SparkPeople SparkOrlando--the Official Team Team Messageboard If you live in Orlando, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Daytona Beach, and surrounding areas this is the team for you. Together We Can Do This! SparkPeople SparkOrlando--the Official Team Team Messageboard Hurricane Irma I live in South Lake County. As of 11:49a on 9/10 we've got steady rain but not a lot of wind yet. Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:49:18 EST Summer 2017 Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Summer 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise &amp; healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts Saturday, June 24th. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=68497 </link> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:57:51 EST New member in Orlando I was just introduced to SparkPeople by a friend. I am looking forward to interacting and losing weight with you all. Have a great Saturday everyone! Sat, 8 Aug 2015 11:07:43 EST HELP!! Should I resolve a team & start over? I joined a team & became the team leader almost immediately. I have continually tried to engage the members but only one ever answers. I noticed that it says 12 members. Do I resolve the team or just step down & move on. Most of the posts are at least 6months to a year old! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:19:40 EST Login in points today Orlando seems to be busy, but not here,I thought I'd make a place to earn check-in points. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:57:52 EST Summer Race Series Anyone looking to do some racing this summer (beyond the few Track Shack events) should check out Sommer Sports 5K series: <link><BR>Cool-Summer-Mornings-5K-Series </link> . These are held in conjunction with triathlons (for those of you more ambitious than I am). I will be there trying not to succumb to the humidity tomorrow and the rest of the summer! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 09:14:36 EST Just wanted to say hi Hey everyone my name is Cece I joined SP awhile ago but I never signed in. I am starting a new program soon, Medi weight loss, and I decided to join SP again to meet others in the same boat as I am. Besides losing weight I love to Display so if there is any Cosplayers out there friend me I would love to talk about fitness and Cosplay. <BR> <BR> Bye for now everyone Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:17:06 EST i am not giving up !!! just struggling.... I am a diabetic plus have a rare diease that I have to live on steroids,i have adrenal insuff,addisions diease,so it is HARD loosing weight on steroids,i have in the past year lost but I am a place I am stuck,yet trying so hard on logging my food daily,plus I have having my 3rd back surgrey soon so it makews it hard to exercise without getting hurt more....thanks Sat, 27 Sep 2014 04:24:19 EST 2014 Chat Room OK, Team! I am going to start a chat thread here so we can touch base! I live in Windermere and work out at the LA Fitness at Winter Garden Village. I like to walk on the days I don't go to the gym. My biggest problem is.... MY FORK!! Get plenty of exercise, just eat too much! <BR> <BR> What about you??? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:14:19 EST SparkRally Anyone??? Would anyone be interested in going to a SparkRally in the Orlando area? It would most likely be a hike/walk in a park, in the morning to beat the heat. It might cost a few dollars depending on the location. Wed, 28 May 2014 22:26:14 EST MetroWest C25K or gym buddy? Hi guys! I'm getting ready to move to either MetroWest or Pine Hills (depending on if we get approved for the house or not!) and belong to Anytime Fitness. Anyone out there interested in being a gym buddy? I do work at Universal & SeaWorld so I have a widely varied schedule, but am pretty much always off by 7:30 pm, so late evenings always work best for me. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to start the Couch-to-5k program, if anyone wants a buddy with that. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 00:39:38 EST Endurance I have sports related asthma and can't find the motivation to keep pushing myself when I go running to improve my endurance and beat my asthma. Anyone else use to have it bad and got fit enough to not notice it anymore? I am really interested in becoming a runner because it is so good for you! Running and stairs literally takes my breath away so fast and I give up instead of pushing through. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 02:19:36 EST Lap Pools/Adult Swim Team Hey Orlando Team! <BR> I've been looking on my own for a few weeks now for a lap pool in the Lake Nona/Southeast Orlando area. Or possibly an adult non-competitive swim team, just to meet people and have accountability. Anyone know of any? <BR> I use to be at the 24Hour Fitness over off of Orange Ave but the location wasn't the best trying to get there after work. Also, I've tried the YMCA and Aquatic Center off of International Dr., same thing, location and traffic. :( Just looking for ideas... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:13:42 EST NewStart Hi, My name is Joseph was born in Pittsburgh move to Orlando 1970. I have always had a weight problem, Cause of the extra pounds I had a massive heart attack, also now have Dibates. My A1c has gotten out of control for now, I`m on many meds, for my heart and my dibates I join Spark people in hoping that I can get better health wise. But for my self A goal. I never seem to reach a goal So this have to do. I`m 61 and have to make things right. My doctors are doing there part so now I have to ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 07:07:44 EST Challenge for 2/10-2/17 Let me know if you want to participate so I can put you on the list. Good Luck to all!! <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 22:35:04 EST Looking for a Gym Partner/Group I joined Planet Fitness at the beginning of the year to get their sale price. Since then I have found it really hard to wake up in the mornings to workout. I was hoping to find someone or a group of people that wanted to meet up at Planet Fitness off of Conway and Hoffner around 7am (can be a little flexible with the time). That way we can hold each other accountable for going. Let me know if you are interested so we can set something up!! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:04:18 EST Ways to Motivate and get back ON TRACK!! After a few bad days, I know I need some motivation to make healthy decisions. What are some tips/tricks you use to get back on the horse? Mon, 3 Feb 2014 21:45:41 EST Restarting with Sparkpeople I joined in 2008 and fell away after being laid off from work in 2009. I want to get back into a schedule and back down to my weight I was when in the military. So I will start with walking then eventually back into running. I am in the Sanford area and would like to find others. It is one thing to read about getting and staying motivated, but another to implement it. So anyway anyone can help with motivation...accountability...Thanks! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:42:21 EST Diva in Progress Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Yvonne and I joined sparkpeople a few days ago...I was looking to jump start my weight loss and a new healthy eating life style. I was so amazed with all the support and information that this web site embodied. I am glad I stumbbled upon it. I am not much of a writer, but I will do my best to state who I am, and what my goals are, bear with me. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of five and a grandma to one. I am a snow bird from the north who planted myself here in Central... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:34:46 EST Winter Weather Workouts What are some ways to get in a workout in this cold weather?? Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:18:19 EST Looking for some Sparks! Hello everyone! My name is Karen and I am 30 years old. I have been overweight for most of my life and I am hoping that this time I lose the weight, it will be for the last time! I look forward to chatting with you all and supporting one another on our weight loss journey! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:50:56 EST New member Hello - I'm Jahaida Iris and I am new to this website - I will be starting my weight loss on Monday and I am very excited about it. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:23:47 EST Whoops! <BR> I'm back. I lost 175 pounds with the help of SparkPeople, but managed to gain 40 pounds this year. This time, I'm going to continue to use SP after I reach my goal. I'm looking forward to getting back on track and connecting with new people. <BR> <BR> I'm a 47yo happily married woman. (Tomorrow - December 24th - is my 22nd wedding anniversary!) I enjoy spending time in nature, yoga and reading. I've been a witch for about 25 years and lead a very active life in the local Pagan communit... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:02:28 EST We need an ACTIVE team leader! Hi everyone! We need an active team leader! There simply IS NOT enough activity in this group... Anyone want to volunteer? I'm not sure what it entails so I'm not quite ready to take this on... Hope someone can! <BR> - Debbie Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:28:35 EST Running Group in East Orlando FYI - I am part of a running group in East Orlando started by our church. Most of the group have never run before or very little. After several months someone suggested a Half Marathon. We have over 18 people signed up for the OUC Half Marathon on Dec. 7. We have been meeting Tues. Thurs and Saturdays following a Track Shack 13 Weeks to 13.1 Miles. Saturdays are the long run. <BR> <BR> We also have a group of walkers and 5K runners who meet just on Saturday. We meet at the Shoppes of Eas... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:30:28 EST places to eat and not blow it Hubby and I like to eat out on thursday evenings. This has been a serious challenge since getting on track for loosing weight. The point of this thread is to post places you have eaten in central florida and managed to keep the calorie count down. List places that have their nutrition info online and or in the restaurant. If you have had a meal someplace and know the calorie counts for what you ate, post them please. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:06:03 EST Workout partner (Gotha, Orlando) Hi everyone! I'm a 27 y/o female who wants to lose 60 lbs. I'd love to have someone to workout with and meal plan with. Please let me know if you're interested Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:50:52 EST East Orlando Weight Loss Partner Is there anyone in the East Orlando/Avalon/Wedgefield area interested in a weight loss partner for beginner workouts, simple walking or jogging? <BR> I have free time on weekends or late evenings. Prefer weekends, but either is fine. <BR> I'm 27, female, and have about 60 pounds to lose. If you are dedicated, I would like to workout with someone with similar goals in the area or simply spend time being active and support for each other. <BR> Please let me know! Thanks! Tue, 3 Sep 2013 14:46:01 EST lake underhill /conway area Hi, I am new to the site, and my weight loss journey. I would LOVE to find others with physical limitations who would like to walk in the water, or do strength and range of motion exercises in a pool. Aerobic exercise is not a possibility for me, but I CAN move. I know all the routines and can show others. We could either meet at the community pool off curry ford , or at someones private pool. I learned and did this routine for YEARS after spine surgeries and an accident. Its perfect for el... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 11:10:16 EST Hunters Creek 60+ Any other baby boomers in the hood looking to chat about weight/ food/ diet etc? <BR> <BR> I am currently having some success with IMF (intermittent modified fasting) with the 5:2 way of eating. <BR> <BR> Let me know, neighbors :-) <BR> <BR> Diane Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:16:13 EST Run/ Walk Blanchard Park??? ANYONE??? Hi ALL!!! I'm looking for a Wednesday/ Thursday/ Sunday (all or just one) walking or jogging buddy. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to be outside and working out outside is my idea of a good time but my fiance works ALL the time so it's hard for me to have someone to go with. I'd really like to make new, fitness oriented friends. I don't care what fitness level you're at as long as you're willing to slow down a bit if you're faster than me! Please let me know if someone is interested. I feel like I'm missin... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:03:36 EST Balanceing Work, Diet and Exercise Hello all! <BR> I’m having some trouble getting a hang of balancing my work, diet, and exercise. I work 4 days a week (10 hours per day) and I just can’t seem to figure out when I’m supposed to go to the gym on those days. I know that I shouldn’t eat within a few hours of going to bed and I shouldn’t eat within an hour of exercising… It is IMPOSSIBLE… repeat, IMPOSSIBLE for me to work out in the mornings. I am in NO WAY, shape or form what would be considered a “morning person” so I have to e... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 11:27:37 EST Weekly Goals/Ch allenges If you want to post a weekly goal or challenge, this would be the place to do it. Maybe you want to walk, run, dance, try new veggies, etc. Throw your challenge out here and get everyone on board! <BR> <BR> If we can get enough response we can start featuring an activity/exercise/recipe of the week also. Let's work together so everyone succeeds! Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:24:36 EST Williamsburg/Dr Phillips- Help!!!! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I did a crazy thing! A real crazy thing! I committed myself to walk the Race for The Cure 5K in October in Reno, NV to remember my Mom. Here is the part that makes it crazy: I have almost 200 pounds to lose and at this point I can't walk longer than about 10 minutes without passing out. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone in the Williamsburg/Dr Phillips area who would like to start walking with me? It would have to be early AM or in the evening due to work schedule. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:15:20 EST Lake Underhill We have a team member trying to organize a group to workout at Lake Underhill. Whether you like walking, biking, or other exercise this is a great area to do it. Please comment here to help get the momentum going. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:49:24 EST Lake Underhill I would love to organize a group to workout at Lake Underhill. This is a beautiful park with a great view of Downtown Orlando. Looking to join others for walking/biking/exercise. Please respond if interested. <BR> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:59:37 EST Looking for suggestions Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Diana and although I have been a member of Sparkpeople for several years, I have been inactive for quite sometime. I recently decided that it is time to take responsibility for my health and my life and stop letting people and circumstances which are out of my control continue to rule my life and habits. <BR> <BR> I notice that this team has 15,000+ members, but is not very active. We live in such a great area with a lot of diversity. So, I decided I woul... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:46:46 EST New to Spark People Hi my name is Joe I live in Orlando. I have had problem with my, weight for long time hope this site will help. Hoping to meet new friends to help me a long the way Thanks Joe Sun, 9 Jun 2013 05:46:00 EST Red Hoffman here... Hi, I am Red Hoffman and I believe I developed a weight problem the minute I left the active military in 1989. I gained probably 100 lbs over the next year/year and a half. Depression played a factor. Being diagnosed with a heart condition played a factor. My love of eating good food played the biggest factor of all. BUT, the bottom line is, I am in control of what happens. I was recently taken to the hospital by ambulance for dizziness, inability to stand and powerful headaches. My blo... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:35:12 EST Zumba in Orlando Hello all! I'm looking for a Zumba class in the NorthWest Orlando area. I live in Union Park and work by Millenia Mall. I work until 7pm on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and I'm off all day on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Can anyone recommend a Zumba class in the area that would fit into my schedule? I'd greatly appreciate it! Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:21:48 EST NO MOTIVATION! Hello all, <BR> I'm having such a hard time being motivated! I'm not sure what to do. I think to myself all day "I'm going to work out after work, I'm going to at least stretch, I'm going to do a work-out video or go for a walk". But then, I get home and I just sit down or lay down and watch a movie. I need help... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:52:32 EST Hi! Well here I am, 45 pounds overweight but totally committed to get back in the saddle! I started last week doing Taebo and treadmill and watching what I eat (via journal) I lost 2pounds last week so I know it works! I found this forum while researching weighloss online and I think it is going to be a great tool! I hope to learn from your experiences here! <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:18:04 EST My name is Debbie Hi everyone! My name is Debbie. I just joined SparkPeople and I'm excited about all of the things this site offers someone who needs some motivation! So excited to be a part of this site! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 18:25:19 EST My name is Cathia and I have MS. I am here to get ideas/suggestions on losing weight. I have Multiple Sclerosis and going to the doctors and getting weighed is embarrassing. I went today and I wanted to cry. Yes, it is my fought. I eat, eat, and do more eating. Exercising is a NOT. I am going to lose weight..I need to....I have a gym here at the apartment complex but I can't walk over there and I do not want to get pushed in a wheelchair. Losing weight probably will help me with my MS. My balance and the stiffnes/spasms in ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 17:23:23 EST Hi there! Hi everyone ! My name is Jonna and I just joined Sparkpeople today! I am excited to begin this new fit lifestyle. I am also new to Orlando I just moved here about a month and a half ago. So now is the perfect time to begin again. I am excited to be meeting and speaking with more of you , and to get my page all set up! <BR> <BR> Jonna Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:04:49 EST Happy February As it begins on Friday... <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:21:04 EST gloria hi new tho this site will need help with staying motivated Mon, 7 Jan 2013 17:48:21 EST Smigly Sparks Up Orlando! Hi! My name is Brenda. I'm working on changing my weight-loss and exercise programs to create a New Lifestyle; a New Me! I'm into learning all about Diabetes and how to control my blood sugar as I have been recently diagnosed with this disease. I am almost to my anniversary date of getting my aortic heart valve replaced. That was on April 26, 2004. I also participate in AKC Obedience with my cocker spaniel, Jack. He is almost 8-years old. He is a large part of my life. I hope to also particip... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:08:47 EST Hello to all Hi I live in Belle Isle. <BR> I am a family of 2 (me and my dog) <BR> Last check I weigh 192 (can't believe I just typed that out loud) <BR> My goal is to lose 57lbs <BR> My favorite exercise is..uh, well I guess I need to figure that one out. <BR> My motivation (this time around): I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. That statement was literal and not figurative. <BR> <BR> I think I answered all the intro questions. Not sure. Thank you. <BR> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:16:08 EST Lake Underhill Does anyone know the distance around lake underhill? I'm talking about the path that goes around including the bridge. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 13:16:51 EST Hello Hello I am new to on here, I am trying to loose weight for me, I am so tired of carrying around this weight, so I am excited to be on this journey to a new me. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 17:26:23 EST Female Martial Artist Hi Spark Team Orlando! <BR> <BR> I have been in Orlando for about a year and a half. I am a female Martial Artist and have trained for about 12 years. I also truly enjoy the gym and have several strength trraining goals. I really have no girlfriends here in Orlando and would love to make some female buddies that are interested in teaming up so I can have some kind of social life along with getting fit. It's been hard to balance work, karate, and other fitness goals while making new frien... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:22:51 EST Zombie 5K November 17 I thought this sounded like a fun and different way to get some exercise! The event is already 75% full so if you want to do it sign up quick! <link>!/infected-zone<BR>s/11-17-2012/florida </link> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:39:15 EST Orlando - New to Spark. Hi Spark Team, <BR> am over 100lbs over weight. I am 37 years old, recently married, and trying to get healthy. I have consulted with a Bariatric Surgeon and have started the pre-surgery process which takes several months. My daughter is a teenager and for the first time in her life she is struggling with weight issues. I don't want to see her go down the same road I have gone down. She and I are both committed to losing weight and getting healthy. I am putting the surgery plan on hold and a... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:12:41 EST Hey everyone! New to Orlando, here! Hey there! I've recently moved to Orlando from Minnesota and so far I'm loving every bit of it. <BR> <BR> I'm 27, originally from New Jersey, a graphic design student, and a very friendly person. The one thing I'm finding a bit difficult about the move is not really knowing anyone in the area, aside from the family I live with. It can get a bit lonely! While not going out very much certainly does help with nutrition goals and getting my exercise on, I feel like I'm getting a bit of cabin fe... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:36:08 EST New to the site This is my first time on the site and I am a little nervous. I have never been very public about my lifetime of weight struggles. I moved to orlando a year ago and I really want a new lifestyle and body to go with my new environment. I thought this site would be a great place to meet like minded people. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:51:21 EST 75lbs lost Didn't lose a whole lot this week just over a pound BUT....thats puts me over the 75lb mark!! 76 really. From 370 to 293.5 can't be mad at that. Slowly but surely I am getting there!! Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:17:46 EST new to the site :) I look forward to getting to know everyone.. <em>381</em> Thu, 9 Aug 2012 16:31:25 EST In need of some committed spark friends. Hi ya'll my name is Ashley and I am a long time user of spark, though I committed at different levels over the last 2 years, I have stayed the course and am still down 75lbs since beginning spark. I am the happiest I have likely ever been and I honestly feel that is a major sabotage for me. I have so many real life friends who don't understand because my weight doesn't hold me back. I am in desperate need of some people who are also solidly on this journey. I want something to check spark for... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 20:40:55 EST tennis partner Anyone want to play tennis in the orlando area . I am about a 2 - 3 skill level and a bit out of shape . I have courts in my sub division in SE orlando area or we could meet up . Sun, 8 Jul 2012 08:57:05 EST Title! Hey everyone! Just joined this in the hopes that it will help keep me motivated and keep me going on my diet and exercise plan. I have about sixty pounds to lose so I know it will be a long road, but I'm in it to finish! My name is Renae, I work at the happiest place on earth, and I'm happy to be here :) Thu, 5 Jul 2012 21:02:54 EST I'm New To This and Need All The Help I Can Get! I hope this is something I can really get support from. I have done a lot on my own, however recently I injured my knee and had to back off my daily exercise routine. Now since my injured is no longer stopping me from doing what I want to do to get fit and healthy, I thought I would seek support. <BR> <BR> Okay Orlando - here I am! <BR> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 15:13:29 EST Hi ....... How is everyone doing?? I'm looking for help on my journey to loosing weight and getting strong ...and liking me again Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:53:50 EST 2nd Annual Fighting Hunger 5K and Kids Fun Run Join the Community Food & Outreach Center and help us fight hunger in central Florida by participating in the 2nd Annual Fighting Hunger 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday May 26th at 7:30am. According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health and Human Services, currently 1 in 6 children are food insecure in the five main central Florida counties including Lake, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, and Brevard. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ighting-hunger-5k... Sat, 12 May 2012 01:41:45 EST College Student Hi! I am INCREDIBLY excited for this community. I am hoping to find a work out buddy in the UCF area that will want to do outside activities with me! <BR> <BR> A little about me: My name is Kimmie and I am a college student living by UCF. I recently got out of a 4 year relationship and did the exact opposite of what you are supposed to do, I GAINED weight! So, almost 30 pounds heavier, and equally as depressed, I am here to do something about it! <BR> <BR> I am hoping to find someone to rid... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 23:41:04 EST Brand NEW Hello everyone, <BR> I am brand new! This site seems to be full of great information to help me reach my weight loss goals. I sure hope that I can get some support from this team as well. <BR> <BR> Thank you guys! Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:40:38 EST hi i am verynik I just started this journey i am just so depressed and down and not feeling like i can really be succesfull in this journey i hope i can i will try and this looks like a great place to start i love seeing all the success many have in this program it is just things that are occurring in my life a teenage daughter her mood swings and my own personal tribulations with weight and my diabetes and hypertension and i just wish that i can be asuccess in my journey i did have a lap band procedure done... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:33:49 EST Hi from Liz Hi everyone, it's nice to "meet" all of you! To start, I have the intro form. <BR> <BR> CITY: Orlando <BR> <BR> FAMILY STATUS: not married, no kids, have a boyfriend (user LOGERTON) <BR> <BR> PETS: my amazing (and also overweight!) dog Clover <BR> <BR> WEIGHTLOSS/MAINTENANCE GOAL: Looking to get down to 118 pounds by December 2. <BR> <BR> CURRENT WEIGHT: 159 pounds <BR> <BR> FAVORITE EXCERICSE: Bikram yoga <BR> <BR> FAVORITE HEALTHY FOODS: Kale chips! <BR> <BR> GROUP ACTIVITIES I WOU... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 11:33:35 EST Greetings from Lisa! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa and this is about my 4th or 5th time joining SparkPeople ;) I'm 25 years old with a lot of weight to lose, but I know after many attempts, a few successful, and others not, that the only way to take this is one day at a time. <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for motivation (and always of course willing to motivate others as well)!! Right now my page is a little bland because honestly, I'm at work and really dont have access to any photos, but I will get ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 21:06:59 EST Yoga booty ballet Does anyone else do this? I love how relaxing this work out is. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 11:54:55 EST Fitness Infomercial (Apopka) I came across this on Craigslist and applied. I received a reply stating that the audition is set for this Saturday, February 4th, 2012. I checked into the woman who responded to me, Tracy Frenkel, and she seems legit. <BR> <BR> If anyone else was interested, here's the original posting from Craigslist. <BR> <link><BR>4.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here the ad contents: <BR> Do you have betw 10-40 lbs to lose ? <BR> Are you 19-54 yrs of age ? <BR> Can you com... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:13:36 EST Just saying Hi! Hi All-- <BR> I am just popping in to say Hello to all you Orlando Sparks. I started about 3.5 weeks ago on my own with the goal of reaching a few small goals before the first of May. I want to improve my blood work numbers--primarily the cholestrol (but the A1C is always nearing the danger zone). I want to lose about 30 pounds by then which will mean I have to get moving more and quit losing control at night. And eventually I want to get to a healthy weight which will mean a lot more lit... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:10:19 EST calorie count goes out the window at dinner. Okay so the last few days I have been having a real issue with my calories and dinner. Like tonight the hubby and I went to golden corral for dinner. I knew I shoud have stayed home and cooked but I wanted to go out and that's where we ended up. And I tend to make excuses for myself. I told myself NO Dessert... but what happened a slice of sugarfree cake and some chocolate covered strawberrys. But that's ontop of the crap food I had already ate. And thn I try and say oh its okay I busted my... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:30:43 EST so I made some cookies... I baked a batch of oatmeal raisin walnut dark chocolate chip cookies. I made them pretty small. okay well normal sized considering that America has super sized pretty much every thing in life. is there any way to figure out how many calories are in the cookies? <BR> <BR> I am also thinking about remaking them using whole wheat flour, and prunes instead of raisins. but I am still going to use butter because some things just cant be changed when baking an amazing cookie. <BR> <BR> I cook a... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 19:17:09 EST Hi Orlando Sparkpeople! Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm not new to Spark, but it's been quite a few years since I've been active here. I've just had my first child...he's now almost 4 months old. I was very lucky that after his birth I only had 10lbs to lose to get to my pre - baby weight. The problem is that my pre - baby weight was too much also! I have about 65 lbs. to lose. I'm motivated by my upcoming wedding, and by being a healthier mom for my son. I'd love to find someone to walk and be active with. <BR> Happy... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 11:38:28 EST hello spark Orlando! Hello! <BR> <BR> I am Pastrygirl2009, I have joined spark people in my quest to loose weight and regain control of a healthy lifestyle. I have a love affair with food, I studied pastry in culinary school so sweets is the main name of my game (but don't under estimate me I cook a mean dinner! ). Though due to the economy I am a cashier. I complete goal is to be able to run the Disney princess 1/2 marathon in February 2013. That give me just over a year to change the way I eat and exercise. I ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 23:27:34 EST Returning to SparkPeople Happy Saturday! I just re-joined SP after about a year of not participating. It's taking me a while to get motivated on the site this time but I thought I'd start by posting an introduction. <BR> <BR> My name is Kirty and I am a stay-at-home-mom to my 2 dogs. I'm 45 years old and have been happily married for 20 years. We recently relocated to Orlando from St. Petersburg bcuz my husband got a promotion. I think I like it here, but I'm still trying to find my way around. <BR> <BR> I've lost ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 03:57:45 EST 2012 - Your Inspiration! Ok, that looks better!! <BR> <BR> Let's all work together this year to find some inspiration for ourselves - and maybe even each other. We need to find something new every single day that inspires us. Find what inspires you and keeps you moving, and share it!! Sometimes its the big things, like your family. But other times, it could be as simple as a pretty sunrise. Inspiration is all around us - lasso it in and use it for your fuel to succeed! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 18:10:54 EST Back again. :) Hello Sparklers! :) <BR> <BR> First of all happy new year! <BR> <BR> My name is Briana Danielle. I'm 24 years old. I am a Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist. I'm constantly around beautiful tiny models, and hate being the girl 2-3x their size doing their hair and makeup! It's just odd. I'm now at the age of 24 having awful back problems, and cracking knees. I can't walk far or keep up with the photographers and models when we're on location and am often the one to sit and watch the stuff. I want th... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 22:34:40 EST January Jump Start 30 for 30!! <BR> <BR> Take 30 minutes every day and spend it doing your favorite physical activity - let us know what you're doing, and how you're doing! <BR> <BR> Remember to support and encourage one another always!! :) Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:38:07 EST Fitness Party - 01/21/2012 (Updated to TBD) TJ Enterprise of Orlando is hosting an "Extraordinary Fitness Party" <BR> 9am - 1 pm <BR> <em>216</em> <em>416</em> <BR> <BR> There will be 2 workout sessions: <BR> 9am - 10am: Zumba <BR> 11 am - 12 pm: Kickboxing <BR> <BR> EDIT: I was notified that they are moving the location. I'll update as more information becomes available. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 09:11:45 EST Active No More Hello, <BR> My name is Cynthia and this is the last attempt at getting back on track for me. I have always been very active until recently. I played basketball, karate, track, etc. I have always been on the go. I have 3 children and have been married for 18 yrs. I have noticed that I stopped doing things I enjoyed because I have placed the family first. I am now over weight and cant stand it. I am the type of person who loves to workout with a partner. I am attempting to lose 50-60lbs... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 12:43:17 EST Ready or Not, here I go! I quit smoking 5 years ago coming up January, 2012. In the 5 year period I have gained 45 pounds. I can not longer use this exuse for being overweight. Here I am, still overweight! I have secluded myself in my house. I hate going our and doing anything because I don't like the way I look and/or feel. This has caused a great deal of depression in my life and had to start anti-depresssants. I don't want to live this way anymore! I am all alone and I do NOT want to die alone. I need a s... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 23:49:34 EST CCC - Week 3 Keep Tracking!!!!! (I'm not and I totally see the difference, so I need to get back to that) <BR> <BR> Get your move on! Pick any video or wii or routine you'd like and dance it out - 30 minutes at least 3 times!! <BR> <BR> Let's start planning for Thanksgiving! Let's discuss ways to make our favorites a little less killer, and let's brainstorm ways to put in more moving around to balance out the extra calories we're going to consume. <BR> <BR> You can do it!!! Tue, 8 Nov 2011 17:21:52 EST CCC - Week 2 Track your food! Everyday!!! <BR> <BR> Exercise! 25 crunches, 25 oblique crunches, 25 cross over lunges or regular. <BR> <BR> And try and get out and do something with the fam 3 times this week- jump on the trampoline with your kids, go to the park with them and swing, play tag, anything, get yourself and your kids moving! If you went trick-or-treating Monday, that totally counts! <BR> <BR> And lastly, try and do something this week for you! Tell us what you did!! Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:51:47 EST CCC - Week 1 Plan!! <BR> <BR> Plan all three of your major meals for tomorrow. I never plan ahead, so this is going to be a toughie for me. Bonus props for snacks. <BR> <BR> Drink!! <BR> <BR> No, not clean out the booze from your cabinet ... get your eight glasses of water in!!! <BR> <BR> Move!! <BR> <BR> 50 squats a day! I dare ya!! Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:10:03 EST Christmas Countdown Challenge The time is upon us to start looking at our budgets, making lists (and checking them twice), and - gasp - looking great for all of those holiday parties! <BR> <BR> From today, October 25, we have SIXTY days until Christmas - so let's get our tinsel in gear!! <BR> <BR> We'll be doing quick and easy challenges that last a week, and we'll be featuring (and asking for) healthier alternatives to our favorite holiday treats ... who's with me?? <BR> <BR> Let's go!!! Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:05:28 EST Hello everyone! Hello SparkOrlando Team! My name is Denise Smith. I live in Deltona have lived here for about 2 years. Would love to find someone in the area who wants to walk or work out! Wed, 12 Oct 2011 22:35:55 EST HELP!!!!! I need motivation to start My name is Jazmin Friedman im 23 years old and i have the most beautiful little 4 month old. I have a problem i just cant get started with my workouts. I would like to have a workout buddy with the same goals as me so i can be on my way and start loosing the weight that is necesarry. I live in kissimmee Fl but 5 minutes from hunters creek. I would love not only motivation from my peers on sparks but also a workout partner. I also have The new zumba cds so a zumba partners and or a bike partne... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:57:54 EST UCF Students, Faculty, and Alumni Nobody replied to my previous post about UCF, however I just thought I would let all of you know that I have created a new SparkTeam for UCF students and alumni. I am trying to get people to join so we can get the team up and pun intended. The link is listed below. I look forward to getting to know all of you! <BR> <BR><BR>individual.asp?gid=53461 Thu, 6 Oct 2011 19:09:53 EST UCF Are any of you students at UCF? I would really like to find a gym buddy that is a student here. The UCF group on SP seems like a ghost Tue, 4 Oct 2011 15:09:49 EST Looking for an exercise buddy? I'm looking for someone to join me on my training walks, jogs, and bike rides. I need someone to help motivate me to get past the plateau I've found myself stuck on. <BR> <BR> I'm near downtown, but I am willing to travel for different routes and distances. <BR> <BR> ~Elie Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:25:31 EST New to Site Hi... I just joined to try and get back to the weight I was 14 years ago when I met my husband:) We are renewing our vows in March and I really would like to be healthier by then... I am only 30 yet have Diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure... So really need to do something. I look forward to meeting other locals who are trying to do the same. <BR> <BR> I currently weigh 161 lbs and would like to be 120lbs which is healthy for my average 5'2" frame. <BR> I was vegan for many y... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:49:44 EST Hello All I just signed up today after reading an article in Woman's World magazine. I want to learn how to use all the options here, so I guess I should watch the tutorial. <BR> I live in Orlando. I want to lose around 60lbs, so I need help and encouragement and I am hoping to find it here; which I am sure I will. Ok, when I know how to navigate here better, I'l check in again. Good luck to all in our weight loss goals! Sun, 18 Sep 2011 20:41:05 EST Hello, I'm new to this website Hi, I'm new to Spark people and I'm trying to learn my way around the website. There is so much information I'm a little overwhelmed, lol....but I intend to keep trying. Sun, 18 Sep 2011 18:17:18 EST Hello from Volusia County I am 55 years old and have lived in the Orlando area all my life. I enjoy fishing and boat riding! I am still learning things with Spark people, but I do find that it is helping me a lot. Mon, 5 Sep 2011 21:03:05 EST I need help. I have never been successful at dieting or exercise, so I am trying something new. I need some motivation and support. My weight is now affecting my health so it is important that I actually stick with a program this time. I would be happy to hear from anyone who is willing to be a buddy and has had some success using this site. I am not too computer savvy, but hope I can learn to navigate my way around here to make use of all the tools and communicate with others. Thanks Sat, 27 Aug 2011 17:47:46 EST New to Florida Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Amanda. I just moved to the Orlando area last month. My husband just got out of the Army after 10 years and this is his hometown. We have 2 little girls who are ages 6 and 4. I just joined spark people because I have a condition that I can either medicate or change my lifestyle for, and I choose the latter. Also I would love to make some friends on here. I can be a supportive friend, and I could use some supportive friends myself. Sat, 27 Aug 2011 12:44:11 EST Hi Everyone I am new to Spark People but I am very excited that this time my efforts will prevail and I will be left with a healthier me! I am, of course, in Orlando. I am 37 and I have a total of 7 children (4 of my own and 3 stepchildren) so my family can be very hectic but I love it. I am currently a stay at home mom and have been a full time student at Valencia (getting ready to graduate). I would love advice from anyone who has any to give and would love to add some new friends! Good luck everyone b... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 15:28:44 EST Biggest Loser Casting It's been forever since I posted here, but I came across an article on the Orlando Sentinel's website saying that the Biggest Loser will be having a casting call tomorrow and I wanted to share it with everyone. They are looking for partners and individuals who are at least 18-years-old and have a minimum of 85 pounds to lose for Season 13. <BR> <BR> This show is one of my faves so if you make it post here so that I can cheer you on <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link>findlocal.orla... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 19:33:04 EST Joining a gym Good morning! On Monday the 15th, I decided to join a local gym AGAIN! But this time, it's different, here's why. One of my friends lives in the same subdivision and another girlfriend goes to the gym often. Therefore, we have worked out everyday this week! Monday and Tuesday I took step classes, last night Zumba, and this morning at 5:45am spin. I am not a morning person by any means but my friend offered to pick me up so that neither of us would back out. Needless to say, I am extremely sor... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 09:44:42 EST Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12 week program Hey guys! Jamie Eason (she's a fitness model and personal trainer) created a 12 week program based on clean eating and strength training). It's a great program so I thought I would start a new SparkTeam and try to get some people to start it with me! Search under SparkTeams for Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12 week program! Hope to see you there!! Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:19:16 EST Ready for a new begining Hi Everyone, I am in the process of making a life change and looking forward to that inner journey. I am scared but committed to loosing 100+ pounds and feel really inspired by some of the success stories I have read so far. still learning how to navigate the site and look forward to being part of what looks like a great community. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 17:24:25 EST rose My name is rose and I would like to lose a lot of pound. I gain a lot of pound when I turned 27 +... I am 37 years old and my weight 203. Please help. I don't know how to count my calories neither my points. Thanking you in advance Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:47:53 EST Posting Weekly Weigh-in for August Down 2 pounds for 14 lbs lost in 8 wks. Averaging 1.75 lbs per week. <BR> BIG GRIN! <em>334</em> <em>134</em> Mon, 8 Aug 2011 08:51:15 EST Hello I just joined today. I am 42 yrs old, mother of 3 grown children. I live with a connective tissue disorder, arthritis, fibromyalgia and a blood disorder. I would like to lose at least 40 pounds and get healthy to the point that I can workout daily and not have to live with constant pain. I am looking for a workout buddy here in Orlando. Sat, 6 Aug 2011 12:28:21 EST How many hours did you sleep last night? 6.5 Tue, 2 Aug 2011 07:07:00 EST Hello my name is... Hi I'm Annmarie. I live in Orlando, FL. I am at the beginning of a 100 lb weight loss journey. It has been 3 weeks so far and I have lost 5 lbs. I have tried many "fad" diets and lost some weight but I am done with the yoyo diets. I am a true believer in that failure is the opportunity to start over again more intelligently, so that is what I am here to do. I have realized my mistakes and am ready to make some serious lifestyle changes. Hoping to find some encouragement within this team and t... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:27:38 EST 31 Days to Better Sleep August 1 <BR> <BR> Relieve stress! People with uncontrolled stress are more prone to insomnia. But exercise, meditation, yoga, and other techniques can help you relax. Do something to relieve that stress each day. <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************* <BR> <BR> What did you do today to relieve some stress? Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:50:29 EST WHY a sleep challenge? So, let's discuss some of the things that trip us up with sleep. What are your worst habits and biggest roadblocks to a solid night? <BR> <BR> For me, my husband works nights. It used to not bother me when he worked nights a few years ago, but this time... I don't know what it is. Its just annoying. OK, now, granted, I like having the bed all to myself because I'm a cover hog ;) I don't feel that I can go to bed. It's that simple. He's up all night busting his butt, shouldn't I be, as well? ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:46:48 EST Week 1 - Goals and Discussion <em>102</em> Let's get this (slumber) party started!! <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Let's start with a quiz, to see you sleep savvy you are. I got an 8 out of 10 ... one I misread, one I was totally thinking the wrong thing. So read carefully! Also? You'd think with an 8 out of 10 I'd be all rested and awesome? Yeah ... NO. Don't forget to collect your points for taking the quiz! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_start.asp?quizid=43 </link> <BR> <B... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:15:33 EST The Sleep Challenge - Let's Join it! I got an invitation and encouragement to join the Sleep Challenge in my SparkMail from one of this team's leaders, YMCMOMMY. <BR> <BR> That is a great idea for a team challenge! I don't know about you, but I have had issues with sleep for a few years. <BR> <BR> I'm joining. How about all of you? <BR> <BR> Diana <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 07:13:58 EST August Team Challenge - Sleep & Move! Hey everyone!! <BR> <BR> Make sure you check your SparkMail for info on this month's challenge! Also, if you have some favorite exercises that you want to try out, let me know :) Sat, 30 Jul 2011 23:46:09 EST Week 4 - Goals and Discussion I'm a day late on this, took me longer to repair from my trip than I had expected (will post blog later). :) <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing on the challenge? Are you learning more about how to keep your family and yourself a little more healthy? This is the last week - and at the end of the week you can claim your trophy!! W00H00 - TROPHY!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 4 Action Plan <BR> <BR> 1. Eat as a family at least 3 times per week. It may be tough for busy families, but sitting down and eat... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 18:30:06 EST Joke of the Day Deleted - no interest Sat, 23 Jul 2011 10:01:53 EST Topic Deleted Deleted - no interest Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:28:20 EST Topic Deleted Deleted - no interest Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:52:38 EST Glad to be here Hello! I am a senior at UCF. I am studying technical communications. I used sparkpeople in the past and lost 30 pounds, however, after moving to Orlando I gained it all back plus a bit more. I am now ready to get back on the wagon and finally lose all of this weight. I would like to lose 100 pounds in 12 months. It is a tough goal, but I am ready for the challenge! :) Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:13:43 EST Drink 8 glasses of water or soak yourself with It? Do you ever feel like pouring your 8 glasses of water right over your head? I have fantasies of sitting in one those dunk tanks that can be rented and shamelessly & mercilessly heckling onlookers, telling bad tasteless jokes and indulging in a bit of harmless name calling with the hope that one of them will toss the baseball and hit the target so I fall into the water. Carnival worker stuff. Yep! <BR> <BR> It has been oppressively hot and so humid that my moisturizer and body lotion slid... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 07:32:32 EST Orlando Newbie Hi all, I'm new to this board and i'm hoping to get some motivation to drop these last 25lbs. My name is Ticoya, I'm a single mom of a 4 year old daughter. I started this journey and with working out and eating right I dropped 32lbs. For the past 5 months i've gotten so lazy and unmotivated to want to do anything. I've gained 5lbs back and the lazy-ness is starting to show again! I have 25 more lbs to lose and i'm determined to do it. It would be great to have a partner but I know you c... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:20:41 EST Bravery and Full Length Mirrors One of the local vendors in the Sunday newspaper, Orlando Sentinel, has a over-the-door, full length mirror for $4. It is usually $12. I do not have a full length mirror so I am going to buy the mirror for one of my doors (and save some $ for a cheap mirror) <BR> <BR> It is going to require a little, positive chat with myself to take my first look, undressed, in the mirror. <BR> <BR> That is true motivation for me! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:27:05 EST Drinking Water I've debated with friends and Sparkers many times about how much water we should actually be drinking. This was in last night's Spark mail. how much water are YOU drinking? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_experts.asp?q=47 </link> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:43:06 EST Week 3 - Goals and Discussion Sorry I bailed on y'all during Week 2. <BR> <BR> Do you enjoy playing with your kids? Playing leads to exercising and sets them on the path headed for a healthy lifestyle :) Don't have kids? "playing" is still the theme for this week. Go hang out with friends, do something fun for yourself. Take life seriously - by PLAYING THROUGH IT!! <BR> <BR> Week 3 Action Plan <BR> <BR> 1. Understand your child's needs for exercise. Every child--from an infant to a teenager--needs physical acti... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:55:33 EST Stupid bronchitis Hey everybody!! Sorry I totally bailed this past week, I've been sooo sick. I'm so tired of battling this bronchitis. If one of y'all could come over and shoot me, I'd really appreciate it. I'll find some calorie-free, fat-free, full of protein, full of vitamins, and major yummy ice cream to bribe you with. <BR> <BR> I'll catch up on the boards and blogs over the next few days. Hope everyone is doing great! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:31:16 EST Journey to Life Hello everyone, i hope this will b a good experience and that i can become one of the success stories of this site and serve as an example and even an inspiration. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 22:00:08 EST Track Shack 2011-12 Fanatics out there? I'm thinking about signing up for the 7 race series with Track Shack this coming year, anyone else? <BR> <BR> Maggie Sat, 9 Jul 2011 14:09:56 EST Ready and willing with ALOT to lose Hello everyone my name is kimberly, I am 24 years old and very overweight. I have a beautiful dauhghter who is 6 months old and a wonderful fiancee who is also overweight but lacks motivation to make a change(which makes it harder for me because we live together). I have struggled with my weight my entire life and I'm ready to stop "attempting" to lose it. I'm ready to really lose this weight and keep it off this time!! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 10:34:21 EST Week 1 - Goals and Discussion Week 1 Action Plan <BR> <BR> 1. Reduce screen time. The more time your family members spend in front of a TV, computer or game console, the less time you'll have to cook, eat as a family, and get active. Assess your family's screen habits and place strict limits on how much you'll participate in screen media each day. Try to free up at least one hour per person per day. Find out how TV affects your family's health. <BR> <BR> 2. Hold a family meeting. Sit down and talk about the perks ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 00:39:46 EST July Challenge - Healthy Family Makeover So ... I thought it would be fun if we all did a mini challenge together. :) .... I know we all have our own goals that we're trying to meet, and we've all got our own exercise routines and nutritional game plans. I looked over the Spark Challenges, and I found this one. It will allow us to keep doing what we're doing, while giving each other a hand, too. Also, because its summer, I thought it would be a good way to spend more time with the kids :) <BR> <BR> I joined the challenge early... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 00:33:01 EST Hotel Fire Many of you may have already heard about the hotel near Disney that caught on fire. My church is working with the Red Cross and some other agencies to assist people now left homeless. If you'd like to be involved, send me a message and I'll update you. Thanks... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:24:29 EST Roll Call Good Morning Spark Orlando!! <BR> <BR> I'm curious as to how many active members we have. Would everyone please make a post here? Part of my job as a team leader is to offer support, and I'd hate to miss anyone .. <BR> <BR> thank you all so much! <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 08:20:35 EST hello hello my name is shelly Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:04:00 EST I cried because I'm fat........ I had an all out cry today. I am so frustrated with the entire weight loss process. The months that it takes to begin losing weight is enough for me to lose faith in the process. I haven't weighed myself in months, but according to my clothes, I must be 185....the heaviest I've been. I know with my 5'1" frame, this is just too much, and I 'feel big' and know from pictures I am big. I have not worked out in 3 weeks. I go back to Zumba tomorrow, but because I lose no weight, I immediately feel ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:51:25 EST PROUD PLUS SIZE!!! HELLO BEAUTIFUL PPL, I'M MO, A JUNIOR IN COLLEGE LOOKING TO MAKE A PERMANENT HEALTHY CHANGE WHILE SHEDDING THE POUNDS OF FRESHMEN YEAR AND YEARS OF BAD EATING HABITS. I'M LOOKING TO GET SERIOUS THIS TIME AND STICK TO THE PLAN. I'M NOT ASHAMED OF MY WEIGHT BUT AM LOOKING TO BE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH IT...SHOPPING FOR AMAZING JEANS IS A PLUS. THE PROPORTIONS OF MY BODY MAKE IT HARD TO FIND GREAT LOOKING PLUS SIZE CLOTHING. IS IT JUST ME OR THE BIGGER THE SIZES THE MORE HIDEOUS THE CLOTHES GET? ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 16:13:37 EST Today's inspiration: Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. ~ Ralph Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:58:01 EST Hello everyone I live in Orlando, I'm 28 years old. I have two boys one starts first grade in August and the other turns 3 years old in November. I am trying to lose all the baby weight that I have not bothered to lose and now that my kids are getting older I want to be a good example for them and be able to play with them more and not get tired after chasing them for a little while. <BR> I am hoping to meet friends that have the same idea and can provide some motivation and encouragement. I have no fam... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 02:57:13 EST Grocery Shopping I looked at some of the amazing recipes on SP and did my food shopping according to these meals. For the first time ever, I have planned an entire week's worth of meals and snacks. I was surprised to see how easy that was. I'm committed to shedding pounds - lots of them!! I'm on my way to skinnyville! <em>252</em> <em>4</em> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 21:28:53 EST grocery shopping I looked at some of the amazing recipes on SP and did my food shopping according to these meals. For the first time ever, I have planned an entire week's worth of meals and snacks. I was surprised to see how easy that was. I'm committed to shedding pounds - lots of them!! I'm on my way to skinnyville! <em>252</em> <em>4</em> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 20:16:08 EST Back from insanity! If y'all read my blogs, you know that I'm the leader of another board and we've been up to our ears in a 100 day challenge. It is now wrapping up and I'm finally able to get my head back above water. I've missed my local buddies!! <BR> <BR> The downside is that in all of those 100 days, I experienced a LOT of up and down and not a whole lot of progress. I'm learning a lot about what makes me tick, and I'm learning a lot about managing my stress and busy busy life. Baby steps, right? M... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:52:40 EST Hello Fellow Floridians I moved to central FL from western PA 10 years ago. <BR> <BR> 70 days of exercise 50 days of Sparkpeople and I am happy to say I have lost 20 pounds and have more energy than ever before. <BR> <BR> I have been fishing, playing badminton, basketball, walking at the local park and even swimming without a shirt on. <BR> <BR> New goals: <BR> <BR> 1. 240 pound mark <BR> 2. Jog a 5k in less than a year <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 21:21:11 EST Does Florida Owe You Money? Check and see at <link> </link> -- Lou Thu, 2 Jun 2011 22:32:27 EST Another Noob Hi! I'm a 20-something full-time worker and mom - still trying to lose the baby weight 2 years later. I am married and between my job and 2 year old son, I feel like I'm always busy. When I do have down time I just want to relax, so it's sometimes hard to find the strength and energy to get up and go work out. I joined a gym about 2 months ago and signed up with a trainer, but sometimes get grief from the hubs for coming home 2 or 3 nights a week "late". I feel like my biggest issues are ... Sun, 29 May 2011 19:23:10 EST New and Scared Hello my name is Sharon Washington , I'm 43 years old mother of six and housewife. I'm currently in the process of publishing my first book and working toward start a home base business in the Medical billing field. I have been over weight going on 12 years and have tried every diet known to man. and have been thinking about having a surgery procedure done. when I read this articles about this mother and daugther that tried the sparkpeople program and I was amaze. I praying that this will be ... Sat, 28 May 2011 20:47:13 EST I've hit my max! You know when you go shopping for clothes and the larger size you've been wearing becomes snug and you now have to go up to a size you never imagined you'd wear? Well, that was me today at Ross. I know what I'm supposed to do: eat less, move more. But I've been sad and depressed for two years and food has made me temporarily happy. As I said above, I've hit my max. I refuse to buy THAT size of clothes. And I've got to take charge of my own happiness by feeling better about myself. So,... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 21:45:25 EST HI Hello all, I just gained 30 lbs that i recently lost, now I'm unmotivated slow sluggish, and need some inspiration, and someone to keep me motivated. sorry for all that, just needed to get it out now. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 20:27:40 EST Employment... It is becoming extremely difficult to find an 'adult' job in Orlando. Or even a more 'adult' job than working in a theme park with crazy hours for minimum wage. Anyone know where I could look? I'm almost desperate.. Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:29:51 EST April 5Ks? Is anyone doing the Corporate 5K or the Run for the Trees 5K next month? I started training for the Corporate 5K recently and am wondering if anyone else plans to participate. Is there any interest in doing group runs (not thinking anything serious, I'm a slow 12-minute-mile runner) in the Orlando area either just for good health or specifically to prepare for the 5Ks? Sun, 6 Mar 2011 19:51:52 EST Newly wed weight gain Hello all. I am a newbie here on sparkpeople. I'm committed to losing the weight i gained this past year as a newly wed. i realized I can not eat everything my husband does right around the time I couldn't button my fav jeans anymore! I'm looking to lose 10-15 pounds in time for summer and would love to be comfortable in my own skin again! Sun, 27 Feb 2011 22:53:13 EST Biggest Loser Auditions Ok, so they're doing Biggest Loser auditions at CitiWalk on Saturday March 5. I've decided to step out of my freak-out zone and audition. Anyone want to join me? Sun, 20 Feb 2011 14:29:20 EST Testing Waters... Im not sure if this is allowed, but I was wondering if I could offer any services here? Im a certified trainer, new to the area, I carry liability insurance, and thought of maybe putting on a circuit training event in the Daytona area. I have a bunch of equipment too. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:55:08 EST "WHAT COULD YOU LOSE????" "WHAT COULD YOU LOSE???" <BR> <BR> Find an analogy of something that weighs- 5, 10 or even 20 pounds & make your goal be that you want to lose that!! For instance, one guy said he wanted to lose "4- 16 lb bowling balls" which totals 64 pounds he wants to lose. <BR> <BR> I love SUGAR!! So I have set small goals of 5-lb goals, so I thought that losing "5-lb bags of Sugar" would be great for me. I am going to lose 70 pounds; that means I need to lose "14 bags of 5-lb bags of Sugar". <BR> <B... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:01:43 EST Reminder- February Spark Luncheon Sat. Feb. 12th! Happy Hump-Day!! <BR> <BR> Please come out for our February Spark outing. This outing will take place at Café Murano in Altamonte Springs. This is a relaxed atmosphere and they even have lakeside dining there. This is an inspired Italian cuisine restaurant. They have great light dishes on their menu. They also have non-italian dishes. They have a $7 lunch special menu. <BR> <BR> I thought this would be a great meeting to have everyone sit down and talk with each other about how your health... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 20:33:42 EST Paws in the Park Walk for Homeless Pets Hey everyone! I just wanted to see if anyone else was doing the walk downtown on Saturday Feb 12? It will be at Lake Eola from 8:30am-1:00pm and all the donations go towards the SPCA of Central FL. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ifestyle_animal/2011/02/paws-in-the-pa<BR>rk-a-fun-way-to-help-spca.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you can't make it but would like to donate please go to my blog; I have a link setup for paypal donations. Thank you!! Fri, 4 Feb 2011 10:16:20 EST LET'S DO THIS ORLANDO!!! Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm really excited to be here, and to be a part of this team!! A little bit about me...(sorry it's the same as on my spark page..but here goes) <BR> <BR> I never thought of myself as a big person, however after years of eating fast food at college and living a pretty sendentary lifestyle, I realized that the image I now have of myself in my head, and the image I now see in the mirror don't match anymore. Infact, they don't even come close. I didn't realize how mu... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 12:07:08 EST Healthy Living Event - 2/26/11 Central Florida's High Velocity Living Expo at the Mount Dora High School Gymnasium building (700 N. Highland Ave., Mount Dora) on Saturday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. <BR> <BR> This holistic/conscious/green living event will host more than 100 vendors, exhibitors, practitioners, intuitive counselors, speakers and entertainers, all holistic, green, eco-friendly, cutting edge health technologies, organic, fairly traded, mentally and spiritually supportive. <BR> <BR> It's only $3 admi... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:15:02 EST Hi Everyone I have returned to Sparkpeople. Hi Team,I live in Orlando Florida and I am trying to get this weight off one more time. Life through me a curve when my daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer.She is now a one year survivor and doing very well. It is time to take care of my self so let's do this together. I have missed spark people. They are the greatest. Have a great week and lets do this!!! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:12:39 EST Hi Hi.. I'm Renae.. I joined today. Trying to figure this all out!! Decided I needed a one stop place for information and tracking my daily intake. I'm excited about getting started! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:01:56 EST New to CITY: Orlando <BR> <BR> FAMILY STATUS: Single with 3 kids <BR> <BR> PETS: 1 dog <BR> <BR> WEIGHTLOSS/MAINTENANCE GOAL: to get down to 170 <BR> <BR> CURRENT WEIGHT: 241 <BR> <BR> FAVORITE EXERCISE: Dancing and anything from jilian micheals. She makes me feel like i've really accomplished something after her workouts <BR> <BR> FAVORITE HEALTHY FOODS: fruit <BR> <BR> GROUP ACTIVITIES I WOULD LIKE: I would like to participate in a marathon one day. <BR> <BR> WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:43:06 EST Let's Get Losing Challenge by Miss E Diva Sparkpeople Username: missediva <BR> Real Name: Erika <BR> Challenge Starting Weight: 255 Pounds <BR> Long-Term Goal Weight(in pounds): 205 lbs <BR> Challenge Goal Weight(in pounds): 230 lbs <BR> <BR> Starting Weight on 01.01.2011: 255 lbs <BR> <BR> Weigh Ins: <BR> Week 1 01.08.2011: 255 lbs (starting day was 1/8) <BR> Week 2 01.15.2011: 252 lbs (lost 3 lbs) <BR> Week 3 01.22.2011: 252 lbs <BR> Week 4 01.29.2011: 250 lbs <BR> January Total: -5 lbs <BR> <BR> Week 5 02.05.2011: XXX ... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 02:09:09 EST I'm new...sort of Hello all! I've been a part of this team for a long time but I have not ever participated. Until now that is. I had lost a total of 45lbs from my heaviest and have gained some of that back. I'm looking forward to the motivation to shed those pounds and more off! <BR> <BR> Check out my blog! I'd love to hear from you. <BR> http://theincredibleshrinkingnery.blogsp<BR> <BR> <BR> Nery <BR> Orlando, FL Mon, 24 Jan 2011 16:48:05 EST Hi SparkOrlando. I'm A Newbie. This is a great site, and I can't wait to copy your success techniques. I need a walking partner to help keep me motivated. If anyone needs a walking partner and lives in the S.E., would love to hear from you. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 01:03:54 EST I'm not dead - I promise! When I first got back into Spark a few weeks ago, I deleted all of my teams except this one, thinking that if I just focused on one place I would be much better off. <BR> <BR> But, right after that, my favorite blog in the world, Rants from Mommyland, started a team and one of the writers asked me to be a team leader. I will admit that I screamed like a 12yo girl who spot Justin Bieber in the mall. <BR> <BR> Since then, almost all of my spark time is spent over there. It can be overwhel... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:26:54 EST TGIF Very happy it's Friday. Proud of myself for having the stamina this week. Next week looks promising. My husband works W, TH, F, & Sat so I see the gym in my future Monday and Tuesday...woo hoo! <BR> This weeks TA-Da's: <BR> Sat - walked ; Sun- wii fit; Mon-wii fit, Thu-wii fit. ; borrowed a convection oven so I can bake & broil ; making some me time to scrap book with a friend tonight. <BR> <BR> Also made some bad food choices this week. But not looking back and going forward to do it right... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:09:03 EST Jan 29th - Go Red for Women Stair Climbing Workout <link><BR>5-go-red-for-women-stair-climbing-work<BR>out-orlando </link> <BR> <BR> Date: January 29th, 2011 <BR> Location: Amway Arena, 600 W Amelia Street, Orlando <BR> (Livingston side of Amway, facing Marriott Hotel) <BR> Time: 8 AM - 9 AM <BR> <BR> Cost: $10 requested donation <BR> <BR> RSVP: American Heart Association <BR> (407) 481-6305 or Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:24:34 EST Great buys on small fitness equipment! ALDI has some great deals on small fitness equipment right now. I got a Kettlebell set of 3 (15, 10 and 5 pound bells) for $24.99 and this also included a DVD and fitness chart! <BR> <BR> There are also Yoga book/DVD sets and Pilates book/DVD sets for $3.99. <BR> <BR> They also advertise $9.99 kitchen scale and $14.99 body fat scale on the web site. I couldn't find at my store and the clerk said they sold out fast. They also have those small jogging trampolines for $34.99. <BR> <BR> <B... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:09:45 EST Hello to all..Newby here... I am a beginner here. I know weight loss goals usually start in January, but I wanted to get a jump start, even if only a couple days. I don't exactly how this all works, but I wanted to give it a try.... <BR> <BR> I guess I'd start by telling a little about me. I am a 34 y.o. mom of two wonderful little people. I have had weight issues for about the last 10 years or so. Actually, it was a little before that, but the real weight started packing on around that time. Before that I was a health... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:28:57 EST What's YOUR Suggestions 4 Team Activities???? Please give us some ideas or suggestions you would like to see the team do? <BR> <BR> This could future meet-ups you would like us to hold (i.e., walking, luncheon, dinners, 5K events, or movie outing). What do you think will help bring our team together & get to know each other as we work to help one another reach our goals? <BR> <BR> Can't wait to hear your ideas! <BR> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 14:57:27 EST "2011 INTERVENTION!! Time To Get REAL!!!" 2011 INTERVENTION!! <em>56</em> To Get REAL!!! <BR> <BR> I came up with this idea because I think 2011 is where we should all stage an INTERVENTION in our lives!!! This means that if you want to lose weight, trying to tone, trying to increase your veggies/fruit intake, or trying to cut back on sodas. Your INTERVENTION could be you want to cut out fast foods, cut out fried foods, or cut out potato chips. <BR> <BR> Your INTERVENTION could be you are trying to work your way up to 4 days o... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:35:16 EST LET'S GET LOSING IN 2011!!! LET'S GET LOSING IN 2011!!! <BR> <BR> 2011 Intervention Starts Right NOW!! <BR> <BR> We will have a 12-Week Challenge. The challenge will go from January 1 through March 26. <BR> <BR> You will be able to post what your goals will be for the next 12 weeks. Looking forward to seeing everyone's goal. <BR> <BR> Copy & Paste the Template Below: <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople Username: <BR> Real Name: <BR> Challenge Starting Weight (Your weight on 01.01.2011): XXX Pounds <BR> Long-Term Goal Weig... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:20:40 EST . . Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:08:34 EST thank you so much Thank you to all my SPARK family, you have given to me the will and motivation to press into the new year with hope that I will meet my healthy goals, thank you all for your support and encouragement!!!!!! xoxox Fri, 24 Dec 2010 05:50:12 EST ORLANDO HOLIDAY EVENTS AND IDEAS SNOW!: A NORTH POLE CARNIVAL <BR> Start Date: November 20, 2010 <BR> End Date: January 02, 2011 <BR> Location: Gaylord Palms <BR> Street: 6000 W Osceola Parkway <BR> City: Kissimmee <BR> State: FL <BR> Country: USA <BR> Description: Jack Frost makes his way to Orlando! Join Gaylord Palms as they introduce their newest attraction SNOW!: A North Pole Carnival, packed with all-new holiday chills and thrills. Inside a massive, 10,000-square-foot structure is 40 tons of real snow. The... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 02:52:20 EST POST your holiday cheer for everyone here :) Feel free to post your holiday cheer to our team members <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> I hope each day that we may viewThe things that warm one's heart anew;The kindly deed that can't be boughtThat only from good are wrought,A burden lightened here and there,A brother lifted from despair,The aged ones freed from distress;The lame, the sick, brought happiness.Grant that before each sun has set. We'll witness deeds we can't forget;A soothing hand to one in pain,A sacrifice for love — not gain;A word... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 03:41:06 EST holiday fun Christmas Trivia Christmas Trivia Questions <BR> <BR> <BR> 01. What did Pierce Egan add to the basic eggnog recipe when he created a variation of eggnog called "Tom and Jerry." <BR> a. 2 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream <BR> b. 1/2 oz of brandy <BR> c. 1/2 oz of whiskey <BR> d. 3 tablespoons of cream <BR> 02. In what year did the US postal System issue its first Christmas stamp? <BR> a. 1942 <BR> b. 1952 <BR> c. 1962 <BR> d. 1972 <BR> 03. How many times is the name Santa Clause used in "the Night Before Ch... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 02:53:56 EST Yep, I'm a newbie...again Good evening fellow people. After years of telling my patients how to exercise and eat healthy, it is time I took a dose of my own medicine. I am 56, married to my high school sweetheart, and have recently moved from suburban Miami to Oviedo FL. I have not made many new friends as yet, but recently changed to PT schedule, and now I will have time to concentrate on getting healthy. This is my 3rd or 4th "start" on SP, but never before did I join any of the support groups or teams. I am also... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 19:24:58 EST just joined your team.. hell-o SparkOrlando..i have been a sparkee for about 10 weeks now, and i am doing great!! i am a snowbird from michigan and i spend my winters in clermont. i have a dog named boo and she is my walking partner everyday, she keeps me moving and laughing. <em>313</em> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:49:57 EST BOWLING ANYONE? is anyone interested in begining bowling for fun and exercize? my hubby and i are just learning how and would be great to meet spark members for bowling, let me know, we are in kissimmee Fri, 12 Nov 2010 04:41:46 EST SparkPeople Site Maintenance 11/10/2010 Message from SparkPeople on Wednesday, November 10, 2010: SparkPeople and all of our sister websites (including SparkRecipes and dailySpark) will be down for maintenance tonight from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. EST. Thank you for your understanding! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:41:59 EST Hello All!!! Hey I'm Jen. 31, mother,wife and business owner. I live in Daytona, and need to take some time out for me. I am looking forward to the beautiful transformations that are to come...PS looking for a spark buddy, for extra motivation!!! Mon, 8 Nov 2010 14:36:19 EST Hello Team I started to Spark on 10/10/10, but got caught up with life, but I'm here now <BR> <BR> So here is a little about me: <BR> <BR> CITY: Orlando <BR> FAMILY STATUS: Married; 1 Child daughter <BR> PETS: 2 Dogs Rex and Albert and one Gecko Sunny <BR> WEIGHTLOSS/MAINTENANCE GOAL: 45 pounds total. <BR> CURRENT WEIGHT: 176 (but I started @ 192 on 10/01/10) <BR> FAVORITE EXCERICSE: None, but get on the Treadmill <BR> FAVORITE HEALTHY FOODS: Salads <BR> WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START LOSING WEIG... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 00:43:08 EST The weekend ahead Happy Friday - the weekend is right around the corner. For me that is the difficult time especially on football Sunday when I have to cook/create etc for 15 people every weekend. But we are going to get through it with healthier food and extra walking. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:02:53 EST Hello I'm a married stay at home Mom who is working on losing over a 100 pounds. Feels scary to actually type that but so far I am doing great so I have confidence I will get this done. I'm glad to join the group and I hope everyone else is doing great. Tue, 5 Oct 2010 14:58:52 EST Thank you for my goodie! Hi, all! Not sure if I am posting in the right place but I wanted to say thanks for the welcome to the Team and for the Spark Goodie! <BR> <BR> I look forward to spending time here. <BR> <BR> Spark ON! <em>252</em> <BR> Tomsgal85 Tue, 5 Oct 2010 13:17:49 EST September Challenge: Increase Your Fitness Minutes Have you heard about the SparkAmerica Fall Fit City Challenge yet? Take a moment and check it out here: <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=35<BR>65654 </link> <BR> <BR> Let's put Orlando on top in the Challenge (and win some great prizes for ourselves too)! <BR> <BR> This month, challenge yourself to increase your fitness minutes. If you exercise 3 days per week for 30 minutes each time, try adding 10 minutes to each workout, or adding one ex... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 11:48:02 EST What positive action did you take today? It's important to take positive action to reach your goals, no matter what they are. What step did you take today? <BR> <BR> Me: After a disastrous day yesterday, I woke up early, hit the gym hard and shopped from healthy food to take on my flight. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 17:50:46 EST Introduction--I am back I have used SparkPeople a few times over the years and am back to lose 35 pounds. I have Hashimotos hypothyroidism and began working with a registered dietician a month ago. I am not as active as I should be--I work in an office and sit a lot but I do walk my 2 Boxers a few times every day. I also am enrolled in college working towards my Bachelors degree in Business Administration and have 2 children that live at home and are in college. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that with the support of... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 17:55:22 EST Hi Everyone My name is Wen-Lin.I live in Altamonte Springs.In the past I have tried to lost weight numerous times. However, I never reach my goal weight,I always gave up in the middle of the program due to lack of support and motivation. I really excited to start this journey. I appreciate any support and encouragement I receive. <em>213</em> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 21:29:52 EST Suggestions for August Challenge Hi there, Orlando Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> We're only a few days away from the start of a new month, and August 1 sounds like the perfect time to start a new challenge to ourselves. Any suggestions? Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:16:05 EST . . Wed, 21 Jul 2010 18:46:48 EST Orlando Runners Hi Teammates! <BR> <BR> I'd like to start training to walk/ run a 5k for my birthday and I was wondering if anyone knows of any websites/ clubs that host or post races for the Orlando area? I've found a couple, but they haven't been too specific. <BR> <BR> ...or if you know of any 5k events taking place in late November, let me know. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance peeps! <BR> <BR> --Nikki Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:05:57 EST Concert this weekend So this doesn't completely qualify as a "healthy" event, thus the post here rather than on the SparkOrlando page, but I am performing with a new a cappella ensemble called Vocal Brew at Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Orlando on Saturday. (Ethos is listed on SparkOrlando as a healthy resource.) I would love to have some SparkPeople come out and hear us--we could spread the Spark too! The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and will include 3 or 4 acts. For more info, check out the facebook event page: <link>... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 16:24:56 EST Old but new. Heya! I'm a 21 year old that's not so new to this group but I have been away from this site for quiet some time. <BR> <BR> I'm back though! And hopefully I'll stick to it. I'm also looking for a work out buddy to walk/hit the gym/ or anything else that lives near/around Apopka. <BR> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 22:26:17 EST What's your fast food fix? What's your fast food fix and how are you making healthier choices? <BR> <BR> I sometimes crave Taco Bell. I've gone to the three taco meal, fresco style. I can work with 450 calories, sometimes. Mon, 5 Jul 2010 19:24:02 EST Hi, I'm Michelle Hi, <BR> My name is Michelle and I live in Central Florida. I am a Spanish teacher. I have a wonderful husband and son (5YO) and love my life. I am joining Spark People because I need to lose weight and get healthier. I am hoping that joining this community can keep me motivated and inspired! Sun, 4 Jul 2010 10:29:10 EST National Dance Day on July 31 Hi everybody. I don't know if any of you watch Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance. They've been advertising National Dance Day on July 31 and they've posted a dance routine on <link> </link> for anyone to learn. <BR> <BR> They're hoping for communities to organize and learn the routine and dance it on July 31st. I was wondering if any of you guys would be interested in doing this. <BR> <BR> It could be fun and very good exercise for the mo... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 12:27:14 EST Is your company hiring? Post here! I'm looking to move on from my current position. With the economy the way it is, we need all the networking help we can get. <BR> <BR> I don't mind Sparkmail if you are a bit concerned about posting identifying information. <BR> <BR> I can forward my resume to anyone who would like it. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 18:47:54 EST Spark Newbie Hi everyone! My name is Monina and I just started using the Spark last week. My goal is to live healthy and stay active and this site is just what I need! Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:39:45 EST Hello! New from Orlando Hello everyone! <BR> I am new here. I am 36 year old female who needed guidance on what to eat and how to work out. I am loving this website, but I am looking for a buddy! Wed, 9 Jun 2010 22:23:56 EST Hi After searching the internet for an online weight management group, i came across spark people. i love working on the internet and I am hoping this will be perfect for me. I really need some committed friends to help me lose weight. Tue, 8 Jun 2010 20:43:48 EST Introducing me. Hello! <BR> <BR> I am new to sparkpeople (obviously) and I am excited to be here. I have a general goal of being healthier, more active, and feeling better. I have not set and definate goals, other than the fastbreak, because I am still trying to take everything in. I feel overwhelmed at the tremendous amount of work I have to do: eat healthier, exercise, and quit smoking. Any one of those things would be hard in themseves, and I have to do all three! <BR> <BR> My children are the biggest... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 22:02:12 EST Where are you? Just wondering where in the Orlando area everyone is! Its a big place, ya know! <BR> <BR> Im in Celebration! Fri, 28 May 2010 15:25:02 EST Hello everyone Hello my name is Luis, I will be getting married in february of 2011 and I would love to shed off more then a couple of pounds plus I recently found out I have diabetes so I wanna go to war against it! I have always tried to lose weight but I tend to fall of the wagon plus I dont have anyone to keep me focus so..........I sneak then I sneak til its all out buffet!!! So now I think I found a site that might help so here I'AM. Sun, 23 May 2010 08:48:13 EST hi, I'm Cara Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Cara. I'm new to spark people and this spark team. I am still learning to navigate around the areas of the site and getting used to it. <BR> I've been dealing with my weight and depression for almost 15 years now, yo-yoing up and down on my weight and pretty much just trying to hang on. <BR> For the last 3 years I have been working harder to loose weight and to get healthy, but doing it alone (e.i. without others going through the same thing) it has been really hard. <BR> ... Sat, 22 May 2010 10:51:40 EST Greetings Get-Healthy Teammates!!! I am embarking on a weight loss initiative again. I quit smoking 78 days ago (yay!!!! for me) but found myself eating, eating, eating with fat popping out all over. Soooo . . . . even though I don't want to focus on losing weight in addition to not smoking, I don't want to find myself 25 pounds heavier either. I signed up with a weight management program my employer offers which includes a personal trainer 3 days a week. I came back to Sparkpeople because I'm inspired and encouraged by al... Tue, 11 May 2010 18:46:50 EST Just Joined Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Erica, I am 24 and a somewhat "newlywed". My goal is too lose 35 lbs. <BR> <BR> I am excited to meet everyone or almost everyone at our upcoming meet this weekend at Elephant Bar. Tue, 11 May 2010 11:48:47 EST Florida's First Annual Get Sparked Event This Spark Rally is open to all SparkPeople in the State of Florida. It is scheduled for August 15th in Largo. Here is the link to sign up for the event: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rkrally.asp?event=8557 </link> Wed, 5 May 2010 18:49:32 EST Im New Here! Hi my name is Kim! I am 44 and overweight. I lost 50 lbs last year and then the group I was attending folded in november and I stopped dieting. I hav only gained 15 lbs back so I guess thats not too bad, but I am getting married in july and want to lose another 30 before then if possible. I can do this! I have not been able to get my mind set on dieting until I came across this website. I am slowly learning the website and diet strategy and plan to be fully on board next Monday! thanks... Tue, 4 May 2010 21:50:35 EST "Orlando Diva Day" Luncheon- Who Will Join Me????? Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I know many of us meet up for exercise type events but I would like for us to have a get together where we can just sit down & talk, get to know each other. <BR> <BR> So I am just coming up with us & hope some people can come out. <BR> <BR> Date: Saturday, May 15 <BR> Time: 12:00 (Noon) <BR> Location: Elephant Bar in Altamonte Springs (behind Sears). <BR> <BR> Reservations: Need final head count by Wednesday, May 12 (no later than 7 p.m.). Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:18:37 EST EMOTION YOUR MOOD TODAY! <em>306</em> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 14:50:49 EST Hello My name is Jan. I am 66 and just diagnosed with coronary artery disease. I am very motivated to lose weight. I have a maltese names Cuddles and 2 grand-daughters. Nice to meet you. Mon, 26 Apr 2010 14:22:52 EST Weight Watcher Walking Challenge Are there any weight watcher members out there who are planning to do a 5K walk on June 6? Last year I did the Watermelon 5K with my WW group but am unable to do it this year. I am hoping to walk on June 6. I have a route all planned out. I was just wondering if anyone else plans to walk/run and where you will be walking/running. Sat, 24 Apr 2010 18:58:10 EST My New Life Hello! I am a college student who is not unhealthy, but I could be healthier with my nutrition, fitness, and frame of mind. I want to start doing more active things like races and outdoor activities. I think signing up here will inspire me and make me a better inside and out! Wed, 7 Apr 2010 19:01:03 EST Looking for a workout partner in Winter Garden Hi, <BR> I live in Winter Garden and have a gym membership at Lifestyle Fitness on Daniels Rd. I am looking for someone to meet up with maybe once a week or so, to work out either at the gym or outside, ie., the West Orange Trail. I also really enjoy Zumba so would attend a class with someone as well. <BR> <BR> Hope to find someone, <BR> RoseMarie <em>260</em> Wed, 7 Apr 2010 12:33:57 EST Looking for a workout buddy in St. Cloud Hello All! I am new to St. Cloud and don't know many people in the area. I have lived in Orlando most of my life. I am a member of Gold's Gym and hoping I could find a workout buddy here. I figure if we work together, it may help motivate us. Let me know if your interested. If nothing else, maybe I might even make a good friend or two on here. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 16:23:40 EST March for Babies Walk - 04/24/10 As captain for my work team (FedEx Ground) it would be great if my fellow O-town Sparkers could join us for this great event! <BR> <BR> You are not obligated to raise funds (though it would be appreciated) and it is pet and baby friendly! <BR> <BR> Wear your SparkPeople tee or for $5 I can purchase you a FedEx March of Dimes t-shirt (includes shipping). <BR> <BR> Here are the details for the walk: <BR> Saturday, April 24, 2010 <BR> Lake Lily Park <BR> 701 Lake Lily Drive <BR> Maitland, FL ... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 19:14:51 EST KTMontana Hi! I'm new. Not sure how this website works but I would welcome the accountability to lose 30 lbs by my 30th birthday. Let the journey begin. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 21:45:52 EST Anyone in Avalon Park or nearby? I am new to SP and in addition to finally being accountable to myself, I would really like to meet some new people with similar goals to mine and make some great friends. I am a stay at home mom of 3 kiddos (2buttons, 1bow :o)and have a lot to be thankful for, which is why I want to get things in order and get healthier! <BR> I am faaaaaaarrrrr from my goal weight now and not in great shape in general but I'm taking it one day at a time and trying to do more and more in the way of exercise... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 22:35:04 EST Hi Newbie here :) Hey everyone!. My name is Carmen and I just joined SP today. I live in the Orlando area I basically joined this group to meet local people and get support or some type of motivation. I have never counted calories and am pretty much lost when it comes to all this dieting stuff. I would like to meet different people with similar goals and perhaps find a buddy to work out with. Most of my weight gain came from my pregnancies. I have 4 kids and it is hard enough having a full time job and a famil... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 21:35:50 EST March Happenings Thought I'd pass along some March Happenings in the Orlando area: <BR> <BR> March 12-28 "The Sound of Music" - The Osceola Center for the Arts. 407-896-6257, x 0. <BR> <BR> March 27 "Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra". Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. 407-849-2577. <BR> <BR> March 28 "Horacio Guiterrez-Bach Festival Society". Tiedtke Concert Hall. 407-646-2182. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 18:40:55 EST Golfing I'm a beginner golfer. I'm currently taking a beginning golf class this semester actually. I'd love to get more into the sport though. Would anyone be interested in meeting up a driving range one of these days to hit a bucket of balls? I usually go to Tee It Up in Oviedo. Fri, 12 Mar 2010 11:39:22 EST Corporate 5k Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I wanted to see how many of you would be interested in participating in the 2010 Corporate 5k next month. <BR> <BR> DETAILS <BR> When: April 15th at 7:15pm <BR> Where: Lake Eola Park <BR> Cost: $23 per person <BR> Course map: <link><BR>ourse-map2010.