SparkPeople “Spark Colorado Springs – The Official Team Team Messageboard This team is for all SparkPeople members in the Colorado Springs area. Welcome! SparkPeople “Spark Colorado Springs – The Official Team Team Messageboard COTREX App for Hiking Not sure if everyone has heard of this app. It is a free app that shows every public trail in Colorado. You can download the trail maps in case you lose connectivity on your phone. You can keep record of your hikes in the app, make field notes, etc. They make it fun with challenges to accomplish, etc. <BR> If you get out and hike, it is well worth taking the time to check it out! <BR> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:41:03 EST New(ish) to Colorado and Returning to sparks I'm originally from Lincoln Nebraska, have 3 kids (2 grown one teen still with me) and am always up for finding a walking buddy though that never actually worked in my Sparkteam in Lincoln lol. <BR> <BR> If anyone here is interested, or if there's already a group, please let me know! Thu, 17 Sep 2015 23:12:37 EST Hello All My name is BB and i have been on my weight loss journey since 2010 and have lost 68 lbs and have keep it off but still 6 hard pounds to lose , dont sound like much but its the hardest. I am a grandmother and just love it!!! Looking for help to get the last pounds off before the summer. Fri, 1 May 2015 11:46:56 EST surviving Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:40 EST New Member Hi my name is Pat Reynolds and I just found this site and so far it's very exciting! I have 60 pounds to lose and have been very depressed since I broke my ankle about a year ago and am finding it hard to get motivated to exercise since I am always in pain. But I plan to overcome this this year. I am looking for any advise on some low impact exercises. Have a great day everyone! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:46:18 EST Get this team moving I would really love some ideas to get tis team more active! If anyone has suggestions!! Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:56:34 EST Seeking Motivator and Workout Partner hi there: <BR> <BR> Looking for a workout partner who has a 24 HR gym membership to workout with at the gym. I go to the one on the North side of Academy. I am a fun, energetic, 46 year-old married Mom of four including b/g twins wanting to make some new friends and get in great shape at the same time. <BR> <BR> Needing some real motivation to lose 50 pounds and get away from the kids. I have four special needs kids and often it is hard to get away, but after 5 in the afternoon usually wi... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:28:16 EST Teaching Yoga I am only going to post this once, as I hate spam just as much as the rest of you :) <BR> <BR> I recently received my certification to teach Vinyasa Yoga. I will be teaching at Kenjundo Studio . Let me know if you are interested! <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you all know in case anyone was interested in trying yoga. It has helped me become so much more fit. <BR> <BR> If you aren't interested, please scroll on by :) Fri, 2 May 2014 10:45:58 EST Hi, I'm new here. Well, to spark anyway. My name is Ashley. I am a 30 year old momma to 3 amazing boys. I live in Colorado Springs (obviously). I am overweight...really overweight...and really just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am finally ready to stop feeling sorry for myself and do something about it! <BR> <BR> I love to run, even if I am the slowest runner ever. Seriously, I walk faster than I run. I am doing the Color Me Rad with my boys in May. We will most likely walk most of it, bec... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:40:12 EST Hello from future resident! Hello! My name is Erica, 26, originally from California but living in Tennessee and moving to Colorado Springs in 5 weeks. Thought I'd join the group to see if I can meet fellow SparkPeople before I get there! I joined Sparkpeople to lose the baby weight but fell off the wagon, now I'm back and so motivated!! Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:39:18 EST haha So I put my intro into a persons reply thing so I will redo here! Hi! I am Jaime I am a 37 year old 280 lb soon to be nursing student! I have recently taken the plunge into a major lifestyle change! I am super excited and have already been at it a week with no goof ups! <BR> <BR> I am looking for help with motivation and maybe ideas for low impact workout stuff. I started DDP Yoga and feel better! I also have cut gluten and dairy out of my diet due to some digestion issues. (with dr. ble... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:59:33 EST Color run 9-6-2014 Would anyone want to do that with me? Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:06:14 EST Hello loves :) My name is Kara and I am a female currently living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I think it would be great if I had a friend to motivate me and to work out with here in the springs. I currently go to college online and don't get to go out much, but I really want to change my lifestyle. I am currently around 210lbs and my goal weight is 120lbs maybe 115lbs. I really enjoy walking in nature and my favorite exercise is actually the Just Dance video game. I look forward to meeting you all. <BR>... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:03:44 EST hello from Yoder Hi! <BR> Ironically enough I moved to Colorado to get healthier, and what did I do? I gained 35 pounds! I lived in the Springs for 3 years and now I live out east in Yoder on 238 acres of land and my own personal boot camp if I choose. I work in the Springs.. I need to lose 55 pounds, maybe learn how to run and do a half marathon? This town is full of wonderful people , looking forward to some great motivation <BR> Christina Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:04:14 EST 5k Jingle Bell Run Did anyone do this today? I was there and had a great run! Sat, 14 Dec 2013 17:04:27 EST Members: Introduce Yourself Here Hi all!! I have noticed that our team is really growing & we are getting a lot of new members. So, I wanted to start a new into post, so all of us existing members & new memebers could intoduce ourselves, since there has been quite a bit of turn over on this team. <BR> I will start, I've been in C Springs 95% of my life & I am a Colorado native. I've been on Spark for a long time, I think since about 07. I am working on getting in shape & finally loose this weight for good. I am certified... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 13:34:19 EST So here I am. Wish me luck! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a 46 year old husband and father of two kids, both currently in college, and I work in Olympic sports. I enjoy writing, reading, guitar playing and computer gaming (in moderation). <BR> I have climbed on (and fallen back off) the weight loss wagon many times over the years with only 3-4 of those attempts meeting with any degree of success albeit temporary. Due to my numerous attempts to lose weight over the years and the research I’ve done, I feel I have the knowl... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 23:14:50 EST What are your survival plans for the holidays? Thought I'd start a thread to let everyone share what their survival plans are for the upcoming Holidays & how you are doing!! <BR> I for one haven't given it much thought. I have accomplished my 1st hurdle & that is to quit drinking as much, for several reasons, but one of which has been weightloss. And it has worked! <BR> My son has really been incouraging me lately & that has been great motivation! <BR> What are everyone else's plans or motivations? Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:57:52 EST need a friend hey im a 40 disabled women need a friend to help me out with some problem any can please help me out. my problem are as following: I need to lose weight, excerise even if I am on oxygen, stay away from candy( I have a addition to candy),just some to cheer me up tell me im beautiful still. CAN ANYONE HELP ME OUT !!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> GET A HOLD OF ME BY EMAIL ME PLEASE I LIVE IN COLORADO SPRINGS I DO NOT DRIVE! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:57:46 EST Rain, Rain, go away. How is everyone coping with the rain here lately? Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:37:26 EST Hello Colorado Springs Is anyone on this team still active? I am new to spark and trying to lose weight, would love someone nearby to do it with. If you are able to go the gym or hikes or whatever that would be awesome. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:48:06 EST I need support maintaining I have reached my goal 244# Now I think I am going to need support to maintain my weight <BR> I have not been an active member of this Spark Team but I think I will be more active and I am hoping that being active will keep me motivated <em>9</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 15:08:04 EST Fire Danger My husband and I have been listening to the news off and on all night! So very sad that this is happening again in Colorado Springs. I hope each and everyone of you is safe and is not threatened by the fires!! <BR> Stay safe out there!! Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:06:45 EST Day three on Spark! Hello all fellow Coloradians! <BR> <BR> I have ten pounds to lose. I have been on weight watchers and lost fifteen pounds and even reached my goal weight. My sticky point is staying at my goal weight. I have tried and that worked for about a month. Spark People has a lot more to offer and I am excited to get these last ten pounds off. I am an avid exerciser, I go to the gym five days per week;You would think with all that exercising I should be able to maintain a healthy wei... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:25:20 EST Where is Everybody????? I remember this being a VERY active team two years ago. But now there are few recent posts and days go by without anyone commenting. I hope everyone is still active and OK. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:13:40 EST Not new... but returning after TWO YEARS!! And I can't beleive that I remembered my password!!! <BR> <BR> I'm ready to get back in the groove. For the past two years, I haven't been working on myself. But I didn't gain any weight.... so that's a good thing! Looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting some newer ones. Feels so good to finally have my head in the right place. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:12:06 EST Section 16 Where is the start of this trail head? I have hiked it with friends, but not driven to it. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:01:58 EST Senior Citizen Hi my name is Barb. I've been a member for some years but stopped receiving anything from SP so I rejoined under another username - don't know what happened. <BR> Anyway, I need to get back to walking outside and would love to have a walking partner. I've had both knees replaced a year ago, recently had painful foot and was in a walking boot. That caused other issues and am not using it now, however, I've lost a lot of stability on my feet and am not able to walk very fast. <BR> I live nea... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 18:53:37 EST I want spring!! I am SO ready to be outside enjoying our beautiful city!!! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:42:48 EST New to Sparks! Hello Sparkspeople. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:16:11 EST January Fitness & Goals I know that we are past mid-month, but I thought it would be nice if posted how we are doing on our fitness & what our goals are & how we are doing with those goals. <BR> I have actually been doing really good with my fitness over the past week! I only missed Sunday...I was a bit hung over from the Bronco playoff party I went to...oopse. But, I'm back on track! <BR> I haven't really sat down & figured out my goals yet, but this will get me thinking! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:38:22 EST Older Members Check In For The New Year Curious on how many older members of the team are still out there and still active with Spark People. I know that there is a few for sure but don't know if they check on this site. So if your out there just leave something on the message board to sign in. Thanks, lets see how many we can get. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:34:07 EST Welcome Newbies! I just want to welcome ALL of the new members to the team, since I can't always welcome you & say "Hi" individually. I also TRY to "friend" all of the people on my team & though I don't send a lot of emails, every now & then I do. So, if you don't have a page or your page is private, I can't, and that is why I haven't. I am trying to get my teams MORE active & want to be there for you, more this year. So, let me know if there is anything you would like to see or any suggestions you may ha... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:25:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:52:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:48:18 EST HAPPY NEW YOU YEAR! I just wanted to say Happy New Year, a bit early. I will be working on getting this team more active, so if there is something you would like to see on this team, let me know! <BR> In the meantime, remember, to improve something, it HAS to change! So, let's make some changes this year, that we can stick to & will improve our lives & the lives of those around us! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:31:53 EST Happy New Year 2013 I was out on one of my long walks and my mind started thinking of things that happened in the past that had started me on the path to who I am today. One of the things that I had remembered and sparked a deep emotion, was the first time I had to pay a water bill that was mine. Dad had always paid the bill and you knew electricity wasn't free because you always heard "turn off the lights! What? Do you think electricity is free" but water? Waste it, no you didn't want to waste it, but pay for i... