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  • SP article: Why You Should Have an Affair at the Gym!

    11/26/2015 5:43:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    quote from the article: "Am I talking about "50 Shades of Gym"? No, but I have your attention now, right? I'm referring to exercise monogamy: using the same machine, taking the same class, or doing the same strength moves day after day after day. If this sounds like you, then it's time to cheat on ... Read more

  • Disorganized Thanksgiving...

    11/26/2015 5:26:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    I plan to go to water aerobics this morning. Thanksgiving dinner is very, very --unready! Priorities! 237 I preach taking care of us! So I'd better follow my own advice. I have been doing things for hubby and daughter. "My" stuff is impossible to get done now-a-days. Hubby might have a UT... Read more


    11/24/2015 11:08:40 PM, by CONNIEKACZ1

    Sunny attitude.... Read more

  • Cleaning a fatty liver so it functions better to lose weight more efficiently. 6 foods to eat:

    11/24/2015 5:56:59 PM, by CTUPTON
    shed-fat-a-doctor-explains by Lori Shemek, Ph.D. is a leading fat cell researche... Read more

  • I don't want to be a frog!

    11/24/2015 10:50:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe "being himself isn’t so bad after all." A story of self acceptance. chris... Read more

  • Motivated by measurements!

    11/24/2015 9:06:00 AM, by SHER47

    I have been so discouraged by plateaus and slow weight loss on the scale. Even though I lost 41 pounds, I still get so down when the scale doesn't move. Well, I found some measurements I had written down some time ago. But the weight that was written down was about the same as when I started with Sp... Read more

  • Double-Mindedness

    11/24/2015 6:13:59 AM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Over the summer, I ordered a Bible study called "Spiritual Wholeness and Emotional Comfort". I have slowly been going through it. I went through the first two chapters and was seriously struggling as a result of the questions they asked. I did not pick it up until today. Although, when we moved, I m... Read more

  • John Lennon quote

    11/23/2015 10:12:14 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Hungry All Of The Time?

    11/23/2015 4:31:21 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I read that a new science is emerging about something called leptin resistance. Leptin is the satisfaction hormone that tells the brain you are satisfied. Scientists are now discovering that very overweight people are becoming resistant to their own leptin levels and therefor staying hungrier. ... Read more

  • Chart for thawing a frozen turkey. Several methods...And, a link to more info!

    11/22/2015 4:25:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    Turkey Thawing Time in the Refrigerator (40 degrees F): Approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time 8 to 12 lbs 1 to 2 days 12 to 16 lbs 2 to 3 days 16 to 20 lbs 3 to 4 days 20 to 24 lbs 4 to 5 days Turkey Thawing Time in Cold Water: Approximately 3... Read more

  • I am not a bully. Well....

    11/22/2015 10:50:54 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • So true!

    11/22/2015 10:15:33 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Chew on this for awhile.......

    11/22/2015 10:10:03 AM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • Atkins... oh drat--carbs are creeping into my day! Horrors!

    11/21/2015 7:07:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    We are going in to our 4th week of attempting Atkins. I am finding I sneak some carby things. a pear a GNU fiber Bar Oh no--where will it stop.... Read more

  • I wrote to the wheelchair repair company. We'll see if I get an answer.

    11/21/2015 6:59:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    I can't blame the original company. But I sure do blame the company that bought them out: National Mobility I think it is called. I am thinking of notifying one of those media people who might publicize this. chris... Read more

  • Fixing a wheelchair should not be this much of a hassle!

    11/19/2015 3:35:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    We used to have great service but the last 6 months have been just frustrating. I just found out the original company has been bought out by a national company. I was told they have 200 people waiting for repairs! This means all those poor (handicapped) people are frustrated. Some of them have to be... Read more

  • 20 questions to ask your parents..... I'd better get prepared if DD starts asking me

    11/18/2015 6:35:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    As adults, so many of us don't ask enough about our parents. Yet there's no better way to become closer to a person, even if you've known her all your life. has gathered the questions that our elder care experts and editors would most like to ask their own parents. Try them out for you... Read more

  • Long, long ago I had a tremendous weight loss by going to WW

    11/18/2015 5:56:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    I lost 89 lbs in less than a year. 9 Now I am lucky if I lose 10 lb in a year. 24 WW had just started (around 1960 I think). It was new having people e there to share weight loss stories with. The meeting leaders were excited. My Mom and I did it together and she did most of the cooking. We w... Read more

