SparkPeople Washington, D.C. Team Messageboard This team is for all members in the Washington, D.C. area. Welcome! SparkPeople Washington, D.C. Team Messageboard running events in the fall Fall is approaching - cool weather! <BR> <BR> Anyone motifivated for some running races? I'm registered for Parks HM next month in lovely Bethesda. Hoping it will be substantially cooler then! Anyone aiming at something else? Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:32:12 EST Where is the best place for outside walking? I like my neighborhood in NE DC after 10 am. Rush hour is over and the streets are quiet. I can think and enjoy nature. <em>311</em> Wed, 13 May 2015 11:03:37 EST Checking in! How are people doing? Every once in a while we have some folks active and then it kinda trails off. My apologies for not having been on to check in a while! How are your goals? Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:52:44 EST 8/16: Fit Challenge; Prizes! Pentagon City Mall DC/ MD/ VA!! Today, August 16, 2014, FREE, at Pentagon City Mall! <BR> <BR> JUST SHOW UP! <BR> <BR> Are you tough enough?!! <BR> <BR> Bmarchai Studios Fitness Challenge at Pentagon City Mall <BR> <BR> <link> </link> - Hardest Ten-Minute Workout You’ve Ever Done! <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 16, 2014- Compete any time between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM. No charge to compete. No registration; just show up at The Vitamin Shoppe, Pentagon City Mall, 1101 South Joyce St, Arlington,... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:17:11 EST Hoping to stick with it! Hi. I joined 2 years ago but didn't keep up with the tracking. I restarted about 3 weeks ago and I'm still having trouble keeping consistent with daily tracking. I've got a modest aim - 10 to 15 pounds but it's weight that has crept up with each year and it's harder and harder to get rid of! I've not blogged or participated in the communities in the past so maybe that's the extra push and motivation I need. Here's to hoping I can stick with it this time! Sat, 31 May 2014 11:29:05 EST A great day Great sunshine today. I wore shorts all day. Went to Leeslyvania State park for a walk on the beach. What did you do with the sunlight. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:52:26 EST Don't look. FRIGGING SNOWING - AGAIN.... I wouldn't lie to you. I love snow, but, I can't BELIEVE this. <BR> <BR> Monday, 17 March 2014. <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:12:20 EST shake rattle and roll Time to boogie the pounds away, Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:50:28 EST Valerie31960 I am new to SparkPeople and from what I have experience within the first 2 days, it appears to be positive and helpful way to become healthy without a hidden agenda--fees. Just fell in love.... looking forward to accomplishing my goals Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:54:53 EST 7AM or 7PM Workout Buddy I'm in desperate need to find a workout buddy! Almost two years ago, I worked hard and with support lost 60 pounds. Since then I've moved to the DC area and gained the weight back. Its been really difficult to get out of this funk I'm in and the thought of starting again is overwhelming. I think of how great it would be to have someone there to help motivate and work through this together. <BR> <BR> With my current schedule I could either workout at 7am, before work or 7pm after work. ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:29:04 EST Looking for a workout buddy I really need the help and motivation of someone so we can keep each other accountable.. I live in arlington and work 9-5 usually mon-fri... Please email me if you are interested in working out after work Sun, 8 Dec 2013 08:39:44 EST Introduce yourself Hi folks, I am new to the team and will be a resident of WOODBRIDGE, VA. I am truly looking for a new life in the D.C. area. I am a 67 year old man from the Lehigh Valley in Pa. Retired and caring for my S W who has Alzheimer's. My move will change me from soul care taker to the main Care taker. I am moving in with my daughter. Looking forward to the help. <BR> <BR> Next Monday 11/4 I will undergo barriatric surgery. SOON after that I'll begin my move. Exploring your are... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:11:24 EST Anybody out there? Should we keep a DC forum? Is anyone out there and wants to check in and get support from some other people in DC? Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:43:36 EST Keeping motivated regardless of season Whether it's your favorite season/weather or not, everyone struggles sometimes or some days. How do you stay motivated and what might help other people that are having a hard time keeping it up? if you just started, share what's working. If you have achieved some goals, share what has helped keep you motivated after reaching a goal. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 21:04:33 EST Check in when you NEED it and when you don't! Some folks need accountability and this is a great way to get it. Share what you're working on this week- whether it's eating more veggies, losing weight, drinking more water, sleeping better or whatever else- and how you're doing with your goal. We're here to support each other. <BR> <BR> I am working on balance. For me that means not worrying so much about eating out or eating at friends' houses and not being able to know exactly what's in the food. I want to not be stressed by that and j... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 21:01:01 EST Fitness buddy near Capitol Hill? Hi, all. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a fitness buddy near Capitol Hill. Things I'm interested in now are: <BR> <BR> - Yoga <BR> - Stretching <BR> - Core exercises <BR> - Weights <BR> <BR> I'm recovering from a back injury so am sticking with low-impact activities. <BR> <BR> -Ali Sun, 25 Aug 2013 01:05:37 EST Hot as Heck, and it's mid-April! This is no joke! I am fed-up, and hating this weather, ALREADY!! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:57:37 EST Crystal City 5K Fridays There will be a 5K every Friday in Crystal City: April 5, April 12, April 19, and April 26. <BR> <BR> Are you interested in running or walking a 5K with me on a Friday in Crystal City? Could we get a group together? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>idays/ </link> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:00:41 EST Meetups Hi everyone, <BR> I belong to a couple of Meetup groups that are fitness-minded. There are many, many more than what I belong to! It's a great way to get out and moving and meet new people! <BR> <BR> The Alexandria Walking and Hiking group is very low-key. All events are free and are held throughout the DMV area... Though as I say that, I don't recall any in Maryland. <BR> <link><BR>oup/ </link> <BR> <BR> My favorite Meetup group is called the DC Glo... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:04:13 EST Stress Eater So I went to the nutritionist the other day and she said i was a stress eater. I don't have a lot of weight to lose really, but when i binge it's on cheeseburgers and steak fries. I have a PT test coming up (I am in the Army) and have a few pounds to lose, but stress never seems to go away. Any suggestions? Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:02:54 EST Ride of Silence, 15 May 2013, 7pm 10th Annual Ride of Silence - World Wide Event <BR> <BR> To HONOR those who have been injured or killed <BR> To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here <BR> To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD <BR> <BR> Rockville, Olney, Hagertown, Hains Point (near Jefferson Memorial) <BR> see for local information Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:04:58 EST Cherry Blossom 10-miler/5k Hey everyone! <BR> Is anyone on this team running the Cherry Blossom 10-miler/5k this April? I think it'd be great if we could do a few runs together :) <BR> (I suggest this, because I'm a pretty slow runner but I enjoy it!) Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:50:34 EST Barre & Yoga So there are tons of yoga studios in the DMV and quite a few Barre/Pilates studios. Any suggestions on a good one? Looking for places that work really well with beginners. <BR> <BR> Thanks Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:16:16 EST New research on SparkPeople interesting In case you didn't see,<BR>e-weight-loss-community-sparkpeople-im<BR>proves-outcomes-in-peer-reviewed-study/. New research on Sparkpeople found tracking weight and posting on community boards let to 11 pounds more lost per member than those who didn't take such steps. So, in that spirit, thought I'd post this morning. <BR> <BR> Its a grey rainy drizzly day in DC, but my goal is still to get out of the house and get active. After all, Spring will be ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:56:19 EST Ugh. Business travel and relatives visiting. So I just found out I have family coming to visit and a business trip coming up -- both major opportunities for derailing my healthier eating plans. Not sure how to manage both, but hopefully continuing to track and using the community feature will help. March will definitely be a big test! But if others can stick to it despite unexpected challenges, I know I can too. I think its about being in the moment and not fretting too much about meals to come. It's not what you ate yesterday or tomorr... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:28:01 EST Newbie I'm new to Spark but thought I'd give it a try -- nice to see there's a DC team. I'm a Midwestern transplant and am amazed by how fit and thin DCers are compared to my native city. Right now, I'd probably look more at home back in Minnesota, but that's why I've joined. I work full-time downtown, am a Mom, and have 30 to 40 pounds to go, and am over 40 (sniff), but I do believe that encouragement, support, and accountability from others on the same journey is a huge help, so thought I'd take a... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:56:18 EST Happy Valentine's Day! <em>247</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:59:45 EST Intro for me My sister in VA has been dedicated to Sparkpeople and it has paid off. I am going to give it a try. I am a mother of two (3 and 5 yr olds), former military. Been the master of excuses since I had kids. <BR> <BR> Just got into the Jillean Michaels Body Revolution. 30 minutes a day for six days. Realized I have no excuse if I can't carve out 30 min for me. Will admit that I am not on board for her diet just yet. Baby steps. <BR> <BR> Look forward to the Spark experience. <BR> Michele Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:54:43 EST 6 more weeks says groundhog! There have been days that I took my bike out and it felt great! Looks like the snow and cold will be here for awhile! Sun, 3 Feb 2013 00:06:45 EST Hey Everyone! Hey! <BR> I'm Cassandra or Reece if you prefer. <BR> This is my second time here but I'm 200% ready this time <BR> Two months=13 Pounds GONE! <BR> I'm over 300 with aroung 160 to lose, looking for someone similar whos open minded to classes (I've been eying Pole dancing and belly dancing) or hanging out together, working out to a Dvd having a few laughs! <BR> If your intresed feel free to post or Message me! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:23:56 EST Veteran's Day 10k-train now! Veterans Day 10K & Tidal Basin Walk <BR> <BR> Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 8:00 am - Washington, DC <BR> <BR> Honor America's veterans with a run through West & East Potomac Parks along the Potomac River. Fast, flat course. <BR> Event/Venue Location: <BR> West Potomac Park <BR> Distance: <BR> 10K, 2.25 Mile Tidal Basin Walk <BR> More Info: <BR> Event Website <BR> Event Email <BR> Event Phone: <BR> 301-840-2042 <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:18:28 EST Best gyms? What gyms offer the best? Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:14:14 EST March for Life Jan 26th March For Life 5K <BR> <BR> Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 8:00 am - Washington, DC <BR> <BR> 8:15am 1K <BR> 8:30am 5K <BR> <BR> Trophies to overall male and overall female in 5K and overall boy and overall girl in 1K. Medals to first 100 finishers <BR> <BR> No race registration fee, only a suggested donation to the March for Life. See registration for details. <BR> Event/Venue Location: <BR> West Potomac Park <BR> Distance: <BR> 5K, 1K Kids Run <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:11:23 EST Upcoming Running Events Posting running/walking events in DC. Join up! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:09:41 EST How to Get Around on Spark Getting confused about how to navigate your way around the Spark Community? Well, just watch this quick video that explains Spark's features: <BR><BR>vation_articles.asp?id=1124 <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:00:08 EST Summer will be here before you know it! If you saw the recent Grammy Awards, then you know thin is still in. Lol! What are you doing to stay or get healthy? Let' s talk about it! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:04:23 EST Need to lose at least 50 pounds? Are you trying to get 50 pounds off? Use this board for support and discussions! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:01:10 EST Need to lose 100 pounds? If you have 100 or more pounds to lose, use this board for discussions and support from others that share the same goal? Sun, 20 Jan 2013 12:58:55 EST Did you make a New Year's Resolution? Did you make a New Year's Resolution? How is it going? Have you had to change it? Sun, 20 Jan 2013 12:54:42 EST How busy is your schedule and when do you work out Washington DC is a busy place! Please share your busy day and tell us how you stay in shape! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 12:51:17 EST Watching the runners! When I first moved to DC I was soooo shocked and Amzaed about all the runners!!!!! everyone runs here! I take joy just sitting near the smithsonians and watch everyone run! lmaooo with that said I made it a personal goal that in 2013 I will join those runnners I really want to start training to run a 5k this summer. With that said I really think we need to get this meet up going and fast!!!!! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:40:03 EST DC Food Delivery Service Can anyone recommend any food delivery services? I know the Zone has one that delivers to your door, for $$$. And there's DC Power Supply for the Paleo diet. I'm pretty flexible on diets and delivery methods, I just want them to taste as good as possible and be reasonably priced. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any good experiences to report back? Here's the Power Supply link. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:12:35 EST Looking to work-out via Skype Hello: Is anyone interested in morning workouts around 9am EST via Skype? We could agree to a on-line exercise video, share tips and ideas. A three-month target and see what we accomplish. Maybe we could agree to other times depending on what the consensus is. I am not a real morning person, but am flexible. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 13:32:07 EST Hello everybody Hi I'm new to Sparks and I'm hoping to meet new friends and workout buddies here. I live in Landover, MD and I hope to meet workout buddies here to reach our goals of better personal fitness through exercise, diet and less stress. I'm joining Glen Arden Fitness Center, which by the way is a great deal for $40 for 3 months (place also has an indoor pool and is open until 9 pm during the week. So, don't be shy speak right up and lets get to budding up to exercise together :) <BR> <BR> Roz <BR>... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:48:05 EST hello everyone I just moved to the Fairfax area. I'm ready to get healthy. I use to be 175lbs before I had my daughter now I;m 240. It's not baby weight because she is 5 it's lazy weight. I need to get it in to be healthy for her energy. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 09:35:36 EST 5K - Anyone?? I am doing the Monster Mash 5k on October 6. This will be my first race in 2 years. I have a training schedule. If anyone is down, let me know if you want to train with me. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 02:18:21 EST Now is the time Hi I have been off and on Spark for a few years now but this time I am going to take full advantage of all that Spark has to offer and encourage. This time I gave a goal. ..42 lbs by the time I turn 42 in February. Now dropping 42 lbs might be a bit to extreme and would put me back at my college weight when I worked out twice a day 5 days a week. I will settle with going from a heavy size 12 to an easy size 6. There are other goals that I hope to achieve by the magical 42. Quit smoking.... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:12:14 EST Work Out Buddy Hi! I realized the only way I stay motivated is through accountability. I was wondering if folks here already meet up to work out? <BR> <BR> I live in Columbia Heights and would like to find a friend to work out in the mornings or evenings with. We could go to the track at Cardoza HS or just walk around/or if there are any workout classes that you already go to. I just need something new to do. <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 20:01:47 EST Howdy y'all Hi folks! I'm new(ish) here at SparkPeople and starting a health kick as I approach my thirties (which start on Friday! woo-hoo!). Came to DC by way of rural Arkansas and upstate New York (long story) about five years ago, and excited to make this awesome city my home for many more years to come. Go team! Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:15:04 EST Back Again :) Hi all, I have not been on spark people probably for a year or so. I need to get recommitted and more support. I enjoy workout classes however I need to exercise consistently. So, Hi all ready to get back into the swing things. <BR> I wish everyone good luck on the health and fitness goals. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:07:41 EST DMV Team+1 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have decided that it is time to lose weight. I have a goal of losing 70lbs by next July, and I look forward to reaching that goal! <em>30</em> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 09:34:55 EST hello my name is andrea howe i am ready to start a new life Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:46:40 EST New and Native! Hi all, <BR> Hi guys! I'm Lee. I'm new to Spark and a native of DC. I'm trying to get down to a healthier size and stay motivated. Hopefully, by my birthday, I'll be happy with my body image again and feeling good! <BR> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:58:51 EST "Skate of the Union"- Chantilly, 6/24; DC was 6/23 Today I skated Skate of the Union here in Washington. What a great event. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Below are details for tomorrow's events in Chantilly, VA! Anyone registered, or attending? <BR> <BR> These events are connected with the U.S. Olympic Committee, 2012 Olympic Day (today), and preparations for 2012 London Olympics. <BR> <BR> Sunday in Chantilly - behind Dulles airport, on Fairfax County Police Dept. Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. <BR... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 23:03:04 EST Hey EveryBody!! Hi, my name is Tiffiny & I wanna say I ready to get fit & in shape & glade that I have meet new people to help me get fit!!! Plus I would like to make some new friends to workout with. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 12:52:31 EST Hello! Hello! I am new to SP. I'm very excited and can't wait to start this program. I hope I can reach my goals. My big problem is that i always need support. I hope you all can help me. Looking forward to communicating with you all! :) <BR> Mitayo. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 16:01:58 EST Summer Fitness Ideas!! <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>464</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team! I hope everyone is doing great. Ready for the summer have fun activities planned. With summer - that comes added heat and humidity. As much as we want to get outdoors and be more active, make sure you are safe. Hydrate, use sunblock and wear the comfortable clothes with whick the moisture away and wear good shades to protect your eyes. <BR> <BR> Here are some ideas to ... Wed, 30 May 2012 15:50:00 EST Referral for a NoVA nutritionist? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been on sparkpeople for three months now, and I've been very successful. My goal has now changed from slimming down to a good "move-around" weight to building muscle mass. I've read too many different workout plans and nutrition plans online and I'm just entirely confused. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend a nutritionist that they've used before in the NoVA area that has given advice on building strength and muscle? I'm looking for functional muscle but also "show" - I... Fri, 25 May 2012 22:20:29 EST Anyone running in the Semper 5K June 30th I am interested in training with anyone who is doing this race of another coming up in the DC Metro area. Let me know! Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:42:27 EST Goodbye Missouri - and hello DC Metro Area! I moved back to this great part of the US 3 weeks ago and have been sparking for almost 4 years. I am looking to get back into shape after the birth of my first baby last September. <BR> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:41:15 EST looking for a motivator/ gym buddy/ workout buddy hi, looking for a buddy to keep me going .. looking to lose 30 pounds. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 23:59:24 EST Goodbye Michigan, Hello DC/Silver Spring MD We are a military family and my husband will be working at Ft. McNair (although we are USMC). We have an address in Silver Spring and now the countdown begins until we move there on July 16. I know....seems like a long time right? <BR> <BR> Looking to get to know folks in advance and ready to hit it! We belong to LA Fitness and there are two in Silver Spring. I love zumba, walking, Beachbody anything and Sparkpeople! We also have a black lab being trained as a therapy dog and I spend a lot ... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:44:25 EST Hungry for Weight Loss I am new to your world and just trying to get accustomed. I am doing the 30 day shred and Leslie sansone Walk Away the Pounds as of last week. Both are trying and both ladies are my friends in my head. Right now me and Jillian are the friends that hate but love eachother in the best way. Leslie is my fun friend. I love me so the weight doesn't deter from that but it keeps me from loving other things such as steps, bathing suits, my thighs so it has to GO! This is just my way of saying hi and... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:50:27 EST What's Your Fitness Routine?? <em>299</em> <em>314</em> <em>310</em> <em>57</em> <em>323</em> <em>326</em> <BR> <BR> Hey Team, <BR> <BR> What do you do for fitness? How do you switch your routine? Have you recently discovered a new fitness activity? Have you tried Cross-Fit? Thinking about taking a Yoga class? Want to learn how to swim?? <BR> <BR> Let's share ideas, thoughts, insights and keep each other motivated! <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> <em>319</em> <em>... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 16:48:18 EST New SparkPeople Family Member Hello everyone, I just signed up today. I was referred by a co-worker from another office within our agency. I am committed and excited. It's been rough, but I know that I will reach my goal. I haven't always been this way, but I know that I am willing to make changes I can/will make it. I wanted to take the easy way out (surgery) and my son very bluntly told me that I could not do that and to do it the natural way and that he would help me. How could I resist. I wish everyone much su... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:50:22 EST New girl! Hi ! <BR> <BR> I'm a college freshman in DC and I'm using SparkPeople to motivate myself to exercise more and make healthier diet choices. I haven't hit the freshman 15 yet, but I'm definitely battling. I'd love to meet other people who have been in my situation, or have really great success stories with SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I have a SparkPage: <BR> <BR> If you have tips or tricks for getting a little weight off at college, and maintaining a healthy diet, I'd ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:26:20 EST Anyone Doing the 2012 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler? I just got back into running last year after a long hiatus... I ran in the 2002 Cherry Blossom race, but had about a decade of couch-potatodom between then and now, and have not done more than a 5K recently. <BR> <BR> Luckily, the weather has not been too bad for training runs (so far, anyway), but I've still got a ways to go before I'm ready. Right now, I can do about 7 miles -- but not without some struggling and not very fast. Hoping to go farther, faster over the next couple of months... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:25:32 EST Hello DMV Members Hello DC Sparkers, <BR> <BR> My name is Monique and I am 26 years old, born and raised in DC. I am new to Spark but I've heard great things about it. I have decided to get serious about my weight lose this year and I need all the help and support I can get. I am currently 218 pounds and have an overall weight loss goal of 70 pounds. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:48:01 EST ~~ Beat the Winter Blues ~~ <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>445</em> <em>499</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team! <BR> <BR> The Holiday Season is here. For many of us, that means an increased array of demands: <BR> parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining, travel, just to name a few. Sooner that you know it, we can find ourselves completely stressed out. <BR> <BR> We often have higher expectations for this season than for any other time of the yea... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 11:41:13 EST Just getting started Hi all, this is very exciting. I am looking forward to using this tool to help me achieve my goals. I am 51 and out of shape, over weight and my son's only living parent so I decided it is time to get my act together and lose weight and get healthier. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know some of you and can use all the support I can get. Thanks Sparkersters. <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Dec 2011 15:31:06 EST Howdy everyone! My name is Cassandra and I'm ready to be 140 pounds LESS! <BR> I'm around 290-310 About 3 weeks ago I was at the laundry mat with my wonderful fiancee' and we had some quarters to spare so we decided to use the scale....I outweighed him *look of shame* <BR> hes assured me regardless, he LOVE ME for ME. and he has <BR> through my morning face to oh my god, MY HAIRDRESSER IS ON VACATION FOR 2 MONTHS!!!!! <BR> I'm looking fro support buddies, new friends, (shopping mani pedi THE WORKS!), and... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:27:44 EST Saying hello! Excited about Sparkers in my area Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm Holly. 25, been living in DC for a little over 3 years now. I've started and fallen off the wagon with spark and dieting for a while now and am trying to jumpstart myself again. I was hoping that having a little bit of local motivation might help keep me in check, since I've noticed that accountability seems to do a lot for me. <BR> <BR> Anyway, looking forward to getting to know all you lovely peeps! Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:54:56 EST Hello! I wanted to introduce myself. I'm 30 years old and I just found the Spark DC team. I've been living and working in DC since 2008. I'm glad I found a network of folks in my area! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:54:42 EST Possibly moving to area and need relocation advice Hi DC team! <BR> I'm considering moving to the area and need the advice of those who already live there. I'm an historian/architectural historian/aspiring professional genealogist who has been out of work since early in this economic mess. Since people in my field(s) always need research done at NARA, the DAR library, and other facilities in the area, I'm considering this move so that I can hire myself out to do research for people and companies far away - such as in Washington State where I... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 15:01:12 EST Anyone doing the Army 10 Miler this weekend? Weather is supposed to be looking good!! I'm excited. Any 10 miler first timers running it? Good Luck!!! Wed, 5 Oct 2011 12:31:35 EST Zumba class in Manassas, VA Hi everyone - I just joined this team, but I wanted to share info about a Zumba class I've been attending for over a month. I already posted this message on the Virginia Sparkers team, but wanted to make sure I outreach to everyone in the DC/MD/VA area! <BR> <BR> My instructor, Ross, is no short of amazing. She has many years of dance training with an authentic Latin flavor! <BR> <BR> I am promoting her class because next week is her LAST week of instructing these classes due to lack of sp... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:06:07 EST Get Other's Involved in Your Goals Here is a motivational article from Sparkpeople: <BR> <BR> Coaches, mentors, trainers, teammates, partners, fans. Even the greatest athletes in the world can’t do it alone. <BR> <BR> People naturally perform better when others are on their side and helping out. Even in everyday nutrition and fitness, we’ve found that people who involve others and ask for help get much better results and stick to their programs longer than people who try to go the distance on their own. <BR> <BR> Why is tha... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:10:10 EST ~~Time To Set Goals For the Fall~~ Hey there Team: Your team needs you! What are some goals you would like to strive for and set for yourself. Share your goals with the team. Are you setting the same/repeat goals for yourself? Its it time to revamp the strategy?? Let's do this. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:58:55 EST head count! we didn't lose power where i am, and apart from some water damage at the gym we seem to have gotten through unscathed. <BR> <BR> everybody else ok? Sun, 28 Aug 2011 22:09:27 EST finally in dc hello! i've been a team member here for a little while, in anticipation of moving to dc. well, i'm finally here! hope you all enjoyed the quake :) Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:54:25 EST Alcohol and Weight Loss <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=563 </link> <BR> <BR> I saw this article today on sparkpeople login page. <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I enjoy an ice-cold beer on *~*ANY*~* occasion. But as the article reads on, weight loss and alcohol seriously do not mix. I have decreased my alcohol intake and see more results. <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on this *SPIRITED* topic (no pun intended!!) <BR> <BR> <em>297</em> <em>192</em> <em>181... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:42:27 EST August Tips: Pre and Post Workout Nutrition Hello there Team!! <BR> <BR> Happy August. Check your sparkmail. I sent you an e-mail about pre and post nutrition tips. <BR> <BR> Make sure you take the time to understand exactly what your body needs to perform optimally. Sometimes we'll do an intense workout and don't refuel with what the body needs. This is a horrible cycle to be on. I did some research on Its a great website with tons of useful information - similar to sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Eat a healthy snack... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:33:33 EST Hello DC, looking for recommendations (trails) Hi SparkDC! <BR> <BR> I am going back to DC soon and I am currently training for a marathon. Are there any running trails anyone can recommend? I used to live by the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro Station and would prefer to stay close, but I am open to any nature trails in the NW area. Thanks so much! <BR> <BR> EDIT: Forgot to mention where I used to live. <em>20</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 16:18:05 EST Anyone interested in a DC Sparkers Meet Up? Hey DC Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm new to DC! Well, not that new. I moved here in December, but I've traveled a lot, so while my stuff has been here, I haven't. Anyway, I'm just getting back into SparkPeople and I love the online support I get. I would love to turn some of that online support into real life, in-person support. If there's enough interest, I want to organize a meet up in DC so that we can start bridging the awesome connections we make online to real life. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 17:15:21 EST Meal Plans Could someone tell me where I can find the meal plans that are advertised on this website? Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:00:51 EST I'm a DC Newbie saying hello... This is my first day on this site and I'm a fitness lover (weight lifting, HIIT, basketball, etc.) who works in DC and works in government affairs. I'm very interested in healthy food options and new info on workouts, fitness centers, etc. I'm looking forward to all the great things I'm going to learn from this site! Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:54:36 EST Hello Hi, my name is Sabrina. I just wanted to introduce myself, im new to the site. Just looking to meet new ppl & get great support to lose weight. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:11:59 EST Just started! I look forward to getting to know the team and encouraging you all (and being encouraged) in this new journey. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:07:26 EST ~~SUN SAFETY TIPS~~ <em>67</em> <em>464</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>462</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Hey there Team! <BR> Well we are well into a very warm, hot and humid, typical summertime weather in DC and the surrounding areas. With the hustle and bustle during the week, we are so eager to get outdoors and do something fun and active. With that in mind, we also need to be sure we are protecting ourselves in the warm weather and following SUN SAFETY TIPS. <BR> <BR> Take a look an... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:27:50 EST Adult Sports Leagues,anyone? Today's editor's choice article is about adult sports leagues. And I think that's a very intriguing and interesting idea worth considering. Anyone know of any leagues around the DC area? I think that would be a great way to switch things up and step away from the daily/weekly exercise routine, as well as make new friends. <BR> <BR> Let me know what teams/sports are available. Who knows, we could start one or two of our very own :). Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:24:12 EST NEWBIE!!! Hi. I joined SP two and a half weeks ago, hoping to lose 35-40 pounds.Started at 178 pounds, have lost 4 pounds so far.I decided to combine counting calories,a better diet and lots of exercise.Seems to be working.Really glad to be here.Wish me luck. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:43:31 EST Fitness Ideas anyone? So, I was thinking. Since there's an entire Spark page on people in the D.C. area, there should be some who are exercising as groups...right? Well, I'd like to know what other people are doing to stay fit these days. Any ideas/suggestions? Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:43:30 EST Emoticon for today! I'm noticing that we're slacking in our DC team!! Let's get started with an emoticon for how we're feeling today! Hopefully everyone's having a great Hump Day! Friday's almost here! <BR> <BR> My emoticon <em>104</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:07:20 EST I Love D.C. Hey D.C. friends! I live in D.C. and I love it! Anyone know of any gyms that do class cards? I just want to take classes...I have a regular gym in my building. <BR> any ideas? <BR> Tue, 31 May 2011 06:57:10 EST What did you do for exercise today? What did you do for exercise today? <BR> <em>186</em> <em>57</em> <em>182</em> <em>312</em> Sun, 22 May 2011 14:53:11 EST Spring It's been kind of quiet on the DC message boards lately.. hopefully everyone has been enjoying the nice spring weather (except, of course, for this week!). Sun, 15 May 2011 01:30:09 EST BRAND NEW TO TEAM Hey team, im very new to this so bear with me. I'm 30 years young and I want to do a complete lifestyle change, I've started in small doses. Someone at work started a no sweets challenge for 30 days and by some miracle i won. so now I have started a water challenge (since I hated water and still do) with my skinny vegetarian sister, she's having a harder time with it than me lol but anyway i've seen very small changes so now I'm taking the next step and I joined Planet fitness in District hei... Tue, 10 May 2011 21:05:23 EST Brand New :) Hello everyone, my goal is to lose 25 by the time I turn 25 later this year. <BR> <BR> I am a results-driven person so it can be easy for me to get discouraged. Because of that I am in serious need of a walking/running partner. Gyms are nice, but if I can be out and about outside I'd rather do that. I am in NE, anyone in that area (or if you'd still like to help me out) just send me a message on the site here. I'd prefer a female exercise buddy that is comfortable running or walking. I used ... Tue, 10 May 2011 18:22:27 EST Woohoo! Goal #1: MET! ...slowly but surely inching (or pounding?) my way toward each little goal enroute to the BIG goal... here's the latest news (in video form)... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4217161 </link> Sat, 7 May 2011 22:44:45 EST Turning humiliation into motivation If you keep even casual track of me and my spark journey, you might remember that, a couple of months ago, I posted a status update about an embarrassing episode that occurred in one of my acting classes. In a series of nuclear ice breakers meant to get us ready to be vulnerable and able to reveal our most private selves, our teacher asked us to line up according to various highly personal, often sensitive, statistics such as religion, sexual orientation, age, mental health, relationship stat... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:02:26 EST Upcoming Races Here's a list of upcoming races I copied and pasted from Pacers' Running Stores website. If you know of other things going on, post here!!! <BR> <em>185</em> <em>311</em> <em>186</em> <em>57</em> <BR> Saturday, April 30, 2011 <BR> Earth Day 5K <BR> Location: Silver Spring, MD <BR> Start Time: 8:00AM <BR> Distance: 5K <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> Saturday, May 14, 2011 @ 8:00 AM <BR> 2011 Bright Beginnings 5K Race <BR> Haine's Point - Washington DC <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> Saturday, May 21, ... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:30:36 EST Motivational Quotes Here is the quote of the day From Sparkpeople Healthy Reflections: <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~ <BR> Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could... - Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer <BR> ~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Giving It Your All <BR> <BR> If you can do your best and forget your worst, you've already got a head start on tomorrow. As long as you lay it out there every day, you can relax when yesterday is behind you. Of course, the only way this will happen is if you give yourself permission... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:56:15 EST Hello hi all! i've just joined the washington d.c. team. i've been living here since november and a spark member since january. glad to see there is a team here and looking forward to supporting each other on our journey of a healthy life style. <BR> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 07:38:49 EST Are you going to workout if Gov't shuts down? With all of the politics looming over our heads the past couple of days, what will you do if there's a shut down? If the weather is nice, I'll put some air in my bike tires and go for a nice bike ride or jog along the Potomac. I'm trying to stay away from CNN!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> RunRozeRun <BR> <em>331</em> <BR> Team Leader Fri, 8 Apr 2011 16:48:03 EST Greetings Hello all new to the team. Look forward to getting healthy, learning, and having fun. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:54:54 EST 5k for Breast Cancer in June Anyone else doing the 5k for Breast Cancer in June? Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:46:26 EST I just discovered the DC team Hi everyone. I'm new to the DC team as I just discovered it. I have worked in SE DC for 12 years and have been commuting from Spotsylvania. I'm very interested in chatting with people from the area! Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:36:34 EST Beach Hi <BR> I'm new to the DC area. I was wondering if there are any beaches around, I don't mind traveling up to an hour and a half away. I know it's still too cold out but need to look forward to something!! <em>334</em> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 08:15:24 EST ANyone up for a run I am going for a 10 miler tomorrow. Anyone interested? Sat, 19 Feb 2011 13:00:29 EST Don't know how i missed this team... Hey Everyone! My name is Juli and I've been on Spark since January 2008 and living in DC since July 2009. I was born and raised in Rockville, MD, so i guess you could say i'm one of the few "locals" around here. <BR> <BR> I teach Zumba at Washington Sports Clubs downtown and also sub at Fitness First. I love to run and have some awesome routes mapped out around the city that double as exercise and tourism! ;) I'm training for a Half Marathon which is in TWO WEEKS down in Disney World, b... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:56:30 EST hello Hi. My name is Char and I am seriously overweight. I use to work out with a personal trainer with a group of my friends but fell off due to life events. Starting back today to get fit and healthy. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 05:23:29 EST Hello DC! been a while since i've been on this website, just joined the DC group, hello! i'm a 39 single female who lives/works in the city and looking to meet others who want to go for runs (i'm slow), walks or hang out and enjoy a glass of wine or whatever. <BR> <BR> i lost 4 LBs in january, hope to double it by march, the older i get the harder it is to lose weight! i'd like to lose 10 more LBs total. i work out regularly, store the excess lbs. in the middle so most people can't see my spare tire.... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:26:48 EST Hello I've been using Sparkpeople since the beginning of January, but I haven't really been using the message boards. I'm a little disappointed right now, because I've really made an effort to exercise and eat healthy, and I haven't really seen a difference on the scale. It's been like 3 weeks--and nothing. I notice my shape is a little different/better, but not one pound lighter! I don't know what to do... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:10:54 EST Hello all I am fairly new in the NOVA area and work in DC. I'm 26 and am overweight. I want to lose 50 lbs by my wedding day July 17th 2011. I've tried many things and lost motivation. I want a fun team with fun weight loss goals to make this as pleasant as possible. So let's do this!!! :D Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:33:31 EST Free Fitness Expo, Saturday Jan 15 - Sunday Jan 16 Hey - for all of us DC/metro area locals, the NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo is in town this weekend - <BR> Janary 15-16 from 9-5 both days. Hope to see you all there! <BR> <BR><BR>munity/NBC4-Health-And-Fitness-Expo-20<BR>11.html Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:54:37 EST Hi from Howard! ...county, that is. Out here in suburban MD, waving to you folks in the district. I'm frequently in the city, consider myself more part of the DC scene than the Balt one, for righter or wronger. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> Annnnnnnd... looking for friends! My Friend Feed is frightfully dull.... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 17:52:41 EST Fairfax 4 Mile Run Tomorrow, New Year's Eve, 6:30p Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Looking for something fun and fitness related before you indulge in the New Year's festivities?? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 31, 6:30pm, the Fairfax 4 Miler Run will take place in old town Fairfax. There is still space to sign up!! <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Here is the website, <BR> <BR> Or contact the Pacers Running store directly: <BR> 10427 North Street <BR> Fairfax, VA 22030 <BR> (703) 537-0630 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:47:25 EST Holidays I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Just wanted to find out from everyone, how there holidays were? Did you keep your goals? Did you stick to your goals food and excerise wise? Mine was pretty good did not gain any weight took a couple of days off from my excerise program but that was ok I needed the rest. I look forward to hearing from everyone one. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 07:30:04 EST Lynda Hello everyone I am Lynda I am here because I need a lot of help I am an emotional eater, eating from boredom to excitement I am a mother of two beautiful children age 18 and 23 and a newly grandmother to a 2 month old who will be leaving with his parents in March to go live in Georgia (dad is in the military) so I am having anxiety over that. I have been struggling with my weight for 14 years now (losing and gaining) but never really enjoying the moments of the success when losing weight and... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 17:32:47 EST Looking for a friend Hello, Washington! I'm new to the area, and totally isolated. I definitely notice that this team is almost completely inactive (why is that? There are 4000 people here! You'd think we could start at least one conversation.) but I do want to meet people, and as introverted as I am I can't come up with any other ways to meet people than just posting something here and hoping. Is there anyone else out there just looking for someone to talk to? <BR> <BR> Anyways, a bit about me. I'm 31, married,... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 03:16:44 EST Hiya Today just happens to be the day I decided I've wasted enough time staring off into space and wishing things would be better. I stopped planning to workout, and worked out. Victory today and tomorrow....nothing but possibilities. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:19:31 EST Hi All! Hi all! I'm back on the boards and really hoping to use the support system here on SparkPeople. I'm 23 and looking to get healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm in the D.C. area (obviously) and am always looking for an accountability partner or a work-out/hiking buddy if anyone is interested! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting healthy with you all! Sun, 14 Nov 2010 16:22:51 EST Hiking Trails In or Near DC? I recently discovered a trail on Columbia Island (which I had walked across several times and never realized it was an island). <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for new trails in the area and would love suggestions. Sat, 13 Nov 2010 12:39:20 EST Nikki here! Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I joined SP in June and just love the work outs, teams, and recipes! I can't believe I've found SP and all these great resources through a random newspaper article. <BR> <BR> I'm almost 50 (Yikes), am a married professional with no kids, two cats and a townhouse. My favorite workouts are swimming, kettlebells and the elliptical trainer. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to joining in the discussions! <BR> <BR> Nikki Sun, 31 Oct 2010 23:08:45 EST YOUNG WASHINGTONIAN SET TO GET THE POUNDS OFF HELLO, I'M ANGELA AND I LIVE IN WASHINGTON, DC. I WAS SENT TO THIS SITE BY MY NUTRITIONIST BECAUSE I NEED SUPPORT ON LOSING MY WEIGHT. I AM 321 POUNDS AND READY TO START MY LIFE OVER FOR THE BETTER Wed, 13 Oct 2010 23:10:53 EST Need accountability partner! Hi there! I really need to find someone that is interested in having an accountability partner. I know what I need to do in terms of diet and exercise - but I need someone who will call me on it. Someone who I can check in semi-regularly with, etc. Is there anyone out there that needs the same thing? Wed, 6 Oct 2010 13:54:35 EST MsM3any I am a 32yo mother of two. I have tried exercising, Weight Watchers, cabbage soup detox, and simply eating name it, i tried it. All of those things seemed to work until I let something knock me off track. I'm here at Spark People to listen, learn, and achieve. Obtaining a healthy lifestyle is my long term goal but of course I need mental capability to accomplish it. i believe I can fight my bad eating habit and become friends with my future healthy eating habit. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:05:26 EST Hello Everybody!!! Ok, I am a transplanted southern Californian, started a new job in the DC area at the beginning of July. I have been on Sparkpeople off and on for a while now. I have worked with WW, and had some pretty good success, but didn't like the meetings and the constant marketing. I am new to the area, and I work non-traditional hours (they change all the time, shift work). I am currently staying in Columbia, but am not sure how long that will continue, at least a month or three or four. I am looking... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 18:18:17 EST Anyone want to ride bikes with me? :) Hello! I just got an awesome hybrid bike that I am hoping I can eventually commute with (when I am confident enough) but for now I'm looking for people to go on bike rides with. There are lots of awesome trails in our area. <BR> <BR> I'm 22, probably good to bike 10 miles or so for now, and I'd love to make this a weekly thing (possibly weekend mornings?) I live in Silver Spring but can get to DC easily. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're interested! Fri, 3 Sep 2010 20:18:55 EST Ready, for Sure I need the community of others on this journey so I can be successful I'm tired of hiding! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 20:52:23 EST Hello Everyone! Good afternoon everyone thought I would take a second and introduce myself. I am Jarad, I am fairly new to DC and looking forward to loosing some weight while exploring the city. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:16:49 EST Holmes Run Trail I am planning on running in a 10K called Dash for Dad. A large portion of the run is on the Holmes Run Trail in alexandria, VA and what I am asking is whether this trail is safe to run on my own? Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:25:13 EST Woodrow Wilson Bridge Where is the best place to park in order to run over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge? Sat, 7 Aug 2010 10:32:43 EST Places for in-line skating? Are there any places in DC dedicated to, or conducive for, in-line skating? I live in NW DC by the National Cathedral. Tue, 3 Aug 2010 09:01:30 EST Greetings! I've been on Spark People since mid-June. I'm doing the LiveFit Revolution kettle bell workouts. I actually live and work in DC; been here 20 years. Tue, 20 Jul 2010 09:39:47 EST It's Saturday Night and I am...joining SparkPeople Hi! I've actually had a really long and crazy week with some relatives being in town. That said, I'm new to SparkPeople and this is my official forums introduction! Yay. I'm trying to be healthier and get back to my weight from when I was in college. I live in the DC area. I have hypothyroidism, which of course makes things more difficult. Anyway, just saying hi for now! Sat, 10 Jul 2010 22:20:10 EST Hello Hello Im Patrice and Im new to, I will like to find a workout buddy and to be an support to the team. I work out at bally's total fitness 3 times a week. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 17:55:05 EST New to Team, New Challenge My name is Alba and Im originally from NYC But I live in DC. Im looking to make a big change in my life and be fit. <BR> <BR> Im looking for a buddy to possibly text for advice, and to help me out during the tempting moments and for me to give a little back as well. <BR> <BR> I enjoy going out hiking and doing anything that requires something physical. <BR> Wed, 12 May 2010 14:46:16 EST Newibe looking for a Goal Buddy. I am not new to spark, but I am new to this team. My progress on spark seems to come in fits and starts, and I think a goal buddy would help me to stay consistent! I'd like someone with goals similar to mine as that should help us relate to one another, and push each other towards our end goals. <BR> <BR> I would like to lose at least 50 pounds by my 30th birthday. I am 27 now. If you are around a similar age, current weight, and goal weight as myself PLEASE drop me a line! I'd like a... Mon, 10 May 2010 12:29:00 EST Fitness First DC I am thinking about joining the downtown DC fitness first. What is the post-work rush like? I am mainly interested in getting in classes there after work, I have an apt gym that I can get in elliptical, bike, etc in. How hard is it to get into their classes? <BR> <BR> I toured the gym at lunch and it wasn't too bad. They told me the post work rush doesn't start until 6:30, at which point I'd usually be finished working out. <BR> <BR> How are the 5:30 classes for those of you who workout... Mon, 10 May 2010 11:49:51 EST Making a change in my life Hello, My name is Angela <BR> I am making a change in my life. I have been losing weight here and there now because of my health and family members that are not here today, It's time for me to make a change in my life. I have join a gym in my area where I live and it was going well , because I got sick I have not been able to go back, but now I am so ready now. I look forward in meeting some new people like me having a hard time too. <BR> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:14:20 EST Excited about Spark DC Team! Hello Everyone! I'm a new team member. I actually live in MD but if I sneeze too hard I'll be in DC. :-) I'm excited about finding the group and hoping that the Team can organize some fitness activities together. I think that would be so encouraging and great for everyone. Even if only 3 or 4 could make it, it would still be encouraging. Well, anyway..glad to be a part of the team! God bless you all Mon, 5 Apr 2010 13:45:42 EST Busy but hopeful Hello this is Mazda from DC area. I just found out about Spark and hope it helps me lose the weight I have gained in the last 3 years. Good to be with you all. Fri, 2 Apr 2010 13:25:27 EST Hi! I'm new Hi everyone. Just wanted to say good luck to all. I actually just moved the DC suburbs about 3 months ago and am now new to Sparkpeople. I hope I can get motivated to start exercising again. If anyone wants to meet up and go do something fitnessy (I know that isn't a word!) hit me up! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 20:04:00 EST Komen Global Race for the Cure - June 5, 2010 Are there any other people planning on running the 5k? <BR> <link><BR>erver?pagename=hq_gr_homepage_2010 </link> Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:01:04 EST Hi Hi I just joined and I'm hoping to get myself back in shape. Love to run and learning lots about eating right and other activities! Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:55:26 EST My name is Danyell Hi, <BR> Im just like every other mom who gained weight after their kids. After each kid it seemed harded to get the weight off. Im here to tell you there is no magic pill. The only thing that works is WORK ! You have to put yourself first and yes be selfish, if you dont you'll never loose it. DO it for you and only you. Sat, 13 Feb 2010 02:24:53 EST Hi! When I joined some of the team pages, I somehow missed seeing that there's a DC page - very exciting. <BR> <BR> I am a running novice but feel ready to attempt my first ever 5K race (assuming this winter decides to stop wrecking havoc on the city of course). Go away Snoverkill! Tue, 9 Feb 2010 22:00:22 EST I'm new So, I heard about sparkpeople in a nutrition class and was interest to learn more about it and see how I can use it to help me with my weight loss goals. I've struggled with my weight my whole life which is a total pain since I'm been in the military. I haven't been in the weight standards since a little while after bootcamp....9 years ago :( I've decided to make a lifestyle change and I think this is the way to do it. I'm excited to get started on sparkpeople!!! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:16:43 EST Excited to start! Hi-- <BR> My name is Kim and I started yesterday! I am ready for 2010 to the year to get back in shape. I know I will need support and look forward to being part of this community! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:23:27 EST fusateetee Hi, my name is Rita, and I;m on this to start a new beginning. I've been a lil over weight for a long time, and now it;s time for me to just start loving myself and stop focusing on everyone else's probl Mon, 1 Feb 2010 07:12:30 EST Hello, my name is Karen I've been on the weight loss rollercoaster for the majority of my adult life. I've finally realized that it doesn't get better with age. If you don't take care of your body, it won't take care of you. I'm claiming 2010 as my year of Zen. My year to get back in touch with my inner being and reclaim the lifestyle that I thought was only something I could have in my early twenties. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 06:51:00 EST hey im dimples0621 Hey Im new to this website but I have already found so many great tools to help keep me on the healthy track. If anyone would like to share some insight on some interesting tips, Im all ears so share the wealth. Tue, 19 Jan 2010 15:40:24 EST I'm Ready!! Greetings! <BR> I just moved back to the DC metro area and I am ready to get fit and stay healthy. I have several goals to accomplish, but I am ready to at least knock out Goal one and drop 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am also getting reacquainted with Spark! I joined months back, but fell off the wagon (using excuses as obstacles). <BR> But, I am even more motivated with the new year and in a new place. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:32:46 EST NBC Health and Fitness Expo this weekend? Anyone going? Have you been in the past and if so, how was it? Mon, 11 Jan 2010 18:13:57 EST Looking for 5k in the DMV area Hi Everyone, I am new to Spark. I am looking for 5k walk/run in the area for early spring. Where can I find this information? Having a goal to reach for such as this one will keep my SPARK!!! <BR> ~N~ Sun, 10 Jan 2010 16:47:15 EST Noobie from Washington DC here! Hi all. I am starting my journey with SparkPeople today. Tonight, I will go to the market and buy the food on my list that I will need for the week. I am going to try some exercise tonight as well. Anybody in the DC area looking for a gym buddy? I think I should finally use the facility that I have been paying for each month... :) Wed, 6 Jan 2010 11:47:08 EST Let's get it started! Hi new people, 20 somethings, and DC-- I just wanted to send a quick shout out to the rest of you to let you know that I need your help! I really REALLY want this to stick (don't we all) and I am already euphoric by reading some posts and "The Spark" book. I think it might be easier to get a stranger to motivate me than people I know, so I was hoping that if I put this out there I'd find people who feel the same way. If you need anything, just let me know-- just your happy, soon to be skinny,... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 19:16:57 EST New to SparkPeople: goal 5kwalk in spring Hi Everyone... Looking forward to being on this team, and getting/giving support to all of you. Best of Luck!! <BR> Happy New You 2010!!! Tue, 5 Jan 2010 14:23:18 EST hello, i am new to spark people and lovin it already. i have gotten support from email and thank you. this time i will keep <BR> moving forward in my journey and not stop if i fall. Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:44:02 EST Snow Day! What are your plans? For those of you who work for the Fed, or, like mine, whose offices follow the Fed, any fun workout plans tomorrow since you don't have to worry about putting on business attire and heading to the pesky office? <BR> <BR> I am working from home (lots of travel in Jan. to prepare for), but I am going to sneak in a lunchtime treadmill workout and perhaps do an early morning yoga practice. I've been trying to get in the morning exercise groove for awhile, but I always feel too pressed for time ... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 18:53:27 EST My Intro Hey all. I'm relatively new to SparkPeople, but I'm pretty excited about the site. <BR> <BR> I moved to DC about a year and a half ago and, since then, have lost about 55 pounds (75 pounds altogether since my heaviest). I'm just looking to tone and tighten, at this point. <BR> <BR> I live in the Adams Morgan area and can be found at the Washington Sports Club at Dupont Circle two to four times a week. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 13:04:41 EST Introduction Hello <BR> <BR> This is my second month with SPARK. I joined SPARK at the encouragement of my physician. Turns out I was pre-diabetic. Not a real surprise since i had gestational diabetes and there is a family history. I joined CURVES November 5 (my wedding anniversary). With regular exercise and making small changes and logging in at SPARK I lost 3 pounds plus my blood work results were greatly improved AND a total of 8 inches lost over my body (arms, waist, bust, thighs, abs etc..). ... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 08:33:28 EST New To Team, New Again to Spark People Hi, DC--I am back to Spark after a long hiatus, but it's been great so far. I live in Dupont and am happily car free (I attribute a lot of my upper body strength to carrying groceries 4-5 blocks once week. <em>211</em> ), so I do a lot of walking. I also practice yoga at Tranquil Space in Dupont 4-5 days a week. Looking forward to hearing from fellow people in the area. Sun, 6 Dec 2009 20:58:39 EST Hi Hello, <BR> <BR> This is a fabulous site! I am so happy that I found you all. This journey is so hard. I am 37 and had a beautiful baby boy two years ago, and the weight has slowly begun to come off, but its frustrating, because I feel like a fit and slim person on the inside, but the outside needs to match. I was overweight before I got pregnant and added weight during the pregnancy of course, and now its even more of a challenge. By the time I am 40 I don't want to look it!!! Any advice o... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 02:40:30 EST Hi Hi, im new to the team and I look forward to getting to know everyone. I have been exploring the site and everything is just amazing. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:35:35 EST Newish here I joined last Friday and have been exploring the site since then. It's taken a while to introduce myself, but here goes. I am looking to lose close to 50 and I tend to get serious about it and then get bored and hit a plateau. This site seems different and I think I'll actually be able to stay focused on track. Fri, 23 Oct 2009 18:25:32 EST Falling Off the Bus and Advice to Get Back Hi All, so after the Chicago Marathon I've been recovering from an injury. I'm due to get running again on October 30. But in the meantime, I've been a food fiending tour. I've put on a good amount of weight since the race, probably not a good sign. <BR> <BR> Can I get your advice on how to get it back in control? Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:33:03 EST Running Paths Living in NW DC, I have tendency to run the Rock Creek paths, when I'm outside. However, now that the days are getting shorter, I'd rather not run in this area past a certain time in evening. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend any good places to run? <em>182</em> Tue, 20 Oct 2009 07:28:44 EST Oh, hello there. Hi there. <BR> <BR> My name is AJ, and I'm finishing up my last semester of college in Washington, DC. I'm moving to Manhattan in January to start my Master's at NYU. I'm a writer/editor, and I love good coffee, good music, and Pilates. <BR> <BR> I have a long, complicated relationship with my body. I was thin in high school, but various factors made me still very unhappy with my body. I developed an eating disorder, and was hospitalized for 4 months at age 17. I spent months in and out of... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 23:56:01 EST Fitness First Is anyone else here a member of Fitness First? I believe the only location in DC is at 19th & L NW. I'm looking for a workout buddy. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 01:05:57 EST Hi! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to DC and new to Spark People, although, unfortunately not new to yo-yo dieting. A friend recommended Spark People and I guess the best way to describe my attitude about it is 'cautiously optimistic." I'm on board with the idea that I should change my lifestyle, that I should stop dieting and start making healthier choices. I'd love to hear about other member's successes. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 29 Sep 2009 15:56:49 EST Hi, I'm Liz Hi, I'm Liz, and I'm trying to get healthier. As a teacher, now back to school, I'm finding that I can't come up with enough energy. I've also started to feel, aches, and my knees and back hurt.. If I'm like this at 27, it's not looking good! Thu, 17 Sep 2009 18:52:47 EST Hello! I'm 37 and way too heavy! Not really sure what to say here. I'm 37, live in Takoma, DC and I'm working on losing 50 pounds. I lost 5 pounds last week but I fear I gained some back while celebrating the Cowboy's trashing of the Bucs on Sunday. :) Tue, 15 Sep 2009 09:35:16 EST Dance class is Bethesda MD – anyone want to join m I near Bethesda MD. There is a dance class I want to take but I am a little nervous – anyone want to join me?<BR>asp?ProductCode=YPC-4XCE Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:20:12 EST In need of a workout buddy- Cleveland Park- DC Hi! I am new to Spark and am looking for a walking or workout buddy in the Cleveland Park area. I am 28 and can't wait to meet some new people! Sat, 5 Sep 2009 14:41:02 EST Anyone want to plan a few walks? I just did two walks. One on my own and then one with a girlfriend. We walked from 13th and F NW downtown to Arlington Cemetery and back. We were hoping to see Senator Kennedy's funeral procession but they were really late getting started. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we just took our time, stretched and enjoyed the day. It ended up being just less than two hours. <BR> <BR> My goal is to walk every weekend if possible. Please let me know if you are interested. I plan to try different parts of DC/... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 17:44:26 EST WalkDC or BikeDC coming up.. Sept 19 and 20 Check it out... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I signed up for the bike tour for Sunday evening for a different and fun for of exercise. Haven't made up my mind for Saturday yet. <em>108</em> <em>138</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2009 17:35:58 EST Signing In, Curious and Hopeful Tomorrow is my first day of trying to use this site. Yikes -- so much to pull together. Seems like food tracking is the most important factor. Anybody a Curves member? I will be joining the Idaho Avenue branch. Would like to connect to a few of you locals and begin to feel part of this community. All encouragement and advice will be MOST welcome. <BR> <BR> My basics: 65, female, ten years into a second career, 90 pounds to lose. Yikes again. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 21:15:31 EST I have my first 5k in oct!! I am new to this group. I am doing a 5k in Baltimore in October And there is a chance I will be dead last- but I will finish it! Some has to be last so people know the race is over! Wish me luck and if you are looking for a buddy feel free to stop by my page! Thu, 27 Aug 2009 22:47:42 EST I'm New TOO - Bolling AFB I'm 29 yrs old, and need to lose about 50 lbs. I want to eventually run a marathon, it has always been a goal of mine and I would like to do it before I turn 30... which is next August. If anyone else has a similiar goal, please email me! It would be nice to have the motivation and support of someone else. <BR> <BR> Miranda Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:23:14 EST Anyone at Georgetown Law or in the Navy Yard area? I'm looking for a workout buddy. I haven't worked out in a while, so I'm looking for another newbie. <BR> Tue, 25 Aug 2009 00:34:54 EST New Member Hello! My name is Veronica, I'm 25 and located in NW DC. I just joined the site today and I'm enjoying myself so far. I'm hoping to lose close to 25 pounds or more by december. I'm always looking for new friends and enjoy delightful conversations. <em>249</em> Sat, 22 Aug 2009 16:25:04 EST Finally In The Groove... Hello DC Team, <BR> <BR> I have been a "member" since April, but have just committed to using SparkPeople as a resource. I love variety and balance, so in addition to being apart of a personal training program, I also rotate many fitness DVDs at home. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share all fun fitness opportunities. I look forward to becoming more engaged...loving it already. Mon, 17 Aug 2009 21:44:27 EST Get moving with Motivation! I started working out regularly again and I had forgotten what it could do to your body! I can already see differences. I work and workout at Results The Gym, Capitol Hill, and it has really helped to motivate me to get off my butt and become more active. It helps to take classes and meet people at the gym, because you know you already have that common factor; you want to get in shape! Results is offering a discounted enrollment fee throughout August, so give me a call 202-234-5678 and ma... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 16:06:25 EST Outdoor adventures? I've lived in DC for about a year now and I've been wondering if there is a outdoor club or programs that hike,white water raft, rock climb or anything in the district. I dont even know of a outdoor equipment store anywhere which I would assume would be the best place to find the info for these groups. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 01:20:58 EST My last hurrah Hi my name is Casey. Just joined the website and already have made progress this summer. I'm looking to find some support and recognition as much as everyone else here. I used to be a personal trainer but since gave it up. Feel free to ask me questions, I might be able to help. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 00:30:30 EST Looking for AM running buddy in Columbia Heights Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am looking for a running buddy in Columbia heights around 7:30 or 8am at least 4 days a week. <BR> <BR> Any takers? <BR> <BR> Please shoot me an email! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone!! <BR> S. Wed, 22 Jul 2009 20:40:10 EST New member ;ooking for a work-out partner Hi everyone. I'm new to Spark People and just wanted to say hello. I'm also looking for a work-out partner so we can help each other stay on track. Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:28:51 EST Traveling to DC & need some help Hi! We lived in DC 16 years ago and will be visiting the city June 18 - 21. Can anyone give me some good healthy places to eat? Or any other information that might help me since it has been a long time since we were there. Thanks! <em>437</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2009 13:47:39 EST The Fittest City in America!!!! Nation's Capital Is Fittest City in U.S., According to American College of Sports Medicine <BR> By Miranda Hitti <BR> WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MDMay 26, 2009 -- Washington, D.C., tops the American College of Sports Medicine's new list of America's fittest cities. <BR> <BR> The list is based on personal factors -- including the percentage of residents who smoke, are obese, get regular physical activity, eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and have co... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 13:49:46 EST Draft? Just a quick question to all you fine Redskins fans out there! What did you think of the draft! Sound off! Like to hear what you think! <BR> Mon, 11 May 2009 11:58:37 EST NW DC member Hey everyone -- I used to always post on the Oxygen forums and found Sparkpeople recently. This is my second year of Figure competitions and my first one for the season is the upcoming Fitness America Capitol show. <BR> <BR> Anyone else in DC doing competitions? If so, it'd be great to get together and have posing practice sessions! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to connecting with other fit-minded DC'ers <em>104</em> Sun, 3 May 2009 07:43:39 EST New Team Member Hello Team DC. I am new to this team and just wanted to say hi. Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:52:10 EST New Dc member Let me introduce myself I'm Dee aka Parisnwash. I found this sight strictly by accident. I was looking a popular exercise guru's web sight and the decided to Google Free weight lose plans. I'm so happy I did. For the first time in while I'm excited about the thought of getting healthy let me tell you a little about my self. I'm a mother of two and grandmother of five. I started having problems with my weight after being diagnosed with Lupus and treated with Prednisone. Moved here about 20 yea... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 19:56:28 EST Hi- new to team, and DC! Hi, I'm new to the team. I just moved to the area about 6 months ago from California. I live in Takoma Park, and work on the Mall at the Natural History museum. I'm training for a 10k (Capitol Hill Classic in May) and looking to get inspiration, advice, and perhaps make some new friends. Nice to meet everyone! <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2009 22:02:52 EST PT Challenge Hey everyone, I sure you all remember my PT Challenge. Well now that I have lost some more weight I have been running a lot more. I am challenging myself and this group, to see how fast you can do a 5 k in. That's 3.12 miles. You can walk it, jogg it, or even run it. It is up to you! There is no pressure to do it, I thought it would be something we could do to get our butts into gear! <BR> <BR> We could post once a week to see progress reports. And remember to get your Doc's ok before tryin... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 13:25:59 EST The REAL success stories behind Two months ago, Bob Harper (the male trainer on the show) was blogging live on the about the success of the show "The Biggest Loser." He went on to talk about how the show "inspired" so many to change their physical appearance for health reasons. He also talked about his plans for the future on a professional level. <BR> <BR> One blogger posed the question "Why is it after the contestants leave the show, there's only a 50% success rate of them keeping the weight off?" I f... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:01:29 EST Hi - Back in DC from Chicago! Hi Everyone <BR> My name is Ranjit. Just moved back from Chicago where I first heard about sparkpeople from a friend. I'm 29, just finished Medical School where I accumulated all my pounds :-P I had a scare when I got close to 198 and just did not want to hit that 200lb mark. I've always enjoyed working out before med school and while I was in England for med school. But the past two years in Chicago I couldn't keep up with gym fees. Now i'm back in McLean and the place i'm staying at has a p... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 14:45:49 EST dining out and tracking- help! Hiya, <BR> <BR> I am a Dc girl married to a foodie. We go out to all sorts of amazing restaurants that aren't chains, that include creative ingredients (liquified romaine?) and bring out little bites of things. How do I track that? <BR> <BR> Any advice would be welcome. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Lisa Fri, 6 Mar 2009 13:45:07 EST HERA Climb4Life - HELP SAVE THE OVARIES! Join me and the rest of Team Sportrock in our quest to support HERA Women's Cancer Foundation who’s mission is to stop the loss of mothers, daughters, wives, partners and girl friends from ovarian cancer. From February 27, 2009 - March 28, 2009 I will be joining hundreds of rock climbers who are helping to find a cure for ovarian cancer by climbing to raise money for research at the HERA Ovarian Cancer Climb4Life REI/Black Diamond DC Event. <BR> <BR> Did you know? <BR> <BR> -Ovarian cancer ... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 10:29:52 EST Running, Walking, or Biking around DC Has anyone ever gotten into doing fun runs around DC? I was looking for a good suggestion for the beginning of April. I was thinking of running a 3k around the tital basin. I am training to Run Amuck at Quantico on June 20th. Sun, 8 Feb 2009 21:50:09 EST Hello I am new to Sparks, it seems like a great place. Does anyone know any work out areas in Southern MD area that opens early or late, better yet all night that is not full of "skinny" people. Wed, 4 Feb 2009 21:25:45 EST HOPE TO FIND FRIENDS IN DC HELLO ALL, I'M TRENA, I JUST JOINED SPARKPEOPLE WITH A GOAL AS (I GUESS) EVERY1 ELSE....TO LOSE WEIGHT. I'M HAPPY TO SEE THERE ARE PEOPLE ON HERE FROM DC WITH THE SAME GOALS. SO I HOPE WE CAN ALL SUPPORT EACH OTHER ON OUR GOALS, FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME ANYTIME, ANYONE. I'M NOT JUST HERE FOR HELP, I'M HERE TO HELP....IF I CAN. HOPE TO CHAT WITH SOME1 SOON. <em>249</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2009 20:29:05 EST Personal Trainer? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend a personal trainer in the Washington, DC area? I'm looking for someone who can come to me and who has proven results! Any input is appreciated. Many thanks! Wed, 7 Jan 2009 12:18:37 EST I'm Glad To Be Here! Hi all! Glad to be joining your group. I'm new to Spark but not new to the weightloss struggle. I've been on Spark since Aug, but haven't really been using the tools. I've lost 20.5 pounds since August (YAY!) and have gone from a 16 on the top and a 14/16 on the bottom to a 14 on the top and a 12/14 on the bottom. I'm WELL ON MY WAY! I've got about 40 more pounds I want to lose and I'm giving myself until July to do it which will be a total of 60 pounds in 11 months. We are taking a tr... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 11:09:52 EST New Guy Happy New Year! My goal this year is to finish a half marathon in 1 hour and 45 minutes or less. I participated in 3 half marathons previously (KY Derby mini-marathon, Cincinnati Flying Pig, St. Louis Lewis & Clark) with a PR of 1:53:56. <BR> <BR> I just recently relocated from St. Louis, MO to Gainesville, VA. I work in NW Washington, DC and I'm looking for some decent running routes. I've already found some great trails to run on and would love to hear about more in the area. <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2009 21:56:49 EST I'm going to win! Hello everyone, <BR> I am coming into the New Year with a different attitude about my health and life. I am putting myself in front of the caring line. I am determined to lose fat, strengthen my muscles, and be healthy. I am 318 and just started 3 days ago on my goals. At age 53, I am suffering terribly from joint pains and tiredness. I am a school teacher and hope to retire next year. <em>209</em> . Good luck to everyone. This will be a winning year! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 09:56:36 EST Hello DC runners and fitness fanatics I am a new DC member. I am a new runner currently working on week 5 of the C25K plan. On January 30th, I will be completing my first ever full run of a 5K without walking. Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> Right now, I am running on a treadmill at Fitness First in downtown DC. Come spring, I want to enjoy running in Rock Creek Park and the mall. Hoping to find some running partners who do not mind a slowish, but committed runner. <BR> <BR> I am also getting back into a good strength training regime. ... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 21:08:21 EST PT Test Challenge I am starting up a PT challenge for myself and if any one likes to join, you are more than welcome. <BR> As you all may or may not know I am a Police officer and come this February 09. The upper management has mandated that all officers are required to take a PT Test. <BR> <BR> 1. Run 1.5 miles (2.41 km) -in 17:30 minutes. <BR> 2. Execute 21 push-ups -in 2 minutes. <BR> 3. Execute 29 sit-ups -in 2 minutes. <BR> 4. Sprint 300m -in 81 seconds. <BR> <BR> So I am training myself to get my... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 11:00:00 EST Dupont Circle escalator I just moved to DC a couple of months ago. Every day, I walk up fifty or sixty of the steps on the Dupont circle escalator, get out of breath, and have to ride the rest of the way up. <BR> <BR> So I'm hoping that with a new cardio plan, I'll eventually be able to walk the whole thing. <BR> <BR> When I found this site, I obviously had to join this team. Maybe there's even someone else with the same goal ...? Fri, 21 Nov 2008 13:09:43 EST Hello! In Need of Kick Butt Workout Partner! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a graduating senior in college, and I'm looking to start "real life" off right (at the right weight)! <BR> <BR> I have a gym membership, and I know how to work out... I just need someone that will make me actually go! 20-30 y.o. females preferred. <BR> <BR> Any one interested?! Mon, 17 Nov 2008 14:37:34 EST looking for walking buddies Hi everyone; I'm not new to the area but certainly new to this team. I live in upper NW, Glover Park area, and work in Dupont/Midtown. Walking is my primary means of exercise - typically halfway to work, halfway home, and another 30-minute walk mid-day if I can escape the office. I'm wondering if anyone else is on a similar schedule in the same areas, and tends to be a fast hoofer like myself. No disrespect to my iPod, but once in a while it's nice to have someone to TALK to while I'm moving! Mon, 3 Nov 2008 00:06:23 EST Holla Hi <BR> I'm new to this team and I'm hoping I get to benefit from all the brilliant minds on here. I've lived in the district for about four years and I love it. Now that I'm done with school I want to tackle my weight issues and build a healthier me. Thu, 30 Oct 2008 13:09:27 EST Bally's anyone? Hi all, <BR> I'm new to the group and am hoping to make some fitness buddies. If anyone is interested in working out at Bally's (preferrably L Street, Wheaton or PG Plaza) please let me know! Tue, 28 Oct 2008 16:54:55 EST Hello Team! My name is Liz. I'm originally from Massachusetts, but moved to Arlington, VA about 6 months ago for a new job. I got a little off track in the process but I really want to get to a healthier, happier me. I'm eager to touch base with some new people in the DC area that are going through the same things that I am. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>30</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2008 09:04:27 EST Quick poll - parents: your feedback is needed! My children's hospital is partnering with a local tv station and adult healthcare provider to create a childhood obesity outreach campaign, but we need a name! We have come up with two and we’d like to know which one you’d choose: <BR> <BR> Shrink the Kidz – Cutting Childhood Obesity Down to Size <BR> <BR> Or <BR> <BR> Healthy Weight Works – Helping Parents Raise Healthy Kids <BR> <BR> Which of these two programs would be more likely to get you and your kids involved? <BR> <BR> Than... Tue, 21 Oct 2008 09:46:03 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I just moved to the DC area a couple months ago from Cincinnati. Now that I've gotten used to my new surroundings and my new routine, I need to get serious about losing weight! Sat, 18 Oct 2008 20:23:08 EST Hi all Hi everyone. My name is Nikki, I am from Montgomery County- I work in Bethesda at the NIH Campus as a computer technician. I am 26 and need to get some of the lbs off so my hubby and I can have a baby!! <BR> <BR> Good Luck to everyone! Fri, 26 Sep 2008 21:10:11 EST Breast Cancer walk Oct 19th 2008 JOIN ME Hello TEAM <BR> <BR> I AM CALLING ON ALL OF YOU TO JOIN ME ON October 19, 2008 in Washington, DC to take part in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. We can get in our daily exercise in while we walk for this great cause. All money that the team raises goes toward the awareness to fight breast cancer. <BR> <BR> I need you all we can do this, it's not a race so it's no time limit. Let walk in the morning and then we can make plans to treat ourselves for the ... Thu, 25 Sep 2008 05:48:58 EST ADA "Step Out" Walk for Hey everyone, <BR> I'm going to be participating in the American Diabetes Association "Step Out" Walk for Diabetes. The walk will take place on October 12 in Frederick, Maryland. I would appreciate everyone's support, so please visit my site and make a donation. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> Sarah <BR> <BR> My site: <BR> <link><BR>g </link> Tue, 23 Sep 2008 21:46:39 EST Short term almost DC'er Hi all, <BR> Reading through the posts and such on here, you guys seem like a great team! I know I don't quite live in DC, but I'm hoping that Laurel is close enough. I'm in the military, we tend to depend on "close enough" :-P , so I hope you don't mind. I'm going to be moving down to Kentucky to be with my husband when I get out of the Navy in January. My goal is to look great by time I move there and look even better for my wedding in May. Just to clarify, my husband and I got married... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 15:45:02 EST Volunteer Stuffff So I Really Really wanna' do some volunteer work, meet people with a like interest in volunteering and helping others, the environment, being physically active and being hands-on, bettering our lives via helping others, etc. etc. Sounds hokey, but I keep digging around volunteer opportunities and kinda' hitting walls - - it's not as easy as I thought it'd be! Does anybody participate in something they particularly enjoy and get a lot of fulfillment out of? Fri, 19 Sep 2008 15:32:45 EST Goodbye to 200 pounds! <BR> <BR> Not only am I 6 pounds down in 3 weeks, but I just made it past the number that has tormented me for the past 7 years! Tue, 16 Sep 2008 11:51:57 EST DC is Sparktastic! Yeah... that was gay... <BR> <BR> HI!!! I'm in western VA, but work 'n play in DC. Would LOVE to hear what people do fitness wise in the city; I'm moving closer in soon, and really want to dip into some new and different stuff, be it some cool classes you take, hiking/running trails, different-than-the-norm gyms, fitness groups/clubs, etc. Hit me! Mon, 15 Sep 2008 08:52:44 EST Close enough for Gov't Hi - I am Janet (aka thewinediva) I am a longtime DC Metro area resident. I have just returned to SP and am trying to get back on the wagon as it were. I currently live in Jefferson County, WV so I hope it's ok to join this team - Looking forward to helping push SparkDC along!! <BR> <BR> Cheers!! Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:01:23 EST Greetings! My name is Lisa Marie. I have been a pudgy girl all my life. After joining in 2006 and not sticking with it, I decided its about time I accomplish my goal to feel healthy and look smokin! <BR> <BR> I just recently turned 26 and suddenly there are clocks ticking everywhere! Not just clocks telling me its time to settle down, its time to consider starting a family; but clocks for my health and happiness. How am I supossed to start a family (and find someone to start it with) if I cannot even ... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 12:42:05 EST Can anyone recommend me a good gym? I'm a GWU student and I live on the Foggy Bottom campus. I really dislike our school gym. It's always packed, you seemingly always have to wait for machines and they have 30 minute time limits, and it's just no fun. I'm looking to join a gym in the area but I am a student so.. low membership fees if possible! thank you!! xoxo Mon, 1 Sep 2008 19:17:17 EST Hello All My name is Irene, and from Washington, DC. I am a single mother of 2 (12 y.o. daughter (she is almost 13) and 21 m.o. son).. I have been using the birth of my daughter as the reason for my weight and been fighting my weight issues for the past 13 years. I have joined Weight Watchers at my job and I do not plan on wasting anymore money (I can't with two children). <BR> <BR> I work a full-time job, I'm also a Pure Romance Senior Consultant, and Melaleuca Independent Marketing Executive. With ... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:59:12 EST Swimming Pools? Hi! I have a connective tissue problem that dictates that swimming is the best exercise for me. Many other types of exercise are counter-indicated, but I can't find a swimming pool close to my home. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have good options? I'm close to Old Town Alexandria. <BR> <BR> Thank you so much!! Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:43:29 EST Hello all! Hi! My name is Erika. I'm 22 years old and will be moving to DC (northeast) next month. I have a 7 month old daughter named Sanaa. I recently graduated from Temple University in Philly. I'm moving to DC because the job market here SUCKS. Hopefully I'll be attending law school in the next 2 years. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for an exercise buddy who is motivated and driven. We can help each other out (I need to be pushed every now and then) and reach out weight loss goals together! Thu, 21 Aug 2008 17:27:45 EST Another Washingtonian I did not realize there was a D.C. team until now! Love it! <BR> <BR> I have lived in D.C. for about 6-7 years and love it. I am a journalism student, part time editor and part time bartender. I love vegan food, reality shows and sometimes, working out:) <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting those of you I have not met before! <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2008 00:07:59 EST hi all! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Lisa and I'm glad to be here! I'm on a mission to lose 15 lbs or so before my 30th birthday at the end of October. This is a challenge considering that I'm dutiful bureaucrat(sitting at my desk!) and I eat out a lot, and travel a lot, but I'm confident it can be done! Looking forward to getting to you all.. <BR> Lisa Mon, 4 Aug 2008 10:23:09 EST Metro Center Lunch Options I'm trying to figure out some good healthy lunch options within very close proximity to Metro Center. I'm walking down from L street, so Metro Center is about as far as I would like to walk. I go out to lunch with friends once a week and we're getting tired of Cosi and Phillips Cafe! Wed, 23 Jul 2008 09:27:33 EST Exercise At Home Most of us are here to get healthy or to stay that way. Exercise is a big part of that. If you can’t get to your gym, then not to worry. Here is a neat article with some easy and simple tips to help. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>am/lib/wellnessprogram/Exercising_at_H<BR>ome-May_2008.pdf </link> Fri, 18 Jul 2008 12:36:44 EST Hello D.C.! I am so happy to be able to call D.C. my home. I would love to get to know more DC folks and chat about all the wonderful fitness-friendly things our great Capital has to offer. Let's utilize this page! <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2008 10:28:12 EST