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12/25/12 8:11 P

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Please don't forget about the upcoming team dinner! The next team dinner will be at Carrabbas Italian Grill on Thursday, January 10, 2013, 6p.m. Here is the address and phone number:

Carrabbas Italian Grill
4829 S. Florida Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33813
Phone: (863) 646-2518



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The next team dinner will be at Carrabbas Italian Grill on Thursday, January 10, 2013, 6p.m. Here is the address and phone number:

Carrabbas Italian Grill
4829 S. Florida Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33813
Phone: (863) 646-2518

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sorry, but due tocircumstances beyond my control i will not be able to make the team dinner.

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11/3/12 7:32 P

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New month, new date to circle on the calendar!! Next local team dinner is scheduled for:

Thursday, December 6th
Smokey Bones
3901 Hwy. 98 N.
Lakeland (863) 815-8870


It is located just north of I-4 in the Target parking lot. Easy access for people coming from all directions. Reservations will be under "spark people". Mark your calendars now!!!!
See you there!!!

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10/27/12 12:52 P

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Mark your calendars NOW!!! : )
Next team dinner:

Thursday, November 1st
Ruby Tuesday
3635 S. Florida Ave.
Lakeland (just north of the Polk Parkway)
863-701-7829
Time: 6:00 PM


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10/15/12 7:55 P

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forwarded from Eileenv3:

If you could, please share the folllowing:
This Sat. I'm leading a hike for Florida Trail at Gator Creek Reserve off of North 98. If anyone is interested, please contact me through SparkPeople. Besides the hike, there will also be an off-road bike ride. Another FT member, Brett will be leading that.

Sunday, 10/21, Liane Plumhoff will again lead a Nature Walk @ Circle B Bar off of SR 540 in Lakeland. If you are intested, you can contact her @ lplum@verizon.net

Please mark your calender for the Sat. 11/3/12, Water, Wings, & Wild Things outdoor festival @ Circle B Bar Reserve & Nature Center. It is always a great event.

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9/19/12 9:51 P

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I will be there!

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9/19/12 9:51 P

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Polk County SparkTeam has reservations for our monthly dinner at 6:00 on Thursday October 4th.

The Red Elephant
5216 S Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33813
(863) 937-9141
http://www.redelephantpizza.com

Please respond by Monday Oct 1st with the total number that will be attending so that I can give them a final count.
(THANK YOU, MARSHA!)

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9/9/12 1:56 P

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Don't forget the team dinner this Thursday @6:00 @ Catfish Country. They have a lot of things that are NOT fried!!! I need ALL RSVPs no later than Tues!!!!

Thanks!

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8/4/12 3:12 P

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Our next team dinner will be on Thursday, September 13th at 6:00p.m.

Place: Catfish Country
2400 EF Griffin Rd is the front of the building but the side with entrance is actually
on HWY 98 S. between Highland City and Bartow.

Phone: (862) 646-6767
RSVP: no later than Tues., Sept. 11th
Thank you!!

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7/30/12 12:50 P

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Saw online artice from Ledger:
City Takes on Obesity With Monthly Exercise Festivals

Fitness at the Fountain will begin Sept. 1 in Winter Haven.
By Robin Williams Adams
THE LEDGER
Published: Monday, July 30, 2012 at 2:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 at 2:01 a.m.


WINTER HAVEN | Downtown Winter Haven, get ready for a regular infusion of fitness and fun.

"Family Fun & Fitness at the Fountain" will debut Sept. 1. Professional wellness instructors from eight fitness companies will be there, in different months, to lead exercises suitable for everyone from newcomers to marathoners.

The sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each first Saturday through May, except in December

Professional dietitians also will be on hand, said Nat West, a former Winter Haven Hospital executive who still represents the hospital at various events.










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7/14/12 5:08 P

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We had a wonderful turn out at the July Team dinner!! Thanks, Team for all of your participation!!!

The next team dinner is scheduled for Thursday, August 2nd. @ 6:00 PM
Details:
Palace Italian Restaraunt
5720 S. Florida Ave. Lakeland
South of the Polk Parkway & behind Louie Mack's Steakhouse
619-5919
Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, July 31st. Thank you, Team!!!

