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12/29/12 9:20 P

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Hi all! My name is Audrey and I'm from the (::AHEM::) wonderful city of Wilkes-Barre. I'm 28 and mother of a 2 year old little girl. She keeps me on my toes! I'm also happily married for 5 years! We were high school sweethearts! I have about 60 more pounds to lose to be ::PERFECT:: I'll settle for 50 pounds lighter and a BMI that's ::NORMAL:: I'm a leader of the 20 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose team. I'm not as active as I should be but I'm trying. I'm also struggling with healthy eating since moving in with my grandfather. It makes things difficult to not be able to dictate what foods are and aren't in the house. And his refrigerator in this house is smaller than ours was in our old house, which means when I had our 26 cu ft JAMMED with healthy foods, he has his 22cu ft JAMMED with junk. Not easy to alter the eating habits of someone who's 90. Making it my New Year's Resolution AGAIN to eat healthier and be more active. Hopefully I can work things out!

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5/22/11 11:18 P

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Thanks alot and congrats on your amazing weight loss. I will succeed on this journey and i think my biggest challenge will be to keep it off. But with spark I know it will be easier.

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5/22/11 11:01 P

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Hi Melissa - Good luck!!! I lost my job last year and I really poored all my efforts into losing weight and lost 100 lbs so I know what you mean about doing better not working - you can lose all the weight you want with Sparks helping you and your determination! You'll do great!!!



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5/22/11 7:28 P

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Hi my name is Melissa and I am from East Stroudsburg Pa. I am a mother of 2 girls, 18 and 13. I am currently out of work so i am devoting more of my time to eating healthier and exercising more. For some odd reason I gain weight when I am out in the work force. I had lost 25 lbs but then gained 10 back and i am determined to lose it plus some. Wish me luck!!

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5/15/11 9:48 A

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Thanks!looking forward to being on here.

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5/14/11 9:06 P

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Welcome Christine, hope you have much success on Sparks! I'm from Clarks Summit.




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5/14/11 5:31 P

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Hello.I am christine from wilkes barre,pa.looking forward to being a part of this spark team and following my goals.

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3/24/11 2:54 P

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Welcome!
Sparks has tons of articles related to everything! Fitness being one of them. I've read and learned so much from Sparks. They give suggestions on fitness ideas and will add them into your own fitness tracker. I love the fitness tracker and use it all the time. Check it out and see what might fit into your interests.
Best of luck on your healthy journey! You CAN do this!!!!!
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3/24/11 12:27 P

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Hello,
I am Sarah. I am 23, I just graduated from college and I have a full time job as a secretary. I am looking to loose 100 (or so) pounds in the next 15 months. I am from the Tri State (Dingmans Ferry). I am pretty much brand new to the website and going this in general. I am currently trying to work out an exercise routine for my mornings but I am stuck at how exactly to plan it. I currently record all the food I eat (not the calories, though I am watching that as well, I just write down everything that goes into my mouth).

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3/21/11 6:41 P

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On my way out but thought I'd at least post to this thread so I can get notified of replies. Welcome everyone!

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3/15/11 9:42 A

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Welcome. I live in Old Forge, PA.

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3/14/11 3:43 P

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Welcome, Denny! I'm in the Scranton area but my parents used to live in your area so I'm familiar with it.



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3/14/11 2:40 P

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Yep I live just outside Berwick toward Bloomsburg.

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3/13/11 10:13 P

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Hi everyone. I have been a member for quite a while, but don't seem to be trying very hard. I need some motivation!!
I live half way between williamsport and wilkes barre. anyone else from around the bloomsburg area?

just for today, I will stay on my plan!!

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3/13/11 10:05 P

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Hi Judy,
Good for you! You are doing an amazing amount of exercise throughout the week and have great variety. So glad your husband is on board - it really helps doesn't it?! You both lost weight which is fantastic. Glad you found our team even though it is a sleepy little team. Are you anywhere in the Scranton area? I live nearby.

Keep up the great work and you have the right attitude about Sparks being so inspirational and also for this being for a life time. I know it made all the difference for me when I changed my mind set a year ago.

