SparkPeople PG County Health and Fitness Team Messageboard This SparkTeam is geared toward everything health, wellness and fitness related in Prince George's County Maryland and surounding DMV area. SparkPeople PG County Health and Fitness Team Messageboard January 2014 Fitness 30-Day Fitness Challenge Hi Team, <BR> <BR> So sorry I forgot to post the 30-day challenge here to kick things off for 2014. No worries!....there's still enough time to drop a few pounds : ) <BR> <BR> We're in week 3 of the challenge...(see past week workouts here ... <link><BR>years-in-home-fitness-challenge/ </link> ) <BR> <BR> Week 3 <BR> Day 15: 15 lunges, 10 burpees, 20 Russian twists (5 rounds) <BR> Day 16: Run 1/2 mile, 10 push-ups, 30 second front bridge (3 rounds) <BR>... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:38:10 EST Fitness & Foodie Must Haves Share any of your fitness or foodie must haves here. Maybe your fav thing will become someone elses saving grace! Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:10:53 EST What I Did Today...Post Your Routines Here! Share with the team your exercise routine for today. Maybe someone will like yours and adopt it as their own. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:04:46 EST General Talk Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Is anyone still here (echo....) Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:41:34 EST May Challenge 2013: Core Balance Challenge Training for better balance and core stability is essential to our fitness and over all wellness. Do this "Star Balance" exercise three (3) times this a week and check in weekly to post an update on your balance progress. By the end of the month, you should have better control over your core and entire body with less wobbling/shaking while you balance. The target muscles for this exercise are the abdominals, obliques, shoulder girdle muscles, hip adductors and abductors, and pelvic girdle mu... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:23:55 EST FREE 30 Days of Paleolithic Lunches. ..Gluten Free check out's free deal of the day. Sorry I'm posting this so late, but I just found out about it. <BR> <link><BR>/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&cre<BR>ative=390957&creativeASIN=B00ATAN7YW&l<BR>inkCode=as2&tag=glutfreefrug-20 </link> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:27:30 EST February Challenge: PG County Healthy Fun (2013) Since this SparkTeam is all health and fitness things in PG County, I thought that in February we'd focus our team challenge on finding something fun to do in our local area! You can stay inside or venture out if you prefer, but the goal is to find at least one thing related to health and fitness in PG county. Then, go and participate. You can invite the team as a fun meet-up or go solo and share with us afterward in a post. <BR> <BR> Who's in??? <BR> <BR> To get you started, here are a... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 20:08:16 EST FREE Quiznos Sub I don't know if anyone already knows this, but Quiznos is giving away a free small Honey Bourbon Chicken sub for the month of January. FYI: Their Honey Bourbon Chicken sub is pretty much the healthiest sub they's about 320 calories, 5g fat, 22protein and about 900 sodium. YES! 900 sodium, but hey, that's the lowest sodium laced sub they have. I'd only eat a small one on my free day. Just passing it on. The offer expires on the 28th. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the offer: <BR> <... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:55:54 EST Whey Protein. Do You Use It? Yes or No Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Just wondering how many of us are using whey protein (powder, shakes...even protein bars...or whatever protein supplement form). Do you use it? Yes or No? If so, which brand do you think is the best tasting. I've tried the Cryosport at Costco, because it was much cheaper compared to other stores. However, it really tasted like chemical garbage to me lol. That's interesting, because Cryosport is the same brand that makes the famous "Muscle Milk", and I love the Muscle Milk... