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Fitness Minutes: (1,480) Posts: 252 4/17/14 7:34 P
Hi everyone! My name is Ali. I live in Lisbon, Maine. I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. I've been on sparkpeople since Feb 15, 2014. I've been walking just a little to get going and I'm finally up to 1.5 miles non-stop. I really wanted to do the C25K program; starting to run just a little but my doc said "NO" so I will walk. I don't really like walking. It's something that I have to make myself do. My knee hurts just about the whole time but not enough to make me quit. Eventually I want to walk a 5K and really enjoy walking. I've been walking inside my apartment building which has a long hallway, but I'm really looking forward to getting out and walking on the lovely path we have behind where we live.
I'm not training for a competition. I'm not trying to set a new record. I'm not trying to impress you. I'm saving my life!
current weight: 289.0
Posts: 373 4/10/14 4:07 P
Hello!! My name is Ashley and I live in Broken Arrow, OK. I love to walk and joined this team to help keep me accountable and motivated.
current weight: 175.6
Posts: 26 4/8/14 8:47 A
Hello, Walking Sparklers! My name is Terri. I live in Central MA. I have always loved to walk since I was in elementary school. The last 11 years I have been working in Boston. Since Boston known as a walking city, during my lunch break I take to the outdoors and walk. Bad weather does not keep me indoors except a N'oreastern. When I'm home and I can get outside to walk I will do indoor walking. My goal this year is to participate in a 5K walk or maybe even a 10K walk.
current weight: 125.8
Fitness Minutes: (53,722) Posts: 712 4/7/14 6:11 P
Hi All! I'm Star . I live in Canada. I walk everyday. I need a shot of inspiration and motivation to reignite my Spark for spring. The snow is melting the birds are returning the sun is shining it is time to bloom again.
Fitness Minutes: (1,936) Posts: 39 3/30/14 11:37 A
Hi. 58 y.o. male. My diabetes is becoming problematic but my knees, hips and ankles can't do much more than walking, so I started a couple of weeks ago just doing a mile. I have a pedometer on my cellphone so I guess it is fairly accurate. I walked 2.5 miles this morning with no discomfort. My hope is that when I build up a little more endurance I can really increase the distance.
Believe you can, and you are halfway there!
current weight: 315.0
Fitness Minutes: (919) Posts: 67 3/17/14 4:31 P
Hi everyone, I'm anne. I'm soon to be 44 years old, happily married and I live in BC, Canada.
I'm new to spark, and first I really want to focus on being more active. My mood always seems better when I get in a walk most days - I think I'm just designed to walk and I'd like to make it a regular habit.
I'm aiming for a 1.5 mile walk (outdoors) 5 days per week to start. I'd like to keep accountable here, if that's okay. I could use the companionship and encouragement, and this team seems like a good fit.
I'll go log today's walk in the miles walked thread now.
Edited by: ANNEBLYTHE at: 3/17/2014 (18:32)
April Minutes: 348
Fitness Minutes: (45,746) Posts: 932 3/4/14 3:57 A
Jane! You're going to really enjoy this team ... everyone is upbeat (you sound that way, too) and always eager to boost spirits, encourage, you name it...all on a positive level, too!
Fitness Minutes: (3,218) Posts: 676 3/4/14 2:30 A
Hello Walking Sparklers, I've had a goal to run again (sometime in my lifetime!) But since I'm 50 and overweight it's best to protect my precious knees and WALK until I lose or don't run. But it's my dream to !
But I also LOVE to walk.. Happy to have found this ACTIVELY Walking Sparking TEAM!!!!
So I'm walking before work on days when I've been motivated to do so.. I live in the rainy climate of the Willamette Valley of Oregon and some mornings this is literally almost impossible (atleast if I were to drive to work first and then walk) as I would be soaked!
Anyhow, I've walked through our recent snow storm and I've walked to the grocery store, the post office and to the pharmacy. I've pretty much been a walking fool as of late.
Jane (by the way I'm new to this team today)
Edited by: HOBBESIS49 at: 3/4/2014 (02:44)
Age 50! Now is the time to make your mark on the world-explore the Antarctic or become an astronaut. Make your mind up to take on exciting new challenges-straight after your afternoon nap. - Unknown
current weight: 160.0
Fitness Minutes: (9,855) Posts: 1,982 2/26/14 6:28 P
Hi! I am Julie.
I am new to the team but not at all to spark. I am a treadmill walker for the most part...but just completed my first charity walk in almost 25 years.