Best of luck on your healthy journey!!!!
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3/13/11 9:39 P

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Hi my name is Judy I am 60 & for my last hurray I am going to make this work until I am no longer here. I started out last Sept. doing Zumba but did not put my all into the program.Three weeks ago my husband said he needed to start to take his weight off . We began to walk 4 miles a day not a stroll but a good strong walk.Mon. Wed I go to kick boxing for 1 hour ,right after Zumba for an hour.Then Tuesday, Thur. & Sat. work out on 11 machines at the gym. Then walk strong 4 miles On Tue Thur SAT. & Sun. Plus 1 or 2 miles on the bike.I also measure out our portions on our food.My husband lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks I lost 7 . My husband has never done this before & I believe it has really helped me to stay motivated,plus I have a great friend Carol we push each other & have talks about why we are doing this. I am looking at the whole picture not with blinders on like I use to.Change is gradual I worked up to this when I looked back at all the time I lost by not giving it my all I could just shake my self up. Plus when you surround your self with the same kind of people that are striving for a healthier being also helps, reading as much spark stories I can also helps a great deal. I am in it for the long haul I intend to be hear for a very long time.

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3/13/11 9:38 P

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Hi my name is Judy I am 60 & for my last hurray I am going to make this work until I am no longer here. I started out last Sept. doing Zumba but did not put my all into the program.Three weeks ago my husband said he needed to start to take his weight off . We began to walk 4 miles a day not a stroll but a good strong walk.Mon. Wed I go to kick boxing for 1 hour ,right after Zumba for an hour.Then Tuesday, Thur. & Sat. work out on 11 machines at the gym. Then walk strong 4 miles On Tue Thur SAT. & Sun. Plus 1 or 2 miles on the bike.I also measure out our portions on our food.My husband lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks I lost 7 . My husband has never done this before & I believe it has really helped me to stay motivated,plus I have a great friend Carol we push each other & have talks about why we are doing this. I am looking at the whole picture not with blinders on like I use to.Change is gradual I worked up to this when I looked back at all the time I lost by not giving it my all I could just shake my self up. Plus when you surround your self with the same kind of people that are striving for a healthier being also helps, reading as much spark stories I can also helps a great deal. I am in it for the long haul I intend to be hear for a very long time.

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hello all,I'm pretty new to the NEPA team,my name is amanda I'm a 30 yr old stay at home mom.I have 3 kids ages 11,9 and 6.I don't get out much therefore I don't really have anyone to get motivated with and workout with so I'm hoping to find someone close to me that's in the same situation.I live in the Harrisburg/Hershey area.I'm happily married and have been for about 10 years now,I've gotten to the point where I'm just really unhappy with the way I've gotten comfratable with being over weight and hoping to get into shape and enjoy life.Hoping to hear from u all and get to know you! =)

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3/3/11 7:43 P

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Hi I am new to spark as of a few days ago...my name is Amy and I would really like an online female buddy to go through this with...I don't have a lot of friends...I am 5'5..250lbs...I have 2 beautiful daughters...happily married...and a ton of health issues...if anyone is going through anything similar...and would like to be friends...as pathetic as that sounds...lol....here I am 31 years old....starting my weight loss journey...thanks.

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4/27/10 5:08 P

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Hi Andrews_Mom, Congrats on losing so much weight. Glad you found Sparks and our NEPA team - Scranton isn't far from me - I'm in Clarks Summit. Good luck with the last few pounds to kick off - YOU CAN DO IT!!



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Hi Andrews_Mom,
A hearty welcome and great success on your continued weight loss journey.

Denny

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4/27/10 2:36 P

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Hi, everyone!
Just found this team.; am 36yrs old and a SAHM in the Scranton area. After losing over 100 + lbs from my highest weight during pregnancy & reaching my goal - I've managed to gain some back over the fall /winter and need to lose about 15-25 lbs... hopefully by summer.

Was excited to see a team for those of us in the NEPA area! :)

Wishing everyone a great week!

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4/23/10 2:17 P

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Hi DJS336647 and welcome to the team! It's kind of a quiet team but maybe the more we get to sign on, the more active it will become.

Congrats on losing a few pounds - you're off to a great start!!! Keep up the good work!



