SparkPeople Ann Arbor Health and Fitness Team Messageboard Welcome all those from Ann Arbor, MI, or the greater Ann Arbor area! SparkPeople Ann Arbor Health and Fitness Team Messageboard Starting a small weight loss support group in A2 Hi sparkfriends :) Below is just a copy of my flyer, the gist of it is I'm trying to get together a group of people in Ann Arbor who want a physical support system of people in their neighborhood who meet in real life every couple of weeks to help each other with this journey. If that's something that interests you, take a look and send me a message :) <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>- <BR> <BR> Free Weight Loss Support Group! <BR> <BR> I’m not a professional, I’m jus... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:49 EST New to SP Hi, I'm Jen and new to SP. I'm looking forward to getting healthy and losing weight. Looks like there's a ton of information and support here. Fri, 9 May 2014 21:51:53 EST Getting ready for gastric sleeve This is my first post. I am preparing for the procedure to help my weight loss journey to cone to a more favorable conclusion. I lost ninety five pounds four years ago via a structured medical weight loss program Unfortunately the weight slowly crept back. All of my chronic health conditions returned with a vengeance. I have never experienced long term success with weight loss. Always something got in the way, I am an overeater ANSI have no control over my eating. I realize that failure in th... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:51:07 EST Invitation Request Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> Just dropping a little note to day somehow I got lucky and took on a team called Irish Members and with the luck of the Irish I am now the team leader. I would like to see this team rise to the occasion of being active by St Patty's Day, March 17th. If any of you are IRISH, part or whole please come and join if you would love to visit Ireland and see all it's wonders please come join. We might just all find our pot of gold in there. <BR> <BR> Old Irish Sayings: <BR> ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:24:22 EST Another Newbie Hi everyone, my name is Kathy and I'm a 63 year old woman who has lived in the northeast area of A2 for close to 30 years. I'm retired from U-M and over the past 5 years have gained 35 pounds that I need to lose. My motivation right now is very low so I'm having a hard time even thinking about doing anything. LOL Help would be so appreciated. Thanks! Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:20:50 EST Work Out Buddy? I'm looking for a work out buddy in the Ann Arbor area... I have about 100 lbs to lose, so someone in that same boat would be good. I'm training to run a half marathon in 6 months, so I want to do both cardio and strength training. I have a gym that I work out at already (One on One in A2), and if you go to that gym already, that's a huge plus! If not and you're looking for a gym, you should join! It's only 10$/month. If you go to another gym or don't want to join one, we could work out toget... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:51:56 EST Workout Buddy My name is Keith. Been on and off of Spark People, never really did much on here I just badly want to find a workout buddy. I went from 235 last April and I'm now 185 and I just want to get a workout going but I don't ever find myself motivated enough to do it by myself. So if anyone is interested let me know or if you can refer me to someone who is let me know. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 22:09:58 EST Ann Arbor Firecracker 5k - July 4 Anyone else plan on running the Ann Arbor Firecracker 5k on July 4th? Looks like a pretty flat course, around downtown and through the diag. I am training for it now - it will be my first 5k in a long time. Just wondering if any other spark people will be there :) Tue, 31 May 2011 21:59:00 EST Hello from Milan I have been on SP for about a year now. I was really losing and doing well but have fizzled out a little. My life is crazy hectic, which adds an extra element of challenge to eating right and working out. I run a full-time day care out of my home with my husband and am also taking an English Composition class right now. I also volunteer with Special Olympics, which I really enjoy, and help with my daughter's drama club. Very busy, but I am not willing to give anything up. So I have kind of pu... Sat, 28 May 2011 23:52:10 EST Marine Style Fitness - Hard Corps Muscle workout Hi all, <BR> I'm giving this a go! My former trainer is military so I've performed all of these exercises at one time or another but not in this order over a five day period. <BR> <BR> If others try