  • Looking Up

    11/18/2015 1:45:26 PM, by JEM2929

    Things are going well for me. I'm down almost 20 lbs. My partner is down about 20 lbs too! Together we've lost a toddler amount of weight and I'm so proud we've stayed on track. I've taken up knitting to keep my mind off not smoking. I haven't smoked in over 8 weeks now and I have so many cute lit... Read more

  • an SP link to find shoes that end foot pain

    11/18/2015 1:07:24 PM, by CTUPTON
    +Comfortable+Shoes+That+Actually+Relieve+F I have ... Read more

  • 11-18 Day 7 - Making Progress!!

    11/18/2015 11:24:46 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    Okay, so I've been bad about checking in EVERY day! Maybe once a week or so? I haven't weighed myself and won't until tomorrow. But... 1. I've been drinking more water. With medication the doctor has me on, I've spent more time in the restroom than I have at my desk, at least it feel... Read more

  • When I need a chuckle, I will check out this cute bird video! Hm..I think I will now!

    11/18/2015 5:04:11 AM, by CTUPTON
    per-towels/?shr=true... Read more

  • ramblings

    11/17/2015 4:55:23 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    i don't know what's going on. i'm in a horrible mood, have been since sunday night. i've been skipping meals and not sleeping. then, drinking a soda to get rid of the headache. i can hardly function at work right now. i'm just overwhelmed with everything and just want to disappear for a while. ... Read more

  • days 11,12,13,14,15,16 (man do I suck at this daily blogging thing!)

    11/17/2015 8:27:41 AM, by HEYITSLISA

    Not a great second week, but there are successes in every week if you just look for them. Overate several days, but was well within my range on several too. Didn't make it to the gym at all, but still managed to add extra movement to several busy days. Didn't lose any weight, but didn't gain e... Read more

  • Today

    11/16/2015 6:56:52 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Ever since I got home, I have been wondering what to write. Today has been such a jumble. The startling alarm clock that my hubby thought was a phone call, the fact that I only slept a few hours, a work day that dragged, a super rough lunch (without me eating), then a therapy appointment. I do... Read more

  • Learning about mindfulness

    11/16/2015 11:29:27 AM, by SHER47

    This week was another disappointment as far as the scale goes but I've been getting compliments and my jeans do feel like they are getting looser and looser! So I'm not going to let the scale number determine my week. I had a great week as far as tracking and meeting my fitness goals. I did all my s... Read more

  • Temptation

    11/15/2015 9:19:15 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Tonight's lesson at church was on responding to temptation. The pastor said several things that I do not recall hearing before. He differentiated between believing God's word as Truth and trusting God's word as Truth. I want to have a conversation with him on that and get some more details. Th... Read more

  • Change

    11/15/2015 12:47:27 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Pastor preached on change this morning. His text was Mark 1: 14-20. In it he talks about how the disciples' lifestyles changed the instant Jesus commanded them to follow Him. Pastor talked about how change can be scary, good, and bad, all at the same time. It got me to thinking about several things.... Read more

  • How much calcium is in the human body? SP trivia question.

    11/15/2015 12:45:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    Calcium is present in the body in greater amounts that any other mineral. Calcium builds strong bones in both length and density and is vital to the formation of teeth. There is about 2 - 3 pounds of calcium in the body, mostly concentrated in the bones and teeth. That is a lot of calciu... Read more

  • And after an absence of (OMG) 1,612 days:

    11/15/2015 11:28:18 AM, by MOMDUKES05

    My Youngest daughter is looking to lose some weight so She can join the Military. I keep recommending Spark People to Her as the healthiest and easiest way to lose weight sensibly, along with great support from the worlds greatest people who will understand her struggles and desires. Having an ah-h... Read more

  • Possible jobs for my Myers Briggs Personality type.. food for thoyght (but I am 68 now!)

    11/15/2015 9:42:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well-- I was a teacher for over 40 years. Hmmm.... maybe Social Worker would have been a better fit. Or a forest ranger!!! 40 Possible Careers Paths for ISFJ: Interior Decorator Designer Firefighter Nurse Business Manager Office Manager Administ... Read more

  • Me--Meyers Briggs... food for thought!