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Ideally I would like for everyone who participates to wear a SparkPeople shirt, sticker, or something that other participants can see... all in the name of spr... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:13:29 EST 2011 ING Miami Marathon & Half Marathon Hi team, <BR> <BR> I wanted to post a message here in case any of you missed the entry on the DailySpark blog. A group of SparkPeople members are going to tackle the ING Half Marathon on January 30th, 2011. <BR> <BR> If it sounds like something you would be interested in, feel free to join the 2011 ING Miami Group: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=41185 </link> Mon, 8 Mar 2010 23:44:41 EST College Park 5k - March 20 Is anyone doing the St. Charles Blarney 5k in College Park? I just signed up - it will be my first attempt at a 5k! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>charles-blarney-5k-run-walk-2010 </link> Sat, 6 Mar 2010 20:11:04 EST College Park Sparkers Hi there! <BR> Anybody out there live in the College Park area and would like to get together for walks? <em>30</em> Wed, 3 Mar 2010 09:48:49 EST Outdoor running/walking track? Does anyone know of an outdoor running or walking track that can be used by the general public anywhere in the Orlando area? <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:35:03 EST "MAKE IT HAPPEN MARCH" 30 Day Challenge. Join In.. Well Beautiful Diva's... <BR> <BR> A Diva on the team reached out to me & asked me to start a "March" Challenge, so here we go: <BR> <BR> 30 Day Challenge for "MAKE IT HAPPEN MARCH".... <BR> <BR> The goal is to complete this exercises every night or throughout the day. You may do these exercises during the commercial breaks or you may do them in Sets of 25 or in as little as Sets of 10 until you reach the TOTAL goal. <BR> <BR> 1) 150 ABS (Core) exercises <BR> (NOTE: Now this don't have ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 08:02:15 EST Running Buddy in Sanford/Lake Mary?? I am a new runner looking for a running buddy to team up with who is at the same level that I am..I live on the border between Sanford/Lake Mary. If anyone is looking for a running buddy who is also new to running please respond to this post.... <BR> <BR> kiki Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:48:28 EST Anyone visited Westgate River Ranch? It's in Lake Wales, and Ivylad and I are considering it for a long weekend. It's a dude ranch, with air boats, a rodeo on Saturday, horseback riding and other fun Western-themed activities. Some of the reviews I've read online have been glowing, and other have been so-so. Sat, 27 Feb 2010 09:45:25 EST Dr Philips Y. Looking for a Zumba /Spinning friend Hi, I'm new to Spark People and to exercise in general :). I am going to try zumba next week and was wondering if anyone from the area was looking to go as well. Would also consider Roper Y.. <BR> <BR> Here is the list of things I want to try .. (of course not in the same day, week and at this point month) <BR> Water Fitness <BR> Spinning <BR> Zumba <BR> Latin Cardio <BR> Pilates <BR> Yoga Thu, 18 Feb 2010 22:50:02 EST Hello Everyone!! Hi There! So nice to be a part of this group... I can wait to lose some weight and finally feel good again!! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all... <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about trying out the couch to 5k program-anyone have any experience with that? Wed, 17 Feb 2010 20:22:55 EST Hello I'm Myra hello I am new to this site and would love to achieve my goal of losing weight and get into healthy habits. Would enjoy making new friends and motivating one another. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 22:25:57 EST Hey, Andrea here Hi everyone. I am new to the site. Definitely not new to being overweight. I have been over 100lbs since elementary school. I am a mom of 2 and my boys need a healthy momma. I don't have much of a support system over here. I live right near Universal Studios. So I am asking anyone and everyone to please join in my weight loss efforts. My small goal is 60lbs by November 22 (my 22nd b-day). My big goal is 120lbs by November 22, 2011. I know I can do it....I am gonna do it. I can't afford not to... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 21:23:55 EST The day after the big GAME Hay ladies I had a great time yesterday.I still drank my water,but I ate things I should have not eaten.I really enjoyed myself and I will not kick myself over it.The Saints won and I am really happy for them,the whole state needed that win. I got back on track this morning and went to Curves.I hope everyone had a great weekend. <em>2</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 12:27:01 EST Seeking Accountability Partners-Win nter/Baldwin P Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I am committed to reaching my goal weight this year and am looking for some accountability partners in the local Winter Park/Baldwin Park area. (I live right by Glenridge Middle School.) <BR> <BR> I'd like to take what SP does to the next level and for us to keep each other super accountable by regularly reviewing each other's food/fitness logs, supporting each other (like calling each other if we're at a party and about to eat the third piece of cake!), and maybe ev... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 19:08:02 EST Mission Nutrition & Fit Cooking Classes Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to learn more about nutrition and healthy cooking, but the classes I found were all really expensive! So my friend and I hired a registered dietician and certified kitchen coach to teach 6 weeks of classes for us so that it would be affordable for everyone! <BR> <BR> So check out Mission Nutrition and Fit Cooking -- a 6 week nutrition and cooking class designed to teach you about: <BR> - Practical Weight Management <BR> - Eating on the Run <BR> - Sports ... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 08:41:55 EST UCF Students? Hi I am new to Sparkpeople after seeing a video online of someone who used it. I have to admit, I am not super great at motivating myself, so I would love a workout buddy who can help keep me accountable. If there are any fellow UCF students who would ever like to meet at the UCF gym for a workout let me know! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:24:44 EST Spark America City Ranking # 32 Hello! I was looking to see where Orlando ranked as far as the Spark America City Ranking for fitness minutes - we are at #32. I would love to see us be able to UP our position for February! Let's all really commit to getting in our workouts for the month of February - and don't forget to LOG your fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> I am committing to 4 workouts per week, at a min of 40 minutes per workout - or 640 minutes for the month of February. <BR> <BR> Please post your workout commitment... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 17:02:33 EST Party & Eating Out Strategies TGIF!! Is everyone ready for the weekend?! =) <BR> <BR> It's my first week on SparkPeople, and I have to admit that I'm slightly worried that I'll go overboard this weekend--in fact, weekends are my weakness! Weekdays are so much easier for me to eat well and track my food intake. This weekend is particularly "dangerous" because I have more parties and food related events than usual, and when there's food around, I tend to eat! <BR> <BR> I did an hour of intense physical therapy this morn... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 13:06:36 EST Trying to get fit Hi, my name is Jocelyn and this is my first day on Sparkpeople. It looks like a great site and I am looking forward to talking to everyone. I have had a weight problem for a long time, and I think it is about time to get serious and loose weight so I do not end up a diabetic like my sisters and brothers. I have started exercising at Curves and I feel a lot better but I need to eat better also. So here I go on a new adventure and I hope to meet some new friends. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:37:39 EST Hello there from Chuluota! Hello there! My name is Sandra, and I'm new to this team. I've been on SparkPeople since Christmas Eve of 2009, and have lost almost 6 pounds. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> The only thing that concerns me now is that I might have fractured a bone in my right foot. I'll know tomorrow morning for sure. That might put a dent in my workout routine. However, I've seen pictures of amputees that have gotten into tip top shape, and I'm committed to doing it, too. I visualize that the only exercise I can't do is... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:58:10 EST Hello there from Chuluota! Hello there! My name is Sandra, and I'm new to this team. I've been on SparkPeople since Christmas Eve of 2009, and have lost almost 6 pounds. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> The only thing that concerns me now is that I might have fractured a bone in my right foot. I'll know tomorrow morning for sure. That might put a dent in my workout routine. However, I've seen pictures of amputees that have gotten into tip top shape, and I'm committed to doing it, too. I visualize that the only exercise I can't do is... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:57:27 EST I'm new here Hello everyone! My name is Joe. I'm so excited to have found such a great community of supportive and like minded people. I moved here a few years from CT and so far have lost 60 lbs, But I still have a ways to go before reaching my goals. I would love to find some workout buddies. I recently joined Metro Fitness in downtown Orlando, plus I go to Cypress Grove Park to run if I feel like being outdoors. Don't be afraid to drop a line. Hope everyone is having a great week. Tue, 19 Jan 2010 09:11:52 EST 33 and ready Hello, I am a 33 year old male from Orlando FL. I am ready to live more healthy, not only for myself but for my family. I hope this will be a good tool for me. wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Brad Sun, 17 Jan 2010 15:49:03 EST Hi - I'm Christa Hi there - I'm Christa. I joined SparkPeople yesterday in the search of motivation! I have a membership to the Y and rotate between the Lake Mary and the Blanchard Park sites (one is close to work, one is close to home.) Is anyone else regular at those sites? I think I need a workout buddy to keep me going. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:46:09 EST Newbie from Lake Nona Area CITY: Orlando (Lake Nona) <BR> <BR> FAMILY STATUS: Married; 3 children - 2 girls (15 and 5) and a boy (3) <BR> <BR> PETS: 2 cats and a dog <BR> <BR> WEIGHTLOSS/MAINTENANCE GOAL: I lost 85 pounds in 2008 (215 to 130). I'd like to lose 5 more and just get more and more fit in general. <BR> <BR> FAVORITE EXCERICSE: yoga, elliptical, weights, running <BR> <BR> FAVORITE HEALTHY FOODS: fruits and veggies <BR> <BR> GROUP ACTIVITIES I WOULD LIKE: Yoga, race training Fri, 8 Jan 2010 15:12:56 EST about me Hi everyone, <BR> I am new to sparkpeople and found this accidentally <BR> looking for exchange lists. I am enlisted with a research study at Rippe Institute where they pay you to do a diet study.Its for 6 months using milk as part of the study with exercise.I have done the popcorn study previous and lost 15 lbs so now I plan to lose another 15 at the least.Anyone is welcome to do this study if you fit their criteria.They also do a stress test and blood work.Free. How good is that!! <BR> Lo... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 13:39:18 EST clothes that are too big now Hi, I have been on here for a while but have njot viisted the boards for about 6 months..( i know horrible) but anyways I have been doing ok on my weight loss journey and I am looking forward to even hit it harder now. I am now down 60lbs. <BR> <BR> As you can imagine i am no longer the size i was when i started. I was thinking ( and wishing i would have thought of this sooner) there are a lot of people on here all different sizes and losing weight. I have gone from a size 28 to a size 20. ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:54:56 EST Roadtrip Across the USA Let's take a trip across the good ole USA! <BR> <BR> * Runners and walkers just report the number of miles that you've walked. <BR> * For all other fitness activities every 100 calories that you burn will be equal to 1 mile. <BR> <BR> <BR> Visit this thread daily or weekly to report your mileage. Once I have the team total for the week we'll learn a little bit about the area we've ended up in. <BR> <BR> We'll start in sunny San Diego, CA and make our way up the Pacific Coast. <BR>... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 21:51:15 EST Marguel Hi, I'm 35 years old. Married, no children and today I came across this website and decided to join. I have overweight for a while now and have been taking unreal measures against it. I need this to work this time. I want a child and know that with all this extra weight it won't be healthy or easy and decided to make it a goal to loose the weight first. <BR> I'm currently 210lbs and 5'7". <BR> I don't want this to be a New Year's Resolution I want it to be a lifestyle change! <BR> <BR> L... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 14:03:49 EST Enter For a Chance to Attend Bootcamp!!! Hello SparkOrlando, <BR> <BR> I have some very exciting news for you. <BR> <BR> *Drumroll*... Leanne from Not Your Average Bootcamp is willing to sponsor one lucky SparkOrlando member for a free 6 week bootcamp! You read that right, here is your chance to win a free bootcamp to start your new year off right. <BR> <BR> The bootcamp will begin on January 4th. You can view some recent transformations and find out more about the bootcamp here: <link><BR... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 17:24:05 EST Sparking Our Way Into 2010 Challenge Okay team, <BR> <BR> As of today we have just 2 weeks left in 2009. Instead of taking a break or waiting until the new year to start pursuing our goals, I say we should challenge ourselves to make progress now. That way when 2010 rolls around, we can just keep our momentum going and be way ahead of the thousands of people who will just be getting started. So, who's joining me? <BR> <BR> If you're in, take a moment to reflect on your progress since you've been here on SparkPeople. Post ... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 13:12:14 EST Movies A to Z Hi team, post an item that you can purchase at the grocery store that begins with each letter of the alphabet. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> A - Angels and Demons <BR> <BR> the next person would post something that starts with a B and so on. Fri, 11 Dec 2009 02:22:02 EST Motivational Quotes Share your favorite motivational quotes. Fri, 11 Dec 2009 02:20:56 EST The I Am Challenge Hi team, <BR> <BR> Whenever you're feeling down or find yourself talking negatively about yourself, I challenge you to come to this thread and share something positive about yourself. <BR> <BR> It will put you in a positive frame of mind! <BR> <BR> Also, if you're looking for inspiration you can come here and get ideas for a mantra to carry you through your journey towards a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of examples to get you started: <BR> <BR> I am strong. <BR> I am ... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 02:20:00 EST Workaholic hi everyone Sat, 7 Nov 2009 19:46:15 EST Hi it's me Nina! I just joined sparkpeople last week. i live in east orlando, i moved to orlando last year and have gained 20 pounds sense being, so now i'm getting serious about losing the 20 lbs. and then some... i'm excited to be on the team it seems like a great group! Sat, 7 Nov 2009 10:49:21 EST Hello Everyone Hi everyone, My name is Jessica and I am an average 25 year old living in Orlando Florida. I live a very busy and unhealthy lifestyle and my friend Shellie who is a personal trainer suggested I use this site has a supportive tool. I can't wait to hear how eveyrone else is doing on their quest to improve their health. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 16:41:01 EST Charitable SparkRallies Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I got some clarification as to what we can and cannot do as far as SparkRallies go and found out that we have a lot more leniency than I originally thought. <BR> <BR> We are able to have rallies that have a small entry fee and we are also able to fundraise for charities. Yay! <BR> <BR> I will still continue to post free rallies at local parks, etc. but this will give us more options to do things such as bowling events and local 5ks. <BR> <BR> I also think it w... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:17:09 EST Hello...I'm Susan I'm 33 years old, and I want to loose weight...I have strong goals and i'm looking to hopefully find a lot of support via these forums. I've started a lot of other programs before and really just didn't feel motivated enough to continue and i'm deeply ashamed of that...however, it seems this is a different way of following thru with my wishes, so i'm willing to give MYSELF another try :) Sun, 25 Oct 2009 23:54:05 EST i'm new (sort of) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been on spark for a while but I haven't really been active on it. I finally decided to get serious about losing weight. I want to be an example for my children and I want to live a healthier life. Is it okay if I join you guys? I was reading that some of you will be doing the breast cancer walk at the end of the month. I signed up to do it as well mostly because I work for an oncologist who specializes in breast cancer but I figure it would be a great workou... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:33:08 EST Yet Another Newbie Here! Hi Everyone - I am so excited to find you all in Orlando! I am totally new to the Spark environment, so please bear with me as I figure out how to get through this site. <em>213</em> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 11:37:18 EST 12 Weeks to the New Year Challenge So... I just realized that as of tomorrow we have just 12 weeks before the new year rolls in. I don't know about you, but I'd love to bring 2010 in knowing that I am more fit and strong than I am today. <BR> <BR> I am challenging SparkOrlando to do the following tasks for the next 12 weeks: <BR> <BR> <em>405</em> 8 cups of water daily <BR> <BR> <em>415</em> 90+ minutes of exercise per week <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Complete the weekly mini challenge (will be posted in this thread... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 15:01:30 EST WooHoo Wednesday!!! Come in each Wednesday and share something that you've accomplished during the preceding week. It can be weight loss, meeting your fitness minute goals, getting a promotion at work... anything that you've done that gave you an extra boost of confidence and a burst can-do-it-ness <em>104</em> Tue, 6 Oct 2009 15:29:34 EST Dr Phillips YMCA Does anyone workout at the YMCA at Dr. Phillips. I am looking for a buddy to workout with me. Mon, 5 Oct 2009 15:20:58 EST just moved to Dr. Phillips. Need park for kids we just moved in about 1 month ago. <BR> I was wondering if anyone know of a good park to walk and go pedaling or khaking with kids around this area. <BR> thank you. Sun, 4 Oct 2009 11:10:55 EST Clermont Anyone?? Anyone from the Clermont area?? Looking for a walking partner. Wed, 30 Sep 2009 12:33:40 EST pleateu hi! <BR> i could really use some weight loss tips for getting rid of those last 5 unwanted pounds. <BR> i feel like i've sort of plateu-ed and my brother is getting married in 2weeks so i want to look good for the wedding because im a bridesmaid and i know there will be a million pictures. <BR> some food or exercise tips, anything to mix up my current routine? <BR> thanks so much!! <BR> ps. i HATE my arms, any tips to make them thinner would be EXTRA appreciated :) Sun, 27 Sep 2009 14:53:35 EST Challenge - Lose 15lbs in 2 months - 10/1 - 11/30 Well, I've been on SparkPeople for awhile now, and I really haven't used it much. I recently switched my position to a 3rd shift job, which allows me to get more work done as well as more web browsing... shh... <BR> <BR> I noticed in one SparkPeople Group there was a 2 month 15 pound challenge. I thought I'd check for a local version, but there wasn't one. So, I figure, why not start one? I'm planning on doing this regardless, but if anyone would like to join, I believe it would be more fun ... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 07:16:14 EST a idea for spark cancer walk on the 31.please read hey guys.. I know some of us are doing a 5 k walk on oct 31 for breast cancer.I came about this organization through a friend on face book.. I thought if we all bought a t shirt to wear the day of the walk. it would be a cool way of helping raise some money for breast cancer research since that's what the walk is about.. than all of us can get a group pic wearing our t shirts and post it on sparks. what do you think? <BR> hugzzzzzzzz lynneta... <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 23:16:16 EST Introducing... Hello everyone! This is my first step on a new journey to better health and well being. So happy to have found the SparkPeople community and plan to use the site to keep the fires of motivation burning! Tue, 22 Sep 2009 11:47:14 EST Monthly SparkRally Reminder Just a reminder that we are having another SparkRally tomorrow morning at UCF! We'll meet at the Applebee's across from campus at 9:30am! <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <link><BR>rkrally.asp?resource=7203 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope to see you all there! Fri, 18 Sep 2009 08:22:29 EST September SparkRally Come join other Orlando SparkPeople this Saturday at UCF for our monthly SparkRally. <BR> <link><BR>rkrally.asp?event=7203 </link> <BR> <BR> Since our Team Leader is out of town this week, we are tagging onto the Mid-Florida Milers (a walking group) at their event. Choose from a 5k or 10k route through UCF, starting and ending at the Applebee's across from campus on University Blvd. Hope to see lots of SparkPeople there! Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:33:12 EST Just moved Hi, I just moved to Orlando from Nova Scotia. I got married two weeks ago and now am trying to get settled in my new home. <BR> <BR> Not sure how to do anything down here since all is new to me. Am used to walking but there are no sidewalks or trails near to me that I can find. <BR> <BR> Any help or advice would be very much appreciated. Wed, 2 Sep 2009 10:49:06 EST Ready to Start Okay, it's Day One for me. Starting from scratch. Please keep me in your prayers that I can continue to have the strength to eat well, exercise, and not beat myself up when I have a bad day. <BR> I hope you all are off to a good start to your week and look forward to any suggestions you may have for me. I am in Orlando, so if anyone is in the downtown area and wants a walking partner, email me. Take care and good luck this week! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 07:48:20 EST New to Orlando Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Orlando. I also just started up with Sparkpeople again. I need to get back in shape. I live in Waterford Lakes and would love to know if there is a group here that gets together to walk, etc? <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder that is all over the place and they are still trying to figure it out, so my weight goes up and down a bit along with my energy. This means I have to really really motivate myself to work out. lol. SP has helped tr... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 22:06:45 EST Davie 7117 Hello all im pretty new to Spark people, but im already totally addicted, and I love this site, it helps me stay focused and maintain my work out everyday. I am excited to be part of this community. Sun, 16 Aug 2009 09:39:31 EST Finally Motivated I am a stay at home, homeschooling mom of a beautiful 11 year old daughter. I have been married to her dad for 13 awesome years. The last year and a half has been very hard. I have lost both my dad (50 years old to lung cancer) and my eight year old son (Arnold Chiari Malformation, Type 1). I have been overweight since the birth of my daughter and have tried several times to remedy it, but it never lasts. This time I am doing it for my health...physically, mentally and emotionally! I ha... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 12:02:17 EST Ready for change Im a nursing student and a mom of teenage twins. I have been large all my life and I don't consider myself a lazy person. But over time I have become one. I have type 2 diabetes and hypertension. I WANT CHANGE and it all starts with me. Im estatic about joining. Im looking forward to sharing my success with you all and hope to meet ya soon Sun, 9 Aug 2009 11:36:49 EST BLC Weekly Challenges and Reports I will use this thread to post the weekly challenges and summary reports. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> THIS THREAD IS READ ONLY <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Aug 2009 23:11:49 EST BLC Weekly Weigh In Thread Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Please post your weekly weigh ins here using the following format: <BR> <BR> THIS WEEK: <BR> LAST WEEK: <BR> LOSS OR GAIN OF: <BR> CARDIO MINUTES: <BR> STRENGTH MINUTES: <BR> TEAM CHALLENGE) YES OR NO <BR> <BR> Don't forget that weigh ins should be posted by Thursday at midnight! <BR> <BR> For the initial weigh in you should also take starting measurements. You can post them in this thread or add them to your Spark Tracking information. This will help on weeks when t... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 23:07:41 EST Biggest Loser Challenge 8/13-9/10 Okay team, I love the Biggest Loser show and think we should have a healthy competition to find SparkOrlando's Biggest Loser. <BR> <BR> I will post weekly challenges that will help us stay on track as we work towards our goals throughout the course of the challenge. <BR> <BR> TIMEFRAME: This will be a four week challenge that runs from August 13th thru September 10th. <BR> <BR> WEIGH INS. Weigh ins are due by midnight on Thursday. Please post them in the Weekly Weigh In thread. This w... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 23:04:15 EST Orlando here I come! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> my name is Vivian and I live in Germany. My dad lives in Orlando and I get to visit him from time to time. I'll in Orlando this year for three weeks from August 22nd - September 13th. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2009 06:48:25 EST JUDEVE My name is Judy. I'm originally from St Louis, but have been living in Orlando for 10 years. I've only been a member for a couple of weeks, but have done well with a 5 lb. loss. I'm going to St, Louis for a 3 week visit and am really worried I'll fall off the wagon. Any suggestions for getting through a vacation without going crazy? Fri, 31 Jul 2009 11:04:00 EST Now is the time I'm Grace. I'm 42 years old and I have 30 pounds to lose. I'm just joining. I've never been more focused than NOW. My recent bloodwork showed a high cholesterol and that scared me. Wish me luck guys! Sat, 18 Jul 2009 12:05:20 EST Excited to get started Hello All: <BR> <BR> My name is Sherri and I have been overweight for much of my life. I did manage to lose weight at least three times successfully and keep it off for a bit however, at some point (not sure where) it always seems to re-appear :) A co-worker told me about Sparks so I decided to give it whirl - hey what do I have to lose...pounds :) I would like to thank all of you who have welcomed me in your group, and I'm sure we will be staying in touch for some time to come. There s... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 15:43:21 EST New to the Team, not new to spark Hi My name is Ashley Im 26 I joined spark almost 1 year ago, July 29th of 2008. I have had great sucsess with Spark so far, more than 120lbs, however I made the mistake of putting all my eggs in one basket so to speak. I became VERY involved with one spark team and befor eI knew it I was one of 10 leaders (its a huge team) and then a couple months later I was the only one around. It became detrimental to me to have the responsibility of supporting 20,000 people when few were supporting me. So... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 23:50:01 EST looking for work out buddy hello, my name is alla. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone who lives in kissimmee/ area to work out/walking together? Sun, 5 Jul 2009 10:45:38 EST Red Hot & Boom I'm sorry to get this to you so late for those of you who were at our walk on Saturday. <BR> <BR> If you are going to Red Hot & Boom tonight: Zach's Boy Scout Troop #641 will be parking cars for it in two location (one on each side of I-4) The Crane's Roost side I believe is $10 (don't quote me) and the other is at the corner of Central Parkway and Douglas Ave (right across from the Pepperidge Farm Outlet) and I believe that's $5. I'll be at the Douglas Ave lot. We were there last year and h... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 16:18:46 EST darn it ... Well one of my biggest things has been to keep a food journal here on SP... guess what ??? I deleted it somehow ... go figure <BR> <BR> I"m kinda pissy about this... even though I shouldnt be... but this has been something that I was soo proud of since it has been my biggest problem in the past ... <BR> <BR> OK I vented !!! time to move on Wed, 1 Jul 2009 15:53:12 EST Hi From Goldenrod Area! Hey people, <BR> <BR> I'm relatively new to SP and still trying to navigate through stuff. I hope this can be a helpful resource to losing weight and being more healthy. Wed, 24 Jun 2009 20:51:34 EST East Orlando Peeps ... where u at ? I am recommited ... thi time for good !!! any eastsider around here ?? I'm in Waterford Lakes area Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:35:49 EST PLANET FITNESS ? Planet fitness just opened up (rio pinar) close to my house. and I just found out that there is another one less than 3 miles from my office.. does anyone go there? any feedback ? good ? bad ? Tue, 23 Jun 2009 11:57:54 EST Monthly SparkRally Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice if we had the opportunity to have a group workout each month. To make it easier I was thinking of having it at a set time each month... like the third Saturday of each month. We'll be moving around town so that no one ends up having to drive very far to make each meeting. <BR> <BR> If you have any suggestions for exercise opportunities (ie classes, walking trails, parks, etc.) please share them here. Mon, 22 Jun 2009 11:45:14 EST Things to Do Around Town I am soo tired of sitting in the house. I thought it would be cool for us to have a place to post interesting events that are happening in our area. Fri, 19 Jun 2009 16:55:44 EST