SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official 5K Your Way Walking Program Team Messageboard This SparkTeam is for members following <a href="" target="_blank"> SparkPeople's 5K Your Way Walking Program</a>. Follow our training program to walk a 5K in just 5 weeks! By completing the program, you'll earn a special SparkTrophy to display on your SparkPage, too. You can join the Team anytime to discuss your training, ask questions, and share your progress. SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official 5K Your Way Walking Program Team Messageboard Hi!!! Hi! My name is Dodie. I'm 61, retired, and needing to lose around 10 pounds. I hope to accomplish this by walking and watching what I eat. I don't think I've ever introduced myself online like this. It's rather awkward:-) Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:39:33 EST Finished Week Four Can really tell I am making progress. Have more strenth and stamina than when I started. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:30:32 EST week 4 is awesome and I feel great. Still have the 3rd workout to do for this week. Joined Planet Fitness two weeks ago and doing this on their treadmills after work. May go outside Saturday morning and do the 2.75 miler! <BR> <BR> Enjoy everyone! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:54:57 EST First 5K Finished. Well, I just finished my First 5K. It took me 54 minutes. I feel great. <BR> If I can do it, you can do it as well. <BR> Thank you SparkPeople. <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 15 May 2015 17:48:29 EST Week 3 Finished. Just finished week 3. I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning = weigh in. This program is great for beginners like me. <em>252</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 18:07:05 EST Finished Week 1 Finished Week 1 <em>244</em> Fri, 1 May 2015 18:16:02 EST Ready for Relay Tomorrow is the big day. I just signed up for another 5k taking place in October. Can't believe how far I've come. Helps me to know that I CAN do hard things!!!!!! <BR> <em>520</em> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:03:28 EST One more One more on my plan and that's WALK DAY! <em>386</em> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:32:55 EST Week 1 Day 1 Week 1 Day 1 Finished! <em>244</em> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:17:25 EST Week 3 Comlpeted ; ) So excited to have finished week 3. I have been finishing my laps quicker. I am hoping for good results when I weigh in on Monday. <BR> <em>198</em> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:24:06 EST Week 3 I'm in week 3 and I feel fine! It rained all day and I thought I would have to stay indoors to workout. So happy to see the sun! So excited to walk today! <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:09:44 EST Week 2 completed Week 2 has been completed. I have been walking with my husband on our high school track. He is always a lap ahead and he passes me before we are through with our walk. Not today! He was a lap ahead but he never passed me!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:11:08 EST week 2 I am excited about the way my attitude has changed about walking. It has been I GET to walk rather than I HAVE to walk. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 18:27:34 EST Week 1 I have signed up for Relay for Life and will walk 5k at the event. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:22:52 EST Intro I am a newbie to the walking regularly world. I have some events in the upcoming future that demand me to be healthier. I am someone who needs a goal to keep me focused. So a 5k it is. I am excited to have a place to be accountable and look forward to the inspiration and focus provided by others. <em>521</em> Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:00:09 EST Hi I'm new to the program . Can anybody give me some suggestions for starting off running. I've been walking for 7 months now . Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:01:00 EST Finished first 5K I finished my first 5K walk/jog yesterday for our CASI seniors with a 16:52 pace. It was a fun event especially seeing all the other people walking or running in the funny St. Patrick's day costumes. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 04:36:07 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Beverly and I am new to SparkPeople and the Forum. I live in Michigan with my husband, Phil, and his guide dog, Mugsy. My husband spend 9 months in the hospital last year with H1N1. It is a miracle he lived through it. I decided that I need to get healthy so that I can get out and walk with him this spring and summer to help him regain his strength. I have never thought that I would enjoy any type of exercise but I have been doing walk away the pounds dvds and really love ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 19:42:09 EST Week 5 check in I walked for 55 minutes today. It was 2.32 miles according to google maps but it felt like more. Many sidewalks are still ice covered and you have to climb over ice and snow to walk. Makes me feel sorry for the post men and women out there. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:39:27 EST Week 1 check in Starting this 5K program, and today is day 1 of week 1. I have a 5K April 4th that I'm going to do. So, here I go!!! <BR> <BR> Completed 15 min walk so far today, but going to walk 30 more minutes before the day is done. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:37:48 EST week 4 done finished week 4 Sun, 8 Feb 2015 03:27:44 EST Looking for walkers to try some new shoes! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Vionic shoes are designed to help walkers with knee, back and foot pain. We are looking for 20 members to try the shoes (for FREE!) and provide their feedback about them. If you are a regular walker who has had issues with knee, back and foot pain and would like to try the shoes, please click the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>signup.asp?cid=153 </link> <BR> <BR> Even if you aren't one of the first 20 members to sign up, you... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 15:25:55 EST speed up walking I want to speed up my pace walking...when I used to run it was pretty easy..I would run some slower miles and some faster ones and eventually I'd pick up my pace...with walking I don't see any change in speed everything is working so slowly...I can't keep a pace of walking faster than 1-mile every 15min...or 4 miles an's pretty hard to see any change when my speed isnt able to increase there something that I can do that will speed up my gait or help me pick up the pace..all m... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:10:19 EST Week 2 completed Week 2 completed Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:36:31 EST Checking in Week Three Checking In Week Three Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:50:19 EST Check In Finishing Week Two. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:11:01 EST Second day of Week 2 I'm on my second day of week 2. Just checking in. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:41:46 EST Week 1 Completed I completed week 1 but didn't get a chance to check in. I had to add this forum back. Does that happen often? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:58:55 EST Introducting myself Increasing my walking to be able to walk more. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:57:47 EST Mock 5k Nov.28th---54min. <BR> Dec. 6th--48:48..yes 5mins..faster... <em>41</em> <BR> Dec. 13th-- <BR> Dec. 20th-- <BR> Dec. 27th-- <BR> Jan. 3rd--45:14 <BR> Jan. 10th-- <BR> Jan. 17th-- <BR> Jan. 24th-- <BR> Jan. 31st.-- <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:13:28 EST Hello, I'm gettig re-acquainted with SparkPeople Hello - I'm Elfin and I am super excited about re-acquainting myself with SparkPeople. I am on a journey to regain my health and let go of 100+ pounds. I've read some blogs and already completed a fitness video. There is sooooo much motivation here! Have a great week everyone! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:51:50 EST Hi - New and ready to get moving My name is Judy and just recently started to do Metabolic training. I have a love/hate relationship with this exercise program but can't seem to get enough. <BR> <BR> I realized that I stopped walking this year and not sure why. This was my me time so want to get moving that way also and want to complete this training. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:02:12 EST Help! I can't seem to "login" to Week 1! Help! I joined the 5K Your Way Walking Plan and the plan shows that I am in Week 1 but I can't seem to use it. When I click on My Program, the three top boxes enlarge and on the left-hand side under Week 1, the box turns orange and a smaller box appears that says "my week". When I click on Track Now under Day 1, I get a message that says "We cannot find the goal that you are trying to track." When I joined the Walking Plan, I chose the goal of walking three times a week.....there were a few... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 15:09:24 EST Week 2 Check-in Took Sunday off. Late all day today. Arrived in COS late, but STILL DID MY TREADMILL WALK AT MIDNIGHT. Tired as all get out, but happy that I did it! <em>386</em> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 01:05:43 EST Checking in! Just checking in for week one. Started Monday, and just finished my first 5K. Feelin' GOOD! <em>345</em> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:51:50 EST Still don't know if I'm doing this right! Not sure if I am adding to a post or starting a new one or what. Another great morning walk in SLC. 3 miles today. Makes 9 this week so far! New personal best! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:39:43 EST Checking In! Still not really sure how this works. Started Monday. Been doing 2 miles a day. Want to work out in the morning, but never could get it done till today. Definitely the way to go.. <em>345</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:45:13 EST Good day! Hello all! I've used SparkPeople successfully a few times now, but fell out of the habit of tracking my activity and food 9 months ago when my husband and I began the process of buying our first house. I told myself that I would hop back on the bandwagon after the move and things settled, but I keep finding ways to make excuses. Well, I have signed up for the Nashville Heartwalk on October 4th and will be walking with a team from my workplace, so I can't put it off any longer. <BR> <BR> I ha... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:32:20 EST HELLO Hi I'm getting myself back to a healthier lifestyle. Just wanted to say hello to everyone. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:01:22 EST week two check in I have been doing my cross training and walking a mile now at three times week. Will increase by half a mile each week. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:01:06 EST Checking in week one, day one Walked for 15 continuous minutes. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:51:50 EST Hello! Hi everyone! Today was my first day on Spark and joining the Walk Your Way to a 5K program. My first attempt at really walking any distance for a long time was accomplished today. I walked home from work instead of calling for a ride. In just thirty minutes, I walked two miles. I was even surprised I had more energy when arrived home. Normally I would be dead tired. Looks like I made some smart choices today. I plan to walk some marathons, starting with small ones and working up, in hopes of ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:38:42 EST Hello from Hoosier-land! I am Nancy from IN. I studied TaeKwonDo for about 1.5 years. I lost my father January of 2013 and I have totally fallen off the work-out wagon since then. Between taking care of my mother and children through the grief process and some pretty severe budgetary concerns I had to drop out of TKD and subsequently stopped taking care of myself. Sept 21 of this year there is going to be a 5K to support cancer research in my hometown. My husband and I are putting together a team in honor of my d... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 21:28:19 EST Needing support to stay motivated. Hello Team! <BR> I love walking and would eventually like to start running again. It's been over 10 years ago since I ran. Right now my focus is to make walking a daily thing. However, after about a month, motivation and commitment usually becomes an issue for me. I loose focus on my goals. I am hoping that joining some forums and challenges will help me to reach my goal of loosing 50 lbs and being able to keep up with my 3 yr old who loves to run...then eventually living a healthier lifesty... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:50:13 EST Just starting; can't find my 5K Your Way Page I just signed up for this program today and received the first email from Coach Nicole. It gives me a link to get to my training page, which is where I can also track my progress. This is the link:<BR>am.asp?p=3 . The problem is that once I leave my training page, I can't find it again. I thought I would see a button or link somewhere on my SparkPage or Fitness Tracker, but I can't find it. The only way I can get to it is to open Coach Nicole's ... Mon, 19 May 2014 14:21:41 EST Hi everyone! My name is Kat; I am currently at 212lbs. I am shooting to be down 10 lbs or more by the end of this first five weeks on the walking program. I like EARLY mornings! There is a nice park by my apt complex, and on yucky days I have access to a treadmill. <BR> I've never bought a pedometer I'd like some pointers! <BR> <BR> A little about me--I'm an aspiring novelist, so I'm writing for several hours spread out over the day usually 3-5hrs a day. That means a lot of sitting, so I've... Sun, 4 May 2014 15:53:01 EST Walking Pain Help I love walking and am getting back into it but I suffer from a problem. When I walk distances I get terrible blisters on my feet. They occur on the balls of my feet. I wear sport socks and walking shoes or runners that fit well. Does anyone have remedies or suggestions to prevent this. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:42:35 EST Question I have just joined this team because I plan to walk a 5K in July. I have been walking on a treadmill daily for months now and often walk outdoors later in the day. I currently walk a minimum of 30 minutes on the treadmill now, and have been increading speed rather than focusing on distance. Should I start with the week one workouts as printed until I catch up to my current level or start with the distance/time I am currently walking? My goal is to increase the distance and I don't think ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:24:18 EST How do I start over I started this over a month ago and fell apart after a while. I want to start over on April 1st and will be doing this with another Spark friend. How do I restart from the beginning? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:08:20 EST Introduction OK. Not sure what I'm doing, but here goes. Hi I'm Kevin. (reminds me of another group I need to join). Former Marine, now just completely out of shape and want to get back to my fightin' weight. Started at 284lbs, just weighed myself today at 256lbs. Pretty happy with that, but just walked 2 miles in under an hour, which is better than last week, but not too good for me. Travel a lot, (Commercial Pilot), so eating healthy on the road is danged near impossible, however I am trying to bri... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:59:54 EST This is the week Yes, this is my week to go for my 5K. DH will drop me off at my start point and then onward to my finish line. <em>521</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:15:45 EST Week 1 and 2 Finished WEEK 1 and Starting Week 2 today!! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:22:17 EST Introduction Hi, not new to sparkpeople but am RENEWing my goals of getting healthy and walk/running a 5k. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:16:48 EST Hello! My name is Terry and I made a decision on Jan 1st to make this the year to get healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I went on a 26 day juice fast and than transferred to vegan style plant based diet. (Needed to reduce b/p and lower cholesterol). I have lost 20 pounds so far but have energy that I need to focus toward physical activity. I have a 5K Komen coming up in April and I would like very much to be prepared to walk in it. While searching for training programs I found th... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:40:49 EST My first 5k I am about half way through week 2 of this program and I just signed up for my first 5k. It is not until May 17, 2014 so my plan is to finish this 5 week program then do the 8 week 5K Your Way Rookie Running Plan. That puts the last day of the 8 week program as race day. Now the question is will I be running or walking? I am hoping to run but my overall goal is to finish under an hour (45 minutes ideally). I still have the 5k for the walking program as a mini goal and that is just to finish. ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:36:36 EST HELP Using the Spark Activity tracker and logging I use the Sparkpeople activity tracker (SPAT). It automatically logs my walks on the SPAT page and in my fitness log. However, if I log my walk in the 5k your way log it also logs it on the other places. Is there any way to avoid this? I really would like to log in the 5k program but it is a pain to have to go and delete from the other logs. I also worry that I might forget to do that and then my info is not accurate. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:03:26 EST No one really posts here anymore I think SP should promote this group again. Not many have posted for months now. it's a little sad. Especially for those who are trying to get encouragement. I know they aren't getting paid to promote their own challenge, but if they put it on the spark points like the good belly challenge (and others), this place would explode in activity! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:18:37 EST Premature Training? I joined this group with a very enthusiastic intention of getting in shape for a local 5K (not until June), but am having a difficult time keeping up with the weekly goals. Not because I don't want to get out and walk, but because I live in a northern latitude and most days it's still too icy to go out! I don't have a treadmill, and I live a ways out of town and really don't want to drive back into town to walk at the mall (it's quite a ways). Anyone have any ideas of what I can do in a li... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:29:07 EST Hello! Hiya! I joined this team because I have hit a plateau with my weight loss (I just changed my eating habits slowly and became slightly more active with my new job) and have decided it is time to add in some exercise. I have also signed up for a virtual 5k at the end of this program and on January 7th I'm signing up for a biggest loser challenge at my work, the person who loses the most weight at the end of 8 weeks wins $100 (talk about motivation!). I am hoping that by taking these baby steps ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:01:52 EST Hi Hi everyone, I joined this team now so I will be able to find it again in January. That is when I will start training for my walks. I will check in over the Christmas holidays to read the forum and I am definitely trying to watch my eating over the holidays. <BR> Cheri Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:39:24 EST Past dreams 30 years ago when I was in the Army I could run 6 miles without even breathing hard. Now I do good to walk 1/4 mile. A month or so ago my feet and legs were extremely swollen so they did some x-rays and found that I had fluid on my lungs and that it had collapsed the bottom portion of my lungs. So I am now on 2 water pills and I seem to be doing better. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:26:53 EST whew, I made it ahead of schedule I managed to walk 5 k this week. I am about 6 weeks ahead of schedule. I have signed up for my first 5k event on thanksgiving morning. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:02:33 EST I'm walking in a 5K at Lunken Airport Play Field Hello, my name is Jane and I'm the mother of three sons, and grandmother of two little girls. I am walking in a 5K race this Saturday to benefit Cincinnati Right to Life. I've formed a team that will walk together as IHM WOW, named for our We of the Word Bible Study at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (the race organizers). If you love a 5K this will be extremely family friendly and fun. We'll have a kids' dash at 11:30, face painting, great basket raffles, a terrific Irish band for the after... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:07:06 EST Had to redo the program I had to redo the program because I didn't enter my minutes or miles properly from yesterday. I can't seem to figure out how to log it for yesterday so I will post it here instead. Yesterday was Week 1, Day 1 and I walked for about 18 minutes at 1.08 miles walked. I also tracked my steps at 2,302 steps. My goal is go a little further today! We will see! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:35:55 EST Week 1, Day1 I started Day 1 yesterday actually. I was so tired, I went to bed instead of posting! I walked for about 18 minutes ( a little over a mile)! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:43:23 EST HI! My name is Brandy. I am 35 years old and married. I have 2 kids, 3 and 5. I am trying to lose the extra pregnancy weight from both pregnancies. My current weight is 135 even though my scale says 137 ( I think it needs a new battery! <em>20</em> ). My goal is to be about 120 pounds. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:26:14 EST week 1 and 2- taking 10 weeks instead of 5 I will do the 5k in 11 weeks instead of 5. 10 weeks ago I was in a wheelchair. Monday I walked my first full mile in 20 years. Today I walked 1.25 miles. My plan is to add 1/4 mile per week to my distance. 10 weeks ago, I could not walk 1/8 mile. <BR> <BR> My physical therapist and I never expected me to walk that mile when I began. I turn 55 on January 11th. My plan is to walk a 5K on my birthday in a purple tu tu with a tiara, with my friends. <BR> <BR> I do deep water aerobics 3-4 times... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:08:59 EST Hello All hello everyone! thanks for all the interesting reading!! you guys are awesome!! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:25:46 EST Finished Week One In a way, I have been doing week one for a year! <em>334</em> I have no problem walking 30 minutes straight but after that, it is more of a challenge so this week, I will feel it! <em>244</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:00:53 EST Day 1 Today was the first day of my journey. My overall goal to be able to eventually run a 5K with my oldest (who LOVES to run). I know it is going to be a long journey and I am OK with that. I plan on taking baby steps until I am able to run the whole thing! Today I started out walking with my daughter, who is 8. She is my little motivator. I told her my goal of 15 minutes and she kept me talking for 40 minutes. We ended up walking 1.45 miles. This may seem little to many but for me this is HUGE... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:24:12 EST First day This is my first day. I had to build my walk into my work schedule today but it made it easy to walk without making an excuse. <BR> This will be a hard goal for me but I am up for the challenge. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:22:53 EST WEEK ONE HERE I COME! Hi everyone! I just joined this team to encourage me to push myself a little bit. I have been walking for over a year now and would like to complete a 3K or a 5K so here I am. Today is my 15 minute walk which I have no problem with. The rest of the program will challenge me and I need that right now. <BR> <BR> So, upward and onward! <em>244</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>344</em> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:08:22 EST What Now? I finished my walking 5K last Saturday and left on a week-long business trip. I don't think my joints will let me start jogging yet, so what do I do? Keep adding distance, or do some other challenge? Having a specific goal really helped. Any good ideas for what comes next? Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:33:11 EST temporary weight gain from running? If that's true, should I have waited until I lost more weight to begin? <BR> I haven't stood on the scales and I have stuck to my diet. <BR> Just don't want to be disappointed...... <em>38</em> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:21:08 EST i have my pedometer and ... ready set go! <BR> also have my walking shoes today. <BR> Still a wee bit sore from walking in my cute shoes... <em>311</em> <BR> Next to purchase 5 pound weights !! Sun, 6 Oct 2013 13:26:54 EST Hello I'm new here I am looking forward to this. Just getting started. Me and my husband have just started walking. Walking this far at one time i just cant see it but i am going to try :) Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:29:28 EST Newbie Hello, I am a SAHM from Missouri. I have been walking on and off for a few months but didn't really have any goal in mind. I really want to run a 5k. So finding this program was perfect for me. I am on week 2 of the workouts. My biggest issue is being consistent and finding time to walk each day. I hope this plan will keep me on track. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:02:32 EST Pedometer Suffering the loss of my pedometer. It is a sad day. Angie Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:07:50 EST Weezy I was told I have diabetes and I do not want to believe it. I decided to join the 8 week challenge. I am not on medication yet but my last a1c number was 7. I keep gaining wait and all of this info over whelms me. I am so confused. I hate diets and exercise but I think I am ready to take this very seriously. This web sight seems to look great but I am Confused and would like help with it. I have joined weight watchers in the past 3 times with no success. I just need help, I really do not know... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:11:17 EST What counts as cross-training? Can I do elliptical or water running as my cross-training (since they are no impact) or is cross-training only things that work just the upper body/core? Water running the day after walking actually helps work out the soreness. