SparkPeople SparkPortland- the Official Team Team Messageboard This team is for all SparkPeople members in or around the greater Portland metropolitan area. SparkPeople SparkPortland- the Official Team Team Messageboard Happy Wednesday! Walk early. It’s supposed to be 99 in Portland today. Wed, 8 Aug 2018 11:21:44 EST SparkAmerica Affinity Points 10 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 10:55:42 EST Walking Is anyone in Sellwood interested in being a walking buddy early morning or after work? Prefer women. Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:50:37 EST Walking buddy I would like to find a walking buddy in the Gresham area. The closer to 182nd and Stark, the better. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:23:50 EST Hello! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm on my phone so I won't go on too long, but I'm Josh and this isn't my first go round on here. My weight has been a crazy ride for my entire life. It started in high school, when I would gain weight unabated through the summer, then get in shape during football and lose most of the weight during wrestling. <BR> <BR> This worked pretty well when I was 16, but once high school ended and there was no more sports to lose the weight it just kept piling on. By the time I wa... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:06:28 EST Hello I'm Larry and i wanted to join during the holiday season so i don't go out of control Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:25:38 EST An introduction!! HEY SPARK PEOPLE! <BR> I have always been overweight and i'm now 34 years old and trying, once again, to lose the weight for good. I have never reached out online to accomplish this because i am a very private person, and my obesity is a source of shame for me. <BR> i have just joined spark people today, and i am in need of encouragement and advice and friendship from spark members who have accomplished their goals, big or small. Maybe just sharing the experience with others will be helpf... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:26:39 EST Not so new member Hi , I am Molly from Portland Oregon and I decided that I really need to be a regular on Spark People. I retired 1 + ago and my routine has finally settled done. I start water aerobic classes at my local community center tomorrow with so additional classes as I become my active. A1C has already dropped. My fasting numbers are stable and my blood pressure is done. Yeah for retirement ! Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 13:24:39 EST Virtual Walks Wherever you walk, you could also be logging miles on a virtual walk! It's fun and educational. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:26:52 EST Mud Factor Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am participating in this 5k Mud Factor Obstacle run, coming up on May 17th. I signed up for the 12:45pm wave. When I signed up, that one was on sale. Anyone else doing this? Looks fun! Hit me up if you are. Would be cool to see some fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> -Cass Wed, 1 Apr 2015 21:56:33 EST Do You Go To A Gym? Do you go to a gym? If so, which one, and what do you do there? Make the rounds to all of the machines? Use only a few (ie treadmill, elliptical)? Hit group fitness classes? If so, which classes? <BR> <BR> This could definitely be a good thread to connect with others who have the same exercise interests, and go to the same gym. <BR> <BR> I'm a group fitness instructor, and work at a few different gyms. So, I definitely make my rounds, and can use most of the facilities as much as I want. I ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:25:47 EST Exercise in Happy Valley I'm in Happy Valley and would love to meet others locally to walk or exercise with. I'm not talking huge walks but in the miles to 2 miles ranges to start with once or twice a week. Currently I am doing regular walking and some running in a pool to strengthen me as I have some back issues. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:22:31 EST Newbie Hi Everyone! I just joined a few days ago. Over the past few years the weight has been slowly creeping on. I try to eat a pretty healthy diet (whole food, plant based) and have been training for a half marathon. Even with eating right and exercising I wasn't losing any weight, so I decided to join SparkPeople. I'm excited to be a part of this awesome and supportive community! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:01:31 EST New team leader Please welcome BLUEEYECUTIE to the Portland Spark team and as the leader of this team. I have so much going on right now I just don't have the time to devote to the team but after house is cleaned out and sold I hope to be back and more active. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:23:16 EST Newbie here! Hello everyone! My name is Staci and I am here to get motivated to be more active and healthy! I'm going to be 37 soon and want to get back to my weight when I got married two years ago &#9786;&#65039;. Here's where you come in wink wink. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 00:45:57 EST Hello - I'm Merci from Portland, Oregon I was on Sparks quite a few years ago, now I'm back! I am determined to make it work this time: I'm 52, 100+ pounds to lose, not getting younger, and don't want to spend the rest of my life feeling sore, tired, sick, depressed, and generally just plain 'blah'. It's time for a change, and I'm feeling very motivated this time - I will do this! I know it will take time, I will slip up, it will go slow or even stop on occasion, but I will plug my way through every opportunity that comes my way! ... Sat, 17 May 2014 23:27:19 EST Group Fitness Hey guys, <BR> I love group fitness. I love it so much that I became an instructor last year. While I have worked in a gym and in my own home, I am finally branching out and becoming an independent contractor at a studio. The problem is that, while the owner already does a lot of advertising, her fitness classes just aren't doing well. <BR> <BR> So here are my questions, if you enjoy group fitness, what has drawn you to a new studio? Does anyone know of any good places to advertise? <BR> <B... Sat, 3 May 2014 19:45:19 EST Great new way to exercise This last weekend I discovered a great new way to get in a serious workout... <BR> <BR> Park in the wrong parking lot in Washington Park. <BR> <BR> My mother and I picked a lot to park in, thinking we were close to the entrance to the Japanese gardens. WRONG. We probably walked a good 6-7 miles that day, often through steep and muddy trails. <BR> <BR> Not sure if this teaches me to find the correct parking lot in the future, or if I should keep parking in the wrong parking lots to get good... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:42:11 EST Hello Everyone I am new here and hope to learn lots! I am amazed at how many calories I am suppossed to eat each day. I don't eat that much but I guess it's what I eat that I need to be mindful of. I have several health issues and I need to take care of myself. My main concern right now is that I have Chronic Pancreatitis and not sure if this is why I have developed Type 2 Diabetes. I really need to take care with food. Things high in carbs and sugar put me in pain. My blood sugar has been out of con... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:18:27 EST Hello everyone Hi, My name is Tina. I've been tracking my calories and exercising for the last week. I've started and stopped many times but I feel confident that I have the right motivation to stick to it this time, however, today has been hard. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:05:07 EST January 2014 Recap With one week to go before we finish out the first month of January 2014, I wanted to share some observations regarding this team... <BR> <BR> - There have been approximately 10 active users (posted) who made one or more visits to the team <BR> -The team message threads were revamped in hopes that more people would use the resources. Only a couple of threads were visited. The most popular thread, used daily, is a word game. <BR> - A Spark lunchtime walk was coordinated. There were no Spar... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:23:36 EST CHALLENGE 3 - POW (January 17-20) <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> POW Challenge <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> To participate in this Friday-Monday Challenge, please cut/paste the challenge information into a new post. Update your original post each day by using the edit feature (PLEASE DO NOT CREATE NEW POST). The challenge will run Friday, 12:01 am through Monday, 11:59 pm. All points must be posted by Tuesday, noon. Ranking will be posted by Wednesday morning. <BR> <BR> P - Pay-It-For... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:31:46 EST CHALLENGE 2 - NOW (January 10-13, 2014) <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> NOW Challenge <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> To participate in this Friday-Monday Challenge, please cut/paste the challenge information into a new post. Update your original post each day by using the edit feature (PLEASE DO NOT CREATE NEW POST). The challenge will run Friday, 12:01 am through Monday, 11:59 pm. All points must be posted by Tuesday, noon. Ranking will be posted by Wednesday morning. <BR> <BR> N - Nutrition ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:39:23 EST Making Your Resolution a Reality with SMART Goals <em>150</em> Meet in the Holgate Library Meeting Room Tuesday, January 14 at 6pm for a free talk on Making Your Resolution a Reality with SMART Goals with Kristin of takeitoutsidefitness. <BR> <BR> Space is limited and first come/first serve basis so be sure to arrive a bit early. Holgate Library is at located at 7905 SE Holgate. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:54:31 EST Mental Toughness Training for Weight Loss Jan 7 Hello, SparkPortland teammates! <BR> <BR> I wanted to make you aware that my husband and I are hosting a FREE seminar tomorrow evening (Tuesday, January 7), from 7-8:30pm at Clear Channel (home of Oldies 106.7) on Mental Toughness Training for Weight Loss. This is what was missing from every "diet" program we ever tried - it addresses the underlying issues around weight gain and weight loss and helps reframe your thinking to allow for success. You'll learn a few things and come away with s... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:33:47 EST We are on Facebook! <em>215</em> We are on Facebook! <BR> <BR> We will be using our SparkPortland event page to post about upcoming activities at <link> 492353364112269/ </link> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:32:21 EST Team Goals The Team Goals section has been temporarily been put on hold to determine interest. If there are specific team goals that you would like to see included, please include in a post above. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:41:04 EST Downtown Waterfront Lunch Walk - Wednesday, Jan 15 <em>215</em> DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT LUNCH WALK <BR> <BR> WHEN: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 (NEW Day) <BR> TIME: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (walking will begin at 12:05 pm, please be prompt) <BR> WHERE: Salmon Street Fountains <BR> <BR> We will be walking north from Salmon Street Fountains, crossing the Steel Bridge, and continuing around to the Waterfront Promenade and then over the Hawthorne Bridge, and will end up back at the Salmon Street Fountains. <BR> <BR> Walk will be cancelled if it... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:33:09 EST Meetup Groups (Portland and surrounding areas) <em>215</em> Meetup Groups <BR> <BR> Do you belong to an active Meetup Group that is focused on fitness/nutrition? If so, let's hear about it -- Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:06:33 EST SHAMROCK RUN - 03-16-14 <em>215</em> Shamrock Run <BR> <BR> Is anyone interested in participating in the Shamrock Run as a team? It requires 20 participants. There is a discount is payment made by January 10. <BR> <BR> If not as a team, is anyone planning to go and want a Spark friend to walk/run with? <BR> <BR> Details <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Post your interest on this thread -- Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:27:30 EST Pictures of Portland Do you have "royalty free" pictures that you would like to share of places you have been in Portland or surrounding communities? Let's change up our SparkPortland picture from time to time. We can even use this as a challenge reward to the winner? The possibilities are endless?! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:51:39 EST Take It Outside Fitness (SE Portland) Group Class For those of you in SE Portland -- Group classes are available Monday & Friday at Mt. Tabor -- Here is a link with details if interested. <link> </link> This first class is FREE, thereafter they are $18. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:37:03 EST CHALLENGE 1 - BEGIN (January 3-6, 2014) <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> BEGIN Challenge <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> To participate in this Friday-Monday Challenge, please cut/paste the challenge information into a new post. Update your original post each day by using the edit feature (PLEASE DO NOT CREATE NEW POST). The challenge will run Friday, 12:01 am through Monday, 11:59 pm. All points must be posted by Tuesday, noon. Ranking will be posted by Wednesday morning. <BR> <BR> B - Bake one... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:54:43 EST SHERWOOD, TUALATIN AND WILSONVILLE Do you live in one of these areas (or close) - Let us know who you are and what your fitness interests are - Cut/paste the below info into a new "reply" message: <BR> <BR> 1) Name <BR> 2) What are your favorite cardio-related interests (e.g., running/walking, zumba/dance, gym)? <BR> 3) Do you do Strength Training or Stretching Exercises? If so, what and how often? <BR> 4) Do you prefer to exercise alone, with a buddy and/or in a group? <BR> 5) How far do you want to travel to workout/partic... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:33:27 EST LAKE OSWEGO, LAKE GROVE AND WESTLINN Do you live in one of these areas (or close) - Let us know who you are and what your fitness interests are - Cut/paste the below info into a new "reply" message: <BR> <BR> 1) Name <BR> 2) What are your favorite cardio-related interests (e.g., running/walking, zumba/dance, gym)? <BR> 3) Do you do Strength Training or Stretching Exercises? If so, what and how often? <BR> 4) Do you prefer to exercise alone, with a buddy and/or in a group? <BR> 5) How far do you want to travel to workout/partic... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:32:42 EST The Kitchen Table (Daily Chat For all Areas) All areas come together in one place to chat daily, share resources, etc. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:30:11 EST CLACKAMAS AND OREGON CITY Do you live in one of these areas (or close) - Let us know who you are and what your fitness interests are - Cut/paste the below info into a new "reply" message: <BR> <BR> 1) Name <BR> 2) What are your favorite cardio-related interests (e.g., running/walking, zumba/dance, gym)? <BR> 3) Do you do Strength Training or Stretching Exercises? If so, what and how often? <BR> 4) Do you prefer to exercise alone, with a buddy and/or in a group? <BR> 5) How far do you want to travel to workout/partic... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:27:56 EST SW PORTLAND, BEAVERTON, TIGARD Do you live in one of these areas (or close) - Let us know who you are and what your fitness interests are - Cut/paste the below info into a new "reply" message: <BR> <BR> 1) Name <BR> 2) What are your favorite cardio-related interests (e.g., running/walking, zumba/dance, gym)? <BR> 3) Do you do Strength Training or Stretching Exercises? If so, what and how often? <BR> 4) Do you prefer to exercise alone, with a buddy and/or in a group? <BR> 5) How far do you want to travel to workout/partic... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:26:47 EST DOWNTOWN/NW PORTLAND Do you live in one of these areas (or close) - Let us know who you are and what your fitness interests are - Cut/paste the below info into a new "reply" message: <BR> <BR> 1) Name <BR> 2) What are your favorite cardio-related interests (e.g., running/walking, zumba/dance, gym)? <BR> 3) Do you do Strength Training or Stretching Exercises? If so, what and how often? <BR> 4) Do you prefer to exercise alone, with a buddy and/or in a group? <BR> 5) How far do you want to travel to workout/partic... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:25:31 EST NORTH PORTLAND AND VANCOUVER Do you live in one of these areas (or close) - Let us know who you are and what your fitness interests are - Cut/paste the below info into a new "reply" message: <BR> <BR> 1) Name <BR> 2) What are your favorite cardio-related interests (e.g., running/walking, zumba/dance, gym)? <BR> 3) Do you do Strength Training or Stretching Exercises? If so, what and how often? <BR> 4) Do you prefer to exercise alone, with a buddy and/or in a group? <BR> 5) How far do you want to travel to workout/partic... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:24:04 EST NE/SE (BEYOND 163RD), GRESHAM, TROUTDALE Do you live in one of these areas (or close) - Let us know who you are and what your fitness interests are - Cut/paste the below info into a new "reply" message: <BR> <BR> 1) Name <BR> 2) What are your favorite cardio-related interests (e.g., running/walking, zumba/dance, gym)? <BR> 3) Do you do Strength Training or Stretching Exercises? If so, what and how often? <BR> 4) Do you prefer to exercise alone, with a buddy and/or in a group? <BR> 5) How far do you want to travel to workout/partic... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:22:13 EST NE/SE (AS FAR OUT AS 162ND) PORTLAND Do you live in one of these areas (or close) - Let us know who you are and what your fitness interests are - Cut/paste the below info into a new "reply" message: <BR> <BR> 1) Name <BR> 2) What are your favorite cardio-related interests (e.g., running/walking, zumba/dance, gym)? <BR> 3) Do you do Strength Training or Stretching Exercises? If so, what and how often? <BR> 4) Do you prefer to exercise alone, with a buddy and/or in a group? <BR> 5) How far do you want to travel to workout/partic... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:07:27 EST NE/SE (AS FAR OUT AS 162ND) PORTLAND <em>198</em> Disregard <em>253</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:06:26 EST AREA/COMMUNITY TEAMS (Read First) <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to SparkPortland - the Official Team! Since you are here, you must live in N, NE, NW, SE, SW Portland or a local commuting area such as Aloha, Beaverton, Clackamas, Gresham, Hillsboro, Oregon City, Tigard, Vancouver WA, or another close-by area, right?! Well, we want to get acquainted with you and want you to have the opportunity... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:54:45 EST 2014, goals, dreams..... What do you want to see in this new year? Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:23:35 EST SparkTeam BLC 24 - Registration Closes Soon! Sparkpeople Team BLC24 is presently taking membership for participation in 12-week challenge that runs 1/16-4/9 - <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> <BR> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:05:49 EST Are there any active members on this thread? If so - Take a minute to share some info with the rest of us - Together we may be able to take the lead on what 2014 will look like, both beginning and end! <BR> <BR> Who are you? <BR> <BR> What part of the Portland area do you live in? <BR> <BR> Would you be interested in getting together once a month/quarter at a local merchant (e.g., to learn about healthy options? <BR> <BR> Would you be interested in cooking an "agreed upon SparkRecipe (virtually) with one another one a month/quarter?... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:44:50 EST Hello Portland :) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Bob, I'm 29 and I just joined Spark People. I'm excited to start exercising and watching what I eat. I need to get in shape and I'm ready to get started. <BR> <BR> I recently moved to the Pacific Northwest in July from Phoenix, AZ. I stayed in Portland for a few months, then just recently moved to Vancouver. The weather has been amazing up here so far. I wasn't sure what to expect with the Fall and Winter seasons. <BR> <BR> I am starting a Health Inform... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 17:34:39 EST Hello SparkPeople Hi everybody. I'm 51 and live in Portland. I am tired of being overweight and out of shape. I joined SparkPeople two weeks ago and I think its great. I needed a place to keep track of my food consumption and this is perfect. All of the motivational extras are a huge bonus. I feel great and look forward to getting healthier with SparkPeople. Thanks! Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:26:03 EST Mental Toughness Training for Weight Loss (Free) If you have ever struggled to lose weight or keep it off, this is for you. We’ll help you address the underlying issues, make long-term habit changes, and equip you to deal with the challenges. Mental Toughness is the missing link from most “diet” programs. <BR> <BR> There is a reason the content of this program has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, The Today Show, Fox News, BBC, and many more. <BR> <BR> In this ninety-minute seminar, you'll learn some of the differ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:43:56 EST Hi! I just joined! Hello everyone. I just joined Spark People and just completed my Spark Page: LeonasLines. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 16:55:30 EST TURKEY TROT On thanksgiving morning there is a 4mile walk/run fundraiser for the Oregon Zoo. Is any one interested in maybe training together for the walk? Maybe walk it together? Sun, 6 Oct 2013 07:02:31 EST Shamrock Run/Stride 2014 Registration Registration for the Shamrock event in Portland opens October 1. My Team is 3010 if you'd like to join me! You can choose any event - run or walk. <BR> <BR> To register: <BR> <BR> Click on: REGISTER ONLINE NOW <BR> <BR> Select Category: <BR> - Team Option - 20 or more (Deadline 11:59 p.m., January 22 unless field limit fills sooner) $34.00 <BR> - Child (4-12) PART OF TEAM (Deadline 11:59 p.m., January 22 unless field limit fills sooner) $15.00 <BR> - Child (3 ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:25:49 EST Last day of August I belong to the "1 day challenge" Spark team and of late we haven't had a consistent team leader so some of us have been filling in. This morning I did and thought it would be nice to share with the Portland team: <BR> <BR> Last day of August, back to school for many parents soon (if not already in some places) and a long weekend for some of us US peeps. <BR> <BR> Create your own challenge this weekend, but make it a healthy and happy one. <BR> <BR> I'm going to have a day of house cleani... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:09:10 EST Moving to Portland! Hi everyone! My family is planning to move to Portland next year, and we've been doing our research about the city, but I'd love to hear from people that actually live there. We've heard such wonderful things, and want to know everything we can! <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 02:13:13 EST July Goals and Gab Come tell us what you're going to accomplish this month, then go do it! <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I plan on completing 60 miles this month by walking, running, and perhaps even biking! <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> What about you?? Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:01:22 EST Summer Mileage Challenge 06/21 - 09/22 Hey team! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Let's start a Summer Mileage Challenge! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone on our team can join. Let's log our miles for the whole summer - from June 21 through September 22 - on this thread to see how many miles we can accomplish over the coming months. <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> The miles can be foot powered or wheel powered. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> What?? <BR> Walking, jogging, wogging, slogging, running - all foot p... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:35:30 EST June, Rose Festival, sun? The sign June has arrived, Rose Festival is upon us. Starlight parade tonight, lots of chaos downtown. The sun has finally shone it's self again so a good time to get outdoors and enjoy. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:24:59 EST SparkPortland Walk - Sat. May 25 on the Waterfront Let's see if we can put together another walk, kids. Same place, same time, different date! I've checked my calendar and I do not have anything else scheduled this day. <BR> <BR> What? Spark Portland team walk <BR> Where? Waterfront Park - specifically meeting at the Salmon Street Springs <BR> When? Saturday, May 25 at 9 am <BR> Who? You and/or your friend/partner/significant other/spouse/kids/dog/neighbor/etc. <BR> Why? Why not! <BR> <BR> The Waterfront loop is approx. 2.5-3 miles, and it... Mon, 13 May 2013 14:06:35 EST Women's Hiking Group in Portland Hello SparkPortland! I've been hoping to get another SparkPerson to come and walk with me. But so far... no takers. So I signed up to be an Event Coordinator for a local Group. It's the Portland Women's Hiking/Wilderness Community MeetUp and I lead slower-paced hikes (2 MPH or a wee bit less w/ plenty of stops for normalizing heart-rate, drinking water, taking pictures, and gabbing) on moderate to difficult hiking trails. I lead hikes in the Gorge as well as here in Portland. ... Sun, 12 May 2013 17:57:43 EST The Biggest Loser RunWalk 5K Off-Road Challenge I am doing this August 3 in Washougal, WA. I am forming a team. Below is information regarding this event: <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser RunWalk Washington <BR> 5K Off-Road Challenge <BR> <BR> August 3, 2013 <BR> <BR> ... Each registered participant and finisher will receive the following: <BR> Non-intimidating Environment for New Runners and Walkers <BR> Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series T-Shirt <BR> Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series Finisher Medal <BR> Race Number <BR> Water Station(s) alo... Fri, 3 May 2013 12:31:45 EST May 11 - SparkPortland is walking the Waterfront Hey everyone! The sun is out more than it's not - why not celebrate with your teammates by walking the lovely Waterfront loop? <BR> <BR> What? Spark Portland team walk <BR> Where? Waterfront Park - specifically meeting at the Salmon Street Springs <BR> When? Saturday, May 11 at 9 am <BR> Who? You and/or your friend/partner/significant other/spouse/kids/dog/neighbor/etc. <BR> Why? Why not! <BR> <BR> The Waterfront loop is approx. 3 miles, and it includes crossing the Steel Bridge and Hawtho... Wed, 1 May 2013 11:27:21 EST MAY as well set some goals and make some progress! Here it is - your monthly goal thread! <BR> What will you accomplish? How will you do it? Say it loud, say it proud! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>248</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 1 May 2013 11:19:30 EST Hello NoPo I just joined SparkPeople yesterday, the day after my 29th birthday. I am currently the heaviest that I have ever been and none too happy about it. I have 45 pounds to lose and I have set a goal for my last year in my 20s to run a half marathon by my 30th birthday. I want to literally run into the next decade of my life with arms in the air and a big ole smile. I know very little about training for a run, but I am excited to get to know people on here. If there are any fellow beginner runners... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:01:56 EST Hello! Hi, I live in the Pearl and I'm looking to lose weight (again). I used this site before and had great results, but gained it back unfortunately. This time I'm in it for good. I'm giving myself a full year to lose 27 pounds. Slow and steady wins the race (in my experience). Anyway, nice to meet you all! Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:34:59 EST SparkPortland Team Walk/Run/Bike - April 21 Hey everyone! It's well past time we organize another team walk, don't you think? Let's jazz it up a little bit - if you're a runner or a biker, feel free to join us! This location has it all for every form of fitness - even roller blading! <BR> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Let's get together and enjoy some scenery. <BR> <BR> Who: You and your spouse or partner or friend or family member (pets are allowed, with advice to keep them on-leash as it's a busy trail) <BR> <BR> What: 1 - 8 mile wa... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:53:42 EST April Goals - we can achieve! Here it is, the fourth month of the year already! Time flies, doesn't it? <BR> <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> What will you accomplish this month? Shout it out loud and proud here to share with your teammates! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>248</em> <BR> C~ Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:41:34 EST Just joined SP, live in SE PDX Hi! Excited to find this Portland Team! I'm currently trying to address a significant regain, and I'm really struggling. Lately, though, I've felt a bit of an attitude shift, and am feeling a bit more positive about committing to this! I hope to meet and learn from some great people, and SP looks like a good place to do just that! Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:38:51 EST Hi Everyone! I am new to SP. I live down the Willamette a bit in West Linn. My main routine right now is walking and my goal is to be more fit and healthy. I just started walking in the many local marathons. They are a great motivator for me. I have a fitbit and try to keep it on me at all times. I also enjoy kayaking and riding my bike. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 01:33:11 EST Hello All, I'm looking for a workout buddy :) We just moved back to the area and I sadly left a community of workout partners in Eugene. I dance a lot, weekly. I also have a gym membership at Crunch in Beaverton. I workout at home too. My current workouts include weight training, yoga, pilates, barre work and elliptical training. The majority of my cardio comes from high intensity dance. I am seriously looking for other individuals who want to motivate and help each other meet goals. I have a flexible schedule and free passes to my gym f... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 17:52:01 EST MARCHing right along.. Goals and Gab! Ladies and gentlemen, 2013 is flying by at a speedy pace! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Give us your goals - are you drinking more water? Moving more often? Reducing your calorie intake? Upping the amount of protein you're eating in a week? <BR> <BR> Inquiring minds want to know! And want to cheer you on. <BR> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> <BR> C~ Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:14:54 EST Just joined- curious but intimidated A lady in my workout class at the gym told me about Sparkpeople. I'd never heard of it before. Lost 25 lbs on weight watchers, but hit a plateau after awhile and just couldn't seem to get back on board. I'm impressed with this site so far. Have about 40 more lbs to lose, so a long way to go but am hoping to find both strength and inspiration to do it this time. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:27:24 EST Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash, May 11 This one is near and dear to my heart, kids. The OHS Doggie Dash registration is open! <BR> <BR> For Valentine's: Me, You, and 3,000 Furry Friends! <BR> The best Valentine’s gift ever? Treat your loved one to Portland’s favorite event for pets and people—the OHS Doggie Dash. You’ll have a tail-wagging good time on May 11th as Waterfront Park goes to the dogs. <BR> <BR> Valentine’s Day special: get $7 off the $30 registration fee. To get the discount, visit the Doggie Dash website and click ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:28:15 EST Hello to everyone.... My name is Tiffany and I live in Longview, Wa. I started the gym one month ago, so far kicking ass. Starting Spark is just the topping on the cake. Looking forward to meeting new people with the same goals. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 02:48:05 EST Newbie in Gresham... I'm looking to lose 99 lbs. I'm a SAHM to a 13yr. old daughter. I am going to have to lose all this weight through mainly walking and healthy as I have Fibromyalgia and that makes exercise pretty hard. I'm also diabetic and trying to get healthy enough to get rid of my twice daily insulin injections. I'm looking for walking buddies! I'm super committed to reaching my goals. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:07:22 EST Fantastic February Goals and Gab Here it is, Portland! We're one month down and going strong, right? <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> How did you do in January? Are you ready to continue on the good fight in February? <BR> Tell us what you are going to do and let us encourage you along the way! <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Ready. Set. GO! <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> C~ Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:20:47 EST 28 Days Later Challenge.. As some of you may know, I'm also a member of Team Zombie! <BR> <link><BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=46763 </link> <BR> <BR> Team Zombie is having a 28 Days Later Challenge.. to help us kick the habit of being sugar zombies! <BR> <link><BR>eam_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4<BR>6763x51926110 </link> <BR> <BR> Now everyone is invited to join Team Zombie if you'd like. If you'd rather not, no problem! <BR> We can do ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:28:36 EST Trust/Not Trust Heart-Rat e/Calorie Burn Monitor? If anyone wears a monitor I would like to know your experiences. I wear a heart-rate & calorie burn monitor when I workout. The brand is The Sharper Image with a chest strap. I use it mainly for my cardio workouts; bicycle, C25K training, treadmill and rowing machine. The heart-rate (HR) monitor is very close as the treadmill or recumbent bike readings, but where the huge difference is the calories burned readings. For example: During my last treadmill workout, C25K training W1D2, my monitor... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:18:55 EST Newbie here in SE Hello everyone, I'm new here. <BR> <BR> I found this by accident and so glad I did!! I decided to finally do something for myself and to motivate my butt into gear to start losing weight. I did my first half-marathon (walking) 2 years ago and due to being sidelined by a surgery last February, I was out of the running, so to speak. Now that I'm feeling better and motivated- I know I'm on the right track! God bless and look forward to getting to know members of SparkPortland!! Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:40:17 EST Volunteer for the Shamrock Run? For anyone out there who might be interested - we can still be a part of the Shamrock run without running it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>elp/volunteers/ </link> <BR> <BR> I volunteered for the race last year and it was great! I was the person who stood at the blocked end of a roadway (and admittedly, did get yelled at by tired doctors and nurses who were trying to leave the hospital but were blocked because of the race) and kept the runners safe until they pas... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:52:51 EST Valentine Fanconi Anemia Run, Feb. 10 Would anyone like to form a team for the Valentine Fanconi Anemia Run/Walk on February 10? If we can form a team of 4 or more people, the registration fee is only $27. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> They have 5K, 8K, and 12K courses. There's also the opportunity to get your cheek swabbed (totally voluntary). <BR> Give The Gift of Life, On A Day Of Love Get Tested And On The Bone Marrow Registry (simple cheek swab) Free of Charge Day of Event! You coul... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:34:01 EST Jumpin' January Challenge Let's try a little monthly challenge, shall we? <BR> <BR> I challenge the team to do this workout at least once per week. Obviously, if you choose to do it more than once a week, that's awesome! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>videos-detail.asp?video=87 </link> <BR> Coach Nicole's 10-Minute Jump Start Cardio Workout <BR> <BR> * Length: 10 minutes <BR> * Equipment: None <BR> * Type of Workout: Cardio (aerobic) & flexibility <BR> * Fitness Level: Beginner to Advanc... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:15:25 EST January Goals and Gab! Welcome to 2013 everyone! We survived the Maya Apocalypse, the Fiscal Cliff, and our first Rockin' New Year's Eve show without Dick Clark (RIP). I say that calls for a celebration! <BR> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Whether you, like me, did the Holiday shuffle and let things slide, or were diligent and kicked much Fat bootay, let's work together to start off this new year right. <BR> <BR> Tell us your goals, and we'll cheer you on. <BR> Share your gift of gab,... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:04:38 EST Hi there, newbie checkin in... Hi, I am trying again with the weight loss deal and looking forward to having support. I have a lot of goals to reach including dropping around 60 lbs and I am hoping to make this the year I can reach my health/fitness/weight loss goals. I am looking forward to having a place for support in that and meeting people who have similar goals Thu, 27 Dec 2012 23:44:57 EST Hello From Tigard! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've lived in Tigard for about 7 years. Before that I lived in Seattle, New Mexico, Seattle, NY, SF and Bend. In that order. Long story...Mostly work moves. Pretty sure the Portland area is where I'll stay. I'm pretty settled now. Married with an almost 11 year old step daughter (my "Sniglet") <BR> <BR> I am back on SP as of Sunday night. I was on about a year ago and wasn't loosing. I was diagnosed with low thyroid after being very frustrated for a very long time and... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:58:56 EST Hi All, new kid on the block here Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Meena and I launching myself on this journey for health and wellness and happiness. I am 5'0" and 207 lbs/46.9% body fat. My ultimate goal is 110lbs and 14% body fat. <BR> <BR> The following are the goals that I have set up for myself: <BR> Weight: <BR> 1. Reach 199 lbs (under 200lbs at last) <BR> 2. Reach 190 lbs <BR> 3. Reach 180 lbs <BR> 4. Reach 170 lbs <BR> 5. Reach 160 lbs <BR> 6. Reach 150 lbs <BR> 7. Reach 140 lbs (pre children weight) <BR> 8. R... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 11:34:02 EST Hello Everyone My name is Rowan and I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I would like to convert to a Green Smoothie/whole food lifestyle. Any help would be appreciated :) I sit in front of a computer all day at work so exercise is a challenge as right now, I don't have a lot of energy. I have a lot of weight to lose and much work to get my glucose level to normal. Sun, 2 Dec 2012 00:26:11 EST December Goals and Gab Here it is gang, the last month of 2012! <BR> <em>411</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> Tell us what you're going to do to make this month Sparktacular? <BR> Do you have nutrition goals to help you stay on track and avoid the abundance of holiday goodies? <BR> How about your fitness? Are you determined to make sure your get your workouts in to help keep you sane? <BR> <BR> Let us know what you want to do this month, and let us cheer you on! <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> C~ Sat, 1 Dec 2012 08:59:59 EST hello I live in SE Portland an have decided over the past year that it was time to star getting back into shape and losing the weight I had been putting on since my daughter and son in law deployed overseas and I started caring for my grandchildren full time. <BR> Well now they are home, I have another grandson, and I have hit a wall. <BR> I have lost about 23 pounds this year, an just trying to keep going strong to be the best me I can be. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 19:08:03 EST Fun Infographic on Thanksgiving Calories .. And how to burn them off! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es/Infograhic-How-to-Burn-Off-Those-Th<BR>anksgiving-Day-Calories.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone up for 60 sets of 10 Burpees? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Gobble Gobble! <BR> <em>429</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:08:25 EST Hot Buttered Run, Sunday in Vancouver Is anyone going to the Hot Buttered Run in Vancouver this weekend? I'll be there and I think I have a friend coming, too, but she's not fully committed! <BR> <BR> Anyway, just checking in to see if anyone on the Portland side will be coming up for the race on Sunday-if so, see you there! Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:38:35 EST Thanksgiving Day Team Challenge! Hey team! Let's make this holiday just a little more interesting, shall we? <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> For this coming Thanksgiving day, I challenge you to.... <BR> <BR> ~ drink your 8 cups of water (or whatever your goal amount of water is normally) <BR> <em>274</em> <BR> ~ get at least 10 minutes of exercise (indoors, outdoors, cardio, strength, whatever you want - just make it a minimum of 10 minutes) <BR> <em>318</em> <em>309</em> <em>319</em> <BR> ~ eat at least 5 s... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:54:30 EST Oregon Food Bank volunteer shift - Dec 22, 9-11:30 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> SparkPortland has the opportunity to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank again next month. <BR> <BR> We need 5 to 10 people to work a Saturday morning shift, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. <BR> <BR> Saturday, Dec. 22 - 9:00 to 11:30 am <BR> <BR> The minimum age for this shift is 16 (sorry, no kids under 16 please) <BR> <BR> from OFB: <BR> We have scheduled your group to come to the Portland Food Recovery Center where you will sort and box-up non-perishable food donations f... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:02:12 EST Ride Against Hunger (RAH) Benefit for the Oregon Food Bank <link> </link> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:01:40 EST November - Goals, Celebrations and Challenges Here we go, gang! <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Share your goals for the month of November, then come back and let us know how you're doing. <BR> <BR> Have something you want to celebrate? <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Facing a challenge you want support on? <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> We want to hear from YOU! <BR> <em>223</em> <em>252</em> <BR> C~ Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:41:47 EST Shamrock Run/Stride Team - Join Mine! I will have a team again for the 2013 Shamrock Run. I will have team 3010, if you'd like to join. Registrations will be open on November 1st. This year the Shamrock Run/Stride will actually happen on St. Patrick's Day, so I expect it to sell out. <BR> <BR> You can sign up for whatever event you'd like to participate in. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:55:07 EST SparkPortland Volunteers at the Food Bank Nov. 13 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> SparkPortland has the opportunity to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank on November 15. <BR> *** <BR> Correction - we'll be volunteering on Tuesday, November 13. <BR> *** <BR> <BR> We need 5 to 10 people to help repackage bulk food into smaller packages. If you'll check out our Team Photos, you'll see a few shots of previous volunteer efforts with some of your team mates. <BR> <BR> Volunteers age 6 and up are welcome. The Food Bank is located at <BR> 7900 Northeast... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:13:25 EST Apple tasting! If you have a hankerin' for fresh apples and pears - 'tis the season after all - you'll want to check out the Apple Tasting going on this weekend and next at Portland Nursery. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/appletasting.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> We've been several years in a row and it is always a good time. There are activities for kids, yummy snacks, the tasting of course, and reasonably priced fresh produce. I love asian pears, and honeycrisps, and other varie... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:40:12 EST 20th Annual Lyle's Myles 5K Run/Walk Hi all, <BR> <BR> After having an amazing time at Lyle's Myles this year, I can't wait for next year's. So much, in fact, that I've come on board as one of the coordinators of next year's race, the 20th, on July 13th, 2013 in Vancouver. I just wanted to give all the local Sparkers the registration link. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ver/20thAnnualLylesMyles5KRunWalk </link> <BR> <BR> The cost is just $12.00 ($10 plus a $2 processing fee), plus $10 for a Lyle'... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 22:00:41 EST SparkPortland Walks in October? I'm going to be out of commission starting Oct. 11, for about a week and a half. I usually try to organize our walk to happen around the middle of the month. It can still happen then, but I won't be available. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a suggested location/route where you'd like to 'host' the team walk? <BR> You only need to provide the information for a time and place for people to meet up, perhaps a little information on the condition of the route (paved, gravel, wood chip?) and maybe so... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 14:05:28 EST Portland Half/Marathon Sunday Oct. 7 I know there are lots and lots of people who are doing the marathon or half marathon this coming weekend. I wanted to wish everyone a great day! <BR> <BR> If you're running or walking, feel free to post and let us know so we can cheer you on, if only in spirit! <BR> <BR> I'm mostly walking the Half, with a few miles of interval running tossed in for good measure. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 3 Oct 2012 14:02:06 EST October! Goals and Gab Come share with us - your goals, your struggles, your successes, or what struck you as funny on the way home yesterday. <BR> <BR> Have something to say? Let us know! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 3 Oct 2012 13:58:04 EST 2 for Portland Color Run??? We can't make it down to Portland for the Color Run this Sunday. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> They let us transfer them so anyone near there want our 2 passes?? <BR> <BR> First person to send me SparkMail gets them! <BR> <em>437</em> <BR> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:04:06 EST SparkPortland Walk - Glendoveer Golf Course 9/15 Ready for another team walk? <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Where: Glendoveer Golf Course, 14015 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97230 <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> When: Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m. <BR> <BR> Distance: this is a two mile chip wood trail. You can do one loop, two loops, however many loops you'd like! We'll be completing one loop as a team, but will likely do at least two. It's up to you! <BR> <BR> Who: PearlyQ2 knows this trail well. She's advised w... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 10:34:36 EST September Goals, Challenges and general chat. Wow! Can you believe it's September already? And fall is just around the corner. It's lovely holiday weekend weather so I hope y'all can get out and enjoy some of it. <BR> <BR> I'm working on fall organizing and cleaning this weekend and through out the month. And I'm looking forward to getting back to strength training after dealing with a sore shoulder/neck these last few weeks. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 21:18:40 EST Multnomah Falls Trail Run/walk - Sept. 29! Here's a new thread to keep track of any/everyone who wants to participate in the Multnomah Falls Trail Run/Walk on Sept. 29. (as if we'll have hordes of people!) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> 5.6 Mile Race starts at 8:30am <BR> 5.6 Mile Walk starts at 7:30am <BR> <BR> I'm registering for the walk this evening once I get home! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> C~ Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:36:53 EST Here I Go! Hi! New to this, hoping it will be helpful in keeping me motivated to lose weight! I am 50+ and have been happily married for 32 yrs. I am a proud mother ! I have one son, he is a Paramedic & in the National Guard as a Combat Medic. A beautiful daughter in law & a precious granddaughter! I want to get healthy & enjoy life with the family! :) Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:04:32 EST Attention - Portland Half/Marathon to sell out! Portland Marathon expects to sell out on or before August 20th <BR> <BR> August 9, 2012 – The 41st Annual Portland Marathon has announced that its 26.2-mile Marathon event is nearly sold out. Scheduled for Sunday, October 7, 2012, the Portland Marathon ranked “Best Marathon in the Northwest,” with the “Best Swag in the Northwest” in Competitor magazine’s “Best of 2011.” <BR> <BR> The Portland Marathon's other running and walking events held during Marathon Weekend, including the 10K DownH... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:08:02 EST Nutrition/menu question.. So I'm being nosy <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> How many of you use the SparkPeople generated menu plan for your meals? <BR> <BR> If so, do you sit down and go through the week, pre-planning your meals, making a menu? <BR> <BR> Do you eat a lot of the same thing, over and over? <BR> <BR> If not, do you wait to fill in your nutritional information as you go through the day? or do you pre-plan and create a menu? <BR> <BR> I'm contemplating minimizing my weekly menu to just two or three optio... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:47:05 EST SparkPortland's August Spark Walk Stay tuned for information on SparkPortland's upcoming August walk! <BR> <em>361</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:11:14 EST AUGUST 2012! GOALS! My goals are eating within my calories, and hitting my goal of 80 g of protein per day. I'm also trying to incorporate an exercise routine back into my life. I am visiting a physical therapist on Monday to start a program to rehabilitate my knees! They have been bothering me for awhile, so I'm really looking forward to this appointment! <BR> <BR> My main goal is to lose 10 lbs during August! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:11:03 EST Electrolytes Replaced Naturally - No Junk! <link><BR>ehind-gatorade-how-to-replenish-electr<BR>olytes-naturally/ </link> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:26:22 EST not depressed (still happy) I could let it get me down that I tried to measure my butt to put down my start number but the tape measure ends do not meet by far. I guess my first goal will be to get the ends of the tape measure to read 59. Today is just the first day. I'm moving forward with a positive attitude and a smile on my face. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:09:15 EST Outer SE Portland I live near Gresham. I goined Sparks a few minutes ago. Looking forward to losing some weight getting healthy and having a community to do it with. Anyone out near 142 and Division I would love to walk but I'm just starting so it will be more of a stroll at first. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:32:52 EST Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash - Saturday, July 21 <em>338</em> <em>364</em> <em>215</em> <em>338</em> <em>364</em> <em>215</em> <em>338</em> <em>364</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Join me for a 5K/8K Walk/Run (your choice, your pace) - General/Map/Registration details at: <link><BR>or-doggie-challenge_info.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Interested in who else is going to be at this event? - Visit the SparkPortland group page pn Facebook at <link><BR>133/ </link> ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:34:03 EST SparkPortland Facebook group Snapshot49 has graciously set up a SparkPortland Facebook group for us! <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <link><BR>269/ </link> <BR> <BR> We'll be able to cross-post any upcoming SparkPortland events to hopefully spread the word more effectively and bring more people together to enjoy each other while being active! <BR> <BR> If you'd like to host a fitness outing in your area, please feel free to post here on the team page, and we... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:22:59 EST just joined :) hey portland :D Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:57:09 EST Fitness Partner in Clackamas area I am 26 year old teacher who lives in Happy Valley/Clackamas area looking for a fitness partner. If anyone is interested in getting together to exercise message me. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 02:11:07 EST New to SparkPeople Hello! I joined SparkPeople about three days ago. I really like it! It's simple to use and I enjoy seeing how I can change my life to loose the weight. :-) <BR> <BR> I enjoy walking. I walk about a mile each night. (when it cools off). I am looking for a walkind buddy in the SE Portland area. I do walk with my dogs. I have two Great Danes and take one or both of them on my walks. Sometimes my partner Londo joins me. If you are in the Mt. tabor area of SE Portland and would like to walk somti... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:13:55 EST Hello! I joined SparkPeople about three days ago. I really like it! I enjoy making progress, and seeing that progress recorded. I live in Portland, OR and would love to find a walking buddy. I usually walk with my Great Dane's so if you love dogs. that would be a plus! <BR> <BR> Glad to be here! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:10:38 EST SparkPortland is SparkWalkin'! Let's get moving, gang! <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Who: Everyone is invited - bring your significant other, your kids, your pets (on a leash, please), and water! <BR> <BR> What: We're going to do a 3 mile team walk! All speeds are welcome - fast or slow, no one will be left behind. <BR> <BR> Where: Cascade Station Target parking lot (accessible by Max red line) <BR> <BR> When: Sunday, July 15, at 9 am <BR> <BR> How: With a little bit of sass and a whole lot of laughter - the best way... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:05:32 EST July Goals! You can do it! Let us know what you plan on doing this month, and keep on coming back to share your successes, lessons learned, or to get support from your teammates! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>252</em> <BR> C~ Mon, 2 Jul 2012 10:54:54 EST New Hi all new and live in Milwaukie Sat, 23 Jun 2012 22:25:24 EST Favorite thing to do in Portland? Just want to know what everyone's favorite thing to do in the area is? Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:07:42 EST Gorgeous time-lapse video of Portland's Springtime This is a truly beautiful compilation of Portland in all her springtime glory. <BR> by Lance Page of Page Films. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> C~ Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:19:13 EST Lyle's Myles 5K Run/Walk / Vancouver Pride Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> So I hope this isn't an inappropriate thing to post on here, but on July 14th, I'm going to be participating in Lyle's Myles. The 19th annual Lyle’s Myles 5K Walk/Run is a benefit for AIDS charities. It is held in cooperation with “Saturday in the Park”, Vancouver’s 18th Annual LGBT Pride Event, and with Referendum 74 advancing to the ballot this November, LGBT causes need our support more than ever. <BR> <BR> I’m asking, if you are able and so inclined, to help by d... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:33:42 EST My weight loss blog! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share my blog on here. There's some bad language on there, so be warned, but I think it'll help keep me honest, so if you'd like to read it, here it is! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:00:32 EST Working towards a fabulous me! I am a native Portlander who lives with chronic pain. I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I started Sparkpeople on May 7th. I am proud of my weight loss so far. I have made up my mind that I can lose the weight so improve my health, body, and self-esteem. Since I can not work, Spark-people was a God send to find. I love all it has to offer. My brother who does Weight Watchers is impressed. Right on to all who are on this ride with me!! Mon, 18 Jun 2012 01:46:45 EST Getting back to where I want to be. Hi all. My name is K, and I am restarting SparkPeople. I did it a few years ago, and it worked well. I've been trying Weight Watchers on and off for the last two years, and have found that converting food into "points" doesn't work well for me for the long run and for a substantial lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Long story short- I was at my lightest in the summer of 2009 (I was getting ready for bridesmaid dresses, and I was motivated!). I ended up going through a long personal crisis shor... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:12:13 EST Moving to Portland at the end of June Hi hi hi :) My name is Laura. I've been off sparkpeople for a while due to some time issues that have come up lately. But I'm going to be going back to being a stay at home mom again after this month and will be online a ton more. I'm moving to Beaverton at the end of the month and know NOBODY there so I'm hoping to find some people to go workout with or hang out with when I get up there. I've lost 103 lbs but most of it was because of my support team here in Texas, I'm hoping to have one up ... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 00:14:32 EST Welcome to the team, me! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been on SP before but this time I mean it for reals! I live near Hazel Dell in Vancouver (to be fair, this is a guess, since I've only lived here a little while and only vaguely know the neighborhoods). I'm doing Drew Magary's Public Humiliation Diet (<BR>miliation-diet-a-how+to) and it's going pretty well so far. I'd love to find people to commiserate with, so say hi, then say some more! Fri, 1 Jun 2012 16:25:31 EST Ride quads, atvs, 3 wheelers? Hey, looking for some new people to go riding with. Sandlake, Coos Bay, Florence, Winchester..etc. We are in Gladstone. Let me know if your are interested!!! Thu, 24 May 2012 15:35:12 EST Be The One Run Team- Looking for members! Hello All-- <BR> <BR> I'm a student at the University of Portland, and a member of the National Bone Marrow Registry. <BR> <BR> The registry is holding a 5k Be the One Run on Sunday, July 15th 2012. I am interested in forming a team with fellow Spark People members! <BR> <BR> If enough people show interest I'll be forming the team next weekend and starting plans for local fundraising in the metro/suburb areas. I think we have a great chance as a motivated team to raise well over $1,000 f... Fri, 18 May 2012 14:46:51 EST farmer's markets--what to ask the vendors <link><BR>side-dish/questions-to-ask-at-the-farm<BR>ers-market-a-great-organic-marinated-t<BR>riotomato-salad-recipe/ </link> Tue, 15 May 2012 15:28:16 EST Tracy Hello, <BR> This is the heaviest I've ever been & do not like it. Today I started eating better. Exercise will be a little slower as I'm healing from a minor toe surgery but I will try. I need to believe in myself. For too many years I've set myself aside & put others first. I'm a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a friend - I am many things to many people but I need to be something to Me. Mon, 14 May 2012 13:34:08 EST A Beaverton group I created a more focused group for those of us in the Beaverton/Tigard/Hillboro type area. I'm hoping to use it to help those of us not in Portland proper be able to get together and motivate each other. Join me in building a close-knit motivational community. I am hoping to start group workout sessions as well. <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=55877 <BR> Wed, 9 May 2012 13:33:51 EST Volunteering for the Portland Rock'n'Roll Half Hey everyone <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I received an email with information and a request for volunteers for the Portland Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon, taking place Sunday, May 20. I thought I'd pass along the information. <BR> <BR> There are shifts available Wed May 16th through Sunday May 20th. Hours and more information is available on the website. <BR> <link><BR>ortland/volunteer </link> <BR> <BR> Benefits of Volunteering: <BR> • Official Race Crew T... Tue, 8 May 2012 10:54:09 EST Time to begin the Transformation Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> This is my first *real* day with this group. In the other real world I joined SparkPeople years ago, and just deleted emails as they came into my email box. I thought I could do it alone. Or with weight watchers. So, I deleted annoying emails from my inbox, because I wasn't ready or I didn't have time, or some such nonsense. <BR> <BR> I started yoga a few months ago and developed knee problems. I quit my walks and my yoga because of said knee problem, hoping it w... Mon, 7 May 2012 19:54:30 EST May Goals and Chitchat It's May. Hooray! <BR> The sun is out (mostly) <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> The flowers are blooming <BR> <em>125</em> <BR> It's warming up outside <BR> <em>259</em> <BR> It's time to get moving and shaking! <BR> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> What you doing? What do you want? How will you achieve it? <BR> Let us know, and keep us updated, and we'll cheer each other on in our successes. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>252</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 2 May 2012 11:56:27 EST Anyone training for Girlfriends & Dudes Triathlon? Hi - <BR> I'm considering doing this triathlon. <BR><BR>vents/event_details.php?event_id=194 <BR> <BR> I've never done anything like this and would really like to talk with some who have or are planning to. <BR> I've never been a good runner, but am know I can easily work up to 3 miles by then. I've not swam in open water, but am comfortable with that distance. Biking? not sure... :-) <BR> <BR> NW Women's fitness has a 13 week training progra... Tue, 1 May 2012 17:23:48 EST Oregon Food Bank volunteer opportunity I received an email this morning from the Oregon Food Bank about a volunteer opportunity and thought I'd share it here. <BR> <BR> I'm not available the day of this event. If someone would like to head up the effort, we can put together a team, or just have individuals sign up. Either way works. <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> <BR> Letter Carriers Food Drive *We still need more volunteers! <BR> <BR> On Saturday, May 12th, OFB volunteers will be taking over the post offices to help collect foo... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:33:34 EST Semi-impromptu SparkPortland Walk - April 29 at 11 I realize this is "short notice", but sometimes that's the best way to do things. <BR> <BR> I am organizing a SparkPortland team walk on Sunday, April 29, at 11:00 a.m. <BR> <BR> We will meet at the Salmon St. Springs fountain in Tom McCall Park. That's right, we're taking the Waterfront by storm! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> That link will take you to a Google maps page showing you Salmon St. Springs. There are stairs that lead down to the landing area for th... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:50:29 EST Hills for Humanity- April 21st Hey All-- <BR> <BR> If your interested in a last minute sign up for a practice hills 5k walk/run --check out the 8th annual OHSU Hills for Humanity event this weekend. <BR> <BR> Check out the link for further information. <BR> <link><BR>th-annual-hills-for-humanity-trail-run<BR>-and-hike-2012 </link> <BR> <BR> It's suppose to be really nice outside, take advantage of it. <BR> <BR> Malory <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>312</em> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:44:25 EST Howdy Portland!! H everyone! I'm a Sparks noob from our beautiful-but-soggy Portland! I was delighted to find my home right here and look forward to chatting with some of you!! Thu, 12 Apr 2012 01:49:09 EST Bridge to Brews, Sunday April 15 I'm registered for the Bridge to Brews run on Sunday, April 15. I'm signed up for the 8K. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else signed up and interested in meeting before or after the event? I'm not sure if I'll be running or walking, but I do plan to finish! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:24:12 EST Have you Hugged Your Ingredient Lists lately?! There are some you might not want to get that close to: <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <link><BR>/6-ingredients-food_b_1400970.html?utm<BR>_campaign=040912&utm_medium=email&utm_<BR>source=Alert-food&utm_content=FullStor<BR>y#s852456&title=Propylene_Glycol_AKA </link> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:22:22 EST Attention whole food eaters!! Farm share info For all interested members (who love whole food straight from the farm) Cest Naturelle farms in Oregon City is doing a all you can eat farm share. I just joined myself, it is grass fed meats, dairy, veggies and some grains. They deliver weekly to your door for a set monthly price. I just took the farm tour and taste test and am so excited! If anyone wants more info you can write me or google the company. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:49:43 EST April Goals and General Chat Sorry this is a little late. Where did March go? Wed, 4 Apr 2012 17:18:26 EST 5k Foam Fest, July 28th Anyone up for a fun run through foam, mud, and obstacles? <BR> <BR> Link: <BR> <BR> Location: Sherwood, OR Mon, 2 Apr 2012 20:21:09 EST BLC 19 Open Registration If any of you are interested in joining the Spark BLC team, registration for round 19 is now open. Spots fill up quick so don't wait to long to decide. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=56111 </link> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:57:28 EST I'm addicted to the Bling! OK my first big run this weekend. The shamrock 15k! Got that medal. I only did it for the medal. I WANT MORE!!!!! I have 3 1/2 marathons lined up with the first one being May 2oth for the rock n roll half. I'm looking for a run in late april early may about a 10 - 15 k but there has to be a finisher medal at the end. Some where in the greater portland metro area. <BR> <BR> Any one know of a good suggestion to look into? Some time starting the Weekend of April 7th. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:25:10 EST March Goals Track my food every day, 8 glasses of water a day, and attend Fulcrum 3-5 times a week. <BR> <BR> Here we go! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:49:36 EST New to Portland group & on-line programs like this Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined 2 days ago and am new to this type of on-line tracking system. The site kind of a stimulus overload so far that I am fumbling through. <BR> <BR> I am trying to take the mindful eating part one day/choice at a time and stay consistently active throughout the week. So far so good - but it the long haul that of coarse that worries me! Because of some health quirks I have very hard time losing weight though I am a champ at putting it on (!) so I know it ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:23:45 EST I'm not getting any emails Haven't received any emails from SP for over a week. Seems like this happened once before but I can't remember what I did to fix it. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 15:23:07 EST March Goals Welcome to March, SparkPortland! What will you do to make it a great month? <BR> <BR> Share your goals, tell us what's important to you and your healthful journey, and then do whatever it takes to be successful. <BR> <em>306</em> <em>249</em> <em>248</em> <BR> C~ Thu, 1 Mar 2012 09:28:14 EST Did you drink your 8 glasses of water today? Yes I drink my 8 glasses of water everyday. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:40:41 EST New Member in St John's Hi! I just joined because I want to get focused on getting healthy and I can't do it alone. I live in St John's and am looking for walking/workout buddies. I have a membership at West Coast Fitness but love to get outside too. Shoot me a message if you want some support because I'd love some. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Dayan Tue, 28 Feb 2012 02:17:51 EST Portland Galloway Training Clinic Portland's Galloway Rock n' Roll 1/2 Training Program! <BR> <BR> We have wrapped up our winter training program and congrats to everyone who participated in the 2012 Heartbreaker 1/2 marathon. We will still be meeting every Saturday in the Portland Metro area and are currently training for the Rock n' Roll 1/2 Marathon in Portland on May 20th. <BR> <BR> All of our runs will be using Jeff Galloway's proven run-walk-run method! We currently have four pace groups running 14min/mi, 13min/mi, 1... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:39:18 EST looking for a workout buddy at 24 hrs fitness I'm looking for a workout buddy, someone to go to gym with me 1-2 times a week, or even more than that. to support me and motivate me to lose weight and get in better shape. I have 24 hours fitness membership I go to one on Murray Blvd or by Cedar Hills Crossing mall. I live in Beaverton... I either take bus or walk to gym. contact me! :-D Fri, 24 Feb 2012 07:36:37 EST Greeting & seeking a workout buddy Hello! My name is Kandace. I just turned 30 recently in Jan. I joined this site years ago and forgot about it. Im back, tho. Im hoping to find a workout buddy. I have 24 hours fitness. I would love to work out with someone. It'd be nice to have someone to support me and teach me as I support them, too. My doctor put me on gluten free diet, because of some symptoms I experiences from eating wheat, etc. It's been a struggle to eat 100% gluten free. I'm a picky eater, been one ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:38:52 EST New Comer HELP Hi my name is brandy langley i just moved here from reno nevada and was wondering if there was anyone who went to the crunch gym in gresham that would be willing to be my work out partner i am having a hard time finding my modivation again and would love to find a good reliable work out partner that is as in need as i am ... Help thanks Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:19:52 EST Happy Oregon's Birthday Happy Oregon's Birthday Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:26:19 EST Have a happy laugh - just had to share <link><BR>iously-ferocious-underwater-dogs/ </link> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 12:21:39 EST Pick your shift - Volunteering at Oregon Food Bank Since we've had such success with this volunteer effort for OFB, I'm going to offer up FOUR different shifts. Let me know which one you would prefer to do, and if we get 5 people willing to work that shift, I will sign the team up for that day/time. <BR> <BR> We -must- have 5 people in order to fulfill our team obligation. Once we have one or two shifts selected (we can certainly do more than one if you want) I can submit our application to work at that time. Volunteer slots fill up quickly... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 14:32:49 EST Northeast Do you live in any of these neighborhoods? Post here and hopefully meet people on this team in your area. <BR> <BR> Alameda <BR> Boise <BR> Concordia <BR> Eliot <BR> Grant Park <BR> Humboldt <BR> Irvington <BR> King <BR> Sabin <BR> Sullivan's Gulch <BR> Vernon <BR> Woodlawn <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 18:49:12 EST Southeast Do you live in any of these neighborhoods? Post here and hopefully meet people on this team in your area. <BR> <BR> Ardenwald-Johnson Creek <BR> Brentwood-Darlington <BR> Brooklyn <BR> Buckman <BR> Creston-Kenilworth <BR> Eastmoreland <BR> Foster-Powell <BR> Hosford-Abernethy (includes Ladd's Addition) <BR> Kerns <BR> Laurelhurst <BR> Montavilla <BR> Mt. Scott-Arleta <BR> Mt. Tabor <BR> North Tabor <BR> Reed (included Lambert Garde... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 18:48:36 EST North Do you live in any of these neighborhoods? Post here and hopefully meet people on this team in your area. <BR> <BR> Arbor Lodge <BR> Bridgeton <BR> Cathedral Park <BR> East Columbia <BR> Hayden Island <BR> Kenton <BR> Overlook <BR> Piedmont <BR> Portsmouth <BR> St. Johns <BR> University Park <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 18:48:04 EST East Do you live in any of these neighborhoods? Post here and hopefully meet people on this team in your area. <BR> <BR> Argay <BR> Centennial <BR> Glenfair <BR> Hazelwood <BR> Lents <BR> Mill Park <BR> Parkrose <BR> Parkrose Heights <BR> Pleasant Valley <BR> Powellhurst-Gilbert <BR> Russell <BR> Wilkes <BR> Woodland Park <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 18:47:05 EST Southwest Do you live in any of these neighborhoods? Post here and hopefully meet people on this team in your area. <BR> <BR> Arnold Creek <BR> Ashcreek <BR> Bridlemile (includes Glencullen) <BR> Collins View <BR> Crestwood <BR> Far Southwest <BR> Hayhurst (includes Vermont Hills) <BR> Hillsdale <BR> Homestead <BR> Maplewood <BR> Markham <BR> Marshall Park <BR> Multnomah (includes Multnomah Village) <BR> South Burlingame <BR> South Portland ... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 18:46:26 EST Central Northeast Do you live in any of these neighborhoods? Post here and hopefully meet people on this team in your area. <BR> <BR> Alameda <BR> Beaumont-Wilshire <BR> Cully <BR> Hollywood <BR> Irvington <BR> King <BR> Laurelhurst <BR> Madison South <BR> Rose City Park <BR> Roseway <BR> Sabin <BR> Sumner <BR> Sunderland <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 18:45:36 EST West/NorthWest Do you live in any of these neighborhoods? Post here and hopefully meet people on this team in your area. <BR> <BR> Aloha <BR> Arlington Heights <BR> Beaverton <BR> Forest Park <BR> Goose Hollow <BR> Hillside <BR> Linnton <BR> Northwest District (includes Uptown, Nob Hill, Alphabet Historic District) <BR> Northwest Heights <BR> Northwest Industrial <BR> Oak Hills <BR> Old Town Chinatown <BR> Pearl District <BR> Pinnacle <BR> Portland D... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 18:44:24 EST What part of Portland are you in? This forum is being organized so you have a better chance of finding SparkPortland team mates who are close to your area. Portland is large and has many outlying communities, and we are close to 14,000 members strong. <BR> <BR> I'm going to list the various neighborhoods of Portland. Find the one that corresponds to where you live and make a post. Hopefully, as more people become more active, we'll start making connections. It would be great if we could establish a co-leader for each region... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 18:39:20 EST Great resource! this site has everything you need to know about the foods you eat. It is well worth checking out. take a little time and search through all it has to offer. and let us know what you think. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Scarlett Sun, 5 Feb 2012 04:50:40 EST February Team Challenges Do you sometimes feel like you need a new goal to work toward, but just can't put your finger on one? How about these team challenges for the month! <BR> <BR> Pick and choose the ones you want to do - you don't have to do all of them, or any of them! Totally voluntary of course. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge 1 – Huddle with team 5 times a week <BR> Challenge 2 – Read a fellow SparkPortland team mates blog &/or visit their spark page 3 times a week. You can see a list of new blog... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:26:47 EST February Goals Ok gang, we've made a good start at 2012. Let's continue on and show this year who's boss! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Share your February goals here, and keep coming back to keep us updated - are you doing it right? Are you struggling? Do you need support? Have support to give to your teammates? <BR> <BR> Let's rock this month! <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:21:15 EST Upcoming Fitness Events I thought we'd transfer our previous Race Events thread down here into the Fitness Forum. Please post any notices you may receive about upcoming races, walking, running, skiing or biking events, Triathalons, Zumba-thons, Hula hoop-fests, etc. All fitness events welcome! <BR> <em>311</em> <em>216</em> <em>332</em> <em>218</em> <em>329</em> <em>403</em> <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:18:07 EST Back in the saddle again Hello, all. Going on 30, I'm at my highest weight ever and I'm not happy about it. I'm a geek. I've been on SP before and it worked wonders. Well, until I stopped. So I'm back again. <BR> <BR> I live in Beaverton and work on Hayden Island. I'm a member of 24 Hour Fitness. I generally go to the one at Beaverton Round, sometimes the Murray Scholls location, once Hillsboro for a yoga class that nearly killed me. Currently I'm dragging myself out of bed at 5:00am to get there before work... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:29:53 EST So lucky to live HERE! I live in beautiful downtown Portland and I swear I fall in love with Portland over and over again. Yes, we do have a few issues but even in this weather, I really do love Portland! One of my friends is talking about moving to Arizona. I can't imagine living anywhere else, well maybe Paris for a while, but then I would be back. Because for me a rose in Portland grows! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 09:11:20 EST Portland Rock'n'Roll Half Route In case anyone out there is considering registering for the Portland Rock'n'Roll Half in May, here's a little tidbit of information for you. <BR> <BR> They've just released the route. You can view it here: <BR> <link><BR>iles/2011/03/12_Portland_CourseMap.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> This Half is open to both walkers and runners. We have several SparkPortland team mates registered already. <BR> <em>104</em> <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <BR> C~ Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:21:57 EST SparkPortland Shamrock Run group/team Hey everyone! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> HotRodSandy had a fabulous idea and I thought I'd toss the idea out to everyone here. <BR> <BR> The Shamrock Run is scheduled for March 18. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If we form a group (4-14 people) or a team (15+ people) it means a lower cost for registering for the run. It also means having a tribe/crew/pack of people to run with, hopefully, if we can coordinate meeting up together! The differences between a ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:23:35 EST Another Volunteer Opportunity at Oregon Food Bank Hey gang! We have another opportunity to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank on February 4, from 9 am to 11 am. That's a Saturday. We'll be working at the Volunteer Action Center in Northeast Portland. <BR> <BR> This is tentative right now. We need at least 5 team members committed before I can let them know we want the slot. I requested a Saturday time slot in hopes that a weekend shift would be a bit easier for people to participate in. There is an age limit of 6 years old. <BR> <BR> Plea... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 17:27:29 EST January Goals New month, new year. What are you goals to start things off on the right foot? <BR> <em>249</em> <em>306</em> <BR> C~ Tue, 3 Jan 2012 10:27:13 EST Newbie introduction Checking in and hoping to meet some local people I can connect to this coming year who share the desire to improve health, nutrition, and fitness and hopefully lose some weight. I have about 100 lbs to lose, am 42, have two adult children and a toddler. I work part time and live with all of my children and the father of my youngest child. So, my life is a lot complicated and chaotic. <BR> <BR> I'm planning on trying to walk the Portland Rock n Roll half Marathon with TEAM in Training on M... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 18:11:50 EST Need exercise buddy & accountability - Lloyd Cntr I live in the N/NE area between Lloyd Center and Emanuel Hospital. I don't have a vehicle and have 100+ lbs to lose. I'm a member of the LA Fitness gym and prefer swimming and walking. Currently I'm walking at a pace that is 3-4 mph, when I walk by myself. <BR> <BR> I realize meeting up and exercising in person can be challenging with schedules and responsibilities, but would love to have some people to meet and walk with regularly and to either call or text to check in with about fitne... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 18:02:41 EST Fit Right NW Training Program I am thinking of joining the Fit Right NW program in Portland running fron Jan 30th to Jun 17th. It's $120, and I could really use a boost. <BR> <BR> Here is the link:<BR>g-program.html <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone has participated in the program or thinking about joining? <BR> <BR> I would love to hear your thoughts or know of a similar program you do like. I live in Tigard now, so I have a little more options with traveling to/from Portl... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:35:31 EST Former Ballys Members... Question for You... So, I'm one of the displaced former Ballys members (my home club in Hillsboro is one that will be closed on 12/8). I'm just wondering how many of you are going on to LA Fitness or canceling and joining another gym? If so, which gym? <BR> I'm trying to weigh my options and I'm curious where your new home will be. <BR> I'm still a bit peeved with Fitness International as they won't honor the child care portion of my membership (and the way they've handled this hostile takeover) and I'm not lo... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 12:15:23 EST Jingle Bell 5K Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8:50 a.m. I'll be participating in the Jingle Bell 5K tomorrow morning in downtown Portland. I'm going to look a lot like this! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/9/l497506550.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> I'll be around Salmon Springs (the fountain near where the Spirit of Portland boat docks) between 8 and 8:15. If you've done the Jingle Bell before, you know that the starting line is at Salmon St. and there are LOTS of people in the area. I hope to meet up with anyone else who is ... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 20:03:06 EST SparkPortland pre-Holiday get-together? Hey everyone <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Would anyone be interested in trying a pre-Holiday active Spark get-together? We could meet somewhere and go for a walk, run, walk/run, jog…. or maybe have smaller, neighborhood-centric active get-togethers. Something for NE, SW, NW, SE, and outlying areas? <BR> <BR> Please let us know what you think and if you’d like to participate or help organize. <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> C~ Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:32:15 EST December Goals This is it! The last month of the year! Will you see it out with a whimper or a bang? <BR> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Let's be merry and bright, yes? <BR> <em>445</em> <em>442</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <BR> C~ <BR> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:17:51 EST Newbie As all you portlanders now it's been a cold fall, and I always have trouble during the year keeping weight off during these dark overcast gloomy cold damp months. But I am putting an end to it starting today. This is the year I the summer months will arrive and I won't be cramming a bikini body workout boot camp into my life. This is the year I will like the way I look the way I feel and the clothes I wear. <BR> I'm really excited and I'm hoping (and counting) on support but more importantly... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 03:37:18 EST Aaaannddd. ...Another "new" member hello! In the subject-line, "New" is in quotes because I apparently joined this group at the end of 2009! Who knew? Not me! <BR> <BR> During the past 2 years I've struggled with being diagnosed with Graves' Disease, hyperthyroidism, and all that goes along with the disease. Now that my thyroid is getting back to normal (I hope, crosses fingers), so is my metabolism. I've put on about 15 pounds on my already overweight body in the past 2 months, my self-esteem has plummeted and my freakin' p... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 16:55:37 EST cardio support group Wed November 9, 2011 Was the first meeting at OHSU for cardio rehab people gathering. Second Wed. third floor room 5. <em>345</em> If you know any one recovering from heart surgary give me a note and I can give them more info. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 01:47:14 EST Happy Hump Day! Hi! My name is Krissy, and I've been a member of Spark People in the past and have just rejoined on a new quest to be the best possible me! I live in NE near the Laurelhurst neighborhood and would love to meet and interact with anyone who is up to get out and move together! I really enjoy hiking, walks, yoga, and Qi Gong. I'm not much of a gym rat, but we do belong to the 24 hr fitness in Hollywood and I'd probably enjoy it more with a gym buddy! I love to cook, read, and travel! Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:23:36 EST exercise You people go ahead and run. I think that is good. I have a knee injury yrs ago and running just does it in. I am going to take up swimming. Although I walk 3 to 4 mi a day, it is on paved ground and very few hills. Sat, 5 Nov 2011 16:58:04 EST on track again I got off track. I did not loose one pd the whole month of Sept. Oct I got mad and discouraged and did not pay full attention to this. But since the last week of Oct and this week, I am back on track. Need to loose the 3 lbs I put back on. Sat, 5 Nov 2011 16:55:00 EST Hello - New Member Hello - Just joined Spark People and this group. I am looking forward to getting into better shape and recommitting to my overall health and well-being. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:14:00 EST November Goals What are you determined to do this lovely month of November? <BR> Avoid holiday gains? <BR> Get in your fitness minutes even if it IS gloomy and wet outside? <BR> Maybe you're going to clean out the den/basement/family room that's been waiting patiently for your attention? <BR> <BR> Tell us what YOUR goals are for the month of November and we'll cheer you on! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <BR> C~ Tue, 1 Nov 2011 10:50:08 EST New to the team. Hi all! I just moved to Beaverton, from Arizona, so I figured I'd follow this team. I'm a 28 year old mom who is trying to kick-start my weight loss journey going into the holiday season. Have a great day everyone! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:07:11 EST Hi I am 22 years old and obese My goal is to loose 70lbs by April for my birthday. I like to hike I just have a hard time not being lazy and just going. I joined this site with a friend. We plan on doing workouts together. and she said this is a good site to track how we are doing. That's all for now . Thank you for this opertunity. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:21:57 EST kickboxing my way.... Hello - I am new to the board here. I was introduced to SparkPeople by a fellow Commit To Be Fit member from Fierce Fitness in Portland, Oregon. I am finishing my first 6 week cardio-kickboxing program there this week and joined for the next 12 weeks. My goals are to dramatically improve my health and quality of life by increasing my fitness level, getting strong - especially my core, and losing 50-60 pounds in the process. I am 43, married with 2 great kids who are 7 and almost 10. I ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 18:00:50 EST Readyforchange! Hi My name is Val,new here and very excited to have a second chance at good health!!:) Sun, 23 Oct 2011 22:57:24 EST Turkey Trots Anybody planning on running a Turkey Trot this year? <BR> I just joined because I'll be in Portland (from Chicago area) around Thanksgiving visiting son & planned to run a turkey thinking either the Tigard Turkeython or Turkey Trot at the Zoo. <BR> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 01:41:05 EST SE Mom Hitting the Re-set Button Hi SparkPortland! I'm a full-time mom and lost about 22 pounds with WW but stalled on that about a year ago. October is my best month for setting new goals and I'm ready to tackle the last 15-20 to reach my goal. I have never used discussion forums in the past, so I'm hoping to find some motivation and perhaps a bit of accountability by sharing my journey with those of you on this same road. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:50:51 EST SparkPortland goes Trick-or- Treating! Hey gang! I thought we'd try a fun little something as a team for Halloween. Let's Trick-or-Treat the way! <BR> <BR> TRICK-or-TREAT RULES <BR> <BR> 1. If you'd like to participate in the Halloween fun, reply to this thread. Just a simple 'count me in' will do. Or jump and shout with excitement about participating. We'd love that, too! <BR> <BR> 2. Friday, October 28th, through Monday, October 31, go to the Spark pages of those team members who have signed up here on this t... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:01:12 EST SparkPortland Represents at the Portland Marathon! October 9, 2011 - Downtown Portland. 21,000 runners and walkers amassed in downtown Portland to participate in the 40th annual Portland Marathon, Half Marathon, Nordic Walk, 10K Downhill Dash, and 10K Family Fun Walk. <BR> <BR> Be sure to check out the pictures that have been added to the team page! Click the link for Photos under the Huddle box. <BR> <BR> SparkPortland was represented by four Sparkers - Chazeray, GayeMC, Harliguy, and CBaileyC (that's me!) We all met at the Heathman hotel... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:42:50 EST 13,000+ strong! When I logged onto the SparkPortland team page this morning, I noticed that we have 13,002 members! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> That's right, somewhere out there in our great city and surrounding areas, there are 13,001 people just like you - part of the Spark, be it current or past, and wanting to make changes in their lives. <BR> <BR> Why not stop by the pages of 5 SparkPortland team members you don't know and say 'hey'? Spread the Spark and celebrate! <B... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 07:55:24 EST Finally joined the team Well I'm not new to spark, or to Portland, however I just joined this team. Why not before? Well I'm not sure. But I'm hear now. <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 14:10:40 EST Fabulous Fall Functional Fitness October may be the start of our rainy season, but we won’t let that stop us! <BR> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <BR> What's your favorite way to get your fitness on in the fall? Come share your secrets. <BR> <BR> Let's see how many non-traditional fitness minutes we can add up. Raking leaves? Check! Cleaning gutters? Check. Fall gardening? Check. Painting houses? <em>211</em> Check! <BR> C~ <BR> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 09:33:18 EST October Goals You all did great with your goals and achievements in September. Let's see what we're going to do for October! Share you to-do list for the month here, then keep coming back to let us know how you're doing, and to cheer on your team mates! <BR> <em>465</em> <em>213</em> <BR> C~ Sat, 1 Oct 2011 09:26:35 EST Newbie on the scene Hello all SPeeps! <BR> I am new to this site and am new the the practice of health and weight loss. Although I have much knowledge in the areas of wellness and health, I have very little practice. I joined this particular site as it offers some tools I can really use such as food and fitness tracking, but my favorite is the weight loss tracker where it tracks my body changes and shows me a graph...I love pictures! <BR> I am looking to meet others online who can help motivate and support me as... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:54:25 EST 45lbs Down Before My 45th Birthday,Best Bday Gift! Hi everyone! I am new to the SparkPortland team. I have weighed 250lbs for a very long time. Just this year I found something that really works. I have lost 45 lbs and have 40 lbs to go. I will be under 200lbs for my 45th birthday in December, what a great gift. I have the same story as everyone else, I have tried every diet and been to all the diet centers. I just don't like their food and I don't think they were healthy so I struggled to find something that was natural. I am finally in a p... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:45:45 EST Frequent visitor and absolut fan of Portland :) Hi! <BR> <BR> I actually just got back home to Germany from a 3 month stay in Portland. I stay every summer three month over, since my boyfriend lives there. ( Hope we don't have to do this much longer, has been many many years already.) Anyhow, I am about to finish my studies in Europe... that, as with most people, made me gain weight. Worst though, I am so sad to say that, are the summers in Portland... it is hardly believable, but this summer I gained 10 kg in those 3 month! Still love Po... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:26:08 EST Hi!! Hi everyone, I am so excited to be part of the team! I am new to sparkpeople and have had great fun already logging in my food and exercise! I hope everyone has a wonderful healthy day!! Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:33:25 EST SE Portland here Hello everyone this is my first day here. I had never heard of sparkpeople till about 4 days ago then had an out of town relative and then a lady I know through zumba and both had told me about it. WOW guess that means something and here I am. Looking forward to this new journey and meeting new people to help encourage me on the way. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:14:45 EST Warrior Dash Any Warrior Dashers for this weekend? This Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th is Warrior Dash weekend starting at 9:00 AM. I will start at the 10:00 wave. I hope my old bones can take the punishment. Good luck to those who are participating. Are we, me, crazy or what!!?? <BR> Scroll down a little and click on the speaker button to hear sound: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:41:07 EST Hot for Halloween Challenge So my friend and fellow Sparker TWOSWEET504 has put together a "Hot for Halloween" challenge that runs from September 4th - Halloween weekend. Details are on her blog and also on the challenge page: <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=52934 <BR> <BR> I think this will be a fun challenge and encourage you all to join - it's super simple and gives us something to work towards. Hope everyone has a great SparkWeek Fri, 2 Sep 2011 02:47:53 EST Find a Local Buddy I hear a lot of people who want to find a buddy and yet there doesn't appear to be an appropriate location to do this at least not one that is recent. If you're searching for someone in your neighborhood to meet up with in person post a message here. <BR> <BR> 1. What types of activities your looking for a buddy for (ex, "I want to find a hiking buddy", "I'm looking for a workout partner at 24 hour fitness downtown") <BR> <BR> 2. What your schedule is/what days are you looking to do your a... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 11:23:01 EST WooHoo! Come celebrate with us! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It happens to all of us <BR> - the moment you fit into your skinny jeans! <BR> - the first time you walk further than you ever have before! <BR> - you actually ate three whole brussel sprouts! <BR> <BR> Whatever it is, whatever makes you happy dance and WooHoo - document it here! Let's share the Spark-love and support. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> C~ Thu, 1 Sep 2011 09:38:56 EST September Goals September is going to be a great month! Share your goals with us here and keep us updated so we can cheer you on as you succeed! <BR> <BR> Going to get in your 8 cups of water every day? <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Going to get tons of fitness minutes this month? <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Determined to bust out of your plateau and finally shed X lbs? <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> What is YOUR success plan? <BR> C~ Thu, 1 Sep 2011 09:35:38 EST Live Long and Prosper... Greetings all...Terry Duff from Phoenix introduced me to Sparkpeople...I'm happy to be a member! <BR> My Bio: <BR> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 00:14:20 EST Hi Hi! My name is Jasmine and I'm 19 years old. My goals are to become fit and tone, have fun, and to be confidence in myself. I enjoy walking and listening to music, right now trying to find motivation to stay focus on trying to stay active. This week i got started doing zumba from my home by using youtube and if anyone have any good workouts or any tips plz let me know, i'm new at this. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:20:50 EST Weather! Ahh! did y'all see the forcast for the rest of the week and weekend? i'm so excited for the beautiful weather. august has been really nice! <BR> <BR> it will be a great weekend to get outside and get some exercise in the sun :) tans all around! <em>334</em> <em>67</em> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:09:52 EST I spy a stranger Did it happen overnight? Suddenly, when I glance in a mirror or I see a recent photo, I can't even believe what I am seeing. Somebody has taken over my body!! That is NOT me!! Or, uh.. wait. It IS me! :( <BR> <BR> I wear black outfits everyday to hide how I look and how I feel. I'm sick of black!! I want to wear and feel great in cute clothes again. I want that small sense of pride when my jeans fit loosly on my hips and my t-shirt doesn't fit snug around my belly like I'm 7 months pregnant.... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 19:51:11 EST October 9 - 10K Family Walk & Spark Meet Up! The Portland Marathon is celebrating its 40th year! October 9, people from all over the world will be running the Half and Full Marathon. The organizers have also, for the last 28 years, put on the Mayor's Walk, aka 10K Family Walk. <BR> <BR> You can read about the Mayor's/Family Walk here: <BR> <link><BR>ts_mayors.php </link> <BR> <BR> I blogged about my expierence last year - it was fabulous, even if it was the rainiest Portland Marathon EVER! <BR> ... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:27:24 EST Just a Penguin saying 'allo! My real name is Amanda, but really, you can just call me Penguin. I answer to it. Really. I just joined upon realizing that, no, I haven't been keeping my weight down where I thought it was... hopped onto the scale a few days back and was a bit taken aback. So, here I am. <BR> <BR> I live in the Pearl District, a highly walkable area... and normally I'd be walking most places, but I've been laid up with a badly busted toe... one factor, I think, that has me back up near my peak weight (urgh... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 20:57:09 EST Juice Fast Soon Hey all, <BR> <BR> So, I'm starting a juice fast pretty soon as a detox/system cleanse. As such, I'm looking for any tips or tricks anyone recommends? <BR> <BR> I have found some great recipes and I want to make sure I'm doing it the best I can. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 16:32:57 EST My DH is famous...i ish...sort of... Don't know if this is legal on SP but I thought I'd give it a try <BR> <link><BR>pVideoCatNo=212796&autoStart=true </link> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 18:38:02 EST Hi PDX team! Hi, I'm Linda. <BR> I actually live in Vancouver, been here for 10 years now. I'm from Oregon, born in Portland, raised in Hillsboro. <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Sparkpeople. I've been a sparker for close to 5 years now. I love this site! And definitely spend more time here than I should- LoL <BR> <BR> Anyway, I thought since Vancouver is so close to Portland I would join your team. I'm on the Vancouver team, but there's not a lot of action there. <BR> <BR> I'm not a runner, but I would defin... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:04:43 EST Pomaikai1 says hello Hi there fellow health enthusiasts. Until about 8 weeks ago my motto in life was better to be fat and happy and live to be 60 than skinny miserable and 90. As I whining to a friend about my jeans not fitting and the fact that I wouldn't take a cruise right now even if I could because of my figure she pointed out that I don't sound to fat and happy. This got me to thinking that she was right. So I decided I would try a new motto. I am looking to make exercise and dieting fun so I can liv... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:37:24 EST VERY nice article on saturated fats In simple terms this article explains how we have been fooled into thinking that saturated fats are bad for us. It's time to put that flavor back into our foods and throw out the refined grains and sugars! <BR> Be well. Eat healthy. Feel the energy! <BR> Vegans: eat that coconut oil. Eat palm oil. Enjoy! <BR> <link><BR>rated-fats-they%E2%80%99re-good-for-you/ </link> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 10:19:40 EST How's your summer going? Do you think we're on the other side of this rainy spell yet? The sun is shining outside my window as I type, so I'm hopeful. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What have you been up to? <BR> <BR> What summer activities are you doing that keep you busy and wracking up fitness minutes? <BR> <em>278</em> <em>237</em> <em>326</em> <em>318</em> <em>135</em> <em>216</em> <em>182</em> <em>342</em> <em>313</em> <em>108</em> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> Have you gone on vacation yet? W... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:08:44 EST Introducing... ME~! Hey there everyone! I'm relatively new to sparkpeople, and have only lived in portland for about 4 years now. I'm a local musician about to go mainstream and I'm trying to get that rock star body I used to have, back! Anyways, I'm 23 and looking for support! I have celiac disease and an eating problem- I love food. too much, in fact. I've just started back at the gym (with a 24hr fitness membership) and I've been really good about going almost everyday... I've been trying to lose my first fif... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 17:24:41 EST Hey there. ISO young female weight loss buddy. Hi! My name is Monica. I'm 21 y.o., a student at PSU. I live in NE with my BF and our two rescued lizards. I'm interested in making friends in town who are also trying to get in better shape: preferably people who only have 10-20 pounds to lose and want to get more fit, like me. I like to do stuff outside and go to the gym at school. I try to eat pretty natural and mostly vegetarian. I would like to meet people similar to me, but I am open to meeting lots of different people. Variety is the s... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 23:38:22 EST Walk There! Pearl District & Nob Hill WED 7/13 7AM Walk There! Pearl District & Nob Hill <BR> Wednesday July 13th @ 7am <BR> Total Miles: 3.3 <BR> Total Steps: 6968 <BR> Difficulty: 2 out of 5 <BR> Average walking speed of 3mph (20min/mile)... figure just over an hour for this weekday morning walk. <BR> <BR> Meet at the PGE Park MAX Station, SW 18th Ave & Morrison St. We will start the walk at 7am so please be at the meeting spot prior to 7am. Thank you! <BR> <BR> IMPORTANT STUFF: <BR> *RSVP by Tuesday 7/12 at NOON <BR> *RSVP by sending ... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 19:56:09 EST Walk There! Friday July 8th @ 8:30AM I'm going to do one of the "Walk There!" walks this Friday July 8th at 8:30AM. The "4T - Trail, Tram, Trolley & Train" - MODIFIED. <BR> <BR> This walk/hike starts & ends at the Oregon Zoo MAX Station at 4001 SW Canyon Rd. in PDX. I live in the Pearl & will start from the Old Town/Chinatown MAX Station @ 8:03am & will arrive @ the Washington Park MAX Station @ 8:21am. I will not be returning to the Zoo/start point as I live downtown, once we get off the Tram we will catch the Streetcar to 10... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 20:24:26 EST New to Sparkpeople and SparkPortland Hi, my name is Melinda and I live in SW Portland. I'm new to this whole thing but like the idea of having buddies trying to get fit. I've never really had to watch my weight before but now in my late 40's suddenly the weight is creeping on. Self discipline isn't my "thing" but I'm hoping to develop some now! Mon, 4 Jul 2011 01:52:18 EST ISO Walk/Hike/Bike Buddy Weekday Mornings Thought I'd reintroduce myself to the team! I joined SparkPeople at the end of 2010 & haven't done much with it. Summer is here. I'd like to be more active. I'd like a buddy or two to be active with... makes it more fun. Read on: <BR> <BR> ISO WALK/HIKE/BIKE BUDDY IN UNION STATION/BROADWAY BRIDGE AREA <BR> <BR> I am looking for somebody very close to me to walk/hike/bike with, regularly/weekly. I'm saying "very close to me" because if it's convenient to get to each other we'll be more ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:12:02 EST SparkPeople vs. MeetUp I've noticed a lot of posts directing SparkPeople members to Specifically, those looking for SparkBuddies to exercise with. I'm wondering why this group, SparkPortland, doesn't have a local activity forum where weekly walks/hikes/bike rides are posted. ??? Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:41:07 EST Hi, I'm Jenna Hi, I'm Jenna, new to all things SparkPeople, but liking the website so far. I am just about to turn forty, live in Sellwood with a few housemates. No husband, no kids, no animals, I am footloose and fancy-free and gonna make my 40th year the best ever. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:08:39 EST Introduction! Hello Portland Sparkies! My hubby,children, and I are planning on moving to Portland soon! I am a nurse and have applied for several jobs, just had one of my first interviews, and I am waiting to hear. I was wondering if anyone could share where they think would be a good area to move to and why? My oldest will be starting school (kindergarten)so if you can give me ideas of good schools, good neighborhoods, and maybe some nice apartments it would help alleviate some stress. I trust you s... Wed, 25 May 2011 14:45:02 EST Hello from Parkrose I am new to SP and loving it so far. Mon, 23 May 2011 15:20:51 EST Does anyone work out at the Bally's on 102nd? I belong to that one, and it would be awesome to have someone to go with. I like to work out on the weights and do cardio, no classes, but just meeting someone there at the same time would be a good motivator. Wed, 18 May 2011 17:49:38 EST Whats up, Portland? My name is Lauren, and I just moved here... I totally am ready to get healthy, lose weight, and get back in shape, but I am unemployed, so motivation is a factor. I keep saying I will start working out when I get a job, but I already paid for a year at Bally's in NE Portland, and I just need to start going. Glad there is such a bitchin' community here. Wed, 18 May 2011 17:45:08 EST Introductions are in order! Hello all! I just joined SparkPeople yesterday, and wanted to introduce myself! How amazing is it to live in the most beautiful city on Earth?! I am excited to begin exploring all the outdoor adventures our city has to offer. I have lived here my whole life, but I feel like I have only scraped the surface of what it has to offer. If anyone has some really great things to do in the city, that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, I'm open to suggestions! Tue, 17 May 2011 18:07:27 EST Mud Run MS Portland - June 18, 2011 <link><BR>rc/fundraising-events/mud-run-ms/index<BR>.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in <BR> <BR> a) a Spark Team of 5 participating in the DGAP (Don't Give A Poop) Division of the mud run <BR> or <BR> b) participating as an individual (not as much fun but still great) <BR> or <BR> c) perhaps volunteering for the event. <BR> <BR> This is a 6.1 mile boot camp obstacle course. Take a gander at this video for an id... Mon, 16 May 2011 17:57:57 EST Just introducing myself to the group :D Hello my name is megan and Im fairly younger than most of the poeple in this message broad as it seems. Im 18 and i weigh 250lbs. I recently gained tons and tons of weight and I really want to lose it, not to mention it is causing issues in my relationship with my boyfriend. I dont really seem to want to do anything and I just really dont care much but I want to change that and I want to do that without having to eat nothing but cardboard, I dont care what anyone says I shouldnt have to eat s... Fri, 13 May 2011 20:08:13 EST Race Events It seems like there are a number of us that participate in running/walking race events around town and like to meet up with other sparkers at these so I thought I would start a thread so we could all post in one place upcomming races and who will be where. <BR> <BR> I just got the email that registration is open for this one. I did it last year and it was fun. Fast and downhill. I will be signing up. <BR> <link><BR>event-home-page </link> Fri, 13 May 2011 11:58:34 EST Happy Mother's Day Put your mom's picture as your profile picture for Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> That's mine! Sun, 8 May 2011 02:36:37 EST Twilight Run, June 25th I just signed up for the Twilight run in Tigard. <BR> <BR> Link: <BR> <BR> If anyone wants to join me, I would love to meet up with you. <BR> <BR> Chas Sat, 7 May 2011 18:26:53 EST Hello Hello to all my fellow Portlanders. I am recently retired and working on getting more active and in better physical health. I am walking about 5 miles per day and working on doing a few Volksmarches. Fri, 6 May 2011 20:52:43 EST Any runners? I live in SE Portland --always interested in meeting up with people who might be interested in going for a run! <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 21:08:05 EST Hi I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and my diabetes counselor suggested I come here for help with nutrition ideas and tracking my progress. I can see that this is the place for that kind of thing. I'm a little overwhelmed with all the info though so maybe I'll just poke around a bit first. Just stopping in to say Hi and I love Portland and it sucks to have diabetes so if anyone wants to commiserate then I'm here for that too Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:37:27 EST Introducing myself Hello, My name is Seany and I'm trying to lose weight. I am a cancer survivor of 6 months. I had endometrial cancer and the doctor really encouraged me to get my weight off. I'm wanting to get healthy and more active. I have ahusband who is blind, two feathered friends and love walking with my guide dog river. I look forward to meeting you. Best, Seany Fri, 8 Apr 2011 04:37:09 EST Great Urban Race - Team Event 6/11/2011 Anyone up for joining me in the Great Urban Race on June 11th? Sounds like a blast, and it's a team event. I have a $5 coupon code if anyone wants to join me on this. It looks like we have to form a 2-person team, but we can group up as an alliance with multiple teams. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d.php </link> <BR> <BR> Hope to get together with some fellow SP. <BR> Chas Tue, 5 Apr 2011 22:26:58 EST Intro - Hello Hi all, new to SparkPeople and in the Portland area. I figured it was about time I got back into some shape. Turning 40 was a big eye opener, in the sense that it seems like life has taken over in the daily routines/expectations. But, I would really like to break them and gain some of the fun back which is hard to do and feel, when I look at myself now. I need to lose and get more active, for me, I didn't realize hard it was, in the past running would drop the pounds quickly, but with the ad... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 14:23:03 EST Anyone else doing the Bridge to Brews on 4/17? My friend and I are signed up to walk. First "event" in 20 years. Wish me luck! Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:43:16 EST Eating Pre or Post Morning Work Out I have just started working out in the morning instead of in the evening and am curious if I should eat breakfast Pre-Work Out or Post Workout? <BR> <BR> I have been eating Pre this week, but am now questioning this. Sat, 26 Mar 2011 10:55:04 EST Hello! Hi Everyone! I am new to this team, and am eager to chat with other members from the Portland area. It's nice to have a connection where people actually know what's going on in your neck of the woods. <BR> <BR> I'm working on losing 30lbs by July and needing some extra motivation and ideas of local areas to check out. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Fri, 25 Mar 2011 23:35:03 EST Pound for Pound Challenge 2011 I was reading the Oregon Food Banks website and found "Pound for Pound Challenge to inspire Oregon residents to Eat Healthy - Be Active". I went to the Pound for Pound site and discovered that there weren't any pfp teams in Portland. So,how about it? Anyone want to join within this group? I will if you will! <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 21:20:50 EST Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon coming to Portland! That's right, next year, during Rose Festival, Portland will host a Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon, on Sunday, May 20, 2012! WooHoo! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/rock_n_roll_half_marathon_port.html </link> <BR> <BR> Mark your calendars - walkers and runners alike! <BR> <em>311</em> <em>185</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:42:55 EST April Run I am thinking about signing up for the 5k Race for the Roses on April 3rd. It starts at the Convention Center. Anyone else want to meet up? <BR> <BR> Link:<BR>oses/Overview.aspx <BR> <BR> Hope to see some fellow SP. <BR> <BR> Later Gaters, <BR> Chas Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:42:47 EST Looking for workout buddy Hi! I did the Shamrock Stride yesterday and found that having someone to walk with was motivating and more interesting than walking by myself. I have a membership at 24 Hour Fitness, when I go, it's to the Mall 205 gym. I live in the same neighborhood so any exercise around there, walks, hikes, whatever, would be great. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:44:08 EST Multiple Sclerosis MUD RUN June 18, 2011 Participants will scale rope walls, jump through fire, and crawl on all fours through an obstacle course filled with mud. Mud Run MS Portland is different than any adventure race the Pacific Northwest has ever seen, taking place on a 6.1 mile “boot camp style” training course with over 30 obstacles. <BR> <BR> Maybe SparkTeam Portland could get a team together to participate and help raise funds for MS research. <BR> <BR><BR>orc/fundraising-events... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 21:16:07 EST Hello Portland People! Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I'm trying to lose about 25lbs and need a little extra motivation. I go to the gym at 24hr Fitness, and enjoy hiking, kayaking and craft beer (which is why I need to exercise more!) <BR> <BR> Amy Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:00:06 EST Rain, Rain, Rain, 5K Race? I am looking at my very first run in the rain. The Shamrock Run is coming this Sunday and the forecast predicts rain. Anyone have any hints, trick, etc on how to dress for running in the rain and not be miserable? <em>27</em> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:25:31 EST Looking for a workout partner TANASBOURNE 24hr I am looking for a work out partner for weights and/or cardio at the Tanasbourne 24hr fitness Tues-Sun starting sometime between 7:45pm and 8:45pm. I have been going to the gym 5-6 times a week for the past month. I have about 70lbs left to lose, and have already lost 13 (and gained back 3, hopefully due to muscle mass). If anyone is interested please let me know! Fri, 4 Mar 2011 15:50:45 EST March Events.. Here are a few upcoming March races.. for walkers and runners, even an obstacle course for the brave at heart! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday, March 5, 2011 <BR> <BR> ORRC Champoeg Park Runs 30k & 10k (Champoeg State Park near St. Paul) <BR> What time: 9a (and there is a 30k early start at 8a <BR> Where: Champoeg State Park <BR> Register: The kid's run is free, the 30k is $30 and the 10k is $25. Tech shirts are available for $25. You can register online here or DOR starting at 7:45... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 17:31:52 EST Okay, okay, I watched a clip I just watched an internet clip of Portlandia. I tried to find our team thread where this subject was brought up but couldn't so I just thought I'd let my fellow Portlanders know that I'm not TOTALLY living in the dark ages even though I don't own a TV!. <BR> Anyway, it was really funny and SO, SO Portland. <BR> <em>246</em> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:58:28 EST Portlandia - Have you Seen it? Portlandia is a new tv show on the IFC channel. It's kind of quirky - like Portland. I love the scenes from Portland. But some of the sketches are too long - they're not funny after awhile. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:02:22 EST God is,i believe, anything is possible i know that with God on my side and my heartfelt determination i will shed this weight. i want this to become part of my new lifestyle. Sat, 19 Feb 2011 19:26:17 EST New SparkPeople Running Page I just ran across this link that may answer many question for people starting out into the running game. New page this month. I have seen most of the articles sprinkled here and there. This new page, to me, consolidates everything I have read before into one neat area. Most of the articles I have read before, but I find myself reviewing them several times. <BR> <link><BR>-center.asp </link> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 17:25:52 EST How Much Water is Too Much? I like what Dr. Kim says here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ngerous.html </link> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:45:49 EST Eat Right On the Cheap <link><BR>archive/2011/01/31/15-superfoods-for-u<BR>nder-20-stocking-your-pantry-on-the-ch<BR>eap.aspx </link> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 10:22:32 EST Hood to Coast the movie... Bill and I are going to the movie next Thursday night. I thought I'd share the information here in case anyone else was interested. We got tickets for the showing at the Lloyd Center. <BR> <BR> IT’S BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! <BR> We are excited to announce that after a stellar national premiere, the running documentary Hood To Coast will be back for a one night only Encore Performance! Whether you missed it the first time around, or want to see it again, here is your final chance to see the ... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:48:26 EST February Hiking Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I love to hike, and I have been dying to do it. I feel like I need to be outside right now. I am just worried about the weather and the conditions on the trails. I was wondering has anyone been out hiking lately? Where did you go? And how did the trail look? <BR> <BR> I need ideas! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 4 Feb 2011 16:44:44 EST February Races.. Morning Gang! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I thought I'd see if anyone has any plans for races this month. Bill (the hubby) and I are signed up for the Valentine Fanconi Anemia 5K,8K and 12K Run/Walk on Sunday, Feb. 13. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm running the 5K, Bill is walking the 5K, and our daughter Courtney is running the 8K. <BR> <BR> What about you? Are you doing this race? Perhaps another one? I know the Heartbreak Half is Sunday, Feb. 20. Anyo... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:44:35 EST Warrior Dash I put this thread in the Oregon Team and getting a good response. How about Portland a vicinity doing the Warrior Dash? I and a few others have already signed up for the Saturday dash on September 10th & 11th. Looks like a lot of fun, and exercise. It will be held at North Plains, OR. By the time I heard about this last year I was to late to join. <BR> Lets get dirty!! <em>104</em> Here is the website link: <BR> <link><BR>php </link> <BR> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:47:07 EST Getting Started: Weight Loss Goal Hello. I just joined. I chose Living a Healthy Lifestyle as my goal when I first joined, but for me that includes some weight loss. It said I would be able to change that, but I haven't been able to find where to do that. I see lots of you have cute little progress trackers, and I was hoping you could point me in the right direction. <BR> <BR> My wife and I have been working out regularly for 3-4 weeks, but I haven't seen any weight loss. So, I joined the site to help me track my food, ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:21:10 EST Gardening for health and for change I want to encourage you with this video: <BR> <link><BR>_Food_In_Your_BackyardCreating_A_Secur<BR>e_future.cfm </link> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:33:06 EST New Cascadia - Nutrition Info <em>4</em> <BR> At lunch, I had the most delicious bread. It's the teff-based bread from New Cascadia gluten-free bakery. I found nutrient info for Bob's Red Mill gf bread and used that, but I figure someone here probably has more accurate info than that. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>334</em> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:17:12 EST hello new people I'm Taylor and am new to the whole losing weight deal. Never thought about it until recently, but i've put on 40 lbs in a short time. i need help getting it off Sun, 23 Jan 2011 20:35:24 EST New Meetup group: Mt. Tabor Hikers Hi, I invite all of you to head over to & join our Monday/Wednesday hikes in Mt. Tabor Park. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:21:17 EST Say hi. Hello! I'm Marc and am looking to finally dropping the extra weight my body has gained. <BR> <BR> I live in NoPo in the Kenton area and look forward to using all of the great resources here to help be healthier and to meeting all of you wonderful people! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the inspiration! <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:57:30 EST Zumbathon Explosion - Jan. 30 Zumbathon Explosion (Wonder Ballroom) <BR> Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (PT) <BR> <BR> Shake off those winter doldrums in style and help a worthy cause. This Zumbathon® is a fundraiser for the Jefferson Dancers, Portland's elite high-school dance company. Based in Northeast Portland, this program has served students from the entire Portland area for 35 years, and they need our support now more than ever. So let's explode into 2011 with Zumba Fitness® to support the arts! L... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 22:16:34 EST Portland Stairs I just read about either an app or a book or a website or something (Ha! Let me narrow it down for you, huh?) that listed/discussed fun stairways in Portland. Does this sound familiar to any of you? Does anyone know where to find it? It seems a good alternative to the step mill at the gym. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 18:48:22 EST tired of chunky dunking and need a workout buddy Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a single 40+ mother of three grown children and one grandson. Having spent all of my adult life chasing the scale, I have decided that 2011 is my year to gain control of my life and my health. I am lookiing forward to feeling better so I can hit the gym and start getting my 'sweat on'. I belong to CRUNCH gym in Gresham and would love to find a work out buddy who uses the same gym and has the same schedule. I try to be there around 4:00 and work out for 1 or 2 hours (de... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 22:21:43 EST Working out when it is cold? Hey Portland Spark People, how about this weather? <BR> <BR> I normally walk the river front loop but it is just to darn cold to be outside. So what are you doing to exercise in the cold? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about walking the stairs in my apartment building until it warms up. We have two sets of stairs on either side of the building. So I thought I would run down a flight, walk down the hall, run down a flight, walk down a hall and repeat until I'm at the bottom. Then start over agai... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 05:10:47 EST Can anyone help? Hi, my name is Erica and I know this is a strange request but can anyone who works downtown/lives in northeast possibly meet up with me at a coffee shop and help me a little with this site? My iPad won't let me play the "how to" videos and I am getting so frustrated trying to figure out how to use the trackers. Usually I just give up when it comes to technology but I really think this will help me to reach my goals. I will work around your schedule and will take up as little of your time as... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:10:38 EST Zumba Appreciation Party Free Zumba class tomorrow (Sun, Jan 2) at New Day Center (55th/Foster) at 10-1130 am with Mariemma. Zumbawear will also be for sale at this event. Will be a lot of fun! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:42:13 EST Working out! I always am looking forward to working out with someone, if anyone is up for it I live downtown in Portland and like to run @ Lincoln HS Sat, 25 Dec 2010 22:49:48 EST