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:08:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:40:45 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:45:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:36:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:41:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:49:30 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:11:20 EST A re-Introduction A re-introduction, of sorts, since I have failed miserably at this whole consistency thing. BUT...this time I feel different about it. Yes, I know we all say that, but I seriously do. I'll be 38 next month and I'm not revamping in January like we typically set ourselves up to do, riding on that high of resolutions and societal solidarity of, "this time, things will be different" and then falling off the high 4 weeks later. This time I want to beat the rush so I'm starting now! I have a legit... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 11:59:11 EST Time to rev up our team! Well, now that one of the worst summers in Colorado history is over, a fact that I'm thankful for, let's try to get this team HOPPING! <BR> Please, let me know what you want to see more or less of on this team. Any ideas that you might have. I wanted to get the hikes started again, but due to the fact that I take care of my father on Saturday & have church early Sunday, I just don't know when we could plan the hikes. <BR> Last year, I had a good time meeting a member during the week in the... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:44:18 EST America Discovery Trail run Is anyone doing this on Monday? Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:40:36 EST LONG flat running trail Does anyone know of a long (like 10 miles) flat running trail? Or a good street that doesnt ahve a lot of traffic or has big sidewalks? <BR> <BR> i did my 17 mile run yesterday in a super hilly area. It would be nice to run a flat course as taht is what my marathon has next month. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:09:49 EST Color Run Is anyone else doing the color run at PPIR on Aug 11? My whole family is doing it :) Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:09:17 EST Prospect Lake Has anyone ever swam in this lake? Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:11:16 EST New to Sparks Hello all. I've finally had it with this extra weight! I've joined Tops to keep me accountable. I'm going through menopause and can't lose like I use to. This week has been a good start on tracking my food. All your posts are inspirational. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 01:02:51 EST Everyone OK? I know that I have been new to this list and haven't been on often, but with everything that has happened lately, is everyone ok? I saw that a few people got evacuated. Our community will have a lot of work to do in the coming months to heal, but it is our strength of being able to come together and help each other that is the true color of humanity. We have been doing a lot of work up at UCCS (thats where I work), so I've been a little busy and haven't been online much. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 12:48:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 12 May 2012 14:34:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 11 May 2012 11:03:57 EST Breagan's Oma Due to very bad knees I do not feel that I can do the cardio, but I take Tai Chi classes 2 x a week and cannot find a way to enter that on the fitness page. Does anybody have any suggestions. The help tab was useless. <BR> Wed, 9 May 2012 14:31:30 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 8 May 2012 23:00:12 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 1 May 2012 11:07:47 EST Trail head I want to do the trail that you can pick up by Woodmand and it goes up into the Air Force academy. The trail has several names, dont know which is correct. <BR> <BR> my question: where do i get the trail head at woodman? is it by the park and ride? by the bike shop? Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:16:04 EST I'm Sorry! Hey all! I just want to apologize that I haven't been very active on our teams lately! I have been doing WAY too much the past month! But, my father is having back surgery on the 1st so that should free up my time a bit! <BR> I would LOVE to hear some ideas about what you would like on our team, ie more challenges, games, get togethers, ect. <BR> I will also be able to start scheduling the weekly hikes, again, starting in May. Due to church & work, the best day that I have found for mos... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:10:02 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:43:44 EST St. Patricks day run I decided to run this. Anyone else? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:24:38 EST Local chipped race Does anyone know of a local chipped race that is coming up soon? Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:37:49 EST Looking for inspiration! Hi! My husband and I (both 50+) started the Dash Diet in January 2012. We're both down over 15 lbs and looking to keep losing. We're both loving the results and it's great to encourage each other in this! I love this site and the support you give each other as well. Also, since we've been following this plan, I've used some of the recipes on SparkPeople. Thanks for all who participate here and keep up the good work! Pearl Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:57:25 EST Denver Rock n' Roll marathon and half Anyone else doing this? I signed up for my first full !! Thu, 16 Feb 2012 10:06:29 EST Greenland trail run I am signing up for this!! The 25k <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:06:58 EST Weather Forecasts Don't you just WISH they would get it right, once in a while?!?!? <BR> <BR> It was "breezy" last night...nothing too terrible, just a few gusty winds at bed time. Having watched the forecast (KKTV) I expected to wake up to gale-force winds this morning, and be forced on to my treadmill....but NO! It was about the calmest morning we've had in days!!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:03:10 EST Anyone else have weird issues, like me? And willing to admit it, teehee! <BR> I talked to a friend yesterday that I haven't seen since August....30lbs & 4 dress sizes ago. We are going to get together on Sunday to watch the Patriots game & my 1st thought was, "Oh, I need to loose more weight!" How weird is that? I actually worried & CARED that she might not notice how much weight I've lost! And really, WHO CARES WHAT SHE THINKS? sheesh, I wonder if I will ever get over caring what others think about my body! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:31:01 EST Climbing Pikes Peak This is a goal I have for this summer. Anyone done it? Mon, 9 Jan 2012 12:05:01 EST Go Girl Hello everyone, I just learn about this web sight. I love it so far. I am in a group that is trying to lose weight. I wasn't going to join. I didn't feel ready yet? Now I am all excited! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:12:54 EST Fun new fitness Are you trying anything new for fitness fun this year? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:55:34 EST Jingle Bell run The YMCA is putting on a Jingle Bell run. 5k. The Thanksgiving run was a lot of fun!!! Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:49:33 EST Wine For those wine drinkers. Do you go to a certain store to pick up your favorite wines or do you just go to the regular liquor store? Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:10:40 EST YMCA Turkey Trot My whole family signed up!! Are you doing anyting fun that day? Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:16:04 EST 60% of the time, it works every time Hello everyone! My name is Amy. I am a 35 year old single mother of three great kids. My baby girl is 2 and my two boys are 12 & 14. I tend to be a sarcastic, call-it-like-i-see-it kind of person. I love to laugh and spend as much time as I can with my kids. We like to go for a hike or swimming even spend time playing cards and board games... I am looking forward to getting to know many of you. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:29:50 EST Haunted wine tour!!! My DH and I are going on Sept 30!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s.html </link> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 17:38:21 EST Chick crawl This looks cool!!! Thanks CLCCOOL!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=5 </link> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:29:29 EST Corn Maze Has anyone done something like this in CO? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t.html </link> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 09:51:35 EST Emma Crawford Coffin Races <link><BR>emma-crawford-coffin-races-in-manitou.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love this!! So much fun!! Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:01:37 EST I've been M.I.A. sorry Hi, Sparkies! I know I've been a little m.i.a., lately, sorry. I have just been making an effort to spend less time on the computer & SP (I was spending at least an hour in the morning just on SP!), and more time doing what most of us are here to do, get fit & loose weight! But, in the process, I notice that I have neglected my teams! So, sorry! I will try to do better. If anyone has any suggestions on how to get our team more active & involved, please, feel free to let me know. If you... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:51:08 EST Fall Fun What do you like to do for fall in our beautiful city? We are talking about the Happy Apple orchard this weekend! Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:29:45 EST new to the site I am new to Sparkpeople and would like a spaark buddy (: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:45:28 EST Embarrassed to post... ...but here I am! Holding myself accountable to a goal that I seem to continuously set for myself! This time, I'm thinking, it will be different (in a good way!). <BR> <BR> I'm a mother of two working fulltime, and I struggle to find the motivation to do something on my own--and stick with it. I'm hoping that joining here, I'll discover that I'm not alone in this venture and will find new and meaningful ways to change my lifestyle for the better! Sun, 21 Aug 2011 17:57:15 EST Walk/jog trails Any Good ones around the fort carson area? Not on post tho. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:04:52 EST Anyone up for Garden of the Gods? I'm walking/hiking GOTG this thursday morning at 9am. I would love to meet other SP friends. Come join me! Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:26:04 EST Weekly Hike for 7/17 This week I had a couple request for Sunday & since it has been getting hot by the time we finish, I thought we'd go a little earlier this week, also. <BR> So, Sunday, 8:00 @ Mt Blodgett. <BR> <link><BR>101 </link> <BR> It's been a while since we've done this, so I don't remember if it is diffecult or not & how child/stroller easy it is, but you are welcome to come & try it! <BR> As usual, we only wait for 5 minutes, I will wear my pink hat & let me k... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:07:36 EST Hello I am going to need a lot of encouragement! Hello I am new to spark people, but I feel that it is a good place for me. I guess I would like advice about starting at Spark People, I am in need of loosing 90 lbs and this has to be it. I have lost 50 lbs once gained it all back, then I lost another 50, and gained 100 back. If I loose any weight and then can not keep it off I am afraid for the future. Thank you in advance!! Thu, 7 Jul 2011 22:56:18 EST Friendly competition Okay, people! I'm doing this on my other Co Springs team & Rockies team! We are going to have a friendly competition to see who can get the most SP points & fitness points per week! I unfortunately, can't give REAL prizes, but you will receive a "goodie" & team recognition! So, come on Co Springs Sparlers! I really want Colorado Springs to be in the top 10 cities for fitness & SP points, right now we are #19 for SP points & #16 for fitness! That's a great start! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:39:58 EST What's your favorite grocery store? My personal fav is Sunflower Farmer's Market on Dublin & Academy. I go every other Wednesday to stock up using the overlapping sales. The employees are friendly and helpful, too. They have a great bulk department. I can afford to stock up on grains and special treats. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:14:37 EST Moving to Colorado Springs! Hi everyone! I'm Raine. I'm in the Air Force and moving to Colorado Springs at the end of July for my new assignment. I have never been to Colorado before, but I am really looking forward to the move because I hear it is beautiful there! I'm actually heading up in about a week and a half to look at places to live. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I'm hoping to meet some awesome people on Spark located in Colorado Springs! Fri, 3 Jun 2011 17:59:49 EST Hello! Hi, my name is Rebecca and I'm 36 years old. I have two boys and 3 dogs that keep me busy. I recently started a new job where I am sitting in my office all day... as a result I have packed on 10 lbs that are making me feel terrible! I am excited to take this journey with all of you! Sat, 28 May 2011 10:35:06 EST Computer has a virus Know anyplace local I can take it to get it fixed??? Tue, 24 May 2011 17:38:15 EST FOUND SOMETHING AWESOME! Alright guys so I found something awesome! I was just wondering if anyone had heard of it and if there is an event coming around town? Here's the DL: <BR> <BR> Thanks to:<BR>rticles/mudding-newest-trend-athletic-<BR>endeavor <BR> <BR> Mudding: The Newest Trend in Athletic Endeavor <BR> Are you part of one of these demographics? <BR> 1) Bored of hitting the gym daily with no end in sight? <BR> 2) A former athlete that has lost her way over t... Sat, 21 May 2011 15:34:43 EST Lifetime Fitness Hi! I was wondering if anybody workouts at the new Lifetime Fitness? I just got my membership there and I am looking for a female workout buddy with a Lifetime membership! I am going to be heading there at least 5x a week and would love to have a buddy for at least some of those days in the week! <BR> If you are interested feel free to send me a message! <BR> Thu, 19 May 2011 14:34:25 EST Another unfortunat /important SP issue It's come to my attention on another team that there has been some unfortunate issue on SP involving "bullying" and ridicule of one of the member who was writing blogs, that bothered a few people. Though I've never read the blogs & don't know what happened, I guess it got SO bad that this person left SP. I have NEVER run into this problem on any of the teams I'm on now or that I lead & I am thankful. But, I guess we all need a reminder. Please, try to be considerate of other's feelings. ... Wed, 18 May 2011 20:00:08 EST If You Love Video Games... I just found this article on SP and it sounds awesome! it's pretty much a list of video games that not only rock, but give you a pretty good calorie burn too! I was also thinking that doing these games would be perfect for families, couples, buds, girlfriends, and individuals! <BR> <BR> Here's the jist: <BR> <BR> The Best Dance, Workout and Active Video Games: <BR> <BR> -MTV's Dance Central - XBox 360 Kinect <BR> -Zumba, Kinect, Wii, PSMove <BR> -DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) PS2, PS3 <BR> ... Sat, 14 May 2011 20:27:32 EST Pole fitness If anyone is interested, pole fitness is a blast!! The studio is on the north end of town. We have an amazing time and get a great workout in!! Tue, 10 May 2011 15:41:36 EST New to Colorado! Hi! my name is Jackie and I just moved from Tulsa Ok to Colorado Springs less than a week ago! I love it here it is soooo beautiful! I am looking for a buddy (or a couple of buddies) in the area to share my weight loss journey with. I have a goal to lose 40-49lbs by January 2012. I love the outdoors a lot but I don't know any places in the area except for Garden of the Gods. Does anybody know of a few good places, maybe some nature trails or hiking locations (preferably free places)? <BR> Fri, 6 May 2011 15:27:32 EST Hi! I am new to Colorado! Hi! my name is Jackie and I just moved from Tulsa Ok to Colorado Springs less than a week ago! I love it here it is soooo beautiful! I am looking for a buddy (or a couple of buddies) in the area to share my weight loss journey with. I have a goal to lose 40-49lbs by January 2012. I love the outdoors a lot but I don't know any places in the area except for Garden of the Gods. Does anybody know of a few good places, maybe some nature trails or hiking locations (preferably free places)? Fri, 6 May 2011 14:54:51 EST SOOO Nice Today!! I say, enjoy the weekend everyone! It is so nice today, finally! Fri, 6 May 2011 13:29:15 EST New member, I workout at downtown Y Just on here today good to see others from the Springs I been working out at the Y downtown if anyone has any motivational tips or needs a workout partner there between 4-5 I could use more motivation too! Mon, 2 May 2011 23:22:18 EST Hello Hello, im new to sparks Sat, 16 Apr 2011 18:54:11 EST living healthy Hello my name is Lita. I started my healthy lifestyle in September of 2009 at 185 with a goal of 165.. I have gone from 185-148 and now am trying to maintain 155 toned :). I am 5'8 and 148 on me looks a little sickly, but I love 155 with a flat tummy (which is hard after 3 babies). I am just trying to stay healthy and fit and be a good healty role model for my family. I believe being spiritually and physically healthy is key! Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:35:58 EST Registered Dietician or Nutritionists around town? Does anyone know of a way/ways to get in touch with an RD or nutritionist? I want to touch base with someone to make sure I'm eating properly since I'm a vegetarian. Any advice is welcome thank you <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 9 Apr 2011 15:37:41 EST Free Trial bootcamp Hi everyone- <BR> <BR> I am not sure if I am breaking any team or SP rules by advertising this, but I wouldn't think so since I am promoting a FREE fitness event. If I am violating anything, please let me know! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I just wanted to let you all know of a great bootcamp trial. <BR> <BR> PeakFit BootCamp is offering 1 week (5 weekdays) of bootcamp for FREE! In addition to the 5 FREE days, you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE month of BootCamp! <BR> Come and experienc... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:33:39 EST GOG 10 Mile Hey everyone! I just signed up for the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile and am excited to start training. I'm running a half marathon in KS in two weeks too! <BR> Anyone else going to run GOG? Tue, 29 Mar 2011 10:35:03 EST Love the warm days! It is so nice to be able to go outside and run!! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:20:12 EST New to team, but not the Springs Hi everyone- <BR> <BR> I have been on SP for several years and I've had tremendous success. <BR> A little about myself: <BR> I have lived in the Springs area for about 2 years now, we are Army!! I am married to a great guy for almost 6 years (next week!) and I have 2 beautiful girls, 4 and 21 months. I am a certified personal trainer and I just opened up a fitness bootcamp in Fountain with my friend. <BR> I am a full time student studying Exercise Science. <BR> <BR> I look forward to in... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 19:19:28 EST Hello! Hi. My name is Dana. I'm really not new to Sparkpeople but I wanted to take advantage of all that Sparkpeople have to offer. I read that those who use the forums are most likely the ones to loose the weight and has success in keeping it off. I am! I have 32 pounds to loose and with all of you wonderful Sparkpeople People I know I can do this. :-) Wed, 2 Mar 2011 13:08:57 EST Just a Hello and Good Luck to all in the MLK area! Also to all in the C/S area. <BR> <BR> Not a bad start to this time around 5 lb's lost last week and looking forward to next 5 lb's. ( ideally want to loose 50-70lb's ) <BR> <BR> I am a 50 something married female and would like a buddy to walk with I do not drive, I have not got a dog :( unfortunately the management of the apartments says no. <BR> <BR> If not a walk buddy just a chat buddy to compare notes with :) <BR> <BR> Well All - Have a Good Day and again Good Luck with the weight l... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 15:59:15 EST Outdoor activities planned for this weekend? So this weekend I think the weather may be a bit chilly but pleasant. Anyone have fun activities planned for outdoors? I am planning a 6M run/walk on Saturday and on Sunday I may start prepping my garden area in anticipation that spring will be here soon. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 13:10:19 EST Hello Hi everyone. I have been away too long but I am back. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 16:29:49 EST Finally Our weather is going to be back to "normal" Fri, 4 Feb 2011 09:48:49 EST Monument YMCA??? Any ladies go to Monument's YMCA? I am 26 female and looking for a workout partner! I have 85lbs to loose and would like to make a new friend in the process. I moved here with my husband and our kids in September and haven't really met anyone yet. Anyways, if your a member or close to there and want to be a member then let's work out together =) I am looking to met 3 to 5 days a week!! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 21:13:37 EST Buddy? Near Fort Carson...? Hey! Im new to all of this! If there is anyone who would like a buddy, I would love to chat or meet up some where.. I live right by Fort Carson, and a military wife / girlfriend ect. would be a wonderful buddy for me so we wouldn't have to drive too far to meet up or what not.... I am on the road to being a better me, and we can do it together! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 23:19:42 EST New Members: Introduce Yourself Here Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Nicole and I just joined Sparks today with a little bit of fear and trembling, coupled with a little bit of excitement and anticipation of this new phase in my life. I have never been super slim through out my life and I don't strive for that look, however, it would certainly be nice to be confident in a swimming suit instead of always trying to cover up my belly fat or my thunder thighs. <BR> <BR> In the past two years, I have had 5 miscarriages and each pr... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:27:04 EST Newbie! Hello All <BR> I am new to Spark, just joined today! Looking to change to a heathly lifestyle, lose weight and be more fit then I ever have! <em>2</em> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 16:57:32 EST Chain emails on SP People, SP has sent out an email asking that no one participate in the chain emails & comments that are going around SP right now. It is over loading the server & slowing things down. And personally, it is a sweet comment, but kind of annoying, I had tons of emails today! <BR> Again, please, don't participate. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:12:41 EST MOM SEEKING WORKOUT PARTNER Looking for a workout partner in Colorado Springs. Mom of 4 soon to be single again. Membership at 24HR Fitness Sport. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:32:51 EST Chick crawl? Anyone ever done this? <BR> <BR><BR>m/Welcome.html <BR> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:30:35 EST 20 car pile up video Did you see this on N. Carefree??? Oh my goodness!! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 10:51:51 EST Nelson challenge Does anyone do this through Pikes Peak Road Runners? Tue, 4 Jan 2011 10:45:05 EST My Time to get healthy Hi! I have multiple health issues that I have used for excuses and after maintaining my weight for18 months, I feel ready to change things and lose weight. I'm tired of tight clothes and have no funds to buy more. The only reasonable course is to fit into what I have! I have sever RA and Celiac Disease. Following most diet plans has been difficult changing it to fit the no wheat requirement. I have started walking a couple times a week - I'm up to 1 1/2 miles now. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 16:47:07 EST Newbie to Sparkpeople Hi all! I am new to Sparkpeople but a I've been in Colo Spgs for about 20 years. I'm a 42 year old professional male, with a job that requires a lot of time in front of a computer and hence a lot of time sitting on my butt. I am looking to lose about 30lbs by next July, but my primary motivation is to look and feel better. Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:28:11 EST Bugkyky New to the site. I am having a very hard time keeping myself motivated. Thanks to an amazing friend , she pointed me to this site. I have been struggling with mu weight since high school , a very long ti e ago. I always refer to myself as the fat girl, li,e fat girls loves to eat, or what do you expect from big girls, I think I do this to always having an excuse for always failing. The failing needs to stop and success needs to start, tired of being the fat girl and shopping in the big girl s... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:52:03 EST Late introduc tion.... Hello all, I am not really a new member...have been using spark since around February but have not forced myself out of hiding to introduce myself! I would like to make some friends here and maybe even find a workout buddy or hiking group to hang around with. I have been slacking on the lifestyle changes the last month or so and as a result I didn't lose any weight! So I am getting back on track now....have lost 56 pounds so far....looking at at least another 40 and maybe more but I won't k... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 21:59:17 EST 10lbs per month I am trying to lose 10lbs per month. I know it may sound farfetch but it is quite possible. Does anyone have a similar goal? I would not mind a workout buddy. I'm a student so my schedule is kind of sketchy but I am willing to try if someone else is. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:32:12 EST Starting over So glad I found spark. I've done WW four times even tried on line and their online is nowhere near as good as what I've already seen here! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get back down to my pre-marriage weight. My husband and I have an agreement that when I get to that weight we'll start trying for a second baby! So far though, I've been struggling on my own, working full time, raising a toddler, and spending most of my free time trying to write and find a literary agent. But last night finding thi... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 14:41:45 EST Halloween weekend runs Is anyone doing any scheduled runs that weekend? Wed, 13 Oct 2010 09:42:05 EST I need a workout buddy! I would really like a workout buddy to help motivate me and hold me accountable. I have a membership at bally total fitness on N. Academy. I have about 100 lbs. to lose and just need a little nudge to get me in the gym. Message me if you would like to workout sometime. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 23:22:52 EST Mmm Veggies... The kids and I are planning to go the Fall Harvest Festival up in Platteville (looks to be east of Broomfield) next weekend. This sounds fun especially if you like the idea of picking your own veggies from a Colorado farm. I emailed the farm and they said that with your admission you get to pick 6 ten pound bags worth of produce to take home. That is a deal! The festival runs until Nov 15. FYI in case you're interested. <BR> <BR> Our Fall Harvest Festival celebrates the season with a ... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 22:41:21 EST Have You Seen This? Really interesting site showing what was put in the time capsule for Colorado Springs 100 years ago. There are photos, notes addressed to us in the future, recordings you can play, calling cards, newspapers, and all sorts of ephemera <link><BR>uryChest/ </link> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 11:35:22 EST A little about Me... My name is Janine. I lost weight last year through Weight Watchers and was on the verge of going back since my full-time job and my shoulder injury has helped bring back half the weight I lost. A friend told me about Sparks People and I thought maybe I should go for this and save myself that monthly cost that has kept me from going back. I am not overweight but my body doesn't like have the extra 5-7lbs I have put on. I have been getting heartburn, acid stomach, bloated and just not happy... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:10:13 EST New here ... day two ... new beginnings! Hi! My name is RaeMichelleS I'm new here and starting on my journey for a new beginning. Hope to meet some postive, motivating people and hope I can be a light for someone else, too! Tue, 17 Aug 2010 22:27:26 EST Navigating SP I've had a few people mention that they have a hard time figuring out how to navigate SP & build a SP page, so I'm posting a helpful link. It's fun to have an SP page, because you can add friends, post pictures & comments, as well as get & give SP Goodies! <link><BR>ted.asp </link> Mon, 16 Aug 2010 10:20:41 EST Fun 5k Hey everyone in C Springs, I have just learned about a 5k on Tuesday nights starting and ending at Jack Quinns. It is free. My friend told me about it last night. She said it is a group of people that run/walk and you don't have to go every week but after 10 times you get a shirt....oooooooo...I am going to try it out on Tuesday. <BR><BR>hp <BR> <BR> Wanna join me? Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:27:03 EST Hello Hi, I'm a mom of 5 and have gained a few extra pounds this summer...evil ice cream! I love fall clothes, and would like to make sure I fit into them before the fall weather gets here! I need to do this now, as I noticed my jeans were a bit snug on me this morning. After I lose what I gained, I really want to tone up and lose this baby-flab. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 17:33:08 EST Need clothes that fit?! Seasons are changing, and so are our bodies. I would love to host a clothing exchange .... bring in your clothes that are too big, find clothes that show off your new gorgeousness! <BR> <BR> Let me know by responding to this post if you are interested. Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:42:25 EST Cheapest Groceries? I'm moving from California to the springs in about a month...which grocery stores in the area have the best deals? We have a 99 cent store here in California, and I am SERIOUSLY going to miss a cart FULL of groceries for $30. Help!!! Sun, 8 Aug 2010 20:22:29 EST new Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople and excited to be here :) Wed, 4 Aug 2010 19:13:51 EST Hi! Hi everyone my name is Shannon. Thought I would introduce myself. I joined a few days ago and am going to try this slowly... I seem to quit if I jump in with both feet. Hope you are all reaching your goals, let me know if anyone is looking for a buddy :) Thu, 29 Jul 2010 13:00:35 EST Nice Apartment in the Springs? I'm looking for one! I'm military, and I'd like to have a lease signed before I even get it's really tough to choose without getting to see it in person. Do y'all have any suggestions? Anything would be great :) <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 23 Jul 2010 21:44:53 EST Today I WILL... What is one good thing that you will do TODAY towards living a healthier life? <BR> <BR> Today I WILL... <BR> Ride my bike to Safeway and stock up on those great strawberries they've got on sale for $1! Fri, 16 Jul 2010 09:47:37 EST My marriage has an expiration date. Hello, <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 100 pounds in 1 year. My husband admitted to me he kissed another woman while I was on vacation with our children. I want to leave him but he's begging me to stay and go to counseling. I decided this morning I would give him until our youngest is in high school, 4 years from now. Maybe I'll end up forgiving him and taking him back and our life will go on as planned, but right now I would love to walk away. He doesn't know our marriage has an expiration... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 08:09:01 EST Zooma half 07/17 Is anyone else signed up?? I cannot wait!! Tue, 13 Jul 2010 09:05:41 EST Warrior Dash Team Forming Looking to have a great time and enjoy a rigorous obstacles course motivated by team members? There is a team being formed for the Warrior Dash in Copper Mountain Resort on August 21 and 22. Here is the web site:<BR>ckies.php <BR> Come join the team, so that you can be prepared and motivated by other team members for this event. The team is made up of 3 gentlemen as of now, but would like to have a crew that will represent the Colorado Springs Area... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:00:35 EST Fountain Runners - Training Together Looking for running partner in Fountain, so that I can stay motivated and on schedule. Run in the evenings around Metcalf, Nature Center, Quail Lake, H.S. Area, Safeway, behind the New Housing Division, etc. I am training for the Warrior Dash and a Marathon, so dedication and preserverence is needed. Usually 4 - 9 miles a day, but weekly mile average is starting out at 20 - 25 miles. Send me a message if interested. Jessie Mon, 12 Jul 2010 15:45:58 EST nature hikes Hi I am getting started with the spark team colo spgs <BR> and am interested to see if I can find a hiking buddy. I am a 55 yr old female, who likes the outdoors, my fitness level is not a superstar nor a couch potatoe, if your looking for someone to enjoy colo spgs beauty with let me know, would prefer another female buddy, thx Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:06:36 EST Hi Everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Tammy and I am in the 40 something age group with three kids and I'm ready and determined to get my pre-baby body back! I have a lot of work to do and I know support is everything to our goals. I'm going on a cruise for my 25th wedding anniversary and I just don't want to look good I want to look "Hot~" It;s my turn to take care of me! Sat, 26 Jun 2010 17:49:05 EST Help!! I have a Gym membership but never use it. Okay, so life happens. I am stuck in a groove in life where I can not get off dead center. ( because my butt is too big) LOL In the past I worked better when I had a buddy to work out with. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 13:15:19 EST Ready to start a new. Hello, My name is Magan, and I had a really big scare earlier this year when I got very sick. I noticed that I was heading down the same road my mother went. At that time I decided I need to make a change in my life. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:39:19 EST 5Ks Does anyone know of some 5Ks coming up in the Springs? Mon, 21 Jun 2010 09:11:30 EST New Colorado Springs member Hi, I am Carmelita Hughes. I am 49 turning 50 on 7/10/10! I have a wonder husband and 8 yr old son. I also have MS and need to lose 40 pounds. Don't know how I found this site. Must have been fate!. I really need (want) support and help from other Co.Sprgs. members. I need help with this site. Can anyone give me some really basic simple instructions and perhaps a routine to track my progress? So much on the website, I don't know where to start. I'm excited to begin! Help me ! And nice to mee... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:43:51 EST 6 small meals plan Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I live in Colorado springs and am new to sparkpeople. I go to a clinic here in town and see a nutritionist at a clinic called Functional Medicine Specialists. I am on a 1200 calorie B12 lipotropic plan and eat six small meals a day. I have lost over 25 lbs and have about 20 to go. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else do small meals or see a clinic in town? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Lynn Tue, 15 Jun 2010 19:09:54 EST new to sparks Hello everyone new to sparks. Wed, 9 Jun 2010 21:43:37 EST Changing my life for the better! Hello everyone! My name is Marketa and I look forward to learning how to live healthier, and to get back down to my healthy weight range. I am happy to have found this website which will assist me in reaching many of my lifestyle goals. I am on my way to better living in other areas as well. I look forward to receiving support from you all and supporting you in any way I can. Anything is possible...LET'S GO!!! Mon, 7 Jun 2010 02:07:34 EST i'm the laziest person i know... i am the true definition of, if i can do it, anyone can do it. Fri, 28 May 2010 15:44:45 EST 14er hiking buddies? Hey everybody! I'm new to sparkpeople, joined yesterday (please, please, hold your praise and applause until the end)! <BR> <BR> I recently moved back to Colorado after a two and a half year stint in Texas. When I used to live here, one of my passions was mountain climbing- particularly, I caught the 14er bug. I want to get back into things, but all of my former hiking buddies either moved out of the state, or aren't very interested anymore. <BR> <BR> Anybody here interested in hiking/... Sun, 23 May 2010 20:22:31 EST New to this Hi, Im Kim and I stumbled upon this website in my search for free diets online. I have done many different diets in the last few years but I am looking to find a lifelong modification diet. In 2006 I lost 50 lbs but within 1 year I gained it all back. My goals are to work out daily (just bought an elliptical) and count my calories intake and burned. I love to fish, swim, scrapbook and garden. I am hoping that this site is a place where I can meet all my goals! Thu, 20 May 2010 22:02:24 EST I'm very excited about being here! Hi everyone! I am really excited to be a part of this community. My daughter told me about this site, just as I was getting bored and discouraged. I found out in December '09 that I have Diabetes. I've been working hard with my doctor to get everything under control and of course some of the things I've been working on are losing weight, eating right and exercising. So this site is perfect for me! I love the recipes, exercise suggestions and motivational articles. I work as an office ma... Thu, 20 May 2010 18:33:10 EST Hello Hello Everyone. I am a 40 year old married mother of a 6 year old daughter. I would like to lose 40lbs by the end of the year. I just joined SparkPeople today and I'm hoping it will help me. I have never really lost any significant amount of weight and have never really been successful on any diet. I have tried them all and I just can't stay on the wagon more than a week! I'm an emotional eater and if I see it I have to eat it, but its time to change that cycle before I get too old and... Thu, 20 May 2010 00:07:17 EST Looking For A New Beginning... Hi my name is Stephanie and I am 23. I am in the military and have found that my two recent deployments have added extra stress in my life that have caused me to gain some weight...add on to that every day stresses when I return to the United States and I have developed quite and unhealthy life style. I am not severely over weight, but I could stand to lose 10-15 pounds. Every time I try to lose weight I talk myself out of it some how; you know I pull the old well today is the last day I am g... Mon, 17 May 2010 23:20:54 EST Bear Creek Dog Park I'm new to SparkPeople and the forum, but I was wondering if there were any other Bear Creek dog park users out there? I live on the east side of town so I don't get over there as often as I'd like, but I do try and bring my dog at least once a week!! <em>338</em> Sun, 16 May 2010 17:10:28 EST Hello from the new guy! Hello everyone my name is Mark and I am starting over with SparkPeople. I consider myself to be new to SparkPeople even though I joined in '07. I am originally from VA but landed here in '01 after a seven year tour in Japan. Once I retired from the Air Force I decided to stay here to start the new chapter of my life. Living healthier is my main goal and one of the steps to accomplishing this is to lose the 65 ponds I have gained over the years. I'm a single Dad who is raising a 13 year ol... Fri, 14 May 2010 14:51:43 EST newbie hey everybody, i am new to -- I am trying hard to reach my fitness goal and am about halfway there I believe.. I just want to be able to keep it all off!! I am looking for others in the area to join forces with. I was always more successful when my brother was here to work with, but he has been stationed out of state so I am here working it alone! Help! Sat, 8 May 2010 12:24:53 EST Xterra trail run Hi everyone, I was just wondering if anybody has done the Xterra trail run 5k before? I signed up for this 5k in October and I was just wondering if anybody had done it before. Any tips would be great! Fri, 30 Apr 2010 21:43:41 EST Friends Hey all im still trying to get all this figured out and i just had a good friend join and im trying to figure out how to add her as a friend. COuld you all tell me how to do it? Thanks Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:45:26 EST Spammer I just wanted to warn you that, even SP gets Spammers. I guess over the weekend, someone was busy sending Spam out as comments on member's blogs. If you get one, something about loosing weight to fit into a wedding dress(totally, had nothing to do with my blog). Just delet the comment. SP is aware of it & the Member page has been removed. If you run across anyone else doing this feel free to let me or SP know. You can also go to the bottom of thier Page & report them! Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:39:33 EST Food Scales Do any of you know where i can get a cheap food scale. The one i had was given to me and i think my kids played with it to much and now nothing that goes on it is accurate or remotely close. I dont want to spend alot and just want something that at least can help me gage my ounces mainly of meat. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:14:20 EST how much is too much I was just wondering ya'll imput on this. I know sparks says that you should lose about 2 lbs a week to be healthy and safe but my question is i am losing more than that and i am doing what my program says, I eat the pretty much all the calories im alloted and i do my workouts ( walking 3-5 miles a day and some fun hulahoops stuff on the wii). In the last week i have lost 4 lbs, should i cut back on something or is this just because i just started and my body is adjusting to the changes im ... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:42:56 EST Cleaning Question for you all, do any of you keep track of your cleaning (not just the light picking up but the heavy duty get on your hands and knees deep cleaning)and use it towards your fitness time? Sun, 18 Apr 2010 20:15:30 EST Hi there Hi everyone, I'm Erin and well i started this challenge over a year ago and needless to say i totally dive bombed off the rollercoaster and didnt look back for almost 9 months. Well a friend of mine got me inspired again and we are doing this together. I joined this group for some additional help when my friend isnt around to help take that cupcake outta my mouth. lol j/k . But I will admit I do great all day long logging, measuring and weighing my food and getting in my goals for working out... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 21:01:32 EST Not so fun Topic I feel the need to post Hi everyone in this wonderful Colorado Springs Team. <BR> I really hate having to post this & please, know that the reason for this post has nothing to do with ANYONE on this team. <BR> I have discussed the fact that some people get rude & hurtful in some of their posts, with other team leaders. I had mentioned that on a couple of teams I am(was) on there are a few people who can come off as arrogant, rude & actually cruel. I don't know if they mean to or just post things with out conside... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 20:24:37 EST Missing Otter Okay, I know this is weird & honestly, when I first heard about this I didn't really care. But, an Otter went missing from the Cheyenne Mountain zoo (don't get me started on the fact that animals got loose, that's a whole different issue!)and the news was all over it, all I heard about every night was this silly Otter. Then, yesterday, they actually had "breaking news" during the local morning news saying someone thought that they saw the otter.....that was it, I never heard anything else!!... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 23:11:55 EST Good places to buy a bike? I used to bike everywhere. I loved it. Well, my old bike is dead and has been so for a while now. I think I might be ready to get back in the saddle. However I can't do that without a bike. <BR> <BR> Does anyone recommend a specific place here in town that sells quality bikes at a fair price? I'm looking for something rugged as I tend to put them through a lot of abuse. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 13:43:52 EST Hello fellow Coloradans! Hi, I'm Sarah. I'm nearly 26 (one week to go) and I've struggled with my weight all my life. I have successfully lost weight once before, but then due to some health issues I've gained it back and then some. <BR> <BR> I want to be able to go horseback riding again, mountain biking and hiking without struggling to do so. It sucks that I can't do these comfortably anymore! And I'm tired of it sucking so much. <BR> <BR> I've set some goals, and I'm hoping this site will help me stay on t... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 13:40:33 EST Just throwing it out there to see if anyone bites! Since organizing the hikes, I've had something crossing my mind & I want to get some input. <BR> It has been so great meeting other SP women & since I'm a member of a Red Hat Ladies group. I started wondering if anyone would be interested getting something together like my red hat ladies do. <BR> We get together once a month to have fun & chat. Each of us takes a month & plans an event, then we go out for coffee/drinks/meal to chat. I know this is a diet/fitness site, but we do all still e... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:33:38 EST Just Wanted to Say Hi Good Morning, <BR> I have just joined Spark People in hopes of meeting people, learning how others are accomplishing their goals and to stay inspired and motivated. <BR> <BR> I'm a single mom, have two teenage boys at home, and work in sales. All of which are high stress and it had its affect on me for the last three or so years. I've determined enough is enough and 2010 is going to be a year of change. A beginning of a journey... <BR> <BR> My goals are not so much to lose weight as ... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 06:24:56 EST Help me get to know my Team! As a new Team co-leader, I thought this would help me get to know everyone! <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the blank one then fill in the Blanks <BR> Thanks (Please copy these words also) <BR> <BR> <BR> Married?- <BR> <BR> Kids?- <BR> <BR> Job?- <BR> <BR> Birthday (M-D-Y)?- <BR> <BR> Zodiac sign?- <BR> <BR> Favorite color?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Holiday?- <BR> <BR> Any pets?- <BR> <BR> Any collections?- <BR> <BR> Any Hobbies?- <BR> <BR> Any pet peeves?- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:07:29 EST No obese people in C Springs! I heard on the news this morning that according to a "study" of the most obese cities in the country, Colorado Springs is the 4th LOWEST! Fort Collins was the least, with Boulder following in 2nd! <BR> I'm not sure if this is a good thing or bad, as I'm still considered "obese"! So, I'm a minority..ofcourse, I wasn't polled...hmmm. <BR> How does everyone else feel about this, is it good or bad? Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:10:16 EST 5k St. Patricks Race I decided to do this. It will be my first run and I am so nervous. I hike this length all the time, but the only person I compete against is myself. Anyone else going to be there? Fri, 12 Mar 2010 17:29:57 EST hellooooooooo I live in Divide, right next to nat'l forest. Maybe we can get a hike together out here sometime..... great trails! I'd LOVE to meet all of you and I get to the Springs regularly.... so when is the next adventure? <BR> <BR> ps: If any of you road bike or mnt bike I would to chat with you about starting a weekly ride. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 09:56:32 EST Hello CO gals & boys Hi I have been on Spark for a couple weeks. This site is pretty amazing, so many people struggling with the same issues and having a place to turn (FREE!) <BR> <BR> Glad I found the ispark CS team, looking forward to getting to know you! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 09:46:27 EST Hello, New to Sparkpeople Hi, <BR> I am Karen and have found you through a posting from the Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover site. I have struggled with weight all my life and now the doctors are considering surgery. I am at a point that I need to get a handle on my weight and exercise and to make it work forever.I am looking forward to meeting the people in this team and to make this an important part of my life. Nice to meet all of you. <BR> <BR> Karen C Mon, 8 Mar 2010 13:32:43 EST New to Spark but not new to trying to lose weight. I am a 23 year old recent college grad that found with a new job and new stresses came additional weight. I've made the commitment to get to a healthy weight and stay there. I'm hoping that with support and encouragement, I can meet my goal. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:11:02 EST Oh hai, Co Spgs! I'm currently in Buckeye Country but am moving back to Colorado Springs this year. I'm so excited! I decided to join this group a bit early. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 24 and have always been overweight but I gained way too much weight the past few years. I've lost a lot of it, but want to lose more. Sat, 20 Feb 2010 21:16:51 EST Group Hikes I have notice people asking about group hikes, between this team & the other Colorado Springs team. So, I thought I'd start a new page dedicated to this. <BR> Some of us have planned a hike this weekend @ Ute Park. Either Saturday @ 8 or Sunday, depending on what works best for everyone. <BR> I've been collecting info on different trails within or close to the Springs, so that hopefully, we can do this atleast, once a week. <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Feb 2010 11:10:25 EST Questions from new members ??? How do I add someone as a fiend on my Spark Page? Heehee......not fiend, but friend? Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:52:07 EST CHALLENGE: Virtual Sightseeing Trip! <em>295</em> Living in Colorado Springs gives us access to a lot of neat places less than 200 miles away that we can go visit. Two hundred miles is a long way to walk for just one person, so we’re asking you to help us make this a team effort. <BR> <BR> Every bit of cardio activity you do can be converted into steps at <link><BR>stepChartPop.jsp </link> Then, divide the number of steps by 2000, and you’ve got mileage you can deduct from the walk, the... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 15:09:26 EST February Challenge I challenge you to commit to one strength exercise of your choosing every day in February! Please post your daily answer here <BR> <BR> Mine today is seated triceps extensions! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 14:21:01 EST I am 60 yrs old, prediabetic and overweight Diabeties runs in my family. I feel lucky to have not been diagnosed with it so far but my blood sugar is starting to rise. So far tracking my diet and excercise is helping me to start to lose the weight. I am glad that I have started this program Mon, 1 Feb 2010 14:19:30 EST Avon 2 Day Walk 2010 Was wondering if anyone on this team is interested in doing the "Avon Walk for the Cure" with me? The date in June 26-27, 2010 in Keystone/Breckenridge, CO. You walk 39 miles, and you raise $1800.00 for breast cancer awareness. <BR> <BR> For more info. on the event go to <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ver?pagename=denv_home_2k8 </link> Mon, 1 Feb 2010 01:31:09 EST New Members: Introduce Yourself Here Hi Everyone I have been a member for one week now and I feel good. I met all my goals for the week and am looking forward to a healthier future. I hope to get to talk to some of you and hear about your lifes and get some advice and encouragement and to become part of the group. Hope to hear from you. Kim <BR> <BR> Edited by: LIFESGOOD4 at: 1/30/2010 (13:54) <BR> Transplanted from emoticon thread by Carolyn so everyone can meet her! Sat, 30 Jan 2010 17:45:42 EST Howdy! Hello everyone. I have really enjoyed looking around this site. It is pretty spiffy! I never thought I would have fun tracking my food, but Spark makes it so easy. I joined because it was recommended in a class I am taking. About three years ago I had lost quite a bit of weight, I am estimating about 50lbs. I was eating right and exercising. I was feeling amazing. I got off track (40lbs of track) after moving to a new school (I am a teacher) and having my father unexpectedly pass away. With a... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 21:57:56 EST We Have a New Member! Saw this post over in the Military thread and relocated it so we could all welcome Brenna to the team! <BR> <BR> Hi my name is Brenna Johnson and just signed up for this! I have to loose 100 pounds or more, but my first goal is to get 50 off so i am going to need a budddie to help me and keep my spirits up! I am 39 and have 6 grandkids and my middle kid she is married to military and are at Fort Carson so i think i could get some help through here!!I want to feel better about my self and be ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:29:48 EST New to SparkPeople Hi! I just signed up today, and so far this looks like a great site! Looking forward to using the meal and fitness planning and tracking sections as well as the team sites! Amy Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:23:59 EST Incline Does anyone out there do the incline? I did it for the second time last weekend. Whew, what a workout!! It is amazing!! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 08:41:39 EST Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? When I first started SP, I really had to wrestle with my perceptions of what exercise I could actually do. I was overweight and all of my favorite activities could be done sitting in a recliner. I didn't know what to do to get started, much less how to keep going till it became a habit. <BR> <BR> If you're now where I was then, you should take a look at this article <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=584 </link> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 13:57:55 EST Newbie! Hey there all...I am a newbie to Spark People - but so far LOVE it. My husband and I have lived in the Springs for the last 10 years and I work for the 4th Judicial District (El Paso COunty Courts) doing divorce work. Not the happiest of topics to deal with daily - but it is something I enjoy helping people with. I love the outdoors and have been sort of bummed the last month or so without being able to get outside as much as I'd like. The wii we got for Christmas has been super AWESOME f... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 12:22:49 EST My Birthday Gift to ME! - Columbine_ks Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I find myself a year older today. 