SparkPeople Nor-Cal Sparkers Team Messageboard This is a group for anyone that lives and works out in Northern California. Did you know we have members from San Jose all the way to Oregon? SparkPeople Nor-Cal Sparkers Team Messageboard Redbud blooming! Enjoyed daffodils along the bike trail in Placerville yesterday. Saw redbud in full bloom on way down to Sacramento today- just stunning! My friend's yard is bursting with hyacinth blooms- purple and pink. Not sure how the coming storms will affect them but sure enjoyed them today. This season's beauty is almost overwhelming. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:02:51 EST Ideas for a Sun walk/jaunt near Sacramento? Want to do something different this weekend before DH leaves for job across country next week. We enjoy walking, checking out historical sites, museums, gardens. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 20:00:40 EST Back at it in a new city Hi all, <BR> I'm Lindsay. I moved out to San Francisco end of last year and I'm still getting to know the place. I've gained back the weight I lost two years ago and I've hit me bottom so I'm getting back on to spark people and now trying fitbit. <BR> <BR> I'm just looking for teams to join with goals because I do best when I'm challenged. Also it's nice to have a group who lives around you. Sun, 31 May 2015 14:57:23 EST I need buddies!! HELP! <BR> <BR> I'm new and I came here because I'm looking for a support group to help me with my goals. I'm looking to lose 40lbs and gain my life back. I'll journal almost daily and track my progress and it'd be great to have some people to share this journey with :) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:58:14 EST Living in San Francisco Hi All, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark People in 2009, but didn't follow through. I learned on Saturday 10/11/14 that I'm now diabetic. I'm close to 60, and live and work in San Francisco. I'm feeling like I would benefit from an online group or at least a couple of buddies. Anyone around? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:30:09 EST Accountability Group If anyone is interested in an accountability group. I run a virtual fitness and accountability group on Facebook. We check in daily and there are fun tasks and challenges. We would love to have you join us. Send me your email and I will add you! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing back, <BR> Amy Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:03:54 EST Mission Peak in Fremont, CA Hey, guys. <BR> <BR> I dragged a friend out to the Peak Trail hike up to Mission Peak. A lot of people don't make it the first time, but I told him I didn't care how many breaks we had to take. My goal was to survive and make it to the pole at the top of the hike. <BR> <BR> I'm extremely proud to report that we made it! I truly believe that anyone with enough determination and patience can make it to the top. <BR> <BR> If you are looking for a challenge and are willing to kick your own ass... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 02:36:55 EST I would like to start hiking Do you guys have any suggestions for some nice trails for a beginning hiker and friends? (Preferably in Central to North Cali) Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:19:49 EST Hello From Ireland Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Mare, I spent most of the first 25 years of my life living in Paradise or Oroville. Almost 5 years ago I left Butte County behind and moved to Dublin, Ireland. I've only been back to California once since moving here but I still find myself longing for a taste of home, especially around Halloween. I'll be making a trip to California next summer to watch my baby brother graduate from Durham High School. Even though I've not lived in Paradise for almost half my life I stil... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:52:51 EST New in Kelseyville Hi everyone, I joined spark then forgot about it and now I'm back depressed, bigger, and trying really hard to lose. I hope to make some friends here in the team. Good luck all. Thank you for reading this. -Tammy Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:26:16 EST 5k Fun Runs So, I'm kind of bummed because one of my friends and I were supposed to do the Monster Bash 5k (in Modesto, CA) this Saturday for her birthday. Unfortunately, she told me yesterday that she doesn't want to do it for her birthday anymore. She wants to do something chill instead. :( <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of any fun runs near by that are happening in the next few months. Particularly ones that are on holidays or weekdays. I work in retail, so I'd like to avoid taking days off if possible. ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 02:02:19 EST Looking for a workout buddy I live in oroville and am looking for someone to keep me in check, and to work out with me. I work night shift so we would have to figure out a good time. If interested, please message me. Tue, 9 Jul 2013 15:06:06 EST New in Ukiah Hey there fellow SP! I moved to Ukiah back in December of 2011, so I've been here a while. I just joined SP about a week ago. I'm looking for walking partners. I usually walk early in the am, when my work schedule allows (I'm an RN). <BR> <BR> See you around the boards! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:28:43 EST New in San Ramon I joined SP last month. My husband and I have just got ourselves a WII (the basic one, not the WWI U and I'm really enjoying using it. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering, though, if there's anyone in the San Ramon/Dublin/Danville area that <BR> would like to meet up and go cycling or walking. Let me know. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Maggie Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:56:34 EST starting over....Again! Hi there. I joined back last year and lost focus between getting ready for a wedding and starting a new job. Hoping to get back on track again and find some help and motivation. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 14:22:10 EST Anybody i San Jose, CA ? Just wondering. I "m starting to learn about running, for a change. <em>30</em> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:55:22 EST New in Sacramento Hi I am new to the team but not new to Spark People have been on here a little over a year. I have lost a little over 20 pounds and have learned to exercise. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 21:12:09 EST New in the Napa Valley (up-valley) Hello all! I'm relatively new, in the Calistoga area, and am interested in finding a workout buddy. My goals are definitely weight loss (I've got a lot to lose) and overall better health. I don't currently have a gym membership; this is the smallest town I've ever lived in, and I am really feeling it in terms of getting my cardio on. I love to swim and it would be great to find someone to join me early mornings at the pool; I believe lap swim starts at 6am M-W-F. <BR> <BR> And even if y... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:13:10 EST Slow Runners in San Francisco? Hi All - I am a distance runner in San Francisco. I run a 12+ minute mile and enjoy running distance. I currently lead a group of runners who use the Jeff Galloway method. We run for 6 minutes and walk for one. We currently have runners training for 3 different fall full marathons and 3 others training for a fall half marathon. <BR> <BR> We currently meet at Kezar Stadium on Tuesday nights for a track workout. We meet at 6:30 and are following a FIRST training program. <BR> <BR> We... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 11:39:41 EST Who remembers ... Yeah, yeah, I'm dating myself here, but I was thinking about memories related to 4th of July. I've lived in Nor-Cal pretty much all my life and boy have things changed. <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Back when I was a pre-teen, round about the week or so before the 4th of July, little ramshackle huts would crop up on otherwise unused dirt lots, selling a wild variety of firecrackers. Then the 4th would come around and rather than heading to some big location for a fireworks show, the ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:13:19 EST June 2012 I am challenging myself to walk at least one 5k a month for the rest of the year - whether it's a real race or a virtual one. With our weather here in Nor-Cal, is there anything stopping us really? <BR> <BR> My most recent 5k was a virtual one done on the treadmill at the gym in a time of 46:31. A recent walk along a creek trail for around 3 miles, I know I pulled off just over or under 4 minutes for each quarter mile section. So I'm looking forward to seeing my times hopefully improve. ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 14:11:52 EST Near Lincoln next Saturday May 5?? There is a run for GEMS **glen edwards middle school** next Saturday (May 5 9am) at Lincoln High School. You can register on <BR> <BR> There is a guy running there for 24 hours straight and I will see him when I pick up my packet on Friday....a fun run for a GREAT cause!! <BR> <BR> Hope to see you guys there. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:35:22 EST KAISER PERMANENTE WOMEN'S FITNESS FESTIVAL KAISER PERMANENTE WOMEN'S 5K & FITNESS FESTIVAL - JUNE 3, 2012 <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:39:29 EST Sacramento Zoo Zoom 5K/10K and kids runs <BR> April 15th <BR> Complimentary entry to the Zoo. <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 10:31:39 EST Fairly new to CHICO... Hello there! I'm new to Spark People and new to the Chico area. I moved here about 9 months ago. I'm on a quest to find others around the area trying to become healthy and lose weight like myself. This is my third attempt in the last 7 years...hoping third time is a charm! I'd love to find others to chat with and share ideas and support one another. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:09:59 EST Run drugs out of town 5K Run/Walk <BR> 1/4 Mile Children’s Run/Walk <BR> Saturday, April 28, 2012 <BR> River Valley High School <BR> 801 El Margarita Road <BR> Yuba City, California 95993 <BR> On Site Registration at 7:00am <BR> The races begin at 9:00am <BR> T-Shirts to all participants. <BR> <BR><BR>ity%20Run12.pdf Sun, 25 Mar 2012 11:14:30 EST Anyone in Vacaville ? Interested in a walking partner? Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:35:07 EST Hello from the southern end of Nor-Cal ^_~ I'm a born and bred Californian who has lived most of my life in what is known as Silicon Valley. In fact, my father would bring home rejected silicon wafers and similar items to show what he did at work. <BR> <BR> The furthest north in California that I've been is Cloverdale (north of Santa Rosa) visiting the parents of my mother's third husband. They had property on the Russian River and we could raft or swim - or choose to plod around on a neighbor's older horse. Fun summertimes were h... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:19:10 EST Hello Well here I go again. Hoping to be successful this year. I'm just getting acquainted with this much info. Looks interesting and helpful! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 13:17:00 EST Girls on the run Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:00 am start <BR> Plumas Street & B Street 480 Plumas Blvd <BR> Yuba City , CA <BR> <BR> Brief Description: <BR> Join the Girls on the Run of Sutter County for a 5K in Yuba City! <BR> Fees: <BR> Adults $17, Youth 12 & Under $10. Race day entry fee $20.00 <BR> Online Reg. Closes: <BR> December 7, 2011 12:00 PM Pacific Time <BR> What is Girls on the Run?: <BR> Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen yea... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 12:40:45 EST Run to feed the hungry WHAT <BR> 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk <BR> <BR> WHEN <BR> Thanksgiving Morning - Thursday, November 24, 2011— Rain or Shine! <BR> 10k - 8:35 a.m. ; 5k - 9:00 a.m. <BR> <BR> WHERE <BR> The race starts on "J" Street just West of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus and runs through the beautiful tree lined streets of East Sacramento. <BR> <BR> FEES <BR> Adults: $35* Children (15 & under): $20 Virtual Runners: $35 Teams Members: $50 <BR> Adults (Timed): $40; Children (15 & under, Timed): $25... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 10:47:39 EST Turkey Trot Saturday, November 19, 2011 @ 9:00 AM <BR> <BR> Stadium at River Valley High School <BR> 801 El Margarita Road Yuba City CA <BR> <BR> Entry fees are $17 for adult, $8 for child or 2 for $15 ages 14 and under. Entry fee is $15 per person for team of 5 or more. Online registration begins at 8:00am and run/walk begins at 9:00am. <BR> <BR><BR>1_Turkey_Trot_single-page_flyer___reg_<BR>form-revised.pdf Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:28:24 EST 2012 WHOLE FOODS FUN RUN Here's a little something to look forward to and plan for: <BR> <BR> WHOLE FOODS- ROSEVILLE is sponsoring a fun run in JANUARY 2012. <BR> Looks like something for everyone. <BR> <link> </link> <em>311</em> Tue, 8 Nov 2011 10:05:59 EST Woodland 5K 5K run on Saturday, October 29th at 9 am. Registration starts at 8 am at the Lee Middle School football field. Prizes will be awarded the day of the run. Registration is $25 and includes a t-shirt. You may download a registration form here . <BR> <BR><BR>e/1239842149245/1281074720529/33635054<BR>54105209634.pdf Sat, 8 Oct 2011 11:46:48 EST Lincoln Hills Sparker Hi everyone, <BR> I am living in Lincoln Hills and would love to meet everyone from the Sacramento area. Do we ever have meetups? Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:52:47 EST NorCal Staycations Looking for ideas...thinking day trips or an overnight stay within an hour (or two) drive of San Fran or Silicon Valley. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:11:35 EST Sports Expo <BR> <BR> 2 day sports expo in Auburn, that includes a 5K/10K Sun, 24 Jul 2011 16:33:39 EST Sacramento: Urban Cow Half Marathon Hi: I just got an advert for the upcoming 7th Annual Urban Cow Half Marathon and 5K, Sunday October 2, in Sacramento. <BR> <BR> visit their website at: <link> </link> Thu, 7 Jul 2011 22:53:55 EST Marysville Peach Festival 5K Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. <BR> <BR> Course: Beckworth Riverfront Park, along bike path and through portions of the park, as well <BR> as the 5th St. Bridge Pedestrian Path. <BR> <BR> Pre-Registration: Pre-registration ends Friday, July 8th. All pre-registrants are guaranteed a tshirt on race day. Race packets can be picked up on race day in front of the Bok Kai Temple, First St. @ D St., Marysville. <BR> <BR> Race Day Registration: starts at 8:15 a.m. in front of the Bok... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 15:31:40 EST Moving back to California! <em>213</em> I've been here at SP for going on 4 years, but I have been living in Seattle and am a leader on Seattle team. <BR> I have a house in escrow now in Cresent City. Am so excited! <BR> I grew up in Sacramento, and San Jose. I am a 4th generation Cali and my grandchildren make 6th. <BR> Hope to get to know you all better <em>334</em> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 15:21:53 EST Greetings from Mt Shasta ... Good luck to all! Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:58:09 EST Rain again Just wanted to check in with our team and say good morning. With this rain it makes it hard to go out walking. I wish that we had a mall here in Oroville, Ca. I would walk there. For those of you that don't know me, I've had total knee replacement a year and a half and am still having problems with swelling and pain so I'm unable to ride my stationary bike. But I hope that all of you have a great Spark day! <em>213</em> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 12:23:57 EST New member from Oroville, Ca Hello team! It's so great to be a Nor-Cal Sparkers, I'm looking forward to meeting as many of our team members as I can. Please feel free to write to me, Caroline1014 <em>30</em> Fri, 3 Jun 2011 13:56:01 EST Sacramento Running I found a helpful website Sat, 28 May 2011 13:54:15 EST Good Morning! Hello to all and any out here this morning. Just kinda checking to see if this is a fairly active group. I have been with Sparkpeople for a bit, but never utilized the boards and groups very much. Not as much as I should :] <BR> <BR> Good morning and have a great day all! :) Mon, 23 May 2011 10:38:21 EST Willits Spark Hi I have been on Sparkpeople for quite a while, and