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:38:45 EST Find The Best Food Has anyone every checked out I stumbled upon the site a week ago and found it very useful for frozen food comparisons. They have comparisons for fast food and other things too, but that's what I was searching for and it was very user friendly like Sparkpeople but with better graphics. <BR> <BR> Here's a link: <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:30:28 EST Easy Food Comparison Calculator Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I just came across this really easy to use food comparison calculator. If you've ever wanted to compare which Subway sandwich was healthier, here's a really quick way to do it. <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:27:53 EST Happy New Year 2013! Happy New Year Team! <BR> <BR> I hope you are kicking off the new year right with your first workout of the year. I know I did. So what was your first workout? <BR> <BR> Here's mine: <BR> 15 minute warm up of kettlebell swings, weighted choppers, step-box skips...yeah heart pounding! <BR> <BR> Then, I did 3 sets of weighted forward lunges, 3 sets of weighted side lunges, 3 sets of thigh squeezes with the Swiss Ball, 3 sets of weighted thigh openers (thighs of steel lol), 3 sets of leg cur... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:23:47 EST Biggest Loser Challenge (Winter 2013) POST WEEKLY To Biggest Loser Challenge Thread with your weigh in updates. <BR> <BR> What: Lose the most weight. <BR> When: January 1, 2013 - March 31, 2013 <BR> Where: Online: PG County Health & Fitness team <BR> Why: You'll win a prize! <BR> <BR> Details <BR> <BR> Get fit, reach your goal, and have fun at the same time! Here's why: <BR> <BR> One (1st place) winner will receive an awesome prize (not telling). <BR> One (2nd place) winner will also receive an awesome prize (still not telli... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:30:14 EST 2013 Resolutions? Share! What is/are your resolution(s) for the new year? Say it out to make it stick! The Team will hold you accountable! Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:13:54 EST Yay DC for Being in Top 10 Did you hear? DC ranked #2 for the top 10 healthiest metropolitan areas. Nice!! Now where does PG county fall in?? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erican-fitness-index-fittest-cities-he<BR>althiest_n_1537239.html#s=1008311 </link> Wed, 23 May 2012 14:02:21 EST The Weight of the Nation Just thought you might want to know: An HBO documentary entitled The Weight of the Nation is airing Monday May 14nth. It's inspiring...filled with every day Americans telling their story. Here's a trailer: <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 6 May 2012 18:27:02 EST May 2012 Fun Fitness Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's May already? Time flys when you're having fun. Does anyone know of any fun fitness events coming up in their town? If so, please share. Maybe we can make it a team meatup. <em>236</em> Wed, 2 May 2012 11:09:34 EST National Walk For Epilepsy 2012 Here's another opportunity to get out there and exercise with the world. The National Walk for Epilepsy is March 31st, 2012 at the National Mall. It's about a 2-miler Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ageServer?pagename=about_phys </link> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 10:12:31 EST SparkTeam Goals.... .confused In the "Exercise 3 days per week" box, are the minutes of workout that day supposed to be listed there? It seems when I put in my total minutes for the day, it threw off the goals. Help! <BR> <BR> Want to participate correctly! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Carlah <BR> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 22:26:47 EST One Day Run (or walk or run/walk) 2/29/12 is a leap year day. One Day Run is an event that celebrates this day with a one day run around the world. Everyone in the world is invited. Meet-up and run/walk together or go solo. Either way, like One Day Run on Facebook or Twitter and share your distance with the world. The goal is for everyone's distance to add up to the circumference around the world. We're all in it together. <BR> <BR> Meet-up: Join me for a meet-up in support of the One Day Run. @12 noon in person or virtually... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:58:26 EST Free Training and Training Music Ever checkout Gatorade's G-series music mix with trainer coaching the whole time through? It's pretty is always good. <link> </link> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 19:37:53 EST Virtual Run...5K ..10K..? Anybody training or want to train for a 5K/10K...? There's always an event in the DMV area. There's even a "virtual run" coming up this 2/14! No excuses hu? Check it out if you like: <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:35:52 EST Body Fat% Check Hey Team, <BR> <BR> I came across a company called Be Fit Test LLC while surfing the web. They are a mobile company that comes to you and tests your body fat %. It's about $75 a person, but it's super accurate compared to electrical impulse divices, or the skinfold method. The later two aren't