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Hi, Suzy. Unfortunately, as you've probably found out, this went from being a pretty active site to almost nothing. I hadn't been getting any emails about people posting, so have not checked in, altho' will start doing it again.
emoticon to the group, such as it is......perhaps people will come back or newbies like yourself will join.
Many Sparksters get together & do 5K's in the area--there are some in McHenry County; many of us will be doing the Hot Chocolate in early November. Some of us--when traveling out of state--even connect with total strangers, which can be fun.
Hope you're still part of the group; I can imagine if you never got a response how discouraging that might be. emoticon

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5/6/12 12:16 A

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Hi everybody. My name is Suzy, I'm 44, from McHenry and I have at least 50 pounds to lose. I just found Spark People and figured I'd give it a try. Motivation has always been a big problem for me. I'm also a big excuse maker, so I'm hoping that people here, friendships I make will help me stay focused and accountable. I look forward to meeting new people and helping them as well. emoticon

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11/2/11 8:24 P

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I meant to write on here, not start a new topic. My name is Melissa 35, i have a beautiful daughter - 9 and a fiancee - 45. We moved to Johnsburg back in January, and I have been kind of withdrawn since Ive been here. I moved here from Arlington Hts where I had a lot of friends, and did things on a reg. basis, but it feels different out here, and dont have any friends. Im also a yo yoer dieter. Id lose like 30 lbs and gain most of it back. I was 252 or so when I was married. I got divorced and lost about 30-35 lbs. Then met my fiancee who is a chef, and weighed in a 266 then got down to 240 last year, now im back to 255. grrr..

I need to find friends to go walking or even dancing with. Id love to take a dance class or something..

Look forward to meeting some cool people.

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Hi Cyndi!! Reading about how you lose or gain depending on if your stresses or happy, I can so relate!! Sorry to hear about your new love of your life guy :(

I try to get onto Sparks for the encouragement but find if I'm on computer, iPad or iPhone, I'll either be on Facebook or playing one of the Words games. I know very well what I need to do but can't get motivated.

I've lived in Mchenry since 1976, now residing in a rented home on Green St. There are plenty of route I could be walking but I don't even do that! :(
Mother of Mike - 47, Lisa - 43, Jami - 36 ..... Total of six grandchildren. Even though we live in close proximity, we don't see each other. That brings me lots of stress plus sadness.

Hubby works full-time, I'm sort of retired. Would love to work, but health issues, two busted out knees makes it difficult. My weight is stuck at 205, I'll lose 15 lbs and back UP it goes.

Here's to both of us getting healthy for us

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10/19/11 6:45 A

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Hi everyone!!!

My name is Heather. I'm 25 years old. I grew up in McHenry, but then moved to Lake in the Hills when I was about 13. My husband and I bought a house in Cary in January 2010. We recently got married (9-10-11)!!! Both of us have really been trying to eat healthier and exercise, but it has been really hard to stick with it. I was hoping after the wedding we'd do better, but no luck so far.

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Hello McHenry!
I'm Cyndi = Fit4Greg
Here's my short/long intro.
I was married 15 yrs had 4 kids. 
Lost ALL my wt in the divorce (stress). When life was calm I regained (happy). Mom died in '09 and lost again (stress). Found a wonderful man.... You guessed it, I gained (happy). 

Greg -age 41- had a heart attack on June 30 '11 and is in a rehab/nursing home but I haven't stresslost. I actually stopped eating and got sick FAST, so I ate and ate. Didn't lose this stress time around. 
My kids are 20,18,17,12. I'm alone and NEED to get healthy!!
-Cyn
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Sparker since '07


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7/25/11 2:14 A

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Hi everyone! My name is Shelley I'm 32 years young and recently joined spark again. I live in (unincorporated McHenry) Griswold Lake Hills. I would love to find some positive individuals to become spark buddies with. I have quite a bit of weight to lose, plan to start with small changes little by little and let everything else fall into place. I have done this once before with success but picked up bad habits and got myself back to square one. I plan to do it again only this time make the lifestyle change last.

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Hi, I live in Union, Il and joined Spark last month. I am making very slow progress, but working on it! I really think this is a great site and am loving it! emoticon

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2/9/11 11:17 P

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Nice to see new members to this team. And great to have past members jumping back in! Welcome and welcome back!


