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Hi BigHairGal - yes, retirees are certainly welcome here!

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Hi, I was part of the 2010 RA emoticon , and am a retiree,so I still think of myself as an IBMer. I'm glad to find this team.

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emoticon Redcatcher, welcome to the team and to sparkpeople.

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10/14/09 12:09 P

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Hi, am IBM'er out of the Twin Cities. Almost 36 years with the company. Need to lose weight. This looks like a good place to receive support and ideas.

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9/27/09 8:02 P

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Welcome BABETTE110!

This site has been a great help for me and I sure it will be for you too. Visit it often - check out the recipes, blogs, and team rooms.

TOGETHER WE CAN!


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9/27/09 7:23 P

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Hi - I just found this team today and thought I would join. I work in Somers, NY and have been with IBM 29+ years. Unbelievable! I am in Human Resources, supporting Software Group. I reactivated myself on Spark about three weeks ago and am making an effort to use the resources here to help me finally make some progress towards a healthier life style.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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Hi. I'm a work at home employee in Lafayette, LA (before that I spent 24 years working in SF). I have 28 yrs with IBM. I'm starting up again on SparkPeople and VFC. Working at home has turned me into a sloth and after seeing a photo someone took of me at a party, I realized I needed to focus on getting back to a healthy lifestyle again.

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7/29/09 9:07 P

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Hi guys! I'm also an IBMer in Raleigh. I just found this team and I'm excited to meet new people and help others as we get healthy together.

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7/23/09 9:04 P

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Hello everyone, I'm an IBMer in Raleigh, NC (RTP). I work from home most of the time though - only go into the office to do a little networking.

I look forward to getting to know everyone.

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6/14/09 10:24 P

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Gwyneth & Lillian - I'm in Falls Church, VA, right outside of DC. If you ever want to connect in person, let me know! I work from home and live near Metro, and heck, this is WORK RELATED, right?

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6/12/09 1:33 P

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anytime!

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thanks for the link Lillian! emoticon

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6/12/09 11:03 A

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Hi Gwyneth, welcome to DC in the summer.. Its a hot and humid place :-).

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6/11/09 5:48 P

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Lillian - Welcome! I'm Gwyneth. I normally live in Atlanta, but my husband is working for the State Dept this year, so we are in DC quite a bit. In fact, I just took a walk through Georgetown -- it is humid out there today!

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6/11/09 2:35 P

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If you signed up for the 2009 healthy living rebates in your benefits package last year you have this option. Login through the wellness for life site and it will bring you here to the sparkpeople page: www.wellnessforlifecenter.co
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Hi I'm Claire. I am a crit/sit manager in storage. This is my 27th year at IBM.... how do I get a rebate for using sparkpeople? i had no idea?

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Hi I'm Claire. I am a crit/sit manager in storage. This is my 27th year at IBM.... how do I get a rebate for using sparkpeople? i had no idea?

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6/11/09 1:01 P

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Hi, I'm Lillian from the DC office of IBM. I've been working for the company for 14 years. I'm actually doing biggest loser club (BLC), but also logging on to spark people to get the annual rebate :-). I've just started week 3 on BLC and managed to lose 8 lbs, so I'm pretty happy. I'm happy to see there are folks from the company on here.

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4/16/09 10:34 P

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Thanks for the welcome! I may have a bit of Welsh (or Scot) in me, but I am simply named after the piano tuner's daughter.....

My company, ILOG, was acquired by SWG, specifically WebSphere.

I'm trying to absorb all that IBM has to offer (and requires) while still trying to do my job -- it is a bit stressful...but I'll get there with time.

To add to the stress, my husband is working for the state department this year, so my kids and I are splitting our time between DC and Atlanta. Good things are we get to know DC well, went to the inauguration and the Easter Egg Roll, and have a base to visit more of the northeast.

G.

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Welcome Gwyneth! I love your name! My Dad's brother married a woman with Welsh heritage, so I grew up with Aunt Audrey and her sister Bronwyn. Audrey has a daughter Kathryn and Bronwyn had a Gwyneth (as well as another Bronwyn).

Which company are you with?

