SparkPeople SparkCleveland- the Official Team Team Messageboard We battle all kinds of weather, but we are going to beat it and lose the weight! Come and share your successes and your secrets with everyone!!! SparkPeople SparkCleveland- the Official Team Team Messageboard Parma near Tri-C? Is anybody out there? Let's get active! <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Nov 2017 06:02:20 EST We Need to Make our Team Active Again Wow, when I first joined sparkpeople a long time ago under a different user name this team was hopping. Now it's like a ghost town. <BR> <BR> We need to get our Cleveland Team active again. <BR> <BR> If you are interested, please check in daily to let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Lauren <em>593</em> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:36:27 EST January 2017 Challenge With the Holidays over and we are wanting to get back into our healthy lifestyle, this challenge is an individual challenge that you can do to accomplish the goals. The goals to achieve are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1 - WATER - 8 Glasses per day. <BR> 2 - CARDIO - At least 3 times per week <BR> 3 - STRENGTH - At least 2 times per week . <BR> 4 - VEGETABLES - 5 per day. <BR> 5 - PAMPER - Yourself 15 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> To participate just copy the five goals in a reply message and answer ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 07:49:57 EST December 2016 Challenge With the Holidays upon us and attending Holiday parties, this challenge is an individual challenge that you can do to accomplish the goals. The goals to achieve are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1 - WATER - 8 Glasses per day. <BR> 2 - EXERCISE - At least 10 minutes per day. <BR> 3 - VEGETABLES - 5 per day. <BR> 4 - EAT - Breakfast every morning. <BR> 5 - SLEEP -8 Hours Each Night. <BR> <BR> To participate just copy the five goals in a reply message and answer yes or no to each goal. Look forward to... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 05:49:44 EST Weight lifting and fat loss I would like to hear about experiences with weight lifting and controlling body fatl Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:40:30 EST great day in Cleveland Had a great bike ride this morning with DH, about 15 miles on metroparks trails. <em>332</em> Sun, 29 May 2016 19:50:55 EST Day 2 Okay, so yesterday went pretty well. I did journal all of my food and I did go over my calorie count by about 50. I'm really working on getting my sweet tooth habit so I did indulge in some Tortilla chips yesterday evening. Sweet tooth first then my salty tooth. LOL <BR> <BR> I'm just taking this one day at a time. In the past I've tried all or nothing and that approach does not work well for me. <BR> <BR> So you know what? I don't care if I go over my calories a little bit each day... Tue, 24 May 2016 11:27:30 EST Hello Hi, I am a 43 year old mother of 3 trying to make my life healthier. I live in Kimbolton, Ohio. My goal is to lose 100 lbs by Feb. 1, 2017. I am a month in and 22 lbs down. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 18:57:21 EST Hello Did my workout and now ready to relax. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 18:54:45 EST Frustrated and Needing a Change! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been here before (never a poster of the community, but a lurker, and a SP track user). I've lost my account information so I started new again. I've always wanted to weigh less, from as far back as I can remember (likely due to bullying from everyone including some family). <BR> <BR> I've 'lifestyle change'd before, and did really well. I always manage to lose about 50 or so (the last time a few years ago, I lost 80 from cutting out carbs and hitting exercise... Sat, 16 May 2015 03:11:10 EST hello, I am Carl I am Carl, I live in Cleveland, OH and I am in some desperate need of change. I recently went to get a pinched nerve in my lower back treated where I was turned away for not being healthy enough for an injection. I am 37 years old and dealing with, aside from being 400 lbs, non-alcoholic liver disease. Both the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have declared my weight and over all health to be an issue and will not place me on the list for a new liver till I am under 300 lbs. I have s... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:45:45 EST My name is Sandra I'm 60-something. I am overweight - obese actually. I don' know what else to say just yet. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:11:58 EST shopping I just wanted to know and get a feel for the group.... who here shops at a Dressbarn??? What one do you shop at???? <BR> <BR> I only ask because I know we are all around the cleveland area... and it just makes me curious how many of us shop at the same place... and since I happen to work there I though I would give it a shot... <BR> <BR> I work at the DressBarn in Brooklyn, OH on ridge rd.... we USE to be on the corner by mcdonalds and dollar bank (there is an eyeglasses store there now) ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:31:45 EST hello from Wahlers16 Hello!!! <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah, I am 22 (will be 23 on March 22nd) I am married to my love who I married at 17, and we have a wonderful kid together who is going to be 5 in 10 days (HOLY COW NOT READY) <BR> <BR> Yes I know I got pregnant at a young age... but you dont know the positions I was in and tbh having a kid young was a very good choice for me... I had to grow up before I should have... and it was time for me to stop raising my mom.... <BR> <BR> I have a heart condition, it... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:24:03 EST Too Cold For Daily Walks Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am continuing my 4 trips a week to the gym, but miss the daily walks with my dog Tank! <BR> I found ways to get extra steps in at work yesterday. I hope all of you are staying warm and finding ways to stay moving. <BR> <em>306</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 07:28:49 EST Trying to Restart my Jump Start! Wow! I think the name of my topic says it all. LOL. I seem to start a healthy lifestyle and then I fizzle out. I can't give up, it's not an option. I am determined to lose 21 lbs. by the end of March 2015. This is a small goal and seems manageable. I usually make big goals and fail. <BR> <BR> So it's a Restart to my Jump Start! <BR> <BR> Everyone have a great day! Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:03:20 EST December 2014 Challenge With the Holidays upon us and attending Holiday parties, this challenge is an individual challenge that you can do to accomplish the goals. The goals to achieve are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1 - WATER - 8 Glasses per day. <BR> 2 - EXERCISE - At least 10 minutes per day. <BR> 3 - VEGETABLES - 5 per day. <BR> 4 - TRACK Your CALORIES. <BR> 5 - SLEEP -8 Hours Each Night. <BR> <BR> To participate just copy the five goals in a reply message and answer yes or no to each goal. Look forward to you par... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:20:07 EST Snow shoveling minutes since the winter has arrived already the seasonal workout begins - how much time did you spend shoveling snow today? <BR> <BR> - 30 for me. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:16:59 EST Have a great 4th of July! What will you do this weekend to stay on track? <em>283</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 21:04:49 EST Weekend Events May 23 - 26? It is Memorial Day weekend!! What are you going to be doing?? <BR> <BR> There is the Rib Cook-off all weekend. <BR> <BR> I hope to go to the Larchmere Sidewalk sale on Saturday. <BR> <BR> I'll also spend a few hours working on Saturday, but it should be fun. <BR> <BR> Then the usual time with family. No special events for me. I intend to get back out into my yard and get some more stuff planted and weeds pulled!! Thu, 22 May 2014 19:47:11 EST Twotop20 Hi everyone. I am going to send a pic of myself soon. Well my goal is to have 10%-12% of body fat. I want to become a professional body builder. And I joined because my weight manager said it would help me to get the results I was looking for. I am about to have weight lost surgery soon. Tue, 20 May 2014 22:02:10 EST Sexylh40 I want to lose weight and stay consistent and I finding it sooo hard my goal is to lose 100 pounds to start. I just need to stay motivated. My mother recently died a couple months ago and she really worried about me losing weight all the time. I have 3 children that I would love to go and play with (tennis to be exact). Just want to get the energy to move forward. Started back exercising today 15 min so far. Sat, 17 May 2014 16:45:32 EST Weekend Events in CLE - May 16 - 18 What has everyone got on their weekend events calendar for this weekend? This is what is on my list... <BR> <BR> Rockefeller Greenhouse plant sale <link><BR>Greenhouse </link> <BR> <BR> Asia Festival <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hessler Street Fair <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And Girls Night Out, and my great niece's 1st communion. <BR> <BR> Should I add anything else? Wed, 14 May 2014 20:58:21 EST I'm Hella New! Hey guys! My name is Alicia. I'm an 18 year old college student from Ohio. I've often tried to lose weight, since I've been overweight my whole life, but now, with the overabundance of girls with fit bodies at college, I've gotten a little jealous and want to get serious with getting my body right. My goal is a 50 pound loss, and my ultimate goal is a 75 pound loss.So hit me up and help me out! I love meeting new people. Wed, 14 May 2014 17:38:08 EST Hi Everyone I Lost 100 Pounds in 5 Months Unfortunately I gained 30 of it back. I suffer from what I call the 'Fat Tuesday Syndrome'. I plan to fast by eating the minimum of healthy foods. Since I'm impatient I want to get going right away since it takes a long time to lose weight. So I delude myself into having 1 last feast, then tomorrow for sure I will start my diet. Well the problem is that when tomorrow gets here, I still want to have 'just 1 more feast.' Then of course I keep doing it over and over again. I am a food-aholic. <B... Mon, 12 May 2014 14:11:14 EST Hey! Lets lose weight! Hey! I'm looking to lose 60lbs and need a buddy to achieve this! Someone motivating and I will do the same to you! Thu, 8 May 2014 10:01:24 EST Hey Hi everyone, I'm a 24 y/o part time college student with 2 jobs,both at restaurants. I lost 30 pounds last year and was going to the gym on a regular basis but lately I feel like I am just not motivated to do much of anything but veg out on the couch and procrastinate homework. <BR> I live in Painesville Ohio and I am a memeber of Anytime Fitness. I really would like to get down another 50 lbs to begin with and then go from there. So I am basically just looking for some help to stay motivat... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:21:19 EST Hi Hi, new here. I've joined Sparkpeople about a week & a half ago & so far so good. I have about another 60 lbs to lose to reach my weight goal. I have currently lost about 90 lbs to date & have hit a wall & need motivation & ideas to get things moving again. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the motivation & help & returning it. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:30:51 EST Starting over... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:39:58 EST Starting over... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:58:08 EST Starting over... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:18:42 EST Hello! Hello, everybody! <BR> My name is Helen and I live in Olmsted Falls. I joined Sparkpeople this past January, but this is my first post to a message board! My new goal is to be socially active on a regular basis, so I thought this would be a good place to start! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:19:40 EST Cleveland Marathon/Ha lf-Marathon I'm training for the half-marathon (May 18) and would love to meet up with any fellow Spark members who are into jog/walks of longer distances! <em>209</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:58:45 EST Not eat, pray and love myself I am 55 years old, been dieting since I was 12 and I am still 50 lbs overweight! I am searching for a lifestyle that I can live with and will help me reach my goals. I am on that shaky third day and would love to hear from those of you who are further along, and how you tgot there. Hope it's not too obvious that this "community" thing is very new to me, but hey, I can't keep doing the same things and expect different results, right? Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:11:58 EST Looking to be fabulous at 40! I turn 40 this year and I want to get off the roller coaster of losing and gaining weight. I am going to be a healthy, fit, energetic person who uses food to fuel my body - not to punish it. Little nervous because I've been here before and always thought this would be the time it would stick before, but hey, at least I've never quit trying! And this WILL be the time it all sticks because I'm doing it for my health, not just to fit in my skinny jeans. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to sharing t... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:32:04 EST New and Introducing myself Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Well I quit smoking about a year ago and I went from 125 lbs to 154 lbs. The thing that is really driving me crazy is I feel like my eating habits have gotten ridiculously out of control. I am trying to get back on track but I can't seem to find the motivation to do that. I think if I had a workout partner it would be so much easier. However, I am trying out this site hoping that it will help me to lose the weight and maybe meet some interesting people who are in th... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:07:01 EST Just Getting Started Hello, <BR> My name is Therese and I have just joined Spark People. I'm hoping to turn things around by eating healthy and getting into a daily exercise routine. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:08:44 EST Brand new! I have lost weight in the past with Weight Watchers. I like WW, but a coworker recommended Spark, so here I am! Goal is 22 lbs, and I'm excited. A Cleveland group?? Great! So nice to meet u all. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 10:40:29 EST a little bit about me Hello there SparkFriends. I'm Tami, 30, from Parma. I have an awesome 7 year old son who keeps me busy, but not busy enough apparently. For 14 years I was a chef/server/bartender and now that my son is in school, I had to get a "real" job. Lol. I used to envy the people who got to sit in a nice chair all day in front of a computer. Well, I've been at my current job as an executive assistant (I've got 3 promotions in 6 months) and let me tell , the mental exhaustion from sitting at a des... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:22:03 EST Where do you work out at? How many of us work out at home or at a gym? If a gym, which one? I'm considering looking for a work out buddy. I live in Brecksville and I'm a member of Anytime Fitness. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:27:31 EST Introduction & Cleveland doctor questions Evening Cleveland folks! Just noticed this team as I was looking through my other spark teams. Like all of you I am here for a reason. Really want to finally accomplish losing 40 lbs this year. Anyway, I have insulin resistance which makes it so easy to gain wait, and so extremely difficult to lose weight. What ends up happening is I get to the "Oh screw it " point and stop trying for a while, and then get back up on the horse again. That's where I'm at now. <BR> <BR> Now for the doctor ques... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:23:12 EST Phylli68 Hello, well I decided to get it together for 2014. over the past 2 years I've gained 54lbs and I feel terrible!! I love to work out but I changed offices and now I'm so lazy it's terrible. If my other co-workers saw me they would be so surprised I ballooned back up to this size after working so hard to get the weight off! But the good news is I have not given up completely and this is not a new year's resolution but a change for a heathier life style. I will stay on track and in touch! ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:42:48 EST Great Place to Eat I just had to share this one! Today I went to the Earth Bistro Cafe on Clifton just at the edge of Lakewood. The food was delicious! <BR> <BR> There were many vegetarian and vegan options along with what looked like some very tasty options for the carnivores. <BR> <BR> Everything was fresh and tasty. The decor was quite nice. <BR> <BR> I am planning on going back very soon. I am strongly recommending it. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Please share your thoughts and ex... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 00:18:59 EST What to do with kids NYE? Eastside or Westside, I want to do something different with my 9 and10 yr old for NYE or NYD. Typically we go to Noon at the Zoo, but I was wondering if we are missing something even more fun? What do you like to do either NYE or NYD in Cleveland? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:20:59 EST Hello I'm struggling as to how to Post to this and how to reply to the posts of others. Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:04:53 EST KhadijahHughes hey i need food tips on what healthy stuff to eat .. and quick excersises . please help and thanks Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:22:31 EST Planet fitness Has anyone joined this place? There is one in Elyria and they make it sound like you aren't obligated in the long run, and it is supposed to be $10.00 a month. Are people friendly to overweight out of shape women? I feel pretty self conscious going into new situations. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:05:54 EST Starting Over Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I have been away for quite some time and I need to get back on track. Each time I alway promise to lose weight and exercise but then I start slipping and go back to my old ways. I guess I'm just so sick and tired of dieting. <BR> <BR> I think I need to get out of my diet mentality and I just need to start eating the right stuff until I'm full only instead of eating until I feel like I'm going to float away. Everything sounds so simple and in fact it is pretty si... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:48:56 EST Oktoberfest Run 2013 Hello all Cleveland Spark Team members, it's time for the annual Oktoberfest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this upcoming Labor day weekend. Their 5K run is on Monday Labor Day here is the website for more information and to sign up: <BR><BR>ents/oktoberfest.asp. Beautiful course and free admission to the festival after, yourself and 2 guests with your race bib. There is a 1K walk and many participants walk the 5K. Great food and music at the fe... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:09:46 EST Hello Clevelanders! :) Hi! <BR> <BR> About 5 years ago I lost 50+pounds with Weight Watchers, the perfect solution for me - at the time. it was a wonderful feeling to have my daughters be delighted they could wrap their little arms all around me. :) Talk about a reward. <BR> Since then, I have tried off and on to loose the last bit of weight without much success. Earlier this year my physician recommended a weight/BMI by March 2014 and am hoping to reach it here. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:19:41 EST Newbie Hi all! I am Kim. This is my second day in this journey. So far I think Sparkpeople is fantastic. I am excited to be taking steps in the right direction finally. It is time to get leaner and have more energy! Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:20:26 EST Hello Hello! My name is Stacy and I am a 42 year old stay at home Mom. My husband, daughter and I live in an apartment in Strongsville. I also have two older daughters (20 and 21) I worked full time as a single mom with my older girls and now I am enjoying being able to spend time with my little one. <BR> <BR> The problem is, I don't have any friends and very little adult interaction other then the normal 5 minute conversation with my hubby when he gets home from work. I could REALLY use so... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 04:20:33 EST New to SparkCleveland Hey y'all :) I'm new to the sparkcleveland team. I've recently came back to SparkPeople to lose my excess weight once and for all. My goal is to lose over 50 pounds. Since returning to SparkPeople I have now set up my SparkPage and I'm looking for new friends because a good support team is key. I look forward to getting to know some new people here. I look forward to hearing you soon. <em>381</em> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 18:35:40 EST 113 Days Hello Spark People! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, June 1st will be 113 days until my wedding day. Yes on September 21st I am going to marry the Love of my Life! I am 52 years old and have been married once before. I would like to at least lose 15 lbs. before my wedding. I am going to try to keep my goal reasonable and aim for just one lb. per week. If I lose more then that will be a bonus. Why am I starting on June 1st. Because I am a Teacher and tomorrow is the first day of my summer vacation. ... Fri, 31 May 2013 16:31:29 EST Hello All!! I am ready to Lose Pounds... Hello Spark friends. My name is Jenifer and I am 39 years old. I will be 40 July 10 and have made a promise to myself for my fortieth birthday to lose these 50 pounds that have been hanging on since the birth of my second child 7 1/2 years ago. Instead of losing weight to please others around me, I am ready to do it to better my health and make myself happy. It sure is hard. I have been walking two miles every day for the last three weeks and lifting handweights inbetween. I have been w... Tue, 28 May 2013 16:24:33 EST West Side Catholic Center 5K Come join me @ West Side Catholic Center 5K and 1K Saturday 6/1/13 runs through Ohio City. Pancake breakfast served after. <BR> <BR> Website to register:<BR>events/westside.asp Wed, 22 May 2013 10:55:04 EST Gracefully 60 Hello and how are you all doing? I am here to do get healthy, and I beleive that I can get the support here on this site. You all have a good and blessed day!!!! Mon, 20 May 2013 18:07:39 EST New! Hey everyone! I am new to this site and to the team! I just wanted to try something new to lose weight. I'm tired of being overweight and the biggest person in my family! It's time for a change (: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:17:39 EST I Love Cleveland!! I have traveled to many places and call Cleveland home. New to this sort of site and found it by accident or was it divine intervention? No matter I am here to do something about this weight today- one pound at a time. I hope to make new friends here as well. We all can use a few more friends in this world right? <BR> <BR> Smile and Hugs randomly. God Bless and prayers for all. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:55:38 EST Hi everyone!! New here to SP,,,love the site and the teams!! Very 35 pounds to lose and keep off this time...much harder at almost age 50; when I was in my 20's I could drop 10 pounds overnite,,or at least it seemed that I can put ON 10 pounds overnite..(just kidding).... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:56:00 EST Hi everyone Just getting started and setting up my site. I am truly looking forward to communicating on this forum. I'm a loner and need some socialization, if only online. <em>39</em> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:54:33 EST New here with 50 lbs to lose! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm fairly new to the SparkTeam experience. Need to drop about 50 lbs. Decided to adopt a completely different mindset when it comes to this. Tired of working on the weight for a day or two, then bailing. Concentrating on eating whole foods, eating fruits and veggies, preparing dinner AKA not going to fast food, watching my cholesterol. If the weight comes off as a result, <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm 8 miles south of downtown Cleveland. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:12:11 EST Heading to Cincinnati for the Flying Pig in May?? Are you planning on doing any of the events at The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon this year? Do you want to meet fellow Sparkpeople from all over who have come in for the race? <BR> <BR> Some of you may be aware (in fact, I know some of you are part of the team) of the group in Pittsburg that started organizing fellow Sparkpeople into a team for their local half-marathon JASR (Just A Short Run). Well THIS year, they've set their sites on Cincinnati's Flying Pig Marathon! Right now there are... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:27:16 EST Former Clevelanders :) Hi All- <BR> My name is Rachel and I am 31. I am looking to meet people that may have been born and raised in Cleveland but are now living in other parts of the country and that still go back b/c they have family living there. That is me :) I grew up in Mayfield, Ohio and still have family living in Northeastern Ohio. I now live in Northern, VA which is crazy expensive and would love to move back home to the Cleveland area. The Northern, VA area is so expensive to raise a family. I am hoping... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:39:58 EST Dynamic Fitness Anyone else a member of this awesome new gym in Strongsville!? I love it!!! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:57:59 EST Healthy Granny at 60 My name is Sandi. I'm retired. I need to lose 50#. I enjoy dancing and crocheting and sewing. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:51:20 EST Hello, Let me introduce myself My name is Nik. I have about 200lbs to lose. I live near Parma (on the westside). I have a big goal and a lot of desire. I have always given up very fast but, I am hoping to stick to this. I need encouragement. My plan is to stick to a 1800 calorie diet with 30 minutes of exercise a day (at Planet Fitness). Because I obviously like to eat, please let me know if you find a snack under 150 calories and a meal between 300-500 calories. Thanks! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:01:56 EST White water rafting 2013 is around the corner and for me its always getting ready for rafting . If anyone is interested let me know. I also have a page on facebook for my rafting stuff.. check it out. <BR><BR>er-Pirates/215534691827168 I go from WV, PA, MD as well. Its a great time esp if your big into the outdoors :) Mon, 24 Dec 2012 18:26:04 EST Commitment Day Cleveland<BR>land <BR> This Jan 1st in down town cleveland. 9am registration and 11am run... 5k Mon, 24 Dec 2012 12:22:19 EST Hello.. My name is Yolie. I am 25 years old. I have always been known to flaunt my curves and be proud of them; however I noticed that my heath was becoming an issue. I am working to fit that while being my usually “brick house” self at the same time! Don't hesitate to stop by and cheer me on or just talk...I am a sweetheart! :-) Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:36:07 EST Speak Your Mind - December 2012 Please begin using this today. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 22:20:12 EST Finally going for it! I am 46 years old and was diagnosed recently with Type 2 Diabetes and severe iron anemia. I took this diagnosis very hard, but also as a "wake-up" call and my goal is to drop between 60-75 pounds and be off the meds within 1 year. A large quantity of my family has diabetes and they have not done anything about it. I am choosing to "win" this battle one day and one pound at a time. I just need to get myself moving -- EXCERCISE. That will be my hardest goal. Eating healthy is something I ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:51:57 EST Let's Get Together! Hey fellow wieght losers (smile). I'm looking to meet other Sparks people in the Cleveland area to form a wellness group. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:38:59 EST The last 25 Hello Everyone, <BR> Just joined and am very excited to get started.. I've already lost about 35lbs, down to my last 25.. I'm on the west side, open to new activities.. Indoor/Outdoor, thinking of skiing once the snow hits if anyone is interested (never went skiing, so if you haven't either we will learn together).. Just went through some major surgery, so my activity level is a little low key for the next few weeks but after that, sky is the limit.. <BR> Good luck to all.. We can do it !!! Tue, 13 Nov 2012 05:16:38 EST Cleveland or Painesville Turket Trot? I'm trying to decide between the 5 mile Cleveland turkey trot downtown and the Painesville YMCA 5k. The time matters, first is at 9:30 and is longer distance and therefore time, second is 8:30. Experience matters more. <BR> <BR> Anyone have experience with either? I've heard Cleveland is "lots of people" but having done HMs at Cleveland and Akron, and working downtown, I can't imagine it's that many people. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Jeremy Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:27:32 EST Lake county member HEllo i am from willowick ohio... Just dropping in :) I am 34 i am a emt basic and love the outdoors. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 16:47:53 EST Speak Your Mind - November 2012 Please begin using this today. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 16:45:24 EST starting out fresh and new..... Hi Cleveland team.....I am looking forward to trying this as a way to help me loose weight and it is great to know people right in my area are using this tool to loose weight too. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 00:58:59 EST Speak Your Mind - October 2012 Use this forum for whatever you want to talk about this month. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 09:58:23 EST DailyCheck-In (September 27, 2012) Good Morning, Everyone. <BR> <BR> I know we have a forum called "Speak Your Mind;" however, I like to think that we can discuss anything outside of weight loss (and of course including weight loss) on that forum. So with that being said, I thought a Daily Check-In Forum would streamline the good, the bad, and the ugly, of our new lifestyle change journey. <BR> <BR> Focusing on one day at a time, tell us how your previous day went. Did you stay within your caloric range? Did you get your ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:38:44 EST Hello!! Hi everyone! My name is Ali, I am a graduate student/personal trainer!! I love motivating myself and other people to achieve their goals and I absolutely LOVE fitness. Just wanted to say a quick hello :) Happy Wednesday! Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:03:07 EST INTRODUCTION - HI EVERYBODY! Just want to stop in and welcome and encourage everyone and anyone who may need it today. I am brand new, just signed up today (Monday). Let's do this! <BR> <BR> I am here because I have not been comfortable in the skin I am in for a while now. That's it in a nutshell. A big deal for me is having been able to break up with my long time steadies. It has been a few years now, but me and Popeye and me and Mickey D and Me & that fake Burger King are no longer involved. From time to time, ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:15:19 EST Speak Your Mind - September 2012 Please begin using this today. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 22:26:21 EST Daily Sparkwheel Points - September 2012 7 Sat, 1 Sep 2012 22:22:24 EST Oktoberfest 5K Bier Run Hello all fellow SparkCleveland Teammates, just wanted to promote a really fun 5K coming up on Labor Day, the Oktoberfest 5K Bier run at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea on Monday 9/3/12. Here is the website:<BR>events/oktoberfest.asp. The course is really cool, runs through some nice neighborhoods in Berea close to the Metroparks. The race begins at 11am and ends up back at the fairgrounds just as the festival opens at noon. You can bri... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:50:42 EST Support questoin How many people use other social meida/websites for support? I use Facebook and Twitter. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 23:01:15 EST Speak Your Mind - August 2012 Please begin using this today. Sun, 5 Aug 2012 23:27:23 EST Daily Sparkwheel Points - August 2012 5+10 Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:56:29 EST Hi Everyone Hi, <BR> My name is Nigeria and I always have battles with my weight at one point I lost a lot last summer because my best friend and I were losing weight and together. We are no longer friends so I have no one to lose weight with and I have lost my motivation. I am an over eater and I eat whenever I am stressed, sad, depressed, etc. I really have no control over it and this is why I joined online I'm hoping there will be people who can help me get to my weight loss goal and help me through t... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 04:34:29 EST Lightning Bug Run 2013 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let you all know that there is a really cool 5K in Medina next May. I'm posting this now because registration just opened and it will sell out quickly. <BR> <BR> It's a night time race, it starts after dark in Buckeye Woods Park in Medina. The entire thing is lit by luminaries and each participant gets a glow necklace and a glow bracelet. The race is for runners and walkers. It's a lot of fun, so check out the link and register soon if you want to part... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:16:19 EST GardenWalk Cleveland this weekend Cleveland's second annual garden walk with be this weekend July 21 & 22. It is a self guided free tour of gardens urban farms, orchards and even a vineyard in ten of Cleveland's neighborhoods. There are some great surprises and gems on the list. Check out the website at <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It is also a great reason/way to check out some of Cleveland you wouldn't usually visit. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 07:55:40 EST Location Location Location I am a brand new member & new to Ohio. I live in Fairview Park and would love any tips at great places to walk/exercize. I work from home so I can always meet up for a walk too! Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:43:40 EST About Me Hello everyone, my name is Gina. I recently moved to Fairview Park, OH, but I am originally from Illinois. I live here with my fiancé and my two sons. Since moving here I have developed some not-so-good habits which have ended up being a 15 pound gain for me. My plan is to lose some weight and develop some healthy habits. Not only that, but I would like to look good for my wedding next year. I don't know very many people in the area, but I am hoping I can meet some of you and we can help one ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:30:59 EST looking for a speaker Hello <BR> <BR> I was a member of sparkpeople years ago and have just now reconnected to it. For the past 2 years (jan-june) I had joined a local weight loss challenge (friends of the park bigggest loser challenge) which is based in N. Ridgeville and is to raise money for a walking trail in that city. This past year I became more involved in the challenge. We will be having our third challenge starting this January. A few of us still meet once a month to share recipes, find events we want t... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:20:20 EST Just joined last night After hitting another rock bottom last night (trying on swimsuits!), I thought about joining weight watchers again but then thought "it's never worked before, why throw more money at it." Then I remembered I'd heard about SparkPeople and thought I'd do this! Not try, but DO! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:15:23 EST SOMO Leadership Lab in July! This is a workshop on the positive psychology and science of well-being and happiness. I share it with you all because I find it to be refreshing and fun. I'll be there and I would really be glad to have you join in. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> SOMO Leadership Lab July 16th <link><BR>o-intro-mojo-labs-for-july-2 </link> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:31:43 EST Support and Encouragement I am in need of some support and encouragement to start eating healthier and smaller portions. I also need encouragement to continue to exercise. In return I am willing to provide the same to others. I think this works better if we all working together to meet our goals. Any takers? Lets help each other lose the weight and live healthier. <BR> <BR> Doug Tue, 3 Jul 2012 21:06:31 EST Westsiders? I see Eastsiders posting here, what about Westsiders? I'm in Strongsville. Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:43:43 EST Hi Im OhAlicia. I have struggled to lose weight for a long time and Im alittle frustrated about not losing weight especially since ive tried really hard. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 23:24:39 EST Speak Your Mind - July 2012 Please begin using this today. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:51:42 EST Daily Sparkwheel Points - July 2012 2+7 Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:56:33 EST Larchmere Porchfest this Saturday! A great way to get your walk and dance on! I'll be there! <BR> <BR> Over 30 bands and all at the right price --- FREE! <BR> <BR> Hope to see you --- <link> </link> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:54:49 EST . . Mon, 18 Jun 2012 07:57:49 EST Just wanted to Introduce myself! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I just wanted say Hello to everyone and tell you that I am looking forward to receiving support and supporting others! <BR> <BR> Doug Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:10:29 EST Hello Cleveland New here Good morning everyone. My name is Rachel. I have been on this road to health and becoming fit for years now. I am reaching out here because I think I need some new support system. I work at Fitworks in Rocky River. I teach 4 spinning classes a week as well as Silver Sneakers classes. I need to loose around 50 pounds. I have lost over 100 since my heaviest weight. So any help and support is greatly appreciated! Thank you for reading! Wed, 13 Jun 2012 07:46:34 EST Newbie in town Hi everyone. I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kesh (nickname) I am new to Cleveland and I was just wanted to know if anyone is looking for a workout partner. I am 25 and looking to lose some weight and get healthy. If you're looking for a partner then please let me know. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:36:15 EST Speak Your Mind - June 2012 Please begin using this today. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:49:34 EST Daily Spark Points - June 2012 5 Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:47:19 EST Akron Marathon Relay SP Team 09/29/12 ?? Hi Sparkies!! <BR> <BR> I am starting this thread to see if there is an interest in forming a SP team (or two) for the Akron Marathon relay on Saturday, September 29th. There are five legs: 3.9, 4.8, 7.5, 4.5 and 5.5 miles. I will tell you now that the course is not flat. It's not JASR hills, but there are some rolling roads for you to run on. Registration is $40 per person. Here is some info from their website. <BR> <BR> Please let me know if you are interested. Maybe we can get something... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 21:21:35 EST SP Meetup - June 19th - Anyone interested?? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am planning on going to Lakeview Cemetery on Tuesday, June 19th at 6:30 pm. Is anyone interested in meeting me there? We could meet by Wade Chapel and either go for a walk, a jog or a run. <BR> <BR> Please let me know if that date and time works for you. I'd love to see old friends and meet new ones! <BR> <BR> Jen Fri, 1 Jun 2012 21:05:26 EST Race for the place Next Sunday (June 3rd) is national cancer survivors day. Please join me and a few thousands of my friends to celebrate that day by running the 5k OR walking 1mile at 'Race for the place' at Beachwood place. <BR> <BR> It is a very non-intimidating event which benefits the Gathering Place <link> </link> in Beachwood and Westlake. <BR> <BR> For more information and registration log on to <link><BR>acefortheplace/ </link> Sun, 27 May 2012 10:37:38 EST Towpath 10-10 Is anyone planning on running the towpath 10-10? I am planning to run the 10 miler. Sat, 26 May 2012 12:00:38 EST Hello My name is Judy and I am new to this site. I am here to get healthy. I am a nurse and part-time massotherapist. I like to go to the theater, concerts, anything to do with music. As I get older the need to be healthy becomes more and more important. Wed, 23 May 2012 21:18:22 EST Hi everyone I'm Soni and I'm new here. Really wanting to get into body building to build lean muscle. Whoever is in looking for a buddy let me know. Wed, 16 May 2012 00:03:46 EST Eating Does anyone have this problem? I have days where I'm not hungry at all. I know it's not good for you to not eat but I don't know what to do when I feel like I am going to be sick if I eat. My stomach feels swollen, like I've just ate a massive meal, and I don't feel hungry. If you have this problem what do you do about it? I am just disgusted with my weight but when your body don't act right, I have Grave's Disease, what am I to do? Thu, 10 May 2012 19:36:11 EST Rock N Roll Half Marathon - Pittsburgh 08/04/2013 For anyone interested in meeting up with a group of SparkFriends from across the country, consider the Pittsburgh Rock N Roll Half Marathon on 08/04/13. Registration is only $55 for the first 500 people and is $75 through the end of July. <BR> <BR> There are a lot of SparkPeople from the JASR (Just a Short Run) Team that are going to do this run, including me. Let me know if you register for this event. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gh-splash </link> Fri, 4 May 2012 15:32:03 EST Speak Your Mind - May 2012 Please begin using this today. Wed, 2 May 2012 21:59:44 EST Daily Spark Points - May 2012 5+20 <em>244</em> Tue, 1 May 2012 06:31:45 EST new in area and looking for workout buddies Hi, <BR> My name is Mary and I live in the Strongsville area. Just became an empty nester and found myself losing my motivation to stay fit. Need friends in similar situation who would like to work out, go for bike rides in the park or other ideas to stay active and fit. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:10:58 EST Over 100 pounds to lose on South Beach Diet Just wondering how the diet has been going for you. I am recently back on phase one after several set-backs last year and earlier this year. Early 2011 I had lost 40 pounds on SB. I am trying to remember the diet and figure out what yogurt to buy since so many have sugar. I have lost 3 pounds in the last 4 days, but have a long way to go to hit the first 10% mark! Looking for encouragement as I have gained back the 40 pounds! Do you log your food on-line? Do you count calories as well... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:23:26 EST 5k run at Holden Arb, in june...I dare you Anyone already signed up for this please speak up, I would love to hear from you. <BR> Anyone else interested in joining me and a co worker for this. <BR> She is a runner and will be waaaaay ahead of me as this is my FIRST EVER 5k. <BR> <BR> I have already warned her that I will be WALKING most of this with short bursts go JOGGING, but I am determined to FINISH. And for me that is the important part of this CHALLANGE . <BR> <BR> I Am 52' 50 lbs over weight and thanks to a car accident 25 ye... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 11:45:02 EST new kid in town Hi Eastsiders, I have been in Cleveland Heights since July and have gained 20 lbs in that time. I intend to loose it- and more. Someone posted about Metro Park treasure hunts. Sounds intriuging- would love more info. Joolz Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:07:30 EST new kid in town Hi Eastsiders, I have been living in Cleveland (near Coventry) since July and have gained 20 lbs in that time. I intend to loose it- and more. I joined the community center but don't seem to go often. Someone posted about Metro Parks treasure hunts. I like that idea. Can someone give me more info? Any info on good places to walk, etc. will be appreciated. Joolz Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:43:31 EST Geocaching! I have recently (as of yesterday!) gotten into geocaching and I think it could add extra fun to Spark meet ups!! You use a GPS, such as a smartphone with an app, to lead you on little treasure hunts to find the cache. You can find more details at <link> </link> . <BR> <BR> My sister got into it because of her kids but I think we're actually having more fun on the hunt than them! We found 7 yesterday and it helped me reach my 10,000 steps without even realizing it. It can be ... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 08:24:54 EST Brecksville/ /Indpendence area Anyone from the Brecksville/Broadview Hts/Indpendence area or other close surrounding areas? I would like to have a work out buddy. Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:41:22 EST Speak Your Mind - April 2012 Please begin using this today. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 13:24:47 EST Daily Spark Points - April 2012 10+5 <em>449</em> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 01:56:04 EST Here I am My name is Mitch and i am looking forward to losing weight and getting healthy. I'm almost 32 years old and have a beautiful wife and 4 children. I work at the Cleveland Clinic. I am a Christian and i believe that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Philippians 4:13 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:09:57 EST Anyone workout at Planet Fitness? I have reached my highest weight ever and need to go to the gym almost everyday to get the weight gone. I have been a member of different gyms since 1986 and go for a week and than quit. The only time I keep going is when I had a trainer, but never lost all my weight. Now I have reached 280 lbs., ouch. I need a workout partner besides my 13 year old daughter. I always wanted to look like Corey Everson and would love to finally reach that goal. So, first I would love to get down to size 14 by ... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 00:16:59 EST New here, would love to meet people in the area Hello, My name is Tami (or Tams) whichever you prefer. I just turned 29, live in Parma and looking to lose about 30-40 lbs. Would love to meet someone on SP in the area that can be my motivational partner so to speak. Little about me, Live with my boyfriend, Dave, and have a 5 and a half year old son, Dominic, and and English Bulldog, Max. Went to school for Culinary Arts and have been in the restaurant industry for 13 years, which if any of you know, is VERY hard to eat healthy and regul... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 23:07:50 EST Chrons Walk June 3 at University Circle Cleveland Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis <BR> Wade Oval - Univeristy Circle <BR> <BR> June 3, 2012 <BR> Wade Oval - Univeristy Circle <BR> Registration Start: 5:30 PM <BR> Walk Start: 7:00 PM <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sWalk/Chapter-NortheastOhio?pg=entry&f<BR>r_id=3204 </link> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 05:50:11 EST WEEKEND HAPPY FRIDAY to everyone. Anyone have any special plans for the up coming weekend??? <BR> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:22:47 EST New Here and Ready for Change! I am 31 years old and have been overweight for 24 years. I have had brief moments in a healthy, weight-appropriate body, but the majority of my life I have been at least overweight. Now, at my heaviest, I am preparing for a lifestyle change. Motivated by my upcoming wedding (May, 2013), I am more ready than ever to be healthy. Fitting into a wedding dress of my choice wouldn't hurt, either. I am hoping to find motivation, tips for success, and like-minded people for support throughout th... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:37:38 EST Hello Hi my name is Gwen. I am new to Spark People and I hope this works for me. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:50:21 EST Geneva, Cleveland, Ohio Hi!! Looking To Meet People To Help Me Stay On My Fitness Track/Goals,..Need To Lose 10 lbs!-To Finally Achieve My Goal! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 07:58:26 EST Daily Spark Points - March 2012 Begin using this forum on March 1, 2012. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:03:30 EST Speak Your Mind - March 2012 Please begin using this forum tomorrow, March 1, 2012. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:02:35 EST Exercise partner Is there anyone in the Slavic Village or Broadway ,Miles area looking for an exercise partner? <em>331</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:41:59 EST Hello My name is Michele!! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site and am a bit confused about the measurements, if someone could help me out I would greatly appreciate it.. What does .2 cups mean? or .5 cups? <BR> <BR> Thanks,Michele Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:41:03 EST Well hello Im Nicole! Just moved to the Cleveland heights area from Geauga county so bit of a change for me. Hoping to get better organized with life starting with my health. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 09:33:42 EST Daily Spark Points - February 2012 2 Thu, 2 Feb 2012 07:46:51 EST Speak Your Mind - February 2012 Good Morning, Everyone! <BR> <BR> Sorry, I forgot to update the speak your mind yesterday. I have been so busy and did not have a chance. <BR> <BR> Lori Thu, 2 Feb 2012 07:45:44 EST Daily Sparkwheel Points - February 2012 20+5 Wed, 1 Feb 2012 06:25:47 EST I am a newbie- and I have alot to learn I am Krystl, 29, with 2 kids and over 100lbs to lose. Bare with me as I am still figuring out the website features and how to use everything. I am starting slow and trying to learn how to be healthy with everyday stressors, - not much support at home, but I slowly see how great online support is! Thank you . Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:27:42 EST hiya from a newbie! Hello! I joined the site a few months ago, but didn't do much. My butt got kicked into gear this week. I went from being the "healthy" fat girl to the girl with Diabetes, high cholesterol, and other related and non related health problems. <BR> I've decided that I choose me. It's all about me now. I've been stuck in a place that made me feel like the best years of my life are over (and I somehow missed them) and the best is yet to come. I don't want to be in my thirties and have the same he... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 04:35:24 EST Hello Hi, my name is Kathryn. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. My thyroid seems to be stuck in permanent Hypo mode. In a years time I gained 100 lbs. and don't even look the same. Throughout my life I fluctuated with my weight, not knowing the cause. I've never been as overweight as I am today, or ever close to it. My goal is to get this weight off and keep it off. I've been discouraged because nothing seems to work. When I think my thyroid is balanced out, it find out i... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:36:03 EST What is Your Health Changing Tip for 2012? Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> My tip for the year is "Eat Only Until You Are Satisfied." <BR> <BR> Even if you aren't really watching what you are eating at least be mindful as to how satisfied you feel. Once you feel satisfied then STOP eating. When you are hungry - eat! Don't wait until a specific time, eat when your body tells you. By doing this your body will be more efficient. <BR> <BR> Please share any helpful tips!!! <BR> <BR> Lori Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:07:21 EST Daily Spark Points - January 2012 Please start posting your daily spark points in this forum beginning January 1, 2012. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Lori Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:42:02 EST Speak Your Mind - January 2012 Please start posting in this forum beginning January 1, 2012. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Lori Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:40:53 EST A fun Spark event in Pittsburgh Hi Clevelanders! <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know about an event in Pittsburgh that a lot of SparkPeople are going to. It's on the last Saturday of March. There is a 5K, 8 Mile, Half Marathon and 30K. It's a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The name of the event is "Just A Short Run" or JASR for short. There is a SP team for this group. <BR> <BR> Last year Mike and I went along with about 50 other Sparkers from all over the country. It was a lot of fun (a little overwhelmi... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:21:02 EST Collinwood Rec Center If anyone is intrested, there is a new FREE rec center in N. Collinwood . it was openend about a month ago. you will have to check out the hours but in the meantime it is free to all residents regardless of the city you live in. My clients are raving about it, with the exception of the limited hours. I believe that if you have the desire you will make the time. so just saying check it out. it is located across from Euclid Beach State Park on Lakeshore Blvd. <em>30</em> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 07:45:51 EST TeamCleveland Do I have to do anything special in order to track for "Team Cleveland" or do I just have to post my minutes etc. under "My Trackers" on the Start Page? I seem to recall reading different things and I don't want to over or under-post my minutes etc. Also - it says that I am "71" on the Team Leaderboard. What does that mean? I'm still trying to figure this all out but I really LOVE Sparkpeople and the tracking system that it provides. Any comments etc. would be really appreciated. Go Cle... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 07:17:39 EST Alli Hello, my name is Alli and I just joined sparkpeople. I am very excited to try this website out I have heard good things about it and I am very anxious to loose weight especially during this time of season with all the eating! I have lost my goal weight a couple months back but now have gained it back. I am looking forward to be at my goal weight again and hopefully keep it off with the support I have here. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:00:09 EST West Siders: New healthy grocery! Earth fare just opened in the Westgate Mall in Fairview Park! It's sort of between a Trader Joe's and a Whole Foods, and it's wonderful to have this kind of resource in the mid-West Side area! You should check it out! We were there yesterday and bought many yummy things. Fri, 9 Dec 2011 10:03:49 EST New Member Hello my name is Cassandra but everyone calls me Sandy. I am 28 years young. I am a working mom and wife. I have a 2 yr. old and her name is Alana. I am ready for a change and thats why I'm here. I just want to say to everyone that I know that this is not going to be an easy road to go down, but with a little motivation, self deiscipline, patience and us sticking together I really think we can do it or should I say we CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> I want to thank everyone in advance cause I trully ... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 12:29:06 EST Eastern Suburbanite Team This is a forum for all those Eastern Suburbanites to get together. It's up to your group to decide if and when you will do something together. <BR> Sat, 3 Dec 2011 09:43:59 EST Western Suburbanite Team This is a forum for all those Western Surburbanites to get together. It's up to your group to decide if and when you will do something together. <BR> Sat, 3 Dec 2011 09:42:57 EST New to spark people Hi my name is Jenn, I joined spark people after a couple of unsucess attempts to loose weight on my own. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 21:24:13 EST Rite Aid Marathon (and Half and 10K) Is anyone doing the Rite Aid Marathon or HM or 10K? Any advice? <BR> <BR> I'm seriously considering doing the half. I know that last year registration filled up. I'm planning to register sometime in December, and am hoping that won't be to late. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 13:47:10 EST Daily Challenge The suggestions used in this forum come from the Calendar from Sparkpeople. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 12:04:02 EST Team Group Suggestions Please let me know if you want me to add a specific team group for you!!! <BR> <BR> Lori Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:55:08 EST Cleveland - Eastsiders This is a forum for all those Cleveland Eastsiders to get together. It's up to your group to decide if and when you will do something together. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:53:28 EST Other Ideas Notify me of any ideas you would like incorporated into this group. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:51:29 EST Cleveland - Westsiders This is a forum for all those Cleveland Westsiders to get together. It's up to your group to decide if and when you will do something together. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:49:24 EST Reindeer Run on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Lakewood <link><BR>vents/reindeer.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Come enjoy some holiday spirit and fitness at the same time!! You can pre-register until Friday for the reduced price. Let the group know if you plan on attending - it would be great to meet some Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> Liz Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:40:26 EST Dec. 2011 Challenge: Mind Your Cookies December's challenge is to control the urge to eat a ton of cookies, and sweets this holiday season. I know for myself December is a hard month for me regarding cookies. Coooookies!!!!!! *laughing* Anyway if you're like me and can't control your urge to eat sweets this month, this challenge is for you!!!! <BR> <BR> It's okay to eat an occasional cookies but this month be extremely mindful of the sweets you eat. You'll be happy you did. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:09:34 EST Daily Exercise Forum Please use this forum to let everyone know what kinds of exercise you have done for the day. Let everyone know what you did, how long, and any changes your have made in your exercising. Let us know your successes and non-successes. <BR> <BR> I hope you have an active, healthy, and awesome day! <BR> <BR> Lori Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:41:56 EST What Are You Eating Today? Please use this forum to share your daily menus. <BR> <BR> I know I get so bored with what I eat sometimes so I enjoy reading what others are eating to help them lose weight. I love getting new ideas on how to make my weight loss journey a little more exciting in the eating area. <BR> <BR> Please share what you are having for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a healthy, active, and awesome day! <BR> <BR> Lori Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:36:15 EST Revamping The Cleveland Team Site Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> It seems this team has been a bit neglected over the past couple months. Well I think we should all remedy that by offering suggestions on how we should revamp our team site. <BR> <BR> Please responsd with all of your ideas/suggestions. Let's try and make this an exciting and interactive team. I know some of the team members like to get together, and I would like to propose groups within the team. For examples the Eastsiders and Westsiders, or it can be a particul... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:25:15 EST Daily Spark Wheel Points - December 2011 10 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:18:11 EST Speak Your Mind - December 2011 Good Morning Everyone. Where are all the oldie but goodies??? Where is LimeLight, ArthurTom, Cheryl, Tleelee, and the others? <BR> <BR> I have been gone for a while too but I'm back. I hope no minds that I created the post for December's Speak your Mind. <BR> <BR> A lot has been going on since the last time I was on. I've been training for a 5K. I signed up for the Rite Aid 5K on May 19, 2012. I can now jog 2 miles on my treadmill. The only problem, I can't jog more than 10 minutes o... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:05:44 EST New to the group.... Hello all. I'm new to the group. I am not new to Sparkpeople but I got off track for about 6 months due to family health issues and a lot of stress. My goals are to quit smoking, eat healthier and get more exercise. I want this to be a lifestyle and not a quick fix. I am here to find encouragement and support. I have a lot of challenges in front of me. Getting back to working out is a big one and quitting smoking is HUGE! Ugh! But, I'm ready for the challenge and I want a more positive and he... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:50:57 EST Thanksgiving plans My attitude toward the holidays is that for that one day I let myself eat all the traditional goodies - within reason - rather than make myself try to be super good. Because I find that if I deprive myself on that day, I end up feeling cheated and then cheating on other days. What's your approach? Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:35:09 EST Is that snow I see? How are y'all planning to keep the spark going through the winter? Fri, 11 Nov 2011 08:04:52 EST Don't forget to vote! It's a lovely day, too, so think about walking to your polling place, if you can - killing two birds with one stone! Tue, 8 Nov 2011 10:36:10 EST November 2011 Daily SparkWheel Points 3+5 Tue, 1 Nov 2011 06:45:41 EST Great short video about the USDA This is a great video about the conflict of interest the USDA has when it comes to making dietary recommendations. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>idelines-its-all-greek-to-the-usda/ </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to repost this on your other teams. I am only posting it on 3. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:57:04 EST be safe in Ohio... For trick or treating ....or anytime... <BR> Ohio Attorney General lists offenders who might live near you.... <link><BR>ID=53991&disc= </link> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 07:35:25 EST Forbes #1 town is Sandusky Forbes #1 town is Sandusky, OHIO. 10 Best places to live cheaply <link><BR>laces-to-live-cheaply-forbes.aspx?cp-d<BR>ocumentid=6855877&GT1=33026 </link> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 22:31:31 EST October-Speak your Mind Is that a typo or has the Cleveland team dropped to 137 in fitness minutes?! We were always in the top 15 so what the heck happened? Sun, 2 Oct 2011 18:44:20 EST wiping the slate clean Hi, I was an active member from april-august of 2011. I was losing weight for the first time since having my daughter in 2009. I was down 10.5 pounds & doing good until August 5th when my dad passed away suddenly at the age of 57 from a massive heart attack. I lost all motivation & gained back every pound :( today is the day I dust myself off, stand up straight & get back on track. I am 37 years old, married with a 2 year old little girl . . . I've gotta crawl up out of my fathers grave & liv... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 10:29:14 EST October 2011 Daily Spark Wheel Points 5+20 Sat, 1 Oct 2011 07:20:52 EST October 29th 5K - Canton Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I found this 5K in Canton on the Saturday before Halloween. It looks like fun and supports a good cause. Plus you can run in costumes. <em>333</em> <em>424</em> How cool is that? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.aspx?event=a520cda8-ad4e-45eb-b540-0e<BR>9b038bb7ea.aspx </link> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:11:46 EST SPEAK YOUR MIND SEPTEMBER 2011 I figured someone has to start this thread! :) <BR> <BR> Glad the nights are cooler now. At least I can sleep without sweating! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 1 Sep 2011 15:01:27 EST September 2011 Daily Sparkwheel Points 25+5 <em>250</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 06:27:16 EST Ohio Names in Food, Nutrition, fitness, Sports, Post Cleveland Ohio and other Ohio names in Food , Nutrition, Fitness, Sports, Cooking, etc. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:36:16 EST Hey Here I am trying to loose weight again. It seems I start off on the right foot and end up on the left with extra pounds. I am new to online weight loss. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 20:34:12 EST redlady 61 My name is Redlady I am 188 pounds 5"1 . and I'm ready to get healthy and to live longer . For myself and my grandson. I want to see him grow into a man. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:00:15 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Nena. I was reading my Ebony magazine and I ran across an article Grooving Into Shape. Renee Ross spoke about this site and how it helped her with her goal, so I decided to join. I also just finished my first dcs of the Firm Express. I'm ready to get it together from the inside out. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:10:37 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Nena. I was reading my Ebony magazine and I ran across an article Grooving Into Shape. Renee Ross spoke about this site and how it helped her with her goal, so I decided to join. I also just finished my first dcs of the Firm Express. I'm ready to get it together from the inside out. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:55:37 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Nena. I was reading my Ebony magazine and I ran across an article Grooving Into Shape. Renee Ross spoke about this site and how it helped her with her goal, so I decided to join. I also just finished my first dcs of the Firm Express. I'm ready to get it together from the inside out. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:53:59 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Nena. I was reading my Ebony magazine and I ran across an article Grooving Into Shape. Renee Ross spoke about this site and how it helped her with her goal, so I decided to join. I also just finished my first dcs of the Firm Express. I'm ready to get it together from the inside out. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:53:57 EST Brook Park Sparker Hello All, <BR> I started Spark some time ago but fell into old patterns and gained back my weight again. I have resumed sparking this morning with a 5:00A.M. walk before work. If anyone is looking for friends for support or to help support I am interested. I want to keep my motivation up this time and reach my goal of losing 50 pounds and getting back into my Marine Corps dress blues. Hello and Thanks Al. Tue, 9 Aug 2011 08:52:17 EST Greetings Hello all. <BR> I am new to posting here and just getting back as of today into tracking my food and exercise. I had fallen to the wayside months ago, and recently had some concerning health issues show up during my annual physical. I was informed I have Kidney cysts, and Stones (Yikes not again) as well as a fatty liver. The doctor said the cysts are not uncommon, and the stones well they will be fun to pass as always. The fatty liver is the main reason i am trying to get back on track to re... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 08:05:47 EST Getting back on Track Woke up at 5:00 A.M. and walked for 45 minutes with the dog. My legs ached about halfway though but I kept going. When I got home I did 50 situps, and 25 push ups from my knees due to tendonitis in my right elbow. I feel positive about doing it, but a bit tired as well I hate getting up so early. LOL <em>41</em> Tue, 9 Aug 2011 08:01:04 EST SPEAK YOUR MIND - AUGUST 2011 Hello everyone!! Since I was such a slacker of posting on "speak your mind July", I figure I'll start out August with a bang. I hope I didn't miss someone else starting this! <BR> <BR> The summer's going well for me, I've been running more and more every week, and starting to feel like I'm getting in shape. I'm doing the half marathon next month, so we'll see if I'm ready by then. <BR> <BR> My husband and I started house hunting last week, so this is a fun part of our lives right now! We h... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 13:17:57 EST August 2011 Daily Sparkwheel Points 5+20 <em>250</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 06:48:12 EST fighting the good fight Hi my is Alberto, I spend the past 10 fighting the battle with Diebities and lossing the fight until I found sparkPeaple. Now maintain control of my sugar level and lossing weight. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 06:09:33 EST Happy to be feeling the Spark! I am so excited to have been introduced to this website by a coworker! This seems to be exactly the motivator and tracking tool I need to reach my health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> I am a registered dietitian at a hospital where I get free breakfast and lunch which sounded like an awesome job perk when I started. However, I've gained 10-15 pounds in less than a year! On the bright side, over the course of that year I have learned to enjoy a fitness routine. I absolutely couldn't stand ... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:08:31 EST September Meet Up (09/18/11) Hi All!! <BR> <BR> We had such a great time today at the Tow Path that we really wanted to get together again. The date we picked is Sunday, September 18th, so mark your calendars! <BR> <BR> We'll meet at Lakeview Cemetery and enjoy the beautiful view of the grounds. <BR> <BR> Time will be determined as everyone chimes in. <BR> <BR> I did find out that there is a "Geology Walking Tour" that day from 2-4pm and the cost is $7 per person, reservations required. "Dr. Joseph Hannibal of The... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 21:54:22 EST Hello Team Cleveland! My name is Laura, and I'm so happy to be a part of this group <em>244</em> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 17:25:05 EST About me 1) I am 36 years old <BR> 2) I was born and raised in and around the Cleveland area. <BR> 3) I have been married for three years to my best friend of 17 yrs <BR> 4) This is not my 1st time at the rodeo. I joined weight watchers in 2009 and lost almost 40 lbs..the most i ever lost and of course over time i slid back down crap mountain and gained it all back. I do not feel good about myself being this overweight and long for the person i was developing into back in 2009-I learned things about m... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:02:51 EST grandmarenate Hi, <BR> I am looking f or a Sparkbuddy who would like to share their goals, stresses etc. with me. I am a constant dieter and never lose anything. Does that sound familiar? I am willing to give support to he who needs and wants it, even though I need support myself. I am from Cleveland so it would be nice to "blog" with someone local, but I also am a big-time walker and hikder and treadmill user. But does the weight come off? No! It is all in what I eat which apparently is too much. A... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 21:37:26 EST Speak Your Mind - July 2011 Happy July everyone! It's beautiful and sunshiney out today... and I'm in Cleveland!! <BR> <BR> yaaayy!!! <BR> <BR> hope you're all having a wonderful week ... and happy Friday!!!!!!! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 08:54:28 EST July 2011 Daily Sparkwheel Points 7+5 Fri, 1 Jul 2011 06:37:08 EST July Road Racing Is anyone running any road races in July? I'm looking for a buddy to do one, I run about 11-12 minute miles. Please let me know if you want a partner for a run, I think a road race would be fun but all my friends that are runners are way too fast for me and it's not much fun to be separate from their group. Let me know! Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:29:10 EST 4th July challenge of stories from EVE For just a few days, challenge yurself to Independence Day stories from EVE and learn about American spirit. <link><BR>7cc82c10ef7c222d0e&id=462a90bc7d&e=79d<BR>917e6ce </link> <BR> <BR> Love this source from Ohio Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:46:13 EST Big Creek Parkway Walking Trail Any sparkers out there walk/jog the Big Creek Metropark Trail? Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:37:15 EST SparkPeople Meet Up Hi Cleveland Team Members! <BR> <BR> I'd like to get a group of us together to meet up in person. The date that we have selected is Sunday, July 17th at 2:30pm. <BR> <BR> Location: Canal Visitor Center <BR> 7104 Canal Road, intersection of Canal and Hillside Roads, Valley View 44125 <BR> <BR> This is a chance to meet up, get to know each other and maybe plan some other events in the future. We'd love to go on a walk too! <BR> <BR> Please respond here if you are able to go. We'll figu... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 22:22:11 EST Personal Trainers Hi all... <BR> <BR> I live in Berea and am looking for a decent personal trainer. Anyone have one? I went and talked to the guys at Euphoria on Grayton Road and was REALLY impressed (especially since two Browns players were there and talked to me without prompting) but was really out of my price range. I would have paid it but my fiance flipped out and has caused a huge fight between us right now. So I am in search of others so I can either A) find another I like for less money or B) sho... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 12:05:00 EST Red Steakhouse - Beachwood? Well tonight is our 20th Wedding Anniversary - to celebrate we are going to the Red Steakhouse - any advice on what is good? Wed, 8 Jun 2011 12:08:53 EST Quinoa - Where to buy it? My Giant Eagle (Parmatown) hardly EVER carries the Quinoa - anyone know where I might be able to buy it? <BR> <BR> This is In regards to my previous post regarding going meatless for a week - I found a great recipe for Quinua with mushrooms, kale and sweet potaotes on <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Jun 2011 14:10:05 EST Meatless for a Week Thought I would give going meatless a try for a week - I found few good recipes - any other ideas? As any one else tried this plan? Sun, 5 Jun 2011 13:45:57 EST Websites for links to Cleveland area races I thought I would post a few links on here for races in the area. I have been posting links to the races that I participate in, but thought that some of you may find these websites helpful. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 5 Jun 2011 12:39:28 EST 5K & 2 mile walk Saturday, June 11th 6PM <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Above is a link to a 5K run and 2 mile walk being held on Saturday, June 11th at 6pm in West Park. <BR> <BR> Here's more about the event from their website. <BR> "Jonathan “A.J.” Schroeder #2191 was a Cleveland Police Detective who was killed in the line of duty in August 2006. Fellow Officers, friends and family will be honoring A.J. in the Jonathan “A.J.” Schroeder Memorial Run and Scholarship Benefit on Saturday June 11, 2011." <BR... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 12:35:23 EST do we have a team leader? knowing the team leader could help us get a better idea of what is going on in our community. knowing that there are gym specials, walks for charities, etc...can help us to better organize and share our positive experiences. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 11:33:41 EST Anyone interested in meeting in person? Hi Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> I want to know if any of the Cleveland team members would be interested in getting together sometime either on a weeknight or evening? We could meet at a pavilion at a park or some other public place. <BR> <BR> I have been to two events now that Spark members have organized and have enjoyed both of them. One was in Pittsburgh and the other in Cincy. We have 14,000 people on the Cleveland team and I think there would be some people interested in getting together. <B... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 23:25:26 EST SPEAK YOUR MIND - JUNE Happy June 1st! Wed, 1 Jun 2011 07:56:53 EST June 2011 Daily Sparkwheel Points <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 06:42:19 EST Hello all! I'm so excited to start on Spark. I've been working hard over the past year to change my life- I became a vegan about a year ago. I have lost 60 pounds on my own and have done a great job of staying stable the past few months, but with about 30 more pounds to go, I'd like to get things moving again! Sat, 28 May 2011 19:45:47 EST 5K in North Olmsted ~ June 4th 9:00 am Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am participating in a 5K on Saturday, June 4th at 9:00 am in North Olmsted. Please let me know if you are able to join me! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>istration.pdf </link> Sat, 28 May 2011 10:49:05 EST Marathon Weekend - Anyone running? I should have written this earlier in the week, sorry. Work always gets in the way of my social life!! <BR> <BR> Is anyone out there running this weekend? I am going to run the 5K on Saturday and I am so excited! It's my fourth one and I am shooting for 40 minutes. My last one in March was 41:08. <BR> <BR> I will be going to the expo to pick up packets today about 11am. <BR> <BR> Best wishes to all you runners out there! I am praying for dry mornings the next two days! Fri, 13 May 2011 09:10:34 EST Day one Today was the first day of my journey was a little hard but I made it. My heart is challenged was to drink eight glasses of water. Just drank the last. Mon, 9 May 2011 18:31:07 EST My Favorites?? Is any one else having a problem with My Favorites listing? For the last 2 days I have not been able to access it? I select the tab - and a blank window opens - and that is it. <BR> <BR> HELP? <em>32</em> Wed, 4 May 2011 12:50:01 EST LOST ALL MOTIVATION :( I need help - I have lost ALL motivation. As we all know this weather is NOT HELPING!!! <BR> Desparately need to get back on track - HELP!!! <BR> <em>46</em> Tue, 3 May 2011 09:19:28 EST May 2011 Daily Sparkwheel Points 5 Sun, 1 May 2011 14:14:02 EST Speak Your Mind - May 2011! Hey Folks! How are you going to make May Magnificent? get Motivated? get Moving? <em>334</em> Sun, 1 May 2011 13:43:47 EST Anyone have great headphones for running? I am constantly pushing my headphones in my ears while running. Does anyone have a set they use that stay in well, or have a solid (and comfortable) ear-hook setup? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Mark Thu, 21 Apr 2011 08:38:31 EST Lynn New Hi, i am eager to start preparing myself to be as healthy and fit as possible. I am 46 and in pretty good shape. My main concern is the calories that i am consuming. So i hope this website is the right fit for me. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:26:10 EST What's Up Spark People? Hi name is Trisha. Just introducing myself to the boards,....been a member for a few weeks now. Been lurking in the back,..finally decided to take the plunge! Hope there's room for one more on here. Judging from the convo's I've read on some of the boards, I'm pretty certain there is, smile). <BR> <BR> I need to lose about 60lbs of fat!! Get toned up....start feeling good again! Looking for any suggestions....advice....etc, anyone would like to offer. If need be....I... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 08:21:29 EST Speak Your Mind - April 2011 It's my birthday month! Feel free to celebrate as you see fit. ;) <BR> <BR> Happy April everyone. It's (dare I say it?) SPRING! <BR> <BR> (and where I am . . it's 104 degrees with 100% humidity. I'm melting ...) Fri, 1 Apr 2011 09:26:27 EST April 2011 Daily Sparkwheel Points <em>449</em> <em>449</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 06:22:08 EST Dr. Neal Barnard speaking in Cleveland Dr. Neal Barnard is speaking at John Carroll University in University Heights on Tuesday April 19th at 7pm. He is a wonderful speaker who advocates dietary changes to reverse disease. You may have seen one of his lectures during membership drives on PBS. <BR> <BR> IT IS FREE! <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the info. <BR> <link><BR>/17089237/?a=mc1_lnm&rv=mc1 </link> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 19:05:46 EST April running partners. I live in Solon and would love to have a running partner during the week. I would like to run about 40 minutes three times per week during the week. My pace is around 13:30 per mile, but right now I am trying to get beyond 1.5 miles run before I have to walk a little bit. <BR> <BR> Any help and/or running buddies would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Ron Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:39:55 EST spring Spring is here its time to clean up are yards and I'm going to get my body clean up too . So I'm going to put good stuff in my body.Just like a would put wonder flowers in my yard. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 15:05:12 EST Hi folks Greetings <BR> <BR> Picked up a People magazine at the vet's office and started an article on 8 people who lost hundreds of pounds. One consistent web site mentioned was I am so glad I check it out. This is exactly what I have been looking for to get me motivated! <BR> <BR> My evil right knee has been a bane to my existence for years until I finally got it replaced (for a total of 8 surgeries on the right knee and 2 on the left). It has caused me to fall and break my ar... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 22:08:45 EST Learned a lot Over the last months I have learned a lot some of it was good and some was horrid. Right now I am looking forward to spring staying in Cleveland and washing away the bad of the winter. Up until this year I loved fall and winter with the colors of fall and the festivity of winter but after all I have gone through this winter and fall I don't know if I will ever look at them the same again. I hope I will. Now all I can hope for is that when spring begins to bring new life and renewed life it wi... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:40:34 EST Hi, i'm new! Hi all! I'm Rachel, i'm 25 and have lived in Cleveland all my life! I'm new to the forums on SparkPeople - - i'm hoping to get some good tips from some of you!! Anyone who works out in the Cleveland area and wants a buddy, i'm game! <em>334</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 20:03:51 EST Speak Your Mind - March 2011 Welcome to March! <BR> <BR> For those of you covered in winter. . . it means nicer weather is right around the corner! <BR> <BR> Hang in there! Tue, 1 Mar 2011 11:43:22 EST March 2011 daily Sparkwheel Points 10 Tue, 1 Mar 2011 08:26:25 EST Hello! Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Margaret. I am a pastor living in Cleveland and I am new to SparkPeople. I am excited to finally have some accountability and hopefully meet new people on journey to a healthier me. I look forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> Many blessings (and not to many guilty indulgences) on your journey! <BR> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:59:30 EST Just joining!!! Anybody out there? Hi! I'm a 28-year-old from Cleveland who just tried on her wedding dress for the first time today (It just came in!). Although I've been following Weight Watchers for the past year, I've "only" lost (I know that's a bad word to use) 20 pounds and I'm becoming very discouraged. I'm working towards an overall h:)ealthy weight and lifestyle but my looming wedding date is certainly a stepping-stone goal. Can anyone relate? Tue, 8 Feb 2011 22:14:21 EST Gyms that have daycare/ba abysitting Hi I live on the west side of Cleveland- Berea. Does anyone know of of a gym that has babysitting. I know that Lifetime Fitness in Beachwod offers that and I wish they had a club on the west side, I would join in a heartbeat! Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:49:16 EST clevelander at heart Hi, I'm new to thwis team. I grew up in North Olmsted. Even though I live in east central ohio now, I will always be a Clevelander at heart. I watch channel 8 every morning, and keep in touch with all my freinds and family there; so when it came to joining a spark team..... no question it had to be Cleveland..... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 11:06:21 EST slow start Started 2 weeks ago...having a hard time staying motivated....according to scale, haven't lost a pound! Sat, 5 Feb 2011 11:10:36 EST Moving to Cleveland! Hi my name is Laura! I'm moving to Cleveland for my job on march 2nd and don't know anyone so I thought I would join! I'm 22, I like to run, and would like to lose about 15 more pounds Sat, 5 Feb 2011 09:14:07 EST Moving to Cleveland! Hi my name is Laura! I'm moving to Cleveland for my job on march 2nd and don't know anyone so I thought I would join! I'm 22, I like to run, and would like to lose about 15 more pounds Sat, 5 Feb 2011 09:13:55 EST How are you doing this winter? This is the worst winter for me ever! I feel so tired and just plain ... ick! What are you all doing to stay motivated and on track during the Cleveland winter? Thu, 3 Feb 2011 07:15:32 EST Log in Points February 2011 <em>444</em> <em>444</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:07:26 EST Speak Your Mind - February 2011! I hope you all don't mind me starting this, especially since I haven't been in much. I read thru, I just don't write. <BR> <BR> I was super busy at work, and then got the flu bug. I'm feeling much better now, thank you very much. I'm supposed to go to Boston tomorrow for a training. It would be really nice, and kind of helpful if that trip would be postponed. They are supposed to get some funky weather much like ours. Keep the fingers crossed, and pray for a change in plans please (or do th... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:09:11 EST Hi! (intro) Just joined SP and wanted to say hello...looking for some buddies to motivate me/kick my <em>246</em> Tamara Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:35:10 EST Tackle The Tower??? Is anyone else participating in this? February 5th at Center Court of the Galleria & Tower at Erieview? Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:47:32 EST Trying for a New me Hi , <BR> <BR> I thought I already did this, but I guess not. My name is Joyce and I'm 27 years old trying to transform my health lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm not just trying to lose weight I want to change to a better and healthier lifestyle so that I can lose the weight and keep it off. <BR> <BR> I don't have any children and I live in Cleveland, which is why I absolutely had to join this spark team. I'm all for making Cleveland healthier one person at a <BR> <BR> Woul... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 19:17:19 EST I had a bad week Hey guys I had a really bad week this week. I tried to stay on track this week, but I messed up. I didn't drink 8 glasses a day i think I only averaged about 5 glasses of water a day this week. And my food selections weren't that great. I'm trying to not beat myself up about it and start back again on the weeks start. <BR> <BR> Well I just needed to vent that. <BR> <BR> I love this site and the biggest problem I think was I wasn't logged onto my spark page. I know it sounds crazy, but I k... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 19:09:10 EST Chili Bowl Classic - February 19 Anyone out there planning on participating in the Cleveland Chili Bowl Classic? <BR> <BR> February 19th - Tower City <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vents/chili.asp </link> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:11:59 EST Posting fitness points on leaderboard My points are not showing on the leaderboard-fitness points. I have 920 so far in Jan and I should be there somewhere. Does anyone know what I need to do? thanks Thu, 13 Jan 2011 01:03:01 EST Nutrition Information for Local Restaurants Does anyone know if there is a place on the SparkCleveland team page that lists nutrition information for local restaurants? (i.e., Antonio's Pepperoni Pizza) Tue, 11 Jan 2011 19:21:06 EST time for change Hello sparkpeople today is my start for a new and healthier me Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:39:31 EST Beautiful Goddess Hello World, I'm a 20year old college student lost in the world. I will be 21 in April and its severely overweight!! I weigh 274LBS AND want to be 190 by the end of the year. my goal is to really lose over 100lbs and be a healthy adult and will be able to control my health and weight and be able to have children some day and husband and be happy with myself.. THIS is my goal and I would like all the help and support from everywhere if possible! thank you <BR> <BR> a struggling young adult Wed, 5 Jan 2011 20:43:36 EST I'm a newbie here Hello my name is Joyce. I stay in Lakewood/Cleveland. I am new to I am trying my best to lose weight, and it is very challenging. My long term goal is to lose 100 lbs in two years. I think that would be healthy weight loss. If that's not so I'm looking for as much advice I can get. I would love to find a few friends that are going through what I am going through. In two years I want to be slim, trim, healthy, and lovin' Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:03:44 EST Speak Your Mind - January 2011!!! How did this happen? <BR> <BR> another new year. . . <BR> <BR> Here we go! <BR> <BR> What did you accomplish in 2010? List 'em here! <BR> <BR> AND .. . what are your goals for 2011? <BR> <BR> Dream big! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 10:02:12 EST Log In Points January 2011 <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 09:55:05 EST How was your commute tonight? Weds 12/8/10 So, it took me 3.5 hours to drive home to South Euclid from Playhouse Square. When I checked my "progress" after an hour and a half, I had not gotten to Cleveland Clinic on Carnegie yet. <BR> <BR> There weren't too many bonehead drivers other than the ones who decide to rush the light when there is no where to go, and block cross traffic. People were even nice about lane changes around stalled cars. Hooray for those Traffic Angels! <BR> <BR> I made it home safe, and rather unfrazzled. Thank... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 20:24:20 EST trying it out I don't like being fat Tue, 7 Dec 2010 18:50:19 EST trying it out I don't like being fat Tue, 7 Dec 2010 18:50:18 EST Log-In Points - December 2010 Post 'em here! Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:29:29 EST Speak Your Mind - December 2010!! Holy Smokes everyone . . it's December?? <BR> <BR> How did this happen?? <BR> <BR> Ok so I have an assignment for you all. (myself included) <BR> <BR> List everything you accomplished this year. <BR> <BR> List something you're going to accomplish in December. <BR> <BR> And then list what you're hoping to accomplish next year. <BR> <BR> What changed for you this year? Was it good? Was it bad? <BR> <BR> What are you proud of yourself for this year??!! :) Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:27:56 EST DECEMBER CARDIO POINTS CHALLENGE! Winter seems to be a time where people drop their cardio since it's "so cold out" and "the snow has blocked all the exits to my home!" Well no more! There are plenty of ways to get cardio done inside your house! <BR> <BR> This months challenge is based all around your cardio points. For every Spark Point you get (for 5 minutes of cardio) note that in this thread daily and at the end of the month, we'll see who has the most points. <BR> <BR> I'll keep track as best I can, and give weekly ... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:14:53 EST New December Challenge? Just wondering if there's going to be a challenge for December, like "Race into the new Year" or something? Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:11:14 EST its just the begining Im looking forward to losing weight it is a must Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:37:51 EST The Great New Year's Eve 5K - Stow Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am thinking of doing a 5K on Friday, December 31st in Stow. It's at the Stow-Monroe Falls High School and starts at 4:00 pm. If I do this one, it would be my second 5K (my first is 12/04/10 in Columbus). <BR> <BR> Just wondering if any of you Sparkers are planning on attending. Let me know, I'd love to meet you in person. <BR> <BR> Here is the link with more information: <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:05:37 EST Log in points November Figured I'd toss this one up too and sticky it for those that participate in this activity! Sun, 31 Oct 2010 21:11:50 EST Speak your mind - November 2010 I'll start 'er off and wish everyone a happy all saints day! (just a few hours early) Sun, 31 Oct 2010 21:10:14 EST Hi everyone! My name is Mary, I'm pretty new here and just wanted to say "hi" to everyone. Sat, 30 Oct 2010 13:02:22 EST What Gym do you go to? Hi, my name is Roxanne. I just joined Spark People tonight and I hope it will help me reach my goal weight. <BR> I recently returned to the gym(not that I was going too often even before), and I am hoping to find other Spark members that go to my gym. I think it could motivate us further. <BR> I go to Fitworks in Rocky River. <BR> Where does everyone else go? Maybe if we all post our gyms we will find some partners to keep us on track. <BR> Good luck to everybody in their quests for health an... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 01:30:31 EST Speak your Mind October - 2010 Evening folks! <BR> Did not see an October posting so here goes! <BR> <BR> It has not stopped raining here all day. It is <BR> chilly and damp and hubby was putting in the storm windows when I got home from work. He even put on the heater because he was so cold since the thermostat said 59 degrees. He set it for 65 for now since it is not really too cold outside yet. It is great sleeping weather! <BR> Hope everyone has a great night! <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Oct 2010 20:03:49 EST Speak Your Mind - September 2010 Another month behind you. <BR> <BR> TMI for me? nah, keep in mind I primarily have worked with women most of my career. It did not even register until I saw the TMI and my name. <BR> <BR> Off to Geneva on the lake for a bike ride tomorrow. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 07:01:47 EST Log in Points-October 10 Fri, 1 Oct 2010 06:45:42 EST October 2010 Spark Wheel Log In Points 25/ way to start the month off right Fri, 1 Oct 2010 06:36:32 EST 10/9/10 spark in the park we are havin a picnic &hike at 200pm on 10/9/10 penitentiary in kirtland ohio bring a dish to share hike the gorge trail at 3:00pm rain or shine please vip if you can Mon, 27 Sep 2010 22:00:32 EST New and In Need of Support I'm new to the site but certainly not new to dieting! It seems like I've tried a little bit of everything and nothing has worked for more than a few days/weeks. Excuses, stress and lack of planning seems to get me off track with every weight loss attempt. I'm reaching out for a little support that will help me on a long journey. Thanks! Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:54:11 EST hi all !!!!! Im new to the spark, im actually looking for anyone in the euclid ohio area who would like to go on early morning or late evening walks, to offer support to oneanother on our journey to better health. If interested send a msg, thx Mon, 20 Sep 2010 20:38:12 EST New to Spark and to Cleveland Hi! <BR> <BR> I just moved to Cleveland Heights a year and a half ago, and I just joined SP yesterday. I LOVE Cleveland, and I'm pretty sure that I'm starting to love SP too. <BR> <BR> I think it's really cool that there's a Cleveland group here, especially because I work from home, and so I don't get many chances to interact with people in the area except for folks I already knew through my husband and his family. <BR> <BR> Are there any other EastSiders around? <BR> <BR> Zee Thu, 16 Sep 2010 08:47:25 EST How would one start a charity walk or run? So many of you out there are runners and avid walkers, that I thought I would solicit some information. Has anyone ever started their own walk or run for a charity? How would one go about doing so? <BR> <BR> I am on the board of director's of a very small charity, which has been in existence for many years in Cleveland, but few people know about it. It is a shelter for young women who are pregnant, or have small children. We give them a place to live and help them to become self supporti... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:06:02 EST You know it is autumn when... You hear the geese migrating before you see them. Those graceful arrowhead formations crossing overhead is actually something I find quite wonderful. <BR> We still have a few days before it is OFFICIAL though! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 22:36:22 EST I'm new. I've just joined SparkPeople. I find trying to trace food difficult. For example we had swordfish for dinner on evening, but the only fish I could find was Atlantic salmon and talapia (sp?) is there a way to enter what you actually ate? I try not to buy food out of season so right now we are into tomatoes, summer squash, etc. here in Ohio. <BR> Thanks Mon, 6 Sep 2010 12:03:24 EST September Speak Your Mind Ok, someone make this a sticky topic! LOL <BR> <BR> Welcome to September gang! <BR> <BR> The year is winding down and I must say, I've made some personal strides so far...and I'm not done yet! <BR> Race for the Cure on 9/11 and thinking of doing a Bay Village run in October. <BR> <BR> Make it a great day! Wed, 1 Sep 2010 08:13:29 EST Log in Points- September 3 Wed, 1 Sep 2010 05:03:59 EST Speak Your Mind - September 2010!! Can you believe it ... September 1 ... tomorrow. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 19:43:58 EST Looking to Jump Start a Weight Loss Routine Hello all- I'm Beth. I am a RN who loves working nights- but while at work all I can think about is food. I am hesitant to change my diet too much ( I love my carbs and don't eat red meat or seafood), but am ready and willing to workout as much as necessary to meet my goal. I also hope to quit smoking and cut back on my Michelob Ultra and Wine;)I was wondering about ideas for a good system cleanse to help launch my weight loss... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 04:54:18 EST HI EVERYONE!!!!! Ok so here is the deal...I am going on a cruise in December and need to lose some weight. I need help at least to look descent. I would like to lose 20 lbs before the cruise so i can at least fit into some of my old the past 5 years i have gained about 40 lbs. i would be happy losing just half of that by the time its curise time, and worry about the rest when i come back. MY PROBLEM IS I LOVE TO COME HOME FROM WORK AND SIT IN FRONT OF THE all know what i am talking abo... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:14:40 EST Look! SP in the news again!! <link><BR>s/5-weight-loss-websites-work </link> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:19:08 EST Hello! My name is Robbi and I'm new to this group, ready to take on challenges to come! Sat, 7 Aug 2010 10:03:52 EST Greetings SmellyBelly here: I just joined SP and would like to introduce myself to each and every one. I am SmellyBelly (figured the name would not be utilized by any other). If I can be of some help, encouragement and/or support to any one pleae do not hestitate to blog. My greatest challenge to weight loss is learning to eat more healthy and curbing my sweet tooth. However, I look forward to learning how and pray I exercise the patience needed to comply fully and with sincere effort. Tue, 3 Aug 2010 14:47:14 EST August Log In Points 5 Sun, 1 Aug 2010 08:35:51 EST Speak Your Mind - August 2010!! Can you believe how fast this summer is going. What a beautiful Sunday morning. 68 and sunshine. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 07:02:11 EST