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  • Beck Resistance Technique 5: Read all Your Response Cards and Make Some New Ones

    12/20/2014 8:50:12 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    In case you haven't been following my blogs, I'm Marsha. I'm about 80 pounds below my all time high and 50 below my 12-01-2008 weight. I'm in my 5th year of maintenance after more than 5 decades of obesity/overweight. For 2015 I want to reduce the center weight of my goal weight range by 3 pounds, w... Read more

  • Picking up the pace . . .

    12/19/2014 8:53:13 PM, by HEALTHIERKEN

    . . . barely. My last blog was five months after it's immediate precursor. This entry is 2-and-a-half months since the last. Does that mean I'm moving twice as fast as I was? Gotta love statistics ; ) Pathetic record, eh wot? I've lost 12 or 15 lbs. since October 1. BUT it's been the... Read more

  • 2014 Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot

    12/19/2014 3:51:26 PM, by MIRAGE727

    In 2010, D & I decided to do our first 5K, the St Petersburg Times Turkey Trot. We walked it. Four years and a name change later, we've done over 70 races! This race also marked the first time we wore our Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa colors! D & I be wearing these colors at many run races from ... Read more

  • Beck Resistance Technique 4: Quell your "Adolescent Rebellion"

    12/19/2014 7:12:11 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    New Beck card: "I don't want to" is just my adolescent rebellion talking. I'm not going to pay attention to it." Beck says it is wonderful to have childlike part that is lighthearted and free. But it is terrible if it keeps the adult from achieving an important goal or deprives you from th... Read more

  • Life is a journey, enjoy it.

    12/19/2014 12:24:43 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Too many of us make our happiness conditioned upon achieving a desired goal or dream. This is partly due to seeing all those ads that present various products as something we must have to be successful. It is good to have a goal or dream for it helps us plan for the future, but fears of failure of... Read more

  • Photo booth Pic's from Armadillo Christmas Bazaar!

    12/18/2014 11:09:56 PM, by NINETOZE

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  • Resistance Technique 3: Disputing the I Don't Care Voice

    12/18/2014 7:05:00 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Yesterday I worked on Beck's resistance technique 3, disputing your "I don't care" voice. She said it is a tricky one because in the moment of temptation it is probably true because when you are fixated on food it crowds out your voice of reason. She suggests a card I have been reading twice a day f... Read more

  • Building neck muscles--the Christmas version

    12/18/2014 5:08:56 AM, by BA5454

    Festive, no? ... Read more

  • Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 2

    12/17/2014 1:24:23 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Week 3 went well: Lost another 2 pounds, which puts me at a 24.5 BMI. I did my stretching DVD and my major conditioning hike. I e-mailed a friend to find a good time to call her during the holidays. I've continued my work’s holiday challenge—the 12-Days-of-Fitness, which adds an activity each day so... Read more

  • Countdown to 2015 Week 2 CICO

    12/17/2014 1:12:27 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    CICO Week 2 Wednesday 17 December: Calories Eaten: 1400 BMR: 1373 Exercise: 751 Differential: -724 Thursday 18 December: Calories Eaten: 1360 BMR: 1373 Exercise: 423 Differential: -436 Friday 19 December: Calories Eaten: 1709 BMR: 1373 Exercise: 795 Differentia... Read more

  • Running from Dementia (article)

    12/17/2014 10:25:41 AM, by MBTEPP

    Alzheimer's runs in my family. I care for my mother, in her 5th year after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. My aunt and my great grandmother too. I am running from dementia. It has been studied that vigorous exercise can reduce the chances of getting dementia. Now the Alz associati... Read more

  • Berry-Apple Compote

    12/17/2014 9:07:28 AM, by BA5454

    Back in the day, hubs and I tried the Pritikin Diet for Runners. Both of us were running quite frequently, and wanted to shed some pounds. It didn't last all that long ;-). What did last was one recipe that I recently made: berry-apple compote. 1.5 cups of water 3/4 cup of frozen apple juice ... Read more

