SparkPeople Massachusetts Sparklers Team Messageboard This team is for all the Massachusetts Spark people who are looking to get healthy and fit. SparkPeople Massachusetts Sparklers Team Messageboard DAOLY CHAT JULY 2nd to December 31st WELL I will get us started on our the second half our our journey for the year!! Tue, 2 Jul 2019 08:23:36 EST WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE FOR 2019 Gooood morning <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> January 1st. The day we all make our new resolutions. For me, its getting back on track after a few weeks of nonstop partying! It was a good year and I did well weight wise. Now it's time to step up my game and get more exercise into my life. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to join in this thread is more than welcome. We like to check in once a week and just be there for each other to provide moral support and encouragement! <BR> <BR> Ha... Tue, 1 Jan 2019 09:45:03 EST 2019 DAILY WHEELPOINTS Need to go spin. 🤗 <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! Tue, 1 Jan 2019 09:38:22 EST DAILY CHAT JAN 2019 THRU JUNE 2019 HAPPY NEW YEAR! <BR> <BR> Wow! Here we are with a fresh new year and all sorts of new resolutions! <BR> <BR> 2018 ended on an incredible note for me. We welcomed a new baby into our family and a new nephew in law!! It's been an amazing week! Today is our last full day in New Orleans and we have a brunch scheduled for later on. Then a little more touring around. We leave tomorrow morning to start the journey home and then off to CT to meet my new great nephew!! <BR> <BR> Have a fab... Tue, 1 Jan 2019 09:36:16 EST Getting started Hi, I'm from Southern MA. <BR> <BR> I recently rejoined Spark since I have been struggling to lose weight and stay motivated. Due to a change in jobs and companies I've gained back the 24 lbs I lost while doing WW. Time to get back on track by making time to be healthier, make better choices, lose weight and exercise. Sat, 6 Oct 2018 11:10:33 EST DAILY CHAT FOR JULY 2018 THRU DEC 2018 Happy July!!!! Where on earth has the first 6 months of this year gone? <BR> <BR> Sorry for the delay in setting this up. The connection here is brutal. <BR> <BR> Maryanne Sun, 1 Jul 2018 21:01:56 EST 2018 DAILY WHEELPOINTS HAPPY NEW YEAR! <BR> <BR> 2 and a 3 for me to start the year <BR> <BR> 20 for the team! Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:15:42 EST DAILY CHAT FOR JAN THRU JUNE 2018 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Welcome to 2018! <BR> <BR> I hope this year brings you all good health and happiness! <BR> <BR> Bring it on............. <BR> <BR> Maryanne Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:12:50 EST DAILY CHAT FOR OCT THRU DEC 2017 Figured I'd set this up today while I remember and we can have it for tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> WHERE HAS THIS YEAR GONE TOO????? I can't even believe we're going into October and GASP, the holiday season..... Ouch. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:17:11 EST DAILY CHAT FOR APRIL THRU SEPT 2017 So sorry for the delay in setting this up. I have also decided to go 6 months instead of three. <BR> <BR> So here we are in April everyone. After that whacky weather today is sunny and beautiful. Let's now just hope we have FINALLY seen the last of the snow. <BR> <BR> I had a fabulous day yesterday. I made that blackened chicken pasta dish and sort of winged the recipe. I kept tasting and adding etc and at the last minute also added bacon to it. Was on my feet for a few hours doing it... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 13:50:11 EST WHEEL POINTS 2017 JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH OK I MUST ADMIT I NEED TO SPIN IN THE MORNING <BR> <BR> BUT TO ME I AM A 10!!!! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:12:55 EST 2017 - JANAURY FEBRUARY MARCH HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL <BR> <BR> Let this year be the year we all get closer to our goals. For me it is to DROP BELOW 200 pounds!! <BR> <BR> BEEN ON MY LIST FOR AWHILE <BR> <BR> I am NOT unhappy that I have dropped over 55 pounds AND KEPT IT OFF - I just want to be UNDER 200 pounds and that is ATTAINABLE - I just need to FOCUS <BR> <BR> Laura Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:12:06 EST WEIGHT LOSS - GOOD HEALTH CHALLENGE FOR 2017 Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd start a fresh new message thread for a fresh new year. I also decided NOT to put an end date on this (like challenge till July) because there really is no end date to good health. <BR> <BR> As 2016 rolls out the door it's a time to think back and reflect on the good, the bad, the ugly........then close the door on it and move forward. <BR> <BR> As usual - it's time to start setting up some fresh new goals. :) <BR> <BR> For me they are the u... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:32:26 EST 2017 DAILY WHEELPOINTS Thought I would get this set up for tomorrow. :) <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR! <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:21:17 EST OCT-NOV-DEC Wheel points gotta go spin Sat, 1 Oct 2016 12:15:42 EST OCT-NOV-DEC 2016 NEW THREAD ALL Sat, 1 Oct 2016 12:15:12 EST Hi! I am starting over since July 4th Hello! I am a stay at home mom to 4 . I need to lose at least 40 lbs. I am back on track. I wrote July 4 th down on the calander and I am sticking to it! That's how I quit smoking years ago! Hoping this will work fo me ! Tue, 5 Jul 2016 09:42:02 EST DAILCHAT FOR JULY THRU SEPT 2016 Just thought I'd get this set up for the next quarter. <BR> <BR> Hard to believe we are starting the 2nd half of the year..............The first 6 months have just flown by. <BR> <BR> I know for myself personally, I've let them slip by with no progress to my healthy lifestyle. If anything I have slipped dramatically this last month. No gain but no exercise and the food choices have been UGH. <BR> <BR> I'm heading out tomorrow for a week at the beach and I will enjoy every second of it. U... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:53:57 EST JULY-DEC WHEELPOINTS 2016 Figured I would get this set up today to start us off for the remainder of the year. <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:45:56 EST Newbie from Framingham Hi all! I just joined in the hope of finally taking off some extra weight I've been carrying for way too long. I live in Metrowest and work just outside of Boston. Hoping to find some (relativly) local people to connect with on my weight loss journey. Wed, 18 May 2016 12:42:59 EST About me Hey guys, I'm Terese. I am currently working of baby weight from my back to back pregnancies. I'm usually one to not really eat much and just snack. But I've been working hard at eating 5 healthy small portion meals A day, it's been working so far. Hopefully I can lose 20 pounds in the next few months to get back to my pre pre pregnancy weight. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:28:47 EST Hi Hi everyone, <BR> I joined spark four years ago and managed to lose &amp; keep off 30 pounds. Looking to lose another 20 so I can feel great by the time I turn 40 in nine months. I'm from Fall River MA but originally from RI. <BR> Looking forward to the warm weather and riding bikes with my kids at the park. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:51:52 EST WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE FOR JULY 4, 2016 Hi, <BR> <BR> Today is April 1, 2016. How did the 1st quarter of the year go? Did you stay on track? shed those holiday pounds? <BR> <BR> Now it's time to start thinking about shorts and sleeveless shirts and gasp bathing suits. Time to kick it up a notch and set some new goals or maybe just dust off some old goals. <BR> <BR> My goal is to get back out the door and start walking a few days a week. As for weight, I'm going to start with April and say 3 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm off and r... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:12:22 EST DAILY CHAT FOR APRIL THRU JUNE 2016 Happy April everyone!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:57:42 EST APR-JUN WHEELPOINTS 2016 Happy April! Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:55:45 EST Super Bowl 2016 Who to root for? maybe Panthers their QB came out of BC but not the same without the Pat's in it. Party food suggestions to bring, eat and indulge without breaking the nutrition intake game? Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:40:05 EST DAILY CHAT FOR JAN THRU MARCH 2016 Happy New Year!!! <BR> <BR> Just finished a plate of Chinese food. Never mind midnight....I'm hoping I can make it till 9:00! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 19:14:02 EST JAN THRU MARCH 2016 - WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE Happy New Year Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm setting up a new Weight Loss Challenge for anyone that is interested in starting the new year off with a goal in mind. <BR> <BR> For myself - my first quarter goal is to lose 10 lbs and get off of cholesterol medicine. The dose I take is rather low so I want to get rid of it completely. Not sure I can do this but I'm going to try. The bigger challenge for me will be to start exercising again. <BR> <BR> So, are you interested in joining me? I wil... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:21:09 EST JAN-MARCH WHEELPOINTS 2016 Just setting this up so it will be ready to go tomorrow. :) <BR> <BR> Happy New Year!!!!!! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:06:06 EST NOV-DEC WHEELPOINTS 2015 Spun a 10 and a bonus of 3 today Mon, 2 Nov 2015 07:43:14 EST DAILY CHAT FOR NOV / DEC - 2015 This is it - the last chat being set up for 2015 - Holy toledo, where did this year go? Now we are upon the holiday season. <BR> <BR> It's been a crazy year with lots of ups and downs...........we're down to the last two months to see if we can make any kind of positive change. Take a minute to think about what you would like to accomplish by the end of this year and put a plan in place. <BR> <BR> Best of luck to everyone in reaching their goals. <BR> <BR> FYI - I will NOT be settin... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 20:37:58 EST linzee Hi everyone , I got the spark from my husband in October 2014 and this is my first time writing. I am so motivated to walk in the early morning before I go to work because of this program. I'm loving it ! Thu, 17 Sep 2015 21:05:29 EST cholesterol My cholesterol is 328. My diet is good but i just found out excercise and weight play just as much an important role, Im pretty sure thats where i am failing. bmi is 28, weight is borderline obese Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:19:52 EST cholesterol My cholesterol is 328. My diet is good but i just found out excercise and weight play just as much an important role, Im pretty sure thats where i am failing. bmi is 28, weight is borderline obese Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:19:52 EST AUG-SEPT-OCT WHEELPOINTS 2015 Wow! 3rd quarter of 2015 is upon us. This year is flying! Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:31:10 EST DAILY CHAT FOR AUG-SEPT-OCT Where is this year going? Already August 1st!! <BR> <BR> Join us on the daily chat to say hello....tell us how you're doing.... Or maybe just to get a little support while you make changes in your life to become healthier. <BR> <BR> We're here to help anyway we can. <BR> <BR> Here's to a fabulous third quarter!! <BR> <BR> Maryanne Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:26:09 EST Help me lose weight.. My name is Pam... I am 54 and very active.. I swim and bike a lot and workout a couple of times a week.... I guess my eating is out of control because I can not lose weight....I need to lose at least 70 pounds.... Anyone live in Tewksbury? Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:42:16 EST New today...Where do I start????? Hi I am new just signed up this afternoon. I need to lose 50 lbs. I have tried to lose weight before doing weight watchers years ago but I can't afford to sign up so I am hoping this site can help me. There seems to be so much info on here I am not sure where to start. I did set up my Spark page and now I don't know where else to go. So if any of you could point me in the right direction I sure would appreciate it. :) Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:34:08 EST Workout buddies wanted Hi everyone! I have just joined this site and am looking forward to being a part of It! I am a mom with a teenage daughter and a preteen son. I am happily married and a Beachbody coach. I use their programs and have for years but I have always found having people to keep me going was the only way I saw results! Until recently I would start and stop working out all the time and never completed anything. Starting at the beginning again and again is the worst! I have finally realized at almost... Mon, 11 May 2015 19:15:01 EST MAY-JUNE-JULY WHEELPOINTS 2015 My apologies for the delay in starting up a fresh new 'Wheelpoints' message thread. <BR> <BR> I started this one up and we can use it for May, June, and July to log our wheelpoints. <BR> <BR> 10 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks, Maryanne Sun, 3 May 2015 13:35:00 EST DAILY CHAT FOR MAY-JUNE-JULY 2015 My apologies for not setting up a new chat. I thought I had set up the last one to last 3 months but realized I did not. So here it is. <BR> <BR> Going forward we can do use this one for May, June, and July to chat and share any stories about our daily activities, stresses, celebrations etc. <BR> <BR> Again, sorry about the delay setting this up. <BR> <BR> Maryanne Sun, 3 May 2015 13:23:32 EST Hello! <img src="”>Hello everyone. I’m Joe from Norfolk, MA. I recently completed the C25K program. Now, my goal is to improve my pace (which is slow). Sun, 3 May 2015 06:04:12 EST APRIL 2015 WHEEL POINTS Post your daily 'spin the wheel' points for April! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:36:26 EST APRIL DAILY CHAT 2015 Thought I'd start this early so it will be up and running for the morning. <BR> <BR> For those of you that see this but don't participate..............let me share with you. We have been doing a 'daily chat' for quite some time. Some people pop in every now and then to say hi, some stop by daily just to say hello.........and then there are some of us that stop in daily and share tidbits about our daily lives. It doesn't necessarily have to do with weight or exercise....sometimes it's nice... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:33:54 EST WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE APRIL THRU JUNE 2015 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Time to start the 2nd quarter of the year..........ALREADY! <BR> <BR> First quarter started out slow and I did not meet the goal I set for 12 lbs. I did, however, drop 7 and will enjoy that accomplishment and move forward. <BR> <BR> It was a long and difficult winter and some people are STILL seeing it. It started out very slow with no action and then boom, it just came at us full speed ahead............Sort of like some 'getting healthy' plans. They start slow... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:25:35 EST MARCH 2015 WHEEL POINTS 5 Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:08:39 EST MARCH DAILY CHAT 2015 Happy March!!!!! <BR> <BR> May it be a better and drier month than February! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:07:30 EST fitness I am 54 years old i am a prediabetic, and i have high cholesterol, i went from 168 pounds to 145 i wanted to know if burned 22 calories today doing a light workout, do i add or subtract that amount from my total calories, please let me know asap? thanks Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:00:09 EST New Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined today. I have about 50 lbs to lose. Hoping this site gives me the motivation. <BR> <BR> I live in Waltham. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:01:11 EST FEBRUARY 2015 WHEEL POINTS a bunch Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:31:02 EST February 2015 chat Morning All <BR> <BR> JUST finished up shoveling which was MY PRIORITY before getting anything else done today. Spent an hour out there - the back yard was awful Poor Linus - he was up to his hips trying to romp to get out back to do his duty! I did that run first and an egress for my Dad in case of an emergency and then out to the get the walks cleared. it is obvious that the house is shielding the snow because it was about 6-7" out front and out back closer to 9" <BR> well t... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:30:04 EST Low Carb Plan with Plenty of Vegetables and Fruits I eat a low carb life, but need some menu plans, guidance and support - I also realize how important veggies and fruits are- want to know how to incorporate them- Looking for target date of may 15 2015 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:23:25 EST WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE JAN-MARCH 2015 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Ok, here we go, the start of a new year. Is it the start of some new goals? A time to 'refresh' some old goals? I know I had some big dreams towards the end of last year that were not met. I am starting a new job on 1/12 and with that I want/need to get back to a healthier way of living. <BR> <BR> I am once again setting some goals for myself and this time I MUST keep them. <BR> <BR> By March 31st I am hoping to lose 12 lbs. That means I need to drop 4 lbs per mo... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:51:22 EST JANUARY 2015 WHEELPOINTS I need to do that later Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:43:28 EST JANUARY 2015 HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL <BR> <BR> NOW is the time to look FORWARD and not back at the weight you might have gained over the holidays (mine was about 3 pounds since October) and think about WHAT you are going to do to improve your OVERALL health - <BR> <BR> Change toothbrushes <BR> <BR> Eliminate salt in the cooking water when you boil veggies <BR> <BR> Eat LESS sugar or sweets (that is MINE mainstay after vacation!!) <BR> <BR> Park your car FURTHER away from the Mall entrance and walk <BR> ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:42:56 EST DECEMBER WHEELPOINTS 5 Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:22:55 EST DECEMBER DAILY CHAT Afternoon all and HAPPY DECEMBER!!!!! <BR> <BR> Sorry this is so late but everytime I tried to log into Spark my system kicked me out! <BR> <BR> I'll check in later when I have a more stable connection but for now I just want to let you all know that I have 34 working hours remaining at this job!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHHOOOOO <BR> <BR> Maryanne <BR> <BR> P.S. Hope you all managed to enjoy at least a few minutes of the gorgeous weather! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:22:32 EST NOVEMBER WHEEL POINTS 3 Sat, 1 Nov 2014 08:57:39 EST NOVEMBER DAILY CHAT HAPPY NOVEMBER FIRST <BR> <BR> Enjoyed all the young couples and new young people who moved into the neighborhood last night - they were out with their candy (also enjoying cheese and wine) and WE were invited to ALL the houses - it was JUST fabulous!! <BR> <BR> Was hoping to get a good night's sleep but Linus woke up at 4:50 choking on he spit up - not sure what is going on but he is in DISTRESS for sure - so I got up while he was outside and raked leaves again <BR> <BR> The kids are home... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 08:57:19 EST WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE - LAST QUARTER 2014 Good Morning everyone - Happy October <BR> <BR> Decided to start one more weight loss challenge thread for 2014 and give it all I have to drop some weight before the end of this year. I will fully admit I have gained an excessive amount of weight back because I have slacked off in every category known to a healthy lifestyle. There is no sense in crying over it...........just put it where it belongs and that is in the past. We cannot go backwards, only forward and that's what I want to do.... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:18:41 EST OCTOBER WHEEL POINTS How many points did you earn? Me? No idea, I forgot to spin before I created this message thread. :) Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:14:14 EST OCTOBER DAILY CHAT Good Morning fellow Sparkers! Happy October! <BR> <BR> The leaves will be falling and the raking will commence..............and we all know what comes after that. SO, as we settle into the Fall and prepare for the upcoming months lets all start thinking about how we can finish this year out healthier! <BR> <BR> I will be setting up a LAST QUARTER 2014 WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE thread later on today (sorry need to dash off to work now). <BR> <BR> In that thread I thought we could once again t... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:13:23 EST Lone Star My name is Felicia. I am dealing with a serious health crisis with my boyfriend. He has cancer and it's returned and I have not been exercising nor eating the way I should have for the last 4 weeks. I need your help to get back on track and most of all to stay fit,focused, and to find me again. :(:( Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:34:44 EST Just joined on 9/4/2014 Hi. I found the this site a few days ago, and its the first weight loss program that I really was drawn to . I would like to drop about 37 Lbs. I have lost 3 Lbs. already . So thanks for having on board. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:28:20 EST September Wheel points I think I got 7 Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:24:52 EST September Daily Chat Happy September - sure feels like August with temperatures here in Boston - <BR> <BR> Remember to stay hydrated even though it is September this high heat can get you <BR> <BR> Laura Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:24:23 EST September Wheel Points 20 & 10 Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:24:06 EST Hi from the new girl! Hey all! I'm Lizz, i'm in Beverly and I'm not so new to spark, and maybe even this team, but I'm new ish and trying to reinvent myself. I've got about 70-80 lbs to lose on top of the 20 I've shed over the last two years, to get me to a weight I haven't seen since I was in middle school. I've been seriously struggling with motivation and perseverance and although i'm good at being a supportive person and helping others, I'm horrible at letting people in and accepting help. I'm hoping that b... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:18:25 EST hometown girl Hi, I was born and raised in Boston back when the milk man would drop off milk, etc. at your home and kids would play outdoors without worry about drive by shoot outs. I live in Franklin as we speck with my husband. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:13:50 EST Hi All I'm brand new to sparkpeople. I live in Bradford, which is on the north shore. Looking forward to meeting you. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:42:30 EST August wheel points Got to go out and spin Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:10:50 EST August Chat room Busy out and about today. Dad needed a new mattress so off we went to Bernie and Phyl's to take advantage of the 12.5% discount!! Then over too BJ's and Ocean State Job Lot! We got all that done in 2 1/2 hours. <BR> <BR> Will save a parking spot for the young couple next door. <BR> <BR> As far as our options our if we build we need to spend $200,000 of our own $ up front before we can get the construction loan from the bank. <BR> <BR> Thinking of just walking away. We do have t... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:09:43 EST Running/ exercise buddy Anyone in West Roxbury interested in become a running buddy? <BR> I am a beginner and need company to keep going. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:03:14 EST July Wheel Points ADD points to your total Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:27:45 EST JULY CHAT Here we are beginning the 2nd half of 2014 - <BR> <BR> HOW are you doing? DO you have any specific goals in mind for the 2nd half of the year? <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:27:20 EST Guy looking for tips, tricks, and whatever else! Hey. <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old man who would like to lose weight. I've been overweight most of my life and have struggled with it quite a bit. <BR> <BR> I think I've done the song and dance enough to understand the basics about exercise and nutrition. I've come to realize my main issue tends to be emotional eating. That and hating fruits and veggies. And maybe love of ice cream and pasta. <BR> <BR> I would love to hear from others who have tips on how to overcome hatred/disgust of veg... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:10:21 EST June 2014 Wheel Points 3 Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:22:24 EST JUNE 2014 Chat Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> We have been pretty crazed here - Christina's grandfather passed away and as you all life is crazy when a family member passes away. <BR> <BR> Wake today and funeral tomorrow but trying to take care of details etc to help them out <BR> <BR> Plus Dad had an appointment as well for his glaucoma - it has actually GOTTEN better since the surgery and eye drops YEA!!! <BR> <BR> Colie and I worked Saturday on his house - repairing and replacing lights/fans and kitchen sink... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:21:58 EST June wheel points 5 & 2 Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:28:34 EST Nervous Newbie Takes Charge - Saying hello! Hello everyone - I am brand new to SP and looking for some SparkFriends for support- and I want to support you! I have recently had a bit of self-realization and that has led me here. I have seen the pounds (about 35 of them) creep up on me over the last 4 - 5 years, and my activity levels drop (being an adult is hard! Commuting! Long hours!). I have always talked a big talk about getting in shape – for years – and have lost a little here and there- but have never really committed. I had ... Fri, 23 May 2014 12:09:45 EST May Daily Wheelpoints 4 Thu, 1 May 2014 08:49:10 EST May 2014 Daily Chat Good Morning all and Happy May!!! <BR> <BR> Sorry it took so long to set this chat up........Already been really busy at work and had to sneak on to do this. <BR> <BR> Will catch up later. <BR> <BR> Maryanne <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 08:48:33 EST I'm new to Spark People and Mass.Sparklers HI Everyone, <BR> I'm Terri and am starting Spark People today.I grew up in RI,but have lived in Mass. for 40 years.I live in Metrowest and work in Boston.Love to hear from you all! Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:55:04 EST ALMOST 60-LOOKING TO LOSE Hi, <BR> I will be turning 60 this year and this is the first time I look at myself and think I am looking old on my face, with my belly fat...disgusting! I have the potential to become diabetic, gestational diabetic with both pregnancies, so I am looking to bring my weight down a bit and hopefully I can. I am bad at follow through, especially when I feel down about anything. My go to feeling down remedy is sweets. I am hoping that I will be able to keep on my meal plans better as I am selec... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:12:11 EST New to sparkle Hello I'm a week in and down 7lbs. Feeling great. Had a union meeting yesterday and there was a table full of goodies and I didn't even desire them. I need to be more active , I do have a work out world membership but haven't been going. I don't like going alone or when it's crowded. Anyone in the Brockton MA area looking for a workout buddy? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:16:33 EST busy and fat I am a grandmother, mother, wife, xspecial ed teacher, great cook, and very caring. I am not able to control my eating some of the time, at other times it is easy to focus on low calorie eating and feel confident about it. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and have been able to keep my weight even. Last month I lost a cousin who was very dear to me. It has left me drained, and I am eating too much. I have gained 10 pounds after helping him die with dignity and helping deal with his estat... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:52:00 EST April Wheel Points I got 5 Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:13:07 EST APRIL CHAT ROOM GOOD MORNING TEAM <BR> <BR> No April's Fool Day snow and the SUN is shining!! Get out there and enjoy the day. Wind is a bit cool here along the Boston waterfront BUT a great AM for a walk. Linus and I went for a great walk. <BR> <BR> Ross brought me coffee too. Feeling MUCH better!! <BR> <BR> Made enough beef stew yesterday for leftovers today and Dad has leftovers so it will be a LEFTOVER night for sue <BR> <BR> ENJOY THE GOOD WEATHER ALL !!!! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:12:42 EST Lisa k Hello, I am new to this program. I figured I would try it out. To see if it could help me in reaching my weight loss goal. It's very hard to plan healthy meals. Also, preventing over eating. I'm hoping I can learn from all of you and become healthier and happier.. :) thanks Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:26:45 EST MARCH 2014 WHEELPOINTS 5 Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:00:03 EST MARCH 2014 DAILY CHAT Opps, forgot it was March 1st. <BR> <BR> I just posted my message in February.................. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:59:40 EST 2014 SPRING WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Instead of setting up monthly weight loss challenge threads, I decided to set them up by season. <BR> <BR> So, some how, some way, Spring WILL come! It's time to start thinking about pulling out the shorts and tee shirts. I for one am SO not ready for that! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to set up a monthly goal for myself and plan to check in here every Saturday to report how my week went. Hope some of you come and join me on the quest to get healthy and fit! <BR> <BR... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:57:06 EST Greetings I am back in Fall River, MA after living in NH for 4 years. I was born and raised here so I am happy to be back. This is my opportunity to get back in shape - one day at a time. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:21:21 EST new to spark Hi my name is Christine. I just joined yesterday, I have never been part of a blog or group thing like this before. Nice to meet you all. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:17:57 EST New to SparkPeople Hi, <BR> I'm a new member to Spark People and could use some help getting to know the site....also looking for some encouragement to meet my goals! Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:16:13 EST FEBRUARY 2014 WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE! Decided to set up a topic for February Weight Loss Challenge. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in using this thread to post any weight loss success stories feel free. <BR> <BR> I am 'disturbed' at how far I have fallen and instead of feeling bad for myself I am going to use this month to AGAIN turn myself around. I will be posting here every Saturday morning to push myself into staying on track! <BR> <BR> GOAL - LOSE 5 lbs this month <BR> <BR> Feel free to join in and set your own goals for... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 06:41:27 EST FEBRUARY 2014 WHEELPOINTS Guess I should go spin the wheel to see how many points I get! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 06:35:50 EST FEBRUARY 2014 DAILY CHAT Welcome February! <BR> <BR> All I can say is 'May it be warmer than January'! <BR> <BR> New month! Let's make it a good one. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 06:34:22 EST Gym buddy Hi Everyone.. <BR> <BR> I'm new, and hopefully not posting in the wrong area. Seemed to be the most appropriate one. I'm located in Woburn, MA and trying to find a gym buddy to go to planet fitness with me. I have the type of membership where I can bring a guest free every time I go (figured if I could drag someone for free, it would force me to go). I recently lost my gym buddy due to unforeseen circumstances and now I'm just being outright lazy and not going. <BR> <BR> If anyone is intere... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:22:53 EST I am new Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> We have 2 things in common - we are from Mass. and we are committed to losing weight. <BR> <BR> I am back again after a 2 year absence which did me no good - I actually lost 5 lbs but need to lose a lot more. <BR> <BR> Looking at the snow and feeling the cold - Only 55 days until spring. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:53:07 EST have to get that 10 lbs. off by 2/21/14 Good Morning - I need alot of help - I start off great from 4:00 a.m. to about 8:30 a.m. then I start to slip. Today is going to work for me because I leave for Florida 2/19/14 and I need that 10 lbs. off - I don't mind following a structured meal plan for a week to see how that works. <BR> Thank you so much for any help Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:01:15 EST Where I'm from... Hello from the North Shore! Peabody here... <BR> Jumping back in with both feet after a looong time away. <em>386</em> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:21:30 EST Tracking Sparkpeople recipes.... Hi, I'm new to Sparkpeople and like the recipes from "Chef Meg". I'm at a loss, though, as to why it is impossible to get a Sparkpeople recipe to come up on my food tracker. Any help?? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:31:17 EST Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople <em>524</em> <BR> Hi, I'm Dorothy and new to SparkPeople. I live in Burlington and would love to connect with others close by for walk/exercise groups. <BR> <em>249</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:07:39 EST So Excited!!! Hi, My name is Sheila and I'm from Wareham, MA. Heard wonderful things about this site and am so looking forward to being a part of it. I am pre-diabetic, way over weight, physically-mentally-emotionally-exhausted. With the help and support of each and everyone of you, I know I change all that. Cant wait to get going!! 2014 is the year of ME!!!!! Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:32:02 EST Where are you from I live in Lowell Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:39:07 EST New! Hi, my name is Jennifer and I'm from Medford, MA and I just wanted to introduce myself. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:28:31 EST Getting back on track! Hello! Happy New Year to all! I joined SparkPeople in order to lose the 15 pounds I gained since September 2013. I also would like to lose an additional 10 pounds but I'm just focusing on the first 15 right now. Tracking my food daily is the biggest help so far. It really keeps me focused. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:57:15 EST New Here I am new to SparkPeople, this Team and to the Area overall. I'm originally from Houston, Texas and now I live in Haverhill, MA. I had an abusive marriage for 8 yrs, battled depression during that time and my weight sky rocketed to over 300 lbs... Don't know how high it got because I stopped getting on the scale. I am currently down to approximately 265 lbs but still have a lot of work to do. I hope joining here will help Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:56:30 EST JANUARY 2014 WHEELPOINTS 10 Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:20:43 EST JANUARY 2014 DAILY CHAT WELCOME 2014 <BR> <BR> IT'S A NEW YEAR - A NEW BEGINNING! <BR> <BR> <BR> LET'S MAKE IT THE BEST YEAR EVER WHERE ALL OF YOUR WISHES AND DREAMS COME TRUE. <BR> <BR> Maryanne Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:18:24 EST New to Spark Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Melinda, I am a single mother, work full time and presently serve in the military. I have put my self second, always placing my son needs ahead of mine. <BR> <BR> I am wanting to lose 40+ lbs, as I am looking for a support group, or buddy to help me get started. I do not want to use any more excuses, not to work out, or eat healthy. I need a kick in my motivation, and the extra push. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Melinda Wed, 25 Dec 2013 23:06:14 EST Hi everyone, I am a 23 year old mother of a two month old baby girl. I was over weight at the beginning of the pregnancy and had many complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure. I know I want to change myself in order to be a better mom, sister, friend, daughter, and wife. I weight 242 pounds and my goal weight is 125. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:52:56 EST HELP!! So I'm new to the calorie counting thing and feel like i started on a really great foot but i am having concern about the input/output. With double workouts burning more am i suppose to eat more or stick to my original budget? i know i have to have a deficient but i don't get the whole workout more to eat more if i'm trying to lose weight. Help! <em>46</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:53:06 EST Leslie J I have tried many diet plans and in 15 years only lost a total of 20 pounds! I am hoping Sparkpeople will be the last plan I need. I am pre Diabetic which means if I can lose 20 to 30 lbs in the next 2 months I will not become a diabetic. I also have DJD in my knees, also due to weight gain. I quit smoking a year ago which has put on some poundage ( not a good excuse) but one I'm using. I am also going through menopause which makes losing weigh harder. I can't use my treadmill due to my... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:42:01 EST Loving Life Who is just happy to be alive and gotten out of bed today?? ME!!!!! Wed, 4 Dec 2013 05:34:04 EST DECEMBER 2013 DAILY CHAT Happy December Everyone!!!!!! <BR> <BR> If you are driving the Mass Pike this morning do be careful...........heard the roads are quite slick and 290 is closed due to a big pile up. <BR> <BR> Maryanne <BR> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:58:55 EST DECEMBER Wheel Points 3 & 10 Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:29:01 EST 5Ks in and around Massachusetts Hi Everyone! I thought it would be a neat idea to have a running list (no pun intended) of registration links to 5Ks all around Massachusetts. That way, people could just come here to find a good race without having to search the web. <BR> <BR> I'll start us off with a couple, feel free to add as many as you want! <BR> <BR> 11-28-13 Feaster Five, Andover MA <link><BR>ces/26th-annual-feaster-five-2013? </link> <BR> <BR> 6-21-14 FoamFest, Haverhill MA... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:34:44 EST November December 2013 Weight Loss Challenge Hey everyone - I had a request to set up a weight loss challenge from now tll the end of the year. <BR> <BR> This may help some of us to 'survive' the stress eating during the holiday season. We can turn to this message thread and share our issues/concerns........triumphs etc as we deal with the hustle and bustle of the season. <BR> <BR> SO - for this challenge we are going to keep it simple. The goal is to make every effort to post here once a week (I suggest every Monday) and let us kno... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:47:52 EST Just getting started I joined Spark in Jan 2013 but am just getting started with my weight loss/lifestyle change. I know it will be successful this time because I'm ready. Starting with herbalife for a few months so I can get over a few bad habits. Also I love to cook and eat. And figure if I can lose weight during the upcoming holiday season that will be a plus. <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing comments about how others have been successful reaching their goals. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:58:37 EST NOVEMBER WHEELPOINTS 5 Fri, 1 Nov 2013 09:57:13 EST NOVEMBER DAILY CHAT Happy November everyone!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Wow - very windy out there today! <BR> <BR> Trick or treating went ok last night. I got about 40 kids and got rid of 90% of the candy......only thing left is stuff I don't eat which is good! <BR> <BR> Decided to take a last minute 1/2 day today just because........ <BR> <BR> Have a fabulous day all. <BR> <BR> Maryanne <BR> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 09:55:19 EST Looking for a Fresh Start Hi Everyone, My name is Leslie and I wanted to join a weight loss group to help motivate me to lose weight. I am 45 years old and had a very bad scare the past month. The doctor's told me I might have breast cancer. I went through all the testings and then found out the mass they found was not cancerous. I was so thrilled!! After realizing how close I came to having a very bad illness it has motivated me to start losing weight so I can be around for my children. I have tried everything! I hop... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 14:58:54 EST New to Site again....... Hello everyone. My name is AlishaSunshine and I have joined spark people for the second time this evening, The first time, scared me. Just having people who support your efforts and have their own challenges, seemed a bit overwhelming to me and so personal. So I signed up and then went away. I realized that I need help, I need cheering and I need support from people who share the same goals. I am happy to be here and I look forward to beginning my new year early and be an encouragement to... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 22:10:11 EST October wheel points rack up those points Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:51:01 EST October Chat OCTOBER IS HERE Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:50:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:50:51 EST New Girl Im new to the Sparkpeople revolution Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:54:43 EST New beginning I am very excited to begin my weight loss journey! This is my first post I have ever made. Trying to get involved. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:33:31 EST Determined to exercise and reach my goals I'm a young busy professional. I started gaining the pounds after college and need to start loosing them. I tried several types of diets and cleanses with little long term success. I learned a lot about calories and the right types of foods- but usually a bad day turns into a bad week and then a really bad month. So I'm determined to stay on track and loose 45 pounds. <BR> <BR> I already signed up for 2 5k's in November- so I'm excited to start training for those. Getting to the gym is diff... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:36:54 EST September Chat Happy September <BR> <BR> We are enjoying our time away and have enjoyed being at the hotel. The fireworks were right outside in the harbor and we could watch them from our suite. Enjoyed the Red Sox game today as well <BR> <BR> <BR> Laura Sun, 1 Sep 2013 22:53:40 EST September Wheel Points 25 & 2 Sun, 1 Sep 2013 13:53:15 EST Food Scale Question I am thinking of getting a food scale and am wondering if the team can recommend a good one that isn't going to cost me an arm and a leg. <BR> Thank you Sat, 31 Aug 2013 18:54:29 EST HELLO Im new im 28 female wanting to lose 25lbs HELP :/ Very much in need of support <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Or ANY TIPS for me to tone up Safely with a bad arms and bum are what Id like to SAFELY work on toning...... <BR> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> I recently had back surgery to get rid of my sciatic pain that I dealt with for 2years.... and I also quit smoking about 5months ago. It was a 12week recovery for my back and Im currently still doing some PT to help strengthen my core abit..... <BR> <BR> I used to be 260lbs ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:38:01 EST (re) joining Hi--I'm rejoining this website. I had half-heartedly joined a few months ago, but didn't really explore the full potential of what this site has to offer. Here's hoping for a new start. My 57th birthday will be here soon. Feeling a little desperate to make some positive long lasting improvements in my health. <BR> Erma E Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:19:11 EST I'm new, I'm motivated, and I'm Hi. My name is Beth. I'm 63, retired and from Massachusetts. I'd love support to lose weight and exercise. Is there anyone around Salem who would like walking buddy.......I'm ready to go. I'm having no luck finding the mail I got here. I want to answer you. I look forward to figuring out this site and participating. Beth Wed, 7 Aug 2013 11:09:50 EST Losing Can Be a Good Thing Retirement means a whole new lifestyle. I can concentrate on myself and my health now that the pressures of work are gone. That's kind of frightening in a way. I need lots of help and encouragement! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 16:24:46 EST August Wheel Points 5 Thu, 1 Aug 2013 08:15:43 EST August Daily Chat MORNING TEAM <BR> <BR> Here it is August 1st already - 5 more months to the end of the year or maybe ONE more hot spell before September <BR> <BR> Anyway you look at it think at where you were on January 1st and see what you have accomplished! Now we all go up and down at times do not beat yourself up over that <BR> <BR> Many of you have had medication changes, blood pressure dropping, clothes loose, able to do more and have more energy SO look at all those things you have done and give y... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 08:15:21 EST Hi Fellow Sparklers I'm new to SparkPeople; just started 2-3 days ago. I've been reading the message boards & blogs-- very motivating! Thanks for sharing. <BR> <BR> KitCat 30 Sat, 6 Jul 2013 18:51:20 EST July Wheel Points 5 - I actually spun !!! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:47:40 EST July Daily Chat Happy July 1st everyone! <BR> <BR> The second half of the year to think of where you have been and where you are going! <BR> <BR> Do not diminish your accomplishments thus far - know that you are taking very good care of your body and the new healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Don't fret over a few pounds here or there especially with the heat of the summer and all the water intake. Remember to stay away from sodas including diet, watch your tea and coffee too because they will dehydrate you... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:47:11 EST A new beginning from Merrimack Valley Hi Everyone <BR> I am new to SPARKPEOPLE and to this forum. I am from the Merrimack Valley, and live close to the NH border. I welcome the opportunity to learn and loose weight with this group. Happy Sunday. <BR> <BR> Warmest Regards <BR> Dianne Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:01:45 EST I need to get healthy Hi <BR> I'm 46 years young, a mother of two young boys and a college student. 4 years ago I started college and neglected my health. I relied on fast foods for a great part of those 4 years. I gained 40 pounds in four years and now I'm having a difficult time losing the weight plus I have high blood pressure. I made it my mission to jump start my metabolism during summer vacation. I have all the exercise equipment I need at home and have the determination at this time but it's hard cooking ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:32:52 EST Hi all newbie here I've started ti struggle with my weight. Ive been struggling since junior year of high school, and I'm know going into my senior year of college. I lost 50 pounds on Atkins diet senior year but gained it back. I then went on weight watchers during sophomore year of college , but since I live at home my mom would never cook meals I could eat, and buy snacks for my younger siblings. I'm one of a 9 siblings and I thought the whole family could eat healthier. We eat well, and healthy, but h... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:58:30 EST Need motivation Hi, Iam about 25 pounds overweight. I lack energy and motivation to do anything. Please get me fired up Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:08:11 EST New to SP Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a 39 yr old stay at home mom of 2 young children. I will be 40 next year and my goal is to lose 35 lbs. I am pretty good about working out but not good about food and portions. My goal is learn to track my food. Please help me!! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:11:51 EST Hello! :) Hello all! New to SparkPeople and thought I'd introduce myself. I am excited to begin this new chapter in my life and as my Spark name suggests, I am determined to work my way to fabulous by the time I turn 40 which gives me 2 1/2 years. When I say fabulous, I mean I want to I want to get myself physically fit enough to participate in activities I've always wanted try but never did out of fear of failure or embarrassment. I want to play ice hockey, participate in an archaeological dig, train ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:38:05 EST time to get serious Greetings. <BR> my name is Becky. I'm a mother of 2, wife and recent college graduate. all though I have always struggled with my weight the last 2 years I've managed to loose control of my weight. It's time to change my habits and loose this weight for good! <BR> My sons teacher told me about Sparkpeople. It really looks like a great program. I can't wait to get going. <BR> Looking forward to meeting you all as well as encouraging eachother <BR> Becky Sun, 2 Jun 2013 19:53:53 EST JUNE WHEEL POINTS 7 Sat, 1 Jun 2013 15:38:45 EST June Daily Chat Just took a break from preparing for the yard sale. Wow, it's hot. <BR> <BR> Welcome June, all! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 15:27:48 EST JUNE CHAT June 1st - what a difference a week makes last week we complained about the cold and today WOW with the heat! <BR> <BR> Pool is OPEN!! Been in for a quick swim mostly washing the sides of and putting the ladder mat in - heading back very shortly <BR> <BR> HATE the tree limbs gone NOW my pool gets WAY TOO MUCH afternoon sun which means I will need to use sunscreen! Oh well <BR> <BR> Have a great day all <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 15:23:48 EST Hi everyone, I'm new to SP. I live in Templeton MA. Wed, 15 May 2013 14:14:25 EST Fall River area Hi sparklers! I am from Fall River, looking for anyone interested in hiking, biking, running, or any other outside activities. I'm really interested in playing volleyball this summer, if there is anyone with any good places to go for a hike or a bike ride, I don't mind traveling but there aren't many good places to do this stuff in my area. The bike path in fairhaven is nice but it gets old after awhile and battleship cove gets boring also. I need something to hold my interest so I change thi... Tue, 14 May 2013 10:09:13 EST MAY wheel points Will spin later Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:16:23 EST MAY Daily Chat Happy May 1st!! <BR> <BR> Exhausted from 3 days of campaigning and lack of sleep from my cold. Allergies too <BR> <BR> Nothing on my schedule tomorrow and Thursday I have to be home for deliveries. We finally got a new stove with as Dawn would say the Laura discount/pricing. Christina won a $1000 best buy gift card and she and Ross got a 60" TV. That is being delivered as well <BR> <BR> We are doing takeout or eating out tomorrow for sure!!! <BR> <BR> Laura Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:10:31 EST Ready to Shed.... Hi <BR> I am ready to get back on the right track. I have been at my goal weight before, and managed to stay there for 2 years. Unfortunately, I used food as my crutch while going through some tough times and I now want to lose 35 pounds to get back to my goal weight. I am motivated, but know I may need someone to help me through those tough times, with talking me out of the wrong food choices. I know what I need to do, and I am willing to do it. I would just like some motivaters to help m... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:12:10 EST hello this is my first day on this site Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:29:13 EST Help Me Stay Motivated Hello, My name is Vanessa and I need to lose at least 41 lbs. I'm hoping for some support from Sparkpeople to keep me motivated and give me encouragement Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:50:34 EST Let's Resuscitate "Spark Metrowest" Any chance or interest in breathing new life into the inactive Metrowest chapter? It was active for a while and is now closed. I looked at the pages of those responding to "where are you from" and there are thirteen pages of replies from all over the state. Any thoughts? Holly from Framingham Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:05:53 EST APRIL wheel points 3 I think Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:57:51 EST April Daily Chat WELCOME TO APRIL <BR> <BR> Bring on the good weather and those nice walks - let's get outside and enjoy the upcoming weather! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:57:30 EST 5K Recommen dations? Hi guys! I'm planning to sign up for a 5K in the spring or summer so that I have a goal to work towards as I start to get back in shape! Does anyone have any recommendations for fun and/or scenic 5K's in Massachusetts? Or 5K's to raise money for a good cause? Thanks so much!! :) Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:26:58 EST Starting over 2013 I have started and not finished once in a very long time..Right now I just want to lose before I turn 60. I really need to be sucessful. Ever since I moved here, I dont walk anymore, no one to walk with. I dont have any friends close by.......I have no motivation....but I need to do this I have to learn how to use this site. Before, I never really got into this site but this time I really need to do this daily. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 17:09:26 EST March Wheel Points think I got 7 haha the mind is the first to go Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:02:19 EST March Daily Chat Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Well here it is March 1st - my scales say I am up 2 pounds but I am thinking that could be muscle from all the skating and cardio (snow shoveling) who knows <BR> <BR> Making a positive effort in our healthy lifestyle and striving to be healthier is OUR goal. I have many non-scale victories so I will take that victory and pray that the scale reflects my hard cardio and exercise at some point! <BR> <BR> Laura Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:01:34 EST March Daily chat Can I start this? Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:00:53 EST Over 40 and gaining fast Well, I guess what they say is true; that after 40 it gets a lot harder to maintain your weight! I have to admit, I used to be able to diet or exercise and the weight would come off, but it's clear to me know that I have to incorporate both because I've dieted or increased my workouts, and have still gained 17 lbs in one year! The stress of working, attending school, and having to manage 3 young kids doesn't help. I am definitely a stress eater! I am looking for some support from others ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:51:31 EST recently "upped" exercise, now no weight loss? For the first couple months of "dieting" I lost about 12 pounds with very little exercise, just really watching what I ate. About 3 weeks ago I started to add to my exercise regimen, I am now either doing Zumba, yoga, or boot camp 6 days a week. I feel great for doing this but I am disappointed to say that I have not lost a pound in the 3 weeks since starting. I am still watching my foods carefully and my clothes feel a little looser, but darn it I want that scale to say a different number! A... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:03:18 EST New to SparkPeople Hi all. I'm 27 almost 28 from Waltham. I'm looking to lose weight and get healthier! Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:15:32 EST Up to 40 inches of snow?? Hi Everyone! <BR> Well, I am glad that I have been eating so much less since the first of the year. These storms have always made me want to eat! I have a chicken, some weight watchers meals and I don't expect to eat the unhealthy foods I used to during these storms!! Is there anybody who identifies with that challenge during storms? Anni(Andrea) Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:26:52 EST Northshore sparklers? Hi there, I've been a member of sparks for few years and have made some great connections across the miles and even locally. I have been MIA though for two years and now back. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to connect to some people on Northshore, I'm forming a group "Live the lifestyle" and there is an information night Monday Feb. 11th 7-8pm in Wenham focus on reducing bodyfat %, we will use tanita scale, inches lost, low glycemic index education. <BR> <BR> Would love to be able to motivate e... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 23:02:00 EST Hello Everyone My name is Annette. I am 47 the mother of 2 grown beautiful daughters. Have been married for 29 years this year. I am a breast cancer Survivor of 7 years. I have issues with my weight. I need all the help I can get. Please! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:02:08 EST February Daily Points a whopping 7 Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:00:31 EST February Daily Chat Well I was hoping to go into February weighing a bit less than January but I am not! <BR> <BR> Thinking with all my ice skating minimum of 120 minutes a week I have gained muscle over fat and up not quite 2 pounds! BUMMER but I do look thinner and my hips and thighs show my hard work for sure! <BR> <BR> Off to take Dad to OT appointment and then to BJ's and other shopping <BR> <BR> Planning a wonderful dinner tonight, chicken cordon bleu, rice, 4 veggies and a very low fat peanut butter ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:00:09 EST Hi :) so i guess this website will be a lot more fun with more people to talk to and interact with! So Hi! my name is Jill and im 23 years old. i just started with this website 2 days ago and already i can tell that it will help me so much with my weight loss journey. im excited to meet people that are here for the same reason i am.. to change for the better! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:04:54 EST New to Massachusetts Sparklers Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Kim and I'm new to the MA sparklers. I live on Cape Cod and am 33 years old. I have been struggling with weight loss and am trying to make changes to help my eating habits and workout habits. Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself! Have a great day! <em>30</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 10:57:16 EST Hi Hi, I am Barbara / lllamalady. I am renewing my fitness plan for the year. I used to be skinny and could eat anything. I have a big sweet tooth and love my homemade bread! Since I hit 40 yrs old I have slowly gained weight. I used to weigh 135, consistently. My high was 195 and I lost weight at the gym to 152. Then the gym closed and I have slowly put the weight back on up to my current 177. I want to get down around 140 - 145 and stay there. I got a nice treadmill for Christmas and w... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:05:20 EST Hi, I am new here Hi, my name is Sue. I am from the South Shore. I hope that everyone has a Happy New Year <em>30</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:35:21 EST January 2013 daily points Will be back later to get mine Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:24:38 EST January 2013 Chat Happy New Year!!! <BR> <BR> A new year to look forward to a healthy lifestyle <BR> <BR> Laura Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:23:43 EST Hi! Hi! I'm Angela. I live in Plymouth. I have 2 little boys, ages 2 and 4. I used to be a high school teacher, but wanted to be home with my little boys. Now I work from home as a Beachbody coach. I love helping people reach their fitness goals. I also teach Zumba and Piyo classes part time, and will be teaching my first Zumbatomic class this week. Zumbatomic is Zumba for kids. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting new friends who are also focused on fitness and being healthy! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 05:45:19 EST Hi I'm Staci Hi everyone! My name is Staci and I have been heavy my entire life. I just turned 40 this past June and my husband and I want to have a baby. I want to lose weight for my own health to be able to have a baby, be a good mom, and be around for all the important stages of my life and my child's life. <BR> <BR> Thank you, Staci Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:36:36 EST Bonnie from Central MA Hi All, <BR> Joining SP again. So much information here, I get overwhelmed. so Im going to keep browsing around the site each day until I figure it all out. <BR> 50 pounds to loose! Type 2 Diabetic.. I want OFF the meds! Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:27:57 EST Boston to P'town Walk Hello, my Spark friends! <BR> On January 5th I will start my Boston to Provincetown walk! I plan to walk a half marathon length every other week - weather permitting - down routes 3a and 6a to P'town. My partner will drive support for me the first Sat. of the month and I'm looking for Sparklers who could drive support on the 3rd Sat. of the month (again, weather permitting). If something like this sounds interesting to you please send me an e-mail. <BR> <BR> When I turned 50 I wanted to d... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 19:37:21 EST Hello!! No New Years resolutions for me! I am starting now. I was here a long while ago. But i am back with a vengeance . Lol. Add me as a pal/ friend if you like. I am in north of Boston. Happy to be starting something and I want to,stick to it. Thanks and merry Xmas! Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:45:36 EST Hello Again.... I'm here. I'm back. I've got to change my downward spiral. I'm 50+ married with no kids. I work full time, have a great life with a beautiful small home and summer seasonal campsite. Right now, I need to find the energy and strength to commit to losing weight before my health declines and its too late or too difficult to start again. <BR> <BR> Both my husband and I could lose the weight. He - about 20 pounds. Me more like 40. I'll take 30! ;-) I know its before Christmas...but w... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 07:03:45 EST Biggest loser challenge Hi my name is Heather..I am coleading a biggest loser team for the winter and we are presently looking for 2 new members and I was kinda hoping that someone from Massachusetts Cape Cod, South Shore or North Shore area would be interested. Could use a local buddy. The team is pretty competitve and very supportive so it will keep you motivated. If interested please email me. Teams are close to full so will need a fairly quick reply to get you on. <em>41</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:01:26 EST December Wheel points Will go out and spin but yesterday I got 1000 goodie points! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:21:29 EST December Chat December 1st <BR> <BR> A cold morning with a bit of snow makes you feel like it is the season! <BR> <BR> Wishing you all success and moderation during the toughest month that we face for making healthy choices. <BR> <BR> Laura Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:20:26 EST I'm fed up and ready to get serious! Hi, <BR> I'm Robin. I have been a thin person nearly all of my life. Active with sports and raising 3 boys (and 1 husband)! I turned 50 in May and have gained 12 lbs since then! I also moved from Kentucky to Massachusetts after living there for 10 yrs, left two of my sons behind with that joined the empty nester's club almost instantly. Anyway, none of my clothes fit any more - at least not comfortably and I just want to be back to my old weight of which I have been for the last 10 yrs. ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:23:31 EST Hi, My name is Wendy. I turned 50 this year and I don't want to look like a 50+ year old woman. I look younger so my goal is to be a sexy and healthy 50 year old. Plus, the program is free and it looks like a lot of fun. I also like the support it gives. SparkPeople may give me the chance to be who I want to be. Thank you. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:52:22 EST THANKSGIVING 2012- WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? <em>429</em> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 12:09:45 EST Yulefest - Cambridge 5K in December Hi team, <BR> <BR> I signed up for my first 5K on December 2 (ack! Less than a month!). I am by no means a runner and can't go for more than 2 mins without walking YET! <BR> <BR> I joined this team to hope and pray someone wants to run it with me because my two running friends are currently pregnant and I have no one else to go with! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the race page... <BR> It's $38 which benefits charity and there's a Pretty Things (l... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 15:42:50 EST November Wheel Points Happy Spinning!!! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 06:47:45 EST November Chat Happy November 1st!! <BR> <BR> October chat thread is over!! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 06:46:35 EST Hi I am a new 50 yr old member who has no idea how to use this site. I am anxious to learn how to eat properly and to lose 10 pounds. I love to walk my dog, but I need motivation for a diet. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:05:23 EST BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! <em>390</em> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:49:21 EST extra gazelle exercise machine I have a Gazelle Max that I would like to give away to someone that will use it. It is an older style gazelle that does not fold up. It does have resistance. I was able to find one that does fold up so I don't need this one anymore. Let me know if you're interested and can pick up in Shrewsbury (near route 9) and we can make arrangements. Please note: it is big and awkward. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:20:34 EST Hello from the Metrowest Area Hi Everyone, <BR> I live in the Metrowest area. I am 49, work full-time and am a single-parent of a 17 yr old daughter. Life is very full but could be much fuller if I lost 30lbs and felt better. My challenges include exercise induced asthma, no thyroid (although on thyroid meds), lack of time, energy and discipline. I have worked out for 33 yrs and often just get bored and frustrated with it. I've done everything from Vinyasa yoga to cycling, weightlifting, jogging, and working out to Jillia... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:05:33 EST Hi Hi, I'm Becky and I'm 28 years old. I work full time and go to school part time. I gained a tremendous amount of weight and became extremely depressed as a result. I want the old me back! I joined SparkPeople because it's different than all the other online fitness tools. I need to lose about 25 lbs. Any motivational tips are greatly appreciated. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 18:12:48 EST I'm just getting started. I have lost 13 pounds and I am glad to say, I'm fitting into my first incentive pants. I'm on my way to where I want to be. Little by little, here I come. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 08:28:30 EST October wheel points I need to go take a spin! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 10:49:07 EST OCTOBER CHAT Wow. Here it is the first of October! <BR> <BR> Three more months till 2013! Can you imagine? <BR> <BR> Wherever you are on this journey of healthy lifestyle PAT yourself on the back for taking care of yourself. Even if you are not at your goal, do not get to the gym as much YOU still have made great in roads and changes for a healthy lifestyle and a healthier YOU!! <BR> <BR> Way to go team! <BR> <BR> Laura Mon, 1 Oct 2012 10:48:09 EST Do we call oursselfs SPARKLERS because we set off FIREWORKS SHINE & WALK AROUND AS FLASHING LIGHTS? SPARKLERS GET IT? I know I can tell some REAL OFF THE WALL JOKES & PUNCH LINES & I MIGHT BE BOOED FOR DOING SO BUT I try to say & sometime do the UNESPECTED. Can any1 else come up with something as bad or even WORSE than this? Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:36:08 EST New to this site! I am new to this site. But I really like it already. I am 61 so it is not easy to lose weight. I try to work out three times a week or more. But if I can get in 3x, I am lucky. I have always been a 113 most of my life but with being post menopausal the extra body fat and pounds just keep coming. Its a stuggle these days just to maintain at 129. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, being a part of this site and group will help me reach my goals. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:38:51 EST On the shy side! Hello, everyone! I am a 55 year old creative person who loves animals, the outdoors, books and movies. Unfortunately I think I love movie popcorn too much - even plain it adds up, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> I have 32 pounds to lose that must love me very much because they just don't want to leave me! Living in Milford and working a 45 hour a week/2 hour commute job isolated me - and when I was laid off in June I realized I need to balance out my life if I want to lose the weight and keep it... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:01:49 EST Starting again on my weight loss Hello all, <BR> I'm a 32 year old female. I've been trying to loose weight for the longest, but gosh darn it....I always end up failing. What can I say, I have a weakness for good food!! My weakness, sweet baked goods. One habit I didn't have before which I was able to successfully do is eat breakfast. I always skipped it. During lunch I do good. I try not to snack to much, but then I get home I want everything that sometimes I don't even have. I've tried to stay away from the items that I sh... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:36:22 EST introduction just wanted to introduce myself... Im a fourty-something yr old looking for some support and motivation from people near or far! Sun, 9 Sep 2012 19:39:06 EST Girl on a Health Mission I love motivating others and getting lots of motivation, inspiration and support for others! I am new to the website and would love some followers, friends and support! How else is out there on a Revolution of a healthy life style (: I am ready for a change, I vow to forever be healthy and I now know I will never make an excuse because being happy is doing without thinking about it. Who is with me?! Wed, 5 Sep 2012 00:05:32 EST September Wheel Points Try your luck on the Spark wheel. <BR> <BR> The wheel gave me a 2 today. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:50:06 EST September Daily Chat Good Morning, <BR> <BR> It's September already.Didn't we just start summer? I hope all the students have a good school year. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your holiday weekend. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:48:04 EST Hi all! Hi, my name is Crystal. I'm a returning member. I was here back in 2008 trying to lose baby weight but life got in the way. No I'm back (unfortunately with additional weight) hoping for support through this weight loss. I'm hoping to meet some cool people in the area (I live in the southcoast area) while I stick to my new regime. I'm deeming this exercise/ diet plan "20 to my 28th" I'd like to lose 20 lbs by my 28th birthday which happens to be on the 28th of Oct. Wish me luck and I look forw... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:21:02 EST New here! Hey guys! I'm new on here & a little lost...haha I'm just a regular old girl, who's a new momma & trying to get my weight on track & looking for make a healthier life for myself! Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:46:38 EST where are you from My name is Adrianna. I'm from Stoneham, ma. and I now live in Lawrence, ma. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:18:12 EST FOOD SIGN UP FOR SPARK RALLY - SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 Hi, <BR> <BR> Wanted to start a thread so we could organize volunteer food/tables/paper goods for the Spark Rally we are holding on September 15th. <BR> <BR> I am going to send another 'reminder' email out to the team but right now I have 25 saying YES and 16 saying POTENTIAL (let's hope we can convince the POTENTIAL to say yes). As usual, we also hope for great weather. <BR> <BR> So, based on this, we will need 2-3 tables and everyone should plan to bring their own type of chair (beach, ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:58:42 EST Why these catagories? Why on our trackers is carbs, protein, fat, and calories the categories it keeps track of...are these the major ones to weight loss? Also I tried adding sugars and sodium to keep track of and they do not show up nor does SP give their recommended amounts.... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:15:54 EST Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women Is anyone planning on or interested in doing the Tufts 10K for Women? It takes place in Boston on Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day). I would really like to do it, but frankly I am really nervous about it. This would be my first 10K. I have been training for running that distance, but it still really intimidates me. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:41:44 EST New to SparkPeople This is my first day on SparkPeople. So far I think I've already had too many carbs. It seems to be a problem for me. And being diabetic, I have to watch this. I'm not going to give up though. I have nothing but positive thoughts for this program. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 12:47:27 EST August Spark Wheel Points I best go and see what I get! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:46:15 EST August daily Chat Happy August 1st <BR> <BR> Where is the year going? I stay true to myself and did mostly nothing and got a quick swim in. <BR> <BR> Off to the Orthopedic surgeon this AM for my knee <BR> <BR> Amy - still praying <BR> <BR> Rebeccama - hope you have a fabulous day <BR> <BR> WELCOME TO THE NEWBIES! <BR> <BR> Maryanne - you are a good friend <BR> <BR> Dawn - I just love the chicken stories <BR> <BR> Feisty Sue how are those kidney stones? <BR> <BR> Laura <BR> <BR> Have a nice day all ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:45:33 EST How mant members of this group are from NEEDHAM? I ask because my Father FOUNDER OWNER PRESIDENT & CEO of CHILDS ENGENRING ( WHO PASSED in 2005) was a NATIVE of your town. & being the year of the OMPLICS. You people MUST BE PRODE TO HAVE the CAPTAIN of the GYMNATICS TEAM from your city. I know I would if I was a NEEDHAM RESIDENT!!!!! What are the FEELINGS & OPIONS of all WHO READ THIS? Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:12:35 EST Carpool to the Spark Rally Greenfiel d/Amherst are Is anyone from Greenfield/Turners/Northampton/Amherst etc etc going to the Spark Rally in Worcester on September 15th? I am hoping to go, and wouldn't mind sharing the ride with one or two others. I will likely have my daughter with me, but I could easily take someone else too. Let me know if you are interested. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Rebecca Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:59:26 EST Hey all My name is Amelia. I am taking some serious steps to kick this last bit of weight and get over the plateau of this year. Can't wait to meet you all. Keep me accountable! Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:21:47 EST new to spark I am 50 yrs old and cant seem to lose weight anymore! <BR> Help? I need your help <BR> Thanks! Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:08:44 EST July Daily Points Have to go spin!!! Sat, 30 Jun 2012 23:45:23 EST July Daily Chat Happy Birthday America <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> Started this a few minutes early. I have a busy morning at church and will be heading out early since I have a sound check and rehearsal before my solo. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all staying cool and hydrated!!! <BR> <BR> First half of the year is over. Many of us have faced many difficulties and stress but we ALL are doing great! Stay focused and do your best. <BR> <BR> <BR> Laura Sat, 30 Jun 2012 23:44:23 EST Hello This is my very first post here on SparkPeople and what I hope will be the beginning of a "beautiful friendship." I live in Western Mass (exit 8 or9 off the pike). I moved here 7years ago from SoCal and I love it. I think some natives don't realize how awesome it is here. I know some of you do. I have a lot of weight to lose; I am starting at 246 and haven't figured out the tickers but will soon. My other first goal, not otherwise listed, is to replace my daily visits to my useless app games ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 07:53:33 EST HELLO! Good Morning! I am new to sparkpeople as of TODAY and am VERY exicted!!! I am looking to lose 77 pounds by my 40th birthday which equal 1 pound per week. I CAN DO THIS! Good luck all! Fri, 29 Jun 2012 07:55:30 EST Hey! Hello! My name is Jordan. I have been on Spark People before, but I've never stuck with anything. I always said I would and always gave up. I'm (hopefully) going to stick with this and get healthy! I've been a bigger girl my whole life. I remember when I was in 3rd grade, we had somebody come in to talk about health and had brought a scale in. She asked for volunteers to get on the scale. Of course, I raised my hand and was picked but didn't really realize what I was volunteering for. I got o... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 23:27:14 EST I am overwhelmed Hello everyone, my name is Jo and I am overwhelmed by the amount of useful information in SparkPeople. I joined several weeks ago and I did not come back until today. I really need to lose weight and I feel that this website can help me. I have ADHD and I'm aware that it will be a struggle for me to be consistent but I'll do my best. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:39:58 EST walkers close to Braintree Hi, <BR> Am looking for anyone close to me who'd be interested in sharing some walk time. While I love walking, it's real easy to talk myself out of going out. Would love to meet you so we can help each other get out the door. Please send me an email if this might work for you. Don't worry, I'm not a fast walker - yet! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 13:15:45 EST Newbie! Hi my name is Shirley and I am new to this. I am from Malden. I have lost 34 lbs since December via diet and exercise. I have decided to kick it up a notch and do a leaner diet. I was successful on WW, but have not renewed my membership as it is costly. <BR> <BR> How are you? How do you like Spark? Sat, 16 Jun 2012 23:52:45 EST Just Joined Hi I live in Whitman and my name is Sue Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:11:59 EST Lau Hello! <BR> I'm brand new to this site and still trying to figure out how it works. Like so many others, I'm hoping to lose some serious weight. I have some physical issues that make it more challenging but I'm hoping to gain some motivation from this site. Thanks for the opportunity to do just that! Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:48:07 EST Hi All I am hoping to really do this weight loss thing this time. I'm looking for support. I hope to find a place here. Thanks for reading :) Sun, 10 Jun 2012 20:47:52 EST Saw an I heart SP tank at the Irish Festival today Looking great! <BR> <BR> Great job spreading the Spark! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 19:04:28 EST Archery! I was wondering if anyone knew of a good archery range in the Boston area? Or even just a good place to shoot. <BR> <BR> I have an old archery set that I would use at my grandfather's house in Sudbury. I'd shoot against his old boat, since my mother wouldn't allow me to bring the set home to Arlington and use it there since she was worried I'd either a) break something, or b) hit someone/some animal. I'm looking to get back into archery. My grandfather passed away and we sold the house, so I... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 15:41:57 EST Greetings! Hey guys! I'm Acacia. I'm 19 year old college student, born and raised in Arlington- although I do go to school out of state in Maryland, I am home for the summer. I study Illustration with a minor in Creative Writing. I've been overweight most of my life, and unfortunately gained the Freshman Fifteen-- and then some! So I'm looking to lose that weight and just lead a healthier life style in general. Thu, 7 Jun 2012 15:34:57 EST hi all Hi, new member here. trying to lose my belly :(. getting harder as i am getting older. i am a 41 yr old single mom of a 14 yr old. i live in millbury mass. don't belong to a gym so doing this by walking and trying to eat right. any advice would be great Thu, 7 Jun 2012 10:38:16 EST Hi I'm DaOracle Im looking to live a healthy life and lose weight on purpose. My friends and some family members thought we would be more successful if we take this journey together. I also thought it would be nice to meet people who are endeavoring to do the same. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:50:28 EST WARNING Changle 7 just annoced a NOREASTER is comeing our way this was at 2303(1103pm) Sun, 3 Jun 2012 23:05:23 EST Hi Hi, I'm Casey... Very new to to this - there seems to be so much to see its hard to figure out what to look at next, I guess I'm a bit overwhelmed. I only know that I am going to do this and be successful. I have to be. Any pointers would be very welcomed... I hope I did this right... <BR> <BR> Casey Sat, 2 Jun 2012 20:58:02 EST JUNE WHEELPOINTS Welcome June! <BR> <BR> I am starting out with a whopping 3 Fri, 1 Jun 2012 02:38:04 EST JUNE DAILY CHAT Couldn't sleep so I figured I'd set up our June chat thread!!!! <BR> <BR> Welcome June!!! I now have 30 days till I leave for vacation........hmmm, time to get cracking and drop a few pounds! <BR> <BR> Happy Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> Maryanne Fri, 1 Jun 2012 02:36:18 EST Anyone near the Fall River, Somerset area? Looking for someone to possibly go for walks with and was just wondering if there is anyone close by... <em>334</em> Wed, 30 May 2012 13:35:00 EST Training both Mind and Body Hi. I'm a 42 yr old martial artist who has spent the last 12 years training both my mind and body for my up coming black belt test. This is an achievement that I am very proud of. The funny thing is, when it comes to achieving a weight loss goal, I'm falling short on training my mind, and ultimately my body. I have about 60 lbs to lose and don't seem to have the will power to say "no thanks" to my favorite foods. I am taking steps to a healthier lifestyle, I just need to get my head in the ga... Tue, 29 May 2012 09:53:02 EST Hi everyone! I'm very excited to have found this group. I am an almost 50 divorced female who has just found out that I am pre-diabetic and have high cholesterol. My cholesterol and blood sugars have always been normal before. I've been overweight my entire life but this is the first time I truly realized that my weight can have devestating results on my health and longevity. So I am determined to eat better, exercise more and get healthier! I want to see my daughters get married, have babies, live won... Sat, 26 May 2012 09:57:33 EST NEW HERE HELLO IM TRINITY FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND I AM READY FOR CHANGE AND TO MEET NEW POSITIVE MOTIVATING PEOPLE. Fri, 25 May 2012 17:42:01 EST June 9th- Southwick's Zoo- AAA day! Hey all, Saturday June 9th is Southwick's Zoo AAA day. It's in Mendon, MA. The deal is "buy 1, get 1 free" and it's usually pretty crowded. My daughter and I went last year and it rained but we still had fun. We'll be going again this year and we are already making plans to meet my foster sister and her kids there. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else interested in going? We could at least say "HI" and maybe take a picture or something (not of my husband please). I know that traveling in packs is logist... Wed, 23 May 2012 07:50:47 EST Today will be a good day! Hi, All <BR> It's murky and drizzlly (is that even a word?) outside, but I feel great after starting my day with SP! The support I've been getting as a newbie has helped me make more healthy decisions in the past month than I've made in the past year. It's so great - you all are so great - to help me not feel alone. Tonight - the elliptical!!!!!!! <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 22 May 2012 08:30:53 EST How ironic I was just saying in my post yesterday about how I haven't had the urge to give into fried food in the last 9 days. I'm not going to give in, but McDonald's fries sound so good right now. <em>234</em> Sat, 19 May 2012 11:34:23 EST Day 9 Today is day 9 without fried food!!! Surprisingly it has not been too bad. I am having a difficult time letting the candy go, but I have drastically reduced the amount I was eating. I have figured out some of my trigger foods and have been trying to avoid them like the plague. I've also found some new alternatives to the fried foods I love. Yesterday I was at work and looked at some french fries. I definitely thought they looked good, but I wasn't really all that tempted to eat one (I l... Thu, 17 May 2012 15:21:19 EST What a great Mother's day! Hi all, <BR> I went out with my daughter, grand daughter and her cousin. It was an all woman's day. My Grand daughter is 11 and her cousin is 12. We had a blast! After lunch we walked the sea wall in Plymouth, MA. Its very long and reaches quite far out into the bay. The view is spectacular! Then we walked the waterfront and, well, we ended up walking for 3 hours... WHAT A GREAT DAY! Sun, 13 May 2012 21:11:06 EST ShinnyRobin123 My name is Robin and I am married and have two sons. I love the Lord and people. I am so happy to be a part of your great team. I am so thankful to have found a program like this. I felt so alone in my struggles with weight most of my life. I feel maybe this will be my turning point. Thank you for your support and help. Thank you Sat, 12 May 2012 12:33:43 EST Yikes! I ate pretty healthy for most of the day. I went out to dinner with my daughter, salivated while I watched her eat mozzarella sticks, and thought I was doing the right thing by ordering chicken and steak fajitas. I looked at the nutrition info when I got home and was horrified to see that my fajitas were 1400 calories. I'm kind of bummed about that. Guess I'm doing an extra hard workout tonite. <em>198</em> Thu, 10 May 2012 19:41:17 EST Finishing the journey... Hi everyone, I am glad this is here because I have lost motivation. I need to lose the last 24lbs. I know it may not seem like much but in the past 2 years I have lost 119lbs. You would think the last 24 should be a cinch but its not… Wed, 9 May 2012 18:41:21 EST Anyone in stoneham, tewsbury, woburn, burlington , Hi fairly new here joined in feb im 47 , 3 boys well 2 grown and out of the house , with a 12 y/0 still at home of course lol, and a wonderful husband.I just found out im prediabtic so i really NEED to do this as a way of life! I have lost 30 so far, anyone need a motivational buddy, walking buddy, phone buddy, basically someone to be accountable too and support and motivate? Well thats what im looking for if anyone else is let me know! We can do this!!! Fri, 4 May 2012 23:36:15 EST New to Spark People Hi everybody, <BR> new to the site and the whole routine. 