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6/11/12 7:59 P

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From EileenV3:


Some notes on two activities that I've shared through Teresa (thank you Teresa).

The tubing @ Kelly County Park is a very family friendly event. They have picnic tables and an inexpensive refreshment stand. The tube run is about 1/2 hour but you can get out in the middle section. The spring water is clear, very cool, with NO alligators. The park is fenced and they have lifeguards. It is an utterly refreshing way to be outside in Florida in the summer time. There is a short circular path that is also fun to walk. I have seen deer on the path.

Black tube rentals are available outside the park for about $5. Right now Publix has the right size tube for $6.99. The nice thing is that they are not black-it can get warm in the sun. I will be bringing a portable compressor to blow up my tube & anyone else's..

The bike ride is more "off" road than I first anticipated. You will be dealing with biking over roots.



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6/9/12 9:53 P

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Mark your calendars NOW!!! : )
Next team dinner:

Thursday, July 12th
Ruby Tuesday
3635 S. Florida Ave.
Lakeland (just north of the Polk Parkway)
863-701-7829
Time: 6:00 PM
RSVP no later than TUESDAY, July 10th


We had a wonderful turn out at this month's team dinner! And, already 10 confirmations for next month!!! Due to the 4th of July, we have moved the dinner to the 2nd Thursday of the month. Make your reservations now!!! Just sparkmail me or leave it on our team page so that I can get an accurate count. SEE YOU THEN!!!

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5/31/12 11:26 P

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TEAM DINNER REMINDER:

The next team dinner is scheduled:

Date: Thursday, June 7
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Grill Smith
Address: 1569 Town Center Dr.
Lakeland 33803
(Lakeside Village on Harden Blvd just north of the Polk Parkway)
Phone: 688-8844
Website: Grillsmith.com
Menus available on line

Please RSVP by Wed., June 06 so that the proper seating can be arranged! Thank you and hope to see you there!!!!



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5/4/12 2:44 P

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We had a fabulous team dinner last evening with 10 in attendance!! There were even 2 new visitors by invitation of Slenderella. Thanks, Slenderella for spreading the spark!! : )

The next team dinner is scheduled:

Date: Thursday, June 7
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Grill Smith
Address: 1569 Town Center Dr.
Lakeland 33803
(Lakeside Village on Harden Blvd just north of the Polk Parkway)
Phone: 688-8844
Website: Grillsmith.com
Menus available on line

Please RSVP by Wed., June 06 so that the proper seating can be arranged! Thank you and hope to see you there!!!!

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5/2/12 10:24 P

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TEAM DINNER, TOMORROW NIGHT!!! See you there!!

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4/29/12 3:08 A

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REMINDER: Team Dinner
Thursday, May 3rd @ 6:00 pm
Fred's Southern Kitchen on Harden Blvd. just north of the Polk Parkway on the corner of Harden Blvd. and Beacon.

They have re-done the salad bar and have "veggie only" pricing as well as senior discounts.
Please RSVP no later than Wed. May 2nd @ noon. Thank you for your cooperation!! Well-behaved children welcome.

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4/12/12 10:41 P

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Message from Eileenv3:

Please share. I will be doing the Sunday event.

Saturday, the local Florida Trail chapter is doing a 6 mile hike @ Arbuckle Track in Avon Park. For time, exact location, & more information, please contact Rose or Jim Kellerman @ 863-676-2889.

Sunday, they are doing a three mile walk @ Circle B Bar (on SR 540-Winter Lake Road). For information on time & gathering place, please contact Liane Plumhoff @ 863-646-2398 or lplum@verizon.net. I would love to see some of the Spark people there. Please note, no pets are allowed on Circle B Bar property.

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4/5/12 11:02 P

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We had a wonderful team dinner tonight! In fact, enjoyed it so much that we chose to do the same place again next month! They have "veggie only" plate specials now as well as other options! Plus, don't forget the senior discount and that fact that all foods are freshly made and NOT out of a can!

Fred's again next month! Thursday, May 3rd @ 6:00 PM. See you there!!

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4/2/12 11:07 P

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Message below from Eileenv3. Please send all messages concerning this event to her. Thanks, Eileen, for all you do!!

