SparkPeople Northwestern Wisconsin Team Team Messageboard If you live in Superior, Eau Claire, Hudson, Washburn or anywhere in middle, join us! We might live in rural areas but there is always support here for you. SparkPeople Northwestern Wisconsin Team Team Messageboard New to SP Hi, my name is Leann and I live in Webb Lake, WI. It's about an hour south of Superior and about an hour north of Rice Lake. My husband and I go to TX for the winters, but my heart is in WI. I have 7 grandchildren who all call me Mema - that name seems to run in my family for "grandma". Looking forward to loosing weight and getting fit to keep up with the grandkids! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:37:22 EST Ideas for Group Challenges What types of group challenges would you most likely be part of? <BR> For me it is nice if a challenge is short and maintainable. <BR> Logging all my vegetables for a week or something along that line. Let me know if you have ideas! <em>381</em> Sat, 11 May 2013 16:48:54 EST New to the area and to this team I have been on and off spark people for quite awhile. It has been a great tool for me. I am new to the area and am going through one of those "fresh start" phases in life. Not really sure what else to say about myself. I love using the elliptical and working on strength training. I will be glad when the weather warms up and I can spend more time outdoors. Hopefully, coming back to Spark People will help me to meet some new people. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:45:24 EST Goals For February I think we'll make goals for one month and see how it goes. The goal for me is to continue exercising and try to lose another 8 lbs this month. My husband has noticed that I've lost inches in my rear and thigh area. I've renewed my interest in the Wii and I love my recumbent exercycle. The treadmill is sort of boring but my husband is trying to be creative and build a table that my laptop can sit on and I can watch dvd's or fiddle around in facebook while I walk. My goal with cycling is to be... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:18:18 EST Goals For The Week/Sunday January 27, 2013 My goals is to stick to CURVES meal plans, walk at least 4 times this week, do the Wii Challenges one of my groups has for the week, and to attend CURVES 4 times this week. If I surpass my goal tomorrow of 8 pounds for the month (I think I am there) I plan on doing the snoopy dance at each marching station before switching back to a machine on Monday and new goal will be to lose 2 more pounds this week. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:17:34 EST Challenge for the Week My CURVES coach challenged me to add steps daily. Her suggestion is that when I am watching TV to get up doing the commercials and move around. Walk in place, dance, pace back and forth but don't stop until the TV program is back on. So that is the challenge this week. Get out there and add steps to your pedometer if you wear one. If you don't have one, just get up and get the blood flowing again. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:00:18 EST January 2013 Weigh-In How do we want to do this? By the week or the month? I'm for per month starting on the 1st; but since we have not done this for January yet, let's get it done now. <BR> <BR> My weigh-in is 268 down from 272. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:57:29 EST How many groups? Hi, I was wondering how many groups you are a member of on Sparkpeople and how many you keep up with on a regular basis? <BR> <BR> I am a member of 5, but I only check into this one for the main part. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:45:28 EST Been sick. Have to get back into things I was wondering if anyone has a hard time getting back into exercising on a daily basis after they've been sick? I've been sick for about a week and a half now and I didn't go overboard with eating during that time, but I wasn't counting every calorie either. I just wanted to get better. I ended up gaining back a pound, which is ok. I'm back to logging my foods now and thinking about getting back on the treadmill and such. My energy hasn't fully returned (what little I did have, lol) but I th... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:40:38 EST Winter Activities What are you doing for exercise over the winter? <BR> <BR> On warm days I go walking up the road with my dogs. Indoors I am recently getting used to again my cycling machine and eventually the treadmill. I also have a Wii that I have not used in a while and need to get back to it. I also go to Curves 4 times a week. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:07:19 EST Goals for the Week What did you set for your goals for the week/month? Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:18:13 EST Hi from Strum Hello everyone. We're currently living between Strum and Osseo, but should be moving over by Northfield soon. I'm not thrilled about the change in schools from Strum to Whitehall, but we agree that the kids are still young enough that they can make new friends fairly easily. It will be better for all of us in the long run. <BR> <BR> I'm a mother of three. My husband and I have been married for 10 years. We have one dog and a couple cats. <BR> <BR> Becoming more healthy was a New Years resol... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:42:53 EST Where is Everyone From? When I made the announcement that I am now team leader, a suggestion was made to redo the "Where is Everyone From?" topic. <BR> <BR> My name is Donna and I live in Hixton, WI on a farm in a valley that has a great view of Silver Mound(You can google that or look up KOA campgrounds). The area I live in has a 3 mile block that I've walked before but due to knee and ankle problems lately I have not done that much. I did, however, walk 1/2 mile with the dogs yesterday. My "block" has hills and f... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:59:02 EST For Shame! We all need to be ashamed, including me for not keeping in track of this forum. Let's get back together here and try to be a team to help support each other with ideas on how to lose weight, stay motivated, and making new friends! Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:30:43 EST anyone still use this forum? I just joined the team today, but see that there haven't been many posts since it looks like february...just want to see if anyone is still here??? Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:35:02 EST Returning to SP from Polk County, Wisconsin Just got a Spark Goodie which was a little kick in the butt to get back with SP. <BR> With winter fast approahing I'm needing all the motivation I can muster Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:56:38 EST Letting Go Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been extremely busy this year and haven't been able to give this team the proper attention.Since there isn't much activity to the team, now is the time for me to let go. If there is anyone interested in being the leader of the team please let me know. <BR> <BR> ~Heidi Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:21:57 EST Summer How is everyone's summer going? Are you staying active? Mon, 9 Jul 2012 15:31:16 EST April 2012 Weigh-in <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> Goal Weight: 161.0 (23.14 BMI) <BR> Goal Range: 22-23.5 BMI <BR> <BR> Apr 01: 159.6 (22.94 BMI) <BR> Apr 08: 158.8 (22.83 BMI) <BR> Apr 15: 158.4 (22.77 BMI) <BR> Apr 22: 158.0 (22.67 BMI) Happy, Happy! <BR> Apr 29: <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <em>459</em> <BR> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 14:55:24 EST Anyone live in the Chippewa Valley? I have started a Chippewa Valley - Wisconsin team in hopes we can get a group of local Sparkers together so we can meet socially and for physical activities. We all need encouragement and support from time-to-time, so if you live in the Chippewa Valley area I encourage you to join our team. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet you soon. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Sue Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:12:09 EST Girard63 Hello, I am from Holcombe WI. I am about 45 miles from Eau Claire. I had lost over 40+ lbs a year ago and have started to gain the weight back. I am hoping to get back on track and to get my diabetes and cholesterol under control. I would appreciate any little tricks to stay on track and beable to lose my weight and to keep it off. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:48:20 EST February Weekly Weigh In Start 1/29: 219.8 <BR> 2/5: <BR> 2/12: <BR> 2/18: <BR> 2/26: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:21:05 EST Exercise Classes Don't let the cold weather stop you from working out. <BR> <BR> If you are looking for exercise classes check out WITC. They offer an abundance of classes from pilaties to zumba. Classes are offered all over Northern Wisconsin, towns like Superior, Hayward, Cable, Shell Lake, and Ladysmith just to name a few. <BR> <BR> Search for a class near you! <link><BR>asp </link> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:20:21 EST January 2012 Weekly Weigh-ins and Progress Goal Weight: 161 lbs (Lost 100 lbs July 16, 2011) <BR> Beginning Weight (12/29 - Thursdays) 155.2 (-0.8 lbs) <BR> <BR> January 05: 155.0 (-0.2 lb) Maintenance Happy! <BR> January 12: <BR> January 19: <BR> January 26: <BR> <BR> While I no longer need to lose weight, I'm happy to see nearly a stick of butter gone. I'm confident I'll plateau comfortably, as I am now more interested in lessening some of that lose skin. For that, I'm enjoying the shake-up I'm getting from three great Spark Prog... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 17:09:46 EST South Range Hey, I have been on here off and on for the last few years.. I am in South Range, Wi and was very happy to find this site.. If anyone is near me.. Please let me know.. I could always use another friend for weightloss .. My husband and daughter are an awesome support system, however, sometimes you need a person that isn't your family.. =o) Tue, 3 Jan 2012 14:36:17 EST Winter Exercise Activities Hey everyone! Winter is quickly drawing near (I refuse to believe it's actually here until we get at least 2 inches of snow that sticks). It's really hard to keep myself motivated to exercise in the winter because you can't really do anything outside. I joined a Zumba class and go to that 1-2 nights per week. <BR> <BR> What are some of your favorite winter ACTIVE-ities? Let's inspire each other to keep up with the exercise, even through the -20 weather. <em>224</em> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 00:55:40 EST Woo Hoo! I made my second weight goal today: I've lost 50 lbs! My ultimate goal is to lose another 30 by my birthday at the end of September. Went to an Xmas party last Saturday and received many compliments on looking "amazing." Danced most of the night away, to which I attribute losing that last stubborn 2.5 lbs! <BR> <BR> I'm soooo glad I hit the mark before Xmas, because NEXT week is going to be a real challenge to hold strong. <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays! Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:23:58 EST Winter Spark Rally 2011 Would anyone be interested in having a Spark Rally? <BR> <BR> Since it is getting cold, I figured we could meet up and go walking indoors at a mall. Another option is a 5K if there is any coming up. <BR> <BR> First I need to know who is interested and where everyone is from before I can make any plans. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:29:32 EST What do you do to combat winter doldrums? Even though I've lived here for 30 years, I still dread the onset of winter, the dimming of the days and the challenge to stay active. This year I'm adding zumba to replace the summer hours I spent biking. What do you do? <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 09:28:52 EST I need a walking partner Good Morning I would like to know if anyone that Lives In superior Wis would like to be my walking partner I know that the weather will not be nice for much longer but we still can go out side or go to the mariner mall and walk .Last night I had a big wake up call my husband had asked my son to go for walks with me and his response was I don't have time that hurt for him to say that so this morning I told my husband now you see why that I get going on this I can't stick with it because I don'... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:41:18 EST had a wonderful weekend well I'm glad to say I had a wonderful weekend away from home with my husband and I'm glad to say that I'm in such a good mood today my energy level is better then what it was so is my stress level I did a good deed today to help someone who is so precious to me before something bad happens and I' will even be more thrilled and happy when other things in my life change which will be soon and a big Thank You to my husband Donny and My son Jeremy for sticking by me I Love Both Very Much Tue, 18 Oct 2011 15:37:06 EST A Little R & R Hi gang me and my husband Donny is going out of town for the weekend for a Little R & R that is long over due We are going to Eau Claire Wis to see some friends the hotel that we ate staying at does have a exercise room just in case the weather is to crappy to go out side I hope there computer will let me keep track of the food if not will just have to write it down. <BR> Debbie Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:35:52 EST I need some ideas Hi gang I'm back sorry I haven't been on for a while I was dealing with some issues still am but last week something had happened to me and I told my husband and son that this is it I want to better myself so as of Monday I weighed my self I was 229 I been watching what I have been eating and how much I have been going by the sparks menu and Dr.Phil cook book and weight watchers dinners I have been walking doing things around the house to keep me busy my son has been testing me with fast food... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 20:46:32 EST Fall Fests Any one going to any Fall Fests? Or have you been to any this year? I went to one in Cable and one in Hayward last weekend. What do you enjoy best about them? What do you like to buy and what do you like eat at them? I ate sweet potato fries...nuff said lol! Wed, 28 Sep 2011 22:16:06 EST Hey Gang!! Hello everyone! My name is Hope, and I am new here on Sparkpeople. I have been on here for about a week now, and have been observing for that time as well. I have found that this is a great program, I am very excited to be here with everyone!! <BR> <BR> I picked this group for well an obvious reason LOL! I also live in Northern Wisconsin. I am hoping to meet people who are in this area, who are healthy minded, and who can be my motivators, cheerleaders, and hopefully new friends. I am very ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:37:25 EST Local Group Starting!! Hey all.. I am going to be starting a group at for the Eau Claire/ Chippewa Falls area. Its going to be a walking group, and we will be meeting either early mornings or evenings or if there are enough members both. I went on and realized that we have no groups like that in our area, so I will be starting this group as soon as I can!! Anyone interested can go to, and should be able to search for it, I will be posting a link to it on this thread.. I hope to ... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:10:45 EST Looking for Fellow Sparkers in Chippewa Area!! Hey gang!! I am struggling with getting my walking in everyday, and am looking for local walkers, to come join me in a walk. The meeting would not have to be daily, but maybe on a weekend? I like up by Irvine Park, so we could meet there, and go for a walk around the park? I am hoping to get a few of us together, to do this. <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:22:35 EST What is on your bucket list? My bucket list is slacking.. I need some ideas. What is on your bucket list? <BR> <BR> This is mine. <BR> <BR> Warrior Dash/Go Commando Race <BR> Become a Half Fanatic <BR> Run the Boston Marathon <BR> See a live flashmob <BR> Touch all oceans <BR> Experience love <BR> Visit Ireland <BR> Skydive - weee! Mon, 8 Aug 2011 23:37:32 EST Hot Yoga I would love to try Hot Yoga some time. Does anyone know where some classes are offered? <BR> <BR> <em>413</em> <em>414</em> <em>415</em> <em>416</em> <em>417</em> <em>418</em> Thu, 4 Aug 2011 09:45:05 EST One Year Sparkversary I just CAN'T SAY ENOUGH thank you's to all my SparkFriends and TEAMS for the wonderful and AWESOME support this last year!!!! I posted a video blog documenting my year with this WONDERFUL website! <BR> <BR> Love and hugs, and looking forward to another year with SP--maintaining my weight loss and reaching new goals!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:59:25 EST Radio songs If you listen to the radio during the day or on the weekends. You get updates on music, weather, sports, news & local events. Well is there also that one song that seems to get overplayed. Well here is where we should list the annoying song of the day. <BR> <BR> For example: Katy Perry "Fireworks" 3 times in an 8 hour period is a bit much. Fri, 13 May 2011 11:04:29 EST Enjoy your Easter Happy Easter Team Members <link><BR>ode=2850395476445&source=jl999 </link> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 19:50:36 EST 5K Races Is anyone doing 5K races this summer? <BR> <BR> If you are post them here to let others know about them. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <em>312</em> <em>57</em> <em>185</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:31:19 EST Reached Goal Hi to everyone! I LOVE Sparkpeople. Just wanted to tell everyone that I made goal yesterday. I'm thrilled beyond words. Please see my blog for a HUGE thank you note for ALL the support!!!!!! Sparkers are the ABSOLUTE best people ever! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4153175 </link> <BR> <BR> Hugs to you all! Sat, 9 Apr 2011 10:21:55 EST 50th Birthday Party Hi gang just in case Donny hasn't posted anything yet I just wanted to all let you know that Donny is having a 50th Birthday Party for me on March 26th at the Belgian Club 3931 E 2nd st superior wis <BR> time 6pm to 11pm be food dancing fun so any one is welcome to come join me in on the fun I would love to have there. <BR> debbie Wed, 9 Mar 2011 12:08:29 EST I'm BACK!! :) Hey NW WI Losers!! My baby boy is six months old now and I'm ready to get this baby weight off!! I lost about 55 pounds with SP a couple years ago and now I'm back at square one. BLAH!! Oh well. I did it once so hopefully I'll be able to do it again. Yee-haw!! Hope everyone is doing well. I am SO ready for this winter to be done!! :) Tue, 1 Mar 2011 18:26:16 EST Summer 2011 Spark Rally Okay, I have cabin fever... and have been thinking about summer alot. (The nice weather isn't helping either!) I was wondering who is up for a summer Spark Rally? I was thinking a 5K... maybe in Eau Claire? or Superior? Sun, 13 Feb 2011 23:41:06 EST New here Hi, I'm from Conrath, south of Ladysmith. Just starting on my journey to a healthier lifestyle (and losing weight). Rough start, hope it goes better as the days go on. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 22:15:48 EST I'M READY TO TURN A NEW LEAF - A NEW ME Hi everyone I'm back and I'm ready to turn a new leaf I'm ready to start over it's not going to be easy but I will need a lot of help and support from you all I'm sorry that I slipped away from this but I have been dealing with a lot of problems but the more I look at life and things the more I'm ready to fight back to start over if you all will have me back.I'm still dealing with medical issues but some day I hope all of that will be behind me.Thanks Debbie Thu, 20 Jan 2011 11:39:49 EST Looking for a buddy Anyone in the menomonie area want to get together sometime to workout together??? Sat, 8 Jan 2011 11:15:22 EST Hello, at it again Yes, Ironic its New Year's day and here I am. <BR> My name is Lisa and I am from Somerset <BR> I an an avid camper, like biking, fishing, hiking...and everything NW Wisconsin. <BR> <BR> Just saying hello. <BR> <BR> :) Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:08:38 EST Name Hello My Name is Cindy and B is the start of my last name and 08 is when i got married Sat, 1 Jan 2011 03:15:49 EST Hayward/Stone Lake Zumba Have you tried Zumba? Do you live in the Hayward area and would you like to give it a shot? <BR> <BR> Lynn Fitch with WITC is offering some Drop-In classes so anyone can try it out. Here is the schedule and the website for more information. <BR> <BR> Tonight - 5:15 - $4.00 @ Hayward Vet's Center <BR> Monday, Jan 3 - 5:15 - $4.00 @ Hayward Vet's Center <BR> Tuesday, Jan 4 - 5:15 - $4.00 @ Stone Lake Lions Hall <BR> Wednesday, Jan 5 - 5:15 - FREE! @ Hayward Vet's Center <BR> <BR> There is... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:47:44 EST New Year's Plans What are your new year's plans? <BR> <BR> I'm going to visit friends down in Green Bay for the weekend. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:25:44 EST Season's Greetings Merry Christmas to Everyone and wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 11:53:43 EST Fall Spark Rally!!!? Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> This past summer, I got to attend my very FIRST Spark Rally! I had tons of fun and got to meet a few AMAZING people that I have been friends with online for a long time. One of the reasons it was so great was because the spark pages came to life. <BR> <BR> I was thinking.. we should do it AGAIN! Last time, we did it in Hayward. At the last rally, there was talk about doing it in Superior or Eau Claire. <BR> <BR> So, WHO'S IN? <BR> <BR> (And, what location do yo... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 22:43:38 EST Planning Workouts Does anyone have a fun workout planned for this weekend? The weather should be beautiful, lets get out and enjoy it. Fri, 8 Oct 2010 12:28:21 EST WhistleStop Half Marathon A week from Saturday i am running the WhistleStop Half Marathon in Ashland i havent been running allot but i know i can finish,i am running it with who i call my adoptive daughter she has never run one although i will be running at a slower pace i want to stick with her to give her encouragement if things get tough i will let everyone know how this turns out <em>30</em> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 07:58:00 EST Hudson/River Falls workout group for the winter Hudson/River Falls - Anyone interested in joining a workout group for the winter? Let me know and we'll get something organized. Tue, 7 Sep 2010 09:27:46 EST Anyone in the Eau Claire Area? I was just wondering how many people on the team are actually in the Eau Claire area. Although SP is a great place to get motivation and encouragement, having some local people as a support would be great too. Let me know if you would like a local fit buddy!! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:17:30 EST HI! I'm new from Menomonie, WI Hi folks! My name is Kit (35)and I'd like to join your group. I'm married mom of two awesome kids, I WOH full time and I've lived in this area for about 6 years but my focus has been so heavily placed on work and family needs that I haven't really formed any friendships in the area so I was really excited to find this local forum! In the past year and a half or so I've really gotten back on the fitness wagon and lost about 60 pounds by changing my diet and starting to run regularly. I'd lik... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 01:53:21 EST New to SP in Turtle Lake Hi All! Yup, I'm new and trying to figure this giant site out. In the past 4 years, I lost 200 lbs, and then gained 40 back. Now I'm working on losing the 40 again. The neverending battle, right? But, hey, it's just life and thank God for it! I would love to make some "healthy" friends in the Turtle Lake/Amery/Cumberland/etc area. Shoot me an email if interested...on Yahoo email with the username know the format. I'm easy to talk to, easy to get along with, and we can... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 19:10:36 EST Lumberjack Run/Walk Lumberjack Run/Walk 4.7 Miles <BR> Sunday, July 25 @ 9 am <BR> Registration 7:30 - 8:30 <BR> <BR> This run is in Hayward. It goes from El Mariachi's, down Cty Rd B to Chippewa Trail, to Wheeler Rd, Hwy 77, Railroad St, Hwy 27, and back on Cty Rd B to El Mariachi's. <BR> <BR> All entrants receive a ticket to Sunday's Lumberjack World Championships & a running shirt (wicking). <BR> <BR> For more information & an application <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:21:14 EST New kid on the block Hi. I am delighted to see groups from Wisconsin and people so near to me. Fri, 16 Jul 2010 12:41:02 EST Looking for a Biking Buddy Hi! I'm on vacation this week and next. I want to do some biking. Anyone want to join me? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of doing all or part of the Red Cedar Trail on Monday. If you do it all, from Menomonie to the junction with the Chippewa River Trail, it's 14.5 miles long, so the round trip would be 29. I tend to get off and rest my butt every now and again, so I'm not about setting speed records. It's supposed to be cooler and not too sunny. <BR> <BR> Depending on the weather, I might do the... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:42:54 EST Coming up quick It is a week & a half until the Spark Rally. Is everyone getting excited? I sure am. <BR> <BR> The World Lumberjack Championship will be going on in Hayward that same weekend. So maybe you will want to make a weekend out of and catch some of the excitement. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 14:54:22 EST Superior Anyone looking for a workout buddy? Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:08:06 EST HI! Im new! Hi! My name is Amanda, and am 23years old and I live in Superior. I used to love working out and always ate healthy. The past five years has been a struggle. I lost many close realatives and struggled with family issues. All that stress has lead me stray from taking care of myself. It is very very ahrd to get back on track. You do good for a day then the next is back to BAD! I need help, and trulthfully not sure if will ever change. I know how easy it is and how GREAT i would feel and still c... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:02:48 EST I finished the half Thanks you everybody for the wishes i did finish today gun time 2:38:24 official chip time 2:35:15 im pretty happy with that for the amount of training i got in it was a great day except for the headwind all in all im pretty happy Sat, 19 Jun 2010 14:25:36 EST Area 5K Hey guys my husband and I are interested in running some 5Ks in the area. Anyone who knows of any besides the Musky fest 5K please let me know dates and cities and where I can get more info! <BR> Thanks Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:59:11 EST New member New member here from Hayward. I'm looking forward to meeting some new people and loosing some pounds in the process. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:43:38 EST 2010 Spark Rally Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I was thinking we should setup a SparkRally again this summer. Please let me know what dates work for you and where we should meet. <BR> <BR> ~Heidi Mon, 7 Jun 2010 12:17:29 EST Runner Tracking My half marathon is a week from this Saturday if you would like to track me during it here is the site <BR> <BR><BR>racking/grandmas2010/signup.cfm <BR> <BR> <BR> Enter Donald Backlund Mon, 7 Jun 2010 07:27:05 EST Hoping to be ready The Garry Bjorkland half marathon is June 19th im just hoping to be ready things in my personal life the stress of having your 82 year old father living with you puts a strain on your marriage we are doing fine though and now just getting over being sick im hoping to be ready my long run to this point has been 7 miles and that was on my treadmill outdoors 5 any suggestions thanks everyone. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 08:32:12 EST Hey there northwesters! My name is Jori and I live in the Ladysmith/Bruce area. I am excited to meet you all and I am hoping I can find a buddy in my area that would like to get together sometime to walk, talk, or just be supportive. I go to Eau Claire just about every day I have off of work, so that is not too far for me. I am just starting out, and my progress has been sporadic at best, but with a little help from my friends, the momentum is picking up! Tue, 13 Apr 2010 20:29:08 EST Want to see a great ice show? (shameless plug) The Hayward Figure Skating production of "The Lion King on Ice!" April 9, 10, (7 pm) and 11 (1 pm.) <BR> <BR> You have to see these kids- high schoolers down to kindergarten age. Of course I am one of the crazy stage moms.... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 14:43:04 EST Spring Thaw 2 & 6, Altoona, WI on April 10th I found a two-mile walk/jog/run in the Eau Claire area coming up on April 10th. The cost is $15 but I figure I'll get a nice work-out T-shirt. They also have a 6 mile run. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested? I will be doing the 2 mile. I'll also be coming in dead last but it will be fun to be with others that like to exercise. Motivation! Maybe on the next race I won't come in last! <BR> <BR> Here's the Indianhead Track Club's website with all the info: <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 03:59:57 EST Sparkpeople Emails Hey Everyone <BR> <BR> Just want to give you a heads up that Sparkpeople emails are having a hard time getting through to yahoo accounts right now. If you have another email account you can use I would suggest changing to it for right now. <BR> <BR> ~Heidi Mon, 8 Mar 2010 11:57:42 EST Hayward on Saturday Would anyone like to meet up in Hayward next Saturday (3/13/10)? <BR> <BR> I am planning to do some walking in town and wanted to see if anyone is interested in joining me. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 11:47:10 EST Treat Day On Sundays Hi Gang I made a choice today because I did good all week I walked almost everyday I'm going to treat myself today I promise I won't over do it oh and I got into a pair of jeans that I had sitting in my closet the last 2 yrs I can't believe I can fit into them woohoo.Have a great day Sun, 7 Mar 2010 13:13:27 EST Half Marathon Just found out my son and i were both picked in the lottery to run the Garry Bjorkland half marathon this is awesome <em>224</em> Wed, 3 Mar 2010 17:59:42 EST Hey ladies from the Hayward area... anyone know of any exercise classes available around here particularily kickboxing or intense aerobics?? I would love to get involved in a class to mix things up a bit and meet people but I am pretty new to the area so not really sure what is out there! Wed, 3 Mar 2010 17:09:34 EST Does anyone know how to search for a friend?? I have a friend who just facebooked me and told me she joined SP and I should find her but I cannot figure out a way to search for her?? Does anyone know if this is possible? Wed, 3 Mar 2010 10:41:18 EST very stressed out HELP OK I NEED SOME ENCOURAGEMENT RIGHT NOW I'M SO STRESSED OUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO TURN.I HAVE MY FATHER-IN-LAW LIVING WITH US NOW WE JUST GOT HIM OUT OF A BAD RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND HE HAD NO OTHER PLACE TO GO HE IS 82 -115 POUNDS-HE HAS THE DISEASE THAT EFFECTS THE MIND IT'S LIKE TAKING CARE OF A BABY HE HAS MESSES ALL THE TIME IT'S NON STOP CLEANING UP AFTER HIM AND COOKING I CAN NEVER FIND TIME TO DO ANYTHING FOR MY SELF WE ARE TRYING TO GET HIM IN A NURSING HOME BUT IT'S A L... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 17:22:32 EST very stressed out HELP OK I NEED SOME ENCOURAGEMENT RIGHT NOW I'M SO STRESSED OUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO TURN.I HAVE MY FATHER-IN-LAW LIVING WITH US NOW WE JUST GOT HIM OUT OF A BAD RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND HE HAD NO OTHER PLACE TO GO HE IS 82 -115 POUNDS-HE HAS THE DISEASE THAT EFFECTS THE MIND IT'S LIKE TAKING CARE OF A BABY HE HAS MESSES ALL THE TIME IT'S NON STOP CLEANING UP AFTER HIM AND COOKING I CAN NEVER FIND TIME TO DO ANYTHING FOR MY SELF WE ARE TRYING TO GET HIM IN A NURSING HOME BUT IT'S A L... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 16:09:29 EST Superior 5K - March 27th! Hi everyone! I am not sure how far everyone is from Superior, WI but on March 27th there is a 5k run/walk. I am going and I think it would be awesome if we participated as a group! If you want to walk with me, contact me through my SP page. Otherwise, below is the link about the race! <link> </link> Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:49:31 EST Any plans for Birkie weekend? We usually have friends from the Cities who stay with us or next door who ski the Birkie. Don't you get inspired to work out and get in shape seeing all those energetic folks racing down Main Street? I do. <BR> <BR> This year, all three of my kids are doing the Barnebirkie, even Benjamin, who is 3. He needs some "tiny" Snow Party skis, I have to get him some! Sun, 14 Feb 2010 20:14:54 EST Fitness videos Hi-Does anyone workout to fitness videos at home? If so, have you found any that you like really well or seem to target all parts the need improvement? (hips, thighs, stomach) Has anyone tried a Yoga video? <BR> Thanks! <em>319</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 15:42:57 EST 2010 summer get together? Hi everyone! <BR> Last summer our team had a get together, and because of my work schedule I could not attend. I was wondering if anyone wanted to do one again this summer? I thought that if we started now, we might be able to work something out that everyone could attend. What do you think? Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:19:02 EST Yoga Day USA Saturday, January 23 is considered YogaDay by the Yoga Alliance. Many yoga studios will be offering free or discounted classes. <BR> <BR> Lakewoods Resort in Cable, WI will be offering a special yoga day from 9:00 - 2:00. For a $20.00 donation to a local charity you will be registered for 3 yoga classes and receive a wonderful lunch. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in attending call 715-794-2561 or 800-255-5937 and ask for Lori. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 10:19:56 EST Going to Eau Claire Hey team. <BR> <BR> I just thought that I would pass along that Heidi (heidiso) and I (msjules01) will be in Eau Claire on Saturday January 16. <BR> If anyone wants to get together with us. We will be at the mall shopping and walking a few laps around. Just leave a message if you would like to meet someplace there and walk with us. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 22:14:14 EST 7 Day Ultimate Diet Cleanse Thought i would share this <BR> <BR> 7-Day Ultimate Diet Cleanse <BR> Joy Bauer <BR> <BR> If the holiday season has left you feeling heavy, bloated, and ready to make a change...try this rock-solid action plan to purify your body and kick off your New Year's diet resolution with a BANG! My 7-day diet cleanse will melt away fat, banish bloat, crush cravings, and leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and slim! <BR> <BR> Based on the guidelines in my brand new book, Your Inner Skinny, these... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 07:26:02 EST 2010 What do you plan to accomplish in 2010? <BR> <BR> This can be anything... lose weight, workout more, try something new like a sport or food. Fri, 8 Jan 2010 15:25:23 EST Looking for a workout buddy I am looking for a work out buddy in Eau Claire wis. <em>235</em> Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:54:47 EST Looking for a workout buddy in Eau Claire!!!! If interested please let me know its easier with two ppl to keep modivated thanks have a good day Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:39:04 EST New From Neillsville New here hoping to stay motivated at this weight loss and fitness challenge Mon, 30 Nov 2009 21:49:09 EST Rice Lake I'm going to be in Rice Lake tomorrow (10/31/09). <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in getting together to go for a walk or something? Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:14:14 EST Fitness Buddy Anyone? I think it would be great to get connected with someone close to Hudson to keep each other motivated thoughout the cold season! Sat, 24 Oct 2009 17:00:15 EST Question on calories... I see that our calorie ranges change if we have a schedule for exercise. I'm getting back on track, but I think this is a new feature on SP??? Can someone help clarify? <BR> <BR> Thanks, Lindsey Mon, 19 Oct 2009 13:44:49 EST Hello from Hudson! It's nice to see something local! Anyone else here from Hudson? <BR> <BR> Lindsey Sun, 18 Oct 2009 13:22:34 EST Seasons in the Northwestern Wisconsin Okay I thought that it would be interesting to ask the question. <BR> <BR> Which season to you like the best up here in the Northwestern Wisconsin and why. Thu, 8 Oct 2009 22:32:58 EST SEARCHING FOR A FITNESS BUDDY IN MENOMONIE! HELLO EVERYONE! DOES ANYONE LIVE IN MENOMONIE AND LOOKING FOR A BUDDY? I SURE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A BUDDY. I HAVE BEEN ON SPARKPEOPLE SINCE 12/2008. LIFE HAS BEEN QUITE STRESSFUL LATLEY AND REALLY COULD USE A FRIEND RIGHT NOW. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BUDDY. THANKS! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> SARA Mon, 5 Oct 2009 23:32:29 EST New member from Amery area Hi all! I'm a 50 yr old married mom of two, slowly trying to work my way down about 90+ lbs. Walking this summer has been wonderful, but I know I'm going to need mega-motivation to keep staying active as the weather cools down and the early mornings are darker. I hope I can connect with a few folks for some mutual support and encouragement! Mon, 21 Sep 2009 23:12:39 EST New Member from Eau Claire Hello Everyone, <BR> I am a new member to this group. I am from Eau Claire and would love to find a walking partner in EC. I am a single mother but have a very flexible schedule because I am a business owner and set my own hours. I'm also looking for people that have more than 100 lbs. to lose. Looking forward to getting to know all of you! <BR> Angela Sat, 19 Sep 2009 20:58:21 EST Shameless Plug Hey Everyone <BR> <BR> I work for a resort and we are holding the 4th Annual Namakagon Cancer Walk and a Wellness Weekend next month. I have posted a few links below so if you are interested please check it out. <BR> <BR> The Namakagon Cancer Walk is up to 9 or 18 miles. Please don't like the mileage scare you off, it is tons of fun. I have done it the past 3 years and have always been able to complete 9 miles. If you can't there are vehicles that can pick you up. ALL THE MONEY raised stay... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 11:01:49 EST Newbie from EC Hi everyone -- I'm brand new and live in Eau Claire. It's great to find you all! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:16:45 EST Team Icon/Picture The little mouse that is our team icon/picture right now is cute but I think we can do something better for the NW Wisconsin team. <BR> <BR> I want you to post pictures of your favorite part of NW Wisconsin. It could be a tree, lake, sunset/rise, it could even be your town sign or anything else. <BR> <BR> Once you have a picture(s) post them here on the team page. Julie or I will select a different picture every month for the team. <BR> <BR> While you are looking at the team pictures or... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:07:49 EST Where are you from? What part of NW Wisconsin are you from? <BR> <BR> I'm from Hayward. Home of the Big Musky, World Lumberjack Championships, & the Birkie. Mon, 17 Aug 2009 23:46:36 EST Hi - I'm new! Hi everyone! I'm a University student living in Eau Claire (for at least one more year.) I'm new to Sparkpeople, but not to weight loss! Since January of 2008, I've lost 60 pounds. I'm currently right in the middle of my healthy weight range (according to BMI,) but I'm hoping to lose more in order to become a better and faster runner. Right now I'm training for a 5 mile race - the longest I'll ever have done! <BR> <BR> Anyway, just wanted to say hi. I'm really looking forward to gettin... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 21:28:40 EST How was the rally?? Hey everyone!! I haven't been on here much lately. It's been a super busy summer. <BR> <BR> How was the NW WI Spark RALLY?? I bet it was tons of fun! I'm bummed that I missed it. I ran in a 5k that day. I cut my time down to 29:30. Woohoo!! <BR> <BR> Anyways, let me know if there are any good tales to tell from the get together. :) Thu, 30 Jul 2009 15:36:19 EST Anyone in Barron?! Hey all! I'm looking to speak with, possibly work out with someone in town! Would love to see if anyone knows of any local and decent hikes/trails/swimming holes nearby; would appreciate any ideas or suggestions! Thanks in advance <em>30</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2009 21:43:52 EST Looking for a work out buddy in Birchwood Hi I am in Birchwood, WI and I would love to find someone close who would like to walk/hike in the area. I also am at the Birchwood school every Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday mornings about 6:30 a.m. to work out in the weight room. If anyone wants to join me, please let me know! Thanks Sunny Sun, 19 Jul 2009 15:12:59 EST Sparkversary Yesterday, was my 1 year anniversary of being at part of Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> <em>503</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 12:26:35 EST Looking for buddy in Shell Lake Hi I am new here and looking for someone who needs someone to walk with. I have found several hiking trails near me. Mon, 6 Jul 2009 11:16:55 EST New Here with 100# to lose! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this group. A little bit about me: I have been a yoyo dieter most of my life. I lost 80# then gained it back, Then I lost 40# and gained that back. I want to change my life and this time have the support of a wonderful husband but I have a little trouble keeping up with him. I gave up sweets in April. I gave up caffiene about 1 month ago. I have recently taken up hiking and love it. I have lost 11 pounds so far. Mon, 6 Jul 2009 11:02:59 EST Marathon pics In case you want to see them im in the red white and blue <BR> <BR><BR>ceOID=13272009S1&LastName=BACKLUND&Bib<BR>Number=H2549 &Mailing=22871 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 20:29:09 EST I'm back in! Hello! I'm Lisa. I'm 37 years old, I have 2 kids and I'm married to a wonderful man of 9 years! This is my second attempt @ this! I started here 3 years ago and kinda fell off the wagon so to speak! (can't remember my old password, and have changed e-mail addy since! hehe :)But I see my old page is still on! <BR> I'm hoping to stay on track this time! I was doing great back then, but I think it got to be too much @ one time, I was working out hard, with cardio and weights and I got overwhelm... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 00:55:34 EST Team Goals Hey Everyone <BR> <BR> I put up some new team goals last week. These goals hit on the subjects of fitness, health, and friendship. <BR> <BR> 1) 600 Fitness Minutes in the Month - Everyone that uses the fitness tracker is already a part of this one. I put up a goal of 6000 minutes for the month. We are already at 4511, GREAT JOB! <BR> <BR> 2) Post 1 Huddle per Day - The huddle board is a quick way to say hi to your teammates, announce when you have met a goal or need a little support. You ... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:46:01 EST Half marathon runner tracking if anybody wants to get reports if they have a cell phone to get text updates or e mail go to and sign up enter my name as Donny Backlund it will be under Verizon wireless runner tracking Have to signup by the 19th Wed, 10 Jun 2009 19:43:31 EST Instant Message Hey what does everyone think of the new Instant Messenger here on Spark? Wed, 10 Jun 2009 17:25:02 EST New Leader ScrappinJaxon has stepped down as the leader of the team. She has done a great job and we should all congratulate her. She has asked if I would step in as the leader and I have accepted. I hope that I can meet the challenge. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 12:21:25 EST Spark Rally Since we are all generally close. I was wondering if anyone was interested in getting together? Thu, 28 May 2009 09:46:41 EST Hello, I am new to the team! Hi, My name is Gail and I live in Cameron and work in Rice Lake. I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. I am excited about a group that has people that live close to me as I feel that support is very important for weight loss. I have one question, how do you get the weight loss tracker on the bottom of your posts? Can you also put it on your Spark page? I look forward to talking with all of you. <BR> Gail <em>30</em> Fri, 22 May 2009 18:58:11 EST Hi I figured i would let all my friends on sparks know how my training is going for my half marathon 5 weeks from this coming Saturday ive had to take a few days off my left knee that i have had trouble with started acting up again arthritis from all the running over the years im making a appointment with my sports doctor for probably another injection of corizone which will help calm it down again other then that things are going good will be allot lighter for this years half.Have a great whats... Sun, 17 May 2009 14:49:30 EST Wow! Thank You! I got a very surprising email from SparkPeople today. I was nominated as a "SparkPeople Motivator". This came as quite a shock to me. I want to thank all of my SparkFriends for nominating me for this. It is a tremendous honor. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> Thu, 23 Apr 2009 15:52:54 EST Anyone interested in yoga? The Northwoods Nature Yoga Conference is held in Cable, WI at Lakewoods Resort. It might be a little bit of a drive for some people but it is well work the trip. <BR> <BR> The conference is April 30-May 3 with different classes being held throughout the day. The is a conference for beginners and masters a-like. One of the instructors is Scott Cole, who teaches an amazing Tai Chi class. I took his class last fall, it is a great workout. Come for a class, a day or the whole conference. For mo... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 14:54:10 EST Plans for the Weekend? Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't checked in this week. I've been SO busy and have two sick little girls to take care of. Plus, my allergies are on a rampage! <BR> <BR> I'm gonna start this topic out of curiosity. What does everyone have planned for this weekend? <BR> <BR> My hubby is doing an overnight lock-in for the teens in our church tonight. Maybe I'll watch a sappy romantic movie since I'll have the TV to myself. :) And Sunday, Palm Sunday, of course, we have a family EASTER get togeth... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 09:09:02 EST Livin' in a fog...or brain freeze Hi to all....I've been using SP for almost 7 mo. and just noticed that we have a team for the NW. Wisconsin chicks! We'll call it "brain freeze" - will spring ever come? <BR> I live in Eau Claire, a retired teacher - love to read, garden, quilt, knit, scrap and make cards and jewelry. Are we all loving the new Joanne's and Michaels? <BR> I've lost 42 lbs and still motivated and really ready for nice weather so my poor little dogs can get back to daily walking. I'm really happy that the ic... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 12:22:07 EST Whats happening? What's happening today? <BR> <BR> I just finished a little work and now I'm going for a walk. It is nice to see the sun shining after the dreary day and snow we had yesterday. <BR> <BR> Tonight my employer is throwing an "End of the Winter" party for all the employees and businesses around the lake. It should be fun. Sat, 21 Mar 2009 14:48:15 EST The Sparkpeople Changes There has been many changes to sparkpeople in the past couple weeks. Have you noticed them? <BR> <BR> -Tabbed format on the team pages. Click on the photos tab, you can post a picture to share with the team. I put up a picture from Copper Falls State Park, sharing the NW WI beauty. <BR> -Current Status on our spark pages. This is just like on facebook and myspace. (You get a point for everyday that you change it) <BR> -My Friend Feed lets you know what your friends are up to. <BR> <BR> Wh... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 12:34:58 EST Notice the Little Things What little things have you noticed about your weight loss or lifestyle change? <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey back in July 2008. Since then I've lost 30+ pounds, dropped a few sizes, and hit a massive plateau (I haven't lost since Christmas). <BR> <BR> The past week I had another realization of how much I have lost. This time it didn't come from the clothes in my closet but the boots in the trunk of my car. I am a volunteer firefighter and carry my gear in my car so I'm always ... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 10:11:40 EST Checking Mail Just wanted to give everyone a heads up to check your mail periodically. It is a way to send communication to all NW Wisconsin teams members and I am hoping it will continue to spark interest for those not currently active on the site! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> A message went out this morning concerning team goals. Check it out and let me know your thoughts! <BR> <BR> Jo Thu, 12 Mar 2009 10:05:59 EST LUNCH IDEAS Anyone have any good suggestions. Most days I pack <BR> lots of lettuce (cukes, tomatoes, etc when available) <BR> and chicken. I blend drained Rotel tomatoes into light Ranch Dressing to reduce calories further. It's good but it's getting old. I'm watching carbs because I'm "prediabetic" and want to hold it off until I can get some more weight off. Any ideas would be wonderful! <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 16:55:37 EST Ellipticals Ok, I am trying to convince my hubby to buy me an Elliptical but I don't know where to start as to what is a good one. We don't have tons of money so I was looking for one that we are not going to have to mortgage the the house to buy. Any suggestion? Fri, 6 Mar 2009 22:35:43 EST Ellipticals Ok, I am trying to convince my hubby to buy me an Elliptical but I don't know where to start as to what is a good one. We don't have tons of money so I was looking for one that we are not going to have to mortgage the the house to buy. Any suggestion? Fri, 6 Mar 2009 22:34:03 EST help <BR> <BR> Help <BR> View CLBAUER's Sparkpage <BR> View All Blog Entries from CLBAUER <BR> <BR> Wednesday, March 04, 2009 <BR> <BR> I don't know what to do anymore. I can't seem to loose any weight. I have been eating what i should and staying away from the foods i shouldn't eat. But everything i do doesn't see to make me loose any weight. I am at the point where I just want to sit down and cry. <BR> <BR> Food doesn't even taste good anymore. I love cooking and I love making nice healthy... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 12:09:43 EST Looking forward to Spring.... Hey everyone! I'm just wondering what everyone in the frigid state of Wisconsin loves most about the impending season of Spring! <BR> <BR> My personal favorites are seeing everything green up and renew with life. I can't wait until my allergies start driving me crazy again! :) <BR> <BR> I also LOVE the fact that I won't have to layer the kids up to go out of the house anymore. I can't wait. <BR> <BR> SPRING HURRY UP!! :):) Mon, 2 Mar 2009 13:20:16 EST Name Game What does your spark id mean? <BR> <BR> HEIDISO: Mine is pretty simple, my name is Heidi and SO are the first initials of my middle and last name. Tue, 17 Feb 2009 13:39:02 EST I CHALLENGE YOU! I've done 30 Rocking Calf Raises. <BR> <BR> I challenge you to do 30 Wall Push-ups (or any push-ups of your choice) <BR> <BR> Once you have done them come back here and post your challenge for the next person. Tue, 17 Feb 2009 11:04:53 EST 2009 Active members gathering My name is Jo and I am the co-leader of the Northwestern Wisconsin Losers. Heidi and Lisa joined me in efforts to get an active group going to lend local support for each other. <BR> <BR> I will be checking in at least once per day so feel free to post suggestions and questions concerning this journey we are on together. <BR> <BR> Let's use this thread to introduce ourselves and have frequent chats. Basic information can be shared in following format. <BR> <BR> CW (current weight) 207 <B... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 10:38:59 EST Looking for friendship on my weightloss journey Hi my name is Lisa. I live 60 north of Eau Claire Wisconsin with my husband and 15 year old. I had Lap Band surgery on April 16, 2007. It has been a wonderful tool for my weight loss journey. I still have to watch what I eat and exercise. It still is a struggle everyday, but one that I am winning. Mon, 2 Feb 2009 00:28:59 EST Looking to connect with neighbors Hi NW WI - I an hoping to get this group up and going again! I would love to have an active team that supports each other and sometimes just has fun. I live near Amery and willing to start out as a new leader. Let's get this going - we can do it - we can survive the loss of Brett, we can revel in 25 degrees below zero, we can give this team a kick in the pants to help each other out! <BR> <BR> Jump in and let me know your thoughts. <BR> jax Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:15:02 EST New and looking for connections Hi to fellow NW Wisconsin members! <BR> I have been with SparkPeople off and on for over 6 months. I started back seriously about a month ago and just took the time to find this group today. I am wanting to find accountability partners, is anyone interested in halping make this an active team? I would be will to co-lead and see if we could come up with more connective opportunities. <BR> <BR> I live near Amery and would love to get us all working together. <BR> <BR> j Sun, 25 Jan 2009 20:29:33 EST New to this team! Hello! My name is Sara. I am 26 from Menomonie. I am newly engaged and my fiance just recently moved in with me and is new to this area (he is from Appleton). I am excited to learn what this site has to offer. One of my coworkers told me about this site. I would like to lose 75 lbs. before my wedding date of July 2010. I could use all the support and encouragement available. Wed, 24 Dec 2008 01:00:51 EST Hi everyone Hello everyone, my name is Alyssa and I am from Somerset. I have two young children and am keeping busy with them, going to school for my MBA and working, so I have little time for exercise. I used to use SP frequently but haven't been on here in quite awhile. I decided to come back for some motivation and accountability. <BR> <BR> Best of luck to you all as you continue pursuing your weight loss goals! Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:37:46 EST JUST WONDERING IF ANYONE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN A PLAYDATE? I AM A SAHM WITH A 4 YEAR OLD AND TWO DAY CARE KIDDOS, 2 AND 4. JUST WONDERING IF ANYONE WOULD WANT TO GET TOGETHER WITH THE KIDS AND DO SOMETHING "FUN"!! Tue, 20 May 2008 10:23:25 EST HELLO!!!!! I AM FROM BLACK RIVER FALLS. I AM A 31 YEAR OLD MOM TO 3 GREAT KIDS AND A WIFE TO THE WORLDS BEST HUBBY!! <BR> I AM LOOKING TO LOSE AROUND 50 POUNDS BY OCTOBER 2008!! I COULD USE ALL THE SUPPORT I CAN GET!! LETS DO THIS!!!! Mon, 19 May 2008 17:23:45 EST snap fitness in eau claire hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone is in the Eau Claire area that goes to Snap? I am looking for a workout buddy to help me keep going and to make me do it. if no one goes there, if someone is looking for a walking buddy this summer. Please let me know either here or you can sparkmail me! Wed, 16 Apr 2008 20:38:55 EST Picnic Day/Walk Day Get Together Would anyone be interested in a Picnic/Walk day for all of us to meet in person? I would be willing to set it up and organize it. I know everyone would not be able to make it, but to plan ahead & set aside a day in June right now, would maybe help. Either a Sat or Sun, a half day would even be great or maybe a potluck brunch. We could meet up at a centrally located park, and even take a nice walk for part of our festivities. <BR> Please post some ideas if you are interested. If interested, po... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 07:12:01 EST Goal = Adventure Hi everyone, <BR> I live in CF.I will leave you to visit my SparkPage as my introduction. <BR> I am a great outdoors person, and looking for one or a few people in this area to join me on some sort of adventure goal. Something like a biking trip, hiking trip, maybe doing some sort of marathon or triathalon. I belong to the YMCA and am looking for a partner to get into shape with. <BR> I'm thinking if I had another reason ( besides getting healthy/losing extra weight), that is fun, will giv... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 17:07:03 EST Come say hi! Hey guys! My name is Erin, I live in EC and I'm aiming to lose about 70 lbs, but really I just want to be healthy. <BR> <BR> If you have any words of wisdom or advice to share, my ears are open. If you want to tell me your story or anything else, please share with me. My email address is <BR> <BR> I don't know many people looking to lose weight, so I'm here looking for a buddy <em>220</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2008 16:44:54 EST Wisconsin Winter Exercise What do you do for exercise during the winter? Do you do any outdoor sports? Or are you an indoor person? Do you belong to a health club? Or do you hibernate and wait for spring? Fri, 11 Jan 2008 11:44:38 EST Happy New year :) well it's a new year! what is your resolution if you have one and what are your plans for the year related to your weightless or maintenance? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to get down to 130 but I plan to eat much better than i have been and stick to it. Wed, 2 Jan 2008 08:51:43 EST Newbie in the group Hi everyone <BR> I'm a 35 year old living in Menomonie. I had almost achieved my weight loss goals, up until the point my now exhusband left last October. I gained 20 pounds over the past year, and I'm back and determined as ever to get my body in a good place. I'm finding that life is much better now than it had been over the past few years. I'd like to get my body in as good a place as my mind is at :). I've been a member of a local gym for about 3 years, and I enjoy my workouts. I'm lookin... Sat, 8 Sep 2007 12:01:07 EST Hello - I'm New... I'm Annissa... I'm 31... I have 3 boys (11, 5, 4 months) and a 3 year old step-daughter... <BR> <BR> I struggled most my life with weight - I have an auto-immune disorder and live in constant pain, but ... I push past it most days. I got down to 160 before getting married the first time (1995) ... and down to 205 (from 260) before my second marriage.. and now I'm back up in that area thanks to a pregnancy resulting in my beautiful baby boy and 16 weeks of bedrest! LOL... <BR> <BR> So... Sat, 25 Aug 2007 22:38:18 EST Hello ALL Hello All <BR> Is anyone still out there ? Let me know ! Talk to you soon. I live in River FAlls Wisconsin. I am going to nursing school in River Falls and I work at the local hospital on overnights. <BR> I have two kids and have been married for five years. <BR> We are remodeling our house and we stay busy ! <BR> Take care talk to you all soon. <BR> Juli Tue, 31 Jul 2007 05:59:47 EST losing weight sucks.... ......... (whining) seriously..............i am so fed up with trying to lose weight nowadays. i try and i try over and over again to gain control of my eatings but all i end up doing is eating more or the same and it's causing me to maintain my weight. i don't want to maintain, i want to lose the weight THEN maintain......blah, just wanted to vent. I don't have anywhere else to complain about it without feeling judged (not in sparkpeople, i know people here don't judge) <BR> <BR> today i'm starting a new goal ... Wed, 30 May 2007 13:12:15 EST What's your favorite way to exercise? Mine is tied between yoga and pilates. I usually do yoga right before bed and I've never slept better! Sun, 20 May 2007 22:58:21 EST daycare issue, what would you do? My kids go to daycare and My daughter is in kindergarten so in the mornings she walks/rides to school since it is not far. Well this morning my husband saw her walking with another boy from daycare by themselves and he freaked out cuz he saw our daycare provider director riding in her suv. i called her and she said she was following the kids and seeing how good they do on walking by "themselves". She got defensive about my husband checking up on her and feeling like she's under a microscope w... Thu, 12 Apr 2007 10:26:09 EST Gym Fitness This thread is for those who go to the gym to workout to share tips and ideas or even their own workout. Sat, 7 Apr 2007 14:04:15 EST Home Fitness this thread is for those who do exercises at home and want to share tips or ideas or talk about their own workouts. Sat, 7 Apr 2007 14:00:59 EST Today was a bad day because. ........ We have a thread to post on for when we do something that helps us achieve our goals and I wanted to put one up for when we have our bad days cuz everybody has them. <BR> <BR> I find that when I have someone to talk to about my bad days and not feel judged, then I try harder or feel better about myself. Sat, 7 Apr 2007 08:25:34 EST food and fitness tracker on sparkpage! I just noticed that you can share your food and fitness tracker on your sparkpage! I was thinking today that that'd be a good thing to have cuz then I could have other people see what I'm eating and possibly get input. too cool. <BR> <BR> i'm excited about it! you have to edit your page and select the box for the link to show up on your page though. Wed, 4 Apr 2007 19:54:02 EST team pic I will try to find a different one, just wanted to put something up there for now, lol. <BR> <BR> does anyone here play around with photoshop or paintshop? <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Mar 2007 07:09:23 EST Name 1 thing That you did today that made you feel like you're achieving what you want. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 28 Mar 2007 21:34:27 EST what is hard for you? what do you find yourself struggling with the most? <BR> <BR> <BR> I struggle with my eating. My worst time of day is at night when it's close to bedtime. I sometimes eat way more than i should and the whole time i'm eating i am thinking in my head that i shouldn't be eating but i can't control myself. <BR> <BR> I LOVE food and find it soooooooo not fair that I can't eat what I want without paying the price, lol. Wed, 28 Mar 2007 21:29:07 EST Let's reintroduce ourselves since we all got out of touch for a while, I thought it'd be a good idea to reintroduce ourselves and share our goals. <BR> <BR> My name is Lizzy and got 2 kids and a hubby. I work full-time and go to the gym at least 3 days a week. I live in Altoona <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 30 lbs and get into powerlifting or strongwomen. not sure which one yet. <BR> Wed, 28 Mar 2007 12:21:55 EST i need a push I'm going through a hard time in my life right now. Since I've started my full time job and had my appendix surgery back in the beginning of October, I've been to the gym maybe 6 times. I'm starting to gain weight and feel very uncomfortable in my skin. it's affecting my mentality and my relationship with my husband. I can't handle not being able to get to the gym. Money's tight now so I can't even pay my gym membership to go there and that bothers me more. I just entered in my food for the d... Mon, 22 Jan 2007 18:32:29 EST A Head Count Hello! <BR> <BR> How many of you have husbands out there hunting deer? We have an overabundance of deer in our area this year! <BR> <BR> Wishing you all the best and praying for the safety of the hunters... <BR> <BR> Mystral Sat, 18 Nov 2006 19:10:44 EST SNOW! We got just enough snow to cover the ground. I want more... like a snow day, so hubby can stay home for the day. I'm doing okay with my food plan. <BR> <BR> How much snow did you get, if any? How did it effect your food intake? <em>180</em> Mon, 13 Nov 2006 12:09:32 EST New Challenges! I Started a new challenge!(for myself) <BR> Well actually 2. <BR> <BR> *The first one is a " 21 day Sugar Challenge" (ends this coming Monday) <BR> Goals: No Candy or sweets of any kind (cookies, cake,etc) <BR> So far it's been going ok! I haven't cheated, which was very hard to do! I'm all about having a little sweet after each meal and then some! <BR> I chose an apple or a piece of fruit to replace the "un-natural" sweet. <BR> My plan after this challenge is over is to limit my sweet in-... Wed, 8 Nov 2006 10:02:13 EST Location? Hi, I'm kinda new. I joined the group, but haven't really checked it out yet. May I ask where about you all are (other than NW WI, of course! :) ) I'm living in Superior, WIsconsin and working in Duluth, Minnesota. Seems I'm the only one on the team map... <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 3 Nov 2006 21:20:00 EST anyone up for is anyone up for a walk/hike in irvine park in chippewa sun oct 8 to enjoy the last of the nice days before the nasty stuff starts? Sat, 7 Oct 2006 15:28:29 EST "What were your Snacks today?" I haven't had my morning snack yet, but I'll be bringing along an apple. I'm going to the mall so my daughter can vent some energy I wish I had!! <BR> Lisa Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:32:43 EST "What did you have for Supper today?" This is always my trouble area, planning a meal that everyone in the family is going to eat! I'll post my meal later. I hope it's good! <BR> Lisa Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:30:52 EST "What did you have for Lunch Today?" Here is the 2nd post idea! Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:28:19 EST "What did you have for Breakfast Today?" Just thought that I would start this and other New Posts on the things we've eaten in our day, to help me and possibly others to keep on track! Thanks! <BR> ========================================<BR>============ <BR> <BR> 1c. Kashi Whole grain Cereal <BR> 1/2c. lowfat strawberry yogurt <BR> 4c. H2o Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:25:58 EST Calories Count Ok.... just a simple question, Not sure how to start without confusing you all, <BR> I'm in the 1200-1550 range as far as calories go, I'm not meeting this in a day by far! Having trouble staying "full" also. I snack in between meals, but...... <BR> Does anyone know or could anyone tell me about how many calories I should eat at "each" meal, which one is more important. I'm sure breakfast is the most important, it gets ya started for the day and all. It just seems like alot of food(cal.... Fri, 22 Sep 2006 03:52:42 EST do you have any hobbies? what do you like to do for fun when you're not focusing on getting in shape? <BR> <BR> i love to knit/crochet, read sappy novels <em>246</em> watch movies (LOVE 80s movies) and hang out with family and friends Thu, 21 Sep 2006 07:09:55 EST what's your mood today? i thought this would be interesting to do. just put in what your mood is today and let us know if you are having a good day or bad day cuz of it. <BR> <BR> <BR> my mood is bummed out and i think my day is gonna stink cuz of it. Thu, 21 Sep 2006 07:08:19 EST how's everyone doing? how are yall doing? how's your progress going? <BR> <BR> mine's going ok, i'm getting myself into the routine of going to the gym in the mornings at 5am so that i get used to it for when i start my new job in october. i started on tuesday, i missed wednesday morning cuz one of the kittens got the alarm clock unplugged, ugh. i'm still stuck at 160 but working on it. my lower stomach seems to be more flabbier than usual so i'm bothered by that. it was getting firmer but now it's not. i'm wonde... Fri, 8 Sep 2006 08:24:18 EST side cramps? i'm trying to run more on the treadmill but for some reason i get side cramps after like 3-4 minutes of running. why is that? i've tried stretching (my body is very tight, i just cant get my body to loosen up as much as i'd like when stretching. what can i do to help prevent these side cramps? <em>231</em> Fri, 25 Aug 2006 10:54:36 EST is anyone out there??? hi everyone it is such a hecktic time just wondering if anyone else is around??? Wed, 23 Aug 2006 11:10:19 EST Good morning NW WI!! I'm new And I LOVE this site! Wow there is so much to do and I found ya'll last night right away. I live in Chetek so not too far from any of you. Moved here 9 years ago from Eau Claire, where we were born and raised, after our kids were out of school. <BR> <BR> I have 2 DD's, 1 DS, 5 DGC and a furbaby ShihTzu Belle. My Mom lives with us too, although she has her own apartment that is connected to our house by an enclosed breezeway. Really neat in the cold Wisconsin winters! My DH works as an... Wed, 26 Jul 2006 08:53:20 EST Soda Free Progress this board is to keep track of how long it's been since we had soda or to talk about it and why we feel we need soda. <BR> <BR> today is my first official day of going cold turkey for soda. Mon, 24 Jul 2006 10:06:20 EST Tell us about you post here to tell us about yourself :) Wed, 19 Jul 2006 13:59:34 EST What are your goals? how do you plan to acheive your goals? Wed, 19 Jul 2006 13:57:36 EST Hi! Hi! I hope no one minds that I started a group for this area. I love meeting people who live closeby as I feel it helps me feel like I have a support group ready for me, lol. Tue, 18 Jul 2006 10:19:27 EST