    11/15/2015 9:37:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    ISFJs generally have the following traits: • Large, rich inner store of information that they have gathered • Highly observant and aware of people's feelings and reactions • Excellent memory for details that are important to them • Very in-tune with their surroundings - excellent sense of... Read more

  • More Meyers Briggs info--more scientific--not just the funny categories.

    11/15/2015 9:27:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    I seem to be a "Sidekick!" ISFJ 24 according to the last blog showing funny interpretations of this! "Doesn't need much meaning in life, just a person (or baby or pet or car) to spend all their time ministering to. " Remember--I am a caregiver for almost 10 years now. I was a teacher for over 40 ... Read more

  • Myers Briggs for fun

    11/15/2015 1:25:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    MBTI Type Descriptions (Funny) ENFJ: "Busybody" Life's backseat drivers. They seem to know just what's wrong with everybody else's life and have a plan to fix it. INFJ: "Messiah" Characterized by the burning desire to change the world, which desperately needs everyone to be NF. ENFP: "Muck... Read more

  • One Pot Atkins meals--with the link fixed! : )

    11/14/2015 7:39:56 PM, by CTUPTON
    e+pot+meals... Read more

  • The Peace Crane Project

    11/14/2015 5:25:40 PM, by CTUPTON
    / No, it won't solve all the world's problems but it does make people conscious of other cultures and hopefully brings people together .chris... Read more

  • Progress Not Perfection and Trust

    11/14/2015 10:20:06 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Progress not perfection will get you there. Just TRUST the method. It's the mistrust and second guessing and stressing that sends us over and into a binge. I used to be so bad that I didn't trust a waiter would really bring me a diet drink sometimes and would go binge because of that. Or I would... Read more

  • I'm Lost

    11/14/2015 12:03:50 AM, by ALSGIRL4

    Have you ever felt lost. I have been a member since 2012! I started out good but then life got in the way and I have started to slip back into old habits and started gaining weight again. I have been trying but obviously I'm still kidding myself because I gained 4 pounds this week. I have to figure ... Read more

  • Do you know of a group on facebook related to creating peace in our broken world?

    11/13/2015 6:14:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I found a few but some have mixed messages. I'd like something to regularly show up on my facebook page to encourage us to be kind to each other and have the ripple effect of promoting world peace. Not another Christmas holiday season totally spoiled by our people going off to war! chris... Read more

  • a little background about the 3 youths in fire --Bible story

    11/13/2015 5:15:04 PM, by CTUPTON
    dnego I am sorry but I was not at all familiar with this story. chris so I had to look it up... Read more

  • games to help you increase happiness

    11/13/2015 4:59:27 PM, by CTUPTON
    p_microsegment_F_35plus&c2=fbnf I am checking this out. I guess Katey Curic spoke about it. chris... Read more

  • book: The Shack.... led me to .....

    11/13/2015 4:49:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been reading this. It obviously can be "preachy." But it is OK. It made me start thinking about what I learned as a kid from my family relationships . I was the first girl after 3 boys. Yes, I was Daddy's favorite. I had no idea till a couple of years ago that my brother's did not h... Read more

  • Wow what a ride!

    11/13/2015 12:14:19 PM, by GOTTABEDONE

    It's about 14 months since surgery. I am noticing that now is when the actual work comes in. My hunger and appetite are back, and although I can't eat what I used to I can still do a lot of damage. I know if I eat how I am supposed to I don't get hungry. I am surprised at how hard that seems to be.... Read more


    11/13/2015 10:31:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    Top 10 Sayings Of Biblical Mothers 10. Samson! Get your hand out of that lion. You don’t know where it’s been! (Judges 14:5-8) 9. David! I told you not to play in the house with that sling! Go practice your harp. We pay good money for those lessons! 8. Abraham! Stop wandering aroun... Read more

  • If you like Bible jokes--the link actually has some better ones.

    11/13/2015 10:26:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    Bible Jokes Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? A. Ruthless. _____ 198 Q. What do they call pastors in Germany? A. German Shepherds. _____ Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. _____... Read more

  • 11-12 My Journey Day 1 - Evening

    11/12/2015 11:40:33 PM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    Picked up my medication from the pharmacy at lunch. I start taking it tomorrow morning. My doctor and pharmacist are both going to be monitoring closely since this Phentermine can have some nasty side effects. I've heard that some people have no problems with it but my pharmacist said to watch th... Read more

  • 11-12 My Journey - Day 1 (Morning)

    11/12/2015 12:23:45 PM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    Starting my journey today. Went to the doctor this morning about the weight issue. She has me on a medication that acts like an appetite suppressant (not sure what, since I turned in my prescription to my pharmacist to pick up on my lunch hour) that she said the main side effects are heart-related... Read more

  • The Bible says....

