SparkPeople SparkPhoenix- the Official Team Team Messageboard Welcome to SparkPhoenix! Our goal is to encourage, motivate and support you on your weight loss journey. We plan monthly events such as walks, hikes and potlucks to get us moving! Please join us. SparkPeople SparkPhoenix- the Official Team Team Messageboard Share your team spin I got a 20 today, every point helps us move up the ladder of popularity Thu, 8 Feb 2018 19:41:52 EST 1/23/16 5K Color Run Hi there Valley Sparkers - Just to let you know that Saturday, 1/23 will be the 5K color Run/Walk at Tempe Town Lake. Great opportunity to get in 3.11 miles and become a rainbow! Wed, 6 Jan 2016 16:52:07 EST Hiking/Walking buddie in Uptown Hi everybody! <BR> I live in North Central Phoenix AKA Uptown, right by Dreamy Draw Park. Anybody wanna walk or hike? <BR> Message me <BR> Becky Tue, 8 Dec 2015 09:04:55 EST Playlist Do you have a Christmas playlist to workout to? If so what songs and by what artist Tue, 1 Dec 2015 17:52:56 EST New to Sparkpeople - Ahwautukee Area Today is my first day, and I'm taking charge of my life. Unable to walk for long lengths of time, but working towards it. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 18:22:08 EST Chaparral Park!!! Now weather is great, i started to walk around Chaparral Park "LAKE". 9 laps in 3hrs. gotta get back into shape!!! Sat, 10 Oct 2015 15:52:29 EST Hello Again!! Hello everyone! I am coming back to Sparkpeople, and i am excited. Can't wait to start using the fun stuff on this site. Looking forward to getting healthier and more fit! Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:33:48 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! My name is Toni...I just joined SparkPeople last night and I think this is totally awesome! I've checked out several sites and this is by fat THE best one! <BR> <BR> Anyway, on to me...I am 55 years young! ( <em>334</em> ) I have two children: a 28 year old daughter and a 24 year old son. My daughter has twin boys who are almost 3 years old and they are the absolute joy of my life! I currently live with my ex-husband (we were married for 18 years and have been divorced for 10!) and ar... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 22:32:39 EST Geek Newbie from Phx I am not a new to fitness or weight loss. I call myself a classic yoyo dieter. I do really well for a few months or years and then disaster hits, then I go back to stress eating. <BR> All in all I have the appropriate tools for weight loss and I know the drill but yeah its really great to have friends (and a local support group). And I am a huge geek and a professional comic book artist so my job and hobbies require me to sit a lot. <BR> Anyways looking to meet new local friends who I can... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 09:06:02 EST Great to have all the people I have noticed several new people here on the team the last week. Welcome all, and good luck. Let me know if I am able to help at all :) Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:53:36 EST Hi :) I am Zenya or Zen.32, Married with no kids and Living in the South Phoenix/Laveen area. I would love to make friends with people in the Phoenix area who can help keep me accountable through out the day and who I can turn to when things get tough. Maybe even meet up for some activities? Let me know if any of yall would like to be buddies. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:10:22 EST Saturday 6/27/2015 Hike. Squa Peak Hiking the tail at 32nd St. at Squa Peak. Heading up the hill at 5am, and off the hill by 6:30ish. So pushing it fast to get to the bench and back. Fun before the sun. <BR> <BR> If you are coming please text me at 623-806-9971 tomorrow morning so we know. <BR> <BR> See you then, or not. <BR> <BR> Either way, get some movement in this weekend :) Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:26:28 EST New - Hello!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am starting my journey of self improvement. My husband is in my corner, but boy do I realize I need a support system to pull me over that goal line. This is exciting and nerve racking to take on, as I have failed in the past. But, here is being positive to new things in life! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:55:42 EST YouFit Hey Phoenix, <BR> Does anyone workout at the YouFit on 16th Street & Bethany? <BR> <BR> I am planning on being there at 5AMish <BR> <BR> Join me? Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:27:57 EST Returning to SP, new to this team Back on SparkPeople after a long hiatus, where instead of maintaining my 85-pound loss, I let life and depression get the best of me. So here I am again. Looking to meet others on the same journey! Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:40:52 EST Summer Plans We all know it is here. Sure the weather has been surprisingly tolerable the last couple weeks, but is summer time. What are your plans to stay active and not melt in the heat? Mon, 8 Jun 2015 15:50:21 EST Anyone in need It has been a few months since a work out buddy post, is there currently anyone in need of someone to help keep them motivated to move? Wed, 6 May 2015 13:55:25 EST Anyone lacking a friend to exercise with There hasn't been a post in a while, is everyone set with people to exercise with? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:24:34 EST Got to my Second main goal this week My first large goal was 250, my second was 225, and this week I weighed in at 224. Second goal accomplished, here I go to 200 :) Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:01:48 EST Sunday Morning Hike 4/12/2015 5:30 or 6:00 am Hello All, <BR> Planning on doing another hike this Sunday. Sorry it is so early for those of you that are not morning people, but I like to get the hikes in before church. <BR> Let me know if anyone is planning on coming. Once I know who is coming, if anyone, I will post the spot that we all agree on. <BR> If no one responds to this post, or shows interest, I will be hiking Squa Peak on my own, the main summit trail. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 12:43:11 EST Good Friday Bike Ride, and "hike" *CHALLENGE* This Friday, April 3rd, I will be riding my bike from my house to hole in the rock, then getting to the top. I will be doing this very early, but I want to encourage any of you who may have the day off to use part of the day for a nice extended (over 90min) workout you have been wanting to try, but have not had the time. <BR> <BR> I know I have lots of activities I wish I had time to do, but I do not have the time. This may be the day to hike that hill that is just too long, or go for that ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:06:55 EST Sunday 3/29/2015 6AM Hike up Camelback Hello Group. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the break, but hikes are back, even if it means hiking alone. This Sunday 3/29 I will be hiking up the main trail at Camelback Mountain. An urban hike for sure, but I am looking forward to it. Anyone who wants to join me please do. <BR> <BR> Any questions feel free to text me 623-806-9971 <BR> <BR> And keep on working it team :) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:44:34 EST Team Fitness Minutes We have 1 week left in March and I think our team can hit 200% for the month on fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> What do you guys think? 200% fitness minutes for March? <BR> <BR> What will you do to help this happen? <BR> <BR> Me? Well 6AM Camelback hike sounds good to me. Anyone who wants to join me, I am starting up the hill at 6AM sharp. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:41:36 EST Tennis? Last night brother came over with some tennis rackets and said lets go. So we jump in the car and drive down to one of the local parks here. We get there and neither of us has any talent what so ever in tennis but it seems like lots of fun hahaha. I mean ping pong is fun how different can it be?........................Well that answer is a lot different. We did a lot more chasing balls than playing but it was a lot of fun. We played for about an hour and a half burned some calories and had a ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:59:26 EST Im ranked 71! When it come to fitness minutes in our group, my rank is 71! Not to thrilled about that I need to step up my game lol Sorry guys I will lead by example and log some more minutes stat! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:15:55 EST SparkPhoenix Members in Blog What a nice surprise to see this blog featured in one of today's sparkmail messages. This is our own Steve and Debbie, SparkPhoenix! (SAC-6582, our team leader, and DEBARIZONA). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=how_one_couple_worked_together_to_l<BR>ose_267_pounds&utm_source=sparkpeople&<BR>utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly-spark </link> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:11:48 EST How do you burn? How do you get you burn in? What is your daily goal? <BR> <BR> <BR> I shoot for 2-3k calories a day some days I fall short but that is whats in my head most of the time. It get difficult though because I am 450lbs and don't feel confident enough to do other exercises, so all my calories burning comes in the form of walking or hiking. The hikes tend to be a lot of fun and burn around 2k calories themselves for an hour or two. That is nice also we tend to hit the daily "step goal" every day ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:50:28 EST Going to Piestawa Peak again tomorrow afternoon Anyone is more than welcome to join us. We will be at the 32nd st and Lincoln entrance between 4 and 4:30 If you would like to come out. Wednesday 2/4/2015 Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:11:47 EST What are you looking forward to most? What are you looking forward to most as you lose weight? There is a long list for me, but I want to hear yours! Mon, 2 Feb 2015 20:27:15 EST You're Invited! Sunday morning Hike! 2/8/15 Hey everyone that time of the week again! I want to invite everyone to come on out this week to hike with us. We will be hiking at south mountain this week on the Ranger trail. We will be meeting at the 5 tables. We will be there at 6 am to meet and greet with anyone who would like to come out with us. Hiking will commence at 6:30am. This is a moderate hike 1.7 miles each way with about 800 ft in elevation change. Please wear appropriate shoes and remember to bring water. It's winter yes but ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:04:29 EST 1lb! What is that? I have gone all week being for the most part a good boy. I had one slip up were I ate a portion of cheetos but that is miniscule compared to the last few weeks were I mess up big at the casino and blow my day by a 1000 calories or so. Every day this last week I was at goal one day i was100 calories over. Exercise was up Hiking, walking. I get on the scale today and I get a 1lb loss??? What do you mean 1 lb??? I really felt confident about weighing in today. <em>101</em> Energy levels have... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 16:29:50 EST What did you have for breakfast? What did you guys have this morning? <BR> <BR> I had 2 cups of Special K Red berries with one cup of skim milk. <BR> Its the exception in my no grain/flours diet plan. I only get to eat a bowl like every other day but it hits the spot! Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:38:40 EST Question of the Day? QOTD <BR> <BR> <BR> What has been the biggest hurdle to overcome with your weight loss journey so far? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My biggest hurdle has been fast food, and realizing that I am not like anyone else. I get so cranky sometimes seeing others that can eat X, Y. Z and still lose or they are allowed to eat things I can't. It has been a battle getting away from that kind of thinking. Not completely out of the woods yet but I am getting better about it. As for fast food I was a fas... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:26:25 EST What are your goals for the week? Like the title says what are your goals for this week? <BR> <BR> 1.Walk 20 miles this week. <BR> 2.Stay within my calorie goal. <BR> 3.Walk to Piestawa Peak this week then hike and walk home. <BR> 4.Stop being cranky at the grocery store. <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:12:08 EST Fitness Minute Leaders for Week 3 Feb 2015. We are one day into the month of Feb. and this is our fitness minute leader board update! <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the month we have a 9 way tie for first! <BR> <BR> 1) HAPPIER_GUY <BR> 2) NATEBURY <BR> 3) AZNERD86 <BR> 4) SSGTE6 <BR> 5) LKEITHO <BR> 6) KOHINOOR2 <BR> 7) SAVRENZIUS <BR> 8) SZONIE <BR> 9) JOHNAIDAN22 <BR> <BR> Everyone here is rocking out with 120 mins for the month so far! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work guys! I'll keep you... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:41:10 EST New again to Spark People Hello Everyone! My name is Jamie and I live in North Phoenix. I joined Sparkpeople many years ago and did not utilize it as I should. Now I am back and I am determined more than ever to live a healthy lifestyle and meet new people. I have more than 100 lbs to loose and I hope to find buddies to walk and be active with. :) Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:40:11 EST Pieastawa peak today anyone? Me and the brothers decided to go on a mid week hike today if anyone wants to join us. We will meet there by 4:30 this afternoon and hike Trail 8A again. That trail head starts in the parking lot off of 32nd st and Lincoln. Just thought I'd throw the Invite out to anyone who can or wants to go. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:32:56 EST Sunday @ Usery Again!!! 2/1/15 Well due to some mishaps we did not make the top of the trail this last Sunday, and you guessed it! We are going back to finish the job! Cuz that's just how we roll! All the info is the same as last time. We will be meeting between 6&6:30 & will hit the trail at 6:30. Hope to see you all out there we had a group of 4 last weekend and hope to see many more new faces if you are brave enough! We are all gentlemen ladies, you are more than welcome! Hope to see you out there Email, call or txt if ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:39:00 EST New to the site and "working out" Hello, i'm Nick and i'm new here. i was referred by my brother in laws, robbiebobbie84 and aznerd86. i recently decided to start trying to live healthier and they told me about this site. <BR> <BR> A little about me... I have 3 kids, 2boys and 1 girl. I used to eat nothing but junk, every morning i'd go to circle k and fill my 100oz jug with coke and get nachos with cheese and chili... yes, everyday!... I recently realized how it impacts me and my life. on day i just felt so bad and knew it ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:51:47 EST Sunday Hike @ Usery Park 1/25/15 Hey everyone this week we are going to be hiking in Usery park in mesa. We are going to hike the Wind Cave trail. The trail is 3 miles total with elevation gains of around 600 ft. It is another moderate trail. Again everyone is welcome and I hope to see you all out there! The cross streets are McKellips and Usery Pass rd. There is a 6$ park entry fee for day use. Please plan accordingly we will be meeting between 6 and 6:30 am and starting out hike. Dress accordingly and bring water. You can... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:26:45 EST Hike was amazing guys! The Hike was amazing there were 4 of us there <BR> Raymond <BR> Charles <BR> Nick <BR> and myself. Thanks for coming out guys great hike. We are planning to do a hike weekly on Sunday mornings. I have some pics I am going to post in a blog and put on my sparkpage. It is a truly fun way to get out and meet awesome people! Hope to see more of you there next time! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:00:37 EST Sunday morning hike invite! Hey guys me and my brother aznerd86 are getting together this weekend to do our first hike ever. We are beginners and looking to get out with some of the awesome people on sparks! We are going to be hiking one of the easiest trail on Piestawa peak / dreamy draw. We will be hiking Trail 8A- Quartz Ridge Trail at Piestawa peak / dreamy draw. It is 1.7 miles long and has 500 ft of elevation change, it goes from 1300ft to 1800ft. <BR> <BR><BR>ations/pies... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:19:47 EST Phoenix Meet and greet Walk/Hike Hey Phoenix lets wake up and get active on our board! Is anyone interested in taking a hike as a group or a walk? Maybe hit the Shoot me some ideas lets make this happen! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:59:08 EST New goals for a new week! What is your goal for this week Sparkers? <BR> <BR> My goal this week was originally to walk 5 miles. Well, today I walked nearly 4 so i had to re-examine my goal. I want a goal that I am able to accomplish, yet it pushes me to make it. So I am going to go with 12 miles. My goal this week is to walk 12 miles. If I walk more then great but a minimum of 12. Its been a while since I have exercised anyways so there may be a day in there were I am just to sore to do anything. <BR> <BR> Good luc... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:51:33 EST Hungry! Hi everyone! I hope someone can answer my question!? In the past I have mostly been on low carb diets, but this year I wanted to go with a lower calorie/ moderate carb diet. I am on day 3 after falling off the wagon for the holidays. So far I'm doing pretty well no cheating but I'M HUNGRY! Is this just because my body is wondering where the Rib eye steak is and why I'm I not eating only 3meals a day? How long until I'm used to eating 5 to 6 small meals a day and not feel like I'm always hung... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:39:44 EST Goals for 2015 What are your goals for 2015? Mon, 29 Dec 2014 22:03:37 EST New Day Hi! I'm a 37 year old mom that has been overweight my whole life. I had good success with Atkins about 13 years ago, so I'm starting over with a low carb lifestyle. But I do understand it's supposed to be much harder the second time around (this scares me a bit) but I believe in myself and I wan to live a long and "healthy" life! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:45:07 EST New to Spark people :) Hi everyone! I'm Stephanie and I'm 23 years old. I have two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. I have been struggling with my weight since i was 15 and I just cant seem to get a hold of it. I've been yo-yoing for years. I am hoping this will be something that actually works for me. Feel free to add me! :) I'd love to hear about some of your success stories. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:03:06 EST accountably Hi everyone I got off track for a while but now I am hoping to get back on track. I could really use some help. If anyone out there wants to hold me accountable by making me check in with you I would really appreciate it. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:47:14 EST new to this site hi i am new here and just looking for help time to time to stay on track and keep going in this battle of losing weight and keeping it off. i already lost 35 lbs and have 40 to go to get down to my goal to 140 lbs thanks Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:13:31 EST New member in Glendale Hi everyone! I'm Terre, and I am hoping SparkPeople will help give me the motivation I need to lose 75 lbs by Christmas! <BR> <BR> I live in Glendale, but as a member of the West Valley team polnted out, I am right on the border of Phoenix & Glendale (43rd Ave. & Glendale area), and she suggested I join this team as well! <BR> <BR> I recently re-joined YouFit, and I either go to the one on 43rd Ave. & Cactus or 35th & Bethany Home. I would love to find a workout buddy to keep me motivated... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:27:47 EST weekly weigh in Again I could not find a thread for this so I thought I would start one. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am at 216 that is 26 pounds down from when I started on 12/31/2013 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:00:51 EST Our own Steve and Debbie are featured today! Check out the Sparks article today on Steve (SAC-6582) and his wife Debbie (DebArizona) !! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:25:07 EST questioon of the day I got this idea from one of my other teams so I decided I was going to do this just to see if I could get something going here. <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your calories suppose to be? <BR> Are you staying in range <BR> Under range or <BR> Over range? <BR> <BR> For me my range is 1250-1600 calories and until yesterday I <BR> staying in range. I went over yesterday but I am back on track this morning. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:10:06 EST New here new here just wanted to say hello first time ever I'm actually willing to work on my weight. Um......... a little about me I'm 29 430lbs going through a divorce. starting over again booo........... looking to make life better it seems most of the problems I have right now are due to being overweight. Looking forward to getting in shape I'm an outdoorsy kind of person love to walk and such so I'm kinda looking forward to being able to do the things that please me again Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:44:01 EST GCU Run to fight Childrens Cancer 5k/10k If anyone is intersted in joining me and my family for this race (it is timed) March 8th at GCU (Grand Canyon University) Its for a great cause. There is a living social deal 5 days left!! <BR> <BR> 5k - $15 <BR> 10k - $21 <BR> <BR> Both are smokin deals!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>986631-registration-to-gcu-run-to-figh<BR>t-children-s-cancer?id=986631-registra<BR>tion-to-gcu-run-to-fight-children-s-ca<BR>ncer&msdc_id=8-phoenix </link> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:50:26 EST Been a poor leader Hi Phoenix, <BR> I have been a lame leader for the past few weeks! Not that I like to make and excuse but I have had a lot going on. 2 Major plumbing issues in my condo, stomach flu and then I got some nasty cold. Oh and we have been attending some amazing Reggio conferences in Tuscon and Phoenix for my work as a preschool teacher. <BR> <BR> My last plumbing issue should be taken care of today and then I will be back at spark more and more. I have a conference next weekend and the one ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:45:25 EST Scared! Trying hard not to stay on program and stay positive! Help! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 06:09:30 EST Starting from Scratch Hello All! <BR> <BR> My name is Chris and I 28 years old. I had an account on here for about 3 years that I never really used. I would log on from time to time just to read some articles and whatnot, but today I am starting from scratch. Time to get serious, ya know! It's time for me to take control of my life and get in shape, and get the information I need to teach my children good habits as well! <BR> <BR> I am very excited to get started again, and be a lot more active on SparkPeople! <... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:09:41 EST 22 and wanting to change My name is Nicole. I am 22 years old and I am 173.6 pounds. I was a size 3 (120lbs) all through out highschool and in the four years since graduation, I have gone up to a size 13. I have never really been a fan of healthy food but I am trying. I want to not only be healthy but I want to lose at least 40 to 50lbs and look fit. I have made a few changes in life over the past year and more changes will come in the future. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:25:47 EST Hello Spark friends from Phoenix I am originally from the ivory Coast and have been living in the USA for about 6 years now. My first language is french and I've recently experienced motherhood for the first time. Over the years spent here, I have accumulated close to 50 lbs (lost most of pregnancy weight though). My weight has been up and down while my insecurities have been pretty constant. I have never been able to stick to a diet. I rarely eat junk food but I do eat high carbs ( I could eat french baguettes all day every... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:15:27 EST New to this site Hello! I'm on here looking for motivation to get me going in my path to a healthier lifestyle. I would really like to find an accountability partner or two to keep me and them motivated. I visit my gym, but not often enough. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:19:21 EST New River Newbie Hi all, my name is Kelly and I live in New River, AZ which is between Anthem and Black Canyon City. I am on my 2nd diet of my life - never had a problem with weight until I got in my late 40's. At my heaviest I was 173 lbs about a year and a half ago. I used HCG and was able to get down to 150 lbs. Since then I've put back on 15 lbs because I went back to my old eating habits - obviously Coke and chocolate is NOT the breakfast of champions. I've also had a torn meniscus and unable to much... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:38:17 EST where can I go Okay I just came back to sparks and I am seeing the same thing here as I did the first time I was here. The most recent discussion board I was was for a challenge and it was shut down for lack of interest with in days of it being posted. Do we have anything like: what where your log in points or today's temp was.... what did you do outside or even what is the hardest thing you are find out about living in Phoenix and trying to loose weight? Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:59:38 EST 7 Majormom Morning everyone. I am not really new to sparks but I did not think it was far to start with all the points and trophy I already had when I did this in the past. So I close my past account which was majormom7 and open this account. The thing I find hardest about sparks is having to get on the computer every time I do something. I am still trying to figure how I am going to avoid that this time. The things I like most about sparks is I here from other people going through the same things I am ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:08:51 EST Help January Jumpstart Challenge was a FLOP! Okay so I guess you folks didn't care for the idea of the January Jumpstart Challenge. <BR> <BR> So... Help! I need ideas for challenges for the upcoming year. Please post your ideas in this forum! <BR> <BR> I figure this is a learning curve. The 10 minute challenge was a hit. This one, not so much. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your suggestions <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:48:52 EST January Jumpstart Challenge Happy New Year Sparkers! <BR> Let's start the year right by using SparkPeople's January Jumpstart Challenge. Starting January 1 this 30 day challenge will help you build consistency and build a fitness streak! Here's the plan <BR> <BR> 1. Join SparkPeople's January Jumpstart Challenge Here <BR> <link><BR>e_detail.asp?challenge=10 </link> <BR> 2. follow the workout plan and log your progress each day here in this forum <BR> 3. Blog about your progres... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 19:20:04 EST fitbit buddies Hi Phoenix I just got a fitbit and I am looking for fitbit buddies. Here is my fitbit profile page! Be my friend? <em>30</em> <link> </link> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 07:49:26 EST New Year's Day Hike Hi Phoenix, <BR> How would you all feel about a New Years day hike? <BR> <BR> I was thinking Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley. This trail is rated moderate. Here is what I can tell you about it. The first part is tough, 1000ft gain in less than a mile. So it is steep. But then you get to Hidden Valley and it is beautiful. With a natural bridge and fat man's pass. <BR> <BR> It will be a challenge but I think it will be worth it!!! <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the trail. <BR> <link>www.e... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:21:41 EST My Path Hi everyone, <BR> I am a 30 something woman with just over 100 lbs to loose, I have made many excuses in my 30 plus years of life, no more, I realize that I am the only person that can fight for the life and health that I want. I promise to myself that I will take this path and choose the right forks in the road. I will learn healthy eating habits and make time to exercise for me and my family. Thank You SparkPeople for your help and motivation! Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:38:32 EST Lost 138 pounds and have 120 to go... Hi, I am new to Spark People, I am a 39 year old single mother of a13 year old daughter. Started on my fitness journey April 2013. Since then I have lost 138 pounds, but have about120 more to go. Looking for as forum to inspire and be inspired. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Looking for people in our who have been in similar situations, to share tips, struggles, and triumphs. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:24:26 EST Free online Yoga classes I just came across this yoga site. They offer free yoga classes for all fitness levels. they range in length from 10 minutes to 120 minutes. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope this helps some of you. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <em>401</em> <em>402</em> <em>403</em> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 18:31:11 EST Daily Fitness Emoticon 10 minute Challenge Hello Phoenix! Who's up for a fun fitness challenge? We Will start the Challenge on December 8, 2013. This Sunday. We will run the challenge until the end of the month and beyond if you want. Here are the "rules". <BR> <BR> 1 Set a goal to workout for at least 10 minutes each day <BR> <BR> 2 Ues fitness emoticons to record your fitness as a response to this thread. <BR> <BR> So if you walked for 30 min your response would look like this <BR> <BR> 12/8 30 min <em>311</em> <BR> <B... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 08:48:24 EST Resched: Steele Indian School Park 5k 12-14-13 9a Good Morning Phoenix! <BR> <BR> How about a nice 5k walk in Downtown Phoenix <BR> <BR> Steel Indian School Park <BR> 300 E Indian School Rd <BR> Phoenix <BR> <BR> Enter off Central Ave Just north of Indian School Road <BR> <BR> Saturday, December 14 @ 9AM <BR> <BR> This walk is a 5K equal to 3.1 miles and is for intermediate to advanced walkers. This will be a fitness walk and at a pretty quick pace 13 to 17 minute mile. <BR> <BR> This is a beautiful park located in Central/Downtown Ph... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 09:49:01 EST Not a Snowbird! I'm here to stay! Hello Team. I just relocated from IL a month ago and have to say what a difference it is! I love it here and there is no doubt that I chose the right place. I have some medical things I am working through; diabetes type 2, hypertension, and allergies. <BR> <BR> I have finally gotten the fact that I have choices when it comes to what I eat! <em>4</em> Nothing like waiting for something uncomfortable ( a challenge) to show up in order to make changes <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Now that I... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 03:43:51 EST Color Fun Fest 5k - March 15 Hey Valley Sparkers! Want to join HikerBecky and me for a fun 5k, at a low price? We're signing up for the daytime choice on the Color Fun Fest. There's a special tomorrow only (Monday, December 2) for the first 100 people to sign up for $15. After that, it is $20 until December 16th. Here's the website: <BR> <link><BR>x/ </link> <BR> <BR> Our team name is SparkPhoenix, of course! <BR> <BR> Reply here if you sign up, so we'll know you're ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:19:34 EST How's your water consumption today? How much water do you drink in the winter? I know I seem to forget to drink when it is not so stinkin' hot out. I would love to hear how much water you drink and how you remind yourself to drink when the weather is nice out. <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 06:26:52 EST What are you doing to make small steps? Today I am going on a bike ride with a friend! Good times! <BR> <em>332</em> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 08:21:54 EST Steel Indian School Park 5K Good Morning Phoenix! <BR> <BR> How about a nice 5k walk in Downtown Phoenix <BR> <BR> Steel Indian School Park <BR> 300 E Indian School Rd <BR> Phoenix <BR> <BR> Enter off Central Ave Just north of Indian School Road <BR> <BR> Saturday, November 23 @ 9AM <BR> <BR> This walk is a 5K equal to 3.1 miles and is for intermediate to advanced walkers. This will be a fitness walk and at a pretty fast pace 13 to 16 minute mile or 4mph. <BR> <BR> This is a beautiful park located in Central/Do... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:31:37 EST Hi, new to Spark Hi. I am 51 yrs old and am very new to Spark. I am in need of loosing about 130 lbs, my problem is due to serious back issues I am very limited to the kind of exercise I can do. Currently I even have trouble walking due to trembling in my legs. I am in need of support in my weight loss. I am hoping as I work on strengthening the core of my abs I can strengthen my back and do more. I look forward in the future of meeting up with the group and going on a hike but a possible pot luck maybe... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:11:48 EST Hi I am a wife, mother and grandmother who believes life is as good as I choose it to be. Health problems have caused me a challenges and I believe with all my heart that with so many that have challenges too that we can over come anything with the support of family and friends. Looking forward to see what the future has in store for me. Enjoy life, Shirley Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:10:12 EST New to the Phoenix Team Hi, I'm new to the SparkPhoenix Team and am trying to see if there are any active members who I could meet up with for hiking. I typically hike in the Thunderbird Park area, but love hikes on Camelback, Piestwa, etc. Used to be part of the Anthem Hiking club, but I haven't joined them in a long time. Can anyone recommend a good hiking club in the Glendale/Phoenix area? Sat, 9 Nov 2013 09:11:39 EST Just moved to Mesa from west valley Hey everyone! I've been on SP for several years and had moved to AZ from PA almost 3 years ago. Well now I have just moved from the FAR west valley (think 10 miles west of Surprise) to Mesa. What's fun to do around here activity-wise? I'm right next to Red Mountain High School and we have a great park and multi-generational center out here, plus the mountains aren't far. Where else is good to check out? Thanks!! Tue, 5 Nov 2013 08:14:42 EST Race Against Rolls 5k Come join us for this free PRE-Thanksgiving Event <BR> <BR> For those in the Phoenix (valley) area come and join us in our 3rd annual <BR> <BR> Race against Rolls 5k <BR> Thanksgiving Day: <BR> Registration 7:45am <BR> 5K Starts at 8 am <BR> Cost: FREE <BR> Healthy Snacks (Fruit and granola bars) will be provided or you can bring some to share <BR> Everyone who completes the 5k will be entered in a drawing for door prizes <BR> Location: 14202 N 73rd Ave Peoria, AZ 85381 <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 08:05:22 EST Places to go and Great Days to go see them Hi Everybody, <BR> Now that the weather is getting cooler it would be great to get outside and meet for a walk, hike, bike ride or perhaps a meet and greet healthy potluck at a local park. <BR> <BR> I need to know where you would like to meet. Please comment on places that you like to walk or do other outdoor activities, events that you would like SparkPhoenix to organize or parks that you would like to go to for potlucks/social fun. <BR> <BR> Thanks and Happy Sparking! <BR> <BR> Becky <... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:48:57 EST Dreamy Draw Sidewalk Walk (late start) Hello SparkPhoenix and Hello FAll!!! <BR> <BR> Now that the weather is cooling off how about a lovely walk in the Dreamy Draw portion of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve? <BR> <BR> Sunday, November 3, 2013 <BR> <BR> 4:00pm <BR> <BR> Dreamy Draw Recreation Area <BR> 2421 W Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 <BR> Take Northern Ave until it ends at the park. Follow the road all the way to the last parking lot (the road will end at the parking lot) <BR> <BR> We will meet at the Ramada located at ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 20:36:55 EST Busy mom, needs motivation and friends! Hi, I'm in North Phoenix. I am a very busy mom of a two year old and I work at least ten hours a day. I'm determined to still get some workout time in though and would love it if anyone wants to help keep me motivated or be my like-minded friend through this! Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:27:54 EST Hike this Sunday Anyone up for a hike on Sunday 10/20 in the morning? Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:52:27 EST More Valley Mall walks Hi I've been checking into mall walks at more malls here is what I found <BR> <BR> Arrowhead -- To support our customer’s wellbeing and health, Arrowhead Mall has developed a Walking Program to encourage people to exercise in a comfortable, controlled-climate environment. Walkers are welcome to walk the mall daily. Mall doors open 7:00am Monday through Saturday and Sundays 11:00am. One lap around all of the corridors of Arrowhead Mall is one (1) mile. <BR> <BR> According to the AZ mall walk... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:07:14 EST Next PV Mall Walk is Saturday, Sept. 14 Since it is still pretty hot outside for September, we'll schedule another walk at Paradise Valley Mall (Tatum & Cactus). <BR> <BR> Time: 7:30 a.m. <BR> Meet: PV Mall Food Court <BR> Distance: 1-2-3 miles, your choice <BR> <BR> RSVP here on SparkPhoenix or via SparkMail: DesertJulz Sun, 8 Sep 2013 12:26:05 EST Labor Day (Sept. 2nd) Mall Walk? Anyone interested in joining me on Monday at Paradise Valley Mall? <BR> <BR> Time: 8:00 a.m. <BR> Meet: PV Mall Food Court <BR> Distance: 1-2-3 miles, your choice <BR> <BR> RSVP here on SparkPhoenix or via SparkMail: DesertJulz Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:49:28 EST Paradise Valley Mall Walk, Sat. Aug 17th, 7:30 a.m Hello Phoenix area walkers! Join us for the next, in our ongoing series of walking meet-ups at Paradise Valley Mall. Here are the details: <BR> <BR> Day: Saturday <BR> Date: 08-17-13 <BR> Time: 7:30 a.m. <BR> Location: Paradise Valley Mall - Food Court <BR> Address: 4568 E. Cactus Road <BR> <BR> We will meet in the Food Court, which is on the North Side of the mall, central entrance. You park in the *covered* parking (nice, eh?) and go straight in the main doors on the North side ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:55:32 EST Phoenix city standings Once a week Sparks sends out the standings for fitness minutes by City. Phoenix has been at #16 for quite a while and this week we broke into #14!! Yeah for us! Let's show those other cities that even with our hottest months, we can break into the top 10 <em>198</em> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:01:55 EST Paradise Valley Mall Walk: Sunday, Aug 4, 7:30 am Our last PV Mall walk was such a success, we're scheduling another one for Sunday, August 4th at 7:30 a.m! <BR> <BR> Paradise Valley Mall is located at Cactus & Tatum. Park on the NORTH side of the mall, in the covered parking and head for the main entrance on that side. Just inside the doors you'll see the Food Court. We'll meet there to do some pre-walk warm ups, then start the walk. <BR> <BR> Simple Details: <BR> <BR> When: Sunday, 8-4-13, 7:30 a.m. <BR> Where: Paradise Valley Mall,... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:38:27 EST Virtual Walk/Run/ Bike/Hike Across America Do you need some motivation to get in your fitness minutes & miles? There's a very cool SparkTeam that is following a map (virtually) traveling across America. They use a cool website that actually shows you photos of where you are on your virtual trip, based on how many miles you've gone. I'm really hyped by it and trying to figure out ways to get in an extra mile here and there to move along my pathway. <BR> <BR> If you're interested, the SparkTeam is called "The Virtual Walk/Run Challe... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:20:10 EST Hot Chocolate 5k/15k - December 8 At Saturday's Mall Walk, some of us discussed creating a SparkPhoenix Team for this event. <BR> <BR> Please reply, letting us know if you would like to be on the team. The choices are 5k walk/run or 15k walk/run. Details from the event coordinator are available here: <link><BR>se/ </link> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:50:29 EST North Mountain Hike, Every Tuesday, 5 a.m. Hello to all the Central Phoenix Hikers. I've been hiking up North Mountain every Tuesday with two friends. You're welcome to join us. It is a 1.5 - 1.6 mile hike; we typically finish in about 50 minute and we are *not* speeding. The first little bit is rocky and steep, then we hit a paved trail that goes up to a closed facility -- towers for various companies. <BR> <BR> If you'd like to join us, we meet at the Ramada right by the trailhead. From 7th Street, you turn west at the Peoria ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:37:46 EST Paradise Valley Mall Walk: Saturday, July 20, 730a We're in luck! Paradise Valley (PV) Mall opens their doors to mall walkers at 6:00 a.m. all seven days of the week. SparkPhoenix is sponsoring a group mall walk at PV Mall on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 a.m. Each lap through the mall is 1 mile. You can walk as many Captains are planning to walk 3 laps, to come close to a 5k (3.1 mi) distance. <BR> <BR> Paradise Valley Mall is at Tatum and Cactus. From Hwy 51, take the Cactus exit, head east. We will meet at the food court entrance, on t... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:53:04 EST New To Spark Hello my name is Melanie. This is my first day on Spark. I am looking for a strong support group to help me and hopefully my husband get in shape, eat healthy and enjoy exercising. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:22:29 EST Super Saturday I'm going to Beach Body's Super Saturday on June 29th from 10 AM to 1 PM. If anyone is interested it'll be a great event. Lots of motivation and inspiration and we'll get to try Shaun T's new workout Focus T25 and they'll be having samples of Shakeology. It's in Tempe. I'm really excited to be going and I'd love to meet up with anyone who is interested in going. Shoot me a message if you want more information. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:51:24 EST Dreamy Draw Park - Sunday 5:45 a.m. Anybody want to join me at Dreamy Draw Park early Sunday morning -- before the heat hits? I'd like to explore a bit and find a trail that takes around 1 hour R/T. Since the only way to enjoy a hike in June is to start early, I'll be starting at 5:45 a.m. from the main parking lot near the stairs/walkway that goes up to the picnic tables. <BR> <BR> Julz Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:21:09 EST Metro Center Mall Walk: Sunday 6/23, 9:00 am The majority of responses showed a preference for Sunday. <BR> <BR> We'll meet at the Food Court entrance, near the Harkin's Theater sign, west side of Metro Center, nearer to the southern end of the mall at 9:00 a.m. If we walk the entire mall, both floors, it equates to 1.6 miles. Some folks will stop there. Some of us will repeat, so that we get in a 5k+ walk. <BR> <BR> RSVP ONLY if you will attend. No need to tell me if it is a "no." <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> Julz Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:59:37 EST Metro Center: Saturday at 7am or Sunday at 9am ? I just spoke with the Metro Center office. Here are the facts: <BR> <BR> * Doors at the Food Court (only) open at 7am Monday through Saturday and 9am on Sunday. <BR> <BR> * If you walk the full mall, both levels, it is 1.6 miles; therefore, twice around would be just a tenth longer than a 5k. <BR> <BR> I'd like to set up a group walk there on either June 22 or 23, this Saturday or Sunday? <BR> <BR> Are you interested? And if so, which day? Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:50:37 EST Taking a break Hi Becky here. I have had a hard past few weeks. My mom passed away and other family things. I will be taking a break from SP for a while. <BR> Thank you for your understanding <BR> Becky Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:07:28 EST Beat the Heat: Indoor Mall Walk Join SparkPhoenix for an indoor workout. We'll be meeting at Metro Center Mall in Phoenix on Sunday, June 9, at 8:00 a.m. for an indoor walk. We will meet up at the main entrance on the west side, next to the Harkins Theater and Food Court. <BR> <BR> You're welcome to walk for as long as you like. Your walk leaders will be focusing on the 5k length, or approximately 3.1 miles. We chose Metro because it is a 2-level mall, so we can ramp up the cardio with a couple times up and down the s... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:59:58 EST Charity0801 Reporting for Duty I have to admit I am super excited and super apprehensive about joining SparkPeople. My adult life has been a series of diet triumphs and failures. This time I am going for a health triumph that leads to a long-term lifestyle. I am looking forward to meeting people who have done this and who are doing this and learning as I go. My biggest hurdle right now is navigating the website. For instance, how do I remove photos from my SparkPage? I have some repeats, but I cannot seem to delete t... Thu, 30 May 2013 20:38:23 EST What's your favorite restaurant in the Valley? And what are your favorite healthy options there? <BR> <BR> My favorite restaurant is Chakra 4 Herb & Tea by the Trader Joes at 20th St. & Camelback. This is an organic, vegetarian/vegan restaurant that also sells herbs. My favorite item on their menu is Moroccan Nomad stew over quinoa. I loved it so much that after the first time I tried it I spent a month trying to replicate it in my own kitchen, finally to success! I should plug it into the recipe calculator and see exactly what the nutri... Sat, 25 May 2013 11:11:35 EST walk Anyone want to walk this saturday? Tue, 7 May 2013 10:27:56 EST suggestion s/opinions wanted hi everyone <BR> <BR> i am in a speech class & have to give a speech so i thought i'd make it about SparkPeople. i wrote & posted the contents of the speech in today's blog and i'm looking for your opinions about how the speech could be improved or if it's ok the way it is <BR> <BR> thank you! <BR> Marie Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:12:07 EST Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden I spent Sunday morning at Desert Botanical Garden. Treated my eyes to the beauty of the desert blooms, visited the Butterfly Exhibit (which will close after May 12 due to heat), and snapped way too many photos. Got in a couple miles slow walk... <BR> <BR> Who else loves the garden? Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:47:39 EST Haven't move to Phoenix yet...but will be soon! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I have four children, 3 that are mine and one that my hubby was kind enough to share with me when we got together. My daughters are 30 and 27 years old and the oldest one gave me a grandson 4 years ago. My boys are 16 and 8 years old. I have lived in Missouri all of my life, but my hubby grew up mostly in a small town in the panhandle of Texas. <BR> <BR> I will be moving to Phoenix very soon and my hubby and the boys will be following after the house in Missouri i... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:58:03 EST Hi from 85022 Hi everyone! I'm Kristy. I'm 35 and a school administrator. I'm new to SparkPeople and am loving it. There is so much information and so many resources. It's great. Looking forward to getting active and meeting new people. Fri, 5 Apr 2013 22:24:02 EST Potluck Recipes Post your potluck recipes here! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 09:31:01 EST Joined SparkPhoenix Team yesterday And already received two "Welcome Notes" from Team Leaders Steve and Becky, thank you! Good to know there are lots of us Desert Rats in SP. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 10:42:54 EST Hiking Suggestions, Please Hi All, <BR> I'm looking for suggestions regarding places to hike. I need fairly flat trails that I can take my jogging stroller on (It's very durable and can handle some rough terrain). We have been frequenting a trail on South Mountain, but I'd love to go some other places. Thanks in advance! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:51:55 EST Just getting started! Hi All, <BR> I'm brand new to SparkPeople and came across this page. I am feeling motivated and determined to shed my unwanted weight! I think this website will help me feel connected to people who share my goals of living a healthy lifestyle, losing weight, and ultimately keeping it off in a healthy manner. Glad to be here! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 01:11:50 EST Neon Splash Dash Hi all! I know I haven't ever come to one of sparkphoenix's events. However, there is an event coming up Saturday, May 11th in Scottsdale called the Neon Splash Dash. I really wanted to do the Color Run this past January but after being sick most of the winter and with all the rain, I didn't get to participate. I am hoping that maybe we can make this a sparkphoenix event - team leaders can you guys organize this? :) Wed, 20 Mar 2013 01:19:20 EST Fight For Air Walk HI Team, <BR> A friend of mine has a team for the Fight for Air Walk. The event is in Scottsdale and registration is $10. Here is the information from the website. <BR> <BR> Event Information <BR> <BR> Each year, too many people are struggling to breathe and too many lives are lost to lung disease. This is your chance to walk, raise money and make an impact in their honor. By joining the Fight For Air Walk you are making the commitment to fight lung disease so everyone can breathe easie... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 13:14:25 EST SparkPhoenix Easy Hike & Potluck Lunch! Your SparkPhoenix Team is having a fun event on Saturday, April 6th. <BR> <BR> We'll meet at North Mountain Visitor Center (12950 N. 7th Street, Phoenix) for your choice of a hike or a walk at 11:00 a.m. After the hike (or walk) we'll meet back together to share a potluck. <BR> <BR> For the potluck, we ask that you print off the recipe and nutritional content so that we can all count our nutrition properly. If you're using a non-SparkPeople recipe, you can enter it into the SP database t... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 22:15:31 EST Yoga Rocks the Park Phoenix This event is for anyone and everyone! <BR> Whether you are a yoga pro or someone wanting to try it out this is a perfect event for you. Lots of vendors with healthy snack and free water from Smart Water. All you need to do is bring your mat! <BR> <BR> The next event is FREE! <BR> March 3rd Steele Indian School Park <BR> Registration is at 1pm and Yoga starts at 2pm <BR> <BR> March 10th Steele Indian School Park <BR> $15 at the table or $12 in advance <BR> Registration is at 1pm and Yoga st... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:44:01 EST Newbie! Hello! How's everyone doing? Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:01:03 EST New to Spark Not sure what al to say. I lost 35lbs last year with at home exercise. (p90x and insanity). I changed my diet drastically got educated about healthy choices and continue to work out doing a p90x insanity hybrid. I am married and have 3 girls whom encourage me everyday to stay fit. I love being able to do more and feel good. I teach high school special education and have recently started to do a PE class for the Jr high and elementary kids. Still want to lose about 10lbs and build some muscle.... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:31:08 EST Bike Riders Hello SparkPhoenix! Anybody ride bikes! I am a new rider and looking for places/people to ride with!! <BR> <em>108</em> <em>332</em> <em>309</em> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 07:16:20 EST Moving to the Area (I hope) Hello! I am on going on my 3rd interview for a job in South Scottsdale. If offered, I will move in 30-45 days from Texas. I have spent some time looking online for where to live. And hoping to get some suggestions from this team. <BR> <BR> I want to move to an area that allows for a lot of outside activities- I like to hike, run, bike and play tennis but I really don't want to commute more than 20 minutes to work. Any suggestions on areas? <BR> <BR> Thanks!!! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:28:40 EST Dreamy Draw HIke On Superbowl Sunday If you are not really into the SuperBowl join Desertjulz and I for a hike at Dreamy Draw park on Sunday at 3:30. We will meet at the parking lot. As you enter the park keep driving until you are at the end of the road that is the parking lot that we will be in. This will be a hike not a walk. However if you would like to walk there is a great sidewalk that you can walk on so join us? <BR> <BR> Please RSVP to me HIKERBECKY and let us know if you will be joining us! <BR> <BR> Happy Hikin... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:30:54 EST You CAN complete a 5k! Here's how: SparkPeople is such a wonderful site for taking you to the next level of fitness and health. Want to do the Firefly 5k, yet don't believe you can walk for 3.1 miles? Here's the program to help you get there! Visit the 5k Your Way on Sparkpeople. You receive a customized training guide to walk, walk/jog, or run 5k. Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-plans.asp </link> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:57:12 EST Firefly 5k Run/Walk: April 13, 2013! The Firefly Run is an ILLUMINATED NIGHT RUN (or Walk!) The event provides a t-shirt and two LED light bands with registration. You can purchase additional LED light bands if you wish. <BR> <BR> When: April 13, 2013 <BR> Where: Wesley Bolin Plaza - 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix <BR> What: 5k night run <BR> Benefits: American Red Cross <BR> Team Name: SparkPhoenix <BR> <BR> Price: <BR> until 1-31-13: $35 <BR> 2-1-13 to 2-28-13: $40 <BR> 3-1-13 to 4-1-13: $45 <BR> 4-1-13 to 4-8-13: $50... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:09:42 EST Excited and Overwhelmed Just found this site and am excited to get started and yet overwhelmed looking at the 100+ pounds to go from here! Seems crazy but hey, I got here 1 pound at a time, and I can take it off 1 pound at a time as well. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:25:47 EST Hello from 85014 Hello group. I am on the Atkins diet and would love people to hike with. I am a slow hiker because I had a spinal fusion 3 months ago but ready to be active. I would also love people to cook with and share recipes. I have lost 10lbs so far and am really motivated. So please keep me mind if you want to walk or anything:). Oh ya...I am a 40 year old woman if you were curious:) Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:26:54 EST Hi from 85029 area <em>223</em> My name is Antoinette and I have been with SPARKPEOPLE since 1/16/13 and I just needed additional support to help me stay motivated. I am 62 years young and I have been on a diet and have gone to the gym regularly since 6/29/12 and I have lost gone from 281 lbs and I am now at 227lbs which I am very proud of. I am a mother of 2 girls who have made me a PROUD Grandmother of 7 beautiful and loving grandchildren from the ages of 22 to 10 years of age, they include 3 granddaughte... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:13:07 EST Trying to Loose and Trying to Change Hello! I am 30 years old, mother of 3, full-time nursing student, and work full-time. I live in North Phoenix by PV Mall. <BR> <BR> I am trying to loose the pre-pregnancy weight and the baby weight - total 64lbs. I have been struggling with my weight for 6 years now and I just can't seem to get it under control or maintain. I was doing really good a year ago and then school started and I am back up 20lbs. I think this time I need to change my eating habits and change them for good. It's ver... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:14:32 EST Hello from Phoenix It is time to take my life and health back. I need to lose 98lbs for me. I am a full time student raising two children. Like many other people my days disappear. <BR> <BR> I tend to be very quiet on the boards, but I read everything I can when I have the time. I am trying to be more active in posting. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 06:09:57 EST SparkPeople Exercise Videos I spent my first seven months on SP ignoring the exercise videos. Why? Oh my goodness, some of them are so good! Now, I've signed up for the January Jumpstart Challenge and am committed to following one video per day. <BR> <BR> If you have not yet tried SP's videos, I highly recommend not following my avoidance footsteps! There are excellent workouts that will challenge you in new ways. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:11:17 EST What are your 2013 Goals! HI everyone! <BR> <BR> I thought it would be fun to talk a little bit about our goals for the new year! <BR> <BR> I have several and I wrote a blog about it. One of my goals is to learn something new. Not sure what yet but by the end of February I will figure out something new that I want to learn and have an action plan to do it! <BR> <BR> Anyway I am looking forward to hearing your goals. <BR> <BR> Becky Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:03:51 EST New Year's Day Hike Wondering who else is joining HIKERBECKY and me for the NY Day Hike to Hidden Valley at South Mountain? Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:19:18 EST Good book, good ristorante! So I had a 25% off for Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Intended to buy my daughter or myself a good vegan cookbook for Christmas. This one is very interesting... giving it to her, yet going back with the next coupon to buy myself a copy, too! <BR> <BR> Clean Food by Terry Walters <BR> <BR> After shopping, I went to a local ristorante, Pane Bianco, on Central Ave in Phoenix. As I was eating my vegan bean soup, I was reading the book. The proprietor came over to talk to me asking about my book.... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:22:04 EST New Year's Day Hike It's a tough one! I was thinking about leading a hike for on January 1st. I will say this. I am not going to party on New Year's Eve because well, I am in bed by 8pm most days cuz I am a morning person and just can't make it past dark. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> This hike will be a challenge. Mormon Trail to Fat Man's Pass/Hidden Valley <BR> <BR> It is not easy the 1.5 mile climb is steep and will kick your butt into shape. It is not a beginner hike by any sense. I will struggle for the first 1.5 miles ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:38:28 EST 2013 Hike for the Homless Event Hi PhoenixSparkers, <BR> <BR> How do you all feel about getting a team together for this event. It is Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 8am check in is at 7:30am. There are two locations. Estrella mountains and McDowell Mountains. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for students. I sent an email asking if we can have one team at two locations so I will give you and update as soon as I hear back. Here is the link to the site. <link><BR>?ievent=1042538 <... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 07:03:29 EST So Busy Hi SparkPhoenix, <BR> Hey I just wanted to say sorry that I have not been posting as much and planning as much stuff. I have been crazy busy with work. I am still doing my workouts and eating well. I just have to fit it in where I can and have not had a chunk of time to plan an event. I know that DESERTJULZ has some stuff planned for you all! Please join her. I'll be back when work calms down! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas, <BR> Becky Fri, 7 Dec 2012 07:18:30 EST Free 5k Walk or Run, Sunday Dec. 9 Join Us! Hey Spark Phoenix: <BR> <BR> Several of us are meeting up at Indian School Steele Park to train for the Color Run 5k. All are welcome. Details: <BR> <BR> Sunday December 9th <BR> 12 noon <BR> Indian School Steele Park <BR> Farrington Lane parking lot <BR> 3.1 mile or 2 mile options for you <BR> <BR> Farrington Lane is just north of Indian School Road. Turn east from Central. Park near the first building you see. <BR> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 08:40:30 EST VegCo Party in the Parking Lot Hey, Phoenix Sparkers: A new market is opening at 1300 N. Central Ave. (just north of McDowell). It's a mostly organic, non-GMO, vegetable-based market. They're having a grand opening party on Sunday, December 2nd, from Noon to 2pm, with giveaways and live music. <BR> <BR> If you're on facebook, you can see the invitation here: <BR><BR>6139050/ Sat, 1 Dec 2012 10:02:59 EST An evening of fun <em>446</em> SparkPeople/Southwest Indian Ministries Center Annual Christmas Celebration <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> DATE & TIME: <BR> Friday, December 7, 2012, starting at 5:30 pm <BR> <em>444</em> <BR> LOCATION: <BR> Southwest Indian Ministries Center <BR> Multipurpose Building <BR> <BR> WHAT TO BRING <BR> Your favorite Soup, veggie tray or dessert (cookies, pie, cakes, other pastries) <BR> ******(Be sure that you bring a copy of your receipt to share with others)******* <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:04:57 EST Sparkpeople meeting up - Start your Thanksgiving d <BR> For those in the Phoenix (valley) area come and join us in our 2nd annual <BR> Race against Rolls 5k <BR> Thanksgiving Day at 7am <BR> Cost: FREE <BR> Healthy Snacks (Fruit and granola bars) will be provided or you can bring some to share <BR> Everyone who completes the 5k will be entered in a drawing <BR> Location: 14202 N 73rd Ave Peoria, AZ 85381 <BR> RSVP so we can know how many to count on. <BR> For more information please email me at or message me on SparkPe... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 10:21:55 EST SparkPeople 5k <BR> Come and join us as we start our Thanksgiving Day off with a 5k walk or, if you’re ambitious, run before you enjoy all that Thanksgiving Day good food. We’re having our second annual “Race Against Rolls” 5k (walk/ or if you’re ambitious, run). <BR> Location: 14202 N 73rd Ave Peoria AZ (Southwest Indian Ministries Center) <BR> Starting Time: 7 A.M. <BR> Come early and enjoy a lite and healthy snack. We will also have coffee, water, fruit and granola bars. <BR> Each person who participat... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 19:51:59 EST $5 Rooftop Yoga class on 10-29-12 Monday, October 29, 2012 <BR> 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM <BR> The Clarendon Hotel <BR> 401 West Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ (map) <BR> (From Sutra Midtown Yoga's Facebook event page:) <BR> <BR> Enjoy Phoenix's original class in the clouds with Sutra Midtown and the Clarendon Hotel - <BR><BR>w <BR> Sutra's Lunar Flow with Wendy Neville <BR> Rate: $5 // Sutra Members & Clarendon Guests: free <BR> <BR> Experience Sutra’s signature Rooftop Yoga beneath the mys... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:32:38 EST resistance band deal on ebay If you have been thinking about getting some resistance bands I found a great deal on ebay. they are $18.99 with free shipping. It comes with 5 tubes with different resistance levels. Handles, ankle bands and a door anchor. They are really high quality. I looked at them at Sports Authority and to get a whole set was twice as much. Here is the link <BR> <link><BR>ken=BafepR </link> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 07:59:52 EST HIking Pants for Sale Hi Ladies <BR> I have some really nice hiking pants size 14 and 16 that I would like to sell <BR> <BR> REI convertible pants size 16 tall <BR> PrAna hiking Capris size 14 <BR> REI Hiking Shorts size 16 <BR> Royal Robbins hiking skort size 16 <BR> <BR> They are like new condition. I have lost weight and want to sell them. I am asking $20 each piece OBO. <BR> <BR> send me a direct message for more info. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Becky Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:14:24 EST How did the walk go? I couldn't make to the walk :( , children were sick. But I'd like to hear how it went. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 05:09:09 EST Treadmill? I am looking for a treadmill and in my search I found that there are so many out there. Can anyone help with suggestions. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:32:39 EST Join our Facebook page! Come check out our facebook page at <BR> <BR> Just cut and paste our link to your browser. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 19:10:11 EST Made it to the Top Well after not doing anything for a year. <BR> I finally made it back to the top of the Quartz Trail. <BR> 2.3 mi, of Lungs on fire and rubber legs but I did it. <BR> <BR> One month today since I started taking back my body! <BR> A short milestone but nonetheless, another goal met. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 08:21:46 EST Congratu lations, September Leaders! Congratulations to the leaders in Sparkpoints and Fitness Minutes for September: <BR> <BR> SPARKPOINTS <BR> 1) AJWALKLEY <BR> 2) SSGTE6 <BR> 3) CARPROTH <BR> 4) SAC-6582 <BR> 5) DESERTJULZ <BR> 6) HIKERBECKY <BR> 7) FILK4JC <BR> 8) STEPHERANNE <BR> 9) MOODYMOM4 <BR> 10) GALINAZ <BR> <BR> FITNESS MINUTES: <BR> 1) SSGTE6 <BR> 2) SAC-6582 <BR> 3) CARPROTH <BR> 4) WILL4318 <BR> 5) TANRAZZ <BR> 6) FILK4JC <BR> 7) ALWAYSSMILING4U <BR> 8) SP_COACH_DEAN <BR... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 16:38:35 EST Hi from the Metrocenter area! Hi everyone! I'm Leslie and I just joined this site yesterday to help me to keep on my goals for my exercise routine and small weight loss goals (10 lbs.). I look forward to chatting with you all - giving/getting feedback and maybe meeting new friends. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:24:48 EST Other People's Stuff Sale and Fundraiser So this has nothing to do with fitness but I wanted to share it with you all! My church is having a HUGE garage sale. The proceeds will help families who are in financial crises. There is all kinds of stuff for sale. The sale is September 28th & 29th. If you would like more information please send me a private message and I will give you the address. If you would like to donate stuff you can contact me as well. <BR> Happy Thursday! Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:52:14 EST Are you in Central Phoenix? Hello All! <BR> I am looking for a walking buddy/buddies that live in Central Phoenix like me. I am near Central Ave and Roosevelt in the Arts District. There are a lot of great places to walk over here but having someone to walk with would make it more fun. <BR> I enjoy meeting new people and I am very friendly. So don't be nervous about contacting me. :) <BR> This isn't the first time that I have posted looking for someone to workout with and I know that it can be nerve racking to make th... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:33:31 EST walking buddy. 22nd AVE & Virginia area Looking for a buddy to walk or go to the YMCA with as I am such a procrastinator on my own when it comes to exercise. Not up to any hiking though. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:33:05 EST What are your program highlights this week? My diet and fitness highlights are, I made it to the bathroom. "The Bathroom" is a hike that I do from my neighborhood to the bathroom at Dreamy Draw Recreation Area. It's about 3.74 miles round trip. I have not been able to hike since I broke my ankle in December. My food highlights are that I have been staying in range and I lost a pound. Low-light, I have not been eating as many fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 09:05:05 EST Spark coach? Has anyone signed up for a spark coach. Just want to know if it will help me. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 01:02:16 EST Color Run (walk) - January - SparkPhoenix Team It would be great fun to put together a SparkPhoenix Team for the Color Run! Take a look at this link: and let me know if you're in. <BR> <BR> There are three start time choices: 7:30 am, 8:10 am, or 8:45 am <BR> <BR> Let me know your preference on start time. I'll set up the team and come back here with an update on the team name. <BR> <BR> Julz Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:53:29 EST New Guy on the Block My name is Chuck I'm in my late forty's. <BR> Father of two (Boy & Girl) <BR> I have one Grandson and my wife and I live in the North Central part of the Valley. <BR> I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things. <BR> I want my body back, minus the excess FAT!!! <BR> I have let myself go over the past couple of years with excuse after excuse. <BR> I'm tired of the same old crap and I'm making a change for myself. <BR> I will do this even if it kills me!! <BR> <BR> Currently I'm takin... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:34:40 EST Can I get a Whoo Hoo! What little goal did you meet today? This is the place to send and receive Whooo Hooo's!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:24:49 EST New to the website Hello, <BR> <BR> I am a 27 year old male who enjoys excercise and is nutrition-knowledgeable. In college (2005), I went on a weight loss mission and dropped from 315 to 200 and kept off for almost two years, awesome!! When I graduated, I kind of lost control and put 45lbs back on. Ive lost 20, but now at 230 I want to get to 205. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:00:00 EST blairrose I am a 57 year old woman and weights 323 lbs. I have been trying to lose weight since I was in my teens. In 2005 I was in Katrina then relocated to Chicago. That is when I found out that I have Diabetes, High Blood Pressure which have worried me since. I recently relocated to Arizonia where I now have found out that my kidneys is not doing too well and I am now on a low sodium diet of less than 2,000mgs a day. I have started eating right or trying but it is hard to do at times. I have b... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:09:37 EST Hello Phoenix Hello everyone! I am new to spark. I am joining the team for advice, encouragement and possibly friendships to share this new lifestyle. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 19:09:09 EST BOOTCAMP for Mommies or all others Ok so an idea I have for the winter is possibly organizing a bootcamp of sorts at a park near me (depending on interest locale could change but I am limited). Since I have two small children this could include moms with kids in strollers. I would design the routine, with modification levels so everyone can work at their own pace. The park near me is almost exactly a mile around, FYI, with a play area for kids, restrooms, and even a (paid) bootcamp that goes on weekday AM's too. Time would lik... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 19:45:10 EST introduction Hey everyone! My name is VerShawnta but Vee for short, I'm 19 and I live in Laveen. I have been trying my hardest to get happy since Janurary of this year. I lost 7lbs since then but that it is it. My body has been stuck at a stand still since June. I found out that I have PCOS and that im insulin resistant in April so I know that has a lot to do with it. To my understanding both of the two are hormonal imbalances. I am excited about meeting new ppl and hope to develop new sparkships :) soon. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:57:02 EST Monday AM Wkly Hike: Phx Mtn Preserve 32nd/Shea Sponsored by the Hiking Hikers Hiking Group on <BR> <BR> There is a weekly hike every Monday morning at 7am - 9am. This past Monday, 9 people attended, so it's an active event. Here is a brief description: <BR> <BR> ~~~ <BR> <BR> a hike in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve at 32nd Street south of Shea Blvd. This is a hike that will start at the 32nd street park entrance and will begin the loop on the 100 trail then continue to the 1A trail, to the 304 trail then return via 8 trail... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 16:11:10 EST Exercise partner I'd like to find a run/exercise partner. Mid-town area. Morning is better. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:54:58 EST Daily Fitness Emoticons Simply post the date, minutes and the emoticon for your fitness!!! Fun Stuff! <BR> <em>319</em> <em>363</em> <em>135</em> <em>362</em> <em>404</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:12:57 EST 2 new ways to earn SparkPoints Now there are two new ways to get more SparkPoints. <BR> <BR> 1. Coach Nicole made this announcement: <BR> <BR> We're excited to unveil today a redesign of our video pages! Our videos are now easier to browse, thanks to tags and categories that separate them by body focus, intensity level, type of workout/video and more. <BR> <BR> We've also added new videos from our partner Everwell that cover various nutrition and wellness topics as chosen by our editors. <BR> <BR> When viewing a vide... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:23:41 EST Pass Mountain Hike, Mesa, Tue, 9/4 Sponsored by the "Hiking Hikers Hiking Group" via MeetUp. Here is the published description: <BR> <BR> Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 5:30 PM <BR> <BR> Length: 4 miles +/- Mostly Shaded <BR> Rating: Easy to Moderate <BR> Elevation Gain: 800 feet +/- <BR> <BR> Come enjoy this trail in the Usery Mtns, east of Mesa, at your own pace, working at your own level. Some hikers may be keeping a fairly fast pace for fitness. This is an out and back hike, about 4 miles +/-, with an elevation change ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:08:34 EST Community Supported Agriculture (Get your produce) Since so many members chimed in on Miryna's topic of Bountiful Baskets, here is a website that will list for you many of the CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture groups) in the your area. You can search by city or zip. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are not familiar with the term, in a true CSA, you purchase a share of a farm's output, usually by season. So you might purchase a share, half-share, or multiple shares of a farm's fall output, for example. Then every... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:28:41 EST Major Downpour = Happy Me! Growing up in the Arizona deserts, I have such a deep appreciation for a good rainstorm! It poured in central Phoenix last night! Thunder and loud driving rain gentled me to sleep. <BR> <BR> It was lovely to awaken to a crisp, cooler morning, with the air feeling so clean and pure! The dogs and I enjoyed adding a little distance to our normal morning walk. <BR> <BR> Negative ions totally rock! <em>334</em> <em>257</em> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:22:21 EST Less Used Features on SparkPeople Hey Phoenix:: what are some of the less obvious features that you've discovered and like using? <BR> <BR> I really like looking at the reports that show calories eaten vs. calories burned. SP recommends that you run it over time as on a one-day basis, the accuracy is not as good. To look at the report: <BR> <BR> In the MY TRACKERS drop down menu, choose REPORTS. <BR> Select CALORIE DIFFERENTIAL OVER TIME. <BR> Either accept the defaults, or change your date range & viewing period, then <BR>... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:41:55 EST Bountiful Baskets anyone? I just contributed to Bountiful Baskets for this Saturday for veggies and fruit. Anyone else doing this? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>267</em> <em>368</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:01:51 EST FREE CrossFit at the Biltmore FREE CROSSFIT! <BR> <BR> Tuesdays, 7:30 PM <BR> Biltmore Fashion Park <BR> Central Lawn <BR> Sponsored by Lululemon Athletica <BR> <BR> Come get your Crossfit on at the Biltmore lawn! Lululemon is bringing some of the best Crossfit instructors in the valley to you for this complementary class. Meet us at the store at 7:30pm for a killer workout. Come prepared with some water and a comfy pair of kicks! <BR> <BR> (I have not taken this class, since I... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 19:55:04 EST FREE YOGA - Phoenix I posted this on Public Free Fitness Events thread, then thought it deserved it's own header. So here's the info again: <BR> <BR> FREE YOGA! <BR> <BR> INDOOR YOGA/CONCERT SERIES <BR> Phoenix Civic Space Park <BR> 424 N. Central Ave <BR> Phoenix <BR> Thursdays at 6:30 to 9:00 PM (Yoga 6:30-7:30, Concert 7:30-9:00) <BR> Sponsored by the City of Phoenix. Information: 602-262-7490 <BR> <BR> YOGA IN THE PARK <BR> Biltmore Fashion Park, central lawn <BR> 2501 E. Camelback Rd. <BR> Phoenix <BR> ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 10:10:57 EST Local Deals This board is for posting local deals. That you find online. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:24:07 EST Workout Buddies This topic is to help you find a workout buddy. <BR> I would not recommend sharing any personal information on the forum other than the general area that you are looking for a buddy. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:44:52 EST Public Free Fitness Events This topic is for posting free fitness classes throughout the Phoenix area <BR> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:42:50 EST What this Forum is about! This forum is for posting community events that are related to fitness, great workout deals that you may find on groupon or other site, free fitness classes. <BR> <BR> Also discussions for get-togethers like happy hour, recipe exchanges, pot lucks, meeting at new "healthy" places to eat. <BR> <BR> It's a place to get to get away from the computer and meet face to face. <BR> <BR> If you want to start an even just post it. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em>... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:38:45 EST Baby it's HOT outside! (Mall Walks) It's hot and it's gonna be hot for a while. How does everyone feel about setting up some dates to do some mall walking. I know that PV mall lets you walk before it opens. I don't know about other Malls but perhaps you do. <BR> <BR> Is there a mall near you that you like to walk? Are you willing to lead a walk there? Let me know and I'll be happy to set it up and send emails to the group. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:20:07 EST Let's get Active HI all, <BR> I use to be a leader for this team a few years back and led hikes and walks throughout the valley! I would love to do this again. I don't see that as a team we are that active and I would love to help change that! If you are interested in forming a group that can meet from time to time and hike, walk the mall or whatever please message me. I would love to help lead something like that. I have a car and am willing to drive so if you live far away from North Central Phoenix fea... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 09:24:39 EST finally back with a renewed attitude Joined a while ago - but did not make the commitment. I've returned with a renew awareness and desire to lose weight. I look forward to exercising and enjoy foods that are healthy and good for me. Do I have what I like - yes - I factor it in - but now I control what those treats are and plan when I'm going to have them. The point for me is I see that I can do whatever I put my mind to . Great 45 min cardio "walk out" with Leslie Sansong cardio walking DVD this early morn - feeling ready to ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:22:17 EST Trying to lose 100+ lbs in NW Phx Hi, my name is Christina. I am a stay-at-home mom of 2 boys (3 and 5) and married. I've been overweight pretty much since the age 10, and now I weigh 100+ lbs over my ideal weight. I hate being restricted to what I wear and I can't stand pictures of myself now. I know if I don't do something now, my health will start deteriorating (have back problems and carpal tunnel now). My issue is that I know how to eat and how to exercise...but I have been struggling with laziness as well as "uncontroll... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:39:09 EST Personal Trainer? Hey everyone! Does anyone have any personal trainer recommendations in the area? Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:58:03 EST Member on Today Show Monday July 23rd! Angela (4A-HEALTHY-BMI) will be featured in the final hour of the Today Sow on Monday, July 23rd. Go Angela! Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:20:41 EST Hi everyone! New here Im Brandy, 26 married with 3 kids. I live in phoenix az, and im on here because Im overweight. Im having a hard time. Finding all the motivation to really get in a routine and actually stick with it. Im queen of excuses :-( im looking forward to getting to know new people who might have some of the same goals as me and maybe find a few to help me stau motivated and encouraged to stick with this. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:33:42 EST Work out Buddies HI Phoenix! I am looking for a workout buddy to perhaps walk the mall at PV. Let me know if anybody is up for this. <BR> <BR> Becky Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:52:25 EST Torrential Rain! Don't know about y'all, I *loved* LOVED that torrential rainstorm yesterday! Happened while I was on the 202 then the 101 heading to see my daughter & her family in Scottsdale. Mom Nature gave me a much better car wash than Danny's (grin). <BR> <BR> Fortunately, the greyhounds & I had gotten in our 2.75 mile walk very early, before any rain started in central Phoenix. There was even time to mow the back yard ahead of the storm. <BR> <BR> Do you love the RAIN? Those negative ions really... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:09:26 EST Where does everybody work out? Hi everyone! I am looking for a workout buddy and wanted to get some ideas where y'all work out. <BR> <BR> I am at LA Fitness on Northern until my doc says I can hike again. <BR> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:41:41 EST rerun Hi, everyone. I live in Deer Valley. I am sixty, need to lose fifty pounds, married to a wonderful man. I love to quilt, read and take trips with my husband to Native American ruins in the Southwest. In fact, we love traveling anywhere in the southwest. I tried SP before hoping I will do much better this time around thanks linda Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:57:27 EST rerun Hi, I tried Spark several years ago. I think I have better attitude this time. the first big change is I am trying to connect with more people for support and just plain talking. I am sixty, married and live in Phoenix. I love to quilt and travel with my husbands to Native American ruins. I love the southwest it is beautiful. I am from the Northeast coast. I guess I have ramble on enough. thanks linda Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:59:19 EST General conversation (chat) I was looking all through the lists of threads and realized there wasn't one for generic chatting, so I'm creating this thread. Once we get an active team leader, we'll give this thread a sticky. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, keep us updated and the thread will stay at the top of the forum! <BR> <BR> So, Happy Holiday! Be safe - please don't drink and drive. Your loved ones need you. <BR> <em>232</em> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 14:46:39 EST Join SP deals: get merchandise discounts Sp has joined with several manufacturers of healthy lifestyle related merchandise to offer discounts. Receive the weekly email about the current offerings and earn points for reading the emails. Here's a link to the announcement. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 20:19:44 EST STICKY topics Hey there Team Leaders: can one of you UNsticky the sticky topics for events or timeframes that are in the past???? Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:05:17 EST Feeling the heat, doesn't stop me! It has become a habit for me to walk twice around the pond (usually 10 minutes) during my lunch break. Let me tell you, it is getting very hot to be doing that walk mid-day. However, our offices are very cold, so once around and I'm just up to normal temp! Second time around was hot-hot-hot, though. <BR> <BR> Usually sit outside the whole lunch break, but cut it short today -- may have to start doing the 3 levels of stairs at lunch instead - or make the morning walk longer (only been doin... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:39:25 EST Family Friendly Hiking in Phoenix <BR> The City of Phoenix has extensive hiking trails. There is quite a bit of information about them on the city's web site. Here is a link to their list of family friendly hikes. Each trail head is given a difficulty rating, too. <BR> <BR> Plan some family time together and enjoy our beautiful scenery. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ilyhikes/index.html </link> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 18:35:21 EST Chi-Walking and the SparkPeople 5k This morning, I attended an awesome workshop on Chi-Walking. I learned why my low back gets tight when I walk for over 20-25 minutes. Wrong walking posture! I learned how to use better walking posture, to avoid heel-striking, and to shorten my stride. Those are just a few of the factors in Chi-Walking. I'm excited to implement them in my next walk (tomorrow morning). <BR> <BR> Also, I have signed up for the SparkPeople Virtual 5k. It's also a workshop (grin), with projects each week tha... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:37:43 EST Buy shoes based on HOW you run ( BY MELANIE PINOLA JUN 15, 2012) <BR> <BR> "Choose, Lace, and Replace Your Running Shoes Based on How You Run" <BR> <BR> Here's the first paragraph: <BR> <BR> There are a bunch of factors that go into choosing the right running shoe, including what kind of surface you run on and if you have a high or flat arch. This infographic from REI summarizes all the basics of running shoes, including tips for when to replace them and how to lace them. <BR> <BR> The rest of the article... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:07:25 EST When You Eat Matters, Not Just What You Eat ScienceDaily (May 17, 2012) — When it comes to weight gain, when you eat might be at least as important as what you eat. That's the conclusion of a study reported in the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism published early online on May 17th. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the full article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/120517132057.htm </link> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:55:00 EST Yoga in the Park (Biltmore) Yesterday, I went to the free yoga in the park at Biltmore Fashion. It was a good class, really mellow and enjoyable, on the lawn in the center of the shopping mall. I will go again, though I plan to be there 30 minutes early next time to ensure I get a shady spot! Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:43:43 EST HI I am a previous member of Sparkpeople and have come back after a long almost 2 year hiatus. I have been on the diet and exercise rollercoaster for far too long and I am ready for permanent and healthy change. I am looking for friends on here so please friend me if you would like to do so. I am 45 years old, married, have 3 dogs and would like to get back into hiking shape again. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 18:13:12 EST Heat Index vs. calories burned Do you burn more calories if you walk in the heat than when it is cool? I know that I sweat more, just wonder if the "stress" of dealing with the heat burns more. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 17:03:11 EST plan to ease Camelback Mtn traffic article entitled:Phoenix parks board OKs plan to ease Camelback traffic <BR> <BR> Here is the wording content of the article: <BR> --- <BR> An extra road, restrooms and twice the parking should help increase the joy and ease the frustration for visitors to Camelback Mountain's iconic Echo Canyon Trail. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, members of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board approved a plan to build a second road to the trailhead to keep park visitors from clogging the road use... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 19:54:48 EST Shenia Can Do It I am taking the leap. Have had an account with SP that has gone unused for a little under a year now. I have reset everything, given myself realistic goals, and sparked a fire under my butt to keep it all going (or at least log in tomorrow!)... <BR> Any motivation coming from who-knows-who would be appreciated, and might help keep that spark under my toosh lit up! I know I can do it, I just have to DO it. Fri, 1 Jun 2012 07:46:15 EST Just signed up Hi everyone! My name is Rose and I'm looking forward to this new journey and hopefully making some new friends Thu, 31 May 2012 20:52:57 EST hello I had a baby three years ago and sadly I am still carrying all the baby weight. In fact I was thinner right after I had her than I am now. What happened, new baby, new house, new job in the past three years. So now life has stabilized and I need to focus back on me, at least a little bit :) and lose some of this extra weight, but more importanly get back into shape. I love back-packing and hiking and with the extra weight it is hard to enjoy these activities. Plus I need more energy and ... Tue, 22 May 2012 00:39:21 EST Hello Again Last summer I was a SP junkie. It helped me stay motivated, feel accountable, and lose 2 dress sizes! But when the school year started (I'm a teacher). I met my BF with a completely different schedule, I had master's classes, I worked as an assistant director, and I had to work.... to say the least I let my self control and accountability fall victim to "I don't have time". Now the weight's back, the clothes don't fit, and I'm bigger than ever from the comforts of love. Time to get back ... Sat, 19 May 2012 13:19:50 EST Mini Challenge, anyone? Hello out there! I am looking for someone about my same size (5'6'', 175 lbs, female) who needs to lose about 40+ pounds to be my motivational buddy! We don't necessarily need to work out together, I just need someone who has the same goals as I do to bounce things off of everyday. Any takers?? Tue, 15 May 2012 23:22:50 EST Strategies for our heat I'd like to hear how folks here in Phoenix and AZ deal with the heat, both how your eating habits change and your exercise. <BR> <BR> I find I don't enjoy a bowl of hot oatmeal in the morning anymore, or my skinny hot chai latte snack. <BR> <BR> The treadmill is even different in air conditioning rather than the cool of a fall/winter morning. <BR> And forget running or hiking outside. <BR> <BR> So what do you do differently? Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:43:32 EST racquetball anyone? Anyone want to play racuetball? I've only been planning for a about a year but love the workout. Im an LA fitness member. Or we can play out side. <BR> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 13:05:50 EST Walking group or buddy Chandler Gilbert Hi I am interested in finding a walking or exercise group in Chandler or Gilbert. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:51:20 EST New way to find exercise/Spark Buddy In the Spark Arizona team, one of the forums has been renamed to "Find an exercise/Spark Buddy! Hoping this method works better than our other attempts! There is an informational "how to use this forum" thread to get you started. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the SparkArizona buddy forum. You will need to join that team to be able to post, of course. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard.asp?board=179x2103 </link> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 22:39:19 EST Yoga Rocks the Park Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am going to this event called Yoga Rocks the Park tomorrow (April 1st, no it is not a April fools joke they had an even last Sunday too). The event starts at 2 but if you get there around 1 they will have a free Hoop class, hoops being provided but you can bring your own. <BR> <BR> Here is the event page on Facebook: <BR><BR>0413548/ <BR> <BR> And here is their main webpage link: <BR> <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 17:30:47 EST Carbs!!!!!! I have so much more to learn; apparently I have not been counting some carbs the right way. I am a little overwhelmed by all the info on SPARK but just need some time to read and get used to it. : ) Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:50:16 EST New SP Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center The SparkPeople staff has collected all of our limited mobility and seated exercise workouts into one comprehensive lifestyle center that is now live on the site. You’ll find the Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center listed with all lifestyle centers (note that it’s not yet in the dropdown navigation, but will be added there soon). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>le_cen ter_detail.asp?id=19 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a great idea; there are so many people for whom the ... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 01:05:30 EST Let's Get to the Top 10 Phoenix is #16 this week in the Sparks Nation; let's step up those fitness minutes and get to #10! Sun, 25 Mar 2012 18:49:31 EST Ummmmmmmmmmm Hello all, I'm Jen. I just started a "Healthy Weight" class at my college because I needed one more credit to fill this semester. One of our class assignment is to pick an online nutritional analysis system to help us to track our calories, read nutrition labels & become more conscious of our daily eating habits. I have actually been wanting to do this anyway because in the past 3 years I somehow managed to accumulate 40lbs!!! YIKES!!! Anyway I have decided to utilize & hopef... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 20:12:26 EST Warnings for Phx-area hiking trails An article from the <BR> <BR> Intro paragraphs: **article refers to all hiking trails in the area** <BR> <BR> "Those hoping for a casual climb ..(snip)... may think twice after spotting a sign that designates it as "difficult," with long rocky segments and steep drops. <BR> <BR> The labeling of the trail is part of an effort spearheaded by Phoenix to keep hikers safe and sharply reduce the number of mountain rescues each year." <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 5 Mar 2012 17:53:27 EST Habits: How formed & broken Here's an article published by NPR entitled, "Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them". <BR> <BR> Here's an intro paragraph from the article: <BR> <BR> "It turns out that every habit starts with a psychological pattern called a "habit loop," which is a three-part process. First, there's a cue, or trigger, that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and let a behavior unfold." <BR> <BR> It's a discussion with the author of a book called, "The Power of Habit". <BR> <BR> <link>ww... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 17:31:28 EST Hello Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Christine from AZ. I just moved here about almost 2 years ago and love every fitness aspect of it. I came from SD where the winters inhibited most outdoor exercise. I have been teaching since 2009 and love to teach cycling, water aerobics, muscle conditioning, and kickboxing. I love doing anything outside so all the mountains around here are great for hiking as well as playing tennis or camping. I'm glad to be part of the group! Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:41:52 EST Hey everyone! Hey Phoenix Team!! <BR> <BR> My name is Shelby and I'm new to this whole SparkPeople website (which is awesome, by the way!) I am 29 years old, living here in metro Phoenix-ish, I guess. I moved here from Northern California in 2010, so I still know nothing about this place, except where to find Walmart and Chipotle :) So telling me north, south, east or west means absolutely nothing to me. Besides, I get lost in every mall I've ever been to, even if it's a strip mall in a straight line :) <... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:10:50 EST HI Im Tori!! HI! Im Tori and Im pretty excited to start this journey (again) I've tried to lose weight so many times before and I always fall off the wagon :( Im taking it slooow this time and Im going to do it right! I would love more friends :) I work full time and I go to school full time ( that leaves Friday & saturday night, sunday, and monday morning for working out) <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:46:40 EST Today is what?! Courtesy of my son I was told that today is Arizona's 100th birthday! I didn't realize how young of a state Arizona actually is. <BR> <BR> Of course it is also Valentine's Day. Anyone have special plans for the day? <BR> <BR> We actually do not celebrate the holiday like many people. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:58:33 EST PHX Zoo 5k Feb 18th if anyone is interested.... I figured I would post this here as well.. <BR> <BR> If anyone is intersted in doing a 5k at the Zoo (all proceeds benefit the PHX Zoo) <BR> <BR> Date: Feb 18th 7am start time (get there prior too) <BR> <BR> Place: PHX Zoo <BR> <BR> I have a team stated to save on the registration fee <BR> <BR> $35 for individual or $20 as a team. So if anyone is interested send me an email and I will give you the team name to save some cash! Also this is kid friendly and kids are $10 and you get all ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 15:28:10 EST Introducing RJ Hey guys, I'm Rasheda but everyone calls me RJ. I'm 34 years old. I'm a wife, and mother of 3 (6 year old daughter, 5 year old son, and 4 year old daughter). I live on the "border" of Phoenix and Glendale (Phoenix Utilities & Glendale Post Office). <BR> <BR> Over the past six years, my kids have been my world. Anything, and everything, I did was about them in one way or another. But when it came down to it, improving my health had to be a choice for me. So back in October, I decided to join ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 11:44:16 EST West Phoenix Support Group Hello all I am new to Spark. I am excited to begin a new life in company with all of you! I would like to join a support group, or begin one. I am located 83rd ave and thomas, I work out at LA FITNESS on 75th and thomas. Please respond with any suggestions. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:45:17 EST What Gym Do You Go To? Perhaps some of us go to the same gym. I'm at PureFitness/LA Fitness (they merged companies) in North Phoenix I'm going at about 5:30 am during the week if anyone wants to join me. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:02:32 EST Hi everyone!! Hi guys im new here, learning my way around this site:) <BR> Im new to fitness and new to changing my lifestyle so i think this will be a great start... <BR> I recently went to San Diego and hiked Cowles Mountain and loved it sooo much... I. Want to start hiking regularly, thinking about Thunderbird Mountain. Does anyone here hike there? Reviews? Hope to get to know some fellow hikers:) <BR> <BR> <BR> Tanya Tue, 3 Jan 2012 17:39:14 EST Health and Fitness Goals for 2012 Happy 2012 to all our Phoenix Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Now that we have made it through the holiday/feast season of 2011, let's look onward and upward to 2012. <BR> <BR> I'd like to use this thread for fellow Sparkers to share some of their favorite tips, sites, tools, exercises, motivators, and anything else that supports their goals of a happier, healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Ready, set, go! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 08:02:13 EST Staying motivated during the busy holidays We all want to keep doing our best for our health and fitness. Sometimes the hectic pace of the holiday season - the round of work parties, dinner parties, children's parties on top of trying to maintain a work/life balance causes us to neglect ourselves a little. We get less sleep, exercise less, and may not eat as healthily. <BR> <BR> What are some of your favorite tips and strategies for staying on track? Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:20:34 EST Race Against Rolls An upcoming walk on THANKSGIVING DAY. <BR> <BR> Please contact Steve and Debbie Cartwright for details. <BR> Race against Rolls <BR> 5K Thanksgiving Walk <BR> Starting @ the Southwest Indian Ministries Center 14202 N 73rd Ave <BR> Registration 7-7:50 <BR> Walk begins at 8 <BR> <BR> Each participant who completes the walk will be entered in a drawing for several door prizes including the new “SparkPeople Cookbook”, pedometer, measuring cups and other healthy lifestyle change items. <BR... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 07:23:13 EST hey im new hi everyone im heidi and i just joined so fill me in on anything i need to know and tell me does this really work and any success storys so far:) <BR> Sun, 13 Nov 2011 00:42:25 EST Gym Partner I go to purefitness on 32nd street and Greenway. If there's anyone else who goes there I'd love to have a workout buddy. :) Tue, 25 Oct 2011 10:56:29 EST Hi...I'm Sandy I'm 59 and about 35 lbs overweight. I never had to worry about food or weight until about 15 years ago as my normal life cause me to exercise more and burn calories faster. With a family history of gaining weight and menopause coming and going, weight inched its way onto my body a little at a time. I have been an aerobics instructor, am very well versed in nutrition and lifestyle changes necessary to lose weight and maintain it. I KNOW what I'm supposed to do, it is just so HARD to CONTIN... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 17:00:56 EST Increase your visibility With the weather cooling off and more of us heading out to exercise in the early morning hours or after work, I thought it would be a good idea to toss out some reminders to help keep you safe, comfortable, and visible while getting your workout in. <BR> <BR> Start by being sure that someone (with me it's my hubby) knows where you are going and your intended route. <BR> <BR> Despite the wide variety of fashionable workout clothing available, it's important to select and wear workout gear t... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:53:17 EST 3TV Phoenix 10K-5k 2011 - 36th Annual Just wondering if anyone else is doing the 3TV Phoenix 10K-5k 2011 - 36th Annual? <BR> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:27:47 EST Shun The Sun Run Would anyone be interested in doing the Shun The Sun Run? We have about 9 weeks to get ready for it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Race Day: Saturday, November 12th 2011 <BR> Race Time: 7:00AM Tue, 13 Sep 2011 23:12:18 EST Hey Hey, I'm Raven. My goal is 20lbs more, for a total of 80lbs. I'm a full time business student and currently unemployed, so school and working out is all I have to do. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 23:14:21 EST Weekend walk group Good morning! <BR> <BR> I walk in the North Mountain preserve on weekends. One or two mornings during the workweek (on my non-running days) I walk Trail44 (the really steep paved path going up to the radio/cell towers that's about one mile) to get a good hill workout in. I am usually out very early during the week (as in 5:45 am) and around 6:30 am on weekends, mainly due to the heat. <BR> <BR> I've hit some of the individual postings in this group and wanted to let folks know about this ... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 08:49:21 EST Hello I am new to this but not new to trying to get into shape. I hope that this will help. My name is Jennifer and I am looking to lose about 70 pounds! I have two girls and a dog, work part time and go to school full time so this should be interesting lol Mon, 1 Aug 2011 17:10:57 EST Hello! Hey! <BR> I just heard about this site from my cousin. I tried weight watchers online but had one hell of a rough year. It's hard feeling like you're not only letting yourself down through health but also financially! So this site seems to reduce some of the guilt for me. I also just joined a gym! Since I'm a teacher the summer is my time to healthy habits! <BR> <BR> Hope You're All Well! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:47:40 EST Does Anyone Spark in Phoenix anymore?!?!?! Just kidding! Is there anyone out there in west valley that wants to get out and bike starting really early on a weekend mornig? <BR> <BR> I'm in Goodyear and pretty much a beginner biker. In fact, I only have a mountain bike, but I prefer to street-ride. I'm still pretty slow, but I'd love some company occasionally! Sun, 5 Jun 2011 11:03:40 EST Buckeye Sparker I discovered SparkPeople July 4th of 2010 and have made some good friends and learned lots of new stuff about food and fitness. I also dropped 10 and 1/2# and kept them off but made no further progress.Today, though, I totally reset my program and goals because while I started out like "a house on fire", I fizzled horribly after our fall vacation last year. The biggest thing I learned and am 100% committed to embracing is that when I work my program, my program works for me. <BR> <BR> Right ... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 17:55:33 EST Hello fellow team mates I live in Sierra Vista, but this is the closest team I could find. I work from home and work my own hours so I have a lot of time to rack up exercise points, most of the time. <em>213</em> Thu, 26 May 2011 15:33:19 EST Hi, SparkPhoenix! This is my third day, and I can honestly say that I don't think I've ever started a program that seems to increase in its motivation for me each day. It's really great having the ap on my phone or iPad and computer, whether at work or at home. Makes tracking things so much easier. I've tried other trackers and they were so difficult to navigate that I just quit. <BR> <BR> My blood pressure and my cholesterol have gone up and the meds have me feeling really I've put on weight tha... Thu, 5 May 2011 00:14:20 EST Favorite walking/hiking trails? Its beautiful outside (like always!), and I wanted to see if any of you had any suggestions for a safe walking/hiking trail or route in Phoenix. <BR> <BR> I generally stick to the bridle trail along central, but am getting bored! <BR> <BR> What are your favorites? And do you feel safe there alone? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>312</em> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 20:25:29 EST hi, hi, <BR> I just join last nite. i do want to know if anyone can tell me how do i add heath prom. that way my meal plan can change and work for me?? Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:35:12 EST What are you doing for Easter Hi all I was wondering how everyone is going to handle Easter. Not only one of the biggest feast days but It is also the second largest holiday for candy. So I am posting this on all my teams to get idea on what you are doing and going to handle all the sugar. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 12:48:01 EST Kettlebell clases anyone - east side, KB partner? Hi, <BR> In my check in I said I do kettlebells for exercise. I LOVE this as I get a bigger bang for my buck, more results for the time I put in and cardio and strength training all in one workout. Works great for my busy life. <BR> <BR> I started workouts with a trainer in April (after checking out several). He is giving some great discounts right now as he is building his business in AZ (Free first week, half off for rest of the year) and he is RKC and very experienced as a trainer and in ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 20:13:31 EST Surgeon General Address on Weight in America Please check the Surgeon General's Picture on Page #3.. Its kind of encouraging. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tyvision/obesityvision2010.pdf </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2011 15:21:08 EST Surgeon General Address on Weight Loss The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation <BR> 2010 <BR> <BR> U.S. Department of Health and Human Services <BR> <BR> The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation <BR> <BR> 2010 <BR> <BR> U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Public Health Service <BR> Office of the Surgeon General Rockville, MD <BR> <BR> <BR> U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Public Health Service <BR> Office of the Surgeon General <BR> ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 14:48:33 EST Weight Loss Professional Healthcare Technics Guide to Behavior Change <BR> Your Weight Is Important <BR> Over the past few years it has become clear that weight is an important health issue. Some people who need to lose weight for their health don't recognize it, while others who don't need to lose weight want to get thinner for cosmetic reasons. We understand that in some ways your weight is different from, for example, your cholesterol level or your blood pressure, because you can't see what these are by looking at someone. Many patie... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 14:41:37 EST Hi all North Phoenix Here Hi I am new to all this i never had to worry about my weight till 2005 went from 130 to 191 and have a hard time staying motivated to loose it. I know there are hiking trails close to here and could use a buddy/motivator, we could help each other out. Hope to hear from some people in my area. <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Cheryl Sun, 6 Mar 2011 11:45:20 EST hey Im not quite sure if Im doing this right Sat, 26 Feb 2011 00:24:13 EST Hello my name is MaryEllen I was wondering if there are any early morning walkers in NW Phoenix, in the area of 35th Avenue and 101. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:47:40 EST Anyone go to the Y? I joined the Christown Y last week and am wondering if any other sparkers go there? <BR> <BR> <BR> Wendy Sun, 6 Feb 2011 16:35:11 EST Newbee Hi, just signed up for this site and am eager to get started. I'm quite sick today so it will have to wait a day or two but then the game is on! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:19:29 EST Beginner's Hike at Beverly Canyon planing a beginner's hike with my women's group but guys are welcome as well. Hope you'll join us! <BR> <BR> If you’ve wanted to get out on the trails but have hesitated because of your experience level, then here is your chance to get familiar with hiking. <BR> <BR> Join us for an hour hike into and back out of Beverly Canyon on South Mountain. We’ll be out on the trail for less than an hour and should cover less than two miles. As there are no large hills to climb, we’ll pick up the pace... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 16:26:54 EST FREE Rise & Shine Yoga Sat. 1/22 Please join me for an hour and a half yoga class at Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix. This is a great opportunity to get up early and start your weekend right. <BR> <BR> We'll meet on the grass under the giant Jelly Fish (the large purple/blue structure in the park) or in the AE building just across from the jelly Fish if the temps are still cool. The park is located on Central Ave. between Van Buren and Filmore, just across from ASU's School of Journalism to the East and the YMCA to th... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:41:44 EST Slow Team! I was sad to see how slow this team is! I am in need of some people that are committed to making the changes needed to better their life and disappointed to see how few Phoenix residences there are doing that. <BR> What I am looking for is anyone who is willing to give it their best shot, walking together a few times a week, just giving support, ANYTHING!! Anyone out there looking for the same thing? <BR> I have two wonderful dogs that are in need of a good walk. Anyone in my area (48 str... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 18:02:46 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Melissa, I'm 23 and have been trying for a long time to lose weight! I always find myself starting, not getting anywhere, and then gaining a few more pounds. I was soooo excited to discover SparkPeople and truly believe this site could change my life. I joined about a week ago- I'm an incredibly shy person- both in person and online- I contribute a lot of that to being uncomfortable with my weight- so I am now finally introducing myself - and taking steps to lose weight, feel great... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:19:25 EST New to Phoenix I moved to Phoenix, right on the Tempe border a few months ago from the far west valley to be closer to my husbands work. <BR> I lost my job of 7 years last January and have managed to pile on the weight since then so I am trying hard now to find a new job as well as lose the extra weight I managed to gain. <BR> Anything interesting in this area I would love to know about! We are around 48 St. and Baseline, right near the mall. <BR> Perhaps anyone living near here??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:23:24 EST Looking for a walking buddy Hello <BR> I am new to the Sparkpeople family and I would like a walking buddy or buddies. I work full time, so it would need to be nights and weekends 3 or 4 times a week. I am a beginner. Let me know if you are interested. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:39:17 EST Interested in joining a Team for a day?? My 14yr old daughter and I are going to be doing the 5K walk (I'm not up to running par yet) and we'd love to have a team together by the time of the event. <BR> <BR> I've included the link below. It's on 2/19 at the Phx Zoo. It will be our first time but we love the zoo and love to be outdoors so this may be double the fun!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ents/special_events_detail.aspx?ARTICL<BR>E_ID=100773 </link> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:47:42 EST Looking for a SparkBuddy in So.Phx Hello, <BR> I live in So. Phx - 35th Ave & Southern and am looking for a local gal that shares in the same fitness goals. I'd like to get out and do more walking, hiking, etc but don't know the valley all that well since I've only been here for 2 years and just basically work my a** off. <BR> <BR> I have 4 kids - 3 girls and 1 boy ranging in ages from 14 down to 6 so playdates are an option. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how much more info to leave but I'm happy to answer questions. =) <BR> <BR... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:43:38 EST Hi, I'm Kathyanna and I'm brand new to this. I live in North Phoenix with my husband and our little dog. Jax and I take a 2 mile walk in the desert every day. I am watching my calorie intake but still trying to learn how to use the nutrition tracker for the specific foods I eat. Any suggestions? Wed, 12 Jan 2011 07:58:44 EST If you've been tempted to try HCG, please read Every time I see an ad for the HCG diet pop up, it makes my blood boil. I have friends who starved on this so-called diet while they told themself it was "just taking a little longer for the HCG to kick in," and they damaged their health in the process. My cousin decided to do it last year and had to have her gall bladder removed on account of it. On top of that, nearly everyone I know that did this stupid diet gained back everything they lost within several months. <BR> <BR> This so-calle... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:15:11 EST Phoenix Board Game Group If anyone is interested in specialty board games, you should check out my new meetup group. <BR><BR>-Group/ <BR> <BR> We meet every other week on Saturday. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:36:53 EST Hello team! I have been living on the Phoenix/Tempe border for 5 months, moved from the far west valley. I love it here. <BR> After getting on the scale this morning I realized I need to make a change and I need to start today. It was frightening. I have never weighed this much in my life. <BR> Its good to find a team that is local and I think the support we can all offer each other will help us all succeed. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 14:29:54 EST Introduction Hello Everyone - <BR> <BR> My name is Jenn and I've only been on this website for 2 days. I'm still learning how to navigate around the site. I live in North Phoenix and I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking verses running on a treadmill in a smelly gym looking at the same people. I admire God's beautiful work therefore I prefer to be outside. I recently purchased Julian's Kettle Ball set and I would be interested in taking lessons from anyone who knows how to workout with them. I have ... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 17:28:19 EST I am new please HELP! Please use this topic to post any questions you may have on diet and fitness. <BR> <BR> *remember we are all just people here and to talk with your doctor about any health issues or concerns that you have. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:19:59 EST What are your Goals for 2011? Use this area to discuss what your goals are for this new year. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:18:04 EST Introduce yourself here! HI Everyone! <BR> <BR> It has come to my attention that our forum for introductions is a bit off so.... Here is a fresh start! Pleas use this thread to introduce yourself to our team!! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:11:30 EST LA Fitness 20th street and Camelback Hi Everybody! <BR> <BR> Does anybody work out at this gym? I am looking for a workout buddy! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 08:11:22 EST Looking for kettlebell buddies Hi, <BR> I moved to AZ from WA. And of course gained some weight during the move. <BR> <BR> I do kettlebells for my workouts as it is very effective (I want that) and efficient (I need that as life is always full). I love doing it, even when I hate it as the workout is hard. But I love the results most of all. I found a trainer locally (East Valley where I am) and I will start with him mid January. I am starting on my own until then. <BR> If you want to know more about kettlebells, check ou... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:55:08 EST Weekly hikes This week we are heading up to Cave Creek Recreation Center (well for me it is over since I live off of Carefree Highway) - we are meeting at 10AM at the Overton Trailhead if anyone wants to join us! Feel free to text me if you need directions or information! <BR> <BR> 480-200-9449 <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Michelle Sun, 26 Dec 2010 08:34:40 EST Looking for friends It occurs to me that this is my millionth time trying to lose weight. I just had a baby which seems to make it harder. I have extra flab in places I never did before. Like people do on facebook, I am looking for friends to help keep me on track and we can support each other. I'm hoping if I can gather enough support, I wont have any excuses not to do this. I want to lose weight for my son. My father died of a heart attack and will never know his grandson. I dont want the same for me. My whole... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 15:31:36 EST I-17 and Cactus Hey y'all. I'm a newbie but am excited to get things rollin. I love to do anything outdoors. I am pretty athletic and can play almost any sport. I would really love to meet new people who would like to workout with me whether it's going for a hike or a jog! Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:20:33 EST Anyone live in 83rd Ave & Thomas area? Would love to have a walking/biking buddy - anyone living in or near my area? I am unable to drive and therefore cannot travel to you. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:36:36 EST Hiking Thursday 12/2 and Sunday 12/5 A goup of folks will be hiking the Ridgeline of Beverly Canyon, a 3 mile fitness hike, on South Mountain (near 46th St. and Baseline)on Thursday at 5PM. <BR> <BR> We will also be hiking Fat Man's Pass (the National and Moron Trails), a 4 mile hike with lots to see on Sunday at 10 AM. The trail head is near 24th St. and Baseline. <BR> <BR> Please email me if you'd like details on either of these hikes. We'd love to have you join us! <BR> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:36:42 EST Add Me To SparksPeople "HELLO" to all of you SP People ! I am new to this site and can't wait to see how things will work out ! I hope to recieve lots of feed back as well as encouragement and support ! I am looking foward to this ! Thu, 18 Nov 2010 23:18:04 EST Homeopathic HCG Rebels - New team For those of you that use homeopathic HCG with a modified version of the protocol, please check out this new team: <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=46899 </link> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:23:03 EST Walking the Greenbelt Just about every Sunday morning, I walk at Chaparral Park and do either a 2 or 3 mile loop around the lake - sometimes alone and sometimes with other Sparkers. We meet at the east parking lot off Jackrabbit and Hayden Roads, usually at 8:00 a.m. Anyone interested, either post, sparkmail me - or just show up. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> Carol Fri, 12 Nov 2010 21:57:59 EST Zumba/Cardio Kickboxing/Body Sculpt and Tone Class Hi everyone! My name is Suzette and I'm a member of your team. I wanted to let everyone know about a great fitness class that is held every Saturday from 11 am - 12 pm and it's open to the public for a cost of $8 session or $15/month. The class is a combination of Zumba/Cardio Kickboxing/Body Sculpt and Tone. It's a calorie blaster and will burn 600-800 calories and is designed for all fitness levels; you get out of it what you put into it; and it's fun! The class is currently held on the g... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:36:14 EST Spark Rally HI Everyone! <BR> <BR> I would love to have a SparkRally SparkPhoenix! <BR> <BR> Let's talk about where and what we would like to do! <BR> <BR> This would be a great way to spread the spark!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 8 Nov 2010 13:02:58 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Bridget and I live in Surprise. I am very excited to join this group! Hopefully I will be ab!e to meet some of you soon! Sun, 7 Nov 2010 21:38:30 EST Women Interested in Training for Their 1st 5k Get moving with Team Kick Start! <BR> <BR> Kick Start makes completing a 5K running race an accessible, fun, life-changing experience for women of all ages and backgrounds with barriers to fitness. Try something new or rediscover your inner runner. <BR> <BR> Kick Start is open to women in the Phoenix area in need of a "kick start" to begin a fitness program AND with a desire to complete the Skirt Sports Skirt Chaser 5K Tempe on February 12, 2011. <BR> <BR> Selected Racers will receive a ... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 13:19:36 EST Sean-Michael, Laveen area Hey all, <BR> <BR> I thought I'd written an intro here but apparently I didn't so a little late, but thought I'd say hi. <BR> <BR> I'm Sean-Michael, 39, live in Laveen Village which is technically in Phoenix but right here near Laveen. I think one side of the housing complex is in Laveen the rest in Phoenix or something LOL. I'm looking for work out buddies. I have a friend who invited me to spark people, and she comes over sometimes to go for walks, and sometimes I go to her place and we s... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:44:27 EST Glad to be here Thank you all for a warm welcome, glad to be here and ready to get started. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 17:57:21 EST Hello! I joined SP about a week ago, but just joined this team today. I am 32, single mom. I live in the West Valley and have started the c25k program. My goal is to lose 25 lbs by 1/15/11 and run a 5k in January! <BR> <BR> I work full time and have a second freelance type job, doing graphic design type work for digital scrapbooking and paper crafting. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know some new people around here :) <BR> <BR> Wendy Thu, 28 Oct 2010 16:10:32 EST Squaw Peak Circumference Trail Sunday 10/31 at 8AM I will hike Squaw Peak's Circumference Trail Sunday 10/31 at 8 AM. If you are interested in joining, here are the details... <BR> <BR> Join me for this moderate hike that winds around the back side of the Phoenix Mountains. This hike is approximately 3.5 miles and is a great cardio and leg workout. We will hike at a moderate to fast pace. <BR> <BR> Directions to Trailhead: From Phoenix, take the Squaw Peak Freeway (SR 51) north to Lincoln Drive (Glendale Road). Turn right (east) and go to ... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:38:15 EST Heyyy Hey everybody! I just joined up here in Phoenix. I'm just looking to make some positive changes, by eating well and working out more. Only problem is I have trouble working out by myself and I just moved here and only know a few people. Back home in CT I had a walking buddy and we accomplished a lot together! I live close to downtown in the Coronado neighborhood, any Sparkers in the area that would want to go for evening walks around the park and neighborhood!?? Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:28:48 EST Healthy Me! What did you do to be healthy today? Hi everybody! This is a place to post healthy ideas for our team. Food discoveries, great places to take a walk, whatever tips you may have just to be healthy! <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Oct 2010 09:30:26 EST Central Phoenix here...workout buddies? Hi everyone. I'm new to SP (again). I joined about 3 years ago and never did anything with the site. This time is different. I have had a lot of changes since then. I'm now married, had my daughter Isabelle is June of 2008, and just had my daughter Madelynn in May of this year! Now it's time to actually get my butt into gear and start this right, and finish it. This is day 1 of following the diet, but day 2 of being ON SP. I did the exercises yesterday, but didn't have the food, so I went gro... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 13:58:23 EST Hiya! All the way up in Anthem! Technically I qualify for the Phoenix group, but some days it feels like I live in Flagstaff! <BR> <BR> I am new to this site. But not new to the struggle of losing weight and KEEPING IT OFF. I have lost about 3000 pounds over my lifetime. It's the keeping it off part that is making me a little crazy! <BR> <BR> I am a wife, mom, and full-time worker. Life is busy, but not busy enough that I have an excuse for disregarding my health, fitness, and happiness. I am (EEK!) almost 40 and it's ti... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:56:59 EST After Work Fitness HIke, Thurs. Oct. 21st, 5:30 PM I am hiking the Ridgeline at Beverly Canyon Trail on South Mountain on Thrusday, October 21st at 5:30 PM. This is a 3.5 mile intense fitness hike that will challenge you. If you are interested please e-mail me and I'll get you the details - <BR> <BR> - Janelle Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:09:52 EST Hi! Well, I've been on SP since Feb and I just discovered this team!!! I am on the "Official Arizona" team but hey I'm here now! <BR> <BR> I live in Maricopa but drive my kids into Ahwatukee for school. I carpool so some days I drive AM or PM it changes. However, now that it's nice I'm hiking as often as I can no matter what the schedule. <BR> <BR> I have two teens, 3 dogs, 3 cats, various other small pets, and a wonderfully supportive hubby! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know ... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 19:11:39 EST