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  • Beck 5, Day 2: A Tale of 2 Diets

    8/29/2015 9:45:54 AM, by BA5454

    Day 2 says to pick two diets and honestly this confused me a bit since we're all about not using the word 'diet' nowadays and into more of 'life changes'. 'Diet' has gotten a bad rap over its connotation of restriction, but basically means the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitu... Read more

  • I ate "like a Viking"

    8/29/2015 7:52:05 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Thursday morning we drove to TN for one our regular visits to MIL in her nursing home. This is always stressful – the 4 hour drive plus the days in the home itself. However, this time it was less stressful than the atmosphere in our town where the reporters were killed the day before. As I wro... Read more

  • Home Sweet Home

    8/28/2015 7:54:07 PM, by LDYHAZ

    I do love to travel. It was great so spend a week with the little ones. It is oh so nice to be back in my own bed again! Drinking our clear, clean water. (sorry but that Dallas/Fort Worth water stinks! Literally! It also taste moldy. Yuck!) Sitting in silence and telling DH to just grab somet... Read more

  • Beck 5, Day 1: Wreck-It-Ralph

    8/28/2015 2:33:12 PM, by BA5454

    Beck's chapter 5 is all about writing down why you want to lose weight, or rather the advantages to losing weight which evens out to about the same thing in my book. It encourages you to do an advantages response card which is an index card or piece of notebook paper where you write down all the rea... Read more

  • Why I Run - A love hate relationship

    8/28/2015 11:30:23 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    This blog is a copy of a message board post in respond to a question by a SparkPeople member. I run. I run because I enjoy running. The other exercises I do to balance my health and wellness goals, but running is what I do. I run because I enjoy it. I don't train for races but I may layof... Read more

  • Beck Trek Day One -ARC

    8/28/2015 7:00:13 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    What to do, what to do. This isn't my first Beck rodeo. Hard copy or digital? Should I use my old index cards in the special holder? ( that I spent hours finding and picking out) Can't find them. Also, I have a real problem with writing down personal things on paper. Did I read my Evernote advanta... Read more

  • Using a more powerful computer (the brain)

    8/27/2015 6:02:35 PM, by OLDEROWL

    odays computers have become more powerful but the human brain is more powerful. But then like computers, the human brain does not preform well unless we remove any bugs and install good software. Some of the bugs your mind might have, that should be removed are: 1. believing that you are not go... Read more

  • Beck 4: Fear Schmear

    8/27/2015 9:53:24 AM, by BA5454

    Chapter 4 is what I call a transitional chapter. We're all loaded at the gate ready to make changes. But then prickly thoughts crop up: 'Sheesh, this seems like work.' 'I don't have time.' 'This seems like a lot of trouble.' 'I'm too busy right now.' And the big one: 'Maybe I don't want to l... Read more

  • The Day After

    8/27/2015 6:21:40 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Thank you friends for your expressions of concern regarding yesterday’s shooting in my little town. If it had not been reporters killed live on camera during an interview, 2 more violent deaths would not have made the national news. It was so strange to see the overhead maps projected to sho... Read more

  • Beck 3: Thin-ky Thoughts

    8/26/2015 12:06:34 PM, by BA5454

    Today's chapter deals with 'thin thinking' or 'How Thin People Think'. To be honest, I never really thought there might be a difference between what thin people and not-thin people think. There are 7 characteristics that Beck outlines: 1. Confusing hunger with the desire to eat. I ... Read more

  • Run cut short by gunfire

    8/26/2015 9:13:58 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I never run TOWARD gunfire. The shots I heard this morning could be somebody taking early morning target practice or a drunk guy mad at his neighbor. You just never know so I went back home. This has happened before. I live on a country road, on a cove of a large lake. The lots are all les... Read more

  • Beck Trek Day 3

    8/26/2015 7:01:08 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    What I underlined and starred : People who end up maintaining their new weight do so because they've changed what they do and how they think about food and eating.if you think you'll be able to return to your old ways of eating after you lose weight you'll gain the excess weight back. A w... Read more

  • Quote for Today 8/25/2015

    8/25/2015 11:53:08 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    Photo from Blue Cure Night Run's post in Blue Cure Night Run - Houston ... Read more

  • Beck 2: Fiddler Crab edition

    8/25/2015 10:23:55 AM, by BA5454

    Breakfast is a wonderful time to read, especially I'm finding, the Beck Diet Solution book. It sets a plan/tone of hope for the rest of the day. Chapter 2 asks the question What really makes you eat? In my case, there are a lot of triggers: seeing is a big deal. If I see it on the coun... Read more

