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12/26/14 12:45 P

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Hi Kim and Welcome!

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12/26/14 12:27 P

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Hi! I'm Kim, I'm from Adams County, near Gettysburg. Great to see some locals on here! I'm 31 and looking to lose about 60-70 pounds. I'm looking for an accountability partner. I'd prefer someone in the area so that it would be possible to work out together, but I'm willing to text/chat with a buddy that is not in my area. I struggle with cravings, emotional eating, and staying in a consistent exercise routine. Please contact me if interested!

Anyways, I'm glad to be part of this team and hope to share my journey with you all!

Kim

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12/24/14 12:48 P

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Welcome Newbies!



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12/23/14 2:39 P

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Hi! My name is Keith and I just joined Spark today. I live in Lansdale in Montgomery County, just a little North of Philly. I am hoping that this site helps me get and keep motivated to lose weight and get healthier. Good to see a bunch of fellow PA people here.

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12/5/14 11:48 A

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Hello everyone! My name is Kayla, and I am from Carlisle (just south of Harrisburg). I'm trying to look at this as a lifestyle change rather than a diet. I'm just keeping track of my calories and trying to stay under 2000 per day, but I'm not going to beat myself up if I slip up every once in awhile.

I'm happy to be around a group of people from the Keystone State who I can turn to for advice and camaraderie!

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10/22/14 9:41 A

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So how are you doing "new you"? Still determined? I would like to encourage you to stick with the stuff.

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10/13/14 9:57 A

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Hello, I am Ruth.I'm from the Scranton area of NEPA. Specifically, Factoryville.....we do have one factory. The homeotwn of Christy Mathewson. I've been with SP since February,2014. I had lost 20# before joining and seemed to have plateaued now. I've been going back and forth since February within 7 #. I'm comfortable with my weight loss and happy to be keeping my sugar between 85 and 110 but wouldn't mind losing 10 #. SP says i should lose 15 # beyond that. I guess sugar is my main goal but the weight loss has been nice to fit into my size 10's again.

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7/21/14 1:36 P

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Hello All! I am Sheree and new to the team. My goal is to lose 30lbs I gained due to my IUD, keep it off and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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7/16/14 6:08 P

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Hi, I'm Paul from Whitehall (Lehigh Valley). I have been Sparking for 3 years. Started a new name for new goals.

Opps... I did it again.


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6/4/14 1:29 P

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Hello everyone! I'm Steph and I'm from Bensalem. =) Converting from My Fitness Pal to Spark People. I've been on this journey alone for awhile. Looking for likeminded friends!

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5/28/14 10:32 A

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Hello Everyone - My name is Diane and I live in Franklin County. Hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial weekend.

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5/7/14 11:16 A

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Hello Everyone!!!!!!!!!!! My name is Heather and I am from Philadelphia, but will be relocating to Gilbertsville Pa before the summer is over. I just bougfht a new house and decided it was time for a change ....a new me. I am determine that this time I will make a chage and stick with it.

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4/10/14 7:11 P

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Hello Everybody! My name is Shelinda. I'm looking forward to doing all I can to be active in your group & hopefully getting to know some of you. Bless Pennsylvannia & our Health!

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4/7/14 6:50 A

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Hi! My name is Kelley. I am a seasoned Sparker - joined in 2004, lost close to 50 lbs. Recently took a 2 year hiatus and decided to come back. I am a healthy, natural research freak so my 2 years were used wisely!!

I love to power walk and my coffee! But....not at the same time! emoticon

I am committed to my health and always switch things up in my healthy lifestyle journey when something isn't working!!

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3/23/14 7:26 P

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Hi! I am Melody and Im from Harrisburg Pa. I just reactivated my spark people account and am new to the team. I am a mom of 2 toddlers and work full time hours and then some. Its now time to start making changes and start taking care of me so i can be around a long time for my boys emoticon

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3/20/14 11:54 A

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Hello everyone! I am Steph and I am in the Danville/Bloomsburg area. I have slowly packed on unwanted pounds and I am ready to get rid of them!