    11/12/2015 9:52:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    Answers Given in a Bible Knowledge TestBible Jokes. Funny biblical jokes 1.The first book of the Bible is Guinness's. In the book of Guinness Adam and Eve were created from an apple 2.Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was Joan of the Ark. Noah built the ark and the an... Read more

  • Getting a hair dryer through customs...

    11/12/2015 9:41:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    A distinguished young woman on a flight from Switzerland asked the Priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favor?" "Of course. What may I do for you?" "Well, I bought an expensive woman's electronic hair dryer for my mother's birthday. The dryer is unopened and well over the Customs limits; and... Read more

  • Holiday Poem Generator

    11/11/2015 6:22:17 PM, by CTUPTON
    rd/holiday-poem-generator.php Please let us know what poems you make. chris My poem: thanksgiving abundant foods pie grunts happiness stuffed togetherness love Thanksgiving Day 2015 ... Read more

  • Done with pre-op exam for cataract surgery, Nov. 30.

    11/11/2015 6:16:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I passed this hurdle... chris 43... Read more

  • from Sandra2Bfit--I love this!!!

    11/11/2015 5:47:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner!!!! ...It's the shampoo I use in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and (duh!) printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning , "FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY." ..... Read more

  • 2BDYNAMIC Blogs! Wow! Need a push--read these blogs! Oh my!

    11/11/2015 5:06:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    These blogs are very inspiring! I should be reading them daily! chris... Read more

  • 11-11 - A New Outlook on Life

    11/11/2015 11:24:14 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    One of my favorite times of day (and days of the year) is 11-11. I'm a numbers geek and seeing the same number on the clock or writing the same day and date is just cool to me! I've been thinking about the way my life has been going for quite some time and have decided that 11-11 is a good t... Read more

  • Goals

    11/11/2015 5:34:24 AM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Today's Spark Coach session was about setting goals. I haven't exactly updated my goals for a really long time! And, I haven't written any down for years. So, here we go. I'm going to write out my goals for the next few months: Long Term Goal: I will lose 80 lbs by Thanksgiving 2016 S... Read more

  • Days 8, 9, and 10... playing catch up

    11/10/2015 9:49:28 PM, by HEYITSLISA

    Had a couple no-so-good days. I just can't handle having any kind of junk in the house. Today is going ok, and I think I've got it under control for now. For the 30 days small changes challenge, day 8 was to drink only no calorie drinks for the day. This is pretty much a daily for me anyway so ... Read more

  • Starting to Get back on track

    11/10/2015 7:09:48 PM, by ESHARA43

    Hi everyone, I am getting back on track this week by going for long walks so my legs wont be so sore during the night as I sleep. I went out on yesterday and I managed to get in 2.5 miles which was great because I haven't really tried to do that before. Walking and getting 1 to 1.5 miles a day wa... Read more

  • followup to asserting yourself-- about saying no to food offers

    11/10/2015 4:33:01 PM, by CTUPTON
    ?blog_id=6028586 304 304 for this wonderful blog! chris... Read more

  • Lessen holiday stress by stating my own needs. Others sure do tell me their needs!

    11/10/2015 3:03:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    30 not 39 429 and 446 and 198 family disagreements... Read more

  • I should not have looked at the Panara "muffie" page!

    11/10/2015 2:43:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    Such beautiful, colorful photos of delicious-looking baked goods! I did find out what a "muffie" is. Seems to be like the top of a huge muffin. the top is everyone's favorite part anyway. I advise you not to look. chris... Read more

  • SP article most fattening holiday foods

    11/10/2015 9:56:13 AM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1400 first pumpkin Pie --see the article for photos and more foods to avoid or get substitutes! 4 TRICK: You can bake your own pumpkin treats using less sugar and fat, plus whole-grain goodness. Use a mini muffin tin to help with... Read more

  • Happy Monday

    11/10/2015 1:33:59 AM, by JEM2929

    Yesterday my partner and I took a little road trip. We went 3 hours west to visit his mom and to look at a vehicle we were interested in. It was a great day for me, spent the afternoon watching the blue jays and waxwings in the trees in their yard. We bought a newer truck and it's pretty exciting. ... Read more

  • So I Never Thought I'd Have This Problem.....

