SparkPeople northern virginia sparkers Team Messageboard Those that live outside the beltway, but not quite to Richmond! SparkPeople northern virginia sparkers Team Messageboard Favorite Exercise? What do you all do for exercise? I am trying an app that eases me into running- like walk 2 min, run 1 min for about a total of 30 min. I also am doing some of the challenges on here that show me some strength training. And I was pleased to see SparkTV. I set the parameters for 10-15 minutes and do a little workout to a video. Those smaller increments of time seem to be helping me to stick to it. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:57:07 EST Are you still doing meetups? I saw on your discussions that the last time you did a meetup was in 2015. I was wondering if you plan to continue with the meetup? If so, when and what do you normally do? Do you workout? Hike? go out to eat? Let me know I'm interested in joining since we are all from the same area. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:04:00 EST Bristow! New to spark! Glad for local support Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:30:58 EST Hello from Lorton/Ft. Belvoir area! Gym buddy? Looking for a gym buddy. Really slacking with my gym visits. Need some motivation. Sat, 5 Mar 2016 00:18:41 EST New from Bristow / Gainesville Hi all, <BR> I am new to this team and am in the Bristow/Gainesville area. I have lost over 100 lbs and have about 25 more to go. Would love to find some workout / accountability / walking buddies. I can't run any more or do high impact cardio due to advancing arthritis, but enjoy strength training / walking, and I walk the local 5Ks and obstacle courses when I can. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:37:15 EST A special meet up to say goodbye to Beth! Beth has been a member on our team for quite a few years. She is leaving this month to go to teach in Kenya! <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> We were trying to get together again to say goodbye. I really miss our monthly meet ups! If anyone is available, please post here. We were looking at 11/7/15 at our normal Starbucks location at Potomac Towne Center in Woodbridge. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 21:20:44 EST Hi new to this forum - living in Gainesville Hello fellow sparkers. I'm Leigh, somewhat of a transplant, by way of Florida. Originally from Virginia (Martinsville area), I relocated to northern Va in 2013 to help take care of my mom. She has since passed on. So now I'm trying to commit to a healthier lifestyle, cut down on all the junk food, start exercising, etc. I'm looking forward to our monthly meetings to get to know you all better. Have a fabulous week! Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:10:37 EST Over 60 Jamaican male looking for a gym buddy I am a 67 year old Jamaican who lives in Wellington and a member of La Fitness on Liberia Avenue. I am no longer allowed to drive because of a visual impairment, (Glaucoma). My gym buddy's job has made it difficult for us to workout together. If you are a member of La Fitness and live near Wellington I would really appreciate you becoming my gym buddy. I am even prepared to return to Gold's if that's where you workout. I usually workout three times per week, (Mon, Wed & Fri). We can meet for ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:50:55 EST Pentagon City Mall: Aug 16 FREE Fitness Challenge! FREE FITNESS! Are you tough enough for Bmarchai Studios Fitness Challenge? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> - Hardest Ten-Minute Workout You’ve Ever Done! <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 16, 2014- Compete any time between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM. No charge to compete. No registration; just show up at The Vitamin Shoppe, Pentagon City Mall, 1101 South Joyce St, Arlington, VA 22202, 703-413-1210. Metro: Blue/Silver and Orange lines. <BR> <BR> Do the most reps at five circuit training stati... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:49:00 EST Hello From Centrevill le/Clifton Hello! I'm am new to SP. I am ready to get a "jump start" on this weight loss journey. Would love to give/receive encouragement, words of wisdom and accountability. Thanks for reading! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:27:02 EST Back and willing! Help! I'm back! Any support, encouragement, contact is welcome. I live near Culpeper and work in Woodbridge. Anyone nearby? (I lost all the Facebook info...) <BR> Jennfier Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:57:21 EST A Newbie... for all intents and purposes... help! I'm back! Any support, encouragement, contact is welcome. I live near Culpeper and work in Woodbridge. Anyone nearby? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:55:31 EST Hi :) Hi. I'm new. My name is Stacey and I am here to get healthy, make friends, motivate and be motivated. <BR> I am 36 and I need to lose half of my body weight. I have been working out 5-6 days a week since February. <BR> Check out my spark page and if you think that we might have something in common, please feel free to friend me. I have been accountable to only myself for far too long. I need SP friends that know what I am going through, who can help me through my journey and I hope I can be o... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:33:00 EST Hello from Dale City Hi! I'm new to the group but not to Sparkpeople. I live in the K section of Dale City and grew up in the Marumsco Hills area of Woodbridge. I've been off and on with sparkpeople for a couple of years but since November 2013, I got serious and got to work. With the help of the biggest loser challenge, I have lost 28 pounds so far. I'm looking forward to all this winter weather crap going away so I can go walking outdoors. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:35:41 EST 2014 Kyle Wilson Memorial Walk for Fitness This years walk is April 12th. It's a free event done every year since Kyle's death to remember him and his passion for fitness. He died in the line of duty at age 24, the first line of duty death in PWC's Fire Dept history. Every year several of us do this walk and several years quite a few other sparkers joined in. It's a lot of fun and the raffles and t-shirt sales go to a scholarship in Kyle's name. The walk itself is totally free. They have a lot of sponsors and some pretty good food aft... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 23:12:17 EST Color Me Rad @ Kings Dominion, May 17th If anyone wants to join our team for Color Me Rad on May 17th, here's the link! Team members save $5 off their registration by registering on a team instead of as an individual. We'd love to have a big group come out and get colorful! It will be fun, not competitive, so no worries if you aren't into races :-) <BR> <link><BR>age/Richmond2014/NoVASparkers </link> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:22:27 EST Walleyball Anyone? I live in Springfield. There is a group of women (and one man) who play walleyball on Wednesday afternoons from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the South Run Recreation Center, Springfield. The ages range from the 50's to the 60's but everyone is welcome. If you haven't played walleyball before, don't worry about it. We play on a racquetball court with a net stretched across the middle of the court. In our version of the game, we have no rules nor do we keep score which means you can do no wrong. ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:12:54 EST Hello from Warrenton Anyone else here from Warrenton or surrounding area? <BR> <BR> I am a personal trainer in the town of Warrenton and I'd love to connect with others who are working on staying motivated. I used to be over 300 pounds and very unhealthy, now I'm pretty active but still look for motivation and inspiration to keep up the fight. Unfortunately I didn't "get skinny and stay that way," it seems I have to keep working at it. <BR> <BR> I'd love to connect with people interested in hiking, biking, an... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:50:44 EST Hello From Woodbridge... HI everyone!! <BR> <BR> ok it has been a long time since I have been on this site HOPEFULLY with a little help and a lot of will power I can loose all this extra fluff on me!! <BR> <BR> About me: I am a single mother of one she is 5 years old, currently in school and work full time so there is very little time for me but I need to make that time. <BR> <BR> :) I see everyone meets up, I hope to meet new friends here too!! :) Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:54:07 EST FitBit Users? I know we have some here... I need some friends! I'm using the same nickname there as I do here. Wed, 22 May 2013 14:54:09 EST Electric Run Hey All! <BR> <BR> I am putting together a group to do the Electric Run on Sept 6th (I plan on walking it!) <BR> <BR> Please feel free to sign up!!!!!! <BR> <BR> The team is call Teachers in Arlington Rock! (But really anyone can join) The rates are going up soon (but it is cheaper to sign up as a team) <BR> <BR><BR>md/electric-run---washington-dc---frid<BR>ay-september-6th-2013 <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 May 2013 20:26:49 EST Manassas Airport 5K/10K April 13, 2013 Anyone interested in doing this??? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y_10k_5k.html </link> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:02:31 EST 2013 Kyle Wilson Memorial Walk (run) for Fitness This years walk is April 20th (which happens to be my b-day). It's a free event done every year since Kyle's death to remember him and his passion for fitness. He died in the line of duty at age 24, the first line of duty death in PWC history. Every year several of us do this walk and several years quite a few other sparkers joined in. It's a lot of fun and the raffles and t-shirt sales go to a scholarship in Kyle's name. The walk itself is free. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.kylewilson... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:48:27 EST Work Out Songs Hi All- <BR> <BR> Curious to know what songs people have on their play lists for Working Out? Wed, 6 Feb 2013 21:27:07 EST Have a Heart 5K- Arlington Hi All! I teach at a school in Arlington called Hoffman-Boston. We are having a 5K to raise funds for some of our programing. It is on Feb 23rd. All the details are included in the link :) <BR> <BR><BR>va/have-a-heart-for-hoffman-boston-ele<BR>mentary-school-5k-2013 <BR> <BR> I will be biking the course to lead it. But there will be walkers and runners :) <BR> <BR> YAY! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:11:54 EST Hi I'm From Lorton Hi. My name is Rachel and I am from Lorton, Va. I am just rejoining spark people and am looking to meet other locals to help support me in my weight loss efforts. I just joined Weight Watchers as well but find that this site is better b/c it keeps me more motivated w/ spark points. I am hoping w/ both it will help me stay motivated. I also joined Golds Gym as well. I am looking for anyone that may live near Lorton area who would be interested in being workout buddies. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:15:56 EST Hi from Burke Hi All! My name is Rachel- I am a teacher in Arlington and live in Burke. I would love to find some walking buddies in the area to help motivate me with fitness! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:38:52 EST Hello from Alexandria! Hi all! I just moved to Alexandria from Michigan. I am looking to find new friends to work out with. I enjoy rollerblading, yoga, kettlebells and walking. If you live in the NoVA area and would be interested in any of these activities, please let me know :) Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:34:03 EST Hi from Ashburn! Hi Team! I'm Jenn, 31, and I live in Ashburn with my husband. I'm desperately in need of a fresh start with my health and to get this accumulated weight off of me for good! I'm hoping that I can meet some great people who can help motivate my lazy self into being the best Jenn I can be! Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:42:30 EST Arlington General Court Not health-related unless you count stress, but I just got a ticket for expired inspection. My birthday was yesterday, and my license was expired (though I had my temporary in the glovebox...I almost forgot it this morning!), though my new one was waiting for me at my house when I got home. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was 15 days expired, but he still ticketed me, which is, like, okay, whatever. I'm not upset about the ticket or being pulled over, but I am upset about having to go to a court date ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:06:08 EST Looking 4 Walking Part. in Burke/Lorto n/FFX/Sprfd Hi Everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and this team. I am a 43 year old non-working mom that would love to find a walking partner that wants to meet at a local park during the week (daytime) for some exercise. Fall in Virginia is the best time to be active outside! I am so excited that the leaves are starting to change color. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:39:55 EST North Stafford / Park Ridge Hey everyone... I am new to SP and new to posting :) I am really loving this website - it is so much better then others I have stumbled upon! I live in the North Stafford area and I have been in Virginia since 2009. My husband is an AD Marine stationed at Quantico and I am a Medical Lab Tech. We have 2 children, a cat, and 2 Chihuahua's. I am working hard to achieve my weight loss goals and I look forward to using the tools available on this website! Please feel free to email me anytime! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:36:39 EST Hello from Arlington! Hi, all. I've been active on Spark since around May of this year and just stumbled upon this team. I live in South Arlington and work in Ballston. You can find me either walking or biking on the local trails most days of the week so feel free to drop me a line if you would like to join me. I'll be turning 40 in March 2013 and have turned to Spark to help me meet this milestone feeling leaner and healthier. <BR> <BR> Cheers, Vicky Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:08:57 EST Warrenton/ /Culpeper? I'm not exactly new, but with the new school year, I'm renewing my routines. I'm free-ish on Mondays and Wednesdays, and would love, love, LOVE to meet someone in my area who would work out or something with me! Gainesville is ok... but Manassas is too far... as is northern Fau. Co. and Fredericksburg... <BR> Any ideas? Please let me know! Email me for my personal email or phone number. <BR> Jennifer Wed, 29 Aug 2012 09:07:37 EST Goodmorning from Fredericksburg My name is Mary and as you can see from my topic I am from Fredericksburg. I am going to be 52 in 2 weeks and I am a special education teacher for Stafford County Public Schools. I have struggled withmy weight all mylife ...up,down, up down and have found enough excuses along the way! I am hoping to get to know others in the area to support me in my journey and I hope I can be of support to others! Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:47:18 EST New mom looking for walking partner(s) in Manassas Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople so I hope I am doing this the right way. I am a new mom who is working on losing the pregnancy weight and then some. I would love to find a walking (and eventually hiking) partner or group in the Manassas area. <BR> <BR> Happy 4th of July! Wed, 4 Jul 2012 22:51:06 EST Hi from Lorton! Hello to all of the NoVA peeps! I'm Jess from Lorton & I'm new to this site! Hope to get to know all of you <em>30</em> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:06:46 EST Heeelllllooo from Fairfax Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am so excited to find a NOVA spark team. My name is Whitney, I am 25 years old and live in Fairfax. <BR> <BR> I have been on sparkpeople for a month, and in that time went from not working out at all to doing an hour 5x a week. <BR> <BR> I am sticking to pretty 'fun' workouts, zumba, bollywood videos, and yoga. <BR> <BR> Right now, none of my friends have any interest in watching their food intake or exercising... so I would love to get to know you guys and maybe me... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 22:44:35 EST SKATE OF THE UNION- CHANTILLY! 24 June! Hi Nova Sparkers! Today I skated Skate of the Union here in Washington. Also got details for tomorrow's events in Chantilly! Anyone registered, or attending? <BR> <BR> These events are connected with the U.S. Olympic Committee, 2012 Olympic Day (today), and preparations for 2012 London Olympics. <BR> <BR> Sunday in Chantilly - behind Dulles airport, on Fairfax County Police Dept. Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. <BR> <BR> Check-in: 7 to 9 AM <BR> <BR> 10K Skate starts 8:00AM <BR> 5K s... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 22:28:01 EST Tomorrow is Sara's birthday!! I hope you have an awesome day! Happy early birthday (had to write today as I may not be home tomorrow). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TERMINEDAGAIN </link> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:27:23 EST Heya from Loudoun! Hope everyone's having a fantastic week, I thought I'd join in hopes of making a few new local friends, maybe even an exercise buddy near me. :) Fri, 1 Jun 2012 07:24:53 EST Happy Birthday Nikki! <link><BR>COLEH1008 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Wed, 30 May 2012 23:52:10 EST Color Run 5k Hey guys! I know I've been neglecting this site, but I'm back on track! I just wanted to let you know about the color run! It's a 5k Run and it's absolutely awesome. Well, it looks awesome. I've never done it...but I'm registered for October! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> There should be a video on the site! Let me know if you're going to do it!! Mon, 21 May 2012 09:01:14 EST Happy Birthday Ferne! Today is Ferne's Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RULYBLESSED </link> <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> Wed, 16 May 2012 09:04:29 EST It's Jillian's birthday! <link><BR>LLIANPRNCSS </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday!!! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Sat, 12 May 2012 21:21:48 EST new here in kingstowne Im Nicki :) Living in Kingstowne in Alexandria ..anyone a member at fitness first? Or anyone looking for a workout buddy?? Thu, 3 May 2012 11:04:57 EST Rockville Twilighter Run Hello all! <BR> <BR> I found this run that looks awesome. Unfortunately, I am out of town that weekend but I wanted to pass the link along. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 1 May 2012 04:12:51 EST Texas Transplant Hi,NoVA Sparkers! I moved to Haymarket, VA last month from Houston, TX, and JILLIANPRINCESS just reminded me that I needed to join this team! I'm loving this beautiful state, and the hills are helping to bump up the intensity of my daily wogs. I haven't even missed the Texas sunshine up until this weekend -- it's been gorgeous almost every day since I arrived at the beginning of March! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know y'all! <em>30</em> Sun, 22 Apr 2012 19:50:09 EST Amy's b-day Today is Amy's B-day! Hope you had a great day girl!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TCHICK421 </link> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 20:55:11 EST Hello from Springfield! Hello NOVA! Thanks for letting me join the group...I hope to be actively involved with this group! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:12:54 EST March Walk - 3/31/12 - Lake Accotink Anyone interested in walking around Lake Accotink this Saturday? I'm flexible on time. We can go with what works for the majority (assuming the majority includes more than me). :) But aiming for around 10 a.m. <BR> <BR> The walk is about 4 miles with easy rolling hills. We can meet at Kings Glen Elementary School: <BR> <BR> 5401 Danbury Forest Drive Springfield, VA 22151 <BR> <BR> Danbury Forest Drive is a left off Braddock Road, about 3/4 miles west of 495. Easy in and out and lots... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:25:21 EST new to team--and to virginia. hi everyone. <BR> been on spark for three years and have lost over 100 pounds. <BR> just moved to berryvile, virginia, yesterday from upstate new york with the boyfriend and our two dogs. first big move for either of us--his job was relocated to herndon. <BR> been struggling with the move and the chaos and the weight loss... <BR> hope to get back to sparking and losing with you all. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:07:51 EST Hello from Leesburg! Hi all, I am happy to see there is a SP group in the area. My name is Melissa, and I have been living in Leesburg for about 10 years and love the nova area except for the HORRIBLE traffic and the high cost of living. I especially love the diversity of the people in the area. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you and attending the next meeting. <BR> <BR> *wave* Sun, 18 Mar 2012 17:33:27 EST Dinner March 16 A group of us from here and FabFit are doing the Rock and Roll Half Marathon on 3/17. A few of you not participating are coming to be our cheerleaders! Thank you! <BR> <BR> The evening before we are getting together for dinner at 6PM at Bond45 in the National Harbor. <BR> <BR> We wanted to invite everyone that would like to come. If you're able to join us, please reply here so Jillian can add to the reservation. <BR> <BR> We'd love to see anyone that can make it! Thu, 8 Mar 2012 22:56:35 EST Hi everyone! (Ex-Reston- does that count? LOL) Greetings, everyone. I'm Marian - aka MsBootcamp. Actually I'm a couple of miles away from Arlington in Washington, but some of you may know that part of NoVA used to be in Washington. THAT is another story! <BR> <BR> PinkNFitCarla and I have been in contact a bit. <BR> <BR> So I hope no one minds me participating a bit in your group! Yes, I once lived in Reston. Loved it but it was faaaar. Last fall (2011) I enjoyed teaching Italian in Fredericksburg. <BR> <BR> And my family has very d... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:50:25 EST Hi From Fairfax (Gov Center area) ** NOTE ** Decided to cancel this account, which was attached to my job and now joining as an indivifual, lookout for "crashingwave". Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:28:42 EST February Walk - Sat, 2/25/12 Burke Lake Park Anyone interested in meeting at Burke Lake Park this Saturday for a walk around the lake? It's about 4.5 miles with easy rolling hills. <BR> <BR> Send me a message with an email address and I'll confirm details. I'm thinking 10:00 a.m. We should be done by 11:30 or 12:00 depending on the pace. <BR> <BR> Kim Wed, 22 Feb 2012 09:10:52 EST It's Suzieb123's B-day! <link><BR>ZIB123 </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:40:23 EST It's Teresa's Birthday Today is Teresa's b-day! You may not be in VA anymore, but you will always be a part of us NOVA Sparkers! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>EEBW </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday!!! <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 15:21:42 EST It's Celia's Birthday!! Happy Birthday Celia!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LIAMINER </link> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:06:50 EST Happy Birthday Dawn! Today is Dawn's Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>PPHIREAURA </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday!! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>107</em> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 00:30:53 EST Hi from Alexandria! Hi Northern VA folks! I am new to the whole SP thing. Looking to find motivation, support from others and to help people who are trying to live healthier lives! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:29:35 EST Run Amok - June 16, 2012 I know that Tiffany (TiffyFanny) and Beth (CelloSong) did a Warrior Dash (mud run) last year, and really liked it..... <BR> <BR> I just found a mud run that is LOCAL to NoVA! <BR> <BR> As part of the Marine Corps Marathon series, they are holding "Run Amok" on Saturday June 16, 2012. <BR> <BR> Anyone besides me interested? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:38:07 EST 5th Annual Kyle Wilson 10K Fitness Walk (or run) The registration is open for the 5th Annual Kyle Wilson 10K Walk for Fitness. This is held every year since Kyle died fighting a fire in PWC on 4-16-07 at the age of 24. His family along with the PWCFD and PWC Government sponsor the walk in his memory and to help promote fitness which was his passion. There is no registration fee to participate. The have raffles and sell shirts for the event for $10 and accept donations, but nothing is required. Any money raised goes to a scholarship fund for... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:42:39 EST 2012 races Hi everyone! I've been looking at to see what the races look like this winter, has anyone signed up for anything they are really excited about? I registered for Run Your Heart Out 5k on Feb 12 and the Rev3 Rogue Run 5k on Mar 24 so far and I'm thinking about a few 10-12ks. I'm still too daunted to run farther, but I enjoy these shorter races. <BR> <BR> What are your racing goals this year? Are you jumping from one distance level to the next? How much snow do you think... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 12:51:45 EST Newbie in loudoun County Looking forward to meeting others that are near South Riding/Fairfax area. Looking to live healthier and drop 30 pounds. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:18:53 EST Share bar on blogs?!?! I recently found out that SP has added a share bar to our blogs. Anyone reading your blog that likes it can share it on their FB or Twitter. Now, there are times I share my own blog on there myself, if it's something I want friends that are not on spark to see, but I sure don't want anyone reading my blog having the ability to share it. Thinking about the blogs with before pics, etc. I personally don't want anyone sharing my blog, regardless of what it's about. I will share it if I want it sh... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 00:21:34 EST Who's On Twitter? How about Google+? I'm going to be setting up a Northern Virginia Sparkers presence on both social media platforms tonight. After joining another team that has plenty of public presence, I thought it sounded like a good way to spread the spark and maybe find some more folks in the area who might join. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:17:07 EST Today is Tiffany's Birthday! <BR> <link><BR>FFYFANNY </link> <BR> <BR> I know she has enjoyed her time in Florida! Happy Birthday girl! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 08:15:26 EST newbie all around Hi Everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and new to Northern Virginia. Nice meeting everyone! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 09:23:42 EST Greetings from Leesburg! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Ashley, 27 and I live in Leesburg. My husband and I moved to Leesburg August of 2010. He is originally from Michigan (where we lived before moving back to VA) but I'm from the grand ol' Commonwealth :) <BR> <BR> We can both always use some healthy friends - virtual and in person - to keep us motivated (or for me, to help me get back into my healthy habits). I'm looking forward to being a member of the northern Virginia sparkers! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:28:36 EST newbie from Dumfries Hey everyone my name is Karrie, I'm 25 and the mother of a perfect 15 month old little girl. I am a stay at home mom by day and I work full time In the evenings and on weekends when the hubby is home with the baby. I have been overweight for all of the parts of my life that I can remember but after having a baby I'm @ my heaviest. I find that I exercise more and probably get more quality out of my hard work if I have someone to workout with. But with being home when nearly everyone I know is ... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 02:11:20 EST Today is Tammie's Birthday! <link><BR>GISCRAPPY </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday!! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:33:17 EST Today is Carolyn's Birthday! Today is Carolyn's Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ROLYN1213 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>409</em> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 07:55:16 EST Hi From Triangle My name is Charlene . This is not my first time trying sparkpeople . I hope it's my last ! I live in Triangle .. for those of you who don't know where I am at ... it's at the Quantico Marine Corp Base. I am 45 years old with 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren....Hi everyone Thu, 8 Dec 2011 11:48:53 EST It's Beth G's Birthday tomorrow :-) <link><BR>THGILLIGAN </link> <BR> <BR> Wishing you the best day ever! Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> Fri, 2 Dec 2011 22:26:18 EST Ashburn New guy Hello I am Jeremy just moved to N. VA from California and Joined Lifetime Gym also still learning Spark people. drop me a note say hi. <BR> <BR> Jeremy Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:56:42 EST Finally Here! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I joined this team awhile back, but I'm just now getting around to introducing myself! <BR> <BR> I moved to Centreville about 3 weeks ago and am just now settling into some kind of routine! Now I'm looking for some walking and tea buddies! <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 20:13:40 EST Tomorrow (Saturday) is Wanda's birthday!! Happy Birthday Wanda! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>AH57 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 23:47:02 EST Hi from Centreville Hi, I live in Centreville. I'm originally from SC but have lived here for 4 1/2 years. I have no way to make friends because I don't work. I don't really get out much but I used to be very social back in SC. I just don't know anyone up here except my husband. I would love to meet some friends on here and actually socialize or walk or anything. I have lost 16 lbs. since the middle of Sept. but need to lose at least 40 more. I have MS which has caused me to have Nystagmus (jumping eyes) and ver... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 20:58:56 EST Hello from Ashburn Village Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Jessica and have been Sparking since the Spring and have done really well. Running my first 5K and inspiring my son (9) to complete his first Triathlon and my daughter (6) to go on runs with me. I have yet to get my husband He is more of a swimmer. ;) It has been a stressful couple of months and I have fallen off the wagon a bit. I found you all looking for support, motivation, and friendship. Excited to join this group and am ready for the challenge... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 08:04:34 EST Happy Birthday Beth!! Today is Beth's Birthday!! Hope you have a great day. Here's a link to her page if you'd like to help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LLOSONG </link> <BR> <BR> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>335</em> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:35:30 EST falls church sparker looking for a workout buddy hi everyone i am in falls church very close to alexandria and arlington[edge of baileys crossroads ] and i find that it is easier for me to get to my goals if i have a partner to mortivate me and work out together so if there is anyone in the area who is interested just contact me. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 09:31:25 EST Happy Birthday Louisa!! Today is Louisa's birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TS01 </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday!! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 08:39:06 EST New to spark people and to warrenton I moved to Warrenton from Virginia Beach 4 months ago. I am newly retire and determined to get my health back. I hope I can figure out this site and how to get the most out of it. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:59:51 EST Happy Birthday Monica! Today is Monica's birthday!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TNHLTHYMONICA </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day!! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 23:45:05 EST Hi from Kingstowne Hi, my name is Gloria, I am a proud mother of a 7 year old and a puppy! I have been married for 10+ years with a hard core Redskins fan and I am a Cowboys fan! I have been battling with weight all my life. In the past 2 years, I have lost 40 lbs with WW and doing Zumba and Jazzercise. I have been stuck in my weight loss for the past 5 months, so I decided to count calories instead. I would like to looks about 90 more lbs. Being working full time and a 7 year old, I find it quite hard to... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:16:17 EST Hi from the Manassas area Hi, my name is Jenny and I live near Manassas. I'm married with one child, one dog, and one cat...all females in the house except my husband! Hoping to drop about 50 pounds by spring which is half way to my goal weight. Looking for a walking or hiking partner if anyone is interested. <BR> <BR> Hello to everyone in the group! Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:25:44 EST Hello from Reston! Hello everyone! Just want to introduce myself. I am Chrystal and ive lived in Reston since 2006 and I've always focused on taking care of my family, now its time for me too! Mon, 26 Sep 2011 00:39:54 EST Clothing Swap I was wondering if anyone would be interested in doing a clothing swap...or even just interested in sharing their unwanted/wrong size clothes. Sun, 25 Sep 2011 02:50:56 EST Hi from Woodbridge!! Happy Friday all!! <BR> <BR> I would like to share info about a Zumba class I've been taking for over a month now. It's located in Manassas, VA. <BR> <BR> Ross is my instructor and she is simply phenomenal. She's has many years of dance experience and brings authentic Latin style to her teaching. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, next week is her last week of teaching for the time being. I think she's having issues with finding a new space for her classes. I think it would be awesome if we coul... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 09:24:53 EST New Here, New to NOVA! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I will soon be moving to NOVA, and I'll love to know things about the area! <BR> <BR> I'll probably be there in the next 4-6 weeks if I had to guess, and I'm looking at living anywhere from Reston to Front Royal. Thoughts?! <BR> <BR> Can't wait to 'meet' you all here! <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:42:16 EST Hey from Springfield Hi, I'm actually "inside the Beltway," but just inside, off Edsall. Can I join? =) <BR> <BR> I've lived in DC Metro area for six years since I came here for graduate school. It'll be nice to be a part of a group that seems active; the Fairfax County SparkTeam of which I'm part doesn't have a lot of action at this time. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:03:07 EST DC Hot Chocolate 15K/5K - 12/03/11 Just wanted to start this thread for anyone on the team that signed up for this race! Wed, 17 Aug 2011 10:59:30 EST F'Burg/South Stafford Hi everyone!! My name is Angelia (just Angela). I'm a 36,year old married, mom to a 10 year old son, 3 cats and 1 min-pin. I'm a transplant from Texas and have been in NOVA for the last 5 years. I've been on SP for quite some time now, but don't stay focused long enough to have much success. I'd like to drop about 75lbs, give or take a few by this time next year. Slow and steady wins the race right? My biggest challenge at the moment is not being able to do much as far as exercising due... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:21:13 EST August Challenge? How about... <BR> <BR> Add 1 Fitness Goal, 1 Nutritional Goal, 1 Wellness Goal, and 1 Motivational Goal for the month of August. Blog at least 1x per week with updates. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 14:50:16 EST Happy Birthday Simone! Today is Simone's b-day. Here's a link to her page if you'd like to help her celebrate: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>N2MYDREAMS </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday!!! <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:05:24 EST Rock and Roll comes to DC Hey guys, did you see the Rock n Roll Marathon is coming to DC in 2012? The Suntrust Marathon and CareFirst Half are now part of the R&R series! I'm so excited. I wanted so bad to do the R&R in Savannah in November but am no where NEAR ready. I can be ready by March! <BR> <BR> Louisa-you ran this one last year I know....are you going to do this years? A lot of Fab Fit people are signing up. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 20:13:10 EST Dale City (Woodbridge) did I miss this Team? My name is Sharon and I live in Dale City in the B section. For those outside of Dale City..Most of the streets on Dale Blvd the main street are in abc order. I just rejoined LA Fitness and would love to work out with someone...I'm just a beginner but I am quick learner. I have a 20 yr old son beginning his Jr year at I am Bro-ke! I am an avid crafter (card maker, scrapbooking, polymer clay and make jewelry) and not in that order....which equals b... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 18:46:03 EST Greetings from Montclair (Dumfries) Good Morning NOVA Sparkers! I was delighted when I found this team this morning. I've been using the Spark site since March and have found it interesting and helpful. Now I can share the journey with some local Sparkers. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 08:30:27 EST Looking for a workout buddy in Manassas Hi All, <BR> <BR> I recently moved to Manassas and am looking for people that like outdoor stuff: biking, walking, hiking, running, basketball... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:57:48 EST Hike for the Cause - Leesylvania SP - 08/06/11 Tom found this on the InsideNoVA page - thought I'd put the link out here - just in case anyone else is interested.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/events/ViewEvent.cfm?585D0E7A74080206<BR>010C011B0109 </link> <BR> <BR> Date: 08/06/11 <BR> Time: 9-11AM <BR> What: 4 mile hike <BR> Fee: $25 Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:40:53 EST Hi from McLean Hi, <BR> Just saw this team. I have been sparking for a few years now. I am from McLean, married with 3 children. Work as a technical project manager and a Coast Guard reservist. I love to work out, but do not get as much time as I would like. I joined spark people to help me track my nutrition as I was interested in losing fat and gaining muscle. I have lost 10 pounds and gained some definition. My chief form of exercise is in the gym at work with free weights, machines and either the... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 17:10:41 EST 2012 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10mile/5K Just got this at work, so I thought I'd start the thread - <BR> <BR> The race is April 1, 2012. and from Cherry Blossom (dot) org: <BR> <BR> We will be using a lottery system to select entrants once again – with one important exception: <BR> <BR> If you have been rejected for entry into the race for the last two years (2010 and 2011, you will receive a guaranteed entry code which will allow you to bypass the lottery and gain entry directly into the event. <BR> <BR> Unless you have chan... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 11:54:54 EST Is Stafford close enough? Hi, everyone! I'm Tracy and found the Northern Virginia Sparkers through a friend on the Fredericksburg team. I hope it's okay for me to join- I'd love to come to the monthly meetings and I've been meaning to get out of my social box. I'm a full-time library science student and work part time for my library system, so life is crazy (as I'm sure it is for all of us) and I definitely need some accountability to keep me going! :) Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:33:16 EST New challenge? Hmmm, seems our last challenge was in November last year, LOL. Anyone have any ideas for a new challenge for summer? Wed, 29 Jun 2011 23:39:57 EST June Birthdays! I am a little behind in birthdays this month :-( <BR> <BR> June 23 was Sara's birthday. Happy Belated Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TERMINEDAGAIN </link> <BR> <BR> June 25th was JSFosters birthday. Happy Belated Birthday to you too! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>FOSTER1 </link> <BR> <BR> And tomorrow, June 28 is Cboelte's birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>OELTE </link> <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 22:35:43 EST Not quite Dale City And not quite Woodbridge and not quite Montclair and not quite Manassas. I live sorta between those places. Hi, everyone! Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:46:32 EST Woodbridge/Lake Ridge checkin' in Hi everyone- <BR> <BR> Just starting out here, trying to get my bearings. This is the last time I want to start this venture! So, it will be! Looking forward to getting to know everyone and offering/getting support! Wed, 1 Jun 2011 01:06:38 EST What did you do for exercise today? What did you do for exercise today? <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>57</em> <em>332</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 May 2011 11:58:41 EST Hello Hello! I'm a college student from Fairfax! Right now I'm finishing up school in Georgia and getting ready to switch over to Mason for the rest of my education. I live right there, so it'll be nice to be back home and get to be with my family again while I work on schoolwork. It's also going to very helpful, because Mason's gym facilities are way better than my current school's. :D Thu, 19 May 2011 10:27:13 EST Hello from Woodbridge Hi everyone, <BR> Happy to see a Northern Virginia group & looking for others to connect with. Thu, 19 May 2011 09:48:21 EST Today is Jillian's B-day! Here's a link to her page: <BR> <link><BR>LLIANPRNCSS </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday Jill!! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Thu, 12 May 2011 07:47:21 EST Hi from Woodbridge Hi everyone. I'm Chrystal, and I currently live in Woodbridge. I've been a member of sparkpeople since 2007. During the fall and winter of 2007 and spring of 2008, I lost 50 pounds. I was very proud of myself, but I kind of fell of the wagon for about a year after I got engaged and regained 25 pounds. I'm currently working very diligently to lose some of this weight before my wedding at the end of the month. I'm also determined to fit back into my clothes that have been hanging patientl... Thu, 5 May 2011 17:50:20 EST Hello from Lake Ridge Hello everyone! I am brand new to Spark and I live in Lake Ridge, VA. Looking for friends and fun on my journey. I am still trying to figure all of the stuff out and navigate the website so hopefully that won't take too long! I'm glad to be in this local group. Tue, 3 May 2011 21:41:38 EST Hello from Lake Ridge I live in Lake Ridge and work in Arlington and am new to Spark People. I want to say "Hello" and and thanks in advance for your support as I set out to lose 30 pounds. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 07:00:33 EST Eating Clean? I think I've finally found my "diet" niche... I didn't get that what some of you were talking about when you used the word "stripped." But eating clean, non-processed, organic foods is really what makes me feel good. If I feel good, I'm naturally a very active person... and the weight comes off as a bonus. <BR> So... I need book titles? Suggestions? Keep in mind, I'm not a "foodie".... I don't cook much because it's just me. I see this as another bonus though... raw foods are simple to prepa... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:24:52 EST It's Amy's Birthday! Tomorrow, 4/21 is Amy's B-day. She just finished her 28 day stripping plan...just in time for her b-day! Enjoy your cake Amy and have an awesome day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TCHICK75 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:37:59 EST HELP!!! Because I am...what's the word..... Ok - I have been a member of SP since....2007 I think, maybe longer. I am a bit obsessive about my tracking, the thing is I have to physically write it down, what I eat, my workout...etc - this leaves me in a quandary - I have been rarely using SP and I really want to - here is my "issue" - I dread double work - and I really NEED to physically write what I eat for my sanity and success - so my thought is to use SP for my activity...thoughts? Suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks - and hopefully one... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 08:56:22 EST Today is Judy's b-day! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday Judy!! <BR> <BR> oops, forgot the link to her page! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MHAWKOF3 </link> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 20:31:08 EST Brambleton 5k Is anyone else running the Brambleton Step-Sisters 5k on April 9? Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:23:46 EST I'm not a runner... ... but it'd be nice to have a race/ride to train for.... look forward to. Anyone have any ideas? Sun, 27 Mar 2011 07:37:08 EST 2011 Kyle Wilson Fitness Walk <link><BR>attempt2.html </link> <BR> <BR> I had posted this info a while ago and a few people were interested and asked me to remind them closer to the time. It's about a month from now. <BR> <BR> It's a 10K fitness walk (runners are welcome!). There is no registration fee. They make their money by selling t-shirts and hats and the raffles they do. Last year was awesome! Kyle is so missed. He was so into fitness and helping people improve. Any money ma... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:39:36 EST Today is NOMOREDJ's BIrthday Here's a link to her page if you can drop by to help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MOREDJ </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday! <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 06:43:29 EST I'm new...looking for friends? Hey, I'm new to this group! My name is Baillie (pronounced like the Irish cream), and I'm from Fairfax. I'm 24 years old (almost 25) and...I don't know what else to put haha! Anyways, I'm looking for some people who live around me who can keep me motivated and who I can help be motivated...aka, friends. I don't have any friends here (a majority of them moved) and would like to meet new people. Tue, 1 Mar 2011 16:05:24 EST Live in Fauquier, Work in Woodbridge New to SP, and trying to find my motivation to MOVE! Dealing with grief and life changes, but determined to make healthier choices ... and make those choices into habits. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:24:28 EST Today is SUZIB123's Birthday Here's a link to her page to help her celebrate! <BR> <link><BR>ZIB123 </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 07:55:46 EST Today is Teresa's Birthday! Here's a link to her page to help her celebrate! <BR> <link><BR>EEBW#comments </link> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday! Sat, 19 Feb 2011 12:17:53 EST NEW SPARK FEATURES - RUNNING RELATED! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4006998 </link> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:34:26 EST Today is Dawn's Birthday!! <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Today is Dawn's b-day. Here's a link to her page to help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>PPHIREAURA </link> Tue, 8 Feb 2011 22:47:46 EST 2011 Susan G Komen Race for the Cure I registered our team again this year. The team name is NOVA Sparkers. Last year we had 17 Sparkers and friends and family. I hope we can have more this year. The date is June 4th. <BR> <BR> We raised over $3000 last year! Let's top it for 2011. (fundraising is NOT required however, so don't let that discourage you if you don't want to or can't do fundraising). <BR> <BR> The link to sign up is: <BR> <link><BR>erver?pagename=hq_gr_homepage_2010 </link> ... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:30:57 EST Please send some support to Judy Hi guys-Judy (Momhawkof3) needs some support. Her doctors have found an aneurysm in her aorta and she is having surgery Friday am (being admitted Thursday which is her 21st wedding anniversary). I know she is scared, anxious and worried, especially since her daughter can't be home. <BR> <BR> I think she could use some support from us. Here's a link to her page: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MHAWKOF3 </link> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:25:55 EST Meet-Up Pictures Hey Ladies! Since I've been stuck inside today after last night's ice, I've been trying to archive photos... and I notice that I'm missing some of our meet-up photos. Soooo.... if you have Meet-Up photos from some of our gatherings, please send them to me! <BR> <BR> I don't seem to have the September 2010 get-together pic(s)... and if anyone wants to share their Susan G. Komen pics with me, that would be great, too. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:34:23 EST Hi from North Stafford My name is Carla and I am 26 years old. I have been a member of SP since August and I have lost about 25 pounds. I want to keep chipping away towards my goal. I've recently started the C25K program and I am seeing that many of you run together. I look forward to making friendships and hopefully joining in on some of the runs! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 23:01:04 EST Hi All!! So we are settled in finally. The last week has been a pain, literally. I had to go to the er last sunday for ear pain, had swimmers ear is what they said. Moved in and hubby left Monday. Can't get the kids in school until next week after mlk day. so me and 4 kids have been couped up in the house. then around tuesday i blew my nose and had the worse pain in the world, worse then labor! thought i ruptured my eardrum. so thursday had an appt, couldn't find the air force base, rescheduled for fr... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 08:08:23 EST Happy Birthday, BJENKINS1014! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to her page so we can help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ENKINS1014 </link> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:11:27 EST Hi from Woodbridge Just wanted to introduce myself! I sparked for a while and then got too busy but I'm back and I'm going to hit my goal weight this year and stay there! Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:55:12 EST Hello from Fairfax I actually joined a year ago but then sort of fell off the planet..but I am back!! I belong to World Gym in Fairfax and HATE it. Anyone else have gym recommendations in the Fairfax area?? Thanks!! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 10:47:52 EST New from Stafford! I just joined SparkPeople today! My local Mom's group is doing a Biggest Loser Challenge and many recommended this site. :) So far, so good! <BR> <BR> I started the Couch to 5k program today and pushed myself through and am excited to finally loose all this weight! <BR> <BR> My current gym membership is at American Family Fitness and if anyone is a local, I'd love a buddy! Having a motivated friend makes me even more motivated! :) <BR> <BR> Hope to meet some of you soon! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:52:07 EST DC Health and Fitness Expo - Jan 15-16 Anyone planning on going? I know there is a meetup in Fairfax the week before, but for those a little closer to dc this could be another option, and it is definitely spark friendly. :) Tue, 4 Jan 2011 08:08:32 EST Happy Birthday Tammie! <em>244</em> It's Tammie's birthday today! Here's a link to her page if you'd like to celebrate with her! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>GISCRAPPY </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! <em>409</em> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 07:55:31 EST Soon to be in Springfield Hi everyone! My name is Mary. I am an army wife and mother of 4 boys. We will be moving to Springfield next month. I am super excited! Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:21:24 EST Where do you go to the gym? I go to the gym at my law school and the gym is closing for two weeks over Christmas break. I consider this weather unrunnable and am not OK with going two weeks without a treadmill. Most gyms will sell a one-month membership, especially to a student, so I just need to pick one. <BR> <BR> Where do you go to the gym? Do you like it? (Being close to or an easy commute from McLean is a big plus for me personally, but I'm sure there are other NoVA folks looking for a gym, so even if you're... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:19:16 EST Hello From Alexandria Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been on SP about 5 months and have lost just about 45 pounds. Suffice to say I love the group! I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and learning how you use SP. <BR> <BR> My favorite exercises this time of the year -- elliptical trainer and Kettlebells. <BR> <BR> Best, Nikki Sat, 11 Dec 2010 17:00:01 EST OT - Sightseeing Assistance What is the name of the monument that has the man in the sand with his arms sticking out and where is it located? Didn't they move it recently? Tue, 7 Dec 2010 21:28:20 EST NOVA Group Facebook page I just wanted to let anyone on FB know that we have a group page there. Here's the link if anyone would like to join: <BR> <link><BR>9863818666 </link> Fri, 3 Dec 2010 08:49:05 EST BETHGILLIGAN's Birthday! Today is Beth's birthday! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to her page so you can stop by and wish her a Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>THGILLIGAN </link> Thu, 2 Dec 2010 08:10:53 EST New fitness store near Tysons I went to the Fit3 near Tysons and had a good experience buying sneakers. They have all these tests to see what your feet do when you run and what kind of sneakers you need. I worried that I was going to end up with the most expensive sneakers in the place, I ended up paying a little more than $80 since the sneakers they sold me were on sale. <BR> <BR> My sales guy told me he'd won the Marine Corps marathon twice. I was skeptical on that one, but someone with his first name did win it the... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 18:30:35 EST It's Wanda's Birthday, tomorrow 11/11 Happy Birthday Wanda!!! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to Wanda's page to help her celebrate! <BR> <link><BR>AH57 </link> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 22:38:54 EST November Challlenge Amy's November challenge: <BR> <BR> <BR> We are entering food season, so we can’t stop now. We are going to ask you to make another minutes pledge for the month of November. If you didn’t join in last month, please join us this month. All you need to do is post the date, what you did, how many minutes, and total number of minutes so far for the month done/pledge. <BR> <BR> In addition we are asking you to do a little extra. Let’s work on our triceps, core, and legs. Every day try to get i... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 20:33:43 EST Healthy Recipe Exchange Party 11/6 in Springfield! With the holidays looming around the corner I find myself making every attempt to stay focused on my health and nutrition goals. I have some great recipes that I love, but sometimes I need more variety! So, I'm hosting a Healthy Recipe Exchange Party to swap recipes, health/nutrition ideas, and to have some fun! The party will be on Saturday 11/6 at 1pm. If you're interested, please email me and I'll send you all of the details. Hope yo see you there! <em>236</em> Mon, 1 Nov 2010 20:31:24 EST New Person from Fredericksburg - So, Sorta NoVa I saw a couple other people on here from the Stafford/Spotsylvania area, so I'll assume Fredericksburg qualifies. I never would have labeled the city NoVa, but the Richmond sparkers are too far away and I'm hoping I found the right group. <BR> <BR> I am a 22 year old student and I stay in Fredericksburg during the school year, but I'm in Warrenton for holidays and the summer. I've been with Sparkpeople since July and I've already lost 30 pounds and had to donate half my wardrobe that... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:46:17 EST Hello from an Ashburn Newbie Hi Everyone, <BR> I am new to SP...well, I signed up in January but life got in the way and I am just now getting around to getting involved with the program. <BR> I am married and have a 5yo daughter who just started Kindergarten. I am looking forward to joining the group for friendship, support, motivation and help learning my way around the SP site :) ! <BR> I look forward to meeting you all on line soon! :) <BR> Kellie Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:59:14 EST It's Beth's B-day! Hi! Tomorrow, the 21st is Beth's b-day! Here's a link to her page to help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LLOSONG </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday Beth! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 22:27:31 EST Happy Birthday Louisa! It's Louisa's b-day! <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to her page to help her celebrate! <BR> <link><BR>TS01 </link> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 07:45:48 EST Alexandria Area Hello!! I am so happy to join this group!! NOVA is beautiful!!! I am trying to get use to this cold weather and heard that it is only going to get colder. I was all bundled up to go running the other day wondering what I should wear. I decided to check out the other ladies running and noticed that they were in only a t-shirt and shorts (I was in a long sleeve shirt over another shirt, jacket, and pants). I wanted to say hello!! and hopefully make some spark friends!! Thu, 7 Oct 2010 09:04:26 EST Happy Birthday Monica! Today is Monica's b-day. Here's a link to her page so you can help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ESMO#comments </link> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 00:00:10 EST October Challenge Thanks Amy!! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Pledge a number of minutes you think you can do and record minutes each day and try to meet or beat your pledge. <BR> <BR> 2. 4 weeks in October. Alternating each day - pushups or situps. <BR> Week 1 - 10 each day <BR> Week 2 - 15 each day <BR> Week 3 - 20 each day <BR> Week 4 - 25 each day <BR> <BR> So you do situps one day and then the next day you do pushups. For those that need more of a challenge with the amount, just do 2 or 3 sets that day. <BR... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 16:53:39 EST Stafford Newbie Quickie: <BR> <BR> 5'3" 188 <BR> 2 kids (1 baby) <BR> Weight got out of control in 2008-2009 then got pregnant (awesome) then broke leg and ankle (not awesome). Then bought size 16 clothes (not awesome) 8months after baby I'm still wearing my maternity pants (not awesone). <BR> Need some fixing cuz everyone thinks I'm over 40 and I just turned 33. <BR> Ordered Turbofire and I want to run again (done two marathons) even though I have a lot of leg hardware. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:33:50 EST Any size 10s or 12s out there? :) I no longer fit into my size 10s and 12s. I have some 10s, 12s, and 10/12 petites. I just bought all these clothes over the summer! Oh well. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested, I have some gently used skirts and pants in those sizes that I would love to send to someone else who is in need of some clothes. I can just donate them to a thrift store, but I'd rather give them away to another sparker. <BR> <BR> I have several NY & Company work skirts (size 12), at least 1 pair of NY & Company jea... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 09:39:45 EST Happy Birthday Mogal64! Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> Here's a link to her page to help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>GAL64 </link> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 08:15:16 EST Happy Birthday Louise It's Louise's b-day....LOURON <BR> <BR> Here's a link to her page so we can help her celebrate. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>URON </link> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 08:39:53 EST Spark Mini-vacation, anyone? I know this is OOOOhhhh so last minute...... <BR> <BR> (snipped from the Running thread) <BR> I'm taking a very long weekend in early November that Tom can't get time off for. I also have my timeshare that I HAVE to take time at by the end of the year or "lose" the points I've paid for. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to take a mini-vacation to Williamsburg (perhaps?) - November 11 - 14. Anyone else care to join me? (end of snip) <BR> <BR> Seriously... I have plenty of points to burn... I can get... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 15:26:32 EST Hi from Silver Spring (not actually NoVa but hey!) Hi everyone (and thanks to everyone who immediately left a message of welcome on my sparkpage.. that's what convinced me to come over here and introduce myself!) <BR> <BR> Marenamoo told me about this community and that it is super active. I may not actually be in Northern Virginia, but I am close by and I'd love to make some friends and become more involved (especially since we have no active community up here in Montgomery County). <BR> <BR> I'm 22, a student at GW Law, and I'm originall... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 08:28:44 EST Walkers for Anthem 5K on Saturday October 9, 2010 Octoberfest and the Anthem 5K on October 9 - sounds like a blast!! Several team members are running but I am not. I signed up for the non-timed walk. If anyone is interested in having a walking buddy I would love to have company. I have heard that we get together for lunch after the walk/run so that sounds like an added bonus. Mon, 6 Sep 2010 16:39:52 EST 780 Fitness Minutes in September No time like now to add a little fitness to your life. All I'm asking is at least 30 minutes a day for 26 days in September, 780 total minutes of fitness. That gives you one rest day a week. It can be 30 minutes of walking, running, riding a bike, anything that is extra to your day. Come back and post what you did for the day. Let's keep track of our minutes and see how many we can each get for the whole month. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 21:49:48 EST 780 Fitness Minutes in September I recently posted this on my facebook account and thought maybe y'all would be interested doing it here too on a thread. <BR> <BR> "No time like now to add a little fitness to your life. All I'm asking is at least 30 minutes a day for 26 days in September, 780 total minutes of fitness. That gives you one rest day a week. It can be 30 minutes of walking, running, riding a bike, anything that is extra to your day. Join in, invite your friends, make it fun. Come back and post what you did for t... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 21:15:18 EST Hi from Sterling Hey there! I'm a SAHM looking to get back into shape. It's nice to have a team of supporters in the same area. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 22:35:47 EST New from Bristow/Ga ainesville Area Hi. New and in Bristow...teacher, mom, and wife, finally trying to lose it...nice to meet all of you. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 20:49:40 EST Stephens City Area Hi, my name is Carolyn, I was born and raised in Virginia, lived there my whole life and raised my children there. Three years ago my husband took a job in Indiana and we have been living there. I travel frequently back to my hometown in Virginia and will be moving back there in the next couple years. I would love to meet some of you on my visits back to my home state. I will be in the Northern Virginia area Sept. 1 - 5. Let me know if there is a get together where I might be able to act... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:14:51 EST Howdy from Leesburg Newbie Sparker here, joined yesterday. The website is a little overwhelming right now, but I just found this NoVa Team so decided to join. Moved from Texas about 10 years ago with hubby and 3 kiddos. Excited to find some extra support and help others in their journey as well. <BR> Sat, 7 Aug 2010 23:03:49 EST August Get Together Want to let everyone to know how much I enjoyed our get together Was great to get to know the folk who were there Made me feel more like a member of the team and a being a part of Spark. <BR> Looking forward to seeing everyone in September <BR> Louise <em>345</em> Sat, 7 Aug 2010 22:09:04 EST LTF Gym I was wondering if anyone here goes to a Life Time Fitness gym. I'm a regular at the one in Loudoun. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 21:12:23 EST Another Ashburn Hello Hi all. Thought I would join the NOVA group. I know a few people from the area on SP, but hope to get to know a few more. I've been in Ashburn since the beginning of 2005. I look forward to making a few friends here on the team. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 21:06:34 EST Greetings From Manassas! Hello All!! <BR> <BR> New to the team, but not new to SP. I have been on this journey for 3 years with SP and have loved the community. <BR> <BR> Coming back after having to give up doing WW(Weight Watchers) online. <BR> <BR> I gained about 15 lbs after a personal crisis and decided to get back on track. I am very happy that I found this group and having people that are close by for support is AWESOME!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a great day! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Dawn Mon, 2 Aug 2010 07:37:50 EST Challenge for 8/2- 8/8/10 Ok- it's time to get back to reality. It's a new month and a new start. I have been doing so-so and as all of you know, July was a horrible month for me. So back to basics again. <BR> <BR> 3 challenges for this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Log everything you eat. EVERYTHING. <BR> 2. Cardio 5 days this week. <BR> 3. Set a goal for the month of August. Something/anything you want to accomplish and share it with the team. <BR> <BR> Good luck!!! Sun, 1 Aug 2010 21:15:00 EST New to the team in Fairfax City Hi! I'm new to this team but almost 2 years on Spark. I've "lurked" a little bit here and am impressed by how active you Northern Virginia Sparkers are. I hope I can fit in, being a male and all that. I'll do my best! <BR> <BR> Since joining Spark, I've lost almost 40 pounds and gone from being right on the border with obese to a healthy BMI. I also learned to run (healthily) and have done three 5ks so far as well as built up a good strength training practice. So many good things have follow... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 08:23:41 EST It's Simone's b-day!! <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, 7/29 is Simone's b-day. Please drop by her page if you get a minute to wish her a great day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>N2MYDREAMS </link> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 21:48:07 EST Saturday 8/31 Here are two options- let me know if either of these work for you- or if you have a better idea since I am still new-ish to the area!: <BR> <BR> I am thinking we meet at 1:00 at the Starbucks at King and Union Streets (100 S. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-1752) which will give us time to meet up and then decide where to go to eat from there- there is an Irish place right by that Starbucks. <BR> <BR> Or, meet at 1:00 at La Tasca for tapas (607 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 20:26:23 EST Hey from Woodbridge! I'm a 29 year old single female living in Lake Ridge/Woodbridge. I'd love to find someone in the area who would like to find a workout buddy or just someone to get out with. Being single with a bunch of married friends can get pretty lonely, which leads to emotional overeating. Hopefully by finding someone to workout with or just hang out with will help get me on the right track. Sat, 24 Jul 2010 21:50:09 EST Hello from Quantico/Staf ford/Dumfries area!! Looking for any work out partners in this area to go on some hikes (have AWESOME trails at Prince William Park). Please let me know! :) Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:38:53 EST It's Shannon's b-day!! Tomorrow is Shannon's b-day. Please stop by her page if you can and wish her a good day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ANCE0719 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 22:00:13 EST It's Star's b-day!! <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Star's b-day! <BR> <BR> Here's a link to her page. I hope everyone can take a minute to wish her a great day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>OPOLA </link> Wed, 14 Jul 2010 22:05:51 EST Howdy from Western Loudoun County! When you travel out Route 7, you'll get a view of the beautiful mountains! If you see someone peddling away on her bicycle, odds are it's me! <BR> (As long as you're not looking at one of those fancy "biker dudes" in the slim black pants, tight shirts, and fancy helmets! I'm just a SP mom trying to reach my goal! Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:25:51 EST NVCC Anyone? Hi! I'm attending Northern Virginia Community College in the fall (the Loundon campus), and I was wondering if anyone else is too. What classes are you taking? Are you planning to transfer? Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:50:42 EST NVCC Anyone? Hi! I'm attending Northern Virginia Community College in the fall (the Loundon campus), and I was wondering if anyone else is too. What classes are you taking? Are you planning to transfer? Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:50:20 EST live in stafford Hi all. I live in stafford. have been on here for sometime but have not done a thing!!!!!!!!!!. bad bad bad... I know. so just moved here one year ago and gained about 20 extra pounds so I need to lose about 45 pounds to get to my goal... which is about 135... are any of you here in stafford.. I am a member of the sport and health gym on garrisonville road.. hope to hear from you all. <BR> ciao for now. Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:19:11 EST Challenge 7/5/10-7/11/10 Well, our last challenge was very quiet so I'm not even sure if anyone participated. <BR> <BR> Here's the new one for this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Try to lose 1 pound this week (or maintain if you're already where you want to be) <BR> <BR> 2. Add a new activity to your cardio routine at least 2 days this week. Try something new and fun that you haven't done before <BR> <BR> 3. Work on getting 8+ fruits and veggies per day <BR> <BR> 4. Continue to track every bite, lick and taste this week. <B... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 17:11:34 EST 4th of July and summer healthy recipes Do you all have plans for the 4th? Anyone have recipes they lighten up or totally new ones for 4th of July and all the upcoming summer cook outs? I thought it would be nice to share ideas and recipes. <BR> <BR> I will post mine tomorrow when I have more than a few minutes online. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 07:36:24 EST I found you! I have been on Spark since December and have no idea why I am just now finding this team! LOL I am 59, just retired as special ed preschool teacher in Ffx County and live close to Fair Oaks mall, Fair Lakes, Fairfax Corner, etc. Would love to be more active on this team! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 17:53:22 EST Hi from Centreville I'm new to the Spark and really have no idea what to expect! I work full time and am going to grad school so needless to say I am overwhelmed!!! I can't seem to get my act together and have been eating like crap lately. I do get out pretty much everyday to walk my dog and have actually been trying to start a run/walk with her but I want to do more intense workout and I need to stay away from the sugar!!! I'm such an emotional eater!! :) Sun, 27 Jun 2010 20:38:18 EST Challenge 6/28/10-7/4/10 Hi guys! This weeks challenge is: <BR> <BR> 1.Pantry raid!!! <BR> <BR> Go through your kitchen cabinets and your refrigerator. Remove all the junk and your trigger foods. Why leave anything around to tempt you? Be strong and get rid of it. <BR> <BR> 2. Go to at least 3 team members pages, at least 3 times this week and read their page and give them some support or encouragement or let them know how well you think they're doing. It's a fun way to get to know others a little better. <BR> ... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 16:48:56 EST Hello from Sterling ! Hey everyone ! my name is Ali and i am 23...i live in sterling...i have a full time job and i go to college and i am also an EMT! i had always been in shape my whole life. I grew up in U.A.E. and have been in the states for about 6 years now. During which i have managed to gain a good 90 some odd pounds due to no exercise, constant junk food and a lot of stress. <BR> <BR> However, I have managed to fix my life a lot..quit smoking, drinking and hanging out with the wrong people. Fixed my stu... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 02:43:20 EST OT-Stuffed Animal Repair Does anyone know of a Toy Repair Shop that would sew a hole in the neck of a stuffed animal that is very special to my son? I tried the two in VA in the phone book and the number was disconnected. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help. Sat, 26 Jun 2010 09:32:28 EST Happy Birthday Sara! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday Sara! I hope you have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>236</em> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 08:53:36 EST Challenge for 6/21- 6/27 There are 4 challenges this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Cardio- 200 minutes. On one day do at least 20 minutes of something you don’t usually do such as swimming, aerobics, dancing, kick boxing. Your body will react to that change. <BR> <BR> 2. Include 2 sessions each in strength training for upper body and lower body. You can spread this over 4 days. 6 exercises for upper and six for lower body <BR> <BR> 3. Stay within your allocated calorie range every day this week. <BR> <BR> 4. Drink... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 19:41:26 EST Slowly becoming permanent So while you NoVA Sparkers mingled over coffee - I was getting my silly sweat on.... <BR> <BR> Two truck loads moved to VA on Saturday...WOO HOO!! So close....I packed, carried, lifted and silly sweated all weekend - I love the progress - the best part was I got my workout on this weekend! <BR> <BR> Sorry I missed the meet-up - see you all in July!! <BR> <BR> Cheers!! Mon, 14 Jun 2010 10:07:30 EST Post your Birthday here Our meeting yesterday and the talk of birthdays made me think it would be nice to have everyone list theirs here. This way we can share in everyone's celebrations and wish them a Happy Birthday. I'll keep a calendar with them and send out a little reminder via SparkMail when someones is coming up. One of my other teams does this and I think it's nice. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 23:17:51 EST Hello from Dale City & looking for a workout buddy <em>213</em> My name is Simone and I have lived in the Woodbridge area all my life. I found out about this team through RUNA5K2010's (Carla) blogs. I love Spark and am interested in meeting others from Spark who live nearby. I'm also interested in finding a workout buddy. I'm planning to join Sport & Health club by the end of this week. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know others on the team. <BR> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:56:55 EST Challenge for 6/14-6/20/10 This challenge starts tomorrow. Don't forget that you can still catch up on cardio for this week's challenge. <BR> <BR> Many of us struggled with making the veggies and fruits goals so we are repeating that one for this week. <BR> <BR> There are 4 challenges this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Cardio- 150 minutes or 10% more than you did last week which ever is greater. <BR> <BR> So if you did not make the 150, that is your goal. If you went over, add 10% to that number and tell us what you are s... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 11:22:08 EST Running & Race Discussions Thought I would start this thread for any running/racing related activities to replace the June 5th thread. <BR> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 12:32:54 EST New member in Virginia Hello team! I just moved to the area about 8 months ago, and just started getting back into my routine! can't blame the move's been a while!! Looking forward to getting back into shape! Thu, 10 Jun 2010 06:47:23 EST Challenge for 6/7-6/13/10 Let's start the following challenge for this week: <BR> <BR> 1. 150 minutes of cardio this week <BR> 2. Aim for 8 fruits and veggies a day <BR> 3. Restrict special treats to 2 times this week. Sun, 6 Jun 2010 20:09:39 EST My Introduction I am here to get healthy and lose weight. I have a lot of physical problems... such as tired all the time, severe pain constantly, sleep apnea and snoring, depression, high blood pressure, vein issues etc. I am sick all the time, either getting a cold or flu or just feeling sick every day and illnesses last months at a time. <BR> <BR> As I the title of my profile states, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. Every now and then I seek some drastic measures such as trying to find ways... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 10:43:04 EST Hello from Herndon Hi all - <BR> <BR> After being gone for 8 years living in Virgina West (LOL) hubby, the kids and I are returning to our hometown. We will be permanently back in NoVA June 26. <BR> <BR> My name is Janet, I prefer JJ or J. I have been married to hubby for almost 12 years - we have been together for almost 16 and we have known each other since we were in elementary school. <BR> <BR> We have three boys, the two oldest will be attending the same high school hubby and I attended....looking fo... Fri, 28 May 2010 10:59:04 EST Hello from Ashburn! I've been a member of SparkPeople for a while but had unsuccessful starts and stops in my attempts to lose weight. Trying to make it stick this time, fall down seven times, get up eight right? <BR> <BR> My initial goal is 20 lbs, but my final goal is closer to 40. SparkPeople definitely helps with accountability and having the app on my iPhone means I always have it with me and can't make any more excuses! <BR> <BR> Most of my life these days is centered around the computer or tv. My job as... Tue, 25 May 2010 14:44:54 EST A great big HELLO from Woodbridge!!! Hello everyone! I just joined tonight and am anxious to take charge of these pesky pounds that won't go away! If anyone in the area is looking for a workout buddy, let me know! I look forward to meeting lots of great people on here :) Mon, 24 May 2010 17:46:16 EST Personal Training Needed Hi NoVaians, <BR> <BR> I am 36yo mom to 4yo twin boys. I have been looking at my pre-pregnancy clothes for years and sigh out with a big breath of when i will be able to fit in them.. <BR> <BR> I had been doing several things over the years got to a decent weight but am struggling with the pleatue.. I have looked at personsal trainings and it is quite expensive, can't afford it.. <BR> <BR> If Anyone out here recommend a reasonable persoanl trainers, would be great... I could go with few ... Mon, 17 May 2010 15:01:29 EST Anyone workout @LA Fitness (Dulles Mall) I recently joined at LA fitness and wanted to find out if there is anyone going there.. I workout normally around 11.30ish for an hour.. <BR> <BR> I would love to have a partner for motivation. Mon, 17 May 2010 14:55:02 EST Hi! ISO Arlington Goal Buddy and Workout Partner Hi! <BR> I've been a member of spark for awhile. It has helped greatly with my nutrition, but I am not consistent with my workouts. I think a workout buddy could help with some friendly competition and accountability. But to start I'd just like someone to text or talk with if temptation, or worse, the snooze button, is knocking me off course! I'd like someone with a similar starting point as me who shares my goals. <BR> <BR> I'm 27, female, and I'd like to lose about 50 pounds by my 30th... Mon, 10 May 2010 14:23:43 EST Happy Mother's Day! Happy Mother’s Day to All! <BR> <BR> Nobody knows of the work it makes <BR> To keep the home together. <BR> Nobody knows of the steps it takes, <BR> Nobody knows-but Mother. <BR> ~ Anonymous <BR> <BR> When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren <BR> <BR> A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosp... Sat, 8 May 2010 18:02:16 EST Hello from Manassas! Hello everyone! Was browsing the team page and saw that it was pretty active and that you were planning a get together this here I am! <BR> <BR> I started THIS journey on 1/29/2010 and joined SP on 3/3/2010. So far I love this site and am finding the people on here very motivating. This motivation has really helped me stay focused on my goals. <BR> <BR> Hope to talk to everyone soon! Wed, 5 May 2010 13:24:17 EST Facebook? Twitter? Anyone? Tue, 4 May 2010 23:20:24 EST May 15th Get Together We are planning a NoVa Sparkers get together on the afternoon of May 15th. Please respond if you plan on attending and also note where you are traveling from so we can come up with a reasonably central meeting point. <BR> <BR> It should be fun putting faces to the names. <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 1 May 2010 22:17:37 EST Hello! Anyone interested in a workout buddy? :) Hello! I live in the north Stafford area and work in Alexandria. Is anyone looking for a workout buddy? Perhaps for weekends? Sun, 4 Apr 2010 14:57:53 EST Anyone read this? 52 marathons in 52 weeks? Leesburg Woman Plans to Run 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t/article/2010/03/26/AR2010032604615.html </link> <BR> <BR> Whew! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 13:12:20 EST Sparkpeople Email Update <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:45:27 EST Hey! Virginia State Leaderboard! Have you guys taken a look? Our Northern Virginia Sparkers team is in the NUMBER TWO position! We're only behind the team for the WHOLE STATE! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nts_leaderboards_community.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Woohoo! We ROCK! Maybe we should re-visit Team Goals and see how we can rack up even fitness minutes/sparkpoints! Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:51:18 EST Odd Topic...Gross Question Ok Ladies, I am posting kind of a gross question, but I figure we are all female and old enough to not get completely grossed out! <BR> Ever since I have increased my workouts I have not been able to 'go to the bathroom' regularly. <BR> I eat a ton of fiber, drink enough water, and work out almost daily. I have been trying to eat more yogurt which normally does it, but no luck. <BR> Has this happened to any of you? Sun, 21 Mar 2010 20:45:55 EST Hello guys! From Fredericksburg! Hey guys, wanted to introduce myself. My name is Pam, I am a 45 year old Mom of 2 daughters, 7 & 9. I commute to Crystal City to work and absolutely HATE the commute. I love where I live and I love where I work. I just hate the in-between. I have tried to convince myself that commuting is my hobby, but in nearly 5 years, that has been an argument with myself that I have lost. <BR> <BR> I am so excited about Spark. I have lost 20 lbs since Feb 1 and have told several people about the si... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:05:13 EST Hello! Hi everyone--I am not actually in NOVA yet--but moving there in two months....I currently live in Memphis, TN and will be joining my husband who already lives in Alexandria. I am a elementary art teacher and I have to finish out the school year with these kids (bummer!) and I am very anxious and excited about moving! I have lived in Memphis since college (14 years) so it will be a big change, but I am ready! Nice to meet you all <em>100</em> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:52:37 EST Hi Again! May as well say hi again! I used to be on SparkPeople all the time, but I got married and moved (just from Arlington to Alexandria) and started a new job last August so things got really hectic and I lost track! But now I'm back, hopefully for good, and using the nice weather as a perfect excuse to get back out running again! Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:55:39 EST Hi From Sterling /Potomac Falls Hi Everyone! I have been active on spark for about a year and someone recommened I join this team after she found out I live in No.VA. so here I am! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting new friends! Wed, 10 Mar 2010 08:50:52 EST Hello from Fairfax Hi- <BR> I just moved up here form Florida and joined the World Gym. Looking forward to sharing on Spark!! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 16:07:38 EST NoVA Runners So a few of us have been talking... there's so many of us that are in some stage of running. We're either starting C25k, or we're C25k grads planning for a next race, some have moved on to 10k, and some are training for and running half-marathons. <BR> <BR> What do you say that we start planning running outings at various locations around the region? Sounds like a great way to explore awesome places to run while getting some fitness in and working with others who are at different levels of r... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 13:30:42 EST June 5th Walk/Run There is a breast cancer walk on the National Mall June 5th. A friend from work and I are planning on registering. I wanted to see if any of you wanted to walk/run and maybe start a team? It's a 5K. If anyone is interested, please just let me know. Fri, 5 Mar 2010 08:15:11 EST Always been in NOVA! Hello! I grew up in NOVA, went away to college, and when <BR> I graduated I moved back. (Like a LOT of people I think) I am mostly in the Chantilly area Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:24:38 EST Moving! Hey everyone :D I am moving to an apartment in Kingstowne. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about the area? Thanks in advance! Sun, 28 Feb 2010 12:42:10 EST Back again Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm back after starting in the fall and being overtaken by life. Anyway, I'm looking for Ashburn area Sparkers who may be interested in walking in the evenings/weekends, maybe even working up to running. <BR> <BR> Jennifer Wed, 24 Feb 2010 08:05:09 EST Hello from Woodbridge! Hello everyone! I am from Woodbridge, not new to spark people but new to this team. I'm trying to pick myself up (from the many falls), dust off the shoulders and get healthy!!! Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:32:38 EST Hi, From Manassas I joined Spark awhile ago but I'm finally ready to get my weight and health under control. Spending new year's eve in the emergency room when husbands blood pressure spiked, kind of gave us both a huge wake up call. Not the way you want to jump start your weight loss, but here I am nonetheless. I'm hoping to find some friends and maybe even some workout partners in the area. <em>334</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2010 12:45:07 EST Hello from Sterling! Hello all. <BR> About a month ago I began really focusing on exercise and my eating habits. Then I found SparkPeople and I'm really hoping this will be what I need to keep up the motivation. <BR> Glad to know there are so many others near by with similar goals. Wed, 10 Feb 2010 20:13:01 EST Hellooo from Fairfax-ish! Hi! I'm new to this team! I was snowed in about to go dig my car out for the upmteenth time today and thinking to myself "I wish I could talk to some other people who are dieting AND snowed in like me!" And then I found this team! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> I'm glad you guys are a really active team to be on--being snowed in AND in the process of a move are taking a toll on my dieting success--eating whatever's here, buying quick-fix foods that will last for the next 3 days I guess I'll be snowed in.... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 22:16:59 EST New to NoVA, not really new to Spark! Hello All! I am turning 40 in a couple of weeks and really need to kick myself into gear. I am new to NoVA and hoping to make some great new 'Spark Friends'! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 20:57:26 EST Hello from the Dumfries area! I'm new to the site. I'm learning my way around though and so far I love it. I'm ready and determined to make some changes. Feel free to contact me. I really need some inspiration! Thanks I look forward to meeting you and to getting healthy! Thu, 28 Jan 2010 17:47:31 EST Hi From Falls Church/Tysons! Hi everyone! I'm happy to have found this team - I think I've been in the wrong NOVA group because it's not too active. <BR> <BR> I'm a 26 year old living in Tysons and working (accounting) in Alexandria. I'm trying to become a runner, even though I'm slooooow. I'm registered for this April's Cherry Blossom & GW Parkway 10 milers - I'm excited! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know the team! Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:40:40 EST Hello, I'm new in town. Hi, Northern Virginians <BR> I lived in Newport News, VA about 10 yrs ago. Then I moved in CA and I'm back to VA. I'm glad to be back. Right now, I am staying in Sterling until I purchase the house. I just got here so it will be awhile. Meanwhile, I am trying to survive in this cold weather. I miss CA just for the weather. <BR> I gained about 10 lbs last two months (holiday foods and fast foods while driving across America don't help any my wt loss goal.) <BR> So here I am again with m... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:04:59 EST Hello from Clarke Co/Loudoun Co Hello to everyone! I am a two year member of SP and I need help in the exercise department. <BR> <BR> I live in Clarke Co and work in Loudoun Co in Sterling. I am down 35 lbs but I really really need to exercise!! I don't!!! Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:39:00 EST Alohas from Stafford VA! Aloha Everyone! I'm new to the site and thought i would send a little hello to my fellow Northern Virgina Sparkers out there! <BR> <BR> Hopefully i'll get the swing of things here soon and will be able to interact with some of you as we are all here to go achieve something! =) take care! Sun, 24 Jan 2010 13:04:55 EST NOVA Sparkers Meet-Up? Wanted to gauge interest... how many folks would be interested in doing a meet-up at a centralized location? Please post if you're interested, to help gauge where a good location would be for meeting. Sat, 23 Jan 2010 15:24:02 EST Hello from Nokesville! Hi Everyone! I recently signed up to SP and I'm also new to the VA area. I'm here to change my life! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:15:30 EST Hi, I'm new I apologize if I don't know proper etiquette for these forums, but I didn't have time to explore every thread and wanted to jump in somewhere! I recently joined sparkpeople and was pleased to see a NoVA sparkteam. My life is even more hectic than usual right now -- live-in boyfriend having surgery, big projects at work, and just packed my one-and-only son off to college -- so my participation will be hit-and-miss for a while. I'm looking forward to getting to know folks and learning the ropes... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 19:36:41 EST Greetings from Fairfax I joined SP on December 30 after deciding that I need to do something to be healthier. While losing weight would definitely be great, I just more want to learn how to be healthy (make better choices, not binge, get out and move, etc). <BR> <BR> I've lived in Northern Virginia for going on 20 years. I'm pretty familiar with the area, though I tend to avoid the busiest centers like Tysons and Arlington :). <BR> <BR> I'm still learning what all can be done on this site, and how to get connec... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 01:01:23 EST New from Bristow! Hi all! I am new to Sparkpeople...heard about it and thought it would be a great way to track my calories and find inspiration to make changes. I look forward to learning more about you all...I am a teacher in FCPS and live in Bristow. Wed, 23 Dec 2009 09:49:00 EST Hi from Tyson's Corner Hi everyone! Sun, 6 Dec 2009 19:38:28 EST Hi from Tyson's Corner Hi everyone! Sun, 6 Dec 2009 19:37:14 EST Reply to Sparkmail - FYI Hi everyone <BR> <BR> During the holiday season, I know a lot of people like to send out SparkMails to all of their friends, wishing them Happy Holidays. <BR> <BR> Many times when someone gets that SparkMail, they click "Reply To All" and send a response back. If the list of friends is quite large, it creates a cascade of SparkMails- which can become annoying and time-consuming to continue deleting. <BR> <BR> So I would ask that you spread the word about using the "Reply To All" button ... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:09:19 EST Ok, I need some Northern Virginia help... This is not weight-loss related. <BR> <BR> SO and I have begun planning our wedding. About a month ago, we set our date (July 10, 2010) and began making our plans to have an informal/casual wedding in Vero Beach, FL - most of SO's family lives there. <BR> <BR> On Monday, we were thrown a major curveball from a key family member who had exciting news, but news that would make a Florida wedding on that date impossible, if we wanted the entire immediate family (moms on each side/siblings) pres... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:52:27 EST Bikram Yoga in Ashburn Hi Nova Sparkers, <BR> I'm going to a Bikram Yoga class in Ashburn on Tuesday, Oct 20th @ 6:00 if anyone wants to join me. It's $20 for a walk-in class and I'm doing the beginner's one, so I'm hoping it won't kick my butt too much, but they say you can burn up to 600 calories per class! <BR> <BR> Check out their website and let me know if you you're interested!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Oct 2009 12:56:42 EST Hello from Winchester Hello Everyone, <BR> So happy to see a place for Northern VA Sparkers. I'm looking forward to getting to know some fellow Virginian Sparkers. I'm fairly new to SparkPeople, as of Sept. 15th, I'm really enjoying it and feel my that my motivation has really increased. I'm hoping that there are events locally to get involved in. Well, I am off to explore the team. Have a great night everyone. <em>213</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2009 21:45:31 EST October 2009 Roll Call - Who's Here? I know life gets hectic - with the kids back in school, I know it's really been kicking my butt - so just poke your head in and say hello so we know who's around and who we need to check in on! Thu, 1 Oct 2009 11:45:33 EST OCTOBER 2009: Activity Accountability It's a new month, a new start, so I started a new thread. Check in your numbers! Let's keep moving! Thu, 1 Oct 2009 11:27:16 EST Ashburn Area: AVSP Couch to 5k Program It's short notice, but just wanted to post: <BR> <BR> This program takes you from couch potato status to a 5K runner in just 8 weeks! At the end of the session, participants will run in the Ashburn Farm Turkey Trot (on Thanksgiving Day). Alternate race - the Herndon Turkey Trot on Nov. 21st. <BR> <BR> Days/Times: Saturdays, 8:00-9:00am <BR> Dates: October 3 - November 21 <BR> Fee: $45* AVSP members <BR> $55* AVSP non-members <BR> *Does not include race registration. <BR> Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:37:34 EST Ashburn Walkers Is there anyone in the Ashburn area who is interested in walking some in the evenings? Mon, 21 Sep 2009 08:58:36 EST Hello from Broadland s/Ashburn Hello everyone, <BR> I'm fairly new to this website and am still trying to get used to it. My goals are to move towards an overall healthy lifestyle. This includes making the right food choices and incorporating daily exercise into my schedule. Ultimately, I have about 45 pounds to lose, but want to make sure I can maintain a healthy size once I get there. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm concentrating on eating the right foods and doing a lot of walking. I've always been good about drinking wate... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 15:37:06 EST New to SP and Still feeling New in VA Hi, We moved here in south of woodbridge (Very close to Dumfries)in the middle of April from Whidbey Island in Washington state. We road triped it out here with 2 kids (Son is 5yrs old and DD is 2yrs old)and a med/lg. dog. We're a Navy family. Hubby works in one of the Galleys at the Pentagon. He's usually our personal chef at home to, LOL. But we are all about cooking healthy. Saddly though I think from the unhealthy eating from the move and missing my friends back in WA. Along with my new l... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:56:30 EST I hate the scale First month and nothing moves. The scale still says 191. Ugh This is so frustrating I just want to see something and see it move even if it's 2 pounds, just move! Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:19:20 EST Activity Accountability - How many minutes? Confessional Time: I haven't intentionally exercised in ages. I've been maintaining more than losing weight, though I guess you could say I'm still losing fractionally. The last time was the day that SO & I pulled EA Sports Active out of the box and tried a work-out together, and it kicked my butt. Kicked my butt as in, I had to collapse on the couch because I couldn't breathe from the running, and I felt the squats in my legs all week. My lackadaisical attitude towards the necessity of exerc... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 09:40:29 EST Hi from Potomac Falls How exciting. Thanks for finding me and inviting me to join this team! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 18 Aug 2009 13:06:28 EST How long into your journey did you How long into your journey did you see weight coming off? It's been almost a month I think and not much has but I can tell a difference in my body a bit. Am I being to impatient? I'm trying not to be but I can't help it. Do I need to be more patient? Just trying not to get discouraged. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 22:17:50 EST Those that run, I may need help I just started to try to run again (I played soccer for 4 years and ran for a few) although whenever I stretch and I do more than normal, my shins hurt still. I've never had this problem. Could it be how I'm stretching? My shoes? What's my deal and how can I fix it? Thanks Sparkers! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> and what brand is good for shoes? Mon, 10 Aug 2009 13:01:30 EST Hello from Sterling! I'm getting married next summer and want to be a hot and healthy bride. I've got quite a way to go, but I'm ready to keep this motivation going. I'm up for suggestions of great fitness activities and/or groups in the area. Keep up the hard work! Mon, 10 Aug 2009 07:18:54 EST Hows the weekend? How's your weekend? Are you keeping busy or just taking the weekend off? how do you feel about how you did all week? <BR> <BR> Last night I worked so today is my lazy day although I am doing pilates today so not so much a day off but doing nothing else for the day! <em>41</em> Sun, 9 Aug 2009 13:09:15 EST Evening from Manassas! I'm trying yet again and hopefully the last time to lose weight! I'm just starting again so haven't lost anything but I can already tell a difference in my body, it seems to be readjusting. Just thought I'd say hello! I just moved here in October from Michigan so if you want add me to your page, I would love some positive friends! Fri, 7 Aug 2009 22:53:33 EST Site changes Based on member feedback, SP added some new "success" icons that you can use as your Message Board profile picture. In addition to the "I lost __ lbs" icons, there are now icons such as "I ran my first 5K", "Creating a New Me" and "Getting Fit". To upload one, click on Edit My SparkPage, click the link to change your profile picture, then click the link to "success icons" at the top of the page. <BR> <BR> We hope you enjoy the new options!! Thu, 6 Aug 2009 10:40:41 EST Sterling biking buddy? I live in Sterling and I'm looking for a workout buddy. I'd like to bike (although I'm up for some variety, so we can do other workouts too) 2-3 times a week, starting at about 30 minutes each time. I live close to where the W&OD trail intersects Sterling Blvd. <BR> <BR> I'm choosing bike riding because it's fun, and I know I'm much more likely to stick with something that feels like playing instead of working! I'm available weeknights after 5:30 and weekends all day. <BR> <BR> Let me kno... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 21:36:16 EST Looking for co-leaders If you are interested, let me know. I'm looking to get a good mix of co-leaders in the major areas of Northern VA! Thu, 23 Jul 2009 07:34:30 EST Hi from Sterling! I've been a member of SparkPeople for a couple years now, and it's a wonderful resource! I don't always use the tracking tools, but I love having them available. <BR> <BR> I live in Sterling (close to the Herndon border), am looking to lose about 50-60 pounds total. I'm 29, female, and work full time (plus two part time jobs, but one of them is--fortunately!--on the back burner for a couple months.) <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to have found a group of people who live in the area! I'll post this... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 17:00:50 EST Hi from manassas I've been lurking both on this site and with becoming healthier for a while. I'm finally there and looking forward to meeting other like minded people. <BR> <BR> I'm a school teacher during those months and currently on summer break which gives me plenty of time to get active. <BR> <BR> :-) <BR> Diana Thu, 9 Jul 2009 14:18:30 EST Nutritional balance while on vacation? Help! This time tomorrow morning, my SO and I will be on a plane, winging our way to Texas for the long weekend. Now, SO is always very supportive, but he's told me that I'm really going to need to leave my diet at home if I want to fully enjoy our trip - too much good food to be had in Texas. I won't be able to pull my usual trick of putting half my meal in a box to take home for another time, and I don't want to spend the whole time eating salads, either. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Thu, 2 Jul 2009 08:44:04 EST Anyone interested? in Meeting on August 2 in Gainesville? Thu, 2 Jul 2009 06:57:10 EST I did it! I weighed-in again this morning (I know, we should only weigh-in once a week) - and I'm down from 161.2 on 06/01 to 151 on 6/30! I've officially lost 10 pounds this month! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 09:16:56 EST June's almost over - how did it go for you? This month has been my "get back in the saddle month" and I'm pleased to say that I've seen some real progress. My starting weight on 6/1 was 161.2 and, with a couple of days to go in the month, I'm down to 151.5! With the exception of a really bad week (where I didn't even bother tracking), I've been pretty good about monitoring my nutrition. I've made a point to not restrict myself all the time from certain foods, and I'm practicing portion control. <BR> <BR> How about you? Sun, 28 Jun 2009 11:57:00 EST Combining the three Northern VA teams into one! Have made the other two teams private and have asked them all to join this one, if they were not already members. Need to make one strong team, so help me make them feel welcome! Sun, 28 Jun 2009 10:15:03 EST Winchester Arlington, VA I thought I'd drop by and introduce myself. I live and work in Winchester but find myself traveling quite ofter to Arligton to spend time with my b/f. I looooove to dance and going for walks around the farm. Tue, 23 Jun 2009 13:54:41 EST Spark Rally - Gainesville Area, June 27, 2009 A Spark Rally will take place on June 27 at 9:00 am at the Conway-Robinson State Park! <BR> <BR> This 444-acre forest is a mixture of pine and old growth hardwood stands in Prince William County, adjacent to Manassas National Battlefield and Route 29. In addition to serving as a wildlife and wildflower sanctuary, the forest is used for environmental education, hiking, mountain biking, preservation of historic sites, watershed protection and timber production. The Conway-Robinson State Fores... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 07:47:31 EST Hello from Ashburn Since I joined the other day, I suppose I should say hello. I've actually been a member of SparkPeople for about a year now, but I put off using the program seriously when I uprooted my entire life and moved to Northern Virginia last August. <BR> <BR> My goals are to reach my ideal weight range, eat more healthily, and make exercise a regular part of my life. I need to feel healthier, and of course, I'd like to look better (and feel better about the way I look). A sub-goal is that I will be ... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 15:40:41 EST ISO: Ashburn, VA Workout Partner I am getting married in exactly 12 months and looking to get into the best shape of my life. I would like to re-establish a regular exercise routine and I have about 50lbs to lose to reach my goal. This isnt the first time I've tried (and succeeded at) losing a significant amount of weight - so I have an above average knowledge of exercise programming and nutrition, but I am finding it difficult to stay disciplined on my own. I am tired of making excuses and not making time for me. I want to ... Tue, 19 May 2009 09:49:08 EST New to Ft. Belvoir/Wo oodbridge! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just moved here early Saturday morning from Germany and I am trying to get acquainted with the area. I'd really like to get a work out buddy once we get settled and out of the hotel. Any advice or help is appreciated! THANKS! <BR> <BR> Sara Sun, 17 May 2009 11:34:13 EST New to Ft. Belvoir/Wo oodbridge! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just moved here early Saturday morning from Germany and I am trying to get acquainted with the area. I'd really like to get a work out buddy once we get settled and out of the hotel. Any advice or help is appreciated! THANKS! <BR> <BR> Sara Sun, 17 May 2009 11:33:51 EST Gainesville or Haymarket walkers? My name is Jolene and I would like to find some local people and/or a group interested in walking during the weekday mornings in the Gainesville or Haymarket area. I had a walking buddy for several years, but she has developed an illness which has permanently put her off her walking regimen. We used to walk the sidewalks of the subdivisions in the area for about 30 minutes to an hour each weekday morning, saving the weekends for our families. I could walk alone, but having a buddy or group ... Mon, 11 May 2009 11:39:33 EST Public tracks? I live in Fairfax (Fair Oaks area) and was wondering if any of the local high schools allow the public to use their tracks? Not originally from the area, but haven't found a good place to walk before work yet. The loop around my neighborhood is about 3 miles, but the traffic really starts to pick up around 7am and makes street crossings difficult. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any suggestions? Thu, 7 May 2009 18:48:03 EST New Runners - Sat. Morning Runs in Fairfax City I'm looking to run with other new runners on Saturday mornings in Fairfax City. If you are new to running, or want to get started, whatever your fitness level, please reply or sparkmail me. <BR> <BR> We will meet at a track or short trail loop, so that each person can train at his/her own pace, run, walk, stop and restart at will, and still be close as a group. <BR> <BR> I just got started with running myself. At this point, I'm half way through the Podrunner Intervals, First Day to 5K prog... Sun, 3 May 2009 07:37:58 EST Hi all From Madison Hi everybody! I live in Madison, but haven't seen any others from here or near here! Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:43:50 EST New to Bailey's Crossroads... Hello all! Just moved to NoVA in August, I live just down the road from Bailey's X-roads. Nice to meet you all! Mon, 9 Feb 2009 20:37:41 EST Hi from Springfield! I'm new to Sparks, but not to dieting. I've been dieting all of my adult life and have had few successes. I'm setting a goal to lose 20 lbs so I'm hopeful this will be the place. Good luck to us all! Sat, 24 Jan 2009 07:38:21 EST Hello i am from Woodbridge also! hello, I am new here and trying to find my way around. trying to loose weight to feel better about myself. can use all the support i can get. Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:44:23 EST New Sparker from Springfield Hi All, <BR> I'm totally new to this, so please bear with me. <BR> <BR> My name is Elyssa and I'm a SAHM to my beautiful 2yo, Dori Ilana. She is my inspiration for getting healthy and making serious changes in my life. <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone in a similar situation to partner with on this journey. Would love to meet someone local for walking, (healthy) eating out and being supportive for each other. I'm also doing WW at the Springfield Center on Sundays, so if anyone is looking f... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 09:41:13 EST I'm from Woodbridge My goal for this year is to be healthy. Tue, 6 Jan 2009 06:34:47 EST Hello from Woodbridge! Just popping in for a brief hello and I'll fill this in with more detail later tonight! Off to another meeting. Mon, 5 Jan 2009 17:36:10 EST Hello from Sterling Just wanted to introduce myself. Moved to the area last week. My 7-year-old daughter and I am so excited to see what the coming year will bring. <em>100</em> Mon, 22 Dec 2008 20:39:32 EST Hello from Shenandoah Valley Hi, I'm pretty new to Sparkpeople. What a neat place. <em>213</em> Sun, 14 Dec 2008 11:59:33 EST Hello from Manassas Hi Everyone! I wanted to introduce myself. Just joined the team! I've been using this site for about a month now and I am liking it better then I thought I would! I thought it would be good to join a team of locals! Wed, 12 Nov 2008 21:18:41 EST Cherry Blossom 10-miler Has anyone here ever done it? I was thinking of training for a 1/2 marathon this spring, but this is close enough :) Registration opens mid-December and I think it usually sells out quick. Let me know if anyone's thinking about it - would be fun to trade training notes through Spark! I am a fairly new runner - I can run about 15 minutes slooooowly, so this will be a challenge! Fri, 31 Oct 2008 16:14:04 EST Hello from Front Royal! Just stopping by to introduce myself. Hello! Fri, 3 Oct 2008 14:13:22 EST Hi all ! Hi, my name is Sylvia,and I live in Centreville,I belong to lifetime fitness,but find it more convenient to work out @ home.(the gym seems packed most days after work)I'm originally from upstate ny,but have been here in the no va area since 1982. <em>213</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2008 20:46:02 EST Breast Cancer Walk in DC on October 19th Hello Laides, <BR> <BR> I AM CALLING ON ALL OF YOU TO JOIN ME ON October 19, 2008 in Washington, DC to take part in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. We can get in our daily exercise in while we walk for this great cause. All money that the team raises goes toward the awareness to fight breast cancer. <BR> <BR> I need you all we can do this, it's not a race so it's no time limit. Let walk in the morning and then we can make plans to treat ourselves for t... Wed, 24 Sep 2008 20:30:48 EST Hi, I'm from Ashburn Hi everyone, My name is Cori and I am a 30 y/o stay at home mother to 2. My daughter Kayla who is 2 1/2 yrs. and Zachary who is 10 weeks old...I'm originally from the Seattle, WA area and have lived here for 7 yrs. I am a member at Fitness First gym in Ashburn and would love if there are anybody else who is a memeber so we can workout together, (preferably a female, another mom great)...Take Care Sat, 16 Aug 2008 15:19:22 EST