SparkPeople Spark ROCKFORD The Official Team Team Messageboard Live in or near Rockford, IL? Join others in the area who are making lifestyle changes with SP. SparkPeople Spark ROCKFORD The Official Team Team Messageboard Let's Get This Team Going Again! Hello, Rockford! Anyone still active in this team? Thu, 31 Aug 2017 21:09:46 EST RED FLAG TEAM POINTS I give points to the team everyday today I earned 20 for the team, Tue, 2 Jun 2015 18:22:20 EST Charter Fitness Anyone else go to Charter Fitness on Riverside? <BR> <BR> I don't go very often, but it would be nice to know someone there. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:55:33 EST Would you like a personal trainer? Hey guys i own Quest Fitness. We offering in home personal training and in home group fitness classes as long as space is available. I wanted to share if anyone needs help with getting started and wants a more private setting for training. You can check out my sparkpage been on here for years and when i lost all my weight decided to become a personal trainer. We have a couple personal trainers on staff and they are great with designing programming for your goals and needs. We offer group trai... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:38:05 EST Winter Survival Tips?? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> What are you doing to survive the CRAZY winter weather we are having this year? Do temps of -20 not faze you? Do you travel somewhere warm? Rely on workout DVD's? Hibernate in front of Netflix with comfort food hoping for more motivation when Spring comes?? <BR> <BR> I have totally let down my guard and let a lack of motivation get the best of me for a while. I may or may not have had a few of those Netflix comment. BUT I'm trying to get any physical activit... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:54:54 EST SUE WANT MY LONG TERM GOAL TO BE ABLE TO DO A CANOPY ZIP LINE! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 15:39:46 EST Summer! How are you making this summer healthy?? Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:13:47 EST Summer in Rockford (and surrounding areas lol) What's everyone planning on doing with the warmer weather to be active and healthy this summer? <BR> <BR> I am going to jog, walk and bicycle outside. We have been walking in forest preserves and getting together for outdoor play dates with friends (my son will be 4 in September). In July we are going to SC so I'm hoping to do lots of walking (and definitely some walking and playing on the beach!) I'd also like to do some fishing (I'm not a huge fan but would like to take my son) and canoei... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:37:52 EST Meditation Challenge If anyone is interested Deepak Chopra (and Oprah) are doing a 21 day meditation challenge. Basically it's free semi-guided meditations on the subject of perfect health - what could be more appropriate? :) I did the challenge last fall on Abundance and they were great meditations. I know not everyone is in to meditating, but just wanted to spread the word. :) <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.chopracentermeditation.c<BR>om/Bestsellers/LandingPage.aspx?BookId<BR>=178 </link> <BR> <BR> Namaste ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:36:23 EST Color Vibe 5k Is anyone doing this? I believe it's the first Saturday in June. I saw people posting about it on Facebook and I think I'm going to do it. I was planning on doing a Color Run in Chicago this year, but this is closer and cheaper! It's fun, they don't even time you, walkers are welcome and it's at the Boone County Fairgrounds. <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:31:28 EST New Leader Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Katie. I have been active on Sparkpeople regularly for over a year now and have seen a huge decline in activity on this page. I know there are Rockford people active on this site and I know there are a lot of active people in Rockford and a lot of ways to BE active in Rockford. My hope is to get some action going on here between Rockford area people again! There was no active leader so I stepped up and requested to become one. I will be updating the page and hopef... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:36:11 EST Wanting to join a team hi, <BR> <BR> I live in Rockford and would like to join a local team to help me get motivated to lose weight again. Was also hoping to find someone to walk with if anyone was willing. Please let me know if there is a Rockford team available to join. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Denise Sun, 10 Mar 2013 22:44:49 EST Howdy Hi All, <BR> <BR> I just moved up here to Loves Park and though I've been a sparker for awhile, I have never utilized the resources effectively. If you have any pointers about the Rockford area in general I would love to hear them, as well as get group support for my healthy lifestyle endeavors. <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 23:32:10 EST hey im new to this hi my name is amanda, and today i went clothes shopping for my college semester starting aug 29th. i was buying a new bra, and went to get fitted. it turns out its not just my pants size that has gone up it is also my boob size. im now a 36 dd. which is incredibly hard to find at a regular store and more pricey then the smaller bras. so i decided i want to lose some weight. to not just lose inches from my tummy or boobs but to just look a little slimmer. <BR> this is going to be hard as i liv... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:58:48 EST Weigh In Weigh in Pick your day or days. <BR> <BR> Create a new post every time OR edit your previous post to track yourself better. <BR> <BR> <BR> BMI Calculator <link><BR>tor_bmi.asp </link> <BR> Hip to Waist Ratio <link><BR>tor_waist.asp </link> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:45:42 EST Hello everyone! Not sure what all to tell you. I have lived in Rockford since 2004, both of my sons live in the area. I work for Unitedhealth Care, get to work from home and it 's the best. I love all kinds of crafts - quilting, knitting, cross stitch, etc. Love Nascar & Tony Stewart - Go Smoke! Love to read, murder mysteries mostly. I have put on weight over the years, but put on a big chunk when my joints started to fail. Felt sorry for myself I guess. Finally got sick of how I felt and how I looke... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 17:35:20 EST Android App Do any of you guys use the Android app? I love it! If a food is not listed and it has a bar code, you can just scan it with your phone and it will be added. You do not have to type anything in. How convenient! Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:19:18 EST Nutrition Tracker I absolutely love the Nutrition Tracker! I have recently added some items from Beef A Roo :-). With Beef A Roo being local only, it was highly unlikely that those items were going to be added any other way. I also added a dish from Red Mango, as I had my first taste of it last night. Fabulously delish!! Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:18:50 EST new! hi everyone. i am new to spark people. well i used to do it about a year ago. but lost motivation! this time im back! and im for real!!!! Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:49:02 EST How is everyone doing? There hasn't been too much action on these boards lately (myself included), I was wondering how everyone is doing. <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:16:20 EST how about this weather today! I hope everyone is reading this post! I'm physically hurting! The weather is so good! I'm going to hit the pavement with my dog. We hope to see you outside. I'll be the one walking slow and steady. Don't pass me up! Look for my dog she won't bite! Sincerely RVL <em>41</em> Tue, 6 Mar 2012 17:12:28 EST everyone enjoying this snowy day? I just looked out my window and usually my street is the last to be plowed! Unbelievable but now at 11 pm I am snowed in by the city plow! Does that happen to anyone else? How much snow did we get? Waiting for responses! Best regards! Sat, 3 Mar 2012 00:03:02 EST hello new to the group. I am doing good with weight loss. My exercise needs to be stepped up. Waiting to read your comments. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:45:34 EST Hi I'm new, so please pardon me for any gaffs and mistakes I may make. I didn't know about this until reading an article in a magazine. I'm am so thrilled to find you. I am looking forward to loosing weight and eating healthier. It will be so much easier (hope) having such a large support group to back me up. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:01:47 EST What I have learned <BR> I have learned the importance of tracking. <BR> I have learned accountability and how it changes what you see and think. <BR> I have learned carrying a water bottle all day doesn't mean you're drinking 8 glasses a day! <BR> I have learned what I thought was healthy wasn't always healthy. <BR> I have learned I am not as active as I thought I was because of my pedometer. <BR> <BR> How.... <BR> <BR> By tracking I see just what I am eating and its calories and it helps me to see the... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 07:36:10 EST Hello I am introducing myself to the forum. I am 53, a widow since I was 39 and with my husband have had 5 children. All are grown except my son who is 17. After my husband passed away my focus was entirely my children and providing for them and making ends meet. I have gone up and down in my weight since then but in the last 1 - 11/2 years have seen a steady increase and I now have 30 - 40 lbs to loose. I have seen Spark People but until now I had not committed to being accountable because I think... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:31:50 EST Rockford womens sparkteam I created a new team for women. Nothing against you men out there but thought it would be fun to have have a all womens group. <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=54556 <BR> My goal is to keep this team active and maybe have some fun contest for us all to. Check it out:) Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:06:36 EST The Harlem Globetrotters in Rockford! COUPON We took the boys to see The Harlem Globetrotters last year and they loved every minute of it! In fact, my son said it was “The Best Night Ever!” It’s such an amazing show and we can’t wait to see it again!! It’s one the whole family will love and I wanted to share this great coupon with you all. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> On the heels of signing one of the most remarkable rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to BMO Harris Bank Center on Sunday, J... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:05:03 EST What foods when groceries are low? So i need to buy some groceries but with the holidays money is tight. This is were i get frustrated. I have a family of four. I am blessed we can afford to get groceries but sometimes the budget is tight. My husband could live off of hotdogs hamburger helper and frozen pizza but i want to make a lifestyle change and those foods wont do. Why are healthy foods so expensive? What are you favorite cheaper meals or foods to keep you going when you are tight on funds? Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:11:43 EST Newbie Again Here!!! I havent used this site in awhile. I keep trying to get back into it but lose my motivation. Im really looking for people in my area to hang out and at least chat with about the same goals. I live in Johnsburg which is by Mchenry. This is the closest one I could find. I just moved here back in January I have a daughter who is 9 and a boyfriend, but no friends :( My friends live to far now. I hope to here from people and maybe get together exercise, or do whatever. I love the outdoors, also c... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 09:33:23 EST Walking challenge!! Where are you going too? I'm going to walk to my hometown 255 miles. I start tracking 11-12-11. I will wear my pedometer every waking hour of the day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1220 </link> How to walk with Proper Form. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:51:52 EST Hello everyone!!!! So I'm trying trying this for the 2nd time now... last time I didn't do so hot after about a month I fell out of the groove I was getting into. But I figured after refusing to even put a bathing suit on this summer I had to try something!!! Looking for a couple people who need motivation (I know I do) figured if maybe if we could motivate each other it may be easier! Oh, and anyone who has advice on breaking pop (diet coke) addiction PLEASE HELP!!!! Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:43:13 EST Walking Thanks Denise for getting a walk together, even though it was just the 2 of us. Maybe next monday some more people would like to join us? Monday 9:00 at the log cabin on the path at the YMCA. Nice walk and conversation. The walk got me motivated for the rest of the day even though it's cloudy. <BR> Sept 26 9:00 am - Be there! <em>311</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 11:28:35 EST I'm new :) hey there, I just started really using this site over the last few days and I'm loving it! Anyway, I'm Katie, I'm 29, married and have a toddler. Just wanted to say hi! Fri, 12 Aug 2011 13:58:32 EST Kids Going Back To School! I don't know about any of you, but I am counting down the days that my kids go back to school!! Summer has been great-busy but great! <BR> Between the pool outings, park trips & road trips I am ready for school!! <BR> So.....anyone else doing the countdown with me??? <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Camelia Wed, 3 Aug 2011 12:07:38 EST LOOKING FOR A BUDDY JUST STARTING TO DAY LOOKING FOR A BUDDY TO CHALEENG ANY INTERRESTED Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:44:17 EST Hope to be as successful as all of you!! Hello Everyone, I hope you welcome me into your team! I desperately am trying to lose 30 lbs that I have gained. I need motivation and someone to keep me going when I feel like giving up! Anyone willing to help? Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:32:20 EST It's Time to Get This Place a Jumpin' I am Back to SparkPeople after a frustrating absence but AM HERE TO STAY! Where are all the other Rockford Fighters wanting to lose weight and get healthy? This team looks like it needs a little perking up!!!! So I'll go FIRST! I tried and I failed but I'm not quitting! I want to lose 40lbs by my daughter's wedding Oct 2, 2011 and have 30 more after that in order to be able to sit on the floor and play with my grandchildren. NO MORE EXCUSES! I HAVE to do this! I'm looking for a team of othe... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 20:30:16 EST new to sparkpeople hello!! My name is Kim and I was inspired to join by my sister and dad. Last year was pretty awful and life changing. I am 39 and I am determined to get my body and mind into shape. I am taking a vacation in Sept. with my son and my mom and I am determined to look great in a bathing suit. No more baby fat. After all my son is nine and I can't blame him for the rolls anymore. Hopefully I meet someone to be a spark buddy with to help motivate each other. Thanks for reading Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:11:41 EST new to this I am 39 and am struggling to lose weight. I find it even more difficult because I work the graveyard shift. I could really use some feedback on how to diet and exercise on this crazy schedule. Weekend are my biggest downfall. I really go overboard with my calorie intake. Help! Sun, 22 May 2011 05:06:42 EST New Here! Hi there!! I'm Michelle and I am new to this site! Right now I'm just trying to get motivated to get to the gym in the morning! HELP! Wed, 4 May 2011 22:53:09 EST Anytime Fitness? Anyone belong to Anytime Fitness? FI and I just joined the Loves Park one on North Second a week ago, and really like it. They have awesome equipment and really nice personal trainers. I also like that they have a video class on demand room, so you can go in there and select Zumba or Spin or the like :) I love it! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:51:45 EST New to team Hi everyone..I live in Johnsburg, near mchenry, but this is the closest team to me. Im 35 yrs old, engaged, and have an 8 yr old daughter. Look forward to getting to know everyone on the team. <BR> <BR> Im looking for people who can help motivate me, as well as the other way around. Im new to this area wher I live so I dont have any friends around me yet. :( Hope this helps. I also joined sparkspeople to learn how to get healthy, because I slack off to much when it comes to my weight so ne... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:24:10 EST Returning to Spark! Hello <BR> <BR> I was here about a year ago, some things happened that derailed me, but now I'm hoping to get back on track. A little about me.... I'm 34, live in downtown Rockford, have a significant other of 17 years and 2 cats ;) I also work at Images Hair Studio up on Riverside and Perryville. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be starting to work out at Cardinal, so if anyone is interested in a buddy and goes there, give me a shout! I can't wait to get going again!! <BR> <BR> Minde Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:47:07 EST Sparkford... Hi, Rockford Sparkers! Just thought I'd holler and introduce myself. Good luck to all of you in reaching your goals. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:15:14 EST Hellooo! Hi, I'm Michelle and I'm new :) A co-worker told me about this site and so far I'm liking what I see. I used to have a very active lifestyle and somehow got in a funk and stopped caring...partially because I am very busy and use that as an excuse to not eat right and partially because I just didn't care. I really enjoy biking, swimming, roller skating, golfing and just being active but by not caring what I was putting into my body I have completely let myself go. I have recently gotten ba... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:55:26 EST New to Spark and returning to the net. I am trying to relearn how to use the computer since it has been close to 10 years that I have been "offline". I have many health problems and am trying to start exercising again. I use to exercise about 1 hour a day including stretching, cardio, and strength. That was over 1o years ago and I am not in good enough shape to attempt that at this point. I have found a great program on "ON DEMAND" for walking in place that I have been able to start. At first I could only do a few minutes but now ... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:26:29 EST New to SparkPeople Hi! My name is Marisa, and I just joined SparkPeople to track my progress on the road to healthier living. I have been going to a gym for a year, and I'm so proud that I kept it going! It's amazing what can motivate a person, and I found a class that I absolutely love, aside from having the extreme desire to be healthy! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Marisa Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:33:31 EST Hello! Hi, Everyone! I am a 31 year old married woman on a quest for weight loss and living healthy! Throughout my childhood and teen years, I was thin. I never worried about my weight, as I ate fairly healthy, and was pretty active. As I got into my 20's, I noticed I was putting on weight. I continued to gain weight with no end in sight. I was depressed and felt hideous. After a series of tragic events in my life, and battling severe depression, I realized I needed to do something to help myself. I... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:39:05 EST Engagement Pics So my fiancee and I are having engagement photos done this sunday, one of two sessions we will do before we get married. Any ideas of where we should go to take some cute photos? I know this is off topic, but maybe you all have good ideas! Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:18:59 EST Favorite Way To Work Out? What is your favorite method of working out? Do you have a favorite video? Hit a gym? (which one?) Have at home equipment? How does every body work on their goals? <BR> <BR> Myself, I'm starting Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (killer!) and I have an elliptical. Still can't get past 5-10 mins on that machine tho! Wed, 26 Jan 2011 20:49:38 EST Hi all? Anyone there????Ready to party!!!! Looks kinda lonely here... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:52:02 EST hi there! im new to the team. my name is amanda. im looking to lose 25 lbs =) good luck all!!! <em>306</em> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 01:10:09 EST My Introduction Hi, I am Adriana and I have joined Sparkspeople on 12/15. I am excited to start the program. I have 62 pounds to lose and I can't wait to begin the journey. I know it will be a long and difficult journey with a lot of bumps in the road. I am not looking forward to those bumps, but unfortunately they are inevitable. I hope that I can get through them without falling completely off the band-wagon and resuming to old habits out of frustration. I enjoy reading, visiting friends, and watchin... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:09:29 EST Hello I just realized I posted this in the wrong place & I don't know how to delete it! Sorry! <BR> My name is Jamie & I just started with SparkPeople a couple of days ago. I am a runner and try to eat healthy although the sweet tooth gets in the way sometimes. I recently gave up chocolate when I broke out into hives & determined it might be the culprit, so I am in withdrawal. I still have coffee, though so I think I will be fine :) I also like yoga and strength training. I do a lot of different th... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 20:28:13 EST New to Rockford Hi. I just moved to Rockford from St. Louis. I am looking for a place to run in the winter without the expense of a gym membership. Does anyone have any ideas? Wed, 8 Dec 2010 14:03:37 EST New to Sparks Just want to send a hello to everyone. I am a Rockford native and am looking for an awesome group of people to continue on this journey with. Sun, 28 Nov 2010 12:52:35 EST workout partner Hey y'all! I'm looking for someone that goes to Peak (either location) and wants a workout partner. It's not that I don't like to go alone, it's about being held accountable by someone else...I need the goading I guess. <BR> <BR> I work 7p-7a just to give you some idea about my availability. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Kristi Sun, 21 Nov 2010 23:16:24 EST Finding a new way to live! Hello Spark People!!!! I am excited to be a part of such an awesome and dynamic website. I started my weight loss journey on February 3, 2010 and have lost 67 pounds to date. I still have about 80 -90 pounds to go but I am well on my way! I have two amazing toddlers that I want to be around for and be able to fully enjoy all that life has to offer us! Through this journey I have started to find myself, a love of excercise and a new way of life!!! I look forward to sharing this journey with... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:08:26 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Michele and I have lived in Rockford for the last 13 years. At first it seemed like the end of the world, it is about 7 hours from my family down in southern Indiana, but there are lots of things to do here. Through all of the bad things that one can read about Rockford, there are some truly great things here as well! <BR> <BR> Although I had signed up for Sparkpeople long ago, I have just started to realize that I can't lose the weight that I need to alone. I am the only one... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 21:42:33 EST working 3rd shift So I have a issue working 3rd shift. Its not when to sleep its how to eat. And how to track my food. I'm not really eating breakfast type foods at all except on my days off. Everything is backwards. I get home by 9am and don't know what to eat before going to bed. Lunch time for me is 3am ..... So what day to I track that on? I'm in need of some suggestions. Food and tracking ideas. I have tried to track my meals ,,,, this is my breakfast-8pm this is my lunch-3am, this is my supper-10am. I'm ... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 22:23:14 EST Hi Just joined Tops and was given this web site to look at. Not sure what I am doing yet but it seems very interesting and motivational. i have been writing down everything I eat for about 4 weeks now and have lost about 10 pounds. I also have been measuring and weighing all my food, especially if I'm not sure of what the serving should be. I hope to lose about 40 more pounds. My daughter is getting married in May so that is my big motivator. Hello to All. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 22:20:59 EST Just joined! Hey!! <BR> <BR> I recently joined SP and really like the site so far! I have been training for a 5K and want to lose the baby weight leftover from my youngest-a 14 month old. I live in DeKalb and have two beautiful little girls and am married to a great guy. Looking forward to losing weight and getting fit and healthy along with all of you! <BR> Blessings... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 00:33:20 EST Hello Hi Everyone! Just joined sparkpeople and am very excited for my journey to a new and better me! Sun, 11 Jul 2010 17:47:48 EST hey here :) Hey y'all. I'm a 37yo married Mom of a 12 yr old boy who has yo-yo'd with weight all my life. I am bound and determined to look better going into my 40s than I did going into my 20s. Exercise seems to be my biggest hurdle as I work 7p-7a in a SUPER busy inner city ER and I am just wiped when I get home--exercising is the LAST thing on my mind. I am from Northern IL and enjoy all kinds of outdoors things, esp anything that has to do with camping/fishing. I am hoping that spark pages will be a ... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 02:59:25 EST angela on sep 9,2010 if the lord willing i will have lived to see another birthday i will be 40yrs young iwant to be fabulous at forty ,healthy full of energy and living life to the fullest a healthy life means longevity so lets get going encourage one another motivate one another life is precious enjoy it while you can. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 21:44:50 EST Garage Sale!!!! Ok sparke group if anyone is intersted I am having a HUGE garage sale April 29th through May 1st. Tons and tons of stuff... If interesyed please let me know and I'll give directions :) Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:46:14 EST New to Rockford Spark Hey everyone. I am a SAHM of 2 boys (5 in May and a newborn on 3/24/10). My goal is to lose 20-25 lbs which is the baby weight plus 10 more approximately. I live just outside Rockford in Cherry Valley. Hope to meet some wonderful people and "meet" our goals together. Talk soon! <BR> Fabmomof2boys :) Sat, 10 Apr 2010 18:49:10 EST Any one work out at Peak SportsClub? I am looking for a work out buddy. I have a membership to Peak on Perryville, does anyone want to work out together sometime? I need help and someone to hold me accountable. PLEASE HELP!!!! Thu, 8 Apr 2010 14:01:11 EST Hi People! I m new Happy Easter! I am excited to be joining the group. It will be fun to track progress and learn more from others. <BR> Have a great weekend! Fri, 2 Apr 2010 12:09:02 EST New to the team Hi, I am Michelle and I have just join SP and the Rockford team! Look forward to chatting with everyone and getting support and advice. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:27:41 EST Elliptical Trainer I don't know about anyone else, but this piece of equipment has been put on earth just to make me cringe as I step on it *grin* At the gym, I see people on these devices of torture for 20, 30 and even 40 minutes at a time... and then there's me... I'm pulling my big butt up onto the pedals and after getting it started I'm ready to get off... then after 2 minutes I fall off of it, my legs like jelly *laughing* It truly must be a site to see ;) <BR> <BR> I have decided though, that this is one... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 13:50:09 EST Introduction I am introducing myself. I am 34 and trying to live a healthy lifestyle as a good example to my children. I am looking forward to changing my lifestyle, and being fun and active with my kids. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:41:09 EST Today is my 1st day .... Just got the book in the mail. Have read the beginning so far....good place to start!! I am ready for change and goals. I need support though.... <BR> help ;-) Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:32:16 EST Hello!! Hi Rockford Team! <BR> <BR> This is day 1 of my Sparks journey and I am so excited that there are people in the area!! A little about me.... I grew up in the Dixon area and then moved to the Galena area for about 5 years and have been back in this neck of the woods for about 6 years. No kids, but 2 cats that think they are human. <BR> <BR> Currently I work out about 6 days a week at Bally Fitness (if anyone goes and wants to partner up give me a shout!). I don't have a set time right now, b... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:41:19 EST Newbie! Hi there! I'm new to sparkpeople. I primarily use Lose It! on my ipod to keep track of calories and exercise, but will try to keep up with both. <BR> <BR> I started on Lose It! in July, and recently made the pleasant discovery that I've passed the 25 lbs mark, but unfortunately most of that loss has been from stressing it off--my eating habits have gotten REALLY bad over the last few months. <BR> <BR> I've joined a gym, and am easing myself into a routine there. I'm taking dance classes ... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 17:51:34 EST Hello! Hello everyone,My name is Siemy. I just started this new program yesterday. I have been excersising for the past 3months. I was very excited to find out that there is actually a group for Rockford and its because it means that probably one day if i make a great friendship with someone in here i could actually meet that person face to face WOOOW! i moved to rockford in 2007, from the suburbs. I was born in Mexico and i lived 17yrs of my life in the state of California(yup huge change) still st... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 15:21:14 EST New here Hey Everyone! I am new here, just wanted to say hi! Hope some of you are active, I am really looking for some support. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 12:29:51 EST New to the team I want to say "Hi" and I know I will get this all figured out sooner or later <em>30</em> Tue, 19 Jan 2010 19:56:12 EST Fit and Fresh Portable meal containers This may be old news to some people but I always appreciate info on cool products that will help me achieve my goals. I found the Fit and Fresh containers today at the WalMart on Riverside/Alpine. They are those great portion controlled containers that each have their own ice pack in the lid so that each food item stays cold in your "lunch" and you don't take up so much space with big ice packs. Especially fantastic for people like me that work 12 hour shifts and may have food sitting in a lu... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 11:42:46 EST I at the beginning... Hi, I have started with Sparkpeople this week. I am now taking the opportunity to go through the site to see EVERYTHING it has to offer. I just love the checklists to keep me on track. My goal is to lose 20 pounds. I am looking forward to this whole experience. <BR> <BR> Kikitu <BR> Sat, 9 Jan 2010 11:22:47 EST New to Spark - Need accountability partner Hi. I am Brian Eatock, a pastor here in Rockford and I just joined Spark today. My wife and i have set a lofty goal to bike in the Door County Century (100 miles bike ride) in September 2010. However, i am fat and out of shape. I really want to lose weight and get in shape before the bike ride of course and before my 40th birthday in October. Looking for a Christian accountability partner to help keep me on track. <BR> <BR> If you would like someone to help you do the same and also be a... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:16:46 EST Newcomer Hi, I've looked over some of the site and it looks really good I am looking forward to talking to all of you and giving support if needed. I am now trying to lost weight before the new year so that I can be fit for the summer, I feel this is the start of something good. So am ready to get it crackin my fellow Rockfordians. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 23:53:42 EST Newcomer Hi, I've looked over some of the site and it looks really good I am looking forward to talking to all of you and giving support if needed. I am now trying to lost weight before the new year so that I can be fit for the summer, I feel this is the start of something good. So am ready to get it crackin my fellow Rockfordians. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 23:53:31 EST Newcomer Hi, I've looked over some of the site and it looks really good I am looking forward to talking to all of you and giving support if needed. I am now trying to lost weight before the new year so that I can be fit for the summer, I feel this is the start of something good. So am ready to get it crackin my fellow Rockfordians. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 23:51:31 EST hello My name is Ritta. I've been with S/P for a little over a month but haven't joined any groups until now. <BR> At the beginning of the year I found out that I was borderline diabetic,252 lbs this scared me, so I lost nine pounds. That was it. Then I found S/P. In the last 6 weeks I've lost another 7 lbs. I think this is the longest I've been able to stick to any program. I am so excited and can't wait to get to the new me, and making new friends along the way. Sun, 6 Dec 2009 04:08:44 EST 10 Things About Me 1. I moved to Rockford in 2003 from Ca. <BR> 2. I love to cook. <BR> 3. I like to listen to Country music and Oldies. <BR> 4. I love animals(especially cats). <BR> 5. I have 2 tattoos and am planning to get more. <BR> 6. I have an 8 year old son. <BR> 7. I am divorced. <BR> 8. Halloween is my favorite holiday. <BR> 9. I love to watch Eastwick and Ghost Whisperer. <BR> 10. I don't like liars. Thu, 26 Nov 2009 12:16:39 EST Thanksgiving I really love Thanksgiving. <BR> I love the cooking and the baking, heck I start planning my menu the last week of October! LOL!! <BR> <BR> I like to do alot of my cooking ahead of time so that I am not up at O-Dark-Thirty getting food in the oven. <BR> So today I made my Cornbread for my Cornbread dressing, tomorrow I am making my rolls--Yea---I know they sell them in the store, I prefer to make em! <BR> On Wednesday I am making all of my Desserts: <BR> Carmel Apple Cheesecake, Jamaica... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:29:42 EST New to the Team I still feel relatively new to the area, though I've lived here 10 months. I am slowly building up my exercise tolerance after some injuries. I'm really looking forward to meeting some of you. I just went to Valli Produce for the first time, and I'm in love. I now have a favorite grocery store to go to!!. I've tried to lose weight for years, or didn't care enough to put forth the effort. I discovered Spark through my mom last summer. I worked with the food and exercise trackers for awhile, th... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 18:58:49 EST Events?!?! I am new to Spark. Will there be any Spark events coming up? Who plans them? Would love a support person who I can see in person and a group. <BR> <BR> Diane Fri, 9 Oct 2009 07:28:07 EST Newbie :) I am looking for a walking partner. Please send me a message! Wed, 9 Sep 2009 10:08:20 EST Wheel Points Start on this topic from September on. <BR> Hope it helps to clear the confusion for the dated points topics. <em>41</em> Mon, 31 Aug 2009 16:38:44 EST Peak Fitness Does anyone go to Peak? My husband and I are thinking about joining after my daughter is born (due in about 5 weeks). We were curious if anyone had any thoughts/ reccomendations. Please let me know! Sun, 30 Aug 2009 20:03:37 EST getting started Hi! My names Denise, and I just started using SP yesterday. I have a 20 month old son. So I am trying to lose weight so that I am a better example for him, and so that I have more energy to play with him. I have tried Weight Watchers before and lost weight but then gained it back. So I need to make long-term changes. I enjoy gardening and spending time outdoors. I enjoy hiking, rollerblading, and playing tennis. I need to make more time for these activities. Mon, 17 Aug 2009 19:51:45 EST August Wheel Points Oops forgot that yesterday was the 1st of August <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> 5 for me today. Sun, 2 Aug 2009 16:39:40 EST Where are all the people from the rockford team??? I have been coming here for about 2 months. I have seen a few posts here and there. <BR> <BR> I have seen a couple attempts to get people together with a small crowd gathering (3 people) I was wondering how many people out of the over 1,000 members in the area actually come to this site? <BR> <BR> How many of those members are willing to find a date to get together and meet. I am slightly disappointed in the motivation to do things together. If anyone has some suggestions please feel free t... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 17:51:50 EST Are you ready for some BOWLING?! Anyone want to meet over a few frames? If you're interested, I'll research as to when there is open bowling and how much it costs. A weekend evening? Or a week night? I was thinking of Don Carter Lanes on East State Street (south side of the street) in Rockford near Peak and the old CVS Pharmacy; but if more people are from up north, we can go to Loves Park. We can do it now, and/or after school starts. Maybe even set up a regular league! What are your thoughts? I haven't bowled in 20 years, ... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 09:05:21 EST hey everyone! hello people! im very excited to be with a group of people that are going through the same challenges as i!!! motivation and encouragement is welcome over my way!! thanx!!! Wed, 22 Jul 2009 13:36:15 EST Hi I'm New! Hello, I'm new to Spark and I really enjoy the motivation of having so many others for support. <BR> -New- You Rockford Ladies ROCK! Seeing your success is really encouraging. Thanks for taking the time to welcome me. <BR> Love and Enlightenment, <BR> Emme <em>243</em> Mon, 20 Jul 2009 14:26:34 EST heard about this from a friend in San Francisco new to the rockford team and a bit skeptical, but I like tracking the nutrition online and the exercise tracker is motivating. I never drink enough water. Mon, 20 Jul 2009 11:51:38 EST Just a Newbie Hi team. I'm new. A friend just shared Spark with me and I thought I'd give it go. Sat, 18 Jul 2009 22:02:20 EST Dance your ass off I am so excited I saw dance your ass of last night and they were pole dancing! Such a good workout and I am glad they showed how it can be used to build strength and lose weight! Tue, 14 Jul 2009 15:48:44 EST McDonald's Mondays: Free McCafe Coffee Starting Monday and ending August 3 the McDonalds in the Rockford market are giving away free McCafe coffee from 7 am until I think 10 am. I saw it as a news story on WIFR, of all places! It's the small size; I can't remember if they said just the cappuccino or what, but you might want to check it out. Not sure of the NI. Thu, 9 Jul 2009 21:46:19 EST meet n greet? any meet ups being scheduled in the near future? I'd love to see all you again and bring the kiddos :) Sun, 5 Jul 2009 12:14:33 EST Moving into a house! I am excited to be finally moving into a house! More room to workout and the basement is partially finished I can already imagine all that we can do with it! Fri, 3 Jul 2009 12:33:54 EST July Wheel Points I forgot to get this up yesterday - sorry <em>40</em> Thu, 2 Jul 2009 12:37:01 EST This weekend have anyone else on edge?? We have both a birthday party (yikes) and 4th of July cookout this weekend out of town. HELP!! I'm guessing there won't be fruit anywhere near the cake and ice cream! I have a feeling I'm going to have to head to the local grocery store myself for foods I can eat. But it's going to be so hard to watch everyone else eating the stuff I myself devoured a little more than a week ago...Can someone offer me a really good saying that I can keep repeating to myself through mealtimes this weekend?? Tue, 30 Jun 2009 10:31:09 EST Been here a week Hi everyone! I'm an almost 36 year-old mom of 3 beautiful and often nerve-shattering kids, ages 10, 6 and almost 2. My wonderful husband and I have lived in our money pit for about 9 years and love to CONSTANTLY fix it up and make changes, well, mostly start them and take years to complete! Our newest idea is to change our front yard into a flower garden with pebble walking path. I've been with Sparkpeople about a week now and couldn't love it more! I thought after my first child that I'd def... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 10:23:34 EST Hi from Poplar Grove I've been doing SP for a few months now. I LOVE IT. A friend from work told me to check it out. In a nut shell ... I am a married Mom of 2 boys (12, 13). We moved here from Virginia about 6 years ago. 11 years ago I lost 111 pounds. When we moved I put a few pounds back on but have lost it and are working HARD to keep it off. Support is very important to our success. Keep it up! Mon, 29 Jun 2009 18:54:49 EST I'll be back real soon! Baby Sarah has arrived! Hi all! Just wanted to let you know that my daughter Sarah Elizabeth arrived on June 20th, 12:33pm, on her great-grandma's birthday! She was 9lbs 8 ounces, 22 inches, and has black hair. Soon as I get the clear from the doc, I will be getting more active on the site and hopefully will reach my final goal weight. I only gained 4 lbs this pregnancy and as of now I am 16 1/2 lbs less than I was when I started out pregnant and just 5 1/2 pounds from my lowest weight on here! If you would lik... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 07:59:02 EST New to the team My sister has been encouraging me to join and now I have! I'm wondering if there's anyone out there who's currently on the South Beach Diet. I'd love a buddy and some encouragement! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:28:43 EST hello all I haven't been on here in a while been so busy but no excuses! I have kinda fell of the bandwagon a bit but back to joining it! lol My main workout consist of pole areobics if you can call it that, it's fun and I feel great when I do it. I have had a few people I talked to as accountability partners but no one for sure still looking. Hope everyone is well though. Thu, 11 Jun 2009 10:02:16 EST June wheel points I got a head start on tomorrow! Sun, 31 May 2009 17:36:42 EST New here and need motivation! Hello my name is Ashley and I have been living in Rockford for 2 years and I love it. Havent made many friends just devote a lot of time to my hubby and kids. I think...well I know its finally time to start doing something for myself. I want to lose about 10-12 pounds. It might not seem like much but with my busy schedule and my lack of sleep...finding motivation is hard. Just hoping being a part of this group will give me the push I need. Fri, 22 May 2009 19:01:23 EST Accountability Partner needed for a pregnant woman Hello everyone! My name is Carrie and I am in need of an accountability partner. I am currently 5 months pregnant and thus far have gained no weight, I was already overweight when I got pregnant so I am trying to watch my consumption heavily so I do not gain un-needed weight. I need some help, I would like to have someone that I could possibly meet up with and go for walks on the bike path or around a neighborhood. I am very sincere about this, please help! Mon, 18 May 2009 08:12:26 EST New Just had a baby and am trying to lose the weight! Well trying to lose the weight from 2 pregnancies...I have a 2 year old and a 3 week old. I want to lose about 40 lbs! Ahhh that seems scary to me! <BR> <BR> I have lived in Rockford my entire life... Fri, 15 May 2009 23:16:28 EST May Wheel Points I created the new topic. <BR> <BR> Only got 1 today! Sun, 3 May 2009 17:17:47 EST A SPARKPEOPLE TABLE AT THE ROCKFORD YMCA... Would anyone be interested in helping me host an informational table/talk about SparkPeople at the local YMCA branch(s)? If someone would be interested, I would be willing to approach the YMCA fo details,permission,etc. Also, who at SparkPeople should I contact for their approval/guidance? <BR> <BR> Gabi <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Sat, 25 Apr 2009 15:01:04 EST Hi fellow Northern IL residents... I'm new to the team, just joined SP and am enjoying it. I live in Belvidere, IL and weight has been a life long battle with me. I'm hoping to stick with this site and utilize it to it's full potential, thus breaking the weight barrier. Support is always appreciated! Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:41:05 EST New to Spark Rockford Hello my name is Shelli. I recently joined spark about a week ago. Someone that I work with introduced me to it and I absolutely love it. It is a pretty big eye opener, I never really realized how much I actually eat in just a day. <BR> I am 25 yrs old and a single mom to a beatutiful girl, Kaylynn, who will be 2 in June. I absoluetly love being a mommy and dont know what I would do with my life without her. My other passion is my work. I work for Janet Wattles Center, at the Winnebago County... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:02:30 EST Do you have a dirty Mind? The answers are clean... <BR> <BR> Clues.. <BR> 1. I'm a 4 letter word that ends in "i-t". <BR> 2. The more you do me the smaller your balls get. <BR> 3. It goes in and it has to come out. <BR> <BR> Whats the answer? <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Apr 2009 08:54:07 EST Just Moved to Rockford Hi Everybody!! <BR> I just moved to Rockford in January, and am still getting used to the city. <BR> I have decided that this is the year that I lose 73 pounds. My mom gave me the "head's up" about SP, and I love it. Knowing there are now almost a thousand other people in this town doing the same thing I am really gives me hope that I can finally be successful. <BR> I don't have a computer at home, so I have to walk to the library. Yea! Exercise! <BR> I've struggled with my weight ever sinc... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:00:32 EST April Wheel Points I wanted to make sure I didn't forget to start this. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:15:00 EST Hello from sunny Rockford! Hello and glad to find peeps in the area on the same journey. <BR> <BR> I am 42 and work at the Winnebago County Jail....yup the clink. Here to tell you all that jail makes you fat!! Now, I want to lose all those pounds that found their home on my body. Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:13:05 EST Anyone for RollarBlading or Tennis So I need fun things to do when it get's warm. I want to get a pair or rollar blades if someone wants to start with me. Also I live by rolling green they have a tennis court I wouldn't mind taking that up again either. Trying to find fun active things to do Wed, 25 Mar 2009 20:25:26 EST Meet and Greet? Do we want to plan a gathering this month? Thu, 19 Mar 2009 20:35:01 EST New to Spark Rockford and Spark People I am new to this team as well as sparkpeople. I am really excited about getting in shape, losing weight and just generally feeling better. Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:28:15 EST MARCH WHEEL POINTS I got a 2 this morning. Sun, 1 Mar 2009 10:22:44 EST Where do you do for a gym? We moved I think I might be going to a gym any suggestions? Fri, 20 Feb 2009 19:55:36 EST TRUE or FALSE GAME Make a statement about the next person to post, not knowing of course who that person will be, that person will say if it is true or false and then make another statement for the next person. <BR> <BR> SO I WILL START: <BR> <BR> You have lived in the Rockford area your whole life. Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:46:36 EST So gross! I picked up my instant brown rice this week and my no longer favorite store, and there was a mouse/rat pellet in it! Just plain disgusting. I'll be returning them their pellet and all the store brand products tomorrow morning. I am now thankful that I am paranoid about clean food and keep my rice in a rubbermaid. <em>40</em> <em>24</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 01:00:38 EST Which gym? I have been trying to decide which gym would work for me (or maybe us if I can get HIM off the couch). I would appreciate any feedback from any experiences anyone has had from the local healthclubs, and are they expensive? <em>40</em> Wed, 11 Feb 2009 22:26:30 EST Spent the whole week in the hospital! So I disappeared for a bit but now I am back. This last week was very crazy to say the least. My bf sister was in a car accident she is ok but I spent like Wed through Fri with her then she got released and right from there I went to another hospital to see me sister because she ended miscarrying please keep her in your prayers. So later that night I started to get sharp pains ended up in the hospital for the weekend had surgery to have my appendix removed! This week was crazy I really hope I... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 21:38:09 EST Feb Meet and Greet??? I've had several inquires as to when we will have or next "Meet and Greet". <BR> <BR> When is everyone free or NOT free? Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:31:53 EST FEB WHEEL POINTS I got a 3 today. Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:29:54 EST Question about team goals Hi. I have a question about the last goal.. down at the bottom of our team page.. the track your food one meal 1x a day.. What number is it looking for there? How many meals I tracked that day? I don't want to mess up our number, could someone please clarify? Thx!! <BR> -Sara Thu, 29 Jan 2009 08:18:21 EST leg pain I started to do some pilates thigh workouts and my hips start to lock up and sometimes i get like a charly horse. When I was younger the doc told me I had a condition called hypermoblity and I have problems with my ligaments but has anyone else had this problem? Wed, 28 Jan 2009 09:58:08 EST January Meet and Greet So who is able to join us on Saturday? It is this Saturday, at Panera on 173 at 11 am. It is nice to know how many are coming so we can wait for everyone to arrive before ordering. Tue, 27 Jan 2009 16:10:03 EST An Invitation for the ladies I am having a Brown Bag Party Open house where you can sign up to also get some boudoir photo's done. I am very excited and I have never had this done but I thought that it will make me feel sexy just in time for Valentines day so why not? <BR> Here is a link to the invite let me know if you are interested it is open to all <BR> <BR><BR>lipesmommy/BBP%20Stuff/PhotographyInvi<BR>tescopy.jpg Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:14:43 EST Favorite Grocery Store? So I tend to go to different grocery stores for different things like meat at one fruit at one and etc. I want to stop driving everywhere for food what is your favorite grocery store in the area and why? Tue, 27 Jan 2009 10:25:02 EST meeting on saturday We are having a spark meeting saturday jan.24 @11:00 @Panera on 173 in Machesney Park hope to see you there Fri, 23 Jan 2009 20:09:44 EST Home gym equipment What do you use to work out. I try to change things up every week or so and I thought of buying some at home work out quipment but wanted to see what everyone else is using also if you use video's. Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:20:40 EST Who's on maintenance? Hi - having just met my goal, I am wondering of the 852 members on this Rockford team, who is on the "maintenance". I would really like to connect as my struggle has never been with removing the weight but with "keeping the weight removed". Motivation for me lags when I don't have a major target to keep working towards. <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> <BR> Bbee Fri, 23 Jan 2009 05:25:43 EST I am so excited! So I have been working out everday for at least 20 min except Sat and Sun. It has been a week since I weighed myself and I do it at one of my son's appointments because they have a doctor's scale figured it would be more accurate. I stepped on it and I lost 10 pounds! Yippee I was so excited but it is funny I thought it was broke and the scale was wrong so I checked again later and I lost it for sure! lol I am so excited it pumped me up and I want to work out now. I am so excited to feel bett... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 20:05:01 EST Does your eating change when money is tight? So things have been kinda tight first christmas then my sons birthday then saving for school. I sometimes feel our eating habits change when we are tight on money and not in a good way. What do you do when money is tight but you are still trying to eat healthy? Wed, 21 Jan 2009 11:48:43 EST New to this Team Hi. I am new to this team. Any pointers would be great. Sat, 17 Jan 2009 23:39:38 EST SPARK AND SPARK MEETING??? I moved to Rockford/Machesney Park a couple of years ago from Michigan and I gained tons of weight. I am new to this site and I was wondering has anyone started little SPARK clubs. You know, just with people in your little area meet at a SAFE and neutral place like a coffee shop or something like that. Me I am basically all alone here with just my husband and my kids, and it's hard to lose the weight for me with no support? I lost 18 pounds and gained it all back +some. Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:10:28 EST Back to work soon kinda nervous I have been laid off since Dec and I go back Feb 1st. I am nervous because my hours kinda vary and i get up anywhere between 4 in the morning to 7. Sometimes I work 40+ and sometimes like 3 hours for a day. I am worried that it will be harder to keep my workout regimen going. I am a morning workout person but there is no way I can get up at like 2 in the morning to workout. Has anyone else went back to work or found a way to workout around it? Wed, 14 Jan 2009 20:48:36 EST He isn't helping what do I do? I have been doing very well with my regiment and I am very proud of it. But I have one thing that may set me back and it is one of the most important things in my life and it is my boyfriend. We have been together 3 years and when I met him I was actually at a very healthy weight. He is heavier but he is great fun,loving and is always there for me. But he is not really supporting me like I need him to. He has always been a big guy and it's like sometimes he accepts it and thinks it's ok. He h... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 11:19:37 EST Special K Challenge? SO I was kinda looking at the special K challenge. Has anyone done this? Do you think it is a good or bad thing? <BR> Just need some advice Mon, 12 Jan 2009 22:04:37 EST Met my goal... Just have to share any and everywhere that today I met my target weight that I set back on Sept 28, 2008 when I joined Spark People! That means 22 pounds removed... (not lost because I don't ever want to find them again) !!! <BR> <BR> WOO HOO! I am pumped! Spark People tools were a big part of my being able to reach that target. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Bbee Sun, 11 Jan 2009 05:53:07 EST Weight Loss Challenge at Roscoe YMCA Hi everyone, <BR> I just wanted to let you know that the Roscoe Y is now signing up people for the Jan 2009 Weight Loss Challenge! :) <BR> It is a 10 week program, you work out each week with your team (6) and trainer at your designated time (which you choose when you sign up) and then there is a rotating trainer WO on Thursday evenings you can attend too. You keep a food journal (Sparks is great for helping that!) and an exercise journal and get lots of support, have fun and change your lif... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 08:21:19 EST used eqipment? hey, was just wondering if anyone new of a good place to get like a used treadmill. i don't wanna spend the money on a new one, but want something in the house. i miss my daily walks, but we still have like 3 months left of winter! the closest play it again sports stores is in crystal lake. Sun, 4 Jan 2009 18:11:14 EST Pole Dancing Classes So I recently joined a company called Brown Bag Party in August and it makes me feel really good about myself. I feel more confident and I get to meet alot of girls and talk to alot of people. It is a direct selling romance home party company. I don't want you to think I am trying to advertise because I am not just had a question. <BR> <BR> So something this company offers to there consultants to make more money is you get the chance to offer pole dancing classes. They have training video's ... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 17:02:43 EST JAN WHEEL POINTS 4 for me today. <em>107</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2009 20:34:23 EST Snap Fitness / Curves?? Hey everyone! I haven't really been all that active in this group, but I did have a question for all of you. <BR> <BR> We recently got a Snap Fitness here in Byron and I was wondering if any of you were a member of it or another location? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about joining either that or Curves, but I'm not sure which one I should think about. I'm scared to work out around all those skinny people! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 19:45:09 EST Holiday Wishes I hope each of you have a Merry Christmas <em>233</em> <BR> and a Happy New Year <em>283</em> Wed, 24 Dec 2008 17:04:39 EST Dec Meet & Greet We missed last month. So lets schedule a meet and greet for Dec 20th at 11:00 at the Panera Bread on 173. Sun, 7 Dec 2008 22:08:36 EST DEC WHEEL POINTS I got a 5 today. Mon, 1 Dec 2008 20:21:35 EST vitamins does anyone take any supplements other than a multivitamin? Sat, 22 Nov 2008 12:00:11 EST how do you get in your daily water? hey guys i need some advise on how to get in my water. i hate water but i always feel and look better when i drink it help! Sat, 22 Nov 2008 11:59:16 EST went shopping and got a few things that help i went shopping and i got yogurt, cottage cheese, fat free cream cheese, mini bagels, and olives... i know that these nthings might not be the best choice but so far theyve helped me not eat so much and theyre lower in calories than the stuff id been eating. anyone else have anythint that is a must buy? Sat, 22 Nov 2008 11:57:37 EST Hey there My friend told me about this today. I'm excited to get started! Tue, 18 Nov 2008 19:13:25 EST I need an accountability partner! I have not been on spark people in months! I have gotten so lazy and I really need some one to be like a motivator buddy to help me. I know I have gained weight and I noticed some stretch marks on my stomach I know I need to do something. I am laid off from work and I want to get working out everyday and getting active. Does anyone else need an accountability partner? Sun, 16 Nov 2008 13:15:23 EST strength train/ cardio i have heard that its best to split up your cardio and strength training like MWF do cario and SU T TH do strength training... does anyone believe this to be true? trying to plan out my workouts (since my fellow rockfordians have inspired me to do so ) and just wanted some input! Sat, 15 Nov 2008 11:09:55 EST Nov meet and greet gathering What day works for everyone? <BR> <BR> Panera bread again? <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Nov 2008 20:26:22 EST why is it so hard? I feel like i can be successful because i've done it before, but then sometimes i just cant seem to believe in myself enough to not over eat. I wish I could have the confidence and the faith to know that if i put the work in I will see results. Am I the only one that feels this way? Fri, 14 Nov 2008 14:23:36 EST NOV WHEEL POINTS I got a 2 this morning. Sat, 1 Nov 2008 07:33:58 EST What is your Motivation?? What made you decide to change your life? What keeps you going on the path to a healthier lifestyle?? <BR> <BR> Please share with truly does help keep others going!! <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2008 21:56:32 EST Newbie Hi, I'm a 54 y/o nurse who is trying ONCE again to get back in shape and live a healthier lifestyle. I am tired of not fitting into my clothes, feeling tired all the time, and feeling like a failure! When I turned 40 I was able to get back in shape and felt wonderful, but now in the 50's I find it's harder then ever! I feel like I've tried everything out there, read every fitness/diet book, and tried all the gadgets/equipment. I know it's time to get back to the basics. After all I'm a nurse ... Thu, 23 Oct 2008 20:27:17 EST Anyone? Want to help? I have been so busy that I feel that I have let the team down. I need another co-captain. Anyone? Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:49:51 EST HEY ... What to eat this fall <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=956&page=3 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a great article. It fall and time to adjust my eating habits for the season. <BR> <BR> I have never tried fresh figs. <BR> <BR> Is there any local farmers markets in the area still? My garden is done for the year except for the brocolli. I miss my fresh veggies. <BR> <BR> Hey Carol and any other takers, I challenge you to try a new food. <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:44:45 EST New :) Well I'm Brandy and wife to Jeff, mom to Owen and I'm a work at home mom I guess you'd say as I sell Avon. I'm also 11 months shy of getting my associates degree in Medical Transcription. <BR> <BR> Really I'm here to start a healthier life. I have some pudge I'd love to get rid of but nothing to really lose that wouldn't make me look scary unhealthy. Weight is something I've always had a problem with, but it's something I'm also coming to terms with. <BR> <BR> um anything else just ask :) Tue, 21 Oct 2008 11:43:03 EST New to team :-) Hello all im shannon, ive just recently been married and since meeting my husband have gained a ton of weight! :-) well worth the trade but now that ive got him its time to drop the pounds! :-) its nice to have a community of people right here in town :-) it feel like your support is closer... hope to get to know you all a little better Sun, 19 Oct 2008 17:19:41 EST Accountability Partners, Anyone? Do we have any one looking for a "Accountability Partner"? Tue, 7 Oct 2008 09:40:02 EST OCT WHEEL POINTS I'm going to start this one early, since I have a issue being on time creating a new post. Mon, 29 Sep 2008 19:54:26 EST Looking for a exercise parner Hi all:) I am so clueless as to how to use this site. I am looking for some people that would like to get together to exercise with. I have a gym membership and since the weathers nice, try to go for a walk/run in the evenings. I need a little motivation at times. If anyones interested let me know. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:22:10 EST Newbie to the team I am 31, and have been living out in the Rockford area for nearly 3 yrs now. I am trying to get back on track with losing weight and hoping with support and advice and motivation that i can keep with it this time and reach my goals. Sun, 14 Sep 2008 14:09:05 EST New to the The Team!! Hi Everybody! I have a few pounds I need to lose, and I need to start exercising consistently too! I am going to school full time as well, which I am finding to make it hard on the whole exercising thing. I'm 23, and ready to really get started losing weight!! Sun, 14 Sep 2008 12:13:44 EST WILL POWER NEEDED SURPRISED TO SEE SO MANY ROCKFORD PEOPLE....I NEED HELP WITH THE START OF THIS, ONCE I GET GOING I SHOULD BE FINE. IS THERE SOMETHING ON HERE WHERE IF I LIST THE FOODS THAT I WILL EAT WILL IT THEN GIVE ME A MEAL PLAN....THERE ARE JUST ALOT OF VEGGIES AND OTHER THINGS I JUST CAN'T STOMACH. THANKS FOR ANY SUGGESTIONS Wed, 3 Sep 2008 21:10:42 EST SEPT GATHERING/MEET AND GREET If we start planning early.... Well you know maybe we can get some more people to show up. But either way big or small we always have a good time. <BR> <BR> With not knowing what work will bring for me. I can say the Saturdays the 13th and the 27th are open and all Sundays. Tue, 2 Sep 2008 12:19:11 EST SEPT WHEEL POINTS Sorry I was late again. <BR> <BR> I got 3 points today Tue, 2 Sep 2008 12:13:44 EST Quick Question When I am tracking the August goals like the one that is walking a mile a day what do I enter when the box says how much. I am walking 2 miles a day so I have been entering 2. I'm not sure if thats right or not so wanted to ask. Same for the tracking one meal a day--I track all three meals so I have been entering 3. Just want to make sure I'm doing this right. <BR> Thanks, Fri, 22 Aug 2008 21:46:07 EST Looking for some Tips Hi Everyone!! <BR> I just joined this site a couple of days ago and I am really excited about starting to live healthier and exercise more. I have a hard time staying with a program once I get started though so I am looking for some motivational tips or any advice on how to keep going with the program I have started. <BR> Thanks-- Thu, 21 Aug 2008 21:51:28 EST First timer! Howdy:) Im Kristy, new at this whole thing, and tryn to figure it all out. I recently herniated 2 discs in my back and am now tryn to get back into a more active healthy lifestyle. I signed up to a gym and have been trying to eat better but need a little more motivation to stick to it. I hear this is a great place for a little moral support! Wed, 20 Aug 2008 15:16:32 EST Are you a reader or a poster? Carol and I were just talking about lurkers or looky looks. You know the people who read but never post for what ever the reason. <BR> <BR> I was a lurker for my first week on Sparks this team included. Its tough to jump in. Especially when we all seem to know each other so well. <BR> <BR> As I put it to Carol "like being the new kid on the playground". <BR> <BR> So if anyone is lurking. Come play with the big kids. <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Aug 2008 11:21:39 EST Have you seen the daily spark? Have you seen the daily spark. Another great resource for us. Articles etc. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2008 11:53:56 EST Looking for someone yesterday I got a e-mail saying a new member posted. I read her profile I think her name was cindysgrils or something like that. I anyone knows how I can find her let me know. Thank You and God Bless <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2008 14:46:30 EST AUGUST GATHERING/MEET AND GREET What days work for you and what days don't? <BR> <BR> The 9th,16th,23rd are no's for me. Tue, 5 Aug 2008 12:47:19 EST AUGUST WHEEL POINTS Let me start with Sorry folks I haven't been around. I don't have any excuses. Just didn't get here. <BR> <BR> <BR> I got 1 point today. <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2008 11:47:47 EST NEW HERE <em>213</em> BEEN SIGN UP FOR A WHILE NOW JUST HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO GET IN TO DO ANYTHING DOCTORS AND REHAB ALL WK BEEN BUSY. jUST WANTED TO SAY HI. I ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING TO LOVE PARK AT THE END OF JULY. THEN IT WILL BE GET DOWN TO BUSINESS MORE ABOUT ME LATER. <em>253</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2008 20:41:06 EST new to everything Hello, I am a stay at home mother of three boys. I moved up to Illinois about 7 years ago. I rarely get out of my house and have gained weight the entire time I've been here. I always have my children and never have time to get out. I hope this program will give me the encouragement to lose the weight. <em>201</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2008 20:02:46 EST July 2008 Goals Read the quotes at the end of this post. <BR> <BR> Decide what small goals are needed in your life; what do you need/want to do that will help you reach your final goal ... a new, healthier you. <BR> <BR> Set a small goal for yourself this month (be specific), post it here, and let us know how you're doing with it. You can post daily, weekly, or whenever. Since the month has already started, let's hear about your successes at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> If this works, we'll continue t... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 17:12:20 EST Sodium in EVERYTHING I over did again with my sodium. My rings won't even spin today. Hands hurts, toes look like sausages. i don't salt my food, its that hidden sodium that got me again. Milk, breakfast cereal,Butter spread, Olives, ok I knew that one. Mayo, feta cheese I knew that one too. But darn it, cauliflower and celery too. <BR> <BR> I need some low sodium recipes. Got any favorites. Thu, 10 Jul 2008 12:24:42 EST SP Articles Worth Reading Here is a place to post a link to any SP articles you think the team would benefit from. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2008 13:50:05 EST JULY'S WHEEL POINTS Where did last month go? Here's to getting healthier and happier every day of our lives. <em>252</em> <em>224</em> <em>283</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2008 23:20:52 EST I'm proud of ME because... (I am borrowing this from another team I am on. <em>304</em> I think we need this, too.) <BR> <BR> This is the place to toot your own horn and let us know what you've accomplished. We want to celebrate your accomplishments with you. <BR> <BR> Nothing is too small to celebrate. It can be anything (losing a pound, losing a partial pound <em>11</em> , being able to cross your legs again, working out for 5 minutes a day for a week <em>198</em> , being able to paint your toenails, being able ... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 16:32:31 EST Your health is very important Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I had a complete check up recently, and I am glad I did, my ob/gyn noticed something and strongly suggested I have a colonoscopy done, so I figured hey I'm on vacation I can do that. Yesterday the doctor's office called and advised the polyp they removed was pre-cancerous. This test is so very important for everyone to have, if I wouldn't of had this test, it is possible in 5 years I would of been dead or trying to fight colon cancer and die trying. There is noth... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 07:48:39 EST Newbie saying hello Hello everybody, a newbie saying hello. 29 year old gal who works two jobs and used to eating on the run. I joined weight watchers a week ago and go back for my second weigh in tomrrow. I don't have any children yet, but I'm at the most I've ever weighed in my life. I went from being a multi-sport athlete to an unhealthy eating workaholic. Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:41:16 EST New SP - sounds like fun How is this working for everyone..sounds motivating and I need motovation to get fit. SUPER SLOW metabolism..we joined Cardianl fitness..we like club workouts. Anyone else join Cardinal? I go to Perryville and Mulford site. I am doing this with husband coach at Rockford Christian Life HS. I think Tim Russert's death scared us a little. Hi to you all! Thu, 19 Jun 2008 13:10:34 EST Checkboxes for Team Goals Passing this along... <BR> <BR> <BR> "Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Based on feedback from members, we have added checkboxes as an option for tracking Team Goals. This should make the tracking of certain goals faster and easier, and also allow you to create goals like "Eat 3 apples, 4 times per week." <BR> <BR> Please pass this information along to your Teams. We hope this makes the Team Goals feature even easier to use! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen" <BR> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 10:56:36 EST Need Help, A Little Off The subject..... Good morning, <BR> I am in a little dilema... <BR> My husband and I bought a fence for a yard two weeks ago from a home improvement store here in Rockford (I will be nice and not say there name). Got all of the materials on Friday-6/13/08...... and yet nothing has been done, today they gave me some lame a** excuse stating that they needed to remark my yard because now the installer is not comfortable if there are powerlines in my yard!!!!??? Shouldn't you have gotten uncomfortable 2weeks ... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 10:37:00 EST New Foods? What have you tried? What new foods have you tried or do you want to try? <BR> <BR> I tried quinoa (keen-wa). Its a very high protein grain. Tastes a lot like wild rice or brown rice. Looks like bird seed. You can substitute it for any rice dish or possibly pasta. Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:20:50 EST Just need to vent! I am so frustrated with the news (LACK of it) about the Reedsburg, Wis. Dells, etc flooding! My mother was evacuated from her house Sunday night, the water was up to her stairs. She did go to my sister's house on higher ground, and is OK. But the electricity and phones have been in and out as have the cell phones. I have had to go to the TV15 Madison web site just to find out anything about the area. (Yes, I know the national and local news have shown the one picture of the house falling... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 19:20:40 EST Chain Messages Just passing this message along: <BR> <BR> "Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> We've started to have more of a problem recently with "chain" messages. For example, you're asked to send something along to 10 of your friends, and before you know it you're getting this same message (or a similar one) from lots of different people. <BR> <BR> I think a lot of these are very nice, but not everyone wants them. So we're going to ask that people stop forwarding these along- either as SparkMail messages or co... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 15:08:54 EST Copy this meal to another day I just noticed that they added "Copy this meal to another day" option to our food trackers. WOO HOOO that is going to make things so nice for me. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 11:52:19 EST What kind of exerciser are you?? I got this from another group but found it fun. <BR> <BR> Grade your self based on these questions to see... <BR> <BR> 1. When I think about physical activity, I: <BR> a. can't wait to put on my walking shoes <BR> b. really want to exercise but need a push <BR> c. dread the idea of moving a muscle, but am happy once I get moving <BR> <BR> 2. When I am physically active, I enjoy exercising: <BR> a. by myself at my own pace <BR> b. with a team or group <BR> c. with one or two buddies... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 23:54:26 EST June's Daily Challenges Monday, June 2nd: Go shopping for some healthy foods. Use this shopping list for ideas. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1001 </link> Sun, 1 Jun 2008 21:12:40 EST June Wheel Points I got 5 today. Happy June, everyone! Sun, 1 Jun 2008 21:07:59 EST New FEATURE- -STREAKS You can view and manage your SparkStreaks by clicking on My Home/Start, then finding a link to SparkStreaks in the "myTools" section on the left of the page. When you click to your Streaks page, you'll see all the Streaks you are tracking. They made it so everyone has a Streak for logging in to the site and spinning the SparkPoints wheel and for drinking 8 cups of water a day. You can click the "Start/Manage Streaks" button to decide what goals you want to track a Streak, and to choose if you... Thu, 22 May 2008 23:32:16 EST Deuce and Spotty01 This is our thread for accountability partners. if I did this correctly it will show up where it is supposed to. Thu, 22 May 2008 15:29:08 EST I'm a Avocado I just read <link><BR>tor_waist.asp </link> Waist-to-Hip Ratio <BR> <BR> I'm a avocado. I never herd of that before. I always assumed I was a pear. Learn something new everyday. Thu, 22 May 2008 12:35:23 EST Pamper yourself I came across this while surfing yesterday. This is how one gal pampers herself. I thought it was a great idea. I know I don't really take enough time for "me". I don't have small kids at home but still have Mom demands of my time. <BR> <BR> What I got a giggle out of was while she is waiting for her masque to dry she cleans her room or bathroom. Still multi-tasking. LOL <BR> <BR> Once a week my pampering/beauty routine is as follows: <BR> 1) Dry rasp my heels and soles (sometimes at this... Mon, 19 May 2008 10:48:15 EST Adding Workout Videos I have been doing Gunnar Peterson's Core Secrets for about a week now and I am not sure how to add that into my fitness. Do I have to manually add each exercise I thought they would have a list of some workout videos but I don't think they do Sun, 18 May 2008 08:34:41 EST 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today Each day (starting today) I'll post one step from the SP article "25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today" (link is in our team's favorites). <BR> <BR> 1. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better than nothing. For ideas browse our video library or workout generator. <BR> Thu, 15 May 2008 23:48:59 EST If you forgot to brush your teeth last night... I got this from the SP Weekly Community Highlight e-mail. It's a good one. <BR> <BR> "If you forgot to brush your teeth last night, did you decide this morning to throw in the towel and never brush your teeth again? Since you're obviously a slob who doesn't have enough self- discipline to remember to brush your teeth, why bother brushing them at all if you forgot to last night? <BR> <BR> "Of course not. <BR> <BR> "So if you had ice cream for dinner last night, or didn't exercise yesterday... Thu, 15 May 2008 17:24:28 EST If your missing your accountability partner.... If your missing your partner, If they are on vacation, at school, on their honeymoon, away on a business trip or just M.I.A. <BR> <BR> Post here for support or bragging rights. We can call this our HOT LINE. Thu, 15 May 2008 11:18:54 EST Curves I have 3 1-week membership passes for Curves if anybody wants them. I don't go there anymore, but I would be interested in going for a week to see the changes they've made and get a good workout. The pass reads: "1 week membership FREE for you and a friend or you may exchange for a special first visit discount." Let me know if you want one of these, or if you'd like to go with me. After this week (fingers are crossed), I will be able to go in the evenings. Mon, 12 May 2008 13:51:46 EST Happy Mothers Day!!!!!!!!! Andy and I went to a Christian coffee house in Beloit, WI yesterday for our friends boys birthday party. Then Andy and I went out to eat at Max's in South Beloit, at 9pm we drove back to Beloit, WI and went to Mike's Road house to see 2 band Black Damage and Grieving for Gwendolyn, what 2 hot off the chart popping metal bands..thought I was going to have adult shaken head syndrome. The band thought we were awesome, cause we are...and gave us t-shirts, we really enjoyed ourselves, came home ... Sun, 11 May 2008 12:49:10 EST Birthdays/An nniversaries I think it would be nice to keep track of our team's birthdays and anniversaries. Please add yours to the list below (copy and paste) if you would like to. <BR> <em>44</em> <BR> Patty (KEVJACKSMOM)- Birthday: Dec 3; Anniversary: Sept 13 <BR> Deb (EVERYONESNEEDS) - Birthday: Oct 17 <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 May 2008 19:11:21 EST NURSE_ARI and KEVJACKSMOM Ari, this is OUR thread, to help keep us accountable. Sun, 4 May 2008 12:41:24 EST Official Swimsuit Boot camp Challenge Here's a challenge for us. <BR> <BR> BOXERMOM19 invites you to join "SparkPeople's Official Swimsuit Bootcamp", a public SparkTeam. Follow the link to find out more and join. <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=20982 </link> <BR> Sat, 3 May 2008 12:36:55 EST EVERYONESNEEDS and BOXERMOM19 Here's our own thread to post and keep in touch. Not that your going to lose me. LOL <BR> <BR> MAAWWWA HA HA thats me evil laugh. <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 May 2008 00:20:13 EST May's Daily Challenges I know this is Patty's expertise but it's the first of the month, and I'm anxious. <BR> <BR> We are still on the 7 day jumpstart till Sunday the 4th. Hope everyone is giving it a try. Today is day 4. <BR> <BR> Chest press with dumbbells <BR> Dumbbell oblique <BR> Hamstring flexion (requires Swiss ball) <BR> Exercise bike – Go at a moderate pace, hard enough that your heart rate goes up a little. <BR> <BR> <BR> change it up if there is something you can't do. Or don't have the equipm... Thu, 1 May 2008 11:12:37 EST May Challenges I know this is Patty's expertise but it's the first of the month, and I'm anxious. <BR> <BR> We are still on the 7 day jumpstart till Sunday the 4th. Hope everyone is giving it a try. Today is day 4. <BR> <BR> Chest press with dumbbells <BR> Dumbbell oblique <BR> Hamstring flexion (requires Swiss ball) <BR> Exercise bike – Go at a moderate pace, hard enough that your heart rate goes up a little. <BR> <BR> <BR> change it up if there is something you can't do. Or don't have the equipment ... Thu, 1 May 2008 10:55:35 EST MAY Wheel points I started the month with a 2 Thu, 1 May 2008 10:36:44 EST Next Meeting???? Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to know when our next meeting would be, as I am leaving for Texas on business May 12 and I will not be back until May 19 and then I am going away again May 23-25 for a mini vacation. Any suggestions on maybe setting a certain date of each month maybe? <BR> I know may is hectic with Memorial day and all. I am going to the Young at heart Sunday May 25 in the evening when we get back. Would go to the wing ding, however its not family ordinated anymor... Sun, 27 Apr 2008 18:45:35 EST The 7-Day Guide to Jumpstart Your Fitness <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=189&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm going to try this. Who wants to join me? Sun, 27 Apr 2008 10:45:21 EST Running routes in rockford Does anyone know of some good places to run in rockford? Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:53:50 EST Getting to know you Part II I started a new thread for new members who might like to play along. <BR> <BR> Well, here is a way to get to know everyone...please join in :) <BR> <BR> I will put up the first question and then the next person can answer it and ask a question, then the next person answer and ask....on and on. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite time of day? Wed, 23 Apr 2008 10:44:57 EST Team Goals We have a new tool!! Team goals. What would we like to track as a team? The way I understand it, we can track just about anything. Water, Fruits/veggies, Cardio, Strength, Walking. Lets have some idea? Yoga, Meditation, Pilates. You get to decide if you want to participate. When you decide to join the goal will show up on your goal tracker page too. <BR> <BR> I set up some examples. Scroll down from the main page. Wed, 23 Apr 2008 00:24:14 EST Accountability Partners Who wants to start “Accountability Partners”? The idea is pair off in groups of two and motivate each other, be a understanding ear, a shoulder to cry on or a butt kicker when needed. Challenge each other as you see fit. <BR> <BR> When you get your partner. SPmail each other, post on SPpages, or what might be even more helpful to you is to share email addresses, instant messenger information, or even phone numbers. Whatever you feel comfortable doing that would make you the most accountable... Tue, 22 Apr 2008 12:46:23 EST I heard from Kate (GRAM210) Here's the SparkMail to/from Kate. Start at the bottom and read up. <BR> <BR> ========================================<BR>===== <BR> <BR> Kate, I'm so glad to hear from you. We were beginning to worry. <BR> <BR> Hang in there. You'll be up and around before you know it. Then, we'll meet up and see about helping you with your weightloss plan. Take one step at a time, though (no pun intended). <BR> <BR> I'll copy and paste your mail into a thread for the team to read, if you don't mi... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 23:43:18 EST When you change your Thinking When you change your Thinking <BR> you change your Beliefs <BR> <BR> When you change your Beliefs <BR> you change your Expectations <BR> <BR> When you change your Expectations <BR> you change your Attitude <BR> <BR> When you change your Attitude <BR> you change your Behavior <BR> <BR> When you change your Behavior <BR> you change your Performance <BR> <BR> When you change your Performance <BR> <BR> You Change Your Life! <BR> <BR> Go Team! This was an email I rec'v at work from one of... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 19:59:31 EST Announcement I am happy to announce that Shelly (BOXERMOM19) is now a co-leader of our team! Along with Stacey, Shelly will be helping by motivating and challenging our wonderful team. (She already does this, so no real change there.) Shelly, thank you for accepting this position, and for all that you do for Rockford Sparks. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so proud of all of you for posting, participating, and encouraging each other. You are a terrific team,... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 11:13:54 EST I wish I coud be there... I really wish I could meet up with you all but I have to work =( I was wondering if we could do something like once a month or something that could be fun and workout like going to rock cut (hiking,canoeing etc) or something that could be fun. Just an idea...Have fun today ! Sun, 20 Apr 2008 02:31:31 EST 'Go-To' Meal I'm a victim of the meal. I'm also a portion distortion victim/addict. <BR> <BR> This is my declamation of my "sins/short comings". <BR> <BR> We are all human, admit it and move on. Two steps forward one step back. I will measure and CONTROL my portions.!!!! <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=224 </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2008 02:19:23 EST What did you read today? I don't have little kids anymore. But wish I had this when mine were little. <BR> <BR> <BR> It's as simple as counting to ten! <BR> <BR> 1. Thou shalt not force, bribe or coerce thy child to eat. <BR> <BR> 2. Thou shalt set a good example by eating at least five fruits and vegetables, three whole grain products, and three dairy servings per day thyself. <BR> <BR> 3. Thou shalt make mealtimes pleasant. <BR> <BR> 4. Thou shalt encourage thy child to help in meal planning, preparation... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 12:34:46 EST nutritionally Fun Got this from another group. Thought it was worth passing on. <BR> <BR> Play this game. It's nutritionally Fun! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>is-not-that/index.html </link> Wed, 16 Apr 2008 00:59:31 EST I just found this!!! Hi, I've been in sparks for about 2 wks and I just found this site. I didn't realize they had a group so close. I guess I'll talk to everybody sooner or later. catch you on the message boards. <em>247</em> <em>188</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2008 16:56:49 EST Daily Challenges I thought the challenges last week went well. Congratulations to all who succeeded in meeting their goals. <BR> <BR> I'm going to continue posting a different challenge, Monday through Friday. I encourage you all to participate, as these challenges are not too difficult, but very effective. <BR> <BR> We're all in this lifestyle change together. Let's supportive our team. We can do this! Sun, 13 Apr 2008 21:25:40 EST FREE fitness on Comcast Did you guys know there are free fitness videos on Comcast Cable! You have to have a cable box. <BR> <BR> If you go to video on demand (VOD) and then the free spot, there are tons of free workouts. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2008 07:41:26 EST I lost 5 lbs total so far YAY I LOST 5lbs!!! Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:32:14 EST Scrapbooking If I'm not mistaken, there are several scrappers on our team, right? So, how 'bout we set a date to crop together? I could see us bringing healthy snacks, and even working in a few minutes of stretching in the middle. What do you think? <BR> <BR> Are you scrapping your weight loss? I really need to get busy on mine. <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2008 12:07:11 EST Anyone belong to Peak Sports Club? I just joined Peak about 2 weeks ago and I was just wondering if anyone would like to talk about it Fri, 11 Apr 2008 22:57:03 EST On Weight Watchers? Join the Weight Watchers Spark Team!!! <BR> <BR><BR>ts Fri, 11 Apr 2008 15:40:21 EST Are you proud of yourself? Tell us what you have done that has made you proud of yourself. Wed, 9 Apr 2008 00:22:12 EST Challenge for April 7-11 I've decided to limit the weekly challenges to Monday through Friday, leaving the weekends to each individual. <BR> <BR> Our challenge for this week will be a different challenge for each day. <BR> <BR> For Monday, I challenge you to stay away from the candy. I'm sure a lot of you (including me) have all sorts of chocolates, sweet tarts, peeps, etc. in your house. <BR> <BR> Can you restrain yourself to not even nibble on one piece? Let's try for today. <BR> <BR> Good luck! Let us kno... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 22:02:12 EST New to SP! Hey everyone.. how are you? My name is Michelle, and I'm totally new to this as of yesterday. I live in Rockford, but I've only been here for less than a year. I'm really hoping that this website keeps me motivated to lose the 25 pounds I set for my goal. It's really exciting right now, and I hope it stays this way so I can do this!! :o) Sun, 6 Apr 2008 10:55:07 EST Hey Everybody Im New!! Hey everybody, the name is Jenny, and Im almost 25 years old. I am looking to lose about 50 pounds but more to start feeling like im 25 and not 30. Looking for some good people to be buddies with and help along the way. Hope to hear from you soon!! Reach for the stars!!!! Sun, 6 Apr 2008 02:27:07 EST Workout Buddies Does anyone have any interest in getting work out buddies? I was thinking people could post where they work out and the times they like to go and see if a few us could get together regularly to work out. I am big on accountability and if I know someone is looking for me, I may be more apt to go. We don't even have to do the same things at the gym, just have someone to chat with before and after your workout. <em>231</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2008 11:54:04 EST How to read complete huddle message? Ok, so I have been with Sparks a long time but never participated in a huddle. It is probably a dumb question but how do you read the complete huddle message, only some of it appears on the banner. I couldn't figure out how to read it all. <em>24</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2008 10:54:31 EST April Wheel Points Shall we keep this going? I think we're having fun sharing our wheel points with the team, so have at it! Tue, 1 Apr 2008 00:03:24 EST April Challenge Okay, here's a monthly challenge for our team (thanks to Stacey for the suggestion). Whoever gets the most SparkPoints in April wins... simple as that! The prize is a $10 GC for Panera Bread. All are welcome to participate... even Stacey and myself. (It's on!) <BR> <BR> So, start posting, huddling, reading articles, voting in polls, tracking your nutrition/fitness ... anything to get your points up during the month of April. <BR> <BR> Please note: I will need to end the monthly challen... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 00:00:43 EST Our Daily Huddle Hey team! <BR> <BR> I just heard of a really fun way to huddle with our SparkTeam. Let's make up a story each day, using the huddle feature. Here's how it works: <BR> <BR> The first person to log onto Rockford Sparks starts the story. After that, the rest of us add one line at a time to the story. Remember, we do this in "Daily Huddle", thus getting our daily huddle points for this team. (Remember, we will start a new story each day.) Let's try it. It should be lots of fun. Sun, 30 Mar 2008 16:07:58 EST Veggie Challenge Here's our first mini-challenge for the week of March 31-April 6th: Can you eat 2 veggies a day? <em>140</em> <em>267</em> <em>291</em> <em>4</em> Let's keep track here. The people who post their veggies (2 or more) each day for this week will get a SparkGoodie from me on their SparkPage. <BR> <BR> Good luck, my friends! Let's make it a veg-licious week! Sun, 30 Mar 2008 15:09:20 EST What's for dinner tonight? I am making home-made stuffed shells, cheese bread and fresh green beens. Gonna keep my portions down and enjoy every bite. <em>4</em> Sun, 30 Mar 2008 14:51:11 EST Challenges, anyone? I think we need a few challenges for this team. What do you think? <BR> <BR> Personally, I need to get with the program again. I need to exercise and eat better. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any ideas for a team challenge? Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:36:37 EST Garden PLANT YOUR OWN GARDEN WITHOUT GETTING YOUR HANDS DIRTY! <BR> <BR> Springtime, Everyone!!! Easiest garden I have ever planted! <BR> <BR> Click on the link below. You will get a blank page. <BR> <BR> Click your mouse anywhere (& everywhere) on that page & see what happens! <BR> <BR> Better yet, click & drag your mouse over the blank page... Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>f </link> <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2008 10:00:52 EST points I got 3 today by spinning the wheel, has anyone ever rec'v 20 pts? The highest I have rec'v so far is 5 pts, it's fun and exciting spinning the wheel. Wed, 26 Mar 2008 08:59:36 EST points I got 3 today by spinning the wheel, has anyone ever rec'v 20 pts? The highest I have rec'v so far is 5 pts, it's fun and exciting spinning the wheel. Wed, 26 Mar 2008 08:59:29 EST points I got 3 today by spinning the wheel, has anyone ever rec'v 20 pts? The highest I have rec'v so far is 5 pts, it's fun and exciting spinning the wheel. Wed, 26 Mar 2008 08:59:05 EST newbie from Machesney Park Hi everyone! Just wanted to post a little hello. My details are on my page if you want to meet me. <BR> <BR> Did you guys know we had a new TJ Maxx open today on 173 and Hwy 251? <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all. <BR> <BR> Michele Thu, 13 Mar 2008 15:20:40 EST Everyone Needs a Good Healthy Lifestyle Hi Everyone, <BR> My screen name is Everyonesneeds, kind of fitting for me anyway! I live in Loves Park, and always looking for a walking partner. Well, like alot of other people I have tried every yo-yo diet their was, and then I felt like a failure, the end of 2006 I decided to off my behind and really do something about it. My weigh in weight at that time (my very heaviest that I ever was) 368 pounds, I hated when people took my pic, I made sure I was out of photographing sight because I n... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 20:05:57 EST What equivalent have you loss? I borrowed this from another team... I thought it was pretty cool <BR> <BR> "Here are some weight comparisons... <BR> <BR> Now.. What equivalent have you shed and what will you be shedding? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn ... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 11:33:49 EST March wheel points Is March going to come in as a lamb or a lion? No matter what the weather, let's make it a good one! Fri, 29 Feb 2008 17:16:09 EST Good News/Bad News I found this on another team today. I think it's a great idea for daily posts. It's called: Good News/Bad News. The point is to write daily some news (good or bad) followed by the opposite news. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> Bad News: I ate a Baby Ruth candy bar today. <BR> Good News: The kids and I are home today since there's no school due to parent/teacher conferences. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Feb 2008 14:33:50 EST Help the Winnebago County Animal Shelter Hi everyone! The Winnebago County Animal Shelter is in the running to receive a total facility makeover up to $1 million. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You can also read about it on <BR> <link><BR>ent_calendar?submit_action=event_detai<BR>ls&event_id=867 </link> <BR> <BR> You have to register with your name,email address and zip code and they send you a confirming email. Then you ... Sat, 23 Feb 2008 19:20:28 EST NIU Shooting I have been thinking of little else since hearing about the shootings at NIU yesterday. My heart is heavy with grief for the victims and their families. I also feel for those who were in the lecture hall at the time of the shooting. This is something that will not soon pass. <BR> <BR> Feel free to post your thoughts on yesterday's tragedy here. <BR> <BR> May God be with those affected by such a senseless act. Fri, 15 Feb 2008 14:26:16 EST You Are Invited To Rockford Work At Home United Hello Fellow Sparks! <BR> <BR> I am part of Work At Home United and I will be holding weekly meetings in Rockford on Wednesday mornings at 10:30am at Border's. The company that we have partnered with has excellent nutritional and weight management products. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to stop in and find out what we are all about or just to say "Hi". I love meeting new people! <BR> <BR> For more information or to RSVP please visit: <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:10:37 EST YouTube FUNNY Ok, I got this in an email and found it hilarious...and needed to share with the Mom's here...ENJOY!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 5 Feb 2008 17:07:14 EST February wheel points Here's something fun! Spin the SP wheel and log your daily wheel points here. <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2008 09:54:18 EST Find your Happy Weight I saw this on another team I belong to. <BR> <BR> Figure out your Happy Weight- <BR> I did mine and it is 178.7 (I'm 6 feet tall and have a large build). I would be happy with that! <BR> <BR><BR>rs/happyWeight <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2008 23:52:48 EST I'm BAAACCCKKKKKKK ROFL Just thought I would warn you LOL. <BR> <BR> So, I have been keeping pretty busy...guess what I am doing??? Well, DH and I are members of the Stateline YMCA (Roscoe/Beloit) and they are having a Weight Loss Challenge (kinda like Biggest Loser) and we decided to join it. It was $175 and lasts 10 weeks. (It started on Jan 14.) We are on teams and have trainers we work with every week. I am on the Monday morning team (Green) and Hubby is on the Monday evening team (Blue). I have been trying... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 11:27:00 EST The New Y Has anyone been to the new YMCA yet? I've been out there twice now. It's pretty nice. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to use the fitness room, just the pool and game rooms. Tue, 29 Jan 2008 10:36:30 EST What did you do today... What did you do today that makes you proud of yourself? Wed, 23 Jan 2008 20:54:12 EST Hi all you Rockford people. I'm new to SP and looking forward to be active in it. I live and work in Belvidere. I just turned 62, had leg surgery on 1-3 (housebound right now.) I have two wonderful dogs, 3 married children and 10 beautiful grandchildren. I want to lose at least 50 lbs but I lose weight very slowly. Oh, my name is Kate W and I look forward to being encouraging as well as encouraged. I've done every diet in the book and weigh more now then ever before. I LOVE the Biggest Losers. Can I do WW's and ... Tue, 22 Jan 2008 23:52:04 EST So Proud of Myself This is a big deal to me. I went to my grandma's today and she bought pizza and I only had to pieces and I was full! I am so excited I usually can eat alot more than that! Yay to me Tue, 22 Jan 2008 22:09:58 EST Kickboxing Classes So I decided I need to do something with other people to stay motivated. I started to call around for different things to stay in shape. I use to be in kickboxing when I was young and loved it. I called this place on east state. On Monday night's they have a womens kickboxing class it is $70 for 10 weeks which is really reasonable. I am going next week for a free class. I am very excited! Mon, 21 Jan 2008 20:36:52 EST Has anyone tried Vitamin B12 injections?? I'm just curious? Has anyone tried Vitamin B12 injections? If so, has it worked for you? Mon, 21 Jan 2008 20:08:07 EST I need Help I feel like I cannot do this. I get so excited to start living a healthy lifestyle again then a few day's later I lose track. I think the hardest thing for me is excerise. I use to be so active and now when my alarm goes off I reset if like 3 times. I have no energy and I don't even try to workout. I don't know what happened to me. I don't want to be lazy when I have a 4 year old son. I eat ok but it is very random and someday's I don't really eat at all. I have been depressed about this and ... Mon, 21 Jan 2008 14:20:45 EST I joined WeightWatchers I joined WW last Saturday, and so far, I've 2.6 pounds. I'm very pleased with the program. I'm using both WW and SP together to stay on track. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else a WW member here? Fri, 18 Jan 2008 13:56:56 EST Does Your Career Help You Or Hurt You? Hi I am new and I have a question... <BR> Do you think that your job helps or hurts your weightloss goals? Sometime's I feel I move around enough so that mine helps me but I have great temptation's to grab some coffee while at work during our downtime. Thu, 10 Jan 2008 21:04:02 EST Just Joined Hello Rockford Team, <BR> <BR> I just joined and am really excited to see that there is a site that gives you so much support scott free. I've been in Rockford now going on 2 years. I relocated from Michigan. Still trying to get familiar with the town, but so far I like it. I am diabetic since age 5. God has blessed me tremendously, but I do realize that there are some things that I need to take responsibility for and eating right and exercise are a few. It is great to know that I have ... Thu, 3 Jan 2008 10:29:28 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Happy New Year, everyone! I hope this year is the year you reach all your goals and all your wishes come true. <BR> <BR> If you're making a resolution tonight, please share them with us. Mine is to be more active with SP and my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> Be safe tonight! <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2007 12:49:30 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS!! !!!!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas everyone!!! <BR> <BR> So, how are you all doing with your eating and exercising this Holiday season? I am trying!!! The eating has been pretty good. The exercising, well, not so good....but... <BR> I signed up for the Weight Loss Challenge at the Y in Roscoe!!! It is a ten week program, with a team of about 6 and a trainer!!!!!! Starts Jan 14th. <BR> <BR> Anyone else making plans for the New Year that is quickly approaching? <BR> (HUGS) to everyone!! Tue, 25 Dec 2007 11:17:42 EST You're Invited! New team: Illinois Sparkers! Come and meet your fellow Illinoians (sp?)! <BR><BR>individual.asp?gid=15756 <BR> <BR> See you there! Thu, 6 Dec 2007 11:39:03 EST WHAT'S NEW??? So, it has been quiet around is everyone? <BR> <BR> Have you been getting some exercise in with the snow we have been getting? I am getting mine by some MAJOR cleaning/sorting/organizing around my home. Yesterday I painted one of the boys' room and I think I was up and down the step stool enough to equal 6 trips up and down the basement stairs!! <BR> <BR> So, If you are out there, please check in and tell us how you are doing. I know this is a hard time of year, but if I can l... Wed, 5 Dec 2007 10:41:06 EST Scrapbookers needed :) I know some of you out there are scrappers, so I was wondering if you could fill out this survey for a friend of mine. She is working on a business plan and needs your input. No, it is not me...I wish LOL <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <link><BR>jj7Jp2ygoVAJOpagw_3d_3d </link> Tue, 13 Nov 2007 11:50:00 EST Weekly Calories Oct 29-Nov 4 29-Oct <BR> 1476 <BR> 30-Oct <BR> 1437 <BR> 31-Oct <BR> 1488 <BR> 1-Nov <BR> 1195 <BR> 2-Nov <BR> 1066 <BR> 3-Nov <BR> 939 <BR> 4-Nov <BR> 275 <BR> <BR> Average calorie intake 1125 <BR> <BR> Cardio 3 times/ week <BR> Strength 2 times/ week <BR> Wed, 7 Nov 2007 20:28:38 EST Who looks at the reports? Cardio; Strength, Nutrit Who looks at the reports? Cardio; Strength, Nutrition? <BR> <BR> I was looking at the reports for fitness specifically the strength. Which I admit I have been very weak at doing and keeping up with. <BR> What does that mean? The “number” X etc. I understand bar graphs, and if I don’t get the bar up to the different colored shade I didn’t meet my goal for the week. But the numbers have me confused. <BR> Mon, 29 Oct 2007 22:49:38 EST pet owners alert Got this alert from my vets office this morning <BR> <BR> There is a re-emergence of an old predator. Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that causes kidney and liver failure, is more prominent in our area due to recent heavy rains. A vaccine has been developed to meet this threat. Please call your clinic for more information and to schedule you pet’s vaccination visit. <BR> Fri, 26 Oct 2007 09:23:39 EST