SparkPeople Spark New Jersey - The Official Team Team Messageboard This team has been created for those of us in the great state of New Jersey to support each other on our journey to better health and fitness. We are Jersey strong........ and aim to be fit too SparkPeople Spark New Jersey - The Official Team Team Messageboard NJ Monthly Magazine - Great Walks in NJ Here's a link to this month's magazine with an article about great outdoor walks around the state <BR> <link><BR>y-living/outdoors/new-jersey-walks/ </link> Thu, 4 Apr 2019 09:38:44 EST just checking in - from Kelly :) Good afternoon Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I wanted to take a minute to reach out to each of the clubs I’m a moderator for. I joined SparkPeople a few months back and was actively taking the challenges and making friends and accomplishing my weight loss goals. Then a few things started to change in my life. I had to deal with a family crisis, some health complications of my own, and an 8-yr old child who is suffering from yet-to-be-diagnosed health issues. I don't have healthy coping skills, so... Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:00:46 EST 2019 Team Chat I figured I would start a new chat for the new year just in case anyone wants to stop by and say hello! <BR> <BR> I saw in the news today that the Tappen Zee Bridge is being demolished by explosives this Saturday and they were telling the best places to watch it go down. I am trying to convince my husband we should go to Piermont to watch it but he's all for watching it online! I'm sure the traffic will be a bear since they have to close the new span for about an hour while it happens. <B... Wed, 9 Jan 2019 10:31:02 EST Roof repair in Northern NJ? Can anyone recommend a company? We have two leaks <em>257</em> <em>27</em> . Thank you endlessly raining summer and fall! Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:14:45 EST It's Maplewoodstock weekend again! I didn't make it last year. Let's see if I make it this year! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:30:00 EST Geograph y...Name a State or City from last letter New Jersey <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:15:42 EST New. Want a weight loss friend Hi everyone! I'm new here. 28 yrs old. Mom to an 11 month old boy. 185 lbs. 5"5 and super unhappy with the weight. After having my son things really changed with my body and just lifestyle in general. I want to lose the weight for myself. It's uncomfortable to carry around and I'm also concerned for my health. I've noticed that the weight is causing stress and that stress is causing me to eat more. 😩 crappy cycle. My partner is verbally supportive but doesn't really care to help me with di... Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:30:07 EST 2018 Team Chat Hi There <BR> (I posted this on the 2017 Chat....but thought it would be a good idea to start on new Chat for 2018) <BR> I have also been MIA for a while. When I was working, it was easy to quickly log on to SP and give an update. Since I retired...I keep busy in other ways, and unfortunately have disappeared from checking in with my groups and friends (Bad me). <BR> I recently got a notification of a Water Challenge from a friend...and it was so nice hearing from her and I decided to jump... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:53:10 EST Any lean line members out there? Food sheat does any one have the points sheat? It was in the 1983 pasport book. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 15:10:48 EST I cant afford weight watchers has anyone tried the I always felt weight watchers did a demise to lean line. I loved lean line it worked and I had achived life time membership. If jenny cregg and richard simmons could have their diet and nutra slim in a box diet. Why couldnt lean line continue and what happened to the founders?Without support and the diet products to help and the group meatings as a life time member you didnt have to pay again to restart. Even if you had gained. I maintained it while the center was open. On my own just couldn... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 07:07:18 EST Greetings from Woodbridge Hi folks, <BR> <BR> My name is Sonia and I am a returning Sparkperson. I am glad to see that this site is still going strong. It has been very helpful in the past. Currently I am working on losing 40 lbs. I have lost about 15. I had to create a new profile but my initial goal was to lose 55 pounds. Anyone in the Woodbridge, Colonia and Avenel region? Drop a line, say hello. I usually go to Rahway park for walks and some photography. <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> <em>311</em> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:49:13 EST Restart - Keep a word,drop a word.Sounds like fun! <em>303</em> Ok I'll start.....Life style Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:22:22 EST The Right Direction <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since Joining SparkPeople 1/1/17, my direction has been One Way. That way is the right one for me. A healthy direction. With the encouragement and support of so many in this wonderful community, I am breaking my habits of disease and embracing new habits of health. <em>524</em> <em>252</em> <em>574</em> <em>422</em> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:51:50 EST NJ Hiking Clubs <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:05:39 EST Today's Challenge October 10, 2017 For fun and exercise, burn some calories and dance around the kitchen when cooking dinner tonight <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:08:25 EST Enjoy your coffee and tea Enjoy Plain Coffee and Tea <em>271</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Coffee and tea are two of the most amazing sources of antioxidants in our diet, so long as they’re substainably (preferably) organically sourced, so they’re produced without pesticides. These two beverages boost mental health, liver health, and promote a healthy heart. The key is to leave out the sugar and milk, which takes away most all their benefits. Coffee is even being studied most recently for its healthy effects on th... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 05:44:31 EST Today's Challenge September 28, 2017 No Complaining today ! <BR> <BR> Go the entire day without complaining .....about anything Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:25:24 EST Today's Challenge September 22, 2017 Look up a new word in the dictionary today. <BR> <BR> Words enable us to communicate better with each other and learning new ones helps keep <BR> the brain working. <BR> <BR> If you would like , share your new words here with the team Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:08:48 EST HEALTH & WELLNESS @ NJ YMCAs HAMILTON AREA YMCA <BR> <BR> <link><BR>itness-wellness </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PRINCETON AREA YMCA <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 07:25:59 EST HURRICANE IRMA I thought it would be good to start this forum for those of us who have family and friends <BR> in Florida....just to share whatever makes you feel better. <BR> <BR> I have a friend who lives here that has a daughter and grandson in Florida. Her brother from Sayreville passed this week and now she is dealing with his loss and the fact that her daughter and grandson are going through what could be a disaster. <BR> <BR> Another friend came up to visit his family last week and now can't get ... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 07:46:04 EST Weekend Everyone have a great weekend! Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:59:41 EST I really want to do this! Hi, I was in a car accident 18 yrs ago and gained 90 lbs.u I don't motve well. I tend to focus on what I can't do rather than what I can. . I can do light exercise and ride a bike. Would love to get myself back in the pool. Joined Spark People for help and support Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:48:50 EST Sjogren's Auto Immune I am in Hudson County (Secaucus) and was recently diagnosed with Sjogren's Auto Immune disease (Primary). I currently attend a support group in Rutherford, NJ and was hoping their were other Jerseyites I can chat with. Please let me know. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:45:59 EST Hello! *waves* My name is Nicole, I am from South Jersey and am glad to be in this team! I have a long way to go but it's been fun trying to get there so far and it is nice to have people to help support my journey when things get rough! <BR> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:04:18 EST meetup will we be having a meetup anytime soon? Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:13:03 EST Hello I am here because I need to lose this weight. I am 51 year old. I am divorce mother of two daughters. At this is the heaviest I have ever been. I self sooth with food ever since my marriage fell apart in 2003. I have spent a lot on weight loss and they say an accountability partner helps. How ever the ones that I have had left me for what ever reason. That is the past. I have had a recent discovery that i have been brainwash by my ex and I need to deprogram myself. I know things nee... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:57:11 EST Newbie Hi! I am new to the Spark community. I live in Ocean County but work in Galloway. I try to walk on my lunch break daily, office life, and all the goodies that my well meaning co workers bring in, makes my will power oh so weak. I also was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which is making weight loss a challenge. But here I am, and I have to say, logging my meals and such definitely has helped me stop boredom snacking. I have to stop and think about it "Do I really want to log this... Tue, 10 May 2016 09:38:58 EST Free Women's Self-Defense Seminar in Rockaway NJ I'm not sure if this kind of advertisement is allowed here, feel free to delete, but I saw a thread about free workouts in NJ earlier on. My Krav Maga school is giving a FREE self-defense seminar for women. <BR> <BR><BR>self-defense-seminar-tickets-24426139240 <BR> <BR> NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Seriously. All shapes and sizes and experience levels are welcome and encouraged. <BR> <BR> I've been doing Krav Maga for a year and a half now, an... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:23:15 EST TEAM DAILY CHAT TIME to start a new chat thread. Hoping to see you guys here daily - even for a fast comment. <BR> <BR> <BR> So Imn kicking off April with 3 changes. <BR> <BR> water <BR> workout <BR> walking <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 old reliables - with a new perspective. <BR> <BR> half a gallon of water per day <BR> lifting workout with a bit heavier weights ( 5 days per week) <BR> walking 3 miles per day ( 5 days per week) <BR> <BR> Special trip end month hoping to see solme body changes before the... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:30:01 EST New to spark people Hi everyone Im new to using the spark people app. Ive started my weight loss and healthy living lifestyle about 5 months ago and am always looking for tips, and advise! I havent seen much improvement upon my weight loss goals and its getting somewhat frustrating. Im 27, 5'4 and 150 lbs. Id like to get down to 130. I have toned in some areas and my clothing fits more comfortably, but Im having issues blasting unwanted fat around my mid section and hips. <BR> I hit the gym 3 times a week,... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 14:12:49 EST TEAM CHAT -[ how about some March madness? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Join me in making March the mnnth that swings it around. Im making these changes: <BR> <BR> drinking 1/2 gal water every day <BR> changed up gym workout to kettlebells for upper body and some leg work. <BR> intermittent fasting 2 days per week. ( no eating after 5 for 18 hours) <BR> <BR> Lets just see what happens.............. <BR> <BR> find your changes and March with me. Tue, 1 Mar 2016 20:22:24 EST Kelly from Monmouth just the basics. Wife of 19 years and mom of two middle schoolers. 40 something. Hope to enjoy this journey with all of you Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:10:01 EST Obesity rates are climbing in NJ <BR> Obesity rates are climbing in NJ. Tell everyone about Spark! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-news/2014/09/NJ-39th-highest-adult-ob<BR>esity-rate-in-nation.html </link> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:28:26 EST Hi New Jersey Here looking for support and motivation. On this new journey to a new me. My goal is to lose 20 lbs and get my body back the way it was before I had kids. I want to sport a bikini this summer and be proud I've made it, no matter how hard it may be to get there. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:30:47 EST TEAM CHAT Well here we are - the start of a brand new year. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone all good things in this new year 2016. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:36:06 EST Don't try to fix me . . . I'm not broke, yet My name is Liz and I have always been skinny and not have to work for it. About 5 years ago I started taking a medication that has very low side affects except it makes you eat. I've gained 40 pounds and I am very depressed about it which isn't helpful. I have always been a very outgoing person but lately it seems I just push myself to do the things I have to do and seclude myself. However, I have decided that I am determined to lose the weight, quit smoking, stop drinking soda and get my lif... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 21:15:46 EST Hi There! Hi My name is Stefanie, and I am new to this is towards the end of my first week. I need to loose 60 lbs and my Body fat is around 37, and needs to be 18, so working hard. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 11:50:15 EST Hello! Pamela in Piscataway, here. Not exactly new, but back at it after a maintenance "fail." Hope everyone is having a great day! Tue, 8 Dec 2015 10:23:33 EST November challenge- are you in? Going to make a Nov challenge with 3 elements; <BR> <BR> 1. super brain yoga exercise to help us strengthen our minds. <BR> <BR> 2. 4 week eating plan---- simple 7 days changes........ ( 4 for the month) <BR> <BR> 3. simple exercise plan - ( everyone makes their own) <BR> <BR> <BR> Will send out a message and post details before Nov 1. <BR> <BR> Are you in? Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:10:40 EST Looking for moms in NYC! Hello! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople is participating in a conference in NYC (in early October) and we are hoping to bring a SparkPeople member to share her success story. The conference is about healthy moms, so we are hoping to find a mom who can share her success story of getting healthier with her family, helping not only herself but her kids to live healthier lifestyles. <BR> <BR> Do you or someone you know fit this criteria? If so, please send me a SparkMail as soon as possible. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 08:55:16 EST South Jersey Anybody from South Jersey? Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:25:24 EST Worried about Cholesterol My doctor says my cholesterol is fine, but I'm worried because it's over 200. It's 204. HDL is 113 and LDL is 91. Should I try and get my cholesterol down under 200 since the healthy range is 100-199? It probably doesn't matter, but my Triglycerides are 57. I also tested positive for Lyme, so I'm glad I got the blood test after waiting 6 years. Thank you! Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:15:43 EST Advice? Trying to workout regularly Hi - I'll be spending the summer in Bergen County. My willpower is... not so great when it comes to being active. I love yoga and think I need to be a part of a class. Do you recommend joining a gym for two months so I'll have regular access to classes? Any other ideas? Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:15:27 EST HI my name is Judy This is my first time joining any kind of on-line group except for taking on-line classes. I am excited but it does seem a bit overwhelming, so much information. I desperately want to lose weight to avoid health issues and have seen Sparkpeople's website before. I have joined WW many times and my success has been up and down. Here's hoping.... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:49:56 EST June challenge happy June and time for a new challenge. Trying to keep it simple and do-able. <BR> <BR> Lets not let go of the elements of the last few challenges.................. so <BR> <BR> get out for a walk at least 5 times per week. <BR> Track your daily food and learn what you are really eating and make changes for improvement. Decide what changes you are making and share them with the us. We can all learn from each other <BR> NEW ELEMENT - work up to a one minute plank <BR> Im attaching an... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 09:01:05 EST Michelle from NJ Hello, They say you loose more weight with others so I am looking for my others. Wed, 20 May 2015 13:06:38 EST Your - Our - The May challenge so what is May going to be about for you????? Fri, 1 May 2015 12:24:34 EST Has anyone used a StreetStrider type outdoor Ellip I saw an ad for these,and was starting to look for a used one online. I do the elliptical at the gym, but would love to do this around the park and lake at Overpeck in bergen county... <BR> it would be so good to do it outside! Has anyone used this? Is it harder than the machines in the gym? Would I wind up crashing into the lake? LOL I can't jog with my knees, but I can ellipt! (Is that a word?) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> I couldn't afford it new...but I'm search... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:52:42 EST 5K/1K Walk/Run/Jog in Central Jersey for Homefront Fellow NJ Sparkers, <BR> If you are so inclined please join me on the fundraiser walk. <BR> <BR> We'd love to have you on our team if you decide to do the walk. <BR> <BR> The link to my page is below. I think you can get to the main info page for the walk from that link as well. <BR> <BR> It would be great to get a chance to meet some of you at this walk! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Baumgartner/homefront-runwalk-2015 </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 12:49:50 EST April challenge New Month - new challenge...... <BR> its the fourth month of the year - so there will be 4 parts to the challenge. / yea you guessed it - Im going to add one element every month. <BR> <BR> bring forward the March elements - they should be good new habits by now SO - <BR> <BR> 1. continue your one mile walk every day <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> 2. continue staying on the low side of carbs <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> NEW ITEMS FOR APRIL <BR> <BR> 3. do the 9 minute seated arm ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:47:11 EST Free Things In New Jersey JCC Of Central NJ <BR> <BR> 40 free classes a week <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp;ref=GroupExerciseClassDescriptions<BR>&amp;category=Fitness_Wellness </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:59:01 EST Newby Hi I'm new to this site. Found it by chance. Anyone on here from New Jersey? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:57:07 EST Back on Spark People! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am finally back on SparkPeople after about probably 6-7 years of consistent use. At that time, I managed to lose 40 lbs and was in the best shape of my life. Slowly but surely, I gained back every bit and some more. I have been back on here for two weeks now and feeling extremely motivated. I have a weight loss goal of 40-45 lbs. I am hoping to utilize message boards and community for support! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:55:58 EST Losing 60lbs to gain Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:21:22 EST Losing 60lbs to gain Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:44:55 EST NJ mom wants to lose 60lbs Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> my name is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now w... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:31:24 EST Our March challenge Three simple changes for the 31 days of March. <BR> <BR> Food - make one meal per day very low - or no carb. <BR> Exercise - walk at least one mile per day. ( OK to use an inside walking program) <BR> Commitment - really stick with it for this month - post to the team page so we all can support each other - and lets see what happens at month end. <BR> <BR> Who is joining me....... ? <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:54:31 EST Looking Forward to the Future I never realized just how badly I want to live a long, full life until somebody tried to kill me. I fought harder than I ever have in my life to save myself. That was one year ago 2 days ago. I have thought about it and know that keeping this much extra weight can also shorten my time on Earth. I've been told that I'm now pre-diabetic. I hate meds so I am choosing to again fight for me; this time by loosing the weight and gaining the health. Starting late is better than never, so now I start ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:06:21 EST Walking Buddy/Group in Camden County Hey all. I'm really looking for people to walk with on Sundays or Mondays in Camden County. I'm in my 30s and looking to get outside and make friends and socialize. I also do kettlebells at home. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 04:36:39 EST Hello NJites Hello from Woodbridge township where it just doesn't stop snowing. I an new to the SP community and anxious to start this journey. I hope to hear from you soon. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:26:40 EST Newie from Monmouth County Hello all. I have been on Spark about a month now and enjoy it. I am looking for support and motivation and thought to introduce myself. I live in Monmouth County and need to lose 60 pounds. I have been at my goal weight before but then had back issues (with major surgery), Thyroid cancer (and surgery) as well as being on many medications for other things that can cause weight gain. <BR> <BR> i then heard about SparkPeople and decided to join. I am still learning the site. However I wo... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:02:09 EST january winter storm update well its coming....................... that big snow storm ... <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Its already started her in Point Pleasant Beach - and a dusting of snow is falling on the ground which already has a little snow on the grass.............. <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone stay safe and update us with your town and how much snow you got or when it started falling.............. <BR> <BR> Looks like we are going to burn some shoveling calories................ <em>444</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:35:59 EST Back at it! Hi there - I have been away for quite sometime.....too long actually! <BR> I used SP to lose 15lbs 5 years ago and felt great. I want to get back there again! <BR> Looking forward to the journey with everyone! <em>104</em> <em>252</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:52:33 EST Introduction Hi, <BR> As a Jersey Girl and having joined Spark just three days ago I wanted to introduce myself. <BR> I am from south Jersey and need to lose 15 lbs.. I go to Over-eaters Anonymous and have maintained a 30lb weight loss for over 30 years...then I retired 8 years ago! I have gained 15lbs over the last 8 years and have decided to stop the incline now! I am intrigued with the daily report and was so unaware of the poor nutritional food program I was on. I hope to connect with other Jersey Gir... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:33:08 EST January birthdays? hey do you have a january birthday????? how will you celebrate? Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:45:36 EST 2015 Daily chat - here we are in a brand new year - so here is our brand new chat topic. <BR> <BR> What is your one word focus for 2015? Im thinking mine is going to be consistency. Picking some changes and sticking with them to see a difference. <BR> <BR> What is your one word focus???? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:26:09 EST Hello New Jersey! -- from Katy in Union County Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Katy, I'm 30 years old, and I work as a copyeditor in New Brunswick. I lived in Middlesex County with my parents for most of my life, and now I'm just a hop away in Scotch Plains, where I live with my partner of over six years and his 12-year-old son from a previous relationship. <BR> <BR> I hit my all-time highest weight, 240 lbs, in August 2013. I'm currently down to 192.5. My ultimate goal is 130. I count calories and I try to get some exercise when I can--I should ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:22:00 EST Pompton Lakes/Wayn ne/Oakland workout buddy? Looking for a buddy in the central Passaic county area. Walking or workout... I'm 57 years old and overweight, and would like to have a friend to get fit with. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:37:01 EST Hi Ive been here before and no wim back. Just looking to shake things up and get back on track. Ive lost 25 so far and have another 25 to go. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:48:46 EST Free Summer Yoga Classes in NYC Parks Free Yoga Classes in NYC Parks <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ls/719 </link> <BR> <BR> Save the link for next summer. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:13:48 EST Did you know? 2,000 steps <BR> <BR> <BR> Generally speaking you can count on 2,000 steps will equal one mile. But, depending upon your length of stride it might take 2,500 steps to equal 1 mile. 9 holes of golf (no cart but walking) equals about 8,000 steps. Most people will get about 1,200 steps in about 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> Some pretty good information................... now go out and get walking <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:48:47 EST New free fitness classes offered at the Madison Y <BR> New free fitness classes offered at the Madison Y <BR> <link><BR>f/2011/09/new_free_fitness_classes_off<BR>er.html </link> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:58:39 EST The State of Obesity in New Jersey New Jersey now has the 13th lowest adult obesity rate in the nation. <BR> <BR> Read about the programs that are being done to help with weight loss. This is found in the section at the bottom of this link: <BR> Public Policy Related to Obesity <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Can you think about other programs that we can urge the state to do? Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:50:50 EST Free Sunday Zumba and Pilates classes in October <link><BR>/index.ssf/2014/10/fun_fitness_offerin<BR>g_free_sund.html </link> <BR> <BR> Please check for details. <BR> I live too far from this place so I have no experience with it. Please report to me how you liked it. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:38:37 EST very blessed Hello my name is jovan im 28 trying to.lose 50 pounds in three weeks I will only be eating.fruit in drinking water in fasting no meat im gone a fruit in juice dite hope its safe Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:33:42 EST how was the ride to the cubicle and all that stuff <em>389</em> <BR> Work, School, and part-time wife has it's place in history. The wife smells like gardenias from the fire she burned at the sanctuary. And her Sunday diner fills that lonely space inside and makes you proud and active. The learning curve is well deserved and is recycled. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:49:35 EST Greetings My name is Jeri, I am 22 years old and new to Jersey. I am originally from Ohio, and been living here nine months now. My current weight is 185 and I have a goal of reaching 150 by February 1st 2015. I wish you all the best on your weight loss journey and continue to be amazing! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:24:33 EST Greetings Hello everyone, my name is Jeri I am 22 years old and new to Jersey, I've been living here nine months now. I am currently around 185 pounds with a goal of hitting 150 by at least February 1st 2015. I want to wish you all the best on your weight loss journey and continue to be amazing! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:20:57 EST Hello everyone !!! I'm Maggie 31 years old mother of 3 boys and currently trying for my girl. I weigh 242lbs as of 3 weeks ago, the good thing about that is that I never look what I weigh but I feel it. I have tried prior to this and thought it was pretty ok but after a while I stopped using it I just wasn't motivated anymore. I decided to give it another try and by fooling around with apps I came across Sparkpeople and so far I have no complaints of course I'm still figuring out some things but e... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:35:32 EST New to Spark People My name is Lori and I live in northern NJ. I have to lose more weight than I ever thought I would have to lose. I have tried other ways to lose, which worked temporarily, but I never gained new life habits. Now I have even more weight to lose, and I guess it is time to admit I need some support. <BR> I am lucky enough to have no health problems from my extra weight, but I know that won't last forever. My knees are beginning to hurt, and I know that is from the weight. Like many people,... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 20:48:27 EST A wife and mother on a mission. My goal is to have more energy so i can get the most out of life. My health is good but i would like to keep it that way. I don't want to be one of those people who wait until something drastic happens to their health before they decide to do something. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:08:40 EST Introduce myself Hi, I just joined SP and I'm excited about the new me to be. <BR> My name is Lynn and I live in Southampton. <BR> I hope to join my grandkids in walking. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:13:28 EST Daily chat topic - how is your day going? Started the new chat topic ---------------------------- think about what you really want to accomplish with your time here on SP. <BR> <BR> <BR> There is a real difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something -you do it when its convenient. When you are committed to something - you make it a priority - no excuses - you get it done. <BR> <BR> Think about where you are - in your fitness journey........... <BR> <BR> <BR> Come and chat daily - we a... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:55:40 EST Yes I Can! Hi Everyone, I started my weight lost journey in March, 2014. I am so glad I found this site last week. There are so many great resources. Congratulations for make this decision to improve your health. I wish you all much success! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:38:48 EST hi guys! trying to get a little social haha i've been on sparkpeople since may and never made an attempt to talk to anyone and i think it's about time i do! i'm 20 years old and from new jersey. i was raised in a family that centers life around food, so it's been a journey and a half staying on track with them around. haha. i'd love to make new friends and talk to you guys about anything at all so feel freee to shoot me a message! :) Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:45:48 EST NJ Walk/Run Mountain Creek, Vernon NJ <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ey-OffRoad-2014 </link> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:00:09 EST Hello SparkPeople! I am very happy to have found this site and am looking forward to kicking to the curb the 10-15 pounds I seem to hold to dearly. Beyond time to let them go! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:27:08 EST August challenge - who's i? The 30 Day Plank Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! Yes, all you have to do is HOLD this position, nothing else! It looks pretty easy, but it isn't! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 20 seconds <BR> Day 2 - 20 seconds <BR> Day 3 - 30 seconds <BR> Day 4 - 30 seconds <BR> Day 5 - 40 seconds <BR> Day 6 - REST <BR> Day 7 - 45 seconds <BR> Day 8 - 45 seconds <BR> Day 9 - 60 seconds <BR> Day 10 - 60 seconds <BR> Day 11 - 60 seconds <BR> Day 12 - 90 seconds <BR> Day 13 - REST <BR> Day 14 - 90... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 09:53:08 EST Lookin' for a partner in this thing... Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm Jenny - from central Jersey. <BR> <BR> I'd really love to meet some people who are doing this. I've been dieting in a vacuum, and it's getting sucky (har har) and lonely. Lost 18 pounds in two months, many many many more to go. <BR> <BR> I'm into musical theater, fantasy novels, and anything British and lovely. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all :-) Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:54:06 EST a good thing happened to me today.... share it <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> whats a good thing that happened to you today - or that you learned today or that you are planning today? <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 09:52:48 EST Need to Get Back in the Groove Have lost 10 lbs since last October, I know it's slow, but I'm determined to keep it off, and continue to lose. Also need to keep my blodd sugars in check, and lower so that I can get and keep good control. An injury sidelined me from exercise and I am still dealing with it,( shoulder) But I do want to start exercising again. Been starting slow, by walking the dog( since the weather is getting nicer) And trying to get out and about on weekends, doing things,( the park, a craft fair, thin... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:37:14 EST 100 Miles in 30 Days Challenge on Facebook Join us on Facebook for the 30 Day Walk 100 Miles Challenge starting June 1, 2014!! <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the link below. <BR> <BR> <BR> ether/537316626327312 <BR> <BR> It's a small group - invite your friends - everyone is welcome <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> PS: you don't have to walk 100 miles - It's a personal best challenge to walk more than you ever have before! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 08:36:33 EST Round table - its about sharing <em>526</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok so - creating a place you can: <BR> <BR> offer a suggestion <BR> share a lesson learned <BR> how about a recipe? <BR> basically any damn thing you want to share with the team...................... <BR> <BR> <BR> Hoping you all decide to come visit and make a posting. <BR> <BR> <BR> Im going to kick this off by sharing what I have learned.................. Im walking a minimum of 3 miles per day................ unless its pouring or I have all day pla... Fri, 16 May 2014 12:22:40 EST Hi from Dawn Hi. I'd Dawn. I'm a married working mom of 7, ages 19-8. I recently found out I will also add "grandmother" to the list of my titles. <em>30</em> I've wanted to lose weight for a long time and finally have the motivation. I need to lose approximately 50 lbs and plan on starting on May 19 (I have a work trip this week). I will also be using my weight loss journey as a fundraiser and publicity for missionary friends in Ecuador. I live near Trenton. <BR> <BR> Ugh, I realized that I did not p... Sun, 11 May 2014 16:43:55 EST Burlington County? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just looking for some locals who may want a work out buddy. I currently belong to the YMCA and have been working out 3 days a week in Riverfront. I work out kind of late because I also work in the Child Care at the YMCA as well. If anyone is interested, let me know! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:06:31 EST Greetings from Monmouth County Hello everyone!! I am new to this site and hoping this will help me lose the weight I need too. <BR> Hope to chat with everyone soon! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:50:13 EST New to spark There is a lot goin on here. I'm still trying to maneuver the site get set up. I'm reading the book and I totally can relate to the spark people founder so that is why I joined. My life is being wasted away and I'm getting fat and settling for a life I don't want. I know I can do and be so much better than right now. I want to change my life. I want to be the person who can reach her goals and not give up. I fizzle. Yeah. I fizzle out and quit. I give up on myself all the time. Yes, th... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:28:41 EST join out 90 day challenge Ok guys --------- here it is................. our 90 day change challenge. <BR> <BR> Day 1 April 1 -------------- is simply sitting down for 5 minutes and deciding that you can commit to making a change in your life................... we will do lots of daily things - but what is it you want to change? <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok - thats your day 1 assignment....................... 5 minutes of think time............... how committed are you to change? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 23:27:23 EST Kelly Hi everyone, I'm scheduled for gastric sleeve tomorrow morning at 7 wish me luck. It was actually recommended by my specialists because my health is very bad. so here I go, Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:17:15 EST Running partner in Burlington County? Hi all, I'm looking for someone to meet up and run with once or twice a week. I'm not a new runner but I'm not very fast, so running groups or clubs intimidate me! I'm open to suggestions about running groups if anyone knows of one, however. <BR> <BR> Have a happy weekend, all!! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 08:40:49 EST New Beginning! Hi, I'm Debbie. Have been a member of SparkPeople for several years, but have not been very active lately. Turning 59 this week (wow - when did that happen?!) and decided it was time to get back on track with weight loss and getting fit! I'm definitely a JerseyGirl - grew up here, got married, raised 2 beautiful girls, and now have a sweet granddaughter! Looking forward to getting some motivation and encouragement from this site as well as from others on similar journeys to good health - ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:45:12 EST Anyone near North Brunswick want a gym buddy? I have a membership to WoW gym because I enjoy some of the classes. I usually go to the North Brunswick location but my pass is good for any. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in a gym buddy for motivation? I don't have to do classes - I'm pretty much open to any gym related activity and the motivation to get there. <em>334</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:06:37 EST Checking in first time checking in. Exit 82 on the GSP Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:02:59 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone, <BR> I'm from Howell <BR> I'm new to the site...just trying to find my way around. <BR> Happy to be here Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:10:15 EST Walking challenge Here is the WALK challenge topic <em>311</em> . Let me know you are joining me and I will post up some instructions on how to use the map your route tool - and how to post your progress to your spark page........ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lets do it <em>381</em> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:02:56 EST Anyone in Warren County? I'm trying to get back into SP, again. I have a million excuses to not be on here and I could get into then but they are just excuses. <BR> Anyways, I'm wondering if anyone else in this team is in Warren County, specifically I live in Phillipsburg. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:23:51 EST Trying SparkPeople again Hi my name is Donna. I live in Atlantic County. I'm a single mom of 11 year old triplet boys. I've been on SparkPeople before but never used the Community Resource before hope being part of team will help. My weight has been inching up over the year, I'm 49. Two weeks before Christmas I broke my leg. I was in a cast for seven weeks. The lack of activity has really added more weight. I'm looking to lose 30 pounds. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:02:39 EST Hello! Just wanted to say hi after a few months of lurking around the community. I moved to Jersey from Canada in September to marry my wonderful husband. I now find myself in middlesex county and starting my life from scratch. I figure a good way to do that would be to try to live a healthier lifestyle, so here I am. <BR> <BR> Random fun thing - everyone from my family in Canada has asked me if I miss the snow. BAH HAHAHA. There's been more snow here than at home! <BR> <BR> Cheers! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:14:50 EST Valentines Day So what special plans does anyone have for this special weekend of love? <em>26</em> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:22:49 EST Run or Dye April 13 Run or Dye is April 13 in East Rutherford. You run or walk a 5K in a white shirt and get colors thrown at you. Since I don't run and am not ready to walk a 5K (3 miles I think?) I am volunteering. Thought maybe other NJ members would like to know to give you something to work toward! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 17:55:10 EST Let's all do some 80's aerobic dance parties. I'd like to start up a dance aerobic party club with an 80's theme! Anybody interested, we could meetup weekly! :) Tue, 4 Feb 2014 16:28:28 EST Hi long time lurker, just posting now. My name is Chris Kennedy, I moved to NJ 17 years ago as it will be this fall, as some of you might know I am a die hard aerobics fan! I'd love to do a mini triathlon too plus other athletic events! Cannot wait to meet alot more like minded people from here! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 14:11:35 EST Can we start a NJ Spark Mini Triathlon? I'd love to start a NJ Spark Mini Triathlon which is a modified version of a Triathlon! <BR> <BR> We could do a 300 meter sprint, a 6 mile swim, and a 2k bike ride! <BR> <BR> What do y'all think? A date and time we can all agree on? <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> Chris Tue, 4 Feb 2014 14:01:47 EST Jersey Shore Kilt Run! Would anyone like to run/walk a two mile race? In a kilt? Where are my Irish brethren? <BR> <BR> The race is March 22nd at 11 am. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:03:40 EST Anyone else live close to the Superbowl? Traffic is a pain today- not the day for errands Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:15:09 EST thinning hair Just wondering if anyone is experiencing thinning hair? I have a patch around my hairline where hair seems to grow - but not mature --------- the hair there stays fine and short and wispy. Going for a complete thyroid test ---------------- and not interested in taking those harsh hair growing chemicals............ <BR> <BR> just thought I would ask Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:33:24 EST SP Superbowl Workout Someone join me in doing the Sparkpeople Superbowl Workout during the game today. It will motivate me. I'm just starting to workout so I modified the exercises that are on there. For example on the workout when there is a Sack in the game, I am running around my house 10 times instead of whatever is on the list there. Here's the Superbowl Workout page: <BR> <BR><BR>?post=the_super_bowl_exercise_game_wor<BR>k_out_while_you_watch Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:34:37 EST Share your Superbowl strategies please Wishing everyone an easy and fun Superbowl Sunday! <em>208</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:44:10 EST Vacation I heading to PR (Peurto Rico) in a bout a week and a half with my boyfriend. He advised me tat a lot of the food there is friend and such....any advice to help me keep on track and not gain a lot of weight while away??? <em>24</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:59:42 EST Newbie from Weehawken in Hudson County Hi everyone! I joined hoping to find people in my area to motivate me - I am in Weehawken approximately 2 miles from midtown Manhattan (20 minutes on the bus). Whether you are close or far, I would love to hear from you. <BR> <BR> Teri Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:28:51 EST Would like to say hello to all I have just signed up and hope to lose some of the holiday weight I put on as well as develop life long healthy habits. Tried this site once before but was not consistent with tracking. Hope to do better this time. I welcome any ideas to stay motivated as well as tricks to navigating this website. A pleasure to meet everyone Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:50:14 EST Introducing me 34 year old NJ mom of 4. <BR> <BR> Healthy food isn't appetizing. Exercise is exhausting and cuts into my sitting on my butt watching TV time. And now you know why I'm at my highest non-pregnant weight in my life. <BR> <BR> I want to do mud runs and obstacle courses and zip-lining. I want to try kickboxing and belly dancing and surfing. Indoor rock climbing. Rugged Maniac. Spartan Rice. Luge. A half-marathon. Take a pole-dancing class. Learn to fence. <BR> <BR> I can't do any of those thin... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 20:13:03 EST Newbie want to lose 35 lbs Hi. I'm new to SparkPeople. I want to lose 35 lbs. I'm in Bergen County. Excited to start this journey with you! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:22:33 EST Life starts today... Hello, I am Matt! I am 35 and work as an Aircraft Mechanic in southern NJ <BR> <BR> This weekend I had my "a-ha" moment after trying and failing to achieve my goals repeatedly, I WILL NOT FAIL. I have found away both here and elsewhere to be accountable not just to myself, but friends, family and the world as whole! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:38:45 EST No more excuses. I kept putting off and instead I put on...weight. I've had a lot of family issues that I've dealt with in the last three years and used it as an excuse, but now I've got to focus on getting myself back to a healthy lifestyle. I can't ignore the fact that my clothes are tight and uncomfortable. A fatty has invaded my body and its time for her to go. No more excuses...I'm just going to do it and enjoy the journey. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:27:40 EST Just moved here! Hi! I just got married and moved here where my husband has always lived and I love it! It's a lot different from Arizona, but I won't miss the long miserably hot summers. <BR> <BR> Let's Spark it up! Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:45:36 EST Hi from Rahway! Hey y'all! I just moved here from South Carolina to Rahway, NJ. I'm enjoying the greater opportunity to walk around that Rahway provides. I hope that I can start off with a new home, new me! :) Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:30:50 EST I need new sleeping life Hi: I''m Deborah, age 64. Life-long avid exerciser, reader, writer/researcher. I work hard but I also pamper myself. Sleeping well has become a problem. Can't get to bed, can't fall asleep, can't get enough. Right now my eyes are burning with fatigue but I've got to make it through a long day of meetings and work on my computer. Poor eating schedule may be a part of it also. I need to seriously re-evaluate my sleeping arrangements and routine. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:57:12 EST Newbie Hi everyone - newbie here. Hey to all the NJ people! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:10:26 EST 2014 - our brand new chat Getting an early start on setting up our new chat topic. <BR> <BR> Whats on your mind for 2014? <BR> make one small change........................ because after you conquer one small change you can work on the next one................... and then they start to add up to progress. <BR> <BR> All the best...................... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:19:09 EST 2014 Spartan Race Calendar <BR> <BR> Hi! <BR> I wanted to pass along some information about the Spartan Race. It looks amazing! I have not sign up yet, I wanted to see if there was any interest from others who would like to form a team and/or train together. <BR> <BR> Gretchen <BR> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 01:54:01 EST Ready to find the new me Hi there ~ I am embarking on a new journey. I have struggled with my weight all my life. I will be celebrating my 43rd birthday tomorrow and I need to make a change. I want to become healthy & be around for a long time for my daughter and my husband. I came to join SparkPeople after hearing about a Biggest Loser contestant using the site after being voted off the show. I know I have it in me to succeed...I am ready to succeed. My only fear is the whole making a menu. I never did good with Wei... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:15:34 EST New to the Community I'm a newbie looking to change my lifestyle and be a healthier person. After raising three children, it's time to focus on me. Looking for friends looking to do the same thing. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:03:13 EST favorite gift? So what is your most favorite gift you ever received for the holidays? <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:32:18 EST I am new here!!! I am new here to make the transition to a healthier lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise. I don't plan for a quick fix solution to a weight loss. Please join me for the support!!! Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:55:52 EST Do we need less food as we age? Im starting to eat 2 meals - and almost an evening snack...................... Im not hungry and its helpiing the scale. I take vitamins and am eating healthy. <BR> <BR> WOndering if we really do need less food as we get older? Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:26:19 EST 2014 NJ Road Race Calendar<BR>html <BR> <BR> Hope you find this information helpful. It would be great to meet a fellow Sparker at one of these races this year. Here's to a great, active 2014. Mon, 9 Dec 2013 18:22:58 EST Hi I've been a long time member of this team but never posted before. I'm from Salem County and live at Exit One off of turnpike. We are the last exit before you head into Delaware. It's a quiet town. Only 13,000 people. Down this way we root for Philadelphia teams and vacation is the Jersey shore, meaning Sea Isle City and south. We shop in Delaware because there isn't any tax. It's only one hour to Baltimore, 30 minutes to Philly and 2 hours to NYC. If anyone else lives down here, please get i... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 15:01:47 EST New member from Union NJ Hi today is my first day with Spark. I am a 50 year old woman who has is discoraged by the amount of weight I need to lose. I am hoping the Spark community can help me stay motivated and finally get healthy! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:05:25 EST December chat Well here we are at the beginning of a new month ------------- and last month of the year. <BR> <BR> Its been an interesting year - and Im just starting to decorate for the holidays. <BR> <BR> Our team has been a bit on the inactive site................... hoping to see a little more energy from everyone . COme here and make a daily post.................. will keep you on your fitness path just a little easier. <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day..................... happy sparking <... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 07:57:27 EST Returning Good morning From Toms River looking forward to being more active in the local scene Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:26:39 EST my very own pasta challenge who else is struggling so hard to get finally used to whole grain pasta?? I usually are always pro whole grain, i love to eat really dark grainy breads (i hate those white gummy airfilled things ^^), i love whole grain / brown rice, i love to munch on whole grain bars or just a handfull of seeds etc. etc., i always did. But this whole grain pasta is for me like chewing on some treebork *lol* and i can't get any taste at all in it, no matter what i am trying... white pasta is a no no anyway so... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 03:40:51 EST Hi! Trenton Jersey Girl here Two months (or more) here. Need motivation!!!! Currently 318 lbs. Want to become more active, eat healthier and lose weight. Help! <em>101</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:40:42 EST Nov chat Another new month.................................... for me = no new results although Ive been staying in the course. Up a few pounds and down a few pounds........... but staying in some kind of reasonable range. <BR> <BR> Now for body fat - whole different story ------------ <em>362</em> need some work on this. <BR> <BR> That holiday season is approaching fast ------------- lots of good eating and parties. Thinking this is the time - to work at toning ----------- in prep for t... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 11:57:31 EST Hey Hey Hey yall <em>249</em> Yet another newbie! Well a little about my self I'm 24, from Trenton NJ, I'm here to take control of my life.(just like everyone else). Its time for me to shed these pounds and feel great about my self. I have always been big since birth and in my family being over weight is not frowned upon. Anyway by May 11 (the 24th is my birthday I'm trying to lose 57lbs that's my first milestone and i hope it goes well. I have decided to start small this time doing the 10 min pai... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:06:37 EST Workout partner Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a Paramus, NJ 24 Hour Fitness member, looking for a partner. My goal is mostly to build muscle and secondarily, lose 10 pounds. I want to be healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm available at 5am or after 6pm, week days. Weekends are flexible. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:32:22 EST NJ 5k, etc Hello, I just started a run/walk program and not sure if I'll mostly walk the 5 k, on 11/23, in Bordentown. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Here're the details below, including other races. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>px?Rank=Month&Month=11&State=NJ&Page=3 </link> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:43:38 EST Central Jersey here Lived here all my life here for much the same reason as everyone else here. <BR> <BR> I'm really trying to be more active but have no energy because of my thyroid issues. Any one else have this problem and have any suggestion? <BR> <BR> Glad to part of team nj Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:12:50 EST Challenge: Join my Tough Mudder Team! In March 2013 I was 285 Lbs., now I am 205 Lbs & working hard on my fitness goals everyday! <BR> I am signed up for a Tough Mudder in the Poconos on April 20, 2014...I need team members! This is a great way to have a fun, but tiring day, while testing your physical stamina & Grit! It also benefits a great Charity...Wounded Warrior Project! <BR> To join my team you can respond to this post or just follow the posted link! <BR><BR>in <BR> ners/346809 <B... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:33:09 EST Tough Mudder-April 2014-Team members needed In March 2013 I was 285 Lbs., now I am 205 Lbs & working hard on my fitness goals everyday! <BR> I am signed up for a Tough Mudder in the Poconos on April 20, 2014...I need team members! This is a great way to have a fun, but tiring day, while testing your physical stamina & Grit! It also benefits a great Charity...Wounded Warrior Project! <BR> To join my team you can respond to this post or just follow the posted link! <BR> <link><BR>re-winners/346809 ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:30:23 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi everyone! I'm new here! I'm a Zumba instructor and Health and Wealth Coach. I was recently in a car accident and was unable to teach classes or really exercise and I gained a good 10 lbs (it had been accumulating over the years but it hit the 10 lb mark when I couldn't exercise). <BR> <BR> Anyway, a really great friend introduced me to a healthier lifestyle and now I'm feeling better than ever! When I couldn't work (aka Zumba) I didn't know what to do, but now I feel amazing. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 16:50:46 EST Hi I am new to Spark People Hi My name is Kathy and <em>224</em> I am new to Spark People. I tried losing weight all alone with no success. I am hoping with the support of Spark People that this time I will be able to succeed. Thanks !!!! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:58:57 EST Newbie - looking for support/friends! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just signed up for spark people. I'm on my journey to losing 25lbs and I just know sparkpeople will help me accomplish my goal. I like to work out and am learning how to eat better and be more mindful of myself. I'm definitely looking for some support and motivation here so would certainly love to develop that here! <BR> <BR> Lori Thu, 3 Oct 2013 20:04:09 EST Scared to fail but determined to succeed Hello. I'm Mack and new here. I've tried to lose weight before but have basically failed every time. I can't fail anymore. I just turned 45 and I'm determined to make this year the year that I succeed. <BR> <BR> Mack Wed, 2 Oct 2013 20:56:08 EST Oct daily chat Fooled ya? Added the word daily into the chat topic. <BR> <BR> Stop by daily and make a comment. Always good to hear from team mates. <BR> <BR> Looks like we are scheduled for a warm week................... sunny and warm all week. I tthink the weather is confused since it was chilly in Sept and is now supposed to be warm for oct. <BR> <BR> Keep sparking...................... I have finally gotten back to a good routine of walking and exercising and even eating better. That all fee... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:14:21 EST Hi from the deep south! <BR> Hi from south jersey! Looking forward to chatting with all of you. <BR> <BR> Feel free to visit my page, and have a great September day! <BR> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:04:58 EST Sparkpeople Super Bowl Ad ?? Received this as an email, but wanted to pass it to as many as possible: <BR> Right now Intuit is running a contest for small businesses. The prize is a commercial during the Super Bowl. I don't know about you, but every time I see a commercial for Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig I wish that SP had the resources to do the same. This is their chance to get the word out on a huge scale. All they need is the support of people like us. <BR> <BR> Go to this website and vote for SparkPeople: (It ju... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:42:17 EST Hello, I'm new! Hi, <BR> My name is Paula and I just joined Sparkpeople. I am almost 200 lbs and am on the shorter side, 5'3". I don't have much emotional support surrounding me in my "real life" and I'm hoping to make some online friends that can understand what I'm going through and maybe give me that boost that I need to finally begin to work towards my weight loss goals. Thank you. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:55:54 EST I am Officially Here! g Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:04:01 EST Exercise heals my pain and needs to happen daily. I went on vacation late August to Jamaica. I came back and found I LOST 3 lbs. How awesome is that? I was so energized and wanted to keep it going. I have been doing pretty well watching my daily calorie intake, but exercise is another story. Then school for my son started in September....and my house needed cleaning.... I have come up with so many excuses to not get to class and/or exercise it is down right ridiculous. I realized yesterday, I had a great night of sleep the night prior... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:24:14 EST LA Fitness - Piscataway Hi Fellow NJ Sparkers! I was wondering if anybody belongs to the LA Fitness in Piscataway and is looking for a work out buddy. I am just getting back into the swing of things, so I am not in the best of shape, which I am looking to change. It would be great if we could get a group together - maybe 4 -6 or more people that we can all motivate each other, take classes and get a good conversation going! Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:26:03 EST help getting started! Greetings newly extended family. I'm excited to embark on this new journey. I have tried unsuccessfully to reach my goal in the past. I do workout. I will lose but very slowly it seems which discourages me. I am a mother of 3, a truck driver, who works the night shift. My new hours are 5 p.m. till 3. A.m. my sleep is always interupted because there is so much to do during the day. School transportation, groceries, bills, gym, LIFE! Some times as I'm unwinding for bed. I want a ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 19:50:33 EST Sept chat Ok team............ kick off with some good discussion. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 23:57:20 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:24:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:23:36 EST Where Did You Go On Vacation This Summer This has been an active summer for me. I went to West Virginia for a couple of weeks in my RV to get in some hiking and sight seeing. Then last week I took my daughter and two grandsons to Niagara Falls. We stayed in a terrific campground on the Canadian side, but truth be told, we preferred the activities around the Falls on the New York side. Cave of the Winds was my favorite. We had a lot of fun. <BR> Anybody else do anything fun this year? <BR> Grandma Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:15:49 EST what are your plans for the weekend. summer is coming to an end in the next few weeks. My plans for this weekend is Friday is my birthday so I am going to celebrate of course. I will also try to spend as much time by the pool as possible, because we have only have another week and a half before they close the pool. <BR> <BR> Labor day weekend will start off with a bang for me. August 31 is my community's memorial day party and also I have a clam bake to go to. So its a busy busy day for me. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a wonder... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:40:49 EST MOTIVATION AND FALL LIKE WEATHER hEY EVERYONE! I am Melissa, <BR> I really havent posted here before but why not! Well, yes the weather is summerlike during the day and fall like at night. Its nice but I am afraid of a shorter summer and colder fall. I hope that we cna make it last. <BR> <BR> I have been lacking motivation myself but have gotten back on the exercise wagon in the last three weeks thankfully. I usually do my 30 minute workout at work with friends on lunch but want to kick it up and always find something bet... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:51:40 EST 20th Annual Monmouth Co SPCA Dog Walk Hi All!! I want to invite you to attend the 20th Annual Monmouth County SPCA Dog Walk and Pet Fair, which will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 10am-3pm at the Lincroft Campus of Brookdale Community College. This is the Monmouth County SPCA's largest fundraiser of the year, and the money donated goes to helping the SPCA advocate for the humane treatment of animals, protect and advocate for all animals, enforcing animal cruelty laws; providing a safe haven for homeless, abused and aba... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:50:24 EST Calling all Middlesex County Sparkers Hi, I currently live in Highland Park (Middlesex County) and wanted to ask for recommendations on places to hike, fun outdoor activities. I feel like I'm in an exercise rut and I would like to venture out and try some new things. Thanks for your suggestions. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:28:36 EST Hello! New to Spark NJ Hi All. I live in SJ. I don't remember how I found this site (maybe it found me). Spark seems interesting with soooo much to do and plenty of ways to stay in touch. I get to the gym most days. For the past 3 weeks, I do either 30 minutes cardio; or combination of cardio and circuit training for 60 minutes. It's a challenge. I need to lose 20-30 lbs. I am conscious of my diet and blood glucose levels. Looking for words of encouragement. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 18:23:39 EST NJ 2013 Color Run? Hello all! <BR> I was wondering if anyone was planning on participating in this year's Color Run in Englishtown on 8/31. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 13:00:12 EST millville area support buddy wanted I line in the Millville area and would love someone to hang with and exercise with. <BR> I am looking to lose 60 pounds. <BR> I am getting married in a lil over a year. <BR> Wanna look good and feel helathier. <BR> Just need support. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:10:07 EST August chat WOW WOW WOW <BR> <BR> summer is really flying by. Hoping everyone is enjoying their summer - making healthy choices and feeling great. <BR> <BR> Think about making 2 small change for Aug.................... one in exercise - and one in eating. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok so now my exerise change will be kettlebells. I have them I dust them I move them around but I havent started working out with them. Will do a youtube video 4 times per week all of Aug and see if my body changes. <BR... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:05:46 EST Savage Race Sept 14th 5 mile mud run with plenty of obstacles. Anyone interested? Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:54:50 EST East Brunswick Here Hey everyone, just wanted to drop by and introduce myself. Never sure what to actually say in an introduction, but I'm an open book. Ask me anything. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:25:16 EST jog/run woodbridge edison hey everyone im just getting into couch25k and i want to run outside.Ive been looking to find some spots and was wondering if anyone wanted to go with me.Does anyone know if the local hs track is open to the public? i know there is a jogging path behind menlo mall but im not sure how that quite works.I also read about the green way and that sounds fun as well.Roosevelt park is great and merril is okay too. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:42:27 EST Duke Farms - great place to walk or bike Hi. I wanted to share my newest discovery for an active, fun afternoon. I visited Duke Farms in Hillsborough this weekend and it is a great place to walk You can also borrow a bicycle for free (just need to sign a waiver agreeing to wear a helmet and walk the bike across Duke Parkway) There is not admission, no fees at all that I saw. It's a beautiful place, on the grounds of the Doris Duke estate. I spent a very pleasant two hours biking around, taking pictures and communing with nature. ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:30:48 EST Would like to know If any of you are doing the bike ride in September? Tue, 9 Jul 2013 06:31:55 EST Looking 4 a workout buddy in central NJ Hi, my name is Ana Caro, I belong to the Lady of America gym in Green Brook NJ. Currently looking to train for half marathons, triathlons, and some Ks. I train at the gym or outside. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 14:20:25 EST A New Journey Toward Better Heath! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Dinesha. I am happy I found this website and hope to form bonds and gain inspiration during this challenging journey. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:40:52 EST Anyone from Hunterdon? Hi, I live in Hunterdon County and was wondering if there was any other Sparkpeople near by. I have fell off the exercise wagon and need a little help getting me back on. Just wondering if anyone was near by to walk with. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 23:16:09 EST July chat <BR> Happy July............... <em>232</em> n what a fun and special time of the year. <BR> <BR> Looks like the jersey shore is rebounding a little. Its packed with people every weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> Join us on a fitness journey................ its a shared journey but each person has to find their starting point - and then their path, <BR> <BR> <BR> stop by daily and post to the chat............. it helps keep everyone motivated and just may help you too. <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:23:08 EST 5K Mud Run & Obstacle Course anyone? Hello, <BR> <BR> Long time member, first time poster <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Who: women of all ages and athletic abilities (known as Dirty Girls) <BR> <BR> What: 5K Mud Run & Obstacle Course (you can/will run, walk, climb, crawl) <BR> <BR> Where: Raceway Park in Englishtown <BR> <BR> When: August 3 <BR> <BR> Cost: $85 or $100 per person (depending on registration date) <BR> <BR> It's not really a "race" in the traditional sense. It is an untimed obstacle course designed to push yo... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:16:16 EST Snehal Hi...My name is Snehal....This is my first time joining any online program/forum....i feel kind of embarrassed and low to discuss about my weight loss attempt or about my weight with anybody.I am looking forward the help from my friends here towards my weight loss goal. Please feel free to message me. <BR> <BR> Thanks !! <BR> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:08:49 EST Burlington, NJ Is there anyone in the Burlington, NJ area that would want a buddy for support? <BR> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:44:45 EST Hey, Glassboro and Avalon area My name is Katie and I'll be 21 in a few weeks, I go to school in Glassboro at Rowan University, This summer I live right outside of avalon. I am the heavyset tall girl you see running on the little boardwalk some mornings. I am originally from PA and my mail still goes there so I am on both teams. Add me and maybe we can sparkbuddy workout sometime Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:11:28 EST Tired of being Tired Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> I Live in New Jersey (shocker for this group I know) <BR> <BR> I was always an active person but that all changed 11 years ago when I had to have both ACLs replaced. That sidelined me for a bit but then the hits started coming ... <BR> <BR> HypoThyroid ... Low Vitamin D ... the combination of which sent me into slug mode where all I wanted to do was nothing and the pounds started coming on ... <BR> <BR> Last year I took off 30 pounds only to put them right back ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:07:43 EST trying again I'm back again. Hope to stay on track this time I have trouble staying motivated I think someone has to kick me. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:15:36 EST Hello All I am Elisa and happy to share this group with everyone . I am hoping for positive feed back and hopefully I`ll have great results. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 12:21:04 EST Breakfast Hi, I'm 215 pounds and want to change my lifestyle by eating healthier and exercise. Can anyone give me guidance in terms of nutrition. I'm not aware of what is a good portion size and what is good to eat. For example, is 2 hard boiled eggs and a banana a good breakfast to have? Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:19:49 EST Looking 4 workout buddy in cliffside park nj area Hi, im 22 and living in cliffside park nj . <BR> Im looking for somebody to walk, run n workout with <BR> Motivate n support system <BR> Just starting out AGAIN <BR> Current 211lb <BR> Goal 160lb Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:51:02 EST From New Jersey <em>345</em> Hello all, <BR> I am from Hamilton New Jersey. I am looking for individuals to help keep me motivated and possible being a walking buddy. I am hoping to stay motivated this time so that I can reach my ultimate goal. <BR> Mags <em>361</em> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:16:25 EST Rejoining after a VERY long hiatus Hi- I'm Angela. I am 41 and live in West Orange. I weighed this morning and was 171. I think that is the most I have ever weighed and I am pretty miserable a couple of years ago at this time I was training for a marthon (I am a VERY slow jogger) and about 30 lbs lighter. They have started a fitness group at work, so I am hoping to get motivated, and SP always helps. I ran 2 miles last night and already feel better this morning. just want to get back in my summer shorts right now. One s... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:43:40 EST Serving Size for South Beach Recipies I am back on the South Beach Diet. Does anyone know how many ounces is a serving size on the South Beach Diet. I like to track my calories and can't do it accurately because they don't tell you how many ounces if a serving. <BR> <BR> I made the meat loaf tonight. It was better than I thought it was going to be. A little dry so next time I won't cook it as long. The only thing was I did not know how much to eat. I think I ate too much 7 ounces. <BR> <BR> Tks. <BR> <BR> Elaine Fri, 7 Jun 2013 19:32:31 EST Tired of my excuses Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a 31 year old female who is on a quest to lose these last 30lbs. I feel like I've been trying to do this for years and just come up with one excuse after another. I saw an ad for sparkpeople in Shape Magazine and have actually heard some good things about the site so I thought maybe having this community on my side would give me the strength to drop the excuses...and the weight! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know some likeminded people on this site... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:32:23 EST Midddlesex county walking group PAULARUTH415 is looking for a walking group in Middlesex County area. Any groups out there for her to join ................ or people who want to start up a walking group? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 08:27:44 EST June chat well I am getting ready for a new month. <BR> <BR> Summer = swimsuits = short sleeves - spaghetti straps - strapless = shorts - dresses - no stockings - sandals..................... <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Im making a special effort to lose 8 pounds in 54 days ======== since in 54 days I turn 60. <BR> A great reason to see 12x on the scale to greet my 60's with. <BR> <BR> join me........................ find your reason to make the effort. <BR> Come back and remark ... Fri, 31 May 2013 15:07:22 EST 2013 NJ Triathalons / Races Triathlons throughout the state: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>onCalendar.aspx?state=nj&page=1&dfm=6&<BR>dfy=2013&dtm=12&dty=2013&sp=Triathlon </link> Fri, 24 May 2013 06:02:45 EST Biking Events In NJ 2013 Cycling Across America NJ Events <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-events/new-jersey-2013/ </link> Fri, 24 May 2013 05:56:54 EST Hello Fellow Sparkers My name is Adrienne. For a long time I've been in denial about being overweight and have decided to make this new lifestyle change. I'm about 2 weeks into the program now and dropped from 207 to 203. I'm aiming for a goal of 140 by October. Any tips or suggestions are highly appreciated! <BR> <BR> I'm doing various types of workouts - training 3 days a week for a Zombie 5K in October and on other days I walk indoors with Leslie Sansone or play Just Dance on the Wii. I try to keep things dif... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:21:26 EST MOTIVATION BOOT CAMP....STUCK IN SLUMP IN SECAUCUS Would you believe I have been cleared from all doctors to resume my workouts and normal life and I am not one bit motivated. I don't know if it is just me, or was it from the car accident back in March but I have no desire to do this health thing. <BR> <BR> I start each day saying, "Ok Mikki, we got to do our walking videos and get back to the gym" but that never happens. I do walk outside for about a mile or 2 but only because I have too. I was told my dog was gaining too much weight so I ... Tue, 14 May 2013 13:29:28 EST Atlantic City Color Run! Have you heard? The Color Run™ 5k is on its way to Atlantic City, New Jersey! The event will take place on October 19th, 2013 at Bader Field! Registration will open on May 1st, 2013. <BR> <BR> The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. <BR> <BR> I'm so excited!! I've always wanted to do this! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 11 May 2013 18:11:15 EST On Demand Workouts? As some of you are probably experiencing, its downpouring today so I didn't feel like going to the gym. I went to the sports/fitness section of Comcast On Demand and figured what the heck and did Jill Coleman's 20 Minute Cardio Burn and I LOVED it. There are so many categories like abs, butt, weight loss, etc and then each category has a long list of options so there's so much to choose from. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone has any favorites for recommendations because i'd love to try mo... Sat, 11 May 2013 18:05:31 EST Traci Hello everyone! Today is my first day, and I am looking forward to doing my best with SparkPeople. Hearing your testimonies and how you are doing will be a great source of encouragement!! I wish you all the best...God'sbest on your journey! Fri, 3 May 2013 10:04:53 EST May chat whats up? May chat - WOW summer is coming up ... the weather is starting to be nice on a regular basis. Mornings are a little chilly yet - but by the afternoon its really nice. <BR> <BR> come and join us for the daily chat.............................. whats new with you? Have you found your spark? <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 May 2013 08:25:32 EST New Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I found this site to help me along my journey to lose weight. I'm Lori, I'm 31 years old and I'm working on losing 27lbs before the end of the summer. Right now, I'm recovering from surgery so haven't been able to do much in the way of exercise but I wanted to join spark people to meet supportive people and to use all the tracking tools. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:37:33 EST Cultivate event June 15 Good Morning! <BR> Here's the information for the 5K run that one of our own NJ sparkers is race director for - it's Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 9am in Voorhees NJ. <BR> Pre-registration for the run is $20 and is at www.lmsports/chadol13.htm . There is also a 1 mile walk. <BR> The run is being put on by my church, Cultivate, and is to support the community in Haiti that we are in partnership with on their journey out of poverty. Last year we were part of helping them build a fresh water we... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 07:48:21 EST Asbury Park Sept 21 _TEAM EVENT <link><BR>gename=TC_homepage </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am riding in the Diabetes bike tour again this year. We did have a few Sparkers ride last year. Hoping a few of you decide to join me..... Its a great day - a very well run event and lots of music, healthy food - local vendors and just plain fun. <BR> <BR> You can fun walk a mile - or bike ride 1 mile - 5 miles - 01 miles - 32 or 65. I did the 32 mile and will do that again. It NOT a race - ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:59:17 EST What did you learn today about fitness? Time to share a lesson learned or a good habit you have formed. This site is all about sharing - and supporting each other. <BR> <BR> What did you learn that will help others? <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:54:25 EST 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk I am doing my first 5K this Sunday at Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ. Race is to benefit Homesharing, a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent homelessness through shared affordable housing. <BR> My two daughters, ages 5 and 2 1/2, will be in the jogger stroller and my husband and I will share in pushing them. It will be tough because I can run 3 miles on the treadmill (only able to do this recently). Only started running in January on my 39th birth... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:59:50 EST Keyport anyone in or around Keyport? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:33:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:33:10 EST Franklin township Tour De Franklin Franklin township is having their annual Tour De Franklin on April 28, 2013 <BR> Gather your friends, family and coworkers, and join us for The 24th Tour de Franklin to be held on Sunday, April 28th to benefit the Franklin Township Food Bank! <BR> <BR><BR>ae58/regPages/pages/?p=113783 <BR> <BR> April 27, 2013, 12:00 pm: Online registration will be closed (you can still register at the Tour) <BR> <BR> Tour HQ at Community & Senior Center, 475 Demot... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:40:53 EST How's YOUR Vitamin D levels??? Just had blood work done for HbA1c/metabolic panel done. Results came back and I found out that my Vitamin D level is low. Wow!!! Yes, I was told to supplement and have been doing so but now have to increase my intake along with getting in some SUN. What's interesting is when researching this ... this deficiency may cause a whole host of problems ... weight gain or making it hard to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Now that I took the time to look into this ... some changes are going to be mad... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:39:01 EST Solstice In Times Square Mind Over Madness Yoga Anybody going this June? The event almost always takes place on June 21st this year. Registration isn't up yet, but if anyone is going and would like to meet up and do Yoga in the middle of Times Square as a SparkPeople Jersey group please let me know. You can sign up on the website to get an email alert when registration opens. <BR> <BR> This will be my 3rd year attending alone and doing Yoga with a bunch of strangers alone...I still enjoy it, but I'm sure it would be awesome to be in a g... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:47:43 EST Spring Energy I fell off the wagon during March but this beautiful Spring weather gave me a boost to get back on track. Anyone else feeling the same? Mon, 8 Apr 2013 08:17:50 EST April chat well march hung around like a lion - but seems to go out like a lamb............ warm weather even if we did have a rainy easter sunday. <BR> <BR> <BR> Come by and visit the chat topic often................... wishing everyone a great fitness and health journey. <BR> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 22:26:27 EST Fitness Magazine Media Request for NYC/Tri-state! Greetings, Spark New Jersey! <BR> <BR> My name is Terri and I work for SparkPeople in the Public Relations dept. We just received a request today from Fitness magazine that I would like to bring to your attention. Do you or someone you know fit this criteria? If so, please contact me (SPTerriV)! Here is the request: <BR> <BR> The FITNESS feature is about women who met someone significant in their lives through a fitness activity or sport. A best friend, a mentor, a business partner. (We’... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:47:58 EST New to Spark People Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have never joined an online community for support to lose weight. I am beginning my weight loss journey at 187 lbs, My goal is to be 138 lbs. -I have gone up and down in my weight for years, but am really tired of it. I am ready to take control of my life and health. I am really happy that there is a support system out there. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:11:49 EST I'm new to SparkPeople: Hi, my name is Deborah. I started the 28 day boot camp challenge, hoping that taking meds and losing some weight will help me get my blood pressure under control. Only time and effort will tell. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:00:50 EST Glad to be aboard Greetings NJ Team Members! I am a 55 year old Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach who needs to shed 15 pounds (or more). I was an avid biker, and will start training gain to join the fun in September. I gained all this weight when my metabolism stopped cold, and I didn't notice it. Some fitness pro, huh? I am psyched about my relationship with SPARKPEOPLE and all the truly great things, people, ideas available on the site. <em>332</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:47:17 EST Somewhat new....... Have restarted this journey today after an unpleasant "aha" moment......I'm hoping that this time's the charm! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:21:33 EST Somewhat new....... Have restarted this journey today after an unpleasant "aha" moment......I'm hoping that this time's the charm! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:17:09 EST Jersey shore bike tour Sept 21 Date: Sept 21, 2013 <BR> Start Location: Bradley Park (behind Paramount Theatre <BR> <BR> Registration Fee: $15 <BR> Route Distances: you can ride 10 miles - 35 miles - 65 miles or 100 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is a REAL spring- summer fitness project for you. Find a bike - and begin riding it to prep for participating in the Jersey shore bike tour. I think we all do alot better when we have something specific to aim for............................ this is a great event ------... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:00:59 EST spark coach? Hi there. Has anyone taken advantage of the spark coach trial? I'm curious, but hesitant and was wondering if anyone had a review or suggestion. Is it immediately jumping into a program or a teaser to get you to sign up for the paid program? Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:20:21 EST Hi Everyone My name is Lynda, and I live in Mays Landing N.J. <BR> I am joining Spark People, and I'm happy to be here! I have a long history of working out, and body building in my younger days, but about 4 yrs ago I went through some drastic changes, that not only affected me emotionally, but alo physically. I have never had an issue with weight control except for when I was pregnant many moons ago, and even with that I was my <BR> pre preggers size within a year! I have always taken care of myself, an... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:19:05 EST new member I have been trying to lose weight for years but I've been stuck with the same weight. My doctor wants me to lose weight because I have metabolic syndrome. I have tried almost everything but still failed. I hope joining this community will help make me healthy. I am committed to stick to this program. Wish me luck. Today is officially my first day. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:58:54 EST Somerset Hills YMCA Hi there... this is a shot in the dark, but any chance anyone is a member of the Somerset Hills YMCA and looking for a swim buddy? I'm a "retired" swimmer and have been working dryland cardio for about a month, but really want to get in the pool. The hours are so inconsistent for adult lap swim though that I was thinking an accountability buddy would be incentive but also more enjoyable. <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:48:14 EST Any sparkers from Burlington County? Hi I am from the Mount Holly area in Burlington County . Any other NJ members from around Burlington County? <em>223</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:34:16 EST Anyone from the Nutley/B lleville area/ Just curious to see who's around! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:31:50 EST The Color Run - Team? Hi, all! I'd love to do the Color Run in Englishtown. It opens today. Anyone interested in joining up and being a team? Registration is cheaper. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:02:53 EST March chat wow <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> here we are iin March already. ive seen bulbs already blooming up out of the snow. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a great month. <BR> Stop by and chat daily --------------- and think about joining us for the bike tour in Sept. its a great bike ride along the jersey shore. Not a race. <BR> <BR> Click on the link/topic below and learn more about it. <BR> <BR> <BR> March into fitness this month........................... <em>381</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:36:21 EST Small frame, want to lose 10 pounds Hi, I'm new to this site and am trying to navigate it. I'm trying to lose 10 pounds, although when setting up my profile I was advised to maintain my weight. I have a very small frame, so those 10 pounds which are sitting around my middle (which weren't there before menopause) really are extra pounds. I'm fairly active, really need to improve my diet, and am busting out of my clothes. I get flack from others who might want to lose more pounds than I (saying that I don't need to lose weigh... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:18:37 EST ZUMBA THON Hi anyone in the Burlington County area my daughters school is having a zumba thon on March 15th at 7 pm at her highschool(Rancocas Valley) to raise money for her indoor colorguard to go to world championships . Anyone want a good workout it starts at 7pm and goes on for 90 min. 15 dollar at the door or 10 from me. Msg me if your interested. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:48:16 EST hello kenia here.... new here... really looking for motivation and looking forward to keeping on track with this weight loss!!! Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:30:37 EST hello everyone Hello my name is Latoya and I joined SP today. I need to learn how to eat healthy and stick to it. I want to live a healthy lifestyle for my children so i can be a role model to them. I need to lose at least 60lbs but I'm pushing for 80lbs. Its hard when you don't have any support or role models. But I made up my mind that I am going to do this and I am going to win. My children are my movitation and i am my determination. I will and shall overcome and I will lose weight eat healthy and exerc... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:54:52 EST hello everyone Hello my name is Latoya and I joined SP today. I need to learn how to eat healthy and stick to it. I want to live a healthy lifestyle for my children so i can be a role model to them. I need to lose at least 60lbs but I'm pushing for 80lbs. Its hard when you don't have any support or role models. But I made up my mind that I am going to do this and I am going to win. My children are my movitation and i am my determination. I will and shall overcome and I will lose weight eat healthy and exerc... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:54:52 EST South Jersey Weather Anybody else tired of all the rain and 1-2 inches of snow that seems to happen every week? I want to be outside; I'm tired of winter! Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:47:56 EST New, looking for weight loss buddies! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Lori, I'm 30 years old and I'm on the road to dropping these last 33lbs that have been plaguing me for the past several years! <BR> <BR> I joined SP to build a support team to help me do this. I always want to learn as much about health, diet and fitness as possible. I hope to get to know some supportive motivational people who I can share my goals with and who I can help motivate to their success as well! Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:36:40 EST Walks & Runs in NJ <em>186</em> Sunday June 9th, Vernon NJ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nonDay5KRun1MileWalk.html </link> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 07:20:53 EST I am Ready Hey Spark New Jersey.. I am ready for the challenge! Glad to be apart of the team. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:16:34 EST Hi I am new to Spark People. I am from Monmouth County, NJ. I'm hoping to find some workout inspiration here! Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:08:39 EST 5K Foam Fest I have signed up for this, because it sounds like tons of fun and a good way to force myself to exercise. lol <BR> <BR> Anyone else doing it? Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:43:12 EST Hello! My name is Samantha and today is the first day of changing my life for the better. I have about 60 pounds to lose and have tried before with no success. I realized I never truly put 100% into trying and then had two children (now 2 and 7 months), which made it even harder to get healthy. I had two complicated pregnancies and depression after both. I looked into weight loss surgery and scared myself and realized if I can loos the weight in the six months before you could have surgery then w... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:52:26 EST Finding the Healthy Me Again! Good morning and Happy Valentines Day!! Couldn't be a better day to get back on track to healthy living. I'm a 55 yr old mother of two, grandmother of 3. I babysit my grandkids 5 days a week and I need to get fit so I can keep up with them. About 3 yrs ago when I was at my fittest, I had major surgery that set me back to my "chubby years". Lack of exercise, enthusiasm and support, I started to gain back part of the 70 pounds that I had previously said GOOD BYE to over a 5 year period. I... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:53:54 EST Hi Hi My name is Kelly I am from Westampton NJ . Lived in Jersey all my life. I love our Jersey Shore. Glad to be on here. Hope to make alot of friends on here who are trying to make lifelong changes to ourselves thru diet and exercise. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:16:16 EST Looking for a support group Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SP and working my way through losing 32lbs. I joined SP to build myself a support team, as I don't seem to be able to build one in "real life". Hoping to meet some like minded people here! <BR> <BR> Lori Tue, 5 Feb 2013 20:40:07 EST Feb Wheel Points.How nice was Wheel to you Today <em>129</em> <em>129</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 19:58:13 EST sign up - Team event Date: Sept 21, 2013 <BR> <BR> Start Location: Sunset Park <BR> Asbury Park <BR><BR>800&pg=entry <BR> <BR> We all need a jumpstart sometimes to our fitness goals. This event is a bike tour along the Jersey shore. We did it last year and it was wonderful..Everyone has the option of riding 5 miles - 10 miles - 35 miles or 65 miles. I did 35 miles and it was terrific. <BR> Its NOT a race.................... its a bike at your own pace ride along the ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:19:47 EST 2013 Feb chat Well - Im late kicking off our chat topic this month. So much going on. <BR> <BR> Hoping to see some new people join us on the lose 13 in 2013 challenge. <BR> <BR> The little bit of snow was pretty this morning............... and its not bitter cold out today so I can walk this morning. <BR> <BR> Have a great Feb everyone. Keep sparking Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:18:54 EST Another New Jerseyan to the team Wanted to say hello and introduce myself I am from Southern part of this great state and am looking forward to being on this team. <BR> <BR> Will be posting for any ideas for excerise outside of the gym. I have been walking with my dog but wondering if anyone has ideas on how to increase intensity beside making the walks longer. <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:42:54 EST Cupid's Chase 5k Hello- <BR> <BR> The company I work for, Community Options, Inc, is having their annual Cupid's Chase 5k on Feb 9, 2013. If you are interested, please check out the website at or the Facebook page at <link> </link> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:21:11 EST Cupid's Chase 5k Hello- <BR> <BR> The company I work for, Community Options, Inc, is having their annual Cupid's Chase 5k on Feb 9, 2013. If you are interested, please check out the website at or the Facebook page at <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:17:33 EST Anyone from Bergen County Looking for a weight loss buddy near home. Was wondering if anyone is near the Paramus area? Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:13:23 EST Day One / Week One Stopping by to say hello and introduce myself. Hoping to be an "older" Jersey Girls Rock by end of July lol and today is Day 1 of my new way of lifestyle eating. I haven't joined any challenges for fear I won't succeed. I'll wait a little while...til I'm more confident with myself and choices of food. It's really hard for me, carbo-holic & overeater! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:20:41 EST Hello my name is Kathy Hello all; <BR> <BR> My name is Kathy. I am looking to lose 40 lbs this year. I know I can do it because I have done it before but somehow I have gained it back. I am looking forward to being a part of this great group. Thank You Kathy Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:03:10 EST new to group Hello all; <BR> <BR> I am looking to lose some weight this year. I am looking to lose about 40 lbs. I am starting on ellipitical and zumba gold. I know I can do it. I think this group will be a big help. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Kathy Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:00:37 EST Excuses 2013 Well I decided to zap excuses out of my new year......................... I have an entire library of them. Some used often - some only used for emergency situations and some old reliables. <BR> <BR> Right now I have the end of a bad head cold. So my excuse for not walking is ---- no energy with the cold and dont want to get a relapse. I can only use this excuse for today ------------ and then Im retiring it - not to be used again for the 13 week challenge. <BR> <BR> what excuse... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:22:22 EST Hello From Union Country Hi my name is Karen. I joined this site over a year ago, but didn't take advantage of everything it had to offer. So I've decided to start the year off on a more positive note. I am here to get help, help others and share my weight loss journey. Hello everyone (waving) <em>213</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:32:21 EST Hello From Union County Hi my name is Karen. I joined this site over a year ago, but didn't take advantage of everything it had to offer. So I've decided to start the year off on a more positive note. I am here to get help, help others and share my weight loss journey. Hello everyone (waving) Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:29:27 EST Set to find myself during 2013! Hi, I'm Kim - a 30-something married mom of 2 from Southern NJ who has already lost over 60 lbs, but still have about 50 to go before I hit my goal! Once I got below 200 lbs for the first time in my adult life, I treated myself and became a Licensed Zumba Instructor. I am pleased with myself but still have a ways to go! I have gotten to a point in my life where its time for me to begin toning the flab LOL. <BR> <BR> I enjoy crock pot cooking, and am always looking for healthy recipes that ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:51:05 EST Hi Hi my name is Elizabeth and this is my first day on this web site with the hope it can help me loose some weight and get healthy in the new year. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:16:28 EST Jan Wheel Points.How nice was Wheel to you Today <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:36:13 EST New Here (Bergen County) Hey all, new around here looking to make some new healthy buddy friends. 32 from Bergen county New Jersey, dropped 145 lbs in a little over a year (with weight watchers) and kept that off for five years and recently put almost 100 back on (recently as in a year) Looking forward to getting it back off for good this time! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:52:11 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi everyone! I just joined SP today. My name is Lo, I'm 30 years old and I'm looking to lose 32lbs before my 31st birthday in May. I hope to use SP to establish a strong base of support and motivation for myself, as I don't seem to get much of that in my "real" life. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading and I hope to get to know everyone! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:34:16 EST Atlantic county Does anyone live near Galloway township? <BR> I thought it might be good to have a local South Jersey group of friends trying to get in shape Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:01:24 EST 2013 - January chat kicking off the new chat topic early in case I dont make it to the computer later today.Im headed to the Tropicana in Atlasntic City for the party tonite. <BR> <BR> <BR> everyone have a safe and happy new year............................. here's to 2013;. <em>408</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:42:42 EST Lucky 13 challenge for 2013 Ok - here is the challenge topic for our NJ team. <BR> <BR> Post your weigh in number....................................<BR>, and kick off your participation in our challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a blessed 2013................. <em>381</em> <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:59:35 EST Greetings! Allow me to introduce myself ;) Hi everyone! I'm Jamie, and I've been inspired by a blog I came across recently to get my life together. I am determined to lose 100 pounds in one year, and I know I can do it with alot of hard work and dedication. I know I will struggle throughout this process, and I hope to find support, inspiration, and motivation through SparkPeople. Please feel free to stay in touch! I've tried and failed before (like I'm sure many of you have as well) so we may have a common hurdle to get over. Best ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:05:44 EST 13 in 13? kicking off a challenge to think about for 2013. Not sure how many people on this team would be interested in supporting each other to lose 13 pounds....................... but that my goal for Jan 1- and I want to accomplish it by Feb 28. 6ish pounds a month should not be an earth shattering goal.......................... <BR> <BR> if I keep it in my mind for the holidays - I will be a little more aware of what I eat - and be mentally ready for Jan 1. <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone care ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:40:08 EST New to Spark - Looking for friends! Hi Guys! I'm new to the page as well as this group. Looking to make some friends to help motivate each other!! <BR> <BR> Rose Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:42:51 EST My Intro I am a 57 yo male , have had 2 issues in my Right Coronary Artery, 99% Blockage both times, <BR> transplanted to NJ in 94 originally from Cal. I was looking for something that can help me get back to some kind of fitness again I want to be around for a while. I go my Mike Fri, 7 Dec 2012 19:09:14 EST Uh -oh ------------ resolution time??? Are you thinking about jump starting your New Years resolutions? have you given any thought to making 2013 and healthier year with healthier habits/ <BR> <BR> <BR> What kinds of things are you thinking about changing for the new year? <em>411</em> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 14:31:35 EST Holiday preparation???? Just a thought as I sit and take a break from decorating....................... <BR> <BR> <BR> what kind of holiday prep are you doing? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 14:29:39 EST 60 degree's in December, I will take it! Today it was 60 degrees in new Jersey. after the wild weather , Sandy and the freak snow storm, it felt good to go outside and take care of the garden winterizing that I did not get done in Oct. I spent all afternoon attacking the rose bushes and working up a sweat! <BR> <BR> Now I can think about christmas!! <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 01:22:12 EST North Jersey Anyone from North Jersey going to a good gym? I'm looking to join a gym that's reasonably priced.....any recommendations? Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:39:12 EST December chat The very last month of the year............................. hoping everyone is doing ok after Hurricane Sandy . It was an incredible few weeks of recovery for the shore...................... with a very long road ahead for many. <BR> <BR> Count your blessings while you are counting your calories............... <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Come her and visit the team page often.......................... group support is powerful. Sun, 2 Dec 2012 09:33:49 EST Never hungry for breakfast when I first arise This can be a major roadblock and open the floodgates to all sorts of excuses. I have read that you should eat within an hour of getting up. I get up at 5:15 during the week. I don't get hungry until around 8am. The mere thought of a bowl of high fiber cereal and berries makes my stomach turn first thing in the morning. Help please! Sun, 25 Nov 2012 11:25:24 EST Jen in Franklin Twp. Sorry, I can't figure out how to delete posts. I meant to post in roll call. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 11:13:02 EST Hi I am Jen and I'm a food addict Hi everyone, it is truly great to be here. My name is Jen and I live in what is now called "central NJ". I am a lifelong Jersey girl. I just came across this site last night. I do believe that God brought me here as I have been at my wits end for the last 3 months. (Longer on and off, at least 3 years in the battle.) I am a food addict and a complete emotional eater. I suffer from high anxiety. It is the kind of anxiety to where I actually get blurred vision and incoherent thoughts. I beco... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 11:10:45 EST Sade Campbell Hello i just became a member of spark people. I have been struggling to loose weight because i love food. I hope to get some help on here. Super excited. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:19:09 EST My story!! Hi Im Crisy145, I Just want to share my story since I just joined the group! 7 monthes ago, I under went the gastric sleeve proceeder. So people say I cheated because I got surgery but I think I used an avaible tool to help me. And it hasnt all been peaches and cream! I went in at 326lbs and now weight 215lbs. The weight has started coming off very slowly and I want to make sure I continue to progress down the correct path. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:17:57 EST Howdy Hi :) <BR> <BR> Terrified of the gym, unemployed, and unbelievably disgusted with myself. I'd like to not cringe when I look in a mirror or swear under my breath when I need to buy clothes. It's a crazy hour of the day as I write this, so I'm probably being a little too honest. Oh, well. See you in the funny papers. :) Mon, 12 Nov 2012 02:59:28 EST November Chat Beautiful day in NJ, hope everyone is doing well! <BR> I will be running a Virtual 11K today for Veteran's day, be sure to thank a Veteran today! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 09:02:27 EST Nov Wheel Points.How nice was Wheel to you Today? <em>27</em> <em>27</em> <em>27</em> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Bonus: <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 22:06:59 EST voting? Has anyone heard about voting adjustments? Many polling places are out of power. And I have an absentee ballot request that I haven't gotten to the clerk because they are down in that town. Will absentee voting be extended? I appreciate any info. Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:42:27 EST Sandy updates! Hey everyone! <BR> Let us know how you are doing during this crazy storm! here in Point Pleasant Boro we are on voluntary evacuation, altho the Beach is mandatory. We are tying everything down and getting ready to play alot of board games! <BR> My daughter's school is cancelled tomorrow, but our town hasn't cancelled yet, still waiting on that call! <BR> Stay safe! Eat healthy! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:09:22 EST Ready to do this Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Regina I am 53 years old and so ready for a change. In my mind i do not feel 53 but my body is another story. I am hope to accomplish this no matter if the holidays are fast approaching. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:13:53 EST Ready to do this Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Regina I am 53 years old and so ready for a change. My min Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:03:56 EST ready to commit at the shore Hi there! I'm Veronica and My goal is to lose 50 lbs! I am teacher, a wife and a furmommy. No human babies yet, but it's on our bucket list for 2013! I'm tired of saying I'll do something and then's time for a commitment! Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:50:10 EST New here So happy to be here! Love seing such a great site and knowing I am not alone. Looking forward to working towards our goals, Jersey! <BR> Jen Sun, 21 Oct 2012 23:03:54 EST Help Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm stuck. I've been a member for about a year now. I have yet to truly dedicate myself to being serious about losing weight. I don't know how to motivate myself to get up and exercise, to stop eating junk and basically treat myself better. I don't know how to find this "MOTIVATION". I live in southern jersey. Are there any exercise groups in my area. Maybe I could attend. I don't even know if this email will go through. I don't know if I'm just wasting my time. May... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 16:41:53 EST ready to commit at the shore Hi there! I'm Veronica and My goal is to lose 50 lbs! I am teacher, a wife and a furmommy. No human babies yet, but it's on our bucket list for 2013! I'm tired of saying I'll do something and then's time for a commitment! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:20:47 EST Hiking For Fun and Exercise NJ Hiking Trails <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 19:43:46 EST Is anyone from NJ going to RSNA in November? If you are a radiologist - or associated with radiology - you may be going to RSNA this year. If so, would you like to try and do the 1st annual Patients First 5 K run/walk with me? I am in NO shape to do this, as of now, but it is a month away, and I think it will give me an excuse to get out and exercise before the conference. <BR> If you are going, respond, and we can meet up at the race Tue, 9 Oct 2012 06:39:08 EST Newbie Hi, I'm Amie. 32 y/o and I live in Camden County in South Jersey. I'm here to lose 100+ pounds, I did it once before and slowly gained it back over 5 years. I consider myself a "loner" when it comes to my weight loss but decided to try something new with sparkpeople. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:08:28 EST