SparkPeople Keystone Slimdown Team Messageboard Sparkpeople who live in the great state of Pennsylvania. We are the biggest PA team!! We can support each other in our quest to make PA a healthier, 'smaller' state. SparkPeople Keystone Slimdown Team Messageboard Back Again Hello, I am back again and getting reacquainted with the site. Live in Bucks County. Hello all! Wed, 1 Jul 2020 14:46:54 EST Hello, any third shifters out there? Hi from Elizabethtown, <BR> <BR> I just turned 50 and I've been working 3rd shift for a little over 2 years now. I've always struggled with my weight, but this past year I feel like it's out of control. I feel like I'm eating all the time and I have no real regular sleep schedule. I'm starting to really feel the added weight is affecting my health and NEED to make some changes ASAP. I know what I need to do, but finding time/motivation to do it is a constant struggle. My health tends to... Sun, 17 May 2020 12:23:42 EST Hello! Hey team! <BR> New to the group and only lived in Pennsylvania like 3 years now. I know it seems like a lot, but it sure doesn't feel like it compared to my age. Was just curious, what's your favorite place to go in Pennsylvania? I live close-ish to the Burgh, so that is one I see a lot. I got to go to Hershey and Philadelphia this year as well, so I am finally exploring a little. Feel free to share what you care with me. <BR> Thanks! <BR> -Heather Sat, 30 Nov 2019 15:40:51 EST Hi everyone! I have been inactive on this board for several months or more. Just recently decided to come back to SP because I find that I need challenges to help me stay on track and to keep me focused on my goal which is to lose weight by being more active and healthy eating. <BR> My name is Carol and I'm from Lancaster PA. I'm married, a mother of five grown children, grandmother to six grown grandchildren and a great-grandma to 3 little ones. <BR> My hobbies are knitting, crocheting, reading fiction... Fri, 5 Jul 2019 18:12:32 EST Hello from Chester County! New to spark and new to PA! Such a beautiful place and so much to do! Very happy I get to work on my goal here :) I'm 29 and your typical nerd girl, I love anime and gaming. However, I'm also very into hiking and walking trails as well! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to making progress with you all! <img src=""> Tue, 2 Jul 2019 10:30:43 EST What town is everyone from? Danville Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:57:59 EST Finally feeling like I'm where I'm supposed to be ...except for the weight! I gained more than 50 lbs about 2 years ago due to severe anxiety/depression. My life is going MUCH better, but unfortunately I haven't managed to shake the weight I gained. So, I decided to try out Spark People, and hopefully meeting some positive friends on here, and maybe even some local Philly buddies, I might be able to get on the right track! Sun, 25 Nov 2018 18:41:32 EST Starting again <em>249</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I was last on Spark 4 years ago. I went to the Dr. yesterday and my A1C was 9, and my glucose was 250. My cholesterol was very high. I decided that I have to do something about this. So I joined back up and I'm committed. Tue, 30 Oct 2018 14:13:01 EST Hello from the Johnstow /Bedford area Hi. I'm 35 and I'm from in between Johnstown and Bedford PA. I'm on a program called t Dr. Sorbera weight loss, and between God's help and the program, I am losing weight. I am losing weight to get my fertility on track. Also to get healthier. <BR> <BR> Anyone else here close to me? Thu, 26 Oct 2017 06:07:46 EST Phoenixville, PA Hi! Looking for any members near Phoenixville. Hoping to find a walking partner <em>67</em> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:50:33 EST Hi, from Bernville We are originally from the the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton area but have moved a few years ago to Bernville, Pa. <BR> I did belong to this team before and I decided to re-join. <BR> I love seeing all the Pa people. <BR> Have a great week and a happy weekend. <BR> Donna Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:28:45 EST Where are you located in PA? I'm in the Wilkes Barre/Scranton area. Little town of Forty Fort. Thu, 25 May 2017 16:06:52 EST I'm new I am a 64 year old retired teacher, married for 44 years, with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I learned that I am prediabetic and need to get serious about losing weight. I am from beautiful Mifflin County. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 10:24:03 EST I'm new Hello yall I am new here to the group. Just wanted to say hello. I am 38 till May I have 4 kids from 20 to 6 and I have a granddaughter 8 months old. I have been working really hard at losing the weight and being more fit. Surprisingly at my size I am still healthy. I want to stay healthy for my kids and grandbaby. I live in venango county. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 16:26:58 EST Returning to Sparkpeople Hope after a couple years away I will be welcomed back to Sparkpeople world. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:21:40 EST Hello Hi My birthday is Jan 26 and I will be 65 Since September 2016 I have been diagnosed with several new health issues and it is really important for me to lose weight this time and keep it off. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:44:09 EST Eating out Celebrating my son's birthday today with dinner at the Outback Restaurant. Any suggestions? Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:57:13 EST hello need to lose 50 pounds and been trying to get motivated. I had been on spark people before but had been through a lot past few years since my husband passed away. I lose weight but then gain it back. so coming back to spark people to see if I can lose this 50 lounds that I have to drop. Love my chocolate and coffee. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:54:35 EST Hello! Hello! <BR> <BR> I have a confession. I am new to this site and I have only been living in PA for about three years. Which I guess sounds long, but I have time lag, so it really only feels like a moment! <BR> <BR> I am excited you guys have a team area just for residents though and it looks like a great support system! <BR> <BR> Erm... I am not good at introductions. But I am currently working to getting my bachelors degree. I am a little behind because of moving, but it is all good. I rea... Sat, 21 May 2016 13:11:55 EST Hello everyone.... I am a 58 year old female that has been off and on steroids, both oral and injections for my spine for many years. I have 50 pounds to lose by September, any suggestions on the best diet / excercise program to take off steroid weight? Mon, 2 May 2016 10:29:47 EST Hello from Thomasville Hi, my name is Cindy. <BR> Thanks for adding me to the group. <BR> Soon to be 60 and tired of not having a life because of the fat! Plenty of chronic problems that have helped side track me, but I now recognize that I had chosen to give up and give in to food and inertia. Time to change that...time to change me! Off to a slow start...but determined to keep going! Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:13:19 EST hello from the capitol region! hey everyone! <BR> <BR> i'm emily, soon to be 23 year old with a goal of 199, leaving me w 71 pounds to lose! <BR> <BR> i've been overweight since i was a kid and have lost and gained weight over the years. this is the heaviest i've ever been and while it hasn't taken a toll on my health, it has on my self esteem. i've been feeling extremely uncomfortable in my body for the past few months and now i'm finally making a change. <BR> <BR> every weight loss advice article i've read says you ne... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:04:34 EST New to this Team Hello, My name is Chris and I am new to this team. I am struggling to stay motivated to lose this weight, I have 80lbs to go. I feel motivated for a few days during the week but I find when I have had a stressful day at work I find excuses to not go to the gym or keep track of my food intake. I tend to eat unhealthy foods when I am stressed or tired. I need major support and motivation most days. Today I am taking my Aquafit Bootcamp so I am motivated today because I like the structure o... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:10:59 EST 59 and needing help. I've been dieting on and off for over 30 years. I'm at a very high point (195) and I don't want to be one of those 60 year olds sitting on the couch eating every night. My husband has always been in great shape, so he doesn't understand this horrible struggle (but he is VERY supportive). I'm thinking, with the help from others who actually understand how hard this is...maybe this time I can do it!! Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:07:39 EST Hi from the great lakes! Hey ya'll my name is Kelly. <BR> <BR> I'm never sure what to put in these intro slots so I guess I'll just start with the basics. I'm a 32 year old Married mom of 2. I work in the social work field and I enjoy helping others (sometimes to the point of forgetting to help myself). I am a special needs mother, with an 8 year old with significant emotional and behavioral issues. I work case management for a caseload of people wtih substance abuse and criminal histories. My life is hectic, exhau... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 20:50:16 EST Hello intro Hi. I'm new and looking for motivation to get healthier, lose weight and get in better shape. I have about 60 lbs to lose but I'm really looking for a complete health makeover. I'm 45, have five children and 5 grand children. My children range from 10-29 years old, youngest has Down syndrome and I'm a stay at home parent/grandparent and watch my 4 month old for motivation. Yes, I'm busy but I've fallen into the "I don't have time for me" trap and it's time to snap... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:28:11 EST Hello from Hellam Hi everyone - I'm from Hellam and back on Spark after being away for some years. Over time the weight has come back and it's time to get back to it. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and hopefully we can support each other. Happy Monday!!! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 20:21:03 EST Hello from Lancaster Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Tamara and I just started up again. I have been back and forth with the same 30 lbs over the past 5 years or so. I would like to lose about 150-160 lbs. I know what I need to do regarding diet and exercise, but it is such a mental thing for me and I tend to just give up. I really want to stay focused to get through this. I am always looking to lose weight quickly, but I know slow and steady is the way to go. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:56:54 EST Hello. My name is Ann. I live in the Hublersburg area. ( Zion ) Centre county. Looking for work out buddies. I am trying to get back into becoming healthy again. Have been dealing many health issues the last 5 years to left me at times not even being able to move. <BR> Finally on the proper medications and my strength is coming back. So I am ready to become healthy again. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:09:30 EST help my name is dave and have been with sparks people a couple years now.i bounce in and out when other things inter fear with entering my entries.anyhow i was following the diabetes diet and was surfing different pages in spark people and don't know what i did but on my menue there are foods listed ,that is a drop down list for each meal how do i get rid of this section Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:39:28 EST Fairly New to SP and Selinsgrove PA Hi, I'm Amber. I use the app and I didn't even know that I was a part of a SparkTeam until I visited the actual website! Anyway, I am looking for buddies to help me along my journey to a healthier me. :) Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:35:02 EST So THIS is where all the cool kids are! Hey all! I'm a 31 year old working mom from Lancaster County. Trying, yet again, to get into Spark People, stay motivated and actually lose weight. I've been a memeber for years but keep falling off the wagon. I've got a lot going on in my life (2 kids, full time job, finishing college, etc) but find myself making excuses a lot for not eating well, not exercising etc. I'm hoping chatting and following all of my fellow Pennsylvanians will keep me motivated so I can get in shape and especially... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:31:51 EST anyone in their early 30s Looking for support mom on early 30s just moved here Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:32:42 EST I'm back and ready to start full force! Hello there I'm Tina from Albion PA. I'm recently widowed and feel the need to get control of my life and surroundings. I feel lost but encouraged to finish the race that my husband and I started. I've come too far to quit now. I had lost 90 lbs before my husband became sick and gained back 20 lbs! I want to do this for me but also for him. Please pray for me and encourage me on my journey. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:22:01 EST hi hello everyone... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:05:49 EST Angela Hi my name is Angela Shaw I am 26 and a single mom , I am currently down to 124 pounds and would like to be at 110. My Purpose is to be more energized to keep up with my 3 year old! I am doing a 24 challenge and will help anyone who would like to join me on my next challange Sat, 11 Jul 2015 08:19:11 EST Hello Keystone Gals and Guys I am an 85 year old lady attempting to learn to live without (or with less of) chronic bursitis and GERD/hiatal hernia. I love my adopted home (not born here) and have seen nothing as beautiful and with so many "good" people. <BR> <BR> I enjoy playing bridge and troubleshooting pesky computers for seniors. My next recreational project is a genealogical history of my parents family. <BR> <BR> Would love to hear and/or meeting of Keystone Sparkers from South Central Pennsylvania. <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 16:09:09 EST Finally losing weight! So I created this account a long looooong time ago hoping it would motivate me to lose weight. I ended up avoiding it :) especially when the weight stopped coming off. I have been in the 190-200 bracket for the past two years and no matter what I tried, the weight would not come off. <BR> <BR> A Little About Me <BR> I am 33 and a mother of two. I have suffered with PCOS, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol for the past several years.