SparkPeople Peoria Sparkers Team Messageboard This team is for all SparkPeople members in the Peoria area. Welcome! SparkPeople Peoria Sparkers Team Messageboard To Love Me again I am 34, been married for almost 15 years to my amazing husband, whom met me at 17 and spunky. I was pleasantly thick in the right places, but was always the BIG girl compared to my friends. We have two wonderful boys who are very active in sports. I lost 80 pounds about 7 years ago and felt wonderful, then I changed to a desk job with high stress and pot lucks galore and gained 100 back. Now here I am fat and sassy, however, disappointed with my reflection. I love my inner me and my family, ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:57 EST Let's Get Moving and Tracking our Fitness Track your fitness activities to earn points for the team! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:09:49 EST Post your Fitness Minutes 12/11/13 <BR> Strength training: 40 mintues <BR> <BR> 12/12/13 <BR> Circuit training: 20 minutes <BR> Strength training: 30 minutes Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:36:06 EST I'm back! Is anyone still here? I'm back. I'm going to try to track my exercise and nutrition again and to participate in the teams. I hope some of you join me and start posting here! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:06:04 EST October Fitness Minutes Yesterday: 20 minutes yoga, 40 minutes strength <BR> <BR> Today: 20 minutes yoga, 15 minutes hiking up and down hill, 15 minutes heavy cleaning Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:29:24 EST Hikers? I'm planning to climb a mountain next July (and more after that, assuming I don't make it to the top and think, "well THAT was a dumb idea...") and have been doing a lot of hiking to get ready. <BR> I know the weather's starting to cool down, but I'm always up for company when I'm at Forest Park (and I'd love to have a set/scheduled time to go!), and I've been meaning to make it to Robinson Park, too. <BR> Any takers? Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:34:47 EST About Me: My name is Autumn, I am twenty-one but am not a big drinker, I am getting married June 22nd 2013. I have no children yet. I am a smoker of 6 years but I am trying/struggling to quit. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:58:06 EST New to team not to Spark! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this team but not to Sparkpeople. I have been using Spark since my Lap Band surgery in Novermber of 2007. I love this place. I recently had my Lap Band removed due to complications and now, well I am doing this without that assistance. I am happy to report that I am doing well. I am loving life and enjoying the strength and motivation that ZUMBA at the Riverplex has given me. Most of all I love working out with my daughter Nichole! Mon, 14 May 2012 10:12:14 EST March, April, and May Fitness Minutes I haven't been logging anything lately, haven't even been checking in. Then I went to the doctor, weight and BP are up. Let's face it, without spark and logging regularly, I just don't do what I need to do to get in better shape. <BR> <BR> I have been gardening everyday for the past week, heavy digging. 60 minutes per day. Yesterday I worked out for 50 minutes using my balance ball dvd. Today I spent 50 minutes on core strengthening using another dvd. I will do some walking later. <BR>... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 12:14:51 EST New to Illinois Looking for some friends in the Peoria area :) Late 20s early to mid 30's would be ideal! Sat, 17 Mar 2012 16:41:19 EST Hi My name is Cindy and here I go once again. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a mother of three wonderful children and a blessed grandmother of four. I am married to a terrific man. My goal is to live healthier in the year 2012. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:50:08 EST January SparkAmerica Fitness Minutes I haven't been tracking regularly, but I am going to start tracking again. So far this week: <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 60 minutes -- 2 mile hike with dogs <BR> Wednesday: 30 minutes -- 1 mile walk with dogs Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:36:03 EST Heyyy ! Just wanted to say to everyoneee && introduce myself :] Im new to all this but Im definitely commited && ready ! I am open to any advice you might haveeee ! Im gettin ready to start the Lemonade Diet to help motivate me! Its a 10 day process that offers the chance of losing 10-20 pds depending on how I stick to it && whether I get out in this snow && move around lol ! - Lil Misz 2 Thick ! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:14:43 EST Anyone Live Near Me? Hi I'm Lucinda and I wondered if anyone live near me. I live in Macomb, IL. and the closest people I've found are in Bushnell IL.. Would love to hear from you and maybe have a sparksrally to get to know one another. It would be a good way to start the new year. <em>213</em> <em>223</em> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 17:04:10 EST looking For Change Hello everyone my name is Marvin I am 35 245 and 5 8. My goal weight is to be about 190. I join this site to get that extra push to achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:42:31 EST Hi Hello, I work in Peoria but live in Fulton County. I am just starting back to Spark People after failing miserably in the past. Work out at the Y in Canton, but stopped doing that when I got in too much of a hurry and pulled a couple of muscles and did some damage. Starting back tomorrow but going to take it slower this time. Would love to hear how you keep motivated. Sat, 26 Nov 2011 11:22:34 EST anyone else in Macomb, IL. area? I would love to meet some other sparks person close by to partner with. get to know and report to. It would help in all areas. <em>303</em> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:20:04 EST November Fitness Minutes I totally dropped out of Spark for the past month. I've been walking a lot, but not logging it. I'm going to get back with strength training today. I'll be back to record the minutes! Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:52:01 EST Hello SparkPeople!! I wanted to take a minute to say hello and introduce myself. I am new to the site and am looking for some motivation to help continue on my fitness journey. I have had some success with my current program and have been at a standstill due to work commitments and my upcoming wedding. I am looking to refocus and make some more progress. I joined this site because the resources are numerous and it seems so supportive. I just need some more accountability to keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> Have a... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 11:21:10 EST September Fitness Minutes I kind of disappeared this summer, but I'm back! <BR> <BR> Yesterday: <BR> 30 minutes aerobic <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> 180 minutes aerobic (hiking with camera) Thu, 8 Sep 2011 16:40:26 EST Girls Day Out at Willett's Winery Here is a link to a fun vendor fair at Willett's in Manito! Shopping, drawings, fun, and wine tastings! I am one of the vendors there that day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2056219068 </link> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:00:35 EST August Fitness Minutes Aug 2 <BR> 30 minutes aerobic <BR> 30 minutes strength <BR> 10 minutes stretching Tue, 2 Aug 2011 14:22:49 EST walking I am new to the group and am looking for someone who likes to get up nice and early and walk! I am an early riser and find working out in the morning is my best way to get it in. I live in the Peoria area and could use a walking partner. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:38:43 EST July Fitness Minutes 30 minutes aerobic Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:59:13 EST Local Races I would love to know about any and all local races/events. <BR> <BR> I heard from a friend about Main Street Mile on July 8th and Detweiller at Dark on July 29th. <BR> <BR> Please let us know about any you hear of, even if not participating. <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>334</em> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:54:34 EST Sole Sisters Is anyone going to be joining them? I would love to know how it is! I can't make the meeting tonight. Any info would be awesome! Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:54:50 EST Hiya! New!! Hi! My names Joretta and I am fairly new here! I am 31 years old and getting married in September! I have quite a weight loss goal but I know that I can do it! I have battled the weight issue since I was little. I am so ready to make the changes to live a healthy and active life, not only for myself but for my fiance. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:31:35 EST Post Your June Fitness Minutes Yesterday: 30 minutes aerobic, 30 minutes strength, 10 minutes stretching <BR> Today: 30 minutes aerobic, 30 minutes strength, 10 minutes stretching Fri, 3 Jun 2011 12:29:10 EST pawc Pekin Area walking club meets at 1 pm on Sundays and 9 am on Mondays. Would love to have some more people join us! Hoping to get more scheduled times as we grow! Contact me for more info! Fri, 20 May 2011 09:39:32 EST Race for the Cure Thank you to everyone who participates in this awesome event! Sat, 7 May 2011 08:21:56 EST Post Your May Fitness Minutes Monday: 45 minutes digging in the garden <BR> Tuesday: 30 minutes aerobic, 25 minutes strength training <BR> Wednesday: Walking on rough trails: 90 minutes <BR> Thursday: Walking on road: 20 minutes <BR> Friday: 40 minutes digging in the garden, 40 minutes strength training, 10 minutes stretching Fri, 6 May 2011 13:17:34 EST pekin walking club Just started a walking club in Pekin. First walk is this Sunday, May 1st at 1pm. Contact me if interested in joining the fun! Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:07:25 EST I'm new! Looking for a walking club/partner! I'm new to Spark! I'd love to join a walking club or meet up with a walking buddy. Any ideas of walking clubs in the area? Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:56:36 EST Post Your April SparkAmerica Minutes 5 minutes cardio warm up <BR> 50 minutes serious physical therapy back exercises <BR> 10 minutes stretching Mon, 4 Apr 2011 12:03:07 EST Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program What is the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program? <BR> <BR> The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women. Even if a woman has already been diagnosed with cancer, she may receive free treatment if she qualifies. Since the program was launched in Illinois in 1995, more than 102,000 women have been screened for breast and cervical cancers. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:49:16 EST UNICEF helping the Children of Japan UNICEF is also coordinating efforts to help the children of Japan. Click the link below to go to a form on UNICEF's website to donate 100 percent of your desired amount to their fund designated for victims of the earthquake or text JAPAN to 864233 to donate $10. <BR> <link><BR>nation2?df_id=9640&9640.donation=form1 </link> <BR> <BR> Join the UNICEF team here on SparkPeople! <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=43877 </l... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 17:44:54 EST Post Your March SparkAmerica Minutes I did a full workout today, after slacking off several days this week. <BR> <BR> 60 minutes strength training <BR> 10 minutes cardio <BR> 10 minutes stretching Sat, 5 Mar 2011 17:17:23 EST Hey!! (: Hey Everyone (: <BR> My name is Noelle, I'm 19, I just joined spark...Hopefully this helps! I really need to get motivated and be open for once. I've spent most of my life trying to please everyone around me and as a result I recently realized I have completely lost myself in the mix of things. Time to get motivated and HAPPY again!! <BR> <BR> How's everyone? (: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 14:55:07 EST It's Me It's me again, someone trying something different (sparkpeople) to lose this weight I have been trying to lose in the last 10 to12 years! I now deal with diabetes type 2 for that long too. My name is Sandra but call me Sandy :) I love animals, I have 4 peekapoo dogs - I love yard work when the weather is not cold out :( - I love swimming at the YWCA (even in the winter) - I love my job - I love my husband and son - Growing up, my family raised quarter horses, me and my brother showed the... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:14:46 EST February SparkAmerica Minutes 40 minutes heavy cleaning <BR> <BR> I meant to do more. Tomorrow will be better! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 19:55:57 EST Reintroducing Myself I was off of this site for a month or two but now I'm back! I've been working out and I've lost about 10 lbs. Peoria is the closest town to me... So, even though I don't actually live there I'd figure I'd sort of adopt it as my own! =) I have about 100 pounds to lose AND I'm wanting to do a 5k this summer! I would love to find someone like myself to do this with! I'm doing the Couch 2 5K program and I'm on week two!! I think that's about it! <BR> <BR> -Erica Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:14:10 EST me I am trying again to lose weight, and have decided to try sparkpeople. I have yo-yoed for years, and so new approach this time. I hope it works :) Mon, 17 Jan 2011 23:39:57 EST Join WomenHeart Team! We need members! Please join us on the SparkAmerica non-profit team, WomenHeart, to spread the word about this organization's mission and to earn points in the SparkAmerica non-profit challenge. <BR> <link><BR>m.asp?gid=43870 </link> <BR> <BR> "WomenHeart was founded by three women who had heart attacks while in their 40s. In addition to being faced with many obstacles, including misdiagnosis and social isolation, they were each amazed how little information about or se... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:58:09 EST 120/day minutes and SparkAmerica minutes Here is what they say about this thing about not counting our minutes over 120 per day: <BR> <BR> INFORMATION ABOUT: Why aren't my tracker minutes and leaderboard minutes matching? <BR> <BR> <BR> We "cap" the number of minutes applied to leaderboards to 120 per day. We realize that some members do exercise more than 2 hours a day, but this cap helps to minimize cheating on the leaderboards. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:47:50 EST Hi, I'm Sarah Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am new here. I am 33, mother to two young boys and wife of a student. I stay at home with the kids. I am having a hard time motivating myself to even walk. I live in the heights area and I am looking for a walking buddy. I like walking in Springdale cemetery. Let me know if anyone is interested! <BR> <BR> Thanks, Sarah Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:33:16 EST January 2011 SparkAmerica Fitness Minutes Try to report your fitness minutes here. We will start fresh each month this year. Let's see if we can move up the Leaderboard! <BR> <BR> I was lazy over the New Year weekend, but I got back to work today, with the 28-Day Challenge. <BR> <BR> Jan 3, 2011 Fitness Minutes: <BR> <BR> 10 minutes aerobic -- Day 1 Video <BR> 10 minutes strength -- Day 2 Video <BR> 40 minutes strength -- SparkPeople Fitness Plan <BR> <BR> I hope to get 60 minutes walking this afternoon! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 11:35:10 EST Peoria SparkAmerica is 111 today, 12/21/10 Yeah for SparkAmerica and Peoria Sparkers!!!!!! Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:50:41 EST Hit my goal! I know I don't really post a ton around here, but I was excited to share :) I've lost 14lbs since my last weigh in! Its mainly been about portion control. I thought I was eating the right portions, but you really need way less than you probably even think. I weigh what I did in high school, now! And this is with 2 little ones :) I still want to keep going. I could lose maybe 10 more, I just never thought it was possible! Wed, 1 Dec 2010 15:25:18 EST Hello Everyone. .starting to get motivated! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jacqueline and I'm 25 from Peoria. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when I was 21 and had a throidectomy. This caused me to gain 40lbs, and I haven't been able to get the weight off. I'm ready to be thin again, and enjoy life. Tue, 9 Nov 2010 22:27:06 EST Betty Hey guys I'm trying it seems fir some-reason I keep going over my goals. Went to Dr. today gained more weight an cannot have alot of!!!!!!!! Need some support guys. Thanks Fri, 15 Oct 2010 22:56:58 EST Hello everyone Hi, I'm Dawn from Peoria. I'll be turning 41 soon and I've been overweight for most of my life. I've always allowed my weight and confidence issues to hold me back. I want this weight loss journey to also be about getting fit, gaining confidence, and discerning Gods' purpose for my life. I'm a little overwhelmed by everything this web sight has to offer, but I'm looking forward to learning. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 20:15:55 EST I can do this...right?? Hey all...I'm new to SparkPeople. I've heard alot about it from a few different friends so thought I'd give it a try. I've done Weight Watchers numerous times and had success numerous times. The problem isn't their program, its me. I needed something new to try and motivate me so thought I'd give this a try and read the book. So, here I am! Mon, 20 Sep 2010 23:27:59 EST Please Join the Susan G. Komen Team! Please join the Susan G. Komen team, one of the new SparkAmerica's Leading Non-Profit teams. Your fitness minutes will count toward this team's ranking on the LeaderBoard. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=43868 </link> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 11:43:02 EST In hopes to a better me Hi i am exactly 40 and yes i have 10 to 25 lbs to lose.I am new to this dieting thing i have never had to worry about my weight i had always been 140 til this last year.I had been put on meds. and yes gained 27 lbs in a year.So i am ready to lose it lets go!!! Sat, 7 Aug 2010 02:34:59 EST Favorite restaurant with healthy menu choice?? I wanted to find out where your favorite places to eat out are, and what do you order that is healthy? I'm just getting started, so I haven't yet had the opportunity to eat out and choose a healthy dish yet. I am going to Buffalo Wild Wings tomorrow night with my husband and plan on ordering the Grilled Chicken Buffalitos. I am a total Mexican junkie. Jalapenos, Aztekita, Tequilas, and Los Jimadores are my favorite places when I need my fix. From the research I've done, it looks like the heal... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 22:13:19 EST Hello from Germantown Hills! Hi everyone! My name is Leah, I'm 25, and a mother to a beautiful 10 month old little girl named Emma. I look forward to losing weight, getting in shape, and living a healthy lifestyle with you all! Tue, 3 Aug 2010 22:09:27 EST I am tired of being fat. My name is erin and i'm 31. I am trying to lose weight and right now i am at a stand still. I have been 232 for about 2 or 3 months and can't seem to get any lower. So, I'm here for something new and hopefully, this will be the way I can lose my weight effectively. I know I have the potential I just have to find it. I do not want to have to result to weight loss surgery to fix this problem. I am also a single parent so I don't really have any motivation or support. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 12:09:57 EST How Many Minutes Did You Track with SparkAmerica? I kind of dropped out of my fitness routine after completing the 28-day challenge. The heat has been oppressive. Monday was cooler, so I took a two hour walk, walked 2 miles out and 2 miles back on the levee (see my <link> </link> blog for photos). Then I took the next three days off. This morning I walked for an hour and 45 minutes. I recorded it as 75 minutes, because I stopped a lot to take photos. I also carried my tripod (11 pounds) and camera with teleph... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 13:00:18 EST New to this team Through browsing SP, I discovered this Peoria team. This is exciting since I live in Morton. Thu, 8 Jul 2010 10:14:14 EST Peoria's SparkAmerica Rating: 115! We were rated 130 when I first started checking our rating. Check out our SparkPeoria page: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n_page.asp?city=Peoria </link> <BR> <BR> Check out your ranking in SparkPeoria here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rica_leaderboards_community_individual<BR>s.asp?gID=12314 </link> <BR> <BR> Yeah, I'm #10! <BR> <BR> Congratulations to #1 through #9: <BR> 1) DRC2009 <BR> 2) MRRAFFEL <BR> 3) MEJANE635 <BR>... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:02:01 EST New Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas I posted a new recipe for Chicken Enchiladas, less than 215 calories per serving, so I had 2 and still stayed in my calorie range for dinner! :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1103071 </link> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 11:39:01 EST Excited to have found this site! Hi. I am a older new mom to a active 7 month old. I have had a history of being overweight and had gastric bypass surgery 11 years ago. I have regained about 40 pounds over the past 5 years and have been trying in vain to get motivated and organized. I have had moments of clarity (pre-baby) and worked out but have not been able to get back to my "fighting weight". I am looking forward to making some changes. I live in the Canton, IL area. Thu, 27 May 2010 10:49:14 EST So glad I found this site! I'm 25, looking to get back to my "fighting weight" and maintain a healthier lifestyle! Tue, 11 May 2010 17:07:37 EST What Fitness Program Do You Follow? I do a lot of walking. I have a series of strength-training exercises that I do, but I really need to do them more regularly. I also like some of Coach Nicole's videos for aerobic and strength training. However, walking is my main workout. I usually have my camera with me, with the telephoto lens, which weighs about 7 pounds, so I get a little extra workout (which I don't count). I try to walk a mile or two four or five times a week. <BR> Thu, 6 May 2010 11:50:56 EST Do you have a garden? What do you grow? I have a long strip behind the fence where I've planted sunflowers, tomatoes, green peppers, banana peppers, and green beans. I have another small spot for butternut squash and zucchini. Along the side of the house I planted Cosmos and sunflowers. I have geraniums in boxes on the porch, along with some herbs: basil, thyme, parsley, and rosemary. I want to add cilantro and sage to the herb box. I'm looking forward to harvest time! I may also plant some lettuce and radishes in front of the toma... Sun, 2 May 2010 09:57:03 EST Hi My name is Jessica. I'm here to learn how to lose and maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Thu, 29 Apr 2010 11:37:29 EST Anyone know where I can take tennis lessons? I have always wanted to learn to play and what awesome exercise that would be! Just curious, I have a hard time finding them for adults in the Peoria/Washington area! Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:18:51 EST Anemic and starting a new weight loss challenge I am a 5 year breast cancer survivor. Before being diagnosed with cancer I weighed 148 lbs and felt good. I now weigh a little over 200. <BR> I want to lose all the weight I have gained throughout my 5 year journey of surgeries, chemo, tamoxifen etc.... <BR> I have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight and just found out this week I am suffering from Iron deficiency Anemia <BR> I am hoping that the anemia may have been an issue that prevented me from losing weight and now maybe I have a better ... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 23:31:32 EST Spring & Summer Discussion It is rather cold in Central Illinois this morning, but it is supposed to get warmer later in the day. I hope everyone has a great day and a good week on their Spark program! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 07:53:47 EST Emily's Introduce Yourself Hi, I'm Emily from Peoria. I joined Spark People for many reasons. I work at a cardiology office and am one year away from becoming a nurse, so I've seen the end result of not taking care of yourself. I plan on getting married in two years and want to be fit for my wedding. I have a strong family history of heart disease and do not want to make the mistakes that will cost me later in life. Also, I want to get fit now so that when I have children I will be prepared to teach them good habi... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:29:34 EST Ms. Education I have tried and tried to lose weight. I have a problem staying motivated. This time I'm going to stick to it with the help of my new friends. Thank You Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:06:00 EST Ms. Education I have tried and tried to lose weight. I have a problem staying motivated. This time I'm going to stick to it with the help of my new friends. Thank You Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:05:38 EST Joining today Hi there-just joining today after reading about this website in a magazine. I am in my mid 30s, three kids & weigh 245-needing/wanting to lose weight Sun, 7 Mar 2010 00:03:24 EST Hello all I am Megan. I am beginning my spark diet today, any suggestions? Fri, 19 Feb 2010 09:10:20 EST Life is tough Don't let it get you Down Hi,... Diana Here,... Just looking for ways to better myself and be a better person as a whole. I am a proud Mother of three typical children. I work full time and take great pride taking care of my Family. I have been married 26 yrs and counting. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:17:57 EST New to Spark I am so glad to have found this site. I can't wait to see the results. I actually feel like I am being held accountable for sticking to my goals when using this site. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:24:44 EST Running group I'm starting to train for a half marathon in July and was wondering if anyone else in Peoria was looking for a running buddy for the weekends. I need to train myself to run outdoors and not just on a treadmill..... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 19:13:09 EST New & Overwhelmed! Hi! <BR> My name is Meredith Rabe and I am new(ish) to the Spark Community. Can anyone give me some tips? And does anyone work out at the Gold's in Peoria? Mon, 1 Feb 2010 16:15:19 EST new to you hi . I'M NEW TO SPARKPEOPLE BUT NOT TO DIETING. Wed, 27 Jan 2010 06:38:18 EST just joined...from Germantown Hills I just joined this site last week and I am already hooked. I stumbled on this team today. I have already been doing WW for almost 4 months, but I am transitioning to this program because it seems more comprehensive and I am trying NOT to repeat history! <BR> <BR> Anyone else been Sparked in Germantown Hills? Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:58:30 EST hello peoria my name is jeri and i am in cuba illinois.. this is the best site i have found and look forward to losing weight with some of my neighbors :) have a great day and feel free to add me as a sparkbuddy Wed, 20 Jan 2010 03:24:35 EST Hello I'm going to try this again. A New Year A New Me. My biggest problem is actually sticking with it. Any suggestions or recommendations on keeping myself motivated are always Welcome! Good Luck to all of you. Sat, 16 Jan 2010 19:47:04 EST 100lbs in 10 years My husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary last month. After 10th years so much has changed in our lives, especially the size of our waists. Over time I have gained 100lbs! It is horrifing. I went from running three miles or more a day to getting out of breath carring a basket of laundry from the basement up to our bedroom. A year ago I joined "ww" after several month I had lost 30lbs, but my husband had actually gained and refused to join that program as he felt it was a "womans club".... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 15:21:51 EST 2010 Everyday Discussion Thread Happy New Year, Peoria Sparkers! I hope you are all doing well. Please stop by this thread now and then to let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> It is so cold today! -6 degrees this 3rd day of 2010. I'm looking forward to temps reaching the 20s next week! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:14:31 EST Cardinal Fitness I am always looking for supportive work out partners - I am a member of Cardinal Fitness and try to go after work each day - about 4:15. On the weekends I try to go mid morning - around 10:30 or so. If anyone else works out there and would like to join a group to motivate each other let me know!! My boyfriend is a member too but currently works 3rd shift so is to tired to go right now. He is trying to be supportive of my diet and workout routine but it would help to have people to work ou... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 23:22:54 EST New guy! Kinda posting all over in the new member forums tonight it seems! Anyhow, new member and looking for friends and motivation buddies. All of my info is over on my page, so please snoop around and click and comment, and most importantly, ADD me :) Sun, 1 Nov 2009 21:39:49 EST I am new!! Hey Peoria Sparkers!!! Another local (if Canton counts haha) here for turning my life around. All my info is on my page so please click over and leave a comment or add me as well! Sun, 1 Nov 2009 21:37:01 EST I am new!! Hey Peoria Sparkers!!! Another local (if Canton counts haha) here for turning my life around. All my info is on my page so please click over and leave a comment or add me as well! Sun, 1 Nov 2009 21:36:49 EST New to SparkPeople Hello, <BR> My name is Meghan. I am new to this and could use any advice to tips that folks out there have. I am 6 ft tall and weigh about 180. I am in the normal BMI range, but am looking to lose around 20 lbs. Just feel tired and need to gain more energy and I think that the recent weight gain has something to do with that. <BR> So any advice is greatly appreciated, or anything I should try on this site is also welcome. I look forward to trying all of this and keeping up with everyo... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 19:12:02 EST help our soldiers for Christmas HI!!! My daughter is in the Army, her unit went over seas to Iraq this past August. Thanking God daily that she is NOT one of them. But her unit is, So I am asking anyone who wishes to send holiday greetings or holiday items to these men and women to please do so. here is the APO addy for them. just put on it "ANY SOLDIER" It will be distributed to them. If you have female things then put women on the label. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance for all of our children serving our country Tracy <B... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 06:50:09 EST help our soldiers for Christmas HI!!! My daughter is in the Army, her unit went over seas to Iraq this past August. Thanking God daily that she is NOT one of them. But her unit is, So I am asking anyone who wishes to send holiday greetings or holiday items to these men and women to please do so. here is the APO addy for them. just put on it "ANY SOLDIER" It will be distributed to them. If you have female things then put women on the label. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance for all of our children serving our country Tracy <B... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 06:48:54 EST HELP IM FAT hi im new to this, decided to surf the web to help loose weight. <em>29</em> I think this website is great and I hope it works for me Tue, 29 Sep 2009 00:54:39 EST New to this whole thing Hello Im a 26 yr old housewife, I have ALOT of weight to loss. I would like to do it slow and healthy, I want it to stay off. I have been heavy my whole life, so really it doesn't bother me, I feel good about myself. Its just time to start to be healthy and fit. Heart disease, diabetes, and everything else runs in my family. So for a lack of better words it is TIME!! Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:42:24 EST Hello Hi Everyone! I am here to introduce myself. My name is Melissa. I live in Illinois. I am a married mother with two girls who are 12 and 16. I work third shift so my diet and exercise routine is kind of all over the place. Am looking for friends who can help motivate me! Fri, 4 Sep 2009 12:00:38 EST hi Hi, Just getting back on sparkpeople , I am hoping to talk to more people from peoria maybe find walking buddies and new friends. Sat, 15 Aug 2009 01:56:12 EST All About Me Hi, I'm a new member to SparkPeople and I wanted to join to get motivation to keep going. I've struggled with my weight my whole life and now is the time I plan to shine. I realize I'm going to have to work for it and I'm willing to finally make that step. I'm tired of being tired all the time. I'm tired of feeling left out. I'm ready to just live and be happy for the sake of myself and my 3 sons. It's my body and if I don't like the way I look it's up to me to change it. So, I hope to make p... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 02:48:50 EST Off topic: salons/spas Even though I've lived in Peoria before while in college I would always go home to get my hair/nails done. <BR> <BR> Do any ladies (or guys I guess) have any recommendations for places to get my hair done (a cut every 6 weeks and color about every 3 months)? I would like to spend less than $40 on a hair cut and am not a huge fan of walk-in places. <BR> <BR> Also, does anybody know of any good manicurists, either in their home or at a spa? I get a manicure every two weeks. I'd like to spe... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 22:57:27 EST off topic: GPS - Got one? Which one and what do you think of it? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of getting one... Consumer reports rated the Garmin Nuvi 760 as a recommended GPS and it looks to have lots of neat features -- walk/hike mode, muti-destination capable, iPod interface, voice and screen recalculations, etc. .... BUT when I read the reviews, someone said that when you change states you have to tell it OR when you hit 'where you are' it will just keep searching or whatever.... and not find you. <BR> <BR> What are y... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 13:13:39 EST Steamboat Classic I am just curious as to who all from here will be running in the Steamboat Classic next week? If you are which race you running? I'm running the 4 mile. This will be my very first race EVER, so it is going to be exciting and nerve racking for me. This is a huge milestone for me since I started my weight loss and exersicing program. Wed, 10 Jun 2009 09:31:22 EST The new guy Hey all my name is Gary. I don't live in Peoria but I do work here. During my lunch hour I walk the riverfront from Johnny's Hidaway to Constitution Garden then back. So if you are ever out on that trail during the lunch hour you most likely have seen me. I'm out there almost every day during the week unless I'm stuck in a meeting. Wed, 10 Jun 2009 09:23:07 EST Walking buddy with lots to lose I am in Peoria and have been doing water classes at the Riverplex and would like to start walking, but I am really apprehensive. I don't know if I could truly make it to the end of the block and back right now. I have about 200 lbs to lose and I'm looking for a walking buddy with about the same challenges. It would have to be evenings or weekends. I don't want someone who is further along to motivate me, I want someone who is where I am at to take the journey with me. Let me know if that... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 11:04:52 EST Hello I'm new Hi, I"m a Single mother of 3, and have battling my weight for 19yrs, so far in the last two weeks that I've been using this site I like what I see so far, thought it was time to talk to people. Sat, 25 Apr 2009 15:44:09 EST need a little help from the team hey peoria sparkys! it's been a while since i've been on here. been a bit distracted with work and goin through a divorce, but i'm still around. but i do need some help from my peoria friends. here's what's goin on.... <BR> <BR> my landlord is jackin me around a bit and i want to move. luckily i'm not in a lease and can leave anytime, but i am having trouble finding an affordable place to live that is half way decent. I work in chillicothe, and now live in pekin, but would love to move c... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 17:16:14 EST Kettlebell and Stability Ball Yesterday I bought a 10 pound kettlebell and a stability ball. I have a beginning DVD for the kettlebell workout. I made it through the tutorial and the warm out! I stopped then because I felt my hip pop! It is fine but it scared me! I'll try again tomorrow! I switched to the New You Boot came day 3 video, an upper body workout using dumbbells and a stability ball. Wow I feel like I had a workout! Fri, 20 Feb 2009 11:02:15 EST Goals for 2009 I want to lose the pounds I regained at the end of the year and continue to lose weight throughout 2009. I also want to organize my office, de-cluttering is part of it . . . finding stuff I need is the most important part. <BR> <BR> To help me with my goals, I have joined the New You Boot Camp. I completed the first 4 days. I did both the workout and aerobic, as well as the bonus activity. I really think that doing aerobic exercise is the only way I can lose weight. I have to really be consi... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 22:33:48 EST SparkPeoria Featured Resources: Parks and Trails I've added some parks and trails to SparkPeoria: <BR> <link><BR>ources_category.asp?city=Peoria&Catego<BR>ry=4 </link> <BR> <BR> Peoria is part of the SparkAmerica Challenge - an online event from that is helping Americans get fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> 1) Set your goal and post your fitness minutes to help Peoria <BR> 2) Join a team of people near you and get healthier together. <BR> 3) Find and share local healthy resources. <BR> <B... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 15:47:01 EST Fitness clubs + Peoria Area Hi, <BR> Is anyone a member of a Fitness club in the area? <BR> If so, what do you like about the facility you use? <BR> <BR> I have been going to Landmark recently; I don't have a membership, but they have been printing coupons for a free day pretty frequently in the newspaper. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for an inexpensive option because I live in Princeville and would likely only go about 4-6 times a month. (Sundays and anytime I run into town during the week.) <BR> Thank... Wed, 10 Dec 2008 13:46:54 EST Cold + exercise/diet Hi everyone, <BR> I've been suffering from a cold for about a week now. Maybe it's just the resulting fatigue but I'm feeling really worn down and haven't been exercising at all. <BR> How do you all handle it when you get sick? Do you still exercise, at least when "it's just a cold?" <BR> I've walked on the treadmill a couple of times over the last week, at a slower pace, but I feel like I get tired so fast and I'm not sure how much to push it. <BR> I guess part of my fear i... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:56:06 EST weight tape measure-y thing? Hi! <BR> Sorry, I don't know what it's called, but how do you post one of those tape-measuring looking things that shows your weight? <BR> (Gosh, I CAN'T believe I am asking that-usually I don't admit my weight!) <BR> Jennifer Tue, 11 Nov 2008 20:00:58 EST Hello. I am new. Hi. I have lived the peoria area for all about one year of my 47. Weight has always been a big challenge for me. A co-worker at district 150 introduced me to this site and I love it. <em>244</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2008 19:49:29 EST Commercial Exercise Breaks I received this email from SparkPeople, and thought I would share it. I watch at least 2 hours of TV, although I am usually using the computer at the same time, I'm thinking I could add some of these exercises during commercials! I'm going to try it today! <BR> <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> In the 1960s, the average 60-minute television show had about nine minutes of commercials. Today, that has doubled to 18 minutes. Some half-hour shows can have as many as 12 minutes of commercials. T... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 08:40:16 EST New hello everyone i'm kayleigh! I'm new! I just joined the sparks team 2 days ago. I have to lose the weight or get a liver transplant my doctor told me so I'll need all the support I can get. I've dieted before and failed. I'm hoping it will be different this time. My doctor gave me phentermine to help with diet and exercise. I'm only 21 and I don't want to die early nor have a transplant at this age! Wed, 10 Sep 2008 23:23:27 EST Howdy After reaching my highest non-pregnant weight ever last month, I started really watching what I eat again. I am following the Atkins diet, and am so excited to find it a healthy and doable way to eat. My cravings are gone, and for the first time in my life, I've lost weight on purpose. <BR> <BR> I use Sparkpeople to track my food and learn new things. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased to find this team, and am looking forward to encouraging others in Central IL and Peoria the Beautiful to get healthy,... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 20:19:54 EST Keepin on! I'm still keepin on!! I had to adjust my cardio days to Tuesday and Thursday because I just wasn't making it on Sunday. The gym I attend for aerobics doesn't start until 2:00 and I always seem to have so much going on that I tend to miss the class. Exercise does make me feel a lot better and help me relieve some stress. Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:45:01 EST I'm taking one day at a time The weekends prove to be my hardest challenge regarding food. I crave ice cream and sweets. I have a lot of time to think about the sweets!! I need to be at home for weekend chores, but also need to leave the house so I won't think about the sweets. Tue, 12 Aug 2008 11:33:42 EST Staying focused I got a little depressed yesterday when I weighed myself. I did not loose any weight this week. I am trying to stay focused and not let this disappointment knock me off course. Fri, 8 Aug 2008 08:50:54 EST Joined the team today I just joined the team today. I've been with SparkPeople for approx. 3weeks and I love it. I have 4 children and I'm trying to look like I don't have any. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 11:08:16 EST Anyone still there? I got sick (just the flu & stuff) and got out of the habit of logging in every day. Are people still looking in on this message board? Sat, 5 Jul 2008 12:52:24 EST Calling out all Pekin/Peoria area Sparkers I would like to form a walk group to meet possibly 3 times a week at the Pekin Stadium and walk the track, if anyone is interested please let me know... Sat, 31 May 2008 20:04:28 EST Favorite places to walk/run in the Peoria area Where do you like to walk or run or hike? <BR> <BR> How often do you get out to do so? <BR> <BR> Where is somewhere you would love to try?? Mon, 19 May 2008 11:08:45 EST nominate a leader for this board I am new to this group (relatively new to sparkpeople) but it says that SPARKPEOPLE is the leader...Does anyone know how to nominate a member to be a leader...I think I have seen that somewhere, but I have no clue where...?? <em>224</em> Sat, 3 May 2008 11:56:18 EST What's your poision? What style or form of exercise is your favorite? <BR> <BR> How often do you get to do it? <BR> <BR> How long (minutes) do you do it at a time? <BR> <BR> Do you try to stick to your favorite exercise or vary it up? <BR> <BR> Do you workout at a gym or at home? <BR> <BR> Do you workout with someone or alone? <BR> <BR> Least favorite form of exercise? <BR> <BR> Have you recently tried a new exercise that you liked or disliked? <BR> <BR> What do you do for strength training? <BR> <BR> Wh... Sat, 3 May 2008 11:46:27 EST me= new Hi I am Niccole and I live in EAST Peoria...but about 3 minutes from Peoria! I am trying to lose some weight and get healthy for the summer. I also have my 10 year HS reunion this summer, so I would be lying if I said that was not part of my motivation. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am a married stay at home mom and artist. I have 2 boys, aged 2 1/2 and 5. They keep me quite busy! With my oldest son in kindergarten all day and my younger son in preschool for a few hours next fall, I will definit... Sat, 3 May 2008 11:32:25 EST Hello! I'm new here today! Hi everyone! This is my first day and I'm excited to get going on my weight loss journey. I'm 42, live in livingston County, IL (but from Chillicothe, and familiar with the Peoria area), I am married and have 3 kids, several cats and a wonderful dog. I've tried everything to lose weight but I always slack off and re-gain the weight. <BR> <BR> I'm here to stay and to do it right. Slowly but surely I will lose this 25-30 lbs that have been hanging around. <BR> <BR> How fast have you all l... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 16:08:10 EST anyother 5-pointers here Just checking to see if there are any other members of this group who go to 5-points in Washington. Sun, 13 Apr 2008 16:43:43 EST Hi Greetings <BR> New to the group <BR> My name is George <BR> <BR> Moved back to my home state Illinois about a year ago about the same time I got serious about losing weight and getting healthy. <BR> <BR> I really enjoy working out but hate counting calories <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2008 10:15:03 EST Central Illinois Here Hey Everyone, My name is Susie... I am new to the team. Sat, 29 Mar 2008 01:35:16 EST Steamboat Classic Challenge Hey Everyone - <BR> <BR> As a good challenge to help get into shape for summer, make it a goal to finish the Steamboat Classic! It takes place on June 14 in downtown Peoria. It is a 4 Mile race on a flat course, and it doesn't matter your time, as long as you finish! The entry fee is $25. <BR> <BR> If you need a little extra motivation, the Illinois Valley Strider host Building Steam each year, which start on April 2nd at 6:00 PM at the River Plex in downtown Peoria, and is every Wednesda... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 13:59:45 EST Hello everyone! I'm new to Sparkpeople, but old to Peoria... I've lived out by the Peoria Airport all my life and it is really great to see Peoria Sparkers here! <BR> <BR> Can you believe the snow on Easter? Really big flakes, coming straight down. Cool... <BR> <BR> Anyway, back to Peoria Sparkers. I've tried to lose weight all my life, alas, to no avail. The last few years, I've given up, until now. I have realized that quality of life really means something to the challenge to ... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:19:36 EST Hello everyone! I'm new to Sparkpeople, but old to Peoria... I've lived out by the Peoria Airport all my life and it is really great to see Peoria Sparkers here! <BR> <BR> Can you believe the snow on Easter? Really big flakes, coming straight down. Cool... <BR> <BR> Anyway, back to Peoria Sparkers. I've tried to lose weight all my life, alas, to no avail. The last few years, I've given up, until now. I have realized that quality of life really means something to the challenge to ... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:19:16 EST Hello everyone! I'm new to Sparkpeople, but old to Peoria... I've lived out by the Peoria Airport all my life and it is really great to see Peoria Sparkers here! <BR> <BR> Can you believe the snow on Easter? Really big flakes, coming straight down. Cool... <BR> <BR> Anyway, back to Peoria Sparkers. I've tried to lose weight all my life, alas, to no avail. The last few years, I've given up, until now. I have realized that quality of life really means something to the challenge to ... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:17:35 EST Checking in and Chatting Hi all. Hope you are doing well. I need to start tracking food again, as I have not lost weight in 2 weeks. Oh well. I have been out and about. I posted some eagle photos on my blog if you want to check them out, also a photo of a "blond" squirrel. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 18 Mar 2008 08:07:56 EST Broken Ankle Anyone have any tips to stay focus. I broke my ankle about two weeks ago. Now that I am through the <BR> worst of the pain. I am finding that the down time is being filled up with my favorite emotional foods. <BR> I am trying to make healthy choices but when I have to depend on someone else to do the shopping and prepare my meals I try not to complain and eat what they prepare. I have to admit my bf is doing a great job but its not the same. I fee like my choices are limited. With no exer... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 11:11:40 EST Team Photo for Peoria Sparkers I've noticed that this is my only team that doesn't have a photo. I'm not sure who is moderating this group, but I have a couple of Peoria Skyline photos you could choose from in my photo gallery. Here are links to the photos (assuming this works): <BR> <BR> Peoria Daytime Skyline: <link><BR>836.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> Peoria Nighttime Skyline: <BR> <link><BR>5688.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to use either pho... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 10:05:13 EST Spring is Just Around the Corner We sure had some nice spring weather today, which will vanish tomorrow as rain and snow head our way again. Scott (my husband) and I took a drive looking for eagles along the river. We know where an eagle nest is located in Marshall County. There is a blind and a trail leading to it, but it was too muddy and slushy to walk. We walked along the highway from the designated parking lot and yes indeed there was an eagle sitting low in the nest, just barely peering out at me. The light was bad and... Sun, 2 Mar 2008 22:29:26 EST How I learned my lesson I have learned two valuable lessons this week. <BR> Lesson #1 SOS Smallest Offering Satisfaction I really enjoy dried pineapple for a snack. I weighed out "my" serving on my digital scale; it was 82 grams or about 3 oz. (It didn't look like much in the bowl.) I ate it and then added it to my nutrition list. 1042 calories!!! I should have started with 1/2 oz and taken more if I really wanted to spend the calories on it. <BR> Lesson #2 NONE Never Obtain-Never Eat Some foods just are not worth... Sat, 16 Feb 2008 08:07:51 EST Hello Hey, my name is Jacque and i live in Chillicothe, IL. I am a stay at home mom of 3..bryce, deven and my daughter caitlyn I am trying to get to a healthy weight..My husband and i have been together 8 years and married almost 4..for our 5 year anniversary we our going to jamaica so i at least want to look decent in a am going to be joining the local gym in a couple of weeks so hopefully i can stick with this. Sat, 19 Jan 2008 15:25:23 EST Hey P-towners ... Lets.... Hey all .. how bout a goal to recruit one person to sparkpeople... we need to boost our team up ... the power of numbers Fri, 11 Jan 2008 22:06:58 EST Hello Peoria! I just moved to the Peoria area (Washington, IL) last month! I haven't been on SparkPeople in a very long time, but I was inspired to get healthy and back on track by my thinning sister and my growing profile. I need to lose about 15-20 lbs. I don't know many people in the area and would love to make new friends and fitness buddies! Thu, 10 Jan 2008 11:44:34 EST My first Day What a great little site... I have two children after my first I lost 80 pounds .. after my second I have lost 50 but I have a goal to lose 40 more - that will put me at my "ideal" weight and BMI to be healthy. Look for support in my crazy life - Mom of 2 - Married to a shift worker - work 40 + hours a week and Full time student ... Tue, 8 Jan 2008 21:44:08 EST Hi looking for walkers, please contact Sun, 6 Jan 2008 18:36:55 EST Newbie Hi, I am new to this site. I just wanted to introduce myself. I am 41y/o. I live in Williamsfield which is about 25 minutes west of Peoria. I need to lose 50lbs. I am getting familar with this site while on christmas break. Go back to work on the 2nd and really want to make this happen. <BR> Looking forward to Making Friends and watch the pounds come off. My Main goal is to just make healthier choices so that this is a life time commitment. I not looking at this as a diet. I am going to b... Sun, 30 Dec 2007 12:58:33 EST Looking for more Peorian Spark People! Hi, My name is lynn...i currently belong to World's Gym and also take advantage of the Rock Island Trail...I'm a jogger with a desire to increase my distance. There's several reasons why i jog but probably the number one being that if you love the outdoors you can take it outside and it doens't cost a gym membership has it's advantages in the winter when it's too cold outside but for the most part i enjoy the trail...check it out if you haven't been there already,...i'm fairly new ... Thu, 11 Oct 2007 17:59:06 EST Hello? Hi Peoria Sparkers! I'm new to this. So just want to say hi and have a good day. Glad to see there are others in the area on here. Thu, 13 Sep 2007 12:55:01 EST