SparkPeople Walking for Health Team Messageboard Most people can walk throughout their lives. Starting a habit of walking 3 to 4 days a week will give you better health and happiness. Let's keep going! SparkPeople Walking for Health Team Messageboard Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 19 Dec 2020 18:28:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 11 Dec 2020 09:13:11 EST I'm New Here I was thumbing through and I thought that this would be a great team! Tue, 6 Mar 2018 18:07:02 EST new here I am trying to walk to loss weight . my goal is 100 pounds. I need ideas to help me keep walking <BR> My routine is to walk on treadmill for 15 to 30 minutes 2 to 4 times a week at the gym. I need ideas to help change it up so it isn't so boring. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:27:06 EST I used to walk a lot, but... Hi all-- <BR> <BR> I am an author and poet, a former professional musician and educator, currently living on Florida's Space Coast. I am 54, a mother of one adult, partnered for life to a rocket scientist. I have a cat who hates being cuddled and a dog who can't get enough. They even one another out nicely. <BR> <BR> I used to walk a great deal. I lived in a walking friendly community and I was not a driver. Walking was my main mode of transport. Then, I developed some serious hea... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 17:06:51 EST What are you wearing on your feet to walk? What brand walking shoes (sneakers) do you currently own? <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> How many pairs of walking shoes (sneakers) do you own? {You can never have too many! <em>48</em> } <BR> <BR> Of all the walking shoes (sneakers) you've owned (past to present), which has been your favorite pair? Least favorite pair? Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:51:55 EST Weekly goals Week 1 10 miles <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Week 2 12 miles <BR> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 11:48:59 EST to weight or not to weight Question, who walks with ankle weights? <BR> and if so, why??? <BR> Do you find it strengthens the ankles or adds to the calorie burn? <BR> or can it be harmful? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:33:50 EST shoes.... sigh.... shoes Ok, what are people using on their feet? There are so many articles out there touting this and that shoe/sneaker what have ya... I am looking for good, walking shoes. Nothing that I have to mortgage the house for. Or have you found good insoles that work? <BR> Any secrets? Fri, 8 May 2015 11:13:51 EST Cabin Fever So it is this time of year.. Cabin Fever <BR> What do you do to overcome the feelings of Cabin Fever? <BR> How do you overcome this feeling? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:24:46 EST Cabin Fever So it is this time of year.. Cabin Fever <BR> What do you do to overcome the feelings of Cabin Fever? <BR> How do you overcome this feeling? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:21:46 EST New Here! Hi Everyone! <BR> Just joined a week ago, and happy to find walkers! It's one of my favourite things, but haven't been able to do much the past year, because of illness and injury. Looking forward to some serious walks this year! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:28:34 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:35:51 EST Morning or Evening? Sparkers in California & where it is already warm, but cools off at night. Are you walking early or later? Before breakfast or after? Where are you, and what time of day works best to walk? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:54:13 EST Your Favorite Place to Walk? & Why? Thought it was time a New Walking Thread was added: <BR> <em>386</em> <em>295</em> <em>182</em> <em>313</em> <em>57</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Where is Your Favorite Place to spend your time Walking for your Health.. <BR> <BR> What is it that motivates you to keep going? Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:00:38 EST I am off the couch Hi everyone, <BR> I have been mostly on the couch for the last two months and I need to get off now...I join this team to help me get motivated to walk most days. I do love walking or jogging.. <BR> Maria Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:04:37 EST My Omron pedometer is a great motivator Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a long-time walker who joined SP recently. I love to walk outdoors whenever Mother Nature, and more recently, Ol' Man Winter, will allow. <BR> <BR> I have been wearing a pedometer for many years now and I have been wearing a very strict Omron pedometer which counts actual steps--not hip movements or sneezes, as some of the cheaper ones do. <BR> <BR> I check it several times a day and have been known to walk around my apartment to make 10,000 steps that day... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:53:23 EST New Hi I am trying to lose weight am going to try this 15 min walk daily challenge first Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:18:11 EST Hello My name is Mary and I have three children 22, 18, and 16 and I want to change my life style and become healthier. I used to walk (run) when I was young and I am starting a new, old habit again. I want to be healthy and walking is something I can do. <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:39:01 EST Hello Everyone I'm from Virginia borderline North Carolina in the process of continuing my weight loss journey. I love to walk, it's so relaxing I would love to have a Walking Buddy just to make it more fun and we can help motivate each other. Looking forward to conversing with you all. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:28:11 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 12:24:36 EST Walking to the store instead of driving? Anyone walk to the grocery store? How long of a walk is it for you? <BR> <BR> To heb its only maybe 2 or 3 miles total. To walmart its a lot more maybe 10 total. Anyways I am thinking of taking a backpack with me and just walking to the grocery store when I need stuff. It would save gas and get exercise in. <BR> <BR> Anyone already do this? Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:01:25 EST Leslie Sansone's 30 in 30 plan Just started the 30 in 30 program today and I want to tell all of you who do Leslie's workouts that this is definitely a great one (at least the walking portion is). All fitness levels will sweat while getting your heart rate up to an aerobic level.Tomorrow I'll try the toning and firming workout. <BR> If anyone wants to join me in this, I'd love to have company. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:12:33 EST Hi everyone! I'm Pardis, 31 from Iran. I like walking both as an exercise and a stress reliever. I really like this site and this ispiring group. I have started my journey of losing 10 kgs and hope to stay motivated beside you. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 05:52:46 EST Joan Hello, how is everyone. I'm here trying to lose the weight I got with my first baby, and have a little fun while doing it. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:33:12 EST New Member Hi my name is Dawn.I been on SP for 2 weeks now and just found your team.I'm walking to lose weight and thought this is the perfect team for me.I'm married and have 2 kids.3 if you count my dog.LOL. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:52:25 EST I need to start walking--- I have such good Mental thinking but not such good physical thinking about walking--need a start and today is a good day... <em>24</em> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:33:55 EST Shin Pain While Walking? Hey everyone. I used to run on an elliptical, hike, do yoga and be all kinds of active, but I have gotten really out of shape and it's been years since I have exercised. I am 26 years old 5' and around 150lbs. I have started walking with my dog for an hour a day. Most of the time I split it up and walk 2 times for a half hour or for 15 minutes then 45 later on. Anyhow yesterday while I was walking I noticed a pain in my shins that made it difficult to keep going and to keep my pace. Is this ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:25:20 EST How do you make time to Walk? I have started working 10 -12 hours per day - how am I going to make time to go for a walk? Mon, 27 May 2013 16:50:42 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 15:35:23 EST new New to team need help to keep going <em>304</em> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:42:18 EST new New to team need help to keep going <em>304</em> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:38:09 EST New Walker I live in far northern Illinois and I will be 61 in May. I have been fighting this weight hell for 15 years. My pedometer is set and ready to click off steps. I will be walking in my neighborhood and also the local mall to prepare for the Arthritis Walk 2014. I have rheumatoid arthritis and had a flare this week. I can never take mobility for grantid. Move, move and move more. I have a friend who has lost 94 lbs in a year from following WW and walking - no heavy exercising, only walking. I l... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:35:44 EST Vacation Hello Team - I am coming blank for a new monthly topic. <BR> However - I am about to go on a Vacation - so this can be a good topic to share. <BR> Do you have plans made for a vacation in 2013? <BR> Are you traveling to another country? <BR> How can I go away and not increase my weight to drastically? Thu, 4 Apr 2013 19:01:54 EST Why / What do you do when you walk? I do not usually walk just for the sake of walking - I am on a mission. <BR> I am taking the dog out - or going shopping - or geocaching or I am going for a hike. <BR> <BR> What is your Reason? What do you accomplish? Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:06:29 EST Walking on the Treadmill It is no secret that I don't love my treadmill - but I am learning to use it. I love to walk outside and in the warmer months we go on day-long hikes - so I'm not lazy to walk - I just hate the scenery (staring at a white wall the entire time). <BR> <BR> Now - I saw on someone's blog that you can track miles walked and then go on a virtual walk. I really love this idea - and see it as a way to possibly motivate myself. Just wondering - does anyone else do that here? How do you do it? Ho... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 13:31:04 EST How to make treadmill walking more fun? I love walking - outdoors, that is. We usually go walking on nature trails and paths during the warmer months at least once a week - I'm talking really long walks. Now that it is colder - I hate to take all the kids outside when it is really cold - I am stuck indoors more. I have a treadmill and am not really in love with it - and I am trying to learn to love it. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> What do you do to make your workout more interesting? What can you do to make the time go by faster - I ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:54:03 EST Treadmill inside or Walking outside in Nature The Question - Do you do your walking inside on a treadmill or do you open the door and walk outside in the fresh air Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:57:01 EST Hi Everybody! Hello! I'm ashamed to admit it, but I joined SparkPeople three years ago and this is the first time that I am making an effort to be active and utilize the wonderful resources available here. I lost a significant amount of weight a few years ago (about 40 lbs) but I've gained it all back -- and then some. Unfortunately, although my weight is REALLY depressing to me, I just haven't been able to get back into those same healthy habits that helped me successfully lose weight last time. So, I... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:31:02 EST Just got my pedometer today Hello. I just joined Spark and bought a pedometer. I have asthma, tachycardia, aches and pains and a very tight schedule so I figure my best bet is squeezing in walking wherever I can. Besides, I live in the very beautiful Pacific North West and I used to love to hike best of all. Even a walk with the dogs down the road is pretty here. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:38:27 EST Hiya walkers! Hi all, I am new to Spark People. I'm in the Kootenays in Canada. I've decided to start walking to work again at least 3 days a week. I really love walking in the morning, it's always beautiful and I love the fresh air plus walking more often than not tends to be my most constant form of exercise. Looking forward to it - and to maybe making some friends who also enjoy walking, Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:04:22 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:48:10 EST New I have no where to walk in my neighbor without getting attack by dogs or missing the big semi trucks. I do go to the gym and and use the stepping steps and tradmill. I try to go for and hour to two hours. <BR> <BR> Is this good or bad for you? Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:56:49 EST Howdy ! Hi, <BR> My name is Victoria and I have just joined the team so thought I would stop by and say hello to everyone ! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 10:27:57 EST new to group Hey all I'm new to the group and I need to lose about 30+ pounds and keep it off. I think motivation is the keys to working out for me. Anything you can offer me please feel free. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:47:54 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 9 Dec 2012 16:27:11 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 9 Dec 2012 11:47:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 8 Dec 2012 14:48:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 8 Dec 2012 14:37:54 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 8 Dec 2012 14:14:40 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 5 Dec 2012 16:53:01 EST Mado, I want to lose 10 pounds before Christmas! Hi, I love this site, it's great. I keep track of all the good and bad food that I put in my mouth and realize how much I consumed each day. It's my 2nd week and hope to continue at least until I reach my goal. Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:33:09 EST Trying to learn to love walking again Hi, <BR> <BR> There was a time that I love to walk but then obesity and depression locked arms and seemed to keep me held to the ground. That all changed when I joined Spark and slowly I came to fully embrace walking and the sense of peace it brought with it. It helped that at the time I was relatively healthy and had two energetic rescue dogs always by my side. <BR> <BR> Now, we are up to three dogs <em>334</em> and my health sort of took a nose dive. The long and short of it is they n... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:12:09 EST Keeping it interesting Hello. I am Tracy and I have joined this team to keep my fitness goals interesting. I have completed a couple of other Spark Team programs and am always looking for new goals to keep me motivated. <BR> <em>311</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:57:55 EST Heart moniter/pulse moniter I don't like exercise much, and, often, I've just done nothing. I managed to lose 60 pounds in a year with mostly dietary changes and very little exercise. <BR> <BR> But, I've started exercising again. I always carried/wore a pedometer, even when I only record daily non-exercise steps. <BR> <BR> Recently, I got out an old heart moniter/pulse moniter that I used many years ago. I ended up throwing it away for multiple "too-old" reasons. But, I'd like to purchase another one. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:17:03 EST Getting Started Again Hi, This is Yvonne <BR> After months of sitting around the house, I realized that I need to move more and start back to walking and exercising . My goal is to reach my desire weight by the summer of 2013. <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> <BR> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:38:11 EST new to the team Hello everyone! New to this team but happy to have the opportunity to join. I live in beautiful Lake Tahoe and enjoy the outdoors. Hiking and walking my golden retriever is my foremost exercise <BR> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 03:46:49 EST Looking for Motivation Hello everyone! My name is Erin and I have been a sparkpeople member for a while, however I never really used the resources or followed through. I am fed up with feeling bad about myself and need to make a change. I do not have the best support system around me, at least when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, so I am hoping to meet some people that can keep me motivated and inspired and hopefully I can do the same for them. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 01:07:52 EST Time to get back in it I slacked off my walking routine when it got soo hot and now that the weather is cooling, i'm picking it back up. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:43:07 EST feet are failing me a few weeks ago i began having pain in my right foot. i couldnt walk for 9 days and i went to my doctor and she did a simple xray which showed a bone spur on my heel. <BR> however the pain was on the top of my foot, and now its gone. <BR> but now, my left foot is killing me and it is a totally different kind of pain. <BR> this is right in the bottom of my foot in the heel. <BR> it feels like im stepping on bone when i step. <BR> it began 2 days ago while i was walking. <BR> i have an appt w... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 08:32:41 EST Time to make a change and take back my life Hi, my name is Trish and I have started my weightloss journey at the beginning of this month. I'm positive this time with your help that I will succeed in taking off the weight thru exercise and watching what I eat. Now that I'm over 50 it's even more important to succeed before I suffer any health issues due to my size. Looking forward to the journey. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:28:26 EST Hey from NC Hey! My name is Jerri. I am a stay at home mom/housewife in NC. Right now walking is my exercise of choice but I am trying to figure out how to vary it. I don't have a lot of options as to where to walk and I don't have a treadmill and can't get one right now. But I am determined so I am just going to keep walking my two routes I have and see how things go. lol Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:54:05 EST weigh in My first weigh in: 195lbs. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 19:45:34 EST Hello Everyone! I am thrilled to join this team. Can't wait to chat with any and all members. I'm 47 (turning 48 this year) and it's time I get healthy! I enjoy walking but know its time to step up the pace! I look forward to posting my accomplishments!!!! Mon, 6 Aug 2012 19:43:43 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:17:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:34:05 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:36:17 EST hello all Name is james and I have been walking to lose weight since May 29 of this year. I have had some medical issues in the past and am looking to put them behind me as I improve on my health and wellness. My plans for this year are to complete two half-marathons (first time) and in April of next year I have a personal goal to walk 27.5miles to thank all those who have inspired and motivate me to live the new lifestyle I have started. I look forward to sharing my accomplishments and troubles with y... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 06:49:42 EST hello Just a post to say hi <BR> I am not the fittest person so Im a walker. Definetly not a runner.So thought Id join other walkers. I love walking listening to music on my ipod. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 00:14:42 EST Just getting started Hi, I have always loved walking and have a treadmill, a dog and a walking trail, I consider myself very lucky to have access to the only tools I need. <BR> So here I am with 10 to lose. I am 60 and weigh 160, funny it seems like I have gained 10 lbs every 10 yrs. I have to get serious and start going back down the scale. I usually do workout a minimum of 3 days a week but I don't seem to lose any weight at all. But now that it is summer, my dog Steffie is my motivator, every morning we take ... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:44:46 EST Not been able to walk :-( Hi all its been very difficult for me to walk and its made me sluggish! First off i have a hip issue and then the last 3 weeks I've had terrible cracked bleeding heels due to dermatitis and eczema. That aside the heels are so much better and i can at last put my feet to the floor. Just got to get the hip sorted now. I managed a better walk yesterday but today the hip hurts. Shame because i was doing so well. <em>198</em> <BR> Onwards and upwards though!!!! Fri, 29 Jun 2012 07:37:26 EST Pedometer placement Hello all! I've got a pedometer, but I can't figure out the best place to attach it to myself so that it actually counts my steps. Or rather counts them accurately. It's a cheap pedometer, but i still think it will work right once i figure out wear to strategically place the thing. All help is appreciated. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 21:18:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 7 Jun 2012 13:34:40 EST walking videos??? I keep seeing information and comments about walking videos. People are posting which ones they like best. What are they exactly? Are they something you use with a treadmill or with out any equipment? <BR> <BR> Thank you for any information you can share. <em>311</em> Wed, 30 May 2012 07:28:48 EST Where to start 58 over weight and out of shape, feeling much older than I am, need to start but not sure how and where??? Have a tread mill, and have been exploring spark people exercise videos. Because of my job and living location, and insecurities, unable to get into an exercise program so am determined to discipline my self with my own program need a little go girl stuff I guess may be an exercise buddy is that possible, I guess some accountability any suggestions thanks Denise <em>220</em> Tue, 29 May 2012 21:18:00 EST new Hi. I am 36 yr mom of 2 kids. i have been trying to lose these last 10 pounds ever since I had my firstborn, that was 8yrs ago. Sat, 19 May 2012 21:29:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 15 May 2012 20:33:13 EST Love walking Hi my name is Veronica and I would like to start walking and running again. I had an injury and that resulted in gaining weight. I am very motivated because after having a wake-up call when I saw myself in the big mirror, I decided it was time to think about my health and start losing some weight. I'm 45 years old and would like to lose 45 lbs. Wed, 2 May 2012 04:49:43 EST JUNK FOOD TOUR IN PA <link> </link> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:12:01 EST Time to Get Fit. I'm trying to get myself back in shape through proper diet and exercise. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:07:05 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:24:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:39:26 EST walking the weight off I am new to this forum but not to walking. My goal is to lose 50 pounds. I am 53 and menopausal so it seems like it is hard for me to lose weight. I am determined to do this. I started walking with a friend a week ago. We are both determined to succeed at this. Does anyone have any tips for us? Any tips are greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Minni Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:58:46 EST New member My name is Heidi. I'm 31 years old. I'm getting married to my best friend in August on Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island in Georgia. I have a 12 year old son, Preston, and a 5 year old daughter, Emma. I joined Weight Watchers in January and lost 9 pounds but I think I've gained it all back. I went to meetings every weekend and the last time I went a couple weekends ago, no one still knew who I was and they were asking if that was my first meeting. And the leaders acted like it was a pain to an... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:49:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 7 Apr 2012 05:23:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 4 Apr 2012 22:53:51 EST Do I have to get my walks in all at once? Good Day! <BR> <BR> Its hard for me most days to get a hour walk in at once or even 30 minutes at times. Can I break my walks up and still lose weight? Any tips. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:42:11 EST Hi everyone, I'm kind of new to this, but it's wonderful to see all the support offered and the variety of teams that exist. I've been on a weight loss mission for almost 10 years. I have a very stressful job, working in a high crime, at risk, high poverty school. It's hard to get up some mornings. However, I just started taking weekly B12 shots and I'm exercising more. As the weather improves, I will walk more with my almost 2 year old Goldendoodle. <BR> I just wanted to thank you all for being the... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 18:13:11 EST Hello Everyone ! I used to do Weight Watchers on-line and the discipline of entering my daily food and exercise really worked for me. But then life became a bit stressful caring for my elderly mother and other issues and I lost that discipline and regained the weight I had lost. Like many of you, I got discouraged and gave up for awhile, but now I'm back! I had heard about SparkPeople before, but I was committed to Weight Watchers before. But that program has become cost prohibitive, so I'm glad this option i... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:06:18 EST What is your Spark Spin Points for the day? 7/5/10 Thu, 8 Mar 2012 19:12:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 6 Mar 2012 15:41:03 EST Anyone from the UK? Whilst looking up about walking on the internet I found this site <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I wanted to learn more before signing up for it so sent them an email this is a copy of their reply <BR> <BR> In terms of recording walking on the site, we always allow for people to record their walking as miles, minutes or steps walked so people can take part without the need for pedometers. We also ask people to state at what speed they are walking, the options being:... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 09:51:30 EST Did you drink our 8 glesses of water today? Yes I drink 8 glasses of water everyday. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:31:03 EST Elaine I have just found a perfect snack made by Sensible Foods. They have three kinds of crunch dried packets - I live in Gainesville, GA and no one here carries them. I ordered them from Amazon. They also have crunch soy nuts and chips. Someone checked on Weight Watchers and found that they were only 1 point on their program. Check them out - they are even gluten free. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:52:30 EST Hello my name is Roger I started at 230 lbs and now have worked my way down to 204 lbs and dropped to 202 as of Christmas. I am up to 12000 steps at least 5 times per week weather permitting along with my dog Snoopy. I was on a plateau for a couple of months not losing weight and found out my body was in starvation mode, so I joined Sparkpeople and started tracking meals and started to lose again. My goal is 175 lbs and then maintain that weight and control my diabetes and cholesterol levels. <BR> I am from Nov... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 21:59:16 EST a beautiful wintry walk on the beach! Hello fine folks. Haven't been on spark for a little bit so i wanted to drop in and say hi. I took off work today and will be heading out soon to take a 4 mile walk on the beach. I find it so invigorating in the winter --- as long as you dress right that is. Thin layering is the way to go - so you don't feel like the michelan man walking. LOL. <BR> Have a great day and keep on walkin'!!!!!! <em>311</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2012 13:21:53 EST Fresh air,and getting invigorated. Hi. My name is Jody and I'm from Lynnwood,Wa. next to Seattle,Wa. I 'm brand new to your group. I hope this team can be motivating to me as I'll try to in courage you guys also. It always seems harder to walk in the winter. But we can do it. Put on some warm clothes,Put on a good attitude,say to your self this will be fun. Reward your self with a hot bath, or a cup of sugar free coccoa and know you accomplished alot. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:23:10 EST Hi! I am just starting spark people, and I intend to start my walking today! I appeciate any support that can be sent to me! <BR> Christine Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:25:15 EST Making Serious Changes Hello! <BR> How's Everyone <BR> <BR> I've been away from Sparkpeople for a while due to illnes. I'm back walking/exercising and eating healthy. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>140</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 19:29:46 EST New and Excited!! Hey everyone I'm new and excited to be on this team!! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:06:20 EST Managing SP's New SHARE Feature I'm sorry if you've already seen this info or if this isn't a good place to post it but I wanted to let people know about the new feature and how to manage it. <BR> <BR> You may have noticed that your own blog now has is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" it on their Facebook wall!! You can read more about this at <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=46<BR>80590 </link> <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 12:30:14 EST I am new and nervous I am new, but nervous attempting to make a promise to walk my weight off is a huge commitment. Stress has taken a big toll on my body. I eat to distress. I had joined the soccer team for aging adults it was fun, but I was embarrassed to wear shorts. I soon dropped out because I wasn't able to run as fast to catch the ball or to even touch it with my toe. I even had to get out of the game because on my first day I pulled a muscle for just standing still. I want to go back to playing socc... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:12:44 EST I'm new Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this so I hope I'm posting right. I'm just starting out, but in the past, I've had trouble staying motivated. I hope sparkpeople works. I hope in the end that I'm able to help motivate others as well. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. <em>30</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:38:34 EST Walking the Beach Hi everyone. It is beautiful here today so I will be walking the beach. Just hearing the waves break as I walk - It just does a person good! Hope you all have a great weekend! Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:19:28 EST Hi! New Here! Hi, Name is Ashley and I am really ready to start my healthy journey to losing weight. I am using Sparkpeople, Blackberry Messenger, and Twitter. Would love to chat and get to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:09:37 EST Hello I love walking and plan on doing a lot of it. Look forward to seeing whats happening on this team. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 20:56:00 EST Committed and Psyched ! Hi everybody, I'm Sally, 51 years young and reshaping my body and energizing my life. My goal is to make 2012 the most enjoyable year ever! I'm taking the hater out of exercise personally and will dive into things that invigorate me like biking in the fresh air, sweating out to Zumba, walking and hiking in beautiful parks and valleys. I want to prepare plates of color that are inviting and healthy. I want to make creative cooking a passion and share with others. All the best to you. Hop... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:52:59 EST New Beginning Hi, I'm new to the group. <BR> <BR> Its time to get off the couch and move. Walking towards a healthy heart <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>311</em> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:05:39 EST Where are my minutes I have walked 1401 minutes this month, but none have been credited to me. I thought if I added them to fitness tracker, they would show up. Today was the 69th day in a row that I have walked <em>38</em> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 23:30:11 EST Walking in winter I know that the official season hasn't started yet, but I have been walking on ice and in snow for 2 weeks. <BR> I made a pledge to walk everyday and without that I know I would have been on the couch.I formed a walking group on my road so I get to catch up with them plus walk at the same time. We do between 6 and 7 miles without realizing how far we have gone. I haven't lost a lot of weight in 8 weeks, but I have lost some inches and gained energy. I am very motivated to walk everyday and fi... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 09:46:35 EST hello :) Hi, I'm Marta and I recently joined Spark and am also new to this forum. I love walking, mainly because it's not as monotonous as "regular" work-outs, and it has helped me lose weight in the past. I'm always looking for new friends on here - I think it's hard to stay motivated all alone. The more the merrier! Good luck to everyone! :) <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 4 Dec 2011 14:56:02 EST BusyLady10 Hi all, looking forward to talking with you all. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:06:22 EST Weekly Weigh In here is how to post... <BR> <BR> LW: <BR> CW: <BR> TWL: <BR> <BR> it makes it a lot easier to read. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 10:09:13 EST walking everyday I walk outside in the U.P. of Michigan so sometimes the weather is an issue.Today was my 15th day. I walked 5 miles, the weather was cool, but dry. I have walked on 3 rainy days and normally I would just tell myself to stay inside and keep warm. Walking in the rain is different. I walked faster and after walking 30 min. I gave myself permission to turn around. Walking in the rain was okay, in fact with rain pants and waterproof shoes, it was great. The tress have so much more color when they ... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:14:20 EST Hello I was wondering if joining a walking group would help. I pledged to walk 15 minutes/day last Tuesday. I am now on day 7 and have walked 35-105 minutes the last 7 days. I want to prove to myself that I can do this. I hope it works this well for everyone! <em>306</em> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:52:37 EST HAPPY TO JOIN THE TEAM! Hello. My name is Beverley and I am hoping to find a walking/exercise buddy in my area. Sun, 16 Oct 2011 13:06:06 EST Daily Chat I started on Green Tea diet supplements today. I want everyone's advice.I really need an energy boost, and something to help burn fat. Iv Been depressed or stressed lately and I dont know why. I havent really been doing my job on SP either. I have less then 8 months for my wedding even less time for my dress. So i need to get on the ball. I would really appreciate some motivation. :) Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:38:11 EST Completed for first Half Marathon Oct 9 2011 Yesterday crossed the finish line walking with joy in my heart an I would do it all over again!!! I will to next on list is a full marathon. Completed in in 3 hrs and 48 min. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:33:33 EST NEW HELLO EVERYONE <BR> 1ST I WOULD LUV TO SAY THANK U FOR HAVIN ME...THID ID MY 1ST TIME...LOL MY NAME IS PRISCILLA BUT U MAY CALL ME PUNKIN,I'M A MOM OF 6,I'M 39...I JUST CAME BACK FROM WALKIN...A BASEBALL FIELD IS RT NEXT TO MY HOUSE SO I WALKED AROUND IT TWICE...MY DOC.ASKED ME TO WALK AN HR A DAY WHICH IS NOT BAD...I JUST NEED A WALKIN BUDDY IF ANYBODY IN THE CHARLOTTE NC AREA THAT WOULD LIKE TO WALK WITH ME JUST LEAVE ME A MESSAGE...ONCE AGAIN THANK U FOR HAVIN ME... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 02:27:49 EST Need to do this Hi! I'm Terry and I need to walk. My sister came to visit and she started me doing this in the morning and since she left I stopped. She started with walking my dog around our neighborhood circle and I did it. I'm a morning person, so I can do this and my dog gets a walk in the mean time. I need to lose weight badly. I recently had chest pains and ended up getting a stent put in my heart, so I need to walk. <em>224</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 20:24:34 EST New to the Team. Hi, I am Robyn, Mum to seven beautiful children aged from 15 to 4 years. I live in New Zealand. <BR> I have been walking with Leslie Sansone for the last 3 years, via DVD. <BR> I have lost about 30 lbs (15 kgs), but still need to lose another 15 - 20 to be at what is considered my optimum BMI. I am 5 ft tall so it is a big ask, as I am a size 12 - 14 clothes wise which is quite a normal (average clothing size in NZ). <BR> Robyn Sun, 2 Oct 2011 18:16:17 EST *CHALLENGE*: "TREAT" yourself to a 10 lb. loss! *CHALLENGE*: "TREAT" yourself to a 10 lb. loss! <BR> <BR> We have exactly 7 weeks starting today until October 31st to lose 10 lbs.; that's an average of 1.3 lbs. per week. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to specify any "have too" exercises. Let's just encourage one another to stay moving and eat healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm motivated!!! <BR> <BR> Any takers??? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:58:37 EST 2 miles 30 minutes done My goal is to do this every Mon, Wed and Fri on my lunch break. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:34:22 EST Hello Wanted to stop in and say hello. I love to walk and do Power Walking 3 times a week. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 09:34:21 EST Monday Morning 082911 - 2.3 miles! Started tracking what I am eating last week. Now on to walking/exercising on a regular basis! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 09:41:20 EST Mackinaw Bridge Walk Is anyone from Michigan and doing the bridge walk this year. Every year on Labor Day thousands of people walk the Mackinaw Bridge. DH and I have talked about doing it for years. This is the year. I'm turning 40 right after Labor Day and decided it's time to stop talking and start walking. <BR> Is anyone else going? Thu, 25 Aug 2011 09:48:49 EST Need to get out and walk <em>311</em> I keep watching all the walkers go by each morning and think I need to get out there and join them. I just can't seem to get off the chair to go do it, think every day okay today is the day. Maybe if I set some goals <em>224</em> and have to be accountable to a team that does walking it will help. I can use all the encouragement I can get - I had lost weight, but have since gained it back. Help - - - **** <em>24</em> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 09:47:28 EST Intro to The Team Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been on this weight loss battle for sometime now but weighing in at a whopping 199 lbs in January took me aback! I am down to 190 and have 40 more lbs to lose. I hope to get inspiration and motivation from this team to keep me on track! Glad to be on the team. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:40:05 EST Hiya ! Hello, <BR> My name is Vickie and I am new to the team. Thought I would stop by and say <em>213</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:48:44 EST New Member Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople and trying to learn my way around. I love walking and felt this was one of the best ways for me to jumpstart my weight loss. I plan to walk 30 minutes a day at a fairly fast pace. I have lost 35lbs on my own but then seem to be unable to lose anymore. I am hoping that being here I will be able to reach my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I appreciate all the help that you can give me. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Pirategirl32 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:07:52 EST Howdy! Hi everyone! I'm new to this Sparkteam (and site!) I just wanted to introduce myself to the team and get to know some people. My name is Heather, I'm 24 years old and I live in Ashland, KY with my 9 month old son Damien, and my boyfriend Patrick. I came to SparkPeople to help me lose my baby weight, which I haven't lost YET! I have a tendency to slip back into my old eating habits, and before I came to this site almost a week ago, I was STILL eating like I was eating for two! My goal is... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:03:35 EST Walking Off The Weight (New Member) Hi my name is Melanie Louise Jackson aka (Grease31), <BR> <BR> I have joined this particular group, as the title says, Walking Off The Weight, as i have a hell of a lot of weight to lose 100+ pounds, i have tried everything i can to lose weight, (even starving myself), if anyone has any hints/tips/advice that they cud give me, i wud be eternally gratefull, as god knows i need the bloody well help!!!!, if anyone wants to browse my sparkpage, they are quite welcome to as all my information is... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 07:41:43 EST An Intro Hi Everyone, Just getting started around here today and am already feeling so motivated. That's a great feeling. Found this group while wandering around on the site and it seems like it was meant to be. <BR> My name is Kyra and I live in Colorado, a great place to do some walking. I have 3 kids, a husband and I work full time. I'm finally ready to make some changes in my life with regards to my health and fitness level and this site was tossed into my life today. <BR> Looking forward to tal... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 13:55:20 EST Intro- Hello! My name is Renee. I joined this site at the urging of a close friend who has been on this site and getting support for a while. I have been struggling with my weight for years... yo yo-ing from diet plan to diet plan and never sticking with anything long enough to make enough of a difference. Two years ago my world fell apart... my best friend and husband of 20 years went into respiratory arrest, had a heart attack and a stroke and ended up in a coma. Thankfully he survived, but he now has co... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 12:37:54 EST The Reflection in the Mirror Here is my latest blog on my blog site. It is called 'The Reflection in the Mirror'.... about true beauty. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2011/07/reflection-in-mirror.html </link> <BR> <BR> Leave me comments. They are very motivational to me. Sign up to follow by email by entering & verifying your email address in the space provided. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:48:12 EST Walking Buddy Anyone out there from Wisconsin or more importantly the Little Chute area interested in being a walking buddy? I have a 14 month old daughter who would more times than not be going along with us. My husband works a goofy swing shift so I spend plenty of time at home just me and my daughter and would love to have someone to walk with us and help get me out of the house more rather than me sitting around thinking about stupid pointless stuff. Mail me, comment here or write on my sparkpage if yo... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 01:17:54 EST Hello Everyone Hi, <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself to the team. I joined Sparks back in March of 2011, but I'm just getting started this month. I've read so many wonderful stories about members reaching their fitness goals through the Walking Off the Weight Team. I've also had family members achieve great results from walking too, so I know it works. I purchased the highly recommended Omron pedometer (Model HJ-112) yesterday at REI and I'm ready to go. My goal is to lose 50-60 pounds and to become mor... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 13:37:41 EST I'm back everyone Just wanted to tell everyone that my academy days are over and now i work for the Homicide Bureau. It is a very exciting job, but I don't move like before. I gained pounds and not very happy. In fact I feel a little depressed because I can't get the weight down. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 04:37:56 EST Hello Everybody! I am a 38 (for one more month!) year old English Teacher in the beautiful state of Tennessee. I was born and raised in Northwest Ohio, lived in The Sunshine State for 7 years where I taught 10th grade English and worked at Disney World during summers and breakes from school, and now live near Knoxville, Tennessee. I am a HUGE Michigan Wolverines fan! I have a four year old son that is the sunshine in my life. I am sad to say that I have almost 50 pounds to lose, because I NEVER thought I wo... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:57:26 EST My Latest Blogs: A Fun Series (30 in 30 Days) Day 12 of my 30 in 30. Today's topic 'A picture the represents you and a picture of something you love'. This series is turning out to be so much more fun and interesting than I would have expected! <BR> <BR> If you haven't read the first 11 days, go back & read them. I love the feedback! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4293996 </link> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 18:23:49 EST trying to lose weight if anyone has good ideas on how to lose weight far as good meal plan and exercises Sat, 11 Jun 2011 20:32:16 EST My First Organized Event Yesterday June 4, 2011 I completed my FIRST event called the Auther James 15th Annual SUN RUN 8 K in Newfoundland. WOW I completed an 8 K . I jogged the first half KM then walked the rest. I am so proud of me. I was last but it was perfect!!!! I did the 8 K in 1 hour and 20 min. 2 min per Km faster than I normally would do for 5K. <BR> Also, after the race I put my before picture next to my race day picture at 181.5 pounds and I was very surprised at how much weight I have actually lost. ... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 17:50:55 EST Group Picture I miss the old Walking-Off-the-Weight group photo that showed the woman walking. It conveyed a get-up-and-get-walking feeling, which the picture of the person standing with arms outstretched doesn't. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 16:14:59 EST tracking steps i just realized that even though i'm logging my steps having walked every day for three weeks, it's not showing up in my fitness minutes...can someone help me figure out what i need to do to change that? thanks!! Fri, 3 Jun 2011 11:45:20 EST Walking Hello my name is Becky and i'm from Chattanooga,TN.I just turn 52 and i like to walk but i just need to get up more and do it. I have about 3 of Leslie Sansone tapes and I just love her tapes.I love to walk in my neighborhood ,sometimes my 5 year old granddaughter walks with me.I need to losr about 30 to 40 pounds.I don't like the way i look or feel so,OFF WITH THE WEIGHT. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 19:44:14 EST i'm pumped I've made a course at my house (we live in the country) One lap around is 150 steps. I started three weeks ago walking 4 laps, jogging 1, and so on. Week two i walked 2 laps, jogged 1...week three (i'm so pumped) walked 2, jogged 2...and so on and i have done this 20 laps twice a day (a total of 10,000 steps). I've already lost inches, dropped a bra size! In less than three weeks! The really exciting part is I had a lot of pain in my knees to the point it burned so bad afterward, two days ag... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 12:27:03 EST im new hi m name is Darci and i just started to walk again and i live in oregon Wed, 1 Jun 2011 10:18:29 EST Walking in a walk-a-thon Hello, Im fairly new to this group and I have been trying to lose weight for 1 month now. So Im a newbie(again) after having my 2nd daughter who is 5 months old now. I was exercising regularly before I got pregnant, I had lost 20lbs in 2 months(which made me feel awesome and sexy [smile]) before that I had lost 50 lbs 2 years ago before I got pregnant with my first daughter.... <BR> <BR> Long story short, I am done having children and now I want to lose this weight for good(120lbs). There is... Mon, 30 May 2011 23:20:40 EST Hello everyone. I am a type II diabetic. My goal is to lose weight to improve my health. It will be great to have friends along the way with the same goal as me. That is to lose weight whatever the reason. Nice to know we are NOT alone on this journey. Will be happy to hear helpful tips and suggestions. Sparkpeople are GREAT! Sun, 29 May 2011 16:28:58 EST Hello from Texas! I'm new here. I powerwalk with my dog twice a day, do some heavy walking at work and presently walk up 12 flights of stairs to get to my car in the evening. Fri, 13 May 2011 09:37:05 EST I finally started!!! I was just stupid! All my life I was leaning towards fat but never was really FAT! Always on the edge... 6 years ago I gave birth to my son and during the pregnancy I didn't get much weight: Anyway, I lost even more after the birth. Blah, blah, blah...not to get into all of the details, I found myself in times when I could and almost had to walk for two hours a day, every day, without wxception! And that was just perfect! I ate more than ever, got hooked on walking... and suddenly I was thin!... Thu, 12 May 2011 13:47:40 EST RIGHT,LEFT, RIGHT LEFT RIGHT!!! That's right (left right). I feel like I'm in the Army now. I'm making my list, checking it twice. I am walking 30-45 minutes a day. Given, I just started this Monday. I will start counting steps instead of timing myselves. I will salute my Commanding Officer every morning as I arise and every evening as I retire. I NEED structure in my life and am finding such on this site. I'm so excited. I've already got one friend signed on. She and I are fumbling through the processes together b... Wed, 11 May 2011 17:36:29 EST Happy to meet you!!! Hello "Walking off the Weight" Team! <BR> <BR> I'm new here to Teams and community participation. I am a mom of two special needs kids (one with severe autism and one with HLHS - a congenital heart defect). Needless to say, my hands are very very full! I'm also a choir director, have written a book on caregiving (The Complete Caregiver Journal Workbook) and maintain my TCC website. <BR> <BR> Walking is my favorite form of exercise - I was very happy to see this team listed, as I plan on ... Mon, 9 May 2011 16:09:42 EST Hello Fellow walkers I am a new member to the team. I walk about 2 km three times a week. I would like to walk at least six days a week to help me lose weight and to tone the body. Currently I am 85 Kg and would like to come to 75 Kg at least by the end of the month. I have a below the knee prosthesis in my left leg so it is quite a challenge to walk. I believe this group will encourage me to keep walking to my goal. Sun, 1 May 2011 00:09:18 EST See ya soon!! Thanks for all the well wishes!!! I'm doing great!! Should be back in full swing in a few weeks...or sooner !!! Love ya all!! Tue, 26 Apr 2011 02:16:07 EST Does anyone have a Bowflex treadclimber? I am thinking about a treadclimber from bow flex. Does anyone have one? do you like it? is it worth the $. <BR> In saskatoon we have about 8 months of the year where it is not outdoor weather and so I am looking for an indoor walking system. <BR> Thanks for your feedback! Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:17:50 EST New member I have been on the sparks site for a while. I have not had much success, just up & down. Motivation has been a big issue! I used to walk a lot (pre-kids) about 2-4 miles a day. Walking was always my way of unwinding at the end of the day. I want to get back to that! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:34:54 EST New from the NW burbs of Chicago Hi all, <BR> I'm new to this team. I have been on SP since early Jan. I am so glad there is a team devoted to walking. I have the BodymediaFit calorie monitor and have learned that I actually burn a lot of calories walking. I am trying to walk 10,000 steps per day. I have added a 1.2 mile loop at lunch and walk 1.5 miles per work day back and forth from the train. What I need to work on is getting some walking done on the weekends. DH walks a lot so I guess I should buckle down, or lac... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 15:55:01 EST Surgery went well! Just a little note to say thanks for your wishes and prayers!! Everything went well!!! I'll be back before you know it!!! Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:25:52 EST Hi fellow walkers! Hi everyone! I'm new to this team and look forward to participating with you. I've been a member of Spark since January. Walking is my favorite form of exercise but I am basically lazy and need a push to get moving. I'm close to my goal and need more exercise to tone and get in better shape. There are many positives to walking and certainly walking will help me to maintain my weight once I get there. I'm sure this team will be fun and very motivating. <BR> <BR> ~ Marcia <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 19:05:08 EST Taking an exercise break!!! Hi Team!!! I'm having surgery on Friday, April 8th....(minor) however, no crazy exercise for a few weeks....i should be able to walk a little after the first few days....hopefully!!!! Anyway, I will be in touch and watching you guys!!!! Keep going!! Thu, 7 Apr 2011 04:00:14 EST 10.000 STEPS A DAY I WEAR A PEDOMETER ALL DAY LONG AND GENERALLY WALK 16,000+ STEPS <BR> A DAY. CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW MANY MILES 10,000 STEPS EQUALS OUT TO? Mon, 4 Apr 2011 07:02:38 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Lisa. I just turned 33 yesterday, have been married for 10 years, have 2 boys, 4 and 6 years old, and am an in-home childcare provider. I have battled weight since before my first pregnancy and have just seen it go up and up over the years. I started this healthy lifestyle change last summer, and have lost 45 pounds so far. I love to walk and try to make it to the gym 3-4 days a week to walk on the treadmill, I usually get 4-5 miles in on weekdays and I'm up to 10 miles on the ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 16:02:53 EST NEWBIE, LET'S GO hI Family, looking forward to losing this weight and meeting all of you in the community. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:53:01 EST Walking I walked 2.25 miles today, I think in 32-37 minutes got interupted with someone at the door but got right back on :-) Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:44:01 EST ON MY WAY HELLO MY NAME IS CHARLENE AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO LOSING WEIGHT AND BEING AS SUPPORTIVE AS I CAN BE. I KNOW IT'S NOT AN EASY JOURNEY BUT WITH PATIENCE AND HARD WORK AND AN DETERMINED ATTITUDE WE'LL GET THERE. <em>306</em> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:30:19 EST Hi I'm a Maryland walker Hi I'm Nannamom60 I have been walking for the last month and I have enjoyed it. My favorite spots are my own neighborhood and a rail trail in Charles County in Southern Maryland. They are both naturistic. My Ipod and my Blackberry Great trainer are my companions. My Ipod provides the music while My Great Trainer tracks my progress.. I enjoy it and it refreshes me for the day. I am the cook, cleaner and bottle washer for eight people and this break gives me me time and time to reflect an... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 05:27:15 EST n I have been a member of spark almost two years but i am new here, I finally decided enough with the excuses and procrastination its time to get healthy. I have started walking and even though my flat feet make it painful I will not give up. I know that 270lbs is too big for anyone and I will not let my weight define me any longer!!! <em>104</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:02:44 EST Hi Like to join your team Today I am suffering from my 2 and a half mile walk on friday evening and I felt great doing it but the last 2 days my shins and ankles and under my right foot is very sore and swollen. I want to exercise tonight but they are just to sore. I am worried I don't want to break my exercise routine. <BR> Tonight I am missing Zumba. <BR> I do not need to gain any weight due to not exercising. <BR> Do anyone have any suggestions how to heal up fast? How do I prevent injuries? <BR> I did to muc... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 17:50:51 EST walking in northeast ohio! Hi! I am a 60plus young lady, happily married, with kids and grandkids, in need of losing at least 40 pounds. I am walking as my main exercise . I would love to have motivation from other ladies in my area and in my age group. Lets do this together! momnana2 Sun, 6 Mar 2011 16:37:35 EST Walking off the weight! My goal is to lose 40 lbs by walking on my treadmill and cutting back on calories. I am a type 2 diabetic and would love to go off all insulin by losing weight. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 08:03:36 EST new I'm new here. my name is brenna, homemaker, married with 3 kids. I plan on walking soon after I buy a proform treadmill. Am sooooo looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> wish the best for me, <BR> <BR> thanx. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:21:14 EST Miles/Steps and Time configuration - Pedometer iss Help!!! Need your help or advice please. I bought the Omron HRJ 712 pedometer last week and love it - its so quiet. BUT this does not track time. On the fitness tracker I want to track my steps and the mileage for the day. But this meter does not track time. <BR> <BR> For example the Pro-line that I use to have would show that I walk 5.87 miles in 2.37 hours(the time was accumulate through the day). The Omron does not. <BR> <BR> So is there away to track the mileage without the ti... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:25:57 EST anyone from godfrey, illinois just wondering how many people are from around where i live Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:57:46 EST Challenge. ...anyone? I absolutely LOVE the daily and weekly challenges on this team...however because I have a TERRIBLE times with sweets and junk food, I am challenging myself to NO sweets/junk food at all this week! I know that this is where the majority of my calories comes hopefully this will help with my weight loss as well! <BR> <BR> Anyone going to join me? Sun, 20 Feb 2011 18:27:37 EST Just started I have been on sparkpeople for 14 months but I just found this team. I enjoy walking on my treadmill while also using Jillian Michaels workout dvds. I am hoping that this team can give me the encouragement and motivation that I need while making great friends! Happy walking everyone! Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:10:38 EST New to the walking group Hi, I just joined the group today. I enjoy walking and do better with walking when it comes to loosing weight. I am a new cancer survivor and my goal is to LIVE a healthy LIFE! I need all the suggestion anyone has to offer. <em>43</em> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:17:27 EST Virtual 5K Race!! I don't know if anyone has read the information about the Spark People's Virtual 5K Race!! I signed up tonight!! You can walk or run!! They even give you a walking program.....Check it out!!! <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 02:25:17 EST Belated intro I joined this team awhile back but somehow never got around to introducing myself - sorry about that!! <BR> <BR> Walking is a great exercise for me and I really enjoy it - my two dogs love to go out for a walk, too, although they prefer 'running' so I'm trying to get to where I can run a little bit. At the moment, I can just jog a little but my primary 'fitness coach' Princess pushes me to do more and more. Who knows? Maybe someday I'll be able to jog/run enough for my little fluffy white do... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 20:18:09 EST Back and Moving It's been a while since I joined this group and was active so I wanted to connect again. I'm back and moving. It feels so great that I wonder why I stopped. I'll take that up w/my therapist <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I walked one mile w/Leslie Sansone and will be doing another mile before I leave my home. Thank you all for still being here. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:59:27 EST results? How long before you started to see results? I'm very busy, so I have only been able to walk about a mile/day. I don't really care about my weight, but I really want my clothes to start fitting better. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 09:59:33 EST Let's go team! Looking forward to another wonderful workout month! <em>244</em> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 01:50:22 EST walk 2000 miles a year i walked over 2000 miles last year Fri, 4 Feb 2011 18:29:02 EST paul lorah walking off the weight to feel better Sun, 30 Jan 2011 14:58:33 EST Favorite Duo Foods What are your favorite "go together" foods? Who knows, we may all find some new combinations to try (like Laverne's milk and Pepsi!) <BR> <BR> I'll start - mashed potatoes and gravy Sun, 30 Jan 2011 08:25:34 EST Link to Leslie Sansone wallking video I think someone on this team posted a link to a two part Leslie Sansone video--I think it was over the weekend or the beginning of this week. I have lost the link as my computer shuts down whenever and seems to lose information. Would someone be able to post it or send it to me again. I started following it and it was a great addition to my daily walking. Thank you in advance. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:00:44 EST Getting back into it Hello everyone. I was doing good a few yrs back with my walking and aquafit. Then not sure what happened but planning on getting back into it for Feb. 1st. I do a lot of walking at work well over the 10,000st required, and when I get home I just don't want to walk any more. The weight I loss has come back, so need to get walking again. <BR> <BR> Donna Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:03:48 EST New to this group Hi! My name is Amanda. I love to walk. I joined Sparks because of all the good things I have heard. I haven't figured everything out yet but I will. Everyone has been very helpful. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:57:38 EST Going To Do It This Time Hello everybody: This is the year that I'm going to lose weight, eat healthy and excerise. I am 51 with a husband, 2 adult sons and one granddaughter, who is my joy. I have heel spurs that prevent extreme walking but I will be having surgery to relieve some of the pain and then I will be really walking. I am glad that I found this support system. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:35:35 EST Managing your time when taking care of the family Hello, <BR> My name is Beth, I am new here. I am wanting to start a new walking program, I have two small kids 5 & 7. I have a 40/hour a week job, and my husband works 2nd shift. So I am taking care of the kids of an evening by myself. How do you manage to get in a workout while taking care of your family as well? Any input would be wonderful. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:16:21 EST Anyone own a TREADCLIMBER I have been looking at the treadclimber for quite a while now. I also tried one in a play it again sports here in south carolina. Is is me or is it a little difficult to use. Do you have to get used to it or something. Any help or information would be great. Thanks all of my sparkfriends <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:40:22 EST Hi! HI there! I'm Alicia. I'm 24 and live in Eastern Washington. I re-joined Sparkpeople back in October and have been doing well so far, consistently losing a lb a week since then. Most of this was done by sinply watching what I ate (which I never did before) and exercising a little bit. Since things are going so well I'd really like to start upping my exercise! I have 3 dogs who need the walks and know it will benefit us all to get out and walk! <BR> <BR> So..hello! Some information I'm looki... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:36:10 EST Walking it off - one step at a time! Hello All! <BR> <BR> I am new to this post and this is my first post and I am a walkaholic! I do strength training, but I walk/jog 30-45 mins on my treadmill 6 days a week. Once I fall off the wagon and get back on, walking is where I begin. It has helped me achieve results and I enjoy doing it. Hopefully I can read up on what others are doing while they walk. Once it warms up here, I will be walking my subdivision. Good luck everyone! <em>224</em> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:40:48 EST hello Hello I'm new to this team but not to spark. I love to walk its my favorite way to exercise. Right now its hard to get out and do it since I live in snowy cold northern Michigan. Luckily the school where I work has a challenge going on. It started Dec 1st and is called 182 miles in 182 days. The goal is to walk at least 1 mile a day. They leave the school open at night (during the week only) so the community can get their miles in. Whats great about it is that my husband and I are doin... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:22:28 EST Hi, New to the team Walking is something I can do indoors or out, and is safer than jogging or static sports for my joints. <BR> My goal is to walk 30 minutes per day in addition to my daily yoga routines. <BR> Glad to find a team like this! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 08:57:42 EST Anyone Needing to Lose 100lbs/More? I weigh 285 and need to lose about 155 pounds. It's going to be a VERY long road. <BR> <BR> Anyone else? <BR> <BR> ~Mona Sat, 8 Jan 2011 19:06:17 EST Hi Looking for a walking buddy Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I live in the Carmichael CA area and would like to find a walking buddy or workout buddy. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 01:43:23 EST hey there! walking has always helped me tone and lose. happy to be here, zo Mon, 27 Dec 2010 09:25:39 EST biggest looser power walk I checked this out from netflix and love it. I have always been a Leslie Sansone fan but this power walk really gets me sweating. I Love IT! Sun, 26 Dec 2010 11:08:07 EST Merry Christmas! Wishing everyone a very merry, blessed and wonderful Christmas! <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 17:40:24 EST Hello! Just saying hi! Was thinking of adding this to my fitness routine! Im excited but also a lil nervous. So Good luck everyone and hope you all meet your goals! Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:05:26 EST When do you celebrate a weigh loss My first goal in this program was to reach 10 pounds by Thanksgiving. I missed it by a 1/2 pound. BUT according to the scale this morning I have reached my 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> So here is my question - when do you officially say you lost 10? when you reach 10.5? or its been off a week? Mon, 6 Dec 2010 08:03:26 EST Hi,all! Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Jeannette and I live in SE Arizona (my l'il slice of heaven!) I'm a retired legal secretary - gaming not criminal. I spent my working life in Las Vegas (46 years). I'm married and have 2 daughters and 2 grandsons and 1 grand-daughter-in-law. Love 'em all dearly! <BR> <BR> I like to play golf and play at least 2 times a week. I've been a long time student of Spanish although, like weight loss, I don't seem to make much ground. I also play (blush) Farmville/Frontier... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 18:14:14 EST Hello I am new to this site , I would love the oportunity to get to meet new people in helping eachother out in achieving our goals of loosing weight together.Im looking on loosing weight for my health and to not only feel better but to look better also.I would like to join any group in walking as this would get me motivated and started . Thanks : ) Wed, 1 Dec 2010 21:42:16 EST New guideline for how many minutes a week to lose! New guidelines issued from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) state that 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week might not be enough. In 2001, ACSM recommended that overweight and obese adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week to improve their health. 200 to 300 minutes per week was recommended for long-term weight loss. <BR> <BR> Read article <BR> <link><BR>_much_exercise_you_really_need_to_lose<BR>_weight </link... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 12:08:13 EST first day I walked .5 miles to day I spent all most 2 hours getting all my stuff to gather and then getting back in to spark people program I was a member about a year a go and lost 20 pound my sister started spark people. well I could not believe how get she looked this thanksgiving. I am determined to stay; will sparks people for live. <em>249</em> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:48:27 EST I don't post here much. When I joined this team, a number of years ago, my goal was often 8,000 - 10,000 steps per day. <BR> <BR> Since then, my multiple sclerosis affects my stamina much more than it used to. I can't walk for more than 20 minutes at a time without being absolutely exhausted. And, even at that, it's a slow walk. Most days, although I wear a pedomoter, I don't choose to walk for exercise, and only attain 1000 - 3000 steps. <BR> <BR> I haven't really set new goals. I don't enjoy exercising. And... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 21:00:06 EST hello my name is Darleen and yes I love walking <BR> I recently have made it a goal to start my day off walking so I'm going to hang around here and get to know you guys and gals <BR> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 08:00:55 EST going to make it with new found support Hello everyone. I feel very lucky to find out about SparkPeople!!! I am a mom of 5 children who needs to lose weight more for health reasons then anything. I try to take it only one day at a time other wise it becomes to overwhelming for me with my crazy life of kids ranging from 15, down to 1. I work crazy hours as does my husband. I find it very hard to make time for myself with everything I have to do. But I know that it's important to put my health first, and not feel guilty by it. ... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 20:18:08 EST New to team and Spark People Hi, <BR> This is all new to me. Blogging, this site, forums, etc. If anyone is willing to help me, I'll take it. <BR> <BR> I have been dieting all my life only to gain it back and more. One of the things I enjoy is walking. Getting myself out there to do it is another thing. I try to walk to work which is a mile one way. Then I'm on my feet all day so I can get 10,000 steps in a day, but its not helping as my eating is out of control. Any suggestions on motivating myself to get out and walk.... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 08:00:03 EST Hello Im excited to be a member of this site! My name is Bryan and I am from Capitol Heights, MD. My goals are to loose weight and develope a healthy consitant lifestyle. Thu, 4 Nov 2010 10:36:30 EST New here I started walking three weeks ago. I committed to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise for 5 days in a row out of every week. I've been mostly walking. So far I only missed one day. One day I walked 5.2 miles. And some days I go for the 2.3 mile route. I also have a 1.3 mile route. I feel like a million bucks. This is wonderful. I like doing the walking days in a row because its easy to follow day by day with motivation running high. Rather than building up more motivation which I need after... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 11:27:15 EST New to this team I just found this team and joined. I walk pretty much everyday so I thought this would be a great place to connect with other walkers. Tue, 2 Nov 2010 09:56:22 EST New and excited to join! I have been back with spark for a little over a week now and havee been struggling to find a communtiy that is active. I often find that posts are going unanswered for days in my other groups :( <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> Well, Im off to explore the team! Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:13:49 EST Any tips for painful toenails? Odd question, I know. The nails on the big toe and second toe on my righ foot are painful as a side effect of chemo I had earlier this year. I'm trying to find some way to protect them when I wear shoes/socks. I wore some for the first time today, and OUCH! Winter is coming here (the dreaded 's' word as bantered about today) and I'm going to have to find a resolution to this. Thanks! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 17:52:32 EST Just joined the team Hello to all! I just joined the team and I'm looking forward to working toward our goals together! Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:55:16 EST Steve - new to My name is Steve Boling. I am a 43 year old ICU nurse who is tired of not "fitting" in. I want to be able to ride roller coasters and do other activities like the rest of the world. I'm not a person who feels sick. I'm just too large for the world around me. I hope to find information and motivation. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:18:44 EST Ready to get going! Walking has always been a good way to lose for me. Thanks you all! Fri, 15 Oct 2010 22:37:22 EST Winter's Coming--Where to walk? Winter is coming, and I live in Iowa. Iowa winters aren't as bad as Minnesota winters, but they sure are cold as hell frozen over. Fortunately, my college has a free mini-gym I can walk in. However, there will be days that I can't drive to school to walk. I know about the walk-at-home videos with Leslie Samsone (or something like that), but I don't have the money for them. Any videos out there that may help me out? I'd like to walk 2-4 miles at least. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 11:26:03 EST hello everyone hello everyone and I look forward to chatting with you guys as I move forward in this weight loss journey. Now I am focusing on walking one mile everyday. Typically,I will walk four laps around my job daily. It is equal to one mile or so they say. It is difficult I must admit nthough I do feel better and others are starting to notice my progress [yippeee]. Here is to all of us on our way to our new and healthier selves!!!!!!!!!!!! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 23:34:40 EST Hi Walkers! I've been with SparkPeople since early September, trying to define a new way of living for myself. For various reasons, I've been sedentary for the past 10 years. I have doctors' ok to start moving again, and we agreed walking is a good start. I've worn a pedometer a few times over the past week, and I'm only about 3000-4000 steps per day. I'm looking forward to being able to walk everywhere, the way I used to. Hi to everyone - look forward to teaming with you! Thu, 7 Oct 2010 12:59:38 EST Starting a walking program with back troubles Hello, my name is Susan and I'm new to this site. I am interested in starting a walking program and I have a few questions. <BR> <BR> I live a fairly sedentary life and want to change that. I understand walking is a great way to start, but I want to do it right. I have frequent lower back problems, probably due to a lot of sitting and being about 20 lbs overweight. I have had x-rays that showed nothing abnormal. <BR> <BR> The last time I tried to start a walking program, I got to the ... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 14:27:30 EST Thank you for the Birthday Wishes A big thank you to everyone that helped to make my day special! What a nice surprise to receive goodies, notes and greetings from team members and friends. It also made my day more special and I truly appreciated each and every one of them. All of you are special and I am so glad I have found this team. Thank you, again. <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 5 Oct 2010 22:06:40 EST Greetings! Set up my pedometer, and ready to start this for real and keep track of it. The beautiful fall weather here in Minnesota has been extra motivating. Been thinking about how to plan for the coming winter. When the streets and sidewalks are completely iced over will have to switch to treadmill indoors. Recovering from a two week back issue, (with my SI joint) It has made me even more greatfull to be able to walk! <em>311</em> Fri, 1 Oct 2010 08:42:54 EST Walk Away The Pounds (WATP) Does doing WATP videos count as cardio? If so how you add it? Mon, 27 Sep 2010 20:41:30 EST Hello Team! Walking is my favorite way to burn off calories. I walked 4 miles this morning and will do it again tomorrow!! Sat, 25 Sep 2010 17:10:00 EST SparkEarth Fitness Minutes I just logged my long distant training session in the Spark Fitness. It was 187 mins and 20.3km. But what I noticed is that on the "My SparkEarth Fitness Minutes" where it logs you time for this week, this month, this year and has the Yearly Goal... it only shows 120 mins. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know if you can only log up to 120 mins per day? <BR> <BR> I don't know why I never noticed this before because I often log more than 120 mins of activity for a day. <em>2</em> Mon, 20 Sep 2010 17:08:50 EST Introduction Good morning my name is Vera and I am interested in walking of the weight. I will need help and encouragement from my team members. <em>224</em> <em>224</em> Sun, 19 Sep 2010 12:49:20 EST Why have I gained weight???? OMG! I have been walking and walking and walking some more! Every other day I walk at least 30 minutes or more, plus I do some strength training afterward. I just weighted myself and I have gained 4lbs!!!! I have been watching what I eat as well. Could it be gaining muscle and not fat?? I hope so. Sun, 19 Sep 2010 09:21:28 EST New Walking Program Hi, <BR> This is my first day on the team. I am definitely walking to lose weight. I look forward to the advice and motivation from everyone. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:46:04 EST Half way there... Hi All...lost 35 lbs since May 1/10. I am working toward being vibrantly healthy. Top of my Bucket List is 'weigh a normal weight' (which is around 120 lbs for me). Since I haven't weighed that for 25 years, I figured now was as good a time as any to achieve the one thing I've always wanted: maintain a normal weight. <BR> I've made a few lifestyle changes: off sweets (never thought I could do that!!), finally figured out portion sizes, eating more slowly and appreciating the 'beauty' of ... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 17:45:46 EST Hello fellow walkers Hello my name is Krysten and I am 29 years old. I have a full time job and go to school part time in the evenings. If that doesnt seem like enough, I am married with 2 children! My time is limited and trying to stay motivated enough to exercise is difficult. I just purchased a treadmill so I am trying to set small goals for myself to get on it everyday. I love walking outside but dont always find time or daylight to do that. I am looking for motivation and suggestions on how to keep wal... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 08:30:16 EST What time of day do you walk? I tend to walk in the early evening, around 6pm. That seems to be the only time I have a chance. I am considering getting up very early in the morning, I already get up at 5:30am for work, and going in the morning. When do you go walking and why? Tue, 7 Sep 2010 21:50:59 EST WORK OUT JUNKIE HERE BEIN 50 TURNS OUT MITE NOT B SO BAD AFTER ALL WE FOUND THE S.C CENTERS HAVE A WAYYYYYY BETTER PLACE 2 W/O THEN 24 HR FITNESS, PLUS CLASSES, ETC, WE R GOIN 2 CHECK IT OUT TOMMORROW; I CANT WAIT.... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 00:38:16 EST Walking my way to a healthier life Hello, my name is Yvonne, 60 and find that walking has been the only exercise that I've been able to stick with so now, I'm going to put it to work for me. Need all the support that I can get. <em>304</em> <em>252</em> <em>311</em> Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:58:48 EST HELLO HI EVERYBODY, <BR> MY NAME IS DENISE. AND I'M NEW TO THIS SITE SO I HOPE THAT I'M IN THE RIGHT PLACE IN TERMS OF INTORDUCTION. <em>41</em> I SIMPLY WANT MY BODY BACK, AND I NEED ALL THE SUPPORT I CAN GET! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:26:17 EST PanamaWild I am from NY/Brooklyn/LI.. I went to IS 145 and Central Commerical. I moved to Charlotte 1992 and I have one daughter 31 who has 2 boys David and Trey. Yes I am a proud NANA!!! When I came to NC I weighed 115pds in the 20 years here it just slowly but surely the pounds came on. I am want to be back to be slim for me and my family so I can be with my grands when the are older and they will be proud to call me Nana. I like traveling, shopping, dancing and giving dinner parties. I enjoy ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 14:30:33 EST Hi y'all! I'm 45 yrs old and I have been working a desk job for over 15 yrs. I sit on my butt for 8 hours a day....that's not good. The company I work for just participated in the Global corporate challenge which really has inspired me to get healthy. This is something I MUST do!! <BR> I hope this site helps me meet my goals. I'm looking to meet people my age, my spouse is totally not interested in getting healthy so I welcome any and all to help me!!1 <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Aug 2010 13:51:05 EST Getting Started Hi everyone. <BR> I'm biting the bullet and finally getting serious about diet, fitness and health. I'm a 44-year-old mom working at a full-time desk job. I have a great husband and 3 wonderful sons (ages 13, 10 & 2). When I graduated high school I wore a size 6 and weighed 98 pounds. A lifetime later I'm a size 12/14, weighing in at 166 pounds, my highest nonpregnancy weight ever--just 6 pounds shy of my highest pregnancy weight. In addition, I have been battling high blood pressure and taki... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:44:43 EST Does anyone wear Sketcher Sneakers? I need to buy a new pain of sneakers and Sketcher Shape Ups were recommended. Does anyone have them and do they actually help with exercising and promote weight loss as advertised? They are a lot of money but if they do what the advertisement says they do, it is worth the money. Thank you Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:03:26 EST Walking Buddy's Hey sparkpeople im new to the sparkpeople and the area looking for some buddys to start walking with so if they are any sparkpeople who love's to walk please let me know in the Sac. Natomas area need to start loss the weight. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:50:07 EST Just finished week 1! 1. FIRST NAME? Terrill <BR> 2. CITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE? Fort Gibson, OK <BR> 3. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? Aug 25 <BR> 4. SIGNIFICANT OTHER? wife Christie <BR> 5. CHILDREN? GRANDCHILDREN? 1 daughter <BR> 6. PETS? none <BR> 7. FAVORITE SNACK FOOD? baby carrots <BR> 8. FAVORITE EXERCISE? walking <BR> 9. HOBBY? singing, piano, and photography <BR> 10.ANYTHING ELSE? I work for the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, OK. I am 1/64 Cherokee with ancestors who made the journey on the Trail of Tears. I am a pre... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:05:51 EST need help Hi I'm carrie I'm 41 years old and this is my eight day being on a diet. i love to walk but it will be nice to have a buddy to walk with and to motivate each other today i did not drink the a amount of water that i was suppose to today and i did not do my calories count today. Sun, 8 Aug 2010 02:47:10 EST Hello everyone! My name is Norma Sanders and I joined SparkPeople maybe 2 or 3 weeks ago and just now introducing myself. Sorry. I'm 42 years old and I'm wanting to lose approx. 25-30 lbs. I've started walking again in the evening when it's cooler and walk little over 2 miles. I started slow but I'm getting back up there. I was able to walk 2 miles in about 30-35 min before I stopped. Why did I stop? I'm really not sure. I can give you all kinds of excuses but I won't. <BR> I know I don't eat right cuz ther... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 13:53:38 EST New Pedometer Can anyone suggest a decent (but inexpensive)pedometer? <BR> <BR> I have a couple pedometers but they are the really cheap ones. <BR> <BR> At one time I had 3 pedometers. I put them on different areas of my pants one day to see the most accurate spot. I got 3 different amounts that had vast range between amount. <BR> <BR> Please advise!!!! Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:10:43 EST hi guys My name is Chai and I am 40 and feel 70. I have a weight goal of 150 but will be happy with 160. I am an emotional eater but once I get going I am good... i am going to need some help from time to time because I am having some issues at home so please reach out and help me through this. I figure if I do this my 14 year old will get motivated and do it too. I really need to get this going to feel better about me.. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 22:23:43 EST Hello everyone I just joined I am new to SparkPeople. I am still trying to figure out the SparkPeople web site still. I live in Eugene and am trying to find if there is a group of people or even just one person that would like to get together and walk. I am 27 mom of 3 and really need to lose any weight my ultimate goal is to get down to 125. Tue, 20 Jul 2010 14:51:32 EST Hi all - struggling to get started Hi all, and congrats to ye all on your fabulous journeys so far. I am finding it all a bit overwhelming to be honest - I have such a big hill to climb and beat myself up when I slip up (which is very frequently Im afraid!). I am pleased that my mindset is starting to change, but it's a slow process (but then so was the process of getting this heavy in the firstplace! <BR> <BR> Is anyone else in the same boat as me, and finding it a little hard to see beyond the massive journey? I have never ... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 18:26:33 EST Trying again! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose weight again and saw this team. Basically last week was my first week back to exercising and I found a nice road from my house. Basically the route ends up being 3.3 miles. I'll do short bursts of flat out running 3-4 times during the 3.3 miles to get my heart rate up. It takes me about 50-55 minutes to complete. <BR> <BR> Last week for my first week I did this 3.3 route five times which ended up with 16.5 miles. I figure if I keep this up and just ... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 14:39:22 EST Any Android users? Other than the C25K app in the market, is there any other app that someone can recommend? I know there are a few that track your time, speed, route, etc. I have a G1, with Android version 1.6 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 01:26:29 EST Introducing myself to the Team! Hi all! <BR> Does this team wear a pedometer when they walk? <BR> -e Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:57:51 EST GAZELLE Does anyone on this team use the Gazelle-used to be called a Health Walker. I have to use it when it is too hot outside as I live in South FL and the cardiologist told me not to walk outside when the temp gets too high. <em>182</em> Sun, 11 Jul 2010 18:14:37 EST HI!! I want to lose 20 pounds atleast. What's up? Sun, 11 Jul 2010 15:01:25 EST WHAT WAS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY DINNER? STEAK <BR> CORN ON THE COB <BR> POTATO SALAD <BR> DEVILED EGGS <BR> WATER MELLON <BR> GOOD TEXAS MEAL U ALL....... <BR> NOW 2 WORK OUT IT OFF ....... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 20:28:41 EST New to the comunity and am liking what I see. My name is Josh de Gastyne. I am almost 26 and have been battling my weight for years. I am a soldier in the Army but none of the advice that I have recieved in the time i have been in service has helped. I was refered to this site by my sister and so far I have really liked what I have seen here. The community and the teams seem to be very active and I cant wait to see the changes in my own attitude and workout routines. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 11:19:09 EST Virtual walker here. Anyone need a buddy? I have just started my virtual walk from Grand Mound, IA to Sturgeon Bay, WI - 314 miles. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else tracking miles and need a buddy to chat with along the way? Wed, 30 Jun 2010 21:57:09 EST Walking with My Kids I just returned to my "pre-children" weight after almost five years. Now that the weather is warm the kids and I try to walk every weekday. Either I pull them in their red wagon (which adds pulling about 50 lbs) or I push the baby in the stroller while my four year old rides his bike. We used the maps with SparkPeople to determine the length of our walks in our neighborhood and figure the calories burned. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 13:08:26 EST Hello all Good morning, <BR> <BR> I'm Kelly and new to the the team and the Spark site. I look forward to reaching my goals with you all. <BR> <BR> Have a fabulous day!!! Wed, 30 Jun 2010 08:28:38 EST hi Wanted to connect with other walkers. Trying to lose weight the healthy way. Am training to walk the Disneyland half marathon is Sept. Need to increase my speed between then and now. Anyone in the Seattle area? Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:26:06 EST Just informed I'm almost obese. Wow - eye opener!! Hi, I'm Skye. <BR> <BR> I've been on and off of Spark a couple times, plus I did weight watchers 2 years ago. I just went to the Dr's and he said my BMI was one point away from Obese. That put me into action. I knew I had gained some weight, but my picture of obese is A LOT bigger than myself!! So obviously, I was shocked by that news. <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old veterinarian, and work for the USDA. I spend a lot of time on my butt at a desk, in a car, or on an airplane. I'm determined to l... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 18:00:40 EST Walking half-marathon, need advice Hi team! I am asking for advice from those who’ve trained to walk or run a longer distance. I have a moderately painful hip injury and lots of little aches and pains. Working with a PT. (Details on my blog.)The race is three weeks out. I am in good enough shape to walk a half-marathon right now. It might hurt a little, and it wouldn’t be fast, but I could totally do it. <BR> <BR> My training schedule calls for a 12-mile walk this weekend. Do I make this weekend my last long walk and just t... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 12:36:47 EST Whats the best walking shoes? I've just started walking and am trying to find a good walking shoe with good support. I' recovering from foot surgery and need all the support and comfort I can get <em>304</em> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 12:42:48 EST Karrob i am 47 yrs mother of two Mon, 14 Jun 2010 20:22:46 EST I need help Speedometer for walking New to the team and need help..I want to purchase a good speedometer...any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, for example the brand..thanks. Sat, 12 Jun 2010 14:08:16 EST Win a walking tour of Italy On Oprah's website, sweepstakes link below. wouldn't this be FABULOUS?! A girl can dream... <BR> <BR> "On this seven-day Country Walkers tour of the Isle of Capri and the Amalfi coast this fall, you'll walk from coastal trails to hillside villages, stopping at family-run restaurants and trattorias along the route—a great way to experience the Slow Food movement. You'll also visit the ruins of Pompeii. (Please note: This trip has segments that are more physically challenging.)" <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:00:50 EST How fast am I going? OK- I need a simple way to figure out how many mph I'm going with my walks. <BR> <BR> Today I walked 1.80 in 47 mins. <BR> <BR> Is there some way to figure that out by dividing something? <BR> I have a pedometer but I don't trust it so I haven't been wearing it. <BR> Just wondering. <BR> Thanks Tue, 8 Jun 2010 19:29:10 EST Match Words If I say <BR> <BR> cherries <BR> <BR> I'll match it with <BR> <BR> fruit <BR> <BR> Now you match fruit with a related word.. and so on.. <BR> <BR> Have fun <em>213</em> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 10:17:26 EST Walked to church and back I walked to church and back this morning. My church is about a 1-2 min. drive from my house. <BR> It was aprox. 10 min. walk each way. Glad the weather was nice enough to do it. <BR> Only problem was that I should have left the house soon as I missed practicing the song that choir (which I'm in) was going to sing today. It worked out anyway. <BR> At least I got there before the service started. <em>43</em> Sun, 6 Jun 2010 12:32:47 EST Shannon I stumbled on SparkPeople while surfing for exercises. Hopefully, between the support this site offers and the different teams that I have joined, I WILL lose weight and feel better about myself. At this point, I feel disgust when I look in the mirror. I do yardwork some walking, and housework. That is about the extent of my exercise. Due to having fibro, I have to be careful not to overdo these. I never know when a fibro day is going to hit but I usually pay for overdoing it. Nice to ... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 11:29:06 EST Hello I am new and I walked for 30 minutes today. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 10:23:20 EST New to the Game Hey everyone just recently started. I did not know how much I could walk in one day. I think that is AWSOME. <BR> <BR> 6-2, 9773 steps, 4.61miles <em>311</em> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 21:53:49 EST JUNE 2010 - Log your walking here..... Hi All, <BR> I'm a day late starting my walking log. Hope some of you will join me in making June an amazing walking month. <BR> Travelbug12 Wed, 2 Jun 2010 19:50:44 EST New Beginnings!!! I have been away from SparkPeople for too long. Climbing back on the wagon. Please join me. We can do this!! June walking goal is 120 miles. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 02:44:25 EST New Beginnings!!! I have been away from SparkPeople for too long. Climbing back on the wagon. Please join me. We can do this!! June walking goal is 120 miles. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 02:43:32 EST New Beginnings!!! I have been away from SparkPeople for too long. Climbing back on the wagon. Please join me. We can do this!! June walking goal is 120 miles. <BR> <BR> June 2 - 3 miles Wed, 2 Jun 2010 02:42:04 EST New Beginnings!!! I have been away from SparkPeople for too long. Climbing back on the wagon. Please join me. We can do this!! June walking goal is 120 miles. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 02:40:43 EST To Blog or Not to Blog? Awesome spark article on Why Blog? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1385 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great day~! Mon, 24 May 2010 08:29:04 EST Starting all over again. Hi, I am a 47yr old mother of 1, step-mother of 3. I am a shift worker and I am getting sick of the fitness and diet roller coaster. In 2005 I went on the South Beach Diet, got very diligent about exercising and lost 45lbs, then I plateaued. I stayed the same weight for a year which was frustrating. I started to get tired of the restrictive diet (I really do like bread) and my body was very sore (I was running alot). So now after gaining 25lbs back, I am ready to get into shape in a healthy ... Mon, 24 May 2010 04:20:31 EST go 4 a walk any1? <em>220</em> , does any1 live in the irving area, that meets in a park anywhere 4 walkin? or is every1 in this team from other states? Sun, 23 May 2010 19:34:02 EST Shoes Shoes Shoes I purchased a pair of the new "Shape-ups" by Skechers. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet!! Anyone else purchased them? <em>68</em> Wed, 19 May 2010 04:10:28 EST I'm Thank you all for your support and wonderful stories of achievements, I know it takes work but you know we always say no time or tomorrow. Well tomorrow is here and it really is one step at a pound at a time... Mon, 17 May 2010 12:09:02 EST Another Walker Here Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Taylor, I am 27 married for six years, and have two great kids of 8(in August) and 7. I love to walk and living in a rual Spanish village makes it even more loveable. Looking forward to chatting with you all Mon, 17 May 2010 04:43:42 EST Hey Everyone - Let's have some fun! Hi, my name is Sherry & yesterday was the first day of the diet and joining sparks. I've got to say that I LOVE this website since there is so many great tools to keep us on track. I am currently looking for a buddy(s). I need to lose 60 lbs, I'm 41 & love to walk (outside in nature). I'd like my buddies to have up beat personalities so that we can motivate each other. This is not a prison sentence, this is a healthy lifestyle change that is going to make us feel fabulous, so what's not ... Sun, 16 May 2010 16:08:07 EST walker with arthritis I am wondering if anyone else has begun walking as exercise to combat arthritis.I have severe spinal arthritis as well as bulging discs, and also have osteopenia. I am able to walk around the block on my good days, but would like to pair up with people who have similar issues or barriers, and want to continue walking, hopefully increasing distance over time. Support is everything! <BR> Thanks, <BR> Mia Sun, 16 May 2010 09:24:00 EST loosing weight hi My name is Josie and I am trying to loose weight I now weigh 244 my goal is 194. i am 5'3 my weight should be 130 -140 all this weight has cause me a lot problem (medical) so any help would be great. <em>224</em> Thu, 13 May 2010 13:02:01 EST Hi! I'm Vicky. I was an avid walker and have just started getting back into the groove. I also have a walking buddy that I try to meet up with a few times a week. I am really excited that I found this team. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>67</em> Fri, 7 May 2010 19:24:37 EST A Blessed Life I am looking forward to being healthier the second half of my life! Thu, 6 May 2010 12:44:22 EST hello everyone I am new to SP, about a week now, trying to figure it all out. I love to walk and I am doing about 4 days a week about 2.5 miles in about 40 minutes. I do yoga 2 times a week, a weight class once a week, I am having trouble losing weight though. I am trying to count calories better. Looking forward to meeting new people. Sun, 2 May 2010 20:23:58 EST MAY 2010 - Log your walking here........ I'm determined to walk more in May. The rain is over and it suppose to be clear - spring is finally here. I'm going back to measuring mileage rather than steps..... <BR> <BR> TravelBug12 - walking log <BR> <BR> 5/1 - 4.5 miles <BR> 5/2 - 10 miles <BR> 5/3 - 3 miles <BR> 5/4 - 5.5 miles <BR> 5/5 - 2 miles <BR> 5/6 - 3.5 miles <BR> 5/7 - 1.5 miles <BR> 5/8 - 5.5 miles <BR> Week 1 - walking total: 35.5 miles <BR> <BR> 5/9 - 2 miles <BR> 5/10 - 4.5 <BR> 5/11 - 4.75 <BR> 5/12 - 1.5 miles <... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 22:15:41 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello, I just joined Sparkpeople yesterday. I am a 52 year old mother with a full time job. I have been walking 2 times a day at work on our breaks and now also walk in the evenings with my husband. I normally do any where from 2 to 3 miles in the evening. My husband is not able to walk distances so I push him in his wheelchair. I think that gives me more of a workout but not real sure. I am needing to lose about 30 pounds total but have a short term goal of 10 pounds by vacation in Jun... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 08:39:03 EST I got to get in control The only thing that is going to help me to get better is to watch what i eat and write it down and track my walking. <em>311</em> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:30:25 EST