it, please let me know how it goes and I'll report back when I do it! <BR> <BR><BR>t-routines/hard-corps-muscle/ <BR> <BR> -Zilla <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:02:15 EST Moose Zilla meets Gym Zilla - How can I help YOU? <BR> Moose Zilla <BR> <BR> work hard. train hard. play hard. <BR> <BR> I just joined Spark in order to better track my fitness goals/results. As well as share workouts, tips and advice with my workout buddies and other Spark People. I've been an athlete my whole life (D1 b-ball), I enjoy working and living by my values: Honesty, Integrity and Excellence in All I do. I've had two fantastic trainers who've helped me transition after leaving the D1 life. <BR> <BR> I encourage you to check... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 22:54:20 EST New & in need of help :) I just moved to Addison Michigan ( @45min from Ann Arbor ). Would love a workout buddy but I know no one. So I'm here for support. I'v lost @25 lbs but I haven't lost any in months & have 25 more to go. I'm married & in my 30's with school age children & one off to college in the fall ( step kid ). I also work full time. Needless to say I stay busy but need to find time for the gym. I don't work a normal schedule which also makes it hard for a gym. I don't know why I'v stalled in my diet but ... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:12:46 EST Work out buddy I need a work out buddy that can go to the U of M recreational centers once or more a week. Are you up for it? Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:36:19 EST Workout buddy? I'm looking for someone to workout with, preferably female. I live in NW AA. Walking, biking, running (more like jogging - I'm slow), hiking, etc. are all cool with me. Even a workout video at my place (I have netflix watch instantly) - anything to keep me motivated! Let me know! <BR> <BR> Julie Sat, 21 Aug 2010 00:22:38 EST Question of the day Hey folks, <BR> <BR> Hoping that we can pick up the activity on the team by answering a question of the day. <BR> <BR> 8/9: What's the biggest change you've noticed in yourself since joining SP? Mon, 9 Aug 2010 22:27:13 EST another newbie and counting... Hey all, I'm from Ypsi but I work out in A2. I'm 37, trying to lose about 82 lbs total, but attempting to focus on 20 lbs at a time to keep me motivated. Not having too great a start, but have real trouble not overeating in the evenings especially if it's been a stressful day. Looking forward to hopefully meeting more people struggling with similar issues and maybe even find more workout partners. :) Hellooooo Ann Arbor!!! Wed, 28 Jul 2010 20:41:59 EST Hello All Hey there, I just started the Sparkpeople program. I'm 20 years old and work more than full time. I'm just looking to live healthier lifestyle and be more active. <BR> I look forward to working with everywhere towards my goals and theirs. <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 14:32:32 EST Planet Fitness and/or walking/biking Buddy wanted Hi! I joined Planet Fitness in January (doesn't everyone?) and haven't been going regularly lately. <BR> <BR> It's easiest for me to get there on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings at around 8:15. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone else who can work out then? <BR> <BR> Also, I live on the NE side of Ann ARbor and would like someone to walk or bike with (I'm really out of shape so you'd have to be patient) sometimes. I'd do better if I had an "obligation" to someone else to show up. <BR> <BR> <B... Thu, 20 May 2010 02:14:04 EST Want to train for the Dexter-Ann Arbor Runs Women in Motion is starting a training program for all three of the Dexter-Ann Arbor Runs 5k, 10k and the half marathon. <BR> <BR> If you are new or experienced, this program works for all. <BR> <BR> I've been with the program for three years and it's the best thing to keep me on track with my exercise. The group is so supportive. I've found a running buddy for a weekend workout too! <BR> <BR> Check out their website womeninmotion dot us yes it is "dot us" not "dot com" <BR> <BR> You c... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 09:26:48 EST Hi from Saline I started SP and was doing well and then I had to go to San Diego for a family emergency. I did well with the exercise--daily power walk along Carlsbad Beach. I fell off the diet a few times. I was born and raised in So Cal; I love the Mexican food! I did take advantage of the strawberries form the nearby farm. My 96-year-old Dad was doing better so I am back in Michigan. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 22:28:49 EST Newbie from Saline Now that I joined SparkPeople and the snow is melting, I am going to San Diego for a while. (Family crisis.) I'll be back as soon as I can. Will do my best to stick with the program. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 22:42:29 EST New Member Hi! I'm Jennifer. I just joined SP b/c I have to lose my last 20 lbs of baby weight from my twins. Unfortunately, they are now 5 1/2 and the weight is still on! Have tried WW but didn't like the support I got there. I work and live in A2, so if anyone is interested in walking I would love to join anytime. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 21:36:30 EST Shamrocks & Shenangans Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just checking to see if anyone else is running this race in March? Looks like I fun 5K if it's not too cold. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:25:07 EST Forty- three and Fat. Hello out there to everyone in the area. I've been on SP for a month or so and I just found the local teams. I'm excited to see that there are a lot of people in the area on SP. Sometimes I feel like the only chubby gal around. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 00:46:58 EST New Year, New Start? <BR> <BR> I'm a 31 year old mom to 2 very active children. One in school and one that's still home. If I get the time, I love to sew, scrapbook, paint, make jewelry....anything artsy or crafty really. I've decided that with the start of the new year I want to drop the weight that's been haunting me for the last several years. <BR> <BR> Most of my family and friends laugh at me when I say I want to lose wait, telling me that I don't need to, that I look fine. I'm flattered, especially si... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 14:28:42 EST Canton Fitness Buddies Hi all, <BR> <BR> I recently relocated to Canton from Ann Arbor (not too far off). I am wondering if there are any other Sparkies in the Canton area. We could hit the amazing facilities of the Summit together. <BR> <BR> Also, if you get the chance... Check out my two walking groups (free, not a scam), one for Ann Arbor and one for Canton: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you join up, let me know you are a Spark Friend... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 10:18:01 EST Fitness centers in A2 All Sparklers, <BR> I have noticed and am taking advantage of many of the fitness centers in the A2 area offering free trial memmberships. Anywhere from 3-14 days. <BR> <BR> It is a great way to check out fitness centers without making a financial commitment. Sat, 19 Dec 2009 08:17:08 EST Jumping back on the wagon I fell off my healthy eating for a while. I'd say that even when I created my sparkpage, I didn't really have the willingness to change my eating and lose weight. It's always a battle, but I feel like I'm actually ready now. <BR> <BR> I bought "The Beck Diet Solution" and strongly recommend it. It uses cognitive therapy techniques to help train your mind to eat healthier. The author asks you to choose any healthy diet of your choice, and I chose to use Sparkpeople. :-) Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:10:46 EST Ann Arbor Support (aka free "Weight Watchers"mtgs) Hi everyone, <BR> Since moving here over the summer, I've been trying to get my healthy lifestyle back on track but have been struggling. What I'm missing is the group support that I used to find in groups like Weight Watchers. Unfortunately, I'm also in a financially tight spot where I cannot afford to pay over $50.00 a month to participate! <BR> <BR> I wanted to start a group for people like myself who were either doing Weight Watchers on their own, or some other life changing/weight los... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 12:47:28 EST Cancun9 Hi everyone. I'm new and need encouragement. Sun, 22 Nov 2009 19:36:08 EST New to A2, looking for workout buddies! Hi! I'm Lindsay and I'm new in Ann Arbor and to SparkPages. I'm 25 years old, and hoping to meet some people my age that are looking to make healthy lifestyle changes. I'm a member of One on One Athletic club and am also trying to get out to do some biking and jogging. I'd love to meet new people, so feel free to send me a message if you're interested in a workout buddy :) Sat, 7 Nov 2009 15:08:21 EST Hi everyone! Brand new this week. I live in Ann Arbor, MI and have just finished several months at Medical Weight Loss Clinic. Now to maintain <BR> the weight. Support will be great. How are the rest of you doing? Sun, 1 Nov 2009 20:14:35 EST Hi! Hi Everybody! <BR> <BR> I found spark people online, and I thought it might help me stay away from the freshman fifteen,or maybe lose some weight. I really look forward to using the program, and I can't wait to get started! Mon, 19 Oct 2009 11:24:01 EST Women in