am getting back into the boards and groups because I need some support and would like some interaction. Sun, 22 May 2011 10:31:20 EST 2011 Run to the Lake 5K-10K-Kids Dash Hi All: The 2011 Run to the Lake will be held on Sunday, July 10 at 8 am in Castro Valley (Bay Area). <BR> <BR> For details, visit <link><BR>.html </link> Fri, 20 May 2011 15:01:20 EST Live Oak Run to the River 5K Run/Walk for Youth Scholarships <BR> <BR> June 18th 8:30 AM <BR> <BR> Live Oak High School Parking Lot, Pennington Road, Live Oak <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 May 2011 02:22:12 EST Anyone from Ukiah (or surrounding areas)? Hi. I'm new to the group. I live in Ukiah and I'm looking for a workout/weightloss buddy. Sun, 1 May 2011 21:32:45 EST hello from the redbluff area hello all . <BR> long time spark member. i live in oregon. but i spend a lot of time in redbluff and chico area.exspecially during the sprint car races . since its that time a year again. <BR> in oregon were not getting the good weather like here. today i was sun bathing. it felt good to feel the sun on my face. <BR> i;m a good listener. plus i run a few teams already. so stop by page any time you want <em>213</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 03:20:02 EST Open and read to hear about a GREAT TEAM to Join! I have recently been elected as the leader of the Californians for Health & Wellness team. I check the page daily and would love new members for support! Thanks. <BR> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 22:31:21 EST Marysville Girls on the Run 5/14/11 8AM, in front of the Bok Kai Temple in Marysville <BR> <BR> Open to all Men, Women, Children. Runners and walkers. <BR> <BR> Pre-reg $17, Day of $20, and children 16 and younger $10 <BR> <BR> Money goes to the local chapter of Girls on the Run <BR> <BR> For further information and entry forms call Liesl Schmidt (530) 671-6234 or Thu, 7 Apr 2011 21:18:38 EST Yuba City Mud Run Military Style Obstacles <BR> Commanding Climbs <BR> Wild water crossings <BR> Mud, mud, and More Mud! <BR> <BR> <BR> 5/14/11 <BR> 8851 Garden Hwy <BR> Yuba City, CA 95991 <BR> <BR> Adult <BR> $30.00 Pre Registration <BR> $40.00 Day of Race <BR> Children (12 - 13) <BR> $15.00 Pre Registration <BR> $20.00 Day of Race <BR> 3 Man Race <BR> $75.00 For Team <BR> $90.00 Day of Race <BR> 4 Man Relay <BR> $100.00 For Team <BR> $125.00 Day of Race <BR> <BR> Benefits ... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 17:06:17 EST Run drugs out of town Date <BR> Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 9:00 AM <BR> <BR> Address <BR> River Valley High School <BR> 801 El Margarita Road <BR> Yuba City, CA <BR> <BR> Registration Closing Date <BR> Monday, April 18, 2011 @ 11:59 PM <BR> <BR> Additional Information <BR> The 6th Annual Run Drugs Out of Town 5K Walk/Run is Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at River Valley High School football stadium. This tricounty event is a family oriented fun walk/run for everyone! The run includes a 1/4 mile kids run and a ma... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 11:24:43 EST The Great Patriot Race Date & Time <BR> Saturday, March 19, 2011 <BR> <BR> Address <BR> 1400 Pioneer Ave, Woodland, CA <BR> <BR> Registration Closing Date <BR> Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 11:59 PM PDT <BR> <BR> Full Description <BR> The Great Patriot Race is a fundraiser benefiting the Pioneer High School Band, Choir, Cross Country and Track & Field programs. Our first annual race was held in 2010 and raised over $1000.00 for each program. This year, we have added a 10K route and improved 5K. Our completely volun... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 14:52:58 EST Spring Walk Okay team, I have had a couple of team members express interest in getting a Spring Walk together. I am going to cut and paste their emails and would like some feed back so we can get this thing started. I know I would be able to get a car pool of some of our team members in my area to make the trip down. So here goes-- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "From DAVE128 - 1-26-2011 <BR> Hey guys; <BR> Just wondering if anyone is interested in meeting someplace (when the weather clears up) for a day hik... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 13:31:31 EST Pleasanton Hi, I joined SP about a month ago and I'm loving it! <BR> I'm Terri, I am 51 living in a household with my husband and 3 college age sons. I have been working in Telecommunications for 31 years and am really looking forward to entering my mid-50s and the retirement phase looking good and feeling fit! Sun, 13 Feb 2011 10:40:16 EST Rio Vista I recently joined spark people and i am from rio vista california. i am looking for a spark weight loss buddy. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 01:39:55 EST Sacramento Morning all! <BR> <BR> I've been messing around with my SP team memberships this week and came across this one (via ANUSCHKA9 page, cuz she's also a member of Pottery for the Soul team). <BR> <BR> Anyway I'm joining your team this year to check out the energy, and I must confess to maybe connect w/a few of you at the SFMOMA (I'm a member) when a great exhibit is in town. In addition to wanting to get healthier I also want to get back to being more creative, whether its via pottery, weavin... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:07:48 EST North Bay Hello all, I'm in the north bay. Is there anyone around this area that knows any good hiking trails? <BR> Glad to be a part of things!! <BR> Chell Wed, 2 Feb 2011 19:18:44 EST Yuba Sutter Hi I am new to the group, here in the yuba sutter area. <BR> How is everybody doing? Sat, 27 Nov 2010 11:55:48 EST The New One Checking In!!! Hi Everybody! Just joined up a couple days ago after learning about this site from my daughter. I found this group as a result, and am posting from Marysville, CA. My reasons for being here are to lose 100 lbs and to get my strength back. I miss my muscle :) Nice to meet you! <em>465</em> Sat, 30 Oct 2010 01:52:57 EST Back after serious wagon issues.... Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Melissa and I have just recently come back to Sparkpeople after falling off a really HUGE wagon. No broken bones, just a little pride stinging. Hope to talk to you all and am sooo in need of support. Gotta love Nor-Cal. I live near Lake Shasta so I get to see some seriously beautiful scenery. Hope you all have had a wonderful day. <BR> Stay Fierce! <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 22:29:52 EST New to Benicia! Hi all! I am new to Benicia AND Spark! I am 24, have appx 45 lbs to lose and would LOVE a work out buddy! You must know tho that I am SO out of shape so don't judge! lol. I can currently walk/run a 13 minute mile! So you'd prob look like a pro next to me ;o) <BR> <BR> Message me if interested OR just to say hi! <BR> <BR> Annie <em>334</em> Sat, 4 Sep 2010 23:41:22 EST Let's Get Behind our Motivational Leader ! I have a request of my fellow NOR CAL Sparksters. I just nominated Ambudman as a Sparkpeople Motivational Leader. If you all agree with me, and I'm sure you do, please add your nomination and let's get Ambudman recognized. <BR> <BR> I belong to 5-6 other teams, but don't really follow them too much. I try to stay involved, but it's hard because there's very little personal interaction on those teams. Not so with our team. Ambudman keeps us involved. She's constantly uplifting, positive... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 08:34:07 EST Smile to all Nor-Cal Sparkers Hello, <BR> I'm new to Spark People and was excited to find this Nor-Cal team. I live in Paradise and work in Chico. I'm looking to meet some new friends who are going through the same struggles in losing weight as I am. I'm 50 yrs old and right now my goal is to be under 200's. Looking for a Spark Buddy. <em>213</em> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 00:33:24 EST Hello from the East Bay! Hi everyone! I'm new to the team. I live in Castro Valley, grew up in San Leandro, and work in Beserkley. Mon, 16 Aug 2010 16:28:05 EST My challenge to you Okay team this is my challenge to you - I challenge you to keep up with me on fitness minutes. You know you can log almost everything you do from making your bed to, cleaning house, stacking wood, mowing the lawn, walking, etc. Come on let's log those fitness minutes in and show everyone how fit Northern California is. <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> I originally posted this under the topic "Nor-Cal Sparkers Chatter" but thought I might get buried under other posts. I have received one respon... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 15:53:51 EST SIGN UP FOR AUGUST 25TH POTLUCK PICNIC After you sign up you will be added to the information only post. <BR> <BR> AMBUDMAN - Plates, flatware, glasses, etc <BR> JENNY888- Salad and bread <BR> SPARKLYJAN - Miscellaneous Drinks <BR> CHEWKEY1942- Dessert Thu, 5 Aug 2010 17:49:45 EST August 25, Team Potluck Picnic Information Only <em>227</em> <BR> Please do not post in this thread, so that the information below will remain at the top of the thread, where everyone can find it easily. <BR> <BR> INFORMATION POST REGARDING PICNIC - use sign up thread below to sign up for picnic and what you would like to bring. <BR> <BR> The following team members have signed up for the picnic on Wednesday, August 25th, 11:30 am to whenever <BR> <BR> Based on input received so far Bidwell Park in downtown Chico seems to be a cent... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 17:49:32 EST Hike to Feather Falls Okay everyone, I know we are working on a team gathering but would anyone be interested in taking a hike to Feather Falls? Check this website out and give me some feed back. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I have done this twice already and really enjoyed it both times. Tue, 3 Aug 2010 10:28:16 EST New here in Lake Almanor area from Chicago Hi: <BR> We just moved here from the Chicago area to be caregivers for our widowed Moms - mine is here and 86 mother in law is in SF Bay area and has alzheimers. I need encouragement to lose weight now that I'm newly retired and with new responsibilities. Thanks, Larry <em>247</em> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 01:37:50 EST Hello From the Land of Fog! Hi All! <em>213</em> I joined this team because of an invitation from my friend Jenny888 from "The Mediterranean Way." I also see that our team leader REBECKY44 is on this team! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I'm originally from Eureka but currently live in San Bruno (west of SFO) and work in San Francisco. I'm married, with a 19 year old daughter and 3 Norwegian Elkhounds. <BR> <BR> I've had a weight issue most of my life and have gained and lost hundreds of pounds during my 57 years! <em>23... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 17:16:15 EST i heard you do get togethers... i'm from the chico team and read that you guys are doing get together- i didn't know anyone from chico was willing to do that! it's awesome that there is so much participation from this team! i'd love to get a little local movement going on :-) Thu, 29 Jul 2010 23:34:54 EST Hello! Hi I'm new to the team. I live in Olivehurst, about a half hour north of Sacramento. Fri, 16 Jul 2010 20:02:46 EST When is your birthday? Thought I would add this forum so we could wish each other a happy birthday. <BR> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> My birthday is June 21st. Fri, 11 Jun 2010 21:55:45 EST New to the Team I just wanted to check in and say Hi. I've lived in Nor Cal all my life and love it. Went to Central CA for College and have been fortunate to travel alot. There's no better place on Earth than Northern California. <BR> <BR> Joined SP for the sites tools and stayed for the motivation it inspired. Thankfully, I've been able to improve my health and am getting back to the active lifestyle I've lived most of my life. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting some of you on the trail, or on th... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 02:26:48 EST Team Gathering Is anyone up to trying to meet in a central location so we can meet in person? According to the team map we are located from San Jose up to Portland. I think it would be fun to plan a potluck picnic somewhere and we could all meet each other. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think and where you think a central location would be. Myself, I would not mind driving 1 to 2 hours to get to a destination. The other thing would be when would a good time to do this be?? I know some of you have childre... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 20:12:44 EST How do I get involved with the team minutes? How do I start participating in the Weekly Fitness minutes challenge? Wed, 26 May 2010 14:50:30 EST New from Tracy, Ca Howdy, I just joined today. Is anyone else here from Tracy? I am looking for some workout buddies, I have a membership at the In Shape club on Tracy Blvd. I am looking forward to keeping in touch with ppl here and getting this weight off... Any advice for new ppl just getting going - specifically related to the menus here, are they set for you? or can you make your own? Sun, 16 May 2010 19:12:20 EST New from Napa I have a LOT to lose, and from that, a lot to gain! I'm newly single, mom of 4 boys toddler to teen. I have chronic autoimmune issues of some kind that make exercise nearly impossible. I need to take baby steps and get healthy again, and that includes eating healthy (like I used to) and low impact activities, doctor's appointments and more. Glad to be here! Fri, 14 May 2010 13:28:45 EST Susan G Komen Walk in Sacramento Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have started a group and will be walking at the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Walk on May 8th. If anyone is interested in joining my team please let me know and I can give you all the details. I am also in Weight Watchers who has a walk challenge as well, so 2 birds 1 stone perhaps? So contact me if interested!!! <em>331</em> Fri, 9 Apr 2010 20:58:51 EST Your favorite place to do cardio is . . .? We live in northern California which means we are surrounded with wonderful places to do our cardio. What is your favorite or most unusual place to do your cardio. I love going across the Golden Gate bridge, what do you love. <em>312</em> Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:50:27 EST How do you handle stress? Ok, you are frustrated about something and your stress level is high. We all know this can keep us from losing weight, so what do you do to get rid of the stress? I cardio the heck out of me and it helps a lot. Once, years ago, when I was skinny and now I know why, I ran three and four times a day because my stress level was so high. I don't recommend all of this exercise on a regular basis but cardio sure can fight the blues. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 01:26:41 EST Swimming Season Yahoo, I LOVE swim season and it is getting closer. Yesterday when I was taking a drink break from building a retaining wall I was sitting out by our pool and almost jumped in! I would have probably lost all ability to speak it would have been so cold, but hey, it is getting there. Hopefully, pool guy, will turn the solar heating back on soon and then it will warm up fast. It is funny, I am surrounded with neighbors with pools and when the swimming season starts we are all out there splas... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:36:47 EST Our team leader, Gretchen As some of you know, our team leader, Ambudsman, (Gretchen) is offline for a while as her computer crashed! So let's all hang in there so upon her return she will see what great troopers we are. And Gretchen, when you read this, if you were my neighbor you could use my computer anytime! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:55:23 EST Garden is awakening but so are snakes! Yikes, was increasing the height of a retaining wall today and when I picked two of the huge blocks there were snakes in them! I HATE SNAKES!!! However, these were red racers and I am told they are good for eating snails and such so I moved one to another part of the yard with a shovel and the other one, which was the largest red racer I have ever seen, went away on his own. Now I am lifting each block with a long handled shovel first! <em>198</em> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:52:45 EST We're in week 9, how are we doing? In the middle of week 9 and I am loving Spark. People are now remarking how I am glowing and I tell them it is not a glow but a spark! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> How are all of you doing? Tue, 9 Mar 2010 19:23:08 EST Hello EVERYBODYYYY!! I am so excited I found our very own local chapter in the Sparking saga! I've been Sparking since mid October, 2009 where I started out around 207lbs and have gone down to 188. I've introduced jogging to my routine - I can only workout outdoors since the gym is out of my budget right now, so this weather has been getting me a bit down. I do strength training at home too, mostly some of the demos I found online thru this site, and your usual crunches, squats, push-ups, etc. I've been stuck... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 16:10:16 EST What Spark People tools do you use and why? Just thought I would throw this out here. <BR> <BR> I discovered the Calorie Differential report the end of February and it has really helped me stay on track. I joined a team challenge on February 1st and we were trying to stay in the -500 differential daily. A pound is equal to 3500 calories and if you can maintain an average -3500 for the week you could lose a pound a week. <BR> <BR> I added more fitness to my day and most days I am in the minus but not always -500. Guess I am goi... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:52:17 EST And your weather is? In El Dorado Hills it is cold and rainy, suppose to snow in the foothills. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 01:04:31 EST Hey, Northern Californians - what are we go to do? Still no team leader, I hope they don't cancel this team because of the lack of a leader. Let's rise to the opportunity. I feel closer to a lot of you because we are sort of from the same neck of the woods. Don't get me wrong, I love all of my teams but this one is like home! Hmmm, maybe, I should step up OR one of you! What do you think? <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 23:24:06 EST Hey Ya'll Hey Ya'll. I am not new to SP, actually I had been on the site for about 2 years. But today SP decided to delete my profile, so here I am starting over new. <BR> I am Teri(24) and from Northern California. I am in the Air Force. I am getting married soon. That's pretty much all about me. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:13:55 EST What happened to our Northern Calif team? Hey, where is everyone, our leader doesn't go here any more and most messages are old. Come on, let's show the rest of the world we are alive and breathing and getting healthy at the same time! Wake up, it's not snowing here like on the east coast, let's shake things up and get active! Thu, 11 Feb 2010 02:22:24 EST Just joined hI everybody! I just joined last night and am still figuring out how everything works around here. I live in Woodland but go to school at Sac State. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:24:59 EST New Guy My name is James, I just found this site and group today. I moved to Northern California from Boise in 2002. I had a quick question. My profile picture isn't showing up when I post something. How would I remedy this situation? Sun, 6 Dec 2009 20:46:02 EST Hi I'm new and wowed... Hi everyone! <BR> I'm following instructions and sending this message. I have lost alot of a very different person. I do NOT want to lose what I've got!!! So, it does seem SP is a good idea. I live in fabulous NorCal and life just keeps getting better! <BR> I hope to learn how to find a way to use this site and make it work for me. I eat simply. I weigh my food when I pay attention. When I don't pay attention I stop watching what I eat. I have 20 pounds that I'd like to lose. I'm... Sat, 4 Jul 2009 16:42:53 EST New To Group Hi everyone. Just starting a new exercise program and getting the weight down some. Doesn't look like there have been too many newbies on here lately. I live in Sonora, CA. Also am looking for a local buddy. Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:17:49 EST Need a buddy in Tuolumne County/Sonora, CA Hi. Looking for a buddy in my local area for some support to keep losing and exercising. Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:13:03 EST Just joined Hi y'all. I am just starting up my walking again. It has been quite a while since I was serious about getting out and getting fit. I have been a stay at home mom for 17 years and have gotten into a rut, gotten lazy and put on weight. I live in San Jose and sometimes walk with my dogs. Other times I like to just go out by myself and enjoy the nature around me. Enjoy your work outs. katie <em>148</em> Mon, 18 May 2009 21:33:28 EST Roll Call I am trying to get a sense of how active this group is. If you come to this group on a regular basis, please reply. Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:08:21 EST Moving to Santa Clara,...and I'm scared So right now I'm in Allentown, PA...I'm 21, almost 22 and I've been given the opportunity to come along with my parents and live with them for a while after I graduate this December because of my dad's job relocation (he's an electrical engineer). We used to live in Cali when I was younger (I'm originally from Scotland...we moved to Cali, then Utah, then Pennsylvania but I don't remember much). So if anyone has any information they would like to share on anything (including maybe any inform... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 20:41:03 EST Anyone wants to do the SF Half Marathon on 7/26? Hi everyone. I'm new to the site and new to running. My coworkers and I are training for the 1/2 marathon. Most of us are brand new to running but we want to complete the 13.1mi course with run/walk combo. Imagine the accomplishment when we cross the finish line. I'm looking for motivation and training buddies. Sun, 15 Mar 2009 14:59:11 EST How about this weather? I had to put up something new so we could all just chat, and what better topic right now than this fab weather we are having. Granted I would love to have some rain. However, I coach softball in Healdsburg HS and tryouts are next week. I want to see the girls on the field before the rain runs us inside. Then they can just condition, I know that most of them are going to need it. <BR> TTYL, <BR> Chell <BR> <BR> PS. Drink more water!! Thu, 29 Jan 2009 13:59:00 EST LOOKING FOR A BUDDY? I will put buddy teams together if people wish. Accountability partners based on weight loss goals etc. Post a response here! Thu, 22 Jan 2009 21:15:54 EST Frist team challenge of the year! Ok everyone, we are going to do a team challenge that was suggested by Shirlz. <BR> Here are the rules: <BR> 1. Pick a goal of fitness minutes for yourself every week. <BR> 2. Score yourself 1-100% of your goal (For example if I want to do 150 fitness minutes a week and I do 75 then my score is 50%. <BR> 3. Post your score under this team challenge weekly but check in daily with your progress. <BR> 4. This one is not a rule but a suggestion - Send a spark goodie or put an encouraging commen... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 21:13:44 EST San Francisco is my home town. I sometimes miss it. I only live 1/2 hr away depending on traffic. But it is more that the city has changed so much over the decades. I still love my home town. Sat, 17 Jan 2009 05:51:46 EST Ideas for a Team Challenge! Ok Nor Cal folks, lets get this room moving again. I just joined , as co-leader and I would like some suggestions on what you would like to see as our team challenges? <BR> <BR> Anyone....anyone.....bueller....bueller? <BR> <BR> Thanks, Charity Sun, 11 Jan 2009 02:44:14 EST New to group Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jenifer and I moved to Nor Cal 2 years ago from NW Fl. My hubby is in the AF. We live in the small town Browns Valley, just 1.5 hours north of Sacramento off of Hwy 20. My goal is to lose about 30lbs by the summer. How do you put the weightloss tracker on posts? Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:18:12 EST Newbie! Hola! Hey! I'm Taylor, I'm 24 and I live in Chico. Are there any others here from Chico? My goal is to loose 40 pounds by summer. I'm really hoping to stick to it this time. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 03:34:26 EST Weekend getaway ideas? My young-teen kids arranged sleep overs with friends so that my husband and I can do a weekend getaway in mid January, Fri - Mon, three nights. We live in Los Gatos, which is near San Jose, just over the hill from Santa Cruz. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for a HEALTHY weekend adventure? Weather permitting, I'd like to get outside and hike. I'm thinking that something on the coast would be more likely to have a warmish sunny winter day than anything inland. <BR> <BR> Willing to drive 2-3 hou... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 14:03:10 EST Where did everyone go? Hi, I know I have been missing for a long time.....where did the Norcal group go? Anyone out there please respond. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Chell Tue, 2 Dec 2008 18:27:04 EST San Jose Rock'n Roll 1/2 Marathon anyone?? I'm training with Runner's World's instructions for this half Marathon. Anyone else here in the Bay Area planning to do this event? Thu, 7 Aug 2008 16:51:10 EST HELLO :) HELLO :) (yeah, short and sweet LOL) Fri, 30 May 2008 00:56:24 EST New to the Nor Cal Speakers group! Hey everyone! <BR> My name is Cindy and I'm fron the East Bay..I've been a member of Sparkpeople for a couple of weeks now and look forward to being a part of this group. I've struggled with my weight the last few years and just want to get back into shape! I want to lose this weight so when I do get pregnant, I'll be healthy. I look forward to the postings and hope to get any support that I can get! <em>213</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2008 21:19:40 EST Favorite receipe for hard boiled eggs... Dear All, <BR> <BR> I am looking for creative ideas and chatting over what to do with all the hard boiled eggs after the Easter egg hunts. My 10 and 7 year old are fully on board for the reason for the season, but still love egg hunts. <BR> <BR> I am looking for some fun egg salad suggestions, deviled egg suggestions or such. My dog loves it as she gets some in her dinner each night for a week or so.... <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Karen <em>172</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2008 20:41:46 EST ROUND 2! Here we go again.... My name is Raine and I live in Yreka, CA. I joined SP over a year ago. I was getting really active and exercising a lot. I did it for 2 month really hardcore and then slacked off... Pretty soon I was never on here, never logging anything and I did not touch my treadmill for almost 9 months! I am paying for it because now I am 47 lbs heavier than when I started last time!!!! <BR> <BR> So... I HAVE TO DO THIS THIS TIME! <BR> <BR> My goals are not so much about looks but ... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 13:32:51 EST hello i;m new here HELLO EVERYONE; <BR> I STARTED 2 NEW TEAMS; <BR> 1.IS FOR SUSANVILLE SPARKERS <link>http;<BR>upindivual.asp?gid=17273 </link> <BR> 2.also for sprint car fans <link>http;<BR>upindivual.asp?gid=18389 </link> <BR> were all fellow califorian;s.and we all have some thing in commom Thu, 31 Jan 2008 13:54:46 EST Interactive Map - are you on it? Just reminded on another post about SparkPeople's interactive map. Since we're all in northern California, it would be cool if we could get an idea of where we all live. <BR> <BR> So I have a request, but it's totally optional. Go to your "My SparkTeams" (under Quick Links). <BR> <BR> The column to the right says something like Show on Team Map. Make sure that's clicked. <BR> <BR> To see the team map, you go to our team page. Scroll down to Newest Team Members. On the right, clic... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 14:47:55 EST Wow, what a storm! Dear Nor-Cal Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I am hoping that all are home, safe and sound. <BR> <BR> Wow, what a great storm! I am rather strange, but I love all types of weather. Not when it gets destructive. <BR> <BR> I am working from home today....too much flooding on the 101 south into San Francisco. <BR> <BR> My prayer is that we all are safe, dry, and warm. <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> Karen Fri, 4 Jan 2008 13:51:25 EST Let's Huddle! Dear All, <BR> <BR> I have been using the huddle feature in other teams and it is quite fun. <BR> <BR> We can have a daily quick check in or whatever. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Agape Sat, 29 Dec 2007 12:45:57 EST Where are the best Holiday decorations? I am new to the Bay area, and I am wondering where is the best place for Holiday decorations? <BR> <BR> It seems that many of the towns don't decorate, to be politically correct. <BR> <BR> Where are all the holiday lights? Sun, 16 Dec 2007 18:28:51 EST Time Zone differences. Sometimes it's a little disconcerting when here it is not even 10:30 p.m. and I am taken to tomorrow's date. When I come home from a late third shift, I have to back shift to the previous day to add info to the day. Yet I'm jumping the gun if I add anything to it now. I guess it's something only us in the West can relate to. Or maybe it's only me cause of my weird work hours? Well, It shouldn't make any difference in our goals and building good habits to reach them. <em>128</em> Tim... Thu, 6 Dec 2007 02:44:15 EST Audio book recommendations I'm driving to Disneyland resort with my family this weekend and I would appreciate your best travel tips, audiobook recommendations, or Disney tips. I have a 2 year old and a 9 year old and I'd like to keep them both happy on the way up and back. Thu, 15 Nov 2007 12:31:31 EST Earthquake Hi, <BR> <BR> all you 'real' NorCal people probably didn't notice, but us Silicon Valley folks had a jolt yesterday evening -- As a Michigan transplant who had experinced nothing over about 3.5 before, this 5.6 earthquake was (literally) a bit unsettling... Fortunately, nothing broke, but it did bring neighbors outside to check on each other... <BR> <BR> Anybody else feel it? <BR> <BR> cheers, <BR> Shrlzi Wed, 31 Oct 2007 14:34:45 EST Where do you live? What do you like to do? I am in Oakland. I do hair and I like to go shopping and to the gym, although I am in a slump right now. <BR> Joni Wed, 19 Sep 2007 15:10:49 EST New Pics! I uploaded some new pictures to my Spark Page! They're very nice (from my sister-in-law's wedding). I'm very pleased because I can really see my body transformation in the pictures!!! Fri, 20 Jul 2007 10:37:07 EST Frustrated The last couple of weeks I find myself getting so tired of my "diet", or just dieting in general. I don't want to limit/deprive myself lately. I just want to eat what I want to eat, when I want to eat it. I know I can't though - and that's what frustrates me the most! I miss the days when I could eat whatever, whenever, and actually lose weight! Oh to be like that again ... Sat, 30 Jun 2007 13:03:27 EST Favorite Exercise What's your favorite exercise? <BR> <BR> I love getting on my treadmill! When I'm on there I focus on each step relieving my stress. No matter how stressful my day was, when I get off my treadmill, it all seems so much better! <BR> <BR> I also love my ab exercises. The part of my body I hate most is my stomach, so I feel happy when exercise that area because I know it's getting better! Sat, 23 Jun 2007 11:17:05 EST Hump Day Happy "Hump Day" ladies! How's everybody's week going so far? Mine's going well. I'm excited because I'm taking my kids to the Redwood Acres Fair tonight! First time I'll be paying for it with my hard-earned money, and for me that makes it more fun! (usually grandparents pay) Wed, 20 Jun 2007 16:13:08 EST Progress Anyone? So it's the middle of June and I'm wondering how we're all doing? <BR> <BR> I've been at 135 lbs for about two weeks now ... happy to be to my lowest weight post-babies, but frustrated that I've plateaued ... I've been gradually increasing my exercise intensity, so hopefully the scale will start moving again soon! <BR> <BR> How are you ladies doing? Fri, 15 Jun 2007 18:55:28 EST "Perfect Portions" I use Jaime Brenkus' 8 Minute workouts and I love them; so I did a google search to see if he has anything else for fitness/weightloss and I found this: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I think that it could be very useful to a lot of us, so thought I'd share! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 7 Jun 2007 16:50:04 EST Where do you like to run? I am finally off for the summer and can spend some more time on my exercise. I am starting to enjoy running, but like very much to walk and hike in interesting places. I was wondering where everyone else likes to run, walk or hike? Fri, 1 Jun 2007 18:51:27 EST Biopsy Results I had my Cryosurgery last Monday to "freeze" the tumors that had formed on my cervix. It went very well, had a bit of discomfort, but nothing I couldn't handle! <BR> <BR> I also received the results of my biopsies and I do not have cancer! Woohoo!!! However, I do have high-risk HPV, which means my form of HPV will not go away ... so I have to have Paps done more often, and will have to do biopsies and Cryo's whenever tumors are discovered. But I'll do whatever I need to do to prevent cervic... Tue, 15 May 2007 12:32:25 EST Anyone in Patterson area? I am moving to Newman in about 3-4 wks and am looking for someone who wants to walk or do some excercising on the weekends. Just let me know! <BR> Kim Wed, 9 May 2007 11:58:46 EST JOIN THE WOMAN CHALLENGE! (copied directly from the website!) <BR> This May, thousands of women across the country will embark on an eight-week walking challenge for better health. They will be part of the WOMAN Challenge-that is Women and girls Out Moving Across the Nation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health is coordinating the WOMAN Challenge to encourage women to get 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week and to kick off the eighth annual National Women's Healt... Sun, 6 May 2007 14:30:25 EST Prayers Please Hello! <BR> <BR> On April 25th I found out that I have HPV, and as a result have a few small tumors on my cervix. The doctor biopsied those tumors, and on May 7th I go in for a LEEP (freezing of the tumors). By then I should also find out the results of my biopsies. <BR> <BR> There are about six different strands of HPV, four do not cause cervical cancer, and two do cause the cancer; I have one of the two that causes cancer. If caught early, it can be prevented from developing into cancer, ... Sat, 28 Apr 2007 14:55:04 EST Size Six Baby! I bought new pants yesterday and discovered that I've gone from a size 12 to a size 6 in womens! <em>244</em> Fri, 27 Apr 2007 17:21:08 EST What is your favorite restaurant... Since having children I feel like DH and I never enjoy a really nice meal anymore. Always the chain restaurants now. I do not like to go out to eat anymore unless I get something really special that I can't make at home. So, please share with me your favorite restaurants in the Bay area. Wed, 25 Apr 2007 14:10:53 EST Moving to the Bay area Dear All, <BR> <BR> I have a new job in San Francisco and will be moving the family to the Bay area. So, any advice, suggestions or comments as to where to live, which school system to choose, or such would be greatly appriciated. <BR> <BR> I have a son going into 5th grade and a daughter going into first. My husband is a stay home dad and I work for a not-for-profit based in the Persidio. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for the advice. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Karen Thu, 12 Apr 2007 17:46:16 EST Personal Trainer in San Francisco Does anyone know of a good personal trainer in San Francisco? <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Apr 2007 12:55:48 EST Soreness I worked out extra hard Thursday on my legs and butt (trying to target my butt) and yesterday my quads were so sore! I got on my treadmill like usual last night thinking it would loosen up the soreness, but now I can barely walk! At least I know I got a good workout ... Sat, 24 Mar 2007 11:39:10 EST Yay! I weighed myself today (at BB&B) and I've finally lost 2 lbs!!! <em>244</em> Wed, 21 Mar 2007 19:50:51 EST Heading to DisneyLand next month... I've finally got my plans set in stone. We are going to DisneyLand next month. I plan on being 20 pounds down by then! What a great feeling! Tue, 20 Mar 2007 16:13:15 EST Progress I don't have a scale at home, so I've been measuring myself instead of weighing in on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> In the last week I've lost a half inch off my waist and hips, and almost a half inch off my thighs! My bust hasn't changed at all though! LOL <BR> <BR> How are you ladies doing? Mon, 19 Mar 2007 21:40:53 EST Hello all, from the Russian River! I just wanted to drop a message and say HI to everyone! <BR> <BR> So far my experience with SparkPeople is wonderful! There's so much support and there's a lot of people who are really positive and not "toxic" personalities. I'm hoping to find some fellow weight-losers to "bond" with and form friendships and support systems. If you're having troubles, I have a very big ear and a comfy shoulder to lean on. Sat, 17 Mar 2007 17:35:07 EST Humboldt County I created a team for Humboldt County peeps, because I haven't found any here on Spark! If y'all are interested your should check it out! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're in Humboldt I hope to see you there! Tue, 13 Mar 2007 12:43:28 EST How's It Going? How is everybody doing with their Spark Diet/Fitness goals? <BR> <BR> I've been stuck at 147 lbs for about 2-3 weeks now, which is frustrating! So I added cardio last week, and this week I'm adding light strength training; hopefully that'll kickstart the weight loss again! Mon, 12 Mar 2007 17:29:13 EST Greetings Nor-cal group! Newbie from Cupertino! Hi there! I'm a native nor-cal'er - born at Stanford, raised in Los Altos and now live in the Cupertino hills. I joined SP on January 1st and have lost over 10 pounds so far. I love this site, I feel like my life has changed a lot and at this point- I feel like I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to! <BR> <BR> I had joined a few teams already but never found my home. I am deeply connected to Northern California - the hills, the trees, the people - what better team to join?!?! N... Mon, 12 Mar 2007 00:28:14 EST Newbie from sacramento!! Hello everyone i am new to this site and i was wondering if it actually works!? the eating part anyways....!! Fri, 9 Mar 2007 14:15:44 EST Clock Change <em>56</em> <BR> Time to change your clocks back this weekend....... <BR> Don't forget! <em>172</em> Tue, 6 Mar 2007 11:02:10 EST Hello from Sacramento! <em>30</em> my name is Cinnamon, im 19 and i JUST joined this site! im hopeing itll work out for i was just wondering about other peoples feelings on it <BR> <BR> has it worked for you? give me some tips? motivation? Mon, 5 Mar 2007 09:52:41 EST Nor-Cal Points Here Hey there everyone, it is a cold day today but should warm up. <BR> ****No reason just post for points**** <em>48</em> Fri, 2 Mar 2007 14:28:34 EST I'm so ready for a vacation... Maybe it's the weather recently or just that I'm tired, but I could sure use a little getaway. I was really hoping to go to Disney World this spring, but we're now thinking probably fall. Anyone have any suggestions for good quick getaways? This would be with 3 little kids too and needs to be relatively budget friendly. What's your favorite place to go? Fri, 2 Mar 2007 00:11:50 EST Humboldt County Hello! My name is Joy and I live in beautiful Humboldt County! Anybody else here from Humboldt? Fri, 23 Feb 2007 19:08:14 EST San mateo//bayarea Hello, i'm new to SP.. Hope to meet some great people who live in the area and maybe find a great weightloss support system Thu, 22 Feb 2007 15:55:42 EST Just a thought... This is from last year's commencement address to the Cal MBA class by Sandy Alderson, Pres. of the San Diego Padres and former A's GM. <BR> <BR> There's a story about the great Albert Einstein, who boarded a train one day in New York City. The train was bound for Philadelphia, Washington DC and points south. Shortly into the journey, the conductor came by and asked for his ticket. Einstein fumbled around in his pockets and briefcase but could not find that ticket. But the conductor said, "... Sat, 17 Feb 2007 11:09:23 EST 24 Hour Fitness~ South Bay Hello!! I have a membership to 24 hour fitness now and would like to have someone to work out with in the area. I go to the one in Milpitas, but I am definitely open to trying out other facilities! <BR> <BR> Drop me a line!! Sun, 4 Feb 2007 19:46:52 EST hello cali i was wondering if there was anyone in merced county that would love to work out in agroup. i need personal