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4/10/09 8:00 A

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And I went and posted that while on my other account instead of from this one. I will get it straight very shortly! It takes a little time to get used to multiple personalities!

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4/10/09 7:55 A

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I'm also GwynethButera. Using two Spark logins to get the WFL rebate and also the full array of features on SparkPeople. I think I will mostly use my personal account, but update the WFL one on occassion...a little silly, but ... I'm still learning!

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I'm new here, and not sure how this works, but here goes.

I'm Gwyneth, living near Atlanta. My company is in the process of being acquired by IBM right now, and I'm working on my New Hire rebate. SparkPeople seems like a great place, and I look forward to participating.

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3/11/09 8:26 P

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Hi, I'm Susan in TSM tech support in Beaverton - Kelly, I think I recognize you !

I started SparkPeople for the rebate in Jan - and just thought this week it's likely there's an IBMers team, glad to see you all !

I've lost 7# in 7 weeks, and am very proud of my slow, steady, reliable weight loss, symbolized by my turtle weight marker.

I'm hoping to regain mileage and elevation in various outdoor activities, skiing, hiking, backpacking, and climbing, symbolized by the outdoors tape. Although I'm limited now, I still get out, and am looking forward to a beautiful summer enjoying the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

btw, the picture of me was taken on a short (1.5 mi) backback along the Hoh River in the Olympic Peninsula for my 4th wedding anniversary.
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1/16/09 9:55 P

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Hi all,

My name is Kelly and I work in Tucson for the Tivoli Storage team.

Looking forward to getting healthy and fit this year!

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Hello, my name is Kim, I work on the AT&T account in GBS. I've been with SPARK for a few months now and have lost 2 whole pounds. I am a yo yo dieter & IBM employee. I just found out that I have an IBM account with sparsks to, so you might also see me as lundquistka. I am in Southfield, MI

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10/23/08 6:06 P

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Hi I'm Kay. I am from the UK, however my husband and I bought a house on the Greek island of Paros - this is now our home. I usually travel a lot on business which is hard on my weight, but now I am going to be at home until the new year - so promise myself I will get fit and fab whilst I am here

Kay

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Hi all, I'm back after about 2 years using WW instead of Sparkpeople. You might remember me as pingpong, but I set up a non-IBM related access, using the original moniker of Pingpong6!



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6/25/08 9:52 P

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Thank you for the warm welcome although I'm a bit jealous hearing that everyone is going on vacation and my hubby is leaving me next week for a vacation as well. emoticon

Hope everyone has a great trip and I look forward to getting to know everyone!

Take care
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6/25/08 9:46 P

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Welcome JJ, I also am an IBM'r and I am also married to a retired IBM'r. We are glad to have you as part of our team. I'm going to be on sporatically the next couple of weeks because I too will be on vacation in Maine. I'm going to try a new internet service while there so we'll see if I can get it working properly. We leave on Saturday.

Donna

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6/25/08 9:26 P

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Welcome, Motivated Momma! I'm an IBMer, not sure if we have other spouses or not, but delighted to have you on the team!

Today will be my last day on Spark for a couple of weeks since I'll be on vacation on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH and will have only one phone line into the camp, and only dial-up service. I will try to at least maintain the very slow progress I've made since joining Spark about a year ago.

Join the main chat and help keep things going! There isn't a lot of IBM stuff, so don't worry about that! Best wishes for great success!

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Hello. I'm an IBMer's spouse (sometimes it feels like widow) of 15 years. I'm curious if there are any other IBM family members on this team or are they mostly employees?

My weight has gone back and forth the last few years and I desperately need to get back into tracking food and exercising regularly. The bad news is my husband will be traveling shortly. The good news is I eat a whole lot better when he's not around!!!

Take care
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A big emoticon to the new members of the team. I have been MIA for a few weeks . . . 1st it was a vaction then some personal issues. Today is a new month and I'm digging my heels in yet again. Looking forward to getting to know each of you.

Donna

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Hi everyone! I just joined SparkPeople today. I'm in Southern California, over in Costa Mesa, part of the GTS team. I've been with IBM for 2.5 years. Glad to see there's an IBM Spark Team Page! Have a great weekend.

