SparkPeople Rochester Sparkers Team Messageboard This team is for all SparkPeople members in the Rochester, NY area. Welcome! SparkPeople Rochester Sparkers Team Messageboard Need motivation Hello, My name is Darcy, I just had my 25th wedding anniversary I have 3 great kids ages 13-22 My oldest has Down syndrome and is an awesome kid. When I got married, I was a size 3 even after my oldest was born. At the age of 37, I had my youngest daughter and was a size 5 after I had her. I started gaining weight when I turned 40. I need to lose at least 35lbs. I took pictures of my stomach and was grossed out. I try a new diet every week thinking Oh I can do that. Then the next day I decid... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:41:57 EST Things to do in the evenings? Having a hard time thinking of stuff to do on snowy Rochester evenings that don't involve food/alcohol or vegging in front of the tv... suggestions? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:25:00 EST Looking for a fun way to get moving? Have any of you heard of the game Ingress? It's a game that is available for your Android phone/tablet, iPad or iPhone. It's an alternative reality game, where the game map is the real world, and in order to play you have to go to different parks (like Seabreeze or Ontario Beach), works of public art (like the MAG or any of a number of murals and memorials), or historical markers (like High Falls) to name a few. Today we had a meet-up at RIT involving 45 different players and I put 17,000 ... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 00:01:38 EST Four Seasons Challenge <link><BR>ason-challenge/ </link> <BR> <BR> Four half marathons, one in each season. I know the running community in Rochester and the Spark community don't have much overlap, but I thought I'd start a thread here anyway. <BR> <BR> I signed up for this one on September 25. Along about now, I'm beginning to believe I'll be ready to treat the Winter Warrior half as a race, as opposed to viewing it as a training exercise. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 14:33:26 EST 100 Day Commitment I recently saw a post about a woman who made a 100 day commitment to exercise and posted her results daily on YouTube. It was very inspiring! I don't use the video camera. <BR> <BR> However, I am going to join Sparkguy in committing to exercise for 10 minutes (or more) a day. I have a calendar and some stickers from the dollar store. I know! Super high tech, right? <BR> <BR> Why not join me? I challenge you to come up with your own 100 day commitment? What will it be? Getting to bed on ti... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:20:47 EST new to spark People I am a diabetic and have asthma, so I need a lot of help. love this site, I have already learned a lot. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:20:49 EST Chronic chubby, hoping this will be the last time Hi everyone, If I could have a dollar for every pound I have lost in my life I could buy myself a great car, lol. I am glad to be here, finally. I lost 125 pounds from 04-05 and felt wonderful and looked great. Some of my medical issues were better some were not, but I felt so good I was walking upwards of 2 miles with only 2 or 3 breaks for my back. Then in 09 I quit smoking....and slowly and but surely I have gained back 85 of those pounds. I just wasn't that motivated, I eat very heal... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 13:33:09 EST New to the area Hello! My name is Kelly! I have had a lot of success using Sparkpeople for about a year now! I recently graduated with my masters degree, and I have accepted my first job in Rochester New York. I will be moving all the way from Detroit, and I am looking to get involved in the Rochester Spark group to meet some people with similar goals! Fri, 9 May 2014 12:47:24 EST Hungry Girl Book Signing Not sure if anyone is interested but Hungry Girl (Lisa Lillien) is going to be at the Pittsford Wegman's from 6-8 tomorrow (5/8/14) to do a book signing for her new diet book. I believe I read that you can bring her other books there to sign if you want also. They are going to be giving out samples and coupons of some products she endorses in her cookbooks. Sounds like a fun event! Wed, 7 May 2014 11:23:01 EST 2014 Rochester Marthon/Half Marathon Sunday, September 21, 2014. The marathon starts at 7:30, the half starts at 7:45. <BR> <BR> The marathon course runs from the city down East Ave and Fairport Road to the village of Fairport, then along the Erie Canal Trail back to Genesee Valley Park, and back north on the Riverway Trail to the Ford Street Bridge before finishing on Exchange Street and State Street. <BR> <BR> I've signed up for training to do the marathon. Haven't registered for the actual race yet, but will do so soon. Thu, 1 May 2014 19:54:48 EST Hello Friends My name is Wendy and I am trying to loose weight. My husband does all the cooking and I cant loose weight. Help I need some friends and suport. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:53:01 EST Just joined I have struggled with my weight for years. It is so much harder to lose as I get older (as it is for everyone). I lost 30 pounds and still had more to go when I had foot surgery and gained 15 back. I took a vacation and I'm tired of not liking to have my picture taken. Exercise is somewhat easy, the food is an issue. I have tried many programs and hope this one helps me,! <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:58:27 EST 2014 Spring Forward 15K March 29 at Mendon Ponds Park. This was scheduled as part of the training for the Flower City Challenge half marathon, but I'm beginning to look forward to it as an event in itself. <BR> <BR> The half marathon training ran the route a few weeks back on a long run, and will do so again on 3/22. It's typically pretty Upstate NY rolling hills. Should be lots of fun to see how much more challenging the hills are at race pace than at long slow run pace. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:21:48 EST Does Anyone Check In on These Discussion Pages? Hoping to find some Rochester-area SparkPeople here! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:28:23 EST 2014 Flower City Challenge April 26 & 27, 2014. <BR> <BR> Saturday features events I've never even watched: <BR> Duathlon - 5K Run + 20 mile cycling + 5K run <BR> Paddle Triathlon - 5K Run + 20 mile cycling + 3 mile kayak <BR> <BR> Sunday features road races, a 5K and a Half Marathon. <BR> <BR> I've signed up for the half marathon. Two years running, I've signed up for this one and had to trade down to the 5K. This year, I also signed up with FleetFeet for Half Marathon training. I am (perhaps foolishly) optimi... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:33:20 EST Just joined-night shift worker Hi everyone. I just joined the program and am aiming to lose 50 pounds. I work Night shift plus watch my granddaughter after school. I only have myself so don't cook much Any tips for eating healthy and exercising with a backward schedule then most. I do like to bowl and take walks but am open to trying new things. I appreciate any help with getting started. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:59:20 EST Hey I'm new to Rochester sparkers!! Looking for support as I try to lose 35 pounds again. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:03:05 EST Reindeer Run 5K Saturday, December 21, 8 AM on the inner loop. <BR> <BR> I signed up the first week of December, and now the date is almost here. Forecast calls for temperatures in the high 20s last I looked, but we all know that forecasts change. I expect it to be crowded, but I hope for minimal new snow and clear roads for the run. <BR> <BR> The gimmick is running with reindeer antlers. First 1750 registrants get antlers, and I think I registered early enough. I'll find out at packet pick up Friday... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:01:53 EST succeednow7 Hello everyone one. I was a spark member in 2004 and now I am back in 2013. I have learned some important lessons about weight loss. <BR> 1. There is no quick fix. It takes patience, committment and perserverance to achieve ones goals. <BR> 2. I must be in it for the long haul, It did not take just 7 days to put the weight on and it will not take seven days to loose if I want lasting results. <BR> 3. I don't use the word diet, I am pursuing pernament life style changes that will extend ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 13:58:12 EST Social Walk/Run Groups in Rochester? Does anyone know of any social groups for runners or walkers? I don't have many friends to help keep me accountable, and I'm not at a competitive level. I'm having trouble ascertaining whether such a group exists here. Wed, 6 Nov 2013 16:33:03 EST Newbie in the Roc! Hello all- I'm Nikki, I'm new to the Rochester area and returnign to SP after a looong hiatus. I'm an RAC member and hoping someone here may be as well- workout buddies FTW ;) <BR> <BR> Best to you all! Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:38:55 EST Anyone from Orleans county Hi; <BR> <BR> Just joined this group. I'm West of Rochester. Is anyone else around this area Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:24:22 EST 2013 Race with Grace Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 28. I ran this in 2011 and 2012, and found it to be a well organized, pleasant 10K. The crowds and limited parking in Webster scared me out of the Turkey Trot in 2011, and I liked Race with Grace so much I'm going back. <BR> <BR> This year, I've been rehabbing an injured foot. I didn't want to register for the Race with Grace until I was sure I'd be up to a 10K on Thanksgiving, so I didn't get my registration in early enough for a tech shirt. That's a ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:04:38 EST Hello My name is Shannon and I had originally joined Spark after my sister talked about how it had been helpful for her in the past. We both signed up and then I have neglected to keep motivated and committed to my goals. I am trying to recommit for the month of August and beyond. I hope to lose weight, reach my fitness goals and to feel better all around. This has been a very stressful few years and I want to start feeling good again. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:28:27 EST Want to eat healthier My daughter turns 10 this week, and my goal over the next several months is to start a garden. Eating fresh vegetables starts at home with family, and I know from personal experience that carrots and onions taste better when you grow them yourself! Who has a story of picking sugar snap peas and eating them right off the vine (or something similar)? Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:18:01 EST Special contra dance in Rose, NY 6/9/2013 Hey there, <BR> <BR> Any contra dancers out there? Or fans of live acoustic folk music and dance? I'll be going and it would be fun to know if any people from here are there too! <BR> <BR> If you live anywhere near Rose, NY you might enjoy an upcoming acoustic folk concert and contra dance featuring the band Nor'easter. <BR> <BR> Sunday, June 9 2013 <BR> 7p-7:45p Concert <BR> 8p-10p Contra Dance <BR> <BR> More info: <link><BR>VTdEUndld1c0SFU/edit?usp=... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 03:52:29 EST Looking for exercising buddy Hi. I'm trying to loose abut 30lbs before my big 30. I am a member of the RAC. Any RAC members serious about working out and want to partner up let me know. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 00:04:12 EST Scott- team intro Hi I'm Scott, <BR> I've lived in Rochester a long time but only been w/ Sparkpeople since last summer. It was a long, cold winter and I stayed inside and gained way too much! I'm looking for groups that like cycling or hiking/walking or even individuals who need a partner. I'm a very young 60...I'm in very good physical condition, watch my nutrition, and love cycling! If anyone would like to make suggetions, or join me I'd love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Peace and good health, Scott <... Fri, 31 May 2013 03:57:55 EST Ton of Fun Challenge Hi everybody! On June 8th, Fleet Feet Sports is challenging Rochester to lose a ton of weight in 12 weeks. <BR> You pay to sign up, go in weekly to weigh in and you can get all your money back in gift cards if you 1) go to 8 weigh in's and 2) lost 5% of your body weight. <BR> They are planning to have walks, runs and other activities to help along the way. <BR> I'm going to use it to try and get myself started to focus again for the summer. All I've got to lose is the weight, I'll use t... Wed, 29 May 2013 09:25:09 EST 2013 JP Morgan Chase Challenge I signed up for the 2013 JP Morgan Chase Challenge, which is being held on Tuesday, May 21. Is there anybody else out there who will be taking part in this race? Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:18:20 EST Hi I am Clady45 My goal is to lose 30 pounds by July and then even more to follow. However I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and I am stress eater due to the fact that I lost my mother and sister 3 years apart. So after gaining so much weight, I am ready to try and get my life back on track and get healthy for myself and my family. And also as for the July part my mother-in-law will be here. And even though she is a sweet person and I adore her, she always manage to let me and her son know that we a... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:38:39 EST 7 surgeries Hi <BR> I've been a sparkler for a few months and just lost 20 pounds <BR> Gained a lot of weight after fighting colon cancer with 7 surgeries. So happy. More later. <em>244</em> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 23:34:53 EST 2013 Flower City Challenge Saturday April 27 - Duathlon & Paddle Triathlon <BR> Sunday April 28 - Half Marathon & 5K <BR> Race page: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In 2012, I signed up for the half marathon. Injured my right foot on Feb 1, and ended up trading down to the 5K. <BR> <BR> In 2013, I am signed up for the half marathon again. The injured foot is not yet 100%, and will take a long time to get to 100%; but it's not keeping me from running. Last Sunday my long run was 9.5 miles,... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 07:49:21 EST Hello :D Hello out there :). I just joined up today and I am excited to start my new program. <em>386</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 22:29:30 EST HI I am new. I am new to sparks people. I have over 100 lbs to lose and so far I have lost 2.4lbs of it. Mostly doing excersizes in my house due to the bad weather. I am eating better and making better choices, one that I am really proud of was I was upset one day and was at wegmans. I would usually get something full of fat and sugar to make me feel "happy" but this time I got a roasted veggie wrap and a fresh pineapple. Took them home chopped up the pineapple put a few slices on my plate and the wr... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:40:45 EST What's up with the Rochester If anyone should be encouraging and in each others corner, it should be us. What's up my people we need active up in here. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:39:05 EST Any downtowners? I live in the Maplewood area...would love to find a walking buddy in the area, or someone who works at the U of R or a member of the DFC,,,I swim there 3 or 4 days a week. Lost about 80 pounds over the past 2 years through Spark and WW, and now am trying to stay fit. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:55:10 EST music Any other music heads in the audience? <BR> I LOVE music. I tried to learn how to play guitar but the result isn't necessarily pretty. I can carry a tune all probably want to be someplace else when I unload it. <BR> <BR> LoL <BR> reasonably local heros Donna the Buffalo are playing at the Waterstreet Music Hall tonight, and they have made a habit of webcasting their shows on a site called <BR> <BR> The Sim Redmond Band is opening for them and are on stage right now (10 P... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 22:03:27 EST Thanksgiving Day races One of the many ideas SparkPeople has for making holidays healthier is to enter a race on Thanksgiving day. The big one locally is the Webster Turkey Trot: <link><BR>urkey-trot </link> <BR> <BR> The Turkey Trot has distances of 4.4 miles and 2.5 miles. Last year, 4.4 miles sounded nearly perfect for me; but I got scared off by the reports of over 4000 runners in a park in Webster with limited parking. This year, it's one is capped at 5272 entrants.... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:24:13 EST Any bowlers in the group? I league bowl several times per week and am always up for a practice session. <BR> I bowl league at Sunset, Gates, and Clover, so I get around the area a bit. Send me PM or respond to this note and we can get together! Wed, 14 Nov 2012 06:51:42 EST Fun fitness run for a good cause - Erin's 5K For any Rochester-ites out there - there is a 5K fun run coming up this weekend (9/29) that will be an excellent way to get some fitness in and support an amazing cause. Erin Pendergast is a young mom that was recently diagnosed with a grade IV cancerous brain tumor while pregnant with her second child. She had surgery and cancer treatment and is still fighting for her life. Money raised at this event will go towards the family. See the facebook page for more details. <BR> The race is n... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 06:47:00 EST 2012 Race on the Ridge This is a 5K scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 2012. I'm getting email reminders because I ran in the 2011 version. <BR> <BR> Problem: I'm coming back from a foot injury, and it's not certain I'll be able to run a 5K by the end of October. More accurately, I could probably run 5K today; but if I did, there is some doubt about my ability to walk the next day. <BR> <BR> I'm still thinking about this one. It's a small race, and not a Runner of the Year race, which makes the environment pre... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:52:38 EST Um, okay... here goes. 47 years old this December. 40 pounds overweight (obese by the BMI standard) yeah me!! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 23:20:43 EST Anyone out there? Anyone wanna get this team going with me?!? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 20:47:53 EST Ello Hello all, <BR> I've been an on again off again sparker, and am trying to come back and lose this weight! <BR> I've been a member of RAC for a couple months now and lost about 10 pounds. I have another 20-30 to lose by next year. =) <BR> I'm 24, live near Rochester, and hope to continue shedding the pounds. <BR> <BR> cheers! <BR> <BR> <BR> ~Lynne~ Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:06:40 EST I'm in Batavia am so glad to find Sparkpeople near me. I started June 4, 2012. Love to get to know people. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:12:24 EST tennis buddy Hi everyone! It's been years since I've played tennis but would like to get back out on the courts! Anyone out there interested in getting together on this? I don't want any serious games maybe just soomeone who wants to volly back and fourth. Like I mentioned its been years since I've played so it would be nice to get out and brush up on some skills. I'm in the Irondequoit area. If anyone is interested let me know and we can figure out a good day/time. I thought it would be a nice addi... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 11:09:48 EST Possibly moving to Rochester-- I have questions :) Hello Rochester Spark Team! I've been on spark since 2010 and since then have become an avid runner and cyclist! Now, I'm going to be interviewing for a job in Rochester so I'm doing a bit of research to see if it's someplace I can fit in!! I'm definitely encouraged by how big this team is :) I have a few questions, any input would be appreciated! <BR> <BR> -Are there any big marathon training groups that someone running a 12:00 mile can fit into? I'm actually a coach in my current running g... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:20:05 EST I'm going to do this!! Hi! My name is Donna and this is my first week on Sparkpeople. I have never seen a site like this and am excited at the sense of community!! I am so incredibly tired of the yoyo dieting and have tried it all. This seems simple and I actually enjoy tracking and the trophies are a great motivator :). I have alot of weight to lose and I know with this I can finally do it. Thu, 31 May 2012 15:53:20 EST I'm a Sparkpeople newbie! Hi everyone! The number one reason I wanted to join this site was for the community and for the support. I wrote a little something about myself for my profile, but I'll just copy and paste it here as well, since you should all know where I'm coming from. <BR> <BR> I am no stranger to weight loss. I have struggled with my weight for all of my life. I have achieved successes. The hardest part is staying disciplined to keep it off. I have lost 40 lbs in the past, only to gain back 20. A few ... Tue, 15 May 2012 19:12:38 EST Newbie Hello, I'm looking for other people in the Rochester area that would team up with me during this journey of weight loss. I haved lived here for almost 2 years and have not met anyone, so what better place than here. I live in Irondequoit so if there is someone in the area that will be my buddy would be great. Thank you..Laurie Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:13:25 EST Greetings Spark Community! Hiya! <BR> I'm glad to be here on Spark. :) My sister told me about it, and I never got why she liked it so much. <BR> Then again, I never had to lose weight until I realized... I did. Isn't that how it always happens? You just don't exercise or you don't eat right until it catches up with you, and you have to realize you need to change something because it shows. Bummer. <BR> <BR> Anywho, I'm Cherrycute. Nice to meet ya! I want to be able to use Spark as a support system, so please feel fre... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 01:35:47 EST 2012 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge anyone? I just signed up for this 3.5mi race with my team from West Ridge OB/GYN. Anyone else's place of employment involved in this? I'm going to train using the C25K program- I sucessfully ran my first 5k in May 2010 but haven't really run since. <BR> <BR> Anyone else? Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:58:13 EST Hello ! Looking to join a team close to home! Hi , looking to join a team close to home (Canandaigua) so I can meet people to interact with. My husband and I are off to a good start but would like a buddy to do activities with. My spark page can fill you in on my life. I try to blog at least once a week. I am active in the Y here in town and love the pool. I have Menieres' (sp) disease so balance is an issue, so water is my friend! I am a 60 ish grandmother of six girls! Please email if you need a buddy ! Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:23:00 EST Semi New to Rochester Hi everyone! My name is Sherry, and have lived in Rochester for only about 15 months. I know a lot about the area, only every day I learn there is so much more to learn! <BR> <BR> I joined SP on December 24th with the idea of losing 50lbs. I am 38 going on 24, and a happily married mother of 4. With in the next week we are actually moving to Churchville area, but I will still be working in Rochester and the firends that I have made since I have been here are all from in and around Rochester ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:38:08 EST Lilly D Hi there, i am trying to lose the 25 lbs. I gained back after being on NS (expensive!) trying to do this on my own w/o buying packaged shipped food. I am 56 and was told i have high cholesterol. My current status is NO energy and depressed. Support is needed so any help tips from you will be taken seriously on my end. Good luck to you as well. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 09:29:44 EST Hi Everyone I've been on sparkpeople for quite a while now have not been doing too much on here. Now I'm trying to keep better track of everything and just found this team and am happy to be a part of it. I like to run and luckily this winter has been cooperative with that. I'm looking forward to learning what others are doing to stay fit and healthy. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 23:12:48 EST Noob looking for encouragement :-) Hi! My profile gives a pretty good summary of my history. I have PCOS and diabetes and HBP and have been dealing with this stuff all of my adult life. I know weight loss is the only true way to control it all, but I have a really hard time with self-discipline. My fiance and I are both lazy people and it gets really discouraging being the only one interested in keeping us both healthy. Neither of us heading down a very good path right now. <BR> <BR> I would be open to discussion meetings or ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:00:37 EST Flower City Challenge <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is a multiple race event April 28-29, 2012. I've signed up for the half marathon on April 29. Now I just have to build my endurance so I can actually *run* a half marathon by then. <BR> <BR> I find the idea of the duathlon and the paddle tri on April 28 intriguing, but I know I'm not going to be in shape to do a back to back duathlon and half marathon; and I'd rather stretch for the half marathon than try to learn to be a bike r... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 08:24:06 EST New to the area Hi there! Moving to Rochester in January from Boston (originally from New Orleans) for a fantastic job. Hope to meet up with some Sparkers while I'm there! Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:13:54 EST It's that time again Hello hello. I am looking to lose about 70 pounds total. We'll see how I feel after 50. I've never lost this amount of weight before. I really hope I succeed this time. Excited to read everyone else's posts. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 20:46:07 EST Race with Grace 10K <link><BR>e/ </link> <BR> <BR> I just signed up for this 10K. It is on Thanksgiving Day at 9AM, starting/ending at First Bible Baptist Church in Hilton. Based on last year's results, I don't think I'll be in serious competition for an age group medal. My goal is to actually be able to run the full 10K, hopefully finishing in under 46 minutes. Running 6.12 miles last Saturday leads me to believe this is possible; but I haven't seen the course, and I ... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:36:42 EST Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Is anyone else doing this 5K? I'm considering walking it. I've never done a 5K before, and I thought this would be a fun one! (It's at MCC's Brighton campus.) <BR> <BR><BR>f/home/default.asp?ievent=484302 <BR> <BR> (Also, does anyone know of local 5Ks that are walker-friendly?) Wed, 9 Nov 2011 14:29:48 EST 2011 Race on the Ridge This is a 5K race on Sunday, November 6 at Greece Ridge Mall. This will be my first organized 5K run since I've trained myself to actually be able to run that far. <BR> <BR> If anyone else is going to be there, I'll be glad to click a couple pictures in return for a fellow Sparker clicking a couple of me. Fri, 4 Nov 2011 22:02:11 EST This time around I'm going to win My name is Jeanette. I started the year at 296 so I'm already 11 pounds down before I joined. I know myself, and this is about the time where I start slipping. Not this time! I'm arming myself with people to help me stay motivated and working at it. I'm excited to see there are a number of other people from the Rochester area here on Sparkpeople, making the effort, too. That, by itself, helps motivate me! Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:50:26 EST Hello! My name is Liz! I was on here a long time ago, then stopped, but I've gained lots of weight over the years and need to get back in shape! Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:46:09 EST 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser I added this as an event on the main Rochester Sparkers page. Here's the link! Hope some of you can join us for this great cause! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?event=10006 </link> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 20:48:50 EST Hello Rochester! My husband and I just moved here in August- he is doing his PhD at Eastman. Just found this site and thought I'd say hello! I've become a bit of a couch potato these last few months and am looking to get back into being physically active. Happy fall everybody! Sun, 2 Oct 2011 14:44:01 EST Hello all Im very excited to be apart of this forum! One of my goals is to lose 80lbs. Im a nail technician, barista,a wife & mom of 3. Yea i have alot going on lol!! P90X, running, walking, meditating, and taking hikes has helped me loose 57lbs. I wish everyone the best on their journey to happiness & great health. <BR> <BR> Peace, & blessings <BR> ~Coraljaszmine Tue, 27 Sep 2011 16:53:58 EST lisa's living heathy I will strive to walk 1 hour a day, starting today. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:20:03 EST First Day Hi - My name is Angela Hall. I am almost 58 years old, and just found out that I am pre- diabetic. Trying to figure out what to do next. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:06:28 EST Howdy Hello, I joined Spark to help log my foods and track my fitness goals. I also am looking for buddies in the area who enjoy hiking, walking, running... almost anything active! I have been lucky so far in life to be blessed with a high metobolism, but 30 is here and it seems to be catching up with me, even though I am pretty active. I guess I can't eat and drink everything I want anymore! All good things must come to an end. :( <BR> <BR> I see a lot of people on Spark are trying to loose a go... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 10:21:17 EST New from Rochester Hey, finally getting off my butt to do something about my weight. I live in the Brighton/Penfield area. Hoping to get my weight down to my Army weight of 170. Have a hard time staying motivated though. Hopefully I will be able to stick with it this time. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:46:23 EST Looking for a Walking/Workout Buddy? I say we try to get some people together for walks/work outs. My family isn't as supportive as I need and I truly need support right now, and I'm thinking that someone else out there does too! <BR> <BR> Anyone interested?! Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:37:54 EST Recommitted for my life's sake! I have not been terribly consistent in my life changes in my eating habits. It shows on the scale and my daily entries(not). I really think I would be more successful if I had a spark buddy here in Rochester. I am finally in it to get healthier. I had a scare at my Dr's. My bloodwork showed I had/have elevated liver enzymes. They are running them again with others to check the numbers again and hopefully find a reason. It could be liver disease or even cancer. I have lost 20lbs so far. I am s... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 11:54:03 EST newbie So.. i'm new to spark. I am looking for support with my journey to a healthier me. I am new to Rochester (again... lived here a while ago.. and am back again) and still working on getting settled with school and work! I look forward to hearing from everyone! <BR> <BR> Anna Thu, 7 Jul 2011 12:06:28 EST Popping in to say hello. Since this is my second active day here at SparkPeople I thought I should say hello! <BR> <BR> I'm a small business owner from Rochester, NY who really needs to start focusing on my health. Not that I'm entirely un-healthy, I am certainly over weight, but my blood pressure, cholesterol and all that jazz are fine....for now. My mother has recently discovered that since her estrogen levels dropped (due to menopause) all of her levels, which were once fine, are no longer. I would like to head a... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:31:53 EST Hi! Hello! My name is Sue and I live in Macedon, just down the road from Rochester. This is only my second day here. I've been trying to lose weight on my own, but, I think the tools on this site are going to be a big help. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 23:28:43 EST HELLO!! Hello all, my name is Bill Bibbs (billinc30) and I am trying to loose weight for my health and it is a hard job but I know I can do this. I have serviced 20 years in the Army and after that I know that I can loose a little weight with a little hard work and sweat. <BR> Well, I hope to hear from some of you people here. So we can get to know each other and be supportive of each other. <BR> <BR> Talk to you soon Sun, 5 Jun 2011 23:44:10 EST 10 day Buddy Challenge <em>220</em> <BR> I did this on another team and it was wonderful. So I thought that it might bring us closer together as a team here. <BR> <BR> Sign up here if you want to be someone's buddy for 10 days. I will post things for you to do on the Spark People site for your buddy each day. At the end of the 10 days you don't have to keep up with your buddy but many of you just might wish to and if we finally do get together for a walk we may even know one another better...!! <BR> <BR> I'... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 09:13:16 EST Just getting started My sister introduced me to this site so I am just getting familiar with everything going on here. Thanks Sis Tue, 31 May 2011 16:30:14 EST 2011 Hikes? Hi everyone! Will there be any organized hikes this spring/summer/fall (assuming it stops raining long enough :) )? I am interested in checking them out. If something has been posted and I missed it, could you point me in the right direction? <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Alli Tue, 24 May 2011 12:26:33 EST Walking buddy I live in Macedon NY about half hr from Rochester .I would Love to have a buddy for walking.Walk about 30 min. to hr most days but I am flexible.Let me know .Send e-mail .I new to this site but loving it already. <em>213</em> <em>311</em> Tue, 24 May 2011 11:07:48 EST Hello! Hi, <BR> I am happy to be a part of the group. I am now on a mission to get fit and lose a lot of this weight; however, I am taking it one day at a time. I joined this group about 10 days ago; however I am now ready to really work to accomplish my goals. Hope I do not disappoint anyone but most of all myself. <BR> <BR> Michele Sat, 21 May 2011 12:09:17 EST Hello Rochester! Hi everyone! I'm new to the site and hoping it will help me keep track of my food and exercise, and reach out to others who are striving to stay healthy or get more healthy! How do I get one of those cute measuring sticks at the bottom of my post that shows how close I am to my goal? <BR> <BR> This website looks great so far!!! :) <BR> <BR> -Hilarie Mon, 9 May 2011 19:42:42 EST Hello to all I am a 64 yr old female who lives with my daughter and family in Macedon NY about half an hour from Rochester,actually it's on the outskirts called Evergreen Hills because of all the pine trees. I say in the Boon Docks. Anyway I am a Yoga and pilates buff .I also enjoy walking the best. I find it gets me fresh air and change of scene. I walk sometimes for an hour.I have a new lease on life as I quit smoking about 2 yrs. ago.Sometimes the urge is still there but when I think how much better ... Thu, 5 May 2011 19:42:32 EST Hello Rochester! Hi fellow Rochester Sparkpeople. I'm so glad there is a Rochester board on Spark. I've been on Weight Watchers for a few years, lost 25 pounds, but I despise how they've changed the program, so I'm going to try Spark. I have 8 pounds to lose to hit my goal. Good luck to everyone. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:31:45 EST Hi from Brighton Hello everyone! I just joined today. Its great that there's a Rochester group on here. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose 80-100 lbs over time, 2 lbs per week or so. I've been pretty successful losing 15 lbs on my own so far this year, but I think the online support of everyone here will really help me keep on track the rest of the way. <BR> <BR> See you guys around... :) Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:48:08 EST Hello Roch. I am a 315er Hello I am a 315er. I am looking for a buddy. I am here to loose weight, start eating healthy, and to learn how to learn to live a healthier life. I have a lot of weight to shed. This is not my first time on Sparks. I had gotten disappointed in myself before so I would give up. This time I am here for the long run. I want to change the way I eat. I eat when I get bored, when I get stressed. I turn to food for support. I have learned that it is not helping me so here I am again.I can do it I k... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:12:03 EST Weekend Activity Buddies Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am determined to lose weight but am really needing some social support.... I'm fairly new to ROC- Okay, I'm not that new but I travel a lot and I haven't quite made ROC home yet. My weekends are boring and of course leads to eating more than I should and not being as active as I should. <BR> <BR> I am home sometimes during the week but am more consistently on the weekend. Looking for friends for activities to keep me off the couch and away from the ice cream *smiles... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 11:43:44 EST Hello ROC Sparkers! Hi! I'm Emily. I am ready to lose some weight. I keep telling myself it will be easier when the snow is gone, and I can exercise outside, but I guess since it is almost March, I have given up on the snow ever being gone. Anyway, I hope I lose some and you do too! Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:45:45 EST SNOW Ugh! Will this snow ever end? <BR> <BR> I ahve to keep reminding myself it IS still February; even though all the spring catalogues and gardening/seed ads etc are all coming out. <BR> <BR> I really want to get outside more to start doing my couch to 5 K training - but also don't need to break an ankle! So, it looks like I'm inside for while more yet with my Jillian Michael's 30 day shred DVD. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a safe ride in to work this morning! <BR> <BR> Have a great weeke... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 10:09:16 EST Questions to Spark Interaction What is your favorite way to reward yourself when you've hit a milestone in your weightloss, big or small? I think I might buy a new outfit, top to bottom when I get below 200 lbs... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:36:22 EST First 5K. Lilac festival (May) So, while I would have NEVER even considered it before - now that I'm about 30lbs down and feeling a lot more fit and actually interested in exercise - I'm thinking of signing up for my first ever 5K. <BR> <BR> Seems like the thing to do... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Being an asthmatic, I never really though of myself as being able to be a runner, but my breathing seems better after losing some of the weight and getting some blood pressure meds reduced (thank you SP)! Now, I'm not aiming to W... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:35:45 EST Snow Cheap Races Anyone ever do the Snow Cheap Races on Cobbs Hill? There's one tonight! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 14:42:42 EST Serious about losing weight Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Pamela and this is the second day being a Sparks member, right now I am really motivivated, I am finding this site very exciting, I have been trying WW for a while and it doesn't seem to be working for me now, so I decided maybe counting calories again and not points is what I need. <BR> <BR> I am looking to feeling better and of course looking better. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 13:39:44 EST Batavia. .Looking for workout buddy I am currently doing water aerobics and would love to find someone who would be interested. It is fun and you do not realize just how much energy you are putting out. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:50:40 EST My worst wieght ever. its gotta get better. Well, i joined a heath club, changed the way i shop, Ive been eating nothing but salad, soup and sandwiches. I had a relapse the other night though. Apperently, somebody left pizza in the freezer. Well, my motivation was this girl I was messing around with. She really is amazing to me. sure, a bit selfish, but I alone knew i had to get healthy to begin with. So its not really like im only loosing the fat to impress her. I consider her my motivation, but I am doing this so i can wake up in the... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:13:44 EST 1st time ever on a weight loss site hello, im jossette ,43 & i really neeed to get back on my fitness machines. i use to exercise 40 mins every day for 10 or so yrs and i changed alot of my eating habits like went to wholegrains, cut out alot of junk like chips, cake and ate baked chips instead. i was eating alot of salads and not to fond of red meat and i never lost a lb! so i got discouraged and quit everything.. well its been around 8mths now doing nothing about my eating habits, or exercise. well also when i did exercise i... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:23:24 EST Hello to the ROC!! Hey, everyone! I'm Sandi, and I'm back on SparkPeople after a brief hiatus. I'm 5'2" and my weight has gone up and down all my life. Due to my height and build, five pounds on me looks and feels like 10 on most people. The heaviest I've ever been was 170 pounds in the late 90s and I lost 25 on LA Weight Loss when they were still in business. After that, I lost more on my own through eating and exercise. I leveled off for a while in my twenties, and then started a doctoral program and my wei... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 20:39:44 EST Hello fellow Rocheste rians... My name is Gina and I've been on SP for quite a while. I love this site for so many reasons. Over the past couple of months I've really tried to be more involved in the community aspect. I am working toward a 10 pound weight loss but more importantly want to be fit and feel better. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:06:00 EST new to this site I live in Seneca County and would love to exercise and get motivated from a fellow dieter Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:01:45 EST New Year, New Us I think it is time we shared our visions of the new year coming up. <BR> What do you want to accomplish in the next 12 months? <BR> See, not small goal time line, but large goals. <BR> Then after setting the large ones we can break them down to small goals. Maybe there will be others who want the same things and we can buddy up and get them done. <BR> <BR> So for the next couple of weeks, I'd like everyone to think about this and post here, where they'd like to be in a year. <BR> ... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 09:29:26 EST personal trainers Hi. I'm trying to find a personal trainer in the Rochester area, and so I'm looking for recommendations. If anyone has any names, I'd greatly appreciate it if you could pass them on. Thanks much. Wed, 8 Dec 2010 08:07:42 EST Snowy week start Good Morning all, <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a safe (albeit probably slow) ride in to work this morning. <BR> <BR> What are people doing for winter fitness? Joining gyms, have equipment at the house? Any fun outdoor fitness ideas? I ahve limited equipment and am not a good gym-goer. I do much better sneaking exercise in on myslef (like walks, hikes, yard work etc) Winter makes things a little tough - looking for ideas? Mon, 6 Dec 2010 12:20:06 EST Yvonne from Perinton Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. Since entering my 40's I've been finding it easier to gain weight and harder to lose it. Also finding it difficult to carve enough time each day to start exercising consistently. I seem to start for a week or two then have something stop me from finding the time for a couple weeks, then having to try to get back into it again -- cycle repeat, cycle repeat. <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there near me? Anyone take advantage of the free indoor track at ... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 08:33:07 EST Need help finding a Chiropractor Hi... I was just wondering if anyone could recommend a good Chiropractor in the Rochester area. I hate going to any type of doctor or practitioner without having heard from someone that they like them. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Mary Ann <em>247</em> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 15:49:23 EST Westside YMCA I am looking for someone who would be interested in working out in the pool at the Westside YMCA during the week. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 18:12:27 EST Over 100 pounds to lose . . . Hello all! <BR> <BR> Well, today is THE day. I am taking back my life. I weigh 294 and have 2 young kids who deserve better. I'm starting off doing the 3-2-1 Slimfast program along with a new Y membership =) I live in Greece, NY and would LOVE to chat with someone who has had recent gastric bypass surgery. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:26:59 EST Deb Hi! I am new to sparkpeople. I am 44 years old and a mother of three. My husband and I have been married for 16 years. I am interested in learning more about diet and exercise. I had gastric bypass surgery about 2 1/2 months ago. I am down 83 pounds. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:42:24 EST Eastside YMCA Walking Group starting Wed 9/29 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I was at the Y last week and saw a sign-up sheet for a group on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 who will be walking and talking health topics starting this Wednesday. <BR> <BR> They had trouble finding the sign-up sheet, and it turns out I was the first to ask, and the first to sign up. <BR> <BR> If anyone goes to the Eastside YMCA and is interested, please stop in there and sign up. I haven't heard from them that it's been cancelled due to lack of interest, so I'm hoping... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 08:42:16 EST The BIGGEST Loser! The Biggest Loser starts this Tuesday night!! Is anyone as psyched as I am about it?! I love that show! Sun, 19 Sep 2010 20:59:39 EST Greece ROC Sparkers So many resources. I belonged to the Y for a long time. Lovely but when the weather is nice there's no reason. Thinking of joining RAC or Ballys. Sun, 19 Sep 2010 20:50:21 EST Hi from Greece Hi. We just moved to the Greece area, lived in 585 most of my life. I'm a 53 year old newly Empty Nesting, Mom of 2, Step of I, Grandma to 3. I have been singing with local semi-professional choirs for some 17 years. Looking for work at present. Sat, 11 Sep 2010 20:58:32 EST Garbage Plate Does anyone know if there is any nutrition info for a garbage plate? <BR> <BR> I'm kinda not surprised it's not in SparkPeople's database... <em>30</em> Tue, 7 Sep 2010 18:25:18 EST Looking for a workout buddie Hello Rochester!!! I have been a member of this forum for a bit but haven't been on in a while. I'm looking for some motivation and a workout buddie. Anyone a member of the Henrietta Planet Fitness? I go there Mon - Fri around 3:30 PM. Anyone interested? Sun, 22 Aug 2010 10:31:36 EST New Member Hi I'm new to this so any advice you guys have to help me lose weigh is awesome. Let's get healthy together Tue, 17 Aug 2010 19:45:08 EST Over whelmed...where do I start? Hello, This is my third attempt to improve myself. I start, all gun ho to make changes, then after a few days, I seem to lose interest. I really need enouragement, read success stories to keep me motivated. I feel that I have finally reached botton. I'm looking for a life line. I want the help, I want to break the cycle. Is there any oe willing to work with me? I believe that I'm finally ready to live again. I was just diagnosed as a diabetic, have an underactive thyoid, stress. ... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:29:11 EST Giving it a try Hi, I've never done anything like this before so I don't really know what to do. I guess I am looking for support from people with weight issues like myself. None of my friends have eating or weight issues so they can't really understand what it feels like even though they try. Also trying to provide a good role model for my 10 yr old daughter who is also starting to have a weight problem. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:42:24 EST Brand new... Just wanted to introduce myself on here. Need a little motivation to keep me going. Taking a walk every other week is doing nothing for me! Hopefully I'll meet some great people on here, and of course, stay motivated!! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:44:21 EST Wayne county fair.... I will be in Palmyra all week till Sat. night at the fair, and hopefully selling a lot of jewelry. If you are in the area watch for it and visit building two and look for Cathy's Hope and I will be the one in the wheel chair...I would love to meet any of you that can be there. <BR> Sun, 8 Aug 2010 22:25:04 EST Back to the land of the living... Just want to say hi... <BR> <BR> I started on Sparkpeople looking for a place where someone would help tailor a diet and exercise program to my needs. To be honest, after reading some people's stories, I wasn't looking for such a life-changing intervention as some. My goals are pretty modest in comparison - in some ways I wonder if there is room for me! <BR> <BR> I just realized that I was needing to buy the next size up for the first time since I was about 18, and alarm bells started rin... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 21:11:39 EST hey it's me hey, <BR> my name is keri and i am 18yrs old, i want to loose 20lbs Wed, 7 Jul 2010 16:12:53 EST Ontario County fair Just wanted to let you all know I will be set up at the fair this year and would love to meet fellow Sparkers. So if you are there, look for Cathy's Hope...that's my booth. I am so excited to think I may meet some of you.. <BR> <BR> Linda Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:26:23 EST Arthritis Foundation Fundraiser Let's support the Arthritis Foundation at Applebee's, E. Ridge Road, on July 7th from 11 am to close... <BR> <BR> Vouchers are NEEDED! Have questions? Ask ME!!Thanks for your support! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:46:21 EST Hello! I am a new member, and personally I can use all the positive encouragement I can get. I don't have a very positive family so I guess new friends are a plus for me!! Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:26:37 EST newbie this is my first day/week- I am looking forward to some life changes. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 06:54:35 EST Walking on this Tuesday afternoon.... Anyone able to walk Tuesday afternoon, let me know...I'll be at the path in Durand Eastman Park near Culver and Parkside diner....See ya there! Sun, 6 Jun 2010 21:44:53 EST My name is Tara, and I'm a CHOCOHOLIC! Hi, I'm 33 and have been been trying to do the sparkpeople thing for a few years now. I was having a bit of success, and then we decided we wanted one more baby! So now I'm trying to lose the baby weight, in addition to the extra that I had BEFORE baby # 3. I live in Greece, and would LOVE to meet someone nearby who is also struggling with the love of chocolate! I really enjoy walking, and would like to find a walking buddy, too :) Thu, 3 Jun 2010 09:27:00 EST Walks for a cure, etc. If anyone knows of any event this year for Breast cancer or any cancer or any other fund raiser, would you please let me know, I hope to help as many as I can this year. <BR> <BR> Linda Mon, 24 May 2010 12:09:32 EST Hello from GREECE.. walking buddy wanted! I live in greece and have been with sparkpeople 1 year now, would anyone be interested in a walking buddy.. the weather is beautiful, and the company would be great motivation.. i've lost 75 pounds since i joined SP need to smooth out the wrinkles a bit more.. maybe we could share our exercise and fitness secrets, recipes.. while working out! Sat, 22 May 2010 18:14:16 EST Anyone want to walk this week? Hey everyone, <BR> I'm working on getting another gathering together again...what would be good for you all? Let me know...have a great day! Tue, 18 May 2010 16:51:48 EST Public Market Have many of you have been to the Rochester public market? Town public market? <BR> <BR> Been a couple times in the last couple of months and have to say what a bargain in adding fresh fruits and veggies to my healthy lifestyle while saving loads on money on my grocery bill! Sat, 15 May 2010 16:09:03 EST Here we go! Hi, I'm Deb! I guess I am tired of looking at pictures and wondering who the heck that person is! Cuz it certainly isn't me. And what the heck happened to my jaw line, where did that go?! Ha ha! I was always on the thin side all my life, and not that I am way out of shape, but I need to lose this 20 pounds to feel like "me" again! Enough of this just accepting that I am "older" and should just look this way, what a bunch of baloney that is! Who says I have to look like a middle aged mom? ... Thu, 13 May 2010 20:22:53 EST Times for hiking this summer <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Do Not Reply to this post <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Some of us have our settings set so new comments are not sent into their e-box while new postings are. We're trying to gather info on what times and days work for everyone to start the Rochester 2010 hiking group. Interested?????? <BR> <BR> Can you PLEASE give your input on the following post, 2010 Hikes, in this section of the team page so we can get it off the ground by trying to find a day an... Wed, 12 May 2010 16:03:58 EST Lilac 5K Anyone running the Lilac 5K? Wed, 12 May 2010 09:22:51 EST Measurement tools LJCannon’s blog in a SparkTeam I belong to, Curvy Crew, this morning that had me wondering what measurement tools do we have BESIDES the scale? You know some of us get down when that scale doesn't move YET we KNOW we're losing weight. We’re tracking everything we do and don’t understand why the scale WON’T budge. This blog had me surprised at the measuring tool I would NOT have thought about yet a measure tool it is for some of us. <link><... Fri, 7 May 2010 07:28:09 EST anyone up for a walk? I am in Palmyra and try to walk on Wed. for a longer walk, usually about 8 mi. But I walk a couple most evenings for about 2. I like to walk the canal trail butI am flexible and i work the overnight so can walk pretty much whenever. Fri, 7 May 2010 06:29:01 EST Pink Ribbon Run Anyone doing this on Sunday? Thu, 6 May 2010 11:31:45 EST Mind over Matter Part 1 What did you answer to today's new Mind over Matter series that started today? What is your thoughts on it? <BR> <BR> "Today we're launching a special 10-day series called "Mind Over Body." This 10-step plan, created by SparkPeople's behavioral psychology expert Coach Dean Anderson, is designed to give you the tools you need to identify, work through, and overcome the most common emotional and mental (attitude) problems that people face when they set out to lose weight and change their life... Sat, 1 May 2010 14:48:21 EST Another Brenda Hello...I am new to this team. Been on Spark People over a year but was just dabbling before. Joined with a friend that lives in another city and our journeys went in 2 different directions. I bought The Spark, renewed my membership at the RAC and joined their 6 week Biggest Winner competition. It would be nice to meet some fellow Rochester friends. Anyone her that goes to the RAc let me know:)!! <BR> Thanks, Brenda Mon, 26 Apr 2010 15:38:03 EST looking for friends/ xcersice partner -spanish too I love to make friends online, but here in my area I dont have a lot of friends. If you live in Rochester, NY area and if you want a partner/friend I'M HERE !!!! I hate to do excersices but with a friend will be nice. Hablo espanol too !!! I need support. Maybe we can walk, run, etc, etc I was checking Planet Fitness in Henrietta, I will go to the gym in a hour to check the place, They will open a Planet Fitness in my area (west) but for now I can go to Henrietta. We need a ladies support tea... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:48:27 EST new here/need friends (hablo espanol) need support Hi, everyone! My name is Brenda. I will start my journey next Sunday (April 25) !!! I am 34 and weight 220, hoping to get down to the 160. This is my first diet/program. I dont like to do excersices but I will and I want to eat better. I was 120 pounds long time ago, and after a few years I gained weight (190 pounds) but 6 months ago everything changed and now I am 220 :-( I came from Puerto Rico but I am living in Upstate NY so my first language is spanish. I'm looking for friends/buddies/pa... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 14:55:16 EST Check out this 8 minutes dance video Here is an easy dance video by Paul Eugene doing Zumba. He takes time and teaches the movements for each dance he does. Its 8 minutes long. I challenge you to get in one 8 minutes dancing to this video for yourself if you are a newbie to SparkPeople. I challenge to get in 3 dancing views of this video 3 times today if you are not a newbie. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Then come back and post how you liked it. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Now going an... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:31:41 EST Making Recipes SparkPoints Work for YOU! Everyday I like to get as many Spark points as I can. (I especially love the articles, trivia and emails as I learn so much from reading.) The recipe section was more of find a recipe and get my point click. Since I've gone to the farmer's market and brought home so many vegetables, my attitude of gaining points on recipes has changed. I'm now starting cookbooks for later use of those recipes that appeal to me. I tend to do the same thing over and over again. All the reading shows variety is ... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:54:16 EST Hi! I'm Caitlyn Hello! <BR> My name is Caitlyn! I am currently a student at the Rochester Institute of technology and am looking to stay healthy! Mon, 19 Apr 2010 18:16:38 EST I'm Leah! So.. I've done weight watchers...I've been here on spark people before... and I've tried to do this alone. I am back here, hoping that I am keep on using the tools that are available to me. I joined planet fitness about a month ago, and I really enjoy going! So, hopefully I can get motivated to eat healthier, soon!! Sun, 18 Apr 2010 19:50:29 EST I'm Carrie For some reason I thought I had already introduced myself. However, as I looked through the posts, I realized that I must have introduced myself to one of my other teams and not the Rochester team. <BR> <BR> My name is Carrie and I have been on SP for a little over a month now. I am a 37 year old wife, mother, and teacher. My daughter is 5 years old and I want to be a healthy role model for her. I teach 1st grade at School 42 and have been there for 14 years. <BR> <BR> I lost 49.5 pounds ab... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:31:52 EST Anyone Belong to Planet Fitness in Henrietta? Hello. I have been on sparkpeople for a while now, but have not made myself known. I am having a tough time getting myself motivated to exercise and get more healthy. I think about it a lot, but need to start taking real action. <BR> <BR> I belong to Planet Fitness in Henrietta. Anyone esle go there to work out? <BR> Sun, 18 Apr 2010 12:49:18 EST Your Vision Collage Have you done your vision collage? <BR> <link><BR>collag <BR> e.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I've been slowly working on mine by collecting pictures while thinking what are MY goals and MY dreams. Today I'm putting it together! I decided to research to see how others organized theirs and find out what computer program they used. <BR> <BR> WOW on a couple I found! Here is links I found: <BR> <BR> Collage maker website: <BR> <link> <... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 08:20:11 EST What's your VISUAL MOTIVATOR? In reading one of the study guides of <em>305</em> , I learned how much my 'weight loss chart' hanging on my bathroom door is keeping me on track. I didn't even realize how deep and impacting it was until my reading today. Here's the article:<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=226 <BR> <BR> I'm challenging everyone to have a visual motivator hanging up or added to their cell phone screen. It needs to be something that can reinforce your motivation to stay on ... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:42:30 EST Mayor's Family 5K Who else is running this? Wed, 7 Apr 2010 16:40:41 EST Need a Visual Motivator? Hey check out this site with a pic of yourself now to get a pic of yourself with the weight off: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Enjoy looking at a slimmer you... <em>334</em> Sun, 4 Apr 2010 09:34:03 EST Month of April Challenges Hi everyone -- slacked off on the last few days of March -- looks like we were all having a bit of stuff happening---how about we get through Easter Sunday and start fresh on the 5th with the following goals: <BR> <BR> 1.Track your food intake at the very least 5 days. <BR> <BR> 2.Add 5 minutes of cardio to each day that you do your cardio. <BR> <BR> 3.Do some strength exercises at least two sessions for this week of at least 20 minutes each session. <BR> <BR> Post throughout the week how... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 00:11:46 EST I'm Ursula! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to losing this weight that I put on while keeping my nose in the books so I could earn my Bachelor's degree. Hopefully I can meet many of you when the hikes start back up now that warmer weather is just around the corner. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 20:55:08 EST 2010 Hikes Hi Everyone, <BR> In hopes that the weather is going to cooperate this weekend, I'm scheduling a hike for 1:00pm on Saturday 3/27. I believe the weather is going to be a little cooler but sunny and no rain. <BR> <BR> This is one that a couple of us have done before. <BR> <BR> Historic Erie Canal and Railroad Loop Trail <BR> Starting Point -Lock #32 Canal Park on Route 65 in Pittsford. (Just before the canal, turn west in the Park) <BR> Hike is approximately 3 hours long and 5.3 miles. <BR... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 20:42:28 EST Bike Tour de Cure, Watkins Glen, June 26 Anyone interested in riding in this with me? <BR> <link> </link> <BR> I'll do the 63 mile one because my half-iron swim-bike is only 2 weeks later and I don't want to overdo it... <BR> <BR> Please consider joining or sponsoring me in the Diabetes Tour de Cure ride on June 29 - every little bit counts, even ONE DOLLAR! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:08:35 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site and I look forward to logging in and entering my daily food intake. This is great and I am looking to lose 50 pounds and I hope I can do it. Fri, 12 Mar 2010 21:54:46 EST I'm Carla! Hi everyone! I'm very excited to have re-joined spark people to lose the weight that i have gained in the past 2 years. I was on here a while ago but closed down my account. Now I'm here to stay. Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the nice weather while it lasts! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> -Carla Thu, 11 Mar 2010 23:13:33 EST Reminder from Coach Jen about posting Hi team -- just passing this along from Coach Jen <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to be paid for the fact that someone else is using it. <BR> <BR> I'm asking that you pass along this reminder to your teams: <BR> <BR> If you are going to post someth... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 22:25:11 EST Hi, I'm Diana I think I've already introduced myself on this board, but I haven't been on sparkpeople since I started student teaching last October... <BR> <BR> I'm a student at UR, and I've really gotten off the track since my teaching degree program got really intense last fall. I feel like if I had a buddy to exercise with, I might be able to stay on track better. <BR> <BR> I'm getting married in July, and would really like to be in shape by then, especially since my husband-to-be will be shipping out... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 01:14:17 EST March weekly challenges Week one challenges: <BR> <BR> 1. Increase the number of minutes of exercise you accumulated last week by 10% <BR> For instance, if you had 100 minutes last week then this week shoot for 110 <BR> if you had 500 minutes, shoot for 550 -- you get the picture <em>319</em> <em>216</em> <em>185</em> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>310</em> <em>329</em> <em>320</em> <BR> Post your goal and progress here <BR> <BR> 2. In honor of Spring cleaning coming up, a... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:34:09 EST Hi my name is Amy I am a member of weight watchers, and so far have lost 66 pounds. I am new to this site, and I have no idea how to put it together. I am sure with time, I will figure it out, but I feel rather clueless right now. I live here in Rochester NY and trying to stay out of the snow we have piled up. However, I just realized I have to go out, because I am out of certain medications, and need refills. <BR> <BR> As always, looking for an encouraging word, so "word up!" <BR> <BR> Better, Better every... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:12:04 EST I need this to work Hi I think this must be my uptenth diet. I'm not sure what I will do if this doesn't work for me. I need to lose weight and I'm praying that I'm able to succeed this time. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 22:08:06 EST Hi, I'm re-introducing myself! Hi, I'm Karen and I've been away from SP for a while, but I'm back now! I lost some weight last year with WW and am struggling to keep it off (the winter is so hard for me). I missed the community of SP and all of the tools and tips, so I decided to come back. <BR> I've lived in Brighton for the past 2 1/2 years and love the Rochester area. Hope to meet some of you sometime! Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:27:47 EST Hi, I am new to this and my name is Diane Just signed up today and I am looking forward to this journey. I have put on a lot of weight within a two year time period and I can't stand shopping for clothes anymore. It seems every time I go I need to get a size bigger. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:43:46 EST Hello, my name is Lisa and i'm a pizza junkie Yes, it's true, i have a pizza addiction. I love it, but i'm learning to live with it in moderation. <BR> <BR> Anyway, i love this site! i have been eating healthy for a long time but now that i'm in my forties i wanted to drop a few pounds that just sort of crept up on me. I was doing great, or so I thought, and then i started tracking my food with this website and i realized why i hit a plateau. I wasn't really eating as well as I thought. This website is a fantastic tool that has helped ... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 06:39:01 EST Hello my name is Quanna To all, <BR> <BR> I am new to the spark site and I am trying to stay encouraged and inspired to reach my goal to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. If your in the Rochester NY area and you need a workout buddy let me know. I work a crazy schedule but I am willing to do what I can to get and give support. Also I am open to virtual buddies as well I am online at work most of the time so this was a great site one of my co-workers recommended. I look forward to support you all in your goals a... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 04:53:16 EST Looking for a gym buddy for Planet Fitness Hi all. I am faily new to Sparkpeople posting and need a bit of help. A little backround I guess. I quit smoking about 19 months ago and gaines about 50 lbs. Trying very hard to lose it. I joined Planet Fitness a couple of months ago, but I am having a hard time staying motivated. I try to go 6 days a week. I am looking for a workout partner. I feel if I have someone to exercise with I will be more motivated. Any Planet Fitness members out there that could go a few times a week around 11:30 a... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 16:24:23 EST Fleet Feet No Boundaries Is anyone taking the class this session? I'm working on the 5K program, and hope to be running my first 5K in April. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 15:09:07 EST unmotivated Hi, I joined SP because I saw an article in a magazine and said to myself "what have I got to lose". Then I got on the scale at my doctors office in front of my boyfriend and saw the # 251 and was disgusted with myself. Problem is I know all the right things to do but I just can not seem to get or stay motivated. I am a single mom of a 5 & 4 year old and have no family where I live and very few friends for support. I am hoping this will help before I look into surgery. Sat, 30 Jan 2010 12:49:53 EST hi Hi! I have been active on SP since 1/1 and managed to lose some holiday weight from 184 lbs.already. I am motivated again and hope it lasts till I reach my goal of 10% of my weight... <BR> <BR> So far so good...portions are hardest to manage & late night after work eating control. <BR> <BR> I am excited to hear the top 3 things that has worked for you, because I find that motivating!!!! <BR> For me it is tracking what I eat, but changing what I track each week, so I don't get bored. Fri, 29 Jan 2010 11:01:25 EST Good Morning!!! Hi, I am new to this...I am over 50 and need to lose 50!!! I am looking for all of the support I can get. Thursday is my first day of WW and I joined a womens Raquetball League. Just looking for ideas and camaraderie..Thanks <em>248</em> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:12:46 EST February Challenges To keep things going after the bootcamp I wondered if anyone would like to suggest challenges for each week in Feb. I could help with getting them organized into specific days of the week so we don't end up doing 2 days in a row of the same strength fitness workout. <BR> <BR> I was thinking 5 times a week to do something specific which will leave the other 2 days to catch up if you need it. <BR> <BR> So jot down your ideas if you think this is a good thing to do. <BR> For me, I am hop... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:02:26 EST Moving to Rochester! I'm so pumped about our upcoming move & checking out upstate NY! <BR> <BR> Our famiy is moving in May/June to Rochester from northern NM. Hubby has a long-term assignment @ a hazardous waste facility in Rochester & will be there for 1.5 yrs. <BR> <BR> I've never been this far northeast & am anxious to start this new adventure! <BR> <BR> I'm all about meeting up w/SP members & doing group activities so I'm happy to see that y'all do that already. I've been living in the mountains of north... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:18:17 EST New Restaurant If you should be in the Phelps area there is a new restaurant there. They will work with your needs, the menu is small, but just ask. <BR> <BR> White Feather restaurant and gift shop is on the corner of Rt. 88 and Rt. 96. <BR> <BR> They have asked to have my jewelry in the shop there and I am working on getting it done and over there. Sun, 17 Jan 2010 10:31:47 EST Hi I am New Hello all! <BR> <BR> I am not "new" to Spark People. I made an account in 2007 when I weighed 250lbs, and dropped down to 198 using the site. <BR> <BR> I went through some life changes and stopped doing spark, moved back here to Rochester from California and somewhere along the way dropped down to 175. <BR> <BR> I joined the Planet Fitness in Irondequoit today (Black Card member, gotta love the free tanning lol) and decided to make a new account here and make a new start. <BR> <BR> I woul... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 19:29:39 EST 5k race training Hi Everybody- <BR> I found a place in rochester that trains you to run a 5k race in 12 weeks. It ends with running the Mayors Race in Rochester. The cost is $75.00. I was wondering if anyone else was interested. I'm thinking of joining, but always better to know at least one person in the group! Let me know if anyone is interested. <BR><BR>ndaries <BR> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:19:50 EST New to the Group and to SparkPeople Hi all, my name it Terrie and I am new to this group and to SparkPeople! I am 35 and have lived in Rochester for 10 years. I am currently a SAHM to my 3 year old daughter Madelyn and have been married 4.5 years to my husband Chris. I have found that since having my daughter, I have been going up and down with my weight. I never thought I would battle with weight, but now I do. I want to lose at least 15lbs. but ultimately would like to lose 20lbs. as that would bring me back to my pre-preg... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 14:25:59 EST Wedding and 10 yr reunion goal! Well, I have not lost my weight from having my son almost 2 yrs ago! My 10 yr class reunion is this summer and my wedding is in September. BUT I am trying to get within 10-20 lbs of my goal weight before I start trying on wedding dresses which I am gonna start trying on wedding dresses in late march or early April. I am trying to get motivated into working out again. I am also trying to fit into my old clothes, I cant afford to buy new ones right now, so I would like to get back into my old o... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 22:34:47 EST Water - I can't get enough! This may seem like a silly question. I have been drinking a lot more water than I used to. It seems the more I drink, the more I want. For example, today I had 9 glasses of water, 2 coffees, and 1 light juice and I'm still thirsty and am drinking more water. My salt intake has gone down so I know that's not what's causing it. I'm finally seeing some weight coming off and fitting back into my jeans so I think it's helping me. I'm just wondering is this is normal to crave this much water?... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 21:43:06 EST Get Togethers? Hi! <BR> So, as a few people know already, i'm new here. And i've been hearing bout get-togetheres..hikes.... i would LOVE to be apart of that! so please, keep me posted (in the loop) so i may attend. <BR> Thanks! Thu, 7 Jan 2010 12:46:08 EST Finally, Some Local Weight-Loss Support! Hi Everyone! I just signed up this evening for this site! So excited that so many local people are in the same "boat" as i am. I'm sure this will help to keep me motivated and on track. <BR> i'm in brighton area! <BR> :) Tue, 5 Jan 2010 00:10:39 EST 30 - ahhhh! I just turned 30 this year and am hoping to have a baby soon. But stay in good shape and health for many years to come. Stumbled upon this program and Im hoping itll help me. I tend to eat too much jynk food. Im not fat, but getting a little on the thicker than comfortable side. I just started P90X and need a little help with the nutrition side. Im also a picky eatter. help!!! Wed, 30 Dec 2009 12:34:45 EST Any takers? Hi all ~ I'm new to this site and I'm looking to join a team. Any takers? <em>43</em> Mon, 28 Dec 2009 15:27:30 EST Good Morning I am new to the spark people Hi am evanglist and seek support in my weight lose goals. Mon, 28 Dec 2009 11:12:10 EST Bally's in Greece Anyone a member? Im thinking of joining this week. Thoughts? Complaints? Raves? Sun, 27 Dec 2009 22:38:29 EST new to sparkpeople Here I am..I'm ready to finally lose these extra pounds. I'm sick of looking at all the old pictures and wondering if I could ever look like that again. I'm ready to be a new person who is able to be confident with how she looks especially in a bathing suit and other revealing clothing. So starting in NOW...I am beginning the journey to become that person, not knowing how long it will take, and hoping it will work better that previous failed attempts! Wish me luck! Sun, 27 Dec 2009 19:51:06 EST DFC Bootcamp Is anyone doing the Downtown Fitness Club's Weight Loss Bootcamp that starts 1/4? <BR> <BR> <BR> I signed up and can't wait to get started! Here's a link to the info: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=131 </link> <BR> <BR> ~Tara Sun, 27 Dec 2009 12:44:19 EST Would like to get more involved Hi, <BR> My name is Jamie and I'm 38 years old, from the Rochester area. It's time to try to take back my life and become more involved in it if that makes any sense. I would like to become more involved in the hikes and events I've been reading about here in this group. The more support the better. Can anyone point me in the right direction here and give me a little help? Would be greatly appreciated that is for sure. <BR> Thank you and hope to meet some new spark's friends, <BR> Jamie Sun, 27 Dec 2009 10:24:41 EST Spark People's Official Boot Camp2010 I am so glad that my note about the bootcamp has hit some of you as something we could do "together" Here is the official Team name so you can go there and sign up. "Spark People's Official Spark Your body Bootcamp" <BR> <BR> I would also like to see if we could post here who is trying it and how we are doing at it. I know I will find it difficult and if someone else has suggestions or just encouragement, I would love it. <BR> <BR> So anyone who is going to try it Sign up here so we all... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 09:32:02 EST Glad I found other Rochester Sparkers My name is Tracy and I've been using SP for about a month tracking my fitness and nutrition. Once the holidays are over, I am ready to kick into high gear. As a working Mom of 2, I am struggling on how to get fast healthy meals on the table. Since my kids are in many activities, I am finding myself eating in shifts so my husband or kids don't have to eat alone. I need to start eating smaller portions in the shifts. Although motivation is suppose to come from within, I sure need some fro... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 08:33:01 EST january hike There was a january event mentioned under events but haven't been able to get any information on a date. Its kind of frustrating, seems like alot of us would like to get together for support, exercise, etc. but its hard to get something organized. So I would like to try again....I have the weekends of jan 9 and jan 23 off if there are a few others who also are free at some point during those weekends and we plan ahead maybe we can make it happen. I am not in very good shape so not up for skii... Fri, 25 Dec 2009 00:35:45 EST Hello from Macedon! I have been on Sparkpeople for a while but never found this team...I am trying to lose weight, of course, but right now am more concerned with getting in shape and changing my lifestyle! Thu, 24 Dec 2009 15:18:05 EST First time Hello everyone, I feel better when I found this for free. yaya! I ll love it. =D oh yea btw im RIT student and Deaf. Feel free to be my new friends. =D Thu, 24 Dec 2009 05:01:23 EST line dancing? Hi everybody... <BR> I was noticing that there arent any hikes planned (I assume because its getting cold out) and wondered if anyone had tried line dancing at someplace like the roost? I am very uncoordinated but it looks like fun. Anybody interested.... or have any other ideas for getting together to exersize? Sun, 29 Nov 2009 21:48:44 EST lets all get together and help each other out I became a member of this group so that I could meet other people who have similar goals to mine and we could help and support each other as well as share our triumphs and setbacks. I would like to propose a weekly hike like those mentioned on this group board. I am interested in any that are already planned, and if they aren't, I propose we all set a definate time/day/meeting place for these hikes. <BR> <BR> I also propose that if we cannot walk outside, then we attempt to meet indoors ... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 15:05:32 EST Hello my name is Heather Hello my name is Heather and I am ready to lose weight! My biggest problem is motivation. I am 20 years old and i don't want to be over weight for the rest of my life. I also just want to be healthy i currently weigh 216 and I want to try and lose at least 30 pound by my 21 birhtday which is in 6 months. I also want to train for a half marathon. I know for a fact that i am doing on in September and I also want to run a lot of 5k races. I am really nervous about failure and I am currently doin... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 14:33:09 EST moderation or avoidance? Just wondering how others handle their cravings? Do you eat just a little or avoid them altogether? I've tried both ways and alway end up binging within a few days either way :( I think I convince myself that I "deserve" to have a treat (a bag of chips...or 2 bowls of cake and ice cream) to relax and unwind. Of course I always just feel worse and what I (all of us) really deserve is to feel and look my best. So frustrating!!! <BR> Thanks for reading, <BR> Sue Thu, 19 Nov 2009 23:17:27 EST My Intro Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am LE. I moved here a year ago from NM and still trying to find my way around. <BR> <BR> I just started on SP and have found it quite motivational. I have struggled with my weight for my whole life so am really focused on being healthy and hoping losing weight to become a positive side-effect in the process. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I posted my first blog late last night. I had thoughts brewing all day and just *had* to get it out. I am not quite sure how to link it in... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 13:06:06 EST Hi everybody... really want to do it this time I've been registered on sparks for a while now but havent really followed through. I've been on SB and WW but never stick it out. My weight just steadily goes up... its always a mystery to me how some people just stay the same weight their whole lives. I'm ready now though.. tired of weight being such a huge issue and obstacle in my life. Im 47 and really need to focus on health too, my habits have gotten very bad. I'm from spencerport and I'm an RN... hope to be on here alot now. Have a grea... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:09:34 EST New Girl Here :) Hello everyone. I'm obviously new here and very excited to get started. I'm still trying to get used to this site. It's a little overwhelming at first but i know this is the place for me! I'm looking forward to meeting new friends and buddies to help me out. Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:56:37 EST Hello, Newbie From Greece Here =) Hello! I am new to Spark People. I am 22 years old and a wife and mother of a 3 year old little girl. I have "let myself go" over the past 6 years and am looking to get myself back! When I met my husband I was 140 and am now 214. I have 60+ pounds to loose and am looking to find workout groups, workout partners, spark buddies etc. I can use all the help, support and motivation possible! I look forward to creating a new life..& meeting some great people while doing it. I am sick and tired of b... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 21:12:43 EST Hello My sister just sent this invite to me so I thought I would try it out. I figure it can't hurt and at least boost all my other efforts. Plus I get to earn points and trophies. =) Tue, 10 Nov 2009 13:42:19 EST I will be doing jewelry classes In Newark, NY starting in January. Anyone interested it will be on the first Thursday of the month starting in January. If so please access the following link and let me know. I hope this is ok to post here?????? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 8 Nov 2009 11:36:46 EST New Beginning Hi! My name is Michelle and I am here trying to lose weight so that I can be here to watch my 5 yr old daughter grow up. Both of my parents died in their 60's, and now that I am 43, I am concerned. I guess my biggest issues are portion control and night time eating. Wed, 4 Nov 2009 17:11:31 EST Spark Rally THIS SUNDAY in Romulus, NY Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> The Finger Lakes Spark Team will have a Spark Rally at Sampson State Park in Romulus on Sunday, November 8. We'll have people from as far away as Binghamton coming, and the more the merrier! <BR> <BR> We'll meet at my house at 2pm and go down the road to the back entrance of the park for a leisurely walk on their trails. <BR> <BR> Park Info: <BR> <link><BR>spx </link> <BR> <BR> Trail Map: <BR> <link> Wed, 4 Nov 2009 09:51:51 EST Hi! I'm new! I also need advice. I just joined the site about a week ago, at which time I joined this team, but didn't know what to do with it. <BR> <BR> I am actually currently attending school in Grenada, West Indies, but I will be home (in Brighton) for two weeks this winter. Swimming is my exercise of choice, and I won't have access to a pool for those two weeks. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of a venue where a person could sign up to swim for 2 weeks? The shortest memberships I know of are 3 months. That would be a co... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 10:04:06 EST New to the Team not new to Spark Hi Everybody- I just celebrated my 2 year Sparkaversary. I grew up outside of Syracuse, lived in NC for about 10 years and have been in Rochester for 4. I'm glad to be back up north. I missed the beautiful summers and 4 seasons. I don't mind the winters-they aren't as bad as winter in Syracuse! I live in Fairport. Sat, 24 Oct 2009 21:36:32 EST What's your personal Challenge for November? Hi everyone - thought as we get rolling toward the end of the year that we keep up those challenges we give ourselves to reach or stay at our healthy weight goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> What's your challenge for November? <BR> Mine: to average at least 13500 Daily Activity steps for the month. Sat, 24 Oct 2009 00:22:31 EST Looking for motivation Hello everybody! This is my first time signing up for something like this. I am here for motivation, inspiration, and support. I am trying to live a healthier life so I can be around for a long time and have the energy to play with my grandchildren. I do try and work out or 5 times a week, but I love to eat, so there is my problem Thu, 22 Oct 2009 20:16:00 EST New here but not new this journey Hey all... Just wanted to introduce myself... My name is Yessi. I am new to SparkPeople but as stated above not new to this journey.... I lost 75 lbs in 2006. Gained it all back in 2008 with pregnancy and am hoping to lose it for good in 2009-2010.... I just joined the Downtown Fitness Club yesterday (and had my first workout of many).... I live in the Northeast part of the city. Have 2 kids (14 months and 7 yrs. Work full time for a not-for-profit, actively volunteer and now am focusing ... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 11:07:05 EST New here I was born and raised in the city of Rochester. I graduated from East High School in 1972. Married in 1973. I'm 55 and have two grown kids and two grandchildren. <BR> I have lived in Perinton, Ogden, Victor and now Canandaigua. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 21:57:34 EST Square Dancing Hi everyone! I just started to do square dancing. It is soooo much fun and you can burn up to 500 calories in an hour according to Spark People! <BR> <BR> This Sunday Clover Leaf Squares is holding the first of their year instructional class. <BR> How about coming out and dancing with me? At $4 it is one cheap entertainment and exercise evening! Don't worry about your size. Not everyone is skinny. But Everyone is friendly! <BR> <BR> Here's the address if you can come out: First ... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 10:05:33 EST sweetkitty I am new to this so be patient with all amimals and currently have 2 lovely cats Sabu & Autumn ..I am also a big supporter of the CrackerboxPalace <BR> <BR> It is a wonderful place..located near Sodus Point...This (non-prpfit) organization helps farm animals in need..they have horses, cows, goats, bunnies, sheep, pigs and roosters...they also have about 20 barn cats and a great dog <BR> <BR> They have a wonderful volunteer program and it is a great way to spend a day .....if ... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:14:21 EST Hello from E. Irondequoit! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm excited to be starting this..want to lose at least 2 dress sizes by spring. I've tried WW and Biggest Loser websites. I had some success with biggest loser, but have gained back almost everything funds ran out. <BR> <BR> This site seems more fun ,worth a try. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Katia Tue, 22 Sep 2009 13:31:14 EST Excited to be here! Hi! I'm 48 years old and feel like I am beginning a new phase of my life... I'm looking forward to becoming more active and possibly meeting some of you for hikes or other activities if I can tear myself away from my couch (we've been very close for a long time!). The things I am most looking forward to doing once I've lost the weight are going to water parks, riding horses and being able to shop in any store I walk into :-) Tue, 8 Sep 2009 22:38:22 EST Shamefull plug for my business Hi, tomorrow, at my business, Evergreen Stables, we are having horse/pony rides at 2 - 3 pm. Anyone can come and be led around on the horse/pony for 10 min. for just $5.00. <BR> If you've never been on a horse, and want to do it, this is a great opportunity. (no I don't care that you are overweight!, so am I.) <BR> If you'd like to come, the directions to our place near Scottsville are on our web site: <BR> You can also call 889-1200 if you need more specific di... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 12:13:12 EST Newbie Here From Gates! Hey All! Hi Everyone! I have been on this site since the beginning, but have never been serious about actually losing my weight...until I started to have health issues late last year. Then I participated in this healthy motivations class in January with Unity Health...I'm down 45 pounds, but have another 90 to go. I considered weight loss surgery...and then today, I changed my mind and told myself that I can and will do this on my own. So here I am...I know this is a GREAT support group and I look... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 19:12:25 EST Hi! New to this team... I'm glad I found this team...I don't live right in Rochester now though it is where I was born and raised.I live in Avon now and I work in Henrietta. <BR> <BR> I have a goal to lose 50 lbs. Thu, 3 Sep 2009 12:31:39 EST Hi, Newbie Here :-) Hello all, Im a 24 yr old woman from Greece. I am new to this site, and I am looking for some help and support to keep me motivated. I'm the only "big" girl in my family, so it's hard to find support when they are above my level. My wake up call? Going to Darien Lake with my sister, really excited to go on the Superman for the first time in 5 yrs... and not being able to fit. I was never so embarressed in my life, I was MORTIFIED!!! <BR> So, I'm just trying to figure this site out and how to... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 08:46:38 EST Hi there!! I am Bob. I'm 45, and live in Rochester, NY. <BR> <BR> I am currently a few days shy of 6 months post-op from having RNY gastric bypass surgery. <BR> <BR> I started the process at a high weight (approximately October 2007) of 406 pounds. The last time I was weighed, I weighed 257 pounds. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any good ideas to keep the weight loss going, give me a shout!! Sat, 29 Aug 2009 23:28:19 EST another greecer here i am new to this site and am hoping this will help get me motivated as long as my exercise routine. i am starting core rhythms as my exercise, so with that and the help of people who actually understand being overweight i am hpoing i can make some changes <BR> <BR> amy Sun, 23 Aug 2009 21:51:50 EST Rochester Sparkers I live in Rochester, NY and would love to meet other sparkers here and possibly exchange ideas and workout together. Please let know very interested. Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:20:20 EST New Me This is the new me, check out my SparkPage for more photo's. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Aug 2009 14:05:04 EST visiting Rochester for the week Greetings from Massachusetts. Hope you all won't mind my brief membership. I'm coming to Rochester for a week for work and hoping not to fall off the bandwagon while I'm there. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for great places to run/ hike (I think there is a path along the Genesee River that's within a couple miles of where I'm staying.) I'm also wondering if there is anyplace I can walk to that will be pretty dark Wednesday morning for the Perseid meteor shower - I'm thinking Pinnacle Hill is... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 21:03:50 EST Events If you know of any events coming up (5K's, 10K's etc) <BR> please let us know. <BR> <BR> I found this one that I may sign up for (I would walk it). Its in October. <BR><BR>.htm?event_id=1647187&assetId=75041c08<BR>-8ef3-4005-867f-2ace66faf032 Sun, 9 Aug 2009 20:49:22 EST September 2009 Challenge Although we have a few weeks left of August and will not begin the August challenge until Monday, I want to start a sign up for a September challenge . From now until Aug 25th, we will take sign ups and we will do teams of 2 or 3 for the September challenge. <BR> Copy and paste and add your name on to the following list if you would like to join in!!! <BR> <BR> 1. Oneperfectsis (Brenda) <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Aug 2009 07:26:13 EST Monthly Challenge Discussion/Q estions/Chat Please post any comments or questions to this thread on the monthly challenges. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Brenda <BR> Wed, 5 Aug 2009 20:16:08 EST August 2009 Challenge This challenge will run from August 10th thru August 31st. <BR> <BR> _26__pts - 20 min Cardio (1pt for every 20 min) <BR> <BR> _20__pts - 1 strength exercise (= 1 set of 12-15 reps) <BR> (1 pt per set) <BR> <BR> _9__pts - No Sweets (1pt per day) <BR> <BR> _30__pts - Water (1 pt for every 8oz) <BR> <BR> _4__pts - Get to know your Rochester team (1 pt <BR> for every comment on blog, goodie given, <BR> post on someones page from the Rochester <BR> ... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 20:13:23 EST Monthly Challenges *** Everyone month there will be a one month challenge thread labeled with the month of the challenge (August will be shorter) and will begin on Monday Aug. 10th. <BR> <BR> When the challenge is posted, please copy and paste in the same thread and instead of creating a new post each day when you add your points, please edit your original posts. This will make it much easier to keep track of points so we can determine a first and second place winner at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> The more p... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 20:06:05 EST Hikes Planned I'm going to start scheduling some hikes occasionally. I'd like to try to get several in before we hit winter. I will list the place, difficulty lever (easy, medium, hard) the mileage and the approximate time it takes. If there are any hikes that someone would like to add in, feel free to do so. <BR> <BR> Here are 3 hikes that I have planned. Let me know if you'd like to join in. The more the merrier! I can give directions when needed. Of course, these are all rain/weather permitting. ... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 19:53:44 EST new again I was on here in 2007 but have been away for awhile. Things were going so well and I was enjoying being active and fit. I just had my first child and ate a bit too much while do too little. Amazing what 9 months of indulgence can do to a body. The weight is starting to come off but this is going to have to be a conscious effort. I just figured out the stats on here and to get to my goal by the end of the year, I need to lose 2 pounds a week. That is my mission. I just hope I can stay motivate... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 17:52:42 EST New and slightly motivated Hi, <BR> I'm new to Spark but not so new to approaching a healthy lifestyle. I fall off very easily so I'm looking for motivation. Hopefully, I'll find people here and having someone or people to help hold me accountable for my actions. At home its easy to not do the right things because everyone is in different places with this. I definitely need to step my exercising habits up a notch but I'm a work in progress! Fri, 31 Jul 2009 09:43:43 EST ZUMBA IN THE ROCH Happy Summer everyone!! <BR> <BR> The time has arrived for some BONUS Zumba and family events! Please join us for some extra special Zumba parties for charities that are close to our hearts (Brain Tumor Research and Golisano Children's Hospital). <BR> <BR> The first event will be held on Saturday, July 18th from 6:30-8:30pm at Northwest YMCA with a few other guest instructors as well. We will provide some food and bottled water and we will be having door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Zu... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 06:43:35 EST carifest Carifest 2009 <BR> <BR> Celebrating our <BR> 25th ANNIVERSARY <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 15, 2009 <BR> <BR> Carifest Parade <BR> <BR> Starting at 11:00am <BR> Liberty Pole Way <BR> Downtown, Rochester, New York <BR> <BR> Festival Site <BR> <BR> 1:00pm to 10:00pm <BR> Downtown, Rochester, New York <BR> Riverside Festival Site (Court & Exchange St.) <BR> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 06:07:36 EST carifest Carifest 2009 <BR> <BR> Celebrating our <BR> 25th ANNIVERSARY <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 15, 2009 <BR> <BR> Carifest Parade <BR> <BR> Starting at 11:00am <BR> Liberty Pole Way <BR> Downtown, Rochester, New York <BR> <BR> Festival Site <BR> <BR> 1:00pm to 10:00pm <BR> Downtown, Rochester, New York <BR> Riverside Festival Site (Court & Exchange St.) <BR> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 06:07:25 EST carifest Carifest 2009 <BR> <BR> Celebrating our <BR> 25th ANNIVERSARY <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 15, 2009 <BR> <BR> Carifest Parade <BR> <BR> Starting at 11:00am <BR> Liberty Pole Way <BR> Downtown, Rochester, New York <BR> <BR> Festival Site <BR> <BR> 1:00pm to 10:00pm <BR> Downtown, Rochester, New York <BR> Riverside Festival Site (Court & Exchange St.) <BR> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 06:07:09 EST Sauerkraut Festival If you go to the festival in Phelps this weekend look for Cathy's Hope, I will be in the building selling my jewelry, come in and introduce yourself, it would be great to meet anyone for SP. I will be there Friday from 5 till 9 and Sat. 10 till 9 and Sunday, 10 till 3. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:28:56 EST Not gym phobic, but gym clueless... This might sound really stupid... I work at a place in Rochester with a GREAT gym, indoor track, pool, everything - and I can use it anytime, for free. However, I have never used it, because I don't know "how." I don't know what people do when they get to the gym - where the locker rooms are - how to work the equipment - anything. In fact, I have NEVER been to a gym in my entire life, and I would love to start... how do I get over this cluelessness and get in there? Anyone else ever go th... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 21:43:37 EST Hi from Brighton Hi everyone. I'm 50 years old and just joined SparkPeople a couple weeks ago. Soon after I turned 50 I found my energy levels starting to sag (along with other things), and was looking for a way to monitor my nutrition and excercise. <BR> <BR> I also just moved back to the Rochester area last year. I'm still finding my way around but love being back here. Sun, 26 Jul 2009 10:10:12 EST Hi from West Irondequoit! I am excited about getting healthier,thinner and have more energy. After looking at my vacation pictures, decided I had enough of how I looked and decided to ocme back here! <BR> <BR> Anyone want to get together and walk or hike or exercise together? Let me know!!! Thu, 23 Jul 2009 14:09:26 EST Exercise or eating first? What is better to do? Eat first and then exercise or exercise first and then eat when your done. I am not too sure of this. Can someone please help me out with this? Thanks!!! Thu, 23 Jul 2009 11:42:32 EST Hello from Greece I need to do this because it would make me feel healthier in the long run. I didn't realize how much overweight I was until I logged in and put in the information. Wow now that was a wake up call. I just wnat to eat healthier and become motivated. I am hoping that I can do this. Wed, 22 Jul 2009 13:10:43 EST Hello from Gates I've lived in Gates for 42 years now - great community to raise kids in. I have just be diagnosed with diabetes and came here for some encouragement and help with recipe tips, diet tips and just encouragement. <BR> <BR> I go to the Gates Y (Elmgrove Rd) every morning for an aquafit class and then 3 days a week go strength training by way of the circuit of 12 machines. I'm hoping to keep this diabetes thing under control with diet. Mon, 20 Jul 2009 20:16:28 EST MAPLEWOOD YMCA ANYONE FROM MAPLEWOOD Y.? THERE IS A FITNESS BOOT CAMP EVERY WED MORNING AT 06:30 IF YOU FEEL UP TO IT. MEET AT THE YMCA. Thu, 16 Jul 2009 05:56:28 EST Update Hi, <BR> To everyone that I wanted to meet and start walking with, I am still recuperating from my surgery. It is taking longer to heal then I though. As soon as I can I will let you all know when I can start doing things again. <BR> <BR> Hope you all are doing well on you healthy journey. <BR> <BR> Joanne Tue, 14 Jul 2009 09:00:23 EST Hi from Henrietta Just an old guy trying to get back to my playing weight. Tue, 14 Jul 2009 08:08:36 EST Hi from Greece My name is Tracy. I am turning 40 this year and have found that it is increasingly difficult to lose weight. I have three children that keep me busy so its hard to find the time to take care of myself. That is why I am so excited about this website! It is exactly what I have been looking for!! Mon, 13 Jul 2009 20:58:37 EST July Challenge Here is July's challenge. Small, but hopefully will keep us all accountable. <BR> <BR> 1. Track food daily (1 pt per day) <BR> 2. Keep track of Steps/Mileage (1 pt per day) <BR> 3. 1 strength exercise of your choice (1 pt per day) <BR> <BR> Total points for day - <BR> Total points for month - <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 05:08:57 EST Hi from Gates . . . Good morning! <BR> <BR> I live in Gates and presently work at the U of R. I'm looking to drop about 30 pounds that I put on during graduate school, and hoping to find some motivation here! I joined a gym yesterday, and will be working out 3-4 times a week, but my weakness is food, especially anything fried. :) <BR> <BR> Is there anywhere in particular I should go on this site? It's a bit overwhelming so I'm not sure where to get started! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kelly Tue, 16 Jun 2009 09:45:06 EST Hi from Henrietta Hi everyone! New to the site and to this group. <BR> My goal is to get in shape and lose 30 pounds by February. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all! Mon, 15 Jun 2009 23:28:41 EST Hi from Canandaigua! Hi everyone! I am very new to this site and to this team. Am working towards losing 50 pounds by February. Have a long way to go but am up for the challenge. Sun, 14 Jun 2009 16:37:21 EST yoga? I'm interested in trying yoga. Does anyone practice in Rochester? Recommend a studio? Know of a low-cost place? do you use any videos that you like? any advice? Tue, 9 Jun 2009 15:34:48 EST Hello from SW Rochester! Hello, I am new to this site and team. My goal is to lose 18 pounds by the first week in September. Fri, 5 Jun 2009 12:31:36 EST New to SparkPeop le...from Gates! Hi All, I just joined SparkPeople today. My name is Kelly, I'm 32, married in 2007, and just had my first little babe (a boy!) 10 weeks ago. We are from the west side (Gates). I have a long way to go to reach my goal and need all the help and encouragement I can get. It's nice to see there are so many others out there going through the same things as I am - hopefully we can motivate each other! Thu, 28 May 2009 15:15:51 EST Spark Weekend Hi! I have been seeing that in June there is a Spark Weekend. How about if we do something? Maybe meet at a point on the canal and walk about a mile together? Nothing big but it might help us all get a face with the name and inspire us more. <BR> What do you think? <BR> I have Saturday afternoons and Sunday's free. Other days I am working. <BR> The Spark Weekend is June 26-28 in case you haven't seen it yet. <BR> Barbara <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 28 May 2009 11:25:05 EST June Challenge - June 1st thru 30th I'm prepping to start another mini challenge. <BR> Please let me know if their our any specifics you would like in the challenge to keep you motivated. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2009 12:39:10 EST hi, from greece, new york I need an exercize buddy! Someone to keep me motivated.I would like to get some walking time in outdoors,anyone interested in fast walking im on myspace url im new to that also! I am trying the cabbage soup diet this week! Well love to hear from you good luck everyone. Wed, 20 May 2009 23:53:38 EST where to go out to eat with the family this weekend is my younger daughter's birthday. She will be 30. We usually go out to eat on birthday's so my dilemma is that I want to eat healthy and the others in the family want to just eat. <BR> Any suggestions? It can't be to out there since both my girls' significant others are Meat and Potato eaters. <BR> My hubby and I are Vegetarians....see my problem? We usually go to Olive garden or such but the fats and carbs may be just a bit too much...whatcha think? <BR> Barbara Wed, 20 May 2009 13:30:30 EST exercise gear I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for types or brands of workout shoes and pedometer's. <BR> <BR> I really need new sneakers and don't know which brand works the best for all the walking I do. <BR> <BR> Help, <BR> Barbara Sat, 16 May 2009 14:00:15 EST Plastic Surgery Hi Everyone, haven't posted in a while been busy taking care of family. I am scheduled to have my lower body lift on June 2, have my last appointment with the surgeon on May 21, and I have so many questions to ask him. Oh, for those of you who are thinking about a tummy tuck (panniculectomy) your insurance may cover it. Mine is covering the tummy tuck but I will pay for the rest, which is a great savings. <BR> Tue, 12 May 2009 11:29:56 EST looking for other lap banders in rochester Hi, <BR> Just looking to connect with other lap banders in Rochester to share,motivate and help each other. <BR> Have a wonderful day. <BR> G. Sat, 9 May 2009 09:15:53 EST Hi from Spencerport Back in November I found out that I have HBP. I had no clue. Since then I have been making lifestyle changes. Eating healthy and exercising 4-6 days per week. Since 12/4/08 I have lost 22lbs and many inches. I am motivated to be healthy and looking forward to continuing on my lifestyle changing journey. <BR> <BR> I am also a member at our local Y and absolutely love it. <BR> <BR> So glad to join the team here. I am new to SP and have only been a member for a week. I've had a great time ... Thu, 7 May 2009 22:58:05 EST May Challenge May 10th - May 31st Hi Everyone!! <BR> It looks like we have 5 of us in for the challenge. Hopefully we will have more joiners along the way. <BR> <BR> Here we go!!! <BR> The challenge will begin on Sunday 5/10 and run through May 31st. <BR> The challenge will be based on a point system. We can each try to challenge ourselves and each other to get the most points possible this month. Below are (5) activites/and points allowed for each. You can copy the format below and post in daily or weekly (whichever is... Thu, 7 May 2009 21:03:37 EST New Challenge Hi Everyone!! A few people have mentioned how this team is slowly fading away. I want to give it one last shot to keep the Rochester Sparkers on the map. <BR> If we can get a few people, I will create a small challenge that should be doable for all. I know most everyone including myself are also on other team challenges so we will keep this one simple at first. Let me know if your interested and we can start next Sunday. Sun, 3 May 2009 06:58:44 EST hello Not really new to sparkpeople but new to posting here. I was wondering if anyone had a good running route. I live in the city border of iron. I have tried Wllison park but continually have to change and turn around as it is not long enough. I have also done Durand, but find that I dont like running that one by myself. I guess I am really looking for a route that is close by, because if I have to drive forever, I know me, and I just wont do it. Also I started C25K last month and am really gett... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 00:06:51 EST I tried.. I saw an earlier post about the fact that this team has so many members, but not many participating. I took the liberty to go to the list of team members, went to each public page, and commented. Just some encouragement to stay active within the group. It looked as though many of them were not active on the site anymore. But hey, if any of them receive an email saying they have a comment on their page, maybe it will prompt them to come back to the site and participate. I hope it was helpful! ... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:06:17 EST Henrietta area sparkers I live in West Henrietta and I am going to the Planet Fitness gym in South town plaza. I have a workout buddy but wanted to see if any other sparkers were looking for people in the area to go with. Or to even just meet up at the park I just found, on Westfall near East henrietta Rd. It is a nice place to walk. My workout buddy and I usually go to the gym on monday tuesday and thursdays around 6pm. Also, on saturdays at 7:30am. <BR> <BR> You are all welcome to join us!! <BR> <BR> Reply to s... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 14:21:04 EST Mother's Day Pink Ribbon Run Updates Hello Sparkers, <BR> Now that the weather has improved how are we all doing with training for the Mother's Day Pink Ribbon Run for the Breast Cancer Coalition? How goes the running and walking? <BR> <BR> I have been out running and cycling. My injuries from the winter have slowed me down, but I think I will be able to finish the run in about 35 minutes. <BR> <BR> Have we decided on a meeting place and time? The carosel was mentioned as a possibility? <BR> <BR> Please reply to this messa... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 07:12:26 EST Moved here from Florida! In Henrietta :D Hello all! Moved here roughly a year ago but still sooooo new when it comes to knowing where everything is and meeting people. I would love to lose about 20 pounds and be perfectly content with myself again. I love to chat and I would like to get to know a couple of people in the area for motivation! Also, I am trying to prove to my boyfriend that this site can actually help a lot! We are both making a lifestyle change and we both need the outside support to keep us on track :D Fri, 17 Apr 2009 11:05:12 EST New to the Roc Sparkers I'm flailing in the wind over here. I lost my job in November and have been looking for work ever since. Because I have very little money coming in I have no motivation to do much. I have to pay for my membership but I have nobody to kick me in the ass to go. <BR> <BR> Anybody looking for a gym or workout buddy? I'm a grad student at Fisher getting my Masters in education. I am free most days unless I'm observing (that will be over by May). Other wise I'm free during the day or Tuesday and W... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 12:34:07 EST Rochester, represent! Ok, so I don't post often. I don't even read the forums that much. But I'm good about reading my email, and I've noticed that in the last couple weeks Rochester has been slipping on the list of top Spark Cities. <BR> <BR> So, let's start new this month, this week, and climb back up there. We were in the 40's before, now we're in the 50's. Let's join the top 40 cities in the country again. Or maybe even climb into the top 30? <BR> <BR> It won't take much, we have so many members. Just ... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 22:07:52 EST kind of shy but, would like to say hello I'm kind of nervous but, wanted to say hello to everyone. Thanks so much for the very kind emails.I live in the city and seriously need to make some changes and it looks as though I've come to a really warm and encouraging place to start.I'm not much for posting or emailing (don't type too well) so, if you don't hear much please don't be put off by this. Thu, 26 Mar 2009 23:47:17 EST New to using this site Hi all I'm Robyn. <BR> <BR> I'm new to using this site, I've lost a lot of weight by myself but I am having trouble losing the last 15 lb's again. I'm also trying to be able to run a 1/2 marathon. I'm hoping this site will keep me motivated. Mon, 9 Mar 2009 23:11:46 EST Best nail salon I want to hear from people and get some ideas about where to get a good and affordable manicure/pedicure/eyebrows done and thought I would ask fellow team members for some input. <BR> thanks. <BR> g. Thu, 5 Mar 2009 15:13:59 EST PINK RIBBON On May 10th (Mothers Day) there is going to be a Pink Ribbon 5K, 2 1/2 mile fitness walk. The following is a link, you can get all the information on the run/walk. I have started a team with another SparkTeam and all of you are welcome to run the run or walk the walk with us or if you want to just make a donation you can. The name of the team is T.B.O.L. (Taking Back Our Lives on day at a time). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ateri </link> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 20:12:02 EST Milestone I am so excited today was my weigh in day and I finally made it to the 150's, I can not remember being in my 150's, its seems that I went from 145 in 1962 (before some of you were born) to 165 in 1967. <BR> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 10:36:01 EST I'm looking for lap band patients Hi, <BR> I am looking to connect with anyone and everyone who is or will be a lap band patient. I just got banded on Tues. Feb 17th and want to be able to get advice, trade stories etc with someone going thru the same process. <BR> Looking forward to hearing from you. <BR> G. <em>220</em> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 13:40:02 EST I have a question I am thinking ahead but then I usually do. I would like to make bracelets to sell for the cure of breast cancer. Would anyone here have any ideas as to how or where I could do this. I would like to raise money in my sisters memory and this is the only way I know how, just not sure where to do it. Any advice is welcome and I would appreciate the help so much. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Lady MoonWillow Wed, 18 Feb 2009 09:57:02 EST Just Me I am new to this team but have been with Sparks since November. I am looking for someone near the Hamlin area that would like a walking or working out partner. I have school on Thursday evenings but I need to start working out if I am going to lose this weight. Glad to know there are others in my area to talk to about this topic. <em>232</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 08:36:34 EST Megan's 5K Walk/run Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I saw a poster in the gym today for Megan's 5k run walk April 9 in Victor. There is a website for it, but unfortunately I cannot paste it. <BR> Don't think I could do a run yet, but totally could do the walk! Tue, 10 Feb 2009 21:05:18 EST Relay for Life- Spencerport Hi Everyone! <BR> I was wondering if anyone would be interested in participating in the relay for life in Spencerport this year. <BR> The links are or the main website at <BR> If anyone thinks they might be interested in being on a team let me know! <BR> Thanks, <BR> Colleen Fri, 6 Feb 2009 12:00:43 EST New member Hi my name is Kathy. I am 32 and a SAHM of a 9 month old daughter. I would like to get into better shape before we try for baby #2. I look forward to talking to all of you. Thu, 29 Jan 2009 15:23:28 EST Any RAC in Henritta Brighton members? 1 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 12:20:05 EST Mall WALKING!!! DO YOU ALL WANT TO START A MALL WALKING GROUP, MAYBE WE COULD START OFF ONCE A WEEK EITHER AT NIGHT OR SUNDAY MID MORNING OR AFTERNOON. <BR> <BR> LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK? Wed, 28 Jan 2009 22:25:28 EST One Year Out It's official January 22 was my one year B'day, going to the Doctor's on the 28th for my official weigh in and get results of all my blood work. I can not believe it's only been a year. When I look back I just remember the weeks that I said I only lost a couple of pounds or I stood the same but at the end of this year I say all those half pounds and pounds add up. <BR> <BR> I would like you all to remember that at the end of the day all those pounds add up so don't get discouraged when you ... Sat, 24 Jan 2009 17:34:12 EST Need help staying on track in the city Hello there. I'm a 34 year old graduate student, who commutes to SUNY Brockport. I'm trying to lose 150 lbs in a year, in preparation for marriage and possible baby. I'm hoping to find here some people to help me stay on track, and maybe walk together. I try to be a positive, encouraging force when I can, though getting started, I'll probably need more help at first. I live in the South Wedge, but am willing to drive a reasonable distance. Anyone interested? Thu, 22 Jan 2009 14:05:00 EST walk to 5k Would anyone like to try the walk/run program to get to run a 5k? I'd like to have a goal of a 5k in May. I know there is a couch to 5k team on here but I really need people to go out there and do it with me. I'm in Greece. Anyone interested? Mon, 19 Jan 2009 19:41:13 EST Hamlin Mommy Hi all! Just joined the group and figured I'd introduce myself. My name is Abigail, and I live in Hamlin with my husband and 3 children. My goal is to lose weight and be healthy for my kids, and show them the right path. Other moms and I from the area decided to do a biggest loser challenge, and I decided to use SparkPeople as a way to help reach my goals! Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:34:44 EST Anyone want to go to WinterFest Sun Jan 18? I just posted it as an event here on Rochester's Board. <BR> <BR> They're going to be offering introductory workshops to a bunch of winter sports, like cross country skiing, orienteering, winter fishing and snow shoeing. Plus dog sled races, and other races to watch. Entertainment and refreshments. <BR> <BR> I'd LOVE to go try some of these activities. The event is FREE, at Mendon Ponds Park from 11am - 4pm Sunday Jan 18th. <BR> <BR> It's my birthday Tuesday, and since my plans for t... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 20:26:49 EST dont get it. I dont understand what I am doing wrong. For almost three weeks now I am following my calorie tracker and staying where I should. I am working out every other day as suggested, and working my butt off when I do. I have not shed one single pound. Any suggestions? Wed, 14 Jan 2009 20:54:39 EST Hello Hello, my name is Alethea and I am here to lose weight am 43 years old. During the holidays I splurged and didn't realize that I had gained weight I didn't ask for. Actually, I wasn't aware that I was asking for it. Well, I am serious now and ready to start. Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:34:08 EST Back again!! Hi-- The Holiday's were brutal!!! I was doing great all summer, fit into all my old clothes and was at my goal weight for over 4 months,then the holiday's. I didn't watch what I ate and barely did any exercise and I'm paying for it now. I'm back with 12 lbs to loose and today is the first day. Wish me luck!! current weight 113, @ 5' makes quite a "muffin top " Mon, 12 Jan 2009 18:06:32 EST