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April 25,2009

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West/Atlanta Georgia Rally

Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day for the West/Atlanta Rally held at Sweet Water Creek State Park in Lithia Springs Georgia. We had 38 people attend our rally. When members arrived they signed in, received their name tag, and were given a goodie bag, with sugarless gum, Smart Pop microwave popcorn, easy on the go drink packets, raisins, Quaker low fat bar, coupons from Big Peach Running Company, REI 15% discount coupon, pass to Stars & Strikes bowling center and a 7 day pass from LA Fitness. Some of the goodie bags had a key chain with a ticket redeemable for a door prize. The door prizes were Coach Nicole DVD‘s, EZ Freeze Sports Water bottle, Denise Austin EZ Ab exerciser, Sportline reflective wrist bands, and many other items. Each child who attended pulled a plastic egg filled with candy and if it had a special ticket they could choose a prize. In the end there weren’t many children so each child received a prize. We started out by playing ladder golf with each other while we waited for LA Fitness to arrive. Everyone really enjoyed getting to know each other and playing the game was the icebreaker for us all. LA Fitness team Vincent, Warren and Rick spoke to us about nutrition and the importance of staying within our calorie ranges. Vincent described the difference between fat and muscle as some women are afraid of bulking up. Vincent had a sample of what 5 lbs of fat looked like. Vincent asked the group if anyone wanted to carry around the 5 lbs of fat and the only volunteer he had was one of the children. Warren told us about there facilities at LA Fitness. We really enjoyed having the LA Fitness team taking time to speak with everyone there on a one on one basis; doing everyone’s BMI, etc. They even invited us to do some mini Spark Rally's at their facility. We had good conversations during lunch as we laughed and shared our weight loss stories with each other. We shared what was working for us and what benefits we were getting from SparkPeople. After lunch Don the park ranger stopped by to tell us about Sweet Water Creek State Park; it’s history and the difference between the various walking trails through out the park. Members asked questions about the park and what kind of animals they might encounter on the trails. Don told them they would see some chipmunks, squirrels and possibly deer. He described to us how long each trail was and how long it would take to hike each trail We had our raffle drawing and even Rick from La Fitness won a raffle prize.
Raffle Prizes & Winners

1. American Body Works 3 month membership-Jan Bales (JanB63)
2. Big Peach Running Co. (2) $25 gift cards each-Robin Fisher won both
3. Brunswick Bowling Center (2) $65 gift cards each- Brenda Yarbrough and Maggie(Lilmizzmini08)
4. Carrabba’s Italian Grill 2 meal Up to $45.00- Brenda Yarbrough
5. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 2 meals $50.00- Lanea Johnson
6. Equifax Credit (2) $75.00 gift card to any
7. Buckhead Life Restaurant Group Restaurant-Brenda Yarbrough and Rick Turner from La Fitness
8. Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Centers-Rachel (Smachel19)
10. Zen Massage Center gift card for massage-Christyaj50
11. SPARK Exercise Gift Basket- Worth $100.00-Fitn2010
12. FAST TRACK Exerciser- $50.00- Brenda Yarbrough

Around 2 PM some of the members decided to hike the trails at the park, while some stayed behind to play ladder golf. The LA Fitness team continued to speak with each person there until it was time to leave. Before leaving we took group pictures, etc. We all had a wonderful time getting to know each other and was happy that we now had a face to go along with the name. Everyone that attended the rally received a pedometer before walking the trails, courtesy of State Farm Insurace.


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Please Mail your Rally Photos to the email below by April 29th


American Body Works, Hiram, GA.

Big Peach Running Company, Kennesaw, GA.

Brunswick Bowling Lanes, Norcross, GA.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill of Peachtree City, GA.

Cracker Barrel of Lithia Springs, GA.

Equifax Credit of Atlanta, GA.

REI, Kennesaw, GA.

Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Center, Dallas, GA.

Zen Massage Center, Austell, GA.

State Farm Insurance, Bremen, GA