~Stephanie~


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3/19/14 11:22 P

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Hi everyone! My name is Kelly and I'm from Bucks County PA. I've been struggling with my weight for years and I'm ready to make a change! Just signed up for spark and can't wait to get going on my journey. emoticon

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3/9/14 11:47 A

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Hi! I'm Karen Adams and new to the Spark website. I'm from Boyertown, PA. I'm working on losing weight and becoming more mobile. I'm currently working through a shoulder injury. Other goals are to increase time spend exercising and reduce stress and related stress eating.

One day at a time!!!


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2/21/14 3:40 P

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Hi! My name is Mel. I live in the Poconos. I just joined spark people. I want to meet some like minded people. I'm trying to get my diet under control. I have been trying but stress eating had taken over. I do love to work out. I can't wait till the weather breaks so I can start running again.

Small choices and decisions are what add up to make huge results. There is no quantum leap!
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2/21/14 3:39 P

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Hi! My name is Mel. I live in the Poconos. I just joined spark people. I want to meet some like minded people. I'm trying to get my diet under control. I have been trying but stress eating had taken over. I do love to work out. I can't wait till the weather breaks so I can start running again.

Small choices and decisions are what add up to make huge results. There is no quantum leap!
www.facebook.com/melissa.shafer.96


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2/11/14 1:54 P

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Hello everyone. New here ... My name is Chrissy and my husband and I moved up December 2012. I've loved the state ever since. I'm a wife and mom of three kids. I've been on SparkPeople for years but was pretty inactive. I just now decided to start using the site. lol How is everyone this fine cold morning?

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2/9/14 8:34 P

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Hello everyone, I'm from DE, County in PA.

I'm On My Way!


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2/7/14 9:27 A

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Hello Pennsylvania!
I'm Debbie. Married 30 years to the love of my life. 5 great kids. I've spent practically every waking moment taking care of my family---now that the kids are 'older' I'm taking some time for ME! Time to get healthy and stay healthy. My goal is to be able to run a 5K with my oldest son (and anyone else who'd like to come along)...it might not happen this year or next...but it'll happen!

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2/4/14 2:20 P

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Hello everyone!
I'm Amirah I live close to King of Prussia, PA. I am a young mother of 2 and I'm just on a weight loss journey like everyone else. I'd love to meet and talk with you guys :)

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1/12/14 10:13 P

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Hi all! I'm checking in from Lock Haven, PA. Not exactly new to SPARK but making a whole new start for me. Looking forward to meeting people and staying active in the SP community.

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1/4/14 5:54 P

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Good evening PA. I am from the southeastern part of PA. My name is Terry and I turn 50 on Monday. I am ok with the age part, but want to be HEALTHY so am trying to lose the weight I have put on in the last 15-20 years. Last summer, while we were staying at our camper for the summer (and commuting to work), I started power walking with a friend and was doing great. Moved back home on Labor Day and lost my motivation (she is a GREAT trainer, LOL). Cleaning out my den and putting the treadmill back into action in the next week. SparkPeople is the second part of the plan. We also went wheat-free over the summer and my husband and I both lost weight and I felt GREAT. Eating wheat again and feeling like crap, so that is changing too.

Hope to stay in touch and stay motivated through SparkPeople. Did it about 8 years ago but wasn't motivated enough so am trying it again.



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1/2/14 7:11 A

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Hi all,
Happy New Year! I am JoAnne from NEPA (between Scranton and Wilkes Barre). I am happy to be part of this group and look forward to making some new friends and having some place to vent my highs and lows.

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12/11/13 10:50 P

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Hello everyone! I'm from Montgomery County (near Jenkintown.) I'm happy to see this group exists and to make new friends or maybe workout buddies in the process. It's a long journey and we shouldn't do it alone!

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12/8/13 6:18 P

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Welcome everyone!

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~Maria~

"Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one can not be friends with anyone else in the world."
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11/12/13 9:26 P

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Hi! I'm Grayce from Central PA. Mom to a bunch, married, work full time, crazy busy, but looking to pull myself together as the years fly by. I'm in my forties (gasp!) and am defending against the attack of 'aging'. It's not easy! Looking forward to sharing the health and wellness ups and downs with all of you!