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3/30/10 2:40 P

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Hi to All,
Just checking in and new to team. I'm 63 retired and could stand to loose 20 or so pounds. Usually walk 3 miles a day. Between walking, bike riding, golf, and sailing I think I get enough exercise but my eating overcomes by consuming too much and the wrong kinds of food. Need more will power less won't.

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2/22/10 10:11 P

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Cruz, is a cutie. Makes me wonder why some animals are at shelters longer then others, when nothing is wrong with them.

When I had volunteered at the SPCA. There was 2 dogs. Sasha who kept going back and forth from being adopted to the SPCA for a year. And there was Petie, he was at the SPCA for a year until he got adopted.

Both dogs were nice and listened.

Crystal

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2/22/10 7:21 P

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I know remodeling is a lot of work, been there, done that!

Got a Black Lab puppy, her name is Jada. We got her at 8 weeks, now she is 4 Months. She is a little snapping turtle, teething and biting at everything. I hear you, I still volunteer at the Easton animal shelter. I want to bring them all home. There is 1 dog I wish would be adopted soon. His name is Cruz, he is a pitbull/German shorthair mix. He is there now for well over a year. I would have taken him, but when I did the meet and greet, my rottie was being too dominant with him so it didn't work out.

Check out the site http://www.healthyanimalcenter.org/petsLis
t.asp?cat=6 and look for Cruz. In alphabetical order.

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2/22/10 11:29 A

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Doris, the house is finally getting some where. lol The start of January we started remodeling the main bathroom. As of yesterday, we finally finished. It's so nice to be done with the bathroom. We replaced everything but the toilet. We moved the toilet and sink, which involved moving plumbing. Well worth it.

What kind of puppy do you have? I plan to get a puppy come Spring/Summer. After all the remodeling is done. Stop at the SPCA 2 weeks ago. They have so many dogs. I wanted to bring them all home.

Well, we just need to paint one more room and we will be done fixing the inside of the house. lol

Crystal

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2/21/10 6:27 P

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Hi Crystal, it's been a while :)

I'm not on here as much these days. I'm still studying for my personal training course. It's very time consuming, and then of course - real life takes over. Have a new puppy and it's like having a baby, getting up at 3 or 4AM to let her out - URGG! I love her though!

How are you, how is the house coming along?

Welcome Donna, I tried WW years ago. I know some people who are doing wonderful with it. Good luck! What works for me is eating as clean as possible, eating 5 - 6 smaller meals a day. I determining how many calories I eat by what I am doing in the following couple of hours. When I get up and I'm just driving to work I will eat less calories, but if I'm going to the gym I will eat more calories. Carbs more so for the energy. I consume very little carbs at night, if I'm not going to burn them, I don't eat them.

I agree Crystal, it is a lifestyle change.



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2/21/10 2:32 P

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Me personally, I can't join any diet programs like weight watchers, south beach etc.. For me to lose weight is a life changing experiance. Whatever I do to lose weight, I plan to do for the rest of my life. There is no way I would do a diet program for the rest of my life. I like certain foods and will never stop eating them. I just eat in moderation and adding excerise.

Crystal

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2/21/10 2:12 P

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Thanks for the welcome!
I agree that meeting people IRL goes a long way for encouragement. That is one reason I think the WW program works so well! Truth is though, it's it just not in the budget these days!
Also, i feel like I have wasted so much $$ of programs I feel guilty if I spent it on yet ANOTHER WW try! My hubby would gladly pay for it, but well, i am sure you get the point :0).

PLEASE!! No snow unless it is a HUGE storm that keeps everyone home and the kids can play in it! this here a little there a little has been quite disheartening this winter. I usually LOVE the winter, but this year i find myself LONGING for springtime!

This is only my second day with SP and I do so hope i can continue! Consistency is a HUGE issue for me.

i did go ahead and join one other group that seems ti be a bit more active though I will gladly stick around here as well! I like a few people better than hundreds but I do appreciate regular feedback/encouragement :0)!

Hope everyone has a fantastic week---GO! GO! GO! emoticon

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2/19/10 10:11 P

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Welcome,Donna! Glad you joined the team.

Hi Luvnhatelife, Nice to meet you as well.

I'm new here too and glad to find more NE PA friends. I'm on Sparks every day but don't always get to "visit" the teams and this one seems a bit quiet. I'll try to check it out more faithfully.