( Before kids, I was always in the gym, ate clean, a... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:05:43 EST Restart I am a 56 year old wife, mother and grandmother who lives in the great state of Pennsylvania! I used Spark People several years ago and lost 80 pounds. I never got to my goal that time, but due to a crisis in my life, I quit and gained most of the weight back. I restarted in Feb. of this year and have lost 42 pounds so far! This time I am dedicated, come what may, to make it to my goal. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:41:57 EST Hello from Centre County! Hello all, I am new to spark people! I am interested in reaching my goals (lose 5-10 pounds) and eating more healthy foods. <BR> <BR> I am: in my thirties, a mom of two boys, in love with my desk-job, and married to a self-employed builder who is healthy and fit, but eats a lot. I work out twice a week at work with a personal trainer, and I try to run 2-4 times a week when I can. I am having trouble getting the second part done. I typically eat okay, but I have a hard time on the weeke... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 06:50:58 EST Viking what is the maximum carbs a person should eat daily and be able to lose weight Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:14:37 EST Hi All! I joined back in January, but never bothered using any of the community features before now. I am 30-something years old and hoping to lose 30-something pounds to be at my goal weight. Sun, 31 May 2015 16:04:44 EST Just joined the team. Just want to say hello. I just joined Spark and this team today! <BR> My goal is to lose weight by eating healthy foods. <BR> I will also lift light weights, and ride my indoor bike for exercise. Wed, 20 May 2015 15:51:04 EST Where do you live? Mercer County <BR> <em>375</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 13:03:10 EST Hiya Hello everyone! I have been with Sparkpeople for a while but I've just been observing and playing around. I wasn't serious. Well with some recent upsets in my families health (i.e. my father having a stroke and my uncle passing away), I figured its time to stop being a twit and get my hiney in gear. I need to lose 80 lbs. I'd like to lose 100 but 80 seems daunting enough. As a matter of fact, I have actually broken my goals down into 10 pound goals so I don't get overwhelmed and quit whi... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:03:48 EST I'm back! Hi everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself. This is a return to SP for me. I am a stay at home mom with a 9 year old daughter. I have other children but they've are grown & left the nest. I have battled with my weight ever since my late 20's (and that was a while ago). I have tried all kinds of different diets & I am lucky that I can usually lose weight quickly. My huge problem is hitting a wall & then gaining it all back. It really makes me sad when I look in the mirror. I don't recogniz... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:49:59 EST Back in the groove Hey All! I live in good old Centre County, PA. Love it here. Spring is slowly arriving at my happy in the middle of the woods. Looking forward to growing a new me as the seasons change. Just re-joined spark today. So excited to rediscover fitness and fun Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:27:20 EST Time for a Lifestyle Change I've had Type 2 diabetes for 13 years but despite being relatively healthy and active, I'm tired of the pills and insulin and want to do a better job of maintaining my weight, blood sugars and A1C. Found this website today and can't wait to get started! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:57:55 EST My intro Hi all! I am 38 years old living with Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I've already had two ileocolectomies due to my Crohn's, my last one being in July 2013. Within the past few months, my metabolism slowed way down and I started packing on the pounds. Obviously, I have an issue with healthier foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, that are hard for my system to digest. I've basically been eating junk food most of my life which I want to change. That is why I joined thi... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:52:33 EST Hello everyone! Hello, <BR> <BR> I live in North Central PA. During a recent Dr's visit I was informed that if I don't do something about my weight I was most likely going to die before I was 60. Having just adopted a newborn I want to be around for more than just seeing her graduate college (maybe). So here I am. Trying my best to lose weight, I fight a lot of different things in relation to eating and working out etc. I won't go into the details (it gets to sounding like a sob story). <BR> <BR> For ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:28:27 EST Check out the Spring 5% Challenge! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Spring 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64746 </link> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:11:04 EST I need to renew johnna sue... Hey folks! as you can probably guess my name is Johnna Sue :) <BR> I singed up because I am about to turn 44 in couple days and I realize that if I want to change my lifestyle from sedentary to active... if I want to get in shape...if I want to feel healthier... I really need to stop thinking about it and just do it! So, my focus for the year 44 is going to be to renew Johnna Sue!! :) <BR> So far I have found this site to have so much information and it is so easy to use! I have only been lo... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:11:47 EST March Birthdays We would like to help you celebrate your birthday, do please post your March birthday. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:16:43 EST Linnyanne Hello from Southeastern PA ! Happened to stumble upon this site - looks wonderful - taking small steps to get back on track to health and continuity in exercising amidst all the snow and cold days ! A few days ago, I went snowshoeing and I am love with the sport. I would love to hear from any others who may have the same interest - thank you ! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:42:59 EST Hi there, new here Hello! I am here to lose 20-30 pounds, get toned, and live a healthier lifestyle. I have been an avid runner for the past several years, but have gotten out of if over the past several months because of work and the bitter cold. I've had trouble with my weight for as long as I can remember and would like to end that once and for all. I think my biggest problem is motivation to keep going (I've lost and gained the same 5-9 pounds more times than I can count!). Any help and support is greatly a... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:43:39 EST Hi everyone! Hi! I'm Ruby. I am looking to lose 100 lbs. I need lots of help. I hope this works Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:03:00 EST My birthday was February first. Returning to try again lost 47 lbs last year. Hope to do as good this year. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:30:12 EST Make the best of your day! Good morning Everyone! I just wanted to see who is making the best of their day in PA! Yes, we have more snow again and yes it is going to get super cold again, but Spring really is right around the corner. I saw Robins yesterday while I was out snow shoeing! <BR> <BR> I am making the best of my day by getting my exercise in early, I will snow shoe this morning and enjoy the fresh new layer covering the woods. Then I will come in get a warm shower and spend a quiet day doing some things arou... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:53:19 EST Disappointed A little disappointed today. I have a sinus infection and having a hard time breathing so after a trip to the doctor's I was told not to exercise for a few days :( but on the good side I lost another 3 pounds by his scales. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:16:24 EST February Birthdays Please let us know if you have a February birthday so we may give you some wishes and congrats! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:22:59 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:22 EST Tess2k9 hi everyone i am here to try to loose some weight Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:48:55 EST first timer I joined SparkPeople in June and have just gotten motivated to start! Unfortunately I've never been very dedicated when it comes to exercise and healthy eating. I start full force but after a few weeks I slack off, mainly because I need encouragement. I'm not saying my family isn't (married for 20 years with two kiddo's) but they don't push me when they see me slack off....which isn't there fault. I just feel that if I join some sort of group I will MAKE myself be held accountable because I'l... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:49:13 EST Hi all!! Hi all!! i am 37 years old and weigh 205. im not sure how to add people but i would like to get motivation help and offer it to the people asking!! Thanks and GOOD LUCK ALL!! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:50:41 EST Bus Driving can be hazardous to your waist! I drive a motor coach full time. Hours behind the wheel can make it difficult to manage a good healthy diet. I will beat this I just have to stay motivated and focused. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:46:11 EST 25 lbs or bust! Hi i am a college student and gained 25 lbs and i am looking to lose it all and then some! need a fitness busy to keep me away from the sweets lol ! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:38:28 EST i need a support system My name is betty I am 57 years young I need to lose 100 PDS I had my thyroid removed this year I was 305 lost to 288 went back up to 299 I am married to a wonderful man for 28 years but he is not a support system he loves junk food when I get depressed I eat all junk food I was praying someone can help me to lose this weight thank. You Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:00:38 EST Hi there! Hey guys! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is about my dozenth time starting a "lifestyle change" and I'm really hoping this one sticks... <BR> <BR> My name is Dan, and I'm a 25 year old father (of two) and husband (of only one) who lives in Somerset, PA, though I've lived just about everywhere in the Harrisburg area during my life... I work for the Commonwealth, which is a great job but leaves me sitting on my butt most of the day. I'm hoping to get up and get moving, and eventually do a couch ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:12:00 EST Jean Hi joined awhile back but I am finally starting to keep track of my food intake. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:48:31 EST Introduction Hello PA! I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I have tried SparkPeople in the past but just couldn't get myself to follow through. In January 2014 I had my first child and I am happy to say that just a few months ago I reached my pre-pregnancy weight. Unfortunately before this pregnancy I was already unhappy with my weight and appearance, so while reaching the pre-pregnancy weight makes me happy...I know that I am not where I want to be and I now have additional inches to lo... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:11:37 EST Just started C25K <BR> I am starting the C25K at age 50 having NEVER run before. I repeated weeks 1 and 2 and will begin week 3 tomorrow. <BR> I have been pleasantly surprised that my feet, knees, and hips feel fine. My only discomfort is in my back. Any suggestions? Thanks so much! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:47:09 EST Hello! Newbie here! I'm a 44 year old mother of 3, my son is 19 yo and is currently in the National Guard, my step son is 6 yo and is in the first grade, we have him on most weekends, and my husband and I have together a 2 1/2 yo little girl who lights up our world. I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes with my daughter, but now have Type 2. I struggle daily with my diet, as I live with an Italian that loves his pasta. I do well at work, but when I get home my husband and mother in law do majority of the ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:53:13 EST another newbie here Hi, I am new here. Needing to lose around 90#'s. I have multiple muscle disorders and diseases which make exercising a chore and a half, I also am living on disability so money is very very tight, also have to cook for 6 kids and a husband, two of which have several food allergies not limited to legumes of all types, seafood, shellfish and rice. Cooking is not an easy thing to figure out as food is not cheap and the good for you cheap foods most of which we cant cook or have in the house such... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:33:19 EST Newbie - I am married and have 2 wonderful sons 20 and 14 yrs old. They love me and tell me I am fine the way I am and do not need to lose weight. I am unhappy with my body and lack of energy. I have a hard time keeping focused on my weight and exercise goals without a positive kick in the butt! I am hoping to find that encouragement (kick) here with your help. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:32:06 EST New to SP! Hey yall! <BR> <BR> I am new to SP and am so excited! I used to do WW and loved it but then became unmotivated because family stopped. I am determined to make SP work for me. I also joined Curves because I am not disciplined enough to watch some videos yet solely to help me work out. I like the Curves circuit and mixed with SP I know I will reach my goals! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 22:00:00 EST Hello! I am ready to get back into better shape, but need support and guidance. I would like to look and feel better by the time I reach age 60. That will be in June of 2015. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:03:44 EST Hello! I am ready to get back into better shape, but need support and guidance. I would like to look and feel better by the time I reach age 60. That will be in June of 2015. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:03:21 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:11 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:11 EST weight loss hi my name is Rebecca I'm 34 years of age and I weigh 333lbs and my doctor wants med to get weight loss surgery but I want to do it myself.I need help to get motivated any suggestions please let me know what you think Fri, 5 Sep 2014 01:16:39 EST any Harrisburgers? We are new to the area and need fitness help badly Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:30:26 EST Hello, new to group Hello, I live near philadelphia and I'm new to the group. I have 140 lbs to lose but I'm determined and upbeat and just lost 17 lbs. looking for SP friends, as I just joined and don't have any yet. :) wishing everyone a great, healthy holiday. :) Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:12:27 EST county I live in York County, PA any one else <em>249</em> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:34:20 EST Looking for a Fun Challenge Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! <BR> Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Fall. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and improve our health! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63518 </link> <BR> <BR> Membership is now open and the challenge will start soon! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:42:03 EST Make a Meal at Home I put this activity marker "Make a meal at home" on my start page and I wondered if any of the rest of you did the same thing. This is why: If you prepare a covered dish -- not a whole meal at home -- but take that dish to a get together where others have prepared a dish, have you considered that a 'Make a meal at home'? I have because of the home cooking done, but wondered, with all of the summer activities, if any of you have done the same thing. <BR> <BR> Since I am not a cat, this cu... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:31:08 EST Here we go! Getting my act together.. Hello to all, <BR> <BR> I joined this site a few years ago, I am now back again because I love the support you can receive here. I recently did a bikini competition last year and gained a few, let's just say post show. So my goals are to slim down in a healthy way! I find also sharing and support keeps you from sinking into the food binge attitude. I would like to reach a healthy 140 lbs by New Years and would love to meet great people along the way, <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading <BR> Gl... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:23:05 EST Hi, I am Karen I am praying that this is my final weight loss program. I am 66 years old and 50 pounds overweight. I have tried every plan out there. I need motivation help. I am Gluten intolerant and just diagnosed with diabetes. I want to lose 50'pounds to improve my health and self imagine. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:23:50 EST Tracileah My name is Traci and I am 18 months away from my 40th birthday. For my entire life, I have taken care of everybody else and put me on the back burner. I am a wife for 19 years and a mom to two very busy boys (12 and 14). I have decided, as a gift to myself, I would like to lose 100 pounds and maintain it by my 40th birthday. I am looking forward to the support I anticipate receiving on this site! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:36:20 EST Am I too old to try again? Hi my name is Candy, I am almost 68 years old. I have tried many different diets over the years, everything from diet pills to Nutri- System to the cabbage soup diet to Gastric Lap Band surgery. The weight always comes back. As far as my diet goes, I do not eat junk food, fast food, breads or sweets. Except for an occasional piece of chocolate, my downfall! I am a bit OCD about keeping food in my refrigerator and pantry. They always have to be full, even though I usually throw a lot away. I ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:07:05 EST Hi i am new to the scene My name is Lynn and I am looking to lose weight due to doctors orders. I have health problems that cause me to gain weight so the doctor wants me on a low carb low fat diet. How am I to do that and feel full? Any ideas please let me know. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 22:18:32 EST Hello all! Hi there. My name is Dan Weaver and this is my little intro piece. <BR> <BR> On February 17, 2014, my work hosted a ‘Get Healthy!’ screening which, as I saw it, was basically an oppurtunity to get some blood drawn in exchange for a discount on health care rates. You know, lots of good, cool stuff. <BR> <BR> What I found wasn’t cool, and it certainly wasn’t good. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed as something called prediabetic. They basically told me that I was on a fast path to diabetes, a diagn... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:54:37 EST Returning to the Yellow Brick Road... I used to be a member of SPARK... I was not very successful... but I have returned to this road... and hope to not only find a path that leads me to my goals... but a few friends along the way to share the journey with.... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:23:49 EST Hello Hi! I am a past member who fell off the wagon but am getting back on--determined to lose this weight and become healthier than ever. I want my future to be full of fun activities with my husband!! I just left my job to focus on myself for awhile. I know I am very fortunate to be able to do this. I live in Macungie PA, about an hour northwest of Philadelphia. (outside of Allentown/Dorneyville) I'm 55, need to lose about 30-40lbs. I love walking and I want to get back into strength train... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:59:03 EST hump day Hump day just means we have made it to the mid point of another great week! <em>104</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:57:22 EST yard work Hot day out, great day for cardio yard work. Push mower is great. I get lot's of water in. <em>198</em> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:28:59 EST every Monday weight in As of today June 16, 2014 I've lost 9lbs. <em>243</em> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:53:37 EST Good morning Wednesday. Many thanks for the strength I've been given. <em>521</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:23:37 EST Coasterqueen 68 I have tried so many diets (Weight Watchers,Atkins,SouthBeach,Etc..) Lost 100#s twice and still here I am 46 yrs old and fighting this rollercoaster but I want to get to my goal and end this ride with a smile ... My husband and I spend most weekends at Cedar Point Amusement Park, in Sandusky,Ohio and we Belong to a roller coaster club...Problem is, if you got to hope you fit on the new coasters because if the belt don't snap, you get off!! I've been fortunate... as of last year, I JUST MADE I... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 22:33:13 EST Starting Again Hello, my name is Lily. I've been struggling with my weight for as long as I can remember. From my highest of 202 when I was just 15, to my lowest of 140 when I was 17. I was recently diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and since then, last January, my weight has been up and down, 180,149,183, and now 179. I am finally in remission and I'm going to do my best to get back down to my lowest at 140 and hopefully to my goal of 135. Please feel free to add me and share in the good vibes and motivationa... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:58:08 EST Hi All Hi everyone. I'm Jules. I'm married with 2 kids. I've been struggling with my weight since my daughter was born 7 years ago. My goal is to lose 105 pounds. Recently I started going to the Y four times a week and have lost 5 pounds so far. I have also signed up to participate in a Warrior Dash in August. So today I began a couch to 5k program. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:05:26 EST Hello from PA Hello my name is Margaret and I am 56 years old. I am a mom of 2 girls and live with my oldest one. I joined Sparkpeople because I have to lose weight to be able to get a liver transplant if I need one because my liver is failing. My daughter is a member on here and told me it would be a good idea to join because we both could use help with getting motivated and staying motivated. Tue, 27 May 2014 23:20:59 EST Hi! Hi! My name is Katie and I live in Harrisburg. I am 28, a wife and currently a stay at home mom to my 3 year old twin boys and 1.5 year old daughter, but I hope to someday become a nurse. I have gained a lot of weight (60 lbs) since becoming pregnant with my boys in January 2010. Ready to finally get rid of this weight and be happier and healthier. It's going to be super tough though, I never had to watch what I ate before I had kids and I seriously love food. <em>4</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 15:40:50 EST Hello from PA Hello, my name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1 boy. I joined this site to get support and motivation when needed because I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. My main goal for losing weight is to have my own child (my son is my husbands unfortunately not biologically mine) and overall be healthier to take care of my family. If anyone has any questions for me or would just like to be friends, just send me a message. Blessed be everyone. Wed, 21 May 2014 00:34:04 EST Using SP Exercises to Create Your Own Workouts I am wanting to create a workout for upper body one day, legs one day, core one day and have the workouts last about 30 minutes - strength not cardio. <BR> <BR> Have any of you created your own workouts using the SP exercises? If so, are they working for you? Mon, 19 May 2014 20:10:47 EST My First 5K Walk Today I participated in my first official 5K walk and I did it!! I even got a first place ribbon for my age group!! Please take a moment to read about it in my blog. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 17 May 2014 16:56:19 EST Time to reboot. Hi, I'm Erin, I'm about to be 29 in two months, live in the Poconos and I'm trying to lose around 75 lbs. I use to be a competitive swimmer from the time I was 4 untill I was 18. Unfortunately, no one told me that when you stop swimming, you have to stop eating an insane amount of calories. I became a widow a year and a half ago, lost my soul mate to a heart attack the day before his 35th birthday. I too have a family history of heart disease, and dropping this extra weight can only help me b... Fri, 16 May 2014 03:26:50 EST HELP! cym222 Hello,I just joined sparkpeople,I'm about 100 lbs overwieght and want to live a more active life style like I used to.I dont really know what I'm doing or how to use sparkpeople,so far all I do is track my meals and fitness which is working so far,I've lost 5 lbs since I started 3 days ago.I'm wondering if there is a coach I can correspond with on a daily basis that's free.Any advice please let me know, and it might be easier to email me directly until I know what I' ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:47:46 EST HELP! cym222 Hello,I just joined sparkpeople,I'm about 100 lbs overwieght and want to live a more active life style like I used to.I dont really know what I'm doing or how to use sparkpeople,so far all I do is track my meals and fitness which is working so far,I've lost 5 lbs since I started 3 days ago.I'm wondering if there is a coach I can correspond with on a daily basis that's free.Any advice please let me know, and it might be easier to email me directly until I know what I' ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:38:12 EST What County do you live in? I am in Bucks County, north of Philadelphia and just along the Delaware River. We are right near Washington Crossing, where General Washington took the boats over to Trenton in 1776 during the Revolutionary War. <BR> <BR> We love living here, it is so pretty all year round, and close to New York, Philadelphia, and the NJ shore. Tue, 6 May 2014 21:43:19 EST 5K Run/Walks in PA It's that time of year when 5K Run/Walks are being held and I thought it would be great to post upcoming events here to help promote them in your area of PA. <BR> <BR> So go ahead and post them including info on how to sign up and/or contact info for the event. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>244</em> <em>311</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 18:34:19 EST Emoticon How You Feel Today Please use an emoticon as to how you feel today. Fri, 2 May 2014 15:41:21 EST Looking for an exercize partner! Hello! My name is Debbie and I live in the Pittsburgh area near Monroeville. I know I need to exercise more, but I know it would go better for me if I could find a couple of others to walk, hike or bike with. Please feel free to post where you are from and what exercises you like to do, and maybe we can all get fitness partners! Fri, 2 May 2014 09:24:36 EST no more excuses Hey everybody, Luckily, weight only became an issue for me about eight years ago. The Dr. told me lose 13 lbs and I put on 20 more! About six years ago I started to be accountable to myself.( 2 siblings became diabetic & I was on my way) I managed to loose 15 of it and then hit a plateau. Last month I found the paleo plan and have lost 11 lbs in the last 7 weeks. I still have 7 lbs to go to reach the Dr.'s goal. I am having trouble getting my vegi's and I'm not much of an exercise person.... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:01:54 EST Just introducing myself.. Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Lisa and I live in the Poconos. I have been on sparkpeople almost a month and I am eating better. I hope to lose 100 lbs, and can always use encouragement and support! Also looking for walking partners if anyone is nearby! <BR> <BR> Lisa Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:28:02 EST Hello My name is Dani. I'm an overweight Pink Zebra consultant. I want to lose weight, so I feel more comfortable, and confident in front of my customers, and guests. I also have a season pass to six flags, and want to fit more comfortably on the rides. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:27:24 EST tracker I see several members have the activity tracker. I want to know if it preforms like indicated? I have purchased other ones and they do not seem to count every step, which is quite frustrating. Please let me know because I really would like to purchase one ASAP. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone <BR> <em>9</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:55:06 EST i am new hi my name is carlos and i am here to lose about 50 pound and eat better with exercise. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:30:26 EST Beaver Stadium Run Is anyone doing this on Sunday? I'm registered to do the walk. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:03:55 EST Needs Motivation Hi. My name is Teri and I am 27 years old. I am not happy with they way I have been unhealthy the last couple years. I have signed up for my first 5k in May excited and nervous at the same time. Looking for support to help me loose extra weight that I have put on and motivation for my 5K. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:31:41 EST Walking Partner Hello, My name is Sandy and I live in York New Salem, PA. I am looking for a walking partner to encourage me as I encourage them. I like to walk the rail trail and also the parking lot at Grace Fellowship Church. If you want a walking partner also please contact me. Thanks! God Bless and best wishes........Sandy Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:30:13 EST introduce yourself Hello! I'm from the south western part of the state, west of Pittsburgh. I started this journey to have better health and hopefully bond with my daughter if she'll do it with me. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:22:28 EST The 50 50 Plan Hi, I'm Kathy from Carroll Valley. I just turned 50 and my goal is to lose 50 (or more) and I would love it if I could lose the majority by August. (My 2nd wedding anniversary!) <BR> <BR> I am a chronic pain sufferer as well as migraine with aura and vertigo with overlapping meniere's disease symptoms. <BR> <BR> I am blessed to own a small business that allows me to work from home. My main service is secretarial service for companies around the world, but I also offer herbal remedies, woo... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:43:00 EST I'm back!!! I am back to faithfully using Spark People. I thought that I could do it without tracking and using my teams for support. That was a mistake but all I can say is I tried. Hopefully, I'm on track to start losing again. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:28:19 EST First time posting I'm from Saxonburg PA, northeast of Pittsburgh. I walked the local trails today for 25 minutes, which is the first time in quite a while. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:36:26 EST New to SparkPeople Hi! I'm Tamara. I am here to try to lose weight an get healthier. I have been trying this on my own for quite a while, but I think what I need this time is support from a community of people who are at the same place as me or have recently been where I am. My weight loss goal is to lose over 150 lbs. I want to be more comfortable with who I am without having the constant worry of being the biggest woman in the room. I'm ready for a change. Here we go! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:15:05 EST Hello Just wanted to say hi and I am new to this site trying to figure out how everything works Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:40:23 EST New here from SW PA Hi all, <BR> Today is my first day here . I'm from the Greensburg area just east of Pittsburgh and noticed lots of others from western PA. I consider myself a "young" retiree and try to keep active by traveling as much as I can. Unfortunately, that can pack on the pounds as I equate traveling with eating! I have been a yoyo dieter all my life and consider myself my own worst enemy in that arena. <BR> <BR> Finally the weather seems to be looking better and hope to start walking at Twin Lak... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:17:39 EST Hey Everybody Just wanted to introduce myself. I live in work in Blair County, PA and I'm brand new to this site and I'm hoping to get back into the shape I was in a few years ago. Hope everybody reaches their goals! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Dave Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:15:44 EST Trying this again Well, where to start? I suppose hi would be the logical place. My name is Jenn and this is my second take at trying to lose weight via SparkPeople. Most of my teenage and adult life, I've been overweight, but over the past four years, it's gotten a lot worse. And I have to say, I'm tired of being overweight. It's just not a lot of fun being heavier than many people, and the lovely clothes that less heavy people get to wear. As of now, I weigh 333 pounds; the heaviest I have ever been in my li... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 14:36:55 EST JuneBug Hi all, this is something I never thought I would do, but hopefully all of your success will motivate me on my journey. <BR> I have tried so many times, hopefully I will learn something new. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 17:19:13 EST Getting summer ready Hello all, I started working out a few weeks ago and already feel like I am losing steam to keep this engine moving. I am hoping to lose 5-10 pounds and feel better in my body come summer. I am currently doing 30 day shred before work every morning, eating better (yet not fantastic) and trying to stay active throughout my day. I am hoping to join spark to learn from each of you and share some of my struggles as well as my successes. Here is to looking better post baby than I did pre baby! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:23:49 EST Need help/support I have lost a few pounds and was feeling very good about myself. I went shopping to get some new clothes and nothing still fits me and I look horrible in everything. I really feel like giving up, feeling like why not eat and be happy, losing weight is not making me happy. I don't want to give up but am feeling defeated. Help and or support is needed and appreciated. <em>15</em> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:31:11 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Mel, and I just joined yesterday! I'm so excited to be here! I have my fitness down no problem, but I struggle everyday with healthy nutrition. It is my biggest obstacle. I was living on my own and eating so healthy. I lost 30 lbs! But I had to move back in with my parents recently. My mother was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer. I moved in to help my father and brother take care of her. My family has never been healthy eaters. They can't go a day wit... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:33:26 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Kelly and I am so ready to do this!! I am excited and scared all at the same time! I want to be successful....and I am so afraid to fail. I have learned a lot in the last year though. I have learned that I can do this! I did it before....but I made choices that changed that. I don't feel like I used it is just a terrible cycle that I keep going around and around....I don't feel so helpless. I realize that the power to change things in my life is in my hands. I am th... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 05:02:29 EST Stefanie I started this program to be able to keep track of my calorie intake and finding so much more! My goal is to lose 30 lbs or more :( <BR> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 16:04:13 EST meal plan I am looking to get help with a meal plan that consist of 1000 calories. also looking for some who knows their way around this site...I had just joined today :) Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:47:11 EST needing to slim down HI, I am a 46yr old mother of 2 (boy & girl) and (Nana) of 4 beautiful grand babies. (3 boys 1 girl) I want to really take some weight off! I have tried pretty much everything I 've seen advertised and nothing seems to work! I can't afford medifast, or nutria system or weight watchers. I really am just looking for a meal plan of only 1000 calories which consist of chicken and fish/Tuna. I do have a weakness for Pizza, but I an settle for a once a month. also pasta salad which I only ha... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:03:33 EST Groundhogs Day Happy groundhogs day!! Anyone other than me ready for spring?? I think I've seen enough snow for the season..... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 07:13:06 EST Continuing my journey! Hello my name is Jenna and I am restarting with SparkPeople today :) I am wanting to track/blog my journey to remind myself that I am one step closer to my journey than I was yesterday! I don't have much more to lose but I like the community and support that SparkPeople and its users provide. If I can help, encourage, or inspire just one person to make a change in their lives I am happy with that!!! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:56:29 EST Hello All My name is Juanita and I have been battling my weight since the birth of my first child. I was always bigger than others but I was okay with my shape. I gained eighty five pounds with my first child and three children later I am still fighting to regain my lost figure. I really like the website. It helps me see where I could have made better choices. <BR> I have been losing weight but I have hit a little roadblock that I would like to get out of. I know I can do all things because Christ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:14:29 EST hey from Philly! Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to stop in and say hello. I'm not new to SparkPeople, but created a new account today for personal reasons, and am going to try to be more active on the boards this time around. I live in the Philly suburbs with my parents and my three-year-old son; I left my husband last April and we'll be getting divorced in a few months. This has been a chance for me to re-evaluate my life and find inner happiness, and my weight has been a source of contention for me my entir... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:34:51 EST Hi, I'm ready to Lose, Ready to be motivated and inspired by others working for the same goal Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:26:21 EST Hi Everyone Hi , My name is Kim , My goal is to lose 26 lbs by June ... I have been trying weight watchers but it's just not doing it for me right now ,,, I felt like I needed a positive place to be .... So I came across sparkpeople ... & I am glad to be here ... <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:34:23 EST Intro time... Hi all, <BR> Just trying to lose the jelly belly and overall feel good inside and out. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:05:16 EST Stressed What can go wrong has gone wrong was hoping for a good year and so far the only good thing going this year is my kids came home sense The week before Christmas Tim had an accident with the truck and was off for three days then we had a bitter cold snap and he couldn't work then work told him that he had to go to his doctor she said indoor work on days in the teens work then sent him to there doctor and he said no winter CDL driving so now we are waiting to see what happens with that , on top... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:25:13 EST brand new today Hi I'm Joanne, I have been using another site for awhile and thought I would give another site a try. My only dislike so far is that the exercises are pre-set with calories burned. On the other site I can adjust them with what the treadmill, bike, elliptical says I burned for that amount of time. I just entered the stepper for 30 minutes and it said I should have burned 855 calories (is it assumed I did this machine in heart attack mode? At the highest setting?), the machine I used said ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:47:56 EST Losing Weight on a tight budget I was hoping for some ideas or in general opinions. My family is going through a hard time, for quite some time, and with limited amount of income we can never buy healthy food. We can only go to the store if we're lucky once a month, and fresh fruits and veggies not only will not last that long, but you can't buy a lot without breaking the bank. Help? Encouragment? Ideas? Thoughts? <em>39</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:36:53 EST Hello to all Hi everyone, I'm Teresa, new to this kind of thing. I'm 32, 220 lbs. and am searching for inspiration, direction and enthusiasm. I was told by some to try this out and here I am! So I hope to be able to remain united with my goals and with this forum to progress to a healthier new me! Thanks for reading this! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:50:29 EST Hi, I'm kinda new... Hi, my name is Brigitte and I live south of Pittsburgh. I have done SparkPeople before but quit when I quit my diet. I have over 100 lbs to lose and decided to come back to SparkPeople for the support. <BR> <BR> I am married and have 3 kids, ages 12,7, and 4. We also have 1 dog and 2 cats. <BR> <BR> My main goal for losing weight is to be healthy. I want to take things slowly this time so that I never have to worry about losing weight again. <em>30</em> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 11:21:44 EST Late night eating How do you all deal with eating at night, after dinner? Do you allow yourself a snack? If you do what is it? I seem to have a habit of eating late and not picking healthy items. Especially on days that I exercise. Please advise. Thanks in advance. <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 14:49:52 EST Just one more last chance! Hey guys. <BR> <BR> My name is Dan and I'm a 24 year father of two boys and husband (of one woman. lol.) <BR> I live in coal mine country in Pennsylvania in towns you've probably never heard of, situated about an hour east of Pittsburgh. <BR> I work for the State of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection in the Bureau of District Mining Operations. It sounds fancy, but really all I do is plug numbers into excel all day and occassionally get to drive a vehicle around that isn't... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 12:29:24 EST Back to work Coming back to work after 12 days off is difficult. I am always stressed here and am a horrible stress eater. I have to get more confidence in myself to make this work. <em>249</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 07:17:21 EST From Fayetteville I just found this site looks so full of great tools. I have struggled with my weight since 11 and becoming a young woman. I will also be going to the Summit Weight Loss Clinic in Chambersburg January. <BR> I will look around more tomorrow. I have to limit my computer time with my eyes. <BR> Monica <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:50:49 EST New Member Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Michelle and I live in Warrington. This is my first time on SparkPeople and I working on my goal of losing 30 lbs. I belong to a small gym in Jamison and will be working towards reaching my goal. Congratulations to all on their weight loss journey and good health. Happy New Year@ Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:55:06 EST HI everyone! I'm from PA and just want to lose 10 lbs and also make a few friends in the process. I'm friendly and am hoping that this works for me as my current weight isn't acceptable. I welcome any advice. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:59:46 EST Hi, I'm Annie I'm not a stranger to weight loss but I joined this program with the hope of making this the LAST program I try. I want to KEEP the pounds that I lose OFF FOREVER! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 09:21:02 EST First Day Hi Everyone, <BR> First day of trying to lose weight and be healthier. I have poor self-esteem so it is difficult to keep on track. Hoping this will help me. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:04:29 EST New here Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new! I am a wife and a mom living in PA. My life is crazy and my weight has gotten away from me. <BR> I am trying to get back on track and love the idea of an online community for help! <BR> <BR> Nicole Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:36:37 EST Hoping this can help me! Hi! My name is Jen. I joined spark people a long time ago but i dont know that i ever posted before. Losing weight is a serious issue for me. I want to lose weight and i want to feel better about myself but i've been through a lot and i tend to use food as a way to fill the voids i feel inside. I also use my weight as a way to hide and to keep people from being attracted to me or from getting too close. I have been going to weight watchers since July and i have lost 18.4 lbs but i really had ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 00:15:20 EST New To Pittsburgh and SP! My name is Ella, and I'm 27. I am a total cat lady and a new Pittsburgh resident. I live here with my boyfriend and 3 amazing kitties. I like drawing, writing, reading, crappy television shows, and cooking. <BR> <BR> I moved out here from Indiana in August, after visiting my boyfriend and this amazing city several times over the previous year. I love Pittsburgh and want to have a fresh start, which is part of the reason I'm getting back in to exercising. Or, getting in to exercising, I shou... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:17:43 EST Just Starting I'm just starting today...a rough time to start because of the holidays! I need to lose 50lbs and feel over whelmed but am hoping this will be a great help and good place to look for encouragement! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 23:32:38 EST Starting over... I am a 58 year old cancer survivor with lots of support. However, I am overweight and tired all the time. My lifelong poor food choices are catching up with me. I have a slipped disk in my back as well as fibromyalgia which are leading some time ago to help with weight loss and was successful when I stayed connected. For me, journaling food is essential to weight loss. I need to learn to eat more healthy foods and less junk. It worked once, surely it could work again... <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 17:28:16 EST Life is not a practice run Hi SparkPeople, my name is Deb and really look forward starting a healthy life with all of you. I have been on this DIET game for over 30 years and it is time to stop. I think I have been on every diet out there and spend 100s of dollars only to loss weight and gain more weight back. I'm now at the highest weight I have ever been and my body doesn't like it! Everything is hurting me, my back, my knees and my feet. I pray that I stay focus and get healthy with SparkPeople along with enjoying m... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:35:33 EST Girl In Search Of Her Oldself Hi PA people! So happy to be on this journey with you! I want my college body back. Wish me luck ;-) Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:20:56 EST onthewayto50 New to Spark People. Not new to weight loss. Looking for simple weight loss plan and support. My biggest challenge will be exercise. I feel as though I just can't fit one more activity in to my day. I just turned 49 and I want to be fit by 50.,1 year should be plenty of time! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 22:40:28 EST My name is Janet and I want to loose weight! I am a 36 year old female mother of 2 that wants to loose weight and get in shape. I have always been heavier than it wanted to be. Never wanting to get pictures taken. My breaking point was this past summer when I was tanning in a salon. While I was dressing I looked in the mirror and seen how big I was. I was shocked. I decided right then I didn't want to be that big anymore. I went to my local gym the next day to check it out. I have been going ever since. I have now lost 50 hard pounds. T... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:56:54 EST hello I've been on spark people for a couple of years and never really got into the community part of it. Mostly because I'm nervous about posting wrong or something. I'm 30 and live in Erie Pa. I have about 40 more lbs. to lose and could use some support. thanks Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:08:13 EST State College Area??? Anyone in the area want to hike on Friday? <BR> <BR> Let me know. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:22:48 EST Tired of feeling unhealthy! Hello Everyone! I'm a 52 year old wife, mother and grandmother. I work full time and feel exhausted at the end of each workday. I am taking charge of my eating so that I will lose weight and feel better. I have a lot of joint pain so its hard to exercise but I know it will be easier to exercise if I lose some weight. I'm starting slow: stretching and walking. I'm very interested in using low glycemic index foods to keep my blood sugar steady. I'm not diabetic but there is a family hist... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 11:15:21 EST If at First you don't succeed TRY TRY AGAIN! Hello all! I am a 45 yr old mother of three and grandmother of one. I have three (2 girls 26 & 14) and 1 son ( 20). A beautiful grandaughter (20 months) and the most wonderful husband in the world. I am very blessed with great friends and family. The only problem is I do not like myself. I can notlook in the mirror cause when I do I see someone I do not recognize. Even though I have back issues I keep trying and failing. I really need to lose this weight to feel better physically and... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:53:26 EST If at First you don't succeed TRY TRY AGAIN! Hello all! I am a 45 yr old mother of three and grandmother of one. I have three (2 girls 26 & 14) and 1 son ( 20). A beautiful grandaughter (20 months) and the most wonderful husband in the world. I am very blessed with great friends and family. The only problem is I do not like myself. I can notlook in the mirror cause when I do I see someone I do not recognize. Even though I have back issues I keep trying and failing. I really need to lose this weight to feel better physically and... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:53:26 EST If at First you don't succeed TRY TRY AGAIN! Hello all! I am a 45 yr old mother of three and grandmother of one. I have three (2 girls 26 & 14) and 1 son ( 20). A beautiful grandaughter (20 months) and the most wonderful husband in the world. I am very blessed with great friends and family. The only problem is I do not like myself. I can notlook in the mirror cause when I do I see someone I do not recognize. Even though I have back issues I keep trying and failing. I really need to lose this weight to feel better physically and... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:53:26 EST Just found Sparkpeople, lots of weight to lose I'm 32, well over 100 pounds over weight. I've tried just about everything out there with minimal to no success. I'm currently the heaviest I've ever been and I hate it. Wanting a change. <BR> <BR> I love to read, draw and crochet. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 23:13:00 EST Just found Sparkpeople, lots of weight to lose I'm 32, well over 100 pounds over weight. I've tried just about everything out there with minimal to no success. I'm currently the heaviest I've ever been and I hate it. Wanting a change. <BR> <BR> I love to read, draw and crochet. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 23:11:41 EST This is awesome! Hi my name is Michelle, I also live in PA. I can't wait to get my healthy life going and be totally happy with myself. It is so awesome to be able to meet people in my area that want to get into a healthy lifestyle.. Hope to hear from some of you soon! Sun, 20 Oct 2013 18:11:39 EST Hello Hi all Im Key and I am so excited to join Sparkpeople and these groups. I look forward to getting motivation on my journey and giving motivation when I can. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:10:57 EST Hello, my name is Candy. I have been a member of Spark People since 2011. This is the first time that I am joining a team. I have lost 27 pounds and want to lose about 10 more. I have sort of been at a stand still for months now, so need some motivation. Need to get my spark going again. I am not totally sure how to keep up with team goals or postings, so if I need to do something or post something to help with goals, please feel free to let me know. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:17:15 EST hello everyone!!!! Hey everyone, my name is Jess! I absolutely love this website, and I'm extreamly excited to be joining it! Cant wait to start my journey! Fri, 27 Sep 2013 01:32:39 EST Not Feeling so great When I was younger I was always over weight, when I moved out of my mothers house got my own place I was able to pick and choose what I ate and lost alot of weight as of last year I was weighing 115lbs and wearing a size 3..than I dont know what happened I started gaining weight again, not being as active and snaking before I knew it my jeans werent fitting and I was shopping for bigger sizes now im 145lbs and my goal is 120lbs by the end of dec..My weight gain effected my emotions and how I ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:04:42 EST Beautiful PA Sunrise Check out my Last Summer Sunrise Blog for a beautiful PA Sunrise! <BR> This was at Pulpit Rock near Hamburg, Pa on 9-21-13. What a sight after a hike through the darkness to see it. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:46:28 EST Finding True Self I am a 55-year old single Mom who wants to finally be healthy and find her true self. I have been on many many diets throughout the years, and I was always fearful of groups and fearful of sharing. As with all of us, there are many chapters to our lives; and those chapter hold our innermost secrets, challenges, loves, and fears. I know I want to find my true self and be healthy; I have tried so many approaches, but I know I have never tried a support group and I have never written down wha... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:55:35 EST Hi Everyone just wanted to say hello to PA!!! i live in the western suburbs of Philly, I joined this site last week. I have used weight watchers website and loved it, but I have to say this website works just as well, <BR> i think my goal is to lose about 10 lbs! Just turned 47 UGH and just recently noticed it is harder to eat what I want. In am extremely active so it is challenging to eat enough calories and carbs without getting too much fat, i am new to site so I am tweaking it! Cannot wait to meet e... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:48:03 EST hello am looking for real tips ad support Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:49:22 EST Hello I am starting this program to get back on track once and for all all my life i''ve been overweight I am a diabetic type 2 i don't want to go on insulin I have to succeed this time. any encouragement will be greatly appreciated. I suffer from depression as well Baby steps and we all will reach our goals look forward to hearing from you all. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:41:18 EST Harrisburg Half Marathon??? Anyone else gonna be there tomorrow? Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:51:52 EST Hello my name is Sikia Hi my name is Sikia and I lost 80 lbs 2 years ago and stopped now i'm trying to get motivated to lose the rest adleast 70 more help!! Thu, 5 Sep 2013 15:54:23 EST Looking for people in Bucks County and surrounding I have currently started a meetup group for Central Bucks and looking to expand to surrounding areas to include more people who would like to walk/workout together. If you are interested or know anyone please pass this along. Thank you and good luck on all of your goals! <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>ks-County/ Fri, 30 Aug 2013 23:47:30 EST Anyone from near Dallastown, PA? Just curious if there is anyone out there from Dallastown, PA??? Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:39:31 EST Weezy I was told I have diabetes and I do not want to believe it. I decided to join the 8 week challenge. I am not on medication yet but my last a1c number was 7. I keep gaining wait and all of this info over whelms me. I am so confused. I hate diets and exercise but I think I am ready to take this very seriously. This web sight seems to look great but I am Confused and would like help with it. I have joined weight watchers in the past 3 times with no success. I just need help, I really do not know... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:11:17 EST Working again Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for all the motivation and positive words on this site. <BR> I am working on and off and have been losing and gaining weight for a couple of years. <BR> But this June my weight was 140 lbs.When I looked myself in the mirror, It was not me. I decided to lose all the weight I have gained so far and maintain a healthy life style. <BR> I have been working out 30- 45 minutes everyday( atleast 5 days a week) <BR> Eating 6 meals a day.more veggies and fruits. <BR> h... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:55:35 EST diabetes when I first got diabetes it was 400 to 600 everyday and overmuch and down to 79 pound I could death but now I am 200 to 400 I put on 40 pounds since I on iNDLIN can that happened? I am 23 year old Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:55:21 EST Hello! Just wanted to introduce myself... Hi my name is Cindy, I'm 50 years old and am trying to lose weight and get healthy. I started weight watchers in April and have lost 25 pounds so far. I want to lose another 75 pounds to get to my goal. I seem to beats stand still the last couple of weeks so I heard about this site and thought I would check it out. So far I've really liked reading he articles and recipes and would love to meet some nice people who have similar goals to trade ideas and help with. <BR> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:09:19 EST New Member Hello all, just signed up today, I started last tuesday a gluten and wheat free diet plan. It is not as easy as I thought, since I do not know much about this new way of life style I will have. I have spent hours reserching these two combined diet plan. Does anyone have suggestions? <BR> I would appreciate all the help I can get. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Karen Sun, 11 Aug 2013 18:05:58 EST Hello from Reading Greetings from Reading / Berks County. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 00:22:19 EST New to Spark People Hi everyone! I'm from Beaver County. I'm a 43 year old single mother of 3. I've lost 17 pounds since May on Weight Watchers kind of doing it lone ranger style (I know, I know, that's not how you're supposed to do it). It's sinking in that this weight loss & keep it off thing is going to be a long road and maybe I shouldn't be trying to do it alone. My brother was my long distance weight loss buddy (he lost over 275 pounds with a combo of Dr. supervised program then finally gastric bypass... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 20:32:14 EST New to Keystone Slimdown Hi everyone, <BR> I have been a member of Sparkpeople for many years. Only Today did I find the Keystone slimdown. I have been having lots of trouble with motivation and dealing with Multiple stressful situations in my life. Im trying to reach out to some new friends and hopefully a support system. I am not very good at reaching out to or sharing with others BUT, I could really use some friends right now!! By the way I am from Lancaster PA. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 20:13:47 EST Tinny Im a 44 yr old female who has been battling weight for about 10 years now. I have alot of health issues. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:22:19 EST New Game Plan Hello everyone! I am joining this team in hopes to maybe meet some new frineds and get back down to the weight that I want to be at! I have decided that I am going to try this as a support system while I do the Military Diet. <BR> <BR> I am 32 years old and I don't want to be over weight anymore. <BR> <BR> So this is my day one! I am okay so far. Well wish me luck and I hope to get to talk to everyone soon! <BR> <BR> Best wishes to you all! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:01:41 EST Making Time for Me Again Hi! I just joined Spark! My husband had a heart scare recently and it showed us that we had to do something about our health. It's time to make time for ourselves! I'm not super comfortable on computers, but hope to gain from Spark. I'd like to make some friends here. Please friend me! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:44:56 EST Hello, I'm back! Hello all! My name is Pam. I heard about Spark people from a friend and just got away from it for awhile. I am now recommitted to getting healthier. I have lost a total of 32 lbs since starting a year ago by myself, but know I need help to keep going. I welcome any support and would love to support others as well. Good luck! Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:29:57 EST Looking for a fitness and nutrition buddy Hello, I am looking for a fitness and nutrition buddy in the Philadelphia area... Just someone to join forces with as I lose my final 18 lbs. I have lost 44lbs. Over the past 9 months and am anxious to get to the finish line. I am envisioning someone whom I can encourage and be encouraged by, share stories of challenge and triumph, swap recipes and even grab a lite latte at a Starbucks! I am divorced, and a mother and a professional just shy of 50! I am trying to reach a 50 lb lst (my first ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:01:25 EST Hi my name is Myra, Im from PA. looking forward to a great start Tue, 9 Jul 2013 00:10:24 EST Ready to get serious and get healthy My name is Kim and I am 50 years old. Many health issues have hit me lately, with the most recent being a broken ankle last December 26 that just would not heal. Finally had to have surgery 4 weeks ago, using a bone graft from my hip. I have just been told I have prediabetes, and that is one road I do not wish to go down. I have gained about 20 pounds since December, mostly due to the inability to really move to get a good workout, and not so smart food choices. I am looking forward to a... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 00:06:20 EST Hi there! Hi, I'm trying to get motivated to take off the weight that's been creeping up on me over the past year (10-15 lbs). I'm doing way better at exercising, but I still hit the sweets in a way that I really, really shouldn't. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:41:09 EST new and looking to both give and receieve support Hello all my name is Megan. I am 29 years old from PA and weigh in at 214 lbs. It is my smallest weight in a long time, but looking to get smaller, I have found a love of working out with both insanity and p90x and in three months loss 11 lbs. I know it's not much however I have a low thyroid and POCS that are slowing my weight down. I will get this off though. If anyone looking for support or want to help me out. Just send me a msg. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:25:08 EST New Here I am 47 years old and weigh more than i should especially with only being 5" 1. I live in beaver county and could use some local support. I am nervous about it all. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 00:17:14 EST my weight loss Hi people I am giving this a second chance just wish I did not have to startover Sat, 29 Jun 2013 17:30:30 EST I need this! Hello! My name is Jessy and I am brand spanking new to Spark People. I have struggled my whole life with my weight and have tried every fad you can think of. I can't do this alone and I know it is my lifestyle that needs an overhaul. I'm a mom of two beautiful daughters and I want to be someone they are proud of. I'm excited to be apart of this community! Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:27:36 EST use emoticon to show how you feel today. <em>104</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:57:32 EST 5k if it kills me. I'm training for a 5k in July. I played softball all of my life and volleyball for a few years, but towards the end of high school I stopped playing sports and put on some weight. I've now lost almost all of the weight, and feel great. In April I decided with a group of friends to run a 5k. We are all about at the same fitness level so we thought it would be fun to do together. I never really ran long distances before, so it's been a struggle. In April I couldn't even run a mile without stop... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:45:05 EST New Member Hi I been trying to learn all the things that I can do on here.It's only been my 3rd day so far so good.If I don't reply to a post sorry just learning.Happy Losing!!!! Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:09:09 EST New to this may need help Hello, I am new to this. I would like to loose 20 lbs. Its gotten to the point that I can't do things like I use to. I am still very active when the weather is nice. But some times with job I can't really exercise. I just need the motivation. I sometimes have the thought of exercising then when I get home I just don't have the energy. And my eating habits have gotten worse also. Just need a little help. I don't have the money or the effort to join a gym. I am very self conscience I think that... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 12:43:41 EST 50 State Leaderboard- #5 Hi! I'm new to this whole thing, but I see PA is #5 on the state leaderboard for being healthy? Oh heck no, we're totally healthier than Texas and Ohio! <BR> <BR> Seriously though, y'all should be proud to be #5 out of 50. That is DARN impressive-you are hard workers! I want to help add to the group success! <BR> <BR> btw, it's nice to meet everyone. My name is Autumn. I started Spark a year ago, and lost 48 pounds. Then I hit a 2 month plateau and in a fit of frustration I deleted my acco... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 15:31:27 EST New to Spark Hello Team <BR> <BR> I'm new to all this. I've been on the Atkin's program and have lost weight, but have also lost my energy. I joined Spark to regain my energy and hopefully do things the healthy way. I live in Clinton County PA. I"m excited to get started with this new journey in my life. Fri, 31 May 2013 05:21:07 EST Li ve in East Berlin Hello PA. <BR> I live <em>247</em> in PA and could use some one the chat with and hold my hand lol. I am new here and really need help. Wed, 29 May 2013 16:30:25 EST hello Here I go again looking to live longer and healthier and change my way of eating etc. my problem I love to cook and eat and don't realize how much or what I eat. so I guess I will try to track it. did u ever keep trying and failing but keep looking for an answers. For the Grace of God I am going to do my best and live my retirment in better health. Wed, 29 May 2013 15:50:27 EST tracking thing? how do you get the ticker? Tue, 21 May 2013 14:12:18 EST Confused & Frustrated Hi all, my name is Heather. I am 33 y/o and newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am finding it is incredibly confusing and frustrating trying to read labels, what "good" foods to eat, realizing that healthy food is a bit more expensive than "junk" food, etc. My big downfall is soda, I love soda and am finding that to be the most difficult to give up. <BR> I did start exercising when I was diagnosed, but my sciatica kicked up so I stopped exercising bc it was too painful to do anything. Any... Sun, 19 May 2013 15:07:51 EST Cynthia S I joined sparkpeople back in August of 2012 and I followed the site for a few days and then I completely stopped. All the time i kept receiving emails and I ignored them. I have tried Atkins only to lose weight and put more back on. I didn't like the idea of not being able to eat certain foods. I have tried so many diet pills and supplements. I am finall at a point where I feel I must lose the weight or deal with the health issues. So I chose to get on track and work on losing weight. ... Thu, 16 May 2013 15:09:46 EST new to his hello, im new to SparkPeople , jus interested in networking with new positive people who have similar goals. Not sure how to work this site either!! help ;) thanx <BR> Kara Mon, 13 May 2013 20:53:24 EST Hello My Spark Friends!! Names Teresa Santini I am 34 years old, 5.1 feet tall & I weigh about 125 pounds. Trying to lose the extra 25 to go back down to my 100 lbs.that I have been all my life. Once I hit 30 years old I started gaining all the extra weight. & its not a good kind of weight either. Its the kind that started growing around my hips thighs and ass. Cellulite is what every woman hates and that is what I'm getting around those problem areas, which is the main reason that I cannot put on a bathing suit without having any self c... Mon, 13 May 2013 16:00:33 EST Hi, I'm Streamsidelady I'm 65 yrs old and just had a heart attack 2 weeks ago. They put 2 stents in my main heart and then told me I also have type 2 diabetes. Wow! Needless to say my life has changed. My husband and I are retired (not by choice) I also have a little 12yr old dog that I have to give insulin shots to twice a day. I don't take shots, I take pills twice a day. Right now the stress with the dog and truly believing my situtation I'm really having a problem sleeping. When is the best time to take my sug... Sun, 12 May 2013 08:01:48 EST Hello Everyone! This is about the millionth time I've tried to get myself back into shape, and I don't know how many times I can fail before I give up for good. <BR> <BR> I'm a 6'0" 305lb 23 year old guy from Pennsylvania. I live in rural South West Pennsylvania (a town called by Boswell) with my girlfriend and son, with another on the way. <BR> <BR> I consider myself something of a writer. I've been penning fiction since I was a small child, but just recently have actually undertaken my first novel, finis... Wed, 1 May 2013 18:22:23 EST Hello new Neighbors! Hi, I am Susan and it is great to be on this awesome team! I look forward to losing with you all! Wed, 1 May 2013 16:01:53 EST hi i am new to this group and site hi my name is Carlos Frias and i am 29, i am here to loss wight like many of you are, umm i don't know what else to say if you have any question just ask OK bye. Wed, 1 May 2013 12:59:20 EST Hi All Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Sue. I am 50 years old and until 2008 I weighed 104 pounds. I was diagnosed with Lupus, Scleroderma, Neuropathy, Myositis and Fibromyalgia. I was on prednisone for 4 years and that is why I put on the weight. I am now off prednisone and determined to get to a goal weight of 115 pounds. My rheumatologist doesn't want me to weigh under 125 pounds because when I am actively flaring, which I have been doing for four months, I am extremely sick and some days... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:37:15 EST Health/Whole Food Stores in South Central PA? Hey guys! I live in Cambria County and I was wondering if any of you who live in my county or the adjacent ones know of any whole foods or "hippie" grocery stores nearby (farmers' markets, too!). I'm actually from NC, but I moved up here since my fiance's family is all from here. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, he and his kids eat your standard eastern European and PA Dutch diet (which I LOVE, since I'm a sucker for butter, cabbage, and carbs ), but that's no bueno for anyone trying to lose weight. I... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:40:28 EST Spring into Summer 5% Challenge - Sign ups If you are looking for a fun challenge, check out the Spring into Summer 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> Teams race to fascinating places during this 8 weeks challenge this Spring. <BR> <BR> In the race exercise minutes are used as miles and we also work on creating healthy habits, like drinking water, or eating veggies, or getting enough sleep. This is a highly active challenge that requires regular postings and communication. <BR> <BR> If sounds like fun, stop on by and Join a supportive team.... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:38:02 EST RevJodi Hello, I am interested in the form you3 meltdown meal plan because I have used it in the past with success in weight loss and am hoping that it will again help me attain that! It is also exciting to be a part of SparklePeople and read all about you who have same struggles as me. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:39:04 EST Hello all!! Hi, my name is Cynthia. I am on my second weight loss journey. A few years ago, after being overweight my whole life, I lost 90 pounds through exercise and healthy eating. Then when I got pregnant with my second child in 2009, I gained 50 pounds. Since then, I have not been taking care of myself very well. I am currently about 174, wanting/needing to lose in between 45-50 pounds. Being a single mother of two kids, ages 6 and 3, and working full time is exhausting. So making/finding the time t... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:24:56 EST Hello everyone I've been on Sparkpeople for a few months now, but wasn't serious like I should've been. Then my husband starting food/fitness tracking using a different app, and it gave me some extra motivation to get serious about getting healthy. I want to be around for a long time for him and my daughter. I have about 70 lbs to lose overall but right now am focusing on losing 10% of my bodyweight...hoping to get off of blood pressure medicine as I get healthy too! I've done WW before so I know the gr... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:52:09 EST New Member looking to lose 50lbs Hi everyone. I just joined and wanted to introduce myself. I am currently on WW and yes it is working but I am starting to get tired of the points system and all the steps to track my food. Decided to give calorie counting a try and Spark People came highly recommended. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:29:32 EST Earth Day 2013 I want to do something different for Earth Day (instead of just waving goodbye as it floats by) - I'm officially commiting myself to planting a tree. Anyone else thinking about the day?? <em>435</em> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:08:05 EST New SP Username I've been thinking about changing my Spark username for a few months now. Chalk it up to mid-life crisis - or the glass of wine I'm enjoying - or the fact that I just watched the Monkees video in the link below. Whatever the reason, I'm changing my SP username to SweetYoungThing. I'm 53 - kinda "tough-in-cheek" but it makes me chuckle and I'm going with it. I thought I'd let people know so they weren't wondering who the "young" gray-haired lady was that was leaving messages on the team bo... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 12:54:50 EST New "kid" on the block I've slowly gained weight over the last 15 years and am at the point where losing a pound is a huge battle. Staying on a "diet" has not worked for me and I need motivation and encouragement to make better choices. My husband and I travel often which results in many meals in restaurants. I've spent money on Weight Watchers several times and I know portion sizes are important and consistently saying "no thank you" to the food pushers in my life. Exercise is something I do not enjoy and my tread... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:40:36 EST New I'm 45 years old witha 20 year old and 5 year old. I just had a hysterectomy done a week and half ago. Can't do much other than 5 mins a day but trying to keep off the 32 lbs that I lost from October 2012 to March 20. Any ideas on eating would be great. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:56:38 EST Can't stay motivated. Hello I am Vicklet. I have tried dieting before and I can't stay motivated. I am here so that I don't have to do this alone. I need help and I am hoping I can get it here. I need to lose weight, I am considered obese, and get fit so that I can enjoy swimming and biking with my kids and grandkids. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:44:21 EST Day 1 and excited! Hi, my name is Barb and I just found SparkPeople. So excited to learn all about the site and take advantage of the tools. I am a 45 year old woman who has been ignoring my creeping weight gain. I love exercise, but i also love eating. I need to get control of my diet and am hoping the tracing system will help keep me in line. Previously i have been successful with weight watchers. the accountability aspect keeps me in line. I hope I can stay on track with this on-line system. I will g... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:44:36 EST Spark Walk Friday April 5 Anyone in the Harrisburg Area want to walk at Wildwood Park? Should be a nice Springtime walk around the lake. Birds are happy to be out there, let's go and join them! I am flexible about the time but prefer morning to early afternoon. Anyone?? Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:00:14 EST Spark Hike Monday April 8 Hike Anyone interested in hiking on Mt Nittany on Monday April 8th around 1PM? Let me know. <BR> Mt Nittany is near State College. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:53:48 EST Newbie from Moon Township!! Hi all!! I'm Roxann, and I live near the Greater Pittsburgh airport. I'm excited to be here. <BR> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:19:35 EST SNOW!!??? Seriously???? We are supposed to get snow here in Lancaster starting tonight and continuing into tomorrow morning with a possible 5-8 inch accumulation! What the what? This weather has seemed surreal lately. <BR> <BR> Springtime, where are you???!! <em>67</em> <em>378</em> <em>376</em> <em>125</em> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 06:39:17 EST Deeruth I'm a 55 year old grandmother working full-time. Slowly gained weight over the years especially now that menopause has set in. Hoping to lose some weight before I attend my niece and nephew's weddings this year. While shopping for a new dress, I decided this is it! I need to get the scales moving in the opposite direction! The Spark People Trackers look like a helpful way to make it happen! Thanks! Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:12:20 EST A Blessed Journey Good Morning PA Sparkers! <BR> I am from the City of Champion Pittsburgh Steelers and on this cold and blustery day I wanted to share that I'm a brand new member of SparkPeople and I'm loving it. <BR> <BR> We are so blessed to have a site to share with each other our successes and anything else that comes along. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a journey filled with Hope and Success. <BR> <BR> With belief in Him who works wonders - <BR> Gina Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:05:17 EST Frustrated and need some support. Hey y'all. I am so motivated to exercise and eat right hubby doesn't really do anything to support or encourage this. He keeps complaining that his pants must be growing during the night, or says that it wouldn't be fair to have "only mommy" snacks or food in the house. Our cupboards are full of processed and packaged foods. Somehow I am the only one who needs to lose weight. My husband is thin, my boys are very slender...and then there's me. I blame it on 2 c-sections, 4 pregnancies... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:01:48 EST Hi there, <em>213</em> I'm Java Jenn. New here. I'm liking it so far. Sure wish I could burn calories sitting here typing at the computer. I'm 57 need to drop about 30 pounds. Gained so much when I turned 50. I've seen some older ladies who are thin. Wonder what their secret is? Good luck to all. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:04:23 EST Gisela, the new me I have lost weight and am close to my goal. I have been plateauing for YEARS! I thought this might help get me to the next level of awesomeness. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:12:30 EST hello from franklin county I'm new to spark people and am hoping to lose 15-20pounds through healthy eating and activity. Just learning to navigate through this site Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:20:44 EST How Often Do You Guys Weigh In? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I weigh myself every monday morning (except for last week because I knew I had a bad weekend and I didn't want to face the scale). So I was really good all week, but when I weighed myself this morning I had gained a pound :( <BR> <BR> Do you think weighing myself everyday is a good idea or should I just face the scale every week even if I don't want to so I can see where I went wrong in the week to better prevent weight gain? Thanks! Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:46:45 EST New girl, looking to feel healthy and better.... Well, I'm new to this, but fighting with my weight has been an ongoing struggle...I have tried for at least the last 6 years to be at a comfy weight(which to me is 150 lbs, or a little lower, if I can do it!) because I am uncomfortable with the way I feel, and look. I keep trying to find ways to make myself eat better, but keep falling back into old habits, especially when I am on a budget and married...And I want to stop all the excuses, and see what I can do to make myself healthy, both phy... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:52:22 EST Hi All Hi, <BR> I'm still trying to work my way around the site but it looks good so far. Today was the first day I entered my food and exercise in- still not sure how to take advantage of the help but I know I can use it. Just haven't been motivated lately but really want to get healthy and lighter. <BR> <BR> Toygnome Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:09:49 EST Monday "Weigh-day" I wanted to be accountable to all the teams i belong to so I am posting weigh day, today. <BR> Down 2lbs from last week. i am so excited to be making steady progress. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:16:10 EST Newbie from the Poconos Good morning everyone!! I'm a newbie here to Sparkpeople, live in the Poconos, (brrrr it is soooooo cold here this morning) just found and joined last night. I'm looking to lose some weight, increase my energy, and exercise more to adapt a healthier lifestyle. I have 2 dogs that i love to take walks with, but, with the cold weather i think i need a spark to get moving. With a full time job and my kids being VERY involved in sports I sometimes forget about myself and I do need some motiva... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:40:48 EST Hello from Harrisburg! Hi Everyone! I am from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I joined sparkpeople a couple of months ago, but didn't have the motivation to keep going on the weight loss journey. Last night however, I decided to weigh myself and found that I had lost weight by doing my own thing! So this has got me motivated to keep going and do the right thing! I came back to Sparkpeople in hope that I would get that extra push! I hope to keep going in the right direction and keep things in line to meet my goals! I am v... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:13:00 EST Shermsunshine Hello all. I have just signed up and am praying for some good results. My goal is to change my lifestyle so that I don't have to keep going through this. I am hoping this site will help me stay motivated. I am reading info today and starting tomorrow. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:55:05 EST Does anyone use Fitbit? Hi! Does anyone use Fitbit? I am thinking of getting one, but wanted to see what people thought. Also, any recommendations on Fitbit One vs. Fitbit zip? Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:46:36 EST hello my name is verLynn looking forward to having some kind of support during my weight loss, it has been a struggle all i can say is HELP!! MY SLOGAN IS [ GET FIT!! GET LEAN FOR 2013]. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:29:13 EST Newbie alert Hey all just wanted to drop a line and introduce myself. My name is Charity as you probably can tell. I'm turning 34 in March. It doesn't bother me I still see my self as young, but it does bother me that my body feels more like 60. I get out of breath and I feel lethargic. My downfall is eating. I do it when I'm happy, sad or bored. I want to get healthy so me and my husband are challenging each other to get thin (fit). Hopefully I win because I bought this cute pair of skinny goal jeans the... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:28:30 EST My name is Angel Hi everyone...I am 42 years old, on april 20th i will have quit smoking a year ago, now i have all this weight i have to loose because of it. Been trying off and on for about 6 months now to loose the weight but just not succeeding at all. A week ago i started dieting again, low carbs high protien, been feeling really good about it this time(who knows maybe that will make the differance).thought i would give sparkpeople a try for support. looking forward to sharing the good and bad days with ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:23:33 EST My name is Deb... Hi Everyone I just joined here yesterday. I am type 2 diabetic and have struggled with my weight for years now. I am hoping to loose 40 lbs by summer time so I can look good in a bathing suit once again. Looking for friends on here ... I live in the philadelphia suburbs... bucks county. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:34:20 EST Lost Hello, I'm almost 57, weigh 250 lbs. I have a wonderful husband who loves me, don't know why, 2 great kids, one in college, one in the army. I've been overweight ALL my life. Have joined WW 50 times, tried Richard Simmons, read Dr Phil, I've tried it all. With all my attempts, I am successful in the beginning, then for some reason, sabotage myself. I've been a member of Spark People for years. I read the articles, some of the messages, have exercise tapes. I have good intentions, but ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 22:24:41 EST Weather in PA today love the fact that nobody knows yet as of 5 am what we are going to get in the northeast I am in the area that they are calling for 8-24 inches of snow today . At this point i am wondering what the school that i drive for is going to do , think we will go and let out early , we are out of snow days because of Sandy we are out of snow day <em>39</em> <BR> Just got the word My School is CLOSED <em>224</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 05:06:52 EST My name is Katrina Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople again and I'm so happy I found this team. My name is Katrina and I'm from Pittsburgh!! I want to lose about 22 pounds, and I look forward to hearing from all of you and supporting you all when needed! Thu, 7 Feb 2013 09:12:56 EST What is the plan for today my plan for today is to chill for the two hour delay come home do up the dishes , and later this afternoon i am going to do a step test ( have to wait for some one to help me (Tim)) this is going to be counting how many steps ups i can do in 3 min and then see what my heart rate is after i have been done for 3 min will post the results <BR> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 07:46:41 EST starting over Hi spark friends. My name is Nicole . I'm a 36 year old mom to my wonderful boys Christian and Logan. <BR> I was a member back a few years ago. Im back and determined to be successful. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:27:28 EST Anyone here use a PA cyber charter school? Hi! I am considering homeschooling my son, and PA has quite a few public cyber charter schools. Has anyone here ever used any of them? Suggestions on which one to go with? Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:32:46 EST My name is Austin Hello everyone! My name is Austin and I'm here for support in my quest to get healthy. I spent the last 8 years living a very unhealthy lifestyle. The birth my of my son last year and the addition of my 6 year old stepson have really changed the way I feel about myself. <BR> <BR> I have broken my unhealthy bad habits but now I am trying to build new healthy ones. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:21:52 EST 30+ and starting over, again Hi all!! I'm Dana. Fell of the healthy wagon a few years back and really kind of just didn't care. Well, I've realized that I am just not happy with how I look, how clothes fit and the fact that I am starting to get winded just walking up and down stairs. That part really is not good, not at 33 years old! I was always in awesome shape as a kid and all through out high school. It wasn't until later in life after a some emotional roller coaster rides of a failed marriage and just life in ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:29:54 EST HiMy name is Steph Desperatly trying to lose 45lbs by summer, tired of not fitting into my clotes, tired of no motivation. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! thnks <BR> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:30:41 EST Hello =) Hi everyone! My name is Nicole but everyone cals me Nikki. I am 25 and live in Dover, PA with my husband and pug. I started losing weight about 4 years ago. When I started I weighed 220 pounds. I am now down to 152. I finally hit a snag that as been really hard for me to overome. That's when I dicovered Spark People. <BR> <BR> I figured out I wasn't getting enough calories in a day so I upped them. I'm now going to try and get in 1500-1700 calories a day. I workout 6 days a week for 30-60 m... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:46:59 EST Hi everyone! I am a stay at home mom of two boys and have decided to make 2013 the year that I get fit. I am excited, and a little apprehensive, but im confident that I will get there. Good luck and best wishes to each of you:) Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:22:20 EST hello from Pennsylvania I am a mom of 3 boys, work part time, and looking to lose 70 to 80 lbs. and get into shape. I am looking for support/friends. Also, if there are any trainers out there, I would like to put together a strength training program I can do at home. Look forward to hearing from you! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:44:18 EST Calling all Montgomery Co. Sparkers! I'd like to introduce myself as the new Montgomery Co. team leader. The team has been pretty quiet for quite a while, but we're up and moving and ready to grow. Please join us at Montgomery County PA! <BR> <BR> Vicki Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:32:18 EST mother of 3 My name is shalyn, I am a mother to a 5,3,and 8 mtonth old. Ever since I had my first child, I have had a hard time with my weight. It just keeps creeping on. I was putting my needs on the backburner, and realize that it needs to stop. I hate the way I look. I get very discouraged when I see no change on the scale. This time around I am going to reach my goal. I am 178 lbs and want to lose 40lbs. According to Sparkpeople this can be accomplished by June. I have faith that I can succeed, but I... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 07:52:35 EST Hello Read about the program in AllYou magazine. Retired a month ago and need the motivation to eat healthy. Hope I find some friends Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:59:18 EST Here goes nothing..... My name is Catherine - my sister introduced me to the world of Spark! Even though I just started, I love the layout! I have a lot of stress in my life and find that exercise really helps me to decompress. I like strength training better than cardio but I'll moan and groan my way to weight loss, :-) I just went grocery shopping tonight and really tried to make sure I bought lots of fresh fruit and veggies as well as some protein and dairy products. My husband is on board with me so that m... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:46:56 EST Charlie Horses when I crunch??? thoughts anybody? Ok my exercise the last few years has consisted of carrying babies, lugging bags, yoga and walking. However, as I am losing weigh I am trying to be sure I tone my core muscles as well as lose because my mid section is my least desirable area. My overall conditioning isn't terrible. I can keep up with most strength exercises (except what I can't do just right now because of a healing MCL tear)- however, I can not seem to do a casual, easy going crunch. Even doing one set of 10-15 forward and o... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:25:39 EST Help I've been lurking and you all look like marvelous exercisers - I have a problem. I have MS and am pretty immobile - waiting, actually on the wheelchair delivery. Does anyone have ideas for fitness in this condition? <BR> <BR> <BR> &#9774; & &#9829; <BR> Sunny Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:36:46 EST Hello Just want to introduce myself to all the team members and hope to accomplish a few goals this year. Thanks John Sun, 13 Jan 2013 09:16:36 EST I'm back.... ..again! Hi everyone, I joined SP a little over a year ago, finally determined to lose weight and get healthy! Well guess what? I failed...again! In fact, I've gained weight this last year and I now feel worse than I ever have in addition to now having more weight to lose. I HAVE to break this cycle! So now here I am, back again, and praying for the willpower to finally make my lifestyle change. I read all the success stories and look at the pictures and long for the day that I can see that kind... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:59:07 EST Looking for a Harrisburg Area 5K Run/Walk Does anyone know of a good 5K Run/Walk (emphasis on walk) coming up in the Harrisburg area? Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:58:12 EST New hey everyone. i am new to all of this. I am wanted to lose alot of weight. I have five kids and had depression ever since 2003. I been trying to lose weight but not yet lost want i been wanting to lose. I am hoping this site will help me Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:46:41 EST What to do when I didn't eat enough??? Ok. First, I KNOW I shouldn't have let this happen so I do intend to do the first and most sensible thing and try to be careful it doesn't happen again. However, with 4 kids and two jobs I have to say I can't honestly say this would never, ever happen again so I need to know what to do if it does. So here is what happened... <BR> <BR> I didn't track my food until I got home right before dinner to see how many calories I should eat. I didn't realize my breakfast was only 140 calories and my l... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:22:38 EST No subject Today is my first day i need lots of help. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:55:03 EST Bluediamond77 I here to change what ever needs changing so if we are in this together then let's do this, any help that I can get I thank u for it . I love life and I want to keep on living it as much as I can . Tue, 8 Jan 2013 05:38:57 EST 100 POUNDS TO LOSE!!! HELLO, i WILL BE 55 IN MARCH AND I AM A RETIRED RN. I LIVE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND AM DISABLED.i WOULD LOVE MEETING PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE SAME CHALLENGES AS MYSELF. i AM MARRIED FOR 25 YEARS THIS YEAR AND I HAVE 2 DAUGHTERS AND 2 GRANDSONS. I AM A CHRISTAIN. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:19:40 EST Hello, my name is Kristin and fat defines me Hello Spark People of the world. My name is Kristin the word fat defines me pretty well but I want to redefine myself and stop calling myself fat. All our lives our teachers and friends have asked us to describe ourselves in one word. Well, all my life I've come up short. I've never been able to describe myself but and I'm not quite sure who I'm suppose to be. On the other hand the I've always been good at describing the unflattering traits I believe that I am such as; fat, lazy, ugly, slob, ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 16:29:30 EST Ms Hall Hi I just wanted to give this a try. Just had a baby % months ago I gained 70 pounds now I want to lose some but at a healthy pace. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:29:31 EST Hi Im new here and figured i would givr this a try. I have about 25 pounds to lose. If i could just quit snacking at work or when im stressed i know i could do this easily. Here's hoping for a new year and a new me! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 01:04:25 EST Hello! SparkPeople Noob Here! :o) Hiya, my name is Jen. I am 32 years old. And I'm looking to have my clothing fit better! LoL. I would like to loose 40 pounds; goal weight being 165. I am also thinking of signing up my 9 year old daughter to this site so she can track her eatting habits; as she is a tad over weight as well. I think she will love this site as much as I do! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:44:36 EST Carly z Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new to spark people...trying to lose about 50 sick of feeling tired and old. Hope this site are you guys all doing with the help of this site? Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:54:06 EST Losing with you and happy Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Michelle and I'm so happy to actually workout these days. I'm really enjoing runnging and absolutely love coach Nicole and her videos on this website. I like to be able to track my progress and this website provides so much usefully information which most sites don't mostly just advertisments. I hope you all reach your goal because I know I will. God bless you all and have a safe new year. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:13:45 EST determined to get healthy again Hi All, I'm a 63 yr old woman who decided to become a nurse and didn't realize that school all day and studying all night could pack on 30 lbs did. Now , I'm back to riding my bike, going to the gym, and started zumba last month...Working on handling my sweets cravings..gets me everytime! Looking forward to march when I hope to see all this effort has worked Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:26:04 EST Blog entry about last day of being fat Hello everyone, I just started SparkPeople today. Well, actually I started back in August, then never followed through. But today I begin again and put all my past failures behind me. I wrote my first ever blog entry today, about the day I hit bottom. I invite anyone to read it on my spark page, I invite anyone to friend me--I will friend you back, and try very hard to be a good and consistent sparkpeople friend. I wish everyone a day of fun, strength, and su... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:03:31 EST