SparkPeople Chicago Women Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1379 For all the women in Chicago! Looking for support, motivation, inspiration and friends in the area, this is the place to be! Chicago Women are S.T.R.O.N.G.! SparkPeople Chicago Women Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1379 2014 Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x56793134 Where did everyone go? Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:57:39 EST Hello, new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x53765581 Hello all, <BR> <BR> New here, and trying as much as possible to pull out all the stops and go for it. <BR> <BR> I've lived in Chicago almost 7 years. I used to teach middle school and now I'm pursuing a career in engineering at IIT. Between the teaching, schooling and my boyfriend (also of 7 years) Chicago has been a good home. Not great for my health, the food here is absolutely amazing, but otherwise, great. I practice karate at a local dojo so I'm working on hinging my admiration o... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 14:33:17 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x52810658 Hi, I am new here, but have been on the trying to get healthy journey for a while now. My name is Natasha and I can hardly wait for the weather to start warming up. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 10:39:45 EST Hi, My name is Amy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x52375402 Hello, <BR> My name is Amy. I am not exactly "new" to Spark people. I really have to start on this new journey! I am wondering if anyone lives near Midway Airport area? Maybe we can get together and go walking this spring and help motivate each other! My husband is going to get a vasectomy reversal so we can try to have a baby together. I have a 5 year old son and a 10 year old step son. I am so worried that my weight and unhealthy lifestyle is going to be the only thing holding us back f... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:43:49 EST Anyone belong to the Northbrook or Lattof YMCA? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x51554355 Hi! I just joined the Northbrook YMCA and live right smack between that one and Lattof YMCA. I am hoping to start Jamie Eason's 12 week program soon and was wondering if anyone else was interested in joining me! <BR> <BR> I work from home and have had a hard time meeting people to work out with. :) Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:13:14 EST Chat and Check in DECEMBER 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x51141321 Hello Everyone----how are you? <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! <BR> <BR> Anyone still here that wants to chat? <BR> <BR> miss ya <BR> sandra Sun, 9 Dec 2012 05:40:40 EST Workout buddy at UIC gym? or Harrison Park, 60608? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x49787735 I need to lose 45lbs. I'm looking for a new friend workout buddy. I am a member at UIC gym. <BR> I like taking spin classes, or just riding the bike. Been reading and learning about nutrition, I've taken Zumba classes... <BR> <BR> I don't have kids, not sure how 45lbs crept up on me, but I feel awful and want to lose this weight!! <BR> <BR> I work a normal 7-5 pm job, so looking to work out any days after work (except Tues). <BR> <BR> We can motivate each other, be accountable, get active! Wed, 5 Sep 2012 20:08:30 EST Invitation to an Adult prom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x49681010 Yes, I plan to be there....and you should be there too.... <BR> <BR> I am going to be in prom attire as well :) <BR> <BR> here's the details: <BR> MELINDA'S ADULT PROM NIGHT BIRTHDAY PARTY SEPT 7,FRIDAY AT THE EAST OF THE RYAN 79 INGLESIDE DOORS OPEN AT 4PM-UNTILL ?? <BR> free showtime will start at 9pm <BR> best prom dress win cash money and a prom king and queen will be crowned that night <BR> free admission Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:10:14 EST Free Dancing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x49181184 Hello everyone - where is everybody?? Why aren't there more posts here? Can we drum up some enthusiasm? <BR> <BR> There's a dance studio called Perpetual Motion that has something called Dance Dance Party Party on Wednesday at 7-8 pm and Sunday at 4-5 pm. It's free - the studio is located at 4057 N. Damen in Chicago. Ladies only 90 minutes dance set (ipod music - changes all the time depending on who would like to host). No booze, no tude, supportive. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:18:27 EST 2012 Summer Chat spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x48588224 Hey all --it seems no one is chatting on here anymore. Where did everyone go? <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone looking for a FREE EVENT: <BR> <BR> LINE DANCE LESSONS <BR> Wednesdays, June 13th, June 20th <BR> 2pm - 3pm and 6pm – 7pm <BR> @ CARE for REAL <BR> 5341 N. Sheridan Rd <BR> Chicago, IL 60640 <BR> Join us learning and/or practicing the old & new, club, urban, soul, latin, country, etc. line dances. <BR> A great way to exercise, tone your body, lose weight, flex your muscles, stimulate the bo... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 03:11:53 EST Dirty Girl Mud Run June 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x48423060 Just a reminder that the Dirty Girl mud run is coming up soon! The waves have filled up, so it will be hard to get in the same one. But we have people signed up for different waves and we will try to get togther before race day and/or meet up for breakfast near the event. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkamerica.com/city_sparkrally<BR>.asp?event=10129 </link> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 19:27:47 EST March 2012 Chat Spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x46949053 Good Morning! How is March shaping up for you? Any goals you'd like to share with the team? <BR> <BR> I'm working on a C25K program. With this incredible weather we're having, I think the dog will join me today. I have a goal to lose 10 lbs. this month. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 07:33:52 EST New to Chicago and back on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x46881997 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've lived in downtown Chicago for two months now. I moved here from Colorado Springs and I'm looking to get healthy again. I started on Spark May 2011 but fell off track during the preparation for my move to Chicago. It's been 4 months, but I'm back! I have 51 lbs I would like to lose over the course of this year. Being new here I sometimes find it hard to motivate myself to get outside! I'm hoping that will change as I get acclimated and the weather gets a little wa... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:14:41 EST Time for change 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x45817998 Hi , my name is Lena and I am ready for a change in my life I am determined to make it. If there is any one in Indianapolis and would like a support buddy let me know Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:10:46 EST 2012 January Chat spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x45780254 I thought I'd make a new space to chat. It might be easier to have monthly spots for chit chat than weekly ones. <BR> <BR> Happy 2012 <BR> &#9734;&#12290;&#9733;&#12290;&#9734;&#1<BR>2290;&#9733; <BR> &#12290;&#9734;&#12290;&#9734;&#12290;&#<BR>9734;&#12290; <BR> &#9733;&#12290;&#65340;&#65372;&#65295;&<BR>#12290;&#9733; <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> &#9733;&#12290;&#65295;&#65372;&#65340;&<BR>#12290;&#9733; <BR> &#12290;&#9734;&#12290;&#9734; &#12290;&#9734;&#12290; <BR> &#9734;&#12290;&#9733;... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:46:05 EST New to Chicago http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x45749548 Hello~ <BR> <BR> Grew up in Glen Ellyn, but left when I was still in high school. I am back in the area and now living in Chicago. I really need to drop at least 50 more lbs. (have already lost 30) <BR> <BR> I started using sparks last year and stopped after I moved down here, I am looking to get back on track again. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:11:24 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - October 31 - November 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x44845773 Happy Halloween! Did anyone go to a Halloween Party over the weekend or take kids out trick or treating? I went to to a fun party at Red Moon Theater. Some of the costumes were amazing. <BR> <BR> Do you have any tricks or healthy treats that you have found to be helpful in moving you towards your goals of healthy living? Mon, 31 Oct 2011 08:48:38 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - October 24 - 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x44736177 The final week of October is upon us. Does anyone have Halloween celebration plans? How are you doing with limiting your intake of halloween candy? Mon, 24 Oct 2011 08:45:51 EST Contra Dancing anyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x44681528 For people who like folk dancing or want try something new on Monday in Evanston, check this out. I can't run a 5k but will be there with my dancing shoes on. http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Social-Dance<BR>/events/36960452/ Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:39:03 EST Hot Chocolate 5K/15K Meet Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x44680635 Anyone running the Hot Chocolate? This race is HUGE, so it wouldn't surprise me! I'm running the 15K, and I'll be at the expo on Friday. If any of you ladies would like to meet up, I'll be there around 6, but could be there as early as 5:30. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:32:47 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - October 17 - 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x44622664 We're half way through another month and the weather is changing. How are you doing on this months goals? What changes are you making in your healthy routine? <BR> <BR> <BR> I went back to Starved Rock on Sunday for some fall hiking. It was a cool crisp fall day and perfect to be out there. After working 8A - 11P from home yesterday and missing all the personal things I planned on doing, it was great to get away from everything and move outside. I look forward to going back in a couple... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:13:49 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - October 10 - 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x44513292 I hope everyone enjoyed the gorgeous weekend! I was so excited to spend so much time outside, especially since my weekdays don't give me time to enjoy outside. I ran, played tennis and rode my bike to the Botanic Gardens in Glencoe this weekend. I think I am going to be stiff in the morning. <BR> <BR> How was your weekend? Mon, 10 Oct 2011 01:22:22 EST Weekly Check-In and Chat - October 3 - 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x44400259 Hello Team, how was your weekend? I am thankful for a new month to work on my goals. I knwo that it is ongoing work, but I was not nearly as productive as I wanted to be in Septmber. Let's see what I can do in October. We have one more month until we turn the clocks back and it starts to get dark really early. I'm going to try to take advantage of those evening hours of light, when I can. Also try to stay away from ll that halloween candy that is floating around already. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 09:45:33 EST Do You Have a Birthday in October? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x44351201 Please post here if you have a birthday in October, including the date. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:21:59 EST Monster Dash October 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x44312979 <link>www.chicagomonster.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> this looks like so much fun! I have to think about it. I think I'd rather do this one than the pie one. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:15:22 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - September 26 - Oct 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x44277676 Happy Monday. Last week we had the last day of summer and are not officially in fall. It sure feels it weather wise. Yesterday I moved some clothes around in my closet, making warmer clothes easier to reach. I also moved my furniture around to make my living room cozier for the cooler seasons. What have you changed with the change of seasons? Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:02:15 EST Join me in Wishing ELLIEFUNT (Debbie) Happy B-day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x44246971 Best wishes EllieFunt for the Happiest of Birthdays. May many of your wishes come true today! Enjoy! <BR> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>407</em> <em>44</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 09:39:36 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - September 19 - 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x44159541 Hi Team, I am really excited to be starting a new job today. It's going to be very demanding time wise. This will create a whole new challenge in finding the balance in my life and fitting in my workouts. This past weekend I ran my last planned race for the year. <BR> <BR> Have great week. Check in and tell us what's going on with you. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 09:05:08 EST St. Xavier 5K Sat, Sept 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x44146584 St. Xavier is having their annual 5K race next Saturday. Details below. I will be there. Anyone else? <BR> <link>www.sxu.edu/administrative/Athletics<BR>/cougar_5k.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 13:32:59 EST 2012 Spark Rally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x44075825 NW Indiana/Chicago - just saw this now. If anyone else is interested. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Fall 2012- A SparkPeople Member Rally in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago. Live speakers who have lost over 100+ lbs each. Exercise for mobility impaired and Yoga... Much More! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 07:00:47 EST Run for Pie - November 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x44075704 JOIN US for the inaugural Run 3.14 Pie, November 24, 2011 at 8:30 am. This hometown race is a great way to kick off your Thanksgiving Day with your friends and family! The Run for Pie is a pi-K, the distance is approximately 3.14 (pi – get it?). Winding through the tree-lined streets of mid-village La Grange, this is one scenic course you don’t want to miss! The race is USATF certified and professionally timed as a 5K and ends at the 3.14 “Finish 4 Pie Line”. Register soon, the first 500 reg... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 06:47:09 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - September 12 - 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x44041779 I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was so glad that we didn't get as much rain as was predicted. Here's to another beautiful week to work on our goals and Spark. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:34:50 EST Looking for support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x44004018 Hi all, I'm a 30yo F who's been overweight for 5years and tired of it! I have struggled getting back to a healthy weight and lifestyle. What I'm looking for is support and more importantly, accountability. I seem to need that outside push/reminder of why I'm trying to change my life for the better. My plan is to once again start over, daily exercise (I do love my bike) - 30-45min/day or if I can find someone in the chicago lake view area to walk with, even better. My diet is atrociouus mostly... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 01:48:45 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - September 6 - 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43935856 How was your holiday weekend? I was very lucky and had a fun weekend. Ran 6 miles on Sunday. My first Half Marathon is this coming Saturday. I spent time with friends over the weekend and went to Starved Rock for hiking on Labor Day. Not much time on the computer, so I am going to try to catch up on SP throughout the day today. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 13:38:46 EST September Goals! Be Accountable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43849944 It's a new month! Is it time to adjust some of your goals, continue goals from August and/or set new goals? What small goals will you work on in the next 4 weeks, to work towards your bigger goals? <BR> <BR> We are entering the end of summer and moving towards fall and eventually winter. Do you need to add goals to adjust to the coming seasons? Thu, 1 Sep 2011 11:40:41 EST Do You Have a Birthday in September? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43824379 Please post here if your birthday is in September, including the date of your birthday. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 01:45:48 EST Join me in Wishing BMCQUEEN006 a Happy Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43824259 Best wishes for very Happy and Beautiful Birthday! Have a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>407</em> <em>44</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 01:22:12 EST New member, hola!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x43815337 Hello, I am a 29 year old mom of 2. August first was my 1 year mark of a new healthy live style. I have lost 105 pounds!!! I still have 20 more to lose to be in healthy, normal BMI range. Joined the site because latley my motivation has been lacking. Look forward to meeting you all to inspire motivation and determination to meet our goals! :) Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:22:00 EST Join Me in Wishing Sandra(SAN NDRASPEAK) HAPPY B-D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43793188 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sandra! I hope that you are having a beautiful birthday. <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:26:37 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - August 29 - September 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43793118 Hello Chicago Women! We are now at the last days of August. Where does the summer go every year. It always seems to pass so quickly. What are your plans to work on your goals this week, to finish out the month? Any special plans for Labor Day weekend yet? <BR> <BR> Get out and enjoy this gorgeous weather! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:22:26 EST University of Illinois at Chicago Workout Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43792806 I'd like to start using the gym at UIC and since I've fallen off the wagon many times after becoming anorexic/stopping and gaining all the weight back, I really would like to have a workout buddy who is also interested in working out at UIC gym one or two times a week. It's hard being the beginner all alone in the gym again. :) <BR> <BR> Female workout buddies only. <BR> <BR> About me: 24 year old graduate student at UIC. I have classes Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and would be interested... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:05:04 EST Join Me in Wishing Kathy(Lot usflower) HAPPY B-DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43744548 HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHY! Have a magical day and celebrate you! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:11:52 EST 5K Freedom Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x43740315 <link>www.traffickfree.org/5k </link> <BR> <BR> Running from human trafficking is not as simple as it seems – mental manipulation, physical bondage and threats keep Chicago victims from finding freedom. <BR> <BR> Victims may not be able to run, but you can. <BR> <BR> By joining the Traffick Free 5k Freedom Run, you are telling Chicago that human trafficking is not acceptable in our city. You are contributing to efforts to help free the supply and end the demand. <BR> <BR> You can do ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 06:51:23 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - August 22 - 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43670589 Hello Chicago Women, It's the last full week of August. I can't believe that September is right around the corner. How was your weekend? I went to a Good Form running clinic yesterday. It was really interesting as most people (including myself) think of running as right foot, left foot repeat. During the clinic they video tape you running. Hmmm, didn't know I ran like that. <BR> <BR> Let's make it a great week! Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:36:48 EST Join Me in Wishing NORAB52GOOD HAPPY B-DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43651379 Happy Birthday NORAB52GOOD! What a gorgeous day for a birthday! I hope you have a fantastic day! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 11:06:53 EST Mad Dash to Madison 5K or 10K Skate - Sept 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x43575787 Any Blackhawk fans on this team? If you sign up for the Mad Dash to Madison, you will have free entry into the 2011 Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp Festival which includes: <BR> · An open Practice with commentary from Coach Quenneville, Eddie Olczyk and Troy Murray <BR> · Live Music <BR> · 3 on 3 Street Hockey <BR> · Player appearances and much more! <BR> <BR> A technical shirt and chip timing is included in the race. <BR> <BR> I WILL BE THERE! I'm a hockey fan! SHould be a fun day! Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:01:02 EST Starting over....and keep moving!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x43575749 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> I've been MIA for over a year now.... :( But I am back and ready to get back on track! <BR> <BR> I have started marathon training back in Jan 2011. But I got really sick for a couple of months with flu. And I got SO behind on the training, and I got so busy with work and everything else. And when I was able to start running again, I pushed myself too much too fast and hurt my right knee and right hip... :( I was SO disappointed with myself. <BR> I've been in physi... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:58:35 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - August 15 - 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43549747 Hi Team, It's the middle week of the month. How is everyone doing on their goals so far this month? Is it time to adjust them? I cannot believe what gorgeous weather we are having after a hot and humid July. Let's get out there and get active. <BR> <BR> And remember to be... <BR> <BR> S – Smart Choices <BR> T – Taking Time For Ourselves <BR> R – Reaching Towards Your Goals <BR> O – Overcome Obstacle <BR> N – Never Give Up <BR> G – Getting What We Want <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:26:40 EST Dirty Girl Mud Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x43464037 <BR> Anyone else going to this? <BR> <BR> Johnson Creek, WI <BR> Date: <BR> <BR> 8/20/2011 <BR> Time: <BR> <BR> 8AM-3PM <BR> Location: <BR> <BR> Milford Hills Hunting Club <BR> W5670 French Road <BR> Johnson Creek, WI 53038 <BR> About this event: <BR> <BR> Dirty Girl is a female-only competition designed for women 14 and up of all fitness levels. We partnered with a former Army Ranger to develop a 5K course loaded with fun and unique challenges but also just enough hell to keep your pa... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 08:11:30 EST I am not new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x43368512 I have been on sparkpeople for awhile but quit on Monday and have made a decision to come back today and to be available to encourage who ever needs to be. <BR> <BR> I really appreciate and value all of the friends I have made and intend to make new ones to value and appreciate. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me Thu, 4 Aug 2011 14:33:50 EST Do You Have a Birthday in August? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43318522 Please respond here if your birthday is in August and let me know when it is. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Hope Mon, 1 Aug 2011 22:36:16 EST August Goals! Be Accountable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43304870 Post your August goals here. We have made it to the 8th month of the year. Reflect on the past 7 months and look at what worked and where you slipped. What do you want to focus on this month? <BR> <BR> Be accountable and reasonable in what you can accomplish this month. <BR> <BR> Be... <BR> <BR> S – Smart Choices <BR> T – Taking Time For Ourselves <BR> R – Reaching Towards Your Goals <BR> O – Overcome Obstacle <BR> N – Never Give Up <BR> G – Getting What We Want <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:17:38 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - August 1 - 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43304748 We've made it to August and the temperatures are still hot, hot, hot. What are your plans to stay cool and work towards your goals this week? Remember to stay hydrated! <BR> <BR> What are your goals this week? Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:12:43 EST New team member Shari http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x43277306 Hi! I'm excited to join Hope's group. I met her at a boot camp and she got me involved with Sparkpeople. Yay Hope! I love bootcamps, and I love playing non-competitive Tennis. I'm an artist by trade, so I try to get out and knock around a little here and there. See you soon! Shari Sat, 30 Jul 2011 18:23:48 EST Join Me in Wishing Colleen (PANDADOT) HAPPY B-DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43238124 <BR> Happy Birthday Colleen. I hope you have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:44:40 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - July 25 - 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43175367 It's the last week of July. The summer is flying by again this year. How was your weekend? <BR> <BR> What will you do this week to complete your July goals? <BR> <BR> Will you adjust your goals? <BR> <BR> Have you tried anything new recently: new exercise, new food, new recipe? Mon, 25 Jul 2011 02:26:26 EST hi :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x43162120 I've been wavering between really being active with sparkpeople, and just trying to do it on my own. I'm in my early 20s, just finished my M.A, and I'm looking to lose the 20 lbs I gained while getting my M.A, and much more than that. I live in Ravenswood, and I need alot of help with motivation! Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:31:30 EST Thanks CHICAGOHEALTHY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43133107 Hope, I want to say GREAT JOB at taking over as team leader. You have been very motivating and helpful to help keep us all on track on our journey to health. Thanks for being so supportive to us group members and glad you're having a great summer (despite the humidity!) <BR> Laura Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:37:51 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - July 18 -24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x43052380 Do you have a plan to stay cool this week as we are hit with this week long heat wave? <BR> <BR> How will stick to your goals and deal with this heat? <BR> <BR> Drink your water and stay hydrated! <BR> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:59:46 EST Beachapalooza 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x43004489 If you guys check Groupon today there is a 25$ groupon for one entrance fee to Beachapalooza 2011. Montrose Harbor on July 30th-it's a 5K obstacle race with a cool pineapple hat, tshirt and a drink ticket (Mike's hard lemonade) as your entry gifts. You get a medal when you're done and it's the same people who do the Mud Run that was last month! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:28:16 EST Help Chicago be the top Fitness City in SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x42929365 Ok Ladies.... Minneapolis has moved ahead of Chicago in fitness minutes and as a city we are ten times larger. Let's start moving: walking, running, cycling, swimming, dancing......! Please add your fitness minutes to your tracker and post your fitness minutes to the July Fitness Minutes Challenge on this team so we can support each other! <BR> <BR> Let's Get Moving! Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:13:31 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - July 11 - 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x42924542 Hello Team! <BR> <BR> How was your weekend? <BR> <BR> Mini Goals for this week? <BR> <BR> Have you tried any new recipes or new foods recently? Did you like or dislike? <BR> <BR> Anything else you want to chat about? Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:27:31 EST Weekly Check In and Chat - July 5 - 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x42810581 I hope everyone had a Happy and Healthy 4th of July! Congratulations if you stayed on track during the holiday weekend! If not, Tuesday is a new day to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Stop by and let me know what's going on, what are you successes and what are your challenges. <BR> <BR> Hope Tue, 5 Jul 2011 10:38:41 EST Do You Have a Birthday in July? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x42805097 Please respond here if your birthday is in July and let me know when it is. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Hope Tue, 5 Jul 2011 00:38:48 EST July Goals! Be Accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x42773820 Post your July goals here. Write then down; be reasonable and accountable. <BR> <BR> You Can Do This! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 02:35:19 EST Express Yourself with an Emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x42773676 <em>213</em> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 02:04:13 EST July Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20442x1379x42773650 Welcome to the JULY Minutes Challenge! <BR> <BR> Let's see if we can reach 5,000 fitness minutes as a team. Walk, Bike, Run, Swim, Dance -- just move -- your way through the month. <BR> <BR> Please post your minutes and add to the team total. <BR> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 02:00:07 EST Log In Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x42773612 I got 10 pts on my 1st spin + 20 bonus pts. <BR> <BR> What did you get on the wheels today? Sun, 3 Jul 2011 01:51:26 EST Skinny Cow Perfect Cup Event Jul. 31 @ 2pm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x42619230 This event is sponsored by Skinny Cow and you not only get sized for your accurate bra size (apparently 80% of women are wearing the wrong size), but you get a FREE bra, FREE Skinny Cow ice cream, and also a Skinny Cow SWAG bag! <BR> <BR> Click on the link below if you are interested to register. I'm signed up for the 2 PM slot on Sunday, July 31st - it's at Union Station in Chicago. Jenn (KITHKINCAID) is also signed up. <BR> <BR> <link>www.eventbrite.com/event/1626361491/<BR>efblike ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:23:04 EST Muddy Buddy Chicago http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x42462443 Well, technically, it is in Gilberts, IL. Sounds like fun, though. I'm thinking of doing this race with a friend who is training for a half marathon. Here's the info: <BR> <BR> http://muddy-buddy.competitor.com/event-<BR>info/chicago/ Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:55:35 EST iNTRODUCING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x42389670 Hi Everyone! I'm Belinda I live in Merrillville, IN about 25 min south east of Chicago. I'm a vegan and will be starting weight training to tone up. I've lost 60lbs since starting my weight loss journey one year ago and now its time to tone. I don't have very many friends that live near me and would like to change that. Thanks Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:06:09 EST New to the team and the Chicago area http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x42372581 Hello! I have been a part of spark off and on for a while. My family moved to Evanston last August for my husband to go to school from Louisville, KY and I'm looking for people in the area for support to loose these last twenty pounds from my last pregnancy. I have 2 children and am looking forward to the summer months of great activities in the area so if anyone has suggestions for inexpensive fun activities in the area I'd love to hear that too!! <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sami Sat, 11 Jun 2011 21:54:38 EST Back on the horse, looking for support :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x42142989 Hi! My name is Lisa, I'm living in Logan Square. <BR> <BR> Last year, I lost 50lbs, and since November, I've gained 20 of it back, just by falling off of my running program and eating gross food. Enough is enough and I'm back. I felt so good about myself when I was losing weight, and now I feel AWFUL and really disappointed in myself. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to take on the challenge again and treat my body the way it deserves to be treated. Tue, 31 May 2011 10:54:10 EST Chicago Races Summer 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x41686284 Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I am currently signed up for the following: <BR> 5/29 Bike The Drive <BR> 7/17 Fleet Feet's Women's Run 10K <BR> 8/6 Champions Run 10K <BR> 9/11 Chicago Half Marathon <BR> <BR> Is anyone doing any of these races? Sat, 7 May 2011 18:12:56 EST Brookfield Insanity Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x41333980 June 25th. 10 am -2 pm. "Run thru the village and tackle under/over hurdles, a tire maze, a net low crawl and a haybale climb. <BR> <BR> Will post more info when I receive it. Nothing on where/how to register yet. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 07:38:34 EST Hey folks, new to this team, but not to SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x41137592 Hey all, I'm Tanya, 37 y/o, married, no kids. I live in 60628 but work in 60653. I'm looking for support off of SP to help keep me both motivated and accountable. I'm a walker but also have a gym membership at L.A. Fitness. My goal this year is to complete 3 5k's (first one is on 4/23) and to become a more outdoors person. So, if you're looking for new adventures, friendship, and health support, let me know. Thanks! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:54:12 EST I need a lot of support. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x41130385 Hello im Krystal, a 39y/o divorced mom of 2 teens. I am more serious about losing weight than I have ever been in my life. I am hoping to find fitness activities that I enjoy (at my size) to get me off the couch. I am discouraged at this time but each day is becoming more hopeful. Sun, 10 Apr 2011 11:54:53 EST Need a walking buddy in Bucktown, 60622 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x40985425 I am looking for a walking buddy in the Bucktown area, women only please :) I have been happily married for 12 years :) Sun, 3 Apr 2011 19:01:32 EST New in the area... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x40883998 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I moved here this past November and am loving Chicago. My husbands job brought us here from California, and we are more than pleased with our new home town. I have met a few people, but given I am not working, it is hard to meet people. I love my alone time, but even that has its limits. I was wondering if anyone of you know any clubs in my area (as in knitting or book clubs and the like)? I love to cook, enjoy wine, read and used to love knitting. I just want to me... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:45:23 EST Hello from the Northwest side (Sauganash) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x40871303 Hi, <BR> My name is Veronika, and I first joined in 2008, but at some point got lazy and forgot about it. Yesterday I was debating signing up for WW, but then remembered SparkPeople and the fact that it's free - a better option in my book! I've lost 10lbs since mid-January, and have a goal to lose another 25lbs. I had been part of an 8 week nutrition program called First Line Therapy (FLT) a low-glycemic eating plan where food is logged daily, and you eat 3 small meals and 3 snacks. Now the ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:28:34 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x40580419 Hey ladies Im orginally from chicago but still frequent weekly... <BR> <BR> Im new to the site and new to this group....... dont just encourage me Push me and Be HONEST <BR> <BR> Cheerio <BR> <em>212</em> SMOOCHES Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:03:14 EST May 14th - Brookfield Zoo 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x40568941 <link>www.ltfrunwild.com/page/show/155037-<BR>illinois-may-14th </link> <BR> <BR> I wonder if I could be ready by then? Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:06:47 EST Hi from Andersonville! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x39779496 Hi ladies! I'm brand spankin new to SP but really looking forward to using it to achieve my fitness goals. I just signed up for a membership at the YMCA (High Ridge location). If anyone works out there please let me know - I'd love to find a workout buddy! Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:01:11 EST Hello, Ladies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x39609422 This past weekend I logged back in from a long hiatus, but am ready to give this another go. I am back at my heaviest weight and am looking to lose 50-60lbs. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 14:09:36 EST 5K for Earth Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x38550224 http://www.earthday5kchicago.com/ <BR> <BR> I've signed up for this. Even if I manage to walk the entire way, or even crawl over the finish line, I will complete this. I can't wimp out on my first 5k! <BR> <BR> Anyone else going? Sun, 19 Dec 2010 00:38:24 EST Moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17522x1379x38550175 I just wanted to add this forum so we can post events that we are attending, or even if you are looking for a buddy. This is a Chicago group, after all! Let's spread the news about what's going on! Sun, 19 Dec 2010 00:31:09 EST Daily Chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x38550140 I figured in an effort to make this group lively again, I'd start a daily chat. I've seen it become to the most active threads in groups. So, how is everyone doing? Sun, 19 Dec 2010 00:26:33 EST Walking to work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x38479396 Does anyone else walk to work? I've been trying to walk at least 2 times a week. I live in Lincoln Park and work in Lakeview, so it's only like 3 miles for me. It's getting harder and harder to convince myself to work now that it's sooooooooooo cold outside though. I hate the cold! Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:20:01 EST New to Spark, not new to Chicago http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x37552214 Just wanted to say hi to anyone still looking at these boards, I am new to both spark and the Chicago Women team, but I live in Roscoe Village and am looking for some people to become workout buddies with...I totally need the motivation! Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:45:30 EST Zumba! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x37464792 Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, I discovered there is a $5 drop in Zumba class at Chase Park (Leland and Ashland). TONS of fun! I loved it, and you burn betweeen 600-800 calories an hour. I'd love to meet a fellow Chicago Sparker if anyone else is willing to give it a shot. If you decide to go, let me know! <BR> <BR> Spark on, Chicagoans! <BR> Kirsten Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:00:46 EST Dining Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x37464398 Hey girls, Chicago is known for hosting a multitude of delicious foods! But with deep dish, pomme frites, cupcake wagons and more, it makes our calories fill up with empty nutrition! <BR> <BR> Still, there must be some great Chicago places where you can take friends (or a date!) and not burst your calorie budget! Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Post a restaurant and make sure to include a meal and it's estimated calories! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:32:18 EST Re-energize with 3 things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x37410313 Hey girls, I just checked out this group and the Team Leader is AWOL and the posts are old! <BR> <BR> This is CHICAGO! We are WOMEN of one of the greatest cities IN THE WORLD! We gotta ramp it up!! <BR> <BR> I'm going to post 3 things I want from this group, and if people respond maybe we can really make this group work! <BR> <BR> 1. I want to party! Let's check out parts of Chicago together and have healthy get togethers! <BR> <BR> 2. I want support: sometimes the weather is gross, the c... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 15:02:28 EST Lakeview/LP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x36802729 Hey Everyone, <BR> I am Ashley and I am a 24 year old teacher living in Lakeview. I was wondering if anyone was interested in starting a work out club and/or a healthy dinner party club? Let me know! Mon, 20 Sep 2010 09:31:49 EST Anyone interested in a Logan Square walking group? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x36227452 I noticed quite a few individuals on the "Where you at" post listed as being from Logan Square area. <BR> <BR> I too live in the Logan Square area (Kimball/Diversey/Milwaukee and have been taking my dog for walks...but they are usually sllllooooowwwww...w/ all the times he has to stop and snif & pee! So I'm looking for some walking partners to speed things up and challenge one another. Ideally, I'm thinking around 7 or 8 am...any day of the week, but my schedule is pretty flexible right ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 13:50:25 EST HELLO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x35173362 I dont live in the city persay but i live in hammond :D <BR> <BR> I love chicago and i go as often as i can!! gooooooo weight loss Fri, 2 Jul 2010 20:55:57 EST Moving to Lincoln Park! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x35065641 Hi! <BR> I've been on SP for a while, but my husband and I are moving next week from Indianapolis to Lincoln Park (near Clark and Diversey) so decided I need to get serious! It'd be great to meet new people and get fit at the same time. <BR> Rosey Sun, 27 Jun 2010 20:25:48 EST Free yoga Oz Park every Weds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x35007454 Who's Down for Weds? I'm going, it's free you just have to bring your own mat and it's only 3 blocks from the Armitage L in Lincoln Park. 7pm. Thu, 24 Jun 2010 14:43:26 EST Hi from LP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x34669180 I'm Sharon. <BR> I'm getting more active on Spark - joining the game rather than watching from the sidelines. <BR> <BR> Anyway, HELLO! Tue, 8 Jun 2010 13:01:33 EST Fleet Feet Fun Runs - calling all Chicago runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x34586477 Fleet Feet Sports hosts Fun Runs in both Old Town and Lincoln Square on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. I just started going, and you can run between 3 - 6 miles. All abilities are welcome - some folks walk! <BR> <BR> Would anyone like to join me? It really is fun! Motivational too. Let me know if you are a Chicago runner. Fri, 4 Jun 2010 12:33:59 EST I'm Your New Teammate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x34525280 My name is Kyle ~ I am female, not a guy trying to sneak into an all female team page ~ and I live in Bucktown. <BR> I am looking to lose 30-35 pounds....yikes, it is very hard to write! <BR> I work out at the Logan Square XSport if anyone is interested in a workout buddy. I also think it will be quite a motivating factor! <BR> Thanks! <BR> Kyle Tue, 1 Jun 2010 21:15:32 EST Northwest Chicago side http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x34111578 Just saying hi. I'm 30, hoping to lose 30lbs by 31 on Feb 28th, 2011! I really need to do this! I'm excited to be part of the team and looking forward to walking/race events...even hanging out! <BR> I started writing down my food intake and have been drinking 64oz water/day--which is out of this world for me. I'm new to Chicago, moved here in Nov 2008 after we got married....say hello! <BR> Thu, 13 May 2010 10:20:40 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x33634610 Just stopping by to introduce myself. I'm 27...will be 28 in June. People keep reminding me that I'm getting old. Haha. I have been a SparkPeople member since the end of January. I'm enjoying my weight loss journey so far. As with anything in life there are challenges and sometimes I do get frustrated. I don't live in the city, but in the SW suburbs. I love visiting the city though...not originally from this area. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 22:37:23 EST Hot Yoga! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x33620840 Does anyone else do Bikram Yoga? I occasionally go to the one in Andersonville... but I'd like to go more often! Thu, 22 Apr 2010 11:33:39 EST Zumba Classes North side Marine drive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x33319136 just wondering if anyone is interested in Zumba classes. <BR> They are starting next week 4/14-6/16 at Margate park 4921 N. Marine Drive (between foster and lawrence) 6:30-7:30pm <BR> i think they are like $5 a class? <BR> <BR> i was planning on going and wondering if anyone wanted to go too, perhaps be a zumba buddy? lol Fri, 9 Apr 2010 13:15:25 EST Fitness Party/ Spark gathering? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x33194297 So, was reading this article today about a fitness party while I was also thinking how I really need to get out and meet more people. This lead me to think, hey, why don't we have a Spark fitness party? Everyone can bring a healthy dish/beverage to pass, and what ever workout stuff they want to exchange. <BR> <BR> Was thinking maybe at a local park now that it is nice out and make a fun day of it with frisbee, kickball, you know that fun stuff you never think of as exercise and haven't ... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 14:30:18 EST Looking for walking buddy in 60625 or 60640 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x33159133 Looking for a walking buddy in the Andersonville / Lincoln Square area. Fri, 2 Apr 2010 17:19:42 EST Motivate me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x32617395 <em>33</em> <BR> It's getting hard for me. I have been working out the whole month of Jan and part of February and now i'm slowing down. What can I do to keep going... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:45:22 EST I want to hear about your journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x31500838 Hey Chicago girls! <BR> <BR> I am a Northwestern University journalism student working on a class project about Sparkpeople.com. I would love to speak with anyone who's interested about their Sparkpeople experience. <BR> <BR> Please let me know! Thu, 28 Jan 2010 20:16:11 EST Bally's Workout Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x31442375 Does anyone ever workout at the Bally's in Lincoln Park or the one in Old Irving Park? Tue, 26 Jan 2010 20:26:35 EST Hi from the South Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x30463777 Hi everybody. I'm new to the group and need some encouragement. I'm not new to SP but I've had some serious heartbreak lately and think that a group of supportive women could really get me going again. I was five months pregnant and had a stillborn baby girl a month ago. Since then the man I love had to be set free because I had to realize he's not very good to me right now. My goal is to live a healthier and happier lifestyle in every aspect. I WANT TO BE BETTER. Please stay with me. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 09:37:54 EST Dietitian Student http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x30423054 Hi everyone, I'm a graduate student in Chicago studying to be a Registered Dietitian! I love discussing healthy eating and exercise with other people and I'm trying to come to better terms with practicing what I preach (and maybe lose a few pounds on the way)! Sat, 19 Dec 2009 20:37:15 EST Recipe Website http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x30423038 You may see this same post in other teams, but I am looking for various opinions. <BR> <BR> Other than this website, what is another good website for healthy recipes? Sat, 19 Dec 2009 20:36:01 EST Caniryville newby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x30106699 Hello All!! My Name is Nikki and i just moved to chicago "Caniryville" last month. I am looking for cool people to hang out and work out with. My Boyfriend, his sister and i go to "Cardinal Fitness" in Bridgeport Monday through Friday from about 6am to 7am. We are looking for more people to workout with so hit me up and lets meet up.. Thu, 3 Dec 2009 02:03:46 EST Kickboxing in the city http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x29982219 Does anyone know where I can find a really good kickboxing class? I would prefer to go downtown or near the South side, b/c I live in Hyde Park. Thu, 26 Nov 2009 19:22:04 EST Hi from NW Suburb of Mount Prospect http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x29196798 I'm looking for a buddy to get to know and work out with! Tue, 20 Oct 2009 14:53:49 EST Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x28198788 I have been enjoying free yoga in Millennium Park this summer and would like to find a class I could continue to take. Just once a week, preferably fairly early on Saturday mornings. Does anyone have a class or teacher they particularly recommend? <BR> <BR> I would prefer north or West side (we're in East Garfield Park). Also, with my boyfriend out of work for going on 7 months now, money is super tight, so the cheaper, the better! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>401</em> Sat, 5 Sep 2009 13:14:25 EST New to Chicago http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x28156690 Hi! <BR> <BR> I thought I'd introduce myself. I just moved to Lincoln Park from Atlanta, GA...and I am trying to lose the 15 lbs I gained in graduate school...I signed up for spark a long time ago, but I always get side tracked and never stick to the plan. I need help! I would also LOVE a buddy to workout with...I need to start weight training again - I run a lot but need to do other activities! Thu, 3 Sep 2009 13:00:29 EST Flirty Girl Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x28102184 Has anyone here been to Flirty Girl Fitness (1325 W Randoloph)? I bought a 5-class package yesterday (via phone - still haven't been there in person) and was wondering if anyone had thoughts about this place or favorite classes. I want to try pole dancing - even though I have the worst sense of rhythm of anyone ever! <em>246</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 10:27:33 EST Hi from Logan Square http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x27770638 Hey there, <BR> <BR> I'm in the middle of a motivation kick to lose and just searching the site for good teams to keep me motivated and thought I'd say hi. A little about myself; I live in Logan Square, am a teacher in Hyde Park and am a sucker for anything sweet. Love the site already, I'm turning my food addiction into a sparkpeople addiction. <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you over the next few months/years. Thanks for reading. Mon, 17 Aug 2009 19:30:06 EST My nephew called me a fat person http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x27747611 Last night my nephew said I looked like a fat person. This has never happened to my face before and it was devastating. I spent a large part of today feeling sorry for myself but I'm trying to get positive. Something has to change. I've done the same thing for so many years and it hasn't worked so now it's time to try someone else's way... <BR> I don't know what to expect but here goes... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 20:59:14 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x27591130 Hi everyone my name is Kesha and I'm new in Chicago not new to Spark but to Chicago yes! I have about 70lbs I need to get off and I need some motivation. I'm also looking to make new friends in this city so I thought I would try a spark team....I look forward to getting to know everyone! Sun, 9 Aug 2009 20:05:55 EST Biking or Dancing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x27224662 Hey. Anybody want to go danicng at the free swing dancing lessons in Grant park, or just for a bike ride later on? I plan on going dancing then slowly riding north toward home on lakeshore trail. <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday, July 24th Schedule <BR> 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Texas and Western Swing dance lessons by The Galaxie <BR> 7:30PM - 9:30 PM - Live music and dancing featuring the Western Elstons (Texas Swing, Western Swing) Fri, 24 Jul 2009 13:12:05 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x26406332 helo everyone my name is sherese and im trying to lose 50 lbs and live a healthier lifestyle but it has been hard. Im hoping to find new friends to help me on my journey as well as be supportive to them Thu, 18 Jun 2009 09:35:50 EST New to Spark Team Chicago Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x26026199 Hi everyone..I'm new to this team..I'm excited about joining and hopefully meeting women in surrounding areas who share the same goals as me....hopefully we can keep each other motivated..because weight loss is no easy task! Take care..hope to hear from u all soon! Wed, 3 Jun 2009 00:08:27 EST Self Workout in the Park, 5-16-09! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x25181676 Ladies!! <BR> <BR> This years SELF Workout in the Park introduced that Jillian Michaels will be making an appreance at this years event. <BR> <BR> I went last year and had so much fun!! I will be attending it again this year and I am so very excited and hope I get a chance to meet Jillian. I'm sure you ladies are a big fan of her as well. <BR> <BR> If you would love to meet up and take a few groups photos and hangout and sweat it up, let me know! <BR> <BR> May 16, 2009 at Grant Park fr... Fri, 1 May 2009 09:13:02 EST New Challenges for the Summer of 2009! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x25181488 Hi Ladies! <BR> <BR> Its Friday and I hope you all had a great week and looking forward to the weekend. <BR> <BR> I will be doing a lot of brainstorming this weekend and coming up with a Summer of 2009 Challenge and a few days during the summer where we all can meet up, go for a walk, run and possibly..lunch. <BR> <BR> Your feedback woud be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> I would like to know if any of you have some good ideas on where we can meet and what you all like as far as food. <B... Fri, 1 May 2009 09:07:05 EST New Team Leader! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x24540329 Hello Ladies! <BR> <BR> This is Adriana..your new co-leader of this Chicago Women Team woohoo!! I have lots of fun, exciting and great stuff in store for you all. <BR> Happy Spring!! <em>67</em> <em>184</em> Wed, 8 Apr 2009 08:41:40 EST Goals for this month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x24533797 My goal for this month is to finish all my spring cleaning and to also add an extra half hour to my fitness routine. Tue, 7 Apr 2009 23:21:47 EST Weekly weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x24533741 I would like to start a weekly weigh in. So we can mark the progress we are making. <BR> We dont have a weigh in all at the same day but its nice to hear the support and also notice your progress as well. <BR> Tue, 7 Apr 2009 23:19:39 EST newb in OP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x24239725 hey everyone.. .i'm becky and i'm in oak park (blue line). i'm a single mom & looks like i'm going back to school in the fall. I turn 30 in july and want to get back to how i looked a few years ago. <BR> <BR> i've always been kinda thick but 2006/7 i lost a bunch of weight. i move to chicago, land of Lou Malnati's, and i gain it all back and then some. <BR> <BR> i was in yoga for awhile in school but gave it up when i graduated school and started a weird work schedule that doesn't allow ... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 17:57:24 EST Good Place to be Fitted for Running Shoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x23445805 Does anyone have any suggestions for a good place to be fitted for running shoes in the Chicago area? Preferably the South Loop or near Millennium Park... but wherever will be fine. Thanks! Tue, 3 Mar 2009 14:26:46 EST Alcohol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x22899417 Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!! I am just wondering what low calorie coctails you indulge in on a night out. Sat, 14 Feb 2009 10:40:11 EST looking for a workout buddy at Xsport in Niles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x22305074 I am looking for a buddy to workout with at the XSport Fitness in Niles. I try to go abotu 3 times a week. I also go during the day typically. <BR> <BR> Anyone who works out there also? Tue, 27 Jan 2009 09:43:02 EST Healthy breakfast ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x21667071 I usually make oatmeal and add some fruit, like strawberries or have wheat toast & peanut butter w/ banana. YUM... <em>4</em> Fri, 9 Jan 2009 13:17:02 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x21440014 This is a great website! I just joined. I'm still feeling my way around this website. This is a great motivational tool for me to stick to my weight loss and fitness goals. Sun, 4 Jan 2009 00:21:53 EST Need a team leader! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x21035433 Is anyone interested in becoming our new team leader? Our leader has been MIA for quite some time! Thu, 18 Dec 2008 12:10:34 EST Greetings and Salutations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x20760513 I'm a Chicago grad-student, and just stumbled across this group. I'm trying to finish my degree and be healthy and happy in this wonderful city! Sun, 7 Dec 2008 13:31:53 EST Greetings and Salutations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x20760500 I'm a Chicago grad-student, and just stumbled across this group. I'm trying to finish my degree and be healthy and happy in this wonderful city! Sun, 7 Dec 2008 13:31:22 EST DeKalb is in the House :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x19276225 Hello My name is Myisha and I am currently in DeKalb Illinois. Lookng forward to losing 20 pounds by December 31st, 2008 Sun, 12 Oct 2008 20:48:04 EST Free Hour of Drinking @ The Spot Tonight!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x18649336 I know I'm being a bad influence but if you were gonna go out tonight anyway, come to The Spot on Sept. 20th for ONE HOUR of free drinks! <BR> <BR> We'll mingle and drink and play some cards or sit aside and chit-chat. <BR> <BR> Very casual event - bring a canned good for free cover and mention that you're a guest of Heather Olson's to partake. She won this free party there so come and drink your share!! <BR> <BR> Party starts at 9 p.m., with a cocktail reception from 10 to 11. Valet pa... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 13:33:45 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x18490785 My name is Nikki and I just randomly stumbled upon this spark team. I've lived in Chicago since April, but in the suburbs my whole life prior to that. My fiancé and I bought a house in Humboldt Park at Western and Division. <BR> <BR> I've always struggled with my weight, and I found spark earlier this year. I desperately need to lose another 50 pounds before my wedding in March... I'm definitely down to the wire! Mon, 15 Sep 2008 10:22:32 EST NFL Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x18345713 Hey Chicago! <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in joining a weight loss challenge, sparkmail me for details. Whether you're a Bears fan or fan of any team in the NFL, come rep for your team! The challenge is on going, week to week, for the whole season...so join anytime! <BR> <BR> Sparkmail me for the info, Thanks! <BR> Tue, 9 Sep 2008 16:56:23 EST Newbie from NW suburbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x18007095 Hey everyone, <BR> I am new here from the NW suburbs of Chicago! <BR> Glad to be here! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Aug 2008 11:16:09 EST Projekt Revolution Ticket - Off Topic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x17706452 We have one extra ticket for Projekt Revolution for tomorrow's show at Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI. $90.00 is what we paid for it on Ticketmaster so that's what we're asking for but make an offer!!! section 201, row S, Somewhere between seats 77 & 91. We're located in Homewood but we can meet you off 94 on our way to the concert or else meet you at the gate. Please respond with phone number for easier meet up. <BR> <BR> <BR> Cash only. <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2008 17:55:51 EST Hello All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x17668027 Hi everyone! I am new to SparkPeople! I joined last night and I am really excited! My biggest challenge is exercise! Just thinking about it makes me tired! <em>198</em> My goal is to start slow and work my way up! Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:56:33 EST Good lunch options/workout buddy near 87th/State http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x17423145 Hi, all! <BR> <BR> I just started working on 87th street, near 87th and State. I need to know what else is around here (besides a McD's on each side of my workplace!) for lunch menus that have healthy options. <BR> <BR> Also, being that I am here until 5:00 every weekday, is there anyone in the area or nearby that would like to get together after work to walk or anything? I can't yet afford a gym membership but I'd love an exercise buddy! OR, I live in Homewood so anyone around there, too... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 10:36:35 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x16761922 Hello..my name is Robynne.. I reside in Chicago near the loop..My goal is to loose 45 pounds in the first phase and then another 15 in the second phase.. Wed, 16 Jul 2008 15:37:44 EST July 1st Dinner at Rick's Cafe in Lakeview?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x16140264 A few of us Sparkers are planning to gather together for a monthly dinner to meet and greet (and eat!) Our 1st one is Tuesday, July 1st at 6:30pm at Rick's Cafe in Lakeview. If any of you are interested in attending, please let me know on or before Monday, June 30th so I can adjust the reservation. Also, please let me know if you're planning to bring anyone else along. Rick's is BYOB, so if you do want that glass of something, you'll need to bring it along. Thanks! Wed, 25 Jun 2008 16:25:44 EST bucktown walkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x16113799 Hello!! <BR> <BR> I'm in Bucktown and looking for walking buddies...anybody interested? Would probably be in the evenings when I need the most motivation!! <BR> <BR> I reverse commute to the suburbs and all I want to do when I get home is CHILLAX!!! which is bad...very bad! (but oh so good!). Anybody interested in meeting a few times/week to get some exercize? <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2008 21:29:48 EST Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x15664075 Hey you all, I'm actually in the market for a good healthclub downtown. Any suggestions? I'm new and rady to lose 25lbs this summer. Mon, 9 Jun 2008 21:02:56 EST n00bie! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x15173039 I'm 20 years old and I'm on the northwest side of Chicago (near addison and pulaski). I'm hoping to find a bike buddy to go bike riding with since the weather is getting better now, maybe even another walking buddy besides my dog. I'm looking to lose about 90 lbs or more after I get to a good weight. Fri, 23 May 2008 18:22:14 EST Avoiding Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x15035389 I was wondering how you guys handle temptation. <BR> <BR> This weekend, my father-in-law dropped by. My in-laws live about an hour north of us, and my MIL was going to a baby shower nearby. He drove her, hung out with us for a while, and then went to pick her up. <BR> <BR> The problem is that he brought donuts. Again. They are incapable of not bringing us food. If we go to visit them, we come home with food. If we go out to dinner with them, they will order mroe than they want, so th... Mon, 19 May 2008 10:54:52 EST What are your goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x14911751 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> I've been absent here for quite some time, but I am trying to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I've noticed that we have bursts of lots of posting, and then dry spells where no one is around. What would motivate you to come back everyday? <BR> <BR> I was thinking a team goal would be really helpful. What would motivate you? <BR> Spark points? <BR> fitness minutes? <BR> <BR> We need something that is a "stretch" goal, but also achievable - something that if 50% of this tea... Wed, 14 May 2008 10:25:52 EST Anyone near Andersonville?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x14071046 I'd love a walking buddy... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 05:59:30 EST Hi, I'm a Newbie, too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x13861188 Hello, everyone. My name is Malia, and I'm a South Sider (born and raised). I'm married with a 2 year-old, and I want to lose 40 lbs before my next pregnancy. My ultimate weight-loss goal is to lose 70 lbs. Basically, I just want to have more energy for my family, and I want to learn how to pamper myself again. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you guys and to contribute to the group. Wed, 9 Apr 2008 13:23:46 EST HORRIBLE News!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x13713870 Today Mark and I received news that no one should ever have to hear. <BR> <BR> A friend of ours, Dawn Dubsky, was in Ghana, Africa and after only being home for 5 days, checked herself into Northwestern Hospital with symptoms including headache, fatigue and fever. She tested positive for Malaria and one day after being diagnosed she was fighting for her life as her organs began shutting down. <BR> <BR> On March 3rd, after being transferred to The University of Chicago Medical Center,... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 20:45:13 EST New and not yet in Chicago http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x13537735 Hi everyone. I'm new to the group and am moving to Chicago in August. Now, I'm moving to your lovely city after never being there. Any good tips on places to go/where to live? My boyfriend's going to the Chicago School of Professional Psychology...I have NO CLUE where that is within the city and could use all the help you can give. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 30 Mar 2008 17:15:44 EST An extra added 3 lbs...something to worry about? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x13532529 I follow my Diet closely and have done very well, so far I've lost 8 lbs and am very happy and focused to loose more. However when I went out last night with my husband on Date night, I ate after 7 p.m. had a cocktail and ate a little more than I should have. <BR> I weighed myself this morning and weighed 4 lbs extra. They say 3 lbs is water weight....should I worry? Is it just packed on from last night and now I have to work extra hard or do I continue to diet and excercise normally and ... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 13:26:02 EST HOME OPENING DAY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x13425878 Who's going?!! Wed, 26 Mar 2008 14:03:17 EST I'm Back....again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x13221880 Yes I know I said I was back again in december, but things got busy and so here I am again to restart. The wedding is just over a year away and I need to lose a lot before I order my wedding dress. I hope that some of the girls I started with in 2007 are still around...if so speak up please! I would love to hear what is going on with you! Tue, 18 Mar 2008 15:15:54 EST HELP! Need an OB/GYN stat! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x13090225 I have some recurring girly health issues and my last appointment brought some less than great news. <BR> Basically, I need to get in to see an OB/GYN in Chicago by the first week of April if at all possible. <BR> <BR> Problem - I'm just moving in and don't have a doctor in the city yet. My current doctor recommended that the next thing I do be taken care of by the doctor that will have to perform the surgery rather than have her do it. . . so. <BR> <BR> I would love someone who practices ... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 14:33:50 EST Hi, Chicago Women! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x13089987 My name is Jen & I'm moving back home to Chicago after an 8 year hiatus in Minneapolis. I actually am moving back in less than a week - yay!! :) <BR> <BR> I'm an actress & singer and am looking forward to studying improv again - no better place to do that than Chicago! <BR> <BR> I'm here on SparkPeople to get rid of the 16 lbs that has crept back onto my frame since my initial weight loss with eDiets in 2006. I'm also hoping to lose a little extra because I never did reach my goal weight ... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 14:25:36 EST Anyone near Andersonville? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x12963051 Looking for friends... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 10:42:08 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x12962663 I'm a stay at home mom, hoping to lose some weight and quit smoking. Sun, 9 Mar 2008 10:21:06 EST My new beginnings! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x12822307 Hi, everyone! My name is Heather and I just moved to Homewood, IL (Chicago south 'burbs) 3 weeks ago. Once the move was complete, I decided it was time to get back to the healthy eating, etc. SP resources I had used to lose 30 lbs. this time last year (which I ended up gaining all back)! I'm always looking to meet new people and exercise/motivation/dog-walking (we have two 55 lb black labs) buddies and I'm looking forward to being an active member of this group as much as I can! :) Tue, 4 Mar 2008 11:19:11 EST Dancing Partner, anybody? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x12586103 hey girls. im a 21 year old student, i live in the northwest suburbs (des plaines) but am often in the city because of school. i am looking for someone in either the suburbs or chicago that loves to dance. personally, i find it difficult to stay on track on the weekends. i figure that if we go out and shake what our mamas gave us, we can have fun while burning those calories. i like to drink as well, which, i know, is extra calories, but i still think its better for me to go out rather than s... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 10:58:12 EST Hi! I'm a NOOB! =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x12310152 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople. I have hit a wall with my weight loss and health goals, and I have decided to try out Spark People! I currently am in the South Suburbs, but moving to the West Suburbs to manage a golf course out there in a couple weeks. I am trying to lose 12 pounds, and get in good enough physical shape to finish the 2008 Accenture Triathlon here in Chicago in August. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have changed my diet extremely and I now run 3.5 miles a day 5 ... Fri, 15 Feb 2008 15:05:41 EST The weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x11347024 Hey chicagoans, it seems like no one really post here all that much so maybe this thread will do it! What is everyone doing this weekend? Have you heard of anything fun going on? concerts? readings? sights? art? anything? Tue, 15 Jan 2008 21:43:51 EST Reward yourself....20% OFF all of September http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x8744623 It's fall, it's time for a new look and you owe yourself a reward for your hard work!! We all know we deserve it when we reach even our small goals....so why not pamper yourself a bit?! <BR> <BR> I've been in the beauty industry for almost 7 years, specializing in haircuts, color and styles. I've traveled and worked all over training other cosmetologists, but have recently settled here in the Chicago area and it's time for you to try me out! <BR> <BR> Now through the end of September I wil... Thu, 6 Sep 2007 19:29:39 EST Great for a Ladies' Night Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x8472188 <em>244</em> Below is something I came across and thought would make a fun ladies' night out. It's tomorrow (Friday) night, so it's kinda last minute, but I thought I'd send it in case anyone wanted to check it out. I'm gonna post it in some other forums and forward it to some friends too, so feel free to share the info. The more the merrier! <BR> If you want to go, let me know so that I can buy my ticket online. <BR> <BR> Also, if you go to their website, there is also an event next Wed... Thu, 23 Aug 2007 09:58:55 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x8205135 Hello Group, <BR> <BR> I'm new and just wanted to introduce myself. Jaime, trying to lose 40 pounds. I live in the south burbs. <BR> <BR> Always looking for snack suggestions and sweet tooth cravings. Thu, 9 Aug 2007 16:25:20 EST Sushi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x8201285 I don't cook well nor do I have time to cook, especially lunch. I thought that since Sushi is healthy I could eat it everyday for lunch. By my job there is a sushi place that caters to the working people, the sushi is good & it is not too expensive. So if I eat California Rolls everyday, will that adversely affect my weight loss goals? I need some help. Thu, 9 Aug 2007 13:14:01 EST Black Harvest Film Festival!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x8129619 <em>244</em> <BR> Okay, so I was super bored Saturday! On Sunday, I decided to get out of the house with my fiance'. Living in Chicago, we have the luxury of always having something going on! While searching online, I stumbled upon the Black Harvest Film Festival just in time to head downtown and catch a movie. As an added bonus, the director and a few of the cast members were there too for an after-movie discussion! It's going on all month! <BR> <BR> Very highly recommended!!! <BR> ... Mon, 6 Aug 2007 12:37:37 EST New Team Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x8054775 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Wow. This group has really grown. When I started this team, about five or six people joined and we had one discussion forum. I used to welcome everyone who joined the team, and now I can't even keep track! <BR> <BR> I have been slacking on SparkPeople lately, and I haven't been doing anything for this team. While I am redoubling my efforts on my personal diet, I just don't have time to really do much over here. I am happy to stay the administrator, but I know tha... Thu, 2 Aug 2007 11:10:34 EST Anyone looking for something fun to do on friday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x8045336 A friend of mine has a group called ChicagoBBW and this Friday, she is hosting a dance in Melrose Park. If anyone is interested in going, come check it out. I'll be there....my boyfriend and I DJ most of these events. It's a fun place for people to hang out and dance of some calories, but still feel comfortable since there is people of all sizes there. :) <BR> <BR> When: Friday Aug 3 <BR> Time: 8:30pm - 1am <BR> Where: <BR> The Luna Ballroom <BR> 131 19th Street <BR> Melrose Park, IL <BR>... Wed, 1 Aug 2007 23:40:35 EST Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1379x7345098 <BR> Hey everyone! I've heard so many good things about SparkPeople.com that I decided to try it out for myself and see what it's all about. I'm really not familiar with all that the website has to offer, but I'm looking forward using its tools to help me during my weight-loss journey. Does anyone have any advice or tips for me? <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 27 Jun 2007 00:32:38 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x6758153 Hi! I am new to the site, and I was happy to find this board for Chicago gals. I am in Lakeview... training for my first triathlon, and looking forward to a great summer! About 40 pounds to lose. Noticed this board hasn't been active for about a week or so, but would love to get to know everyone! -Emma <em>90</em> Fri, 25 May 2007 19:25:53 EST Walk for Autism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x6592123 Is anyone doing the walk for Autism this sun? Thu, 17 May 2007 11:02:07 EST Midwest New Spark Team:Healthy Exchanges Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x6504154 New Spark Team -Healthy Exchanges Recipes : This is a team dedicated to making recipes from as geniune great cook who share her recipes in her line of Healthy Exchange recipes. Stop by and consider joining as allot of her recipes are Midwestern comfort food made healthy. She passed on to her glory in May of 05' but her legacy lives on. Come live on (literally) with me on this team dedicated to cooking healthy. <BR> Diabetic Friendly, LowFat Friendly, moderate calories recipes! <BR> <BR> <em... Sat, 12 May 2007 14:57:40 EST Midwest New Spark Team:Healthy Exchanges Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x6504151 New Spark Team -Healthy Exchanges Recipes : This is a team dedicated to making recipes from as geniune great cook who share her recipes in her line of Healthy Exchange recipes. Stop by and consider joining as allot of her recipes are Midwestern comfort food made healthy. She passed on to her glory in May of 05' but her legacy lives on. Come live on (literally) with me on this team dedicated to cooking healthy. <BR> Diabetic Friendly, LowFat Friendly, moderate calories recipes! <BR> <BR> <em... Sat, 12 May 2007 14:57:25 EST Bike The Drive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x6443607 Is anyone else thinking of doing Bike The Drive this year? I went for the first time last year and had a blast. Wed, 9 May 2007 11:19:30 EST Avon Walk for Breast Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x6319970 Hi, just curious if anyone else is doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer June 2-3. If so, let me know, it would be great to meet up and do some walking together. Wed, 2 May 2007 16:11:30 EST OMG I am starving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x5920679 Well I was a good girl this morning and ate my breakfast (cherrios, 2% milk and a apple) and now I am starving! This happens whenever I do eat my breakfast that I end up eatting the whole day away! Any tips for getting this to stop? <em>46</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2007 10:30:05 EST competition training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x5720992 i spoke to a competition prep trainer this morning and i've signed up to work with her. its a figure competition, so i have to build lots of muscle and lose fat (not to mention get a weird tan!). i'm really excited because i think that my motivation to work out was waning and i really felt like i'd hit a plateau. i just wasn't going anywhere. now that i have a concrete goal, i think i'll be way more motivated. <BR> anyway, i thought i'd share because now that i have, i feel like i have ... Sun, 1 Apr 2007 10:37:42 EST Any Cubs Fans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x5539011 I just started a Cubs SparkTeam, just in time for the season. The Yankees had a page and I just couldn't let them get away with that. Come join! There's always good Cubs gossip to toss around. Here's to a great season! Go Cubs! Thu, 22 Mar 2007 11:21:04 EST getting back to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x5460095 okay, i feel like i am back at square one. i've haven't been recording my food like i need to and i know my calorie intake is not where it should be. so, this week, my main goal is to just get back in the habit of logging everything in sparkpeople. <BR> good thing i have workouts under control or i'd be a mess! Sun, 18 Mar 2007 11:38:38 EST Where you at?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x5234734 North Side! (a little WGCI, for those in the know) <BR> <BR> More specifically, Lakeview. Do I have any neighbors out there? Mon, 5 Mar 2007 20:20:09 EST weekly resolution 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x5179940 i took this week off of exercise. i hurt my elbow last week either on biceps or back day (not sure which) and just had to take a break. but i'll be back on next week with new fun and exciting goals. <BR> <BR> how did everybody do this week? you ladies are very inspiring to me! Fri, 2 Mar 2007 12:13:15 EST Vacation Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x5140090 Sooo....I'm going backpacking through Europe next week for 12 days. Yippee! Right? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm nervous that all the hard work I'm putting in is going to be wasted on this trip. I know I'll be walking a lot, but I'm used to running/elliptical for an hour 3X/wk. And I know I'm not exactly going to be eating healthy with all the bread, cheese, and wine. Plus, I won't have room in my so-small-pack for my running shoes. Any suggestions? Or will I be ok if I just enjoy the trip and ... Wed, 28 Feb 2007 13:24:04 EST how many calories per day do you eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x5007112 for my goals, activity level, and current weight, sparkpeople suggests that i eat upwards of 2270 cals per day. i was just wondering how many you ladies eat and if you feel like the recommendations are appropriate for you. Tue, 20 Feb 2007 21:42:30 EST weekly resolution 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4965247 time once again for my weekly resolutions. i've dropped a few of the ones that i got under control (like lifting - i love it, so its easy) <BR> <BR> - run/walk three days this week for 20 min. I started a running program this past week that I've used before and it is really easy and effective. I just hate running! But my hubby would like to train for a 5k and eventually a 1/2 marathon so I'm going to do it with him. <BR> <BR> - eat after my lifting workout within 30 minutes. don't know... Sun, 18 Feb 2007 14:42:28 EST Anyone Members Of Chicago Area Gyms? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4840576 I just got a membership to Xsport! It fits best with my crazy hours at work! I can go at 10pm!...Well I was wondering who has a membership to Chicago Area gyms. If its a Chain (Esp Xsoprt) which location they like best! Me I like the one in Niles Because it has the lap pool! and its near my job! <em>247</em> Sat, 10 Feb 2007 13:13:44 EST 35 Actions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4781475 Okay......there's a thread that is 1000 actions but that's a HIGH goal to me. So I'm going to steal the idea and break it down to bite size pieces. <BR> <BR> The idea is that every day we can take action to get closer to our goals whatever they may be. SO what we'll do (that's if anyone joins me) is every day list AT LEAST (more if you want) 5 actions that you took that day to get closer to your goal. That's why I chose 35 that's one week of 5 actions a day. Wow I can multiply LOL <BR> <B... Wed, 7 Feb 2007 00:36:26 EST Weekly Resolution 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4663196 Hi Everyone, I know Sarah normally starts these but I thought maybe in her absence I would start it until she got back. <BR> <BR> I know it's late in the game for this week but for me late is better then never. So for this weeks resolution.......... <BR> <BR> (ps my week runs Sun-Sat) <BR> <BR> 1) Stay within calorie goals EVERY DAY <BR> 2) Exercise 4x's this week <BR> 3) drink all my water <BR> <BR> That's it sounds pretty simple. We'll see how it goes................... <BR> <BR... Tue, 30 Jan 2007 23:30:32 EST Anyone Hustling up the Hancock? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4660417 I'm signed up for that event on 2/25, and I'm TERRIFIED. Climbing all the stairs in Hancock Tower seemed like a good idea at the time. <BR> <BR> Funny thing with that, though - when I am waiting for the blue line, sometimes I'll just walk up and down the stairs. I figure it's as good a time as any to get some stair practice in. But I get the strangest looks... Tue, 30 Jan 2007 20:02:29 EST Geja's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4656482 ok, so my boyfriend is taking me to gejas for valentines day. for anyone that doenst know it is fondue. it is one of my favorite restaurants. so am very excited. but now i am sitting here thinking about how bad that has to be. really though...HOW bad is it??? not that i am not going to go, but maybe i could make a better decision... Tue, 30 Jan 2007 15:40:02 EST Favorite Chicago area restaurants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4554063 Okay, new thread! What are your favorite places to eat at in Chicago for a healthy/diet-friendly meal? <BR> <BR> One of my favorites is Taste of Lebanon on Foster between Ashland and Clark. It's a little place but they do a great, inexpensive hummus wrap and also make an excellent lentil soup. Wed, 24 Jan 2007 11:22:12 EST Honey I'm home!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4508763 LOL I just like to say that! A couple of you have sent me a message telling me to come back and here I am. <BR> <BR> Update one me for those of you who remember me.... <BR> The ex and I were officaly done in July of last year...he tried talking to me a few times but I didn't answer him. I have dated a few guys since then...but no one that seems to stick around. I'm doing a man free thing for the next couple of months till I get things in my head sorted out. <BR> <BR> My head... yeah it is... Sun, 21 Jan 2007 20:13:22 EST weekly resolution 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4502655 boy, are you guys going to get tired of my resolution posts!! <BR> <BR> for this week: <BR> - lift weights 4 times (pretty well under control so i think this is the last week that will be a "resolution") <BR> - 3 cardio sessions of at least 30 minutes each <BR> - get and stay within calorie range 6 days this week <BR> - eat within 30 minutes of completing my lifting program <BR> - eat 2 servings of fruit each day <BR> <BR> okay...go! Sun, 21 Jan 2007 11:32:48 EST great book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4483973 ladies, i am reading the best nutrition book i have ever read. and since i have read just about all of them, that is saying something. see, my clients come in wanting to know about every last freaking diet. so, i read all the books, visit all the sites, and listen to everybody's opinion so that i can give them the best advice possible. <BR> the book is called the eat-clean diet and it really makes a lot of sense. it asks a lot, but all of it totally reasonable. i think it would take so... Fri, 19 Jan 2007 19:09:45 EST weekly resolution 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4386496 time to openly admit to our resolutions for this week! my plan is to make one new "resolution" each week, while keeping all the others. it's my one-step-at-a-time plan. if i miss one week, i'll just use the same goal the next week until i can do it. so... <BR> <BR> this week i will: <BR> -lift weights 4x <BR> -do 3 cardio workouts of 30 min each <BR> -get and stay within my calorie range <BR> AND - eat within 30 minutes of completing my weight training program. Sun, 14 Jan 2007 11:05:19 EST weekly resolution 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4272507 i made my goals for week one. now for week two... <BR> <BR> again, i will lift weights four times and complete three cardio workouts lasting at least 30 minutes each. new for this week: i will get and stay within my calorie goals at least three days this week. <BR> <BR> the calorie thing may not sound like much to some people, but i have a tough time some days. three days is doable for me and then i can add on! Sun, 7 Jan 2007 21:02:45 EST gym memberships http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4189977 do any of you belong to a chicago-area gym? if so, which one? Tue, 2 Jan 2007 18:17:19 EST weekly resolution 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4179727 okay, so i do better with short term goals than long term goals. for my workouts, i put together a "to do" list each week and get great satisfaction from completing it. so, i'm going to post my weekly resolution here. i'd love to hear anybody else's plan for this week! <BR> <BR> **this week, i will lift weights four times (tues, wed, thurs, and fri). i will complete three cardiovascular workouts, each lasting at least 30 minutes.** <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Jan 2007 22:00:08 EST new to chicago and sparkpeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4123925 hi! i'm 29, mother of one, and i need to get serious about cleaning up my nutrition. here's hoping that this site and board will help motivate me! Tue, 26 Dec 2006 20:52:22 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x4113286 Hello Everyone, <BR> I am a married mother of 3 boys. I have lived in Chicago all my life. So far Spark seems like the place for me. I have so much weight to lose but I am determined to drop it. Sun, 24 Dec 2006 17:50:11 EST Where are you from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x3921723 Is anyone in or near Calumet City? I am looking for someone to maybe workout with or help each other stay MOTIVATED! I seem to be having a difficult time. I lost 19lbs and went off the diet/exercise for over a month and now gained about 5 of those back. I need some motivation to get down from my current weight of 257 to around 200 Fri, 1 Dec 2006 14:18:09 EST Ten Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x3170175 I started this on one of my other teams and thought it was really interesting to read everyone's responses. Care to join in?... <BR> <BR> 1. What made you decide that you were going to improve your health and lose weight (and joing SP)? <BR> <BR> 2. Do you like when people notice/comment that you've lost weight, or do you feel self-conscious? <BR> <BR> 3. What lifestyle change has been the most difficult for you so far? <BR> <BR> 4. What has been the most pleasant surprise so far? (For... Tue, 29 Aug 2006 01:04:53 EST Introduce myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x3158412 Hello all, I wanted to join a group that was local. Chicago has so many outdoor events during the summer, hopefully as my endurance increases maybe we can all meet up oneday somewhere in the city for a walk or run. Sat, 26 Aug 2006 20:46:56 EST Saying hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x3060463 Hello everyone. It is only my second day on Sparkpeople, but I already feel motivated to change. I am so excited to meet new people who are in the same boat as me. I look forward to talking with everyone and sharing my progress. Wed, 9 Aug 2006 10:42:20 EST Start a Streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x3031616 Ok. So, my challenge for the next month is to consistently stay within my calorie range. I usually end up just above it, and I want to get better. So, I'm going to see how many days in a row I can stay on target. <BR> <BR> I hope I do well. I don't want to embarass myself! <em>40</em> Thu, 3 Aug 2006 19:22:48 EST Just wanted to Introduce myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x2988277 I am new to this team and wanted to say Hello. <BR> I am excited about joining this site and staying on focus and enjoying every moment out of life! Wed, 26 Jul 2006 13:34:09 EST Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x2882171 So, I have agreed to run the Chicago Half Marathon on October 1, 2006. I finid that having something looming is a really good motivator for me. Does anyone want to join me? If you're even curious, just let me know. I have a great beginner's training plan. You don't have to be a runner, just commit some time, and you can do it! My goal is, as always, just to finish the race and to run more than half of it - which means running seven of the thirteen miles. Think about it. It's a great w... Mon, 26 Jun 2006 11:30:25 EST Chicago Women Group Forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1379x2537273 This topic was automatically created when the SparkPoints Group "Chicago Women" was started. Here is the description for this Group: <BR> <BR> 20- and 30- somethings who live in the city and need some motivation. Wed, 31 May 2006 10:00:35 EST