  • Beck Trek Day 2

    8/25/2015 5:58:23 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8 I have often thought of this Bible verse as I go on an eating binge. It's like a restless, prowling feeling- like something inside of me that is bent on devouring. So... Read more

  • Beck Trek Day One

    8/24/2015 6:46:58 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Starting this book reminded me of the beginning of Ana Karenina: ". Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." There are many reasons for being overweight, but people who are thin or who lose weight and remain thin are alike. This first chapter is a gold mi... Read more

  • So, a Beck re-boot

    8/24/2015 4:23:09 PM, by BA5454

    In my case, it should probably be a 'boot' instead of a 're-boot' as I got through a good part of "The Beck Diet Solution" and then dropped it. But after today's assignment, reading thru the first chapter, I understand why I was drawn to it in the first place. Beck isn't a diet, in fact the boo... Read more

  • Non scale victory! The dreaded clothes shopping!

    8/23/2015 4:05:01 PM, by LDYHAZ

    For years now I have really not liked clothes shopping. I have been putting it off. It has come to the time where really not much fits and I have given much of my wardrobe away. So I braved Walmart and went to buy a couple pairs of pants. The first pair I tried on was too BIG! Wow! When I started ... Read more

  • Physical Hunger, Emotional Hunger and then there's ME!

    8/23/2015 7:34:50 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I’ve experienced both types of hunger, but I also eat too much because it TASTES GOOD! Physical Hunger: I eat 2 substantial snacks per day. If I don’t, between meals I wilt like a flower lacking water. (I drink lots of water, and only water all day). Tracking keeps my total calories and... Read more

  • Grandkids and Running in TX

    8/22/2015 10:04:14 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Here we are our third full day in steamy Texas. Our first morning I was awake after a very fitful short night of sleep. 2nd in a row of little sleep. I had decided that I would run early so I would be ready when the rest of the family was awake. Little did I know that it would be so dark. Running u... Read more

  • Fat Dialogue

    8/22/2015 4:20:05 PM, by BA5454

    “When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart. When the shape of your body no long... Read more

  • Do we have the right to know what is in our food?

    8/22/2015 10:54:25 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Is there a point at which we stop messing with nature? I am not a technophobe nor anti science. I get my flu shot every year and appreciate most of modern life. However, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are extremely concerning to me. Even more alarming is a current bill before Co... Read more

  • Managing Fear - Looking it right in the eye

    8/20/2015 6:16:02 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    This is my kitchen. We renovated it when we retired in 2007. It's well arranged, functional and efficient, but tends to be cluttered most of the time. DH: "Why put away those plastic containers? We’ll use them again tomorrow" You can’t see the tabletop on the right. I... Read more

  • Early morning!

    8/19/2015 8:02:43 AM, by LDYHAZ

    In Denver and awake too early. Noise, hard bed, room to warm or maybe just me flashing. One of those restless nights of clock watching. When we checked into the hotel they asked if we needed a wake up call. I wanted to be sure do I was figuring one hour prior to our shuttle. Sure 8 am wake up. DH l... Read more

  • Check Out My Adorable Nephew!

    8/17/2015 1:45:56 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    A quick update. I miss blogging and I'm going to try to get back to it again! It's been a transitional summer in a lot of ways. James finished his grad classes at Indiana University and was job hunting for several months. He decided to take a job in the admissions office at the University of... Read more

  • Quote for Today 8/17/2015

    8/17/2015 10:33:53 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent... Read more

  • Quote for Today 8/16/2015

    8/16/2015 11:51:53 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    "Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines." Satchel Paige ... Read more

  • Advice for young People

    8/16/2015 9:57:49 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Leo Babauta of Zen Habits wrote a wonderful piece of advice for people in their 20's. I am 69 and I think the advice is good for people in their 30's also. You have a lot of time ahead of you to get your life right. See Again, I will make a plug for my new team called ... Read more

  • "It's ONLY 4 pounds, don't worry about it"

    8/16/2015 6:53:11 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It was supposed to be well meaning advice, but it’s not. At least part of it is not. In the last 8 weeks I’ve been through 6 countries and 5 states. Without my “parole officer” (my scale) to keep me honest and accountable each morning I always add a few pounds. One part of the adv... Read more

  • 1ST 10K/Positive Communication with Daughter

    8/15/2015 5:29:42 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Friday night was a late one. DH and I volunteered at the Bingo area. It was three hours on our feet in the heat. I was home by 10 pm and in bed by 11. Due to the recent tensions with my daughter I once again didn't sleep well. Up at 0430 I drank my one cup of coffee had a piece of toast with ban... Read more

  • I hate to crab but...

