SparkPeople SparkAustin- the Official Team Team Messageboard A team for Spark members in the Austin, TX area. SparkPeople SparkAustin- the Official Team Team Messageboard Any Retired Folks? Are there any 60 somethings on this team in the North Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock area? I need more friends who are into health! <BR> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:29:03 EST Let's wake up this group!!! I'm not a Team Leader, but I'd love to see more activity in this group again! <BR> <BR> Is anyone here? I know it's been inactive for a long time. I'd love to see some things going around in Austin!! <BR> <BR> Let's get it going again! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:18:23 EST Happy Tuesday! Good afternoon!! Today is my first day on SparkPeople and my first day on our company's new Wellness program, Naturally Slim...lots of firsts, so excited to be here! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 14:41:28 EST Hi SparkAustin Just looking for some inspiration / motivation to get moving! <em>68</em> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 11:57:31 EST Hello my name is Denise Hoping this will give me some motivation with some positive thoughts. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:06:44 EST Weight Training Buddy at Lifetime Fitness South Hello, I go to Lifetime Fitness South. I enjoy the barbell, TCX, and Fit classes. My goal is to do more strength training in the weight area (love power lifting) but would love a buddy so we can encourage each other. My goal is to get fit enough to compete for fitness competitions and I know strength training and diet is crucial. I have 50+ lbs to lose and muscle to gain. I can't afford a trainer or the Team groups right now but hope to do so in the future, but in the meantime I would lo... Thu, 7 May 2015 22:44:08 EST South Austin Walking Event - come join us <link><BR>3/south-austin-volcanoes-volksmarch-sa<BR>t-03282015/ </link> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:47:33 EST Looking for a gym buddy Hello everyone! I'm from Austin, TX, well I have recently moved here. I've joined 24 hour fitness, Hancock location, and I'm planning to work out at least 2-3 times a week. I'm looking for a gym buddy to help me stay motivated. Im very flexible with my schedule and surely can help you to reach your fitness goals as well. Can't wait to hear from you ;) Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:43:45 EST Not using my Gold's Membership - Wanna go with me? Anyone in South or Central Austin that goes to Gold's for some of the classes? I used to love the classes but stopped going due to a knee injury and 2 neck surgeries. I haven't been able to work since June and with all the time lying around recovering, I'm now a full 100 lbs overweight and I'm too ashamed to go. Thinking maybe if I was going with someone I might do it. I don't really know anyone in Austin, much less anyone going to the gym. Anyone? Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:09:57 EST Who Would be interested in a Rally in Kyle/Austin Hoosiergirlindy and I are thinking about bringing one of our rallies there this spring/summer. <BR> Would anybody be interested? <BR> <BR> We give away Spark/health related prizes. <BR> Meet our Spark Friends and make buddy lists. <BR> Listen to speakers who have lost up to 200 pounds plus and kept it off... they tell us how they did it and how you can too! <BR> Have lunch together at a local restaurant. <BR> Get INSPIRED! <BR> <BR> My family lives in Kyle/Austin, so I would love to visit! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:01:53 EST Berry Springs Park & Preserve 5K / 10K on Nov 1 Work off some of the calories from the trick or treat candy.... Come walk in Georgetown. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8/berry-springs-park-and-preserve-aust<BR>in-5k10k-sat-nov-1st/ </link> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:35:57 EST Excite about life Analysis and design completed, now it is time to implement. Entering into the "senior" phase of life has cause me to re-visit my choices and make life changing decision. Seeing all the hub-around scooters and compromises I have made adjusting to obesity was enough to get me moving. <BR> <BR> Up-to-date my program consist of: <BR> <BR> Drinking 64+ oz of water to flush my system daily, eating health to lose weight and detox (which has help my craving), daily exercise (mostly walking graduall... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:18:49 EST Hello :) My name is Keri and I live in the Austin area. I just recently rejoined SparkPeople and I am looking forward to hitting my goal weight by January 1, 2015. I am married with two great kids, ages 5 and 7 years old. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone and making some new friends. <em>30</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:38:33 EST New to Spark Hi ~ I am new to Spark. I have lost over 100lbs in the pasgt 3 years but now I am in that dreaded "nothing seems to budge" land in the weightloss journey. I live in Austin TX but have been lucky enough to have lived in Chicago, NY and Los Angeles in the past. I try to stay active outdoors and lovee to camp and hike. Very happy to be part of this community. Sat, 31 May 2014 16:21:10 EST Workout Buddy with a lot of weight to lose I am looking for a workout buddy with a lot of weight to lose. I need to lose over 100 lbs and am therefore pretty slow going. I have a gym membership at 24 Hour fitness and I am looking for someone to work out with this summer. I am 31 and a female in Central Austin. Mon, 19 May 2014 17:02:25 EST New to the Austin Area Hello All! <BR> <BR> I'm signing on a townhouse in the Round Rock area in 2 weeks and I'm really excited to see a group in the area. I was doing good with working out and eating healthly until I moved from Hawaii to TX in December. I've now gained all the weight back that I'd lost. I'm ready to buckle down and start again. My husband eats like a child though so I've been catering to him. Good lick everyone! Oh, and if anyone wants to do any 5-10k's as a group; I can walk them. Sun, 11 May 2014 19:40:25 EST Workout buddy near San Marcos? Hey all, I'm wondering if anybody around San Marcos would be interested in working out together? <BR> <BR> I would like to lose about 30-40 pounds (currently 171 @ 5'5"). I have a treadmill and weight station at home but would like to make it social a couple times a week at least. I LOVE swimming and wouldn't mind somebody who would have the patience to start running with me. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:16:16 EST New to Texas, returning to fitness I am a 65 year old woman who took a double whammy in the health department in the past couple of years. Lost my muscles and my sense of youthfulness along the way. Never lost my determination. Looking to work myself up to walking 20 miles a week so I can take off the thirty pounds of excess weight I am carrying and doing the Livestrong Cancer Survivor's program at the YMCA twice a week to help me gain balance and some core strength. I am new to retirement and new to Texas. Happy to be he... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:14:30 EST Giving away 3 entries to a 5K / Half Marathon I have been chosen as a blogger for The Biggest Loser RunWalk Series event that takes place in Cedar Park on 3/30/2014. I have been given 3 spots to give away to people who comment on my blog. Follow the link and post a comment to be considered for one of the 3 spots. You can walk or run either distance. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:22:06 EST Workout Buddy in South Austin I'm a 25 year old daycare teacher and ACC student looking for a female workout buddy in Austin. I would love to find someone to walk, jog, run, hike, and generally be active with. I am out of practice, but I can usually jump back into exercise without a problem, after a hiatus. If you'd like to meet and go for a jog somewhere, or if you already workout with a group or a couple of friends, and would be open to adding another friend to the mix, please message me and let me know! :) <BR> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 21:52:26 EST What are you doing this beautiful holiday? The weather couldn't be better! When it's perfect outside like this my bf and I like to take a long walk in Walnut Creek Park. Check the Austin Parks webpage for the many locations and opportunities for a stroll like this. What are YOU doing this MLK day? Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:11:03 EST Cap10K 4-6-14 Anyone training for the Cap 10K? I ran it 2 years ago and had a blast! I live in Georgetown and would love to find a running buddy. I'm not very fast but I'm determined :-) <BR> Eileen Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:15:50 EST Work out buddy Cedar Park I would love to find a workout buddy in the Cedar Park area to walk and excercise with and loose tons of weigh any takers out there. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:03:21 EST workout buddy in Georgetown Hi, <BR> I'm hoping to find a workout buddy in G.T. area. I like to walk and run, working towards a half marathon :-) Leander, Liberty Hill or Round Rock would work too :-) <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:14:53 EST Fredericksburg Walks Dec 31 There is an event coming up in Fredericksburg, just a little West of Austin if you'd like to come walk on Dec 31. The walk doesn't start until 11am so you don't have to get up early-early to drive over. Fredericksburg is a great tourist town with great places to shop if you've never been there. <BR> <BR> If you want to spend the night there is also a Midnight Walk to see Fredericksburg lit up with Christmas lights. The registration for that is a 11pm with free refreshments. You have unti... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:47:13 EST The Biggest Loser RunWalk Austin Half Marathon/5K<BR>TX-Half-Marathon-5K-2014 <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser RunWalk Austin <BR> Half Marathon/5K/Kids 1 Mile Fun Run <BR> <BR> March 30, 2014 <BR> <BR> I'm registered. <BR> If you register by 12/31, it is only $45 <BR> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:59:01 EST I am not going to give up on myself I realize how valuable regular exercise and eating healthy are in enabling me to keep my junk food addiction in check, but I haven't done so well with it the past 10 months in handling my stress, and have regained 25 lbs of the 45lbs I had lost and kept off for over a year prior to that. Other people have addictions and have succeeded, and I know I can too. I'm not giving up on myself and my ability to do this. My overall goal is to lose 85 lbs. I am re-joining SparkPeople to help me find... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:58:13 EST Where to find Couscous in Austin. I went to HEB today to get some couscous, but all they had was the boxed stuff. Kind of like Uncle Ben and Rice a Roni and all of that. <BR> <BR> I just want some couscous that's in it's orginal form like rice I suppose. <BR> I honestly don't know what couscous is but I found it in the rice section.... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:55:02 EST Hi to the forum and spark people Hi Everyone, <BR> I am a mom in her 40's with kids. Glad to see a community where I can belong. I like to keep fit and stay in shape but also love to eat nutritious, tasty food. Between my kids , my likes and my loves it is hard to exercise every day. However I hope being part of this community will keep me motivated. I welcome suggestions to get out of a weight plateau that i am in. <BR> Cheers <BR> Elkay1 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:14:56 EST Workout Buddy Hey everyone. <BR> <BR> My last session with my trainer was today. I won't be paying for anymore sessions for a minute. I am a member at Gold's Gym/Tech Ridge. I've been a member of 24 hr fitness, Bally's, Lifetime and the Y. I don't have any complaints about any except the Y didn't have childcare on Sunday and Lifetime was crazy expensive. <BR> <BR> But I am a horrible self-motivator and was wondering if there was anyone in the area North Central that is a member of Gold's that would b... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:07:11 EST Patriot's Day In honor of Patriot Day, please take a moment to reflect upon the men, women and children lost on this date twelve years ago. <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:24:15 EST Back after hiatus hi all i havent been active on this site really for years. my name is Ryan im 37 and weigh 225 (down from 237 yay!) and just on here for the community support my goal is to be 190 or under Thu, 22 Aug 2013 04:06:09 EST What do you like about your gym? What gym do you use and what do you like about it? <BR> <BR> I have used Gold's Gym at Tech Ridge and it has this awesome thing called cardio theatre. It's a big, dark room full of various cardio machines with an enormous screen playing movies while you workout. And they keep it nice and cold! <BR> <BR> My mom has enjoyed using the YMCA for water aerobics and many other programs. See more about it here: <link> </link> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:21:48 EST hi I am 48 and joined SparkPeople July 2.. I have always been active and athletic but once I hit 45 my body betrayed me and my weight started to slowly creep up. I finally decided to do something about it. My goal is to lose 40 pounds by Thanksgiving. I have lost 7 pounds so far. This website is wonderful! I look forward being part of the Austin team. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:13:59 EST In person meetings or get togethers Is anyone interested in a periodic in person get together with your fellow Austin Sparkers? Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:52:09 EST Hola! Hi there! My name is Paulina and I just joined SparkPeople this weekend. It looks kinda awesome. So pleasure to meet all of you! What have been some goals and plans that have worked for all of ya'll? P Mon, 8 Jul 2013 18:51:57 EST *waves* Hello everyone! How are you all? Wed, 5 Jun 2013 22:37:24 EST Sign up Special at CGArena Hey y'all, <BR> This month at CGArena, they have a no fee sign up and unlimited group classes. I have been going there about 3 months. I'm getting a much higher calorie burn in their classes than I did working out on my own. They offer Zumba, Boxing, Cycling, TRX, Yoga, Cardio Kickboxing, and more. <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 May 2013 08:26:37 EST Hello!! I am 41 years old and an Air Force Vet who has managed to let herself go for the past 4 years. I am hoping to get back on track and want to lose at least 100 lbs. I am married and have 3 awesome kids. I am currently a full-time student studying to be a teacher. This makes my biggest excuse for not losing weight and exercising lack of time. I have come to realize most of it has to do with a lack of motivation. So maybe I can make that change starting now. Thu, 16 May 2013 01:05:12 EST hi! I'm 31, love to game, and want to get to my weight loss goal. I've dropped 60lbs over the last 2 years but I need to lose more and seem to be stuck. I'm hoping to get back on track with my fitness and food. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:10:44 EST hello! hello! in atx...hard to lose any poundage with a torchy's and hey, cupcake just down the road ;) Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:56:18 EST Let's do this! I joined Sparkpeople over a year ago and never made use of it. Needless to say I'm back to do it differently this time! Austin is definitely the greatest city to get healthy! <BR> <BR> I'm going to quit "talking" and "researching" ways to get healthy, and BE about it! I feel lighter already just getting started <em>104</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:27:30 EST Hello, everyone... ...I am new to SparkPeople as of a few days ago! I'm between 34-40 and live in NE Austin. My husband is on SparkPeople too and I'll get him to join here if I can (he's already a lot more fit than me.) <em>30</em> Looking forward to getting healthier! <em>41</em> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 01:30:43 EST Unrelated: Love Bomb! I'm helping to form a team that is really just a weekly activity - we get together once a week and send someone a huge bunch of supportive messages and goodies and blog comments. It's simple - we find someone who needs support and we give it. It helps if it's a substantive comment, but even a "Keep Pushin!" emoticon is nice. You can comment on an SP page, on a blog post, or even send an SP Mailer note. Just do something to let our person of the week know they have support and that people out... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:58:02 EST Check in here! Hey everyone! How are you doing? Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:30:12 EST How are you all doing? How is everyone currently doing with their weight loss or fitness goals? <BR> <BR> What are your current struggles? What do you think will help you overcome them? Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:10:41 EST Hey everyone! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I have been here before, but created a new account with the new year. <BR> <BR> I am Maranda. I am 30 and a married mom of four in Northeast Austin. <BR> <BR> How are ya all? Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:45:54 EST Lifetime South Does anyoen else go to Lifetime Fitness South Austin? My boyfriend and I go there & it would be awesome if we could meet other Sparkers there. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:57:22 EST New! I want to lose 100 lbs this year. I know it's a high goal, but with about 2 lbs per week I can do it. I will be getting married next year. That's not the reason for wanting to lose weight, but it's definitely a kick in the butt to get moving. Also, I will be graduating from St. Edward's University with an MA in Counseling in Dec 2014. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 00:46:42 EST Hi I am a 40+ y.o. female who has been overweight all of my life. I am looking to get fit for health reasons. I have tracked my progress on SP here and there but am ready to make a new commitment to my health and general well being. I wish you all the best in 2013! <em>30</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 01:48:12 EST Anybody up for a slow weekly run? I just started heart rate training, which is keeping me very very slow (like stopping to walk fast every few minutes). Anyone interested in a 12-min/mile (or greater) pace for a 30-60 min run on the weekend? <BR> <BR> I'm in Round Rock, so I like running the Brushy Creek trail, but if anyone would want to, I also love running Lady Bird Lake and don't mind the drive. If there's any other good recommendations you've got, please let me know! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:16:29 EST Hiya Hope there's still a couple people out there who are using this team...looks like this one is a little dormant these days! <BR> <BR> I'm in my 30s, have 15 or so lbs to lose, loving being outdoors and enjoying that we live in a place where we can do that pretty much all year round. I live in RR, work at UT, and like to recreate on Lady Bird/Town Lake. I'm only expecting slow weight loss goals right now because I work, have an internship, and go to school which leaves me all of 12 minutes a d... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:48:55 EST Where to shop for multivitamins So, originally I had been buying the GNC Women's Ultra Mega Active. Though, yesterday my friend did some research and found an interesting review on the product. <BR> <BR> "I was taking this product on a daily basis; the 2 tablets recommended. I really never seemed to feel any different. I had to have an x-ray done (done about 1.5 hrs after eating). What was that in my intestine? An undissolved GNC vitamin!! I then did the following test at home: I placed a GNC vitamin in a glass with just ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 00:20:53 EST Not sure if I've introduced myself. Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Susan, I'm 26 years old and I've been living in Austin for over a year. I really hope to make Sparkfriends and get out to meet everyone. Maybe even keep up with events here. <BR> <BR> Compared to my hometown, I've noticed a LOT of people are REALLY nice here! Save for a choice few I've run in to but overall it's great. <BR> <BR> I hope to become more active in this team, as I've been a part of Sparkpeople for quite awhile now, but have had the worst luck in s... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:58:57 EST New to the "area" My husband and I moved to San Marcos earlier this year but seeing as they don't have a team - I joined here and the San Antonio team. I do work at UT though!! <BR> <BR> We waterski competitively and are building a house at a tournament lake complex outside Martindale. While waterskiing is fairly good exercise, I really need to focus on losing weight during the off season. It's my hope to go to nationals next year and i'd really like to be considered competition for others. However, other ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:48:35 EST Getting outside more; Live - NW; Work - Downtown Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> My family and I moved into the Anderson Mill area a little over a year ago (I work downtown). We've been in Austin for almost 2 years now and our family is still growing (expecting my 2nd child in a couple months). I'm 32 and work communications/pr for a local gov't. I want to lose about 30 lbs, but gradually and mainly by exercising more (my diet is already fairly limited). Thanks to my thyroid, it's been hard to get the weight off, but I'm taking meds now and hope my ol... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:27:05 EST hello I'm new to this, so wish me luck <BR> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:07:47 EST hello I'm new to this, so wish me luck <BR> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:59:55 EST Hello! New here! I'm 23 and looking to lose 30-40 pounds, but I wanted to start off with a smaller goal of 10lb to get started! I've already lost 20lb from going gluten free, but I need a boost! I eat pretty healthy, but I'm a horrible cook, so I stick to whats simple to make! I'm going to school for 3D modeling and animation, so I have a very sedentary life style. My goal is to do 45 min cardio at the gym at least 5 days a week. Is that enough? Any tips are appreciated! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:33:18 EST This time, I mean it! Just turned 39, moved, changed jobs, kid went to college, and a few more changes... it's time. Glad for a support group! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:49:00 EST Hey there I actually live in round rock but i guess an austin forum is the closest i will get. Just wanted to say hi and i'm actually trying to lose weight again. I have been very depressed lately and lost my motivation to workout. Hoping doing this will get me going again. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 18:49:17 EST To a Healthy Future! Like a lot of people battling with their weight, I've been dealing with this problem for quite some time. I'm about to turn 25 in one week and I feel like I've made mistake after mistake. BIG mistakes. <BR> <BR> Several years ago, I weighed 300 pounds (at 5'5"). I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had my thyroid removed and am now on steroids for the rest of my life - this played a pretty big part in my weight gain. As if that weren't enough, I was also "labeled" as having severe depress... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:16:43 EST Hello to ya'll and Goodbye Freshmen 15 :) Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I moved to Austin a year ago to attend college, GO HILLTOPPERS!, and gained 15+ pounds. I blame late night study sessions and coffee shop pastries. I've never been a small girl, but I hate how my body feels right now and want to make a change. My goal is to lose at least 15lbs by the end of the year and 30 by Spring break of next year. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading, <BR> Taycee Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:36:39 EST Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life Hi Everyone! This isn't my first time being on this site, but I'm starting fresh tomorrow and I'm gonna make it work this time! I have 55 pounds to lose, and I'm so ready to leave them behind. I want to be healthier and find constructive ways to deal with my stressful workplace. Any support or advice is GREATLY appreciated. I'm looking forward to a new "normal" because the one I have now, isn't cutting it :) Thanks for reading Sun, 9 Sep 2012 15:09:24 EST New girl :o) Hello all, I'm April! Here to hopefully meet some new people with the same interest as me and to lose 50lbs! I'm from Austin, Texas...check out my page to learn more about me. :o) Sat, 8 Sep 2012 20:46:34 EST Hello! Hello all! My name is Bethany, and this is probably my 4th time on In 2009, I started my weight loss journey and went from 210.5 lbs to 135 lbs. Unfortunately, I have gained about 30 of that back, so I feel like I'm starting all over again! I really want to make it stick this time, I am! Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:19:24 EST Newbie I just joined today. Feel free to check out my page to learn more about me Mon, 6 Aug 2012 12:44:43 EST Glad to see an Austin Spark Team! Hi! I live in North Austin and I have been on the weight loss roller coaster since I was 12. Now I see my daughter starting the same path. I want to find a path for both of us to reach our goal and stay there and I loved that Spark People has a Spark Teen program! I also see my parents aging and want to be fit and at goal weight when I get there. My largest setback is a <BR> 15 year old ankle injury that prevents me from many exercises, especially those I loved before I broke the ankle lik... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:05:50 EST Intro I've reared 2 children in Austin and now that I have an empty nest am going to work on my personal fitness and health goals. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:36:15 EST Staying Fit Still Did a great work out today.. 3 hours of gardening. I live in a community that grass in the flower beds is not allowed. So I finally bought a cover that helps keep the grass from growing and added some flowers too. Hopefully we get a little bit of rain to moisten my flowers, if not i will be out there in a bit to water them. I even mowed the grass, decided not to wait for my husband to do it. I'm sure he is loving that I am doing most of the yard work to get my work out on.. ha ha.. Hope every... Wed, 30 May 2012 13:19:58 EST Hi first day on here Hi this is my first day on here and will be the first day on my diet.I do not typically use the word diet but I am now hey I'm going on a diet.Anyhow I do run but have been more consistent in the past month.I am up to 30 minutes 3 days a week and gradually increasing it each week.Would like to do 60 minutes.In August I would like to join running group and train for the Austin Half Marathon.I am going to try a natural diet for my love of animals and nature and most of all to lose weight.It sai... Tue, 29 May 2012 09:58:38 EST Back in Action I moved to Austin about a year ago, and have definitely been noticing the effects of the awesome food here. I've been in and out of fitness kicks for most of my life, and have been on the brink of the great "lifestyle change" more than once before sliding back into the comfortable haze that is beer on the porch with a book or some friends. I'm almost 24 years old now though, and incredibly happy with everything in my life - except what my body is doing. I live in a beautiful house and school ... Sun, 27 May 2012 10:31:47 EST Sweet Home Austin (movie Bernie) <link> </link> Thu, 24 May 2012 10:48:55 EST Hello from Northeast Austin Hi, I joined awhile back, but never introduced myself. I'm Ana Maria and have been in Austin since 1998. I'm 40 in body, but 25 in spirit. I try to keep very active, but it still bugs me to be so fit yet so fat ;-) I have some difficulties because of fibromyalgia, but I just keep pushing myself. I'm married and childfree. I use Gold's Gym for spinning, RPM, BodyStep, BodyPump, Zumba and sometimes yoga. Tue, 15 May 2012 13:33:09 EST Hello from a Midwest Transplant Hello everyone! I am originally from Michigan but moved down here for grad school and now working 9-5 as an engineer. I recently adopted a puppy from Austin Pets Alive! I am still adjusting to a new life with a full time job and puppy :) I love running and cooking. I'm looking to lose the last 10 lbs, but more importantly, tone up! Tue, 15 May 2012 12:47:50 EST Austin area to skate or swim Hi all. I am relatively new to Austin, live North Austin and am looking for a place to swim laps. Indoor or outdoor. I'm on a budget and dont want to get into any kind of contracts. I was hoping for a local/neighborhood pool. <BR> <BR> I'd also LOVE to find a place for adult roller skating/blading. I would prefer indoor and someplace that isnt swamped with children. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 2 May 2012 15:02:41 EST attention UT students! Hi yall! I'm new to SP and noticed that there is no team specifically for UT students. If you are a UT student or alumnus please feel free to join the team and support your fellow longhorns! Best of luck to all of you! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 23:44:41 EST UT student in Hyde Park Hey guys! I'm Katie and I go to UT. I just joined sparkpeople because I am hoping with the support of the community and the easy to use tools, I will be able to achieve my weight loss goals. Before I left for college I weighted around 130 lbs. I now weigh 206 lbs. My first goal is to get down to a healthy weight of 150 lbs and from there to get down to around 135 lbs. I have fibromyalgia so it is often difficult for me to exercise but I am trying to take a walk everyday and do yoga. I would l... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:00:54 EST Try Camp Gladiator Boot Camp for FREE (not spam) I'm currently doing my 2nd round of Camp Gladiator boot camp and I LOVE IT. <BR> <BR> During every camp they have 'Bring a friend week" where we can have people join us totally for free. This time it is next week (April 30 - May 4th). There is no sign up required just show up, sign in and have a good time! It's a butt-kicking work out but really positive. You'll push yourself more than you would on your own and you'll surprise yourself. It really is for everyone - super athletes to couch po... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:36:21 EST Hello from North Austin Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jacqueline. I just joined SparkPeople today and have had a hard time starting on this weight loss journey. I would appreciate any tips that you may think would be useful and I will try to return the favor. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:01:05 EST Hi I am Sara Lee Jackson I want to make some new friends in my new city Austin, TX......and some new friends across the country...I want to get the fittest I have ever been and need support to do it. I want to run a Marathon within the next year!! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:06:20 EST Hi - Manor/Elgin area I've been bad, not tracking my food, exercising or really caring. Stress from everyday life is really getting me down and I want to get motivated again. <BR> <BR> Anyone live in the Manor/Elgin area that would like a walking buddy? I live in this area but work in Taylor. I used to walk at the Manor New Tech High track after work. I've also "played" tennis in the past and love pilates. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested, please let me know. I get off work (usually) about 5 and can be in eith... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:28:35 EST Arboretum Area - Ready to do this! Hello fellow Austinites! <BR> <BR> I've been doing this for a few weeks now in compliment to the bootcamp workout I started at the end of March. Camp Gladiator is amazing! <BR> <BR> While taking a few little steps at a time, my goals is overhaul my lifestyle choices to enjoy outside/challenging activity, eat whole nutritious food, have more energy to do the things that matter to me. <BR> <BR> Hit me up, I'd love to talk to anyone! Maybe we'll run into each other at the farmers market. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:12:30 EST Hi! Hi there everyone, my name is Nikki. I started at 168 and am hoping to get down to about 130 ish though I am really focusing more on generally getting healthier and being more active and hoping the weight loss will follow :) Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:41:32 EST Tired of being Tired and uncomfortable My name is Sabine. I am a 39 year old woman. I have always struggled with extra pounds, but have managed to lose them within a reasonable time frame, up until recently. For the last 7 years I have been 15 lbs heavier than I would like. I quit smoking 9 months ago and broke my foot when I got in a motorcycle accident in December. This has added another 15 lbs to my weight. I am hoping to shed 25 lbs in the next few months. My weakness is sticking to "the plan" and find myself losing st... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 20:59:32 EST This is going to be a challenge Hi everybody I'm new to this program I'm trying lose a lot of weight scared to get diabetes which almost all my family has I want to get healthy and set an example for my kids. I want to make them proud of me.:) Thu, 29 Mar 2012 03:34:48 EST Doobie Brothers. $20 My husband can not go, but I'm still going. One ticket available. It was $49. 4th row balcony corner toward center. Moody Theater. <BR> <BR> Date - March 27th <BR> <BR> Sparkmail me if you're interested. <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:13:00 EST Dash of the Titans Anyone here registered for the Dash of the Titans on April 28th? None of my friends are up for it but I registered anyway. It'll be my first mud/ obstacle run! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:52:35 EST Hi! Hello Spark world! My name is Heather and I live in Austin, TX. I have gone through some very tough losses recently but am channeling my emotions into improving my self and my health so that I can live my life as best as I can for those who will not have the chance as well as for my self. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 23:09:35 EST Capital Area Food Bank needs YOU Capital Area Food Bank has issued an appeal for volunteers in the next several weeks to process the donations that came in with the Souper Bowl of Caring campaign. <BR> <BR> Read more about it in my blog: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762684 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope to see you there! <BR> <BR> I volunteer every Monday afternoon from 1 - 4 PM. If anyone in far NW Austin wants to car pool, I've got room for 2. I'm near 183 at the Spicewood Spr... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:10:57 EST Way off spark topics - Gladys Knight tickets We have tickets for her concert here in 9 days (3/2), and my husband can't go. I have the tix for sale on Craigslist for $45 each. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, if anyone here is interested, please Sparkmail me. I'll consider selling them singly, and at a bigger discount. <BR> <BR> Location - center, floor of Moody Theater. It's the back row, but even that is not far back. (floor 4, row N - ) Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:12:10 EST Georgetown Rec Center Hey y'all. We're moving to Georgetown in a couple of weeks. I saw that they had a rec center that offered different classes and such. Is anyone here from Georgetown? I was just wanting to know if the classes and everything offered were worth the membership fee. Also, are there any gyms in Georgetown? Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:26:23 EST . . Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:08:55 EST Introduce Yourself to Team Forum Howdy Austin Sparkpeople! I moved here two years ago from North Carolina, leaving behind NC BBQ, Hush Puppies and Sweet Tea only to fall in love with Beef Brisket, Breakfast Tacos and Tex-Mex. I am loving the Austin area and all it has to offer, especially the wineries west of town! I am 52 years old, married 32 years and an ex empty nester. Our daughter has joined us out here in Austin, we are workout buddies at the Dripping Springs Y. I am working towards living healthy and strong. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:51:02 EST Back again! Hi :) I'm back on SparkPeople again after being MIA for about 3 years! I can't even login to my old account, so I'm starting over. <BR> <BR> I newly moved to South Austin, am a SAHM with a 3 yr old son that keeps my busy. I just started to get into the mind set of being healthy again after the pregnancy and a husband with cancer. I have a lot going on, but I also need to take care of myself and eat healthier and get out and excersize more! <BR> <BR> I am going to join the 24 hour fitness clu... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:03:27 EST Hello from south Austin Hello everyone! Just joined Pinterest and the Austin team. Trying to lose some weight and develop healthier habits. Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:07:26 EST 10k Challenge at McKinney Roughs 2/18/2012 Start between 8am and 12noon. Finish by 3pm. <BR> <BR> The 10k walk is rated "2+" and will be on well-maintained hiking trails. Part of the walk is through heavily forested woods with deep ravines. Strollers or wheelchairs are not advised. A 5 Km route will be available. Walking sticks, boots and hats are recommended. <BR> <BR> McKinney Roughs Nature Park, 1884 TX 71 W; Cedar Creek, TX 78612. Start point at Education Building. Follow signs from parking lot. Admission to the par... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:50:32 EST New to Austin-looking for friends/workout buddies Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am LeeAnne. I just moved to Southwest Austin from the Detroit-Michigan area. I am looking for friends and support. I started Insanity (the workout program) about 2.5 months ago. I finished it and I am starting it all over again and training for a 5k. I sprained my ankle last week, so I'm taking it easy right now, but I plan to be back in action in a week or so. I would love to meet new positive people around here to workout with and to hang out. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:37:42 EST Hello From Hutto Hello, <BR> I'm 33 year old mom of three boys and a wife. I have a goal of 74 lbs to loose. Starting weight 224 lbs. First day. I can exercise pretty well, but now I must step it up to meet my goal. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 20:17:44 EST Frustrated.... I am already frustrated...I know it's only been 2 days but it just seems like all I have been able to do is enter is my food in to the tracker. I need help. I need friends to help keep me motivated. If you would don't mind a (normally) quick witted chick engaging in conversations with you please hit me up. I don't think I will stick with this without some support. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:24:49 EST Hello from Cedar Park Hello everyone! My name is Keri and I am a stay at home mom of two wonderful children, ages 5 years and 2 years. I started my weight loss journey January 2, 2010 and haven't looked back. I have lost 55.8 lbs so far and plan to lose the last 25 lbs this year. It has been a long and slow process but I am doing it the right way so it will stay off. I look forward to getting to know everyone and maybe be able to meet up with some of you to workout or talk. <em>334</em> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 11:39:08 EST Hello from San Marcos Hi everyone! I am new to the team but no spark people. I didnt know about this one before. I workout at home and ride my mountain bike on the trails in san marcos. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:02:14 EST Hello Everyone! I just joined the site yesterday after reading an article on yahoo where it was mentioned in 2 or 3 different weight loss success stories. I am really impressed with this site and am looking forward to the journey ahead. I know that it is going to be difficult, but I also strive to try and make it fun as well. I believe that by taking it one day at a time that I can accomplish my goals and become healthier. I look forward to meeting new friends and to seeing what I can accomplish this year! Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:30:44 EST Happy to be here I love austin and the people in it. I want to look as good as the austin elite. Especially for summets on the lake Fri, 6 Jan 2012 23:25:41 EST Hello Hello!!! I am just starting this Spark deal and live in north ATX but am currently in the Rio Grande Valley visiting while i have a cold to battle. I can't wait to get back to Austin and get this going has spark worked for everyone else? Fri, 6 Jan 2012 16:45:32 EST Howdy from Stltxn! Hi everyone. I am starting to get into this spark people! its a little overwhelming because there are so many cool things you can do. So far I'm really liking it. Got the tracking Food and fitness down. Still navigating the rest of the site. <BR> My goal is to lose 10-15 pounds and stay healthy and fit. I can't afford to keep buying a new pair of pants when mine don't fit! And it's not a pretty site cramming onto my old ones! <BR> I love that this site is free! I did something similar 6 ye... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 10:07:04 EST Hi Team! Hello everyone. I have had a login to Sparkpeople since 2007, I have just created my sparkpage and posted a blog and created a As you can see, I am ready to go! I am 32, have a son, work, go to school, go to church and as you can see, pretty busy. I was wondering if anyone goes to the 24 hr by heb on lakecreek early in the morning. I am looking for an accountability partner for exercise. If anyone goes really early around 530ish or late around 1030 pm, and would like to join up ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 12:24:29 EST What are the MUST DO races in Austin? I'm looking to do several races over the next few months and want to narrow down the selections to the "most fun" ones. I have done the Cap 10k, the Danskin Tri, and the Bun run several times. I'm looking at doing the Austin 10/20 (does anyone know info on this one?) and I've already signed up for the ZOOMA hill country race in March. <BR> <BR> If you have suggestions please post them here. I am always running for the experience not the "win". So, fun runs are great for me. <BR> <BR> Ha... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 07:23:10 EST Great Visualization Technique This link applies to quitting smoking, but I like it for passing up junk food. It's for Nicorette and I don't know anthing thing about that. I just like the visualization. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 10:10:19 EST Tryin this out Hell fellow Austinites... Just dropping in to say hola, trying to find a way to motivate myself to finish off my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> Hope ya'll are having a great Tuesday! Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:10:22 EST Accountability Thread Hello Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am starting a thread for those of us that need some accountability to help us stay on track. <BR> <BR> To participate in this thread you need to commit to posting comments at least once a week, but you can post everyday if you want to. I generally prefer once a day myself, but that is just what works for me. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter what gender you are, or how old you are, or how much weight you need to lose, all that matters is that you post and that you ... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:31:14 EST Sprint Triathlon Hi, I was wondering if there are any Austinites planning on completing a sprint triathlon for next years season. I absolutely do not know how to swim so I've started now with about 6 months of training time. I'm planning on doing the Danskin (womens only) as well as a few others. I'm looking for a training buddy so if anyone is planning on doing a triathlon next summer let me know! Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:04:41 EST Christmas Walk in Smithville 12/3 Smithville is a pretty communty approx. 42 miles east on Austin on Hwy 71. Never been there? Well here is the perfect opportunity to come look around. Take the Christmas Walking Tour. <BR> <BR> The walk goes through the historic district, down Main Street with its unique antique and specialty shops and by the Railroad Park and Museum. Walkers will see the “Gingerbread Man” monument that commemorates Smithville for baking the World’s Largest Gingerbread Man in 2006 by the Guinness Book of ... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:36:17 EST Joined Today I just joined Sparkpeople today. I live in Austin near 183 and the 45. I have a membership at Gold's Gym. Currently attend the one on the 183 and Lakeline Mall Dr. Am looking forward to the new one opening at Anderson Mill and 183. Could use some encouragment at the gym if anyone goes there. I look forward to taking a few pounds off. I was doing great on my own but then for some reason let 10 sneak back on this summer! Uhg!!! <BR> I run a non profit from my home and... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 11:10:22 EST Hello! I just wanted to say hello! A friend told me about Spark People ... <BR> <BR> I live in Round Rock, have about 45 pounds to lose, and am working on becoming a runner (using couch to 5K). Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:42:33 EST Turkey Trot Is anybody doing the Thundercloud Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving? I am and it would be nice to have some buddies! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:37:53 EST Hey Everyone! Hello! I am Liza, <BR> <BR> I heard about this site and decided to join up and see what was going on over here. It seems to get more and more difficult to lose weight and in the last year I have put on 40lbs of weight I had lost and kept off for several years. <BR> <BR> I decided I needed to make a conscious effort and find other successful people! <BR> <BR> I live in South Austin and I am a member of Planet Fitness. Anyone want a workout buddy!? Tue, 4 Oct 2011 23:41:06 EST Wine Tours? Totally off topic from fitness....and probably not very healthy....but definitely fun! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any recommendations for wine tours in and around the Austin area? My sister and her husband are coming next month to visit, and we wanted to go on a tour. I don't know anyone who has gone. <BR> <BR> Any other recommendations for "must do" or "must see" in Austin also welcomed. I haven't even been here a year so I'm not really the best tour guide ;-). <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 14:19:12 EST New to the team and to Austin! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just moved to Austin not quite two weeks ago from L.A.- am LOVING it so far!! Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:36:53 EST Good Morning Morning fellow Texans! <BR> <BR> I recently moved to Austin from Maine - what an incredible summer it's been (heat wise!) Woo wee am I thankful for the early morning breezes! <BR> <BR> I am not new to Spark People, but I am new to posting on the boards and making a community out of this website, rather than solely using it for its weight loss tracking tools. I'm finding that I am needing more support as some of my cravings have gotten the better of me the past few days. Im on day 13 of ... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 07:28:52 EST Kind of New Hi, I've been using SP for about 2 wks. I've had great days and not so great days. Like yesterday at work they refilled the candy drawer. That was one of the not so great days. I live in Austin, originally from south Texas. I have three little girls, married and work with at risk kids. Would love to meet other Austinites who need some motivation. Sat, 17 Sep 2011 01:14:16 EST New to SP Hello Team: <BR> <BR> I just wanted to quickly introduce myself. I live in Austin and my name is Millie. I am looking to loose a total of 25 pounds by February 12, 2012. I would appreciate your advise and comments on what is working great for you. I am looking forward to going on this journey with you all. <BR> <BR> Warm Regards, <BR> Millie Thu, 8 Sep 2011 13:04:19 EST Fires :/ Hey everyone, I just want to say I hope you are all safe and healthy in light of all of our fires this week. It has been absolutely devastating. <BR> <BR> I wanted to share this, which my friend posted on facebook yesterday. No matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs, I think many people can get behind this. <BR> <BR> I created this group ['Pray Rain For Texas' on FB] to bring rain to Texas! I believe in the power of collective thought and prayer - no matter what your beliefs are. ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 13:11:21 EST Help- how to show weight tracker? Hello! Many of you have a weight ticker/tracker showing on your posts. I can't seem to find put where/ how to add that? Can someone enlighten me? Thanks! Sun, 4 Sep 2011 15:44:26 EST Hello to my new SP buddies Hi everybody, I am a married 49 yr old that needs to get on track and lose at least 30lbs and get into shape. I hope to do this before I turn 50 March 1st. I am hoping that getting a support group will help. It will be nice to make some new friends in the Austin area also. <BR> <BR> Hope everybody has a healthy, happy day!!! Tue, 30 Aug 2011 07:10:35 EST Humane Society has free adoptions today Wanted to spread the word to help get some of these pets adopted. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Free adoptions for hot pets <BR> <BR> As temperatures soared well past 100 degrees Sunday, workers at the Austin Humane Society were trying to keep hundreds of animals cool after their air conditioning broke. <BR> <BR> The society waived all adoption fees Sunday and will do so again today. <BR> <BR> The air-conditioning unit blew out about 4 a.m. Sunday. Volunteers brought in fans and ice, but em... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:35:07 EST New to Spark New to the Spark program, love the concept and love the way it is all connected. Glad to have found it. Battling weight loss for a long time, and know that there is more to it than just calories in vs calories out. The whole emotional component was just easier to ignore but....very little progress. So, taking it a step at a time now. This is the first time I have written a post, so progress of some kind is happenning! Sun, 28 Aug 2011 18:56:39 EST Race for the Cure I know it's still a couple months away, but is anyone doing the Race for the Cure this year? My company usually sponsors a team, but for some reason, perhaps lack of interest which is terrible, they aren't going to have a team this year. I am not going to let that stop me, so I am thinking of starting my own team. I have had a great time the last couple years that I have done it, and my goal this year is to run the race instead of walking it. Breast cancer research is a very important cause t... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:32:25 EST Hello Hi, my name is Ashleigh. This is my third attempt with using SparkPeople, but the first time I'm really trying to go through it step by step...including my first post onto a message board. I'm nervous, tired of yo-yo-ing, and ready to feel better overall. I'm going to make it a goal to post on the message boards at least three times / week. I want this to work this time, and I am determined to dedicate the time to make it happen. I look forward to joining this community. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 09:49:27 EST Healthy Restaurants in Austin Hey Y'all, <BR> <BR> I'm trying really hard to stick to my diet, and my dad wants to take me out to dinner on Monday, so I have to pick somewhere that will allow me to eat well. Any suggestions? North Austin preferably for this outing, but I would love options all over town as well. Sat, 20 Aug 2011 11:57:20 EST Hello Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. I just discovered this website this week, and it's definitely great! I moved to Austin last November, and being in this beautiful city and having a great neighborhood to walk in has given me the right motivation to finally lose the weight I've been saying I'd lose for years. Hopefully this site will help with keeping me motivated to meet my goals! (despite the how many weeks now of triple digit heat) <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Deb Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:49:02 EST Hey Y'all! Hey everyone, just introducing myself. I'm a born and raised Austinite (not many of us left, I've found) working on getting myself back in shape. I had two goals this year: quit smoking, and lose 45 pounds. Well, I quit smoking in March! Yay! And have gotten about 10 of the 45 lbs off since February. But I hit a wall and haven't been able to shed any more, so I hired a trainer and joined SP to help me stay on track. Hopefully this will work. I have ZERO willpower when it comes to diets, so nu... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:36:49 EST Hello, Im back and better then ever I previously signed up on SP in 2007 and then I dont think i got on here again until today. I have made a lot of good changes in my life since the last time ive been in. I have a lot of goals in mind not only to become leaner and more fit but also I want to run in some mud runs around austin this year. Warrior dash and then in april i would like to do the tough mudder. I am not an athlete at this point but this year im realizing that just because I havent been doesnt mean I cant be. So i will... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 23:18:32 EST Life Overhaul Hello Austin Spark Peeps!! Yesterday was my first day regaining control of my life. I've made a firm commitment and am hoping this site really helps. So far it has and I visit it several times a day to keep motivated. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 22:41:00 EST Round Rock YMCA We just moved to Round Rock and since I was a Y member in Tampa I went to check out the YMCA in the area and it's awesome! <BR> <BR> Anyone else a member? I would love a buddy <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I like spin classes and yoga best but am willing to venture out into new things. Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:43:04 EST Looking for a Workout Buddy in Buda Area I live in the Buda area and would love a workout buddy/buddies! I rather do something type of workout outdoors but if you have a Gold's Gym membership and rather go that route I'm all for it... anything to get rid of these last 20-30lbs. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:03:00 EST Today's the Day... Hi all, I keep telling myself the first step is the hardest. I stepped on the scale today after being in denial for I don't know how long. Not pretty. Painfully shy, this posting stuff is going to take some getting used to but 'you must be present to win'. I'm going to start by being fully present with what I put in my mouth and noticing the difference between nourishment and distraction. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:23:41 EST Flix Brewhouse We went to a movie here Saturday. It's like Alamo, but they have a microbrewery that's not operating yet. It's in Round Rock. I had pork sliders, with a side of dill pickle slices. I ate the meat with a fork, not easy in the dark. Pickles are good for salt craving. <BR> <BR> We had a fun night and will go back. Seats were filling up so we grabbed two in the aisle where you walk in. The seats in this row are individual, swivel chairs on rollers, so that was fun in a movie (a new ex... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:34:02 EST Hi Everybody!! Hello Everyone! My name is LaKeya and i'm new to I've heard about the site in the past but never took the time to really give it a try. But today I am a new person and ready to take control of what I thought a lost a long time weight and my life! I hope to learn a lot from you guys and have some fun along the way! Looking around I see that this place is full of resources that will keep me on track and making it to my goal weight! Sun, 24 Jul 2011 02:22:17 EST Looking for a workout buddy in RR... Hey everyone!! I have been so unmotivated this summer to get to the gym as regularly as I should. I am looking for someone (preferably female) in the Round Rock area to workout with... I go to Golds Gym at Hesters if you are a member there that would be GREAT!!! I am excited and hopeful I can find a good workout buddy :) Sat, 23 Jul 2011 18:58:19 EST Hi all! I just moved to the Austin area a week ago, I'm in Pflugerville. My sister lives here and she talked me into saying how many more opportunities there are here. I'm a single mom with a teenage son, and disabled adult daughter. Looking forward to sparking with you all. Oh and if anyone knows of any social service jobs in the area let me know...thanks. <BR> <BR> Tracie Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:20:01 EST KGSR This radio station has been my favorite, for 10 years or so. They started making changes year before last, and I still listened, but after moving away last year and coming back, I don't even recognize it. <BR> <BR> For the first time, I considered satellite radio and have gotten it. I can find music I like on the 170 channels, but there's no "one" I can leave it on like I used to leave KGSR on. <BR> <BR> I've taken my iPod in the car, but the controls are more difficult, and I don't ... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 08:56:11 EST Cedar Park farmers' market How long has this been going on? I just found out last week. It's right in the Lakeline Mall parking lot on Saturday morning. Since I went Sat., my hubby had his first homegrown tomato (he didn't know about the difference). The only lettuce they had left was tiny, but it was delicious. When I rinsed it and put in the frig. it got crunchy - better than the bagged lettuce. <BR> <BR> It was a treat. Unfortunately, you have to pay more for this produce. I know it's an investment i... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 08:41:08 EST Yay! I'm finally here! Hello all my wonderful healthy go-getters! I am finally on Spark after it came up in so many searches that I've been viewing on google about health and fitness. I used to be a fitness junkie, but long story short went through a funk after losing my job and gaining 40 lbs. I pulled myself back out and decided to get back on the ball! I am currently on the WW plan and will start marathon training in a month, so I'm well on my way (back) to a health lifestyle! Add me as a friend if you want and ... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 12:43:39 EST Saturday 07/09/11 24hour Event! Wanted to give fellow Austin sparkies a heads up on a free and fun workout for tomorrow at the 24hour off of 183 and Braker. <BR> <BR> 8:30 am Cardio Dance Party <BR> 9:30 am Kickboxing <BR> <BR> These classes are free to members and their friends! Both classes will be outside in the parking lot with a live DJ. Abel Sanchez the best instructor in town will be leading the class! <BR> <BR> Come on out and bring your water! It's gonna be a scorcher! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 10:00:36 EST Moving to Austin area soon! Hello SparkAustin! <BR> <BR> I am Sarah, wife and mother and we are moving to Austin (Round Rock) in a few weeks. We will have no family or friends in the area so I am looking for all the tips I can find about the area and fun stuff for the kids too :) <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 08:17:00 EST Suggestions for free outdoor exercise I've been in Austin for several years, but never actively pursued exploring all the outdoor options! Aside from the trails around Town Lake, Mt Bonnell and such, any suggestions on outdoor locations for a fun workout? Jogging, hiking, whatever. I'm on a tight budget, but have a pretty flexible schedule so am open to options! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 21:45:56 EST Why, herro there. Hi everybody! (I always read this in the Dr. from the Simpsons voice, can't help it) <BR> <BR> I am 24, and about 100 pounds overweight. I am looking for penpals/ accounta-billa-buddies in the Austin area to help keep each other accountable and motivated. Hell, we might even end up as friends. <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone in their 20's (male or female) who shares my dark sense of humor and desire for brutally-blunt and honest interaction. <BR> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:56:12 EST Hello there... Hi, my name is Ashley. I joined here last week and although I came in to this site being strong and excited, I am feeling weak and down now. I am slacking so bad and I am feeling like crap now. Motovation and accountibility are going to be two things that I need a lot of! I am excited for the journey, though and I love this site! I hope I can get back on track. I would say that right now I just want to lose a few lbs before this wedding I'm in on July 23rd. Not much time left so I need to get... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:56:50 EST New to SparkPeople, not to Weightloss Hello! <BR> <BR> So I finally got a SparkPeople account. I started on Weight Watchers back on December 31, 2009, at 283.6lbs and did pretty well, making it to my 10% goal and all. However, I stalled out for a bit during a pretty stressful homebuying process in the Fall of 2010 (thankfully no gains and I still went to all my meetings). After those shennanigans were over, WW changed up the program and my weight has been creeping up on the scale again. As of last week's WI, I'm at 257.6lbs-... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:31:49 EST Awesome kickboxing Groupon today in Austin! This same deal is how I discovered this place. It's for 3 classes plus 1 private, plus gloves, for $30. Excellent deal, astonishing results. I only did it 3 times and was blown away by the results. Never began to change so fast. And felt so strong! Didn't have the budget at the time to become a full-fledged member, but after awhile, my hubby went in and haggled and we made it work. I start again next Monday. I highly, highly, recommend this class. The strengthening impact to your bones and m... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 20:41:08 EST What About This Heat??? One of my goals this year was to become a runner. I was doing good until the temp and humity skyrocketed around Austin! I just moved here in Nov, so maybe I am not use to it, but I have found it almost impossible to run in! Does anyone have any suggestions? Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:59:02 EST A little introduction I just joined today and am thankful for the friend I found through my blogging adventures. Her posts were so inspirational that I decided that I should give this a shot and get on the right track. <BR> <BR> I moved to Austin in December of 2009 and having lived prior to that in Brooklyn/NYC I did a LOT of walking everyday without even trying. Needless to say, when I got here and ended up driving every where, and not watching what I ate, I gained a lot of weight. <BR> <BR> I hit bottom... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:41:09 EST My 3rd Day; going to get help w/21-Day SnapFood Hello, everyone! <BR> I don't know how I never heard of SparkPeople before. Only because it was in a Kindle blog did I find it, finally. There is soooo much on this site, it's incredible. I cannot believe it's all free. <BR> It's all the help you could want, but it's just too much to begin at once, so Monday, I'm making an appt with Snap Foods for their 21-day program. It's free, except for the foods, but they are pricey, so I hope 3 wks head start will get me ready to continue on my own, c... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 16:27:03 EST New to Sparkpeople.... Hi all! <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople, but not to Austin :) <BR> I've lost 51 pounds so far and am in the homestretch! Only 13 more to go.... joined Sparkpeople to get some motivation to shed those last pesky pounds. <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 9 Jun 2011 08:50:06 EST Hi I am Shannon I am restarting Spark and am trying to get myself into a more active and healthy eating lifestyle. I just graduated college and am getting married in December. I love Austin because it offers so many outdoor activities for people. I also love to scrapbook and make cards. I got restarted to spark because I felt I needed to live a more healthy lifestyle. I am looking to maintain and tone up a little as well as be less indulgent when it comes to eating. I tend to be a snacker especially when ... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 10:30:39 EST Saturday's at Brushy Creek Inviting all Spark People Austin to join our Running Warriors at Brushy Creek. 7am Saturday mornings, part of HCBC Sports Ministry. <BR> Whether you're running a half-mile or a half-marathon, you'll get some encouragement and probably find a running partner here too! We'll be meeting at a few different parks, so email if you will be coming, or let me know that you want to be put on the email list and I'll send you the weekly updates. <BR> Encouraging you to ... Mon, 16 May 2011 10:57:06 EST Austin Fit Just wondering if any other Sparkers are doing the Austin Fit marathon training. I'm in the group that started today. :) Sat, 14 May 2011 13:54:08 EST Hello-new here and plan to stick around a while Hi, didn't expect to be a forty year old sahm to a new baby and a 4 year old but alas this is what I have been blessed with. Also, didn't expect to be an overweight health professional which is why I am here because someday I will return to work and NEED to find my way back to health......for myself and my family. I look forward to this journey and to getting to know others along the way. Thu, 12 May 2011 10:29:42 EST Looking for a Workout Buddy Hello! <BR> <BR> At the urging of a friend of mine, I joinged Gold's Gym to try their Les Mills fitness classes (BodyJam, BodyPump, BodyFlow, etc.) I love the classes and am enjoying them very much. I would love to have one or two other people that are willing and able to join me a few times a week for the classes. I'm very social, and having friends to meet and help keep me accountable would be wonderful. Currently, I live in North Austin and attend the classes at the Hester's Crossing ... Wed, 4 May 2011 12:38:57 EST Hi, I'm Pamela! Hi, my name is Pamela, or Pam, and my husband and I moved to South Austin in November due to a job transfer. We really love it here but we have yet to meet any friends. I just ran my first 5K yesturday, the Texas Roundup, and it was alot of fun! I am 29 and my husband is 33, no children but we own a small zoo (2 large dogs and 3 cats). We love the outdoors and go to the dog parks every chance we get, we also love all the music Austin has to offer. We are both vegan but we don't try to pus... Sun, 1 May 2011 20:18:55 EST Moving to Austin Hi everyone! I'm moving from Chandler, AZ to northwest Austin in about a month and I can't wait! I've been on Spark for a couple of years now and am looking forward to making friends in the Austin area. <BR> <BR> My name is Margi, I'm 34, happily married, and happily childless. We have friends all along the I-35 corridor, as well as Houston, so we're happy to be closer to them. I've never lived in Texas before. Heck, I've never lived in the Central time zone before! I'm a little nervous, but... Sun, 1 May 2011 17:37:37 EST Introducing My Self as Miss Misha! Just a quick introduction to get myself out there (or here). My name is Misha, I am from Central Texas and am an Anthropologist, though I work in retail. I am hoping to get into shape, loss weight, and become healthy. I have the determination, the knowledge, but need the motivation to keep going and willpower to do so. <BR> <BR> I heard about the site from Shape! Magazine, decided to join, so here I am! I am currently using the food and fitness tracker from WebMD, but am thinking about... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:03:07 EST Downtown Austin Sparker Hi team, <BR> <BR> I'm relatively new to Sparkpeople. I created a SP account a long time ago but have really just started to be active. Would love some local Austin contacts for support, get togethers, etc. <BR> <BR> A little about me - married, 30s, no kids. Am dedicated to working out but drop the ball when it comes to tracking food. Hoping SP can help me with that. <BR> <BR> Stop by my page and say hi if you're so inclined. I hope everyone has a great week! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:58:12 EST Today's SP Newsletter Discussion I am subscribed to about ten different SP newsletters, and each day a few of them really spark my interest. So, I'm going to start posting some of the sections that I think the whole group can benefit from, and feel free to do the same. Ask questions or post responses to any of the newsletter quotes/sections. This should be great! Fri, 15 Apr 2011 12:04:06 EST Dancing your you-know-what off in Austin? Hi there! I've been trying out some dance classes around Austin, and am wondering if anyone else has tried any? Were they amenable/encouraging to larger students? Price & location? <BR> <BR> I've tried: <BR> Ballet Austin's Ballet Fit classes - a fitness class that primarily uses the barre and ballet movements for a pretty darn good workout, similar to Pilates (though mostly standing). Accommodating to all skill levels and ranges of motion (though I did chuckle internally when she asked us t... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:09:46 EST Fun Races/Events Outside Austin It takes a lot of work (and sometimes money) to travel to another city or state for a 5K, 10K, marathon, triathlon, bike ride or other sporting event, but sometimes that race could be all the motivation we need! Across the US there are some really fun races/events, like races in the Disney Theme Parks (with free admission afterwards), runs on the beach (talk about a workout!), or hikes in the Colorado mountains! <BR> <BR> What fitness events sound fun to you, or have you done any like this?... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:30:30 EST Exercise DVDs What are everyone's favorite exercise DVDs? <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I love exercise DVDs (goods ones that really give you a good workout), because they allow you to try all sorts of different workouts, from kickboxing to yoga to 80s cardio to bootcamp, and you can do it right in your house! Fri, 8 Apr 2011 14:50:34 EST FRIENDS TV Show Anybody else love FRIENDS as much as I do???! What's your favorite FRIENDS moment/quote/episode? :) <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Chandler: They do me? <BR> Phoebe: You know, like... uh, okay: "Could that report be any later?" <BR> Chandler: I don't sound like that. <BR> Ross: Oh, oh Chandler... <BR> Joey: Yeah, you do. <BR> Ross: "The hills were alive with the sound of music. <BR> Joey: My scones! <BR> Phoebe, Ross, & Joey: "My scones!" <BR> Chandler: Okay, I don't sound like that. T... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 19:30:58 EST Favorite TV Shows What is your favorite TV show? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> If it's still running, what time/day/channel? What is it about? Favorite moment/quote from that show? <BR> <BR> Bonus: Do cardio (jumping jacks, ski jumps, punches) or sit-ups during commercials, or the whole show if you're fast-forwarding! Thu, 7 Apr 2011 13:55:01 EST New Team Leader Hi, Austin Sparkers! There's a new team leader in town and her name is Ali Scott. Ali already is adding some new Spark to our team. Please join me in welcoming her! <BR> <BR> Pam <BR> <BR> P.S. If you haven't done so, please sign up for our team goals and start logging those fitness points for the team! Thu, 7 Apr 2011 12:01:06 EST What sport did you play when you were little? What sports did you play when you were a child? <BR> Did you do sports in high-school or college? <BR> Do you play any sports now? <BR> If you have kids, what sports do they play? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>185</em> <em>281</em> <em>260</em> <em>133</em> <em>281</em> <em>299</em> <BR> <em>278</em> <em>131</em> <em>60</em> <em>196</em> <em>237</em> <em>405</em> Thu, 7 Apr 2011 10:49:15 EST Gluten-Free Anybody else gluten-intolerant in Austin?? :) <BR> <BR> I've been gluten-free for a few years now, and I've found these restaurants with gluten-free menus or at least superrr gluten-free friendly (YAYY!): <BR> -Lift Cafe <BR> -NXNW <BR> -How do you roll? <BR> -Sushi Zushi <BR> -Z Tejas <BR> -Brick Oven <BR> -CraigOs Pizza <BR> -Garrido's <BR> -Guero's <BR> -Hula Hut <BR> -Maudies <BR> -Pluckers <BR> -Jezebel <BR> -Pei Wei <BR> -Romeo's <BR> -Wildwood Art Cafe <BR> -Zuzu <BR> -Zen <BR> -Santa... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 18:34:50 EST Sprained knee workouts I am a Newbie here but I have a sprained knee anyone know what I can do workout wise without using my legs for my core training??????? Mon, 4 Apr 2011 09:37:18 EST Longhorn Fans! Any UT football (or baseball or basketball or soccer or swimming or gymnastics or...) fans out there?! :) Sun, 3 Apr 2011 22:37:59 EST Shape Diva Dash on April 9 Is anyone participating in this event? :) Sun, 3 Apr 2011 22:17:20 EST Hello fellow Austin Sparks! Hello, I'm new to Spark as of today! I'm a SAHM in NW Austin to two preschoolers and am very active, however I have no discipline when it comes to eating. The more I workout, the more I eat. I've joined Spark to help me track what I eat with a goal of losing 10 lbs before summer by eating healthy, and continuing my regular workout schedule. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to providing support and getting support from some local Austinites!! Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:30:04 EST What gym do you belong to in Austin? Good deals? Looking into joining a gym and really like what I saw today at Golds Gym? Anybody else love the gym they are at? Good deals out there? Thu, 24 Mar 2011 21:53:35 EST hola Hey Austin! <BR> Just wanted to say hello to the team. I'm a 29-year-old lady trying to drop a good chunk of pounds... live in the far northeast area of Austin if anyone might be looking for a workout buddy (I usually do evenings; mornings before work are too early for me since I work at a school). I mostly do elliptical and speed-walking right now, though I'd like to expand my exercise horizons -- as fun as spinning in circles in a gym is. <BR> Anyway, best of luck to all of you on your fitn... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:59:30 EST CAP 10K Any SparkPeople doing the Cap 10K in Austin on 3/27? I think it would be great to meet some of you. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:01:36 EST Diva 5K Anyone else running/walking in this Saturday? I am soooo excited and a bit nervous, since it is my first official race. <BR> The event sounds like a blast all on its own. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 11:54:02 EST HOWDY! New to the team. I'm trying again after loosing my motivation during the holidays - My goal is to get under 200 by the end of the year - <BR> <BR> Glad I found this great resource! Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:25:44 EST Hi there! Hello fellow Sparkers! I am so excited to have run across this website. I often start things with a very upbeat attitude only to lose faith and patience when I don't see results right away. I am not sure I have a reasonable expectation of timing, but anyway, I am trying again. I am a very healthy, blessed mom of three children (2 grown, 1 is five years old). I am blessed enough to be employed and I recently got out of a marriage that was less than healthy. Nothing traumatic, I just grew ... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:40:51 EST Frozen? Every body make it through the balmy weather? Sat, 12 Feb 2011 08:53:34 EST New to team - anyone live near Manor? I've been on SparkPeople since July and have lost about 40 lbs. Before the cold weather and holidays, I was walking several times a day, taking a pilates class on Saturday and "playing" tennis on Sunday. The weather is improving to get the walking going and I've started back with pilates. <BR> <BR> Does anyone "play" tennis that lives on the east side toward Manor? I've currently got my daughter going with me but she usually gives out before I am ready. We've recruited some of her friend... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:25:37 EST Hey y'all! I'm new to Spark Austin and wondering if there are any young moms in the North Austin area looking for a workout buddy. I have a 24hour fitness gym membership but I also like to go to Town Lake, to the park with my one year old daughter, etc. <BR> <BR> Message me if you're interested! <BR> <BR> Karie Sat, 22 Jan 2011 17:05:14 EST Keep on keeping on! You're doing the right thing, Austin. I wouldn't be stealing slogans from the Sixties if you weren't. <BR> <BR> Kick it! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:05:10 EST Yoga My sister has often told me about the wonders of Yoga especially after running. I've been wanting to try it especially since I'm running three times a week doing the C25K program. I got two DVDs today one that is a from Jillian Michaels and is supposed to be used for calorie burning and weight loss. My other one has two programs one for the morning to help wake you up and give you energy for the day and the other for night to help relax. My question is, is there any wake to track the second D... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 22:05:20 EST Hello Team Okay well I joined Spark about three years ago but never really kept up with it. I was still a smoker then and did not join any teams. I guess I really wasn't ready or motivated. Now I have quit smoking have been doing the C25K programs which is a training program to get a person ready to run a 5k, and I'm here. Right now I'm extremely motivated and would like the support and guidance of a local team. I live in Leander but that's not too far from Austin. I was looking at the upcoming walk in ... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 10:44:47 EST Back to work! Hello! <BR> So..I was doing great with SparkPeople.. and then I moved to Austin and got all off track!...7 months later and looking to get back into working out and eating better! If anyone is looking for a workout/walk/laugh/support-system-type buddy let me know! I'm available most mornings and weekend afternoons. <BR> <BR> Emily Mon, 3 Jan 2011 01:12:08 EST New to Spark from Austin, Tx. My friend and I were discussing why most people don't take the time to take care of themselves..why we don't think that we are important enough...where to find and how to keep motivation to take care of ourselves. I then went to the bookstore and found "The Spark". I'm hoping that this does provide the answers and motivation that I need. I'm counting on you guys to help! :o) Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:19:12 EST Hello Hello I am new to this site and my goal is to lose 40 lbs! I look forward to it and won't be stingy with how much I lose =) Anyways, happy to hear from you all! Fri, 24 Dec 2010 20:11:41 EST Hello Hello I am new to this site and my goal is to lose 40 lbs! I look forward to it and won't be stingy with how much I lose =) Anyways, happy to hear from you all! Fri, 24 Dec 2010 20:11:09 EST new to austin Spark I have been on Spark People a while. Lost weight, quit smoking, gained weight. I am now back in the losing mode and hopefully no more bad habits will mess with weight loss. If anyone live close to Marble Falls I would love to exercise with them. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 20:34:54 EST Young mom workout buddy in North Austin area? Hey! I'm a 21 year old single mom with a 21 month old son, and I was looking for a workout buddy with a similar's hard to find active things to do with a kid tagging along, and if there's another single mama out there maybe we could put our heads together and improvise. Plus, my son would enjoy the company of another child. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 23:51:10 EST Here I go I am a bit intimidated by posting anything in a public forum but I've always been willing to try something new. So, here I go. I just celebrated the 25th anniversary of my 25th birthday and I have spent 15 years wishing to look 25 again. While I will never look 25, I know I am ready for some serious improvements. With the help of spark people, I hope to get there, and . . . Stay there. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 23:21:06 EST Walking Event Hi. I posted an upcoming walk at Mueller Lake Park 10K/5K) on I will be coming down to walk the event on Saturday. We'd love to have y'all come walk with us. Club membership is not required. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:08:16 EST Has anyone used a weight loss center? Has anyone used or is using a local weight loss center or does anyone know where someone of extreme weight can go and work out with others and not feel like the mutant in the room? Living in Austin has killed my self esteem. Everyone is fit, and the rudeness that I have encountered here because I'm overweight is so prevalent that I hate living here and therefore I haven't truly enjoyed all there is to enjoy in this city. I have become more reclusive which has caused me to gain more weight... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 21:46:18 EST Hey Sparkies! I can't wait to get my body in rippling shape, have more energy and to eat delish fresh cooked meals. And I can't wait to meet all of you! I'm looking for a one-on-one web buddy with similar goals so we can push each other to lose the weight and keep it off. If that sounds like you, send me a note. Let's do this together Sparkies! <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 13:25:55 EST I love yoga I do yoga 2x a week. Started doing yoga with p90x and I love it. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 06:25:57 EST See you at the new PF Hi all, <BR> I joined Planet Fitness as soon as I found out they were coming to my neighborhood. They opened on Sunday and I've been every day. I've lived in Austin (Oak Hill past the Y) for a while and have always had family in Austin. <BR> I'm excited to find there is a group just for Austin. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. I'm here learn how others get and stay healthy. <BR> I left my previous website b/c the forum I kept up with kinda dwindled to just a couple people and ... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 23:00:53 EST How often do you weigh in? How often does everyone weigh in? Today would mark my "one week" back on SP. I'm tempted to weigh in, but at the same time, wonder if I should wait longer (2 weeks) so that I'm giving myself a chance to see results. Thoughts??? Thu, 14 Oct 2010 09:00:34 EST Hi Everyone! I started SparkPeople in July and just now found the Austin team. I live and work in Austin and am trying to make a significant change to a more healthy life. <BR> <BR> I have more than a few pounds to lose so I want to be a consistent slow loser in order to keep it off. I love SparkPeople and the approach of making progress with small streaks instead of an all or nothing approach. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting the team. Thu, 7 Oct 2010 12:12:49 EST Does anyone know a Vet that has Bulldog experience I have a 10 month old Bulldog and I would really like to find a Vet that is experienced with this breed since they seem to require a lot of medical attention and care. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 12:02:20 EST Hi Ya Hi, I have been on SP for a while, but am just getting into the message boards. Good luck to all! Sun, 3 Oct 2010 19:48:54 EST I hit my goal weight. Check out my blog for more details, but I basically lost 50 pounds in 15 months. Twenty of them while on Spark. Fri, 24 Sep 2010 12:27:04 EST New to this... Hello there. I quit my stressful job in July and have decided to take this time to work on myself, including this stress weight. I live in south Austin at this time, but we are looking at moving within Austin once we sell our home. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 70 pounds. I have been tracking my calories the past 4 days and have been going to the gym on and off the past 3 weeks. I am a Lifetime Fitness member. I tend to throw in the towel if I don't see the numbers on the scale move,... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 09:07:22 EST Has anybody tried Alli? I've been on Weight Watchers for about a year and a half. I was very successful but after I got married some of the weight came back on. I've got real strict with carrying a food journal with me everywhere and making sure I'm making healthy choices and drinking my 8 glasses of water a day. I just started Alli because it claims with healthy eating and exercise it can help you lose 50% more weight than with dieting and exercising alone. Luckily I haven't had any terrible side effects yet. Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:01:55 EST Trying to stay focus Hi, <BR> <BR> Since I have joined this site, I have lost a total of 14lbs. The amazing thing about it is, I just lost it in about 10 days seriously. So now I am hyped, pumped and feeling good and then the weekend comes and I get lazy, hence the title trying to stay focus. I know I can do it, right? Yes I can, so I will keep on walking, eating more fruits and veggies and feeling good each time I put on a pair of supposedly tight jeans and they are loose....oh yeah. My story is typical, alwa... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 19:33:40 EST What are your favorite Austin fitness activities? What kinds of workout activities do you do that are uniquely Austin? Favorite places to run, hike, ride, swim, walk, climb? <BR> <BR> I've got two. One is obvious: walking/jogging Town Lake (n/k/a Lady Bird Lake, but I'm resisting the name change). My office is three blocks away, and when the weather's cooler, I pop down at lunch time and do and up and back from Congress to Mopac. We're getting closer to cooler temps, and I am thrilled! <BR> <BR> Two is less known and for the life of me I... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 11:47:59 EST Hi, I'm Pam. Hello, Team Austin! I am a recently-recruited team leader. Thanks, AUSTEXGUY! I've lived in Austin for ten years now, having the good fortune of escaping from Houston. I am relatively new to SP, coming up on three months. I am an outdoors girl, and love hiking in and around Austin. Luckily I am not afraid of working up a good sweat. I just stared C25K with the goal of running an entire 5K by year end. <BR> <BR> I would love to see Team Austin put some serious points on the board and give Ho... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 11:34:29 EST Allow myself to introduce ... myself I've done SP before, but usually lost steam. I'm trying it out again. Seeing if being more involved in the site--blogs and all--helps me stay focused. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 22:14:19 EST Your new leaders... could be you, too As some of you might have noticed, we have new leaders in place. The old ones served well but their one-year term expired (that's not official, but one year seems like a good length of time to me.) <BR> <BR> Thanks especially to Rebeca for her guidance in this group. <BR> <BR> The new leaders for now are me, AusTexGuy aka Jasper and DKRETSCH01, which I think is German for Dawn. Or maybe not, but her name is definitely Dawn. <BR> <BR> Dawn is a cardio/running girl, I'm a weight-lifting bo... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 17:20:43 EST I suppose I should introduce myself... I've been lurking around the group for the past couple days, so I suppose it's time that I introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Julie and my goal is to run the Austin half marathon in February. I'm not a runner at all, so I'm starting with a couch to 5k type program where you do jogging/walking intervals. As a side effect, I'm hoping to lose a few pounds as well. <BR> <BR> I'd love to have a workout buddy - getting up to run in the morning is HARD (especially since I have night owl tend... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:51:47 EST Hi, I'm Jennifer! Hello. I came to about 2 weeks ago. I haven't done much yet but hope to become more involved. I've only had to worry about my weight the last 5 years and got close to 200lbs. Then I joined weight watchers and watched the weight melt of. I'm now at the point where I want to loose a little bit more to meet my goal weight. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 09:18:26 EST Where in Austin can I buy Maca ? <BR> Does anyone know where I can locate Maca Magic product or any gelatinized Maca root product in the Austin Texas area? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> J Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:51:50 EST Cardio for a Clutz? any ideas what I should do for cardio since I have a big boot weighing me down. (fractured foot) and a hurt hand (burn) - don't ask, ok ask. Im a Clutz! <BR> <BR> Anyways I wanted to jump start my excercise plan and Im stumped. I have been doing stretches and situps but I need to burn. Any ideas greatly appreciated. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 13:49:13 EST Lifelong Austinite, brand new Sparker Well, technically I joined Spark about a month ago, but I'm just now getting around to really using it. I'm really enjoying reading people's blogs and the forums - it's all so motivating and inspiring. I'm looking forward to writing as well this week. <BR> <BR> I've got 120 lbs to lose before my 29th birthday (February 2010). It's a big goal, but I believe I will make it happen (with Spark's help, natch). I'm already loving what a fun, positive online community this is! <BR> <BR> Anywho, ju... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 13:44:33 EST Your Latest Newbie! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm 24 and I've been an Austinite for 11 years now. I'm completely new to SP. I got the book and fell in love the with program. I'm really excited to meet new people with a similar passion for changing their lives for the better. I joined to connect with people on a similar journey toward happiness and self-discovery. <BR> If anyone has any suggestions for things I should try out as a new member, I'd really appreciate it! Sat, 14 Aug 2010 18:08:45 EST New Beginnings Hello, my name is Amanda and I am 22 years old. I am new to Austin and new to SparkPeople. So far I think this site is amazing! I think this is going to be such a valuable resource as I embark on mission: Weight Loss! <BR> Moving to this vibrant city, I realize that my weight is holding me back in life. Swimming at Barton Springs, in a bathing suit, in public?!? I would LOVE to, but my self conscience gets the better of me. Going out, enjoying the night life? Many a time, even leaving the hou... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:32:58 EST A New Chapter in My LIFE! Good Day All ---- <BR> I am new to the world of SparkPeople, but I am glad to be here and hope that this will truly be my time to get fit, healthty and to stay that way! I am determined to make this happen and will need all of you as my support system! Will be talking to you all soon, have a wonderful weekend! Blessing.... Kim <BR> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:27:41 EST Hi! Hello Austin- I am new to SP and new to this group! I have lost weight in the past but slowly it is creeping back on! I want to stop it before I ruin all my past hard work! I want to make a lasting change... to be more fit and more motivated. Any tips or suggestions on diet and exercise are welcome! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:52:53 EST Hey ya'll! Hey guys I'm new on here and real excited to join. I have read a few different posts from some of the groups that were recommended to me. Ya'll are an inspiration! Keep up the good work and feel free to send a message or add me as a friend. I looveee meeting new people! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:37:55 EST The Journey Starts With One Step! This is the first day that I'm really trying to make commitments like eating healthy and being active. This site seems very helpful for keeping focused and motivated. I'm excited to get started and would love to get to know some of you guys who are in the same boat! Fri, 6 Aug 2010 19:59:44 EST Bungee Jumping for my Birthday! Hey y'all! I'm turning 20 around the end of September and I really wanna do something unconventional. Does anybody know if there are any local companies/businesses that do bungee jumping? Google is not helping :( Fri, 30 Jul 2010 15:47:15 EST New to this Spark Community Hello all, I have decided not to do the Spark journey alone and become involved with the great people out there going thru the same things as me. <BR> Wed, 21 Jul 2010 07:51:44 EST I'm new to sp and new to Austin Hey just introducing myself I have alot of work to do I'm making alot of changes and the first after moving here is my health I'm really looking forward to all the positive changes Mon, 19 Jul 2010 00:03:50 EST What workout did you do today? I'm doing Yoga myself. Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:59:53 EST Half marathon training in austin? Hello. I recently signed up to do the half marathon in February and am looking for an affordable, formal training program. Rogue is SO expensive, so I'd love some recommendations for programs that won't break the bank. Thanks! Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:12:15 EST New to Team, pseudo-member of SP for a few years Howdy! I'm Denise. I've been in Austin since 2001 when I started school at UT. Graduated, class of 2006, in 2007 (long story). I'm an accountant for a law firm and recently married a Scotsman who moved to the US for me. We both love Austin. I recently changed doctors and think my thyroid issues are getting close to stabilized and I'm seeing a physical therapist for an injury from a car wreck two years ago, so I want to exploit the opportunity to get into shape and drop this awful weight ... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 11:36:34 EST Almost there - help me push to the finish! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I haven't posted much in the forums as I've been mostly using the tracking features of the website for the last two years. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, I am 7 lbs away from my goal with 49 days left until my deadline (see: 30th birthday). I'd like to exceed my goal by 5 lbs but I'll be happy if I reach it. <BR> <BR> I'm going out of town for one week of that, so that week will be a particular challenge (traveling much of that time). <BR> <BR> So I'm writing here for two reaso... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:21:16 EST New to Site Hello, <BR> <BR> Am looking forward to getting to know you all, offering support to those who need it, and accepting the support from all of you to reach healthy goals. Sun, 27 Jun 2010 10:11:23 EST Disc Golf Does anyone else here play disc golf? I'm trying to figure out how many calories I burn playing one round of golf. I have googled it and several articles on the sport say 960 for the 'average' course and the 'average' person. But I'm not average weight and I don't know what an 'average' course is. <BR> <BR> So far, I have just been estimating the mileage I walk during one round and counting that. But counting it this way is way less calories than my research show. I don't want to over estim... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:52:14 EST workout partner Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a workout partner who might also be in UT for the summer. I want to start working out and think it would be easier with someone who could help with motivation and who needs motivation. I would prefer a female (i'm female). I'm in the 200 lb range and would like to get started soon. So just let me know if you're interested. Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:25:24 EST Latest Blog Post: A Lesson in Forgiveness I hope all of y'all will come and read my latest blog post. I feel liberated after writing it and I hope y'all will too after reading it! <BR> <BR> *River* Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:45:31 EST Hello. :) Hey everyone. Just another girl jumping on the Austin health/wellness band wagon. <BR> <BR> It really was time for a change. Student life just wreaked havoc on my health and I'm ready to take control back. Plus, Austin is such a fun place to be fit. There's so much to do and explore! <BR> <BR> My name is Ami. I'm a current graphic design major at St. Edward's University (meaning a crazy artistic weirdo). I love cooking at home, running (when it isn't a sauna outside), and generally av... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 20:53:12 EST Introducing Myself Hello ALL, my goals are to lose weight and keep it off for good, get healthier for myself and my family, and look better in clothes. I am interested in history, science concerning everything including the human body and how it works, parenting tips, learning self control, and boosting my self-esteem. I joined the site because I feel I need help and can't loose weight alone. I come from a country town that has a country way of cooking and doing things. I need help unlearning those ways and rep... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 00:44:40 EST Making a change....... Turned 50, gained 10 lbs almost instantly! It is like the freshman 15 you hear about. My son has been my trainer for the last 2 weeks, desiging my work outs, diet, etc. and I feel so much better. I have been living like a rock star for the past 5 years - thinking I coule eat, drink and do whatever I want and boy did it catch up with me! Gotta make a life style change! And stress? I could go on for days but we all have our stress.......need to DEAL with it instead of medicating it. Pric... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 10:07:32 EST New to SparkPeople Just joined SparkPeople today and very excited. I have lived in Austin for three years and in Texas my entire life. I am hoping that this site will help me reach my fitness and health goals, and I'm happy to know that there's a special page for Austinites! Fri, 28 May 2010 23:47:42 EST OT: Can you recommend a good cat-sitter? Does anyone have a good pet-sitter to recommend in NW Austin (McNeil & 183 area)? <BR> <BR> My current sitter (we've been using her for years & years) is cutting back on her visiting business and concentrating on her at-home dog "hostel" so our twice-a-day cat visits aren't going to work anymore. <BR> <BR> Our cats have eating "issues" (do I feel a SparkPet web site coming?) and need to be visited twice a day. We sometimes take fairly long vacations, and I don't like to impose on my friend... Thu, 27 May 2010 12:51:42 EST I'd like to introduce myself Hi. Age 51 yr old female who's finally feeling her age. Still young at heart and love to be outdoors but wants to feel good. Broke my ankle about 5 yrs ago and still feeling the arthritis that set in afterwards so got lazy and quit walking (which was a favorite) being out outside. Want to get back the motivation I used to have and with all the Spark members out there to chip in and motivate me, I feel better already just taking the first step. I am also joining a gymn. Ready, set, go,go,go...... Wed, 26 May 2010 14:20:13 EST Introducing myself Hello Fellow Austinites! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team and thought I'd introduce myself. I live in Round Rock, have lived in this area for the past 7 years- can't believe it's been so long! I moved here for grad school at UT, married an Austin man, and am now probably gonna be here forever! (That's not a complaint- it's a gorgeous, fun, fantastic city and we love it!) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all here! Sun, 23 May 2010 10:49:29 EST Exploring the Austin Area! Hello everyone! My husband and I are exploring our options for moving to Texas. We've done a lot of research, and currently, we've narrowed it down to the Austin area - specifically Georgetown. We hope to travel there and visit within the next year or so, so I thought I'd stop by and meet a few sparkers in the area. I currently live in Central California. I'm 35, and have been married for 2 years. I have a 12 year old daughter and a 5 month old daughter. We enjoy hiking, camping, endur... Fri, 21 May 2010 02:36:53 EST Hello Hello everyone I am new to spark people and really need to get myself back in shape so I am looking at the site and getting to know it. I look forward to getting to know some more people in austin that are dealing with the same weight issues/getting healthy again issues as me! <BR> Briley Sun, 16 May 2010 02:58:29 EST Anyone else running the Pride 5K on June 5th? Should be lots of fun! Slip N slide at the end! I've got a couple of my friends to join it should be a blast! Thu, 13 May 2010 16:51:14 EST Chuy's Hot 2 Trot 5K I and my daughter C-Rae717 will be doing the Chuy's Hot2Trot 5K. <BR> I would love to see some of you out there as well. <BR> I will be wearing pink, shirt with kids hand prints along with dark pink hat (stawtype wide brim). <BR> Come and get your walking out of the way for the morning. <BR> <BR> For information - <BR> <link><BR>ys-hot-to-trot-5k-and-kid-k-2010 </link> <BR> <BR> HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE. Mon, 3 May 2010 15:51:28 EST Skinny Cow in Austin? Does anyone know where to find a good selection of Skinny Cow frozen treats in Austin? I found a few flavors of the ice cream sandwiches at Target but I was wondering if any other stores or grocery stores sell the bars and ice cream cups and cones. Thanks guys! Mon, 3 May 2010 00:40:10 EST hi everybody... hello. i'm a new SparkPeople member. i'm a little overwhelmed but also very excited! this is my first attempt at losing weight(i was in denial/delusional about my weight gain :) ). i hope to make a positive lifestyle change and want to thank everyone in advance for being a part of my motivation. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:48:53 EST Safe trails and paths? I love Town Lake. We all do. But, living in NW Austin, it's too much of a drive to make every day. There's a little park on Anderson Mill & 183 that's nice and clean and well maintained, but the path is a very short loop and, well, if I can see my car the entire time, I'm just going to want to go sit in it sooner rather than burn through a couple more laps. <BR> <BR> What are some other favorite paths to walk/run in Austin? Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:01:22 EST Dog Friendly 5K’s Benefiting Good Causes Is anyone planning to or interested in doing the following dog friendly 5K’s with me this weekend? <BR> On Saturday, the 17th there’s the Mighty Texas Dog Walk <BR> <link> </link> <BR> And on Sunday, the 18th, there’s Woof Walk & Wrun 5K. <BR> <link><BR>of-walk-and-wrun-5k-2010 </link> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:19:41 EST New in Oak Hill Just starting. Open for some novice tennis at dick Nichols. Peace, john Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:05:11 EST Greetings from Hutto Does any one know of any walking trails in Hutto/Round Rock area? Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:46:50 EST Hi y'all I just signed up today and I am overwhelmed by all the resources and information available but I am also excited about the process. I am trying once more to reach my goal weight and I am hoping this will be the lasting lifestyle change that I have been so desperately needing. Well, just wanted to drop a quick hello and introduce myself :-) Thu, 8 Apr 2010 00:47:49 EST Greetings Fellow Austinites! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to Austin and new to this site as well. Looking for like minded people and fellow work out partners too. <BR> <BR> I live in Steiner Ranch and would love to meet up for hikes, kayaking or just about anything athletic that makes keeping fit less of a chore. :) Used to weight train with a friend back home in Toronto where I'm from and it was so much more enjoyable and motivational that way. It's also harder to escape your commitment when you know someone is ... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 22:25:13 EST low carb protein shake Any good low carb protein shakes out there??? Fri, 2 Apr 2010 09:10:57 EST Well... Hi there! Just wanted to introduce myself to all you Austinites out there. I've been in ATX for almost a year and am very happy here. Moved here from South Padre Island where I lived for the previous 18 years. Life can be a beach, ya know, but even that gets old. I have been consistently working out since July and have a personal trainer, Jenny, who is exceptionally knowledgeable and has been an incredible motivator. Now that I am more physically fit, I am interested in losing weight, t... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:55:19 EST Redheaded Siren Singer Songwriter Hey Guys! <BR> <BR> Very excited to meet you! I'm a singer-songwriter, originally from Seattle, but living in Austin for over two years now. I LOVE it, and I love being home. I tour about six or so months out of the year, which makes it hard to develop a routine that would help me make my weightloss goals. <BR> <BR> My peak (5+ years ago) was 192, and my low since puberty is 150. I'm at about 162 right now, after getting back up to 175 during the last Christmas/New Years season. My goa... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:26:43 EST Meet Rhonda! Hi, I'm 26, I have a 2 year old boy and a 6 month old girl (and a wonderful husband). I want to lose the baby weight I've accumulated over the past 2 years. I want to lose 20 pounds in 4 months and keep it off! My 2 favorite pastimes are exercising and eating treats, not neccesarily in that order. I need to stop baking treats. I am a stay at home mom who also likes to read and watch movies. I am super motivated by this awesome site. Can't wait to get skinny again! Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:32:35 EST Anyone workout at the Mcneil YMCA? I would love to find a workout buddy. Anyone else work out there?? Wed, 24 Mar 2010 20:57:55 EST Just starting Hello, everyone. Longtime Austinite. I'm very excited about joining this group as it is my very first online group ever. I have a lot to lose and would love the companionship and experience of others who are doing it. And I really would like to find some walking buddies - I live in Westlake, so I'm pretty flexible. Thanks! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 17:41:01 EST Any tips on eating BBQ in a restaurant? Not only am I having a hard time finding calorie counts, but also--nothing on this menu is good for me, I'm sure. It's the "Salt Lick." Any suggestions for trimming calories here and there and where I can find nutrition info? <BR> <BR> Cheers! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 10:03:58 EST Arboretum buddies? Hey! Just joined recently, looking for a buddy to work out with/ email/ support back and forth? Anyone in the area? I have a fitness center at my complex that I'd love to share =) Sat, 20 Mar 2010 09:49:35 EST I'm a newbie-- SAHM and hoping to lose 33lbs! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I live in the arboretum area and would love to find an email buddy. I workout in the fitness center in my apartment complex, so if you need a place to work out I'd love to share it with you! I will say, though, that I better just be buddies with ladies, at least in the real world. Don't think my hubby would appreciate a gym-boy-buddy. (hehe) <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone, I can't wait to reach my goals and watch you reach yours!! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 09:16:23 EST Wells Branch Austin?? Hey All, I'm a young Stay at home Wife, just 24. And Was wondering if there is anyone out there Young or Young at Heart that is looking for a walk/jogg partner? Me and my DH don't have children yet, but we are working on it:) So Far I have lost 11lbs on my own and 4.6% of my Body Fat WHOO HOO!!! Its Just I'm starting to feel board doing my walking and Jogging alone! Anyone Interested. IF you reply this week I will be in our Nations Capital Visiting my Parents Whom just moved back to the State... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 07:13:38 EST Leander/ Cedar Park Folks - Walking Buddies Hi all, <BR> <BR> If any of you are in the Leander/ Cedar Park/ NW Austin area and would like to get together to walk, let me know! Since I'm walking a lot (750 miles between now and November), I could use some buddies! <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 13:28:08 EST Just moved to Austin! Yes, I'm not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I could. I am getting married this November and have always struggled with my weight. I was about to join Weight Watchers again when a friend told me of this site. I absolutely LOVE it! I have a trainer at the gym and want to get in shape to be able to run a marathon at some point. I am looking forward to meeting new people! <BR> <BR> Chelsea Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:58:58 EST New Beginings This year is a celebration of new beginings. After living in Mexico for five years, I have moved to a new city and state. I gained 40lbs in the last two years and i am determined to lose this weight. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 20:25:23 EST Hey everyone! Just joined this evening. Tomorrow I will turn 44, stop smoking and start to loose 30 lbs. I am excited! Wish me luck . . . Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:59:48 EST newbie here! hello all! i'm not a "poster" typically but i'm so excited there's an austin group i had to write. knowing there are so many of us doing this together is pretty cool. now i'll be wondering as i walk around town lake- "is that a sparker? <em>213</em> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 12:23:23 EST Hey ATX!!! I am sooo excited to be starting my weight loss journey now and in this wonderful town of Austin! And its finally warming up so I can take a run or two around Lady Bird Lake and get off the treadmill. I am a 26 yr old mother of 4(2 live with me) I am married to a wonderful man named Maddy and I am looking for a fitness buddy :) Tue, 9 Mar 2010 04:55:30 EST I'm so excited and ready for this journey. Hello to everyone new to SparkPeople/SparkAustin and I am really enjoying this site. Sun, 7 Mar 2010 20:22:44 EST hello I joined Sparkpeople a week ago and just find out about the SparkAustin. This is fantastic to have one for our city. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 15:05:46 EST Breast Cancer 3-Day Training Walks in Austin TX Hello folks! <BR> <BR> I'll be heading up training walks in the Austin, Texas area on the 24-week training schedule for the DFW Breast Cancer 3-Day in November. The walks will alternate between Town Lake and Williamson County Park on Saturdays and Sundays. <BR> <BR> If you're in Central Texas and are interested, please send me SparkMail and I'll be happy to include you on the e-mail list! <BR> <BR> If you'd like more information about the Breast Cancer 3-Day, visit and l... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 16:11:39 EST Looking for a bubby... Workout, email, chat Hi all, I am new to SP and would like to find others in Austin that share my same goals. <BR> <BR> I need to lose about 50lbs and would like to find others that can keep me motivated and I can do the same while sharing tips and tricks. <BR> <BR> Anyways hope to hear from some of you. Thanks Fri, 5 Mar 2010 01:59:44 EST Zumba @ Gold's Gym Gold's Gym now has Zumba classes, I have been anxiously waiting to try it out!! I will be going this weekend, if anyone else is interested in meeting up and going along! <BR> Thu, 4 Mar 2010 09:47:01 EST Hey There- I'm new! I'm looking forward to meeting some people who are trying to lose weight. I have alot to lose- and gain if i stick to my goals. I'm choosing three things to focus on this week. so far, today is going good. I need to stay motivated. <BR> <BR> I'm 36yrs old and I have 150 lbs to lose- after being overweight for about twelve years. It started gradually and just kept going. I've tried to lose weight at different times. did programs and made some effort but never really eradicated the problem. ha... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 16:25:28 EST Austin SP Member Hey All, <BR> <BR> I'm an Austin born and bred. Lived here pretty much all my life. My family and my life have been here in Texas. Just looking to lose weight and feel good! <BR> <BR> So How-dee! Tue, 2 Mar 2010 15:47:46 EST A First. Hey Everyone!My First Personal Goal has been Met! When I first started to lose weight I was 215lbs. When I started Documenting it here on Spark People, I was 206lbs. Well Tonight's Weigh in At my Weight loss meeting I broke 200lbs! I am 199.6lbs and Dropping about 1.8lbs a Week! Its All UP HILL From here!!! WOOT! Thu, 25 Feb 2010 23:13:46 EST JUST GETTING STARTED HI IM NEW AT THIS BUT I HOPE TO COMPLETE MY GOAL AND CONTINUE TO STAY HEALTHY Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:27:04 EST Don't want to be negative, but...I hope this works I'm new to this. I'm trying to figure out how all this works. I want to get hopeful. I need to loose a lot. Health reasons and sanity reasons :-P Tue, 23 Feb 2010 21:36:23 EST Introduction from Austin, TX Hi, <BR> <BR> I have been trying for years to lose weight! I moved to Texas 6 years ago and have gained 40 lbs! All that yummy Tex-Mex food! I am eager to hear success stories to keep me on track. <BR> <BR> Vi Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:56:20 EST Hello Spark...Excited to meet everyone This is my "Official" first day of joining the SP family. This site is going to be the support system I need to lose my extra pounds. Here we go!! Mon, 22 Feb 2010 16:19:41 EST Newbie Yay, happy to see an Austin team. I'm in NW Austin (Wells Branch). Trying to figure out how to add more excercise and healthy eating to my very busy work life and being a mom of a 14 year old. I know I can, I know I can... <em>9</em> Sun, 21 Feb 2010 21:53:44 EST hello Hi, I decided to join sparkpeople after hearing about it from a couple of friends. I waited about a year to join. I've been lurking abour for a few days before posting because I tend to hate talking with people I don't know. Yet, the anonymity is also feels secure. I spend a lot of time at work sitting and writing, and I paint for my mental health. <BR> <BR> Probably my goals right now are to stop the late night snacking (or after work snacking-- depends) and to get out and move more. Sat, 13 Feb 2010 11:05:58 EST Nancynewt's New Adventure I am just starting on SparkPeople today. A friend recommended this site and it looks wonderful. I am 47 and 270. I have a beautiful and smart little 14month old little girl. My primary goal is just to get healthier so I can keep up with my daughter as she grows up. <BR> <BR> Nancy Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:14:47 EST Bonjour! *Boom-ba* This is my introduction! I'm new to spark people but I'm not new to the hustle and bustle of working towards a healthier me. <BR> This is the first time I've ever used a message board so I may contribute alot of seemingly obvious questions. <BR> I really want to do this in a community and would love to meet some local folks who are just as excited about making things happen as I am. Mon, 8 Feb 2010 20:06:36 EST Hi there evrybody... I am 40 years old, and I need to get healthy. I need to be here for my children and I want to live a long healthy stress-free life. I've been overweight all my life..ever since I can remember. I remember my Mom...meaning well would put me on various "diets". I was always the fattest girl in school the one who got ,made fun of and the one who would laugh at herself to keep from crying. Well I am a grown woman now and I am tired of beating myself up, it's definitely time for a;'s ti... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 19:53:31 EST Calling All Vegetarians (and Vegans)! Hey, I am 64 yo & keep putting on weight. I used to be the one who heard all the skinny jokes. Now I'm afraid to look at myself in passing shop windows. I am always/almost always hungry. Not sure yet how to use this site, but it sure does look like it will help! Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:07:29 EST Hello team! See you out on the trail today. Good morning! I've been a member for some time now but haven't introduced myself. I'm Nikki, I live in north Austin, and I'm loving our weather lately. I'll be out on Lady Bird Lake kayaking today and then walking the trail! I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the sunshine today. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:52:02 EST New to Spark, and Austin too! Well, I'm not "brand new" to Austin, but I've been here a little over a year. I am however, new to spark, and just wanted to introduce my self. Hi, I'm Sarah, and I'm looking forward to talking with/encouraging other members. <BR> My goal is to loose 80 lbs. My highest weight ever was about 30lbs more than I am now. About a year and a half ago I lost down to 225lbs, but gained 25 lbs back. I never want to be as big as I was again so I'm pullin' out the big guns! Sun, 24 Jan 2010 21:07:52 EST Trailsetter 5k-Cedar Park Trailsetter 5k & Kids Fun Run will be at Twin Lakes YMCA in Cedar Park on March 7th, would anyone be interested in joining me? This will be my first "offical" 5k run, so I am not going to take it too seriously, as I just want to see how well I can do and work up the nerve to do something larger later on in the year..perhaps the Cap 10k!! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 11:23:44 EST Northwest YMCA I recently joined the northwest Y and was wondering if anyone on here was also a member and looking for a workout buddy. My husband and I joined together, but he has 0 weight to lose so we will be doing different things while there. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 14:48:57 EST New to Spark People - South Austin Okay, I'm up to my old tricks. I usually workout during this time of year just to be "in shape" for Summer and I promptly get out of shape as soon as Summer is over. This time I'm going to change my mentality and stay in shape year round. I'm sick of starting over and being sore all over again and not being able to breathe all over get the point! I am excited to be working out again and I know this time will be different! Thu, 21 Jan 2010 13:30:16 EST North Austin -- 24 Hr Fitness @ 183 near Braker Hi!!! I'm Elizabeth. I live in Central North Austin near 360 and 183. I have a membership at 24 Hour Fitness and, when I go, I usually go to the 183/Braker location. I'm looking for a fellow member that wants a morning (7:30-ish) workout buddy. Also open to going to the Parmer/35 location some evenings but probably not consistently. If you're interested hit me up :) I look forward to hearing from you!! Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:52:21 EST Places to hear music without eating temptation... Okay, there's the _drinking_ temptation, but it's easier to handle, as they say in the military, a one-directional threat. <BR> <BR> Ghostroom (340 W 4th) has a small bar, good stage and NO KITCHEN. <BR> <BR> I say this as I write from there. A friend of mine is singing @ 6:30 and 9PM tonight (Erin Ivey). I'm not much of a music scene guy normally, but (a) she's great and (b) part of changing my nutrition and energy is feeding the non-food sides of me. <BR> <BR> So c'mon by! I'm wearing a ... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 18:27:02 EST