I'm doing a Sun. 4/15 walk @ Circle B Bar. I'm not leading it but can give contact info on Liane who is.


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4/1/12 9:56 A

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Still time to RSVP for April's team dinner!

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3/19/12 2:20 P

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April Dinner
Place: Fred's Southern Kitchen
2124 Harden Blvd.
Lakeland (north of the Polk Parkway & Lakeside Village)
Phone: 863-680-1147
Time: 6:00 pm
Date: Thursday, April 5th
RSVP: no later than noon Wednesday, April 4th

They have a terrific salad bar, buffet and menu. Also, a senior's discount.

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3/11/12 6:28 P

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The following is a forward from Eileenv3. Thanks, Eileen!!

On Sunday, March 18, Liane Plumhoff will lead a three mile walk to view birds & other wildlife @ Circle B Bar. Please contact her for time & meeting place. Her phone number is 646-2398 & email is lplum@verizon.net. There is a note that no pets are allowed at Circle B Bar.

On Saturday, March 24, Melissa Bruneau will lead a seven mile hike @ Tiger Creek Preserve. Tiger Creek is east of US27 between Babson Park & Frostproof. Please contact her for start time & other details. Her phone # is 407-460-1388 & email is flamelissa@gmail.com. Melissa is a really inspiring person. She has worsening spine issues but is determined not to keep her from hiking or backpacking. She has refitted a baby stroller for outside trails to carry her gear & give her more support.

In addition, I am leading the kayak next Saturday on the Chassahowitzka River. It is south of Homossa. There are rentals available. My contact info: 863-956-2145 home & email: EileenValachovic@hotmail.com.

All these are activities of the Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. Info can be found @ http://heartland.floridatrail.org/
We also are on Meetup.com @ www.meetup.com/Heartland-FTA
On Facebook @ www.facebook.com/heartland.fta
& now on YouTube @ www.youtube.com/user/heartlandfta

I don't have any info on the next Trek Ten Trail but their website is http://www.friendsoftheparks.net/2012TrekT
enTrails.html
If you have trouble, going there-go to http://www.friendsoftheparks.net/ and choose the link to 2012 Trek Ten Trails



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3/6/12 10:19 P

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Due to circumstances beyond my control, there will be NO March team dinner. emoticon

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3/4/12 10:00 P

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We are having our March Team Dinner on Thursday, March 8th, 6:00 pm @ Ling's southside. It is located on South Florida Ave. south of the Polk Parkway. Please RSVP by noon Wed. so that I can make the appropriate reservations. Thank you for all of your cooperation!!

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You will DEFINITELY be missed! You are a major part of our dinners and they won't be the same!!!
Hugs,
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I had a good time biking on Saturday. There were 16 of us. Thank you Teresa for sharing the information. I will leading a kayak trip on Saturday, March 17 in an area near Homasassa. Canoe & kayak rentals are available if anyone is interested.

It is with regret that I'm announcing that I will not be able to make the team dinners. Where I work we will be serving the Washington State area as well as Florida. However, there is a three hour time difference. I will be working Mon. thru Thurs. from 10:30am to 8pm with a half hour for lunch. I'm switching because I will have FRIDAY off. I will miss the dinners.

Edited by: EILEENV3 at: 2/29/2012 (21:00)
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2/23/12 12:06 P

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Eileenv3 is leading a bike ride on Van Fleet Trail on Saturday. Anyone interested is asked to please email her for details! Thanks, Eileenv3!!

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Update to my post:
There is a new group that might be of interest to us in this area. It just started. It is called "Get In Shape for Summer" . Infomation may be found on http://www.meetup.com/Get-In-Shape-for-Sum
mer/ The first event sceduled is for a 3 mile walk around Lake Hollingsworth on Sun. 3/4.

The date have been changed to Sun. 4/1.

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Thanks. I can't do it tomorrow but I have it on my calendar for next month. Hoping it works out that I can join then. Thanks for the info.

