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7/18/08 1:53 P

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Hi Marie. Welcome!!!! I need to lose around 200 pounds as well,so you are not the only one in the same boat. I am not looking at surgery either. I am going to join a gym in the fall, when we have more income coming in. Scheduling is always hard with gyms. I think someone mentioned planet fitness was opened 24 hours. But location, hours, prices and services are all important to me. Someone on the board also goes to a personal trainer. I am an emotional eater too, so don't feel bad

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7/18/08 8:25 A

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Hello, I am Marie. I live in West Chester. I am 37, married & we have 6 children between us. (my oldest 3 do not live with us however). I work Full time at a local bank. I am trying to get back into the weight loss fight. I recently set myself a long range goal to lose 75 lbs (I need to lose almost 200 total). I don't want to have to get the weight loss surgery. I am going to be rejoining my Shape Xpress gym. I have a membership to inches a weigh but I just can't get my schedule to work around their hours.

I am going to need all the motivation I can get. I am a serious emotional eater & am trying to get my depression in check. I hope I haven't frightened anyone away from me yet LOL

Anyhow, there is some information about me. I look forward to getting to know you all. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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7/15/08 10:05 A

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Hi SSEHGAL. Welcome, thanks for joining us! Sounds like you keep busy with 2 little ones. Go plan; walking 20 minutes a day seems like a doable plan. Welcome to the team.



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7/14/08 10:37 P

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Hi
I am a mom of a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old and need to lose about 45 lbs. I want to lose weight but have not had time for the gym or for regular walks. Since last week - I have been trying to take out atleast 20 minutes a day to go for a walk. I have a pedomter and try and do 10000 steps a day.
Look forward to loosing some weight together.

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5/7/08 6:01 P

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Welcome, welcome, welcome. Glad you are here. I live in phoenixville, so those y's are a bit out of the way. We have been trying to do a team walk once a month. That way we can meet each other in a convenient place, since Chester County is so huge. I'm glad you found us. Keep posting!



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Hi all, I'm Julia. I thought I'd look to see if there was a local team and here it is! I live in West Chester and am a member of the Y. I split my time between the WC Y and the Kennett Y since I work there. I do power yoga in Kennett and usually just lift and do cardio in WC. I'm trying to start going in the morning and if anyone is interesting in being a workout buddy, let me know!

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3/2/08 3:16 P

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Hi Jenn. I use to belong to a planet fitness when I lived in NJ. I always felt like I was bugging my trainer when I had questions. I stopped going.
I think yoga would be my goal once I lose some weight. I think it would get in the way. I may ask you for pointers though!


Richard, I understand about motivation. I've never played racquetball. Sounds like fun too.



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FITNESSMOMX2's Photo FITNESSMOMX2 Posts: 21
3/2/08 11:46 A

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Hi, My name is Jennifer(36) from Exton (Chester County).

I'm new here. I was a member months back, but fell off the bandwagon over the summer. Looking to get back on track.
I currently have a membership to Planet Fitness in Malvern, but looking into Volant Fitness in Downingtown (any reviews for this gym?) ... I like to do Power Yoga in Malvern (poweryogaworks.com) on Thursdays...anyone care to join me?

Take Care,
Jenn

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2/29/08 1:22 P

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I'm a member of the Brandywine YMCA and I'd like to evenually get to playing raquetball too.Right now I haven't had the motivation to go( i have time in the mornings and later at night. I'd be interested if you didn't mind that I'm a man. If so I do understand. Let me know and we can go from there. In any event good luck and keep in touch(I'm Richard by the way)

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2/15/08 8:24 A

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Thanks for that feedback. If I am going to invest money into something, I want to make sure I use it. You had some good points. Something to think about . . .



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JUDY9225's Photo JUDY9225 Posts: 15
2/14/08 4:49 P

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I like Bally's but I'm biased. It's so cheap for me since I joined a long time ago. I only pay $14/mo. I mostly like to go to aerobics classes, and they have some good ones. They are having financial difficulties now, so they've cut back on some classes, but they have a good variety of classes and some great teachers. I also like the indoor track. They have a pool, sauna, and racquetball courts if you're into that. My parents go to the Y and like it a lot.I've gotten their brochures and they have good variety of classes, but it's more geared toward families, so a lot of their classes are too early for me. I go to classes that are 6:30 or 7pm. I'm sure we'll end up joining once we have kids. It's not that much more for families than for an individual, so I think it's very expensive if you're single.

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2/14/08 3:04 P

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Heidi-how do you like the Y?
Judy-How do you like Bally's?





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JUDY9225's Photo JUDY9225 Posts: 15
2/14/08 11:24 A

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Hi Heidi! I live in WC, right around the corner from the YMCA, but I'm not a member. I am a member of Bally's in King of Prussia, which is pretty close to where I work. I really enjoy the aerobics classes there. They also have a pool and an indoor running track. My parents go to the Y,but it's expensive for one person (hubby is not interested.) But it's cost effective for families,so once we have kids,I'll probably join. Of course,by Oct 2008,it won't be walking distance from me in WC anymore, but outside town in West Goshen. :-(

I am also looking for a workout buddy, but I'm hoping to find someone who would like to go walking in the morning before work,so I think I need to find someone close to WC.

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HI Heidi. I'll be 34 in May. Welcome! I live in Phoenixville. I'm thinking about joining the Y around here when I can get into my budget. (But, there's always something else coming up to pay.) My family is from south philly. Where in philly did you move from?