    8/14/2015 10:33:55 PM, by PLMITCH

    So good news I've returned to the working world, but 2.5 weeks in and still dealing with what I would consider to be "red tape" kind of issues that is preventing me from doing what I know i can do. I get it that things need to go through the process, but when folks like me can't do the job we were b... Read more

  • Being a Mother Joy and Heart Ache

    8/14/2015 9:36:54 AM, by LDYHAZ

    No one ever said it would be easy. I do remember easy days. Walks around the duck pond. Smiling little face. The mornings when she woke up with joy. How she sang louder than all the other children in the school concert and how I beamed with pride and let the tears flow. She would cheer the sma... Read more

  • What does it take?

    8/13/2015 1:22:15 PM, by FREE2LOSE

    Lately I have been exercising, sticking to my diet, and doing everything I should. What does it take to lose weight? My weight actually went UP! I don't know what more I can do. It's a little discouraging.... Read more

  • Blue Ribbons A Plenty!

    8/12/2015 9:41:06 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Went in today and was very pleased to have received many blue ribbons a few reds and even a couple of white. Our fair is very free at giving out ribbons. There was 4 people who entered Spaghetti Squash and all 4 received Blue Ribbons. (notice whats in the Jar :) I played a few games of Bi... Read more

  • World Elephant Day

    8/12/2015 3:31:25 PM, by BA5454

    Not exactly Spark material, but a cause I feel pretty strongly about: the conservation of elephants. Poach eggs, not elephants. Since 2011, August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day. Supported by numerous conservation agencies, it’s a day to spread awareness, share knowledge, and pro... Read more

  • Coca Cola funds scientists and SURPRISE, diet is NOT the main cause of obesity.

    8/12/2015 6:46:54 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Their conclusion is that lack of exercise is the culprit. I’m living proof that you cannot outrun your fork. Yes, move your body more, but I have to RUN one mile to burn 100 calories. That’s one chocolate chip cookie! Here’s the article.
    s/us/coca-co... Read more

  • Fair Week!!

    8/11/2015 6:42:29 PM, by LDYHAZ

    For this small Nebraska Town Fair Week is big fun! The town expands in size as all the people pour in. Today was the day we entered things to be judged. I entered about 30 items. Everything from canned goods to needle point. I am really thankful they don't open up the canned goods. Late las... Read more

  • How to avoid negatively reacting to stress

    8/11/2015 4:44:03 PM, by OLDEROWL

    From my advice to a Spark member dealing with daily care of five children and the animals: The best way to remove stress is to accept the past or whatever life brings you and to have no fear of the future. Have faith in your power to meet everyday challenges. I know life is tough with 5 kids to ta... Read more

  • Never as easy as it sounds...

    8/11/2015 12:14:52 PM, by PLMITCH

    On my list of to-do's: Fix squeaky garage door. Solution: WD40 the wheels and hinges. Problem: The squeak is coming from track or garage door opener itself, and the owners manual clearly states NOT to grease either of them! Waiting for a response from Sears, but I suspect it will require... Read more

  • Why I love Spark

    8/11/2015 11:35:37 AM, by OLDEROWL

    When I started at 67 years old I was 190 lbs and thought my health was good. But my health insurance provider Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Fed Program challenged me to reduce my weight. That's when I found out about Sparkpeople. I don't remember exactly how except I think it was through a TV news progra... Read more

  • Forming 3 simple self discipline habits

    8/9/2015 9:54:59 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I don't think anyone should try to be disciplined every moment, but at the end of the day we should be able to say that we had a constructive day. Even at the end of vacation days, one should have pride in the memories of joyful moments one formed during the day even if it is merely a good feeling o... Read more

  • Emotional attachment to food

    8/9/2015 3:55:31 PM, by FREE2LOSE

    I was contemplating today that I feel like, at least for now, I have overcome my emotional attachment to food. All my life food has had this place in my life where it was my healer. When I was sad, it made me feel happy. When I was bored, it entertained me. When I was stressed, it soothed me. W... Read more

  • DH and the Appalachian Trail: Complete!