  • Beck Resistance Technique 2: Say to Yourself, Oh, Well

    12/17/2014 8:37:53 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Oh, well, is a shorthand way of saying "I don't like this situation, but I can't change it, so I may as well stop struggling, accept reality, and move on." When it comes to dieting it means I don't like that I have to restrict my eating right now, but I have to if I want to lose weight and keep it o... Read more

  • Hard To Resist $5 Half Marathon

    12/16/2014 2:15:46 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    Ran the GW HM this past weekend. No medal, no music, and no "free" t-shirt. But beautiful views of the Potomac River the whole way. And unlimited brownies, bagels, and bananas at the end - which meant that I had to use more willpower after the race than during! www.sparkpeople.com/myspRead more

  • The blind men and the elephant

    12/16/2014 8:51:00 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I enjoyed John Godfrey Saxe's ( 1816-1887) version of the famous Indian legend: It was six men of Indostan, To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approach'd the Elephant, ... Read more

  • How much longer?

    12/16/2014 8:48:47 AM, by BA5454

    Youthful hubris? Or just denial? I have to admit this cartoon seems very familiar to me for some reason. LOL... Read more

  • Beck: Resistance Technique 1 -- NO CHOICE

    12/16/2014 7:20:52 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Success Skill 8: Follow Your Plan, No Matter What Emphasis on Resistance Technique: Tell Yourself NO CHOICE I planned my food the evening before and yesterday I almost did it. I'd give me a 99% grade in following the plan. My hardest time was 9 to 10 am, and that certainly is not my usual pat... Read more

  • One more week to go...

    12/15/2014 9:45:51 AM, by PLMITCH

    Today starts my last full work week of the year, and even though we are not going any place special, I am looking forward to no alarms for an extended period of time (11 days to be precise!). Plenty to do around the house, plus I have a 5K race to run on 12/31, but am going to make an effort to car... Read more

  • Trigger eating

    12/15/2014 8:17:40 AM, by BA5454

    Paraphrased from The Beck Diet Solution: The trigger (of some kind, but cake is my go-to): German chocolate cake My thought: Wowza, that sure looks good. Decision time: Why yes, I think I will. Action: the cake goes down my gullet. The internal a... Read more

  • Beck Success Skill 8: Follow Your Plan, No Matter What

    12/15/2014 7:04:51 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck promises to teach you how to follow your plan. At this point in the book you are to list 3 meals and 3 snacks and all the items you are going to eat. You are to eat no other bite. You plan the night before. If you want something during the day, you can plan to eat it the next day if you want, b... Read more

  • Onward to Bethlehem ...

    12/15/2014 12:20:26 AM, by KATTURTLE

    Every year I attempt the virtual journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem over the 12 days of Christmas. This is a journey of 75 miles (approximate distance) and begins Christmas day (although some years I start on Christmas eve, if the weather is bad and the gym is closed). I run or walk an average of 6.... Read more

  • Beck: Plan Food and Stick to the Plan

    12/14/2014 2:28:47 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    It's not just about the calories, it's about the habit. For almost a year I ate intuitively, trying to eat only when hungry. Overall, I did pretty well. I maintained at a weight slightly above where I wanted to be and almost every 3-4 weeks I'd have to make a point to eat less in order to bring... Read more

  • Lost Blog: I spend most of my money on bikes and beer. The rest I just waste! - deleted sections

    12/13/2014 2:31:52 PM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Introduction During the five years that I have been on SparkPeople, I have composed several blogs, that for one reason or another, I never posted. I have decided to post a few of the "Lost Blogs". The following lost “blog” is really the lost introductory sections of a blog I posted on A... Read more

  • Progress with Beck and the Dog Jog

    12/13/2014 1:18:01 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    My niece ran the Jingle Bell Classic 10K this morning and took first in her age group. I was glad I got there in time to snap her picture near the end: Here... Read more

  • Running against the wind.

