SparkPeople SPARKlings in Pittsburgh Team Messageboard For Sparklings in Pittsburgh and Western, PA to offer support, encouragement and perhaps find excercising buddies. SparkPeople SPARKlings in Pittsburgh Team Messageboard Seeking walking buddy HI! I'd love a walking partner in or around Verona Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:53:52 EST went on walk today Since it was not completely freezing and I was able, I walked for 50 minutes today... I am going to try to get on more walks in tolerable winter weather. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:13:49 EST Fun, easy, light Holiday Dishes As a fun way to connect with each other, I thought it would be nice to create a Topic Heading so that members can come post and share your easy (but healthy) holiday dishes here! Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:41:44 EST SPARK Wheel Points for the Day? 7! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 09:26:54 EST Looking for workout buddy in Squirrel Hill Hi everyone, <BR> I just re-joined and I belong to the JCC in Squirrel Hill, but I hate going alone...anyone else belong? They have terrific swim excerise classes and a beautiful health club. I would also be interested in a walking partner ~ or dog walking partner! <BR> Thanks, <BR> Denise Tue, 17 Sep 2013 05:47:33 EST Looking for walking buddies! My name is Sarah and I live in Penn Hills. Looking for possible walking buddies for motivation and friendship! There are so many great parks to explore in Pittsburgh. I am not originally from this area and would really like to meet up with some others to explore! I am not in the best shape so we would have to start slow but then again that is why we are all here. Lets meet our goals together!! Sat, 7 Sep 2013 16:25:17 EST Turkey Trot? (and other walks/runs) Is there anyone out there prepping for the Turkey Trot? Or any other possible runs/walks? Share your story!! Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:28:43 EST New from Northern Butler County Hi, new to the team. Glad to find like minded people close by. I am 41 and live in Northern Butler County. I have over a 100 lbs to lose and have struggled with my weight all my life. Looking for like minded individuals close to me. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:54:48 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:24 EST Gearing up for Spring It's been quite cold here in Western PA and the team page has been dormant for some time. I'm here posting in an effort to rejuvenate the page and create a supportive community for our area. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in sharing their experiences over the past season and ways they have stayed on track? Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:49:39 EST Glenshaw Area I am a 34 year old Mom who works long hours but need to lose more than 100 ponds. I am looking for the support I miss from others whom live in the same area. I am thinking of joining Anytime Fitness by the new Get Go on Route 8 in Glenshaw. Is there anyone out there that can help push me along. I have motivation to "think" about losing weight but not the support to push me when all is said and done. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:42:53 EST Good Friday morning! Good morning! I'm new to the group, but not to SP. I've used it on and off for several years, and just yesterday got back on the wagon in terms of tracking calories, etc. I live in the Versailles/McKeesport area, and would love to connect with folks to take advantage of the walking/bike trail along the Yough. I'm looking forward to being more intentional and mindful in my weight loss journey than I have been of late. I lost 60 pounds a couple of years ago, and over the last two years, after m... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 08:02:20 EST White Oak/ Mckeesport area.. lose 40 lbs atleast! I need motivation badly!! <BR> My name is April and I just moved to pa from ky 4 months ago! looking for someone to walk with and exercise. I bought the xbox kinect zumba, but I have no motivation ofter doing it just 3 times! i procrastinate alot. I have a 4 yr old son and he liked doing it with me. I need friends and ain't scared to say it. If someone would join me in this fight to lose weight, I could do it. NOT alone!! <BR> PLEASE HELP!! Thu, 1 Mar 2012 08:58:11 EST Bethel Park Hi Everyone! I'm new to the site and looking for someone to walk/exercise with- someone to hold me ACCOUNTABLE! Anyone interested? Fri, 16 Dec 2011 20:06:15 EST Beating the freeze... Wondering is some of us could share what they do in the winter months to get their fitness minutes in an avoid gaining through the cold temps! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:29:11 EST How many Spark Whell Points? Thought it might be nice to get in some extra spark points to post your daily wheel spin points - the more points, the more goodies to go around!!! <BR> <BR> Take care all and stay fit :) Wed, 20 Jul 2011 21:04:02 EST Beating the heat Any ideas on beating the heat? We're facing over 100 degree index this week and I could barely push it outside for 10 mins!! Wed, 20 Jul 2011 20:58:23 EST New here...S ringdale area Hello all! I am from the Springdale area and am hoping to find people near me to kind of buddy up with. I am a 32 year old female. I joined the YMCA in New Kensington, anyone else go there maybe? I am just starting to go and need motivation. I tried begging all of my friends to join with me but no one wants to go to the gym! My goal is to get into the spinning class....I'm scared right now, but that's the goal. <BR> <BR> So anyway, is anyone in my area? Tue, 12 Jul 2011 10:08:29 EST Fun ways to get a workout in Just wondering what everyone does to get a workout in when they have little time or are bored with the everyday routine. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:46:43 EST Splitting Your Workouts Just saw this on Facebook. It was posted in the "Pound for Pound Challenge" group that I was a part of. <BR> <BR> John S. said: <BR> <BR> "Did you know you can actually lose more weight & keep your metabolism fired up longer by doing 3-to-4 shorter 10-minute workouts instead of 1 big 30-to-40-minute cardio workout? <BR> <BR> A research study at the University of Pittsburgh found that women who split up their 40 minute cardio workouts into 4 separate 10 minute cardio workout sessions during... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 22:25:58 EST Earning SparkPoints Just curious how you earn your Sparkpoints?? We've got quite a few active members, so that continually reach the 1,000 mark every month. Mon, 30 May 2011 21:43:33 EST Working Out in the Heat Hello, Pittsburgh Sparklings! How did y'all survive the Memorial Day heat attack? I was dying. (We no longer have air conditioning.) <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering, how do you workout when it gets to be exceptionally hot and humid (as it was today)? I want (and need) to start jogging because I have boot camp coming up in the fall, but I could barely survive a 25 minute walk today. Suggestions? Mon, 30 May 2011 19:51:10 EST New to the Team Shaler/Glenshaw Area Hello, I moved back home to Pittsburgh last October and am looking for some exercise buddies to help kick my butt into shape. I have a wedding I am in April 2012 and a Vegas trip by plane in August ( and we know how uncomfortable they can be when over weight.) <BR> <BR> I am a 30 something and a Mom and wife. I work full time and tend to spend my free time with my daughter. However, if I don't start doing something to better myself I won't be around when my daughter really needs me. I know t... Wed, 11 May 2011 22:52:18 EST Welcome Newbies! Just stopping by to say hello to the newbies and <em>235</em> to the team!! Mon, 9 May 2011 08:16:09 EST Rainy Days... How do you all get your workouts in on rainy days?? Being in Pittsburgh and as of late...there's a TON of rain. Just looking for some new ideas :) Tue, 3 May 2011 07:58:23 EST Walk for Life May 1st Kittanning PA "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live" [Deuteronomy 30:19]. <BR> <BR> 2011 Walk for Life <BR> Join us for our 14th annual Walk for Life! This year’s Walk will take place on May 1st and begin at the Kittanning Riverfront Amphitheatre. Get your tennis shoes and sponsors ready! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>php </link> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 06:52:21 EST What did you have for Dinner? Hello all! I thought we could start a thread listing what our dinners consisted of. If it's delicious and healthy, why not share the recipe as well! <BR> <BR> ~Liss Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:58:18 EST Moving Back to the Pittsburgh Area Hi, <BR> My husband and I just bought a house in a depressed community in Pittsburgh as a way of trying to move back and do the things we always longed to do. We used to live in the East Pittsburgh Suburbs and now we are hoping for a new kind of life after having spent 5 years in Atlanta, GA. The town was too fast-paced for us, especially as small time teachers and we are making our way back. <BR> <BR> I will be in the Braddock Area and would be hoping to make new friends to hang out with an... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:34:52 EST Plans for Easter 2011 The Easter holiday is fastly approaching, just over a month here to go. It got me started thinking about the types of foods to make and the healthiest options, but still make for a tasty and joyful dinner. Post and share your ideas, maybe what's worked in the past/not worked out so well. <BR> <BR> I hope to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Remember to stay active and eat healthy! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:00:01 EST How do you get through your cravings? Starting a new thread here for members to ask questions and provide tips on what to do and how to handle those cravings. We all face them and each have our own ways of coping, so please share! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:54:22 EST Pittsburgh Free Walking Tour April 2nd at 10 AM<BR>9/03/penn-liberty-walking-tour.pdf <BR> State Point Park Brown lunch around 12:30 <BR> I found this on another spark page. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't know anymore information. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 09:59:39 EST President's Day, 30 Day Challenge Hi Sparklings! <BR> <BR> Jump-starting workouts and weight-loss can begin at any time! I'm proposing a 30-day challenge beginning on President's Day, 2/21/11 and commencing on April Fool's Day, 4/1/11. <BR> <BR> Commit yourself to at least 3 30-minute workouts per week. If you can't find a half hour, spread it out in increments of 10 if you can, remember every little bit helps keep your heart healthy!! Watch your intake and watch the scale go down! <BR> <BR> We can start small with this - ... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 08:33:22 EST Gearing up for Spring & a 5K? Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to drop a line Spring is almost here and so are the 5K's! Is anyone preparing for a race? It's going to be sunny and ~50 degrees today here in Pittsburgh and a great day to get outdoors before we freeze back up for a month. Here is a link to upcoming ones in the region:<BR>php <BR> <BR> The biggest one notably is probably the April 9th Pittsburgh Pirates 5K Home Run. I'm training for this and it's also my first o... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 08:12:48 EST HoWS FAYETTE COUNTY DOING WITH THE HEAT AND ALL. I know in Fl It's quite warm ...How about you.. <em>67</em> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 20:16:51 EST Hello from the Valley! Hi! I'm trying to get motivated to lose my last 20 pounds or so and maintain the healthy lifestyle needed to keep it off. I live in Charleroi with my dog and three cats. I'm getting back into a steady gym routine, but my dog would love it of I would throw in a few walks with her, too! I'm hoping to find some motivation and support from locals, and be able to offer my own experience with the 75 pounds I've lost, albeit slowly, over the last few years. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 21:28:47 EST Hi from Fayette County! How are younz doing out there? Haha! A little SW PA humor for you! I just started here this week. So far I seem to be doing OK with the food, but can't get my lazy butt up and moving to get walking or doing some baby trampolining everyday. It's so much easier to watch TV in the evenings or grab a book...Well, I guess you all know how I got into this condition now don't you? Time to take charge and get some of this blubber off! And make some nice online SparkPeople friends too! Wed, 26 May 2010 22:49:17 EST New to the Sparklings Hi there! I recently joined spark people a few days ago. I'm Lindy, a deaf 37 yr old single mom of one son. I'm at moment morbidly obese looking to lose weight to get healthy and be able to be around my son for as long as I can. I'm from Peters Township, close to Washington and South Hills. I'm looking for a walking partner. I would like to one day be able to literally walk across the US. Would LOVE to find someone who would be interested in doing that with me. *smiles* Hopefully I didn't sca... Sun, 23 May 2010 21:22:51 EST Looking for South Hills Friends I am new to spark and am trying to stay motivated - what better way than finding local Spark buddies =) <BR> <BR> I live in Finleyville (Washington County) near Bethel Park, South Park. Trax Farms is also nearby. <BR> <BR> If you're local let me know! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 19 May 2010 12:01:55 EST Anyone intrested in a 5k but intimidated? There is a 5K at the zoo on June sixth for the American liver foundation! I am pretty over weight so i was nervous but I signed up! It's really neat cause its three times around the zoo and you can pause to check out the animals. You can join our group if you want! We are just really tiny but everyone on the team is walking to loose weight. i will add a link. <link><BR>id=20900&fr_id=1870&pg=team </link> My name is Leanne and my mom is the team leader. Sat, 10 Apr 2010 12:47:30 EST 1500 calories, really? I never knew how little food could add up to 1500 calories or how it so quickly adds up. Using SparkPeople has really opened my eyes! No wonder I have put on 30 pounds in the last couple of years - that and the perimenopause beast. Anybody have any ideas for low calorie, low fat CRUNCHY/SALTY food. My problem is I crave CRUNCH! Thu, 4 Feb 2010 18:04:49 EST Giving this a try I just joined this today. Hope I am doing this right. Hello from WesternPA. Saw this website in Good Housekeeping and thought it might help me in this new year to get healthier :) Mon, 11 Jan 2010 15:23:36 EST Heidily-ho, neighborinos. How yinz doin? So I am here because I lost 50 lbs 3 years ago and after job less jobless gain but did little activity then jobless again and lose of my best friend my dog I gain that back plus more Sun, 10 Jan 2010 17:51:52 EST Hey! :) New to the team but not to SP. I live in Washington county right near Southpoint. Hope everyone's enjoying the snow because there's more than enough of it to go around! Fri, 8 Jan 2010 23:59:31 EST Hello from Armstrong County :-).... just joined .. Hi All! I just joined SparkPeople a bit over a week ago and am loving all the options and support and motivational info. I'm 58, love fitness walking, getting much better about doing strength training, and working at improving flexibility. Finishing up a weight-loss goal very soon :-). Anyone take part in the PGH Half-Marathon Walk??? I was in it last May, and plan to be again-- also regularly do the Erie Half-Marathon Walk in September, and a few other half-marathon walks (haha, I always cho... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 16:09:26 EST Newbie here! Be gentle... Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm still in denial about being as overly round as I am. Yet, here I sit... and there's the fat. <BR> <BR> Ugh. <BR> <BR> It's been a very hard year for me- and it's shown through stress-eating, overbingeing on Pepsi, Mountain Dew (mtn dew is my weakness!) and pizza. However, it's time to face reality and make a change. <BR> <BR> So, here I am. <BR> <BR> Hi, my name is Deana, and I'm a heavyweight. I'm from Pittsburgh, PA, and I'm a big sports fan (home of the Superbow... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 16:51:47 EST Any One Here Is any one using this board. It doesn't seem like there are any recent posts here. I am from the eastern suburbs and would like to find others from my local area. Thanks. Sun, 19 Jul 2009 00:30:34 EST Hi there from Armstrong County Hello there. <BR> I have been a member of Spark for awhile and am getting nowhere fast. <BR> Looking for friends to help keep me accountable while doing the same. <BR> Also looking for a smaller group to join so as not to get lost in the shuffle. <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Apr 2009 08:26:54 EST Cheat days anyone? Does anyone have a "cheat" day or method that works for you? <BR> I know there are no off-limits foods, since I am making a lifestyle change, not a diet. Just looking for a few ideas on how to work in a few favorite foods WITHOUT going overboard. Tue, 7 Apr 2009 12:44:19 EST Hiya All Just wanted to say hi all!!!! I have joined three teams in the past 3 weeks since I have started on spark. It only makes sense I would only try to make a friend close to home. Thanks for reading.......bye Sat, 4 Apr 2009 16:00:26 EST Just wanted to let you know I just wanted to let you know that there is a new Spark Team for anyone who is interested in doing stuff in the Beaver and Lawrence County areas.... <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=30978 Wed, 1 Apr 2009 12:02:46 EST FYI - things to beware of Team - this was on the digest for team leaders ( I'm the leader of a teachers team)- just thought I'd copy and paste it here FYI a basic warning - I think many of us are so comfortable here on sparkpeople we may trust where we shouldn't. <BR> Frances <BR> <BR> I already posted this on the SP Community leaders forum. But since it is about the end of the business day, I am posting it here as well to make sure SPARK staff see this. Also, I think we all nee to be aware of this kind of thing happ... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 10:02:56 EST Hello! Well I am getting married in 11 days and live in the southern portion of the City of Pittsburgh! I have put on the 30 pounds I lost, over the last 8 months or so that I've been living in my house with my soon to be husband! Time to get serious again about my health, and not live in that love-chub comfort zone! Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:33:23 EST Need some advice I am going on a girls night to a comedy club next weekend and I know it would be best if I didn't drink, but I am going to. I know I am so there isnt any reason for me to tell myself I am not. I was wondering if anybody knew some good drinks to have that are lighter on the calories? If you have any advice or input PLEASE feel free to leave it THANKS!!!! I will be hitting the workout twice as hard that day LOL <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 13:07:28 EST New I am new to SparkPeople and to PA and I have recently started watching what I am eating and am looking for a workout buddy.... ANYONE interested? Fri, 6 Feb 2009 16:28:35 EST Does anyone walk on the trails in the snow? I went past the trail today when I was driving for work; I wondered if anyone walks in the snow on the trail. It sure looked beautiful! Thu, 29 Jan 2009 22:52:42 EST new and want to make new friends hello to all i am new and live north of pitts. i have several goals and have learned that the way to meet them all is one step at a time i am working on them all and some are much harder than others..smoking thats very hard.. i also want to loose weight and become more healthy for myself and my kids... good luck to all of you with your goals <em>244</em> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 17:17:20 EST challenge yourself now through Valentines day Hello everyone challenge yourself now though Valentines day 30 mins or more of both cardio and strength training, lose 10 pounds by Valentines day if you can and who comes close to that goal will get a spark goodie from me,stay on your program, no candy or alcohol til Valentines day, and visit a spark page, post what you have done for the day. Best of luck and LETS GO STEELERS!!!!!!! and as always drink water Sun, 11 Jan 2009 12:35:07 EST NEW TO THE TEAM I JUST WANTED TO STOP BY AND SAY HI <BR> I JUST JOINED YOUR TEAM TODAY <BR> I LIVE EAST OF PITTSBURGH, PENNHILLS IS MY HOME TOWN <BR> LOOKING FROWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW YOU ALL <BR> JILL Sun, 4 Jan 2009 19:33:20 EST Challenge yourself January 2-31 Hello everyone, <BR> Happy New year I hope we are all ready to workout again and get to our goals i know iam. This challenge will be easy for the month of January just do the workouts that you have been doing and post them daily so i know how everyone is doing. Also try to increase the number of reps you do if you can also comment daily on another person's page it can be just once daily. So lets get out there and move. Best of luck to you all. <BR> <BR> Phyllis- co leader SPARLing Pit... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 00:22:33 EST new from north of Pittsburgh I joined the PA team,but it would be nice to know people closer to my area.I would love to have some motivational help getting starting and staying on goal.To be honest though, I probably wont get into ful swing until after next week when my daughter goes back to college and son returns to his Marine base,but am determined to lose this weight.I am looking forward to getting to know all of you. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2009 19:41:37 EST Moving this week... I was wondering if there is anyone that lives in the crafton area that was looking for a buddy. I am having alot of motivation issues, I do really good for a week and then I just stop. I really need someone to get on me lol. I am also moving this weekend to the crafton area and Dont really know anyone there so it will make it even harder on me. Mon, 29 Dec 2008 01:21:51 EST Daily challenge Dec.26-Dec.31 Happy Holidays team, <BR> I just thought of a cool challenge we can do now instead of waiting til after New Years. How about we do 3 cardios and 3 strength training a day it could be anything you want to do, and post how you felt before, during,and after the workout. Also how much water you take in a day, and your calorie range. I figured other teams are still challenging so we should too. So lets get moving. If anyone has a challenge they would like to see the team to do just let me know ... Tue, 23 Dec 2008 10:07:36 EST Whats your plans for the Holidays We usually go to my brother's house for dinner and presents and iam going to take some diet friendly baked goods and eat alittle of everything as long as its not really greasy or breaded. Christmas day iam cooking another turkey with all the healthy trimmings. New Years i party at home and my kids do their thing with their friends Happy Holidays team Sun, 21 Dec 2008 22:06:25 EST Happy Holidays team I hope everyone on my team has a very nice holiday season remember to eat sensiable and stay active and be ready to get back to work on losing weight on Jan.4th 2009 new and fun challenges, new topics, and lots of fun and motivation Fri, 19 Dec 2008 21:25:29 EST Happy Holidays team For next week we will be doing the same challenge as this week begininers 30 mins of exercises 15 of cardio 15 of strength training. For the advanced 30 mins of cardio and 30 mins of strength training til Dec 20 then we will take a break til January 5,2009. Iam unable to give out spark points for the exercises you have been doing but everybody did do well i will be sending out spark goodies to everyone on this team. Even though its the holiday season and we will be stopping the challenges do... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 07:44:17 EST exercise challenge week of Dec 8 Hello all please bear with me i just found out this morning that iam the co leader of this team and another team. But i have thought about a great challenge to start us off. This will be easy you can pick one of 2 challenge <BR> <BR> For the beginers 30 mins of exercising a day it could be 15 mins of strength training and 15 mins of walking or anything cardio post daily and lets go team <BR> <BR> For the advanced 60 mins of exercising it could be 30 mins of strength training and 30 mins ... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 16:00:32 EST Lets keep this going til Christmas <em>233</em> Mon, 8 Dec 2008 08:26:25 EST Adult dance classes? I'm looking for some adult ballet or tap dance classes in the North Pittsburgh area. I danced all through my childhood and my teenage years, and even competed on an adult jazz and hip-hop team a few years ago. Ballet and tap were my favorites, and I'm not looking to perform anywhere, I just want to take some lessons. It's great exercise! Any information would be greatly appreciated- thanks! Sun, 16 Nov 2008 16:48:20 EST Brackenridge, here... Hi, I am from Brackenridge, Pa. I am 38, divorced, mother of two adult children. I just ended a 12 year relationship and am with a new guy who treats me great. I am a volunteer firefighter ( fire police )and have ms. I am looking for friends and staying active to fight off the ms. Carolyn <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 10 Nov 2008 12:16:35 EST Exercising in the rain! Hello team, I've noticed that the boards/goals are not that active on this team, and I was hoping to change that! So, what do you all do for exercise when the sun goes down for summer? You all know it rains a lot here and some people can't make it to the gym, just wondering what everyone does to get the job done! <BR> <BR> M~ <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 25 Oct 2008 09:53:48 EST Re-joined! Hey all, my name is Nikki. I was a dedicated Sparkling