SparkPeople SparkHouston- the Official Team Team Messageboard Houston's First Healthy Lifestyle Community on SparkPeople! A resource for Houstonians (native or transplanted) to gather, support, and arrange activities with one another! SparkPeople SparkHouston- the Official Team Team Messageboard Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 2 Nov 2019 22:14:30 EST trying to bring back group to life Hey. I want some input on brining this group back to life. <BR> <BR> <BR> Suggestions? Sat, 5 Jan 2019 20:37:38 EST LifeTime Fitness Lake Houston Hey y'all, <BR> <BR> I was just curious how many of you workout at LifeTime Fitness Lake Houston??? <BR> <BR> It would be awesome to make some spark friends that go to this gym which I workout at as well :) <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Sat, 7 Jul 2018 14:26:50 EST Anyone in or near the Katy area? Is there anyone in or near the Katy area that would like to be accountability partners or just help each other with motivation and support? Sun, 28 Jan 2018 00:06:52 EST Spring/Klein anyone? Anyone located in the Spring/Klein area that would like to go walking semi-regularly? Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:21:30 EST FILL IN THE BLANK Copy and paste entire list <BR> <BR> ADD ONE WORD BEGINNING WITH LETTER "B" <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - <BR> <BR> 5. Something in your purse - <BR> <BR> 6. Something you buy from the supermarket - <BR> <BR> 7. Something soft - <BR> <BR> 8. Something hard - <BR> <BR> 9. A song - <BR> <BR> 10. Television program - <BR> <BR> 12. A recipe ingredient - buttermilk ... Sat, 27 May 2017 13:45:23 EST Hello All! My name is Greta and I am endeavoring to lose 50 pounds over the next year. I'm planning to go slowly because it's going to require a lifestyle change because my current habits are awful and are what got me here in the first place. I am committed to getting started and am open to all helpful advice. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:50:33 EST Playgroup I take care of my granddaughter during the week. looking for a playgroup in the Sugar Land area. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:50:59 EST anybody doin' seasonal retail? have a q for you... Hey howdy. <BR> <BR> I have a full-time job already but am trying to get another one, and some advice I got indicates "hey, go work at a place you love and get your groove and maybe something better will come up". well, I've decided I want to get a seasonal retail position while there are still a few around and am eyeing one in particular. <BR> <BR> Its been a while since I've done retail and I found it surprising that the websites don't seem to post the hourly wage anymore...they're asking... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:32:22 EST Belinda Hi Everyone. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:13:08 EST Trying Again...This Time I'll Make It! Hi! I'm Linda from Houston TX. Tried SparkPeople a couple of years back and lost some weight. Then I stopped long enough to pack on about 50 lbs. :-( I've recently divorced and am looking forward to a healthier lifestyle which will include weight loss and becoming more active (I sit at a desk all day). Since I've tried Spark before, I know it works as long as I keep with it. I'm using Spark mostly for the motivation to keep me strong when I stumble. Cheers to a healthy journey :-) Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:59:00 EST hi I have been on on diets it seems for a very long time and i just realize I am not getting any younger, so i figured why not give it a shot. I have taken medication to lose weight. I did Jennie Craig for awhile and then afterwards I did weight watchers and attended meetings but stopped. I sometimes find dieting kinda hard and hope to find a simple way of doing things. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:59:22 EST Revving myself up to go win Hey everyone, <BR> I am Patricia, I live in Texas. i need to drop 100 lbs. I am type 2 diabetic. I am 51 years old. I am aiming to change my lifestyle habits. Trial and error and learning what works for me as a unique individual. <BR> I hope to find support and be a supportive team member. <BR> I am a devout Christian follower of Jesus Christ and his Living Word. I am an Artist. I draw graphite portraits of people and animals. I am married with two grown children. <BR> <BR> Gods Peace! <BR> ... Sat, 9 May 2015 13:55:22 EST New to the Houston team! Been in Houston for almost 3 years now and I love it! Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:03:45 EST Maria Mercedes i would like to join everyone on this journey that i have accepted in my life so that i can feel healthy and are able to travel and look great and feel great!!!! Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:51:37 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I'm a native Houstonian and am finally motivated to lose the 40 pounds I've gained in the last 10 years and take control of my health. I hope to make friends along the way who can support me (or give me a kick in the pants!) when I need it! Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:52:53 EST Ready to get started My name is Lakesha . I am a Houston native. I am a currently a full time student and mother of four who works also. I am have been overweight for years and i want to get it under control. I want to fully enjoy my life!!! Any recommendations on getting started??? Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:35:27 EST 2015 pounds to lose in 2015--Join in & read 1st! Hey howdy and welcome <BR> <BR> This is a basic group contribution challenge that just needs your weight loss efforts and some elementary math skills. We start at 2015, and when each person loses a little weight, they subtract their loss from the group's current total and put the new total down (please check the math, though). <BR> <BR> We're focusing on the positive and counting losses, so if you've gained, DON'T ADD the weight, just focus on the losses. Just put in whatever you lost sinc... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:26:45 EST Seabrook 5k/10K WALKING EVENT Sat 11-15 Come stroll out to the gulf. <link><BR>2/seabrook-5k10k-sat-nov-15th/ </link> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:40:58 EST Purple Stride 5k Houston, TX Help fight pancreatic cancer at PurpleStride Houston. Join us on Saturday, November 1 for a timed 5K and family-friendly walk. With children's activities, entertainment, refreshments and more, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Register today! <BR> <BR> Here's the link : <link><BR>ent=1104574&ccp=651566 </link> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:12:21 EST Hey everyone Glad to be here Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:12 EST I am Shuntay Lee I am sort of new to Spark. I new about it but never really got involved using it. A ex co-worker introduced me to. Its a really cool way to reach out to others that have similar goals. I am looking forward to engaging and learning all the healthy lifestyle ideas that are found on the board! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:47:42 EST Fresh vegetarian chili <em>465</em> It's a great time of year to make some warm, delicious vegetarian chili. I have been enjoying it so much, that I had to share. <BR> <BR> Recipe: <BR> <link><BR>n-chili/ </link> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:31:25 EST Farmer markets in Houston Hi y'all! I recently moved to Northwest Houston, and I'm having trouble finding a nearby farmer's market. I live near 290 and Beltway 8. Does anybody have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I hear there is a big one in Sugarland and a big one in Tomball, but those are both a 30-45 minute drive for me. They would have to be spectacular to justify the money I would spend on gasoline. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:29:08 EST Mega vegetable soup My recipe for mega vegetable soup: <BR> <link><BR>soup/ </link> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:43:47 EST Washington on The Brazos 10K <link><BR>0/washington-on-the-brazos-state-histo<BR>ric-site-10k-sat-oct-4th/ </link> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:21:53 EST Race for the Cure Is anyone else going to the Race for the cure since SP will be there? I'm very excited altho I haven't signed up yet. Is anyone else going? <BR> Rhonda <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:20:48 EST Game: Food Take it or Leave it Turkey bacon <BR> <BR> Next person posts "take it" or "leave it" and posts another food or beverage. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:57:03 EST ready for change 54 year old mother of 3, found myself weighing the most I've ever weighed. Decided not to do another ''quick weight loss program", as I really need to learn how to make wise choices consistently. Love this web site and the positive manner it portrays. Looking forward to meeting others and walking this road with them Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:28:42 EST I am READY!! Hey Peeps, <BR> I'm new here O.o...Kinda nervous and Excited <BR> I'm 22 (i'll be 23 in August) and I'm 4' 10" and im trying to lose about 33lbs by the end of the year( i weight 145lbs, i want to weight 112 lbs) . I would like to make friends who are willing to support me on my weight loss journey as i will support them :) <BR> So message me and we can support each other through facebook, snapchat, txt msg, whatever!! <BR> Let me know <BR> Cant wait to start... <BR> Let the self confidence... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:10:27 EST Getting fitted for shoes Hello everyone. I'm recently new to Houston (moved here in March) and in the process of getting back into an exercise routine and eating healthier. One of the things I realize that I need to do is look into getting seriously, professionally fitted for shoes. Right now, I'm at walking, but I want to get into running. So two questions: <BR> <BR> 1) Should I get fitted for walking shoes and go back when I'm regularly running and be refitted for running shoes? Or should I just go straight to run... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:14:35 EST New to SP, sort of new to Houston Hello everyone. I'm Nerd-Runner, or Erin offline, and I just joined SP to get my life back into order and get healthy again through how/what I eat and regularly exercising. I began losing weight at the beginning of this year after I graduated from college in December, but when I moved to Houston in March after finding work, getting settled in and such took over and since then, I've really just been maintaining the 15 pounds I lost in the beginning of the year. But now, since I've been in Hous... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:46:48 EST Game: Fictional Characters A - Z A = Alladin Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:03:36 EST Newbie Hey y'all. My name is Jennifer, everyone calls me Jenn. I've been married to my husband for over 6 years now. We have three children, 2 boys (almost 5 and 3) and 1 girl (1.5). I'm also a full time online student almost finished with my bachelors, and soon onto my masters. <BR> I was always pretty thin pre-children. I got sucked into the whole "you can eat what you want, breastfeeding makes the weight fall off". That, along with a yo-yoing of working out.... I've maintained about 20ish pounds... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:14:43 EST Keepiong cool in Htown We all know how Texas gets over the summer just plain <em>259</em> . <BR> So what do you do to keep cool? <em>237</em> <em>194</em> <em>67</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:40:38 EST New Hi, my name is Deborah but all my friends call me Coop. I hope to make a lot of friends here. <BR> <BR> I just joined a couple of hours ago and am looking forward to the motivation, help, friendships and tips I can learn here. I have one daughter and 2 grand children. I live in the Northwest Area around Willowbrook. I am not a native Houstonian, though I fell like one I have lived here 20 years. I am originally from Ohio and have lived in different states plus lived in Mexico for about 4 yea... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:57:14 EST Just Joined Hi I am new to Spark and am on a quest to lose weight. I want to get healthy and fit for myself and my two grand children so I can do more with them. Any and all help and advise would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:37:31 EST Rain Rain Rain We know we needed rain, but this is crazy, people are taking risks driving into heavy water.Its supposed to rain all week, so every body stay safe <em>27</em> <em>27</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 08:49:36 EST Please ignore original post was in the wrong place... moved it to the correct topic. Thank you and please ignore Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:06:27 EST Red on Wednesday <em>299</em> <em>215</em> Don't forget to wear RED on Wednesday its Houston Rockets playoff time, they need us Houston its Rocket fever time Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:47:01 EST Avon walk this weekend Is anyone walking the Avon walk or run this weekend? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:17:30 EST FTF accountability groups? I really feel like I could benefit from meeting face to face with someone or several someones on a regular basis to celebrate successes and brainstorm through challenges, but I can't see paying for WeightWatchers or something when we already have all their other resources for free. Does anyone know of groups like this (official or unofficial "accountability groups" in any form of the idea) locally, or is anyone interested in such an idea? A getting together in person every week or two to ch... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 22:16:08 EST hello I'm not new but finally applying myself Hi my name is ashley and i am trying to get more active in the healthy community and also trying to get a handle on my weight. I am ready and prepared to get my health in order and weight. ?i need encouragement but i realized that at the end of the day i have to push myself, Right now I'm driven i can only see the end Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:33:39 EST Sprint for Life Well I just signed up for the Spring for Life 5k in May 2014. Giving myself several weeks of exercise and practice! Anyone else doing it? <BR> Here's the link I used:<BR>/other-ways-to-help/sprint-for-life/in<BR>dex.html <BR> <BR> <BR> Rhonda Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:32:47 EST Do you want to get ready for summer Do you want to get ready for summer? What? What? What Did you say? D E F <BR> <BR> D-Drink 8 cups of water per day <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> E-Exercise 30 minutes per day <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> F- Summerplace or places where you visit once a week. Please post it <BR> <em>298</em> <em>462</em> <em>464</em> <em>461</em> <em>461</em> <link> Houston team </link> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:43:51 EST Houston Rodeo Run Houston Rodeo Run is Sat. before the parade. <em>182</em> <em>363</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:10:18 EST Yee Haw its Rodeo time. Rodeo Bbq just around the corner, along with the Rodeo, coming up. Get ready to get your boots on, see the exhibits, the animals,take the family.go to the carnival,and most of all have FUN. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:05:55 EST Hello, I'm new to the team Hi, I am new to the team but not new to the site. I recently relocated to Houston in Nov 13, and trying to meet new people as well as fitness buddies. I joined the YMCA here in Jan and have just completed 3 weeks of Clean Eating Challenges! I am down 10.6 pounds in 3 weeks, and must keep going.....I have sooo much more to loose! So if you too are looking for support, a work out buddy, please email me. Thanks Sat, 22 Feb 2014 23:18:32 EST Today is Margarita day Today is Margarita Day, which is you r favorite one either with or without alcohol? <BR> Mine the strawberry margarita from Taco Cabana Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:55:44 EST Mardi Gras Anybody going to Galveston for Mardi Gras? Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:47:23 EST BBQ weekend The HLS&R BbQ cook off is around the corner, <BR> Who's going? Be ready to walk away those calories from the delicious BBQ at each tent. the nits time for RODEO HOUSTON. <em>496</em> <em>53</em> <em>551</em> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:38:47 EST Hello from Houston ! Hi I'm Maria from Houston! I need your support. I want to start taking care of myself and enjoying good health. Life is short and wanted to enjoy it to the fullest. <BR> <BR> Maria <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:47:36 EST Bundle up Bundle up Houston its going to get cold. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:28:22 EST Houston Marathon Best of luck to everyone running the Houston Marathon, the Aramco Half Marathon and the ABB 5K. <BR> Hope everyone has a great run on Saturday or Sunday. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:44:11 EST Finally making my introduction Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jennifer. I've been a Spark member for several months. I started a new job in July and that sparked my weight loss. I'm in HR but I am also the company Wellness Director. I didn't know that was part of the job until after I was hired. It's all good and it's helped me to lose almost 40 pounds. My two previous jobs were extremely stressful. This one is truly a gift from God. Once I left the old job, I stopped craving sweets, I started sleeping and losi... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:27:06 EST hi im lulu and im new here hi im new here and very excited but dnt know where to start.i need some excise tips for bad knees and being very out of shape and over weight.i really would love to try yoga but everyone sez no cause my knees.please tell thts not true Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:20:06 EST Next season. There is iALWAYS next year for the Houston Texans Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:41:34 EST Getting Back on track Hi Everybody, I have never had a weight problem. Due to illnesses & surgery ; being unable to work out I have gained weight. I am looking forward to being part of the *Spark* family! Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:50:34 EST How many <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>443</em> How many of you have finished shopping for Christmas, mailed out cards,and finished everything? Thu, 5 Dec 2013 15:10:24 EST am back Hello all. I have come back after a few years gone. I lost 200 lbs and went from 340 to 130-140 for over a year. I even met a couple people from here once. i recenly walked away from bad relationship moved 6 times in two years and have gotten pregant so i gotten back up to 297. i ahve learned alot about myself in this process. i now have learned its not about being perfect but being healthy. And its not comparing youself to others i will always have excess skin around my bell unless i have su... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:50:14 EST Thanksgiving blues well .... I feel like a stuffed turkey <em>15</em> luckily I only gained 5 lbs. I think I ate way too much. Now it is time to get back on the healthy wagon. <em>40</em> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:55:50 EST Turkey Trot Anyone running a Turkey Trot on Thursday? <BR> I'm running the 10K Sheltering Arms Turkey Trot in the Galleria area on Thursday morning. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:52:44 EST Happy Thanksgiving This Thanksgiving , <BR> What are you thankful for? <em>428</em> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:59:34 EST time to get the coats out, no more flip flops fo Bundle up its cold,and getting colder Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:58:44 EST Thanksgiving What plans do you have for Thanksgiving? Sat, 23 Nov 2013 20:55:05 EST The Fresh Beat Band Live in The Woodlands? COUPON! The Fresh Beat Band Live is coming to The Woodlands, TX Nov. 14 and I have a discount for you! <BR> <BR> The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, are giving fans one more chance to see them live as they hit the road again for 60 performances on their nationwide concert tour. <BR> <BR> You can see them live Nov. 14 in The Woodlands, TX at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion at 7pm. And if you click on this link http://conc... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:00:54 EST NUTCRACKER THE NUTCRACKER SHOPPINGIS THI SWEEKEND ANYONE GOING ? Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:58:11 EST Hello! New Here My name is Carmen and I am new to the forum. Like most here I've struggled with my weightloss and sometimes have a hard time sticking to my diet, here at my office we receive a lot of vendors with yummy food and it makes it harder!! Since September of last year I've lost 28 lbs but hit a plateu and have had a hard time to get rid of the extra lbs I want to lose! my goal is to be at 140 and Im now at 168, so close yet so far!! Thank you all for any support!! Also wanted to tell you all that I ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:29:49 EST Bum Phillips memorial Tonight is the memorial for Bum Phillips, will be at Lakewood church. All of Houston is invited starts at ^ pm its going to be packed. Show Bum how much Houston loves him Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:42:34 EST What is your emotion for today? <em>30</em> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:11:45 EST New to Team I'm a newbie to SparkPeople. Born and raised Houstonian. I had surgery a year ago and was super motivated about losing weight. Then I decided to go on a cruise (very first one). That was at the beginning of September. Now here I am a month later and I've gained 10 pounds and don't seem to be able to get motivated again. UGH! I've struggled with my weight all my adult life (was skinny in high school). Now I'm panicstrickened - I'm going the wrong way. HELP. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:55:37 EST Looking for fitness buddy Hello from Spring! I am trying to lose about 30 pounds, and I could sure use a fitness buddy.... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> I'm hoping this is me in several months. LOL! <BR> <BR> Anybody interested? Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:47:37 EST Bum Phillips Any body who remember "LuvYa Bloe" days remember Bum Phillips.Who was the coach of the Houston Oilers. He passed away last night. He is one coach who wil be missed. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:08:22 EST Greek Festival Anybody going to the Greek Festival? Fri, 4 Oct 2013 17:07:25 EST FRIDAY IS TEXAN DAY FRIDAY IS TEXAN DAY, SO WEAR YOUR TEXAN SHIRT, OR WHATEVER <BR> LETS GO HOUSSTON TEXANS Thu, 3 Oct 2013 12:34:48 EST Light the Night walk Light the Night walk is coming up at Discovery green , Oct.12 @ 6 pm so get ready Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:31:21 EST Good Afternoon Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I Heard about this through a Good friends and will be trying it out I also would like to say that I am Proud of you all for doing so well on here weather is 1 lbs or 100lbs any lose of weight is better than any gain. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:14:32 EST Hello there..I am back again Hello there My name is Beth. I am a 31 yr old female. No kids and not married. I have struggled with my weight and my health for a long time. This is not my first time here on SP. I have joined a couple of other times and stuck with it for a couple of months but then I let life take over. Over the last couple of weeks something clicked inside that said this is it. No more. It is time to get serious and stay serious about changing my life. I have enrolled in an Emt Basic training course that w... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:55:11 EST Getting Healty for all the righ reason! This is my time to truly get what I want. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:57:41 EST Free Slushis @ Sonic Tuesday YEA HOUSTON beat Tennesee Ttians, FREE SLUSHIS at SONIC all day Tueaday Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:30:20 EST Hurricane IKE 5 years ago Hurricane IKE was 5 years ago. <BR> Where you prepared ,How are you doing 5 years later from that.? <BR> What do you remember about it? <em>27</em> <em>27</em> <em>27</em> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:43:45 EST Fill in the blank:Houston is__________ I found this game on fb, so I decided to post it here. <BR> Houston is__________ Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:26:27 EST Just Moved Back To H-Town Looking the get fit and fabulous for this fabulous town! I'm excited to be here and know it's an opportunity to get everything on the right track. I have everything else in order (most of the time) and my weight is something that I haven't been able to get complete control over. I'm in my mid 20s and want to figure it out now! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:02:48 EST Hi! I am Carolyn. I don't have many friends. I lost the weight I wanted to lose and I love my size. I wouldn't mind losing ten more pounds. But at times it really don't make a difference when I am sick and can't pull myself out of bed now days. At times, I need encouragement because I really want to go back to my old eating habits of junk food and not working out like I use too. Please help! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 17:51:01 EST How is it wher you are? How is it where you are at?( rain,or anything else). <BR> S Rain drops last night <em>27</em> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:02:27 EST What is your favorite thing? What are some of your favorite things about Houston? Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:41:53 EST Gov. cup Tomorrow is one of the big game in TEXAS, the Houston TEXANS vs. the Dallas Cowboys. <BR> So who do you think is going to win the game and the Gov. cup? <BR> GO TEXANS <em>281</em> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:04:52 EST Where is everybody at? Where are all the Houston people at? either location or somewhere else? <BR> Its time to get this team going. So who's in? <em>244</em> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:08:49 EST Hello Hello Everyone. I am starting this weight loss Journey . I gained a total of 26 pounds and I am on my way to lose it. I will like to help others, as we get thru this journey. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 20:26:09 EST School starting School starts Monday for some kids are you ready for your child to get back into school? Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:52:58 EST FALL CHALLENGE Fall Challenge <BR> <BR> FITNESS--Get 30 minutes of cardio three days a week <BR> ABDOMINALS--Work on your abs two days a week <BR> LEARN--One healthy recipe a week <BR> LOG--Log your foods every day <BR> <BR> <BR> We can do this! <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>248</em> <em>104</em> <em>9</em> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:07:09 EST Hi Hi All, I am Julie and am new to Spark. I have lived up in NW Harris Co for a little over 30 years now. Originally from Nashville, but have been in Houston a long, long time. Glad to be a part of this group. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:37:38 EST Water Aerobics in NW Harris Co? Does anyone know of a good place up in NW Harris Co/Spring that as water aerobic classes on a month to month basis? Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:08:58 EST Are you ready for Football Houston!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! Houston are you ready for Houston TEXANS Football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!! <BR> Its our time and our year . Lets go TEXNAS Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:12:20 EST New here! Hello! <BR> I am a native Houstonian joining you guys today. I have 76 pounds to lose after gaining a bunch with my second pregnancy a few years ago. I am married with two kids working full-time. Excited to be here and to get this weight off... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:23:12 EST Found 6 Insanity moves Article - Wanted to share Hay everyone! I found on Yahoo the other day 6 moves from the Insanity workout you only do for 20 minutes and holy moly, they work good! It is alot of jumping and utilizing alot of different muscles at the same time. I just did one 20 minute round and dang, I am SO out of shape, but gonna keep with it because it is fun! You do each step as many times as you can for a solid minute, rest a minute and go to the next one, repeat up to 20 minutes. Do it 2 days in a row and take a day off. <B... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:53:27 EST Gym Buddy Hello are there any people who have a membership to Fitness Connection and are looking for a workout partner? I enjoy zumba classes. I've tried step, dance fitness, and body pump. I need a push at times as I'm a new mom to a 6 month old and work full time but I'm really serious about getting back into a good workout routine so I can start losing weight again so I can feel better. Send me an email if you might be interested. We'll see what we can workout. I'm close to the gym off I-10 an... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:02:29 EST Texas Grammy Tries Again This is my second attempt to get in better shape and better health. Two years ago I was doing well. I had lost 14 lbs and was exercising 4-5 times a week. Last year we had multiple losses in our family. Within 1 year I lost my sister, my mother and a beloved great-nephew. Last week my 17 yr old cat had a stroke and passed away. And so I stopped focusing on my health. I've gained back all the weight plus added an additional 5 lbs. I was always tall and thin and never had trouble with m... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 14:06:46 EST 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon Lottery picks out today for the Chevron Houston Marathon. I made it!! Anyone else? Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:50:18 EST Looking for a 5K Looking for a 5K to walk in the Houston area in the first couple of weeks of July. Would appreciate any suggestions. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:29:29 EST New to SparkPeople and Houston! Hello! <BR> <BR> My husband, daughter, and I just moved to Houston in March. We love it! I also just joined SparkPeople today, so I'm still getting the hang of how things work. I found this Team, and thought it might be a cool place to make some new friends in Houston, virtual or otherwise. My name is Gabbie and I'm 26. My family, cooking, and fitness are some of my passions. I must admit, I was so excited when I found this forum that I clicked "Introduce Yourself" before I read any ... Wed, 1 May 2013 14:01:50 EST Saturday- 4/20/13- 10am Hermann Park Does a group want to meet up at Hermann Park, on the Miller Outdoor theatre lawn and walk/jog around Hermann Park? <BR> <BR> I really want to find a group of joggers/walkers ((I'm not to marathon running mode yet)) to enjoy some outdoor workout fun. Maybe afterwards we can have a healthy lunch. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:06:54 EST Farrells Ice cream parloe <em>76</em> <em>468</em> Does anyone remember Farrells ice cream parlor? It was in the Galleria in the 80's. <BR> I remember going there forice cream, ecpecially if there was a birthday party,and every body sang as well as the big bowl of ice cream Tue, 9 Apr 2013 15:42:19 EST hello all I am joined spark people to lose weight,I learned I have diabets my goal is to lose 150 lb so i can fell better Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:16:54 EST Houston AStros Anyone going to the opening game of the new AStros? they play the TEXAS Rangers? <em>300</em> <em>60</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:50:28 EST Mercer Arboretum Volksmarch - Humble, TX A volksmarch is a sanctioned event that when completed earns you a stamp in your record books. If you are interested in learning more about Somerset come walk with us. There are "new walker" packets available for $5.00 that holds a set of record books and a coupon to pay for the walk. Come start your stamp collect! There are 5K and 10K routes available. This is not a timed event. You walk at your own pace. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>asp?eventid=95640 </link> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:00:35 EST Whats going to happen to the Houston Astrodome Whats going to happen to the Houston Astrodome? I thought it was a Tx landmark? <BR> Peopole want to tear it down for aparking lot. <BR> What do you think? Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:15:53 EST Hello From Meyerland Hello my name is Thresa. I am trying to get back on track after gaining about 25 lbs back after gastric surgery... Just doing alot of walking and tying to eat better. Good luck to you all... hopefully this forum will provide me mental support when I need it!!! <em>381</em> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:34:43 EST Favorite thing at the HLS&R With the HLS&R starting next Monday, What is your favorite food,and either exhibit or ride to do? Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:14:23 EST I have been here a while Hi my name is Brandi, <BR> I am 58, been here a while, but I think I forgot to introduce myself. <BR> I live close to Willowbrook Mall, I don't know anyone around here even though I have lived in Houston since 1982, was too busy with the kids growing up, and some of my health issues. <BR> Now kids are grown, and I am tring to figure out what to do with myself. <BR> I have been on Sparkpeople a while, just did not utilize it, and hope to change that. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:30:45 EST Newbie here in Cypress looking for HELP! Hello Everyone! <BR> I am currently looking for a workout buddy and weight loss friend! I have been overweight for most of my life and really need to find like minded people to get out of this!! I have a crazy schedule as I have 2 teenagers and I also work! I look forward to meeting everyone!! <BR> I am located off Barker Cypress and 290 and have access to a small free gym! Thanks!! <BR> Debi Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:45:35 EST New Member (NW Houston area) My name is Jenn. I am 25 yr old, and have been married to a wonderful man for 5 yr this April. We have 3 children together; 2 boys and 1 girl. Connor our oldest son was born 9/2009, Trevor our second son was born 4/2011, and Addie our daughter was born 1/2013. <BR> I gained a lot of weight with my first pregnancy, and remained overweight through my second. Before I conceived my daughter last year, I had lost almost 30 lb and was down to 150, a mere 15-20 lb from my ultimate goal of getting b... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:10:19 EST Its almost time for the HLS&R, Lets Rodeo Houston, <BR> Whats your favorite thing about the rodeo, besides the walking? Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:36:42 EST Hi my name is Jessica696 Im new! Im just getting started and I would love to create my own blog. If there is anyone who can help me with this please help! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 02:09:24 EST New Member to SparkHouston - Lake Houston Area I'm new to this Team page. I am looking for motivator(s) in the Lake Houston Area. I found I can't do this on my own and succeed. My husband supports me and all but... If I can show him I can do it then maybe he will join in with me. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:40:12 EST Hello I am really scared about the program I have never really tried anything to take off the weight. I have a 15th month old & I put on extra weight after having my baby. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:26:07 EST Houston Rodeo are you ready The line up for the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and rodeo came out are you ready to Rodeo houston? Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:11:32 EST LOOKING FOR SPRING/W OODLANDS AREA WORKOUT BUDDY Hello all. I'm LaKesha and I live near Spring. Im on a journey to lose 50 lbs. I wish to find a workout friend/s. I workout better and longer that way. I also am so very excited to be a part of this community. The motivation and inspiration he is great. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:14:20 EST January Challenge - Any takers? Goal is to exercise at least 20 min a day. <em>311</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:23:42 EST 50 and ready for fab! just today. hooray! looking forward to a new year. hopefully, better fit and toned. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:54:56 EST Hello! :) Hi there! I am new to this group... actually, new to the Katy/Houston area as well. (My hubster & I have been down here for about 6 months now.) We are really enjoying learning the area. I am not new to SP, but I am newly returned, as of yesterday. I have been gaining weight since the move, I blame myself, I wasn't paying attention to anything that was going into my mouth. But, now that my clothes don't fit, I need to find my motivation again. I am looking forward to being a part of thi... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:16:25 EST Back on the weight loss wagon in Kingwood, TX Well I am back on the weight loss wagon again. I lost over 100lbs in the past but have since gained it all back plus some. I'm tired of being tired all the time and with a newborn son, I want him to have his dad around for a long time! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:13:43 EST Newbie from S.W Houston Hi im new and looking for a workout buddy. I live in S.W Houston so If any other ladies live in my area and want to work out please message me! Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:23:30 EST shuffle We uploaded our entire collection of digital music to google play, so I can access and stream it anywhere, including from my phone. (very handy!) <BR> Well, my husband has a whole bunch of sound bytes from Emergency! (the 70s tv show about firefighter paramedics) that also got uploaded. <BR> I had it on shuffle and there was a fire call for an entrapment, followed by Tom Jones "Pussycat" <BR> <BR> What odd combinations have ya'll experienced by putting it on shuffle? Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:35:21 EST You may be knock out, but not out forever! One of my favorite songs is "Get Back Up", by Toby Mac, it has motivated me to get back up again! My story begins in September 2011 weighing 225 lbs. I decided to start Sparkpeople, I eat healthier counter all my calories, and did my fitness minutes!! And after 6 months I had lost 60 lbs weighing 165 lbs, and 15 lbs away from my goal!! <BR> But I got a little cocky and started gaining the weight back, a little over a year later I weigh 185!! I had gained 20 lbs back!! I was in denial for t... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 14:21:29 EST can't do a sit up without momentum I was hoping someone would post a winter challenge, but oh well. Here's what I just started. <BR> I was doing sit ups (old school style) and discovered I can't do a sit up without using momentum. That's no good! So I searched for a regime to get me where I want to be, and found 200 situps. <BR> <BR> <BR> Although it is really crunches (of which I can do 85 in a row), I vowed to be able to sit up on my own. Without using momentum! <BR> <BR> So here's your c... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:06:57 EST The Turkey day damage is done Hi SparkHouston <BR> <BR> Well looks like we have now hit that dreaded Thanksgiving day gorge. I have to say that even though I did splurge on some desserts. I do not feel overly stuffed. Thank goodness. Maybe my metabolism is kicking in. Well we will find out on Monday how much damage I actual did. <BR> <BR> How are handling the Thanksgiving overindulgence? <BR> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 22:00:30 EST New in Sparkpeople but also in Houston ! Hi everybody <BR> <BR> I'm Lilou i 'm 25 old I have been all my life in Obesity when i have been child , When i was 17 i have Gastric Ring Oh i have lost but after removing i have gain some weight of course !!! <BR> <BR> I have promise me to not come back in Obesity and keep doing health weight , Thanks that i dont have any disease but we never now in the futur .... but my promise wasnt keep doing and i 'm shamfull!!!!! I admit that i dont like me like this ... I like me ...but not like... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 20:32:59 EST Soon to be Houston newb This January I will be saying goodby to San Antonio and hello to Houston! I have been sparking for just over 2 years, and have gone from 210 lbs to 155 lbs! I've been a fairly active San Antonio Team Member and am hoping to do the same as part of the Houston Spark Team. I will most likely be moving near medical center. Any tips for a Houston newb or info on running trails, parks, etc would be awesome and much appreciated. A little ab me: I am Siena, a 27yr young, married, mommy to a beautiful... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 14:30:36 EST NOVEMBER SPARK POINTS HOW MANY POINTS CAN YOU GET IN NOV? Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:01:56 EST Hello BPH gets me up 4 - 5 times a night and the dopamine agonists I take for RLS keep me up. That 's why I have to get to bed now. I was up very early. Also, I have friends in New York City I am worried about. Sorry to dwell on my troubles. I'll take time to read the board tomorrow. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:33:19 EST Hi my name is Monica I'm offacially at the end of my rope. I'm 28 and I'm at the heaviest i have ever been. I hardly recognize myself. I have always been heavy but comfortable in my skin but recently i have lost my edge i just stoped caring. I contribute this to being stressed. I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years and have had no sucess, i know my weight has a lot to do with it. But today is the day i have decided to chance my life. i dont want a diet, i want a lifestyle change i want to be healthy when... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:45:54 EST Hello from Tomball/ Magnolia area! Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Stacey and I am 28 living north of Tomball. I have always struggled with my weight and yo-yo'd for some time. I had lost quite a bit (about 40 lbs) back in March using medifast, but I gained 25 pounds back and am looking for an alternative that sticks. Looking to make new friends and share motvation to lose! :) Sat, 20 Oct 2012 21:47:46 EST What ever happened to Halloween? Its kinda weird, and i just can't quite describe it, but over the past several years (at least the past 5 certainly), Halloween has gone by the wayside. By that, I mean calling it what it is: Halloween. <BR> <BR> I'm actually working on a Halloween event at my college campus for the community, but like everything else, it seems to be a "Fall Festival" in order to advertise it. I swear, except on the calendar, Halloween seems to have become a dirty word. <BR> <BR> I can't quite figure out... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 11:40:48 EST How about those TEXANS Our team is pumped, city is pumped up and ready to go for 5-0. LETS GO TEXANS Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:08:21 EST New in The Woodlands I'm Erica from The Woodlands, TX. I've been on the site and working toward my goal for about 2 weeks now. I lost 2 pounds, and gained them back. I've been tracking all my calories and staying within my limits as well as exercising. What am I doing wrong??? Tue, 2 Oct 2012 16:23:12 EST New to Houston, Living in Katy My husband and I just got transferred back to Texas after living in New Mexico for 13 years, and it's great to be back! We lived in the Fort Worth area for 14 years, but we have never lived in Houston. I retired in May after 30 years of working in the public schools (teacher and diagnostician), so I am spending a lot of time trying to get fit. I'm really excited about finding this group and hopefully being able to get some helpful hints about the Houston area. Oh, and I bought my first Te... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:47:31 EST Working out with Osteoarthritis ! Is there anyone else here that is dealing with Osteoarthritis while trying to keep the weight off. It sure makes it difficult to work out when every joint is in pain , or at least is cause pain . What kind of work out is safe for the joints. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:27:10 EST New & Looking for some friends/m otivators to add Hi there! I'm 27, and I live in the westchase area. I have two kids, ages 7 & 9. I am looking to lose about 50lbs. I've been on many diets. I currently have a 24 hour fitness membership. I downloaded the food/fitness tracker app, and am excited to utilize it daily. <BR> I'm mostly looking for people to motivate and people who can motivate me. I am really exited about trying out this website & meeting my goals. I am an upbeat positive person, and could use some encouragement when I am not sta... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:59:08 EST Hello My name is Deborah Walker and I just discovered this site and already I think it is great. It is easier to achieve something when there are like minded people doing the same. I need to lose 90 pounds. I was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure last year. I was already suffering from anxiety and depression, and my dad died so that really threw me off. My doctor told me that losing a mere 20 lbs would help greatly towards getting off meds. I decided that 30 was the immediate go... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:17:06 EST Still have some hope So im 20 years old about to be 21 in about 11 day...I go to school and work so that takes up most of my time. Next April will be younger sister quincenera and well I guess for once I just really wanna pretty dress and look good in group/family pictures. I have amazing friends who tell me I beautiful and I believe them most of the time and I guess I just really want to feel that when I look at myself...this is very hard for me to admit but it's easier to do this online and I really hope this... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:04:06 EST Kemah Kickoff Party!!!! Am I gonna see any of you guys at the annual Texans Kickoff Party on the Kemah Boardwalk today (Sunday)??!! <BR> <BR> Woo hoooo!!!! Gooo Texans!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> <em>138</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>138</em> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 06:42:16 EST Hungry!!! Help Hello Everybody! <BR> It's my second day tracking my food and fitness! Yesterday I realized why I don't lose weight: I'm eating more than I'm supposed to! But today, when I cut down my servings... well... let's just say I'm not happy! I just had my lunch two hours agoo and I'm getting really hungry! What shall I do? Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:38:13 EST Football! <em>281</em> Go Texans! <em>281</em> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:21:51 EST Houston are you ready! If you aren't ready then get ready! <BR> <BR> I have started a Houston Area Biggest Loser Group,and we now have a home here at Spark People. So if you are interested please let me know,just go to the Team here. <BR> <BR> Will be posting so meet and greets there. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 13:14:43 EST HOUSTON READY FOR FOOTBALL???????? ??????????????? hEY HOUSTON ARE YOU READY FO RFOOTBALL TO BEGIN? TH ETEXANS ARE READY TO GO. <em>215</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:38:12 EST Newbie - Fresno / Missouri City / Sugar Land area <em>30</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:36:10 EST New 2 Houston, looking 4 workout pals in NW/Cypres Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> I am relatively new to Houston and am looking for a new sparkbuddy group to get together with and be active. I've been here about a year now, most recently from Atlanta, GA, and have gotten my spark back! <BR> <BR> I used to have a few buddies that I would either go walking with or go to the gym with and I'm looking forward to meeting people in my area that might like to do the same. I live out 290 towards the 1960/Huffmeister area. If you think you might like to g... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 08:41:38 EST New here Hello I'm a wife and mother of 3 with 2 under 2. I am also a full time staff accountant that freelances for my Husbands consultancy as a virtual accountant. My family and I are vegetarians so it's not a matter of eating healthy, just exercising with it. <BR> <BR> I have been pregnant back and forth since 2009 so I am working to try to reform my body back to the way it was before even my first. I have also accrued some health issues with the weight and/or just from age and genetics so I ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:02:53 EST New to Spark Hello Spark Community! I've browsed Spark message boards before, but this is my first time posting. <BR> <BR> As a textbook yo-yo dieter I've lost and gained 80+ lbs twice in the past 10 years. Several weeks ago as I was getting ready for an appointment with my endocrinologist, I got on my scale at home to mentally prepare myself for what it might say during my visit. I am still having a hard time believing the number I saw - the heaviest I had ever been. I seemed to be gaining weight in mu... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:55:44 EST amateur for-fun teams in the area--question does anybody know how to find groups of for-fun amateur players or anything like that, (sorry, dunno how to word that better) for volleyball teams or roller derby or whatever else that's active (but not a running group, something more fun team oriented). I'd love to find something maybe i can learn and join in, or whatever. i just can't think of where i'd start to look for something like that (and i live about a good 45 minutes from houston itself, smack between houston and beaumont, so its... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:37:36 EST Kids are back in school Now that the kids are back in school. How do you spend your free time? <BR> Me. relax Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:17:50 EST Motivation Hi, my name is Michelle and I've joined Sparkpeople to help motivate myself on my mission to lose weight. Sometimes we need that boost of encouragement or self tracking to get started. I'm hoping to make friends and to get help and motivation from you all. I have a 19 month old baby girl that I need to stay healthy for and I want to get on track mentally so together my husband and I can strive ahead on our road to success. So feel free to give any imput on how this program is helping you... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:55:29 EST well ....hello there fellow sparkers. i originally joined about four years ago but was so far sunken into a deep depressive state, i was never motivated to put it to good use. <BR> <BR> well, after THAT marriage failed, i married someone way hotter, way more fit and finally have the motivation. (taking pills for the depression part though) ;) <BR> my life is an uphill battle dealing with bipolar disorder, GAD, depression, scoliosis, lordosis, motherhood, etc. <BR> <BR> i've always had one of those "naturally toned" bodies but... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 01:57:44 EST the New me I'm Candace a 32 yo mother of three, wife to one. I'm currently training to do a 1/2 marathon and my mom told me about sparkpeople. I figure it's a great way to track my progress! Can't wait to get to know ya'll! Tue, 17 Jul 2012 02:39:25 EST Hello there. I joined this site today because I want to lose 85 pounds. I am told by my doctor it will help get recurrent gout attacks under control. So I guess we'll see how it goes. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 21:15:30 EST Here I go again.... Hello! I am sitting here at my laptop feeling frustrated and ashamed that I let myself gain this much weight (emotional eating). I look forward to losing it and coming here for support. Thanks! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:35:14 EST Newbie Hello, my name is Larry and I just joined. My goal is to loose weight and learn to live a healthier lifestyle. I'm a Registered Nurse and know the importance of eating and living healthy. I'm glad to see a local group. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:31:10 EST Astrodome What should houston do with the Astrodome? <BR> There been rumors that they are going to tear it down. but how can you tear down a landmark? <BR> Astroworld is gone, Disney was supposed to have a themepark near Splendora, but that fell through. I'am suprised that Joel Osteen didn't buy the astrodome. or mattress Mack. <BR> But there is rumor that Landry"s has something up their sleeve,.You can't tear down a landmark can you? Sat, 16 Jun 2012 15:09:49 EST Introduction Hello!!! Good morning and thanks for the WELCOME. I am happy to be here, to lose some weight and hit that target goal. I join the site because I want to eat healthy and tone my weight down and become active outside. My goal is to lose about 50 pounds and keep them off to wear all of my old clothes. It's just time out for eating junk food and eating till I get full. I want to live a healthy life and be a healthy person so time to work on my body to live the right way. Fri, 8 Jun 2012 09:46:56 EST A Healthier New Me! I am a mother of three children with a very busy household. I want to focus on losing weight and incorporating a healthier lifestyle to set the groundwork to a "healthier new me." I also want to be a great example for my family! Tue, 5 Jun 2012 12:01:44 EST hi everyone : ) i'm new to the Houston area and i'm also new to sp! my overall goal for weight loss is over 100 lbs, but i am starting small with goals set of 20 lbs each. im looking forward to learning so much from sp during my weight loss journey. everyone take care : ) Sun, 3 Jun 2012 01:38:12 EST Hi here from the North side I am new here and am looking to lose 70 pounds. I need all the encouragement to finally meet my goals. Would like to make friends that can help and encourage me ! Thu, 31 May 2012 10:51:31 EST Terry Hershey Park Hike - June 3, 2012 Sponsored by the Houston Area Trails & More. 40 Hiking Enthusiasts attending. More information is at:<BR>More/ <BR> <BR> This group is meant for people who enjoy hiking and have wanted to explore the trails of the Houston area mainly but maybe a little beyond as well. Since our hikes will be normally in the 10-12 miles range, some hiking experience or at least a reasonable fitness level is expected of you to join us. <BR> <BR> If you are new to hi... Wed, 30 May 2012 09:21:46 EST Hello from Pearland I've been on Spark People for years and years but used it intermittently. I'm back now and it's nice to see that there's a Houston Team. So, I just want to see what it's all about. I attend many meetups around town for hiking, biking, and yoga. If I can remember, I'll give a heads up here in case any of you would like to participate. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> Felicia Tue, 29 May 2012 15:27:13 EST walking tours and other fun stuff Does anyone have ideas for fun walking tours and other fun, free or cheap things to do in Houston this summer? It's usually so hot we always stay inside but that isn't good for my health! I found a walking tour guide to download for Huntsville. I like things that have to do with learning and enjoying nature, etc. I have an 11 year old son too, so he can do what I can do. I also want him to start learning more about his local world. Tue, 22 May 2012 19:34:35 EST Houston-area triathalons? Is anyone out there familiar with any Houston-area triathalons that may be going on during the fall? I would *love* to start training for a triathalon but am not as familiar with these as I am with 5k's and marathons. I saw that Ironman is happening this weekend - but that doesn't give me any time to train. :( Thu, 17 May 2012 21:15:37 EST Jailbreak 5k I bough the living social coupon the other day for entrance into my first 5k! I am signing up for the Jailbreak 5k to be held in October. Even though it's far away now, it's giving me great motivation to use my couch 2 5k app regularly so I can have a good run. I'm really excited and also nervous (Already!) about how it will go. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else running in the Jailbreak? Has anyone run obstacle 5k's in the past and have any tips for me? <BR> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:02:28 EST Hey yall! New comer here. My last resort Hey there everyone! My name is Elizabeth and i live in Houston,TX. I am 31 years old and weigh 257pounds. Im not too scared to post my weight because i dont think i look like i weigh that much, but i do have a big belly. Luckly i have a super wonderful husband that loves me the way i am and really does not mind my weight. We are renewing our vows in November 2014 and i really need to get in shape. Well i need to get in shape period! I have no motivation, serious food issues, and 3 kids that i... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:49:00 EST HELLO EVERYONE! I'm new to this site and still figuring it out, but so far I've read a lot of encouraging stories! Anyone feel free to add me! <BR> <BR> Megan Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:07:54 EST RE: Welcome Home Parade - April 7, 2012 @ 4 pm I was just wanting to see who else is going to this. I haven't seen the city advertise much about this which is disappointing but there will be a Welcome Home Parade for the Iraq Veterans downtown this weekend. The parade starts at San Jacinto and Texas / and will end at Congress and Crawford from 4:00 to 6:00. It ends at Minute Maid park before the game Saturday night. I know that traffic will be crazy but it's worth it to honor our Vets. Let me know if you guys are going as well. <BR> <BR... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 14:42:26 EST New to Sparkpeople and loving it!!! Hi everyone hopefully I reach my goal in loosing 10 pounds but I feel a little discouraged Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:17:27 EST Mudder Dash I am doing the 'Mudder Dash' in Houston, Sat 03/31/12, @ 2pm. For the local Houston people who are interested in Adventure Races, check out the "meetup" & search for Extreme Mud Runners. Sat, 24 Mar 2012 16:53:08 EST Spring Challenge Good morning Houston! Now that the weather is better (and before it is too hot) it's time to SPRING into action and get ready for the warm summer months coming up! For the first time ever, we are in 65th place in exercise minutes so let's get that back up to the top ten! <BR> <BR> S - Strength training is important. At least three days each week spend 15 minutes toning your muscles. Use the Spark videos, if you don't have weights, use a water bottle! Building muscle helps to boost your... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 09:23:19 EST 20 Pounds Must Go!! Hi, first time on here and im in need for some guidence in losin g weight and i ust cant lose weight all by myself, i need some support. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 23:02:54 EST what a great website! Hi, everyone- my name it Dotty, and I am really working to get good exercise,...mostly just walking lately. I like to go the gym early before work. my body has stiffened up, and I am working slowy toward getting mobility back. <BR> <BR> i look forward to getting to know you all here. <em>41</em> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:13:42 EST Are you guys LOVING this rain?! It's so dark, and thunder-y out. And brrr! After last summer's drought this is such a nice change. I'm going to be huddling up by a warm fire tonight. Fri, 9 Mar 2012 17:25:03 EST Bayou City Classic 10K downtown Houston March 10th I am running this event and was wondering if any other Sparkers will be there. <BR> <BR> If you are also running the Bayou City Classic and want to meet up before, or even run together, send me a Sparkmail message. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Sat, 3 Mar 2012 17:20:28 EST Going to keep on trying - hoping this helps! Hi! My name is Christy. I have many reasons for joining this site. First of all, I want to gain support without having to go to another meeting and stand on a scale. I would rather do that in the privacy of my own home - yes, I recently quit weight watchers. I want to get to know people dealing with some of my same struggles - eating too much sugar, getting back into exercise after being gone awhile, and struggling to conceive. I am only 20-25 pounds overweight, but my doctor says that losing... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 15:26:40 EST Houston livestock Show & Rodeo Anybody going to the livestock show and rodeo this yeay? I go evrey year, but with the injury can't go , which really sucks, really want to go. so what is your favorite thing there? Sun, 26 Feb 2012 13:54:33 EST Got the Spark Bug Determined to succeed, what a great tool this site is.. I already feel better and look better. A tan through bikini is in my near future.. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:26:14 EST Glad To Be Here Call me Marge.I am divorced with two grown children.As of this year,also semi retired.I would like to spend this stage of my life enjoying my family and friends.I also need to take better care of myself.A 10 -20 pound drop in weight is the reason for joining SparkPeople. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:56:08 EST Zephyr Bluetooth HR Monitor My Zephyr Bluetooth HR Monitor finally arrived - as soon as it charges I'll find out how well it interfaces with Endomondo, MapMyRun, & Runtastic. Does anyone on here have experience with any of these programs? Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:52:06 EST Look for buddy to walk with and/or work out with Looking for people who live in the Greater Galleria/Villages area of Houston to meet up for walking and also working out. It would be great to do this with others and to increase accountability. <BR> <BR> Look forward to hearing from you! Best, Liane Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:50:59 EST New Member Hi everyone! I'm about an hour NW of Houston- I live in Montgomery. I've been on this journey a long time and am still struggling to get the last 10 lbs off. <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting everyone! Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:45:55 EST new SparkTeam in Houston- 24 HR. Fit! Calling all Houston, Texas Sparkers who are members of 24 Hour Fitness (or perhaps this will encourage you to become one) to join this TEAM! This Team will offer suggestions/threads on locations and classes/instructors that are liked, circuit and weight training ideas, best way to maximize your time and training as well as an opportunity to make new buddies and meet up with one another to do workouts together- taking the greatness of this online experience offline to produce results and moti... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:51:26 EST New Member Hello fellow Houstonians! My name is T. J. I am just getting a chance to set up my page. I'm hoping to do everything right this time so that I can achieve weight loss. The longest I've ever been able to stick to a diet is 2 weeks. I'm on day 16. I'm super excited, but not happy when I have a set back and binge eat. I'm hoping to lose 50lbs. I enjoy reading the success stories on here. Amazing!!! My goal is to write my own success story one day. All I can do is take it a day at a time. ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:46:16 EST New Meetup in Pearland Howdy folks, I'm starting a new meetup weight loss support group in (West) Pearland. We will meet face to face in a support group and there will be opportunities for groups walks and other entry level exercises. Mostly this group will help us maintain motivation. To join, go to and search for a Pearland Weight Loss meetup. We will pop right up. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:20:14 EST hey, its me i just want to get healthy i recently lost 50 pounds now im trying to lose more Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:57:27 EST Starting over again <em>41</em> Hello, I'm Suzie. So basically in the last 8 yrs I have packed on the lbs. I was always the thin one growing up. Im hoping to get back to that. Would love to meet other single moms to workout with <em>9</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:27:29 EST Glad to join the SparkPeople community! Hi everyone! I just joined SparkPeople and am really excited! I have always been fairly consistent about exercise, but have gotten sort of complacent lately (I call it sleep jogging now)! I'd like to shake up my fitness routine with more intensity , maybe something like jump roping or tennis. <BR> <BR> On the nutrition side, I have the diet of a high school kid (but not the metabolism), so I really need to improve my diet habits. Along the way I would like to lose a few pesky pounds th... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:58:13 EST I challenge you to walk a 10K at Anahuac Have you ever been to Anahuac? I haven't. I found the upcoming event (2/25/2012) and plan on driving down and walking. <BR> <BR> The walk route will consist of two 5 km loops. (You can do either loop, or do them both. That is what I plan to do). The town/courthouse loop is on paved roads and would be suitable for wheelchairs/strollers. The Fort Anahuac Park loop has one short steep hill and a boardwalk with steps which would not be suitable for wheelchairs, but could be managed with stroller... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:34:39 EST Snacks during the Texans Game What will you be eating during the Texans game? I'm fixing lots of snacks for the kids, but trying to find something satisfying for myself. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 12:20:46 EST Ashley's starting over... Hey everybody my name is Ashley I've been a member for over a year and finally starting over after being lazy and quitting what I should of kept up with. This time I'm attempting with more attitude towards reaching my goals and coming out on top. I'd like to invite anyone who'd like to befriend me and help with the motivation something I constantly need on a daily basis. Thanks for listening wish everyone with the best of luck with your own personal goals. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:11:48 EST Ashley's starting over... Hey everybody my name is Ashley I've been a member for over a year and finally starting over after being lazy and quitting what I should of kept up with. This time I'm attempting with more attitude towards reaching my goals and coming out on top. I'd like to invite anyone who'd like to befriend me and help with the motivation something I constantly need on a daily basis. Thanks for listening wish everyone with the best of luck with your own personal goals. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:10:56 EST February Fun <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe but February will be here before we know it. Let's challenge to push ourselves just a little bit between now and February 1. <BR> <BR> <BR> F -- Food is the foundation for health. Start your day with a healthy breakfast not just one day but EVERY day! <BR> <BR> U -- Understand what your trigger points are for eating. Just keep a blog or a notepad or even little ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:02:46 EST Important Spark People Update <em>228</em> <em>303</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> <em>228</em> Please read this information, it's a new feature on SparkPeople that some may not want: <BR> <BR> "This information came to me from another member <BR> Through another blog I just learned of a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. I do not like this feature. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:55:08 EST feeling the eye of the tiger ! GO TEXANS ! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:50:26 EST Sonnia Hello my name is Sonnia Chavarria and I am 42 yrs old. I am happily married and have 4 grown children ages 22 to 18 yrs. of age. I have been battling with my weight I either lose the pounds but then I gain it back. I am tired of feeling overweight. I join sparkpeople on Saturday and I am loving this site. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and encouraging one another. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 21:28:12 EST goodbuddy96 Happy New Year everyone! I'm turning 35 this August & must get rid of 25lbs to get my sexy back! LOL!!! Any encourage words or support is welcome. May everyone reach their positive goals this year! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:24:30 EST Newb HI, New to the website any starter tips, friendly words, helpful hints, all that jazz feel free to contact me. i only bite food! =) Thu, 15 Dec 2011 07:37:37 EST Erica new member Good morning. My name is Erica. I am 29 years old. I am at the point of my life that I know I am obese but for the first time I am feeling very depressed, tired, and stressed over it. Not to mention I have a six month old child, am a single parent go to school part time and work full time. I did do the diet pills and nothing worked for me. In the past I would usually work out and had no problem losing weight but after I gave birth to my daughter that same routine does not work for me. Its get... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:27:54 EST Erica new member Good morning. My name is Erica. I am 29 years old. I am at the point of my life that I know I am obese but for the first time I am feeling very depressed, tired, and stressed over it. Not to mention I have a six month old child, am a single parent go to school part time and work full time. I did do the diet pills and nothing worked for me. In the past I would usually work out and had no problem losing weight but after I gave birth to my daughter that same routine does not work for me. Its get... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:27:36 EST New Member text Good morning. My name is Erica. I am 29 years old. I am at the point of my life that I know I am obese but for the first time I am feeling very depressed, tired, and stressed over it. Not to mention I have a six month old child, am a single parent go to school part time and work full time. I did do the diet pills and nothing worked for me. In the past I would usually work out and had no problem losing weight but after I gave birth to my daughter that same routine does not work for me. Its get... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:26:57 EST New Member text Good morning. My name is Erica. I am 29 years old. I am at the point of my life that I know I am obese but for the first time I am feeling very depressed, tired, and stressed over it. Not to mention I have a six month old child, am a single parent go to school part time and work full time. I did do the diet pills and nothing worked for me. In the past I would usually work out and had no problem losing weight but after I gave birth to my daughter that same routine does not work for me. Its get... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:26:26 EST New Member Good morning. My name is Erica. I am 29 years old. I am at the point of my life that I know I am obese but for the first time I am feeling very depressed, tired, and stressed over it. Not to mention I have a six month old child, am a single parent go to school part time and work full time. I did do the diet pills and nothing worked for me. In the past I would usually work out and had no problem losing weight but after I gave birth to my daughter that same routine does not work for me. Its get... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:26:13 EST New Member Good morning. My name is Erica. I am 29 years old. I am at the point of my life that I know I am obese but for the first time I am feeling very depressed, tired, and stressed over it. Not to mention I have a six month old child, am a single parent go to school part time and work full time. I did do the diet pills and nothing worked for me. In the past I would usually work out and had no problem losing weight but after I gave birth to my daughter that same routine does not work for me. Its get... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:25:56 EST SPARKED! and ready for a new adventure good afternoon to all! my name is Linda. I am a 59 year old widow of 10 years. one week ago, i ended a realtionship that has been in my life for 9 years. a decade has passed since i lost my husband. it is time for me to finish phase I of this journey i call my life. this is my time. i am ready to ditch the dieting forever. i am ready for my life changes to be made on my time table and no one else's. i am excited to have found this community and look forward to phase 2 of my journey d... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:32:56 EST Hello Everyone!!!! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm LaDonna. Today is a new beginning for me. It is the first day to my new life. I currently weigh 318 and am looking to lose 150+ pounds. I live in Houston Texas and would love any tipsor buddies that are interested. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:07:30 EST New to Houston Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> New to the Houston area, just moved from the NY area, looking forward to meeting new folks, working through my own obesity, making friends, getting to know the area, etc. <BR> <BR> Came here for a great job opportunity and major life changes after my divorce. Glad to be here, just feel kind of lonely and like I'm on an island once I leave work. I know acclimating to a new area takes time and doesn't happen overnight. <BR> <BR> I have put on about 20 lbs on top of an al... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 09:57:08 EST Hello Hi , I'm new to this website. Any help will be appreciated. I really don't know where to start Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:29:40 EST Museum Walk Dec 10th Walk Start Window: 9:00am -11:00am <BR> <BR> St. Paul’s United Methodist Church <BR> 5501 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004 <BR> <BR> The walk will follow trails and sidewalks in the museum district located near St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. There will be a 5K and a 10K route to choose from. <BR> <BR> From 610 South Loop take Main Street exit, travel north to Binz Street. Turn right onto Binz, Left onto San Jacinto Street, Parking is on the left in either of two St. Paul’s parking lot... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:41:01 EST Come Walk Seabrook on Nov 19th This walk is a Volksmarch (membership is not required). Walk starts at Miramar Park Pavilion at 1900 N. Meyer Rd, Seabrook. From I-45, south of Houston, take Exit 24. Go East on NASA Rd 1 for 7.8 miles, crossing Highway 146 (Bayport Blvd.); NASA Rd 1 turns a slight right into Second Street. Continue on Second Street to STOP sign at N. Meyer Rd. Turn left and continue approx. 0.5 miles to Hammer St. Turn right and park in lot on the right. <BR> <BR> Trail (there is a 5K and a 10K) is rated... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:13:20 EST Hello All Hello, my name is Kyjo and I wanted to introduce myself to the group. I am new to this so if you have any pointers or suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them! I am very excited about being apart of this group. If you would like to see more about me, feel free to visit my sparkpage. Thanks for reading! <BR> KJ Wed, 12 Oct 2011 09:45:27 EST Zuri Hernandez Hello I just wanted to pass by and introduce myself. Im looking foward to being part of this community and start living healthy. Fri, 7 Oct 2011 23:26:43 EST Newbe Hi, just getting started, any assistance and direction would be greatly appreciated. My goal is to lose 10 and with the holiday season fast approaching, I do not want to gain any weight. Week-ends are my most challenging times. Sat, 1 Oct 2011 16:27:39 EST Down Syndrome Associate One Mile Walk - JOIN US!! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> my spark buddy Gal7288 has created a team for the Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 Down Syndrome Associate 11th Annual Buddy Walk! Our teams name is "Just for the Cause"! There is no registration fee! The walk is free! We are all trying to donate money for this cause and if you would like to join us on the walk and/or donate please contact myself or Gal7288. She is the team leader. This will be a fun simple one mile walk and there will be lots of family activities to d... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:29:01 EST Monster Mash Run Sat 10/29 @ Sam Houston Race Park For more info, see: SparkHouston - Upcoming Events <BR><BR>city=Houston <BR> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:13:33 EST Question - Beachbody First off; I'm not selling anything! <BR> <BR> I have a question though - but there was a member of this team I had messaged back and forth with, and she is a TeamBeachBody Coach here in Houston. <BR> <BR> I lost those messages. If you are out there - please message me to my inbox. Thanks. <BR> <BR> Would love to find you again. <BR> <BR> Debra Sat, 10 Sep 2011 21:38:29 EST Newbie Hi! My name is Sherri and I am new. I am now an empty-nester with a daughter in Grad School in Boulder and a son starting at Sam Houston. I need my knees replaced, but have a lot of weight to lose first. Just walking is a real challenge so I need help coming up with exercises that I am able to do without a lot of pain. <BR> I need all the support I can get right now. <BR> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:41:28 EST Hi, Spark Newbie here... My name is Maricela and I'm on the road to fitness with my family working right alongside me. I have traveled the road before, but never with my husband as dedicated as he is now. With him along, I am confident we are going to conquer the weight loss terrain, despite all her peaks and valleys. <BR> <BR> I am a thirty-something, mother of two young girls. I enjoy painting and the company of loved ones. I am looking forward to being able to bowl, roller skate, and lift weights again. If you w... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:44:57 EST One Year Challenge My name is Michelle I am 27 yrs old and I weigh 291 lbs. My sister weighs 220lbs. We both want to get to about 140lbs. We are looking for a few competitive challengers who live in Houston, Tx and are about the same weight and have similar goals to compete against. If you are interested please contact me for a one year challenge beginning September 1st. <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 20:29:07 EST hot newbie! (b/c it's 100 degrees outside. ..ha-ha to SP - I'm 50 - type II diabetic.....low energy level. I am trying to learn to not call myself names like fat, lazy slug.....I have about 50 lbs to lose. 2 weeks ago I joined an afterwork Zumba class at my office so I do get at least 30 mins excercise 2x week - I'm going to try to start doing something on the other days. Like strength training at the gym I've been paying membership for the last 2 years for & haven't gone to. (talk to me about what I COULD have done with the 240 ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:35:56 EST I'm back! Hello everyone! I've finally decided to rejoin Spark and get my diet back on track. I'm very excited about this decision and I'm very luck to have the support of my family and friends. It's taken me a while to get this motivation back, but I've finally gotten it and now I'm going to put it to good use. I've been going to the gym, but not faithfully, and I've been eating right, but not always-now, I'm going full throttle and I'm going to do this! Thanks for all of y'all's support and I look f... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 12:02:46 EST intro Hi, I'm Brandy 36yrs. with 2 wonderful "angelic" boys ages 8 and 10. I live in a North Houston Suburb and attend SHSU full time. I joined this group because I've been a member of sparkpeople since 2010 but have just recently gotten serious about what I want to accomplish and change about my weight and health. I'm looking for friends in the area that are also sparkpeople. One of my goals is to find fun and activity that doesn't revolve around food!!! ((why is that so hard??)) I am also on FB ... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 07:54:43 EST Hula Hoop Challenge Help set the Guinness World Record(tm) of 2500 simultaneous Hula Hoopers and benefit the families and clients of Easter Seals Greater Houston, who are suffering because of federal and state budget cuts totaling over $1 million. In order to protect crucial client services, we're asking you to help us hoop (and spin)! This is a pre-event to the main Care2Spin challenge on September 17. <BR> <BR> When: August 28, 2011 from 9 am until 12 pm. <BR> Where: Discovery Green <BR> Why: To raise money a... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 12:49:41 EST Hula Hoop Challenge Help set the Guinness World Record(tm) of 2500 simultaneous Hula Hoopers and benefit the families and clients of Easter Seals Greater Houston, who are suffering because of federal and state budget cuts totaling over $1 million. In order to protect crucial client services, we're asking you to help us hoop (and spin)! This is a pre-event to the main Care2Spin challenge on September 17. <BR> <BR> When: August 28, 2011 from 9 am until 12 pm. <BR> Where: Discovery Green <BR> Why: To raise m... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 12:47:27 EST Hula Hoop Challenge Help set the Guinness World Record(tm) of 2500 simultaneous Hula Hoopers and benefit the families and clients of Easter Seals Greater Houston, who are suffering because of federal and state budget cuts totaling over $1 million. In order to protect crucial client services, we're asking you to help us hoop (and spin)! This is a pre-event to the main Care2Spin challenge on September 17. <link><BR>4 </link> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 12:46:58 EST rossbranch Hi im a new member; <BR> I want to stay connected so at i can stay motivated. It is my goal to loose 30 lbs. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:52:38 EST HELP!!! 52 year old type 2 diabetic and I'm a mess. Bad eating habits, low self health is spiraling out of control and don't know how to take control back. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 09:31:07 EST Hallo, I'm Aleeta! I would like to thank my husband, Patrick, for introducing me to SparkPeople. It is hand-over-fist better than WeightWatchers online program and it's free! The motivation and accountability are more present as well. <BR> <BR> I am nearing 40 and have one child, a special needs daughter who is turning 18 in September. She is the light of my life (and the cause of my gray hair)! <BR> <BR> I have been on a roller coaster ride with my weight since I turned 30. Now, with my risk for breast cance... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:16:09 EST Hi I am Talia Marie McLean Hi iam talia and i like to join on this site to lose lots of weight Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:06:48 EST Good Zumba classes? Have you attended any good zumba classes inside the loop or in the Galleria area? I'm looking for a class that I can attend after work (starting 6:30 or later) or on the weekends, but online reviews haven't been very helpful so far. Recommendations, anyone? I don't belong to a gym and don't plan to join one. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:13:29 EST Anyone walking around Oak Forest? Candlelight Park, TC Jester Park? Sun, 17 Jul 2011 21:54:09 EST Hello Ya'll Hello, My name is Christy. I am interested in losing about 40 pounds. I am now a grandmother for the first time, my granddaughter is now 18 mos old, I want to be able to run and play with her. Recently our youngest left for BCT in the US Army and now with no children to wake up, tell to do homework or pick up after I have decided this is my time to focus on my health and get this weight OFF!! So I have completed my Sparkpage and have downloaded the app for my phone~~look out her I come. :) <B... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 20:04:43 EST Hello, my name is Angela Hello all! I have known about spark for a couple of years now. What made me join the community now is because I turned 42 a couple of months ago and I feel a little unhealthy and a lot out of shape. I want to strengthen my body and mind and lose about 15 1bs. My muscles have all but slowly disappeared on me. I want to feel strong and in charge of my life again. It is hard for me to stay motivated to exercise. I've tried to enlist my husband, but that hasn't worked out. So I've decied ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 02:52:39 EST Greetings from the NW side! Hi folks! My name is Janet and I'm a newbie here at SP. I live on the NW side of town and recently joined the Clay Road YMCA. If there are any others here on my side of town or who go to the same Y, perhaps we can 'buddy up' and help motivate each other. <BR> <BR> Glad to be here! Gimme a shout. <BR> <BR> Janet Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:15:54 EST Hi my name is Marlen My name is Marlen Avila. I am 26 years old and today my new life begins!!!!!!! I am currently at 210 and want to get down to 150!!!!! I hope you guys can give me some tips on how to do it and also lots of motivation!!!!! Ive tried this many times before but this time feels way different i hope that i can succeed this time with the help of everyone out there.... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:46:55 EST New 50+ member My name is Joan Burnham and I am a new member. I am again trying to lose 25 pounds that I have gained over a one year period because of no exercise and not counting calories. I am excited that I found this site that gives you the menu, grocery list, your daily calorie count plus encouragement. I look forward to this journey of getting to my goal. Sat, 2 Jul 2011 14:37:10 EST New to SparkTeams Hello everyone, I have been a member of SP but I haven't utilized this website the way it should be used. I'm getting better now because I want to lose 18 to 20 pounds. I am graduating with my masters degree in counseling and I want to be slim and trim by the time it comes around in August. I have been going to the gym at 24 hour fitness but due to my work schedule it is hard. I need all of the support I can get so feel free to offer advice. I brought some yoga classes off of Groupons ( I lov... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 01:06:45 EST Hi {{WAVE}} I'm new and motivated Does anyone live near the 77090 area that needs a workout buddy? Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:42:02 EST Hello! I am looking forward to meeting others and having some fun group activities. I will be searching the team for things like that. Today is Day 1! <BR> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 10:58:11 EST Kingwood Newbie Wanting to Say Hello! Hello Hello!!! <BR> <BR> It’s so nice to be here, and introduce myself to y’all!!! I’m about to finish my second week, and I feel great! While reading some Sparkpage’s, it occurred to me that I should join the Houston team, so here I am! <BR> <BR> Finding this place really was my prayer answered, and it has helped me to start my well overdue journey to health & fitness. At first, it was a bit overwhelming, but I still dove right in, and let me say, I’m swimming beautifully now! lol..(s... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 20:05:21 EST Hey there Hi! My names Leslie, im 21 mother of one and married, I live in the cy fair area. I work a full time job and am in college. Im new to all of this, just trying to get fit. Im at 196 now and wanting to be back at my pre pregnancy weight 139. Thanks for reading!! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 14:49:46 EST June Challenge Let's get MOTIVATED again Houston! I've set up a new challenge for the month of June. Post your success rate on this thread! We can do this! <BR> <BR> <BR> J - Jumprope, dance, play--get 30 minutes of FUN cardio in three days a week <BR> U - Undo at least one bad habit each week <BR> N - Nutrition is important, stay within calorie range <BR> E - Exercise your mind, read articles, blogs, sparkpages and share information with your friends and family Sat, 4 Jun 2011 22:06:10 EST Postpartum Depression I'm now 6 weeks postpartum. I've been a depression sufferer for years, diagnosed Major Depressive Disorder few years back. Since having my second son things have gotten really bad. I'm battling severe postpartum depression. So what's going on? <BR> <BR> Marital issues, having a 20 month old starting into his "terrible twos", a 6 week old with colic (something new to me), nursing around the clock right now because he's on a spurt, being the heaviest I have ever been in my life, being a stay a... Sun, 29 May 2011 15:23:37 EST Memorial Day 2011 I'd like to see if there is any interest in some Houston area folks getting together to go for a walk on Memorial Day :) Monday morning, 9:30am at Jesse Jones Park (just north of IAH airport-near Hwy 59 N)--there are some great nature trails to make for a pleasant outing. <BR> <BR> If you're interested, please send me a SP message or reply here. For more info about the park, go to <BR> <BR> Keep up the Spark! Tue, 24 May 2011 13:46:45 EST Beginner I am looking to get into working out without a lot of cost (such as gym membership), but get in to the habit of WANTING to work out. Mon, 16 May 2011 23:04:12 EST Healthy Houston I think it would be great to see Houston off of the Top Ten List of Unhealthiest Cities published by national media sources. Seems like we are always on the top or close to it. Great to see Houston on top ten Healthy cities according to Spark tracker :) Thu, 5 May 2011 20:40:00 EST Mom of an infant trying to lose weight and get fit Hi! I'm the a working mom of an infant and I'm trying to lose weight and get back in shape. After having my baby I just didn't pay attention to myself anymore but I'm determined to change that. The only time that i have available during the week is from 10 pm or after so it will take a lot of will power. <BR> <BR> I decided to try kettlenetics because I don't have much time. If you relate to my story or have any suggestion please send me a message. I'm trying to lose 30 lbs. Tue, 3 May 2011 21:50:15 EST Hermann Park Are there any groups that do regular evening walks in Hermann Park a couple times a week? Sun, 1 May 2011 00:16:17 EST Underpri veledged school needs runners in Houston The Spring Branch ISD Running for the Arts is this Saturday, April 30th. <BR> <BR> If any of you want to run this weekend, it is only $25 for adults and $20 for students. <BR> <BR> *** If you sign up during early registration, you could help our school!! Please do so today or tomorrow at Memorial City Mall. Sign up is in the food court area of the mall by 7pm today (Thursday) or 11am – 4pm tomorrow (Friday). <BR> <BR> PLEASE sign up as a runner for Cedar Brook Elementary!! You co... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:29:26 EST Hi, everyone! Happy Thursday, everyone! I became familiar with SP last year while looking for a recipe nutrition calculator. Earlier this week, I had a chance to see all the other tools SP has to offer and am thrilled. I updated my profile and am now taking advantage of these great resources. I'm 36 years and have been in Houston for about 7 years. Wow, does time fly! I did a figure competition last year and was blessed to learn a lot about nutrition while preparing for it. The downside was it was m... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:26:16 EST Help me win , and get some healthy FREE food! Hey guys, I'm in a competition w/ the Genghis Grill to lose weight and possibly become their spokesperson.(prize is $10,000) There is only 20 days left and I am in 6th place! I have lost 20 lbs in about 60 days! Busting my butt! Anyways, if you sign up w/ them you can get FREE healthy food on your birthday from them and vote for me HERE <link><BR>wall/ </link> . ( I'm #48, Amanda Holverson! You can check out more info about it on m... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:17:11 EST Sprint for life 5k walk/run Anyone participating in the Sprint for life 5k run?It is on May 7th. This is to raise money for ovarian cancer. Sun, 17 Apr 2011 01:24:19 EST Why didn't anyone tell me??? Hi I'm new to SP. <BR> Why didn't anyone tel me I wouldn't always be a size 5??? One of life's lesson, we're never taught. Most of us unfortunately learn the hard way. lol So now I'm here! <BR> <BR> I was doing WW and found I could do the same for free here with better tools. I moved to Houston lil under 2 yrs ago from the Midwest. My goal is to look and feel good again! I have friends who as we reached our 40's start to have health issues that I am just not ready for! Ever! I don'... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:38:49 EST May 1 March of Dimes Walk at UH Today I signed up to participate in the March of Dimes walk at the University of Houston on May 1. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else planning on going? <BR> <BR> Message me if you be interested in making a team and walking together. <BR> <BR> Jenn Sun, 10 Apr 2011 20:58:11 EST Need good host Families for Exchange students IExplore the World Without Leaving Home! <BR> Host an international exchange student through AYUSA International. <BR> Learn the true heart and soul of a culture! <BR> <BR> AYUSA International is a non-profit high school foreign exchange student organization. We welcome teenagers from over 60 countries worldwide and provide host family placement and ongoing supervision for 5 and 10-month academic programs. These exceptional young people look forward to a warm bond of friendship with your f... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 15:44:29 EST Free Crawfish Boil anyone?? There is a great race that benefits Brain Cancer Research coming up on Sunday, Apr 10th. ***If you sign up for the race ($25) and join under the John C. Merchant foundation team, there is a free pre-race crawfish boil for participants on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Your race fee goes toward a good cause and you get a bunch of mudbugs for your trouble. Gotta love Houston!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 00:46:47 EST Introducing myself...I just joined Spark Hello All - <BR> <BR> I have finally created an account. I heard about Spark People a few years ago but wasn't sure if I wanted to make the commitment. I was inspired by a co-workers' weight loss and she said that she received a lot of support from the Spark People community. <BR> <BR> I was under the impression in the past that the web site only helped subscribers to track points, but now I learned it offers so much more. I am so glad! <BR> <BR> At first my goal was to lose weight but ... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:52:15 EST FREE Healthy food, Laugh, and help a team Member! Hey guys, I'm in a competition w/ the Genghis Grill to lose weight. Have lost 18 lbs in about 45 days! Busting my butt! Anyways, if you sign up w/ them you can get FREE healthy food on your birthday from them and vote for me HERE <link><BR>wall/ </link> I'm #48, Amanda Holverson! You can check out more info about it on my page. I appreciate all the support and motivation I have gotten from this group! I am also posting up a video spoof I did of the "wor... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 13:56:45 EST Hey Ya'll!! Hey everyone!!! So sometime last week I was searching for a good daily cleanse and ran into a SparkPeople bloggers blog. She was so inspiring, I decided to join! I was able to lose about a 40 lbs on my own a few years ago, going from 180+ to about 145... went on a family trip out of the country and came back with some major digestion issues... Needless to say, eating right wasn't easy, I've been in and out of doctors offices, and well working out was pretty much nil! I just saw a recent v... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 12:45:00 EST Ciao!!! Hello everyone. This is my first night on I am in dire need of support and friends to help me get this weight loss regiment a kick-start. I have been dieting and exercising off and on for the past 3-4 months. No matter how hard I have tried to prepare myself mentally and physically it seems like the path to losing weight doesn't stick :( I know I don't lack the motivation...that is so not my character. But I definitely lack the will-power. I feel myself getting BORED very qui... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 23:35:45 EST Heels and Hills Half Marathon Irving, TX May 1st I was wondering if anyone would like to join my team "Candyland" at Heels and Hills Half Marathon in Irving, TX on May 1st. So far it is only my friend Katie, my sister Sharona and myself. Would like to dress up in a tu-tu and make shirts. Seems silly to just have three on the team. <BR> <BR> We will be staying at the host hotel the night before the race. Holiday Inn. <BR> <BR> Beginners welcome. We are not competitive by any means. Will set up a tent at the finish line so we can race to ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 16:22:30 EST new team for sea/ship/navy enthusiasts... Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> If you know anybody here who might be a shipwreck enthusiast, amateur sailor, boat nut, marine biologist (amateur or pro), one that worships "Shark Week" on Discovery Channel every year, or loves learning about naval battles and building model ships, etc. then there's a team on here that just got started about a month ago for 'em. <BR> <BR> Its called the "Anything Nautical Nuts and Naval History Buffs" team for those who...well...the title pretty much says it al... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 17:00:39 EST Houston-area events in March... Hey howdy! was just looking for things to do in March for fun around Houston, whether to relax or do something healthy. I found a few, but don't have the websites listed here, you'll have to go after those yourself: <BR> <BR> 1. houston livestock show and rodeo--march 1st to 20th (i'm sure most knew about this, but beyond a chili cookoff, i'd never done the rodeo thing myself) <BR> <BR> 2. Blue Man Group at Jones Hall--March 9th-13th (dang, wish i wasn't broke) <BR> <BR> 3. ConJour 3:... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 12:08:29 EST Run for the Rose, April 10th Calling all Houston Runners! <BR> Is anyone going to participate in the "Run for the Rose" event on April 10th? This is funding Brain Cancer. This will be my first official 5K and was interested in joining a team. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 21:14:04 EST THANKS FOR THE WELCOME Hi, I'm Pam. <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople but hoping I can find the support and help I need here to achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> You can probably guess by my username that I am from Scotland BUT Houston is my home now. I love this city! I look forward to getting to know other SparkHouston members. Sat, 19 Feb 2011 12:14:41 EST Crank It Up Greetings from a fed up old timer (55).... time to take my life back before it's too late. Tipping the scales at a 286 lbs. over the Christmas holidays, I went to the gym to see if I could get on the treadmill without having a heart attack and to see how an old achilles tendon injury would react. So far so good. Wish me luck :) Fri, 18 Feb 2011 01:20:59 EST Any healthy restaurants in Houston? Or have tips? Are there any restaurants that care about nutrition? I know that ideally you should cook for yourself so you know for sure what is in your food. And I do cook at home usually, but I sometimes get cabin fever and also friends invite me go out for dinner alot. Does anyone have any suggestions for a healthier dining-out experience? <BR> <BR> My husband and I do normally split a meal since portions are so huge. But eating out experiences are still pretty bad, intake-wise. Tasty tho! Thu, 17 Feb 2011 17:49:33 EST Memorial Park Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I wanted to know if there was a part of the team that meets up at Memorial Park?? <BR> <BR> I am going up there on Saturday & Sunday at 6:30am and I was wondering I if there were any team members going as well. <BR> <BR> Lynn Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:25:46 EST Greetings from Cypress Hey Everyone!! <BR> <BR> I'm Lynn and I am located in Cypress. Just joined the site yesterday so I thought I would introduce myself. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:06:53 EST Hi...I'm neverfatagain10! Nice to meet you all! I'm over 60 and ready to get in the best shape of my life!!! Bad Carbs and Bad Fats have made me miserable for the past 5 years and I'm ready to be the best I can be and quit all the mindless eating and cook and eat for good health! No matter what our age, we can be the best we can be at any age. I want to be a good role model to my grown kids and grandkids and a better wife to my husband. All of this requires more energy and I will get that as I eat healthier and loose this fat...the "bars... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:29:56 EST Hello My name is Mary and I am here to get support for losing weight..I have lost in the past, but it comes back on...So, now I am here to learn how to get it off and keep it off! Heeeeeere we go Sun, 13 Feb 2011 10:53:12 EST Join the YMCA for Free (for rest of February) Did you ever want to try working out at the YMCA? This is America's Heart Health month and they have a great promotion where you can have a free month of membership through the end of February. If you decide to join this month, they waive the joining fee also. <BR> There is one catch... you need to know a member so they can list you as being referred by that person. Most of us know SOMEONE who is a member at a Y. If you do, think about it. They have GREAT programs, some pretty tough cl... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:26:15 EST Hey Team Houston! Today is my first time on SparkPeople so just wanted to say hi to everyone in Houston, and to introduce myself. I'm originally from England but have lived in houston for almost 6 years. I'm excited about getting my health back on track after a tough few years and am looking forward to seeing results! Have a great day! Mon, 7 Feb 2011 14:18:00 EST Avon Walk - Houston - April Is anyone participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in April? <em>30</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 21:07:45 EST Houston V-Day Campaign events Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> I was happy to see that, on the website, there're 4 different places in Houston participating in the V-Day Campaign to end violence against women. <BR> <BR> If you're wondering about it, the V-day campaign was put together over a decade ago in New York and spread around the world using the work of playwright Eve Ensler. She interviewed hundreds of women and put together a production that changes a little every year (as there're so many stories) and the result of ... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 12:51:40 EST Chevron Marathon, 1/2 and 5K Anyone running this Sunday? I'm doing the 1/2 marathon for the first time. Never been a runner but the last several months of training were awesome. Great calorie burner! Just wondering if any of you will be Sparking it up out there with me... <BR> <em>182</em> <BR> Carol Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:37:16 EST Hey... an introduction Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople about 2 weeks ago and have put off posting a message until now. (I'm a little shy and self-conscious - even online.) My friend told me about SparkPeople and I'm really glad that she did. I have found it to be an invaluable tool in managing nutrition and fitness records; it's the most comprehensive and user-friendly site that I've ever found. Anyway, just stopped by to say 'hi' - FINALLY. =) <BR> <BR> <BR> -Amy Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:33:02 EST New here today! Hello all! I finally decided to come see what SparkPeople was all about. I am currently on Quck Weight Loss Center and have been since November 3rd, 2010. I have lost 21 pounds so far. It's definitely a diet and they make no bones about it, nor do they encourage you to excercise. I am pleased I have lost weight but feel a lot of daily pressure to not "get in trouble" with them when I go weigh in. The upside is that their program has helped me start drinking more water, which I was not d... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:01:21 EST Thinking of starting an indoor herb garden--ideas? Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> I'd love to see what I could do with fresh herbs and such (and to make my own cilantro--a staple in my soups and i'm irritable without it). So many recipes taste great simply because of fresher herbs when its feasible--that and I want to try and make my own herb-infused oils and vinegars (can't find them and if i get it right, I want to make small bottles full for a gift basket for our fundraising raffle) <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anybody'd put thought to maki... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:24:42 EST Hey Hey I am Christina and new to this site Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:00:32 EST Hello! I am 46 and and am looking forward to loosing weight and getting back into shape! over the years i seem to have lost interest in sport activities and really need to find my way back. gradually! in things like disc golf. nice low impact but exersize never the less! hopefully i can keep motivated! day two and so far enthusiastic about it! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:49:51 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi. I just signed up to Sparkpeople today. I am doing the all beverage program through the Methodist Hospital, but I want to get in the habit of tracking my food and water. I have 100+ pounds to lose. I've lost more than 30 since I started in November. I am a married working mom of two young sons. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 18:01:11 EST new to the team hi everyone-glad to be here. hope this will be the time i reach that elusive goal. TRUELINDA Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:45:05 EST From Bellaire,,TX I have two gym memberships: 24 Hour fitness and the JCC. My goal is working out at them vice allowing them to work my bank account. I lost 12 pounds using WW online, I came here to motivate and be motivated. <BR> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:38:58 EST Greetings from Spring, TX Hello Houston, <BR> Checking in from Spring, Texas. I've been on the Journey to Beat the Bulge since September 30th,2010 and a member of SparkPeople since 11-28-2010. Looking forward to losing and gaining with you. (Losing weight,gaining friends) Come visit my Spark page and add me to your friend list. <BR> Make It A Great Day, Everyday! <BR> David Mon, 17 Jan 2011 04:42:12 EST calories burned during walking/ climbing tour? Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> I went on the Battleship Texas hard-hat tour this morning, and wow, it was so interesting! I loved tagging along and was going to go to one in the afternoon, but boy I was feeling a bit sore sitting down after so much time walking and climbing ladders and steps (and the metal seats were freezing my bum--didn't wanna sit!). Of course, I didn't notice til I got out of my truck at home (though it could be breaking in my new boots or the intense stretching and "chair... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 18:18:53 EST Feeling great again Hello Sp, I love this web site. I'm getting back in shape after having a beautiful baby girl. I love her so much but what she's done to my body is horrible. I'm happy to say that I've lost 8lbs so far and I'm excitied to lose the rest. Sat, 15 Jan 2011 18:10:06 EST Turning 50 was a Wake-up Call Just like clockwork, I started to need reading glasses at age 40. I began to notice that it was harder to lose weight than it was in the past. Now, at 50, I'm finding it even more difficult. It doesn't help that I sit at a computer all day (and sometime all night!) and that I have an aversion to exercise! But I'm tired of feeling fat, lethargic, and just plain unattractive. I've always suffered from low self-esteem, and this continues to be a problem. While I recognize that losing weigh... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:39:31 EST 50 lbs to lose. I've been a member of Spark People for a few months but have not been active. I'm coming back to get some help and motivation. I am a mother of 3 with about 50lbs to lose. Very little time to excercise and to eat healthy. I lost the weight before only to gain it all back. <BR> <BR> <BR> A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:25:41 EST Historic Galveston Walk - 1/22/2011 Just wanted to point out that there is a 10k event coming up down in Galveston. I plan on going. Anyone else coming? Fri, 7 Jan 2011 08:47:50 EST What was your best memory of ASTROWORLD? When AStroworld was open I loved going on the Tx Cyclone,Greezed Lightning,and more,but those were the one that I went on the most besides thunder river. With Astroworld gone ten years ago. Do you think that it should have stayed,and not become a empty lot? I know that there is a major theme park coming to kingwood, but not the same as ASTROWORLD. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:12:19 EST GETTING STARTED Hi, My name is Esther. <BR> <BR> I have known for sometime that I need help. My biggest problem is feeling overwhelmed with all the information. I just don't where to start. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 20:28:42 EST It's Time Over the last three years I've let my weight creep up to over 200 pounds...I usually hover around 160. I have two athletic children who can't understand why mom has let herself become so unhealthy and I'm afraid I'm setting a really bad example for their futures. This is why I'm here in a nut shell. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 00:06:04 EST