    11/9/2015 7:48:21 PM, by FORHARPER

    So I took a Slimfast with me to work for breakfast and got sidelined with a job I didn't think I'd have....never got to drink the Slimfast. calories for breakfast. I ate lunch....logged those calories. After work, drove to the gym and drank a protein shake on the way. Just ... Read more

  • Reminders that We Need to be Assertive with Others....

    11/9/2015 5:37:26 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Since my last blog...

    11/9/2015 12:52:23 PM, by D3TERMINED

    I am fabulous and 50 now! I celebrated my birthday in grand style! I cruised to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico with wonderful friends and family! I didnt count calories or carbs but the best part about my life is that I have conditioned myself so well to some sort of exercise that I fell in lov... Read more

  • This week was a struggle!

    11/9/2015 12:46:00 PM, by SHER47

    Hi, I am actually up a little on the scale this week but I'm not going to let it get me down. I know my weight fluctuates and I've got to get past that. I met most of my cardio goals this week but as far as the strength training. I did a ten minute session one day then I procrastinated the rest of t... Read more

  • Today

    11/8/2015 4:06:47 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Well, today has been a pretty good day. I woke up this morning, well, around 5 when my hubby got home from work, and was in a really good mood....which is rare for me. In fact, I actually stayed up until 9:00 last night. Then, when I woke up around 5, I felt refreshed. That is a first. Normally, I'm... Read more

  • Day 7, week 1

    11/8/2015 11:47:48 AM, by HEYITSLISA

    Day 7 was not a great day. Weekends are so hard, we always have company over to watch college football and DH always cooks for the game. I ate 3 large homemade cinnamon rolls yesterday along with a pile of home fried potatoes. 24 It was yummy, for sure, but decidedly NOT on plan. I also didn'... Read more

  • Day 1 on repeat

    11/8/2015 8:48:54 AM, by MICHELLESMILES_

    How many times have I been here? When will I stop sabotaging myself? I now know I am a 100% emotional eater. Not really for enjoyment, but for comfort. I did good on Wednesday, got aggervated at work on Thurday and have been bad ever since then. So here I am again...praying for a miracle . ... Read more

  • Just a note

    11/7/2015 3:08:40 PM, by JEM2929

    I'm now down 15.5 lbs. I'm so happy. I haven't noticed any differences yet but I have that to look forward to. My partner is down 6lbs also. I'm so glad that he's really trying too. I'm excited that I have a mini goal around the corner. My first goal was to get below 300 lbs. My second goal is to lo... Read more

  • Hello everybody!

    11/7/2015 2:49:31 PM, by BITSY80

    I'm here & still working on things. Changing up a few to see if maybe they'll be that little bit more I need to get things done Hugs to everyone & feel free to message if you ever need to talk & most of all good luck!... Read more

  • One Step At A Time

    11/7/2015 1:03:15 PM, by CRAZYMELINDA

    I'm sitting here thinking of how my life has changed since I started Spark People again just recently. I wasn't particularly motivated when I joined, but I knew, because of my age and, what seems like an ever-increasing list of health conditions, that it was time I make an effort to improve my heal... Read more

  • Day 6, and a Friday too!

    11/6/2015 10:52:47 PM, by HEYITSLISA

    Day 6 is winding down, and I must say it was a pretty good day. Was able to go out to dinner and still stay in calorie range. Fat is a little high, but still in range. Went to my hip-hop dance class for the first time in several weeks. I'm probably going to be feeling that tomorrow! 33 Day 6 ... Read more

  • Another Update & A Question

    11/6/2015 9:43:46 PM, by CALLMEALLIE90

    Hey guys, I'm back again! So it's November now, which is insane, and the semester is just about over, thankfully and I've been doing some thinking... Before I get into that, I wanna say that I may be getting married December 3, 2016. My current boyfriend hasn't proposed in person yet... Read more

  • In Addition To Your Health Routine, What Is Your Beauty Routine?