member many moons ago and fell off the wagon. A new husband, baby and few pounds later, I'm back! Does anyone live near Irwin?? Wed, 8 Oct 2008 13:34:00 EST Hello, New here. Im in Wilson Hello, My name is PATTY. I Look forward to meeting you all. I also look forward to maybe finding a walking buddy. I cant wait to start meeting and having fun with you. <BR> Patty M Mon, 8 Sep 2008 14:56:25 EST Squirrel Hill here! Hi, I am a 29 year old female from the Pittsburgh area. I am currently trying to lose about 119 lbs. 12 lbs. so far!! YEA. I follow WW and an exercise routine. <BR> <BR> Michelle Thu, 14 Aug 2008 13:54:38 EST Where are exercising for free this summer? Hi all: <BR> Let's get out some suggestions of great places to exercise that cost nothing. For example, the obvious are the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County park system. But are there any other favorites out there? <BR> We love the Kiski Trail run by the Roaring Run Watershed Association in Kiski Township. It's a beautiful trail along the Kiski River. Your children can ride their bikes while you walk and take in the scenery. <BR> Any other options???? Mon, 2 Jun 2008 09:19:14 EST Spinning classes in the South Hills? I live in Beechview and I am looking for a place where I can take Spinning classes. I would like to be able to pay per class instead of buying a gym membership. Any advice on where to go? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 14 May 2008 16:39:09 EST Hello from Armstrong County! I just discovered this team and HAD to join. I've been a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers team and look forward to meeting some people on this team as well. Sat, 23 Feb 2008 11:39:38 EST Hi from Westmoreland County!! Hi all...or should I say yinz I live about midway between both the Irwin and the Monroeville exchange on the turnpike. Most have never heard of my actual town I'm from. I grew up in North Huntingdon...and now am married with 2 teenagers and living about 15 min from my home town. I'm looking forward to meeting other SPers from the area. <BR> <BR> Heidi Wed, 20 Feb 2008 19:49:33 EST 5K anyone? Is anyone interested in training for a 5K in the Pittsburgh area? I plan to run my first 5K this spring and was wondering if anyone wanted to join me. The two 5K's I was looking into are both in North Park. I thought it'd just be great to have a common goal or an accountability partner or some such. Let me know if you're interested! Tue, 5 Feb 2008 21:08:43 EST Anyone belong to the Downtown Athletic Club? I am going today to do a tour and might be joining. I wondered if there was anyone who was already a member that might be interested in working out together maybe once a week. Send me a Sparkmail message! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 18 Jan 2008 12:26:25 EST Airport area Sparklings? Jumping back on the weight loss wagon and was looking for a weekend walking partner. I work full time, but would like to meet another working mom in my area to help motivate me to get off my tukus. Wed, 2 Jan 2008 13:53:19 EST Anyone in South Hills? I'm looking for a workout partner to join me at Fitness 19 at Caste Village in Whitehall. I have lost 81 lbs so far and looking to shed another 40. Wed, 2 Jan 2008 13:43:31 EST Where is everyone? I keep stopping back through to see if my Pittsburgh Sparklings are still around. <BR> <BR> How are you? How is your progress coming along? <BR> <BR> Bekah Mon, 10 Dec 2007 11:41:34 EST Hey Yinzers! Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople but have lived in and around Pittsburgh for most of my life. I'm looking for motivation to stay on track during the holidays. Nice to meet all of you. <BR> <BR> Oh - and I mean "Yinzers" in a good way! Tue, 20 Nov 2007 14:33:01 EST Hello hi everyone, <BR> my name is ashley and i live in butler pa. i really would like to find someone to work out with that can help to keep me motivated. i am having so much trouble with my diet Thu, 27 Sep 2007 22:58:23 EST Hey everyone! What's going on, guys? I sorta fell off the Spark bandwagon but I'm back now! I'm just getting used to some of the new changes around's different since I was last on! <BR> <BR> If any of my old buddies are still interested in getting together for a SPARKling walking group, message me! :-) <BR> <BR> Nikki Sat, 15 Sep 2007 18:17:35 EST Healthy in healthcare? I am a registered nurse, and I know there are others out there that work directly in healthcare. Before I started working in direct contact with individuals (~4.5 years ago - first as an aid and now as a nurse) I NEVER EVER got sick. I barely even got a sniffle over the winter. However, since that time, it seems like I'm always catching something - from the common flu/cold to ring worm to shingles to tonsillitis (at age 22!). Obviously, I know all about handwashing, and I am RELIGIOUS abo... Sat, 8 Sep 2007 18:35:32 EST Great Race I just signed up for the Great Race (10k). I've never run in a race like this before and I'm a little nervous. It'll be fun feel the energy of all the other runner around me. I’m looking forward to pushing myself and seeing how fast I can run. <BR> <BR> Is anyone one else going to run or walk? <BR> What are you doing to get ready? <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2007 14:49:23 EST Hello Hi, <BR> I'm new to Spark and I live in Pittsburgh. I'm 46 and I have about 50 lbs to loose. It would be nice to get together with someone else who's trying to get healthy too. Fri, 31 Aug 2007 20:51:05 EST Awfully quiet out there! Come on folks, it looks like there's 57 members on this Pittsburgh team, but no posts for a while. Help me out here! <BR> I'm in Bellevue, just North of the city, and I need an exercise buddy! I belong to the Bellevue YMCA. How about it!! <BR> tabi Sat, 28 Jul 2007 19:08:52 EST Biking Buddy for Jail Trail or Track Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a bike buddy with a fast road bike. I just got a new one and only my fiance goes with me. <BR> <BR> We don't always have time together so I was hoping to set something up once a week or so. For about 1-2hour ride. <BR> <BR> If you haven't been there, the trails/tracks are smooth and allow you to be in nature without worrying about the cars. <BR> <BR> Need for speed? <BR> <BR> Lindsay Wed, 30 May 2007 07:42:08 EST LOVE this warm weather! Hi all! I just joined this group today so I thought I'd stop by and say "hi". I took a walk at lunch today and this just might be one of the nicest days so far this year. Down in Washington County the sun is out and there is a nice breeze... perfect weather for being outside! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well! Fri, 11 May 2007 17:00:01 EST New to Sparklings! Hi! I'm so excited about this website. I just found it today. In fact, I got my twin to sign up too. Her name is Want2skinnydip. I hope I can support and find support for weightloss. I live in the North Hills. <em>213</em> Wed, 25 Apr 2007 16:27:45 EST New to the team Anyone live near the airport area? I would love to find a workout buddy who is close. Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:21:27 EST Spring... OK, where is Spring?? Last Monday was beautiful. We were outside all day, this Monday , not so much. I want sunshine, birds singing, spring dresses and capri pants. lol Anyone seen any signs of spring? I haven't lived in the Burgh long, so I am not sure when it will appear. :) Tue, 20 Mar 2007 13:17:49 EST Mt Lebo Foster area Is there anyone around Foster Elem who wants to walk?? I have been going out at night with the dog, but I need to step it up and get more cardio. Email if you are interested in a walking buddy. :) Mon, 19 Mar 2007 16:57:22 EST THE PENS ARE STAYING!!! This might not be Spark-related, but BOY is it Pittsburgh-related. <BR> <BR><BR>71223515.html <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 13 Mar 2007 10:00:41 EST Hey guys! I haven't been on in what seems like ages. I just got back from visiting family in Vegas and lemme tell ya, I had a horrible week eating-wise! Every time I turned around there was another amazing sushi place, or I was ordering White Russians from the cocktail waitresses like they were the last sexy man on Earth! I also smoked like a freakin' fiend. I NEED to get kick started again! <BR> <BR> Whatever happened to our Monroeville area walking group? Minnow was all about it but I haven't hea... Tue, 6 Mar 2007 19:51:49 EST A PSA Oh Hey I wanted to give you ladies this little PSA. <BR> <BR> Thursdays March 15 through April 19 <BR> Noon to 1 pm UPMC is having a Healthy Living Lecture series. <BR> It will be at the Visitors center in Schenley Park. <BR> <BR> For more info go to Tue, 6 Mar 2007 14:50:24 EST Speaking of walking I had an idea last night. One of my friends in Chicago belongs to a walking group. Do we have any of those in Pittsburgh? If not would anyone like to start one come spring? Maybe meet at one of the parks with sidewalks. <BR> <BR> Just a thought really. Tue, 27 Feb 2007 09:15:17 EST What's the weather like where you are? I live in Beechview and the streets here are terrible. Our street was never plowed or salted and cars slide right down the street! We also found out that the T is not working and we are trying to figure out how DH is going to get to work tomorrow. He and I both work Downtown but he has to be there about 2 hours before me and catches the T while I drop our daughter off at daycare. Tomorrow should be interesting! <BR> <BR> What about you? Wed, 14 Feb 2007 19:09:27 EST Walk-A-Thon Hi - I've been with Sparkpeople about 3 weeks. Does anyone know if we have a local sparkpeople group walking together in past March of Dimes Walk America walk-a-thons? Is that something that we might want to do? We can all order a Sparkpeople T-Shirt and walk as a team. <BR> I'm in Beaver Co., but will travel to Pgh. if there's more interest there. <BR> <BR> ~Christie Tue, 13 Feb 2007 18:07:32 EST How was your weekend? Hi Ladies! <BR> <BR> How was your weekend? Did you make godo choices? Hav a good workout? Share with us! Mon, 12 Feb 2007 11:33:46 EST CHECK IN FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2007 Good afternoon ladies! <BR> <BR> I just thought I would start a check-in and see how everyone is doing. It is cold for many of us across the US and it's a great day to curl up under the covers. Anyone go to a great Super Bowl party? <BR> <BR> I had a good choices weren't as good as I thought they were. I was traveling all day yesterday to go to a funeral and when I entered all my information in I realized the choices weren't as good as I thought. Time to do some more resear... Mon, 5 Feb 2007 13:52:03 EST Vitamin musings... Tell me what you guys think. I have a good friend who weighed upwards of 300 pounds in high school. After we graduated he really took matters into his own hands. He lost the weight, packed on muscle and is now a "fitness God" and GNC guru. Anyway, he knows vitamins inside and out from working at GNC and told me that supplements like Centrum are insufficient. Basically, you take them apologies for lack of a better term...shat them out immediately. I decided to try One a Day Weigh... Thu, 1 Feb 2007 11:23:29 EST Check-In for Tuesday, January 30th Good Afternoon SPARKlings! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> In my post below a few of us were saying that we would love to have regular check-ins. I wanted to start another post for everyone to check-in...maybe we an do it a few times a week. <BR> <BR> I am having a good day today...feeling good about my food choices and learned a lot about what I have at home. Did you ladies know about canola oil? Not as good of a choice as I thought! So I am going to invest in some good olive oil for cooking an... Tue, 30 Jan 2007 14:54:13 EST Anyone do regular check ins? Good Morning ladies! <BR> <BR> I came in to see how everyone was doing. Do we do daily check ins here? You can say how your weekend was, if you had a bad day, if exercise is going well...anything! <BR> <BR> I had a good weekend...trying to find more ways to incorporate exercise into my day. <BR> <BR> Have a great day all! <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> Bekah Mon, 29 Jan 2007 12:51:06 EST Hi here to SP I just wanted to introduce myself. I heard of SP through a friend and so far it seems to be a great site!! My name is Vicki (31) and I am married and have 3 children: Cameron, 17.5 mos; Savannah, 5; and Nicole,11. We reside in the S. Hills area. After I had my middle child (Savannah) I gained more weight and kept gaining. After I had Cameron I went up to a little over 200. I was devastated. Needless to say I have been trying to diet and watch my weight since May '06. I am now doen to 187 and ... Fri, 26 Jan 2007 12:33:00 EST PLEASE FORGIVE ME!! Hello all my Sparklings!! <BR> <BR> I am so sorry that I have been terribly neglectful of this group since I set it up. Quite frankly, I forgot about it for awhile, as well as got away from my weight loss goals and motivation. <BR> <BR> One of my goals is to be much better about running and participating in this group!! <BR> <BR> I have not had the chance yet this week to go through all the postings since the last time I logged in, but do know that there have been posts about in person me... Fri, 26 Jan 2007 11:03:35 EST Hi everyone - team newbie here! Hello everyone - <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople for awhile, and love the info, but wanted to join for mutual support! <BR> <BR> I'm doing the Weight Watchers Core program through at-work meetings, but would love to meet others on a healthier life-style journey in the area. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself and encourage you to checkout my Sparkpage! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Susan Tue, 23 Jan 2007 20:21:37 EST Girl Scouts Is anyone else out there resisting the temptation that is the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale?? There are signs posted by parents all over my office building. It's sooooo tempting but so far I'm resisting. Is anyone else holding out?? Thu, 18 Jan 2007 11:50:36 EST Go Pittsburgh (and Western PA)! Newbie here! Hi ladies! I just wanted to leave a note and introduce myself. I am not a newbie to SparkPeople...I have been off and on for almost a year, but I never knew there was a Pittsburgh board. I am looking forward to meeting some local new people on here. Good luck to all of you in your efforts! Tue, 16 Jan 2007 18:05:15 EST For everyone.... ....and especially for those who, like me, recently started all this..... <BR> <BR> How are you feeling? Personally, I started taking this seriously just 12 days ago and already I feel an amazing different. I've only lost a couple pounds but I have lost 3 inches off my belly. ( I tend to carry all my weight around the middle ). I have been exercising regualrly but have not been killing myself and I already notice subtle differences in my shape. <BR> Anyway, just wanted to say hi and s... Mon, 15 Jan 2007 21:29:50 EST CHALLENGE 2 RESULTS--WEEK OF 1/14/07 Sparklings, post your progress, results, thoughts...anything relevant to this week's challenge. <em>209</em> Sun, 14 Jan 2007 19:15:51 EST CHALLENGE WEEK 2 I just want to first congratulate everyone on all the effort put into the first challenge. Whether or not you were able to make your suggested intake, you challeged yourself--which is the whole point of this!! And I bet you feel real good inside, dontcha!! <BR> <BR> Ready for the next one?? Choose one or both of the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Check out and find out your personalized food pyramid. I'm sure I won't be the only one suprised about the suggested intakes. Which i... Sun, 14 Jan 2007 19:14:06 EST Milano's on 5th in Oakland Hi everyone!I was wondering if anyone has gone to Milano's in Oakland. I eat there about once a week for a treat but get their greek salad when I do. I am having a difficult time deciding how many calories this should be. I have looked at some of the other greek salads this site has listed but not sure which I should compare it to. Milano's greek salad has artichoke hearts,feta cheese, and lots of veggies...I usually use one packet of greek dressing(not sure if I should)...Any suggestions? <e... Fri, 12 Jan 2007 09:12:09 EST I'm new to the SPARKlings in Pittsburgh team I hadn't done much work on the sparkteam area of SP. I was so excited to see that the burgh had a team! <BR> <BR> I'm originally from MEadville, PA, but moved to the burgh area to go to Robert Morris (then it was a college). I am now a stay-at-home mom of three kids (11, 7 & 4). I also teach piano lessons from my home. My husband and I have lived in Bloomfield, Emsworth & now Moon Twp. (I guess we were slowly making our way back to where we met RMC) <BR> <BR> I hope to get to know yo... Wed, 10 Jan 2007 20:13:53 EST And another thing- PEDOMETER HELP! i decided that i want to do 10,000 steps a day- which i am sure that i can do- but obviously need to track it- i got a pedometer- a freebie from a friend. <BR> put it on this morning and walked around- and after an hour- i checked- it only counted 35steps. Uh. THIRTY FIVE? i can sit on the couch stuffing my face with chips and walk 35steps.. *lmao*. <BR> so i checked the instructions- NOTHING. it is the most basic pedometer in the world- like a little analog clock with a clip. i guess you g... Tue, 9 Jan 2007 12:35:25 EST GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! What are your favorite diet snacks or craving busters? <BR> i think i got the hang of breakfasts and lunch. still kind of working on dinners- but i am at a loss with snacks.... i mean- yeah i can buy those 100 pouches- but they are so expensive... so i am looking for ideas.... <BR> so, what are your favorite SNACKS...? what works best for your nibbles and munchies? <em>140</em> Tue, 9 Jan 2007 11:33:35 EST Places to walk Does anyone know any indoor places, like schools, where you can walk? I know there are clubs with indoor tracks but I don't want to be paying for memberships. Just curious. Thanks. Mon, 8 Jan 2007 23:38:57 EST Verona/Penn Hills Hello everyone - Great to find others from my area here!!! I have just started my new healthy eating lifestyle on Sunday - so far so good. Just wanted to say Hello!! Mon, 8 Jan 2007 20:21:19 EST CHALLENGE RESULTS-- WEEK OF 1/7/07 Sparklings, post your progress, results, thoughts...anything relevant to this week's challenge. Sun, 7 Jan 2007 22:51:54 EST SPARKLINGS CHALLENGES 1/7/07 <BR> <BR> OK Sparklings! Are you ready for a challenge?? Well, then you came to the right place. I'm trying to come up with stuff that will help people in all stages off weight loss, so any feedback is greatly appreciated. What I've noticed in other groups is that they post the challeges and the results in the same topic. Which is kind of annoying to me because if all you're looking for is a specific week's challenge, it takes forever. So I propose that all the challenges be pos... Sun, 7 Jan 2007 22:49:06 EST Hi everyone! Hi! My name is Kim and I joined Sparkpeople two months ago and have basically done nothing since then. I used all kind of excuses to not make this a priority, including moving. But I am now settled in Pittsburgh.....have been here a month.....and will not make excuses anymore. It's time to be healthier and get into shape! I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I hope to get to know all of you and offer any support that I can. <BR> <BR> Kim <BR> akaVixen Wed, 3 Jan 2007 17:06:47 EST Team Sparklings?? Hey, I thought SparkTeams were created to challege each other and to support each other. We are null in void the former and a little lacking