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2/8/11 7:54 P

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Hi Melissa,

I live in McHenry as well. glad you are back!

Deb

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Hi everyone! I'm Melissa. I live in McHenry and have been on Spark for just over a year. I made good progress last year but lost momentum when we moved last fall. I'm back at it and hoping to have more success!

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2/1/11 6:47 A

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Hi - My name is Deb. I live in McHenry. Go to Health Bridge. Been a member of Spark for a long time, but need to get serious about making progress!

You have brains in your head, You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any way that you choose.
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Hi-
I am Erin. I am a SAHM of 5 in Woodstock. I just recently joined Sparks. Looking forward to a new year!

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10/10/10 2:34 P

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Hi everyone I am new to SP and looking to finally change. Dont wnat to spend too much time typing since the waether is sooooo nice for mid october.

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Hello everyone. My name is Sharon and I moved to McHenry last November from Nashville. I really love living here (even the winters). It was pretty cool to find a McHenry County group on Sparkpeople. I am working on getting rid of almost 20 pounds that have crept on over the last 4 years and am determined that it is coming off! I would love to have a local buddy for motivation and even maybe workout with if anyone is interested.

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7/28/10 1:00 A

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Hi! I'm Pam, from McHenry. It is so great to see so many people here that are so close to me. I am a SAHM to 2 beautiful girls, and I have to lose about 50 lbs. I want to feel healthy and look great, and have energy to play with my kids.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

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Hi Snowmusic here. Joined in March, fell off the wagon and now trying to get back on. So far, I like the nutrition tracker, but could use some advise on how to ease in to SP. It can be a bit overwhelming. Plus this is my first post to a blog ever...not sure if it correct.

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Hi I'm Michelle from Cary. Have been on SP for a little over a year. And have lost 80lbs and I have a ways to go still. Not 80- but maybe another 40-50. Depends on how I look and feel!! I am really 6'ft tall so there is a lot I can pull off!!
I look forward to meeting people on this team.

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5/7/10 2:22 P

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Thank you for the nice welcome.

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5/4/10 11:49 P

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Welcome, Dawn. I've been part of SP for over 2 years, still working on losing the weight/getting fit, but I bike or walk almost everywhere around Woodstock, so at least I know I'm getting my exercise in!
Plug into some of the other sites as well, depending on your interests--I swear, there's one for EVERYBODY! Scrapbooking, certain age, health concern (diabetes, hypothyroidism, etc.). You name it, we got it!
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5/4/10 3:44 P

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Hi everyone. I'm from Wonder Lake. I decided about a month ago that I wanted to try to lose weight and eat healthier. I am doing it on my own, which isn't the easiest thing to do, so I thought I would try this site out and see if it helps.

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5/2/10 12:20 A

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I, too, was a SAHM, but my 'kids' are now 27 & 30! emoticon

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Hello! I'm happy to find this group! After a long break from SP, I just came back a few days ago and am ready to go. I live in Woodstock, and am a sahm. I look forward to getting to know everyone here!


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4/18/10 4:56 P

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Hi McHenry county Spark-sters. I live in Algonquin (the McHenry county part) and have been on SP since March 2, 2010. Working full time takes up a lot of time so I exercise at home -WII, walking. I must admit that I'm not very good at getting exercise in, but I do track my foods every day or in advance. Thought this team would be "cozier" than a Chicago team.

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GINGERVISTA's Photo GINGERVISTA Posts: 5,756
3/2/10 9:17 A

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I may check it out; thanks for info. I was SO spoiled by Rec Ctr in Georgetown, TX. It was HUGE, newly expanded, 2 levels, great free classes (yoga, pilates, spinning), pool, & it only cost me $15/mo. since I'm over 55. Woulda been $10, but I lived out of the city.

I LOVE the culinary program. This is only it's 2nd semester of existence, so it's constantly changing. Currently they have baker's & chef's assistant certificates, but starting in fall I believe they'll be offering it an associates degree. The Austrian chef who's in charge of the program is FANTASTIC & a lot of fun in one of the classes I have with him. (We always tease him--as he does himself--of how he pronounces certain words.....)
They plan a culinary student-run restaurant, chef dining series (where we can work side-by-side with guest chefs, plan to plant a garden this summer either on MCC grounds or the new Woodstock North high school, where we have the cooking classes in the state-of-the-art kitchen.
Gotta get ready for classes.........