    11/6/2015 12:23:01 PM, by SEXYSIZEME

    My beauty routine which I don't always follow religiously but should is a face wash for sensitive skin, then moisturize with sensitive moisturizer or if I'm having a hormonal break out I use a acne cream which I should be over acne by this age so it happens and I believe it's the hormone shift for m... Read more

  • Little Goals

    11/6/2015 3:25:47 AM, by JEM2929

    I walked again today, another 20 minutes. It's been a while since I walked two in a row. Today I went a bit faster and although it was freezing outside it felt good. My frozen cheeks and hands reminded me that I'm alive and I liked it. When I walk I daydream. I imagine I'm where I want to be with ... Read more

  • Day 5 and all is well

    11/5/2015 9:35:35 PM, by HEYITSLISA

    Another good day. Calories in range. Went to a 45 minute POUND class at the gym tonight, so I'm pretty beat. Ready to settle in with a little a TV watching and a sugar free hot cocoa. Day 5 of the 30 day small changes challenge was to get up and move once an hour. While I do have a desk job, it... Read more

  • Getting back

    11/5/2015 11:02:22 AM, by SCHOOLCOOK2

    I have been off this site for 2 years. I had back surgery in 2013 and then a hip replacement in November of 2014. I have gained all the weight back so it is like starting over. I had to give up Zumba which I loved and can't walk as much as I use too. I need to get myself back on track and lo... Read more

  • How Do You Eat Out At Restaurants And Really Account For Calories When?

    11/5/2015 2:52:29 AM, by SEXYSIZEME

    How do you account for the calories in restaurant food when there are a lot of mom and pop type establishments that don't know their own calories in the food or just don't provide the information to you? For instance I had Chinese food tonight at one of these places near my house 1 cup vegetab... Read more

  • A New Start

    11/4/2015 10:18:22 PM, by GAELICLC

    I don't know where to start. I'm not happy. I've gained back the weight I had lost. I can either continue to lie to myself and allow myself to continue to gain weight or I can make a change. Today I chose to make a change. I stayed within my calorie guidelines and I made it to the gym. Here's to a n... Read more

  • day 4, can I get a woo hoo??!!

    11/4/2015 9:43:21 PM, by HEYITSLISA

    Day 4 was a rousing success. No snacking on candy at work. Walked at lunch. Ate only the amount of dinner I had logged. And when I started feeling like munching, I booted up a SP cardio video and busted out 10 minutes! Calories in range. 248 So, day 4 of small changes challenge was to try a n... Read more

  • Not Perfect, Still Proud

    11/4/2015 2:55:00 PM, by JEM2929

    Can't believe I'm a non smoker. And I can't believe I've lost 13 lbs in the 6.5 weeks since not smoking. I have just been maintaining the weight loss for the last 2 weeks, but that's enough to make me proud. I feel like I have a new lease on life. I fell off the wagon on Halloween weekend and ate ... Read more

  • They now have a name for it...

    11/4/2015 2:53:01 PM, by LADYCALICO

    ORTHOREXIA: an obsessive eating disorder that focuses on eating only healthy foods. So my obsession with healthy eating is now considered an unhealthy trend...who knew? Thank goodness we have experts like Dr. Steven Bratman, who coined the phrase in 1997, to tell us healthy eating is an unhealt... Read more

  • Do you have memories of you or others stressing out from holiday preparations?

    11/4/2015 1:25:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    And I sure have done my share of over working and getting stressed out at holiday time. I once made a gingerbread Santa Sleigh that made me spend hours shopping for exactly the right decorating ingredients , like silver balls. But... our daughter (young at the time) ate the cookie cut outs... Read more

  • My Morning Breakfast, What Did You Eat?

    11/4/2015 11:29:44 AM, by SEXYSIZEME

    Gala apple, Quaker apple oatmeal little non fat milk poured on top, Sugar free hazelnut non fat latte. I also take metformin for my diabetes that's why you see those 3 pills on the plate 4... Read more

  • Making Atkins daily foods to eat.... wish I had more help with this

    11/4/2015 10:14:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    DD started us on this eating plan. We are into the 6th day of 14. I joined her thinking she'd be doing the food prep. I am finding she is a "grab and go" eater. And she is very willing to tell me this. Nothing is made ahead . She does buy lots of things to be eaten "grab and go." So she b... Read more

  • day 3, mixed success

    11/4/2015 8:15:26 AM, by HEYITSLISA

    I went over my calories yesterday, I think. DH cooked dinner last night. Tuna casserole, one of his specialties. I put the recipe in my tracker years ago, but he's kind of a "a little of this, a dab of that" kind of cook and never makes it exactly the same way twice. So, based on the recipe, I ate t... Read more

  • Nobody Said It Would Be Easy, But...

