SparkPeople Marietta Fit Club Team Messageboard Cobb County group who love and support one another in their goal of losing weight and feeling healthier. We welcome all sparkers who have ties to Cobb County, Georgia to join our team! SparkPeople Marietta Fit Club Team Messageboard New to Team Hi I'm joining looking for motivation, support and eventually results. I have dealt with weight issues forever, since I was born I believe, and about 10 years ago I'd had enough so I took control and lost the weight and became much healthier. Was feeling great when my world was turned upside down-my husband was diagnosed with brain cancer. Our friends, family and community were so wonderful and supportive. However, I will tell you this "comfort food" is really fattening and at the time I ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:04:15 EST Thanksgiving Plans Good Morning! <BR> One more week until the Cobb County schools are off for Thanksgiving. <BR> Are you traveling or staying home? <BR> Are you cooking anything really healthy for your Thanksgiving table? <BR> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> Sun, 13 Nov 2011 05:50:58 EST Have you Huddled Today? yes Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:37:25 EST What would you like to do? What would you like to see added to this team? <BR> Do you want challenges? <BR> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 08:44:55 EST Where do you like to ____ ? Where do you like to _____ ? <BR> Eat? <BR> Work out? <BR> in Cobb County.... <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 09:17:11 EST Introduce Yourself Are you still with the team? <BR> Re-Introduce Yourself to everyone! <BR> <BR> Are you new to the team? <BR> Tell us a little bit about yourself! Fri, 7 Oct 2011 07:45:53 EST Up Coming Races Is anyone signed up to walk or run an upcoming race? <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 07:43:40 EST October Check In Good Morning. <BR> Let's try to revitalize this team and make it more active. <BR> What do you say? <BR> <BR> Let's start with your goals for the month of October. <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 07:40:47 EST Hi, I'm Jeannie!!! <em>4</em> Hello all!! <BR> My name is Jeannie & I live in Smyrna with my awesome man & our cackatoo Godfrey!! <BR> I am 51 & have 2 adult children. I enjoy snorkeling, hiking, camping, reading, public television & NPR mostly but also have a couple of guilty pleasures, like zombie movies!!! <BR> I have struggled with weight for years & like everyone else, know how to get it off but for some reason (I'm kind of lazy!!) just can't seem to get motivated <em>46</em> !!! <BR> Oh well, I'm hoping that s... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 17:54:24 EST Hi I started with SP on May 28, 2011 and I just today saw that there is a Marietta group. I have lived in East Cobb since 1984 and have been a YO YO dieter all my life. I'm hoping this one works. I can use all the help I can get and hopefully, I can be motivating also. - Go Team. Thu, 7 Jul 2011 22:07:51 EST In my own backyard..... :) How fun to find a SP team which is so local. This is my second week on SP and I have joined some teams which are very applicable to my life style and connections. But today I was blown away by the fact that there is a Marietta, Georgia Team. How fun! I have lived in Marietta over 35 years. All 4 children are products of the Cobb school system. Three are grads of UGA and one from Ga. State. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are members of St. Ann's Catholic Church. He is active in Meals on... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 10:31:34 EST Peachtree 10K Who is running or walking in the Peachtree 10K tomorrow? <BR> What wave are you in? <BR> <BR> I am walking and I am in "M"! <BR> Good Luck if you are walking or running tomorrow too!!! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 18:02:54 EST Looking for WALKING PARTNER(S) IN ATL area. Looking for WALKING PARTNER(S) IN ATL area. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 04:05:38 EST Healthnews 3/28/11 <BR> A high intake of omega-3 fats from fish helps prevent obesity-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, according to a study published in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:46:50 EST Hi there from Kennesaw My name is Debbie and I live in Kennesaw off Bells Ferry Rd. Though I joined in October, I just got The Spark on Friday and am now committed to getting fit. I live in Kennesaw off Bells Ferry Rd and Chastain Rd. Looking forward to making new friends here! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a wonderful day and enjoying this beautiful weather. <BR> Debbie Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:10:53 EST 5K or 10K - Peachtree Road Race Qualifying I am looking to do a 5k/10k race the weekend of March 12 & 13th. I have two to choose from. Anyone interested in doing either one with me? Check out the links and let me know. <BR> Oh, and btw...I'm not really a runner, but I do mix in some running with my walking. <BR> <BR> Silver Comet 10K - 4875 Floyed Road, Mableton, Ga 30126 <BR> Date: Saturday March 12th <BR> Starts at 8am - Pickup Packets starting at 6am <BR> Fees: $30 thru 3/10, $35 Race Day <BR> <link> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 09:46:02 EST The Sneaky Reasons You're Not Losing Weight -1 You rely on "healthy" foods that really aren't. <BR> <BR> You'll find all kinds of foods at the supermarket that seem great for dieting because they're labeled "fat-free" or "light." But these items are actually loaded with other ingredients, such as added sugars or sodium, that aren't particularly diet friendly. "Those head-fake foods really get me angry because they don't help you," said Dr. Oz. Beware of these foods in particular: <BR> <BR> •Flavored "light" yogurts. They may have littl... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 09:21:34 EST March Check In Good morning! <BR> I hope everyone has a great Wednesday! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 06:55:39 EST Weight Watchers Taco Soup I made this recipe today and entered it into the recipe calculator for a Biggest Loser Recipe Exchange that I participated into today. I just thought I would share it because it was a big hit and only 179 calories per serving. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1478657 </link> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 15:47:39 EST February Check In I haven't been on sparkpeople in awhile. I know --- so bad. I've changed my sparkpage a little bit with some updates. I weighed in on Jan 8th and today I weighed in at the gym and I have lost 9 pounds and 2% body fat. I'm excited about that. I'm going to make Wednesday's my weigh-in day. I worked out with a personal trainer today and I feel like my legs are going to fall off. I guess that's a good thing. He really pushed me and I like that. Hopefully, it will give me the extra that I... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 15:43:32 EST Here I go again ;-) I starting over again, determined to make it work this time. I live in Kennesaw and love walking the trails at Kennesaw Mountain. I've started a new career and have a great family. This is the last piece of the puzzle I need to fall in place. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 07:17:13 EST New Member in East Cobb looking for walking buddy Hi Everyone, <BR> I am a new member in the Wheeler High School area. I would love a buddy to walk with at the East Cobb YMCA or East Cobb Park (suggestions for a nearby gym would also be welcome). Since I work from home, my schedule is flexible. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks so much! Michele Sun, 23 Jan 2011 20:53:38 EST Whole grains About 61% of Americans believe they get enough whole grain in their diet, but only 5% get the three full daily servings (at least 48 grams) recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to the General Mills Whole Grain Check-up. The study also found that 55% of respondents could correctly identify whole grain on a food label, though 28% did not understand the difference between "whole grain" and "enriched grain." Some 81% associate whole grains with breakfast. <BR> <B... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:15:20 EST Breakfast Eating a large breakfast does not equate to eating fewer calories during the day, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal. Those who ate a big breakfast, on average 400 calories larger than a small one, consumed around 400 more calories in a day, reported BBC News Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:09:15 EST January Check Ins Good morning! <BR> First Friday weigh in for me in the new year. <BR> My weight was an all time high on 1/1/11 but today's weigh in showed 3lbs down!!! WooHoo!!! <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing this new year? Fri, 7 Jan 2011 06:53:00 EST Health news 1/6/11 Women who eat more than three servings of fish per week are less likely to experience a stroke, according to research published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reported Reuters. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:45:08 EST Health News 1/4/11 Women in the top tenth for red meat consumption, who ate at least 3.6-oz. daily, were 42% more likely to suffer a stroke due to blocked blood flow in the brain compared to women who ate less than an ounce of red meat daily, according to a study published in Stroke, reported Reuters Tue, 4 Jan 2011 12:39:51 EST Kennesaw - Looking for Committed Workout Partner I am new to the team in search of a committed workout partner(s). I would love to meet up and workout with someone 3-5 times a week for cardio, strength training, or walking/jogging. I also enjoy walking up and down the paved portion of the Kennesaw Mountain! I really do hope to meet someone and I wish everyone the best of luck with their LIFETIME fitness goals. Sun, 26 Dec 2010 13:34:00 EST New member Looking for workout buddy Hi, <BR> I'm charlie, new to the site. I live in powder springs and would love to find a workout buddy. I usually workout 5-6 days a week. I have a membership at gold's gym in austell( w/e connector). I can do the gym( anywhere close by), the comet trail, stone or kennesaw mountain. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Charlie <BR> Destiny Determined <em>312</em> Mon, 6 Dec 2010 13:54:22 EST Health News 11/30 Children who consistently eat lots of fruits and vegetables lower their risk of having stiff arteries in young adulthood, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:00:11 EST Heaalth News 11/29/10 Consuming high amounts of alpha-carotene in fruits and vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes can lower the risk of dying from all causes, including heart disease and cancer, according to research published in Archives of Internal Medicine, reported HealthDay. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:10:26 EST Health news 11/11/10 Women who drink fructose-rich beverages such as sugar-sweetened sodas and orange juice are at increased risk for gout, according to a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association, reported HealthDay. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:43:27 EST Health News 11/10/10 Some 73% of family meals were eaten at home in 2010, up from 52% in 2003, according to the American Dietetic Association Foundation's 2010 Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey. About 72.9% of children are eating at home on all five school nights, compared to 51.9% in 2003. A majority of families are not eating at fast food or sit-down restaurants often, with 51.4% of Caucasian, 56.5% of African-American and 63.8% of Hispanic kids reporting that their families eat there less than once... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:35:00 EST Kennesaw Marietta Newbie Hi All! I live in Kennesaw, work in Marietta. Have had an on again/off again approach to improving my weight & fitness level. I intend this current trek to be the permanent one. <BR> <BR> I am focusing more on fitness than on weight loss. I figure if I do the right things, the weight loss will be a welcome side effect. I want to live a more active life and I'm heading in the right direction. I am currently taking my first ever boot camp, even worked out yesterday morning in the rain. ... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 13:06:05 EST Looking for walking buddies in my area... I am looking for other ladies who are interested in walking in the evenings when the weather permits. I live in Marietta (West Cobb)and often go to the new track at the soccer complex off the East West Connector. I take my Golden on most days but he's gotten a little lazy and only wants to go around the track a couple of It would be nice to walk with other women who are working on dropping the pounds or just getting in shape. I would also be fine with meeting other places in Mari... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 06:25:31 EST Your health is your most important asset I subscribe to this financial blog, but thought the attached article made alot of sense and might be useful to my fellow sparkers. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/your-health-is-your-most-important-a<BR>sset/ </link> Mon, 1 Nov 2010 11:15:32 EST Health News 11/1/10 Consuming moderate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in foods such as salmon may help ward off gum disease, according to a study published in Journal of the American Dietetic Association, reported HealthDay. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 10:44:01 EST What was the last FRESH fruit or vegetable you ate Grapes with breakfast. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:51:59 EST When was the last time you ate out for breakfast? I found the following figures shocking! <BR> <BR> Some 37% of U.S. adults ate breakfast at a fast food restaurant in the past month, according to analysis from Scarborough Research. Among fast food (or quick service) breakfast diners, 46% of adults ate at McDonald's, followed by Dunkin' Donuts (19%), Starbucks (19%) and Burger King (12%). <BR> <BR> Think how many calories could be saved... <BR> <BR> I don't recall exactly the last time I ate a fast food breakfast, but I suspect it was ab... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:42:18 EST health news 8/11/10 Consumers who read food labels have healthier diets than those who do not pay attention to such information, claims a study published in Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The study found that 61% read the nutrition facts panels, 51% examine the list of ingredients, 47% read the serving size and 43% review health claims at least sometimes when deciding whether to buy a food product, reported HealthDay. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:27:48 EST What was the last fruit or vegetable you ate? Raisins Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:52:54 EST Healnews 7/21/10 Health News <BR> A quality, high-protein breakfast is critical for maintaining muscle mass, curbing hunger, reducing abdominal fat and preventing and slowing the progression of age-related bone and muscle loss, claims findings presented at the 2010 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo. <BR> Wed, 21 Jul 2010 12:55:04 EST Newbie Hello everyone, <BR> I'm a transplanted apple and wanted to see who lived in my area under SparkPeople <BR> I have been here for about 6 months all is going well. I hope to post when ever I can. Mon, 12 Jul 2010 08:22:31 EST New to the team Hello all I am new to Spark and justed wanted to say hello. I woke up this morning wandering why I was so miserable and then it hit me like a ton of brick. I am about to turn 40 <em>198</em> and I feel like I am 60. I am cranky most days and enjoy very little. Sometimes all I want to do is stay in bed. But not today I can't I won't allow my weight to control me any longer I have so much to look forward to in life and I need a friend to lean on,kick me in the butt if need be. I need to be... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 14:03:29 EST Health news 7/6 The nitrate content of beetroot juice helps lower blood pressure, claims research from the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, reported BBC News. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 08:13:28 EST Family Day at Stone Mountain - June 26, 2010 Anyone up for hiking around Stone Mountain? I have planned a family day for June 26th at Stone Mountain. We plan to go early and stay all day and then camp that night. I want to walk around the mountain - I think it's about five miles around. I doubt the kids will do this but I think it will be fun. We plan to stay and do activities and watch the laser show later in the evening as well. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:43:18 EST 5Ks in May Hi. Is anyone running any 5Ks in May? I'm thinking about signing up for the Celebrate America one on May 31 in Alpharetta. Is anyone else doing this one? It would be my first. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 11:19:46 EST I'm new I live in Lithia Springs and although I am not in Cobb County, I'm close!! I look forward to being a part of this team. I left Spark People over a year ago, gained a total of 41 pounds and I'm back. Glad to be home. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:17:01 EST Health News 4/19 Chocolate can help lower blood pressure in the liver and reduce damage to blood vessels in people with cirrhosis, according to a study presented at the International Liver Conference in Vienna, reported Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:00:14 EST Health News 3/30 March 29, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Industry News <BR> What age group will post the highest eat-at-home numbers over the next few years? <BR> <BR> 30 and under <BR> 31 to 55 <BR> 56 and up <BR> Not sure <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spartan Stores introduced a new value price price program at its stores throughout Michigan. Stores will highlight deals with large, yellow sale signs hanging from the ceilings and revamped newspaper circulars will offer more cou... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 09:24:17 EST Health News 3/26 March 25, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Industry News <BR> Foods labeled as "rich in antioxidants" are much more likely to be consumed "very frequently" or "somewhat frequently" (40%) by American consumers compared to foods labeled as "antioxidants added" (25%), according to Decision Analyst's Food Ingredients: What's Hot? report. Full Story <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> New! The Mar. 25 edition of The Lempert Report, featuring Food Institute data, highlights retail margins. Expiration dates a... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:41:26 EST Health News 3/24 March 23, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Industry News <BR> Perrigo Company signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire PBM Holdings, Inc. for approximately $808 million in cash. Full Story New! A recording of the Food Institute webinar A Look at Merger & Acquisition Activity, Past, Present and Future is now available! The webinar reviewed recent activity in the sector and discussed what makes certain companies appealing to sell or buy. To purchase a recording, click here. <BR> <BR... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:22:23 EST Howdy Hi everyone. I am so excited to have found a local group. I live fairly close to the Big chicken. I am looking forward to "meeting" everyone. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 01:05:04 EST Health News 3/22/10 High consumption of high fructose corn syrup is associated with liver scarring or fibrosis, claims a study from the Duke University Medical Center, reported Triangle Business Journal Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:17:34 EST Health News 3/17 March 17, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Industry News <BR> The Producer Price Index for finished consumer foods rose for the fifth straight month in February, bringing the February index 3.4% above year-earlier levels, according to Food Institute analysis of just-released government data. Full Story (FI Membership Required) <BR> <BR> Budget-consumers, some 84% of which grocery shop with a list, are increasingly turning to snack foods to help them stay well (83%), according to Informati... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 15:15:16 EST Looking for weekend walking/running partner I live in the lower Woodstock area. I'd love to find a walking or running (maybe I should call what I do jogging) partner to meet up with on some Saturday or Sunday mornings. Maybe with the potential of doing a 5K together. If anyone is interested, please let me know. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Angie Tue, 9 Mar 2010 11:16:47 EST Health news 3/8/10 A few squares of dark chocolate a day may reduce the risk of a hemorrhagic stroke by 52%, according to a Harvard study, reported HealthDay Mon, 8 Mar 2010 13:16:24 EST Health News 3/4 The addition of milk reduces the antioxidant potential of black tea by between 7% and 25%, according to findings published in Nutrition Research, reported Beverage Daily. Thu, 4 Mar 2010 14:45:30 EST Health News 3/3/10 Coffee drinkers may be less likely to be hospitalized for heart rhythm disturbances, according to a study by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research Wed, 3 Mar 2010 14:38:51 EST Health News 3/2/10 U.S. children snack almost three times a day and get about 27% of their daily calories from snack foods, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Dessert foods and sweet drinks remain the most popular foods between meals. About 98% of children reported snacking in 2006, compared with 74% in 1977, reported Tue, 2 Mar 2010 15:05:47 EST Health news 3/1/10 Coffee drinkers have a 27% lower chance of stroke regardless of the amount or type consumed, according to a University of Cambridge study presented at the American Stroke Association's annual stroke conference, reported HealthDay Mon, 1 Mar 2010 10:58:33 EST Workout buddy Hello, I am new to the team. I belong to Gold's gym in Austell. Please contact me if you are a member and would like to workout together. Or, if you live near and would like to walk outdoors. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:30:31 EST Health News 2/22/08 Catechins, found in green tea, may protect against common eye diseases such as glaucoma, according to research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, reported HealthDay. <BR> <BR> Is there no end to the power of green tea? <BR> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:34:58 EST Make Way... New Member here =)) Hey Everyone!!! Hope you're all doing great even if you didn't feel so great before reading this message. I pray that you're day will get better and brighter <em>224</em> <BR> I was wondering if there's any Smryna/Vinings Residents that's interested in a work out buddy. If so please let me know..lets chit chat. Until we connect... have a Spark Filled Day <em>220</em> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 04:30:01 EST New Health news! Eating dark chocolate appears to lower the risk of stroke or lessen the likelihood of death after a stroke. However, the findings are not conclusive and they do not prove that chocolate is good for the heart, according to American Academy of Neurology. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 10:24:00 EST Water????? Is there anyone that uses something beside plain old water to get their 8 glasses a day? I mean, does broth based soup count? Coffee? Tea, hot or cold (unsweetened)? 8 glasses is some days a LOT harder than others. Very Curious, thanks <BR> <BR> Jennifer Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:29:10 EST Noteworthy 5K on Feb 20 Support the Cobb Symphony Orchestra (and chorus--in which two team members sing) by running, walking, or strolling the Noteworthy 5K! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 9 Feb 2010 23:16:15 EST February challange Hi Team, <BR> <BR> We haven't started a February Challenge yet. Kay suggested that we do something food related, maybe to help people get on track with their intakes. For instance, in logging my food, I seem to always struggle to get enough protein and fiber in my diet while staying within my calorie range. So I am going to challenge myself to get in my protein range this month. <BR> <BR> So pick your goal (nutrient or just calories) whatever you wish. We can check back on Wednesdays... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 11:07:51 EST New to team and looking for workout buddy!!! Hi all, just found this team and am hoping I can find someone in the Barrett Parkway/Dallas Highway or Marietta Square area to be a workout buddy with me. That is the hardest thing for me to get excited about. THANKS!!! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 09:43:09 EST January Leader Boards Congrats to the following fitness minute leaders for the month of January. Here is your top 10! Way to keep it moving people. <BR> <BR> 1) KAYYVAUGHN 3,500 3,500 25,775 <BR> 2) ADDIEBUTT 2,215 2,215 22,511 <BR> 3) PKTREKGIRL 1,846 1,846 3,003 <BR> 4) ESPERANITA 1,657 1,657 27,958 <BR> 5) JERSEYGIRL318 1,614 1,614 21,875 <BR> 6) GINNAR 1,584 1,584 23,595 <BR> 7) DADLISWEETNESS 1,493 1,493 36,585 <BR> 8) FBADDICT 1,283 1,283 12,193 <BR> 9) LORRALAMAR 9... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 15:46:41 EST Cobb High School Tracks Open to the Public? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I live in East Cobb (Wheeler High School zone) and am wondering if any of you guys know if any of the local high school tracks are open to the public. <BR> <BR> I went on the Cobb School District's website as well as Wheeler's website and cannot find any info about this. <BR> <BR> I normally run on my treadmill indoors, but I am looking to get out and get some fresh air while it's nice and cool out! Don't really want to go down to the river - it's always kind of crowded ... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 19:25:41 EST Hiking Sweetwater Creek State Park Saturday 1/23 I am hiking Sweetwater Creek State Park this Saturday just to try a new place. It is located in Lithia Springs. <BR> <BR> I don't really have a time yet so if you want to go with me. Let me know because I am flexible. However, I will probably go in the morning sometime. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to get more information about the Sweetwater Creek Hiking Trails... <BR> <link><BR>aspx?s=7004.0.1.5 </link> Fri, 22 Jan 2010 17:20:20 EST Interesting grocery news. Devotees of name-brand diets or lifestyles spend more than $3,400 on groceries per year on average, while those who eat largely low-fat foods, regardless of brand, as a lifestyle choice spend just over $800, according to Catalina Marketing's Balancing the Scale: Reaching Today's Grocery Shopper With Your Weight-Management Product report. Name-brand dieters also spend, on average, $1,244 on weight-management products alone, or 38% of their total grocery spend. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:52:34 EST Hiking Kennesaw Mountain Sunday 1/17 If you are interested in Hiking Kennesaw Mtn, you can join us this Sunday 1/17 at 1 pm. <BR> <BR> We can meet at the door to the Visitor's center on Stilesboro road. We usually walk up the paved road part since it's easier for people with bad knees. <BR> <BR> The hike is 1 mile up and 1 mile down. They have other paths if you want to go longer. <BR> <BR> Just let me know if you want to join me by replying to this thread. <BR> <BR> FYI, forecast is for high of 50 and 30% chance of rain. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 15:35:45 EST Belly Dance workout Hey ladies, Here is a great deal for belly dance workout or lessons. I take classes at the Windy Hill sutdio and love it. <BR> <BR> Thought I would mention it to my Spark buddies. $25.00 for 6 classes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dance </link> Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:58:53 EST Hiking Kennesaw Mtn Jan-9-10 If you are interested in Hiking Kennesaw Mtn, you can join me this Saturday 1-9-10 at 8am. <BR> <BR> We can meet at the door to the Visitor's center on Stilesboro road. We usually walk up the paved road part since it's easier for people with bad knees. <BR> <BR> The hike is 1 mile up and 1 mile down. They have other paths if you want to go longer. <BR> <BR> Also, they are having a maintenance clean up day scheduled for the same day for the mountain trails if anyone wants to donate thei... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:25:46 EST Looking for a walking partner Windy Hill @ 75 area. I could do before work, at lunch or after work. 2-3 times per week. Please let me know if anyone is interested. <BR> <BR> There are a few office parks around that have nice sidewalks to walk. I don't want to drive too far, but if anyone else works in the area and would like to give it a try, please let me know. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 16:57:29 EST January Challenge - Loose the weight. Let's post at our weigh in's and see who can loose the most in the month of January. My goal is at leaast 5 lbs. <BR> <BR> Who's in? Mon, 4 Jan 2010 12:33:00 EST Idea from the Newbie I love the Team Goals...But all the other teams I am on have similar goals. What makes this team special is that fact that it is a local group. I had a suggestion and I am not sure if this is doable since I am a newbie. But I want to throw it out there anyway. <BR> <BR> What if one team goal was "to attend one team meetup per month" -- Keeps us connected and motivated and encouraged. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 04:04:56 EST New to the Group Happy New Years. Look forward to meeting up and connecting with local Marietta Fit Team. You all sound like a great bunch. Ready to dole out or receive any support and hugs along the way. <BR> <BR> Take care <BR> {{{HUGS}}} Fri, 1 Jan 2010 03:53:26 EST Hiking Kennesaw Mountain Sat 12-19-09 If you are interested in Hiking Kennesaw Mtn, you can join me this Saturday 12-19-09 at 8am. <BR> <BR> We can meet at the Visitor's center on Stilesboro road. We usually walk up the paved road part since it's easier for people with bad knees. <BR> <BR> Just let me know. Tue, 15 Dec 2009 21:42:51 EST 5 workouts you can do in 15 minutes Even with limited time, you can fit in exercise, like walking, doing yoga, or jumping rope. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 7 Dec 2009 10:02:43 EST New Years Resolution 5k Runs (JAN 1st & 2nd) Here's a few New Year resolution runs: <BR> <BR> Friday, January 1 <BR> • ATC Resolution Run 5K/10K, Kennesaw, 12:20 p.m.; <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 2 <BR> • Wonderful Days of Winter 5K, St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta, 8:00 a.m.; 770-434-0136. <BR> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 16:13:24 EST Holiday Challenge (December) I read where members are interested in starting a holiday challenge. Someone on the team suggested that we keep it simple to keep us motivated on track during the busy holiday season. <BR> <BR> You can set your own personal goal like say "walk 30 minutes per day" or "30 minutes of fitness a day." Each day you can post how you are doing. Tue, 1 Dec 2009 15:49:59 EST Sleighbells on the Square 5k (DEC 12th) walk or run a 5k (3.1 miles) right here in downtown Marietta! I know this one is last minute but some of you may be ready!! <BR> <BR> Event: Sleighbells on the Square 5K <BR> Date: December 12, 2009 <BR> Where: Marietta Square <BR> Time: 8:30 a.m; 678-795-0115. <BR> <BR> More information: <link><BR>leighbells-on-the-square-5k1ktot-trot-<BR>2009 </link> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 15:39:52 EST Run the Forest 5k (FEB. 27th) Need a goal to work towards? Why not walk or run a 5k? <BR> <BR> Event: Run the Forest 5k <BR> When: February 27, 2010 <BR> Time: 8:00 a.m. Brinkley Park, Smyrna. Contact Phyllis Hyde <BR> <BR> More information at <link> </link> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 15:34:45 EST Polar Bear 5k/2k/Cub Walk/Run (JAN 23rd) Do you need a goal to work towards? Why not work towards being able to walk or run a 5k. (which is 3.1 miles) <BR> <BR> <BR> Event: Polar Bear 5K/2K/Cub Runs <BR> When: January 23, 2010 <BR> Time: 8:00 a.m. 5K Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta. <BR> Contact: Gary Jenkins, or 678-795-0115, or JFBC 770-3230 <BR> <BR> More information: <link><BR>fileticket=JpdtC5y52Ws%3d&tabid=102&mi<BR>d=1069 </link> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 15:32:25 EST 10 Foods That Give You Energy 10 Foods That Give You Energy <BR> <BR> Feeling sluggish? These good eats will give you the perfect pick-me-up. <BR> <BR> Being tired is no fun at all. You can't concentrate at work, you exercise less, and getting out of bed takes a lot of effort. It's a miserable way to trudge through life. But did you know that having more energy may be as simple as choosing the right foods? <BR> <BR> Overall, the key is to focus on low-glycemic foods (because they release energy slowly) that are high... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 15:12:41 EST Event Leader I am Natalie, I've been invited to join as a leader for the Marietta Fit Club group to get us back to some activities as a networking community. <BR> <BR> There are lots of opportunities nearby (Kennesaw Mountain and Park, etc) as well as within a reasonable driving distance (Stone Mountain). <BR> <BR> I would like to organize both fitness activities as well as social outings. <BR> <BR> While the weather permits I'd like to organize one of each for September. <BR> <BR> Fitness activit... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 13:36:51 EST Atlanta Walk From Obesity <link><BR>/default.asp?ievent=312850&lis=1&kntae<BR>312850=77A6DD27D19A45E8A304861D85424E38 </link> <BR> <BR> Please check out this site and if you would like to participate, register to walk and join my team "Atlanta Team 1". It is the number 1 ranked team in Atlanta and I'd love to see us represent SparkPeople there. <BR> <BR> It is $25 to register to walk. You may also elect to raise money, but that is NOT why I'm posting this. <BR> <BR> Make you... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 13:28:07 EST Marietta Fit Club Activities I'm new so I may be going about this all wrong. I didn't see a single activity on the event calendar for our team. Do we have a leader or someone to specifically coordinate events? If not, I'll volunteer. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 20:13:22 EST New to Sparkpeople and Team, live near the square I'm excited about this network and it's local connections. I hope this team has some fun things going on. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 23:15:05 EST New to Marietta :o) Hi. My name is Jennifer and I'm 22 years old. My husband and I just got married in May and moved to Marietta. I haven't met too many people in the area yet, but I would love to find some new friends to start walking with in the evenings. Any takers? :o) If you'd like to talk and maybe meet up for a walk just let me know! Mon, 17 Aug 2009 00:01:52 EST Joined The Y I joined the Y Saturday. I have a coach approach appointment on Tuesday. That was the earliest I could get one. I'm on my way. <em>104</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:35:49 EST Not doing well on my own My name is Tana and I live in Dallas GA. I am new to Spark People and still learning my way around, but having some real trouble staying motivated and staying under my calorie level. Since I have been doing this all on my own, I thought I would join a team to see if this helps me stay on track. I want to lose about 50 lbs, but keep losing and gaining about 5. Not a good start, but I'm not giving up. I'm a SAHM of 21 mos old twins and so tired of the weight roller coaster. I want to make... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 21:17:00 EST Just moved to Kennesaw Hi everyone just moved to kennesaw and just wanted to stop by and say HELLO <em>30</em> Thu, 2 Jul 2009 22:39:22 EST How to be safe at Summer HOT spots I'll add 3 posts to this thread: At your summer picnic, at the farmer's market and at your next check back for more updates. <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> At your Summer picnic <BR> <BR> Since July is national Picnic Month, we want all of our outdoor eating this Summer to be fun-and safe, says Justin Wangler, exec chef at the Kendall-Jackson Wine center near Santa Rosa, CA, who do his share of summer picnics. But there are plenty of food-safety pitfalls that can ruin the fun-so take ... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 17:58:05 EST New, Old... Member I've been a member for several years. I lose weight, then I "fall off the wagon", usually for good. I really want to lose weight, get healthy, not die young. I think I have to set small goals and find someway to stay motivated. If I was honest, I think I get scared when I start to see success. <BR> <BR> I love spark people, I love the community, I have a long journey ahead of me. I've tackled big problems before. I completed a BS in nursing at the age of 40, I have a special needs child, I'... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 13:01:01 EST East Cobb Newbie Hello everyone. I'm new to the group. I'm in East Cobb near East Piedmont. I LOVE this site. I'm not good with the exercise aspect of weight loss, so I'm exploring options. I want to be healthy for my children and my husband and for me. I want to be an active part of my family's life not a passive one. Mon, 22 Jun 2009 14:34:51 EST Is your scale stuck? <BR> Many times, people who start a plan become worried when they notice a weight gain instead of a loss after their first few weeks of exercising. Or they're concerned because they've added plenty of movement to their day, but the pounds just aren't dropping off. <BR> <BR> If you're exercising and eating right, the most likely explanation for why you don't weigh less is actually good news: your increased activity is building muscle! Don't panic: Additional muscle mass can cause you to weig... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 09:16:47 EST Moderation in all things-how to avoid diet blues What is moderation? <BR> <BR> At a deeper level, moderation is a commitment to balance and wholeness. It is rooted in the recognition that each person has many different (and often competing) needs, desires, abilities, and goals. Living up to your full potential means finding ways to incorporate all of them into your <BR> decision-making processes and choices. <BR> <BR> Practicing moderation in your weight loss program begins with practical strategies, such as counting calories, measuring ... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 08:19:54 EST Be Smart About Summer Foods AJC June 10, 2009 <BR> BY CAROLYN O’NEIL <BR> <BR> As summertime approaches, seasonal changes call for casual dress and laid-back dinners on the patio or porch. Foods lighten up, too, with restaurant menus featuring more salads, grilled entrees, cold soups, frozen drinks and fruit for dessert. The heat drives more diners to cool down with cold foods, and summer’s skin-baring fashions increase demand for diet-friendly dishes. The problem is that “light and easy” doesn’t always mean light in f... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 07:53:10 EST Hi there from a new East Cobber Hi everyone. Joined SparkPeople just a few days ago and am already hooked. Keep coming back to the site to get more sparkpoints (I'm totally addicted in a good way). Have always had a tremendous problem losing weight and keeping it off - gee, bet you've never heard that one believe that this site just may be the "tool" that I need over the long haul. Please share any success stories with me; I'd love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Take care! Thu, 14 May 2009 22:09:00 EST 19 Reasons to keep FAT off your belly, hips, thigh Here's 19 new reasons to keep it off your belly, hips, thighs-and everywhere else. <BR> <BR> We are in the midst of a fat epidemic: An astounding 2/3rds of American adults, including 65 million women, are overweight or obese-a rise of 10% in just a decade. If we keep it up, according to a new study, all adults in the United States (yes, everyone) will be overweight or obese in 40 years. <BR> <BR> What's with the huge numbers? In addition to our poor diets and sedentary lifestyles, one re... Mon, 11 May 2009 10:13:34 EST Great Helpful websites here is a cool website I have been using lately. It is great for those days when you laid something out for dinner and just don't know what to do with it. check it out. Notice how the recipes keep narrowing down as you add ingredients. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (or is it only me that does that?) <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 6 May 2009 13:48:40 EST Healthy Recipes If anyone has any healthy recipes that they would like to share with the group, you can post it here. I know I love trying new things out so looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with! <BR> <BR> Lana Wed, 6 May 2009 10:43:27 EST Eat this & Burn more Fat! These dishes turn your body into a fat-blasting furnace! You know how to eat healthy, but do you know how to blast fat while you're doing it? <BR> <BR> Using emerging science about foods that fight fat-ingredients with resistant starch, monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), fiber, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and more-to create great-tasting combos that help flatten your belly...and trim the rest of your body too! <BR> <BR> by Shaun Chavis <BR> Health magazine May 2009 issue Wed, 6 May 2009 10:37:33 EST Diet Tricks The Pros (Only) Tell Their Friends We'll have a little fun with this one. <BR> <BR> Weight-loss doctors, celeb trainers, even diet chefs spill their secrets they normally reserve for their friends, family and most exclusive clients. Wed, 6 May 2009 10:32:33 EST 5 Ways to Walk off 500 more calories a week! <BR> 1. Add Hills <BR> <BR> Get off the flatlands and torch 20% to 70% more calories, depending on how gnarly the hill and how fast you climb it. Working against gravity makes this a very effective way to strengthen and tone your legs and butt. <BR> <BR> When you're climbing, take slightly smaller steps but maintain the same tempo you use on level ground. Lean forward from the ankles (not the waist) and use your arms to propel you forward, but don't overswing your hands past the center o... Wed, 6 May 2009 10:18:52 EST Build a better salad If you make a meal of salads in an effort to lose weight, be sure your letuce isn't loaded with cheese, pasta, potatoes, croutons, bacon and full-fat dressing. Follow this step-by-step guide to creating a truly healthy salad. <BR> <BR> 1. Create a base. <BR> Cover your plate with a variety of lettuces and other leafy greens (like raw spinach), as well as plain veggies such as cucumbers, red peppers, broccoli, carrots and celery. <BR> <BR> 2. Select one source of protein <BR> Add up to 1/... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 08:58:42 EST I want to help everyone increase weight loss goals Hi, I'm new to this team but I have been a spark member off and on for two years (you know how that is). I just moved to Georgia from Minnesota August 2008. I'm still adjusting but glad to be out of the cold. Some of you may have gotten a private message from me say how you can lose 3 sizes in 10 minutes. I know you may think that this is a gimmick, I thought the same thing when my friend told me about that I can lose 3 sizes in 10 minutes. But last Saturday I went to a showing and saw it wit... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:05:41 EST America’s Top 10 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants as reported by Health Magazine. <BR> <BR> #1 Panera Bread <BR> Over 1,230 locations nationwide (and in Canada) <BR> <BR> This bakery-café-based eatery wowed our judges with a comprehensive menu of healthy choices for every meal. “Variety makes it easy for everyone to choose healthy,” praises registered dietitian and panelist Marisa Moore. What does that mean for you? For starters, you can pick from two whole-grain breads for your sandwich and have an apple with it instead of chips (though ... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 11:19:27 EST Sharpen your sugar and salt smarts CLAIM #1: Most of your salt comes from food you eat at home. <BR> <BR> FALSE. The vast majority (about 77%) of the sodium most people consume is in processed foods and restaurant meals. <BR> <BR> <BR> CLAIM #2: Honey and brown sugar have fewer calories than white sugar. <BR> <BR> FALSE. Both white and brown sugar have virtually the same calories per teaspoon. A Tablespoon of honey actually has 15 more calories than a tablespoon of white sugar. <BR> <BR> <BR> CLAIM #3: Sea salt is ... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:23:56 EST Top 10 most walkable urban areas If you wanted to plan a vacation and get a little fitness in, here are a list of the top 10 walkable urban areas: <BR> <BR> 1. Washington D.C. <BR> <BR> 2. Boston <BR> <BR> 3. San Francisco <BR> <BR> 4. Denver <BR> <BR> 5. Portland, Oregon <BR> <BR> 6. Seattle <BR> <BR> 7. Chicago <BR> <BR> 8. Miami <BR> <BR> 9. Pittsburgh <BR> <BR> 10. New York City <BR> <BR> Source: The Brookings Institution <BR> Printed in 'Real Simple' magazine-January 2009 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:09:45 EST Who Can Help You Reach Your Goals? <BR> I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. <BR> <BR> - JD Salinger <BR> <BR> <BR> It's true. You're surrounded by people who want nothing more than to see you succeed and fulfill your dreams. They're out there watching as you go after your goals, hoping you make the right decisions, silently cheering each victory, wincing at each setback. Some of them may even want to join you on the journey to a particular goal. The kicker is that you don... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 10:17:44 EST Commit to Intervals Studies show that workouts with bursts of high-intensity activity can boost your calorie burn more than steady-paced training. "Interval training increases the mitochondrial activity in the muscle, which is a scientific way of saying it increases your cells' fat-burning capacity," says exercise physiologist Jason Talanian, PhD, formerly of the University of Guelph, Ontario. <BR> <BR> Because intervals are harder than one speed workouts, it takes more time for your body to return to normal a... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:18:39 EST Stop Diet Slip ups! Are you sabotaging your weight loss without knowing it? Spot, then stop, these sneaky mistakes. <BR> <BR> Who has thrown their diet rules out the window on the weekend or gone crazy with a super-rich and gooey chocolate dessert? Of course it's fine to splurge every once in a while, but over time these seemingly minor violations-in addition to some other not-so-small diet sins-can add up to a big number on your scale. <BR> <BR> 10 Most Common Diet mistakes that even smart women make-and s... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:11:59 EST Welcome Lorra as a new team leader! Lorra has been with our team from about day 1. You've probably seen her postin the health news lately as well as a few other articles. I just wanted to take the time this morning to point out that we have a new leader to add to the team. <BR> <BR> Everyone give Lorra a warm welcome! I know she'll do a great job posting articles and such. She has wonderful ideas and I am thrilled to have her on board with Barbara and I. <BR> <BR> Lana Tue, 31 Mar 2009 08:58:05 EST Turn Frustrated into Firm Q: Why are you not losing weight even though you're working out? <BR> <BR> A: This is a common question. Exercise is key to dropping pounds, but it's only part of the equation. In one study, overweight adults who exercised and cut calories shaved up to 66% more inches from their waistlines that those who exercised or dieted alone. To pinpoint what's making YOUR scale stick, ask yourself these questions. <BR> <BR> 1. Am I working hard enough? Exercise should be enjoyable, but to blast ... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 07:58:59 EST 6 Workout Mistakes that slow down results You huff and you puff through cardio sessions, but that extra layer of flab just won't budge. Surprise: your workout might be to blame. We talked to trainers and exercise physiologists across the country and discovered six surprising ways that well-intentioned fitness routines can put the brakes on weight loss goals. "Many women assume that 30 minutes of exercise will change their bodies, but it's not automatic," says Geralyn Coopersmith, the senior national manager of Equinox Fitness Trai... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 07:53:00 EST The 10 Best Foods You're Not Eating. 1. Cabbage <BR> Absent from most American kitchens, this cruciferous vegetable is a major player in European and Asian diets. <BR> <BR> Why It's Healthy: One cup of chopped cabbage has just 22 calories, and it's loaded with valuable nutrients. At the top of the list is sulforaphane, a chemical that increases your body's production of enzymes that disarm cell-damaging free radicals and reduce your risk of cancer. In fact, Stanford University scientists determined that sulforaphane boosts you... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:01:18 EST Make an informed choice about taking Vitamins <link><BR>ge/stories/2009/03/19/choosing_vitamin<BR>s.html </link> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 07:41:53 EST Get a Tax Break on your Bike Uncle Sam just gave you a new reason to pedal to work: As of this year, you can save $20 a month on your taxes for 2-wheeled commuting expenses. The benefit lets you use pretax dollars to buy a bicycle, fix up your old one, or even pay for access to a shower facility near work. Commute 10 miles round trip, and you'll save roughly another $15 a month in gas, plus burn 400 extra calories a day-enough to drop 2 pounds a month without dieting! Get more info at <link> </link> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 19:35:18 EST On-the-Job Health Hazard & what you can do 45% of workers have gained weight at their current jobs. <BR> -source: <BR> <BR> What you can do: <BR> <BR> Try these all-day "mini-moves": <BR> <BR> Pace while you talk on the phone, use the restroom farthest from the office, and take a 10-minute stroll at lunchtime. By incorporating an extra half-hour of walking into your workday, you can lose 5 pounds in a year. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 09:02:11 EST Want to Firm up Faster?? Can't get rid of the arm jiggle-despite numerous biceps curls? <BR> <BR> Lower the weight slowly, advises Chris Freytag, author of "2-week Total Body Turnaround." Emphasizing the "lengthening" or lowering phase of a strength move-such as when you straighten your arm during a biceps curl-places extra stress on the muscle fibers, making them stronger. <BR> <BR> The result? More toned, defined arms. The next time you're at the gym, lift the weights to a 2 count, lower to a 4 count. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 08:59:31 EST 15 Ways to get more fit Don't let exercise be the first thing to fall off your busy schedule. Learn how to work in a workout-and make it really effective. <BR> <BR> In theory, you want to exercise more. In practice, you (and everyone else making resolutions to hit the gym) often find any excuse to skip it. You have too little time. It takes too much effort. Or you're faced with the plain and simple impracticality that you just washed your hair. To stop talking yourself out of exercising again, or doing it the ... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 08:56:31 EST Anyone register for the Peachtree Roadrace? I registered this morning online. Registration started at 7 am and they had like a 2 hour backlog and from what I heard people were having a hard time getting their registration to go through. <BR> <BR> I registered around 10 am and it went thru without any problems. They were allowing 45,000 out of the 55,000 applicants to register online. The online registration is now closed. <BR> <BR> However, they are still accepting 10,000 entries via paper applications so if you are interested in d... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:30:37 EST Stay on the Pulse with Heart Rate Monitors A heart rate monitor is more than just a gym gadget. It can also alert you to brewing health problems. <BR> <BR> ** Track your heart's strength: Your heart is a muscle, and it responds to exercise the same way other muscles do-by getting bigger and stronger. A well-trained heart can be 30 to 40% larger than a normal one and pump about 50% more blood and oxygen with every beat. That means it has to beat less often and should last longer. A good, simple measure of your heart's strength is... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:12:53 EST Combo Workouts help you eat less Time to rework your workout? American and South African researchers discovered that people who combined aerobics with weight training for 16 weeks curbed their intake of calories, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. The aerobics-only group reduced only their fat consumption, and the weights-only group saw no reductions. The researchers think that combo workouts alter metabolism in a way that makes you feel full sooner. Sun, 15 Mar 2009 18:59:53 EST How to Lose weight in just 40 minutes... The key to staying thin may be 40 minutes of daily exercise, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Brown and Wake Forest universities. In a 2 year study, they found that overweight and obese women could lose 10% of their weight (or more)-and keep it off-if they ate 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day and worked out for 4 1/2 hours a week. Shortening the workout time led to regaining some of the weight. All types of exercise got the job done, including walking. Don't hav... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 09:48:06 EST Back again Hey everyone , <BR> i am back again and ready to do this. Everytime i have a bad day or fall off track i am so hard on myself that I give up totally and then i leave sparkepople as well. I love to walk with leslie sansone and would love to get back outdoors and walk but have noone to walk with . So i stick to my tapes. My goal is to loose around 35 lbs or so but i would like to do that in baby steps so i dont give up. I have done ww before but it got coastly and am trying to do it on ... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 20:48:20 EST Slow Down, you eat too fast Women who rush through meals are twice as likely to be overweight, regardless of what they eat, according to a Japanese study in the British Journal of Medicine. The problem: wolfing down food may not give your brain enough time to realize you're full, researchers say, so you keep eating and stuff yourself. (Eating in front of the TV may have similar drawbacks.) And some meals-think fast food-offer a double whammy because they're loaded with calories and easy to gobble fast. One trick for... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 17:54:22 EST Who's doing what 5k?? Walk or Run?? Anyone doing any of the local 5k's?? <BR> <BR> Anyone want some support...someone to do it with you. Post here and find a buddy! <BR> <BR> Lana Thu, 5 Mar 2009 15:24:34 EST Let's form some walking groups! Ok, Spring is right around the's time for us all to come out of hibernation. Does anyone want to form some walking groups? <BR> <BR> Ideas of where we've done it in the past: <BR> <BR> Silver Comet Trail <BR> Kennesaw Mountain <BR> Cobb County Civic Center Track <BR> Cobb Co. Parks & Rec Centers <BR> <BR> Anyone want to start a walking group...start a new topic and start gathering people up. We will all do better with support so let's start some groups at various locations. ... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 15:23:33 EST Local 5k's (spring 2009) Saturday, March 7th: <BR> Addison Elementary FoundationFest 5K/Fun Run, Marietta, 8:30 a.m.; 770-579-2700. <BR> <BR> iRun for Choices 5K, Woodstock, 8:30 a.m.; 678-234-7637 <BR> <BR> Sunday, March 8th: <BR> Run for the Roses 5K/10K/Mile, Atlanta, Georgia Tech <BR> <BR> March 14th: <BR> Sope Creek Fun Run & 5K, Marietta, 8 am; 770-977-6685. <BR> <BR> O'Highlands Jig & Jog 5K <BR> Atlanta - Virginia Highlands <BR> Contact: Ed Williams (404) 327-7738. <BR> <link> Thu, 5 Mar 2009 15:17:20 EST 6 Well Intentions to weight loss that can go awry If you're trying to slim down, you've probably amassed a menu full of calorie-cutting tips and tricks. So if may come as a shock to learn that many of the ones you've sworn by are actually keeping you fat. "In their quest to lose weight, many women unknowingly sabotage themselves," says Elisa Zied, RD, an American Diabetic Association spokesperson and author of Feed Your Family Right! Here, six well-intentioned approaches to weight loss that can go awry, and the expert and research-proven ... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 14:12:21 EST 10 Reasons to MOVE Exercise makes you sharper, happier and healthier. Get ready to transform your life! <BR> <BR> have you ever vowed to ring in a new year by starting to exercise-only to end up too busy, tired or achy? The right motivation can make you 70% more likely to keep it up for the long haul, reports the American College of Sports medicine. But focusing only on weight loss can cut your odds of success by over half, says researchers. A better inspiration: the amazing health rewards you get by bein... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 13:39:05 EST Buffet Secrets of the Naturally Slim Serve yourself smorgasbords with their all-you-can-eat allure are typically diet duds. But new research shows that there are fundamental differences between how overweight and healthy-weight people approach a spread. Their findings-based on behaviors at a Chinese food buffet-can help you stay on track when you're faced with the urge to graze. <BR> <BR> * Look before you eat: 71% of normal-weight diners-versus 33% of obese people-browsed the food selections before serving themselves. <BR> ... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 13:33:59 EST Hillgrove HS 5K & Fun Run Good Morning Everyone <BR> I wanted to share... Hillgrove HS is sponsoring a 5K & Fun Run on Saturday, March 28th. I am going to try to post the link ... <BR> <BR> Date: Saturday March 28, 2009 <BR> Time: 7:15 am Check-in / Race day registration <BR> 8:00 am 5K Run/Walk <BR> 8:15 am 1 Mile Fun Run <BR> Location: Hillgrove High School, <BR> 4165 Luther Ward Rd., <BR> Powder Springs, Ga. 30127 <BR> <BR> For more i... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 06:43:05 EST 30% of heart attacks worldwide are caused by... 30% of heart attacks worldwide are caused by poor diet, due in large part to an overindulgence of two foods: fried and salty. To cut down, base meals and snacks around heart-healthy fruits and veggies-they're associated with the lowest risk of heart attack. <BR> <BR> <BR> Prevention magazine-February 2009 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 11:17:13 EST Pistachios It's no shell game-this tasty nut is proven to lower heart-disease risk. Pennsylvania State University researchers recently found that adults who got 20% of their calories from pistachios (that's about 1/2 cup for an 1,800 calorie diet) reduced LDL cholesterol by 12%. <BR> <BR> Try crushing nuts to crust fish, sprinkling on salads or tossing into a healthy trail mix. <BR> <BR> Buy in-shell, dye-free nuts-if stored in a chilled, airtight container, they remain fresh for up to a year. <BR>... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 11:15:10 EST Label Lingo: "NATURAL" Americans are shelling out more for "natural" foods then ever before-but does the label guarantee healthier picks? Not always. Here's what you need to know: <BR> <BR> TRUST IT when it's on meat and poultry packaging. The USDA requires these products to be free of artificial ingredients, colorings, preservatives, and unnecessary processing. <BR> <BR> USE CAUTION when it's on anything else. Products can be packaged with sweeteners or flavorings and still carry a "natural" sticker. <BR> <... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 11:10:21 EST Sip for Better Blood Sugar Enjoying a cup of chamomile tea is more than a restful nighttime ritual-the herb may help rein in blood sugar fluctuations and prevent the ravages of type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study. When researchers fed chamomile tea to rats with diabetes, the animals had significant decreases in blood sugar and lower levels of compounds that can cause diabetes complications. While more research is needed, those with diabetes may reap the same benefits from sipping chamomile daily, say the sci... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 11:06:01 EST A Healthier Body in One workout Just a single exercise session increases the rate of fat burning and muscle building while lowering insulin levels, a University of Michigan study of obese women found. Researchers tested 90-minute workouts; coauthor Jeffrey Horowitz PhD, has begun studying 45-minute exercise sessions and thinks shorter stints may yield similar benefits. <BR> <BR> Prevention Magazine-January 2009 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 10:47:16 EST Hey Everyone! My name is Candice and I have been away from SparkPeople for a while but I am back in full swing. I have been on a exercise program for the past four weeks and have lost eights pounds. I am now concentrating on the diet more. I look forward to hearing from everyone. Mon, 9 Feb 2009 22:39:35 EST What's Happening at Kennesaw Parks & Rec... Ballroom dancing is "exercise with elegance" <BR> <BR> Enjoy easy to learn ballroom dances with a cool twist for any social occasion. Introductory and intermediate-level classes are available. No partner necessary. New five-week instructional classes begin Fri., Feb. 13 at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Browse and register for dance classes online at <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------------- <BR> <BR> Sprint Adult Co-Ed Softball Lea... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 13:54:13 EST 10 Reasons to Warm Up Tempted to skip your warm up? Don't! <BR> <BR> Your warm up is an important part of your exercise routine. According to ACSM's James Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, here are 10 vital reasons for starting out with a warm up and not taking shortcuts! <BR> <BR> 1. Increases degradation of oxyhemoglobin. In lay person's terms, warming up helps break down the chemical complex of oxygen, which enables it to separate from the blood and enhance its delivery to the muscle. <BR> <BR> 2. Increases body temp... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 08:53:29 EST Do you get enough exercise from daily activity? Most Americans get little vigorous exercise at work or during leisure hours. Today, only a few jobs require vigorous physical activity. People usually ride in cars or buses and watch TV during their free time rather than do something active. Activities like golfing and bowling provide people with some benefit but they do not provide the same benefits as regular, more vigorous exercise. <BR> <BR> Evidence suggests that even low to moderate intensity activities can have both short and long-ter... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 08:48:38 EST 10 tips for exercise success 10 Tips for Exercise Success <BR> <BR> How many times have you started an exercise program and then just quit going? Well... you're not alone! Many people start with great intentions but soon lose motivation and end up avoiding the gym altogether. <BR> <BR> The following 10 tips to weight reduction don't involve buying expensive foods or hiring a personal trainer. Instead, they involve common sense. <BR> <BR> 1. Choose activities that are fun. Exercise doesn't have to be a chore and the m... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 18:08:08 EST How do you boost a sluggish metabolism? Q: How can you speed up your metabolism so that you can lose weight? <BR> <BR> A: Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. You can increase it by doing more cardiovascular exercise such as walking, jogging, or bike riding, and by adding at least 2 days per week of strength training. Muscles are an active tissue, which means they burn calories even when you are sitting still. So, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn each day. Mon, 2 Feb 2009 12:32:51 EST What is your goal? Have you created a short term goal lately that will help you get to your larger one? If so, what is it? If not, why not? I believe that one of the best ways to reach a goal is to put it in writing and what better way than to also put it out for everyone else to see. <BR> <BR> I currently am working at competing in my first 10k on March 7th but my goal is to do it in 48 mins. Wed, 28 Jan 2009 19:05:34 EST Hello! I'm in west cobb Hi all. I joined Spark in November while on vacation, but lost momentum after only a week back into my "real" life. Well, I'm back now, heavier than ever. But this year I turned 40 and I think if I don't do it now, I'll never do it. <BR> Anyway, I didn't realize there was a Marietta Fit Club. I'm very excited about this. Maybe it will help me stay on track! Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:33:17 EST What have you lost since joining Sparks? I have lost an average newborn! How about you all. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year <BR> 11 pounds = an average housecat ... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:42:44 EST Google 411 Just leave it up to Google to come up with something like this!!! <BR> <BR> Here's a number worth putting in your cell phone, or your home phone speed dial: 1-800-goog411. (1-800-466-4411) <BR> <BR> This is an awesome service from Google, and it's free -- great when you are on the road. <BR> <BR> Don't waste your money on information calls and don't waste your time manually dialing the number. I am driving along in my car and I need to call the golf course and I don't know the number. <B... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:38:10 EST Winter whites: 9 superfoods loaded w/ nutrients 9 superfoods that are loaded with nutrients despite their pale exteriors <BR> <BR> When nutrition experts tell you to avoid "white food," they mean refined foods such as white flour, rice, and pasta. White vegetables, beans and nuts may also lack the vibrant color connected with many disease-fighting antioxidants, but hey contain surprise benefits that can lower risks of high blood pressure, heart attack, and more. <BR> <BR> 1. Turnips: 1/2 cup has only 18 calories but is rich in cancer-... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:06:36 EST Stay on the Pulse Track your Heart's strength: <BR> <BR> Your heart is a muscle, and it responds to exercise the same way other muscles do-by getting bigger and stronger. A well-trained heart can be 30 to 40% larger than a normal one and pump about 50% ore blood and oxygen with every beat. That means it has to beat less often and should last longer. A good, simple measure of your heart's strength is its "resting pulse," which is taken when you're totally relaxed or asleep (your monitor can record and save... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:54:47 EST 12 week Diet & Fitness Reality Check Are you ready to lose weight? <BR> <BR> Diets that use the buddy system are often more successful than those that don't. Over the next 12 weeks, I'll post one new step a week that will help you move toward a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Week 1: Form your team <BR> <BR> Your teammate can be friends, family members, coworkers-whoever will best stick to your plan with you. In addition to exercising regularly on your own, schedule at least 30 minutes a week to be active together. Every we... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:35:49 EST Enchilada Lasagna In case someone is interested here is a link to a healthy recipe that my wife found a couple of years agao that we love. <BR> <BR><BR>?site=MensHealth&channel=nutrition&cat<BR><BR>0VgnVCM10000013281eac____ <BR> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 14:14:16 EST Cold Stretching, is it ok? I have always heard to not stretch while your muscles are cold and I can find hundreds of articles that support that claim. Although if you watch throughout nature you will hardly ever see an animal stretch after activity. My dogs stretch as soon as they wake or have been laying around for a while or even when they get out of their crate (back when they were in a crate). You see images of monkeys and apes stretching on Discovery or other channels and if you think about they are usually on ... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:45:03 EST Getting specific about your goals I have always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I have to be more specific. - Lily Tomlin, actress <BR> <BR> <BR> Are your goals detailed enough for you to reach them? We all have aspirations and we are better off for having made them. But if your goals are too vague or unstructured, you'll find that attaining them is difficult. Wanting to lose 30 pounds is a wonderful goal, but you need a plan to get you on the right track. These things don't happen overnight. Today, think about ... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 09:38:16 EST Feedback on Local Gyms I thought we'd start a forum on local gyms. Anyone go to one they really like? Tell us why you like it. <BR> <BR> I am currently on the hunt for a good gym. My husband wants the weight machines. I want some weight machines but also want classes offered. I've noticed the trend at most gyms now...they don't offer classes...?? <BR> <BR> YMCA has both but they are kind of expensive..(In my opinion) <BR> <BR> American Body Works is good but they just do weights and machines. <BR> <BR> 24/... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 09:50:52 EST Are you locking your own cage? I just read an article by Martha Beck in Oprah's magazine about rats. Here's a quote for thought from it: <BR> <BR> "When the alternatives are staying in the familiar cage or facing the unknown, trust me, most people choose the cage—over and over and over again." <BR> <BR> How are you avoiding unfamiliarity? Are you NOT doing things because they are uncomfortable? Something to think about.... <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Jan 2009 09:18:59 EST Team in Training Team in Training has been in business for 20 years. This organization trains people, first timers to seasoned athletes, to achieve their best at marathons, half marathons, triathlons, 100 mile-century bike rides and hike adventures. They will be conducting a meeting in Kennesaw at REI-Kennesaw, 740 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw, GA 30144. <BR> <BR> This is my first meeting. Join me. Fri, 9 Jan 2009 07:22:19 EST Have you tried the Fat Smash Diet? Although I am not an advocate of diets, when I overindulge during the holidays I use the Fat Smash Diet to get re-programmed to my proper way of eating. Dr. Ian K. Smith, the Nutritionist from VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, provides a book that focuses of smashing the fat and losing the weight. The first phase is difficult. It only allows fruits, vegetables (no potatoes or avocados), beans, brown rice, soy/low fat milk, water, oatmeal, herbs/spices, egg whites and herbal tea for 9 days. It is s... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 07:19:15 EST Hello! Hello! I decided that I want to try and improve my eating habits, get off my butt and start getting some exercise, and hopefully lose a few dress sizes before my son's high school graduation in June. <BR> <BR> I've tried diets in the past, lost weight, and then gained it back. (I swear my body has a weight range it likes and fights to maintain that range whether I like it or not! lol) I'm not thinking of this as a diet, but rather just a healthier way of eating. <BR> <BR> As usual, I'm off ... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 18:04:12 EST What to look for when joining a Gym What to look for when choosing a gym membership <BR> By VICKY HALLETT <BR> <BR> The Washington Post <BR> Wednesday, December 31, 2008 <BR> <BR> Drinking too much champagne must cause spontaneous exercise. How else do you explain the annual boom in elliptical usage on Jan. 2? <BR> <BR> But wait until the hangover wears off before you sign a contract for a new gym membership: There are a few factors that take serious thinking. <BR> <BR> The big one is price, but that number isn’t entirely s... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 09:55:18 EST Will exercising in the morning help me lose more? Q: Will exercising in the morning help me lose more weight than working out later in the day? <BR> <BR> A: This is the bottom line: a calorie burned is a calorie burned, whether it's shed in the morning or at night. What is important, however, is choosing a workout time that you will really stick with. <BR> <BR> If your mornings are already crammed with carpool duties or dashing off to the office, a more realistic plan may be for you to exercise during your lunch break or even after di... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 09:28:49 EST New to SparkPeopl e-Marietta Girl Hello All - <BR> <BR> Still wading through all the SparkPeople stuff, but pleased to see some locals here! I live in Marietta, married, couple of kids (both of whom are away at school now) and I'm ready to get back on track with my former healthy living habits. I've lost my momentum in eating right, I know the support here will be a big help..... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 20:41:30 EST Hello Everyone Hi, I am Carlos and I am new to SP. I guess I am supposed to say something about myself so...I was born in the Atlanta area and have lived here all of my life. I have the greatest wife that anyone could ever have! No kids...yet but one day! I love hockey! It is easily my second greatest love. I am a very active person and I am trying some new activities. I have recently taken up paintball and running. I have gone to play paintball twice now and it is really fun. I also run/jog/walk alot aroun... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 14:02:34 EST Is it better to walk....? Q: Is it better to walk a long distance at a slow pace or a short distance at a fast pace? <BR> <BR> A: To get the most calorie burn from every minute, the best walks are short, fast ones. A 150-pound woman will burn about 170 calories walking very briskly for half-hour. For the same burn, she'd have to walk for more than 45 minutes at a moderate pace or an entire hour at a slow pace. <BR> <BR> Speedy walks also win out for boosting cardio fitness because your heart and lungs get stron... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 07:54:04 EST The Worst Day for Weight Loss Be wary of what you eat on Saturday-your waistline could end up with a case of the Mondays in the weeks ahead, says Washington University School of Medicine researchers. using food diaries, exercise monitors, and a series of weigh ins, they tracked 48 adults (ages 50 to 60) and found that participants consumed more calories on Saturday than on any other day of the week. Over a year, say the researchers, the extra noshing would add up to 9 more pounds. Tue, 6 Jan 2009 07:45:48 EST Make Exercise Stick Need a reason to start working out again-and the motivation to keep at it this time? <BR> <BR> Forget weight loss and focus on quality of life, says Michelle Segar, PhD, at the University of Michigan's Institute for Research on Women and Gender. She found that women ages 40 to 60 who exercised with a goal of overall well-being were 34$ more likely to stick with it than those interested only in losing weight. Women who exercised to MAINTAIN their weight also kept at it more than those who f... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 07:43:37 EST Build the Perfect Snack Fiber + Fluid + Protein <BR> <BR> 3 essential ingredients for a diet-friendly and hunger-squashing nack. To create the perfect combo, choose one item from each column below. For example, a pear and almonds or apple and a dollop of peanut butter. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fiber & Fluid: <BR> Pear <BR> Baby carrots <BR> celery <BR> kiwi fruit <BR> string beans <BR> apple <BR> red bell pepper slices <BR> <BR> Protein: <BR> almonds <BR> hummus <BR> almond butter <BR> walnuts <BR> low-fat cheese <BR> p... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 07:41:02 EST New to SP Hello. My name is Cheryl. I have lost weight many times. Maintaining the loss is huge challenge for me and now I need to lose weight I have gained back this past year. <BR> I am optimistic that the teams and resources on this site can help me with keeping the weight off. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 17:47:02 EST Back to Win! I signed up with Sparks way back in 2006 and never took it seriously. Well, fast forward almost 3 years and I haven't changed many of those bad habits that had caused me to stay the same weight. This year will be different because I am looking for help and motivation in all the right places. <BR> <BR> Maria <em>249</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2009 00:41:23 EST Can Wii Fit deliver both fun, fitness? Depends. Here's a neat article on AJC about the Wii Fit. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ories/2008/12/28/wii_fit_workout.html </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:46:06 EST What is standing in your way in 2009? <BR> Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves. - Robert Frost <BR> <BR> Imagine someone regularly tying small weights around your ankles as you try to climb a mountain. Doesn't sound fair, does it? But that's exactly what you can do to yourself, a little bit at a time, if you don't watch out. When you think of who and what is standing in the way of your dreams, it's easy to forget your own responsibility. Even the best of us can be guilty of unknowingly... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 10:31:54 EST Excercise TV-On deman I just found this! <BR> I just did a 10 min buns and thighs workout and it was pretty good. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to check out some more, but I think these 10 minute mini's will be great for me to add to my regular rutine. <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:05:21 EST Give the gift of life: Cobb County Blood Drive You can celebrate the New Year by giving the gift of life <BR> <BR> The Cobb Civic Center and the American Red Cross will host the Cobb County Community Holiday Blood Drive 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, at the Cobb Civic Center-Hudgins Hall Mezzanine. Please contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule your appointment. You may also sign-up on-line at using the password "cobbcivic". Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are encouraged. All donors will re... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 22:24:40 EST Recycle your Christmas Tree Recycling your holiday joy made possible <BR> <BR> Keep Cobb Beautiful is inviting everyone to “Bring One for the Chipper,” and recycle your tree after the holidays. As a part of a statewide effort to reuse Christmas trees, Keep Cobb Beautiful is hosting more than 13 convenient sites where area residents can drop off their trees 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3. <BR> <BR> In addition to providing residents an easy and environmentally-conscious tree disposal solution, recycled trees are p... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 22:23:04 EST CHOOSE Your HARD! I read this on a fellow sparker's page and liked it enough that I thought I'd share it with this team: <BR> <BR> "Being fat is hard." <BR> "Losing weight is hard." <BR> "Maintaining weight is hard." <BR> "CHOOSE YOUR 'HARD'!" Wed, 17 Dec 2008 11:49:28 EST Christmas Potluck Recipes I saw this in the AJC. Ever been invited to a Christmas social where you need to bring a potluck dish? Ever need to make something to bring to a work or church potluck? <BR> <BR> Here are some great Christmas potluck dish recipes: <BR> <link><BR>ingedge/stories/recipes/christmas-holi<BR>day-recipes.html </link> Wed, 17 Dec 2008 11:14:53 EST What can I bring? How about something healthy... Load up on the fun, but lighten up on the calories at holiday parties <BR> By CHRIS ROSENBLOOM <BR> <BR> Atlanta Journal-Constitution <BR> Thursday, December 11, 2008 <BR> <BR> Neighborhood open house, office potluck, or holiday family meals — what to bring? Instead of dropping by the grocery store and picking up a box of cookies, this year try something different. Here are some tips that will keep you on the invitation list of any hostess. <BR> <BR> • Nuts are a healthy snack with a bonus... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 11:10:42 EST Hi Have been a member of sparks for a while now... just came accross this group... I have been taking this seriously this time around and can use the encouragement of seeing that you too are working hard in reaching your goals to a healthy way of living. Tue, 16 Dec 2008 20:58:13 EST The Secret to reaching your goals The palest ink is better than the best memory. <BR> - Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> <BR> The secret to reaching your goals may rest in the written word. Writing is a common theme through every stage of successful goal achievement. The act of writing creates a promise, and having that visual promise in front of you every day won't let you forget it. Got a problem remembering what goals you met last week? Start tracking them on a daily basis. No more guessing and fooling yourself. The only way t... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 09:34:54 EST I am back! Oh nothing like a good frustration! with your self and the food tracker. <BR> I was once "BeachinJen" but now...HIKEIT <BR> <BR> I got a ways to go and could use some local support and activity! <BR> LADY DUNN! WTG! Sun, 14 Dec 2008 21:25:26 EST Could anyone use an elliptical? I'm looking for a treadmill, may buy one used tomorrow thru Craigslist. But I don't have room for both - so I'm looking for a new home for my elliptical. <BR> <BR> Its a Proform 320. Works well, I've just never really cared for it. Its a bit noisy, but otherwise has no issues that I can describe. There are handles to check pulse, a fan, cup holder, varying tension levels, etc. <BR> <BR> Message me! I'm in Kennesaw, could probably deliver it. It can be moved without too much trouble by... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 23:42:26 EST Ladydunn, I thought about you today Driving to work this morning saw a woman running in the drizzle/light rain. Wed, 10 Dec 2008 19:48:58 EST Beans can be a good substitute for Meat Beans can be a good substitute for meat, even with less protein <BR> <BR> by Chris Rosenbloom, Ph.D., R.D., is a member of the nutrition faculty in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia State University <BR> <BR> Q: What is the protein content of meat vs. beans? <BR> <BR> A: Three ounces of meat, fish or poultry (considered one serving) contains 21 grams of protein compared to 14 grams in 1 cup of beans (black beans, kidney beans, etc). Most cooked vegetables have only 4 gram... Tue, 9 Dec 2008 09:27:15 EST Atlanta Loses weight: Inspirations With the holiday weight-gaining season before us, we thought that some weight-loss inspiration might be in order. So, here are 12 of our favorite Atlanta Weight Loss Success Stories. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/weight-loss/loses-weight-extra/ </link> Wed, 26 Nov 2008 07:01:50 EST Pork shouldn’t be overlooked as lean, light entree By CAROLYN O'NEIL <BR> For The Atlanta Journal-Constitution <BR> Monday, November 24, 2008 <BR> <BR> When dining out, dieters often scan the menu for chicken and fish to find dishes lower in fat and calories. They may even search out a lean cut of beef — such as top sirloin or strip steak — and order it sliced on top of a salad. But pork often gets overlooked as a lighter protein entree possibility. <BR> <BR> It’s true that the nutrition facts reveal a full rack of baby back ribs slathered ... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 06:46:35 EST Cobb County Parks & Rec Classes (Winter 2009) Here's a list of classes offered by Cobb County Parks & Rec for Winter 2009. Includes all ages from children up thru seniors. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>centers-pg63-77.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Lana Tue, 25 Nov 2008 12:01:25 EST Zumba Classes Does anyone know of a location for Zumba classes in Cobb or Marietta area? I've been hearing about how good it is but can't seem to locate where it is taught. Help!!! let me know 'cause it seems like it is fun. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Charmaine Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:53:44 EST West Cobber ready this time! Hi! i am a 46 year old wife and mother of three. My kids are 17,16, and 3. Life is interesting with teenagers(one of whom will be going to college next year) and a toddler who is BUSY! I used to run and am trying to get back into it. I actually love exercise but finding time has been a challenge in the past. I have been a SP member for 3 weeks now. I am finding some interesting things with documenting my meals and exercise (like how low my protein and calcium levels are). I also have... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 08:56:50 EST Tummy rumbling between lunch and dinner? Formula for smart snacking <BR> <BR> The rule: Eat up to 100 calories per hour or each hour between the snack and your next meal. <BR> <BR> For example, if it's 4pm and dinner isn't until 6, limit yourself to no more than 200 calories. Choose a high-fiber carb, such as fruit, as your base, then add healthy protein or fat to help you stay satisfied longer. <BR> <BR> If you next meal is... <BR> <BR> ...1 hour: Have a medium apple (100 calories) <BR> ...2 hrs: Apple + 1 Tbsp peanut butte... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 15:11:47 EST The Weight Loss Hormone It's called leptin, and it tells your brain to suppress hunger. Here's how to make the most of it. <BR> <BR> A lady went to her doctor who suggested that she lose 8 pounds. No problem, she figured: she'd simply step up her workouts and skip her nightly dessert. But after several weeks, she'd lost almost no weight and was always hungry. <BR> <BR> Sound familiar? If so, you'll be interested in leptin, a chemical that could be the "master hormone" for your appetite. Produced in the body'... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 15:06:22 EST Healthiest Dishes at Thanksgiving Atlanta Journal-Constitution <BR> Thursday, November 20, 2008 <BR> <BR> By CHRIS ROSENBLOOM <BR> <BR> Many bemoan the calories in a typical Thanksgiving meal but traditional foods at this feast can be among the healthiest foods you can eat. Here are the top five foods that should make an appearance at your holiday table. <BR> <BR> • Cranberries. These tart berries were said to be served at the first Thanksgiving in 1621 and for good reason. They are loaded with the antioxidant vitamin C, b... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 09:34:54 EST Daily Tips: Taking Charge of your Health Improve your heart health and lower your risk with these daily tips. <BR> <BR> 1. Get Snack-savvy. Keep healthful noshes like an apple and handful of almonds in easy reach so that when hunger strikes, you don't go straight for the candy bar in the vending machine. Eating a piece of fruit and sipping from a bottle of water during your ride home can help you avoid overeating at dinner. <BR> <BR> This tip Combats: body mass index, waist management, total cholesterol, blood pressure and diab... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:30:42 EST Local 5k's (Winter 2008-09) Here are local 5k's in Cobb County for Winter (Dec-Feb): <BR> <BR> <BR> DECEMBER: <BR> <BR> SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6: <BR> <BR> *2nd Annual Sweet Tomatoes 5K/1Mile <BR> Barrettt Pkwy, Kennesaw, 8:30 a.m.; 770-429-5522. Sponsored by Sweet Tomatoes Proceeds benefit childhood cancer research. Get your picture taken with Wedgie the Tomato. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m?event_id=1488404&assetId=1f6aa53e-64<BR>4f-47cc-b454-2c25b89d713c </link> <BR> <BR> *Hillgrove ... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 09:05:49 EST Dining In vs. Eating Out Balance Your Budget, Budget Your Calories <BR> <BR> Want to know a great budgeting secret? Stay in. Rather than spend the money on an expensive, high-calorie dish, you can stay in and enjoy your family—and you may find it easier to keep your calories in check, too. And just because you don't go out doesn't mean it can't be a special occasion. Break out the wedding china, light some candles, and cook a balanced and healthy meal for a fraction of the restaurant price. <BR> <BR> Shop Smart <B... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 08:40:20 EST Fruit Mistakes Even Smart Women Make <BR> Did you know you’re supposed to get approximately four and a half cups of fruits and vegetables each day? But it doesn’t do much good if you let it spoil or pass it over for other snacks. Here’s how to avoid four common fruit goofs that sometimes even the smartest shoppers make. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mistake # 1: Buying fruit that’s not that fresh <BR> <BR> Of every $100 worth of food we buy, about $14 gets thrown away. It’s likely lots of the foodstuff you toss may be fruit that has gotten... Thu, 13 Nov 2008 08:04:34 EST Get Real about Portion Sizes <BR> Help your family lose extra pounds and maintain healthy weights by making sure everyone eats the right amount. <BR> <BR> Measure serving sizes: Most Americans have lost touch with what a healthy, yet filling, portion looks like. <BR> <BR> Remind yourself: Use measuring cups and spoons to serve right-size meals. It also helps to visualize a proper portion. <BR> <BR> For example: 1 cup of breakfast cereal is the size of a fist; 2 tablespoons of peanut butter is the size of a ping-po... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 10:38:15 EST Be a Heart-smart shopper 1. Look for foods that have at least 20% of the daily value of nutrients like fiber, and skip those with more than 5% of unhealthful ingredients like saturated fat and sodium. <BR> <BR> 2. To prevent high blood pressure, aim for less than 2,000 mg of sodium per day. Put frozen meals back on ice if they have more than 1,000 mg per serving. <BR> <BR> 3. Try to take in 25g of fiber per day if you're 50 or younger and 21g if you are older. Whole-grain cereals can be a good way to get your fil... Mon, 10 Nov 2008 08:44:48 EST Walking Kennesaw Mountain I try to get to Kennesaw Mountain a few times a week with one of my dogs (I've learned not to walk them all together, so they take turns). Sometimes we walk the mountain road and sometimes we walk one of the trails. <BR> <BR> Is anyone interested in joining us and being my walking partner? I'm currently job hunting (aka unemployed), so I can work around your schedule. We usually go weekday mornings, but anytime is fine. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're interested and what times/days are go... Sun, 9 Nov 2008 13:54:06 EST MY FIRST 5K!!! Yesterday was my first 5K! I ran the Big Pumpkin Run and I was actually able to RUN the entire 5K without walking!!! I went from getting winded when I walked only 5 weeks ago to now being able to run a 5K!!! I ran it in 37 minutes 19 seconds which works out to be a 12 minute mile so I'm really proud of myself! Now I'm going to work on time. Hopefully by Spring I'll be able run a 5K in under 30 minutes- that's the plan anyway! Sun, 9 Nov 2008 08:08:16 EST North Cobber here Hi, my name is Nicole and I live in north Cobb. Or west Cobb. However you want to look at it. I live a few blocks from the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park. <BR> <BR> If anyone in the area is interested in a walking partner, let me know! I got laid off in late September and I'm currently job hunting, so my availability is pretty open. Sat, 8 Nov 2008 23:36:37 EST Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum for the Wii Fit Has anyone tried this? I wanted to put it on my Christmas wish list, but now I've heard a couple of people say its not very good. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for more opinions - and perhaps someone locally (I live in Kennesaw, work in Marietta) who has it as I'd love to try it out. :) Fri, 7 Nov 2008 09:48:17 EST Defend Yourself Against Heart Disease Make a few simple changes each day to keep your ticker in tip-top shape for years to come. <BR> <BR> Chances are you can rattle off your age, height and weight without a second thought, but what about your cholesterol levels, blood sugar and waist measurement? You may not be as familiar with those stats, but knowing them could save your life. That's because each of them can give you insight into your risk for heart disease-the number one killer of American women. <BR> <BR> Track your hear... Wed, 5 Nov 2008 14:41:28 EST Make Smart Food Choices These days most experts shun the idea of a single amazing superfood that will guarantee great health. That's because we now know that the best diet hinges on a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and lean proteins. But there are plenty of foods that deserve a place of honor in your shopping cart each week. Try adding just a few of these nutritional stars to your meals to boost your energy, build your immunity and help you look and feel your best. <BR> <BR> Over the next week, I'll ... Wed, 5 Nov 2008 14:29:29 EST Stop a craving before it starts Follow these tips to drown out your desire for less-than-healthful choices. <BR> <BR> You're most likely to start craving a food when you let yourself get too hungry, which causes your blood sugar to drop and makes you prone to poor food choices. Your best defense is to avoid an empty stomach. <BR> <BR> *Never Miss a Meal: Don't skip meals in order to "save" for later. And eat when you get up in the morning. A study from the University of Minnesota shows that people who skip breakfast ... Wed, 5 Nov 2008 14:12:08 EST New team member Hello everyone! My name is Shareesa. I just signed up for MFC. I live in Marietta behind Dobbins Air Force Base on Atlanta rd. I try to walk the track (@ the civic center) at least 3 times a week. I'm trying to reach 4 miles a day, right now I'm pushing 2. I'm hoping to meet someone who can keep me in check with weekly check-ins via email. Nice meeting everyone and good luck to all. Tue, 4 Nov 2008 17:12:55 EST New member I learned about Spark People from my mother, Andrea(lillieblue613). I joined a couple of weeks ago but haven't been too active online. I walk several times a week at Hurt Road park around the track, would love to walk the Silver Comet with someone. Also started swimming recently. Have a membership at L.A. Fitness I need to use more. I live in West Cobb. Tue, 4 Nov 2008 13:08:05 EST With meat prices high, here are other proteins... With meat prices so high, what are some other good sources of protein? <BR> <BR> Traditionally when you hear "protein," you think meat or poultry, but you should know there are myriad healthful sources of protein. <BR> <BR> Tuna and salmon in cans or foil-pouch packs are often affordable as well as discounted when supermarkets have sales. Mix them with pasta or rice, or serve in a salad. <BR> <BR> Canned beans or dried beans and lentils are plentiful in your local supermarket. Rinse cann... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 08:53:50 EST Healthy Eating on a Budget These days, we're all looking for ways to keep our budget in check. While you may think you can't eat healthy and save, think again! Try a few of these tips to stretch your grocery dollars: <BR> <BR> 1. Trim the sales. Shop what’s on sale or in season—whether it’s produce, poultry, fish or local fare. Build your weekly menu around good deals advertised in grocery circulars—but refrain from buying what you won’t use. <BR> <BR> 2. Can it. Choose canned or frozen veggies over fresh to keep ... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 08:49:15 EST Trim that Gym Membership The World's Cheapest Gym... Nature! <BR> <BR> Walking is one of the best forms of physical activity you can do. It's great for your heart, low impact, and, best of all, FREE! Once the first leaf turns red, you'll have about two weeks before the rest of them follow suit. Why not use that window to kick off a two-week fitness surge/purge? <BR> <BR> Take advantage of the fall harvest by eating seasonal fruits and vegetables such as apples, squash, and tomatoes. Then find new trails to explore... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 12:31:48 EST The Abominable Abdominal Washboard abs are the hottest item in the fitness world and sought after by both men and women. Washboard abs require a lot of discipline, healthy low fat diet and a fairly low percentage of body fat. Many people have an excellent abdominal routine but they also have a thin layer of subcutaneous fat covering up all their hard work. It's important to burn off this layer of fat to see the fruits of your labor. <BR> <BR> Working your abs smarter, not longer will help you get in a good workout w... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:50:21 EST 10 Things to do when you're bored-Besides Eat! When are you most likely to succumb to a snack attack? Boredom is to blame for mindless munching, said over half the readers who responded to our online poll. Here, expert strategies on how to think yourself thin. <BR> <BR> 1. Make a plan <BR> It may seem like an odd move when you're craving food, but start planning your dinner during an afternoon break, suggests Suzanne Farrell, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "Most people have trouble with dinner. If you don't have a ... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:45:31 EST Cobb County Early Voting Satellites 10/27-10/31 Early Voting: No reason required—tell family and friends too! <BR> <BR> Advance Voting Satellites Oct 27 – Oct 31 <BR> <BR> Any Cobb County voter can vote at any of the following locations: <BR> <BR> East Cobb Govt Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, 30068-4233 Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 7:00pm <BR> <BR> South Cobb Govt Service Center, 4700 Austell Road, Austell, 30106-2004 Monday – Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm <BR> <BR> Boots Ward Recreation Center, Lost Mountain Park 4845 Dal... Fri, 24 Oct 2008 15:11:20 EST World Run Day 11/9th Charity Event I have registered online for world run day. You run anywhere, any distance on your own and you (on your own) donate money to the charity of your choice. <BR> <BR> I am running this in memory of my stepdad who passed away a week ago today. I donated money to The American Heart Association in his memory. You can choose any amount you want to donate and to the charity of your choice. (that part is kind of honor system). The shirts are really cool too. Here is more information in case we wan... Thu, 23 Oct 2008 12:39:59 EST Exercise guidelines: 30 minutes a day, 5 days a wk The federal government released a new set of exercise guidelines a couple of weeks ago, and the basic recommendation was straightforward: Thirty minutes a day, five days a week, at a moderate effort, for basic health; double that and/or make it more intense for more significant health and fitness benefits. <BR> <BR> But what if you’re over 65? Should you be doing the same things, or approach exercise a bit differently? What about kids — do their developing bodies need a different sort of wor... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 14:48:58 EST Join us for the Zooma Atlanta Half Marathon & 5K! Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> There's a great race coming up next month called the Zooma Atlanta Half Marathon & 5K. It's a little more expensive than other races, but there are lots of great perks and giveaways to make up for it. LadyDunn and I thought it would be fun to get some gals to sign up as a team (you also get a discount!). <BR> <BR> The race is 7am, Sunday, Nov. 16th at Atlantic Station. Registration closes Nov. 12 (no race day registration.) <BR> <BR> A little info: <BR> ZOOMA Atlanta ... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 06:58:43 EST 10 Tips for Exercise Success 10 Tips for Exercise Success <BR> <BR> How many times have you started an exercise program and then just quit going? Well... you're not alone! Many people start with great intentions but soon lose motivation and end up avoiding the gym altogether. <BR> <BR> The following 10 tips to weight reduction don't involve buying expensive foods or hiring a personal trainer. Instead, they involve common sense. <BR> <BR> 1. Choose activities that are fun. Exercise doesn't have to be a chore and the m... Tue, 21 Oct 2008 18:38:35 EST What's getting in the way of your weight loss? 1. You're a member of the Clean Plate Club <BR> <BR> Either way, the food is going to waste -- depending on whether you spell it "waste" or "waist," reminds Nancy Braack, a Weight Watchers leader in Omaha, Neb. "Put less on your plate to begin with. It's OK to go back for seconds, but you may find that you're satisfied with the smaller amount." And besides, those leftovers could be tomorrow's lunch! <BR> <BR> 2. You restrict yourself too much <BR> <BR> The occasional treat can ward off a b... Tue, 21 Oct 2008 18:28:02 EST Why the Scale Lies OMG! This is the best article I've read in a long time! <BR> <BR> **** <BR> Why the Scale Lies <BR> by Renee Cloe, <BR> ACE Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> We’ve been told over an over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us can’t resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just can’t bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence it’s readings. From water retention to glycogen storage a... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 14:19:12 EST Racewalking: low impact alternative to running Racewalking a great low-impact alternative to running <BR> Atlanta Journal-Constitution <BR> By ELSA K. SIMCIK <BR> Monday, October 13, 2008 <BR> <BR> Her background: When running became too hard on her knees, Miller, 58, did what a lot of former runners do — she sat on the couch. In fact, she abstained from exercise for about 10 years. She knew she needed to get moving, so when she read an article about racewalking back in 1997, she decided to give it a try. <BR> <BR> How she got started: ... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 07:07:06 EST Early Voting for Presidential Election thru 10/24 Residents who don't want to wait to able to cast their ballot for president can take part in early absentee voting through Oct. 24 only at the main Board of Elections Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. The office is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Additional sites will open on Oct. 27. Sample ballots are available at Further information is also available by calling 770-528-2581. <BR> Mon, 13 Oct 2008 19:33:02 EST Flu Shot event Wednesday, Oct 15 Flu season is right around the corner, and now is the time to get vaccinated. Walk in or drive-thru (if you are special needs or over 65) to get your flu shot at the mass flu clinic 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. The cost is $20 (Medicare, Part B and Medicaid also accepted). The mass flu clinic is part of Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s flu vaccination campaign. The Douglas County Transportation Center, 8800 Doris Road (behind the cou... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 19:31:56 EST New member/New life I've been a member of spark people for a long time, but this has been the first time I have had any level of success. I have lost 26lbs over the last couple of months and can not believe the changes in myself. I feel better, and my clothes are getting looser. This is the first time in a long time that I have felt hopeful. <BR> <BR> Lots of changes are occurring at one time. I graduated from college this may with a bachelors in nursing. I have started a new job. Also, I turn 40 this month. I ... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 16:06:55 EST Just Breathe If you know the art of breathing you have the strength, wisdom, and courage of ten tigers. <BR> - Chinese adage <BR> <BR> <BR> Breathing is one of the most overlooked aspects of good health. Oxygen is fuel for the brain and the body. Good, clean air boosts your physical and mental performance and helps lower stress. Whatever goal you're working for, proper breathing will help you reach it. <BR> <BR> <BR> ***Side note*** <BR> <BR> I have read where just taking some deep deep breathes c... Sun, 12 Oct 2008 09:09:25 EST New Member Joined SparkPeople earlier in year, but just became active in the last month. <BR> My name is Andrea and I live in West Cobb, near Austell and Powder Springs. <BR> My goal is to get fit and start working out. I have a gym membership which is not used. I have long hours between my job and commute. <BR> Glad to find a local team. Fri, 10 Oct 2008 09:33:42 EST Adjust your attitude for a skinnier you This was in the AJC: <BR> <BR> We know you love your skinny friends, but don’t you just hate them? Weight loss seems to come easily to some people, and one researcher says he knows why. <BR> <BR> Don’t look too hard at genetic differences, says Dr. John Foreyt, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. <BR> <BR> It’s all in the mind. Research shows that people who lost weight and kept it off were staying active through mild exercise, eating s... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 07:04:37 EST Meetup for a Monthly PT test? What is a PT test? <BR> <BR> - How long does it take to run a set distance? <BR> - How many situps (no crunches), pushups, tricep dips we can complete in one minute of each? <BR> - How long can we hold a Plank? <BR> <BR> My husband is willing to be the time keeper. We do this every month. So if you are interested, lets set a monthly PT test Date. Sat, 4 Oct 2008 12:57:32 EST Netherworld - Haunted House Meet-up Anyone? HI! <BR> <BR> This is a long shot, husband and I hit the haunted houses each year...we've been going to them since we were old enough to <BR> <BR> Netherworld off of I-85 is the best haunted house in the country - and I am not the only one saying it. They are always voted as one of the best. Usually even better than what Universal Studios puts together. It is very high-tech, and is so professionally done. They sometimes have a 3-D portion you walk through. The tickets can... Thu, 2 Oct 2008 10:57:58 EST Make a Wish Family Fun Festival & 5K race The Cobb County Family Fun Fest will combine with the annual Cobb County Make-A-Wish 5K to make an event for the whole family on Saturday, October 11. <BR> <BR> Registration for the charity 5K begins at 7:00am and the race starts at 8:00am. The course begins and ends at the Marietta Square. Registration is $15; children 12 and under are $10; groups of 10 or more are $12 each; and kids under 5 are free (no T-shirt). Registration after October 6 will be $20. All registered participants will r... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 09:59:01 EST Silver Comet Trail Now paved to Alabama The Silver Comet Trail is now the longest paved trail in America. The final mile has been completed to the Alabama state line. The multi-use trail begins in Smyrna, Georgia and travels westward 61.5 miles to the state line, connecting to Alabama's Chief Ladiga Trail. From there, the trail continues another 34 miles to Anniston for a total of 95.5 miles. <BR> <BR> The Silver Comet Trail opened in 2000 and is named for the Silver Comet, a Seaboard Air Line Railroad passenger train. The trail... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 09:56:44 EST Healthy Behaviors Add Up I saw this in the AJC. It's titled "Skinny people make healthy eating decisions." It's about the things they do that make a difference and how their healthy behaviors add up. <BR> <BR> I am reading another book right now called "Does this clutter make my butt look big?" and in that book in chapter 3 they talk about selecting a role model of someone that you respect and admire who consistently stay fit and healthy because of their choices. We are outlining this book and talking about it ... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 09:55:00 EST Saturday morning walks at the Silver Comet Trail I would love to start a Saturday morning walk meet up at the Silver Comet Trailing. We walk at 9:30 a.m. starting off at the Floyd Road entrance (going toward Mableton). Anyone interested. I would love to start tomorrow, September 27. Come on..let's do it!!! Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:24:20 EST what is Hummus ? I know its some kind of food but what kind is it? does it taste good? <em>20</em> <em>38</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2008 15:41:06 EST Diet may hold some aspects of aging at bay Atlanta Journal-Constitution <BR> Thursday, September 25, 2008 <BR> <BR> By CHRIS ROSENBLOOM <BR> <BR> When I ask students what age is “old,” they might say 60 or 65 years, but they are surprised to hear that by 25, most of our body systems begin to age and decline in function. They all want to know what supplement they can take to prevent the decline. <BR> <BR> Read more: <BR> <link><BR>ge/stories/2008/09/25/nutrition_health<BR>y_aging.html </link> Wed, 24 Sep 2008 11:28:03 EST What do fish oil supplements do? I read in an article that you should take fish oil supplements. Do any body take fish oil supplement, and what do it do for you? Are they good for you? Tue, 23 Sep 2008 22:08:43 EST Do you eat before morning workouts or after? I started going to the gym everyday in the mornings and my question is do you eat a healthy breakfast before your workout or after ? What is the best thing to eat in the mornining for post workout? <em>140</em> <em>231</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2008 22:03:25 EST Learn Snacking tips from the Biggest Losers Snacking" and "healthy" don't have to be mutually exclusive. <BR> <BR> Get the skinny on healthy snack ideas from former cast members on The Biggest Loser <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion/weight-management/12-ways-to-healt<BR>hy-snacking.aspx?WT.dcsvid=MjEwMDE2MTc<BR>xNAS2&WT.mc_id=Newsletter_EBA_09_22_2008 </link> Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:51:36 EST Walk 5K event to help beat Alzheimer's The Alzheimer's Association is holding a Northwest Metro Memory Walk 5k on Saturday, Oct. 4. <BR> <BR> The walk, which will take place at Kennesaw State University, will help raise money to fight the disease. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. It only takes three people to form a team. <BR> <BR> To register or make a secure online donation, go to <link>www.northwestmetromemorywalk.kintera<BR>.org </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:47:00 EST Oct 6-last day to register to vote f/Pres Election Monday, Oct. 6 is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Cobb County residents can register in person at the main Board of Elections Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. The office is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. <BR> <BR> If you mail your registration application, you must ensure it is postmarked by Oct. 6. Election officials recommend that those sending their application through the mail take it inside the post office and ask workers to cancel it wh... Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:45:19 EST New Member from East Cobb Hi everyone, I live in East Cobb off of East Piedmont Rd. <BR> I have 50 lbs to lose and I'm very determined. I belong to the YMCA on Piedmont but haven't gone much, I've been working out at home but this week is the week I'm going to start going to the Y everyday! Mon, 22 Sep 2008 08:35:30 EST Anyone close to Austell Road? Hi Marietta Fit Club, <BR> I'm recommitting and would love to find a few Fit Friends close by to get together for biking, walking, etc. not too far from home. Any takers? <BR> Julie Fri, 19 Sep 2008 13:39:16 EST High Fructose Corn Syrup Lorra and I have had conversations about HFCS. I saw this and just had to share it. Interesting... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sider_the_source_corn_syrup_ads </link> <BR> <BR> Lana Thu, 18 Sep 2008 11:48:20 EST Charity Golf Classic "Teeing off for Kids" 9/22 A game that can help the community <BR> <BR> The 11th annual charity golf classic "Teeing Off for Kids" will take place on Monday, Sept. 22, at the Bentwater Golf Club in Acworth. The event benefits the SafePath Children's Advocacy Center, which aids abused children. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Registration costs include green fees, cart fees, range balls, breakfast, beverage tickets, snacks and dinner. Sponsorships come at varying levels and benefits range... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 16:35:48 EST Special Election on Tuesday Whether you are for it or against it, don't forget to go vote! <BR> <BR> Residents make final decision Tuesday on SPLOST <BR> <BR> Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 16 to decide the the county-wide referendum for a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for the public school system. Information on precinct locations is available at <link> </link> . <BR> <BR> Residents can learn more information about the SPLOST program, including a list of proposed expenditu... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 16:33:18 EST Local 5k's (Fall 2008) Here are local 5k's in Cobb County and Downtown Atlanta for Fall. These are not all of them in downtown Atlanta but some of the bigger more popular ones. I titled this local 5k's but there are also a few 10k's, half marathons and marathons on this list. <BR> <BR> SEPTEMBER: <BR> <BR> Saturday, September 20 <BR> • KSU Run for Recovery 5K, Kennesaw, 9:30 a.m.; 678-797-2538. <link><BR>m?event_id=1592670&assetId=22dc10dc-da<BR>7c-4028-b515-ac36d7742524 </l... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 15:07:13 EST Slim down and boost energy with ChiWalking A walking routine can easily become stale (translation: you've stopped losing weight), and if that has happened to you, try ChiWalking. This new workout, is different from regular walking-you use you your body more efficiently, burn more calories and tone your tummy as you move. <BR> <BR> What is ChiWalking? <BR> It's a technique based on tai chi, a Chinese martial art that uses flow movements and breathing to direct "chi", or energy, through the body. <BR> <BR> Many of the benefits of... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 10:19:08 EST Lower your Cancer Risk There's still no magic bullet that cures cancer in a single shot. But researchers learn more every day about lifestyle habits that can help you and your family ward off this dreaded disease. That's great news, because although treatments get better all the time, cancer continues to be a leading killer that will eventually take the lives of one out of five women. (Only heart disease is more deadly.) <BR> <BR> The #1 way to slash your cancer risk? <BR> <BR> If you're a few pounds (or mor... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 09:59:41 EST Snack wisely before dinner All You magazine, September 2008 issue <BR> <BR> Ravenous just before dinner? These healthful snacks can help tide you over until supper's ready. <BR> <BR> 1. Sweet treat: 4 medium strawberries dipped in 1/4 cup low-fat or nonfat vanilla yogurt <BR> <BR> 2. Trail mix: 8 almonds mixed with 2 Tbsp dried cherries <BR> <BR> 3. The perfect pair: Half a medium red bell pepper, sliced and 1 stick light string cheese. Sat, 13 Sep 2008 09:53:12 EST Do anybody have any great recipes ? I'm looking for some good recipe for lunch and dinner I eat chicken breast,fish,shrimp and turkey meat most all vegetables and fruit. <em>304</em> Fri, 12 Sep 2008 16:20:14 EST Health news It is not McDonald's food but lack of exercise that is contributing to childhood obesity, according to Peter Bush, Australian CEO of the company. McDonald's research shows that the chain provides one out of every 72 meals to children, according to the executive, reported Fox News. Read the full story: <link>,2933,420802,<BR>00.html </link> Thu, 11 Sep 2008 13:48:03 EST Survey to measure level of interest in all-ages sp Survey to measure level of interest in all-ages sports <BR> <BR> <BR> The Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is researching interest in "lifelong outdoor activities" among its county residents. The online survey will be used to determine the level of need and where sporting facilities for such sports as lawn bowling, bocce, shuffleboard, badminton, croquet and horseshoes should be located. To participate in the survey, go to the Web site <BR> <link>https://w... Wed, 10 Sep 2008 10:47:11 EST Food Synergy A new book that takes a look at Food Synergy. Smart food pairing may make your food do more for you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ingedge/stories/2008/09/11/healthy_foo<BR>d_book.html </link> Wed, 10 Sep 2008 07:35:29 EST List of Medications with Potential Safety Problems This was in our local paper. (AJC) I thought I'd share. I don't take any prescription meds but I know a lot of folks do so I thought you might be interested in seeing this list for you and your loved ones. <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> Monday, September 08, 2008 <BR> <BR> Drugs under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration, what they are used for and the potential problem: <BR> <BR> —R-Gene 10, a growth hormone, pediatric overdose due to labeling/packaging confusion. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 10 Sep 2008 07:32:13 EST Should there be an Obesity Penalty? Alabama state workers who are obese have one year to slim down—or they'll have to start paying for health insurance. Should obese employees be penalized financially? Is Alabama acting a bit too much like Big Brother? <BR> <BR> Beginning in 2010, Alabama, the second-heaviest state in the U.S., will start charging $25 a month if its 37,000 employees don't submit to free health screenings. (Smokers are already charged $24 a month, and that will increase to $25.) Alabama will be the first state... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 17:33:27 EST 8 Health Shortcuts that Work 1. The Ideal: Do 30 minutes of cardio most days of the week. <BR> <BR> The surgeon general advises this near daily dose to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, raise HDL (good) cholesterol, and improve cardio health, reducing the risk for diabetes and heart disease. <BR> <BR> The Next Best Thing: Take three 10-minute walks each day. Short bursts have real health benefits, says Cris Slentz, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina. Assuming... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 17:28:13 EST How does your Juice stack up? Before you sip, check out how these eight juices stack up healthwise... <BR> <BR> Juice: Apple <BR> Calories (8-Ounce Serving): 117 <BR> Drink It For: Polyphenols (antioxidants thought to fight cancer), potassium, iron; many are fortified with vitamin C. <BR> Keep in Mind: Apple juice tastes great, but you won’t get as many nutrients from it as from a whole apple, since much of the good stuff is in the skin. <BR> <BR> <BR> Juice: Cranberry* <BR> Calories (8-Ounce Serving): 116 <BR> Drink ... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 17:25:02 EST FitFlops: Flip flop with the gym built in Ok, I am curious...does anyone have any of these? <BR> <BR> FitFlops seem to be the talk of the town! They were featured as one of Oprah's Favorite Things, and claim to be "the flip flop with the gym built in" that can "tone and trim your legs" while you walk. <BR> <BR> They sell FitFlops for about $49.99 (and up) at a host of retailers, such as Bath and Body Works, Macy's, Victoria's Secret, and other online stores. <BR> <BR> So, are they the real deal or just a bunch of hype? <BR> ... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 17:08:38 EST Meet Up Next Sunday 9/14 @ Starbucks!!! We'll meet up at 3pm at the Starbucks on Dallas Highway in West Marietta, Cobb County. <BR> <BR> I hope that a lot of you can make it! Please reply on the message board so that I know how many to expect! <BR> <BR> 2535 Dallas Highway <BR> Marietta, GA 30064 <BR> Sun, 7 Sep 2008 16:22:12 EST New Dog Park Opened in Cobb County this Summer New Dog Park Opened For Business <BR> <BR> Members of the community and the Cobb County Board of Commissioners cut the ribbon for the Pitner Road Dog Park on Saturday, May 31. The new park is located at 2450 Pitner Road in Acworth, and is a seven- acre development adjacent to the Ernie Gilbert Radio Controlled Airfield. <BR> <BR> The dog park is comprised of two adjoining but separately-fenced play areas for off-leash dogs with approximately 2 acres of space for larger and one acre of spa... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 07:03:20 EST 9/13 Cancer Walk= Overcoming Ovarian Cancer Walk The cancer walk is next Saturday, 9/13 not this saturday. It will be at Anthem Park in Alpharetta and begins at 8am. For more information go to their website- <em>68</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2008 15:12:54 EST Laser Tag Meet-up 9/20/2008 Where: Mad Mad Whirled <link> </link> <BR> <BR> What: Laser Tag <BR> <BR> Address: 2854 Delk Road, Marietta, GA 30067 <BR> <BR> When: September 20th <BR> <BR> Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm <BR> <BR> Cost: $7 per game of laser tag <BR> <BR> Information about laser tag: <BR> <BR> Approx. 9 people are assigned to each team. A game lasts about 12 minutes and consists of two teams. Each person gets a special laser tag vest and laser gun. The idea is to wo... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 11:12:00 EST Cancer Walk 9/6 Posting this for "skinnyJett"...if anyone is interested in helping out, please send her a sparkmail..... <BR> <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know that Helene, Connie and I are going to be helping out at a Cancer Walk next Saturday and wanted to know if you wanted to participate or help organize. It is the 2008 Overcoming Ovarian Cancer Walk at Sanctuary Park in Alpharetta. The walk starts at 8am and a minimum of $35.00 to walk. You do get goodies in return for that. We have decided to he... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 11:10:46 EST Hubert Park opening in NW Cobb County Cobb's newest park, Hubert Park, will provide four soccer fields for the youth and adults in northwest Cobb County. There will be a ribbon cutting scheduled for Tuesday, September 16th at 3:00pm at the park. Hubert Park is located at 3412 Cobb Parkway in Acworth. <BR> <BR> In addition to the soccer fields, the park also has a playground, picnic pavilion, concession/restroom building, and a maintenance building. The fields will be irrigated using well water from a dedicated on-site well. Tue, 2 Sep 2008 08:53:20 EST North GA State Fair 9/18-9/28 The 76th annual North Georgia State Fair will take place Thursday, September 18th through Sunday, September 28th at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. Attracting nearly 300,000 people from throughout metro Atlanta, North Georgia and surrounding states, the North Georgia State Fair is the largest fair in metro Atlanta and the second largest in Georgia. <BR> <BR> The Concert Series for the 2008 North Georgia State Fair brings a variety of top talent to the fair. All concerts begin at 8:00pm nig... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 08:50:36 EST Keep Cobb Beautiful accepting young adults 16+up High school juniors, seniors and college students are invited to apply for associate board member positions with Keep Cobb Beautiful. This is a unique opportunity to work with a nonprofit organization to educate the community and beautify the environment. Participants will gain experience implementing programs and organizing events. Associate board members will also represent KCB at various events and assist with outreach to local civic groups and schools. <BR> <BR> To be eligible for the pr... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 14:44:20 EST U.S. 10K Classic Multi event Road Race Last chance this weekend to register for annual Labor Day run <BR> <BR> The U.S. 10K Classic is a multi-event road race open to all runners, walkers, inline skaters and qualified wheelchair athletes. The event is held on Labor Day each year, following a course on U.S. Highway 41 (Cobb Parkway). There is no race day registration or packet pickup. Late registration must be in person at the Family Festival, Aug. 30-31, at the Galleria Gardens. <BR> <BR> Participants must be 12 years of age o... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 14:41:40 EST Social Meet up, Marietta square concert 9/26 Dates: 9/26/2008 - 9/26/2008 <BR> Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <BR> Location: Glover Park - Marietta Square <BR> <BR> We'll start arriving anytime after 4pm. Most of us get there around chat and socialize. Concert starts at 8pm so anytime you want to arrive is fine. Just let us know if you plan on going so we know how many people to reserve a spot for. <BR> <BR> The Glover Park Concert Series is "the" place to be in Marietta the last Friday evening of each month April through Septemb... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 16:32:23 EST Laser Tag, anyone? At the bowling fitness meet up we were talking about laser tag. I've never done it but apparently everyone else that was there (including the kids!) have done it before. It sounds like fun and from what I hear is a very good workout. <BR> <BR> Wondering if we have interest in doing something like that. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to chair this project? There is a facility on Delk Rd. that has laser tag that I think would be a good location for it. <BR> <BR> I'm game...anyone else? <BR> <BR... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 16:28:18 EST Social Meet up STARBUCKS 9/14 3pm Having a social meet up <BR> <BR> Place: Starbucks on Dallas Hwy <BR> 2535 Dallas Highway <BR> Marietta, GA <BR> (in front of the Target) <BR> <BR> Time: Sunday, 9/14 <BR> 3pm-? <BR> <BR> Chaired by: B1ondie <BR> <BR> Everyone come out and share a cup of Joe and we'll connect and talk about our fitness programs! Sun, 24 Aug 2008 16:07:49 EST Labor Day Weekend-Art in the Park In case you are looking for something to do on labor day, here's whats happening at Marietta Square... <BR> <BR> <BR> Event: Art in the Park <BR> Date: August 30 – September 1 <BR> Time: 10 AM – 5 PM <BR> Location: Marietta Square <BR> URL: <BR> <BR> Enjoy the 22nd Annual Art in the Park festival! This fine art extravaganza held each Labor Day weekend is presented by the Marietta Business Association and is proud to be a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event ... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 13:31:15 EST AJC Book Festival I know Decatur is a bit of a drive but if you are a book worm, then you may be interested in this. <BR> <BR> 3rd Annual Decatur Book Festival <BR> Labor day weekend, Aug 29-31 <BR> located in Downtown Decatur <BR> <BR> Over 250-world class authors <BR> Entertainment, food and fun <BR> <BR> You can reserve tickets at: <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2008 13:29:22 EST September social meet up, anyone want to host? Does anyone want to host the next social meet up. Can be at your house or even at a restaurant, bar or where-ever. If someone wants to host and help plan the details, let me know. <BR> <BR> We had a great time at our last one and can't wait for the next one. <BR> <BR> Lana Tue, 19 Aug 2008 17:44:01 EST Start your fat burning...break that plateau!! Prevention magazine, September 2008 <BR> <BR> The facts are simple: To look fit and firm at any age, you have to strength-train, says Wayne Wescott, PhD, senior fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, MA. Women lose about 1/2 pound of muscle a year, beginning as early as their 20's. But that's not inevitable. According to studies Westcott conducted over 15 years of more than 2,800 women and men, on average, you can lose 3 pounds of muscle, lose 2 inches around your wa... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 17:26:43 EST Pool social follow up...Thank you, Nancy! Just wanted to send out a big Thank you to "toomuchnancy" (who probably needs to change her name to "aLotLessNancy") for hosting the Pool social for the Marietta Fit club! <BR> <BR> We had a great time! I think the "girl talk" about our programs was one of the best yet! <BR> <BR> Thanks to all that came and I hope you enjoyed yourself. And for those that weren't able to make it because of prior commitments, I hope you'll join us for other meet ups! <BR> <BR> Lana & Barbara <BR> co-tea... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:26:49 EST Eat for All Day Energy ID the main cause of your fatigue, then beat it with the right food Rx. <BR> <BR> Quick: Name your usual tiredness fix. If you said a cereal bar or a coffee drink, you're not getting an effective boost-and may even be setting yourself up to crash later on. "The food you eat is like the gas you use to fuel your car." says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "Without enough of it-or the right kind-your energy will stall." Luckily certain foods can ... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 12:42:29 EST Anti-Breast Cancer Vitamin I saw this in Prevention magazine: <BR> <BR> Eat choline and prevent the top cancer in US women. <BR> <BR> Slash your chances of developing breast cancer by incorporating choline-rich foods into your diet. A new study of 3,000 women published in FASEB Journal found that getting enough of this B vitamin was associated with a 24% reduced risk of the disease. More than 90% of American don't get enough choline, which also cuts heart disease risk and improves memory. Most women require 425 mg... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 12:15:59 EST Confession: I don't have a six-pack Sparks recently launched a healthy lifestyle blog component. I went to check it out today and the title of this one caught my eye. (and yes, I don't have a six pack <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy reading it and don't forget to click at the bottom to get your 3 spark points! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fession_i_dont_have_a_six_pack </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2008 12:02:50 EST Evening with History If anyone has kids or husbands that are into baseball, this might be an interesting evening outting for your family. <BR> <BR> <BR> Evening with History <BR> Date: September 4, 2008 <BR> Time: 7 PM – 9 PM <BR> Location: Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Ste. 200 (Marietta Square) <BR> <BR> Archivist Paul Crate explores the legacy of baseball in America just in time for Little League Month. <BR> Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:49:34 EST Yoga Decoder How to find the Yoga class that fits you best <BR> <BR> Other fitness fads may come and go. (Remember Jane Fonda videos?) But with the thousands of years of history, yoga is here to stay. If you're not among the 16 million Americans practicing, knowing which tongue twister of a class to attend may be tough. Here's the lowdown on 6 popular types so you can choose one that will loosen you up without stressing you out. <BR> <BR> I'll post a different one each day for you. <BR> <BR> ****** <... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:34:46 EST Fitness Meet up (Sunday 8/24 1-3pm) date: 8/24 <BR> time: 1-3pm <BR> place: Brunswick Lanes <BR> Delk Rd. Marietta <BR> <BR> $2.75 shoes <BR> $1.00 per game per person <BR> <BR> I do need to give the bowling alley a head count 3 days before the date so if you could RSVP to me either on here or by sparkmail! <BR> <BR> Thanks and hope to see you guys there!! <BR> <BR> Lana Tue, 12 Aug 2008 15:25:20 EST Bowling Fitness Meet-up I called the Brunswick bowling alley on Delk Rd. in Marietta. (a central location for both East and West Cobb). I talked to the general manager there and told him about our Marietta Fit Club. I told him we have about 50 members but I wasn't sure how many would want to do this outting. I estimated about 10-12. <BR> <BR> He said that if we picked a Sunday afternoon, he could check availability and if he has lanes available, he'll reserve them for us as well as give us an introductory offer (d... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 17:59:22 EST Cool Tips for Hot Workouts Beat the heat and maximize fat burn with science-backed strategies <BR> <BR> CHILL FIRST-Hop in a pool, take a cold shower, or soak your T-shirt in ice water before exercising. Studies show that doing so may help you work out 16% harder and go faster. <BR> <BR> SIP EARLY AND OFTEN- Fluids fuel your body's natural AC-sweat. Drink 2 cups an hour before your workout and 3 swigs every 15 minutes to make sure you're hydrated enough to keep cool. <BR> <BR> DRESS LIGHT- Skip anything cotton in ... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 17:37:01 EST Why I run and why you should consider it too I saw this article in Better Homes & Garden August 2008... <BR> <BR> Why I run and why you should consider it too... <BR> By Kathleen Parrish <BR> <BR> In my 40's I decided to take up running in an attempt to distance myself from middle age. There was only one problem-I'm not much of an athlete. Never was. In college I was a pom-pom girl. But then I traded up a skirt size due to the Freshman Fifteen and got cut from the squad. <BR> <BR> Later, I joined a gym, the monthly fee coming str... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 16:21:23 EST Anyone a YMCA Member? Hi everyone: <BR> <BR> Just curious if anyone is a YMCA member willing to get together from time to time for working out at different locations? Wed, 6 Aug 2008 14:35:42 EST Veolia, 54: from 400 pounds to 138 pounds! Dunwoody resident, Veolia Gibson (age 54) went from 400 pounds to 138 pounds in 20 months. This was in the AJC. Read her incredible story! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ories/2008/08/05/success_weight_loss.h<BR>tml?cxntnid=healthnews080508e </link> Wed, 6 Aug 2008 07:27:00 EST Need Motivation to get Back on Track? I've read a lot of blogs and I don't know if it's the hot & humid aka "dog days of Summer" or what but it seems like a lot of us have lost our motivation and need to get back on track. Myself included.... <BR> <BR> I was reading up on motivation and these 4 things kind of stuck with me and I thought I'd share with the group. <BR> <BR> Let's all get back on track!! <BR> <BR> Lana <BR> <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> Motivation- The way to build motivation and momentum is to start with very sma... Sun, 3 Aug 2008 17:42:51 EST 31 Days to Better Sleep August Sparks calendar. Print this out and read a new entry each day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=901 </link> Sun, 3 Aug 2008 15:47:24 EST Cobb Parks & Rec FALL 2008 Fitness Classes The 2008 Fall issue of 'The Front Row' magazine is available now online and soon will be available at all park facilities. This issue includes fall class and program registration information and fall events, concerts, and theatre performances. 'The Front Row' is your resource for all program and facility information for Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. You may pick one up at your closest facility or you may download the information here. <link> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:04:23 EST Fishing Rodeo for kids age 3-16 Fishing Rodeo at Lost Mountain Park <BR> <BR> Cobb County Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department will be hosting a 'Fishing Rodeo' on August 2, 2008. The Fishing Rodeo will be held from 9:00am - 11:00am at Lost Mountain Park, located at 4845 Dallas Highway in Powder Springs. It is open to children ages 3-16 years of age. Participants will be grouped by ages: ages 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13-16. Trophies will be given out to 1st—3rd place in each age group and for 'Overall Big Fish'.... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:01:54 EST Total Gym For Sale Total Gym $150 OBO <BR> <BR> (the one we have looks similar to the Total Gym 2000 but I'm not sure if they classified it that way when we bought it) I know once upon a time we paid $800 or so for it. We have many accessories too that come with it. <BR> <BR> We just moved to a smaller home and no longer have a home gym so right now it is in our garage. I need to get it outta there! If anyone is interested, send me a sparkmail. Price is negotiable. <BR> <BR> Lana Wed, 30 Jul 2008 22:08:04 EST Social Meet-up (8/17, Sunday 2-5pm) Date: 8/17 <BR> Time: 2-5 PM <BR> Place: TooMuchNancy's house <BR> Sprayberry Rd/Canton Rd/Piedmont area <BR> (Directions to be sent out upon RSVP) <BR> Bring: Healthy dish to share <BR> <BR> Come and join us for an informal pool social at Nancy's house. Bathing suits are optional. <BR> We can talk about our weight loss programs and put a face to a name and get to know one another. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jul 2008 20:24:52 EST Marietta Wine Market For those of you that may not know about it, the Marietta Wine Market is located on the Marietta Square (just down from the Marietta Pizza Co) and they do wine tastings on Wednesdays and Saturdays. <BR> <BR> Wine Tasting <BR> Date: Every Wednesday <BR> Time: 5 PM – 7 PM <BR> Location: Marietta Wine Market, 18 Powder Springs St., SE <BR> Cost: $10 charitable donation suggested <BR> <BR> <BR> Wine Tasting <BR> Date: Every Saturday <BR> Time: 2 PM – 4 PM <BR> Location: Marietta Wine Market, ... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 11:30:34 EST Christmas in July (TODAY, 9-4pm) If you aren't doing anything today and looking for something to do...Go walk the SQUARE! Get out and get a bit of exercise and enjoy the Christmas in July. Here is information about it: <BR> <BR> July 26, 2008 <BR> Christmas in July <BR> 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. <BR> <BR> Come out to the Marietta Square for a fun and festive summer Christmas celebration. Enjoy discounts with your favorite merchants and fun entertainment all day long! A live DJ will be providing entertainment during the event... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 11:25:30 EST