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3/2/10 7:53 A

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Nice to meet you!

Cardinal fitness was a fine place - no frills, but clean and pretty new equip. I am pretty sure they'd give you a visitor pass to check it out.

I started working out at the fitness center at work instead because we are doing a "biggest loser" competition and that seems to keep me motivated. I also have about 3 people standing at my desk each afternoon saying "come on, let's go work out!"

What I'd like to do is set up something like a quarterly clothing exchange if we can get 10 or so gals interested. We can get together and bring our outgrown sizes and set them up and take turns "shopping". I am just leaving the 12's behind and am getting into some 10's.

Do you like the culinary program? Is it for a degree or a certificate? My husband LOVES to cook and we are very close to MCC - he's been looking for some cooking classes in the area.



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3/1/10 5:55 P

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Hi, Denise~Welcome to SP & to the McHenry SPARKsters. I'm in Woodstock, about 30# from goal; so I, too, don't want to invest in temp clothes. I gave away all my bigger clothes before recently moving back to IL from TX; but would be HAPPY to pass on clothes as I lost my weight......probably starting with 16-18.
Do you not go to Cardinal Fitness any more? There's one in Woodstock, & have been wondering about it. Currently not working; taking 5 classes this semester in MCC's culinary program, so my "cheap" forms of exercise are working out to dvd, walking or--weather permitting--biking.

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3/1/10 4:36 P

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Hi - I live in McHenry and have been Sparking for a few weeks now, although I joined Jenny Craig in November. I am working out at work, although I used to go to Cardinal Fitness in McHenry w/ my hubby. Wondering if anyone is interested in some kind of clothing exchange? When I was in college we used to do that with clothes we had gotten tired of - makes for a fun party. I've lost enough weight to go down 1 size, but the current size is only a stopping point on my way to 2 more down. I don't want to make a huge investment in work clothes in this size as I hope to be chucking them out in a few months!

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2/28/10 11:58 A

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Hey Jason, welcome to the group! I'm in Crystal Lake. I sure hope we see you around here often. Keep us posted on your progress! Hope we can help you and your sweetie along the way.
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2/19/10 2:57 P

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Hi, Jason~Welcome to the group. I'm currently about to join Sparkfriend in McHenry (I live in Woodstock) for the C25K--couch to 5 k. I'm NOT a runner, but have participated in a few 5K's & this would be the first time I've had "company."
Look forward to meeting your fiance as well.

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Hello everyone! My name is Jason Larkin and I am currently living in Spring Grove, IL with my beautiful fiance. I have been overweight for most of my life and I have to say it is a drag.... literally. I want more out of life than huffing and puffing. That is why I not only wanted to join this website, but this team because it is nice to know that there are people near me who are going through the same struggles and can call them my friends. I am looking forward to going on this journey with all of you. I know my fiance will be joining this team soon, so she will have to introduce herself as well. I also want you all to know that due to my busy work schedule, I will mostly be available on Sundays for logging onto discussions and what not. Hope everyone is doing well and have a great day!! emoticon

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YAY!!! SPARKsters in McHenry Co!
Just moved back to IL after being in TX 8 years. Usually bike (altho' not with current weather), walk or take Pace bus to get around town, as I sold car to sis in TX. This will FORCE me to burn calories!
Been yo-yoing for past 40+ years, so am determined to see the scale go down permanently. Am currently a Pescetarian (if that's how you spell it); was total vegetarian for 20+ years, but have added back occasional fish/seafood. JUST enrolled at MCC in Culinary Mgmt program & ultimately plan to be a personal vegetarian chef. Even knowing better, I was hooked on carbs/sweets, so have been off flour/sugar for about a month & feel SO much better & down about 10#
Am considering doing the P90X program, but would REALLY like to do it with someone. It's SOOOOOO easy to give yourself permission to skip a workout when going solo.
Look forward to meeting others in the area--both online & in person.

