SparkPeople North Shore Massachusetts Team Messageboard a place for those of us north of boston to find exercise buddies, healthy restaurant suggestions, events etc... SparkPeople North Shore Massachusetts Team Messageboard Hi from the North Shore Hi everyone! <BR> Hope you all are doing well! <BR> I've been back on track..... With food and indoor walking for exercise. I really need to keep away from the carbs. Even if I lose small amounts, it's worth it. Does anybody have trouble with a life without carbs? Sun, 7 Feb 2016 08:22:19 EST hello from lynn been on SP a few years but was living down south, just returned home to the north shore :) I am cindy by the way Sun, 5 Jul 2015 20:47:38 EST Newbie in Saugus Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Jen and I new to fitness and to Saugus. Grew up on the North Shore and after living in Boston for the past 10 years, my husband and I just relocated to Saugus to be closer to family. <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:25:26 EST Hello Everyone! Glad to find this group! Glad to find a group here (although I am from Reading, so not THAT far north!). Back on SP after a loooong hiatus, but glad to be here and enjoying the ride so far. Want to get in shape so that I can ride again and want to set good example for my 12 1/2 year old daughter so that she doesn't wrestle with health issues and self-esteem her whole life (like me)! Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:00:14 EST hello... Hi, I'm new to sparkpeople, sparkpeople northshore and too changing a new way of living. I live in Lynn and would like to meet people who's on the same path of living healthy, fit and happy. Problem is, there's so much information, so much to change that I don't know where to begin. Where should I begin? TYIA Sat, 4 Oct 2014 22:21:35 EST new here Hello, this time I am going to do it, still holding weight from a accident 2 years ago, about 20 lbs.Need to do this to have less weight for my ankles to carry. Only 5' 1, every pound shows. Want to have new attitude, enjoy myself, and see pictures of my self where the first works out of my mouth, OMG. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:06:55 EST Let's walk!!! Hi I'm Beth and I live in Salem. I'm new to Sparkpeople and still figuring out the site and having technical difficulties. Oh well move on. I'd really like to find a walking buddy. I'm passionate about losing weight and eating healthy. It's hard to do alone. Looking forward to meeting some of you.....Beth Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:35:11 EST My Quest for Good Health and Weight Loss Good Morning! Continuing on in my quest for good health and weight loss. I am new to this team. The posts are encouraging. I welcome any and all advice as to how to make this journey easier. Thank you in advance! <BR> Regards <BR> Dianne Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:28:16 EST Anyone in the topsfield area want to walk Anyone in the topsfield area want to walk or bike on a regular basis? Sun, 26 May 2013 10:07:44 EST It's good to get outside! With the weather finally cooperating, what are your favorite outdoor activities? <BR> <BR> I keep trying to make myself enjoy running, but it's really not my style. I do love walking though, and I adore letterboxing, which is like geocaching. How about you all? Sat, 4 May 2013 19:47:10 EST Boston Marathon I hope that everyone here, plus all their loved ones, are okay from Monday's tragedy. Like so many other thousands of people, my husband and I went into Boston to catch the marathon. For some reason, we opted to leave before that time, though we had every intention on staying until my friend crossed the finish line. I'm blessed that everyone I know was okay, though there were some close calls. I'm devastated for the people who lost their lives, loved ones, or were hurt emotionally or phys... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:33:07 EST Best of the North Shore.....spark edition? Let's do the best of.....keeping in mind the spark goals of health and fitness <BR> <BR> Best: <BR> Place to grab breakfast <BR> <BR> Steakhouse: <BR> <BR> Seafood restaurant: <BR> <BR> Sandwich/Lunch spot: <BR> <BR> Ethnic cuisine: <BR> <BR> Outdoor track: <BR> <BR> Route for walking/jogging: <BR> <BR> Hike: <BR> <BR> General gym: <BR> <BR> Speciality gym (yoga, pilates, crossfit, etc.): <BR> <BR> Grocery store: <BR> <BR> Other: Sun, 7 Apr 2013 17:51:24 EST Fitness events? Does anyone here do any fitness events in the area? It would be awesome if we could create a calender of sorts of various activities, from 5Ks and higher to group led hikes or anything in between. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> May (date TBD) Burlington MA BEF 5K walk/run Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:57:00 EST Living the Lifestyle Challenge -What are you doing As a team we need to encourage, motivate and hold each other accountable <BR> <BR> Share with the team what your Plan is, exercise? food plan? list goals etc.. anything that is moving you forward to meet your goals to a New you living the lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am doing a Low Glycemic index meal plan, limiting grains to 1-3x a week. <BR> I have 3 meals and 3 snacks. <BR> <BR> I am doing Stretch max DVD each day, walking pilates DVD 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be doing Jillian... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:28:08 EST Hello from Ipswich Been a Sparks person for over a year and just found this site. Hello to everyone. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:19:30 EST workout buddy I find I'm more motivated if I have someone there, even if we dont' chat or anything, just the idea that I need to do better than this other person. *shrugs* I'm comptetitive. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:13:30 EST Hello from Revere anyone else out there who might be looking to do more walking/jogging locally? Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:30:26 EST Hey from the Merrimack Valley Hey everyone, <BR> I joined about a week ago because a good friend of mine used this website as a resouce in her journey as she lost 80+ pounds. I'm not quite sure what I'm looking for...maybe a little motivation <em>306</em> ...I'm going to Vegas in the beginning of November, which was a bday present from my parents (my bday was in June but due to work obligations I had to push the trip back) and I was to look close to my best. I'm also a great listener, so if anyone needs to chat, I'm defi... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:40:20 EST Hi from Salem Just joined Sparkpeople and would love to chat with others on the North Shore. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 09:41:02 EST Hi from Malden! I have just joined and would love to share ideas and support with others. I'm a 59 year old married lady. I had a gastric bypass 2 yearsago.I have lost 243 pounds. I hope to lose another <BR> 125. Any other bypass people here? Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:35:06 EST Newburyport Pizza Madness in March Okay Team, there is going to be a Rotary Club of Newburyport event at the Rupert A. Nock Middle School tomorrow, 18 March 2012 from 11:00 to 2:00 and it is a March Madness Pizza event. come and enjoy your favorite pizza tomorrow. There are going to be at least eight vendors from our area represented with their best pizza and you can vote one which is the best pizza. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 17:21:16 EST Is Anyone Interested in Keeping this team going? There has not been any activity here for a couple of months. I believe that after three months the team will be deleted. <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Mar 2012 19:47:07 EST Hi From Danvers! Good morning everyone! I'm Lizz from Danvers. I'm 30 and have been on spark before and a member of this group before, under the name Pink_Lizziee27. After battling with a Celiac diagnosis and gaining 30 pounds, I'm back to take it off for good! Look forward to chatting with y'all! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:24:51 EST hello all Hello from lawrence! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:18:19 EST Weight Watchers Are any of you guys members of Weight Watchers in Salem or Danvers? I've been thinking about looking into one of their meetings and wanted to see what you guys thought. <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Sun, 4 Dec 2011 18:18:45 EST Just Relocated to the North Shore from FLA Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the North Shore (as of September) and just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. Hope everyone is having a great weekend and I look forward to chatting with you guys! <BR> <BR> -Beth Sun, 4 Dec 2011 17:47:33 EST trick or treat share a joke, a funny story, memories of halloween or a recipe you make or remeber from your child hood from halloweeen lets make it fun <BR> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 09:38:00 EST pretein Fish <BR> <BR> Another outstanding source of lean protein is fresh fish. Choose an environmentally friendly variety like catfish, cod, or tilapia; all are mild-flavored, white-fleshed fish that can be healthfully prepared by baking, grilling, or roasting. Pair fish with the high-quality carbs found in vegetables, lentils, or beans for another balanced meal combination that will keep your blood sugar from rising. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:24:30 EST diabetes Type 2 Diabetes: Avoid Denial <BR> <BR> Receiving a diabetes diagnosis can stop you in your tracks. But for many people, hearing the news is the wake-up call they need to start healthy habits. <BR> <BR> A Yale study of 20,221 overweight or obese adults under the age of 75 showed that people who receive a diagnosis of diabetes are more motivated to lose weight than their peers, dropping, on average, three pounds more with their diet plan. <BR> <BR> “The big thing is to avoid denial. It’s ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 06:21:04 EST Is nyone from this area going to the Spark Rally? I've never been to one. It's in Fitchburg this year which is probably and hour ride. Does anyone here plan to go or know anything about it? Mon, 4 Jul 2011 13:07:13 EST some of the best fruits for diabetics Whether you love blueberries, strawberries, or any other type of berries, you have the go-ahead to indulge. According to the ADA, berries are a diabetes superfood because they’re packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and are low-carb. Three quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries have 62 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates. If you can resist the urge to just pop them in your mouth, try berries in a parfait, alternating layers of fruit with plain non-fat yogurt — it makes a great des... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 08:10:51 EST Top Five Cholestero l-Lowering Foods 1. Eat Fruits and Vegetables <BR> <BR> Packed with vitamins, minerals, the healthy plant chemicals called phytochemicals, and antioxidants, vegetables help fight low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol that can lead to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, a major risk factor for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Eat a variety of vegetables every week to get the full array of health benefits they have to offer. Fruits are excellent sources of healthy phytochemicals, ant... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:35:17 EST Salem Bound Hello! <BR> <BR> I wanted to join up and say hello. I will be moving to Salem in the next year or so. I thought I'd see if I could find some friends here and get to know people in the area. :) Sun, 5 Jun 2011 17:30:35 EST Change in Weight Support Group Hi Everyone from the Northshore, <BR> <BR> I have changed my monthly meeting to a weight loss support group from weight loss surgery support group. This is a live meeting once a month. For only $5. The next meeting is Wed June 8, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM right here in Peabody. What to expect is recipes, sharing our weight loss journey and any other topics. You can even get weighed in because I have a doctor's scale. Who doesn't need the extra support, right? <BR> <BR> Please com... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 06:32:40 EST Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Hi, Has anyone had weight loss surgery? Come join me on Sat. June 11 at 10am for a support group meeting at the Herrick House in Beverly. <BR> <BR> "Let's Make This Journey Together" <BR> <BR> Donna <em>224</em> Sun, 22 May 2011 08:37:14 EST seafood EASY CLAM LINGUINE <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> <BR> - 1 box Dreamfields Linguine <BR> - 1 tablespoon olive oil <BR> - 1 teaspoon minced garlic <BR> - 1/2 cup dry white wine <BR> - 2 cans (6 1/2-ounces each) minced clams, undrained <BR> - Salt <BR> - Crushed red pepper flakes <BR> - Chopped parsley (optional) <BR> <BR> DIRECTIONS <BR> <BR> Cook pasta according to package directions. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. <BR> Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add wine. ... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 08:39:47 EST Hi! I am from Beverly Mass I know ive been around SP for a while but now im logging in daily and really making a difference to try and be healthier and break my bad habits....Any help would rock..... <BR> <BR> :) Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:09:30 EST Hi from Melrose Hi All, <BR> Just started today. I'm very hopeful to find a jogging buddy close to where I live. <em>334</em> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 13:20:06 EST Hi from Newburyport Hi everyone. I am new here -- trying to reverse the effects of being a desk jockey. Looking for a workout buddy in the Newburyport area. <BR> <BR> - david Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:27:23 EST Support Group in Beverly Hi I have a face to face support group at "The Herrick House, 89 Herrick St, Beverly, MA. <BR> Sat 10 am to 11am. This meeting is every other week. The next meeting is April 2. <BR> <BR> I started it as a Weight Loss surgery support group. I am now changing it to all is welcome that have emotional problems. Remember WLS fixes your stomach but not your HEAD. <BR> <BR> We can all use the extra help. <BR> <BR> I hope you will join me. <BR> <BR> Donna <em>252</em> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 09:22:58 EST Hi from Ipswich - cyber & in person fitness buds? I just moved to the North Shore from upstate NY and I am SO excited about all the outdoor opportunities- kayaking, hiking, cycling, running, I plan to be well on my road to fitness and health by summer so I can participate in all of them! I'd love to find some buddies in the area to join me in some fun outdoor fitness activities- jogging (I'm preparing for a March 5K), snowshoeing, hiking, broomball, or I'm a member of the Y and love their fitness classes. Anyhow- looking fo... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 21:25:28 EST Hi From Lynn Mass , Any One From Lynn Area , Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:00:15 EST recipes 2 bean vegetarian chilli <BR> 2 cups long-grain brown rice, uncooked 2 Tbsp. KRAFT Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing <BR> 2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices 1 onion, chopped <BR> 1 red pepper, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can (15.5 oz.) red kidney beans, rinsed <BR> 1 can (15.5 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed 1/2 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce <BR> 1/4 cup chili powder 1 cup frozen corn 1-1/2 cups KRAFT Mexican Style <... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 08:56:22 EST WLS Support Group this Sat 01/08/11 Hi, <BR> <BR> Anyone who has had or going to have WLS are invited to join me <BR> at the Herrick House in Beverly, MA Sat 01/08/11 10am to 11am. <BR> <BR> Please come and join me. We can all use the support. <BR> <BR> Donna <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:27:19 EST WLS Support Group Hi Everyone from the Northshore. There will be a meeting this Sat Dec 11, 2010 10am to 11am at The Herrick House in Beverly. <BR> <BR> I hope you will join me. Wed, 8 Dec 2010 09:49:13 EST Northshore Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Hi Everyone from the Northshore. Are there any members out there that have had WLS? I had Lap Band Surgery in 2006. I started a face to face meeting in Beverly, MA on Nov 13, 2010. This meeting is every two weeks on Sat 10am to 11am. The next meeting is Dec 11, 2010 <BR> <BR> If you want anymore info about this meeting, please let me know. <BR> <BR> Donna Kelley from Peabody, MA <BR> (zkelleybelly) <BR> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 09:47:22 EST Anyone going to SparkRally at Sturbridge Village? One of my team mates from another Mass. team is planning a SparkRally at Sturbridge Village - October 16. Is anyone going? <BR> <BR> I am planning to, although it'll be a long ride, it'll be worth it to meet some Mass. sparkers. Wed, 6 Oct 2010 21:27:14 EST rail trail i live in danvers and they are building a rail trail which will exiend for miles going sounth and north does anyone have any info on this esp what they know about it in there twon i knbow the railroad has been ripped up but i dont seen no pavemtn going down yet Tue, 7 Sep 2010 10:45:20 EST Hi from Malden! Hi All, <BR> <BR> Just signed up for SP today. I've been on Weight Watchers until now, and had success (17 pounds!), but now my husband and I are trying to conceive and the doctor wants me to stop losing weight. I think SP will be better for me to maintain my weight and really pay attention to nutrient intake. <BR> <BR> Talk soon, <BR> Stacey. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:00:45 EST Would be great to have a buddy nearby Hi I'm DiEllen, I live on the North Shore and have recently jointed Sparks. So far I have found it helpful and alittle bit overwhelming but each day I find more tools and articles to use on this site. I think the support on here seems incredible and I hope to help others at the same time. Fri, 16 Jul 2010 21:53:53 EST Hi there!! New to the team and working on building my community, as I shed the last 23lbs and maintain for life!! <BR> <BR> Proud to be living on the North Shore!! Hopefully I have some good info to contribute, as I have only lived up here for 3 years, but am a MA native. (born and raised in central MA) Fri, 9 Jul 2010 13:40:30 EST Classes Ok I need to find a place to take some classes like Spin or Palliates and yoga.... I dont really want another membership to a gym but I will if I have to and if its worth it! <BR> <BR> ANY IDEAS??????????// Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:15:17 EST Need a fitness buddy... If anyone might be interested I am looking for a fitness buddy that can go through this journey with me...I am new to the area, originally from Savannah, GA. If anyone might be interested...please contact me...Thanks! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:48:46 EST Asian Green Bean Stir-Fry Recipe <BR> 1 teaspoon oil, sesame 1 pounds beans, green, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 pinch pepper, red, crushed 1/2 cup(s) water 1 1/2 cup(s) stir-fry vegetables, frozen, thawed, or 14oz canned, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon black bean garlic sauce Preparation <BR> 1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green beans and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring often, until seared in spots, 2 to 3 minutes. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Add water, cover, reduce heat to medium and c... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:45:15 EST I'm re-new Hey, all. I am rejoining the Spark after being away for about a year. <BR> <BR> And guess what? I'm re-fat(ter)! I look forward to learning from all of you, and hope that we can support each other to get to our goals. <BR> <BR> Be well, <BR> Kristin Tue, 9 Mar 2010 11:11:19 EST Hi I'm New Here Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Kelly and I live in Haverhill. Anyone go to Choice Fitness? Wed, 17 Feb 2010 18:44:56 EST I'm new... again! Hey guys! I'm back. I seemed to be hiding for a really long time. But now that my birthday's around the corner I came out from the shadows again. I'm going to be 29 way too soon and have decided to get healthy before 30 hits. I'm originally from Danvers and have been living in Salem for about 3 years now. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 19:35:59 EST Hello All I just joined SP a couple of weeks ago. So far, it's been great to find teams and get motivated by all the other members. I like the idea of this North Shore team - I'm in Peabody. Hope others of you out there will connect with me! <BR> Fri, 22 Jan 2010 16:27:40 EST holiday weight gain Cakes. Pies. Cookies. Fudge. Eggnog. Buffet tables filled with rich foods. It's no wonder many people feel holiday weight gain is unavoidable. But experts say you can still enjoy the holidays without abandoning healthier habits <BR> <BR> <BR> Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain <BR> <BR> Tackle the buffet table with a plan. "Always survey the buffet table first and then get in line with your plate and choose the things you really want, including healthy choices," Gans says. Position you... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 09:50:19 EST Hello I am new to MA. I split live between Ipswich MA and Buffalo NY. Tue, 20 Oct 2009 02:24:23 EST newbie too Hi everyone. <BR> * My name is Robert and I just started on Sunday. <BR> * Thought I would introduce myself to you and ask for any info/facts/hints etc... that you've found helpful so far. <BR> * My SparkPage is still under constcrution but feel free to drop by and take a look. <BR> * Thanks <BR> * Talk soon Fri, 28 Aug 2009 18:39:37 EST New to the team--hello is the team still active? i've looked around a bit but just see older posts with the exception of the tips of the day. i'm from nahant and just joined sp last week. i was hoping to find a few people around my area for beach walks/support. Tue, 18 Aug 2009 19:22:19 EST boston Boston Harbor Island Alliance is proud to announce free ferry service to Spectacle and Georges Islands on Friday, July 17. Enjoy a picnic on Georges Island, relax aside a sandy beach on Spectacle Island, or enjoy a free boat ride through Boston Harbor. <BR> <BR> Remember to wear red, white, and blue to show your patriotic spirit! <BR> <BR> Get your free tickets in one of two easy ways: <BR> <BR> 1. Purchase walk-up tickets at the Ferry Kiosk on Long Wharf North on July 17 <BR> 2. Register ... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 08:09:40 EST salads Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Salad <BR> Simple & Delicious <BR> July/August 2009 issue <BR> Page:35 <BR> A splash of lemon and hint of refreshing mint brighten up the medley of red <BR> tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and ripe avocados in this colorful, sensational <BR> salad. Lynn Scully - Rancho Santa Fe, California <BR> <BR> <BR> SERVINGS: 8 <BR> CATEGORY: Low Carb <BR> METHOD: <BR> TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 6 plum tomatoes, chopped <BR> 2 cartons (8 ounces eac... Fri, 19 Jun 2009 06:26:31 EST newbie Hi all. I'm new. I am a habitual WW person, but it just is not doing it for me right now. So I heard about this and I am soooo excited to work on it. I am 28, divorced, mom of 2 wonderful children ages 3 and 6, a kitten, a hedgehog and a boyfriend who is so wonderful to us. I am a room parent at school, I work in medical billing, I am going to school and slowly losing my mind. I guess my biggest challenge is fighting fatigue of trying to do everything. But hopefully with enough will power I c... Wed, 6 May 2009 21:31:17 EST herbs ) Parsley <BR> If I had to choose one fresh herb to use, it would be flat leaf parsley. You may see it garnishing restaurant plates, but are you adding it to dishes? It has a fresh, mild flavor that can brighten up most meals. I add it chicken or fish or to chopped lettuce to boost a salad mix. Try parsley in a basic pesto to toss with pasta. Combine with lemon zest and garlic to make a gremolata, which you can mix with roasted potatoes right out of the oven. Speaking of garlic, chewing on pa... Wed, 6 May 2009 11:00:41 EST Anyone up for a walk at Halibut State Park May 2nd If you would like to meet me on May 2nd for a walk in Halibut State Park, let me know and we can arrange a time to meet-preferably in the mid-morning so we can end with a picnic lunch at the tables overlooking the quarry and ocean! Carol (CMY) Mon, 13 Apr 2009 12:39:12 EST Lack of will power anyone? Ok, so almost 2 years ago I managed to stop smoking. Wonderful, right? Right, but I also gained 25 lbs. I simply can not get to a place where keeping my eating in check lasts longer than 3 days. I have