SparkPeople Topeka Team Messageboard Since there wasn't one for Topeka, I figured I would start one. SparkPeople Topeka Team Messageboard Hello everyone My name is Lauren. I'm 55 years old and I'm ready to take charge of my health. I live in Kansas. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 02:59:35 EST Trying again! Let's try this again shall we? lol seriously life gets in the way of almost everything. <BR> <BR> Anyway living on the SE side of town WHICH I ABSOLUTELY HATE BTW! IF SATAN IN LAW DIDN'T LET US MOVE IN HER OLD PLACE WHEN SHE WAS MOVING OUT I WOULDN'T HAVE MOVED HERE! I'll be walking during the day maybe in the afternoons but definitely not at night so I am finding out. <BR> <BR> Anybody got any ideas on what else there is to do around this place? I don't see much to do at all honestly or i... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:56:29 EST Here I go! Hi everyone! My name is Rhoda aka Angelfeather1. I have recently undergone treatments for breast cancer and have a history of high blood pressure and gout. I just turned 50 and want to join you in a new life of weight loss (control), and good health! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing our stories and successes! :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:27:58 EST blog41 I'm just joining today and don't really know what I'm doing. I hope this helps me, I'm going to try my best. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:51:45 EST Hello out there in Topeka!!! lol Ok, I have been reading this "SparkPeople" thingie for some time, decided to create a page, etc. So, clicked on "Topeka Group"... to find it terribly inactive!!! Where are you all at anyway??? Garry (Topeka, KS... right?) <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:15:41 EST I'm new on Sparkpeople! In Topeka KS hello everyone! :) another cold snowy day.. <em>213</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:48:16 EST Hi. Im a newbie Well. I ordered my 24 day challenge today and am hoping to start it this weekend. I also ordered the catalyst. I have a coworker who has lost a lot of weight since the summer on the program and who is now a distributor. I am hoping it works. I have tried other programs and would give up because I never saw a change. I tend to lose inches before pounds. <BR> <BR> One of the questions I have is what do you do when the 24 day challenge is up? What should I continue to use or take? Any success ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:23:50 EST Walking Buddies Is anyone interested in taking their young one for walks at the Lake, Park, or Governor's Trails? If so, lets get together and go for a walk! Email me at Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:24:33 EST Hi! I would like to get more active on our team page. I don't know how to do that. Any suggestions you guys have? Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:08:37 EST Blizzard" What is the best thing to do to keep active when your snowed in like this wonderful Kansas weather? I'm house sitting for some friends in a remote area am already getting cabin fevered. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:01:55 EST Is anyone from the Topeka area even on SparkPeople I saw a post from Micheala on the first of this month but no other posts since then. Are there other Topeka members out there anymore??? Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:35:57 EST join the governors weght loss challege Join the GOVERNORS WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE team that I have started. <em>303</em> Sun, 9 Dec 2012 09:45:07 EST Hello from Newton Hi team i am cookingstars(Becky) and i am a newbie. I am, looking for 5 people to join my new team GOVERNORS WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE ,the team is under other KANSAS TEAMS Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:20:08 EST Topeka's volleyball sports team Hey there, I'm new on this site it's my first time being here. I heard about volleyball starting up as a fall sport beginning on November 1st. I was looking to join a team if that's possible. I would like to play for fun but I'll play to win too. Also I haven't been on a volleyball team before just to throw that out there lol but I will give it my all and try my best :) By the way I'm 18. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:17:44 EST Party In Pink Zumbathon in Topeka!!! On September 15, 2012 there will be a Party in Pink Zumbathon right here in Topeka! We got a message about it at work and I thought it would be fun to pass on to the Topeka team...maybe it's something a group can get together and do?? <BR> Saturday, September 15 at Town and Country Christian Church from 12:00-2:00. It is $10 and 75% of the money goes to Breast Cancer research. This is a legit, Zumba brand backed event. Contact Info on the flyer listed is Dawn Markley-Stueven 785-969-3159. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:07:34 EST WEIGHT LOSS & EXERCISE BUDS? Looking for people in the Topeka area that might want someone to work out with and lose weight together! Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:01:45 EST Need Motivation Hello everyone, my name is Jessica and I am a nursing student. I graduate in May 2013 and get married in September 2013. I would like to lose at least 30 pounds before my wedding day. I am a type of person who needs motivation and a support buddy. If any of you are willing to be my support, just add me or message me. Thank you. Have a wonderful day. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 03:39:09 EST I am looking for Topeka walkers or exercisers I am looking for Topeka walkers or exercisers please contact me at It would be nice to start a little group here in Topeka for support. Thanks Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:46:27 EST Hi from Emporia Hi...just joined the site...have about 40lbs to lose and need to get fit....thought I would jump in on this team since there is not one for Emporia....yet. Looking forward to team activities... Thanks! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 00:30:11 EST New in 2012 Hello, Everyone! I am pretty new to Spark, and not Exactly from Topeka, but I'm in the general area, and I'd like to get involved at this level, too... I think. <BR> <BR> Are there still some active members who are on their journey? Sat, 3 Mar 2012 16:53:23 EST newbie I am new to Spark People, and just wanted to introduce myself on here. I am trying to lose about 50 pounds by my best friend's wedding in August, so I have a long way to go, but I know with the help of this community, and the strength within myself I can do it. I am a member of the YMCA, and generally go to the SW branch here in Topeka. I had a workout buddy, but she is moving to KC, and if there is anyone interested in joining me, I'm there every night around 5:15. It feels great to be start... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:26:42 EST Hello-New-ish here... My name is Stephanie, I joined back in October, but kind of fell off the wagon before I even got started. I am currently trying to eat healthier and cut back on pop and sweets, getting ready to get back on the exercise bandwagon. I am married to a great guy for the last 13 years, and we have three terrific kids: two boys, ages 11 and 8, and a little girl, 3. I work a weird swing shift, so it is sometimes difficult for me to eat right and exercise when I want to, but I know I need to do bet... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:42:48 EST hiya Im Lisa. Sahm of 3 ages 18, 15 and 8. I thought I could do this on my own but I gained 15 pounds in 4 months because of a personal tragedy. I hate working out and I have Fibromyalgia so Im going to start slow. I also hate to cook so either my husband cooks or we eat fast food. Yup, this is going to be easy. <em>40</em> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:46:21 EST Not quite 60 years old yet I am very excited to find a support group like this. I have found that after turning 50 years old your entire body changes, menopause seems to pack on the pounds, arthritis and lower back problems (curved spine and spinal stenosis). bursitis in the hip make exercising much more difficult: my favorite and just about only aerobic exercise is Swimming: I also enjoy fitness ball for core strengthening and want to try yoga. <BR> <BR> these changes in addition to having the most sedentary job i... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 03:40:13 EST New to SP and Topeka Hey yall. My name is Andrea and I am 22 years old. I just moved up here from Memphis, TN in April. I have about 60 lbs to lose. I have spent the past four years or so ballooning up to a whopping 198 (215 when I was 9 months pregnant) from a previous weight of 155. I haven't made any effort to lose the weight after having my son in November of 2011. Until now. I have lost 4 lbs so far! Not much, but it's a start. I have absolutely zero friends in this town, which sucks. I get very lonely. Anyw... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 01:35:40 EST jazzercise Do any of my fellow team members go to Jazzercise at Fairlawn Plaza? I've got a membership, but my exercise partner dropped out on me, and I don't like going alone. I was attending the Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 classes (Jazzercise Light). I can be flexiable with my schedule, so if anyone is looking for an exercise buddy, let me know!!! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 09:49:04 EST I'm new SparkPeople I'm new to SparkPeople. I'm looking to make the correct changes in my life. Any help that I can get would be great. I live in Topeka and would like to get to know new people. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 22:49:53 EST Hello! I am new to this team! Hi Everyone! It's nice to know there are folks here in the Topeka community to chat with. I am on a healthy lifestyle journey and looking forward to being part of this team so I can really feel connected! My name is Bev. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 12:28:47 EST Topeka City Water -- Help! So... I'm back on SP after about 5 years. And now I'm living in Emporia during the week (grad school) and Topeka on the weekends (fiance!). I don't have a problem getting my 8+ cups of water in Emporia, but I'm having a really hard time drinking enough water in Topeka. No offense meant to any native Topekans... I just can't stand the way it tastes!! Any suggestions for making the tap water better? Or do I need to suck it up and buy a couple gallons every week? I really don't have the money to... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:17:52 EST local hockey Hello I don't know if aybody is interested in our local hockey team the Roadrunners but....if you are looking for things to do. There will be a special game this Thur 3-3-11at 7:05. tickets go on sale wed at 10:00. tickets are $2 each and it is during the week so it is what they call family fun night so there is free parking. Tue, 1 Mar 2011 18:15:30 EST Chit Chat Everyone be safe tonight and tomorrow. This horrible snowstorm is coming whether we want it to or not. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:55:49 EST Hello All Just starting out, need to lose a lot! Hope to get to know you all! Mon, 24 Jan 2011 16:09:09 EST Hello Everyone Just would like to introduce myself, I'm a divorced mother of three wonderful children and have been overweight for most of my life. I have been with Sparkpeople for almost two years. I lost 50 pounds in my first 4 months, but then some things happened and I gained most of it back. I am having a second go at it and not having much luck, any support that you all could give would be excellent. Good luck to all of you in your weight loss journeys, glad to be part of this team. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:12:46 EST Boot Camp Believe it or not I'm a personal trainer and Im in the fitness industry. I played rugby for about 15 years and have always been pretty fit but also over weight. My brother and I have a gym. We started out training fighters and now I run a boot camp and several fitness classes through out the day. I have a knee injury and have really let my self go. It is even more frustrating for me because I have more than a few clients that have lost considerable weight and are in excellant shape while I h... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 23:17:47 EST Great eating ideas in Topeka I am always one to look for great places to eat that make things that are healthy. I also want access to nutritional information....anyone got any place great to add. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:01:11 EST Is anybody posting on the team? I keep comming to the site to see if I can find a chat going on anywhere and no has posted recently. What is going on with this team? <BR> Candy Fri, 7 Jan 2011 17:43:22 EST Looking for support and good friends Hey everyone. Brand new to the group. I'm hoping to lose some weight but not a ton. I just need some motivation and hope to find others with common ground to keep me going. I'm a mother of two little ones and I just want to fall asleep when they go down at night. It would be great to meet some other moms and have group playtime! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:06:55 EST Hello Sparkpeople! I can use some motivation! Hello! I'm a single mom of two college kids. I use to be able to decide I was going to lose weight and do it. Now I'm finding it hard to keep the motivation going. I would love to find someone in the Topeka area to buddy up with and exercise. I have 20-25 pounds to lose. With my kids being gone the only thing I do is go to work, come home, go to bed and do it all over again. I've read about all the different people on Sparkpeople who have been in my same shoes, no motivation, but have ... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 14:25:09 EST HELLO FROM NEWTON,KANSAS HI MY NAME IS SPARKINMYEYES Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:54:29 EST Just Beginning Retired two years ago to do 24/7 care of my wife. She died two months ago (June 14, 2010). After the end of a career and 44.5 years of marriage, a new focus is needed. I am now preparing for a hoped for trip to New Zealand in March to backpack some of the Great Walks (then tour Australia). Never having been an adventurer, it is an exciting and challenging plan. I have begun regular walking for exercise and need to lose 25 pounds to ease the load when hiking. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 14:00:50 EST We are on our way! My husband and I have decided to re-invent ourselves. We have recently changed careers and along with that have decided it is time to get healthy. We started going to the gym and drinking lots more water already. My daughter, a big fan of SparkPeople, lost 40 pounds using the motivational/menu tools on here before she got pregnant and is still maintaining a healthy weight while pregnant because of the things she has learned from this site. So I thought I would give it a try. Sun, 8 Aug 2010 13:06:09 EST team info Is there still a team here in Topeka. I live in Topeka and would look to link up with others here that are interested in improving their health. I have a few health issues that would greatly improve if I involved myself with others with same issues. I am 53 yo female who works full time with grown children. Hobbies reading, computer, gardening. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:04:00 EST New to SP Hello everyone! I just joined SparkPeople today. My fiance is enlisting in the Air Force, but before he can do that, he has to lose 20 pounds. As a gesture of support, I decided to also lose 20 pounds with him. I'm the mother of two young girls, and I'd like to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Before we had our girls, I bought a wedding dress. Currently, I can't fit into it because of my weight gain from pregnancies. If I lose this 20 pounds, I should easily fit back into it for our weddin... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 23:40:13 EST Anyone going to the SN. Co. Workout on July 15? Just wondering, has anyone signed up for the Shawnee County Workout at Yager stadium at Washburn U on July 15? You can go to to sign up or sign up at the event starting at 5:30 PM. The workout starts at 6:30 PM and it's free! I'll be there with my Blue Sparkpeople tank top on! Sun, 11 Jul 2010 21:28:25 EST Local Fitness Events SUNFLOWER STATE GAMES HELD IN LAWRENCE & TOPEKA JULY 9-25, 2010 <BR> <BR> GOVERNOR'S CUP Friday, July 16 <BR> 5k walk, 5k run, 10k run. <BR> Hummer Sports Park, 6th & MacVicar Topeka, Kansas <BR> Check-in/Registration: 5:30-6:30pm Race: 7:00pm <BR> $25 per person Deadline: July 9. Day-of entries accepted with $5 late fee. Awards to top 3 in each division. All will receive t-shirt and program souvenier. <BR> <BR> ATHLETIC FESTIVAL Friday, July 16 <BR> highlighting the Governor's Cup w... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:46:07 EST hi hi i joined back in January but then never came back so i thought i would reintroduce my self my name is Martha and I am just looking for a supportive place that will help me with my weight loss goals Tue, 1 Jun 2010 19:53:49 EST hi im new!!! Hi my name is janara. i just joined. I have been doing a calorie diet with my sister in law for about 4 weeks now. before i started the diet I was at 210lbs. so far i am down to 189lbs. my goal is to be in the 140 range if i can. i just signed up at the ymca. hoping this will help me out. my husband and i have been riding bikes around Shawnee lake but with how the weather has been lately havent been able to in a week. Sun, 16 May 2010 20:35:46 EST Reminder about Book talk April 20 at 6pm I will be leading a book talk at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library April 20, 2010 from 6pm to 7:30pm. We will be discussing the first 5 chapters and reviewing the secrets to success section for peoples favorites. It will be in Room 101C. All welcome! <em>305</em> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:01:58 EST Here I go again! For the last time! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm tired of trying and ready to do something to become more healthy and control my weight and food bingeing. This looks like a great place to change things up, become more focused, and make it to the end. Plus it's FREE! How good is that. I'll be around if I don't get overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> God speed to good health to one and all. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:25:01 EST Thing happen at the strangest times! In May of 2008 I decided I was done with being over-weight, I weighed about 210 pounds at the time. I no longer was going to make excuses. I started running/walking and watching my diet. By August is was under 180 pounds and feeling great. I started to have a pain in one leg and noticed a small bump. After seeing the doctor it was diagnosed as a Lypoma. I choose to have it removed no big deal. <BR> But, things changed 2 weeks later when my pathology report came back. It was Synovial Sa... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:09:34 EST My name is Dimitra I would like to take a minute and introduce myself, i just found out about spark and already love it. It is my first day and looking forward to eeverything this program has to offer so. I am a mother of 5 and i've been overweight for a very long time. Think it's about to change . Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:59:51 EST April 20, 2010 6:30 PM Book Talk on "The Spark" April 20, 2010 6pm to 8:30pm at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library 1515 SW 10th Ave. room 101C Book discussion on the book "The Spark" by Chris Downie. Led by Greg Gaul and to cover the first 6 chapters of the book and whatever the discussion goes to involving the book, and the library's health neighborhood collection. Open to all! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 13:06:46 EST Hello Topeka I'm currently living near the manhattan area with my husband and son but there is currently not a SP in this area so you guys are stuck with me!!! *insert evil laugh here* i'm not too hard to get along with..I just really don't have a clue how to go about beginning this process...I'm very much into walking and seeing the sights and wondered if anyone knew the walking trails that are out in the area..someone had posted it somewhere but i'm not sure where it went. Also I wanted to see if anyone... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 12:45:34 EST Workout Partner? Our most recent budget cuts at home included our membership to the YMCA (we hadn't been there in months anyway), so now that I'm trying to work out, I'm doing it at home. Which means that the difference between working out or not is the distance between the couch and the Wii. Or the distance between the couch and the door. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a workout partner, but not necessarily one that has to work out with me. More of an accountability partner. Someone to chat with on the phone (or... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 15:53:52 EST Hello! New S P So does this mean I'm now a Sparkler? Just beginning with this site and learning to navigate. I'm on here to account for my endeavor to lose weight and become healthy. I'm a 47 year old woman with 2 children, a husband and 2 cats. I'm A.D.D. so I will try very hard to keep up with the logging in of workouts and meal planning. I started out on Adkins and felt pretty good. Going for physical today and will discuss with Dr. what he thinks is best for me. Has anyone who didn't think they c... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:15:34 EST Ready to Make This Happen Hi hi. I'm Debra. I've pretty much always had what my family calls a "poochy belly" but I didn't really start having issues with my weight until after high school. Suddenly no one was forcing me to exercise or feeding me balanced lunches. I managed to stave off the freshman fifteen by taking a Tae Kwon Do class, but eventually, it caught up to me. When I was in high school, I was fairly consistently hovering around 165. After high school that rose to about 185. I can't be very exact because I... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:00:13 EST Hello Topeka I just discovered the spark people and really love it. I am a personal trainer and aerobic instructor and I am telling all of my clients to become spark people to make achieving their fitness goals a lot easier and a lot less lonely !! <em>306</em> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 15:19:25 EST hi Hi all, I'm just starting today and really looking forward to this. I've tried several plans in the past that I just couldn't stick to. Looking forward to getting to know ya'all. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 20:27:45 EST Hi Everyone! I live 15 miles west of Topeka. I have tried loosing weight before but this plan seems to be working. I'm alreay down 5 lbs. Sat, 30 Jan 2010 20:22:47 EST Hi ! I'm Heather. I just joined yesterday, and really like the site so far. <BR> I popped the button off my jeans when I bent over this morning - looks like I joined at just the right time LOL Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:31:03 EST New to SparkPeople Hi, My name is Kama and I'm 31 years old. I have been overweight my whole life, I've tried other programs like WW, a hospital sponsored program, pretty much everything. I lost, then gained it back. I am at the point in my life that I am REALLY ready to change my eating and exercise habits or lack of. Starting tomorrow I am going to take advantage of the on site fitness center at work on my first break. Sun, 24 Jan 2010 22:27:58 EST NEWBIE MICHELLE Hello all! I grew up in Topeka but I've been away for a while and now I'm coming back. We'll officially be moved to Topeka by March 1st. I'm a stay at home mother of 2 little girls and I can't wait to get back home closer to family. I need support from my family. I'll be going back to school (Thank God!) and I'll be keeping up with my journey to weight loss. <BR> Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:44:26 EST I will be on our local new stations 1-17-2010 In an effort to Spread the Spark I will be on the KSNT 27 6am morning show this Monday 1-17-2010 and then on WIBW 13 at the 4pm show with Ralph Hipp. Then on Thursday the 21st I will be on KSNT 27 5pm news. As you may or may not know I am featured as one of the 16 success stories in the new book. I may have more chances coming up to promote SparkPeople and the book and will pass those along as I know when they will be. Here is the promo video for the book in case you haven't seen it <li... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 06:52:44 EST Hello! My name is Leah and I am new to SP as of yesterday. I am very excited to be here and hope to meet my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> I've got 4 kids ages 11, 10, 7, and 5. I am ready for warmer weather as I enjoy the sun, heat, and walking my dog... <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting new people! Thu, 14 Jan 2010 23:14:20 EST Hi.. I'm new. And I have some major habits to break. And I want to look beautiful and healthy when bikini season rolls around this coming summer. And I want my stretch marks to go away. And I want to get HEALTHY. OMG do I want to feel healthy, and sexy and skinny. I could use some encouragement, some help..some..whatever y'all have. Sun, 13 Dec 2009 14:00:04 EST Share your information with other team member. So do you work somewhere or are in a profession that others may need a contact in? Do you know of a such a person or place you can and want to share? This is kinda like our healthy friendly restaurant sharing we did over a year ago. This time it can be about anything! We also did gyms a year ago as well. So what do you know that others may benefit from here in Topeka? Know a good photographer or a mechanic? Are you a photographer or mechanic?Maybe an upcoming event even? Sale items ... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 13:31:49 EST Tuesday Nov. 10th at 7pm Topeka meeting. Sorry could not get the first Tuesday of the month to hold the SP Topeka Team meeting. Will the 10th work for anyone? I still plan on bringing the book "The Spark" and talking about it and the conference. We can talk about anything you would like as well. Let me know if you can attend at 7pm on Tuesday the 10th of November. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 10:47:32 EST 1st Tuesday in November work? How does around 7pm on the first Tuesday in November sound for a SP meeting and book talk? Mon, 19 Oct 2009 23:45:40 EST Hello Everybody in and around Topeka! I just realized that there isn't much activity lately from this Spark Team! Are you still out there? <BR> <BR> I live in North Shawnee County, exercise during the week at Maximus North Fitness Center and Power Walk/Jog either at Iliff Commons, Lake Shawnee or Shawnee County Lake. <BR> <BR> I try to make Monday evening Zumba class as well as Tuesday/Thursday evening Power Cut, Cardio Kick, and Max Abs classes and Saturday Extreme Body Workout class. I also try to get in an hour of power wal... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 10:00:47 EST Parks & Trails Illiff Commons Nature Trail (located in North Shawnee County) is a GREAT place to walk, jog, cross country run, bike or even take your pooches for some exercuse! It has various trails for different challenges from slightly hilly to very hilly and from grassy meadows to woodland areas. It is owned and maintained by Dr. Illiff and is open for public use as a place to get some outdoor exercise. I highly recommend it! Sun, 11 Oct 2009 09:29:00 EST Western Hills new fitness center I joined it about 2 months ago and really like that it is brand new and 24/7, just swipe your card and it unlocks and lets you in. I go mainly in the evenings after 8 or 9pm. So does anyone else have something to say about this place? Tue, 15 Sep 2009 14:03:37 EST 5K in Lawrence? Someone at work mentioned that she heard about a 5K walk coming up sometime in October in Lawrence. i was wondering if anyone has heard this, and has anymore info on it? I have started this walking craze around my neighborhood and at Lake Shawnee, and so I would love to go to this event! <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 14 Sep 2009 19:36:55 EST ?? Where are you??? Just trying to get some life back into the team. I know many people say this is a rough time of year with school and such, but I don't have kids so it isn't rough on me. :) <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone is doing alright and that you will give us an update. <BR> <BR> I have been enjoying the beautiful weather , when it doesn't rain, by being outside. Tue, 8 Sep 2009 23:22:59 EST Drink 8 or more glasses of water and post it here! Post whenever you want about how many you have had all day or where you are at in reaching this goal everyday here. <BR> <BR> 10 so far for me Wed, 5 Aug 2009 15:27:55 EST Kind of new Hi everyone. I've been on Sparkpeople since February, but never really did any of the forums or anything like that. I'm 32 and have been overweight most of my life. I did really good on Weight Watchers (when I actually stuck with it) and lost more than 100 pounds, but then got into a really manipulative and controlling relationship that really got my eating habits out of control due to stress and depression. Now I'm happily single again and am looking to get myself back on track. Wed, 29 Jul 2009 20:12:46 EST Anyone near St. Mary's? <BR> Hi I am HeartStopper <BR> <BR> I live about 35 miles northwest of Topeka, about 8 miles from St. Mary's. I have been in Tokeka so many times I could puke, it is such a busy noisy city, Wal-Mart is always packed and the traffic is just way too much sometimes. But Topeka has it's good qualitys too, nice movie theaters, etc etc. <BR> <BR> So you near St. Mary's? <BR> <BR> HeartStopper Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:31:41 EST Hello! I"m looking for a buddy! Hi I'm from Topeka! I'm tired of being overweight and ready to get healthy! I'm over 50 and a type 2 diabetic, so losing weight has become more of a challenge. Any ideas would be appreciated! Sat, 11 Jul 2009 22:37:35 EST Post here if you plan to attend on the 22nd at 7pm I am still planning on having a 7pm SparkPeople meeting this Monday June 22nd at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library 1515 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66604 in the Langston Hughes Room on the 2nd floor. I will review what I learned at the conference May 2nd for SparkPeople along with playing the video I shot at the conference. Also a great little get together meet and greet and maybe a question and answer time from me or other members. So please post here if you