bad, but if you're looking for the best reading you can get, the Bod Pod the company has is next great. This company is also the official tester for the University of Maryland's athletic Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:11:28 EST Should I Eat This or That? I found this cook site that compares food head to head. It's a cool tool when you're trying to decide on eating this or that when you're close to going over on your calories. <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 15:39:17 EST Workout App for your iPhone or Android I recently have been using a great online program for building tailored workouts. (I mainly use it for my clients for online personal training). You can use the "basic" version online for free or the app for free as well. THE BEST PART IS, it provides on the go visual representation of a particular exercise. For example, if you download the app on your phone, you can pull up your workout while you are at the gym or at home and play the video demonstration of the exercise, read tips or keep tr... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 14:33:06 EST I so love avocados! (this way is more filling) I blogged about how GOOD this, but I just wanted to share it with you here lol. This is totally going to be a staple lunch for me now. <BR> <BR> "Ok, today I had 1 avocado mixed with 1 serving of SILKEN tofu. I emphasize silken, because that's the only kind that will work well for this. It really stretches the avocado, and the tofu has absolutely no taste, so you'll get all avocado flavor. It's just a great protein, low calorie filler. I just add a pinch of salt for my taste (I do that with ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 14:20:26 EST Chocolate Cake w/ Zucchini and Applesauce e...240c Has anyone tried Sandra Lee's Chocolate cake made with Zucchini and Applesauce? I've got to try it. The low cal chocolate mousse topping seems like something I could have all by it's lonesome (Japanese tofu and chocolate pudding mix). Here's the link: <link><BR>ee/super-moist-chocolate-cake-with-cho<BR>colate-cinnamon-topping-recipe/index.html </link> If you're a chocolate lover, try it and share your thoughts. It's 240 calories and 3g of fat a slice!!!!! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:35:32 EST New Year's Resolutions!!!! Share here & make it official Wed, 21 Dec 2011 20:35:03 EST Nike Women Channel on YouTube I just found the Nike Women Channel on has really great tutorials for toning at the intermediate to advanced level. <link> </link> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 20:29:57 EST Army 10 Miler If you're not participating in the Army 10 Miler this Sunday, there's plenty of fun things to do at the Health & Fitness Expo at the DC Armory. Anyone going? Maybe we could meet up. <BR> <link><BR>o.cfm </link> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 14:54:57 EST FREE Six Flags Tickets in Exchange for Exercise Hey Team, <BR> <BR> Anyone want to sign up for the 6K walk/run sponsored by the DC Running Club? It's at Six Flags and you'll get a free ticket to the park to use that day after the walk/run. They're going to close sign up after September 29. Click on the link to learn more from the sponsor: <link> </link> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:35:40 EST Bowie Health Fair (September 17, 2011) Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Just an FYI: <BR> The Bowie health fair is coming up on September 17nth. Here's a link for more info: <link><BR>-fair </link> Wed, 7 Sep 2011 10:33:39 EST Happy Labor Day!!! Happy Labor Day Team...enjoy this've earned it! All work and no play makes a dull girl. Take this time to relax and reflect on your fitness progress thus far. You may need to rethink a routine that isn't working or forge ahead with one that is just right. Either way, shoot me a message...I'm here to help you see your journey through. Mon, 5 Sep 2011 14:13:40 EST Arlington 911 5K Race this September Hi Team, <BR> <BR> The Arlington 911 4K race is coming again on September 10, 2011. I'm posting a link below if you want to sign up. It's a great way to stay focused on fitness.....and its for a great cause. <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:02:00 EST Encouraging Words The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your <BR> mind you have to convince. - Vincent Lombardi Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:14:28 EST Happy 4th All!!!!! What's on the grill? Care to share what you have/had on the grill? <BR> <BR> I had some turkey burgers, nathans hot dogs, Aidel's spicy sausages, mango curry chicken breasts, cayane/garlic corn, roasted peppers....mmm mmm good Mon, 4 Jul 2011 10:57:36 EST Health News We Can Use Hey Team, <BR> <BR> Check out these health finds...good thing we're on the ball. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>#State </link> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:42:39 EST After the BBQ...Coo kout..... I hope everyone had or is having a good holiday time...spending time with the loved ones, relaxing and reflecting on the good times. Just remember, it's good to take a break and have a free long as we get back on the path afterward right? Mon, 30 May 2011 10:18:00 EST Arobathon There's an Arobathon at the Capital Sports Complex on May 21st. This is another great opportunity to get out and move! Any takers? <BR> <BR> 6417 Marlboro Pike <BR> District Heights, MD 20747-2843 <BR> (301) 568-5010 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lts-zumba-aerobathon2-saturday-may-21-<BR>10am-1230pm/ </link> Tue, 17 May 2011 20:01:16 EST Women's Health Week Quickly Approaching! Hi Team, <BR> <BR> National Women's Health Week is quickly approaching. It's May 8-14, 2011. If anyone knows of an event going on in PG, please share. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 18:52:53 EST Hungry Girl! Has anyone been following Hungry Girl? I noticed that she has a show now on the Cooking Channel. She also has a book out that the ADA recommends...any thoughts? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=10379 </link> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 14:56:08 EST New Gyms in PG Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Has anyone checked or are already a member of Fitness4Less? I saw that one is in the process of being opened in Clinton. They have a rate of $9. I'm sure they are going to be competing heavily with Planet Fitness ($20). I see a trend of low cost gyms coming to the PG area. I really like this, because one of the top 10 barriers to exercise is expensive gym memberships. More choices...more reasons to exercise! <BR> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 16:12:58 EST Earth Treks (rock climbing) Hey All, <BR> <BR> I just learned of this great rock climbing facility called Earth Treks. They have a few locations around Maryland (Timonium, Columbia, Rockville)...sorry none directly in PG county : ( , but I'm willing to travel for a little fun. I'm considering this as a meet-up opportunity for anyone who want to sweat a little with me. Any takers? This is for the introductory package ($75), because technically, I don't know what the heck I'm doing...but am down for fun. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 13:28:16 EST What did you this weekend? I had a pretty good Saturday. I really was so glad that the sun poked its head out. I went for a 5mile run in the arboretum in the morning and then the hubs and I got to take our little guy out to try his bike for the first time ever! He's taken to it like a fish to water! We went out to Rock Creek Park. I can't believe I have lived in this area for nearly 6 years and have never been to Rock Creek. It is so beautiful. Little man and I are going out again today to ride his bike. (Probab... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:13:12 EST McDonald's Marathon Fuel McWinning... I just had to share this article from the Express. Joe D'Amico is training for the LA Marathan on McDonald's only. I am soooo following this guy on Facebook...his name is McRunner. Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:37:19 EST SparkPeople App Hi, <BR> <BR> Who's using the SparkPeople app on their smartphone? If you don't already know, this is definitely a must have. I use it every day, sometimes twice daily. From what I've seen, it's better that the WeightWatcher's app. Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:30:50 EST OFF Topic Anything goes here....It doesn't have to be health/Fitness/Nutrition related. Feel free to spill your guts about anything of interest to you. Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:02:37 EST EA Sports Active 2 Hi, <BR> <BR> If anyone has EA Sports Active 2 and want to link up to play here's my info: <BR> <BR> Group name: PG-County <BR> Password: PG-County Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:13:03 EST Activity Reminder 3/12-3/13 @ The Washington Conve Hi Team, <BR> <BR> This is just a reminder: <BR> <BR> The Travel & Adventure Expo is in town this weekend at the Washington Convention Center with lots of stuff to learn about and do...I'm excited about the rock climbing. Tickets are $9...but discounted even more if you go online. This is a great opportunity for a team meet-up, to hang out or say hi in the flesh, for anyone interested. I'm not sure what time I'll get there, but I'll definitely go...hopefully I'll see or bump into someone... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:59:31 EST HELLO! Hello, Ladies! <BR> Just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Melanie. I live in Hyattsville. I'm 33, married, a Stay at Home mom to one beautiful little man, J. I've been on the journey to health since he was born in 2007. I am literally half the woman I used to be, but am finding maintenance extremely difficult. I hit my goal weight and then began a cycle of gaining and losing, because I don't know how to just "stay". <BR> <BR> I love exercise and fitness-- mostly running and a... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:04:27 EST Hey Gals!! My name is Kim and I am 40. I am working on my BA in Human Resources. I will get my certificate this May and my degree May 2012. I am married with a combined family of 6 ( 1 daughter and 5 sons). I live in Glenn Dale which is right down the street from Bexy (Hi neighbor). I am currently a member at Gold Gym in Fairwood and do alot of DVD's in my basement. <BR> <BR> I am currently 180 and am "going" to get into the 150's. Staying on track is a struggle for me but I am determined to get ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 17:06:45 EST Team Meet-Ups Hi Team, <BR> <BR> One of our members (hi Bexy!) has a great idea...Team Meet-Ups. Those of us who want to, can meet at least once a month for an exercise activity. Some venues proposed are local PG county parks for walking, hiking... I'll leave it up to the team to think of other places. I will post the latest designated meet-up place, date, meeting time and other info in the "Team Meet-Ups" sticky. <BR> <BR> - Thanks...hope to see you out there, <BR> Octavia <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 15:00:32 EST Walking Group? I am sure we are all hoping for warmer weather to come our way! <em>67</em> I was wondering if anyone is interested in starting a walking group? I live in Greenbelt and there are several parks around here with tracks and trails that are great for walking. I also like to hike, but I only know of one good place (Patapsco Valley Park up near Ellicott City - it is kind of spooky, that's why I like it!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, maybe we could meet up once a month, and if we like each other - may... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 09:58:15 EST It's me, Bexy! Hi, Team! <BR> <BR> I'm Bexy and I am so happy that O was able to create this PG County team! I live and work in Greenbelt. I admit that I am very shy, but I really would love to have a face-to-face support group, if any of you are interested. <BR> <BR> Facts - <BR> 25 yrs old <BR> married <BR> no kids <BR> 1 dog, 1 cat, 2 guinea pigs, 1 dwarf hamster, (1 husband lol) <BR> administrative assistant <BR> finish my first bachelors degree in 2 wks (business administration with concentration... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 09:52:18 EST Where Is Your Favorite Local Gym? Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Here is a list of gyms and fitness centers in the PG county area that I know of. This is not an endorsement listing...strictly informational. Feel free to give yours a shout out, and I'll add it to the main list. If you've been to a gym on this list and know the service and equipment upkeep is horrible...let us know that too! <BR> <BR> Local Gyms/Fitness Centers: <BR> <BR> 24 Hour World Gym Express <BR> 12647 Laurel Bowie Road, Laurel, MD <BR> (301) 490-8180 ý <BR> ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 14:25:27 EST March Is National Nutrition Month Just an FYI: <BR> <BR> The American Dietetic Association observes national nutrition month in March. <BR> <BR> National Nutrition Month® <BR> American Dietetic Association <BR> 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000 <BR> Chicago, IL 60606-6995 <BR> <BR> <BR> Materials available <BR> Contact: Knowledge Center <BR> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 14:21:47 EST Team Leader Introduction Hi Team, <BR> <BR> My name is Octavia Henderson, and I love health & fitness! It's been a part of my life since childhood, and it's never let me down. I hope this page will be a sounding board for those who enjoy wellness, health & fitness as well as serve as a good resource for those who are just getting into the game. <BR> <BR> Some of my interests include: sports (i.e. L.A. Lakers, Washington Wizards, NY Giants, NY Yankees, Mixed Martial Arts-MMA, Golf...), nutrition- definitely a foodi... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 12:58:44 EST