I'm trying to lose about 10-15 pounds by making changes that I can live with for the rest of my life. Not interested in quick fixes or crazy routines that I won't stick with longer than a week! Have found a good eating plan and am adding in exercise, but it's a struggle. The days are just not long enough, I tell you! :D



“We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality” Ayn Rand


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11/11/13 11:32 P

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Hello all, my name is Heather. I am from Bloomsburg, and I am here to get support when I need it and help others if I can. My ultimate goal is to get healthy enough to have a baby within the next few years. Anyone wants to know anything else about me feel free to message me.

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11/10/13 9:28 A

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Hi I am Cindy...I am from Reading PA...I am new to this group...I am getting started again...i am totally uncomfortable with myself and I need to change....I am an ER nurse so I am active but not as active as I used to be...I need to start working on myself again...today I set my goals (longterm)....and I also started to see what my steps I need to take are.....GREAT to be here!!

~~~Cindy Z~~~~ Getting healthy 1 step at a time


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11/5/13 7:30 P

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Hi, I'm Nancy and I am from North Central PA. Stumbled upon this website while searching for a new "fad" diet - I've tried them all. Some were more successful than others, but the weight always comes back. I am having fun with this and so far I have not had any trouble sticking with the program. I meet my goals every day - exercise, water, calories, etc.; however, I don't feel any thinner (yet). Can't wait for my first weigh-in to see if this really works...seems too easy.

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10/31/13 8:32 A

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Hi, I'm Kathy. I have been here before but not for several years. I live in Cochranton, PA (Northwestern, Pa) My husband passed away in April of this year so my life has not been the same. Last year I went to Weight Watchers and was successful with taking off 15 lbs. however now it is creeping back on so I thought I needed to get back to SP as when I was on this site I was successful in losing weight. I eat health but eat too much and I am an emotional eater which I am working on the change this pattern of behavior. Hi to all! I'm glad to be back. I

Kathy from Northwestern, PA

God, please free me from false appetites. Take from me my compulsive self, and show me who I am. Give me a new beginning. Unchain my my heart so I might live a freer life at last. Amen
from A Course in Weight Loss by Marianne Williamson


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10/29/13 1:30 A

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Hi! I'm Audrey. I'm 28 (I'll be 29 in December), and hail from Wilkes-Barre, Pa. I'm full time mommy to 2 little girls. Xena, who will be 3 in December, and Isis, who is just 3 weeks old. I'm married to a (mostly) wonderful man. (He drives me a bit insane some days... but on the other hand he keeps me sane from the insanity that is my family). Anyway, I need to lose some weight. Right now I weigh 208.5 (down 25 pounds from just 3 weeks ago). I want to be in better shape and in the best health possible for my family.

~Audrey

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10/19/13 1:10 A

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Hi! I'm Karen. Thank you to the person who emailed me to show me the PA group! I started about a month ago to change what I eat. My body was rebeling at first, first 10 days or so were tough but I got past it. I'm losing some weight, cooking healthy foods to take to work and for dinner. Hope to share some motivation, ideas and recipes with you all! emoticon

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10/15/13 2:23 P

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Hi! I live in Collingdale,Pa. I want to get healthy and since I started to loose weight without really trying I figured I should do it the right way. I haven't been eating a lot and I have been very tired. Usually when I go on a diet it is to eat right, but this time it's to eat right and to loose the weight. I've lost about 45 lbs without trying or noticing. My neighbors said something which is why I noticed.

Today is my first day so let's see what happenens.


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10/10/13 6:51 A

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Hi I'm Joanne,

I'm from Northeast Pa. My goals are to lose 10 lbs and get generally into healthier eating habits. I am recovering from an injury to my foot which seems almost healed. I don't want to have to start from square one by overdoing it though!

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9/19/13 10:52 A

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Hi I'm Dani and I have a ton of weight to lose! I am from Northeast PA and am looking forward to meeting you all.

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9/1/13 1:24 P

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Hi my name is Jess and I just joined Spark people today. I am from the York area in south central Pennsylvania. I look forward to beginning a new chapter of my life as I begin to loose 150 pounds!