Hope you both have a nice weekend. Did you enjoy the little sunshine we had today?? Does make you anxious for Spring!!! Did I hear snow for Monday night?! UGH



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2/19/10 11:48 A

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Donna welcome. This group was very active months ago. At some point there was only a couple of us who was active. Then we all stop.

I myself, been a member to this group for a couple of years, but I'm back and forth. Some weeks/months I am active, then I go months of not saying a word. I may continue my diet, or even fall off the wagon, but in general I just get busy with life to remember to sign onto Spark and post something.

This group has it's moments. This past summer we had our first meetup. Only 3 of us members got together. More people were interested, but when it comes Personally I think it's a good idea to meet the members. We all get to know each other a little better and I think it helps more on the support.

Crystal

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Hello All,
i was looking around and I am not sure if this is a very active group? Maybe I am reading the posts wrong :0). Well,in either case...i joined SP a while back, lost track and interest but I REALLY need to loose 50-80 pounds! This is a life long struggle and I am back on the right track csince january. Went up and down for years! i was at my highest around 250---went down to 209---and saw the scale go up again to 227! YIKES. I am down just 3 or so pounds since mid January but I KNOW what i need to do and then i need to DO IT!
We have a busy life with 4 children---one off to college in the fall, 1 is a sophmore in HS, and 2 I school at home using a cyber school program. My husband is an amazing guy and works VERY hard so I can be a stay at home mom---which I LOVE being! he was diagnosed with Chron's a few years ago so i KNOW I need to keep healthy foods around the house. i do that, really---BUT i eat TOO many larger portions, indulge in snacks at night and neglect my exercising. So guess what---I GAIN WEIGHT! A shock i know :0).
Well, once again, i have a plan so i hope to be around here often. I am hoping for an interactive group, so post away peoples---maybe we can revamp and get to encouraging one another!

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2/17/10 11:23 P

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Helane, congrats on the drug free!

Crystal

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I'm Bev and have lived in Clarks Summit now for 1 year. Before that I lived in Carbondale for 14 years. I'm originally from New England area (hence a Red Sox lover) and came down here to go to Baptist Bible College where I met my husband. We married and never left the area. I'm glad to find a team that is from this region!



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Hi All.. I am Helane from Honesdale Pa up here in NEPA..This isn't where I was born and raised, that was Brooklyn Ny,, and lived in the Bronx for many years, I moved away from aThe South Bronx beause I got mixed up in drugs and was killing myself, So full track ahead 16 years and I am drug free and trying to get back into shape, loose weight and re shape myself, I have a long way to go, but I am on my way.. Very happy to be on track

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I realized tonight I didn't really introduce myself.... so, I'm Sandy, I'm a stay at home mom of two great kids, Molly (5) and Keith (7). My husband, Mark, is very supportive, he works as a civilian for the ARMY during the week and is part of the PA National Guard, so he goes away for drill and trainings at least monthly for a weekend or longer. I've been on this journey since 7/10/08 and it's been eventful to say the least. We've had our house on the market for a long time (almost 2 years) and in August we had an offer come in and we finally closed on September 11th. We are living with my mom & stepdad in Effort for the school year as we look for a new home! If you want to know more, get to know me on the boards, on my page, my blog, or my frequent comments all over the place!!!!

.♥ Reach for your goals! ¸.•*♥¸ Stay Positive, Focused & Determined•´ ♥ ¸.•´ .♥

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Welcome back!

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Hi Cindi, welcome back!



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Hi everyone,

I have re-started sparkpeople today after quite some time away and thought I'd re-introduce myself to this team. I live in Hamlin and after gaining a lot of weight and watching my husband lose about 30 pounds over the course of the last 4 or 5 months I decided I needed to do something. I am at my highest weight ever and today logged on to sparkpeople and entered my weight and measurements for the first time since October 2006. Wow was it an eye opener. I am a teacher so I'm getting ready to go back to school and thought I should get off my lazy butt and start a better regiment before life really gets hectic.

I am 41 years old and have 3 children, 2 daughters, 19 and almost 17, and a son, age 9. The last several months have proven to be among the most stressful in my life and I have resorted to good old emotional eating. Thus, a huge weight gain.

Time to get it together.