in the latter! Can we maybe add the challege part into our purpose?? I think it would not only help current team members like myself (knowing others in the burgh are working just as hard as they) as well as increase are membership numbers. What do you think, MINNOW and fellow members?? MINNOW, if you're not up for that kinda work, I'm willing to volu... Tue, 2 Jan 2007 14:47:35 EST Ready for a new year??? Hi! I noticed we haven't had a lot of activity in our group this past months. Of course, I know everyone has been busy. Now that we are almost turning the corner for 2007, where does everyone stand with how you feel about yourself and what you will accomplish in 2007? <BR> <BR> My goal is to get down to 160 by my birthday in June. I've started spinning (what a work out) and my other goal is to be able to stay up with the group for the whole time. I wasn't able to bike standing up for to... Sat, 30 Dec 2006 21:44:50 EST First Night in Pittsburgh Hi All: <BR> Are any of you going downtown for First Night festivities? Wed, 27 Dec 2006 20:48:16 EST Greetings all!! Hi there: <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople, and I am excited to see there is a group for people in the Pittsburgh area. I live northeast of the city near the new Mall. It will be nice to get to know you guys in the coming year. <BR> Have a great Christmas. <em>241</em> Fri, 22 Dec 2006 18:08:53 EST Chat Good morning everyone! I hope you're all doing well. It's a cold cold morning up here on the hill. I'm at work in Carrick right now. It is so freaking windy here! <BR> <BR> Okay, I figured this could be a place where we could all just chit chat. <BR> <BR> Have a good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> Kara <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2006 07:19:46 EST Excercise after surgery? Alrighty folks, I got me a question. On Wednesday I am having my right foot cut open and ickyness removed from it. I'll be in a cast for about two weeks (hopefully that is all!). <BR> <BR> does anyone have any suggestions as to what kinds of exercise to do following a surgery like this? Obviously it can't be anything like jogging or whatnot - the ladies at Curves have already told me that I could continue going there just to take it easy on the leg machines and stuff of that nature. But, sin... Fri, 1 Dec 2006 11:05:43 EST Calories on Weight Watchers' Point Plan Hi, I am a newbie, just joined yesterday. I was wondering if anyone else follows the WW plan with the points. I was a little disturbed yesterday when I logged in all my food and the calories barely reached 1000! I had counted my points and had eaten all I was permitted according to the points program. Just wondering if anyone might know what's up with this. <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 1 Dec 2006 10:19:03 EST Three pounds! I haven't been keeping up with my spark teams, I haven't even really been keeping up with my own stuff on sparkpeople. I just wanted to stop by and say hello and announce my first weight loss since joining spark people! I have lost three pounds this week (I started two weeks ago, but lost nothing my first week). So yay! <BR> My mom, sister and I have a "family" challenge to lose 10 pounds by Christmas and I only have seven left to go. Hopefully I can out-do my own personal challenge, b... Sat, 25 Nov 2006 11:04:39 EST Sharing- because i know that i'm not the only one Well- i am back. <BR> again. <BR> and i am trying to fend off any type of shame or guilt or negative stuff in my head associated with falling off the path and then getting back on- getting all overzealous and then inevitably falling off again. <BR> <BR> i can sit and make a thousand excuses- about working the70-75 hours a week with no days off since the beginning of november-- and even my dumbassed-ness when i fell and hurt my foot- but it isnt helping me get to my goal. <BR> <BR> so today ... Fri, 17 Nov 2006 12:29:37 EST Newbie Here Hey All, <BR> <BR> just wanted to stop and say hello. I joined with spark this morning and haven't been able to pull myself away from it for longer than an hour or so. I'm really enjoying it and hope that it will help with my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I live in washington county, so not exactly pittsburgh and I hope that's alright. I used to live in pittsburgh up until this past jan. when I moved here. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 100 pounds, and anything more than that would be fantas... Sun, 12 Nov 2006 15:46:16 EST Keeping on Track OK... here I am, one week into my new lifestyle and I've lost 7 lbs... sounds great but I can see myself not keeping to my goals. <BR> <BR> For instance, one of my goals was to take a walk once a day... I walked yesterday, but before that, the last time I walked was on wednesday... and another of my goals is to drink 8 glasses of water. I just forget to drink water... tea and soda are so much more convenient and tasty, not to mention a habit. <BR> <BR> So I worry that I'm going to screw mys... Mon, 16 Oct 2006 10:32:41 EST getting together I was just wondering, since we all are from the Pittsburgh area, maybe we could all get together sometime just to talk about weight loss. Let me know Sat, 14 Oct 2006 15:04:12 EST Hello Sparkings My name is Eric and I'm native to western PA... lived here most of my life (if you'll excuse the year I lived in NC). I work in Greentree doing computer training and I spend way too much time sitting on my butt looking at computer screens... haha... <BR> <BR> I'm hoping I can find focus and motivation on this site to keep me on my goals. My biggest problem is my use of food for rewards, emotional support and something to occupy my hands... I know I make terrible eating choices and this is my... Mon, 9 Oct 2006 09:35:57 EST my very very LONG intro Hello- <BR> i'm finally getting around to introducing myself- i was a tad overwhelmed to start with everything to see and all of the nifty little tools and trackers- but now- i'm settling in. <BR> I am soon to be 33 year old- and that in itself is something- i feel and act 25- and easily pass for 25- so i just stick with that... <BR> nonetheless- i am a mom of the best 11 year old that i could ever have asked for. <BR> i am divorced but currently blissfully in love with an amazing woman and w... Sun, 24 Sep 2006 15:02:32 EST Moms in pittsburgh I joined because a friens of mine lost 120 lbs using this web site. So far things are going good. If there are any moms out there from Pittsburgh I would love to hear from you. Tue, 19 Sep 2006 16:47:46 EST