54. As a single mom of an 11 year old, I find there is a lot to live for. I've just found SparkPeople through Hay House Radio. <BR> <BR> What a lovely group of people! God has a way of putting me right where I need to be when I need it, and introducing me to the most AWESOME people in his Creation! <BR> <BR> Getting healthy in all ways was both my New Years Resolution and my Birthday wish. Spiritually, Mentally, Physically, ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 06:40:46 EST hope to lose a ton of wieght/ learn to eat better I am 45 and have gained 60 pounds in the lasst 6 years. I had never been heavy in my life until I found out I had parkinsons disease. That isn't an excuse,but that is when it started. I am hoping to lose 10 lbs and then I think it will get me really pumped which in turn will give me more confidence and strength to keep working at it. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 22:14:28 EST Are You Lost Yet? With all the content on SparkPeople, it can be daunting to get things done that you want to do. Here's a good place to start: <BR> <link><BR>sp </link> <BR> It has frequently asked questions and tells you how to do all sorts of practical things! Mon, 11 Jan 2010 15:35:30 EST Colorado Springs Military Families and Friends Military families and friends of military families can use this thread to find one another and to discuss topics that are unique to the Colorado Springs military community. Sun, 10 Jan 2010 22:32:48 EST Hello I'm excited Hello my name is Jessica and I'm new to Sparkpeople.. I heard about the site from my mom who learned about it from her doctor... At first I joined to support my mom but I love this site.. <BR> <BR> I only been on the site for 3day but I'm excited to be doing this for me I need it.. I am a single mother who is out of work living at home with my parents... Looking for a job in Colorado Springs right now is very difficult to do.. I didn't think it would be this hard.. So this year I decided to ... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:58:44 EST i need help! I've just moved to Colorado Springs. It's so cold here... where does everyone go to work out? I've very poor and can't do much in the house due to the size of my living room... Any tips would be mucho appreciated. <BR> While unpacking my husband held up a skirt that I wore while we were dating and said, "I want to see you wear this again." I have a lot of work to do! <em>39</em> Fri, 8 Jan 2010 14:19:00 EST Win a Copy of The Spark! I wanted to let you know that there is a giveaway being hosted at <BR> <BR> The FABULOUS people here at Spark People have offered FIVE copies of the book to be given away- to enter, read this blog: <link><BR>tastic </link> Thu, 7 Jan 2010 10:58:00 EST New to SparkTeam Hi Everyone: <BR> <BR> My name is Donna. I'm new to SparkTeam but not C'Springs (have lived here 5 years). I found SparkTeam online at Weight Watchers. <BR> <BR> I am 47-years-old and a lifetime member of Weight Watchers (reached my goal weight a couple of years ago) but have put back on about 25 of the 40 lbs. I lost. I want to get motivated again and lose this weight, as well as get some fitness back in my life. I have my 30-year-reunion in July (which I am coordinating), as well as an a... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 01:43:51 EST Just Getting Into Exercise? You Should Read This When I started SP, I knew nothing about exercise except what I learned in my wicked youth. I went from being just about totally stationary to wanting to whip myself back into shape. <BR> <BR> Spark People's article "New to Exercise? Things to Think About: Avoid Early Overkill" can help you avoid mistakes that might cause you harm. Read it here: <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=136 </link> Tue, 5 Jan 2010 19:07:36 EST Hey Everyone!! New to CO & EXERCISING!!! Hey I hope everyone is doing a great job at keeping themselves motivated and willing to be beautiful and strong! I wish everyone the best with your resolutions and healthy sexy bods!! Have a great time doing it! Be Safe, happy, & healthy! <em>250</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 20:29:12 EST January Challenge! While we're all revved up and full of Spark and beans, I issue this challenge: <BR> <BR> Post on our Team Page -- you're already here --in at least two threads at LEAST three days a week! Ready, set, go! <em>185</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 10:59:47 EST Hello I am new to Spark Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Lesli and I am new to Spark. My doctor suggested for me to use this site to keep track of nutrition and fitness to lose weight. I have started a new eating lifestyle (who says diets these days) and so far so good but am struggling to get back on the WORKOUT wagon. I belong to the Y and 24 hr fitness but think I need a workout buddy to help get me there and keep me focused. Anyone go to the Briargate YMCA or 24hr fitness up off N. Academy (Chapel Hills) I like... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:58:16 EST Hello to all While this isn't the first "diet"/"healthy living" site I've joined, I do hope it will be the last - the one that sticks. I've lived here (Colorado Springs) for five years now, and while its fantastic, I'm still loathe to go out in the cold and snow. For the 27 years prior to this move, I've lived at or near the beaches in Florida and California. That being the case, it shouldn't be a shock to anyone that I pretty much hibernate during the six months of winter here. Sure, I get my son up and... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 23:03:20 EST Introduction Hello. I am Jennifer McPherson. I am 32, 5'3" and weigh 187 pounds. I've put on a lot of this weight in the last year-20+ pounds after having quit smoking-but I was not skinny before that. I spend a lot of time sitting behind a desk, I have a hard time working out (motivation), and love dessert-so those are my biggest challenges to overcome. I want to get down to 130-135-that's my goal. Wed, 30 Dec 2009 13:29:21 EST Hi I'm new Hello, <BR> I'm new to the site and I decided to join now instead of New Years because why wait to get healthy? Also I didn't want to make getting a healthy a New Years resolution since I jump in head first and end up failing miserably. So this time around I am going to try something different. I have about 100 pounds to lose to me this is a really big number so its a little intimidating to me. I have never done an online program like this before, I have however done online workout buddie... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:54:29 EST Are You Entered to Win? Welcome to week 5 of the dailySpark Holiday Giveaway! Music makes exercise more pleasurable. For most of us, a long run, a Spinning class or a Pilates workout wouldn't be complete without a soundtrack. <BR> <BR> That's why we're giving away three iPod Nanos! But, wait, there's more… <BR> <BR> Back in the day, iPods came in black, white, and silver. Now, you can buy them in every color of the rainbow. So we selected three iPods in bright, motivating colors, and with the free engraving offe... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:23:10 EST Looking for some support! I am looking for some support in my weight loss efforts. I do good for a while, but it doesn't last. I would love to hear how others are making it happen. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 21:28:13 EST Daily Spark Holiday Giveaway If you didn't already hear about this, you might want to check it out. Each Monday from now until Jan. 4, 2010, they will be giving away various prizes to help you along your journey to a healthier you. <BR> <link><BR>_big_in_the_2009_dailyspark_holiday_gi<BR>veaway </link> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 15:02:36 EST This stinks... Okay, so know how I was poking fun at Alamogordoans closing everything because snow was in the forcast...joke's on me! 8 inches when I woke up this morning! My trees are snapped in the front yard and I can't see my trashcan. Oh yeah, and its still snowing! They said this is the most snow this region has had in 10 years...if ever. Lucky me, I get to experience a snow monsoon in the desert! I don't get it. <BR> <BR> It wouldn't be bad if we had road crews...they don't know what de-icer... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 11:49:14 EST Who sent the cold!!! Okay, which one of you sent the snow down here to southern New Mexico?? Not that I'm complaining about the snow in general but they don't have road crews! They already delayed school tomorrow morning on the possibility of 2 inches of snow. 2 INCHES!!! Who the frick cancels school for 2 inches of snow??? Oh wait, I know the answer to this question...Alamogordo does! SERIOUSLY??? Thank god I'm packing out of this place...honestly...2 inches of snow and they panic. Ugh. <em>101</em> Mon, 30 Nov 2009 20:32:55 EST New here Hi I am Kiley I live on the SW side of the Springs and I am new to Sparks people. I look forward to getting to know everyone and hope to make some friends along the way as I reach my goals Mon, 30 Nov 2009 01:21:33 EST Hello... Hi, I'm new to this group. I am looking to lose 68 pounds within a year. Just because, I know I can do it. I am look for support and I wouldn't mind starting a walking group. I live off of B Street, so if any of you live around here, let me know. Maybe we can start walking? Winter isn't going to be so nice, but we can go on days that it's not too terrible, or we can bundle up to go on these walks!!! Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:07:32 EST Anyone working out at the Ballys on S. Academy?? Hi! Getting ready for winter weather I joined Bally's Gym on S. Academy. I will be attending exercise classes and working out M-F afternoon/evening time frame. <BR> <BR> Anyone also working out at Bally's and looking for a workout buddy? <BR> <BR> If so, let me know if you would like to meet up and motivate each other for <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> --CJ Tue, 17 Nov 2009 22:38:17 EST Team Challenge: 45 till 2010 There are 45 days till the start of the new year and <BR> we've got a new challenge, courtesy of Brittany: <BR> Commit to 45 minutes daily of any combination of exercise, stretching, or YOU time! <BR> <BR> ready, set,...GO! <BR> <BR> Please post and tell us what you're doing! Today, I shoveled snow for 35 minutes and rode the exercise bike for 10 minutes. Now I don't feel so guilty about dinner at Rasta Pasta last night. Thank you, Brittany! Sun, 15 Nov 2009 17:43:50 EST Working out? I just started my Spark journey on Monday. Since then, I have gone to the gym twice, swimming, walking every day and my fitness tracker is telling me I am over my limit and wants me to eat more??? Why? My goal is to lose 50lbs. I know I don't want to lose it too fat....but I am VERY excited and enjoy my time at the gym. What should I do? Thu, 5 Nov 2009 12:10:58 EST There's A New SP Contest! You can win a year's worth of lotion--I'm thinking somebody in arid Colorado needs this--and more. <BR> Check it out! <BR> <link><BR>er_to_win_a_years_supply_of_lotion_plu<BR>s_100_for_a_spa_visit </link> Wed, 4 Nov 2009 14:46:54 EST New To Colorado Springs and New to SparkPeople Hi, my name is Sheryl and I just moved to Colorado Springs in April of this year. I am not very familiar with the area but would love to meet someone to work out with, or even willing to tell me about the area. I live in the south eastern part of the Springs. I just started working out and am 50 lbs overweight so unfortunately, I walk slower than most. <BR> <BR> I am the mother of three teenagers and will be getting my first grandchild in February. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting everyo... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 16:57:16 EST Seasonal Produce Now that we've moved out of the plum, apricot, peach, nectarine season, what are you going to do with the stuff that is currently cheap? I'm going to start looking for good things to do with apples because I can get Galas for fifty cents a pound. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm making applesauce in the slow cooker. Then I'll divide it into 1/2 C portions, stick it in baggies, and save it for making healthy muffins. What are you up to? Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:05:38 EST Most Excellent Sparkrec I'm starting to notice that a lot of my favorite recipes are coming from <link> </link> It's just such a useful site when you're trying to eat healthier. Nice to have all the conversions to lower fat/lower calorie versions of good foods already worked out and ready to be entered into your food log. What can I say; I'm lazy! <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, I was wondering if you have any current favorites from the site. Today, I'm going to try out <BR> Caramel Apple Salad http://recipes.... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:00:28 EST "Almost" new Hi Everyone. I was on SP for a short time last year and then some things happened that distracted me for a while. I allowed myself to get totally off track and have gained back 40 of the 60 pounds I had lost and kept off for 3 years! I'm disappointed but starting to wake up from the fog I've been in. I'm ready to at least start thinking about and moving towards healthy choices. That's improvement, trust me! Well, anyway, I wanted to say hello, tell you a little about myself, and start my j... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 03:45:05 EST New Hello! I just joiuned spark people. 2 years ago I joined WW and lost 60 pounds. I have gained 20 back and wanted to stop before it got too far which 20 pounds is too far i think for me. But I started birthcontrol and no matter how healthy I eat and how much i exercise i can't drop a pound so i thought i would try this. I can't afford WW and I heard this was just like it. So here I am!. I am hoping to lose the weight before I go on my honeymoon. My husband and I got married and didn't have tim... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 11:28:03 EST A Favor to Ask I hope it's alright to post this here. If not, please tell me and I will delete this message. <BR> <BR> I am in need of massive quantities of clean bagged leaves, and was wondering if any of my Spark friends would have some they don't want. These will be going into my vegetable garden, so I'm hoping for leaves without trash, animal droppings, or excessive amounts of sticks. If you do have any, please contact me via personal message and I will make arrangements to pick them up. <BR> <BR> Tha... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 22:54:32 EST Overwhelmed Hey, all. I'm new to SparkPeople (obviously) and am completely overwhelmed by how robust it is. So much information, I want to quit before I get started. Any suggestions on where to begin? Wed, 14 Oct 2009 00:55:02 EST Hey everyone!! Hey all! I'm new! Let me know an healthy eating tips and good ways to cut calories so I can lose 20 lbs by the first! I run so it should be doable.....haha!! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:51:43 EST Hi all! Hi there! We're PCSing back to the Springs in December. I was born and raised there and can't wait to get back to seasons and mountains and general coolerness. I hate New Mexico! I've tried to find bright spots but no luck...dirt, bugs, and rude people....not a lot to love. Oh and its still hitting the 90's in OCtober! I'm so stoked to come home! Fri, 9 Oct 2009 12:38:22 EST New Place New Goals I just got to Hawaii in Jun. Got great news after arriving. Was expecting. Last month had a miscarriage. SO now I want to lose weight and shape up before I get pregnant again. Got a great husband who is supportive. Wed, 23 Sep 2009 14:21:23 EST Hello im melinda and im 24. My husband is in the army and we live off base. We live off Jet Wing. I would like to lose 20 lbs before my hubby goes back over seas. I have a 3 year old daughter that keeps me busy all day because im a stay at home mom but im trying to find a job and its not so easy. Wed, 9 Sep 2009 22:53:10 EST Hello I just joined sparks and Im so excited to see there is a Colorado Springs team! I am a mother of 6 with only 3 children still at home full time. I hope to get involved with many of the goals and activities not only to get healthier but to make new friends as well. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 12:15:55 EST question for all the lady's! Ok gals.... It is that time of the month again. It makes me feel so crappy. Does it make it harder for you to loose the pounds? I can hardly get my butt up to go to the gym. what do you lady's do to make your self feel better and get motivated? Mon, 17 Aug 2009 22:34:37 EST A great idea for CS Sparkys Hello Colorado Springs Sparkys! I'm Viola and I've been a Spark for about a year. I just joined the CS team and want to suggest a great idea. I belong to the improvisational comedy team Improv Colorado and we are performing at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery on Cimarron tomorrow night, Saturday August 15 at 8 pm. What a great way to get us together for some fun! Meet other Spark People and laugh your cares away for a few hours! It's only $5 and it's family-friendly. Makes a great d... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 10:32:25 EST New to Spark Colorado Springs - The Official Team Admittedly, while I am not, my heart is in Colorado...very close to Colorado Springs. That's why I joined this team, once I discovered it existed (through another SparkFriend). I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area, yet I lived in Colorado (east of Petersen AFB) for six years, and my daughter was born in Denver. I worked in Colorado Springs during that time. It was one of the most pristine places I've ever been. I'm happy to be connected with your team. Thank you. Sun, 9 Aug 2009 16:09:11 EST Around the World in 80 days - a TRAVEL challenge!! Take a trip around the world with us! Post the distance you walk, swim, bike, run, etc everyday and add it to the team total. Spent time on a stationary bike? POST IT! Swam 1000 yards? POST IT! Walk at work? Wear a pedometer and POST IT! Bike to the library? POST IT! Do you dance? Those are steps...POST IT!!!! <BR> <BR> The circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles, give or take (grin). That means we, as a team, need to post an average of 311.26 miles PER DAY to meet this goal? Sound unrea... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 15:03:08 EST Positive Reinforcements Post something positive about yourself. Congratulate yourself on meeting a goal or staying on plan or resisting temptation. Or affirm some aspect of your personality that is positive: "I am kind." This is NOT boasting: it is acknowledging how wonderful and successful we are! Sun, 9 Aug 2009 14:41:19 EST Gyms? I just posted a little blog here about gym membership and I wanted to know your guys' opinion! <BR> <BR> Are any of you members of a gym? <BR> If so, which one? <BR> <BR> I am thinking of joining the Bally that is near my house, but I have some reservations about joining a gym. <BR> <BR> So, what says you on topic? Sun, 9 Aug 2009 08:00:32 EST GO FISH!!! This game is called "Go Fish" <BR> <BR> In this game you ask a yes or no question. If the answer is "no," then your response will be "Go Fish," and so on until someone answers, "Yes." <BR> <BR> The person that answers "yes" gets to ask a new yes or no question - <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Ok I will start <BR> <BR> Are you afraid of spiders? Tue, 4 Aug 2009 23:35:50 EST Planet Fitness - Cent & GoG Opinions? I am considering joining Planet Fitness at Centennial & Garden of the Gods. Do you guys have any opinions or experiences with that gym? I am a member of Balley's but it is kind of far and never make it over there. I found that PF has unlimited tanning which is pretty cool! Anyway, any opinions, good or bad, are welcome. :-) Sun, 2 Aug 2009 19:04:41 EST HI there! I'm new here from Colorado Springs :) HI there! I'm Clare and I'm new here. Just popping in to say hello. :) Here to battle the bulge and hoping to actually do well and stick with it this time. I lack motivation, but so far this site seems really fun and the points system is fun too, and I like that I don't have to pay a fee and leave my house and find a sitter for my kids to attend a meeting. So, thanks for letting me introduce myself. I'm off to explore the site some more. :) Sat, 25 Jul 2009 18:38:25 EST Colorado State Games Hey everybody! Just thought I'd let anyone interested know that the Colorado State Games start next week and go into August. There are a lot of activities available for anyone to compete in (triathalon, volleyball, cycling, swimming, etc.) and the entry fees are pretty reasonable. There will be a 5k Run/Walk on the morning of August 2. Here's the link for the walk/run, and you can access the other events from it. <BR><BR>Corp/SGA2009/sports/ Thu, 23 Jul 2009 12:56:27 EST Hi! New to sparkpeople. Hi! I'm new to sparkpeople but I am loving it so far. <BR> I would love to get to know all of you. I am 19 and living at home. My family is all for me losing weight but they all have their own opinion on how to do it. So I will greatly appreciate having your support. Thu, 16 Jul 2009 14:59:49 EST Hiya all!!! I am also new to the site and group. So I thought I would come in and say hi!!! Thu, 2 Jul 2009 21:40:42 EST Hi! New to Spark! Hi everyone! I am new to Spark! Excited to start this journey! I'm looking forward to getting healthier and lose some weight! Tue, 23 Jun 2009 18:28:43 EST Hi from outlying Woodland Park Hi, I'm not in Colorado Springs proper, but I'm in Woodland Park. <BR> <BR> I do get into the Springs often though - my husband works there, and I've worked there before too and probably will again (looking for work now). <BR> <BR> I've gone to school in the Springs before too. <BR> <BR> I am always looking for walking/short hiking opportunities and buddies too. Also love Bear creek dog park - so does my dog Vinnie! LOL <BR> <BR> Take care, just saying hi and introducing myself - you a... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 09:52:56 EST I'm new! And I need activities! Including a child! HI! <BR> <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople and I find this site incredibly fun! I'm so glad I found a group near where I live right now. Anyone near the Fort Carson area? Also, anyone have any kid friendly activities coming up? <BR> <BR> Awesome! I'm super excited to start my journey and I don't have much weight to lose. Just a lifestyle to change! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Melissa Thu, 11 Jun 2009 12:16:46 EST Newbie to Spark but not to the Springs! Hello everyone! Just wanted to drop in, take the chance to say hello and introduce myself. I'm looking forward to the journey ahead! <BR> <BR> I'd also love to find a workout buddy or buddies that goes to 24 Hour Fitness. I have an all club membership and would love the motivation. I love their Zumba classes! <BR> <BR> See ya! <BR> <BR> *~*Ashlee*~* Tue, 9 Jun 2009 21:48:54 EST CHALLENGE from VINEYARDHUNTER "How about a challenge where you have to post every day something nice about yourself! That can sometimes be hard for people, but could be helpful." <BR> <BR> Reply to this thread and let us hear why we love you so much! Then... <BR> Sign up for the challenge on the Team main page and log your success streak. It's summer! Let the sun shine into your spirit! Sun, 7 Jun 2009 23:34:01 EST Walking Buddies Hey all! <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if there are any lovely Colorado Springs Sparkers near my area that would like to start walking together several times a week? <BR> <BR> I have a little Chihuahua that loves to go walking (she's still a baby) so I would be bringing her along on walks. I'm not looking at power walking or anything like that, just making new friends, stretching my legs and getting outdoors. <BR> <BR> I live near the intersection of S. Academy and Fountain. I recently d... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 01:30:39 EST Should I? Shouldn't I? One question that has plagued me forever and I never have felt like I got a good answer is this. Even tho I have a cold possibly more should I go and try to work out anyway? I really don't want to let this sickness beat me ut I never have figured out if I should workout while sick or not. Tue, 2 Jun 2009 09:01:12 EST New and finally introducing myself I realised I did this backwards and started posting to threads before actually introducing myself. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are new to Colorado we've been overseas for the past 5 years and I have been trying to loose weight longer then that. I keep doing the yo yo thing and really want it to work this time. Being overseas it was hard to find people to help me stay motivated so I am looking forward to walking/dancing or whatever with anyone and everyone here. <BR> <BR> Off I go to try an... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 03:32:39 EST Walk & Hike in Teller County Good morning! Just joined today! Anyone live up her in Divide or Woodland Park area? I'm looking for a walking/"new to hiking" partner. I used to walk in California 4 years ago, moved to Colorado and got very lazy..go figure. Even did Susan B Koman 60 mile walk in 2002 with no problems. 58 and fattest ever! Sun, 31 May 2009 10:00:38 EST SP Meal Plan So is anyone using it? Or do you use your own meal plan? <BR> <BR> Im not very good at planning meals out so it seems fine to me. Just wondering who else uses it and what they like/dont like about it. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> lyzette Sat, 30 May 2009 18:13:27 EST Please help me with calorie counting problem! I am supposed to go out to lunch with my mom and mother-in-law. I usually look nutrition facts up on the resturaunt's website when I go out to eat, but the place we're going doesn't have a site. How do I know how many calories, fat, etc that I'm eating? I don't know how to log my lunch into my nutrition tracker page. Any ideas? Sun, 24 May 2009 14:28:21 EST How do I get a goal measure in my posts??? I see these goal measures, but don't know how to get one. Anyone want to clue me in, please??? <BR> Also, I'd prefer if my points were going to the CS sparks team, not state, how do I make sure of it?? <em>304</em> Sat, 23 May 2009 12:28:32 EST Planned hikes? New member 123JAZZY posted this in the GAMES AND ACTIVITIES forum. It's a good question, so I thought I would move it up here so maybe more people would see it. Here's the original: <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Sherri & new here. I am such a newbie that I don't know which questions to ask or where to find anything yet. <BR> I'm interested in doing some beginner hiking. And by that I mean easy trails & less than 2 miles only. On nice days. Stopping to smell the roses type of hikes, not get there and b... Sat, 23 May 2009 09:26:23 EST Planned hikes? Hi, I'm Sherri & new here. I am such a newbie that I don't know which questions to ask or where to find anything yet. <BR> I'm interested in doing some beginner hiking. And by that I mean easy trails & less than 2 miles only. On nice days. Stopping to smell the roses type of hikes, not get there and back as fast as you can hikes. Anywhere pretty and scenic. <BR> I'm new here and wondering if there are many activities planned. I cannot find them if there are. But, I'm a 'puter dummy, s... Sat, 23 May 2009 03:18:45 EST Looking for a Spark-Buddy Spark-buddy Wanted (umm... scratch that) SPARK-BUDDY NEEDED <BR> <BR> MY STORY: <BR> I'm really not new to spark people, or this team, it's just been months and months since I've been here. Long story short; Did great a year ago and dropped 10 (or 15) lbs and then I fell off the wagon and have gained it