Motion-- Starting Oct.7 Thanks to my wonderful team members, I checked out the Women in Motion website yesterday--exciting! I plan on attending the new session starting tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I am posting this message to see if anyone has ideas/recommendations on parking...I am not too familiar with the A2 area--is there parking near the track, be it a lot or a street parking? I'd greatly appreciate any info. Tue, 6 Oct 2009 06:04:37 EST Gym/running buddy in A2? Looking for a gym/running buddy in A2 over the upcoming fall/winter. Right now I have a membership to the Y Downtown. I am a pretty slow runner (12 min mile) but am hoping to get faster by getting out there. <BR> <BR> Maggie :) Mon, 5 Oct 2009 11:11:28 EST FREE BMI & Open House I am a huge social networker and want the Ann Arbor community to know all about our fabulous personal training studio where we have 5 spectacular trainers available 7 days a week! We offer a FREE first session and have an open house coming up on Sep. 13 from 1-4pm. Details on our website at: <BR> Call for info. at 734.327.7900 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:44:54 EST Women sized bike jerseys I went for my first bike ride in my bike jersey and shorts. I really felt like an "official" cyclist with the bike clothes. <BR> <BR> I've wanted to buy bike clothes for a long time but given that I wear plus size clothes, it's nearly impossible to find exercise clothes that fit. There are plenty at online retailers but I always hesitated because you'll never know how they'll fit, so, it can be a big waste of time and shipping costs. <BR> <BR> Dexter Bike and Sport (Baker street in Dexter... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 13:38:21 EST Big House/Big Heart 5k 10k Hi all, <BR> <BR> Women In Motion provides programs designed by experienced women coaches for women of beginning and intermediate exercise experiences. <BR> <BR> Experienced coaches will guide you through a walking, running training program at a pace that is right for you. You are welcome even if you don't want to participate in the goal event. Just come out and start your exercise program with the guidance and support of experienced female trainers. It is neve... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 14:00:33 EST Body Rider Breeze Elliptical Trainer Br1830 Does anyone here have one of these or knows someone who has one? What are they like? I just purchased one but may return it because it is complicated to put together, takes up lots of space and needs to be adjusted every two weeks of use. Does anyone here have any pluses on this one before I decide to return it? Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:08:26 EST Newbie Hi, I'm the mom of four kids ages 11 to 22. I'm looking forward to giving and receiving support here! Fri, 3 Jul 2009 20:13:12 EST Restaurant Week! I love eating out, and of course, restaurant week, you would come when i am on a roll with health and fitness. <BR> I want to try all the delicious restaurants that I haven't tried yet. I have settled for just one, and it will be tonight. I just need to remember one thing: portion control. Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:18:11 EST Freep Half Marathon, anyone want to train for it? The Free Press Marathon and half Marathon is October 18th. It's a great event and training for it is a great way to keep your exercise routine motivated. <BR> <BR> There's a women's run/walk group that is going to do a training session designed to prep for completing the half marathon. We will meet Wednesdays at the U-M track and Sundays at Hudson Mills. <BR> <BR> Check out the website at <BR> <BR> I'm beginning my 3rd year with women in motion. It's been the best thing ... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:36:11 EST Hi, I am Jill and new to SP! I am ready to get started!!! Sun, 31 May 2009 16:37:15 EST Looking for walking buddy in Canton, MI Anyone from Canton out there who is interested in a walking/weight loss partner? I feel I would be so much more successful if I had someone who was in the same boat as me. I'd like to lose about 50 pounds. Hubby and friends are supportive but don't need to take this journey personally. Looking for a person to motivate and be motivated by! Fri, 22 May 2009 19:55:13 EST Basketball? Hi, <BR> <BR> I moved here from Sydney to be with my fiancé about four months ago. I love basketball, and I had it in my head that Americans play basketball but so far I haven't been able to find a single damn league in the area. <BR> <BR> This doesn't make sense to me. In Australia there are clubs everywhere. But basketball is a freakin' AMERICAN sport - why the hell isn’t there social leagues here? I don't