SparkPeople Treadmill, Runners, Walkers and Etc. Team Messageboard WELCOME to all who use the treadmill, elliptical machine, climb, run or walk to get your cardio done on a daily routine and love it! SparkPeople Treadmill, Runners, Walkers and Etc. Team Messageboard Back after a nine year hiatus My name is Bill. Several years ago I joined But my job and my life got in the way is my finding my goal. Today I am retired and re-invigorated. I have the time and energy to do a daily cardio workout and my wife and I practice a more healthy lifestyle. I am much closer to my goal than I was 10 years past and I'm excited to rejoin the Sparkpeople community. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:28:23 EST SHARE 1 HEALTHY CHOICE U MADE 2-DAY or YESTERDAY! Making healthy choices in our daily lives is all part of that wonderful positive way of living! So, please share....what was one healthy choice you made today or yesterday (depending when you reply to this post)! <BR> <BR> It can be fighting off a food temptation, making sure to get in your 8 glasses of water, taking a walk, positive self-talk, deep breathing exercises to help lower the stress, eating breakfast, doing your exercises, getting in your rest and that all-important "me time", ... Tue, 1 Oct 2019 08:02:50 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! <em>38</em> (9/04) <em>465</em> With the beginning of a new month, have you set any type of NEW GOAL for yourself, be it dealing with food, water, fitness, working on busting a bad habit, etc.? Wed, 4 Sep 2019 09:08:17 EST WHICH 1 MINUTE HEALTH & FITNESS BOOSTER DID U DO? <em>128</em> All it takes is a minute!! You can click on the link shown below to read the full article that goes into more detail of the below specific items. <BR> <BR> But which of these 60-Second Health &amp; Fitness Boosters did you do today or yesterday that can make that positive healthy difference in your day and/or life? <BR> <BR> 1. Drink a Tall Glass of Water <BR> 2. Twist it Out <BR> 3. Take a Deep Breath <BR> 4. Do 20 Jumping Jacks <BR> 5. Smile <BR> 6. Go Outside <BR>... Wed, 28 Aug 2019 13:40:51 EST SHARE 1 HEALTHY FOOD THAT YOU ATE YESTERDAY! Let's start a list of <em>550</em> healthy foods that we've enjoyed in our day!! Please feel free to add more than 1 if you'd like! <BR> <BR> Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks ideas for others--eating healthy is the best way to go--so what healthy food did you enjoy yesterday?? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2019 10:09:11 EST DID U MEDITATE DURING YOUR WALK 2DAY or YESTERDAY? Meditation is a great way for stress relief, mindfulness and more! <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below and check out Sparks' Guide to Walking Meditation! Great ideas to help you enjoy your walks and for your overall well-being at the same time! <BR> <BR> So, did you meditate while walking today or yesterday? Let us know! Enjoy everyone! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/wellness_articles.asp?id=894 </link> Mon, 5 Aug 2019 12:04:35 EST AUGUST STAY HYDRATED TEAM CHALLENGE! <em>591</em> everyone! We tracked our water intake for July and how amazing to see how those glasses add up! <BR> <BR> So.....ready for August??? Let's see if we can match the number we ended with for July and go for another great month ahead staying hydrated! The challenge will start August 1st and run through the last day of August! <BR> <BR> How to share your <em>91</em> for the day (be it by an 8 ounce glass or bottle-or even a rough guess as to number of 8-ounce glasses you... Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:02:19 EST POST-RUN or WALK RECOVERY FOODS! Sharing a link to a great article covering the subject of what to eat after your run, long walks or more intense workouts! Great options shared and the reasons for the same! Click on the link below to check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g.asp?post=best_post_run_recovery_food<BR>s&amp;utm_source=sparkpeople&amp;utm_m<BR>edium=email&amp;utm_campaign=best-of-s<BR>parkpeople&amp;utm_content=TS4-2 </link> Wed, 24 Jul 2019 08:48:27 EST JULY STAY HYDRATED CHALLENGE! <em>274</em> Let's have some fun and see how many glasses of water we can drink and enjoy for the month of July! The challenge will start today and run through the last day of July! <BR> <BR> How to share your <em>91</em> for the day (be it by an 8 ounce glass or bottle-or even a rough guess as to number of 8-ounce glasses you enjoyed! Got your recommended 8 in? ADD your 8 to the NEW TEAM TOTAL number shown by the previous reply and let's see how high we can go--the healthy way! <... Mon, 1 Jul 2019 16:58:22 EST JUNE & JULY TEAM MILES WALKED or RAN CHALLENGE! Wow--we did super in our miles for May and hit that 1,000 mark! <em>380</em> all the way!!! <BR> <BR> Let's switch things up a bit and see how many miles we can do for the months of June AND July together!!! <BR> <BR> How to share your Miles: <BR> <BR> Please ADD your miles to the NEW TEAM TOTAL shown on the previous post and let's see how many miles we can make together! If you are the FIRST person posting, you can start us off with: <BR> <BR> _____(Date) Miles: _____(Enter your M... Sat, 1 Jun 2019 09:55:47 EST TEAM BONUS POINTS FUN!!! Let's have fun and share the bonus points that we received for the Team!! <BR> <BR> From the START page, click on MY TRACKERS toward the top of the page and scroll down to MY SPARK POINTS! The page will come up where you are able to track your food intake, exercises, recipes, get your log-in and bonus points, etc. <BR> <BR> Scroll down that page and you'll see SPARKAMERICA AFFINITY FAVORITES that is in the Community section of the tracking page. You can then click on the USE BONUS SPINS... Tue, 7 May 2019 11:25:11 EST MAY TEAM MILES WALKED or RAN CHALLENGE! <em>244</em> Super awesome and amazing miles made in April and I hope everyone enjoyed adding up those miles!! <BR> <BR> Ready for May??? Please feel free to join our Monthly Challenge for May! And, let's try to top April's miles! Can we do it??? YES WE CAN! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> How to share your Miles: <BR> <BR> Please ADD your miles to the NEW TEAM TOTAL shown on the previous post and let's see how many miles we can make together! If you are the FIRST person posting, you can s... Wed, 1 May 2019 18:17:57 EST DID U EAT 5/6 VEGGIES or FRUITS 2DAY or YESTERDAY? We know that fruits and veggies are a wonderful way to get in our daily nutrients, plus make super snacks!! I'm adding a link to a great article on ways to get in those yummy fruits and veggies-so you can CLICK ON THE LINK below to check out the article! <BR> <BR> And-did you enjoy your 5/6 Fruits and Veggies Today or Yesterday??? Let us know---and keep loving those healthy food choices! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1795 </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2019 11:59:08 EST DEHYDRATION SYMPTOMS, SIGNS & CHALLENGE! (VIDEO) I'm sharing a link to a great video that provides super valuable info dealing with our daily water intake! This video is not for only those suffering from dry eye--it's for everyone!! Know your signs &amp; symptoms of dehydration and a few tips on how to get in the required water intake in your day and why!!! <BR> <BR> FYI-I'm not promoting their products or newly-released book by sharing this video--although I, myself, have benefited greatly from their advice and the healthy way of liv... Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:42:23 EST APRIL CHALLENGE. .....LET'S WORK THOSE ABS!! A fun April challenge for us to stay on track with our daily exercises...and it's time to focus on our abs! <BR> <BR> Have you done any sort of exercises or daily activities that have worked those abs today or when you post to this topic? You can reply with a <em>248</em> <em>590</em> <em>224</em> or however you'd like! <BR> <BR> Just for an idea--I'm adding a link to Sparks' exercises that are noted for some great ab exercises! <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 8 Apr 2019 10:08:08 EST APRIL TEAM MILES WALKED or RAN CHALLENGE!! <em>244</em> We put on some great miles in March--771.94 Miles!!! <BR> So,please feel free to join our Monthly Challenge for April! And, let's try to top March's miles! Can we do it??? YES WE CAN! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> How to share your Miles: <BR> <BR> Please ADD your miles to the NEW TEAM TOTAL shown on the previous post and let's see how many miles we can make together! If you are the FIRST person posting, you can start us off with: <BR> <BR> _____(Date) Miles: _____(Enter y... Mon, 1 Apr 2019 12:16:21 EST DID U HAVE A GREAT NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST TODAY? Yes! Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:48:34 EST SONG PLAYLIST FOR YOUR WORKOUTS & ENJOY! I love <em>335</em> and do my exercises, etc., with music playing! I'm adding a link to a song that I did my yoga and deep-breathing routine to this morning! <BR> <BR> Click on the link to check it out! And, PLEASE IF YOU LISTEN TO A CERTAIN SONG for your WOROUT, ENERGIZES you or ENJOY--please share the NAME of the song or the link to the song on Utube, etc. <BR> <BR> "You Say" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8Jl2zpI </link> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:28:55 EST CALF RAISES (With Chair) DONE 2-DAY OR YESTERDAY? Here is a great and easy exercise designed to strengthen the calf muscles! As explained by Sparks--this exercise can strengthen the calf muscles, preventing burn and fatigue from setting in for walkers, runners and everyone!!! <BR> <BR> HOW TO DO: <BR> Starting Position: <BR> Stand facing a wall or back of chair and lightly hold onto it with fingertips to aid balance. Legs should be shoulder-width apart and straight. Do not lock knees. <BR> <BR> Action: <BR> EXHALE: Raise up on balls of... Mon, 4 Mar 2019 08:17:12 EST MARCH TEAM MILES WALKED or RAN CHALLENGE!! <em>244</em> We put on some great miles in February--and here comes March!!! So, get ready, join our Team Challenge as follows: <BR> <BR> Please ADD your miles to the NEW TEAM TOTAL shown on the previous post and let's see how many miles we can make together! If you are the FIRST person posting, you can start us off with: <BR> <BR> _____(Date) Miles: _____(Enter your Miles) <BR> New Team Total: _____________ <BR> <BR> The next friend can then reply: <BR> <BR> ____(Date) Miles: ___(T... Thu, 28 Feb 2019 18:03:56 EST dead stop once in awhile while im walking on my treadmill, it just stops suddenly and if i dont have a hand on the rail, i almost get bucked off. does this happen to anyone else? <BR> i am wondering if the key just comes loose or what could be causing this. <BR> my treadmill is only a year old and i cant figure out what is causing this. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 07:20:56 EST DID U REACH YOUR PERSONAL GOAL 2DAY or YESTERDAY? If you have a set personal goal of your steps or miles in a day, please share that <em>248</em> or however you'd like to reply to this post! <BR> <BR> Happy <em>68</em> stepping everyone and let's see those great <em>248</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2019 10:14:00 EST DID U DRINK SODA TODAY? <em>262</em> <em>262</em> <em>262</em> <em>262</em> <em>262</em> <em>262</em> <em>262</em> <em>262</em> <BR> <BR> I've noticed that so many people are trying to cut down on their soda drinking -- be it diet or otherwise! So, here is a reminder and a tracker for those that are trying to break that soda-drinking habit! Thu, 31 Jan 2019 19:56:33 EST YOGA, BREATHING EXERCISES or MEDITATIONS 2DAY? <em>135</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>135</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>135</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <BR> I do enjoy yoga, along with deep-breathing exercises and a morning meditation, at the beginning of the day, as they really seem to help me start the day feeling refreshed. <BR> <BR> So, if you enjoy and feel the benefit of these type of practices, please share if you've done them today or yesterday (depending on when you post your reply). Thu, 31 Jan 2019 19:53:00 EST TEAM MILES WALKED or RAN IN FEBRUARY CHALLENGE! We made some totally awesome steps/miles in January-so let's see what we can do this February of 2019!!! <BR> <BR> Please ADD your miles to the NEW TEAM TOTAL shown on the previous post and let's see how many miles we can make together! <BR> <BR> An example of how to post your miles is as: <BR> <BR> ____(Date) Miles: 7.38 miles <BR> <BR> New Team Total: _________ <BR> <BR> **If you're unsure of the exact miles that you've made in a day, it's okay to guesstimate your total and add ... Thu, 31 Jan 2019 19:35:12 EST DID U EAT "MINDFULLY" 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? Eating your meals without distraction can really help--as how many times have you been distracted while eating and afterwards feel like you overate? Mindfully eating is a great way to stay on track with our daily food intake--savoring the food before us, watching the portions and taking the time to realize what we are eating is good for us overall! <BR> <BR> Same with taking seconds on certain food items, fruits and veggies all good--but there are other food items that maybe we'd feel bet... Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:55:37 EST PILATES DONE 2-DAY OR YESTERDAY? I'm adding a link to a great intro to Pilates that I enjoyed watching and doing this morning! Love the it can improve flexibility and joint mobility meaning decreased chance of injury as well, along with strengthening the core (ab area) which tends to be my trouble spot! <BR> <BR> Let us know if you enjoyed doing Pilates today or yesterday!! Click on the link below, watch the video and see if Pilates is right for you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/videos-... Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:28:18 EST (DAILY)ARE U HAPPY WITH YOUR PROGRESS??? <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>185</em> <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I love the word "progress" -- it's fun and positive -- forward we go! So, please share if you, yourself, are happy with your progress in areas of your weight loss, positive attitude, healthier food choices, less stressed, physical activities/exercises -- anything that you consider to be "making progress" for you! <BR> <BR> You can post it by an emoticon or words--however you'd like! <... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:03:51 EST DID U MARCH IN PLACE 2DAY or YESTERDAY? Here's a great way to get in your cardio--marching in place! Click on the link below to watch the video--and let's do it!! Did you march in place today or yesterday? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/exercises.asp?exercise=521 </link> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:00:42 EST Newbie....... Hey ... My name is Kim. I've been here before. 2010. Lost weight. Gained it back. Lost some of it. Looking to lose more now... and get closer to my goal. (: I've tried other sites since being here in 2010 and *nothing* has ever compared to how supportive this site is for people trying to lose weight and get healthy. So. Here I am again. Looking for some support along the way. <BR> <BR> I hope you're all having a great year so far... and hopefully we can chat sometime. (: <BR... Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:56:02 EST DID U DO WARM-UPs & COOL DOWNs 2DAY or YESTERDAY? Both warm-ups before our daily workouts, walks, etc., and cool downs after are important for so many reasons! The first link I've added deals with the benefits of the warm-ups; and the second link covers benefits for the cool downs! Stay healthy and moving everyone!! <BR> <BR> WARM-UP INFO: <BR> <link><BR>/fitness_articles.asp?id=1036 </link> <BR> <BR> COOL DOWN INFO: <BR> <link><BR>/fitness_articles.asp?id=1037 ... Tue, 8 Jan 2019 10:36:42 EST WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE DONE YESTERDAY? <em>315</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>57</em> <em>313</em> <em>402</em> <em>34</em> <em>319</em> <em>237</em> <BR> There are so many great ways to get in our daily fitness activities, please share what was your favorite exercise or type of exercise (cardio, strength, etc.) that you enjoyed yesterday? <BR> <BR> You can share by Emoticon or words--stay active and moving everyone! <em>104</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2019 08:45:49 EST TEAM MILES WALKED or RAN IN JANUARY CHALLENGE! Here we go!! We made some pretty fantastic steps in December and here's to seeing how we do in January 2019!!! <BR> <BR> Please ADD your miles to the NEW TEAM TOTAL shown on the previous post and let's see how many miles we can make together! <BR> <BR> An example of how to post your miles is as: <BR> <BR> ____(Date) Miles: 7.38 miles <BR> <BR> New Team Total: _________ <BR> <BR> **If you're unsure of the exact miles that you've made in a day, it's okay to guesstimate your tota... Mon, 31 Dec 2018 22:08:45 EST ARE U HAPPY WITH YOUR WALK, RUN or WORKOUT 2-DAY? Some of us may have a set goal that we give ourselves to walk, run, jog and our overall workout. Be it in time, distance, intensity, etc. <BR> <BR> So are you YOU happy with your walk, run, jog, workout, etc., done today or yesterday? <BR> <BR> If so, then share any way you'd like-emoticon style or in words--just keep getting in that great physical activity--it's amazing and all part of our great health!!! <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 18:16:56 EST WHAT DID U SEE and.or HEAR ON YOUR WALK-RUN 2-DAY? We all know that getting in our walks, jogs, runs indoors or outdoors is fantastic--so please share what you saw or heard while enjoying your cardio fitness activity today! <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 18:06:44 EST SAY "THANK YOU" FOR THE NEW DAY! <em>304</em> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 10:15:08 EST SPARKS Movement for Medicine Video!! Great Tips! I watched this Sparks video today and wanted to pass it along to everyone here! We know that <em>311</em> and <em>312</em> is great for our health--but this video shows a few more great ideas and tips on the same. <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below--and the video should come up--watch, learn and hoping it can help you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/videos-detail.asp?video=175 </link> Sun, 9 Dec 2018 09:29:27 EST SPARKS 31-DAYS TO HEALTHIER HOLIDAYS! <em>460</em> Sharing Sparks' Ideas on how to Stay on Track this Holiday Season! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to note if you make any special healthy dishes for your gatherings! <BR> <BR> 12/5- <em>4</em> Try healthier recipes! <BR> <BR> When treats are in the house, more of the dessert usually ends up in your belly than in your guests. So keep some low fat, low-calorie recipes and foods on hand. <BR> <BR> *I always try to keep the veggie trays filled at our gatherings--crunching on... Wed, 5 Dec 2018 11:38:15 EST DID U READ A MEMBER'S BLOG? <em>223</em> A great way to see how our friends here are doing, is to read their blogs! Gives you that added feeling of getting to know each other a bit better, along with encouraging them when needed, applauding them for their accomplishments and more! <BR> <BR> So, have you read and commented on a Team member's blog today or recently? And, if so, I'm sure they truly appreciated your support and friendship in doing so! Tue, 4 Dec 2018 16:03:26 EST HOW WELL DID U SLEEP LAST NIGHT? That wonderful <em>102</em> time is super important and, for some of us, the amount of stress we've been under, the excitement of the day's activities, etc., can make it difficult at times to get in a good night's sleep -- but let's share -- <BR> <BR> How well did you sleep last night and how many hours? <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams <em>102</em> Tue, 4 Dec 2018 10:25:45 EST WHAT WAS YOUR LAST HEALTHY SNACK? <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>470</em> <em>291</em> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>470</em> <BR> <BR> Please share the last healthy snack you enjoyed and, it may give another of our friends here an idea of what they may enjoy as well! Mon, 3 Dec 2018 21:46:21 EST EXERCISE YESTERDAY? INSIDE, OUTSIDE OR BOTH? <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <em>54</em> Weather can play a huge part in our ability to get in our daily exercises sometimes outdoors, but it's great to be able to do them inside as well, such as <em>315</em> <em>319</em> <em>324</em> and more! <BR> <BR> So, please share, did you get your exercises in yesterday, inside, outside or both!!! <BR> <BR> Stay active everyone and your body and you will love it!!! Mon, 3 Dec 2018 11:10:09 EST TEAM MILES WALKED or RAN IN DECEMBER CHALLENGE! Please ADD your miles to the NEW TEAM TOTAL shown on the previous post and let's see how many miles we can make together! <BR> <BR> **If you're unsure of the exact miles that you've made in a day, it's okay to guesstimate your total and add the same to the running total shown!** Mon, 3 Dec 2018 08:57:21 EST TODAY, I AM CHALLENGING MYSELF TO.... stay on track with my healthy eating! Mon, 26 Nov 2018 11:56:11 EST DID U HAVE A GLASS OF WATER WHEN U GOT UP 2-DAY? <em>274</em> Water is so beneficial and needed by our bodies! Drinking a nice glass of water--or even warm water--is a great way to start the day! <BR> <BR> It's a wonderful and easy way to get your system ready for the new day after hours of sleep. Plus, can help with digestion and some have said even our metabolism. <BR> <BR> So, did you enjoy a hydrating glass of water first thing this morning, even before your morning coffee, juice, etc.? Mon, 26 Nov 2018 09:03:15 EST Seeking Advice! I've been a member here since July, but I hardly have time to just sit down and read or write :-) I have a treadmill and had only the highest hopes and aspirations for that thing, but I have rarely used it. I walk my dogs and get in a little walking when we go farther distances, but I really want to put this treadmill to use. <BR> <BR> My thing is... where do I start?? I mean, it has the ability to create just a bit of an incline, but I don't know how long, or at what speed, to get started o... Tue, 2 Oct 2018 11:35:47 EST TEAM CHALLENGE..30 MINUTES OF EXERCISE DONE? <em>248</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2018 13:03:06 EST For all runners <em>235</em> to the thread for all those that run and want to keep a record of the miles they have ran <BR> <BR> <BR> So this is how this will work. <BR> 1) Choose a State / Province that you want to run through <BR> 2) Choose 2 cities, google to find the distance between them. <BR> 3) In your post state: <BR> <BR> State / Province walking: example British Columbia Canada <BR> Running from Vancouver BC to Hope BC = 90 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> State: Washington State <... Fri, 14 Sep 2018 21:42:19 EST For all walkers <em>235</em> to the thread for all those that walk and want to keep a record of the miles they have walked. <BR> <BR> <BR> So this is how this will work. <BR> 1) Choose a State / Province that you want to walk through. <BR> 2) Choose 2 cities, google to find the distance between them. <BR> 3) In your post state: <BR> <BR> State / Province walking: example British Columbia Canada <BR> <BR> Walking from Vancouver BC to Hope BC = 90 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> State: Washington State... Fri, 14 Sep 2018 21:37:14 EST New To The Team with a cardio goal of 3 days/week Hello To All. My goal is to complete cardio routines 3 days per week. With aerobics on Tuesdays, jump rope variations on Thursdays, and 6 mile walk on Saturdays through a weekly rotation between the treadmill, elliptical, bike, and outdoor hiking (also strength training: Monday - Upper Body, Wednesday - Core, Friday - Lower Body and Rest Day/Wii Games/Weigh In &amp; Measurements on Sundays). I have next-to-no issues eating properly on a low-calorie meal regime, but often find it difficult to... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:31:59 EST Old New Member and New Book I think I checked out walking/hiking teams years ago and found little, but this one seems pretty active, so I thought I should try it out. I walk every day either with Leslie Sansone, or my Gazelle, but mostly and preferably in the outdoors. Better weather heads me to the mountains for day hiking as opposed to local walking. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. <BR> <BR> Another who has a story is Rebecca Solnit in her book, "Wanderlust: A History of Walking". Now, this is not a speci... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:12:26 EST New Scale I finally purchased a new scale after using an old scale for over twenty years and well aware it wasn't accurate. The scale is making me honest and brought me to begin a long journey of losing both pounds and inches. I am noting physical problems related to my weight, so I am motivated to improve my health. My husband, who now has an overweight BMI with the new scale, believes the old scale is more or still accurate. The old scale weighs you fifteen pounds less than the new scale. What c... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:17:11 EST newbie Hi everyone. I'm Angela and I'm a second year medical student on the east coast. I've been an on/off user of Spark People and similar sites over the past few years, but since starting medical school, I've found keeping healthy is something I've been struggling with a lot, and I put on quite a bit of weight. I'm looking to regain my activity level and fitness, as well as lose weight, so that I can maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout graduate school into my professional career. <BR> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:49:47 EST Trying to Get Fit! Hi! I am a 59 year old mother and grandmother. I am also a Pastor's wife and teacher. I have little time but decided that i would make time to alter my bad habits. I have 30 pounds to lose and I am not a fitness guru by any means but I am ready and willing to make life time changes. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:18:43 EST Hello Howdy <em>524</em> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:43:19 EST A brief intro :) Hi everyone, just joined and have lots of work to do but looking forward to seeing positive changes and being healthier in more ways than one. Most of my introduction is on my page and less computer time is one of the changes I'm working on, so if I don't respond to your comments in a timely manner, please don't take it personally. I'll try to get back as soon as possible. Best wishes everyone. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:08:49 EST Starting Again! Hi Everyone! I'm brand new here and just rejoined spark after a many year hiatus! <BR> <BR> I used to be an avid runner but unfortunately have been putting on weight steadily....I have called an end to that and have decided to put to use the elliptical I have at home. I'm going to try and stick to working out with it solidly 3 or 4 days a week. I'm hoping by the time summer rolls around and I can walk/run outside safely again I'll be fit enough to get into a solid running training plan and ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:26:45 EST Transitioning from Walking to Running Hello, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> For an upcoming article, we're looking for tips and advice from real walkers who became runners. <BR> <BR> - What motivated you to go from walking to running? <BR> - How did you make the "leap" from walking to running? What worked for you? <BR> - What advice do you have for those who want to start the transition to running? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any input! :-) <BR> Melissa Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:37:54 EST Hi! Hi! My name is Juju and I just rejoined Spark about 5 days ago. I love to lift and I also like walking. Eventually I would like to start jogging. Well I am hoping everybody has a wonderful weekend and stay safe with this crazy weather. <em>381</em> Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:22:19 EST Hi to everyone I'm a soon to be 46 year old mother of two girls 8 and 5. I have knee and foot issues and about 20lbs to lose. I'm looking for support and I love to cheer people on. I've failed many times over, but I'm planing on posting here daily and would love to make some friends. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:47:33 EST ENTER YOUR STEPS/MILES ON SPARKS' FITNESS TRACKER? <em>311</em> Just as a friendly reminder to keep tracking those steps and/or miles, did you enter your's here on Sparks? You can report your readings at the end of the present day or report previous steps/miles by changing the date of recording. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> and keep those steps/miles coming! You're all doing <em>345</em> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:42:09 EST Hello, anyone HM training on a treadmill? <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Been on SP before, then went away for a long time and now back again with 20lb to lose. <BR> Sp was the reason I started walking and then running, and now training for a half marathon. <BR> Love running outdoors, but since moving to India, it has not been very enjoyable, so invested in a treadmill, but will still try to get an occasional run done outside. <BR> <BR> Bought a treadmill, Reebok Titanium TT3.0, and have signed up for a beginner half marathon plan from... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 09:26:29 EST WELCOME to TODAY... We Can & Will Do it !!! <BR> <BR> Share some encouragement... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:27:45 EST New Member Hi everyone, I'm new! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> I'm Jennifer, 47 yrs, from Gresham, OR <BR> Joined SP almost a week ago, and I've cleared all the handbags, luggage, and dry cleaning off my treadmill. Now I use it! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all. Fri, 13 May 2016 00:28:37 EST hello buddy Rez from Sydney.need to loss weight thats why using this apps.dont know yet how this things work. but hopefully find out soon. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:00:14 EST Foot Numbness? I am fairly new to working out. I got the elliptical trainer and was determined to do a 60 minute workout. About 8 minutes in my left food went numb and stayed numb until I finished. As soon as I regained feeling it was very painful and it was like a had a charlie horse in the muscle behind my little toe. <BR> <BR> Anybody else ever have anything like this? Thu, 7 Apr 2016 23:11:22 EST New Beginnings Today I decided to begin an eat right and get fit journey. I've tried dieting before and got stuck in the yo-yo effect. My goal is to stick with an exercise plan and to reduce the amount of sugary foods I eat and replace them with more healthy choices. Instead of obsessing about losing weight, I've decided to focus on increasing my fitness age. If your in the same boat as me and you are looking for a Sparkpeople buddy to share the joys and ups and downs that the challenge brings, I would ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:34:43 EST Baby steps in Phoenix Hi everyone, I'm Zenya or Zen for short. 32 married and have no kids. I live in Phoenix, AZ but I am originally from a border town in South Texas. I am nearly 400 pounds and working out is really difficult. Walking longer than 10-15 minutes is nearly impossible. I get winded easily. I am focusing on 15 minutes a day of walking on the treadmill each day. Baby steps taking it one day at a time. I have been on spark people for years under another account and then this one. I have my moments wher... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:40:12 EST Hello From Michigan Hello, I am new to the team, not really to sparkpeople, but I am now taking my weight a bit more seriously. I have quite a bit of weight to lose, and need all the motivation/help/encouragement I can get. I haven't exercised much, but I figure walking was a good way to start and I hope to make some friends along the way. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:23:45 EST Felllow Runner <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Fellow treadmill runner here! <BR> <BR> I've been running for about 20 years now. Love it! Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:34:30 EST Greetings! Hi there! Happy to find this team as I exercise/work out alone and it will be pleasant to have the company of others however remote. I am recovering from an incredibly stupid hip injury...actually, it was I and not the hip that was stupid....and have been unable to exercise for about 9 months. However, I am back at it as of 5 weeks ago and carefully redeveloping strength and endurance. I have a treadclimber and an elliptical and also access to my husband's stationary bike. Note: doing i... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:54:01 EST Questions about using S Health on Samsung devices I use it daily and it does a good job of tracking my steps and mileage I think. I'm wondering if it is accurate without the gps on. Do you know? <BR> <BR> I've used the gps on all the tracks I usually walk/hike so I know the mileage of those. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09:25:31 EST Minimalist barefoot walking and running shoes Hey. Do any of you wear these? I do, all the time. Even though I read research that said they don't make a difference, my feet, knees and back will disagree. I think a company that doesn't have a line of minimalist shoes funded the research! Lol! I was reading this article and thought some of you might be interested. I wear Merrell trail gloves and also Merrell walking shoes. <BR> <BR> I'm not so sure bout the ones with the glove like toe things. I think they are called fingers. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:13:09 EST proform and iFit Anyone have proform treadmill? How do I get this iFit doohickey to work on it? Do I have to buy something else? <BR> <BR> I'm reading the manual, but it reads just like manual. LOL <BR> <BR> HELP <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 18:05:21 EST not new but here again hi my name is cyndi and it seems like i have been here 1000 times but this time im here to get the job done and not delete i will be 60 in april and i want to be a healthier and happier me Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:35:36 EST New to the team... Good morning everyone. Looking forward to getting to know you all. <BR> I'm not new to Sparks as I've been a member since 2007 and have lost 170lbs since joining. Mostly by walking and using the elliptical every day. <BR> Unfortunately, I had a medication change and regained 70lbs over the last couple of years. Now I'm trying to get that back off again. <BR> What's making it hard is that I'm now menopausal and have some limited mobility. Mostly because of the added weight again. <BR> I've... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 08:21:26 EST Hi I'm new to the team, but have sparked awhile. <em>524</em> I've been sparking on and off for 6 years. Lost 75 lbs since January of this year and over 100 since 2009. Started walking with a friend, but haven't motivated myself without my friend. <BR> Been walking, kayaking, and joined an outrigger canoe club this year. Was hoping to find a way to motivate myself this winter when it's too nasty outside for all my activities . Would like to start lifting weighs again and have a basement full of them, just haven't done it YET <BR> <BR>... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 01:33:37 EST uk 40 plus Hi, my name is mel and I am from Scotland in the UK. I am fairly new to spark people so I thought I would just say hi. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:38:04 EST Christmas 2015 - New Years 2016 Challenge Christmas 2015 / New Years 2016 ..... CHALLENGING ourSelves & setting Goals <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Take the Personal Challenge.... <BR> <BR> Think of the gift you would like to give yourself for Christmas... to start the New Year.... <BR> <BR> Then Check back with Us on how its going.... <BR> <BR> We have plenty of time to Complete the challenge... and we can Look back and be glad we started today.... it just takes the first step to get moving onward to our goal !!! <BR> <BR> Wishing... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:20:16 EST Hello from the UK :) <em>30</em> Hi, just wanted to drop by and say hello. I have just joined this group after investing in a treadmill and cross trainer at home - which I am gonna start using today. I'll log my minutes/distance later - wish me luck!! <em>249</em> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:40:56 EST LOOKING FOR 3 SERIOUS WOMAN TO GET TO GOAL!! If your serious about losing your weight and you won't give up on me or yourself then I'll help you if you help me. I think if I have to check in with someone daily I know I'll succeed. I've done weight watchers in the past and unfortunately let myself gain in all back. I don't want to sign up for WW again though if I can have the same motivation from the convenience of my computer and iphone and a good friend. I figure a circle of 4 of will work great. So I'm 1 and my hand is extended ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:38:17 EST Hello Hi, I'm new to sparkpeople and when I work out, more often than not I'm on a treadmill. Nice to know I'm not the only one :) Sat, 30 May 2015 10:37:01 EST New to the team! Hi everyone! I'm Maddy and I'm new here. I've been on SparkPeople for about a month now and it's really helpful. I love going on walks and weight lifting for exercise. Add me if you need support! Sun, 10 May 2015 22:45:39 EST Hello, howdy, hi! Good morning! I am not new to Sparkpeople, but am jumping into the land of teams and challenges. Now that I have wrapped up almost 7 days of better eating, it is time to kick up the furnace and add some exercise to the mix. <BR> <BR> I play softball 2 to 3 times a week, but don't do any other dedicated exercise. Tomorrow I will be heading back to the gym for the first time in ages. Since the arthritis in my knees is so bad, I am going to try the elliptical for the first time. And if my ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:23:52 EST New to the team Just found this team by accident, while going through the fitness pages! I use a Gazelle for the bulk of my daily exercise/steps. I've been on SP (again) for over 2 months now, and have lost 26 pounds. The first few weeks was easy losses, but it has slowed down to a more healthy pound or so/week. Love how the Gazelle helps me lose inches! (got it used at the beginning of this new lifestyle journey). <BR> <BR> Glad to find a team of 'inside' exercisers. When I'm alone, I prefer to exer... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:04:35 EST how much cardio do you do? Hi there, <BR> <BR> I was wondering from everyone, how much cardio do you do per day and how often per week? Im steadily only losing .5 or 1lb a week. I eat the 1200 calories a day, with the occasional cheats of upto 1600 calories a day. Its says to maintain my weight to eat 2200 cal a day so i know im still okay. However, when i do my cardio, I do the elliptical from 25-45 a day and only 3 or 4x a week. I see some people do 90 minutes a day 5x a week. I want to hear everyone's regimen with ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:50:58 EST Hello A big hello from Canada! New to the team and looking forward to meeting others with similar goals and interests. I'm a former running looking to get back into shape to run again. Starting slowing by walking on an elliptical until the weather gets better. So looking forward to warmer days and being outside. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:33:29 EST Time to get my lead out Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am from New Jersey and slowly trying to get back into shape. I have an elliptical and treadmill at home that I use. This winter is really cold and I can't wait to be able to walk outside again. Have a great day and stay positive. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:06:35 EST Forming Healthy Habits in 90 Days In this weight loss and fitness journey, I realize the need for new habits to achieve my goals. I have identified the following 6 behaviors that will help me achieve my weight loss and fitness goals, ones that I want to make a habit. <BR> <BR> Water - drink ounces equal to 1/2 my body weight <BR> Sleep - 7-9 hrs each night <BR> Food - stay within calorie limit daily <BR> Eating - none after 7 pm daily <BR> Exercise (Cardio) - 60 min (minimum) 6 days/week <BR> Exercise (Strength Training) - ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:12:15 EST Hello Team! Hello Everyone! I'm excited to be a part of this team, and I'm looking forward to a year of success for all of us!! <em>381</em> Sat, 7 Feb 2015 18:41:08 EST Hi from a UK walker Hi! I am 51 years old, and want to lose at least 40 pounds (5 pounds 8 times). I am married with no children, and I live in the UK. I enjoy walking, reading, listening to music, watching films, gardening, and cooking. <BR> <BR> My walking goals are (a) walk daily, (b) walk a 5k in 45 minutes (currently takes me about an hour) and (c) walk a virtual half marathon Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:30:49 EST Looking for walkers to try some new shoes! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Vionic shoes are designed to help walkers with knee, back and foot pain. We are looking for 20 members to try the shoes (for FREE!) and provide their feedback about them. If you are a regular walker who has had issues with knee, back and foot pain and would like to try the shoes, please click the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>signup.asp?cid=153 </link> <BR> <BR> Even if you aren't one of the first 20 members to sign up, you... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 15:28:07 EST New to the board i have both a treadmill and an eliptical. My routine is A day of 30 minutes on each and next day one or the other. My eliptical workout is done by selecting random. I am at 75 % of heartbeat. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:07:28 EST Penny from Vermont Hi, <BR> I am a 55 yr old woman from Vermont. I was told by my heart doctor that I had to quit smoking and lose 20 lbs by June. Eventually, I will have to have my heart valve fixed and he wants me in the best health so recovery will be easy. I quit smoking on January 1st (cold turkey) and joined Sparkpeople to log in my meals to keep an eye on what I eat. I just started walking on my treadmill. I feel a little overwhelmed:} Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. This ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:29:32 EST GOALs (personal Challenges) for 2015 Set some goals (personal Challenges) for 2015 here.... <BR> <BR> and every now and then... check back with us on how you are doing... and/or revise as needed... <BR> <BR> Suggestion.... make them simple and flexible.... also... small number... easier to remember <BR> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:47:07 EST ADD UP THE TEAM MILES FOR 2015! Please add your miles to the NEW TEAM TOTAL shown on the previous post and let's see how many miles we can make together! <BR> <BR> **If you're unsure of the exact miles that you've made in a day, it's okay to guesstimate your total and add the same to the running total shown!** Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:29:21 EST Learning more Hello - Went through a trying time this year and now I hope 2015 will be better for me. I have a sedentary job, but am interested in meeting new people who have the same interest and goals as myself. My main goal is to lose weight and to get my A1C numbers down through better eating habits and exercise even if the exercise is just walking at this point. Taking things slow and making changes slowly so that they will be long lasting. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:17:51 EST IT IS ME AGAIN I AM BACK AND I AM READY TO DO THIS THIS TIME BECAUSE I AM DOING IT FOR ME MYSELF AND I Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:23:27 EST why drinking coffee is not good Coffee makesb your stomach strech Sun, 14 Dec 2014 01:58:24 EST why drinking coffee is not good Coffee makesb your stomach strech Sun, 14 Dec 2014 01:56:59 EST New Treadmill Owner I am now the proud owner of a treadmill which is up and running. I used it for the first time yesterday and then again today. <BR> <BR> As I don´t have much chance of going for walks I thought that this was the answer. Hopefully I will see some changes. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:30:14 EST Hey there! Having been around for quite some time. But, I'm striving to get back on track with my walking and other fitness routines. This time I'm in it to stay and hoping to see some of these unwanted 30 lbs disappear by January 1st even if it's only 2 lbs. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! <BR> <em>41</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:24:00 EST losing weight I started out at 310 gym is good working out for 3yrs now weight 146 and still moving Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:15:12 EST Elliptical runner new to team Hi everyone. I have been using an elliptical for several years. I also enjoy walking in summer, skiing, and snowshoeing in winter. I hope to get to know some fellow Sparkers who also enjoy similar activities. <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:13:34 EST Hi! Just wanted to stop in and say Hi! I am relatively new to sarkpeople and just found this group. My favorite form of exercise at the moment are long walks outside! I do have an elliptical but I only use it occasionally (the hubby uses it for exercise). I have a fitbit so I try to get to 10K each day. <em>30</em> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:03:22 EST Hi everyone :) Hi, i just wanted to stop by and quickly introduce myself. My name is Carina and i am 34 years old. I got myself an elliptical about 2 months ago and lovin it. I had lots of troubles before Witz painful feets and shins so this was my reason to try the. Elliptical. I manager to loose 20 pound so far and i am sure to drop more. What do you think about the elliptical ? Have a great day! Cheers Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:08:04 EST Hi everyone - new to the group Hi everyone. I am Robyn, 45 and from Vancouver. I have lost 20 lbs so far, through Sparkpeople (log my food in everyday) and from running and going to the gym - I prefer to run outside but am only able to do that on weekends, so the rest of my runs are on the treadmill. I gained 30 while battling cancer (lymphoma) at the beginning of the year (bad eating, no exercising and chemotherapy - not a good combo!), happy to have most of it off and even happier to report I am 6 months cancer free :-... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:31:21 EST I'm new to the group! Hi everyone, my name is Meisha, I'm 24, and I'm trying to lose 38lbs by June 2015. <BR> <BR> I've started walking on my lunch break or in the evening as a way to fit in light exercise. I used to be in better shape, but over the past year or so it has really slipped up. Now, I'm working a desk job where I am very immobile. I'm starting to walk, and I hope to switch to running in the new year (when I plan to join a gym). Anyways, I'm always looking for buddies on spark people, and I'm happy to... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:18:31 EST New Member Hi, <BR> <BR> I tried in the past to be just a runner, ran lots of miles until my Achilles started to act. So now I decided to mix different exercises. I am currently doing Elliptical, Stationary Bike, Indoor rowing, outdoor walking and running. I also started doing a bit of strength training. Never felt better! <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Vlad Sun, 5 Oct 2014 22:18:17 EST question about elliptical When I do my elliptical workout each day and enter the numbers into my fitness tracker, the food tracker automatically increases my allotted calories. Can someone explain why the program does this? I looke throught the FAQs and did not find an answer. <BR> <BR> MB Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:56:05 EST New Elliptical Owner I'm new to this team, having just bought an elliptical yesterday. We were cruising through a neighborhood community yard sale and saw the elliptical there on the sidewalk. It is a new-6 months old machine. Not one of the fanciest, but very nice, and only 50 dollars. The hardest part of that decision was how to get it in the car. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Karen Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:28:52 EST Anyone purchase shoes from runningwar I have VERY fussy feet and have a great pair of Brooks right now. seems to be the only place I can find the exact same pair/color/size. Has anyone had any dealings with them, good or bad? Thanks! <BR> <BR> Laurie Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:49:38 EST CHANGES TO SPARKPEOPLE & OF HELP TO YOU! You may have seen a few changes here at Sparks today and, the reason being, they are always working on ways to make the site more convenient and easier for the members to find info, use the trackers and so much more! That's why this is such a remarkable site! They really do care! <BR> <BR> I'm adding a link to a video that shows and explains the changes, so to see the same and better understand what those changes mean to you and how they can be help, please click on the link below and it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:29:20 EST New to the team Hi. I am pretty new to SparkPeople and decided to join your team. I love the elliptical. I am hoping to purchase one tomorrow. Been looking for some time. So... fingers crossed for tomorrow. Looking forward to doing a lot of fitness minutes for the team. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 20:40:58 EST 50 is the new me! Hello Everyone.....I just turned 50 this year and menopause hasn't been my friend. I started walking about 20-25 minutes 3 times a week thinking it would be enough to firm myself up and on the way to losing weight. That's how I've always lost the weight before....This isn't working. Been fast walking for 5 months and managed to gain weight....Feeling frustrated... Needing others that have felt my pain...... I've set out a reasonable weight goal loss of 22 lbs...Just needing a lot of motiv... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:27:13 EST Numb toes Does anyone else's toes start going numb on the elliptical after 15+ mins? Happens all the time for me...especially when I get up to 20 mins. I slow down and wiggle my toes and feet around while continuing to go but it doesn't help much. Just wondering if this is normal? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:01:28 EST Looking for a spark buddy/buddies Hi! I am a 50 year old English born again Christian lady, married, no kids, wanting to lose at least 62 pounds to get down to a healthy weight. I am going on holiday Saturday and will be starting to count calories and walk for exercise when I get back on Sunday 3rd August. Please sparkmail me if you’d like to buddy up. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:03:46 EST Hi new here. Hey I just bought a used treadmill at Goodwill for $16.00 last week. :) I am working on losing 100 lbs. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:04:44 EST Hi Everyone Just joined the team! My first week in SparkPeople and my first day tracking my fitness minutes. My big problem with exercise is being consistent. I'm looking for a group that will keep me moving. Anyone with a cattle prod? Just kidding. Maybe. Any way I hope that I can find a way to lite a fire under my ginormous behind and log some miles. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:27:56 EST FALLing for AUTUMN (Goal Setting 101 days) <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> From... June 22 - November 1 = 101 days.... <BR> <BR> <BR> OK.... we are in the midst of SUMMER.... <BR> <BR> time to make some GOALS to make ready for FALL/AUTUMN <BR> <BR> <BR> So.... lets set some Goals Set in motion... <BR> <BR> and starting June 22 lets keep track... for 101 days.... <BR> and on Nov. 1 we shall see.... <BR> <BR> our seeds ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:25:29 EST Hi Everyone! Newbie Alert :) Like a lot of people i've looked for online programs/sites/groups for ages and a few days ago i found SparkPeople - and i've hardly been able to log off since! I can't believe how support everyone is, how easy the meal tracker is and how much fun i'm having. <BR> <BR> I've been on my treadmill two days in a row for 40 mins. each and i feel great. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the inspiration! Cheers! Fri, 30 May 2014 16:56:13 EST Lizzie Hi I'm Lizzie. I love using the elliptical, its so much easier on my knees. Fri, 30 May 2014 11:22:17 EST Just joined the team! Wanted to intro myself. I am a 39 yr old married mother of one. I homeschool our daughter and I am the sole caregiver of my elderly mother. I have been on a weightloss journey since 2010... that year I lost 86 pounds. I maintained that loss and restarted my journey just last month. I recently purchased a treadmill again and have been using it daily. I walk an hour a day, but building back up my old times and distance. Right now I am walking 3 miles in an hour. Before the treadmill I was walki... Thu, 22 May 2014 22:47:34 EST Hello I just am introducing myself. I walk with my wife several times a week and use my exercise bike pretty much every day. I like to get up very early and get on the bike, and walk in the afternoon. I have had both knees replaced and love that I can do things like that without huge amounts of pain. Fri, 16 May 2014 12:38:22 EST newbie? nah, not really..... :) hello sparkies, :) <BR> <BR> my name is kim. i am a canadian, who loves photography (mostly street photography and nature), addicted to hello kitty & horror movies (yeah, i know that both of them don't go well together...but that's just me){*smiles*}. i am *wanting* to become a vegetarian but kind of nervous that i would just end up turning back to meat in the end... but i am willing to even try to do it. :) i am an emotional eater... but, surprising i did everything but eat after g... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:21:58 EST &#9734; Newbie... ..&#9734; Hey Sparkies.. My name is Kim... I am indeed a newbie. :) Looking to get healthy, lose weight, make some new friends and have some fun along the way. :) <BR> <BR> Always remember -- <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:36:28 EST SPARKS REDESIGNED TEAM PAGES COMING UP! Just a heads up--Sparks will be redesigning the Team pages in the coming days. I've added a link to the Utube video that explains the changes, so feel free to click below and check it out. I'll be curious to see how our Team page will look--but from what I see, we'll keep posting and sharing our friendships, tracking and more as we have been--so, here's to a new and exciting Sparks' change! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thanks everyone!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:29:57 EST HI I just wanted to say hello to everyone and introduce myself my name is Jeanna I am 27 and I have been struggling with my weight my whole life. I will start to lose weight and do good then just lose the momentum and just stop and gain all the weight back. my highest weight to date is 330 lbs I am currently down to 290. I have recently suffered a death in the family that has really shocked me back into wanting and needing to make a change. I really believe that this time I can do it. <BR> <BR... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:54:34 EST New to the team I am brand new to the team but not to sparkpeople. I am going to run my first 5k with my 14 year old son in September. It is a zombie/mud run. I'm excited and it looks like a lot of fun. I have never been a runner but I am slowly going to ease into it. If anyone has any tips I am always open to suggestions. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:33:21 EST Betty Hi, I would like to lose 20-30 lbs. I do work out with a trainer 3x a week. I wear a pedometer, but rarely get to 10,000 steps. my average is about 5,000. my additional problem is I will be leaving on a 3 month road trip so meals will be a problem. I am hoping to get a min. of 5,000 steps in a day, even on the days I will be driving all day. however I still need help trying to manage the 3 meals of eating out and some healthy snacks in between. can anyone help me with this???? Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:10:46 EST New to the team Hey everyone! <BR> I've been doing SP for a while now off and on and I am currently feeling motivated and ready to lose more weight! I am trying to find some active teams that I can check in with daily for some more accountability and motivation to keep on pushing. I mostly do gym work outs, but sometimes pop in a video or go for a jog outside to switch it up a bit. I am almost to my goal weight (20 lbs ish) and am ready to get these last lbs lost. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:23:12 EST 100+ Days CHALLENGE (Now till Summer) <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> (UPDATE) <BR> <BR> A friendly reminder... this challenge is to help create <BR> healthier habits... there is no right or wrong way <BR> to do the challenge... its about finding what works <BR> for us individually in this LIFEstyle change... <BR> <BR> <BR> AND... anyone can join at any time... <BR> just list what day you are on... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:41:33 EST walk Hope everyone is having a good day. I did 3.7 miles today and still need to walk my dog. Luckily I live in southern Cal so weather is no concern. Been keeping between 12 and 1400 calories a day..tomorrow is weight in! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:43:45 EST How effective is the elliptical for weight loss? Hi everyone! <BR> I really like to use the elliptical the best when I go to the gym, but I can't help but wonder how effective it is to help me lose weight. I guess it would depend on the intensity and how long I stay on it how long and how intense should I be working out? <BR> I really want to tone and shrink my legs/butt as well, can this machine help me with that? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:50:18 EST N00b Hey everyone my name is Molly and I just joined SparkPeople today! I joined this team because it seems to encompass the activities I do when I go to the gym, which I am slowly but surely increasing. <BR> I really hope to make some friends and I especially hope that being part of this team will help me be motivated to get off my butt and go to the gym! Sat, 15 Feb 2014 23:42:59 EST New to the Team Hi everyone my name is diana and i'm new to this team. I decided to give myself a re <em>524</em> start for the new year with my goals. I enjoy tracking my progress on paper and on spark people and enjoy all the support I get from SparkPeople. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:58:57 EST I am new Hello everyone, I am so glad I found this team. I am Doug from South Carolina!! <BR> Hoping to walk my way to better fitness. <BR> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 08:03:08 EST Hey everyone,I am new to the team. Hi everyone My name is Elaine not new to Spark but new to the Team I was just looking around for a active team and saw this one which look very interesting to me, I walk everyday in the gym,on the beach,I walk the stairs,I walk the mall,I also do the elliptical machine,I just get back from a long vacation and while I was on vacation I gain a lot of weight and need the Motivational help to take off all this weight, <BR> I know I can do it because I did it before,but some time I am so Stres... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:13:20 EST Hey there! I do a lot of treadmill running, but when the weather is nice I like to run outside. Anyways, I'm trying to train for a 10k, but don't really like running over 3 miles on a treadmill (mostly cause I get very bored past that) Anyways, I would like to find some strenth/cardio circuits that involve the treadmill. I'm also interested in some work outs that will help me run faster! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 04:33:34 EST almost there! finally got serious last fall and now 2 lbs away from my first milestone. hoping that by next weigh-in I'll finally be under 200lbs, first time since can't remember when. starting eating for diabetes because I'm on metformin but mostly because a friend is looking at insulin in the near future so to encourage her and because I really needed to do something about my sugars we start eating for diabetes, we are both maintaining a much healthier sugar level and the weight loss is a bonus! yeah for... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:23:57 EST What's on your ipod? Any great suggestions on songs to run to??? <BR> <BR> Rose Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:49:21 EST Have you set a weekly or monthly walking goal? My goal is to walk 25 miles/week. That definitely challenges me, and makes me walk a minimum of 5 days/week. <BR> <BR> I'm doing a virtual walk from Land's End, England, to John O'Groats in Scotland, walking on the treadmill and marking my progress on an old RAC atlas with a scale of 3 miles to the inch. <BR> <BR> Gail <em>231</em> <em>68</em> <em>311</em> <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:17:21 EST Nice to meet you :) It's a new year and one of my resolutions is to make sparkpeople part of my routine. I love my tracker and I love this website. I really want to more involved. I would love to meet some new people too. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:41:59 EST Hello Hello. My name is Dawn Davis. I've been in SparkPeople since I think 2009 or so, and I've played around in it here and there, sometimes serious, most times not. I love this tool, and I'm trying again and committing to be more hard corps about it. <BR> <BR> I've never said that I was out of shape, but I know I can be much better than what I am. I'm in the Army, and have been for the past 11 years. Still have nine more years to go to get my retirement. I love what I do and do what I lo... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:28:40 EST treadmill tech assist here please.... When I walk/run on the belt of my treadmill....random times I feel it drag a bit...then goes right back to normal pace. Is this something I can fix or will need a tech in house??? Please help with any ideas Thank you! Sun, 22 Dec 2013 22:20:55 EST WEIGHING IN - HOW ARE YOU DOING <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> WEIGHING IN <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Please Share..... DAILY.... WEEKLY.... MONTHLY.... <BR> <BR> whenever you feel comfy.... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:12:30 EST Hi, I'm Natalie, and this may seem awkward..... I am 30 years old and have put on a (what I feel like is) considerable amount of weight since getting married in 2006. We are so blissfully happy that I just haven't noticed. Haha, no really, we are happy, but the reality is that we are busy. We have 6 dachshunds and a 20 month old son, busy work schedules, and friends and family that keep us running. It's not uncommon for us to have friends over 4 out of 7 days a week, which means, I cook.. A LOT. There is nothing better to me than good food... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:10:25 EST Dec miles Dec 1 3.25 <BR> Dec 2 1.75 <BR> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:29:20 EST Hello! Hi all! My name is Lisa, I am married and have 2 elementary school age boys. I joined this group 3 years ago, and lost 50 pounds through diet and exercise, mostly walking. For a variety of reasons I gave up after 50 pounds, only 20 from my goal weight, and this spring found myself right back up to 205 pounds. I decided at that point to make a bunch of changes in my life, and to lose weight and become healthy for me and my kids. I slowly lost 25 pounds mostly by changing eating habits. I added... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:16:06 EST GIVING THANKS in NOVEMBER <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Share your GRATITUDEs ..... Daily or WhenEver <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 18:08:41 EST WHERE ARE YOU VISUALIZING WALKING (running) TOO <BR> <em>311</em> WHERE are You GOING today <BR> in your mind during your Workout <em>312</em> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 14:09:33 EST Petsrmine Today is day one. I am struggling with website but won't give up. I exercised for 20 minutes today on elliptical. I have a history of neck and back surgeries and struggle with exercise. Having some pain tonight but will press forward slowly. Open for suggestions. I use to walk up to 10 miles per day until 1 1/2 yrs. ago. Would love to be able to do that again. I am slightly overweight, but not obese. Anyone interested in being a buddy? Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:17:42 EST ADD THE MILES & SEE HOW MANY WE CAN MAKE IN 2014! Here is a fun challenge for us to join in on! Please add your miles to the NEW TEAM TOTAL shown on the previous post and let's see how many miles we can make together! <BR> <BR> Keep <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> and loving it! <BR> <BR> Here's to our Team Challenge and remember -- <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> **If you're unsure of the exact miles that you've made in a day, it's okay to guesstimate your total and add the same to the running total shown!** Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:23:34 EST Hi from sunny SFL! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> This is my 2nd go-around on SparkPeople and Im looking for a group that is active and supportive. This group looks like a great place to start. Looking forward to logging miles with you all! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 8 Oct 2013 17:48:43 EST READY TO MAKE IT A GREAT DAY? JUST SAY 'YA!' If you're ready to make it a super great day, please share any emoticon to show your motivated attitude today! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> and have a great day everybody! Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:02:35 EST WE'RE GROWING & CO-LEADERS OF TEAM NEEDED! <em>213</em> Good morning everyone! It is so exciting to see our Team growing and, with that, more people that are choosing the active and healthy lifestyle! It is totally <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> As some of you may know, I have just had open lung surgery, so I'm not able to be as active as I'd like to right now due to dr. appointments, recovery time, etc. So, I'm asking all of our friends here, that if you'd like a great way to stay motivated and on track, being a co-leader of the Te... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 11:59:32 EST Newbie - looking for support/friends! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just signed up for spark people. I'm on my journey to losing 25lbs and I just know sparkpeople will help me accomplish my goal. I like to work out and am learning how to eat better and be more mindful of myself. I'm definitely looking for some support and motivation here so would certainly love to develop that here! <BR> <BR> Lori Thu, 3 Oct 2013 20:04:09 EST Gonna get it right this time Hello. I am a 38 year old mother of two. I have been struggling with my weight since age 19. <BR> I have been on every diet including lap band surgery. I have never been consistent or successful at weight loss despite having surgery. I have never exercised and watched my caloric intake for more than 3 months. Last year I reached my highest weight of 294 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I have decided that I won't be defeated by obesity and the diseases that come along with it. My weig... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:10:08 EST Just joined <em>182</em> Does anyone in the group run on the treadmill? Are there any minutes or mileage challenges etc.?? Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:16:18 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone, I've suddenly realized that my treadmill has been sitting in our living room untouched for at least 3 months. I am disappointed with myself because when we bought it, I told myself that I would use it a lot but obviously that hasn't been the case. So I am determined to get back to using it at least every other day. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:22:21 EST Hi everyone, I'm new to the group I have been doing more cardio lately and have recently started on the eliptical. I started at 5 mins and am up to 10 - 15 if I really push myself. =) The last couple times on the machine the balls of my feet feel like they're going numb and my toes almost feel like they're going to sleep. <BR> <BR> I remember this happening the very first time I tried the eliptical about a month ago and thought maybe it was my shoes so I bought new shoes 1/2 size bigger. This seemed to do the trick until... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:37:28 EST Not new, but I have been MIA Just wanted to hola to everyone. I recently starting back up at the favorite is the elliptical machine but I am working up to being able to run for an hour straight so I have been doing the treadmill a lot more. <BR> <BR> I recently decided that I want to join the Navy in doing so I was told that I need to loose weight.....not that I was surprised by that I knew I was overweight and would have to loose to join. Anyhow I asked the requiter while I am working on getting back in ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:19:58 EST hello am looking for real tips ad support Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:49:21 EST Looking for buddies Hi, my name is Kim and i could use some buddies. I plan to be very focused and lose ten pounds this month (September, which actually starts tomorrow). I have a long term trip coming up mid October and I need to get these ten pounds off! I put them on earlier this year from stress. I can be very focused when I want to be. There is no time for me to be slack about this. Who wants to join me? It is so much easier when there are others to look to for support and inspiration. :) Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:56:12 EST New to SparkPeople Hello everyone, I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. I have been given the desire to be fit. <BR> <BR> I have been doing Zumba classes since Saturday in June 15th and recently added more days of exercise to my routine. I now workout a total of 3 days a week. Sunday, Tuesday, and Saturday. My best friend and I have decided we are going to run a marathon and are training for that as well as getting fit for ourselves. <BR> <BR> I have a better eating habit, thanks to the corporate fast at my... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:37:44 EST Exercise and increased food intake I'm still learning here and I've integrated the food and fitness option for spark. I know it ramps up the number of calories when you go exercise but I guess I do "hit it" somewhat hard and my calories tend to hit 2800-3200 or so on harder workout days. It does seem a bit high? Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:27:54 EST Let's Do the Lying Hamstring Stretch! Starting Position <BR> Lie on your back with your legs extended and your back straight. Keep your hips level and your lower back down on the floor. Bend your right knee towards your chest, keeping your left leg extended on the floor. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> Slowly straighten your right knee, grabbing the back of your leg with both hands. Pull your leg towards your gently while keeping both hips on the floor. <BR> <BR> Breathe deeply and hold for 10-30 seconds. Repeat on opposite side. <BR>... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:11:54 EST Hello, to my new team mates Hi everyone. About 6 months ago I was given a walking / exercise program by my cardiac wellness physician. <BR> <BR> I did great for about 4 months - and lost 22 pounds. But then, I fell back into the "I want to do whatever I want" mode. It was intense and pathetic - and lasted for about 2 1/2 months. I gained back 10 pounds, and my blood work plummeted. <BR> <BR> I've been back on track for a few days now. I signed up with Sparkpeople months ago to give myself a place to record my e... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:56:28 EST All About The New Kid.... :) Hey All!! My name is Kim. I'm a married, canadian woman ... heading back to college this September for Photography. I totally *love* taking photos of mostly nature/wildlife. :) It's been awhile since I was in school.. so I'm nervous, scared and have anxiety attacks over it.. and, it hasn't even started yet! I am somewhat shy... until I get comfortable around you... then you'll be lucky to shut me up. ;) Now onto my "weight loss" journey... I used to weigh 400 pounds... lost some... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:13:31 EST We sold our cross trainer! DH & I live in a small flat and for about six years our York Plantinum 750 cross trainer has occupied the spare room, leaving not much room for anything else. So the room has been an exercise room/ office. I have spent many happy hours watching replay Tv on our computer while working out on the cross trainer. <BR> Dear reader, it has worked! We have both worked off quite a lot of weight and gained quite a lot of fitness. We have had great benefit from our Cross trainer, but now it is time t... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 06:13:51 EST Can you recommend an elliptical for a tall person? Hi friends--I'm new to the team & looking for advice. My housemate is moving out, & I just realized that will free up space for a piece of exercise equipment. I'm looking at getting the ProForm 510 E Elliptical for $599 (free shipping, yay!). I looked online at a number of low- & moderate-priced models, & this one has the longest stride among them, adjustable 18"-20". I'm tall, 5'10" or so, & all my height is in my legs, so my stride is quite long. <BR> <BR> Just wondering whether anyone had... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 16:56:40 EST LET'S DO THE LATERAL LUNGES! Starting Position <BR> Begin by standing with your feet shoulder width apart, hands on hips. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> INHALE: Step out to the right and shift your body weight over your right leg, squatting to a 90 degree angle at the right knee. Try to sit down with your butt, keeping your back as upright as possible. <BR> <BR> EXHALE: Push off and bring your right leg back to center to complete one rep. Finish all reps on this side, and repeat on left side to complete one set. <BR> <BR> S... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:39:40 EST fit and healthy person in training.... Hi all! I have been using a treadmill 6 days a week since May. I've been at a 20 minute mile pace for the last month as I increased my mileage. Now I'm throwing in some jogging (15 minute miles) whenever my legs can take it! <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My goal is to complete a sprint triathlon next summer. I hope to be down to 10 minute miles by then and have a couple 5k's under my belt. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 14:11:52 EST Sparkie .. Once Again! :) Hello Sparkies!! <BR> <BR> I used to be on SP in 2010, three years later - I find myself with a lot of the weight I had lost back on my body. :( I feel icky in my own skin. I need to get my life back on track.. and that is why I signed up on here again. This time *will* be different. I *will* get this weight off for good and make sure it never comes back. I am looking for some spark friends that will join me on my journey .. and, we can support each other on each others journeys. ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:37:15 EST Lesliem2525 My name is Leslie and I am trying to loose 40 lb. I been try for years with no success. I think sparkpeople will give me motavtion that I need. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:53:56 EST Training to walk 10k Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Karissa. I have lost 60 pounds since December and completed two 5k's walking. Now I want to be ready for a 10k in October, but all of the training material I find is about running a 10k. I have major back issues and will probably never be a "runner." I am fine with this, but am wondering if anyone has suggestions/advice for me in order to be ready in October. <BR> <BR> I also use the treadmill and elliptical at the gym on a regular basis and the other days... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:40:03 EST Motivation Hello, my name is Tineka and I am a 31 yr old mother of two. I've always been the "fat one" and I'm tired of it. I want to love shopping for clothes rather than feeling anxiety and depressed because I hate the way everything looks on me. I'm 5.5 and 242 lbs. My biggest issue is my inability to give up my favorite foods and exercising!! HELP! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:14:10 EST tracking minutes How do you change settings so you can track minutes? My pedometers don't work out for me so miles and steps are out. Would be nice to keep track how long I walk. Sometimes I walk a lot. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:41:35 EST exercise apps Does anyone use an exercise app to track what they do--walking, squats, planks, stepping? I haven't tried downloading any of these apps to phone yet, but I don't track eating fruits and veggies because it would be useless to me. I can;t afford a gym..another useless. I'm not very savvy with phone so apps would have to be pretty simple. Any suggestions? <BR> <em>130</em> <em>34</em> <em>314</em> <em>320</em> <em>68</em> <em>362</em> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:56:15 EST Hi Everyone! Hello! I am new to SparkPeople and new to this team. Greetings from the San Jose area. I have not been active for a long time but I've done the elliptical machine before and really liked it. I also love walking and hiking. Glad to find a group of like-minded folks. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:43:15 EST Hi I'm new to this team from Vt I am 56 years old with a sedentary job and I have some arthritis. I have some questions about how to start running on a treadmill and what is the difference between the treadmill and the elliptic? <em>38</em> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:34:16 EST Another Sparkie Newbie... Hello Sparkies... My name is Kim. I'm a SparkPeople Newbie. :) I am looking to make new friends and lose weight - while having fun. :) <BR> <BR> I am Canadian, married and love photography. :) <BR> <BR> Let's get chatting.. :) Mon, 8 Jul 2013 23:59:34 EST Hi! Just discovered this team - I use a treadmill almost every day in addition to gardening, walking outside, and yoga/tai chi. Love my treadmill since it lets me walk no matter what the weather. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:30:54 EST VIRTUAL TRAVELS ... HERE 2 THERE Hello everybody! <BR> I created a fun way to log my activity and thought I'd share it just in case any of you wanted to try it too :) <BR> It is called My Virtual Travels ... Here 2 There and it is basically just a measure of miles from point A to point B. My personal virtual travel is from my house in Iowa to my SP BFF's house in Ohio. Each day I will track how many miles I went, how many miles I've made it so far, and how many miles left to go. I will be tracking miles performed in any w... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 19:51:30 EST Hi Everyone! Hey everyone! I'm a new runner and am hooked! Looking forward to getting to know all of you and motivating each other! Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:50:24 EST I'm new to this team, and new to running! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a 25-year-old electrical engineer from The Netherlands. Just like over 64% of construction workers in my country, I am overweight. <BR> I was actually a part of the 15% that is labeled obese. <BR> <BR> I WAS, because I've lost 31 pounds since throwing my life around in February of this year. I've got about 10 pounds left to go until I reach a normal BMI, and when I get close(r) to that goal, I would love to start running as a cardio workout to help maintain my... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:28:11 EST Starting back Good morning everyone! It has been awhile since I have been on spark people and I gained back any weight I lost 2 years ago. So here I am again! Going to put myself first again, and exercise first thing in the morning. I always say i will do it after work , but then when I get home, I am too tired, or it's too late. And I need people like you to keep me motivated. So with that being said, I am going to the treadmill to get some miles in. Have a great day. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:07:28 EST Yasmeen Hi,I'm 41 and are in the prosess off looking weigth.But i fine it hard to stat on track,I'm a nurse and work shift and as it is known we always has chocolat and biscuits witch we Get for Good work from gratfull patent.I fine it hard to stat motevaited and focusd on my target,it is to loos 15kg and Get healtyer.I also are looking for help to fine out a way to manage my fibromyagi and fathig syndrom and maby to bist my fertiliety as well.Is there any one out there that have any tips???I will be... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 07:19:10 EST Hello Sunshine is here Walk treadmill for 30 minute 5 days week. Sat, 25 May 2013 02:11:23 EST Hello I didn't know about this team till now. I'm happy to discover this team. I do cardio on Treadmill 1 hour X 6 days a week. What kinds of program do you on the treadmill? <BR> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:12:29 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:22 EST weekly miles This week I ran 15 miles this week and burned 2896 calories. Woohoo to me <BR> <BR> Next week's goal is 16 miles.. Sat, 18 May 2013 12:21:33 EST Pedometer Questions I bought a cheap pedometer from walmart and it's not working. Sometimes the ticker thing gets stuck and i have to shake it to work again. I walked my normal 2 mile route and it said i only did 1 mile. I keep it hooked to my wasteband or in a pocket, but always somehow manage to bump into the reset button. I dont want to go out and buy another one unless i know it's going to work for sure. But a friend told me to just download an app for it on my phone. But there are so many out there, im not ... Thu, 9 May 2013 10:49:32 EST Hello To Everyone!! Well, I am new here and I am so excited!! I'm starting my transformation TODAY <em>334</em> I love to walk, how far is another question. I can do a mile but the goal is 5 miles by end of June.or maybe sooner <em>30</em> I wish you all a healthy day and make good choices! Wed, 8 May 2013 14:17:16 EST Hello I've been using SP since about January. Used the SP videos for a month or two, then switched to P90X, but now that the weather is getting nicer i want to start walking. I went for a few walks last week and took my 1 year old Corgi with me. (he really needs the exercise too) We did pretty well but he had to take a lot of breaks, so we only walked 2 miles at a time. I have to admit, i really like it, but i had some questions. <BR> Since it's just me and my dog, i want to keep my phone on me, so... Tue, 7 May 2013 14:30:30 EST Hello, New to the Team!!! Hi, ya'll I am new to this team and would like to introduce myself. I just started attending a local gym for the first time in several years. So a new experience for me, luckily my lovely hubby has joined me as well. I have about 80 lbs to lose, I currently have lost 17.2 and 5 pant sizes. So I am hoping to get great gym tips and ideas on how to get a great workout. I look forward to chatting with many of you. <em>381</em> Sat, 4 May 2013 01:21:50 EST New Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I found this site to help me along my journey to lose weight. I'm Lori, I'm 31 years old and I'm working on losing 27lbs before the end of the summer. Right now, I'm recovering from surgery so haven't been able to do much in the way of exercise but I wanted to join spark people to meet supportive people and to use all the tracking tools. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:37:34 EST Newbie from Texas Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Lorie and I will be joining the elliptical world of training (hopefully) next week. I have been a runner for 30+ years and yesterday, while running through my neighborhood, suffered the worst ankle sprain ever! The pain was so bad I thought I had broke it! SO thankful that I didn't, however it scared my husband and my kidos so I am grounded from running the street. <BR> <BR> We have an elliptical in our shed and no room for it in the house. So the Hubs has deci... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:12:20 EST New to a Elliptical Someone just gave me their elliptical to use and its new for me. <BR> I usually walk on the treadmill, outside, or with Walk Away the pounds. <BR> I find that I can only stay on the elliptical no more then 5 mins. before my legs get tired, cramped, and I start feeling weak. Is this just me or did anyone else have the same problem when starting it too? <BR> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:39:25 EST New to working on a home Treadmill and Spark Peopl Hey everyone! I am new to Spark People, this group and walking on my home treadmill. I hope to make new friends and get motivation and ideas for walking on my treadmill or outside on a daily basis! I am 28 years old and I have been married to the love of my life for 6 years and we have a wonderful 12 year old son....and of course out cat Shadow who is 3. I have started out walking for 30 mins at 2.5 and boy is that a workout! I started this Saturday when I got my treadmill lol. I am just look... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:18:15 EST Hey y'all! Hello! I joined this group because I am learning to run and am hoping to run 10k by the end of August! I hope to reach this goal and learn to truly appreciate running! Mon, 22 Apr 2013 01:33:25 EST Knee pain after running I am new to running. About 4 weeks ago I started running on the treadmill daily and am now up to 3.6 miles each morning at a pace of 5.4 or 5.5 mph. I use the treadmill rather than going outdoors b/c I need to exercise before my kids wake up and I wouldn't feel safe going outside at that time. Anyway, as I've increased my speed I've noticed my knees "popping" frequently during my run and feel kind of uncomfortable afterwards. Anything I am doing wrong for something I should be doing to preven... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:40:10 EST First-time runner from America's highfive (aka MI) hello, <BR> my name is paige and i weigh 183 lbs right now. i am 5'2.5 and almost 20. my goal weight is around 132lbs. <BR> currently i am beginning the Couch to 5K program. i am on my 2nd day of week one. i bought the c25k app and i love it! i love the music playing, how it tracks my time running and walking, how you can choose your coach. its amazing and it keeps motivation. <BR> never before have i ran. in gym class i was the queen of the 15min mile. my family makes fun of the way i run. ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:43:57 EST (DAILY) DID YOU TRACK YOUR FOOD INTAKE TODAY? Yes! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 12:04:44 EST DAILY DISCUSSION, CHAT & ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD! <em>213</em> Hi everyone! How is everybody doing? I thought we would add this topic to our Team so we are able to use it somewhat as our individual accountability tracker but, more importantly, to keep in touch with one another and see how everyone is doing and if there is anything we can help each other with in our daily activities. <BR> <BR> Having difficulties drinking your quota of water? Finding time to do your physical activities or wondering which and what exercises would be th... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 09:58:04 EST Hi from N.C. Hello, <BR> <BR> Glad I found this team. I finally found an elliptical machine I could afford yesterday. Always one since I started going to the gym a while back. It's a used one, in excellent condition and I'm loving it. Looking forward to interacting with you as I we strive to reach our goals together. <BR> <BR> Have a great evening! Thu, 4 Apr 2013 19:10:44 EST Happy to have found this site Hi, my name is Dennis and I started with sparkpeople on 1/8/2013 because I liked this sites goals of helping people lose weight and in the process change peoples lives for the better. My goal it to lose 60 pounds over this year which would put me under 200 pounds for the first time in 20 years. I started playing tennis which has been a great aid to my weight loss to date. In the first three months I've lost 22 pounds which puts me a third of the way to my present goal. I hope to meet ma... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:58:59 EST Am I overtraining? I use an elliptical and my current regimen is 5mi/30min one day then 2.5mi/15 the next day Monday - Saturday and I planned to work up to 5mi/30 for 6 days/wk. I do strength 3-4 days/wk. Now I've read an SP article that suggests exercise 6 days/wk gives less weight loss results than 4 days/wk and I'm wondering if this could be the reason for my hard fought for loss of 4 lbs. last month. And what do i do on rest days that my body seems to crave a minutes of working out? How does one know? Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:38:28 EST (Daily) MY GOAL FOR TODAY IS TO........ .......... .......get in my day at work and then enjoy our Family Easter gathering later this afternoon and to stay on track at meal time! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:20:03 EST Team SUGGESTION BOX! Please Add Your Ideas! Good morning everyone! To make sure to cover topics, trackers and more at our Team, please feel free to share a suggestion or idea that you'd like to see covered. Anything to keep you and others motivated, moving and loving it, is our goal--so please feel free to share your ideas! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> everyone! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:09:28 EST Text/Email Buddy? Hello there Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> While this site is great and I love tracking things here and communicating with people, it's not always the easiest or most efficient throughout the day. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in having an email or text buddy to check in with for accountability, motivation and support? <BR> <BR> I am 26 with about 35 pounds to lose. I work out before I go to work and have a crazy work day. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you are interested! <... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:59:03 EST HI, New to the team Hi all. <BR> I havent worked out in 9 months (YIKES). And my recently job just moved to a new location and there is a GYM here. So I figured I might as well get back into working out and take advantage of the gym here (FREE and 24/7 access).. <BR> Checked it out last week and started doing cardio, using the treadmill. This week I have gone twice a day (15 mins, each time) and use the treadmill. I just get it up to a speed that I can walk fast too which is 3.0 tops. And I mess with the incl... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:46:22 EST Transitioning from treadmill to jogging outdoors Looking for any advice on how ot safely transitioning from jogging on treadmill to jogging outdoors. I am preparing for my very first 5K April 20th I do realize there will be a big difference from jogging outside. Treadmill makes me keep a jogging pace not sure how to handle finding my pace outdoors. <BR> <BR> Any advice is welcomed Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:56:29 EST Treadmill Advice Hi Team <BR> <BR> A little bit about me: <BR> <BR> I've been out of the workout loop for most of the winter, but with summer approaching I want to start working out. My favorite forms of exercise are yoga and walking/jogging. Every summer I have gone on walks or jogs for my lunch break. However, I have a new job and it does not really allow me that time to go work out on my lunch break anymore. <BR> <BR> My Problem <BR> The times that I can run/jog are not ideal for an outdoor work out... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:20:20 EST New but not new to this site Good morning all! I'm Karen. Mother of two, wife of the Army. I've used this site before, but after I lost weight back in 2006 with my first born I sometimes just come back here and view. Well, I decided it was time to do this again! After having my 2nd child 5 yrs ago. I thought it was time. Health wise and me wise. But this week we have a lot of personal issues going bare with me. I am extremely stresses out! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 07:15:06 EST I want to share an app I usually like to get apps for near to nothing, but this one was recommended to me. <BR> <BR> Zombies, Run. I think it works for android and iphone both. It is really a blast. I'm only in for a few missions, but it can get really addictive. The app cost $3.99. Well now is the time to buy it, because they are coming out with part 2. Yeah! <BR> <BR> It's from Australia <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7047/zombies-run-2-mission-structure </link> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:22:57 EST Heart Rate Monitor How many here use a heart rate monitor? If so, is the formula <BR> <BR> 220 - Age times 60% lowest aerobic heart rate to or time 80% for the highest heart rate? <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:02:36 EST Fixing a Treadmill Hi, <BR> <BR> I had a treadmill gathering dust on the porch/verandah/deck and when I went to use it I found that mice had made a home and chewed some wires near the motor. <BR> <BR> I believe I have fixed the wires but am still having trouble getting the machine to work. <BR> <BR> Can anyone talk me through fixing this? I have found out that the cost to fix it is about the same as buying a second hand treadmill. But why should this one go into land fill when it may only have something si... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 02:24:47 EST Calling All Sparkers! Need motivation? Wanna give motivation? <BR> <BR> I want YOU to be my sparkbuddy. <BR> <BR> Check out my page and let's get this sh*t handled! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:51:44 EST MissReyanne Here! Hello all! My name is Reyanne. I just turned 26. Living in the northeast after growing up in California. I love my job and work a lot. Finding a balance now of healthy eating, working out and still loving life. I am here to become my healthiest and happiest! Be my sparkbuddy and join me on this journey! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>23</em> <em>362</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:58:35 EST Hi There! Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa and I love to run/jog. I just wanted to find out about other people who love walking as much as I do and just connect with new people. I don't really have anyone who is currently "dieting" with me, so I'd love to hear from others =) Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:46:32 EST Purchasing a Treadmill My gym closed earlier this week and I don't really want to join another one. I'm going to buy a treadmill for my house, which I know I will use. Does anyone have any suggestions for me as far as make and model? My budget cap is $1000, but I would like to stay under that, if possible, while still getting a quality machine. All thoughts and opinions are welcome. Thanks for your help! Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:04:04 EST New, looking for weight loss buddies! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Lori, I'm 30 years old and I'm on the road to dropping these last 33lbs that have been plaguing me for the past several years! <BR> <BR> I joined SP to build a support team to help me do this. I always want to learn as much about health, diet and fitness as possible. I hope to get to know some supportive motivational people who I can share my goals with and who I can help motivate to their success as well! Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:36:40 EST Quote of the Day! <em>104</em> If it's Right, stand up for it - together. <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie - Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:16:29 EST "Running isn't for me" - My story Hi, my name is Pam and I just recently tried out a treadmill for the first time. I've always been scared to try one. I imagined myself flying off the back of one and making a fool out of myself so I just avoided them all together and decided that running just wasn't for me. When I was younger I hated running, I ran flat out and ran out of steam so quickly that I gave up because "I can't run, running isn't for me." <BR> <BR> But then one crowded day at the gym I decided to try it, swallow tha... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:48:48 EST getting married and need to lose 30lbs by May I am getting married in May and have 30lbs to lose if that is even possible. I need to start exercising for sure. I work long hours sitting and drive over an hour one way to get there. So 4 days a week I am hit. If I want to exercise in the morning before work I would have to go to bed by 9p to get up by 430a. I leave my house by 530a to get to work by 7a. I wouldnt see my family. If I exercise after work I wouldnt see my family then either because I get home at 7p and my kids go to bed by 9p... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:16:45 EST New To The Team Hello my name is Linda join this team as a new user of a treadmill bought a treadmill to help me in the process of losing weight,and reaching my goal. If you have any advise that would be helpful I appreciate any you can give me. Thanks <em>30</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:17:11 EST Confession Time Okay - so I blew it today and I blew it big time. But I , tracked every little bite (every unhealthy bite) - I am not in denial * I am not ashamed * and I will not make excuses. Tomorrow is a new day and I will start fresh. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:48:14 EST New to the team HI, My name is Jennifer and i am new to this team. I love walking/running on the treadmill. i do this 3-5 times a week at the gym. I looking to lose 20 more pounds. I already lost 22 pounds since i start. I want to be around 130-135 pound. Any help or suggestion i appreciate it. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:41:54 EST Hell Im brandy Hello I am brandy and I am a singal mother of a 5 yr old. When I joined this group I weighed close to 300 lbs and in a size 5x. But now I weight 200 and I am in a size 2x to a 3x. And I feel good about myself. For the first time i had had to buy smaller clothes.My family is so proud of my. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:19:19 EST I Love Treadmilling Hi everyone, I'm Pattye, and have a treadmill that I'm using. Joined SP in January this year, but sure wish I knew about it sooner! It's a great place to learn, keep track of calories, exercise, and meet lots of enthusiastic people who want to stay healthy. Thanks for this team! <BR> <em>315</em> <em>335</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:26:27 EST Looking for a support group Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SP and working my way through losing 32lbs. I joined SP to build myself a support team, as I don't seem to be able to build one in "real life". Hoping to meet some like minded people here! <BR> <BR> Lori Tue, 5 Feb 2013 20:40:07 EST Slow but steady? I re-joined sparkpeople in Dec 2012 with the goal of losing 50 lbs. I have been tracking my food daily and doing at least 20-30mins of jogging 4-5 times a week. So far I lost about 7lbs, its going slow and can become discouraging, but I think I will stick with it. I might have to reevaluate my goals, maybe if I have the goal of losing 1/2 lb weekly instead of 1lb weekly I will be able to see result and remain motivated. <BR> I think I need to look at this as a new way of living and not som... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:48:37 EST Hello! I am looking for an active and supportive group. This is great! I walk at least a mile every day on the treadmill or outside. I am looking to go further. Nice to meet you all! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:52:11 EST New to the team Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team, just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. My name is Ginger, I'm a mom of 2 beautiful little girls. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you! <em>41</em> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:10:04 EST Resuming after shin splints. ..yeesh! Ok, after getting over the ankle pain I posted about at an earlier time, I started sprints at the gym and guess what? Shin splints! Seriously!? <BR> <BR> I'm quite sure it's self-inflicted, not stretching, overdoing it to start back up, etc. <BR> <BR> So it's feeling pretty good actually and I'm wondering how to resume. I do have good running shoes. I've armed myself with good stretching exercises to use. My questions is how exactly to resume? I've just been doing sprint intervals: 3 min. w... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:35:28 EST How can I find a walker friendly UK half marathon? Can anyone tell me how to go about finding a UK half marathon that I can walk? Fri, 18 Jan 2013 03:51:06 EST Hello Everyone! Hello Everyone! I'm Tanya. I'm new around here, and I'm pushing myself to get active. I'm currently on week 6 of the Couch to 5k program, and am now trying to push myself to walk at least 3 more days. I'd like to exercise 6 days a week. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 50lbs, but I'm looking for more than just weight loss. I need to change my entire lifestyle, and I'm hoping to find the motivation and knowledge I need to make this happen. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know some of you! :... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:10:05 EST Happy New Year everyone! My name is Sarah... ... and I am here to make a difference from the inside out, and work forwards to where I was 3 years ago - better all round. So, there are 44 pounds / 20kg to be lovingly moved back into the custody of the Universe (rather than my belly), stamina and strength to build up, cycling, sailing and hiking adventures to go on and a lovely wardrobe to fit into once again. Specifics are posted on my sparkblog, comments welcome! <BR><BR>_journal.asp?id=SMARTOAK ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:18:52 EST Yes I am an elliptical Junkie.... And I am not afraid to admit it. I love to teach classes, cycle, play sports...But there is something about the elliptical. I try to use it everyday because I thoroughly enjoy it. Just give me a really pumping playlist on my ipod and I am gone! Oh, I forgot to introduce myself, I am Mo! Stop by and say Hi <em>213</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:15:25 EST Elliptical & Lower Body Strength Training? I'm currently using sparkcoach and it says for weight loss you should have at least two days of strength training. I'm wandering if I can focus on upper body and core on those two days, as long as I do at least 25 minutes on the elliptical. Will the elliptical every day be enough lower body strength training? I plan to do at least 25 minutes every day, and lately I've been doing at least 40. Also, I use the programs on the elliptical with varying resistances and speeds in intervals. Can I jus... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:52:07 EST First timer!! Hi, this is my first time actively being a part of any kind of weight loss suport group. So far I've stuck to my goals and it's 4 days into the new year!! Very Proud of myself. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:37:19 EST 2013 Goals I'm a new runner and am just wondering what everone's goals are for 2013. I'm planning my first 5K in May with a 30 mile bike challenge in September. What about you? Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:22:54 EST Daily Chat Hey yall Happy new year how are you doing? <BR> <BR> Please check out my blog - Reflections 2012, goals 2013! If you like it click I like this blog, and please respond I want to know your reflections and goals! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:51:14 EST Want to Run Hi I'm Michelle and despite having long legs I have never known how to use them and I really really want to! LOL I want to run but I have a hard time breathing and running. I feel really ready to start developing a running lifestyle but lost as to where to start. What books to read for instance? Anyway this team seems like a good start to me :) Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:52:40 EST Hi~ I am TWORSMOM I have two wonderful kids and a great hubby. I need to loose some weight and quit smoking so I can be more active and do more things with my family. I am busy with a two shift job, and donate quite a bit of time to our church. <BR> Does anyone have any tips? Have a blessed holiday season! Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:37:39 EST Please pray for me & my family during the holidays Wanted to let everyone know that I will probably not be around much until after the new year. My mother died Friday night at 9:30 and have been keeping close tabs on my father since he is 84. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. I have several family members that live out of state and on both coast. So there is going to be some travel for them to get here. Plz let me know when the next challenge is so I can come back and get involved. It is probably too late to join the Decemb... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 01:33:04 EST Rey-Rey Hi there sparkers! Rey-Rey here reporting for duty. I had great success with sparkpeople about 2 years ago. then once I got to a good place with my weight loss I stopped being as active on the site and while I didn't gain all the weight back I did gain weight again. I've struggled to maintain the weight loss and plateaued. That brings me back here. I found that before the more active I was on the site and the more points I accumulated the less of me there was! Here's to that happening ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 22:35:51 EST Energize63 Hi everyone I don't know where to begin except I need help. A year ago I had a total knee replacement with complications of not healing properly. Thru various Drs. they concluded it was a pinched nerve in my back. So 16 days ago I had back surgery. So far the leg is still shaking.( I know give it time). <BR> Meanwhile I gained 20# from the knee surgery and another 20# overnight in the hospital. How can that happen? <BR> <BR> I need to get my eating habit under control. At least that... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 08:26:06 EST Help for newbie with ankle pain? I'm a random runner. I run then don't run, etc. I've been wanting to get on more of a regular schedule with it. <BR> <BR> So, I did a sprint 8 on the treadmill at the gym the other day. 3 min warm up, 8 intervals of 30 second sprint/90 second recovery, 2 minute cool down. <BR> <BR> I had no issues with the workout and was very surprised when I got back on the treadmill a few days later to significant ankle pain bilaterally. To the point where I have to hold on to the bars to take some of ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 23:09:24 EST Hi Hey, everyone. I'm just trying to get down a few pounds so I can start gaining muscles. Its nice to meet all of you. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:00:25 EST Hello! Besli, you are an inspiration! <BR> I am a retired business manager who loves to read, crochet, and everything else that doesn't require much activity LOL Needless to say, I have gained weight and lost mobility. <BR> My current goal is to treadmill one mile a day for 30 days. I have met my goal today. <BR> I estimate that to be about 3000 steps. Does that sound right for 2mph for 30 minutes? <BR> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:35:58 EST Newbie here, too! Hello from Vegas! My name is Jackie, and I just bought a combination elliptical/exercise bike yesterday! Logged 25 minutes on it today and LOVE it!! <em>244</em> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:50:44 EST newbie in texas hey y'all!! newbie here in houston tx. not from here but got here as soon as I!! I am a 30ish mom of 2 boys and wife to a diabetic hubster. maxed out at 285 lbs now at 218 and going to run my way to my goal of 175. hopefully i can get some motivation from y'all!!! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:04:06 EST New to group Hi everyone, I am new to the group. Frankly, I am looking for an active group, I hope this is it. <BR> I am on a wellness journey. I am tired of not looking and feeling my best. A year ago I started the process it has been slow with mostly positive results. SP, tracking my nutrition and fitness has helped. I am looking forward to learning and supporting each other. <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 17:35:25 EST Hi! Hello I am Dayna, working mother of 3. Need to loose about 60 pds. I just my elliptical. I also have a stationary bike and I havedone kettle bell swings this past summer. I need to get back on track! Sun, 4 Nov 2012 19:51:10 EST Treadmill Recommendation I am looking to buy a treadmill for my house & would like some recommendations. <BR> <BR> Space is not an issue, so it doesn't have to fold up. Would prefer one that maybe is capable of having training programs or such. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:16:59 EST Yankee219 Hi, my name is Ed and I just started this on Monday and I really am enjoying the videos, helps and other portions of the link. I am a former Stud Muffin that now is a Muffin! and wantig to lose weight as well as improve my eating habits which are not much better than a kid! O well, sweating never killed anyone so been riding a stationary bike, doing some weights and resistance bands... any suggestions would be appreciated as I got type 1 diabetis a couple of years ago and came very close to d... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:29:05 EST I'm back! Hey all! I was previously a Spark member but about a year ago I hit quite a few snags...but I'm back! Bought a gym membership today, switched my shift at work so I have the time and energy to get back on track, and I've registered for the site under a new name (forgot my old one, haha!) Before the previously mentioned 'snags' I hit last year I was doing strength training 3 days a week and at least 10 miles a day on the elliptical adding in some Zumba, hikes, walks, runs, etc... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:33:42 EST Help please, feeling really discouraged!!! So I sent DH to the local Goodwill Store looking for an exercise bike for me for the winter months. Instead he came home with an Elliptical Trainer. I am very very overweight and I can hardly walk for 3-5 minutes on the elliptical without becoming exhausted. The batteries in the mileage tracker on it are dead, I haven't had the money to replace them. I am walking at what feels like a normal pace, but I can walk on a track for 2-4 miles without becoming as exhausted as I am after just a fe... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:55:27 EST Hi I'm Beth Hi, my name is Beth. I am a work from home mother of 2 married to a wonderful man. I recently bought a used elliptical trainer for using inside this winter. I have 145 lbs to lose! I know that is an extra me!! I work at a computer usually 10-12 hrs a day. I need help learning to use the elliptical trainer properly! Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:40:45 EST new to the team relearning to exercise Hello everyone! I'm Chrissy. I have been a treadmill walker for a few years off and on. I would get to the point that I would do so well and then get hit by a bout of depression and just stop. I have hit a period in my life that I think it's time for me to get over it and get back on the saddle. <BR> <BR> I ran into some personal issues after I moved from Ohio to Oklahoma and stopped walking on the treadmill for a while. After I gained 45 pounds of food addiction from depression I decided I ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:13:59 EST Did first 7 min on elliptic l...need more help Hi <BR> My name is Brandi ...I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! I just bought an elliptical machine which I just set up a few days ago and I can’t wait to start using it on a regular basis lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me I will push myself to get done what I se... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:58:54 EST 35 lbs to loss Hi <BR> I'm the mother of three beautiful boys, need to take this weight off, for sure <BR> If anyone has any secret tip on how to make this happen <BR> Please help! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:24:08 EST Treadmill bunny Hello everyone, dusting off my treadmill and trying to get back into the positive zone, Sat, 20 Oct 2012 22:33:44 EST Hi I am pixylove I am a 26 year old SAHM of two boys. I have a great husband who has taken on college this year. We are building a better future for ourselves. But along the line I have gained weight and need to lose it. I want to be healthy enough to see and enjoy our future. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:20:20 EST PUSH THAT TUSH Motivati on/Humor PUSH THAT TUSH -- Maltese Falcon <BR> click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103427 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Make It Happen...or else <em>334</em> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:42:10 EST Hi Everyone - Hopeful Runner Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Crisanna and I'm from Massachusetts. I would love to be able to run without dying of exhaustion, even if only for a few miles. My exercise induced asthma makes that very challenging, even with an inhaler. Certainly being 30lbs overweight doesn't help, and cardio has always been a weakness for me. I bought a treadmill about 7 yrs ago and to this day the most that I have ever jogged without stopping is less than 3 miles. Watching TV while on the treadmill keeps me ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:52:33 EST Hello! I am a newbie that has just accomplished being able to walk a 5k. In my family that is a major accomplishment. <BR> <BR> I alternate walking on an inside track with using a stationary bike for 45 minutes daily. My injured knee seems to appreciate alternating. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have suggestions for pedometers? Mine seems to be missing half of my steps. Does spending more on one equal better quality? <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:23:42 EST Newbie Hello everyone, three years ago I had 2 total knee replacements. Started having a few problems and my ortho said that my knee replacements are loose. He mentioned to me that I should build up my quad muscles to see if that will help. So I started working out on the elliptical the 1st of this month. 30 mins 5 days a week. I also walk and work out with the wii active- leslie sansone walking tapes. Funny thing is I gained 2 lbs since I started an exercise program just 2 weeks ago so now I am rea... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:04:14 EST I am buy an elliptical today I can't wait to start workout on my elliptical today. My 1st goal it to lose 10 lbs! <em>314</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 10:51:50 EST New- Treadmill Runner/Walker Hello all! I'm Mary, I'm new to this team. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I was fortunate that my husband and in-laws got me my own treadmill 2 years ago, and I love it!! I like to think of myself as a runner, but I haven't really run with any consistency in over a year. I mostly walk, occasionally jog. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone! <em>315</em> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 22:33:08 EST SPARKS' TRIVIA (Question, Answer & Explanation!) <em>38</em> True or False: Even if you are at a healthy weight, your risk for developing hypertension is greater if you do not exercise regularly. <BR> <BR> True! Sedentary individuals have a higher risk for hypertension than individuals who are active. Regular exercise can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. However, if you are overweight, your risk of developing high blood pressure is two to six times higher. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:19:34 EST Introducing a New Attitude!! I'm new to this. I mean, I'm new to SparkPeople, but also to the "slow and steady" thought. I have always have issues with my weight, with my whole self image actually. I have usually gone to diet pills, or 7 day flushes, or special diet plans. <BR> <BR> If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result then I guess I have been insane (I know some would agree with that!!). It doesn't work, obviously, so, let's try something new. Every... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:01:05 EST Do You Need A Workout Buddy? Do You Have Skype? My name is Brandi and I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! (Skype is super simple to download and you can get a good webcam for as little as $30.00) I just bought an elliptical machine which I pick up in a few days and I can’t wait lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:12:43 EST Hello Everyone. Just wanted to take a moment to say hello. I am 100% ready to follow this path and get healthy. I appreciate all help and all new friends. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:27:43 EST Opinions needed I was just wondering what your thoughts are if I walk multiple times a day trying to lose some weight? Like I walked/jogged a little over 2 miles this morning and I am thinking of trying to do at least another mile and a half on my lunch and maybe even another mile while cooking dinner tonight. Do you think this is beneficial or should all the mileage be done at one time? Wed, 26 Sep 2012 08:48:20 EST I am new Hi my name is Judy and I am married with 5 kids. I joined this team because I needed more/new motivation and inspiration! I have lost 117 pounds and I have 22 pounds to go to reach my goal weight (11 pounds to reach the drs. goal weight) Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:59:54 EST new to team Just starting back to walking again after a knee injury. Felt good to walk even if it was 1 mile. Cant wait to get back to my 5 to 8 miles a day. And back to losing more weight. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:48:33 EST Hi Looking 4 buddies to exercise with me via Skype My name is Brandi ...I'm new to this online support group and I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! I just bought an elliptical machine which I pick up in a few days and I can’t wait lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me I will push myself to get done what I set out to ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:17:03 EST Hi Everyone, Hi Everyone my name's Jamie! I saw that this is a team for people that work out everyday well I workout 3 times a week so does that still count? I do Spinning 2 times a week and an Exercise Class that consists of Circuit Training, and Cardio mixed in! <BR> Well have a great day! <em>104</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 05:24:47 EST Pedometer Suggestions?? I have purchased a wrist watch style and a waist clip style pedometer and so far am unimpressed with either. Do any of you have one that you just love?? Please share! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:04:58 EST WHAT ARE U DRINKING RIGHT NOW? WATER, COFFEE....? Black <em>106</em> coffee Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:21:17 EST Help! I am new to this team, but definitely not to spark people. Due to some arm and neck issues, I am no longer allowed to do many of my workouts on my Wii (yes I love my Wii). My doctor said to use my treadmill (which is relatively new and was very expensive) or my recumbent bike which isn't working so well these days. <BR> <BR> I need advice on how to get the treadmill to be interesting. I always feel like I am walking to no where. I have a Two Winds high end model treadmill that does eve... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:11:45 EST LEADER UNSTOPPABLE (TERESA) IS NOW WITH THE LORD! I was in total shock when I read a blog this morning stating that Teresa had passed away. I don't know too much as to the cause, etc., but she'll always remain in our hearts! Please pray for her family at this difficult time and thank you everyone for your wonderful faith and strength--which Teresa loved to share with all of us here. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> my friend and know that you'll be missed <em>220</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 08:23:32 EST All you walkers out there... I am doing my best to try to be consistent with working out. I only have about 10 pounds that I would love to lose and some toning up to do. Basically for any of you that don't have a lot of weight to lose how many miles are you doing each time you get on the treadmill or go outside? How many days a week? I do not plan on changing my eating up too much. I have learned that I am not very good about eliminating things out of my diet. I have been learning portion control and moderation thou... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:22:02 EST New to sparkpeople Hi everyone, <BR> I found this site and so far I think its amazing...very helpful. I am excited and nervous because I feel that I truly have no more excuses left. I am done--ready for the person I know I can be. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:51:54 EST Hi Just joined , I'm loving this so far!! Need some help to stay motivated!! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:27:14 EST New member..hello everyone! Hi! I am new to this site and am just getting a feel for the many different options. It's a little overwhelming but I'm excited. So any thoughts on how to get started? Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:57:30 EST Hi Everyone! Hi! My name is Brit, and I have to get motivated to do something. When I was in high school, I was very athletic. I ran track, played softball, and was in marching band. I've had two kids (a boy who turns 3 this month, and a girl that turns 2 in November), and I'm struggling to lose that last 10 pounds to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight. I know that doing this will help keep me accountable for my goals. So, this is me saying "hi!" Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:04:38 EST First time doing something like this Hello everyone, My name is Holly and this is the first time doing something like this. My goal is to lose atleast 35 pounds and I hope that I can achieve this goal with the help of this site. I am very excited to get started. I am 41 years old and it is getting harder to lose this weight. I love to read, spend time with my family, and love my frenchie, and anything to do with bulldogs. I would love to have someone to exercise with, as I think it would help me to reach my goals faster. I also... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:53:53 EST Introduction Hi! All!I'm 67+ yrs old from India.Fitness ethusiast,working out in Zym indoor & running out door since June'2012.Goal is to run marathon. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:28:15 EST Hello!! First day! Hello everyone, I am extremely excited to be apart of the SparkPeople community! This website is amazing, I've been on here five minutes and I'm already inspired! I am almost 6ft tall, 224lbs now (and want to be[ at the most] 150) and too young to let my life pass me by, I am sick and tired of looking and feeling the way I do. I'm ready now and today is the day! Of course this sounds cheesy (YUM cheese!..wait thats bad! oops, off to a bad start) but I am really and truly trying to make a diff... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:13:44 EST Variety VS. Consistency I have read that the best way to keep at your exercise routine is to keep doing it the same all the time. I see a number of people get on one machine and stay there for the duration. <BR> <BR> I find it is best for me to work in three and sometimes four different aerobic exercises when I go to the gym. For me it is easier on the brain and body but accomplishes what I am after. <BR> <BR> During this time of year I pretty much skip the gym in favor of some walks and a 3+ hour hike each week... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 23:30:08 EST A Oldie Returning To SP.... Hi Sparkies. My name is Kimberley. <BR> <BR> I used to be such an active Sparkie... until one day I made a horrible turn on my journey and ended up leaving this awesome place. I started eating all the wrong types of foods (like chips, cookies, diet pop, fast food etc etc etc)... and, before you know it... it is September 4th, 2012 --- and I have done nothing but gained weight .. and feel horrible. :( <BR> <BR> SO... that is why I have returned to SP. I am hoping this time... I stick ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 23:22:50 EST Saying Hello Hello everyone! I am new to the Spark community. I decided that it was time that I make a commitment to myself to get healthy. I have struggled off and on for the past fees years to keep the weight off once I have lost it. My goal is to lose 40 lbs. I am also looking forward to meeting new people who share the same struggle and looking for inspiration and encouragement as I begin this journey to a new me. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to meet you! Mon, 3 Sep 2012 16:11:13 EST Getting started including what kind of treadmill? Hi everyone. I am returning to running but I am much older and heavier than when I used to jog. I belong to the YMCA but have gotten out of the habit of stopping. I did get a new job and the Y is close so when school starts I am hoping to get in to the habit again. One thing I am considering is buying a treadmill for my home. Does anyone have any suggestions? <em>381</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:54:30 EST Lifestyle Reboot I am a 51 year-old woman who is reasonably fit. I lost 45 pounds two years ago, but have since lost my "mojo" with life intervening. I've put on 10 more and more importantly, have no motivation or passion for staying healthy and fit. I joined Spark People 2 years ago, but never fully used it. I've made the commitment and now am a daily tracker. I am looking for friends and supporters who are motivating and supportive. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:55:27 EST Please help, I need advice, suggestions . . . I have a torn meniscus. Per my orthopedic surgeon I am not allowed to run. So far, I've lost 30 pounds just from walking! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> The problem is I am getting soooo bored! I was walking 60 minutes, 3 m.p.h. with no incline, 5 times a week. <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> To spice things up, I added 4 - 5 minute sets of incline walking at 5.0. <BR> <BR> I start walking at 1.0 incline for 10 minutes, then walk 5.0 incline for 5 minutes and back and forth, (not doing more than 4 tim... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:26:01 EST