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There is another opportunity for walking in Polk. For the moment, every month, a Florida Trail member leads a 3 mile Nature Hike at Circle B Bar on Sunday. The next one is tomorrow. If you are interested, please call Liane Plumhoff @ 644-2398. Her March walk will be on Sunday, March 18. Liane has volunteered @ Circle B Bar for several years and is very knowledgeable about the area. She's also a neat person.

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I totally agree with Vikki! Thanks, Eileen!!!

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WOW Eileen, thanks for the wealth of information. You're the best.

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There are some great opportunities for physical activity in Polk County whether in groups or by yourself.

One great resource for information can be found off of the FriendsOfTheParks.net page. Choose the link to 2012 Trek Ten Trails. The page has fact sheets on great places to walk in the county as well as information on their upcoming group walks. The group walks are incredibly family friendly. The next one is on February 18th in Haines City at Catfish Creek State Park. On March 17th,, the walk will be at Hilochee WMA at Four Corners.

I am a member of the Florida Trail Association. The Florida Trail is a trail that goes through the whole state of Florida. There is a connector trail in Georgia that links the trail to the Appalacian Trail. You can get more information on the state wide trail @ http://www.floridatrail.org/ If you explore the pages, you get links to outdoor activiites all over the state.

As part of the Florida Trail Association, I am a member of the Heartland Chapter. We have a webpage: http://heartland.floridatrail.org/ On that webpage is a map with links to information on trails all over the area. If you check out the "Calender of Events", you can information on events coming up with contact persons. Another place we post events is on Meetup.com. You can find us @ http://www.meetup.com/Heartland-FTA/

If you are interested in doing a 5 mile hike on Sat. 2/18, it will be @ KICCO. If you think you would like to go, please contact David Waldrop for time & directions. His phone number is 863-605-3587. I will be leading a bike ride for this group on Feb. 25th on the Van Fleet trail. if you interested, email me through SparkPeople.

A word about Meetup.com. Membership is free and it is a fantastic way to connect with other people in your area with similar interests. There are so many interests including physical activities, photography, mother's groups, political, singles, religious, and meeting for supper. To join, go to the main page and look for directions. Next list what type of activities or interests you have. They will set the default range of 25 miles from your location. I have mine set for 50 miles and get information on groups in Tampa & Ortlando. My husband & I kayak quite often with groups out of Tampa.

There is a new group that might be of interest to us in this area. It just started. It is called "Get In Shape for Summer" . Infomation may be found on http://www.meetup.com/Get-In-Shape-for-Sum
mer/ The first event sceduled is for a 3 mile walk around Lake Hollingsworth on Sun. 3/4.



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Next team dinner will be Thursday, March 8th, 6:00 pm at the Ling's southside. It is on South Florida Avenue just south of the Polk Parkway. Mark your calendars NOW!!!!

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Reservations have now been made! (I made room for a few extras just in case anyone changes their mind and wants to attend ) emoticon

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Still having the team dinner!! Will you be there ??

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EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT:
Due to it being Super Bowl weekend and so many members having prior commitments, the team walk for Saturday, February 4th, at Lake Morton, has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience this has created for anyone.

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RSVP's needed for Thursday's team dinner by Wed. afternoon. Thanks!!!

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After falling yet again, I will only be able to attend walks for moral support and not for participation so, wherever anyone wants to walk is fine with me. In fact, I would absolutely LOVE for Vikki, Eileen or someone/anyone else to completely take over the walks and activities. I will still do the dinners and postings but, it isn't fair for me to add my comments or to vote when I cannot participate. Please, please, please advise as quickly as possible! Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!!!

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I am ALL for taking our walks to Circle B. I love those kinds of walks.

What does everyone else think ??

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I won't be able to make the walk.
Yesterday, I got to kayak on the Hillsboro River. The original "snow birds" are back in abundance. Have you thought about going back to Circle B Bar for your walks. That is another place that should be teeming with birds.
Wherever you go, enjoy!
I will see you at the dinner this Thursday.
For anyone interested, I am leading a bike ride on the Van Fleet Trail. It will start at the Polk City Trailhead going up to the next trail head. We'll stop to use the restroom & have a snack before heading back. The ride will be about 20 miles. After the ride, if you're interested, some of us will be going to The Other Place in Polk City for lunch. If you're interested, email me through SparkPeople.

