anyone out there wanting to do the same. Please let me know! Sun, 4 Jan 2009 09:34:33 EST New from NW Minnesota Hi everyone! I've been "absent" from SP for a while, and like lots of people the new year seemed like a good time to recommit to a healthier lifestyle. I'm looking forward to "local" support and friends! Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:18:26 EST Question of the Day 1/2 If you could offer 1 pieces of advice to a new SparkPeople member what would it be? Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:22:58 EST MN Challenge 1/4/09-1/10/09 This is getting back to basics. You are to log your food and move your body for 30 minutes a day. You can move yourself for three time for just ten minutes but be sure to move. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2009 17:55:05 EST Question of the Day 12/26 Do you have to work today? Fri, 26 Dec 2008 01:17:31 EST Question of the Day 12/22 What do you expect from Santa Claus under the tree for you this year? Mon, 22 Dec 2008 13:41:13 EST Looking for a local fitness buddy - new here Hi, I am new to this team. Been with SP since August and have lost 20 pounds so far...I have lots more to lose. I am really trying to change my lifestyle by becoming more athletic. One thing that I think would help me is to have a goal to compete in a major walk, triathlon, bike event...or something major come this summer or fall. <BR> <BR> I have never done anything like that and am not in shape to do it (still 220) but if I had a local buddy who was interested in doing it too, we coul... Thu, 18 Dec 2008 12:00:49 EST Recipes, Recipes, Recipes Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share? How about a link to something you thought looked good? How about some tried and true recipes? BRING IT ON! we want them all! Thu, 18 Dec 2008 10:30:42 EST What was your workout today? Another way to see what others are doing. I have found in the past if one or two people say they are doing something, then sometimes it catches on and others try it. I never thought working out would be contagious! <BR> <BR> ~melissa Thu, 18 Dec 2008 10:28:48 EST Question of the Day 12/18 Will you be doing any baking for the holidays? If, so what will you be making? Thu, 18 Dec 2008 10:08:15 EST Question of the Day 12/17 What is your favorite thing about the Holidays? Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:01:41 EST Question of the Day 12/16 What's the weather like where you are? Tue, 16 Dec 2008 12:57:59 EST MN Challenge December 15 - Jan 3 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> With all the Chaos of the holidays coming up, I just want this challenge to take us through the end of the year. Just challenge yourself to the following things: <BR> <BR> 1) four or more servings of veggies a day! <BR> 2) eight or more glasses of water. <BR> 3) 30 minutes of activity a day. <BR> <BR> This is just a real simple reminder to be healthy! Allow yourself a treat a week. You are doing so good. <BR> <BR> Have a great Holiday season!! <BR> <BR> ~meliss... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 12:46:28 EST Question of the Day 12/15 Have you finished your Holiday shopping yet? Mon, 15 Dec 2008 12:38:25 EST IT'S COLD! I can't remember when it's been this cold this early! I think it was when mytwo were little and that was years ago since they're now 18 and 20! <BR> Sent Kelly to a friends hose for the night as I didn't want her driving in the am to scool. While the Northern half of MN is getting socked in by a blizzard the lower half got rain, which proceeded to turn to ice as the temps dropped! By 6pm the roads had already begun to turn to ice. As Kelly as to drive 10 miles to school and those heading to w... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 01:49:56 EST Hello from up north Hi, I'm 27 and want to get into shape or at least have less of me. 30 is starting to look a little scary and I'm missing the energy I had when I was 19. <BR> <BR> I also want to stop any health problems before they start so I figured I would give this a try. :) <BR> <BR> Oh and I'm from north of Duluth. Fri, 12 Dec 2008 19:42:19 EST Question of the Day 12/11 What characters on TV do you think that most relates to you? Thu, 11 Dec 2008 16:36:45 EST New Years Resolutions? My New Years Resolutions will be to totally cut out fast food and all the other bad foods that go with it. Only allow myself pizza once a month and not every Friday anymore. I am recommitting myself after the first of the year. I am going to blast these pounds away. <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Dec 2008 09:36:57 EST Question of the Day 12/10 How much caffeine do you usually consume a day? Wed, 10 Dec 2008 17:28:37 EST New Pics Check my page. Wed, 10 Dec 2008 10:38:58 EST Hello from the U! Hey all! <BR> I'm Liza, originally from Chicago, spent last year in Israel and now I'm a first year sophomore at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. So I'm new to Minnesota (though I have friends and family in the area so I've visited a lot). Hope everyone is doing well fighting the winter urge to sit around and hibernate! <BR> Liza Mon, 8 Dec 2008 15:57:08 EST Hello minnesotans I'm new to this and really would like to get fit in 2009. I recently just had baby # 2 and want to get down to pre-prego weight. I'm currently 170 looking to be 130 and really need support Thu, 4 Dec 2008 01:36:32 EST Important question I got an e-mail today about moving to Stage 4. How do I know if I'm ready? What changes? Help!!!! Wed, 3 Dec 2008 14:29:54 EST unscrambled these words for a prize 1. ALHEHT <BR> 2.OLTOS <BR> 3.RKPSA SINTPO <BR> 4.UNMOCMYTI <BR> 5.ANIMTEOM EALDRE FO NTOMH <BR> 6.ENNSTAOIM OPPTSUR <BR> 7.REMINAAC RETNSVE <BR> 8.ERLCOSAI <BR> 9.ROVAIFET WOLREF <BR> 10.EWN SNIFDER <BR> UNSCRAMBLE THE WORDS AND GOOD LUCK EVERYONE. <BR> KAT <BR> just a game to have some fun Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:16:18 EST anyone from park area looking for someone to hook up to walk, exercise or chit chat. I live in waite park,mn thanks kat Wed, 26 Nov 2008 14:25:17 EST Question of the Day 11/26 When do you put up the x-mas tree? Wed, 26 Nov 2008 12:11:09 EST HELLO EVERYONE I am from champlin. I am not new but just wanted to say to all the new and old members. I just havent been visitng this group for a while. I am working on getting back on track again. Sun, 23 Nov 2008 11:58:31 EST Question of the Day 11/20 What is your favorite winter activity? Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:31:24 EST MN Challenge November 23-29 I lied, this is really just a challenge for Thanksgiving day. I want you to do 2 things. <BR> <BR> 1) record all your calories <BR> 2) have a treat. This is your pie, cookie, cake, etc. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Are you with me? <BR> <BR> <BR> ~melissa Thu, 20 Nov 2008 14:07:00 EST Hi from Marshall, MN Hi everyone. I just started on Spark and I'm so glad I found a MN team! :) <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone! Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:55:49 EST Question of the Day 11/13 What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Thu, 13 Nov 2008 13:46:18 EST New From Maple Grove Hi Everyone! I'm not new to Spark but I am new to this team. I'm also trying to regroup and start over with the weightloss. I just seem to keep putting back on what I lose. I recently joined LA Fitness and signed up for some training sessions. So I'm hoping that will help motivate me as well. Anyhoo, just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. Thu, 13 Nov 2008 13:25:03 EST Today I will..... Wear my 2 lb ankle weights around the house. This is really quite a workout especially on the steps doing laundry. Sun, 9 Nov 2008 07:53:14 EST New From Brooklyn Park Hi, I am new to this group but not Sparks. I need to get myself in gear. The last few months I have just let all the weight I lost over the year come back. I am ready to rededicate myself to healthy cooking, eating and exercise <em>213</em> Fri, 7 Nov 2008 11:00:18 EST Finish the sentence I love Minnesota winters because.... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 19:20:25 EST Pay it forward day Let's try a pay it forward day. I let a gentleman go ahead of me at the store as he had less items. He was very surprised and I just asked him to also pay it forward meaning do something good in return throughtout the day. I just love to do this. Tue, 4 Nov 2008 12:39:36 EST Question of the Day 11/4 How long did you have to wait in line today when you voted? Tue, 4 Nov 2008 08:44:55 EST Where to vote? If Any of you in MN do not know where to vote tomorrow, you can click on this link and it will walk you through it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Please vote! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 3 Nov 2008 21:18:41 EST MN Challenge November 5-15 Easy Peasy challenge this week! When you are watching TV, during commercials, stand up and move. You can march in place, strength train, fold laundry, do dishes. Whatever! <BR> <BR> The hardest part for me is to get my tush off the couch! <BR> <BR> ~melissa Sun, 2 Nov 2008 20:15:43 EST Who pushed How did you take advantage of this beautiful fall day with your exercising. I walked 4 miles incorporating hills. It felt great. Another power walk tomorrow as its going to be another great day. Sat, 1 Nov 2008 16:35:22 EST Question of the Day 10/29 What is the funniest thing you have seen? Wed, 29 Oct 2008 12:36:34 EST Something besides the treadmill.... I just found out that the local soccer dome we have will be opening on Monday from 6-8 am for walking. How nice it will be to add some variety to my morning walks. <em>244</em> Tue, 28 Oct 2008 20:33:28 EST Hi from Faribault! Hey y'all! Just thought I would say hi, I've been on the team for awhile, but I was absent...And now I'm back. <BR> <BR> Feel free to say hi, and check out my SparkPage. That will tell you all about me! <BR> <BR> TTYL! <BR> Renee Mon, 27 Oct 2008 12:24:50 EST Mn Challenge 10/28-11/4 This weeks challenge will be pretty easy but you may find it difficult. You need to spend 15 minutes outside atleast three to four times this week. Taking a short walk or raking some leaves. Or even just taking a break outside. <BR> Fri, 24 Oct 2008 17:15:20 EST Question of the Day 10/23 What is the strangest food or combination of foods you have ever eaten? Thu, 23 Oct 2008 10:18:21 EST new pics of the kids check my page Tue, 21 Oct 2008 17:49:16 EST MN Challenge Oct 20-27 Hey Gals, <BR> <BR> I am tired of being a lifelong member of the clean plate club. this week, your challenge is to leave a bite of food on your plate at each meal. <BR> <BR> Good Luck!! <BR> <BR> ~melissa Sun, 19 Oct 2008 21:44:53 EST Question of the Day 10/14 If you could change one physical feature about yourself other than your weight, what would you change and why? Tue, 14 Oct 2008 13:22:38 EST MN Challenge 10/14-10/21 Challenge for the week lets strengthen our arms this week. Try and do 2 sets of 15 bicep curls each day. <BR> Mon, 13 Oct 2008 13:20:45 EST Question of the Day 10/13 If you could become invisible where would you like to go? Mon, 13 Oct 2008 12:21:37 EST Hello Just had to let you know what a stressful day I had in the cities yesterday. First of all I live on a farm so there isn't any big city driving for me to do. My husband is out west elk hunting and the grandchildren had to get to the airport so they could get home. So I had my niece drive us there. The grandchildren fly standby so that meant we had to stay in town till they got on the plane. First road construction. Man what a mess but we did get to the airport on time. So my niece and I went t... Sun, 12 Oct 2008 16:49:28 EST New Girl Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to the boards and ready to recreate myself. I am currently taking two majors, in the middle of a divorce, working full time, running a business, and writing a novel. I love meeting new online friends. <BR> I am about 60 miles from Duluth. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all, <BR> Crystal Wed, 8 Oct 2008 07:14:28 EST Question of the Day 10/7 What is something that really bugs you? Tue, 7 Oct 2008 09:42:09 EST New from SE Mn Hi! I'm not new to Spark. I thought I'd check out the group from MN. Tue, 7 Oct 2008 09:25:30 EST Question of the Day 10/6 <BR> Do you have any favorite fall activities? If so, What are they? Mon, 6 Oct 2008 12:39:25 EST MN Challenge Oct 7-18 Hey Gang, <BR> <BR> How goes the effort? I continue to be healthy and continue to mix things up. I keep hoping that something I do will kick start the losing again. <BR> <BR> Recently, I got one of my daily emails from Bally's Fitness clubs. They send daily hints. I have been working for several months to get my protein up, but this really surprised me on their recommendations. Here is their daily post: <BR> <BR> The Protein Needs of Active People <BR> <BR> <BR> If you exercise regu... Mon, 6 Oct 2008 12:12:45 EST Challenge 10-6/10-13 This week we are focusing on our abs. Lets try and accomplish 100 situps a day. You can do them however you want to. Mon, 6 Oct 2008 11:09:29 EST New from Eden Prairie I'm not new to SP but I am new to joining (and participating) on teams. Whenever I do one of those health assessment tools, it reminds me that I don't have much social support. I think that is because I don't seek out much social support. So, my new resolution is to do just that. <BR> <BR> Here I am, seeking! Sat, 4 Oct 2008 13:33:24 EST Question of the Day 10/2 What is the first thing you notice when you meet a person of the opposite sex? Thu, 2 Oct 2008 10:37:52 EST What's your reason for losing weight? 1. To be healthy and fit. <BR> 2. To have more energy. <BR> 3. To stay active and be able to play with my two kids. <BR> 4. Run three miles or more without stopping. <BR> 5.To have more passionate sex with the dh. <BR> 6. To wear regular clothes and not plus size. <BR> 7. To look sexy and inviting. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2008 10:52:40 EST Question of the Day 9/30 What are your bad habits? Tue, 30 Sep 2008 10:27:31 EST Challenge for 9/29-10-6 Lets try not eating red meat once this week. Try eating more fish or lean protein. Mon, 29 Sep 2008 11:35:23 EST New from Rochester Hey everyone! Nice to see so many from MN. I recently joined Spark and find myself having a very hard time getting myself started and staying started! Any motivational tips would be AWESOME! I need all the support I can get- check out my Spark Page to learn more. Any others from Rochester on?? <BR> <BR> Nice to be here! Thu, 25 Sep 2008 16:08:34 EST Renaissance Festival Has anyone been to the Renaissance Festival? Thu, 25 Sep 2008 09:56:27 EST New from Hugo Hi All!! <BR> This is my first go around at the on-line support -- I had no idea sparkpeople was even out here. I am working at losing (again) the 60 pounds I regained since last January -- what a battle -- I thought I'd give this a try -- something new!!! I keep reminding myself that I can do this -- my highest weight was 375 lbs and that was over 10 years ago -- can't ever let myself get back there. No doubt, I feel more out of control with the food than I have in years -- its a scary pla... Wed, 24 Sep 2008 15:24:43 EST New from St. Pul Hey all my name is Jen. I just moved back here from Chicago. Chicago did not help the weight all the food is yummy and none is healthy. I am so excited to be here!!! I am really pumped I have 70-75 lbs to get back down to my original weigh. I know that I can do it with your help...feel free to contact me for anything Wed, 24 Sep 2008 11:42:55 EST Question of the Day 9/22 Do money worries keep you up at night? Mon, 22 Sep 2008 09:55:59 EST What is for Supper tonight???? So what is everyone making for supper tonight?? Could us the help in deciding what to make we always have the same things over and over. Fri, 19 Sep 2008 13:07:14 EST MN Challenge September 21-28 I would love to challenge you to eat ONE day this week like I do every day. I challenge you to eat one day without any processed foods. This means no pre packaged boxed or bagged foods, no artificial sweetners, etc. Basically, if you can't pronounce it then don't eat it. <BR> <BR> This is a challenge to open your eyes to all the ingredients that we really don't know what they are. <BR> <BR> This is a clean eating challenge. Are you in? Fri, 19 Sep 2008 10:15:13 EST New in Duluth Hi Everyone!! <BR> I joined Sparkpeople back in May and have only lost 5 pounds since I started.. I know not good! I am having a really hard time staying motivated. We are new to the area up here and I am still trying to get adjusted and make friends, the ones I have meet <BR> so far all want to lose weight too but they are all planning on joining gyms and such I don't have the money to do that! So I am relying on eating healthy and walking for now. Anyone have any other ideas for me?? I lo... Wed, 17 Sep 2008 11:34:37 EST Question of the Day 9/16 Do you volunteer for a cause? Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:38:17 EST Hello from Faribault Walking my way to weight loss. Hi to all walkers. Sun, 14 Sep 2008 17:31:33 EST Question of the Day 9/11 Is there any food which you KNOW will disagree with you (make you sick, give you an allergic reaction, give you unavoidable heartburn, gas, or multiple trips to the bathroom per hour, etc.) but it's SOOOOOO good that KNOWING this, you'll eat it anyway? Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:12:50 EST Question of the Day 9/10 Do you believe that it's expensive to be healthy? Wed, 10 Sep 2008 07:30:43 EST Question of the Day 9/8 Can you shoot pool? Mon, 8 Sep 2008 16:15:19 EST Mn Challenge 9/5-9/19 Evening ladies this is a two week challenge. We will be hiding our scales and not getting on them for two weeks if you can do it join us. <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2008 19:08:09 EST Question of the Day 9/4 Are you registered to vote? Thu, 4 Sep 2008 13:35:27 EST Question of the Day 9/3 Do you ever sneak healthy foods into family meals? Wed, 3 Sep 2008 16:10:00 EST Question of the Day 8/29 If you were stuck on a desert Island with 1 (commercially produced) CD, 1 book and 1 other item (not person), what would you take? Fri, 29 Aug 2008 12:51:13 EST Updated Pictures Check out my page for some updated pictures of Madison. <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:31:35 EST MN Challenge 8/25-9/1 This Week is all about YOU! Pick your own challenge. I want to know what you are working on, challenging yourself to do. <BR> <BR> <BR> So here is mine, I have gotten a little lazy about getting my food in the food tracker. I know I am in range. I know I am eating healthy. I just need to focus on getting it entered. I know that one of the best ways to lose weight is to keep yourself accountable. <BR> <BR> So what is your personal Challenge next week? <BR> <BR> ~melissa Fri, 22 Aug 2008 11:58:33 EST Question of the Day 08/22 Do you make an effort to buy seasonal food? Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:02:16 EST Question of the Day 08/19 Which movie theater snack is most tempting to you? Tue, 19 Aug 2008 13:05:46 EST Question of the Day 08/18 Did you take swimming lessons as a child? Mon, 18 Aug 2008 16:27:36 EST northeast metro- LA fitness hi - my name is pam and I have been an in and out sparks member for a few years... <BR> <BR> I am looking for other women to play Racquetball with. I am a recreational player , "B or high C level player. I am into the game for fun and exercise. If you have experience playing racquetball and would like to get back into the game - email me at <BR> <BR> I exercise at new brighton or roseville- willing to travel to university ave, blaine, or brooklyn center. <BR> <BR> thank... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 21:42:21 EST Mn Challenge 8/17-8/24 This weeks challenge is kind of easy but it is back to the basics. <BR> <BR> stay in your calorie range <BR> drink your water <BR> eat 5 fruits and veggies (combined) <BR> do at least 15 minutes of exercise <BR> encourage a fellow team member <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:26:29 EST Question of the Day 08/12 How well do you protect your skin from damage? Tue, 12 Aug 2008 11:53:43 EST Question of the Day 08/11 Cost aside, would you ever enhance your appearance with plastic surgery? Mon, 11 Aug 2008 10:50:45 EST MN Challenge Aug 9-16 Hola! This week is about Strength Training! <BR> <BR> Our Challenge is to do some sort of ST exercise each time we go to the bathroom. all you have to do is one set of 12-15! If you are drinking enough water, you should get plenty of sets in throughout the day! So maybe it is about water too *wink* <BR> <BR> Let's have a great week! <BR> <BR> ~melissa Fri, 8 Aug 2008 16:46:38 EST Question of the Day 8/8/8 What are your Favorite Foods? Fri, 8 Aug 2008 13:02:04 EST Hi from Moorhead Hey all. I am Tamara and I look forward to talking with you all. This seems a cool group. Feel free to come visit my page if you wish. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 21:40:28 EST Question of the Day 8/4 How much sleep do you usually get? Mon, 4 Aug 2008 09:39:49 EST Question of the Day 7/31 Does your household waste a lot of food? Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:22:11 EST Mn Fat to Fit Challenge 8/1-8-8 Say five things positive about yourself each day. Then you also need to motivate one friend each day by leaving a comment on their page or giving them a spark goodie. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 17:17:10 EST A Good Laugh... One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a <BR> well. The animal cried piteously for hours as <BR> the farmer tried to figure out what to do. <BR> <BR> Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the <BR> well needed to be covered up anyway; <BR> it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. <BR> <BR> He invited all his neighbors to come over and <BR> help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began <BR> to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the <BR> donkey realized what was happening an... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 01:55:14 EST Question of the Day 7/24 Do you worry about what's in your cosmetic/toiletry products? Thu, 24 Jul 2008 09:56:08 EST Hello from Brainerd Signed up on the site in late May, but just really digging in now. Really like having the menus and grocery list....makes the food aspect so much easier. Having a difficult time getting the exercising going though. Glad I found a group from Minnesota! Looking forward to getting to everyone! Tue, 22 Jul 2008 23:28:43 EST MN Challenge July 22-31 Hey Gals, <BR> <BR> Its a busy week for me, so I am going to make it easy for you! Well me really....but I like to try to be funny. <BR> <BR> This week, I would love to see you try a NEW recipe! post it here after you try it. I know I have a bad habit of eating the same things over and over! it is time to mix it up! <BR> <BR> I can't wait to see what you make! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~melissa Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:15:31 EST Question of the Day 7/22 Which cookout food is most tempting to you? Tue, 22 Jul 2008 13:15:31 EST Question of the Day 7/18 How do your friends and family influence your eating habits? Fri, 18 Jul 2008 13:49:15 EST New Challenge - Weekly Update Post your goals and runs here. For now, I'm aiming for two runs per week. <BR> <BR> Check back for motivation! <BR> <BR> KD Fri, 18 Jul 2008 13:23:01 EST Question of the Day 7/17 Do you enjoy gardening or working in the yard? Thu, 17 Jul 2008 08:01:47 EST Question of the Day 7/16 How many Pillows do you use? Wed, 16 Jul 2008 13:29:00 EST How do I... I have seen many people that have 5 pounds lost and 10 pounds lost and more in their gallery of pictures... How do I get them? Help? <BR> <BR> ~Rheannon~ Wed, 16 Jul 2008 11:58:57 EST Question of the Day 7/15 Do you use coupons at the grocery store? Tue, 15 Jul 2008 12:58:01 EST Hello everyone! Hi, my name is Alisha, and I am from the south central part of Minnesota, close to the Iowa border. I've been with SP since the end of March and I love it! The people are so wonderful and supportive, even when I fall down and need help getting back up on my feet. I was surprised to find a Spark team of people from MN. I hope that we get to know each other and learn from each other how to cope with this crazy weather. lol <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2008 21:12:28 EST Question of the Day 7/14 Which party foods are most tempting for you? Mon, 14 Jul 2008 14:50:09 EST another list of races in mn <link> </link> Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:18:08 EST Question of the Day 7/11 Do you have a "guilty pleasure?" If so, what is it? Fri, 11 Jul 2008 14:11:56 EST Fitness Minutes Today I logged my Fitness minutes for yesterday... I actually walked to and from the movie theater from my house... about 2.5-3.0 miles each way. It took me 50 minutes each way... so a Total of 100 minutes!! And then I thought to myself I wonder how many minutes everyone else does consistently... maybe I should be doing 100 minutes everyday? <BR> <BR> How many Fitness minutes do you have consistently? Fri, 11 Jul 2008 10:33:23 EST Question of the Day 7/10 Do you eat breakfast? If so What do you eat? Thu, 10 Jul 2008 09:55:19 EST Vision Collage and Goal Boards Hello everyone... I am going to make a Vision Collage... has anyone made one? I was looking for some examples... I am perfectionist with stuff like that... color coordination... presentation... content etc... its a problem I have... need to go to meetings or something? Anyway if anybody has some examples post them or email them... <BR> <BR> I look forward to sharing mine when I'm done! <BR> <BR> ~Rheannon~ Wed, 9 Jul 2008 14:53:13 EST Question of the Day 7/8 How do you de-stress and relax? Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:19:20 EST MN Challenge July 8-19 Sorry, I am a little late getting this going, it has been a busy week! <BR> <BR> This weeks Challenge is to eat 3 servings of fruit and 3 servings of veggies each day! <BR> <BR> I know that I will personally have a problem getting in the fruit, but the veggies, I will probably have in each day by breakfast! <BR> <BR> Are you in? <BR> <BR> <BR> ~melissa Mon, 7 Jul 2008 23:34:23 EST Hi I'm new to this team Hi My name is Susan I'm from Monticello, I have been with sparks since April, but it has been a hit and miss thing. I am real excited to get to know people from Minn on Sparks. I really want to loose weight, I just loose motivation, i am trying hard to get it going. I really think Spark People will help, i really enjoy this web site. I am looking forward to hearing from all of you. have a great day! <em>30</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2008 16:32:12 EST Question of the Day 7/3 Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Thu, 3 Jul 2008 16:35:38 EST Question of the Day 7/2 What do you try to teach your kids about body image? Wed, 2 Jul 2008 13:37:07 EST Question of the Day 7/1 How do you beat the summer heat? Tue, 1 Jul 2008 12:47:27 EST Starting over...again Well, I tried hard to be prepared for daycamp but failed. And haven't been on Spark in weeks. I can make all the excuses in the world (kids have been sick, we've been so busy), but the simple truth is I need to start over again. Because all that stuff is just part of life, and it happens. <BR> <BR> I did attend the first session of the running class. I almost cried. It was billed as a Beginning Running Class, but really what is happening is they are rolling it into the regular group run... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 09:54:22 EST Help Lost Cat near Cedar Lake in SW Mpls I know this is a longshot, but my friend's Cat got out the other day. Here is the craigslist add: <BR> <BR> missing- large male orange tabby, neutered, w/ claws. He got outside Saturday night near the south beach of Cedar lake. <BR> has a green collar w/ tag and answers to kitty or wisky-chaan. <BR> if seen or found, please call 612-385-1970. <BR> THANK YOU, <BR> K <BR> sunset blvd & cedar pkwy Thu, 26 Jun 2008 01:24:39 EST Re-introduction Hello to all, <BR> I am back on here after a long time away. I have to thank one of my real life friends who is on here and also part of this group, TJ (screen name MNcountry92) for helping get me back here. I'll share a short story about what happened, just last night... She called and we went out for dinner. Being the friend that she is, and having a honesty and boldness about her that is refreshing, she asked me "Have you ever thought about doing something about your weight"? I chuck... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 09:10:51 EST Encouragement and Prayers Needed All, <BR> <BR> I am in great need of encouragement and prayers right now. In April I filed a Contempt of Court charge against my ex-husband because he refuses to follow the Court order surrounding the days and times that are set for his parenting time. This has been going on since late Sep and I have a log that shows this is a continuous problem. His most recent act includes leaving the area for more than 90 days without notice and leaving our children sitting on the steps of the school o... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 10:36:15 EST MN Challenge June 23-July 6 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? This weeks challenge is something they tell all of us to do....Chew every bite. Digestion starts in the mouth when your food mixes with the saliva. So what I would like you to do is to chew every bite to applesauce consistency. At first you will have to make a conscious effort, but it does become habit. <BR> <BR> I met a gal recently, she had lost 125 pounds. she said she barely exercised, but she did chew every bite down. <BR> <BR> G... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 19:56:53 EST Howdy from the Upper NW corner Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm TJ and new to the forum. Just recently started using SP as a fulltime requriement for my lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> I wanted to also have a forum to chat on about stuff happening in MN. It's great to know that there is one here. <BR> <BR> TJ Tue, 17 Jun 2008 14:41:47 EST Restaurants and Diet-Friendly Menus I'll tell you what. Going out can be hazardous. <BR> <BR> My husband and I have pretty much been limiting our "date meals" to Applebee's and Chili's, because they have decent alternatives for the health conscious. We were out shopping today, though, and he had a hankering for Acapulco. <BR> <BR> Oh Gawd. <BR> <BR> I said no to the chips, a miracle in itself, and I said no to the margarita, which is right up there with the parting of the Red Sea. I ordered a Corona Light, and was pleased to... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 00:55:31 EST New Girl from Blaine Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined SP this week and am looking forward to using the site. There is alot of information on here! <BR> <BR> I am a SAHM to an active one year old and have been married for 2 years. <BR> <BR> My workouts are just beginning and I am looking forward to doing the DVDs and getting outside for walks. <BR> <BR> Look forward to chatting with you all. <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:50:30 EST Packable Trackables? This time next week (ack!) I'll be working at day camp. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. I don't want to get de-railed, so am looking for suggestions of things that are packable and still keep me on track. It's entirely possible I'll be eating with one of the units, or not, I'm honestly not sure exactly what I'll be doing. Whatever NEEDS doing primarily. <BR> <BR> Ideas? Tue, 10 Jun 2008 15:11:32 EST New here in Burnsville Hello! I'm new to this group, and still pretty new to Spark. I'm from Burnsville, looking to loose 100 pounds. A goal date for that isn't in place yet, but I'd love to break out of 200 by 2009. <BR> <BR> I'm a busy homeschooling Mom of three, volunteer with Girl Scouts, and basically keep busy. Glad to be here! Sat, 7 Jun 2008 21:41:24 EST MN Challenge June 8-22 Hey gang, This is going to be a little back to basics, but since we have a lot of new members, It should be a good one. Let's Run this for the next 2 weeks, just to build some good habits. <BR> <BR> The goal this week is to drink 8 - 8oz cups of water per day. Thats not all, I want to make sure that you are protecting your skin and wearing sunscreen! <BR> <BR> If you drink your water and wear sunscreen, your skin is going to be radiant! You can always tell when people drink enough wa... Sat, 7 Jun 2008 17:53:32 EST HELLO! Hello fellow Minnesotans! I from a small town in Southeast Minnesota and am so glad the winter is finally over. I find any excuse to be outside now when I can. I wish everyone luck with their goals! Sat, 31 May 2008 21:40:27 EST Injured... how to cope? I'm sure a lot of people have dealt with this... an injury sidelining your goals. How have you coped? <BR> <BR> During last week's tennis lesson, I twisted and heard a "pop" in my left knee. Now I can hardly bend it. I'm doing the RICE thing now, but I'd like to continue to do some of my yoga to stay in the habit of exercising. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear other people's stories... Mon, 26 May 2008 15:25:42 EST MN Weekly Challenge May 25-31 Hey Gang, <BR> <BR> Great job getting outside last week! Keep it up while the weather is nice! <BR> <BR> This week I want you to do something a little different. I have heard so much about this weeks challenge, that I think we should try it. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. but did you know that we should try to eat our bigger meals earlier in the day? Yeah, I know, easier said then done. Plus, then what happens when I want to graze in the evening? This is... Sun, 25 May 2008 22:25:36 EST New pictures What a perfect morning! I walked down to Como Park and took a few pictures. Come on over to my Spark Page and check them out! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 23 May 2008 12:23:09 EST hiya! hey! just here introducing myself. i've been with spark for awhile. i go to college, and it's REALLY hard for me to stick with it while i am. it's summer now, so i plan on kicking butt! i live in the northern subs of mpls/st.paul. i grew up in mn, but have only lived in the cities for about 2 yrs. Fri, 23 May 2008 10:42:29 EST Hi everyone! I'm new to your team. Hi! I have been on sparkpeople for approx. 15 months <BR> and thought it would be nice to be with some fellow <BR> minnesotans. I'm from northern MN. Wed, 21 May 2008 19:10:18 EST MN Weekly Challenge May 18-24 Hey Gang, <BR> <BR> I think Spring has finally Sprung here in MN. I want to be outside in it as much as possible. Too bad I have to work! This week, my challenge to everyone is to spend 10 minutes outside each day doing SOMETHING. Something can be walking, running, gardening, picking up garbage....I don't care. This is about finding opportunities to be active! Just being outside is good for us! good luck! <BR> <BR> ~melissa Sun, 18 May 2008 22:49:05 EST St. Cloud Area Here Hi I am Angela I am 33 and I live in St. Cloud I am slowly getting into this exercise and lifestyle change, I just had my 3rd baby Feb 26th I also have a 2 and 3 yr old so I am very busy with them. I am looking for some one I can exercise with and maybe someone who has a gym membership or is looking to get one. I don't do well working out on my own so I hope to make some friends/exercise buddies!! I have a huge weight loss goal but i think if i do it 20-30 lbs a month i can manage it!! I jus... Sat, 17 May 2008 01:56:41 EST Mn Weekly Challenge May 11-17 This week we are going to focus