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8/28/13 12:50 P

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Hi, my name is Hallie (like Halle Berry).

My goal is health and weight loss. I just turned 45 and would like to loose 30 pounds. I live in Berks County for the last eleven years but am from the Pacific Northwest.

I am seriously struggling with finding time to take care of myself...

“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.”


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8/27/13 8:59 P

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Hello! My name is Becky. I live in Southeastern PA. I want to get healthy and lose 30 pounds or more. I like the nutrition tracking feature that this site offers and hope to start using more of the fitness tracker. I can do it!


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8/21/13 8:05 P

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Hi! I am from Meadville, in NWPA, 40 miles south of Erie, 85 miles north of Pittsburgh. (3 miles east of Conneaut Lake Park)
Health is my goal, and trying to reach a loss of 57 pounds is the biggest step. I am 66, gluten intolerant, and very determined at this point. Hopefully with support, I will continue to be determined. I have lost 15 of the 57 so far.

If this was your last day, how would you spend it?


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8/3/13 6:07 P

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turning 67, time to get into shape, now or never

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7/5/13 10:54 A

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Hi Everyone!!! I rejoined last week and am finally getting around to posting on the teams I chose.

I am Cindy, 36, married for 12 years, mom to twin 6 year old girls, born and raised in Pittsburgh. Miss my hometown so much. I've been living in York Pa for the last 14 years with my hubby (York, is hubby's hometown).

I joined Spark a few years ago and it really worked for me. I enjoyed the community feeling, but had some set backs along the way and instead of dealing with them with my Spark friends I just gave up completely. I'm back for round 2 and really feel like I need the support of other people that are going through the same things I am. It's just too hard to do it on my own. I am truly great at offering support, but when it comes to me....I am my own worst enemy.

I have about 65 pounds to lose and hope to do that in a safe and healthy way. Thanks for reading and hope to get to know a lot of you.

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6/21/13 9:30 A

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Hi Molly. I'm an Ursinus Alumnus. Your son will love it there! emoticon

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5/31/13 5:48 P

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Thanks Molly!...So glad to be here. Well, CJ program is for a degree!..It's an on line course and I hope to be finished in February (started Feb 2011)...anyway, it's funny that you mentioned Lancaster...It's one of my very favorite places..I visit there several times during the year.. Also, the whole family goes up for 3-4 days over the Thanksgiving Holiday! (all 27 of us!) and nobody has to cook!...it's great....We were originally from Roxborough/Manayunk (where the bike race is this weekend) and when I moved up here, everyone was shocked, cause I ALWAYS said I was going to move to Lancaster..who knows, it still may happen!! emoticon ...sitting here drinking my water (2n emoticon d 32oz bottle today)

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5/31/13 11:32 A

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Welcome, Char! Glad to have you hop on the bus! I've been here six weeks now. As a former police officer, I find it cool that you are studying Criminal Justice. Is it a program, degree, or just personal reading/study that you are doing? I've been to KOP mall once or twice. Formerly of Lanc. County, now out in Central PA. Have a son attending Ursinus in Collegeville, so I guess that is fairly close to KOP? Anyway, glad to have you on Spark.

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5/31/13 9:02 A

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emoticon Hi everyone....so glad to have some help on this journey!. Looking forward to "meeting" you all through these posts. I am a 68 year old Diabetic (been that for over 30 years now)..My blood sugars are mostly right on track, but seems that I'm been a little lax in controlling my cholesterol!...So...I'm picking myself up, dusting myself off, and getting back on the bus!!..
I'm from just outside of King of Prussia, Pa...retired..but I am studying Criminal Justice, just to keep my mind active!.. So thank you all for having this place that I will look forward to each day!..

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Hi to you recent joiners/posters and welcome. I've been on almost four weeks now and have lost my first five pounds as of today. Yea! To you "Pittsburghers," hey there. A little familiar w/ Pgh because I lived in Point Breeze years back, worked in Dormont and Wilkensburg and also taught jazzercixe at the Golden Triangle Y. I also took credits at Allegheny Community College and Point Park. But that's goin' back some years. More recently I took a son to check out the Art Institute of Pgh but he chose a diff. college.