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Yes, we are still sending out team reminders. As a matter of fact, I was just coming on to remind everyone of this coming week's team dinner on Thursday and the the team walk on Saturday. Most members are responding with sparkmails thus, not showing up on the team page.


Team dinner is on Thursday, February 2nd, @ 6:00 at the Ruby Tuesday on South Florida Ave. in Lakeland. Yes, again. The team members attending have been having such a great time there that they have requested to go there yet again. It is located just north of the Polk Parkway making it easier access to those who live in other areas of Polk County.

On Saturday, February 4th, @ 9:00 am is the team walk at Lake Morton. We still meet at the north end of the lilbrary parking lot and walk from there. You are also welcome to bring your bicycle, skates or any other "toys" you wish to make your trip around the lake more enjoyable for YOU! We have some that walk, some that run and those in between. We have been having new attendees at both of these events and hope that the groups continue to grow!

Pick one or both of the events, just please and try to attend something. We would absolutely LOVE to meet YOU!!!

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Are we no longer sending out email reminders for team events? Several people have asked me about it and I didn't know what to tell them. They missed the last team walk and the last team dinner. Just wondering....

I was at a loss as to what to tell them so I told them to contact the team leaders. I hope that was okay!

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Thank You and Thank You. I look forward to meeting everyone. I am all scheduled and on board for Feb 2nd. I am "trying" to see if I can move a few things around to make the walk this weekend. I can't say for sure but I plan to try. I put this new calorie counter app on my smart device and it has been keeping me motivated. Thanks for warm welcome again. I appreciate it! Go Team! emoticon

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Absolutely, positively, and for certain!!!! I will personally save a seat for you! I usually am there solo also since Bob's work schedule has changed. I am so very excited!!!! Can't wait to meet you!!! Plus, like Vikki just said, we are having a team walk this coming Saturday at Lake Morton if you can somehow make that, too! We meet at the north end of the Library parking lot @ 8:45 so that we can leave together at 9:00. You are more than welcome to bring ANYONE with you to the walks, kids/grandkids included!!! We do try and reserve the dinners for adults only, though. Sometimes a person just needs a "grown up" time out!!

WOOHOO!!!! GO, TEAM!

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We would LOVE to have you. The more the merrier. Look forward to meeting you then. OR even sooner if you can join our Lake Morton walk on 1/21 !!

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I hope I can still join this worderful team. I have been inactive for a LONG time due to medical reasons. I am getting back in the fold. I would love to join your next Team meeting at Ruby Tuesday's. I would be coming solo and it looks like the next meeting is Feb 2nd. I would love to meet some folks in Polk that are thinking about a healthier lifestyle. We can do it!

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We had such a great time last month and this month at Ruby Tuesday's that we decided to do it AGAIN!! Our next team dinner is Thursday, February 2nd. @ 6:00 pm. It will be at the Ruby Tuesday on South Florida Ave. It is just north of the Polk Parkway. I would appreciate all RSVP's by that Wed. morning so that I can call ahead for reservations. Thank you for your cooperation! Hope you join us this month!!!


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I added Spark Dinner to the planner with an email reminder. It's an easy way to get a point as well as a reminder.

Looking forward to the dinner--the company & conversation has always been great.

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Team Dinner Thursday 1/12/2011 !

Be there !!

6:00, Ruby Tuesday on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland.
It’s right off the Polk Parkway, convenient even if you are coming from the east side of the county.
( I come from Dundee so I know!)

Their menu has something for everyone. No matter what eating plan you are on there is something on their menu or salad bar you can eat.

If you’re feeling like a splurge they even have beer, wine and a full bar.

Bring a spouse, sibling, cousin, friend, or a neighbor, adults only. (Kids welcome at all team walks, dinners are adults only.)

DON’T BE SHY !! If you have never been to a team dinner you are missing out on meeting some really fun and supportive people. Even if you don’t know anybody, I promise you WILL FEEL WELCOME!! I didn’t know anyone the first time I showed up by myself and now I have some great friends!

Please let a team leader know that you will be there. We just need a head count. We like to make sure the restaurant has room for us so we can all sit together.

