SparkPeople SparkKansas City- the Official Team Team Messageboard Representing the Kansas City Metropolitan Area! SparkPeople SparkKansas City- the Official Team Team Messageboard Checking in Good Evening!! <BR> I haven't posted in a very long time. My life has been busy, fun-filled and busy! <BR> <BR> I'm checking in to see who is still around and active. Sat, 1 Jun 2019 20:54:20 EST It's good to be home Hi! I'm Yvonne and after 27 years of traveling the world, I'm finally back home to Gladstone! The theme for this fall is everything is new. New city, new home, new careers, empty nesting, .... the list is endless. And me... I'm in need of a new and improved (ie healthier) me! <BR> <BR> Soon I'll be looking for a walking buddy (still getting used to the heat and humidity!) if anyone else is up here. <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:32:43 EST Hello, again! I've been a member of SP and this team since 2008 but I've been on and off. I'm trying to get back on track. <BR> <BR> My name is Andrea and I'm 38 years old. I have a 17 year old son and 2 angel babies. I'm currently married but waiting on my divorce to be finalized. I'm learning to love and take care of myself. I would be interested in a walking buddy if there is anyone close to me. I live in the Old Northeast area. I'm looking forward to getting to know the group members and offering/rec... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 22:16:49 EST Who is up for a June 30 day challenge Okay so the year is almost 1/2 over. How are you doing on your 2015 health goals. Well this month lets do a 30 day challenge to make it happen. <BR> <BR> My goal is for next 30 days to log everything. Every snack, food, exercise. I want to find out if I really follow this, that it can make a difference. <BR> <BR> Who is with me. Your challenge can be anything for the month of June. Sun, 31 May 2015 09:18:11 EST Next Sunday, 11/2: TIME CHANGE! Quick heads up before I run out the door to go to the Kansas City Chiefs football game today! <BR> <BR> Hubby says that NEXT Sunday, 11/2, is our time change! <BR> <BR> Spring forward... Fall back. <BR> <BR> Just an FYI so we can start getting our minds wrapped around it! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:52:47 EST New to KC my name is Ginny I am 45 this year and I am in the process of losing 83 pounds so I can get off medication for my type 2 diabetes. I am a business woman I own my own company its called Ginny Sutton Transportation, LLC. My husband works for me matter of fact he is an Owner Operator for Swift Transportation out of Phoenix. he is on the road most of the time. He does get to come home when ever he wants and its usually once a week or once every 2 weeks. i am starting out exercising with low impac... Sat, 31 May 2014 03:07:22 EST 35yo Back from hiatus I've been on Sparkpeople since December of 2008 but I go in waves of activity. Right now I'm gearing up to take on another active wave ;) <BR> SP has added a ton of stuff since my last active wave last year, and I've had fun entering long-term & short-term goals. Now I just need to figure out a way to keep myself motivated! <BR> If anyone is in the Independence/Raytown armit of KC, hit me up - maybe we can meet up for a walk or make up some sort of mini-boot camp session outdoors once it get... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:21:29 EST returning to spark, new to KC board I had no idea there was such a board! awesome!!! looking to eat healthier and keeping track of what works and doesn't work for me. Any one looking for a walking buddy north of the river? Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:19:11 EST hey everyone I'm Mandi from Kansas city Kansas, 34 years old just joined a gym last Friday,time to loose weight Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:14:23 EST Gyms In The Northland Area? I was just wondering, what gyms people in the northland area go to? I'm thinking about getting a gym membership but I'm not sure which one I should commit to. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:10:20 EST Holiday Challenge Hi All <BR> <BR> We have all heard that people gain an average of 5-7 pounds during the holiday season. This year lets do something different. Lets try to lose/maintain our weight. I want to challenge everyone to do something each day so that we don't go overboard. <BR> <BR> Also this way we have a heard start when we want to start our New Years GOALS. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I worked out and was under calories. What are you doing? <BR> <BR> Kellie Sun, 1 Dec 2013 16:07:44 EST What are you doing differently on Thanksgiving. For me, we aren't having as much food available to eat. There won't be 15 dishes of stuff. Also, smaller plates. <BR> <BR> Kellie Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:39:10 EST Roll Call I just rejoined the team and I was wondering who is active on the team. Are there a lot of people posting to the boards? <BR> Please leave your name and let us know if you are tracking any of the team goals with us or if you are trying to keep up with the posts. In general just let us know what's going on with you. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:58:15 EST Hey :) Hello all! I have been up and down with my weight loss journey for the last few years. I got serious about it in April of this year and started out at 282.8. As of today, I am happy to say that I am down to 235.7! I am very excited. I would ultimately like to get down to 150ish and my short term goal is to be under 200 by January. I don't work out in the gym. I do videos and activities outside. Nice to be in the group!!! Sun, 10 Nov 2013 16:31:05 EST Hey What's up Everyone My name is Keith and I'm from Kansas City, KS. I have been using Spark People since the begining of September. This is a great tool in tracking what you eat. I also workout 5 days a week. I've notice a big differnce in my overall health in such a nice time. It's nice to meet you all. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:05:15 EST Your NEW Spark Start Page! It's simply WONDERFUL! <BR> <BR> How so? <BR> <BR> = It's more personalized! <BR> = It's more simple! <BR> = It's got the information right there that I want to see! <BR> <BR> NOTE: <BR> You -will- need to take the time to set it up the way you want it. (And you can easily change it as needed.) <BR> <BR> If you are pressed for time, just set it up in segments. (There are three segments; do one today, another tomorrow, and then the third one---and you're done!) <BR> <BR> I am even MORE ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:30:52 EST Has your workout changed because of the weather? I know for me it has. I am out walking more during the day. Here pretty soon my husband has said that we will start going to the gym because he doesn't want to be out in the cold walking. This should be fun. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:42:11 EST Get Active Kansas (Governor Sam Brownback) This kicks of 10/11/2013 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Kansas Governor’s Council on Fitness Appoints Physical Activity Champions <BR> Launching the Get Active Kansas! campaign <BR> <BR> TOPEKA – The Kansas Governor’s Council on Fitness has appointed Physical Activity Champions throughout <BR> the state to promote physical activity as part of the Get Active Kansas! campaign. Physical Activity Champions <BR> will be advocating for ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:56:38 EST Changes to your SP 10/21/2013 <BR> Some good changes coming, includes a great 5min info video! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=int roducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople_exper ience </link> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:33:21 EST Don't WAIT For Motivation... Get Started! I just came across this article (listed below) on How to Stay Motivated. And let me tell you, I will read ANYTHING on motivation: How to Get It; Create It; Keep It Going... because let's face it, without enough motivation our healthy habits whimper to a stop. <BR> <BR> And then... <BR> there goes any progress and hope of reaching our goals. <BR> <BR> Since I have this new-found DEEP DESIRE to attain my goals, I am really digging deep into how-to articles promising me help to help myself. ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:13:10 EST 30 New Emoticons! Have you seen the new emoticons?! How fun! Which ones will become your new favorites?! <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> <em>521</em> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <em>523</em> <em>524</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>548</em> <em>549</em> <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <em>532</em> <em>533</em> <em>534</em> <em>535</em> <em>536</em> <em>537</em> <em>538</em> <em>539</em> <em>540</em> <em>541</em> <em>542</em> <em>528</em> <em>529</em> ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:44:36 EST Kansas City Workout Buddy? Hi! I am 23 and looking for a workout buddy to motivate me a little. I am so much more likely to go workout if anyone else is with me. I live right on State Line, so I typically visit that 24 hour fitness center, but I also work out near the Legends, so I'm willing to meet up anyplace between my place and work as well! Thu, 26 Sep 2013 01:31:53 EST Sunday, 9/22: The Last 100 Days of 2013 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> Sunday, September 22 marks the final 100 days of 2013. <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> How exciting! We still have time to accomplish GREAT things! <BR> <BR> Start thinking now about how you’d like to end this year on a SUCCESSFUL note! <BR> <BR> Everyone is always looking for a reason for a "Fresh Start!" Aren't you?! <BR> <BR> Here are some ideas to get you thinking: <BR> <BR> <em>... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:40:55 EST September is National Yoga Month! <em>606</em> <em>403</em> <em>606</em> <em>414</em> <em>606</em> <em>401</em> <em>606</em> <BR> <BR> Yoga! Is there anyone who has never tried it at least once? <BR> <BR> September is the month dedicated to yoga, so if you have any yoga dvds, or know of a yoga class, maybe this is a good time to add it back into your fitness routine (if it's not already a part of your routine)! <BR> <BR> To get you started, here's a link to several -free- yoga poses and yoga sequences. Quite... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 23:53:39 EST Creating New September Goals! <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> September is... <BR> <BR> National Farmer's Market Month <BR> National Fruit and Veggies Matter Month <BR> National Yoga Month <BR> <BR> 9/12 is Discover Your Optimal Health Day <BR> 9/25 is National Women's Fitness and Health Day <BR> 9/28 is National Family Health and Fitness Day <BR> <BR> ...and there are LOTS more observances during this month! <BR> <BR> If you hav... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 16:05:32 EST The Health of Your Dog (What You're Feeding...) So I came across this website this morning about the rating of dog food brands. <BR> <BR> Of course, I'm interested in clicking on it to find out what's what since my new "puppy" is a HUGE love in my life! <BR> <BR> Her name is Lola---but her nick-name is: Lola!Lola!Lola! <BR> <BR> Plus... if I'm putting out the big buck$ for dog food, I wanna know where it falls in the ratings. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> So out of 5 stars, my doggie's food is a 4. <BR>... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:06:12 EST Back to School Time! So... do you have kids getting ready for back to school?! <BR> <BR> Mine are grown and gone (and have kids of their own now), but I sure miss this time of year: finding out who their new teachers will be, seeing them learn new things, getting back on a regular schedule, etc., etc. <BR> <BR> How's it going with the school supplies shopping, getting them registered, new lunch kits, and everything?! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:44:17 EST Scam Alert Someone who is a Spark member calling him/herself FRIEND4YOU5. She calls herself <BR> Princess Sameera Michel & is asking for help in getting a very large amount of money out of her country and also for her to relocate to our country!! <BR> <BR> SCAM - I guess he/she thinks that sending through Sparkmail - you might think its genuine !! <BR> DO NOT answer it!! <BR> <BR> At the bottom of the Sparkmail there is a button - report inappropriate Sparkmail! - click on this and report it!! Mon, 22 Jul 2013 08:06:03 EST Post Your Workouts 07/14/2013 went to Gun Park in Ft Scott, me and the kids rode bike for 11 miles then wife showed up and rode 1 mile with us, we purchased her a new bike saturday, we trying to get her in the grove. We got back from TX coast Vacation sat morning at 0300 drove 2088 miles on vacation 800+ Friday/Sat. What a great time we had! Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:00:12 EST KCMO Anyone? Hi fellow Kansas City Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I currently live in the downtown KCMO area and looking for a fitness buddy. I have a long way to go, but looking forward to the end goal. I have a fitness center where I live, so we could maybe meet there on the weekends and work out; my company provides boot camp work outs three times per week so that would explain why I am looking to start off on the weekends for now. Please feel free to contact me if this is something you'd be interested in. <B... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:15:07 EST Have a Block Party! <em>224</em> <em>67</em> <em>434</em> <em>274</em> <em>491</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Why not?! Block parties are fun! <BR> <BR> They can be as simplified as you want... They're memory makers. People enjoy them, but tend to wait for someone "else" to plan them... Why not let that person be y-o-u?! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/northland-parties-bring-blocks.html </link> <BR> <BR> While the link above talks about the Northland area of Kans... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:03:26 EST July is Nat'l Parks & Recreation Month! Be sure to make plans to do -something- at one of Kansas City's many parks this month! July is National Parks & Rec Month! <BR> <BR> Below is a link to the KC Parks July calendar with plenty of suggestions: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-rec-month/ </link> <BR> <BR> If not a family/friends picnic, a game of tag, softball, soccer, etc., how about doing your fitness routine and/or a brisk walk? Get a group together and GO! <BR> <BR> And if you want to, post ba... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:06:50 EST Nat'l Lightning Safety Week: 6/23 - 6/29 I knew it was National Lightning Safety Week this week... <BR> <BR> But I forgot to post about it until 10:33 tonight when it sounded like lightning struck right outside my RV window!!! <BR> <BR> Yes, I jumped and screamed like a girl! LOL <BR> <BR> Please take a moment to remember this rhyming rule: <BR> "When thunder roars, go indoors." <BR> <BR> National Lightning Safety Awareness Week just in time for summer — peak thunderstorm season. <BR> <BR> Look through this web site for tips on... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:03:01 EST June is Nat'l Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month! Okay! Since June is National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month... <BR> <BR> Here's a list of produce that's in season: <BR> <BR> Apricots <BR> Blueberries <BR> Cantaloupe <BR> Cherries <BR> Corn <BR> Kiwi <BR> Lettuce <BR> Mangoes <BR> Peaches <BR> Strawberries <BR> Swiss Chard <BR> Watermelon <BR> Zucchini <BR> <BR> And be sure to support your local Farmer's Markets! <BR> (By the way, where is your favorite farmer's market to shop?) <BR> <BR> Two links to help you find your nearest farmer's ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 11:15:18 EST June is Men's Health Month June is . . . . <BR> <BR> Men's Health Month – (10-16 Men's Health Week) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> The above web site gives ideas and how-to's. (Worth looking at!!!) <BR> <BR> Either you are a male, or you have a male in your life... maybe it's a good time to pause and think about our health habits and whether we can improve! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Sat, 1 Jun 2013 14:41:43 EST June 1 is "Dare Day!" June 1 is Dare Day - a day to challenge someone, and to do a dare yourself. <BR> <BR> Hmm... what could we do with this challenge?! <BR> <BR> I'll just leave you to dare yourself to do something! <BR> = = Make it something FUN! = = = <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . <BR> <BR> P.S. If it's too late in the day, why not extend this challenge through tomorrow? I dare you; I triple dog dare you! LOL Sat, 1 Jun 2013 13:50:55 EST May 29: Senior Health & Fitness Day! It's here: May 29th! = Senior Health & Fitness Day = <BR> <BR> Won't you "Get Moving and Start Improving?" <BR> <BR> That's this year's theme and you can use it as -your- mantra to nudge <BR> yourself to move, move, move and start to improve, improve, improve! <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> May is Older American's Month! And did you know that there's a certain DAY set aside to highlight the health and fitness of seniors? <BR> <BR> Here's another opportunity ... Wed, 29 May 2013 09:38:08 EST Easter Greetings Hello KC, Happy Easter. Have an eggstra special day <em>450</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:21:37 EST New to KC Just moved here from Cincinnati after marriage imploded; staying w/daughter in Shawnee, KS and looking forward to big apartment and finding new income. Lost job in OH back in July; living off savings since Nov. Have to stay positive and be smart!! Sat, 9 Mar 2013 20:19:54 EST Weekend Challenge-Tuck in early to spring ahead Take a step to get enough sleep this weekend: Set an alarm and start to wind down 1 hour before bed. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Aim for eight hours of sleep tonight and tomorrow. Determine what time you have to wake up in the morning, then count backwards to figure out when you need to go to bed. Set an alarm, and an hour before your bedtime, do something relaxing that will help you wind down. Take a quick bath or shower, dim the lights in your home, or listen to soothing music. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 07:33:07 EST Daily Challenge-A positive day Your Challenge Today <BR> <BR> Name 3 Positive Things About Today <BR> <BR> Anything. <BR> <BR> ~ did you accomplish something that you've been meaning to do? <BR> <BR> ~ did something great happen to you at work? <BR> <BR> Come back & tell us! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> <BR> Denise Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:19:44 EST Happy Namesake Day Namesake Day encourages you to explore the roots of your name, to find out if you were named after somebody of something in particular, and to research and connect with people who share the same name as you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Who were you named after. <BR> <BR> I was named after an uncle. His nam was spelled Kelly. My mom was expecting a boy and was going to name me that. After two days and a lot of researching she still named me Kellie but with the girls spelling. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:17:40 EST Daily Challenge- Wave bye bye to weak wrists <em>213</em> <BR> Build wrist strength by circling your wrists 5 times in each direction. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Make your hands into loose fists and hold them in front of you. Slowly circle each wrist clockwise five times, then reverse the direction and circle them counterclockwise five times. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> When we think of fitness, we often don't think about our hands. And when we are pain-free, we tend not to think about our hands. But arthritis, carpal tunnel syn... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:09:23 EST What's your "go to" foods.... There are times when you are starving!! You don't want to over indulge in a "not so healthy" choice. What is your food of choice to help keep you on track and why is it good for you? <BR> <BR> One of my favorites is 1/2 peanut butter sandwich! It takes care of my sweet tooth. It allows me to savor my favorite food...peanut butter! It gives me good fats/proteins and controls my portion!! Has fat, protein and carbs to keep me satified and have good energy for a few more hours til it's ti... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:09:25 EST Daily Challenge-End of the Month Your Challenge For Thursday <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Today is the LAST DAY of February! <em>40</em> Where DID it Go <em>38</em> <BR> How did your month go <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Are you where you hoped you would be <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What are your goals/plans for March <em>38</em> <BR> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:29:46 EST Daily Challenge -Lengthen those legs Strengthen your legs and promote healthy knee joints with 10 seated leg extensions. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sit up straight and toward the front edge of your chair. Lift your right knee up, flex your foot (point your toes to the ceiling) and extend your leg out in front of you. Then pull your heel back in toward you, and place your foot back on the floor. Repeat four more times on the right, then switch and stretch your left leg five times. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> This is a great ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:13:54 EST Daily Challenge-Leg Cramps Learn more about muscle cramps and Leg Cramps <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=225 </link> <BR> Most of the time, night leg cramps occur for no known reason, and they're usually harmless. In general, night leg cramps are likely to be related to muscle fatigue and nerve problems. <BR> The risk of having night leg cramps increases with age. Pregnant women also have a higher likelihood of experiencing night leg cramps. <BR> <BR> In rare situations, night leg c... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:32:20 EST Daily Challenge -Meatless Monday Your Challenge For Monday <BR> <BR> PREPARE A MEATLESS MEAL! <BR> <BR> For dinner tonight try going meatless. <BR> <BR> Here are ideas for substituting ingredients and making nutritious, meatless dishes: <BR> <BR> ~ Make a soup using beans, vegetables (such as onions, carrots, celery, squash), and grains with a vegetable stock instead of meat stock; lentil, pea, and tomato-based soups are good options. <BR> <BR> ~ Use beans in pasta sauce instead of meat. <BR> <BR> ~ Try vegetarian m... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:04:43 EST Daily Challenge-Name that tune Name 2 songs you can listen to the next time you need to brighten your mood. <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> How to do it <BR> Think about the music in your library and pick at least two songs that are proven mood-brighteners for you. They can be upbeat, slow-tempo, or anything in between, as long as they put a smile on your face. Keep them in mind for the next time you need a quick pick-me-up. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Music has a proven effect on well-being! It can lift your mood, boost ene... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:04:16 EST Daily Challenge- C yourself with more energy Gain energy from 1 vitamin C-rich food today. <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Add a food rich in vitamin C to one or more of today's meals or snacks. There are plenty of options, including red or green bell pepper, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, and papaya. Or get a liquid dose with a glass of orange, grapefruit, or vegetable juice. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> A deficiency in vitamin C may deplete your levels of carnitine (a substance that helps you... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:51:17 EST JJ's Prayers for all involved with the devastating fire at JJ's on the Plaza tonight!! <em>458</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:43:10 EST Where Are the Events Category's? In many of the city sparkteams, they have a section for events. Doesn't need to be every event, but if someone signs up for the Warrior Dash, why not post the details of when and where it is? If you want people to get out and get moving, provide some events for them to get out to. Even the local farmer's market is getting out there for some fresh air and exercise (and healthy foods too). <BR> <BR> I'd be happy to help get the area started if the Admin wants to set it up. <BR> <BR> I've a... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:08:55 EST Weekly Health Challenge — Pay it Forward Today is a well-being activity: <BR> <BR> Last week was The National Random Acts of Kindness Week, but why single out one week a year....? <BR> <BR> The Task/Challenge: Find 3 acts of random kindness that you can perform for another person. If the situation arises today where you feel frustrated or angry, take a moment and smile. If you can let it go and move on to the next moment. If you make a mistake above all be kind to yourself forgive yourself and know that it is another opportuni... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:54:05 EST Weekend Challenge-Just move Get up and move around for at least 10 minutes within the next hour. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sometime in the next hour, get up and move for at least 10 minutes. Take a brisk walk. Put on some music and dance. If you're in an office, hit the stairwell and go up and down a few flights of stairs. If you aren't able to be that mobile, try simply stretching your arms overhead, then down to your toes, or roll your shoulders and flex your wrists and fingers. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Worki... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 05:56:25 EST Daily Challenge-Your Three Headed Muscles Today's Challenge <BR> <BR> TRICEPS!!!!! <BR> <BR> Check out these links for ideas: <BR> <link><BR>e_demos.asp?exercise_type=upper </link> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=158 </link> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=251 </link> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=99 </link> <BR> <BR> Remember... <BR> Just because, for most of us, it's swe... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:24:57 EST Daily Challeng -Quality Time Spend 15 minutes with someone special today, either in person or from afar. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Plan to spend at least 15 minutes of quality time with a friend or loved one today. Before dinner, housework, homework, and the rest of your evening routine gets you too tired, try to take a little time to catch up with your partner, visit with a close friend, or play with your kids. If the person you love isn't close enough to spend time with, make it a phone call, Skype, or email date in... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:59:06 EST Daily Challenge-Show yourself some love. Everyone knows that love is a good thing. We love to give it and we love to receive it. But how often do we actually take the time to give it to ourselves? <BR> <BR> Today, show yourself some love! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Spend some time doing things just for yourself. It might be sleeping in, reading a book, treating yourself to a massage or spending time with people you love and who build you up. Or, it might be investing some time in building your self-esteem and body image. Whatever y... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:34:55 EST Daily Challenge-Raise a Calf CALF RAISES <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> ~~ To properly perform a calf raise; stand near a wall with your hands on the wall for support and balance. Lift one foot off the ground, pointing it behind you. Rise up on the ball of your other foot as high as you can go. Lower back down to the ground, not allowing your heel to touch the ground in between repetitions. Perform one set of 10 to 12 repetitions. Switch legs and perform one set on the other leg. Do three sets on each leg, alternating legs... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:41:44 EST Weekly Challenge-Get some AM Sunshine. Pledge to spend 10 minutes outdoors or next to a window first thing in the morning once this week. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Choose a day when you anticipate clear weather (check the weather report if you want to be sure!). On the morning of that day, step outside - or stand by a window with the shades open - as soon as you can after waking, and stay for at least 10 minutes. Leave yourself a reminder the night before if you think you might forget. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:54:53 EST Weekend Challeng -Restful weekend Make your bed this weekend. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Take a minute or two to restore order to your bed. You don't need hospital corners or perfectly placed pillows; a quick pass will do. As you make the bed, be mindful of how wrinkled, tangled-up sheets and blankets can be smoothed and tidied in not much time. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Making your bed creates a more restful, welcoming environment and makes your bedroom feel neater. This can help lower your stress level and create mo... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 07:53:27 EST Daily Challenge-Your Two Headed Muscles Your Challenge Today? <BR> <BR> Work your BICEPS <BR> <BR> Check out these links for ideas: <BR> <link><BR>e_demo </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=99 </link> <BR> <BR> Aim for 2 sets of 10 reps each arm or one video workout. <BR> <BR> How did YOU do? <BR> <BR> The biceps brachii muscle is the one that gave all muscles their name: it comes from the Latin musculus, "little mouse", because the appe... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 08:08:59 EST Daily Challenge- Skip the Sump Eat 1 high-energy snack today, such as apple and cheese, or yogurt with fruit and nuts. <em>22</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner today, create a high-energy snack that combines a bit of protein, fat, and complex carbohydrate. Some tasty examples: an apple and a small wedge of cheese, all-natural peanut butter on whole-grain bread, yogurt with fruit and a handful of nuts thrown in, tomato with cottage cheese or fresh mozzarella, or carrots dip... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 06:52:39 EST Daily Challenge-Check your fuel tank twice today Take note of your energy level now, then set a timer and take note again in 3 hours. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> How would you describe your energy right now? Are you pumped and ready to go, all used up, or somewhere in between? Make a note of that. Set a timer for three hours from now and when it goes off, ask yourself about your energy level again. Is it higher, lower, or the same? <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> In the course of the day, our bodies have natural ups and downs that have to d... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 08:05:42 EST Daily Challenge-Eat your greens. Eat 1 energy-boosting dark leafy green today. <BR> How to do it <BR> Add a dark leafy green to one meal today. Try adding finely chopped kale to a salad, sautéing a head of Swiss chard as a side dish, including chopped broccoli in a casserole, or putting spinach leaves on a sandwich. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Are you getting the most out of your greens? Not only are dark leafy veggies like kale, spinach, and broccoli high in minerals like iron, potassium, and calcium, and vitamins K, C,... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:13:45 EST February is National Blah Buster Month! = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> February is National Blah Buster Month! <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> What will y-o-u do to break out of a rut? <BR> <BR> What can you think of to put more "pep in your step?!" <BR> <BR> Let's break out of the February blahs! <BR> <BR> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <BR> Here are some fun suggestions (as found in a search for "National Blah Buster Mon... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:33:18 EST Weekend Challenge- Throw in the towel Lie face-up with a towel (or a resistance band) in your hands, lift your shoulders off the ground, and repeat at least 4 times. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Find a small towel, such as a dish towel or hand towel. Lie on the floor on your back. Hold the towel between both hands. Stretch your arms straight back so the insides of your elbows are near your ears. Engage your abdominal muscles and lift your shoulders up and off the ground until your arms are directly over your chest, all while hold... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 08:18:11 EST Daily Challeng -Bolster energy with a 5 min break Increase your energy by taking 5 minutes to sit, close your eyes, and listen to your breathing. <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Find a quiet place and a comfortable sitting position. Close your eyes, try to let your mind empty of any thoughts, and concentrate on your breathing. Do this for a minimum of five minutes. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Nothing can sap your energy like stress. And although it often feels like we need to just keep pushing to get things done, taking a bre... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:04:46 EST Daily Challenge- Build a better breakfast Choose 1 source of protein to add to your breakfast plate. <em>490</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Think of what you normally eat for breakfast. Now plan to add a little protein to your next morning meal. An egg, low-fat yogurt, or glass of low-fat or nonfat milk are all healthy and packed with protein. If you usually skip breakfast, go for something small, like a handful of nuts or peanut butter on whole-grain bread. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Eating in the morning has been shown t... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:06:43 EST Daily Challeng e-Change up your cravings Find a healthy alternative to a food you crave. <em>468</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Most people have a food they crave that isn't healthy. Whether yours is sweet, salty, smooth, or crunchy, it's likely that there is a more healthful alternative. For example, try a similar texture to satisfy your craving. Crunchy vegetables let you chomp away, but they don't contain the salt content that potato chips typically pack. Seeking something sweet? Enjoy the natural sugar in a piece of fruit,... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:49:12 EST Daily Challenge-Leave the old bag behind One thing that can throw your calories off-track is eating your food out of the bag or container it came in. When you do this, you have no idea how much you're eating. <BR> <em>481</em> <BR> <BR> YOUR CHALLENGE TODAY <BR> is to serve EVERYTHING you eat in a dish or plate. No eating out of a bag! And to take it a step further, read the label and serve yourself the "actual" serving size. Get out your measuring cups, food scales, etc, if you need to! <BR> <BR> Fun facts <BR> The breakfast... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:52:54 EST Daily Health Challenge – Resist the Resistance Resistance Bands!~ <BR> <BR> If you are like me you may have a set of these in the back of you closet already. You may also be like me in the fact that I really didn’t use them very much. This year it is time to put all of our resources to work. <BR> <BR> Fun facts <BR> Joel Waul is a resident of Lauderhill, Florida, and the constructor of the worlds’ largest rubber band ball. It was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2008, after he had spent six years wrapping rubber bands to create t... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 06:58:44 EST Weekend Challenge- Sing, sing a song.... <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> How to do this <BR> Find a few songs that fit your mood today and crank them up! I bet that you find the songs are increasing more upbeat as you go through this exercise. <BR> <BR> You owe it to yourself to sing out stress. Don't let anyone ever tell you not to sing. Singing is something that belongs to everyone, not just the super talented. Even a person who sings only in the shower deserves the chance to sing, and to let it distress your life. <BR> <BR> Sing a... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:03:31 EST Friday Poll: What Is Your Go-To Form Of Exercise? Share Are you a gym buff? A swimmer? A cyclist? A casual jogger? We want to hear what you like to do to get your heart pumping and endorphins flowing. <BR> <em>23</em> <em>323</em> <em>320</em> <em>256</em> <em>309</em> <BR> <BR> Share your favorite workout routines & comments to help Spark others to try something new. <BR> <BR> Team Sports? <BR> Running? <BR> Group Fitness Classes ( Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Etc.)? <BR> Weight Lifting? <BR> Swimming? <BR> Dancing? <BR> Bike R... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:57:23 EST Today’s Challenge-Power up Walk briskly from one place to another today. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> When you set out to walk anywhere today (whether it's around your office, on an errand, or from one room to another in your home), make a conscious effort to pick up the pace. Pretend that you're in a hurry or that someone is waiting for you, and speed up your steps. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Regular moderate-intensity physical activity (such as brisk walking) lowers your risk of heart disease, str... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:41:23 EST January 23 Challenge — Stretch Flexibility and stretching is a huge part of feeling great and it just feels great to do! <em>405</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> YOUR CHALLENGE TODAY is to find and perform some stretching exercises and let us know what you did and how you liked it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Benefits of Stretching: <link><BR>ing_benefits.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fun Fact: Standing up straight burns more calories than slouching - just one more reason for good posture. Stand up strai... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:36:20 EST January 22 Challenge - A New Year, A New You Make it a habit to use your Spark People calendar. Help yourself stay on track with your daily fitness and nutrition goals with this interactive calendar! <BR> <BR> See your monthly progress at a glance. <BR> Your SparkSummary calendar is customizable to show Calories Eaten, Fitness Minutes (including cardio and strength and toning), Calories Burned, Weight, SparkPoints, and Appointments to help you to get organized as well. <BR> <BR> To access your calendar, go to the START page and it ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:01:53 EST January 21 Challenge-Give back Learn about local volunteering opportunities. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Want to lend a hand? Do a search using the name of your city/town and state or province, along with the words "volunteer opportunities." Choose a link and read about how you can help! (If you live in the US, you can also visit <link> </link> to find out about volunteering opportunities in your immediate area, ranging from one-day stints to weekly ones or longer.) <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR>... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:49:56 EST Weekend Challeng e-Dining together Plan a meal with friends or as a family. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Decide on a date, time, and place with your family or friends, and schedule a meal together. If the meal is going to be at a restaurant, agree in advance on how much everyone wants to spend, and select a place that serves healthy food. If it's going to be a home-cooked meal, potluck, or picnic (options that can be a lot more relaxed and wallet-friendly!), discuss who's cooking and what to bring. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <B... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 06:55:02 EST January 18th Challenge — Sit and Move Today is another active challenge. It seems that we find ourselves stationary and in the sitting position for a great many hours during the day. I hear all the time how difficult it is to find time to bring activity into our lives. People say I can’t find the extra time to workout. Well here is a solution to the problem, no extra time needed. <BR> The Task/Challenge: In a seat position do some chair exercises and stretches. Any time you find yourself seated try to use the opportunity to fit i... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:40:33 EST January 17th Challenge- Veg out Add 1 new type of leafy green veggie to your shopping list, such as kale, spinach, or cabbage. <BR> <em>368</em> <em>371</em> <em>373</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> As you write your shopping list, add one new leafy green vegetable. There are lots of healthy choices, such as: kale, collard greens, broccoli, Swiss chard, spinach, and cabbage. Lettuces are another tasty way to go green; romaine and red- or green-leaf varieties are much healthier than iceberg. (None of these choices... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 07:15:38 EST January 16 Challenge - Push up or press up Push ups <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Complete 5 push ups (also called press ups) of any type of course you are welcome to do more if you are able: <BR> <BR> Beginners: Wall/Counter Top Push Ups – This is for those of us who are just developing upper body strength and core strength. It is a great way to being a fitness program when you have not exerted your upper body muscles for some time. <BR> <BR> Intermediate: Bent Knee Push Ups – This is for those of us who have a little more upper bo... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:50:40 EST January 15 Challenge-Exit Drills be Prepared Practice evacuation with the whole family and rehearse it until everyone knows exactly what they should do. Set off the smoke alarm so everyone knows what it sounds like. Practice crawling to an exit and be sure your children understand they should never hide in the house during a fire. <BR> <BR> How to Do It <BR> · Install and maintain smoke detectors <BR> · Make an escape plan and practice it <BR> · Plan at least 2 ways out of each room in case one way is blocked <BR> · Agree on a meeting... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:49:01 EST January 14 Challenge - Draw a floor plan Draw a floor plan of your home from memory and locate the fire exits. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> From memory, draw a quick map or floor plan of your home. Include all smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, doors, and windows. Show two ways out of every room on the map, and circle where your fire extinguishers are located. When you're done, walk around your home with your drawing and see how accurate your recollection was. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Every second counts in a fire, and even ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:27:14 EST Jan. 13 Challenge -Make some homemade soup January is National Soup Month so made some homemade soup for your health, wallet and waistline. <em>481</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Look at the SparkPeople recipes for new healthy soups to try or use one of your tried and true soup recipes with lots of fresh veggies. <BR> <BR> You can use up leftovers in a soup pot and create new variations of favorite recipes, since soup lends itself to experimentation. You can throw a variety of ingredients into a slow cooker in the morning befor... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:49:40 EST January 12th Challenge- get into the “L” <em>406</em> Improve muscle flexibility in your legs and backside by sitting and stretching in an L shape. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sit on the floor. Stretch both legs in front of you and raise your arms so that your body forms the shape of the letter L. Slowly bend at the waist and grab your legs as close to your toes as possible. (If you can't bend like this without pain, loop a towel around the top of your feet and pull the towel toward you until you can feel the stretch across the b... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:54:17 EST January 11th Challenge- Stop and smell the spices Go through your spice rack and throw away old spices that no longer have a strong smell or color. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Open up your spice drawer or pull all the spices down from your spice rack, and figure out what needs to go. Most whole spices keep for three years, and ground spices last about two years. When in doubt, use your eyes and ears: the spice should have a bright color and a strong smell. If it's pale, smells weak, or the texture is off, out it goes. <BR> <BR> Why it matt... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:13:11 EST January 10 Challenge- Them bones Eat 1 calcium-rich food today. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Eat a food that's high in calcium at one meal or snack today. Low-fat and fat-free dairy products (like milk, cheese, and yogurt) are chock full of calcium. Leafy green vegetables (such as kale, broccoli, and Chinese cabbage), nuts (especially almonds and pistachios), legumes, and seeds are also super sources of calcium. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> No matter what your age, your body needs calcium for building and m... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 05:33:42 EST January 9th Challenge - No Complaining. No blaming The Challenge/Task: <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> § Think positive thoughts and every hour that you are awake praise yourself for something that is good about you or your day. You may even want to jot them down. <BR> <BR> § Focus on the positive things and smile about all the good things you have in your life, this act will put you on the road to a sense of well being and wellness. <BR> <BR> Today as you go about your life resist the urge to complain about anything or blame anyone for anythin... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:07:23 EST From Kansas City, Kansas Hello everyone! I have heard such great things about sparkpeople, so here I am! <BR> I will be honest, I hate exercise. Well, let me rephrase this-I now hate exercise because I have been so lazy for several years. I have to get over this laziness when it comes to working out. does anyone have any advice for someone with a crazy, hectic schedule?? <BR> I eat a mostly plant-based diet now. I was vegan for a year a few years ago and I lost a considerable amount of weight and felt so great. The... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:48:58 EST first post Hi everyone. I hope I am posting in the correct place. I have decided that I have to change my lifestyle and get myself back on track. I look forward to chatting and hearing/reading others posts. I may have a few questions (okay, probably several) and ask for advice, but please bear with me. <BR> I have such a chaotic schedule and I am trying to find time to do some form of exercise or perhaps I am just still incredibly lazy. I hope to be inspired here. :) <BR> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:40:58 EST Jan. 8th Challenge -Search iron deficiency anemia <link><BR>a-z_detail.asp?AZ=263&Page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> to learn about the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> <BR> Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of blood disorder, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the body doesn't have enough iron, which leads to too few blood cells. Because anemia often develops slowly and has symptoms that mimic those of other conditions, it is often ov... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:41:56 EST Senior Programs at Area Hospitals Hi team! <BR> <BR> I've always lived closest to NKC Hospital (North Kansas City), so I'm more familiar with them than any of the other area hospitals. <BR> <BR> They have several upcoming Lunch & Learn programs that tell you about their services at the hospital for seniors (55+). The Lunch & Learns do have a cost of $3, but that INCLUDES lunch! Registration is required, so follow the link below for more information: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>etail/?eventId=... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:51:56 EST January 7th - Challenge Building Immune System — Skip and Hop <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Today we are going to enter a time machine and go back to when we did this with joy and zeal. We are going to try and skip for 3 to 5 minutes. For the experts in the group who feel the joy and zeal you have my permission to skip until you are skipped out. <BR> <BR> Challenges: At first it may be difficult to do because you probably haven’t done this in some time, but don’t give up, if at first you don’t succeed then try and try again. Skipping is abo... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 06:50:16 EST 2013 Daily Chat Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I thought I better get the new chat rolling!! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year, but it's time to get busy again. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:22:52 EST Parkway54 Hello ! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:32:58 EST How to remove inactive Spark Friends… Go to EDIT your Spark Page and scroll down to your friends list. On that you are n the EDIT mode it will let you add/remove friends on your list as well as change the order of your friends. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! <BR> <BR> ~ Denise ~ <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 07:34:55 EST Are there Friends waiting for you to add them? <em>223</em> To check to see if anyone is waiting for you to add them as a Spark Friend, go to Community at the top of the page, then to Friend Feed. <BR> <BR> At the upper portion of the page there are two paragraphs and in the first paragraphs it contains a link that says CLICK HERE that will take you to you friends list to edit and show you everyone that has added you that you have not added. <BR> <BR> ~Denise~ <em>220</em> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 07:39:07 EST Looking for a fitness buddy! I'm a 23-year-old college student. My boyfriend recently left me, and now my weight is going down but in an unhealthy manner. I'm looking for a fitness buddy to walk with me or something similar, so that I'm not just sitting here being depressed over the holidays. I live in Smithville, but I work in Liberty and go to UMKC currently. <BR> <BR> I've been with SP for a long time and have lost a grand total of 119 lbs over a span of about three years. I haven't actually gotten a spark buddy or a... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:54:49 EST new to sp and looking for support I am new to the site and also the kansas city ks area. Would like to meet some other women involved with this group for support and possibly a work out buddy for motivation, support, and make new friends! <BR> Jacqueline Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:12:39 EST UMKC's Wholistic Health Fair is This Sunday--11/11 Wholistic Health Fair = = = --Admittance is free-- <BR> <BR> 21 Workshops w/demonstrations <BR> Workshop fees are: $3 per workshop or $7 for 3 classes – per person. <BR> <BR> 60 Exhibitors <BR> <BR> It's a great place to keep up to date and learn about all of the latest practices going on in the KC area. <BR> <BR> The objective of the fair is to teach a variety of techniques for staying healthy, vital and young and to enable attendees to sample from a variety of health education techniqu... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 09:32:29 EST Things you might not know about me! I copied this from Mollz007's blog! I thought this is a great idea to learn more about each other in a fun way! <BR> <BR> Copy first, reply, paste, then answer the questions, post message...not all of us our computer savvy, so I thought I would add the directions! <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> <BR> <BR> 5. DO ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 08:23:08 EST Halloweenie Party Plans! = = Halloween PaRty! Halloween ParTy! Halloween PaRty! = = <BR> ~ ~ ~ Sat., 10/27 - The spooky fun starts at 8 (early!) ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Located at: The HiWay House, 4071 Prather Rd, KC North 64116 <BR> ** ** ** Costume Contest and DANCING! ** ** ** <BR> <BR> Don't stay home alone when you could be out having fun! <BR> Come make new friends and enjoy an evening of smiling and enjoying yourself! <BR> <BR> AGENDA: Burn Calories by Dancing! LOL <BR> Just give me a holler if you wanna come out.... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 10:01:29 EST I'm happy today because... I was able to sleep in today!! 1st time in months!! Woohoo!! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 22:11:00 EST Did You Give and/or Receive a Compliment Today?! 1st: <BR> You're going to want to press the "Subscribe to This Discussion" button so you won't miss any posts! <BR> <BR> Plus... you just may receive a compliment (today, tomorrow, next week) that you'll want to share with us! <BR> <BR> 2nd: <BR> If you've NEVER posted before to this team before, why not start now... with this positive topic?! <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> Did You Give and/or Receive a Compliment Today? <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = =... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:54:02 EST October: Nat'l APPLE Month--Eat Apples for Energy! <em>180</em> It's National Apple Month, all month! <em>180</em> <BR> <BR> And since everyone is always looking for more ways to get energy, let's take a look at how apples can do that. <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> Eat An Apple <BR> It's tempting to turn to sugar (hello, chocolate!) when your energy dips, but eating high-sugar foods will make your fatigue worse in the long run. Make a habit of keeping apples on hand--at home and at work. <BR> ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:04:48 EST October is Nat'l Book Month--What's Your Favorite? Do you love reading? (I do! I do!) <BR> <BR> Well, October is National Book Month. <BR> That means... we get to talk about books! <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> = = Do you have a favorite book (or books)? <BR> <BR> = = What are you currently reading? <BR> <BR> == What's a favorite memory of yours that has to do with books? <BR> <BR> Susy Tue, 9 Oct 2012 22:12:51 EST New and looking for support Hi, my name is Sara and I just joined SP. I am in need of motivation and support as I start a new diet prescribed by my primary care physician. This new diet will require a complete change in habits and comfort zone and pretty much an overall lifestyle change. I don't have much willpower, so I am worried that I will give up easily. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 22:08:59 EST Today is the Day! Today is the day for a new me. Today I'm going to start eating right. Unfortunately, today is also the day I am starting to come down with a cold so I may not be starting my exercise plan. I did get up and walk the dog though and I do plan on going and getting some horses out of the pasture and go for a ride. I live in Kansas City, KS and am 45. I'm looking for some people who would be interested in hiking or bike riding during the day once a week. I am a beginner rider so am interested... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:55:32 EST Looking for others in the Wyandotte County area I am looking for other sparks members in the wyandotte county area please friend me so we can find each other so we can share our journeys together Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:08:52 EST New to all of this I am new to this internet site. I have been working out for a little over a year and I've lost 58 pounds and 32 inches so far. I still have a long way to go. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:02:54 EST New to this team... Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I live in Grandview and work in KC. I joined the group so that my points on Spark America would go towards the closest city near me...and since most of my growing up (and out) occurred in KC, this makes sense. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:26:58 EST Hi I am Jessica I really would like to make some new friends on this site, so we can encourage each other in our goals. I am not 100% sure how to use everything on this site. So if you would like to be friends let me know :) Sat, 18 Aug 2012 04:55:37 EST Smithville Dam Run 5K and 10K September 23, 2012 Here is the link. I've already signed up. <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 08:22:38 EST Epic Mud Run - Sept 2nd - Columbia, MO Is anyone here participating in the Epic Mud Run? I looks super fun, but I really to do these things alone! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 23:36:14 EST New to team, not to spark. <BR> Hi, I'm Steph. I've been a member on spark for 3 years now. I was born and raised in Kanas. I now live in Ohio with my husband. Hi all! <BR> <BR> HS Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:03:18 EST New to spark people and a little nervous! Hello, My name is Laura and I am a 25 year old stay at home mother of 2. I joined spark people to get extra help in my journey to loose weight and get the body I have always dreamed of. So far I've lost 30 pounds on my own and I'm trying to lose another 40-50 pounds. Thank you for all of the e-mails welcoming me to spark people; it feels great to know that everyone is so supportive! Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:08:01 EST New workout shoes? I am in serious need of new workout shoes. What do you all wear and what ones are best for lateral, side to side moves? <BR> <BR> The pair I'm currently using are Oasics and I've loved them but they are 4 years old. Time for a new pair, like really soon. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Bonnie <em>331</em> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:41:47 EST Healthy Dining Options in Kansas City I eat out quite a bit and I'm looking for places that have healthier food (like Seasons 52). Anyone have any suggestions or favorite places? Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:46:22 EST Journaling Your Food? Do you log your food every day? I'd love to know all of your thoughts? Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:03:21 EST How do you get support at home? Hi all! Just wondering what kinds of strategies you all use at home to get the other members of the household to eat right or exercise? <BR> <BR> I have 2 other overweight, low-energy, love-the-junk-foodies in my home with me and I need some ideas on how to stop them from throwing crap into the cart at the grocery store, bugging me to bake cookies, or wanting to go outside long enough to roast marchmellows for Smores! <BR> <BR> Any ideas or plans you may have please throw the ideas out the... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 11:56:50 EST For Tennis Players Just wanted to let KC folks know about a great option for tennis players of ALL SKILL LEVELS. The website posts tennis leagues and tournaments. Leagues are 5 weeks long, followed by playoffs. Three league sessions are offered yearly, with the next league (that I just joined) starting July 8th. <BR> <BR> You play once a week, meeting at a place agreeable to both players that are scheduled to play a match that week - your choice of location and time. The winner then posts scores to the webs... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:21:48 EST $3 group classes I thought I would take the time to tell you about the gym I run. <BR> <BR> We are a not for profit in gym located at the corner of SW Blvd and Rainbow (across from the DQ!!) We have great members at the gym that are dedicated to changing their fitness to live better lives! <BR> <BR> We run our fees on a sliding scale basis, which means total household income vs total number of people in the household. You can also buy a day pass for $3. This will allow you to take any of the classes that... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 08:31:45 EST 22 From Kansas City Ks Hi, Mags here! I'm from Kansas City KS. I'm just starting to get back on to SparkPeople. I believe I have the strength to over come my struggles and hopefully find some friends along the way. Its always nice to have someone to talk to when you are feeling down about things especially when you need motivation. I LOVE texting, messaging, and getting to know new people. I have the passion to research nutrition and healthy foods. I will be good for about a week or so then I drift off. I'm looking... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 18:54:48 EST Looking for KC Fitness Buddy Nearby All - I am looking for people who are interested in getting together on a regular basis for walking or biking (or other fitness ideas you might have). I've discovered a few things about myself: <BR> <BR> 1. I really enjoy walking or biking with others more than by myself <BR> 2. I'm not going to drive north of the river or to KC, KS or anywhere else that's not relatively close on a REGULAR basis (though I would certainly drive to meet up with some people upon occasion) to workout <BR> <B... Tue, 29 May 2012 18:48:53 EST 2012 Daily Chat here!!! Felt silly posting on the daily chat for last year! LOL <BR> <BR> Its almost June people! Lets get it in the right year shall we? =) <BR> <BR> Hi! From 2012! Sun, 20 May 2012 11:31:32 EST Hi from the Northland Hi! My name is Deirdre and unfortunately I'm a veteran in the lose weight/get fit game. Because of an injury which lead to the development of fibromyalgia, I have become less physical and experienced some depression which has lead to a major 50 pound weight gain. And the major weight gain has lead to more medical problems since I'm now in my 40s as well as being overweight. Since I'm basically unemployed and not starting back to school until the fall (old degrees do not make me employable so ... Sat, 19 May 2012 11:25:40 EST Master Gardener Plant Sale Master Gardeners of KC are having a plants sale Saturday May 12 from 9 to 4 at the Bass Pro parking lot near I-70 and 291 Hwy. <BR> Veggies, herbs, annuals perennials and lots of garden art. Fri, 11 May 2012 11:21:24 EST Looking For Participants! I feel like such a goober!! I have this wonderful site that could help a group of people and myself all at the time! <BR> <BR> I run a not for profit fitness center in Kansas City, Ks. I head up a program called Big Changes. B.C. is a FREE program for morbidly obese individuals that are ready to do something about their weight issue. <BR> <BR> You must be at least 100 lbs overwt. with a BMI of 40+. <BR> We have special low impact classes/chair classes for cardio. <BR> We do special class... Fri, 4 May 2012 21:09:50 EST Hello Missouri! Hope to do some 5k walk/runs coming up. Where do I get info on KC area? Glad I found this group. Hope to get to know some of you. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 00:17:23 EST Trolley Run, anyone? Any sparkers doing the Trolley Run this weekend? It's such a fun race! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:21:47 EST Hello Sparks world I am butterfleye I am here like you guys to be a new person with a new outlook on life. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:33:24 EST 2012 KC Marathon? Hi all! I just signed up yesterday for the KC Half Marathon in October, and I'm super excited! I did a half marathon a few years ago in Lincoln, NE, but I walked a fair amount of it, and this time I'm looking to run the whole thing. I'm hoping it will help that I'm 60-70 lbs lighter and I have a good 5-6 months to train for it! <BR> <BR> Anybody else doing the marathon or the half? <BR> <BR> I'm looking for training buddies, whether they're from this community or if anybody has recommenda... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:29:06 EST Monthly Goals April will soon be here. The weather is warmer and everything is turning into Spring colors! What would you like to achieve in April? I'm not just talking about the scales moving! I'm talking in general. <BR> <BR> Would you like to save $100 more in April? <BR> Would you like to paint your bathroom? <BR> Would like to have your junk drawer cleaned out? <BR> <BR> Making goals for yourself helps organize your life. Most of us do well in a structured environment. When we feel that we a... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:16:45 EST What are you finding to be your greatest challenge So with all that is going on in your life what is your greatest challenge. <BR> <BR> For me, finding the time to log it all in and making sure I stay with in points. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:38:10 EST Hi Kansas City I haven't been active on SP for a time now. I think my determination is in gear and finally I have by head in the game. I hope you are all doing well and look forward to walking along with you. <BR> Bonnie Sat, 25 Feb 2012 18:00:48 EST Hello from KC MO! Hi everyone! My name is Angie. I've been on SP for a while, but have never actually stuck to it and made it a lifestyle. This is probably why the scale has actually gone up instead of going down like I want it to... <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Just thought that maybe introducing myself and making myself more "visible" on SP would help me be more motivated...and having buddies in the area can't hurt either! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:22:56 EST Hi! From Shawnee Hi everyone! I just joined Spark this month and I'm trying to get back in shape. I'm the dreaded "yo yo" dieter and I'm committed to leaving the "yo yo" behind this year - for good! So great to find this board of other Kansas Citians with similar goals! <BR> <BR> Shannon Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:02:36 EST MLB All-Star Charity 5K Race I came across the information on this race tonight, wondered if anyone else had seen it, and if anyone was planning on entering. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>11207&content_id=26114572&vkey=news_ml<BR>b&c_id=mlb </link> <BR> <BR> I think it would be a great way to show support for cancer and also meet up with some Sparkies!! <BR> <BR> Hope the link works! Fri, 20 Jan 2012 23:04:46 EST Back again Hello to the team. Wanted to join a team that was from KC. Determined to finish the journey more than ever! Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:20:05 EST Overeaters Anon. or Food Addicts Anon. Does anyone attend the OA or FA meetings? If so, does it help? If you don't attend any meetings, have you ever considered going? I am definately an emotional and binge eater and I was wondering if the meetings would help. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:10:00 EST Hello from Raymore! Just thought I would drop in and say hello. I have already convinced a friend to sign up on this site, I liked it so much. Looking forward to positive changes. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 22:09:26 EST NKC Community Center ? I remember seeing that some of you used to go to NKC once a week for a fitness video. Are you guys still doing that ? Quit gym due to saving $ for daughters college and missing it terribly !! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:05:45 EST 2012 Challenges I would like to start off 2012 in a very positive way! <BR> <BR> Let's start off with something easy <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> 8 8oz cups of water. Start small and work your way up to big results!!! <BR> <BR> I would like to switch up monthly on the challenges. Start small and work our way to something big in December 2012!! <BR> <BR> What do you all think about this? Fri, 30 Dec 2011 13:43:43 EST Newbie to Spark People I chose to change my life for the better in October of this year and have lost 30 lbs so far. I have 60 lbs to go to get to my goal weight. The holidays have thrown me off my schedule and I just need people to talk to who are going through the same things I am. I have support from my husband and Mother, but no one who is changing their lifestyle like I am. <BR> I have 3 boys (4 years, 3 years, and 1 year) and I work as a Respiratory Therapist. <BR> Happy Holidays to everyone and thank... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 09:56:22 EST Seasons 52 Has anyone eaten at Seasons 52 at the Plaza? It's just recently opened and it's all fresh ingredient meals that are all less than 475 calories!!! It's not cheap but it's a great option for a date night or special dinner out. We went there with my in laws and had a delicious dinner and certainly didn't feel like we were being deprived of taste or flavor. For a nice dinner out, I highly recommend this restaurant! <BR> <BR> PS I do not work for them or have stock in their company or have an... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 09:36:36 EST 2012 Goals My hubby and I were talking about what we would like to achieve in 2012. financially, physically, etc.. <BR> <BR> We are cleaning up our family's diet. In general, we don't eat terribly, but could do better in a few areas. Kent wants to drop 50lbs by the end of June. I would like to hold in the low 130's for 2012. <BR> <BR> Do you set goals for yourself? If so, what are they? If not, why not? Sun, 25 Dec 2011 22:17:46 EST The holidays are here! How is everyone doing? Christmas is on Sunday!!! Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:32:57 EST Hello from Olathe! Hi all! I moved here a few months ago, and I don't know many people yet. :( I would love to meet other people in the area, especially workout/accountability buddies! I'm currently a 5th grade orchestra teacher here in Olathe and loving it so far! <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you all! Sun, 4 Dec 2011 15:30:10 EST New to SP and KC I am new to Kansas City and ready to make a change for the better. Just stopping in to say hello while I am learning my way around. Hope to get to know you all soon. <em>41</em> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 01:22:14 EST 11/9-12/31 --- 8 Wks to Go; Let's Make It Count! 8 Amazing Goals You Can Achieve in the Next 8 Weeks <BR> <link><BR>t_goals_will_you_reach_before_the_end_<BR>of_the_year </link> <BR> <BR> Couldn't resist sharing this featured article today. Don't want anyone to miss it! <BR> <BR> Great encouraging words to get us through the holidays and STAY ON TRACK! <BR> <BR> Above all: Don't get into that "stinkin' thinkin'" that you'll ease up now... and then get back on track January 1st. That's DANGEROUS to y... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 09:17:12 EST 5 K Walk/Run Benefit Kansas City North This is for a great cause and wanted to get info out. It's organized by a Staley High School senior and would love to see lots of people show up !! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>-------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> More Info <BR> <BR> November 19th at 9am at Oak Grove Park. Money made from this event will benefit The Kristin Brooks Hope Center for suicide prevention. Registration is only $15 for students and $20 for adults.... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 20:50:20 EST Signing in from Lenexa I just found this group and look forward to chatting and participating in events in the Kansas City area. I just moved to Lenexa a couple of months ago and love all the great trails for walking and cycling. <BR> <BR> I got the Sparkpeople Recipe book and have already found some new favorites. Also on the look out for local restaurants with healthy and delicious options so would like suggestions anyone can share. Tue, 8 Nov 2011 09:44:59 EST Biggest healthy accomplishment completed today? Okay, KC what is your biggest healthy accomplishment today? I think this can be a motivational thread if we can get some participation!! I'll be back later to post mine and hopefully ready yours! Mon, 7 Nov 2011 08:38:16 EST Huddle: "I Need Support!" -- Advice Requested! So... I'm reluctant to admit this, but... I'm in a tiny little rut. <BR> Yes, me! I am. And I don't like it. <BR> Maybe apathy is the better word. <BR> All I know is that I feel like I've lost my zest. <BR> <BR> Just three days ago, I was on Cloud 9 for getting my 1,000 fitness minutes in -- by the skin of my teeth. <BR> <BR> However, ruts (and loss of zeal) happen to everyone at some point or another. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, why would one of our 10 Huddle Messages be "I Need Support!"? <BR>... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 21:51:10 EST Working Out at Work So you're at work... Do you "work out" at work? even in small measures? <BR> <BR> Just ran across this easy-to-do exercise. (I no longer work in an office, but I would totally do this if presented with a desk and rolling chair again!!!) <BR> <BR> At work and think you can't do physical fitness? P-shaw! <BR> <BR> - - - - - - - - Try these at-your-desk rows: - - - - - - - - - <BR> <BR> In a rolling chair, grip the edge of your desk and use your arms to push back, then pull in slowly. <BR> ... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 18:40:09 EST KC made the top 30 fittest cities! We were number 28 of the top 30 fittest cities! WOOHOO!!!! <BR> 28. Kansas City, Mo-Kan. <BR> <BR> Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 77.3% <BR> <BR> Obese: 26.9% <BR> <BR> In excellent or very good health: 59.3% <BR> <BR> Gallup physical well-being index rank: 62 <BR> <BR> Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 156 <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the full story <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/11/03/fittest-cities-from-de... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 08:30:49 EST Thanksgiving Day 5k Hey guys! Anyone going to run/walk the Sprint Thanksgiving Day 5k? My friends and I started our own team, so I hope to see some of you there. :) This is the 2nd year DH & I are going. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 14:48:16 EST What/Where to eat when eating out We don't eat out that often, and I am pretty good at looking before I go to see what is my best options. <BR> <BR> I want to know what restaurants in the greater KC metro you suggest, and what items you suggest. <BR> <BR> I'll start off with Jose Peppers Cheese Crisp Salad. It has mixed lettuce, black beans, rice, grilled chicken, feta cheese, and a few tortilla crisps on a "bowl" of flour tortilla with some melted cheese on it. I don't get the dressing, I just dump around a 1/4 C of sals... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 13:28:24 EST November is... ---- Psst! Which ones interest you?! ---- <BR> <BR> And... If ya don't already have your own goals created for November, how about finding one from here and adopting it as your goal? <BR> <BR> November is . . . . <BR> Good Nutrition Month -- This is a GREAT one! <BR> National Diabetes Awareness Month <BR> Vegan Awareness Month <BR> National Epilepsy Month <BR> National Month of Me <BR> Hunger Awareness Month <BR> National Peanut Butter Lover's Month <BR> National National Month Awareness ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 11:10:50 EST My "Treat" for You, Kansas City Spark Team! <em>431</em> No tricks! Just a treat! <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> I have a friend who kept talking about her morning smoothies and telling me how delicious they were. For whatever reason, I kept d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g my feet and not trying them. Her "recipe" was just: spinach, banana and ice water. Couldn't be simpler, right? <BR> <BR> Well, for whatever reason, I ran across THIS recipe below about two months ago, and I am ADDICTED! It may have something to do with the "Pain Relief" in the title. Al... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:59:38 EST 1st-2nd-3rd to Post New Topics in NOVEMBER!!! Here's your simple, easy challenge: <BR> <BR> The 1st, 2nd and 3rd team members to post a Brand N-E-W thread for NOVEMBER will earn a team Spark Goodie! <BR> <BR> C'mon! Let's see someone get these! <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> Just to be clear: They must be posted with a NOVEMBER date. <BR> I'm just giving you a heads up today so you can be thinking about it! LOL Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:47:17 EST Hello from Belton Hello, my name is Rodney. I have been on Spark for over a year, but really only active since Mid July. I'm always looking for a larger support system and thought I would give the KC team a shot. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:01:23 EST Hello!! So I actually live about an hour east of KC, but I love the kc area and am there frequently! <BR> My name is Rachel. I am new to Sparkpeople. My main goal is to lose weight and be healthy. I have also taken an interest in running. I ran my first half last june.. Hosipital Hill ugh! lol. I look forward to running more. My next half will be Rock the Parkway. I did the 10k there in 2011 and am eager to finish the half in 2012. I look forward to meeting everyone!! Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:30:23 EST Starting over again Hello everyone. I haven't been around much on Spark for a while, but am determined to change that. I need to recommit to start feeling better again. I live North of the River and teach middle school language arts. I look forward to support from great people in KC! Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:49:10 EST Spit or Swallow! I just saw this game on another Spark team and it's fun! <BR> <BR> To Play: <BR> <BR> Start by naming a food. The next person posts whether they would SPIT or SWALLOW it depending on if they like the food or not. <BR> <BR> **Make sure you post a choice for the next person.** <BR> <BR> Let's begin... <BR> <BR> Red Bell Pepper Strips <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> I just did a Spark search and this game is POPULAR! Wow! Mon, 24 Oct 2011 10:20:19 EST What Are Your Halloween Plans This Week?! <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>419</em> <em>8</em> <em>431</em> <em>8</em> <em>422</em> <em>8</em> <em>333</em> <em>8</em> <em>423</em> <em>8</em> <em>275</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>419</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Anybody have fun plans this week?! Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:26:25 EST You Have 3,593 Prospective Spark Friends in KC! We would like to be an active, vibrant Spark team--for YOU--here in Kansas City! <BR> So remember: Each day that you log on to spin the wheel <em>347</em> , you have 3,593 prospective <em>223</em> Kansas City Spark friends here! <BR> <BR> Oh, wait! Correction: 3,593---and growing! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>615</em> <em>8</em> <em>179</em> <em>8</em> <em>615</em> <em>8</em> <em>179</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = * = *... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:23:21 EST Hello! From from kansas city Kansas..... Just joined...very new to this! Is anyone out there from KCK? Piper? Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:55:37 EST ALERT: Your Kansas City Spark Team! <em>215</em> "*Please note: Teams with no Message Board activity for at least 90 days will be removed. To keep your Team active, members must be posting in the Team forums. Teams are removed to make it easier for members to search for and find the active groups that best suit their needs." ~ SparkPeople <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> Hi Team! I just read the above information posted on a Spark Page for Spark Team Leaders. <BR> ... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:31:27 EST Countdown to End of the Year Challenge!!! Yep! October has a few more weeks left, and we hope you continue with any challenges you may be participating in to get it completed... <BR> <BR> But what's that they say in the fitness world? Always have a NEW challenge ready for when your last one ends?! <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> HINT: Many times you can be in several challenges at the same time since they overlap in purpose anyway! <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:03:23 EST 6/11km Walk in Harrisonville, MO Join the Pace Setters Volkssports Club for a non-competitive walk in Harrisonville on Sat Oct 15th. Start anytime between 9am - noon and finish by 3pm. The walk is thru historic downtown Harrisonville & on nature trails in the city park. Come find out what volksmarching is all about. Our motto is Fun, Fitness, Friendship. All ages are welcome. For more information email Wed, 12 Oct 2011 23:14:00 EST How is everyone? Part of my life revolution is to take part in peoples lives on a consistent basis, so tell me people. How are you? <em>43</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 17:56:22 EST Dogtober Fest Kansas City All you dog lovers will love this Festival for you and your dog. This year it will be Sunday, October 16 at Fleming Park, the east side of Lake Jacomo. <BR> Here is a link about it. It includes directions to the park. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/3882/default.aspx </link> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 19:12:24 EST Staying motivated I've been having a tough week! Had to have a biopsy of my thyroid...oww...and got in trouble at work for something I can't prevent GRR! But, I am proud of myself for sticking with my fast break goals and staying active despite the I'm gonna get fired and my neck hurts issues. So, I'm pulling through it and feel much better now that I've vented. Thanks! Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:58:39 EST Hi Everyone! Soooo, my name is Tiffany and my goal is too lose 35 lbs so that I can lead an active, happy and healthy life. I previously lost 80 lbs, 2 yrs ago using the slim4life program, but gained back approx 20 lbs after I got off the program the first yr. Since then I've held pretty steady within 5-10 lbs. However, I still feel tired and well, like crap all the time! So I found this awesome website and am loving it! I'm not just looking to lose the weight and go back to my normal life, I am worki... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:14:36 EST Upcoming Spark Rally!!! October 12 @ 11am We are going to have Spark Goodies to give away!!! Everybody loves free stuff right?!!! Who is coming??!! <BR> <BR> SparkRally Details <BR> Meet at the fountain at the Plaza for jumping jacks and a walk followed by lunch! Kids are welcome!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkRally description: SparkPeople is excited to partner with National Geographic Kids magazine to try to break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks! We need more than 20,000 people to do jumping jacks to ... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 09:41:51 EST HELLO ALL! I DOING ME. HI! MY K.C FAMILY THIS IS MY THRID WEEK SINCE JOINED SPARKPEOPLE.AND I'M DOING VERY WELL.HAVE ALOT OF ENERGY.CHANGING EATING HABITS FOR THE BETTER.SLOWLY BUT SURLY.I'M DOING ME AND FEELING GOOD DOING IT.I'M DECATED MY NEW LIFE CHANGES TO MY BELOVE DAUGHTER WHOM I LOVE AND WILL ALWAY CARRY HER IN MY HEART.SHE NO LONG HERE ON EARTH.SHE ABSENT FROM THE BODY.BUT PRESENT TO THE SPIRIT WITHIN ME AND FAMILY.HERE IS TO YOU.MY BABY GIRL REST IN PEACE.AND KNOW THAT MOTHER, DADDY,BROTHER AND YOUR CHILDR... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:47:13 EST The Last 100 Days of 2011 - Spend Them Wisely! <em>12</em> September 22nd marks the last 100 days of 2011. <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> Will you be making it count towards a specific goal you have? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>744</em> <em>8</em> Plan it; then do it! <em>8</em> <em>744</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:33:59 EST Groundhog Run 2012 Anyone planning to do Groundhog run in January? Mon, 19 Sep 2011 06:44:01 EST Anyone buying the new Spark cookbook? I'm trying to decide it I'm going to buy it. Just wondering if anyone here is planning on getting it? Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:18:22 EST Boot Camp Groupon!! BarNone Training – Multiple Locations <BR> Boot-Camp Sessions, Personal-Training Package with Nutritional Assessment, or Boot-Camp and Personal-Training Package with Nutritional Assessment. Might just be worth checking out only $20. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng?c=dnb&p=1 </link> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 10:15:36 EST September is Fruits & Veggies--More Matters Month So... there's our fitness choices for better health, and then there's also another KEY component: Healthy Food Choices! <BR> <BR> September is Fruits & Veggies--More Matters Month <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> --Fruits & Vegetables. The biggest star of the MyPlate debut is fruits and vegetables, winning half the available real estate on the plate. The plate stresses the key concept of filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables (that doesn’t mea... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 07:25:55 EST National Women's Health & Fitness Day 9/28 <em>216</em> <em>8</em> <em>311</em> <em>26</em> <em>324</em> <em>8</em> <em>332</em> <em>26</em> <em>320</em> <em>8</em> <em>403</em> <em>26</em> <em>135</em> <em>8</em> <em>313</em> <em>26</em> <em>405</em> <em>8</em> <em>320</em> <em>26</em> <em>344</em> <em>8</em> <em>318</em> <em>26</em> <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> ==3 Week Countdown Begins to Plan Something!!== <BR> <BR> What do you have planned for Wednesday, September 28 on National Women's Health and Fitness Da... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 09:09:24 EST Interested in a Spark Rally Oct 12? Here are the details... <BR> SparkRally description: SparkPeople is excited to partner with National Geographic Kids magazine to try to break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks! We need more than 20,000 people to do jumping jacks to break the record. Kids and adults can participate by doing one minute—that's right, just 60 seconds!—of jumping jacks in one 24-hour period during October 11-12, 2011. We want to get as many SparkPeople members (and their family and ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 15:52:33 EST Do You Have The Spark Book?! <em>8</em> <em>26</em> <em>8</em> <em>305</em> <em>8</em> <em>26</em> <em>8</em> <BR> Do you have the book, The Spark? <BR> <BR> I don't have it...yet! But the more I hear tidbits about it, the more interested I get in reading it. <BR> <BR> One of our team members just blogged about Chapter 4 - Fire---and boy, did she make it sound quite motivating! She mentioned how inspiring it was to her! (Hey, I can use all the inspiration and motivation I can get!) Thank you KATIEDID722!) <BR> ... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 09:04:28 EST It's September! Are You Creating New Goals?! <em>8</em> <em>179</em> <em>249</em> <em>179</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> It's September 1st! <BR> And... the beginning of a new season. <BR> <BR> Are you setting out new goals for yourself? <BR> Either nutrition-wise or fitness-related or any other health-related goals? <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>38</em> <em>8</em> <em>681</em> <em>8</em> <em>38</em> <em>8</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 16:11:04 EST September Is... ------September Recognition/Awareness Month------ <BR> <BR> ---- Psst! Which ones interest you?! ---- <BR> <BR> And... If ya don't already have your own goals created for September, how about finding one from here and adopting it as your goal? <BR> <BR> September is . . . . <BR> Self Improvement Month <BR> Family Health and Fitness Day USA <BR> National Womens Health & Fitness Day <BR> America on the Move Day <BR> Healthy Aging Month <BR> Active Aging Week <BR> Farmers Market Month <BR>... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 15:37:24 EST Free Training Plans from Runners World Here is a link to free training plans at Runners World. There is one for a 5k, half marathon, marathon, weight loss, summer training and injury prevention. <BR> <BR>,,s<BR>6-238-591-0-0,00.html?cm_mmc=Facebook-<BR>_-RunnersWorld-_-Content-Training-_-Tr<BR>ainingGuidePDF Thu, 25 Aug 2011 08:53:26 EST Yoga Hikes Groupon Sounds interesting. Anyone going to check it out? <BR> <BR><BR>-7?utm_campaign=UserReferral&amp;utm_m<BR>edium=email&amp;utm_source=uu6997273 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:08:23 EST 14th Annual Speaking of Women's Health I entered this on the SparkAmerica (SparkKansasCity) site, but thought I'd submit it here as well for a heads up: <BR> <BR> "A Day All About You" <BR> Speaking of Women's Health <BR> <BR> September 30 or October 1 (same event each day) <BR> 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. <BR> OVERLAND PARK CONVENTION CENTER <BR> <BR> --$40 per ticket-- <BR> All tickets include continental breakfast, lunch, great gifts, health information and screenings. <BR> <BR> Tickets can be purchased online at: <BR> <link>www.Shawn... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:59:46 EST Blogging Curious!! <BR> <BR> How often do you blog? <BR> <BR> If you don't blog, why not? <BR> <BR> Benefits of blogging: <BR> 1. Blow off some steam <BR> 2. Relive great moments of the day <BR> 3. Track your ups and downs and how dealt with them <BR> 4. Plan out the next day or week of exercise <BR> 5. Share with others your successes and your failures <BR> 6. Keeps you focused on the! <BR> <BR> These are just a few of the benefits you can get from blogging. I blog almost 100% of th... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:27:49 EST Groupon for $49 for 10 Pilates Mat or Cardio Class I am a sucker for a great deal. I am just giving everyone a heads up if you are looking for something new to try. "You may take any Pilates mat or cardio class on the schedule that you like. This includes Mat Essentials, Mat Challenge, Pilates Ball, and our cardio -step and kettlebell workouts." It might just be worth checking out. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ansas-city?c=all&p=7 </link> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 09:44:42 EST Re-Introduction When I logged in today and I learned I have not set my status in 200+ days, that was a REAL eye-opener as to how long I have been away! As if I needed any more confirmation about how far I have strayed (see my blog). Wellllllllll.....I'm ba-ack and I'm PISSED. And I get the most done when I get as pissed off as I am right now at myself and my weight gain. Nothing like good ol' anger as a motivator for me. Or as my bf says, look out when you hear me holler that big Texas-style "O Hell NO... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:57:13 EST It's Fun to P-L-A-N Out New Things! <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <BR> We're going into the fall season! Let's make sure that we're actively creating a P-L-A-N for our success. Get out that ol' pencil and paper and let's get started! <BR> <BR> Will your nutritional choices change? <BR> (i.e., more oven-cooked meals since we're going into fall/winter) <BR> Tonight I'm cooking an oven-based meal, instead of a crock-pot based meal. <BR> <BR> Wi... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:56:13 EST Will Your Schedule Change as We Go Into Fall? So... it's no longer light as early in the morning as it was. Nor does it stay light in the evening as long as it did. <BR> <BR> There's that---as well as kids going back to school and the temperatures getting a bit cooler. <BR> <BR> How does this (or will this) change your fitness schedule in the coming weeks? Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:02:08 EST Groupon for 6 weeks of BCOR bootcamp for $35! Just spotted it this morning. Looks like their Kansas City location is in Riverside, MO. For anyone who is interested it says: <BR> <BR> Select a fitness level that fits your comfort level, such as beginner, intermediate, advanced, or fighter jet, and then steam ahead with the support and motivation of fellow exercise enthusiasts. Classes focus on cardio, flexibility, core building, and upper- and lower-body strength training, improving stamina. With an average ratio of 15 students per eve... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 09:33:52 EST Quality Hill walk - Sat Aug 20th Join the Clay Platte Trackers on our 5/10k walk around KC downtown. This Saturday's group walk will be the Quality Hill YRE, we will be starting at 7am from the parking lot of the Arabia Steamboat Museum near the City Market, 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106 Paper work will be done before the walk starts and we will stamp our books when we reach the start point. For more information on the YRE go to;layplatte<BR>/yre/downtown.htm&#8203;l. Please let me k... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:17:05 EST How do you measure up? Most of us use the scales to measure our "successes or failures." Yes, I said it...successes or failures! <BR> <BR> The scales can be useful tools, but they can also lead us down an ugly path of depression, low self esteem and increased stress in our life. <BR> <BR> My challenge to the team is to find a different way to measure your successes. <BR> <BR> Examples: sleeping better, bending over to tie your shoes and still breathe, walking a mile without feeling like you are going to die... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:39:57 EST Exercise vs. Daily Calorie Range Hi all! I'm trying to figure out if the daily calorie range that I am allowed includes the calories burned during exercise. Example: 1200 calories are allowed today and I burn 300 from an hour of walking, does that drop my total calorie intake down to 900 or is it just considered 1200 and the exercise is just an added benefit? I have an incredibly hectic weekend ahead of me and I will try to make my own meals as much as possible but there will be a few meals (a family bbq that I'm heading t... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 15:30:14 EST I thought I was all alone here in KC After finally over the worst of a stroke that left me from fast forward to a screeching halt and added unwanted pounds in all the wrong places I went on my own and started to try and loose it. I walk almost everyday and now in my 3rd week. My friends and family are not supportive at all so I'm winging this alone. My goal is to loose at least 15 or 20 pounds and since I have been skinny all my life this has not been easy. I never had to worry about what I ate, how much or when until my ev... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:27:39 EST What are you cooking/eating during this heat? Are you cooking or eating lots of salads and sandwiches? I'm so over this heat, I don't want to turn my atove or oven on!!! Mon, 8 Aug 2011 07:22:59 EST Emoticon Your Sparkversary! Emoticon Your Sparkversary! <BR> <BR> Post the amount of time you've been with Spark using emoticons: <BR> <BR> <em>515</em> 1 Month <BR> <em>517</em> 3 Months <BR> <em>516</em> 6 Months <BR> <em>518</em> 9 Months <BR> <BR> <em>503</em> 1 Year <BR> <em>504</em> 2 Years <BR> <em>505</em> 3 Years <BR> <em>506</em> 4 Years <BR> <em>507</em> 5 Years <BR> Sat, 6 Aug 2011 21:00:52 EST KC Royals Stadium Food Going to the game tonight. While my family gorges on $1 hotdogs what would be a good bet for me? Any ideas??? Fri, 5 Aug 2011 13:49:27 EST The Spark book Just got my book I am excited to get started reading it. Looking for comments on you favorite topics and how it helped you. <BR> <BR> Thanks Carol <em>30</em> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 13:56:28 EST 10/5km walk in Lawrence KS The Clay Platte Trackers & Pace Setters would like to invite you to join us for our weekly walk. This Saturdays walk is the Lawrence, KS YRE hosted by the Sunflower Sod Stompers. We will meet ay 7am, in the lobby of the Eldridge Hotel at 701 Massachusetts in Lawrence. This course will lead through shaded, residential areas of Lawrence as well as the downtown business area. Most of the course will be on city sidewalks or paved streets on fairly flat terrain. Be prepared for uneven and /o... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 23:13:01 EST August is... Okay, so... If ya like lists, here's one for ya! (Note: I do these for another team I'm on. So the majority of my comments are for that particular team's focus. <BR> <BR> August is . . . . <BR> National Golf Month -- Certain exercises are perfect for golfers! <BR> National Eye Exam Month -- Teach eye safety in regards to sports AND exercises <BR> National Water Quality Month -- We all drink water for hydration! <BR> Romance Awareness Month -- Working out regularly can, ahem, help in this... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 16:06:41 EST So Glad to Find this Team! Hi everyone! Just discovered SparkPeople and am on my second week. Just came upon this SparkTeam page this evening. So good to find a local team to join! Thu, 28 Jul 2011 21:56:20 EST Hello New to this,and am extremely impressed so far! Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:33:06 EST Hey y'all well heres to another fresh start. I've been on here since 08. But never really got the hang of using all the tools and so forth. It was mainly to make friends and write my blog. Then as if my eyes were opened I began taking the next step to see just what it would take for a healthy lifestyle. But excuses popped into my head and giving up was easy. Now I'm back and on day 3 of a fresh start over to a year of getting healthy again. Both mentally and physically. No one can do it for me bu... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:41:32 EST Walking Clubs - Open to everyone The Clay-Platte Trackers of Kansas City and the Pace Setters Volkssport Club, two local recreational walking clubs, would like to invite you to join us on Saturday mornings for a 5k or 10k group walk. <BR> <BR> You can find out additional information about both clubs at AVA. org or for the Clay-Platte Trackers or for the Pace Setter club. <BR> <BR> This Saturday's walk will be the Westport YRE, the start point is St. Luke... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:27:09 EST Race for the Cure Anyone else doing the Union Station Race for the Cure 5k on Aug 14th? I'll be in the Non competition phase. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 13:09:26 EST Girls NIght Out with the Royals I'll be there at the KC Express booth if any of you ladies are going to be there (it's this Sat, starts at 4:30). It should be fun if we don't melt in the heat! Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:21:22 EST Plaza 10k/2 mile run...anyone? I just signed up to do the Plaza 10k on Sep 18th. Anyone here going to running? <BR> <BR> If you're interested, here is the website <BR> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:38:50 EST July Is... Want to spice up your exercise routine?! Try incorporating any of these! <BR> <BR> July is . . . . <BR> National Tennis Month -- Tennis burns up to 8 calories per minute! <BR> Recreation and Parks Month -- Exercise outside at the park in the early morning (or late evening) <BR> National Picnic Month -- Fill a picnic basket with slimming picnic foods <BR> National Ice Cream Month -- Google "healthy" ice cream recipes or alternatives <BR> Read an Almanac Month <BR> Anti-Boredom Month -- Shake ... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 10:35:38 EST 6 Months Left to Accomplish Your 2011 Goals! Everyone has -some- goals (resolutions) on January 1st. <BR> <BR> Today, July 1st, it’s true that this year is half over---but the EXCITING part is... there's still another six months to go! <BR> <BR> Use this opportunity to look at your intentions, your plans, your "what-I-want-to-accomplish" goals. <BR> <BR> ==Plenty of things can be done in six months! <BR> ==Get excited! <BR> ==Frame things in the "possible!" <BR> <BR> What would you like to see happen? Go ahead... dream, and drea... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 10:18:49 EST Groupon: YMCA 2-Month Mbrship Only $40 You can't even get ONE month at the YMCA for $40! <BR> <BR> So today's Groupon deal is really, really super-great! <BR> <BR> ---For $40, you get a two-month individual membership (including three wellness-coaching sessions) and a personal-training session (up to a $196 value). <BR> ---For $80, you get a two-month family membership (including three wellness-coaching sessions) and a personal-training session (up to a $262 value). <BR> <BR> Check it out! And don't forget... You get any additi... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 08:41:48 EST Jazz in the Woods? Anyone doing Jazz in the Woods run this Saturday? I'll be there with my hubby doing my FIRST 10K!! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:28:02 EST KC Slimdown challenge I stumbled across this today when I was checking out the new YMCA website for my area. I was just wondering if anyone had heard of this, was doing this through their job, or would be interested in starting/joining a team. Check out the link below for details. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-slimdown-challenge/ </link> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:43:08 EST Positive Affirmations I placed a new team challenge up. It would be great if everyone tried it for a few weeks. If you say it and believe in what you say, it will happen!! <BR> <BR> It takes around 3 weeks to form a habit. If you tried saying one positive thing about yourself everyday for 3 weeks, can you imagine what might happen!! <BR> <BR> I would love to hear from anyone interested in trying this little challenge with me. You can start today, tomorrow, whenever...just do it for 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> My af... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 11:27:10 EST New to Sparkpeople & Loving it! Hey Y'all! I just happened to find this team today & I'm excited to join. I've been a spark member for about a month now. I LOVE it! I'm totally addicted to this website. I've been searching through it and learning more about teams & sparkpages & everything. It's so awesome to see all the achievements people have made and the support group sparkpeople gives. Sat, 28 May 2011 23:23:57 EST PT/Rehab Recommendation Can anyone recommend a good physical therapist (not a dr. or chiropractor)? Thu, 26 May 2011 20:39:28 EST Any recommendations for a 5K in June? I am 4 weeks into the SP 5 week 5k running plan and I'm hoping to do a 5k in KC once I move there (around the end of May). I've been on and see that there are lots of 5ks but I don't want one that has a lot of hills in it (as I've been in GA and training on flat ground). Any recommendations for a good, fun flat 5k? <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:29:07 EST New to the area Hi team, <BR> I'm moving to KC the first week of June and I'm hoping to find lots of active SP in the area! I am new to running and that is pretty much my main form of exercise now. I will be living near the Plaza so I'm hoping to have lots of nice places to run in. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to meet you all! Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:25:23 EST Hello! I joined SparkKansas City earlier last week but haven't had a chance to introduce myself. I am from the Kansas City area and love doing good things for my body!! I'm a Jazzerciser and absolutely LOVE IT! I'm not an avid runner, but have set a goal for myself to run/walk at least 3 miles per week. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:57:45 EST City Wide Fitness Challenge!!! Starting May 1st, you will need to track all of your mileage via the challenge trackers at the bottom of the page. We are going for distance this time. The weather is perfect for outside activities such as walking, wogging, jogging, get the picture! Not sure how to track your miles???? Go to the your fitness page and create your route in your own neighborhood or walk on a track! <BR> <BR> This is a great way to get yourself up and motivated to move!! I will send this same... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:38:33 EST Scott Fitness Anyone have a membership to Scott Fitness or walk around the Crown Center area during the week? Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:28:31 EST WalkMS I have registered for WalkMS in Overland Park on April 16th and I was wondering if anyone else has plans to do this as well? I would love to be able to meet up with someone so I don't walk alone. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:00:09 EST 12 Minute Skype Walk Exercise With Me?! <em>8</em> <em>311</em> <em>17</em> <em>311</em> <em>8</em> <em>311</em> <em>17</em> <em>311</em> <em>8</em> <BR> Okay, I've lost my Skype exercise partner... my sister in Mississippi. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Here's what I'm hoping for: <BR> Someone who can walk/exercise with me for about 12 minutes a day via Skype using my Leslie Sansone exercise dvds. (See?! You don't even have to already have them... Just call me up and let's exercise!) <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 23:58:57 EST this horrible weather So I have been trying to keep up with the 5k challenge but the weather is horrible and I just can't afford a gym membership. Anyone else having a hard time working out with this weather? If so what have you been doing to keep up with your work outs despite it? Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:12:47 EST Bootcamp Fitness for Rock The Parkway 2011 This is my first 5k....I'm a brand new runner (jogger slowing to walker), I'm doing the bootcamp for Rock the Parkway. My daughter and her boyfriend are going with me but for some reason, I have a feeling she's gonna take off LOL....anyone else going to be there that is a newbie runner that might like a joggin partner?? Sat, 5 Feb 2011 17:11:29 EST Groundhog Race 2011 Is anybody else running the Groundhog race tomorrow? I will be running the 10k. It would be cool to meet some you if your going to be there! <BR> <BR> I plan on being there a little early to cheer on a friend! Good Luck to you!! Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:00:57 EST What keeps you motivated? We all have those times that it's just hard to get up and exerise. How do you push through these times. What gives you that spark to just do it? <BR> <BR> Sharing your secrets might help someone else out, so Thanks for being part of this great team!! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:30:56 EST Hello Hello my fellow Kansascitians!!! My goals are not only to loose weight but to live as healthy as possible. Good luck to everyone in meeting their goals. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 09:06:59 EST Hello All From KC North Just wanted to stop in and say Hi. I am still a little new to this so I will keep it kind of short, but hello. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:18:55 EST Rock the Parkway April 2 Anyone thinking about doing any of the races that day? Anyone do it last year? I'd like to do the 10K Sun, 16 Jan 2011 15:57:20 EST PriceChopper FitKC Promotion PriceChopper is accepting applications to be one of 3 families in a FitKC promotion. I am not sure if any of you are interesting in applying for a promotion that can help you win free groceries but here is the link.<BR>the_challenge/default.aspx <BR> <BR> Check it out if you are looking for a "Family Fit exercise" Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:04:41 EST I am excited to be on Sparkpeople!! Good morning!! <BR> My name is Roz, 49 and I have had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. I am in pretty good shape(I lost 30lbs last year with 15lbs more to go!). My diabetes is under very good control. I wear an insulin pump and I count everything I put in my mouth. I exercise 3 to 4 times a week trying to get to 6 days a week. I am an A!C champion, a patient led program to help empower others to make the right choices in taking care of their diabetes. I am so excited to be a part of the Spa... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:15:02 EST 2011lbs in 2011 Saw this and I thought it was pretty cool. Lets try to lose 2011lbs this year! This is how it works: as we lose weight, we will post how much we lost, and the new number. I know we are behind, so if you want to tally up all that you have lost starting Jan 1 and do your first entry, that's fine. You can check in however often you want (daily, weekly, whatever). <BR> <BR> I will start <BR> <BR> Old #:2011 <BR> Lbs Lost: 12 <BR> New #:1999 <BR> <BR> If you gain, don't post. We want to focus ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:10:47 EST Monthly Measurements! This is a challenge for all year long! You do your measurements once per month. Scales don't always show your true progress and a measuring tape can help keep you motivated! <BR> <BR> You can decide if you want to show actual numbers or +/- inches. Either way is fine. <BR> <BR> Template: <BR> Date: <BR> right arm <BR> left arm <BR> chest <BR> waist <BR> hips <BR> right thigh <BR> left thigh <BR> right calf <BR> left calf <BR> <BR> Men measure their chest across the nipple line. Woman... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 15:30:33 EST Zumba for the Wii I just received Zumba for the Wii. Anyone else using this for weight loss? Lisa Sun, 2 Jan 2011 12:02:24 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! I am not exactly new to Spark. I used it 2 1/2 years ago to lose 40 pounds. I lived in St. Louis back then. Unfortunately 2010 was a terrible year for me. A lot of bad things happened and caused A LOT of stress eating and I gained 20 of those pounds back. SO now I am back to what I KNOW works and ready to back to business! I am a mom to 4 kiddos ages 10-4. I have been married 11 years. Just celebrated my 30th birthday. I am also a massage therapy student. I'll graduate this summe... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:49:04 EST 2011 Chat Here! Happy New Year! I know some folks worry about their computers being bogged down by lengthy threads, so we'll start fresh here. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:23:24 EST Has anyone been to the trails at Smithville Lake? I am planning on a morning hike at Smithville Lake tomorrow (weather permitting). Just curious if anyone else has walked there and had any suggestions--good trail to start with, good place to park etc <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 13:42:47 EST 12 Days of Fitness! *Thanks to GEOPENGUIN for this awesome idea! <BR> <BR> <em>499</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <BR> <BR> This is a short, simple challenge designed to keep you active during the busy holiday season! <BR> <BR> <em>324</em> Complete at least 30 minutes of cardio activity on the even-numbered days of this month (starting today so get cracking!). <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> Log your cardio on the SparkPeopl... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 16:29:30 EST December Challenges / Goals "A" sent out a mail asking for ideas for this month and like a doofus I deleted it. <BR> I don't have anything solid in mind, just a name: <BR> The 12 Ways of Fitness... <BR> Just an idea... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 09:40:02 EST Newbie here Hiya - <BR> Just want to say "Hi" to everyone. <BR> I'm old (60) and dieting for the first time. Married, two sons, four grandkids. <BR> When my weight hit 225 on 10/10/10, I decided that something had to be done. I read up on diet and exercise. <BR> Some things I have done: Joined TOPS ($26/yr.) Bought a pedometer (Started at 2000 steps a day - working on 7000). <BR> Started journaling. <BR> My doctor has my on thyroid and Vitamin D. <BR> Tops weight in today 205. <BR> I still have a lo... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 17:32:21 EST The Great Santa 5K Run/Walk - December 5 at JCCC <BR> Here is a link to a 5k - is anyone participating? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6&event_id=458 </link> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 08:06:11 EST Who, What, Why, Where, When? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How did you find SparkPeople? What made you join? What are your goals? When did you realize you needed a change? What motivates you? Where do you find inspiration? <BR> <BR> Share as much or as little as you feel comfortable. Your experiences have an amazing, positive impact on all of us and you may learn something new about yourself! Tue, 2 Nov 2010 12:34:32 EST New to SP. Westport Area Hi Guys! <BR> I'm brand new to Sparkpeople and cannot believe I went this long without finding it!!! What a fantastic resource!! <BR> I live in the Westport area and was hoping to find some locals to maybe get together for a meal or a walk or a jog sometime! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:01:04 EST Hiya from another kansian It's nice to find this group I have looked for a group in my area, not in tapika or the the other under Kansaas i'm in wyandotte area. Um I've lost 18 lbs and have begun writing my journey and what works and what didnt. Cant wait to meet others in my area in this journey as well Mon, 18 Oct 2010 19:17:23 EST Wilderness Run in KC North The thought of a trail run is just so much fun. <BR> <BR><BR>Recreation/Wildernessrun/index.htm <BR> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 11:51:02 EST Kansas City Workout Buddy My name is Cheyenne and I am sophomore in college. I would like a workout buddy, nothing too extreme. Walking, workout videos, etc. I would prefer someone around my age and female. I live near Westport but would travel around KC. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested? Thu, 7 Oct 2010 17:06:31 EST Fit Club Kansas City Group Workout Come join me for a FREE weekly workout, every Wednesday from 7pm - 8pm. Experience Beachbody workouts you have seen on TV ] like Power 90, P90X, Insanity, Brazil Butt Lift, Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire and many more, all for FREE! <BR> <BR> This workout group is designed to give you exposure to what fitness can be all about, while building friendships, and above all, having fun in a healthy way. <BR> <BR> LOCATION: <BR> NKC Community Center faces Armour Rd. <BR> 1999 Iron Street <BR> North Kansas... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:58:29 EST Parkville Y - Spin-a-Thon Anyone go to the Parkville Y and thinking about doing the Spin-a-Thon? It's $100 for a 4 person team (so $25 dollars and one hour a piece). I'm thinking of trying to put together a team. Sun, 19 Sep 2010 15:15:24 EST Hello! Hello! Glad to be a a part of the team. I'm hoping that I can find people to build new friendships with (cause I pretty much suck at making friends). Since I live up by Zona Rosa I've got a few options available to me. Speaking of which, if anyone cares to join me, I'll be going to Zona Yoga here soon to check it out. I'm looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> Oh, just a little about me. I'm 27, could stand to lose about 35lbs. I work and go to school part-time. I hope to get to know everyone soon. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:51:10 EST SparkPeople Fall Fit City Challenge! <em>232</em> <em>84</em> <em>232</em> <em>84</em> <em>232</em> <em>84</em> <em>232</em> <em>84</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> LET US KNOW HOW YOU'RE DOING! CHAT HERE IF YOU'RE PARTICIPATING IN THE CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>84</em> <em>232</em> <em>84</em> <em>232</em> <em>84</em> <em>232</em> <em>84</em> <em>232</em> Thu, 2 Sep 2010 23:18:53 EST Team in Training Has anyone done one of these events and would you be willing to share your thoughts on your experience? I'm considering one and wanted to get as much info as possible. Wed, 1 Sep 2010 15:18:57 EST Element Fitness I'm shopping around for a gym near my Shawnee. I'm worried about getting bored with 'the same old thing' this fall/winter so I'm trying to think ahead. <BR> <BR> Does anyone or has anyone belonged to Element Fitness off 79th and Quivira or heard anything about it? Do you have any other suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Wed, 1 Sep 2010 10:06:37 EST September Challenge? I'm in a challenge kind of mood and was just wondering if this team will have a September challenge? Sun, 29 Aug 2010 17:10:42 EST Anyone doing KC Zoo Run for the Polar Bears 9/18 I was just wondering if anyone else is doing this run? It is at KC Zoo on Saturday September 18. They have a 4 mile and a 1 mile. The 4 mile starts at 8:40 a.m. <BR> <BR> Here is the link <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:02:34 EST another one from the Dotte hello! I joined up with SP on Sunday, but have been following my new way of life since June 1 this year. It sure will be nice getting to know some others in the KC area! Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Kim Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:13:17 EST I need help in KC! Need a new job fast! Hi everyone! I know this is off the weightloss topic, however, I could use some help. My job has cut me down to 4 & 1/2 hours a week & that will not pay rent or even 1 bill. It will only cover my gas to & from work (since it is 1 & 1/2 hrs 3 days a week). I have an AA degree in business & office experience. If anyone knows of any jobs, please let me know. I know that if I keep worrying about this my weightloss efforts will be destroyed because I eat more when I stress...Please help! Thank you Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:04:53 EST Undereating Hi there! I'm new. Trying to lose 10-20 lbs. <BR> <BR> Spark keeps telling me I'm undereating. I'm eating the same as I have for the past 2 years when I gained the 20lbs. I did just start exercising again, so I can see where increasing cal would be necessary. But I just don't see how this will help me lose weight. <BR> <BR> Even when I exercise I can't lose ANY weight. I lose some inches.. but not a single pound. <BR> <BR> Should I seek professional help?!?!?!? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:19:41 EST New Hi I am new. I am from up north in Platte City. Sat, 21 Aug 2010 20:59:46 EST Did you lose weight w/a SparkFriend or SparkTeam? Did you lose weight with a SparkFriend or a SparkTeam? <BR> <BR> Then we want your story! If you lost weight with the help and support of a close-knit SparkFriend or small group within a SparkTeam, your story could be featured in a national women's magazine—and help Spread the Spark! <BR> <BR> We're looking for interesting stories of women who met online at SparkPeople, became good friends and support buddies, and reach their goal weights together. The ideal story will involve SparkFriends ... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 17:19:58 EST Hi from the dotte My name is Katrina and I live on the Kansas Side of Kansas City. I'm 24 and I'm trying to lose 50lbs by Feb. It's good to be here! Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:24:50 EST Women's Wellness Workshop On Aug. 21st from 12p-4p at the Sermon Center in Indep., there is a work shop for women. The cost is $10 per person. <BR> <BR> There will be several different instructors teaching classes. I will head up the yoga aspect of it. <BR> <BR> If you are interested, please sparkmail me. We are trying to get a head count! Thanks!! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:32:19 EST Questions for runners For long distance running questions: <BR> Do you eat before you run or do you wait? <BR> Do you drink straight water or do you add something to it? <BR> Do you eat/drink high protein after you are done running? <BR> <BR> Just some curiosity questions that I have for other runners!! Sun, 1 Aug 2010 21:56:34 EST 25 pounds down and just now on the KC team! Hey everyone, I'm Cassandra! I've been on SP for awhile now, but honestly just get distracted with work, workouts, etc to really look at all the awesome extras on this site. I'm happy to be on the KC team and look forward to getting know some people. I have lost 25 pounds so far, and have 15 left to go! <BR> <BR> I ran my first 5K in June and now consider myself a "runner". What is everyone's favorite trail to run in the KC area? Hope to hear from some of you! Sat, 31 Jul 2010 00:58:35 EST Introduction Hello! I am in Shawnee and just joined 24 Hr Fitness. <BR> <BR> If anyone is looking for a workout buddy, I'd be interested. I have been doing the Mayo Clinic low carb diet and it is working great for me. I decided to add in exercise and am feeling fantastic! I have about 90 pounds to go in my quest for a more healthy weight. I hope to accomplish this by June 2011. <BR> <BR> ~Chris Thu, 29 Jul 2010 23:16:18 EST Hi everyone! Hi! I'm Krystal from Lee's Summit. I'm a teacher of the deaf/hard-of-hearing and getting ready to start back to school in a few weeks. My big goal for the next two months is to keep going with my fitness and weight loss goals. I'm working on the C25K program and right now I'm in week 2. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 22:57:10 EST Aerial Fitness?! Has anyone been to the new Learning 2 Fly in Mission? If so, what did you think or what have you heard? Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:39:57 EST Where To Live? I figured for the sake of conciseness, I figured I'd make this a separate thread. <BR> <BR> My DH and I will be moving to the KC area probably around late August/Labor day, and for right now we're looking to rent a place. Right now we live in a small (1000 sq ft tops) house with a small fenced yard and we're looking to find a similar place to rent short-term while we house hunt. Ideally, we'd like to pay less than $800/month rent. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any recommendations as to where t... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:30:05 EST Good morning! I am returning to SparkPeople with a new name for a new beginning. I just moved back to the KC area (Raytown) at the end of June from New Mexico (as well as getting married in mid June.) Looking forward to finding out more about what is going on in KC and rediscovering my favorite city in the world! Thu, 15 Jul 2010 10:58:18 EST Hey everyone I am also on the South 71 Sparkers page. I have spent my entire life in the KC area and love it here. Check my page for my details. I won't bore you too much here. Mon, 12 Jul 2010 20:59:52 EST New from the Northland Hey, everyone! I'm actually not brand new to SparkPeople. I tried a year ago or so, but I just wasn't ready to lose the weight so I fell off the wagon. Yesterday, however, was my turning point. I ate a healthy stir fry for lunch at work and then proceeded to Wendy's for a Frosty and I felt sick after I ate it. I couldn't believe I had ate the whole thing within a few minutes without even thinking about it. I think that was the moment everything clicked for me. I had a baby over 2 years ago an... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 10:42:57 EST Turkey Creek Streamway Park Does anybody know the distances between each of the access points? I know that it says that it is a total of 4 miles from 75th Street to Werner Park, but I would like to know how far it is from Waterfall Park to Chatlain Park. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help. Sun, 27 Jun 2010 14:49:17 EST I'm in Can't wait to input my first activities. Monitoring my salt intake will be difficult. I am a salt lover from way back.... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 18:55:32 EST Bare Essentials Tracking Only This challenge will be only 10 days long. Day 1 will be Sunday, June 20th and will end on Tuesday, June 29th. <BR> <BR> GOALS: <BR> 1 - Half your weight in ounces of WATER <BR> 2 - EAT BREAKFAST <BR> 3 - 1000 to 2,400 mg SODIUM <BR> 4 - 5 to 10 servings FRESH PRODUCE <BR> 5 - 20 minute WALK/RUN/BIKE <BR> 6 - 7 to 7-1/2 hours SLEEP <BR> 7 - PARTICIPATE in the chat thread <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 23:18:41 EST Bare Essentials Sign Up and Chat Okay, everyone, here we go! <BR> This challenge will be only 10 days long. Day 1 will be Sunday, June 20th and will end on Tuesday, June 29th. <BR> <BR> GOALS: <BR> 1 - Half your weight in ounces of WATER <BR> 2 - EAT BREAKFAST <BR> 3 - 1000 to 2,400 mg SODIUM <BR> 4 - 5 to 10 servings FRESH PRODUCE <BR> 5 - 20 minute WALK/RUN/BIKE <BR> 6 - 7 to 7-1/2 hours SLEEP <BR> 7 - PARTICIPATE in the chat thread <BR> <BR> If you're interested in joining this challenge, post your ADD ME! <B... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 23:13:47 EST Hi! New to SP & lookin for buddies Hi all! My name is Brenda. Im a 30 yr old married mother of 3 school age children. I have been overweight my whole life & hoping that this time my efforts to change that really work, & for good! I live in the northeast area of KCMO & Im lookin for possible workout buddies to help keep me motivated. However, I dont have a gym membership anywhere right now, as I cannot afford 1. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 17:03:14 EST Amy Thompson Run Is anyone else doing this tomorrow (Memorial Day)? Was curious where the best place to part was. Etc. Sun, 30 May 2010 09:25:32 EST 'ello! I'm Sarah and I'd like to know you! So I'm a 30 y/o vegetarian whose always wanted to loose some weight. Guidance, support, suggestions, and ways to keep a positive attitude are all appreciated, and hopefully I can do the same for others. I look forward to this journey! Wed, 26 May 2010 00:02:55 EST Hello, anyone near Westport/Volker Hello All, <BR> <BR> I'm new to and looking for walking/biking buddies in this area. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> cheers, <BR> Anna Tue, 25 May 2010 15:23:36 EST looking for a workout buddy(ies) my name is jessica and i live in raytown. i have a membership to the 24 hour fitness in lee's summit but have been unmotivated the last few weeks to get there. between work and a 5 month old baby i am just drained. i know a good workout would help and would like a buddy to workout with and keep me motivated. maybe someone i could also share recipies with and help along their journey as well. let me know if anyone is interested! Fri, 21 May 2010 00:38:48 EST Anyone looking for a Zumba class in KC? If so, I teach Zumba every Saturday at United Dance, Inc. (310 W. 89th Terrace) from 3:30-4:30 p.m. <BR> <BR> First-time visitors are FREE! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 19 May 2010 15:26:49 EST Hello...people with things in common.............. I began 1/4/10, @ 185 lbs....Dr. told me I was borderline diabetic & if my my next visit my blood results were still high she would have to prescribe medication. Welll that is th last thing I wanted was another pill & more out of pocket I cut out fast food, fried foods, white breads & soda. As of today I have lost 25 lbs...I even started walking/jogging & now have a bucket list goal of running/walking a 5K before the end of the year. Sounds great? reality it is S... Tue, 18 May 2010 14:39:29 EST Area Walking Trails As much as I love Loose Park and the Trolley Trail, I need new scenery to keep me motivated. Anyone out there have a favortie trail or park to walk in? Want to meet up? I typically walk between a 16-17 min mile. Mon, 3 May 2010 12:05:19 EST Returning Haven't been to faithful to Sparkpeople but I'm back. I have new job and very happy to get it. Along with it comes membership to gym. I have been going about three weeks now. I will try to do better at logging my exercise minutes from now on. Glad to be back in the swing of things again. I now work up in North Kansas City and frequent the gym at YMCA there. I also bought me a Wii fit and love it. Sun, 25 Apr 2010 13:05:51 EST Hospital Hill Run June 5 Is anyone doing the 5K? Sat, 24 Apr 2010 13:48:30 EST Hello So, uhm, hi. I'm new. Kind of. <BR> <BR> I've been on and off Spark for a while. Just recently came back. <BR> <BR> Just saw this group, and decided to join. :3 <BR> <BR> I live in "Historic Northeast" Kansas City, MO. I'm going to be 20 in a little over 2 weeks. Uhm, currently bouncing around 195, wanting to get down to 140. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what else to say. <BR> <BR> It's nice to meet you all. :) <BR> <BR> **Edited because I can't do math.** Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:29:30 EST Jen's Journey I am so excited! I just found out about this site this evening and I am having so much fun with it so far. I am looking forward to meeting positive, happy people to help motivate me in my goal. I would also like to motivate all of you. Can't wait to hear from everyone. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 23:57:15 EST Did You Move Your Body Today? What did you do for fitness/exercise today? Post it here! Mon, 12 Apr 2010 21:24:38 EST KC Metro Area Walking Trails I am trying to find different places to walk with friends within the Metro area. Has anyone walked the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail along I-35? It looks like it goes from 75th street North to Waterfall Park near Merriam Dr and 49th. <BR> <BR> We have walked Loose Park. She works downtown but lives in Olathe. So something kinda on her way home would be great. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know the distance around Antioch Park? Wed, 7 Apr 2010 16:48:28 EST