    11/3/2015 4:42:52 PM, by SUEELLENPETERS

    The other day, I ran across a quote which said "Nobody said it would be easy, but it could be easier." That statement grabbed my attention for several reasons, and I have thought about what it has to teach me regarding my weight-loss process. One realization which popped right out at me as I cons... Read more

  • More podcasts to add that I like

    11/3/2015 1:49:14 PM, by SHER47

    I had a sore knee last week but managed to exercise some. Have 40 lbs off but I don't know if I will make my goal of losing 50 in 2015. I will just have to move on regardless. I love my mornings when I practice my rituals to start the day right. I listened to a podcast called One Mind with Morgan Di... Read more

  • Ways to help the caregiver.... follow up blog.

    11/3/2015 12:45:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    See my Sat. Oct. 31st blog. My sparkfriends have come through again! I knew they would! If you have not read it, the Nov. AARP magazine has a great long list of ways to help the caregiver! help the caregiver!!! Did I say, "to help the caregiver?" I hope all you caregivers out the... Read more

  • Day 2.... just a few hours late

    11/3/2015 8:48:09 AM, by HEYITSLISA

    Last night I decided to go to bed rather than write my daily blog. I had been fighting with myself all evening, my stomach was growling, but my calories were in range and I had no intention of ruining that! So I just went to bed. 248 So, day two of the Small changes challenge was to find at l... Read more

  • Disappointed

    11/2/2015 2:34:09 AM, by HONEYBEAR1461

    I am beyond disappointed in myself. I had done well a few years ago losing 15 kilograms (33 pounds) and felt good but then over this past year I have gained that back plus more. Thankfully I am still not where I once was (at my heaviest I didn't even register on the Weight Watchers scales so... Read more

  • Rest

    11/1/2015 1:13:57 PM, by JEDIWIFEMOM

    Today is my rest day, because it is so important for me to let my body rest. Last night we took the boys out for trick or treating and we also did alot of walking! My legs are sore, but so worth it.... Read more

  • 30 days of thankful

    11/1/2015 11:36:23 AM, by HEYITSLISA

    Woke up this morning feeling a bit defeated. Here it is, a new month, and what do I have to show for the old one? I have been gaining and losing the same 2-3 lbs for months now. With the "eating" holidays quickly approaching, I definitely felt like "why even bother?" I know people who try every... Read more

  • Low Carb Chocolate Torte (but yes high calorie--for Atkins)

    10/31/2015 11:15:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Chocolate Truffle Torte (Very Low Sugar/ Low Carb) Nutrition Info Calories: 271.8 Fat: 26.3g Carbohydrates: 5.0g Protein: 4.2g Ingredients CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE TORTE 1 bar 85% Dark Chocolate (I use Lindt 85% - 100g) 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut up Pinch s... Read more

  • Random Acts of Kindness to a Caregiveer (see Oct/Nov AARP magazine)

    10/31/2015 12:34:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    There is a very long list of ideas 526 to do a kind act for a caregiver. The article called us "gentle heroes." 41 I will again subscribe to that AARP magazine in the future but I can't right now. It is full of good tips! If you saw the article , could you pleas write an idea or 2 i... Read more

  • ideas for Induction Phase of Atkins Menus online

    10/30/2015 8:26:14 PM, by CTUPTON
    n_menus/induction_menus.html I am saving the link for myself. I will try later to write which ones I found good for me. chris... Read more

  • Starting again

    10/30/2015 5:53:25 PM, by IGOR88

    I have not been active on Sparks for a year or so. I was working alone. I want to try here . I have degenative lumbar arthritis. I started physical therapy this week. Core exercises, traction, massage. Anyone else out there in the "same boat".... Read more

  • Day 2 Atkins induction

    10/30/2015 1:24:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    Since DD is doing this and wanting the specific foods in the house, I am trying it, too. Breakfast was only a mozzarella stick because we were on the road. But lunch was about 4 oz of cooked chicken, scrambled egg whites, heavy cream, pepper, zucchini "fried" in olive oil--not really browned. T... Read more

  • Friday!!

    10/30/2015 11:46:47 AM, by JEDIWIFEMOM

    Happy Friday everyone! It's a gorgeous day here in North Carolina. I thank God for the blessings in my life. For the past two days my depression has gotten the best of me, well not today! Have a blessed day.... Read more