I am married and serve together with my husband as Salvation Army Officers currently appointed to Lake Havasu City, AZ
Julie Aspire & Inspire Co-Leader teams.sparkpeople.com/aspireandinspire Apt A&I Dancing Daffodils Mar A&I Lucky Charms Feb A&I Pink Candy Hearts Jan A&I Snowy Owls
My Life Verse "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
current weight: 140.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,219) Posts: 1,347 2/23/14 5:57 P
My name is Judy I stated walking again . I have not walked since last fall My body feels like an over grown slug I have 31 pounds to lose. I am from Pennsylvania small town of a tad over 10,000. Judy
current weight: 165.0
Fitness Minutes: (145) Posts: 4 2/15/14 2:24 A
hi everyone, my name is maryam am from Nigeria I joined sparks in 2010,2011,2012...and yes 2013 this is because I kept given up well I rejoined 2014 and am ready to loose the remaining 30lbs I love to walk and am mighty glad i found this team
current weight: 407.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,089) Posts: 251 2/12/14 4:55 P
Hello, I'm Lucy! I love to walk up our steep canyon-- but coming back down is the reward, hahaha! The walk up and down can be from 1 and 1/4 miles to over 2 miles, depending on how far up you go. At first, I was so breathless, I could barely do it at all. Now I'm going a bit farther up each time. It feels so good to get my heart healthy! I love walking, and I'm happy to meet other walkers!
Fitness Minutes: (11,180) Posts: 6,580 2/9/14 7:42 P
Hello, my name is Gwen; I live in South Florida with DH. I have been on Spark for a few years and enjoy meeting new friends. I enjoy early outdoor morning walks for exercise. So happy to find this group of walkers!! Looking forward to being a part of this team. Let's keep on walking
"As each new day dawns, I make a healthy new start"
Posts: 109,249 1/12/14 8:32 P
Hi. My name is Patty and I live in suburban Detroit. I have two grown daughters. One is in Alabama and one is in Nova Scotia. I got walking after my third back surgery (I broke it three times and had rods put in.) So, the recovery was to walk and I took off. I've been sick the past couple weeks and need to get my energy and walking back up.
God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.
April Minutes: 2,706
Fitness Minutes: (29,452) Posts: 17,716 1/3/14 10:55 P
My name is Deby...
was on Sparkpeople 2009 to 2010 ... I just rejoined back in Aug. 2013... I am back to finish what I had started.... I still have around 25 lbs to go... this has been such a long journey.... however I do realize... it took years to get me to the place where I needed to loose weight...
I wish everyone all the Best and much SUCCESS in 2014
Fitness Minutes: (772) Posts: 85 12/29/13 8:49 A
Hello my name is Michele and I have been on SP for a few years now, with never reaching my weight loss goal...no one's fault but my own. I am going to make 2014 the year of reaching my goals and changing myself from the inside out. I look forward to making some new friends who are not afraid to kick my butt when they see me slacking.
Pounds lost: 6.6
Fitness Minutes: (12,533) Posts: 1,117 11/29/13 3:01 P
Hi, I'm Rita from Illinois.... I've been with SP since this August.... LOVE it... I walk almost every day... love it too... so thought I'd look for new SP friends here who love to walk also :) I've only lost 10 lbs since joining - but plan to kick it up now ;)
Pounds lost: 6.9
Posts: 6,032 11/27/13 8:28 A
Hi all. I'm Maria from Cork, Ireland. I love walking, I usually do about 2 hours per day. It keeps me fit and I get lots of 'me' time! Looking forward to meeting you all!
*΄♥¨) Έ.΄Έ.*΄¨) Έ.*¨) (Έ.*♥Maria♥ *΄¨) Proud to be a non-smoker since 6th Feb 2008!! Έ.΄Έ.*΄¨) Έ.*¨) *΄♥¨)
(NEW) STARTING WEIGHT - 01 Jan 2012 - 169.4 lbs
MY REWARDS: 165 lbs - new workout clothes - DONE! 160 lbs - haircut - DONE! 155 lbs - new workout music - DONE! 150 lbs - new jeans 145 lbs is my goal.
current weight: 151.4
Posts: 1,668 11/15/13 9:41 P
Hi everyone... I became a walker a few years ago after a back injury. I used to be a runner. I am finally falling in love with walking. I used to run halfs now I walk them. I love it. I feel better and I am more consistent. My next big goal is to walk a full marathon.
The real contest is within. The real trophy is the self - the best of all prizes - becoming a person you can be proud of. ~ Dr. George Sheehan - Author
Pounds lost: 23.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,238) Posts: 560 11/14/13 1:38 A
This team looks a good fit for me, too. I thought I walked quite a bit, but looking around here, Wow!
