SparkPeople Northeastern Pennsylvania Team Messageboard Creating a forum for local Northeastern Pennsylvania residents to be able support one another in our quest to be healthy! SparkPeople Northeastern Pennsylvania Team Messageboard Interest in a Color Run? The PTO at my daughter's school is looking into hosting a Color Run fundraiser. Here's the thing though, out of 700 students in the school, our PTO meeting had a whopping 10 participants. To host the color run we need to guarantee that we have at least 100 runners. There would be a $32 registration fee per participant. This is in the Wilkes-Barre area. If we have one, is anyone interested in participating? Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:58:14 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:27 EST Monopoly Challenge 2015 <em>249</em> THIS CHALLENGE WILL BEGIN JANUARY 1, 2015 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge will be an individual exercise challenge. The way to win this challenge is to be the first person to land on every square on the monopoly board, from the roll of a die. One die (1-6) will be used for this game to increase the odds of landing on the square that you need.  <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> I WILL ROLL THE DIE AND POST YOUR CURRENT LOCATION <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> For every 2500 calor... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 17:23:52 EST Looking for Someone in the Tafton Area. Hello, my name is Leslie and I am looking for someone to be a fitness buddy with.I have lost from 285 lbs down to 186 lbs learning Belly Dance. I, however, would love to start walking but I am a little afraid to walk by my self and would love to have someone to walk with me. If you would like to start walking together, please reply to this post. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 04:46:21 EST Monopoly Challenge 2015 <em>249</em> THIS CHALLENGE WILL BEGIN JANUARY 1, 2015 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge will be an individual exercise challenge. The way to win this challenge is to be the first person to land on every square on the monopoly board, from the roll of a die. One die (1-6) will be used for this game to increase the odds of landing on the square that you need.  <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> I WILL ROLL THE DIE AND POST YOUR CURRENT LOCATION <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> For every 2500 calor... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:29:54 EST November Erase Your Thanksgiving Meal Challenge With November upon us, it is the unofficial beginning of the holiday season. <em>426</em> Thanksgiving and Christmas <em>446</em> are holidays that often lead to overeating and it is not uncommon to throw healthy eating and exercise out the door for 2 months and just figure we will get healthy again on January 1st with everyone else! <BR> <BR> It may be unrealistic to LOSE weight during the holiday season (although not impossible by any means). But wouldn't it be awesome to burn off a... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:24:12 EST Getting to know you game So the purpose of this exercise is to get to know all our teammates better and become a better "family" and support system for each other. There's no better way to help out your teammates than to know more about them. <BR> <BR> The first person asks a question, and the next person answers that question and posts a new one. This can keep going on, well indefinitely. Be sure to check back and play often! <BR> <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> -------------------------------... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:56:21 EST Anyone from Hawely or Honesdale? I live near the Promiseland State Park and I am trying to meet people in this area. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:35:29 EST New Hello, I am a 45 year old female living in the Tafton/Hawely area. I started my exercise and diet journey on August 29, 2013 when my scales tipped 283 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have Bipolar disorder and I have a HARD time sticking with anything because I lose interest, so I decided that I should find something that would keep my interest and have a lot of fun doing. I decided to learn how to Belly Dance, something I have wanted to do since childhood after seeing a lady on TV. The dance is just so... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:33:09 EST Did you know... That "chair exercise, low impact" <BR> and "chair exercise, moderate to vigorous intensity" have been added to the fitness tracker? I'm not sure if we have anyone these would apply to, but a big thanks to SparkPeople fit making the options available! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:11:53 EST New Year's 2014 Happy New Year, team! <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> As we enter the new year, I'm sure we all have "resolutions". Well I'm not one for resolutions, but what are your GOALS for 2014? Why have you set these goals? What steps are you going to take to reach them? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:46:05 EST Sign up here! (As well as weigh in and track) To sign up, simply copy and paste this into your reply. <BR> <BR> SW: <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> Weigh in- <BR> Fitness points- <BR> Non-Fitness points- <BR> Week 1 Total points - <BR> <BR> Week 2 <BR> Weigh in- <BR> Fitness points- <BR> Non-Fitness points- <BR> Week 2 Total points - <BR> Total points so far- <BR> <BR> Week 3 <BR> Weigh in- <BR> Fitness points- <BR> Non-Fitness points- <BR> Week 3 Total points - <BR> Total points so far- <BR> <BR> Week 4 <BR> Weigh in- <BR> Fitness points- <... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:41:06 EST October Prep for the Holiday Season Challenge This is going to be a short 4 week challenge to reinforce our healthy lifestyles before those dreaded holidays set in. At the end of the challenge, the 3 highest scores in the challenge will be awarded a SparkGoodie. The challenge will run from September 30, 2013 - October 27, 2013. <BR> Starting weight is due no later than 11:59pm EST on September 29th. Each subsequent weigh (and logging of points) in will also be due each Sunday by 11:59pm EST. Anyone who does not weigh in on time will be e... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:33:00 EST New leader... again. Who is still with us?? Hello Team! It seems as though Jay has left us as leader so I will resume my post. Anyone interested in being a co-leader, please let me know as I know I can't manage it on my own right now. Also, I'd like to know who is still on board with our team. Seems as though everyone is pretty inactive. What would you like to see in this team? Suggestions are more than welcome! Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:28:29 EST Tell us about all of your success! An important park of weight loss is being motivated. A good way to get motivated is to hear about others who set goals, and met them. Tell us about your journey. I know it wasn't easy. What were the bumps in the road and how did you get past them? How have you changed your behaviors? Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:56:35 EST July/August 2013 Discussion Thread - POST HERE! Use this thread for general conversation. Tell us about what's new and exciting in your life. Keep us updated on your progress! Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:44:10 EST Welcome new members! Tell us about you! On behalf of the entire team, I'd like to extend a warm and friendly NEPA welcome to our new members. Please tell us a little bit about yourself why your here! We look forward to supporting you so you can meet your goals! Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:41:22 EST The Harlem Globetrotters in Wilkes-Barre! COUPON My boys absolutely LOVED watching The Harlem Globetrotters last year and we can't wait to see it again! I wanted to share this great coupon with you all. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing kid participation and fun to a whole new level when their 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour comes to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, February 24th at 3pm! <BR> Click here:<BR>B04D4FB8 <BR> to purchase tickets and Save $7 on select tickets... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:14:31 EST January 2013 Calorie Torch Challenge (little late) JANUARY CALORIES BURNED <BR> <BR> Let’s start the year off right and get rid of some of that excess weight! <BR> <BR> One pound is roughly 3500 calories. Let’s see how many calories we can burn together and how many pounds we can lose together in January. <BR> <BR> In order to figure out calories burned, input your activity and minutes into the fitness calculators. <BR> <BR> Please copy and paste this template into a post. Edit it daily with calories burned. You do NOT have to start a new... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:33:34 EST Who's still around? Post here to see who's left on this sparkteam. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 20:59:16 EST Hello? Anybody out there?! This group seems to be missing it's leader. Is anybody still active in this group? Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:23:55 EST My plan for the day. What is your? My plan is to take my grandchildren to the local Harvest Days on main st I live close enough that we are going to walk to town and then though Main St about 14 blocks one way . cant wait there is going to be craft vendors and hay rides along is with pumpkin painting and live music should be a nice day Sat, 8 Oct 2011 06:30:16 EST Why is my mom a debbie downer Hello, <BR> <BR> well I called my mom for a ride since our ride is not working right now. So i told her I need a ride since I went back to school to study Criminal Justice and she is like you are making a bad choice in going back to school you never like school when you were going in high school and such. Well mom I was not in to what they were teaching us, Plus she throws the fat card at me I am like well you are the ones who always offered me seconds and thirds. Plus you say cj field d... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 01:11:20 EST Does anyone still use this forum? The roll call says we have 225 members, but the forum shows almost no posts in the last month or so. What changes should be made to start people posting again? Or should we pull up stakes and call it a day? Wed, 1 Jun 2011 17:16:14 EST why does 4 year old not want to sleep in his own b We have a four year old here that in the past few weeks does not want to sleep in his bed at night. He wants to sleep in mommies and daddys bed. He comes in with us to start then after he falls asleep we put him in his own room and that sometimes last for a hour or so then back in our bed. We have asked him what the problem is and he said he does not know. <BR> <BR> He seems to want daddy we tried sleeping in his room with him till he goes to sleep and then leave that does not work. some... Sat, 28 May 2011 08:47:26 EST Newbie Hi I'm Jackie. I'm a 54 yr old retired PA State employee of 35 1/2 yrs. Just retired July 2, 2010. I have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren: 2 granddaughters and 2 twin grandsons. I need to change my way of life so I can be around for my family. I have arthritis and asthma so it is hard for me to do strenuous exercises. I will be mainly walking and using my glider for the time being until I can gain strength to be more active. <BR> I need encouragement and will gladly give encouragemen... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:59:51 EST need to find a job I was laid off soem time ago from last job and looking for a new one filled out many apps but no one seems to be calling why oh why Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:00:31 EST Family History against me My family history is agaist me <BR> Heart attacks, Diabetes,cancer,high blood pressure. <BR> <BR> My mom tells me if i dont lose weight i will end up following in there foot steps. I know I need to change my eating habbits but I dont need to be remind it ever time I see my mom. It bothers me ever time. <BR> <BR> I can see it now i will lose the weight and get healthy and still hear about it from her <BR> <BR> what to do Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:41:42 EST anyone hiring out there Hello, <BR> <BR> i just got laid off from my job and was wondering if nay one know of any one hiring people at this time <BR> <BR> thanks Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:03:36 EST Clear American Flavored Water from Walmart My family and I shop at walmart and love there flavored water Clear American and they now have it in two liter size I am very happy for that It has helped me lose some weight so far and helps kick my soda habit Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:28:50 EST Im new! Hello let me introduce myself.My name is christine I am 36 and new to spark people.I am really enjoying this!I live in a town near wilkes barre,pa. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:43:59 EST i stopped drinking soda but i stopped drinking soda but i gained wait when i was drinking some soda i was losing a litle weight weird huh Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:54:02 EST called off family is sick had to use a call off family is sick stomach bug i think oh well have to take care of family baby is 3 soon to be 4 and hates being sick Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:53:17 EST time to stop drinking soda and drink more water Well another new year has started <BR> this year I plan on cutting back on my soda intake and my powered ice tea drinks. <BR> <BR> I have cut back soda down to just about a two liter a week or so and my ice tea has been around the same <BR> <BR> I know if i drop the soda the weight will go down some since all soda is is sugar and bad stuff <BR> <BR> why so hard to stop drinking the good stuff Sat, 1 Jan 2011 07:24:28 EST Is New Years day another day or a special day I always seem New years day as just another day has passed. I try to look at it as day by day and glad another day has passed and I am still around to see another sunset? People get mad at me when i say its just another day what do you think Sat, 1 Jan 2011 07:18:05 EST Time to lose the weight 2011 Hello, <BR> <BR> 2010 has come and gone and now I sit here in NEPA and look at my self and say self we need to get this weight off no more soda more fruit and veg and long walks with the family <BR> <BR> Good thing have a trail to walk around here Fri, 24 Dec 2010 10:18:11 EST Merry christmas and happy holidays hope that everyone has a happy and safe holiday Fri, 24 Dec 2010 10:16:47 EST 5% Winter Challenge Starting Soon This Challenge is so much fun, inspirational and encouraging. Follows is a detailed overview of the challenge. If you're interested, click on the link, join the challenge, and sign up for one of the 11 teams. Please feel free to ask me questions. <BR> <BR> 2010 WINTER 5% CHALLENGE OVERVIEW - Race to FANTASTIC CITIES around the world <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Winter 5% Challenge! Over the course of the next 8 weeks, we will work together to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way! Th... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 07:00:02 EST New to the NEPA team Hi, Just joined this team. I've lost approx. 5lbs in the last 2 months. I still like my sweets and chocolate (too much!), though I do walk several times a week, a new puppy helps with that. I would like to lose between 40 to 45 more lbs, that would put me in the weight range that is best for my health. I live near Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre. <em>76</em> <em>493</em> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 20:52:15 EST Resigning from LEADER Position =( Hey fellow NEPA teammates, I have been away and must apologize for all that I have left down. We moved and I am no longer in NEPA so I am going to have to resign as one of the leaders. Although you have active leaders, please know this was a difficult decision and I'll keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers as I continue my healthy journey in Nazareth (Lehigh Valley area). I wish you all luck in your journey and feel free to contact your current leaders if you are interested in helping k... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 10:03:09 EST mike and molly show? do u think its a hit well the shows seems to be a big hit and it looks like it is showing other big people trying to lose weight <BR> <BR> whats your take on it Fri, 1 Oct 2010 15:14:04 EST Support help Hello, <BR> <BR> I want to thank one and all that has help me and all others out there on the boards. we here live in the plymouth area and still find it hard losing the extra pounds I cant seem to get below 295 the scale always says between 295-299lb oh well Fri, 1 Oct 2010 15:12:33 EST Zumba for breast cancer Zumba for Breast Cancer <BR> Saturday 9/18 9AM -12PM @ NutriFitness 311 Market St in Kingston <em>236</em> <em>236</em> $10 donation at the door. ALl proceeds go to the Susan G Komen Foundation............Maybe we can get a group of SPARKERS together and meet each other in person! Sun, 5 Sep 2010 05:16:44 EST plymouth kiabisi fest this weekend this weekend will be the plymouth kiabisi fest cant wait gives me a chance to walk around and see what other people have to offer and free music cant go wrong Sun, 22 Aug 2010 10:58:35 EST Happy rainy Sunday Hello, <BR> itsw been raining all day long here. I am slowly losing the weight but I wish i can lose more i know its hard but we have to keep the faith to lose the weight for us and all others around us Sun, 22 Aug 2010 10:57:12 EST Where to find fago I am looking for fago soda any one know where to find it <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> <BR> dave Wed, 11 Aug 2010 19:16:53 EST Looking for Butter prickle ice cream? does any one in NEPA know where to find butter prickle ice cream my wife loved the stuff and want to surprise her with it as a treat since she has been doing good losing weight Wed, 11 Aug 2010 19:16:12 EST just checking in hello, <BR> <BR> just wanted to drop a line and say hello to one and all been working alot at the factory to try to get ahead i am slowly losing weight The wife and i want to get down a few more sizes Mon, 9 Aug 2010 18:16:42 EST Challenges: 6/28 - 7/4 Strength Challenge - Incorporate at least one exercise which takes you out of your comfort zone (and not in a bad way). For example, mine would be single leg work, so I'll be attempting Single Leg Deadlifts. <BR> <BR> Nutrition Challenge - Weigh yourself on Thursday or Friday morning, and try not to be higher than 3lbs over that weight on Monday or Tuesday morning. Thu, 24 Jun 2010 23:26:06 EST What was your "Ah Ha!" moment? What was the moment which turned you on to a healthier lifestyle? Mine was landing in the hospital due to an infection in my leg that I'd waited too long to get treated. I needed IV antibiotics for 10 days, during which time I had to remain in bed. Well, 10 days gives a person time to think and I thought "This sucks!" so the day I got out, I joined a local gym and started eating better. That was just over 6 years ago. I weighed 350lb or thereabouts at the start and tip the scales as of this m... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 17:58:22 EST Hey Just posted in the Log thread so I figured I should introduce myself over here as well. <BR> <BR> My name is Lynn and I live in northeastern PA over near Carbondale area. I am 27, married for 8 years now and have 3 children - one that will be 6 in August, one is 3 and one was just born in March of this year. I have always had difficulties with my weight and found after I had children that I GAIN weight while nursing. After I had my first son in 2006, I joined Curves and actually gained 20... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 15:17:37 EST Lynn's Log Just an attempt here to keep up with you guys so I am not sure if I am doing this right or not. <BR> <BR> Cardio: 35 minutes laps in the pool (alternating overhand, underwater and crawl); 5 minutes stair stepping machine <BR> <BR> Strength Training: <BR> Leg Presses - 3 sets of 25 @ 70lbs <BR> Leg Curls - 3 sets of 15 @ 70lbs <BR> Leg Extensions - 3 sets of 15 @ 70lbs <BR> Inner Thigh Pull - 3 sets of 25 @ 70lbs <BR> Outer Thigh Pull - 3 sets of 25 @ 70 lbs <BR> Oblique Machine - 3 sets on ... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 15:02:07 EST Bev's Workout Log Today I worked my butt off - lol. I have a goal I want to meet for our anniversary party in July and I'm going to give as much as I can to get there! <BR> Stepper machine - 20 minutes - this is the most I've ever done on here <BR> Elliptical - 20 minutes <BR> Ab lounger - 100 Twice as much as usual <BR> Step-ups - 10 minutes <BR> Aerobics - 85 minutes <BR> Walking - 20 minutes <BR> Phew! I felt great though when I finished. Also got in my strength training. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 14:46:23 EST Doris Log I went to the gym today finally, had to start a little easier and lighter than normal. With my thyroid issues, had a hard time bringing my heart rate down, but was pleased with my workout. I did as follows: <BR> <BR> Lat pull down 3 sets of 90# x 12 <BR> Bent over rows, 3 sets of 20# x 12 <BR> Pull overs, 3 sets of 20# x 15 <BR> incline chest press w/twist, 3 sets of 20# x 12 <BR> Machine chest press, 3 sets of 80# x 12 <BR> Alt bicep curls, 3 sets of 25# x 8 <BR> Hammer curls, 3 sets... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 20:48:12 EST Stingo's Log Upper Body I - 6/21/10 <BR> <BR> A Barbell Bench Press - 85, 100, 5@175, 115, 85 <BR> B Cable Row - 82.5, 105, 165, 135, 82.5 <BR> C Shoulder Press - 30e, 35e, 4@55e, 40e, 30e <BR> D Lat Pulldown - 60, 82.5, 127.5, 90, 60 <BR> E Lying Triceps Extension - 20e, 40e, 30e, 20e <BR> F Dumbbell Bicep Curl - 20e, 4@40e, 30e, 20e <BR> G Side Deltoid Raise - 12, 25, 20, 12 <BR> <BR> Overall - Yup, it's my back that's preventing me from nailing that last rep in A... dang it. But with gains in C and D... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 19:10:32 EST Where do you live, let's try to plan a get togeth Let's start are reboot by saying where we live. then maybe we can pick a place like Dorney Park, for a get together. <BR> Sara <em>247</em> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 22:44:36 EST Sparkteam Reboot Anyone interested? Sun, 6 Jun 2010 07:11:04 EST Hi My name is Jamie and I am from Scranton. I am new to this site so any tips or advice is really appreciated. Thanks! Wed, 5 May 2010 11:07:55 EST So hard to lose weight in NEPA I live near wilkes barre and its hard to lose weight seems like every time The family and I turn around a new place is open and they want you to sample there food places like this should be stopped I want to get down to 250 and getting there but first trying to break out of 300's Sun, 2 May 2010 10:34:26 EST Why build new food places? I mean come on we here are trying to lose weight and then they close one fast food place down and open another one what gives right people Sun, 2 May 2010 10:30:26 EST y oh y i have such a trouble losing weight I cant seem to stay away form soda and i eat to much food i try to push my self away but i just cant say no or when i do i get hungry later on at night and eat before bed any advice would be great. Sun, 28 Feb 2010 16:37:48 EST Other goals? Do you have aditional goals besides weight loss and fitness? <BR> <BR> I added the goal of saving $5.00 per day. Since I won't be spending money at the vending machines, buying fast food, or hitting the bar, putting $5.00 into my emergency savings account shouldn't be too hard. I was also the occasional smoker, so $5.00 is less than a pack of cigerettes. <BR> I make the transfer online from my checking account to savings account. So there is no excuse. It will add up to 1820.00 a year. wow... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 14:48:29 EST Baseline time for 5K One of my goals it is run a 5K. I walked the Griffin 5K last year(Aug 2009). This year, I am going to run it!!! <BR> With the bad weather and snow, I decided to do a baseline time on the treadmill. I walk/ran 5K (3.2 miles) in 45:36. That isn't riping up the track or breaking any speed records, but that is where I am starting. <BR> <BR> All three of my daughters run cross country for the high school. They love the sport. My husband runs to keep in shape for the army. So I guess it is calle... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 11:00:03 EST What is everyone's plans for today/weekend? It is a beautiful day here in Sullivan County. Sunny..and warm, well 36 degrees with the sun shinning is warm for Feb. <BR> <BR> I already did my 2.1 miles on the treadmill this morning, and the girls are heading to the skating rink in town. I don't think they will be there too long, the ice will turn slushy quick today. <BR> <BR> I might head out for a hike this afternoon to suck up this sunshine. <BR> <BR> What is everyone else doing today or for the weekend? Sat, 20 Feb 2010 11:43:54 EST Anyone near Wilkes Barre? Hi, my name is Amber and honestly I am looking for other ADULTS (I spend most of my time with my kids) to talk with and possible go for a jog. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:03:39 EST Lights out? Judging by the light use the forum's been seeing, I was thinking it may be time to turn out the lights and find a larger spark team to join. Just opening the topic for discussion, not saying that that's what should be done. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 12:19:35 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING Hello all <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a happy healthy Thanksgiving. Have a great day! Wed, 25 Nov 2009 19:17:55 EST THIS IS IT (the Michael Jackson movie) I went with my daughter and Mom to see the Michael Jackson movie This is it today. I was really impressed, I really enjoyed it. It is amazing how much talent at 50 he still has. Anyone else going to or have seen it? Sat, 7 Nov 2009 20:04:58 EST Non excerise related, but I am happy As of yesterday, I sold a picture off my site. <BR> <BR> When I took my long ass hike at Ricketts Glen, I came across 3 lovely ladys. We ended up passing each other the majority of the hike. At one point, they were trying to get pictures of each other and I just asked if they wanted me to take a picture of them together. So they bought my photo off my site. <BR> <BR> I even ran across a lady with 3 dogs, who is supposely going to buy the photos of her dogs off my site too. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 09:25:25 EST Walking Trails or Hiking Paths I've been looking for some new places to walk. <BR> I live in Effort right now. I don't mind traveling a bit. I had a great time at the Tobyhanna State Park, and at Chestnuthill Park (in Brodheadsville). I'm sure you guys have other great places that you know of that have walking or beginner hiking trails/paths. Please share! If you'd like to meet up at one let me know! I'm available most mornings! Wed, 14 Oct 2009 10:16:15 EST Ongoing Challenge: A Post A Day Seeing as it's been quiet around the forum of late, I thought I'd put up another challenge. This one is simply to post something on the forums every day. If all team members did this, our boards would be hopping for sure. Thu, 8 Oct 2009 09:03:43 EST Vote to help Spread the Spark! This message was forwarded from Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> One of our favorite blogs did a review of SparkPeople and a few other online weight management tools. At the end of the article you can vote for your favorite: <BR> <BR> <link> ght+management-tools </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> We'd appreciate you taking less than a minute to vote! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen <BR> <BR> PS. Feel free to leave a comment on the article about how SparkPeo... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 08:57:19 EST Success Stories While we have a thread for support, I thought it would be good to have a thread for success stories large and small. I'll start in that I just recently hit the 205lb mark for squats. Anyone else? Tue, 6 Oct 2009 08:25:54 EST Monthly Challenges I'm going to try to post challenges monthly as it usually takes that long to see real changes in weight etc. If you meet a challenge on any given day, give yourself a point. At the end of the month, add up your points - if you have 27 or more (for 30 day months) or 28 or more (for 31 day months), congratulations, you successfully completed the challenge. <BR> <BR> Non-daily goals, which will probably be the training challenges, can be done in a similar fashion - tally up the number of days y... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 08:30:32 EST Nutrition Challenge: Protein To dovetail with the already started strength challenge, I thought it'd be interesting to add a nutrition challenge. That is, to eat at least your target weight in grams of protein. That is, if your target weight is, say, 130 lbs, eat at/close to 130g of protein. You needn't participate in both challenges, but it might be more interesting if you did. Thu, 1 Oct 2009 13:49:30 EST NEW TEAM LEADER ADDED Hello team, <BR> <BR> Please welcome Stingo as a new NEPA team leader. <BR> <BR> Welcome Stingo, and Thank you! <BR> <BR> Doris Wed, 30 Sep 2009 17:45:38 EST Getting house real soon. Hello. <BR> <BR> I know I been missing alot from here, but still alive. Diet is not going well. Hopfully that can change in the near future. <BR> <BR> I do have some good news, closing for our first house is this Monday. (that's if it doesn't get changed). It was suppose to be friday, but changed to Monday because the attorney wasn't available friday. Gary and I can't wait. We just want our own place already. Neither of us is sleeping well. The bed is hard and small. My eating habits are ... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 12:57:17 EST Training Challenge: Strength Since there seems to be a want of challenges of late, I thought I'd suggest one: <BR> <BR> If you don't already do any sort of strength training, give it a shot - you might like it. <BR> <BR> If you already are strength training - try a new routine or exercise you've not done before. For example - if you're currently doing endurance (high rep/lower weight) workouts, try doing a low rep (low rep/higher weight) routine instead. Or, if you're doing push-ups in your current routine, try switchi... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 12:17:39 EST Working out in the W-B I was just wondering if anyone wanted to get together for a workout in the Wilkes-Barre area. I currently do strength training 4x a week, but was looking to get in a cardio session or two as well. Either/or would be fine by me. Respond here or send a sparkmail if interested. Tue, 15 Sep 2009 10:50:08 EST Off the wagon ;-( Well It looks like I am off the wagon again I have gone up in weight. I am just finding it hard with trying to do stuff around the house and take care of the little one. I been drinking a lot of ice tea and I know I should be drining more water but dont like the flavor. I hope I find the strength to overcome the gain and can lose it and get back to under 300 pounds. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:45:47 EST September Are you looking forward to a new month? Mon, 31 Aug 2009 11:03:30 EST Back to school Hello <BR> <BR> I just went back to school shopping with my daughter, and they are required this year to use uniforms. Wow, are they plain, polo shirts either in blue, grey, white or black only, no logos or designs at all on them. Sneakers plain all white, black or blue and matching laces, docker type pants in tan, blue or black. I don't know how people can afford it if they have a big family. Does anyone else have to buy uniforms for their kids/grandkids? Sat, 22 Aug 2009 20:51:11 EST How Did Your Week Go?'s the weekend. How did this past week go for you? Sun, 16 Aug 2009 13:03:05 EST Bulgur <BR> Anybody eat bulgur? I keep looking at it in the store, but I'm never sure what I'd do with it once I bought it. <BR> <BR> Any tips would be welcome! Thank you in advance! Tue, 11 Aug 2009 18:24:58 EST Oatmeal Does anyone eat Oatmeal? If so, how do you make it. I normally buy the instant oatmeal. I do have the cooked oatmeal, I made it once by the directions on the back, but I didn't like how it came out. <BR> <BR> Plus, it's very plain. Does anyone know how I can get a flavor into the oatmeal? When I was a kid, my mom made oatmeal and we would put milk and sugar on it. I don't mind putting the milk in, but I don't want to add more sugar into my diet then I really need. Fri, 24 Jul 2009 08:43:09 EST Selling my Gazelle Since I can't seem to be on it long enough to get a work out. I'm selling my gazelle. Plus it's one less thing to move, when we do move as soon as we find a house. <BR> <BR> $50 for the gazelle if anyone is interest. Mon, 20 Jul 2009 11:24:43 EST Kayaking Anyone here into kayaking? <BR> <BR> Hubby and I kayak down the Susquehanna River on Sunday. Let me tell ya, we both were tired and achey. Arms, shoulders, chest, and back. <BR> <BR> Anyone who kayaks, is there any tips to kayak without being in so much pain? I know, don't paddle so much. lol <BR> <BR> On the plus side of all this pain, we got pictures of a bald eagle. :-) <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jul 2009 13:36:07 EST Sugar Free Challenge Hello Team <BR> <BR> Any one care to join me on a sugar free challenge? <BR> I'm on day 1, only natural sugar from fruits. Mon, 13 Jul 2009 17:06:00 EST Spark point I spun the wheel this morning, and I won a $20.00 sparkpeople gift certificate. So, I got the jump rope and pedometer. 