Cindi

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Welcome De Anna, glad you joined us :) Wow, you sure do travel, That's exciting !



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Welcome, De Anna. :0)

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And every To-morrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day! "
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I already posted in the where are you thread. What the heck I'll post here too!

I am not in PA. Hopefully I'll be there in the next few weeks. I am De Anna 37 years old and married to a great guy we have two boys- Ali will be 10 next month and Zeyd is 2 years old.

We travel a lot for work and we love it. We have lived all over the globe. All over the US. Also, England, Texas, Siberia, Mexico, and Canada. We are in Rochester NY right now. We lived in NE PA before about 2 years ago for 8 months and should be returning in the next few weeks. Then, 2-3 months later we will be moving to Turkey.

I LOVE Spark People and I have lost almost 50 pounds since joining. I have lost 167 pounds total. I am looking forward to getting to know the team.

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Welcome to the team Sunny, glad you joined us

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Hi, I'm Sunny and divide my time between NYC and Pinecrest Lake in Monroe County. I just found this group and wanted to check in. I'm new to SP and I'm a vegan, 57 and aiming to lose 49 pounds. Hope to connect with some of you here.

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Hi Doris,

I love the Minerals too!!! Its the best!!!

Thanks for the encouragement, I'm going to be patient, because that's all I can do. Had all the blood work done to make sure everything else is ok, and thank God it is, its just the changes. Just have to eat healthy, and work out and wait for it to be all over.

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Hi Laura,

You will get to your goal, just be patient and never give up. I thought I was going through my changes, I couldn't seem to lose wgt. With all the hard work, I was just maintaining. Turns out I have hypothyroidism, and hopefully with the meds I just started, will get my metabolism back to normal so I can lose. I love Mary Kay, I have a consultant, the minerals are my favorite!



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I'm Laura and I am 51 yrs. young! I'm married for 32 yrs to a Great Guy. I have to grown Sons. I also have 3 Bichon Frise. I live in Marshalls Creek area of PA.

I work from home. I'm a Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay. I love my job, I love helping women feel good about them selves!

I need to lose at least 50lbs. Going through the Changes and having a hard time even losing 1 lb. I love walking and I also use Leslie Sansones dvd's. Have a stationary bike and use hand wts using the Biggest Loser dvd's.

I hope to someday reach my weight goal of 145. I have a long way to go, but I am determined to do it.

That's about all I can think of right now.



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Welcome to the team, so glad you joined us!

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Hi All, I'm from Taylor which is in the Scranton area. I'm pretty much here for the same reason as everyone else. I'd love to loose some weight and now that the weather is starting to finally get nice it's really starting to hit me. And do this every spring and by the end of the summer it's oh well so much for that.

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Hello,

Glad to see more posts here :) I hope you all had a wonderful and healthy Christmas. We can all learn from each other

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Hi! I'm Marty. I am also a dietitian. I started using SP when I was getting my master's degree and realized that I had not worked out in years. I was wearing sweats almost all the time, and didn't notice that I had put on at least 20 pounds. As a nutrition "expert" I thought I should be an example.

I ran a family weight management program for 3 years while in school. I also taught nutrition for a Million Pound meltdown group. Currently, I conduct consultations online.

While I'm happy to help anyone, I feel that I will learn more than I will help. We all have extra baggage, some of it is in a physical form, some is not so easy to see.



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May I join you? I need to lose about 100 lbs. I know it is going to take some time. I am a grandmother of 12 and have custody of 2 small children. I live in the Wilkes Barre area.

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Hi Ladybug, Sorry, this is a long post.