    12/13/2014 12:03:47 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    yup it's true...so in as much as I was kind of mentally beating my self up regarding NOT being able to run a full 20 minutes, well...the story goes like this: Yesterday I went on week 6 day 2 run of my C25K. California is in th... Read more

  • Holiday Decorating

    12/12/2014 1:58:35 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Week 2: A&I BSG Blog Our assignment: Do you like to decorate for the holidays? Are you a minimalist with your decorating, if you decorate or do you go all out and try to outdo your neighbors? I love the lights this time of year and always put a bunch up around our balcony. I normally get a... Read more

  • Vacation, Before , After, Before Pics, and Day one Beck

    12/12/2014 12:53:57 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I flew to Nashville to meet my daughter and drive with her to Colorado. Nashville was fun. We saw a concert, of course went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and visited various Taylor Swift spots ( her fave coffee shop, fave park a... Read more

  • One for the Beck Memory Box

    12/12/2014 9:41:57 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I went to a reception Tuesday evening to say good-bye to the boss I worked for 16 to 11 years ago and then worked with in collaborative projects from time to time for 9 more years. He's going to a statewide position located in Tallahassee. He's a great guy and I will miss him. Recently I've mostly s... Read more

  • Life's too short, enjoy it

    12/12/2014 6:25:22 AM, by ACORALSEA

    Ever since I started a new job in August, my schedule has become tighter, busier, sometimes insane. It takes me up to 2X longer to commute than to my former job, costs 2X as much in gas, plus tolls if I take the tollway, for less than 50% of what our previous household income was before my DH was fo... Read more

  • Problems Minor

    12/11/2014 2:31:49 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Posting from phone so will be short. Marinated eggplant got me and weight is up one more pound. Grrr. Enjoyed dance this morn -- tango, cha-cha, waltz, hustle, jitterbug, and line dances. Feeling good and doing fine. Will share more about Beck tomorrow. Hope network problems resolved. ... Read more

  • Christmas party Mafia Style

    12/11/2014 11:45:17 AM, by NINETOZE

    Invite - I cropped it to cut off the address.... We had our holiday party for work last night. It was fun! Almost everyone dressed in the time period. Here’s a couple pictures of Andy & I. Looking forward to some of the other ... Read more

  • Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 3

    12/10/2014 4:30:53 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Week 4 went well: Lost another pound, which actually put me at a 24.9 BMI – under 25 for the first time since July! I did my stretching DVD,but have not called a friend yet. I’m going to have put that on my calendar or set up a reminder on my iPhone. The organized hike I still want to do conflicts w... Read more

  • Countdown to 2015 Week 3 CICO

    12/10/2014 4:22:00 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    CICO Week 3 Wednesday 10 December: Calories Eaten: 1514 BMR: 1384 Exercise: 490 Differential: -360 Thursday 11 December: Calories Eaten: 1492 BMR: 1384 Exercise: 785 Differential: -677 Friday 12 December: Calories Eaten: 1275 BMR: 1384 Exercise: 226 Differentia... Read more

  • Short Beck Blog

    12/10/2014 7:04:40 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I did Experiment 3 last eve where you eat fast and wait for satisfaction, but I was so busy with kids, then reception, then dance lesson that I really did not experience the experiment. I'll go on for now and do the next experiment, but I'll come back and do this one again. It did prove to me that I... Read more

  • Day 40 of not eating after 9PM (Goal = 100 days in a row)

    12/9/2014 10:03:40 PM, by ABBY_G

    Hello. I'm thrilled to report that I now have 40 days in a row of not eating anything after 9PM! What's working: At night I lock up all the food that I have problems with. I put the keys in a timer container and set it to stay locked until the next morning. I hope that you are doing... Read more

  • Busy Day with Beck Update

    12/9/2014 9:05:37 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Busy days; good days. So much going on. Reception this evening for my former boss at United Way of Central Florida who is moving on to a job at UW of Florida in Tallahassee. He's a runner and a really neat person who appreciated my strengths and contributions. I'll miss seeing him regularly. I'll ne... Read more

  • GULP!

    12/8/2014 10:01:00 PM, by PLMITCH

    Over the past few years I've done some pretty "interesting" things, many related to a healthy lifestyle. But I have to admit my latest decision is clearly encroaching on my comfort zone -- running my first half marathon! The facts: 52nd Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, Wilmington, DE, Sunday M... Read more

  • My first International race!

