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1/11/14 10:12 A

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Im beginning to think this team could very well be dormant! This is January - a time when this team may be the busiest of all and in the past 10-days there have been less than a dozen who have even posted...hmmm.... Is Portland really not interested...Or are there just other ways people are finding fitness? If you are out there and reading posts, please chime in -- Any ideas?

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1/9/14 11:42 P

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emoticon QOTD postponed until further notice.

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1/8/14 7:51 P

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Janet -- I grew green beans last summer -- first time -- They grew like crazy!

emoticon QOTD - Whatis your favorite season?

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1/7/14 3:15 P

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Thank goodness! I just posted that I wouldn't be able to make it because my kids fell asleep at Powell's lol. Next week it is lol.

We buy organic A LOT at my house. Every weekend in the summer time we go out to Sauvie's Island for fruits and veggies. The kids love to pick their own food and so do I! We're usually big on green beans, blackberries, raspberries, corn, peaches, strawberries and jalapenos. In the store we buy organic carrots.

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1/7/14 2:19 P

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emoticon QOTD - Do you buy organic and if so, what?

I do try to buy fruits and vegetables that are organic if recommended. I also buy eggs that are organic (they are a bit more expensive, but when I think about the fact that I would (until recently) spend almost $5 for a Starbucks, it puts it in perspective).

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1/6/14 11:33 P

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Janet, Im okay with kids coming on a walk. There will be a normal adult walking pace and it is about 3-miles around the waterfront. I cannot commit to walking a slower pace for a lunch time walk as I will only have the hour. Just to clarify too - the walk will be next Tuesday, not tomorrow. Sparkpeople is such a good resource for this weight-loss journey! You've definitely found the right place!



emoticon Favorite fruit and vegetable?

For me, a banana and red pepper comes to mind first!

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1/5/14 11:06 A

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I want to meet "realtime" that's why I joined this group! I need a support group in order to keep up with my exercise and dieting regimen! I'm excited for meeting up and exercising on Tuesday!

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1/5/14 11:04 A

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Is it ok if I bring my kids along for the walk? I'd love to come emoticon

As far as my fitness goes, I walked my two kids to the store yesterday instead of driving and today I signed up for the SparkCoach Activity and got some exercises done with an exercise ball that's been sitting around my house collecting dust for the last year through the suggestions they gave me. I'm super excited about starting SparkPeople and SparkCoach!

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1/5/14 9:49 A

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Happy Sunday all!

emoticon Well our Sparkteam board has some updated direction and posts! I havent received much feed back (less than 5 out of 17,000+ responded). Im hoping this is just a sign that people are still returning to life as we know it after the holidays.

As you may have seen, we have an event scheduled for Tuesday noon at the for a "lunch-time walk" downtown waterfront - I hope you can join us if you will be in the area. We have a Facebook Event posted, so please signup over there. We will only be using the Facebook group minimally, relying moreso on Sparkpeople to chat and share information rel;ated to this site.

emoticon What type of fitness have you gotten in this week (last Sunday thru Saturday)?

For me, I spent about 3 hours walking.



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1/3/14 10:57 A

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Hey all -- TGIF! Well, now that the the holidays are behind us...It's time to get busy and focus on transformation goals for the year! I know there are a lot of changes going on with this team -- Chime in if you would like to see anything else?

We have a new word game posted in the General Forum -- Please stop by and include a fitness/nutrition word and let's see how far we go!

STARTING TODAY - The BEGIN Challenge starts today -- Check it out in the General Forum! Let's see who can fill out the grid and make some forward moving changes! Ive sent a Sparkgoodie and invited someone new (a Facebook friend) to the team!

emoticon What is a short term goal you have for January?

My short term goal is to not eat sugar (white refined) and I am not eating homemade javascript:void(0)or store bought goodies (aka sweets).

ON THE HORIZON -- Shamrock Run 2014 (03-16-14) posted in the General Forum -- If you are interested in participation, please post.

Edited by: MADIGRAM1215 at: 1/3/2014 (10:59)
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1/2/14 7:12 P

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WOW, I am surprised by just how inactive this team seems to be! There are over 17,000 Usernames, but where are the people? Are we really only interested in recording the number of cups of water we drink or how many points we got on the Sparkwheel -- C'mon Portland -- What do you want to do in 2014? Is there any interest in meeting "real time" and taking walks in the great outdoors? Let's spread the spark ... Are you ready to ignite?

emoticon What is your favorite Sparkpeople feature and why?

For me, I have been on Sparkpeople since 2006 - and what a great resource, becoming even moreso over the years. I like the ease of tracking nutrition and fitness. I also like being involved on Sparkteams (such as BLC) that challenge people in meeting their goals while having fun.

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1/1/14 10:46 A

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Happy New Year all!

I hope you saw my Sparkmail to you -- This earlybird (yes I am) actually "stayed up" just to send it at midnight!

We have some great tools available on the Sparkpeople site and will be revamping this team so it is more user friendly (sorry old threads wont immediately disappear, but will eventually fade away due to non-use).

Are you interested in finding some "real time Spark exercise buddies"? If we were to plan a local walking-type event - Would you come? The downtown promenade or some other walking location might be a good starting point? Could you commit time each week/month to get together with exercise buddies and realize some fitness goals? What are your thoughts on this?

A final thought...How about we have a QOTD (Question of the Day) for this thread! The first person who posts on that day can initiate the question. I'll start since Im the first to post and will set the format to follow. Each who responds will include their QOTD response in their post -- It goes like this --

emoticon QOTD - What is your favorite fitness activity?

One of my favorites are Zumba classes! I love the fact that although I cant dance (and am somewhat uncoordinated), I can move - and I can feel the music, and although initially I cared that others "were watching me" that after a while, it didnt matter! I do strongly believe that one must listen to their body and should limit moves as needed!


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1/1/14 2:30 A

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All areas come together in one place to chat daily, share resources, etc.

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