all back. Totally bummed ready to get back on the wagon. <BR> <BR> My self-motivation comes and goes. I know that I do best when I have a buddy to work out with. Over the years I've had ... Wed, 20 May 2009 01:35:31 EST New I just started this program and this site I am really hoping that it will give me some good pointers and I can get some good support. I am so tired of trying to lose weight and ending up in the same spot it sucks. So just wanted to stop by and say hello to all and I guess vent lol. Tue, 19 May 2009 22:02:46 EST Been a memeber for awhile but... I never introduced myself. I am a single dad living in colorado springs and I was doing really good with my exercising until I injured myself. I pinched a nerve in my shoulder and the doc told me no working out until it was better. So it took 3 weeks to get better and by that time I couldnt get the drive to go back to the gym back. I need some motivation to go back while usually I would use personal training for that I currently don't have enough money to get any sessions. So I hope to t... Mon, 18 May 2009 17:42:08 EST New & a little confused.... Hi to all. I just found this site today and decided to give it a try. I really like what I see so far. I'm not sure what the "teams" are all about, though. I'm hoping it's for motivation and friends. Anyway, hello to everybody in the Colorado Springs team. Tue, 12 May 2009 19:04:29 EST Canadian coming to the Springs Greetings everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not in the springs yet, but in a few weeks time I will be moving down there with my husband, who grew up there and until a year ago lived there (he moved up here to canada to be with me, but now we're moving back down there). <BR> <BR> Anyone, nice to see that there is a local team - I have no idea what part of the springs we're living in but I do know that its a block from the olympic training center if that means anything to anyone. <BR> <BR> I'm looki... Sat, 9 May 2009 16:23:31 EST BIRTHDAYS and other significant dates Give us the chance to send our best wishes! Post your birthday (with or without the year, as you see fit - grin), wedding anniversary, kid's b-days, graduation date, bar-mitzvah, etc. We would love to help you celebrate! Fri, 24 Apr 2009 22:18:20 EST Yummy recipes This might already be a thread but I'm too lazy to look. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> So, tonight for dinner I made cheddar stuffed buffalo burgers. I found the recipe in a Weight Watchers cookbook and they are delicious! <BR> <BR> Just a pound of bison, 1/2 cup finely chopped onion, 1 tsp of worchesthire, salt and pepper formed in 4 balls. Grate 1/2 cup of lowfat sharp cheddar. In each ball, poke a hole and fill with some cheese. Cook over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes each side or grill... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 21:13:23 EST CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK(S): Creative Cardio How do YOU Cardio??? We challenge you to change it up! <BR> Find a new route to walk and tell us what you discover! <em>103</em> <BR> Be creative in your time use: <BR> let us know when you snuck in that 30 minutes of cardio. <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> Have a favorite "quickie" cardio??? SHARE YOUR SECRET and try some new ideas. Here are some links to get you started: <BR> <BR> Jumping Rope for Fitness: <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=964 </link> <BR> <BR... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 13:32:02 EST Herizons: C. Springs women's fitness Hello, neighbors! Anybody here been to any Herizons meetups? They are a fitness (mostly running and walking, I think) group that is sponsored by Colorado Running Company, and meets at the store (downtown) Saturday mornings. <BR> <BR><BR>html <BR> <BR> I haven't been, I just heard about it when I bought my new running shoes (love them!). <BR> -Stacey Sun, 19 Apr 2009 19:43:31 EST Super Foods I found this great site,, with lots of great info. on nutrition. Here is one of the articles they have. <BR> <BR> Super Fruits and Vegetables Guide <BR> Written by Gloria Tsang, RD <BR> Published in January 2008 <BR> <BR> ( We used to say 5 a day. Since last year, the Centres for Disease Control has said at least 7 a day! You know you are supposed to eat more fruits and vegetables. But which kinds? <BR> <BR> Fruits and Vegetables are all-stars. Not on... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 09:19:15 EST BAck again... It's funny how everytime I kiss and make up with the gym (we love a love/hate relationship in my mind), I automatically come back here as well. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym for the first time in months yesterday and did 30 minutes of cardio. Hopefully, I can use moderation this time around. I've always been all or nothing so I get a little obsessed with exercising and then burn out. <BR> <BR> Stepped on the scales yesterday and it wasn't so bad. My BMI is still normal but I'm...umm...lump... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 08:36:10 EST Moving back home (Colorado Springs) in May Yea!! Hi! So glad to find some sparkers in Colorado Springs. I have been in New Mexico for the past year for my husbands job and missed Colorado so much. I am soooooooo happy to be moving back home next month! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Apr 2009 16:37:42 EST Keeping up the motivation I'm starting my second week here on Sparkpeople, and I'm very motivated and doing it really well. I know that's because it's new for me. The new toy/new game thing has motivated me to get fit before, but after a few months and after some weight loss, I get bored with the food tracking and complacent with my fitness level. It's my first time on SP, and I'm hoping that the different stages the diet presents will help give me a timeline that'll keep me with it for a longer time, and make heal... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 15:31:55 EST HELLO HELLO, I AM NEW TO SPARKS. Sun, 5 Apr 2009 12:42:27 EST CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK: 4/5 Dare, Double Dare!!!! <BR> <BR> Explore the videos and fitness articles on SparkPeople and find a new exercise to try. Let us know what you tried and what you thought... too hard? too easy? too much required equipment? Sat, 4 Apr 2009 15:48:15 EST Anyone Snowshoe? We have a new member who is a beginning snowshoer and would like to find others locally. Anyone out there snowshoe? Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:26:08 EST April Fool's Day gift I'm posting this just to give you a reason to laugh! <BR> Happy April Fool's Day to all of you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-court-musical/ </link> Wed, 1 Apr 2009 15:11:24 EST CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK: 3/16 This challenge comes from VINEYARDHUNTER and was seconded by EVON: <BR> <BR> "How about a challenge where you have to post every day something nice about yourself! That can sometimes be hard for people, but could be helpful." <BR> <BR> So, reply to this thread everyday and share what you like about yourself! You are worth it! <BR> <em>129</em> Mon, 16 Mar 2009 10:36:07 EST Anyone going to the parade this weekend? DH and I signed up for the 5k (Im walking he's running) and then going to hang out for the parade? <BR> <BR> Anyone else? Fri, 13 Mar 2009 09:06:56 EST DanceMasters' Saturday dancing Here are dancing details and a link to the "DanceMaster" event announcement. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, there is a map. There is a Checker Autoparts store on the southeast corner of the intersection of 26th and highway 24. I could be in the parking lot of that store from 6:40 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. if anyone wants help finding the Carriage House. It is a little hidden back in the lumber yard... <BR> ----- <BR> From an earlier post: <BR> So here is a link to an old info page b... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 20:34:41 EST Sparkpeople Tips/Tricks I want to share these with you as I believe you may find them helpful! <BR> <BR> Tips/Tricks <BR> <BR> I just learned a couple days ago is how to select multiple emoticons at one time so you don't have to re-open the Add An Emoticon window for each one. You simply hold the 'm' key & select away. A real time saver. <BR> <BR> Another trick; <BR> <BR> 'Control f' opens a small box and you can enter your name and find your last post on that particular page. <BR> <BR> If any other members has... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 16:49:27 EST Games and Activities Suggestions COME ONE! COME ALL! Let us know what you like to do and we'll all join you!... Well, within limits... I'm shy... <BR> <em>40</em> <em>211</em> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> We love to get each other moving and laughing.... How can we? Where can we? When can we? LET US HEAR FROM YOU!!! Mon, 9 Mar 2009 23:48:16 EST CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK: 3/9 Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post at least one challenge or social activity in the "SUGGESTIONS" threads. Whoever posts the most ideas gets kudos and good karma and community adulation!!! <em>244</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 23:43:10 EST CHALLENGE SUGGESTIONS Post any ideas for weekly challenges here. I'll keep a log and use as many as I can. I will post the weekly challenges as a "Sticky Note" on this forum! Thanks for your creative help!!! Mon, 9 Mar 2009 23:40:12 EST Question of the Day I think this is a great way to get to know each other, so I thought we'd try it for a while. I'll be posting questions every morning unless life gets in the way. I hope everyone enjoys it. <BR> <BR> Question for Sunday, March 8: Are you right handed or left handed? <BR> <BR> I'm mostly left handed, but I do some things right handed. Sun, 8 Mar 2009 09:19:47 EST Need your help Hello all. I'm in need of photographic models. I know sometimes folks just don't like to have their pictures taken, but I could really use the practice. So, if you wouldn't mind giving up a bit of your time, I'd love to have you pose for me. A 4x6 print is my gift to you for posing. Please contact me via sparkmail if interested. I look forward to hearing from you. Sat, 7 Mar 2009 23:11:19 EST New to site Hello, I am new to the site and new to Colorado Springs. Do any if you do meet ups or anything like that. I have two kids and I am looking for new active things to do to keep busy and try to loose weight. Fri, 6 Mar 2009 17:14:28 EST Stop and Remember <em>213</em> Hi guys, <BR> <BR> Wish I had seen this before I just went nuts on NUTS! Adding them to my food journal and decided to have a couple which morphed into handful's of the darn things! <BR> <BR> Stop and remember <BR> <BR> When you are tempted to stray off track, stop and take a moment to consider where you're going. Remember why you originally began traveling the path you're on. <BR> <BR> When the many distractions of life put you in danger of losing focus, stop and give y... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 16:35:22 EST Hello My new Dieter Friends! As I signed up for Spark People...I found myself thinking when in the world am I going to have time for this? It is all I can do to follow the South Beach diet and run my business at the same time! But......I need to do something for me. I need to be accountable and get to know other folks who struggle with their weight like me. Most of my friends from church are very trim and slim and often make comments on how "fat" they are or how they need to loose weight, (when they don't!). I am n... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 00:37:43 EST Jack Quinn's Running Club Jack Quinn's ( <link> </link> ), our local Irish pub downtown, has a running club. I have heard about it off and on for about a year now, but have never done anything about it. <BR> <BR> The running club does a 5K around downtown Colorado Springs every Tuesday evening. I tried to find details on their website, but couldn't find anything. I do know that you have to sign a waiver before the run (and get a checkmark on it at each additional run) and after your ... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 17:01:58 EST Nia/Zumba at the Y Hi everyone! I was wondering if any of you do the Nia or Zumba classes at the YMCA downtown. Specifically the Friday morning ones at 9:30am. Because my son has a Mini Movement class at 10am, I was thinking about attending this class but I would like a buddy because I am very shy in a public setting. Please let me know if you are interested. I would like to start going on March 6th because this Friday I have a dentist appointment at 9am. Thanks! <BR> <BR> ~krista Sun, 22 Feb 2009 12:34:23 EST Another newbie Hello everyone! I'm 30 & a SAHM to our 3 girls: 4 years, and 6 month-old twins. We live in the Gleneagle area. Anyone else up here on the northside? I just joined SparkPeople last night, so I'm still checking everything out. <BR> <BR> Brandi Fri, 20 Feb 2009 10:30:22 EST Shouting out from the South Side! Hi all, <BR> I am Liz and I just joined the SparkPeople today. I live here in Colorado Springs (well, Security) and was thrilled to find other like minded local folks on here! I look forward to getting to know you and be an encouragment to one another! <BR> Liz Wed, 18 Feb 2009 22:28:39 EST Hi - I'm newsed... Hi, I am Krista and a 30 year old mom of two boys. I am looking to lose weight and get healthy, just like everyone else. Please visit my page if you want to know about my long and sordid history of fatness and failure to even lose weight, let alone keep it off :) <BR> <BR> I joined this group years ago I think, but only recently started utilizing the site. <BR> <BR> In January, my husband and I joined the YMCA downtown and we meet every day at lunch to exercise. It is awesome, but it wou... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 21:05:59 EST