SparkPeople Finger Lakes NY (including Ithaca) Team Messageboard Anyone from or near the Finger Lakes region is welcome; college and non-college people. We have people in Phelps, Auburn, Ithaca, Penn Yan, Candor, and everywhere in between! SparkPeople Finger Lakes NY (including Ithaca) Team Messageboard Cornell Outdoor Equipment Sale Cornell Outdoor Equipment Sale <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My Note: This could be a great opportunity to score some pretty cool outdoor gear from Cornell's Outdoor Education program! ...Don <BR> <BR> "Sat, 12/05/2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm <BR> <BR> Join us on the first weekend in December for the annual COE Gear Sale! The Gear Sale is your opportunity to buy or sell new and used outdoor gear. The event is open to everyone! Quick details are... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 17:03:55 EST Where is everyone Hi, I have recently come back to SparkPeople. I am hoping to find someone(s) to share success stories with and provide encouragement for each other(s). <BR> I grew up in the fingerlakes and my husband and I have settled in this area. Two of our three grown children are in this area along with their children. <BR> I want to get more fit so I can enjoy the activities of my grandchildren and I look forward to an enjoyable, healthy life as I approach those "golden" years. <BR> <BR> So. . . ... Thu, 8 May 2014 19:10:04 EST Temporary Ithacan Grad student up on the East Hill. Hi everyone! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 22:14:20 EST Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour 2014 Reg. Open! It would be SO COOL to have some local SparkTeam Members joining in the fun! <BR> <BR> Let me make the case for our local bike club's annual event: <BR> <BR> We've been putting this event together for 33 years! Our club pulls together decades of wisdom and fun! <BR> <BR> This year we are including a wider range of planned activities which add to our road rides some hiking and mountain bike rides. Our campgrounds are located just outside Watkins Glen, NY. <BR> <BR> For a full weekend of ri... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:57:03 EST Spark Meetup in Binghamton, NY Sat 11/9 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Come join me and DDOORN at a beginner-friendly contra dancing event happening next Saturday, November 9 in Binghamton. There will be LIVE MUSIC and lessons! <BR> <BR> Contra dancing is sort of like square dancing crossed with swing. There is always fun live music. It’s super beginner-friendly and if you can walk, you can pretty much contra dance. Here's a video with people explaining why they like contra dancing and showing them dancing: <BR> <link> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 20:03:22 EST Cycling Opportunity in the 1,000 Islands & Canada! Every year our local bike club (The Southern Tier Bicycle Club) organizes a trip up to the 1,000 Island's area (Tibbett's Point) over the Labor Day weekend. This will be the first time for me, but other seasoned riders who are familiar with the area will be there also. <BR> <BR> The catch is: in order to pull it off we need 16 of us to go in together to make this happen. Right now we only have 11. <BR> <BR> So the club has opened this opportunity up to anyone who might be interested. I am ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:48:09 EST Anyone Up for a Meetup Hike It's been a while since we tried to get the team together, but summer seems like an optimal time. So, if anyone's interested in a meetup hike or some other activity, let us know and offer suggestions to activity or date and time Sun, 23 Jun 2013 08:09:09 EST Sun Jun 16 OWEGO NY - Contra Dance 4-7PM Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'll be likely going to this dance at the Strawberry Festival in Owego. <BR> <em>351</em> <em>45</em> <BR> Anyone else want to come? <BR> <BR> Sun Jun 16 OWEGO NY - Contra Dance - Idlewild is the featured band for the Strawberry Contra with some Squares Dance Sunday, June 16, 4-7PM, at Tioga Trails Café, corner of Lake and Main, Owego. Bob Nicholson from Syracuse will be teaching and calling contra and square dances. Contra dancing, like square dancing, is done... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:00:29 EST Special contra dance in Rose, NY 6/9/2013 Hey there, <BR> <BR> Any contra dancers out there? Or fans of live acoustic folk music and dance? I'll be going and it would be fun to know if any people from here are there too! <BR> <BR> If you live anywhere near Rose, NY you might enjoy an upcoming acoustic folk concert and contra dance featuring the band Nor'easter. <BR> <BR> Sunday, June 9 2013 <BR> 7p-7:45p Concert <BR> 8p-10p Contra Dance <BR> <BR> More info: <link><BR>VTdEUndld1c0SFU/edit?usp=... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 03:56:09 EST Contra dancing in Ithaca Friday night 5/24 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'll be attending another contra dance in Ithaca this coming Friday evening (May 24) if anyone would like to join. <BR> <BR> Here's my blog post about what contra dancing is: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316259 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's information about this particular dance: <BR> <link><BR>316 </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 21 May 2013 10:05:04 EST Color Vibe-Fun Run Rochester Anyone running in the Color Vibe-Fun Run at Monroe Community College this Saturday? Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:44:39 EST Greetings from Trumansburg! I'm new to this site and still kinda stabbing around in the dark. <BR> I'm a 50-something grandma of 2 little girls (mother of 3) who'd like to be healthy and happy for a good long time. Introduced to this site by the Cornell Wellness folks, I'm hoping to find support from local folks who are vegans or vegan-leaning. <BR> My wife and I enjoy hiking and geocaching (as well as eating great food and drinking great wine and craftbeer) and I look forward to getting into good shape for sea kayaki... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:43:55 EST How is everyone doing? We're heading into Mud Season up here in the Finger Lakes. <BR> <BR> Where I am there's no snow, and no rivers running to kayak on. <BR> <BR> So most of my activity has been indoors (spin class, tae kardio, weight lifting, etc.) <BR> <BR> How about the rest of you??? Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:32:09 EST Hello from Freeville! So glad to find you all here! I have been a member of SparkPeople since July and love the community. Hope to make some friends close to home <em>30</em> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:49:39 EST Hi from Newfield! I just signed up and am looking forward to this team. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:52:40 EST Shout Out and Kudos to one of our Team Leaders! Check out this video from yesterday's Today show featuring one of our SparkTeam leaders: 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6287 </link> <BR> <BR> She is such an inspiration and a truly SHINING example of living a life filled with SPARK! <BR> <BR> Stop by her SparkPage and give her a couple of high-fives! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-healthy-bmi </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:40:09 EST Great Event for Women Cyclists in the area! Forwarding this which had been sent to the Southern Tier Bicycle Club as I'm sure ANY women would be welcome to join in this special event!: <BR> <BR> I'm the event coordinator for a 2-day women-only tour in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of NYS designed for women to challenge themselves while being treated like QUEENS in-between rides. It's scheduled for September 15 & 16, 2012 and we've got eight great routes of varying lengths and amounts of climbing, all with incredible vistas for be... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:52:49 EST What are you doing for Memorial Day? It's a long weekend and it might even be sunny. Tons of BBQs and reasons to be out and about. What will you do to get in your exercise? Thu, 24 May 2012 08:23:33 EST Want to join a walkigng group Now that spring has sprung, I'd really like a walking buddy. Anyone else looking for an exercise buddy? Sun, 20 May 2012 09:55:27 EST Unofficial 8-week weight accountability challenge There are 29 of us who signed up. <BR> <BR> Here is where our results will go: <BR> <link><BR>0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdHItUVMwTGFiblZLY2lBY0t2Q<BR>XZZQUE&single=true&gid=3&output=html </link> <BR> Those of you who said it is OK for your email to be visible have it showing. Ditto for those of you with a ID. If we want to communicate with each other, we can do it right here on this thread (that way those who want to remain anonymous have more optio... Tue, 15 May 2012 07:54:42 EST Hi From Spencer! I am so excited to find a local team! <em>224</em> Fri, 4 May 2012 08:44:26 EST Hi from Newark Hello to all, <BR> I am from Newark...we moved to NY from Worland, Wyoming last May. I have gained about 20 pounds since moving here and am trying to lose that plus the extra I already had on me prior to the gain. I do not know anyone in the area and am looking to meet new people and find some support on my weight loss journey. I would love to meet and make some new friends in the area! Sun, 18 Mar 2012 14:43:28 EST Cornell Wellness "No Excuses" Contest For those in the team who are members of the Cornell community, you might be interested to know there's a weight loss contest coming up. <BR> <BR> It looks like we've already got one team pretty much full, but there's definitely the opportunity for others to make a second one! <BR> <BR> At stake: $50 Visa gift card for each member of the winning team <BR> Deadline to form teams: February 29 <BR> <BR> Details are here: <BR> <link><BR>hp </link> <BR> <B... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 11:51:13 EST FREE! FOUR Stationary Bikes!! A wonderful offer from one of our most wonderful members of the Southern Tier Bicycle Club! I'd love one myself but just CANNOT shoehorn it into my home. <BR> <BR> Here's the details... Don: <BR> ======================== <BR> I have five stationary bikes. <BR> <BR> One is enough. <BR> <BR> Have four (4) to give away. <BR> <BR> Will list on Binghamton's FREE CYCLE if any are around in another week. <BR> <BR> Any takers? Augie <BR> <BR> August Mueller <BR> 4009 D... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 12:35:41 EST Looking for Ideas for Fall Outing Yet again I'm going to try to get a group activity going. These are some upcoming activities from the Cayuga Trails group: <BR> <BR> Saturday, 10/29 - Fast Paced Urban Hike starts at 9:30 <BR> Saturday, 11/5 - Finger Lakes Trail Hike starts at 9:00 <BR> <BR> I plan on doing the first and perhaps the second. Let me know if you'd like to come along. <BR> <BR> Alternatively, suggest another activity for the group. <BR> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 11:06:13 EST Lose or Maintain Challenge Let's see how well we can do between now and Halloween. <BR> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> To join, sign up here: <BR> <link><BR>?hl=en_US&formkey=dG1KMXVNamNiZVJWbk83<BR>UzVoT3VTM0E6MA#gid=0 </link> <BR> <BR> To be part of the current challenge you need to join by Monday, September 5. After that you will need to wait until the next one. <BR> <BR> We will record our weights (and % body fat if you happen to measure it) once a week, for 8 weeks (through Ha... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 10:22:56 EST Hi Finger Lakes Sparkers! Hi, I live in Penn Yan (originally from Ohio - on Lake Erie). Happy to have found this team!! Wishing everyone lots of Good Luck and much Success! Fri, 5 Aug 2011 12:00:29 EST Hi, I'm from Rochester, NY This was the closest Team I could find! About 6 weeks into this..starting to feel stronger, a very small weight loss, but I'm working hard! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 15:11:59 EST Holiday Weekend Hiking Opportunities Cayuga Trails Club <BR> <BR> <BR> For the most up-to-date information, see <link> </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Connecticut Hill Hike <BR> <BR> Saturday, July 2, 2011 <BR> <BR> Time: 8:00 a.m. <BR> <BR> Carpool meeting place: 8:00 a.m. - Taco Bell parking lot at 222 Elmira Road. Park in the south east corner of the parking lot behind Taco Bell. <BR> <BR> Event/Trailhead location: 8:30 a.m. Finger Lakes Trail crossing of Connecticut Hill Road, about two miles southwest of ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:52:28 EST what is everyone doing this summer? I'm currently stuck exercising indoors until they at least clear my shoulder for road cycling. <BR> <BR> Kayaking is out of the question until October or November. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:49:58 EST SparkRally: Hickories Park Owego, Sat. May 21st The Binghamton Area Losers SparkTeam is planning a SparkRally at Hickories Park, Owego for Sat. May 21st and would love to invite any members of neighboring SparkTeams who would like to join the fun! <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the SparkRally info where you can RSVP if you care to join us: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.asp?resource=9791 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:06:49 EST Greetings from downtown Ithaca Hello, I'm Lorraine and I joined SP back in January, 2011. I'm glad to know that is a SP group right in my backyard! I've had great success with SP so far and would like to do some group activities with other local SP minded folks! I live in downtown Ithaca and work at Cornell. Looking forward to hearing from you all... <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:00:31 EST Hey everyone... My name is Amy, i am new to this team and from the Lansing/Groton area. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 15:59:31 EST Spring Get Together? Okay, the snow is going to go away and we're going to want to spend more time outdoors. What could this team do as a a group that might interest you? <BR> <BR> Any and all suggestions considered. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 08:29:11 EST Hi, I am from Butler Hi I am from a little town out in no where land. Butler. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 19:01:43 EST Hi from Ithaca College (Cornell is welcome, too!) Hi everyone! I'm a senior transfer student at Ithaca College. I was happy to find this group, and I'm wondering if anyone else on here is from IC? or maybe even Cornell? <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a local work-out buddy, if anyone is interested. Let me know! Wed, 16 Feb 2011 15:12:05 EST Ice Skating at Cass Park Let's start the new year off right and get active. While there's not enough snow really close by to ski or snowshoe, let's go skating. <BR> <BR> How does either Saturday, January or Sunday the 9th work? Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:14:40 EST Hi from Geneva! I am 33, a wife, and mother to a 23 month old and a 2 month old. I am very excited to be on sparkpeople. I am looking forward to making some new friends on here and to lose some much needed weight. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 16:09:34 EST Christmas Get Together Hi Everyone - <BR> <BR> I'd like to offer my place as a holiday get-together location. <BR> <BR> If you're interested, give me some recommended dates. <BR> Wed, 8 Dec 2010 09:21:46 EST Annual Gear Sale TODAY! (Sorry @ Short Notice!) Cornell Outdoor Education invites you to the return of their annual Gear Sale! <BR> <BR> On Saturday December 4th, from 9 AM to noon, come peruse a wide assortment of new and used outdoor clothing and equipment. You'll find everything from puffy jackets to running shorts, canoes to cross-country skis. Be part of the rush as the doors open at 9 AM to get your shot at the best selection. Have some gear you're not using any more? Bring in your items to sell on consignment during the week before... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 07:47:27 EST Losing My Focus I had a strange weekend. Slipped back to old habits of skipping lunch and then grazing all night. I know it's a combination of winter (dark and cold) and the neurosurgeon appointment today. After the MRI, I see the surgeon and we make a decision about what needs to be done. <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself I'm prepared for surgery, but the reality is, I'm bloody terrified. Letting my eating fall apart is a clear sign how out of control I feel. <BR> Mon, 8 Nov 2010 09:59:33 EST Zumba in DeWitt with WOLFKITTY and 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> WOLFKITTY (Jocelyn) from San Diego is in town visiting her mom. <BR> <link><BR>LFKITTY </link> <BR> <BR> She's into Zumba so I thought it would be fun to meet at a local class. I found one in DeWitt Thursday (tomorrow) from 6:45-7:45pm <BR> <link><BR>ent/zumba/23053/2010-10-14 </link> <BR> The woman who runs the class says drop-ins are $7 each. <BR> <BR> Here's the blurb from the DeWitt Par... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:50:57 EST October? Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please if there are events in your area, attend and help us to fund a cure. I plan to do as many events as I can and if anyone in the area has an event that I can't make it to, let me know and I will send you a set of jewelry to use for a raffle. Better yet, if it is close to Phelps, I will try to be there. Love all my friends here and don't forget those mammograms. Sun, 3 Oct 2010 20:33:04 EST How Does Your Exercise Change When Summer Ends With the weather getting cooler, winter can't be far away. Does your favorite exercise change with the seasons? Wed, 22 Sep 2010 06:44:41 EST I'm Back Some of you may remember me as oceanbreeze63c who disappeared around November of last year. I am back and started Spark all over profile, new me. <BR> I backslid majorly and would love any support I can get. I am not jumping all in at once this time. I am going to start slowly and work my way to my goals. I really believe I had way to many restrictions on myself to succeed. I tried to change everything at once and was overwhelmed. I would love a buddy.....especially someone close... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 18:24:30 EST Watermusic on Thurs., July 15 from 7pm to Sunset Passing along info on an event that sounds like SUCH FUN! Wish it was on the weekend so that I could take advantage of it! <BR> <BR> "Invitation to the first Watermusic on Thursday, July 15 from 7pm to Sunset. <BR> <BR> Musicians, music lovers, paddlers, rowers, sailors, walkers, bikers, skaters and sunset watchers are converging on Ithaca's Cayuga Inlet on Thursday evening, July 15 from 7pm to sunset to play and enjoy Watermusic – impromptu acoustic music on the waterfront. <BR> <BR> Wate... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 06:06:58 EST Greetings from Bloomfield! Hi, All, <BR> Just wanted to say hello, I'm Myriah, and I live in Bloomfield, NY, with my three cats. I'm 54 y/o and have about 40 pounds to lose. <BR> At the recommendation of a friend of mine, I decided to give SparkPeople a try. I'm doing okay with it, having just started last week. My friend has been here for about a year, and has lost 55 lbs, so she is my inspiration. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all! <BR> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:28:10 EST Time for re-staging our June photo? I looked at our team photo today and noticed that it speaks volumes about our progress in the past year. <BR> <BR> Neither Carrie nor I look anything like what we did on June 27, 2009! LOL <BR> <BR> And we've got bunches of new members, too... <BR> <BR> Anyone up for meeting sometime this month in Cass Park and re-staging the photo? Mon, 7 Jun 2010 23:19:54 EST yummy low-cal "ice cream"!! So I've really been missing ice cream, especially on days that are so hot like today. Yesterday I actually cheated a bit and had a kiddie-sized soft serve when I took my 6-year-old to Shortstop for same. I actually felt physically ill afterwards -- not because I'd "cheated," but I think because my body just wasn't used to so much sugar all at once! <BR> <BR> But, it was so nice and cold. Then today I was at Greenstar, and they have this stuff called Arctic Zero," which is an ice cream lik... Tue, 25 May 2010 20:33:28 EST Hello from Ithaca I have been a member of this site since October 2009; however, I am just becoming motivated and starting to do something with my weight and the sight. <BR> <BR> I am a widowed, single mother of a teenage daughter. My husband passed away 3 years ago. We used to live in Endicott, NY; however, we moved to Ithaca almost 2 years ago, as I got a job at Cornell. Are there others on this team that work at Cornell? <BR> <BR> I would love to connect with other people in this area to buddy up a... Wed, 19 May 2010 17:22:26 EST Finally doing it. Hi everyone - <BR> <BR> I've lived in Ithaca for 20 years, and am happy to find a spark team for the area. This is my first organized (i.e. not trying to do it completely on my own) weight loss attempt. <BR> <BR> Finally getting serious about getting healthier. Long story short: was a pretty serious rower for about 5 years, unfortunately before I knew I had a genetic disorder that made my joints weak. Then, UH-OH, bad back injury with permanent nerve damage (1997), got married (that's alw... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 21:19:41 EST Biking, Anyone? With the nice weather upon us, I'd like to do some sort of a group biking rally. Nothing as formalized as a race, but a way to get together and do something fun. <BR> <BR> I know several of us like bikes and it is the least joint impacting exercise we can do. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're interested and when you could fit this in your schedule. Fri, 16 Apr 2010 08:32:31 EST Weedsport/ /Cortland! Hi everyone, I'm from weedsport NY, but am currently attending Suny Cortland. I just made a sparkpage and am looking for a few buddies! Wed, 7 Apr 2010 17:25:55 EST Need A Visual Motivator? Hey check out this site: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Take a pic of yourself now and use the site to see what you'd like after your weight loss. *winka <BR> <BR> Enjoy... <em>334</em> Sun, 4 Apr 2010 09:41:24 EST Hi from Rochester Thanks for the WARM welcome. I live in Rochester but thought from the group description that it was closer to me. I've seen some of the Ithaca area and LOVE the offerings of the Finger Lakes so I might join you for some of the activities. I really enjoy reading your forums. Quite an inspiring group. <BR> <BR> Lost 6.3 lbs for my first week. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the Wonderful Blessed Monday Everyone! <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 12:36:19 EST Touring seminar this Sunday...TODAY, Late Notice Sorry for the short notice, but thought I'd pass along anyhow just in this from the Southern Tier Bike Club...Don <BR> <BR> ----------- <BR> <BR> Touring seminar this Sunday in Ithaca - Finger Lakes Cycling Club <BR> <BR> This Sunday Jim Conroy and I are heading up to Ithaca to attend a touring seminar that the Finger Lakes Cycling Club is offering. Several of us are members of this club, and they have an active touring group. If you tour, or are thinking about it, you might wa... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:49:00 EST Bike Tour de Cure, Watkins Glen, June 26 Anyone interested in riding in this with me? <BR> <link> </link> <BR> I'll do the 63 mile one because my half-iron swim-bike is only 2 weeks later and I don't want to overdo it... <BR> <BR> Please consider joining or sponsoring me in the Diabetes Tour de Cure ride on June 29 - every little bit counts, even ONE DOLLAR! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:00:59 EST FoodDeclar Terrific Resource! I believe it was Coach Dean who originally gave me a head's up on this web site. I was so impressed by the latest newsletter that I wanted to give a shout-out on it! <BR> <BR> Check it out and sign up if you're interested at: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here are the most popular stories related to food and farming from the past couple weeks. From business and labor to school lunch and testing your food IQ, we've gathered the stories that garnered the most... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:17:32 EST Let's Get Together Hi Everyone - <BR> <BR> Days are about to get warmer and the temperatures are going up. All this means that before we know it, weekend chores will take over our lives. <BR> <BR> Before that happens, I'd like to get some sort of an activity going. Last season we kayaked (perhaps a bit too early for that) and walked. So far this year, we've met to discuss the book and gone cross country skiing. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of something a bit more like hiking or even a nice gentle walk some place... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 08:27:00 EST Cross Country Skiing @ Greenwood Park This Weekend Okay folks! <BR> <BR> Sine I STILL haven't gotten out to attempt cross country skiing yet this winter and we've been totally DUMPED on I think this weekend looks ideal for getting out to Greenwood Park either Sat. or Sun. afternoon. <BR> <BR> Please c'mon back and post to this thread which day works best for you if you would like to join in the fun! <BR> <BR> I'll call Greenwood later today to confirm that they ARE open...can't imagine they WOULDN'T be...! <BR> <BR> This Sunday looks to... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 06:57:43 EST Any Interest in a Cross-Country Skiing Is anyone interested in trying out cross country skiing at Greek Peak one weekend? The have lessons and rent equipment. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 11:54:00 EST Cross Country Skiing @ Greenwood Park Sunday 2 pm An open invitation extended by the Binghamton Area Losers SparkTeam: <BR> <BR> I've been paying attention to the weather, figuring winter is half over and I STILL haven't gotten out to attempt cross country skiing yet this winter. <BR> <BR> This Sunday, Jan. 31, looks to be the convergence of ideal temps with adequate snow to have a crack at it so I plan to be there at 2 pm. The park is open till 4 pm so that would give us potentially up to a couple hours for skiing. <BR> <BR> I thought I'... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 15:36:18 EST Take the First Step and Discuss Your Progress Hi - <BR> <BR> Now that you've read or are reading the book, what small step can you take on your road to a fitter, healthier life? <BR> <BR> I am going to shake up my cardio and try to get more exercise. <BR> <BR> Keep us posted on your progress and let us know what we can do to support you. <BR> <BR> Carrie Tue, 26 Jan 2010 13:29:43 EST Not so new from Ithaca My wife and I were very successful on Spark People up until about 18 months ago. Then life got in the way in the form of some medical problems. We both gained the weight back and then some. <BR> <BR> We are back now and determined to succeed with the help of our Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 20:37:27 EST Newbie from Homer Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Carla. I live in Homer. Feeling a little overwhelmed with the site today, but just wanted to post and say hello. Looking forward to getting to now everyone. Sat, 2 Jan 2010 14:17:52 EST I found a new place to eat.... Here in Phelps, in Ontario cty, I tried the new cafe in town, and it was awesome, when I told them I had gastric bypass and couldn't eat much, they made a special dinner for me. They have 20 kinds of soup, the ad says so, and home made breads, the vegetable is my favorite. Its on the corner of Rt. 96 and 88 and its called White Feather restaurant. They have all you can eat breakfast and soup and dinners, and range from $4.99 and 10.99. If you are in the area, please try it and the owners a... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 16:23:55 EST Hi from Ithaca Hi I'm Danielle for Ithaca I'm really interested in getting involved in the local community to help me and others accomplish their weight loss goals. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:10:37 EST January 2010 Sparks Rally and Book Discussion Watch this space for information on the Saturday, January 23 discussion of Chris Downie's book and sparks rally. <BR> <BR> Mark your calendar now! <BR> <BR> As we confirm the venue and time, we'll keep you posted. Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:52:34 EST Hello from Auburn, NY!!!! Hey everyone. I am a married mother of 3 girls in Auburn, NY and have been on SP since June but actively using it since October. I am also a full time college student at Upstate Medical University in the Radiation Therapy Program. <BR> <BR> I have been fighting with this weight for about 13 yrs now. I'm so sick of it. I've wanted to be slim again since it all began and have yo yo dieted since. The key to that sentence is that I wanted to be slim. Now I want to live a healthy lifestyl... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 08:37:49 EST Trouble In Soy-Land... The War on Soy: Why the 'Miracle Food' May Be a Health Risk and Environmental Nightmare <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Vegetarians aren't the only ones who should be concerned; there's soy in just about everything you eat these days -- including hamburgers, mac 'n cheese and salad dressing. <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 21 Nov 2009 06:53:44 EST Where was everyone OK, I was at the park for over 30 minutes and couldn't find anyone. I'm very sad that I missed this, and I forgot to take the home address with me, so I couldn't find that either....I'm so bad at this. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great time. <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <em>253</em> Sun, 8 Nov 2009 18:40:32 EST I hope its ok to post this here...... I will be doing jewelry classes in Newark, NY starting in January, if anyone in that area is interested please let me know, I am including a link to register for it in. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 8 Nov 2009 11:40:01 EST Hi Im from penn yan Hello all. Hows it going? I would love to join your spark team. Im looking for locals that I could possibly would out with once in awhile. Sun, 8 Nov 2009 04:14:06 EST Hi from Phelps I was so pleased to find this group, and I am Linda from Ontario County, Phelps. I am 60 and in a wheelchair, and I make and sell jewelry to raise money for Breast Cancer research in my sisters memory. I had gastric bypass 4 years ago, and it worked for a long time, but know I am fighting gaining, and may need to have it redone. Thanks again for allowing me to join. Thu, 5 Nov 2009 19:08:19 EST Events and things to do Hay everyone, <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know about a fitness challenge at the local gym. I was skeptical at first but it seems good so far. Basically it's a contest open to all in the area for 6 weeks. It's $20 to participate and as long as you are in the challenge you get full use of the gym. BUT this means you need to attend weekly weigh-ins and log all your exercise at the gym. They will make teams of 3-4 people and monitor weigh-ins, and awards for most exercise, weight lost, etc wil... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 06:56:20 EST Cornell Alum! I graduated Cornell two years ago and WISH i had joined sparkpeople while i was there. I just joined a few weeks ago (I now live in Vegas) but I love it! I'm so happy to see an Ithaca group! I'll have to let my friends who are still in college know about it! Good luck to all of you! Wed, 4 Nov 2009 04:11:02 EST People please wake up, your life may depend on it! I'm passing along a link to a VERY sobering blog written by TRAVELNISTA, who makes a powerful observation that our work here at SparkPeople and in our lives is TRULY a matter of LIFE & DEATH! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2506381 </link> <BR> <BR> Her blog is a wonderful tribute in memory of a fellow member of SparkPeople: PEBBLES32165 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>BBLES32165 </link> <BR> <BR> We at Sp... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 22:46:11 EST SparkRally @ Linda's Place, Sat. Oct. 24th @ 8 pm! Let's give one of the newest members of Binghamton Area Losers and Ithaca, NY & Finger Lakes SparkTeams a warm SparkPeople welcome as TUPPROACH <link> </link> in turn welcomes US to her home THIS Saturday! <BR> <BR> Enjoy a beautiful autumn ride to her home in Candor for some healthy, yummy foods, lively conversation and company as we get to know and support each other even MORE! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Be sure to RSVP at this link: <BR> <link>www.sparkpe... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 09:37:00 EST Exercise Minimize Weight Re-Gain After Weight Loss Exercise Minimizes Weight Re-Gain After Weight Loss <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wsID=8866&Section=NUTRITION&source=DHB<BR>_091015&key=Body+ContinueReading </link> <BR> <BR> Nice to find research backing what we already know to be true! ---Don <BR> ========== <BR> <BR> "Paul MacLean raises a lot of fat rats. MacLean is a professor at the University of Colorado's School of Medicine where he studies the metabolisms of rats to learn about the metabolisms of peopl... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 08:52:03 EST Hi from Waterloo Signed up on the site a yr ago, but just really started using it about 10 days ago. I love it here. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:01:26 EST Let's Get SparkPeople on the Oprah Show! has a link for people to suggest guests/topics for her show! <BR> <BR> Let's show Oprah how much we would like to see Chris Downie and featured on her show! <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d=216 </link> <BR> <BR> Post your best plug out there for SparkPeople...woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Please cross post to your other SparkTeams! <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 11 Oct 2009 09:16:03 EST Daily Chatter Hi, Let's use this space to talk about our progress or anything else on your mind. <BR> <BR> Carrie Fri, 9 Oct 2009 08:20:42 EST Tues. Night Program: Controlling Overeating and Fo HealthyPlace TV Show <BR> Our guest tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 28) is Caryl Ehrlich, founder of the Caryl Ehrlich program. We'll be talking about "Controlling Overeating and Food Addiction." <BR> <BR> The show can be viewed live from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show homepage ( <link><BR>v-show/ </link> ) at 5:30p PST, 7:30 CST, 8:30 EST - and later by clicking the "on-demand button on the player. As always, your questions for our guest and Healthy... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:07:38 EST Online Hiking Resource (courtesy of Kim Komando: <link> </link> ) <BR> <BR> Find local hikes <BR> <BR> Fall is finally here, and the weekend is right around the corner. Sounds like the perfect time to take a hike! <BR> <BR> There are plenty of great places to hike in Phoenix, where I live. But, of course, I hike, so I know about them. <BR> <BR> Maybe you've just started hiking. You might want some advice. You want the hike that's right for you. <BR> <BR> MapMyHike is a great site for inform... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 11:03:03 EST November Sparks Rally At the September rally, we decided to try to get together again in November. <BR> <BR> I am looking for ideas about dates and where to go, what to do. <BR> <BR> My suggestion is we plan something no later than Sunday, November 15. That means we won't get too close to the Thanksgiving holiday and it might not be too frigid to go outdoors. <BR> <BR> Thoughts, ideas, suggestions, greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Carrie Sun, 20 Sep 2009 08:40:19 EST Kayaking clinic, paddle, and BBQ in Romulus My neighborhood will host a paddle followed by a BBQ/picnic and campfire at our private neighborhood beach starting Saturday afternoon, September 19 at Lakeshore Landing on Seneca Lake in Romulus at 1pm. <BR> <BR> Members of the Cornell Outdoor Education staff and the Ithaca Kayak Club will be there. These friendly folks are always happy to teach kayaking skills such as wet exits, rolling, deep water rescue, etc. and have a wealth of information. <BR> <BR> Length and destination of paddle t... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:41:25 EST Swift kick in the rear As of today I have issued a challenge to myself (and to anyone else who might be having issues with this process at the moment - SABRINAIS30IN09 this means You!) <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Let's do one straight week of eating within our goals and doing our exercise. Just one week of this, and see how it goes. <BR> <BR> I will use this thread to update every day on my progress to help stay accountable. Y'all are welcome to join me. <BR> <BR> Who's in? Mon, 17 Aug 2009 15:40:03 EST SparkCon vention: GO! Most of you have seen the links and web pages by now about the upcoming SparkConvention in Cincinatti on Sept. 26th. <BR> <BR> I want to urge any and ALL of you to strongly, deeply, SERIOUSLY consider attending if there is ANY way that you can! <BR> <BR> I traveled across the continent to be at the San Diego convention earlier this year in May and this was the start of something new for myself. Despite having a sister and her family living in San Diego for DECADES, I had never taken the tim... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 10:43:21 EST Hi from Spencer Hi! I'm Mary, 57 and retired. <BR> <BR> I was thrilled to find a group nearby. I live about 17 miles south of Ithaca on Route 96 in the little town of Spencer. <BR> <BR> I've peeked at some of your Spark Pages and am very inspired by your successes. I started SP in March 2007 and lost 38 lbs. by October. I started to backslide during the holidays that year, and over the course of 1 1/2 years ended up gaining back all but 5 lbs. That's so discouraging and I've had a hard time picking my... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 19:02:19 EST Readings on Weight Loss and Maintenance I've been on a quest to read all I can on the above topic. Some is pure rubbish, but some things I find are pure gold. I thought it might be nice to have a place where we record those things that inspire us or teach us something useful about this lifetime process. <BR> <BR> This book is on the best seller list and is fantastic: The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite. <BR> <BR> It has some great info on how the food industry has fed our emotional food needs... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 10:51:10 EST Wednesday Walking Group Hi - <BR> <BR> We're scheduled to meet tomorrow at 1:30. Given how iffy the weather is, let me know if you want to cancel. I can be reached on 227-6250. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Carrie Tue, 21 Jul 2009 20:11:54 EST How about kayaking on Sunday, August 2? Anyone up for kayaking on Sunday afternoon, August 2? <BR> <BR> We can meet at the rental shop on the Cayuga lake inlet <BR> <link><BR>ak_shop/default.html </link> <BR> <BR> See link above for details and to reserve a boat - they recommend reserving well ahead of time to make sure you'll get what you want. <BR> <BR> Let's plan on meeting there around 1pm. <BR> <BR> Please RSVP so I'll know whether to drive down there with my own boat or not. <BR> <e... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:09:21 EST Lost Weight! I have now been doing SP for a full week, and this morning I weighed myself- 8 pounds gone! <BR> I'm very happy to see the weight gone, and since I imagine that'll be my biggest weight loss, I'm really enjoying it. I have promised myself I wouldn't weigh daily, and I'm glad I didn't, since seeing the bigger jump on the numbers was very exciting. <BR> Mon, 20 Jul 2009 07:09:14 EST September SparkRally Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Four of us met in June and had a nice walk in Cass Park. It was so fun that we decided to schedule another "Spark Rally" in September. CARRIE1948 is organizing it - stay tuned! Wed, 15 Jul 2009 21:29:41 EST Strength Training Support Hi - <BR> <BR> Since several of us have trouble getting into strength training, this is a spot for us to support each other. <BR> <BR> Carrie Wed, 15 Jul 2009 15:45:57 EST Hi! Hi, everyone! This is my first week on SP, and I'm exploring the different teams- I can't believe how many there are! <BR> I'm Tina, 28, have two kids, and I live just outside of Dryden. <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you. Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:59:05 EST What Is Your Biggest Hurdle? Yesterday, when we had the Ithaca rally, we discovered that each of us has a different challenge in our quest to get healthy. I have difficulty getting enough fat in my diet and am constantly working on improving that number. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Share your challenge and see if anyone can offer a suggestion. <BR> <BR> Carrie Sun, 28 Jun 2009 09:15:54 EST Invitation to join Binghamton 6/19 & 6/20 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> The folks in Binghamton have invited us to join their spark rally on June 19 and 20, which is a Relay for Life event. See the link for more details. <BR> <BR> anja <BR> <BR> ---------- DDOORN wrote: ---------- <BR> I'll run this by our SparkTeam, but would like to toss this possibility out there if it sounds "do-able"...? <BR> <BR> We are jumping the gun by having our SparkRally at the local Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society on June 19th & 20th...perh... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 09:58:35 EST Ithaca / Finger Lakes Spark Rally? here's the original announcement: <BR> <link><BR>nnouncements.asp?gid=20822#anc3893 </link> <BR> <BR> Salient details: <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 27 Cass Park Rink parking lot, 10:30am <BR> <BR> ---------------- <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> So far we have one vote for Saturday morning (SHOSTER). <BR> I'm up for that. <BR> <BR> Carrie, you said you could be interested. Does Saturday work for you? <BR> <BR> Anyone else want to meet on Saturday mor... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 15:58:50 EST Musselman Triathlon in Geneva, NY Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> There's a nearby triathlon that is held every July in Geneva: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm going to train for the Aquabike portion of the half-iron for July 2010. That's 1.2 miles of swimming and 56 miles of biking. <BR> <BR> They also have a "mini-musselman" sprint. <BR> <BR> Anyone else game? <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> <em>217</em> <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. Here are some other local Aquabikes: <link>www.cazenoviatriathlon... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 20:24:41 EST Fitness facilities in Seneca Falls and Geneva There are a few options for exercise classes and facilities I've used in the Seneca Falls and Geneva area: <BR> <BR> New York Chiropractic College: <BR> <link><BR>c_Center.htm </link> <BR> I like their evening deep water aquacise classes <BR> <BR> Geneva Family YMCA <BR> <link> </link> <BR> This is where my personal trainer works <BR> <BR> Hobart and William Smith Colleges <BR> <link><BR>m... Wed, 20 May 2009 12:31:34 EST Hi from Seneca Falls! Hi Everyone!!! I'm Sabrina. I live in Seneca Falls. I'm a stay at home mom to two girls. Anyone nearby? Beside ORAGAMIFREAK, I know she's nearby!!! hehe! Tue, 19 May 2009 10:00:49 EST New to SP and to the team Hello all! I just joined SparkPeople last night and am happy to find a team close by! I live in Homer and love going to Ithaca to hike the waterfalls and other trails (Sapsucker Woods is one of my favorites). Mon, 18 May 2009 11:51:28 EST Welcome home to New York I'm a 24 year-old female college student who is finally moving back to New York after being gone for almost 20 years. I'm finishing my undergraduate degree at UW-Whitewater in Wisconsin and will be attending Syracuse University in the fall. I also have a history of being very trim and fit from high school but once I hit college stress, lack of exercise, unhealthy food options, and family stress have helped me put on over 85 pounds. I love working out WITH someone. I have a problem getting st... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 14:20:13 EST March is a great month to really DIG in .... Let's get serious about hitting our goals! I don't know about anyone else but I am sick of letting my eating habits interfere with ME! I have goals that I want to achieve, and I am sick and tired of my excuses! I want the people around me to be amazed at my progress! I want to be a person that does what I say I am going to do, and do it NOW!!! I believe the key is going to be journaling and planning all food entering my mouth! If I don't plan for it to go in my mouth it will not go in my mout... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 11:08:01 EST New Team Member! Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a senior at Syracuse struggling to lose that extra 25! Sun, 1 Mar 2009 15:07:47 EST Weight loss buddy. Anyone interested in becoming weight loss buddy's? <link><BR>/30129 </link> <BR> Feel free to join. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 07:08:16 EST Just wanted to say hi to everyone! I am new ... Hello~ just wanted to say hi! I am a mom of 8 children~ 5 biological, and 3 by marriage! I am looking forward to getting fit and thin! I am also going to jazzercise which is really fun! Please give me any ideas for loosing weight! I am currently looking to loose 25+lbs, hopefully by April. Fri, 6 Feb 2009 17:19:18 EST Local events Feel free to post local events, things to do, ect... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 06:40:47 EST Holiday Time Its Holiday time in Ithaca! Does anyone know about any special lightings or Christmas happenings in the area? and has anyone heard if the ice sculptures are coming to the commons? Wed, 3 Dec 2008 08:50:20 EST Few of my favorite things game?? How about about favotie things game? <BR> I state two things- you choose your favorite and then you name two things? <BR> <BR> <BR> Ex... <BR> Apples or Oranges? <BR> I choose Oranges. <BR> <BR> Whole wheat or rye (bread)? <BR> I choose Wheat. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start with <BR> <BR> Sandles or Sneakers? (which is your favorite to wear?) Wed, 24 Sep 2008 23:36:02 EST city/town name game Because this team is a "location" team, how about a location game? I'll start with a name of a city/town and then someone takes that last letter and states a name of a city or town (anywhere). <BR> <BR> Ex. Ithaca (ends in A so the next person states) Albany- (then one starting with Y) <BR> <BR> I'll start with - San Jose <BR> <BR> Anyone have anything for E? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Jun 2008 19:59:33 EST new team member Hello, I was looking at teams and found this one- How could I resist? I currently live in the Horseheads area. Glad our Humid heat wave of last week is over, this weekend is much more tolerable. Sat, 14 Jun 2008 13:17:12 EST What is your favorite thing about Ithaca? Ithaca has so many fabulous offerings. I grew up in Binghamton, and found that even though the city was large, there really isn't that much going on. When my friend moved to Ithaca, I spent a lot of time there, and found so many things to do. So, what is your favorie thing about Ithaca? Mine is shopping in the used bookstores. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 23:11:23 EST in area I have been with spark people for a few years now and I have found some great support here. I am in the Elmira area, work in corning. Have learned to get past my mind(my worse enemy)And to do the little steps that I can. I spend most of my time on Girls of God, but occasionally visit other sites for motivation and curiosity. Tue, 22 Apr 2008 19:18:06 EST