plan to attend! Thu, 18 Jun 2009 18:16:09 EST Hello Hi everyone. I've been on this site in the past, but never was able to stick to my goal. Am hoping to make that change this time both for myself and my daughter, who is currently considered "morbidly obese" according to her growth chart at the doctor's office. She is 11, and has her whole life ahead of her. It's my primary goal to make sure those years are the best they can be! <BR> <BR> I am 29 years old. I have 3 kids, my daughter and 2 sons (4 and 8). I am engaged to a great guy, wh... Thu, 21 May 2009 09:46:44 EST Spread the Spark I don't know if all of you have heard/read the message from Sparkguy, but they have determined the June 26-28 as Spread the Spark weekend. <BR> He is encourage groups to get together? <BR> What do you think about another get together in Topeka? Thu, 14 May 2009 16:48:29 EST Moving to Topeka Soon Hi everyone. My name is Dorothy, and I will be moving to Topeka the end of this summer for school. I'm currently the co-team captain for the Overland Park group, but looking forward to get involved in the Topeka group. I grew up near Topeka, and I'm excited to be moving back! Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:19:02 EST Memorial Day Goals & Challenge Nice weather is here!!! <BR> <BR> Memorial Day is only 5 weeks away! For me that means weekends at the lake and being in a swim suit! Anyone up for a challenge? I was thinking something simple -- getting in 1000 fitness minutes before Saturday, May 23. It averages out to 30 minutes each day. Anyone interested? <BR> <BR> You can also post any goals you hope to reach by then such as losing 5 pounds or reaching a next level in your fitness (lifting more weight or running a faster pace, ... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 12:31:10 EST "Sort of" new Hey Topeka, what's up?! I joined SparkPeople about a month ago and I was pumped up about it!! Then my husband lost his job. Then one of the kids starting having school problems. Then I hurt my knee really badly. Then I just starting eating. I have "discovered" (ha ha) that I am an emotional eater. Things are working themselves out...well, as well as they can...and I just joined the YWCA. I go for orientation later this week so that I can start some water aerobics, aqua yoga and maybe ... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 14:05:54 EST Hello Topeka I've been a member of SparkPeople for over a year and gained weight. I'm finally getting off my butt. (I think). I joined the YMCA and have intentions of getting excise on a regular basis. In the past I was a YMCA member for three years and only went about five time. Sun, 22 Mar 2009 11:26:43 EST "New" here Hi there - I joined SparkPeople about a year ago and just forgot about it, honestly. Now, I'm looking for an exercise buddy as one of mine changed working hours and the latest one just bailed on me. I really need to tone up and lose about 10-15lbs. I belong to Berkshire/Great Life Fitness and would love to find someone to go with me and help me keep motivated and I could help, as well. I work M-F 8-5 but am free most weekends and most weeknights. :D Fri, 27 Feb 2009 15:29:39 EST Hi there ! I am new here. I read about sparkpeople in a magazine and I thought I would check it out. I am a 32 yo wife and mother of 2 little boys. I have gained an enormous amount of weight that I just don't seem to be able shake. I have not been super motivated but the thought of buying the next size of clothing scares the crap out of me. I have come into a situation where I have my mornings to myself and I thought that this would be a great opportunity to better myself. I just need a kickstar... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 22:19:07 EST My problem I don't like to eat I need advice from all:) I like food but I don't like to eat. Yep that's what I said I don't like to eat. When I eat I'm sure it's not right. Just to give you a general ideal today breakfast two slices of wheat toast butter and honey and black coffee with sweetner, lunch coffee and v8 fussion peach mango two smll slices of vegie pizza, dinner two more slices of the pizza (so it won't go to waste and if i have room in my stomach) 1 can of diet soda water till bedtime. I have tried many diets ... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 19:11:34 EST One year of Maintaining! Hard for me to believe I have been at my goal weight now for 1 year. I didn't believe it though when I reached it in the first place and now to have had a whole year go by just doesn't seem possible. I worked hard and continue to do so in order to maintain but as with everything time goes by so fast! I have no plans to stop and I am constantly changing what I do to keep things in balance. That is my whole key for maintaining is finding the balance, as we should with everything in our live... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 13:05:32 EST Gyms in Topeka Now that it is getting really cold I am starting to look for a gym here in Topeka- I was wondering if anyone had any favorites? and about how much they cost? <BR> Mon, 17 Nov 2008 13:24:37 EST Need your help Ok, I need your help. <BR> If you have Cox cable will you please do me a favor and call to request that here in Topeka we get the KC channel as well at the Topeka. <BR> <BR> I have always disliked this time of year when basketball starts as they always take off the Biggest Loser to show KU basketball. While I am sure there are lots of fans out there, I am not one of them. I am personally tired of having to figure out when my show is going to be on. The Biggest Loser has been such a he... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 08:58:39 EST Fall in Topeka Just wanted to start another conversation! <BR> I wish this board was more active because I think that we can learn a lot from each other. <BR> I couldn't think of a question this morning, but I have appreciated all of the comments on the previous posts. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a great day. I am loving this change in weather and am excited to continue to enjoy it. Wed, 1 Oct 2008 09:36:59 EST Great places for outdoor exercise Does anyone have a great place they love to exercise in Topeka (or surrounding area) outside? <BR> <BR> I love to walk and hike, but I am looking for some new adventures. Any ideas? Fri, 26 Sep 2008 12:48:34 EST REMINDER!! Meeting Saturday Sept. 20th at 2pm Just a reminder about the meeting today at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public library at 2pm in the Meninnger Room on the 2nd floor. I will be at the library from 9am to 6pm so if you cannot make it at 2pm please feel free to look me up by asking for me at any desk, just ask for Greg or the "Manager In Charge". I am 6'6" so I kinda stand out if that helps. Look forward to meeting anyone who can make it and please let me know if you would like to have another meeting. <em>213</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2008 01:18:02 EST The team is meeting 9-20-08 at 2pm at TSCPL We are meeting in the Menninger Room on the 2nd floor at 2pm September 20th at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library 1515 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66604. Just come in the front doors and look to your left for the stairs and go to the 2nd floor and take a right once you get past a glass case on your right hand side and then go about 40 feet to a set of double glass doors on your right and that is the room. I will be at the library all day and if you do not know my name is Greg and i st... Wed, 10 Sep 2008 15:26:21 EST Topeka SparkPeople Meet and Greet Sept. 20th? I keep talking about about hosting a get together of all the Topeka and any other SparkPeople in the area at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and I now have a date in mind. Saturday September 20th, so if this date works for you please let me know by posting back! Time is up in the air, library is open 9-6 so some time after 2pm? Let me know what will work for you by posting. I will also be available to give tours of the library if you would like and give you a sneak preview of... Sat, 30 Aug 2008 02:22:26 EST Ultimate Frisbee Does anyone know of an Ultimate Frisbee league in Topeka? Or an informal group of people that like to play? Or are there any individuals out there who want to play with me sometimes? Anyone who would like to learn? <BR> <BR> That's my favorite form of exercise that I've ever found, it is fun and feels graceful and exciting while also being quite an intense cardio workout. But when I moved to Topeka I couldn't find any groups that play it, all the Parks department showed was leagues for Fr... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 13:29:26 EST Maximus I know I am not the only one that works out at this gym, but I was wondering what others thought about them discontinuing the "towel service"? <BR> I think it is a crock. Wed, 2 Jul 2008 15:45:01 EST Good day for me! Well in hopes to stop my liver enzymes from being elevated I laid off working out quite to hard and went to see a physical trainer/therapist to get my resting metabolic rate checked and my cardio respiratory test done to see at what levels I should be working out at, as not to hurt myself anymore by overdoing it. I meet with them again next week to go over the results but they did tell me to keep my heart rate below 141 while working out. So immediately went out and bought a heart monitor a... Tue, 20 May 2008 18:51:35 EST New Hello, I'm Yasmari. 22 From Topeka, KS. Lived here my whole life. I'm here wanting to lose about 50 pounds. I have my goals set, and am ready to implement them into action. I'm glad that I found the website and the group. <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 May 2008 21:38:45 EST Hy-Vee Did anyone check out the new Hy-vee?? It opened today. <BR> I have been counting down the days. <BR> It is great! You have to check it out and let me know what you think! Tue, 6 May 2008 23:05:10 EST Team meeting at the library anyone? I am just putting this out as an idea to all team members. I would host a team meeting at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public library if I have at least 5 people interested and willing to attend. <BR> <BR> We can meet for lunch or in the evening or on the weekend, pick a time and a day that works for you and post it here so I can get a good idea of what time and date we need. <BR> <BR> We can just say hello and/or get a little organized and maybe start doing things a little as a group- be... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 12:05:53 EST I'D LIKE TO JOIN THE TOPEKA TEAM! HI EVERYONE, I AM SO THANKFUL TO HAVE FOUND THE SPARKPEOPLE WEBSITE. I AM 35 WIFE AND MOM OF THREE. MY KIDS ARE 10,8 AND 5 AND I'M A FULL TIME CORRECTIONAL OFFICER. I WANT TO PUT AN END TO THE WEIGHT PROBLEMS I'VE HAD ALL MY LIFE AND STOP BEING A YOYO DIETER. LIKE OTHERS,I STARTED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. I'M DOWN 9LBS. SO FAR. I JOINED THE YWCA AND I'M ALSO DOING THE GET FIT CHALLENGE OF TOPEKA IF ANYONE HAS HEARD ABOUT IT. WHEN I HAVE TIME FOR THE GYM I GO AND IF I HAVE TO BE HOME I WA... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 00:48:35 EST Maximus put 30 min on all exercise machines today! I went in to workout today at 5pm and got on the Precor AMT and started my usual 65 minute workout. After working out for a couple of minutes I notice on the display panel a little sign that says "30 min use max 4-8". I just joined this gym and I understand that at this time of year and at that time of the day usage increases. What would have been nice would to have had it posted a couple of days before hand so adjustments could be made. Also I wish they would increase the number of machi... Thu, 24 Jan 2008 23:19:36 EST Bitter Cold! I hope everyone is hanging in there during this cold spell. I was wondering if people would like to share ideas on what they do exercise wise indoors on days like we have been having. <BR> <BR> I have a small step machine that I will use. I also have some small hand weights that I probably should pull out and use as well. Wed, 23 Jan 2008 07:54:17 EST Get Fit Topeka Challenge Is anyone here participating in the Get Fit Challenge with the YWCA and St. Francis? Winners are based on highest percentage of body weight lost and you can compete as a team or individual. <BR> <BR> Curious to see if there are any others out there! <BR> <BR> Jamie <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 8 Jan 2008 23:30:06 EST New My name is Renee, I am 37yrs old and this is my first day here. I am looking forward to all this site has to offer, and I am looking forward to meeting new people and finding support. I have lived in Topeka 3 yrs and still fight to get through everyday, as I have not adjusted to living here well. I have not made many friends and I have not been able to find a good job here, so I am hoping with this site , new hope , new year. I have 70lbs to lose at least. Sun, 6 Jan 2008 18:09:34 EST Walking around the Public Library is 1/2 mile. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is 1/2 mile around when you walk from 10th street to 11th street and Garfield to Washburn streets on the sidewalks. Just an FYI just for anyone who was looking for a good place to walk in that area during the day. Sun, 6 Jan 2008 14:47:10 EST Has anyone gone to the library lately? The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library was rearranged in the past month and still has a few more adjustments to go but I was just wondering what people thought about the new layout. Sun, 6 Jan 2008 14:44:23 EST Hello I'm sort of new... I've been lurking for the past few weeks. I started at 290 on December 17 and as of this morning was at 277. <BR> I have never been skinny, but made it through high school a size 12. Washburn and the discovery of beer started me on an upward climb of 22 years that ended this past December. My main issues are EXERCISE, PORTION CONTROL, and EMOTIONAL EATING. <BR> I am a divorced mom of an 11 yo daughter who would LOVE for me to have more energy and be more positive. <B... Sun, 6 Jan 2008 11:59:12 EST What do you do... For those who do not have access to a gym, what do you do for exercise when it's so friggin' cold out? Even in warm weather, my neighborhood isn't really safe enough for me to go walking. Does anyone mall walk or anything like that? My and hubby want to get a treadmill with our tax return money, but until then we need some way to get movin' without freezing our buns off! Thu, 27 Dec 2007 01:12:18 EST Places to eat in Topeka that will work with you The Cafe at the library is pretty open to make things however you want them and the food is fresh. <BR> <BR> Also Oriental Express at 29th and Wanamaker is aiming to please so I ask for steamed vegetables instead of fried, plain chicken with sauce on the side and steamed rice all part of a general combo meal. <BR> <BR> Who else has places to share that serve things the way we like it in Topeka? Wed, 5 Dec 2007 00:47:05 EST Anyone up for a challenge?? I have posted this as a challenge to the Cooking for One or Two team that I lead. <BR> <BR> It's my weakest area - and am finding it to be a weakness of many others too. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in a meal planning challenge?? <BR> <BR> The challenge being to plan your meals for an entire week. Then, tell us how well you did at (1) the planning,(2) how closely you followed your plan, and (3) any challenges/successes you encountered and lessons you learned in the process. <BR> <BR> Just... Sat, 3 Nov 2007 23:58:53 EST How do you keep fit in winter? My biggest challenge is ahead of me - winter. I have done well at losing the weight. However, I started in April. I see winter as being my biggest challenge. Once the cold (esp the extreme cold) sets in, I tend to be a pretty big homebody which can lead to munching a lot. <BR> <BR> I'd be interested in anyone's input on how they stay fit and motivated through the winter months. Thu, 25 Oct 2007 21:23:05 EST What teams are active? what teams do you belong to that are really active? <BR> <BR> I have joined a couple that are semi-active but some of mine, I post and end up talking to myself! LOL <BR> <BR> Just curious what luck everyone else has had. Mon, 1 Oct 2007 15:07:04 EST Anyone work out at Maximus? If you do, which one and when? Maybe people could find workout buddies....Just a thought. Fri, 21 Sep 2007 21:36:20 EST Hello Fellow Topekans I have read that several people live near Shunga Trail as I do. I have a wonderful park, and trail out my front door but find I am not motivated to actually walk, run, or bike on the path towards becoming healthy. I joined this site to get excited about losing weight!! <em>213</em> Thu, 6 Sep 2007 00:16:17 EST New to Sparkpeople <em>213</em> <BR> Jennifer here just starting to how to use the info on this site. I'm excited to begin. Tue, 24 Jul 2007 11:00:20 EST 4th of July I hope everyone will have a wonderful 4th of July! Stay safe. Mon, 2 Jul 2007 11:08:42 EST Weather I don't know about anyone else, but I am so not enjoying this humid weather! It makes me feel miserable and all I want to do is stay inside in my nice cool home. Wed, 13 Jun 2007 09:19:42 EST Hey all I got a message today about a new Team. I wanted to pass this along to you all. We are very fortunate we did not this happen to Topeka. I know some of you may have suffered a loss here over the weekend, and to me that is more important to focus on locally. But for those interested, here is the message: <BR> <BR> CALLING ALL FELLOW SPARKERS WE NEED YOUR HELP ON THE NEW SPARKPEOPLE FOR GREENSBURG TEAM PLEASE JOIN ME IN HELPING MY FELLOW KANSANS REBUILT THEIR LIVES AND TOWN <BR> <BR> Team ... Wed, 9 May 2007 17:47:18 EST Rain Wow, did anyone have to evacuate. Some of the women at my work had to. One had 5 feet of water in their house and was evacuated at about 2 am by the police in a boat. Can you believe that, a boat in the middle of Topeka. Mon, 7 May 2007 11:12:22 EST Sheridans Anyone know where I can find nutrition information on Sheridans? I couldn't find anything on their website and I am having a hard time finding something for custard. Wed, 2 May 2007 08:13:27 EST Mmm Okay, so Sunday I broke down and bought myself those Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs that I so love. I didn't realize how many calories were packed into one! I have been good so far and eating just one a day. Easter killed me as I went over in calories, but I made sure I didn't yesterday. Tue, 10 Apr 2007 10:51:14 EST