SparkPeople San Antonio Spark - The Official Team Team Messageboard If you are in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, come join us on our journey to a healthier tomorrow! Support, motivation and advice all in one place! SparkPeople San Antonio Spark - The Official Team Team Messageboard Feb 7 - SARR Monthly Fun Run Runners and walkers welcome! This a great fun and FREE event. <BR> <BR> Our Monthly Fun Run in McAllister Park at the Al Becken Pav, Saturday, February 7, 2015. Races begin at 8:30 am. Registration starts at 8 am. Kids' Run followed by 1/2 mi, 1 mi and 3 mi races. Open to all. Free. <BR> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:12:30 EST Fit to Fight Self Defense! New self defense course starting at my dojo! ( <BR> <BR> Called "Fit to Fight" and welcome to all comers, teenagers and up. It's pay per class (I think it's $15. I'll check tonight), Mondays from 20:15 to 21:15 <BR> <BR> I will be assisting another black belt in teaching this class. Additionally, we may also have our Judo Sensei, Jan Bonner, stopping in to help out and share her wisdom. <BR> <BR> Come check it out! <BR> (Viewing is free!) Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:46:46 EST Meditation and Yoga in the Park - Free! <em>414</em> <em>401</em> <em>417</em> <em>403</em> <BR> <BR> My daughter-in-law is NOT a yoga instructor, but she finds a lot of peace and flexibility through very simple (and fairly easy) yoga moves and meditation. I find the same to be true. Yoga has made this arthritic granny a lot more able to function and move. The meditation centers me in a very spiritual way. <BR> <BR> We meet at Comanche Lookout Park (Semmes Library) on Judson at Nacogdoches on Sundays (weather permitt... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:30:45 EST SA foam glow 5k San Antonio September 11th, 2015 @ six flags <BR> <BR> I think this is a great event SA sparkers could do! <BR> Early bird ticket offer ends 1-17-15 ($20) <BR> Full prices $60 <BR> <BR> I was just wondering who all would be interested in creating a team and doing this event. I am going regardless but if we could do this as a TEAM, how awesome would that be!? Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:25:11 EST Social Media Incase any of us want to get further connected with our teammates, I thought I'd put this out there. Of course, don't feel you have to include all information. Just share what you're comfortable sharing... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Facebook: <BR> Twitter: <BR> Pinterest: <BR> Blog: <BR> Google+: <BR> Instagram: <BR> Fitbit: <BR> RunKeeper: <BR> <BR> those are the ones I can think of off hand. Feel free to add any. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:43:43 EST Winter A-Z Name anything associated with winter....alphabetically Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:12:21 EST Kids Winter Day Camps Hey moms & dads ... and grandparents! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I ran across this the other day, and thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> Winter Holiday Camps <BR> A variety of active games, traditional sports, fitness, nature and science activities, and holiday craft projects will keep children active and entertained during the Parks and Recreation Department’s Winter Holiday Camps. The camps, for youth ages 6 to 14, are held at 16 Parks and Recreation Community Centers. Winter Holiday Camps ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:57:31 EST Procrastination Meets Determination & Goals Hi! So Military injury & surgeries packing on some weight, changing my look & outlook (on lots of things) has finally reached the need for change. I have become involved with my husband's recovery option of bicycling. 500-600 mile awareness/fundraisers for the military & non-profits who support us. My first one is a few months away and I will reach my goals along the way! I'm excited. I just hope I hold off my old friends 'procrastination & self-criticism'!! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:55:55 EST December San Antonio Spark Meetup (RSVP HERE!) Who's ready for a relaxing evening of food, friends, fellowship, and fun? It's time for another San Antonio Spark Team meetup! <BR> <BR> Here are the juicy details: <BR> <BR> What: San Antonio Spark Team Meet-up <BR> When: Thursday, December 18 @ 6:30 PM <BR> Where: Willie's Grill and Icehouse <BR> 15801 San Pedro Ave <BR> San Antonio, TX 78232 <BR> <BR> You can take a look at the menu here: <link><BR>s/hill -country-village-willies/ </link> <... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:46:16 EST Jan 1 - Cobweb Chaser- 5K <link><BR>px?id=29961 </link> <BR> <BR><BR>.aspx?id=29961 <BR> <BR> Let's start the new year off right with a 5K! It's at 10am, so you can still have a good time New Year's Eve. <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday, January 01, 2015 10:00 AM <BR> Pavilion #2 13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd. <BR> San Antonio, TX <BR> <BR> Event Summary: <BR> • Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m. • Race Day Registrati... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:09:51 EST Hello San Antonio Team I am a returning member, it has been 2 years since I've been on here! I have been working crazy hours and then going home and not wanting to do anything computer related at all. But I do love the support of a team to bounce thoughts and ideas off of and just share with others on the same journey. So 2015 is going to be a year to focus more on me and not necessarily losing weight (although that would be wonderful) but on getting healthy. See you all again soon. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:28:17 EST Want to start running or improve your run? This spring I joined SARR (San Antonio Roadrunners). They had a "Walk to Run 5K training group. I've tried the walk to run program on my own several times but always gave up before "graduation". Apparently I needed the support of being on a team with others. I joined the Spring training and now I'm training to run my first half marathon! <BR> <BR> Just after the holidays, SARR will be offering a Walk-To-Run 5K, a Pick-Up-The-Pace 5K/10K, and a Let's-Run-13.1 Half-marathon training progr... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:06:56 EST Government Hill Historic District 5k/10K WALKING Come walk this Saturday 11-15 in this newly created historic district. <BR> <link><BR>2/government-hill-historic-district-sa<BR>n-antonio-5k10k-sat-nov-15th/ </link> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:26:02 EST SARR Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Bring the family and start your Thanksgiving Day by getting your heart pumping! <BR> <BR><BR>t.aspx?id=29739 <BR> <BR> When: <BR> Thursday, Nov 27, 2014, 9:00 AM <BR> <BR> Where: <BR> Lifetime Fitness (281 & 1604) <BR> 18510 Hwy 281 <BR> San Antonio, TX <BR> <BR> <BR> •80 Free Smoked Turkeys!!! Will be given away by drawing from registered 4 Mile Run/Walk participants. <BR> •Special Turkey Trot T-shirts will be sold on race day - Adult: $... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:31:16 EST Workout Buddies Looking for someone to keep you accountable? <BR> <BR> Let us know your gym, location and availabiliy! Hopefully you'll get matched up! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:47:46 EST Workout Buddies Sorry, got double posted. Doh Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:47:27 EST 2014 Nutmeg Ninjas SPICE Challenge Thread Hi, Nutmeg Ninjas! This thread is your place to encourage and share with your team during the 2014 SPICE challenge. (Also, remember to head over to the SPICE Rack challenge thread for some friendly heckling!) <BR> <BR> Here are the members of the 2014 Nutmeg Ninjas team: <BR> <BR> ELEXEY (Elva) <BR> FALLINTOFLIGHT (Siena Lyn) <BR> RHONDAJ130 (Rhonda) <BR> SPURSFAN21 (Justin) <BR> UNSTOPPABLEJEN (Jennifer B - team captain) <BR> <BR> Team spirit is one of the most fun parts of this challen... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:43:42 EST 2014 Cinnamon Classics SPICE Challenge Thread Hi, Cinnamon Classics! This thread is your place to encourage and share with your team during the 2014 SPICE challenge. (Also, remember to head over to the SPICE Rack challenge thread for some friendly heckling!) <BR> <BR> Here are the members on the 2014 Cinnamon Classics team: <BR> <BR> BEANIESA (Fay) <BR> BHURLEY1424 <BR> LAURAINSA (Laura) <BR> NEWNATE (Nate) <BR> RINLYN (Emily) <BR> HEIDIJUNEBUG (Heidi - team captain) <BR> <BR> Team spirit is one of the most fun parts of this challen... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:40:25 EST 2014 Peppermint Pixies SPICE Challenge Thread Hi, Peppermint Pixies! This thread is your place to encourage and share with your team during the 2014 SPICE challenge. (Also, remember to head over to the SPICE Rack challenge thread for some friendly heckling!) <BR> <BR> Here are the members on the 2014 Peppermint Pixie team: <BR> <BR> GWAIMS <BR> MAMATOYA84 (Toya) <BR> MJ-SHE-BEAST (MaryJane) <BR> PAWPAW-DON (Don) <BR> POOKASLUAGH (Amanda) <BR> SBEAR5 (Sarah - team captain) <BR> <BR> Team spirit is one of the most fun parts of this cha... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:37:29 EST Hi! Hi, I'm Nathan (Nate). I'm a 39-year old veteran from San Antonio. I joined this team because my wife (HEIDIJUNEBUG) told me to. That, and I need to lose weight. I am ready to be a New Nate, lighter, fitter, stronger, healthier. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:53:47 EST Helpful Articles Just thought we could use this thread to post articles we find helpful, from Sparkpeople or otherwise. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:09:23 EST Dinner request, selfishly Hey my fellow SA Sparkers! I will be back in San Antonio in mid-December, for one week only, arriving on the 12th and returning to the Boston area on the 19th. I would *love* to have a dinner meet-up sometime during that week. I miss you guys so much! I know you just had a September dinner, but I was thinking, hey, it'll be three months by then, and maybe we could have a holiday themed thing going on, or something. I know our wonderful leaders can come up with something great! I don't know *e... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:39:52 EST I've missed ya'll!! Hey there everyone, I'm just popping by to re-introduce myself. Used to be pretty active around here, and through Spark saw a lot of success, not just for me, but for a great deal of people on this team as well. I left Spark about 3 years ago because after moving from San Antonio to Lubbock to help my parents, going through a bad break up, and getting back on my feet I lost my fire. I have gained back 47 of the 74 pounds I had lost and things need to start changing, it's time for me to get ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:55:09 EST 2014 SPICE Rack Hey SPICERS! This topic is meant for heckling, encouragement and general SPICE discussion between teams! Have a great time with this challenge and be sure to keep the communication open!!! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:37:53 EST 2014 SPICE Challenge Sign up Are you ready to sign up for the 2014 SPICE challenge? Reply to this message and copy and paste the following template into your message (fill in your personal details): <BR> <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Name: <BR> <BR> My Challenge Goals: <BR> - # of Pounds I want to lose: <BR> - # of inches I want to lose: <BR> <BR> Hobbies/interests: <BR> <BR> Did you participate in the last SPICE challenge? If so, which team were you on? Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:28:28 EST 2014 SPICE Challenge Information Are you ready to SPICE things up for the holidays? Join the San Antonio spark team for the 2014 SPICE challenge! <BR> <BR> This challenge officially starts on Friday, October 31, 2014 and will run until Thursday, January 1, 2015. The goal of this challenge is to keep you on track and LOSING weight over the tempting holidays! Remember that you don't have to avoid foods you love, you just have enjoy them in moderation this season! <BR> <BR> So, what IS the SPICE Challenge? <BR> <BR> S-- sp... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:22:12 EST Lead the Way 1Mile & 5K Run/Walk - 1 Nov Where: San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston @ North New Braunfels Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78209 <BR> <BR> When: 1 November @ 8am <BR> <BR> Enjoy the beautiful San Antonio Botanical Garden on Saturday morning, November 1, 2014! This is a unique early morning opportunity to experience three distinctive and diverse ecological regions of Texas. The Texas Native Trail represents plant communities of the Hill Country (Edwards Plateau), East Texas Pinewoods and South Texas. This event is... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:28:47 EST Intro Hi, Just a quick intro about me. I have decided to try SparkPeople for two reasons: <BR> 1) Lose Weight - 30 pounds (ugh) <BR> 2) IBS - I noticed there is a FODMAPS community here and I would like to try this diet. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being a part of SparkPeople! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:23:03 EST Hi! Hi All! I am a recent defector from My Fitness Pal - basically changed because I am in need of a fresh start. I lost a lot of weight a few years ago but it has sadly found it's way back and I have struggled to get back into the groove. Since I've hit the 40's I am having an extremely hard time losing weight so hoping a change in 'scenery' will help me get and stay motivated. :) Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:10:44 EST Walk/Run this weekend 10/18 <link><BR>5/leon-creek-greenbelt-san-antonio-oct<BR>-18/ </link> <BR> <BR> This event can we walked or run. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:27:13 EST Sunday Meditation In The Park <em>414</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>403</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> My daughter-in-law started doing this a year ago, but circumstances derailed it until now. She is starting up her Meditation in the Park at McAllister at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. It's very informal and all are welcome. This first week (October 12, barring rain! ) will be shorter than usual as we get accustomed to sitting and being still and learning to focus on our breathing and gett... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:25:50 EST Pajama Pancake 10k or 5k Run - SUN OCT 5 Hello fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Anyone participating in this Sunday's Pajama Pancake run? There is a 5k and a 10k. I'm signed up for the 10k (yikes!). But there will be sweet pancakes from Magnolia Pancake Hous waiting for me after the 6 miles. :) <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're signed up as well! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 08:49:10 EST TRICK or TREAT Challenge Let's get thru October together and build some healthy habits so we don't crash and burn in November and December! <BR> <BR> Let's do a T.R.I.C.K. or T.R.E.A.T. Challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>419</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>275</em> <em>431</em> <em>419</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>275</em> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> The goal of this challenge is to start and maintain Spark Streaks – in other words, to build consistency by keeping a healthy habit going f... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:44:33 EST Today's Healthy Choice is.... <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Tell us what you've done today to improve your health... <BR> <BR> did you say no to that donut? <BR> did you take the stairs <BR> order fruit instead of french fries <BR> <BR> <BR> Let us know what you did! You may have done something that nobody has thought or even knew they could do!! <BR> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215<... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:45:36 EST Castroville 10K Sat Oct 4 <link><BR>0/castroville-event-saturday-oct-4th/ </link> <BR> <BR> Castroville is only 14 miles West of San Antonio..... come on out and walk with us. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:51:13 EST exercise apps? What exercise apps to you use? <BR> <BR> I use RunKeeper (it's for walking too) and I love it. You can set your different intervals for training or just let it track your cardio as you move along. I recently discovered that I can now sync my runs from RunKeeper into Spark. Sweet! One less thing to do manually. <BR> <BR> I wonder how much better we'd eat if our stomachs synced with Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure my stomach would log "another damn cupcake" LOL Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:57:39 EST Siclovia 5K - September 28th Sounds like we'll have a few members doing this one. Still time to sign up! <BR> <BR> Event Details: <BR> T-shirts would only be provided to those who register by September 20th. <BR> <BR> Location: <BR> Alamo Plaza <BR> (The start and finish will be at Alamo Plaza and will utilize the Siclovia route.) <BR> 300 Alamo Plaza <BR> San Antonio, TX 78205 <BR> <BR> Start Time: <BR> 8am (The start time will be 8am to ensure that route is clear for the start of Siclovia) <BR> <BR> Event F... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:08:38 EST Glow in the Dark "Electric Run" 5K at Fiesta Texas Anyone going? $49 but, it sounds REALLY fun! It's a Groupon right now, (Regular price $79) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ll-locations-1-8? </link> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:12:43 EST Famous Person Name Game (Found this game on another SparkTeam Forum.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am going to name a famous person. The next person must use the first letter of the last name and name a famous person whose first name starts with that letter. <BR> <BR> Russel Crowe <BR> <BR> Choose a person whose first name starts with C <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:33:10 EST Weekend Walks Starting Up Again! I'm joining Teresa's (LIVESTRONG2010) team for the Biggest Loser 10K at Fiesta Texas on December 14th. Since I haven't done much walking since January of 2013 when we walked our half sparkathon, I'm going to have to get back into it or no way I will even complete a 5K. <BR> <BR> If anyone wants to get together for some slow, informal Saturday morning walks like we did when we were doing half sparkathon training, let me know. We will start up again on the first Saturday in October, early mor... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 20:14:25 EST Game: Food Take It or Leave It Fun little game: <BR> <BR> I will post a food, and then the next person to respond will either say "take it" (if they would eat this food) or "Leave it" (if they dislike the food.) After the response, then post another food. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> original post: Oatmeal? <BR> <BR> Next post: Take it. Avocado? <BR> <BR> Next post: Leave it. orange marmalade? <BR> <BR> .....posts will continue until we run out of food items. <em>198</em> <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:24:22 EST Social Safety Net In San Antonio As I was coming in to work this morning I heard a story on NPR that was out of San Antonio. <BR> <BR> With a lot of attention given to mental health issues of late this seems a timely report. Good going San Antonio! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>338895262/mental-health-cops-help-rewe<BR>ave-social-safety-net-in-san-antonio </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:44:19 EST SEPTEMBER STREAKING INTO FALL CHALLENGE <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Are you ready to build some new healthy habits? To help you get the autumn season off to a great start, the San Antonio spark team is delighted to announce our September “Streaking into Fall” challenge! <BR> <BR> The goal of this challenge is to start and maintain Spark Streaks – in other words, to build consistency by keeping a healthy habit going for as many consecutive days as possi... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:36:03 EST September Dinner Meet Up - Ya'll Come! <em>4</em> <em>190</em> <em>4</em> <em>190</em> <em>4</em> <em>190</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> On Friday, September 5th at 7 pm, we will be having a Spark Dinner Meet Up. Our get together will be at Habaneros Grill, 13444 West Ave #200, San Antonio, TX 78216. This is in the Embassy Oaks area, just off of 281 and Bitters near Hollywood Park. It's smallish inside, but has outdoor eating as well. This is the more centrally located of the 3 Habaneros Grills in San Antonio. ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:27:07 EST FIT CITY SA - SPARKERS ARE HOT ON THIS SITE! I'm so freaking proud of us! If you joined Fit City SA's million pounds challenge (and it is not too late) and joined the San Antonio SparkPeople team - GUESS WHAT? Out of the top 200 teams, we are NUMBER 11! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> On top of that, I saw several team members on the top 200 individual losers list! Yours truly is #10! Of course, I acknowledge I have an edge with my surgery, but I like being in the top 10 A LOT! Check it out for your name and if you haven't it!... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:31:13 EST Reintroduction here! Hi All, <BR> <BR> Felicia here. I've been MIA from Sparkpeople and the Spark Team for about 4-5 years! A lot has happened since then. I no longer live in the San Antonio city limits, but I'm still essentially in the area - just up I-35 in New Braunfels. Three years ago I moved in with my boyfriend up in Wimberley. Then we bought a house in New Braunfels two years ago. <BR> <BR> I have also changed jobs. My latest one being just two miles from our house - so my commute is awesome! BUT... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:01:16 EST Hi all! Hello all! <BR> I was an active member of this group many moons ago, and am hoping to get back into the swing of things! I went to my Doctor for a check up and blood work two months ago and found out I was insulin resistant and crazy hormones which explained why I had no energy and why it was hard for me to loose weight. I also found out a few in my bloodwork that I need to work at changing now before it gets harder too! It was a good kick in the butt to get me back on track. I have been on... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:12:19 EST Anyone doing any 5ks coming up? Hello! <BR> Anyone interested in doing any local 5ks? My goal this year was to do one, and the year is quickly flying by, oops! Would be no fun to do it by myself, so maybe we could get a group together for one :) Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:05:38 EST Sparky Saturday! Happy Saturday Sparkers! <BR> <BR> What's your usual Saturday routine? What are you going to do today to make it Spark worthy? <em>252</em> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 08:34:03 EST Hi Everyone I've been active on Spark People for a while but I've felt shy about posting in this team. It's time I get over that :D <BR> <BR> <BR> I joined Spark People last year but I got bored tracking really fast. Then, I got pretty sick last winter. In Feb. I was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure, and I started tracking my food and especially my carbs. My plan is pretty simple...1200 to 1400 calories a day and no more than 150 carbs in a day. I take a diabetes medicine that kills... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 19:00:06 EST Hola Hello everyone! I have been on this team for a while, but I'm not sure if I have ever introduced myself. My name is April. I have been a Spark member for a while now. I just love this site! There is so much helpful information and supportive people! <BR> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:59:53 EST Howdy Happy Thursday, Everyone! Decided to introduce myself and join in. :) <BR> <BR> I use My Fitness Pal to log my food/exercise, it's just more user friendly, so I'm not going to track anything here except weight. Really just here for the community, need all the support I can get! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sooooo, here's something: Sit down in a chair. Normally, you would have both feet planted on the ground when you stand up. INSTEAD, stand up using only one leg/foot on the ground. Now sit ba... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:12:36 EST Sept 1 SARR Labor Day Whine Run <BR> The San Antonio RoadRunners Present <BR> the 11th Annual SARR Labor Day 5 Mile Whine Run <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> •Registration <BR> &#9702;Pre-Registration is highly recommended - race day registration at winery is limited <BR> &#9702;On-line registration is available here. <link><BR>ing/distance-running-races/sarr-labor-<BR>day-5-mile-whine-run-2014?keywords=na </link> <BR> &#9702;On-site registration at FLEET FEET SPORTS, 6408 North New Braun... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:09:31 EST Aug 16th 5K/10K Jalapeño del Sol & 1 Mi Kids Run Location <BR> <BR> Start at 8:00 am and finish with post race party/awards at Classic Elite Soccer Fields, 11600 Starcrest, San Antonio 78216. <BR> <BR> Kid’s 1 Mile Trail Run <BR> <BR> 8:15 AM Start. The kiddos can get their sweat on with the Kid’s 1 Mile which will start immediately after the 5K/ 10K. It will be on trail and a little bit of pavement. Kids get an award, a shirt, food and juice. <BR> <BR> Packet Pick Up <BR> <BR> Packet pick up will be held at IRun Bitters location... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:05:16 EST Are you trying to get back on track? Like many of you, I have slipped back into some less-than-healthy habits over the summer. I was looking for some ideas to "get my spark back", and I came across a great spark article called "25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today". Here are the ideas they listed: <BR> <BR> 1. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better than nothing. For ideas browse our video library or workout generator. <BR> <BR> 2. Try a new recipe. Cooking healthy foods can be fun and it never has to be bland. <BR> ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:01:25 EST RnR Half & Full Marathon Anyone doing the Rock N Roll half or full marathon in San Antonio this year? They moved the date back to December 7th this year... maybe it won't be quite so hot! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:56:50 EST Woo Hoo Team Building Challenge! Aug 6-13 No need to sign up. Keep your own score and post them here. <BR> Here's all you need to do: <BR> <BR> Post a Woo Hoo on the Woo Hoo Wednesday challenge on Wednesday, August 6th and/or on Wednesday, August 13th. Let us know you did this HERE on this thread. ONE POINT FOR EACH WEDNESDAY YOU POST A WOO HOO <BR> <BR> On your start page, right in the middle, is a section where you can award points to different teams you are a member of. It says SPARKAMERICA TEAM BONUS POINTS. Click on it and a... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:30:48 EST September Meet Up I'm thinking I would like to celebrate being able to eat food that is not liquid or soft and moist (as of September 1) by having a meal out with my sparky friends. I'm thinking Friday, September 5th at 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. at someplace fun and happy, but not too pricey. I don't care if it is indoors or out. I just want to have fun with my team. <BR> <BR> Sound off with your ideas. We need a meet up and we need to get this team feeling like a real community of friends again. Don't let me down,... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 20:54:32 EST When SA members go rogue ... So .... <BR> <BR> For the longest time it's often felt like I was one of the few non-SA resident on this team. And you all have been awesomely welcoming ... even with my non-SA ID card. That and you all let me post the most moronic and goofy responses. (That last one you all have to take the blame for ... heh.) <BR> <BR> However, with Amanda moving to Boston, but still staying on the team ... there will now be at last two of us who are not card-carrying members of the great city of San A... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:16:26 EST For the Ladies...Sorry Guys Ok. Sorry guys. I did warn you! <BR> <BR> How many of you ladies get extra hungry during your period? I read that we burn approx 300 more calories during this time. Do you eat more? Should we eat more? <BR> <BR> I have been hungry the past two days and not satisfied. Now I think I found the reason. <BR> <BR> Anyone else with this problem? What do YOU do? <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 23:43:42 EST Team Bonus Points I want to challenge everyone to take advantage of the bonus points available for the team. We are an awesome team, but we can definitely improve our ranking. <BR> <BR> On your START page scroll down and you should see all the teams you are a member of. All you have to do is complete all 3 steps on the START page, then you click the red flag beside your team to award bonus points! You never know how many you will get! <BR> <BR> How many of you know about this already? Do you do it? It's so ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:30:37 EST Talk about willpower.... This is a short, silly clip to make you giggle...I really admire the willpower this dog has when confronted with delicious cupcakes! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>91jx8E </link> <BR> <BR> What food(s) really test your willpower? What's your secret to avoid diving headfirst into your favorite food? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:04:47 EST Got any good juice recipes? Justin has decided he wants to start using the juicer I bought him last year. Does anyone have any good juice recipes (or do you know if any good websites with juice recipes?) If so, please share! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:37:25 EST Wednesday Night Zoo Runs Hey everyone! I just wanted to pass along, the San Antonio RoadRunners (SARR) group hosts a Zoo Run every Wednesday evening at 6:30 in Brackenridge Park. It's a 2 mile run, lots of different paces and even some walkers. It's got some great shade,and free water and gatorade at the finish. <BR> <BR> Here's the SARR website: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> and the facebook page <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rs </link> <BR> <BR> the faceb... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:14:42 EST 2014 Great Amazing Race If you are a fan of the television show "The Amazing Race", then check out this event that will be held in San Antonio on 11/16/2014! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tin-san-antonio.html </link> <BR> <BR> This event is a fun obstacle/adventure race modeled after the show The Amazing Race. Friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers can pair up and race completing a 1 mile course of challenges requiring teamwork. Teams of two people (can be 2 adults, an ad... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:31:37 EST Can failure make you stronger? I saw this commercial that ran during the 2014 Winter Olympics, and it made me think about all of the times in my life that I felt like I had failed at something. I reflected on the fact that with each perceived "failure" comes the opportunity to grow personally. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-fhXDs </link> <BR> <BR> Have you ever experienced personal growth as a result of a perceived "failure"? What advice would you give to someone who is struggling because ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:15:54 EST Would you want to look like a supermodel? I saw a very interesting video today. In it, ordinary women were selected to have their hair, makeup, and wardrobe professionally styled, then participated in a photo shoot. Afterwards, their images were digitally retouched using Photoshop to further enhance their looks. The reactions of these women to their airbrushed photos was quite interesting. <BR> <BR> Watch this short video and then sound off: How would you feel about seeing a digitally altered photo of yourself? Would you want to... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:18:07 EST Challenge Ideas for September? I've been a fairly inactive leader online lately. I do apologize. Life is changing for me and there is so much going on. Even so, this team is and has always been important to me. Summer is always a VERY slow time on here, with a lot of people returning and/or starting up in the Fall. I would like to have a September challenge ready to start and all set up so we can start rebuilding some of the team momentum. Selfishly, I want a September challenge because that is when I will be cleared to re... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:21:59 EST Trying this a different way. I have been on this site for a while now, off and on. Nothing seems to stick. I'm hoping that joining a team and meeting people with similar goals will help keep me focused and motivated. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be much indebted. <em>41</em> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:31:55 EST Get REAL Self Defense Course! Even if you couldn't make the Awareness class on 6/28, you can still attend the Self Defense course! Ladies, teen and up only. <BR> Classes are: <BR> 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 <BR> It's $99 per person for all four classes. Please contact the dojo if you have any questions or concerns! <BR> <BR> Come learn self-defense from some amazing women who tailor their class to meet the needs of women in all walks and parts of life. Real techniques that work for women! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:36:13 EST Roll Call Just seeing what everyone is up to!! <BR> <BR> My name for those that do not know me is Leslie. I am a mama of 4 and have a home based business. I work out pretty much every day and working on loosing inches and getting ready for my brothers wedding in August! What about you!? Lets do a check in! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:44:05 EST GET REAL Safety Awareness Course for Women! To all the ladies, teen to adult! <BR> Saturday, June 28th is the USMATC GET REAL Safety Awareness Course day! $25 per person, from 13:00 - 16:00 <BR> <BR> The course is a two-parter. <BR> First part goes over the awareness part. What to watch for, how to project yourself, etc. <BR> Second part is a physical aspect. We teach you basic maneuvers to help you extricate yourself from a situation. Nothing fancy and no martial arts background needed. We teach you things you can do, even in th... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:37:34 EST June 2014 Fitness ... Keep up to date with your fitness minutes and see if you can reach your goal! Keep it realistic. Just copy and paste the below into a reply and update when you can TRY and remember! Think of it as a way to be held Accountable for something! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes Goal: <BR> Fitness Minutes left to go: <BR> Total Minutes Achieved: <BR> <BR> June 1 <BR> June 2 <BR> June 3 <BR> June 4 <BR> June 5 <BR> June 6 <BR> June 7 <BR> June 8 <BR> June 9 <BR> June 10 <BR> June 11 <BR> Jun... Sat, 31 May 2014 13:08:52 EST Where do you work out? Where do you work out? At home? At a park? Gym? <BR> <BR> Share with us your routine give and take... <BR> <BR> <BR> Heres Mine: <BR> Monday A.M Zumba <BR> Tuesday A.M water aerobics (or machines working upper/core or lower/core with 30 min cardio) <BR> Wed Zumba <BR> Thursday Zumba <BR> Friday Zumba <BR> Sat and Sun Are smaller work outs of walking the neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Forgot to put I have a membership with Golds. Mon, 19 May 2014 15:25:06 EST Fitness stuff Hey fellow Sparkers! I wouldn't normally post this here, but I'm having to get rid of a bunch of stuff before my family moves up to Boston and I'd so much rather sell to people I know than put these on Craig's List. So if anyone is interested in a Fitbit One, a Spark Activity Tracker, a BodyMedia Fit, or a Wii game from EA Sports - Active 2, Personal Trainer (basically, a customized exercise program), please send me an email! We do need to get them gone asap, so we're planning to list them on... Mon, 19 May 2014 08:28:18 EST Hello everyone! My name is Chelsee and I'm new to this site. Looking forward to getting healthy and losing weight. Looks like there's a ton of information and support here. Sat, 17 May 2014 14:16:34 EST A few questions... Are we going to start up walks at parks? <BR> <BR> How many are really active on here? <BR> <BR> And what about challenges like we used too? <BR> <BR> Just wondering. I remember we used to be VERY active and it seems its gotten quiet regardless what time it is of the year. Fri, 16 May 2014 19:06:26 EST Non Scale Victory Challenge <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> We all focus so much on loosing weight or maintaining it we loose sight of our Non Scale Victory aka NSV. I challenge us to post starting Monday 19th to Friday 23rd at least one NSV we did for the day. <BR> <BR> Examples: <BR> <BR> Drank 8 glasses of <em>194</em> today!! <BR> <em>361</em> Hung out with some friends for lunch or some shopping time in <BR> <em>379</em> Achieve... Tue, 13 May 2014 13:35:05 EST Feeling frustrated I weighed in today and my weight went up. At first I wasn't that upset because I've added more resistance training than usual, but my % body fat went up too :( oh-well, off to the gym... Tue, 13 May 2014 09:09:55 EST Bowling Meet Up in June? So, I'm thinking instead of a dinner meet up, we could have a bowling meet up since RINLYN brought it up and it seems to have had positive response. First of all we would have to contend with league bowling, which night to go on, and the best most generalized location that is easily accessible to the majority of attendees. Let's start throwing out some ideas and dates, okay? Mon, 12 May 2014 09:49:33 EST Just blog about it... <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Blog about the following and then let us know you did so we can see what you put. Thats if you want to share it!!! <BR> <BR> Today, visualize that you have reached your goal weight. What will this feel like? Imagine shouting it from the rooftops to everyone you know. What steps can you take today to get closer to this goal? <BR> <BR> ((If you reached your goal weight tell us how it feels and how well yo... Tue, 6 May 2014 21:29:46 EST Stepping Down Hey everyone! Because the scrolling list of blogs isn't here (grr), you might not see that I have announcement up at my page. Here's the link to the blog for details if you'd like to read it: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684862 </link> <BR> <BR> In short, my family will be moving to Boston by the end of July. Over the next few months, we are going to be super buy getting our house ready to sell and getting it on the market, plus a... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:33:45 EST Flag Day 5k/10k + 1k kids fun run! I know we have several team members in the NE area, so I thought I'd share an upcoming race in Schertz. I plan on running, and my 2 older kiddos (11 and 9) are training for it as well. <BR> <BR> Quick details: located in Schertz on June 14. Benefits the Boy Scouts and is a salute to our troops. American flags will line the entire race route. $25 before June 1. <BR> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> Looks like a great family event, and the 1k fun run for the little ones is free! <BR> <BR> <l... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:01:59 EST CHANGES TO THE TEAM PAGE! Does your page look different? Mine, too! Spark has had a team page redesign and just like you I am learning it right now. I have yet to find the huddle or the blog sections, but I've asked on the Spark Leaders Forum for some help. In the meantime, this is the video the leaders received to help us understand the changes (which I still don't!) and even though it is geared for leaders, perhaps you can glean a little help from it. Changes are often confusing, but we will get through this togeth... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:57:16 EST World Walking Day May 3 All are welcome to celebrate IVV World Walk Day 2014 on Saturday, May 3, 2014, hosted by the national headquarters staff of the American Volkssport Association (AVA), along with local AVA walking clubs, in beautiful downtown San Antonio. <BR> <BR> Choose a 5K or 10K trail (rated 1-A) to explore Texas historical markers, unique churches, and other gorgeous sites within downtown. The Start Point is at the Holiday Inn Downtown Market Square and event parking is free! Start the walk anytime bet... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:36:35 EST New Here! I am beginning this new journey to get healthy. I am so glad I found Spark and now know there are so many of you who are on this path and can help me find strength on this lifelong new way of living. Thanks for being here! Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:23:00 EST What do you find?? to be is your "Comfort Zone" workout? <BR> What is your "Challenge" workout? <BR> <BR> My Comfort is Zumba <BR> <BR> Challenge would be: Doing something besides Zumba lol. I dont wanna (crying like a little kid saying that) Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:07:43 EST Trying to lose weight to join the military.. I'm a single mother in San Antonio. I have two children, ages four and five. I'm in college for health care administration. I would like to lose weight to join the military. I have about 114 pounds to lose. If anyone has similar goals, please add me as a friend. I really need support. I appreciate it..have a great day. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:23:08 EST What is something you did RIGHT today? Ok I notice we are not as active as we used to be!! Either that or it has been a slllooowww week. So lets start something! <BR> <BR> What is something you did RIGHT by you today? <BR> <BR> I did several things!! <BR> 1. Came back to Sparks <BR> 2. Started to track what I take in <BR> 3. Went to the gym 3 times this week and did my 45 min work out classes <BR> <BR> Not Spark related <BR> 1. Took my cat to get fixed <BR> 2. Saved almost 80 dollars in coupons when shopping for food *never di... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:04:45 EST Free Boot Camp. Sponsored by Herbalife24 FitChallenge <BR> <BR> Hosted by Alamo Nutrition <BR> <BR> 4 to 6 weeks <BR> 2 extreme fitness challenges <BR> 12 physical training classes <BR> <BR> FREE TO ANYONE WHO IS SERIOUS ABOUT RESULTS! <BR> <BR> Joseline Castillo <BR> Health and wellness coach <BR> Alamo Nutrition <BR> 7271 Wurzbach Rd. <BR> San Antonio, Texas 78201 <BR> <BR> Thought I would share. I do not know anything else but saw this posted somewhere. <BR> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:05:39 EST Looking for a workout buddy near San Marcos Hey all, I'm wondering if anybody around San Marcos would be interested in working out together? <BR> <BR> I would like to lose about 30-40 pounds (currently 171 @ 5'5"). I have a treadmill and weight station at home but would like to make it social a couple times a week at least. I LOVE swimming and wouldn't mind somebody who would have the patience to start running with me. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're in the area and would like to work out together! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:15:39 EST Will you welcome... An old timer back? That is old timer to this group. Some might remember me. I was here back in 2011. For those that do not know me. <BR> <BR> My name is Leslie I was apart of the group back in 2011, my start weight then was 235. I dropped down to 173 in 8 months. Got a job that I had to work at night and started to drop away from everyone because of my hours and I was not getting enough sleep. So what have I been up to since then?? Some have kept in contact with me on Facebook and know in ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:07:31 EST Trying to find the motivation I need Hi, my name is Roxanne and I'm hoping this site helps me achieve my goals. I been looking everywhere for the right tool to help me get some sort of self esteem considering the fact, that I've never really had any. When I was young, I was miserable and made myself invisible even though it didn't work much, but now that I am older and I now have a 6 month old son, I realized this is way past due, I just can't seem to find the right steps to start and get past the lack of motivation. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:29:14 EST April 19th, Easter Walk, Comfort, TX There is a Volkssport Walk (Easter Walk) on April 19th in Comfort Texas - - not terribly far from San Antonio. Anybody interested? $3 Registration Fee. <BR> <BR> Easter egg hunt for kids .. 5K or 10K .... start any time between 8am and 12pm - but must finish before 3pm. <BR> <BR> I am going with a few folks from Church. <BR> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:03:59 EST July 19 SA Blacklight Run Michelle and I have signed up for this event. It will be our first night event and I am not sure how the turn out is for this one but it sound like fun. <BR> <BR> <link>!blacklight-r<BR>un---san-antonio/c221m </link> <BR> <BR> What is Blacklight Run™?&#8203; <BR> <BR> <BR> &#8203;Blacklight Run™ is a unique night 5K experience focused less on speed and more on UV Neon Glowing fun with friends and family. Glowing participants come from all different ages, shap... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 06:23:12 EST Hi or should I say second try ?? Hi, my name is Carole and I've been on Spark for a long time but not active on this team. I look forward to doing the many challenges, meets, events, that you all put together. I see there's a meet towards the end of April. I'll try my best to be there. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:00:57 EST Accountability in April Accountability in April: <BR> <BR> So, I somehow missed the challenges for March, but I'm starting my own challenge. I managed to slip up while exercising and hurt my ankle. I got lazy, got lax about my food choices...and in that short time, I managed to gain back the four pounds I had lost. To say I'm upset is an understatement. So I'm reaching out to my friends here and hoping that you guys can help in my challenge. I'm wanting to go through all of April making the best choices I can. It'l... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:29:07 EST Hello! Hello, <BR> I'm new, sort of. I joined sparkpeople a while back and never did anything. <BR> <BR> In the last few years I've had some weight related medical issues and I really want to get my life where I want it to be. <BR> <BR> I'm very overweight and not sure really how to start exercising. Even the word sounds ugly in my mouth. <BR> <BR> I have over 200 pounds that I'd like to lose and it feels impossible. I'm still youngish (29) and I want to get rid of this weight! I'm hoping tryin... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:11:24 EST Fit City SA-million pound challenge I just found this site today and saw all the teams signed up for this city challenge. I thought maybe we could have a spark team. Just a thought. I tried to include the link. <BR> <BR><BR>enge Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:11:15 EST 2014 Any Baby Can's Walk for Autism - 3/12/2014 A group from work is going to participate in the 10th annual Any Baby Can's Walk for Autism, to be held at the AT&T center on Saturday, April 12, 2014. This is a non competitive, 2-mile walk around the AT&T Center that is open to everyone (kids in strollers, wheelchairs, pets on leashes, etc.) and also features a Resource Fair, Health and Wellness Area, Rudy’s Playground, and SAFD/SAPD Safety Area that you can visit before and after the event. <BR> <BR> This year, they have been recognized ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:49:55 EST Hello Hi everyone, I thought I had written a message on here when I signed up but I never got a response and I just looked and I don't see one.. Oh well, I'll just write another one. I am currently in school and I do a lot of sitting because of it. I'm a runner and do get out to exercise fairly often. I want to loose about 20ish pounds (where I was a couple of years ago). I have a weird schedule which I need to overcome. I'm also a Kinesiology major so I kind of feel it's important for me to stay h... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:09:00 EST Back to SparkPeople Hi everyone! <BR> I'm Kelley. I was on SP before (as The Countess) but took a bit of a hiatus to take care of some things. I'm doing much better now and I'm happy to be back! Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself to friends old and new. :) Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:00:30 EST Hi everybody! Im a newbie! I am a 33 soon to be 34 year old who needs to lose 100+ lbs for mainly health reasons. I have fatty liver syndrome from years of being over weight and years of medicine taking. I am an epileptic and hope losing the weight helps with that also since I can no longer take medication due to the liver problem. I have tried tons of diets only to fail and gain the weight back and sometimes plus some. I hope this website will be the life saver I need. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:36:11 EST April dinner meetup Hello everyone! It's time to decide on another dinner meetup - it's been too long since we had one! <BR> <BR> First thing to decide is when we want to have it. Let me know if a weekday evening or weekend evening is best for you, and if there's a better time of the month to have it. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:57:44 EST Questions? Comments? Need support? Making this thread so that if anyone needs help with anything - if they need support, or have questions about health, fitness, nutrition, the Spark website, anything! - they can ask here and we can all try to help out in any way we can! Please don't hesitate to ask! Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:55:56 EST Get Up and Glow 5K Another fun and reasonably priced 5K is coming up! The Get Up and Glow 5K is an untimed night walk/run with a lot of glowsticks and neon clothing! Ha! :D <BR> <BR> The walk/run takes place on May 24th, 8:30 PM (yes, evening), at Retama Park. The cost, right now, is $20/person. Registration includes a glow-in-the-dark t-shirt! Also, this is a great family 5K, perfect for kids. <BR> <BR> You can get all the details at this site: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <B... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:27:00 EST 28-Day Love Your Body Challenge Hello everyone! Molly Galbraith - fitness coach and periodic contributor to the Sparkpeople blog - started a 28-Day Love Your Body Challenge on her blog a couple weeks back. The challenge is one that you can start any time, and focuses on learning how to love and appreciate our bodies just the way we are. Every day, there's a new post, with a mantra to repeat and a short action step to complete. So many of us struggle with loving ourselves and seeing our own beauty. This is a great challenge ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:31:51 EST Organic Buckwheat and Kamut I have three 22-oz bags of Bob's Red Mill Organic Buckwheat Flour and a 24-oz bag of Bob's Red Mill Organic Kamut Berries. All bags are still sealed. I cannot eat it anymore because of my gluten intolerance (the buckwheat flour is milled in a facility that also uses tree nuts, soy, wheat, and milk). <BR> <BR> I also have a bread maker/machine (older, but still works) which I cannot use anymore because of cross contamination. <BR> <BR> If you are interested, let me know. I live in the northe... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:04:32 EST hi everyone just wanted to say hi to everyone Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:09:04 EST PIE Challenge thread Hello everyone! Here's where you can discuss the PIE Challenge, playfully heckle your fellow competitors, and report in your points! :) Sun, 2 Mar 2014 07:50:07 EST Fitness in the Park Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> One of my friends pointed out that the San Antonio Parks and Recreations Department has free fitness activities in our city parks! The list is really long! Go to: <BR> <BR><BR>tness_in_the_parks.aspx <BR> <BR> They have everything from yoga to circuit training to dancing! Check it out! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 20:27:26 EST Want to be on Great Day SA Thurs? (2/27) My daughter has secured us a small spot on Great Day SA KENS 5 TV tomorrow morning to promote the campaign to raise money for my bariatric surgery the insurance won't cover. I would LOVE to have some Spark Team love and support. We would meet at 8:00 am at KENS on Fredricksburg road. The show airs LIVE from 9am to 10 am. You won't have to do anything but sit in the audience, cheer and possibly be seen on tv when they show the audience. I need you guys! Who is available? Need a head count asap... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:07:04 EST Birthday Club Hey everyone - it's about time we set up a birthday club here on the San Antonio Spark Team! Nothing huge, just a way to acknowledge the birthdays of our fellow San Antonio Spark members. At the beginning of each month, I (or one of the other leaders) will send out an email listing all the birthdays we have collected for that month, as well as pass out team goodies to those individuals. We hope that other members will also come forward to wish those team members happy birthday as well! <BR> ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:04:51 EST PIE Challenge Sign-ups March 14th is National Pi Day (3.14), so I thought I'd play on this theme a bit for a challenge next month. Instead of Pi, however, this challenge is based on PIE. No, not the yummy-but-usually-unhealthy dessert, but three major elements of a health and fitness journey: <BR> <BR> P - Participation <BR> I - Intake <BR> E - Exercise <BR> <BR> For four weeks in March, from the 2nd to 29th, participants have the opportunity to focus on these elements, as well as have a little friendly competiti... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:42:42 EST YOSA 5K - April 12th Just wanted to let everyone know about an upcoming 5K on April 12th. The Beethoven 5K benefits YOSA (Youth Orchestra of San Antonio) and takes place down in the Alamo Heights area, starting at the HEB Central Market. Registration is currently $25 for a 5K walk, run, or competitive walk, and $35 for a 10K. There are also prizes for best Beethoven costume, which is so awesome! Would love to get together a San Antonio Spark team, or at least a few of us Sparkers there! Here's a link for more det... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:06:42 EST I am back Hi everybody. <BR> I took some time away and it di me NO good! So I am back and ready to be accounable again. <BR> I need to be here and check with you guys as often as I can and know that we are all here together! <BR> <BR> Glad to be here again! <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> Kimmy Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:38:50 EST Celebrating a year of maintenance! I try not to toot my own horn too often, but I just had to share with you guys - today is my one-year maintenance anniversary! I've now lost 100+ lbs and kept those pounds off for an entire year. Chances of regaining drop significantly with every year you maintain. Woohoo! :) Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:25:21 EST Greetings from the south! Hello! My name is Cyrena and I'm from San Antonio. Just started on this crazy journey...again. I've been to Sparkpeople before but wasn't ready for the commitment but now I'm back and determined. I've got about 100 or more pounds to lose guys are going to be stuck with me for a long time! ^.^ I have two beautiful daughters that are great motivation for my journey. I looked at my babies one day and knew that I didn't want to be 'the fat mom'. I know that they're going to get teased fo... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:04:31 EST "SAVE THE SHE-BEAST" Premier Designs Fundraiser Happy Monday, everyone! <BR> <BR> I am GOLDENDOMER00 (Melissa). I used to be very active with the SA Sparkteam a couple years back, so I have been fortunate enough to have MJ as a friend, both on and off Sparkpeople. This past year, I became an independent distributor of Premier Designs jewelry, high-fashion jewelry that has the look of designer jewelry without the designer price. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> As you all know, MJ needs to have gastric bypass surgery. I would like to hold a min... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:48:45 EST Old/New Dormant Member waking up and taking part! Hi Everyone! <BR> I've had a SparkPeople membership for a while but never really used it. Getting back into the swing of HEALTHY because I am not at all amused with how I've slacked. When you don't like something, change it! I'm in the Bandera/1604 area and would like to find others near me. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 19:46:27 EST Run 4 Hope 5K On February 22nd, there will be a 5K to benefit the Rape Crisis Center. It takes place at 8am at Pavilion 2 at McAllister Park. Participants are encouraged to dress in superhero costume, and there will be lots of fun kid activities there, like face painting and photo opportunities. <BR> <BR> I participated in this 5K last year and really loved it. It's small, so it's not too crowded, and it's for a good cause. I'm thinking about doing it again this year, and wondered if anyone else would be... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:18:56 EST Hey San-Antonians! Hi y'all! This is my first full day on SparkPeople and I am really enjoying it! So far, the novelty of everything has kept me focused and motivated today, and I'm hoping that the huge amount of community support I've been seeing will help that motivation stay! <BR> <BR> My weight loss goal is about 150 pounds, so I have quite a ways to go. I hope that we can work together to keep our spirits up and get those pounds off (and keep them off)! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 16:04:14 EST Saying Hello Just dropped to say hello. Have been using MFP for a year but I like the looks of this site. Anyon else used MFP before and has any comments I would be glad to hear them. I was born here in SA but as an active duty AF guy spent some time away. Now retired from the military I am back in town to stay. I run (especially love trails, just finished the Natural Bridge Cverns Half Marathon yesterday) and I am into kettlebells for resistance training. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:13:12 EST Friday Fun-day Hello everyone! It's Friday!! And the last day of January! How did the month go for everyone? I hope you're all doing well. I have some ideas brewing for a March challenge, and of course the informal Fitness Minute challenge that MJ posted about in our Challenge forum starts tomorrow! <BR> <BR> But I have a mini-challenge for you all today. It's Friday. I want you, today, to take 10 minutes for yourself and do something FUN. It doesn't matter what it is. Take a bath, dance like a madperson i... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:49:33 EST hi yall i realised that i didnt introduce myself earlier this name is stacy. i have lived in san antonio since i was 16. i just retired out of the army. in 2012, i am divorced and i have 3 beautiful kids 5 yrs and younger. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:30:30 EST Hi, You people look nice! Just joined Spark after following on Pinterest for ages. I had no idea how much more there was to SparkPeople. All I did this first week was a quick workout video every morning right when I get out of bed, and tracked my food with the iPhone app. I lost 4.5 lbs this week! So, that leaves 45lbs left until I reach my 1st goal. <BR> A little about me: I am 34, single mom to one toddler, and I have 155 lbs to lose. I teach voice lessons from home, I go to church, I like exploring different parks... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:07:20 EST Anyone else participate in Virtual Races? I completed my first ever 10k's with since I didn't want my first 10k's to be in an actual competitive atmosphere. This worked for me! Ithink this year I will be signing up for my first real 10k race! You can do 5k, 10k or 1/2 marathon! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:59:44 EST ON THE RIGHT PATH FOR A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE Hi, Dianna here. Well lets see I am 47 yo female, I had gastric bypass surgery in Oct 2007 started at 253 got down to 135 and looked like i was on my way out. So I gained some weight back and now i need to lose about 30 to 40lbs. Food still bother me so eating a set amount of calories is a challenge...My main goal is to EAT HEALTHIER and let the numbers on the scale fall where they do. I feel 100% better since the surgery...anyone with suggestions please feel free to contact me...Lets Ge... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:07:27 EST New to the team! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Shay. I'm 21 years old and have decided to take control over my health this year. I am currently at 223 and want to get back to 150 pounds. I know it will take time. But I know I can do it. I just have to believe in myself. <BR> <BR> Hope to make friends will you guys and also help encourage one another (: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:14:19 EST 15 in '14 Challenge. No sign up necessary! On February 1st, 2014 there will be 334 days left in 2014. If you were to exercise 15 minutes each and every day from that date on, whether it be walking around your living room or working up a sweat running the track or participating in a zumba workout class at the gym, you would have exercised 5000 minutes by the end of the year. Many folks get much more than that per year, but a lot of us don't get near that amount. 5000 minutes is just under 84 hours which translates into about 3.5 days... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:10:03 EST Graffiti Run I heard about this on TV, but I know that I won't be doing it cause I can't afford it, but here is a site where you can register. <BR> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:32:15 EST New to the Team Hello, my name is Amanda and I'm new to the team and Spark. I just turned 40 and have made a real commitment to myself to get "me" healthy and active again. I do work a lot, and I'm very social so you can say I've been using that as an excuse for eating bad and not exercising. I'm done with the excuses :). I like the encouragement and positive posts that I've seen so I know this will be a great experience! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:05:28 EST Spark is giving away prizes. Enter before it ends! It's a brand new year and there's no time like the present to get started on your health and fitness goals for 2014! This giveaway is designed to help you do just that with books, DVDs and a T-shirt from SparkPeople to inspire you. There will be three lucky winners this week. Click on the link below and enter today! There are only a few days left! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=giveaway_win_a_sparkpeople_prize_pack </link> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:40:53 EST Hello I'm a thirty-something working mom. I have tried (and failed) to stick to a diet for years. I'm hoping this is the year I can do it. I have enlisted my husband to help me stick to a more active and healthy lifestyle. We are both going to clean up our diets. I need to get rid of the sugar, he needs to cut the grease. We are both going to start running again - together. I'm excited because I do have internal motivation, but sometimes it wavers. I hope the extra external motivation can h... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:01:52 EST Hello! Hi everyone! Thought I'd stop by and introduce myself...My name is Sloan. I'm a 20-something accounting student and Army vet. When I was in the Army, I was in great shape - the kind where people tell you that you look like you weigh 20 pounds less than you actually do. <BR> <BR> Then I blew out my ankle, and spent a year and a half (ridiculous!) hobbling around as I kept re-spraining it and lacked access to the doctors and facilities necessary to ever get a solid answer on what needed to/cou... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:23:35 EST Skinny Ms Anybody ever use Skinny Ms 6 weeks emergency makeover program? It's not that expensive but just wondering if it is worth it. Thanks! :) Fri, 3 Jan 2014 20:29:09 EST 50+members with 10 to 24 pounds to lose Hello, I'm new to SparkPeople. I've been having such a hard time losing weight. I need to get back to being accountable for dieting and recording what I eat. I use to be on weight watchers. I went to all there meeting in the month, got weighed in, made it to becoming a life time member. I did reach my goal. It was a successful story but it came crumbling down when I needed foot surgery. I never went back to the meetings that gave me that support. So the weight crept back. I need support. I ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:30:02 EST 50+members with 10 to 24 pounds to lose Hello, I'm new to SparkPeople. I've been having such a hard time losing weight. I need to get back to being accountable for dieting and recording what I eat. I use to be on weight watchers. I went to all there meeting in the month, got weighed in, made it to becoming a life time member. I did reach my goal. It was a successful story but it came crumbling down when I needed foot surgery. I never went back to the meetings that gave me that support. So the weight crept back. I need support. I ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:15:29 EST Ending 2013 Not quite where I want to be but starting 2014 with a bang! Tomorrow I start officially training for the SA Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon so yes it is a BANG! I will be registering early so I cannot find a single excuse NOT to participate this year. No getting pregnant, no I just didn't get far enough along with my training, nothing! I WILL DO IT! <BR> <BR> So with that being said - SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:54:44 EST Personal Trainer/ coach Any one know of a good personal trainer/coach in San Antonio? I live near Sea World area. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 17:49:29 EST I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU.... be nice to yourself. Each and every day I want all of you, no matter how positive or how negative you feel, to get on this thread and post something positive about yourself or about something positive that happened to you. This is a "feel good" challenge with no losers and nothing but winners. Ready...set...go! <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm MaryJane and no matter how hard I get hit by life and circumstances, I never give up and I always work on moving forward. Nothing keeps... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:10:21 EST Boerne Christmas Market Days Walk – 12/14 Boerne is just a short trip north. Come walk with us. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>13/12/09/boerne-christmas-market-days-<BR>walk-1214/ </link> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:54:21 EST Instagram Anyone do instagram? Are you participating in the #sparktheseason picture of the day? Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:16:53 EST New me Hi I am 30yrs old and just got married in October. Life is great but its now i work on myself. My husband tells me im perfect but the way he sees me and the way i see my self are 2 totally different things. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:01:05 EST Happy Thanksgiving! From our family to all of you, Happy Thanksgiving! Remember that we are here to give thanks for what we have and not beat ourselves up for what we do. :) Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:20:21 EST 4 years of success! Today, I am celebrating four years of success along my weight loss journey. Four years, over 100 lbs, and never giving up despite all the obstacles that were thrown at me. I would LOVE it if you would celebrate with me: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550534 </link> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:38:07 EST December 14th, Windcrest City of Lights 5K Held in conjunction with the 55th annual Windcrest City Light up Ceremony and Festivities. <BR> <BR> This race features a night run through the winding streets of Windcrest which for 55 years has been known as the City of Lights. Be amazed at the hundreds of houses that illuminate their house during the Christmas season with thousands of lights, inflatables, nativity scenes and more. <BR> <BR> Race starts at 6pm. <BR> <BR> For more info & to register: <BR> <BR> <link>www.redemptionrp... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:25:59 EST My Points for Week 1 Sorry guys I haven't been on here this week. I was on a mini vacation celebrating my 3 year anniversary, but I was good. Np alcohol or bad foods. We stuck to our guns because we have been working so hard at our goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise (worth 2 - earned 1) <BR> - 20 mins cardio 5x/week - 1 pt - complete! <BR> - ST 3x/week - not sure what this stands for (Im a Newbie) <BR> <BR> Sparking (worth 2 - earned 2) <BR> - Welcome 3 new members to the team on their pages - 1 pt - complete! <B... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:33:39 EST Team Armani Welcome to each and every one of the challengers on Team Armani! Giorgio Armani was selected to represent our team because of his dedication to designing for REAL bodies. Did you know he was the first high fashion, haute couture designer to ban ultra skinny models from his runway shows? He would not allow any model with a BMI under 18 to represent his designs! Be proud to be on Team Armani, where we aspire for realistic, healthy, strong bodies and lives! <BR> <em>361</em> <em>186</em> ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 12:40:49 EST Team Chanel <em>346</em> <em>346</em> <em>346</em> <em>346</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to each and every one of the challengers on Team Chanel! Make sure that you all add each other as friends: <BR> <BR> POOKASLUAGH (Amanda) - leader <BR> JELAWTON3 (James) - leader <BR> ANTSYBUNCH (Laurie) <BR> DEZFLO18 (Desiree) <BR> GHK1962 (Greg) <BR> HEIDIJUNEBUG (Heidi) <BR> KIMMYLOU2012 (Kimmy) <BR> LAURAINSA (Laura) <BR> LDILLARD3 (Lisa) <BR> MELITOD (Melissa) <BR> MINAMORIN (Mina) <BR>... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 09:45:41 EST November 23rd, Mustache Dache The Mustache Dache is a slightly irreverent mustache-themed 5K with a killer post-race party to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, with an emphasis on prostate cancer. Men, women, and children are all invited to participate in the race, grow a mustache (if able), and register at Movember to become Mo’ Bros and Mo’ Sistas <BR> <BR> Mustache Dache San Antonio <BR> Saturday, November 23, 2013 @ 8am <BR> 17101 La Cantera Pkway <BR> <BR> <link> </link... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 10:03:30 EST December 1st, Honor Run & Ride A Benefit for Vietnam Vets: <BR> <BR> 5K Run, Motorcycle Rally & Car Show <BR> Lady Bird Johnson Park <BR> Sunday, December 1, 2013 @ 10 am. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g/other-cycling/operation-comfort-s-an<BR>d-quot-honor-run-and-amp-ride-and-quot-2013 </link> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 09:19:40 EST Fun runs? Any one know of any fun runs coming up for November or December? Meet ups? Or even runs with the dogs? Thanks in advance :) Tue, 5 Nov 2013 21:55:34 EST New to the Team Hi, Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a former U.S. Marine. When I retired I kept in pretty good shape for along time. I got sick about 4 year ago and was put on steroids and gained 65lbs. and it has been going up every since. I have gained 150 lbs since 2007. I have tried all kinds of things to lose it but it just don't come off. I hope that maybe I can get the help this way. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 23:54:15 EST 3rd Annual Be My Valentine Run: 5K Run/Walk Last year Michelle and I walked this and had a great time. <BR> <BR> Join us for our 3rd Annual Be My Valentine 5K Run/Walk Saturday Feb. 15, 2014. The 5K will start and finish at SAMA and the course will be on the beautiful and latest expansion of the San Antonio River Walk. We will be having a Cupid dress up costume contest, music and cool surprises! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n.php </link> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:04:21 EST San Antonio Rock & Roll Just wondering if anyone was doing this event this year? <BR> <BR><BR>ntonio <BR> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:57:59 EST Getting healthy and fit by DESIGN! The San Antonio Spark Team has been quiet far too long! With the holidays coming up - and many of us struggling with our health during the holidays - I thought we could all use a bit more support here on Spark. The DESIGN challenge will help us to stay in contact with our support system AND to achieve our health-related goals over the holidays! <BR> <BR> So what is DESIGN? It stands for Daily Exercise, Sparking, Intake, Goals, and Nutrition. Each of these elements is an integral part of weig... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:25:15 EST Question of the Day A couple years ago, we had a QotD thread that was popular and fun, but it has long fallen into inactivity. I thought I'd revive it with a new thread! <BR> <BR> So, first question: What is your favorite kind of exercise/activity? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:24:56 EST Hello San Antonio! Time to get moving. :) Hello everyone! How are you all doing out there? This team has been quiet for far too long! I'm pleased to say that I'm returning as a leader after about a six month hiatus - thank you MJ for inviting me! I haven't been terribly active here over the last six months, or on Spark in general, but I'm ready to come back and hit this holiday season with a BANG! <BR> <BR> I have an idea in the works for a new team challenge, one that follows along the lines of the EPIC challenge we had in 2011, w... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:23:21 EST Halloween Walk up at Waring, TX on Oct. 26 <link><BR>3/waring-walking-tour-oct-26th/ </link> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:45:48 EST Medical Center Area! <em>524</em> Heeeyyyyy everybody!!! I just wanted to introduce myself and hopefully get some adds from people that are dedicated and on SP pretty regularly! I'm live in the Medical Center area and I'm ready for fat-loss! Feel free to add me and let's motivate each other! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:47:21 EST hello So glad to have joined SparkPeople, hoping to find encouragement from everyone. I love to read everyone's success stories and hopefully make some friends. <BR> <BR> thanks and looking forward to chatting or blogging Wed, 9 Oct 2013 11:57:03 EST October Meetup Team: <BR> Since the weather is finally getting cooler, why don't we meet outside? <em>465</em> Any ideas for an outdoor meetup this month? <em>189</em> <BR> Maybe meet at a park for walking or gentle strength training, followed by a picnic? <BR> Let's hear some thoughts and ideas. <em>41</em> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:36:11 EST Thoughts on the new Spark Activity tracker? Okay so I'm researching this little bitty thing and I'm seriously considering purchasing one. The price is right, the tools and tidbits seem right, and I currently have nothing but my free little pedometer that I remember to wear ONLY when I'm going for an actual walk. I would love to really be able to check to see what I'm doing and this little gadget seems to be the way to go. Has anyone else looked at it and if so do you have any thoughts on it? If you haven't here is a link to check it ou... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:06:34 EST 10K Sept 21st at “Old Tunnel Wildlife Area” I'd like to invite you to come learn about Volksmarching and enjoy a tiny state park in the process. <BR> <BR> This abandoned tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway is run by the Texas State Parks, but there is no entry fee at this time. This Tunnel is the only railroad tunnel ever dug in Texas east of the Pecos River and south of the Panhandle. It is a straight bore of about 920 feet and they estimate that 14,222 cubic yards of material removed. The work was done by hand using b... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:50:19 EST SEPTEMBER DINNER MEET UP - YA'LL COME! Mediterranean Turkish Grill <BR> 8507 McCullough <BR> San Antonio TX 78216 <BR> <BR> Friday September 27th <BR> 7 pm - family welcome! <BR> <BR> link to restaurant and menu: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The members voted and have chosen this restaurant with a super diverse menu - everything from kebabs to casseroles, soups, salads, salmon, talapia, pasta, spaghetti and meatballs, pizzas, sandwiches, and wraps. Their menu is HUGE. It is also among the more rea... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:26:35 EST Patriot's Day In honor of Patriot Day, please take a moment to reflect upon the men, women and children lost on this date twelve years ago. <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:23:13 EST 2014 Hemisfair Tower Climb & Run I'm interested in the 2014 Tower Climb but I am not sure how to train to climb 52 floors. Any thoughts <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cfm?id=25708&event=25708 </link> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 17:35:46 EST Need Ideas for September Dinner Meet Up! Our next dinner meet up will be at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 27th. We did dinner at The Cove in June and at Red Robin in March. The burning question now is....Where are we meeting this time? Ideas? Suggestions? Links? <BR> <BR> Sound off! Thu, 5 Sep 2013 12:07:00 EST SICLOVIA September 29th 10 am - 3 pm It is time to play in the streets again. This is San Antonio's largest FREE health and wellness community event. Many of our team members have attended and ALWAYS had a great time and a fun, fit day! Check it out! <link> </link> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:16:08 EST Native San Antonian Hello all! I joined Spark People three weeks ago and am just getting around to joining some Spark teams. My goal is to lose 100 lbs. Right now I'm healthy except for being overweight. I want to make a change now before my health heads downhill. I'm 42, single with no kids. I have two chihuahua mixes and a cat. I have a pretty sedentary job as a quality engineer in a manufacturing plant. Working in an air conditioned plant has it's perks though. I like to walk a couple of laps after l... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 20:57:03 EST New Member & fellow Texan~ Hi, my name is Julie and I live not in SA but about 30-40 mins away depending upon traffic of course lol <BR> <BR> I have 2 kids and 2 step-kids whom I love to death, my oldest boys play football and my youngest son plays baseball and my daughter is a dancer :) My husband is a carpenter and a contractor and I am a stay at home mom for the moment. <BR> <BR> As far as my weight, I have been on the journey for a long damn time. I have been successful and ofcourse gained it all back plus som... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:48:09 EST Break the Silence 5k Hey ladies and gents! On September 28 is the Break the Silence 5k for ovarian cancer. My dear friend, Maria, who is a 5 year survivor this year, has a team called Maria's Angels. Please consider supporting her and this great cause and join us in walking/running this 5k. It will be at Eisenhower Park. Check it out! <BR> <link><BR>amPart.asp?ievent=1070506&lis=1&kntae1<BR>070506=6FD0401BEB2F402CAAE4749FDFA9D7D<BR>C&team=5568502 </link> <BR> Thanks! <BR> ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:55:19 EST Hello there! I am new to Spark People, I joined in hopes to start over.. yet again :) All it takes it's a Monday and hopefully this is the last Monday I have to start over again. <BR> <BR> I have lost 10 lbs and I am looking to shed another 20-25 and get fit. I just need to find the self control to stay away from beer and wings.. although I did pick up running so I could drink more guilt free beer... however, I know I have to get in great shape before I can have guilt free beer. <BR> <BR> Ahh.. I gues... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:00:05 EST Dirty Girl Mud Run for 2013 Hey SA! Last year a few of us signed up for the Dirty Girl Mud Run (which isn't really a run, just a 5K and muddy obstacle course) last December. I had a blast doing it and would love to do it again this year, but as I discovered last year, it's far better with a whole group of girls. The event is women-only, untimed, and open to all levels of fitness. You can skip/go around whichever obstacles are difficult, and there's no rush to finish. Last year I went with a group of girls that included ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:14:05 EST Just realized I'm on this team ... Yeah, been on SP for a minute and just realized I am part of this team. So hey you all. :o) <BR> <BR> Cool idea. Read about the meet ups, which is fun. Always looking for new ways to keep the routine fresh to stay motivated so group exercise with like-minded people is appealing to me. <BR> <BR> A little about me, been in SA for a little over a year. In that time, have lost 101 pounds. 29 more and I hit my initial goal, but may reevaluate once there. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 02:25:25 EST Looking for walking partner De Zavala/Babcock I am moving to an apartment in the De Zavala/Babcock rd. area and looking for a walking partner for keeping motivated, especially since I recently left my gym membership due to a reduction in finances (also the reason for moving into an apartment from a house I was renting) <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:56:26 EST Help! I hit a plateau :( Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm down about 20 pounds and I've hit a plateau. It's only been 2 weeks, but that's 2 weeks too long! I set a goal for myself to lose 23 pounds by August 31st and I'm really scared I'm not going to make it. I've read through the plateau articles on sparkpeople, but I was wondering if anyone has ever had to deal with it before and succeeded? I run 4-5 days a week. I was doing body combat at the gym but I had to cancel my gym membership due to finances. Any advice is ap... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:18:39 EST Hi! My name is Chelsee. I'm not new, but returning after almost a year of not being on. Need to incorporate Spark back into my life. Hopefully I can get on here a few times during the week. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 21:45:47 EST hello, need motivation to get back to the gym.... Anyone in the Universal City area? Need a workout partner to get me back into the gym. After work, as often as possible. Hard to get motivated on my own <em>39</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:23:08 EST August Wet Your Whistle Challenge! COOL PRIZE! <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> From Sunday, August 4th until Saturday, August 31st you are challenged to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day. That's four weeks of hydration. It's the hottest month of the year so drinking more water than usual should be easier than usual, too! <em>67</em> <em>91</em> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> There's a great prize in store for one lucky participant who will be chosen at... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:05:58 EST I have a question about spark recipes Does anyone know if there is a way to increase the servings on <BR> the recipes to make lager meals? I have an app for all recipes that lets me change <BR> the serving size and it recalculates the recipe for me. Just wondering if this is possible or do I need to figure out the nutrition info on my own. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, does anyone use any particular app to meal plan for the family? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Sandra Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:14:13 EST I'm coming back! Hi, <BR> Just wanted to say hello to all who remember me and even those that don't know me. <BR> I have had a rough time and am coming back to get serious about weight loss. <BR> I will be standing in my friend's wedding in April and need to drop 2 dress sizes by then. <BR> I welcome any advice and support. <BR> Thanks so much! <BR> Sandra Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:29:02 EST Elliptical for Sale Hi! I'm back with another exercise item for sale. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> A friend is selling her elliptical for $225. It's a Merit Fitness 720Ewith a 275 lb weight capacity, 10 programmable resistance levels and a 10 lb flywheel. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in seeing it, we have it at our charity thrift shop for Jefferson Outreach at 2202 Bandera Rd inside the loop at St. John's United Methodist Church. We're there today and our number is 210-438-0386 if anyone has questions. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 12:10:36 EST New to Spark and San Antonio Team Hi I'm new to Spark and am looking forward to meeting people in my area who have the same goals as I do. Hope to attend a meet up soon. Thu, 4 Jul 2013 19:21:26 EST July 4th Food Are you doing something special for the 4th? If so, what are you planning on cooking or eating? <BR> <BR> We were going to do the traditional BBQ with hotdogs for the kids but I've been craving turkey lately, so we're going to have roast turkey instead! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:20:52 EST Loving San Antonio! Hi! <BR> <BR> I've been living in San Antonio for almost a year now. I really love how much stuff there is to do here. I came from the middle of no where in AZ. Today was BEAUTIFUL weather for a great run outside. I'm working really hard towards losing weight. I want to lose another 7 pounds by the end of the summer. That's my first "mini" goal. I would love to get together with a group for a 5K or something. I'm planning on doing the Color Vibe on August 31st. Anyone else? Mon, 1 Jul 2013 23:03:59 EST Hi! I'm Chelsee. I've been on Sparkpeople for about two weeks now. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:02:22 EST Graffiti Walk/Run 5K - September 22, 2013 I just created a team for my work buddies and I to do the Graffiti Run/Walk 5K event on September 22, 2013 at Retama park. I'd love it if some of my spark buddies got to join in the fun, too! There is a groupon today that will allow you to enter the race for only $30: <link><BR>0?p=2&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium<BR>=email&sid=8e7f585e-61de-4fd6-8bdc-521<BR>b30e1d114&division=san-antonio&user=d5<BR>fc7f261cc309e9d4c643c2b1c9c657d17851ab<BR>99261c63d9... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 10:19:50 EST TEAM QUESTIONNAIRE - PLEASE FILL THIS OUT! We handed out questionnaires at the Spark Dinner on June 28th. If you were not there and didn't fill one out, please copy and paste this into your reply on this thread, or copy and paste into a sparkmail and send to me. We need to know how to better serve you. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Questionnaire: <BR> <BR> 1. What are your favorite kinds of online Spark Team group challenges? Pick as many as you like <BR> A. Physical challenges (exercising so many minutes a week, doing strength training exerc... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:36:50 EST Thinking of a July challenge. I have found two challenges that I feel are great indoor programs. <BR> 1. Level 1 30 day workout challenge <link> </link> <BR> 2. 30 day plank challenge <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'd like to take a group vote or if anyone has another ideal they'd like to share please do. Whatever challenge we go with, Emily gave us a great ideal last night of recording ourselves as we do this challenge. We all need that motivati... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 07:11:07 EST I'm BACK! Hey San Antonio! I'm BACK! After a hiatus that was never really intended I'm back on track and back on the boards. I hope that everyone has been doing well (some of you I keep closer track of than others) and that we are all working towards our goals. I have SO much to do and so little time to do it but I have to keep reminding myself that I have to take care of ME in order to take care of anyone else. Not easy for me to do these days but hey...we'll take what we can get, right? Keep on keepi... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:36:31 EST Northwest Side Walk Is there anyone on the NW side that would like to walk or workout at Braundera? Women only please! ;-) Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:05:03 EST Fit Pass SA I LOVE all of the things that San Antonio is doing to encourage fitness! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sssa.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Play the game to get fit and win some great prizes!* Participants that earn 50 points or more will receive a Fit Pass SA Prize Pack that includes an electronic fitness band monitor and other goodies**. They will also be entered into the grand prize drawing for the following prizes: <BR> Gift Cards to fitness, wellness, and nutrition ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:07:09 EST Howdy from San Antonio, Texas Even though I signed up back in April, I haven't really looked in to the SparkPeople site. I only realized this week I had "Spark Mail" and read all the messages. Since reading all the friendly messages I've taken the advice to set up my Spark Page and even blogged. Now here I am introducing myself. Guess my next step will be to actually start logging my food and exercise. Looking forward to being a part of the community. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:36:37 EST new to SA (soon) Hello all (: My name is Torie, I have been with SP for a few months now & have been doing well for the most part. I am currently in Germany- stationed here with the Air Force- but I am moving to Lackland in early August. I could always use another accountability buddy, especially one there in Texas. I am 22 and single, and in addition to a weight loss buddy I could definitely use somebody to ask advice from as to good areas to live and general questions about the city. As far as my weight los... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:31:29 EST Hi! I'm Chelsee and new to this site. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:10:12 EST Fitness in the Park Thank you HEALTHYHABITGAL for reminding us of the great, FREE Fitness in the Park program here in San Antonio. The program has grown tremendously, which is awesome. There are so many locations and events, that I needed some overview, so I made a map with all the locations for June: <BR> <BR><BR>01~-98.493599&lvl=4&dir=0&sty=r&cid=A8<BR>CA71776E342C82!284 <BR> <BR> After you copy the link into your browser, zoom in a little and you will see all the l... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 21:58:28 EST June Dinner Meet Up at The Cove! What: Dinner with your Spark Team <BR> Where: The Cove 606 W. Cypress <BR> When: Friday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m. <BR> <BR> All the pertinent details are listed above. The spark rally page has more information, a link to the restaurant and menu, and a place for you to RSVP (please do!). Here's the link: <link><BR>.asp?resource=10522 </link> <BR> <BR> Let's make this the biggest and best Spark Dinner Meet Up EVER! Bring the family, bring your spouse or b... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 16:49:38 EST JUNE PLEDGE DRIVE CHALLENGE San Antonio has slipped drastically in the Spark America Fitness Minutes Leaderboard. Are we just not exercising anymore? I don't believe that. What I think is going on is that many of us (myself included) have gotten out of the habit of tracking. It has been proven that folks who track their food intake eat more mindfully and more healthy foods and make better food choices. It's also been proven that if you set a fitness goal of so many minutes, so many miles, and/or so many reps and keep t... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:54:16 EST Alamo Swappers Alamo Swappers is a new group in the San Antonio area, part of a large network of people who make and trade home made goods! Worth checking out! <BR> <BR> Facebook Page: <BR> <link><BR>rs </link> <BR> <BR> Their Website: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> They say: Make, Grow, Forage. Swap. Go Happy <BR> Their Description: Lets get together and exchange homemade, homegrown or foraged goods with friends and neighbors. Visit t... Fri, 31 May 2013 09:38:10 EST San Antonio Keeps Slipping to Bottom ... SO, apparently San Antonio keeps slipping to the bottom of America's fittest cities report. We are now 48 out of 50. Only Detroit and Oklahoma City are worse. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how accurate these things are exactly, and I don't put a lot of stock in that, but I say we prove them wrong. I love living in San Antonio and I love all of the effort they put into the natural areas and parks. We have parks with free fitness classes and fitness stations that you can exercise at FOR FREE. ... Fri, 31 May 2013 09:25:37 EST National Trails Day Sorry for the short notice, but I just learned about National Trail Day. <BR> <BR> Its an annual event designed to get us all out to the many trails around the world. <BR> <BR> This yr the date is June 1. <BR> <BR> Lets get out and do some hiking / walking! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ls-day/ </link> <BR> Fri, 31 May 2013 04:45:35 EST new to all this- will it really work ??? 50+year old male with several medical issues.....need to lose about 50 lbs to hopefully aliviate some of these problems....can a support group really jump start this process.....exercise must be somewhat limited (reconstructed foot, colonostomy and illostomy bags )but bike rideing and machine type workouts are ok....... Thu, 30 May 2013 20:04:09 EST Welcome to our two new leaders - Debra and James! Good morning from MJ! Hope everyone is planning to have a wonderful 3 day holiday weekend! Before you head out, take a moment to welcome to leadership San Antonio Spark Team's own HEALTHYHABITGAL (Debra Sue Higginbotham) and JELAWTON3 (James E. Lawton III)! These two Spark Veterans bring a whole lot of knowledge, know-how, determination, and inspiration to the team and I am so looking forward to working with them to take the SA team to new heights! Thank you and Welcome, both of you wonderful... Fri, 24 May 2013 11:34:01 EST The Orgasm Smoothie Orgasm Smoothie <BR> <BR> Are you looking to spice up your sex life? Try a culinary concoction that promises to perfect your orgasm! <BR> <BR> 1 banana <BR> 1 cup blueberries <BR> 1 cup rice, almond or non-fatmilk (substitute with juice of your choice if you don't want to use milk) <BR> 1 cup ice chips <BR> ½ cup peaches <BR> 1 tablespoon flaxseed <BR> Dollop of honey <BR> Sprinkle of ginger root (season to taste) <BR> Sprinkle of nutmeg (season to taste) <BR> Blend and enjoy! <BR> <BR> Ba... Thu, 23 May 2013 19:15:34 EST Couch to 5K Has anybody done the Couch to 5K program .... any feedback on it? Anyone interested in doing it who has never done it before? Thu, 23 May 2013 10:45:19 EST You're Invited to a Tasting This is not an official Spark Meet-up ... this is just me inviting anyone interested to a Tasting Party near Lackland ... <BR> <BR> I'm hosting a Wildtree Tasting party, Friday Night June 7th in San Antonio (not my house, near Lackland) ... The products are awesome ...Wildtree is all natural ORGANIC spices, blends and marinades that will help you feed your family healthy meals that are quick and easy to prepare. <BR> <BR> Just come hang out with us and eat all night. We will have plenty of ... Wed, 22 May 2013 10:57:04 EST Hello I'm getting back into the swing of checking into SP everyday. I remember I was so excited to discover this team and I met up with a few members at Red Robin and then I let Sparkpeople slide for some reason. But I'm back now and ready to make it one of my favorite priorities again! Tue, 21 May 2013 22:37:28 EST New Team Leaders Needed! It's time for some changes! <BR> <BR> With POOKASLUAGH and TaMara6905 taking sabbaticals from leadership to focus on a needed break for Amanda and TaMara building a new business, respectively ( gone for now, but welcome to return to leadership again anytime they are ready as this team can accommodate up to 5 leaders), it is time to fill the gap and get some fresh, new perspectives to take our team forward. <BR> <BR> We need some new leaders who are ready and willing to step up and work ... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:16:04 EST Thank you all For the last 10 months or so, I've been one of your leaders here on the SA Spark team. I'm taking some time away from Spark in general, and don't feel like it would be fair to continue to try to lead here when I'm an inactive member. I wish all of you the best, and thank you for everything in that time. I'm sure I'll be back to my active normal self after a few months. :) Fri, 17 May 2013 09:14:02 EST Hey All! Hey everyone! My name's Maggie, and I just moved to SA from western Pennsylvania at the beginning of February (THANK YOU JESUS because it was SUPER cold there, like single digit cold!) because my husband is doing some training here for the military. I've been sparking on and off for the past 3 years or so, and I'm starting to get back on track. Feel free to visit my page, read blogs, etc. I'm loving San Antonio so far, and the people here are so friendly! It's great to be in San Antonio, and ... Fri, 10 May 2013 14:39:58 EST I got back to it!! So Saturday I finally made the commitment and joined my local Zumba studio again! <BR> I am very happy, I thought I could just do it at home, but for me, it just is not the same and not as fun! <BR> <BR> Had my first Body Pump class on Saturday and looking forward to my second one tonight! <BR> <BR> Glad to be back at Zumba and Body Pump! <em>362</em> Mon, 6 May 2013 11:20:39 EST HI. I'm 62 years old and just found out I have diabetes. I want to do all that I can to loose the weight and live a healthy lifestyle. I know it is not going to be easy. My daughter put me to this website. Thanks. I need to loose the weight. Fri, 3 May 2013 17:53:45 EST Pain Management I am doing 20 minutes of ice and 20 minutes of heat to confuse my nerve endings. It seems to be working. Fri, 3 May 2013 00:11:36 EST June Dinner Meet Up! Where do you want it to be? We said at the beginning of the year that we would have 4 dinner get togethers this year in March, June, September, and December. June is coming up and this time around we want TEAM INPUT as to where this meet up should take place. There are no limits as to where or what type of food - after all, we live in a real world of food and have to learn to make healthier choices no matter where we are! All we ask is that price be a consideration so most of our members will not be locked out for budg... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:17:20 EST May Challenge - MAY PAC IS BACK! Welcome to the May Personal Accountability Challenge - also known as MAY PAC! <BR> <BR> This challenge was very successful last year, so I thought I would dust it off, tweak it a bit, and bring it back to life. Please post a reply letting me know you are in. <BR> <BR> Here's how this month's challenge works. It runs from Sunday to Saturday and starts this Sunday, May 5th. It will end on Saturday, June 1st. That's 4 weeks of challenge and 4 weeks to get yourselves in a pattern of healthy a... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:49:44 EST Hi there. My name is Annette and a newbie Hello. I am looking forward to losing weight and making friends along the way. Spark People website is a little overwhelming and intimidating. I will certainly need some time to acclimate. Thank You. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:08:44 EST Color Me Rad There is a 5k on June 30th, called Color Me Rad. I was seeing if anyone out there would like to do a sparkpeople team and run this. It looks extremely fun! <BR> <BR> I'm new to San Antonio, and don't really know anyone. But I think it would be great to get some of us together, and run for fun and a good cause. The link is below, look forward to hearing from you! <BR> <BR><BR>123&t=San_Antonio Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:28:56 EST I'm no April Fool Challenge - Do it! We have gotten away from doing challenges, which leaves us...unchallenged! <BR> <BR> Here's what I expect from us all this last full week of April. Copy the following sentence and fill in your own blanks. Make it as long or short as you like - But do it! <BR> <BR> I'm no April Fool. For this last week of April I will__________________________. <BR> <BR> Here is mine: <BR> I'm no April Fool. For this last week of April I will stop putting off my plans to get fully back into my gluten-free ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 17:19:46 EST Curves 20% off sale price + free pedometer I will only post links to my Avon site when it is health or fitness related, and this sale offer is really good. <BR> <BR> Campaign 10 has our best ever Curves® offers. Right now you can get a free pedometer valued at $12.99, a Curves® Fitness Consultation and $25 off Curves® Complete™ with any $25.00 Curves item purchase on pages 3-9. Go to my website, click on shop now, then on eBrochure, then click on the Campaign 10 Curves issue! <BR> <BR> PLUS! ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 17:05:43 EST May Spark Team Meet Up! NFIT Fitness Fair! Wake up, San Antonio Spark Team! We've been dormant for too long! Time to Rise and get ready to Shine! <BR> <BR> We completed our year long training and walked/biked/ran our 13.1 Half Sparkathon in January. In March we had dinner together at Red Robin. Two weeks ago, a couple folks met up at Siclovia. Other than that, we have been kind of sluggish in our team involvement but NO MORE! It is time to get the SA Team Moving and Grooving again! <BR> <BR> Your leaders want to ge... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:53:13 EST Hi Everyone BackatitAmy is now Back2PHAT Hello SA Sparkers, my name is Amy and i'm back at it again. This time I do not intend to give up on myself. I feel horrible for getting back up near my original starting weight minus 5lbs and i'm here to make it work for me. 2012 left me kind of down and out but I have finally decided to get back on the horse and give me the healthy, happy life I deserve. I hope to reconnect with a lot of you and meet some of you who are new. We can do this together! Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:34:03 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Luci and I'm serious about getting back into shape! I'm one of the over 50 who needs to lose 25 + pounds. <BR> I enjoy walking and bike riding so if someone needs company to do either on the weekend, let me know. <BR> Warning! I am a very early riser! <BR> Thank you all for the warm welcomes! Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:54:54 EST Caminada de Fiesta Volksmarch - Fort Sam A volksmarch is a sanctioned event that when completed earns you a stamp in your record books. If you are interested in learning more about Somerset come walk with us. There are "new walker" packets available for $5.00 that holds a set of record books and a coupon to pay for the walk. Come start your stamp collect! There are 5K and 10K routes available. This is not a timed event. You walk at your own pace. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>asp?eventid=95528 </link> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:31:37 EST Volksmarch at Somerset A volksmarch is a sanctioned event that when completed earns you a stamp in your record books. If you are interested in learning more about Somerset come walk with us. There are "new walker" packets available for $5.00 that holds a set of record books and a coupon to pay for the walk. Come start your stamp collect! There are 5K and 10K routes available. This is not a timed event. You walk at your own pace. <link><BR>asp?eventid=95770 </link> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:26:18 EST i am ready for change I am in need to loose weight and get my glucose numbers in better control Sun, 24 Mar 2013 07:45:46 EST Looking for work near where I live. I am living close to Bandera and 1604 in the Oakpoint development. I would do just about anything as long as it is paid work. I am good with babies and have experience with children as old as 12. I have cared for three children at a time. I would be happy to work in a store or restaurant or just about any thing that pays. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:11:40 EST Super Deal on Size 6 Womens Circuit/Walking Shoes I hesitated for days about posting this, because I don't want to use my local Spark team page as a "MaryJane's Avon Page". I feel it is not in the best interest of the team to use the site for your monetary gain. However, there is such a great clearance deal going on and it is definitely health and fitness related, so I wanted to share it with you. I promise I will never do this unless I come across an excellent fitness related deal now or in the future. <BR> <BR> I think this is a great ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 17:53:14 EST Free Zumba classes this week (March 23 - 30) We've been so busy with life lately and now SPARKETTEWATSON is doing everything she can to be even more busy. <BR> <BR> Today she launches her long time dream! <BR> <BR> Pre Grand Opening March 23rd through March 30th <BR> <BR> An entire week of free Zumba classes. Check out her facebook page: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> or her (currently very simple) website: <BR> <BR><BR>ss/ <BR> <BR> for dates, times, location, and contact... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 11:49:49 EST My Intro. Hello, My name is Bobby, I live in Converse. Have been running for 3 weeks now. I also do some strength training. I am 46 and have put on some weight. Looking to lose a few pounds and get back into shape. I also have Lupus, diagnosed 4 years ago, I found that exercise helps to control my Lupus and High Blood Pressure. I am excited to be on here to track my progress both with fitness and nutrition. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 01:42:27 EST Spark People Radio - Amanda is on it! I have some exciting news! Our very own POOKASLUAGH (Amanda) was interviewed about her 100 pound weight loss for Spark Radio and her interview will air tomorrow! Be sure to tune in at <BR> <link><BR>io.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Congratulations, Amanda! You do us proud! <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:07:16 EST Treadmill for Sale Hope this is ok to post here. A friend is selling her treadmill and I thought someone here might be interested. It is an older model but she didn't use it much and it works well. It's a Vitamaster and she is selling it for $200. It cost $1200 when she bought it. <BR> <BR> It's sitting at the thrift where DH and I volunteer so it can be checked out there when we are open. <BR> <BR> Let me know if anyone is interested and I can give more info. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:42:02 EST Free Yoga & Zumba I haven't been sparking for a while but wanted to let y'all know about some free classes going on. <BR> <BR> 1) Yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays @ 6:15 pm @ Jefferson United Methodist Church 758 Donaldson Ave, across from Jefferson High School . They also have chair yoga on Thursdays @ 11am. <BR> <BR> 2) Yoga at Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church near the intersection of Commerce and Zarzamora. My Pastor is teaching this class on Wednesdays at 5:45pm. He is also teaching on Thursdays ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:32:09 EST Happy Birthday Amanda & Bye Bye 100 pounds! March 1st - Today is our very own POOKSLAUGH's birthday! Stop by her page and wish her well...and if you haven't congratulated her yet on her 100 pounds lost mark she recently achieved, now is the time to do so! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, Amanda, and Congratulations! <BR> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>242</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:00:59 EST Introduction Hello SA Spark Team! My name is Frances. I am a mom of three wonderful kids ages 14, 10, and 8. I am an Army wife and have been married for 14 years. I am going to graduate from college in May with a degree in Mental Health. My main motivation is to be at my ideal weight on my graduation date which is on May 10. I am looking forward to meeting new people and give and receive support. God bless! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:27:18 EST Who am I? Intriguing topic line, I hope! <BR> <BR> We (the leaders) were talking today about how huge and yet close this team once was. We've gotten away from knowing who each other is and what each other's goals, struggles, and hopes are. We want to build that support and closeness that we all once shared. <BR> <BR> Here is what I would like you to do - old and new members alike. Write a one or two paragraph post answering the topic question. Who are you? This will be hard for some who don't write... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:20:57 EST Hello.... My name is Victor and I am a Certified Pharmacy Tech and a full time engineering student so I have a lot of things taking up my time so I am really struggleing to dedicate the time to working out. My first big goal is to drop fifty pounds by augest when the fall semester starts. Once I reach that it will be a no holds bar race to getting into one of those tuff mudder race things. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:36:32 EST 100 lbs lost! I am just over the moon today. I weighed in this morning at 155 lbs - 100 lbs lost - a goal I've been trying to reach for almost 3.5 years now!! I would love it if you all help me celebrate! :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258535 </link> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:39:40 EST 10K in Johnson City There is a 10K walk in Johnson City at the Benini Galleries and Sculpture Ranch this Saturday Feb. 23rd. The walk route will pass many sculptures. This should be a good Volksmarch. What is a Volksmarch you may ask? <BR> <BR> A Volksmarch is a non-competitive six mile (10 k) walk. It's not a pledge walk. It‘s a fun activity you do with a club, your family, your pet, or all by yourself. Most people take 2 hours to do our 10K trails. Many events now have a shorter 5K trail that is perfect for b... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:06:54 EST getting my sexiest back hi name is Melody. Im ready to get to a place ive never been with the support of fellow San Antonionians. I look forward to reading your tips and posts :) 60 ponds to go!! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:44:27 EST Aurora Hi Everyone. My name is Aurora Garcia . hope to lost weight. Thanks you for showing me a new way. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 22:36:37 EST But I love enchiladas :( So I'm new to Spark People. I read about it in a review of a Jillian Michael's DVD I was thinking about purchasing. I like what I've seen so far. I think this site (and hopefully team) will help me get in the right mindset to get going. I have yet to begin an exercise routine. However, I am just today beginning to mind what I eat again. I've got a long way to go though. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:36:49 EST Downtown Run Group Come join us, it's FREEEEEEE! Right now, we're meeting in the parking lot at the Josephine street bridge over the San Antonio River (one block north of Pearl). We meet Saturday mornings @ 8 right now, but we will move it earlier as the weather warms & the days lengthen. <BR> <BR> Check us out on Facebook.......Downtown Run Group. Every level runner walker is there, so don't be shy. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:11:05 EST San Antonio Road Runners fun run (free) 3/2/13 SARR has free fun runs. 3/2/13 meets at McAllister park for a 3 mile run at 8:30. Check out the meetup site or SARR's running page for more info. Everyone is welcome. They also have a kids run! Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:21:25 EST 4-5 mile Zoo run Meet up this Monday 2/11/13 at 9:30am in the zoo parking lot near the train station / restroom for a slow paced 4-5 mile run. Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:19:05 EST Trying to find my energy & motivation My name is Debi Mendoza. 6 years ago I was at my heaviest weight ever, I joined WW and lost 44 lbs. I kept it off for quite some time then I had a hysterectomy, then 7 mos later a partial thyroidectomy. I gained 10 lbs after the 1st surgery, and 20 more after the second. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with MS. The injections were not helping and I was still having a lot of activity so they dug deeper and surprise, you don't have MS you have NMO (neuro melitis). NMO is similar to MS in the ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:06:00 EST Go Heart Yourself - February Challenge Hey there San Antonio! Are you ready to get 2013 started off right? I hope so because we've got a RED HOT challenge in store for you!! This is going to be a super easy and fun challenge! Everyone can participate in this challenge, from those just starting to those who have been at it for a while! No sign up required! Check out the details below: <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the February GO HEART YO... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:03:36 EST Fitbit, anyone? Any of you guys use the Fitbit? I just got mine today and just set up my account - would love to friend you on there! Here's my page: <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:00:39 EST March Spark Dinner Get Together! We have decided as leaders that we will be having dinner get togethers at least 4 times this year. One in March, one in June, one in September, and one in December. This is in addition to other Spark events, rallies, and meet ups that will occur this year. We will try to move the dinners to a different area each time so everyone doesn't always have to drive clear across town to attend. <BR> <BR> Our March date has not been set yet, but will be in the next day or so. It will be on a Friday e... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:06:18 EST SICLOVIA Spark Meet Up and Picnic Lunch It's official. We will have a San Antonio Spark Team Meet up at Siclovia on Sunday, April 7th at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends are welcome to join in! <BR> <BR> Everyone will meet up at the Lion Statue in Lion's Field Park at 11:00. Bring a sandwich, bring a meal, bring drinks, snacks, whatever you want for a picnic lunch and we will all eat together sometime between noon and 1:00 pm. There are very few places to get food, so bringing your own is advised. <BR> <BR> What is Siclovia? It's ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:43:05 EST Siclovia is coming! Siclovia is coming on April 7th! <BR> <BR> I've been to the last two, and Amanda (POOKASLUAH) has been to all 3 of the events in the last two years. <BR> <BR> What is Siclovia? Tons of fun and a great fitness day for the entire family. The city closes several miles of Broadway to cars and opens it to bikes, skaters, skateboards, runners, walkers, etc. There are karate exhibits, dance exhibits, zumba, vendors and all kinds of fun activities. Read more about it at <link> </li... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:40:40 EST Watch this forum for upcoming get togethers! Now that our year long Half Sparkathon is over, we will be using this forum to post about upcoming San Antonio Spark Team Rallies, Meet Ups, Dinners, Parties, and Get Togethers. <BR> If you have an idea for a unique and amazing meet up or rally, have been to an amazingly healthy and delicious restaurant you think we should try as a team, or have heard of an event going on that would make a great Spark get together, please send a sparkmail with information to your three leaders, MJ-SHE-BEAST,... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:36:30 EST Ideas for Team Challenges? Your leadership team is meeting later this week to format and plan out some upcoming team challenges for you. With the idea in mind that this is YOUR team, we would like to invite you to tell us what you enjoy in a challenge, ideas for challenges, how long the ideal challenge lasts in your opinion, do you enjoy being divided into teams or competing as an individual more? <BR> <BR> We will keep the weekly challenge going, which is an individual challenge to either do a small task, work on a h... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:29:24 EST I'm BAAACK and Determined! I have not been on since June but now I am determined. I have been activly completing 3 mile walks every day S-F and 4 miles on Sat. My eating habits have changed and I am ready for a lifestyle change! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:19:19 EST Curvy Yoga I just wanted to throw this out there, in case anyone has ever thought about yoga and has been hesitant to go for it because of their weight (I sure have!). <BR> <BR> I just signed up for the "Curvy Yoga" class coming in March/April offered by NEISD Community Education. This class is supposed to be an introduction to yoga with modifications. <BR> <BR> NEISD Community Education offers a bunch of other fitness classes as well. I do not have a gym I go to at this point and these classes work f... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:04:49 EST Northeast Walking Group Who is in? <BR> <BR> Possible Locations: <BR> 1. Comanche Lookout <BR> 2. McAllister <BR> 3. Salado Creekway <BR> <BR> Let's figure out where and when works for everyone. <em>361</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:50:23 EST Government Canyon Would anybody in here be interested in a regular meetup at Government Canyon State Park, in the NW side of town. Lots of hills and trails for hiking. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:13:32 EST South Side Walking Group I am just throwing this out there to see if there is anyone on the South Side of San Antonio that would like to get together on Saturday mornings at a park or the River Walk.and walk together? There are 2 of us right now. I'd love to have some more to join us if there is anyone. I'm working on details right now. please post and let me know if your interested. <em>313</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:33:13 EST Run 4 Hope 5K (walk or run) Hey everyone! There's a great 5K (walk or run) coming up on February 23rd. Run 4 Hope benefits the Rape Crisis Center and as 5Ks go, it's a pretty low entry fee - $20 until Feb 15th, $30 from the 16th until race day. It should be a pretty small event, as this is only the third year they're hosting it, so it won't be too crowded. Here are the details: <BR> <BR> Location: McAlister Park <BR> 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road San Antonio, TX <BR> Pavilion 2 <BR> <BR> Date: Saturday, February 23rd <... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:06:02 EST Gyms for families? I am wondering how family friendly the local gyms are. I have children who want to work out too. Do you know what the child rules are for various gyms in the area? Thanks! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:14:20 EST Hello Hi everyone. My name is April and I am new here. My goal is to live a healthier life. I am excited for this journey. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:13:32 EST What motivates you???? is it a picture, a quote, a book, success, YOU? Generally our motivators change with time. What motivated you when you started this journey, may not motivate you anymore. Or maybe you're LOOKING for motivation! <BR> <BR> Share you current and or past motivators with us! You might help someone find their motivation! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:52:33 EST Not New, but returning Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah. I've been on Spark for a few years, but had to step back for most of last year due to so many other things going on! I'm still busy, but I'm to incorporate Spark back into my life. Hopefully I can get on here a few times during the week! <BR> <BR> I live in Schertz, but work downtown SA. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year everyone!!! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:00:06 EST Kickboxing Classes - Personal Best Program Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Seeing as it's a new year, and sometimes it's nice to shake things up a bit, I thought I'd do a bit of advertising for my dojo (I love it so!). <BR> <BR> For those that are not martial-art inclined, but are looking for a workout that gives you aerobic, anaerobic and strength training benefits, the USMATC: House of Payne dojo has a fantastic kickboxing class! The program has been running two years now, and I've been participating since the very first class. My streng... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 17:07:53 EST EXTREMELY BRAVE VOLUNTEERS AND WALKERS NEEDED! We've trained all year. We are ready to show the world - and ourselves - that it doesn't matter what shape your body is in, you can do amazing things if you want it enough. We are going to walk those 13.1 miles. Some will walk faster, some will walk very slowly...but we will do it! Everyone is invited to join us to walk the entire distance, or part of the distance. The walk starts at 8:00 a.m next Saturday, the 12th. <BR> <BR> We also need some extremely brave volunteers! We will need you a... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:20:40 EST Challenge for the Week Each week on Sunday or Monday one of your fearless leaders will post a challenge (or two) for you to complete. The challenges will be voluntary, but let me tell you that statistics show the more involved you are in a social setting like SparkPeople offers, the more likely you are to be successful in your goals. This is an easy, free way to give/get a little accountability into your healthy journey! <BR> <BR> January 2nd through January members, new goals, new attitudes! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:06:12 EST Goals for 2013 Hi everyone! At a time of New Year's Resolutions, are you making any goals for the new year? Anything you want to share? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:46:46 EST Holiday fun! Did you guys get anything health-and-fitness-related during this holiday season? Wed, 26 Dec 2012 07:36:21 EST Hello My name is Cory and I live in San Antonio, TX. I am ready to change my life and get back to the healthy me!! Sat, 15 Dec 2012 20:06:16 EST hello im new Hi everone! I am new and I am looking for a sopport team to help keep me motivated and on the right path! I am looking for friends who want to work out with me and maybe more advance then me so that I am pushed. I use to be very active, I worked out, I walked and I jogged. Now though I just cant get my motivation up. I have everything to live for, great family, good jobs, and I love my life! So if I just could ask for some help if anyone wants to help me get me going Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:54:11 EST New Here Hello Everyone! <BR> I'm new to the site and I'm motivated to start living a healthier lifestyle and hopefully loose some weight. Sun, 2 Dec 2012 17:11:38 EST Re-Boot! Hi all! After a (much too long) hiatus, I am back on the SP wagon! I've really been distracted this last month, with I don't even know what, and I have changes medications, and that is making controlling my weight a challenge. SP has always been a source of support and inspiration to me, so time to get back to it! Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:07:35 EST Howdy Hello all someone suggested I introduce myself here. <BR> <BR> I've lost 58 pounds so far this year starting in January. My goal is 200 by Christmas or end of the year and then I have another 20ish pounds to go. <BR> <BR> Just depends on how I look. I'm also looking to increase my cardio and I'm training that right now as well. I do roughly 5-7 hours a week of Wing Tsun style Marital Arts as well. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:05:00 EST Three years - 95 lbs lost forever! Today I hit a new milestone - 95 lbs lost, and on the same day as my three year weight loss journey anniversary. I've written up a big blog with lots of pictures - I hope you guys will help me celebrate!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148065 </link> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:41:07 EST Holiday River Walk Meet Up! On Saturday, December 8th at 7 pm we will be meeting downtown at the River Center Mall Food Court for a recipe exchange and then walk on the River to enjoy the lights and decorations. We so hope you will join us. You are welcome to bring a friend, spouse, or family. <BR> <BR> How the recipe exchange works is simple, and you have the option of participating or not participating, as it is NOT mandatory to do so. Print out about a dozen copies of your favorite holiday or any occasion special r... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:09:10 EST New to SA Hi everyone! My name is Alison, and I have moved to San Antonio recently from New England. I'm 27 and live with my boyfriend and our cats. I'm also a vegetarian, but my boyfriend is not. <BR> <BR> I've been on SparkPeople for years and quit but now I'm back. I starting out in 2007 at 230 pounds and got down to 160 by 2010. I felt amazing. However, after two years of grad school and my first desk job, I have shot back up to 200. Before grad school, I had a very physical job and went to the gy... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:30:10 EST Turkey Day WORKOUT in Helotes <link><BR>ueFitStudio </link> <BR> <BR> Elite Physique Fitness Studio in Helotes <BR> 8:30 am to 10:30 am <BR> $5.00 donation <BR> 100% given to charity <BR> 12540 Bandera Rd #201, Helotes, Texas <BR> sign up online <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:34:56 EST 50 Ways Team Chat! Talk about the challenge here! How's the challenge going for you? Are you remembering to edit your post in the Challenge thread in order to update when you complete something from the list? <BR> <BR> This is the thread to chit chat about whatever is going on with you during the challenge, what is too hard, what you have discovered along the way, whatever you want! <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 15:17:57 EST And somehow I found myself here... Hello all! <BR> I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to this group. When I signed up for SparkPeople, it automatically put this group on my page, so I guess I'm a member! <BR> <BR> My name is Virginia... but I go by Ann. My mom has the same name of me, but since she was here first, she was able to claim Virginia for herself - LOL. <BR> <BR> I live in Northeastish San Antonio -- off Thousand Oaks. I work full time as a Project Manager, and go to school part time, working on my M... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 18:06:10 EST HALF SPARKATHON WINDOW CLING ORDERS Okay I have sent out sparkmail asking everyone to let me know how many window decals they want for the 13.1 @ $5.00 each. <BR> <BR> I have posted three pictures on facebook showing the different styles we need to choose from. Majority rules as I can only order 1 style. I am about to post these pictures on this team page as well so you can look at them and make a decision. Please post here and let me know if you like design 1, design 2, or design 3 and how many you would like. I will let eve... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 21:00:47 EST Spark-Th rifting! I love shopping at thrift stores. They offer so many wonderful advantages during a weight loss journey: <BR> <BR> 1. As you drop sizes, you can find inexpensive quality clothes to help lessen the major clothes expenses that weight loss can cause! <BR> <BR> 2. You can find stylish "motivation" clothes to help you push towards that next lower size! <BR> <BR> 3. There are so many different styles and options at a thrift store, things you may not find at your normal stores - a whole new way to... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 20:23:37 EST HEALTHY HOLIDAY HINTS, RECIPES, & INFORMATION! Welcome to the end of the year holidays! It seems from Halloween until New Year's Day we are inundated with fat-laden, calorie-filled foods and treats...what to do, what to do? Well, first of all, don't deprive yourself. If you really, truly, honestly want that slice of chocolate cake or that gingerbread man cookie, eat it...but only eat a small portion and work it into your healthy calorie range. Going over a bit every now and then won't wreck your journey, but you MUST practice some self-di... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:27:56 EST Word Association Game People seem to love these things on other teams so I'm game. Please list the first word that pops into your head when you read the word below. The next person will post based on the previous word. You may use any word so long as it is not vulgar. <BR> <BR> And the first word is: <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE Fri, 2 Nov 2012 13:50:40 EST 50 Ways to Leave Your Flubber Challenge Thread My name is MaryJane and I accept this 50 day challenge! <BR> <BR> DAILY 10: <BR> 1. Log into Spark DONE 11-3-12 <BR> 2. 10 minutes of cardio DONE 11-3-12 <BR> 3. 5 servings of fruits and vegetables DONE 11.4-12 <BR> 4. 8 glasses of water DONE 11-3-12 <BR> 5. 7+ hours of sleep DONE 11-4-12 <BR> 6. Eat breakfast DONE 11-3-12 <BR> 7. Stay within your calorie range (whichever system you use) DONE 11-10-12 <BR> 8. No negative self-talk! DONE 11-17-12 <BR> 9. Stretch before/after workout DONE 11-3... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:58:49 EST 50 Ways Challenge RULES & EXPLANATION ONLY THREAD! Do NOT post your challenge entries to this thread you are reading right now. It is a RULES AND EXPLANATION ONLY THREAD. You may ask questions here, if necessary. A separate thread has been made for the challenge itself. <BR> <BR> Most of us are familiar with the song "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon, right? <BR> Here's a link just in case you aren't familiar: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And here is my parody - Feel free to sing along! <BR> ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:58:00 EST General Invitation to all SA members new and old Since so many won't visit the half sparkathon thread because either 1) they think it is a thread for die-hard athletes or 2) they don't think they have it in them or 3) they think it is a running event, I am going to post some info here in the hopes we can inspire and excite a few of you into joining us. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year TaMara6905, myself, and two leaders who have since left us wanted to create something of epic proportions, something we could train for the whole year... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:06:57 EST New to the "area" My husband and I moved to San Marcos earlier this year but seeing as they don't have a team - I joined here and the Austin team. <BR> <BR> We waterski competitively and are building a house at a tournament lake complex outside Martindale. While waterskiing is fairly good exercise, I really need to focus on losing weight during the off season. It's my hope to go to nationals next year and i'd really like to be considered competition for others. However, other than skiing - i HATE exercise!!... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:47:41 EST Get REAL - Personal Safety Awareness and Training This Saturday, October 27th, from 16:00 - 19:00, there is a women-only seminar for personal safety awareness and training. All ages of gals are welcome from teens to way adult. (A version of this program is available for young kids of all genders for schools, youth groups and such. Talk with Rhonda Payne if you'd like to set something up.) <BR> <BR> The creators of this seminar are a pair of amazing women who have been in martial arts for most of their lives, and hold multiple black belt ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:15:11 EST Anybody got a Fitbit? I saw the ads on Sparkpeople lately advertising their new partnership with Fitbit and since I was looking for a reward for myself for passing a couple of difficult exams in the past few weeks, I decided to treat myself to a Fitbit. I've read great things about them and I have wanted one for a long time, and being able to connect my Spark account to the Fitbit tracker was the final factor I needed to make a decision. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else on this team have a Fitbit? What has your experi... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:57:04 EST Newbie Hello!! My name is Kimberly, a mother of 2 kids...21 year old son who is away at college~Gig em Aggies, and an almost 17 year old daughter in high school...I finally have time to commit to my health and weight loss...after an on the job injury 2 yrs ago (being out of work) and my dads death a few months prior to the injury has made it easy for the weight gain...but i found SP about 6 weeks ago and i love it!!! it has got me back to walking and being interested in my weight loss...still got s... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:49:33 EST NSVs Celebrate your NSVs (non-scale victories) here! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:20:12 EST Newby :-) Hi All! I was told about this site and thought I would give it a try. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:05:54 EST Facebook If anybody on here wants to add me on Facebook - I'd love it ... would love some local friends. <BR> My name there is Debra Sue Higginbotham, here is my link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tgal </link> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 23:41:20 EST Help!! First off, I am glad to be a part of this team, however, I want to be able to post a pic and a blog post to show what I look like and what's going on right now in my life but I don't know how. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:05:08 EST 10-11-12 Challenge! Tomorrow is October 11, 2012, or 10/11/12. In honor of this once every one hundred years date I propose we celebrate with a one day only challenge - Spark style! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Here's how we are going to use this as a fun excuse to get in a little extra ST: <BR> <BR> Pick 3 exercises body weight only strength exercises like squats (or wall squats if you can't do the regular ones), lunges, push ups (or wall ups if you can't do push ups), crunches, planks, pull ups, chin ups, bur... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:09:36 EST Free Chair Zumba + New Aqua Zumba class If anyone is interested Our Lady of the Lake is sponsoring a free class with a new Zumba workout done while seated called Zumba Sentao. It's on Saturday October 13th from 1-2 and it's FREE! <BR> <BR> They've also added another Aqua Zumba on Thursdays @ 6pm and have a ton of dance classes and events. Most classes are $1.50 to $2.00 and $5 for dance events. <BR> <BR> Here's a link for more detailed info: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>noads.aspx?sid=346&gid=1&pgi... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:29:15 EST Color Me Rad 5K 1/2 off FYI.....Groupon has a 1/2 off deal for the Color Me Rad 5K scheduled on December 2nd. It's $20 instead of $40 and the special runs for 3 more days. <BR> <BR> I remember some people talking about doing this one but can't recall who. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:15:34 EST