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:37:45 EST Two workouts in one day? I need some thoughts on this topic. I went to the gym this morning and finished today's workout (1 mile) plus an extra half mile. My plans for the evening have fallen through. I'm seriously considering heading back to the gym to do some cycling or elliptical cross-training. I can watch TV there as easily as at home, lol. Anyway, since the workout is technically the same day, can I legitimately count it as a cross-train day? The plan calls for them on separate days, but I'm not sure about work... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 18:10:57 EST I DID IT!!!! I walked my 5K this morning!! Go me!!! Now I'm ready to start training for the Walk/Jog 5K!! Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:39:59 EST sickness I am really bad about not pushing myself. Every time I do then I do not feel good. Like today I pushed myself on a bike ride. I got home and I feel like my legs are like Jello. Then when I got home today I started feeling nauseous. I have had a history of low blood sugar so I usually eat something before I go for a walk. But again I rarely push myself because I get sick. Why does this happen? I have been at this same weight for a while. I eat right for most of the time. I work out fairly... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 08:25:56 EST Rainy walk It looks like I'm going to do my first walk in the rain. Not feeling very comfortable with the idea, but I guess I should dive in and go for it. It may turn into an adventure! Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:43:05 EST Confession: I ran a little bit on my walk I've been determined to follow the walking 5K program precisely even though my daughter presses me to skip rest days and progress faster than the program instructs.(she's a runner) However, I gave in to the pressure yesterday and ran for 15-30 second intervals a few times during my walk. AND--it felt good!! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:08:27 EST Week 1 Check in Actually started back walking on Tuesday, July 16. Walked with a group of motivated runners & walkers and complished 3.1 miles. Walked on Wednesday, got in 1.14 miles in 21 minutes. Joined this group on Thursday, walked 1.14 miles in 21 minutes again, and was able to log in two days (out of order by date) but I am checking in! 1 MILE today in 20 minutes....I am getting there!! Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:17:01 EST Back again, this time for good Hello all!! I am back again, this time for good. I have set daily reminders for me to check in (and log) my daily activities. Hopefully, this will give me some motivation to keep consistent. About me, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetic, HBP, and high cholesterol some years ago, but didnt take it serious until a couple of weeks ago when my glucose spiked to 215. My glucose is normally in the 140 - 180 range, but this time it spiked above that range. Gave me quite a scare no now, I am taking ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:32:10 EST back again I too have tried this before. I have lost fifty plus pounds twice. Once with a trainer and once with diet. Now i am trying all i learned to live a healthy life, have more energy, and self esteem. I am using this 5k as a goal. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:32:36 EST Shin Splints--oh no! I got shin splints on my first day!! I've been exercising for 2 years and didn't dream of getting shin splints! They are not severe. On the first day, I walked fast. Rested day 2. I walked the mile on the second day, but at a slower pace. Anyone have any advice? Should I stay with the program? Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:14:06 EST Week 5 Check In Week 5 - day 1 completed Mon, 1 Jul 2013 04:33:37 EST Re-doing a week I did Day 1 & 2 of week 3, but didn't get to do day 3. I'm re-doing Week 3. How do I reset the tracker since I already tracked day 1 & 2? Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:15:16 EST Week 3 - RE-DO! I did my Week 3 Day 1 & 2 on Mon & Wed, but didn't get to Day 3 due to business situations, & health issues..... it's always something! ugh! But that's okay... I will get back on my horse (treadmill) tomorrow and get 'er done! No worries! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:31:49 EST Finished my SECOND 5K! After successfully walking my first 5K in the PurpleStride DC pancreatic cancer fundraiser in 2012, my team signed up for the same event again this year. <BR> <BR> Using this wonderful group and its training plan, I did it again! And I cut about 3 minutes off my time - needless to say, I am VERY happy I can do this at the sweet young age of 56. <BR> <BR> Finished in second place out of our team of 24 walkers - and I was the second oldest on the team. WOOT!!! <BR> <BR> If I can do it,... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:58:38 EST Week 2, Day 3 WooHoo!!! I DID IT!! 2 miles in 40 minutes!! Week 2 is done!!! I'm thinking about doing Week 2 again.... hmmm... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:30:22 EST Week 2 Day 2 A day behind schedule, but I did it!! 1.75 miles in 35 minutes! Started a new book on my iPad that really held my attention and made my walk a breeze!!! I thoroughly believe I have found my answer to my lack of oomph when I'm working out - reading! I have decided to ONLY read my iPad books when I'm on the treadmill or stationary bike - I think it's going to be the answer to my success!! <BR> To those participating in this walk... I wish you good luck! <em>381</em> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:44:35 EST Week 1 I completed Week 1 this past Saturday and I've actually been having a good time! I actually tried fitness walking with the good form described in one of Spark's articles. It was really hard! The only downfall I have is that I LOVE to walk on nice days but do NOT want to when it's raining. I had to force myself to go out one day. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:06:25 EST starting week 3 Will do my 30 min. outdoor walk tomorrow. I hope to get my Mom out with me for a bit. Iam enjoying the structure of knowing what to do for the week. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 19:16:39 EST Getting started Hi all. <BR> <BR> Just did my first 15 min walk. Went well. I am going to do my second training session later on toay. <BR> My starting weight: 99.2kg. I have prepared myself for the next 50 days and want to get down to 86kg. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 01:21:07 EST Finished Week 2 Just finished my 2 miles for week 2. Going well Thu, 30 May 2013 14:45:25 EST Hi Hi, my name is Tracy and I live in south MS. I am tired of being obese and I am ready to do what it takes to be healthy! Sun, 26 May 2013 08:37:38 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:23 EST My 5K Walk done! In honor of my 72nd birthday next week I decided on a 5K Walk. The schedule to follow was great and this morning I made it in 65 minutes. So glad I found Sparkpeople! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>198</em> Fri, 17 May 2013 10:17:25 EST Looking for Answers Hello. When I saw this challenge, I simply thought, It's not for me. I HATE walking. So I am here to read and be informed because I am going to take a crack at it. I know about the benefits of walking and I NEED to do it for my own health. I know that much. I think that if I do it with a purpose and see how many people are out there trying to do the same and giving wonderful advice, then perhaps I can too. God help me, I will pay close attention and try, try, try. Thank you all. <e... Mon, 13 May 2013 22:23:46 EST Hi! Hi! I am super excited to get started with this program. <em>311</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 01:12:11 EST What to Expect at My First 5K I am about to start week 5, and I am a little surprised that I have stuck with it. And pleased with myself that I have. So now I am debating . . . virtual or sign up for a honest to goodness 5K? On the odd chance that I would find something scheduled appropriately in the area, I stumbled upon a 5K this coming Sunday in a neighboring community. <BR> <BR> So as I ponder whether or not I want to jump into this event, would anybody like to tell me what to expect? I could really use some tips... Wed, 8 May 2013 00:24:58 EST Starting week 3 over I'm starting week 3 over since I have been inactive for close to a week. With the death of my aunt on the 9th, traveling to different cities for one day a family remembrance get together, then another city the next day for funeral, I just didn't have time or energy to move. On the 19th, travel to out of state to Wyo. to the grave site. I just got to get my legs moving again. I know I can do this. This is just a bump in the road. But "procrastination" loves to come visit me about now. <em>39... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:54:09 EST It Bugs Me That.... ... to post miles you have to enter a time and a distance in kilometers. I had to find a conversion calculator to do that. Then on the training chart it converts the Ks back to miles. Maybe I'm missing something. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:25:49 EST Stuck in week 5 - I am staying in week five due to setback in my health and the emergency surgery of my Aunt. But I am maintaining at least 45 min of walking 3 times a week while I regain my stregth. Thanks for understanding! Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:20:42 EST New ish Hi I am back this is probably my 5th sparkpeople profile in 12 months as I am a bit of a yo-yo dieter. <BR> <BR> I will get there eventually just taking me some time as I struggle to keep focused. Since I started dieting/trying to loose weight I have lost 7KG so I just need to keep going. I will get there eventually. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:51:40 EST introduction Hi, my name is Nicki. I am 39, a wife, a mother and a nurse. My goal is to feel better and have more energy. I think that by losing about 30 pounds I can accomplish this. I've recently (this week) started preparing for my first 5k in many years. I already feel better, even though I haven't lost any weight yet. I hope to eventually be able to do a half marathon, i think that would be amazing! That being said though, I'm not really sure how realistic that is, being since I work really long hour... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:10:08 EST Need help to WIN a handicap accessible van My boyfriend is a paraplegic and we are trying to win a handicap accessible van so we can let him be more active. I also have a medical condition that leaves me constantly off balance and I will need a scooter to get around to keep me active as well. <BR> <BR> We are trying to win a handicap accessible van and it is based off of votes. Would you please vote for us to win at: <link><BR>nt/mike-greer-grassy-creek-nc/ </link> <BR> <BR> Please share this... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 00:10:25 EST Time4achange9 Would like to say hello! to everyone and I am looking forward to being on such a wonderul team. I have read some of the suport you offer. <BR> Thank You Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:34:55 EST 5k races are fun Hi. I'm Joni and I am new to SparkCoach and new to the team. I look forward to doing a 5k walk. I do these events a few times a year. The energy of the people,the music and the cheering crowds make for a great time. Not to mention the t- shirt that usually comes after you complete the race which are fun to wear as a badge of honor. Most races are used as fund raisers which also make you happy. Lets enjoy the journey! <em>364</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:26:25 EST Upcoming real virtuals. Links provided Here are 2 virtual run/walks which anyone can do, both require registration <BR> 1. this is on March 17 w/medal <BR> … medal-2013 <BR> <BR> This one is for a non-profit and can be done anytime in April. <BR> <BR> … 656762263/ <BR> <BR> A Training site for everyone for every lenngth of event from 5k to marathon <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:27:34 EST OK, I'm in I have been wanting to do this for a while. Hopefully this will be the way I am successful. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:59:12 EST I'm Back ... With A Winning Team :) I have been a member of SP on multiple occasions before but have, for different reasons at different times, left the program. <BR> I have also been a paying member of Weight Watchers since March of 2012 and have lost 25 lbs there. But I have hit a wall, been stalled out since October, and my frustration levels were getting high. So instead of quitting, like I would usually do, I have decided to combine WW with SP, and also in solid footing with God, to form my perfect 'team'. <BR> So here I... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:30:42 EST Don't want to be the last 1 across the finish line Hi everyone! I am on day 2 today. I am ready to start a healthy life of running and know it takes baby steps to get there. So here I am on my first baby step to running. Ever hear people say that they don't want to be the last one across the finish line, or that their time was really bad but at least they didn't come in last? Well, I am doing this because my last 5K, I WAS the last one!! So please remember there IS someone out there that came in last in whatever race you do. And they already ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:18:45 EST Training for 5k walk I am preparing to train for my very first ever 5k. There is a Biggest Loser 5k in a town near me in April and I am super excited and motivated. I am just over 300 pounds right now. I don’t have any grand illusions that I will be 140 pounds and in the best of health. But I do have grand illusions of losing as much weight as realistically as I can and be in better health than I am currently. I will be signing up for the 5k walk. (I’ve never been a runner) my goal is to complete it in 2 hours. I... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:16:16 EST introduction Hi my name is sandy and I have been a member for awhile now and I am just getting back into sparkpeople again. I thought this 5k walking program would be a great way to get motivated to exercise during the winter. I have lost almost 50 pounds over the spring and summer of this year and I still have 50 to 55 to go yet. I lost the first 50 by walking all the time and watching my portions of what I ate. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:37:03 EST how to track distance walked? Hi! I plan to start with this program bur I don't know how to keep track how many miles/kms I walk when the training program says walk 2 miles etc.. Minutes are easy, I can easily set up a music file that long to keep walking as long as music runs but I don't have any fancy equipment to track the miles i walk. How do you do that? Any ideas? Wed, 5 Dec 2012 01:46:50 EST why miles? I can't be the first to ask this but... <BR> since we are working towards a 5K walk <BR> and most modern treadmills work in Km's <BR> Why are we working in miles? <BR> I know that a mile is 1.61km which is OK but it get's more tricky as we get towards 1.75 miles and things like that. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:20:15 EST week 4 When I started this, I questioned my ability to make it this far into the training. But when I did the 2 miles, I knew I could complete the entire race. When I began walking, I could only walk 5 minutes, now I can walk an hour at a brisk pace. Rah. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:28:40 EST My Name is Jenna and I'm Gonna DO It! Hello! I am not new to SparkPeople but I am making a fresh new start to get 'er done :) I've lost about 25 lbs since March of this year but have stalled out this past month and a half or so. Life got a little crazy and I ended up taking the back burner for awhile but I'm back to take control and put myself where I belong ... up front and on a mission! <BR> <BR> I hope to support and encourage as many people along the way as I can, and to BE supported and encouraged as well, so please feel... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 08:13:40 EST Greetings! Hello everyone! My name is Nina and I'm coming to you from North Carolina. I'm 27 years old and am currently trying to lose 79 pounds to reach my goal weight of 145. When I started out this summer I was 267 pounds and through much support and motivation I've successfully lost 43 pounds! It has made a great impact on my family as well my husband has dropped 7 pants sizes and my son now seeks healthier foods and activities. Today my coworker have started a biggest loser competition to keep up a... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:03:36 EST Ready to start a new chapter. Today is tuesday. This will be the first time I have ever started any type of healthier living spontaneous. I usually put it off till Sunday. That chapter is close and I look forward to all the wonderful things good health will bring. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 07:21:13 EST Ready to get it done once and for all! I've been on SparkPeople before but kind of let life take me for a ride and took a different route for awhile. I'm not exactly pleased with my current state of laziness and my multitude of excuses and I'm tired enough of all of it that I'm ready to fully commit myself TO myself and make the necessary changes. So I'm back on board with SparkPeople and I've joined quite a few teams and I am going to make it happen! Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:23:31 EST Fell today. :( I am bummed! I messed up my knee today and will not be able to finish the 28 day boot camp or my 5k Your Way. <em>234</em> <em>46</em> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 18:18:29 EST Completed 2nd Week I feel very encouraged, today walked 2.13 miles in 41 minutes. I have a new pedometer app on my phone. It's great. Shows you a map of your route, steps taken, distance walked, calories burned, your time and average speed! <em>381</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:18:46 EST Tracking Mileage without Duplicating Workouts How do I track my mileage without duplicating workouts that were entered into a favorite workout item that I already entered? When I enter information into my favorite workout, the only boxes that come up to be filled in are minutes and calories, no mileage. Adding mileage into the team tracking tool or via the mileage tab on myFitness, I get duplication of calories and minutes and I can't enter 0 into those fields or the mileage won't save. <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:08:56 EST In It To Win It :) Hello Everyone! I'm RACKETMOM & I've been around here for awhile-going on my 5th year now! Lost 75 pounds the first 2 1/2 years, then menopause hit- I gained 15 back, and now <BR> I've stopped gaining but am just stuck :( <BR> <BR> I love outdoor activities-especially badminton & cutting the grass. But now that the grass has stopped growing, I will miss my pushmower & need another activity. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking this challenge just may be the change up I need! So, as Spongebob would ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:13:55 EST WEEK 2 WALKED ONE HOUR IN PARK Sun, 7 Oct 2012 14:10:03 EST WEEK 1 COMPLETED WEEK ONE FEELING GOOD. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 14:09:05 EST 267 and going down I am a 30 year old working mother of two boys ages 3 and about to be a year. My husband of four years works shift work and I find myself alone with the kids a lot. I have been struggling with depression for a while now and am an emotional eater. I want to be a great example for my boys of how to live life and not what not to do. I desire to make us all a family that is active and healthy eaters. I am learning each day, but can not seem to break the habit of eating junk and just eating for eve... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:20:43 EST Week 2 I walked for 1 hour and went 3.24 miles. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:09:49 EST Hola! Hello everyone! My name is Kim and I am super excited to follow this challenge through. I have already completed a 5K, but not with the proper training. So now I am going to try this the right way and see hwo much better I can perform. I am hoping that my training will spark my daughter to join me. Let's hope so...looking forward to trading ideas with everyone! Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:17:01 EST Week 1 I completed week 1. <BR> Week 1 15 minute walk <BR> I walked 1 mile and 1.5 miles this week. <BR> On to week 2 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 11:01:56 EST Week 3 I am doing pretty good! I walked for an hour and did 3.5 miles. I have only been able to walk 2 times this week but I am pretty happy with today! I am still hoping to do a 10k at the end of October with my hubby! I am trying to stay motivated for next week! <BR> Amaris Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:23:50 EST Can we do more? I plan on starting week one on Tuesday. My question is whether or not its ok to do more than what it says? Can i walk more than 15 mins or 1 mile? I am past severl of these points and feel cheated walkng less than my current achievement. If I am not suppose to then I wont, but I need to know for sure. Thanks. <em>38</em> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:01:03 EST week 2 according to my week 2 schedule I should walk 3 minutes and jog 2, then repeat 4 times. But I can't seem to jog the whole 2 minutes. I've tried 2 days, and still can't seem to make it. So my question is, should I repeat week 2 next week or go on. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:37:45 EST Week 1 Day 1 My goal is to complete 5K in less than 50 minutes <BR> Started Day 1 today - walk 15 minutes continuously - completed 0.97 miles <em>104</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:35:24 EST Week 1 Just started 1st week: Day 1: Walked 1 mile in 15 minutes. Sun, 9 Sep 2012 17:20:48 EST Tracking double? How are we supposed to track our miles in the 5K Your Way Program? Should we only be tracking in the interactive calendar? Today I tracked both under My Fitness and the interactive calendar, and it seems to have added my workout twice. Thanks for any advice! <BR> <BR> Kate Sun, 9 Sep 2012 13:40:39 EST Day 1 Week 1 DONE! This morning I grabbed my iphone and ear buds, a bottle water and put on my good walking shoes. I headed out the door for my 15 minute walk. I did 0.93 miles in 15 minutes! Super proud of myself. I can't wait to do day 2 and see my progress. I am hoping to walk the 5K in less than 50 minutes. I think that's a very good goal to shoot for. Good luck to us all!! <em>386</em> <em>311</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 8 Sep 2012 13:57:45 EST 10K Trick or Treat Trot <em>365</em> <BR> <BR> I'm on Day 2 of training mode for the 10K <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the 5K trot last year. <BR> <BR> Anyone else doing the <em>365</em> ? <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> ~*Have A Goal Reachin' Weekend Everyone!*~ <em>315</em> Fri, 7 Sep 2012 13:15:12 EST Hi! Hi all! I'm Pam and it has been my goal for a while to do a 5K. I'd love to do the 8 week program, but I think that I'm better off starting with the walking and moving up to the 8 week program. I am looking forward to being healthier, more fit & toned, and shedding those extra lbs! <BR> <BR> Good luck all!!! Thu, 6 Sep 2012 22:48:45 EST Hi. I'm Joann, and I have a concern My name is Joann, and I'm determined to do a 5K at some point before the end of the year. <BR> <BR> I signed up for the Trick or Treat virtual 5K, which I'm planning to do as a walk. I may have bitten off more than I can chew, however, as I'm recovering from hip surgery (core decompression due to avascular necrosis) that was done on August 2. I'm currently 50% weight bearing status and using a walker. As I've had some problems with pain during the last week, I've not been doing a whole lot... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 18:33:14 EST I've lost my Mojo (so to speak!) Hi I'm Jane and I was doing really well until a couple of months ago and then it all went belly up! <BR> I found SparkPeople by accident and joined the site as I was feeling fat, frumpy and fifty (+) I wanted to lose about a stone before my 53rd birthday in August and was doing quite well until a couple of unforeseen events happened which threw me off course. <BR> 1) Huge issue with my marriage of 31 years (now slowly back on track) <BR> 2) Car accident which saw me spun off the Motorway by... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 12:55:52 EST 5k finished Well I did it! <BR> <BR> I joined this group to get back moving after a major stomach surgery. I completed my 5k and feel great. <BR> <BR> What I am wondering is... is there a group or challenge for a 10k with a training guide? Or is there a way to adapt this challenge for me to work towards a 10k? <BR> <BR> Couple reasons being.. <BR> First prior to surgery I was walking 2 miles a day. <BR> Second.. I am scheduled to compete in a 10k walk the end of Oct. I need to up my times ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:48:43 EST Walking with a Purpose! I've been walking here and there trying to get in the "habit" of it all. Once a month or so my husband and I have breakfast at a little place not far from our house. Last Saturday as we sat on the patio, it occurred to me that it would be a nice walk instead of driving. I'm in no shape to do it now, but decided then and there by next Spring I would be able to make that walk. Last night I found this program and who knows maybe it won't be next Spring but in 5 weeks!! Now I have a reason to st... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:05:38 EST New to this Challenge Hi! New to this challenge. Going to go for the gusto and shoot for the 5K walk in 5 weeks! Need to get the walking shoes going and see if I can make this happen Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:31:15 EST First 5K done! I did it! I did my first 5K away from home on a course in a nature conservancy (Pheasant Branch in Middleton, WI - a beautiful course by the way). It was a bit more challenging than I had anticipated, as I'm used to walking on flat sidewalks and this was gravel, paved trails, and boardwalk over hilly terrain. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to do it in under 45 minutes, but finished at 53 minutes instead. I bet if I did another 5K in my home turf on pavement I could beat my time. <BR> <BR> Stil... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:47:10 EST Weighted Vests I'm making good progress towards my 5K training, but I'm finding the less I weigh, the fewer calories I'm burning and I don't necessarily want to spend more time walking/cardio activities. <BR> <BR> Does anyone use a weighted vest or have any experience with them? Sun, 19 Aug 2012 08:05:50 EST Heavy shadow of my recent self, gradually moving <BR> I 'm Alan, a male for 65 years and 74" height for the past 40+ years, and then: <BR> Feb 29th. was 299 # ( and spare change ) ! ! ! <BR> Apr 30th, was 279 # ( even or flat ). <BR> Jun 30th. was 259 # ( minus small change ). <BR> Jul 31st. was 252 # ( and have remained there ever since ! ! ! ) <BR> <BR> Had been immobile ... finally got out and about some. Cleaned-up my nutritional intake. By and by I cleaned-up my calorie output by doing some walking . . . and that brought me he... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 19:18:43 EST Anyone know how to change wrong data? I accidentally entered info on the wrong fitness day -- today (Sat.) I went to enter Wed.'s walk and today's, but forgot to change the tracking day to Wed. I ended up entering it for today. <BR> <BR> I clicked on the second tracker to adjust, but all it did was take me to the Fitness Tracker page for Wed. I had already entered it in the Fitness Tracker, just not the 5K challenge tracker on Wed... (There's no icon for this challenge on my Fitness Tracker page, and I forgot...) <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 08:56:02 EST 15 minute mile I will still never understand how people walk a mile in 15 minutes. My block 4x around is 1.1 miles. It takes me 20 minutes (this equals out to about an 18 minute mile), and that is usually speed walking! My legs aren't that short so I can't blame that. I just don't get the 15 minute thing without jogging! I was strolling today because of the kids and it took me 25 minutes.! Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:14:38 EST Should I skip weeks to get where I already am? I've been walking with Spark (no program, just Forrest Gumpin it -- walk until I get far enough, then stop!) ... Should I start all over with the 5K? It doesn't seem like enough cardio to stop walking after 15 minutes when I can already walk for 35... What to do? <em>213</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 06:59:18 EST Made it to Week 5 It's taken me a little longer than programmed, but I've made it to week 5 now. Not bad, considering that when I started my feet hurt so much from plantar fasciitis that I was putting on my night splint early in the evening. <BR> <BR> Can't wait for that full 5k at the end of the week. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:25:31 EST Rainy Day Yes I have decided to go out a walk/jog on a rainy day. Who knows some days you need to get out and see if you can do this even if a race comes up. Every day is not a perfect day, but it is a consistent day for me <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>27</em> <BR> I enjoy being outdoors, don't get enough when the snow flies and gets slippery, that is going to come soon enough. What you except from Wisconsin... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 15:35:47 EST I quit, but... I quit for a couple of weeks. I was supposed to start week 5 the last week of July, but it was hot and I was tired, you know all those excuses. Anyway, I want to start it back up, and my question is what week do I start back in? Can anyone help me? Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:29:36 EST Firdt 5k I finished my first walking 5k on 8/5/12 Felt great and completed it in a little less than 1 hour. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:03:34 EST What now? Ok so i did the program and logged the times . I have joined the 5K your way walk/jog program ... so what do i do with this program? Sun, 5 Aug 2012 07:31:34 EST Ahead of the game It's been really hard for me to plan a route that EXACTLY fits the distance requirements in my neighborhood. Today I did 2.55 miles in 49 minutes with my little three-legged dog in tow. I may need to lose him eventually, as he is actually slowing me down now, wanting to sniff every tree and every yard <em>24</em> . So I'm ahead of schedule for week three but that's okay, I figure I can do the same route next week and work on picking up my speed. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to get some VFF's ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 22:20:51 EST I almost can't believe I did it. I finished my Summer Fun Run virtual 5k "walk" today. I had to do it on the elliptical at the gym because summer weather in the mid-Atlantic prohibits my ability to do it outside...can't tolerate heat with my health conditions.... <BR> <BR> But 5 months ago, when I started this journey, I could barely walk 10 minutes without getting winded. <BR> <BR> Today, I completed my 3.1 miles in 34:24 minutes; a pace of 11:05/min mile, or an average speed of 5.5 mph. I knew I would be able to finish; ... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 14:38:12 EST Loving Week 4 Had a lovely walk for the first day of week 4. Did the last half mile or so on a gravel path, which really worked out my legs. Like walking in sand. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 09:55:09 EST oops did I do that? Apparently in a click happy moment when joining the team (last week) I also committed to doing the 5K this week. Hmmm one week of training after 3 years of inactivity. OK, I'm a big girl, I can take the consequences of my actions...... <BR> <BR> Today I did the 5K, actually 3.86 miles but is wasn't about how fast I did it, it was about being determined to do and "I DID IT" and I did 3.86 mi in 1 hour and 10 minutes. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 09:16:09 EST Did It, But Not Done So... I did it. I planned and prepared for it, and I walked that 5K walk! <BR> <BR> Winston, Churchill (my Cavalier spaniels) and I started out early in the morning so we'd avoid Florida's heat, and we did it! This is the furthest we ever walked in a day. My touch of agoraphobia leaves me doubting my ability to find my way home again, so even walking through the neighborhood on a new road can add stress. But with Spark's "map my route" I knew where we were going and... <BR> <BR> we did it... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 06:52:43 EST Did my first 5K this morning!!! And came in at 51 minutes (walking)...woohoo!!!! I feel GREAT! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:00:05 EST 5k done joined up with a couple of teachers today. They were having a 5k I happen to hear about. So I asked if I could join. Was much more fun having everyone there together. my time was an hour and 5 minutes. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 20:02:51 EST Designing my Virtual 5K Route Yesterday I completed Week 4, and I'm excited about entering the last Week! <BR> <BR> I truly appreciate SP's "Map Your Route" software. The past month, I've had the best time making routes of all the roads in my community, all combinations, so I know how far Winston, Churchill (Cavalier King Charles spaniels... my two constant shadows) and I walk each morning. Since I began tracking my mileage 4 weeks ago, we've walked over 80 miles! Seeing that figure, I was absolutely astounded. <BR> <BR... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:12:21 EST Hi all Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am Amanda from Lousiana,I am 29 years old and need to lose 30 pounds.I have a few health problems that are making my weight loss journey a very slow one.I have a lot of fitness dvds that I use including Leslie Sansone billy blanks and a few others along my collection.I have just recently been doing turbofire,turbojam and chelene extreme.Looking for frends that can help and support me along the way,feel free to add me.Need a lot of support.Looking forward to meeting new fr... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:37:05 EST Week 2 ck Been doing well and I think I may start jogging by next week, even though I said I was doing a 5K it may help me lose the extra on my behind. <em>224</em> <em>363</em> I am also adding some strength training along with it. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:24:04 EST Introducing myself - avid walker I'm an avid walker, hitting my stride on every morning for an average of a 4 mile walk. Walking gives me time to think through problems, plan my day, and de-stress. I joined the 5K walking program for "company" on my daily is comforting to know there are other folks out there training with me for the same goal. Happy walking to you all! Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:05:21 EST My 1st 5k Good Evening Everyone, <BR> My son Robert and I met my husband over at El Parian for lunch. We <em>311</em> walked over there while my husband drove over. Then my son walked back after eating while we stayed and talked to friends. <BR> <BR> After I returned home my son asked if we could walk a 5k <em>364</em> tonight. That there are people gathering up at the University and walking to McDonalds. I said sure. I didn't know when I said yes that it was a night time walk that started... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 23:43:44 EST WHOOPS SOMEHOW I made multiple topics. Sorry! Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:45:05 EST Week 5 and Pushing Forward My final week and I'm on the last lap. I feel good and looking foward to the finish line. <em>311</em> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:13:41 EST Hello Week 3 Just came in from my last week 2 walk and was looking ahead at the week 3 schedule. <BR> <BR> At my 20min/mile pace the day 1 walk will be a little less distance than week 2 day 3 and week 3 day 2. <BR> <BR> If I'm feeling good at the 2 mile level, is there a reason to drop down to 30 min (which will be about 1.7 miles) rather than just doing another 2 mile walk here? Is there a goal of increasing the pace on this timed walk or something else I should be considering? Mon, 16 Jul 2012 07:24:57 EST I've hit and gone beyond! I found that after I started this challenge that 5k wasn't a problem. Doing it consistently? THAT was a the problem. Now I can go 4-5 miles a day for a full week. Now I just wished I had read all the rules before hand and knew how I was supposed to track! :) <BR> <BR> Congratulations to everyone that has finished and good luck! to everyone just starting. <BR> <BR> Lesli Sun, 15 Jul 2012 21:06:30 EST Still on track I just finished week 3. I am very committed to the program, just slightly bummed about doing 24 minute miles. I thought I was walking much know that if I keep with it that the time will lower, it just seems like 15 minute miles are way off in the future. <em>138</em> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:58:28 EST Trouble posting to training calendar I'm having a problem posting my workout today to the training calendar. When I click to track the workout, I get a message telling me it cannot find the goal I am tracking.....I'm doing the same thing i did my very first day to track, and that worked perfectly. Is there a teachnical issue today? Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:24:00 EST 45 yd old, getting divorced. Trying to get started Hi there, I am Felicia. I live in Whitehall (Columbus oh) and I am looking for someone to walk with, bike ride with, something...... I need to lose weight and I am clearly not able to do this on my own! Email me and we can make a plan! <BR> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:24:43 EST Week 4 and Making it Great I'm into week 4 and I am going above and beyond my training. Doing at least 40 minutes plus on my walks. <em>386</em> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:33:45 EST 1st day I have decided to do this walking program but before i get started i got ? . should there be a warmup? cool down an stretching when im done ? and how fast should i walk? Mon, 9 Jul 2012 12:54:00 EST Shoes I was wondering if anyone else has had experience with Skechers Shape Ups shoes. Or if anyone has another brand they absolutely love and would recommend as walking shoes. <BR> <BR> 3 years ago, 2 Cavalier spaniels came into my life, and I began taking daily walks. I've walked off the soles of 2 pair of shoes now. And I finally know my neighborhood! <BR> <BR> Last week, taking advantage of the 4th of July sales, I stopped at the local Shoe Carnival, and they had Skechers Shape-Ups on the cl... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 06:10:41 EST Hello everyone Hello, <BR> My name is Roberta Gabriel and I am a wife, mom and grandmother who resides in the state of North Carolina. I originally hail from Pittsburgh, PA and I discovered Sparks because of my friend, Sue, whom I volunteer with at Iredell Christian Ministries. I enjoy meeting people. singing, reading, cooking, acting, and bowling to name a few things and I really love spending time with my family and the grandchildren as well as spending time with my church family. I have a passion concern... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:12:15 EST 5k Walking program I thought this was a good way to get exercising. It has been a year since I started on a journey of losing weight. I went from 274 to my present weight of 229. I was hoping to have at least 100 lbs off by now, but I know it takes time. I now can walk for 30 minutes without losing my breath and I am hoping to by the end of the 5 weeks I can walk 3.5 miles. Its slow going, but a year ago, I couldn't even walk a block without having to take a break! <em>20</em> Thu, 5 Jul 2012 09:56:32 EST Week 3 I'm still moving Wow I am in week 3. I am loving this. I am still going strong and moving. Tue, 3 Jul 2012 00:36:41 EST Week 1 Done I started walking this week. Having a goal to work towards and walking with a friend to kept me accountable while making the week fun. We are supposed to get rain this week so perhaps we will be mall walking to reach the goals of week 2. <em>30</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:03:30 EST Taking Care of Me Hi! I am new to SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself. I am a 33 year old mother of two (a daughter with special needs - age 9 and a son - age 5), working full-time plus, and trying to remember what sleep looks like. I need to take better care of myself, and I need help with being reminded of that. So I thought this would be a great place to start. I want to get healthy, take off a few pounds, and really start to be more supportive of me. I am also hoping I can reform my family a ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:14:05 EST I am overwhelmed Hello everyone, my name is Jo and I am overwhelmed by the amount of useful information in SparkPeople. I joined several weeks ago and I did not come back until today. I really need to lose weight and I feel that this website can help me. I have ADHD and I'm aware that it will be a struggle for me to be consistent but I'll do my best. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:39:59 EST Ready to be ME again hi there everyone, my name is renee! I just wanted to make a short introduction of my self...I am a young mom of a 5 year old, was pregnant my senior year of high school! I gained alot of weight with her during my pregnancy and kept adding on the pounds! I was an athlete before i became pregnant, was in conditioning, and weights class everyday, played softball, basketball was a cheerleader and a member of the flag team! well, i want to be that fit again!!! And now I am letting nothing hold me... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:32:15 EST June 24 started my Week 1 I started my training program yesterday by walking for a full 15 minutes, which ended up being just under a mile (0.96 miles). My calves were BURNING when I got home, but oddly enough they don't hurt today (unusual because I have fibromyalgia, and the burning is an indication I overdid it, which always results in massive amounts of pain the next day). I'm using to map my walks ahead of time so I know where I need to walk to to get the distance I need to get. Long as the weather h... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:07:17 EST Week 2 and still going strong Well I made it to week 2. Looking forward to another week of walking for my health. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:05:11 EST Walking I feel good about walking but walking in the mall where it is cool is soooo much better than walking in our stifling humidity. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:16:39 EST Pedometer Placement Hello all! I've got a pedometer, but I can't figure out the best place to attach it to myself so that it accurately counts my steps. Or rather counts them accurately. It's a cheap pedometer, but i still think it will work right once i figure out wear to strategically place the thing. All help is appreciated. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 21:19:32 EST tracking distance with elliptical I use an elliptical, so how would I track distance for my 5k? <BR> Walking around my neighborhood isn't always an option because of the weather or time of day/safety issues. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:51:55 EST Distance Watches! I am looking for a reasonably priced watch that is simple to use and measures the distance I have walked, so far the best I have seen is the Tech4o has any one used one of these? Thanks Susie. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 04:59:26 EST My 5 week 5 k challenge from day one 21/6/12 15 mins walk and some cross-training too because today suits me best <BR> maybe unusual to count as cross training but I spent time cleaning windows today. <BR> Definately different muscles used <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:15:35 EST NightoCups Week 1 So yesterday I did the first of my Week 1 program and actually ended up walking for 20 minutes. Tomorrow I'm going to walk the mile and then Sunday I'm going to walk the mile and a half. Hope everyone is doing great! Spark on! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:09:19 EST Just Started week 1 Just started my first week. So far so good. Really enjoying this challenge so far. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:26:36 EST Did 3 weeks walking training before but....... Stopped because life got in the way. <BR> I am going to try to do it all this time, but can someone tell me what cross training is,please. <BR> I have never been an exercise fan before so really am not sure <BR> Thanks Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:55:41 EST NightoCups checking in! Hello everyone! I'm Bridget and I just signed up for the 5K of July 29th. I'm looking forward to doing my first 5K and working with all of you. Spark on! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:01:35 EST Nithya !!!!!!!!! Hi All, <BR> I am very new to this sparkpeople site but inspired by seeing the professional and personality development, health , fitness suggested and motivated by you all...........I am so happy to utilize this opprutunity to groom myself with all your advise, suggestion and motivation........I am getting married by August-2012 till that time I need to reduce 8 kg atleast as I am in the starting stage of obese.....please help me to work out this goal....... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:14:31 EST Finished the 5K AND Spread the Spark! Well, we did it! There were 9 of us on our 5K team and we were all walking the course. <BR> <BR> We ranged in age from 12 to 55 and I was one of the 55's. We stayed together for the first half of the race, but there were so many people in front of us, it felt like I was taking "baby steps" and couldn't get a comfortable stride going. So I kicked it into another gear and started moving up. Felt good to get moving and before long I was pretty far ahead of the others. My 15 year old niec... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:31:03 EST Starting over I have slacked over the past couple of months and I can tell, so I am starting over and did my 15 minutes of walking for day 1. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone and have a great evening! Sun, 17 Jun 2012 18:54:40 EST hi, from a newbie Hi all <BR> <BR> I'm Pauline, I am from the UK. I just joined last night. I have joined the 5K walking group and have printed off some maps. I am planning on starting one tomorrow. I currently weigh 167lbs and want to lose loads before my wedding and honeymoon which is in December. It is a second marriage for Mick and I, we are taking 3 teenager children with us, my two boys who will be 18 and 14 and his 15 yr old daughter. We are going to Mexico for our honeymoon and really looking fo... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 08:13:04 EST PLYONS4! HI, IM NEW TO THIS WEBSITE BUT NOT NEW TO DIETING!! IM A MOTHER OF 3 CHILDREN AND 1 GRANDCHILD. I LOVE SWIMMING AND GOING TO THE GYM, I AM DUE TO RUN THE RACE FOR LIFE IN JULY IN AID OF CANCER RESEARCH AND I AM DETERMINED TO LOSE AT LEAST A STONE(14LBS) BEFOR THEN!!! IN ALL I HAVE @ 6 STONES TO LOSE,HOPEFULLY BEFORE MY 45TH BIRTHDAY,NEXT APRIL....... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 04:33:54 EST hiii all So Im new to this site. Looking for support and hopefully to meet people with the same goals... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 22:31:50 EST New here but have been struggling for years Ok so let's get this over with. I have tried diet program after diet program and random other odd course these have all failed. Which is why I am here with all you lovely folks. My weight has now ballooned completely out of control and I have got to get a handle on this. I have only done my weight loss attempts solitary. Never with support or any real form of accountability which I am sure has made it easier for me to not follow through but that is a whole other issue. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:34:24 EST Faith4U2 says Hello to All Hello, I am new - so you will have to bare with me. I am not a blogger or a message person, but I am going to try to change that, because I will need all the help I can it. I will be talking to you all soon. <BR> Hope you enjoy your Blessed Day Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:29:14 EST Hello everyone!!!! Joined this team to help prepare me for my 5k coming up in exactly 5 wks. Just recently had a baby via c-section and i am just getting back n2 my workout habits. Before getting pregnant, i was well on my way to becoming a runner and now i have to work my way back to that point. So this 5k i plan to walk and hopefully i will get to run one by the end of the yr. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 08:32:49 EST Hello Ya'll I am so excited to be a part of this community!! I am here to track my weight loss journey and get motivation!! I have lost 20 lbs so far since I started 2 months ago ... It's a big lifestyle change and I finally am loving myself and enjoying life in the here and now!! Live life to the fullest, keep on keeping on and Stay focused!! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 11:09:33 EST I'm starting week 5 and I feel fine... Just wanted to start a newer thread. I suspect I'll be done by early next week. I can't wait. My 2 lb weight loss has really "sparked" me, no pun intended. Wed, 30 May 2012 20:20:34 EST Good Morning! New to Sparks, from Brooklyn, NY Hi, nice to meet you all. I started low-carb in September 2011, lost 40 pounds. Stalled about two months ago, and of course, now have gained some of the weight back. Totally lost my motivation. Main problem is I constantly seem to want to eat. Even yesterday, my first day here, I went over my highest calorie range by approx. 600 calories. Day time went well, blew it last night, ended up stuffing six chocolate truffles in my mouth right before bedtime. On the plus side I am walking more... Wed, 30 May 2012 09:01:51 EST Birthday wish.... Hello all! Yesterday day was my 39th birthday. The wish that I made as I blew out the candles atop my Italian Cream cake was to be happier and healthier. So as I lounged in my hammock, sipping a sweet, frosty Pina Colada, I came across an article that mentions Sparkpeople. I rolled out of my comfy spot and created an account right then. I admit that I did not do ANY physical activity yesterday and I ATE yummy, rich, fattening food. However, today is a NEW day and I am committing myself to fol... Tue, 29 May 2012 14:05:18 EST Is anyone else out there doing this? Hey, just noticed the dates for the notice. Where are my 5K walking peeps! Are you there? Are you checking in? Thu, 24 May 2012 17:54:00 EST So, I'm awful at introductions. I'm Haley, 20 years old from Michigan. I'm going to school for culinary arts. Just joined yesterday, but I've lurked around here on and off in the past. My overall goal is to lose 50 lbs by my birthday (11/14). I've always been sort of overweight, but have such a hard time committing to diets and exercising. Mostly because I've pretty much always found friend that accept me, and so I never had the self-hating fueled urge to go on crazy diets or run for hours. I really just wanna be healthy fo... Wed, 23 May 2012 19:48:54 EST Hello I am a 31 year old Mom of 2 beautiful girls who is trying to work her way up to a 5K walk/run. Running has been incredibly tough for me for health reasons so I'm trying to build up to it to keep me from giving up like I have in the past. I'm glad to be here and meet my goal with the help of this team. Thu, 17 May 2012 23:54:54 EST what? OK, well I did it, I stuck with the training plan and completed my first 5k on Mother's Day at our local Pink Ribbon Run & Walk. I found myself running part of the 5k because I was inspired by everyone else running and the crowds cheering - which may have been a mistake, because I was very, very sore afterwards! It has been two days and I am still feeling it, but am recuperating ok. <BR> I am feeling a little lost because I don't know what to do next...I would like to do more 5ks but I am un... Tue, 15 May 2012 23:22:43 EST Finished!!! 3.1 miles in 63 minutes! I am VERY proud of myself! Sun, 13 May 2012 23:24:02 EST My final week! I'll be doing my 5K this week sometime. (It's not an organized event, just me walking 3.1 miles.) I can't wait to finish what I've started! Thu, 10 May 2012 10:16:49 EST I am finished! I just finished today and it feels great! I am planning on moving forward and doing the jogging one next- though it kind of scares me... <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:03:31 EST First 5K Walked in my first 5K today. It was so much fun. There were cheerleaders all along the route cheering everybody on. I was at the back of a pack of about 409 participants. I walked, I did not run as I have no cartilage in my knees. I would like to enter a 5K to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation if anyone knows of one near where I live. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:02:46 EST just getting started able to walk one mile no problem got to pushing and tried 3 mile did ok was really tired and now sore but still walked one mile today I'm trying but it been hard I'm 10 to 15 pound still over weight and need to get it off ill fell better i hope and my high blood pressure will go down i hope along with my bad hdl problem I'm having <em>249</em> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:33:45 EST Hello All! My name is Lori and I'm trying to get ready to participate in a 5K walk/run to raise money and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer. I'm walking with my brother who lost his wife to this disease almost two years ago. Their 12 year old daughter is also on our team. <BR> <BR> Thought I should get started -- am WAY out of shape and could use the head start! Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:35:28 EST Finding Jennifer I'm really hoping I don't give up on finding Jennifer; that is to say, finding the "old me." The one before kids. Maybe even the Jennifer that existed after the first child. I just don't want to be this Jennifer anymore. I struggle with motivation and follow-through. I start, then stop, even when I am making success. I tend to do that with most things. I hope I can be an asset to this online community at some point. I look forward to connecting with people who understand my my struggles. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:42:39 EST just had surgery I had surgery on Friday, Sunday I walked one mile (painfull). Today two miles ( time wasn't that good, also a little painfull). Now I'm wondering what I'll do tomorrow, I hate starting over again. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:36:20 EST Tractivity a new way to track your steps and miles Just checked out something new on facebook Tractivity . Using a sensor in or on your shoe it lets you know how many steps or miles that you have walked. Has anyone else heard about this? Tractivity is giving a 50% off coupon if you click the like button. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 03:09:00 EST Thank you thanks my question about 5 k your way was answered <BR> fran Mon, 9 Apr 2012 14:01:13 EST how do I repeat week 3 I set the box that told me what week i was on back to three but it still showed what i had checked off for two of my training days but i missed day three so want to repeat week 3 how do i do this. do i need to re start the entire challenge? <BR> thank you <BR> Fran Mon, 9 Apr 2012 00:18:46 EST Can I jump ahead in the training? I have already been logging steps and walking is my cardio every day. Can I jump ahead on the training program? Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:51:55 EST Where do i find the tracker calendar <BR> Where do you find the interactive training calendar ? <BR> do you track your miles in the fitness tracker to show you got the miles in ? is there a check of list for each week like in some of the challenges like the exercise challenge that has four boxes to check off and keep track of what week you are in i didn't see one but thought maybe i some how missed it. training for a 12 k run in May so this will help me get ready for the run. <BR> Thank you for any help <BR> Fran Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:29:40 EST Newbie HI! I used to run in college and then gained a LOT of weight. SO, I thought I'd get back in stages. Glad to be here. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 17:03:01 EST Does this count? Hi everyone I'm Paskalini. I attempted to spark 3 years ago and well i didn't stick with it needless to say. BUT now I'm BACK AND READY. I am ready this time and I am excited about making healthy lifestyle changes! <BR> <BR> I have a question though. I live in Germany (two years this month). I don't own a car I ride a bike everywhere (sometimes pulling two kids behind my bike!) When I first moved here I lost nearly 20 pounds but after 2 years it's just become the norm. <BR> <BR> I am doing... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 04:45:57 EST Week 2 Check in Week 2 Day 1 - done, it went pretty good and feeling great. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 11:02:15 EST Good Morning from eastern Canada Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Patricia and I have lost my spark.... I had joined SP before looking for support to help me lose weight, but as you may know, life happened. Elderly parents/in-laws became ill and passed on, DH and I moved, retired, had surgery, and much more. <BR> <BR> So, this time I set up my Spark Page, but received no comments and I wondered why..... I guess I thought that was all I had to do, but that did not get me very far. <BR> So here I am again this morning sendi... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 09:28:54 EST First post I am EC1313 and this is the first time I have used any type of program online. I have looked for something to help me lose weight and eat healthy. I can't afford to go to a gym and pay a trainer. I like the format so far to keep track of everything. It really helps guide me and keep me on track. I feel like I am starting slow and not sure of what to do. <BR> My daughter and I are starting to walk 2 to 3 times a week. Look forward to the support of this group. Thanks in advance for your alls h... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:25:51 EST How Do You Track Mileage? Hey, everyone! <BR> <BR> I have a quick question. How does everyone here track the number of miles or the distance walked? I usually walk around my apartment complex, but I have no idea how far I've walked and whether I've met the required amount of miles in the program. Do any of you have suggestions? Sat, 3 Mar 2012 22:59:25 EST Walking in my Apartment :P I was super lazy the other day and didn't feel like going to the gym to do my walk. It's too cold to walk outside, so I thought I'd do some laps in the apartment. I ended up doing 20 minutes in a crazy figure-8 throughout the entire apartment--part of it included jumping on the bed! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I know it may not be ideal, but it was better than staying still. And it was fun. Looking forward to more weeks walking. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:43:42 EST Week 2 Day 1 - did the 25 min walk which ended up being about 1.11 miles last night in the dark, LOL. The stars sure were pretty. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:04:40 EST 2 miles Yesterday I walked 2 miles in 37 minutes not sure if that is a good time or not but it was good for me. Working on the Wii today. Does anyone know what the record is for "walking" a 5K? Sun, 19 Feb 2012 11:28:01 EST Fair Weather Walker I just realized today that I am I fair weather walker. It is another beautiful day out and I was out doing my 1.75 mile walk. I try to do them every other day Monday, Wednesday and Friday but my 2nd day of the week walk was done today because Wednesday was a cold misty kind of day. Now to do miles 2 mile tomorrow to get caught up. I feel great that I am still at it though! <em>224</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:35:39 EST Hello I just wanted to check in with everyone here. I am starting my first week of the 5 k training. since the leader has been inactive for a long time I put in to be your new leader. work on getting this going. check in and let me know how you are doing? Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:49:47 EST When and What to Eat Before a 5K I'm just starting out and want to get it right! What, when and how much is recommended eating beford a 5k walk? Mon, 13 Feb 2012 15:27:10 EST Not So New.... Hi All! My name is Kimberley. <BR> <BR> I am not going to keep any of you too long with my "introduction" message. ;) As I am not *really* new on here. I've been here before .. several times. <BR> <BR> But I'm back... and I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. I owe it to myself to get healthy and to stop making excuses to "not" do it. I need a LOT of support.. and, from previous times on here .. SP has a lot of support... and, I need all the support I can get right now.... to finally... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 12:30:30 EST Hi.. im new! =-/) i have alot of goals! And searching for more! My main work in progress, at the moment, is to take better care of myself by - drinking enough water, eating enough food, getting enough rest and plenty of exercise - and to lower my stress / anxiety levels! =-) Thu, 9 Feb 2012 20:03:42 EST Not new, just starting over Hello, my name is Tammy and I need to lose at leasr 150 pounds to get healthy. I am not new just starting over I lost my information a couple months ago. I just had an endoscopy and the dr said most of my problems are because of my obesity. I have gerd, acid reflux. I hope to get reaquainted with the members of the community and hoping to find some spark buddies that I can share my motivation with. Wed, 8 Feb 2012 23:01:41 EST what times did you post for 2.5 mi walk? I just finished the 2.5 mi walk in 44 minutes. What kind of times did you walk the 2.5 mi walk in? I'm asking because my time seems slow to me. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:12:33 EST walking New to the site and the method. I live in Rock Hill, SC. I'm trying to get my weight down out of the obese range, so I need to loose about 50 lbs. I've signed up to walk in a 5k fundraiser in a few months, so I'm trying to get into shape for that. Where I work has the hallways marked off so that four circuits is a mile, so I don't have the excuse of bad weather not to walk. I'm visually impaired and don't drive, and since I'm trying to save money, I am trying to workout at home. I tend to try... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:26:07 EST 1st week for Nan Monday <BR> Day one done walked at break feel good Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:14:12 EST SparkLive! - Cold Weather Exercise Tips SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:39:42 EST Help!! I accidentally tracked my day 1 into today but it was suppose to be yesterday. <BR> I removed it from my fitness page but on the 5K your way walking program page it still says tracked on 1/20. <BR> How do I change it to 1/19 and track it on my fitness page??? <BR> Thanks Fri, 20 Jan 2012 08:42:27 EST Trying to track program When I try to enter the walks in the 2d week it says it can't find the exercise I'm trying to track. <BR> Why? Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:39:58 EST SparkLive! class - Noteworthy Nutrition Goals SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:43:07 EST WARNING - NEW SPARK FEATURE This info was passed on to me from another team I am on: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "This information came to me from another member <BR> Through another blog I just learned of a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. I do not like this feature. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! Who wants his/her blog about... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:23:24 EST A New Year... A New Sparkie... :) Hey Sparkies! My name is Kimberley. I'm Canadian. I am tired of being overweight. 2012 is the year that I get healthy .. no more excuses! I just hope now I have what it takes to get me to where I would like to be. (sigh!) <BR> <BR> Anyhow! Enough about me. ;) Time to join the party & have some fun. :) Thu, 12 Jan 2012 02:04:53 EST Crosstraining on "off days". I read the article re: crosstraining for runners and just wondered what you guys do. I don't have room enough for equipment and biking is pretty hard here because of the Rural nature of the place. I'm thinking I will do stairs (in my house) combined with kinect and wii video games. I guess doing stairs for 30 minutes should be a pretty good start. Any suggestions? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:23:16 EST scheduling a 5k I plan to walk my 5k Monday 2/13. Is there a place to get on a list for a virtual 5k or do we just do it? I am under the impression that there are planned virtual 5ks all the time. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:45:13 EST Since it's too rainy to walk! I'll introduce myself. Hello from Alabama. Really today is an off day for walking so I'm not being lazy. I needed a place to get information on walking for exercise and ideas for staying motivated. I have found the place. My plan is to get active instead of "exercising", find things to do that don't involve sitting on the couch! I look forward to learning from y'all and getting fitwith y'all. Sounds like that crazy woman on the food channel huh? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:30:28 EST Hey I'm new Just wanted to stop in and say HI! New to sparkpeople but not new to trying to lose weight. I have always wanted to run a 5k and so today I took the first step and printed the training page. Now after dinner I need to get started. I CAN do it! I want to do it! :) Mon, 9 Jan 2012 16:59:10 EST SparkLive! class - Choosing A Gym SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:15:09 EST Amazing start to 2012 First week of 2012 with several goals, none more important than losing 20 pounds and quitting smoking! Here it is January 7th and I've lost 3 lbs this week, and am working on Day 4 without smoking. Thanks to a new daily routine of walking and diet monitoring my blood pressure has dropped and my resting pulse rate has dropped from 89 to 71. Simply amazing! Have not felt so positive in years! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 13:57:35 EST Couch potato wanting to exercise... I am a single mom who does "mom things" but not much else as far as activity goes. I know that I shouldn't start off exercising in an extreme manner but I'm not sure how to actually get started. <BR> <BR> Should I just start walking and add other things later? Should I walk and do other types of exercise? I don't want to run marathons or anything like that...I just want to be able to be more active than I am now. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 23:18:48 EST SparkLive! class - Secrets of Strong Starters SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:15:09 EST Hi! New Here! Hi, Name is Ashley and I am really ready to start my healthy journey to losing weight. I am using Sparkpeople, Blackberry Messenger, and Twitter. Would love to chat and get to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:09:37 EST I love to walk A training program for a 5k is wonderful - - my favorite exercise is walking. In fact, shortly after my early retirement in April of this year, I set out to walk 500k as part of the Camino de Santiago. I walked with a 20 lb pack, and lots of newly made friends along the way. <BR> <BR> I plan on returning in 2012, so having short goals as this one will help me keep my stamina high! <BR> Good luck to all, <BR> Pilgrim Aldy Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:46:23 EST SparkLive! Class - 7 Rewarding Resolutions Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:57:40 EST Events? Does anyone know a website where I can look for upcoming walking/running events in my area? I can already walk a 5k, but I want to actually enter a race. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:14:36 EST SparkLive! class - Simple Stress Busters Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 16:07:38 EST SparkLive! class - Avoiding Holiday Gains Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:12:15 EST SparkLive! class - Healthier Holiday Recipes Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:15:20 EST Day 1! I have fallen out of the way of doing any sort of formal exercising since I left school around 10 years ago! At the moment I am carrying a bit of extra weight and I want to feel fitter, this training programme seems perfect. I can't wait to walk around my town tomorrow <em>244</em> Sun, 4 Dec 2011 20:12:38 EST I developed a knee problem I just finished my 5K walking program and I was planning to move on to the 5K walk/job program but one of my knees has been bothering me. My husband suggested it is a bursitis problem and to prove him wrong I went online to look up the symptoms. It turns out I may have developed a type of bursitis I didn't know about. The name is unusual - something like "pes anserus". Anyway, based on the descriptions I read, it sounds exactly like what I have. One of the causes is obesity another a sudde... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 14:46:42 EST Introduction Hi I'm lcjore, I working my way to a healthier lifestyle. In the past I participate in the March Dime walk but very little training. Now I want to workout more. When I was training with some people I met a park who just say a little fitter and felt uncomfortable and stop trying to walk or eat healthier. But now I realize that it is about me getting healthier and living long. I think I have made a good start. I lost eight pounds since I joined Sparkpeople. I still have a long way to go and eve... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 09:46:13 EST Just finish my week one walk Hello everyone I have just completed the walking for week one. I am so thankful that I walk the week and completed the first week. I'm really looking forward to the 2nd week. That is going to be more challenging. 2 miles, that is quite awhile on the treadmill but along with the training I also incorprate strength training also. I feel more energy and much better. I start my week 2 Monday, today is Fri. I'm taking my rest day on Sunday. Tom.(Sat) I will be doing my last cross training,... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 21:39:18 EST Tibialis anterior issues, need advice/help please! I used to be very active and sports oriented as a kid/teenager - swimming, kickboxing, horse riding, basketball etc. and despite my weight gain and fitness loss all these years later, I still have some 'leftover' muscles. <BR> <BR> One of them is a very, very pronounced tibialis anterior, which I'm not quite sure how I got it to be like that. Even my body-building friend, who's far more knowledgeable than me in terms of anatomy and muscle development for obvious reasons, wasn't able to tell ... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 10:23:50 EST Runnin Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm Liz Fawkes. I currently am desperately trying to get my dog to run with me. I used to run all the time before I spent some months in the hospital. I'm back out now and trying to get my heart, knees, and lungs used to running again. So far I'm doing well on my own. I can sprint-jog for near 30 - 60 seconds with barely a walk in between. But the problem I'm having is this... I have a very energetic big dog who needs his workouts too. He's the sweetest thing in the worl... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:51:24 EST Spark Live! 5 Ways to Prevent Weight Gain at Work Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:41:31 EST SparkLive! class - Thanksgiving Survival Guide Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 17:43:09 EST Soggy walk Started Week 4 training under less than ideal conditions tonight. The time change is making it tough to get my walk in before dark, and it was drizzling. Funny how long 40 minutes can seem when you are wet and can't see out of your glasses... Good thing I've been feeling greatly determined about this, or there is no way I'd have been out there last night. Finished Week 3 by power walking the corridors of my motel over the weekend - after warning the desk clerk what I was doing, so she wouldn'... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 22:28:59 EST hi completed Tue, 15 Nov 2011 22:20:37 EST Getting started again Lost 45 lbs. during past year, want to take the next 55 off. I'm 71 and in good health but will have heart surgery (valve replacement - rheumatic fever damage in youth) in near future. Just moved to a retirement center and am learning the area. Have access to treadmill and gym/small pool but haven't gotten going yet. Looking for reinforcement and ideas for winter weather. Hello all... <em>249</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:47:55 EST finish i finish my race <em>198</em> Sun, 13 Nov 2011 21:17:56 EST I did My 5k walk Well I did my 5k walk 3.1 miles it was a beautiful day for it I walked on the Millenium Trail Superior National Forest I did in 62 minutes I would of done it less then that but over a week ago I threw my back and hip out so there fore I was laid up so I didn't get much training in but I still did it I just wanted to prove to my self I could do it and I did it Sat, 12 Nov 2011 14:23:31 EST Did it again! I did the 5k a while back then realized it wasn't in the dates set out. SOOOO...I did it again! I was a little slower this time, 119 minutes instead of 117, but I did it! October 31, finished before trick or treating started! Thu, 3 Nov 2011 21:10:00 EST Hi from PA Guess it is time to introduce myself. My name is Val, I started my weight loss journey In April 2011. So far I have lost 30lbs Which feels wonderful! But I found myself loosing motivation. So I decided Its time to get involved in the spark community.I hope I can make some friends and we can help to motivate each other. For exercise I enjoy bike riding, walking, zumba, and Wii fit. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:55:25 EST Next 5K Hi Everyone, <BR> Are any of you planning on doing the Turkey Trot? This one will be my 3rd and I am going to make it a personal goal to do one 5K a month. I do mine via treadmill. My problem is that I <BR> am not sure how to sign up for it. Still kind of new and this really is an over-whelming site. <BR> It is the only method of weight loss that is working for me. Thanks Spark!!! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 08:00:07 EST GOING FOR IT!!!! Hi <BR> My name is Tracy, currently living in central Newfoundland. I have been with spark for about 8 months. I started off strong and then disappeared for awhile. This is it now, i WILL lose the weight!!! I just wanted to say hi to everyone and we will win this battle..... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 17:26:22 EST NEWBIE! Love to "meet " you! My name is Melissa and I am new to SparkPeople....Been doing it faithfully for a week now, but did not get on the computer till now! was recently blessed to meet Chris Powell from Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. It was a meeting that was unexpected and he gave his time to me, sought me out, it was a God thing! He asked me one question that turned my heart around, finally. He asked me "Who are you, Melissa?" I replied, "I am mom, a fat, lazy mom"..with tears...He grabbed my shoulders a... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 03:13:09 EST I raced in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure I did it. And it ended up being so much more than just a little exercise (I blogged about it, please check it out!) but I am SO proud. 6 months ago, heck, THREE months ago, if you'd told me I'd not only do a 5k race, but finish strong, unexhausted, and happy, I would have laughed. I felt so amazing when I finished, I wasn't even winded, even though it was a rather vigorous walk. I only did 57:15, but that was mostly because I kept getting stuck behind other people... and I didn't mind, becau... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:54:01 EST wk4 We got a little off track this week with all the rain we've been getting :( It's been pouring when we get home from work, and then the one day it wasn't we were under the weather and decided to not risk our sickness in the cold. Hoping to get back on track this week by continuing week 4 (even though it's technically our race week) and then do our 5k for the TrickOrTreat Trot since, inevitably with the way the weather is looking, we'll probably miss a day of walking between now and then and ha... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 17:38:45 EST Is anyone else having trouble tracking their days? I keep getting the error message "We cannot find the goal that you are trying to track." Wed, 12 Oct 2011 06:00:53 EST Day 1 I walked 40 mins. Only scheduled to walk 25. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 23:01:08 EST Introduction - George Bolduc Hello all. I am George Bolduc. I'm 61, live in Connecticut and have been obese all my life. A medical professional suggested I look at SparkPeople for a number of isses, no only to lose weight. So, here I am...ready to go!!! Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:45:57 EST 42 and taking charge! I am a kindergarten teacher. I manage 15 little souls every day. I am also a mom of a teen and a ten year old, a wife and a mother as well as an active part of my temple. I have all these things in control but....not myself! I started this journey with 60 pounds to lose. This week, I lost 3. Finally putting myself on my own list of things to do! Sun, 9 Oct 2011 08:23:53 EST Walked Dog I walked my dog (Ringo) today for 20 mins. I don't think it was a mile because he stopped to sniff ever-so-often. I'm not going to record it today. Maybe I can get my mile in tomorrow. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 23:42:22 EST Average speed per mile Just was wondering what your average speed per mile is and how I compare to other people. Thanks for sharing :) Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:35:38 EST Speed for your first mile walked Just was wondering how long it took everyone to walk their first mile and see how I fit in with everyone else. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:28:35 EST How are you doing? I walked hills today. Haven't been able to do that for years. Walked 4 miles over 2 hours. Thats fast for me. <em>311</em> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 22:09:25 EST Day 2 Went on nature walk with the kids, walked 1.58 miles. Ready next week to do it without them so I can stop "stopping" or slowing down for them (one is only 6, so I'm just happy I didn't have to carry him). The weather is S.Florida is cooling slightly, so its easier to get outside for walking. Need to use the treadmill more as well and Wii. <BR> <BR> Feeling good and energized and healthy for the first time, probably ever! Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:18:30 EST New to SparkPeople My name is Emily, and I'm a 21 year old college student in PA. I've never been very good at regularly exercising, but I'm ready to change that! The goals in this group didn't seem too intimidating for a noob like me, so I figured this was a good place to start. <em>41</em> Can't wait to start meeting my goals! Wed, 28 Sep 2011 16:00:48 EST