SparkPeople RV Enthusiasts Team Messageboard For all those who love RVing... share your recipes and travel tips. SparkPeople RV Enthusiasts Team Messageboard Greetings from Arkansas Hello, I'm Gail. My husband and I love to camp. We have a Big Horn 5th wheel. Since retiring, we now have time to came for longer then a weekend. In fact, we are often out for a month or more. We camp mostly in Missouri and Arkansas for now. Sat, 30 Jan 2021 17:06:01 EST Chat Thread for New Year New Start 2021 OK Ladies, get excited for our new challenge! We will be like millions of others who set losing weight as their New Year's Resolution! Tue, 29 Dec 2020 10:38:37 EST Hi, again - glad to be back on this great team! Hi, RV Enthusiasts, <BR> <BR> Some of you may remember me (I do remember most of you!) when I was part of the team for awhile. maybe five years ago. Joined way before that though - I've been on SparkPeople for a long time! We had two Class A motorhomes - the first one a used Winnebago in 2008 and then a 43 foot Entegra in 2010. We had thought we might full time in it after retirement, but as it turned out, we used it mostly for summer vacations. traveling on the east coast and as far west a... Sun, 11 Oct 2020 18:23:22 EST July Accountability Chat Thread Someone mentioned we needed a July Accountability thread so here you go! Sun, 5 Jul 2020 19:44:52 EST Chat Thread for SASSY BABY STEPS Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I didn't forget about starting new threads. I am just running behind this week. I am looking forward to this challenge as Norm will be joining me and it's always easier when both of us are working together! <BR> Fri, 8 May 2020 09:16:17 EST SASSY BABY STEPS TEMPLATES Starting Weight on 5/9 216.5 <BR> <BR> <BR> May 16 - 212.5 <em>55</em> lost 4 lbs <BR> <BR> May 23 - 210.5 <em>55</em> 2 lbs Total Loss 6 lbs! <BR> <BR> May 30 - 212 <em>49</em> 1.5 lbs Total Loss 4.5 lbs! <BR> <BR> June 6 - 211 <em>55</em> 1 lb Total Loss 5.5lbs! <BR> <BR> June 13 - 213 <em>49</em> 2 lbs Total Loss 3.5 lbs! <BR> <BR> June 20 - 213 <em>134</em> 0 change Total Loss 3.5 lbs STILL <em>39</em> <BR> <BR... Fri, 8 May 2020 08:51:20 EST How is 2020 going for you so far? This is a good place to journal your feelings and share with us what you would like to accomplish in January 2020, along with weekly accountability. <BR> <BR> Personally, I have 6 lbs to go to get back under 200. I am going to work on that for the month of January! Mon, 30 Dec 2019 15:14:57 EST Chat Thread for Lighter for the Holidays <BR> FINAL DETAILS <BR> <BR> Good Morning Challengers! <BR> I’m throwing this challenge together as we seem to need a challenge to keep us working towards our goals. I am sorry if I seem unorganized but I wanted it to be an 8 week challenge so I am pressed for time. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is our official weigh in for our Starting Weight. As I mentioned, I will be adding an extra 10 pts for anyone who weighs in at or below the weight from the final weigh in of our last challenge. We may have... Fri, 8 Nov 2019 11:01:34 EST LIGHTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS TEMPLATES I am a proud member of team SLEIGH BELLS <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ending Weight Last Challenge: 210.4 <BR> <BR> Beginning Weight 11/9/2019: 212.6 (Different Scale but I will bite the bullet and accept this weight <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> At or Below Ending Weight Bonus Pt - No Bonus Pt for me or our team <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 11/16 Weight 213.4 <em>245</em> team, I am <em>49<... Fri, 8 Nov 2019 10:53:16 EST Accountability Until Next Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> During the next few busy weeks of getting ready to leave and all our farewell dinners, my objective in this accountability thread is just to maintain the weight I have lost and gear up for round 2 in the next challenge. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:41:19 EST TEMPLATES FOR 5% CHALLENGE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> July 20th Starting Weight: 225 <BR> 5% Body Weight is: 11.25 <BR> <BR> <BR> July 27th Weight:: 222 <em>55</em> 3 lbs <BR> Bonus Pt: 1 <BR> Exercise Pt: 1 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Aug 3rd Weight: 219.5 <em>55</em> 2.5 lbs (total 5.5 lbs) <BR> Bonus Pt 2 <BR> <BR> <BR> Aug 10th Weight 219 <em>55</em> .5 lb (total 6 lbs) <BR> Bonus Pt 2 <BR> <BR> <BR> Aug 17th... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 19:07:44 EST Chat Thread for 5% Challenge I hope several ladies join this challenge. I have been very unmotivated about my weight lately and for the first in a long time, I am getting excited to start working on my 5%. <BR> <BR> On Saturday when you record your starting weight in the Template thread, also let us know what your 5% goal is you are working for. If you don't want to record your weight, at least let us know what your 5% goal is that you are working for. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:51:10 EST Greetings From North Freezing Dakota Hi Y'all ... <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Apparently I've been absent from SparkPeople for sssooooooo long I have to rejoin the team. Some of you already know me. I was very active on this team quite some time ago. But SparkPeople became an addiction, I was spending more time on the computer posting in this and other teams, almost to the exclusion of living my REAL life so I backed away. Sharon, Ruthann, Brenda, Arlene, Jacque and I have keep track of each other on Facebook for many years... Sun, 23 Jun 2019 19:47:37 EST Hello from Michigan Hi, I am Elise from southeastern Michigan. We have a fifth wheel that we travel around on our free weekends in. I still work, my husband is retired. We had a mobile home on a lake for 15 years and sold it to buy this 5th wheel. It has been great traveling around my state as opposed to going to the same place every year. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you, and thank you for the warm welcome. Fri, 10 May 2019 20:32:54 EST Accountability Thread to Record Weekly Weights I encourage you to post in TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY for daily encouragement but until we begin a new challenge, feel free to record your weight in this thread. <BR> <BR> April 27 <BR> <BR> May 4 <BR> <BR> May 11 <BR> <BR> May 18 <BR> <BR> May 25 <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:26:58 EST TEMPLATES - EASTER CHALLENGE This is the template I would like you to copy and fill in each week with whether you earned a point or not. <BR> <BR> March 2nd Starting Weight <BR> <BR> 3/9 Week 1 <BR> Current Weight: <BR> Weight Loss Pts <BR> Mini Challenge <BR> Food Challenge <BR> Exercise Challenge <BR> Total Pts <BR> <BR> 3/16 Week 2 <BR> Current Weight <BR> Weight Loss Pts <BR> Mini Challenge <BR> Food Challenge <BR> Exercise Challenge <BR> Total Pts <BR> <BR> 3/23 Week 3 <BR> Current Weight <BR> Weight Loss Pts <B... Wed, 27 Feb 2019 11:59:31 EST Chat Thread for Easter Challenge FINAL DETAILS ON EASTER CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you that have decided to join this challenge. As said before, this challenge is not to see who can lose the most (not that we want to discourage you from doing your best) but rather to focus on our entire journey by challenging the way we eat, the way we move and what other steps are needed to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Here is a list of team assignments. The first name for each team is your Team Leader. <BR> <BR> HEAD OVER MEA... Wed, 27 Feb 2019 11:58:50 EST 2019 Rally in Branson, MO I am happy to announce that this year's rally will be held in Treasure Lake in Branson, Mo from Sept 8-15th. <BR> <BR> Tammy is a member of Treasure Lake and has made arrangements with the manager and has finagled to get us an awesome price of $17 a night. <BR> <BR> If you can't stay a full week, any amount will be great! It's a great time to meet and get better acquainted with others on the team. <BR> <BR> Here are the ones who I know will be coming, so far: <BR> <BR> 1. TC, Mike - for... Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:24:54 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> I am Elise a 57 year old sparker. My husband and I have 8 children together, 4 from my and his first marriage. We have 5 grandchildren so far and number 6 is cooking! My husband is medically retired. I work fulltime as a nurse in a busy emergency department. We have a 5th wheel grand design solitude that we use in the summer every chance we get. We live in Michigan and are looking forward to a break in the weather. <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR>... Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:57:57 EST Accountability Thread until next Challenge Here you go, Heather! Wed, 2 Jan 2019 17:29:11 EST Hello from Kentucky Hello RV enthusiasts, <BR> <BR> I recently moved here from Alabama. Having a half an acre with trees, deer, rabbits, snakes, Hawks, owls, all kinds of birds and hummingbirds. I live with two small Yorkies and one box of a chihuahua. My daughter lives next door. <BR> <BR> I'm a cult leader for The Biggest Loser purple passion team so I'm not here so much to lose weight as I am 2 get more acquainted living the RV life. <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving everyone, Linda. Thu, 22 Nov 2018 14:02:48 EST Chat Thread for MISSION IMPOSSIBLE I am excited about starting a new challenge with you ladies. I know the next six weeks will be difficult to navigate through all the social eating but I believe it will help knowing we are all struggling through it. We are not alone and need the support of others. You will always find it here in our chat thread. Come share your thoughts anytime!. Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:58:26 EST TEMPLATES - MISSION IMPOSSIBLE As in the past, please copy this template and post it in your post. Each week you will Edit your post and put in the week's weight. Wishing us all a Bless Holiday Season without gaining weight! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 11/17/18 <BR> <BR> <BR> November 24th <BR> <BR> <BR> December 1st <BR> <BR> <BR> December 8th <BR> <BR> <BR> December 15th <BR> <BR> <BR> December 22nd <BR... Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:54:28 EST Thanks for the warm welcome Hello - I just joined this group and already received many warm welcomes...Thank you. My name is Kat and I live in Manitowoc, WI. I joined this group because I hope to retire in about 2-3 years and I have always wanted to travel WI if not the USA. I am alone with my dog so I am going to want something smaller with very little difficulty. I considered a smaller camper/trailer, then thought about truck and camper...but now considering a pop-up van. Hard to find and so far the most affordab... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:03:24 EST 2019 Possible Rally Destinations OK Ladies, I realize it may sound early to start thinking about our Rally a year in advance but we would like to get as many members as we can. The only way that is possible is if we start early with your input. <BR> <BR> While sitting around our campfires at TeePee Campground, we threw out several suggestions. The majority felt Branson would be wonderful as there is so much to experience there and centrally located. Of course, we all loved Treasure Lake so to see if it is possible for J... Tue, 28 Aug 2018 15:55:21 EST Hello from Vermont . . .for now Hi . . .I am Donna and right now we live in Vermont but we have our home for sale and when it sells we hope to move to NH. If it sells in the winter we are going to put our things in storage and take our Class B Roadtrek 190P South and West until Springtime. I don't want to buy a new house in the Winter. We are both retired and love to travel. We have been to 49 of the 50 states . . . saving Hawaii for last . . . to bad we can't drive there. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone h... Thu, 2 Aug 2018 10:14:52 EST Hello from Temple Texas Hi ya’ll I’m Judy, brand new to RVing but not to weight issues. I have unsuccessfully battled my weight my whole life. My husband Andy and I are both retired and bought our travel trailer so we could explore first Texas, then the surrounding states. I sure would like to be healthier and lighter, so I can enjoy exploring for years to come. We bought our trailer 2 months ago and have yet to go out because our truck was t-boned 2 weeks after the purchase. It won’t be out of the shop until the ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:54:57 EST TEMPLATES - A TIME FOR CHANGE STARTING WEIGHT ON JUNE 23RD 228 (ten pounds from when I was diagnosed diabetic!) So, I have gained most of my loss back. A little depressing but feel good to know I am going to start losing again! <BR> <BR> JUN 30TH - 221 <em>55</em> 7 lbs! Off to a great start! <BR> <BR> JUL 7TH - 220 <em>55</em> 1 lb Totals 8 lb loss! <BR> <BR> JULY 14TH - 222 <em>49</em> 2 lbs <em>46</em> Totals 6 lb loss! <BR> <BR> JULY 21ST - 221 <em>55</em> 1 lb Total Loss 7 lbs <... Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:27:41 EST Chat Thread for A TIME TO CHANGE Well ladies - looks like it's a much smaller group for this challenge. Everyone has such a busy summer going, it's hard to commit to the weekly WI. I have suggested they all stop in occasionally to cheer us on. And we may have additional sign ups yet this week. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:24:19 EST Hello from Arizona My name is Nancy and my husband and I live in Glendale, AZ. we have a small travel trailer - a Jayflight 195rb that sleeps 2 1/2 and has a queen bed and a bathroom (my two requirements!). So far we are weekenders, and have not even taken it out that much. We are hoping to change that! We upgraded our truck last year, so I feel a little more confident when we take it out - the Tacoma was OK, but the Tundra makes pulling the trailer much easier! One day, maybe he will even get me to drive ... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 22:07:14 EST Just Checking There seems to be something going on with the chat thread — I can’t read the responses. Is anyone else having this problem? Mon, 4 Jun 2018 22:56:38 EST Weekly Accountability Continued We all look forward (or not) to our Weekly WI. And it's easy to go back to our bad habits when a challenge comes to an end. <BR> <BR> Please pop in to this thread at least once a week and let us know how you're doing. We'll cheer you on with your losses or support and encourage you if you've had a bad week! Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:52:46 EST TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY (9) Marianne - so sorry your DD has continuing health problems. Most insurances demand a second opinion. I wish she could get a new drs perspective! <BR> <BR> Tammy - the only experience I have with the shocking for Afib is one of our friends in AZ had it done. She was so worried and said it was so easy and it worked so good luck on what is decided. <BR> <BR> Eileen - as long as you are comfortable with whoever is helping you, that's the main thing. We don't know any reliable person down he... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 12:05:31 EST 2018 Mackinaw City Rally OK Ladies - we are starting to get a nice size group that would like to attend. <BR> <BR> So far here is my list <BR> <BR> TC &amp; Mike <BR> Brenda &amp; Mike <BR> Sharon &amp; Norm <BR> Heather &amp; Alex <BR> Jude &amp; Dale ??? <BR> <BR> I am think the end of August would be best. Somewhere around the week of the 20th. <BR> <BR> June weather is unpredictable, July is mosquito heaven. By August the mosquito's will be better and it's usually warmer. <BR> <BR> I'm open to suggestions... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:39:37 EST Chat thread for Get Your Rear in Gear! Well, it's time to refocus and get our eating under control. As we begin winding down from Christmas, let's start thinking about losing some weight! <BR> <BR> Use this thread to chat with other challengers, share frustrations and successes! <BR> <BR> Good luck to all. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:59:27 EST TEMPLATES/ Get Your Rear in Gear Challenge Please copy and paste the following information in your own post for you to return to and report your gain or loss each week on Saturday AM. <BR> <BR> <BR> GET YOUR REAR IN GEAR FOR THE NEW YEAR! <BR> <BR> Jan 1st Starting Weight <BR> <BR> Jan 6th <BR> <BR> Jan 13th <BR> <BR> Jan 20th <BR> <BR> Jan 27th <BR> <BR> Feb 3rd <BR> <BR> Feb 10th <BR> <BR> Feb 17th <BR> <BR> Feb 24th <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:55:29 EST Will it NEVER stop raining?! Hello all, <BR> <BR> It has been raining since the wee hours of Monday morning. I had always heard that the Pacific Northwest had it's fair share of rain, but, wow, I was NOT prepared for this! And according to The Weather channel the sun won't make another appearance here until next Monday. Aaaargh!! All this rain makes it difficult for me to engage in my favorite form of exercise: walking. What to do? As you all know, space is limited in an RV, so I decided to order BodyGym. I had gotten ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:07:27 EST Hello fellow Rv'ers Hi all-I joined SparkPeople this evening. Hopefully it will help me lose 50 pounds. I have lost nearly 40 on my own the past year, but I need some extra motivation and inspiration now. <BR> <BR> I am a newly wed at 63! My husband and are full-time Rv'ers, currently living in the beautiful northwest in our 31 ft. fifth-wheel. We enjoy and embrace a simple, minimalist lifestyle. <BR> <BR> By joining this group, I hope to learn and glean from YOUR experiences on the road! <BR> <BR> Take goo... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:25:04 EST YOUR Summer Challenge TEMPLATES Please copy and paste the following information in your own post for you to return to and report your gain or loss each week on Saturday AM. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> YOUR Summer Plan <BR> <BR> <BR> Record Starting Weight on July 15th: <BR> <BR> July 22nd <BR> Bonus Pt (Yes or No) <BR> <BR> July 29th: <BR> Bonus Pt (Yes or No) <BR> <BR> Aug 5th <BR> Bonus Pt (Yes or No) <BR> <BR> Aug 12th <BR> Bonus Pt (Yes or No) <BR> <BR> Aug 19th <BR> Bonus Pt (Yes or No) <BR> <BR> Aug 26th <BR> Bon... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:05:15 EST Chat Thread for YOUR Summer Challenge Here you go ladies! Use the chat thread for all challenge information. Everyone should check in on Friday mornings for the next week's Mini Challenge. <BR> <BR> During the week I expect to see lots of chatting going on! Although we are in teams and competing, we are all in this to better ourselves so let's cheer on everyone! Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:54:34 EST Aspirational RV'er in Seattle Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm not an RV'er *yet* -- but I have a dream of one day becoming a full-timer. I'm a single empty-nester in Seattle. I was blessed to grow up with a dad in public school administration and a love for the outdoors, so family spent a lot of time trailer camping in the 1970's. I've also loved the open road, and the thought of being able to both travel and be at home. (I'm a turtle at heart, I guess!) <BR> <BR> Right now I'm working my day job, paying down my debt (stu... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:28:45 EST Who wants to join Heather? Heather - I am just so inspired by your determination to eat healthy again! <BR> <BR> That being said, I created this thread to help Heather by joining her. We can chat and help each other to get back on track! <BR> <BR> Who else besides me will be joining Heather? Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:35:58 EST Colorado Springs in September, 2017? I seem to remember that a few people discussed a rally in September in either Tennessee or Colorado. DH and I are planning a trip in August / September to Washington, Montana, and Colorado, before heading home through Utah. I think Colorado Springs was the possible destination. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:45:08 EST NEW YEAR, NEW START - Templates Beginning Weight Dec 31st - <em>15</em> 213.4 Don't judge me! <BR> <BR> January 7th - 204 (yup, you read it right!) <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> 9.4 lbs <BR> <BR> January 14th - 202.4 <em>55</em> 1.6 lbs <BR> <BR> January 21st - 204.4 <em>49</em> 2 lbs <BR> <BR> January 28th - 204.4 <em>134</em> Stayed the same! <BR> <BR> February 4th - 203.4 <em>55</em> 1 lb <BR> <BR> February 11th - 204 <em>49</em> .6 lb Total loss of 9.4 lbs f... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:56:03 EST Chat Thread for NEW YEAR, NEW START Challenge Here is our chat thread so we can all talk about the challenge and how we are doing. <BR> <BR> I have been horrible this fall and unfortunately, I am out of Onderland once again. I swore I would never do that but here I am, confessing! <BR> <BR> So, needless to say, I need these challenges and am looking forward to being accountable once again! Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:53:06 EST back again... in need of support and a swift kick LOL Hi all, <BR> I see some familiar names and some that aren't since I have been here. I slowly stopped spark and got busy and then also gained after having my knee replaced 2 years ago. Then this spring I lost oh 10 ish lbs, and then now have found it and more. I weighed myself today and am at the highest I have ever been. Ironically I also saw a post or something from Sharon saying low carb which is what helped me the most this spring. SO, she invited me to join the group again and the ch... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 22:10:29 EST TEMPLATES FOR EARNING OUR TURKEYS Please copy and paste the following dates and information for our challenge. You may pretty up your post however you would like. I enjoy your creativity! <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight on 10/8 <BR> <BR> Oct 15 - <BR> <BR> Oct 22 - <BR> <BR> Oct 29 - <BR> <BR> Nov 5 - <BR> <BR> Nov 12 - <BR> <BR> Nov 19 - <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2016 17:13:45 EST LET'S EARN A TURKEY FOR THANKSGIVING! Here is our chat thread for our fall challenge. I'm sorry it took so long to get it started. I will be back tomorrow with our team assignments and stuff. I will also set up our template thread tomorrow as well. I waited until the last minute so everyone had time to contact me. Right now I have 16 ever faithful challengers! <BR> <BR> I am so looking forward to the accountability. I think it will help to have to answer to our teams. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 20:01:37 EST Tell us about Parks you have stayed in Hi everyone! I looked over the subtitles for the team topics and couldn't find any about the parks members have stayed in while visiting different parts of the country. <BR> <BR> I just had to tell you about this park we found in Hermon, which is a suburb of Bangor, Maine. We found it on the Good Sam's map that we bought. <BR> <BR> First I should explain about our experiences all the way up here. In spite of the fact that I told every person on the phone about our large rig when I m... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 19:56:50 EST SPRING RENEWAL CHAT THREAD Here you go ladies - start chatting. <BR> <BR> I would like you to post here things related to our challenge but continue to chat in the Tell Us About your Day thread for all your other news. There are several on the team that will not be participating in the challenge and they want to know what's going on with everyone as well. Mon, 23 May 2016 14:01:15 EST SPRING RENEWAL WI TEMPLATES Here is a sample Template for you to copy and paste. Very simple, for those new to our challenge. Each Saturday morning, you will go to your original post, click on Edit and add your weight (or your loss or gain if you want to remain private) on the appropriate date. <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenge Goal: Lose 15 lbs! <BR> <BR> Before Picture: <BR> <BR> Beginning Weight on May 28th: <BR> <BR> June 4th <BR> June 11th <BR> June 18th <BR> June 25th <BR> <BR> July 2nd <BR> July 9th <BR> July 16... Mon, 23 May 2016 11:20:27 EST Hello from Ohio Hi all! <BR> <BR> DH and I have been kicking around going RV'ing full-time. We are both retired from the military and currently live on a small acreage. We grow corn and soybeans (and do a lot of mowing). Maintenance is getting to be a chore and we love to visit the national parks, etc., so we've been talking about buying an RV (probably a Class A or 5th Wheel) and getting rid of most our stuff and going on the road. We did it previously for 6 months in '95 and had a great time. This time ar... Mon, 16 May 2016 20:33:30 EST Hello from Mississippi New member to the RV Enthusiasts but not new to SP. Looking forward to reigniting my spark. My husband and I like to travel but both still work which limits time available for traveling. We camp mostly close to home on weekends. Sun, 15 May 2016 08:23:51 EST APRIL 2016 WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE Some of us are taking a break from challenges for awhile but others have reported to me that they are worried if there is no accountability. So this Weight Loss Challenge is for anyone that wants to participate. You will only be competing with yourself. <BR> <BR> First decide how much you want to lose in the month of April. Report your weekly or daily loss or gain whichever you prefer and let's see how many can reach their goals. <BR> <BR> You will each need to set up a template and edit ... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:19:58 EST Hi There! I'm a total newbie to RVing (in fact we've never done it yet), but I saw this team and thought I'd get some good tips. We are both retired and are planning to sell our house later this year, put our stuff in storage, and start a cross-country adventure with our cat in tow. We live on the outskirts of Reno, NV on 40 acres now, so it will be quite a lifestyle change. We're looking into trailers, about 24-26 ft, trying to decide whether to get one light enough to pull with my 2002 Avalanche, ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:51:58 EST GET LEAN IN 2016 - Motivation & Chat Thread Well, here is our Chat Thread! <BR> <BR> If you haven't heard by now, some of the ladies from the 50+ FEMALES FEELING FIT AND FABULOUS team, will be joining us in our challenge. Please make them feel welcome. <BR> <BR> I am busy setting up our teams and making final details which I will be sending out by the end of the week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:54:44 EST GET LEAN IN 2016 TEMPLATES Here is a sample Template for you to copy and paste. Very simple, for those new to our challenge. Each Saturday morning, you will go to your post, click on Edit and add your weight (or your loss or gain if you want to remain private) on the appropriate date. <BR> <BR> JAN 2ND STARTING WEIGHT - <BR> <BR> JAN 9TH <BR> <BR> JAN 16TH <BR> <BR> JAN 23RD <BR> <BR> JAN 30TH <BR> <BR> FEB 6TH <BR> <BR> FEB 13TH <BR> <BR> FEB 20TH <BR> <BR> FEB 27TH <BR> <BR> MAR 5TH <BR> <BR> MAR 12TH... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:19:17 EST Meeting in OK for 2016 Several have expressed interest in meeting near where Jacque has moved in OK for next year. I am starting a thread so we can start getting a list of who is sincerely interested in meeting and decide on a date. <BR> <BR> Please give us your thoughts on it. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 20:17:49 EST This is NOT a Challenge - Motivation & Chat Thread This is where to look every Friday for our motivational challenge for the week and where you can check in daily with how things are going during this Holiday season. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:50:52 EST This is NOT a Challenge - TEMPLATE Here is our sample Template for you to copy and paste. Very simple, just record your weight gain or loss each Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> NOV 14TH STARTING WEIGHT - <BR> <BR> NOV 21ST <BR> <BR> NOV 28TH <BR> <BR> DEC 5TH <BR> <BR> DEC 12TH <BR> <BR> DEC 19TH <BR> <BR> DEC 26TH <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:48:57 EST DON'T GIMME THAT..... Chat Thread Here's where we will be doing our chatting. Please continue to check in on the Tell Us About Your Day thread as several post there that are not in the challenge. <BR> <BR> The image I have chosen for Falling Leaves team: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Autumn Splendor team: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pumpkin Smasher <BR> <img src="http... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 21:10:48 EST DON'T GIMME THAT.... HALLENGE TEMPLATE Please copy the following into a post by you. Then each Saturday, you can edit your post and add your loss or gain. Also, if you earned a bonus pt for your team. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sept 12th - Starting Weight <BR> <BR> Sept 19th <BR> <BR> Sept 26th <BR> <BR> Oct 3rd <BR> <BR> Oct 10th <BR> <BR> Oct 17th <BR> <BR> Oct 24th <BR> <BR> Oct 31st Wed, 9 Sep 2015 21:03:32 EST TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY (8) Can you believe we've made so many posts, it's time to start a new thread. By starting a new thread it should enable some of you to download it quicker. At least that's what I'm being told. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Sep 2015 19:08:50 EST Camping this weekend Anyone camping this holiday weekend!? Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:51:51 EST Hello RVers Hi, We are new to RVing having purchased a 2015 31ft C class last year. I'm retired and my hubby will be in a couple of years. Our plan is to spend the next couple of years taking lots of 3 and 4 day trips so that we will be ready to move to three or four month snow birding as we move into our retirement. The short trips turned out to be a good idea. Even though our motorhome was brand spanking new we ran into lots of problems and of course we knew nothing to start with. (Manuals and be... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:47:43 EST Hi Everybody I am not an RV'er, but it is my dream to travel around the US seeing the best and worst and rolling them into an adventure. Until that day arrives, may I live my dream through all ya'll? Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:39:56 EST Who is in for a Summer Challenge??? Summer is a fun time to get outside and get extra exercise. Unfortunately, it is also a time where food is abundant and not always low cal. <BR> <BR> Linda (BEACHCOMBER2), TC and myself, have entered a challenge to lose 10 lbs by the end of summer instead of gaining 10 more lbs! <BR> <BR> I decided to open our challenge out to anyone that would like to join us. If you are interested, just let me know. It will not be as structured as a normal challenge but I would like you to report in th... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:27:42 EST Weekly Accountability Thread We all look forward (or not) to our Weekly WI. <BR> <BR> Please pop in to this thread at least once a week and let us know how you're doing. We'll cheer you on with your losses or support and encourage you if you've had a bad week! Sat, 23 May 2015 08:32:46 EST Class B Motorhome ?? Hi all, I'm new to SP and new to RV'ing too. I will be purchasing a Class B motorhome in the next few months and was just wondering if anyone here has any advice (pros/cons, etc) on this smaller type mh. I will be travelling solo in it for about 6 months beginning in Sept, though I may have the occasional family member(s) riding along for a week or two at a time. Any tips, suggestions, advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:05:00 EST Team Goals How many of us pay attention to the Team Goals on the RV Enthusiasts home page? <BR> <BR> I have not changed any of them since I have become leader and I think it's time to think about what we are trying to accomplish as a team and if our goals reflect that. <BR> <BR> For example: I want an active team. So I might add a goal of: Log In and Post at least 6 days out of a week. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions? If not, I'm on my own! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 16:20:55 EST SPRING FLING "Chat Thread" I hope everyone is excited to begin our challenge. Not only am I excited but I am so ready to get back to the work and accountability of a challenge. <BR> <BR> Feel free to begin chatting as Saturday will be here before you know it! Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:21:32 EST SPRING FLING TEMPLATES Please copy and paste the following information in your own post for you to return to and report your gain or loss each week on Saturday AM. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spring Fling Challenge Goal: <BR> <BR> <BR> Record Starting Weight on March 14: <BR> <BR> March 21st <BR> <BR> March 28th <BR> <BR> April 4th <BR> <BR> April 11th <BR> <BR> April 18th <BR> <BR> April 25th <BR> <BR> May 2nd <BR> <BR> <BR> Reward if I reach my goal: <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:02:59 EST Canada We are considering visiting BC summer 2016 (my sister lives very near Vancouver). We are wondering about hiring a small RV but have a couple of questions. <BR> <BR> Is wild camping possible (park anywhere to over night) or do you have to stay on camp sites? <BR> In UK there's a network of small cheap campsites with limited facilities (as opposed to the sites that have everything), are there such ones in Canada and where would we find out about them? <BR> <BR> Many thanks <BR> Tessa Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:51:41 EST Accountability Thread for Between Challenges I don't know about anyone else, but I am struggling to keep my momentum between challenges. Therefore, I am starting an Accountability Thread where we can come and discuss how we are doing. <BR> <BR> I am also going to continue to record my weekly weights. <BR> <BR> Feb. 21 <BR> Feb 28 <BR> etc. <BR> etc. <BR> <BR> I hope there are others that will join in and keep us all focused on losing weight and support each other. <BR> <BR> Together, <em>381</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:31:51 EST Which do you prefer: motorhome or travel trailer? I've looked at both only on the computer--motorhomes seem easier to drive but would have to pull a small car in the back. Travel trailers have a lot of space but seems a bit more complicated to manuever. I want to be able to sitesee after pulling into a campsite. I don't want to sit around a campsite all day (except for those days to rest). Which take steep climbs better--I guess it depends on the car we have to pull a travel trailer. Just trying to foresee problems before buying. I seem... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:04:10 EST Hello I make a mistake and posted on the team wall. I'm joining this team because someday hope to own an RV and travel around the US. Also, I know I'll get inspiration for losing weight and want to pick up information about RV'ing. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:13:51 EST new year resolutions this is the time of the year that many people make resolutions. i find this quote from runners world something to consider…. <BR> <BR> “Everything changed the day that I understood that if I was to become a runner, I would have to run with the body I had.” (John Bingham - he’s a regular contributor to the magazine) <BR> <BR> cheers, and happy new year <BR> pdq <BR> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:45:42 EST WEIGH LESS BY VALENTINE'S DAY "Chat Thread" OK - Ladies! Saturday is almost here and we will be off and running with the new challenge! <BR> <BR> If you haven't gotten down to the amount of your last WI, you still have a little time left to work hard at it. A 10 Pt Bonus will help your team! <BR> <BR> Susy and I have worked hard to come up with a challenge that we hope will be fun and a little different from the same thing we've done in the past. <BR> <BR> When all is said and done, we just want to see everyone lose some weight an... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:45:02 EST WEIGH LESS BY VALENTINE'S DAY Templates This is what my template will look like. Be sure and put what team you are on in your template. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> HARD CORE TEAM <BR> <BR> Jan 3 – 209.2 Bonus of 10 pts if within 1 lb of final WI of last challenge (I hope!!!) <BR> <BR> Jan 10 – <BR> Weight <BR> Gain or Loss <BR> Total of Pts earned for the week <BR> <BR> <BR> Jan 17 - <BR> <BR> Jan 24 - <BR> <BR> Jan 31 - <BR> <BR> Feb 7 - <BR> <BR> Feb 14 - <BR> <BR> <BR> Reminders: <BR> = Weigh in weekly –on Sa... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:40:20 EST Ocean Lakes RV Park I thought this was a very ;nice RV park with lots to keep you busy Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:10:03 EST BFF's mini challenges See other thread. LOL ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:45:43 EST BFF Team Chat Thread Okay, BFF sisters! You asked for it... and here it is: The BFF Team Chat Thread! <BR> <BR> Now all our team chatter is all in one place, so we can keep our team's weekly and daily mini-challenges all in one place on THIS thread! Whew! <BR> <BR> We don't want to forget about our sister challengers on the other thread, so please keep checking in there regularly as well. <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:46:10 EST RING IN 2015 THE RIGHT WAY Chat Thread I am starting this thread for those that want to check in and chat about the challenge. I thought instead of setting up threads for each team, we could all just chat together seeing as we all were checking in on each thread anyway! <BR> <BR> Feel free to work with your team with motivational and encouraging Spark Mails, goodies and comments on their Spark Pages! <BR> <BR> As for my team, we've been busy and we have decided on our name and icon image already! I hope the other teams are w... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:23:11 EST RING IN 2015 THE RIGHT WAY - TEMPLATES Please set up you own Template so you can come back here each Saturday and report how much you have gained or loss. This is the information I will use to make my Weekly Report so don't forget to report each Saturday, the earlier the better. If I don't hear from you by late afternoon, I will send you a reminder to check in. <BR> <BR> Feel Free to Copy and Paste the dates into your own post. Then come back each Sat., click on Edit My Post and add your weekly loss or gain by the appropriate da... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:14:29 EST 2015 Las Vegas Rally I know, I know - we just got home from our Branson rally! BUT, October is a busy month for Vegas as you have a lot of us Snowbirds on the move. <BR> <BR> Anyone that is interested in going, I would like you to do as Jude suggested. There are many parks within 4 miles of the strip, ranging in all price ranges. I recommend that anyone who is interested, Google "RV parks in Las Vegas" and let us know which parks interest you. We'd like to narrow it down to a couple before making a decision.... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:51:41 EST Future travel I haven't been on Spark forever and my scale shows it, so time to get busy tracking again. <BR> My wife and I are headed to California for November and Arizona for December, has anyone got any suggestions as to what we should see and do, or reasonable places to stay we have a 1995 19 ft Leisure Travel camper van. We are on a very strict budget, and don't require anything fancy. <BR> My favorite places that we have been are Bushnell Florida, New Braunfels Texas. The reason why the people mad... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:31:33 EST good morning my husband bought a RV when I retired and I was not thinking that I would enjoy leaving my home or garden but have since seen the light. We use to camp in a tent and then a pop up so I guess it only made sense to graduate to an RV. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:38:48 EST Changes that will happen next week! I wanted to give you another heads up on the changes taking place next week. It doesn't look too major and they actually look like improvements! <BR> <BR> This is the message the Team Leaders got: <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago we asked you to complete a survey about the widened/redesigned SparkTeam and Message Board pages. Based on your feedback, we have made changes that will be launching early next week. We’ve created a short video so that you can see what the pag... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:53:48 EST AUGUST Check IN Well, fellow RV Enthusiasts, August is almost half over. My question to you is How Are You Doing? If you aren't doing as well as you would like, you still have time to turn it around. <BR> <BR> Don't forget our Branson rally is coming up and we will all be feeling better if we are losing some weight. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:13:37 EST Hi. New to Spark, will be new to RVing soon. <em>30</em> Hi everyone! I am 62 and new to the Spark site, but have been 'on a diet' all my life. That didn't work real well, so hopefully this will work better. I have wanted to be a full time RVer for over 30 years, but haven't had the time or the money. I am retired now and plan to buy a van and outfit it myself (unless someone has a class B motor home they want to sell to me on time? Did I mention that I have a decent income now but no credit? lol!) Last summer I spent 2 months on the... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:08:41 EST JULY Goals or Weight Loss Challenge This thread will be for anyone that is setting goals for themselves for the month of July. It doesn't always have to be measured in Weight Loss. Often setting new habit goals will result in weight loss. Whatever you want to hold yourself accountable. <BR> <BR> Check in and let us know what you will be working on during the month of July! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:12:16 EST My past week It has been over a week now with Spark, I would like to thank everyone for the welcome I have gotten. After the week I was down 1.5 lbs. So I hope to continue with this trend. For health reasons I need to lose this weight. I took congestive heart failure at age 53, I am now 59 it sent me for a loop, for a little while, but I am looking at the positive side now. Even though I had to give up a job I loved, I was a city transit driver for 19 years, I now travel with my RV between 4-6 months out ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:42:09 EST June Weight Loss Challenge Some of us are taking a break from challenges for awhile but others have reported to me that they are worried if there is no accountability. So this Weight Loss Challenge is for anyone that wants to participate. You will only be competing with yourself. <BR> <BR> First decide how much you want to lose in the month of June. Report your weekly or daily loss or gain whichever you prefer and let's see how many can reach their goals. <BR> <BR> You will each need to set up a template and edit... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 15:01:03 EST Washington DC We are planning on going to Washington DC in August. Has anyone camped near there? Anyplace that you would recommend or avoid? Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:25:03 EST RV ing for me My name is Gordon I am new to SparkPeople and hope it will work for me. I like what I have seen so far. <BR> I have had a few rv's over the years, but in the past 3 years have devoted a lot more time to it. 2 year ago we travelled from one coast of Canada to the other, and if that wasn't enough we drove from the Yukon Territory to California across to Florida and then to the Maritimes. This past winter we drove from the Yukon to Texas and back. Our plan is to spend from 4-6 months travell... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:12:35 EST SPRING CLEAN - YOU Weigh In Template Please set up you own Template so you can come back here each Saturday and report how much you have gained or loss. This is the information I will use to make my Weekly Report so don't forget to report each Saturday, the earlier the better. If I don't hear from you by late afternoon, I will send you a reminder to check in. <BR> <BR> Feel Free to Copy and Paste the dates into your own post. Then come back each Sat., click on Edit My Post and add your weekly loss or gain by the appropriate da... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:45:04 EST SPRING CLEAN - YOU Chat Thread I hope everyone is getting ready to start our latest challenge! We have a couple new people that have signed up. I will come back on Friday and post a complete list of who have joined for the fun. <BR> <BR> Feel free to use this thread for chatting or if you have any questions I can answer. <BR> <BR> Good luck and have fun. Oh,as usual, on Fridays I will be posting the Guideline for the following week here in this thread. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:38:37 EST New RV website! Hello to my fellow RV enthusiasts! I wanted to let you know about a new "social" RV site called <BR> It is a wonderful way to share ideas and to also see where your fellow RVers are for impromptu get-togethers. <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:04:15 EST Branson Rally in Sept '14 It has been brought to my attention that we need a thread for the Branson Rally! <BR> <BR> It is being organized by CHALLENGER15 (Tammy) so between the two of us, hopefully, we can answer any questions you may have. <BR> <BR> Or,if you're just excited and want to chat, someone will always be around to talk with. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:32:02 EST Full timers Hi Folks, I'm a full time RVer who just now joined this site. We will be leaving Florida in March heading to Montana, ND and Idaho, via Texas and New Mexico. <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from you and need all the encouragement I can get to lose 75lbs. <BR> <BR> Thanks and perhaps we'll meet on the road. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:38:30 EST Just joined Hello everyone - My RVing loving daughter inspired me to join Spark. I have been a member for about a month and have lost 8 pounds. Being single and old (72) it was always difficult to get motivated to lose weight. My goal is to lose enough weight to get healthier and once again enjoy sightseeing and exploring when we go RVing! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:08:11 EST 500 Calorie Deficit Chat Thread This is where we will check in for support and motivation. Please feel free to let us know how your eating and exercise is working and if you made the deficit for the day! <BR> <BR> We also have members from the team that are not in the challenge but will occasionally be checking in as our Cheerleaders. <BR> <BR> I was surprised when I was setting up the teams to see how many members really are trying to maintain or lose just the final 10 lbs. I try to make the teams even by assigning som... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:56:24 EST The 500 Calorie Deficit Challenge WI Template Please set up you own Template so you can come back here each Saturday and report how much you have gained or loss. This is the information I will use to make my Weekly Report so don't forget to report each Saturday, the earlier the better. If I don't hear from you by late afternoon, I will send you a reminder to check in. <BR> <BR> Jan 18th - Start Challenge by Weighing In <BR> <BR> Jan 25th <BR> How Many Days Did you Make your 500 Calorie Deficit? <BR> <BR> Feb 1st <BR> How many Days? ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:46:32 EST Anybody going to Quartzsite, AZ? This will be our first "pilgrimage" to the Quartzsite RV show/gathering. Has anyone gone to this in the past? Anyone going this month? Would love to hear about your experiences/opinions. We are being total wimps by staying in an RV Park with FHU, not boon docking like the majority! <em>67</em> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:27:00 EST Full-time RVer new to Spark! So glad I found this team! We have been full timing since March 2013...sold the house and most of our stuff and are traveling around the country. My biggest challenge has been exercise (or lack of, I should say), as well as meal prep. We are currently in Mohave Valley, AZ, and heading to Quartzsite from 1/16-1/30. <BR> Would love to hear from my fellow RV family. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:01:58 EST Sugar Busters Detox Chat Thread From Thanksgiving to New Year's most of us have been surrounded by processed sugar products. I have over indulged and I am sure I am not alone. In order to get the sugar cravings out of our system, the easiest way is to do a Sugar Detox. I have decided on a ten day detox. Not everyone will follow exactly the same diet but if you want to know what I will be doing, here it is: <BR> <BR> What You Can Eat and What You Can't <BR> No major food groups are off-limits, but you'll need to avoid ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:47:12 EST HOLIDAY SURVIVAL - Accountability, Tips, Recipes The next few weeks we will be faced with additional foods and temptations. To help each of us survive without the traditional 13 lb gain, I invite you to post here during the Holiday Season. <BR> <BR> Let us know if you are gaining or losing and how much, if you dare. <BR> <BR> Any tips or recipes will be gladly appreciated. Otherwise, I just look forward to General Discussion. <BR> <BR> Remember <em>381</em> and Survive! Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:28:01 EST Changes in Nutrition Tracker This was posted by Coach Tanya about the changes on the nutrition page that happened today <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page: <BR> - The biggest i... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:19:36 EST What a wonderful welcome! Thanks everyone for the wonderful welcome! Something we've learned on the road is that RVers are the nicest folks. <BR> We are not full timers yet. DH's previous job kept him on the road. We bought the RV and I went along for the ride. He changed jobs last year so the traveling has dropped off, but we still go out on weekends and on longer trips during holidays and vacations during the summer. <BR> I have a difficult time because I follow the spark diet and DH follows Atkins. I follow recipe... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:58:40 EST Hi, I'm new to the team. Hi, my name is Tami. I have been a sparker for several years now. My husband and I have been rvers for 2 years and are loving it. I hope to learn some ideas for cooking while rving that won't ruin my spark diet. I look forward to getting to know all of you and am glad to be a part of the group. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:46:55 EST Hints for putting RV in storage for the first time Hi All, <BR> In one week we will be leaving Pismo and leaving our fifth wheel behind to be stored until we visit again in the spring. I realized all of a sudden thatbI will need to empty the refrig and freezer and turn it off so it can dry out before the door is shut for good. <BR> <BR> I am wondering what else I should do in preparation to leaving it in storage. Any tips you might have I would really appreciate! Thank you! Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:26:06 EST Favorite places to visit/ RV ? Hi Rv'ers ! <BR> <BR> With the challenge half way through and so many of us struggling, I would like to know your all time favorite places to RV/ visit. This focuses some of our energy on pleasant memories and gives me ideas of where to visit next. LOL. <BR> <BR> My farthest & most favorite trip was to SD to see devils tower. That was one massive rock up close and I got in some exercise walking around it. I was so surprised at Mt Rushmore that it was not more massive, but still very impr... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 14:08:53 EST What do you tell yourself ? There is another team that has "what would you tell younger you ?" as a topic. I am a firm believer in the past being the past for a reason. We are supposed to learn from it. I suspect if I had told myself the things these people were saying they would say, I would have acted like a young person and done whatever I was going to do any way. The young think they are invincible. <BR> <BR> So, my question is, "what do you tell yourself " ? <BR> <BR> I tell myself, " You are beautiful insid... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:26:11 EST How do I locate my former Spark page? It has all of my friends and photos and all. <BR> I started a new one, but would prefer to have my original one. <BR> I have searched and searched....Any ideas??? Sat, 12 Oct 2013 13:45:05 EST Weigh In Template for Habit Challenge Please copy and paste this templete as a post in this thread. Each week you will click on Edit This Post and update with correct weight for the week! This is what Tammy and I will be using each week to get our info so be very accurate - PLEASE! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight as of 10/12/2013 <BR> <BR> On Oct 19th I weigh <BR> <BR> On Oct 26th I weigh <BR> <BR> On Nov 2nd I weigh <BR> <BR> On Nov 9th I weigh <BR> <BR> On Nov 16th I weigh <BR> <BR> On Nov 23rd I weigh Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:45:44 EST Question: SMALL Sewing Machines Can anyone recommend a small travel sewing machine? <BR> <BR> I have not sewed in decades! So when I was downsizing from our house to living in our RV, naturally I got rid of my sewing machine. <BR> <BR> Now... I'd love to do the occasional small sewing project. <BR> <BR> And now I need a decent SMALL, lightweight sewing machine. I've heard that there are specific 'travel' sewing machines... <BR> <BR> Specifically, I want to be able to cut a piece of fabric and use the machine to sew the... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 14:17:03 EST TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY (7) I'm proud that we are so active that I needed to start a new thread for us to fill up! <BR> <BR> Happy Posting! <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:01:31 EST Sharon.... THANK YOU! hi everyone: <BR> <BR> i wanted to publicly say THANK YOU to Sharon <BR> she does a great job of being our team leader <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Sharon, your efforts are appreciated <em>304</em> <BR> hope you have a great day <BR> peter Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:56:57 EST CHALLENGE CHIT CHAT Here is a thread dedicated especially for chatting about the challenge. I don't think it's necessary for separate threads for each team as we all post on them anyway to encourage and support each other. So let's all meet in one place! Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:42:04 EST Weigh In Template for Challenge Please copy and paste this templete as a post in this thread. Each week you will click on Edit This Post and update with correct information. This is what Tammy and I will be using each week to get our info so be very accurate - PLEASE! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 7/27/13 216 <BR> Ending Weight 9/14/13 <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 7/27/13 216 <BR> 8/3/13 215 (Lbs lost or gained) <BR> Bonus Pts for Week: 70 <BR> <BR> 8/10/13 <BR> Bonus Pts for Week: <BR> <BR... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 16:30:56 EST COMING OUT OF THE DARK CHALLENGE Next Saturday is the beginning of our challenge! It is also our day to weigh in and get our Starting Weight. I will not setting any goal or percentage of what you need to lose but I have divided us in to three teams and we will compete among ourselves to see which team loses the most weight. We'll also have a biggest loser (by percentage of weight lost) for each team. AND, we will announce Queen of the Challenge as well, based on weight loss and bonus points earned. I will be giving our ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 16:24:39 EST Hi. I'm new to this team. Hi. My name is Janice and I am new to this team. <BR> <BR> My husband and I love RVing. We are currently trying to sell our Holiday Rambler 2003 41 foot, king sized bed, loads of extras, best bathroom in an RV ever! If you know anyone who is looking for the ultimate retirement traveling home let me know! We would gladly trade for cash and a smaller RV. <BR> <BR> My two favourite places that I have RVed to so far are Drumheller, Alberta and Banff/Lake Louise. Wow, the beauty and the maj... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:07:07 EST Optional Program Changes This was posted in our Leaders Team, so I thought I would give you a head's up! <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We wanted to let you know about some changes that are coming tomorrow to calorie and fitness tracking. A few things to keep in mind: <BR> <BR> 1. These changes are TOTALLY optional to current members. So if you like the way things work now, you don't have to change anything. <BR> <BR> 2. Change is never easy, so we ask that you keep an open mind when reading the blog below and ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:12:23 EST July Challenge - Summer is in Full Swing, are you? July is already here and summer is truly here. Swim suit season and shorts. Are you happy with the way you feel when you put them on? I'm not and I'm determined to do something about it. <BR> <BR> June was productive for me I met all my goals and dare to even put more in writing for July! <BR> <BR> I am proud to have tracked every day in the month of June and my goal is to keep that streak going and make it through July. If I do, that means I will be mindful of my water intake and dri... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 18:11:20 EST Spark Points Changes This change took place yesterday. It was posted on our SIGN IN PAGE. Just in case you hadn't read this, here it is. <BR> <BR> <BR> From yesterday's Spark Blog: <BR> Good morning, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Our team has been hard at work on several site improvements that will roll out in the next few months. We are always looking for ways to improve your SparkPeople experience as well as make the site simpler and easier for people to use so that they can continue reaching their goals. <BR> ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 07:52:42 EST Spark People App - FREE Today I have this app on my iPhone and love it for tracking so I thought I would pass the word along from our Leaders Team. Sorry it won't let me copy the link but it works if you copy and paste it in your browser. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>345</em> <em>345</em> <em>345</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> My DS just told me this, and I didn't want to wait until later. I know that the fact that the app cost money now has come up before. Maybe you want to tell your team. ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:09:54 EST June Challenge - Will it be June Doom or Success? June has arrived! Swimsuit season has come with it. How happy are you to put on your swimsuit? We start water aerobics this week in our community and to be honest, I am dreading it. In Towerpoint all my friends already know what I look like but here in MI I have all new friends to bare my body in front of. But, at least I am lighter than I was and the exercise should help me continue to lose. <BR> <BR> That being said, it's time to start my June Challenges. My 5% Challenge is focusing ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:24:20 EST Team Map Hi everyone, <BR> I was just checking out the team map and noticed that only a few of us are showing on the map. I enjoy seeing which team members live close enough to maybe get together sometimes. <BR> If you click on "community" at the top of the SP page and then click on '"spark teams". once there click on "manage my sparkteam emails/settings" this will take you to a listing of your spark teams with several different headings and check boxes. If you check the box under "show on team map" f... Sat, 25 May 2013 09:45:14 EST May Challenge - Let's Bloom Like the Flowers Our May Challenge will be more fun if we chose to include exercise in with our weight loss. I am also so bad at tracking that my own personal goals will be the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise at least 10 minutes a day <BR> 2. Track my meals at least 6 out of 7 days <BR> 3. Have a loss on the scale each of the weeks in May. I'm not setting a particular amount to lose as that can be defeating if I don't think I can make it by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Those are my goals - what are... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:57:20 EST Back and ready to start full-timing soon! Hi, Ladies! <BR> <BR> Hopefully some of you remember me! I have been away from the group for some time and have been sporadic on SP the last year, but I am ready to get involved chatting with you all again. Life has been very hectic the last six months, and we have not been RVing since October. We finally sold our house after being on the market since September 1st. We have a July 1st settlement (well, actually we are still awaiting the results of our inspection and to see if the buyer's m... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:26:48 EST April Challenge - Spring In To Spring I added our new challenge thread here so I can make it a Sticky Topic. <BR> <BR> Once again I will try to lose another 10 lbs but you may make your own weight loss goal if that seems too much. <BR> <BR> My hope that will all my social activity dying down, I can concentrate on exercise and diet and have another good loss before we head home! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:04:22 EST New team member- Full Time RV Hi <BR> <BR> I am a full-timer. We are currently wintering in Lake Havasu City AZ- and will be spending our summers in a little cooler climate. Just ordered the Walking DVD with Lesley Samone- and hope that will keep me motivated to keep moving! <BR> Nice to meet you all. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 02:30:06 EST March Challenge - Marching Off 10 lbs! If we don't set goals, we will never achieve them. With that said, I am challenging you to lose 10 lbs in the month of March! <BR> <BR> I will not be keeping any records, so you are all on your honor. <BR> <BR> This thread is strictly to post our progress and discuss the challenge. Let us know if you are with Ruthann and me to work hard to lose 10 lbs and kick start our losing again! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:43:01 EST Watching TV in your RV We have a small 23' hybrid travel trailer. My DH would like to be able to watch TV and I would like internet service when we're camping in rustic parks where no service is available. <BR> <BR> What do you all do? Do you have a satellite? A Mobile broadband for "on the go"? What does your service cost? How do you like it? <BR> <BR> Sorry, I know I'm asking you all to do my legwork for me but researching this is pretty confusing. We just started RVing in 2011 and last year we didn't go anywh... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:58:39 EST Sept '13 RV Enthusiasts Custer Rally Well, let's start our discussion with a list of who is definitely going to be attending. <BR> <BR> Also, any suggestions of RV parks in the area. <BR> <BR> I understand the dates that Jacque will be off work is Sep 16-21st. Do we want to plan on the whole week or what. Norm and I will be attending and we'll probably arrive the weekend before the 16th and stay through the 21st. <BR> <BR> Ruthann - you are welcome to stay with us as we've stated. We will come and pick you up if you fly in... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:01:59 EST Refrigerator fire Just wanted to let everyone know about the fire we had in our motorhome's refrigerator. <BR> <BR> We have a Norcold fridge/freezer. We have received recall notices on the fridge due to the possibility of it catching on fire. Our model number was not on the recall list. We had confirmed this by calling Norcold and giving them our model number. <BR> <BR> We were aware of a class action lawsuit against Norcold too. After our fire we read through the lawsuit. It is stating the Norcold has kn... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:32:02 EST Is anyone going to the RV show in Tampa? Yes Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:56:39 EST Part-time full-timers. LOL We travel for my husband's job and when it takes him more than 2 hours from the house we all travel in the RV. Last time we went to Ohio for a few months. Right now we are back at the house while he recovers from hernia surgery. While we are here, it isn't so hard to figure out exercise. I can close my bedroom door and do things or easily take a walk (when it isn't so cold!) but once we get back in the RV, I'm not sure what I'll do. <BR> Some places are easy to take walks at and others ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:37:07 EST Our Mildew Problem When we were having showers our motor home air conditioner leaked water on the bed. I've washed the linen and blanket with no problem, but some of the wet got on the pillow top mattress of our Select Comfort Mattress that is 12 years old. I've written to Select Comfort to see if the pillow top that unzips from the rest of the mattress is washable or dry cleanable. They say no. But I could purchase a new topper for $700.00 plus. They did say I could spot wet it in the tub with Ivory or ... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 18:21:12 EST Christmas Daily 10 minute exercise challenge 10 minutes of any sort of exercise, walking, jogging, gym, sport, swim, strength training, spark videos...what ever you want. Lets keep moving over the festive season until we get to those new year resolutions! <BR> I suggest you add what you've done each day by editting your post (lets see if that works OK!) <BR> Thank you for helping me keep on the move <BR> Tessa Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:24:19 EST Question Know this is a very weird question for this team but..... <BR> <BR> I have a question...... are many of you guys Fulltimers ? ( and do you own a home somewhere?) <BR> My hubby is retired and we have a 32 ft 5th wheel which we have just put seasonal right now. I am on long term disability for now, and waiting to hear what they say. I am not able to go to work in my humble opinion and my arthrtic joints say the same. Who knows what the insurance will say. <BR> Anyway hubbys dream is to fullti... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:51:28 EST where are you? where to next? wondered if some you might like to post where you are currently <BR> and/or <BR> to post where you are off to next? <BR> <BR> thought it might be interesting to share some info about our locations <BR> <BR> pdq Sun, 9 Sep 2012 07:22:36 EST what's your emoticon today? <em>334</em> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 06:58:42 EST Super duper excited just booked 5 nights at local state parks! We'll spend 2 nights at one then 3 nights at another. Now to plan my healthy camping menu (I'll share with y'all) and start packing! Can't wait to share our pics with you! And please if you have any suggestions/recipes to share with me please do. Thanks! Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:38:24 EST BIKINI BUDDIES BANTER Ok, here'e a place for us to chat buddies. Highs and lows, what ever you need team. We're in it together. <em>344</em> Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:41:00 EST Spunky Sparkers Spiel Hi, Spunky Sparkers! We can gather here to chat every day, but we need to report our losses/points earned on the THE Summer Challenge Thread. If time is a consideration, please post THERE instead, so that Sharon won't have to look a bunch of different places. <BR> <BR> Have you had a good first day? I took a couple of walks - this is my normal routine - and have done some cleaning and some sewing, so I am thinking it was a very good day. <BR> <BR> I am not sure I was very spunky about ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:37:17 EST Firecracker chatter I've started hhis thread so we can come here to chat, brag and encourage our team. <BR> <BR> Just remember you have to report your weekly results to the challene thread as well. <BR> I'd like to see lots of posts in both threads! Mon, 4 Jun 2012 16:29:32 EST This is THE Summer Challenge Thread Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is ready to have some fun while losing weight! <BR> <BR> The big announcement this morning is our Teams. I have decided to have three teams and had my DH pick names so I wouldn't be charged with favoritism. So here are the teams <BR> <BR> FIRECRACKERS <BR> Sharon SHARONSPARKLE (Monday), Team Leader <BR> Robin ROBINT63 (Monday) <BR> Susy SUSYINKC (Monday) <BR> Heather HOLDINGMYOWN (Wednesday) <BR> Amy AMYBELLES (Thursday) <BR> Gina FAIRYI... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 08:05:30 EST June is National Iced Tea Month! = = June is National Iced Tea Month = = <BR> <BR> Really! It is! <link><BR>/national-iced-tea-month/ </link> <BR> <BR> So… Why not try out these LEMON RASPBERRY ICE CUBES?! <BR> --Place frozen raspberries inside each space of ice tray. <BR> --Add a splash of lemon juice. <BR> --Finish filling with water. <BR> --Place tray in freezer. <BR> <BR> = = Serve to yourself! = = Your family! = = Your friends! = = <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> Susy Sun, 3 Jun 2012 00:02:25 EST WHO'S UP FOR A NEW CHALLENGE? As I said in the Tell us About Your Day thread. I'll start a thread here and see who's up for a new challenge and what kind do you want. <BR> <BR> We've already had 2 or 3 say that another team challenge sounds good. I'm good with that too. Do we just want to do a weight loss? Or do we want more in it. <BR> Let's all put in our ideas and come up with a good one. It's time to get back on track. Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:21:18 EST SparkLive! - Cold Weather Exercise Tips SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:45:36 EST LOSING IT FOR SUMMER WEAR! I am starting this new thread for those that would like to record their weekly weight and be held accountable. <BR> <BR> You may keep track like we did on the 5% challenge or chose to do something different. <BR> <BR> I have removed the Sticky Topic from the last Discuss our Challenge as I can only keep three sticky topics and I'm sure you'll want this one at the top of the list. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of us on continued weight loss and healthier eating! Sat, 21 Jan 2012 10:50:39 EST SparkLive! class - Noteworthy Nutrition Goals SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:45:51 EST Hi, Just Joined The Team....We're Fulltimers I'm getting more involved with Sparkpeople...once again ~ LOL. We have lived fulltime in our motorhome since May 2009. It definitely changes the options you have for home workouts. <BR> <BR> We're workampers, so we move seasonally. We're in Texas working for the winter and will be heading to Maine this summer. <BR> <BR> It's nice to have a group I can relate to :) Sun, 8 Jan 2012 21:47:43 EST SparkLive! class - Choosing A Gym SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:19:16 EST SparkLive! class - Secrets of Strong Starters SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:26:08 EST Recycle your Christmas Cards Recycle your holiday cards by sending the fronts to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. The kids at St Jude's create new cards out of the old art to resell. They are not connected to St Jude's Hospital. You can check out their web site at and there is a box on the right side to click on for recycle cards. <BR> <BR> St Jude's Ranch for Children <BR> Recycle Cards <BR> 100 St Jude's St <BR> Boulder City, NV. 89005 <BR> <BR> We have toured the ranch as they have a nice small museu... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:02:40 EST SparkLive! Class - 7 Rewarding Resolutions Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:06:22 EST I Love Camping! Hi Everyone! I have been camping literally all my life. I am 33 and took my my first official camping trip when I was only a couple weeks old. The majority of my favorite family memories have been from days/weeks spent camping. I can't wait for spring to get out in the 5th Wheel again!! Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:03:45 EST What Do You Tow? What kind of vehicle do you tow behind your motor home and what do you like and dislike about it? <BR> <BR> When we bought our motor home in Florida we needed a car as we traded in the 5th wheel and truck. Our salesman had a friend that bought cars at auction and he looked for one for us. I had read that Chevy Malibu was a good tow car and he found one and we bought it. It has been an excellent car and drives very nice BUT: It is so hard to get in and out of now that I'm having trouble w... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 13:26:15 EST SparkLive! class - Simple Stress Busters Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 16:11:23 EST SparkLive! class - Avoiding Holiday Gains Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:15:59 EST SparkLive! class - Healthier Holiday Recipes Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:19:44 EST Decmber Goals I believe setting short term goals is so important for our success in our journey to better health. Therefore, I am starting a thread so we have a place to write down our goals and hold ourselves accountable for them. Fri, 2 Dec 2011 09:38:02 EST Spark Live! 5 Ways to Prevent Weight Gain at Work Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:49:10 EST Amount of Exercise for 5% Challenge This is NOT mandatory to be part of the challenge. There was discussion on the exercise thread that perhaps giving the actual time/amount might help with accountability for some of us. <BR> <BR> Keep in mind that we are all on different stages of our journey, and as long as we are happy with our progress, that is all that matters. When I began, I could barely walk to the end of my street at the corner. Now I walk MUCH more than that, but I am almost 16 months along this road now... <BR>... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 14:14:56 EST SparkLive! topic - Thanksgiving Survival Guide Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 17:12:20 EST Let's Discuss Our Challenge! In an effort to keep our WI posts from getting buried and difficult to locate each week, we are suggesting you come to this thread for general remarks and discussion about the challenge. <BR> <BR> We are by no means discouraging anyone from posting as we all want to encourage and support one another. <BR> <BR> So feel free to post here as much as you would like! Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:29:58 EST Here I am! Hi, everyone. I'm pretty new around SparkPeople, and these forums are overwhelming! With all the teams, forums, threads, it doesn't seem possible to actually connect with anyone, but I'll jump in, and you all will make it okay. <BR> <BR> My husband and I live in ND. I've been retired since 2006. My husband works for a small independent telephone company 6-9 months of the year, but from Jan until it is safe to return to North Dakota, we travel south in our MH. So DH is counting the weeks... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 20:52:28 EST SparkLive! class - The Power of Positive Thinking Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 10:41:23 EST Daily Exercise Log As exercise is such an important part of our weight loss journey, we are encouraging you to check in on a daily basis and let us know what you have done to help accomplish your goal weight. <BR> <BR> We encourage beginners to strive for 30 minutes five times a week and as your confidence builds work up from there. We have some that are striving for 120 minutes a day! Don't let them intimidate you but rather inspire you! Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:08:54 EST 5% Challenge This is where we will be posting our weekly WI's for the 5% Challenge. The following template is what you will copy in to your post. Each week you will Edit your post and add your weekly weight. <BR> <BR> Starting weight 11/19: <BR> <BR> 11/26: <BR> 12/3: <BR> 12/10: <BR> 12/17: <BR> 12/24: <BR> 12/31: <BR> 1/7: <BR> 1/14: <BR> <BR> 5% Goal: <BR> Weekly Goal: <BR> Goal Weight: <BR> <BR> <BR> Good luck to all and may we all be big Losers, lol. <BR> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 11:46:05 EST SparkLive! class: Thinking Inside the LunchBox Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 18:48:45 EST SP Live! topic - Eating Healthy on a Budget Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 22:19:45 EST SP Live! meeting: Healther Halloween Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 16:55:25 EST Getting a new bike...any suggestions? I have been doing internet searches the last few days and plan to visit some bike shops later today. <BR> Does anyone have any hints as to type of bike, brand, style? <BR> I see there is something called a step through bike that lets you have both feet on the ground when you stop and has a low bar so that it is easy to step over, lower than even some of the traditional womans bikes. <BR> I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. <BR> Thank you in advance. <BR> Margie Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:17:49 EST Tell Us About Your Day (6) OK - hopefully, you have all followed me here. <BR> <BR> I am pleased to say that we have arrived at Towerpoint and are settling in nicely. I am on the resorts WiFi and it seems to be working nicely so I may just have to put my Verizon MiFi on hold for a few months. I won't until the resort gets busy and I know it will work well with all the people on it at once. <BR> <BR> Jacque - I hope you are enjoying your day with family. <BR> <BR> Judy - I hope it's not raining any more. We talked... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:17:08 EST Favorite Recipe for Happy Hour Snack? I'm always stumped as to what to bring for a snack to share at our RV club's happy hours. What's your favorite thing to take to a get-together with a camping group? Our groups are usually 15-30 people and are overflowing with chips & salsa, so I'd like some new ideas. We have a Micro/Convection oven in the coach, but no 'real' oven. Also have a toaster oven, medium size crock pot, and a medium size gas grill. Thanks a bunch!! Thu, 1 Sep 2011 20:19:26 EST How many loss lbs. equal a smaller size for you? <BR> <BR> I'm sure you all know someone who will say 'I lost 10 pounds and now I can wear a size ?'. <BR> I can remember on DWTS and Kristi Alley said she was wearing a much smaller size than was possible from what she looked like on TV. <BR> <BR> How many pounds do you have to lose to comfortably get down one size? I know for me it is about 25 lbs. to get into the next size down of slacks or jeans. <BR> <BR> Ann <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:52:08 EST New to Spark - RV'ing forever! Just wanted to take a moment and introduce myself - my name is Donna. <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople about a week ago - am really enjoying looking around and connecting with people. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are avid RV'ers. I was introduced to camping/rv'ing in childhood - we spent every summer travelling around eastern Canada/US growing up. Then when we moved out west it opened all new possibilities - we travelled western Canada and the US all the way down to the Baja peninsula in Mexico... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:59:23 EST Fultiming "Winter Camping" Questions I'm not new to "winter camping" or 24/7 year round boondocking. I live in an area that gets 5 to 7 months of snow (more on a "cold" year), and usually spends 2 of those months at temps of -20F to -48F before wind chill factors (and living on the coast, we get a lot of high winds all year long). I lived fulltime in a tent since 2006 (no electricity, no running water, etc), during that time we had 3 blizzards (one which buried my tent under 9 feet of snow), 2 ice storms, and 5 hurricanes. So, e... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:50:28 EST Does anybody have a Road Trek SS Agile? If someone has a Road Trek SS Agile, I would really apprecaite corresponding with them. There are so many things about it that we can't figure out. Our biggest problem is figuring out how to keep the refrigerator going when we travel. We need to cook when we travel - our eating bill is outrageous - and really can't until we figure out the fridge situation. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:51:00 EST What do you do about black bottoms when baking? I mean like say you are baking cinnamon rolls in your RV oven and they have black bottoms. If I bought a pizza stone like they sell at Bed Bath and Beyond would that work better than a regular baking pan? What do you suggest? Fri, 5 Aug 2011 00:48:36 EST New to Spark and RVing, not new to Boondocking I just joined Spark, because I used to walk/hike everywhere, than life happened, I got depressed, started binge eating, stopped walking, gained weight, and suddenly a few weeks ago discovered that I was winded and could not walk more than a quarter mile without stopping to rest. This was a shocking fact as I used to walk 13 miles a day and did heavy duty hiking, and yet now I was so out of shape, I could barely walk a thousand feet! <BR> <BR> When I say life happened and I got depressed, I ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:05:04 EST What are you using to determine your goal wt.? Are you going by how you look your best or how you feel your best or some other way? Mon, 18 Jul 2011 11:12:05 EST Just joined Hi group, I just joined today after watching my weight creep up and up. Pretty discouraged right now so I'm hoping this will be a turning point. <BR> <BR> DH and I are both retired, we travel in our 40' Newmar Dutch Star from the first of November until the end of April (or whenever the snow melts in New England). Spending the winters traveling is not great for my weight management. I had lost 25 lbs before we started traveling in 2009 and have gained almost all of it back. <BR> <BR> W... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 08:55:42 EST Accountability Thread Now that our Spring In To Summer Challenge is over, several have expressed the disappointment of not checking in. So this thread is dedicated to those who would like to be held accountable. <BR> <BR> You may check in daily, weekly or monthly - whichever feels right for you! <BR> <BR> This is not a contest so there are no rules. I, however, at the beginning of each month will tell you what my goal or goals will be for the month! <BR> <BR> This is your thread so you can post whatever you w... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 08:37:38 EST Boo Hoo My husband just received an offer of $6,000 on our RV we drove down to Florida to try and sell back in December. I told him to take it, it was the only offer we've received (we were asking $10,000 originally) and now with our planned trip to London the end of September, the money would certainly come in handy. The sale will also lower our insurance $50 a month or so. <BR> <BR> It's the end of an era for me. We started camping back around 1986, throwing the queen-sized bed mattress into th... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 10:44:05 EST My weekly report in. Well it has been another week. The weather continues to be very uncooperative. It is sort of depressing and I wish we could get more than one day of sunshine. I did OK but only lost 0.4 of a pound. At least it is a lost and not a gain. I guess I had too many social outings this last week. Everyone seems to be doing very well. It helps so much having this challenge. Knowing you have to weigh in and then knowing your team is depending on you to loose certainly does help you try to loose... Thu, 26 May 2011 12:36:49 EST Had a great time on the trip We had a wonderful time. We went to a local state park about an hour from the house. Could not get that darn motorhome level so just moved to a more level site! We leave again in a few weeks for a family camping trip. My parents, niece, nephew in my parents' fifth wheel and our family of four in our motorhome. The motorhome is ready to go, all I have to do is pack our clothes and groceries and we are ready to hit the road again. I'll post photos on my page of our recent trip. Tue, 17 May 2011 15:00:23 EST Here we are, another week!! Well I did much better this week. Still working in the garden. I know it is too early to put in the tomatoes in this Pacific Northwest weather but they are in and they better like it. I still have a little more planting to do and then Whatever will be will be. My life will be walk in the early morning then Curves. Next to the garden with weeding and watering. Woo Hoo my summer is set until harvest. I can still and so you know what I will be doing then. <BR> Now to the weight. Well l... Fri, 13 May 2011 16:16:39 EST Getting ready to leave on a 2-night/3-day trip will be my first time to go solo with the boys (they are 4 & 6) so should be interesting. Hubby has to work so it's just me + boys make three :) <BR> <BR> I bought 2 sets of lynx levelers today and pray I can level the motorhome on my own. I now need to figure out what my menu will be for the trip. Tue, 10 May 2011 16:22:29 EST I failed I am so sorry team. I gained 0.8 of a pound. I cannot believe it. I have been working very hard in the yard and I would like to believe that the gain is all muscle but it may be the fact that I was tired and fixed fast and bad meals. I will do better this week. I vow. <BR> We have the front yard done but are moving on to the back yard but hopefully I will be more organized. I will fix better meals. Again I am sorry. Sat, 7 May 2011 12:22:11 EST Anyone using the Sparks diet? Just wondering if I am doing the wrong thing following WW...My weight loss is so very, very slow. I have lost a total of 13 1/2 pounds since Nov. That is six months. I know I am a female and that I am a mature woman...but averaging 1/2 pound a week...? <BR> I am wondering if I would do better on Sparks eating plan. Any thoughts would be welcomed! <BR> Thank you, Margie Thu, 5 May 2011 20:07:03 EST Boards or yellow Lego-like blocks to levelquestion Which do you use? We have a CLass C motorhome (does not level itself) it is up to us to drive up on boards or something to level it. Does anyone use the yellow Lego-like blocks instead of boards? We had boards but on our last trip it wasn't enough, we ended up having to back up onto the big creosote board thing that you back up to when you are backing into your site that is supposed to keep you from backing off the pad! It is like a blocker that you see in parking lots (don't know the te... Thu, 5 May 2011 12:34:20 EST Dancing Darlings team support page Hi girls. We can check in here with little tidbits and support for our team. <BR> <BR> Anyone got a new dance move, lol. I've found that I can't always get a real workout in, but I make sure I get up and move a couple of times an hour. If anyone has suggestions for quick workouts to do while working, we could probably all use them. <BR> <BR> Let's rock this challenge Wed, 4 May 2011 19:28:51 EST Dancing Darlings Thought I'd start a thread for the dancers-don't think I've been a dancer since my teens which is a very long time ago but I did do scottish dancing at school-our team was quite good! <BR> Tessa Wed, 4 May 2011 18:51:22 EST Beach Babes Hi! This was mentioned and so I thought I would try it out... Sun, 1 May 2011 16:31:01 EST Curvaceous Cuties Check In This will be chat for the Cuties that want to check in and see where our team, or others are at in the Spring into Summer Challenge. <BR> <BR> Let's go Cuties! Sun, 1 May 2011 15:42:18 EST I absolutely love camping, but now what..? I think I tend to associate camping with taking it easy, and munching on good food, and drinking beer or wine. I go camping pretty infrequently and my everyday life is typically very busy, so psychologically I think I 'let loose'. I tend to gain weight on camping trips, even though I also love to stay active like go on hikes and swim, etc. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm reeling things in to lose weight and be healthier, I know I can do it all in moderation and be totally fine with that. <BR> ... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 17:45:08 EST Hi from CA Hi everyone, <BR> Very glad to see this group here on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I love camping, and when I met my husband, he introduced me to RV camping. We now haul a trailer to different locations for camping and it's a blast. Hoping to travel to many U.S. and Canada locations in the future. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 17:33:49 EST BIKING BEAUTIES (Violet Color) Let's post here! As a way of encouraging our team, I thought it might be a good idea to post all in one place. What do others think of it? If you like it then please use this post. I think it would be worth a try! <BR> I found it kind of confusing to keep track of who is on my own team and how they are doing. Margie <BR> <BR> Team made up of the following members: <BR> <BR> *****SHARONSPARKLE/TEAMLEADER – FRIDAY WI <BR> ***MARGIEH0104 (Margie) - Wednesday <BR> ***GYPSY145 (Judy) - Wednesday <BR> **... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:43:50 EST Walking guides at National Parks This past weekend we went to the Vicksburg National Military Park for a day trip. It is a drive through park but they have walking guides at the Visitor Center that you can get that have all these different walking suggestions, any from 1 mile to 10.5 miles. I don't know if all parks have this but you do have to ask for it, it isn't posted anywhere. We just found a torn and tattered one in the parking lot so we asked about it when we walked in the VC and the park interpreter gave us one. ... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:51:15 EST SPRING INTO SUMMER CHALLENGE It's that time of year where we are all shedding our concealing winter clothes and bringing out the skimpier clothing (think swimsuits!). Yikes, who feels the need to lose a few pounds. <BR> <BR> To help us along the way and to encourage others, we are going to start a new challenge aptly named SPRING INTO SUMMER. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get enough people to divide our group in to 3-4 teams. We will run the challenge for 12 wks. (April 17th thru July 9th) You may choose your WI day to rep... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 15:33:26 EST National Park Service Announces “ParkCaching” Prog ram. I've included the link if anyone is interested. It is supposed to be similar to geocaching. <BR> <BR><BR>l_park_service_annouces_parkcaching_pr<BR>ogram.htm Wed, 6 Apr 2011 11:16:42 EST Thanks for Having this Team...I'm New Hi Everyone, <BR> Thanks for having this team. I saw your team and said to myself.....Now there is a team I will have much in common with. <BR> <BR> I am 67, retired single woman, with a dog and a cat who travel with me. I have been camping all of my life....since I was a kid. I started in a tent, then a pop up, then a travel trailer, then backpacked and camped and now I have a Motor Home. I bought it used in 2008 and went south for the winter to Niland Ca from Central Illinois. In 2009 I... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 23:57:00 EST Slow cooker recipes that we used camping First one is my mom's recipe: <BR> <BR> Slow Coooker BBQ Chicken sandwiches <BR> 1. Put 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker, shake worcestershire sauce on and sprinkle with Tony's Cachere's (or salt and pepper), then add a little garlic powder (I would have used minced garlic clove if I had it but was out). Pour BBQ sauce of your choice over and cook on low for 2-4 hours. Shred chicken then return to the slow cooker and mix together with sauce. Add more sauce if ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 10:02:01 EST Back from our first family trip in the motorhome We learned how much we don't know! Tom got black water all his shoes this morning at the dump station and we didn't pack heavy clothes and the temperature dropped 20 degrees so we were very very cold! Our site was so unlevel and our boards woefully inadequate that ended up actually backing up on the board that serves as the parking block to keep you from backing off into the woods! I should have taken a picture but I think was so worried about my husband overshooting the back and going off... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:11:38 EST Can anyone recommend a small stick vac? I want to keep a vacuum cleaner in the motorhome but want a small but powerful one, just in case the boys track in sand or something like that. Any recommendations greatly welcomed. We take our first little trip Saturday. Surprising the boys by leaving after soccer games and heading to a local state park. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:17:16 EST Does anyone use a bike carrier on their motorhome and if so, do you have a brand to recommend? We have found one for $99 at Wal-Mart online (Allen 5-bike carrier). Anyone familiar with that one? Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:12:17 EST New to RVing and Spark People We just bought a used Gulfstream Conquest. I am a 42 1/2 year old wife and mother. We have two boys and are looking forward to camping at local state parks. I need to lose about 40+ pounds and am doing Weight Watchers online. I just signed up for that today. My exercise is walking and I plan on adding weights two times a week next week. I look forward to getting to know everyone. My motto was 43 by 43 (but my birthday is in September so I'm not sure I'll make my goal by then since I'm ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 16:56:19 EST Just starting out with our 1st motorhome! My dream since I was a little kid has been to get a motorhome and 'see the USA' - I have had camper trucks, camper vans and done tons of tent camping over the years so that part is not new to me - DH was a little reluctant to consider getting a motorhome but I guess more than 20 yrs of listening to me babble on about wanting one finally wore him down, haha! <BR> <BR> Anyway, my birthday is in a couple of weeks and what I really, really wanted was to get one - I didn't have the nerve to vocal... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 10:32:29 EST Geocaching I know there are a couple members that geocache. They always mention it fondly but there are so many of us that really don't know what it is or what it involves (such as equipment, tools or even what you do) <BR> <BR> If those of you that have experience could share your wisdom with us, we would really appreciate it. Perhaps we may get new people out geocaching and getting extra exercise! Thanks! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 16:07:00 EST HELPFUL TIPS FOR STAYING ON TRACK It was suggested that it might be nice if we had a thread where we could share what we do that helps us stay on track. <BR> <BR> So I hope you all have something to add to our discussion as we can use all the tips we can get! Who's going to start? Sun, 23 Jan 2011 15:34:37 EST Good overnight trip would have stayed two nights but snow and ice were predicted for today and they were right about the sleet and ice part even though my boys have been looking no sight of snow yet! Had a good time. Went from 62 on Friday to 30 last night! Good to go but also good to be home plus we cleaned out the rest of our stuff from the pop up so it was a good weekend! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:54:43 EST funny movie we are having movie night with the family. We are watching Robin Williams RV movie. It is hilarious. When I first saw this movie three years ago we did not have a RV but now that we do it is even funnier. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 22:24:23 EST Leaving on our first overnight trip in the MH tomorrow. We can only do an overnight this time (darn LSU playing Friday night and Saints Saturday afternoon <em>20</em> We wanted to take it out once before we winterize it. I'll give a full report Monday! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 18:44:57 EST Good Sam Club Is anyone a member of the GOod sam club? Is it worth it? Also what is a Samboree? Tue, 4 Jan 2011 14:50:28 EST Welcome to our new motorhome Hi, I am posting pictures of the motorhome. I cleaned it all out yesterday and we made the bed, put sleeping bags from Santa for the boys up in the bunk area. Can't wait to take our first trip in it. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 14:30:50 EST Suggestions on winterizing RV needed for southern Hi, we don't have an owners manual. I bought some RV antifreeze at Walmart yesterday. We live in north Louisiana and weather is supposed to be 27 tonight. Our motorhome (a 1999 Gulfstream Conquest) is stored in a covered shed but open on sides there is a motorhome next to ours and a boat in the next slot. We were going to hook up an RV extension cord but the outlet is not an RV outlet it is a regular outside outlet. Do you think a ceramic heater inside the motorhome and a regular outside ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 14:03:26 EST The Biggest Loser Challenge Every one is getting ready to start the New Year out right with healthier eating, exercise and losing more weight. <BR> <BR> To help us along the way and to encourage others, we are going to start a new challenge aptly named The Biggest Losers. It is not based on the TV show but to help us work as teams to encourage each other. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get enough people to divide our group in to 3-4 teams. We will run the challenge for 12 wks. You may choose your WI day to report just as... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:52:50 EST Thought for the Holiday Don’t let one slip-up throw you. <BR> <BR> “If you eat an extra cupcake, you probably won’t gain weight. But if you say to yourself, ‘I can’t believe I did that! I might as well eat whatever I want today and start my diet again tomorrow,’ you could gain two pounds over-night. Think of it this way: If you made a mistake and went through a red light, would you continue to go through red lights for the rest of the day? Of course not.” <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Warmest thoughts and... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 02:20:53 EST Stocking our new motorhome (new to us :) Hi, after months of searching we have found THE ONE! I want to stock it up with all the things we will need and was wondering if anyone could recommend either things they found to be useful/necessary or a website/link that might have suggestions. The only thing I can think of right now is a Crockpot, liners and bedding! I'm sure there is much much more. Thu, 23 Dec 2010 22:29:09 EST Our First Camping Trip We are finally getting to go on our first camping trip! We are taking the family for a short Christmas vacation. I will take lots of pictures and let everyone know the details when we return. <BR> <BR> One question for everyone, what types of items did you find yourself needing that you forgot to take? I want to make sure we are prepared for our trip! Thu, 23 Dec 2010 18:05:40 EST Our Rv Intro We are Elmer and Lina, also known as the 'Romantic Rovers'. The adventure began in 07 when we bought a Keystone 36' fifth wheel. While we were complete 'rookies' we dove in full time. In 08 we travelled across the United States. I will share this trip to anyone interested. Just let me know. For the most part we love this life-style. <BR> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:09:51 EST Please pass this along! My sister in law lost her niece (she was 4)to a fatal house fire on Saturday morning. There were no smoke detectors in the house. Please make sure that you have the amount of smoke detectors in your home that you should have and make sure that you change the batteries and test them weekly. If you don't have what you are supposed to have or question what you should have, call your local fire department and they will do an assesment for free to make sure that you do. Please, do this for you... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 23:26:51 EST cold weather and camper freezing Hello, Can anyone tell me how low can the temperature go withoout risking freezing pipes in my camper when I am not driving it? Thanks! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:34:07 EST What type of recreational vehicle do you own and why did you choose the one you chose? We've looked at two Class C's now (Class C's are rare where I live and can afford) and both had water damage so we are rethinking a CLass C and now leaning towards a Class A. A trailer isn't really an option because I don't want a truck or Suburban to be my everyday vehicle (I currently drive a Highlander). Fri, 12 Nov 2010 12:08:04 EST Storing your trailer for the winter? I am on the East Cost in NY and we are about to put our trailer away for the winter. Just wondering what you all leaving in your trailers or RV's over the winter months? How do you pack these items? We are putting this away on Friday and I thought I would ask you all since my last was a pop-up and we didn't have room to store anything. <BR> Thanks for your help. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:51:48 EST Looking for advise from experienced campers I have gotten back from a busy, long day. We traveled 1 1/2 hrs. to look at an RV. With 6 kids, staying in a motel hasn't been feasible for some time ~ they want you to book 2-3 rooms and separating everyone out so much & maybe making any of the kids be alone in a room is out of the question! <BR> <BR> Renting is house is what we did the last time, but to rent one that can accommodate 8 people is usually $1500/wk! I figure I can afford the RV for a lot less than a few vacations & I will kno... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 23:25:16 EST Greetings from north Louisiana Hello, I'm a 42-year old mother of two boys, ages 4 1/2 and 6, and married for 16 years to my college sweetheart. We have a great life here. I'm a homescholing mom who also works part-time. We have been camping in a popup but are looking to upgrade to a used motorhome (hopefully soon). We thought we had found one but are now concerned because inspection revealed water damage in the cab bunk area. Dealership has agreed to repair/replace the wood but we are not sure if we should pass on t... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 11:24:32 EST RV water damage and any healthconcerns question hi, I'm new to the team and I know this is about fitness but have a question that is health-related to a motorhome. We are about to buy a used motorhome from a dealership and the motorhome has had water damage in the cab over bunk and in the bedroom. The dealership has agreed to replace/repair the water damaged area with new wood but I am concerned about the health implications. He says that water damage is common in a Class C (or any motorhome). We live in the south so there has been a b... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 11:15:44 EST Fulltimer new to SparkPeople Hi fellow Rvers! <BR> I just joined SP today. I hope I will stay with it. I joined because I needed to find a good weight loss program to cheer me on without costing a fortune. <BR> <BR> Since I'm a fulltime RVer this team intriqued me! <BR> <BR> My husband and I have been full timing for 3 years. No longer have the stick house. We spent the first year workamping in Colorado since that is our home state. Currently our travel is on hold because now we are caring for my ailing mother in Penns... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 16:07:04 EST LOOW - HOLIDAY ROUND The Holidays are rapidly approaching and we all need some extra motivation to get us through without gaining weight. <BR> <BR> So this challenge hopefully will last longer than the last one and bring us to the end of the year. It's only 8 weeks and we can do it if we put our minds to it! <BR> <BR> So if you're wanting to get in on the challenge, let us know and designate which day of the week you prefer to report in. <BR> <BR> Next week (10/31-11/6) you will establish your starting weight... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 19:44:47 EST Thanksgiving Thoughts In years past, whether dieting or not, I've given myself permission (without guilt) to enjoy any and all of the yummy treats on Thanksgiving Day, and that was going to be my philosophy again this year, but as the day gets closer, I'm not sure that I'll have that same thought process because I've been on a roll of healthy eating and lots of exercise and I'm afraid of what a day off from that will do to my brain! (and my scales) <BR> <BR> This year we will be in the MH, staying at a campground... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 11:36:12 EST Extended Service Insurance I am you carry the insurance which will repair major items should they need it? <BR> <BR> Our motorhome was purchased used - 20,000 miles and it is a 2002 (3?). Because of its age, I know that it is likely that something will need repaired. <BR> <BR> Just wondering what the rest of you do, if you don't mind to share. As of now we carry it; we have one set of friends whose motorhome seems to be in the shop monthly. <BR> Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:17:41 EST condensat ion-help! We were away for a night in our MH on Friday. It was quite cold over night and there was a lot of condensation on the windscreen in the morning. <BR> Is there anyway of avoiding or reducing this or do I need to find a good way of cleaning/drying the glass before we drive away? <BR> Thanks <BR> Tessa Sun, 17 Oct 2010 09:49:41 EST Hello from Washington state. Hello everyone... <BR> My name is Judy and my husband Dale and I have been Full-time RV'ers for 3 years now. We sold our home in Bellingham, Wa. and hit the road! We really enjoy this lifestyle and hope to keep doing it for several years. <BR> We spent the summer in Alaska and are now heading south, after we do a Roving Rally across the North Cascades with our Newmar group. <BR> I am looking forward to this program and getting healthier. <BR> Wishing you all a great day! Fri, 8 Oct 2010 12:05:29 EST What would you change about your rig? Our Class C is too small for us (but too long for me to feel comfortable driving) and getting old so it needs a lot of maintenance but we don't want to spend the money on a new one. I don't know how much that impacts how often we travel. I really would like a smaller rig I could drive and wouldn't mind separate beds so we wouldn't have to try to fit our two, too large selves into one too small bed. A better bathroom situation would be great too. <BR> <BR> I don't know what I'm going to do... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 15:31:46 EST Last One Out Wins - Round 4 Let's get going on the new challenge. A lot of us are anxious so decide this week and let us know if you want in and your weigh in day. I will try to keep track unless Terrie would like to again. <BR> <BR> Your weight next week will be your starting weight and the following week (Sunday 9/19 through Sat 9/25) you will count your loss or gain. <BR> <BR> So who is in this round beside me. I'll weigh in on Wednesday's as I like that better than Friday for me. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 15:06:48 EST First Trip We go away for just one night tomorrow-our very first trip in a motorhome. We are not going far! We are going to check everything works as it should. I may have questions when we return! <BR> Hoping it doesn't rain all the time we are away so we can bike or walk. <BR> Tessa Wed, 25 Aug 2010 04:29:42 EST Anyone know why Class C motorhomes cost more than Class A motorhomes? Tue, 24 Aug 2010 18:21:23 EST Pickleball Are there any pickleball players out there? Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:13:36 EST Help support your favorite park (Coca Cola grant) Hi, just thought I would share this with y'all. Coca Cola is giving $100,000 grant to the park that wins. Here are the details (and no I don't work for Coke, I do enjoy a good Coke Zero daily <BR> <BR> <BR> parks/vote <BR> <BR> Now from 7/29 through 8/31 vote to help your park receive a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola. Just scroll through the list, pick your favorite and click on the vote button. If the park you’re looking for isn’t in the list, use ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 21:24:25 EST Skiing & RVs We are buying a small RV this month and are considering going skiing in it next February-I'm wondering if anyone has experience of this? We are new to all this and wonder what else we need know if we are going to spend a week below freezing. <BR> Tessa Sun, 1 Aug 2010 17:34:02 EST Greetings from Louisiana Hi, I am a married, mom of two boys, ages 4 and 5. I homeschool the boys and work part-time doing contract work. We currently have a pop up camper but are shopping for our first motorhome. Looked at some yesterday but 3 of the 4 we looked at at 9:00 a.m. were sold when we went back at 2:00 p.m. The 4th one is a Class A and while very nice, not quite right for my young family. We've had the pop up for 2 years now and it is a great camper but ready to upgrade and potentially camp more mont... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 12:51:52 EST Anyone belong to a camping organization Just wondering if anyone is a member of a campground or camping organization like: Resorts of Destinction or Coast to Coast? Sun, 25 Jul 2010 20:40:13 EST Need recomendation My husband and I just picked up our 5th wheel today. So our family is planning on going camping this weekend. We plan to go riding our ATV at Wayne National Forest in Ohio. Can anyone recomend a good campground? Sat, 24 Jul 2010 22:14:01 EST Tell Us About Your Day (5) The conversations continue here ... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 13:04:39 EST Velcro & Heat OK all you experienced RV'ers. How do you keep that darn velcro on the windows in the heat. I also need to secure the bench cushions and am afraid that after a while the glue from the velcro will just slide all around and make a mess. Is there a better alternative? <BR> P.S. We took our inagural trip a weekend in early June to Ehrenberg AZ and kids had lot's of fun. Our big 3 week vacay starts in 1 week.CA, WA, ID, MT, WY, UT,LV Wed, 7 Jul 2010 11:50:36 EST Soon to be Fulltimers! I'm new to SPARKPEOPLE as of tonight and couldn't wait to find this group! My husband and I decided to sell everything we own (cedar home on 40 acres in the Ozarks, vehicles, etc.) and fulltime in a fifth wheel! We are so excited! I welcome any pointers for getting started in this new lifestyle and I can't wait to meet you! <BR> Kathy <em>141</em> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 23:52:43 EST New 2 RV old 2 spark Hi Everyone...I've been a sparker for 2 years and lost 50ish. but just bought an RV last month so we can get out with the kids. I have figured my way around SPark but totally overwhelmed with the RV and planning trips this summer. Have a 2 week trip planned to Wyoming/Montana/Washington in July but want to do a local Arizona trip to break in the Tank. Hope all you RV veterans will be able to help a newby. <BR> Michelle <BR> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 23:55:29 EST Chuckle (or groan) A blonde gets a coffee & notices a 'peel and win' sticker on the cup. She peels it off and starts screaming, 'I won a motorhome! I won a motorhome!' The waitress says, 'That's impossible. The biggest prize we offer is a free LUNCH.' But the blonde keeps on screaming, 'I won a motorhome!' Finally, the manager comes over and says, 'Ma'am, I'm sorry, but you couldn't have won a motorhome because that's not a prize.' The blonde says, 'No, it says I won a motorhome!' She hands the ticket to the m... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 08:10:37 EST Last One Out Wins - Round 3 Here it is, ladies and gentlemen. The next round of LOOW is about to begin. All you need to do is make 2 decisions: 1) Are you game? 2) What day will you weigh in? <BR> <BR> If you decide to play, let me know what day you'll be weighing in by posting a response to this thread beginning today thru Saturday, June 19. <BR> <BR> During the week of Sunday, June 20 - Saturday, June 26, on the day you've chosen as YOUR WEIGH-IN DAY, you'll step on your scale and that will be your starting weight (... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 20:15:01 EST Warning if Traveling with Pets Warning to all show people and people traveling through the states of Georgia, North Carolina and S Carolina. The above states will confiscate your dogs if traveling through them and they stop you and you can't show proof of vaccination for rabies. <BR> They stopped people returning from the Perry shows and took their dogs, they called in their lawyer and the dogs were returned but they were fined $600 for not having paperwork with them. <BR> <BR> Please make all of your friends, families ... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 12:48:29 EST Need Ideas for "Active" camping games... Hello all - I camp all summer with friends who LOVE to just sit around and shoot the bull. I love them to death, but it kills me to just SIT! My husband and I try to go on walks in the morning by ourselves, but I love to hang out with these guys. They'll play games if I initiate it and we will sometimes play the camping game with the washers that you throw into the box or Blongo (the one with the PVC pipe and golf balls on a rope) but those have gotten a bit stale. Any other ideas for camping... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 13:01:44 EST Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge My team is starting a new challenge May 9th. If you would like to join an 8 week challenge here is some info. <BR> <BR> Go Active This Summer! Join the Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge. Our challenge theme is to make 2010 the best summer ever. This is the challenge to try new things – food and activities, and make new friends. There will be variety of weekly challenges which may be physical, nutritional or Spark information. It’s intended to be all inclusive so everyone can participate i... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:09:04 EST Last One Out Wins, Round 2 (LOOW 10-02) Check in here! This is the place to declare you want to participate and what day of the week is going to be your weigh in day. Everyone gets to choose the day of the week that works best for them. This is the week (11 - 17 APR 10) to think about what you are going to do. Next week (18 - 24 ARP 10) will be the week to decide on your weigh in day and your determine your base (starting) weight. The following week (25 APR - 01 MAY) is the first week anyone is in danger of being eliminated. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 15:24:33 EST Planning a trip My husband, Scott is desperate to get out of here and his oldest son who lives with his brother's family (middle son) can come and live here in our house for as long as we want and take care of the cats, etc. so we can take a 3-4 week trip, as long as I can stand :-) <BR> <BR> It's my turn to choose where we go on vacation and I'm going to do a Michigan/Minnesota/maybe Idaho genealogy trip :-) I've just gotten in contact with my double fourth cousin (our great great grandparents married eac... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 13:06:59 EST Fulltimer RV - Workamper Hi Everyone! I'm Susan and I'm very new at forums and blogs,etc. ( 1st time ). My Husband Ed and I travel and live full time in a 38'5th wheel RV with 3 dogs and a cat. We are heading to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to work this summer, quite excited as I've not seen Yellowstone or the Tetons before. Looking forward to "chatting" with y'all. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 18:36:18 EST Hello from Utah! Hi - I'm Lori from Utah. My husband and I count the days till we can retire in our Motorhome and travel across the country with each other (14 long years!). We try to get out every other weekend in the summer. Now we are trying to incorporate a lot of physical activity in our trips. Its very easy to get to a spot and just sit and enjoy each other and the scenery. We've got our tandem bike, we love to go hiking and we are in the process of buy a couple of Kayaks. I'm so excited to think that g... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 15:55:40 EST New to RV team! Hi, I am new today to the RVers. Can't wait for the snow to go away and get rolling down the road! It is great to be here on Sparks! May we all have a road to success... <em>104</em> Sun, 28 Feb 2010 19:13:18 EST Balancing My Way to a Healthier Me Hello everyone. I'm excited about learning how to balance food, fitness and fun. I am impressed with the wealth of information on the Spark website. In fact, I've been staying up too late at night reading! I look forward to connecting with others and learning how you've been successful. Wed, 17 Feb 2010 12:58:38 EST Just something I wanted to share... Got this from another site that I have been reading at: <BR> <BR> During an enlightened conversation with a Tushkateer (Kick in the Tush Club member) about 'change' (what else?) and how it sometimes feels that things are never going to change or that change is a coming, but it is painfully slow, I was reminded of the Moso! <BR> <BR> The Moso is a bamboo plant that grows in China and the far east. <BR> <BR> After the moso is planted, there are no visible signs of growth for up to five ye... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:27:03 EST Monthly Progress Report ... January - December '10 I thought it would be useful to all of us to view our progress throughout the year. A group of us are involved in a challenge called "Last One Out Wins 10-01" and things are going well there. But it would be nice to see our cumulative progress beyond that challenge. I'm going to post my progress monthly, on the last day of the month, for that month and for the year to date. It also gives a us a chance to monitor the progress of those who have fallen out of the competition. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 13:06:35 EST New from Texas! My name is Renee and I am a mother of three and grandmother of three. My husband and I love our RV and try to camp as much as possible. I need to lose about 70-75 lbs. and I plan on doing it this year. <BR> Thanks for the warm welcome and wish me luck!! Fri, 8 Jan 2010 20:45:11 EST Last One Out Wins 10-01 Check in here! I will be sticking with Wednesday as my weigh in/progress report day. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 19:08:10 EST New Jersey :-) One of my "presents" is my husband agreed to take me up to Rutgers University library, they have a good New Jersey genealogy section and it has Bible records for my great great great and great great great great grandparents I want to look at and copy. We might go to New York for the afternoon/night too, for the fun of it, and on the way home, the aforementioned greats are from Allentown, New Jersey so we'll see that city. I've had a couple heavy duty professional researches done of the fami... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:15:53 EST Short Term Goals Towards the end of every month someone starts a new topic with the question, “What are your goals for next month?” We all respond to the post, some of us have goals and some of us are pondering what direction we want to move in during the upcoming month. I’ve done both … some months I’ve had a noble response and some months I’ve had nothing to offer. It's good to set short term goals, just be sure you are staying on track. If you just say your goal is to be a healthy BMI, or to be under ... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 20:57:04 EST Hello from TX Good Afternoon everyone; <BR> <BR> I am Nancy and started with SP in early Nov. I was thrilled to find a team that likes to RV. I have been camping since I was young. We started boat camping,then moved onto tent camping with my husband when I married. We have had everything from a tent to our current 5th wheeler. I even taught Girl Scout and their leaders how to camp and travel for 5 years. <BR> I love our current house on wheels. In the last couple of years we have gone to Albuque... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 18:17:02 EST Tell Us About Your Day (4) Once again we've talked out way through over 1000 posts. I'm starting "Tell Us About Your Day (4)" to speed things up. It seems the longer the thread is the longer (slower) the response time, especially for our posters who have dial up. Check out the last few posts in "Tell Us About Your Day (3)", but type your response here. Sat, 21 Nov 2009 00:43:34 EST Last One Out Wins ... Round Four As you can see, I've moved the LOOW challenge to the Self Improvement Forum. It just seemed like a more appropriate place for a challenge. <BR> <BR> To review the rules (just in case we get any new competitors) ... <BR> <BR> -- Everyone is eligible to "play". <BR> -- Everyone chooses the day they are going to weigh in. <BR> -- You can weigh in any day of the week you want but must weigh on the same day of the week throughout the round. <BR> -- You must report your progress on the day you s... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 12:25:44 EST How's everyone doing so far this month? How many people have been sick? I know Sharon has. I'm doing okay healthwise, went to the doctor yesterday and that turned out better than I expected. <BR> <BR> But I'm writing the great American novel this month so spending all my time working on that, need to write like 2500 words a day to get where I want to be and I sometimes write that and get a little ahead but the next day one has to do it all again and not all days are created equal in terms of time to write :-) <BR> <BR> I have a... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 11:45:08 EST 5 Things You Don't Know About Me I saw this topic on another team site and thought it would be nice to have here to get to know each other. :o) <BR> 1. I love to sit outside in the early mornings and drink coffee and listen to all the sounds, smell the smells, and look at things especially in the Fall. <BR> 2. I love the feeling of driving down the road (especially country roads) and the excitement of what will be seen over the next hill. <BR> 3. I love the smell of woodsmoke and sitting by a campfire late at night. <BR> ... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 10:52:05 EST Vacation Disasters I must tell you all about one of our trips. We were headed to Colorado in our motorhome we were almost to Burlington, CO and the engine blew up not totally we were able to limp to the exit and the first motel we came to was where it stopped. <BR> <BR> I put my DH on a bus to go home while myself and our dog stayed at the motel. He got home and drove back with our pickup truck. This is the part you are not going to believe. We used our pickup truck and a tow bar and towed our MH (It was... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 21:04:17 EST Fly like an eagle and avoid a turkey's fate Here's a challenge I joined in my Spark Class. I thought I'd bring it over to this team. No pressure in this one, just count the points you can, don't worry about doing the maximum, just do something and celebrate it! The possible points you can earn each day are outlined below, and below that outline is a template you can copy/paste each day to report your points for the day. There isn't a big prize at the end of the month ... other than the great way you feel about yourself for doing al... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 12:12:48 EST Hello! Great to Find This Particular Team!!! Hi! I'm certainly not new to SP, but for some reason am certainly late to finding this team! I love RVing! <BR> <BR> My love for it dates back to when my son was about 13 yrs old. (He's 29 now.) DH and I were looking for something to do around town that would get us out of the house in the middle of our Midwest winter. I saw an advertisement to an RV show and suggested we do that. <BR> <BR> Wow! The RV bug hit me in one single day! While we were going in and out of the different RVs, I hear... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 11:50:35 EST H1N1 Prevention Tips I copied this from another team. I've heard about the frequent hand washing and things like "sneeze in your sleeve", but there are some tips here I hadn't heard before so I wanted to pass them on. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> I work in the healthcare industry and this was shared recently at a business meeting...thought you may be interested.... <BR> <BR> <BR> In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:25:04 EST "Weighing" the Advantages - Need Feedback During the nice weather I've been walking regularly, but now that the colder months are closing in, I know I need to consider "indoor" exercise options. <BR> <BR> I've got a number of exercise dvds, a treadmill, bowflex, stationary bike, and other exercise equipment but I just don't have the motivation to use them. They aren't "fun". <BR> <BR> The last time I successfully lost a significant amount of weight I had joined Curves. But by the end of the year-long contract period, it was the sam... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 09:11:37 EST Hi from Alaska Hey Yall - I am trying to get myself back into my workouts that were put on hold after eye surgery. This started when snow was still on the ground last Spring - and looks like, hopefully, it will end before the snow returns this Fall. <BR> Right now I am just glad that during that time I did not regain any weight - but have noticed some shifting going on! Look forward to yaking at yall. <BR> Happy Fall! <em>465</em> You All! Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:38:30 EST Focus on Fitness Several of us seem to be challenged by exercise. We've tried to commit ourselves to one form of exercise or another but have fallen short. We get started then start finding other things that require our attention and the exercise plan falls by the wayside. The more days that pass without returning to the exercise plan the harder it is to return. Before you know it the pounds are creeping back on, little by little than BAM! we're feeling miserable because we have to re-lose the weight we w... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:10:47 EST October Goals As Jacque said, it's hard to believe the month of September is over! It's time to start thinking about what we are going to do for ourselves in the month of October. Set a goal for yourself and share it here. Remember, although most of us are concentrating on weight loss at the moment, Spark People is all about improving our overall health and well being and that doesn't mean weigh issues exclusively. If you want to focus on something other than weight you can certainly do that. Maybe pi... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 09:50:45 EST September Goals I haven't really given any thought to a special goal for the month of September. At the moment I am just trying to get through each day with my sanity in tack. Between the unknown source of the pain in my side and the dreaded trip to Michigan I can't really come up with anything. Maybe keeping my sanity isn't such a bad goal for myself, under the circumstances. Good mental health is necessary for our overall wellness. Wed, 2 Sep 2009 15:08:19 EST Last One Out Wins ... Round Three Okay sports fans; here we go again! And Arlene is joining us this time ... woohoo and welcome! <BR> <BR> Here is the roster for LOOW(3), week one: <BR> Gina (W) <BR> Linda (W) <BR> Sharon (W) <BR> Jacque (W) <BR> Debbie (W) <BR> Terrie (W) <BR> Arlene (Th) <BR> <BR> Just by way of a reminder (since Arlene is new to the game) ... you must report in on your weigh in day each week. If you show a gain or don't report in you're OUT. If you show a loss or maintain your previous week's weight y... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 17:03:36 EST Tampa Spark People Convention Anyone planning on going to that one? <BR> <BR> Ohio's a little closer for us but maybe too short of notice for us to try for it. We're thinking.... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:43:45 EST New - From Arlington, Virginia Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople, although I did stop in briefly 3 years ago (so don't let my "member since" fool you - I *am* a newbie.) <BR> <BR> I'm a city-dweller when I'm not in "The Beast" and this summer has been a dry spell. We have some refurb work to do on our 2005 Four Winds Class C and with a move and work travel this summer we haven't had her out at all. <BR> <BR> That said, we've been to 35 states over the previous two summers (bought her used) and we hope to h... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 11:32:37 EST Side Dish Ideas I'd like to incorporate more healthy eating in to our RV trip meals. I was wondering if team members would post some ideas here so that we can try some new recipes for when we're in our little homes away from home. <BR> <BR> Are there any "special" RV meals or dishes that you save for the RV? Is there something that you make (or bring) that you look forward to on your trips? Just trying to get ideas.... doesn't have to be fancy. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> -Gina Thu, 6 Aug 2009 15:00:26 EST Fitness Challenge When Debbie set a fitness challenge as her goal for August it really brought home just how far I had fallen off the exercise wagon. During the winter months I was really pushing myself, doing Leslie walks and using the Wii to stay active. Now that the summer is here ... well sort of here ... I've really slacked off. I'm getting into the great outdoors a lot more, but the "exercise" I'm getting through walking outside doesn't amount to much as compared with the amount of cardio I was gettin... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 14:28:58 EST 5 X ? Challenge Here we are in the first full week of August leaving us five months to the end of the year. Ruthann suggested we have a long term team challenge, and I think it's a great idea. I love the Last One Out Wins challenge we've been doing, but feel bad for the team members who get eliminated early on. From personal experience I know it's no fun to be the first one out and have to wait on the sidelines for a chance to get back in. <BR> <BR> What I'd like to do is have everyone who wants to parti... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 13:14:59 EST August Goals July was a month of ups and downs for me. Fortunately the downs came out ahead of the ups by two pounds. I'm sure my undoing was all the RV weekends with friends. We always have shared meals at these outings, and although I can control the size of the portion I take, I can't control how the food is prepared. Sometimes I just don't have any idea how it was prepared and therefore have no idea how many calories I'm eating. <BR> <BR> I have more camping weekends with friends and the Good S... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 13:04:53 EST And my next question is... when we Sparkers go out and spread the word about SparkPeople and invite others to join in... Are we then SparkPlugs or SparkPluggers? <em>40</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 20:05:20 EST Mobile Internet Access Does anyone use a mobile internet access device such as the Verizon USB modem? I'm wondering what is available for connecting to the internet when on the road camping? Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:05:52 EST Can anyone tell me...? how to get off of a "team"? I don't have any problem adding a team, but when I first joined I picked some teams that I thought I might find interesting, and now I can't figure out how to delete 1 or 2 because I don't have enough time to spend on the ones I enjoy (like this one!). <BR> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 14:50:14 EST