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Just wanted to let everyone know I had joined this group under my ajoella profile but since Joellaco is linked to the wellness food pro home page, thought I should start posting here under this account.

Joell

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4/20/08 7:43 P

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Hello, I am an IBMer in Boulder CO. Any more CO folks? I have been on a long journey to get down to my goal weight. I was within 4 lbs and then had to start commuting again and working at the plant, so I have ended up gaining about 25 lbs back. I had worked so hard to lose those, it is really hard dealing with the regain.

Looking for some support from coworkers who deal with the same kind of stress etc as I do.

Joell

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2/26/08 1:31 P

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Based out of Westboro. I'm an assistant in SWG Marketing.

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Babsibou - welcome! I hope you will join in the main chat. I've been with IBM a LOT of years, so if you have questions, I'm happy to help. Where in MA are you, and which part of IBM?

I'm in VA, working from home in the Corporate IMC CoE

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2/22/08 3:31 P

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Hi Everyone! I've been at IBM for 2.5 years here in MA. Been using Spark since November. emoticon

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2/15/08 10:28 P

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Nice to know someone from GBS! My hubby is billable (not with IBM) and his client requires him to be on site. Luckily it's local, but it's a 1 hour drive each way, and when traffic is bad, it can take him 2 hrs to get home! I'm SO glad I don't have to commute!

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Hi Mifflin! I will definately try to join regularly! I see alot of positive messages and helpful infomation everytime I visit the message boards. I work from home(Justin, TX) for Global Business Services. I'm a Project Administrator. Thanks for the warm welcome!

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Welcome, CatSams11..! I think you'll enjoy the support you'll find on the message boards! Check the thread at the top of the IBMers team where most of the posts go. I hope you'll join in regularly!

I'm in a WW Marketing role and work from home in the DC area. How 'bout you?

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2/12/08 9:21 A

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Hi! I have been using the Spark website for about a year now but haven't used the message boards. I have been on my weight loss/fitness journey for 4 years now and have lost 80 lbs so far. I love everything about the Spark website. I still have a ways to go before I reach my goal weight but the journey has been a good one so far!

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Thanks Jan. You have done a wonderful job so far. emoticon

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Hello, ISCOTT! Welcome to Sparkpeople AND to IBM! This is a fun, motivation place to be. Please let me know if I can help you out here.

Jan

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I am new to SparkPeople and also IBM. I looking forward to this journey!!!! emoticon

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I'm sure you will find something to do!! Whether it is volunteering or doing something that is just plain fun or catching up on he projects around the house...

Best wishes to you!

One minute, One hour, One day at a time. Bit by bit I can do this!


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It IS a little bit of a funny feeling. I haven't been unemployed since College.

"Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseperable"


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Welcome to the team!! I'm jealous that you are retired!!!

One minute, One hour, One day at a time. Bit by bit I can do this!


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Hi there! I just (8/31/07) retired after 39+ YOS and thought it would be good to get back in shape for the second half of my life. I started with SP in June (6/2) and have gone from 173.4 to 150.8 since mainly by increased awareness of what I'm eating and some increase in exercise. I live in VT and want to get in better shape for ski season. I'm a bix Red Sox fan, so am enjoying the season thus far.

"Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseperable"


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Hi, my name is Julie and I have been with IBM for 26.5 years. I'm in services division. Anyway, I'm trying to do the 12 week benefit thing. So I signed up for this site... I could stand to lose about 50 pounds (Yuk!)

I want to be in good shape for retirement which I'd be eligible for in 3.5 years although my plan is to work longer as long as IBM keeps me.

I focused this week on increasing water and making sure that I recorded every single thing I ate! I actually lost 5.5 lbs this first week... Which makes me happy!

For the second week, I am trying to start to do some exercise again. This is a challenge due to many physical issues but I am committed to starting to do this in baby steps!

One minute, One hour, One day at a time. Bit by bit I can do this!


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Hello, newbies! Stop by here and tell us about yourself if you want to.

I've been using this tool for a few years and can't say enough good things about it. The positive reinforcement really works for me. You can check out my Sparkpage for more details about me.

If you need help along the way, please let me know!

Jan

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