And hiya to Philly folks, too. Took another son to check out Penn. He chose Ursinus instead, which also isn't that far from Philly. Have always loved the traiin station and have passed through there dozens of times. Love the historic areas, the art museum, and had a theatre there do a staged reading of one of my short stories a few years back. Yea Philly! Yea Pittsburgh, and Yea for every town and township inbetween. Let's go Keystoners! Eat healthy. Live happy. Have a terrific day.

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Hello fellow PA-peoples!

I'm AJ! I joined SP years ago but I never really did much until recently. Nowadays, I'm here pretty much everyday.
Also, I live just outside Philly.

Who we are is but a stepping stone to what we can become.


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Hello!

This is my first week, I hope I have a loss at weigh-in on Wednesday. How are you doing so far?



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Hi there!

I am in the Pittsburgh area too.
I am returning to the program with 30 pounds to lose also.

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Hello everyone,

I am from the Pittsburgh area. I am retired and a grandmother. I hope to lose 30 pounds.



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Hi Karen. Certainly familiar with Mountville. Nice to meet you. Good luck on your fitness journey.

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Howdy. I'm from Central PA (but born and raised in Lancaster County) and have about 30 or 35 pounds to lose. I am hoping to zero in on a handful of fellow dieters also new to this site who I can adopt as fitness friends. I'd like to find people interested in chatting regularaly in order to encourage one another in our journeys toward renewed health.

Things you should know about me that might help: mid-fifties mom, aspiring author, athiest, former police officer, vol. firefighter for 20 years, has sjogren's syndrom with related low-vision issues, etc; wonderful hubby of 25 years, six kids, two boys in college and the youngest -- an adopted daughter -- still at home and in ninth grade.

We live on a small mountainside farm in central PA, quite remote, in a twp that is thinly populated. Hubby is firechief here. We have three horses, two goats, nine cats, two dogs, and are about to adopt a third -- a blind Australian Shepard, age 8.

Like walking, biking. Used to jog regularly. Drink too much wine and am too fond of chocolates. Re-gain weight every winter and long for that one year I finally learn not to turn into a slug, thus, don't have to return to dieting come spring. Obviously, this wasn't the year (2012) but hoping 2013 might be.

So, I am looking to lose between now and Thanksgiving, then maintain, and hoping to find some friends to hang with me through all that.

Oh, and I'm not into cooking so I'm not all about recipe exchanges, etc. I'm more about philosophy and hiking in the woods, a barefoot soul. I love travel but don't get to do enough of it. I'm college ejubacated -- small private western PA woman's (no longer) college in the 80's. Majored in acting. Now you may understand why I am unemployed.



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not a good day for the park today but tomorrow is going to be really nice , Enjoy

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Thanks Flo! Yes, there's a park I try to go to a few times a week to walk around the lake! So happy to have nice weather now so I can enjoy it more!

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Hi all... I'm from chambersburg. New to the site. Have 50 pounds to go....
Looking for new friends to support. Feel free to add

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welcome Dawn, I love this area we have to best parks for walking. hope you get out today it is so pretty out.
I am Flo

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Hello fellow PA-ers! My name is Dawn and I live in Lower Bucks! Looking forward to reading post :)

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3/27/13 8:23 A

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Hi!! I'm a Steeler fan from Moon Township PA. (near Greater Pittsburgh Airport)

I'm 43 and have 5 kids. I would love to make some new friends here.
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hello from Morrell park phila. pa near Franklyn mills mall, we are new to the area / boring here
[lol] need a hobby

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Hi Sandy,

My name is Angie. I am new to this site and was just reading some posts. I found an app on Iphone called couch to 5k. It is a great app. I've been wanting to do the same but have not got the motivation. However, I am here now and plan on working on the same goal.

Good Luck

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3/20/13 10:59 A

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Hey everyone. My name is Karen. I'm a 37 yr old stay-at-home mom of 2 boys (9 and 5) from a little town in Lancaster County called Mountville. I was a member several years ago and lost weight just in time to get pregnant so up went the weight again. I've been completely slacking and haven't done anything since, which is why I weigh 188 lbs. It's not TOO bad considering I am 5'11" but it is not good. I need to lose the weight so I can watch my boys grow up and be a fun mom with them instead of out-of-breath with health problems.

If you don't have to work for it, it's not worth having. The best things in life don't come free.


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3/17/13 1:15 A

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Hi! I'm Rachel from Bucks county.