NO will power. Some days I simply graze and the weekends are terrible! I have no will power and I don't know why!!! Ideas anyone? Thanks for listening. Sat, 11 Apr 2009 23:56:31 EST Hello I just joined Sparkpeople yesterday so am very new to the site. I live in Haverhill. <BR> Just hoping to get fit, loose weight, and meet some new friends and mybe find a workout diet buddy. Wed, 4 Mar 2009 20:00:43 EST lawrence area Official Website: St. Patrick's Day Parade - Lawrence <BR> Location: South Union Street, Lawrence, MA directions <BR> Phone:(978) 794-5858 <BR> Date: Sunday, March 8, 2009 <BR> Hours: 1:00pm <BR> Ages: Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults <BR> In/Outdoor: Outdoor <BR> Cost: Free see below <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's a St. Patty's Day parade with an entertainment flair. Dancers, pipe bands, Boris the Bike Rider, stilt walkers, unicyclist, jugglers, Shriners, clowns, llamas and more. The parade starts at... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 09:55:46 EST polie looking for someone not sure wahts going on have heard helicpterover here in danvrs for a hr, some one called the police and i heard they are looking or some one prob escaped from the priosn Tue, 17 Feb 2009 07:09:29 EST valentines treats and how to burn them off Happy Valentine's Day! Below are some of our favorite Valentine's Day treats and fun ways to burn off the extra treats. <BR> <BR> Valentine's Day Treats to Burn Off <BR> One glass of champagne, 4oz = 95 calories <BR> Cosmopolitan Martini, 5oz = 174 calories <BR> 2 chocolate truffles, 2 pieces = 220 calories <BR> Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies, 1 cookie = 100 calories <BR> Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting, 1 cupcake = 180 calories <BR> Red Velvet Cupcake, 1 cupcake = 442 calories... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 19:18:12 EST valentines day dining tips 1. Relax <BR> Don't approach the dinner with trepidation. You're not denying yourself anything, you're making choices about your life. And you're sharing a meal with those you love, whether that is your honey, your family, or a group of friends. How could it get any better than that? <BR> <BR> 2. Ask for what you want <BR> Scan the menu to create your own dinner. If you want the fish, but don't want the cream sauce, ask for it to be served with the salsa that comes with the chicken, or the f... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 06:00:39 EST Looking for a gym buddy at Boston North in Danvers Hi Everyone, <BR> I currently have a membership at Boston North in Danvers, and I'm only making it there about 1x per week. <BR> <BR> A couple years ago, my roommate and I would go 4-5 times a week, and I was doing really well! But she's since moved out, boyfriend has moved in, and pounds have been packed on. I have a serious problem motivating myself to go on my own, so I'm looking for someone to be accountable to - it doesn't have to be anything more. So, anyone out there need a gym buddy... Sat, 24 Jan 2009 13:20:36 EST the healthy pantry Oils, Vinegars & Condiments <BR> Oils: extra-virgin olive oil, canola oil <BR> Trans-fat-free margarine <BR> Vinegars: distilled white, cider, red-wine, balsamic, rice <BR> Dijon mustard <BR> Ketchup <BR> Barbecue sauce <BR> Reduced-fat mayonnaise <BR> Reduced-sodium soy sauce <BR> Prepared pesto <BR> Salsa <BR> Hot sauce <BR> <BR> Seasonings <BR> Salt <BR> Black pepper <BR> Dried herbs and spices: ground cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, crushed red pepper, rosemary, thyme leaves, oregan... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 19:49:55 EST iron Spinach - a source of Iron <BR> Spinach is a source of non-heme iron, which is usually found in vegetable sources. Unlike heme iron found in animal products, non-heme iron is not as bioavailable to the body. <BR> <BR> According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of cooked spinach provides ~3.5mg of iron whereas a cup of raw spinach only contains 1 mg of iron. <BR> <BR> Spinach - also inhibits iron absorption <BR> Spinach also contains oxalic acid (sometimes referred as oxalate... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 10:13:28 EST the boston home show Official Website: The Boston Home Show <BR> Location: Bayside Expo Center, 200 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester, MA, 02125 map <BR> Phone:(617) 474-6000 <BR> Date: Friday, January 23, 2009 - Sunday, January 25, 2009 <BR> Hours: Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am - 9:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm <BR> In/Outdoor: Indoor <BR> Cost: $$ see below <BR> <BR> <BR> Get a jump start on your projects this spring- stop by the Boston Home Show at the Bayside Expo Center. <BR> <BR> Each year, for ... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 08:29:44 EST Hello all!! Hey I'm a Spark newbie and was PSYCHED to find a northshore team! <BR> <BR> I am 26 and I live in Essex. I currently work two jobs: the general manager of a doggy daycare and boarding facility and as a trainer for another facility. I am VERY into my dogs. I train them in therapy dog work, agility, and PSA. I will HOPEFULLY be going back to school again in the fall, so I really want to get exercise and healthy diet back into my life as the norm before that stress shows up. <BR> <BR> I lo... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 09:28:37 EST what are you spreading on your toast Nutritional Information for <BR> Common Spreads for Toast <BR> Written by Gloria Tsang, RD and Christina Newberry <BR> Published in June 2008 <BR> <BR> ( Not many people think of plain toast as a very fulfilling breakfast, so most of us dress up our toast with some kind of spread. Which spread you use - and how much - can have a dramatic impact on how many calories and how much nutrition you get out of your breakfast. <BR> <BR> Nutritional Impacts of Common Spreads for To... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 05:35:17 EST 5 best health and nutritional foods 5 Best & Healthiest Foods <BR> Written by Gloria Tsang, RD <BR> Published in December 2005 <BR> <BR> The Super Foods section of our website is very popular with our readers. It lists many healthy foods which are beneficial to health. Among all the foods listed there, I have decided to pick the top five healthiest foods for this article. <BR> <BR> Top 5 Healthiest Foods - picked by Dietitians <BR> Salmon <BR> Hands down! Salmon is my favorite food to substitute meats. It is a good sour... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 05:32:50 EST name your favorite spots in the northshore area <BR> one spot i like and hardly a soul goes there for some peace and thought and also the beautifull ocean is, mingo beach in beverly on rt 127 besie endicott college , shhhh!!!!!!dont tell any one Fri, 16 Jan 2009 15:56:21 EST choosing protein Choosing Protein Wisely <BR> What makes protein good or bad? Find out — and learn to make smart protein choices. <BR> By Connie Brichford <BR> Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH Print Email <BR> Our bodies need protein to build strong bones, muscles, skin, and cells. Because we can’t store protein in our bodies the way we can store carbohydrates, we need to make sure we eat enough protein every day. But is all protein created equal? <BR> <BR> Alexa Schmitt, RD, a clinical nutriti... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 13:54:13 EST fiber The Whole (Grain) Truth <BR> Stop! Before you put that healthy-looking loaf of bread in your shopping cart, be sure you know what you're getting, advises FITNESS advisory board member Kathy McManus, RD, director of nutrition at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Read the label carefully -- and check the fiber content. In bread, for instance, look for at least 3 grams of fiber per serving (one brand we like: Nature's Own 12 Grain). Choose cereal with a minimum of 2 grams per 100 calories.... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:11:24 EST Alerts/Recalls Health News <BR> More Peanut Butter Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak <BR> 1/14/2009 12:00:00 AM Print E-mail WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A nationwide recall of peanut butter made in a Georgia plant was issued late Tuesday even as the number of people sickened by salmonella-contaminated peanut butter rose to 425 in 43 states. <BR> <BR> Peanut Corp. of America, based in Lynchburg, Va., issued the recall of 21 lots of peanut butter for possible salmonella contamination. The product w... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 08:55:30 EST hey all! i'm lizz i'm 27 living in Salem, but originally from Danvers. I work in Woburn I play in Beverly. I'm new to SP. I'm finally looking to take some control of what's been controlling me all my life! Hopefully I meet lots of cool people here who share my feelings! Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:53:20 EST calorie free or nearly calorie free Here's a list of some calorie-free and close-to-calorie-free foods, beverages and snacks that work entirely in your favor: <BR> <BR> 1. Hot Tea with Splenda: Drink a cup of calorie-free hot tea to ward off hunger pangs. Research shows tea consumption may also help prevent a wide range of ailments. <BR> <BR> 2. Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries have few calories, and they pack a powerful punch on your health. <BR> <BR> 3. Citrus Fruit: Rich in vitamins, mine... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:39:36 EST Im in Amesbury.. anyone in this area?? Im looking for someone to go to Latitudes in Salisbury, MA with to be a accountability partner. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:55:42 EST restraunt reviews from pat whitley Zing <BR> Ponte Vecchio Trattoria & Bar <BR> 435 Newbury Street, Danvers, MA <BR> <BR> (978) 777-9188 <BR> Limited menu, which we found to be pricey. While we understood that this was not your average "spaghetti and meatballs" type of Italian menu, the choices on our lunch menu were very few. They were already out of one of the specials, although it was only noon. Fresh bread was served, no butter. Later, we were brought a bottle of plain olive oil. The go... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 15:49:43 EST todays tip Monday January 12, 2009 <BR> Welcome to today's edition of Healthy Living with Ellie Krieger. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's Small Change: Just say no. <BR> No's the Way to Go <BR> There's one magic word that can change your life, give you back your time, and help you lead a happier life. That word is no. <BR> Do you have trouble saying no? You're not alone. But sometimes you have to say no to protect yourself, your time, and your energy. <BR> <BR> How do you do this? Here are six tips t... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 05:32:56 EST websites for exercise and related info stepuptobetterhealth <BR> <BR> info@walkaboutmag <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Jan 2009 16:13:31 EST ipswich,rowle y,newburyport area The Merrimack River Eagle Festival <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Newburyport, Massachusetts <BR> Saturday, February 14, 2009 <BR> <BR> All Free <BR> <BR> Presented by Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. <BR> <BR> Come to Newburyport on February 14th for a full day of activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles! <BR> <BR> VISIT EAGLE HOTSPOTS 9:00 - 4:00 <BR> Naturalists will show you Bald Eagles from sites along the Merrimack ... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 20:33:21 EST New... again! Hello and Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> My name is Marlene. I had joined this site a couple years ago, but then just let it sit idle. <BR> <BR> I am not so much focused on losing weight as I am focused on creating health - physical, mental emotional and spiritual. <BR> I don't think that losing pounds equates achieving health. But as true health is achieved, weight loss happens naturally, if needed. <BR> <BR> My current stats: <BR> 46 years old <BR> Height: 5'10 <BR> Weight: 158 <BR> <BR> <B... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 21:54:54 EST happenins in danvers, topsfield, ,hamiliton area 'Tis the Season <BR> From Loch Ness Planetarium Productions,‘Tis the Season surveys thousands of years of Holiday Traditions using our new Spice Automation facilities and beautiful seasonal music performed by Geodesium. more » <BR> <BR> Included are late fall and early winter stars and constellations. « hide <BR> <BR> Tags: music, holiday, planetarium, traditions <BR> Creator: dunnplan <BR> Creator: dunnplan Additional Information <BR> Location: Danvers, MA, Friday, Jan 2 (2009) 7:00p ... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 06:34:37 EST new years eve and day happenings Family Fireworks <BR> For the 10th consecutive year, the City of Boston rings in the New Year with an intimate 12-minute fireworks display. <BR> <BR> « hide <BR> <BR> Tags: family, first night boston <BR> Creator: jmiranda <BR> Creator: jmiranda Additional Information <BR> Location: Boston, MA, Today, Wednesday, Dec 31 7:00p to 7:12p <BR> 1-Click Directions <BR> <BR> Event Website Wed, 31 Dec 2008 06:12:47 EST check in and chat hi i hope to hear from some people just say hi, what yr up to Wed, 31 Dec 2008 05:42:35 EST triglyceridies Understanding Triglycerides <BR> Triglyceride levels provide insight into your heart disease risk. <BR> By Arthur Agatston, MD, Everyday Health heart expert Print Email Triglycerides are the form in which fat is stored in your body's fat cells. Your triglyceride level is almost always strongly influenced by lifestyle. A low-fat, high-refined carbohydrate actually elevates your triglycerides. Two decades ago, when I first began putting my patients on this type of diet, which was recommended b... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 09:46:53 EST heakth benefits of tea Health Benefits of Tea <BR> By Woman's Day Print Email It's all very civilized — and good for you, too! <BR> <BR> <BR> It may help prevent the formation of plaque in the arteries. <BR> It contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which help fight cancer. <BR> It may protect the skin from UV damage. <BR> Catechins in tea may help reduce body fat. <BR> It may help maintain normal cholesterol levels. <BR> Last Updated: 06/01/2007 <BR> Republished with permission Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:20:18 EST exercise tips Weight Management Center <BR> Exercise: 8 Ways to Keep at It <BR> Print Email Do you need some extra motivation to stick to your exercise program? Try these tactics: <BR> Ask someone to be your exercise buddy — many people agree that having someone to exercise with helps keep them going. <BR> <BR> Listen to recorded books or music while you do endurance activities. <BR> <BR> Set a goal and reward yourself when you reach it. For example, treat yourself to a massage or a manicure when yo... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 07:25:29 EST color to the plate Monday December 29, 2008 <BR> Welcome to today's edition of Healthy Living with Ellie Krieger. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's Small Change: Be color conscious. <BR> Color Your Plate <BR> Picture the last meal you ate. Did you see an explosion of color on your plate, or was it a serving of paleness? If it's the latter, it's probably time to add more color by eating fruits and vegetables of many hues. When you do so every day, you ensure that you're getting a full spectrum of protective nutr... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 07:11:21 EST walking ,running, exercising partners anyone?? i was wondering maybe thereare people who wak the malls any one want a partner????? <BR> <BR> how about a walking club???is anyone interested come on ill do it if you will Fri, 26 Dec 2008 18:21:56 EST informational local websites check out for info on farms and local grown foods and produced north of boston, essex county and merrimack valley Fri, 26 Dec 2008 12:50:33 EST burning some calories <BR> This chart lists some activities you can do to burn 150 calories. These are approximate figures, based on a body weight of 150 pounds. If you weigh less than 150 pounds, it'll take you longer to burn the same number of calories. The opposite is true if you weigh more than 150 pounds. <BR> <BR> Activity Time <BR> Biking, 6 mph 38 minutes <BR> Biking, 12 mph 22 minutes <BR> Jogging, 5.5 mph 12 minutes <BR> Running, 10 mph 7 minutes <BR> Walking, 2 mph 38 minutes <BR> Walking, ... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 07:49:15 EST the many things that make you smile 1. the smile of my 7yr old nephew Fri, 26 Dec 2008 07:34:06 EST happenings cape ann area Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend <BR> Friday-Sunday, January 30 - February 1, 2009 <BR> <BR> Sponsored by: <BR> Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce <BR> 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 <BR> 978-283-1601, <BR> <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> Thu, 25 Dec 2008 17:26:47 EST happenings salem,lyn n.beverly area <BR> February 2009 <BR> <BR> Salem So Sweet Chocolate and Wine Tasting <BR> Location: TBD <BR> Friday, February 6 <BR> <BR> This luscious tasting event, now in its seventh year, features wine and chocolate samplings from many of Salem's restaurants and sweet shops. Samples include unusual and unexpected chocolate items. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Salem Chamber of Commerce or at the door on the night of the event. For more information contact Salem Main Streets o... Thu, 25 Dec 2008 14:03:20 EST WARNING: weight loss prdts MONDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Monday to avoid more than two dozen products marketed for weight loss because they contain undeclared ingredients that could pose serious health risks. <BR> <BR> The products are sold in some retail stores and on the Internet and some claim to contain only "natural" or "herbal" ingredients. But the undeclared ingredients (not listed on labels) range from an anti-seizure medication to a suspected carcin... Thu, 25 Dec 2008 13:58:56 EST Memorable Things To Do on the Massachusetts North to Salem Willows for the "world's best popcorn." <BR> Salem Willows is the rare surviving waterfront park of yesteryear; it dates to 1858. It has a few kiddie rides, picnic grounds, a fishing pier, waterfront walking trails and a bandstand... and the world's best popcorn. <BR> <BR> When we tried our first bite, we were actually unimpressed. But as we continued to consume the fluffy, butter-soaked kernels, we became more and more enamored of Hobbs' popcorn. There was something immensely addi... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 21:45:02 EST Anybody from Lowell area Is there anybody from the area that could use some support or give any support. I'm looking for some good walking routes. This snow is a killer. Wed, 24 Dec 2008 11:48:37 EST quotes for the day <BR> December 23, 2008 <BR> The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. <BR> — Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Dec 2008 11:17:22 EST adding a forum ideas? id like to add 1 or 2 forums i am tossing around a couple of ideas and wonering i anyone has any ideas?? <BR> <BR> i was thinking of maybe a forum just for diet and exercise.............then i was thinking of one called local info or whats happening in the northshore Tue, 23 Dec 2008 07:16:28 EST fitting in fitness over the holidays Fitting in Fitness at Christmas <BR> Article By: Sophie Wale Print Email <BR> <BR> The party season is in full swing, so is it actually possible to include exercise in our seasonal celebrations? Here are tips from Community users around the world. <BR> <BR> Whatever holiday you're celebrating, chances are, you'll be spending time eating and drinking with friends and family throughout this week. <BR> <BR> Before you blow off your fitness routine until the new year, read over the... Mon, 22 Dec 2008 07:26:33 EST inexpensive ways to enjoy the season Five tips on celebrating the holidays this christmas <BR> <BR> If you are strapped for dough, need help celebrating the christmas cheer this year. Then follow these five tips and experience christmas cheer. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Go to a church recital of the Christmas Carol. Many churches are having these wonderful time shows and they do not cost more than just a donation. The Washington Baptist Church, in Lynn located on Washington St is a great location. After the service they hold at... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 18:45:52 EST shoveling i guess everyone is out today, cleaning off there cars,and shoveling and snow blowing, well 3 more inches to come on sunday Sat, 20 Dec 2008 06:55:41 EST Anyone in Beverly or local? I'm looking for a local diet support buddy! <BR> I'm 26 from Beverly. I do have over 100 pounds to lose =/ <BR> Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:39:06 EST where is everyone from im from danvers, hoping to find people close by maybe to go for a walk with Sat, 29 Nov 2008 13:06:00 EST Just sayin hola! Ahh I just joined the team and just wanted to say hi. I live in Salem so I am just lookin for more tips and basically motivation. Am looking forward meeting you all! Sat, 15 Nov 2008 22:35:49 EST Newbie here! Hey, just wanted to add myself to this group. I live in Lynn, originally from KY. My profession is cosmetology. I just wanted to have some local people to share my fitness goals with. Have a great day! Thu, 11 Sep 2008 13:00:03 EST South Boston, Castle Island Does anyone here go to castle Island on the weekends to walk? I have been going in Saturday and Sundays now for about 6 weeks and love it there. Anyone else? <BR> <BR> Steve Mon, 1 Sep 2008 11:48:33 EST Climbing anyone? Hi! I am new to spark. And I am looking for other people who are trying to get active who might be interested in hiking this fall or indoor rock climbing. I have been climbing for a few years and think it is an amazing way to work out and challeneg yourself. There is a great indoor climbing gym in newburyport, i would like to start going once or twice a week. Drop me a line if you have any interest. <BR> <BR> thanks! Sun, 31 Aug 2008 22:06:41 EST How Much Rain Have You Got..... So, how much rain have you gotten in the last week? Wed, 23 Jul 2008 08:36:31 EST Hi, I'm new Hey everyone...I'm from Malden and need some motivation to finally get this weight off and be more healthy Thu, 26 Jun 2008 20:40:23 EST hello Just happened to come across this spark team and wanted to say hello..I'm from Malden.. Tue, 6 May 2008 09:41:00 EST Hey Guys Hey, Im in Reading and always looking for new places to dine out and new places to work out! Found you guys looking through Massachusetts teams, which I didnt know existed! Haha.. just saying hi,and look forward to chatting with you! Tue, 29 Apr 2008 15:49:58 EST Hi All! I'm new to the team (not to spark or the NS) Just wanted to say hi! Fri, 28 Mar 2008 13:53:06 EST shopping local we are trying to make more of an effort to buy local dairy, meat and produce. Anyone want to share their favorite places? <BR> We like: <BR> Wilson's farm in Lexington (which has the best selection) <BR> Farmer Brown's in Middleton <BR> Brooksby farms in Peabody <BR> appleton farm in ipswich Thu, 3 Jan 2008 07:52:11 EST winter! Its so icy around here lately where do you all like to exercise out of doors in the winter? <BR> I like walking in downtown salem or lowell or quincy.. all 3 are great for wandering around aimlessly. Wed, 2 Jan 2008 12:11:10 EST hellooo Hi fellow northshorer's <BR> I'm new to this site- and it seems really great! I was enjoying the discussion on restaurants- most of our favorites are not very healthy, but we do like to get salads from the 99- probably also not very healthy, but it sounds healthy! Fri, 28 Dec 2007 09:50:42 EST Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. <em>113</em> Tue, 25 Dec 2007 20:28:41 EST Holy Snow! Wow! It's really coming down here! <BR> <BR> I work in a town with a huge mall not named NorthShore, and have to drive home to my town H-Hill. It was not fun at all. Luckily, we were dismissed early, but still. <BR> <BR> It's times like this where I have to be the most careful, as being home and cuddled up, I'm inclined to graze nonstop. Thu, 13 Dec 2007 14:09:54 EST restaurants There are many restaurants in the area and finding something healthy is like getting blood from a rock. What are your suggestions? favs? Favorite meals? <BR> We eat a ton of Vietnamese food which for the most part is so healthy! <BR> We go to <BR> Pho Minh Ky and Cali Sandwich in Lynn a lot. <BR> We usually get pho or chix salad (its made with fish sauce not mayo and is mostly veggie) which are both low in calories and low in fat. Thu, 6 Dec 2007 13:17:58 EST hi I live in the salem/beverly area. I am just looking for other people on the northshore to chit chat with! Thu, 6 Dec 2007 13:13:58 EST