    12/8/2014 6:28:59 PM, by CATHIMOMMY

    I finally did it! Had the courage to sign up and do a race in the country I live in overseas(usually I fly to the US to run one in Florida)....it was great. Different certainly, and I guess this year's wasn't supported well.... But maybe now I'll try for a half marathon here....to keep up the moment... Read more

  • Hourly

    12/8/2014 12:51:32 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here is what I hope is a better picture of my running awards than I posted yesterday: Today is Beck Success Skill 6: Overcome Hunger, Cravings, and Emotional Eating; Experiment 2 Today I'm to eat breakfast and not eat again... Read more

  • Weekend goals: met

    12/8/2014 12:18:07 PM, by BA5454

    My goals last Friday: 1. Camel up: at least 8 glasses/day, more if needed 2. Track food 3. Take a breath and stop for moment when I want to go off my plan 4. Day 3, week 2 of SP's walk/run program will either be done today or Saturday (today may be a big hiking day). Week 3 starts on M... Read more

  • Finding our time rambles.

    12/8/2014 11:48:31 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    It finally rained in California. by rain, I mean a LOT. My husband and I were looking at the poor excuse I call a garden this year and I sighed "I need to make it pretty, but alas I just need to find the time" My husband, in his sweet niavity, states "well, you would have more time if you ... Read more

  • Not So Easy

    12/7/2014 10:32:38 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today is a recovery day. I'm limping just a bit. The psoriasis on my feet was stressed in yesterday's run and I've got some bloody splits on the heels and balls of my feet. My 6th half marathon was by far my most difficult, even though it was 18 minutes slower than my best. I'm still glad I did it, ... Read more

  • A race, a funeral, a parade and a concert – not a regular Saturday

    12/6/2014 2:12:35 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Sometimes everything just comes together at once. This morning was our town’s annual Christmas Classic 5K. I run it every year along with about 70 members of our church. DH even participates. He’s part of our walking contingent. His stated goal is to finish ahead the ambulance and not in... Read more

  • Slenderella61 Finishes 6th Half Marathon Running With 28 Year Old Niece

    12/6/2014 1:00:03 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    We had a wonderful time at the Lakeland Runners Club Christmas Party last eve. I won a bunch of things in the drawing, including an entry into a 5K next November, a meal for two, two free kids meals, and two free kids ice cream. I also won a Lakeland Runners Club cap which I really like, not only be... Read more

  • November review & December goals (A&I BSG December Challenge Week 1 Blog)

    12/5/2014 8:08:46 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Assignment: Review November goals and set goals for December. Near the end of October, I was almost 25 pounds over the weight I feel healthiest at. I had to get back on track. I was exercising, but haphazardly, less than I need to in order to engage in the activities I enjoy as fully as I’d lik... Read more

  • Slow start to Friday--but there are chickens in sweaters

    12/5/2014 7:59:58 AM, by BA5454

    No, really. It must be cold where they are: Have been doing well with my water since my last blog about it--it feels so much better being hydrated! Eating has been under control for the last few days, too. Here's my Friday goals... Read more

  • Beck Cards

    12/5/2014 7:33:18 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I named my Beck box of cards, "Marsha's Diet for Life" because I know adapting it to work for me is absolutely essential for success. To my business card-sized Advantages (of weight loss and healthy lifestyle) Deck of cards, yesterday I added: * I am a good role model for (granddaughters) G... Read more

  • I hate my bestie right now

    12/4/2014 11:11:40 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    well, I haven't been running every day as I'd like to do, BUT I have been running 3x a week as the Couch to 5K program shows AND I'm on week 5 day 2 which is a full 8 minute run...day three terrifies me...a full 20 minute run!! gasp!!! I'm trying to get the bad mojo out of my head to repeat this ... Read more

  • Normal Fluctuation: What Beck Says

    12/4/2014 9:08:14 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck says to make a card, "My weight isn't who I am. It isn't a measure of my worth. It's just a number that tells me important information." WeightGrapher says I'm on track to my goal. Anyway, I weighed 132.6 today, up .2 ove... Read more

  • Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 4

    12/3/2014 12:22:34 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Week 5 went great. Losing a pound isn't a big deal, but losing it during the week of Thanksgiving makes me very pleased! This week I did not get to my stretching DVD, though, so will have make sure to get that in this week, probably tomorrow. I still have not yet scheduled a hike or called a friend.... Read more

