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  • Your Reply Better Not Be an excuse!

    7/20/2017 10:03:26 AM, by MIRAGE727

    After almost 7 years on Sparkpeople, I'm starting to get why other SparkFriends, blog it out! It's the reason, I started doing blogs again after a year sabbatical. I blog it out when I feel a personal need to or to help others. Fasten Your Seatbelts! I encourage positivity with no excuses... Read more

  • Big Decisions and Big Changes

    7/19/2017 9:20:37 AM, by KANSASROSE67

    This is the blog post I've been wanting to write for a month and just haven't found the time. First, a quick update, and thanks to all who have expressed concern. I love you guys! I'm still fighting the hip pain. The PT only saw me twice and said he'd done all he could do. Either the ex... Read more

  • It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish

    7/18/2017 2:16:20 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    That’s the title of a song from the musical “Seesaw.” I’ve learned from Spark People that even if things are going badly, just keep your eye on the goal and keep going. That’s just what happened on Saturday. Even though I just celebrated turning 70 with a 16 day European cruise, I wanted to c... Read more

  • Resist the weight loss simulator websites!

    7/15/2017 3:46:36 PM, by PATNELSON007

    Oh, I wish I had. I went to a free site and typed in my current weight and my ideal weight, my height and my body shape (apple; sigh). Ok, as expected, at my current weight of 207, I am looking like, well, like an apple. But so did my ideal weight, 125! The image has me still looking fat! In f... Read more

  • Pep talk for all

    7/14/2017 6:05:52 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Don't compare your achievement with that of others, find and use your own inner strengths to overcome all handicaps and fears. I know the pain of trying to break bad habits and set new ones, or overcoming other challenges, I've been there. My main path to success was to be thankful for all my b... Read more

  • Forever Swimming in Positive Waves!

    7/13/2017 3:21:32 PM, by MIRAGE727

    I just read a lot of negativity on "I can't!" and "limits." You know how that gets me! I don't waste time on my "shortcomings." Once again, physical situations do have a degree of legitimacy but I always look for work arounds or substitutes. I'm just going to answer with this. I'm training for ... Read more

  • Hi guys!

    7/13/2017 1:51:34 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I've thought about you a lot. I really have. But, you know, here's summer and I've been LOVING it. Washington State FINALLY decided to get with the rest of the nation and invite the sun in to play. It's been the first time I've really enjoyed my walks around the loops (10,000 steps a day goal ba... Read more

  • Should I get another couple of dogs or shouldn't I?

    7/12/2017 10:09:00 PM, by PATNELSON007

    I should admit that I already have 4 dogs. And 4 cats. And some ducks and goats and, well you probably get the picture. I need more dogs like I need another ten pounds on my butt. But the dogs are probably both 10 years old, with medical problems. They're rescued chihuahuas, or chihuahua mixes. I am... Read more

  • Finally got my daughter to commit to her health

    7/12/2017 8:56:54 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I am Mr. Owl. I was a member of the Winter 2017 Awesome A’s 5% Challenge team and lost the last 8 lbs to get to my goal weight of 158 lbs, and decided to lead a Spring 5% challenge team so that I could better encourage my 4th daughter to lose weight. She is my youngest daughter at age 42 and is a v... Read more

  • Almost Naked Run.......

    7/10/2017 9:10:13 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Ok lets clear this up right away! I was fully clothed :). The almost naked part was that for the first time I turned the music off. I started my run with the head set on and after a 10 minute warm up I turned it off. My legs still worked and there I was running for the "1st" time without music. ... Read more

  • The Verdict – Did I Out-Run, Out-Walk, Out-Tour My Fork?

    7/10/2017 3:43:35 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Thanks to Spark People I know how to maintain my weight at home (over 7 years now). I login every morning for my daily dose of motivation and follow the plan. On a 16 day cruise through 5 countries on the rivers of Europe it’s more difficult I don’t have my scale to weigh myself every morni... Read more

  • Race Report - 4th of July 5 miler

    7/7/2017 12:43:22 PM, by PMRUNNER

    My wife's hometown has a 4th of July 5 mile running race every year. It is in Bay Village, a suburb of Cleveland. The course is flat and fast and is often used as a tune up for high school cross country teams. I did not get to run in it last year because I was in Kabul, so it was nice to get back... Read more

  • best 5 minute workout ever

    7/7/2017 1:08:42 AM, by NEUROMANTIC

    half jumping jacks just arms no jumping needed arm flexing swim in the air use arms to splash air arm flutters arms are like hummingbird wings torso twisting hands on hips or using arms above, choose your style careful with your back legs will follow high steps low front kick bel... Read more

  • cholesterol-insulin-sugar chain

    7/7/2017 1:01:34 AM, by NEUROMANTIC

    Insulin is an anabolic hormone, that is, it increases the storage of glucose, fatty acids and amino acids in cells and tissues (ucberkeley page) hypothetically: continuous eating ie snacking generates a constant stream of insulin in the circulation, insulin is degraded within minutes in th... Read more