Glad you joined us, take out a calendar and circle dates to create mini goals. Try to aim for 1 to 2 lbs a week, but if that doesn't happen, don't give up. It takes time for your body to adjust. Don't make it overwhelming, that's when it gets discouraging. Baby steps. Take a good look at your eating habits, start with breakfast, make sure you are making smart choices, like complex carb, protein a healthy fat (like almonds) eat as clean as possible, as nature intended it to be. Exp. oatmeal and, egg white omlet and raw almonds. Try 5 - 6 mini meals a day, keep your blood sugar even through out the day. Have a healthy snack 2 to 3 hours after breakfast, like a yogurt, or a piece of whole wheat bread with natural peanut butter or almond butter some berries. then a healthy lunch (as unprocessed as possible) exp. 3 - 5 oz chicken breast, salad, sweet potato and fruit then 2 - 3 hours later have another healthy snack, then dinner,you get the idea. If hungry b/4 bed, a protein like cottage cheese would be a good choice, with a piece of fruit. you don't need carbs at night unless you are planning on using them to burn like exercise. Pick up the book or check your local library, The Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno. Great recipes, and explains the concept of clean eating. really helped me. I do allow a cheat meal with in moderation once a week. I've slacked off lately, got too much going on at once, no excuse :) Maybe we can motivate each other as a team. Remember to do some cardio 3 times a week. If your not use to exercising, start off slow, and gradually increase your time or intensity. I hope this helps, please post often, or daily to let us know how you are doing, we are hear for you.

Be strong, stay motivated and focused and you can do this :)

A great indoor walking video is Walk away the pounds by Leslie Sansone, low impact with great results.



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I am 64, soon to be 65 and I feel terrible and I have to get this weight off. I have tried it many, many times but this time seems to be the worse ever to even think about trying. Need help, and I like this site so guess I will try again with lots of help. Hope to hear from anyone. I have a lot of weight to loose, 150 lbs but 10% at a time is good for me.

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If we can help, please ask - that's what we are here for. You can do it, You can make it different, stay focused, motivated and be in control. We are routing for you. Post often, use all the tools sparkpeople offers, especially the nutritional tracker. Record everything you eat, even if it's a couple of bites, all adds up. Find a cardio exercise that you enjoy, and do strength training. Sparkpeople can set you up with a great exercise program. If your a beginner, start off slow so you don't overwhelm yourself or burn yourself out. Gradually increase your time and intensity. With weight loss, it's actually 80% diet, so eat as clean as you can. Makes a big difference. A takes a while to create a habbit, so stick with your plan, if you fall, don't beat yourself up, just start again. It also helps to have a workout journal so you can track your progress.

Good luck,

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Thanks for the invite. Looking forward to figuring all this out and getting into a routine. I feel completely overwhelmed because I have tried this so many times. Hopefully things will be different this time around.

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Hi Donna

Welcome! We look forward to getting to know you too :) We will be starting a holiday challenge soon, please join us

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Hello! I actually am in Honesdale and found this site sort of by accident! Apparently i signed up 2 years ago and well, you can all probably guess consistency is a real issue for me :0). Looking forward to getting to know you all. Off to search these threads.

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Welcome HUMMINGBIRD83 to the team. I'm from Saylorsburg, my Mother-in-law lives in Honesdale, I will be there visiting this Saturday. Glad you joined us!

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Hi I just joined this team. I started on SP the beginning of October. I would like to meet some people from this area. I really need help with the motivation. I live in Lake Ariel. Grew up in Honesdale.

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WELCOME,I LIVE IN FOREST CITY

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Welcome Tigerkel, glad you joined us :)

My MIL lives in Honesdale, great place. Please join our challenge, we all are there to motivate and support each other.



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hi TIGERKEL welcome to the team, just post and keep active here and you will love all the info you can get here.

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I'm new here. Just joined today. I live in Honesdale PA. It's in the NE corner of the state. Nice small town. If anyone is from around the area, I'd love to hear from you.
Currently I'm at 157 and my goal is 125. I'm only 5 feet tall so I really need to loose the weight not only for my own piece of mind but because according to the BMI scale I'm obese! That really scares me! So any support and encouragement is welcomed!



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hi mamawolf, and welcome to the team.

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Hi Team

I was lurking in another team that I belong to, and I came accross this really incredible sparkperson's page. It touched me, I just thought I'd share. Her b/4 and after pictures I think are amazing. Her page is RENA1965 if anyone is interested in checking it out.


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Welcome to our team Mamawolf! Tell us a little more about yourself...it'll be great getting to know ya!

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WELCOME MAMAWOLF!!

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We have 2 Labs and 5 Patch Beagles. Our black lab (Nikki's monster) is a rescue that was surrendered because he got "too big".

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Welcome Mamawolf!

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hey mama, welcome to our board!!! emoticon

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Welcome Mamawolf9, I'm glad you joined us!