90 pounds down by Christmas Eve 2013
220 lb - 130 lb
Rae from Philly


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Hi everyone ... I'm from Erie ... lived her all my life! I originally joined SP in 2008 ... after a successful year I got busy with other things (family and work) and got away from it. I just recently retired and now I have to have my daily dose of sparks. I try to track all my meals and snacks ... that seems to be my lifeline when it comes to successful weight loss. I put on a few pounds from 2009 - 2013, but have already gotten back to where I left off and I'm hoping to finish the job this time around.

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Lynn
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Rejoined 1/2013 Goal for 12/2012 - lose 58 lbs.
“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” ~William Shakespeare


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2/19/13 11:13 A

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Hello everyone! I'm from Central PA (near Harrisburg) and I am nearing my 33rd birthday.

I had been on Spark about 5 years ago after my daughter was born and I had lost about 15 pounds (yay!). But, I've been slowly putting on weight over the last few years and didn't notice it much until my daughter asked me if I was having a baby at Christmas. I was mortified! When I asked my hubby if I had gained weight, he politely (and quickly!) dodged the question... which was all the answer I needed!

So here I am... trying again to lose about 20 pounds, make healthier choices when eating, and to get some energy back in this body! :)

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1/29/13 8:26 P

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Hello everyone,

My name is Stephanie and I am a 30 year old married momma of 2 in the Duncansville/Altoona, PA area. I had previously been a member of SparkPeople several years ago, but I simply lost the drive to keep going.

The place I work began a "biggest loser" contest for the employees. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to really get healthy, not just lose weight, but really create a wellness program for myself, so here I am.

My biggest challenge is exercising. I don't have a lot of room in my house, or a lot of time to do it either. If there is anyone else in my area that would like to be an exercise buddy, I'd be glad for the opportunity!

Keep on moving :)

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1/23/13 2:03 P

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Hi all just joined today! Trying to get healthy here in York PA!

SunHeart


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Hello i am from Mt Jewett pa i am hoping to lose the weight makes me feel bad about myself.

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1/14/13 11:26 A

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Welcome new members,

Things are going well. It is my first full week at Spark. Weighing in tomorrow for the first time. I will not let the scale deter me through. The fact that I have eaten under my guidelines all week and exercised has me psyched.

Sandy

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1/14/13 8:30 A

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Hi!

I am from Harrisburg/Hershey area. I joined SP recently and started posting in the Depression forum, but for some reason I didn't realize that I was part of Keystone Slimdown as well. I am grad student at Penn State Hershey. Nice to "meet" you all! :)

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1/9/13 3:29 P

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Hello, My name is Barb and I have not been on SP for a loooong time. I live in Lancaster County and always have. I have been trying to stay active and live healthier but I found that tracking my eating and exercise are a HUGE key to my sucess and failures. So here I am again and making a better effort to stay on top of things.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.


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Hi
My name is Sandy and I live in southeast Pa. I am 51 years old and looking for support as I begin my journey to being healthier and lighter in weight. I am going to focus on me for once since i have always taken care of others needs over my own. My goal is be to able to run in a 5k by this summer.

Sandy


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1/7/13 3:49 P

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Hi! I live in Lancaster County and can identify with some of your thoughts. I'm currently going to PT for some shoulder issues. I wish I could just go to the gym everyday like my husband does so effortlessly. I too teach full time and time is precious. But I've made a habit of putting other people's needs ahead of my own and now I'm trying to change that. Maybe we can keep encouraging each other.

"You don't have to have a perfect diet to have a healthy lifestyle." - SparkCoach

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Hi, I'm Dave and I'm back. I live in Bensalem, Pa.. I had good luck with SparkPeople before. Since last I was on SP I've quit smoking (5 Years) & retired (1.5 yrs). In that time I put on 100 lbs. Between May 2012 & Nov 2012 I lost 45 lbs.. Nov & Dec I've been a 10 lb. yoyo. Dieting alone won't do it anymore. 2Jan13 I started walking at the local mall. I'm up to 75 minutes every morning & getting more distance each day. My goal is 90 minutes and three laps around the mall. My best guess is it's about a mile per lap? emoticon