motivation and need to work out with some one at least 3 times a week. anyone that can help please email me....... Sat, 3 Feb 2007 11:40:19 EST Hello Nor cal Hello everyone, <BR> I just wanted to say hello again. My offical weigh in is tomorrow, but I couldn't wait. I'm currently down 11.4 lbs since new years. I'm feeling good and ready to go forward. I'm really enjoying this website. It's so helpful. I don't know that I would have stuck to this as long as I have with out it. <BR> <BR> Well, how is everyone doing? <BR> Chell <em>88</em> Fri, 2 Feb 2007 19:14:28 EST From San Joaquin County Hello all, <BR> I've here for about a week and love it. Love the site and all the resources. I've meeting some great people but was looking for those closer to home. Glad I found this team. I live close to Stockton. Its a nice area. It has been growing a lot! Anyway, just thought Id introduce myself and will be chatting pretty soon. Have a great weekend. Hopefully I can remain on this calorie thing through the weekend. talk later <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 26 Jan 2007 20:00:49 EST Newbie From Wine Country Hello Northern Cali, <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to find a group of people that are in California. I'm 27, female. I have about 60 pounds to lose. I'm totally excited. I've lost about 6 since New Years. <BR> Talk to you all soon, <BR> Chell <em>30</em> Mon, 22 Jan 2007 17:23:34 EST Any 24 Hour Fitness Goers? Does anyone in the Bay go to 24hour? Just wondering if anyone is in my area. I live in Hayward Tue, 16 Jan 2007 19:18:55 EST Cold enough for you? I am in SF and today my fingers were numb when I was inside my house! Ok, my house isn't really that cold ... I do have a hypothyroid and VERY low blood pressure, but I really feel it in cold weather like this. <BR> <BR> I am from Virginia, so I should be used to cold winters. I guess it's official. I am acclimatized to NorCal weather! Fri, 12 Jan 2007 23:34:22 EST GOOD MORNING Northern CA. !!! Yea, Northern Ca is the best I am here in the beautiful Sacramento Valley in a spot where if you look East you see the awe inspiring Mt. Lassen and to the North, the beautiful full of snow Mt. Shasta <BR> Just up the road from Butte Co., Red Bluff CA. <BR> Was great to see a group this far north!! I am looking forward to this journey and meeting new folks. HAVE a GREAT DAY Everyone!! Sun, 7 Jan 2007 13:44:15 EST Whats up in the Capital City??? I have only "talked" to a couple of people from my area, is that really all there is??....... Sat, 6 Jan 2007 23:01:59 EST Hello from San Jose! Hi everyone! My name is Christina. I just joined sparkpeople last week because I needed a way to find track what I eat. I have to say I am pretty impressed with the site thus far. I look forward to eating healthy with you. <BR> Christina Sat, 6 Jan 2007 11:20:24 EST Hello from SF I'm new to this group so I just thought I would say hi! Fri, 5 Jan 2007 19:36:32 EST Anyone in the 510 or 925? Like alot of people, Im pretty new hear. I live in Hayward and work in Dublin. Just wanted to introudce myself. Fri, 5 Jan 2007 17:22:44 EST SaCrAMeNtO Sparkers ??????? I am looking for buddies in my area... if you live in the Sacto area drop me a line, IamBirdi Wed, 3 Jan 2007 16:20:38 EST San Jose - Willow Glen Any Sparkers in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose? I'd love to meet some neighbors! <BR> Wed, 3 Jan 2007 15:57:25 EST Up North! Any one else in here as far North as I am? Seems like everyone is from the Bay area:) Just curious. p.s. Good luck to everyone on their goals! Sat, 9 Dec 2006 09:55:13 EST New I am new to SparkPeople and to Northern California. I am 26 years old who spends all of my time with my son. I live in the Elk Grove area. I am here to meet new ones and to have the support. Wed, 6 Dec 2006 01:45:51 EST new!! i just wanted to say hello to everyone im new at this whole thing lol..1 ok c ya! Tue, 5 Dec 2006 18:42:31 EST Hello I'm new! I'm from the 209. I'm a senior in college looking to get back down to my normal weight. Just wanted to introduce myself! <BR> <BR> Molly <em>213</em> Thu, 16 Nov 2006 16:52:25 EST new from the 408/209/916 areas. just lookin to network with everyone who is interested. pls feel free to add.msg.comment.etc. <BR> <BR> good luck to all of you, i look forward to hearing from you! <BR> <BR> take care Fri, 10 Nov 2006 08:22:00 EST New from the Bay Area! Hey all...I am joining up as I am trying to get a little better shape before my husband and I start trying to concieve. Today is day 1 of my journey and it has gone well thus far. I just wanted to say hi and wish weight loss luck to everyone! Wed, 1 Nov 2006 20:27:25 EST New from Tahoe Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself. I've been doing sparkpeople for about a month now and I love it! Anyone from the tahoe/truckee area? Thu, 26 Oct 2006 14:23:23 EST Weigh in Monday! Its time to weigh in ladies!!! <BR> <BR> Today I weighed in at 124.2 which is down from 126.8 a week ago for a loss of 2.6 lbs... <em>244</em> <BR> Mon, 16 Oct 2006 09:31:12 EST Don't Forget!!! Tomorrow Morning is WEIGH IN DAY!!!! <em>225</em> <BR> Sun, 15 Oct 2006 22:52:49 EST YEAHHHHHHH H!!!!!!!!!!! <em>244</em> just had to say that today when I stepped on my <em>192</em> . I broke through 126!!!! I weighed 125.8 !!!!!!!!!!!!! whoohoooooo yeah baby I havnt weighed this since hmmmm prob I was <em>79</em> with my 5 yr old!!!!! Im SOO excited and I just cant hide Im about to lose control and i think i like it! <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ok this is Kris signing out <em>253</em> Thu, 12 Oct 2006 10:14:20 EST New From San Leandro Hello everyone. I'm new to the team and just wanted to say hello and good luck to everyone. Wed, 11 Oct 2006 06:05:57 EST Can someone tell me how to.. Hi. I don't know how to show my weight loss in a timeline format & I see that tons of people have one. can someone tell me how? <BR> Thanks Thu, 5 Oct 2006 16:21:49 EST Checking in Wanted to see how everyones doing?? sticking to your calorie counts?? excersizing?? we should have like a weekly weigh in to help motivate us ! whos in?? Wed, 4 Oct 2006 14:47:58 EST I'M NEW I JUST WANTED TO SAY HI TO EVERY ONE!!!!! I'M NEW Tue, 26 Sep 2006 20:16:33 EST New Here Hey Everyone, <BR> I am new here. I am from Modesto. I have about 50 (gag) pounds to lose. I just joined a gym. I have a 9 month old son and I want to be healthy for him and teach him how to be healthy. Add me as a friend if you would like, Alysa. Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:46:43 EST I'm new here.... Hi...I'm new to this site...just looking for some support to help me to lose my last 28 lbs. I'd like a buddy or buddies to check in with everyday or night, as the night is my worst time...I'm alone, tired, bored and food makes me feel whole & like crap when I over eat. <BR> I need help being accountable. I've lost 54 lbs already, I quit smoking 1/2 a month ago, & I exercise quite regularly. I live in the N. bay. Hope to hear some of your stories soon. <BR> Thx for listening.. <em>206</em> Mon, 11 Sep 2006 23:40:56 EST Need Help I just had a baby and I was wondering if there was anyone out there who can help me stay motivated to diet. It is hard for me becasue I dont just cook for myself I cook for my whole family and they do not want low fat. What i need are low cal traditional mexican recpies any ideas? Tue, 11 Jul 2006 03:47:43 EST Just wanted to introduce myself Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just joined the group today and wanted to inroduce myself. I live in Oakland, CA, I'm 33 and a mother of 3. <BR> <BR> I just joined SPARK yesterday and I'm so happy to find this free weight loss resouce. I was considering joining EDiets, but didn't want to pay. <BR> <BR> I've lost 31lbs in 10 weeks and I have 64 more lbs to lose to reach my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping joining this group will help me stay motivated and I also like to hear any tips folks can share... Tue, 4 Jul 2006 13:45:52 EST Nor-Cal Sparkers Group Forum This topic was automatically created when the SparkPoints Group "Nor-Cal Sparkers" was started. Here is the description for this Group: <BR> <BR> This is a group for anyone that lives and works out in Northern California. Mon, 27 Mar 2006 21:41:05 EST