My name is Doris, I'm from Saylorsburg, PA. You got me beat :) I have 4 dogs, 2 cats 1 ferrett, 1 bird, fish, and a 12 year old. What kind of dogs do you have? I have a Rottie, Beagle, 1/2 rottie and 1/2 boxer, 1/2 black shepphard - 1/2 black lab. All from different shelters.

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Hello, I am from Danville. I am 41, my daughter drug me into this... Not really. I have seen her enjoying this site and the motivation she has been getting from it, so I thought I would give it a shot. I have 7 dogs, 3 cats, 2 kids (21 and 13) and 5 month old grandaughter.

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Hi Denise, Welcome to the team. So glad you have joined us.

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hi denise, welcome to the team

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Welcome Denise!

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HI! MY NAME IS DENISE.I LIVE IN FOREST CITY.

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I live in Stroudsburg. Thank you for the welcome, looking forward to reading all the posts.

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Welcome to the team Gris!
My name is Jo and I am originally from NY as well. I've been in the Pocono's for 24 years now. I live in Marshall's Creek. Where in the Pocono's do you live?

Post here often so that we can get to know you better! Check out some of our other topics and jump right in and chat with the rest of us! :)

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Welcome Gris!

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Hello, My name is Gris, I am 35 year old mother of two. I moved to the Poconos four years ago from NY and now work full time in the Lehigh Valley. After the birth of my son two years ago I gained over 30 pounds. I started dieting and exerciing last year and have lost 27 pounds so far. I would love to loose and additional 15 pounds. I have started cooking lighter for our family but with get-togethers every Friday with our neighbors and unhealthy eating habtis at my desk everyday it's a constant struggle to loose weight. Glad to join the team and hope to get some good support and advice.

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Welcome back Joyce!!!! I'm so glad that you're back. Now please start posting so that you can get to know all of us better. You're not alone, we're here for you! :)

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Traci I totally agree!!! That is exactly why I posted this thread! :)
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hi everyone, it so nice to hear from all of you. it seems the more we know about each other, the easier it is to keep in touch and make connections to help in our weight loss journey


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Hello everyone. My name is Brooke and I live in Bloomsburg. I am 26 years old and I live with my fiance. We have a guinea pig and some fish. My fiance and I both are currently working at Sears but I am looking into taking CNA classes.
Good Luck to everyone

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Hello, I'm Crystal 26 married for 3yrs but been with Gary for 10yrs come August 4th. We have no kids. I live in Exeter.
For most of my life I was on the skinny side. Back in 2000 when I graduated highschool, my prom dress was a size 5. Around the time I turned 21 I started gaining weight.
My husband was deployed to Iraq March 2004, at that time I weighed 184. I decided to go on a diet. I lost 30lbs in the year he was gone.
I have gained those 30lbs back. Now I am struggling with losing again. I just can't seem to be motivated at all.

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Hi..I'm Penny. I'm from Athens. I'm 43, single, with no children. I own the home I grew up in. I have a cat (Henry). I like wintertime, pasta, HGTV, Food Network, thunderstorms, shopping, etc...


Even though I am a licensed nurse I work with my sister. Much less stressful! I am very close with my family.

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Hi ladies!

Joyce if you need support please check out the support thread that Doris posted. There you will see the problem that I'm having staying on track. lol

I'm sure everyone will be more then willing to listen and help with support where needed! You need to post and maybe get comfortable with us enough to want to share what it is that is keeping you back. I know that I am willing to listen and help out as much as I possible can.

Thanks for sharing a bit about yourselves with us! It just seems to make it so much easier to relate when you know a little something about each other. :)

Come on ladies...we can all help motivate and support each other, but only if you post and get involved. If you just lurk there is no way for us to know how you're doing with your diet and exercise plan.

Hope to see you ladies around more often!

Wishing you all the best,
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Hi, My name is Cheryl, I am 45 years old, mother of 3 girls, ages 24, 18, 14. My granddaughter is 4 years old. I work full time as a Medical Assistant, but it is a very sedentary job, I sit at a desk all day and talk on the phone all day. So when I get home, I don't want to talk to anyone on the phone. I have been with my other half for the last 15 years. I have 2 dogs, one is a german shephard mix/ bernese mountain dog and the other dog is a hound/ sharpei mix. I have a dwarf bunny. All my furbabies are the color black. and we have a small anole lizard who likes to eat crickets. I like to walk, but recently I have been doing the stationary bike instead. I absolutely hate doing ab work, unless it is on the captions chair, less pain. And I love to eat spicy foods along with a nice cold german beer. That's me!

