SparkPeople Scottsdale Sparkers Team Messageboard This team is for all SparkPeople members in the Scottsdale, AZ area. Welcome! SparkPeople Scottsdale Sparkers Team Messageboard Figuring it out I'm new to SparkPeople and love the idea of a community of people working together to achieve their goals. I'm moving to a no sugar/artificial sweetener, limited carb, modified vegetarian eating lifestyle and trying to figure out where to fit exercise into my routine. Anyone else out there like-minded? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:51:49 EST New Hello guys! Rookie new sparkle person now Sat, 1 Feb 2014 20:56:39 EST Healthy New Year Hello All.. <BR> <BR> I am new here and looking to start 2014 in a healthy way! Happy New Year! and may all your goals come true! <BR> <BR> Cindy Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:41:42 EST Hello Scottsda le-ites! Been a member since 2006 but never really used it. Already lost 12 lbs but have 52 more to go. Live in North Scottsdale. Didn't see any recent posts. How active is this group and do you have any advice to share? Thanks and looking forward to making new friends. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 20:53:53 EST New to the Site Looking forward to the journey of losing the weight I have gained over the past 6 years. I had always been a slim person and don't know where to begin so I am happy to find this site. Planning to celebrate my 55th birthday in Las Vegas in November with 25 lbs less of me. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 20:52:32 EST Hi Everyone! Hello all! I'm 29 years old and want to lose a lot of weight and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. My goal is to lose at least 50 pounds and learn how to maintain it. I have to do this not only for me but to show my family what a healthy lifestyle is about. I have tried to diet and exercise on my own but I always fail. I have joined sparks for motivation, encouragement and the advice you could receive from others. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 12:47:02 EST Hayden and Thomas I'm new to Spark people. I'm looking for someone to walk or bike with. I need some encouragement to get me moving. I have a recumbent trike that is gathering more dust than miles. Is there anyone out there? Cheryl Sat, 3 Aug 2013 03:34:37 EST Hello from the Arcadia area I am on a new road in my journey, one that I have been down so many times before. This time I feel so good about it! Be Great Today! I would love to be apart of an encouraging group. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:16:00 EST Lose it I am not greatly overweight but I have been trying to lose at least 10 pounds but have not been able to do so. I do not overeat, do not snack between meals, do not drink pop or sweets except on a special occasion. I have cut carbs and increased protein and I'm trying to drink more water. I work out at Curves 3 times per week and use a walking tape at home (but not regularly. <BR> <BR> What am I doing wrong? <em>234</em> Thu, 9 May 2013 19:47:06 EST Are there any group walk meetings in Scottsdale? Just wondering if people in this Scottsdale group are interesting in a mini group walk? I walk by the lakes off Via de Ventura and Hayden near "Busters" restaurant. It's a beautiful area for a walk. I am usually walking my small dog 4-5 days a week. Strangers that are using the path used to be more friendly and say "Hi" and smile at each other. Now I find people just wear their music earphones and make no facial contact with anyone. It's sad and impersonal. I guess I need to bring more... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:29:06 EST SparkPeople Hike and Potluck HI Sparkers! <BR> We hope that you can join us for our first Potluck/hike combo! Details Below <BR> <BR> Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013 <BR> Time: 11am-2pm <BR> Where: North Mountain Visitors Center Ramada <BR> 12950 NORTH 7TH STREET • PHOENIX, AZ 85022 <BR> <BR> We will hike first then enjoy our healthy potluck lunch. Bring your family and leashed well-behaved dogs. (the park requires that we pick up after animals and humans so bring plastic bags) <BR> <BR> During lunch Steve (SAC-6582) wi... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:31:20 EST I'm New! Hi there! Today is my first day! I live in South Scottsdale. I've got 50 pounds to lose. I'm so excited! I need help with motivation and staying accountable. Here is to a new me! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:15:20 EST allergies hi im new here and want to track my food allergies and loose some weight int he process. I have cut out wheat and gluten and it made a big difference but am wondering if dairy should be cut out as well. I have a rare disease that is very difficult to deal with. On the forum im on her dietitian recommend this site for allergies. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:17:23 EST Early morning workout buddy I am looking for someone to meet at the gym early in the morning .... 4, 5 ,6 am? I dont have a problem with workout motivation, but have a hard time getting up early unless I am accountable to someone. I belong to LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, and the YMCA. Any scottsdale location would be great. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:28:33 EST Introduction Hi, I am Amy and I want to lose between 25 and 35 pounds. Since I am now *over 50* things are going a little more slowly than when I have watched my weight before. I enjoy running (if 16 minute miles qualify as running :)) and tracking my food with this tool really keeps me accountable. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 10:55:08 EST positive focus on chronic health conditions I am looking to create a network of people with chronic health conditions who encourage each other to avoid burn out or perfectionism. I have had type 1 diabetes 42 years and enjoy hiking in the McDowells. I am considering starting a meetup group for people like myself who follow a special diet and have to deal with medical conditions that can be discouraging. I have found recently that paying more attention to doing something without regard to if it was entirely successful helps me. I am ke... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 17:09:20 EST New Member Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Theresa! I am an author with five books out right now and working on another. I have gained a lot of weight for two reasons...prednisone for a liver disease and depression which caused lack of movement! Well as I turned 54 yesterday, I have decided I really need to get back to being Fit, Fine and Fabulous at 50+! I want to reach my goal of losing 60 lbs and then have a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck is necessary. I had two c-sections and a hysterectomy all using the same ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 15:48:39 EST New to Scottsdale Spark Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am very new to this website! I am trying to get my life back and become healthy again! I would have motivation and support I can get!! <BR> <BR> -Tara <em>30</em> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:17:40 EST Things you gotta try : ) This is a thread for people to share their favorite things to do in Scottsdale. Partly because I like to hear about all there is to do in a place but I also like to share cool things that I find. So share whatever. Resaurants. Parks. Gyms. Events. <BR> <BR> I wanted to highly recommend AbbyBella's Dance Studio to anyone who likes cardio dance. It's $15 to drop in for a day or for new members there's a 30 day trial for $50. Check them out! <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 18:42:34 EST New Kid On The Block Sooooooo technically I'm not in Scottsdale yet but I'm moving there in August so I thought I'd get a head start. My name is Allison, I'm 23 years old and recently rejoined the single ladies club so now I want to get healthy for myself. <BR> <BR> What I'm wondering is, what is there to do in the area for activity? I'm moving from Wisconsin so there's a good chance I'll be doing a lot swimming way into the fall but can people post some of their fave parks, gyms, trails, or other clubs? <BR> <... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 01:13:28 EST Sparkpeople Newbie Hi all, <BR> I moved to Scottsdale (Ancala - near Desert Mountain HS and Mayo Clinic on Shea) a year ago, and have just joined Sparkpeople. I joined Mountainside Fitness on Shea in November, and have been working with a trainer 2x/week. Need to step it up and get back into shape after battling Cushing's Disease (diagnosed 2009) for about 4 years now. I've done Nutri-System (many, many years ago), WeightWatchers, South Beach, counting calories, counting servings, etc. <BR> 1 husband, 2 teen... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 18:59:43 EST New to Sparkers My daughter found this site and signed me up before telling me. I am always "on a diet" trying to lose this extra 30 # weight and she sees me struggling. After looking at the support and good information, I am sure that this is the place that will help me attain my goal. I still have to learn to navigate the site but am looking forward to learning from y'all. Thu, 5 Jul 2012 23:00:18 EST New to team Hello All!! <BR> <BR> My name is Adam, I am new to the sparkers team and look forward to meeting health and wellness goals with all of you! Does anyone live in the Ventana apts or nearby? Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:02:05 EST Biking in town? Hi there! Anyone here bike in town? I'm considering buying a bike (with a basket!) to run errands on (the grocery store, etc) but I've never biked in a city before. Sunscreen is an obvious must, as are safety lights for evening and a bike lock, but the traffic worries me and what if there isn't anywhere to lock up my bike at the store? Where is it acceptable to lock a bike outside a store? Does anyone have any tips for dealing with traffic? <BR> <BR> thanks! Wed, 30 May 2012 12:28:39 EST Hello to All :D Hello everyone my name is Rachael and I am new to this SparkTeam and to SparkPeople. My overall goal is to become stronger. I really enjoy working out outside, so I am bit sad that the weather is getting warmer! I just started using the Swiss ball and found out that it is a challenge to keep myself steady on it, which is great, since I know it is all good practice. Sun, 8 Apr 2012 01:11:38 EST Hayden/McDonald area Coming back to SP...joined in 09 and still not able to lose weight..just need a friend to motivate and keep me accountable...turning 75 next month...a milestone..want to be healthier than I am now.... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 13:05:55 EST Organic Farm/Produce I don't know how many of you know about Singh Farms, but it is one of Scottsdale's treasures in my book. Located just east of the 101/Thomas , north side of Thomas, it is a working organic farm established 10 years ago on 20 acres of 'worthless' land leased from the Salt River tribe. A family affair, the Singhs have turned it into an oasis of fruit trees/bushes, vegetable beds, goat herd, free range chickens, and more that is open to the public as a farmers' market every Saturday from 9 - 1... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 10:41:22 EST Seeking Village Camelback Workout Partner Hi there! I'm new to Sparkpeople, and I'm excited make some new friends while making a new me. I'd like to work out three times a week at the Village, and I'd love to have a partner with whom I can share motivation, goals, and achievements. <em>41</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 03:09:17 EST Diabetic who need help I am type II diabetic, leaving in Scottsdale Az, looking for help and advise how to control my morning (fasting) sugar reading. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:20:10 EST 10-20 pounds to lose Hi! I heard a lot of positive remarks about sparkpeople. I just posted my first blog entry with "before" pictures :) Really excited to begin my weight loss journey for overall better health. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 23:48:34 EST Bountiful Baskets does anyone else do Bountiful Baskets? I do & I love it! <BR> <BR> Bountiful Baskets is a food co-op (in case you don't know). You buy your basket on Monday after 12pm or on Tuesday up until 8pm, then you pick it up Saturday morning. It's usually pretty early. You have to pay for a "first time basket" fee the first time you go to pick up at any location. It's only 3$ and its so the volunteers can buy extra laundry baskets to put your food in. For 15$ you get a regular basket (plus a "ha... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 18:34:33 EST dork is the name c(: Hello everyone, I would space and tab here but my tablet won't allow me to. I started on sparkpeople last week Wednesday and has finally decided to drop in and introduce myself. I am 21 years old and my occupation is a caregiver. I have one child who will be five in November.I decided to loss weight because I completed a bio health thingy which told me my numbers were good, but my BMI was bad. So my main goal is reach a healthy a BMI and the weight loss is a bonus. In this past week I've los... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 00:28:14 EST Getting Started! Hello- Today is my first day! I've never used a message board before. Not sure what to share other than I'm looking forward to hearing any words from the wise. Getting started has been such a challenge. Can't quite make it through the first day. If I can be successful today, I'm sure I'll make it through tomorrow. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 12:15:24 EST Hello fellow Scottsdale friends! x-posted in the group for People in their 20's looking to lose 50+ lbs! <BR> <BR> Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Tracy - I'm 25 years old and I recently started a Weight Watchers program here in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. <BR> <BR> It has been only 1.5 weeks, but in the first week, I lost a whopping 7 POUNDS! I'm super excited to continue on this streak. <BR> <BR> I started off at 246lbs and I am 5'3". As you can tell, this is a dangerous weight/size. <BR> <BR> My father passed away when ... Tue, 24 May 2011 13:04:38 EST New to the group and up for a Challenge! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Everyone!! My name is Anna and I just joined Spark. I am excited about trying out this method to change my lifestyle. I was just recently inspired by a co-worker who decided to do a 13-week body transformation challenge from He entered the contest and is waiting for his results. When I saw his pictures online it was amazing! I just moved from St. Louis to Scottsdale and did not know him prior to his online entry. It was always unreal for me. Ye... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 20:37:29 EST who's new to the group?? i am! hello fellow scottsdale dwellers! i'm going way outside of my box and 1. joining a local group & 2. actually posting! would love to meet some new people & hopefully find some folks to walk, light hike or bike with. <em>108</em> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 12:47:18 EST HI! My name is Kelly! Nice to meet you all! I look forward to getting to know you as well. Mon, 7 Mar 2011 15:55:19 EST Just signed up Hi I am new to the team! There is so much info on Spark People that it has taken me a while to figure out how to navigate the site. But I found the Scottsdale team and am looking forward to contributing. Cheers! Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:46:59 EST New to Scotsdale Sparkers! Hi, my name is Brandi and I just joined SparkPeople and the Scottsdale Sparkers today! I am still trying to get the hang of everything on this website as well as becoming more regularly active. :) It's a little intimidating! I have lived in Scottsdale about a year and might be interested in a workout group at some point, but want to get the feel for things. :) Thu, 3 Feb 2011 13:47:40 EST Momof3ts I am a 48 year old cancer survivor. I am about 40 pounds overweight and at a point in my life that I just need to do something and stick with it. My meds do prevent some loss of weight as one of them is a steriod but if I want to be around to see my three children get through college and hopefully someday get married, I need to get healthy in body, mind and spirit. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 22:08:08 EST Happy Thanksgiving! What are you planning to do to burn off the Thanksgiving dinner? I'm doing a sprint triathlon in the morning of Thanksgiving day. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 18:33:43 EST It's me! My name is Genoveva. I'm a mother of 4 beautiful children and a wife to a wonderful man. I would like to drop at least 30 lbs while using sparkpeople. <BR> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 14:09:10 EST Newbie & New to Area! Hi all! I'm new to SparkPeople and new to Scottsdale. I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ but have spent the last 5 years living in New York. We moved back a few weeks ago for my husband's job, and I'm using the momentum from the move to fuel my losing weight/better beauty lifestyle. <BR> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 23:59:57 EST I'm new to te team... I'm new to the team and to Sparkpeople. I live in Scottsdale (moved here a year ago from Illinois). I've got 10 painful pounds to lose and have crashed with exercise in the past 3 years. I exercise for a while, the just stop). I'm looking forward to getting to know the group! <BR> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 18:26:50 EST New to the team! Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Lindsay and I am new to the team! I am really excited about Spark people because my brother had a lot of success following it. I have tried so many things and keep gaining my weight back. I have a trip to Jamaica in December and want to lost at least 20lbs. I think it will be great to get motivation fro all of you and hopefully I can help to motivate you as well! <BR> <BR> Lindsay Tue, 31 Aug 2010 00:17:13 EST Anyone up for September Challenges? I'm looking for any suggestions for challenges for the team for September. If you have ideas, please send me a SparkMail or respond to this post. Thanks! Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:28:25 EST New to SparkPeople Hi! i just wanted to introduce myself. I am a stay at home North Scottsdale Mom looking to develop a regular fitness routine, be more fit and loose a few pounds in trouble areas. I love to run, but never stick with it for very long and hike Pinnacle Peak when it is cool outside. I think having a running partner would be great but my friends look at me like I am crazy when I mention the word running. I also would love to stop the emotional eating that happens when I am tired and stressed.... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 18:45:28 EST Hi Scottsda le-ites! Questions on Veggies Hi all... It's HOT and I'd like to plant some veggies. We currently have tomatoes, chiles, basil, rosemary growing... Are there any other plants we can plant now? <BR> <BR> Has anyone been to the Farmers Market on Shea and 94th St near Ling and Louis and Renegade Canteen? It opened 2 weeks ago on Sats and was just wondering if it's worth going. Mon, 12 Jul 2010 22:14:52 EST N. Scottsdale buddies needed Hello, I'm brand new to spark people and fairly new to Scottsdale. I'm around 101/Via Linda. I know it's wicked hot now and will continue to be for the next few months but I am looking to make some connections to people in the area to go walking/hiking with when it's cooler. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 08:03:44 EST Hi Am new to Spark and have been in Scottsdale for about a year and a half. Arizona resident over 20 years mostly in Northern AZ. <BR> <BR> I would like to meet people with similar interest in this whole healthy way of life. I have a long way to go to meet my goals but as we all know any journey begins with the first step. I'm in N. Scottsdale around 101 and Pima/Via Linda. <BR> <BR> Lookin for others for motivation and support and maybe even to walk/exercise buddy with. <BR> <BR> Guess... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 19:19:13 EST N.Scottsdale Buddies Needed!! Hi, <BR> Anyone in the area up for walking, running, biking? Mornings early are good or later at night. Can't do much in the devil heat of the afternoons :) Tue, 8 Jun 2010 20:11:29 EST hi I dont have alot weight to lose, but I need to be accountable. Exercise isnt a problem, it's more about what I put into my mouth. I am hoping that this sight will help me do that. I am open to helpful hints and suggestions:) Mon, 31 May 2010 19:40:56 EST hi I dont have alot weight to lose, but I need to be accountable. Exercise isnt a problem, it's more about what I put into my mouth. I am hoping that this sight will help me do that. I am open to helpful hints and suggestions:) Mon, 31 May 2010 19:40:29 EST Plans for the long weekend? What are you doing for the long weekend? What exercise is involved? How are you going to stay on track with your eating plan? I hope everyone has a great one! Thu, 27 May 2010 22:17:50 EST Hello all! Hi there! I am new to Spark, and extremely hopeful that this is the first day of my life changing radically for the better. <BR> <BR> I am recently divorced after 25 years of marriage, in a new town, and raising a pre-teen on my own. I was a follow-the-husband's-career wife for 25 years, and have not been employed, even though I have a professional degree. I now must find my way in to the work force in a rather immediate fashion. Oh yeah, AND i have 200 pounds to lose!!! <BR> So it all seem... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 13:33:35 EST New Scottsdale Sparkers Hello everyone. My wife and I just found out about the Sparkpeople program. We have lived in Scottsdale for about 3 years now and we really enjoy it here. I am in the "over 50 with more than 50 pounds to lose" group. I'm not really sure where my wife fits in, but we are going on our first week in the program and we really love the structure. We believe that this will be our key to success. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 15:05:03 EST Newble glad to be here Hi, I'm new to the site, but unfortunately not new to weight loss. In my 20's and 30's I gained and lost the same 25 lbs. over and over again. Mid-40's brought 10 years of successive life stresses that led to many sleepless nights and a 50 lb gain that wouldn't budge. I am looking forward to new ways of motivating myself to change longstanding behaviors. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 19:10:24 EST Hello! Greetings! My name is Jennifer, I am 37, and currently living in Scottsdale, Arizona. I moved here about 4 years ago from Washington, DC. In the past 4 years, I have watched my weight rise, my energy decrease, and my passion and goals for myself fade away. I have become more and more depressed. My life revolves around my job, sleeping, eating, and watching TV. I KNOW, deep inside, that there is so much more to life than the path I am on, but I have been trapped. I want desperately to change- ... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:56:40 EST Motivated! After reading an article in Good Housekeeping I've decided to give Sparkpeople a try. I am really impressed with the site and all the cool tools. It seems to suit me better than Weight Watchers. I am motivated to really get serious and reach my goal. Wed, 27 Jan 2010 16:41:13 EST Does anyone workout at Gold's Gym in Scottsdale? I am actively looking for someone who works out at Gold's Gym on Raintree & 101. Does anyone here workout at that gym. If you don't but would like to, I know the GM there and he will get me a great deal for anyone who wants to join and workout. Lets push to our takes a great network to reach any goal, so lets all get together and do this! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:47:19 EST Hello all!! Hello all! I am new to this and not sure if I am even positing correctly. My name is Mariann and I live in Scottsdale as well. I quit smoking January of last year and gained 15 pounds in the process - I promised my self I would not worry about the weight too much until I hit my year anniversary - well guess what I am here!! I am wanting to lose these 15 pounds so when I head to Cancun in June I will be bathing suit ready - I have a question. Most of my workouts are done via The Firm DVD's. ho... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:14:26 EST new to spark people I everyone. just joined spark people and still trying to figure out the website and such. I live around scottsdale & shea and am looking for a buddy to check in with on a daily basis, and motivate each other. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:08:59 EST Gym Time What gyms do you guys workout at?? Favorite group classes? I love the PureCore class at Pure Fitness Tue, 5 Jan 2010 10:28:34 EST looking for road biking buddy anyone interested in road biking together pls shout out to me, would like to have a riding partner near old town scottsdale Sat, 19 Dec 2009 21:33:40 EST 13 minute mile runner??? Hi! I am new to this message board. I am currently running an approximate 13 minutes mile. I have run 3 5K's and a 10K. I am training for the PF Chang's Half Marathon in Jan. I would love a running partner if anyone out there is running this pace let me know. I am currently about 80 pounds over weight yet doing it anyways! My current moto is..."I may not look much like it yet, but I AM a runner!" Sun, 29 Nov 2009 14:37:34 EST How many have kids under 10? I am just curious of haw many of us are mothers of young ones. My friend and I go to chestnut park on wednesday evenings if any one wants to join us. Today might be to cold to go so maybe next week we go around 6pm Wed, 28 Oct 2009 12:03:33 EST What a gorgeous day today was! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Hard to say how many people are in town or out of town for the long labor day weekend. However, today was just gorgeous! Rain, nice weather, cloudy, nice breeze,.... I certainly cannot complain. <BR> <BR> I hope this is a sign we are coming out of the summer heat! Sun, 6 Sep 2009 00:13:26 EST Anyone around my age? Hi everyone, i just recently joined and I'm looking for a walking partner thats close to my age(19). This will b the first time that I've done outdoor walking consistently. Also i live near the 101 and cactus <BR> <BR> Moos Mon, 17 Aug 2009 17:46:35 EST Sweating in Scottsdale Hi - my name is Carol, I am 61 and about that much over weight. I do smile and laugh a lot, love my family and am a creative person. I am an artist, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink and oils. I also do graphic design on the computer and love doing digital stories - mostly concerning family histories and memories. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, lovely children (four sons and a daughter) and delightful grandchildren (six altogether!). I am also lucky to have some faithful friends who en... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 13:39:14 EST Introduction My name is Glenn and I'm here to help me track my progress in my latest attempt to lose weight. I started packing it on @ 14 years ago and have tried many things over the years, Jenny, Zone, South Beach, even a couple of attempts with the dreaded cabbage diet! I'm enrolled in a nutrition class and program through Mayo Clinic and just started with a trainer at LA Fitness. Hoping it takes this time! Wed, 15 Jul 2009 08:11:15 EST Just joined this team - Live in N.Scottsdale Good evening, <BR> <BR> I just found this team, my name is Jennifer and I live in N.Scottsdale, I'm 36 years old and kind of sort of work out at 24 hour fitness, I was thinking changing and joining Gold Gym, not sure though, trying to keep my cost low. Anyone work out at 24 hour fitness, either Scottsdale Rd or 100th Street in Scottsdale. Would enjoy some company to keep me accountable. I enjoy doing cardio at the gym, but would love to get more invovled in classes and weights. <BR> <B... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 21:12:08 EST Famous Name Game Okay team, here's the game: <BR> <BR> I'll start off posting the name of a famous or noted person. The next person takes the first letter of the last name of that person and posts a new celebrity whose first name begins with the letter of the last name. <BR> <BR> Here's an example - <BR> <BR> I post the name: Barack Obama <BR> <BR> The next person would post: Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> The person named has to go by two names, be an individual (not a group) and the celebrity can be in any ... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 11:24:04 EST o k Wed, 20 May 2009 19:43:02 EST Biking McCormick Ranch Does anyone like to bike? I love starting at Mustang Library and riding down the McCormick Ranch trail. I usually ride about 45 minutes to an hour. Tue, 19 May 2009 07:27:43 EST Hello!! Hi everyone, <BR> my name is Jessie and have been at Sparkpeople for 6 weeks, so I thought it was about time I introduced myself. <BR> I'm 36 and have been getting back to exercising slowly but surely since last year. I managed to lose some weight (about 50 pounds) but hit a plateau in January and has had a hard time moving past it. I was looking for help and that's how I found this website and I love it! <BR> Wed, 13 May 2009 15:23:43 EST new and ready to lose weight Just joined this group. I'm Mia. Hope to be of support to others here. I love the nutritional tracker in spark people. Hello to everyone. Thanks. Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:34:01 EST I want an exercise buddy Hi I live near Thomas and Scottsdale Road I am looking for an exercise buddy I am 60 but want to do walking and treadmill Thanks JoAnn Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:08:58 EST Late Birdy Hey everyone here in Scottsdale, Ive been a memenber of this team for a few motnhs but this is my first post. My name is Nikki and I'd like to say that I hope everyone has found a reason to be proud of themselves here at spark. Best of wishes to everyone <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:53:02 EST Light the Night Walk Hi Everyone, <BR> I don't know if anyone else is participating in this, but my husband and I are doing the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I'd love to meet up with anyone who might also be doing it! My site is: <BR> <link><BR>_ssmithLTN110 </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sarah Tue, 16 Sep 2008 18:34:32 EST North Scottsdale Lifetime Fitness I've been a member of this Lifetime for over a year and am still looking for someone to be a work-out buddy. I am a swimmer and like to use the weights. You don't have to do the same workouts but I'd like to be buddies with someone so that we encourage each other to show up and to keep making progress. If interested, contact me. Tue, 2 Sep 2008 17:26:38 EST Looking for a work out buddy! Hello all! I just started becoming serious about losing this weight. Is there anyone that goes to Mountainside Fitness in Scottsdale? I really enjoy the spin class but thought it would motivate me even more if I had someone to work out with. I need to hit the weights for sure. Drop me a line! <BR> Thanks! :) Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:39:51 EST Here's to better health and loosing a few! Hi, <BR> I just joined today. I'm committing to counting calories from this day on. Did that twenty years ago and it worked. I'm swimming at the McDowell Ranch new community pool, inpired by our olympic heroes. Glad to see there are lots of Scottsdalers on board. <BR> Vala Wed, 20 Aug 2008 15:26:17 EST Hello from a newbie I'm a 39 (soon to be 40) Scottsdale gal looking for motivation. 