  • Countdown to 2015 Week 4 CICO

    12/3/2014 12:17:51 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    CICO Week 4 Wednesday 3 December: Calories Eaten: 1468 BMR: 1389 Exercise: 702 Differential: -623 Thursday 4 December: Calories Eaten: 1257 BMR: 1389 Exercise: 12 Differential: -144 Friday 5 December: Calories Eaten: 1596 BMR: 1389 Exercise: 741 Differential: -... Read more

  • Complete Beck: Success Skill 6

    12/3/2014 11:17:58 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Success Skill 6: Overcome Hunger, Cravings, and Emotional Eating What to do when you are "mightily tempted" to eat something you are not suppose to have [at that time] -- that is what Beck promises to teach in this section. She has 6 experiments set up that will prove the following to you... Read more

  • soon on our way...

    12/3/2014 6:50:07 AM, by THINRONNA

    Big push today donating things and having our car hauled away. I also returned library books and am a little stressed because there is one still outstanding. Possibly it got packed!?! Our things ship out on Friday. we will have to wait almost two months for our boxes to arrive so this evenin... Read more

  • Bonus Blog: One Important Beck Card I Forgot

    12/2/2014 10:59:51 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Yesterday Gwen saw me writing Beck response cards. She asked for an index card and made one for my box: When I asked Gwen about what it meant she talked about running and eating vegetables, so I think that's pretty good. To... Read more

  • Thanksgiving leftovers are FINISHED!

    12/2/2014 10:00:42 AM, by PLMITCH

    Even though we bought just a turkey breast and cooked for 5 people last Thursday, we did end up with a fair amount of Thanksgiving leftovers, so my wife and I decided we'd be vigilant and not waste them. We achieved that, but I am sure tired of the same kind of food for 5 straight dinners! I... Read more

  • Complete Beck: Success Skills 3, 4, and 5

    12/2/2014 8:03:04 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Success Skill 3: Eat Slowly, While Sitting Down, and Enjoying Every Bite I suspect if people read nothing but this section, pages 61-66, and applied it diligently, their relationship with food would change dramatically for the better. Beck has you do an "experiment," cutting a portion of food i... Read more

  • A Few of My Favorite Things

    12/1/2014 11:16:33 PM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: "I would just DIE!" I had just stepped into the elevator in the lobby of the building where I work. I saw a young woman slowly walking across the lobby heading for the elevator that I had just boarded. She was furiously texting. The doors began to close. I realized she was not going... Read more

  • $5 vs $50 Half Marathon?

    12/1/2014 10:10:59 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    If it was worth $5, wouldn’t it be worth ten times that? (Huh, you don't like my logic?) Yes, you can run the exact same course as the $5 Gar Williams HM just 6 weeks later as the Cloud Snapple HM for $50. Dec 12, 2014 $5 Gar Williams HM Jan 31, 2015 $50 Cloud Snapple HM They both use th... Read more

  • Breath early, breathe often

    12/1/2014 11:18:47 AM, by BA5454

    The title is my motto for the day, a riff on Jeff Galloway's 'take walk breaks early, take them often'. Here's my NSV for today--I did 14 laps in the pool (7 for you actual swimmers) at 25 yards apiece, if I heard the lifeguard right. All breaststroke because I find I take on water, much like... Read more

  • Complete Beck: Success Skills 1 and 2

    12/1/2014 9:05:48 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    STAGE ONE, Success Skill One: Motivate Yourself Daily Advantages of Weight Loss and Living a Healthy Lifestyle Overall Health * I'll Live Longer and Better * Good Blood Pressure * Good Cholesterol * Stronger Kn... Read more

  • Free podcasts that I find helpful

    11/30/2014 1:59:04 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Thought for this week. Renee Stephens provides an archive of podcasts that can be listened to free at www.insideoutweightloss.
    com/podcasts . There is a link to podcasts on self care that are relevant to many life events as well as to weight loss. Listening to them will allow you ... Read more

  • Oh my (sugar content)

