SparkPeople Scuba Divers Team Messageboard Open to all Scuba Divers, Snorkel lovers, and other water enthusiast. Let’s ban together and lose some weight. SparkPeople Scuba Divers Team Messageboard JANUARY 2015 CHALLENGE YEAR 2015 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> JANUARY 2015 GOAL: <BR> JAN 2 LOST… <BR> JAN 9 LOST… <BR> JAN 16 LOST… <BR> JAN 23 LOST… <BR> JAN 31 LOST... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2015 (start weight lbs) <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST.... <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JULY – LOST…. <BR> AUG – LOST…. <BR> SEPT – LOST…. <BR> OCT – LOST…. <BR> NOV – LOST…. <BR> ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:18:18 EST DECEMBER 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> DECEMBER 2014 GOAL: <BR> <BR> DEC 05 LOST… <BR> DEC 12 LOST… <BR> DEC 19 LOST… <BR> DEC 26 LOST… <BR> DEC 31 LOST... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JULY – LOST…. <BR> AUG – LOST…. <BR> SEPT – LOST…. <BR> OCT – LOST…. <BR> NOV – LOST…. <BR> DEC – LOST… <BR... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:11:55 EST NOVEMBER 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> NOVEMBER 2014 GOAL: <BR> <BR> NOV 07 LOST… <BR> NOV 14 LOST… <BR> NOV 21 LOST… <BR> NOV 28 LOST… <BR> NOV 30 LOST... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JULY – LOST…. <BR> AUG – LOST…. <BR> SEPT – LOST…. <BR> OCT – LOST…. <BR> NOV – LOST…. <BR> DEC – LOST… <BR>... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:33:40 EST OCTOBER 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> OCTOBER 2014 GOAL: <BR> <BR> OCT 03 LOST… <BR> OCT 10 LOST…. <BR> OCT 17 LOST…. <BR> OCT 24 LOST… <BR> OCT 31 LOST.... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JULY – LOST…. <BR> AUG – LOST…. <BR> SEPT – LOST…. <BR> OCT – LOST…. <BR> NOV – LOST…. <BR> DEC – LOST… <... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:18:51 EST SEPTEMBER 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> SEPTEMBER 2014 GOAL: <BR> <BR> SEP 5 LOST…. <BR> SEP 12 LOST…. <BR> SEP 19 LOST…. <BR> SEP 26 LOST… <BR> SEP 30 LOST.... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JULY – LOST…. <BR> AUG – LOST…. <BR> SEPT – LOST…. <BR> OCT – LOST…. <BR> NOV – LOST…. <BR> DEC – LOST…... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:00:11 EST AUGUST 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> AUGUST 2014 GOAL: <BR> <BR> AUG 01 LOST…. <BR> AUG 08 LOST…. <BR> AUG 15 LOST…. <BR> AUG 22 LOST… <BR> AUG 29 LOST.... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JULY – LOST…. <BR> AUG – LOST…. <BR> SEPT – LOST…. <BR> OCT – LOST…. <BR> NOV – LOST…. <BR> DEC – LOST… <BR> <BR> 2014 TOTAL ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:25:00 EST JULY 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> JULY 2014 GOAL: <BR> <BR> JULY 04 LOST…. <BR> JULY 11 LOST…. <BR> JULY 18 LOST…. <BR> JULY 25 LOST… <BR> JULY 31 LOST.... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JULY – LOST…. <BR> AUG – LOST…. <BR> SEPT – LOST…. <BR> OCT – LOST…. <BR> NOV – LOST…. <BR> DEC – LOST... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:52:49 EST JUNE 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> JUNE 2014 GOAL: <BR> <BR> JUN 6 LOST…. <BR> JUN 13 LOST…. <BR> JUN 20 LOST…. <BR> JUN 27 LOST… <BR> JUN 30 LOST... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JULY – LOST…. <BR> AUG – LOST…. <BR> SEPT – LOST…. <BR> OCT – LOST…. <BR> NOV – LOST…. <BR> DEC – LOST… <BR> <BR> 2014 TOTAL LOST... Fri, 30 May 2014 18:23:35 EST MAY 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> MAY 2014 GOAL: <BR> <BR> MAY 2 LOST…. <BR> MAY 9 LOST…. <BR> MAY 16 LOST…. <BR> MAY 23 LOST… <BR> MAY 31 LOST... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JULY – LOST…. <BR> AUG – LOST…. <BR> SEPT – LOST…. <BR> OCT – LOST…. <BR> NOV – LOST…. <BR> DEC – LOST… <BR> <BR> 2014 TOTAL LOST…… Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:51:12 EST APRIL 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> APR 2014 GOAL: <BR> <BR> APR 4 LOST…. <BR> APR 11 LOST…. <BR> APR 18 LOST…. <BR> APR 25 LOST… <BR> APR 30 LOST... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JULY – LOST…. <BR> AUG – LOST…. <BR> SEPT – LOST…. <BR> OCT – LOST…. <BR> NOV – LOST…. <BR> DEC – LOST… <BR> <BR> 2014 TOTAL... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:53:01 EST APRIL 2013 CHALLENGE Hey all, here's the April Challenge, hope to see you all for this one! <BR> Tina <BR> <BR> YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> <BR> APR 2014 GOAL: <BR> <BR> APR 4 LOST…. <BR> APR 11 LOST…. <BR> APR 18 LOST…. <BR> APR 25 LOST… <BR> APR 30 LOST... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 (start weight ____ ) <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY - LOST <BR> JUNE – LOST…. <BR> JUL... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:50:37 EST about me. hello team, I started snorkeling when i moved to key west 5 year ago. I love it and just moved to another part of town that I can just walk across the street to go a great spot. I am excited to be more active and us this to help lose weight as i have had knee surgery in december (torn menicus) and will have surgery in april for a torn rotator cuff. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:07:40 EST MARCH 2014 CHALLENGE Ok everyone! Time to sign up for the March Challenge! You know how it works, copy and paste this with your goals and then weigh in every Friday! <BR> <BR> YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: <BR> <BR> MARCH 2014 GOAL: ___ lbs (start ___) <BR> <BR> MAR 7 LOST…. <BR> MAR 14 LOST…. <BR> MAR 21 LOST…. <BR> MAR 28 LOST… <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... lbs <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 (start weight ---) <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:38:55 EST Our World Underwater ~ Feb. 14th - 16th, 2014 Is anyone planning on attending OW-U, in Chicago (Rosemont) IL? <BR> <BR> <BR> I usually try & go every year. Last year was the first time my BF & I attended the seminars. We thought they were great. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:15:02 EST FEBRUARY 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: reach and maintain 125 or less <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY2014 GOAL: 2 lbs <BR> <BR> FEB 7 LOST…. missed, on vacation! <BR> FEB 14 LOST…. <BR> FEB 21 LOST…. <BR> FEB 28 LOST… <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE... <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> -------------------------------------- <BR> ------------------ <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 (start weight 127.6 lbs) <BR> <BR> JAN - GAINED… 0.8 lbs (128.4) <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR - LOST… <BR> APR - LOST… <BR> MAY... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:51:01 EST Hello Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm a diver from Massachusetts and I've been a SP member since 2010 although I have been sporadic on posting. I trying to lose 30 pounds total and I've successfully taken 7 off as of this morning. My husband (NAUI Instructor) and I do most of our diving off the Cape Ann area north of Boston. We live in Western Mass so we have to travel 2.5 hours to get to the ocean but it's worth it. We especially enjoy lobster diving and I enjoy eating our catch. My husband doesn't lik... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:39:44 EST JANUARY 2014 CHALLENGE YEAR 2014 LONG TERM GOAL: Stay at or below 125 lbs (start weight 127.6) <BR> <BR> JANUARY 2014 GOAL: 1 LBS <BR> <BR> JAN 03 GAINED….2 lbs (129.6) <BR> JAN 10 LOST…. 1.8 lbs (127.8) <BR> JAN 17 LOST…. <BR> JAN 24 LOST… <BR> JAN 31 LOST... <BR> <BR> TOTAL GAINED TO DATE... 0.2 lbs <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>------------------ <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2014 (start weight 127.6 lbs) <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST… <BR> FEB - LOST… <BR> MAR ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 22:19:12 EST Hello from Scuba Granny Hello All: <BR> <BR> Just joined sparked people and this group. Looking to be a lean, mean diver. I am an AOW diver. So far, our trips have been Cozumel, the Baja, Bahamas, Roatan and Kona. Looking forward to Bonaire at the end of February. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 00:57:51 EST DECEMBER 2013 CHALLANGE YEAR 2013 LONG TERM GOAL: get to and maintain 125 lbs <BR> <BR> NOV 2013 GOAL 1 lb (CURRENT WEIGHT 124.8) <BR> <BR> DEC 6 LOST…. <BR> DEC 13 LOST…. <BR> DEC 20 LOST…. <BR> DEC 27 LOST.... <BR> DEC 31 LOST.... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE.... 0 lbs <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2013 (Year start weight 136) <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST…0 lbs (136) <BR> FEB - GAINED…1 lb (137) <BR> MAR - LOST… 1.4 lbs (135.6) <BR> APR - GAINED… 1.6 lbs (137.2) <BR> MAY - GA... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:25:24 EST November 2013 Challenge YEAR 2013 LONG TERM GOAL: get to and maintain 135 lbs <BR> <BR> NOV 2013 GOAL 1 lb (CURRENT WEIGHT 125) <BR> <BR> NOV 1 LOST…. 0 lbs (125) <BR> NOV 8 LOST…. 0.6 lbs (124.4) <BR> NOV 15 GAINED…. 2 lbs (126.4) <BR> NOV 22 GAINED.... 0.2 lbs(126.6) <BR> NOV 30 LOST.... 1.8 lbs (124.8) <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE.... 0.2 lbs <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2013 (Year start weight 136) <BR> <BR> JAN - LOST…0 lbs (136) <BR> FEB - GAINED…1 lb (137) <BR> MAR... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:42:02 EST OCTOBER 2013 CHALLENGE Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Fall is here with cooler temps and it's time for yummy comfort food and let's not forget the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving. It's usually the hardest time of the year for most of us to stick with it but let's give it our best shot! <BR> <BR> 1st weigh in is Friday Oct 4th and last one will be on Halloween Thursday Oct 31. <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly and be there for the final weighing i... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:35:03 EST SEPTEMBER 2013 CHALLENGE Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry that I was not able to post the August challenge, lots going on but a BIG thank you to Tina for stepping up to the plate. <em>247</em> girl! <BR> <BR> So, I can't believe we are looking at September already and the summer is soon over leaving a 4 more months before we all reach this year's goal. So let's get to it! <BR> <BR> 1st weigh in is Friday Sept 6th and last one will be Monday Sept 30. <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:13:06 EST August Weight Challenge YEAR 2013 LONG TERM GOAL: maintain below 135 lbs <BR> <BR> AUGUST 2013 GOAL maintain (start weight 127) <BR> <BR> AUGUST 2 GAINED... 0.6 lbs (127.6) <BR> AUGUST 9 LOST…. 1.4 lbs (126.2) <BR> AUGUST 16 LOST…. 0.8 lbs (125.4) <BR> AUGUST 23 LOST.... <BR> AUGUST 31 LOST.... <BR> <BR> TOTAL LOST TO DATE.... 1.6 lbs <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>------------------ <BR> <BR> SCORE CARD 2013 (Year start weight 136) <BR> <BR> JAN - LO... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:02:53 EST Shark week Are you watching it? What do you think? Thu, 8 Aug 2013 17:12:14 EST JULY 2013 CHALLENGE Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Summer is well under way so lets keep working at shedding those extra pounds. <BR> <BR> The first weigh in will be today Friday July 5and the last will be Wednesday July 31. <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly and be there for the final weighing in. If for any reason you cannot post on that specific day post it before or after and let the team know if you will be away for any time during the challen... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:31:36 EST JUNE 2013 CHALLENGE Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Can't believe it's June already and I am a little late posting the challenge but here it is and let's just keep it going! <BR> <BR> The first weigh in will be today Friday June 7 and the last will be Sunday June 30. <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly and be there for the final weighing in. If for any reason you cannot post on that specific day post it before or after and let the team know if you wi... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:31:17 EST MAY 2013 CHALLENGE Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> It's getting warmer as summer approaches and the layers of heavy clothing are off. <BR> Time to push harder to get wetsuit & swimsuit ready so let's start the May challenge! <BR> <BR> The first weigh in will be Friday May 3 and the last will be Friday May 31.. <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly and be there for the final weighing in. If for any reason you cannot post on that specific day post it ... Thu, 2 May 2013 13:59:12 EST Check in with an emoticon <em>9</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:26:10 EST APRIL 2013 CHALLENGE Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> Life on my end has been a roller coaster ride and I hate not being able to be here as much <BR> but think of you all the time so hope you will all bear with me as I go through this difficult time. <BR> <BR> So let's get ready for the April challenge! <BR> <BR> The first weigh in will be Friday April 5 and the last will be Tuesday April 30. <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly and be there for the ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 14:05:13 EST MARCH 2013 CHALLENGE Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> It's almost SPRING!!! WooHoo! Time to get slimmed down and buffed up and wetsuit ready! <BR> <BR> I'll keep it short and sweet! <BR> <BR> The first weigh in will be Friday March 8 and the last will be Sunday March 31 <BR> <BR> Who's in? <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly and be there for the final weighing in. If for any reason you cannot post on that specific day post it before or after and let ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:13:03 EST FEBRUARY 2013 CHALLENGE Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Time to get this month rocking! <BR> <BR> The first weigh in will be Friday February 8 and the last will be Thursday February 28. <BR> <BR> You know the drill! Let's do it! <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly and be there for the final weighing in. If for any reason you cannot post on that specific day post it before or after and let the team know if you will be away for any time during the challen... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 15:19:17 EST Traveling next year 2013-2014 I will be traveling to Australia next year and am planning on doing the Great Barrier Reef. I have been looking at a number of options. I am leaning toward the Live Aboard experience with Mike Ball. Anyone have any experiences doing a live aboard when traveling as a single person? Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:55:24 EST JANUARY 2013 CHALLENGE Hello everyone and Happy New Year to all! <BR> To quote Oprah Winfrey “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” <BR> So here we are the 2nd day of the New Year and we get to do it all over again. What we do and how we do it is all an individual choice and we have to find the right formula that works for us. It may take some time with some tweaking along the way. We may excel at times and fall a little short at others. But what is important is to make that commitment to... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:54:47 EST DECEMBER 2012 CHALLENGE Hello team! <BR> <BR> We are in the final stretch, and it is a tough month but lets stay focused. Weight loss this month can be challenge so if you choose to work on maintaining then that in itself is a big achievement. I think that is what my focus will be this month. If I succeed in not gaining weight over the holidays then starting the New Year challenge will be that much easier. <BR> So it's up to you and hope to see you all to finish off this year with a bang! <BR> <BR> <BR> Set your ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:23:03 EST Hello from CO Hello. I have been a diver for about 18 years. Some years more some less. I am certified through rescue and have high altitude certification too. I love talking to other divers and sharing experiences. I lived in SO CA for a long time, dove quite a bit there. Have traveled some around the world and got in the water. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:40:58 EST NOVEMEBER 2012 CHALLENGE Hello team! <BR> <BR> We are down to the last 2 months to reach our yearly goal! I am not gonna lie, it won't be easy with the holidays coming but let's give it all we got. <BR> <BR> READY FOR THE COUNTDOWN? <BR> <BR> You know the drill so let's get to it! <BR> <BR> Set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat from your results of your last weigh in today <BR> Oct 31st. <BR> <BR> First weigh in will be Friday Nov 2 and the last will be Friday Nov 30. So cool that the last day of Novem... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:27:08 EST Hello from Florida! Just wanted to say hi! So excited that SP has a Scuba team. <BR> <BR> I've been on and off of SP for a while, and been diving since 2010. I'm from central Florida and a big fan of the springs. I am currently certified as a Cavern diver (NAUI), hoping to work towards cave someday. <BR> <BR> I'm slowly crawling back into the water after a dive accident last summer, and am looking forward to a trip to Truk Lagoon in December!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 9 Oct 2012 13:35:40 EST OCTOBER 2012 CHALLENGE Hello team! <BR> <BR> We are down to our 10th month of the year, and that leaves us with 3 months left to reach our personal goal for the year. These next 3 months will be a challenge for most of us with the upcoming holidays. There is no better time to regroup, refocus and charge ahead. <BR> <BR> Hope you will all join me in working to make it happen! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat from your results of your last weig... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:15:58 EST Selling Scuba Gear Due to financial challenges, house foreclosure and change of lifestyle, I am forced to sell ALL my scuba gear. <BR> <BR> BC, Turbo Fins, 2-Regs, Head Hoods, Dive Suit, Wet Suit, and much more.... <BR> <BR> SOME items used only a 3 times, other items, ie: BC only used on ONE dive and only for 30 minutes....ahhh, sigh <BR> <BR> I have complete details, and photos for ALL items, if you are interested in purchasing. I've placed suggested prices, but VERY open to ALL offers. <BR> <BR> Please ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:28:14 EST Ideas about Grand Cayman, Anyone? Hi There - my dh and I are heading down to Grand Cayman the middle of Jan. with a dive group we've not been with before. I'm not a newbie, but still get a little anxious until after the first dive or so. I want to tap into the experiences of this group and find out the do's and don'ts and maybe get an idea of what to expect down there. We're stayng at the Sunset House. Any suggestions and feedback will be appreciated. Thanks bunches! <BR> ~ Tobi <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:42:25 EST SEPTEMBER 2012 CHALLENGE Hello team! <BR> <BR> Summer is winding down and I hope everyone is ready to high gear it into fall. You all know the drill so I will not babble except to say "Let''s do it"! <BR> <BR> Set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat from your results of your last weigh in Aug 31th. <BR> <BR> First weigh in will be Friday Sept 7 and the last will be Sunday Sept 30. We will still have a weigh in for Friday Sept 28 just to make sure we keep our focus on the last weekend of the month. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:50:56 EST Hello There -- New Diver just introducing myself Hello fellow divers. I am a newly train PADI Open Water Diver. I just finished my final open water training dive yesterday. I am looking forward to future dives. However I am not looking forward to seeing my current self in a wet suit, I am sure it wasn't a pretty sight for my fellow divers in the course. My current weight loss goal is to lose 40 pounds by next summer. If that happens, seeing me in a wet suit, may not be such a nasty sight. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to reading your... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:56:27 EST Diving in Key West, Grand Cayman, and Montego Bay Here is my predicament. We are taking a cruise in October that stops in Key West, Grand Cayman, and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The one diving excursion offered is in Grand Cayman, but the reviews are mediocre for it. My husband booked this cruise because we want to go diving in warm water, so we are a little disappointed that not more is offered. So I was wondering if anybody has suggestion for good dive companies that we can trust to not have to worry about getting back to the ship with plent... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 23:38:57 EST So, who's going diving this weekend? It's Tuesday, I know, but who's going diving this weekend? I'll be hitting my local mud hole and practicing no-vis diving while trying to avoid OW and rescue students Sunday, and a quick NDL dive on Saturday after my weekend class finishes up. <BR> <BR> Who knows, I might get to be a dummy and help to torture the rescue students. <BR> <BR> -TSA Tue, 14 Aug 2012 08:27:10 EST Howdy, y'all. Howdy. <BR> <BR> As you'll no doubt guess from my user name, I'm a systems administrator in my real life (RHEL shop for those who may care). I'm also a student (SCUBA and college) and someone who loves to dive. I'm AOW/Rescue with deep and blender specialties, will be doing wreck this weekend and looking forward to doing PADI Tec65/Trimix over the next year. <BR> <BR> After I get Tri (and have completed a tri), I intend to go full cave (probably NACD, but I'm leaving my options open as I c... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:53:58 EST AUGUST 2012 CHALLENGE Hello team! <BR> <BR> I am back from vacation and a little late again but in time for Friday's weigh in! You all know the drill so let get to it! <BR> <BR> Set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat from your results of your last weigh in July 31th. <BR> <BR> First weigh in will be Friday Aug 10 and the last will be Friday Aug 31. <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly and be there for the final weighing in. If for any reaso... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 12:57:17 EST JULY 2012 CHALLENGE Hi team! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the delay on getting this month's challenge up and going but never late than never! <BR> So here we are into a new month and a hot one at that so let's see if we can melt some pounds off! Wish it was as easy as that but we have to stay focused and determinted if we want to reach our goals! So let's get to it! <BR> <BR> Set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat from your results of your last weigh in June 30th. <BR> <BR> First weigh in will be Friday July 6 ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 10:18:27 EST JUNE 2012 CHALLENGE Hello Team! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let get ready for the summer heat and shed some weight along with our clothes! <BR> You all know the drill so I will keep it short and sweet! <BR> <BR> Set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat after your last weigh in May 31st. <BR> <BR> First weigh in will be Friday June 8 and the last will be Saturday June 30. <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly and be there for the final weighing in. If fo... Thu, 31 May 2012 12:48:39 EST JUNE 2012 CHALLENGE Hello Team! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let get ready for the summer heat and shed some weight along with our clothes! <BR> You all know the drill so I will keep it short and sweet! <BR> <BR> Set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat after your last weigh in May 31st. <BR> <BR> First weigh in will be Friday June 8 and the last will be Saturday June 30. <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly and be there for the final weighing in. If fo... Thu, 31 May 2012 12:45:14 EST Hello from the Northern CA kelp forrest Hi there, my name is Lisa and I was so happy to find a team dedicated to divers. I live in the bay area and dive mostly at San Carlos Beach in Monterey. I've also been diving in Tahoe, Catalina and just last month in Maui. But I must say, my favorite and most beautiful dives have been in Monterey. <BR> <BR> I got certified 5 years ago and have logged just over 60 dives. I try to get out at least once a month, but that just doesn't always happen. I've noticed overt the last couple of ye... Sat, 26 May 2012 12:51:51 EST MAY 2012 CHALLENGE Hello Team! <BR> <BR> Time to get thinking of the May challenge! <BR> You may have noticed that I dropped the "A New Year, A New Start" from the title this month. <BR> Since we are starting our 5th month, the year is not so new anymore and soon we will be at the half way mark and summer will be upon us! Are we ready for it? <BR> <BR> If not there is still time to work on it so let's get to it! <BR> <BR> Come set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat after your last weigh in Monday April ... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:55:46 EST Yay Bonaire!!! Well, I have seen fabulous posts on this scuba paradise and finally I get to go in May. I would love to hear everyone's advice, tips, secret spots and best eats!! Please DO tell!!!! <BR> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 01:02:36 EST Dive site map for personal record? I am curious if anyone knows of a computer program on which a person can keep track of the dive sites a person has ventured in diving. I thought it would be neat to be able to keep track of the sites on a map, but have been having difficulty locating such a program. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 01:23:42 EST APRIL 2012 CHALLENGE - A New Year, A New Start Hello Team! <BR> <BR> Happy April everyone! Spring is finally here and summer is approaching! So let's get busy and shed some weight for summertime fun! <BR> <BR> As usual set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat and let's do it! <BR> First weigh in will be Friday April 6 and the last will be Monday April 30. We will still have a weigh in for Fridy April 27th so we need to stay focused on that last weekend. <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 13:12:16 EST MARCH 2012 CHALLENGE - A New Year, A New Start Hello Team! <BR> <BR> Time for a little March Madness! Hope you are all ready to march into Spring and join the challenge. It will be time soon to shed the heavy winter gear so we want to be in the best shape possible. <BR> <BR> As usual set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat and let's get started!! <BR> First weigh in will be Friday March 9th and the last will be Saturday March 31st. <BR> <BR> As usual I ask that you be committed to sticking with the challenge, post your goals weekly... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:02:46 EST FEBRUARY 2012 CHALLENGE - A New Year, A New Start Hello Team! <BR> <BR> Happy February everyone! <BR> Month 2 of 2012, and we are going to do this right? We are in it for the long run aren't we? So let's not lose momentum and let get those goals set for this month and let's get there! <BR> <BR> So you know the drill, set your goal in pounds, inches or body fat and let's get going! <BR> I hope to see all the January member back and some new ones too! <BR> <BR> First weigh in will be Friday Feb 3 and the last will be Wednesday Feb 29. <BR>... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 13:08:52 EST FEBRUARY 2012 CHALLENGE–A New Year, A New Start Oops! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:22:18 EST A little help please... I hope this is the right forum to ask this in... <BR> <BR> Could someone please give me some advice? I am 42 year old male and weight 291 lbs. I'm 6 foot 1 inch tall. I am trying to lose at least 5 lbs per month. I don't want to rush it so I can keep it off. Calorie range will be between 1820 - 2170 per day. <BR> <BR> Now that the backround is done here is where I need advice. I will have an hour each day to work out 5 days a week. Would 45 min of Cardio 3 days a week and 30 min strength t... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 11:53:32 EST JANUARY 2012 CHALLENGE – A New Year, A New Start Hello Team and a very Happy New Year to all! <BR> <BR> Welcome to the first of A New Year, A New Start Challenge! The monthly format will be the same as last year so we will keep the score going from month to month so that we can see how the year is progressing. <BR> <BR> For those of you that have not weighed in for Dec 2011 yet, now is the time to do that and then come and set a new goal for January. <BR> <BR> The only thing that will be different is that I will ask you all to set a lo... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 16:30:31 EST DECEMBER 2011- THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hello Team! <BR> <BR> We are down to the final stretch to finish off the year. It will be a challenging one for sure as December usually is. <BR> All we can do is stay focused, keep active and make the right food choices to carry us through this final month of the year. <BR> <BR> So you all know the drill, the first weigh in will be Friday Dec 9th and the last one will be Friday Dec 30th. <BR> <BR> If you have not weighed in for the November challenge yet, this is the time to do it and th... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 13:56:53 EST Hello! I'm happy to find a group that is small enough to be managable. Seems like in a huge group I would just get lost in the crowd. Hello all you scuba divers. My goal is to lose 50 pounds by my dive trip to Bonaire in May. I'd love to ake some new friends and share the journey. <BR> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 05:46:51 EST hello from the third coast Well, new to spark again after several months of letting slide, had dived as a teen in the Caribbean, lovely water, great reefs for spearfishing, no so much here on the coast of Texas, very rare to get such clear waters. <BR> <BR> Have snorkel outfit and need to get back on track using it for an exercise program, [weak knees] would be better than walking or running for me -- <BR> <BR> soo hello and happy weigh ins!!!?!? Tue, 1 Nov 2011 14:57:04 EST NOVEMBER 2011- THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hello Team! <BR> <BR> Count down to the end of the year has officially started with ONLY 2 months left to go. These 2 months will be challenging ones with the approaching holidays so let's stay focused and do the best we can. <BR> <BR> The first weigh in will be Friday Nov 4th and the last one will be Wednesday Nov 30th. <BR> <BR> If you have not weighed in for the October challenge yet, this is the time to do it and then set your goal for November and post it asap. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 10:35:53 EST Hawaii Hello my fellow divers. <BR> My husband and I are going to Hawaii in January, and I am hoping to get recomedations on dive companies there. We will be spending one week in Kona, and one week in Maui. Pretty sure we will be diving with Big Island Divers in Kona. I don't have any clue as to what we will find in Maui. Thanks for your input. Maricam. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:35:27 EST Diving with contact lenses I'm interested in getting scuba certified... but someone told me you can't dive if you wear contact lenses. Is there any truth to this? Sun, 23 Oct 2011 22:55:13 EST OCTOBER 2011 - THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hi gang! <BR> <BR> Alright! Let's just keep it going! 3 months to go to wrap up the year. And these are the hardest 3 months of the year. Fall comes with an abundance of comfort foods and then there are the approaching holidays. So we have to be extra dedicated to working at achieving our goals. <BR> The Divers Fitness Center is open 24/7 so lets keep the momentum going over there. <BR> <BR> The first weigh in will be Friday Oct 7 and the last one will be Monday Oct. 31st. <BR> That should... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:49:45 EST Diver from Ohio Hi. I'm a PADI Master Instructor living in Ohio. I am always interested in hearing about other's diving and dive travel experiences. I've done quite a bit of Carribean diving, but have done a lot of diving in Hawaii. <BR> Came to SparkPeople to help maintain my recent weight loss and to keep motivated about my fitness routine. I look forward to talking with other divers! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:52:25 EST Hello from a PADI OW Diver in the UK Hi all, <BR> <BR> I noticed many of the members here are from overseas so I hope you don't mind me joining in! <BR> <BR> I have always had a thing for Marine life and really wanted to be a Marine Biologist but my life didn't quite turn out like that. I first went snorkeling off the coast of Cuba in 2009 and I was hooked on reef fish. I bought myself a little reef tank and then last March I went to Dahab in Egypt and completed my PADI Scuba Diver Cert (I did find it quite hard...I am not ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 17:35:12 EST SEPTEMBER 2011 - THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Summer is winding down to it's last days and there are only 4 months to go to end this year with a bang. Time to put all our efforts into losing some weight before we have to deal with the holiday surplus! <BR> <BR> So you all know the drill. After your last weighin for August come post your goal for September. <BR> The first weighin will be Sept 9 and the last one falls on Friday Sept 30th. <BR> <BR> <BR> Copy & paste with your goal for September <BR> <BR> SEPT GOAL... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:18:43 EST Tips for Scuba Newbie? We went to our local SSI Dive Center called the Scuba Shack and we did the "try scuba" offer -- it was good! My hubby and I have signed up for scuba lessons and they start this Sunday. <BR> <BR> We've since been practicing snorkeling in our lap pool at the gym. I tend to "freak" underwater. Not good for a scuba diver - I know! With the snorkel (semi-closed) and the mask.... I am perfectly fine under water.... that is ... until water leaks into my mask or goes down into my snorkel! <BR> <BR... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 21:48:51 EST Tips for ScubaNewbie? We went to our local SSI Dive Center called the Scuba Shack and we did the "try scuba" offer -- it was good! My hubby and I have signed up for scuba lessons and they start this Sunday. <BR> <BR> We've since been practicing snorkeling in our lap pool at the gym. I tend to "freak" underwater. Not good for a scuba diver - I know! With the snorkel (semi-closed) and the mask.... I am perfectly fine under water.... that is ... until water leaks into my mask or goes down into my snorkel! <BR> <B... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 08:05:25 EST Hello from OHIO This past September I had my last chemo treatment and I am officially a breast cancer survivor. My hair has grown back and MOST of the residual affects are gone (still have a little bit of neuropathy in my feet - but no so much that I can't walk, drive and do pretty much whatever I want). <BR> <BR> My hubby and I have always wanted to scuba and have kept putting it off because we didn't have time or money. Well... that has hardly changed much but having been to death's doorstep... our priori... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 07:34:33 EST AUGUST 2011 - THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I am setting the August challenge up early because I will be on vacation from July 23-Aug 6th and did not want anyone to miss a beat. We have to keep it going and remain focused on our goals so hope you will all join in. <BR> <BR> After your last weigh in for July,come set your goal for August. Note the last weigh in is August 31st which is a Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Let's do it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Copy & paste with your goal for August <BR> <BR> AUGUST GOAL _______WEIGHT O... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:53:19 EST JULY 2011 - THE TOTAL COMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hi team! <BR> <BR> How did it get to be July already? We are in full summer mode here and time to melt it away with the summer heat! You all know the drill so let's melt those extra pounds off! <BR> <BR> After your last weigh in for June,come set your goal for July. Note the last weigh in on July 31 is on a Sunday but you still get to weigh in on Friday July 29th! More incentive to stay on track that last weekend of the month! <BR> <BR> Let's do it! <BR> <BR> Copy & paste with your goal ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:56:29 EST JUNE 2011 - THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Let’s keep it rolling! Come on and join the June challenge! After your last weigh in for May tomorrow come and post your goal for June. <BR> The official start of summer is just a few short weeks away! Let’s get ready to strut our stuff! <BR> <BR> First weigh in will be Friday June 3 and the final one falls on Thursday June 30. <BR> <BR> Let's lose some weight divers! <BR> <BR> <BR> Copy & paste with your goal for June. <BR> <BR> JUNE GOAL _______WEIGHT OPTIONIAL___... Mon, 30 May 2011 14:34:36 EST MAY 2011 - THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Time to crank it up a notch and make it happen! Summer might be taking it's time getting here for some of us but it will come! So let's get to it. You all know the drill! After your last weigh in for April I hope to see you all here posting your goal for May. <BR> <BR> New members are welcome to jump in any time! <BR> <BR> First weigh in will be Friday May 6th and the final one falls on Tuesday May 31. You still have to weigh in on Friday May 27th. You get a couple of ... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:56:01 EST Hi from CA! I've had two babies in two years, which meant no diving! I used to dive at least once monthly, now, my goal is to get back into my 7mm wetsuit for some kelp forest diving! My husband and I met through our love for diving, and we really need to get back to it! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 01:53:38 EST Hello Gang-a-roos So, my first posting in Oh So Very Long. Thank you all for your support and care. I sure needed it during this challenging time. So, I'm currently only working the one full time job, but going to go search for another 2nd job...this time closer to home. <BR> <BR> Just when I thought I've had enough going on in my life, I get slammed with something else. As open as I am, I'm going to keep this one close to the vest, for now, as I work through it. Keep me in good thoughts. <BR> <BR> ANYWAY...... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 18:49:52 EST APRIL 2011 - THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hi gang! <BR> <BR> Spring is here and the warm weather will be with us soon! Time to start shedding the layers of winter clothing to reveal what's underneath! We really need to step it up if we want to be the best we can be for summertime fun! <BR> <BR> So let's do it! After the final weigh in tomorrow March 31st,, post your goal for April and come back for the first weigh in Friday April 8th. The last weigh in date for the April challenge will be Saturday April 30th! <BR> <BR> New member... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:47:33 EST Italy Anybody have any suggestions regarding diving in Italy? Loreen and I will be running a marathon March 20th and then we are touring around till April 1st. We would be renting equipment as I am not taking anything but our masks with us. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions would be appreciated <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Scott Sat, 5 Mar 2011 23:04:50 EST MARCH 2011 - THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hi gang! <BR> It’s time to start thinking about the March challenge. We are getting closer to spring so if we want summer ready bodies we need to kick it up a notch! <BR> <BR> After the final weigh in on Monday Feb 28, post your goal for March and come back for the first weigh in March 4th. <BR> <BR> Since the last day in March is on a Thursday that will be our final weigh in day. So there will be no posting on Friday April 1. The first weigh in for April will be on the Friday the 8th. <BR>... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:50:44 EST FEBRUARY 2011 – THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hi gang! <BR> <BR> Are you all ready to kick some weight off in February? <BR> Let's get to it and post your goals for this month. <BR> Same format and Monday Feb 28 will be the final weigh in. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to include your loss for January so we can keep a running total from month to month. <BR> <BR> New members are always welcomed to join us! <BR> <BR> Copy and paste: <BR> <BR> FEB GOAL____WEIGHT OPTIONAL)_____ <BR> FEB 04 LOST.... <BR> FEB 11 LOST.... <BR> FEB 18 LOST.... <... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 13:28:06 EST Hi from IL Hi all. I am new to this team. :-) I picked up administering the SparkDivers team, but noone's really on there anymore. So, here I am! <BR> <BR> I earned my padi open water cert in Oct. 09 in the Dominican Republic (the diving was beautiful), did 3 dives, then went diving last year, another 3 dives, in Panama. The water wasn't as nice, but I did see more on my dives so it was really cool! <BR> <BR> Anyway, here I am! <em>334</em> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:03:42 EST G'day from the Sunshine Coast, Australia Hi there.... <BR> <BR> I have this friend...Chris. <BR> He persuaded me to come and check you all out. <BR> <BR> I know I should know better than to just "take his advise" ;0) <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a Dutch woman that moved to New Zealand in 1994. Travelled and worked in the US and NZ even back in Holland for a while. My beautiful twins were born in 2007 abd in 2008 we decided to give Aussie a crack. <BR> <BR> We live on the Sunshine Coast and absolutely LOVIN' it here! <BR> <BR> I've been... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 22:10:16 EST Hi from NY Wow with my username you still let me in! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Michele and new to sparkpeople. I'm a PADI certified rescue diver with about 130 lifetime times but with two kids it's been a few years since we've been diving. <BR> <BR> Also due to the two kids, I have about 25 lbs to lose before my wetsuit fits comfortably again. We're hoping to do a Bahamas trip this summer. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:51:12 EST Short time diver, long time bigger big guy. Good evening all <BR> <BR> My wife and I are very new to the diving scene. We were just certified in Nov. In Maui. We did one of those resort dives just for kicks, enjoyed it so much we had to get certified. We only have 11 dives under our belts for 2010. While we love living in the Canadian arctic ( Yellowknife, NWT) it does curtail our diving for a good part of the year. But it does give us one more reason to go on those mid winter trips. I look forward to reading about your diving experie... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 23:21:59 EST Jumping into the New Year New Year is here, time to start fresh, new beginings. I made a goal to make more time for me. Strange as that sounds. Between work, family,social commentments and the computer, I have lost myself and never seem to do the things I really enjoy. I miss reading a book, cross-stitching, miniture rose gardening. Just going for a ride on the motorcycle for the sake of riding, or going scuba diving with my scuba club. Don't get me wrong I like SparkPeople, but its time comsuming sit time, where I re... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 12:37:33 EST January Challenge JANUARY GOAL: Lose 5 lbs <BR> CURRENT WEIGHT: 158.8 <BR> <BR> JAN 07 LOST…… <BR> JAN 14 LOST…… <BR> JAN 21 LOST…… <BR> JAN 28 LOST….... <BR> <BR> JANUARY 31 FINAL WEIGH IN…… <BR> <BR> JANUARY LOST TO DATE: 0 <BR> <BR> I am determined to make this the year I become a better me. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:53:41 EST JANUARY 2011 – THE TOTAL COMMITTEMENT CHALLENGE Hello team, <BR> <BR> We all had slightly more than a month off since the last challenge. As usual towards the end the year we had a drastic drop of enthusiastic members dedicated to losing weight, myself included. I know it is a big challenge with all the holidays the last 2 months but now is time to re-dedicate ourselves and gear up for a new promising year. A new year to being totally committed & focused on reaching our health goals. <BR> <BR> I put these questions down for the first... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 13:01:38 EST I'm back........ ............ Hey Diver's I am back after a year of gaining back my weight to the same 30 pounds overweight. I did go to Tahiti (Bora Bora) last year, didn't meet my weight goal, but half way...and felt good. Great diving by the way. Also got to snorkle for over an hour with a humpback whale and calf. We were invited with with the dive shop owner after our dive to go out while they video taped. Awesome experience! So I am back at sparkpeople to meet my goal to loose 30 pounds. I need to plan a new tri... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:04:22 EST YEAR 2010–The FALL OFF & DROP Challenge YEAR 2010 – The FALL OFF & DROP Challenge: DROP those pounds OFF NOW! <BR> <BR> Hello team, <BR> <BR> Here we are about to start a new challenge just a couple of weeks after the official start of Fall. <BR> I do not know if you are experiencing what I am but as the weather is getting colder, the appetite is increasing. YIKES! Is that nature’s way of telling me that I need extra insulation for winter? The heck with that! And before you know it we will have holiday temptations to deal with t... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 14:14:55 EST hi gang just joined up I know I can't do this by myself..I live in NM the land of many beaches but no water ha...I am a carribean soul at heart and make the trip once a year to somewhere with real water...thanks for letting me join the group Thu, 16 Sep 2010 07:09:09 EST A MUST READ for my Spark-Diver buddies! I posted this a couple days ago in the Narced lounge but am hopeful that other divers would read and benefit if it were posted elsewhere too. It was a reality check for me. <BR> <BR> Please see the attached link: <BR> <link><BR>es/hit /hit.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is an excellent article published in Advanced Diver Magazine written by Seattle diver John Rawlings. A strange coincident but Saturday Sept 4, I met John at Alki Beach, Cove 2 in the P... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:57:35 EST YEAR 2010 - LET'S KEEP MELTING WELL INTO FALL! Hello team, <BR> <BR> I hope you are all making the best of the summer and are enjoying the rewards of your labor in slimming down & shaping up on the last Sizzlin Summer Meltdown Challenge. We still have a ways to go in summer fun and there are lots of hot days ahead so we want to continue the momentum and keep losing to achieve our personal goals as we work our way into early Fall! Same goes to all of you on maintenance. We all know how easy it can be to let a couple of lbs sneak in there... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 18:31:06 EST Fresh water and steel tank weight help. Here is the situation: We have only dove in the ocean. We are going to do a lake dive, with the same gear: wetsuit, hood, gloves, steel tanks, etc. I know that we need less weight because of it being fresh water, but can't seem to find much information on the weight difference, plus the fact that our tanks are negatively buoyant. I currently can do 20 pounds, and hubby did 28 in the ocean. Does anyone have any insight on how much less weight would be a place to start? Tue, 3 Aug 2010 00:33:23 EST Cozumen Sept 2010 Dive4Life & KissieTaz2 thinking of Cozumel on cheap in Sept. Any suggestions as to hotels & dive operators? Mon, 14 Jun 2010 12:45:25 EST scuba in the NorthWest- an addiction! Hey divers, <BR> I'm reposting this from another forum I frequent. It hits WAY TOO close to home!!! :) <BR> <BR> What diving in the Pacific North West means. <BR> -You will spend upwards of $1,500 for a rubber jumpsuit that 99% of the people who know you will never see you wear. <BR> - 52 degree water is nice and warm in your warped view. <BR> - You look forward to spending 45 minutes driving, an hour bs'ing and setting up gear, another hour bs'ing and breaking down gear, another 45 minute d... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 14:57:30 EST YEAR 2010 - SIZZLIN SUMMER MELTDOWN CHALLENGE <BR> Hello team, <BR> <BR> I am going to keep this intro simple. Summer is around the corner and the weather will be HOT. It already is in most parts. The focus here is for US to look HOT in whatever we choose to wear this summer which is not going to be much in the heat. <BR> This challenge will run for 9 weeks from JUNE 4 (1st weigh in) to JULY 30 (last weigh in). <BR> Use your last weight form the “Shedding the Pounds” challenge as a starting point and set your new goal. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 13:55:36 EST Looking 2 share condo 4 dive trip to Ft. Lauderdal Female preferred. Have a 1 bedroom condo booked for July 17-24 to Ft. Lauderdale at the Coconut Bay Resort right on the beach with diving on site. Mon, 17 May 2010 11:23:46 EST YEAR 2010 - SHEDDING THE POUNDS FOR SUMMERTIME FUN Hello team, <BR> <BR> The focus this challenge is setting new goals to get us to Memorial Day which is 3 weeks before it is officially summertime. We want to be ready for that don’t we team? We had a great head start with <BR> the success of the last challenge, so let’s keep the momentum going. Let’s think swimsuits and wetsuits and let’s be ready for the big plunge this summer. <BR> <BR> This challenge will run for 8 weeks from April 9 to May 28. <BR> Weekly weigh in will be every Frid... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 18:29:18 EST Going on dive trips alone.... I noticed on another, older thread that some people are hesitant to go on dive trips without a buddy. <BR> <BR> As a frequent solo traveler, I want to encourage you to GO FOR IT. I have never had a hard time finding a buddy when I'm traveling solo. Mostly when I travel alone I do live aboards and the friendliness of people "all on the same boat" (literally and figuratively) is astounding. <BR> <BR> Don't stay home by yourself....get out there and dive. Or better yet contact ME. I might j... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:00:06 EST I'm going to Belize next month..... and I'm very excited. First off: my youngest is in the process of doing online classroom work and if not certified before arriving will do her checkout dives there. Next: I have a new underwater camera set-up on the way from B&H; I've been using an old Oly and housing but was FORCED (yeah, right) to get a new set-up when they stopped making O rings for my case. Third: if all goes well, I may do my 300th dive while there. <BR> <BR> I've been to Belize before and know the diving to be top not... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:57:14 EST YEAR 2010 - SPRING INTO SHAPE CHALLENGE Hello team, <BR> <BR> We are heading into spring with this new challenge so let’s keep that in mind as our focus because you know & I know that spring is followed by summer and that means shedding all those winter layers. We want to look great when that happens so now is the time to start springing into shape. <BR> <BR> This challenge will run for 7 weeks from February 15 to April 1. <BR> Weekly weigh in will be every Friday starting with the first one on February 19. Use your last weight f... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 19:16:05 EST You know you've had a good work-out when ... ... you're so sore it hurts to comb your hair! =) Tue, 9 Feb 2010 15:35:58 EST Diving in Negril, Jamaica Hello all. This is my first post so please be kind :) <BR> My wife and I are both scuba divers. Both fairly new at it. Have dived in Cozumel and Key West. We are going to Jamaica in March and staying in Negril. We plan on diving at least twice. Has anyone ever gone diving there? Should we look for a specific place or dive company? Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:16:59 EST Hello from Arizona (where the heat is always dry!) A couple of days ago I discovered Spark People, and today it occurred to me to do a scuba search--so here I am! <BR> <BR> I'm 54 years old and my husband and I love diving together. We haven't been diving that much (around 30 dives since we certified in 1996) but we've been to the Great Barrier Reef, Roatan, and a few other places. Late last year (Sept.) we decided to ramp it up since our last dive 6 years earlier, so we dove off Cancun and Cozumel. This weekend we returned from a cruise ou... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:27:04 EST New to SP and avid diving fan Hey all- <BR> Quick summary: My whole life I wanted to dive but felt I was too overweight to do it. Finally, at my heaviest 3 years ago, I said screw it and got certified. I have fallen madly in love with diving since. This year I started accupuncture and have been taking herbal teas which has made me feel better and cut some cravings which has led me to believe for the first time that I can lose this weight! <BR> My first goal is 10 pounds by the time I go on the Aquacat Liveaboard i... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 21:13:16 EST Roatan, Honduras Hi all, <BR> <BR> I doing some traveling in April which will have me in Roatan for one day. <BR> <BR> Has anyone dived here? <BR> Impressions, advice? <BR> <BR> We are looking a diving with West End Divers... any feedback? <BR> <BR> Thanks Sun, 24 Jan 2010 14:04:09 EST Another NM newbie.... I moved to Las Cruces over the summer and just joined sparkpeople this week. I've been diving for nine years and anticipate doing my 300th dive on my next trip which sadly probably won't be until summer 2010 in the Philippines. Although I have a diving spouse and now kids, I also like to travel by myself at least once a year do do live aboard dive trips and as such would LOVE to know of any group trips happening thru this message board. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being active with this gr... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 17:14:50 EST How was 2009 and what's your plans for 2010? Ok, I'll go first since I asked the question. <BR> <BR> 2009 was a great year of which I enjoyed so much success! Started SP in March and by September had lost 40 pounds and reached my goal, yahoo! November I took scuba lessons and received my open-water certification. Again, yahoo! I’ve been collecting scuba equipment for most of 2009, some of you on this board even gave me advice and helped me select my equipment, thank you! This Christmas my darling wife bought a BCD for me (DiveRite back... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 19:11:32 EST YEAR 2010- RESOLVE TO LOSE IT CHALLENGE! Hello team, <BR> <BR> A New Year and a new decade is quickly approaching and it is time to really take stock of the past year and evaluate the progress we made in achieving the goals we set out for ourselves. Some of us did great, some others, myself included struggled with our weight loss goals. We each have our reasons for not achieving them. But right now that is in the past, 2009 is almost over and it is time to think ahead and the year to come and ask ourselves the following questions:... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 16:53:22 EST What's the word on the Belize Dive Trip? I haven't heard, and it might be because I've not kept up very well on the team.... <BR> <em>39</em> sorry <BR> <BR> But...wasn't there going to be a Belize Dive Trip around Jan/Feb? <BR> <BR> I'd be interested in tagging along for that or any other WARMER water dive trip! <BR> I have 2 weeks off in Dec, and a ton of Annual Leave built up. <BR> <BR> Give me a holler <BR> <em>462</em> <em>47</em> <em>461</em> <em>298</em> <em>464</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2009 16:37:15 EST Now a PADI certified addict It's official now, November 8 I did my 4th dive to complete my open water certification. WHAT A BLAST! Wish I would have done scuba years ago. I started down scuba road in my late teens but then life happened, the dream was derailed. Oh well, at 51 I'm not getting younger and it's not to late to start. <BR> <BR> So last Sunday as I'm ascending a vertical wall from 60' in the Puget Sound, Hood Canal (brrrr 54 degrees) I look up and see a school of fish swim overhead back lit against the surfa... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:46:33 EST BCD with integrated weights or weight belt? I know that the current trend is BCD's with integrated weights but still I'm hearing from "old school" divers who still prefer weight belts. Anyone willing to share an opinion? After trying out a dive-rite last weekend using a combination of both, I'm considering going that route. Whats your preference? Fri, 30 Oct 2009 15:16:18 EST Weight loss in men can increase ....... appendage! <BR> I was watching Dr Oz on Oprah a couple of weeks ago, they were reviewing old footage of shows over the years where Dr Oz has addressed some rather ,uh, delicate subjects, one of which was a very unusual side effect of weight loss in men. It was hilarious of course, lots of embarrasing subjects were discussed and the look on Oprah's face at times was priceless. Anyway believe it or not apparently the equivalent of 30lbs weight loss in men will equate to a 1 inch increase in a certain a... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 04:55:32 EST WINTER'S COMING, BUT NOT THE POUNDS!...... WINTER'S COMING BUT NOT THE POUNDS? HOW MANY WILL YOU LOSE? <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello team, <BR> <BR> It’s time to get serious again! <BR> I unintentionally gave you all a couple weeks off after the last challenge and am sorry it took me that long to get another one going. But better late than never so here it is. <BR> The cold weather is upon us (or some of us that live farther north) and with that many of us get into a cocooning mode and comfort food which means those winter pounds can eas... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:45:07 EST Celebration time! Yup, I'm celebrating tonight. Weighed in this morning and hit my goal weight, I'm now the skinniest I've been since I was in high-school. Cool eh? To celebrate I bought myself a tilos 7mil wetsuit (I live in Oregon, brrrrr). <BR> <BR> Immediate plans are to loose another 4 - 5 pounds to give myself a weight range to stay in. I just moved to spark 3 and am feeling good about it. <BR> <BR> Cheer's to all! Ron Fri, 11 Sep 2009 22:24:20 EST Dive trip to Belize in January 2010 My husband and I just got back from Belize this past August. We loved it we are planning a trip back hopefully the first week in January 2-9, As travel agents we can get a group rate if we are able to book 8 rooms double occupancy which included discounts on diving as well. Please email me if interested and I can forward you some pricing if we get enough people to go. It's high season and very reasonable to eat, etc. there. WE would be staying on the island of Ambergris Cay which is simply lo... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 20:34:34 EST SUMMER COUNTDOWN CHALLENGE-LOSE IT B4 FALL COMES! SUMMER COUNTDOWN, LOSE IT B4 FALL COMES! <BR> <BR> Hello team, <BR> <BR> We just completed the “LET’S MELT, SIZZLE & DAZZLE challenge. Some of you have achieved your goals and a big congrats to you. I just want to remind all of you that you can still remain on the challenges on a maintenance program to stay on track with your success. <BR> Ok so now what? Well, we keep going in the same format with a weekly weigh in. I named this new challenge “Summer Countdown” since we will be officiall... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 09:34:25 EST Looking to share a dive trip adventure Looking to meet up with other divers for any upcoming dive (inexpenisve)trips, if you don't mind me tagging along on my own. <BR> <BR> If not this year...what about a group trip next year? I don't mind sharing accomendations, and having a roommate. <BR> <BR> Diving in US is fine by me too! <BR> <em>492</em> <em>492</em> Sun, 19 Jul 2009 12:33:22 EST Hello from NM Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Debie from New Mexico. Am 49, single and an Advance Diver. <BR> <BR> Just bought an Aqua Lung BC, used on one dive in Jan, when I went to Florida. <BR> <BR> Due to being newly single, I haven't had a chance to go scuba diving since Jan, but hope to pick up a singles group, or tag along with others on future trips....GIVE ME A HOLLER!!!! <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I'm losing weight, getting more fit, added bike riding, salsa dance lessons, salsa aerobics and weight training... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 12:13:51 EST Buying a Camera, SeaLife 800? Knowing that a lot of you are diver/photographers, I'm wondering if anyone has experience (good or bad) with the Sealife dc 800, underwater digital camera. <BR> Thanks, Ron Tue, 23 Jun 2009 21:31:08 EST Looking for advice Hi! As I mentioned in my intro to the team a while back, hubby and I took the indoor scuba skills class back in May and were scheduled to do the open water class/test in May but that did not work out because of a head cold. So I have been working on getting in the pool in prep for our next trip to the Lake in July. I am comfortable with the different skills we covered in class but the mask clearing is kicking my butt. It is kinda embarrassing but I cannot seem to blow enough air out of my ... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 13:06:50 EST The Movies! I thought it would be fun to have a movie thread here. Post three movies you really liked - They can be ones you saw recently or long ago. OR post a movie you just saw that you didn't like, with a brief description why. <BR> <BR> Here's my first three, that I really liked: <BR> <BR> "Starman" - A very moving love story about a heartbroken young widow, (Karen Allen) and the space alien who transforms her life. (played by Jeff Bridges) <BR> <BR> "Training Day" - A gritty, so real you feel l... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 20:45:54 EST Hello from NH Excellent! A divers team! Is there room in the water for another member? <BR> <BR> I'm from NH, and love diving! Though I don't do a lot of it up here. I also like to be WARM. <BR> <BR> -Beth Tue, 9 Jun 2009 17:50:25 EST LET'S MELT, SIZZLE & DAZZLE CHALLENGE Welcome to the LET’S MELT, SIZZLE & DAZZLE CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> Hello team, <BR> <BR> We just completed the “GET SUMMER READY CHALLENGE”! And are we all ready for summer? Some of us are and of us are not and summer is apx 2 weeks away. <BR> Hey, let’s not panic team, we still have time to melt it off in time for the real summer heat, and then we can sizzle and dazzle in time for swimsuit season. <BR> <BR> This challenge will run for 8 weeks from JUNE 12 (1st weigh in) to JULY 31 (last ... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 10:28:51 EST Hi from Wisconsin! Good morning divers, <BR> I did a search of groups and was happy to find a group of divers like me. I am Laurie from Burke, WI and my husband I are both divers. I have 404 dives under my weight belt <em>48</em> and earned my Divemaster cert in 2001. We don't dive as much as we used to due to money and time restraints but still love this sport the most. It's how we met. We both earned our OW in 1997, different shops. We met a month after he got certified. We had our first dive together July ... Fri, 29 May 2009 04:37:19 EST Hello from Kansas Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Wanted to introduce myself...I'm Beth and live with my family in the Overland Park KS area. My hubby and I are working to get our open water certification right now. Our son has been diving in a pool club for three years and got his open water last weekend at a lake in Missouri. <BR> <BR> Look forward to getting to know everyone a little better. <BR> <BR> Beth Thu, 21 May 2009 13:06:11 EST Konnichiwa from Japan, everyone! I've posted an intro on one of my other teams already, but I figure it's probably a nice gesture to extend the same courtesy everywhere. <BR> <BR> Anyway, about me: I'm originally from Canada, as you may have guessed from my username, specifically from Lethbridge, Alberta. I tell most people who ask though, that I'm from Edmonton, since it's a bit more well-known and I spent 10 years living there and I attended the U of A as well. <BR> <BR> Currently, I currently teach English at a junior ... Tue, 19 May 2009 03:30:13 EST Hi From Oregon Hello, my name is Ron from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, I've been active on spark starting the first of May. Currently I'm a chubby snorkler working my way to becoming a skinny scuba diver. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> <BR> Ron Sun, 17 May 2009 12:29:27 EST Masks that fit????? I am starting to feel like a mutant. I can't find a single mask that fits my face well. <BR> My dive buddy can wear pretty much any mask- nice and snug. <BR> Me- they all seem to leak somewhere. <BR> <BR> Anybody else "facially" challenged with masks?? Have you found any that work for you? Sat, 16 May 2009 16:33:13 EST Fins Hi everyone. I am going to be doing some cold water diving so I am going to need new fins ( so I can wear nice, thick, warm boots) <BR> Any suggestions on your favorite adjustable strap fins?? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 May 2009 16:21:42 EST GET SUMMER READY CHALLENGE GET SUMMER READY CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Hello team, <BR> <BR> We just completed “THE SPRING TUNE UP CHALLENGE, so what comes next? <BR> The “GET SUMMER READY CHALLENGE”! <BR> <BR> Time to get as many of those unwanted pounds before the heat kicks in and the clothes start shedding, the wetsuits go on and the swimsuits make their big splash! <BR> <BR> This challenge will run for 8 weeks from April 17 (1st weigh in) to June 5 (last weigh in). <BR> Use your last weight form the “THE SPRING TU... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 17:21:06 EST Diving in Arkansas, saying hi :) Hey guys :) My name is Tiffany I'm from Arkansas, just getting into diving, but having a BLAST!!! Wed, 11 Mar 2009 09:42:45 EST Hello from Canada Just stumbled onto Scuba team and joined! Nice to be here. I am an avid diver, and up to 98 dives -- this summer will try and do something special for dive #100! Tue, 3 Mar 2009 19:26:44 EST How many calories do we burn while diving? Hi Team. Several of us are getting ready for dive vacations and probably won't be doing a lot of other "regular" exercise. My dive buddy has scheduled us for 16-18 dives while in Belize (I guess I won't see the rain forest this trip). Just how many calories do we burn while diving? <BR> <BR> I've heard and read that's it's around 600/hour. Has anyone done any research or read anything differently? After the initial adrenaline rush has subsided, I know that I'm wiped out after 4 dives a ... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 08:57:13 EST Has anyone taken the on-line course Has anyone taken the on-line course? I'm leaving in 13 days for vacation. Our initial plan was to do the resort certification but now I'm contemplating taking the full course. I now need to decide whether to do the course work at home either on-line or in a class or at the resort while on vacation. <BR> <BR> The local dive shop is closed today so I don't know whether I even have time to do the course work here unless I do the on-line course. What is your recommendation? Mon, 23 Feb 2009 12:36:10 EST Newbie with a question I have been lurking for a while. I'm leaving in 2 weeks for Jamaica which I intend to take the resort certification and dive. We did the same thing 4 years ago also in Jamaica and loved it. It was the highlight of our vacation and I am hoping will be the highlight of our upcoming vacation. In the past 4 years my eyesight has deteriorated to the point I have to wear glasses. Do any of you have to wear glasses and what do you do while diving? Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:18:22 EST Is sea salt healthier than regular salt?? Is sea salt healthier than regular salt?? Wed, 18 Feb 2009 16:41:10 EST SPRINGTUNE UP CHALLENGE SPRING TUNE UP CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Hello team, <BR> <BR> We just completed “A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU” challenge with great participation and results, and now it’s time to keep moving ahead and not lose the momentum. <BR> <BR> The theme for this new challenge is Spring! Spring is a time to move forward, time for change, and a rebirth of everything around us. And it is a time for hope, when everything comes alive again after a long hard winter. It is time to take stock of the resolutions we mad... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 16:46:50 EST Diving in Kuwait Is there anyone familiar with diving in Kuwait? Looking for some good advice on dive communities, groups and trips. Thanks!! <BR> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 06:53:12 EST Good deals? hey all - am needing to blow bubbles and wondered if anyone heard of any good deals out there? Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:39:10 EST Going Pro I always planned on getting my Divemaster certification when i could... but i might be going pro along a different route, the U.S. Navy. <BR> <BR> I really miss the military lifestyle. I grew up in the Army while my dad served. I hope to combine my knowledge in Kinesiology and my love for diving and become a Navy Diver Instructor and Trainer. Wed, 4 Feb 2009 08:31:00 EST Florida Divers Anyone out there from Florida or heading to Florida for some diving? Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:13:59 EST new to the site and new to scuba Hi all, <BR> I am looking forward to checking out this site, but looking even MORE forward to checking out the world of scuba!! <BR> Tips, ideas, info welcome. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2009 09:32:50 EST Newbie Hi I'm Helen and I'm a newbie - I'm a diver based in the UK and need to lose a couple of stone. I dive mostly in the UK, and in the holidays in the Red Sea, Maldives etc etc. <BR> But I really need to lose some weight and get a bit fitter, as my dry-suit is getting rather tight - which just won't do you know. I have set myself a target to get from 171lb - 154lb in May. So fingers crossed..... <em>9</em> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 16:47:48 EST Bonaire Trip Report My husband and I spent 15 days diving on Bonaire Dec 2008. Shore diving is the draw to this small desert island in the Southern Caribbean. Diving freedom, no schedules,nitrox the same price as air ($114.00 for air and weights for 6 days unlimited diving). We always stay at a new place each trip, this is our 7th trip here. We rented a large 3 bedroom house with a pool for $139 a night. It was not on the water but a 2 minute drive to the water. We dove 2 dives a day. Saw so many fish inclu... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 11:45:02 EST A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU Hello team. <BR> <BR> I invite you all to join this year’s first weight loss challenge <BR> <BR> “A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU!” <BR> <BR> It is time to re-group and take stock of our achievement in 2008 and to set some new goals to start the year right. <BR> <BR> This challenge will run for 6 weeks from January 2 to February 13. Just in time for Valentine's Day and looking HOT & SEXY! <BR> <BR> Weekly weigh in will be every Friday starting with the first one on January 9th. <BR> <BR> Post y... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 14:42:41 EST Hi! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm really glad to find this team; I've been diving for about 4 years! My husband and I recently moved to San Diego but haven't gone diving here yet - the water here is cold! Our favorite places we've dived are Key Largo, Isla Mujeres, and the manatee exhibit at the zoo :) Wed, 3 Dec 2008 14:25:58 EST Is that wierd or what? Yesterday I ate 2278 calories and today my weight scale showed that I lost weight (1.4). Yesterday the number was 133.4 and today its 132. <BR> <BR> How weird is that? <em>2</em> Mon, 17 Nov 2008 22:50:02 EST Waterproof heart rate monitors Have you tried one? Did you like it? <BR> Fri, 14 Nov 2008 06:55:41 EST Diving Phillippines I'm always planning that next dive trip and I came upon and island in the Philippines called Pureto Galera. The diving there has very short boat rides to the sites, like 5 to 15 minutes, which really sparked my interest because I am one who gets very seasick no matter what I try. Have any of you dove in this area? <link> </link> Thu, 13 Nov 2008 12:43:52 EST Hello from SE Asia Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I joined several days ago, just havent had the chance to post yet. <BR> <BR> I'm Julia. I'm a Divemaster living and working in the South East Asia, currently in Malaysia. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone here tried using waterproof heart rate monitors when scuba diving. And if so, how was it? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on which heart rate monitor is best for diving activities? Mon, 10 Nov 2008 06:06:04 EST LOSING IT IN 2008! Welcome to the “LOSING IT IN 2008”, the LAST challenge for this year! YOUR last chance to lose it before the new year! Wouldn't it be really great NOT having to start the year the same old resolution that we make every year telling ourselves over & over that this is the year I am going to do it. WHY wait for 2009? Lose it in 2008 I say! <BR> <BR> Let's give ourselves the gift of looking & feeling great for the holidays!If we lose the weight we will be more focused on keeping it off during ... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 13:21:23 EST Hi Im New Hi team, my name is Frank. I'm new to the site, and am looking for buddies to help me unload some weight, so i can stop wearing so much lead!! I've been a diver now for about 10 years. I am a dive instructor, although lately, not so much. I've put on a lot of weight (100 pounds) over the last couple of years. So i've felt self consious about even going diving, let alone trying to set the example for new divers by being unhealthy. I've had weight issues all my life, but while I was on ac... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 23:38:37 EST Hey from NC! Hello all! Although I am not new to sparkpeople, I am new to this team. Just wanted to say hi. I am just getting back into the spark people website after being away for awhile. Need to lose some weight before I go on a cruise in Jan 09. <BR> <BR> My DH and I just got certified in July and I am anxious to do my first dive on the cruise. We hope to dive in Tortola and Nassau. <BR> <BR> I look forward to having other divers, that are trying to lose weight too, to talk to! Fri, 31 Oct 2008 13:50:46 EST Hello from Northern VA!! Hi everyone! I just joined SP and I'm looking forward to meeting some people like me who are working on losing weight. <BR> I'm totally in love with diving and can't believe I haven't been wet since August! I hate living inland! :) Anyway...just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. My name is Nicole. I'm 28. I live in Alexandria, VA, right outside of Washington, DC. :) Sun, 19 Oct 2008 16:32:37 EST Halloween Well, we're through the first week of October, Fall is in the air, and soon Halloween will be here. I love Halloween. Loved it when I was a kid trick or treating, and continued to love it as I got older and enjoyed wearing costumes for Halloween parties. I also love the whole idea of being scared, but in a safe and fun way. Monsters, ghosts, ghouls, axe murderers, Richard Simmons... It can be fun stuff! But there's something I love even more... <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I've fou... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 11:02:46 EST Texas Diver :) hey ya'll! <BR> i'm fairly new to spark people, but i've been diving since 2005 (not all that long). I've got my dive master cert., scientific diver cert., cavern diver, and i'm finishing up my dive master right now :) <BR> diving is my all time favorite thing to do, but i've only been to florida, flower gardens, and bermuda other than the random training lakes in tx :p <BR> <BR> bermuda was a lucky trip for me, i just graduated with a b.s. in marine biology and last summer i was able to hel... Thu, 2 Oct 2008 14:21:10 EST Fall the Pounds Challenge Welcome to the “FALL THE POUNDS CHALLENGE”, the first official challenge for the FALL 2008 season. <BR> <BR> The weather is getting brisk for most of us and a great time to take the workout outdoors and enjoy all of nature’s beauty with the changing of the colors. And let’s fuel our bodies with the plentiful fall bounty found at all the farmer’s markets. <BR> <BR> This is the time ladies & gents to seriously whip ourselves into shape and work hard at achieving our goals, because come Jan... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 15:00:01 EST Greetings From Boston, MA Good Morning fellow divers! <BR> <BR> I was really happy to find a group centered around diving here on Spark. I started diving back in 1985 when I weighed 150 lbs and was in very good shape. I was a member of the New England Aquarium Dive Club, and went diving almost every weekend from May to October. I met my wife diving, and we were fortunate enough to take several wonderful Caribbean dive vacations together. <BR> <BR> But by 1996 I hit a 10 year stretch of chronic unemployment, underemp... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 09:19:19 EST sea sickness Hi all! <BR> I was just recently certified in Miami (winter 2008)and have a question (along with a story) for anybody who has any experience with sea sickness... <BR> <BR> I tend to get a little queasy on boats... my first open water dive was quite an experience! The water was pretty rough... I had never actually gotten so sick that I had to vomit but this trip out, as soon as the boat stopped, I started throwing up. The crew had to physically put my tank and flippers on me...I felt like cr... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 06:25:12 EST Career Change! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I know this is a bit off-topic, but decided to share anyway in hopes that my fellow divers could lend me a hand. <BR> <BR> I have decided to embark on a career change into the world of Pharmaceutical Sales. I am currently hitting the job market very hard and am running into some difficulty breaking into this industry. While I do have an excellent proven sales record, it isn't in the medical field - which is what I believe is slowing me down. <BR> <BR> My question ... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 21:15:02 EST Vitamin C can help you burn upto 25% more fat I'm only new to this team, but today I was emailed what I consider a very important piece of information that is too helpful and beneficial to keep under wraps. I subcribe to a website called Real Age (it is run by 2 doctors, one of whom is DR OZ who sometimes appears on the Oprah Winfrey show and seems to have immense knowledge on all things healthy). <BR> <BR> Anway this bit of information is about a study that was conducted between people with adequate and inadequate supplies of vitami... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 01:03:25 EST Hello Hello, <BR> My husband and I are both scuba divers. He just reached Master Scuba Diver and I have advanced open water. My pregnancy put me behind on dives. :( We are going to Cancun and Cozumel 16-23 of Sept and are looking forward to diving. If anyone knows of a good company to dive through let me know. We can't wait!!! Wed, 20 Aug 2008 14:37:41 EST Summer's End Challenge Summer's End is the final of the summer long challenges preparation for a long Fall & Winter season ahead of us (except for the lucky ones that live in warm climates). <BR> As you know that means taking the fall clothes out that will be too big by now. So before we hit the stores for that new fall wardrobe lets work on getting a few extra lbs off first. <BR> <BR> The challenge will run from Friday Aug 22 to Sept 19. <BR> <BR> Aug 22 will be the start by posting our goals for 4 weeks. The f... Wed, 20 Aug 2008 13:41:07 EST Hi from New Zealand I've been using this site for 7-8 weeks now. I never realised there was a scuba diving team until I was checking out someones page, so I thought I'd say "Gidday" from Down Under!! Not doing any dives right now as it's the middle of winter and we are getting plenty of snow. Hoping to do my PADI Advanced Open Water ticket in the summer. Would love to do some diving overseas - have only dived in New Zealand, but it's still pretty good!!! Would love to go to Bermuda - looks amazing. Tue, 19 Aug 2008 23:50:20 EST Hi From Bermuda Hi All. I live in Bermuda and it's a crime that I don't get out as often as I'd like for dives. I've just recently come back to diving after taking a hiatus due to pregnancy. I'm glad to be back and did a great 2 tank dive; wreck/reef 2 weeks ago. I also took visiting friends snorkeling today and we saw a chain morray. It was awesome!! I have my PADI advanced open water cert and have been diving since I was 10; I believe my passport says I'm currently 32 ;-p Sun, 3 Aug 2008 22:53:39 EST Cozumel for beginners? Hello all, <BR> <BR> I have basic (not advanced) diver certification through NAUI. DH (who has advanced certification) has been invited on a dive trip to Cozumel at the end of next month. Since we live in Hawaii, the cost of just flying there is kind of outrageous. I would love to go but DH said it wouldn't be worth it for me to make the trip because a lot of the diving there is advanced and there wouldn't be many dives I could go on with a group since I only have basic certification. Is... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 15:15:41 EST Hi from Sunny Arizona Hi everyone, I'm a newbie. Looking forward to chatting with you all. I love scuba diving (8 years now), and am hoping to go on a trip pretty soon. Can't wait to hear all about your trips. I'm having scuba withdrawals right now!!! You know what I mean! I have a real health reason to lose weight. I'm a diabetic, and my kidneys are starting to become affected. Which scares me beyond belief. My goal is to get my weight down, so that I can eliminate my dependency on medications, and of cours... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:33:04 EST Surface Interval workouts? I know that being in good shape is better for diving, especially since it lowers your air consumption rate and buoyancy. <BR> <BR> How do you fit excise in with dive weekends out of town? <BR> What is your favorite workout with diving? Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:03:35 EST Does Scuba make you gain weight? I've noticed, atleast around Montana, that the divers tend to be overweight. Now I think that this could be for several reasons, but I wondered what other people thought. <BR> My ideas: <BR> -Nitrogen loading makes you hungrier and people don't choose the best foods <BR> -People eat more when trying to warm up from 40 degree water diving <BR> -Calorie usage is overly generous for diving <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:01:53 EST Hello from Montana! Hi all! <BR> I'm a cold water diver out here in Montana. It's been a balmy 68 degrees in the water here and the algae is in full bloom... yay! <BR> <BR> I want to get back in shape before I do a live aboard in January. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you all! Tue, 22 Jul 2008 13:46:46 EST Hey all! Hi all...recently joined the spark community, and found this team! <BR> I've been a diver for 5 years now - I love diving for the unbelieveable freedom and peace it brings to my life... <BR> So, looking forward to chatting with you guys. Up here in Canada, it's this wonderful time of year when we can dive in a 3-mil suit and not fear hypothermia :-) so see you out there!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2008 22:00:25 EST Summer Meltdown Challenge Part II This is a follow up to Summer Meltdown Part 1 which ended today. <BR> The Summer Meltdown Part II challenge will run for 4 weeks, from July 25 to Aug 15. Each Friday will be report day! Same as before. <BR> <BR> You have a choice of setting your goal in LBS or INCHES. Use your weight of this last weigh in as a starting point, decide what your goal will be and post it as soon you can. <BR> <BR> Friday July 25 will be the - lst report day and Friday August 15 will be the final one. <BR> <BR... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:10:03 EST Where is everyone located? I am not sure if this has been done but since I am new I was wondering where everyone is located. I live outside of Tampa Florida and have just started diving within the past year. <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2008 20:54:29 EST Challenges Scoreboard! Lets keep score! <BR> <BR> We go from challenge to challenge focusing on how many lbs we currently want to lose! <BR> <BR> HELLO! <BR> <BR> How about all the lbs we already lost? I think they should be engraved in stone somewhere so we can remind ourselves of the hard work we did on each challenge. <BR> <BR> So this is where we will be engraving it in stone! <BR> And we will start with the 1st challenge of this year which was the Bond 1. <BR> <BR> Each one of use will take the weight los... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 13:03:17 EST Scuba team dive trip Group Scuba team dive trip. <BR> <BR> I started this in the lounge,so for everyone that is interested on a group trip, sign up here and let us know your available times. <BR> <BR> Hopefuly we can narrow it down and make this happen. <BR> Then we can pick a spot everyone is ok with as far as location & budget. <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 14:13:32 EST Newbie in Hawaii Hi there! I got my basic NAUI certification last summer on Oahu's North Shore. I live on the west side of the island. DH is in the Navy and we have been here for 3 years. He has been certified for 10 years and the ONLY diving we have gotten since we've been here have been my certification dives because his work with the military has kept him pretty busy (and gone) a lot of the time. I'm thinking of taking a refresher course and then scooping up some good equipment on craigslist so we can... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 18:11:24 EST Summer Meltdown Challenge Part I This challenge will run for 4 week, from June 27 to July 18.Each Friday will be report day! <BR> <BR> You have a choice of setting your goal in LBS or INCHES. You can use your weight of the last weigh in as a starting point. So if you lost anything to date it counts for Friday June 27 - lst report day! <BR> If you decide to use inches and you have your recent measurements you can use those and remeasure for Friday's report day. <BR> <BR> Think carefully about your goal. You will not be able... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 19:13:49 EST Hi there! New member here too :-) Hi everyone! Just wanted to take a second to introduce myself. I'm Alexsis in Mission Viejo (Orange County, Southern California). I was/am an avid diver and have racked close to 100 dives in the cold Southern California waters, La Paz, Mex. and Negril, Jamaica. Some of my favorite dives include kelp forests, wreck diving and drift diving. I am looking forward to getting back in the water and the challenges of beach diving, here in So Cal. I look forward to learning more about every... Wed, 4 Jun 2008 18:09:19 EST Setting up Team Goals Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> We have this new feature that has been here for a little while that I would like to set up. <BR> <BR> We can have up to 5 team goals that we can set up. <BR> We do not have to do 5 all at once but I think it would be fun to start with at least a couple. <BR> <BR> However since we are a team I would like your input as to what would interest and motivate each of you to track every day. It can be a monthly challenge where we work towards a monthly goal or a daily ch... Thu, 29 May 2008 10:10:12 EST Quiz from Coach Dean I thought I would post this quiz from Coach Dean for all of you. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. True or False: It’s important not to eat less than 1200 calories per day because doing so will throw your body into “starvation mode” and stall your weight loss. <BR> <BR> False. It IS important to eat at least 1200 calories per day, but this is because most people will find it almost impossible to maintain good nutrition when eating less than this. “Starvation mode” is a real concern, but the number of cal... Fri, 16 May 2008 12:53:07 EST Cold Temps and Weight Loss Hi, does anybody have information on the effect that cold has on weight loss? I found some good articles analyzing weight loss with steady aerobics vs. HIIT etc, and I am looking for an equally informed analysis of calories consumed by thermogenesis. <BR> <BR> Some of us dive in really cold water and must hence use a lot of energy to produce heat; but even in moderate water in a wetsuit, we must generate heat to warm the water. How much calories does that consume? Does it have long term EP... Thu, 1 May 2008 04:35:47 EST new profile image Hi, Friends! <BR> <BR> Well, I have been very gently convinced to change my profile image. <em>246</em> So, I have decided, in honor of the "new me", the "new and improved attitude", I am going to be changing my image. Now, as soon as I figure out how to post a new picture (it'll probably take me a few days to figure out how to do it), I will have a new picture, but I will still be "snorkelfan"!. Sun, 27 Apr 2008 01:00:21 EST Midwest divers! I live in Michigan (lower peninsula) and I was wondering if any other divers are in the area. I am going to want a sub-aquatic break from summer classes but I don't know a lot of local dive buddies. Post here if anyone else is looking for dive buddies or if you have suggestions for some fun summer dives around the midwest. I live on Gull Lake in the summer which is gorgeous, but you get excited about the same drop-off just so many times a year. Tue, 22 Apr 2008 11:59:11 EST Hi, new to the team Hi, my name is Jenn. My hubby and I have been diving for about 3 years now, but don't get to go to often (live in Nebraska). We will be making our way down to Florida at the end of May where we will get to do some diving. I can't wait! We have a 9 year old daughter who is wanting to learn and get her junior certification next year. We just joined a local dive group so maybe we will get some more diving in....I just don't like the cold water around here! I was excited to see this group a... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 15:37:26 EST it's been a long time it's been a long time since I've posted anything on this site. I find it ironic that this is the team I have been neglecting the most, since snorkeling is my #1 reason to want to lose weight. I want to feel healthy enough to have the energy to snorkel and not be embarrassed. I want to experience diving.I have been so frustrated and unmotivated lately. I am so angry with myself. What's it going to take to get me going?????? Fri, 11 Apr 2008 00:15:36 EST Bond & Bond Girl ChallengPart II -Spring Edition Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> We had a really exciting & successful 1st Bond challenge and by popluar demand we are doing it all over again. <BR> <BR> The Challenge starts tomorrow Friday April 11 with the 1st weigh in and you also reset your goals for the next 10 weeks with the final weigh in on <BR> June 20th <BR> <BR> Post them in the same format we used before <BR> <BR> Example <BR> April 11 - Goal 10 lbs <BR> April 18 lost....1 (to go 9) <BR> <BR> Total lost 1 <BR> <BR> Copy and pas... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 19:50:53 EST Hello everyone!! Greetings! I'm pretty new to the site and even newer to the group, but I wanted to say hi. Sadly I don't have any recent dive stories to share. The only time I've put my gear to use in the last couple years was to help the local golf course locate a couple of carts that were driven into the lakes by some drunk teenagers. And even sadder still is the fact that I'm not sure there is enough lubricant manufactured to get my a** back into my suit. However, THAT is going to change. I'm still ... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 20:30:37 EST Crunches & Squats Daily Boot Camp Hello members! <BR> <BR> What are the two most problematic areas for women? <BR> 1) Midsection <BR> 2) Hips & thighs <BR> <BR> For men? Mainly one. <BR> 1) Midsection <BR> <BR> Ladies, can you envision yourself with beautiful toned & defined abs and sculpted hips & thighs? <BR> <BR> Gentlemen,how about some killer 6 pack to show off on your next dive vacation. <BR> <BR> I challenge each and every one of you to join me in my daily obsession to do as many crunches and squats that can yo... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 14:41:33 EST Diving in San Diego My DH & I live in Southern Cali and have been certified for 5 years now and have never been diving in San Diego. We usually dive off of Catalina. We've been wanting to go to Wreck Alley in San Diego but just haven't had the time to plan it. Has anyone been diving there? What'd you think of it? Fri, 14 Mar 2008 00:30:50 EST HI MICHLEAR Tried to send you a spark mail and it wouldn't go though so thought I'd just pop in here. I had major surgery on Jan 28th and it is taking forever to recover . So that is where I have been , trying to maintain my weight wihtout exercise. Not allowed yet ............. miss it too . So anyway off to bed but back later <BR> <BR> hugs <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 20:10:19 EST I'M BACK Hi gang , <BR> had my surgery on the road to recovery . While recovering my weight went loopy but now I'm back on track and on my way . I'll be looking spectacular in no time in that wet suit *g* <BR> <BR> Have a great day Thu, 6 Mar 2008 07:21:42 EST Weekend Watch (pls post your weights only) This board is for those of us that need to keep a (serious)eye on ourselves during the weekend. <BR> Please post only your weights (friday and then monday), using a simple copy paste that can show your progress as you go along. <BR> <BR> For each pound you loose you earn a prize: <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> Yoyo weight gain/loss does not earn a Medal. <BR> <BR> Please keep all personal comments, messages and discussion related to this board on the lounge or the old Contestboard. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 12:09:10 EST Share your scariest diving moment We've all had some scary moments diving. I thought it might be fun to share them. <BR> <BR> Here's one of mine. <BR> <BR> We had just arrived in Freeport, Bahamas and our 1st dive was a shark dive. One of the divemasters was dressed in maille and he was going to interact with the sharks while we all watched. <BR> <BR> We jumped off the boat. It was a 50 foot dive. Just as I got to the bottom, I started choking, seriously. I could not get any air whatsoever!! The diver next to me noticed so... Sat, 2 Feb 2008 21:47:10 EST I;'m back Slowly but surely . Surgery is over now just recovering and back on track . Hope everyone has a nice day *s* Thu, 31 Jan 2008 06:14:50 EST Well Hello Here! I am a scuba diver love it! So glad to find this team! Anyone been to Hawaii? Kona coast? Fri, 25 Jan 2008 12:03:58 EST How I learned to dive Short and sweet, <BR> <BR> hubby came home and said honey I signed us up for dive lessons. I said WHAT ? <em>234</em> i ONLY GET IN THE WATER TO COOL OFF AND SWIM A BIT .. HE SAID OK , i'LL SEE WHAT OTHER FEMALE wants to learn with me and ...the rest, as they say is history . Now I am not sorry one bit that I learned for there is no other sport like it *grin* Fri, 18 Jan 2008 12:26:11 EST wish me luck! Thanks for the invite! although I joined SP on the 1st, tomorrow, the 14th, is going to be my 1st official day of the program. Figured out the diet, did the grocery shopping and I am joining the gym tomorrow. My sister gave me a 3 month membership to her gym. I guess no more exercise excuses. This is it! My reward is going to be to learn how to dive. I love snorkeling some much that snorkeling isn't enough. I want to see and do more. Wish me luck! Sun, 13 Jan 2008 22:33:00 EST Hi. New here I saw a post somewhere that said you all hang out in the Narc'd lounge, so I thought I'd duck in to say hi. <BR> <BR> I'd rather think about diving that work right now anyway. People here are driving me nuts. LOL <BR> <BR> ...and then I realized I wasn't in the Narc'd lounge... lol Oh well. See? I'm a newbie. :) Wed, 9 Jan 2008 13:41:23 EST The Bond & Bond Girl Challenge Hello everyone and welcome to the new Challenge where we will all work hard and strive to be in the next Bond movie! <BR> <BR> Kinch will be monitoring this challenge and will be motivating us and kicking butt as needed. <BR> <BR> The rules are simple and easy. <BR> <BR> Challenge will run from Wednesday Jan 9 to with the last weigh in being Friday April 11. <BR> <BR> Weigh in day will be on Wedesday's. So that gives us 2 extra bonus days in the last week to finish up. <BR> <BR> We w... Mon, 7 Jan 2008 18:33:26 EST hi! I'm new Hi! I just joined SP a few days ago and discovered your site. I LOVE snorkeling! I am 48 years old and have just discovered snorkeling a couple years ago. I had no idea I could feel such awe and passion for the sea! My goal is to lose enough weight and make enough money (hence my new business venture)to have the energy and time and money to do more snorkeling and to learn how to scuba. I don't want to waste another day and let life pass me by before I can do the things I want to do. I have ra... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 23:18:41 EST GOOD MORNING FELLOW DIVERS My 'mission' *g* should I decide to accept it , is to lose my weight so I can feel not like a sardine *g* in my 3/2 suit ........... Anyone on this boat with me *g* I know I'm just teasin' I am sure you all are on the boat with me ............ <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say had a great Christmas and I'm hoping for a quiet new years ............. may you do the same <BR> <BR> <BR> hugs Thu, 27 Dec 2007 07:15:56 EST WWWWWWWWWWEELL LLLLLLLLLLLLLL Looks like my beloved is erious ...........hopefully if all goes well he wants to retire in the next year or two to Panama. We have been researching houses and the market is fabulous. We will be taking a trip down to really investigate but we may be moving to Panama and you all can come visit *s* We are looking at a house right on the water so we can dive dive dive *s* I'll keep ya posted on that one <em>224</em> Mon, 3 Dec 2007 20:26:00 EST GOOD MORNING FELLOW DIVERS *S* I love scuba diving (0-; <BR> And I love this group.......... you know how hard it is already to get into a 3-2 suit , well I am hoping to lose enough so I don't have to struggle as much *g* . But I got on this scale this AM and I am down to 163 ......I just had to share that with you . This is the best site I ever discovered and you all are the best support team ever , have a great day <em>224</em> Sun, 2 Dec 2007 06:41:45 EST HI THAKS FOR INVITING ME Hi my screen name is bluedivr , obviously because I love the color blue and I am a diver, But y'all can call me Debi . I have been diving for 10 years now and trying to lose weight about as long *s* I have traveled many different place to dive and love the Carribean ............ you can reach me here or at my email <BR> thanks for inviting me to join *s* <em>224</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2007 06:06:30 EST Hi, new to the team, returning to diving I've been on SP for awhile. A few years ago (in college) I took an OW class, but haven't been diving much since then. Luckily for me, my brother decided to follow in my footsteps recently and get a c-card. His enthusiam has spread and we have two trips planned for this coming year, one Tropical and one local. <BR> <BR> Does anyone reading this know the difference in training between PADI (me) and NAUI (my brother)? I'd like to know if there are any issues that may come up before we go ... Wed, 28 Nov 2007 11:13:04 EST Every Fin Counts - Help Save Sharks<BR>d=6246&toptab=8 <BR> <BR> Go to the link (sorry have to copy and paste, there shoudl be no spaces) and sign the petition to voice concern over the loss of sharks in the oceans. This came in today's newsletter. <BR> <BR> From PADI AWARE: <BR> <BR> Every Fin Counts During European Shark Week <BR> <BR> Project AWARE and the Shark Alliance call for global support to restore and conserve threatened shark populations. European Shark Week - held fro... Tue, 2 Oct 2007 19:43:54 EST Contest MESSAGE Board! Stop here to comment on the contest and to post ideas or sugestions. Also for general discussion relating the the "Lose for Christmas Contest". Wed, 12 Sep 2007 13:34:01 EST Lose for Christmas Contest This board is for serious and committed Scuba Team members, new & old, who want to lose a specific amount of weight for Christmas and will take the time to come here and post their weekly weight loss every Friday and again on Monday's for post-weekend update. <BR> <BR> It is not for general discussion. We will continue to use the Challenge board for that. <BR> We should keep this board serious and clean! <BR> <BR> This is how it will work. <BR> <BR> Decide on a specific & realistic number... Wed, 12 Sep 2007 13:29:57 EST AOW Dives! I started my AOW certification this past Saturday - did a navigation, a wreck, and a night dive. Next weekend I'm doing a photography and a deep dive. <BR> <BR> So far I'm liking it...getting some good pointers and working on adding additional task loading while diving. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any idea if the calorie burned on the fitness tracker is accurate for scuba? If it is, I'm going to start diving a lot more! <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Aug 2007 08:16:31 EST newish diver, still struggling. am I the only one? ok so I am wondering how everone fairs with all their diving equipment. I have only dove off of Cape Cod in MA where the water is freezing. I bought all my gear and have gone a bunch of times but I still struggle horribly with all the weight of the gear. I know I am not in the BEST of shape but I am not a lazy couch potato. I mean, I work out at least 3-4 times a week or so. Does anyone else out there struggle like me? I have a 7ml wetsuit and hoodie vest so I have to dive with 30 lbs. ... Wed, 11 Jul 2007 16:31:32 EST Check-off dives coming up! Well my husband finally talked me into getting SCUBA certified and now after taking the class I am so excited to do my check-off dives at the end of this month! I thought it was so cool to find a group of divers on SparkPeople that I just had to join! Fri, 4 May 2007 13:47:14 EST Hello Hello my name is Jeanie I live in Liberty Township Ohio. I have been diving for 4 years and I have gone to many islands in the Carribbean Aruba, Bonnair, Curacao, St Kitts, Barbados, Belieze, Roatan, Cozumel to name a few. I had a baby May 3, 2006 and I have not been in the water in WAY TOO LONG!! My husband and I are going to try to get back to Curacao in September. We do quarry diving here in Ohio but this is not the greatest murky and cold but hey I get wet so I will live with it. I was ex... Wed, 2 May 2007 10:37:36 EST Hello Hello my name is Jeanie I live in Liberty Township Ohio. I have been diving for 4 years and I have gone to many islands in the Carribbean Aruba, Bonnair, Curacao, St Kitts, Barbados, Belieze, Roatan, Cozumel to name a few. I had a baby May 3, 2006 and I have not been in the water in WAY TOO LONG!! My husband and I are going to try to get back to Curacao in September. We do quarry diving here in Ohio but this is not the greatest murky and cold but hey I get wet so I will live with it. I w... Wed, 2 May 2007 10:18:54 EST Suggestions for Diving in Ontario I'm going to Toronto this summer. Do you have dive sites and or dive operators that you can recommend? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I want to dive in COLD water (that's less then 25C /75F) but heard there was some good wreck diving in the lakes. I want to fill in some of my "freeloading" time and thought why not go diving? It will be the first time for fresh water diving for me. I will have all my gear with me as I'm going onto Honduras afterwards. Sat, 24 Mar 2007 04:57:12 EST Divers Down ~*~*~*~*~ Bellies Up! <em>218</em> <BR> Exercise #1: <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> Teach Your Abdomen To Respond To You, And Learn To Relax! <em>218</em> <BR> This is a simple exercise that everyone can do, that will help you get in touch with your inner self--or at least with your belly roll muscles! <BR> <em>218</em> <BR> Stand comfortably, in good belly dance posture. That means your feet should be directly below your shoulders, your knees relaxed, and your rib cage held high--imagine a puppet string attached to your brea... Fri, 23 Mar 2007 09:40:09 EST A C C O U N T A B I L I T Y !!!!!!! We must first and foremst be accountable to ourselves - then to others! Hopefully with me posting this, others will fall in line and share so that we may as a group support one another and reach our goals! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> * I will be able to walk in my 5 ml. wet suit with ALL the gears, including my tank without being out of breathe! <BR> * I will be able to look ahead w/o lifting my neck to hide the turkey neck. <BR> * I will be able to wear the boxes of clothes I have stashed awa... Tue, 13 Mar 2007 14:05:06 EST Dive Gear Suggestions Hi guys or "guy" & girls aka: Harem!!! <BR> <BR> Soooo...please do tell . . . <BR> What brand of gear do you own and recommend? <BR> Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:45:10 EST Places you want to DIVE one day! <em>221</em> I would love to do the keys! <BR> <BR> We need to plan us all a trip to meet, greet and dive there! <BR> <BR> That would be awesome!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>14</em> <em>47</em> Wed, 7 Feb 2007 14:13:16 EST Introduce yourself to the team here! Welcome, <BR> To anyone new onboard. Glad to have you here!!! <BR> <BR> Daisy and the crew (harrem) you'll see what we mean. <em>235</em> Wed, 7 Feb 2007 13:12:15 EST Love to get wet Hi, <BR> My name is Elizabeth and I have been a diver for about 4 years. My husband Dale, for about 25. We live in Florida, so we have all kinds of places to dive at. We do our open water dives in the Keys, of course, and we have dived almost all the springs around us. Our biggest plans are to go to the Great Australia Reef, we have been saving for 3 years, and we have 2 to go. Wed, 7 Feb 2007 09:01:11 EST Recipes for Skinny Divers (lol) Soup - (just received and wanted to share with all of you! <BR> Heat 1-2 TBSP Olive Oil and add 1 TBSP of Chopped Garlic, 1 Large Chopped Carrot, 1 Small Chopped Onion- Brown these. <BR> <BR> In the Mean time- I mix up 2 cups of Low Sod Chicken Broth. and pour it in as soon as the veggis are browned or softened to your taste. <BR> <BR> I then add 1 can of chopped tomoatos or some tomato paste and some more water (I like the chopped tomotos the best). I also add 3 TBSP of Worechestershire S... Tue, 6 Feb 2007 13:30:33 EST YOU: ON A DIET Has anyone read the book by Dr Oz. I was impressed by the book. I found it very informative. I change a lot of things in my diet. I liked the way it broke down everything chemically. Fri, 26 Jan 2007 10:26:46 EST CHALLENGES This challenge is for Sat 1/27 & Sun 1/28 <BR> <BR> Since weekends are where we usually slide on our diet and exercise, because of dining out, etc. This will be a challege just for the weekend. It should be something we can all do. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day. <BR> 2. Work out for a minimum of 30 min. on Sat. OR Sun. not both. <BR> 3. If you are going to totally blow the diet/calorie counting by drinking (alchohol) or with dining out, try not to exceed your daily cal. ran... Fri, 26 Jan 2007 08:09:02 EST So Where have you been diving? I thought we should dicuss a bit of diving since that is what this team is based on. I was originally certified in '97 but left Florida for the midwest, within a few months of getting certifed. So...I just got re-certified this past summer. I have been diving off the coast of West Palm, Key Largo, the local quarry, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Mexico was amazing. We even got a video. Tue, 16 Jan 2007 13:56:52 EST