SparkPeople Gilbert Sparks Team Messageboard Come have fun with us as we work together to create a healthier Gilbert! SparkPeople Gilbert Sparks Team Messageboard August Challenge Let's do something cool to keep us motivated to walk during the dog days of summer. Lace up your sneakers, grab your phone, and start walking. We're going on a scavenger hunt! <BR> <BR> In order for your pictures to count, you must take them during your daily walk.I hope this challenge inspires you to try some new routes. Here is what you are looking for: <BR> <BR> Something purple <BR> Something sharp <BR> Something that moves <BR> Something with hair <BR> Something fluffy <BR> <BR... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 22:23:29 EST July Challenge This month's challenge is to write down at least 3 things you are grateful for every day. You can do it here or in a journal. <BR> <BR> I'll start! Today I am grateful for air conditioning, the long weekend, and fresh veggies from my garden. Sat, 1 Jul 2017 13:23:21 EST Is premium membership worth the cost? I've been using Sparkpeople off and on for quite a few years. Getting back to it now and wondering if anyone can shout out their opinions of whether the $30 premium membership is worth it. No way to preview without adds and see whatever else it gets you. Let me know. Thanks! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:33:37 EST June Challenge June is the hottest month of the year. As it starts to heat up, hydration becomes more important. Our challenge this month is to increase our caffeine-free fluid intake to match the weather. <BR> <BR> According to the Arizona Department of Health, people that stay mostly indoors all day should drink at least 2 liters of water per day. That's 9 cups. People that spend time outdoors should drink 1 to 2 liters per hour that they are outdoors. <BR> <BR> So it's time to make a commitment. How ... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 20:13:02 EST May Walks / Runs Wicked Wine Run Scottsdale/ Phoenix <BR> Saturday, May 20, 2017 <BR> Westworld of Scottsdale • 16601 N. PIMA RD SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85260 <BR> 1k Walk and 5K run <BR> Start your race like any other, but that's where the ordinary stops. You'll celebrate your run unlike any event you've run before – WINE after your race or during! Stay, play and rock out with a live band, food trucks and MORE WINE from these award winning vineyards and wineries. <BR> <BR> NO WINE SNOBS ALLOWED. Wear your most wick... Sun, 14 May 2017 14:19:36 EST What's Your Favorite Gilbert Restaurant My favorite is Rio Rico at Val Vista and Guadalupe next to Steinmart. The food is made from scratch with love, and the owners are really nice. I've been eating at Rio Rico for years and love it. Sat, 13 May 2017 10:27:14 EST Lifetime Fitness Any ladies who attend the gym and would like a workout buddy with 50 lbs plus to loose, please message me. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:04:47 EST Hello am new here ! Hello everyone! I am new here and desperately want to lose my weight, I have 98 lbs to lose am not very active since I am in chronic pain constantly, I have decided to do some walking more with my 2 dogs ") , since my fall I have gained all this weight I would love to have a buddy to talk to and just give me some encouragement , since I havn't been able to exsercise I have become like an OCD with cleaning my house and have almost become a hermit in my home. Anyone willing to help me as well a... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:36:55 EST Daily Login Points - December 2013 Let's get some momentum for the new year! <BR> <BR> 5 <em>347</em> 3 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 02:12:51 EST Is anyone around? Helloooooo! Wed, 11 Dec 2013 02:58:17 EST The new "him" and me... Hi there Everyone! My husband and I are on a weight loss journey together! A complete life change for both of us because he recently underwent the lap band. Now, it's time for me to push his journey towards success and in the process lose ALL the excess weight I have gained from children & surgeries. I personally need motivation! Last year I lost 35 lbs. and was looking and feeling great and well on my way towards my goal. Then I had to have surgery, was down for 12 weeks and put ALL my weigh... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:52:38 EST Would love to.find a workout partner..... Man or woman.....would love a workout partner to join me at planet fitness....AZ Ave & 202. <em>334</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:58:14 EST Back on sparkpeople and on track... well started the right path again and staying on track...looking for support buddies in the area to encourage each other would be great. goal is 200lbs to loose am already down 25 on that goal.. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:19:49 EST Heading in the right direction I just read an article that mention and decided to join. I've already started losing, but didn't want to continue alone and this sounded like a solution. I'm pretty good at taking care of everyone else and now it's time to focus on taking care of myself. I have a wonderful life with my husband of 23 years, my 3 children, my friends, crafting and cooking. I look forward to gaining more strength and shedding this weight. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:11:35 EST Hi, I am new here!! Hello!! <BR> My name is Amber and I live in Gilbert!! <BR> I am very excited to start this journey with all of you!! I have college friend who used this program and lost over 100lbs. I am not sure what all this group does besides post on the board but I am excited to get to meet all of you!! <BR> <BR> amber Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:39:51 EST Hello from San Tan Valley Hi All, just joined SP today and really want to give it a serious effort. I'm probably at the lowest point in my life right more ways than one. Working on getting healthy would probably be a good start to finding the light at the end of the tunnel. <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:52:00 EST Stepping Down as Team Leader. Starting on Sunday 6/24/12, I will be giving up the position as Team Leader. If you are interested, send me an email and I'll recommend you for the position. <BR> I'll not be doing any posting for the next 60 days, giving anyone the ability to take over the Team Leadership position on the 61st day if not sooner should you desire that. <BR> <BR> Adam <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:58:04 EST Is new would like some advice! Hello my name is Rosa would like to meet diffrent people please let me know if you need to chat have a wonderful day I am off to my weight training class bye bye for now! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:33:40 EST New and looking for a buddy! Hi! My name is Brittany and I was born here in AZ but raised in Cali and moved between the two and had a stint in Tennessee. My family and I recently moved back to Gilbert in May of last year I want to get healthy!! <BR> <BR> I belong to Lifetime but feel intimidated and lonely when I go (which hasn't been often). I'm looking for a buddy (or buddies) that would be up for gym and outside activities. I currently work/commute Monday through Friday to phoenix (which means from 6:30 to 5:30) and ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 12:37:16 EST A few exercise sites A lot of information, ideas and videos, too many to list here. Go to the site and browse, it is worth your time. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is part of The Lifehacker Workout, a 3-4 day exercise program for normal people. <BR> Our full-body workout combines 20 minutes of cardio with strength exercises. (You can separate the cardio and the strength exercises if you like, doing the walking/jogging in the a.m., for example, and the exercises in the p... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:02:01 EST A few motivational videos Of late I've been looking for things that capture my interest or they motivate me to do better. <BR> I thought I share a few with some of you. I happen to like these the best. <BR> <BR> We all want to be successful but how bad do you want it ? What are you willing to do ? <BR> As a former coach, I really like this one. Pay attention to the narrator, that is where the message is, the video show you what a young man is willing to do to be successful. This can apply to just about anything. ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:07:32 EST Team Fitness Minutes 3/13/12 2) BLESSED626 790 <BR> 3) TENNISLADY4 740 <BR> 4) JLRUIZ719 650 <BR> 5) JNAMZLAS 605 <BR> 6) AZGAL50 520 <BR> 7) ROOTIHAUSMAN 471 <BR> 8) AMLADNER 425 <BR> 9) JOVI001 390 <BR> 10) CHUROVAL 352 <BR> 11) MELBBART 341 <BR> 12) KZD2008 340 <BR> 13) YAAYAA 302 <BR> 14) ENTROPYEXPANSE 180 <BR> 15) ERINAINE 152 <BR> 16) HART2TERP 120 <BR> 17) JENNYYBEARR 80 <BR> 18) REBECCADIVA 65 <BR> 19) BABEZ316 55 <BR> 20) DOXIE101 45 <BR> 21) MOOREBN... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:04:13 EST Team Spark Point Standings 3/13/12 2) CHUROVAL 820 <BR> 3) ROOTIHAUSMAN 765 <BR> 4) LORI_BRAYTON 690 <BR> 5) BLESSED626 689 <BR> 6) REDHEADMOM2U 518 <BR> 7) JNAMZLAS 469 <BR> 8) TENNISLADY4 363 <BR> 9) MELBBART 351 <BR> 10) JOVI001 308 <BR> 11) LSLYBRDLY35 258 <BR> 12) HART2TERP 254 <BR> 13) AZGAL50 247 <BR> 14) AMLADNER 242 <BR> 15) JLRUIZ719 218 <BR> 16) KZD2008 205 <BR> 17) JENNYYBEARR 187 <BR> 18) ERINAINE 155 <BR> 19) JUDYSESLER 109 <BR> 20) WPKYLE ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:59:40 EST HUDDLE, QUESTIONS AND MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES. Sometimes things become possible <BR> if we want them bad enough. <BR> - T.S. Eliot <BR> <BR> Courage is facing your fears. <BR> Stupidity is fearing nothing. <BR> - Todd Bellemare <BR> <BR> Victory is always possible for the <BR> person who refuses to <BR> stop fighting. <BR> - Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> Great works are performed <BR> not by strength, <BR> but perseverance. <BR> - Dr. Samuel Johnson <BR> <BR> People become successful the <BR> minute they decide to. <BR> - Harvey Mackay <BR>... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 23:48:28 EST New and in need of some buddies/ friends! Hello my name is Kristen. I just started spark people today but have been dieting/exercising for two and a half weeks now. I have lived here in Arizona for almost a year now. My boyfriend and I moved here from Indiana. I have not been able to make very many friends since I have moved here so I am looking for workout buddies as well as new friends! I have not been able to find a job since moving here so that has made meeting people a little more difficult. I am currently taking online classes ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:48:34 EST Need a buddy! Hi all! I am new to the group and my name is Jenifer. I am trying this online weightloss thing again the first two times it didnt work out. I am a single mom and going to school and working but I am in need of a walking buddy! I need to get off fthe couch and do something but with out someone to be accountable to aside from myself I rarely get off the couch. Thanks!! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:43:58 EST Need a buddy I need a friend to help me on this journey, I have several health challenges and need a friend. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:31:41 EST What's working for you? Is there anything that you are doing that is working for you? <BR> Feel free to share your ideas with team members. The topic is wide open, <BR> so if something you're doing and you're getting results feel free to share. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 08:35:06 EST New to Gilbert Hi! Is anyone near SE Gilbert? I would love to meet some new people. Im located between Queen Creek and Chandler Heights off of Higley! I have 10 year old twin boys. Recently lost 40 lbs, and want to lose more! Would love to hear from yall! Happy New Year!! <BR> <BR> Shari :)~ Wed, 4 Jan 2012 00:55:55 EST Your best excuse for not working out. What is the excuse that you use to avoid working out? <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 08:59:07 EST Post if you did 10 minutes of exercise today. If you did 10 minutes of exercise. post what it was that you did. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 08:53:34 EST December Fitness Minutes My Challenge Month <BR> <BR> 12/1--20 miles AM 20 miles PM--40 miles <BR> 12/2--20 miles AM 20 miles PM--40 miles <BR> 12/3--20 miles AM 20 miles PM--40 miles <BR> <BR> The AM miles are the most difficult for me this week <BR> because of the early morning cold. Ridding my stationary <BR> bike out in the back yard at 4:30 AM. May just have to go to the gym. <BR> I'm getting to be such a whimp. <BR> <BR> 12/4--20 miles AM 20 miles PM--40 miles <BR> 12/5--0 miles AM 20 m... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 08:21:03 EST Seeking Walking Buddy Would like to find one or more persons interested in walking during the week - my hours / days for walking are somewhat flexible - located in the Higley / Elliot area. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to your response(s)..... <BR> <BR> Dolly 8-) <BR> <em>311</em> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:07:51 EST November Fitness Activites Here is a place to keep track of your fitness activites and share with others. <BR> Try to develop a simple way of reporting your results. Date, time and distance works well for most activiters. Find something interesting, contact that person and share with each other. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:49:52 EST Favorite places to Walk/ Trails Sometimes we get into a rut and need a change. Do you have a favorite place to walk or run? <BR> Is there some place that you find restful and melts away the stress? <BR> Please post a place, trail or route that you find enjoyable to do your walking or running. <BR> <BR> Many people are new to the area and could use a tip or two as to a new place for <BR> working out. I will try to post some of the trails or walking routes that I see others using, as time goes on. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:39:20 EST Walking Partners Recently, a couple of Team Members suggested that now may be the time to form a group that likes to walk together. The mornings are cool and now is a good time to start to develop a good habit. <BR> <BR> If you you are interested in walking, put up a post as to the day, time and place where the walk is to take place. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to meet new people and get some good exercise. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:28:03 EST Resources on Shin Slints Try using ice to help with the pain after you have worked out. <BR> Avoid if possible walking/running on cement or very hard surfaces. <BR> Try to do your walking on grass or soft surfaces. <BR> <BR> Tips and Hints to Deal with Shin SplintsA combination of these three approaches will usually help most people recover from shin splints and experience less pain! <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=611 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Shin Splints - What Is It?... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 13:56:44 EST Hi - I'm a Newbie Hi, there - I'm new here - both 2 Spark People & 2 this Team. <BR> <BR> Approaching my 54th BDay - feeling it just a bit & def over-weight so decided 2 do something about it. Been visiting gym but that isn't the whole is key! <BR> <BR> Logging food consumption yesterday hi-lited my skewed nutrition so used 1 of the Spark Recipies 4 dinner 2 balance things out a bit....easy 2 prepare, corrected some of the damage done thru the day and my husband actually enjoyed it!! <BR> ... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 11:42:29 EST OCTOBER: Did you exercise today? Plain and simple did you exercise today and what did you do? <BR> <BR> <BR> I WALKED, BIKED AND DID SOME WEIGHTS. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 11:26:46 EST Do you know of any groups that work out together ? Does anyone know of any groups that meet to work out on a regular basis? The groups would fall into Running, Walking, and Biking. I would like to put together a list for our team members. Having someone to workout with during the week is good for both people involved. <BR> <BR> Is there any interest to start a group and meet at a common area to work out? From time to time I have had people ask me about such groups but sad to say I do not know of any. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any other id... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:46:35 EST Gilbert outdoor runners I was just wondering if there were any running groups that meet early morning in Gilbert? Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:12:49 EST Chat, rant, vent, rave or just say it out loud. Here is a chance for our members to get their 2 cents in on any topic. I know I should not have to say this but in case some of us forget. Everyone reads this and let us use good taste. <BR> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:14:11 EST Calories to lose weight - eye opener Adam, <BR> I liked the article in the newsletter this month - <link> /healthy-weight/healthy-weight-full-st ory/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> Hmm average caloires by someone who successfully lost weight was 1400 a day and they also burned an average of 400 in workouts, which means they ate about 1000 calories plus their exercise calories. Much lower than what Sparkspeople says to eat and lower than many other program suggestions also. <BR> I admit ... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 15:07:23 EST What Emoticon Are You Today? What Emoticon Are You Today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:24:42 EST What can we do to help New Members? What can Gilbert Sparks do to help new team members? <BR> Do new team members have any suggestions? I'm interested in any suggestions anyone has on how we get our new members more involved. <BR> <BR> <BR> Team Leader, <BR> Adam Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:49:00 EST September Fitness Minutes Login your fitness minutes to track of your goal and share with others. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:26:15 EST Where are our new members ? I have been adding new members on a weekly basis, yet I find few if any post or get involved. <BR> It would be great if new members signed in so we can get to know them. Does anyone have a suggestion on how we can get more participation? <BR> <BR> Team Leader, <BR> Adam Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:08:32 EST Motivation Check. Some times it is hard to keep our motivation up. Use this to do a temperature on your motivation. On a scale from 1 to 10 ( 10 being the highest) where do you rank your motivation. Remember motivation will go up and down. When you not a significant change <BR> track it and see if you can identify what is causing the change. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:04:03 EST Favorite excuse for not working out? What seems to be your favorite excuse for not working out? <BR> <BR> Since I tend to do the major portion of my workout late at night, I say to myself <BR> "Too late to work out". But I go most times anyway. <BR> <BR> What is your excuse? Fri, 5 Aug 2011 09:38:29 EST August: Login your Fitness Activities This is the place where you can login your fitness activities and share with your team mates. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 11:13:12 EST What did you eat for Breakfast ? I have oat meal, bran, 2 tsp of nuts and 3 tablespoon of Greek Yogurt. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:33:38 EST 24 hr fitness....busy bee... Hi all my name is Jaci and I am in my late 20's finding the weight creeping on. I have a busy life between going to school full-time, working full-time and I am recently married and hope to be starting a family soon. I have a gym membership to 24 hour fitness but find I go infrequently. I'm looking for someone to hold me accountable and aiding me into putting my needs first which at times I struggle with. Let me know if anyone is interested in partnering up in or out of the gym. I love to pla... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 17:48:40 EST July Login of Fitness Minutes This is the place to record for Fitness Minutes each day. Mon, 4 Jul 2011 10:34:59 EST Kettlebell workouts, looking for 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 ... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:34:33 EST What have you done for exercise --Today! Walk, bike and Cal. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:45:51 EST New Point System How do you like the new point system? Sat, 18 Jun 2011 10:20:33 EST 21 Day Team Challenge- --Exercise 10 Minutes a Day This is a Team Challenge for 21 Days. <BR> Just get in 10 minutes of exercise a day. <BR> Check in here to let the team appreciate your efforts. <BR> <BR> Team Leader <BR> Adam Fri, 17 Jun 2011 10:03:38 EST What type of Challenges would you like to see? Well Team what type of Challenges would you like to see take place? <BR> Does any one have suggestions? <BR> How long should they last? <BR> What would you enjoy doing? <BR> <BR> Team Leader <BR> Adam Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:13:41 EST Do you have a favorite workout shoe? Shoes are one of the most important things for a good exercise program. Do you read reports on running shoes or walking shoes? Or do you just fo by how they feel? How do choose? <BR> For many years, I read the shoe reports and made my choice that way. But now that I'm older and no longer use running for cardio, I go by how they feel. <BR> Just a side note: Your feet continue to grow as we age. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:39:34 EST What state were you born in? I was born in New York City, New York,,,,better known as Manhatten. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:27:22 EST Please introduce your self! Since May we have added about 20 new members. It would great to meet you and assist in any way we can. Please take the time to say hello. <BR> There is a great deal of research that shows by being an active member of a group, it goes a long <BR> way in helping you meet your goals. Everyone needs a little help, this team can help but only if we can meet you. <BR> <BR> Team Leader <BR> Adam Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:24:11 EST Time to revisit your goals? We are half way through June. Are your goals for the last half of this year changing? <BR> In taking stock of goals that you started in January, have things changed and you need <BR> to reset your goals. How are you doing? Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:16:52 EST Running Pregnant Running Pregnant BLOG, I am posting my running schedule to perhaps motivate other pregnant runners out there- I have come across some blogs of women who have run right up to the ... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The Pregnant Runner, Ihave been coaching runners for 5 years. For quite a while I have wanted to develop a site that is specifically aimed at pregnant runners. ... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Running Mama's Journey ... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 12:25:31 EST Resources for Women Runners Listed below are a variety of sites and blogs for Women Runners. <BR> <BR> Best Running Shoes For Women 2011 <BR> <link><BR>or-women-2011 </link> <BR> <BR> Traxee is a site similar to SP but it is a place to record all things involved in running. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Plans for those at the beginner level wanting to run a marathon. <BR> <link><BR>-tunes/beginner-marathon-training-plan/ ... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 02:55:53 EST How does your job contribute to weight gain? I spend all of my time in front of a computer.Every hour I get up and move around. Find an empty room and do some push ups. Mon, 6 Jun 2011 21:44:41 EST Best Places to Walk? Where are the best places to walk? Do you have a favorite place that you like to do your walking? <BR> What makes it so appealing to you? Thu, 2 Jun 2011 09:38:17 EST June: Login your Activity Minutes/ Distance Login your fitness activities using time or distance. Any easy way to share with others your progress. Mon, 30 May 2011 10:47:15 EST Resources for New Members PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS POST. <BR> <BR> Listed below are some Helpful sites to make your journey a little easier. <BR> <BR> Getting Started Guide <BR> <link><BR>ted.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Ten Things you can do with SparkPeople. <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1521 </link> <BR> <BR> SparkTeam "How To" Guide Tips for Using Your SparkTeam Page <BR> <link><BR>ion_articl... Sun, 29 May 2011 13:32:47 EST Hello all! I'm 20 and here for the long haul. :] Heyy there everyone! :] My name is Jennifer and I am new to this site. Just wanted to see if there was anyone else out there with any suggestions on where to start? <BR> <BR> I weight 345 pounds and am 5'11". I have had no problem eating healthy food and actually I enjoy it more. But even when I do eat very healthy, I don't seem to lose that much weight and then just gain it back because I get discouraged. I have never been one to even eat fast food or junk food. Which is why I don't know wh... Sat, 28 May 2011 22:29:00 EST Needed some advice here HCG Hello my name is rosa an I need any advice on the HCG deit?? If you have any please stop by my page and let me know thank you so much an have a great day!! So far I have lost 16lbs =0) Wed, 25 May 2011 09:51:10 EST What do you do to keep going? Life.........the job, the kids, the bills, health issues, relationship can, in a moment, bring you back to the temptation to eat the old container of ice cream in the fridge, or be held hostage by the stale cookie in the cookie jar. How do you get past the stress of all these things and create new, healthy patterns for yourself ? <BR> The past year for me has been very challenging. After I became sick and had to have emergency gallbladder surgery, we had a death in the famil... Tue, 24 May 2011 01:02:32 EST Do you have a favorite Cooking site? I have a ton of cooking sites that I like but my favorite is <link> </link> <BR> Since, I started to eat more Indian veggie dishes, this site is perfect for a newbie like myself. <BR> They have tons of videos and they make the recipes easy to follow. The 2 young ladies are a joy to listen to and their style is casual. I have not made one recipe from this site that I thought was bad. If you don't have a spice or veggie needed for the dish, their advice is leave it out...t... Mon, 23 May 2011 16:06:53 EST What to Include in an Activity Journal What to include in a journal. Remember do the best you can - it is the best way to see the recorded changes after awhile. <BR> <BR> <BR> Time and/or distance spent walking/ running /biking <BR> -if inside, treadmill speed and incline <BR> -if outside temperature and weather condition <BR> <BR> Energy Level <BR> -How you felt before, during and after your workout <BR> -How you felt the day after your workout <BR> Most serious weight lifters and body builders --all keep detailed record... Sun, 22 May 2011 17:53:54 EST Challenges of exercise As you get into a rut of doing the same exercise routines, using the same videos, going to the same gym every do you keep things interesting, and keep "the spark" going? <BR> What are some tricks you have all used to change things up, keep motivated, and even get past the plateaus!! Sun, 22 May 2011 17:37:58 EST Frozen yummies If you are like me and dont have the $ to purchase all those so call low-cal desserts, etc...try this easy peasy snack. Freeze strawberries, grapes, blueberries, etc and have those instead. You will save $ and calories too! No extra sugar, perservatives, etc and these are also good for the whole family :) Sun, 22 May 2011 17:23:21 EST Resources for Walkers PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE <BR> <BR> Hey Fellow Walkers, <BR> <BR> Below is a list of SparkPeople Resources for Walkers. <BR> I thought I would give you some resources you may want to read before we start. <BR> <BR> I will also encourage all of you to get fitted with walking shoes prior to beginning your walking . Wearing the proper shoe is very important, not only for runners, but walkers, too. And don't forget about socks, as well! <BR> <BR> HAPPY SPARK WALKING! <BR> <BR... Sun, 22 May 2011 17:02:14 EST May: Login your Activity Minutes/ Distance My May Goal: 630 miles or better. Rides are 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> 5/1--20.1 miles <BR> 5/2--20.7 miles <BR> ( Ran out of gas the last 20 minutes ) <BR> <BR> 5/3--20.3 miles <BR> ( HRT 125 --157, Last 10 minutes, giving the most problem) <BR> <BR> 5/4--19.7miles <BR> No push at the end. <BR> <BR> 5/5--20.3 <BR> 5/6--20.1 <BR> 5/7--20.3 <BR> 5/8--18 <BR> 5/9--20.1 <BR> 5/10--20.6 <BR> 5/11--20.2 <BR> 5/12--20.4 <BR> 5/13--20 <BR> 5/14--20 <BR> 5/15--20 <BR> 5/16--20.6 <BR> Just seem s... Sun, 22 May 2011 10:23:45 EST Do we need new Team goals? Do you think we need new Team goals? <BR> What would you suggest for Team goals? Sun, 22 May 2011 10:12:11 EST Greeetings I was told about SP from a dietitian that I work with to oversee my diet. I was really pleased to find all of the activities, charts and articles that you can take advantage and use. I have been hitting plateaus that just drive me nuts. So it is nice to see many others having the same problem. For the month of April I rode the stationary bike 602.1 miles for the month. I was on track for the month of May but my knee has caused me to not ride for a few days. I am resting it and using ice packs... Sat, 21 May 2011 18:23:27 EST Reminder If you have not signed up for the Team Goals, please take time to do so. <BR> They are helpful daily reminders that motivate you to stay with your plan. <BR> I have listed them here, these are goals that we should be doing. <BR> <BR> Drink 8 cups of water per day <BR> Do something nice for yourself every day! 1 thing just for you, 1 time per day <BR> Earn 350 Sparkpoints per month <BR> Do 800 minutes of Fitness Activities per month <BR> <BR> The goals are located at the bottom of the Team F... Sat, 21 May 2011 11:26:13 EST When and Where of Training How many days a week do you do cardio? <BR> <BR> Where do you like to Train? <BR> <BR> Best time for you to Train? <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 May 2011 22:26:24 EST Newbie Gilbert AZ Girl Hi! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Im in my 30's, looking for all the support and suggestions I can get. Hoping this will be a great start. My overall goal is to do a full triathlon next year. I work out a lot but never can seem to drop the pouinds. Hope to give a little support back in the process. I go to LA Firtness, road cycle, canal, parks.... Sun, 1 May 2011 20:11:28 EST Hi! Hi Everyone in Gilbert! <BR> I just turned 40 and I am looking to change and become healthier! Thu, 24 Feb 2011 19:37:35 EST Hi I am brand new to Spark People and joined Gilbert Sparks today! I just wanted to say hello. I wondered if any of you have found this site inspirational or helpful? If so how is this site able to help in the journey to getting healthy and losing weight? Like I said I am new so I have no idea how Spark People really works yet.. Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:06:37 EST Before it's too late I am a person of faith and am convicted I need to get this weight off my 5 foot frame or major health problems will start. So far I have been lucky but I know I am gambling with my health. I am double the size I was in high school. I have been gaining steadily for the past 15 years. I went back to work at a desk job in my 40s, went through menopause and continued to baloon up. I've done every diet there is and had a trainer who got me down about 25 pounds. All of which I have gained back. I ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:45:29 EST what do you do to stay motivated? I hate the way I look and feel and really want to lose some weight and get in better shape. But I have a really hard time staying motived. I am constantly thinking about losing weight and what I SHOULD or CAN do about it, but then I just am not motivated to actually do it. And if I do start working on it and don't see big results fast then I give up. <BR> <BR> What do you do to stay motivated? I've been trying to think of some sort of reward I could give myself or do for myself on the we... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:07:44 EST hello from Queen Creek Hi! My name is Heather and I've just recently come back to sparkpeople. I had a baby 15 months ago and after having him I actually weighed 5 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight. But over the last 15 months I have put on about 20 pounds and I really want to look and feel better! So I'm trying to be motivated to work at losing this weight, but it is really hard for me to stay on track. <BR> <BR> I actually live in Queen Creek, but right on the border of Gilbert (as in the development ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:04:29 EST Feeling good about focusing on me! I have always known that I DO have the control to eat healthier and to exercise regularly. Most of the time I keep thing under control without really thinking about it. But when things seem to overwhelm me or I don't handle life's challenges that come at me, then I totally loose it! Getting back on track is like trying to walk up an escalator going down! I love the website, I was impressed by the book and so far I have taken some small steps toward gaining control! Yeah! Thu, 14 Oct 2010 00:35:27 EST Marathon training groups in Gilbert? I am looking for a running group that has just started training for the PF Changs half/full marathon. I found a couple, but they all charge about $200. Does anyone know of any that are little to no cost? <BR> <BR> Any feedback would be much appreciated! <BR> <BR> SG Wed, 1 Sep 2010 17:05:50 EST Lifetime Fitness Members or Riparian Preserve Fans Hello All! I am brand new to SparkPeople and am figuring out the best way to use this site. <BR> <BR> I pay gym membership to Lifetime Fitness but go infrequently in Gilbert and would love to have a workout buddy- 5:30 AM- early mornings before work if anyone is interested. I also like to walk my dogs at the Riparian Preserve. Anyone else needing some accountability? <BR> <BR> I am a 37 year old married professional female who has lost a lot of weight but needs to continue with the last 50... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:29:16 EST Hello Hello all! <BR> <BR> I hope to find encouragement and to be an encouragement to others. <BR> <BR> *hugs* <BR> <BR> Lisa Sat, 10 Jul 2010 17:32:02 EST Lo-cal treats? I would like to know if anyone has any frozen/fridge treat ideas that they like....maybe some of these can even be given to the kids as healthy treats. Do you freeze yogurt? Or maybe make a special smoothie? Now that summer is here, what kinds of fun, low calorie, delicious treats do you make? <BR> We freeze grapes in our house. Doesn't sound fancy I know, but they really are good, are chewy, and cold :) Sun, 20 Jun 2010 18:26:03 EST What are your favorite exercise videos? I have 3 exercise videos that I have been using to change up my routine. I like Leslie's "Walk a mile in 14 minutes" which has 5 miles, and different muscle groups are used. I also have a pilates and beginning yoga video by her as well. Some days, especially if I'm not feeling up to the gym, its nice to have a back-up, and beats the heat! <BR> What videos do you all use? Sun, 20 Jun 2010 18:19:24 EST hello there well i am new to sparkpeople and hopefully i find some good friends and motivation off this site - i have found it hard a times to go walking, i used to do the free work out videos on cox on demand but after awhile it gets boring without a work out partner so i tend too stop doing so. i work past time as a landscaper so i am outside getting some exercise but still have a hard time losing weight. <BR> <BR> i will make a fruit/veggie smoothie almost ever day and been trying too cut back on dr... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 04:49:18 EST Accountability partner or workout buddy anyone :) Would anyone be interested in pairing up to work out together or need an accountability partner? I'm in my mid 20s and energetic but I seem to be losing my drive. I'm in the santan gilbert area and go to 24hr fitness. If anyone is interested please message me! Mon, 14 Jun 2010 02:02:14 EST Accountability partner or workout buddy anyone :) Would anyone be interested in pairing up to work out together or need an accountability partner? I'm in my mid 20s and energetic but I seem to be losing my drive. I'm in the tempe area and go to 24hr fitness. If anyone is interested please message me! Mon, 14 Jun 2010 01:43:19 EST Getting it right this time. I am at a point in my life where there is no choice but to start taking care of myself. I am now 60 and have so much to lose that I feel overwhelmed at times. I am concerned that at my age and great amount to lose, my skin tone will be bad also. The very good news is that I started on Sparkpeople 7 weeks ago (with the newsletters and using some of the recipes) and have lost 31 lbs. This all came from help from my daughter who is a great support. I am excited and scared at the same time. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:57:25 EST Here I go.... I'm tired of the yo-yo's. I have no excuse to not get healthy. School is out and my new career has started...and along with this new chapter in my life, so too is my desire to get moving and get healthy! HERE'S TO ME! (Yes, it is OK to be selfish sometimes!) <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 May 2010 17:14:00 EST Does the summer weather help/ hinder your routine? Summer is almost here... <BR> Families start letting their kids play later at night when its cool, we stop using our ovens, and do more things indoors... <BR> So do you find that summer helps or hinders your weightloss routines? <BR> When its 115 outside, I find it harder to have energy to exercise, or when I'm driving and I run out of water, I may go throught he drive thru and get a tea or soda. <BR> I prefer to make pasta salads and convenient meals to keep my electric bills down. <BR> So d... Wed, 19 May 2010 13:06:03 EST Shake Weight I bought a new shake weight and love it! I sta mezmorized in front of the infomercial, got to admit it, so I ran out and bought it from walmart. <BR> If you have upper arm, back of arms, bust issues, this really tones, with minimal effort. <BR> And it stores easily, as it is thin and compact! <BR> <BR> Andrea Wed, 19 May 2010 00:18:33 EST Hi! I'm not new to SparkPeople but I've been gone for a while. I just had my second child and I want to lose 20lbs of baby weight and about 40lbs on top of that! I live in Gilbert and am excited to be a part of the group! <BR> <BR> Dee Mon, 17 May 2010 05:16:57 EST Chubby Chicks Choosing Fitness Fun Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople and came here to start really getting serious about my diet and weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> Around November '09 I started a MeetUp group for other "chubby" women to begin doing some fun fitness activities together. Since I don't see many people here gathering together to walk or anything, I thought I'd let you know about it & encourage some of you ladies to come out with us! <BR> <BR> The group is called Chubby Chicks Choosing Fitness Fun, an... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:39:51 EST Ran The Tillman Run... running partners?? Hello to all Gilbert Sparkpeople. I have been on Sparkpeople for over a year now and have enjoyed the site. The founder really put together a good thing with his vision and team. I am a Father of three and married for almost 6 years. I live in Gilbert at Germaine/Higly. I ran the Pat Tillman Run and it was so much fun, I have a desire to run more races and run the Tillman next year and improve my time while improving my overall wellness. Are there any others out there that might want to start... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 08:03:40 EST Mommy and Me groups Hi, I am Linda and I am looking for a Mommy and Me play group. My grand daughter is 2yrs old and I would like her to interact and play with kids around her age. If anyone knows of a group or wants to maybe start one, please contact me. Thanks Wed, 7 Apr 2010 22:55:34 EST Green Bee Produce Co-op I saw someone posted about Bountiful Baskets. I have heard about them but have never purchased their produce. In November, my kids' school started selling Green Bee Produce boxes as a fund raiser. Green Bee Produce puts together two different sized boxes with at least six fruits and six vegetables. Every week you get apples, lettuce, and other produce items in season. Everything is really good and they will replace anything you are not happy with. The pricing is fabulous. My very first box I ... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 02:36:00 EST New Team Leaders? I have not been active on this site for a while now and that isn't fair to all of you, so I am stepping down as a team leader. Would a few, 2-3 or even 4 of you Gilbert Sparks members like to be a team leader? Please email me and let me know so I can add you as a leader. <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:43:54 EST I'm New but 2wks in!! I'm hoping to hear from someone in this Spark Team...doesn't seem to be much activity. Come on Gilbert where is everyone. I need help to stay motivated and thought for sure I'd find it here. I am so excited to have found this. Actually I've been recieving emails for about 1yr but just blew it off and deleted them. Finally signed up and I'm loving it. This is the best that I have ever found with this much detail to help loose weight and best part it's FREE. LOVE THAT FOUR LETTER WORD. ... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 11:25:26 EST hey Everyone!! Hey Gilbert... Im new on here.. Just looking for workout/walking buddy. I stay in San Tan village area .. So if anyone want to walk with me. check out my page and let me know.. Thanks Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:59:19 EST "A" Mountain Hi everyone! I wanted to find out if anyone out there has hiked A Mountain in Tempe and if you have did you think it was hard? Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:37:54 EST momonamission I am one of those 40 somethings trying to get off about 20-25 pounds. I look forward to talking to others who are also working for that goal and for just making themselves healthier. I am looking for that support to help me keep believing in myself. I hope to be able to help others as well as be supported Thu, 24 Dec 2009 23:53:08 EST Empty nester taking care of myself (finally)! Hello all, <BR> I'm new to an online health program but not new to health/weight issues at all! I've always been a "big girl" but have always felt healthy and comfortable with my body, but when I hit 43 (I know, don't ask why that number, right?) things began to go south, both literally and figuratively. : ) <BR> Now my kids are grown and out on their own and it's time for ME to do things for myself!! I'm excited and anxious and nervous and happy and all those crazy emotions that go along wi... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 11:54:49 EST Biking in Gilbert Hi Everyone in Gilbert! I'm going to dust off the bike for cardio and want some tips from anyone who also bikes in Gilbert. I'm very afraid of traffic. Seen too many riders go down by stupid AZ drivers. How do you stay safe and where is your favorite bike area? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 26 Oct 2009 16:37:34 EST Each journey starts with a single step... I'm finally stepping! I'm a single mom of four kids who are now grown and on their own, so it's time for me to focus on me for a change. I have always been a big girl and until recently, been comfortable with my body. Now I am feeling the beginning of the aging process and am not really liking it! So it's time to drop the weight and get healthier. <BR> <BR> I have joined Sparkpeople twice and never done a thing with it other than use some recipes and some exercises, but i'm committing to sta... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 09:47:19 EST Help!!! I need to find a good dentist!!! I really need to find a good dentist. I'm looking for someone I can trust with a good office staff. I'm telling you that is really hard to find lately! If anyone one knows of someone please let me know! Thanks!!! Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:32:48 EST More Co Leaders Needed!! Hello Fellow Gilberites! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, I know I did. Just finally getting a routine down for the beginning of the school year! <BR> <BR> I am wondering if several of you are interested in joining SueFromAZ to be co-leaders for Gilbert Sparks? I haven't even come close to living up to my expectations as a leader because my focus has elsewhere (kids, church, photography, gym). And I feel there are people on this site who have shown their dedication and motivation to co... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 20:59:43 EST 32 yr old male... new to spark can't seem to motivate to work out, tired all of the time... weighed 217 when i started, looking to get down to 190-195 and stay there, first goal is 200 by 10/29/09...wish me luck! Tue, 18 Aug 2009 18:13:23 EST Back in the saddle again Hi Gilbert Sparkers! I've been away for a while. First I fell off the band wagon in a big bad way - my business travel got the best of me. Too many restaurant meals and airport snacks, not enough exercise. And, I was embarrassed to come online and tell all of you about my failings, so I went silent. About two months ago I slapped myself hard and got back with the program. I'm slowly erasing those re-gained pounds now. So, it's time to re-set the weight ticker, 'fess up to my SP friends... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 17:20:41 EST New to Sparks! I'm excited to get moving with SparkPeople! I have quite a ways to go. I'm also looking for a work out buddy, if your interested, send me a message. This site is very cool. Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:15:16 EST Day 1 My name is Kathleen, I am a wife and mother of two beautiful girls. I have decided it is time to focus a little more on myself (not just on my kids) and begin a healthy lifestyle and lose my extra weight. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 18:16:05 EST Fitness Factory Anyone join the new gym Fitness Factory? It's at Williams Field and Val Vista, where Coyotes used to be. I've been going to Lifetime, but that $15 per month is hard to pass on, so I decided to switch. Everything is brand new, and as long as they stay in business, it seems like it's going to be a good club - especially given the fact that it's less than a third the cost of Lifetime. Mon, 22 Jun 2009 22:42:16 EST It's all tucked in really good. Hello neighbors! I just joined this great site in hopes that it will help me to get back into shape and overall healthy. I just had my two boys. Well okay, my oldest is 12 and my youngest is soon to be 8. So I figured it was time to get my body back! In order to get to my ideal weight, I have set my goal to lose 25 - 30 pounds. I'm in this for good. I can't take another day of looking at myself in the mirror, not finding clothes that fits and just feeling sluggish every single day! Thi... Wed, 20 May 2009 18:00:48 EST Hola! I'm a newbie, just getting started. I am really excited to join the Gilbert Sparks! If anyone has any pointers to getting started that would be great. I'm here at work, and have been on this site non-stop for the past 5 hours. It's addicting. <em>40</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2009 20:18:42 EST Another Gilbert Mom here Hello people, glad to be invited to a local group upon joining. I have been a member of this site before but did not stick with it long. I'm hoping to change that. I live in Gilbert AZ, obviously along with others here, and I have over 100 lbs to lose. I am 34 and the mother of a 10 yr old boy. I would love to find a walking partner or at the very least just some online friends to help keep each other trucking along. I really want to lose the weight as my 35th birthday is approaching an... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 13:07:10 EST What SP feature motivate you the most? I was thinking about this yesterday because I got my new "trophy". What SparkPeople features motivate you? I love earning points. I also love giving them away! Sending Goodies to people is fun. Mon, 9 Mar 2009 10:39:49 EST Plateaus? Let's talk about the dreaded Plateau. The first three months, I was losing weight at a slow but steady pace. Now I seem to be getting "stuck". I was stuck around 191 for a few weeks - up a half pound, down a half pound. Then I finally broke through. Now I'm stuck around 188. Aaaarrgghh!! I'll never make my May goal weight this way. Anyone have any ideas? Similar experiences? I'm open to suggestions. Mon, 2 Mar 2009 10:02:55 EST March Madness Abs Challenge! I know, I know - we all hate crunches. But a strong core is key to great fitness. So I'm challenging everyone to make some improvement in your abdominal strength this March. Figure out what your baseline is - can you do 2 crunches? 20? 200? Once you figure out what your starting point is, then the goal is to improve as the month goes on. If you can do 2 now, make it a goal to add one or two per week. If you can do 10, by the end of the month it will be 20. <BR> <BR> Crunches are fast... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 09:28:21 EST Walking Partner(s) Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Keri and I live in Gilbert off of Gilbert and Baseline and I wanted to see if there is anyone out there that would be interested in meeting and walking together. We can walk at Freestone park maybe? I would be able to walk in the morning if it was early (need to be home by 6 to get ready for work) or after 6 pm. I would love to set up a schedule of when and where so that we can get a routine going. Please let me know if you are interested. <em>68</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2009 12:59:51 EST Do You Have a Challenge Idea? If you have a challenge you want to see implemented, reply to this post or send a sparkmail to SuefromAZ or myself. <BR> <BR> We want to see this team grow and flourish with inspiring/motivating people. But we need YOU to do that. Are you ready to make that commitment? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Wed, 25 Feb 2009 19:10:59 EST The I'm New Post Greetings, Salutations and Hello Gilbert Spark team members. Oops forgot Howdy! <BR> <BR> Jen Lady of Chaos <BR> Live Awesome, Be Awesome! <em>41</em> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 15:25:54 EST Hello - New to the group Hello - I am new to the group. Looking for support to lose about 25 lbs. I am a 45 yrs old man, 227, 6'1 and want to have less of me by the end of June....25lbs less of me to be exact. Hope everyone is having sucess and look forward to checking in once in a while. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:19:38 EST new to the group Hey everyone my name is Brittany and Im a newbee to this group and site. I joined to find some motivation and support to lose weight and feel good. I danced and did color guard for years but after i stopped, the weight came. want to get back to my old self. Fri, 6 Feb 2009 10:10:51 EST Hello! I am new! Hi! My name is Valerie and I live in gilbert at the Islands. I have never done anything like this before. I look forward to being your team mate and am always there if you need me for anything!! Go Team Gilbert Sparks! Thu, 5 Feb 2009 12:28:12 EST New to Gilbert Sparks! Hi there, my name is Bethany. I joined SP a few months back and got completely off track once I got sick. That's when every excuse in the book rolled out. So I'm making a new start and I'm hoping to find someone who lives nearby that I can workout with. I work M-F until 6pm so I'd be looking for others who would be up for doing something on the weekends, I reside around Val Vista/Lindsay. Gilbert is just around the corner. I really hope that I can stay on track this time. Thanks, and e... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 12:45:41 EST I'm NEW! Hi! My name is Gretchen and I'm new. I've been a slow starter and learning through this website this past week. Thank you to SUEFROMAZ and AZSQUATTERS for the warm welcome! Maybe we could start a weekly physical outing!! I could start with the first week outing act. <BR> <BR> Thanks again, <BR> Gretchen Sat, 31 Jan 2009 19:38:14 EST Anyone up for Hiking! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I would love to go hiking. Would anyone like to join me next Saturday or Sunday? Maybe South Mountain, or the Superstitions? Sat, 31 Jan 2009 11:02:05 EST Ideas for Feb team challenge? I've been trying to do sit ups and push ups every day. Would one of those be a good Feb challenge? Throw some other ideas out here! Fri, 30 Jan 2009 18:28:50 EST Word Change Game TamaranDave, I'm moving this to its own thread so people can find it easily. <BR> <BR> What you have to do is think of a word that flows with the word posted before using either the first or last letter or change the first or last letter. <BR> for example: dog, fog, girl, letter, better, really, yellow, mellow, etc. Lets see how this works..... <BR> <BR> <BR> the first word is......Gilbert <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2009 13:45:45 EST Pure Fitness, last day for $10 sign up Today is the LAST day to sig up for the $10/month membership at Pure Fitness. This is the very best deal I've seen anyplace! Thu, 29 Jan 2009 12:37:21 EST AZ Cardinals in the Super Bowl! So, what do you think of the Cardinals? I don't consider myself a huge fan - I only moved here in 2002. But I do watch the game every weekend, and I'm still shocked that the Cards made it to the Super Bowl. Way to go! Win the games that really matter! <BR> <BR> What are you doing for the big game this weekend? Usually we have some people over and I just watch the commercials, but this year I'm going to have to watch the game too! Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:25:08 EST I joined!! I have needed something to motivate me, and this looks like a good place! I just moved to Gilbert from Ohio, and some days are a struggle. I've started walking at Freestone Park (because its close?) but would love to get out further and walk in other parks as well. I don't have a lot of free time.. usual story: work full time, taking college courses, one at a time. So, I fit it in when I can. Luckily, the weather is more cooperative here, than it tended to be in Ohio. :) Thu, 22 Jan 2009 21:46:38 EST New My name is Rebecca and I'm new here. I'm very excited to start exercising at a normal level after giving birth 1 month ago. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 10:22:56 EST Off to see the Wizard..... Just in case you all miss me for a few days...*smile* I am heading to San Diego with my WHOLE family of in laws. My MIL is turning the glorious 7-0 and she wanted to spend it in CA. So we go. Stay on track everyone, count your calories, log your minutes, and DRINK THAT WATER! I don't get how we have exceeded the fitness minutes, but not even close with the water.....hmmmm? <BR> <BR> I do expect ANY Arizona photo when I get back to put up as our new team icon. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:14:23 EST Restaurant Recommendations Please post restaurants you like in Gilbert AND WHY you like them! Sun, 11 Jan 2009 14:46:24 EST And another newbie! Hi everyone!, <BR> My name is Anne and I have been a member of SP for years but have yet to lose the weight I wanted to AND have even gained some ;(. In fact, I just had to re-do my spark page to add some pounds and change my focus. Thanks to those who have said hello already and I hope with support that I am ready to kick myself in butt and get back to the old's way overdue. Sun, 11 Jan 2009 13:27:47 EST Calorie Question I drink a protein shake every morning for breakfast. This is actually an additional food because I never used to eat breakfast. I have seen great benefits from it and actually come to look forward to the shake. <BR> <BR> - I can make it with water (240 calories and yuck) <BR> - I can make it with light fruit juice (300 calories and tolerable) <BR> - I can make it with 1C frozen fruit (350 calories and tolerable - i hate the seeds in all the frozen fruit & the frozen peaches has no flavo... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 10:57:27 EST AZ Photos Needed from YOU!! Team Icon Change Hi Everyone! I think this team needs a new Team Icon, don't ya think? <BR> <BR> Well, that got me thinking, I know there are many of us out there who have been around this great state (I haven't left Gilbert yet since we moved here, but have some lens on the way so that will change) and I want your favorite photos and your permission to use them. I can give you my email address or if you can send it via SparkMail, that works too!! <BR> <BR> We need to showcase what this state has to offer ... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 10:46:33 EST New Team Goal! I added a new goal for our team - check it out! I got the idea from another team that I'm on. We're all so busy counting calories and tracking exercise and watching that scale. Sometime we forget that we need to be good to ourselves. Once a day, make time to do something you enjoy - listen to a favorite song, take a bubble bath, call a good friend. There are plenty of non-caloric ways to reward yourself! <BR> <BR> Just go to My Tools, Track Other Goals. Check the box once you've had ... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:21:16 EST newbie... Hi all... I am Susan in Gilbert. Mom to 3 (my daughter, Autumn turns 19 on 1/12, then my dh and I are "blessed" (yes, I am using that term lightly at the moment) with 2 boys Hunter (3 1/2 and Austin 2)... Besides my role as mom, I am also wife to Wade (we celebrate our 5th anniversary in March) and I work full-time for a state Medicaid/Medicare health plan. Wed, 7 Jan 2009 21:29:39 EST Swimming Pool Challenge What is one thing your body can't live without? <BR> What is the number one rule for surviving in the Arizona summer? <BR> <BR> Water <BR> <BR> Start tracking, back track if you have to because I am late for this post, but I thought it would be fun to see how long it takes to fill a 12 foot round pool (above ground). There are 2,975 gallons OR 47,600 cups OR 380,800 ounces we need to drink. (correct my math if need be :) <BR> <BR> Can we do this and how long will it take? <BR> <BR> AR... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 17:21:18 EST Newbie... Hi, <BR> My name is Laura and I am new to SparkPeople. I am very happy I found this site and look forward to sharing ideas, tips and suggestions. I am a working on-the-go-mom of two daughters. My oldest just turned 2 and my youngest is 5 months. Obviously I am very busy. I have been battling postpartum depression since the birth of my second daughter and finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Since the depression began I have gained over 20lbs and am the heaviest I have eve... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 07:30:27 EST Back to Basics, January 1st... Everyone is <em>235</em> to join me starting January 1, 2009 - "Back to Basics." <BR> <BR> I did real well when I started Sparks last February and fell off the wagon due to various reasons. I should be at my goal weight but instead, I weigh more. I am going back to step one here at Sparks and am determined to get my next year right. I CAN do this! <BR> <BR> I need accountability and support. Do you? If so, please join me here and let's support each other. You can be at any Spark ... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 14:02:37 EST Anyone else get picked for a new team? I received an email stating that I was picked for a new Arizona team. Anyone else and why did they chose me? Just curious, not sure if I need another team. :) Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:18:47 EST Anyone up for a round of Go Fish?! Ok, GREAT! I will start....oh, 24 hour rule if no one can answer the question~last person to post question gets to restate another one. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hmmm....Do you have a work Christmas party to attend? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:56:35 EST So Many Gym Choices OW MY!! Which do you prefer? Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just moved to Arizona (Gilbert) a few months ago and I am now seriously considering joining a gym. I live very near to the Val Vista and Warner major crossroads and I am so confused on which gym would be best. <BR> <BR> There are 3 that got my attention. LA Fitness on Greenfield, 24 Hr Fitness on Val Vista, and Lifetime Fitness on Gilbert and Warner. I love the LA Fitness because of the location. I think that if I was heading to work on 60 I could grab my c... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 19:32:07 EST New Here & New to Gilbert AZ - Christine Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I recently moved to Arizona from Pennsylvania. I've been here since October 3 and love it. I am currently following the Smart For Life program and even though it's really hard I am having success with it. I am looking to meet others from Gilbert AZ who are on a weight loss and fitness journey. <BR> <BR> 10 years ago I was heavily into kickboxing and was very fit. I even got to spar my trainer in the ring and it was great! Now I am 100+ pounds over weight and... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 18:51:53 EST Rock n Roll Marathon/Half Marathon January 19th Who's planning to run/walk the Rock n Roll Marathon/Half on Sunday January 18th? (Sorry - date is wrong in the title line!!!) It's a great race series for walkers - there's a 4 hour time limit on the Half which is very do-able with the right training. I'm in training to do this one, it will be my third AZ race and my 6th half marathon. Let me know if you're going to be there too! <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Dec 2008 10:58:10 EST Actor/Movie Game Actor/Movie is quite simple if you have a really good memory or use IMDB to find your answers. <BR> <BR> I will start: <BR> Sean Astin <BR> Goonies <BR> Next person will look up Goonies (movie), pick an actor, Corey Feldman, see what movie he was in, Lost Boys. <BR> Corey Feldman (was in Goonies) <BR> Lost Boys <BR> Next person will look up Lost Boys, pick an actor, Kiefer Sutherland, see what movie he was in, Flatliners. <BR> ... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 14:07:29 EST Games Galore Requirements You, yes you, sitting there in your black comfy chair staring at this post, just have to continue with these threads. Feel free to jump in to any Game you like and post. It will help with those days when you wish you just stayed in bed but still have that tick to get points (maybe that's just me). <BR> <BR> If there is a game you would like to see, go ahead and add it but please explain the rules. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <em>100</em> Fri, 12 Dec 2008 13:04:54 EST What Did You Spin Today? New thread for this topic. Again, this is just here for the "rush" days when you still want points but don't have the time. Nothing fancy but certainly fun! Fri, 12 Dec 2008 12:49:51 EST Stay Healthy through the Holidays! We all know how tough it is to get through the holiday season without gaining back those precious pounds you struggled so hard to lose, or falling off your exercise routine, or snacking on those fabulous homemade goodies. So let's use this thread as a way to record our successes in December and encourage each other to maintain those healthy habits! Thu, 11 Dec 2008 19:48:04 EST What was your daily activity today? Here is a post that lets you still get your points and stay connected on those days when you wish you just stayed in bed. :) Post whenever you see fit. Nothing fancy, just simple. And then you can go log the activity into your fitness tracker. WOOT WOOT!! <BR> <BR> Keep on truckin'! Is that one of the sayings? Wed, 26 Nov 2008 09:37:45 EST What did you spin today? Here is a topic that everyone can answer once a day, if they want. Nothing special, nothing fancy, just something real simple for those busy days and you still want points. Am I right, am I right?! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 25 Nov 2008 15:26:12 EST Gilbert Days anyone do the 5K? I was there, my goal was to run it in under 30min. Didn't quite make it, ended up with the offical time at 31:44, but by my stopwatch (that I started when I crossed the white line) it was 31:16. I'm happy to have done it & gotten another t-shirt for the collection! Now I'm off to Denver next week for Thanksgiving & doing a turkey trot there. I'm VERY nervous about the cold & altitude, so I'm not going for time on this 5K, I just want to finish! Sat, 22 Nov 2008 13:00:00 EST What do you do outside for exercise and fun? Now tha the weather is so fantastic here in Gilbert - who's taking advantage of outside fitness activities? Last weekend we went hiking at Usery Park with the dog. I'm thinking about hitting the new San Tan Regional Park next. I've been walking along the canal trails alot too. I'm planning to do the Rock n Roll Half marathon in January. Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:52:36 EST Bountiful Baskets I know a couple of you have done this before. Well today I picked up my first basket and it was alot of food. Im glad I did it. I have to admit though that there is a veggie in there that I looked at my husband like what is this? I feel silly for not knowing but oh well. Did anyone else pick up a veggie basket today? Sat, 15 Nov 2008 21:52:50 EST New "Goal" Ideas I was checking out other teams to see how they interact and I saw this as a Team Goal: <BR> <BR> Huddle, check in, welcome someone, and/or comment on family member's SPARKPAGE 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Track X number of fitness minutes or spark minutes <BR> <BR> What do you all think? Any suggestions? Wed, 12 Nov 2008 14:53:17 EST Hairstylist Recommendations ........anyone? I know there are some on this board that are new to the area (myself included) and trying to find a hairstylist or salon is very daunting. Would anyone have any references they might want to give up? Some place within reason on a single income family of 5, don't need any bells and whistles, just a nice simple, CLEAN place. I don't take much, wish I could without feeling guilty, but I can only go so long not cutting my hair. <BR> <BR> Thanks Gilbertites....did we decide it was Gilbertites? ... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 12:41:24 EST Food Prices to eating more healthier Hello, Im new on this site, new on this spark page, and new in the neiborhood of Gilbert Arizona. My family and I moved here 5 months ago from Michigan and omg the food prices are so much more. Never heard of a state taxing food, nor a second tax. But my main thing is eating better to loose the weight. It seems hard to save on money when we're not used to the prices around here. For example...Michigan price for graded cheese for Kraft is on sale for 3-$5.00 where here it is 3-$10. Another is ... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 19:59:38 EST Another Newbie Hi, I just joined today, trying to drop 10lbs before Christmas holidays Tue, 21 Oct 2008 11:45:44 EST another Newbie Just came across spark people and thought I woudl give it a try. Started working out about two months ago when My better half said "Were joing a Gym" <BR> course that was after the doc said I have high blood pressure and diabetes, after doing two months of blood sugar checks and the SBD and losing 35 lbs the docs said , well will see how it goes so no meds for the diabetes, still have more to do, and dont want to get in a rut so hoping for points from my fellow gilberties. Hope to see ya out ... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 21:44:44 EST Missing runner in Gilbert please be careful out there! <BR> <BR><BR>es/gilbert-local-news-092908-missing-w<BR>oman.c53b1d65.html Thu, 2 Oct 2008 11:31:45 EST Newbie Alert Hi fellow Gilbert people! My name is Christi, I'm a mother of a 10 yr old boy and am excited to find such a big group in my area. <BR> <BR> I would love to find a workout/walking buddy or even just a buddy in general. We moved to the area a year ago and I still have not met many people. <BR> <BR> I work in an office and lately haven't been feeling too great at all about myself. I have zero desire to get up and get moving. Hoping that will all change soon. <BR> <BR> Look forward to me... Wed, 24 Sep 2008 16:45:23 EST Lifetime Fitness in Gilbert Workout Partner? I am looking for another female to workout with in the evenings and weekends. I usually go around 6 ish on most weekdays and anytime on weekends. I love to take the Soul Grooves class on Thursday nights at 7 pm. I would also like to relax in outdoor pool and steam room after workouts. I do cardio and weight training. I am hoping for someone who needs a good listener and someone who also likes to listen. I am a non smoker and non drinker with three kiddos at home. I am 38 and have been told I ... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 02:14:07 EST New Here & looking for workout buddy I am fairly new to Gilbert and joined the Lifetime Fitness on Warner about 2 wks ago and Love it! I love the classes and the atmosphere, but would like a workout buddy to join me, The time on the machines goes a lot faster with someone to talk too, and the dance classes are more fun with a smiling familiar face. If you are interested please let me know. I am married with 3 little ones at home and free for week nights around 6pm and weekends almost anytime. I love the pool there also which is ... Fri, 12 Sep 2008 02:45:46 EST LEARNING THE ROPES I am excited about all the different areas on this website. I realize my journey is a long one but being on this website,meeting people who are in the same boat,hopefully will make this journey a little more interesting. Sun, 24 Aug 2008 17:17:35 EST New Here Hi All, <BR> I just found this team this weekend. I've been a member of Sparkpeople for about 1 1/2 years. Although I had a shaky start, I was able to lose almost 20 lbs, but found I needed more accountability so I joined Weight Watchers in January and have lost another 20 since January. I'm looking forward to getting to know my fellow sparkers from Gilbert. Does anyone do any hiking? I would really like to start doing that once it cools off some. <BR> <BR> Have a great evening everyone... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 21:01:43 EST Memory Walk in Arizona Hey everyone! I wanted to let you guys know that I am participating in The Memory Walk for Alzheimers. It takes place in Phoenix on November 1, 2008. I am doing this because my Grandfather had Alzheimer's and it runs in my family. I see this as a way to invest in my future. It is free to walk , however I am doing fundraisng as well because any money I raise goes towards research and caring for those who have this disease. I am so glad I started exercising when I did, now I will be more prepar... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 15:44:36 EST Work full time, kids and exercise Does any one else have a hard time getting your workout in every day between everything else going on? Or am I the only one. Sat, 9 Aug 2008 16:52:41 EST Let's talk, "Going Green" and "Money Saving" At our home, we are trying to go as "Green" as possible. Did you know that you can get a FREE composting container from the Town of Gilbert? Call Gilbert Public Works at (480) 503-6400. Click the link below to go to their composting home to learn how to compost. We've been composting for over 8 years with fantastic soil as a result. <BR> <BR> Don't worry where you put it as if you use it properly, you will NOT smell anything. Set it up correctly so the 2 pieces stay together as you use it. ... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 15:25:11 EST Sparkling Green - How green to you sparkle? So anyone doing anything to create a greener world? I'm pretty much a green queen. In fact I'm in the process of getting another Masters degree..this time in the field of sustainability through ASU. I'm far from perfect but always striving for doing better and learning more. Please share if you do anything "green". Thanks so much for the Gibert composting link. I have been searching for an indoor composter but this one is free. Awesome! Sat, 9 Aug 2008 12:22:40 EST Welcome new members! <em>235</em> to all our newest Gilbert Team members! This week we have 3-4 new people to say hello to. <BR> <BR> Thank you for chosing to join this team! Fri, 8 Aug 2008 17:12:44 EST Hi! Another newbie... Hi, my name is Cindy and I'm actually "officially" getting started with Sparks TODAY! I joined last week after surfing around for some sort of weight loss plan, but I needed a block of time (today) when I could sit down and navigate my way through the site and all it has to offer. Wish me luck...I'm not using one particular plan, just keeping track of what I eat and how much I exercise, and working to make healthy choices. I know what I should be doing, so it's just a matter of doing it! <BR... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 14:38:48 EST Looking for accountability partner... and/or work out partner..I get up early in the am's to get my work out in so finding a work out partner may be difficult but if anyone is looking for the same I work out at the Anytime Fitness at Lindsey/Pecos. An accountability partner would be can be a challenge to stay on track since I am the only one in my family who is actively trying to lose weight, watch what I eat etc so it can be sabotaging sometimes...if anyone is interested let me know! Go team! <em>30</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2008 15:32:14 EST Car air conditioning recommen dations? The air conditioning in my car is kaput. Since our family is down to one car right now, and I have an hour commute each way during the week, I've finally reached the breaking point with it. <BR> Does anyone have a mechanic that they trust? I am so afraid I am going to get ripped off and told I have to replace something that I don't need to. I already replaced the condenser and the compressor a couple of years ago. <BR> Please let me know. My family will thank you. <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2008 11:21:56 EST Monsoon Discussion, please read if new to Arizona! <em>27</em> Monsoon is upon us here in AZ. This year there are actual dates in which it officially starts and ends. In years past, the Monsoon was declared once we had three days in a row with the dew point 55 degrees an above. <BR> <BR> We experienced our first storm in the Valley this year on Wednesday, June 25, 2008. Those of us who have lived here for years can usually tell which afternoon/evening we can expect a storm even if the weatherman said it would be sunny and clear! In the ear... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 15:11:21 EST 13 ways to cool down your summer workout... I added this to the "Favorite articles list" on the Team page. I'm also going to email it to all members as there may be some who are new AZ. Please take the time to read it to protect you and your loved ones in our summer heat! <BR> <em>67</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2008 14:43:53 EST FDA Alert - Popsicle Recalls in AZ! <link><BR>horn06_08.html </link> <BR> Recall -- Firm Press Release <BR> FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company. <BR> <BR> Matterhorn Group Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of "Astro Pops" and "Missile Pops" 3.5 oz Cherry Pineapple Frozen Novelty Pops in Arizona, Nevada and... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 15:08:46 EST Hi I'm new! Hi I'm new to the group! I just moved to Arizona and Gilbert in March . I have just started going to the gym last week and hoping just to get healthy. I don't really need to loose weight but I'm out of shape so that is my goal!!! Glad to have a local group for motivation! Sun, 8 Jun 2008 15:52:01 EST Hi, I'm New! Hi all .. I'm Deb and I live in Gilbert. I'm really glad to see a team here in my town. I joined SP a while ago bt just got more active. I just joined Fitness Works and really like it. I have about 40 lbs to lose. I'm 58 (a young 58 .. LOL) and have never been this heavy. I quit smoking in July and just can't seem to stop eating. My husband is a member of SP too and we are trying to do this together. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great day. <BR> <BR> Deb Mon, 2 Jun 2008 11:27:13 EST Weigh-in for week of 4/17 - 424 Just got back from my weekly weigh-in....I lost 1 lb. this past week....I'll take what I can get! Good for you Jamulli & everyone else on your past week! Take care! Thu, 24 Apr 2008 14:37:33 EST Tired of seeing "Kikismommy" all over the team? Tired of seeing "Kikismommy" all over the team? Well, if you are YOU need to get involved more with YOUR Sparks site! <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> Write a blog entry, do the team huddle, post to this team board, not only will YOU get POINTS, but I will not show up as much!! <BR> <em>17</em> <BR> Go ahead, make my day and "kick" my name from the team! I'd love to see everyone in Gilbert participate. <BR> Go team, GO! <BR> <em>250</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2008 21:57:42 EST New Kid on the Blog..hehehe Hi All, <BR> <BR> I thought I would try something new. One thing I lack is keeping up the motivation. A goal for me is to start working out. I get intimidated and feel everyone is staring at me when I'm on the weight machines at LA Fitness (i-60/Greenfield). I tend to hide myself upstairs on the cardio machines. I'd like to try the cardio kickboxing sometime, but I would probably like a buddy to do the classes with. <BR> So, Hi Everyone and Go Gilbert Sparks!! <em>216</em> Wed, 9 Apr 2008 00:36:50 EST April Challenge is here.... Today is April 1st,time to get serious for those who are lagging. Let's support each other and lose weight this month. Remember, a healthy loss is ONLY 2-3 pounds per week. If you lose slowly, you can keep the weight off for good! <BR> <BR> Pick the day which works best for you and post your weight and or loss for the week. <BR> <BR> This morning I am 236.6. My low was 235. Remember that we can go up or down 1-2 pounds/day depending on weigh-in time. My high was 298! <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2008 13:06:44 EST Hi everyone! New to this team Hi! I just joined this team and I hope you'll all let me stay...I don't actually live in Gilbert. I actually live in Queen Creek, at Power and Queen Creek, which is on the very edge of Gilbert. <em>303</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I've been on SparkPeople for a while now, but seem to come and go. I tend to lose motivation and then disappear for a while and then come back when I want to try to get motivated again. I guess this is one of those times! Mon, 31 Mar 2008 16:26:02 EST Events in Gilbert or East Valley Feel fre to use this area to post events going on right here in Gilbert, East Valley, etc. Please include as much information as possible for other Sparks members. Sun, 16 Mar 2008 20:14:09 EST Where do you workout and/or what do you do for fun Use this area to post where you workout be it a gym, a park or maybe just in your own home. Also, what kind of exercises do you do/like and how often. <BR> <BR> You can also post here what you like to do for fun here in Gilbert! Sun, 16 Mar 2008 20:07:44 EST Sign up here to participate in our April challenge The April Challenge is meant to keep you tracking your food so that you WILL stay on track. Each week you will post your weight & loss for the previous week on Mondays. If you don't wish to post your weight, just post if you lost, gained or stayed the same. I'm hoping this will get us to know our Gilbert neighbors and to have us support each other! <BR> <BR> "April <em>257</em> brings May flowers..." <BR> <BR> Any ideas for a future challenge is greatly appreciated. <em>304</em> <BR> Wed, 5 Mar 2008 14:15:58 EST Did you know? Did you know that if you click on some of the Sparks sponsors, you might get a pleasant surprise on their site like money saving coupons? An email I received today had an ad for the new Hostess 100 calorie muffins. I clicked to "learn more" and there was a .75 cent coupon!! Sat, 23 Feb 2008 15:10:48 EST New "Icon Photo" and now forum Leader.... Hello fellow Gilbert Sparks members! Today I decided to take the plunge and become the Forum/Team Leader since we didn't have one. I also added a Icon/Photo to our Team. I do hope it is satisfactory to all members. If you do not like our new photo, please let me know but also tell me what you might prefer to represent our Team. <BR> I have only been a Sparks member since Feb. 1, 2008 so please bear with me as I learn about Sparks too. I may not be able to answer all new questions, but I wil... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 16:21:18 EST Icon for Gilbert Sparks? Why doesn't this group have an icon like the others? With such a beautiful state, we should have a photo! Either someplace other in AZ or even the "Welcome to Gilbert" sign. <BR> Who is our team leader? If you need a photo, I can assist. <BR> Sat, 9 Feb 2008 15:05:32 EST Hello there fellow Gilbert SparkPeople Nice to be here, I look forward to getting to know you. I am an Admin Assistant and mom to 9 yr old. I have lived in AZ for 8 months, relocating from WA State. I work a M-F day job but would love to try to get a walking group going. I live on Guadalupe and Country Club Dr/AZ Ave. I'm open for pretty much anything. I have 100 lbs to lose. I have lost and gained the same 30 lbs for the last two years. I have gained all of my excess weight during and since my pregnancy and haven't done m... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 14:22:24 EST having trouble logging workout minutes I'm having a hard time figuring out where I log in my workout minutes. I keep going back to My Fitness Minutes, and I only see where to change my goals. <BR> <BR> Could someone help? I'm really proud of my 45 minutes!! <em>84</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2008 12:45:28 EST New to the Sparks family. Hi! I'm new, and I just wanted to check in with the Gilbert group. <BR> I'm glad to be here. <em>88</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2008 11:05:57 EST Ready to focus Hi there everyone. I was happy when I ran into this site. It is great. I am hoping that the site will give me the right motivation that I need. I just wanted to say hello... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 12:53:06 EST New and hopfully to be improved :) Hi all!!! I was so happy to find this site. I was watching E the other night and when the described this aite and what it was all about, I had to give it a shot. I am overweight, overwhelmed and out of ideas! I hope to find some really good lifestyle tips, recipes, exercise advise and mainly support here ..... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 13:23:49 EST Introductions Hi, <BR> My name is Margaret I am new to Sparks how do you guys like it? Is it working for you? Do you have any tips that I can use? Mon, 26 Nov 2007 15:15:36 EST Looking For Workout Buddy (another girl)! :) Hi, <BR> <BR> I am currently looking for another girl to workout with to help achieve both our workout goals. I have a job, so someone I could workout with before or after work. I am trying to lose at least 40 pounds, and I am really struggling. I think having someone else to workout with would really help. I go to LA Fitness, but we could also jog together or something. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Lisa Sat, 17 Nov 2007 19:20:28 EST New To Sparks :) Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to sparks and still pretty confused about how it all works. I am trying to lose at least 40 pounds and get back to the weight I was before college. I would love for any advice anyone would like to give. I would also like to find a workout buddy (another girl) who goes to LA Fitness. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Lisa Sat, 17 Nov 2007 19:17:25 EST