    11/30/2014 11:16:46 AM, by BA5454

    Thanks to BROOKLYN_BORN, I've been doing my SP trivia almost every day. This morning the question was how many grams of sugar equal one teaspoon. Answer: 4 GMS sugar = 1 TSP. Soooooo, not having a clue as to how much sugar one needs in a day (zero?) I went to the American Heart Association and ... Read more

  • Bonus Blog: SparkleSkirts

    11/30/2014 11:14:52 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Yesterday I bought myself a reward for my recent running efforts, a SparkleSkirt, Fiesta Style: Here it shows one of the two pockets on the legs plus it has a zipper pouch at the waist: ... Read more

  • Beck: Ready to Start Stage One

    11/30/2014 10:01:46 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I completed my Advantages Response Deck. I could just say 1) health, 2) appearance, and 3) confidence, but Beck's examples are much more detailed. I just had 20 cards; probably need to get more. Beck emphasizes really picturing each advantage and thinking about each one to motivate ourselves daily. ... Read more

  • It's About Life: L- I - F - E

    11/30/2014 7:56:21 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    www.usatoday.com/story/n
    ews/2014/11/29/inspiration
    -nation-grandma-powerlifte
    r/19656645/ As of today, I'm 15 pounds away from my goal for 2015. I've been struggling lately to find just the right motivation to keep me on track. I did not re- up for Spark Coach after my y... Read more

  • Glad I fell on my face and not on my knees. Weird, huh!

    11/30/2014 6:45:59 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Friday’s run was the perfect storm. It started as a routine practice run. My only goal was to run up that last hill on the 5k course that always defeats me. Usually I check my watch and decide there won’t be much difference if I take a 1 minute walk break even though I’m .3 miles from the finish... Read more

  • Another Beck Observation

    11/29/2014 4:14:05 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    For those of you familiar with The Beck Diet Solution, there is a change in The Complete Beck Diet for Life that some might think is minor, but I believe it might be significant at least for some people. The first book has a 42 day program. It does say that you don't have to do them all in a row, b... Read more

  • Did I follow my plan for Thanksgiving? Week 4 A&I BSG Blog

    11/28/2014 7:28:35 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    My assignment this week: Did you stick with your healthy lifestyle/plan for Thanksgiving? Basically, yes, I followed my plan which was to keep my calories low in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, eat pretty much what I wanted that day, send leftovers home with my daughter, and exercise as us... Read more

  • Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 5

    11/28/2014 6:31:43 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Week 6 went fine, I did lose 1 pound. Now to come out of Week five with a loss or at least no gain! I have not yet scheduled a hike or called a friend. Action Plan for Countdown Week 5: A. Nutrition: 1. Stay in my daily calorie range every day except THanksgiving (which also requires I... Read more

  • Countdown to 2015 Week 5 CICO

    11/28/2014 6:26:21 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    CICO Week 5 Wednesday 26 November: Calories Eaten: 1324 BMR: 1393 Exercise: 734 Differential: -803 Thursday 27 November: Calories Eaten: 2982 BMR: 1393 Exercise: 70 Differential: 1,519 Friday 28 November: Calories Eaten: 1524 BMR: 1393 Exercise: 739 Dif... Read more

  • Thanksgiving, Free Happiness and Progress

    11/28/2014 12:17:13 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Happy Thanksgiving my Friends!!! For us in Canada it was last month, so I guess it is not too late to post a blog about our little get together! This year we changed the menu a bit - surprising !!! I remember Jeff insisting on a turkey and all his "traditionals" when he returned home from Sudan in 2... Read more

  • Bonus Blog: Great Time at Tournament

    11/28/2014 10:19:33 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    After playing poorly and trailing the first half, Tennessee pulled out a win, making hubby's day! Aquagirl's hubby and mine at the Disney ESPN basketball court: ... Read more

  • Overview of Chapter 2 and 3

    11/28/2014 10:01:23 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Chapter two is entitled, "Experience the Difference." Beck tells you why her program is different. It teaches you :: * how to satisfy your hunger * how to include your favorite foods * how to be satisfied with less * what to d... Read more

