SparkPeople People in Ottawa Team Messageboard For people who live in Ottawa. A place where we can chat and maybe find people around us to workout with. SparkPeople People in Ottawa Team Messageboard August Health Goals I love turning the page on a calendar and setting new goals. My month started out by visiting so I'm kind of just getting back on course today. <BR> <BR> Back to daily journaling and posting in my groups <BR> Back to working out 6 days a week and strength training 3 times a week <BR> I'm going to try a new program for exercise starting August 10th (metabolic renewal) <BR> Working my way now towards the 180's! <BR> I'm continuing to be AF (alcohol free) - Day 59 AF today. <BR> <BR> What are ... Wed, 5 Aug 2020 04:50:29 EST excelHR - Activities Guide It's been a while since I've posted here - and I now live in South Mountain (but still work at CHEO - from home mostly right now due to COVID-19). <BR> <BR> This link provides you with tons of ideas for activities around our area - I highly recommend you follow this blog as they come out with this 4 times a year. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ty-events/ottawa/#articles </link> Sat, 27 Jun 2020 05:29:10 EST Why has this forum gone inactive? I've recently re-started sparking. I came over here to check my home-town forum and saw a notice "This team is considered "inactive", meaning it has had no Message Board activity for at least 3 months." Wow! <BR> <BR> What happened? Well, I guess I'm part of the problem, because I dropped off SparkPeople for quite a while. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2019 20:03:20 EST Falll Challenge 2018 I can't believe September is coming so quickly! <BR> <BR> OK, my first challenge to you for fall is to try something you have never tried before. It might be a new activity like playing laser tag or paddle boarding or restorative yoga. Or it might be a common activity you do but in a new place. Go to Remik rapids for your walk and see the rock sculptures or try a new trail for biking or sign up for a water class in a different pool. Let us know how it went! <BR> <BR> Challenge number tw... Thu, 9 Aug 2018 00:32:42 EST Your exercise and food regime and challenges? Food: I am trying intermittent fasting and an extended fast based on the Obesity Code. I tend towards low carb and high fat. This is all new and an "experiment". I can't judge it until I've tried it. But I have tried and cooked for many people doing many things, so if you ever want to discuss recipes or have someone to be accountable to, let me know! <BR> <BR> Exercise: My first choices are kayaking, aquafit, gardening and walking, having fun! I'll try pretty much anything if you cont... Tue, 24 Jul 2018 13:11:07 EST 2018 - Summer Introduce yourself and... if you dare... contact me or Helene to meet up some time for a walk or coffee. It is all about connecting and we are here for you! Tue, 24 Jul 2018 12:56:08 EST Hot enough for ya? ;) So, how is everyone dealing with the heat? We have no air conditioning at home, so exercise has been flopping in the kiddie pool and wrestling ice cubes out of the tray. Mon, 2 Jul 2018 20:21:40 EST Fit Fall Challenge - Starting October 3rd, 2016 I'm starting a Fit Fall Challenge via my Facebook page - if anyone is interested - send me a message there. It will be for 30 days - motivation to get you working out. Ideas for recipes. Clean eating tips and MORE! <BR> <BR> Send me an email if you are interested <BR> <BR> Here's the link to my FB page if you'd like to friend or follow me there: <link><BR>/ </link> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:43:33 EST October Meet & Greet Are there still any active Ottawa Members on here? I was just looking at some of our old meet &amp; greet photos and wondering if there would be an interest in doing one in October. It's an amazing time of year. Perhaps Pink Lake again? <BR> <BR> Please respond if this would interest you and let me know what dates/times might work and I'll try to coordinate. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:38:30 EST Anyone use a gym? Hey All! I am looking for some accountability to get myself to the gym; I go to the Fit4Less Gloucester area. <BR> <BR> If there is anyone who does, or can, go to this gym, maybe we can keep each other going? Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:30:15 EST 2016 Chat room Want to meet up? Brr... it is January but perhaps you can connect with people in this thread over the year. <BR> <BR> This month and in February I am open to a "swim" and chat/hot tub at TLC Bed and Breakfast's private indoor pool... I run the B&amp;B so we would be the only ones here so no worries about body image and anyone caring. Contact me directly and we can set up a time either as a group or one to one. We are in Richmond, south and west of Ottawa. I have guests at the B&amp;B s... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 09:53:12 EST Walk the halls (Hillcrest High School) Yesterday, for the first time, I attended "Walk the halls" at a local high school. It was a lovely time and I got about 6 KM done! <BR> <BR> It's free, warm and open to anyone. <BR> <BR> It happens from 6-8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1900 Dauphin rd. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 09:24:17 EST What to do with an Xmas with no snow? I just noticed my lupins have some nice new growth on them -- they usually do that in the Spring! I'm afraid to check if my daffodils and tulips are also growing. <BR> <BR> It got me wondering what everyone will be doing in an Ottawa area with no snow for Christmas... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:18:32 EST July 2015 .... and it just keep on tickin' This is such a quiet team now... but don't assume there are no sparkers in Ottawa. There are some powerfully fierce ones,lol. But I have to admit I am very busy with other teams. So... if you are here and want to chat give me a shout on my spark page and I'll visit here. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:33:51 EST May 2015 discussion Summer seems to be here! Feel free to post if you want to organize a meet up/hike/discussion. I'm very flexible in June. Wed, 20 May 2015 13:10:23 EST group chat I see that people are posting monthly but there was no April so thought I would continue here. You are right about spring coming but it is very slow this year. Saw my first robin yesterday standing on a rooftop like a statue in the pouring rain. Probably wondering why he came back so soon!! Heading out for a cold walk but at least it is sunny today. Still have snow on the front lawn. Can't wait for the Tulip Festival! Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:50:42 EST March 2015 discussion Spring at last???? Well it's coming. What are your new goals? Are you eager to walk the canal or go to a sugar bush or see the ice break apart on the river? For me spring is my favourite time. As soon as there is no ice on the trails I enjoy walking. I'll take muck over ice any day. I have already heard the geese returning... although no Robins yet. I'm finally walking again without a cane and have my spark tracker on with the goal of 10,000 steps a day. I'm OK with mittens and a touq... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:30:18 EST February Discussion I would love to make this month a challenge to do things outside the house... but it's hard. I managed to go with my daughter downtown to do some shopping for shoes. Love the Fluvok store by the way, beside the beavertails stand. Expensive but they are well designed for wide feet and bunions and very funcky, fun colours and designs. Worth going in just to look at the heels and lovely words printed on the souls. <BR> <BR> I have opened my pool to my little village community this week. ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:12:21 EST 2015 New Members Introductions Welcome to the Ottawa team. By itself it is not terribly active but some of our members here have been around Spark People for years and have been super active on other teams. If you are interested in a meet up or starting a thread of discussion here, let me know and I'll send a team message out. I'm Justyna in Richmond (south west of Ottawa). Helene is on the Quebec side. She is pretty good at planning a walk/hike while I tend to plan discussions. But if you have an idea let me know an... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:10:31 EST January 2015 Open Discussion Hello team! What is it that you are looking for in a local team? <BR> <BR> -Meetups to meet face to face <BR> -ideas for local places to walk or things to try? <BR> -local food stores and restaraunts that will meet your food needs? <BR> -an exercise buddy <BR> -somewhere to talk about local "politics, weather, driving problems, radio stations..." <BR> -challenges that include local events like runs along the parkways or dragon boat races or enjoying festivals? <BR> <BR> <BR> My January Ne... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:10:28 EST Goal Setting for 2015 - The Desire Map Hi Ottawa folks, <BR> <BR> A while back I posted that I was working on becoming a life coach. I've since completed my training and had the opportunity to coach many wonderful people. I've also become a facilitator for The Desire Map workshops by Danielle LaPorte. This is a really powerful way of setting goals by getting really clear on our feelings and desires. <BR> <BR> I'm now working on launching my coaching business, and I'll be hosting a Desire Map Workshop on the afternoon/evening ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:14:00 EST Countdown to the New Year! It is NEVER too late to join a countdown. On September 22 it was 100 days till New Year's Eve. Wouldn't it be great to look back on New Year's Eve and see a change? Start today! What would you try and do consistently (or as often as possible) by December 31? <BR> <BR> For me it is eating clean. So today, September 26 is day 96 and I have had 3/4 clean eating days! <em>244</em> Perhaps that is what I will use this post for... to document the countdown! You are welcome to join me. It... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:04:59 EST Do you make your health a priority? Today, and this week... my priorities have been about my family.. and I realized I need to put myself first so I can be better equipped to deal with other's needs. I do think that my reason d'etre is to faccilitate others and I get a lot of joy from it... but when I feel like my own needs are not being met eventually I get grumpy or angry thinking that I am not able to do simple things like walk every day to keep healthy when in fact it is just because I did not do things in the right order. ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:40:53 EST Is September Your Year Start? On the calendar January 1st is a time of fresh starts, but with kids going back to school and some people getting back to work after holidays perhaps September is the time you want to set new goals? There is no right time except for today, so if you would like to share your "new goals" let us know! <BR> <BR> For me I am leading a team with the Writing Diet and waiting for a knee replacement. My B&B is temporarily closed so if anyone would like to come out to Richmond and chat or join me fo... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:57:05 EST Ottawa Zombie Run Is anybody signing up for the Zombie Run? It's a fundaiser for Habitat for Humanity. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I think I want to do this, but I can't decide if I want to run or to be a zombie. :) Which would you pick? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:27:05 EST Summer is almost over! Can't believe it is mid August! I know the team has been inactive. It happens. All it takes is a couple of people who want to start chatting and it can come back to life. Many of us on the Ottawa team are very active on other teams... Spark People does work! If you have an idea for a chat idea feel free to post it. Justyna Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:06 EST Hi from Gatineau Salut! I've used this site on and off for 3 years now. Recently, I made the decision to try loosing weight yet again after gaining a lot of weight back. Several years ago I lost well over 120 lbs. I gained it all back after some very stressful events in my life. This extra weight is now contributing to these problems. Safe to say... I want/need to loose some weight to be in a better place in my mind and soul. <BR> <BR> I like to meet people who would like to go for hikes once in a while in t... Mon, 19 May 2014 07:30:03 EST Spring 2014 Meet Up and Move ON! Hello Ottawa team! For those who want a jump start, to remotivate yourself or just have some face to face time with other sparkers, we are going to try and meet every 2 weeks for a few weeks with some discussion based on Julia Cameron's book "The Writing Diet-Write yourself thin". <BR> <BR> The first few chapters are about the "tools" she suggests to use (walking, food journal and morning pages are some) and then the second part of the book are general situations and discussion topics. Y... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:34:06 EST Coaching offer Hi Ottawa folks! <BR> <BR> I'm currently taking a course in pursuit of becoming a certified coach. As part of that course, I need to complete 25 hours of pro bono coaching. So I'm putting out this offer of free 30 to 60 minute coaching sessions to those who might be interested. <BR> <BR> A coach helps you gain clarity, generate new insights and develop strategies so that you can achieve your goals. The topic of coaching can be anything you want to move forward on -- health, relationships, ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:35:35 EST Favourite Places to Walk in the Ottawa Area Use this thread to list your favourite walking destinations or find a new one! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:01:07 EST 2014 Updcoming Events Copy and paste the still relevent events and add your own. If you would like to add an event feel free and if you are hoping to plan a "meet up" for an event the post a new thread! It might be a walk you are planning, a 5K, a festival or just meeting for coffee. Or this might be the place to find out about upcoming radio shows to listen to. Certainly if you wanted to enter a dragon boat race Spark team ..... <BR> <BR> Winterlude: Jan 31-Feb 17 <BR> Ice conditions: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:49:02 EST 2014 New Ottawa Members Welcome Where abouts in the Ottawa area are you? <BR> How long have you been in Spark People? <BR> What kind of activities do you enjoy? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:44:19 EST What are YOUR Goals for 2014? I thought I'd put this out there... we're nearing the end of January and I wanted to check in to see what goals our team members have for this year. <BR> <BR> Please share with us what you are 'going for' this year! <BR> <BR> Me - well as I said in another post - 2013 was tough for me as a single mom so my own self-care got put on the back burner and with the NEW year - I have made a decision that I need to put it back ON as a priority! I need to be healthy and happy to be the best mom I c... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:41:33 EST 2014 February - Winterlude Skate on Canal Hello Ottawa Team Members!! Remember me?! I apologize for not having posted in so long. <BR> <BR> 2013 was a truly challenging year for me on the home front and so my SP activity had to take a bit of a back seat - especially when it came to this team. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if perhaps there would be an interest in perhaps gathering for a meeting in person again. Winterlude is coming to town and I have yet to skate on the canal and would love to do this as an activity with team members. <... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:36:24 EST Extra Life/Play Games - Fundraiser / Walk My workplace is organizing a walk for this coming Saturday October 26th. If anyone is interested in joining or donating (or both), please visit this link: <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> If you join in, let them know Helene sent you their way! I plan on going unless it's pouring rain. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:20:53 EST Fall Walk at Pink Lake Oct 5 or 6th I love Fall and the beauty and colors. I'm going to be heading out to Gatineau Park for a walk on the Pink Lake trail - it's 2.5kms and the level of difficulty is moderate (sometimes I do the trail 2 x to get in 5kms). Here's a link for more info: <link><BR>tineau-park/pink-lake </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a doodle poll to see if there's interest from members on the Team (please indicate your SP name and real first name): <link> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:20:53 EST September 27th 2013 (Friday) Aquafit 7:00 pm Hello Ottawa Sparkers <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> It's been a while since anyone hosted a meet and greet. <BR> I have an indoor pool and Friday September 27th invite anyone who would like to to come to aquafit from 7:00 pm to 8 pm followed by tea and conversation. <em>254</em> Those who do not wish to go in the pool can sit in the sauna or hot tub if they prefer. Or they can use the time for themselves to sit at a table and journal or meal plan. <em>150</em> It's all about time for ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:55:33 EST Velo Rally in July, Aug, and/or Sept? Hi fellow Ottawa SPeeps! <BR> <BR> I'd like to put a small team or teams together (3 - 6 people) who would like to participate in one or more of Capital Velo Fest's Rally bike rides through Ottawa with me. All of the information is here: <link><BR>rally/ </link> <BR> <BR> Looks like a fun combination of a pretty easy bike ride and a bit of a scavenger hunt while possibly exploring new parts of our beautiful city. <BR> <BR> Would you like to join me?... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:59:02 EST Help! I need to borrow some splash pants! The one thing I don't have for our upcoming canoe trip is splash or paddling pants. I need something lightweight and waterproof as the weather forcast is for thunderstorms and showers the whole weekend (June 21) and only 21 degree high. Last time I got hypothermia so my kids are being adament that I be waterproofed. It is also a portaging trip so something very lightweight... <BR> <BR> I have my men's overalls that my kids call my yellow duck suit and they are too big now and too heavy. ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:51:22 EST Any Tai Chi Quan (Taijiquan) players I am looking for any taijiquan or would be taijiquan players in the Ottawa are who might be interested in two play drills and or practice. This might include working on the forms together, push hands, etc. <BR> <BR> Specifically I live in Barrheaven but looking for other like minded folks in the general area of Ottawa <BR> <BR> Any takers? <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 May 2013 07:25:22 EST Summer 2013 Updates Some of us are new to the Ottawa team and some of us have been around a while but busy with other teams. I just thought is would be nice to update each other on how we are doing! Cut and Paste and then fill in your info: <BR> <BR> Start date on SP: <BR> Part of Ottawa you are from: <BR> Something you would be interested in with team mates: <BR> How you use SP: <BR> Other: <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 May 2013 13:59:15 EST Any SP Biggest Loser team mates here? I'm on the yellow team and it will be my... fourth time participating in the challenges. Anyone else on a biggest loser spark team this spring? Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:12:39 EST 13.8lbs down in just 6 weeks & I need your help :) I have a small favour to ask of you ladies, which would mean a LOT to me. Could you kindly take 5 seconds of your day to vote for me at the included link? Six weeks ago I started my participation in a transformation contest. In that time, I lost a total of 13.8lbs, plus several inches, despite suffering a foot injury. The prizes are personal training sessions, which I could REALLY use after having two children and having lost nearly 60lbs since the year following my son's birth. The top 5 lad... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:55:47 EST Holiday Wishes & Plans for 2013 <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <BR> Hello People in Ottawa!! <BR> <BR> It sure has been quiet here... I had posted about stepping down as leader as I felt I wasn't able to do enough to be fair to the team... but I'm hoping that in 2013, we can look to planning some new in person meetings! The last one was hosted by TATINE and I am open to suggestions/ideas on what you might want to look at doing nex... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:51:56 EST Hello Ottawa! I have been a member at SparkPeople only for about a month now, and just found the Ottawa team. I'm living in Nepean right now, but may be moving soon. <BR> <BR> I'm not a native Ottawan, but am originally from New Brunswick. I've been living here about 14 years now. Ottawa is a beautiful city. Sure, we have our issues, but I think Ottawa is one of the easiest cities in Canada for outdoor activities. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to being in the team. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:33:01 EST Insanity!!! Hey I'm starting Beach body's Insanity program on Monday! Who wants to join me? XD I'm 22 from Ottawa, and ready to dig deeper, get fit, and have loads of fun at the same time!! <BR> <BR> Lizzie Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:50:49 EST Chat... update... hello Stretch... slow slow slow. I have edited 14,000 words of my novel. Only 236,000 more words to go. Ha! This morning's distraction was pulling out raspberry canes in the very back of the yard. I was going to do it in spring but today is sunny with frost making the ground crunchy... no leaves left so easy acces and no mushy ground or bugs.... decided in favour of collecting some vitamin D from the experience. Our garbage collection has switched to biweekly. Yours too? Takes me more than a thous... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:07:09 EST New Leadership I apologize that I have not been as active on this team as I should be and think that perhaps I should see if anyone else is interested in sparking new life on the team. <BR> <BR> Would you be interested in becoming a leader? <BR> <BR> I currently have too many other things going on personally and with other commitments that I feel it's not fair to the team, and will likely step down very soon. <BR> <BR> There are over 500 members on this team, but it has not been very active and while we... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:22:32 EST Tai Chi and Qigong in Ottawa I have been looking for some practice partners for two player forms in the ottawa team, but have had no takers. Perhpas none of the Ottawa group do Tai Chi, perhaps some do and are not interest? <BR> <BR> If there are some locals who may be interested the let me know. Perhaps we could explore. I would be willing to teach a player or a few if there was a commitment to a common long term goal of developing some two player practice. <BR> <BR> I realize that if you are just exploring you can no... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:33:29 EST Time for my annual New Year's Resolution Push Each year at this time I begin to focus on my New Year's Resolution Run. This is my blog to kick of this years event. I am extending a challenge to People In Ottawa. To begin planning so that you can join me with a New Year's motion, rather than a notion, and begin 2013 with some some action. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089623 </link> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 04:07:34 EST Clothing Exchange Anyone? I was thinking that it might be fun to get together for a clothing exchange. <BR> <BR> Is anyone interested? <BR> <BR> PS: <BR> <BR> I could host it, I am in Orleans. <BR> <BR> I do have pets, for those allergic. <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:03:57 EST Army Run 2012 My DH, DD & I will be running, well running & walking probably, but running as much as DD can, this Sunday in the Army Run 5k! <BR> <BR> Now picture Kermit the Frog waving his arms in the air and saying " YAAAAAAAAAY! " <BR> <em>201</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:50:24 EST Ottawa stores for positivity (clothing & jewelry) Just wondering if anyone knows of any good stores around for positve message clothes, jewelry, posters, etc. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:39:20 EST MSCONE.... Pilon is my husbands last name.....pronounced Peelon (very french)....but many english people pronounce "Pylon" as in a orange "Cone".... My husband was dubbed "Mr Cone" by his friends, so I became Ms Cone.... we are the true Coneheads... LOL Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:10:03 EST New to the Team - Not new to SparkPeople Here I am again....trying to get the pounds off. As with most people, I succeed in getting my weight down and then the weight seems to creep back on. As I'm approaching my 50th B-day, I have noticed that the weight seems to be harder to keep off.... hormone changes... so I'm told. LOL <BR> <BR> Any way, at the beginning of July, I decided to go back to watching my calorie intake and balancing my diet. Looking for all the support I can get. I'm hoping to get ride of at least 50 to 60 poun... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:14:30 EST Words of WisdomÉ I have tried lots of things that did not work and thanks to reading blogs and articles have realized it was wrong for me, or the wrong timing. Good luck finding the right things that work! If it does not work, change your goals! Success is important! If you have other wise words to share, please add them to the thread! Sun, 5 Aug 2012 10:36:29 EST SP In Person Meeting Proposed SP Ottawa member TATINE has proposed a meeting/gathering and I'm sending out this post/thread to see if anyone is interested. If you are, please respond to the post and we'll follow-up with more details once we finalize a date and time. <BR> <BR> Here's TATINE's post: <BR> <BR> Hi there, <BR> I was at the meeting at Andrew Hayden park and it was a lot of fun getting to know people and hearing of their success and some failures and what has kept them motivated. <BR> It was also great that... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 09:11:16 EST Good summer or bad? For me I think it has been a great summer. Yard work has been my major cardio and for strength training I have focused on core exercises and trying some machines. Hey, even an old dog can learn new tricks, lol. I joined one of the biggest loser challenges and we are in week 6. (Spark people has seasonal teams so if anyone is interested you can sign up on the main biggest loser fall challenge and they will assign you to a team when the next one starts up). I was wondering how things are g... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:10:38 EST Any Tai Chi (Taiji) players in ottawa Hi all <BR> <BR> I am looking for tai chi players who might want to get together for push hands and other two player drills and workouts. I do not care about your style we can workout the differences and we might just learn a little from the differences we have learned. <BR> <BR> let the chi flow <BR> <BR> Popie Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:21:32 EST rollerblading anyone? I rollerblade about every other day on various paths in Ottawa...was wondering if anyone else here does the same? Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:25:07 EST Hula Hoop - where to purchase in Ottawa? I'd like to get a hula hool (likely 1-3lb weighted). Anyone know where to get one in Ottawa (or where NOT to get one?!) Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:43:42 EST National Capita Fit Day (June 16 2012) I went to National Capital Fit Day today! I enjoyed it, although thought there would be more vendor booths. I watched the Strongmen performance (and a friend of mine hosted this). <BR> <BR> I also did a crazy thing: I did a Kettlebell class! Me! <BR> <BR> I'll be sore tomorrow (I'm already sore today), but I'm so glad I tried it. Now I know a little about it, and so I also went and bought myself a 10 lb kettlebell this afternoon. During the class I used the lightest bell they had, which wa... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 21:58:52 EST Strength Training Tracking I'm just wondering if anyone has suggestions on how to track strength training classes like Bodypump at Goodlife Fitness gyms? I have no idea the number of reps or even all of the exercises that we did. <BR> <BR> Any tracking suggestions would be great! Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:21:22 EST Size 16 and 14ish Clothes to donate Hey guys, I was going through my closet and have found pants and tops that can use another home. <BR> <BR> I figured I'd post it in the Ottawa team as I can probably drop it off for someone if they are interested...Otherwise I will donate them to the Sally Ann. <BR> <BR> Email me if you are interested. <BR> Tue, 29 May 2012 13:52:03 EST A Blog Worth Reading about "Self Talk" I'm sharing this for those who may have missed it because I think it has incredible value and he includes links to his previous blogs and the are ALL worth reading - this guy is GOOD! <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a fabulous, healthy and active day!! Enjoy the lovely weather this glorious Victoria Day Weekend!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886607 </link> <BR> <BR> Helene Sat, 19 May 2012 07:08:26 EST Just stopping by for a chat... I am very excited because I have a harp! Definite me time. I feel like I played the harp in a previous life because it seems so natural. My DD and DH were as a amazed as I was at how easily I picked out songs by ear and started adding chords. I do have a music background and it has crushed me losing my singing voice, developing arthritis in my hands and shoulders, having an old head injury from a car accident that took away my ability to coordinate my left and right hands on the piano, to say... Fri, 18 May 2012 07:49:35 EST Parkway Cycling Does anyone know when the parkways open up for Sunday cycling from 9am-1pm? I just read about it online (<BR>s.html), but it doesn't state when it starts. <BR> <BR> I'd like to try this out some Sunday to help me ease back into cycling. Fri, 18 May 2012 00:20:08 EST Parkway Cycling Does anyone know when the parkways open up for Sunday cycling from 9am-1pm? I just read about it online (<BR>s.html), but it doesn't state when it starts. <BR> <BR> I'd like to try this out some Sunday to help me ease back into cycling. Thu, 17 May 2012 22:58:44 EST Athletic Club GO-ERS I'm looking at joining the Athletic Club in Trainyards. I was wondering if anyone here has or had a membership, and what they think of it? <BR> <BR> The prices seem really steep for me, but I love the Women's Only Section. Its exactly what I need/want. I'm probably going to join in the next month. Its great since its on my way home from school. Sat, 12 May 2012 18:44:19 EST Tulip Time!! OK Folks, now you need to get out your bike or your sneakers and get on down to Dow's Lake before the tulips are totally gone. They are still hanging in there and what gorgeous weather to get out there and see some colours!! <BR> <BR> I walked from my place at Holland and Wellington down to Sunnyside via the park yesterday and it was de-lovely! <BR> <BR> My best to you all and have a great weekend!! Sat, 12 May 2012 15:13:04 EST How's everyone coping with this weather?! I know it's not entiiiirely unseasonal to be rainy and blah in April, but flurries of snow?! So how's everyone holding up? I'm wishing I hadn't packed away my winter coat right about now! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:18:48 EST Great walks / rides Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> What are your favourite places to take a long walk or to go for a bike ride? <BR> <BR> I ALMOST got the bike out this weekend, but ended up walking instead. When I do bike, I like to go from Parkdale to Island Park, across the bridge, and down to the Museum of Civ - then back across at Portage and home. It's quite a bit, but if I don't push it too hard, I can do it. <BR> <BR> Later, if I can be regular at biking, I will go to Lac Leamy or Aylmer, or Rockliffe. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 22:08:18 EST Spring Rally Anyone?!! Well it's been a 'long' time since the People in Ottawa got together in person for a walk/gathering. <BR> <BR> I am wondering about people's interest/availabitlity to get together for a walk next Saturday - April 14th. I propose meeting at Britannia Park/Beach. The meeting 'spot' by the furthest parking lot (on the opposite side of the building that houses the public washrooms and concession stand when it's open). <BR> <BR> From there we can walk to Andrew Haydon park (by path) and back. I... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 08:26:54 EST Gyms in Barrhaven location Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Do any of you go to either the Goodlife (womens only) gym on Greenbank, or the SnapFitness on Strandherd Drive?? Which do you prefer and anyone interested in signing up together? Mon, 19 Mar 2012 08:06:10 EST Any Tai Chi players in Ottawa I am looking for some tai Chi players in Ottawa interested in two partner drills. (push hands, hip shoulder drills, etc. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:54:44 EST Anyone Running in Ottawa Race Weekend? Hey there Ottawa...ites? Ottawans? ... Sparkers from Ottawa, anyway: <BR> <BR> Anyone planning to lace up for any of the Ottawa Race Weekend events on May 26 and 27? It's a huge event in the city, so I figure I'm not alone in preparing for a race (10k) - If there are others, maybe we can help each other out and cheer each other on! <BR> <BR> Also, if any of you who aren't already running wanted more information, you can find it at <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>182</em>... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:03:10 EST Where to buy fitness DVDs and/or DVD swap Just wondering where everyone buys their fitness DVDs. I often get mine at Walmart, Best Buy, Chapters, and Future Shop, but there are several I am looking to buy that I can't find anywhere. Anyone have any suggestions on other stores to try? <BR> <BR> Two of the ones I am looking for are from Leslie Sansone: <BR> Walk Slim: Four Really Big Miles - Fast & Firm (2008) (the purple one) <BR> Walk & Firm with Interval Training (2007) (possibly re-released in 2010) Sun, 4 Mar 2012 20:02:21 EST Best music album for download Looking for some great tunes for my cardio workouts but don't want to bother looking up individual songs. What's the best all around album to download? Sat, 3 Mar 2012 23:38:23 EST "weigh-in" meetings On another post thread there was some interest in having a weekly/biweekly meeting to weigh-in and support each other in person a la Weight Watchers style. <BR> <BR> Please reply to this post if you're interested and indicate when and where you would be available? For me Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays or would work in Ottawa South. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 20:42:35 EST Dragon Boat Race? I have been trying to come up with a new and exciting activity for this year and participating in a dragon boat race came to mind. Has anyone done it? I am nervous about committing to a team before knowing if I can do it. Is there a "try it" opporunity? I have signed up to be a volunteer for the T.H.'s race in June. Should be fun. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:22:09 EST Clothes Swap? I was thinking that if people are changing sizes, it might be nice to give away or sell clothes they've grown out of. <BR> <BR> I was also thinking that I'd like to get more workout clothes in my size, but don't want to spend too much, since I'm hoping that I'll need smaller sizes soon. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested? Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:51:37 EST So how much have you lost? Have some fun here: I was carrying around my two 5 pound weights and couldn't wait to put them down... then thought about how I used to carry that much extra weight all the time! <BR> Here are some weight comparisons... <BR> <BR> Now, what equivalent have you shed, and what will you be shedding? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chi... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 22:21:15 EST What tools from Spark People do you use? 1. For me, I love the wheel. Adding that new 25 point bonus has really helped me to become consistent and do a little more every day. <BR> 2. I blog. Sometimes it is profound and sometimes I'm whining and sometimes I need to organize my thoughts. It helps. <BR> 3. I read blogs. They give me ideas. I certainly have some "heros" who make me think "I could do that" or just "wow... I wish I could do that" <BR> 4. I do the minimum ten minutes exercise every day and strength training. <B... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 19:16:48 EST Live Right Now - Let's DO IT Ottawa!! A challenge has been launched and I am hoping that People in Ottawa will work to make Ottawa the Live Right Now Capital of Canada. <BR> <BR> Since their first launch - they have tweaked and fine tuned their website. You can visit this link for more info and if you haven't joined - I encourage you to do so. Let's help earn points for our city!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the press release that went out on Friday when the site went live: <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:00:26 EST SP Responds & Turns unwanted 'share' feature off!! This is why I love SP - they hear the feedback and respond... (if you're not sure what I'm referring to it was posted in the 'sharing blogs' post). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683820 </link> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:55:39 EST Sharing Blogs While I don't mind sharing with the team I certainly cherish my privacy within the SP community and when I learned of this (saw it on a friend's blog) I was taken aback. FB for me is NOT a safe place where I'd want my blogs shared. I wanted to let others know about this so that you can make the choice - I have unchecked it so the share bar does NOT appear on my blogs. Here's the message from a SP Friend... <BR> <BR> I was recently alerted that anyone who reads our blogs can share them on fa... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:14:30 EST New to SparkPeople - Glad to find the Ottawa Forum Greetings! Just joined SP this past week. Very nice to see others from Ottawa! First time ever to have joined any type of weight loss program. Want to lose 20 lbs and feel this will be my way to accomplish this goal. Happy to have this tool as my motivation and means of tracking my progress. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 11:35:16 EST 2012 SP Rallies - In Person Meetings Last year, I was not as successful in gathering people for SP Rallies (also known as SP Meet and Greets) whereby I would try to organize in person meetings with People in Ottawa for us to do something together... activities have included mostly meeting at a location and going for a walk but we have also had a couple of meetings - my favourite one being the 'pot luck picnic' we had at Andrew Haydon Park where we all brought something healthy and shared our stories... <BR> <BR> I would like t... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 06:59:39 EST 2012 January Fitness Plan Welcome to 2012 People in Ottawa! <BR> <BR> I hope you have had a good start to the New Year! I thought I should post a thread for us to put our goals for fitness as I know many resolve to get more active and exercise as we begin a New Year. <BR> <BR> I have been relatively consistent with my exercise but a new plan I have adopted is that which follows the SparkGuy's plan to do a minimum 10mins of activity every single day throughout the year. Of course I plan on doing more - but minimally ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 06:53:31 EST Where can I get well-fitting running shoes? Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> I am working with the treadmill for the first time (my usual exercise is swimming) and I am finding that I am getting some irritation in my feet. I can tell that my running shoes are too narrow for my feet, and will start to chafe soon on the back of the foot. <BR> <BR> I would like to get some good quality, professionally fitted running shoes (not sold by some teenager who just wants a commission). Does anyone know of a good place in Ottawa for that? Fri, 2 Dec 2011 17:00:24 EST Favorite Activities 1. Aquafit and swimming lengths <BR> 2. Walking, especially trails with some hills and scenery <BR> 3. Wii "Just Dance" with my DD's <BR> 4. Snowshoeing since last winter... so snoeshoes are on my Christmas wish list <BR> 5. Canoe trips (although I prefer B&B's to camping now I'm a little older, lol) Sat, 26 Nov 2011 23:43:51 EST Support Groups in Ottawa? I love that I've found support from SparkPeople, but I know I need some face-to-face support as well. I've tried to find support groups in Ottawa for weight-loss, but all I seem to find are groups associated wtih a specific program, such as Weight Watchers or Dr. Bernstein. Does anyone know of any "open" support groups that anyone can join? Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:20:47 EST Looking for a Gym Buddy who Goes to Goodlife Hello :) <BR> <BR> I would love to be able to have a work out buddy, I live downtown and can go to any goodlife I want. Please let me know if you are interested? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 3 Nov 2011 12:53:32 EST Returned I have been away from Spark for quite awhile, but I have returned because my doctor has placed me on a low G.I. diet. <BR> <BR> To help with it I am using Spark to track what I am eating. Hopefully I can go back to losing the weight. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:08:59 EST Question for the ladies Hi!! <BR> <BR> So, I recently took a kickboxing class on a friends-and-family night, and loved it. Once I'm done my class at Algonquin in November, I'll be signing up at the gym (100% Martial Arts, on Bank St.). Until then, I'm working out at home so I can actually keep up once I'm all signed up! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, here's my question: Where is a good place in Ottawa to find a good sports bra? I'm a 36 DD, and have never been able to find one that really gets the job done. Maybe I need an... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:14:34 EST Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to My Ottawa Friends! I wanted to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! <BR> <BR> It will be goreous weather! <BR> <BR> Remember to watch your portions if you are attending a big dinner somewhere like I am tomorrow. With the beautiful sun, I plan to do a 6km power walk or two with my dog to burn off the extra calories. <BR> <BR> Kim Fri, 7 Oct 2011 11:44:05 EST I Survived Boot Camp!!! I went to a drop-in Boot Camp class at my gym last night. I've done intense interval training before and survived. I also attended a Boot Camp session before and survived... but barely. <BR> <BR> The trainer put the fear in me when he started by saying "If you can't bring it, don't even bother coming to this class". EEEEK! <BR> <BR> Everything started off really nicely but about half way through the class, my stomach started acting up. I felt like throwing up. I had to recover by joggi... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:25:03 EST New Years 2012 Resolution in action <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=53146 </link> <BR> <BR> Last year I started a Resolution run team here at Sparks. It is a team that has a finite life. I am doing the same this year. Curtis and I will do the Ottawa 10 km Resolution run there are other "official Resolution Runs", but I am encouraging Sparks People to sign up to do anything that makes a New Years Resolution an action rather than a thought. <BR> <BR> I am from Ottawa, ON, Canada and if there ar... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 10:06:02 EST SP Meet - Sunday Oct 2 - **CANCELLED Okay team - I am not polling this time but just putting this out there as it's something I have been wanting to do. I am proposing a SP in person meeting at the Gatineau Park - Pink Lake location. I have been there twice and it's absolutely breathtaking and I have been dying to go back when the fall colors come in. <BR> <BR> So I'm going and inviting People in Ottawa Members to reply to this post if you are available and interested in joining me. <BR> <BR> I will be there for 9:45am and wi... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 08:31:06 EST Scratch Kitchen Just wanted to share this company I discovered at the farmers market this weekend! They're called Scratch Kitchen and they make prepared, healthy, frozen meals from local and organic (where possible) ingredients. Great for a quick meal if you don't have time to cook, or something healthy that you can bring to work and heat up for lunch! You can order and have the meals delivered to you or you can order and then pick up your order at the farmers market! (Or you can just go see their booth at... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 12:53:26 EST starting new I was browsing through weight loss sites and came across Spark. It sounded interesting so here i am. i've been under a lot of stress lately due to a life alterating change and now i'm trying to get back on track and get back in shape to lose those unwanted pounds that won't let go. i'm starting slowly by changing what i eat and how much and followed slowly by some kind of exercise. i really hurt my achilles tendon so walking can become difficult after a while. hope to hear from someone soo... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 10:46:02 EST Ontario Health Study I came across this article and felt it was worthwhile sharing in our Health Challenges section as a plea to have you participate in the study ... Here's a little bit about it... <BR> <BR> Why should I join the Ontario Health Study? <BR> <BR> There’s never been an easier way to make a difference in the health of your loved ones and of future generations. All we ask of you is to commit a little of your time (20 to 30 minutes) to filling out the Study’s online health questionnaire. There will... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:44:41 EST Walking in the rain Crazy? I'm sure that's what the woman who stopped and asked if we were lost thought. We were at the end of a cottage road in a remote area between Westport and Kingston and I had just emerged from the bush, with my puppy, both of us soaked to the skin and grinning ear to ear while storing my walking poles and dripping fanny pack into the back of the car my daughter had met us in. It was pouring and had been the entire walk. <BR> <BR> Crazy? Well who walks or runs in the rain? Or for t... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:30:03 EST What do you need? Hi, I'm Justyna and one of the team leaders for People in Ottawa. My credentials? LOL, none! I've been with SP for just over 3 years. I've lost over 35 pounds and been able to get my health issues under control (diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol) and I use most of the tools on Spark People. Ask me any question. I can probably send you to a person who really knows. We have a lot of success in this team with many motivational leaders. Allicotter knows about all the Goodlife pla... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 08:41:05 EST Orleans walking group? Hi there, <BR> Is anyone interested in group walking 1 evening per week, in Orleans? <BR> It could be the same route every week, or a different route. <BR> <BR> Here's a suggestion for a first meetup: Wednesday July 27, 7:15 pm, at Heritage Park on Orleans Blvd. I know, boooooring, but we can work on selecting other locations. <BR> <BR> Who's in? <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:49:01 EST Sharing our Lessons Learned through Blogs Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Some of you follow my blogs regularly, while others may not... I got into a discussion with a smaller private SP team and feel this is one worthwhile reading... <BR> <BR> I feel that THIS is in fact for real a breakthrough for me and if it can help you through, then it will mean that much more to me. <BR> <BR> Please share with your friends as you see fit... Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=43740... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:24:12 EST July In Person Meeting anyone? I've had a few members ask me about when the next in person meeting would be and I thought I'd put this out there to see what interest there might be. I know it's summer time and many people are away on holidays or busy with their 'lives'. <BR> <BR> Our last gathering at Pink Lake was small - just myself and 3 other members but it was great! No matter the number we can make it happen... <BR> <BR> Is anyone interested in getting together and if so - how about some suggestions on time, date,... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:14:35 EST Bluesfest 2011 Will anyone be going to Bluesfest? I'll be there on Sunday for Hewy Lewis and The News. :o) Retro back to the 80s. I loved that band! Thu, 7 Jul 2011 11:17:10 EST living in Gatineau but working in downtown Ottawa Hi my name is Josee. I'm currently on mat.leave but in Dec.I will start work again in the Ottawa so I thought this would be a good group for me. I would love to start running even if I wanted to be under 200 pounds when I started. I'm afraid to miss the summer so I need to start asap :) When I work I liked to run next to the rideau canal. Does anyone else live in Gatineau in this group? No group for Gatineau was created so I'm just curious :) <BR> Josee Tue, 5 Jul 2011 08:48:56 EST Happy Canada Day! Happy Canada Day everyone! We are lucky to have the Royal Couple joining us for this year's festivities. <BR> <BR> I hope you have a fun day planned. <BR> <BR> Oh Canada! Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:57:53 EST Looking for a training partner Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am looking for a training partner for the summer. My name is Judith, I am 29 years old, I have a 30 months old daughter and I live in Gatineau. I walked a 32 km on June 4th and now my new goal is to run a 5 km in September. I am looking for a partner to walk/jog/run 1 0r 2 times a week. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested? Send me a message <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Judith Wed, 22 Jun 2011 08:37:27 EST Haircut OK SO.... I know this is a bit random, but I honestly don't know pretty much anyone in Ottawa, and my co-workers couldn't help me with this, so I'm turning to the only others I know, Sparkpeople!! <BR> <BR> I want a new haircut. I'm not sure exactly what I want, but my hair is pretty short and I'm going for something... edgy... or as one girl at work suggested "punk rock". I usually just go to First Choice b/c it's cheap and I can tell them what I want, but I need some guidance on this one... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 23:03:03 EST Hi from Rockland! Hi everyone. My name is Kim, I'm a 42 yr old single Mom of two kids and one of my goals is to lose 25lbs. I also want to be able to jog 5km and be at the gym 3 times a week on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> I enjoy knitting, dancing and meeting new people. <BR> <BR> Nice meeting you all! <BR> <BR> Kim Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:02:09 EST Hello from Orleans Hi everyone <BR> <BR> This is my second time using SP to get healthy (I hate the word diet: this is a lifestyle change for me) and I am thrilled to have found 'People in Ottawa! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I started my journey in January and although I have hit many plateaus, this time I am sticking with it! Good luck to everyone! Wed, 8 Jun 2011 21:06:01 EST MEC Bikefest Ottawa, June 26th Just thought this might be of interest ... <BR> <BR> "Sunday, June 26th 2011, 9:00am – 2pm <BR> Brittania Park (Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre) <BR> <BR> This free event has something for everyone, so bring the whole family down to the sweetest cycling celebration of the summer." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bikefest-ottawa/?fc_c=3359203x11782231<BR>x1628433234&utm_source=mecmail_english<BR>&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bikefest_ottawa_11 </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Jun 2011 18:30:53 EST Saturday June 18th - Team In Person Meeting Hi everyone!! <BR> <BR> My apologies for the error in the date I sent out in the e-mail... The idea was to have a SP in person meeting on Saturday June 18th (typo silly me put the 17th) at 10:30 <BR> <BR> Here are the details (and if anyone has an actual address or clear directions we can post here please do)... <BR> <BR> Date: Saturday June 18th <BR> Time: 10:30am meeting <BR> Location: Gatineau Park - Pink Lake <BR> <BR> Plan: To walk the trail and then stop and picnic together so ... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 03:39:35 EST Chi Running / Walking in Ottawa I am considering doing a Free Chi Running / Walking workshop on the weekend of June 4th and 5th. These will be contributing to my training hours for my Certification. I am planning to have everything wrapped up July 1 - 4 with a four day training where I will complete my Assistance Training with a master trainer. <BR> <BR> This blog is to check on interest and avialability of people who would like to experience a Chi Runnning and Chi Walking or Chi Running or Chi Walking workshop at no char... Sat, 21 May 2011 06:09:04 EST SP In Person Meeting - Ideas for June/July Well folks I tried for April and May and it just didn't seem to work out so here's another try looking ahead. <BR> <BR> I need your input/feedback to make this work. <BR> <BR> What dates/times would suit you for an in person meeting? <BR> <BR> Do you have any suggestions on what to do? Where to meet? <BR> <BR> We had a very successful "Pot Luck" picnic last year at Andrew Haydon Park. We had one great meeting at Gatineau Park (I'd love to go to Pink Lake and do a combination walk and stop... Thu, 19 May 2011 14:35:26 EST 6 Week Challenge to mid-point for 2011! Well People in Ottawa - who is ready to re-juice, RE-NEW and pump up their motivation?! <BR> <BR> I know I sure am... we are six weeks away to June 30th - the halfway mark for 2011 and I don't know about you, but I want to put on record some great results. <BR> <BR> I am posting this as challenge to wake up that motivation you may have had early January. Now we have new reasons to pump up our efforts - SUMMER is just around the corner... bathing suit weather, sleeveless shirts, and I don't ... Mon, 16 May 2011 11:56:48 EST MAY SP People in Ottawa In-Person Meeting Hi folks! For those who don't check your e-mails (and for those who don't check posts) ... I'm hoping that by doing this in both places I will get the message out. <BR> <BR> Here's the message and please reply here if you are in or not ... and preferences. I will coordinate as best I can and go with the majority for the date. <BR> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <BR> Hello People in Ottawa! <BR> ... Wed, 11 May 2011 11:09:55 EST I'm so mad at myself... Went home for the weekend and completely blew my diet. I already felt guilty, but now I'm really mad at myself because I weighed myself and gained 3.5lbs. It had taken me a full week and a bit to lose that amount. GRrrrrrrr there are times when I totally hate my lack of self control. <BR> <BR> Today I'm starting the bootcamp and I know it will be difficult. I know I have to go to curves and do the 10 minute video. I'm already tired and haven't done anything yet. I will push myself...n... Mon, 2 May 2011 14:07:04 EST New hiker in Orleans Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a long-time sparker just moved to Orleans from Kitchener. As my name suggests, I'm a hiker - my hiking "credits" include the entire Bruce Trail and Grand Valley Trail. If I eventually get unpacked, I'll be out hiking with the Rideau Trail Association. Right now, I'm not even sure where my hiking boots are! <BR> <BR> It's been a stressful year on the personal side, so the best I can say about my weight is ... it's been stable. : ) <BR> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:12:07 EST SP Meet & Greet #8 aka SP Rally - April 30, 2011 I posted it in the announcements but didn't want to miss anyone... so here's to an updated post about our 8th in person meeting: <BR> <BR> SP Meet & Greet #8 aka SP Rally - Andrew Haydon Park <BR> <BR> Well folks I was looking at the weather network and after a long week of rain, I decided to plan an impromptu, kind of last minute, walk for anyone who cares to join us. I live near Andrew Haydon Park and walk there many times - it's lovely and it's where we had our Pot Luck picnic last year ... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 14:09:03 EST April Challenge: Try something new! Nothing changes if nothing changes! There are only a few days left in April but here is the challenge. Try something new. Food or exercise related and something healthy. Could be something you would never normally do or a twist on something you do all the time. Let us know what it is and how it went. Sat, 23 Apr 2011 13:17:12 EST Guilt.... Funny thing guilt.... Today is 1 of 2 easter dinners we're having this weekend. I knew it was coming. I knew it would be difficult. I knew I wasn't the one preparing the food so it wouldn't be low cal/fat. Tried to be reasonable for breakfast, and then cracked and had 2 hashbrown patties instead of one :( Now I feel guilty.....and I haven't even had dinner yet!!! <BR> <BR> I'm thinking that I will have soup or salad for lunch. Nice and light... <BR> <BR> Why can't I just have one day of "... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 10:06:33 EST Looking for a weekend buddy :D Working in Cornwall all week, and home on weekends (Nepean). Would like to find an exercise buddy or even get together to chat and encourage each other. <BR> <BR> I have every 2nd Friday off, and would love to meet up with someone and share this journey with! <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're interested. <em>334</em> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 11:06:01 EST Hi Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group, mostly on to provide updates of opportunities that The Arthritis Society has for healthy, active living events, primarily our Walk To Fight Arthritis and our Joints in Motion marathon team. I thought I would also take the opportunity to check out the site as I get my fitness level back up to where it was pre-ankle injury. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the site! <BR> Jason Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:35:07 EST Walk to Fight Arthritis - 1km and 5km Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I work for The Arthritis Society in Eastern Ontario, and I wanted to let everyone know about our upcoming Walk to Fight Arthritis, presented by the makers of Tylenol, on May 15th, 2011. The Walk to Fight Arthritis will be in 25 communities across the country, with the Eastern Ontario Walks being in Ottawa and Kingston. <BR> <BR> The Walk to Fight Arthritis is a non-competitive 1km or 5km Walk (we have had a few runners in the past, definitely not outlawed). In Ott... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:27:11 EST Advice for new members What have you learned that you would tell a new struggling member? Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:20:51 EST New in Nepean and Cornwall.... Hello all :) <BR> <BR> I work in Cornwall but live in Nepean. During the week I'm in Cornwall for my job but come home every weekend. <BR> <BR> Having a bit of trouble getting back into this. :( Would love to have a support group or buddy. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested? :) <BR> <BR> Kind regards, <BR> <BR> Josie Sun, 17 Apr 2011 17:10:17 EST Do You Use A Gym? I work in a local gym, but hate using a gym to work out. Even though I have a free membership, I've never used it once! <BR> <BR> Do any of you use a gym, or do you prefer to work out at home/outside? If you do use a gym, where do you go? And if you don't, what do you like to do? Thu, 14 Apr 2011 17:29:14 EST LiveRightNow Live Chat Friday at 1:30pm Good morning People in Ottawa! <BR> <BR> I have just received and invitation to participate in a live chat as part of my submission towards the 'success stories' and wanted to share the invitation. I'll be joining the chat for sure! <BR> <BR> Here are the details of the invitation: <BR> <BR> To further celebrate Canada's success so far, we're inviting you to join us this Friday for a live chat! <BR> <BR> The chat will feature some of our favourite inspirational stories (including yours!... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 04:24:27 EST Hi All I am 54 years young and live in Gatineau, mother of two grown up girls. Granny to 1 little girl and two brothers?? on the way. <BR> <BR> I have lost 20 lbs and have another 20 to go. I am looking for buddies to help motivate me online and in person. <BR> <BR> Glad to have found this site. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 07:49:00 EST Does anyone know of a good wedding officiant? And how much they charge? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <em>337</em> <em>2</em> <em>334</em> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 23:02:36 EST LRN Week at a Glance (March 20 - 26) I thought I'd create posts for this info for those who may be interested in taking up a few challenges... <BR> <BR> Live Right Now's MARCH MAKEOVER <BR> Week Four - Taking Action <BR> <BR> <BR> We've cut calories, we're eating less sugar and consuming more fruit and veggies. Our hard work should be starting to pay off! <BR> <BR> Last week we focused on getting low-cal, now we're going to take action and get moving. <BR> <BR> Physical activity is a key part of weight loss and maintenanc... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 17:59:20 EST Note to Self (& YOU) - blog by fellow SP Member I came across this blog today and felt it was worthy of sharing and ensuring the People in Ottawa recognize... Just how <em>345</em> you all are right NOW! <BR> <BR> Happy First Day of Spring! Inching closer to planning our next in person meeting (looks like it might be the Tulip Festival visiting - details will come later)... <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy the blog as much as I did! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4092957&S<BR>PShared=TRUE </link> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 08:54:49 EST Chi Running / walking workshops in Ottawa This is just a link to my blog on my no Charge workshops coming up over the next few weeks in Ottawa ON <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4078971 </link> Wed, 9 Mar 2011 12:57:42 EST Fitness activities that SHOULD be on SP I went to log my exercise minutes and for some reason pushing my shopping cart 25 meters through the snow was not there. And why is there no differentiation between shoveling heavy snow and light? It made me laugh and made me wonder what other activities people could suggest (tongue in cheek) that SP list for us to record. Sun, 6 Mar 2011 16:09:33 EST Best breakfast Ideas for the Bleary Eyed - High fibre cereal, topped with mixed nuts, dried fruit, and a small glass of calcium fortified soy milk. (I personally like Kashi Go Lean and prefer 1% milk) <BR> <BR> - Natural yoghurt mixed with a chopped apple, berries, and whole grain cereal; served with 100% whole orange juice. (I personally like hemp granola) <BR> <BR> - Healthy granola bar, one orange, and a glass of low fat milk. (I personally like the Kashi fruit and grain dark chocolate and raspberry) <BR> <BR> - Natural yoghu... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 14:41:19 EST What is your 6 word success story? In 6 words tell us how you are succeeding! Tue, 1 Mar 2011 16:25:43 EST Help! Ankle pain Hi Everyone, I hope one of you can help me with this problem. <BR> <BR> I want to walk and I have set up some goals for the next few months relating to walk. The thing is when ever I walk more then 30 minutes I have pain in my ankle. I have to wear a special sole to walk and my shoes are comfy. <BR> <BR> Do you have any exercise idea to help me with this or any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> <BR> Judith Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:58:20 EST Chi Walking and Running in Ottawa As some of you may know I am a Chi Runner, and am working on my instructors certification. I am now ready to do some practice teaching as part of my certification process. I am therefore looking some interested person to teach Chi Walking and Running. <BR> <BR> I have my course materials ready and have done some practice instruction and now looking to do a little more before my final course in Feb. <BR> <BR> This teaching would be conducted here in Ottawa, at no charge, on the understanding... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 06:57:15 EST zumba in ottawa east im looking for zumba in ottawa east anyone know of some where do not want the curves or good life ones thanks <BR> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:52:57 EST Hello from Nepean!! Hey all!! New to the Ottawa area and to this awesome site! So happy to be here and looking forward to a new exciting year as the new me! Hope you all find health and happiness and wishing you all much success with your goals! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 16:27:14 EST Inside Story of Celebrity Weight Loss I just received a notification about this new documentary. Sounds like it might be interesting. <BR> Celebrity Weight Loss: What Really Happens (2011) <BR> tells the inside story of weight loss. From fad diets to drastic surgeries to old fashioned diet and exercise, the special reveals the do's and don'ts of successfully getting and keeping the pounds off. The message for 2011 seems to be portion control, occasional indulgence and overall healthier living. <BR> <BR> (I'm no... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:04:39 EST Physio Walk & Run 2K, 5K and 10K Hello Ottawa Spark Team, <BR> <BR> Again this year, Ottawa will host many walking and running events. <BR> <BR> One of my favourites is the Ottawa Physio Race. <BR> <BR> On Sunday April 17 this valuable fundraiser for the Ontario division of the Special Olympics will lead racers from Immaculata High School, <BR> 140 Main Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5P4 on a 2K to 5K to as far a 10K race. <BR> <BR> They invite walkers and runners to share to same route. The 5K and 10K racers are all time... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 01:31:28 EST Hello from Barrhaven Hi everyone I am new to sparkpeople and at the beginning of my weight loss journey! I am looking forward to getting healthy and getting active... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:03:25 EST What's in your SP Name? I sent out a note to all team members about Anne and accidentally put her wrong name and then I wondered - why ANNE7X7 and thought it might be an interesting thread. <BR> <BR> For me SEPTEMBERSPIRIT is to represent the month I was born in and perhaps how I am keen on my spiritual practices lately, including reading, meditating and simply enjoying the beauty of nature and all that surrounds us. <BR> <BR> When I think of health, I think of all aspects and this includes: mind, body and spirit... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:36:33 EST Weight Management Clinic Does anyone have any experience with the Weight Management Clinic at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. My doctor has mentioned in the past that she could refer me there, but it would be a hassle and I don't know if it's worth it... Any advice would be appreciated. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:24:54 EST FREE UPGO Walking Club #4 Mark your calendars: <BR> <BR> UPGO's Walking Club #4 <BR> <BR> Sat Feb 12, 2011 <BR> 9am <BR> Brewer Pool Parking Lot/Bronson Ave near Sunnyside across from Carleton University <BR> <BR> It could be an absolutely unofficial meet-and-greet... Brunch social afterward optional. Non-SparkpPople may also attend. <BR> <BR> Any takers? <BR> <BR> Important: This is not an official 'People in Ottawa' event, just a fellow Sparker who happens to also organize these walks. <BR> <BR> "Join us -... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 21:46:01 EST A New 100 day countdown challenge! If streaks work for you you are going to love the 100 day countdown! Pick something(s) you want to do every day. We will be starting day 100 on January 15th which is one week from today and counting backwards to day 1. Come in to this thread to commit yourself or discuss what you might try, discuss your progress and chat! It can be logging in every day, eating 3 vegetables every day, doing 10 minutes of exercise.... whatever you like. I haven't decided mine yet but am working on it! You ... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 12:25:53 EST Oh wow! I'm really excited that there are other Sparks from Ottawa! I'm walking distance from Andrew Hayden Park, an indoor pool, a gym and the Bayshore Shopping Centre and yet I still find excuses not to find the time to take advantage of these great advantages. I can't seem to stay motivated and am more accountable to others than I am to myself. If you're looking for a walking or swimming buddy, you may just have found one! In the meantime, I look forward to learning from your sharing and hope tha... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 21:20:18 EST newbie Greetings all. Joining up is my first little step "back to the future"! Looking for inspiration. Cheers. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 17:49:55 EST FREE UPGO Walking Club Hello Ottawa SP Team, <BR> <BR> Have you heard of the new walking club in Ottawa? <BR> No membership, it's FREE and they meet once a month. <BR> <BR> Saturday Jan 8th, 2011 <BR> 9:00am <BR> Tim Horton Gloucester Centre <BR> 5K loop <BR> <BR> Join us - you'll feel better for it. <BR> Diane Mon, 3 Jan 2011 00:53:29 EST Rock Climbing Hi all, <BR> <BR> I figured I'd post here to see if anyone in Ottawa is up for some indoor rock climbing. I'd be pretty much a beginner (tried it a couple of times only). It is really fun and great exercise. <BR> <BR> Just let me know. :) Sun, 2 Jan 2011 11:34:14 EST How to achieve your New Year's resolutions <em>408</em> How to achieve your New Year's resolutions <em>107</em> <BR> Do you find it difficult to commit to your goals? Our expert advice shows you how to make this year, your year <BR> <BR> By Kira Vermond Wed Dec 01 2010 <BR> Want to make those goals stick this year? Here's six no-fail tips to getting results: <BR> <BR> <BR> Think ahead <BR> <BR> According to Richard Koestner, a professor at McGill University in Montreal who specializes in motivation and goal-setting, peopl... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 10:43:52 EST New from the Ottawa Valley Hey, I'm new to Sparkpeople, I just finished my first week and I'm down 4 lbs... So far I'm really liking SP... I like that I can do this from the comforts of my home because my schedule is so busy! Now I just have to keep the motivation to continue with this! Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:12:08 EST Healthy Snacks If you have any ideas of great, healthy snacks to keep people going when they just need a quick pick me up - post here! <BR> <BR> I like <BR> - fat free jello <BR> - healthy gatherings crackers from Costco, you get like 15 crackers for 130 calories <BR> - I love cooked brocoli with a bit of vinegar on it <BR> - splenda and cinnamon on popcorn (use non-stick cooking spray) <BR> <BR> Any other thoughts, I want to shake it up! Wed, 24 Nov 2010 09:49:11 EST Favorite workout song? I love to dance. My favourite tune right now is "firework" by Katie Perry. The words are inspiring and the tune great to exercise to. Also love "running" by Jully Black (Canadian). So share your favorite songs here and maybe make a new workout tape for yourself for Christmas! Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:49:11 EST Ottawa Success stories - please share! Have you lost weight? Signed up for a run? Changed a pant size? Are you progressing towards a goal? <BR> <BR> No matter how big or how small, we want to hear them all! Tue, 23 Nov 2010 11:36:40 EST how weight affects your paycheck The skinny on salary: How your weight affects your paycheque <BR> By Elizabeth Bromstein <BR> Think that skinny broad in the corner office is capitalizing on her neck cords and jutting collarbones? You might be right. <BR> This is according to a new study I found, via the Wall Street Journal, that shows skinny women make more money than women of average weight. BUT, thin men actually make less money than larger men, who “earn more as they pack on the pounds – all the way to the point wh... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 14:24:25 EST pedometer Anyone have any suggestions for an accurate pedometer. I have a new Balance pedometer , and I am questioning how accurate it is . At 1020 in the morning it is saying I have logged 8700 steps since 0545. I know I have a busy job but I don't think this is correct. <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> Thu, 4 Nov 2010 10:31:24 EST Protein powder Hi All, <BR> <BR> wondering if you have a favorite protein powder (or bars) you'd like to share. I am trying to lay off the dairy and don't eat much meat, so am looking for any other ideas? <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>303</em> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 22:02:05 EST Looking for exercise bike Hey everyone! <BR> I am looking for a cheap or free exercise bike. I tore my ACL a couple of years ago and I used the bike at rehab and in my building to help build up my strength. I am finding running has just made me sore and I am popping out a lot again. I want to keep working on my cardio fitness but need to take a break from running (and sometimes even walking). <BR> <BR> If anyone hears of one that is cheap or free, toss me a Sparkmail. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:15:49 EST 5k Run training, help please Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I will be running 2 5k's in December. I have already ran 5k (just to run) and am wondering if I should just continue improving my time, or if it is better to follow a 5k training program. <BR> <BR> Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I'm very new at the whole runnning thing <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Pris Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:46:50 EST Dr. Searching... Hi everyone, since I've gotten my health card I have been looking for a doctor (primary physician) but I have had no luck. Sadly I didn't get a health care provider book like I did when I had health insurance back home LoL. I could really use some help, does anyone have any suggestions or dr recommendations? I'm more comfortable with a woman dr if that helps *b* <BR> <BR> Thank you for helping! <BR> Jess <BR> <em>220</em> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:46:26 EST UPGO Fun Walk 5K - 10K - 15K November 6, 2010 is the UPGO Fun Walk for Cornerstone. <BR> <BR> Contact them with your gently used items to donate and the walk is FREE. <BR> <BR> Diane <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are links to Cornerstone, online DONATION and their Wish List: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ils.aspx?cookieCheck=true <BR> <BR> <BR> e/donors/wishlist/ <BR> <BR> <BR> I am strongly encouraging par... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 08:47:29 EST Kanata buddy Hey Kanata folks! I am looking for someone to meet up with and do evening walks, yoga, swimming, anything, just need someone to keep me honest :-) Sometimes its easier with a buddy - anyone interested? Fri, 15 Oct 2010 20:04:59 EST October 24th Geological Historical walks! Sunday October 24th is Ottawa-Gatineau Geoheritage Day. <BR> <BR> Volunteers from Carleton University's Department of Earth Sciences, and the Ottawa Gatineau Geoheritage Project will host various sites around the region: Downtown Ottawa Building Stone Walking tour; Champlain Bridge Stromatolites; Hogs Back Park, Champlain Lookout; Carp Ridge HIke; Erskine Johnston Public School; Mer Bleue Bog, Orleans (ice age fossils) and Billings Estate National Historic Site. I wish I could go to th... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 17:54:21 EST SP Rally # 8 - Post your ideas here As a follow-up to my e-mail, please post your ideas here and I will then collate and try to organize our next gathering. <BR> <BR> Ideas on activity, date, time (duration), location... <BR> <BR> Check your SparkMail for more details! Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:22:41 EST 2010 Resolution Run I have just started a team to encourage Spark People to get out to their Local Resolution run Dec 31 2010 or Jan 01 2011. There are typically both 5 km and 10 km events. <BR> <BR> This run is held in 54 different cities across Canada and United States (Mostly Canada). Thought what a good way to put action to your New Years Resolutions <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in joining and make a big representation from Sparks to the Resolution Run(s)? <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 03:43:34 EST Ottawa International Walking Festival Hello all, <BR> <BR> Ottawa International Walking Festival <BR><BR>raceId=5517 <BR> <BR> Are you registered? <BR> <BR> 6 days left before registration closes. <BR> <BR> This year I am the 'pacer bunny' for 6 ladies in the 10K walk on Sunday October 24th, 2010. <BR> <BR> Are there others keen to join? <BR> $25.00 to register. <BR> <BR> We all walk at our own pace. <BR> So make it your personal best day. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you there, <BR> Dian... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 02:44:29 EST Vegeterian Restaurant <BR> Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I will be in the Ottawa area next week, does anyone know any good vegeterian restaurant in Ottawa. I've heard of a buffet style one, but forget the name of it. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 12:47:49 EST Hi everyone! I'm new to the team but been around Sparkpeople for a few months now. I work in Ottawa but live in Gatineau <em>334</em> I've been in the area for a few years now and I'm not planning on ever going back to my hometown. This area is much better <em>244</em> <BR> I joined cause I think it's nice to see people from the same area. Thu, 7 Oct 2010 10:43:43 EST New to the Ottawa Team Hello, <BR> This is my second attempt on Spark and this time I hope it is the right time. Here to lose 50lbs. Ottawa, wish me luck. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in doing group activities to improve their "sparks", holler. Wed, 6 Oct 2010 13:01:58 EST Thanksgiving Next weekend is Thanksgiving. <BR> What are your plans? <BR> Any special issues? <BR> Need support? <BR> Have somehelpful hints? <BR> <BR> Spark's tips for surviving Thanksgiving <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=324 </link> <BR> <BR> 21 Ways to Slim Down Your Thanksgiving Feast <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1238 </link> <BR> <BR> Take a quiz and see how you compare <BR> Holiday Calories Quiz <link>www.sp... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 11:00:22 EST Ottawa Fall/Winter fitness - Suggestions? With the weather having gotten so rainy (and knowing that snow is around the corner) - I was wondering what you guys do for fitness? I'm not a huge gym rat - I was really enjoying jogging outdoors because I like the scenery. With the weather turning colder (and rainier) - I'm not heading outdoors so much. Any suggestions for fun activities? What do you do in Ottawa to stay active during colder (or rainy) weather? Thu, 30 Sep 2010 09:59:51 EST Spark Fit and Fresh food containers in Ottawa They have them at Winners in Barrhaven and some at Bayshore, if anyone was interested. I have some of the older fit and fresh stuff and it is handy for taking things to work in a portion controlled package. <BR> The Barrhaven one had the most selection.They also have the plastic drinking glass with straw like they sell at Chapters for $6. I have the Chapters one and it is great for drinking water in the car - no spills like with water bottles. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 09:26:37 EST 100 Day Challenge I have been on Spark People for over 2 years now so 100 days does not seem very long... but for some of you it might. This challenge will take me into January 2011! <BR> <BR> I am challenging myself to be consistent for 100 days in a backward countdown, and to be public about it. So if you would like to join in, let me know and for your 100 days I will check in on you! <BR> <BR> My challenge: I am going to blog every day, exercise every day, and log my food every day. What are you going... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 18:15:04 EST Want to try using a pedometer? If you've never tried using a pedometer and would like to, the Ottawa Public Library has them to loan out for free, for 3-week periods. I haven't tried it (I have a pedometer), but if you do make sure you get a manual to go with. The settings on pedometers all work differently. Sun, 26 Sep 2010 11:52:26 EST Awaken to Your Life Purpose I would like to share an exciting opportunity with members of the Ottawa Team! Through the Ottawa Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), we will be hosting an information night with guest speaker, Jennifer Clark. <BR> <BR> Jennifer is simply an amazing and animated speaker - for more info about her visit her website at <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If you are seeking to spark your passion and purpose - this is the program for you! <BR> ... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 04:58:31 EST Clothing exchange anyone??? Hey Ottawa Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> Although I haven't been fortunate enough to get out to any meet and greets, I'd love to get to know many of you better. I'm just putting this out there for anyone else who agrees with the idea. <BR> <BR> It would seem that the change of season brings lots of bonuses as well as challenges in the weight loss game and one of my challenges is finding enough to wear, especially to work. I posted on Freecycle,but then also had the idea that there may be other Sp... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 10:45:12 EST GoodLife Fitness Activity Meetings - GLF Okay so here's an idea as I was commenting on AMOHAME2's blog... There are a few of us on the team who are members of GLF and sometimes it takes a buddy to get us going out there! <BR> <BR> I know some are diligent about going but I'd love to have a 'date' to meet up with someone to go... I live in the West end but I'm willing to drive to meet up with someone to take a class with them. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's all it takes to get the fear out of going alone (which I think has been my issue)... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 09:00:46 EST SP Rally - 7th Meeting I was dissappointed that I had to cancel my 'first' SP meeting (Aug 25). I re-named our Meet & Greets to the SP Rally (like the name I've been seeing on Facebook with our USA SP Friends). <BR> <BR> Now I've explained that I'm really busy the next month or so, therefore if we're to do another meeting, I can not commit until later in September. <BR> <BR> I would like to propose Sunday September 26th. Time is negotiable (either 10am or 1pm - so it allows for us to do other stuff during the da... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:12:11 EST Meet & Greet # 7 - Wednesday August 25 at 7:00pm Okay so I decided to do a new thread with the revised date and time. <BR> <BR> I have received the following confirmation of attendees and please let me know if I can add you on by replying to the thread or e-mailing me. <BR> <BR> MOOSELTC (tentative) <BR> KIFTYK (and Tory) <BR> BOGUSANNIE (and her 2 pugs) <BR> CATHM26 <BR> ANNE7X7 (and her pup) <BR> 2QUILTS <BR> JL_FLEURY (going to bug her to come out :) <BR> SILV3BACK & KISHEGER (Tim & Erika - busy with the 'moving' of their daughter... b... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 19:31:02 EST Wondering if this person is here Anyone here work with Mady? That's my hubby... he said he has a coworker on SP, and I want to know if she's on the team! Mon, 9 Aug 2010 22:13:47 EST Meet & Greet #7 - August 28 or 29th I'd like to see if people can make it out for an 'activity' meet and greet on Saturday August 28 or Sunday August 29th at 10am. I like this time as it allows for us to do other things later in the day. <BR> <BR> For location - well I'm still open for ideas... hoping for a nice 'nature' walk on an off path trail somewhere... Again, I can try to come up with an idea, but always open to suggestions from others. <BR> <BR> I would even be willing to go to a location at Gatineau Park again as the... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 09:20:38 EST New health policy: encouraging friendships? New health policy: encouraging friendships? <BR> <BR> <BR> By Maggie Fox, Reuters July 28, 2010 12:02 PM <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> People with strong social relationships were 50 percent less likely to die early than people without such support, the team at Brigham Young University in Utah found. <BR> Photograph by:, <BR> Having good social relationships -- friends, marriage or children -- may be every bit as important to a healthy lifespan as quitting smoking, los... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:18:06 EST One bite, 90 calories Snacks that add up fast <BR> This article is courtesy of <BR> <BR> One bite, 90 calories <BR> Snacks that add up fast <BR> By Shandley McMurray <BR> If you’re wondering where those extra pounds are coming from it could be that treat you grabbed with this morning’s cup of java. Yes, they’re delicious, but many of the snacks you’ll find at coffee shops and other fast food restaurants have more calories than you think. We surveyed some common places to find a few of the biggest offenders. Don’t wor... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:57:21 EST The do diet: Dining out <BR> This article is courtesy of <BR> <BR> The do diet: Dining out <BR> With supersized servings and bottomless bread baskets, restaurants can be a diet disaster. Or not. Here's how to avoid the excess and savour the fun of eating out <BR> By Erinn Steringa <BR> Ask how your food will be prepared <BR> If it’s going to be sautéed with oil or butter, or topped with cheese, request that a smaller amount be used. You can also scan the menu for clues as to how your dish will ... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:53:39 EST Clothes to give away I have a garbage bag full of mostly winter-type clothes that don't fit me anymore! The pants are mostly size 14 and the the tops are from XL to 2x. Pants would be suitable for someone about 5'4-5'6 (too short for someone taller than that!) <BR> If you think this might be useful during your weight loss journey, I'd be happy to pass them on. <BR> Please spark-mail me so we can make arrangements. I don't think I will make it to the meet & greet tomorrow unfortunately. Sat, 24 Jul 2010 20:01:51 EST Chi Running and Chi Walking in Ottawa Some of you may know that over the past couple of years I have become a runner and over the last several months I have been in the process of becoming a Chi Runner. I am now in the process of becoming a Certified Chi Running and Chi Walking instructor. <BR> <BR> Part of this process involves teach Chi Running and Chi Walking. I am therefore looking for people in the ottawa area who might be interested in learning to Chi Run and or Chi Walk. <BR> <BR> Chi Running and Chi Walking were develop... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 05:18:59 EST Ottawahe <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Great site for information on Health and wellness in the Ottawa area Sat, 17 Jul 2010 13:40:18 EST Ontario Pedometer Challenge <link><BR>llenge/challenge.cfm </link> <BR> <BR> Check out the link above for the Ontario Pedometer Challenge: Ready Set Walk <BR> <BR> Lots of great information on walking. Using a pedometer. You can even register and track your steps. <BR> <BR> Very cool Sat, 17 Jul 2010 13:34:03 EST Giant Hogweed – Fact Sheet Background <BR> Giant Hogweed is a serious invasive plant that poses a moderate threat to human health and safety. The plant is native to Europe and Asia and was introduced as an ornamental. It is found in many areas in southern Ontario, and has recently been discovered in Renfrew County and small populations of the plant have been confirmed in the City of Ottawa. In each case municipal staff has started localized removal of the plant. <BR> <BR> Description <BR> Giant Hogweed is a long-lived... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 13:25:52 EST Meet & Greet #6 - July 25th, 11:30am Okay I'm going to create this new post so you can all post your confirmation of attendance and what you will be bringing... please reply with the following so I we can all see what others are bringing and how many we'll be attending: <BR> <BR> Confirmation of attendance (how many people?): <BR> <BR> Picnic Contribution: <BR> <BR> I have some who have e-mailed me, some who have posted here and there, but if I can ask that you re-post here so we can have it for all to see in one place. <B... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 05:44:37 EST So how have you been coping with the heat?? Well it is the end of the first week of July and we have had nothing bu +30 C weather. How has everyone been doing? <BR> <BR> Has it affected how you workout? <BR> <BR> Has it affected what your eating? <BR> <BR> Do you like the heat? Do you hate it? <BR> <BR> Give us your tips for living in the heat. Fri, 9 Jul 2010 15:59:24 EST Sweat Equity Sweat Equity <BR> Good morning! <BR> After my post on inspiring workout tips on Saturday, many of you were asking me if I could elaborate on the workout piggy bank idea. I decided what better way to talk about it than to just start one up myself! <BR> A workout piggy bank can be used as a motivational tool. While it is a financial reward, I think the strongest motivational aspect of the bank is that it is a powerful visual tool. Every single day you get to see a reminder of your hard work as... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 11:35:15 EST Name a Canadian movie or TV show Passchendaele Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:44:15 EST Name a famous Canadian BRENT BUTT love Courner Gas Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:42:20 EST name the TV Show Name the actor/actress then the TV show they were in. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:39:19 EST Canada Day? What do you celebrate So what are you planning for Canada day? Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:00:11 EST weight watcher's walk I know this is short notice but I've signed up for a walk at the Slater Running room for a 5 k Weight Watcher's walk for fitness. We start <BR> the walk at 6pm just in case anyone wanted to go. No registration fee. You can also go to the other Running Rooms too, Merivale, Bank etc. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 17:00:16 EST Where were you when the earth shook <BR> Earthquake rocks Ontario, Quebec <BR> 5.5-magnitude tremor is first on 'fault line' since 1998 <BR> Last Updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | 2:30 PM ET Comments91Recommend268. <BR> CBC News <BR> A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has hit Ontario, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, with tremors reportedly felt as far away as Montreal, Boston and Cleveland. <BR> <BR> The first tremor hit at 1:40 p.m. ET Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Buildings in Toronto and Ottawa were evacuated in the minutes f... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 14:39:48 EST Anyone in Ottawa living with PCOS? I've been diagnosed with Polycystic Overay Syndrome in November 2009 and am struggling with this endocrine disorder. I'm making lifestyle changes to alliviate my symptoms and try to get pregnant. I am wondering if there is anyone else in the Ottawa area living with PCOS. Just looking for people to relate with and share ups and downs. Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:14:07 EST Meet & Greet #6 - July 24 or 25 - Picnic Date! Well we had another successful meet and greet and we were sparked with the idea of getting together for a nice picnic next time. We could do a 'pot luck' and bring some of our healthy foods to share amongst each other. <BR> <BR> This one might take a bit more coordinating with regards to who will bring what and where we meet, but I wanted to put the idea out there now. <BR> <BR> OTTAWABOUND suggested one location (waiting to get more info back on that). I know that the location near my plac... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 13:19:44 EST Danny Dreyer - CHI Running Author coming to Ottawa I thought my blog might be of interest to some here <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3322063 </link> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 19:57:30 EST 4 week challenge! Well I'm sure everyone has or is revving up for summer now, and I personally need a little motivation. I am challenging myself to: <BR> -exercise for at least 10 minutes in the morning (as per the Spark!) <BR> -not eat any white bread or pasta <BR> -not eat any fried foods <BR> -lose 5-7 pounds <BR> -drink at LEAST 8 cups of water <BR> -get outside!!! <BR> I encourage anyone to join in on my challenge. On July 11th I'll see how far I've come and what kind of streaks I have started for mysel... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 07:40:38 EST June Fitness Challenge: Give me 10 They have a poster at my gym which says Give us 10. So I thought we could try it. For the month of June give me... <BR> <BR> 10 more mins <BR> or <BR> 10 more reps <BR> or <BR> 10 more pushup <BR> or <BR> 10 more of something you alreaady do. Sat, 29 May 2010 20:39:26 EST Did anyone run in the race weekend? Did you take part in Race weekend. Share your experience. Sat, 29 May 2010 15:59:52 EST West-end weightloss buddy? I could really use a partner in this (100+ lb) journey, with the option of getting together for some social exercise, etc. If anyone is in the west end (I'm in Stittsville) and wants a buddy, let me know! :) My SP buddies seem to disappear, so maybe some real-life contact will help. Tue, 11 May 2010 16:55:34 EST Mark your calendars!! Mark your calendars: <BR> Saturday November 6th, 2010 <BR> <BR> Walkers, Urban Pole walkers and Nordic walkers are welcome. <BR> You are invited to join me on a cooperative 5K and/or 10K Walk Fundraiser for homeless women in Ottawa. <BR> <BR> 9:00AM, rain or shine. <BR> <BR> All profits go to Cornerstone's Housing Project. <BR> Participants raising $100.00 or more are automatically entered into a draw. <BR> <BR> Cornerstone's Housing Project is estimated at 11.5 million dollars for a 42... Fri, 7 May 2010 01:09:43 EST cake decorating shop---not weight loss or sp Hello beautiful ladies, does anyone know of a cake decorating shop in Ottawa ? I am looking for baby shower cookie cut out and they don't have that particular set at the cake decorating shop in Gatineau. <BR> Thank you in advance. <BR> Brigitte Tue, 27 Apr 2010 06:55:55 EST PGX to contol blood sugar and weigt loss. I have been trying this, is anyone else trying this. If so, is it working for you. I am not seeing results so far. Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:10:58 EST June In-Person Meeting (Meet and Greet #5) Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Okay so I couldn't wait to put the proposed next meeting date/time/location up! <BR> <BR> How is everyone for June 5th (Saturday) at 2pm at Hog's Back Park/Falls. There's a parking spot there (not hard to find) and trails to explore ... by some falls - my favourite place! <BR> <BR> Mannotick Conservation was another suggested location... and I'm open to either one (as I continue to discover the beauty that this city holds). <BR> <BR> <BR> Please e-mail me or pos... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 14:13:36 EST Ottawa Hospital Weight Management program or BMI Has anyone out there ever tried the hospital's Weight Management program and/or the BMI program (Bariatric Medical Institute)? They appear to be similar - with the exception of the first phase. At the WMC, the first phase is drinking Optifast shakes while at BMI, it's planning meals together with a nutritionist. Otherwise the programs are pretty similar - physician supervised, nutritionist and personal trainer and both have a counselor to talk to. <BR> <BR> Has anyone heard of these? <BR... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 12:24:27 EST HI! Hello, <BR> I joined SparkPeople in hopes of tracking my eating, workouts and weight loss. I hope to achieve my goals and be on the right track to my new life as the girl I always wanted to be... fun, energetic, outgoing and full of life! <BR> Thanks! Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:28:14 EST Walk out your anger This article is courtesy of <BR> <BR> How to trek your way from ticked off to tranquil <BR> By Dafna Izenberg <BR> Whether your co-worker is helpfully telling your boss about the great idea “both” of you had, your dog has eaten the flowers, or the bank just called to say your debit card is been used in Spain, sometimes anger is just unavoidable. How you deal with it, though, can make all the difference. Our anywhere, anytime plan: Grab your jacket and get outside for 15 m... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 19:49:41 EST Anyone go to snapfitness in bridlewood hey out there anyone go to snap in kanata that is looking for a gym buddy? i dont mind going to the gym but would love to have someone to go with! <BR> <BR> :) Thu, 8 Apr 2010 12:57:24 EST Signs of spring With all this hot weather sprint is busting out all over the place. <BR> <BR> Share your signs of spring Sat, 3 Apr 2010 17:07:49 EST Where abouts in Ottawa is everyone from? I live in Ottawa south! Nice to meet you guys! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Sat, 3 Apr 2010 09:03:23 EST Race tracks in Ottawa I am not an Ottawa native, and I was just wondering if some of you who know the city better than I do could help me. <BR> <BR> I would like to try running on a track to be able to adjust my run tracker. I could obviously do this in my neighbourhood, but it would not be as accurate. Unfortunately the only track I've found is the one in Mooney's Bay and it is closed until July. I go to the University of Ottawa, and I am not even sure we have a track. Do you know of any other?? Location isn't ... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 18:34:54 EST April/May Activity/ In-Person Meeting Well Spring is in the air with the snow now gone, and having experienced some warmer weather, days are longer... I've got the 'itch' to seek out feedback from the team on a date to meet and go for a brisk walk together as we did last year! <BR> <BR> So first task is trying to determine a date. I am hoping for late April to early May. As for location, it can be anywhere ... and I'm open to suggestions. I have yet to go walk the trails at Gatineau Park so that could be an option. <BR> <BR> I'... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 18:26:05 EST Running Buddy: 5K challenge! Hey Team! <BR> <BR> I have recently started training for a 5k run. I'm slow, but I'm determined! <BR> <BR> Ottawa Race Weekend is on May 29th weekend. I am going to run the 5k race (my first 5k!) and I am looking for a buddy to train with and run the race with. Is anybody interested? I would love some company! Wed, 17 Mar 2010 15:15:34 EST Hello O-town Hi all, <BR> I'm not new to SP but just joined the Ottawa team today in hopes of meeting some people around here. I hope you're all enjoying the early spring we've been having!! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:46:46 EST Hello on a rainy sunday Hello everyone, <BR> I am a total newbie,I googled a question and this site came up which has been a pleasant surprise. <BR> I am in the middle of a lifestyle change(lose weight,exercise)this seems to be a good place to visit for ideas and inspiration to keep motivated Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:59:00 EST new from Kanata Hi everyone, new to this type of forum. if there are any people in kanata looking for evening or weekend walking or jogging in the kanata area, let me know. thanks! :) Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:36:31 EST My letter about Spark made the Citizen Getting the spark <BR> <BR> <BR> The Ottawa CitizenMarch 11, 2010 <BR> <BR> After reading the obesity series, I want to call attention to an American-based website for those trying to get healthy and lose weight -- <BR> <BR> I have been a member for over two-and-half years and have lost over 100 pounds. I still have more to lose but my lifestyle has changed thanks to the support, tools and information I have obtained from the website. <BR> <BR> You track your exerc... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:35:34 EST PROUD CANADIANS LEAVE A FLAG ! <em>636</em> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:46:12 EST Questions for the week of February 12 I brought up the paper towel theory in a comment recently and thought I would share it again here. <BR> <BR> A brand new paper towel roll, when you rip off the first pieces, still looks like a brand new roll. In fact it takes quite a while before you notice a difference. However as the roll gets smaller each sheet dramaticly reduces the size of the roll. <BR> <BR> I remember when I was that new paper towel roll and it seemed all the hard work I was doing barely made a difference on the ... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 11:41:25 EST Are you doing anything special for Family Day? Are you doing anything special for Family Day? <BR> <BR> Any special plan?? <BR> <BR> Share Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:38:49 EST Wanted: Workout Buddy!! Nepean and surrounding ! Hello! <BR> <BR> Looking for someone to share motivation and workouts with! I have a YMCA membership, so this gym would be ideal! It's just no fun all alone!! Wed, 10 Feb 2010 20:42:15 EST Hi =0) Hi I am Kelly and my husband found this site on Jan 2nd. Since then I have lost 17 lbs and he has lost 22lbs.. <BR> I have a VERY long way to go but here is hoping that this site will help me on my journy =0) Wed, 10 Feb 2010 20:21:13 EST Race Weekend in Ottawa - May 29-30 Hello to everyone in the National Capital Region! <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if there are any of you out there that are planning on running/walking any of the races on May 29th and 30th?? Or who have done it before? <BR> <BR> I signed up for the 5K (my very first!). I am very excited! Hopefully there will be fellow sparkers running/walking as well!! Tue, 9 Feb 2010 14:57:51 EST Hello from the Ottawa area <BR> Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Spark People but new to this group. I joined Spark People over 2 years ago and come and visit the site everyday. I had no idea there was a team in the Ottawa area. Spark people has been a great part of my weight loss and I enjoy the recipe and always willing to try new things. Always nice to meet new people especially near my area. <BR> <BR> Sylvie Tue, 9 Feb 2010 12:33:02 EST Question for the week of February 8 Is there anything you like to do WHILE you work out? Or is it enough to concentrate on what you are doing? Mon, 8 Feb 2010 10:00:48 EST Question of the week for February 5 Favorite workout? Fri, 5 Feb 2010 01:23:02 EST 10 Week Challenge!! Wondering if anyone here would be up for joining a 10 week healthy start challenge? If anyone here is like me, I am still trying to get out of the winter blues and get back into eating healthy, exercising more frequently, getting in my water, and the list could go on. . . What better time than now to get ready for the upcoming warm weather by ending the plateau of blahs, by blasting into a seasons of yeahs!! April 14 is 10 weeks from today, and I am challenging anyone to join me in making... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 08:46:58 EST Feb is heart month: How are you good to your heart Here is the link to the Can Health and Storke Site. Check it out for some ideas on how to be good to your heart. <BR> <link><BR>IeNWJwE/b.3581583/k.F7E3/Heart_Disease<BR>_Stroke_and_Healthy_Living.htm </link> Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:53:43 EST Question for the week of January 30 I noticed a lot of people are still working on their new year goals. Woo hoo for all of you. Challenges are a great way to help you meet your goals. They offer a short term spurt and are often fresh and fun so can help you stay out of a rut and keep you motivated. eg. challenges: <BR> <BR> 100 crunches <BR> 100 wall pushups <BR> race walks/marathons <BR> 21 days of no ____ eg. drivethrough fast food <BR> 5 days of _______ eg. logging my food <BR> add a set of stairs every week <BR> walk... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 10:58:34 EST Ready to start living, tired of just existing. I live in Ottawa, Ontario with my three little girls and my husband. I am 32 and work full-time. I am in the hospitality industry specifically baking and cooking which makes giving in to temptation way too easy. I have been dealing with depression off and on for the last few years. It's at a point where I go through the motions every day b/c I have to for my family. I merely exist but don't really live my life. Every night I sit on the couch, not wanting to deal with all the issues that have ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 02:21:22 EST TLC Spark People Spa/Fitness Dream A couple of people have watched my journey over the year and a half I have been on the Ottawa team and others are new. I had some questions about the bed and breakfast becoming spark people friendly. So... <BR> <BR> I have a lovely bed and breakfast in Richmond. We were different because we catored to families and groups. We have a big indoor pool and lots for kids to do. I had 3 teenagers and found when we traveled (often with 4 teens) there was nowhere we could stay. So I wanted to be... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 16:44:17 EST Quiz: What's your exercise personality? <BR> Find a fitness plan that works for you! <BR> By Katherine Balpataky <BR> Whether you're in the groove of a fitness routine or struggling to get started, there are aspects of your personality that make some activities more appealing than others. The best way to stick to a fitness regime is to figure out what your personal habits say about you. Take our quiz to find your perfect workout. Follow link below to take the test. <BR> <link><BR>icle.jsp?conte... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 19:59:54 EST Starting over...for the umpteenth time So another year has started and I'm still the fat bum I was last year. I still hate going to the I decided to try something new: I bought myself a Wii...back in November. I was all gung-ho for the first 2 weeks...and then I just stopped. I then quit my job at the end of December, started back to school in January and started a new job last week. I now seem to have my schedule sorted out again and tonight I got on the Wii and exercised for 47 minutes, burning 254 calories in the proce... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:29:59 EST Thoughts, smiles, discussion... talk Welcome to the Ottawa team! How are you doing? Here is a daily check in post to share your goal for today, a thought or a challenge you need to get over. You don't have to do this alone. Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:12:46 EST Cardio vs. Weights - which is better? <BR> This can be one of the most controversial questions asked in any gym which everyone having a unique and strong opinion. And the definitive depends! <BR> The balance of time you spend on strength and cardio activity will vary based on you goals as well as many other variables that factor in to the total equation. <BR> Considerations in determining the balance of cardio and strength with your fitness program: <BR> • Goals - your personal goals <BR> • Time - what fits with ... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:43:04 EST 5k/10k Walk or Run April 18th, 2010 Hello Ottawa sparks group. <BR> <BR> I know we have walkers and runners in this group and I'm hoping you'll register for this years Physio Run/Walk on Sunday April 18th. <BR> <BR> It's a bargan at $22.60, if you register by January 31st, 2010. Afterward the fee goes up to a maximum of $37.60 before April 15th, 2010. <BR> <BR> I'll be Nordic walking with my Urban Poles and look forward to seeing you there. <BR> <BR> Just search: ottawa physio race <BR> <BR> Given the walk/run starts ar... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:12:20 EST Two studies on Obesity 1 Canadian 1 USA StatsCan study to weigh in on Canada's obesity rates <BR> <BR> <BR> By Sharon Kirkey, Canwest News ServiceJanuary 13, 2010 9:27 AM <BR> <BR> People often tend to underestimate their weight, and overestimate their height, for reasons as simple as not having a scale, to the stigma of obesity and the pressure, particularly on women, to conform to "social norms" for slimness. <BR> Photograph by: Finbarr O'Reilly, Reuters, Canwest News Service <BR> Dr. Nicolas Christou remembers in 1977 giv... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:23:12 EST Forget "fad" diets and eat less, say UK experts Forget "fad" diets and eat less, say UK experts <BR> <BR> <BR> By Paul Casciato, ReutersJanuary 8, 2010 <BR> <BR> "It may not sound the most exciting way to lose weight but healthy eating, activity and long-term behavior change not only works but helps you maintain weight lost too," said Rachel Cooke, registered dietitian at St Martins' Hospital in Bath and BDA spokeswoman. <BR> Photograph by:, <BR> LONDON – Now that you're discovering all the extra flab from the ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:22:03 EST Need Help? Sometimes we set a goal, like going to the gym three times this week - but it doesn't happen. Tell us what you are trying to do and we will give you a push in the right direction. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:21:21 EST How Your Home May Help You Lose Weight <BR> A new study shows that what's in your house — including TVs and exercise equipment — influences your ability to lose weight and keep it off. <BR> "Home, Sweet Home," takes on new meaning when considered in the context of a study of at home weight loss just published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. The research found that your home and what's in it can influence your ability (or inability) to lose weight and keep it off. <BR> <BR> The details: <BR> Researchers under the direction... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:04:55 EST Question for the week of January 11 Have you put any of your goals in writing? Mon, 11 Jan 2010 09:57:14 EST Richmond is having a 5K 10 K road race January 17 Hi guys... for anyone interested there is a road race in Richmond coming up. It starts at South Carleton high school and there will be prizes etc. Bushtaka has preregistration but you can also register the morning of the race at the high school. Our B&B is just a block away and it is the launching of our first spa/fitness package so I'm not sure I can do the race. We have 12 for breakfast that morning. However I will cross my fingers. I have more info about the race if you want it. I a... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 23:41:26 EST Healthy, easy lunches <BR> Five nutritious meals that are so quick, you’ll find time for a midday walk <BR> By Flannery Dean <BR> If you feel like you never have time to walk, try hoofing it on your lunch hour with a buddy. Having a set routine will help make it a habit, and it’s a great excuse to leave the office. <BR> <BR> Start with a protein-filled snack mid-way through the morning: Susan Traxel, 34, of Toronto, likes rice cakes with nut butter. They give her the energy to power through 45 minutes on the tr... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 19:24:35 EST Celebrity trainers tell all <BR> Want to know how stars like Shakira, Emily Blunt and Jennifer Garner stay in shape? Read on for fitness and nutrition advice from the pros who train them <BR> By Amanda Vogel <BR> Three celebrity trainers share their tips for staying toned, trim and in top shape. <BR> <BR> 1. Be mindful <BR> Know what muscles each exercise works, advises Valerie Waters of Los Angeles, who trains Jennifer Garner. For instance, concentrate on your thigh muscles when doing lunges — or even better, feel t... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 19:15:59 EST Anyone running.... the 10K MDS Nordion Race in May in Ottawa?? <BR> <BR> or thinking about running the Army half marathon in September (I think) <BR> <BR> I am signed up for the 10K and thinking about doing the half.... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 11:07:39 EST Tai Chi course- 6 weeks, 2hrs per session, $125 I really want this course to run, and not enough people have signed up for it, so I'm hoping posting on here will drum up some sign ups! <BR> <BR> The International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (380 Forest St) is running a Tai Chi course on Fridays, from 1:15-3:15, from Jan 6th to Feb 12. The cost for the course is $125. (which works out to just over $10 per hour) <BR> <BR> You can visit: for more info, or e-mail, or call (613) ... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 21:01:16 EST hi there Hey! I am back on sp and ready to go. <BR> <BR> Is anyone here planning on doing the winterlude tri? Anyone done it before? <BR> <BR> e Fri, 25 Dec 2009 20:15:06 EST Christmas greetings! <em>26</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>26</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> If I could give you all a gift, it would be to stay on track over the holidays. You are worth every tiny step you take towards getting healthy and fit. You all have such wonderful goals and I want you to achieve them. I love you all more than you can know. I see the real you, and who you are meant to be. We are on a journey together. Many of us tak... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 14:18:41 EST Winter walking alternatives Winter walking alternatives <BR> Four fun ways to stay fit when it's cold outside <BR> By Amanda Vogel <BR> Growing tired of the same old routine? Here are four fun walking alternatives — including two indoor options — for keeping active all winter long. <BR> <BR> Tobogganing <BR> Keep a consistent pace and you can turn tobogganing into a fitness-boosting interval workout. Walking up the hill will get your heart pumping. (Extra points if you pull the weight of your kids in the sled behind y... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 18:39:54 EST Healthy Living New Years resolutions for 2010? What are your Healthily Living New Years resolutions for 2010? <BR> <BR> What will you change in 2010? <BR> <BR> What do you what to achieve in 2010? Sat, 19 Dec 2009 11:44:28 EST Fitness New Years resolutions for 2010? What are your Fitness New Years resolutions for 2010? <BR> <BR> Will you set a goal for fitness minutes on SparkAmerica/SparkWorld? <BR> <BR> Will you commit to working out ?? of minutes or ?? of times a week? <BR> Sat, 19 Dec 2009 11:33:49 EST Has anyone tried any of the SP cookie recipes? Looking for a couple of good but healthy cookie recipes to have around over the holidays. I have already made cranberry nut bread with whole wheat flour and apple sauce, and a banana loaf, low fat. Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:31:33 EST Help with Christmas ideas? I want to give my kids money for Christmas because they are at University and that's what they want... any other ideas for cute small gifts that won't clutter up their little rooms or my house? LOL <BR> Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:28:56 EST Question for the week of December 13 LOL, I am not good at doing this on a regular basis! <BR> <BR> OK, we all know that the US and Canada have different standards for food. Have you found any brand name foods that we have in Canada that have different nutritional values than their US counterpart? Sun, 13 Dec 2009 15:16:03 EST Treadmill - Winter Walking Challenge It's a challenging time of year going from our regular fitness routines to winter mode. Spark People has a mileage tracker so why not take advantage? If you have access to a treadmill or count your steps, choose a place you want to "walk to" and let us know how far you are getting. <BR> <BR> 1. Where would you walk from and to? <BR> 2. How far would that be? <BR> 3. What reward will you give yourself for walking that far? Thu, 10 Dec 2009 08:30:49 EST Hi.... Just found and joined the team. My name is Lynn. I have lived in Ottawa and the surrounding area for most of my life - since I was 11 when we moved here from Saskatchewan. I have worked in Ottawa for 26 years - 24 at the same place. I really enjoy Ottawa and what it has to offer. Looking forward to following this Spark journey with and supporting others in the area. Wed, 9 Dec 2009 17:34:19 EST Week Of December 3 Question Food is half the battle. Exercise is the other. SP says that one without the other leads downhill, or up on the scales. So what is harder for you? <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Dec 2009 11:49:03 EST Hello Ottawa members I am a newbie to the team! <BR> Just joined this site last week - it sounds and looks very interesting! <BR> I was so glad to find a team close by - I live on the Quebec side. <BR> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 10:21:35 EST Christmas in the Captial Just updated out team picture with a picture of the hill at Christmas. If you get the change check it out. The light up the hill everyyear <BR> <BR> Which makes me wonder what activity or event do you just have to take part in over the holidays? Tue, 1 Dec 2009 02:51:24 EST New to the team Hi everyone! <BR> I've been on SP since September and I'm loving it! Such a supportive group and I'm learning a lot about nutrition and fitness. This site has helped me realize that I'm not on a "diet" for x number of weeks.. I'm changing my lifestyle for the better which will be an enduring process. Had you told me that at the beginning, I would have just stopped in my tracks! <BR> I'm a wife and mom of 2 girls (8 months and 2 years old). I'm on mat leave right now and will be enjoying t... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 09:35:07 EST Question for the week of November 29 Are you surprised at your success in SP? Sun, 29 Nov 2009 10:32:38 EST All In Good Fun :-) Well I guess I am feeling a lot better now and thanks to all who sent their well wishes. I'm pretty much back to my old self and to share with you my sense of humour, you'll have to read this. <BR> <BR> At work today, we have a couple of patients on my unit are on isolation and before any of the staff enters their rooms, we have to gown, glove, goggle and mask up. Today, one of the girls I worked with went into one of the rooms to care for a patient and while she was in there, I ran to get... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 23:01:20 EST Greek yogurt in Ottawa? I read about the health benefits and how thick and delicious Greek yogurt is, but I have been unsuccessful at finding any. Does anyone know where in Ottawa I could buy some? Mon, 23 Nov 2009 18:05:07 EST Boot Camp Day 1 video All week I’ve been getting antsy to get back to the gym but I knew that if I did, I’d be pushing myself to much. Recovering from the flu and pneumonia really knocked the wind right out of me. I’m getting stronger every day and I felt like I could at least to do a mini work out. I discovered Boot Camp Day 1 on this site and watched it through. I knew that I could do some of the exercises and I went at my own pace following along with the instructor. Because I basically did the marching an... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 19:57:47 EST Question of the week for November 18th Do you tend to start over on Mondays? <BR> <BR> I loved a blog I read that said NO MORE MONDAYS! What is it about Monday? Is it easier because we have more routine that day? Have we screwed things up on the weekend? Or does the day of the week make no difference to you? Wed, 18 Nov 2009 09:26:00 EST glad to be a new member of Sparkpeople Hi - I'm a 65 year old who lost 64 pounds two years ago, and has regained 40 pounds of it. Hoping to chat with others in the same boat. Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:47:59 EST Question of the week for November 9 What is the hardest thing for you about eating healthy? Mon, 9 Nov 2009 14:27:03 EST Ready for the Challenge Hi, <BR> I'm a 29 year old woman. When I headed back to work after my maternity leave ended in February I decided to join Weight Watchers so that I could fit back into my work clothes. I'm still a member but have been struggling at a plateau for months. My friend told me about SP and I'm really excited that this will help me refocus and get back on track with my weight loss journey. <BR> My husband and I are planning a beach destination vacation to somewhere in the Carribean in February 2... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 12:32:29 EST Question for the week of November 6 Spark People is big on building consistancy (doing something every day or all the time). Think about your spark program. Are you trying to build consistancy in one particular area? Is it working? Are you already consistant with something in your life? If you could have one habit you could change what would it be? Thu, 5 Nov 2009 08:31:12 EST H1N1 GOOD N1H1 ADVICE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The only portals of entry are the eyes, nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global <BR> epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible not coming into contact with <BR> H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a <BR> problem as proliferation is. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, <BR> in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and develop... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 13:28:39 EST Ottawa area goodlife question Hiya, <BR> I am progessing in my strength training and I am looking for a co-ed or Womens only Goodlife that has unlimited access to all parts of the gym. I have noticed certain locations have Trainer only sections, which are great for the clients, but I would like to use some machines also on my own.(the smith machine is high on my list of machines I am looking for access to) <BR> Does anyone know of a Goodlife in Ottawa that has total free access to free weights,machines etc? The location ... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 16:41:01 EST HELLO OTTAWA!! WOW! <BR> I was so excited to see a page dedicated to Spark People in Ottawa. It makes this seem so much more real when I know there are people in my own city doing this as well! <BR> I actually joined Spark People in September. I was told by a friend at the gym that it is a great site to help along with your weight loss journey. So I thought why not give it a try. I made a profile put up some pictures looked at some other member profiles and checked out the site. Its a great site there is so... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 14:52:18 EST Question for the week of October 30 What is your goal, and what have you changed in order to do it? Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:15:29 EST November Activity/ In-Person Meeting Well I didn't manage to get one done in October but I do hope fellow Sparkers who connected on one of our past meetings have taken the initiative to get out and meet one another on a more personal level. I for one got out to walk with Tim (Silv3back) during one lunch hour! <BR> **************************************** <BR> We have a fellow team member who is taking the initiative to do the November meeting and I'm thrilled about it - here are the details: <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone. I'm Justyna7 ... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 13:40:31 EST Why do you want to lose weight? Self Talk! Let's come up with 100 reasons why we want to lose weight. Come on team! When you are running on the treadmill or trying for one more set of crunches or just trying to think of a reason to put those exercise shoes this can help motivate you. How quickly we forget what brought us to SP! <BR> <BR> Why do I want to lose weight: <BR> <BR> Reason #1: I want to never have to think about the weight capacity of a chair I am about to sit on! Thu, 8 Oct 2009 10:55:47 EST November's Fitness Party! <BR> ess_articles.asp?id=864 <BR> <BR> Above is the link about Spark People's Fitness Party idea. Soon, if you are a member of "People in Ottawa" you will be getting your invitation for a party in November! Start now by looking through your old fitness videos and equipment, trying a Spark People recipe you might comment on, or just read the article! As soon as the details are confirmed we'll let you know. Anyone who wishes to help organize the part... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 09:07:50 EST Anyone tried Hot Yoga I pull my butt, I know end of joke laugh here. I did the splits last winter on the ice, not on purpose, then walking the dogs this summer I did it again. <BR> <BR> My yoga instructor at the gym suggested I try hot yoga. As it helps with sore muscles and is a great workout. Just wondering if anyone has tried it. Do you like it? where in the city is it offered? Sat, 3 Oct 2009 18:17:55 EST Oct challenge 10 more There is a poster at my club that challenges the members to give 10 more. <BR> <BR> Add 10 more mins to you workout <BR> Do 10 more situp <BR> Do 10 more pushups <BR> Do 10 more mins on the cardio machine of your choice. <BR> <BR> So I thought for October we could take up that challenge. <BR> <BR> Add 10 more to your workout, your choice. <BR> <BR> Report back on how it goes. Sat, 3 Oct 2009 17:40:54 EST Healthy Thanksgiving dinner choices Healthy Thanksgiving dinner choices <BR> Some traditional Thanksgiving dishes can be high in fat, sugar and salt. We'll show you which dishes you can guiltlessly indulge in and which you should avoid <BR> By Deena Waisberg <BR> Turkey <BR> Traditional Dish: Turkey is a lean source of protein, chock full of iron and zinc. The skin, however, contains saturated fat, which clogs arteries and increases the risk of heart disease. <BR> Healthy Alternative: Remove the skin. “You’ll save 5 grams of sa... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:24:33 EST Another hello from Barrhaven :D Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to see an Ottawa group! It's always nice to be a part of a local community. My name is Heather and I live out in Barrhaven. It's nice to meet all of you :) <BR> <BR> -H Tue, 29 Sep 2009 09:41:46 EST Canada Post/Tupper work out lunch buddy. Anyone work out at that end of town and interested in working out at lunch time at the confederation heights gym? <BR> <BR> I can't seem to get myself there without someone to meet - always something else I can do. But when I am there, I feel great - go figure! <BR> Kerry Mon, 28 Sep 2009 15:31:33 EST October Goals - Now is the time October is just a few days away. OMG! Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas... we are about to get VERY busy. <BR> <BR> I have discovered that if I set long term goals for myself - I fail before I even start. I need short term. I need something that I can stay focused on. A beginning and an end. <BR> <BR> October - 4 weeks. (just 4 short weeks) <BR> <BR> My goals for October are: <BR> 1) Keep tracking with SP (water, calories, etc) <BR> 2) Keep up my exercise routine (3 weights, 3 runs,... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 14:51:56 EST Hi all from Barhaven Hi everyone, I am looking to get active with positive motivated people in my area. I am a 35 year old married woman with a 1 year old son and have gained quite a bit of wait over the last few years and am soooooo ready to do something about it!!!! Tue, 22 Sep 2009 14:14:24 EST