1st time I ever won on SP! Made my day. So I felt lucky and got some powerball tickets. <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Jul 2009 15:48:07 EST Bad/Good Chorlesterol Visit the Dr today for the result from my blood test. I have high bad chorlesterol and low good chorlesterol. <BR> <BR> The only good news good chorlesterol is better then my husband's. lol <BR> <BR> So I need help. I have no idea how I can lower the bad and up the good. What kind of foods can I eat? The dr said to also excerise..well duh. I've been trying. <BR> <BR> Both hubby and and I have to go back in Janaury for a follow up. If my chorlesterol isn't better, he'll have to pu... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:19:07 EST Topic- Celebrities Do celebrities influence you about how you feel about your self image? Fri, 10 Jul 2009 09:08:50 EST HAPPY 4TH OF JULY Hello NEPA <BR> <BR> Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone enjoys the day. Eat healthy and Yeah! for sunshine :) Lets give thanks for all our service men and women - THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> I'm off to see the Movie The Proposal with my daughter Amanda, she is treating me for my birthday (early present) We seen My Sisters Keeper on vacation, what a tear jerker. Need to see something funny now :) <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sat, 4 Jul 2009 11:06:34 EST VACATION Hi Team <BR> <BR> I'm going on vacation starting Sat AM, I can't wait. Unfortunatly the house does not have internet, so I will not be able to post. That's going to be hard for me, you all became part of my everyday life :) I hope everyone has a happy and healthy week, keep moving and eat health. I should be back 7/2. <BR> <BR> Miss you all <BR> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 14:08:25 EST Not a diet topic but.. Did you all hear Micheal Jackson died yesterday. Fri, 26 Jun 2009 09:01:20 EST Thanks I want to thank anyone who has been supporting me. I don't know what's coming over me in the last couple days, but I feel renewed, energenic, I feel like I can succeed. I've been dancing every day. Haven't actually been working out, but I'm dancing. I'm in the mood to dance. <BR> <BR> I've also been in the mood to swim, which will come later day. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it's the weather, the support or whatever, but as of right now my spirits are on the go. (lets see how long this last)... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:28:14 EST 1st Team Get Together Discussion Thread This is the message I sent out this afternoon: <BR> <BR> Well we finally have some news! I just finished touching base with Doris and we'd like to let the team know that our N/E PA team first get together will Saturday, August 8 from 1-5 PM at Francis Slocum State Park. At the bottom is the link for the park. <BR> <BR> Closer to the date, Doris and I will make available our cell numbers for folks attending to touch base and be able to coordinate our picnic area. <BR> <BR> As for food....... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:55:13 EST Get Together Challenge 6/22- 8/8 Good afternoon! This is the thread where we will posting how things are going until the get together August 8. Even if you can't make the event, please feel free to join in. Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:50:30 EST Weekly Weigh in!!!1 Yeah me Well I had no soda for almost a week except for when I went up my moms I had two cans of soda and plus this weekend we bought a two liter. But I started out the month at 303 and then it jumped up to 307 last week and now it is back down to 303. That is good now if i can just get off of all the ice tea I have been drinking. Oh well its a start. <BR> <BR> dave Sun, 21 Jun 2009 10:01:43 EST Hello all Well I know I need to lose weight and so does my wife since we can not seem to do things together that we normal were easy for us. Anything form walking to sitting on couch or in the bedroom sleeping and other things. We bothed made a vow to lose weight. My wife is goign to get the lap band done this fall and I am happy and I am trying to lose the weight my self Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:54:12 EST I need help My parents want another family portrait. I took one 2yrs ago. It was my parents, me, hubby, my sister and her 3 sons. My nephews have grown so much. My father and sister lost around 50lbs each. I have lost nothing, actually I am sure I gained since the last picture. <BR> <BR> I want to look good for this family picture. I hated the way I looked in the last one. <BR> <BR> I need advice, suggestions, good tips, motivation etc.. to get me losing weight. I know right from wrong when it comes ... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 14:19:53 EST Mini Trampoline for sale Hey Everyone, I'm selling my mini tampoline. I would love to keep it, but my shins don't like any kind of bounce. I had bought it thinking the trampoline would be easy on my shins, but no such luck. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested, I am selling it for $15. It also comes with attachable resistance bands. Mon, 15 Jun 2009 13:56:28 EST Topic- Picnic Foods What is your favorite picnic foods? Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:52:00 EST The struggle with in Well here I am 32 years old and have tried many diets. I have been up and down up and down. Through the years my mother has been all over me to lose weight and such. I seem to be a emotioal eater always wanting food growing up. I played baseball growing up. I really did not have many friends growing up so i sat playing video games growing up and hardly outside. I dont know if it is my parents fault for not getting me out to play or what not. <BR> <BR> I hate what I have become and want t... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 17:05:32 EST Topic- Smoothies Do you drink/ make smoothies? Share your recipe :) Tue, 9 Jun 2009 10:21:41 EST up and down Well another week down and another up and down. I try to ger away form the temptations of soda but I am always drawn back to it. I know in my mind that I must limit my drinking of it so i can focus more on my myself but its just so hard. Sun, 7 Jun 2009 21:58:19 EST Topic- Support There is a load of support here on Spark. But who supports you at home? Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:27:06 EST Where to Start? I am new to spark people and this group so I really don't know where to start. I was hoping for some guidance. Fri, 29 May 2009 10:03:56 EST TOPIC - spark wheel Hello <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever won a prize from the spark wheel? <BR> <BR> I have not :( Wed, 27 May 2009 12:49:20 EST Topic, DOGS Do you include your dogs in your workouts? Do they motivate you to get out and walk? <BR> <BR> I have 4 dogs, and my husband usually exercises them But, I enjoy taking them for a walk/jog, it's great for the dog and (of course) for me. I just wish people would keep their dogs on a leash. It's scary when approached by another dog. I also walk the dogs at the Easton shelter, but really, they walk me! <BR> <em>200</em> Sat, 23 May 2009 21:03:32 EST Spark Pages Have you seen the change in the format to our Sparkpages? Wed, 20 May 2009 10:53:33 EST New Spark Feature There is a new Spark feature....I posted a link below to check it out :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2071615#c<BR>omments </link> Mon, 18 May 2009 18:43:13 EST Topic- Fitness Dvds What if any fitness dvds do you use for working out? Mon, 18 May 2009 13:43:19 EST One week at a time challenge - 5/18 - 5/24 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Here is where you post your goals, accomplishment and support for others. Mon, 18 May 2009 12:58:14 EST Any other NEPA Vegans out there? I'm new to SP and am a vegan. I became vegetarian a year ago for ethical and health reasons after years of low-carb living. I gained most of the weight I'd once lost, and when my cholesterol shot up to 263 I decided to go vegan and eliminate all animal products from my diet (no more eggs, dairy, or honey etc). So far so good, but it's hard finding decent restaurant meals up here! Thought I'd see who else is living this way. Sat, 16 May 2009 13:54:37 EST One week at a time challenge 5/11 - 5/17 Please post your goals and accomplishments here, along with your support and motivation. <BR> <BR> 5/11 Strength trained shoulders/biceps/triceps <BR> 5/12 walked <BR> 5/13 Dr. appt. rested <BR> Mon, 11 May 2009 20:08:27 EST Topic- Gyms Do you go to a gym for any or all of your workout? Mon, 11 May 2009 15:37:14 EST Weigh In 5/10/09 Well it has been one week since I have weigh in. I am down 4 pounds. I guess it does help that I walk to work that takes 20 minutes each way. Plus I dont seem to want to eat as much since I am not home as much as I was. Plus I have only really been buying 1 2 liter bottle of soda a week compared to the 10 plus that I been buying in the past. <BR> <BR> Hope this keep us. My wife told me I should drink slimfast in the morning since I really dont eat breafeast I know I should but just have... Sun, 10 May 2009 07:56:05 EST A suggestion... I suggest that we all try to figure out if we can meet up this summer.... <BR> <BR> Anyone else up for it? Thu, 7 May 2009 19:12:33 EST Topic- Healthy Snacks The new topic for this week is healthy snacks. What type of healthy snacks do you like? Mon, 4 May 2009 12:57:09 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 5/4/09- 5/10/09 Hello! This is the thread for posting what goal(s) you'd like to accomplish this week :) Mon, 4 May 2009 12:53:29 EST Walking to work Well since i live close to my job I walk to and from work. Thats 30 minutes to and from work. Doing so I have notice a decrease in my wanting to eat like i did when I was home. I am hoping that if i keep it up I will lose some weight and build some muscle mass in my legs and such. I am glad that I am not eating so much any other tips people can give would be grateful taken in stride. Sun, 3 May 2009 10:55:35 EST I'm back hopefully for a long time Hi everyone! I'm back or at least trying to get back. Still a crazy schedule but at least school will be done very, very soon. Graduation is 5/16. Still working full time and my daughter is still in her karate twice a week. But I'm trying to get this extra weight off and tone back up. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 09:14:36 EST Topic- Supplements Do you rely on diet to get what you need or do you take supplements? Mon, 27 Apr 2009 10:07:30 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 4/27/09- 5/3/09 Hello! This is the spot to list the goal(s) that you hope to accomplish this week :) Mon, 27 Apr 2009 10:06:11 EST Two job offers? did i pick right one Well I had a interview for a job that would have me working monday through thursday nights 6pm till 430am. If i take this job would not see my son or wife to much since i would have to sleep in the day time to be well rested for work pay was 8,25 to start <BR> <BR> <BR> Second job starts monday and is till the middle of june its for a school and I would be a classroom aid helping out a special needs boy at the high school. It is close to the house mon-fri and day shift means i would be hom... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 08:01:20 EST New to the team Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I live in the Stroudsburg area of PA. I was so happy to find a team with members who live in my own area. I'm not new to Spark, but new to this team. I look forward to meeting all of you. <em>213</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2009 10:46:45 EST Topic- Music My best workouts are done to music. What are you working out to today? Mon, 20 Apr 2009 09:51:31 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 4/20/09- 4/26/09 This is the thread to post a weekly goal that you would like to achieve :) Have a great week! Mon, 20 Apr 2009 09:50:26 EST being sick stinks Well around here the stomach bug has been going around and have not been avaiable to eat to much just sipping liquid. <BR> <BR> I weigh myself on saturday was 306 and today was 293 dang cold I wish it was that easyt o lose weight Wed, 15 Apr 2009 22:28:49 EST One week at a time challenge 4/13 - 4/19 Hi Team <BR> <BR> Sorry for posting so late. <BR> <BR> Please join in the challenge and post your goals or your accomplishments for the week. Check in daily to let us know how you are doing. Mon, 13 Apr 2009 14:35:47 EST Topic- Water No matter what lifestyle changes you make, hydration plays an important role. Below is a link to a Spark article. Do you drink enough? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=195 </link> Mon, 13 Apr 2009 10:22:07 EST Happy easter yeah right Well We went to church and every one was happy to see us since we have not been there in some time. then we went up my moms for dinner and things were cool. First she called me grumpy well When she calls I am usally sleeping since i put the baby down so i nap. Then after that she is like looks like you are going to have a baby. I know i am big and trying to lose it but It pains me when I am tryijng to lose weight. Or they coment how others eat when they are so called dieting <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 20:50:47 EST HAPPY EASTER Hello Sparkfamiy, I hope everyone has a very healthy and happy Easter. Enjoy the day. Sat, 11 Apr 2009 21:55:20 EST One week at a time challenge 4/6/09 - 4/12/09 Hello spark team, please post your daily goals, workouts, or what you did for the day that you succeeded in. Tue, 7 Apr 2009 19:13:24 EST Topic - Artificial Sugar I get so confused, I need to add sugar to my tea, coffee, oatmeal, etc... I get frustrated because I know artificial sugar (I use Splenda) is not good to use, but I can't live with out it! I also heard that it is better to use real sugar instead of fake sugar, but I don't want to add that to my calorie count, I will go over, I started using Sugar in the Raw, which I love, but I keep going back to splenda. I also read that Stevia is approved for clean eating, anyone try it??? Tue, 7 Apr 2009 19:06:57 EST Team Function Good morning! I was messaging with Doris this weekend. We have for months done one type or another fitness based challenges with the team with mix success. <BR> <BR> Our recent challenge was a weekly thread that everyone could set their own goals and record the progress. We felt is would help build support and rapport, without conflicting with the many other workouts and challenges that team members do. <BR> <BR> We would like the board be a place where team mates from the same area co... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 11:06:16 EST sleepless nights casue of soda well last week i did not have any soda untill saturday since I wanted a treat when i was watching north carolina play in the final four. That game came on at 9pm so I had the soda in my system before bed and when i tried to sleep i was restless. <BR> <BR> When i was drinking soda reg I could sleep no problem but now since i had not had it in some time could that have kept me up all night <BR> <BR> At least i got my cleaning done Tue, 7 Apr 2009 10:37:13 EST Really frustrated! For the second week in a row, I only lost .2 lbs. I burned 2000 calories via exercise this past week, had some really strict calorie days, I've totally changed my eating habits... this is HARD, and I'm not even seeing any reward? Someone please tell me that their weight loss started slow but then picked up. The first week or two, I told myself it was water retention in my oh-so-sore muscles from starting all this weight training that my body's not used to. I thought it would level out once my... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 07:51:18 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 3/30/09- 4/5/09 Here's our thread for the new week's challenge that starts tomorrow. All you have to do is make a goal that you'd like to accomplish over this week :) <BR> Sun, 29 Mar 2009 20:30:24 EST Why do mothers? Well ever time i go to see her she is always like one of these days you are going to have a heart attack. Look at you you are 5ft 8in and weigh over 300lbs. You better be carefull heart attacks run in the family and you say you lose weigh but looks like you are getting bigger. <BR> <BR> I ahve heard this growing up. I told her once well your the one when i was growing up that cooked the food and let me have the double helphing of the bad food and such <BR> I am just sick of hearing her s... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 11:21:31 EST Flavored water good for you>? I dont really like drinking plain water so i try to get flavored water. I get mine form walmart its called clear american its naturally flavored sparkling water beverage. I get the one liter bottle <BR> <BR> nutrition facts <BR> serving size 8 oz <BR> servings in bottle 4 <BR> no calories or anything <BR> <BR> ing: carbonated water <BR> nat flavor <BR> citric acid <BR> malic acid <BR> potassium benzoate <BR> aspartame <BR> potassium citrate <BR> ... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 20:54:36 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 3/23/09- 3/29/09 Hello! Here is the thread for the new challenge that starts today :) All you have to do is list any goals you'd like to accomplish over the next week. You can edit your post daily as a way of tracking your progress :) <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way for those of us on the N/E board to support each other :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 09:56:40 EST Why do we struggle well it seems that i tend to struggle can not get off drinking soda i like water i even drink flavored water but always go back to soda. <BR> <BR> Plus I am having trouble sticking to eating healthy my wife has been making chicken that is good right its healthy <BR> <BR> and ever thing seems to be breaking down <BR> dave Sun, 22 Mar 2009 21:23:00 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 3/16/09- 3/22/09 Hello! Here is the thread for the new challenge that starts today :) All you have to do is list any goals you'd like to accomplish over the next week. You can edit your post daily as a way of tracking your progress :) <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way for those of us on the N/E board to support each other :) Mon, 16 Mar 2009 16:01:58 EST dang the new scale Well our old scale said i was only 290lb and now my wife got a biggest loser scale and it said I was 306!!! Thats 16 pounds differnt and the scale was in the same spot as the old one oh well just leaves me more motivated to get under 300 and then work on there. <BR> <BR> If any one has any diet tips feel free to drop me a line on here or spark mail Wed, 11 Mar 2009 21:15:19 EST Gone but now I am back I have been gone for a little bit and now back in and doing the spark stuff drinking water watching what i eat and such <BR> <BR> its been tough but I am here helping my wife who is going for the lap band surgery she is a tropper and we want to be here for are little one Tue, 10 Mar 2009 21:41:58 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 3/9/09- 3/15/09 Here's our thread for the new week's challenge that starts tomorrow. All you have to do is make a goal that you'd like to accomplish over this week :) Sun, 8 Mar 2009 20:59:12 EST Snow today? Is anyone else getting snow today. It's snowing right now as I type this. I am sick of snow. I want Spring. Mon, 2 Mar 2009 11:30:38 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 3/2/09- 3/8/09 Here's our thread for the new week's challenge. All you have to do is make a goal that you'd like to accomplish over this week :) Mon, 2 Mar 2009 10:59:32 EST Girl Scout Cookies Yesterday hubby and I were at Sams Club with my parents. We walk out of the store and there was girls selling girl scout cookies. I couldn't resist. I had to buy a box. I really love the carmel delight cookies. They now are costing $3.50. And there are only 15 cookies in the box. I remember being in girl scout and costing no where near that price and that was 20yrs ago. <BR> <BR> I know it's for a good cause and I only buy one box per year (that's if I run into them). <BR> <BR> My father b... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 10:09:56 EST New here.... Im new here I just joined today and am very excited to have found this website. I have been struggling for a few yrs now with weight issues. I was able to lose 65 lbs back in 1998 and even kept it off for 4 yrs but then I gained it back and then some and became dishearted and tried losing it again but didnt have the motivation or drive to keep going so of course I kept giving up. Today I saw something in woman's world magazine that listed this website so here I am and am hoping to make friend... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 14:40:28 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 2/23/09 - 3/01/09 Each week set yourself some goals, whether it's exercise, menu, or lifestyle and then track your progress for the week. <BR> <BR> Best wishes on achieving! This week starts our 6th week :) <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Feb 2009 16:59:05 EST Biggest Loser Work out videos I'm a member to netflix, decided to order some excerise videos. I have never really done a work out video but decided to try the biggest loser, since I watch that show. <BR> <BR> Both hubby and I use the videos, they really get you moving. Even for my husband. I mean he is skinny, just out of shape and he gets a nice work out. <BR> <BR> So far I have used the Biggest Loser Bootcamp, cardio max and power sculpt. Sun, 22 Feb 2009 09:17:15 EST Back from the dead Hello ladies, its Crystal. I was talkative in this group for awhile....months ago. But I fell off the wagon and away from this group. Which was the worse thing I could do. <BR> <BR> So I am checking in to say hello. Not sure how long I'll be active here again. Would like to be an active member for as long as it takes me to lose the weight and longer. Life has be hectic for me. I am hoping with Spring coming I can get motivated to excerise. <BR> <BR> So I am just writing to say I am still ... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 11:17:12 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 2/16/09 - 2/22/09 Each week set yourself some goals, whether it's exercise, menu, or lifestyle and then track your progress for the week. <BR> <BR> Best wishes! Sun, 15 Feb 2009 14:16:48 EST weather How about the weather in NEPA? Yesterday it was 60 and today is like a wind tunnel. I work on the 2nd floor and a plastic bag just flew past my window. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:50:20 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 2/09/09 - 2/15/09 Each week set yourself some goals, whether it's exercise, menu, or lifestyle and then track your progress for the week. <BR> <BR> Best wishes! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Feb 2009 16:33:47 EST Hello....Newbie Here :) Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Laura and I live in Kunkletown. I am hoping to get motivated from this wonderful site :) I look forward to getting to know you all...have a great day :) Sun, 8 Feb 2009 10:15:16 EST What a day Well my father in law woke up couching blood and what not. He went to the er they have him icu and doing test. We here think it may be throat cancer since he was a smoker for so many years. And plus today is our sons 2 year birthday. Sun, 1 Feb 2009 22:01:57 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 2/02/09 - 2/08/09 Each week set yourself some goals, whether it's exercise, menu, or lifestyle and then track your progress for the week. <BR> <BR> Best wishes on achieving! <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:29:58 EST Hey Everybody! Hello! Just wanted to pop in and say hey! I can't get to the boards that often but I will as much as i can. Again, Thanks Traci for telling me about this. I love it! ~Mindy~ Tue, 27 Jan 2009 20:30:13 EST Hi from a newbie! Hi everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It is comforting somehow that there are people here from my neck of the woods! <BR> <BR> I have a long journey ahead and could use some support from my new NE buddies! Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:47:54 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 1/26/09- 2/01/09 Each week set yourself some goals, whether it's exercise, menu, or lifestyle and then track your progress for the week. <BR> <BR> Best wishes on achieving! This week stars our second week :) Sun, 25 Jan 2009 17:12:31 EST One Week at a Time Challenge 1/19/09- 1/25/09 Each week set yourself some goals, whether it's exercise, menu, or lifestyle and then track your progress for the week. <BR> <BR> Best wishes on achieving! <BR> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 16:03:57 EST DOGS Just need to vent a little <BR> <BR> My husband is looking to adopt a rottie from a shelter, and I didn't realize how difficult it was. We adopted all our dogs from different shelters, but now to adopt an animal, you have to bring all your pets to the shelter for a meet and greet. It seems like all the rotties we found are a distance from us, I can't imaging loading 3 dogs in a car, who all get car sick (gross) for a 3 hour round trip. Just trying to give an unwanted dog a good home. On ... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 19:22:33 EST 3 Things What are 3 things you'd like to accomplish in 2009? Thu, 15 Jan 2009 16:16:03 EST I just need to vent!!! Well I have been married twice before I know I am still a young guy. Well my sister who has myspace seems to become friends with my two ex wifes. Well the first one I was mad at but then she added my other. But the kicker is she used to call her all the names in the book like the beast and so on. <BR> <BR> I am just upset that she has becoem friends with them I mean there ex I told her and my mom who still talks to my one. Not to mention anything about me and my current wife or my baby t... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:10:17 EST Tomorrow is the day! Hi team! Just a thumbs up that tomorrow is the first day of back to watching what I eat! Had a great Holiday and day after too. Feeling bloated, Tired and sluggish. I'm defintally ready for eating right. Go to excerise class tomorrow nite and start my new comminment record. It sure does help to melt those pounds away. Say a Prayer that I can stick to this and finally get to my goal. Thanks 56 Mary <em>249</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2009 22:43:35 EST Newbie request from Hop Bottom Hi folks from Northeastern Pennsylvania. I am Fay Williams and live in Hop Bottom about 9 months out of the year. I am interested in keeping in touch with folks from that area although I am currently in Bradenton, FL for the winter. You can check me out at the hillsdalestudio sparkpage. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Fay Fri, 2 Jan 2009 09:28:01 EST Havent posted! Sorry I havent posted in such a long time. I am a very busy mom. I work two jobs with only one day off a week and cyberschool my kids. So I am busy from the time I get up to the time I go to bed. I am still eating healthy though and am slowly reaching my goal. I have lost 105 lbs since January 16th of 08. So I havent even reached a year yet. My original goal was to lose just 100 lbs and when I reached that I decided to lose 20 more lbs to be at a healthy weight. Check out my page and my pics.... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 22:58:15 EST How will you be ringing in 2009? Well the wife and are staying home this new year since my mom just had surgery so she will be asleep and does not want a big crowd plus are little one will be sleeping <BR> <BR> happy 2009 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 10:59:13 EST Logo tees? whats your take What is everyone take on logo tees? My wife says a man my age should not be wearing logo tees I should dress more my age Most of my tshirts are logo tees and i am not assahmed to wear any of them they shoe my sports teams and some make fun of other stuff like my big dog shirts and such <BR> <BR> whats your take Tue, 30 Dec 2008 10:12:20 EST Logo T-shirts Hello <BR> <BR> I am 31 and my wife says i should grow up since many people my age does not wear logo tees any more <BR> <BR> I own big dog t-shirts <BR> some nascar <BR> Sports teams one <BR> <BR> plus she is like you should get a plain jacket and not go out with your team jacket Mon, 29 Dec 2008 10:50:02 EST cloths Why does it seem that nice looking cloths stop after a certain size and then after that it gets ugly then sin. <BR> <BR> just something i have noticed i wear a 3 x and want to get down to a 1 x my 2009 year end Mon, 29 Dec 2008 10:18:38 EST lets hurry up 2009 I know i have slipped form the spark plan dang holidays and all the goodies people bring over. <BR> <BR> In 2009 I will be getting back on the spark wagaon again and i will try the best to stick with it and hope it is a happy 2009 Sun, 28 Dec 2008 09:55:44 EST Happy Holidays I want to wish one and all a hppy and safe holiday I know times are tough but we will all overcome these hard times <BR> <BR> merry chritmas and happy christmas Fri, 26 Dec 2008 22:36:57 EST Let is snow Let is Snow Hello, <BR> <BR> How do you people like all the snow that we are getting around the nepa area. Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:21:16 EST Hi new to this team <em>200</em> Hi my name is Mary and I just joined this team. I am from Larksville and from New Jersey orginally. I have been here almost 17 years. I belong to a weight program called First Place and it has helped me lose 20 lbs. Now I am on break but have gained 3 lbs. Trying hard to keep it off!!!! So support is what I need. Merry Christmas to you all!!! Sun, 21 Dec 2008 09:03:15 EST why does landing a aid job cost money Hello, <BR> <BR> Well i am applying for a job and the first two parts cost me 20 dollars and now the next part is 38 dollars all of just to get a job as a aid Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:26:01 EST Hello From Nepa near wilkes barre Hello <BR> <BR> I just joined the team and want to thank everyone on here that has given me and my wife advice on here. Right now i am trying to get over my soda habit i was drinking way to much a couple of two liters a day Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:08:31 EST Healthy December Holiday Recipes Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa...what are your healthy recipes? Sun, 30 Nov 2008 10:09:48 EST PLANET FITNESS My 20 yr old daughter and myself were thinking about joining Planet Fitness in Kingston. Does anybody belong there? How do you like it? Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:27:29 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING Hello team <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. Keep it healthy :) <BR> <BR> Doris Wed, 26 Nov 2008 12:49:34 EST Holiday Survival Tips What do you do differently or going to do differently during the holidays? Share your survival secrets <em>211</em> Sat, 22 Nov 2008 17:12:43 EST Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes Please link or post your healthy meal suggestions for Thanksgiving <em>250</em> Sat, 22 Nov 2008 17:10:31 EST Staying Strong Through the Holidays Challenge Hi! This is the spot to post daily for the challenge :) This challenge begins Sunday, November 23 and carries on thru the holidays. Let's support each other and come out into 2009 in a great place and in better shape <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Points are: <BR> <BR> Give Yourself 1 point for every minute of Cardio daily <BR> Give Yourself 1 point for every repetition of strength training you do daily <BR> 10 points for drinking 8 or more glasses of fluids <BR> 10 points for checking i... Sat, 22 Nov 2008 17:06:30 EST It's been a while....... since I've posted. A lot is going on right now in my personal life and I haven't had time to read or post. I'm so sorry that I've been MIA and not much of a team leader. <em>39</em> <BR> Doris, I owe you big time! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have a million Sparkmail that I need to check out and hopefully have a bit of time with the coming holidays to reply to. I'm sure it's going to take a while but I promise to get to it as soon as possible. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well and staying ... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 02:36:39 EST Daily check in Hello <BR> <BR> I'm not posting a challenge for this Month, trying something different. <BR> <BR> Post daily what you did for a work out for the day, if there is anything that you did in particular that you are proud of - exp. not eating that piece of pie that is tempting you, eliminating something unhealthy from your diet, doing that extra rep that you thought you couldn't, anything that you did that made you feel good (or not so good) about yourself. We are all here to help and support ... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 13:42:14 EST New from East Stroudsburg New to the team.. not to SP.. and starting over (again :-P) Lots of life happened to me... and I'm ready to find myself in a new body, for the new person I have found inside of me. <BR> <BR> Looking for a buddy for 2 or even a group to get some exercising going in the Estbg/ Stbg area. I could really use a buddy to help keep me on track.. if we can keep daily appointments with each other to be somewhere at a certain time to exercise, this is the best thing for me lol. <BR> <BR> Hope to fi... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 22:14:29 EST A great poem that I would like to share The Dash <BR> <BR> I read of a man who stood to speak <BR> At the funeral of a friend <BR> He referred to the dates on her tombstone <BR> From the beginning to the end <BR> <BR> He noted that first came the date of her birth <BR> And spoke the following date with tears, <BR> But he said what mattered most of all <BR> Was the dash between those years <BR> <BR> For that represents all the time <BR> That she spend alive on earth, <BR> And now only those wh... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 14:13:31 EST Hello <em>213</em> HI just joined the team yesterday and I AM EXCITED!!!!! cant wait to meet and learn about everyone on the team. <em>304</em> Tue, 7 Oct 2008 09:37:55 EST PAY IT FORWARD CHALLENGE FOR OCTOBER. Hello everyone! <BR> Sorry I've been so busy and unable to participate much on the challenges. However I did not forget to try to come up with a challenge for October! <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge is going to benefit your families and friends as well as yourself! In this challenge I am going to ask everyone to decided on a money amount they can afford to pay forward to themselves for exercising! <BR> <BR> For an hour a day of exercise (This will include gardening or anything that gets you... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 19:38:42 EST General discussion - anything Hello all <BR> <BR> I created this thread just for general talk. <BR> <BR> I seen the movie The Women today, was really cute. Definitely a chick flick, not a guy in the theater or on the screen. <BR> <BR> Thanks Jo for the soup, YUM! I am feeling better. I took Friday off from work to rest, but I wound up working from home, so it was a partial rest. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great Saturday. <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Sep 2008 21:19:23 EST Our 1st get together Hello all you wonderful sparkies! <BR> <BR> Everyone who will be able to meet for our get together, please post what weekends are good for you. <BR> <BR> I'm OK for any Sunday as long as it's after 12:00PM. Red Robin sounds good to me, but I'm open to anything. Most Saturdays are fine too. <BR> <BR> Lets make this happen :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2008 13:34:07 EST WEDNESDAY WEIGH IN ........ Okay, since Nikki suggested a Wednesday weigh in I figured I would start a thread for it! Some people may not even realize that we have a weigh in day because it was posted as a question and we never made it official. lol So here it is if you would like to start and or continue with your weigh in. :) Tue, 2 Sep 2008 18:26:10 EST Post your measurements (if you like) OK, here we go. My measurements <BR> <BR> Height 5.5-1/2 <BR> Weight 148 <BR> B 40 <BR> w 31 1/2 <BR> h 39 1/2 <BR> theigh 24 <BR> calf 14.5 <BR> Bicep 12 <BR> BMI 31 I'm not sure if this is correct <BR> Sun, 31 Aug 2008 21:15:42 EST SEPTEMBER WEEKLY CHALLENGE Here is the September challenge. <BR> <BR> WARNING - LONG POST ALERT!!!!! <BR> <BR> Challenge will be week by week <BR> <BR> Daily check in: 100 points <BR> <BR> Monday: Legs - lunges, squats and calf raises <BR> Combined total repetitions for the day is your total score. <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Arms - biceps,triceps and shoulders <BR> Combined total repetitions for score <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Abs and glutes (like donkey kicks), Combined total reps for score <BR> <BR> Thursday: back to l... Wed, 27 Aug 2008 21:42:03 EST New to this team Hi my name is KIM I live in the falls township area and work in Scranton. I am new to SP as well as this team. I look forward to chatting with other people from NEPA. Hope we all have a pleasant and successful journey. Kim Wed, 20 Aug 2008 01:34:20 EST Please PRAY for CHANGEIS4ME My friend ROBIN -who is CHANGEIS4ME on here--had her Gastric Bypass surgery last monday on the 11th and i tried to call her at home as she was only supposed to be in the hospital for 3 days to see how she is doing and got no answer..SO today i decided to call GEisinger medical center to see if she was still in the hospital and she is and she is in the ICU..They would not give me details as i am not a relative and i did not have the password.. We are just email buddies and phone buddies --I am... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:34:20 EST New to this team Hello everyone.I just rejoined Sparks.I never realized this team was hear.Im excited about it and cant wait to "meet" others from my area. Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:45:08 EST PUMP IT UP CHALLENGE!!! AUG. 4-31 This challenge is in honor of the summer Olympics! The challenge Sparkgoodies for the top 3 winners will be the Gold, silver and bronze medals! :) <BR> <BR> The challenge is for the month of August! You may include weekends to earn extra points. <BR> <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE RULES: <BR> Pump it up: Where each day or session, you have to beat your own score. Example: If you do 25 push ups, the next time you do them, you have to pump it up and do one more. Or if you do 30 minutes of walking, yo... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 10:34:08 EST Question for my sparkbuds Hello all <BR> <BR> I'm having a hard time getting enough Folate in my diet. I'm looking on the nutrition tracker, under folate it shows I need 100 - 250 i guess it's grams per day. I'm not even close. Does anyone else pay attention to folate? I have to figure out which foods have the most folate, or maybe I should use a supplement. Fri, 1 Aug 2008 13:43:24 EST Weekly challenge 7.28.08 to 8.1.08 Hope everyone had a great weekend. Here is this week's challenge. Everyone did great last week but let's try something a little different before we start our big monthly challenge. <BR> <BR> Get at least 6 hours of sleep = 5 pts <BR> Exercise 10 minutes = 10 pts (20 minutes = 20 pts) <BR> Stay within calories = 10 pts <BR> Daily challenge checkin = 25 pts <BR> <BR> Good luck to all!!!! Sparkgoodies will be sent tonight for last week. Mon, 28 Jul 2008 08:31:03 EST Welcome to all new Team Members I pray that all of you newbies enjoy this team and all the supoort they give --SP is so wonderful and people on here are so supportive and help motivate you when you cannot motivate yourself. <BR> I am Susie Smith and I live in Exeter pA which is located between Scranton and Wilkes Barre PA. I am 46 and married and could not have children--We do have some cats tho and i am an insulin dependent Diabetic and had Weight Loss surgery last yr.. <BR> Best Wishes to you all on your weight loss jour... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 16:35:42 EST TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF...... We have a few new members that never post and we would really like to get to know you. So please post a little something about yourselves. Let us start motivating and inspiring you to join us in our team activities. :) <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the NEPA team! Mon, 21 Jul 2008 13:20:18 EST Points challenge wk 7/21 - 7/25 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great weekend, we decided to keep the challenge the same as last week. We are hoping everyone will check in everyday and post their points to this thread. <BR> <BR> LETS MAKE IT A GREAT WEEK! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> THE CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> Drink 8-8oz. glasses of water per day = 5pts. <BR> <BR> Exercise for every 15 minutes = 10pts. (30 min.= 20 pts. etc.) <BR> <BR> Calories, staying in range= 10pts. <BR> <BR> Daily challenge report = 25pts... Sun, 20 Jul 2008 21:39:09 EST love it or hate it On the game board they have a thread love it or hate. Someone list and the next person weighs in whether they love or hate it and then suggests another item. <BR> <BR> So if the question was onions...I would reply <BR> <BR> <BR> hate them <BR> <BR> yard work? <BR> <BR> <BR> ( I thought it work much better on a board where folks were getting acquainted :)) Wed, 16 Jul 2008 18:16:52 EST New to the team from the Lehigh valley I justed wanted to say hi, and I look forward to being able to find support from my fellow NE PA folks LOL! I know I have a very long way to go and I can use all the help I can get! So if there is anything that any one can offer me I would greatly appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Rebekah Wed, 16 Jul 2008 12:50:56 EST Points challenge check-in. Check in on this thread for the July 14-18th. mini challenge. Mon, 14 Jul 2008 13:18:23 EST New challenge July 14th-18th. July 14-18th. Points Challenge <BR> <BR> Any form of a formal exercise (Crunches, walking, weight lifting etc.) is acceptable. We did not want to request specific exercises that would interfere with your regular routine, or ask for an exercise that you wouldn't be able to do or care to do. lol <BR> <BR> This challenge includes all the basics to keep/get us on track. Remember to post how many minutes of exercise were completed otherwise we wouldn't know how many points you've earned. <BR> ... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 13:13:40 EST NEED SUPPORT - POST HERE Who ever needs support, please post here. Remember, we are all here for each other. <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2008 11:27:13 EST POST YOUR GOALS Hi sparkbuddies :-) <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice if we all share our goals, and mark on the calendar when you would like to reach them. Mini goals are great, this way it won't be overwhelming. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I will figure out what my goal will be and figure out how long it will take to get there. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2008 22:59:05 EST weigh in day, do we have one?? My other team does weigh in wednesday, we weigh ourselves every wednesday and measure, and post the difference from the week before and the total loss from the start. Some of, like me try to only weigh in on that day, for me it is better that way because I get a little scale obsessed, lol. Mon, 7 Jul 2008 23:49:58 EST Exercise Log Good afternoon team, Hope everyone had a great weekend. Well, here it is, Monday - DAY 1. I hope everyone is excited as I am to begin. I thought it would be great for everyone to keep an exercise log of your workouts, this way you can see your progress when you look back, and it would be great to share with the team. Mon, 7 Jul 2008 12:38:30 EST MINI CHALLENGE CHECK IN...... This is the thread for the daily challenge check in! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have fun getting to know each other! <em>211</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2008 11:52:37 EST I got Nintendo Wii Fit. Hubby and I went out on friday for general shopping. Browsed the electronic section and there it was.. Wii Fit. <BR> I've been wanting it for awhile now, just can't seem to find it. I am hoping it will help me with my excerise. I know it's not design to replace treadmills and such, but I need something fun to get me motivated and keep me there. <BR> Although today is only Saturday and I bought it yesterday. I have used it both days and more then once a day. <BR> According to the Wii Fit, I w... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 22:50:21 EST Why do we beat ourselves up I just posted an article under team links called Why do we beat ourselves up. This applies to me tonight, but it is a good read. <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 21:35:22 EST HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!! I hope every one has a happy healthy 4th of July! <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 21:16:02 EST LET'S HUDDLE WITH OUR TEAM!!! Here is a team suggestion: <BR> <BR> I think this could be fun and very motivating for our team! You get 5 huddle points total per day. One sparkpoint for each huddle comment posted! I use all of mine on our team now! :) <BR> So let's huddle! It doesn't take much to do and who knows, your comment may put a smile on someone's face! :) <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is a Huddle? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> hud·dle [huhd-l] <BR> <BR> to gather or crowd together in a close mass... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 17:02:29 EST new from danville! hi everyone, i am nikki, and I am from danville. I am 21 and have a 2 1/2 month old daughter, her name is Lilyanna. I am looking forward to joining you all in the challanges! Sat, 28 Jun 2008 14:30:25 EST Share you goals, progress or just vent Hello all <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice for everyone to share their goals and progress so we can celebrate with you on your journey. <BR> <BR> My goal weight is 135, have about 12 more lbs to go. This time last summer I weighed 165 lbs. My cholesterol was over 250 and had to go on meds. I had all the bad side effects of Vitorin, so I took myself off them. I am now around 147 lbs, and been at this weight for several weeks the inches are just not moving. The good thing is, my choles... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 21:47:56 EST Any ideas? If you guys have any ideas or suggestions for the team, please post them here. <BR> <BR> It could be about diet, exercise, challenges, posting, a team get together.....anything! <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:50:14 EST Icon I'm not sure if this is going to work on the website, but if it does you will be able to see our new icon a lot better. lol <BR> <BR> <BR> [IMG]<BR>108/together1.gif[/IMG] <BR> <BR> Oh well, I tried. It worked great on another website I had tried it on. <em>39</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2008 15:40:38 EST Who's up for a challenge? Starting next week I think that we should start a weekly challenge for our team. The challenges can be anything from trying a new exercise to logging in with the team every day. The challenges do not have to be hard and a week should be doable for all of us! Anything to keep us active and focused on our main goal! Any suggestions for our first challenge? Mon, 23 Jun 2008 14:49:42 EST Team pic Why is there not picture for our team?? I think it would be so wonderful to have a picture of PAs beautiful mountains for an icon picture for this team don't you?? Some of my teams do not have pics for the teams and i hate to see a blank picture.. Just a suggestion.. <BR> GOd BLess <BR> SUSIEQ Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:36:44 EST Not new just new to this team Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I live in Lake Ariel (not technically)but that's what they call my address. I would say I'm definitely closer to Hamlin, which isn't very far from Newfoundland. I think I saw that someone was from Newfoundland. <BR> <BR> I just started the South Beach diet (again). I done it before in the past, but wasn't real committed to it. I thought I try it again but with a little more effort this time. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know some people from my area. <BR> <BR> Cindi Sun, 22 Jun 2008 21:33:17 EST Hi Hi, I am Jess, 26 and a SAHM to an 8 month old. Lost all the baby weight and am now working towards losing an additional 20-30 pounds. I've been on sparkpeople since January and have lost 32 pounds. I'm very happy that I am getting closer to my goal. Fri, 20 Jun 2008 20:54:20 EST Dieting with a Positive Twist Here is another article, this one is from SparkGuy himself. Don't forget to go back and earn your points for reading it! :) <BR> <BR> Jo <BR> <BR> Dieting with a Positive Twist <BR> Advice from SparkGuy <BR> -- By Chris Downie, SparkPeople Founder & CEO <BR> SparkPeople Sponsors help keep the site free! <BR> <BR> <BR> Quick, when you think of the word ‘diet,’ what pops into your mind? Someone hovering over an all-lettuce salad, using a stopwatch to count the time until the next permitted ... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:37:31 EST Increase Your Chances of Losing Weight! Here is an article I read in the Motivation section of Sparkpeople. You can go back and earn your Spark-points for reading it! I wanted to make it easier to get the information out by bringing it right here to our team! I'm sure we have all already set up our profile page, but I'm not sure if anyone is active on the website. I'm going to give it a shot and hope that we can all at least get active with our team! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Hope this helps! <BR> Jo <BR> <BR> <BR> Inc... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:22:00 EST Where are you located? I thought it would be a good idea for all of us NEPA members to state where we're located and maybe we can actually find someone that's in our neck of the woods. And who knows, maybe we may even find a workout buddy! I know that I would love having a workout buddy so that we can help keep each other motivated. Maybe we can also share a bit about the exercises we wouldn't mind doing and we might just find a match! What do ya say guys? <BR> <BR> Okay.....I'll start first! <BR> <BR> My name i... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 21:11:21 EST Excerise Together? Hello everyone, this is my first post here to this Team, but I've been a member to Spark for awhile. I had lost 30lbs and unfortually gained it all back. So, I decided to get back on the wagon again. <BR> <BR> Seeing this is called NEPA Team. I was thinking maybe we could meet up somewhere, like at a state park or something and take a walk/hike maybe even a bike ride as a group. <BR> Something to keeps us going. Maybe like once a month. Now that summer is here, we can enjoy the outdoors wit... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 15:49:41 EST Hello From Bloomsburg Hi everyone. I am Bloomsburg. How is everyone doing? Good Luck everyone. <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2008 20:26:26 EST Cardio challenge starting 6/1 thru 6/30 Try to do 30 minutes of cardio a day Sun, 1 Jun 2008 09:21:21 EST New to the team. Hi I'm new to the team and to Spark people as well. I live in Bloomsburg and was born and raised in this area. Just wanted to say good luck to everyone on their weight loss journey, mine is just beginning. Sat, 31 May 2008 23:26:42 EST HAPPY MEMORIAL WEEKEND! Hello all, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to wish everyone a really great "and healthy" Memorial weekend. <BR> <BR> Doris Fri, 23 May 2008 19:44:26 EST Hello Everyone Hi, My name is Geri, I am originally from Blakely/Peckville pa, but now live in Scranton. I bought a house just about two years ago in the hill section, not far from the cmc/nayaug. <BR> <BR> I started here on spark people some time last year before July. About July <em>232</em> my niece (28)who lived with me at the time was getting bypass surgery and I knew she was going to loose so much weight. She weighed about 10 lbs more then me but is about 4 inches taller, give or take. Anyway, I kn... Mon, 19 May 2008 01:37:01 EST Hello! I am new here I am new here and I wanted to introduce myself. I live in NE PA and I joined SP because I am trying to get rid of some weight and I thought the support system would be good. Due to the economy I am faced (like so many others) to go on this journey without health clubs and expensive hard to find food. I made myself a promise to work very hard and also to do my best to help others. I am looking forward to being a part of this team. Thank you for the opportunity. Thu, 15 May 2008 17:47:16 EST Cardio challenge to start 5/15 Everyone, <BR> <BR> Is anyone interested in starting a cardio challenge? Maybe make sure to do 30 minutes of cardio (any type you want) every day. It will work in with the workouts and that amount of cardio won't hurt anyone. Please let me know. I figure start 5/15 so it will give other people to get a chance to get into it. Thu, 1 May 2008 10:26:49 EST Team Leaders I just noticed when I joined the huddle...that this team doesn't have any listed leaders. Did they leave? Thu, 24 Apr 2008 08:07:39 EST How's Your Day? Good morning! This week has started off really good for me! Hope all is well w/ everyone else! <BR> <BR> Penny Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:12:47 EST Snow Missed Us All last week the forecast said we'd get 3-4 inches Thursday going into Friday...but we got barely a dusting and rain. How about everyone else? Sun, 30 Mar 2008 10:19:32 EST is everybody doing? I just joined here and was wondering where everybody is from...I am living in Clarion County Pa..used to live in West Virginia.. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 18:03:12 EST Originally from NE PA <em>46</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2008 13:25:22 EST Challenge! Anyone up for a challenge? A little friendly competition to motivate all of us? I was thinking maybe a crunches or situps challenge. Other ideas? Tue, 22 Jan 2008 15:40:00 EST Live in NEPA and new to Spark People Hi - I live in Dallas, PA. I am changing my lifestyle and though SP could help. Sun, 20 Jan 2008 21:00:24 EST Welcome - looking for others from Northeastern PA Hi, <BR> I just recently joined Spark People myself and realized Pennsylvania did not have one Spark Team, so I decided I'd have to get one started myself. I live in Scranton, PA and look forward to communicating to others from the area. Maybe we can all inspire one another! Looking forward to meeting you soon! Sun, 13 Jan 2008 22:38:22 EST