Again, welcome :)



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JGHEAVER's Photo JGHEAVER Posts: 51
2/14/08 6:41 A

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Hi Heidi! We have a lot of forums/boards going for Chester County so I hope you don't get confused! I heard the YMCA has good classes for aerobics but I'm not sure about yoga. If you find a yoga class in town let me know I would love to join a beginners class. Welcome again!-


 
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2/13/08 11:08 P

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Hi,

My name is Heidi. I'm 34, from Coatesville. I recently moved here from Philly when I aquired a new job in West Chester.

I began my newest quest on 2/4 at 209.5. As of this morning, I'm at 204.5. I hope to continue this trend.

I am a member of the YMCA locally, is anyone else a member? I would love to find a workout buddy. I have started swimming. I hope to also play some racquetball. Additionally I will also try to take in some Yoga or aerobics classes.

Hope to get to know you all :).

Heidi

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IRISHGIRL74's Photo IRISHGIRL74 Posts: 5,735
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Wow, great ideas about preplanning your rewards. Hmmm. . . .I'll have to think about mine . . .



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JUDY9225's Photo JUDY9225 Posts: 15
2/13/08 5:35 P

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I am 42 and married with no kids (yet.) I've updated my Spark page with more info.

On the 10lbs/mo challenge, I saw a great idea from someone. It was a list of "mini-rewards" to keep you going. These were hers:

~Mini Goals and rewards!~
170#-Pottery
165#-Hair Cut
160#-Go to the movies
155#-mani/pedi
150#-Go to the movies
145#-new bracelet
140#-hair color
135#-buy volleyball set
130#-new clothes

I wouldn't have the same ones, but I like the idea of treating yourself to a manicure or something when you reach a goal to keep yourself going.

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Miche, You are 41 years young, lol. I'm still in my 30's, although my mother is dsgk (desperately seeking grandkids) and reminds me about my clock, lol.

Nice to meet you Mtrgrl. Welcome:) We went walking on sunday on the Boot road park and it's nice. Maybe we can rotate parks! I heard a lot of good things about Struble Trail. If you all don't mind a slow poke walker, then I will definitely be there for the next walk!

What else can we do in the cold weather to work out?



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MTRGRL's Photo MTRGRL Posts: 43
1/28/08 10:30 A

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Hello everyone. I live in Downingtown. I'm 38 and have an 8 month old son who is my motivation to finally get back in shape for good. I would love to get together for walks. I've never been to Boot Road Park (or even heard of it) but I've walked the Struble Trail many times and it is very nice. It goes right along the river and is a nice, wide, flat trail. The parking lot for it is just off the 282 exit of the bypass, so it's further than Exton for the Phoenixville folks.

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JGHEAVER's Photo JGHEAVER Posts: 51
1/17/08 6:48 A

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Hi Twisted-Glad you joined us! Irish girl had suggested we meet maybe 1x month for walking and "stuff". I was thinking of the new Boot Road park near the Exton Mall -its kind of a central location for all of us. A friend of mine walks the 5 mile trail in Downingtown called Strubble Trail. Have you heard of this? She said its a really pretty walk along the brandywine.Is it too far away from central CC to meet? I live in WC but some live in Phoenixville.

 
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1/16/08 9:40 P

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Hi - new here - Downingtown but like a few steps from the Coatesville line :)

I only have about 10 pounds to lose but it has been a struggle - and I have an addiction to sugar - it makes me feel horrible but, it takes a LOT for me to stay away from it - glad I can be with locals to help me out and I hope I can inspire you also.

Anyone here in the 40's? I'm 40....in 2008 (in months) I'll be 41, officially "IN" my 40's. LOL
Michele

 
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Hi Mom with a mission! welcome. I know I've been there with the ups and downs. Thanks for joining! We can do it together!



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1/15/08 10:56 A

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Hello I am from Coatesville in Chester County. I started this program again starting January 2. I have had some up and downs but that will not keep me down. I will get to my goal. I am determined!!!! emoticon

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Nice to meet you! It's great that you have a "goal" to work towards. When's your 25th reunion? Sounds like fun!

I'm using ww "off-line" meaing that money is tight and can't afford to pay for it. So I'm using the materials on my own and hoping I can get support here and at home.

I feel the same way about working out. Plus, I have been fighting this cough for 3 weeks and it won't go away, urgh!

Nice to meet you :)



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JGHEAVER's Photo JGHEAVER Posts: 51
1/14/08 9:32 P

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Hi Irish girl! I saw your postings on the other message board and glad you started our own Sparkteam page! I too have alot of weight to lose-I have been on weight watchers off and on for the past 20 years but never kept the weight off. I really want to this time. I just bought a new scale and started with the the spark program last week. I am trying to exercise but that is probably the hardest part for me in the whole process! UGH! I do have some dvd's and a few pieces of equipment, ball, weights and the resistance bands so I hope it all starts to come together for me. I'm married with 2 teenage boys and want to get my act together so I can be around for the "fun" retirement years. I have my 25th reunion from college in May so I really need to get my act together!

 
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Hi gang! I have a lot of weight to lose and hope you join me on the journey. I restarted this week. I need to lose over 140 pounds. I live in Phoenixville and work in KoP. I like to walk and hope to work out on my own for now. I have a dh, but no kids at this time. Tell me about yourself :)



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