    8/9/2015 3:13:34 PM, by BA5454

    Hubs has had the Appalachian Trail on his list of things to do for a few years now. He's an excellent hiker, fast and efficient, not one to dawdle. We had a chance for him to go this summer and he left April 13 with the trail name of 'Last Minute'. And yes, sometimes he really lives up to that monik... Read more

  • Get Steppin' 5k Run

    8/9/2015 12:16:03 AM, by CONAN1956

    GET STEPPIN’ 5K RUN – August 8, 2015 A couple of days ago, I decided that I would run the Get Steppin’ 5k Road Race on Saturday 8/8/15, which was being held in the city where I live, if the family schedule allowed. It benefits a program to get homeless people back on their feet and ... Read more

  • 10 Things to Improve Your :) & Manitoba Visit

    8/7/2015 10:42:30 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    On my list, you would find: 1- Wake up and find a yoga mat; 2- Brush your teeth; 3- Kiss good morning; 4 - Have breakfast; 5- Go on an adventure! ... But this is not how it goes. According to this recent article-blog* I read here is what we should do (and maybe what I should thin... Read more

  • Paddle Battle

    8/7/2015 12:13:32 PM, by MARGARITTM

    Paddle Battle 8/2/15.......I didn't even know about it untill that morning. I saw it on the news......and then on the spur of the moment decided to give it a try. Loaded the kayak onto the car..and off we headed to Kennebukport! The event was held @ the Nonantum Resort which was perfectly lovel... Read more

  • Broken Hearted

    8/6/2015 1:17:50 PM, by LDYHAZ

    We have cats. These are farm cats and not your normal house cats. I was raised with cats that came inside that we played with. Most of the farm cats are called Barn cats. Everything out here has a purpose even the cats. Their numbers grow and decrease yearly. Once I had 12 now I have 7. They ... Read more

  • I am RUNNING! Come on Fitness Tracker!

    8/4/2015 9:46:58 PM, by LDYHAZ

    New pet peeve... I have been running for a couple months now. I know I am running because I have the shoes, the clothes, the sweat, I move in a forward motion and there is more impact than walking. Granted it may not be fast running but it is running! Why can't the Spark People Tracker give me cr... Read more

  • Success Revisited

    8/4/2015 9:28:27 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Just before leaving home for a family visit to Manitoba, I received my Boston Marathon certificate. It says: Julie Belanger (yeah - that is my official name - I prefer Julia!) successfully completed … I showed it to Jeff and he asked me if I was going to put it on display somewhere? No... Read more

  • Why are we not our own best friends? (body image problems)

    8/3/2015 3:05:44 PM, by LDYHAZ

    That thought has been going around and around in my head. The last couple of days I have had some pretty bad negative body image thoughts. I have done so well with the weight loss and the activity. I still am unable to look at myself in the mirror and say positive things. Well I will clarify tha... Read more

  • Tech Revolt Continues!

    8/3/2015 1:45:00 PM, by PLMITCH

    I was really hoping the tech revolt that started in July was going to be a one month thing, but alas, not the case! So far this month: - Still waiting on UPS to deliver recovery media so I can get my "new" work laptop up and running. Since UPS has not arrived by now (13:30 EDT), it likely m... Read more

  • Monday Motivation

    8/3/2015 7:33:43 AM, by BA5454

    'Cause I need some! ... Read more

  • Watuppa 10k Trail Run

    8/3/2015 1:30:55 AM, by CONAN1956

    WATUPPA 10k TRAIL RUN 8/2/2015 A couple of weeks ago, when I realized that I would not be running the 10 mile race I had considered, I looked for a 10k race to run as that would be longer than any race I have done so far this year. I was pleased to find the Watuppa 10k in my own backyard h... Read more

  • Personal Record Run and a Horseman

    8/1/2015 7:01:13 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Beautiful calm morning. Saturday is my long run and I had a nice route all picked out. Small stretch on hwy 6 and the rest on farm roads. Six mile route to include two nice sized hills. First mile was a normal warm up mile. Second mile was a nice faster paced. I then hit the first hill by mile ... Read more

  • Tech Revolt!

    7/31/2015 10:03:03 PM, by PLMITCH

    So let me think of all the devices that revolted this week: work laptop, my wife's laptop, my running watch, my Fitbit! Let's hope next week that the revolt will be over!... Read more

  • You can heal your life

    7/31/2015 6:26:26 PM, by OLDEROWL

    This is the title and philosophy of a new spark team that I just formed. This team
    oups_individual.asp?gid=65503 is based on my viewpoint that the unhappiness in our lives is caused not by the events in our lives, but by negative thoughts brought on by these events,... Read more

  • Being Open to New Experiences Brings Surprises

    7/31/2015 1:00:28 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I like to travel. I like to try new things. From the glaciers in Switzerland to the old covered market in Istanbul, I want to see what’s out there and participate to the best of my ability. However, never did I EVER think you would find me at a NASCAR track. I have nothing against auto rac... Read more