SparkPeople SparkSanFrancisco Bay Area- the Official Team Team Messageboard A group for people in the Bay Area who want to share their experiences getting healthy and have a support network close to home! SparkPeople SparkSanFrancisco Bay Area- the Official Team Team Messageboard Greetings from the South Bay Hi <BR> <BR> I live in Sunnyvale. We just had our walking club that does stretching and walking along the Guadalupe river. We do it every Spring and Fall. It is great fun. Join up at This Spring session ends next week but it will be back in the Fall Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:08:53 EST Where is everybody? Wow this Team is so.... quiet... <BR> Where is everybody? Most posts are about a hundred years old. What's going on, did everybody get so fit that they don't need the community anymore? <BR> <BR> I know the SF Area is in general very fit, bikers, runners and yogis everywhere. Just not in front of their computers I guess. ;) <BR> <BR> If you are from the Bay Area, let's connect! And if you have weight to lose or need a lifestyle change, maybe we can help each other and make it less boring?!?... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:55:21 EST Greetings from Marin! Hey fellow Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I guess this is a long shot, most people in Marin are slim and fit and wealthy. But I'm not quite there yet. I have a long journey ahead of me and I would love to meet some Marin people that need to lose weight too. <BR> <BR> I love hiking or walking (would love to get into running as well, but so far can't really run very far) <BR> I also enjoy going to the gym and just started to get into Tennis. <BR> <BR> Send me a message! <BR> Good luck to you all! <BR>... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:46:15 EST East Bay Here Hi. I just joined. I currently live in the East Bay and am looking forward to conversing. I'm also interested in meeting someone who'd like to be workout buddies :-) Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:29:01 EST lrh1 Hi every one I hope your enjoyed this site I like a lot and the encouragement. San Jose cal. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:42:48 EST 12/14/14 Winter Runderland 5k or 1 Mile -- SF <link> </link> <BR> and register: <BR> <link><BR>678/winter-runderland-5k-and-rudolph-1<BR>-miler </link> <BR> <BR> Here's another 5k, this one is in Crissy Field, SF. The Run is on Sunday, December 14, 2014. <BR> <BR> Benefits Edgewood Center for Children. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:29:34 EST SF Awesome 80s Run -- 11/23/14 Crissy Field Hey everyone. We have 2 more months before 2014 ends. Let's get some goals completed, and get some workouts and runs under our belts (especially since we'll be getting holiday foods under our belts too). <BR> <BR> Here's a fun looking one. The Awesome 80s Run. It's $40 to register per person. There's a costume contest as well. People are encouraged to dress up for the 5k as well. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>some-80s-run-5k/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:24:05 EST Anybody going to the San Jose Jazz festival? We've been going for years and it is tons of fun! We plan to have a dinner at Gordon Biersh tonite. Maybe I'll see you there. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 18:02:38 EST Hi from Foster City Hi all, <BR> My name is Julie, many people call me Skyye tho so either is fine. I am trying hard to get my eating under control, so I turned to Sparkpeople to help. I am a big girl, and want to lose weight, but my problem isn't from overeating, but from under eating. Starvation mode is hard to get out of, especially when my body is telling me that I am not hungry, and food is a bad idea. I have managed around 1300 calories a day for a couple days now tho so yay me! I am a social person, ... Fri, 30 May 2014 04:09:15 EST If I can do online dating I can do this Just discovered spark today. I think its what I've been looking for. Willng to travel for weekly face-to-face and workout as a suplement to online. More later. David Thu, 29 May 2014 17:38:34 EST Trying to get back to what I know is best for me.. Though I did find this great site back in 2008...I have not been a faithful follower...a lot has changed in my life since 2008, the most life changing being that I lost an adult child in 2009, married my long time sweetheart in 2012 ( my "present" for my 60th birthday), and inherited a 14 year old grandson in Dec 2013. I am a survivor. But raising a teenager, who has now lost both parents, after the nest has been empty for at least 15 yrs, has been a bit of a shock to my system. I am so bl... Tue, 6 May 2014 13:11:29 EST New to Team Hi; New to the team. I am in the Hayward/Cherryland area. Anyone here from the area and like to walk. I work full time at the Hayward/Eden One Stop Office. I do Weight Watchers and follow Spark People. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:50:16 EST Newbie Looking forward to another successful day and reaching out to new sparkmates <em>41</em> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:44:23 EST Hi everyone I'm Susan. I've been in Cali for 2 1/2 years now and have been on and off of Spark People since 2008, but this is the 1st time participating in a Spark Team. I've lost 50 lbs since my peak weight, with lots of ups and downs, and have at least 50 to go. Hopefully, having a team on my side will help get me through the tough times. <BR> I love to participate in active hobbies; fiddling, contra dancing, walking, biking, & gardening. <BR> My goals include; fitting into special clothing, los... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:17:54 EST 2014! To come back and stick with SP. It was a good habit why did I ever quit? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:51:05 EST New Year New You 2014 Resolutions I am curious, what are your new year's resolutions? <BR> <BR> 2013 was a challenging and rewarding year of change for me. I have two resolutions, workout in the morning (I am NOT a morning person so this one is difficult) and get to work on time (also difficult because of aforementioned affliction). I have a calendar on my desk and will make an 'x' on each day that I accomplish both of these things. It already has an 'x' for today! <BR> <BR> What are your resolutions? Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:53:14 EST Getting Back On Track I moved to SF 15 months ago when my husband suffered liver failure and was admitted to CPMC to await a liver/kidney transplant. His extended illness took its toll on our relatively healthy life style. We used to walk 4 miles a day and even worked out at a gym in our area (Monterey) three days a week. That all stopped when he was diagnosed with liver failure. He is one year post transplant now and doing amazingly well. Soooo, now it's time to get back on track. With the blessings of his amazin... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:48:08 EST Best Fitness Classes in SF Hi Everyone, <BR> I just read the below Refinery29 article about fitness/dance classes in SF. Most of these are out of my neighborhood/price range. But I'm curious, do any of you have a go to studio or hidden fitness class gem? Right now I am doing gym classes at Fitness SF in the Castro but I'm looking to expand my class repertoire. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lthy-san-francisco#slide-1 </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:39:29 EST I'm new I am just learning my way around this site. I am going to be 50 the end of November and have been fighting to lose 40lbs for over two years. I decided that I will do that by having a goal of 1 pound per week. To plan my meals and to make better choices. I also plan on walking at least 3,000 steps/day but my goal is 10,000. I also workout at least 30 minutes a day. Have a great day! Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:00:48 EST Santa Clara Runners/Bikers? Looking for people to run or bike with by Santa Clara or Cupertino! New-ish to the area and need some exercise buddies! Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:27:38 EST Bart Strike-What is your opinion Hello All!! <BR> <BR> Since we are all living somewhere in the Bay Area, I'm sure we all know about the Bart strike. I figure I can start a discussion to see what your opinion is about how long this is taking and how this affects you. As someone who does not own a car, I know that I am not able to get to work where I teach if Bart goes on strike. I was lucky today, but I am not sure about the rest of the week. How are you all affected? Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:49:56 EST Been there, done that, now I'm trying THIS... I'm Sher, live in Sunnyvale, am 5"1" and weight almost 160. Both my parents are/were obese. My mom passed away weighting 235 and at her lowest weight she was 160. I'm 3 lbs away from that. I'm...56, have no hormones due to medical issues, hurt everywhere and am simply tired of being uncomfortable in my own body and clothes. I have 7 grandchildren and an amazing husband who is also on his own weight loss program, but what he does doesn't work for ME. I need people. Support. Friends to walk wit... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 01:00:35 EST Hello Everyone! So no one has been posting in a while, so I just want to start a general discussion to see how everyone is doing on their goals to becoming healthier! Name goals that you currently have and ones that you have met! Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:36:31 EST Support SP By Voting For It! I read CHERYL_ANNE's blog this morning, and learned that SP can win an ad at the 2/2/2014 Big Game (yes, that one!) You can help, by voting daily. <BR> <BR> Software superstar Intuit is offering one small business a TV commercial on the 2014 Big Game. It's the world's biggest stage, and a lucky small business could strut their stuff along with some of the familiar giant companies. Some folks watch just for the ads! <BR> Here's the link to read the entry and vote <BR> <link> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 10:28:15 EST Hello again! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I recently became a team leader for this team and after being a part of this team for a while, I hope I continue being team leader! I am a recent college graduate that is looking for a healthier lifestyle. If you ever need help, just let me know <em>41</em> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 15:06:02 EST Looking to get healthy and stay motivated I'm a mommy living in Concord who is looking to meet other people who are motivated to lose weight and get healthy. I lack support at home, and find myself eating my stress away. I think with a fitness buddy, and little encouragement, I might be able to finally drop the weight I gained 5 years ago when I had my son. I'm tired of seeing a fat girl when I look in the mirror, because I remember the thinner healthier me that had more energy! Anyone near here willing to help me? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:52:24 EST San Leandro/Hayward area So I would love to find a goal buddy close to me. <BR> I'm close to Bayfair bart, do not have a car, not a lot of money so transportation could be a <BR> problem at times. Here is what I do have. A gym, my apartment building has a gym, a pool, and a sauna. I would love to meet up with someone, and be able to go to the gym, then relax with a game of cards or something. <BR> So is anyone out there? Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:28:01 EST Skinny me I decided to be on this journey as a new mom. support me on this path. <BR> check out my blog: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you Thu, 6 Jun 2013 13:30:34 EST first time user Hello to you all. I just ran across sparkspeople this morning and started reading all the good news here. I find this site very encouraging. Thanks to everyone for sharing there success stories. I will be following the sparkspeople site daily. Thanks Thu, 30 May 2013 11:06:16 EST Hi there! Hi to my fellow San Franciscans! Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Jessica. 24 years old, live in the Haight-Ashbury. Trying to make this whole lifestyle change in a city full of the best food and restaurants ever. So.... yea. lol. It's been difficult. But, I'm getting there! I'm down about 25 lbs, and have 40-45 more to go. Mon, 6 May 2013 19:16:23 EST San Francisco Mission Sparkers??? Hello everyone! I am looking for a Spark Buddy in San Francisco. I live in the Mission neighborhood, and would love to find someone to walk with and do other fitness activities with. I am a beginner, but I wouldn't mind working out with people from any fitness level. I really hope to find someone soon *fingers crossed* Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:59:46 EST I am a mother of 6 Hello I am a mother of 6 kids and I want a helthy regimen for my everyday life I am also an Independant Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay I love to help others look beautiful and I want to be healthy for me family Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:13:48 EST Hello! Hello! Wanted to introduce myself. I'm 32 year old mom of 3 that lives in the bay area of California. I have 45 pounds or so to lose, and I'm ready to get the pounds off!! I think my ultimate reward is going to be a photo shoot !! That sounds like so much fun. :) <BR> Does anyone use the bodybugg?? How do you use it with this site? I wish it linked to the Sparkpeople app, but I don't think it does. Is there an option in the fitness portion where I can specifically log my bodybugg calories bu... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:24:38 EST FIRST POST...EVER So this is the first time i have actually started being active on this page, even though i joined sparkpeople a long time ago so here it goes: <BR> - after the 2012 holidays reality hit once again, none of my jeans fit, my shirts and coats were too small, and i was feeling worse about myself by the day, but i made a promise to myself that this would finally be the year that i would reach my old weight, 130lbs, weighing myself Jan. 1st, i was in shock, the scale read 210lbs :( the heaviest i h... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 13:47:17 EST Hello Again... Coming back after over a year silence on my part. <BR> <BR> Lots of life happened, and now the fog has lifted, and I'm ready to make this happen. I hope to meet new people, to be inspired and to inspire. This is a wonderful time for me, I can feel good things on the horizon. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet some of you this time around... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:02:35 EST Bladium Member in Alameda hi Sat, 24 Nov 2012 23:00:36 EST First Timer - Need Something To Get Serious Just joined and looking for something, anything to help. I've tried losing before, but really need to get serious about it. With so much going on with family right now and some good things going on, I figured it's a great time to get good about my health and change things around there. I have type 2 diabetes, blood pressure controlled with meds as well as cholesterol, a family of picky eaters (child with disabilities so there are foods she cant physically handle and a husband who hates veg... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:17:46 EST New to to sparkteam, scared, but excited!! Hello all my name is Miriam. Iam new to this site, im a little shy and to be honest a little scared of what is coming my way, but overall im excited to make a change, to creat a new and healthy lifestyle. I am 22yrs young, and overweight, I am ready to change the (overweight) part. Motivation, and making new friends whom share the same goals i do will be greatly appreciated! :) hope to hear from anyone. "YES WE CAN"!!! Tue, 6 Nov 2012 02:14:38 EST Warrior Dash Any ladies doing or up for doing the Warrior Dash in Hollister with me? Sat, 6 Oct 2012 22:47:16 EST We Need A New Team Leader Anyone Up For It? I joined this team not long ago within a couple of weeks but I didn't know this team was almost over, people are hardly commenting and there isn't a team leader. I'm on here almost daily but I don't have what it takes at this point to be a team leader. Would love for another person who does to volunteer and take over this group, who's up for it? <em>252</em> <em>223</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 13:50:31 EST Hi Hi! <BR> <BR> I just signed up for SparkPeople and am excited! I live in San Francisco and am looking to get healthy and active! Just wanted to say hi amd I hope to meet some people as motivation as well as hopefully meet up with some people to exercise! Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:59:43 EST Hello I am new here and just wanted to say a quick hello. Looking forward to the journey ahead of me and getting to know other people with similar goals. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:13:47 EST Hey There Everyone! My name Brandie and this is my second day on the site. I am liking it so far and it has given me the motivation I need. I set a small goal of doing something outdoors everyday and I have been good so far. Got up yesterday and today at 6:15am, did some core floor exercises and went on a walk/jog. I need to keep my motivation up and I am hoping I get it here! I am open to all advice. Have a great day everyone! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:11:09 EST Stepping out in Rohnert Park I'm new to Spark People and live in Rohnert Park. Glad to have found this site and have high expectations for myself. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:44:43 EST Ready to be COMMITTED!! Hi All! My name is Jasmine, I am a 24 year woman from San Francisco that has been using SP for over 3 years, off and on. Since graduating from college last year and settling into my "big girl" job I have decided that I need to get committed to creating a whole healthy lifestyle for myself this time. I thought the best way to really get dedicated was to immerse myself into the healthy living community. Good luck to all on completing your weight loss goals! Fri, 7 Sep 2012 14:37:51 EST Best 10K Races in the Bay Area? Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm going to do Bay to Breakers in 2013 and I'd like to find a 10K race before that (hopefully around Feb-Mar) as a practice run. What are some good 10K races around the Bay Area? <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Eileen Thu, 6 Sep 2012 14:35:54 EST Check-in Who is around these days? Tue, 28 Aug 2012 01:29:32 EST Ken from the Bay Hello everybody! <BR> <BR> I have lost over 40 pounds now .. .I have been training to run in races .. and I signed up for my first 1/2 marathon in Las Vegas in December <BR> <BR> I am too excited .. I am 3 pounds shy from the 190's! <BR> <BR> I have blogged about my journey so far. <BR> <BR> http://kenweightloss/ . Tue, 14 Aug 2012 02:40:00 EST Laura C. Hello....I am new to Sparkpeople and I must say I am a bit nervous about starting this new journey in my life but it is something I need to do. I want to start living the life I was meant to live. I have a 14 tear old son and he deserves to have the best mom I can be. I have always been on this weught loss rollercoaster and I so want to get off! I need to make this change for me I derserve it!!! I am looking forward to what is ahead of me and meeting new people on Sparkpeople for the support... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:34:33 EST Just getting started...need some support. Hi I am getting geared up to lose weight and to be a healthier me for myself and my family. I just had my first baby in June and have a wedding to be in soon...really need to use this time to jumpstart my engine!any tips and ideas are welcomed...I also need some spark friends. Good luck everybody!!! Lets do this!!! :) Fri, 13 Jul 2012 23:51:35 EST Hello again Hi all. I'm hoping to lose about 30 pounds. I'm actually re-joining Spark. Here's to hoping the second time is a charm and I stick with it this time! Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:14:34 EST FitExpo San Jose 7/14-15 Hi: Thought I'd pass on this announcement about the FitExpo in San Jose on July 14th & 15th. <BR> <BR> <BR> FitExpo Comes To Bay Area <BR> <BR> This ultimate weekend of fitness offers competitions, free cutting edge classes and the hottest new health and fitness products. California's largest and best known fitness event, TheFitExpo San Jose, presented by and sponsored by Subway Restaurants, will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, at San Jose's McEnery Convent... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 23:22:22 EST Day 1 - I'm here Hi, <BR> <BR> I just saw this site and thought I'd join. I'm excited to get the day started in the morning. Hope I can track everything properly and stick to it. I think it'll be challenging, but marriage and 2 kids later I need to do this for myself. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 05:10:58 EST New here but have been struggling for years Ok so let's get this over with. I have tried diet program after diet program and random other odd course these have all failed. Which is why I am here with all you lovely folks. My weight has now ballooned completely out of control and I have got to get a handle on this. I have only done my weight loss attempts solitary. Never with support or any real form of accountability which I am sure has made it easier for me to not follow through but that is a whole other issue. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:34:25 EST new again.. hello everybody.. well im back on sparkpeople again. finally got a new computer. so happy. so now i get to post and blog more often.. well i have had a rocky year. and i really need the help. i wrote a blog if anyone wants to know what happen.. also i live in martinez and need someone to kick me into gear.. <BR> <BR> i hope everybody has a great week. Sat, 26 May 2012 07:11:10 EST This is Me Hey everyone, I'm a lady that has to lose weight because of my knee has become a real issue. I have over an 100 pounds ot lose. But I'm back in the gym lifting weight two times a week with a workout buddy. Now I'm working on my cardio part the other days. Since I have been through the weight loss mill, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutra System, LA Diet ( dropped the T = die) Egg and grapefruit, South Beach, Aktins, very short live on this one. I have try most of them at point or the other... Fri, 25 May 2012 16:31:12 EST New to SparkPeople and looking for some support Hi! I'm excited to join SparkPeople. I'm looking to lose some weight, keep it off, and hoping to get fitter in the process. I am looking forward to getting, and giving, support from Sparkpeople. Any help, suggestions, inspiration etc. is much needed!! Thank you!! Thu, 10 May 2012 01:31:59 EST Any super active sparkrs wanna help lead our team? Hey there! I have been very busy with school and I find that it is hard to make enough posts during the semester. Is there anyone who wants to help lead this team? If you are a very active sparker and come online often it is a great way to stay accountable. It has helped me a lot! This Summer when I am on break I plan to spend more time focuses on sparkpeople interactions, it has helped me to really prevent a lot of weight gain. Keeping my sparkpeopkle connection has really done so much for m... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 15:12:55 EST Happy to have a support system :-) Hi! My name is Marquita and I just had a baby 8 months ago and cannot lose this weight. When I first got pregnant I was 163 and when I had my son I was 219. Right after I went down to 185. I am currently 205 and cant seem to lose the weight. Ive just been diagnosed with anxiety which caused me to gain 20lbs. I exercise every morning on the eliptical for 30 min before work for 8 weeks straight and I haven't lost a pound. I just want to get it off for good. Im glad to be apart of such a great t... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 18:43:12 EST Maybe this will work I'm currently 170 and I carry it all over, so I don't look overweight but I am at 5'8. I gained about 10 to 20 lbs over the last 3 years and I'm dying to shed it while getting in shape. I have always played sports thought I'm not currently. I'm unemployed and have too much time to sit around and snack. <BR> <BR> I try snacking on things that aren't that bad, like rice crackers from TJ's. I started with corn chips which aren't great. But I seem to be sensitive to gluten so corn and ric... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:25:26 EST Have any of you signed up yet? I wanted to sign up as part of the spark people team, have any of you signed up for this yet? <BR> <BR> Jacqueline Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:18:55 EST Hi Everyone I'm looking to lose some weight and get into shape. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:59:56 EST SF DIVA Half Marathon & 5K Anyone participating in this race - May 6th in San Mateo area? Mon, 9 Apr 2012 19:23:43 EST Frustrated! hi Sun, 8 Apr 2012 18:38:44 EST Got to loose the "baby fat"...she's 21! I'm on the verge of going downhill health wise or getting my act together, just gotta DO IT! I'm so tired of myself! <BR> <BR> Crazy job, busy life and not much willpower. My niece lost 100 lbs using Spark Peoplw, hoping I can get on track. <BR> <BR> I exercise some, eat ok most of the time but have. Gained the ten lbs I needed to loose so now I'm up 20 lbs. ugh. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 00:46:21 EST Hi!!! : ) I am new to this site and am not sure yet quite how to do anything on it. Well, I joined last year, but then forgot about it. I am trying to get motivated after a long period of being just lost in my constant struggle with my weight. I am engaged and want to lose weight for my wedding. But more importantly, I want to lose weight so I can walk out of my house and be comfortable outside and around people. I have never been this overweight in my life, and just putting on clothes and going t... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 03:25:19 EST Over 17,000 members and no one is posting? What is wrong with this picture. I hope people start posting. I'd love to hear what folks do around the bay area. We just moved here from Seattle. I love the weather. Take care and happy Monday!!!!! Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:06:40 EST New to SP, Old Player of the Weight Loss Game Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm 23 and reached my weight loss high (aka my life bottom). <BR> <BR> Just a little background on myself because my story isn't the usual I-didn't-know-what-I-was-eating-was-bad: I was always a normal-sized girl--never one of those skinny, long girls, but always on the low range of the healthy weight range. I've had bouts of depression since high school, during which my weight would fluctuate. I reached my "doom weight"--when things started going downhill--my freshman yea... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 18:02:43 EST Great Start Hi. I'm new to SparkPeople, having been introduced by a family member who's having great success. So far I'm having fun accruing points, earning trophies, and carefully recording what I eat. I plan to be in this for the long haul, and look forward to interacting with other motivated online "losers" who are winners! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:38:32 EST Bay To Breakers | 2012 Changes | Registration Link Note: This message can be found on the Bay to Breakers and San Francisco team pages also. At the end of the message you will find a registration link for the race. <BR> <BR> Hello all. Group registration opened today, but I am sorry to report that Bay to Breakers is changing the group registration policy. We are no longer able to register s a group WITHOUT prepaying. We would require a minimum 20 person prepayment for every member who wanted to join. I spoke with a representative on the phon... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:51:38 EST 150lbs to lose work in SF live in Novato Hey there- I'm 33 married, no kids (not until i lose some of this weight!) I moved to Pac Heights from NYC at the beginning of 2011 and moved up to Novato in October. I still work in the financial district and belong to club one. But the last time I went was March 2011! <BR> <BR> Anyone want to be a buddy? My aim instant messenger is "peavspet". Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:45:46 EST Chat 2012 (Jump in when and if you like!) Hey there everyone! So, here we are: chat 2012. YOu can post whatever you may like and by leaving the box checked to recieve emails abotu replies you will have a good way to be involved on sparkpeople at the same time yoru team mates are active! So, in case you havent seen my many posts and even team mailings, who is up for Bay to Breakers? Is anyone getting back on the wagon after a bit of weight gain? That is me! Bay to Breakers seems to movtivate me each year to stay or get back on track, ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 15:14:57 EST What in 2012 are you going to do different It's a day to start fresh! Heck every second is a moment to start fresh! Since we have a fresh start, what are you going to do in 2012 this is going to be different for your health and for your life? <BR> <BR> For me, I will: <BR> <em>140</em> Try foods from different cultures. <BR> <em>140</em> Make it from scratch if I can <BR> <em>140</em> Eat more fruits and vegetables <BR> <em>195</em> Get a job <BR> <em>195</em> Go back to school <BR> <em>195</em> Start a business <BR> <em>195<... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 19:17:48 EST Bay to Breakers 2012, Group Reg Discount, Join us! Update: 1/4/2012, I am still waitin go to hear back from Bay To Breakers, and I think they took a break for the holiday. Teh information below will still apply, so be sure to watch inboxes and even join the Bay to Breakers team to stay up on it, come join us for year 3! <BR> <BR> Hey everyone, it is that time! I will be sending out a message similar to what I sent out to the official Bay to Breakers Team, but here it is for anyone who will join the team later! This is an official "heads up" ... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 12:24:23 EST Back on the wagon Hi. I have been MIA from Spark (and weightloss/health in general) for several months. <BR> <BR> I am so happy to be back, to be taking care of myself today. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hi to my fellow Bay Area peeps. <BR> <BR> I live in Fairfield, but work in Emeryville. The Fairfield team is super quiet, so I thought I would see if this ones more busy. I would love to make some 'local' online friends. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:53:58 EST Unemployed in/near Livermore? I am 29, recently unemployed and after gaining MORE weight (started before the layoff) I finally have decided to get fit. I am now 30-40 pounds overweight and I have nothing but time on my hands so I've decided to take advantage of this fact! It would be great to find an activity partner who lives in or close to Livermore. I go to Sycamore Grove and the dam behind Wente a lot and I would like to venture out to Mt. Diablo and Sunol. I do not have a gym membership because I can't afford it ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 20:48:35 EST Aaaand Back to SparkPeople I had some success here before, but I started slacking again and put on some weight. Now I'm back to the site I know can help me again :-) Sun, 6 Nov 2011 17:31:11 EST HI SF TEAM! Does anyone need an accountability partner? I'm looking for 3 to make sure I don't fall off the bandwagon! Looking to cut fat and train for bodybuilding! Please PM me or send me an email if anyone is interest =) Even better if you are close to Lake Merced. I'm trying to train for 5k run. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 04:40:11 EST New Here Hi I am 38, live in Hayward but work in the city. I walk at Lake Merrit on Saturdays and Thursdays, I am looking for support and would like to be pen pals with people. I like reading people's stories and making new friends. I tend to be a stress eater and have a very streassful job. If I have others to talk to and not isolate, this tends to help. <BR> <BR> If you are interested in being pen pals then people drop me a line or getting tougether to exercise that would be great. I am a me... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:36:01 EST help getting out of starvation mode?? I know I have been under-eating. I'm not sure how to measure what would be over-exercising, but I play Wii Walk it Out for at least two hours a day, usually three. I'm not sure if I can trust their calorie meter, since it's like..marching in place! but according to them, I am burning at least 500 a day, so that is my exercise. Again, not sure if the counter is correct! But I do this every day. <BR> <BR> I am trying to incorporate strength training exercises into my routine, but my Fibromyalg... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 16:47:40 EST I am a writer who by necessity sits long hours Hi I just joined today and I'm counting on all of your expertise to help me shed 50 lbs by next year. Is it really doable? <BR> As a writer I sit for over 8 hours every day almost 300 days a year. I live 6 months of the year in our 25 foot trailer in a gold mining camp near Columbia where I wrote my novel Without Consent by Virginia R. Degner. I love this mountain area and fell in love with the historic gold rush town of Columbia Ca where I set my mystery/ romance. I try to walk daily about 2... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 13:53:53 EST SPARK RALLEY! *SparkPeople sponsored, prizes!* Are you interested? Watch your boxes, Spark People will be promoting this event. They have partnered to try to break a Guiness Book of World Records entry for the most Jumping Jacks world wide! It will only take a minute :) I will be at the event, and they are giving me prizes to hand out! Lets see how this works out! <BR> I will be there at 3pm on the 11th, but watch the event for other relevant information. It is tentativley located at Golden Gate Park, at Stanyan. We can make adjustments ... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:11:00 EST SparkRalley: OCT. 11th-12th (San Francisco) Are you interested? Watch your boxes, Spark People will be promoting this event. They have partnered to try to break a Guiness Book of World Records entry for the most Jumping Jacks world wide! It will only take a minute :) I will be at the event, and they are giving me prizes to hand out! Lets see how this works out! <BR> I will be there at 3pm on the 11th, but watch the event for other relevant information. It is tentativley located at Golden Gate Park, at Stanyan. We can make adjustments ... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:01:12 EST Just walking the hills Walking to the store, walking to do errands, walking to go to parties, Walking works well and it is easy on my joints. Anybody else walking out there? Found any fun places to walk to in the city? Sun, 21 Aug 2011 16:58:45 EST Hiking Buena Vista Park I'm moving from lower Nob Hill (the Land of No Parks) to a place in the Lower Haight near Duboce and Buena Vista parks! I'm thrilled- has anyone hiked Buena Vista? <BR> I can't find much online, but it looks like it's about a mile loop, with some steep inclines. I'm not a hiker at all, but this sounds like a nice way to spend an afternoon. Anyone have any experience with it? Would it be crazy to want to do some yoga at the top? Thu, 18 Aug 2011 13:47:16 EST Controling my Salt Intake Hi all,just got released from hospital, diaginosed with congential heart desease. I must control my salt intake to less then 1500mg/day, does anyone have a daily intake chart I might use? Sun, 7 Aug 2011 19:42:52 EST Newbie Im 40! Separated from hubby of 15 years Whoa...cant beleive im actually doing this. Lets just say Im starting anew..... I joined because Im trying to better myself. Im trying to cope with my separation from my husband who at any moment will file divorce. Sat, 6 Aug 2011 21:38:36 EST Hello Everyone - New Here Hi everyone, I'm so glad to have found this group. I will be 50 years old this month, and my goal is to lose 94.8 pounds (approximately, heh). I plan to do Callanetics as my daily exercise routine. Does anyone else do Callanetics? I've been a fan of their program since the 80's. <BR> <BR> Anyway, nice meeting you! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:54:32 EST New to SF Hi, I'm Jenn! I moved to SF about 2 weeks ago and have 150+ pounds to lose. I had success with spark people a few years back and had lost 100+ pounds, but I'm embarrassed and sad to say that I've gained it all back. I would love to meet some diet/gym/walking buddies in the bay area. These hills are no joke! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 13:22:12 EST Lake Merritt? HI everyone! I recently moved from Southern Cali to Lake Merritt. I have gained 20 pounds since my move....does anyone have any good gym recommendations? Are there any groups that get together to do activities in the Oakland area? <BR> <BR> Any mommies with tips for active things to do with the kiddos in the area that are safe? <BR> <BR> I'd really appreciate any tips ya'll could give me!! :) <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! Mon, 13 Jun 2011 01:32:37 EST Meetup Hey guys! I'm kinda new on here. I was just wondering if any of ya'll have done or would be interested in starting a Meetup group??? I've been to a few in the bay area for different things, and they are really fun and a great way to meet new people! I'm not sure how many (active) members are in this group, but we could plan things like hikes or wine tasting (ok, that isn't very diet/exercise oriented, but whatever lol), or trying a new healthy restaurant. Let me know if anyone is interested :... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 16:25:58 EST does anyone Blog in here?? The main reason I joined Sparkpeople was to blog.... and to subscribe to other people's blogs. I use to blog on for years and years.... but I thought it was time for an update, and to get some more support on here. This site is a bit overwhelming for me at first, so I am just wondering if any of ya'll blog on a regular basis, I would love to add you as a friend so I can follow it! Thu, 26 May 2011 12:44:10 EST Hi, I'm Jess- Looking to lose 50ish lbs Hey my name is Jess. 22 years old. Loving and living life, trying to be the best person I can be. I am a massage therapist, living in the wonderful city of San Francisco. I LOVE to travel, I am a bit of a flirt, love to go out meet new people, dance with boys, shop, hike, swim, date.... all that good stuff. I just don't want my weight to ever hold me back from doing (or feeling comfortable doing) anything anymore. <BR> <BR> I've been battling with weight issues my whole life. I've been yo-y... Wed, 25 May 2011 13:44:19 EST AM LOOKING FOR SUPPORT AS I NEED TO LOSE 250 LBS HELLO, I AM BARELY ABLE TO MOVE WITHIN MY HOME AND HAVE 250 TO LOSE (BUT CURRENT GOAL IS 50 SO I DON'T GET OVERWHELMED). WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WITH POSITIVE COMMENTS. ALSO, ARE THERE ANY NO/LOW FAT COOKIES THAT ARE ALSO NO/LOW SUGAR THAT CAN BE BOUGHT IN A REGULAR GROCERY STORE?? I CAN FIND HARD CANDY BUT NO COOKIES..THANKS Tue, 24 May 2011 19:16:52 EST 2011 Run to the Lake 5K-10K-Kids Dash Hi all: The 2011 Run to the Lake will be held on on Sunday, July 10 at 8 am in Castro Valley. <BR> <BR> For details, visit the website at <link><BR>.html </link> Fri, 20 May 2011 14:41:27 EST Sparking at Bay to Breakers again- will u someday? Hey everyone. Shortly I will walk out the door for the second year to meet some other sparkers and be a part of Bay to Breakers. It sure has a reputation for getting wild, but there are plenty of health minded people who go out there each year -and still have fun! <BR> I wanted to drop a little line to encourage other sparkers on this team (and whoever stops by) to come join us next year for bay to breakers. It will be the 3rd year that sparkpeople has crashed the event! We meet up at the end... Sun, 15 May 2011 09:04:57 EST May is here time to spring into action! New goals, new projects, join challenges, take up something that gets you to move more. Move more eat wrong stuff less. Put the negative to rest..RIP <BR> Eat right stuff more. Have fun doing stuff. Do it! Put more music in your life. <BR> 10 minutes to Life and let the changes begin, I am pumped for May, the weather is really nice and the outside activities are happening. Can I get a high five.. <em>213</em> well a three will do, LOL Let's get to moving and shaking, watch out world the s... Mon, 2 May 2011 16:42:19 EST Tough Mudder Hey everyone: <BR> <BR> I am training for the Nor Cal Tough Mudder in Sept 2011 and was wondering if anyone else plans on doing it also? Please let me know because I am interested in how you are training for the event! Thanks! <BR> <BR> -Melissa Mon, 18 Apr 2011 01:15:03 EST Good Morning Happy Friday Fri, 8 Apr 2011 09:40:39 EST Bay to Breakers: training? running together? Hi. I just signed up for B2B (the last corral was the only one left)...let's hope I do okay! I was training pretty regularly for the Presidio 10K...then the bad weather came. I'm back on it, but I'm nervous! Anyone else running this race? Or any other? Does anyone want to try to work out together? I live in SF. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 13:48:54 EST Hello-- just starting Hi All, <BR> Just started-- excited, nervous. It feels so great to be in a community of others trying to lose weight--I had some success with going it alone-- lost about 40 pounds, but then I had some medical problems which landed me in surgery-- and despite the hospital food ( smile) -- I gained all the weight back and then some recuperating with old friends: ice cream, cookies and sweets. Unfortunately, my husband-- dear man that he is-- is also perpetually thin--- one piece of chocolate ... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 14:42:32 EST So excited to find this! I had emergency surgery in January and have gained 15 pounds! I have been up and down in my weight for the last couple years because of different medications, but now I am in a position where I can't exercise as I'd like to during the recovery process. I need some information and ideas on how to lose at least some weight slowly. I don't fit in my clothes and it makes me want to cry. I just went through a divorce as well and I am ready to go and look great! Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:56:20 EST Favorite walks? What are your favorite places to go walk? <BR> <BR> Mine: <BR> In the city: climbing the Telegraph Hill stairs, or walking along Ocean Beach <BR> On the peninsula: climbing Sweeney Ridge Mon, 28 Mar 2011 22:55:46 EST YMCAs in the area? I have been trying to find YMCAs in the area that have gyms like they do back home. Can anyone help me find a link to one here in the Castro Valley/Hayward area? I also work in Concord. We were looking into 24 Hour Fitness, but it is around $100 for the month for 2 people. Any help or if anyone knows where we may be able to find a discounted price (I saw something somewhere about Costco) that would be great. I am still learning the ins and outs of everything out here in the Bay Area--whe... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:56:05 EST About to turn 25 and ready for change! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been looking for a support forum for awhile now and while searching online found that this was one of the tops ones, so figured I would give it a shot. <BR> <BR> To tell you a little about myself. I'm about to turn 25, and majority of my life I've been overweight. I'm tired of being limited to were I can shop for clothes or worrying about if my arms will look tight in a shirt or if my thighs will be to big to squeeze into my new pair of jeans that I loved in th... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 14:34:30 EST New to Spark! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Just trying out Spark to see if I can really hit my goal. Hope to learn new tips and ideas from everyone! I live in Fremont, hope to find some locals around! <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Jules Wed, 2 Mar 2011 02:24:55 EST Hi - looking to get my life back My name is Jeannie (I also go by Saphyre and Isis). I am a computer geek as required by work living in the SV. We moved here about a year ago. I have a 14 year old son and 3 adult kids out of the house and in New Orleans. <BR> <BR> I love to ride motorcycles with my husband and friends, read, and play games. I was in accident on my bike just over 2 years ago and that plus some other pretty big changes have taken away my strength of purpose and love of life. <BR> <BR> I piled on poun... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 14:59:40 EST Hi everybody!!! Hi everyone! My name is Jill and I am 26. I do not live in California right now, but my husband and I are moving to SF in the Sept/Oct time frame. I am so very excited! I am an easy going person so please feel free to add me as a friend! The more the merrier! Also if anyone has any information about where a good area to live is please let me know! I would appreciate it! Wed, 23 Feb 2011 01:13:16 EST In Southern Marin Just joined, and I'm excited to make progress! I'm wondering if there is anyone else on here from Marin. <BR> I work full time (teaching) and have 2 children. I'm looking for support and inspiration. <BR> Thanks! Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:23:15 EST Hayward walking partner needed Ok all I've tried craigslist and meet up thought I'd try here. I'm in Hayward, don't have a car but willing to take the bus to go for a long walk with a person that is willing to also go for a walk. <BR> I have almost 200 lbs to loose so I won't be walking fast but I do my best to take little rest breaks as possible. I'm within walking distance of Kennedy park if that gives anyone an idea of what part of Hayward. <BR> So who is up for a walk? Thu, 17 Feb 2011 22:32:50 EST Hey there everyone! My name is Izzy i'm 23 & I just started my page wanted to say hello! <BR> I love to make new friends & am always looking for a work out friend! <BR> <BR> I hope everyones doing great! <BR> <BR> -Izztastic <BR> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 04:36:13 EST East Bay Regional Parks Trails Challenge Hi: Is anyone on this Team participating in the EBRPD 2011 Trails Challenge? If so, send me an email if you'd like to do some hiking together. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 22:37:39 EST Newlywed, new year, new me. Now that I got past the major wedding hurdle, I am ready to get control of my weight, my energy and my life. I have all if the tools, now I need support from like struggle buddies. Any positivity is most welcome. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 02:01:45 EST Oakland Running Festival March 26-27, 2011 For those of you who want to get in some practice for the Bay To Breakers, the Oakland Running Festival is scheduled for March 26 & 27, 2011. <BR> <BR> Saturday, March 26 - Health & Fitness Expo, Twilight 5K Race <BR> Sunday, March 27 - Full & Half Marathon, Team Relay, Kids' Fun Race <BR> <BR> For details go to <link> </link> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:33:03 EST Antioch,CA SPARKS Hey Guys! If Anyone Is Interested In Being My Walking/Fitness Buddy Please Let Me Know. I Live In Antioch,CA Behind Deer Valley High School. <BR> <BR> email me at or message me on here. <BR> <BR> Danyell Menifee <BR> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:42:24 EST New girl! Hi everybody! My name's Suzie and I'm from the East Bay. I'm really excited to be here! I'm aiming to lose 70 pounds this year, maybe more. I'm not sure what my healthy weight is, considering I've pretty much been overweight since I was born. I'm studying abroad in Mexico this semester so I'm hoping that having a bit of home will help me keep me centered if I begin to stray. <BR> <BR> Anyways, best luck to all of you! <BR> <BR> -Suzie <BR> <BR> p.s. I'm looking for a SparkBuddy. Anyone ... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:09:37 EST Back again :-) Ciao, <BR> My name is Christine and I'm an Italian born in Northern California. I did spark people in high school ~ college to keep my weight down and avoid the freshmen 15. Now that I'm 30 I find that I'm so overwhelmed with diet info that I really need to get back to the basics (and lose the 22lbs I've gained since college) so I'm back. I did weight watchers for a few months but found that I hate calculating points, daily points, weekly points, activity points... I started losing my mind... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:47:03 EST Bay Area Native Fitness Pioneer dies :( Jack LaLanne, fitness pioneer, dies at 96 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>=/c/a/2011/01/23/MN3T1HDCIB.DTL </link> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:22:17 EST WE NEED U!BAY2BREAKERS DISCOUNT CODE EXPIRES 1/23! Hey! Whats up? the code takes $7 off and I have filled up your mail boxes! I have gotten some new people, but amazingly there are 55 spaces left! I think some people on our team expected the registration to be in April or so, like last year! That means I have rrom for LOTS of people! Join up now!You can bring as many friends and family as you want at this point, there is a lot of room, and I dont think we will pass 55 if you just let me know. <BR> See the team on my page, and reply to the wel... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:37:14 EST Bay Area Personal Trainer Wanted! Hey guys, do you by any chance have a personal trainer that you would recommend? I am *only* looking for someone who makes house calls to a personal gym. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:16:57 EST BAY 2 BREAKERS SUPERCODE HERE, ONLY GOOD 2 WEEKS Hi! I have gotten some new memebers on our Sparkpeople Bay To Breakers team, and just in time! THE SUPERCODEE IS HERE! If you have been reading sparkmail or browsing this page you likely know about bay to breakers. I am here again, year two, getting sparkpeople in this race! I am co-leader on our bay to breakers team, and by joining yuo can get the registration discount! Please read the following copy of a team mailing I sent out, or check your sparkmail, for regsitartion and supercode access... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 20:10:49 EST Hello from Crystal! Hi! My name is Crystal and I'm brand new to this. I'm just poking my way around, learning about all the tools available to me. Any suggestions are welcome. I'm so excited that I found this website! I'm looking forward to my best year ever... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:02:51 EST Hoping to lose 65-75 pounds in 2011! So here I am in 2011 and this is going to be my year! I am mainly motivated to lose weight by wanting to wear all the clothes in my closet-I'm like a "clothes collector" hoping to wear my old dresses and a whole bunch of new ones I've been "collecting"! My other main motivator is to get pregnant again. Having had 2 miscarriages, I am very motivated to get pregnant again. I want to live healthy and be able to feel healthy too! <em>249</em> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 17:26:39 EST Try Try Try Again Hello! I have gain and lost weight too many times to count. I was skinny until college. BUT I never had good eating habits.Since then it's been a roller coaster. I'm a psychologist, I took a nutrition class in college, and I know how weight loss works. Putting the knowledge into action is so very difficult. It's not like you can stop eating (like you can stop smoking). I figure if I just keep trying, something will connect eventually. I'm hoping the social support of this community wi... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:41:01 EST Falling off the band wagon. Hi! My name is Lauren. I am years old, and I am currently trying to lose weight. I've been using SparkPeople on my phone for about two weeks now. Today was my appointment for my complementary personal trainer at the gym I signed up for. After the hour, I felt depressed and wanting to hide in a hole. I'm losing faith in myself and the goal I have set out for myself. I would love some tips and some support to help me stay motivated. Thank you. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 21:12:45 EST Hi Hello my name is Bianca Tue, 28 Dec 2010 01:46:50 EST BAY2BRREAKERS SUPERCODE DISCOUNT limit (join soon) Hey everyone. There is a limited number of registrants who can participate in the 2011 bay to breakers race. You may have seen my many emails attempting to m otivate you. The limit is 50,000, but it fills up FAST. They limited the race from previous years, and you may know why. Wanna get in? Wanna pay less than I paid for pre-registration?! Registration opens 1/1/11. The discount code I get for the SPARKPEOPLE BAY TO BREAKERS TEAM sets registration at $45. I recieved an email from bay to brea... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:45:07 EST Group discount Bay 2 Breakers: no names needed Hi team. I am going to start accepting names for the sparkpeople group discount for the Bay To Breakers 100th anniversary race. There is a waitlist. To qualify as a group we need at least 10 names. There is a bay to breakers sparkepeople team that I co-lead with another local sparker. If you are interested I suggest you join that team and submit your first and last name to me, via sparkmail. Just like lastr year, I will send the group discount for race registration via the sparkmail team mail... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:10:52 EST Secret early BAY2Breakers registration! 50k peeps! Hey. Have you heard? Bay to breakers is limiting its registrants. All teh mayhem of last year, well. If you want to register, join the team on my page (the bay to breakers team) or just plain add your email to the website! Maybe you too can get that discount early link! All corrals are open! Are you a fast runner, wanna compete for an early winner? join corral A before it fills up! Last year I couldnt even choose. They were all full. This year, well.... Theres space just abo... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 22:33:38 EST Tahoe Dec 15-17 (Wed-Fri)? Hey all, I've been on SP for a while, but haven't really posted on any of the boards. I just got an extra day off and am really hoping to get to Tahoe for those 3 days (12/15-17). The only problem is I don't want to go by myself, since I like snowboarding in the woods and prefer to have someone riding/skiing with me in case of injury... and most people work on weekdays. My level as of last season was mostly blue runs mixed with blue/diamond woods (where I like to spend most of my time). I... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 04:29:49 EST New to the team... Hi, <BR> I live in the South Bay and I've got a lot of work ahead of me, and am looking for some local and online support. I believe Spark People may be the thing to help me with my goals, and requisite success. <BR> <BR> J Tue, 7 Dec 2010 01:36:22 EST Kickin' It Cardio Style I've been procrastinating and I've become really good at it. SP has challenged me to change my mentality and reprogram my cranial CPU. I feel good about the progress I'm making and while it could always improve, I think I'm getting there. <BR> <BR> I wrote this in one of my blogs but I thought I would share: <BR> <BR> Hi folks! <BR> <BR> I had a really crummy night of sleep last night and I've been pretty tired all day. I didn't have any motivation to do much of anything and it makes m... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 17:25:13 EST Brand New Here Hello all, <BR> <BR> Like the title says, I'm brand new here. I've been working at losing weight for awhile now, and while I have been losing it slowly, I decided that I needed something with more structure and accountability than just trying to do it on my own, so here I am. I'm stuck at home today sick, so I figure now was as good a time to join as ever. <BR> <BR> A little about me, I'm 25 years old, and I've been overweight all my life. I'm at the point where I just want to feel att... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 14:36:36 EST Newbie Hi, My name is Jan and I am from Fremont,CA. About 4 months ago I joined the Optifast group at Kaiser and have lost about 40 lbs. We are just bringing real food back in our lives and I hope to stay motivated and learn from others in the group. Also a memer of DOG LOVERS group. <BR> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 22:23:53 EST Hello! Hi, <BR> <BR> I m a working mother of 2. <BR> <BR> Not an athlete by nature, started running over a year ago. I had signed up for a charity and thoroughly enjoyed running. I conder myself to be addicted to running now. <BR> <BR> I have done several half and 2 full marathons till date. I aspire to qualify for Boston , thats my dream :-) <BR> <BR> Look forward to interacting with you all to support and gt inspired. <BR> <BR> Thx <BR> Ilanos Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:52:53 EST Starting over fresh I’ve been a member of SparkPeople for almost 4 years. I had lost a lot of weight on Weight Watchers (a LOT of weight; I was literally less than half my starting weight when I finished), and I’ve since gained it all back, plus an additional twenty pounds for added fun. I’ve lost and gained weight on SparkPeople, but some things have happened recently – health issues for the people around me – that make me feel more committed to doing it than ever before. <BR> <BR> I know it’s goi... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:47:03 EST New and Looking for a Buddy in Union City Hi there! I'm 29 years old and living in Union City. I've participated in Spark People off and on the past few years and am looking to get back on the wagon. <BR> <BR> I joined this team because I'm hoping to team up with someone locally to run with (preferably on the couch to 5k program) in Union City. <BR> <BR> Send me a message if you're interested. Thanks! Sun, 31 Oct 2010 02:00:25 EST Squash Players? I just started playing squash and I am looking for other SP squash players in the Bay Area. I am willing to meet-up for a game in 415, 510, 408, 925, and 650 area codes. <BR> <BR> Who knows? We might get enough folks together to start our own Ladders system. <BR> <BR> Bee <BR> <em>260</em> <em>260</em> <em>260</em> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 17:08:27 EST Hey... I'm in my early thirties, trying to get a lil slimmer and healthier. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 17:57:53 EST motivators Hello group. I am new here and I have started hitting Crunch in Redwood City. I am looking for a work out buddy for motivation. The problem is I work the early shift so I am heading to the gym, well now @ 130. <BR> I feel weird posting on here I just dont have anyone to go with me, and i know i will do so much better with a buddy. <BR> Ideas? Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:35:24 EST Making a Change Hello, I just joined and well I am very impressed with the web site.. so many ideas, so many tools.. and so much support! I live in the East Bay and am looking for a work out Buddy for Ballys in Pleasant Hill.. would prefer 1st thing in the morning... nothing like starting your day with exercise.. Thu, 7 Oct 2010 19:52:23 EST Hello I am new to Sparkpeople, I have gained 15lbs in the last 3 months and keep gaining slowly, but steadily. This seems to be a trend for my family, around the age of 25-30 the ladies especially start a slow trend to weight gain. Seeing their struggles with trying to lose weight I am hoping to start early and lose the lbs I have gained, while learning healthy eating/exercise practices to prevent gaining more in the future. <BR> I am in San Pablo and have trouble finding good places to walk/jog ... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 11:05:41 EST 29 Going on 50 Greetings! Hello, my name is Hilary, I'm 29, live in San Jose, and new to Spark. Doctors told me I needed to get it together so I can have a long life ahead of me so I'm hoping to meet some new friends on here who can motivate and help me achieve my health goals. If that's you, reply to this post. Thanks! Sun, 3 Oct 2010 13:18:33 EST Why I am here. <BR> I know I have to lose some weight. And I need a few others to talk with. I was on this site before and I got in a fight with somebody. Thats past though. I hope to get a few friends here that I can check in with on a regular basis. I am old and male and happily married. Take care, scott Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:00:18 EST New to the site! Ready for a change! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Ken. I would like to say hello to all the healthy and kind people in the community. I am doing this not only to lose weight but am also changing my lifestyle to defeat a tumor and stand strong against Cancer, today, tomorrow and the future. After 2 surgeries, I am ready to try a more natural and healthier way. <BR> <BR> Very respectfully, <BR> <BR> Ken Mon, 20 Sep 2010 18:04:46 EST Angela HI everyone! I am so excited to have joined this sight! Its been very helpful for me. My sister kept telling me join sparks! And so im here! And so far its been a great motivation:) Sat, 18 Sep 2010 15:27:01 EST Introduction - Lee Hello all, <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 30lbs by my birthday next year... May 2nd. I'm a 50 yo gay man, fairly active (ride my bike every work day). I think I need help to regulate my diet (I really like to eat and often at the wrong times). I live alone, just outside the Castro, if your a gay man and want to help each other get back into that bikini next year contact me. <BR> <BR> Thanks... Lee Tue, 7 Sep 2010 15:49:06 EST Intruduction - Joe Hello everyone. I don't have a ton of weight to lose at this point, but I just wanted to try something different, and I've heard great things about SparkPeople, so I thought I'd give it a try. I've most recently been doing Weight Watchers online, off an on for a few years, and have kept my weight fairly steady, with minor ups and downs. <BR> <BR> I weighed 225 about 12 years ago, brought it down over the course of about a year to about 175, using "The Hacker's Diet", which is basically a c... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 16:38:04 EST 2 Weeks Hi all, I am two weeks away from getting my walking boot off of my right foot, which I broke 7 weeks ago. I am committed to changing my lifestyle because of the injury and am excited to lose weight, be more active and feel healthy again. Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:15:20 EST Warm Welcome to Our New Co-Leader Strawber ry*Moon Hello team, <BR> <BR> I'm sure you are already familiar with the friendly encouraging posts regularly left by Strawberry*Moon, particularly if you joined the group somewhat recently. <BR> <BR> Large geographically-based teams are challenging to manage because the membership has such diverse needs. <BR> <BR> Well now we are all most fortunate that this dedicated member has agreed to join our co-leader team to continue her good work here in a more official capacity. <BR> <BR> Please join me... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 17:51:45 EST Hello all Hello I am a new member and very excited to shed some lbs 35 lbs by Christmas to be exact. Let so it! Go Team Go! <BR> I want to feel sexy and confident again..I am 28 yrs young and no reason to feel this damn old!!! I live in the Peninsula and am currently looking for a new gym....any ideas... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:17:19 EST Hello! Anybody from Livermore/ Pleasanton? Hi all! I am Sharissa and I am from Livermore! I heard about this site from yahoo and I need all the weight loss help I can get so I had to join! I currently do boot camp via and I LOVE IT, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to jump start their fitness! If you join, tell Debby I referred you (and I'll see you in camp!!). <BR> <BR> Anybody live in or near Livermore or Pleasanton and want someone to work out/walk with after 5:00 during the week?? Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:17:21 EST New Start I just got recently married and with the promise of a new family I made one to better myself as much as possible. I am a 25 year old who has survived depression and a family that is not so sane. My goal is to make a fresh start out of who I am what I wish to become. <BR> <BR> Elle Tue, 10 Aug 2010 13:39:49 EST First Day on the site! Hey there! <BR> <BR> This is my first day tracking my new diet and exercise goals. I started my actual diet on 8/1/10 but needed a way to keep track of calories. I also began collecting workout videos using my pilates equipment and testing them out. I have found the excercises that I can do daily. My pilates ball has become great fun and I use it most of the time now. I move my desk chai rand use my ball when my energy is high. Like now, I'm about to sit on it for the next 10 hours or so... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 01:05:35 EST Hello! Hi - This is my 'Introduce Yourself' message! <BR> <BR> I just made a commitment to lose 25lbs (to start), and have logged into SparkPeople and made it official. At least more official than yesterday when it was only in my head :-) <BR> <BR> My primary strategy: Keep It Simple... <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to reading the wonderful posts and articles, and track my progress with support from amazing people like all of you! Fri, 6 Aug 2010 18:36:22 EST Missing Person in Sacramento/San Fran, California <link><BR>1635.html </link> <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law was last seen on Friday in Sacramento, CA. She might be in San Fran now. Please check out this link for pictures and info. Thank you so much. Wed, 4 Aug 2010 13:52:07 EST Walnut Creek/Conco rd/Pleasant Hill sparks? Looking to see if there are any group walks or runs around the area..... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 12:51:22 EST Yep, I'm a newbie Hi, I'm Michelle, and just discovered this site via real age. I'm native to the bay area, and just moved back from Arizona. I'm about to check the team site, but was wondering if anybody knew of any good hiking clubs? Thu, 22 Jul 2010 22:46:41 EST Hi I'm a new Sparkperson:) Hello i've just joined sparkpeople ,and I'm happy to be a part of such a great community. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:21:58 EST Antioch/ Pittsburg Sparks I'm Looking For Sparks In Antioch Or Pittsburg!! Sun, 18 Jul 2010 14:40:35 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Holly and I am looking to lose 30 pounds. I have never tried an online diet program before and I'm very interested in seeing if it will work for me. In the past I have follow the Weight Watchers program by tracking my points and I've tried that a few times in the last 5 months and I haven't kept up with it. I'm hoping that SparkPeople will keep me focused on my goals. I'm very interested in tips from others and recipes from vegetarians that are healthy and tasty! Fri, 16 Jul 2010 20:55:43 EST Rude awakening Denial is a power force. I'll keep this short and sweet..I kicked Heroin a year ago and have put on about 100 pounds. I have been sober since March 25th, 09 I know this isn't that kind of board but it is important too me, I use food as a coping tool. Anyways, went to the doctors today for the first time in 7 yrs and his words hit me very hard. He suggested I join this site. I look forward to the support thank you. Fri, 9 Jul 2010 23:49:59 EST Making the leap I'm to the point that I'm ready to start doing something to lose the weight rather than just wishing it away! I have two sons, ages 3 and 15 months. After the first baby I lost all the pregnancy weight after four months without even trying, but after the 2nd I'm still 10 lbs. over after more than a year. Plus I already had at least 13 lbs to lose on top of that. So, it's time. I've stopped breastfeeding so no more excuses. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 01:05:26 EST hi im megan =) my names megan and i just graduated high school. im desperate to get my summer body and fight off the "freshman fifteen" that comes with college. im looking for a new start as far as my health is concerned! Mon, 7 Jun 2010 19:38:06 EST Amanda Jimenez Hello, my name is Amanda. I am 21 years old, and I am a very active person. However, I need to work on eating healthier and a little less. My goal is to loose 12 Pounds by July 20th, i would like to be at 118 pounds. I am very excited to become a part of this community and I am very excited to start my new, healtheir life. Sun, 6 Jun 2010 18:25:34 EST Hello Everyone! Hey guys! I'm a newbie, and am looking forward to working with everyone to get all these goals met! :) Sat, 5 Jun 2010 01:06:12 EST Mare Island for Memorial Day Hi, <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know about a nice walk that isn't always available, but I'm happy it will be on Monday! <BR> The Mare Island Preserve is on the south end of Mare Island, up here on the North Shore of the bay ~ Vallejo. <BR> The Preserve is a park in the making, a volunteer-run treasure that is comprised of paved paths, the beautiful Mare Island Cemetery (which has had no additions since 1921)and some of the oldest buildings on the island. <BR> You can take a nice walk to se... Fri, 28 May 2010 10:57:03 EST introducing thyself hey guys...the names latu...on a mission to make weight for the into long distant running and calisthenics....hit me up ... Fri, 21 May 2010 16:44:24 EST BAY TO BREAKERS&YOU NEXT YEAR:100th aniversary Hey everyone! The race was great! There were a handfull of sparkpeople who I ran into at the end! We met up at the "letter S" for sparkpeople... It was a great event. I got a personal best for my 12k time, I shaved 12 minutes off it it trying to escape a naked guy!!!! I do not recommend bringing kids to the event, but adults should have fun (as long as they can walk or run fast enough to escape the freaky naked people!!!!!).... <BR> <BR> BUT- <BR> If you are interested in joinging the local ... Wed, 19 May 2010 15:49:17 EST Hello All! (Hannah from Pinole) Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Hannah and I live in Pinole. I like to call my hometown San Leandro, but my hubbie & I moved out to Pinole in 2008 and it has started to feel like home since. <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople because I wanted to keep accountable to myself and Sparkpeople helps me to do that. I can track and see what I've eaten during the week... I can track my workouts... etc, etc. <BR> <BR> So, a little about myself... I am a SAHM. My son just turned TWO last week! Prior to being... Wed, 19 May 2010 09:43:25 EST 24 hour fitness anyone? Hi, I have a membership to 24 hour fitness and I think I can go to any club except the super sport clubs. I have nearly 100 pounds to lose and would love to find someone to go to the gym with who wants to lose at least 40 pounds. <BR> <BR> I usually go to the van ness location, but am down for meeting at other clubs in SF. <BR> <BR> Usually at the gym I do the elliptical, treadmill, and sometimes stair stepper (on the stairs, I only do about 5 or 10 minutes because it is so hard!). I woul... Sat, 15 May 2010 12:58:33 EST Hi, I'm Julie Mae! I grew up in Fremont, but I've lived in Livermore for the past 7 years. I am currently doing a women's fitness boot camp (Tuff Girl Fitness) 4 days a week, but I'm interested in joining 24 Hour Fitness here in Livermore for a more long-term fitness regime/solution. Ideally, I would like to lose about 90-100 pounds. I am definitely interested in finding a workout buddy for the gym and/or walks & hikes (with or without my dog). Thu, 6 May 2010 17:05:58 EST Hi, my name is Vicki I'm interested in losing this extra weight I have gained and maintaining a healty lifestyle. I worked very hard over the last year and lost 53lbs, but have gradually gained back 16 of them. I'm calling it QUITS now, and am ready to get back to brass tacks and lose those 16lbs plus some additional lbs on top of that. Would love to hear from any or all of you out there!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> <BR> Vicki Thu, 6 May 2010 11:58:08 EST KendallinCA getting back in shape Hi. I am Kendall. I used to be a pretty good athlete, but I have fallen out of shape over the years. I now have two very athletic boys and an athletic wife, so I want to get back into shape. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:46:18 EST This newbie is motivated Hi All, <BR> I just found out about this site by reading reviews of the Spark book. I was actually looking up another book with a similar title and was intrigued by the number of positive reviews the Spark book got. I have about 50lbs to lose but would be very happy to lose 40. I know I can do it as I've done it before. I lost 120 lbs a few years ago and gained back up to 50 over the last few years. My weight has been fluctuating 10-30 pound differences. I tend to be a binge eater on ju... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 01:45:47 EST Circles and paths Back in South Bay after a 30+ year journey from here to Il, to MA to FL and back. Found this place via my Doctor (Dr. Blue in Santa Clara) just starting to explore the site.. Got an invite via email to introduce myself, so I did .. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Bill Fri, 16 Apr 2010 22:11:17 EST Hello Hi, I'm Julie. 34 (still getting used to that number). Mother of 2. My weight has just been on a steady climb this year. I'm having trouble stopping it. Feeling a bit out of control. I have the ambitous goal of losing 15 lbs. A little scared and not sure if I have ability to pull this off. <BR> Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:52:06 EST Bay To breakers sparkteam/event registrat ion-READ! Hey everyone! The list is about to close up! I will be keeping it open for a couple more days (I have another interested party who I will be waiting for). If anyone is still interested in going as team sparkpeople with us on May 16th please be sure to join the team (you can find it on my page) and rsvp to my sparkmail with your first and last name. If you see this post late you can always join the team later, and register at full price on your own, but still attend with us if you like. There ... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:56:11 EST Hi! I'm Carolyn. I signed up a few days ago and this is the first time I've had a chance to log in. I worry that I don't have enough computer time for this to work for me, but I'm very motivated, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:02:54 EST Hi, I am 65 and every week-end I am a mommy again. I have 2 grand-children that I was raising by myself until a couple of years ago when my daughter (the kids aunt) stepped in to help because I was too ill to do it on my <BR> own any longer. So now I only have them on week-ends and I can go to the doctor I couldn't do that before and I neglected my health. Anyway...that is what I am going to do now, I am going to try to take better care of my health... <BR> umm cancel that.... I am not going t... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:41:53 EST Train for a TRIATHLON!! Hi Bay area sparkers, <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself!! <BR> <BR> I'm part of a newly formed triathlon club that covers Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Fremont, Newark and Union City. We have a very diverse group of members from the "just off the coach athlete" to experienced triathletes. If you fit somewhere in that spectrum, you fit with us. We are laid back and look forward to new faces at practice. Check out a practice for free. For more info <BR> <BR>... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:38:17 EST NEW SF GIANTS TEAM! Hey Bay Area folks, I was looking to see if there was a Giants team, and there wasn't...but what I did see was a Dodger team, and now this prompted my competitive spirit and drove me to create a Giants Spark Team! Right now team Dodgers has 3 members...I"M SURE we can beat them! Both on and off the field! <BR> Maybe in the future we can come up with some fitness and nutrition competitions with the Dodger team...and then beat them :) <BR> Baseball season is starting, so put down the beer a... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 19:23:29 EST new, fat, hopeful Hello, so I am new to sparkpeople and have been in San Francisco since August. I have a lot of weight to lose (at least 75 pounds) and would like to lose 15 pounds by June 1st. I think that sounds reasonable. I usually set my goals way higher which I think is why I have been unsuccessful! <BR> <BR> I am also hoping to find a workout partner/friend in the area. I am in the city, but am willing to do something like we meet in the city 2 days, meet out of the city 2 days, etc. I also am ab... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 13:20:31 EST Komen 3-Day October 1-3 Is anyone interested in walking the Komen 3-Day with my team in October? <BR> <BR> So far, the team is only two of us, but we'd love to have anyone who wants to join! <BR> <BR> 3 days, 60 miles... PM me for more info, or I'll post in a blog in a few days... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 23:27:15 EST Guess It's Time I Said Hi! Yeah, I've sort of been a member of SparkPeople, and this team, for nearly 3 years now. I have MAJOR trouble staying motivated, so haven't made much progress. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to change that this time around... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 23:20:14 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I'm a stay at home mom/wife and I have 2 kids. I love to sew, hike, read and spending time with my family :) <BR> <BR> Here I am looking to lose about 40lbs! How did I get here? I was consistently 139 my whole life, vegetarian, lots of water,ect. After I got married 13 years ago I started eating things I never ate (fries, cookies and meat) because my DH ate it. And I can't control myself! I used to be able to and I lose my resolve in one day every time now! It's pathetic! I feel... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 21:41:05 EST I'm introducing myself! Hi everyone, <BR> I joined this Sparkling group a few weeks ago at the pushing, I mean encouragement of a friend. The time was not quite right as I was super busy, but things are better now. <BR> During these weeks I haven't been logging things, but I have been watching them. So I logged in back then at 155lbs and today I am 155lbs. This week I started to exercise daily, and I am logging that and getting the hang of it. <BR> I have tried to log my food a couple of times, but today the Add ... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 11:49:33 EST BAY TO BREAKERS SPARKPEOPLE GROUP! We need u! BAY TO BREAKERS: May 16th, 2010 <BR> <BR> Hi, okay- we have all seen the people in the funny costumes running around golden gate park area... It is th 99th year of bay to breakers, and it is about time that sparkpeople jump in. There is a group discount ($42 per pesron) if we can get togethr at least 10 of us. If you want ot be famous channel 4 is a sponsor, hah hah. So come on, you can wlak it or run it. I wanted to do a centepede, but if we all practice the rest of the year maybe we can be... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 15:42:14 EST Why herrrro there! I jumped into this beautiful lake of motivation and I like it A LOT!!! I was reffered to sparkpeople by a friend, she is such a great inspiration to me and I am happy to say that I am finally making a difference with my life.....I make a difference everday for the past 10 years by working with kids diagnosed with focus is for them and their families.... now I am making room between jobs and home to take care of ME. :) Thanks to you and the free friend support I am receiving her... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 20:41:51 EST Kick Away Your Obstacles! I saw this in another Team and thought it was awesome. We need to make sure we give ourselves lots of positive self-talk to keep us on track in our healthy journey. <BR> <BR> So follow my example... <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> the afternoon hungries <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> fooling myself that my exercise can "wait until later" <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> achey or rainy days that slow me down <BR> <BR> What do you want to kick? Post something every day if you want! <BR> <BR> KICK THOSE BAD ... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 11:09:00 EST Hi all! I'm a new Sparkie, been on the site about a week. I've tried to lose weight for years but only gained. I've never met a community as supportive as this one!! It has inspired me to start tracking calories (and actually, I'm starting in enjoy it) and stop letting excuses get in the way of gym time. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 23:03:15 EST Look At These Fantastic Goals and Rewards! These are foodless rewards and I really admire what she does! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2938185 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Mar 2010 14:25:32 EST Sex and Exercise I was reading in Shape magazine that when you exercise, your libido is increased and this makes you healthier. <BR> <BR> I know that a lot of intimacy issues have to do with body image but I also believe that when you're comfortable with the way you look and feel, at any size, you can let go and get your groove going. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Sat, 6 Mar 2010 00:14:54 EST Workout for Free Party! Workout for free this Saturday, March 6th at the Union City Sports Center in Union City, Ca. Meet the staff and personal trainers.There will be a health fair and a blood drive going on as well. ALSO, there will be 30 minute exercise class demos including, Guts & Butts, Zumba, Yoga, Silver Sneakers, Total Body Fit & Kickboxing!Play basketball in the gym or table tennis or us exercise equiptment in the fitness room. All healthy & exciting workout fun!Hope to see you there! Thu, 4 Mar 2010 12:13:11 EST Penninsula Pride! okay, so i'm not technically from san francisco, but i'm still in the bay area! i live in montara, which is like a subtown of half moon bay, which is south of pacifica, you know? and i go to school in san bruno <BR> <BR> i'm big on walking but there are so many places close to me for hiking that i don't really like drive elsewhere. however, if YOU are in my area, i'd be happy to point you in the right direction. hopefully all this darn rain will stop soon so i can get back to hitting the tra... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 23:25:10 EST Do you have an SP resource you want to share? There are so many resources on SparkPeople it can be overwhelming to even be aware of them all. <BR> <BR> Every once in awhile, though, you run across something that is especially helpful. Please share them here. <BR> <BR> ONE of mine favorite motivation reminders is this little article: <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=264&page=2 </link> Wed, 3 Mar 2010 12:18:18 EST Share your March 2010 Goals and Plans here. March 2010 Goals and Fitness Plan <BR> <BR> The last seven months have revolved heavily around aerobic conditioning, followed by bodybuilding, type weight training. <BR> <BR> This month’s plan represents a significant retooling of my overall approach. <BR> <BR> General Goals: <BR> <BR> - No alcohol during the weekdays (preferably, none at all) <BR> - Drink 8 cups of water each day <BR> - Burn 16,800 calories (4200 per week) - down from 19,200 (4800 per week) in February <BR> - Exercise... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 00:43:05 EST How large is a portion size? Most people are actually eating more than they think when they guess at this. <BR> <BR> Check out a great SP Portion Size Guide at <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=177 </link> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 14:10:35 EST Join our Team's MARCH GOALS! Perfect for Stage 1 March goals for the team have been posted! You can find them toward the bottom of our main team page. <BR> <BR> This month they are geared toward people who have just started or are recommitting themselves to the Fast Break stage. The SP plan is truly amazing for helping you make healthy lifelong changes, but if you don't get the basic commitment pattern down, you will have a shaky foundation upon which to build. <BR> <BR> That is why this month the Team Goals are focusing on CONSISTENCY ... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 12:02:10 EST Question of the Day...(c ntinuous thread) 2/27/10 <BR> <BR> Today tell us... what is your earliest memory? Sat, 27 Feb 2010 10:07:08 EST Question of the Day.... 2/26/10 What activity makes your spirit soar? (Exercise or not) <BR> <BR> Mine are singing, playing the piano or playing with my doggers. Fri, 26 Feb 2010 10:50:22 EST Question of the Day.... 2/25/10 What obstacles do you struggle with the most on your healthy journey? Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:59:38 EST Giant Run June 12th in SF Hi, <BR> I am registered to run the Giant Run half marathon in SF on June 12th (the finish line is the home plate at AT&T park! How fun!)- is anyone else registered? If so, we should check in weekly to make sure we are on track with our trainings.....anyone interested? <BR> Thanks! <BR> Emily Tue, 23 Feb 2010 16:24:43 EST Bay to Breakers Is anyone planning on running the Bay to Breakers this year? I'm considering it, but a bit nervous. Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:25:07 EST Going to make this work! I've always struggled with my weight, but I've hit 30 and gotten back to (almost) the heaviest I've ever been, despite being pretty careful about what I eat. My job's become very sedentary over the past two years, so I need to get creative about working in more activity and exercise. Between the upcoming wedding season and my summer vacation, I'd love to lose some weight and build up my endurance. <BR> <BR> I'm going to commit to visiting this site every day and taking the time to track ... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 21:58:42 EST Any P.E.O. members out there? Just curious. <BR> <BR> I am P.E.O. (FY, Alameda) and am always delighted to run across others. <BR> <BR> Donna Thu, 11 Feb 2010 19:10:32 EST Started a Redwood City Team I'm hoping that once we have more than a couple of team members, we might be able to organize weekend walks or other activities. Anyway, if there are any of you that live in or near Redwood City, I started a new Team: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=40357 </link> <BR> Sat, 6 Feb 2010 15:28:08 EST February 2010 Goals - What are Yours? General Goals: <BR> <BR> - No alcohol during the weekdays (preferably, none at all) <BR> - Drink 8 cups of water each day <BR> - Run 20 miles, 5 miles per week - same as January <BR> - Burn 19,200 calories (4800 per week) - up from 14,400 (3600 per week) in January <BR> - Exercise 1680 minutes (420 per week) - up from 1400 (360 per week) in January <BR> - Work up to 295 pounds (bench press) - up from 250 in January <BR> - Work up to 350 pounds (squat) - up from 220 in January <BR> - Work up ... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 20:45:03 EST 23 year old Groom-to-Be Hey everyone, pretty excited about this site. I've been about 20+ pounds overweight most of my life, and I'm getting married to an absolutely gorgeous woman on June 12th and want to look my best. Hoping to get myself down to between 185-195 by then... last time I weighed myself I was 215. So far I've mostly been trying to eat healthier and run at least a mile 5 nights a week; we'll see how that works. <BR> Loving the idea of support, there aren't a lot of twenty-something men available to tal... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 20:50:11 EST Hello Fellow Spark People..........=) Just a quick hello from a brand new member. I like many are trying to loose some weights but above that i want to feel good about myself. I am a single mom of two, love my job and am trying my best to get it all done. I have been really down lately and thought that finding a place where I can "let it all out" even if no one is listening would help me to acheive the goals I have for myself. So that is where I am at and why I decided to join. Thank you for reading and I hope to meet some great ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 22:27:28 EST first post... this is it! I am on day two of a 7-month journey to goal weight...workouts are challenging now for me as I have osteoarthritis and a titanium hip...i'm *only* 40, but I used to walk 5 miles a day to stay at my goal weight and wore out my hips!! =( I have been in a slump, but on my way back up...if anyone wants to buddy up I would like that! <em>15</em> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:01:16 EST Trying this out :) Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to check off my "Introduce myself to the Community" box, so here goes... <BR> <BR> I'm 23, living in San Francisco, and in need of some motivation (read: in need of a Community/buddy to call me on it when I make excuses). I'm very much an "all or nothing" person when it comes to nutrition and fitness, and I'm looking to hop out of the "nothing" mode I'm currently in and start being more conscious of the things I'm eating/start getting back into the workout re... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:26:57 EST hey there =) So I'm new to this site, my name is Amelia, im 25 and have had issues with my weight my whole life. It sounds like this place has a lot to offer and im excited to use it all =) its nice to meet you all! Thu, 14 Jan 2010 02:53:42 EST Goals and plans for January 2010. What are yours? January specific goals and plan <BR> <BR> General Goals: <BR> <BR> - Lose 8 pounds, 2 pounds per week <BR> - No alcohol during the weekdays <BR> - Drink 8 cups of water each day <BR> - Run 20 miles, 5 miles per week <BR> - Burn 14, 400 calories, 3600 per week <BR> - Exercise 1440 minutes, 360 per week <BR> - Work up to 250 pounds (bench press) <BR> - Work up to 220 pounds (squat) <BR> - Work up to 450 pounds (leg press) <BR> - Work up to 205 pounds (deadlift) <BR> - Work up to 155 pounds (m... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:52:46 EST CALL OUT TO MEMBERS OF - PLANET FITNESS: DALY CITY It is disappointing that a team of this size, living in and around the greatest city in the country, isn't more engaged at a local level here on this spark team. <BR> <BR> Regardless, it is a new year, new decade so I figure I would give it a shot here. Hopefully, I can light a "Spark" for a few determined, motivated and goal oriented individuals. <BR> <BR> Bottom line: I'm looking to connect with other locals who are members of OR who may be interested in joining Planet Fitness of Daly Cit... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 13:46:35 EST Hi I'm Allison I live in San Francisco and commute to San Mateo everyday for work. I keep making excuses to not work out and hopefully joining this group it will help me stay motivated. Wed, 6 Jan 2010 13:38:26 EST HI im diva408 Im a 28 single mom who need to get back in shape ive been over weight for awhile now and i wasnt happy with the way i looked so i started the program and so far i have lost 3lbs Tue, 5 Jan 2010 11:55:58 EST Hey Team! Been on SP for 6 days now. Finding so many great resources here. Hope this team will be one of them. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> Allan <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 16:19:29 EST I hate January I have always hated January. When I live back east, I hated it because it meant cold and gray days stretching out in front of me. Now I live in a mild climate and sunny day are common but I still hate January because it is boring. Life goes back to just going through the motions until the kick in of spring fever. No matter where I live or how sunny the days are, January is still a hump I need to get over. Tincture of time cures all Sun, 3 Jan 2010 13:51:45 EST Hi, I'm Leslie ... a new Sparker Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been athletic all my life, but also overweight as far back as I can remember. Obviously, the eating (and probably mental) part is what I need the most help with. I picked up The Spark on my Kindle and it made sense to me, so I decided to give it a try. <BR> <BR> I am currently training for the San Francisco Marathon in July and would obviously love to lose some of the weight that I need to before the big day. I also enjoy cycling and yoga for fitness. I am an avid ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 12:09:35 EST thefatfairynomore No more excuses!! I am discusted on what I have done to myself. I really need to be able to get motivated. I work full time, go to school, take care of 2 beautiful kids, hubby, dog and home. So why is it that I moved that evil little eliptical right next to my bed AND I STILL CAN'T MANAGE TO SEE ANYTHING BUT DUST BUNNIES USING IT!! Tue, 29 Dec 2009 14:50:34 EST Getting stronger Hi, <BR> I started using SparkPeople about 3 weeks ago. Tracking food and exercise really helps me stay closer to on track. I'm getting much stronger, but still struggling to take many pounds off. If I can get through the holidays with about a 2-lb loss, that will be a positive start for the New Year. I'm 66, work 40+ hours per work, eat out a lot, don't always sleep well, have a lot of energy, but usually tired when I come home. Determined to get my 37-year-old body back before my high s... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 13:51:57 EST Looking for buddies who have reunions in 2010 Hey Bay Area Team, <BR> <BR> I would like to get healthy and in-shape for my 2010 reunion. I would like to buddy-up online or locally with other folks getting ready for their high school, college, or family reunions in 2010. Email me or post here if you want a 2010 reunion buddy. <BR> <BR> Bee Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:42:08 EST New Member Hello and thank you for all the welcome messages!! <BR> <BR> My goals are to lose 15lbs, lower my blood presure and change some eating habits. I enjoy the gym and have just recently started pilates. <BR> I joined on my new doctors request and I'm hoping with support, I will accomplish my goals. <BR> <BR> Thank you Mon, 23 Nov 2009 13:28:56 EST Introduction! GETTING TO KNOW YOU QUESTIONNAIRE - <BR> <BR> 1. WHAT IS YOUR FIRST NAME? Ashley <BR> 2. WHAT IS YOUR AGE (OR AGE RANGE)? 25 <BR> 3. WHEN DO YOU EXERCISE? I prefer mornings, but lately I've been working out in the evenings. <BR> 4. WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT IN YOUR DECISION TO GET HEALTHIER? My poor diet is finally catching up to me. I recently quit soda and feel amazing. <BR> 5. WHAT IS YOUR (CURRENT) HAIR COLOR? Auburn, but it might change on Tuesday. <BR> 6. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 15:11:42 EST 10lbs or more by Feb Hi my name is Ami, I work in Oakland and live in SF. <BR> <BR> I am looking to lose 10lbs, gain muscle mass & balance these goals with a normal lifestyle. Anyone have similar goals and want to have a forum where we can check in with each other, discuss daily challenges, and become work out buddies? <BR> <BR> Currently, I work with a trainer at 24 Hour nr Embarcadero but want to incorporate more cardio on my off days. Since I moved from NYC about a year ago, I would love to hear about netw... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 17:53:11 EST Dipping my toe in the water I'm always terrible at these sorts of introductions; see the fact that it took me two weeks to even work up the nerve to tackle this step. But with that said, the last two weeks have convinced me that this is the place with the tools I need to make the changes I want to make in my life. <BR> <BR> In my mid-thirties, I only now feel like I've got it together enough to know what I want to do with my life. With a divorce and a spat of unemployment firmly behind me, I'm finally settling into a c... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 19:21:12 EST HELLO PEEPS! My name is Jennifer and I am a 22 year old stay at home mom! My son is 19 months and he loves to run around! I get a lot of excercise just by chasing him! I would love ideas for active things I can do with my son! This year I did the 40 mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer! I really enjoyed it and am planning to walk again next year! Thu, 29 Oct 2009 12:40:25 EST looking for places to walk my puppy I usually take my puppy to the Campbell trail in Campbell but am looking to mix it up a bit. Where are your favorite places to take your dog walking? Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:42:29 EST I'm new! I'm a college student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, studying web design and new media. I joined SparkPeople to keep me on track with staying healthy, because it's really hard to eat well and exercise in college! Wed, 14 Oct 2009 18:09:26 EST SF Exercise buddies (dancing, et al) I love, love, love to dance and I'm always amazed at how many calories I can burn while just going out and having fun. I have exhausted my friends week after week of dancing, and I'm hoping to find some new "exercise" partners. I'm also game to other forms of exercise. I go to 24 weekday mornings, but I'm fast developing a love of classes (step, zumba, pilates, yoga, etc.). I just want to get out and have some fun while shedding these pounds. <BR> <BR> I work the typical 9-5 schedule, e... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 15:45:05 EST SF NIKE half??? will anyone else be running in the Women's Nike marathon or 1/2 this sunday?? i iwil be there :) Wed, 14 Oct 2009 15:15:17 EST Introducing Myself :-) LIfeHacker (terrific productivity/technology blog) alerted me to SparkPeople about five days ago and here I am, in my third day of 1) tracking all my food; 2) ten minutes of kundalini yoga every day; 3) poking around the site as I gather energy for changing my lifestyle, losing weight that just kept going up and up. I have to approach exercise carefully (age prior injuries), for food consumption I am doing a few days of low carbs --almost Atkins-- as it almost immediately brings to a stop th... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 20:43:02 EST Spread the Love... This means YOU. Hi everyone. I am trying to get some people to check out this blog post I wrote. It has a bit of a local theme here for us SF bay-ers and I thought that since many of you have likely been solicited on the streets by unsavory characters like I myself have been in the past would enjoy the happy ending and consider the message. <BR> <BR> Monday, October 12, 2009 <BR> <BR> Hey everyone. I was just thinking about how the holidays are approaching, and though not everyone shares the same beliefs o... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 17:58:54 EST Trying to Lose 25 lbs and Keep it Off! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm coming to this site for weight loss help because I am so frustrated that I can't seem to keep my weight off! I recently lost 20 bs. and have already gained 16 back! My main issue is I am a stress eater. I have three young children and I'm putting food in my mouth all day without even realizing what I'm doing. Would love your help and support as I try to get the weight off for hopefully the last time! <BR> Fri, 9 Oct 2009 05:09:23 EST Hi team :) Hi Team :) I was on sparkpeople a couple years ago but besides tracking my food and exercise I didn't really explore much. Then I stopped using it. <BR> I want to be more aware of what I am eating, what I am taking in.. I would like to lose a few pounds but more importantly, I believe if I am more mindful and aware, that I will make smarter choices. <BR> I am excited to see all these teams and learning how all of this works :) <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Oct 2009 00:19:23 EST Hi team :) Hi Team :) I was on sparkpeople a couple years ago but besides tracking my food and exercise I didn't really explore much. Then I stopped using it. <BR> I want to be more aware of what I am eating, what I am taking in.. I would like to lose a few pounds but more importantly, I believe if I am more mindful and aware, that I will make smarter choices. <BR> I am excited to see all these teams and learning how all of this works :) <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Oct 2009 00:18:54 EST Bicycle Diaries Hello I am 29. I am jack's revenge. My reason for doing this is to help jump start my own fitness attempts and build on my own resolve. I desire to re-claim my lost pant sizes and get back to feeling healthier. As someone with high blood pressure, It is my goal to not use meds if possible. Perhaps getting back in shape is a means to do this, if not then kudos to me. <BR> <BR> And in my adult life, I have re-discovered my love of the bicycle. Wed, 7 Oct 2009 17:25:00 EST greetings from hayes valley hello: joined last night. i've been on a medically supervised fast at the weight management program of san francisco since early july. <BR> looking forward to participating in the sf historical walks. <BR><BR>resources_detail.asp?resource=353 Mon, 5 Oct 2009 17:04:25 EST Day 1 Alright, well here it goes! Figure I have some extra time on my hands in this economy... time to make up for all of those missed out work outs and put this spare energy to good use! Wish me luck! Mon, 5 Oct 2009 14:39:33 EST Julie frustrated with weight I am a 41 year old mother of 2 young adults. I am looking for a safe way to lose weight. I would prefer talking with someone with experience in managing calorie intake. If someone can help me please email soon. Mon, 5 Oct 2009 10:57:34 EST A big HELLO from San Jose! Hey guys! I am on the team and ready to go! I have already joined a fabulous weight loss program through work called "The Biggest Winner". I have teamed up with a partner and we already lost a total of 6 pounds in the first week! After discovering this, we are both super motivated to keep on going with our program. I will be happy to share our workout plan with you and help answer questions. My goal is to lose 50 pounds by next year! Good Luck to all! Mon, 21 Sep 2009 17:35:29 EST Hi from South City I'm Deb and I am a native South San Franciscan. I live in the fog zone and do a lot of walking in my neighborhood - rain or shine, or through the mists of morning! <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose, and I am always looking for encouragement - so if you have any, let me know! Sun, 20 Sep 2009 00:32:23 EST I like this site. Hi, my name is Dawn. I found this web site yesterday and love it. It's really nice to read to stories and blogs from people all over that are strugging like me and so many that have over come. It gives me hope. Wed, 9 Sep 2009 11:07:59 EST AIDS/LifeCycle 9 - San Francisco to LA Is anyone here a veteran of, singed up for, or interested in the AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) Ride to End Aids? <BR> <BR> I'm considering signing up, but I've just started road cycling. While the ride organizers provide a lot of support resources for participants, I was thinking it would be nice to get in touch with fellow Sparkers. If I can find enough people, I create a SparkTeam for it. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Terri <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Sep 2009 12:26:50 EST Antioch/ ittsburg Sparks My Name Is Danyell Menifee And I Am Looking For A Diet Buddy In Antioch/Pittsburg. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 16:45:05 EST cardio kickboxing at Studio Kicks? Has anyone taken the cardio kickboxing class at Studio Kicks in Los Gatos? Reviews on Yelp are positive but I want to learn more. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 13:33:15 EST Interval training question Can anyone think of a reasonable way to track interval training (walking briskly interspersed with brief flat-out runs) without trying to calculate the distance or time traveled at speed X plus the normal walking calories? Seems neither to count as walking or jogging or running.......... But I know it's good for me so I want to keep trying. Tue, 18 Aug 2009 23:36:04 EST Hello all... Been at this 2 far so good, love this site!!!! Tue, 18 Aug 2009 13:22:28 EST A healthy Life Hello all, I want to say that i feel so happy on what i am doing right now this site is great and I always going to be greatful Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:18:24 EST Strides For Life - 4 mile walk/run Hey all. <BR> <BR> I am going to run this, is the site. Just wondering if anyone else would be interested. This would be a first "organized" run for me, and was just throwing out a few feelers. I don't get a chance to check the team pages as much due to work, but if anyone wanted to possible do this as a team please use my spark mail. As far as my current ability is concerned I think I could do this at 8 - 10 min miles. This is TOTALLY thanks to my new SP lifest... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 18:05:04 EST New to sparkpeople Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to sparkpeople. I joined because I am looking to become <BR> more active and stay physically fit and this community, and meeting <BR> like minded people, looks like a step in the right direction. Fri, 31 Jul 2009 21:11:51 EST Hello from a newbie! Just learning how everything works. A little overwhelmed right now but looking forward to exploring! <BR> <BR> Was trying to decide between weight watchers and 24 hr fitness (can't afford both!) when someone sent me a link to this site. It may be just what I need! Thu, 30 Jul 2009 21:42:38 EST hell yeah <BR> The procrastinator that I am-- it's taken me two weeks to introduce myself... But hello! I'm super psyched today, 'cause the scale is telling me I'm down 5 lbs. Hell yeah! Happy Thursday to all! <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <em>415</em> <em>416</em> <BR> <BR> -Heather Thu, 30 Jul 2009 13:03:20 EST HI EveryOne! Whats up, juss wanted to say hi and maybe make new friends! Thu, 30 Jul 2009 00:51:46 EST HI I AM PATTY! =-) Hi..i would like to intriduce my self. My name is Patricia and i have an eating problem, wen im sad, depressed, I eat to feel good and I would love to change that and loose my weight. I am 29 years old and very over weight. and dertemined to loose this weight and feel good about myself. Often times i will get depressed over this problem and I want to change this too and be happy. <BR> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 15:37:46 EST HI I AM PATTY! =-) Hi..i would like to intriduce my self. My name is Patricia and i have an eating problem, wen im sad, depressed, I eat to feel good and I would love to change that and loose my weight. I am 29 years old and very over weight. and dertemined to loose this weight and feel good about myself. Often times i will get depressed over this problem and I want to change this too and be happy. <BR> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 13:37:53 EST Excited To Be Here!!! I've been with SparkPeople for a week but I'm only now getting this introduction done. Very sorry. Haha. Anyways... Here I go. <BR> <BR> Username: kminimo <BR> Name: Kay <BR> Age: 26 <BR> Birthday: March 26 <BR> Starting Weight: 207 <BR> Goal Weight: 135 <BR> Height: 5ft 4 in <BR> Location: San Francisco, CA <BR> Marital Status: Long-Term Relationship but not Married... not yet. <em>211</em> <BR> Children: None, yet. <BR> Pets: my boyfriend? haha... jk. no. none. sadly my apartme... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 10:56:52 EST New To Sparks and Excited Hi, my name is Alisha! I am 24, about to be 25! I am a college student at UC Berkeley, and very serious about my studies and extra curricular activities. I'm here to first lose about 15 lbs and find that body I know is in there, but also to learn the healthy habits it takes to maintain that weight. In short, I would like to do this the right way and make informed decisions about my eating and exercise. I would love a workout partner, especially another student so we can both use the RSF! But ... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 21:45:24 EST Just Joined Hi, I'm not usually big on online communities, but love the setup of SparkPeople and the way the site motivates you to explore. Would love to finally, FINALLY shed 20 pounds and get out and run more. Wed, 1 Jul 2009 19:10:57 EST In San Jose Well little about me I guess 28 married woman who moved here from ontario canada back in 2006. Joined the group to find other locals for support and buddy up. <BR> <BR> best of luck to you all! Mon, 29 Jun 2009 21:34:32 EST New to the team Hey everyone, just got started with this program a little over couple weeks ago. It is a pleasure to be here and I hope to get to know the group better. Sun, 14 Jun 2009 18:16:27 EST Looking for Spark Rallies Does anyone know about any spark rallies scheduled for the Show your Spark Weekend (6/26-6/28)? <BR> <BR> I'm in Hayward and would like to find one close enough to get to by public transit. <BR> Carmen Sat, 13 Jun 2009 21:06:45 EST Journey to the end of the night -- Oakland <BR> <BR> who's coming?? Fri, 12 Jun 2009 17:13:42 EST Any Marin Peeps Out there? Hey everyone! I see lots of team for the various areas of the bay area but I don't see one for my area. Is there anyone around in San Rafael, Mill Valley, Novato, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Fairfax, San Anselmo etc? Thu, 11 Jun 2009 18:51:59 EST Greetings! Hi Everybody! <BR> <BR> Im Ken 26 year old from San Francisco. Looking for a workout buddy that I can workout with somewhere in the city. I'm tired of working out in the gym and would like to find someone to do something active in San Francisco. Thu, 4 Jun 2009 06:57:26 EST Sparks Appreciation Week !! Hello Spark buddies ! <em>410</em> This week is going to be dedicated to Sparks...It's Spark's appreciation week !! <em>410</em> I will be expressing my appreciation to Sparks & there whole staff for all there hard work & dedication & for believing in us all ! <em>220</em> When I first started Sparks , I was like....this is not going to work but once I got to know how to navigate through the site & started meeting great new team mates & team leaders , I realized the Spark was there an... Mon, 25 May 2009 13:21:49 EST SUNNYVALE/ /CUPERTINO I am new to this site but have been on my weight loss journey for almost 2 years now. I work out at the YMCA in Cupertino and the Supreme Court in Sunnyvale. Looking for workout buddies to team up with at the gym or even outdoors. Tue, 12 May 2009 15:36:15 EST Beautiful Day in the South Bay I just wanted to say what a beautiful day it has been here in the South Bay. I hope it has been as lovely wherever you are! <BR> <BR> Happy Mother's Day if applicable! Sun, 10 May 2009 18:58:19 EST New to the team! Hi, <BR> My name is Brian and I live in the south bay with my beautiful wife and two daughters. I have been using SP for almost a month now and have finally got around to saying hello and introducing myself. I am a chef and currently manage a corporate café. Being around food all day can really be a challenge sometimes but this site has really helped me stay on track. I look forward to the support and suggestions on making my lifestyle change more bearable and successful. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 22:29:37 EST Hey, I'm new! HEy. I am new to the group and the the website in general. I live in the east bay and I am starting a new chapter in my life! I am trying to be as healthy as possible! Mon, 13 Apr 2009 22:01:44 EST Hello! Hello fellow San Francisco Sparkies! My name is Mallory, I have been with SparkPeople for years but never utilized it to its fullest capabilities. This time around, I have bounced back up after losing 45 pounds and am now back to up 25 pounds, and I am angry that I let myself go again. I am struggling to balance my school, work and workout schedule and seem to stress out a lot and eat to cope. I am hoping that by being on SparkPeople daily and by interacting with others, I will be more motiva... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 13:09:57 EST Laughs! JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad <BR> read: "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." <BR> Concerned, James asked: "What happened to the flea?" <BR> <BR> I had to read this twice to get it! Thu, 9 Apr 2009 20:06:06 EST Fire Arts Expo 2009 at Union Square Bring a chair and a blanket and join us April 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm for our free fire dancing show in San Francisco's legendary Union Square (Geary and Post) for the fourth annual Temple of Poi Fire Dancing Expo. <BR> <BR> This year's show is a veritable who's who of internationally renowned fire dancing performers hailing from 3 continents. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p </link> <BR> <BR> In order to make this event work with the lack of funding this year, Gli... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 23:49:13 EST Hey from the Bay. I'm trying to lose a few pounds that I gained from this financial challenge the world has forced upon me. <BR> It's time! <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> Plus I'm enjoying the unusual weather. Wed, 1 Apr 2009 16:13:32 EST New user to sparkspeople and SparkSF. Hello, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Say. I am 31. I never thought I would ever allow myself to get to where I am, but here I am. I am 287 lbs. I recently gained an extra 40lbs since my fathers passing in October (I also joined the Emotional Eaters Team) I am very active despite my weight. I take two intense Afro-Haitian dance classes every week. I will occasionally take a spin class, but I know I need to step it up in all areas. <BR> <BR> My best friend back in V... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 13:21:02 EST San Francisco via Texas! I'm a freshman at USF. Whereas most of my peers are fighting the Freshman 15, I've been on a very healthy regime since summer, and have lost quite a bit of weight. I'm pretty much at the final 10-15 right now, and hoping that SP will help me with that final push. <BR> <BR> As for San Francisco, I totally love this city! 'Tis a bit cold for me, but I quickly fell in love with the diversity and general kookiness. Sat, 28 Mar 2009 17:33:24 EST New to the Team Hello! I've been using SparkPeople off and on, mostly off, since 2003. I am looking for a friend to bike and hike with in the Concord, Clayton area. Anyone interested? Tue, 24 Mar 2009 21:27:33 EST SparkPeople Convention Hi fellow Bay Area members! Let me know if you are able to make it to the SP Convention in San Diego - I'd love to meet and talk to anyone who is able to make it. <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> Chris (SparkGuy) Mon, 9 Mar 2009 18:56:05 EST Need some exercise friends Hey everyone: <BR> <BR> The title sounds like I'm some lonely person, but the truth of the matter is that most of my friends aren't really motivated to get into shape! However, I'm a whole different story... <BR> <BR> I would love to meet some new people in the Bay (preferably on the Peninsula side) that would be interested in getting together and go jogging, hiking, cycling, etc. I'm always up for meeting new people so let me know if you are interested! <BR> <BR> -Melissa <em>211</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 16:23:16 EST Hi there, newbie introduction Hey everyone, I'm Jen and I've been considering joining Spark off and on for a long time before I finally did it. I'm in the city and I've been a runner for about 10 years, but only seriously started running races and such in 2006. I lost 25 lbs in '06 but recently gained most of it back after a move, surgery, etc. I'm working hard to lose the weight for the LAST time and I'm also training for my first half marathon on May 30. I'm always interested in meeting new running buddies for weekend l... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 15:16:29 EST Facebook? Is anyone on here also on Facebook and looking for friends? Fri, 27 Feb 2009 15:38:34 EST Fun places to workout in the Bay Hello everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm trying to find different ways to workout besides jogging and hitting up the gym. With this in mind, anyone know of some good places to look into? For example, rock climbing at Planet Granite. <BR> <BR> Another question, anyone know where there is a hot yoga class on the Peninsula? Email me if you do PLEASE!!! thanks Thu, 26 Feb 2009 02:23:50 EST Rain in the Bay Every time it rains here I just want to curl up with my blanket in my pj's and eat chocolate watching old black and white movies. <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> We need the sunshine to come back to the Bay Mon, 23 Feb 2009 17:32:30 EST Organic meat in SF I live in SF and I am looking for a place to get organic or at least humanly treated meat. Any suggestions? Fri, 20 Feb 2009 22:28:38 EST Come on team let's bring the BAY back !! Let's try and stay motivated on this team !! Fri, 20 Feb 2009 07:15:03 EST Adjusting cardio for terrain Hey all, I asked this on the main forum and got crickets, but I assumed someone here might be able to offer some advice: <BR> <BR> I live in SF, and I jog a couple miles in the morning about four or five times a week, generally anywhere from a 8 to 11 minute a mile pace, depending. <BR> <BR> The thing I'm wondering is: how would I enter that into Sparkpeople? Given that I'm often running up hills, including Strawberry Hill in GG Park which is relatively steep, I feel like I have to be burni... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 01:39:48 EST Just Checking in! Hey all! Just checking in real quick... Don't want you to think I've gone away.. lol.. I've been busy doing a show, last night was opening night! it went AMAZING! anyway.. I have to admit, the holidays were hard! I gain like.. 7 pounds back! BUT, I lost those 7 and am now below my pre holiday weight. I don't feel bad about it... I'm still doing great and it could have been worse.. I COULD have gained 15 back! LOL! <BR> <BR> Anyway, everyone should totally come check out my show! It's called... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 14:19:13 EST First Word Game Let's start a new game courtesy of another team I was browsing in. I will start with a word then think of a word that comes to mind. The next person takes the bottom word and lists it first then a word that comes to mind and so it goes: <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> Dog <BR> <BR> Cat <BR> __________________________ <BR> <BR> Cat <BR> <BR> Mouse Sat, 24 Jan 2009 03:19:32 EST Bad relationship with the bathroom scale? Do you have this too? Here are my thoughts on this topic: <link><BR>-weight-is-just-another-number/ </link> Fri, 23 Jan 2009 18:24:09 EST Body Transformation I personally took this 8-day e-mail course and I am on day 7. If you have been exercising and eating healthy for awhile, you might be surprise at the things you still don't know or not aware of. All it is information and self-assessment tests to see what you health and fitness IQ is (if there is such a thing :). <BR> <BR> Go here to sign up: <BR> <link> <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:33:34 EST Free home workouts I've tried these workouts myself and they give you great results. I just thought I'd share it with everyone. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 17 Jan 2009 23:13:35 EST General Chit Chat, and howdies. We are so spoiled here. Yum, I've been hiking up a storm. I keep thinking, we have not daily chit chat, where do I put miscellaneous howdies for this team? So, I started this. <BR> Take this spot to just say anything. <BR> Time for me to head outside, anyhoot! Sat, 17 Jan 2009 18:12:19 EST New here! Hello <BR> My name is Gloria, I live in San Francisco. I am the wife of a wonderful man and mother of a terrific 13 year old son. I am 37 years old. I hope to be able to stick to a healthy new lifestyle. <BR> I am very new to Sparkpeople and still figuring out how to post and write everything down. <BR> See you around. Wed, 14 Jan 2009 16:03:33 EST Three things to learn; three things to teach What are three things you'd like to learn? And, what are three things you could teach? <BR> <BR> I'd like to learn Spanish, digital photography and speed reading. <BR> <BR> I could teach library skills and advocacy, some computer programs,and sudoku solving strategies! Sun, 11 Jan 2009 18:15:21 EST