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4/24/12 12:32 A

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Hello! I know the feeling, I am kind of in the same boat...back in school to change careers while still maintaining my current job to pay for school! I know the feeling ):

Anyway, I used to LOVE playing in social sporting leagues. There is a great one in Arlington, Arlington Athletic Social League (http://playaasl.com), that has sports from volleyball to dodgeball. I met some great friends doing that and they are in the gym so I would go a little early and run for 30 minutes before my game (I did the volleyball). I also hear the Nakid Sports in DC are fun too but I have never tried that.

For me, it helps to find someone with common interests to keep me motivated. Playing in these leagues is fun and very motivating!

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3/16/12 3:44 P

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Hi Team Mate!

Welcome to the area!! New career - new town!! That's a lot to get accustomed to. First - Congrats. That's a lot to be proud of yourself about. Second - anytime there is an element of change, anticipate stress. That's the body's internal response to external change. Its normal.

Third - GET ACTIVE!! There are so many options in the area. Join a local kickball club, or some sort of team-group sport. That way its social, make new friends, and see the new city from a different perspective. A fun perspective. Get outdoors!! Walk, cycle, rent a bike if you don't have one, get to a lake and go fishing, go out to the mall and make a goal to see each monument or something. Walk around Georgetown, cross the Key Bridge and find the Mt Vernon trail next to Key Bridge on the Rosslyn (VA) side, or on the C&O Canal on the Georgetown (DC) side. Join clubs - social clubs. Its all on the internet.

Good Luck and Welcome!!

I would highly recommend About.com. That website lists everything there is to do in DC/VA/MD. Its a great resource.

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2/20/12 4:21 P

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Im 30 years old, and I have been stressed to the hilt since I relocated and changed careers. As a result of the stress and newly busied schedule I have gained weight and acquired some not so good habits. I am trying to shift gears and this seems like a place to begin. Any advice from those who have been using sparkpeople for a while? Any tips on things locally (eg. classes, nice parks, rec activities, social settings that arent too tense) for a newbie?

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