SparkPeople SparkJacksonville- the Official Team Team Messageboard For all of us in Jacksonville, Florida who wants to lose weight and get in shape and be healthy ... let's support one another! SparkPeople SparkJacksonville- the Official Team Team Messageboard Healthy in Jax Im Susan and new to the team. I'm 59 with 50lbs to lose. I'm looking for friends and accountability buddies! Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:00:59 EST new here saying hello to everyone! Hope everyone reaches their goals ... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 02:19:09 EST Beautiful weather out anyone for walking? I always say ill do it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> well tomorrow is today. <BR> <BR> Anyone in riverside area of jacksonville willing to go on a long walk in one of the many beautiful parks in riverside? <BR> <BR> drop me a note. :o) Fri, 6 Apr 2018 12:51:08 EST Hey Team! Keep our discussion going. It's a beautiful day in the River City today. I am trying hard to lose a few pounds. I need help to keep going. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 14:03:12 EST March for Babies This year it is April 23,2016 at Everbank field in downtown Jacksonville. You can join a team or create a team. My teams name is Champs and we will be walking in honor of my oldest son is was born 2 months premature and also for all the babies who have made it and didn't make it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 18:49:07 EST Hey Y'all Well, I'm not new to SP or Jax, but I guess you could say I'm new to this group. I joined SP awhile back, but then lost motivation before ever introducing myself in any groups. Now I'm back and motivated! <BR> <BR> A bit about me: <BR> I'm a 32 year old married mother of 3. I've lived in OP, on the Westside, the Northside, the Southside. So I'm learning quite a bit about Jacksonville. My page tells more about me (the groups I've joined say a lot too). <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:36:26 EST Happy to be here! I'm here to get myself out of a rut that has seen me gain significant weight over the past four years. It's my hope that this fantastic site will provide motivation as I embark on this important journey. If you're interested, I've posted more information on my SparkPage and blog. I'm looking forward to getting to know many of you in the coming weeks. Together, we can accomplish anything! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:36:38 EST Hello, and yea team Hi I'm new to all of this but I'm trying to learn. My goal is gain a sense of portion control and healthy eating. I'm fighting the menopause belly and the age of weight gain. I want to find that smaller person inside of me. I like the features of SparkPeople and the price is wonderful. I;m hoping this will lead to permanent weight loss and new ideas. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:24:42 EST Hello! I haven't been on since last year, but I'm going to make an effort to log in every day, so that I can get inspiration from you! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:40:51 EST Evening dinner? Tonight we will have a ham and pasta salad loaded with carrots , onions and celery. Healthy and by measuring the pasta and ham not too many calories. We also sometimes use tuna fish. What are you having tonight. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:13:54 EST Soup and stew time yet? With the colder weather moving in what soups or stews will you be making. I did a kielbasa and cabbage soup yesterday. Normally with the cold weather we have a soup every week. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:43:05 EST Thursday dinner menu I haven't decided yet. It may just be scrambled eggs if I get lazy. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:41:53 EST Wednesday dinner? We had a tuna pasta salad loaded with chopped veggies. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:48:33 EST Holidays, meals, travel? With holiday season here have you made any extra plans to deal with all the problems people normally have with trying to lose weight? I grew up with the traditional huge meals and days of very fattening leftovers. My wife and I have scaled back those leftovers and cook only what will be enough for us since we spend the holiday away from distant relatives. That seems to work best for us. What about you? Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:58:10 EST One activity per day this week I am challenging myself and other team members to be involved in one activity per day. Mine will be 30 minutes on the treadmill. This does not have to be anything fancy. Can be something like taking the last parking spot. Anything to get us active and off the couch. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:11:27 EST Fall sunday fay of ? When I was gainfully employed I really looked forward to a sunday of rest. Saturday was errands and grocery shopping for the week. After that it was reaxation time. Do you do anything special to relax or prepare for the coming week? Don't let todays rain spoil it for you. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:47:57 EST Cool weather helping. Woke up and took my dogs out for their morning business. Wow, the thermometer said 48. Fall is really here. Does the cooler weather help you get more active? I know I want to be outside even just sitting in the shade watching thevbird feeder and birdbath. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:54:50 EST Closing out 2014 The year is winding down with the most challeging time coming for us trying to lose and live healthier. I am fortunate to find SP and teamjacksonville. I decided that we would have a modified holiday meal and less treats. I know you with families will need to be traditional. Hopefully we can focus and be thankful at the end of december forbour years efforts. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:06:10 EST Hello Longtme loser and gainer on another popular program. Older westaide resident born and raised in jax. Loving our fall weather. Since january I have lost about 55 and have a lot more to lose. Enjoying learning about what sparkpeople site and team jacksonville are. When I figure it out I will post pictures. Till then everyone have a healthy day. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:19:01 EST Hello! Hello everyone! I am new to this team! I recently relocated to Jacksonville, Florida! I am enjoying getting to know the city. I decided to get some of this unwanted weight off of me too. Time to get healthy and lose this weight! I am tired of being fat. I welcome any positive vibes from you guys! Let my journey begin....... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:43:40 EST New to SP Just wanted to introduce myself. I signed up yesterday for SP. Still finding my way around the sight but have found it very user- friendly. I'm in my mid-60's and married. My husband and I are both native Floridians and our primary home is in Jacksonville. Children are grown and right now we are enjoying our 2nd home in the North Georgia mountains. Looking forward to permanent life- style changes which is something that has alluded me with the numerous weight loss programs I've been on.... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:37:21 EST Walking to fight Breast Cancer Hi all. It's been a while since I was here but things have been crazy for the past year and a half. <BR> But I'm trying to get back on track. Part of that track is exercising. It's been a while since I've gone walking because of an accident, but I'm trying to get back to where I was. Part of my goal for that is to walk in the Orange Park Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in October. I have started a team called Pink Dragon Tamers, and I am inviting anybody who wants to walk with us to... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:35:40 EST New Jacksonville member Hi! I am very excited to be here , looking forward to hearing from new friends and getting to know yell. I need to get back on track and make my weight loss goals come true. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:17:48 EST Challenging 2014 I apologize for abandoning my team leader roll for so long and asking your forgiveness for not being there to support you. <BR> I got an email from Spark Guy on Monday that made me realized we are all human and we all have challenges in our lives....he also had a rough 2014 as I have. In his case for those that have not read his blog titled "Though Year and New Beginnings". I will make it short by saying he almost lost his mom, at first doctors couldn't identified what was wrong then able t... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:43:53 EST Where do you shop for healthy food? Just wondering if there are any hidden gems in Jacksonville or surrounding areas to find great produce, meat, bulk foods, anything like that. <BR> I go to the Jacksonville farmers market every few weeks, but it's about a 50min drive from Fernandina Beach so not really the 'green' choice. I combine a trip there with a trip to San Marco or something else I need to do in the downtown area. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 01:33:06 EST Hello everyone! Newbie here :-) Hey, how awesome is this site?!?! Just popping in to say hello as I learn the ropes around here. <BR> I'm a mom of 3 little ones who are 9, 6 & 5 and have 25lbs (or so- I'm not really as hung up on the number so much as physical shape) to lose for my 10th wedding anniversary and vow renewal in 20 weeks! I am ready to get back into pristine shape and blow my husbands socks off in that renewal gown! I've set a start date of April 1st to give me a few days to really get a feel for the site, prep... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:50:35 EST Seminar at UNF Is anyone going to the seminar today at UNF? It's a free health seminar called the path to better health. Speakers will be Warren Wiley D.O and Timothy J. McCormick D.O. Topics will be Medical Science of Weight Loss...Roles of Hormone Replacement...The truth about HCG....Exercising properly...Obtaining optimal health.... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:08:01 EST Hi- I am from Jacksonville, FL I am looking forward to this new journey in my life where I am learning to make better food choices, incorporating daily exercise into my life. <BR> Kids are grown, grandchildren out of town so I have reason no reasons why I shouldn't do this. <BR> I was a dental hygienist for thirty-two years and have been married for almost forty years. <BR> Actually, my husband has joined me in this effort as well! <BR> Wish us well, please, we are on our way :-) Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:25:29 EST Hello Everyone! Thank for your welcome messages! I am soooo overwhelmed!!! I was looking for an easy menu to start with...I am a meat eater and not ready for too BIG of a change yet! Can any of you make suggestions? <BR> <BR> Debbie Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:15:56 EST AGAYE 2014 READY TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING HEALTHY AND IMPROVING MY LIFE. . Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:56:57 EST Intro Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Mel. We moved to Orange Park last month and we are just off Blanding. I am a commuter and drive to Lake City every day for work. I have been on SP for over a year now, but did not get really started with it until last January. I lost over 20 pounds and have kept most of it off. Still have my last 12-15 to go. <BR> Work got in the way last summer. I did great though June and then started working massive amounts of overtime. Things are now starting to finally slow d... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:19:59 EST Dionna Reilly <BR> My name is Dionna. I'm 48 years old. I have two sons 26 & 23. I have a beautiful granddaughter that is the light of my life. I'm enrolled in college pursing a degree in Political Philosphy. I love art and support local artists in my community, I'm trying to live more sustainable lifestyle by being more envirnmentally aware. I want to join the local YMCA in Feb. I start start taking a yoga class. I need to lose at least 65 pounds and get healthy I had a hear attack in July 2012 so I have... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:29:30 EST Anyone on the WS a member at Oak Hill PF? If you are on the WS and a member at the Oak Hill PF would you like to meet up on the weekends to workout together? I could use the motivation. If you are on the WS but not a PF member, maybe we could get a group together to go walking. Ideas are welcome. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:59:42 EST Hello Everyone, Hello everyone, I am new to THIS group, did not see Jacksonville group before. I live near the beach on the West side of the ditch, as beach dwellers say, and my goal is to lose 80 lbs. I have found that as long as I am tracking, I do well, but if I miss one day it turns into two and then a week and then 2 weeks, this recently happened to me. I went to a wedding on Nov 2 and haven't tracked anything since the day before that and I have been horrified, once I became conscious, by stepping on... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:14:26 EST Hello! Wish me good luck! I'm a 55 yr old male, 5'11" and weigh 295lbs. This is the heaviest I've ever been and I feel terrible both physically and mentally. I felt my best about 20 years ago when I was about 225. I started slowly gaining weight when I stopped smoking. I'm a terrible eater (too many carbs, not enough fruits & veggies, late night snacking) and my metabolism has been stunted due to age and not much exercise (I play doubles tennis about twice a week - that's the extent of my exercising). <BR> <BR> I nee... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:45:57 EST Irony <link> <link><BR>0358586706/in/photostream/lightbox/ </link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0358783013/in/photostream/lightbox/ </link> <BR> <BR> Our tax dollars at work. <BR> <BR> And the REAL irony is that some people will consider this as nutrition. <BR> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:29:21 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 4 Oct 2013 04:54:54 EST New to Sparkpeople So this is totally new to me, being in a group like this. I am here to get in better physical and mental shape. I have been browsing for the last two days and there seems to be A LOT of great information...almost overwhelming. I live in Florida, finally getting somewhat cooler. Starting to train for a 9 mile run in the first of the upcoming year. <BR> <BR> ~ Sammi Thu, 3 Oct 2013 12:39:42 EST Hello Hi I just joined Spark People for the first time this week and really hope to find this as a successful measure in helping me to reach my healthly lifestyle goals. I have explored other sites in the past and other weight loss programs but really want to see myself succeed in adopting healthier habits and lose this excess weight before my 30th birthday next year. :) Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:01:51 EST Hello Hi I just joined Spark People for the first time this week and really hope to find this as a successful measure in helping me to reach my healthly lifestyle goals. I have explored other sites in the past and other weight loss programs but really want to see myself succeed in adopting healthier habits and lose this excess weight before my 30th birthday next year. :) Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:01:47 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 27 Sep 2013 01:32:13 EST Mid-Size Clothes What have you been doing about mid-size clothes - when you don't fit in the clothes you currently have, but you don't want to invest much money for clothes you hope won't be your correct size for very long? Sat, 31 Aug 2013 07:50:32 EST Hi there! I, along with my husband, are joining Spark today. Our new endeavor will begin tomorrow with healthy eating and exercise. It's important for us in our early 50's to be more healthy for our 11 y/o. We would like to be more active with him. <BR> I'm also a teacher's assistant, so losing weight will enable me to be more active with my special needs students. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:50:13 EST Hi everyone. Just joined and very motivated. Hi. My name is Gary and am a new member. My wife is joining also. We are looking forward to becoming healthy once again without starving ourselves. Looking forward to walking or exercising with others. Also hoping we can make some new friends in the process. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:23:09 EST Mom of 2 ready to lose. Hello everyone! My name is Tiffany and I am a wife and mother of 2. I have tried everything to lose weight, and have had no luck! I am hoping that this page will help me lose! I am wanting to lose 70lbs by March 16, my birthday! I graduate from college in May, so this would be an awesome goal and reward for me! I look forward to getting to know you all and encouraging one another on this journey! Blessings to you all! Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:16:20 EST First Day I'm coming to a point in my life where I no longer want to be over weight and out of shape. Hoping to accomplish my goals and reap the rewards. I have heard really great things about this site and the benefits of being in the support groups on it <em>249</em> . Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:50:23 EST New girl on the block Hi everyone. I Moved here about two years ago from Philly. I attend North Side Church of Christ, I live and work downtown and taking on line classes at FSCJ. I was always a fitness buff, but somehow lost focus. But, every day little by little I'm getting my fitness swag back. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:15:10 EST A new member at Spark's .and I need it <BR> <BR> Hi guys <BR> <BR> I just joined Spark since my battle with my weight never seem to go away. <BR> I loved learning that were many "in the same boat" which make me feel <BR> like ...well maybe some pounds isn't the end of the world..since we can do <BR> something about it...Just put my first blog...that's also a step ahead <BR> Love living in Jacksonville. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Cheer's <BR> Yvonne <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 09:53:39 EST HI everyone - looking to make new friends Hi my name is tasha and i actually live all the way in Satsuma near Palatka, we moved here a lil over a year ago and I havent had any luck really making any friends here. I really need friends who get the whole healthy eating and losing weight, I love to run, im a beginner and not very fast but i love doing 5ks, i plan on doing two color runs, a breast cancer run, run for you lives zombie 5k, and a mud run 5k in the fall, i have done regular 5ks and my fastest time is 41mins but i really want... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 03:25:31 EST Don't Miss Out The Contest!!!! I sent a general e-mail to the Team yesterday to announce a Contest to win a FREE copy of the new book Spark Solution. <BR> Don't miss out of this opportunity, go to your Spark E-mails and see the instructions how to enter the contest. If you didn't received the email send me a private message and I will forward to you. <BR> Good Luck! <BR> Isabel Garcia (AKA IS1GAR or Issy) Mon, 13 May 2013 21:33:29 EST Change to your Account / E Mail Preferences Wow, Jessi you got fast fingers today.....LOL! <BR> Hi Paul, Jessig5 already gave you the instructions how to do it but if there is anything else you need please feel free to contact me. <BR> Is in the Community Tab. <BR> Wed, 1 May 2013 15:54:54 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:54:24 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 21 Apr 2013 17:10:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:56:33 EST Please read this <link><BR>g-180-pounds-really-does-body-8212-160<BR>-163900419.html </link> <BR> <BR> Please read this if you didn't already see it on Yahoo. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:34:50 EST What are YOU DOING TODAY to reach your goal? I have walked 4.5 miles already. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:03:31 EST I'm new Hello everyone, I'm new and enjoying the site. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 20:10:43 EST March 2013 Challenge ~ Let's Get Healthy!!! Let's get Healthy Jacksonville!!! <BR> <BR> Small steps to go forward in our journey, easy to do and easy to accomplish if we all stick together. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 cups of water a day <BR> 2. Eat at least 3 fruits and 2 vegetables <BR> 3. Exercise at least 15 minutes a day <BR> <BR> Suggestions how to accomplish these mile stones. <BR> <BR> 1. Start your day with a cup of water, then fill out the bottle and keep seeping throughout the day. ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:44:47 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 21 Feb 2013 07:36:41 EST I'm Back Here I am....this is my 3rd time back again. I am definitely doing the yo-yo diet thing, and I can't stand myself for it. I know what I want for myself, and that is to be healthy and happy and feel good about my body. I know that this isn't an easy task, and that I have been weak to give up in the past....but I am determined to make sure I stay on top of this this time. I am 29 years old and it is waaaaay past time to get myself together. This time I have my boyfriend on board also and we joi... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 16:37:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:03:44 EST Cholesterol new drug study I went to a "Lunch & Learn" at Jacksonville Clinical Research last Thursday primarily because my doctor was the speaker and they announced that they are doing a study for a new cholesterol drug. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in participating and has cholesterol problems, you can call and schedule an appointment for evaluation. There is no charge. Besides the free lab work, I consider one of the primary benefits (and the reason I am applying) is that they have a licensed nutritionist to ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 19:14:23 EST Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Anyone planning on going to the Medieval Faire in Gainesville? It's this weekend and next. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:08:03 EST new Hi I'm new to this Spark Team. I have been here for about a week. <BR> I live in south Jacksonville and was wondering if there are any walking groups. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:17:32 EST LA Fitness anyone? I could use a workout buddy to help keep me on track. I belong to LA Fitness at 295 & Blanding but I'm thinking of adding Baileys in Orange Park at $10 a month because it's closer to the house. I'll keep going to LAF because of the pool. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:58:05 EST What did you eat today that you wish you hadn't? I was doing so well yesterday and today and then a friend showed up with pizza as a surprise. At least, she ordered thin crust with only vegetables. Still too much sodium though. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:29:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:29:35 EST Hey Everybody! Newbie alert! Hey Y'all! <BR> <BR> Moved to Florida a little over a year ago with hubby, however, we're not quite in Jax (Amelia Island). Anyway, I'm a Florida native and have finally returned home after living many years elsewhere lol. <BR> <BR> I've always been sports minded and exercise regularly, however, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism quite a few years ago and that has made losing weight a challenge for me. I can say honestly that my nutrition habits aren't always stellar, which is why I re-j... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:27:34 EST So true Someone posted a portion of a poem on Druid Princess' blog which I really like. Author unknown. <BR> <BR> Today is a new day <BR> when tomorrow arrives <BR> today will be gone forever <BR> I hope I do not regret <BR> the price I paid for it. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:31:25 EST Does anyone know? Today, as I was walking on the rail trail, I saw a lady rollerblading and using what looked to be ski poles. Does anyone know why? Does it give the user balance? or maybe exercises the arms? or make the user faster? I used to rollerblade when I lived in south Florida but I never saw anyone doing this. Maybe it is a new thing. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:14:34 EST Special at the Y If anyone is interested in joining the Y, they are having a special later this month on memberships. I copied this from my e-mail newsletter. <BR> <BR> BLACK FRIDAY <BR> During our one day only sale on November 23, new members can purchase any NEW membership with no joining fee and 50% off the first month.* <BR> For all of our current members, you can get a FREE month of membership for each friend you refer. It's never been a better time to share the rewards. Visit our website for details. <... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:31:29 EST Fitbit Well, I finally received the fitbit I ordered earlier this month. It was pretty easy to set up but I can already tell I won't be using the calorie counter on their site. When I first registered and had 0 steps, it was already counting 595 calories burned or 27% of a goal they set for me automatically. <BR> <BR> It does seem to be fairly accurate as a pedometer. I read an article earlier this week or last week sometime that said to pace off 20 steps and if your pedometer reads between 18 and... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:00:55 EST Color Me Rad- December 29 I have signed up to do the color me rad event on December 29. If anyone is interested it is suppose to be a ton of fun and there is a living social deal for it right now for $20!!! It is a great family fun event and almost half of the people walk or jog/walk- so you don't have to be a runner to be part of it. If you need any more information just shoot me a spark mail and if you want to for a group just let me know. It will be a great way to exercise off some of those holiday treats! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 14:02:10 EST New to the group not new to Jax Hey ya'll my name is Lori and I've lived here in Jax for about 7 years now. I moved from New Jersey and am so happy every single day that I made that choice. I don't know much about this group but am excited to be a member of it and get to know everyone. <BR> <BR> Is everyone recovering from FL/GA weekend today?? I hope everyone has a lovely Sunday! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:49:26 EST Store closing I don't know if anyone shops K-Mart, but if so, the store at Beach & University is closing Dec.16. Markdowns are 10 - 30% now, a few items at 50% off. Later the discounts will be higher if anything is remaining.. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 19:26:24 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:36:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:46:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 12 Oct 2012 00:52:19 EST Inspirational lyrics I was reading the lyrics to a song, Why Not Today, and I thought how appropriate for those of us on Spark especially when we think of how we put off exercising or making good choices re: food. If we don't improve our lifestyle now, then when? The song is the them song for the Flylady radio shows <BR> <BR> Why not today while the sun is shining? <BR> Today while I know I can? <BR> The past is behind me, tomorrow can't find me <BR> Till I live today <BR> So why not today while my heart is read... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:47:03 EST Friend and fellow romance author on TV Howdy, all! <BR> <BR> Jacksonville romance author Valerie Bowman is going to be on First Coast Living today at 11am. Her debut book came out today. The show airs LIVE from 11-12 EST on WTLV NBC 12 in Jacksonville. Find out more at <BR> <BR> Let me know if you watch! I want to know all about it (since I'll have to wait to see if it gets broadcast online). Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:20:38 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 25 Sep 2012 07:17:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:13:05 EST Quiltfest and can you believe Hello, friends, <BR> Did anyone go to Quiltfest at the convention center? If you didn't attend, I highly recommend it. Tomorrow is the last day. There are over 400 quilts on display and their beauty and intricacy will take your breath away. Believe me, these are not your grandma's quilts. They are incredible! I couldn't decide on my favorite one or even my favorite category. Some of the miniature pieced quilts have thousands of tiny pieces no larger than the end of my finger. <BR> <BR> One t... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:11:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:37:06 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 18 Sep 2012 23:45:02 EST Searching for a motivational partner I have been a member of SparkPeople for several years but I have never reached my goal. Now I am searching for a motivational partner on the Northside of Jacksonville. I enjoy walking and exercising, whenever I have a partner I tend to keep movitated. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:32:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:21:09 EST One small victory Well, I had a small victory yesterday. <BR> <BR> Since I was in the hospital, balance has been one of the challenges I have to work on. When I went to water aerobics yesterday, for the first time, I could do all of the exercises that require balancing on one leg and the ones requiring balancing on the noodle without touching bottom. Before I was wobbly or fell off the noodle. <BR> <BR> These exercises work the core muscles which strengthens them. So maybe I am getting stronger. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 05:18:25 EST I've been lurking for a bit... Hello, Jacksonville! <BR> <BR> I'm Abby, and I actually live in Gainesville, but spend quite a bit of time in Jax due to my in-laws and a meeting I go to every month. This team is more active than my home team. I hope y'all don't mind me hanging out! <BR> <BR> I've been trying to shed the pounds and I'm restarting AGAIN today! Weekends are my downfall. :( Tue, 28 Aug 2012 08:49:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:51:51 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 7 Aug 2012 23:11:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 6 Aug 2012 01:19:22 EST A New Start Hi, my name is Sarah, and I'm an overeater. <BR> <BR> I think the first time I subscribed to SP was back in 2008, maybe earlier. It seems like such a great tool to use in an otherwise daunting process. Needless to say, I've been on and off the wagon (mostly the latter) for quite some time. I started changing my diet and exercising on July 19 and have lost 8 lbs already. I want to lose at least 60 more. I know it will take a lot of will-power and self-motivation, so I'm hoping to docum... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 02:29:18 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:26:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 21 Jul 2012 20:21:32 EST New Fitness Minutes Challenge 2012 We have a group of very active members at this time and is time to refresh this topic. <BR> Let us know how many minutes have you done in the day or even at the end of the week. <BR> Today I have accomplish 90 minutes. <BR> About you? <em>231</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:40:17 EST Yogurt - a previous addiction revisited I don't know about everyone else but I am addicted to yogurt all over again. I know Greek Yogurt is the new thing, but I'll stick to my Publix brand yogurts. I just finished a carrot cake yogurt that was so yummy I no longer want the piece of Dove chocolate sitting beside me. <BR> <BR> My favorite flavors are the Guava Pastry, Black Forest Cake, Lemon Chiffon, Peach, Pina Colada, and more! They are fat free light, so they all have less than 19 carbs, and under 120 calories and no fat at... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:01:06 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:35:10 EST Did You Notice? Jacksonville has moved up from #35 to #27 on the list this week. <BR> <BR> We may not post many messages but this team must be doing something <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Sun, 8 Jul 2012 15:05:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:06:15 EST Color Me Rad 5k Hey y'all!! I am planning to do the Color Me Rad 5k on September 29, and I would LOVE for some Jacksonville Spark People to join me as a team! This is definitely going to be a fun race, even if you are not a runner. There is plenty of time to complete any of the 5k training programs before this race, and like I said, even if you aren't running, it's still going to be a great time and a great opportunity to meet Spark People in our community (our gigantic, size-of-a-not-so-small-island comm... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 10:55:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:06:32 EST New project who's in? Before this last journey began I noticed that there was an extremely alot of homeless people. The ones that broke my heart were mainly the children. In fact I had a woman that told me that her, her daughter and grand daughter were living in their car. The baby needed diapers. I looked at my husband and told him I was going back in the store. I bought a big bag of diapers for the baby and gave her $5 to get her and her daughter something to eat. <BR> <BR> This got me thinking. I donate ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:06:59 EST Did You Know When you receive the weekly team digest, you can click on the link to access the Fitness Minute Leaderboard for the team. Once on the leaderboard, you can click on the headers for the month, year and total minutes to sort and see your standing. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 07:30:39 EST Just moved to Ponte Vedra Beach Hi gang! I just got divorced and moved to PVB with my kids - don't know a soul here! Anybody else live here? Sat, 9 Jun 2012 10:27:26 EST sparkpeople workout on Xfinity I was just flipping through the exercise channel on demand and it had sparkpeople workout listed. just did the workout and feel great. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 20:59:11 EST June 2012 Chit Chat and Announcements The Farmer's Market will hold its "Summer Fun and Wellness Festival" sponsored by St. Vincent's Healthcare on Saturday, June 2nd. They'll have live cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, health information and face painting for the kids. <BR> It's from 10am till 2pm and it's free. <BR> 1810 W Beaver St, Jacksonville, FL 32209 Wed, 30 May 2012 13:15:40 EST Where is everyone??? This team has over 15,000 members but is one of the least active on Spark. What can we do to encourage you to participate? Tue, 29 May 2012 20:51:33 EST Word Game Let's play a game. <BR> <BR> The rules are that you have to use the last letter of the word given to form a new word related to Spark and our goals towards a new, healthier lifestyle. I will start with <BR> <BR> COMMITMENT! <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 May 2012 11:53:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 26 May 2012 18:27:12 EST Celebrate your Successes Post your successes whether it's a weight loss, more exercise or anything that makes you go YES!! <BR> My success for today is that I lost 2.2 pounds this week after two disappointing weeks and I had good results on my mammogram yesterday. Tue, 15 May 2012 11:29:00 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 15 May 2012 02:28:24 EST Time to Celebrate Happy Mother's Day to all Moms in the First Coast!!!!! <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>214</em> Sun, 13 May 2012 07:30:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 10 May 2012 09:07:59 EST Inspirational Video Good morning everyone. I saw this video featured on Yahoo yesterday and found it very inspirational. As a disabled person, I am always encouraged to see someone overcome their physical limitations. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y/201205/former-pro-wrestler-inspires-<BR>incredible-weight-loss </link> Tue, 8 May 2012 07:31:29 EST May 2012 Spring into Action Hi Everyone! <BR> I have just been provided the opportunity to be co-leader of The SparkJacksonville, FL Official Team. <BR> I'm exited about this role and thankful for this web site. <BR> I like to introduce myself to all the members. I moved to Jacksonville 8 1/2 years ago from South Florida (Royal Palm Beach), I'm married, have two grown daughters and four grandchildren (one boy and three girls). I have a very demanding business and over these few years I had stop the physical activities... Tue, 1 May 2012 13:51:47 EST Say Hello - North East Florida Hi Everyone in all 7 Counties! <BR> I hope every one is doing great! <BR> <em>306</em> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:18:44 EST How do you start over.... Here I am again....I just can', I won't, keep myself strong while trying to lose weight. I allow myself to be weak, and when I do...I quit altogether. Because just like with any other addiction, one little slip and it's all over. I have let myself down so badly, but honestly...I am as unhappy as I have ever been in my life, and I know that my weight and the way I eat has something to do with it. I need to change, and I feel ready to change because life is waaaay to short to live unheal... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:17:18 EST FREE Yoga in the park on Sunday For those who are interested Mindful Motions yoga studio will be holding a FREE hour and fifteen minute work out in the park this Sunday(4-22) at 9am. It will be at the UNF trails and it should be great! I have attended many classes there and they are great at helping you with your form, showing modifications, and helping you work at whatever level you are at. I just wanted to get the word out there to anyone who want to try yoga or is just looking for a free class- kids welcome also but i... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:12:52 EST team leaders please respond - RE St Augustine I live in St Augustine and would like to participate in some Spark events/find a leader for St Augustine. Please help.......... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 10:25:50 EST St Augustine I am in St Augustine and would like to know how to find people in my immediate area. Can we start our own group? Any input is appreciated Fri, 6 Apr 2012 22:41:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:48:32 EST Walking Group My new goal is to walk once a week in a different location around the county instead of in my neighborhood park. Would anyone like to join me? Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:22:13 EST Let's do it!! Hi, I'm Matt Tison and I'm from Orange Park, FL. I would just like to take a minute and encourage everybody to stick with it! We are too close to give up now :) And if you give up, you'll regret in down the road. If you are looking for a jog buddy or anything, hit me up! <BR> <BR> Big Matt Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:40:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 10 Mar 2012 20:35:06 EST Lifestyle change I need support during my weight lost goal. I was a member of Weight Watchers in 2004. I started out in a size 18w, after much hard word and smaller portions I was to wear a size 10 for a year and half. I stayed in size 12 for about two years. Today I between a size 12-14. I desire if the size 12 clothes to fit loosely. I am 56 year old active grandmother. Today I was inspired by a post entitled "Stop Waiting". I am going to enjoy each day and not allow my weight to be an hindrance. Look for... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 15:51:40 EST Third Time A Charm I am trying to focus on counting calories and staying on a weight loss program. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:30:21 EST Looking For A Spark Buddy or Group! My name is Brittany and I have lived in Jax almost my whole life! I started SP the beginning of last year and lost about 20 lbs then gained it all back later after I fell off the wagon. As determined as I was I slowly fell out of the program. But I am back with a vengeance and am bound and determined to stick to the program round 2!!! I am hoping to find people in my area to provide group support for each other and work out together :) I live on the southside of town, so if there are any folk... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:54:53 EST I'm Back! LOL Hello all! My name is Christy and I was a Sparkie and even for awhile Spark Leader of the Jax team. I originally started SparkPeople in Sept 2007 and by June 2008, I managed to lose 50lbs. I was able to maintain my weight until July 2010. And then it started going downhill from there. It's been a stressful past year and a half and I managed to find 25 lbs of the 50 I had lost. So I'm Back!! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 20:32:40 EST Zumba The community Center at Pine Forest is beginning a Zumba Class. It is 25.00 a month. Mon & Thurs 6:30-7:30. Give me a call if you are interested <BR> Amanda <BR> 904-881-6404 <em>306</em> Thu, 2 Feb 2012 07:59:57 EST February 2012 chit chat Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been around much the last few weeks. I was in a car accident a few weeks ago and have been spending most of my time resting. Starting to feel MUCH better now, and am planning on heading back out to get back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> How's everyone??? Wed, 1 Feb 2012 10:42:56 EST Hi Everyone - Ready to dive in!! I'm 31 and have been struggling with my weight for the past five years following my second pregnancy. I've tried it all and nothing has stuck - the opposite happened, in fact as I saw my weight alarmingly climb the scale. I'm at my most heaviest now and can;t conceive of myself getting any bigger. I literally stumbled upon this website and I'm hoping this is the start on the path to shedding the pounds and getting healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm excited! <em>30</em> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 14:39:04 EST Losing 10 Pounds is easy- Right?? Not so much I guess- Been trying to lose that 10 pounds since August and somehow it keeps finding me! At work I'm very organized and have reminders, calendars, a folder for everything and a great team to support me. Thinking this site might help me apply the same strategies that create success for me at work to diet and fitness. I'll be keeping an eye on this forum for events and ideas. So far my "lightbulb moment" has been that writing down what I eat makes me more accountable and aware. I e... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:20:41 EST Midwest Girl New to Beach Town Life This time I AM FOR REAL about getting my weight down. I moved here from Kansas 6 months ago and I still know nobody!! I let my weight creep up on my and would now like to drop 30 pounds by july 5th (my birthday). 30 pounds in 6 months is a reasonable goal right? <BR> <BR> If anyone in the Beaches side of town want to meet up let me know! <BR> <BR> Gretchen Fri, 6 Jan 2012 15:14:31 EST This is it! Hello there! I am definitely devoted to making this work..I would love to meet some one who will call me out when I feel weak. A weight loss partner to meet and work out with. I know everyone feels lonely in this process. Maybe we can do this together. Text me if you are interested <BR> <BR> Amanda <BR> 904-881-6404 Fri, 6 Jan 2012 12:11:18 EST Im finally back! I have fallen off the wagon for the last 3 months now.....nothing I am proud of...but it happened, and I can't change it.....but it is a new year now....and I want it to be the best year of my all I want to work towards is a better me and a better life...and I know I can do it. So I am now back to this wonderful help me on my journey! I am so excited to be back and have my mind set right again! It's going to be hard to start back....but I have all the motivation in the w... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 17:24:34 EST January 2012 Chit Chat Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a great time last night! <BR> <BR> What kind of fun plans does everyone have for the year? <BR> <BR> I'm going to work on getting the group more active. We have a TON of members here. If anyone has any ideas, let me know! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:25:22 EST New Years is coming! So, I've been doing a lot of thinking about New Years and the whole resolution thing. What do you all think? Do you think resolutions are really effective? Should we make them? What about as a team? What sort of things should the team do this year? Thoughts? Mon, 26 Dec 2011 14:00:14 EST A little set back I have been really motivated about increasing and keeping up with my walks and fitness. <BR> On Sunday my grand daughter and I were going for a walk in my neighborhood, it was so beautiful out....well I ended my walk pretty much at the beginning by twisting my left foot and falling. My foot has been really swollen and hurting, I have not been able to walk or do any physical exercise but I'm trying to keep my spirits up and positive attitude. However yesterday I had a little more calories ... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 10:08:03 EST Holiday survival ideas Does anyone have any great strategies for getting through the holidays? There's all of the great food to be had, the hectic pace that makes for no time to exercise, as well as the overall stress that goes with the season. What do you all do to make it through?? Sat, 17 Dec 2011 11:24:39 EST December 2011 Chat <em>460</em> Happy Holidays to everyone in Jax! <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Looks like the group has been inactive for a while. Hope everyone is doing well! <BR> <BR> I have joined one of the Biggest Loser and one of the Seasonal Accountability Challenges. Having regular support and interaction is so important to me. Maybe I can get through this high calorie season without doing too much damage! :) <BR> <BR> So how is everyone doing??? <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Sat, 3 Dec 2011 13:38:04 EST Just Saying Hello So I am a newbie. This is my first day. I just wanted to say hello to everyone and introduce myself... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:41:19 EST Newbie So today is my first day! I am looking forward to this! Just wanted to say hey to everyone and introduce myself. Take Care! Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:40:33 EST New Motivation Coaching!! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let the team know that I started a Facebook page for my nutrition musings. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tivation-Coaching/121304791296643 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm so very close to finishing my masters in nutrition (December 9th woohoo!) and will be taking the Registered Dietitian exam in a few months. I'll be posting information related to nutrition on my new page. Please check it out, like it, and share it with your friends... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:54:19 EST Hello Just joined today - hoping to make a huge life style change; lose weight and get more active. Live in the Riverside/Avondale area so if anyone is interested in meeting to walk along the river, send me a message. Looking forward to being encouraged and encouraging others. <BR> Susan <BR> <BR> "A year from now you will have wished you started today"! Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:19:08 EST Zumba I am new to Spark and am looking for someone to take a Zumba class with me at Forrest High School. The classes are on Tues and Thur from 7:30 - 8:30. Anyone interested? <BR> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:04:23 EST No, really, I AM doing this! Hello everyone! I am a single mom with teenage sports junkies/social butterflies and about 60 extra pounds I'm looking to lose. Their diet just isn't working for me. Haha! I am! I will be changing my habits and drop the extra padding. Maybe I will run into a few of you along the trails. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 12:18:19 EST Hello I'm Labrena Hi, I'm new to SP and I would really like to team up with some people on the west side of Jax that I could exercise with :) Sat, 24 Sep 2011 08:55:30 EST Happy Thursday!! Hi all....hope everyone is doing well!! It is happy Thursday!! It's almost time for the weekend again.....last weekend I had a slip up....I'm going to work hard not to let that happen again! I feel really good about the choices I have been body aches from exercising, so I assume I have done it right this time! Hehe. I am still so motivated by all the wonderful people on this's such a wonderful thank you to you all!! <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work ev... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:33:02 EST Farmer's Market? Hello everyone! I was wondering if any of you have been to the Jacksonville Farmer's Market and if so do you know what the organic selection is like? Hope everyone's having a fantastic week! Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:49:15 EST Happy Weekend! Hey all!! Happy Weekend to you!! I have to say, yesterday was a hard day for me!! I had some crazy strong cravings! All I wanted was junk food, and I'm not even a big junk food person....but I guess when it's something you can't have anymore, you crave it all the more! That's so crazy! But the best part is.....I see now that it was only a speed bump! Today is sooo much better, and it makes me realize that these hard times are not going to last! I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!:) Sat, 17 Sep 2011 16:41:08 EST Sun shining day in Jacksonville! Good morning Jacksonville people!! What a wonderful day it is to continue changing our lives! I am feeling sooo good about my decision to start a weight loss program and joint Spark People.....everyone here is soo supportive, and it is so important to have that support system when your making such a huge change in your life. I feel very motivated and determined and energized today! Just wanted to reach out to everyone....hope everyone is having a good day! Keep up the good work and stay stron... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:08:58 EST Im new!! Hi, my name is Ayse, I really started the program about 5 days ago, but I had a bad setback for a couple of days now due to some family gatherings, bdays.. I have only me to blame but im back now, although im dissapointed in myself, Im ready and willing to do it again and lose needed pounds... <BR> Im learning everything about the program, thats why i didnt post any messages yet, this is my first one! Im resally excited about the program... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:03:40 EST Here I go again.... So.....I have had a setback in my journey....but I can only blame myself. This weekend my boyfriend and I celebrated an anniversary/his birthday weekend....and I gave in to some weaknesses. I hate that I did this, but I can't change it.....I'm here now, and back on my next goal is to be string against these weaknesses! Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:01:54 EST Jacksonville Challenge 9/10 -9/16 Find one new place in Jacksonville to hike, climb, walk, run, or workout and post it here. <BR> Lets see how many places we can find together! Thu, 8 Sep 2011 10:02:02 EST First day of a new life.... Hi there name is Melissa and this is day one of my life change. I have said this many times before, but this time I am ready.....that's why I joined here help me realize that I am in this! Wed, 7 Sep 2011 16:16:35 EST Who wants to run with me? I am not new ( I guess I am old but I don't like to say that I am old). But I am training for a 1/2 marathon and I am looking for people to join me in some early weekend runs. Saturdays will be my long days and I am hoping to find some people to motivate me on the runs. I am located at Beach and Kernan but I plan on traveling all over the city. I am starting this week with 4 miles and increasing from there about a mile a week. I am a pretty slow runner (11 min mile) But if you are faster ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 12:34:13 EST Hi Jax Peeps!! Hiya all!! I am a 32 yr old mother of 2.. Looking for people to encourage and motivate me. Been trying to lose weight for a year. Tired or being tired.. I have an active 3 yr old and looking for moms around my age with maybe a toddler to do play dates and such.And to motivate eachother.. Walking buddy? Jillian Micheals workouts? I am located on the Northside of Jax. Feel free to add me as a friend. I have about 40-45 lbs to lose to get to my goal. Would love to chat. Non-moms are welcome 2!! ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 09:12:50 EST Fruits and vegetables.... Get you 5 a day What fruits and vegetables have you tried lately ? <BR> Have you been to the farmers market and found anything new? Tue, 6 Sep 2011 01:42:26 EST Great recipies Have a great healthy recipies? Tue, 6 Sep 2011 01:39:37 EST Groups/ Meet and Greet Would you like to start a fitness group to go running together, spin class, or lift weights. <BR> Post it here.... <BR> Want to meet fellow sparkers post a meet and greet suggestion here..... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 01:27:13 EST Fitness events This is where we will be posting events that are being held in and around Jacksonville. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 01:24:24 EST Things to do in Jacksonville Know of a great place to go that inspires you? <BR> A great place to jog at? <BR> Play frisby golf <BR> Golf <BR> Ride bikes <BR> swim <BR> ect....... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 01:21:46 EST My Motivation What motivates you????? <BR> Post your links <BR> People who inspire you <BR> Places that inspire you <BR> Workout programs <BR> ect....... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 01:15:26 EST Say hello and tell us your goals..... Hi my name is Brandi <BR> I love Jacksonville and am on a journey to reinvent myself. <BR> I am looking to drop about 10 lbs, tone up, and get fit. <BR> I want to eat clean and healthy, <BR> And I LOVE to get out and about in Jacksonville. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 01:09:34 EST Welcome to Jacksonville spark team.... <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Do not post in this thread <BR> <BR> This is a place to come to talk to other Sparkers from Jacksonville, find a buddy, meet and greet each other,keep up with local the events, and find places to workout at. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Do not post in this thread <BR> Tue, 6 Sep 2011 01:05:25 EST Jacksonville Rocks Name a place in Jacksonville that is beautiful in your eyes..... <BR> <BR> I love Big Talbot Island <BR> with all the drift wood along the beaches it is so quiet and pretty. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 00:58:36 EST September chat A place to sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and chat............. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 00:53:04 EST Hi Everyone! I am new here, I am looking for an exercise buddy I live in the Murray Hill area of Jacksonville, I have multiple health issues so I may be slow out of the box, walking is really an issue with my back and feet. Asking the YMCA for help on Riverside for help with fees. Think the water aerobics would be good for me. Anybody out there interested in working with me? Wed, 17 Aug 2011 10:01:06 EST Help Hello All, <BR> <BR> I'm just starting a diet which involves cutting back and eating healthier. I rarely eat breakfast and i'm trying to find different things that will boost my metabolism and help my loose weight. I would like to know of different exercises that i can do to help shrink my stomach and foods that are good for that as well. All help is greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Crissyro <BR> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 09:44:22 EST New To Spark People - Introducing myself Hi - My name is Dorenda and I live on the westside off of Crystal Springs. Looking to see if others in Spark Jacksonville Team live on that side of town. I have been trying to walk about 3 miles each afternoon that I am in Jacksonville. Have been trying to also walk 3 miles each morning that I am in town but here lately it is hard to get up at 5:50 am to do so with it still dark. My goal is to lose about 23 more pounds. I have lost about 12 so far I believe. Hope to hear from others tha... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 09:35:48 EST Spark Buddy Search I'm looking for Spark Buddies <BR> <BR> I used the SP Buddy Search function, <BR> with these criteria: <BR> within 100 miles from 32207 [jacksonville, fl] <BR> Male, age 50-64, or 40-49 <BR> and frankly, not many profiles came up, <BR> but I emailed the ones that did .. <BR> <BR> so first, can anyone see something wrong with the way I did that? <BR> secondly, does anyone have suggestions, or interest? <BR> <BR> I have some specific ideas about what kind of Buddy Process I’m looking for:... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 17:46:38 EST Let's see whats in store! I am new to this! I have recently noticed my lifestyle becoming more and more lazy. I'm in a happy relationship and eat basically when he eats and what he eats.. late at night etc. I'm ready to be that spicy outgoing and adventurous girl he met the first semester of college! Looking forward to this weight loss! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:44:46 EST Hello Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople. I joined a couple of weeks ago and have tried to do this by myself and find I need support. I was doing okay until last week when my 24 year old was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I fell back into my old habit of eating comfort food. So I have decided to ask for help. Any suggestions are appreciated. <BR> <BR> Eileen Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:36:44 EST Looking Forward Hi everyone, missgunslinger here. Looking to lose the weight I gained while I was quitting smoking after 39 years. 1 year quit. Second hardest thing I've ever had to do. Now its time to shed the weight. Looking for a buddie and shareing insights with everyone. Sat, 2 Jul 2011 20:21:48 EST Help! I feel like I need a good swift kick in the pants! I have been slipping more and more the past couple weeks. It's not shown on the scale yet, but I know it's going to catch up with me. My schedule has been kind of screwy while my boss has been on vacation. The thing is, I actually have more time that I could be using to work out, but instead I've been using it to sleep in. I also haven't been completely honest with my nutrition tracker and haven't been using it faithfully either. I guess I ju... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 06:50:48 EST Hi Jax, really cool to see you all! Been hanging out here for a week, so much to learn. I want to lose weight but as a lifestyle change. I'm tired of losing the same weight over and over again because of going back to bad habits. Hope to see you around time. If anyone is in the Alderman Park area let me know. Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:58:16 EST agniology Hiya. <BR> Obviously new to SP. <BR> Trying to fill out my home page. <BR> Looking for a buddy. Or buddies, actually. <BR> I'm new to SP, but I have a good sense of how to connect, buddy-wise. I'm looking for a connection of consistency and sincere interest and pointed questioning. <BR> Hope to hear from you .... <BR> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 19:05:37 EST a person let my self get out of shape . i am a person who is looking to get back into shape and join the us army / reserves . i was on activeduty army a long time ago and i am wanting ot get in this kind of shape . i let my self get out of shapr for 10 or so years and i been working to getiing back for 2 yrs now . i jooneda gym just a few months ago and am combining my muscle workouts along with running . i like to go on run / walks for charity also . Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:12:10 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge for Week of June 5 - 11 Hello Jax Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Better late than never? Here is your forum for this week's Fitness Minutes Challenge. I'll try to have it up on time next week! <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> We are going to log Fitness Minutes from Sunday to Saturday. Here is how it should look when you post. <BR> <BR> Sunday: xx minutes <BR> Accumulative: xx minutes <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal: xx minutes <BR> <BR> You can add more det... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 10:55:59 EST Hi Spark-y Jax!! My name is Melissa, and I just joined *today*! Super excited for my "new life" when I hit my goal weight. No more hiding for me! I am going to have weight loss surgery (vertical sleeve gastrectomy) in the fall, and have lost 7lbs on the low carb pre-op plan that my doctor has me on. I am very excited on many levels: <BR> 1. Can't wait to be able to keep up with my 5 year old instead of saying, "not now, Mommy's too tired." I want *her* to say "not now, Baby is too tired!" <BR> 2. Can't... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 19:15:27 EST Previous Sparker Hi all, I was an active sparker a couple of years ago, and well I fell off the band wagon. This morning I woke up and said "I need to get my spark back". I am a novice runner and biker, and an expert excuse maker. So I am hoping for a team that will both encourage and motivate me. <BR> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 11:07:54 EST Introducing myself also :) I am new here and just had my darling son almost 7 months ago and looking to lose the weight he and I left behind. I gained too much (he liked burgers in the womb it seems!) and have 29 pounds to lose to pre-pregnancy weight and 39 to goal weight. <BR> <BR> I lost a little bit but wasn't one of those lucky girls (met a few!) that lost it all at the hospital. I was still 10 pds from my goal weight before pregnancy. I've been big before and lost a bunch of weight but I thought it would be nice... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 06:02:32 EST Summer Runs There are several run/walk this summer that I am going to participate in. Each one benefits a good cause and should be a lot of fun. I would love to get a group together or even just meet up with some fellow sparkers at the runs or for training. Here is my list of planed runs- anyone who is up for the challenge and fun join in. <BR> July 4- 5k <BR> <BR> <BR> August 20th- 5 miles- beach run <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 12:30:53 EST Breast Cancer Walk in October I was just wondering if a team has been started for the walk. I got the email a couple of weeks ago and I was thinking of starting one myself. If ya'll haven't started one yet, I would love for anybody who is interested to join mine. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 12:03:17 EST Visiting Jax I was not sure where to post this so I hope this is the right place... <BR> Hi, I am visiting family in Jax in about 10 days and have booked a tour with e2ride bike tours and need some input on which tour would probably be more fun or more to see. Here is the link, for the website and the ones I am interested in are: Riverside-Avondale, Olde Mandarin or San Marco. I will be bringing my bike and hope to ride out on the Jacksonville-Baldwin trail too. Where are... Mon, 30 May 2011 19:33:05 EST Weekend plans? So what plans does everyone have for this weekend??? <BR> Anyone out of town? <BR> I was suppose to be, but are plans changed so now we are stuck at home. :( :( Sat, 28 May 2011 03:09:50 EST Just Joined Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have just joined this program and the group. Could anyone please explain how this works ? <BR> Tue, 24 May 2011 09:10:06 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge-Week of May 22-28 Hello fellow, Jax Sparker! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great week last week. I was on vacation and it was great not stressing over work; however, it's back to it tomorrow! Saturday was the Never Quit Beach Fest 5K and it was a great race. I hoped to have a blog w/ pics up today, however, RL got in the way. I'll blog soon, though. <BR> <BR> I need to catch up my fitness minutes post for last week, but wanted to get this week's up and ready. <BR> <BR> For anyone new joining in (an... Sun, 22 May 2011 23:18:33 EST Just joined today! I joined another team but then saw this team. I am looking for someone to help me understand how this all works. I want to set goals and let the sparks fly! Help me out guys and gals! Thu, 19 May 2011 10:16:33 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge - Week of May 15-21 Hello fellow, Jax Sparker! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great week last week. Mine was very busy with work, trying to get ready for being on vacation this week. No major plans, just the Never Quit Beach Fest 5K on the 21st. In the meantime, I have a couple of training runs scheduled this week and a rest day on Friday (just a walk scheduled to stay loose). Anyway...on to the challeng post. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I really love this challenge and hope that ya'll do as well. The resp... Sun, 15 May 2011 18:49:15 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge for Week May 8 - May 14 Hey Jacksonville! Sorry I was so late in getting this post up again this week. I just couldn't get much time to get online this weekend. I'll try to do better next week! <BR> <BR> I really love this challenge and hope that ya'll do as well. The response continues to be great and hope it keeps on rolling! For anyone new joining in (and I hope there are many <em>334</em> ), I'm including the rules Melissa instituted for this challenge. Best wishes for a fit, fun, and healthy week!! <BR> ... Mon, 9 May 2011 19:17:59 EST How to post a Jacksonv sonville event how do i post a cooking event taking place in jacksonville? Sun, 8 May 2011 13:23:52 EST Newbie Here!!! Good Morning! I am just wanted to say hi. I am here to try to track my fitness and weight loss so I can participate in an event called the Mud Run. Its set up like a military type obstacle course. It really test your physical endurance. I need all the pep talks and support I can get. I need buddies. I am also on facebook under Dana Anthony Plumstead Fri, 6 May 2011 10:43:26 EST walking/jogg ging/running routes in/near/around Ja I've been getting into taking my runs to cool places around town (the bridges to downtown, the beach, etc.) I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions on cool/pretty/relaxing places to go for a jaunt? Wed, 4 May 2011 09:34:34 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge for Weekf May 1 - May 7 Hey Jacksonville! Sorry I was so late in getting this post up! <BR> <BR> I really love this challenge and hope that ya'll do as well. The response continues to be great and hope it keeps on rolling! For anyone new joining in (and I hope there are many <em>334</em> ), I'm including the rules Melissa instituted for this challenge. Best wishes for a fit, fun, and healthy week!! <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>... Sun, 1 May 2011 23:45:27 EST DISAPPOINTED WITH MYSELF :( Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I officially started my diet 2 weeks ago. I am commited to lose 30lbs in 4 months so last week was my first weigh in. I weighed 157.50lbs yay! I started weighing in 162lbs so 157 was an accomplishement for me. I weighed todat and I weight 161.89lbs so I'm pretty much back to the beginning. I feel so bad with myself. I know I haven't been exercising this week because I'm actually moving and I was packing a lot of stuff and didn't have time. I've been eating healthy a... Sun, 1 May 2011 13:06:41 EST Air Boat Ride and Relay for Life Hi team! <BR> <BR> This morning, hubby and I went on an air boat ride via the Crazy Fish resturaunt. It was awesome. I've never been on an air boat before. We rode through the marshy area. Saw a lot of birds...even a bald eagle (and where its nest was located!). It was a beautiful morning too. <BR> <BR> Later this afternoon, I'm heading over to Chet's Creek Elementary to work in our company's booth as well as walk as much as I can for our team to complete the relay. I missed walking... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 14:50:55 EST Jacksonville Grandma to be I am trying this again ! I have lived in Jacksonville since 1986 , we moved from New York in a pick-up truck with two children my husband and myself. It was the best thing we have ever done, I love Jacksonville. <em>41</em> Now I need to lose some weight for the next generation that is coming into this world. My Baby girl now 28 is giving me my first grandbaby in September and I am stoked ! It is time to lose some weight and get healthy so I can be the fun Grandparent !! Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:46:41 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge for Week of April 24-30 Hey Jacksonville! <BR> <BR> I really love this challenge and hope that ya'll do as well. The response continues to be great and hope it keeps on rolling! For anyone new joining in (and I hope there are many <em>334</em> ), I'm including the rules Melissa instituted for this challenge. Best wishes for a fit, fun, and healthy week!! <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <B... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 21:07:52 EST How much water??? Hi everyone! I wanted to check with some of you in regards to water intake. How much do you need to drink to lose weight? I know exercise and eating right also counts but I just wanted to make sure I'm drinking the right amount (2 liters) <BR> <BR> thanks :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:28:33 EST JUST MOVED TO JACKSONVILLE FROM SOUTH FLORIDA!! :) HELLO EVERYONE! <BR> <BR> I'VE RECENTLY MOVED TO JACKSONVILLE AND I'M SOOO HAPPY I FOUND A JACKSONVILLE TEAM ON SPARKPEOPLE. I'M 26 AND WEIGH 157.50LBS. I'M TRYING TO GET DOWN TO 130LBS BY AUGUST..DO YOU GUYS THINK I CAN DO IT???????? <em>40</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:13:03 EST Walk/Run Upcoming Events! I have turned my life around and have signed up for several walk/runs to keep me motivated. I thought I would list a few upcoming events in Jacksonville that I am entered in and hope to finish! The first 5K I am walking, but the second I am going to run and walk! <BR> <BR> 4/30 Shannon Miller walk at the landing. <BR> 5/21 Never Quit walk/run/triathalon at Jacksonville Beach. <BR> 5/22 Weight Watcher's Walk it! Fernandina Beach. www.we... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 07:23:12 EST Hello, again! I am back! I had left the team, but I am back. I had a lot go on in the past year, but I am getting back to where I need to be. I have a lot of new things happening and feel that my life is better than it has ever been. Look forward to getting back to posting and getting more involved! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 07:16:03 EST Health Coaching I've got a long time friend whose started her own Health Coaching company with her sister: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> They offer lots of resources and also have conference call-based programs so that people from all over can participate. They make it fun and informative with weekly "homework" assignments and opportunities to share with one another each week, as well as stay on the line and ask more questions. <BR> <BR> Please check them out, as well as their recipe... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:04:33 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge for Week of Apr17-Apr23 Good Morning, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I love how this challenge has breathed new life into the group. I hope that it is helping you to meet your goals. As always, I am posting the instructions below for any newbies joining in. Have a terrific week! <BR> <BR> Melissa <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> This challenge is all about minutes; the minutes you work out! You can log your cardio AND your strength training minutes. Whate... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:00:33 EST Hello everyone! Hi, I am excited to join the group and get started on working on a new me! Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:45:33 EST Hello Hello, <BR> My name is Stacey and I work a desk job. I have an obsession with Dr Pepper and Fast food. I am in the process of cutting out Fast Food for a month and I have done great so far. I would like to lose 60 lbs by January of next year. I need all the help I can get and I have tried diet sodas and they just give me a headach. I have to have some sort of flavor to my drinks. I just got a bike and have been riding it as much as possible. I have tried lots of fad diets and I need a life c... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 20:42:17 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge for Week of Apr10-Apr16 Well, Sparkers, we had another good turnout for our mini-challenge last week. Almost everyone exceeded their goals! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Here are the details for how the challenge works in case anyone new joins in. <BR> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge is all about minutes; the minutes you work out! You can log your cardio AND your strength training minutes. Whate... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 00:51:43 EST Beingmeagain Hi! My name is Karena . I have being over weight now for 6 years. I have added 2 children in the last 6 years. My weight issue came in then. Before the last (2) children I was a health fan with exercise and healthy living. Right now I weigh 228lbs on 5'5 in height, very unhealthy. Searching high and low to get some motivation I stumble across sparkpeople. It is very helpful to me as well as motivating. I am on my way now to a healthy weight loss that is helping me to return back to a posit... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:48:36 EST Trying to get active with this team finally! Hello all~ I am not really new to SparkPeople, however, I was extremely active with another team and have recently quit the team. So, here I am...hoping to get involved with some local Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I am 36 years old, married, and have 2 wonderful boys. I live in the Julington Creek area. We are self-employed. My husband is a Chiropractor and I am an Esthetician (Skin Care). We work out of the same office, hence the name of our business, Foland Chiropractic & Spa. Our office is ... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 00:30:20 EST I'm a newbie to Sparkpeople Hello! I'm a newbie to this website. My friend told me a little about it, how you get encouragement and positive emails from other members to give you that boost that you need to help you get to your goal. I recently went to my doctor's office to get tested for diabetes and thankfully the results were negative. This was a wake up call for me for sure to start losing weight. I had been a member of weight watchers on and off for 2 yrs and within the past 6 months I just was not motivated to tra... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 22:17:45 EST Hello from Jax University I'm hoping to lose weight. I want to increase my confidence and get healthier, especially since diabetes is in my family. I would like a spark buddy if your interested. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 14:20:30 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge for Week of Apr 3-Apr 9 Well, Sparkers, we had another good turnout for our mini-challenge last week, so this will now be a weekly challenge. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Here are the details in case anyone new joins in. <BR> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge is all about minutes; the minutes you work out! You can log your cardio AND your strength training minutes. Whatever you can log in the Fitness Tracker co... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:41:38 EST Race for Hope - first 5k I have signed up for my first 5K on April 10th. <BR> I am both nervous and excited! <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 19:12:45 EST Corporate Run This morning I was approached by a co-worker who jokingly said he signed me up for a 5k the evening of April 21st. He said it was to help with my training. Yikes! After he gave me more information, I went ahead and signed up for it. I'll post a link later since I'm at work. <BR> <BR> I've gone from never participating to April 10 -- SP virtual 5k. April 21st. -- Corporate Run. April 30-May 1st -- Relay for Life. May 21st-- Never Quit Beach Fest 5k. <BR> <BR> Whew! Fri, 1 Apr 2011 11:46:00 EST Biggest Loser 8 Week Challenge 4/3 - 5/29 Back by popular demand, the Jax team is going to resume its Biggest Loser Challenges. These are strictly voluntary and will run at the same time as our weekly Fitness Minutes Challenges. <BR> You are welcome to participate in both if you like. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Whether you are new or seasoned at these challenges, please read through all of the instructions as we will be doing a few things differently. That said, let's get to it! <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 22:54:47 EST NEVER QUIT BEACH FEST May 21, 2011 <BR> Jacksonville beach 8:am - 10 :pm <BR> I'm going to go into work today and request the day or weekend off. <BR> Also planing on signing up for the mile run my boyfriend said he'll run that with me the 5K my son said he'll help me get ready I have a month to be able to run that far and run that with me and I want to sign up for the hr long surfing lessons.. <BR> All money goes to a great cause !! <BR> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:09:22 EST Day 2 Results! Day 2 DONE! <BR> <BR> Monday: 30 minutes <BR> Accumulative: 50 minutes <BR> Weekly Goal: 105 minutes Tue, 29 Mar 2011 08:44:27 EST Newly diagnosed Hi.. just got diagnosed with hypothyroidism... researching online and taking any and all suggestions ... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:12:17 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge for Week of Mar 27-Apr 2 Well, Sparkers, we had a good turnout for our mini-challenge. I saw teammates posting that I haven't seen around the forums before, so I feel like it was a good enough success to do a repeat! <BR> <BR> Please note that this week's mini-challenge will be the same as last week's and will be overlapping our April challenge. Here are the details for this week's mini in case anyone new joins in. <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 20:28:10 EST drinking 8 8oz glasses of water Was it hard for anyone else to drink this much water? I quite drinking sodas in Jan. I use to drink almost a 2 litter a day. I switch to watered down peach ice tea but I drink maybe 16oz and 6 oz of water.. Now that I am trying to drink more water I just seem to be forcing myself I feel bloated even nauseous.. did anyone else have these issues if so how did you get past them. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:44:00 EST Good Morning Jacksonville My name is Andrew, and I work at Naval Station Mayport as a Civilian. I joined Sparkpeople with my wife, and so far we are both doing well. I am attempting to lose some weight, and get my blood pressure under control, and soon will be quiting smoking. I have a very positive attitude in life, and I know that what I put my mind to I can accomplish. <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:11:12 EST Hello first day at Spark just wanted to say Hi Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:08:53 EST Run/walk group To anyone interested in running or walking or run/walking, our companynhosts a course through the riverside and downtown every Thursday. We start at the Aetna building every Thursday at 5:15. We can provide parking, friendship, and occasionally mass quanties of laughter. We have a good blend of casual walkers to die hard marathoners that come on a regular basis. Our courses vary in distance from 1 mile to 6 depending on the group consensus. The walk and run groups generally pick their own rou... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:23:56 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge for Week of March 20-26 Alrighty Sparkers, here is a nice and easy challenge to start us off. We are going to log Fitness Minutes from Sunday to Saturday. Here is how it should look when you post. <BR> <BR> Sunday: xx minutes <BR> Accumulative: xx minutes <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal: xx minutes <BR> <BR> You can add more details to your posts if you want, but try to give me all three numbers. Each day you list your minutes. If you take a day off, you can choose to post 0 minutes or not post at all that day. Accumu... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:17:23 EST a couple more walks in jax i just wanted to add a couple of walks i am registered for. the zoo walk is $15 per adult participant, free for children. the other two are free to register, donations are welcome. <BR> <BR><BR>e/PageServer?pagename=WLK_FLN_homepage <BR> april 16, walk for multiple sclerosis <BR> <BR><BR>4&pg=entry <BR> april 2, walk for lou gherig's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:32:36 EST Walking Buddies - PS I found it leader ;) If I have missed a post somewhere I am soooo sorry! I live off of 9-A / Beach Blvd area and would love to connect with a walking group. I also work on Old St Augustine near the hospital and can walk after work or maybe lunch??? <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday, <BR> <BR> Christina Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:59:07 EST upcoming races - 15k or 1/2 marathon? Hi Guys! <BR> I am about to run the St. Patricks Day 10k this weekend, and I'm already planning my next race. I'd like to run a 15k or half marathon, maybe the 15k if there is one near or around the end of May -- my birthday. A little farther away than that if it is going to be a half marathon instead. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I was wondering if any of you knew of any nearby (Georgia/Florida) races coming up like that? And if anyone was planning on running? Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:28:44 EST Upcoming Challenge Hello Jax Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I have had several requests of late to get challenges going on this group. Since I am new to the job of co-leading and my co-leader is taking some personal time off, I am not quite sure what would work best for everyone. So, starting next week (Sunday), I will put up a simple weekly challenge for fitness minutes/calories burned for anyone who wants to participate. At that time, I will set up a forum topic for everyone to log their progress. I know that some... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:17:08 EST Gate River Run walking buddy? I am doing the Gate River Run, walk version! I am hoping to walk it at a pretty fast pace and am looking for a partner or group to share the fun with. I am a runner but my knees have seen a little too much action and limit me to 3 miles or less high impact. I offer humorous commentary and an abundance of optimism (which will come in handy around mile 9). This year's run will be great! Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:28:17 EST Mud Run - Jacksonville Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope you are all having a fun and fit Thursday! I just uploaded info for a local event into SparkAmerica. You can find the details here: <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?resource=9666 </link> <BR> <BR> One of our teammates will be participating in this event. You know him as Dacius. If you would like to cheer him on, you can visit his blog: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4063689 ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 15:48:51 EST National Nutrition Month! I'm at it again... just posted a blog on National Nutrition Month and general healthy eating guidelines. <BR> <BR> Feedback, as always, is welcome. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>011/03/fill-your-plate-with-color-for-<BR>national.html </link> <BR> <BR> -Alexia <BR> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 21:33:03 EST Hello! I'm a transplant from Iowa. I've been in Jax since 2003. It feels like home to me. In May of this year I was diagnosed with PCOS and it has been a difficult journey. It really impacts my daily living. I know symptoms can be controlled better with weight loss and healthy eating. Now that I've gotten a handle on the meds I now want to focus on the weight loss. I look forward to the support and inspiration! Sat, 26 Feb 2011 16:50:37 EST Hi to everyone from the beaches! I was just looking through the team page and realized that I don't think I introduced myself! I'm Rena...originally from Ohio (yep, another transplant). I've been down here since November 2009. Its funny, when I first moved down here I was living on my own why the rest of the family was still in Ohio finishing things up. While I was living alone, I did really well as far as diet and exercise were concerned. Once they moved down, it was back to the same old habits! Now its time for me to... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 12:00:09 EST greetings hello all. Joined this past week and look forward to getting started to a healthier me. I live off McDuff ave like bike riding and currently have started playing softball. I am looking to lose about 40lbs total. I look forward to hearing from you all and getting to know you. Have a great week Mon, 21 Feb 2011 06:24:46 EST Greetings Hello, I'm new to this site. I bought a magazine the other day and read about Spark People and decided it was something I should try. I'm 40+ with 100+lbs to lose. I recently started the RN program at FSCJ, and I'm looking forward to graduating in May 2012 a healthier me. Because how can I teach others, if I myself am overweight and out of shape. <em>306</em> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:50:52 EST Did You Exercise Today? No explanation needed. You can use this forum to log what and how much exercise you did each day. I am hoping to get some new ideas from you guys because I am getting B-O-R-E-D with my exercise bike, lol. So log away! <BR> <BR> Melissa Sat, 19 Feb 2011 11:58:09 EST Stepping Down as Team Leader I am very sorry that I have been so inactive on this site. I have had some personal issues over this past year that have kept me confined to a small little world. MPalmer15 submitted a request to be Team Leader and I have heartily endorsed her. Hang in there Sparkies and keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I am not leaving the site, and will pop in gradually. <BR> <BR> Sue Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:16:38 EST MG Walk - PLEASE HELP! My mom was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis when I was five years old. Back then, she required a neck brace, oxygen, and wheelchair. Now, she goes without all of those things. In fact, she has used her experience as an MG patient to help start support groups all over the state of Florida. She also is an active board member for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. <BR> <BR> For these reasons, I am participating in the MG Walk in Jacksonville, Florida, which is being held on March 19t... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:36:48 EST really need help I have been struggling with my weight for9 yrs iam married and love my husband dearly but because of <BR> y weight gain i hate my body and am shame to show <BR> my husband please help me thank you Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:51:40 EST Hello From Beach and 9a just wanted to say hi new to this been working out but not really eating the way I should I think this will help:) Sat, 5 Feb 2011 09:51:35 EST Hello From the Northside Hello everyone :) <BR> My name is Carrie and I am a 33 year old mother of 5 who needs to lose around 55 pounds. I am looking forward to being apart of the SP community :) Thu, 3 Feb 2011 11:05:08 EST Motivating a Spouse My husband and I both decided to join the local YMCA in January. He and I go every Tuesday and Thursday night together. He will eat whatever I make (which is healthy), but doesn't do anything to alter his food choices unless I am cooking a meal. In other words, his breakfasts and lunch are unhealthy. Additionally, he accomplishes very little at the gym. In a half hour of walking on the treadmill, he doesn't break a sweat. <BR> <BR> We've had conversations many times about how we both want t... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:48:22 EST Pictures - Halfway there :) Hi Team! <BR> <BR> After some nudging and a lot of protest, I have a before picture and a couple current photos to share. If you're intersted, please stop by my blog: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3978738 </link> <BR> <BR> Take care! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:04:06 EST For the LAST time... Hi! I'm Bobbi. I'm a second year law student in Florida. I'm married to my best friend, and we have two dogs and a cat. I have been overweight most of my life, but really started to balloon in college, after one birth control shot. Since then, I feel like I have tried everything. At the beginning of the year, my husband and I joined the local YMCA. We received 4 free personal training sessions with our membership, and I'm excited to get started with that. <BR> <BR> I'm here because ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:12:32 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone, I am laquanda and its nice to meet each and everyone of you. I am new to posting messages on sparkpeople, so please bare with me. I have been with sparkpeople for 2 weeks so far, and I have learned entirely a lot about this place. Its a lot of information, which can be overwhelming. However, one day at a time. I am looking forward to getting to know each and everyone of you. Sat, 29 Jan 2011 22:43:35 EST Hey Guys - from Atlantic&Kernan area here Hey everyone, I'm Anna and so excited to be here! It's time to make 2011 wonderful and also look great on the beach this year. What and where do y'all work out? I go to Bailey's but there is nothing like fresh air! I ride my bike over Wonderwood Express from time to time to Hanna Park but it's a little scary to do alone. Sat, 29 Jan 2011 03:56:59 EST Joandy St Runner Hello everyone, I am a new member like a shiny penny. I like to walk in the early morning on Joandy so if you like to do the same on this safe wide walking path that is not too long send a link and maybe after we get to know and trust one another we can work together with our team walk goals. I hope that everyone has a great day and may the sun shine on us during our endeavors. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 07:07:52 EST I'm back and GOING TO DO THIS! Hey, everyone. I was a member a couple of years ago and fell off the wagon, but I have returned and am determined! <BR> <BR> I am a mom of two and work during the week, but am looking for a spark buddy in the ICW or surrounding area if anyone is interested. <BR> <BR> Good luck to us all! Sat, 15 Jan 2011 10:02:54 EST Genetics: An Old Excuse on Its Way Out New blog post is up at <link><BR>011/01/genetics-old-excuse-on-its-way-<BR>out.html </link> <BR> <BR> Feedback, as always, is welcome! <BR> <BR> -Alexia Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:03:46 EST Resolutions 5k Sat 1/15/11 Just thought I'd thrown this out here...It's too late for pre-reg but you can register the day of. Will be my first 5k, looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>utionrun.html </link> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 08:18:03 EST Hi! I'm Gina.. I'm Gina. I'm 35 and live on the west side near the equestrian center. My husband is in the navy but getting out in may and we have 4 kids. I re-started spark with the new year and am doing well. I'm run/walking in the resolutions 5k starting at the orange park kennel on saturday. It's my first one and I can't wait. Good luck to everyone with your goals. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 08:10:02 EST I am Tiffany I joined sparkpeople on January 10, 2011. I am a 31 year old female with a 3 year old soon to be 4 years old son who has become very active in the last couple of months. My goal was to lose weight before I turned 30 in December of 2010. I did not reach that goal but I am not giving up. My new goal is to lose 75lbs. because I want to look better, feel great and be energized. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:14:09 EST I am Tiffany I joined sparkpeople on January 10, 2011. I am a 31 year old female with a 3 year old soon to be 4 years old son who has become very active in the last couple of months. My goal was to lose weight before I turned 30 in December of 2010. I did not reach that goal but I am not giving up. My new goal is to lose 75lbs. because I want to look better, feel great and be energized. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:37:31 EST New and Committed! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I joined SP about a week ago, and already I love the site and all it has to offer. I have set goals, started tracking my food and fitness, and now I hope to become active in some of the message boards. I hope to lose around 47 pounds this year! <BR> <BR> My husband and I live in Jacksonville, Florida, although I'm originally from WI. Go Packers!!! We have two small kids, ages 3 and 1. I work full time so life is really busy. My biggest challenge is finding M... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:32:38 EST How do I motivate myself to a size I've never been I've been overweight my whole life and while my friends are able to say that they're trying to get down to a certain size because they remember how it feels to be smaller, prettier etc, I don't have that motivation. I've never been anything but big. I don't know what its like to feel healthy or smaller or prettier. How do I motivate myself when I don't even know if I'll be happy with myself at a lesser weight? Thu, 6 Jan 2011 23:23:08 EST My Web site is up - New Motivation Coaching Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It's been quiet here... hopefully the new year will bring some more pep to the group with all the New Year's Resolutions! I, for one, am fully motivated right now. :) <BR> <BR> I finally got my Web site to a place where I feel comfy releasing it. Right now, I'm mostly doing public speaking on nutrition and using some coaching exercises to get people thinking about their goals and habits. I'm still not an RD (this process is so long!) but I am available for coaching an... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 07:26:51 EST Hello From Oakleaf! Hi I am Brittnei and I am ready to make an improvement in my life. I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember, but I am ready to make a stand. I wasn't overweight in high school and I didn't let my yo-yoing take me down until after I got married. Someone told me it would be impossible to lose the weight, but I don't want to prove them right. I started feeling down about myself when my very-rude grandfather-in-law said I was "spreading out". I am graduating college in June a... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 04:31:03 EST Hello Hello!! Hi! This is my second time using Spark People. I used this site a couple of years ago to support my weight loss and it helped me lose 10 lbs within a month. Then life happened, college got hectic, new relationships, graduated, moved out, new job, quit, then new job again, and then 20 lbs later here I am again. I am looking to lose 23 lbs where I was a year and a half ago not only to look good but also to keep diabetes and heart disease at bay since it's in the family. I look forward to making... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 17:01:27 EST Salutations from Mandarin Now that the holiday food has settled...Hello there! I've been on the spark website for a while but new to this group. I lost 100 lbs 2 years ago, got pregnant and gained 1/2 of it back. I'd like to loose another 50 to be done with the loosing part and onto the maintaining part. I'm currently going through a divorce so i'm adjusting to being a 32 year old single mom of three wonderful daughters. I need to get my rear in gear! Any other single parents looking to get active, let me know! <BR> ... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 20:39:00 EST Challenges? I used to be a part of this group, under my old username...(changed it due to old email address invalidity and couldn't remember password to Spark...)Anyhow, Do you still do challenges? Will there be a challenge for January 2011? Sat, 25 Dec 2010 21:32:25 EST heyo! I live in Jax and would love a local workout/walking buddy! Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:06:16 EST Trying to stay on track, could use a buddy... Happy December, probably the hardest month to diet in....I am 41, married no kids, my husband can eat anything I can NOT. I tried WW, it didn't work for me, I am now doing a South Beach themed diet and have actually lost weight, but having a partner person to chat with, etc would probably help! Doing anything alone is never fun! Take care and I look forward to being more active on this site! Thu, 16 Dec 2010 08:18:23 EST Hey!! I'm Cathi! I've lost 28 lbs so far and looking to lose much more. I had a little ambulance ride back in March and it was an eye now I'm embracing a healthier lifestyle. I just hate that it took me so long to do it...but better late than never! I look forward to communicating with everyone and hopefully getting involved with some healthy outdoor activities... <em>311</em> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:06:48 EST Hello Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself! I'm 28yrs old, my names Manda and I'm tired of being the way I am. I've been over weight most of my life and the past year has been the hardest. I got diagnosed with diabetes last year, and then a lot of family members started having strokes. One of which died at 21 from one. <BR> <BR> I don't want to end up like them so here I am. I don't have a lot of motivation and I tend to 'procrastinate'. So I need some help. I do have the support of my f... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:32:23 EST Festival of lights 5k- great cause There is an upcoming race and I would love to invite anyone who is interested. It is on December 11 at 6pm. The race is in san Marco and the entire course is going to be lit with luminaries and I believe that there will be carolers on the course as well. The proceeds go to the children's miracle network and wolfson's children hospital. There are a lot of activities for childrens and it is a very family friendly event. A 5k is great for runners and walkers of all fitness levels. I would ... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 18:00:48 EST Hi, sparkpeople Hi everyone, new to the team. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:58:25 EST Hi! Hi everyone! My name is Kimberly, and I am a 40-something mother of 2 beautiful boys (9 and 11). I was referred to SparkPeople by my friend Meghan who has already lost 30 lbs! (Congrats Meghan!) I am here to get healthy and fit. I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. LOL! So, I am ready to take my "Under Construction" and change it to "Mission Accomplished!" Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:55:51 EST Jacksonville Half Marathon on Thanksgiving OK there is a half marathon on Thanksgiving. I would love to get a few people or a group together to do it. I am not a huge runner- I am a run/walker but I am determined to finish it. And in my opinion Thanksgiving is a day when most people over indulge and to finish this race would be a triumph over that. The race is in the morning and there is still plenty of time for everyone to see there family and have their turkey but I think it would be a great opportunity to get everyone together ... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 20:17:30 EST New here Hi I am Jennifer stay at home mom to 5 amazing kids ages 11,8,7,6 and 4 1/2 two of my children have special needs my 8 year old is hearing impaired and my 4 yr old have an extreamly rare genetic disorder called Proximal Trisomy 10q that cause physical and cognitive diabilities. I am also recently "seperated" from my husband of 9 years and am still cohabbitating.So as you can see my life is pretty hectic.I am still trying to lose weight I put on having my children back to back (5 c sections) I... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 23:06:01 EST Delightful I have been struggling with my weight but registering on spark people have made the struggle easier. I look forward to participating on the different teams. I am 50+, recently married and live in Florida. I have shared this web siteI with family and friends who are a part of the struggle also Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:08:59 EST Looking for a motivation buddy! Hey everyone, my name is Cheryl and I've only been here for about a week and a half. I already love this site and I'm making progress! I'm just looking for buddies with like interests so we can help keep each other motivated and on track. I'm 29, married, and have a 6 year old. Anything else as far as interests you can find on my page. I also like long walks on the beach and candlelit kidding!! <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 23 Sep 2010 13:20:28 EST Hi SparkPeople!! Hi I'm Sharon......I have decided to live life to the fullest and enjoy taking care of me. I will run my first 5 K in November and I have been doing some serious training.....I like this site and look forward to corresponding with like-minded people.....Goal: Work Hard for Great Results.......Go get it SparkPeople!!! Fri, 17 Sep 2010 23:15:15 EST Ms. Tish Hi Everyone, I have high hopes for this journey, I'm about to embark on. I need everyones support! Your here for me and I'm here for you. Nice to be here. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:50:24 EST Hi Everyone !!! Hi my name is Sharon and I am very excited about this is a very helpful tool. I am on a quest to get healthy and during that process I have chose to run my very first 5K. I have a great friend who is my motivation she challenges me to do my very best; we keep each other encouraged. I wich you all the best! Here's to a healthy and happy life! Blessings Sat, 11 Sep 2010 23:38:14 EST Zumba Has anyone here taken Zumba classes? I have seen many workout programs including Zumba and decided to look into it. It at least looks fun but at the same time looks can be deceiving so I am looking for people who have actually tried it and can tell me what results they have had. Thanks so much! :) Thu, 9 Sep 2010 02:28:11 EST I'm glad to be apart of a life changing team Good day, I have joined a game at my church called "the Biggest Loser". This is the one time I don't mine being called the biggest loser. I have two kids and a husband that loves to eat. I am praying for disicipline to eat healthy and excersie daily. I am 41 years of age and have been dieting all my life. Tue, 7 Sep 2010 20:04:02 EST Hi from Murray Hill Just wanted to sign on and say hi. This is not my first time around the block so to speak, but I want this to be my last time to restart. Any and all help, encouragement, and kicking my rather substantial rear end when I start whining will be appreciated! Sat, 28 Aug 2010 11:49:17 EST The importance of water I'm at it again... did you know that August is Water Quality Month? I didn't. Who decides these things anyway? Hmmm. <BR> <BR> Please check out my latest article on water at <link><BR>le/water-how-much-to-drink-and-why-it-<BR>is-important-to-drink-water </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> -Alexia Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:52:25 EST hey all I'm 23 and from the South of Southside area, towards St. Augustine. <BR> Not trying to lose any but really need to get in shape. I just want to do that to be healthy and not die any more miserably than I have to. <em>20</em> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 10:56:37 EST Need Someone to Work Out With My name is Kayla and I am 20 years old. I have a gym membership to Planet Fitness on the Southside of town, near the Regency Mall area. If anyone wants to be a work-out buddy, please let me know! I can take one person each time with me for free... also, if you have a gym membership there that would be good too. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:46:47 EST Lifestyle Change Hello, <BR> <BR> This is my first day... I'm excited and ready to commit to a lifestyle change. Good Luck everyone! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:08:46 EST Hey GUYS! So I've never really been active int his group. I've recently learned, the more active you are on the site, the more successful you tend to be! I am looking forward to meeting new SPARK friends for motivation and to help keep other people motivated! <BR> <BR> My name is Jenn. I married my best friend last month and I'm hoping by our one year anniversary that I will no longer be obese (174 pounds or less). My first major goal is to be 199 by Christmas! I am very busy, as i work full time and... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:47:33 EST 1st day with Sparkpeople Hello everyone. This site is great. This group is great! Here's to what I hope is a very long and eventful relationship! I signed up for the Breast Cancer Walk in October through this group. Maybe I will meet some of you there. Wed, 4 Aug 2010 23:34:19 EST Hi guys! I am new to the Jax area, a navy wife and mother of four. When you fall you just have to get back up again...if you can stand, then you will be able to walk and when you begin to walk, then eventually you can run--these are my goals. I have tried to lose weight over and over, I won't give up and that is why I have joined this group. Being a military wife sometimes makes it hard to have support because it seems you are always starting over, and then being a mother makes it hard to get out, but... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 08:39:57 EST Healthy Places to eat out in Jacksonville This time of year I have a lot of friends asking me to meet them for lunch or dinner to catch up. I want to go but I do not want to blow things. My friends all understand my healthy life goals and are happy to let me choose healthy places- I just do not know many. Can anyone offer any ideas about good places to go in the city? Sun, 1 Aug 2010 09:41:18 EST the beginning I am new to and my goal is to gain and maintain a healthy life. I hope to gain new and healthier ways of eating and most important to stay motivated. My problem in the past is I start something and eventually go back the my old habits. Hopefully with this site and meeting people like me I can make that happen. <em>30</em> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 20:42:04 EST Hello from the Westside Looking forward to talking with you guys. I am unable to reply to sparkmail emails at this time. Hopefully they will correct the problem before too long. Fri, 30 Jul 2010 01:53:51 EST Hello! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm finally in a place where I can take some time for me and get this health thing in gear! I'm looking forward to starting. I'm in Mandarin. <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 21:32:58 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Jackie, and I'm currently living in the Arlington area of Jacksonville. I moved here from NY about a year and a half ago. I just joined sparkpeople yesterday, and I'm really loving it. There's so much great information, and so many great people! <em>252</em> Sun, 25 Jul 2010 12:34:07 EST Article: New habits & group or individual setting? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just popping in to let y'all know that I put up another article. This one is: <BR> <BR> Registered dietitians help create healthy new lifestyle habits in group or individual settings. <BR> <BR> I'm writing one on the importance of water and will let you know when that one is posted too. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your support! <BR> -Alexia Fri, 23 Jul 2010 10:01:19 EST Hey :) Hello everyone, I am fairly new to jacksonville live on the southside and just joined Spark today. I am wanting to lose about 40-50 pounds, the one thing I lack most is motivation..But I am trying to get that back on track. :) Mon, 12 Jul 2010 15:15:44 EST