46 yo male who needs to get on the stick. Need to lose about 100 lbs. Sick and Tired of going into stores and not being able to find clothes that fit or playing in golf tournaments where I have to request a XXX jacket or shirt. <BR> <BR> I've been down this road many times before but can never seem stick to it. I hope this time works. I have to do it for my health and my family. <BR> <BR> Help is very much welcomed. Tue, 1 May 2012 14:49:55 EST MAY DAILY CHAT HAPPY MAY 1st! <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 12:03:28 EST MAY DAILY POINTS now what did I get??? 7 I think! Tue, 1 May 2012 12:02:59 EST How do I edit a food item I entered? Hello, <BR> <BR> I am not sure where to get the answer to this. I just started this week and today I entered my first item into the database (Bagel Slims, Apple Cinnamon, Market Basket) I forgot to add the protein. How can I edit an item once I saved it? Please help, I am getting frustrated. Thanks! Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:18:21 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone, my name is Melissa, from Blackstone, and i'm new to Spark. I've come to start my journey to a happy, healthier me! I'm looking to lose 20 pounds to start. After reaching that goal i will try another 20. I'm so happy i found this site and looking forward to the many benefits it has to offer! <BR> Happy Sparking :) <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:18:08 EST sp newbie here! hi everyone! i just joined sparkpeople this morning and am excited to lose weight and get healthier. i've tried things in the past and have had the most success when i have a strong support network, so i would love to make some friends here that can keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> i'm not originally from mass but have lived here for almost ten years, from the north shore to lynn to my current home in somerville. i'm a big patriots fan (my dog is named brady) and am just back from several months... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:54:23 EST New Comer Hello I'm Amy, I just signed up to Spark today, and so far Im pretty impressed with the site. Does any one have suggestions of what my first step should be on getting started on here? And how do I keep track of calories burned per day? Would appreciate any feed back Thanks! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:17:37 EST Wilmington-Tewk sbury-Billerica Walking Group My husband and I are interested in starting a local walking group. If you live in the Wilmington, Tewksbury, Billerica area and are interested, let me know. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 11:26:36 EST Hello Hi all. Am hoping this will aid in my journey to the new me! What parts of this site are the most helpful to you? Thu, 5 Apr 2012 07:53:00 EST April Wheelpoints 7 Sun, 1 Apr 2012 17:06:51 EST April Daily Chat Happy April Everyone............ <BR> <BR> I see people are still using the March thread and for once I'm more awake and realize hey, it's APRIL!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Fun night last night but I didn't sleep well and am really tired today. Just got back from a late lunch and it's the couch for me. <BR> <BR> Have a great night all. <BR> <BR> Maryanne <BR> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 17:04:37 EST Newbie Hi everyone. I just joined up tonight. I have gained 65lbs over the past few years and need to lose it for health reasons. I like exercising but often lack motivation to stick with it. I am hoping these message boards will give me the support I need. Good luck to everyone! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:06:22 EST kmorin51 Hello to all spark people . I am a newbie. I weigh 246 want to get to 200. I take it one day at a time. Here we gooooo!!! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:56:14 EST Newbie Hello, <BR> I'm Susan from Plymouth, MA. I was searching the web for a recipe and found this site and figured I'd check it out. I am a 49 year old married 5 years to a great guy. Mom of 2 young men stepmom of two young ladies. I have been eating my husband's cooking and stress eating since I married and have put on more than 30 pounds. I decided to take control of my health before I turn 50 in October! A week ago I joined the Jillian Michaels site and lost 5 pounds. I like the menu plan and e... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:22:51 EST Small steps to a 5K Hello Massachusetts Sparklers!!! <BR> I just wanted to put out there two cool 5K's that I just signed up for. <BR> The Beacon Dash on April 1st through UMass - Boston ($20 to register) and the Newbury 5K on April 29th through Newbury College in Brookline, MA ($15 to register). <BR> My first 5K was last May (the Newbury 5K) and it was the best experience of my life. Having something that you are working towards feels amazing when you accomplish it. Last year my goal was to finish in under an... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:57:00 EST REALLY, REALLY TRYING THIS TIME! just joined and hoping that if I can stay away from my vices"so I will not need the surgery I am considering "the sleeve"! I have never really lost weight just kept increasing over the is the time to think about the future and my children! I'm wishing anyone reading good luck as well! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:42:06 EST March 2012 Wheelpoints 2 Thu, 1 Mar 2012 07:24:56 EST March 2012 Daily Chat Good Morning and Happy March.......... <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get the March Chat started up so I'd know where to find everyone and not be talking to myself in February. HA HA HA HA. <BR> <BR> Ok, another long day ahead of me and I have to dash because I have a 7:30 call. I'll try to check in later. <BR> <BR> Be careful if you're driving today........Mostly rain here so no shoveling for me. <BR> <BR> Maryanne <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 07:24:03 EST Back Again Been here years ago and lost now back again to lose the same 50 pounds again :( What do you think of the VIRTUAL gastric band hypnotherapy. It was recently on Dr Oz. I know what to eat, how to exercise etc.... I have NO Will POWER. My Mind is my worst enemy. I figure I am easily suggestible that maybe this will work. I am an emotional eater. What do you think?? Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:35:30 EST Worcester Walking Group (early mornings) Hi, <BR> <BR> I live in the Burncoat area in Worcester and am looking for a walking group that I could either join or create. <BR> Early mornings works best for me as I'm looking for a job and might start working at 8 a.m.. <BR> Also I prefer my work out before going to the office. <BR> <BR> Are there any people in their forties/fifties who also enjoy reading books and watching old movies on TCM? Then we would have a lot in common and enough to talk about. <BR> <BR> I wouldn't mind walking... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:39:42 EST Hey there!!! I lost almost 60 pounds last year, and gained back 30 of it. I am in training for two half marathons, and I seriously have been slacking after a traumatizing breakup with my ex. I am so ready to be feeling better again and taking my trainign serious!! Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:04:20 EST I'm so discouraged I've never had a weight problem my entire life. Now, I do. I HATE the way I look. I'm motivated to change, but discouraged by how hard it seems. And I'm so frustrated that everywhere you look and everyone you talk to gives different and often conflicting advice. I want to be back to my old self and I want to feel like I have control of myself and my life. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that tracking my food and upping my workouts with the info here will give me the push I need. I think once I... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:14:19 EST Hello I am from Rutland MA Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:33:13 EST Hey Guys! Hello everyone! My name is Beka, I'm 25, and I just moved back to Groton MA, where I grew up, from NYC. I've put on a bunch of weight between my final stretch of college (finally finished! GOD, that's so good to be able to say! :D) and moving back here to the suburbs where I don't have to walk quite so much. That coupled with spending most of the holidays in hospitals keeping my Mom company (my Grandma had both of her knees replaced, then had a heart attack and a four way bypass surgery) has ... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 20:47:53 EST Amherst-area Sparklers? Hey guys, is anyone in the Amherst area that might be interested in partnering up for some activities? I used to do some indoor rock climbing and would love to do that again more regularly, or some racquetball over at UMass. <BR> <BR> Let me know! <BR> - Ellen Fri, 10 Feb 2012 08:45:54 EST ready to get in shape! hey everyone my name is Jenn im 23 from mass. ive been over weight my whole life im ready for a change! i face a challenge everynight, i work the 3rd shift (11pm-7am) which places my sleep and eatting schudle off. im ready to do what it takes to be fit for not only 2012 but for the rest of my life!! Thu, 9 Feb 2012 02:11:48 EST how did everyone do with their food intake yesterd Well I was bad yesterday, my son was coming over for the Super Bowl and I love to cook for him. So today it is back on the bandwagon and getting on track. <BR> <BR> -Robert Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:02:17 EST February 2012 Chat Good morning team. Sorry I have been MIA lately but work has been crazy so I don't have much time ro chat. <BR> <BR> Have agreat day. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 05:23:28 EST February 2012 Wheel Points Try your luck on the wheel. <BR> <BR> 2 points Wed, 1 Feb 2012 05:19:19 EST How many fruits and veggies did you eat today How many fruits and veggies did you eat today? <BR> <BR> Me 8 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:36:36 EST lost Over weight 40lbs n giving up. Is there hope. Ill b 20 yrs married this yr n have to loose by the summer. Any good diets? Had trainer for 1yr pd alot n was a waste. Pay a gym every month n never go. Leave Hm at 6 n return at 7 from wk. Any suggestions. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 08:39:11 EST A New Me! HI! Just returned from my yearly doctor appointment....Overwhelmed!!! Over weight, Cholesterol up to HIGH and Blood Pressure on the incline as well. Welcome to Old Age!! BUT, it's time to do something about it... So, hence, here I am introducting myself to begin a New Me! I will take all the help I can get..... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:21:24 EST Sparks Newbie Hello everyone, my name is Melissa and i'm just starting out on SP. At the end of 2011,i decided that 2012 was going to be the year where i was going to find the healthier, stronger me. I have quit smoking as of January 10th (3 weeks yesterday) and have already began feeling the benefits of it. I originally had a long term goal of losing 45 pounds by July 1st, but i've decided to make smaller goals for myself. Today is day 2 on Spark and i must say i'm absolutely in love with this site. I lov... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:12:54 EST Need Restaurant Ideas for Western MA Hello my fellow MA Sparkers. Hubby and I will be staying at a B&B in Cummington this April. We'd like to find out about some nice (and hopefully inexpensive) restaurants in and around Cummington. If they have healthy options available too, that would be great. Any help is greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Spark on!!! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:44:39 EST new to blogging, sharing and asking for support Hi, posting and vocalizing is all new to me. I am mixed with fear and excitment to start my journey on living a healthier lifestyle with peace, love and less processed food. Please share your experience with me and I will too. Sat, 21 Jan 2012 14:56:10 EST I'm back! SO I use to visit this board frequently a couple years ago. I had a baby and let everything go. I am back FINALLY, back to almost my highest weight ever....but I've been doing this for about 3 weeks now and just found out today that I have lost 13lbs since I started :) I'm not complaining. <BR> <BR> I glanced at the main thread and noticed I didnt recognize any names, so I guess I'm introducing myself for the first time. I hope I get to know you all well :) Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:12:29 EST