My commute includes 4k round trip and I have to walk on the job, too, so it's easy to make it into a workout by just doing it a bit more briskly than is comfortable.
I'm fitting in as much stair climbing as I can and avoiding lifts because there are plenty of stairs on the way to work and at work. Before, I'd take the lift to go up just one floor sometimes.
I'm getting a year off work next year. I always get heavier and sluggish during school holidays, so I've got to make this into a habit or things could get ugly.
Edited by: ALIIDA at: 11/14/2013 (01:40)
current weight: 152.0
Fitness Minutes: (45,746) Posts: 932 11/7/13 8:18 A
Hi Everyone! I'm Stephanie (Steph) and have "learned" to love walking ... we adopted this sweetheart Schitsu(?)/something mix a "few" years ago and he definitely needs daily exercise other than snacking! Like me!!! His walks tend to be only about 1/2 hour bouts, though, so I dance and march around the house & yard a lot. I do love the outdoors and have noticed myself outside more than inside, weather permitting.
I'm looking forward to meeting you all and sharing ideas, new tips, etc.
Wishing you all a gloriously healthy and exciting day.
Fitness Minutes: (505) Posts: 6 11/5/13 12:37 A
Hi Cindie here. As far back as high school, I have loved to walk and it has been my first choice in exercise. I speedwalk for an hour everyday 7 days a week, well, when I'm healthy. I like to lead an active lifestyle, but sometimes health problems get in the way. I just love to lace up my Shape Up Sketchers and grab my Musicplayer and GO!!! It's my fun time and stress relief.WALKING ROCKS!!!!
Edited by: MUSICNWALKING at: 11/5/2013 (00:38)
current weight: 145.0
Posts: 814 10/30/13 6:19 A
Hi! My name is Julie, I am from Minnesota. I walk about 5-6 miles a day. I have a small dog who ensures that I walk everyday.
current weight: 167.2
Posts: 18 10/2/13 1:58 A
Hi Everyone! I'm Justine from New Jersey. I am so excited to join the Walking Sparklers team!
Feel free to say hi!
Pounds lost: 17.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,012) Posts: 50 9/21/13 6:38 P
Hi, I am Vanessa. I'm a college student. I have a goal to walk 12 miles per week, and this seems like the perfect fit for a team. :D
current weight: 287.6
Fitness Minutes: (60) Posts: 179 9/19/13 2:46 P
Hi, I'm Diane from Southern California. With good weather I am able to walk alot and love every minute of it. I have left 30 lbs behind and have 48 more to go to get to my goal which I hope to be able to do by August 2014. At least come close, right? I live w/ my best friend, a sister in the faith, and our two cats. Life is good. I have rejoined sparkpeople after being off about a year.
Anything worthwhile takes effort..never give up.
-:¦:-♥ (Έ.΄(Έ ;.Diane ♥.*¨-:¦:-. ;..♥
current weight: 185.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,352) Posts: 188 9/19/13 1:30 P
Hi! I'm Trish from Ohio. I'm married, have 6 children and 13 grands. I work full time at a very sedentary job. I'm dedicated to achieving my fitness and health goals and walking is a big part of that. I typically walk three to four days a week, about 2.6 miles. My goal is three times the local park loop of 1.2 miles four times a week.
You don't get what you want. You get what you work for.
~ Trish, Ohio ~
April 2014 Fitness Minutes: 4/1 - 4/22: 1292
current weight: 175.5
Fitness Minutes: (1,245) Posts: 22 9/19/13 1:32 A
Hello. My name is Sara. I'm 27 y/o, live in Arkansas, in a relationship and have no kids. I weigh 319 lbs and I really wanna work hard to lose it, but I have very low self esteem. Most of my friends are online and I hardly ever get to talk to any of them. So I turned to this site hoping to make new ones and find amazing support.
current weight: 290.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,337) Posts: 39 9/17/13 7:37 P
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Fitness Minutes: (3,337) Posts: 39 9/17/13 7:37 P
Well, hello there, fellow walkers. I'm a disaster waiting to happen on any kind of gym equipment so I find that walking is really the best exercise for me. I've slipped in my regular schedule the last few years, but can typically walk for up to an hour at a time. I walk 10 minutes to work and 10 minutes back four days a week, so that's a pretty good minimum.
I'm slowly getting back into walking while, at the same time, I'm dealing with overall tired-ness (I'm an insomniac, hard-wired into the brain, alas) but more of one should hopefully lead to less of another!