  • fit food challenge

    7/4/2017 7:58:38 PM, by NEUROMANTIC

    here it is some fresh raw cabbage peppers carrots with some extra carrot sticks tossed on key lime juice meyer lemon juice rice is jasmine with hawaii hot sauce tamari tahini organic) woo olive oil i take a recipe and just make a mess it frequently works 7-10-17 moroccan stew without... Read more

  • Food for the Body, Mind and Spirit

    7/4/2017 12:56:03 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    OK, I am on a cruise after all, so you know there will be food. We're also visiting 5 countries along the river and the food is part of the culture. So how to keep my MAINtenance goal in mind while still thoroughly enjoying the experience? Breakfast is easy. I get coffee and juice at the "Earl... Read more

  • Experiment of One (Xo1)

    7/3/2017 12:01:57 PM, by KATTURTLE

    I turned 60 three months ago, I am training for my 37th marathon (it's been 3 years since the last one), I work night shift (seven 12-13 hour nights, followed by 7 days off),and I am 40lbs overweight. I have come to realize that this combination of circumstances truly makes me an experiment of one, ... Read more

  • Today so far

    7/3/2017 11:12:12 AM, by CONNIEKANDOIT

    Woke up with back and bad hip pain. Will be giving up processed sugar and start back to planks. See how I feel at the end of the week... Read more

  • MIL is gone.........

    7/1/2017 8:18:13 AM, by LDYHAZ

    We brought her home on Friday and she died on Weds night. She had three days at home where she was alert and able to spend time with family and close friends The house was full of love and life. Monday she was taken back to the farm she grew up on that is still owned by the family. They drove her ... Read more

  • Physical Therapy: The Good News and the Bad

    6/30/2017 9:22:51 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Thanks for all of your supportive comments and advice! I saw the physical therapist on Wednesday. He was great! He spent a lot of time with me and really is working hard to figure out how to help me with the pain I'm experiencing in my hip and leg. He spent a long time showing me the x-ray... Read more

  • Have confidence that you will slay your dragons

    6/30/2017 8:31:21 AM, by OLDEROWL

    252 I owe my success to the likes of Judith Beck (The Beck Diet Solution) and Linda Spangle (100 Days of Weight Loss) who taught me the use of cognitive behavior theory and confident optimism for weight loss. I now go by the rule “If you think it’s too hard or if you have a little doubt, do it anywa... Read more

  • A Bridge Too Far?

    6/29/2017 12:34:51 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    That was the title of a WWII movie about "Operation Market Garden," an unsuccessful attempt to secure a distant bridge over the Rhine before the retreating Nazis could destroy them. I took this photo on my morning run. Although this isn't the bridge of the movie title, it is memorable b... Read more

  • How Can Imitation Food Be Good For You?

    6/26/2017 10:39:00 AM, by MIRAGE727

    I did a search on imitation food here on SparkPeople! OMG! I saw too many saying they loved imitation -name your poison here- ! WTH? You're not doing your homework! So I started "data mining" the web 'cause us nerds are good at it! I even found a certain cancer affected support ... Read more

  • Following in Dad's Footsteps - Choices, Past and Present

    6/25/2017 1:20:22 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    In WWII my Dad served on a "cruiser" the USS Philadelphia 72 years later, I am "cruising" in the same waters. He didn't have a choice as to his destination, but because he and his generation served, I do have a choice This trip will include 5 countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Fr... Read more

  • We Are Home................

    6/24/2017 4:59:47 PM, by LDYHAZ

    I last wrote Thursday morning. We were all set to go home on Friday. Making all the last minute arrangements for home health. Physical Therapy ect... My husband and his brother came down to help with the move for Friday morning. The kidney doctor stopped by and I spoke with him regarding the... Read more

  • On self-confidence and respect for others

    6/22/2017 9:22:03 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Yesterday’s blog on embracing failure while on a path to success left out a discussion of obtaining self -confidence which is the main subject of today’s blog. My parents took pains to teach me self-confidence. Even so, for many reasons, I became an introvert and lacked the self-confidence necessa... Read more

  • Homeward bound.....

    6/22/2017 8:24:15 AM, by LDYHAZ

    That's the plan. MIL is being released tomorrow. I am praying and crossing my fingers that all goes as planned. We have discovered several important things during this adventure. Her digestive issues are due to her stage 5 kidney disease and there are small things that may be able to help. Some of... Read more

  • Embrace Failure and Succeed

    6/21/2017 11:22:09 AM, by OLDEROWL

    You might be second-guessing this advice right now, that’s because many of you have been led to consider that failure is something to cringe at, to avoid and to be ashamed of. However Truman Capote said “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” Nothing is more satisfying then turnin... Read more

  • Life Update in Photos

    6/21/2017 8:50:41 AM, by KANSASROSE67

    I've decided to talk about something besides pain today! I've been so bad about blogging that I don't believe I'll ever catch up but here's a little of what's been going on in my life. James and Haileigh are getting married in October. She graduated with her RN/BSN in May and has a job that... Read more