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Hi Jo,
I am the same way about exercise!! It's been so hot and humid here in the Northeast-I'm farther south near Mahanoy City- It seems Tom Clark/channel 16 always uses that town to report out county's weather!
I had a streak going and then missed stopped going because it's too hot.
I plan to get out there tonight..Wish me luck!! I need support!
Oh, and I'm 55 with 5 grandchildren!!Congrats on your baby girl-I'll bet you can hardly wait!!
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Hi everyone, im traci and im almost 46 i have 4 children, my daughter is 25 and married. she lives about 3 hours away and is pregnant with my first grand baby (its a girl) my other children are a 16 yr old son, an 11 yr old son and a 6 yr old daughter. i love to read and dont usually go anywhere with out a book.
I have been following weight watchers since jan 9th and have lost just about 50 lbs (im 1/2 lb short,so this week should put me under 200 and at 50 i hope)
I love to cook and try new recipes and my on vice is that i collect cookbooks, i have about 200 so far and always looking for more.
Im a stay at home mom, i have been doing bookkeeping for a tanning salon from home for the last 3 yrs but just stopped doing that in march.


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My name is Jo I'm 53 years old, married with 3 grown daughters. We have 3 handsome grandsons. Our youngest daughter just got married on a cruise ship! She's hoping to be the first to give us a granddaughter. lol

I was born in NYC but have been living in Marshall's Creek for the past 23 years now. I love music and dancing and playing games. I am a forensic anything buff, I watch Court TV (Now Reality TV) most of the time. I love CSI and CSI Miami. I also enjoy HGTV, but it usually gets me in trouble because I like trying out a lot of the projects at home. lol

I love to read but these days it's mostly fitness magazines. I have 1 dog, she's a Maltese and thinks she's one of our daughters. She's a very spoiled little girl.

I really enjoy exercising once I'm into it, so I don't understand why I always try to talk myself out of it. I was very thin for most of my life until I had a hysterectomy and then it was all down hill.
Now I struggle every day to try to lose weight or at least not to keep gaining it. :(







Edited by: SASSYJO54 at: 7/21/2008 (21:25)
You don't stop laughing because you've grown old....you grow old because you've stopped laughing.


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7/21/08 8:36 P

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My name is Doris, 47 years old married with 1 12 year old, Amanda and adopted daughter Amber. Amber moved out when she turned 18 to be with her natural father, She came to live with us when she was 15.

I have 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 ferrets, 1 bird and fish. I love All My Children, been watching it for over 30 years. Watch HGTV, Discovery and History channel. I love to read. I work full time in Marshalls Creek, PA and also an assistant Sunday School teacher.

I love strength training, I do cardio because I have to :( Sometimes I enjoy it though. I am a chocoholic! YUM.

And, I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE and I am grateful for my new spark friends :) Thank you all!

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7/21/08 1:45 P

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I'm 35. Live in Old Forge with my husband Walt and our daughter Anysia, 8. I was married before and then divorced. Anysia was from my first marriage, however, my ex signed away his rights and allowed Walt to adopt her when we got married almost 4 years ago (It will be 4 years in October). I work at Community Medical Center in the Finance department. I go to school at Keystone College part time finishing my Bachelor's in Accounting. I finished my Associate in Accounting in Dec 2004. I like to read. I also sell Avon. I love Saving Grace, House, Law and Order:SVU and CSI.

Kim


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Height 5'4" (I got myself remeasured and the nurse at the health fair was wrong. I didn't lose height. Thank God.
cw - 131
gw - 120
Cal 1200-1550
Fat 27-60
Carbs 135-252
Protein 60-136

ST 3x week at least
Cardio 5x week



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7/21/08 1:20 P

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We have a few new members that never post and we would really like to get to know you. So please post a little something about yourselves. Let us start motivating and inspiring you to join us in our team activities. :)

emoticon to the NEPA team!

You don't stop laughing because you've grown old....you grow old because you've stopped laughing.


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