SparkPeople Northwest Philadelphia Sparkers Team Messageboard This Spark Team is for people living in Northwest Philadelphia. This includes Germantown, Mt Airy, & Chestnut Hill. It may include some outlying areas. You know who you are! SparkPeople Northwest Philadelphia Sparkers Team Messageboard Hello I'm Adrienne Hello I'm new to spark! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:36:54 EST Hello Not sure if I am posting in the right area. I am new here, not so new to Philly & just wanted to say hello. Wed, 16 May 2012 03:01:53 EST Tell us about your Philly area fun/activity I have 2 things: <BR> My son and his girlfriend went indoor rock climbing at the Philadelphia Rock Climbing gym in Oaks...they were easily certified to work the ropes for each other and received a 2-week free use of the gym - they are hooked! <BR> <BR> This past weekend I did a great hike in the Wissahickon with my husband and daughter. Started behind springside school - took the trails over the finger bridge and all the way down and up to Toleration Rock - then the return hike: miles? 7.2 ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:28:34 EST Northwest Philly Sparkers Get-Togethers When: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm <BR> Where: Pei Wei Restaurant. CIty Line Ave., Philadelphia. <BR> <BR> So far it's Pam (PreciousMe1), possibly with her family. I'll be there. Let me know via email if you can make it. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to connecting with other Sparkers. <BR> <BR> If you have any ideas for meeting times and or good healthy restaurants, post here. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:35:01 EST Need a buddy in Philly? The challenge of reaching goals alone is great. Post here if you're interested in a buddy who you can call and / or text regularly to help you be accountable. I, for one, am interested in having a buddy. When the weather gets warmer, perhaps we can meet up for walks. Meanwhile, phone calls and text messages will surely help. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's easy to be accountable to ourselves. Sometimes we need others to help us be accountable. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 05:10:07 EST Help a team member to help yourself. It's like a buddy system. Share thoughts on what motivates you to keep going. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 23:10:36 EST What are your favorite snacks? 1) I create my own Chex mix using some Honey Bunch of Oats, walnuts, and if I want salt, a few peanuts. <BR> <BR> 2) I cut up carrots & mix them with raisins. <BR> <BR> 3) Skinny Cow dream clusters or crisps. Both are 100 calories. <BR> <BR> 4) Almonds. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 17:32:19 EST Favorite Exercise(s) Because it's important to change our exercise routine, if you do the same exercise every day, your body becomes accustomed to it and won't change. <BR> <BR> What are your favorite exercises, and do you have a routine? Wed, 25 Jan 2012 01:33:44 EST What is your favorite healthy meal? We all have a meal to which we gravitate when we can't think of anything else in particular to eat. For me it's the Asian chicken salad with cabbage, mushroom, carrots, cucumber, green onion, cilantro, and of course, grilled chicken. Tossed with a tasty Asian dressing like Ken's Light Option Sesame & Ginger, this is one of the easiest, good-tasting meals to make. <BR> <BR> Share your favorite meal here. Sat, 19 Nov 2011 00:29:31 EST May Challenge…..Get out and walk! Are to taking advantage of this warming weather? Lets all get out and take a 10 minute walk every nice day in May! Sun, 1 May 2011 13:47:57 EST Sunny Days The sun is out and most mornings are now beautiful. What is everybody doing to take advantage of this. Sun, 1 May 2011 13:37:29 EST share Fall fitness ideas, dreams, achievements hi guys - this is the time to brag, cast spells, and make merry -- in the best possible ways of course. What's going on with your inner life? Tell all and start stretching your imagination muscles . . . Fri, 22 Oct 2010 23:08:49 EST How have you changed your routine now that it's F What's really Kool that you're doing new ?? Mon, 18 Oct 2010 20:09:56 EST The Long Hot Month -- AUGUST Thank goodness the weather report says things will cool down a bit. Let's share how we're coping with this extremely HOT summer and hints for maintaining healthy lifestyles during it . . . Sun, 25 Jul 2010 13:07:42 EST Support group, anyone? Hi there, <BR> So excited to find that there are sparks people nearby! I'm in Narberth and since there aren't sparks here (YET!) I'm going to tag along with you guys. <BR> I'd like to organize a support group for those of us who need human interaction and accountability to keep us motivated and on-track. I have some experience with weight-loss support groups and have seen how helpful they can be. We'd meet once per week, check in with each other, discuss a short motivational, nutritional, o... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 21:06:16 EST Here it is -- July!!! Let's take this month to take stock -- looking at and awarding ourselves for our achievements and bulking up our 'gratitude bags' <BR> <BR> I'll start with my Achievements: <BR> -getting off crutches; <BR> -easing back into a good exercise routine; <BR> -filling my larder with fresh veggies & fruits & sraight-from-the-farm dairy products. <BR> My gratitude bag has th following new additions: <BR> -got the car fom my husband so I can drive the doggies to parks so they can run; <BR> -starting ... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 09:58:49 EST What's your favorite summer meal? I really like fresh salads for summer with as many greens and veggies as I have around. Adding protein as cheese, cottage cheese, seeds or nuts, meats -- matters not -- adding salad dressing is a must but I like it on the spare side instead as a 'soup base' the way we get them in family restaurants. <BR> Of course, I'm a southern girl so I also luv fried chicken and BBQ ribs. what can I say! Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:40:07 EST Farmers Markets What Farmers Market do you visit regularly? What's good there? <BR> <BR> There's one right on the Lutheran Seminary campus (acrss Germantown Ave from the WaWa) but it's extremely small -- however, there's a meat & dairy truck that has wonderfully fresh & tasty 'stuff.' I got yoghurt and lean ground beef last week - both absolutely wonderful. It's every Tuesday afternoon from 3p to 7p. <BR> <BR> My staple favs are the farmer's market behind Chestnut Hill Hotel AND the Top of the Hill one. ... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:11:15 EST Share your Walking Ideas - it's beautiful outdoors I'm always open to learning about new trails, walking paths, or just new routes so hope you all will share what youa're doing Tue, 8 Jun 2010 11:26:49 EST Who's Doing What in June? I'm recuperating from a severe fall on the 23 bus -- this is palying havoc with my movement plans but I'm chugging right along -- going to PY on SAT instead of leading the 3-Day Training Walks on Forbidden Trail. My goal is to be all better by the end of this month so I can get back to (what I call) normal life. and I really want my doggies back; they're major inspiration for me! <em>41</em> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 11:24:44 EST My Goals For May To be in the gym at least 3x's a week. Cut down on fatten foods and snacks. When not in the gym to walk more Tue, 11 May 2010 10:25:19 EST Introducing Myself Hi, <BR> I'm Julie and a friend suggested that I check out Spark People for additional support in my quest for a healthier me. I am very interested in finding folks who are interested in walking in Wissohickon park and/or who are simply working to improve their overall health and fitness level. I look forward to corresponding with all of you! Sending wishes for a peaceful day! Mon, 10 May 2010 08:48:49 EST MAY challenge(s) My goals for May are: <BR> - Get more sleep <BR> - Add weights/heavier weights to current exercises <BR> - Increase walking time / distance <BR> - Socialize with friends at least once a week Fri, 7 May 2010 16:14:15 EST Local product & services reviews What good or not-so-good experiences in our neighborhood can you share? Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:14:07 EST What inspires you to keep on going? For me it's playing with my two dogs, their joy of living in the moment is contagious); taking long walks (moving meditations are better for me than trying to sit still; pulling out my 'gratitude bag' that's filled with happy pix, inspirational verses, friends contact info. Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:10:58 EST Who'll win the Kentucky Derby ? I have no real favs this year -- anybody else out there have one? Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:04:36 EST Mother's Day Plans How are YOU planning to celebrate? <BR> <BR> What's your back-up plan if things go awry? <BR> <BR> Who's starting the day walking or running in the Komen Race For The Cure? <BR> <BR> Who's wearing a Red Flower? Who's wearing a White Flower? <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:58:41 EST Today's Question: Plan for the Weekend? What are your favorite strategies to get through this candy-filled weekend? Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:12:48 EST How will your routine change now that it's spring? I am planning to spend more time outdoors and to walk everywhere I can instead of opting for the easy ride. Also, I'm looking at new sneaks -- any recs? Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:36:31 EST getting my spark back...again Hello!! <BR> My name is Stefanie and I'm from willow grove, but recently moved to germantown. I did spark a few years ago (and it worked), but I never did reach my goal weight. I'm back again, trying to get healthier and leaner. I could probably use an excercise/walking/jogging buddy to keep me on track. I did recently get P90x as an additional resource. I'm glad to see a group for my section of Philly; hopefully you could help me find better for me restaurants in the area. Sun, 8 Nov 2009 14:42:29 EST Go Phillies! Go Phillies! Make it 2-2. <BR> <em>60</em> <em>300</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2009 21:27:13 EST Question of the Day One of my other teams does this and it seems to be a good way to get to know each other. Nothing obligatory. If you want to answer, great; if not, that's okay too. <BR> <BR> Today's Question: <BR> CALORIES ASIDE WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL OF ALL TIME??? <BR> <BR> As a kid, it was Rice Krispies with lots of sugar sprinkled on top of it. As an adult, I do love my oatmeal with a dollop of honey or maple syrup and some peanut butter. If there's a cereal bar, I'll throw in some ... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 09:02:06 EST