If you have any questions about our team dinners or walks feel free to Spark Mail me. I’ll give you my phone number and personally answer any questions you have. Seriously, you owe it to yourself to participate !!

WE CAN'T WAIT TO MEET YOU!


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You were missed, Arsallot!

Our team dinner is THIS Thursday, January 12th @ 6:00 pm. It will be at the Ruby Tuesday on South Florida Ave. It is just north of the Polk Parkway. I would appreciate all RSVP's by Wed. morning so that I can call ahead for reservations. Thank you for your cooperation! We had a fabulous time there last month and hope you join us this month!!!

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sorry i missed it. I had to work today. :(

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Our next team walk at Lake Morton is this Saturday, January 7th @ 9:00 am. Hope to see you all starting a new year with a team walk!!

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Thanks, Eileen!

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There are two opportunities for walks/hikes on Sunday, New Year's Day.

Florida Trail is having their annual New Year's Day at the Arbuckle Track in Lake Wales. If you're interested please email me.

Also, there will be a hike at Circle B Bar. Below is info I've copied & pasted from an emal I've received:
Some Friends of the Parks members and Trek Ten Trails trekkers will be joining Commissioner English for his traditional hike on New Year’s Day at Circle B. Let’s make it a crowd - what a great way to ring in 2012!

Hope to see you at noon this Sunday.

http://centralfloridaonline.com/2011/12/
ring-in-the-new-year-with-a-hike-%e2%8
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http://centralfloridaonline.com/2011/12/
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IT'S A GREAT START TO THE YEAR TO DO A PHYSICAL ACTIVIITY. emoticon

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Yes, the dinner was FABULOUS with a group of WONDERFULLY ENCOURAGING sparkers! Those that missed it, missed a great time!!! Next month same place, same time, different date....lol January 12th.

Meanwhile, tomorrow is out team walk at Lake Morton @ 9:00 am. How many will be there???

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There is a partial schedule for Trek 10 trails the website: friendsoftheparks.net/2012TrekTenTrails

On their page they have links to various walking sites around the county.

Note, the first event on 12/17 is at Marshall Hampton Reserves in Winter Haven @ 9am. Their walks are not strenuous but a fun group event that is also kid friendly. RE this walk please also see info below from an email I received:

"Who couldn’t use a little extra spending cash for the holidays? Organize a team of family, friends, neighbors, club or church members – and email me your team name. Then make sure your team members attend our Trek Ten Trails hosted hike at Marshall Hampton Reserve December 17 beginning at 9:00 AM. It’s as simple as that! The team with the most team members in attendance qualifies for the prize drawing. Cash amount is SECRET, but one of our trekkers won $50 at last month’s kickoff to our 2012 season just for wearing a pedometer:"

If you all are interested in doing this a group event, the person to email is: Glenda Mink @
GlendaMink@polk-county.net


After putting all this info up, I will also add, the Heartland Chapter of Florida Trails is doing a hike at Kissimmee State Park. I will be doing that. If anyone is interested, please email me for details or check the chapter website:
heartland.floridatrail.org
We have very few activities that are not open to the public.
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It was a very enjoyable dinner. I'm so glad I went. Thank you all!.

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Great dinner tonight. ALL the Team Leaders were there!! WooHoo. We had six total, good food and great conversation.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for January 12, 6:00, Ruby Tuesday on S. Florida Ave in Lakeland. Let's start the New Year with a BIG group!

No matter what kind of eating plan you subscribe to there is something on their menu that works. That's why we decided to go back. They have a very diverse menu and a full salad bar with a great selection of veggies and more.

Make plans! Put it on your calendar IN INK !! Be there or be square !!

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I will see you all in a few hours......

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Ruby Tuesday has an awesome salad bar. For an extra $1 you can order 3 sides to go with it. Sides include grilled and steamed veggies, baked potato and other goodies that are diet friendly. If you're maintaining or splurging there is a great menu to choose from, you don't have to limit yourself to salad and veggies. Come for the team companionship, AND have a great meal!

Will I see YOU there ??

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I've already put it my Spark Planner with a email reminder. Look forward to it.