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HELLO! I MOVED TO UNINCORPORATED CRYSTAL LAKE, RIGHT NEAR THE CARY BORDER, A YEAR AGO. JOINED SPARK PEOPLE OVER THE SUMMER. TRYING TO GET SERIOUS THIS PAST 6 WEEKS OR SO, AND BECOMING ADDICTED TO THIS SITE! WHAT A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE AND CONSTRUCTIVE THINKING! AND ALL FOR FREE...IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THERE ISN'T A CATCH, BUT THE ONLY ONE IS SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON THE COMPUTER. I JOINED THIS GROUP BECAUSE I WANT TO GET MORE EXERCISE IDEAS AND LOVE TO BE OUTSIDE, SO I FIGURED YOU ALL WOULD HAVE ALL THE INSIDE(OR OUTSIDE) INFO. SO FAR I HAVE TRIED "THE HOLLOWS" NATURE AREA WITH MY DOGS, AND AM THINKING ABOUT GETTING INTO SOME BIKE RIDING (UH, SEE MY BLOG FOR REPORT OF THE MAIDEN VOYAGE...DEFINITELY ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT THERE!)
HAVE A GREAT DAY, LOOKS LIKE IT'LL BE A SUNNY ONE! emoticon emoticon

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Welcome to the team! Same thing happened to me (baby weight wise). Creeps up on you while you're not really looking! You'll love the tools available on this site. So many helpful options!
I grew up in Cary and now live in Crystal Lake. I miss the old stomping grounds - Cary has a very 'hometown' feeling... it's just not quite the same being one town over!


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We're all chatting it up in McHenry County! Stop by and join in!
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Hi everyone. I am a married mom of one 17 month old son. I live in Cary and work full time. After the baby came I lost all of the baby weight, but it slowly crept back on, I'm blaming the cursed thirties! I was able to lose and keep weight off much easier in my twenties. Also, I have a huge chocolate addiction that I am trying to overcome so if anyone has tips on that, I'd appreciate it!

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Hi everyone,
I am a stay at home mom of 4 in McHenry. Walking is my favorite form of exercise.

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Hi My name is Laura and I recently moved to Lake in the Hills and loving it. I have two boys and married for 6 years. I have tried to lose weight on my own but always lose motivation. I joined this group to hopefully keep me on track. Look forward to hearing from you.
Laura

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Hello,

Iam Jeanne from Antioch, IL I could not find a better group to join up in my area I love to talk walks in the State Park by my house and have a 5 year old girl and 2 stepkids my hubby is the best!

Look forward to getting lots of new friends and always looking for someone to walk with.
Jeanne

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This is more like a re-introduction to SparkPeople. I had been more like a lurker on this team in the past but now I am ready to be a team member. My name is Anne. I live in Crystal Lake. I am a big woman still but I am much healthier now than just four years ago. I have been a steady exerciser for four years. I love the water and after about two years participating in aqua fitness I am now teaching classes at Healthbridge. I can hardly believe I have been doing this for two years now. I feel a bit cranky and restless when I don't get my workout. As well as my weight loss goals, I have added trying new things like equipment and classes.

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Hello to all! My name is Jenni and I am 24 years old and live in Crystal Lake. I come from a BIG (as in we are all overweight) family and have always know food to comfort me. I am married and we want to start a family next year, but I know that I am in no way healthy enough to have a child. I enjoy walking and am looking ofr a walking buddy. I recently joined a gym and was going daily, but I just stopped and the truth behind it was that I just didn't want to go alone. I really need someone to walk with. I work downtown Crystal lake Mon-Wed 9-5 and Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-12noon. Anyone on here that would like to walk on the bike trail or perhaps around the lake with me? Please email!!! I look forward to dropping the weight with a friend!! Thanks!

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Hi everyone- I am newish to SP and wanted to join this local group. I look forward to losing weight and getting healthier with all of you!!!

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Welcome Deborah, feel free to chime in at any time on our discussion boards... Let us know how we can help you!

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Hello All,

New to SP, but very much enjoying the inspirational people!

In the past two years I have made some poor decisions when it comes to maintaining a positive healthy lifestyle. Time to turn it around!