15-20lbs to lose and get healthy. We have such a beautiful town and I really need to get out and enjoy it! Wed, 2 Jul 2008 18:09:10 EST Chaparral lake walking? Does anyone live near Chaparral lake on Hayden and likes to walk early in the morning? Mon, 2 Jun 2008 19:12:25 EST Favorite Restaurant in Scottsdale? I'm always on the lookout for good restaurants, especially those that serve healthy food options. What is your favorite? <BR> <BR> For Mexican, I like Los Olivos -- the Tapapo (sp) Salad is great. I leave off the cheese, and substitute charro beans for the chicken. Tue, 20 May 2008 22:38:51 EST Mother's Day <em>214</em> <em>205</em> <em>255</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Mothers Day! - not only to those who fit the definition of 'female parent', but also those who fulfill the additional definitions of 'to offer tenderness and affection, to care for or nurture'. Hope you do something special with your day. <BR> <BR> Carol Sun, 11 May 2008 10:42:39 EST Counting our Losses Thought it might be interesting to keep a running tally of how many pounds we've lost since starting SP. Enter your number and add it to the total - I'll start us off with my 60 pounds. <BR> <BR> Carol Fri, 25 Apr 2008 10:46:58 EST Team Goals Spark People added a team goal function. I think this is an awesome idea! We should get some goal ideas together and we can have the Team Leader put them on the Team Goal thingie! I think 8 cups of water a day should be one and maybe an exercise one of some sort. What does everyone else think?? Thu, 24 Apr 2008 11:31:54 EST Hello Fellow Scottsdalers!! I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself! My name is Jessica, I am a 28 year old single mom of 2 beautiful girls and go to cosmetology school full time! My ultimate goal is to compete in a figure competition, my short term goal is to get my butt off of the back of my knees and lose the love handles! Happy to be here!! Sun, 20 Apr 2008 15:53:19 EST Just wanted to introduce myself... My name is Jamie, i'm 36 yr old femail, I am new to this site. I live in McCormick Ranch, workout at Lifetime Fitness, love to hike Pinnacle Peak (when it's cooler) & have thyroid disease. I teach in Scottsdale & want to hit my goal of 122 by Aug. Thu, 17 Apr 2008 14:46:07 EST Favorites Hi there Scottsdale Sparkers! Our team leader is leaving town (getting really close to those triple digits) and moving to MN, so I'm stepping in as team leader. <BR> <BR> I thought a good way to get going would be for members to share some of their favorite exercises and recipes (either from SP or from your own experience). I've posted two SP exercise favorites and three recipes that have turned out to be big hits with my family: a lemon/garlic salad dressing with only 11 calories that al... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 19:08:08 EST Staying in touch HI! I'm popping in on all my teams to say hi because I have been out of touch and that keeps me off track a little, so I'm rying to get back on! <BR> <BR> Anyone else falling off track? Have a great weeke everyone! Stay strong! Wed, 9 Apr 2008 12:42:14 EST Hiking in the Phoenix Metro Area Where oh where has our spark team gone? Oh where oh where could they be? Must be everyone is out enjoying this fabulous weather as I know I have been. I for one enjoy hiking a great deal and would love some input as to the best hiking trails in the Phoenix Metro area. Here are a few that I found enjoyable: <BR> Cave Creek Trail (easy) - Tonto National Forest <BR> Palo Verde Trail (moderate)- Tonto National Forest <BR> Go John Trail (moderate/difficult) - Cave Creek Rec. <BR> Overton Tra... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 13:14:03 EST new Hello all! I'm new to Scottsdale and workout at 24hour fitness. I don't know too many people in the area and looking for an exercise buddy. Maybe another person/some people that belong to 24 hour fitness... Other than that lets all get thin and healthy together! <em>244</em> Wed, 26 Mar 2008 12:48:06 EST Inline Skate Lessons If anyone is interested or knows of anyone interested in learning to inline skate, I have 15 years experience in ice dance and inline skating that I would be willing to teach. I skate in the parking lot of the Scottsdale Sports Complex on Princess/Hayden. Fri, 14 Mar 2008 00:14:19 EST Jumpstart your fitness! Check out the article "7-day guide to Jumpstart you Fitness" in my favorites. Hopefully it wil help us break through our plateaus! Thu, 13 Mar 2008 13:54:03 EST March Madness Reminder! don't forget to stretch before and after you work out. It helps the muscles grow and recover and you get sparkpoints for it! Thu, 13 Mar 2008 13:08:42 EST Favorite Beverages (Non-Alc holic:)) I am addicted to Diet Lipton Green Tea. Delicious! Sun, 9 Mar 2008 15:33:33 EST Hello Everyone! I am new to this but, think this site is great! I am happy to meet all of you! Tue, 4 Mar 2008 14:50:48 EST March Madness Reminder Drink an extra glass of water today! Mon, 3 Mar 2008 11:25:28 EST March Challenge! Be aware of your posture. It is truly important. Stand up straight!! Fri, 29 Feb 2008 15:56:11 EST How many pounds until.. You reach your next ticker mark? Mine is 3- it seems far aaway but it's a good goal. Thu, 28 Feb 2008 18:25:45 EST Feb 28 Challenge Push ups during commercials, even half way ones, do a lot of good! Thu, 28 Feb 2008 18:19:48 EST Feb 27 Challange Now that you ahve gone grocery shopping- portion out all your snacks. It will make grab and go so much easier!! Wed, 27 Feb 2008 17:00:28 EST Feb 26 Challenge Forward jabs at your reflection. This is one time it's ok to "beat yourself up" <em>211</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2008 11:05:47 EST Feb 25 Challenge Don't even think of heading out to do your grocery shopping without wearing Ankle weights! Have a wonderful day <em>211</em> Mon, 25 Feb 2008 12:48:04 EST Feb 22-24 Challenge Random acts of kindess all weekend. It's a great mental workout. <BR> Have fun! Fri, 22 Feb 2008 15:22:28 EST Feb 21 Challenge Did you stretch this am? Make sure you start your day right! Thu, 21 Feb 2008 10:36:54 EST Looking for an exercise partner! Well, I figured since this is a Scottsdale area team and I live in Scottsdale and have been struggling with exercising, I thought I'd ask if someone or bodies who live near me would like to get together and exercise together and make each other accountable. <BR> <BR> I live basically off of 78th St and McDonald. If anybody who lives in this general area would like to meet up a few times a week or so and do some serious power walking(I would like to work up to running) please either respond ... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 12:38:15 EST Congratualtions to Carproth! So far she has earned 1,102 spark points this month bringing her total up to 37,949. Way to be an inspiration!!! Tue, 19 Feb 2008 12:06:39 EST Need to get my bum in gear!! As you may have read on my page- I am in a huge weight loss competition and the weigh in is 2 months from today!!! I am getting a bit nervous as I can't get off my plateau. I need to drop 13 pounds before then so now I go into crunch mode! I will be on here all the time asking for ideas so let's start with the first one- what's your favorite workout move? I want to build a fun program and make some muscle confusion. <BR> Thanks! Tue, 19 Feb 2008 11:48:12 EST Feb 19 Challenge Did a fun thing yesterday- FAST WINDOW SHOP AT THE MALL! I loved it! Tue, 19 Feb 2008 11:43:24 EST Feb 15-17 Challenge OK- lots of ppl might be travelling this long weekend so here's a tip- Walg the airport while waiting for your flight. No need to sit there and people watch- you can see a whole lot more people if you move! Fri, 15 Feb 2008 14:19:46 EST LA Fitness Does anyone here work out at LA Fitness? I work out there pretty much M-F around 6 or 7 pm with my hubs but he and I are doing different things... If anyone works out at the one on Hayden and McCormick I'd love to chit chat while doing the elliptical or strength train together. Adios! Thu, 14 Feb 2008 18:11:03 EST Feb 7 Challenge Wanna feel like a kid again? Hula hoop!! 100 calories burned per 10 minutes. Shake those hips!! Thu, 7 Feb 2008 15:41:10 EST Feb 6 Challenge Men & Women- let's do lunges while we brush our teeth! Wed, 6 Feb 2008 12:50:00 EST Feb 5 Challenge Drop & give me clean!!! <BR> <BR> Clean under the beds, washer, dryer and fridge! <em>20</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2008 15:37:50 EST Feb 4 Challenge Waiting for the microwave? Do some jumping jacks! Mon, 4 Feb 2008 15:11:59 EST Lifetime Fitness on Mayo Hey all! Is anyone a member at Lifetime Fitness on Mayo near Scottsdale/101? I work out there but haven't tried the classes and was looking for a buddy. I work out on my own, but would like to try a class or two ... anyone interested? Sun, 3 Feb 2008 18:57:11 EST Feb1-3 Challenge Hi all! With this weekend happening I just have one challenge... STEP AWAY FROM THE SNACKS!! If you can, avoid the veggie dip and stick to the veggies. Fill up on a broth based soup before the party. Walk Saturday to prep for Sunday. Be careful out there folks- munchies can add up fast and so can drinking your calories. We have come to far to sabotage it now! Fri, 1 Feb 2008 13:28:53 EST Eating out advice Hey 'Dalers! A friend is coming into town for the Superbowl garbage and we are taking him out tomorrow night (my first outing since Dec 31!). Does anyone have any suggestions for: <BR> 1) Somewhat healthy choices, of course! <BR> 2) A fun, funky place to bring a visitor that isn't too trendy or snobby ... like Old Town maybe? <BR> 3) Tips?! I did find this article, which help a lot, but I'm looking for local suggestions too! Thanks in advance! <link><BR>on... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:13:10 EST Jan 30 challenge When youa re waiting for the Dr or dentist, give the receptionist your cell number and go walk a few flights of stairs or around the complex until they call you. No sense on sitting in the waiting room reading magazines from 1999! Wed, 30 Jan 2008 15:42:49 EST SWEET NEW PICTURE!!! Who likes it?!?!? I do! Good job! Tue, 29 Jan 2008 12:20:05 EST Jan 29 challenge Calf raises while you pump gas. What else are you going to do? You're standing there anyway! Tue, 29 Jan 2008 11:02:08 EST Jan 28 Challenge Don't forget your fiber! Whether you eat it, drink it or chew it- fiber is a great way to keep healthy. I chew the tablets and they aren't so bad. Just be careful if you are new to fiber "helpers" :) Mon, 28 Jan 2008 14:54:48 EST New Leader Dixiewolf - Thanks for stepping up and taking on the challenge of being the team leader! Sat, 26 Jan 2008 09:00:28 EST Jan 25-26-27 Challenge Tighten those abs at each stoplight! Fri, 25 Jan 2008 17:02:59 EST Hi there! Ok- I am loading the Scottsdale SPire image- is that cool with everyone? Fri, 25 Jan 2008 16:39:43 EST Jan 24 Challenge Sorry folk- had to take a break due to work. I am back and here is today's challenge... <BR> Do you have a garden? What about sprucing up your front entry? I know today is cold and yucky but it would be great to do soon! Thu, 24 Jan 2008 15:56:47 EST Team Icon? Does anyone know how to add an icon to our team name? I have a suggestion... the FLW spire at FLW and Scottsdale road. Other suggestions or just getting something up there would be welcome! Our empty icon box is so sad :( Fri, 18 Jan 2008 10:38:05 EST TGIF! Crunch by foot those cans for recycling! <BR> STOMP! STOMP! STOMP! Fri, 18 Jan 2008 10:34:48 EST Jan 17 Challenge Squats while drying your hair- yikes! Thu, 17 Jan 2008 15:36:05 EST January 16 challenge Have to go to the bank? Walk in instead of using the ATM or drive thru. Many times it's even faster becasue the tellers are not really that busy. <BR> <BR> Have you joined the National Body Challenge? Join our SparkTeam! Even if you haven't signed up with a Bally's- you can still do a lot in 8 weeks! Wed, 16 Jan 2008 11:29:19 EST Jan 15 Challenge Thanks for the feedback <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Dance while you clean. You may feel silly at first but shake it baby! Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:44:36 EST Leave a message if you visit this team Hi all- <BR> just wanted to see if I should continue the challenges or just keep them in my personal log. <BR> Either way is cool. <BR> Thanks! Tue, 15 Jan 2008 12:30:12 EST Jan 14 Challenge Crunches during commercial not only gets your crunches in but it makes that 2 minutes fly by! Mon, 14 Jan 2008 11:21:31 EST Jan 11 Challenge Standing Adduction while brushing your teeth Fri, 11 Jan 2008 16:09:57 EST Jan 10 Jog in Place for 10 minutes Thu, 10 Jan 2008 11:55:47 EST Jan 8 Challenge Tonight- get up and change the channel! Tue, 8 Jan 2008 18:13:43 EST Lets show em all what us Scottsdale group can do!! LOL, plz excuse my title...Lets show them what OUR Scottsdale Group can do. LOL, oh well, cant fix it now.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just found the group and wanted to introduce myself, I am Kourtney and I love my life and my body! But a few years ago that was not the case, I was not born with the perfect body, thats for sure ;p I'd love to meet people who are committed to making 2008 their best year yet and anyone into yoga and pilates who can reccomend a great studio in Scottsdale or Founta... Sun, 6 Jan 2008 20:19:43 EST New today Hi, <BR> <BR> I just started the program today. :) <BR> <BR> notold <BR> (not old) <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Jan 2008 18:59:54 EST Jan 4 Challenge Head to a park you've never been to before and have fun! Fri, 4 Jan 2008 11:02:51 EST Jan 3 Challenge Pace while youa re on the phone. Get in those extra steps! Thu, 3 Jan 2008 10:35:05 EST Jan 2 Challenge Do jumping jacks during the commercial breaks of one show. <BR> Happy New Year! Wed, 2 Jan 2008 14:57:43 EST Upcoming Races in the Phoenix Metro Area Hello fellow Scottsdale Sparkers! Anyone know of a website that lists races that will be in the metro area for 2008? I keep telling myself I am going to start running again but always make an excuse. I think I would be more prone to train for a 5K if I actually was signed up to participate in one. Tue, 1 Jan 2008 10:00:11 EST Dec 28 Challenge A waterbottle of muscle = a refridgerator of Fat. Do an extra strength training excercise this weekend! Fri, 28 Dec 2007 10:50:14 EST Dec 27 Challenge Do squats while you brush your teeth Thu, 27 Dec 2007 10:56:51 EST Dec 26th Challenge Bring in groceries 1 bag at a time. If you live in a condo like me this is a lot of extra steps:) Wed, 26 Dec 2007 12:10:40 EST Dec 14 weekend challenge! As we prepare for guests, let's vacuum twice this weekend! Fri, 14 Dec 2007 10:59:27 EST Calculations for you Take your <BR> BMR+calories burned per week=X <BR> X- Calories in per week= Y <BR> 3500 (cals per pound) divided by Y= Z <BR> <BR> Z is how many weeks to lose a pound. <BR> <BR> To find out your BMR check out:<BR>icles.asp?id=385 Thu, 13 Dec 2007 17:53:32 EST Dec 13 Challenge When you use the restroom- do two sets of 10 wall push ups. Good luck! Thu, 13 Dec 2007 11:31:48 EST Dec 12 Challenge Sorry- late on this one today but there's still time! Jump rope for 3-5 minutes. It will really get your heart pumping! Wed, 12 Dec 2007 19:04:22 EST Dec 11 Challenge Drop each piece of laundry and pick it up (like a squat) before you put it in the washer. It's a killer but well worth it! <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Dec 2007 11:57:10 EST Dec 10 Challenge here's Monday's Mental Challenge... Compliment someone you rarely talk to today. Mon, 10 Dec 2007 11:20:23 EST Dec 7 - Weekend Don't forget when you do your weekend cleaning to dust up high. Stretch, Stretch, Stretch! Fri, 7 Dec 2007 14:55:30 EST Challenge for Dec 5 Use the opposite floor restroom and don't take the elevator! Wed, 5 Dec 2007 14:09:45 EST Did anyone sign up for.... 12-8-2007 <BR> <BR> Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk <BR> <BR> Desert Ridge Market Place <BR> <BR> Phoenix, AZ <BR> <BR> ????????????? <BR> Tue, 4 Dec 2007 17:42:00 EST Challenge for Dec 4 Do lunges from your car to your front door:) Tue, 4 Dec 2007 11:50:27 EST Challenge for Dec 3 Welcome to December! For those of you who celebrate Haukkah- it's almost time!! For those of you who are celebrating Christmas- 22 days! <BR> <BR> Tha Challenge for today is to commit a random act of kindness. It will help you mentally exercise which is just as important as burning those calories! Mon, 3 Dec 2007 11:45:47 EST Challenge for the weekend Park in a safe yet far parking spot and work those extra steps!! Fri, 30 Nov 2007 11:49:03 EST Challenge of the Day 11/29/017 Drink an extra glass of water. Thu, 29 Nov 2007 13:36:22 EST Today's Challenge 11/28/07 Add one extra thing today like: <BR> 100 crunches <BR> 50 Jumping Jacks <BR> 20 Push ups <BR> 2 sets of Genie <BR> 2 sets of pendulum <BR> 2 sets of Clamshell <BR> <BR> Good Luck! <em>185</em> Wed, 28 Nov 2007 10:59:48 EST Last week of November What is everyone's goal this week? I myself need mini-goals to keep me motivated:) Sun, 25 Nov 2007 00:01:36 EST Happy thanksgiving! Don't forget to walk today! Thu, 22 Nov 2007 11:09:21 EST Cheer if you lost this week! Even if it was 6 oz let's hear how you all did!!! <BR> <BR> 4 pounds for me (First week) <em>185</em> Fri, 2 Nov 2007 12:36:25 EST Team Picture? How come there isn't a team picture?? <BR> <BR> I think something happy and colorful. Sun, 16 Sep 2007 20:01:48 EST Hello! I just want to say hello to other scottsdale spark people!! I didn't know there were so many in this city <em>240</em> Yay! Sun, 16 Sep 2007 20:00:33 EST YC's Nutrition Guide My girlfriend and I were craving some YC's today, and since we're calorie counters, we looked up their nutrion facts online. I was thinking maybe you other Scottsdale folks might like this info, so here ya are: <BR> <BR><BR>tritionalinfo1.pdf <BR> <BR> Granted this place is buffet style to some degree, so estiamting cups and half cups and ounces may not be so easy, but you can use this as a general guide. Sun, 12 Aug 2007 21:17:57 EST Hello Fellow Sparkers! Hey all! My name is Elizabeth. I've been a member for awhile, but dropped off over the past year. I'm back with a vengeance!! I live in the McCormick Ranch area and see you have started a Scottsdale page, so I thought I'd say hello and introduce myself. Hope to chat in the future! Thu, 26 Jul 2007 12:19:45 EST