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Team dinner,Thursday, 6pm @ Ruby Tues. on S. Florida Ave. in Lakeland. Just north of the Polk Parkway. See you there!! Contact either AmandaJCD, Wild4stars,or myself to place your RSVP by Wed. evening so that we can make the appropriate reservations. Thank you in advance!


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sigh....I work.

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Glad you had a good time at your walk.

On Dec. 3rd. our Florida Trail group is doing the MOSI rope course. Should be interesting. Originally I was only going, but the person leading it ended up with commitment she couldn't back out of so now I'm leading that event also.

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We had a wonderful walk with 5 adults and 2 children in attendance! The weather was superb as was the company. Our next Lake Morton team walk is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd. @ 9:00 am. We hope to see YOU there and beat this week's attendance. Will you be one to help us? Plan now!!!!

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Vikki, that is just too funny! Sad part is...I have actually been told ALL of those things PLUS MORE!! However, I WILL see you tomorrow!! Hope a lot more show up, also!!

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I've been trying to think of an excuse not to show up tomorrow. Here's what I have come up with so far.

I'm too tired.
It's too far to drive.
I have football to watch.
I need to do laundry.
I don't have anything to wear.
I need a hair cut.
I haven't done my mani - pedi.
My hip hurts.
I need new walking shoes.
I might not be able to keep up with everyone.
It might rain.
I should stay home and clean house.
It's too early.
It's too late.
It might be too cold.
It might be too hot.
I don't know anybody.
I don't feel like it.
My husband needs me at home.

OK - You're right. Most of them sound pretty lame. SO - I AM GOING TO BE THERE !!

Are you going to be there? What's your excuse ??




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Sorry but I'm leading a bike ride for Florida Trail Heartland Chapter on the Fort Fraiser trail. Have fun on your walk!

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Here is your 1 week notice:
TEAM WALK, SAT., NOVEMBER 19TH @ 9:00. LAKE MORTON!! Begin your Thanksgiving week with a nice walk & lots of encouragement to keep you on the path to a healthier you! In times of "tempting holidays", we MUST stick together!!! See you on Saturday!!!

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Today is the team walk @ Lk. Morton. 9:00am, I'll see you there with jacket on! lol

And, yes, you are all right! The team dinners ARE quite enjoyable!!!
Thank you, Eileen for that information!! I will start using the reminders myself!!!
Hugs to all,
Theresa

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I agree it was a fun dinner. I'm so glad I came. Two things, Ruby Tuesday is right next to the Polk Parkway South Florida exit on the side closer to Lakeland. The other thing, besides marking your calendar, you can use SparkPeople planner to send a reminder to you & you'll even get extra points for doing so. emoticon

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It was great!! It always is. Thanks, leaders, for organizing us!! -Marsha

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I am now really kicking myself for all the ones I missed! I should have been going all along. I have December 1 on my calendar IN INK! Not sure what it would take for me to miss it. Would have to be huge !!

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Vikki is so right about the amount of enjoyment and encouragement we had last evening! And this new thread is a terrific new beginning! Thanks, Vikki!

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Next team dinner is scheduled for Thursday December 1. There were only 6 of us tonight and we had the BEST time. Stayed way beyond finishing our meal and had a fabulous time chatting about the funnest stuff!

So mark your calendars RIGHT NOW. December 1, 6:00, Ruby Tuesday’s on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland. Close to the Polk Parkway so even those of us coming from the far east side of the county can get there. (I come from Dundee, so I know the issue of distance.) But it’s really, really worth it.

Ruby Tuesday’s has a great salad bar so everyone can stay on plan. If you want to splurge there’s a full menu to choose from. Get to know your team members. Gain health, lose weight, have fun and share the SPARK!

Put it on your calendar, IN INK! If something else comes up, repeat after me, “I already have a commitment for that night.”

As a new Team Leader I would really like to meet as many Team Members as possible. I have a December birthday and my birthday request is to have AT LEAST 15 people show up to help us celebrate on December 1.

If there are any other December birthdays – we’ll celebrate you too !!

Help make my birthday wish come true and come join YOUR TEAM on December 1. I promise you’ll have a great time!

Did I mention that I had a really great time tonight? Thanks to everyone that was there. We all have lots of Spark to share !!

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