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I do feel when it is my time of the month I crave a lot of chocolate. But, around 3pm and 9pm I get hungry and want to snack. I work in an office from 8 to 5, so when 3pm comes around it is hard for me to get up and try to do something to get my mind off of how hungry I am. The 9pm craving isn't so bad now, because I can get up and start cleaning or I have my family there to tell me STOP it is to late to eat.

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Welcome! I'm glad you decided to join in! Does your hunger come and go or stay constant? I notice I get hungrier just before my monthly cycle and then it drops off afterwards. What types of foods are you craving?


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Hello everyone! I have been a SP memeber for awhile, but just never joined any spages. I have been fighting hunger problems and decided to look around on this site for help. I ran into this spark page and decided to join.
I live in Johnsburg. I have been married for 9 years and counting. We have 3 beautiful children, 2 girls and 1 boy. It is pretty easy for me to loose 2, 3, or even 4 pounds at a time, but then I get cravings and end up just gaining it all back. I need help with the cravings and have now asked my Husband to help me with these. We are going to cut down on the bad foods we buy and start buying healthier ones, even for the kids and my husband. I hope this will start helping.

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Glad to be back..and off the couch..lol

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Welcome everyone! Welcome back Jaz!!

Great to have all these great members. emoticon

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Well, you know better than anyone else what works for you - or at least what has worked in the past. Time to jump back in with a gusto so you'll be ready for Florida in approx. 12 weeks?! You can do it! Indeed, 1 day at a time... 1 pound at a time!


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Hey Daisy, just staying motivated and staying the course... Using this site really helps me, I stopped using it cuz I thought I could maintain on my own...

Well, I almost back to where I was and haven't been motivated...but we have a trip in May to DisneyWorld, so I've rejoined the site!

Taking 1 day at a time...

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It's great to have you here! Glad you joined in!


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Hi,
I joined SP in January '09. It has been a useful tool in helping me to stay on track with my nutrition, exercise and weight loss goals. Although I've been up and down a pound or two over the past few weeks, I'm looking forward to continuing with the program and making progress.

I'm from Lakemoor and looking forward to meeting others from the area who are involved with SP. This is a great forum of support and encouragement. Thanks!

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Just in time for spring! Welcome back! What are your plans/goals? Let us know what we can do to help you!


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Hi, I haven't been on here in awhile, and it shows! I am motivated to get back on track... I live in Lake in the Hills..



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Welcome! You've come to the right place for support, tools, and plenty of encouragement! You've mapped out your journey in a very smart, positive way - small steps towards the bigger goal! Good for you! Let us know how we can best help you. Again, welcome, and good luck!


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Hi, I'm from Woodstock, and I'm a mom to two beautiful cats. My goal is to lose 10 pounds...11 times. (Sounds a lot more doable that way rather than saying "I want to lose 110 pounds," right?)

I'm here hoping to give as well as receive support and encouragement. My friends and family are making this a lot harder for me than it needs to be. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure their actions are motivated by care and concern, but I really don't need to hear people telling me "Oh, just stay home from the gym today, it won't hurt" or "Are you SURE you don't want any ice cream? How about cookies?" Anybody else have a similar problem when they started making healthier choices? Or is it just my friends and family who are freaking out?

Thanks...I look forward to "meeting" you all!

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Welcome to the team!

Nancy: I'm glad you are returning to SparkPeople. It's so nice that the site is accessible at the level of your need at any time! I have found it to be a wonderful tool in the accountability department!

BDAWL48: Great to have you on board - you will love it here! I especially love that it's FREE!!! Good luck with your goals!
p.s. I grew up in Cary and now live in Crystal Lake. I haven't heard of any walking clubs in the area - maybe the fact that I avoid ANY outdoor activity in the winter has something to do with that! Once the weather warms up however, hardly a day goes by when I'm outside walking/running/biking. Really looking forward to that again!

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This is a great site, isn't it? So glad you joined us!
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I don't know of any walking groups, but you can check the listings for classes/groups for Cary's park district. I know Crystal Lake park district has some walking groups listed. You could also check with the chamber of commerce.

I do a lot of walking in the non-snowy months. This time of year I'm stuck indoors mostly.

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Just joined SP over the weekend. Was in the process of beginning the Weight Watchers program for the millionth time and found SP on the HungryGirl website. I am so glad I did! I've been tracking my food and doing a pretty good job. Water and exercise are coming along, but more slowly.