  • Pumpkin Plod and Turkey day success

    11/28/2014 9:35:24 AM, by MBTEPP

    It was a beautiful, relaxing, hectic, fun day. I started out running the Pumpkin Plod 10K, in its 39th year, with my DIL! We both did incredibly well. She ran it in 49:48 and only had to wait 20 minutes for me to finish! I missed a PR by 1:30, which was amazing since I had not co... Read more

  • Wearing a small size doesn’t make you “anorexic”

    11/28/2014 8:22:19 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Fat shaming is wrong and the stories about the devastating effects are constantly posted here on Spark. The inspirational stories about challenges faced, incremental progress and final success provide motivation to millions. However it is hurtful to hear comments that can only be termed “... Read more

  • Turkey Trot - A Great New Tradition

    11/27/2014 11:37:56 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    It was an absolutely gorgeous New England morning to run. The trees were covered in snow and this picture does not do it justice. There was really beautiful scenery all along the route, but I didn't stop to take a pic because I was... Read more

  • Two Quick Beck Comments

    11/27/2014 8:09:04 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I read chapters two and part of chapter three yesterday. Chapter two summarizes the 5 stages the book will take you through. I'll blog about each of those later. Chapter three has ten tasks to complete before starting the program... Read more

  • Bonus Blog: Thanksgiving Squirkey (child's creation)

    11/26/2014 1:40:37 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Natalie's assignment was to take the picture of a turkey her teacher gave her and disguise it. Then write an essay about why the disguised turkey should not be eaten for Thanksgiving. Natalie created a "squirkey," a cross between a squirrel and a turkey, complete with acorn: Read more

  • In My Previous Life...

    11/26/2014 1:36:24 PM, by MIRAGE727

    ...my priorities were so wrong... ...I was negative... ...I was filled with excuses... ... Read more

  • Change Your Thinking - Complete Beck, Chapter One

    11/26/2014 8:53:04 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    "Change your thinking, and you can change your behavior permanently." That is the primary promise of The Complete Beck Diet for Life, chapter one. Chapter one lays out what the book is going to teach you including: * how to ... Read more

  • Gratitude

    11/26/2014 6:28:01 AM, by BA5454

    “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward Happy Thanksgiving!... Read more

  • Now here’s something you don’t see every day – A HOUSE in the road!

    11/25/2014 11:20:32 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It was right at the end of my driveway. That prompted a change of running route. I watched with neighbors for a while then ran in the opposite direction. I returned in time to see it proceeding on its way. There it goes! ... Read more

  • Panic Not Necesssary

    11/25/2014 9:53:58 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Last week when my weight hit the highest point it had been in over 4 years I was kind of panicking. That 137.something on the scale just freaked me out! I reread the Weight Watcher beginner guide, which I have used and modified and succeeded with over and over. But this time I wanted more. Panic. Pa... Read more

  • Food Dehydrator

    11/25/2014 8:27:16 AM, by BA5454

    As a couple, my DH and I like to hike, but on the whole he does a lot more hiking than me due to work schedules, etc. Like spending days on the trail type of hiking. So he got to thinking about a food dehydrator because he just cannot stomach the stuff you can buy--and there's only so many Pop-Tarts... Read more

  • They call the wind Mariah

    11/24/2014 1:36:01 PM, by BA5454

    Sheesh, stepped outside and was knocked sideways, the winds are gusting from 30-50 mph with this new front moving through. The title comes from 'Paint Your Wagon' with Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Harve Presnell. Only Mr. Presnell has the pipes to sing, and they are lovely. Such a manly singer. Th... Read more

  • Green vs. Ripe Bananas

    11/24/2014 10:02:48 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Martin and I had an interesting discussion about bananas. He said you should only eat them green. I had read that the yellow with spots are good for you. Well, we are both right. As a type 2 diabetic, he needs to eat only green ones. They don't have much fructose and are processed by the body as a s... Read more

  • Over 2 years ago I posted a blog asking “Who are these people who always get 100% in Spark Trivia?”