on getting eight hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> We also will also focus on getting on our water in. <BR> Mon, 12 May 2008 09:47:59 EST Monday May 12, Anyone want to walk around Como? Hey Everyone, Anna (ANYA_ONION) and I are going for a walk around Como Lake. We meet between 4:45 - 5 at the Pavilion. Are you Interested? Let me know and I can get more details about where to meet. <BR> <BR> ~melissa Mon, 12 May 2008 00:43:42 EST Tattoo parlor recommendation? Hi all! My husband is anxious to get his 2nd tattoo, but the tattoo artist we got ours done at a year and a half ago has relocated to Florida. :( <BR> <BR> So, I am looking for a recommendation in the Twin Cities area. I've found a couple in St. Paul that look like they'd be good, but since its a permanent thing, you really don't want to go on only how they portray themselves online. <BR> <BR> Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks! Wed, 7 May 2008 23:23:39 EST What's new in the world of C25K? Slowly, slowly - that is my motto right now. Slowly add running time, slowly melt into yoga postures. I think I did too much, too quickly last time and my body said, "You are *not* 25 anymore!" <BR> <BR> Has anyone run any 5Ks yet? Wed, 7 May 2008 09:28:03 EST What part of Minnesota are you from I am up here in Northwest Mn.. What part of Minnesota are you from? Tue, 6 May 2008 10:52:42 EST Little House on the Prairie Land Hi All! <BR> <BR> Annie here....SW Minnesota is where I hale from....Laura and Pa are right down the road from me....but really, I live here with my husband of almost 8 months and we have a blended family of 5 children and 2 dogs. I joined SP back in October 07 but didn't do anything until February 08. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to lose with all my Minniesnowda friends! <BR> <BR> Annie Mon, 5 May 2008 20:35:22 EST MN Weekly Challenge May 4th -10th Hey Gals, <BR> <BR> Lets keep it simple this week. <BR> <BR> This is a strength training week. Strength train 3 times this week. But, before you do that, make sure you do 10 minutes of cardio to warm your body up. <BR> <BR> Keep your calories in range, get some cardio in daily, and Drink your water! <BR> <BR> Have a great week!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> ~melissa Mon, 5 May 2008 10:11:20 EST How can you start over? I fell off the wagon with enough of a bounce to keep me away for a few weeks. I'd like to start over with the first diet cycle. Is there a way to "reprogram" Spark so I can get those emails, etc.? <BR> <BR> The scale scares me, so for now I'm going to stick with measurements, which didn't change too much. <BR> <BR> I've missed you all... the best group at Spark! Hope all is well with you and your efforts. Sun, 4 May 2008 09:06:09 EST New in southwestern, MN I live in Jackson County, just a mile north of the Iowa state line. As my Spark Page says, I'm retired (since '03). I recently turned 58, but am going on 45. I work a couple days a week as a community bus driver. I live on a hobby farm with many animals, a partner and my elderly mom next door. I would like to get rid of about 80 lbs of excess wgt. My overall health is excellent, and I'm very active. I'm an emotional eater and have been involved in OA, 'cept some of their Steps are not my cu... Thu, 1 May 2008 18:09:27 EST I'm working on avoiding a binge... Today is the first day of my "program." This afternoon I could sort of feel that "I don't want to do this" feeling coming on, along with wanting to eat/binge on something like cookies, cake, ice cream or anything else I could find. It's that sort of "down" feeling. My day hasn't been particularly productive (didn't go as planned), it's dreary here and the wind is blowing (as usual, it seems). Waa, waa, waa. LOL! It's not quite 5 p.m. I came home and drank a low carb/hi protein Slim Fast drink... Thu, 1 May 2008 17:48:55 EST What do you do? What do you do for a living?? <BR> <BR> This was posted over at 10,000 Steps team and I thought it was a great post! <BR> <BR> I am a webmaster for a College and I also do some freelance( I maintain, administer, build web applications and design for the college website full time. I am 95% behind a desk all day, so I do short quick 5 min walks as much as I can. <BR> <BR> I also found out that as employees of the college we are allowed to use the workout room! Last night ... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 12:10:27 EST May Measurement Challenge Hey All! <BR> I would like to challenge you all to take your measurements once a week, every other week, or just at the beginning and end of the month - whatever suits you. On the weigh in Page there is a printable Tape Measure. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it just doesn't seem like the scale wants to budge. So I was thinking that maybe this will motivate us to keep it up! We may see results!!! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month we will see how well you did! <BR> <BR> Here are the areas that I b... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 09:06:09 EST New girl Hi, I'm new to this team & the spark world. Just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm 29 and working hard to make myself healthy and fit, ridding myself of the excess baby weight. Currently training for a 5k in June. Tue, 29 Apr 2008 15:31:11 EST North Western Mn I like to just jump right in and start posting so nobody knows I am "new" LOL! Judith <BR> <BR> you can call me Jude, everyone else does Sun, 27 Apr 2008 00:19:07 EST MN Weekly Challenge April 27-May3 Howdy Howdy, <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing this week? My goal this week is to get back to basics. As we go down this road, we always are changing it up, doing things different. Sometimes, we just need to go back to start. So this week, That is what we are going to do. <BR> <BR> Drink at least 8 cups of water a day <BR> 30 minutes of exercise 3 Times this week <BR> 10-15 minutes of exercise on the other days (think of a break at work) <BR> 3 days of Strength Training <BR> Stay in your ... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 23:57:25 EST MN Weekly Challenge April 20-26 Hey Gang! <BR> <BR> Well, I am back and trying to get back on track. I had a lovely time on vacation, but now its time to focus. So here is my challenge to you this week: <BR> <BR> 1) Try One New Recipe. I don't care where you get the recipe. It could be here on SP or any other recipe site or a book that you have at home. Try something new! <BR> <BR> 2)Strength training bonus this week: Odd numbered days, every time you go the the Bathroom, do 10 squats. Even numbered days, do wall ... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 01:37:38 EST New photos on spark page A couple of pictures of Madison. Sat, 19 Apr 2008 17:11:59 EST How to do get pumped up? ... to work out? I've tried extravagant "carrots" like getting a pedicure or massage for so-many minutes of exercise. Didn't work. <BR> <BR> Also, do you seem more cardio or strength focused? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 18 Apr 2008 17:13:03 EST Ms Honeycomb from People needs out HELP! I got this email from my friend Ms Honeycomb, she is one of the three women from People Magazine who has lost over 100 pounds and was featured this years... let's see if we can help her... <BR> <BR> My 8 year old daughter entered an online contest with a local radio station to win herself a Swing Set / Playground. In order for her to win she has to be one of the top 20 kids to get the most votes. If she gets enough votes then I will have to compete in something called the "mommy Olympics" wi... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 09:16:29 EST Hi! I'm new. Just joined this team. I've been with SP for 2 weeks now and have lost 5 lbs! That's quite a lot for me, as I've already lost 50 lbs in the past 4 years and thought I'd reached my plateau for life! I'm excited to continue with SP and find encouragement with a "local" team. I live on the border of MN/Manitoba. Mon, 14 Apr 2008 19:43:24 EST Madison Beth is here. Just wanted to let everyone know our beautiful daughter arrived into the world Thursday April 10th at 11:59 am. She weighed 8lbs and 8oz. She was also born with a birth defect so she has no hand on her left. We are getting that looked at this week to see what they can do for her. She is still our daughter and she is the most precious thing in the world. Trying to get a schedule here at home and get readjusted. <BR> <BR> Shannon <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 12:44:51 EST Here we go again. . . I really want this. I want to feel better,look better and have more self esteem. I have lost 6 lbs this week. . .but I think that probably mostly the water and not so much the fat just yet. Mon, 14 Apr 2008 11:43:08 EST Weight loss clinic, counseling, optifast etc... Has anyone tried a weightloss clinic, counseling, or something like Optifast? What was your experiance like? Did it work? Any suggestions of places within 20 miles of Burnsville? <BR> <BR> I've tried many, many things on my own, and have lost & kept off 50 lbs. However, I'm having a very hard time losing the last 60-70 lbs that I need to lose. I think I need something more than just Weightwatchers. <BR> <BR> Thanks!!!! <BR> Lisa Sun, 13 Apr 2008 17:55:03 EST Tomorrow is the big Day! I just wanted to let everyone know I will not be on for a few days. Tomorrow morning is my scheduled c section. I will try and get on Monday and post a message to let you know. We are scheduled at 10:30 am to have our daughter. I can not wait to see her. I am so excited and also nervous. <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Apr 2008 10:05:12 EST my 1st challenge... Everyday find one errand or task that you could instead do by foot or bike or mass transit... <BR> <BR> Example -- grocery shopping... <BR> <BR> Or park at the far edge of a parking lot or take the stairs in a building... <BR> <BR> Find one opportunity to be active in an invisible way... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 17:42:45 EST MN Weekly Challenge April 6-19 Yep its a double weeker! I will be in TX and shannon is having a baby. So for the next 2 weeks our focus is WATER! <BR> <BR> Do you get enough water every day? <BR> <BR> Some do some don't. Some experts say we all need 8 -8oz cups of water each day. Other experts say that is fine if you are 150 pounds but that most of us need more. These experts say that you should drink half of your body weight in ounces. <BR> <BR> For example, I weigh 243.2. This would mean I need to drink 121.6 ou... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 13:29:50 EST Update your progress (or lack of) :-) Complete lack of progress. I know that the great weather will inspire me to get out more, but I have just ignored Spark for a few days, racking up the calories (and the guilt). <BR> <BR> So, fresh start. My family and I are going to take tennis lessons together, and I'm set to walk/run the C25K W1 with a pal on Thursday. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing with their goals? Wed, 2 Apr 2008 00:11:30 EST It's Been So Long, I Better Re-Introduce Myself!! Hello again all!! <BR> <BR> I finally made my way back!! I have had a few rough weeks, but still kept my goals in sight and I am feeling better!! <BR> <BR> (And I even lost 4 more pounds!!) <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It's good to be back and I look forward to jumping right back into things!! <BR> <BR> Have a WONDERFUL week everyone!!! Tue, 1 Apr 2008 13:27:11 EST MN Weekly Challenge March 30-April 5 This is a challenge for everyone, no matter what your level is. This week is about getting a little more exercise than what you are currently doing. Just 5 more minutes a day. I have a personal goal of 60 minutes a day, I am increasing it to 65 this week. How about you? Can you give me 5 more minutes this week! <BR> <BR> ~melissa Sun, 30 Mar 2008 14:04:14 EST