I live in Cary and am interested in finding a walking group...even in this cold weather. If anyone knows of one please reply with the information.

Keep up the good work everyone. I find these posts very encouraging. emoticon

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So glad you could join us Nancy! Best of luck to you and visit often to share your progress.

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I'm Nancy. I started on sparkpeople many years ago but it just fell by the wayside I guess. I started Jenny Craig last Feb, lost 25 lbs. I kept it off and was feeling pretty darn good. Then this fall the family had a crisis and I went back to my old eating habits and gained back at least 10lbs. So this is my way of making myself accountable to my diet and exercise!

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Hi Terri and welcome! There are a few of us who post rather regularly. This site has been very motivating for me, and hope it is for you, too! Our most active post seems to be the weekly check-in...at least that's where you'll find me most of the time.

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Hi everyone, my name is Terri. I just joined Spark on Saturday and have been finding my way around. I'm glad to have found a group in the area - seems like it could be even more motivating.

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Kris,
We just got home from a week on vacation, and I did very little food tracking. I did keep a food diary of sorts, so wrote stuff down in that thinking I might enter it when I got home, but I don't think so! One big meal every so often is allowable on my diet, but I'm not you! If it's creeping you out just thinking about it, just eat half of everything you take, then get rid of it...don't let it sit in front of you or you'll keep picking at it. Either ask for a box (if you're in a restaurant) or just have the waiter remove the plate. DRINK lots of water. Forego the alcohol if you're able...lots of empty calories there.
Best wishes!!
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Thanks, Lynn,
My goal is just to lose the pounds I gained when menopause hit and maintain that weight. It's not a lot, but I also don't want to have to buy a new wardobe! LOL I've found SP to be the most helpful toward that! I'm worried about tonight, though, because we have a HUGE dinner to go to that's been planned since February! I can't imagine how I'll track it or keep it within reasonable boundaries.

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Hi Kris! Welcome!
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Let us know how you're doing, what you're doing, your goals, etc. We try to support each other, celebrate the victories, listen when venting is called for.

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Hi,
My name is Kris and I've been on Spark for about 2 weeks. I'm having a lot of fun with it, but am slow to post. I am married, with 3 grown children, and 3 grandsons who unfortunately live too far away.

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Hi, I'm Lynn and have lived in Woodstock since 1983. I grew up in Flanagan (central IL near Pontiac). I really love the beautiful country up here, but it's still great to get back to the "flat land" of my birth. My son goes to U of I, so I drive through there a couple times a year for my "fix."

I joined SP just this Monday and have found it to be very motivating so far. I've learned a lot...like how eating too few calories can slow or stop my weight loss (who knew?). I'm a teacher, so summer is both a great time for me to work out and get fit...and sit around the house and eat while I'm reading (I'm a grade school librarian in C.L.). What a dilemma.

I've set a year-long goal for myself...to participate in the Minneman sprint triathlon in Anoka, MN next July with members of my family: husband, son, brother and his two nieces, and maybe a cousin or two. You can see a photo of our family competitors in my photo album on my SparkPage.

Great to meet you all!!

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Hey ya'll!!! I am a native Crystal Laker! I grew up there but moved away in 1999. I miss my home town, so i decided to join this group to get some of my home town feel back! get some gossip and find out what has changed since i've been gone. I also started a new team for Central Alumni...so go check it out if you are a CLC grad!

KEEP SMILING! YOU ARE WORTH IT :)



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Hi, I'm Cindy and I live in McHenry. I have 2 married children and 2 teen boys. I've been going to TOPS to lose weight and have been doing really well. It's nice to supplement it with SP. It keeps losing weight in mind every day of the week.

Choose to lose!

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Welcome Amie! Glad you joined in! I know the temptation for sweets can be hard to resist, especially if it's your weakness. But try hard ! You can do it! After a few days of avoidance, your cravings should subside and it won't be so difficult after awhile. :)


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Hello my name is Amie and I am from Island Lake. I have been married for 2 1/2 years and I have 3 beautiful little girls. I am a big sweets eater and am trying really hard to eat better and avoid sweets, but it is very challanging.

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