want to play 3 on 3 at the rec club. I want to play real games. <BR> <BR> I don't ... Sun, 10 May 2009 20:16:50 EST Equipment and DVD Exchange Hi All, <BR> <BR> I was just reading some posts from another team where people were talking about fitness on a budget, and I thought it might be useful if people wanted to get rid of stuff (or acquire it) for them to post here since we're local and can pick things up pretty easily. <BR> <BR> I'll start off: <BR> <BR> I'm looking to unload a basic Weslo Cadence treadmill that I acquired on craigslist last year. Although it was used, in reality used = the previous owner got on it a max of 5... Fri, 1 May 2009 13:00:42 EST new to sparkpeople and this team Hi all, I need to find ways to add exercise to my work day (work at U of M central campus)and I'm looking for walking buddy that will join me maybe once per week over the spring and summer to walk. Anyone interested? I can tell you more about myself if you think you might have time. Prefer to walk with a woman from similar age group (50s). Thanks! <em>68</em> Tue, 14 Apr 2009 14:42:45 EST A long way to go. Hi, I am new to this site. I have lost 90 pounds since 2/28/2009. I have 180 pounds to go. I am hoping this site will help keep me changing up things. Currently I have not lost weight in a month. For lent I am doing 1 hour a day of exercise for forty days. <em>198</em> Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:23:55 EST New to the team Hi everyone. I'm from Saline. I've been on SP for about 2 months (this time). I'm happy to find a team close to me. A workout friend and I set a new goal just yesterday. We are going to 'run' in a 5K marathon this summer. It's a big goal for me!! So, I'll be starting a 16 week training program next week.(from Fitness/More magazines). Your encouragement and support will be much appreciated!! Tue, 24 Feb 2009 09:23:33 EST Need a workout buddy at Rec center I'm more concerned about my health than my weight. Though I am 35, after a decade of not caring about what I eat, i am a little worried..Several signs but not too serious. I think it's time for me to take some preventativ measures..It's just that I am too busy with my work, kids, church volunteer. Is anybody in need of work out buddy? I am going to purchase one year membership at Rec Center. My preference is running for 30 min with some weight or mat works in the week day evening. <BR> Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:03:17 EST Running Buddy Wanted! Hey there. I live near downtown Ypsilanti and am looking for someone to start jogging/running with me. I am and on-again-off-again runner looking to make it a lifelong habit, so I'm looking for someone in the beginning to intermediate level. Wed, 11 Feb 2009 09:35:58 EST Save me from myself! Hey everyone - I'm new and need your help! This morning at Busch's the health machine weighed me in at an all time depressing high of 155 (I should be 135-145 for my age and height) Since I've turned 50, I just haven't seemed to care about my weight and I'm ALWAYS hungry (hormone depletions no doubt). Who really cares how I look in my 50's, right? Now that I just reached 54 years of age though, I realize that I've really put my health at risk and I know that I look terrible. So HELP! Bug... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:37:37 EST Local Events! Hello All! <BR> <BR> My friend Lynda is a personal trainer in Ann Arbor and is offering the seminar below at a local fitness club. It would be a fun afternoon! Especially if people went out to lunch, shopping, or more exercise afterward! <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Want to workout at home but don't know were to start? <BR> Think you need a treadmill and weights to accomplish your health goals??? <BR> Well... think again!!!! <BR> <BR> Learn how to get the most out of equipm... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 16:19:32 EST Restarting Spark! Hi there -- I'm back here after a year off to keep me from eating after dinner! I love living here and being outside in the winter! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 10:45:27 EST Hello Hi, I am new to spark <em>263</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2008 20:44:30 EST Help me with my research project!! I need to talk to people one-on-one who had a disease or condition when growing up. I'm especially interested in people who had to take medicines such as painkillers and/or spent time in the hospital. <BR> <BR> This is graduate-level research. I'm desperate to find people. Sun, 23 Nov 2008 19:56:11 EST Did anyone here have a childhood disease? Hi! <BR> I'm doing a graduate-level research project on the effects of childhood disease. I am especially interested in those who took pain medications or had surgery. <BR> I will need to conduct one-on-one interviews. I really need to talk to people in the Dexter/Ann Arbor area. <BR> Your information will be held in the strictest confidence. Even if you can direct me to anyone, that would be a great help. <BR> Thanks! Wed, 19 Nov 2008 20:04:03 EST Neighborhood walking groups Good morning, as the temps are dropping. I have been finding it more and more difficult to drag my rump onto the street/trail/sidewalk to get some exercise in. We live in the Burns Park area and would like to find some likeminded people to get outside with 3-4 time a week would be ideal am or pm any thoughts ? Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:45:15 EST Safety in Ann Arbor Hi, I'm new to this team. I've been with SParkpeople about a year. I'm currently looking fro safe places to wlak in Ann Arbor, preferabley near the Airport. Any suggestions? Wed, 17 Sep 2008 18:29:54 EST Personal Trainer Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I know if you are anything like me you need a little extra motivation to keep you going. <BR> <BR> One of my best friends has just received her ACE certification. <BR> <BR> If you are in the market for a personal trainer, please send me a message, and I will be happy to put you in touch with her. Her rates are very reasonable and are lower than the average here in Ann Arbor. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Shannon Tue, 9 Sep 2008 11:10:35 EST I'm new! Hello, I just wanted to introduce myself! I'm Heather, a 20 year old student who is coming back to Ann Arbor in a couple of weeks. I'm going to be buying and cooking my own food, so I'll have full control of what I eat for every meal. I'm pretty excited about this. (I'll also be living near a campus gym) I just bought a sushi place setting today, so I'm going to be learning how to make some deeeelicious avocado rolls. <BR> <BR> Even though I just joined SparkPeople, I've been struggling to ... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:12:28 EST Newbie! Hi! <BR> I've been back with SP for about 2 months now. I'm at my highest weight ever and really having a hard time staying motivated. Does anyone have a walking club? Thu, 17 Jul 2008 08:02:56 EST work out? Hello! I just joined sparkpeople and this group yesterday. I was just wondering where everyone works out at. My membership is at Bally's. Wed, 9 Jul 2008 02:26:07 EST July Challenge - Fruit, Veggies & Water Hey folks, <BR> <BR> Here's the challenge this month. Our goal is to eat at least 5 servings of fruits/veggies a day and to consume at least 8 glasses of water. Hope you'll join me in enjoying some of the best parts of summer! <BR> <BR> Rosie Tue, 1 Jul 2008 21:27:05 EST Hello Team Hello Team I'ms Chris,and I just wanted to say Hi and let anyone know to feel free to stop in and say hi or share any motivation stories. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 14:13:41 EST June Challenge - Building Consistency Many of us have struggled over the years to live healthier lifestyles. We all have good and bad days, but we can only achieve lasting results if we build consistency with diet and exercise. Regardless of you're beginning your journey or at your goal weight we can all use a little support along the way! <BR> <BR> All that being said, the challenge the June month is two fold. Here are our goals: <BR> 1) Try to stay in your calorie range 5x week <BR> 2) Get at least 30 min of exercise 3x week <... Sat, 31 May 2008 11:23:01 EST Interest in team challenges? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I was named one of the team co-leaders a few weeks ago and was wondering if there would be interested in starting team challenges. Based on my experience on other teams, I was thinking we could do something monthly. Nothing too difficult, but it's always helpful to create accountability for our goals by reporting to others. <BR> <BR> If there's interest, we'll set something up. Definitely open to suggestions based on what you think would be most helpful. <BR> <BR> Rosie Sat, 3 May 2008 10:21:06 EST Anyone But Me? Hi! <BR> I have been looking at some exercise and fitness programs. Many of them talk about taking a break from your computer, walk up the stairs during breaks, Do pushups against your desk etc. Well I don't work at a desk, in an office on the upper floors! I work on the floor of a local grocery store. I'm on my feet all day (Except lunch, and sometimes then!) How about some fitness tips for a person who gets up at 3:30 in the morning, is on their feet ALL day, comes home to fix dinner, do la... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 18:41:03 EST Planet Fitness Just joined the Planet Fitness on Washtenaw and am excited about getting back into the gym! Anyone else here going there? Fri, 11 Apr 2008 17:23:36 EST Gyms/Fitness Centers Anyone a member of Gold's Gym in the Oak Valley Center? I'm thinking of joining and I just wondered if anyone has had a positive (or negative) experience there or elsewhere? Wed, 26 Mar 2008 15:13:18 EST Taking a 6 week leave of absence Life has been so, so, so busy ... between these two jobs I am working (50 - 60 hours a week) and school (2 classes) and my family (too many pets, 3 kids, a husband, and my younger brother), I can never seem to get online to do hardly anything so I am going to take a momentary leave of absence until the end of April. <BR> I will be back at the end of April rev'd up and ready to go!!! <BR> Best wishes to everyone in the meantime!! Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:21:36 EST Looking for walking buddy I am looking for someone to team up with for walking. We could set mutual goals, times, where to walk. I can walk early mornings or after work is ok too. If interested give me a shout. Thu, 13 Mar 2008 20:35:18 EST Things to do instead of eating This is travel to the SP forums and thought it was great team information - I thought others might feel the same. Copy and paste if you are so inclined. You may want to change some of the suggestions to fit your personality. <BR> <BR> Things to do Instead of Eating: <BR> <BR> Do you eat for comfort because you're frustrated, bored, in pain or because of some other feeling or issue you want to escape? Here are some things that you can do instead: <BR> <BR> ** Carve a watermelon or other ... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 09:30:47 EST Hello All Hello everyone <BR> <BR> My name is mskenlyn and I live in Ann Arbor and I just joined SP friday 1/25/08. I am looking for advice, and anything to help me in my long weight loss journey. I want to lose 50lbs, but don't know how to get my self motivated to start exercising. That is my biggest problem, my lack of motivation to exercise. What I need is a mental kick, and probably a physical kick to get myself going. Sat, 26 Jan 2008 19:26:31 EST Dexter-Ann Arbor Run (June 1) Hi all, <BR> <BR> Thought I'd see if anyone else is interested in participating in the Dexter-Ann Arbor run/walk on Sunday, June 1. <BR> <BR> From what I hear, it's a great event. There are walkers & runners at all different levels. You can do a 5K, 10K or a half marathon. I'm going to push myself to train for the 10K. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I thought this would be a great way to motivate each other to meet our respective fitness goals. We have lots of time to prepare, so hope you consider join... Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:12:26 EST Michigan Brrrrrrrr I can't believe it, I went for a walk this morning and it was 16 degrees, now it is 14 degrees. I am doing the rest of cardio workout indoors this weekend. Sat, 19 Jan 2008 12:18:37 EST Winter WorkOuts Just thought I would ask for ideas for winter work outs. Wed, 24 Oct 2007 13:41:48 EST Thanksgiving Hello all, d know it sounds like A long way away, clam concerned about thanksgiving dinner and leftovers. I am going to a relatives house and don't want to impose on them. I am doing Weight Watchers too so any help would be greatly appreciated Thu, 11 Oct 2007 11:43:38 EST Local workout places Hello all, So I am looking for local workout places. Gym's, clubs, park areas, trails etc. Any suggestions? I live in Ypsilanti Township, Work in Ann Arbor and go to school at WCC, so I have a wide area to look for. I am even more interested in cold weather places or suggestions Thu, 11 Oct 2007 09:26:42 EST Greetings, I am very new to SP I have lived in Ann Arbor now with my husband since 1994. We have two dogs but no kids. I guess that makes them Furkids. So I have a couple of questions. First, does the food planner base how many calories you are to eat on how much you want to loose in what time span or by what it thinks your nutrient needs are? Then, how do you all get those little tape measues at the bottom of your posts? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Emorgan Tue, 9 Oct 2007 19:45:36 EST Big House Big Heart 5K Hey team, <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if anyone is going to participate in the Big House Big Heart 5K - There's a 5K run/walk or a 1 mile fun run on Sept. 30th. The money goes to benefit Mott Children's Hospital and other local charities. <BR> <BR> I've never been good with weight goals and have used training for an activity to keep me motivated. This approach has helped me increase my fitness level while losing weight. This is going to be my first race in a w... Mon, 13 Aug 2007 08:50:12 EST New to SP Hello,my name is Rhonda I'm new here. Just found this site two days ago. I've been expoloring and there is a lot of helpful info here. I think it will help me a great deal in reaching my goals. <BR> Thu, 9 Aug 2007 23:56:47 EST Hi Opps - wrong spot. Moved to newbies section. Thu, 26 Jul 2007 10:09:31 EST Personal trainer? Has anyone here hired or found one that they like? <BR> <BR> With the arthritis in my right knee, I've noticed that despite MY efforts, I'm losing strength in that leg since I favor it. I know that I need to find a professional who will work with me on an occasional basis to get my strength training set up properly. <BR> <BR> If you have any suggestions, let me know! I don't suppose the Rec Center on Washtenaw/Platt has any personal trainers, do they? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> -Sarah Wed, 18 Jul 2007 14:40:49 EST BikeFest! (late notice, sorry) Hey everyone, seeing as BikeFest is happening in 3 hours, chances are this is a little late notice about it. <BR> <BR> Today, June 15, on Main street is BikeFest. There will be free attended bike parking, displays from local shops and orgs, activities for kids, and a really cool set of guys showing off on some ramps. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend and our roommate work for Great Lakes Cycling and Fitness, so I'm going to be down at their display from 6:30-9. <BR> <BR> If you're looking for someth... Fri, 15 Jun 2007 14:59:37 EST Chippewa Club Does anyone belong, or has gone to, the Chippewa Club off Golfside in Ypsilanti? My apartments are in the process of renovating everything and building a new fitness center. In the meantime though all of the residents are getting free passes to the Chippewa Club until our fitness center is finished. I've never been there and was wondering what its like. Anything you have to say about this place would be greatly appreciated! Thanks <BR> <BR> Alyssa Mon, 28 May 2007 18:39:48 EST May's 30 Minute Challenge May's challenge is a "30 Minute Challenge." The idea is to spend 30 Minutes a Day getting in some form of exercise... whether it be walking, running, biking, gardening, etc. For those that might already get 30 and want to say 60, you can set your own individual pace or goal, just let everyone know what it is... but 30 minutes of physical activity is the recommended daily minimum. <BR> <BR> I will start a new thread for posting daily results. Feel free to also post a cumulative total as ... Mon, 30 Apr 2007 23:15:03 EST Gallup Park I'm scheduled for cardio today, and I normally just go to the gym, but on days when it's SO nice like today, I hate being inside! <BR> <BR> <BR> The only place I know of in the area to run or jog is gallup park, but I don't have anyone to go with and wouldn't feel comfortable being in the wooded part by myself. Does anyone know of any other places that are more wide open or that you feel comfortable being at alone? Or am I just being paranoid about being there by myself? <BR> <BR> It's tim... Tue, 17 Apr 2007 11:44:30 EST Hello Hi everyone, my name is Ronda. I joined sparkpeople a couple of weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I live in Manchester and work as a software developer in Ann Arbor (right near Briarwood). <BR> <BR> I have a husband, two daughters (both teenagers ugh!) and two dogs. <BR> <BR> Losing weight is something I have been struggling with for many years now. A couple of years ago I lost over 40 pounds on Weight Watchers. I have been pretty successful in keeping most of it off. I learned some good habi... Mon, 16 Apr 2007 12:26:29 EST Challenge for May? Suggestions and Ideas Would anyone be interested in some kind of a team challenge for May? I'm open to ideas and suggestions... I also have several ideas from other team leaders I can share, but wanted everyone else's impression here first. <BR> <BR> Nikki Fri, 13 Apr 2007 08:52:38 EST Dexter-Ann Arbor 5k walk Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Nikki, Jen and I have all been discussing walking the Dexter-Ann Arbor 5k. It is on June 3, which is a Sunday. <BR> <BR> Anyone else want to join in? We can have our first official SparkPeople gathering, while getting in some healthy exercising! <BR> <BR> More information about the event can be found here: <BR> <BR> Registration is on-going until the day of the event. Early registration (prior to May 12?) is $24, up to t... Tue, 27 Mar 2007 09:35:26 EST Walking/ Jogging I was wondering if anyone wanted to walk or jog on a regular basis somewhere in town like a park or what not. Sun, 25 Mar 2007 11:20:09 EST Events About Town This is the thread where announcements about upcoming events or gatherings are discussed. Sun, 25 Mar 2007 10:24:13 EST