SparkPeople Outdoor People Team Messageboard Those of us who love the outdoors: hiking, kayaking, biking, boating, jogging, playing in the surf, mountain climbing or anything else in the great outdoors. SparkPeople Outdoor People Team Messageboard Your Favorite Outdoor Activity What is your favorite outdoor activity? <BR> <BR> 1. Walking is my favorite! When I was younger I was an avid runner and loved being out-of-doors. <BR> <BR> 2. Hiking has been something from my past that I loved. Although it has been years since I've really done any serious hiking. When I was in my late twenties I hiked almost 3/4 of the GR5 which is the premier long-distance hiking trail of Western Europe (about 1,500 miles long) &amp; is laid out to traverse along, or to cross as many m... Sat, 9 Nov 2019 00:26:54 EST How is this Autumn where you are? I've never seen a more beautiful Autumn than this one in Oregon this year. Usually, we have torrents of rain and the leaves are soggy (gutters are clogged &amp; there is major flooding). This year although the brilliant colors and crisp Fall mornings with clear skies has me wondering if things are different where you are too. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2019 00:17:54 EST New member from The Netherlands! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Jeroen, 32 years old, I don't go out as much as I want to but I find myself coming home much more relaxed when I've been out all day. I recently decided to start recording my hiking trip to make a film out of it to put on YouTube, I love the way my first film came out so I'm inspired to go on more hiking trips very soon! Thu, 1 Aug 2019 15:02:01 EST Miles, Movement and Madness in May Here we go team! <BR> <BR> OK this is our new thread challenge for May! <BR> <BR> Let's start by stating our goals for the month, re-setting trackers etc. <BR> <BR> Please include how often to plan on checking in with meeting your goals and when we need encouragement. <BR> <BR> Please also include excitement about accomplishments and struggles, so we team up and do this. <BR> <BR> I am ready! <BR> It's been awhile, so... I am really excited to join together! <BR> <BR> Team up! <BR> ... Tue, 30 Apr 2019 12:56:53 EST Hello Joined awhile ago, but haven’t posted. Just saying hi :) Fri, 8 Feb 2019 14:33:09 EST New to the group, returning to SP Hi everyone! I love the outdoors so i thought this would be a great group to join. I look forward to sharing and learning with you all. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:06:33 EST Stop giving up. I don't know how many times I have started a new diet but I never seem to get to my goal I always give up. I keep telling myself this time I won't give up. I want to lose 50 pounds. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:30:06 EST Rainbow Connection May 1 is tomorrow! <BR> How wonderful, yes?? <BR> <BR> OK..this is our new challenge/conversation . <BR> <BR> Here's what we will do... <BR> <BR> #1- Set your own goals, and briefly state them here. <BR> <BR> #2. -check in and let us know what went well <BR> <BR> #3- Identify what the biggest challenge was... <BR> <BR> #4 re- set weight tracker to read how many lbs you wish to loose. <BR> <BR> #5 This challenge will go until June 1 (We will re-evaluate at that time) <BR> <BR> #6 L... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:35:24 EST Sierra Nv foothills HI All. <BR> I live in the foothills in the central Sierra Nevada, east of Sacramento and west of south lake Tahoe. Im looking for a hiking buddy. I would say most of my hikes are moderate, between 1-10 miles. anyone near by? Mon, 7 Mar 2016 17:54:42 EST Greetings from Massachusetts! Hello! I'm Katie. I live in Massachusetts and I LOVE to hike! <BR> <BR> I'm quite a slow hiker, but the important thing is that I CAN do it and I thoroughly enjoy it. I mostly hike the White Mountains. Though I'll occasionally do the Green Mountains or Berkshires as well. <BR> <BR> Along with hiking, I like swimming in the ocean, meandering through the local wildlife sanctuary, canoeing, and bicycling. <BR> <BR> I haven't hiked since November. I'd love to go winter hiking, but sadly none ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 13:08:12 EST Back at it! I'm ready to start again. I'm 38 and glad to be here. I was on Spark a few years ago and managed to lose 50+ lbs. I felt great and even ran a couple half marathons. Then I started to get complacent and didn't log in to Spark regularly because I was a "success story." I started graduate school and stopped exercising regularly. I found it was too easy to fall back into old habits, and here I am again obese and winded after climbing 1 flight of stairs. I've logged into SP a couple of times over ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:50:34 EST New activity It's not exercise related. Those of you who knew me when I was here last will know that I've got a pretty decent garden at home. We've got plenty of red and black currants, raspberries, strawberries, plums etc. In the past I've struggled to come up ways for using them all and usually end up making tons of jams and cordials, most of which end up getting given away. But last October my wife got me a wine making kit for my birthday. So I'm attempting to make some red currant wine and some b... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:24:24 EST Returning member here I was on this site some years ago and was a member of this team. I couldn't remember what my username was, probably something like Neilithicman or Neilithic or something like that. Since I couldn't remember, I created a new account and here I am again. My weight has been steadily creeping up and I'm starting to have trouble keeping up with my rapidly growing boys (one turns 8 in July, the other turns 10 in April) Both enjoy being outside so I need to drop this weight so I can get out there... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:15:58 EST Hello from Northern California Hi. I'm Noel from Northern California. I'm 38 mom of 2 great kids. We love the outdoors. We walk every day and go hiking once or twice a week. Love to camp and backpack in the summer. I had gastric bypass in June and have lost 122 pounds so far. I still have 93 to go to reach goal and take my dream trip of hiking in Yosemite. Thanks for listening. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:30:06 EST One Week at a Time - 2016 Okay Outdoor People! Here's my proposal! Instead of setting a goal to be reached "sometime down the road", make short term goal ( 1 week) and post them here! Early in the week post your goal. Talk about how it's going as the week goes on. At the end of the week did you reach it. Of course, this is also were everybody else comes in as your personal support team. Let's all help each other on this one. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 13:09:51 EST Hello from Kentucky Hi, everyone. My husband and I are outdoors folks: hiking, bicycling, kayaking, tennis. This past August, he climbed Mt. Rainier. This May, we're climbing Mt. Shasta. I sure could use as much motivation as possible because I've never done anything remotely this physically challenging. I'm hoping SparkPeople will provide lots of advice and support. Thanks! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:55:35 EST Hi From Upstate NY! I am totally an outdoor person! My favorite things are camping, hiking, jogging, walking, swimming, and just sitting outside enjoying nature! I am just starting back here so please add me as a friend if you are interested! Wed, 30 Dec 2015 21:16:35 EST Another Canadian Howdy All, I live in Waterton Lakes National Park in the Southwestern corner of Alberta. It's snowing here and I was out playing [aka pushing it around with a shovel] at 7:30 this morning. I have extra shovels if anyone wants to join me. <em>334</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:59:04 EST from Canada with Love Hi my spark name is lolajo54 .. lola is Fillipino for grandmother lol and I was born in 54 --guess that tells you all a lot <BR> I live with my son his wife and 2 grandkids ... we are very fortunate to have a home with a trail and river right behind us .. so we all enjoy outdoor life .. <BR> <BR> I live in London Ontario Canada --that is the southern part of Ontario .. <BR> about 2.5 hours for Toronto .. <BR> <BR> I was born not far from London so still living in my comfort zone <BR>... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:09:32 EST A kayak for ME I was wondering if anyone here had any advice for me on a kayak? I don't have one. I need a lightweight one that can support my weight of perhaps 190 lbs. I will have to haul it up and down my vehicle, a Honda Element, by myself, hence a total weight of 50 lbs. or under would be best. Any suggestions from experienced people? <em>185</em> My long term goal is be strong enough to be able to kayak next summer. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 10:12:42 EST Just found this site! I've been working on getting a healthy life-style since March 2015. I have had some success in losing 40 lbs. since then and wanted to share my story, find inspiration, new ideas, new information and maybe find other people who were traveling the same road with me to help, and be helped by. Mon, 7 Sep 2015 19:29:48 EST Northern Virginia checking in! Up early on Labor Day -- heading out for a hike. Anyone ever enjoy the Shenandoah River State Park? Mon, 7 Sep 2015 06:14:13 EST Greetings from the Oregon Coast! Glad to have come across you like minded souls! I read some of your posts and it makes me happy even to see what adventures you all are up to! I love to hike and walk the beach and plan to go canoeing this week. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:48:42 EST Woo Hoo! I just wanted to announce that I just accomplished one of my goals for this year. I got my Great Smoky Montains100 mile hiking pin! I climbed a lot of mountains and crossed a lot of bridges to get it! Now I'm going for the 250 mile pin. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 23:22:23 EST Hi-dy-ho from Florida <em>2</em> Hello everyone. I feel a bit lost here. I was very, very active when I was younger, before I got married and started to have kids, but NOW my kids are starting to leave home and I find myself returning to the things that I once loved so much. <BR> I am here to make friends and learn new things. I have been with Sparks since April, and I've had my ups and downs, but I am pushing through and making progress that I am proud of. <BR> Today, shortly after joinin... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:19:31 EST Travelers Rest, home of the Swamp Rabbit Trail! Hi all from Travelers Rest, SC. I work for an upstate SC outfitter - boats, bikes, and backpacking. Female, 60 years old, 100 pounds overweight, caretaker to Alzheimer's Mom (so I don't get out much anymore.) Married to the same man for over 25 years, college age daughter who sat her first kayak at six months old. <BR> <BR> I recently sold my Perception Carolina (because of my size), and now paddle a Native Manta Ray. Hike with the Trail Dames when I can get out. Ride a Raleigh Capri 2.0 ro... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:23:28 EST Hello from New Hampshire :) I live in central New Hampshire. My hubbie and I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing and jogging. I didn't get a chance to do much hiking or kayaking last summer (fell hiking and tore my rotator cuff and chipped some bone in there that required surgery and a longer than I liked recovery...but shoulder's back at 90% so I'm good to go!) So glad the weather up here has improved and anxious to get back outside more this year. Sat, 16 May 2015 06:46:02 EST Hello from Tennessee Love the outdoors. I would rather count activities and minutes spent playing outside than a traditional workout routine. Hope to find some fellow sparkers that share some of my passion for life outside and all the wonderful equipment mother nature gave us to use! <img src=""> Fri, 15 May 2015 12:21:31 EST Greetings from the Deep South Hi all, just a quick introduction! I'm never sure how often I will get to post to anything so I'm sure I'll be in and out and all about :) <BR> I previously served in the Marine Corps and I miss all of the wonderful outdoor adventures we used to get into! So now I go off on adventures with my family (14 of us ranging in age from 1-52 - with one due in June!) AND a group from college (5 of us range in age from 22-44). We love getting outside and exploring nature :D Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:59:43 EST Hello from Pennsylvania! Hi guys! I joined this team because I just booked my ticket to fly out for a 10 day hiking/camping road trip with the bf out west this summer. We're hitting the Tetons, Yellowstone, Craters of the Moon, Dinosaur National Monument, and the Rockies before booking it back to Pennsylvania. So excited! And any advice would be welcome. We're trying to cram a lot of outdoors into a short trip! <BR> <BR> Just to introduce myself, I'm a 31 year old geo-biology grad student. I LOVE the outdoors, thoug... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:06:34 EST Hello from KY (where we have Natural Bridge!) Hey people! I'm a sparker from Kentucky and I can't be the only one dying for the snow to go away so the state parks open up, right? <BR> <BR> I have just been looking forward to Natural Bridge and Red River Gorge to open back up all winter! It's so gorgeous and I want to get my feet on that mountain! Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:47:10 EST Hello from Southern Vermont! I am am new to SparkPeople and am so happy to have found this group. Wow, two others from Vermont have also found their way here. Elizabeth Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:46:17 EST hello! I have to admit, I have lurked the past two or three days and I would love to become an active part of this group! My favorite outdoor activities are hiking, camping, and especially kayaking! I live in northern Maine and even though our our win chills have been hanging anywhere between -20 to -40 lately I have been managing to get an average of 5 miles daily indoors. I track using a fitbit zip and LOVE it! <BR> <BR> Hope to see you around! <BR> <em>295</em> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:36:21 EST Hello (Also) from Vermont! Hello everyone <em>30</em> Signing in from sunny and snowy Vermont, where I play almost daily in the Green Mountains whether its hiking, cycling year-round (yes, in the winter!), or just taking a walk down the road. Thanks for having me here! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:24:18 EST Hello from the Adirondacks! Hi everyone! My name is Angel, and I am a married mother of three who lives in Central NY. I joined this team because I obviously love the outdoors, and I am making this the year that I take advantage of all the outdoorsy blessings I have living at the foothills of the Adirondack mountains. I look forward to being a part of this team! <em>244</em> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:12:11 EST Waving "hello" from the Oregon coast! I'm so glad I found this team! It couldn't have come at a better time too. Hubby and I have lived on the coast a little over 2 years now and love it! We bought a house and have spent the better part of a year with home improvement projects. It's satisfying to see projects completed but our outdoor activity suffered. So... <BR> <BR> We both want to change that this year so after much research, reading reviews, visiting sites, reading blogs, etc we bought our first tandem kayak yesterday.... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:54:33 EST Hello from Sunny Southern Arizona! Well Here I am again....I'll get this figured out one of these days! I live in southern Arizona, about 40 miles north of Tucson in a very rural area. I love to hike and anything else that can be done outdoors. If it's outside, I'm up for it. This past year I've been too busy letting life get in the way and my weight has gotten totally out of control. So after being gone from Sparkepeople for almost a year, here I am. I can't do this alone, so I'm back for inspiration! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 10:32:19 EST Greetings from the 303 Hi I am Juli-Anne new to this group. Currently living in Colorado- Love the outdoors can't get enough! I've spent my last 2 summers in Alaska and the Summer before that in Washington. Not a fan of the cold- but I am an avid snowboarder and enjoy snow machining. Check out my page! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:08:10 EST From Oregon I have been a Spark member for quite some time & lost 30lbs with Spark People awhile back. <BR> <BR> I used to be a Long-Distance Runner & an avid mountaineer. I was someone that needed those endorphin's I got from exercise to pull me up. Lately although these past couple of years (this year more so than last) I just can't seem to get up and get moving.. I've put on weight and have hit an odd sense of depression that sits on my shoulders and exhausts me. May I somehow get out of this SLUMP.... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 03:25:18 EST Hello from Tennessee Hi! Sandy here looking to get into shape to enjoy the great outdoors. My hubby and I have a plan to give up the chaos of life and travel the US. We plan on doing this in 5 years and I really need to get in shape for all the fun we are about to have. Looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends along the way. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:59:35 EST Hello from Ohio Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been on SP for almost 2 months now. Here to lose some weight and get healthier overall than I am now. We have a small farm that gets me outside on a daily basis. Love to run and hike, and hope to pick up some new activities from the group on what to do outside (um, other than work). Take care and have a terrific week ;-). Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:55:46 EST Love from Canada! Hi there! <BR> I'm 31 from Calgary, AB with about 25 lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> My favourite thing about Calgary is that it allows me to run away to the mountains on a fairly regular basis. My favourite activities are hiking, scrambling, and climbing. I love being made small by the Rockies. <BR> <BR> I walk to work every day, and because I live right downtown, I have the Bow River about 6 blocks from my apartment. I enjoy walking along the river and feeling like I'm not in a city of 1.4millio... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:23:13 EST Loving Life in Alaska I'm new to SP and to this forum. I am an avid adventurer who loves hiking, distance cycling and mtn biking, sea kayaking, trail running, snow-shoeing and just exploring the outdoors in general. I will be using SP blogs to share my adventures in the outdoors. <BR> <BR> Glad to be here and learn from other outdoor-loving kindred spirits. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:24:40 EST Preserve and Conserve Do you teach others the importance of preserving and conserving. If so, share your experience. <BR> <BR> Trailtrodder <em>295</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:29:35 EST Hello from Cincinnati I'm new to this team. I joined Sparkpeople in 2008 to really get some pounds off. Now I'm an on again off again person. I use it mostly when I get a creep of 5 + pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty much an outdoors kind of person. I like to hike, backpack and kayak depending on the season and how much I can get away. I have a bike and I like to ride it but I don't consider myself a "cyclist". <BR> <BR> I try to take my kayak out at least twice a month on local rivers. This year I will be spen... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:02:44 EST Promoting the Outdoors! I remember years ago, while backpacking the wilderness trails, I would run into other hikers along the way. They were usually young adults or old geezers like me. For several years now we've rarely seen anyone hiking the trails we're on. I presume the interest among young people for the outdoors has really diminished due to the technical/digital age we live in now. Seems like the younger generation like the indoor activity, in front of a screen much more. It's so sad. Somehow we need promote ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 04:47:52 EST New to Hiking Hi guys! I'm starting to be an outdoorsy person and want to get into hiking, biking, kayaking, etc...I'm even thinking about trading in my coupe for a 4x4! LOL Anyone in the Wichita area new to any of this or have patience for a newbie? Fri, 23 May 2014 09:12:23 EST Hello from Saskatchewan, Canada Hi all! <BR> Right from a baby, when my parents took us camping -sleeping in a tent on the ground -I have enjoyed getting close to nature. Love the call of the loon on our northern lakes, slipping silently through lily pads in a canoe. I am older now, 51 and with major health problems can no longer do all I used to enjoy, but getting outside is still a number 1 priority. 33 surgeries and five joint replacements has not stopped me from going hiking, my favorite activity. Our winters a... Fri, 2 May 2014 10:22:05 EST Hi from Florida :) Not new to Spark, but I'm starting over. Quit "me" for a few years (hard times) and I feel and look like a stuffed sausage. Time to get moving and slim down! <BR> <BR> I'm 45, SAHM of two. Love to hike, bike, run, swim, climb, canoe - basically anything outdoors! <BR> <BR> Happy Days are ahead! <BR> <BR> Peg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:53:41 EST Greetings from north Louisiana Louisiana is called Sportsman's Paradise and we have a lot of outdoor opportunities due to our normally mild winters. I got a kayak last september for my birthday and haven't really gotten to use it much but did take it out once a couple of weeks ago. I'm looking forward to kayaking more. I had an opportunity to hear Jennifer Pharr Davis speak last week at a women's only hiking event after her talk we had a hike that included all sorts of fun competitions and am now loving hiking. I went... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:18:40 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Callie and I have 50 lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP. <BR> <BR> I like the official SP challenges. SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge and SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge <BR> <BR> Here are the changes I have made so far: <BR> 1. Planning meals now <BR> 2. Drinking 2.2 L of H2O per day <BR> 3. Keeping fruit in bowls throughout my house <BR> Lastly, Tracking my food calories with (wow....lots of work there, but gotta do it!) ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:55:03 EST New from Vermont Hi My name is Carollee, I am 56, a grandmother and getting back into hiking after losing some weight. On Saturday I went on my first Green Mountain Club hike hike ever and it was listed as "easy" Snow covered Snake Mountain in Addison Vermont Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:26:37 EST Hi there Hi there, My name is Rose and I am in Southwestern Michigan.,...a great place to love the outdoors. I am a teacher by profession, but choose to spend free time hiking the trails of the dunes, swimming, camping and just hanging out at the beach. I have been at this for awhile now, and have lost 85 lbs and still need to lose 40 more. My goal is to do this by August. My job makes it tough, but I am determined! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:54:16 EST Fueling body during and after longer activities Hi all. <BR> <BR> I have a question. I have finally gotten back to where I can do longer hikes. Friday I did 6 and today I did a 5 mile hike. I just had surgery on my foot in December, so I'm pretty happy about this. My problem. I take some healthy snacks to eat on the way, but when I get back I am just ravenous! I don't know if I'm not eating the right things on the hike, or if my body is needing some certain nutrient and I'm not providing it or what. I just don't want to sabatoge e... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:07:25 EST What's Your Favorite Outdoor Activity? I LOVE camping...and I love hiking! And does laying out in the sun count as outdoor activity? Cuz that's pretty high on my list in summer! Just taking walks around town is something I like, too. I really just like being outside! <BR> <BR> What do you enjoy spending your 'outdoor time' doing? Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:35:40 EST Howdy! Hello there! I'm LOVING that there's an out-door people team! It's all well and good to be able to do this or that in the gym - but one of my biggest motivations to want to lose weight and get in shape is so I can play more and longer and harder outside. Getting outside and moving is the best way to work out - it just feels like play, I bring my dog as often as I can - and it's astonishing at the end of the day to realize how many calories you can burn playing in the great outdoors. <BR> ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:45:16 EST Hi my names Crystal My name is Crystal..36, I live in Loudoun County VA, <BR> My family all suffer from various Mental & Physical Health Illnesses.... a lot I feel could have been prevented living an Active Lifestyle and Eating Clean. Ive always had a different view on food then my family growing up. <BR> <BR> That still gets in the way,.and good marketing .and my good habits go to Bad Eating and Lack of Motivation to workout. <BR> .. <BR> My Excuses...time, money, stress, family,,work......... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:56:01 EST Greetings from San Diego Hello and Good Day! <BR> I am relatively new to the great outdoors:) I grew up with allergies and asthma, I still have both, but the meds have drastically improved since I was a kid. My parents kept me inside as a kid so as to avoid trips to the hospital. When my husband and I had been dating for a couple months he asked if I wanted to go on a camping trip with him. Well, I went and I fished, hiked, toasted marshmallows, played cards, saw several deer, two turkeys, and a bobcat. I was hooked... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:45:27 EST I should have been outdoors!! Well, I rejoined SP a couple weeks ago and now I am on hiatus as I have a concussion and 3 staples in my head after falling flat on my head in the basement after missing my last 24" box jump. <BR> <BR> This would not have happened if I had gone for a hike or bike ride. So, I will be out of commission, but I am coming back. <BR> <BR> This really sucks! 49 years old and I get my first real injury inside doing something so simple. <BR> <BR> See all of you soon. I just hope my eating doe... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 15:49:02 EST Hello! I'm new to Spark and thought I would join some teams for motivation. I love to camp, hike and kayak. I try to get out and play almost every weekend. Looking forward to reading about some of your outdoors adventures. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:41:12 EST Greetings! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm finding my motivation again (after a year of keeping weight off, I had some stressful life events that sent me into old habits--eating "comfort" food). Anyhow, I love hiking, running, snow skiing, and more. <BR> <BR> I'm really interested in learning more about kayaking. I used to canoe a lot, but as I tend to do most of my outdoor activities alone, a canoe isn't viable. I believe I could lug around a kayak (well, not a really heavy one--lol). I'm not really in... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:04:01 EST One step at a time I've come to find out that I have been asleep at the wheel for roughly 50 trips around the sun. Counting calories has never really been an issue/concern with me. I'm an active person, outdoor recreation in many forms fills a lot of my spare time. But, what I come to find now is, balance has been lacking. <BR> <BR> <BR> The past 12 months have been wonderful for me. I have introduced three of my oldest grand children (A.K.A. varmints) to many outdoor activities. Ages 9-12 they are, and three... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:46:51 EST Obstacle courses Tough Mudder, Urban Challenges Hey gang, does anyone on this team do these types of competitions? I am doing my first Urban Challenge on March 23rd - a 10K with a dozen or so obstacles. Meanwhile, I'm training with some Tough Mudders -- that's pretty hard for me right now, but there's always the future!! <BR> <BR> So, any suggestions on gear? I have a 10K that culminates in a Penguin Plunge - a pool of 48 degree water. So shoes that are good for fast walking (not sure if there will be stamina for running between obsta... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:42:12 EST Checking in Hey, sounds like a fun SparkTeam to me!! I live in North Georgia - over 50 and want to start enjoying all the fun things I loved 20 years ago (or more). So, I'm getting rid of those 25 pounds, and heading outside!! <BR> <BR> This weekend? Kayaking on the Tennessee River on Saturday (first time this year). Sunday, I am doing a 6 mile hike plus obstacle course in preparation for an Urban Challenge Course in two weeks. Can't wait!! Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:16:22 EST Joining up to improve my mood Went for a walk with my dog today and realized that somehow it's been WEEKS since I got in a walk outdoors. What?! No wonder I feel myself being pulled into the cranky February crowd! So I am joining this team to ensure I make a conscious effort to get outdoor exercise as well as my indoor morning exercise routine. No doubt as the weather turns to spring this would take care of itself, but I usually am out all winter long, so I am joining just to be sure. Fresh air makes me happier and he... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 20:40:36 EST Big 'Hi' from the West Coast, B.C. Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> All my life I have felt at home on the trails and my goal is to make life easier by losing the weight. I have had to pass up on some pretty interesting and amazing hiking, because I could not keep pace. That has got to change! However, I am also planning on taking it easy and giving myself the time it takes to get the job done right -- one step at a time. Looking forward to getting to know you. <em>213</em> <em>295</em> <em>256</em> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 19:40:16 EST Just joined Hi nature lovers! I love the woods, hiking, and places like the Smokie Mts or Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Although I have never been very athletic, and I am getting older :( I still love walking the trail in our woods behind our house. We camped a lot when the boiys were young, and I have white watered the New river in WVA a few times. Do any of these things qualify me as an "outdoor people"??? I am an artist too, and paint (oils, acrylic) on site, plein air, in nature, which is so mu... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 19:50:33 EST Camp Chef Who am I? I am Marty. I am a follower of Christ, a husband, and a chef. I work at a children camp seasonally now, but in the past I have worked for the Canadian military, nursing homes, a restaurant or two. I like to travel to both to foreign lands and around my own country. I like writing, reading poetry and watching TV. Those are indoor things I know – but I am at home in my kayak, riding my bike and hiking to explore the trails around my home. I live in Squamish BC Canada. I do not cl... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 21:49:48 EST Training for mountain hikes Hello! <BR> I have moved from a mountainous area, and desert, to a country side with smaller hills than what i'm used to. I am going back to my mountains in Utah in March and I'm trying to ready my muscles to hike up my big mountains again! I have been out walking in the country here, it's mostly flat pastures, with lots and lots of mud! I am looking for ideas or ways to strengthen my muscles for the steep inclines in Zion and Bryce, and The areas around there, so i can endure the hikes ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 15:07:02 EST Last Man Standing (Move It to the Right!) Okay here it is! The Last Man Standing Thread! <BR> Basic rules: <BR> Post weight on this thread every Friday (first weigh in is Feb. 1). Weight gain is a big No No! If your weight remains the same or you lose you're still in the competition. If you gain weight, you're given a one week forgiveness period to get back to the lower weight. Otherwise - you're out! <BR> <BR> If you're one of our members who is already at their goal weight you may still partcipate by exercising at least 1 hou... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:10:16 EST What is the better Hiking shoes/walking shoes? I love to walk long distance but I really need to find the right walking shoe. <BR> <BR> I have small feet but they are wide with a high arch....the size depends of the brand but I was told I my feet are size 5 EEE .....I usually have to buy bigger shoes because they don't make shoes that wide in my size. <BR> <BR> Also need a good hiking shoe that supports my ankles. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> <BR> Lisa <em>295</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:57:52 EST Bucket List 2013 Okay I figured we were due for a new thread. So how about if we start talking about what adventures we'd like to take maybe this coming year? <BR> <BR> I'll start by saying that I've had the pleasure of meeting face to face several Outdoor People over the last couple of years. By doing so, I've made some really interesting friends. This year, my goal is to meet up with at least 1 more and what.......?........hike? kayak? waterski? bike? No plans yet, but I'll work on it. <BR> <BR> How ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:29:30 EST A winter hike on Mt. Monadnock <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168552 </link> <BR> <BR> I enjoy sharing my experiences, so here is the blog post I wrote about the hike my wife and I went on yesterday. I got some great photos. :-) <BR> There are more on my facebook photo album of this trip: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=10151134244932382&set=a.10151134241<BR>367382.437562.568992381&type=1&theater </link> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 08:19:59 EST My first trail hike blog Normally I post in the running forums but I am also an avid hiker and decided recently (today actually) to post my experiences from various hikes. In this case, my wife and I hiked the White Arrow Trail on Mount Monadnock. I will most likely become a regular poster in this section as well but for now, I'll just share my blog post... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/26/old-toll-rd-trailhead-to-mt-monad<BR>nock-summit/ </link> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:36:19 EST Hello fellow hikers! Hey I'm Chris, kind of a new guy around here. I've gotten into hiking a lot in the last several months and am looking forward to meeting more people with the same interests. I'm from the DC metro area and have been there all my life. If anyone is interested I've also joined a hiking group called The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group. <link> </link> They are run through the meetup website and have tons of hikes across the mid-atlantic region. I look forward to getting to k... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 00:32:26 EST Member #4700 =) Hi, I just joined, looking for other people who love backcountry camping and winter camping. <BR> <BR> I have always loved camping, but it was only in the past couple of years that I have gotten seriously into it. I am now always on the lookout for great isolated camping spots in New England, especially New Hampshire (White Mountains), southern Maine, and western Massachusetts. <BR> <BR> I also just learned how to snowboard last winter, at the old age of 30 haha. I thought I would break a l... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 16:31:39 EST G'Day all Hello, I am Melody, new to the team but not new to SP. Joined in 2006 but re-started May 31 of this year. <BR> My biggest adventure at the moment is moving to Australia. <BR> My biggest outdoor adventure coming up is going to New Zealand next week for 12 days. Renting a caravan and driving the Islands. Will see a lot, will miss a lot but will make the most of the time we have! <BR> Thu, 9 Aug 2012 17:55:13 EST Acadia National Park Have any of you ever been to Acadia National Park? We are planning a family trip there, and I was looking for some suggestions on "must do" activities while we are there. What's really good? What can we skip? Also, I know there are multiple campgrounds in the park. Which one do you prefer and why? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice you can offer. Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:26:54 EST Need Help to Find the Right Kayak I have been wanting a kayak for some time now. I probably paddle 2-3 times a year, but would go more if I had my own kayak. The problem is there are so many different types and sizes, that it gets overwhelming, and I don't want to spend a lot of money just to discover I bought the wrong one or something that I'm not happy with. There are a couple of kayak dealers near here, but I don't want to be talked into more boat than I need or can handle. <BR> <BR> I live in South Florida, and would... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:29:56 EST Useful article link thread I thought perhaps we could have a thread where we list articles that we found helpful. Here's one I found interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eight-loss/eating-strategies/article/-<BR>/14251908/your-winter-weight-loss-plan/ </link> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:34:48 EST Just joined the team! I am a fairly active person who loves outdoor activities so when I found this team, it seemed like a good fit! My favorite outdoor interest is hiking but I'm open to trying other things - kayaking is on my list of something to try out pretty soon, for instance, and I'm trying to get my son to go bike riding with me to help me learn some of the technical details beyond balance and pedaling, haha! This winter I would like to give snowshoeing another try and want to go backpacking again next yea... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:41:57 EST Glad I Found You Hi everyone - I am new to this team, but not new to Spark. I was active on this site for a few years, but due to a crazy work schedule for the past year I wasn't able to keep up with tracking, posting, etc., although I did continue running, cycling, and swimming. My contract ended with that last position, and I am (again) looking for another job. The good news is that I now have more time to do some outdoor activities, and that doesn't always cost a lot of money. <BR> <BR> I live in West ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:38:26 EST My introduction Hi, I'm Michelle. <BR> I've been doing a lot of hiking on hilly roads(usually four or five miles), and walking the dogs out back on uneven ground lately. Yesterday, though, I went kayaking (not my first time, of course), and my blog from yesterday has some pictures of it. :) <BR> Glad I found this team today! <BR> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:27:30 EST Hi, My name is... Hello Everyone! Joined SP this week, but just now got a chance to join a team. <BR> My husband I are full-time beekeepers and we are really busy this time of year so I have to work hard to make time in the schedule for exercise. I love cycling, but I also enjoy walking, running, kayaking, swimming, and our newest family activity...sailing. Really, anything outdoors is good for me. Looking forward to knocking off these pounds and getting fitter and faster. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:05:29 EST hi again Hello sparkpeeps , <BR> My name is Tracy have been a sparkpeep for 2 years just off and on ! Well here I am again trying to fight this weight thing again ! and I seem to have gotten stuck my diet is 1200 calories broken down to 4 300 calorie meals my exercise consist of insanity workouts and 10 mile bike rides twice a week! What on earth is putting my weight lose to a halt ?????? Thu, 21 Jun 2012 03:46:37 EST Hello! Hi, everyone. My name is Tiffany. I'm new to this team and recommitted to SP. I love outdoor activities (especially those related to the beach), but lately, I've realized that I'm not healthy enough to do a lot of them anymore. I've set my first goal as losing 14 pounds and get strong enough to learn to SUP on my vacation at the end of August. I look forward to getting to know you and would love any advice you can give. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:34:50 EST What's your motivation? For me it's my kids. My older boy is almost 6 and is already starting to push me to keep up with him. <link>!/photo.php?fbid=3<BR>63874286988937&set=a.363874283655604.8<BR>2164.100000991071810&type=1&theater </link> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:17:42 EST Spring Break Plans I know we have it a bit early, but we just finished our Spring Break. I spent is hiking in the canyons and hills of Arizona and Utah. Yes, the Grand Canyon and Zion's Canyon. I also spent some good quality time on my bike. What a great way to spend time. Because I am a teacher it is a great break for me as well as the kids. We had a great time and got to see lots of beautiful scenery. What did, or will the rest of you be doing on your break? <em>36</em> Sun, 25 Mar 2012 04:12:25 EST Hiya - new to the team Hey folks, I am new to the team and relatively new to SP (January 2012). <BR> <BR> I love the Outdoors, along with my husband and black lab I camp, hike, run, bike, cross country ski, snow shoe, dirt bike, canoe, atv....pretty much anything that will get me out into the wilderness feeling alive and smelling the fresh air. <BR> <BR> I am blessed to live on the Canadian Prairies with quick access to back country woods, gorgeous clean lakes as well as open deep prairie. <BR> <BR> Outside of t... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:34:43 EST new to the team looking for a bike hey everybody the name is Kari but most call me Kay or KJ was wondering if anyone new a goood bike to get for a 350+lb person. thanks Sat, 17 Mar 2012 21:25:49 EST New to the team Hi, I'm new to the team but not to Sparkpeople, I just got back on this site after a break of a year. I've always loved hiking (although here we call it tramping) and I'm lucky enough to live in one of the best countries in the world for hiking, New Zealand. I'm looking forward to hearing about everyone else's experiences and sharing my own. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:19:48 EST hey hey to team hey all I am new to the team but not to Spark. I'm Tara bout to be 37 mommie of two, wife of one, and can't forget my 2 four legged babies...I love to hike take the doggies out for a walk. I just started to bike again. I am trying oh so hard to lose weight so far almost 30 lbs gone.. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 02:28:23 EST New here Hi everyone! I've been a great outdoors person since I can remember. I'm a Michigan Country girl who is now living in TN and loving every minute of it! My favorite things in the outdoors is hiking trails in the woods which I can do for hours since I'm also an explorer. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 13:27:00 EST New to team but not new to the outdoors Hi! I'm new to the team and love the outdoors. I'm addicted to bike riding, love to run and hike, and looking forward to learning how to kayak. Presently I am doing the research prior to purchasing my kayak. Since I'm a beginner, I plan to venture into calm waters. I'm 55+ in great health and have been a Spark member since 2010. Visit my SparkPage! I look forward to hearing from you about your adventures! <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 13:25:06 EST fresh start... Hi ... I'm mid 50's and love the outdoors & sports. But once again I let my body go... and it's taken me a while after some knee injuries to convince myself I'm serious about getting back into shape. Today is that day I know I'm going to focus - get serious & succeed! <BR> <BR> I love biking, swimming, hiking, walking, sailing, kayaking and just sitting around smelling the fresh air. I also love tennis -- but not sure I'll ever get to play again with my knees... maybe.. we'll see. <BR>... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:15:27 EST What else is possible? Hi Gang, <BR> <BR> I've been lurking along the Spark People sidelines for a while, but thought it may be goal-helpful to become a bit more outgoing. I am particularly interested in joining up with any walkers in, or near, my area code 36109.. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:42:52 EST BEEN AROUND THIS AVE A MILLION TIMES.... Hello. Greeting to all my name is Joy..... my nick name bib breasted girl is not what has pushed me to get into shape or Funny shaped Joy Either.... or the popular Joy you so fat you are disgusting and sloppy with a flat butt nope not that either hat has pushed me to try again is that if i have faith to keep at it one day it will sink in and it will not be in vain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you see you only are a weakling if you give up and no matter ho my peers family or husband give up on me I do not... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:51:33 EST BEEN AROUND THIS AVE A MILLION TIMES.... Hello. Greeting to all my name is Joy..... my nick name bib breasted girl is not what has pushed me to get into shape or Funny shaped Joy Either.... or the popular Joy you so fat you are disgusting and sloppy with a flat butt nope not that either hat has pushed me to try again is that if i have faith to keep at it one day it will sink in and it will not be in vain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you see you only are a weakling if you give up and no matter ho my peers family or husband give up on me I do not... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:51:33 EST Super Bowl plans Hey OP! What are your plans for the Super Bowl? I'm not much of a football fan since I'm originally from Chicago and the Bears, well, they look good and then everybody gets hurt. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have a game plan for the big game. We are going to a friends house and they plan to have wings, meatballs, and then I'm supposed to bring something to snack on. Here's my plan: 2 wings, 2 meatballs, and 2 beers (high gravity of course). I'm going to bring veggies so I can snack endlessly on ... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 08:55:36 EST New to the group, living in the great white north. I use to live in BC, Langley, Surrey and as a kid spent a lot of time in Birch Bay. My parents had a place there for a few years. Now I call Mississauga, Ontario home. I miss the mountains but in Ontario we have so many places to go for outdoor activities. I never thought of myself as someone who liked the outdoors. But I spend so much time outdoors now! <BR> Skiing in the winter, walking/hiking year round. Planning on doing more biking this summer for sure! Oh yeah, kayaking of course! <BR> ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 08:07:20 EST SparkLive! class - Noteworthy Nutrition Goals SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:38:48 EST SparkLive! class - Secrets of Strong Starters SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:09:13 EST Hi from Louisiana! Greetings to one and all. New SparkPeople member here. I'm looking forward to using this site to make changes to my lifestyle, mainly more physical activity and less bad food choices. And maybe make some new friends along the way! <BR> <BR> Brenda Sat, 31 Dec 2011 23:54:05 EST SparkLive! Class - 7 Rewarding Resolutions Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:44:56 EST HI - I am new! Good Morning! <BR> I got a personal invitation sometime ago to join this team and I am just now getting around to joining! :-) <BR> <BR> I have been on SP since 2009. I got to my goal weight in June 2009. After that it slowly crept back, if you are interested in my story stop by my page. It happens to a lot of people so I won't bore you with the details here. <BR> <BR> I have a renewed spark to get back to my goal weight and stay there this time! Most of my exercise is outdoors or on my tr... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 08:59:22 EST Merry Christmas from Caledonia, Ontario. Merry Christmas everyone from my home town of Caledonia, Ontario. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 20:36:00 EST SparkLive! Class - Simple Stress Busters Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 16:02:14 EST Hi From Outdoorsy Dad Just thought i would pop in and say hi. <BR> <BR> I love being in the outdoors be it running, hiking, camping or simply just taking a few shots with the camera. <BR> <BR> Anyway "hi" again hope to get to know a few of you in the team. <BR> <BR> Outdoorsy Dad Sun, 18 Dec 2011 04:25:51 EST SparkLive! class - Avoiding Holiday Gains Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:07:59 EST Hi from Ontario Hi, I'm Jennifer. I've been actively using Spark since mid-June, but I just stumbled upon this group. I'm married, with two teenage boys (15 and 18), who keep me on my toes. We also have two large dogs (Great Pyrenees), also both male. So I am the lone female in a house full of testosterone. I love the outdoors - camping, hiking, canoeing, and I'm planning to get back to downhill skiing this winter. I'd also like to take up snowshoeing. I would much rather do something outdoors than spe... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:07:46 EST SparkLive! Class - Healthier Holiday Recipes Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 21:15:53 EST Hi, I'm from BC! This Team has such a nice and relaxed feel to it. I'd love to kick back on the patio or the deck with you guys, especially after a long hike, of course. I hail from the West Coast of BC, where you can enjoy the great outdoors practically year round. Love animals too, and my dog is truly my companion. Looking forward to meeting you all, and sharing stories, adventures. and pictures. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:57:05 EST Just saying "Hello from a Sparkhiker in East TN"! Hey guys and gals... I've just recently joined sparkpeople to help keep up with my calories in and out as I try to make it to my goal weight (I'm down 100lbs in 5.5 years, and have about 50 more pounds to go). I live next to the Smoky Mtns in East Tennessee, and this weekend hope to reach my goal of 250 miles hiked in the park in 2011. I also enjoy kayaking, biking, camping, and am trying to get into the whole running thing. <BR> <BR> Glad to be a part of a group that also enjoys the ou... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:38:45 EST No caffeine challenge Hi all! I'm interested in eliminating caffeine from my diet. I've done this off and on in the past, but it is a "gateway drug" for me. I tend to have cravings for more caffeine and sugar after my initial daily fix. My caffeine of choice is sweet tea. I'm hoping that by posting on here I can be more accountable to myself. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:15:31 EST Hello from the mountains! Hi all! Just joined the group, happy to have found it! I am extremely grateful each and every day that I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth (you can't look out a single window of my house without seeing a breathtaking mountain view!) and I try to get outside and enjoy it whenever I can! Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:33:47 EST Spark Live! 5 Ways to Prevent Weight Gain at Work Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:24:38 EST SparkLive! topic - Thanksgiving Suvival Guide Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 17:03:12 EST Greetings from the land of the Konza Thought I'd look for a team with multiple outdoor interests and I found this one. Looks like I found a good one based on the number of members. Looking to share outdoor stories and hoping to find some good and interesting hikes. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:21:35 EST Hi Everyone Hey all i am new to the team and thought i would share 10 things about me to break the ice. <BR> <BR> 1. I live in the UK <BR> 2. I am scared of flying (have flown in the past, not a great experience) <BR> 3. I have a pet miniature Jack Russel. <BR> 4. My favorite film is Despicable ME <BR> 5. I cant stand Cherry's Or Kidney Beans. <BR> 6. I suffer from OCD and i am world class procrastinator. <BR> 7. I once kicked a ball through a basketball hoop from the other end of the court (never been ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:57:46 EST SP Live! meeting: Healthier Halloween Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 16:51:08 EST outdoor 'farm' girl at heart Hi! <BR> I've grown up on a farm, but lived in surburbia half my life...I love being outdoors-whether it's hiking, fishing, canoing or kayaking...I hope to retire somewhere that allows be to be outside ALL the time-I don't like the extreme cold, however, and not a fan of snow/or ice... <BR> <BR> I hope to touch base with a few new 'Sparkers' on this team! <BR> Dee Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:49:14 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! I just joined this team but have been on sp for a little over a month. My name is Angie and I'm from central Massachusetts. I spent years being a couch potato but now have a new found appreciation for being outdoors. Since I've started my weight loss journey, I've taken up hiking and found that I absolutely love it! I'm sure there are plenty of other things I would enjoy if I gave them a chance too. Looking forward to being a part of the team. Have a great day everyone! :) Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:03:13 EST newbie Hello everyone.My name is Christine.I am new to this team.I enjoy kayaking,hiking and many other outdoor activities.looking forward to posting here Sun, 18 Sep 2011 12:04:27 EST Hi I am new Hi I am new to this Team. I am just getting back into Sparkpeople after a year off. I have found that bike riding has eased my back pain so I am doing as much of it as I can before winter comes. <em>224</em> I also enjoy walks in the woods, kayaking on lakes and rivers. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:57:57 EST Hello I'm new and I'm Mike I am happy to be a part of this team. I love the outdoors. I love camping and boating & fishing! <BR> Most of my adult life I have worked outdoors and have and to do union negotiations with Alligators, Coyotes and Moccasins. The mindset I find about the outdoors is when your out there, it makes all the office and home problems insignificant! The outdoors gives you a chance to breath and reflect on your goals! It's the best place to operate life from. It makes you humble! What a great mediu... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:57:11 EST Hi all!!! New to the team here. Just thought i would say hi to you all and hope to speak to some of you soon. <BR> <BR> Franciszek <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 13:44:19 EST 3 months til snow... then what? What are you guys planning on doing when the snow flies in a few months? Do any of you ride CX? (if you know the abbreviation... you do) Whos getting new snowshoes or XC skis? I would love to get a fatbike... but dont have the $1500 to facilitate it... :/ Thu, 1 Sep 2011 16:00:30 EST Texas Hiking Weekend - Davis Mountains - October 5 Event Choices over the 3 day weekend starting on Friday Oct 7. <BR> <BR> Friday is at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center (12-1pm start) <BR> <BR> Sat. is Davis Mountains State Park (8:00am - 12:00 start) and/or Fort Davis National Historic Site (8:00am - 12:00 start). <BR> <BR> Sun is Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch (7:30am - 8:30am start). <BR> <BR> Come hike one or all with us. Membership is not required. You must carry water. Hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended. <BR> <BR> Clic... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:40:20 EST New and Starting 09/01/2011 Well here is my introduction. <BR> <BR> I am not quite sure what to type here, as I have no idea what you would want to know. I live in coastal SoCal, and I am looking forward to beginning this journey with each of you. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you all, and please don't hesitate to ask a question, as I am sure I will answer, I just really don't know what to say. <BR> <BR> Most sincerely, <BR> <BR> Jen Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:32:05 EST Hello There :) My name is Chantal - My goal is to live an active and healthy lifestyle. I want to be regularly involved with outdoor activities and with the gym, I want to model active and healthy habits for my son. My plan for getting in shape includes not only hitting the gym and eating healthy, but participating in activities I enjoy alone and with my family. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:06:57 EST eMeetings - a new Spark feature Hi to my Outdoor Loving friends!! <BR> <BR> I want to invite you to connect with your SparkFriends in one of our SparkPeople LIVE! meetings this week! It's a great way to stay accountable and get advice for reaching your goals! <BR> <BR> This week’s topic is Five Goal Setting Techniques. Meetings are offered multiple days and times each week, so find one that works for your schedule. <BR> <BR> Remember: each meeting is limited to 40 members and fills up quickly! <BR> <BR> I am leading... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 08:52:43 EST New Here :) Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team, but not to SP - I've been using SP faithfully for nearly a year, but have just started to join some groups :) <BR> <BR> I love all things outdoorsy. I ski (downhill, mostly), snowshoe, hike, bike, walk, run, swim, body board, and I just started sea kayaking. I don't think I missed anything :) Looking forward to being active on the board and seeing what everyone else is up to! <BR> <BR> Penelope Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:00:24 EST hello everyone I rejoined Spark in March and am trying to get a little leaner and a lot more fit. I want to get into backpacking, mountain biking, and climbing as I get in better shape. For now, I run, swim, hike, kayak, camp, and take lots of pictures. I'm looking forward to getting to know you guys and wish you all the best reaching your goals! <BR> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:09:04 EST Sparking to hike, climb, ski and camp (: Hi, I'm not new to Sparkpeople but looking for a fresh start. <BR> <BR> I'm 5'7" and have 30 pounds to lose. Right now I weigh 160. I plan on working hard to build a stronger, healthier body by Fall 2011. My goal weight is 130 pounds. <BR> <BR> I want to be strong enough to go on long backpacking trips and hikes with friends and families in the summer and to ski in the winter. I also plan on joining a rock climbing gym once I reach my goal weight. When doing these kinds of activities, I ca... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 18:55:16 EST New to the Adventure Hi everyone, <BR> I’m a twentyish year old looking to get healthy and live a super active lifestyle. I am starting out at about 220 pounds and ultimately want to get down to about 150. More importantly I want to turn my life into an adventure. I want off of the couch and into the world. <BR> <BR> I have always loved the outdoors and I would really like to get involved in outdoorsy things. When I was younger I dreamed of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in a single summer. I would love t... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 13:42:06 EST New Team for Tahosa Been on Sparkpeople for a few years, but some changes are due. So here I am. When it cools off in AZ I will get back outdoors. But when its around 115° stay indoors. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:18:26 EST Hi there! I am new on SparkPeople - I'm 57, extremely active - work fulltime in healthcare, hike, backpack, kayak, ballroom dance, snowshoe in season, walk a lot, play golf when I can - love the outdoors! Unfortunately I also love to eat! I lost 60 lbs. 3 years ago, but this past year in spite of high activity levels and lots of exercise I have regained 20 of those pounds - so it's time to reverse the trend! I have about 40 lbs. to actually lose (I never made goal the first time around... quit when ... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:37:29 EST Peakery! Hey guys, I am new to the team! My name is Nikki and I live in New Hampshire. I joined SparkPeople in Feb. 2011 and I have so far lost 20 lbs!! <BR> <BR> I recetly came across this website! It is a fun website where you can track all the peaks that you "bag"! It covers all of the mountains in the world and it is really fun to keep track of the mountains you hike. You can tag a picture from your hike, add a description of the trails or who you went with and it will save all th... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 13:15:57 EST let me introduce myself! and...wind dsurfing?! Hey everyone my name is Brenda! New to the outdoors team...not so new to the outdoors! Grew up and live again here in Michigans BEAUTIFUL Upper Peninsula! <BR> <BR> Most passionate about running (especially in the woods along Lake Superior with my hound dog "Timber") and kayaking the hundereds of rivers within spitting distance of me! I have two sons (8 & 10) and we love to mountain bike together! Favorite place to be is our camp on a pretty little lake with not a soul in sight! Grew up sw... Wed, 25 May 2011 01:06:20 EST Hi From Florida Thought I'd better introduce myself. I'm Vicki, I'm 54 years old, married, and have 1 grown son that lives in NC. I'm also 100 lbs over weight. In 2005 I was 142 lbs but due to a lot of things my eating and exercise routine changed for the worst and since then I steadily climbed to 245.8 lbs. Since Sunday I've been on a new food and exercise plan and as of this morning I'm 240.2 lbs. So I'm finally doing something right once more. <BR> I have no idea how long it'll take me to reach my goal w... Tue, 24 May 2011 12:34:12 EST Intrigued I want to camp, hike, fish, cycle, play tennis, play outdoor games like frisbee, croquet, and ladder ball. My husband kind of does. <BR> I just need that big 'push' to actually make it happen. <BR> Fortunately we are starting off strong, camping Memorial Day weekend, and I'm SO bringing my hiking boots! <BR> I am hoping this team will challenge me and push me, and I hope I can do the same for you! Sun, 22 May 2011 22:47:20 EST Greetings from a newbie This looks like an interesting team that listed many of my personal interests so I look forward to learning about you all. I live in the midwest USA and this is such a lovely time of year for outdoor activities. Today I have divided out some hosta, then plan to go to church (NOT outdoors) then take my mom to some garden centers before attending an outdoor yoga class. <BR> <BR> Hope the weather cooperates..... Sun, 22 May 2011 10:58:09 EST Introduction Given my username, this felt like an appropriate group to join. <em>30</em> My real name is Karen. <BR> <BR> Although I am out of shape now, I like a LOT of outdoor activities, hiking, hunting, camping, kayaking, etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> I volunteer with the nonprofit outreach group; Women in the Outdoors, there are chapters nationwide, organizing events. Tue, 10 May 2011 17:27:01 EST Hello Everyone! Hello Everyone -- I found out about SparkPeople from a friend of mine who had lost a significant amount of weight. What impressed me, in addition to her having lost so much weight, was that she actually seemed HAPPY, not deprived. I talked with her about her experience, and she told me about SparkPeople. I am so grateful that she did, because I am so impressed with all I see at SparkPeople -- especially the welcoming and positive support of SparkPeople folks. I'm in my early 60s, just sta... Fri, 6 May 2011 20:33:57 EST Weekend What are your outdoor plans for th weekend? Its cooling off from a hot week here in Vegas, so I am excited. The Derby is Saturday, but I am not attending - maybe a derby pary? I digress, off topic. I AM planning on a farmers market and participating in the March of Dimes March for Babies, so I should get a little blue sky time in. <BR> <BR> How about you? Thu, 5 May 2011 13:02:12 EST Weatehr First, it seems to have been lost in all the news, but sadness and heart thoughts go out to those impacted by the tornado's that have been demolishing and demoralizing our country. <BR> Second, and on a brighter note, the weather is turning (heck-its going to be 93 this week, but alas, it's vegas) and I am excited to get outside and get some fitness in out doors. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite ALT Outdoor fitness activity? <BR> <BR> I think mine is playing in the park with my and my GF's k... Mon, 2 May 2011 15:05:42 EST Introducing myself Hi folks! <BR> <BR> I am not new to Spark, but have just joined this team after doing a search for Hiking. I am very excited to see an active outdoor group! <BR> <BR> I would like to share my newest blog from my hiking trip Saturday: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4187491 </link> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend and wish you a great start to this week! <BR> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:03:21 EST Geocaching Is there anyone out there that enjoys geocaching like I do? Mon, 11 Apr 2011 23:29:18 EST Grand Forks North Dakota We are heading in that direction for next weekend, and just wondering what the flood situation is. From the graphs on the internet, it looks like we will arrive around the peak of the flood. <BR> <BR> We are going to be meeting a trucker who is delivering a fifth wheel camper to that point for us (it becomes very expensive to truck into Canada, so that's why we are meeting him there). <BR> <BR> Anyways, if there is anyone who can give me a little direction on the best way to avoid being sw... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:53:10 EST Missing the moutains Hi I'm new. I was born and raised in Montana and now live in Kansas. I miss the mountains. As I work to get back in shape and shed a few pounds, I'd welcome help on how to play out side in Kansas. Sat, 26 Mar 2011 10:24:53 EST Just Me! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kerry, I live in Maine and work at a university as an admission counselor. I love the outdoors and living in Maine gives me everything I am looking for- ocean, mountains, flatlands, lakes, rivers. I am going to be working as a whitewater rafting guide this summer and am super pumped about it. I can't wait to meet all of the fantastic people who also love outdoor recreation. I am on sparkpeople to lose weight, but mostly just to stay motivated to b... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 20:49:44 EST Hey everyone... Today i am feeling GREAT. Its my 3rd week back with sparkpeople i have lost 2.5 pounds have been exercising more and more each week and i am remaining positive...if any of my spark friends have facebook pages...come join me. Amy Grant...i also just started a health and wellness group page on help us all stay better connected. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:02:05 EST I'm a newbie Hi, <BR> <BR> It's nice to meet everyone! I try to get outdoors as often as possible. I'm in Nebraska and it has been gorgeous lately. Have had my first house for a year and half now so I'm attempting to get my (flower) garden growing and cleaned up. Though I hear today we might actually get snow tonight!!! I'm hoping and praying that's not the case since I just uncovered all my flowers! <BR> <BR> Is anyone else starting their yard work? Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:45:28 EST Newbie! Hey all! I am 29 years old and I love the outdoors. My mom thinks its completely amazing since when I was young, she had to force me to go outside! I love snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, swimming, running... anything that gets my body moving and fresh air in my lungs! <BR> <BR> I travel for a living and my goal is to do an outdoor activity in every state I travel through or to this year! <BR> If anyone has any ideas for activities or places to go in your area (national parks, mountains... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:25:52 EST Hiking in Hawaii? This is a question for those of you that have hiked in Hawaii. I'm planning a trip there and reading travel books and getting conflicting advice on what to wear to hike. I know it's muddy least in winter. My trip will be in September. Don't know if that will be better conditions or not. Anyway, one of the books said NOT to wear heavy, waterproof hiking boots. To wear more of the amphibious shoe style. I'm thinking they mean the Keen type sandal shoe for example. Then anoth... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:48:48 EST Hi There! I am 63, high cholesterol, borderline diabetic, fibromyalgia and arthritis. I am walking 4 miles a day and have lost <BR> the first 13 lbs (started at 201 lbs) in one month. I am trying to eat healthy and look forward to receiving encouragement from all. I am also willing to share my recipes that I have been inventing since the inception of this healthy plan. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 13:37:51 EST new bike So, at the end of March one of my rewards is to buy a bike. I'm biking the C&O Canal this summer (186 miles). The trail goes through the woods on a generally graveled path. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking a hybrid bike would be best. I already have the money saved, but I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on a certain bike to look into! <BR> <BR> Thanks!!! :) Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:12:24 EST HAPPY ,HEALTHY LIFE I AM MOTHER OF 3 AND GRANDMOTHER OF 5 AND 1 ON THE WAY.MY CHILDREN ARE GREAT AND HAVE FAMILY OF THEIR OWN.SO I AM NOW I AM TRYING TO START THIS NEW LIFE.AND HAVEING TROBLEM STARTING IT.I FEEL LOST...SO I AM STARTING HERE AND HOPEFULLY I WELL START OUT HEALTHY AND HAPPY Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:46:34 EST Just me Hi! My name is Melissa Beach. I am 38 years old with 4 children and 2 grandchildren! I have recently decided to make a lifestyle change and do something about my weight. I am trying tochange my diet as well as go to the gym and work out at least 4 days a week. Right now I am not feeling very successful. If anyone can tell me what diet worked for them please feel free to respond! Thanks in advance! Sat, 12 Mar 2011 13:23:13 EST Just me Hi! My name is Melissa Beach. I am 38 years old with 4 children and 2 grandchildren! I have recently decided to make a lifestyle change and do something about my weight. I am trying tochange my diet as well as go to the gym and work out at least 4 days a week. Right now I am not feeling very successful. If anyone can tell me what diet worked for them please feel free to respond! Thanks in advance! Sat, 12 Mar 2011 13:23:10 EST Nuclear ENERGY Never really have liked it. There arguments are its safe for the environment. My thoughts are things happen out of are control for one like Japan. It's clean energy. How come there always looking for a place to bury the waste deep under the ground? I just don't believe in it. Wind power is great except for the big, big windmills that look environmentally ugly. I love solar energy. Don't believe the energy company like the fact of us putting it on are house. I mean if we all had solar... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 12:04:09 EST Hello! Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Renee'. I am happy to have found this team. I am looking forwad to spending more time outdoors with my family this year. Looking forward to meeting fellow team members!!! <em>30</em> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 08:45:40 EST Hola Hey all, long time lister, first time caller. <BR> Glad to be on board. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 10:18:10 EST college mom well i'm throwing myself out there. my son is a senior in high school and getting ready to graduate. He will be going away to college. My husband and I are going to have a lot of time on our hands and we need to use that time wisely. I want to be around for a very long time and I know thats questionable with the path i'm on. In the past i have done zumba which I love. S0 long lazy,heres the new me. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 20:23:53 EST Hi My Name Is Donna Spinner Ive Been Trying To Lose Weight.But Ive Been Having A Hard Time.I Cant Stay Away From Junk Food.Im On 4 Or 5 Different Diets.I Need All Of Your Help.Im From Cortland NY.Thanks Donna Spinner Wed, 9 Mar 2011 19:49:51 EST What a Great Day Hello everyone. I am brand spanking new at this and I am wading through a little at a time. My name is Linville and I enjoy all things outdoors. I have two grown daughters, four grandchildren ranging in age from 6 to 18 and my wife and I have adopted a sipling group of three ranging in age from 7 to 12. We are both professionals and lead a very busy life. I am 58 and it is very important to me to get in shape and stay in shape for my children's sake, and my own. I live in Berea, KY. I ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 09:10:15 EST new to team hi everyone <em>30</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 20:04:16 EST new to spark Hello! New to spark people! I am excited to see where this takes me! I am a 24 year old stay at home mom with 2 boys, ages 3 and 1. I am loving having this to turn to when i need some mommy time! and the exercise is a great de -stresser!!! I am enjoying this new experience and cant wait to see what comes of it! Mon, 7 Mar 2011 10:30:18 EST Hello All I'm 31 with a husband, two kids, and a dog. I go to school full time and work part time at a funeral home and do freelance seamstress work and write a sustainable living blog (that I'm way behind on since I increased my credit hours). We live a pretty active life style. I walk 5 miles a day on average and ride by bicycle to campus. Alas, I am still ridiculously overweight. I've been over weight as long as I can remember, but the numbers on the scale have been climbing up this last year and I'... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 17:47:25 EST Hey everyone...I'm back. This is my second day ... My name is Amy, I am 38 years old. I have two teens 18 year old boy lives with his father, 16 year old girl lives with me. I first joined sparkpeople last fall then around the holidays fell back into quite a depression...its harder than i thought it would be to learn to do things for ME and not feel guilty about it. Well anyway...i'm ready to give it another go. I had a different profile page before...(forgot some of my info) so i started a new one. Hopeing to make a few friends along the wa... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 09:38:30 EST So c ool... ... to be apart of this group! My name is Jen and I just moved to Cali from Iowa. I love the great outdoors and used to be very active outside. I am trying to get my outdoorsy mojo back and have been fairly successful so far. It's been a right hard climb to get my husband to do anything with me that doesn't involve computers but there you go! If anyone lives in the Bako area and needs a buddy to do things with I am available...( I'm sounding desperate, aren't I? <em>2</em> LOL) Thu, 3 Mar 2011 01:56:53 EST hey howdy hey all Hi! I'm cali, glad to be here. I'm a single mom trying to loose weight. I grew up camping and such, and am moving back to an area where i want to be out doors ( i live in a desert, just not my style). Once i get there i want to start hiking and teaching my boys about nature and such. Starting training for a 5k this week. loving it so far. So Feel free to add me as a sparkfriend. and Let's do this ya'll!!!!! <em>244</em> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 21:34:36 EST Hello Everybody! I am an outdoor junkie that loves to hunt, fish, bike, hike, backpack, etc. You name it and I am ready and willing to try it. This is my first day on Spark People and I have a long way to go to reach my goal, but I would love to meet some new people to help motivate me to reach my target weight. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:25:43 EST Hi, there! Hello, everyone! I've been on SparkPeople for almost a month now, but am just starting to really take advantage of all the great resources. I know this is the end to all the yo-yoing I've done and the beginning of my new life. I'm so excited! <BR> <BR> I'm a 30-something farmer's wife and wildlife habitat specialist. Needless to say I love to be outside whenever I can. Some of my favorite activities are kayaking, biking, cross country skiing, hiking, and snow shoeing. I'm an active partner o... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 12:48:00 EST Hello Hi <BR> I am starting to re-train (after knee injury) for a marathon. I love to run, and I am excited, however I have gained 20 pounds on the downtime I have had :(. I also love to cook, and experiment with new food. I eat dairy, and gluetin free. I would enjoy some tips, or recipes, or maybe just an encouragement. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:27:28 EST Hoping "this" year is the one... I start out strong but always end up backsliding toward old habits (a cocktail here, a soda there; an oreo here, some ice cream there). Instead of continual weight loss, I either stay at my undesirable weight, or I gain a few more pounds each yr. I have the tools at home. I have the athletic stamina. I lack the willpower, combined with good eating habits. I lack the discipline to get 'er done. So, with the help of SparkPeople, I may just succeed this year and going forward. I will star... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 14:23:45 EST Geocaching For those of you in this team that like geocaching I have started a new team called "Caching in on Weight Loss." I hope to have topics to talk about the game. Please come join me if you enjoy the hunt. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:12:34 EST Hi! I'm Jessica and I love being outdoors. I like to go hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, biking, exploring new places, and basically anything to do with the outdoors. I get restless in if I'm in one place for too long. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:21:52 EST Looking for workout partner/group in Kennesaw, GA Hey all! I'm new to! I'm looking for any individuals/groups who are interested in getting together to workout, play tennis, kickball, etc....basically anything fitness related...I'm down! I would prefer if you lived in or close to Kennesaw. Please feel free to add me as a friend if you're interested! Thanks! Sun, 20 Feb 2011 15:06:20 EST First memory of the outdoors I've been thinking a lot recently about my childhood and its impact on my life. When did you first realize you had fallen in love with the outdoors? Sat, 19 Feb 2011 19:35:13 EST How do I love thee, let me count the ways...... This is one of my favourite poems, and seems appropriate..... <BR> <BR> XLIII. "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..." by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) <BR> <BR> How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. <BR> I love thee to the depth and breadth and height <BR> My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight <BR> For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. <BR> I love thee to the level of everyday's <BR> Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. <BR> I love thee freely, as men stri... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 11:53:06 EST It's Me It's me again, someone trying something different (sparkpeople) to lose this weight I have been trying to lose in the last 10 to12 years! I now deal with diabetes type 2 for that long too. My name is Sandra but call me Sandy :) I love animals, I have 4 peekapoo dogs - I love yard work when the weather is not cold out :( - I love swimming at the YWCA (even in the winter) - I love my job - I love my husband and son - Growing up, my family raised quarter horses, me and my brother showed the... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:14:46 EST BEING OUTSIDE IM SUSY AND GREW UP IN MISSOURI BUT AM NOW A TEXAN.GROWING UP IN THE WOODS WAS AN ADVENTURE EVERYDAY!I CANT STAND BEING COOPED UP AND WALK OUTSIDE EVERY CHANCE I GET,PLUS MY DOG LOVES THINKING SHE'S A RABBIT HUNTER,WHEN I WAS YOUNG WE DID NOT HAVE A TV SO WE HAD TREES,RIVERS,PONDS,LAKES,HILLS AND VALLEYS TO EXPLORE. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:47:05 EST Newbie!! I am new to the group! Hello.......I live in lots to do outside! Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:31:15 EST New To Group Hello! I am new to the group. Started snow shoeing this weekend and love it. I have always loved to hike or be at the lake or the beach. <BR> <BR> Jenn Wed, 16 Feb 2011 19:52:55 EST Hi! Hey everyone. :) My name is Addison and I'm an eighteen-year-old girl from Ontario, Canada. I'm here because I'm overweight and unhappy with it. I've been overweight for about five years now and I've always wanted to lose weight so badly but I've never been able to stay motivated enough to lose any significant amount. I'm looking for motivation! <BR> <BR> I love music and horses. I've been playing the clarinet for seven years and I have a 2001 Percheron pony mare named Spunky. We mostly tra... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:14:57 EST HI AM SWEETLADY5911 HELLO EVERYONE Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:59:03 EST Hi everyone!!! Hi all - <BR> Thanks to all of you who sent me a "Welcome" message - they are a wonderful way to begin my experience. I am truly excited to be here with you all and I'm sure I will succeed in reaching my goal, You have a fantastic site and I am proud to be a member. <BR> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:39:46 EST Hello Hi there, I am new to the site and love the outdoors. I am currently doing snowshoeing twice a week and walking biweekly. I belong to a ladies outdoor group and it has been a great incentive to rev up my exercise and keep active. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:44:40 EST Hello, All My name is Liberty and i have quite a few problems concerning my body that need to be taken care of before it's too late and other problems surface. I need all the support and motivation i can get. one big thing is i need to strengthen my upper back/shoulder muscles because of excessive breast weight. i'm not really new to this site but i haven't been here for years because, as i said, i needed motivation. i thought i had it and then i let myself go. but now, i need to get back in shape not j... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 21:51:17 EST Starting again.... Hi all, I've just joined the site today. I'm 27 and live in New Zealand. I have let my weight creep up over the last few years but I haven't found a consistent way to lose it yet! <BR> <BR> I tend to yo yo on faddy diets which I can't keep up for long, and the same with exercise regimes. I would like to live an all round healthier lifestyle, with more activity. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck!!! Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:56:25 EST I will change .... Hi my name is Amber and I am here for a change! I have been struggling with my weight for as long as I can remember I have been on diets after diets and it all keeps coming back plus more. I am determined to lose weight, look good and also be healthy. Also I have been slowly changing the way I eat and now I just need to stop being lazy and exercise. This time I WILL lose it and keep it off! I am looking for friends to help keep me motivated through this process. <BR> Mon, 7 Feb 2011 15:19:11 EST Hey everyone Hey everyone anybody going for flat abs like me? Sun, 6 Feb 2011 22:42:03 EST How to find a cause? I would really like to get into those 5k run/walk money raising causes....I just don't know how to go about it. I NEED one where I can walk...running isn't an option at my size. Anyways, I'd like to know how to find these so I can help with these great causes!! Sat, 5 Feb 2011 17:45:41 EST New to the team (and to SP!) Hi everyone! I am almost brand new to SP and am looking for some friends to get motivation from and hopefully help them with their journey's as well! I am a 30 yr old female from NH who loves hiking and backpacking but have been so out of shape in recent years that I haven't been able to go too often anymore. This bums me out so i'm hoping to get myself back in shape, dust off my gear and hit the trails again! I would love to get more involved in SP and am hoping to find like-minded folks ... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 14:13:42 EST Got to do something I am a 47 year old female who eats very healthy foods, runs outdoors when the weather is not brutal (I live in NY-so lately, the weather has been bitter) own a business, working 6 days a week, two children, husband and all the things that go with a hectic lifestyle. I know I'm preaching to the choir, but how in the heck can I get in shape--tighten the belly and get rid of the love handles with such little time. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 11:20:08 EST Hello from Iowa Hi all outdoor people! <BR> I recently joined and would like to say hello. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, biking, skiing, kayaking, camping, gardening .....just about anything that gets me outside and avoids housecleaning--HA! <BR> Can't wait to share adventures and learn new ones! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 20:44:52 EST Hello from Indiana! I love hiking, walking, and camping. I have lost most of my weight getting outside to exercise and Bonus: I love the outdoors! So when I saw this team was featured, I decided to join. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 14:06:56 EST Hello from Wyoming Hi!! I am Emily from Wonderful Wyoming, the Equality State!!! I am an outdoor girl all the way. I love hiking, backpacking, jogging, horseback riding, and my new passion is snow shoeing! I love being able to see nature and I love being away from civilization LOL, and best of all is I love that it counts as exercise!!! I have two wonderful boys ages 7 & 8 who I homeschool, and they enjoy all of these activities as well so aside from being great exercise and wonderful mental release, its te... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 18:06:56 EST Getting motivated My friend's mom lost 60 lbs. by using this site. I was hoping it would get me motivated to live healthy and lose some pounds. I'm active but need some formal exercise. My biggest problem is snacking at night. Mostly boredom but it is my only downtime. I have a bad back (from years of being a nurse) and it is acting up right now so I am hoping to get some treadmill activity if it is not too painful. Wish me luck! Sat, 29 Jan 2011 15:31:26 EST Hi from Missouri! Hello my name is Frank. I love all kinds of outdoor activities. Hiking, climbing, I just love it! I've set some goals but I will have to get into really good shape to attain them! I plan to do some more climbing in Colorado this summer. If that goes well and I meet my fitness goals next year I think I will take the week long mountaineering course (RMI) ending with a summit attempt on Mt Rainer. If I stick with it I think I would even like to try Denali! Well anything is possible with hard wor... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 01:22:44 EST Stacey from Virginia Hey I'm Stacey from Northern VA, and I'm new to the group/site. I'm a runner, infact I'm running a half marathon in New Orleans in 3 weeks. I'm signed up for several races this year, but I'd really like to get into cycling this year. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:38:28 EST Hi from Ontario Hello everyone. I'm Jazz, and I'm from Ontario Canada. We are fortunate to celebrate four beautiful seasons, and I love everyone of them. There's always something special to do outside, and hubby and I take full advantage of it. Mind you, it was -27 celius this morning, so we'll curtail our adventures until after work today! <BR> <BR> Jazz Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:48:01 EST Hello everyone!! Hello! My name is Amanda. I'm from Eastern Kentucky, and very glad to have found this team. I love to hike and fortunately for me I live anywhere between five seconds to forty-five minutes from some great trails, one being in the woods of my backyard. I'm really looking forward to some warmer weather (and a lack of snow) to start being active outside again. Forty degrees ought to do it! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:48:33 EST Biking in Alabama I'm no expert, but I did live in Montgomery this past summer, and my friend and I biked through on the way to Florida, so I have a few tips. <BR> <BR> The southern coast of AL is AWESOME for biking. The 32 mile stretch starting at the FL border and going to Ft. Morgan has bike lanes or bike paths the whole time, and it's a beautiful ride. Then you can hop the ferry over to Dauphin Island and bike the length of the island on their bike path. Dauphin Island Campground is a really friendly p... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 11:15:43 EST Happy New Year New to the group and to the site. Wanted to introduce myself. I'm Robin from Oklahoma, 44 years old and very active outddors. Road biking, running and I love to swim. Completed my first Sprint Tri this past year and had a goal to ride 50 miles by the end of the year and rode 65 miles-it was tough but did it. Looking forward to meeting new people. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:07:12 EST Hello from Brighton, UK Hello Outdoor People, <BR> <BR> I'm a French native (American by adoption, and now living in the UK, go figure!) who loves hiking and would gladly drop everything to do that and only that. <BR> I've been going through a rough patch in my life this year, splitting up from my hubby and best friend because he wants to go back to the States and I need to be in Europe for awhile, for sanity sake! I missed my folks very much over there. <BR> <BR> So, of course, I've been packing on the pounds, wh... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 11:26:01 EST If you see it own it! Please Read! The Challenge: Take a bag with you next time you visit a public place outdoors and pick up the litter. <BR> <BR> I am so tired of being forced to see litter scattered across beautiful scenery. I don't understand why people choose to throw trash on the ground when a trash can is walking distance or how you can take the container of coke to the lake but you can't take the container back home with you. This is a problem i can't solve, but what i can do is own it when i see it. Yesterday when i ... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 17:41:21 EST New HIking book I don't know if any of you are near the southern nevada area, but there's a really spiffy new book out for hiking in this area. I just wanted to share with everyone for referencing. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I've learned a lot of new hikes from Branch! <em>41</em> So i was just throwing that out there for suggestions for hiking references if people were needing or wanting suggestions Thu, 7 Oct 2010 15:14:00 EST Best outdoor activites? I am just now getting into the outdoor scene. I love kayaking (but it costs money until I buy my own kayak). What are some of the best outdoor activities that are free or some what cheap? Fri, 27 Aug 2010 01:17:11 EST One day at a time I just joined yesterday. Started to lose weight to get ready for backpacking in California in September. Hopefully by the time I go, I would have lost the weight of my back pack. Then I swear to never gain again. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:29:17 EST Grateful to have found you!:) Dear All, <BR> <BR> What a great day this is!! This website is definitely working as powerful spark in my life today! <BR> I am Margarida, a 33 year old Portuguese, living in Barcelona, Spain. This year I've been dieting on and off, every single month, only to get myself 5 more kgs. At least I know why...I'm an emotional eater. I have probably read only too much about overcoming it, about controling my thoughts, but I've realized my problem lies in turning thoughts into action. I can go fro... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 10:28:54 EST New and wanting to improve! I grew up in the country. Hiking, biking, boating, and camping. Loved them all. As I grew older and graduated from college, started becoming an adult and having no time I stopped doing all that. I can honestly say that since I quit going outdoors I've gained almost 65 pounds. I sit in the house all day and make excuses. <BR> <BR> Things changed about 2 weeks ago. My mom came to visit me and took me and my little brother on a kayaking trip. I LOVED IT!! So since then I have planned ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 01:04:25 EST Hello - Just getting started :) Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Wendy I am just getting started and fell in love with Hiking and kayaking. I want to loose weight and get healthier so I can enjoy longer hikes and paddles. I have been hiking mostly in NY and NJ and recently a few days in Vermont which is gorgeous. I am excited about being a member of the team! Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:27:19 EST Hi from Maryland! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople on Tuesday. I love the outdoors and adventures! I grew up close to the Appalachin Trail and have moved towards Baltimore. <BR> <BR> I go whitewater rafting at least once a year, sometimes twice. I like to Hike, canoe, kayak (in calm water), etc. <BR> <BR> I have a mountain bike that I haven't put to much use. I'm hoping that one day I'll use it on a regular basis. I just have to find someone at my level (Easy, LOL). Fri, 16 Jul 2010 12:44:55 EST Hi from Chattanooga I've recently gotten into climbing and hiking. My roommate is a total outdoors person and I desire to get outdoors more, so it works out perfectly. Wed, 26 May 2010 15:28:19 EST Hi from Canada, Toronto Hi everyone! I live in Canada, Toronto. I am 22 and I am a recent college graduate trying to lose extra pounds and get healthier along the way. I just found this group and I love it! I am into hiking, backpacking, portaging, canoeing, camping kind of stuff and I also recently started running. I love Spark and Spark teams!!! So many people on here inspire me to be a healthier person. Tue, 25 May 2010 15:54:50 EST Hello from Northern England! Hi everyone, I'm new to the team. I'm a Texan living in Northern England. It's beautiful here, and though the weather is not often ideal, it's warming up a bit and I enjoy getting outside for walks on the beach as much as possible. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you! Fri, 30 Apr 2010 05:04:04 EST canoeing kyacking I'm falling in love with canoeing again! Today, I saw a bald eagle, an otter and a hawk snatch a fish while paddling down the Russian River in Northern Calif. It's good to resume an activity that I loved during childhood. Sun, 25 Apr 2010 23:43:52 EST Hi from Tink Hi I've recently joined but not very technical, still finding my way round the website! I love outdoors and I am voluntary adventure training instructor for the air training core, so out and about a lot. I've just come back from a weeks camp in Llanbedr in Wales, lots of hillwalking, beautiful country! Wed, 21 Apr 2010 07:36:31 EST Hello from GA Hi I am so glad I found this team! I love being outdoors, be it working in my yard/garden or hiking up mountians. <BR> Brandy Tue, 13 Apr 2010 21:51:28 EST Introduction I guess I owe an introduction, I’m never very good at these I honestly never have been good at writing about myself and I always seem to get nervous introducing myself on online forums. I have a good tendency to lurk wishing I had the guts to post and make friends. I know I need support in this, I’ve tried to loose weight and get fitter before but a lack of accountability often means that my original motivations wane and I end up in a cycle of loosing some weight, gaining it back, loosing it ... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 11:27:13 EST How often should I run? I've never been much of a runner but I'd really like to get into it this spring/summer. I used to play soccer and football, but had a hard time with the endurance needed for long distance runs. <BR> <BR> Last summer I hurt both of my knees and needed PT for about 4 months. Before that I had some other health issues so I wasn't able to exercise much last year. I'm slowly getting better and am getting close to being in the shape I was in before. I am able to jog in place in my home for about ... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:20:18 EST Hi, from Michigan! Being from MI, it's all I can do to contain myself. The sun is finally shining and it's above 50 degrees for the third day in a row. I am itching to get outside so badly! It's tough being cooped up all winter, especially when my canoe is sitting right outside my bedroom calling to me everytime I look out the window. I have spring fever! I can't wait to get my hiking boots on and my backpack stuffed. It's time to get out and do anything! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 12:48:34 EST Hey from Arkansas! I'm Meredith, I am looking forward to losing weight so i can rock climb! one of my end gifts to myself will be getting all the gear! I was looking through some motivation rewards from other people and it was almost like every other one said "Mani Pedi" , I'm not really that type of girl and I was wondering what yall did <BR> <BR> Thanks! Looking Forward to making some new friends! Sat, 6 Mar 2010 15:19:39 EST Hey, From Agassiz, B. C., Canada :D <em>636</em> Yes, I'm a Canadian, & proud of it! No, it has nothing to do with the Olympics - seriously! I am very proud of the Canadian athletes & how well my country fared at the Games, but my nationalism has been a deep part of me for as long as I can remember. <BR> <BR> I was a member of SP quite a while ago, & when I was an active member before, I was a member of this group. I always loved going over to The Deck & chatting a while. It's a good place, & I just came from there. <BR> <B... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 15:33:13 EST Taking my mom camping This is my first post here, so howdy everyone. I look forward to meeting all of you. <BR> <BR> I'd like to take my 65-year old mom tent camping with me in Vermont over Memorial Day weekend. It will be her first time camping. If anyone has any ideas about making this as enjoyable and as comfortable an experience for her as possible, I'd love to hear them. Thanks in advance. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 10:27:25 EST Has anyone hiked around Phoenix? Looking for any info on hiking the Phoenix area. I'm going there with my sister the end of this month and we are staying at a hotel right in the north mountain rec area. Any must do trails you know of? <BR> <BR> I've been away from spark for a long time. It's great to see this place still as active as ever! I'm loving all the cross country profile pics too! I was out yesterday as a matter of fact. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 11:47:14 EST Hello from Washington I'm brand new to Spark - and I'm hoping this will be a new motiivation. I live in the Seattle Area, and I am love hiking and camping. I'm trying to get back into shape so I can keep up with my husband! I love the outdoors, and am fortunate to work at REI. Looking forward to sharing goals and encouragement with all of you. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 23:36:42 EST Hello from Suisun, CA Hello everyone Fri, 29 Jan 2010 23:56:53 EST Hello from saskatchewan!! Hi everyone........ Sat, 23 Jan 2010 04:06:03 EST Hello from NYC! Hi all, my name is Heather. <BR> <BR> I previously lost 60 lbs & joined spark people about half way through. Before I lost the weight, I was almost a xenophobe and severely depressed. I got on some meds for my depression and once they started working, I started WW & hiking. I joined spark people after quitting WW mainly due to cost. I was on my way to onederland. Then I started a new career path & became an apprentice electrician. My day was/is filled with physical exertion which increased m... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 04:05:04 EST Looking to camp / hike in southern Alabama They’re going to be shutting down our business for inventory the last week in February. DH and I are hoping to take a 4 day camping / hiking trip. We’ll have our dogs with us as well, so we can’t do anything like caverns where they won’t let us take them in. I’m thinking south Alabama since I’m hoping the weather will be a little warmer there and we strictly tent camp. Since we live in north Alabama, we’ll also be able to use our current fishing licenses instead of buying for a new state ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:02:27 EST Hello - Tree Hugger from PA here!!! :-) Hey all! Glad to see there are people who like the outdoors even in the winter! I personally love snow, but recently i moved to the Philadelphia area, and we dont get as much as I am used to when I lived in Upstate NY. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:11:28 EST Hi! Hi everyone. I am new to Sparks and loving it. I was really excited to see that there is an outdoor group (there is a group for everything!). I am a 29 year old woman from Canada. I love being outside but have fallen into the habit of staying sedentiary inside (oh the horror!). My favourite outdoor activities include snowshoeing, biking, canoeing (solo and tandem), climbing, and running. I was lucky enough to go snowshoeing on New Year's eve at my friend's house and loved it! I wish I ... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 11:55:22 EST Hello from Eastern Canada!! I'm so happy there's a group for people who loves the outdoors!!!!! Let's share our stories! :) Sat, 9 Jan 2010 15:45:57 EST Hello from Georgia Hi everyone! My name is Pat and while I have joined SP quite awhile ago, I did not really stay active with it. Getting back now, and trying to hook up with teams and people with like interests, I came across this group which is right up my alley. I love being outdoors and my outdoor activities include camping, hiking and trail running (when my knees permit). Fortunately, I don't live too far from trails, but when I can't get there a good long city walk can do just as well for me. When as... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:09:59 EST Hello from Colorado Hi, my name is Ariel and I live in the great mountain country of Colorado. I have a wonderful place to go walking, biking, hiking. I just need the encouragement to get back to my roots and back to what I love the most, Being outdoors!!! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 21:29:33 EST Hello from the desert! Hi my name is Shanna! I'm currently living in 29palms. I used to be very active outdoors with horses but now that I've temporarily moved away from the ranch I've been learning new ways of enjoying the outdoors, Like hiking! That is one awesome thing about the desert is that you can hike and play outside all winter long! I'm glad to meet everybody! Sun, 13 Dec 2009 08:03:12 EST Hello from France Hello, I'm Karen, I live in France however I am Scottish. I'm 52.My SO lives near Annecy, in the Alps, and has a very outdoor life. Since I have put on weight, I haven't been able to join in as much as before. So I want to lose weight, and gain endurance. <BR> My goals? <BR> To be able to ski regularly this winter (a couple of times a month if possible) <BR> To nordic walk regularly (once or twice a week, plus once at the weekend when possible) <BR> Be in the physical condition necessary f... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 07:19:28 EST hEY FROM uTAH gLAD TO BE A PART OF THIS TEAM. YOU GUYS REALLY SUPPORT EACH OTHER. THAT'S WHAT I NEED!! Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:17:29 EST Hello from Chicago! Hello everyone! Just found your forum and I'm excited to "meet" everyone. It's just starting to get cold here in Chicago which is sometimes a challenge for our activities. Wind chills make it hard for me to want to go outside. <BR> <BR> The other seasons are easy, we hike, fish, camp, bike, you name it - we're outside! Winter, if there's snow me & my daughters will ski, sled and just play. (The hubby not so much!) <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know you all better. Mon, 16 Nov 2009 07:38:53 EST Walking / Hiking with Dogs in Hartselle, AL Area I’m looking for a walking partner to make me more accountable and make the walks more enjoyable. I walk every night after work except Tuesday (I get to the track between 5:30 and 6:00). I walk with two large dogs who just love it. I try to do between 3 and 5 miles within an hour. If you’re in the Hartselle, AL area and would like to walk with me, please let me know. <BR> <BR> I’m also looking for a hiking partner. I try to hike every weekend as long as the weather is favorable, but DH wo... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 11:41:08 EST Hello From Maryland Thanks to Woodheat for inviting me to stop by! <BR> <BR> I recently took up hiking this spring with my best friend. We're both students and poor, so the initial no-cost was sadly a primary motivator ;) Since then, we hike at least once a week and have bought gear and camping equip to carry us through winter. <BR> <BR> I live in central Maryland, 10 min away from the AP trail, 20 min from the Potomac/Shenandoah rivers, and have 6 other state/private parks with trails within 30 mins. A little... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 01:54:28 EST Here we go another new one Hi everyone, I new to your team ..been around SP since July 20,09. Been looking for a team that likes the Great Outdoors as much as I do..I do a lot of hiking and walking the rural hills of Ky. that's right a hillbilly and proud of it.I do a lot of work on the back 40 most days too.. I been a fan of Spark America, till I found out it cant keep up with my real minutes I turn in..oh well I still log em in anyway. Well i hope I can keep up with you all..I'm sure there must be some busy outdoor ... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 21:10:19 EST GETTING READY For major hiking, backpacking and overall fitness. Looking to purchase some kind of equipment for the house. It will help my son get ready for Boy Scout camp next year. But also the rest of the family needs it too. I would love to have my long distance endurance up for major hiking and backpacking. So what do you think is best a elliptical, stepper or treadmill. When we hike we don't do it on flat ground its up mountains so we need something suitable for that training. I don't want to waste m... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 14:30:48 EST Another newbie! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm also new here. We live on a small farm in Appalachia, but are not farming right now, just lots of chickens, dogs, cats... I homeschool and am a 4-H advisor. <BR> <BR> I've got lots of weight to loose and I want to rediscover my adventurous nature before I turn 50 next year! I have plenty of space for hikes right outside my front door, and lots of other opportunities within driving distance. I need to rediscover how much I used to like being active. <BR> <BR> TIA for y... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 09:35:01 EST hi,new here I love the outdoor (I"m a out-sider LOL)taking walks, go hiking in the state park, just whatever. I need to lose about 50 lbs. need encouragement lots of MOTIVATION Sun, 13 Sep 2009 16:07:01 EST Outside with kids Hi! I am a homeschooling mother of 4. I love to be outside and my kids are all old enough now to start doing more outdoor activities. We like to hike, swim, play frisbee and wiffleball. Motivation to get out is the hardest part. There are so many priorities to balance. I am looking forward to hearing how you all get out and have fun. Tue, 8 Sep 2009 04:24:36 EST Hello Again Hi. I was a member of this team a while back, but I was not really an active member. So, I eventually left mainly because I was not ready to do the things necessary to change my life. Therefore, I really was too out of shape to do too many outdoor things and felt this wasn't the team for me at that time. <BR> <BR> Lots has changed since I left the team back in 2008, and I now do many outdoor things. Guess losing 40+ pounds does that for a person. Now, I am ready to be a part of this team, a... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 12:14:18 EST outdoor activities in the city Hi, I live in Philadelphia and am having a hard time finding ways to be active outdoors within the confines of the city (I don't own a car) I commute by bike (40 minutes each way to work, plus various short trips throughout the week to run errands, go out, etc.) but that's about it. Any ideas for how to get outdoors in a large urban area, or in Philadelphia specifically? Or are there natural areas that can be reached by bike or a combination of bike / train that people know about? Thanks! Mon, 24 Aug 2009 17:31:47 EST Hi All I my name is Norma and I love the outdoors. Thu, 20 Aug 2009 19:14:59 EST Choosing to Do the Hard Work! Our plan is to work hard while Wood is recovering. He is working hard healing, PT, doing enough, not too much, and not what he's not supposed to do, so he can regain function and get back to all his outdoor activities. We are joining/ partnering him by dedicating this time to working hard and something we really need to do. <BR> <BR> So, what is it that you really need to work on? <BR> What should be at the top of your list? <BR> <BR> Tell us what is you plan, and we can chat about our pro... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 19:52:40 EST paddlers abound so it seems to me that most people in the forum paddle whether it be kayak or canoe. It seems like something the wife and I would like to at least try. we have been "canoeing" on the Wolf River near New London WI. that kinda sucked. Have you paddled with children? Prefer canoe or kayak to start as a family. Not really looking for "action" as skills are limited, more like relaxing, and a maybe some fishing or something. Any tips where to begin? Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:33:17 EST Smokies in December So, my wife is graduating in December from college. She has an affinity for hotels, and also likes to hike. I was thinking that as a graduation "gift" we could drive the 10 or so hours to Gatlinburg TN and spend a few days in the Smokies. It seems that on the NPS website, that most of the park is closed for "seasonal" reasons. We are winter ready "Wisconsinites" and the seasonal conditions there would be really nothing compared to home. Is too much of the park closed to enjoy that time of yea... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 07:13:44 EST Howdy y'all Hey, I'm Melanie and I'm from Texas :) Houston to be exact. I love being outdoorsy and enjoy walking/jogging, hiking, and bike riding. I just got my husband, Terry, interested in becomming an avid cyclist with me. We are planning a ride at Garner State Park in October, and I'm so excited! Bike riding makes me feel like a kid again, and oh the places I can go. Well, that's me in a very small nutshell. Take care everyone! <BR> <BR> Mel Tue, 11 Aug 2009 17:07:06 EST Buddy up I would love to meet people who live in my area to go geocaching with and provide motivation to each other. Letterboxing, swimming, kayaking or just walking a freindly dog. Would like to try bike riding but need 14 inch frame? I am in Watertown,CT <BR> Email me if you would like to Buddy Up. Mon, 10 Aug 2009 12:32:32 EST Hey from the Fox Valley! whats up outdoorsy people? My name is Matt I live in Oshkosh WI. I am married to IHEARTNOAHSDAD and have an almost one year old son Noah. We love to hike, I love to bike, and we are also campers. We have both been sparking for over three months, and I have lost nearly 40 pounds. We are looking for new places to go, and things to do and try. Leave a message on my sparkpage, the go outside! Fri, 7 Aug 2009 17:07:39 EST Pregnant! Hi everyone! i'm really looking for some advice on staying fit and healthy through pregnancy.I've just found out that i'm in the early stages of pregnancy and am feeling quite bloated and unhealthy at the moment, while i am soooo excited about being a mum i also want the best start for my baby and wondering how i can stay toned and fit throughout. I am happy to accept the fact that weight will be gained however i don't feel like i have to let myself go completley. Any tips on what exercise wo... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 14:50:51 EST Hello Everyone Hello everyone... I am Barbara, and I live in Denver, Colorado. I love the outdoors and am working on getting in shape to enjoy camping, hiking, biking and everything else the outdoors has to offer even more. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 12:22:07 EST New to Team Hello, I am new to the team, not to Spark people though. I live in Central Kentucky, but came from Texas. I love to walk/jog, bike, hike and planning to get into kayaking. I came across this team when I was looking for a biking team.I like what I see here. I love the outdoors. <BR> Everyone have a great spark day---outdoors---. <em>108</em> <em>57</em> Thu, 2 Jul 2009 10:48:04 EST Hi from Portugal Hello <BR> Looking forward to chatting to you all. I love the outdoors and want to get out more and really get fit! <BR> Sarah Wed, 1 Jul 2009 09:46:35 EST Good morning Op . Sun, 28 Jun 2009 10:50:19 EST Winston-Salem Nc Outdoors HI all I am new from nc and looking forward to the support and camaraderie to get in shape and loose some pounds. I would stay outside all day and nite if I had a chance. but I have to work. LOl 47yo hope someone local gets in touch and we can exercise together Tue, 23 Jun 2009 09:22:24 EST here in the woods Second day on site, it's amazing how many people there are out there in this crazy world all looking for the same thing...inspiration. Well, I do believe most of us have or will find it here. If not get outside, wander through your neighborhood and look for all those little things you have never noticed before. Life is good, so are trees. Best wishes to all. Mon, 18 May 2009 15:01:48 EST Hi from south georgia! Hey my name is ruth. ive been on spark people for a little while but just recently getting really involved on here. so glad i found this group. i am always looking for something to do outside!! i love riding my bicycle especially, love camping & hiking too. <em>108</em> Sun, 10 May 2009 20:49:18 EST Hi from Colorado! Hi! I'm new and just stumbled onto this in Colorado, I'm addicted to the outdoor lifestyle - hiking, 14ers, skiing and camping keep me busy. Looking forward to meeting some other folks who are into the same types of adventures and hearing your stories! Wed, 29 Apr 2009 19:32:12 EST Just saying hi Just wanted to say hi, I'm Carmen. I love anything outside. Love hiking, love gardening, love nature. <em>247</em> Carmen Fri, 3 Apr 2009 19:21:00 EST Hello From the Wet .. I mean West Coast! Hello from Vancouver, BC Canada! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Very excited to find a team to fuel my love of getting the heck outside!! Look forward to getting to know you! Fri, 20 Mar 2009 00:07:18 EST New from Washington Name's Darcey. I live up here in Port Angeles, WA. Tue, 10 Mar 2009 11:58:19 EST Enough with the cold I love to be outdoors-obviously since I joined this team-but I live in Maryland and its cold and currently wet. I can't wait until I can back to hiking, get my bike on the road, and get the rollerblades out! Come on sping! Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:31:55 EST Hi! from Orange County,C lifornia The Oc has alot of nice place to see.I saw with my <BR> Parents the movie Frost/Nixon even this has nothing <BR> too do with getting the sun on your face or hiking,or <BR> walking around.The movie was wonderful. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:20:42 EST Greetings from Alaska! Hi All! I've been living in AK since June of 2000 and am outside every chance I can get! I'm in a great place for it though....right?! hahaha.. I'm new to SP, but little by little am getting around and all in all am most pleased with the support and inspiration I'm finding! If there are any other Sparklers out there living in Alaska, message me! It would be great to have a hiking, walking buddy when I'm on land! I'm open to try new sports too. I'm great at gracefully falling and laughing at m... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 19:34:42 EST Howdy from Oklahoma! Hello, just wanted to introduce myself to the team. I started SP in late December 2008 and have found it very inspirational. I love the outdoors and while not adept at any one particular activity, my favorite activities are kayaking, hiking, walking, and biking. We live in rural NE Oklahoma. My dh and I have 4 kayaks, 2 Diamondback bikes, and many pairs of walking/hiking shoes. We are close to Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I did a 4 mile hike at the Audubon Center at ... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 10:22:41 EST Maryland Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm in Maryland and love anything outdoors. I have made a lot of changes in the past couple of years and being outside is one of them. While I have not had a chance to do a whole lot, I am game for anything and have a huge list of things I want to try. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great week... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 16:52:14 EST Hello Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have just join SP for the first time and am still trying to figure out the website. This looks like a great group and I love the outdoors. I enjoy walking, swimming, camping and kayaking. Looking forward to getting to know all of you Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:20:57 EST Hello everyone I'm sorry it took me so long to introduce myself but I have had a very busy month and have been gone on the road a lot. Anyway, I am looking forward to talking to everyone and getting to know them. I love the outdoors, unfortunately I don't have much time to enjoy it. I am still working on my sparkpage so there isn't much there right now but feel free to look around anyway. Wed, 17 Dec 2008 19:29:35 EST We Lost the Battle Dear SP friends... <BR> <BR> As many of you know, my husband and I's life was turned upside down with the diagnosis of Angiosarcoma in July. Kevin lost his battle early on Tuesday, October 28th and went to be with his Lord and Savior. <BR> Please lift us up during this very difficult time. <BR> <BR> Brenda Boitson <BR> Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:26:14 EST Hello... Hi.. <BR> <BR> I am new to this group..I love the whole idea of this group and to know that there are people like me. <BR> <BR> I am from Massachusetts..I love this time of year..after the tourists leave!Summer is my favorite time of the year..because I simply can't get enough of the beach! I love the beach (walking, reading, swimming, etc.) I also enjoy boating, hiking, camping, running, biking...etc (pretty much anything outdoors). <BR> <BR> Thanks again for allowing me to join this gr... Fri, 24 Oct 2008 23:21:23 EST Outdoor Canada Love to see that there's a group for people who love the outdoors. I can't wait to share in our journey together. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 07:34:59 EST Kenosha Here Hello Team! Joining from Kenosha, Wis., this evening. Hope to read and share outdoor adventures of past and future. <BR> Tue, 21 Oct 2008 18:59:16 EST Here from Chicago I'm new here and love the outdoors but need to get back to it. I'm from Chicago and would love to hear from others from the area. Tue, 21 Oct 2008 12:39:38 EST Hello from Nebraska! Hi everyone! I am really happy to have found a group of people who share my goals reasons for working on becoming fitter. <BR> <BR> I'm originally from Long Island,but now I live in Omaha. Yes, my house does back up to a cornfield (and a beautiful view!) I enjoy just about anything that can be done outdoors :-) <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to being a part of this group! Mon, 20 Oct 2008 16:06:10 EST Backpacks We love to hike, I live in PA and we have great mountainous terrain around our community so we take advantage whenever we can. <BR> I just read on aol yesterday, one of the things women over 40 should not wear is a backpack...what? I am not 40 yet, a few years off, but again WHAT? Okay, I guess when hiking, you should carry your stuff in a messanger bag? LOL what the heck does a bag have to do with someone's age? I would have loved to write to the author of that one. I will wear a backp... Sun, 19 Oct 2008 09:32:17 EST Hi! My name is Christie and I'm excited to find a group that enjoyes the great outdoors as much as I do. I love to walk, hike, canoe, camp, swim, bike, and rollerblade. I used to run and my goal is to be back up and running by spring. I tried it over the summer a few times but I found it hard to breath after a few min. of running. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting people with the same love of the great outdoors. Tue, 14 Oct 2008 09:52:42 EST Hi from Savannah I am pretty new to Sparks -- just joined this month -- and am just finding my way to teams. This one seems like a perfect match for me. I love swimming, biking, hiking, geocaching, birding, canoeing, kayaking, and white water rafting. If there is another way to enjoy the outdoors I am probably game to try it (except for rock climbing--I did it with my grandson once, and that was enough for me). Sun, 28 Sep 2008 23:16:54 EST Hi Y'all Just wanted to say a big hello from TN, just outside the beautiful Smoky Mtns (although my Colorado husband calls them hills compared to the Rockies). I look forward to hearing about the team's outdoor adventures! <em>295</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2008 06:12:36 EST Hullo from Oregon! Hullo everyone! I am new to the group and wanted to introduce myself :) I was recently bitten by the hiking bug and with hubby and assorted others have done some short hikes into local waterfalls and such. <BR> Next summer I plan on doing an overnight for the first time! (Not first overnight, I am an avid camper, but first hike in overnight). <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you, and probably will be pestering folk with questions <em>211</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2008 22:55:30 EST Hello from Minneapolis Hello, my name is Kassie and I'm from Minneapolis. I love camping and hiking, though I always feel like I'm not in good enough shape for the long hikes. I hope to change that so next spring I can hit the trails more. <BR> <BR> Minnesota is full of wonderful outdoor things. I live within two miles of three lakes and I live in a super urban area! If I hike that up to 5 miles I can add three more lakes, the Mississippi, waterfalls and a large creek. Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:09:01 EST Hi i am new here, and love the outdoors! Hi my name is kristi, and i love trying just about any activity that involves being outside!! Even though i am overweight, i love hiking and biking, and camping and walking, and all that good outdoors fun. I am hoping to incoorperate my love for outdoors activities into my weight loss routine. I climbed one mountian over the summer, and am hoping to climb at least two more this fall!! <em>104</em> Tue, 9 Sep 2008 22:39:51 EST looking for a scuba diving friend : ) Hi, Im new to this site but love the concept! I'm looking for people interested (and certified) to scuba dive. I live in Long Beach CA but don't mind driving North or South for dive locations. Fri, 5 Sep 2008 22:05:25 EST Winterizing your camp. Hi everyone! I'm new around here and think I should first say hello... so HELLO!!!! <BR> <BR> We bought a camp last January. It's a full size mobile home with an addition on it. The previous owners put electric heat tape on the water lines so everything was left on and just turned the heat down low. Well, our first electric bill came with a huge shock... $75 a month! And that is for no one being there!!!! When spring came we turned everything off and only use electric when we are there so... Wed, 27 Aug 2008 12:35:08 EST Lions and tigers and bears oh my! oh and a new guy So, this is me and thats all that I am, which is what you ask? I am a Dad in his 30's married to the most wonderful woman that a guy could want and over the past 7 years I have gained a lot of weight due to an injury that I got back in 2001 to my lower back while loading a truck. I blew up to 534 lbs and enough was enough. I was that guy that never realized just how big he had gotten until one day reality slapped him in the face in the form of a photo taken at my daughters birthday party by m... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 10:58:38 EST Bicycle Riding Hi from Central California. I am a 69 year young male and have been a diabetic for over 10 years now. I was type II with just pills.. well, I graduated to Insulin now. I am new here obviously and have not found how you log your bicycle time. Any help out there? <BR> I am 5'10" amd weigh 230 so I have to loose at least 30 pounds, this looks like a place where I may be able to do that. <BR> This program seems like a great place. I have several sites where I log my food and exercise. <BR> Thank... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 21:14:21 EST Hello from Kate from MN Hi everyone from the Land of 10,000 lakes. I love to be outside especially in the summer. Kayaking is my favorite outdoor activity now. I also fish from my 10' bright red wilderness kayak. <BR> <BR> It is just so awesome to be out on a calm lake with the loons calling. <BR> It just doesn't get any better than that. EVER. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 22:05:06 EST Hi From Sarasota, FL Next Year Dahlonega, GA! Hi All, Just trying to get used to all the places in Spark to go see. I'm looking for a place I can find motivation and people to interact with. Not sure what's out there yet or how I want to do it. I don't camp much, but when retired I will get out more. I used to weigh 288 and that was a lot to hike around with. Started two weeks ago on my own at 250 and then started here at 232. I am nearly 60 and I have carried ALL this too long. I can't carry it well any more! It has to go. My ... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 20:29:57 EST Hi from far west Texas Hi, I'm Judy. I live in the Davis Mountains in West Texas. I've been on SP for almost two months, and this week I've been working on figuring out my motivations for losing weight. I've discovered that I don't want to get more fit and healthy so I'll look good in a bikini. I want to get more fit and healthy so I can hike and climb to the tops of mountains! I poked around some SP teams, and decided that this team has some goals that I can really relate to, so here I am. <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2008 14:34:16 EST HI friom Sunny SoCal! I want to tell you that I'm a surfer and live in boardshorts and model for the Athleta catalog. I'm not -- I don't; I'm a teacher who lives in dresses and jeans, a latter-day athlete who has always loved nature. I hike, kayak, snorkel, and swim. Currently, I'm taking off weight I put on in the last year and a half when I temporarily worked as a counselor in the offic. Desk jobs and I are NOT friends. Now that I am back in the classroom, my goals for this summer are to lose weight, get ba... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:51:13 EST Hello from the Rocky Mtns I am so glad I found this group, I love the outdoors! I live in Colorado where I have lived all my life so it is just natural to love the outdoors here. I love to hike, camp, ski, snow shoe, canoe and generally just be outside. <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know everybody here and hearing about all your outdoor adventures. <em>41</em> Fri, 18 Jul 2008 15:42:35 EST Hi from Indiana **waving enthusias tically** Hey all. I'm one of those people who has always admired 'outdoorsy' people and wished I could be like that. About a month ago, I found SP and decided to make a change. This past weekend, my husband and I took our 2 kids to a state park, picked a random trail from the map, hiked it and loved every second of it. I'm excited and can't wait for next weekend to try something else. I want to try canoeing soon I think. Anyone in Indiana with suggestions for cool places to visit? I look forwar... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 22:30:56 EST