SparkPeople SparkRaleigh- the Official Team Team Messageboard SparkPeople members in and anywhere around Raleigh, NC SparkPeople SparkRaleigh- the Official Team Team Messageboard Where do you not walk/run in Raleigh? Hi guys and gals, <BR> I just thought this would be an interesting topic for those of us who walk/jog/run outside. I'll start: <BR> <BR> If you're going down Gormon Street, stick to the left side in either direction. This is because NC STate keeps up their side of the sidewalk very nicely, while the other side, sometimes you can't even tell if it's sidewalk or dirt. Also, walking on Westerin Boulevard is not a good idea unless you must since there's only partial sidewalks. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:52:43 EST Yoga Fest 2019 Hi all! <BR> EIs anyone going to Yoga Fest 2019? I am registered and excited about it. More information can be found at: <link><BR>nc-2/ </link> . It's from 7:30 AM to 5 PM on March 23 and the registration fee is $75. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're going and maybe we can meet up! <BR> Sun, 10 Mar 2019 12:43:45 EST Introduction: Jewel Hi, I'm new to SP (just joined on the 5th. I am in southern Raleigh and am legally blind. I have many activities to do around here, thanks to parks, community centers, and such. I'm very happy that I can do so much for my health! Thu, 7 Mar 2019 17:34:18 EST Low Carb Recipes Recipe for Moussaka. Low Carb Atkins. I also added spinach with Feta Cheese and zucchini to layer with the egg plant. It is so Yummy.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cut-moussaka/ </link> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 21:10:54 EST Ketogenic Diet <link><BR>over/ </link> Fri, 12 May 2017 21:16:11 EST Happy Monday! Hope everyone have a wonderful day! Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:45:17 EST Workout partner needed I started at 170, managed to build myself to 280, then hit rock bottom. Hard. I've been lazy with my fitness goals and need someone somewhere in my size range who's good at motivation. if you get me to the gym, my knowledge of all things sports chemistry and physiology will get you big, so it's a win win. Contact me at if you feel like you fit the bill. I also have unlimited guess passes at fitness connection. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:47:51 EST Gluten Free Here is a link that has a lot of info and recipes.. Thought I would share.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>meal-plan-january-7/ </link> Sat, 7 Jan 2017 16:33:58 EST Whole30 Diet <link><BR>3865/ </link> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:16:06 EST Paleo Diet I follow Paleo Diet and found some interesting information/ links.. <BR> <BR> Great Guide.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8595/ </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:46:41 EST How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh <BR> <BR> Link at the bottom where picture chart can be found.. <BR> <BR> By Liza Barnes, Health Educator and Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Eating more fruits and vegetables is a requirement for every healthy eater. But when you buy more fresh produce, do you end up throwing away more than you eat? You're not alone. <BR> <BR> According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family of four throws out approximate... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:21:18 EST 6 Stretches Every Runner Should Do <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1565&amp;page=2 </link> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:58:41 EST Article: Sore Muscles after Run Thank You Mary Ellen for Sharing this!! Great Tips.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ow-to-fight-sore-muscles-with-powdered<BR>-cherries/?utm_source=The+People%27s+P<BR>harmacy+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=a1<BR>3a54b952-Health-Headlines-Email+7%2F1%<BR>2F16&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term<BR>=0_7300006d3c-a13a54b952-220479429&amp<BR>;ct=t(Health_Headlines_7_1_16)&amp;mc_<BR>cid=a13a54b952&amp;mc_eid=7b30ddb947 </link> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:20:47 EST Links for NC and Local Races 2016- 2017 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:58:58 EST Discover More Than 500 Free Workout Videos at Spar <link><BR>st=discover_more_than_500_free_workout<BR>_videos_at_sparkpeopletv </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:47:27 EST JUNE 30 Days to an Active Lifestyle This is a Great Resource.. Check it out! <BR> <BR><BR>ndar_2007-06.pdf <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-06.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 05:15:29 EST Work Out Partner Looking for a female workout partner to do some classes at the gym (I belong to Fitness Connection) or doing some walking. I live in NW Raleigh near Briercreek area and work full-time, so evening/weekends would work great. Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:46:14 EST 15 Funny Race Signs to Keep You inspired 15 Funny Race Signs to Keep You inspired <BR> <BR><BR>5-Funny-Signs-to-Keep-You-Inspired-and<BR>-Laughing-at-Your-Next-Race.htm?cmp=29<BR>1&amp;memberid=83610891&amp;lyrisid=45731629 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>unny-Signs-to-Keep-You-Inspired-and-La<BR>ughing-at-Your-Next-Race.htm?cmp=291&a<BR>mp;memberid=83610891&amp;lyrisid=45731629 </link> Thu, 19 May 2016 06:25:22 EST NCRC 10 K and Half Marathon 5-22-2016 I did this race last Year.. It goes through Umstead Park and was well put together.. A yearly local race that is part paved trail. I did not sign up for it this year since it is so close to my June 4th Race, but want to share link for anyone else who may want to do it. There are also other races in the Empire Grand Prix Series.. <BR> <BR><BR>classic-half-marathon-10k/ <link><BR>ssic-half-marathon-10k/ </link> Thu, 19 May 2016 06:18:58 EST Raleigh Spring Race 13.1 This is a Fun Race starting at North Hills Mall. They have a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. I am doing the Half Marathon. Race Day is June 4th. Please see link below. <BR> <BR><BR>igh-nc-spring <BR> <BR> <link><BR>raleigh-nc-spring </link> <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Tue, 10 May 2016 22:20:31 EST *waves* Hello! <BR> <BR> Not sure if anyone still comes to this group or not, but if any one does, I'm here to say hello to everyone. My name is Bridget, I'm in the my early 30s and have been to SparkPeople before a handful of years ago, but never really got into it. I'm here trying it again and so far everything is good. I'm in my beginning stages of making big lifestyle changes towards being a more healthy person, but once I really get in gear, workout buddies and work out/menu planning and cookin... Tue, 10 May 2016 14:59:45 EST BreMel Hello, <BR> I am in gear to lose weight this year. I am retired and work part time preparing taxes. My husband is not ready to lose weight with me and I my hope are when he see the new me he will get onboard. I am looking forward to having fun and enjoying my journey to a new lifestyle. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:25:20 EST Share Your Recipes Please share your favorite recipes... <BR> <BR> I thought this would be fun to share our favorite recipes since we all love cooking. <BR> I will be back to share my Paleo Pumpkin Bread Recipe.. <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:50:58 EST 2015 Jingle Bell Run/ Walk For Arthritis Sounds like fun and for a Great Charity!! If anyone is going please let me know. I am looking for shorter Races to do through the end of year and would love to connect! <BR> <BR><BR>ievent=1138420 Sat, 3 Oct 2015 06:31:25 EST Ravenscroft 5 K Oct. 17 This looks like fun and wanted to share. If there are any runners out there thinking about this please let me know.. I am thinking about it... <BR> <BR><BR>lead-from-here-5k/map <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:45:00 EST Raleigh Race 13.1 September 19th I am really looking forward to this Race 13.1 coming up in September.. This will be the third one I will be doing in their series. Is anyone else dong this? They also have a 5K and 10K race. Hope to see some Spark People there! <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:40:49 EST August Goals My August Goals <BR> <BR> * Run 50 miles in month of August <em>363</em> <BR> * 2500 Fitness Minutes <BR> * Drink 8 glasses of Water <em>91</em> <BR> * Get weight back down to 118 lbs. Right now it is 122.2, oh my! How did that happen? <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:34:31 EST cynthia moore hi I am a little nervous because this is new to me. but I need to lose weight and this community I beleive wiil help me. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:51:45 EST July Goals July Goals <BR> <BR> * 50- 70 Running miles <BR> * 120 daily Fitness Minutes <BR> * 2000 Total for the month <BR> * Center weight 119. lbs. Range 117 - 123 lbs. <BR> * 8+ Glasses of water <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:25:14 EST i need help to lose these 25 pounds hello, i am 40 year old women, who is pre diabetes, and my dr said either i lose the weight or she is going to put me on pills. So i am here trying to lose the wieght for good this time. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:15:34 EST June Goals June Goals <BR> <BR> 2500 Fitness Minutes <BR> 8 Glasses of Water <BR> Tracking Food Tracker <BR> <BR> I lowered my center weight from 121- 119. I really want to focus on keeping my weight under 120 lbs. <BR> Weight Range Center weight 119 lbs. <BR> <BR> Weight Range 117- 121 lbs. Fri, 5 Jun 2015 07:29:31 EST May Challenge and Goals May Challenge <BR> <BR> Run 50 - 75 miles <em>363</em> <BR> Fitness Minutes between 90- 120 daily with one day rest. <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> Keeping my Weight within range of 117 lbs. - 124 lbs. I may end up lowering the number to 117 - 121 lbs. I will wait to decide. Fri, 1 May 2015 16:37:33 EST NCRC Classic Half Marathon Is anyone doing this Race in Cary, May 2015. <BR> I am thinking of signing up and was wondering if anyone has a discount code? <BR> <BR><BR>rathon-10k/ <BR> <BR> I am trying to run three Half Marathons in 90 days to qualify for Half Fanatics National Running Group... Please let me know.. <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:33:48 EST April Goals and Challenges April 2015 Goals <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> Run 75- 100 Miles Continue Galloway HM Training <em>366</em> <BR> <em>216</em> 2000 Fitness Minutes Cardio and Strength Training <em>362</em> <BR> <em>192</em> Weight within range 117- 124 lbs. Center weight 121 lbs. <BR> <em>91</em> 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:43:19 EST April Daily Chat <em>184</em> Happy April Fools Day!!! <em>126</em> April 1st!!! <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> WOW! Hard to believe we are already here in the month of April.. <BR> <BR> I hope we have seen the last of old man Winter... <BR> <BR> I am planning out my Goals & Challenges for this Month! <BR> <BR> Please share what some of yours are. <BR> I started a new thread under challenges where you can list your April Goals.. <BR> <BR> Today I will do a Cardio Workout DVD and then some Strength Tra... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:36:00 EST March Daily Chat Good Evening! <BR> <BR> Wishing Mary Ellen a Wonderful Safe Trip! <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:22:14 EST February Daily Chat Good Morning! Happy February 1st! <BR> <BR> What are your Goals for February? <BR> <BR> Mine is to continue on with my 12 week Jeff Galloway Half Marathon Training, 12 week Quick Fit System and the biggest is 120 daily Fitness Minutes. I am looking at actual Fitness Minutes and not Spark Tracker Activity Tracker minutes. The other is keeping my weight under 124 lbs. Maintaining between 117 lbs. and 124 lbs. This maintaining is not easy but I have read each year of maintaining your perc... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:54:32 EST January Daily Chat Wishing All a Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Sharon Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:45:14 EST Raleigh Race 13.1 June 6, 2015 I just signed up for this Half Marathon June 6th. They also have a 5K and 10K. <BR> <BR> Now thru 1/5/2015 there is a special coupon for a great savings. <BR> Hope to see you there! <BR> <BR> I also plan to sign up for the one in September. <BR> <BR> These two Races start at North Hills and goes through many of the Greenways. I love the coarse.. <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> . <BR> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:12:24 EST December Monthly Chat <em>445</em> Happy December!! <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> A new month and new goals!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Now we are officially entering The Holiday Season! <BR> <BR> I overslept this morning. I am off by 1 hour. In a bit, I will b doing my jumpstart Cardio to shake away the cob webs and then moving on to Day 29 of my 60 day challenge. Hard Core, such an appropriate name for this one. <BR> <BR> Today is suppose to be one of the nicest days- Lots of Su... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:49:27 EST Raleigh Jingle Bell Run Sharing the Link. This looks like a Fun Run! <BR> <BR><BR>faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1111198. <BR> <BR> Sharon Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:57:39 EST Gobblers Run Nov. 27, 2014 8 am I am signing up for this Race today. Sounds like a Fun one.... <BR> <BR><BR>-5k-2012-11-22.aspx <BR> <BR> of coarse for 2014 <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:48:06 EST Raleigh Rock n Roll Half Marathon I signed up for the Raleigh Rock n Roll Half Marathon on April 12. This will be my first time running a half. Anyone else out there planning on running it? Mon, 3 Nov 2014 05:55:06 EST November Daily Chat Thread <em>465</em> Good Morning! Happy November 1st!! <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> Carol, WOW, you are sure a busy person.. Lots going on in FL. I admire you with all the baking you do and how you are able to keep control on your Sweet Challenge. <BR> <BR> The rain woke me this morning. <em>27</em> I guess this is another wave of expected cold front moving in. Sunday temps are expected in the 30's.. I really need to push myself to get to Lowes so I can find some protective items for my ga... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 06:29:10 EST October Daily Chat Thread <em>465</em> Good Morning Team! Happy October 1st! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> A new month and new goals. I decided to go ahead and sign up for the City of Oaks Half Marathon November 2nd. <em>366</em> I really want to do one more before the Winter months. After that, I would love to do Fun Runs, like a Turkey Trot or Jingle Bell Run. I am going to search to check and see what is available and will post in the Events Thread. <BR> <BR> I am happy on my accomplishments in th... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:08:07 EST City of Oaks DT Raleigh Nov 2, 2014 Hi! <BR> <BR> Is anyone thinking of Running the City of Oaks Half Marathon November 2nd? I am thinking of signing up. I also saw there is a 5K, 10K and Full Marathon. <BR> <BR> I would love to connect! Please let me know. <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:28:53 EST Hi, Folks! New to this group (well, sort of. I have been on the board but not active for a couple of years. Just recently decided now is the time to get my butt in gear!). I'm in Raleigh in the Crabtree area. Looking forward to cheering y'all on! <BR> <BR> Aileen Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:04:09 EST Hello! I am starting over once again with SP. My weight has crept up over the last couple of years. I find myself needing to "find my fitness" again. I enjoy running and biking, but need encouragement for that ever important strength training! I'm hoping to find my spark again along Raleigh's greenway trails. <BR> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:45:44 EST September Daily Chat Thread! <em>213</em> Good Morning Team! <BR> Welcome to September.. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed my sleep <em>102</em> and am just waking up. <BR> I got my first cup of Cinnamon Spice Coffee <em>106</em> and just started reading my Spark People and E-mails. Real slow moving after yesterday's run. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Happy Healthy and Safe Holiday! <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:38:06 EST 8/15/2014 Chat Thread Good Morning Team! TGIF! <BR> <BR> I could get real spoiled with this beautiful weather. I see temps are low 60's again this morning. Doors are open and I am enjoying my Cinnamon Spice Coffee planning out my day. Got on the scale this morning and yeah, it moved to a number I have not seen in awhile. I was doing so good with my weight loss last year up until Thanksgiving and put on 5 lbs. With all the exercise and food tracking it has taken almost a year to see a few pounds come off. I... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:53:56 EST Red Flag Points Click a pennant to spin! You earn Points and reward your favorite Team(s) with Points to help them rise on the leaderboards! <BR> <BR> 8/14/2014 3 points <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>67</em> <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:59:24 EST 8/14 Daily Chat Thread Good Morning Team! <BR> <BR> Oh What a Beautiful Morning! I have the doors open letting in some nice Cool Fresh Air. <BR> <BR> I overslept this morning and forgot to set my coffee maker, so I am moving a little slow. I have a busy day planned starting with my Cardio Warm Up and then out the door for my run. I plan to run 6-7 miles today. Later I will be taking my mother to her Aquatic Physical Therapy for her Gym Workout this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a Wonderful Day.. Enjoy thi... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:51:50 EST 8/13 Daily Chat Good Morning Raleigh Sparkers! <BR> <BR> WOW! We really had some Heavy Storms here last night. I am really looking forward to some cooler temps. Hopefully by Thursday morning when I plan to go out for another run. <BR> I took yesterday off as a rest day- 100% rest. It felt good but I really missed doing some Cardio. It really picks up my heart rate but also makes me feel emotionally great.. It was a kind of blah, blah, day. <BR> My SIS came by after she got off work to visit. She trie... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:57:34 EST 8/12 Daily Chat <em>213</em> Good Morning Team! I think I heard a Rooster crow this morning! <BR> <BR> I am up bright and early this morning enjoying my coffee and trying to go through my e-mails. <BR> <BR> I am so sad of hearing about the loss of another great Icon yesterday! Robin Williams. He was such a great actor and comedian. He gave so much of himself. Praying for his family. <BR> <BR> Today is an off day for me. I am up bright and early to take my husband for a procedure at outpatient loca... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:44:37 EST 8/11 Daily Chat Good Morning Raleigh Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Today is my day!! Up Bright and Early, 4:30 am with the plan of getting out the door no later than 7 am. Enjoying my Cinnamon Spice Coffee followed by a warm up Cardio and then out the door..Long Run Goal, 10.5 -12 miles. <BR> As one of my Fitness Group Members always quotes, <BR> "Determination = Victory!! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! Wishing all a Great Day! Aloha!! <BR> <BR> Memories of the Toot and Tell. Happy to hear they are still here. I re... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:42:40 EST 8/10 Daily Chat <em>213</em> Good Morning Team! Happy Sunday. <BR> <BR> I opened up the doors to let some fresh cool air in. <em>27</em> It still looks very wet outside and I heard we are to expect more rain today. Another rest day for me. I really accomplished a lot of house cleaning yesterday and still managed to do a little Cardio in the morning. <BR> <BR> I am not sure if I have allergies or a cold but I really feel congested with a slight headache and itchy eyes. I always seem to feel this w... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 07:03:03 EST 8/9 Daily Chat Good Morning All! <BR> <BR> I did not want to get out of bed this morning. I guess it started raining very early and it is so dark outside. Perfect weather for sleeping.... Yawn!! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I hope to get a lot of neglected work down around the house this weekend and hopefully do some cooking. <BR> <BR> Mary Ellen those salads sound delicious. Sounds like everything will be just perfect for your entertaining. Carol, I might just have to try out that salad that you men... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:19:16 EST 8/8 Daily Chat Good Morning Team! TGIF!! <BR> <BR> I am moving a little slow this morning. Yesterday was a very busy day for me. <BR> <BR> I got out early for my 6+ Mile Run after warming up to some Express Cardio Workouts. <BR> Later, I took my mother to her Aquatic Physical Therapy for her gym workout. They worked her out hard too. I love taking her to this place. I will try helping her with some of her stretches, especially on her legs. When she stands, she can not straighten her knees. Too much... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 06:49:10 EST 8/7 Daily Chat Good Morning Raleigh Team! It looks like another Beautiful Day! <BR> <BR> I am up bright and early this morning. I am looking forward in my first cup of coffee and reading Spark Blogs.. I have been a little guilty this summer not posting blogs or reading so that is one of my August Goals. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an easy day for me, off day for running. I just did a little Cardio DVD and Hips Thighs Buns. I never can do that on my run day and my legs felt it. I also spent time out in my ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 06:23:35 EST 8/6 Daily Chat Good Morning Raleigh Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Today is a free day for me.. Yeah! Yesterday was very busy so today will be nice and easy.. <BR> I went for my long run yesterday after a 5 day break and WOW! I did great! I ran over 10 miles and made it up most of the hills. One is still a big challenge, the one going toward the hospital. I guess if I ever need to go to the ER, I could crawl there. <BR> I am enjoying my coffee reviewing my workout schedule for the day. It is a weight training ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 06:20:55 EST 8/5 Daily Chat Thread Good Morning Team! <BR> <BR> What a busy day yesterday! We finished the day taking my mother for her Aquatic Physical Therapy. It was pool day for her and she really is enjoying it. Another busy one today with the bug company coming later this afternoon... <BR> <BR> Maryellen, I hope your luncheon went well yesterday. <BR> <BR> I woke a little earlier today with the hopes of getting out early for my Run. I took the weekend off thinking all days were going to be Rain, oops, my mistake. ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 06:03:59 EST 8/4 Daily Chat Thread Good Morning Team! <BR> <BR> What a Way to start the Day! <BR> My morning spin on the wheel was 25!! Woo Hoo! And Red Flag Spin for the Raleigh Team 20 points!! <BR> <BR> I hope I am not getting sick again, woke at 2:30 feeling congested. I took a sinus pill and eye drops, nose spray and think I went back to sleep for a bit. We have been passing this back and forth in our family.. I hope my mother does not catch it again. <BR> <BR> Enjoying my coffee getting ready to start my day. I... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:06:18 EST 8/3 Daily Chat Thread Good morning Team! Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> I am moving a little slow this morning. I really need my coffee. <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did a lot of indoor activities since we had rain most of day. I even did some cooking, one recipe from the Spark People. My favorite is the Spinach Stuffed Pork Loin. I am in Hog Heaven, it was so good. I also made my Low Carb Cheese Cake, Tuna Fish Salad and Deviled Eggs. <BR> <BR> I take my measurements today after completing my 12 week Chal... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 06:53:22 EST 8/2 Daily Thread Good Morning Team! Happy Saturday. <BR> <BR> I saw temps are in the 60's so I am opening the windows and doors for some nice fresh air. <BR> It is suppose to be a rainy weekend but right now no rain. Maybe I can get out for a short run after my Express Cardio Workouts. I did my longer run on Thursday when I saw the weekend weather forecast of 4 days solid rain. I plan to sign up for my first Half Marathon here in NC since 2010 Clearwater Beaches Half Marathon. I am getting so excited.. ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 07:04:03 EST 8/1 Daily Chat Thread Good Morning Team! TGIF and Happy August 1st. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying my Cinnamon Spice Coffee with doors open while the temps are nice. <BR> It is hard to believe we are already entering the month of August. <BR> <BR> I have been working on a 12 week challenge that will soon be coming to an end and WOW, since the beginning of it, it appears I have lost 5 lbs. Yeah!! I have been working on loosing those last 10 lbs. since last November. I work out with Gilad, Bodies in Motion. Before m... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:49:05 EST 7/31 Daily Thread Good Morning Team! Happy Thursday! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It is another beautiful morning here in Raleigh, NC. I am enjoying my Cinnamon Spice Coffee with the doors open planning out my day. <BR> In a bit I will do 34 minute Cardio Blast for my warm up. Then I plan on pushing myself out the door for a Run. I am thinking of running 8-10 miles... Maybe more since we have predicted rain for this weekend. I am training for Half Marathon September 20th. My last one was in FL- 2010 pri... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:35:14 EST 7/30 Daily Thread Good Morning Raleigh Team. <BR> <BR> I don't know if anyone wants to participate in a daily thread, but I thought I would try to get one going. My team in FL is very active with this, it's similar to getting together for coffee virtually and just coming by to say hi and maybe what you have done or plan to do for the day. More of a Chat so I thought I might start one and see how it goes. I really would love to see the team get active, if not in person, at least virtually. <BR> I moved ba... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:12:19 EST Join us for Light the Night-Leukemia Walk Hi everyone, <BR> I hope this is ok to post. I am a three year survivor of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. My family and friends take part in Light the Night here in Raleigh each year since I was diagnosed. This is a fun fundraising walk to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our goal this year is to have a bigger team and raise at least $1,500. Last year was the first time I was healthy enough to walk and so far looking good for this year too! :) We would love to have new folks join ou... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:45:49 EST Raleigh Newbie Hi there, <BR> Well this is my second attempt with Spark People-last time got sidetracked plus forgot the passwords. I am trying to finish losing weight-need drop about another 40-50 pounds. Before cancer, almost three years ago, I was about 40 pounds heavier. I am happy with the loss of weight but I need to drop more to be in the healthy BMI range. So thought this was a great place to go for the rest of this journey. I recently moved to Raleigh,been in Triangle area for years. So I guess th... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:36:09 EST Can Someone Please Lead This Team? I'm really sorry that I never stepped up and got things going here. Maybe if my health hadn't gone crazy and I hadn't had to move, I'd have more energy. I hate to see it just languish without a strong leader. I will need to step down and let someone more fitting take over. Please consider this if you are willing and able to do it. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:59:05 EST Newbie Hi all! I'm new to the board...I' look forward to connecting with the group. Any weight loss and fitness tips are greatly appreciated! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:44:29 EST Anybody else doing Ella's Race? Just curious if anyone else is doing Ella's Race in Raleigh on March 22? They have both a 5K and 10K. <BR> <link><BR>3-course </link> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:31:01 EST Beautiful day for a run I knew I could share on here without family and friends wanting to choke the life out of me. They got 5-7 inches of snow in back home in MI and they're not real happy with me sharing pictures of sunshine and post on FB with weather updates. <BR> <BR> Decided since most of the snow should have been melted I would take my run outside today. It was a little chilly and windy when I headed out, but decided against my long sleeve technical shirt. And I am glad I did, in the short period of a hour ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:14:52 EST Camp Gladiator Boot Camp If anyone is interested in outdoor boot camps. Camp Gladiator is a great option. Camp Gladiator is an award-winning outdoor fitness boot camp that made it's debut in North Carolina in 2013. <BR> <BR> Check out the website learn more about this year round outdoor boot camp. There are over 17 locations in RDU. <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:45:03 EST New to the area...sort of Hi everyone, my name is Bobbie and I have been with SP on and off or 8 years and I absolutely love it. <BR> <BR> I currently live in Michigan, for another 26 hours at least. Then I am on the road for NC. I am relocating with my boyfriend since he got a great employment opportunity and wouldn't take it unless I agreed to go. We came down over Thanksgiving and again over Christmas and I absolutely loved it. <BR> <BR> I will be moving about 45 minutes east of Raleigh, but since it is only 45 ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 04:06:48 EST An Invitation Greetings, SparkRaleigh teammates! <BR> <BR> I know that the start of the year is a time when many of us resolve to regain focus on healthy eating and healthy living. I've been SParking for almost five years and have been maintaining for 4.5 of those years. <BR> <BR> Without a doubt, the support of Spark Friends have given me the motivation to get focused when I started losing focus, and the support I need to maintain.I <BR> <BR> If you are looking for a fun way to stay motivated as you... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:14:33 EST Check In Let's have a place where we can say what's going on in our lives and keep in touch. Afraid I'm a bit of a downer right now, due to coming home sick from the family cruise and having it develop into a nasty sinus infection which doesn't seem to want to go away completely. When my thyroid went really hyper in August and put me in A-fib (and in the hospital!), I was put on anti-thyroid meds that seem to have revved up my appetite and made pounds pile on alarmingly quickly. It seems my body is... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 07:52:03 EST Hello My name is Sarah. I live in North Carolina and enjoy working out, running and playing soccer. I am on here to meet people, make new friends, and lose some weight. Due to some injuries, I have gained a bunch of weight and would like to go back to before I got married when I was about 50lbs lighter. <BR> <BR> -ps sorry about the double post on the spraleigh board--i wasn't paying attention when i posted earlier Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:19:51 EST Returning Member Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm returning to SparkPeople after an absence and just want to say hello. I know that a lot of people are busy through the holidays, but I'm hoping there might be a meet up somewhere between now and Christmas. Please check out my SparkPage if you'd like. I've been on Facebook and found that it doesn't offer much in the way of support and positive feedback for weight loss or even health issues. Hope to be in touch with some of you soon. <BR> <BR> Sylvia Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:39:34 EST Hello - seeking workout buddy Hello everyone! Never really done anything like this before but here it goes! I joined this site a while back but never really tracked/did anything with it and I'm trying to be more responsible with tracking things! <BR> <BR> I would love to meet people who want to go out and be active in Raleigh/surrounding areas. I'm by no means in shape however, so I'm looking for someone who would like to go hiking/walking, maybe play a little tennis, etc. Nothing too crazy to start with! :) I really en... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:43:07 EST #Back on Track <BR> <BR> What do you say, folks? Ready for a little effort and accountability? Let's post out accomplishments, whether dietary or fitness-oriented. And admit when we let ourselves down and then get...back on track! It's a new month and time for a new start! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=back_on_track_a_consistency_challen<BR>ge_for_august </link> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 08:53:39 EST Time for a Re-Boot Hi All! My name is Whitney, and I'm back on SparkPeople looking for a reboot after close to a year of nursing a back and ankle injury. I'm getting ready to start off my "new" healthy program with 3 weeks on the Whole Living Action Plan. Anyone out there also working to lose some weight following REAL food plans?? (no 0 carb, low-fat, etc for me - I want real food, not processed or fake). Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:41:00 EST Hi, Team! Let's Get Something Going Here! Well, in a moment of (probable) insanity, I volunteered to give leading this team a try. I live north of Apex near Jordan Lake, so am not all that Raleigh-centric. I was wondering for how many people this might be the case, and whether we should broaden the focus a bit. I'd love to hear where everyone's from and what they expect of an active team. Do you want meetings every few weeks? Do they need to involve physical activity? Do we need a planning meeting for those interested in taking... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 15:22:08 EST TWICE MONTHLY MEET-UP Hi Everyone- <BR> I'd like to start two events in Raleigh and will gladly co-ordinate. I hope you'll find yourself being a part of a group designed for good helpful purposes. <BR> <BR> One is a weekly excercise meet, the other is a twice a month dinner meet. Please consider one of the other? Feel we can all benefit from like minded friends struggling with weight control...always great to spend time with those that have a good influence on us. Let's work together and help each other? <BR> <B... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:48:51 EST About me...... Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm working towards weight loss and so far experience more sucess exercising than sticking to the diet! If anyone wants to join me on an excercise walk, please get in touch! This Friday I'll be walking (holiday off) at 10 am in North Raleigh, send me an email if you'd like to go. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:13:11 EST Come join my team for the NAMIWalk Hi All! <BR> <BR> I have signed up as captain of a team to walk in the 2013 NAMIWalk in Raleigh. There is some information below about the organization I am representing, Bring Change 2 Mind, as well as it's partner, National Alliance on Mental Illness. The walk is 2.5 miles and is in Raleigh. This is a topic that is very important to me and what I do for a living. Please consider joining my team to help raise awareness of mental health issues and working on some fitness at the same time... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:22:54 EST Wakefiel /Factory Y with children Does anyone here workout at these facilities and also have a toddler/preschooler in the Playhouse? I am having pretty severe issues with my 2.5 yr old refusing to stay in childcare for over a month now (was previously fine)....just checking to see if there might be someone here I could potentially synch workouts work and find a "friend" for her to look forward to seeing....long shot but you never know if you don't ask, lol! Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:30:53 EST Team Co-leader Needed Hello everyone, <BR> This team needs a co-leader. I need some help if anyone has some spare time they want to contribute. Any help you can give I would appreciate it. Email me if you are interested. <BR> Thanks <BR> Larry Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:12:29 EST North Raleigh Fitness Partner Hi - I live in NRaleigh and am looking for someone to excercise with me on any occasions you have time? <BR> <BR> After 5 weekdays or weekends any time for fast fitness type walking, bicycling, raquetball or tennis (practice hitting only), or gym workout at Fitness Connection locations or 02 Fitness locations- <BR> LOTS of options-hope to hear from you. Email if interested please! Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:37:42 EST Hello Everyone Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Ladyvee and I'm glad to be here with everyone on my journey to lose weight to control my diabetes and take my life back. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:10:04 EST what's happening with the team? are there still meetings on Tuesdays? are there going to be any new group activities scheduled that I have missed out on? <BR> Has life gotten in the way of this group working again? <em>24</em> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:28:12 EST Gym/walking partner Female <BR> Apex/Holly Springs/Fuquay areas <BR> Member of ClubWorx in Fuquay <BR> <BR> Hi! <BR> <BR> I would love someone to partner up with for motivation and to hold each other accountable. I would like to go to the gym more and love to walk. I am a high school teacher and also work Wednesday and Thursday evenings plus I have 2 kids and a husband. I am having a hard time fitting fitness in and would love to find someone to encourage me and who maybe has some tricks to fitting fitness ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:22:38 EST What are your hobbies? So, what do you like to do for fun? (Aside from tracking your food and exercising, of course!) <BR> <BR> Personally, I crochet, read, play with my kids, and mess around on the computer, among other things. I have also recently joined a public speaking skills club, which is proving to be a lot of fun as well. I also love spending time with my family, many of whom are in town, and my friends. Not sure if that counts as a hobby, but there you go!! Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:34:33 EST Motivate Kids to exercise! I have two kids. One is 11 and the other is 13. Unfortunately they have pick up some bad habits from me. I have been trying to find a way to get them more motivated to exercise. I found it. It is called zamzee. This website encourages kids to get outside and play by tracking their activity with a pedometer. The more they run around the more points they get. They can win badges and cool prizes. The activity trackers are only 30$. Check it out here: <BR> <link> </link> ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 21:31:10 EST New Team Logo Vote <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> This thread is so you can vote on your favorite choice for the new team logo. Please do not post anything else on this thread. It will help me tally the votes on Monday. <BR> Thanks <BR> Larry <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:59:03 EST Hi So I've been apart of Spark people for about a week now. I've been trying for the last year to get back down to my pre pregnancy weight but it's been hard to do. So I'm hoping that by using this site I can reach my goal. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:16:31 EST New member to the team Good afternoon all, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team and I am excited about achieving my goals along with each of you. I know we all will have a great year. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:15:02 EST north raleigh meetups Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am in the Northern end of Raleigh- toward Wake Forest/Rolesville..Not far from Triangle Town Center..Is anyone interested in meeting up to walk on trails or chit chat in that area? I am 27 and looking for friends in this area as well!! Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:36:24 EST Questions About Results of a Cold Hello all, <BR> I have been dealing with a cold for the last 3 days. It has resulted in a noticeable change in both my energy level and appetite. I think in the past this has happened but I have never noticed it before. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this to confirm my hypothesis. It started with being very tired and sleepy on Thursday and Friday. Then Saturday I had a spike in my appetite. I couldn't get full. I went over my calories by about 1000. Today, I have no appetite at al... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:05:21 EST Newbie here! Nice to meet y'all! Hello everyone! <BR> I just joined SparkPeople today after a few days of toying with the decision in my head. <BR> <BR> I'm 19, but will be turning 20 early March, and I'm just tired of being unhealthy. I've always been a heavy girl and, until recently, I was fine with that label. I didn't mind being the biggest of my friends but a recent sit down with my doctor has me wanting to get healthy. If I keep going down this path I'm at risk for becoming diabetic. <BR> <BR> Needles are not my t... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:26:15 EST SparkRaleigh Ranking Way to go Team!! <BR> We are now #35 on <BR> We are climbing up the ranks. Keep it up! <BR> <em>205</em> <em>252</em> <em>104</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:49:36 EST Hello Everyone! I remember being six years old and feeling sad because I didn't look like the other girls at my school. I grew up in a house where we didn't focus on eating habits, and when I entered college I didn't try and fix the problem. I have went from 212 pounds to 180 pounds over the past year by just keeping an eye on what I eat, but I want to really take control of my weight loss so I joined here! I'm hoping to lose about 35 more pounds. I hope that I can learn and make some new friends by using Sp... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:21:57 EST Spark Raleigh Team Meeting Jan. 22 We are starting our first Weekly SparkRaleigh Team Meeting on January 22. To find out more go to the events here: <BR> <link><BR>asp?city=Raleigh </link> <BR> <BR> Come on out and lets support each other in our goals for healthy living. Let your voice be heard about what activities you want to happen. See you there. <BR> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>235</em> <em>48</em> <em>271</em> <em>334</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:20:19 EST Fit and Active at Aldi on Harrison Just got home from shopping at Aldi on Harrison in Cary. For those of you who haven't experienced Aldi bring a quarter and bags. They always have great deals on produce. What they have on stock fluctuates depending on what they can get a good deal on. Right now they have a ton of Fit and Active brand foods. They also have some great deals on home exercise equipment (dumbbells, yoga mats and treadmills). I bought a nice yoga mat for 5$. Just thought I would spread the word. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:47:38 EST Just giving my joining up to the team shout out HI everyone <BR> I am one of those 30 something moms of two kids that has finally kicked herself in the pants and committed to herself to lose some weight and become more physically fit! So far so good. <BR> I am loving the trackers and recipes on this site. I have heard support from weight loss buddies help, so here I am. Thanks in advance. <BR> Have a blessed week! <BR> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:06:59 EST Chance to Earn a Free Fitbit I am working on earning a free fitbit on Everymove. How it works is you create a team of people and each member tracks their exercise. The team has until Jan 26 to earn as much points as they can. The more people in the team the easier it is to earn it. You have to set up your team before Jan. 14. I have 9 slots available. You can also start your own team and the points you earn counts for both teams. If you are interested in this great way to motivate exercise send me a message. I will need ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 22:05:42 EST Face to Face Meeting Location! OSDOWNS has found us a good central location we can have our meetings. For now we will start meeting at the Starbucks off of Lake Boone Trail. Its free and can hold around 12 people. Plus coffee. :) <BR> 3800 Lake Boone Trail <BR> Raleigh, NC 276072927 <BR> <BR> I would like some input on a couple things getting this started. <BR> <BR> 1) How often do we want to meet? <BR> 2) How long? 30 mins or 1 hour? <BR> 3) What day is best for you? This is a tough one cause everyone has different sch... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:06:10 EST New SparkRal Activities I added two new activities to They are both up coming 5k run/walk events in the area. Lets try and get a group together to walk some of these. Wouldn't it be great if we all wore spark people shirts. Woo hoo! That would be fun. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:29:05 EST Change in Activity Notice Instead of using up a whole forum for official activities I will be posting them to the location. You can access these with the link above. The activities will be on the bottom left side of the screen. I will post when I add new activities in the general forum. <BR> Thank you Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:24:31 EST Goals Met? So I am curious, who can tell us about a News Years Resolution that they successfully kept in the past? Or any important goal, whether it was big or small? Sat, 5 Jan 2013 17:45:02 EST Hi everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself since I am new to SparkPeople. <BR> My name is Megan, I am 18 years old and a freshman in college. <BR> I am in a relationship with a United States Marine who likes to keep me motivated to reach my goals, especially ones to better my health. <BR> I have always tried to keep myself healthy, but when I was 16, I had major shoulder surgery which stopped me from doing many workout and exercises. I was immobile for 2 months and was in rehab for 6 months after that... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:38:20 EST SparkRaleigh Community Garden We are working diligently to make this happen. We will post any new information here. Thank you everyone who is working to make this happen. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:26:21 EST Happy New Years Everybody!! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Years! What did you do to celebrate? Did you mind your health or throw it out the window for "just one day"? And do you have any resolutions for 2013? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:36:36 EST Great Fitness Motivation Websites I have found some great websites that are helping me get motivated to get out there and move. I wanted to share them with my SparkPeople. <BR> 1) Earndit - You can link this site to many fitness trackers and earn gift certificates and prizes for how much you exercise. <link> </link> <BR> 2) Everymove - You enter your activity or connect to many tools, like nike+ or fitbit, and earn prizes for exercising. <link> </link> <BR> 3) Nexercise - This is a fu... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:14:36 EST Fitness Partner Classifieds This topic is so you can look for or request a fitness partner. To keep things organized lets post with this format: <BR> *Your gender - prefered gender of fitness partner ("any" if it doesn't matter) <BR> *Location <BR> *Sport you prefer <BR> *A quick note <BR> This way we can skim through the posts quickly to find a suitable match. Look through all the posts BEFORE you post. There might be someone perfect for you who has already posted. If you post on here and find what you are looking for... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:26:19 EST Brier Creek 5k Run/Walk "January 12 (Saturday) Brier Creek 5K – 5,000 meters – 8 am – Contact: Jennifer Wrigley at <BR> <BR> One thing you will not need to worry about at this race is cars getting on the course. The race is run on the cart paths of the beautiful Arnold Palmer golf course at Brier Creek. <BR> <BR> The entry fee is $25, After January 10th, the fee is $30 up to and including race day. In addition to a long-sleeved t-shirt, the fee also includes a post race continental br... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:05:56 EST new to site I live in north Raleigh and am looking for someone who has been at this weight loss thing for awhile to provide some tips on staying motivated. also wouldn't mind a walking partner. I have tried this so many time and know I cannot give up but something has got to be done. would like to get to know some other raleigh members Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:36:10 EST Tell 3 People a week about SP Lets get Raleigh healthy. I challenge all of us to tell three people, who don't know about spark people, about our Raleigh Spark Team. I am using the great "you've been sparked" marketing cards available to print. Tell doctors, friends, grocery store cashiers, coffee shop baristas and any one else you can think of. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:17:17 EST Activity Ideas This is where we brain storm. Think of something fun that will help you get moving and active. What interests you. What do you like to do that others might want to join in. Lets get this team active and on the move. Post your ideas and your votes. When you post an idea, put the name of the activity first with stars around it like this: *Dance Night*. Then we can vote based on the activities name like this: Dance Night = 1. <BR> Thanks <BR> Larry Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:47:19 EST New Team - New Logo Hello Team, <BR> The first challenge for January is a new team logo. We need a fresh start. If you want to be a part of this join by posting to this forum. We will accept entries until January 23. I will narrow the entries to 4. Then the team can vote on the one we like the most. So draw it with crayons, pencils or use your Photoshop skills. When designing this logo, let's try and capture what it means to be from Raleigh. I have set up a Photobucket account so we can all view the logos. The l... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 14:25:24 EST reintrod ucing... for a revived team Hi I am Lynn, I am 52, my primary goal here on sparks is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have learned a lot and have a lot left to change in my life to help to accomplish my goals. I am a swimmer, bad knees keep me off the beaten path for the most part. But have been adding walking to my routine a few times a day. I stay pretty active everyday and am amazed by the changes in my life in the last year... especially since I joined Spark People. I could never do then what I am doing now. ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:39:53 EST Official Local Activities The advantage of being part of a local team is doing activities together in person. This forum will be how we let you know what we are planning so you can sign up. Please keep this forum clear of all other posts. If you want to volunteer to organize an official activity <em>224</em> , spark-mail me and we can set it up. <BR> Lets get active, <BR> Larry Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:05:58 EST New Team Leader Hello all, <BR> It looks like the team leader has become inactive for this team. I have officially become the co-leader. I am very excited about getting SP revved up here in Raleigh. I have a lot of fun ideas and will begin posting official activities soon. First I would like to ask everyone what they would like to see their Raleigh SP team doing. We are all local so there are things we can cook up that other teams can't. I want to see some good ideas coming in. Ask yourself "What would help ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:18:56 EST New to SP in Eastern NC Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> Where do I even begin? Well, my name is Kristen, and just like everyone else, I'm struggling with getting myself to a healthy weight. I have been trying to lose weight for years now, but I always found an excuse to skip a workout which turned into 2 skipped workouts, then 3, then 4. Then the next thing I knew, I had given up. But this time has to be different. I am a 22 year old college student. I am in my last semester of undergrad, and I'm applying for graduate scho... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 17:54:39 EST Krispy Kreme Went to the Kripsy Kreme downtown today after church. I bribed my daughter into going to church with me by letting her pick where we eat after church. <BR> <BR> I did something I have never done before, bought 5 donuts. We picked out qa donut for each person in our family and nothing else. <BR> <BR> The woman behind the counter told me I could get a dozen for what it would cost me to get 5, but I just thanked her and went ahead with the 5. <BR> <BR> Took them home. We each ate our donut an... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 12:00:04 EST I'm a noob hey guys this is my first day here and i am rather enjoying it ^.^ came here for extra motivation Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:00:28 EST Hey Hey Raleigh! I know it has been a while, but are ya'll still out there? I am back around, I won't be on as much as I used to (life is crazy right now!) but this team is still "home". I am a little shocked that I am the first one to huddle and it is after 6:30 pm! <BR> <BR> Is anyone still getting together for monthly meet-ups? And if not, is anyone still interested in doing them? <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well, I look forward to hearing from everyone! Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:43:22 EST COLOR ME RAD Hi all - this is my first forum post :) <BR> <BR> I didn't know if anyone was going to be doing the COLOR ME RAD 5K at Walnut Creek/TIme Warner in Raleigh on October 27, 2012. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a fantasic day! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:48:46 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello, <BR> My name is Tammy and I am new to Sparkpeople. I have over 100lbs to lose and I KNOW this will be the last time to lose the weight. I am focus and ready to go!!!! Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:34:04 EST Not officially from Raleigh Hi everyone!! I didn't see a listing for Cary, so I thought I'd see how welcome neighbors are to this group. I'll just wait for a reply :) Hugs, Marilyn Tue, 4 Sep 2012 16:06:14 EST Roll Call, How are you doing? trying to get this board more active. Check in here and let us all know how you are doing with your goals, where you workout, whatever you want to share with the group. Calling all Raleigh team members... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:47:08 EST Horse Back Riding? Has anyone visited the Dead Broke Ranch off of Old Creedmoor Road in Raleigh? I am thinking about taking beginner riding lessons there and wonder if this is the right place for a real beginner. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:12:36 EST Where are you Raleigh?! With 9300+ members, I would think there is some noise on these message boards....So, what exercise did you do today? <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>324</em> <em>320</em> <em>332</em> <em>313</em> <em>353</em> <em>351</em> <em>363</em> <em>358</em> Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:48:03 EST Upcoming Events Hey Raleigh Sparkers! I was invited to participate in a few events yesterday and wanted to throw them out there if anyone is interested. There is the Zombie Mud Run (5k) <link> </link> on September 8th. There is also the MS Bike Ride down in New Burn that same weekend. You can chose to do 30, 50, 75, or 100 miles. On October 28 there is the Hallowed Half Marathon and 10K <link><BR>event_id=577 </link> . There is also a list of other... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 05:37:30 EST Jacqui B! Hi there! My name is Jacqui... I'm getting married next year and I have a lot of weight to lose... but I'm not particularly losing it so I'll look good on my wedding day, but because I want to feel better. I've done spark people before, but I didn't really get in on the message boards, trying it out this time... maybe it will help me. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:28:22 EST just wanted to say: hey Hey sparkraleigh, i am excited to see some sparkpeople in raleigh..i live in clayton, nc and it is nice to know there are someone so close. i am starting once again and pray this time i will stick w/it and make this weightloss work for me...i am looking for some support and hopefully i can support others... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 11:52:22 EST New to the Team but not to SparkPeople Hi, I'm Linda and I live north of Apex in a rural(ish) area which happens to be convenient to Cary, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. My daughter has a small horse farm and I live over the garage, which makes it very convenient for watching my grandson and helping with cooking and laundry. Mounds and mounds of laundry! I haven't lost much weight in almost a year on SP, but I've managed my blood sugar so I no longer seem to be prediabetic. I do yoga and aqua aerobics at Rex Wellness in Cary... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 15:36:35 EST Best of the Best June 2012 Anyone interested in doing a weight loss competition for June? I need something to push me to eat better and be more regular on my exercise. If you feel the same way, lets start a challenge for the entire month of June. The highest % loss using<BR>eight-loss-percentage.html <BR> Is bragging rights of being the best in June enough of a push to get people to compete? <BR> we'll see <BR> <BR> June 1st , log in and post your weight. <BR> Every friday, l... Thu, 24 May 2012 11:05:24 EST Just Joined Sparkpeople! Hey to All - I am excited to begin this journey to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. I live in North Raleigh and look forward to learning from everyone in NC! Tue, 22 May 2012 09:49:51 EST Being Closer Hello Everyone in the Raleigh area <em>213</em> , my name is Joyce and I live in Wilson, I joined sparks, but it seems so much nicer when you know there are people closer to where I am, I have just recently retired, and am finding myself really being bored, I moved to a place where I know no one,(moved in with my boyfriend), who by the way is a really picky eater, and started eating the things I haven't eaten in years, like red meats and french fries, and it is really telling on me, I am onl... Sun, 13 May 2012 20:23:56 EST I feel special, 9000th team member! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Brad, another yo-yo story here. One and a half years ago, I went from 260 to below 220. Then I got on the wrong wagon and climbed up to 254. Now, thanks to encouragement from friends, I have made to switch back to losing weight and working out. May be looking for more support from friends here to keep me on track. Sun, 13 May 2012 19:13:26 EST Help! I need help with sticking to my weight loss program. I'll loose fifteen to twenty pounds and I find myself back where I started. This time I haven't been motivated enough to even loose ten pounds. The really sad thing is I have gained 7 pounds. Totally frustrated at the moment. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:35:54 EST Lake Lynn I'm looking for a walking buddy to go around Lake Lynn with me. I usually go from around 7:25 pm ish...would be great to meet some new people! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:56:55 EST Creedmoor anyone? Hi, I live in creedmoor and belong to the "road to fitness" gym and really love to walk in mydevelopment. Anyone out there live in the area? could use a local fitness supporter / buddy. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:47:32 EST Preggo walking partner- Lake Johnson trail Hey ladies, <BR> I am looking for a walking partner to join me at the Lake Johnson trail…any pregnant ladies interested? I walk at a comfortable pace. <BR> Evenings around 5pm works perfect for me. Let’s walk for about 30 mins. <BR> <BR> Hope to get some replies from you baby bumps out there.. <BR> <em>79</em> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:13:32 EST Hi from Wake Forest Looks like most of you are from Cary and Knightdale... anyone up in the Wake Forest area? Thu, 1 Mar 2012 10:18:50 EST Raleigh is Slipping... How did we lose over ten places in the city rankings from just a year ago? Come on, Raleighites! I'm willing to pick up the pace - whose with me? Let's get Raleigh closer to the top where we know it needs to be!! Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:36:49 EST Fitness Connection Hello! I am looking for women who would like to get together and work out at Fitness Connection in Raleigh. I actually like to muffling other people and that is what gets me motivated. I can work out everynight from 8pm-11pm and Saturdays from 8am-1pm and Sundays from 3pm-6pm. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:35:10 EST New to board I started losing weight in October of 2009 when I topped the scale at over 218 lbs. I'm down below 160 now, but having a hard time losing that last bit. Right now I work out six days per week doing some walking and some weights. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 15:14:23 EST Hi, new to team Hi all, I just signed up last night and today was my first day on my Fast Break. Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I am really happy because I achieved all of my goals for the day- fast break, nutrition and exercise. I've been in the Raleigh area for a few years now, and feel that now is the time that I am going to get fit for real. I'm ready. <em>249</em> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:00:06 EST Hey there! So my closest friend is getting married next summer and I really want to look good and feel good standing up there with her and the rest of the bridal party. Being fit has always been a big thing for me and I've struggled with it for the past few years. Just wanted to see what this message board thing was all about. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:36:25 EST Brand Spanking New Member I just joined today and am looking for a lot of pokes and prodding to get going. Any advice for a first day? Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:42:03 EST New to SP and to Raleigh, NC Hi, my name is Katie. I just started with SP and I just moved to Raleigh about 5 months ago. I am really excited to see the changes I will make through the process of me dropping weight. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 20:34:54 EST looking for a walking buddy Hey Y'all, <BR> I'm new to this site, just joined yesterday. I find I'm more motivated if I set a workout schedule with someone or more than one person. I've walked in groups before and it's lots of fun. If you are talking to your buddies you are not really thinking about the exercise:) I am located in north Raleigh between Crabtree and Briercreek. I like to walk Umstead, Lake Lynn, Shelley Lake, Art Museum Trail, as well as the Greenway down near Crabtree. My well behaved, friendly, fi... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 12:37:54 EST New to SP Hi all, <BR> <BR> Raleigh native here...I'm new to SP however and just looking forward to interacting with everyone. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:52:42 EST Raleigh,Garner, FV Area Hi everyone. Just rejoined SP a couple days ago. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 12:19:14 EST weight loss from Mayo Clinic Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. Fad diets may promise you that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit will make the pounds drop off. But when it comes to weight loss, it's calories that count. Weight loss comes down to burning more calories that you take in. You can do that by reducing extra calories from food and beverages and increasing calories burned through physical activity. <BR> <BR> Once you understand that equation, you're ready to... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:10:47 EST New to Cary Hey everyone! So I'm new to this team and new to the raleigh/cary area....i moved up here a couple of months ago and am excited to get to know the area and all the hidden activities to do! I moved from somewhere that didn't even so much as have sidewalks!!! Hope everyone had a good 4th of july weekend!!! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 21:51:04 EST Work out group Have a group of about 4 of us working out at Golds Gym normally Pleasant Valley, but open to other areas...feel free to email if you would like to join us...all are very motivated to get into shape!! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:40:12 EST Haya Hi I'm almost done with my 1st week on SP. <BR> I'm from Wake Forest. <BR> Hope everybody is doin well. <BR> I'm trying got a long hard work ahead of me but <BR> I'm goin to get it done. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 03:05:14 EST Noobie Hello Everyone! My name is Becca and I live in Raleigh. I'm very new to the site, and quite frankly overwhelmed doesn't even begin to explain it. I'm trying to learn the ropes around here because I'm very excited and eager to get going. I'm 19, and I have a weight loss goal of 20 pounds. I'm not as worried about the scale as I am being more active and feeling better. <BR> <BR> This is all a first for me, especially the part where I get the help of strangers with an issue that can be sensitiv... Wed, 18 May 2011 02:13:58 EST third time i have done spark people I have registered with sparkpeople three times in the past several years. I have attempted losing weight more times than I can count. I have come back to sparkpeople 40 pounds lighter and stronger than ever. I joined sparkpeople again so that I can stay focused on the last 20 pounds I am aiming to lose on this journey. I have rewired my way of viewing food and feel that I am finally on the path to living a healthier happier life. Thu, 5 May 2011 13:14:43 EST Easter Dinner Looking for ideas.... What are you making for Easter dinner? Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:19:03 EST New Challenge! Hey Raleigh Sparkers!!! I know we love to throw new challenges out there and I have a different one for you.... Your neighbors affected by the tornado and storm need your help! We need volunteers to go out into the communities and help bring debris to the road so the City can get in and clean it up. Check out my blog on my SparkPage for my experience in helping out. You can sign up to volunteer through the City of Raleigh website as well as see where help is needed next: <link>www.raleighnc.... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:49:34 EST Not new but its a new start I'm not new to the Spark but I have started and quit twice, I think. I am 31 years old and I am just overweight and its time to stop playing games and get it done. I am in Raleigh and have been here most of my life. My wife is about to have bariatric surgery this summer and I want to have a start so that I can be motivation for her after she has her surgery. Like I said I'm not new to this, but Im considering today a brand new day and I can use all the motivation I can get right about now. A... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:02:42 EST basketball or flagfootball who's in? I want to start an intramural basketball or flag football team. Men and women who want to get in shape and have fun doing it. The way I see it, is even if you win, we can all be losers. let me know if you would be interested. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:28:22 EST BEAUTIFUL RED BONE HEY I AM NEW TO SPARKS SO I WOULD LIKE TO SAY HELLO TO EVERYONE! I WAS INTRODUCED TO SPARKS BY MY DOCTOR LAURA FISHER THANKS A BUNCH! I AM CURRENTLY 272LBS AND MY GOAL IS TO BE 150LBS! I HAVE READ SOME OF YOUR TESTIMONIALS AND I AM VERY INSPIRED SO LETS GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD. Fri, 8 Apr 2011 16:44:06 EST New to Raleigh and Sparkpeople Hello Everyone! I am so excited for this new chapter in my life! I moved to Raleigh in January and I work in Butner. My goal is to lose 30 lbs by my birthday (June 29th) and reach my goal weight by the end of 2011. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 17:17:59 EST Wedding Help Needed Need help...I am fairly new to the area and I am getting married 4/23/11. It will be a very small ceremony but we are still looking for a reasonable priced cake (30-40 people) and someone to preform the ceremony! If anyone has any suggestions please email me at Thank you so very much!! Mon, 4 Apr 2011 16:59:04 EST Creaking Body Parts: do you have them? Okay so, since I've joinged SP I have noticed my right knee sounds like a popcorn machine when I go up the stairs in particular. It doesn't hurt and yet it hasn't stopped. So... will it ever? Why does it begin in the first place? <BR> <BR> Just wondering what are other's experience. <BR> Thanks! <em>58</em> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 08:17:52 EST Excited and Nervous I am truly excited about embarking on a new weight loss journey; yet i am nervous because I have been in this position before. Any suggestions for when the motivation begins to dwindle and life starts to get in the way? Sat, 12 Feb 2011 01:28:37 EST Lake Lynn/Shelly Lake walking buddy needed I live between the lakes & can use a walking buddy. Anyone interested? My times are flexible. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 14:34:07 EST Making it fun <link> </link> <BR> <BR> So I saw this link and I was curious if anyone has anything they do to make eating right and or exercise more fun. <BR> <BR> For example right now my Hubby and I bought dance central and where playing it on Saturday night and just having a good old time making fun of each other while we still got some excerise it. We also have prizes set up for certain goals. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:11:06 EST Ladies Fitness and Wellness Gym? I'm thinking about joining Ladies Fitness & Wellness on Strickland and Neuse in N. Raleigh. Has anyone taken classes there? Recommendations or comments? Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:53:03 EST Looking for inspiration from all I have finally decided to make myself healthy - tried thousands of times but never seem to stick to it long enough! <BR> I want this time to be the last and successful. Tired after all these years of looking fat - I am a senior so would love to hear from others! Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:13:33 EST Meet-Up Walk on Sunday Jan 23, 2011 at 9am Ok for anyone interested,open invite. I will be at Shelly Lake tommorrow at 9am by the community center for a 45-1hour walk, I do 1 loop around the lake. I will leave at 9:05 to start the path. Shelly Lake is right off a Millbrook road, just north of crabtree area. If anyone is interested. I need to walk anyway. Thanks. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:07:51 EST Hello everybody! Hi, I'm new to SP and excited to get back to healthy living. Just wanted to say hi to everyone! Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:35:13 EST I need to delete this post,,,help! :) I was TRYING to post a note under the "Looking for a workout partner" thread but instead I posted it here! I am new to this website..can you please tell me how to delete this and post in the proper place? Thansk so much!!!! =D Sun, 16 Jan 2011 17:34:46 EST Anyone else new to this site? Hi! I found SparkPeople after reading the article in People about folks with VERY successful weight loss stories. <BR> I have started tracking my food (a must for me), drinking all my water, and am needing to get moving once the bronchitis clears up! What a winter so far! Anyhoo... I am looking for any suggestions as to how to best use this site to help me be a success story also! <BR> Feel free to pass on any hints, ideas or suggestions that you've found to WORK!! I feel like this extra we... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:08:48 EST Looking for a Sunday Walker Hi, Looking for a walking buddy on Sunday mornings or afternoons near the Brier Creek area. Shelly lake is close by and nice, also the Umstead State Park is in my backyard practically. If interested, please send me a sparkmail. Thanks. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:31:32 EST Raleigh resident new to SP Hi All, <BR> I am so glad I found this site. I was introduced to this site by trying to do a fitness challenge from the Dr. Oz show but had so much issues with their website until one of the fans suggested this website. Im grateful to have stumbled upon this resource and community atomosphere. I'm a beginner, no new year's resolutions made, just an awaking about my own health has inspired me to do something about it. Thanks. :o) Sat, 8 Jan 2011 21:58:08 EST 1st Day of Diet Good Luck I've been on a diet before lost weight and then it came back <BR> I'm 205pds. 5"7 <BR> I'm not happy at all I would love a great support team <BR> Good Luck to me <BR> Thanks <BR> Jey;) Sat, 8 Jan 2011 06:20:08 EST some of you know that I have been here a while I am going to try to be more active in the group. I know that the last year was hard for me. I have been dealing with school work and that took all my time. I am now doing one class so I will have a little more time to keep track. I would love if I got a email to have that support each day. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:12:41 EST New to SP Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year. Well, same resolution as last year...but, different way of obtaining hopefully. Need to get healthier and lose some pounds. Currently working 3-11 shift and the late night eating gets me. <BR> <BR> My dogs (corgis) are all in great shape. I actually have one that needs to gain a few pounds. I do competitive agility with them and it is evident I need to lose some serious weight to keep up with these speed demons! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to t... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:48:42 EST Gym with late night classes? I'm a night owl, always have been. I was hoping to find a gym that has classes that run after say 8 or 9pm at night. I work the second shift at my job and I don't leave work until 8pm. Mornings just aren't an option for me. <BR> <BR> I've thought about joining a few gyms but all the classes are normally over by the latest at 7pm. <BR> <BR> Any ideas or feed back is very much appreciated. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 20:11:21 EST Raleigh native new to Spark people Greetings everyone! Names Melinda :) I'm new to spark people as the topic suggests. I'm looking to join spark people as a way of staying motivated and encouraged as I work towards my goals of a healthy lifestyle and more energy. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a buddy, perhaps even one with similar interests to me. Also curious about a work out buddy ( I see a topic for that already ) as well as any reasonable gyms in the area anyone can suggest. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a brand spankin' new... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 18:11:01 EST happy new year Hello! I just found spark people and am so impressed. I hope to find a lot of good information and motivation here. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 09:55:00 EST Black rice SP had mentioned Black rice in one of its articles.I had told my husband.He had gone to Harmony Farms and asked them about it.It is made by Lotus Foods and it says Forbidden Rice on the label.It is imported from China.I was so excited to come home and he was cooking it.We try and buy brown rice,but it often doesn't have the flavor by itself that white rice does,but black rice is a bit on the sweet side,loved the taste. <BR> (I was surprised though that it said 160 calories for a 1/4 cup servi... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 09:45:57 EST Raleigh Sparkers Join up 2011 "Change" Challenges! Weigh in to be considered for prize money through Jan 5th! Contact me via email if you want to set up a weighin - I can't get sparkpeople mail through my phone, computer died. BUT I can check my email & will reply promptly!:) I set up weighins with a few people at a time in public places for safety. <BR> <BR> Hello everyone, <BR> If you know of someone that might want to participate, by all means forward. <BR> <BR> Last year locally we did a series of weight loss/healthy l... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 22:03:47 EST Your favorite Motivational qoute? I just wanted to see if anyone had an qoutes that help motivate them, that they would like to share. One of my favorites is. <BR> <BR> "Though victory is difficult, defeat is impossible." -Lloyd George <BR> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 07:46:19 EST From NY to Raleigh Hi everyone! I have recently moved to Raleigh from Syracuse, NY. Enjoying the weather but in need of buddies/friends to do things with. I just wanted to introduce myself and say Hi. I look forward to meeting some people to get out with and walk, talk and be merry. Take good care! <em>213</em> Sat, 25 Dec 2010 23:32:28 EST Merry Christmas Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Fri, 24 Dec 2010 09:28:08 EST Weekly Spark Meeting I'm still thinking about this whole "spread the spark" and what our sparkpeople founder said in today's Spark People blog: “Helping someone else be successful helps you stick to your own goals. It truly changes your life.” I DO want to start a weekly Spark group. I think it would be great to have a group that meets weekly to read through "The Spark" together, share some spark people recipes, and generally just be there for each other - to keep us focused. SO - is there anyone in the Raleig... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 08:58:32 EST Newbie Hi im Casey and new here and look forward to losing weight and getting peer motivation as well. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 13:14:10 EST My contact info I just want to let you all know that I am inactivating my SP account since I just don't have time anymore to be involved here but wanted to leave my contact info for you - on Facebook you can find me under Shannon Lancaster Woodhouse, email is and my blog is <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I wish you all the best and hope to hear from you sometime in the future! Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:05:05 EST **WEEKLY WEIGH-IN** This is a forum for you to post your weekly weigh-in. How did you do this week? Wed, 24 Nov 2010 11:27:33 EST Mom looking for walking partners?! Hi, Im Kristi. Mother of 2 small kids ( 2yrs and 9 months) my husband is a fireman and has a PT job so hes often not home. I'd like to find a walking buddy(s). I live near Lake Lynn, Shelley Lake, and Umpstead Park. <BR> <BR> Let me know. <em>213</em> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:51:21 EST YMCA @ The Factory? Hey hey, fellow Raleigh-folk! I was just curious to know whether any of you hit the YMCA over in Wakefield. I'm actually teaching Zumba there now and would LOVE to meet other Sparkers who go there! <BR> <BR> I teach in the Factory's studio on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6:30pm both nights. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you there! :o) Fri, 29 Oct 2010 10:59:03 EST intro Hello all I am a mom of three children one football player, a gymnast and a future firefighter it looks like. I am trying to go from 142 to 125 or less. It seems hard to get to the gym between all the kids practices teaching and going to school full time as well. I have gone back and forth from 134 to 142 for a year now. and hope using this site will be helpful Mon, 18 Oct 2010 07:39:39 EST New to SparkPeople I have been a long time user of Nutrisystem but I did not lose. I joined Jillian's site and CalorieCount, and Duke Diet before finding this. This is more comfortable for me and is a doable. I do the Wii-WIO program an hour a day for my workout. Have a lot to lose, but I did not get into this shape overnight, SO it will take a while. I am looking forward to the new journey. BTW, I live in FV. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 18:51:43 EST New to Raleigh :) Hello everyone! My name's Andrea :) I'm soon to be 29 and soon to be moving to the North Raleigh area from northern Ohio. I'm super excited for the change (especially in weather, lol) and can't wait to actually move! I'm here hoping to meet people and learn a little more about what's available and where things are in the area before I get down there to make the transition a little easier. Looking forward to getting to know you! :) Tue, 12 Oct 2010 02:08:23 EST Gold's Gym? I'm thinking about joining Gold's Gym, and wondering if anyone here is a current or former member. Would love feedback! <BR> <BR> Lesley Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:42:39 EST Dr. OZ: The JUST 10 challenge Dr. Oz has challenged everyone in America to lost 'JUST 10' pounds. <BR> <BR> Here are the 5 tips from the website which will help us lose 10 pounds! <BR> <BR> <em>222</em> <em>222</em> <em>222</em> <em>222</em> <em>222</em> <em>222</em> <BR> Just 10 | Rule #1: Cut Out Soda <BR> <BR> Period. Soda is full of caffiene and high fructose corn syrup. In addition to contributing to weight gain, soda increases your risk of diabetes, bone weakening and tooth decay. <BR> <BR> <em>5... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:30:51 EST I'm gonna do it this time Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope i can stay as motivated as i am today throughout my whole journey to meet my goals. God bless all of you and i hope you all reach your goals as well. Wed, 8 Sep 2010 16:14:57 EST 2010 5K CHALLENGE! I posted an announcment about running a 5k by the end of 2010. Choose one from the list(or find your own) and make it your goal to finish the race. Post here and let us know which 5K you have decided to participate in so we can cheer you on! <BR> <BR> Let's go RALEIGH SPARKERS!!! Wed, 1 Sep 2010 13:33:12 EST Intorduction I joined SP to get support with loosing weight. I fall into the same cycle: I loose 10 pounds and then somthing happens (i.e. getting sick) that prevents me from doing more and I gain the 10 pounds back. I hope to learn some stratiges for getting over this hump. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 28 Aug 2010 19:13:45 EST Water: Necessary but tasteless Ok, I am committed to drinking my 8 - 8oz glasses, but lordie mercy on me! Can anyone suggest something other than lemon or lime to pep it up some? After the first 3-4, I'm sick of "water". One more complication, I'm allergic to ALL of the well know artifical sweeteners. Suggestions? <em>91</em> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:54:41 EST New here Hi everyone, I'm Christine. My family and I moved to Raleigh a few weeks ago and since we've gotten here I have really taken notice of my size. Everyone in my neighborhood is so fit! It's depressing! So I made 3 baby steps today that will help me regain my vigor. 1) made appt with orthopaedist to check out my knees and ankles, 2) rejoined SP after a 3 yr hiatus, and 3) took bathing suit pics of myself and got really honest about my size for the first time in a very long time. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 18:19:34 EST working out in the morning Hi Ladies: I joined Rapid Fitness on Falls of the Neuse right off of Spring Forest a few weeks agoo. I work out in the early morning and looking for other women that like to workout in the morning. I am there around 6 to 6:15 and try to get out by 7:30 am most of the time. I am working with a trainer two day a week for now but starting in September it will go one day a week. I take some of the classes in the morning but it would be nice to have other ladies that like to work out in the mornin... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 19:34:49 EST Free to Breathe - Lung Cancer 5K Hey Everyone. <BR> <BR> There is a 5k happening in Raleigh November 6, 2010. A few of my fellow SPARKers and I are participating in the event. We've formed a team "Team COTTON" (because I work at Cotton Incorporated)and would like for anyone who is interested to join. We're even having t-shirts made for the event (check it out in my past blog) <BR> <BR> I'm currently following the Couch to 5K program and I will be ready to go running in November. There is still time to start and FINISH t... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:10:28 EST Hello Hey all!!! My name is Christine. I am a 32 year wife and mom of 3 boys. We live in Raleigh NC, originally from NY. I am looking to drop a couple of lbs in a safe and healthy way. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:11:18 EST Hello Raleigh Spark People! Hey... I just joined spark this week, Monday July 19. I came across Spark when I was browsing in Home Goods. I purchased a lunch bag, Fit&Fresh and inside was this stuff about something called Spark. Consequently, I had finally decided to actually start counting calories and paying attention to what I eat, along with losing some of this FAT and exercising. <BR> <BR> I had never counted calories before. My main thing was to eat healthier... to pay attention to what I eat... and to FEEL bette... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 08:32:51 EST Hey Y'all! Hey everyone! Figured i'd go ahead and get the typical intro-post out of the way. <BR> My name is Holli (insert dull whispered response of "Hi Holli" here). i just turned 26 a few weeks ago and have lived right here in Raleigh my entire life. Yes, that's right folks - a true blue "Raleighite" (however you spell it), the last of a dying breed it seems. i've been saying i'm going to get on the healthy track and start shedding the pounds since the 1st of June, this Monday i finally got off my ... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 13:10:55 EST Weight Loss Challenge starts TODAY! Triangle Town TODAY 6/19/2010 <BR> <BR> 11:30 am <BR> <BR> Upper Level of Triangle Town Center Mall across from Caribou Coffee <BR> <BR> Join us!! More info is in my last blog entry & in our challenges forum :) Sat, 19 Jun 2010 06:53:11 EST Weight Loss Challenge- tomorrow! Triangle Town Sorry for the LATE notice but I want anyone that can participate to join in! <BR> <BR> In a nutshell <BR> <BR> 3 week Weight loss challenge (first of many short challenges this coming year) <BR> 11:30 am tomorrow Saturday- 6/19/2010 <BR> Upper Level of Triangle Town Center Mall across from Caribou Coffee <BR> <BR> 3 week challenge, you can play for the cash prize or for fun! Those who let me know the're playing for cash will commit to paying the winner $15 on July 10 (this works out to 5 b... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:08:09 EST Turned 53 today and can't wait any longer Was looking for a ball workout online and found this site. I haven't been able to get back in shape on my own, so why not give this a shot? I have got to find a program I can stick with. Sun, 13 Jun 2010 11:14:47 EST Raleigh Galloway '10 Training Program Starts Soon Hi all, <BR> <BR> The new training season for the Raleigh Galloway program starts soon, with a kick-off and info session on May 22. This is a fitness program started by Olympic runner Jeff Galloway, which incorporates the run-walk-run method to help participants train for a half or full marathon. I've done it the past two years, and have completed a half and a full marathon. If you're interested and have any questions about it, let me know. The info session will be held at the NC Museum of ... Thu, 13 May 2010 12:59:59 EST &#9788; Spark America Top 10 Challenge &#9788; Ok Raleigh area Sparkers! You've asked so I'm setting in motion a challenge to you. <BR> <BR> Lets make a goal to be in the TOP 10 fittest cities on spark people. I KNOW we can pull this off! Log into spark every day and track your fitness minutes. Playing with the kids, walking the dog, scrubbing your house top to bottom all counts too! <BR> <BR> We are currently #33 we've got A LOT of work to do, but we CAN DO IT! who's on board? <BR> <BR> Come in and post what you did today to get us ... Thu, 13 May 2010 12:26:22 EST Moving to Raleigh from Upstate NY Hello everyone! I'm originally from Upstate NY but will be moving to Raleigh in July to begin my adult life! haha I graduated last May and was finally offered a job down here as a music teacher, so I'll be in the area soon! I've been on SP for a while and am looking forward to getting involved with fellow Sparkers in a new location. Happy Sparking! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Tamara Fri, 7 May 2010 09:27:46 EST SparkAmerica City Leaders Has Raleigh ever been number 1 or does anyone know the closest we have ever been to the top? This sure would make a great goal... Mon, 3 May 2010 12:27:53 EST From Canada to NC Hey everyone! My name's Kim and I'm pretty new to Raleigh and the US for that matter. <BR> I am originally from Winnipeg, MB but came to Raleigh from Vancouver, BC. <BR> Currently I'm living in North Raleigh and working at Duke University Medical Center in Durham as a radiology nurse. <BR> <BR> I bought The Spark and was so impressed and motivated by the book that I just knew joining the website would help me reach my goals. <BR> <BR> I would love to lead a healthy lifestyle, not just "di... Sat, 1 May 2010 11:59:40 EST Hello all! My name is Nikki and I am new to SP. I have alot of goals but my main goal is to be healthy and lose weight! I want to start running again! I hope that I can be a motivator as well as be motivated by other to get up and move! Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:14:41 EST Newbie Hello my name is Danyel and I have been on this site for a while, but never knew there was all of this stuff on here. I have been loosing weight now for about 6 weeks and I have gotten down to 158 so I guess you could say that I only have 3 more pounds to go before I am at goal. I am married with four children and I have been dealing with weight loss for a while especially since my thyroid doesn't work. So now I am back on the right track and hopefully I can stay there. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:55:28 EST Hola! What's up everyone? I just joined this group, and am hoping for a good place to get motivation and support, and to give it too! My name in Dani, I'm 21 and need to be healthy again. I used to dance when I was in high school and lived in CT. Tap, jazz, ballet, and modern for 14 years. Then I moved here. I didn't exercise anymore, and live right near like 8 fast food joints. That was a recipe for disaster!!!! Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:33:08 EST Drea19651 Hi! I'm new to this community. This site has sooo many GREAT things to offer. I'm really excited about being a part of SparkPeople! <BR> I'm a 44 year old, single, black female. I'm currently working in Kuwait. <BR> I've had health issue in the past that now requires me to use prednisone. It's a steriod that adds extra weight that I really can do without. I have gained over 25 poulds in the last few months and now realize it's time to get fit and healthy regardless of me using the s... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 04:09:10 EST Racewalking in the Triangle? Hello all, <BR> I am walking my first-ever half marathon on Sunday (Flying Pirate in OBX) and then I'll be training for the City of Oaks/Rex Half in November. Thing is, I know right now I'm walking too slow to make the City of Oaks course limit (3.5 hours), so I was hoping I could find someone in the area who does racewalking. I want to incorporate racewalking intervals into my training so I can get my time down, but I need to learn the proper technique, and books and DVDs aren't going to do ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:08:43 EST Hello! I'm new and excited to be here! My name is Kendra and I'm on a weight loss and healthy lifestyle journey. Anyone looking for a buddy? I have 45 to 50 pounds to lose and although that is very important, I'm really looking to change my lifestyle by eating and exercising more. <BR> <BR> I love fattening foods, tend to be an emotional eater and hate to exercise but here I am! I can do it!! I'm excited about the support on-line. I have tried to get my friends on board with me, but as you all know we all have to get to that pla... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:56:22 EST T'm Here Hi I'm an ex-military single dad of two. I once had an extreamly active life, & I wish to continue especially for my young ones. I believe if I want whats best for my children I need what is best for me. My young ones are ages 4 - 7 & are my world. My goals are to surpass them all thank you. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 16:56:46 EST Trying to get health I started using this site a few years ago but never seriously. Now I've started exercising and eating better so I needed help with my portion control. I'm close to my goal, about 15 pounds to go. I'd like to meet some people who are trying to live health and at my activity level. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:47:20 EST Need a beginner walking buddy I'm looking for someone to walk with on Saturday mornings. I exercise with videos during the week, but would like to get out and be social. It would be nice to have someone to talk to who understands the journey. I'm four weeks from being a couch potato, so I'm incredibly slow. I'm open to walking parks in good weather (I live near Crowder, Lake Wheeler) or walking malls or even walking a campus (I'm near Wake Tech Main, but familiar with NCSU too). If you're interested, please send me a... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 14:27:31 EST Re-starting So I'm starting over for about the gazillionth time. It's frustrating but I figure as long as I keep starting over I haven't given up. <BR> <BR> I'm single and tend to not care for myself like I care for my friends, so my biggest challenges are carrying out my plan (I am GREAT at planning!), especially around exercising and preparing meals at home instead of getting take out. <BR> <BR> I'm a pretty positive person but just feeling a little frustrated right now with how I've let myself go. ... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 22:36:12 EST Hey (I'm new) Hi, all! I'm emma. I'm relatively new to SparkPeople, but I've been working hard in the past 2 years or so to improve my health. I'm hoping this will really help me stick to it. Fri, 9 Apr 2010 07:23:24 EST Cary Road Race Anyone doing the Cary Road Race tomorrow? Fri, 9 Apr 2010 06:49:15 EST optimistic For two days I have made a conscious effort to be more optimistic about life in general. It's made me feel happier and when I'm happy I eat less. :) Thu, 8 Apr 2010 14:46:50 EST The Capitol Cafe~ Spring into Summer ^_^ Ahahaha! i made a punny ^_^ <BR> anyway.. i figured..we're well past the new year now.. pretty well into the first full week of April, so why not have a new chat thread..maybe we'll see a little more participation..for at least a week..while this horrid pine pollen is turning our world into the yellow submarine LOL!! <BR> <BR> SO stop in and say hi! Tue, 6 Apr 2010 20:52:35 EST Team Newbie! Hello, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to make myself come out of my shell. I've lived in Raleigh for nearly two years, and been a part of Spark People off and on for right at two years. Been through a lot of health issues but I'm recovering nicely and ready to get back on track! Tue, 6 Apr 2010 16:02:51 EST A Crumby Tip Ok, so i know i am new, but i am a major geek. This Nutritional Tracker is perfect for me. I geek out over numbers! LOL Anywho.. I was putting together the recipe for the burgers we made last night and could not find specific ingredient in the list. I went to the pantry and added it myself (Food Lion Bread crumbs, FYI). Recently we started using Panko bread crumbs in a few things and I wondered, is one healthier than the other? YES!! So i added Panko Bread Crumbs to the list of ingredients (f... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 14:16:38 EST newb See i told you i would do it. Yes i am here causing trouble via my lovely wife 100millbutrflys. Thanks dear! Sat, 3 Apr 2010 17:58:03 EST St. Timothy's School Spring Sprint 5K, April 17 Is anyone else doing the St. Timothy's School 5K? Thu, 1 Apr 2010 12:58:59 EST April Accountability Challenge! Hello ladies! <BR> <BR> It's that time again... time to be accountable for our actions, our excuses, and our negative choices that we may be making. In order to get everyone back on track for swimsuit season (it's almost here!), I have decided that we need to hold one of our little competitions! <BR> <BR> HOW TO PLAY: <BR> <BR> Choose THREE (yes, 3 this time!) healthy things that you would like to do EACH day. Remember, it's a challenge, so pick something that you really need to work on!... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:43:57 EST Getting started Hi! I'm Erica from Raleigh. I'm just getting started and have decided to to work out 6 days a week. Maybe 7. Not only is swimsuit season coming up, but I'd like to be more confident in my body all the time! Wed, 24 Mar 2010 08:26:26 EST Looking for a walking partner Hi, <BR> <BR> I try to go walking everyday at lunch time at my job, but I am looking for someone to go walking w/me at my lunch time. I work in the Twin Forks Office Park off of Six Forks Rd. I try to go to lunch between 1 & 2 most of the time. Most of the time I walk the outside of the complex around Sandy Forks, Lynn and 6 FK and try to go around twice, but would be nice to have someone to walk with. I turn on my MP3 player and listen to music, but it would be nice to walk with a group. <B... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:58:28 EST Wife on the move! Hello everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am 25 years old, a newlywed, a full-time employee , and I go to school part-time. I need to lose a total of 190 pounds. I have decided to break my goal down in to 20 lbs. parts. <BR> My biggest problem is that I am always on the go. I really need advice on how to eat healthy on the go, healthy snacks, and ways to keep things interesting. <BR> <BR> I look forward to my journey and to getting to know the SparkRaleigh team more. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 15:40:31 EST City of Oaks 5K in Raleigh I signed up for this race coming up on Saturday March 13th. I am here from Florida and so excited about all the races around the area. Are any SparkPeople running this race? <BR> <BR> Sharon <em>182</em> Mon, 8 Mar 2010 19:32:04 EST How lose the weight when I do a lot of cooking I do a lot of cooking at home like today I am going to make a chicken pie .I do drink a lot of water anynow but I am give up sodes for lent and candy. And hope to be continuing doing thaty if I can. I go home to Pa even 3 months because I have a mother that is 100years old and I stay there for week. Eating on the road is not east I will stop and have lunch in Virgina on 95 .Then when I get home It is hard to eat there because my mother has sum one that stays with and he cook thinks that I gu... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 13:47:45 EST Tennis and/or partner North Hills Gold's Gym I live in the Garner/Clayton area, specifically the 40/42 area and I work on Millbrook Road in Raleigh. Is anyone interested in playing tennis? I can play at Millbrook Exchange Park Monday - Thursday around 4:30 or can play at Amelia Church Road Community Park in the evenings after 4:30 and on the weekends. I am also interested in a work out partner at Gold's Gym at North Hills. I have a membership but have not been going. I need motivation and being held accountable to a partner is help... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 13:41:14 EST Hey everyone! I have given up at times on my weight loss. But I have realized that when you give up and try to do things on your own with out the support of friends or other people that are trying to lose weight like u it is hard to do. I know that some of you know me and I want to let you all know that I am going to do what ever I can now to lose this weight. I am having more problems with my leg and I think that my weight is part of my problems. I just hope that I can remember to keep track of everything... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 13:59:18 EST Hello everyone! Hi! My name is Sharon and I live in Raleigh and have lived here almost my whole life. I work full time and go to Wake Tech full time so Im a busy person <em>20</em> I also have a 9 year old son. I have tried things in the past to loose weight, but I think if I have friends to motivate me I will do better. Hope to hear from you all soon. <BR> Sharon Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:41:56 EST Next Road Races Up: WakeMed Cary Distance Festival Hi all, <BR> <BR> If you're looking for a fun way to get out and exercise with others in the Triangle, then think about taking part in the WakeMed Cary Distance Festival on March 6! There are two races, a 5K and a 10K. I've registered for the 10K, but since my knee is healing, I'll probably be taking it pretty slow. (I walked a 5K race yesterday and had a fun time!) Let me know if you're interested, and we can arrange a meetup! Here's the online registration link: <BR> <BR> http://www.spor... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:48:43 EST Hey everyone! I'm Jenna, a junior in engineering. I have tried to lose weight for the past two years... I lost 10 pounds and then gained them back again recently. I'm joining SparkPeople in an attempt to see results a little quicker... and keep them off. I definitely need the help staying motivated! I'd love to hear your stories and get your advice on this whole journey. Sun, 21 Feb 2010 00:06:11 EST New-ish to Raleigh and back to Spark! Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> Melissa here -- just wanted to say hi as a new member of the team! <BR> <BR> I'm originally from NJ (Hudson County, aka the part of Jersey with the beautiful NY skyline view that sort of thinks it's New York... lol) and my boyfriend and I moved to Raleigh (into a new community right near Triangle Town Center called Perry Point) in the summer of '09. I travel a LOT for work though, and since the bulk of what I do is from my home office, I haven't really gotten to kn... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 12:38:58 EST new to the team (but not to spark or Raleigh) Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been on since about 2007 or so (I think LOL can't remember for sure) and I relocated to Raleigh from Montana in 1998, but just found this team a week ago or so. I have been doing Weight Watchers and using sparkpeople to track my progress (I prefer it over the etools on WW). I exercise when I can, but exercise triggers migraines for me, so when I can do it, it can't be very strenuous or causing straining (like weights), so I mostly stick to walking. ... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 14:30:35 EST Hello. Hi. My name is Stephanie. I am a Special Education Teacher. I really want to get in shape for a variety of reasons but mainly to be healthy again and when I do have children I want to be able to play with them and not worry about my body or health. My large goal is to lose 50 lbs but I am just trying to take it one day at a time. I hope every one has a Happy Valentine's Day! Sun, 14 Feb 2010 08:21:49 EST Helloooooo nurse! Hey there everyone, <BR> I am Natalie, 32 (well, in a few weeks anyway) mom/wife/nurse. I live in Garner. I am not new to spark, but this is the first time I have been consistent in all the tracking. I never took advantage of the teams before and I find I am meeting so many interesting people who face so many of the same challenges. It is exciting! Anyway, I work weekends, so any of you stay at home moms who need a walking/workout buddy, or just to get out of the house for play dates, I am av... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:34:11 EST Hey :) I'm new to SparkPeople (ok, well, I created an account two years ago, but never used it!) but not new to Raleigh. <BR> <BR> Working on shedding 40 - 50 lbs gained during a debilitating pregnancy. My "baby" is now 9 months old, so I'm running out of excuses. :) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting and giving encouragement to/from local people! Thu, 11 Feb 2010 10:31:10 EST encouragement buddy? So here's my story, I can never stay on my "diet/weight loss/health" plan for more than a few days. It always seems like I go over my calories one day and then it's downhill from there. I don't have friends in the area who are serious about weight loss (at least not healthy weight loss) so it's even easier to quit. It's so easy for me to blame finances, my child or husband and not have a place to work out. I am not looking for a work out buddy b/c I have no transportation to meet up with some... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 10:44:19 EST Hi guys! My name's Caitlin and I'm 21, and a student at NC State. I've been a member of SP since May 2008 (really!) and never used it. I yo-yo'd around with my weight for that next year for various reasons, none of them healthy, and it wasn't until last summer that I bucked up and tried to get in shape. It worked, until I had to come back to school in the fall and I've since fallen off staying in shape. <BR> <BR> I'm just looking for some motivation to get back on track and get back in shape. It ... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 09:22:29 EST Howdy! Hi Everyone! I'm new here, just joined yesterday. I'm 32 years old and reside in North Raleigh with my wonderful fiancée and two dogs. I've turned to sparkpeople to help keep me accountable and hopefully provide the motivation I need to get up off the couch and moving. I actually like working out it's just a matter of getting me to do it! i'm on a mission to lose weight (hopefully around 100) before my wedding in September 2011. If I lose 50 before then will I be happy, heck ya! Really... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 09:59:49 EST It's Official - my first 5k So it's official, over the weekend I signed up for my first 5k. The Cary Road Race April 10th.. the next challange will ber be ready in time for it but I think I am finally up for that challange. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:25:40 EST New to SparkPeople Hi everybody! I'm from the Raleigh, NC area and everything started for me when I decided it was time to cut out all the real Cokes and at least move over to Diet Cokes. Well, when I did, I lost 15 lbs over two months! I couldn't believe I was carrying around 15 lbs of just Coke-drinking. That was 160 down to 145 lbs. And there I stayed for weeks and weeks and I really missed that feel-good sensation of getting on the scale and seeing the number drop. Not to mention I had some other goals to a... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 11:47:40 EST New to SparkPeople Hi. My name is Amanda and I am new to SparkPeople. I am really looking forward to reading your inspirational stories and maybe joining up with some people for exercise. I hope this site will keep me accountable and help me to quit cheating and quitting. <BR> <BR> I have steadily gained 65 pounds since graduating from college 12 years ago. It seems to get harder every day to lose weight and I am tired of throwing my money away on "diets" I never follow for more than a couple of hours and gym ... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:31:17 EST Hi, I'm new here, but not new to Raleigh. I live in North Raleigh and have lived in NC since 1983. I graduated from Sanderson too many years ago. Anyhow, I quit smoking almost 3 years ago and gained 30 lbs on top of the 15 extra I was already carrying. I am very active, but my metabolism doesn't believe me. LOL. So I am back to watching portion sizes and have doubled my exercise. I have three dogs that I walk regularly, so they help keep me motivated, too. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:26:32 EST Reached my first Goal I was getting a little discouraged because I was stuck at 8 lbs. Weighed myself this morning and I have reached my first goal of 10lbs. I am feeling great about myself today! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 09:05:44 EST I'm new! Hello Raleigh Sparks! <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark and new to Healthy Lifestyle. I've been a chronic "me last" person most of my life somehow thinking it was rude or selfish to place my needs before others. <BR> <BR> I'm 51 now, and gained a lot of weight in the last 6 years. It started with having a close call with cervical cancer, ended up just being very high pre-cancer thank God! With the changes in my body from loosing the ovaries I just kept fooling myself that it was OK to gain the ... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 21:03:08 EST Other Hikers? Any other hikers, is so where do you like to go? <BR> <BR> ~Liz Wed, 20 Jan 2010 21:34:42 EST Please Welcome ELKERSTER as a new co-leader! She has graciously stepped up and offered her time to help lead this awesome team!! Please welcome her aboard as co-leader! <BR> <BR> WOO HOOO!! Thanks soo much!! <em>250</em> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 16:37:23 EST OK, For real, this time... I'm not all that new. I joined more than a year ago and I set up a profile and everything, but never really did anything on the site; or in the gym, on the floor in the living room or anywhere else for that matter. But I'm back..OK, for real this time!! <BR> <BR> My name's Evelyn. I'm 37 and I am more went up 4 sizes from a 12 to a 16 in three years. I am an army vet and remained fairly active up till about three years ago when I met a man, settled down, and started to cook. And you can pret... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:48:54 EST Motivated! Well first of all I am new to spark people. I really need to loose between 45-60 lbs by June. I am trying everday to achieve this goal. I will not be satisfied until it is achieved. I would really like to meet someone close to me that would like to go walking during the week. I have found that it is always easier to stick with this if you have a teammate. <BR> <BR> Jen Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:00:42 EST Looking for The Spark book in Raleigh Has anyone bought this book at any Raleigh store? Wed, 20 Jan 2010 09:31:07 EST Run/Bike/Hike NC I recently started a new group Run/Bike/Hike NC for the sole purpose of providing a better network to gather information (Trail, upcoming runs, etc) for running, biking and Hiking in NC. To date there hasn't been very much in these three areas for NC teams. If you want to join the team please feel free stop on by. <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:18:02 EST New to Sparks and want to loose 25 -30 pounds! Hello - I am 50+ and want to loose 25 - 30 pounds. My feet ache and I have a bad knee and I know if this weight came off I would be in much better shape! I am very healthy otherwise and am tempting fate with these extra pounds. I look forward to conversing with you and not only getting motivation but giving motivation too! Today is the start of the rest of my life! Tue, 19 Jan 2010 09:01:45 EST Next 5K: Run for the Roses, Feb. 7 @ 2PM, Raleigh I just signed up for my next 5K, the Run for the Roses in Raleigh on Feb. 7. I'm really excited! Anyone else interested? Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:26:33 EST Chronic dieter looks for new "spark" Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I hate to say that this is my last chance, but I feel like it is. I've been dieting since I was 12 (am now 46!) and while I can recite most diet plans by heart, my weight continues to creep/jump up. I am looking forward to support from the Spark team and hope that I can contribute to your success as well. Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:58:09 EST New to Raleigh and Sparkpeople Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Dave and my family and I just moved to Raleigh from Denver, Colorado a few months ago. Part of this grand adventure we are on includes claiming our bodies. We moved here as it seemed the most central to explore the south and east coast. We have found our way around the Wake Forest area pretty well, but would appreciate other suggestions on things to do, and places to go. <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Jan 2010 08:55:33 EST The Capitol Cafe~Welcome 2010!! So, now that it's a week into the new year, how are y'all doing? are you sticking to goals you've set? not doing so well? how can we help you? <BR> <BR> Please join right in! I'm playing with the idea of a spark meet up soon. as soon as i can figure dates i'll post to see if there's any interest. <BR> <BR> ~V Fri, 8 Jan 2010 17:36:19 EST new I'm new to this program and very hopeful that with my family's help and ya'll, I will ceceed in my goals! Tue, 5 Jan 2010 16:55:56 EST another newby Hi I Jes I have been using this web site since the 28 and it really has pushed me to the next level...I ve lost 9 lbs already and havent had junk food since I started which is HUGE for me...Thank you spark people Tue, 5 Jan 2010 10:47:58 EST New to SP Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I recently joined SP (earlier this week) and tonight I got my mother to join! I'm looking forward to becoming a more active member of the spark community as well as changing my lifestyle to a healthier one. I am also hoping that this site will help motivate my mother, which will help my younger brother who still lives at home as well as my father to become healthier. <BR> <BR> :) Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:30:21 EST I am trying to lose 26 pounds before May 2010 I am turning 40 this Year & I am trying to lose 26 pounds or more by May 2010,I need All the Help I can get so if you have any pointers Please Help me out.I love to talk so send Me Messages .I am here for comments or encouragement too! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:41:31 EST Another not so new returner Hi Ladies! I am back again now that life has calmed down a bit. I am over in Garner, am 33 and have a 6 year old son and a wonderful husband. Hope everyone had a great holiday! Tue, 29 Dec 2009 09:53:07 EST Who's Up for the Run for the Young on January 9? I signed up for the Run for the Young, which will be on January 9 in Raleigh, earlier this week. Anyone else doing this one? <BR> <BR> Lesley Sat, 19 Dec 2009 14:08:32 EST SparkBreak Well, team, I owe you an apology. I knew that I would not be on as much with my parents here over Thanksgiving, but I had no intention of taking a three and a half week break. So I am sorry about disappearing on you. <BR> <BR> To further complicate matters, some things have happened at work with have me working very long hours, and typically, by the time I get home, I am exhausted. It isn't bad stuff, in fact, I have gotten a good promotion, but I am worn out setting up a new department... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 19:48:26 EST Another Returning Member I first joined Sparkpeople in the fall, but we had a very crazy couple months and it was a little overwhelming, so I basically dropped out. I'm now back and motivated and ready to do this! <BR> <BR> I'm a work-at-home mom with 2 boys in elementary school. My husband and one of my sons both have a long history of medical problems, and my parents just moved here from Maine, so I tend to get lost in trying to take care of everyone. I need to put some time and effort into me! My big goal i... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 13:55:39 EST A friend of mine just joined SP and also our team,DESIRB. If you get a chance,stop by her page,thanks.You guys rock! Mon, 7 Dec 2009 20:05:38 EST Hey everyone I was letting you all know that I am doing good. I have been busy with my schooling. I have been forgeting about spark people. When is the next meet up? I will like to see you all again. I need to get back on track on losing my weight yet again. I keep getting of track with all the stress. I need that incourgement to keep going. since I have to been on a while I have not had that. I can say that I do have family and friends that are supporting me, but that is not the same as friends trying to... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 12:24:32 EST Jenny Hi! My name is Jenny. I am 31 and I have quite a bit of weight to lose. I have tried everything it seems. I know that I really need to improve my nutrition and my fitness level. If I am honest with myself, I know that at the core of everything I tend to be lazy and I lose inspiration and motivation. After a long day at work, it seems so much easier to just throw something together that I am used to and enjoy and watch TV. I know that is the lamest answer there is, so I realize that I need a l... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 20:14:48 EST I'm excited! I beginning to really like this website! Not only does it have so much to offer, but is very user friendly. I'm here to gain back my self-confidence while losing 25 lbs. (I've already lost 20 lbs)! Am looking forward to working with all of you! Sat, 14 Nov 2009 08:30:51 EST brand new on spark Hey, everybody. Just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> My name is Dorene, and I am looking for friendship and support. <BR> I am going through a very hard time in my life, and I want to make changes in myself to prevent future unhappiness. <BR> Please pop by my page and lend me any advice you might have to give. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Fri, 13 Nov 2009 22:15:03 EST Ready to put it all together for a healthy life HI I just found SparkPeople and there is so much on this site. It looks lke everything is all in one place. Wed, 11 Nov 2009 19:55:32 EST Returning member.... Hi, I fist found Spark and started using it in April of 09. I stopped for a while, but I'm back (after gaining more weight). I'm going to make the time for myself to stick to it this time!! Fri, 6 Nov 2009 09:15:59 EST The Capitol Cafe~Getting through the Holidays Well now that November is upon us and winter is creepin in.. how about we start working out ways to make it through the holiday season. <BR> <BR> &#9829;Cheers&#9829; Sat, 31 Oct 2009 20:28:38 EST BigBigger seeking friends who understand Good Morning, I am new to Sparkspeople. I need support, as my screen name suggests I am big and getting bigger..have lost the same weight over and over and regained that and more over the years. Cannot seem to learn my lesson. I can talk a good game, even teach it, but as the old saying goes "do as I say, not as I do" Anyone out there who can relate? Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:43:38 EST Belly Fat Can someone please tell me the secret to "How to cut down 3 lbs. of belly fat"? When I tried to click on the message it said that it was blocked and I couldn't see the tip! <BR> Thanks. Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:28:45 EST Hi! New guy from raleigh! I cant seem to get motivated to lose weight. I weigh 230lbs now but i want to get to 190. Its hard for me to figure a diet plan and workout plan. Let alone implement it. Im lazy. Sun, 25 Oct 2009 23:33:42 EST CHILD CUSTODY Does anyone know of any affordable resources in Wake County that help with filing for child custody? Tue, 20 Oct 2009 13:38:22 EST Me again! Does anyone work out at Fitness 19 on Leesville Rd.? I have a free membership there, but I have NO motivation to go. My schedule is strange because I am separated, but I sure would like a workout buddy on the days I can go to the gym. Also, I am open to walking.......... <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Neh 6:13 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:27:08 EST Healthy Carbs? Hi There! <BR> <BR> I am sure this has been addressed on here, but I am sure someone can point me in the right direction! <BR> <BR> I am eating the appropriate amount of carbs, but almost all of it is coming from pasta today. I need examples of healthy carbs!! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Neh 6:13 <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:25:16 EST