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HI! I live in Dover, PA and would love to find some local people who work out at the same level for motivation and support. I would love a walking buddy. I attend the Dover YMCA for now. I have a grade 3 MCL tear I am healing from so I am currently limited to walking, the incumbent bike, I do some gentle yoga and beginning tai chi classes also that I love. I look forward to moving towards some more challenging stuff. However, I have anhydrosis (born with no sweat glands) so I can not do strenuous cardio activities or anything that causes me to get too hot. Means I usually work out alone, or with an older crowd. It can be a little depressing sometimes, but I see people who have taken good care of themselves and how well they look as they age. I have a 2, 4, and 5, year old boys who I want to keep up with. As well as a 15 year old daughter and husband I want to encourage and be good examples for. So doing this right is important to me. I am a total yo-yoer and my intent this time to find support, good healthy friends, and make some real life style changes that will help me stop the rollercoaster. I look forward to meeting some new great people on their own journey. I teach full-time so don't always have time to check the board so if you want to chat sometime be sure to message me or post on my blog. Wishing everyone a great, happy day.

My Mantra: Every day I get to make a choice about what kind of response I am going to give back to the world, what kind of mindset I will meet my challenges with, what kind of life I am building. Each day I will focus on making choices that make me feel good about myself. Each day I will focus on making choices that help my family be happy and healthy.


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Hi everyone. I'm Vicki, and I've been a member of SparkPeople for several years and have successes and failures. This time I'm recommitting myself, and really putting an effort into the "learning" portion of a healthy lifestyle. I'm also not trying to overhaul everything at once, but make small changes here and there--so far, it seems to be working. I live in Eagleville Montgomery county and work in Exton (Chester Co). I'm not quite ready to take on going to a gym, but I wouldn't mind a walking buddy if anyone is in the area and interested.

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Hi I am Lisa I have lived in PA my whole life I am trying spark people again I haven't been on for two years and decided I needed a new name for a new start. Just wanted to say hi to everyone.

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Hi. I'm Anna. I just moved to the Harrisburg area a few months ago. I've been a member of sparkpeople for a long time, and my weight just goes up and down. Now I am determined to lose the weight for good.

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Hi, I'm Emily from western PA, looking to get strated back up after some time off! I have lost over 30lbs so far, but would like to lose about 50 more. Hoping to find some motivation and really get moving towards me goal! Good luck everyone

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Hi my name is Jane. I live in Montgomery County PA. I am ready to make a serious change in my life an I am very excited with joining this site and taking the first steps to reach my weight loss goals.

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Hi, my name is Aiden. I originally joined Sparkpeople 2 years ago, and had a lot of success. Then I fell off the wagon. This year I am determined to get back on and go, go, go!

--Aiden--

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Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
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Just joined (again) today! Starting today I need to change my habits and my life! Looking to do a lifestyle change!

It's never too late to be what you might have been.

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Hi I just joined yesterday and hoping to jump start my weight lost. I have lost 83 pounds since March of this year and have 47 more to go to be at my goal. I was looking for a site that gives the motivation I need and this one looks great! I'm 44 and the weight is stubborn. Hope to hear from similar people. Thanks

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I'm 18 years old and I live in central Pa in Harrisburg. I was on Sparkteens and now I've transferred over to Sparkpeople. I just recently had surgery for the second time and I've decided that with my recovery I want to become healthy and I'm doing it right this time. I bought The Spark, saving up for the cookbook, and reading up on other articles as we speak. I can become a support system for anyone who needs one.

~Much Love from OhsnapitzKat~


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Hi everyone. I live just the other side of Bradford and yes - it's cold up here. lol

I'm new to this team, but have been a member of SparkPeople since 2007. I have lost most of the weight that I wanted to, but am having problems with the last 20 pounds. This site has helped me learn what I need with regard to diet and exercise which is why I'm back. This time around I'm hoping for someone to help hold me accountable - not let me backslide into my old lazy eat-whatever-you-want mindset.

Peace,
Cheryl

It's never too late to be what you were meant to be. -- George Elliott


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