    11/24/2014 8:17:08 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I was lucky to see a “passing” grade. On the scoreboard you would have to scroll 50 to 80 pages to find my name. I persisted for quite a long time. I know I could have googled the information before answering a question, but it was a personal choice to see what I knew on my own. I drift... Read more

  • That's some high quality H2O

    11/23/2014 7:36:33 PM, by BA5454

    Couldn't resist the quote from the Adam Sandler movie: Waterboy. But wowza, winter has hit and my plain water consumption is at an all time low. I don't know if I'm just lazy or what, but the last thing on my mind is drinking wat... Read more

  • Soup and bread day

    11/23/2014 2:45:50 PM, by PMRUNNER

    A crisp fall day, a great day to make French bread and split pea soup! Also, a lot of fall and pre winter chores such as stowing the boat stuff, getting out the ski stuff, sorting out kid ski sizes to figure out what we are s... Read more

  • Enjoying the Active Life and Free Pictures

    11/23/2014 10:01:15 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I feel really good about my run yesterday. I believe that is the first time I ran over 10 miles that I felt energized and energetic all day after. No soreness in quads or hamstrings. Just a twinge in my left arch, but hardly noticeable. Isn't it cool to be 65 years old and able to really enjoy a 10+... Read more

  • What's inside?

    11/23/2014 7:22:28 AM, by PMRUNNER

    I live in an older neighborhood, solid brick houses built in the 1930s on a residential street lined with white oaks. The trees were planted when the houses were built. Off the main street, there are a variety of other trees that were planted about the same time. Next to our house, we had an enor... Read more

  • Really quick blog

    11/23/2014 5:50:04 AM, by THINRONNA

    Hello to my Spark friends! I thought I would write a super quick blog today before I get on to my packing and tutoring. Packing because we are moving in two weeks to Dubai and tutoring because the kids need to take entrance exams for school and Norway is a bit behind scholastically. (Truly...Qui... Read more

  • Humorous Thanksgiving Story

    11/22/2014 7:26:03 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    This is a story I found online: www.naplesnews.com/commu
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    ignant-and-most That secret ingredient I was 9 when we were at my Great Aunt Jean and Uncle John's 1850s farmhouse near Lockport, New York with 25 relat... Read more

  • Don't Think About.....

    11/22/2014 2:49:29 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Don't think about a pink elephant. You got that? DO NOT think about a pink elephant. No pink elephants allowed. You may think about anything but not a pink elephant. Okay? Now think about a purple giraffe. See her curly eyelashes? Her polished purple toe nails? Big goofy smile?? Just keep thin... Read more

  • Oh boy, that was brutal

    11/22/2014 11:28:26 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I knew it was coming. I had told y'all I was bingin' waaaaaaaay too much and it caught up. BIG TIME!! yup...that beautiful 169 goal was self sabotaged by none other than myself. What to do what to do? We all k... Read more

  • Turkey shenanigans

    11/22/2014 7:55:08 AM, by BA5454

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  • Recovery... is not Easy! (Half-marathon Observations)

    11/21/2014 9:40:00 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    "Whether you like it or not, going along with the flow is smarter now than fighting it." ~ Horoscope. I don't like it!!! My body is telling me to take it easy and I want to get back on my feet and GO... This week was like a physical roller coaster, I was getting up fine and then crashing mid-da... Read more

  • Tracking Day Two

    11/21/2014 12:52:11 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I had 2 good eating days with calorie deficits of approximately 200 calories on one day and 350 calories the next. But that 550 calorie deficit would only account for about a one-seventh of a pound weight loss. My weight was down 4.4 pounds. Guess those couple not-so-good eating days (but believe me... Read more

  • Too Much Negativity!

    11/21/2014 12:41:28 PM, by MIRAGE727

    I've been reading a lot of negativity today. Isn't it amazing when you embrace the positive, you can either see it coming in yourself or you read it between the lines of someone else! It tries to bring me down then I overload in "Positive Waves!" Read more

  • Gee, Eileen got FAT! - Remembering a Thanksgiving Day comment.

    11/21/2014 8:12:08 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It was a family dinner sometime back in the 1980s and that observation was loudly expressed by my aunt. I’m pondering that memory today for several reasons. Thanksgiving week marks 5 years of maintenance for me. A Spark email this morning informed me that I am today’s SparkPeople Mo... Read more