Looking forward to hearing from you and finding out how you're enjoying your walks.
Fitness Minutes: (14,955) Posts: 388 9/17/13 4:24 P
Hello I am melodie and just joined this team. I have been eating clean for about 3.5 months now and down a little over 40lbs but need to lose around 80 more pounds. I am a nurse and I also have a small business making Goats milk soap and beauty products. I have been walking since june and currently walk 4 miles a day 5 days a week. Goal is to walk/run in a 5k on thanksgiving day at my hospital. I have a fitbit so if anyone want to friend me on fitbit.com http://www.fitbit.com/user/274JRY
Eastern united states time zone.
"This is not about going back. This is about your life being ahead of you and you run at it!! Because you never know how far you can run UNLESS YOU RUN!!" -secretariat
Pounds lost: 54.2
Posts: 145 9/15/13 9:41 P
Hello all!! My name is Nicole and I just joined the team. I am a 30 y/o (well, will be on the 30th this month) single mother, a student, and an amateur blogger.
I have about 100 lbs to lose and my first goal is about 14 by Halloween. I first started my journey, this time around, at 246 and am down to 236.4. Now I need to keep the motivation going and keep myself moving forward as I have stalled out a bit.
Fitness Minutes: (30,721) Posts: 2,602 8/22/13 5:13 P
Hi. I'm Liz. Visit my Spark Page! Glad to be a part of the team!
It's all about baby steps!
Pounds lost: 106.6
Fitness Minutes: (16,648) Posts: 1,271 8/14/13 2:32 P
Hello everyone! My name is Audrey, I'm 34 years old, & I'm from Huntington WV. I've been married to the man I love for almost 13 years. I also have a little black & white (girl) cat named Muffin. I like to walk but for the past week, I've been so busy working that I haven't had much time for anything. Well better go get some stuff done.
current weight: 306.0
Fitness Minutes: (12,962) Posts: 187 8/11/13 12:30 P
Hello all! I am Sherrie and have been back on SP now for about a month. Walking is my exercise of choice and I love to do it outside as much as possible. I don't have a treadmill so if I have to stay in I will walk with the Leslie Sansone DVD's.
Looking forward to getting to know everyone!
Pounds lost: 33.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,032) Posts: 229 8/6/13 7:54 P
Hello! I'm Lisa and Walking has become my passion since restarting my Spark People Program a month ago! 20.6 lbs lighter and proud of it! I really want to eventually graduate to running and my goal is to walk my way to that goal! Good luck to all team members on your Spark Journey!
Small Changes.....BIG rewards!!!!
Pounds lost: 19.8
Fitness Minutes: (1,413) Posts: 311 7/25/13 1:53 P
Howdo ... I am new to SP and still learning how all the gadgets work.
I have lost a million pounds over the years ... but this is the time I will success at losing 100 pounds and not finding it again.
Day 3 and I have walked on my treadmill each day for 28 minutes using the Chris Powell interval intensity method. Today was actually easier to do.
Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning how to dance in the rain.
Pounds lost: 28.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 4 7/2/13 11:26 P
I like spark people. Walking is helping me.
Edited by: BUMBLEBEE676 at: 7/3/2013 (08:32)
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 4 7/1/13 12:37 P
I've always enjoyed walking, but I will admit that I don't walk or move around as often as I should! I am here in hopes of finding some motivation and support to help keep me moving!
Have a great day!!
current weight: 229.0
Fitness Minutes: (20,139) Posts: 10,866 6/14/13 10:51 A
Hi everyone, I love walking and I feel 100% better when I go walking each & everyday. Looking forward to get to know some of you. Have a great day. Barb
Edited by: BARBIEE52 at: 7/1/2013 (21:46)
Barb--NW MINNESOTA If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? - John Woode A
~~~Barb~~~ A & I April Dancing Daffodils A & I March "Clever Clovers" A & I February "Radiant Red Roses"
Fitness Minutes: (11,180) Posts: 6,580 6/3/13 9:24 P
Hi Walking Sparklers, after having foot surgery back in October; I am back to walking slowly. I am usually a brisk morning walker. Would love to be a part of this team. Looking forward to meeting new friends here.
"As each new day dawns, I make a healthy new start"
Fitness Minutes: (31,121) Posts: 6,251 5/7/13 2:33 P
This is your journey. Take the wheel and drive!
Being overweight and out-of-shape is hard. Being lean and in-shape is hard. Choose your hard.
Pounds lost: 72.4
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