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  • The Other Half of the Half

    1/25/2015 8:45:16 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    The sun has set (even though this is my pic of the sunrise) on Key West and my first Half Marathon. I got more attention over this accomplishment than I have had in 30 years. People have been really nice! On my Facebook account peo... Read more

  • Beck Stage 4: Flexibility Experiments 5 and 6

    1/25/2015 8:35:26 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today I'm beginning on page 172 in Stage 4 of The Complete Beck Diet for Life. I started this book 10 weeks ago today. I've lost weight and learned eating and dieting skills I did not have before, even though I had kept almost 80 pounds off for more than 5 years. I had previously benefitted from Be... Read more

  • Burying the hatchet

    1/24/2015 5:49:07 PM, by OLDEROWL

    To many people say they forgive you for some error you made yet tend to avoid your company or whenever they see you make some comment about the error even when you don't do anything to remind them of your error. I try to ignore it and pretend that its not about me although I know that it is. Beats... Read more

  • Beck Stage 4: Trade Plan Food with Equal-Calorie Food

    1/24/2015 10:18:34 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Stage 4, Experiment 4 is Trade Think Thin Initial Eating Plan foods with equal-calorie foods. Beck says if you would occasionally like to include a favorite less-healthful food in place of a Think Thin Eating Plan food you need to do some experiments. She warns that your portion size will probably ... Read more

  • Joe’s “Antique” Food - Do not eat!

    1/23/2015 9:53:11 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    The title of this blog is what’s written on the paper in the top right portion of this photo. In my status today I said that I would be organizing my food pantry and I did. I could only photograph 3 shelves since my back wa... Read more

  • Friday Funny

    1/23/2015 7:07:02 AM, by BA5454

    Sheesh, some mice have such a fear of commitment! Have a super Friday, all!... Read more

  • Beck Stage 4: Flexibility Experiment to Swap Meals

    1/23/2015 6:44:28 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today's experiment is to swap one meal for another. Beck mentions having lunch for dinner and dinner for lunch. At my calorie level, dinner is 500 calories and lunch is 400 calories of her specifically chosen foods. I decided to have a really great breakfast; I love breakfast! So I had a 400 calorie... Read more

  • There’s a color missing from my rainbow

    1/22/2015 1:10:39 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It’s not easy being green, for me at least. During my spark years I’ve learned a lot about nutrition. I suppose I’ve always known that it’s important to eat fruit and vegetables, but knowing doesn’t always lead to doing the right thing. Fruit – no problem, never was. In fact I packed on quit... Read more

  • Beck Stage 4: Flexibility with Snacks

    1/22/2015 1:02:01 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today's experiment is to change the timing of your snacks. If you want, you can have two snacks in the afternoon and a late supper or an early supper and two snacks after supper. I'm thinking 2 snacks after supper. I skipped my morning snack (except for a little coffee creamer, so I just have 90 ins... Read more

  • 2015 St Pete Beach Classic Duo Challenge

    1/21/2015 4:41:04 PM, by MIRAGE727

    I've been wanting to do this event for a few years now. We finally got it scheduled! It is over two days with the 10K & 5K on Saturday and the Half on Sunday. Since I would be supporting our Outspokin Multisport Team runners on Sunday, I decided to do the 10K/5K Challenge on the first day! D would d... Read more

  • I see you

    1/21/2015 3:29:01 PM, by BA5454

    DH brought home a new brand of peanut butter saying, "If you don't like it, we'll throw it out because I bought it for the jar anyway". The jar happens to be plastic and he'll use it to re-hydrate food in on very long hikes. You stick whatever you have in the jar with water and by dinner time--sever... Read more

  • Rookie Mistake: The S in LSR means just that

    1/21/2015 1:43:29 PM, by MBTEPP

    Yesterday I was dragging my feet all day, then it hit me why- my 8 mile run the day before went great, but my body was demanding to recover. Always listen to what your body is telling you. Yesterday I professed this my year to work on speed (as I have done in the past, but this time I am ready... Read more

  • Beck Stage 4: Toward More Flexible Eating

    1/21/2015 12:23:09 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck again cautions that it is not necessary to move to Stage 4 if you are doing well on Stage 3. She says you should agree with all the following before moving on: * You are committed to keep practicing all of your Success Skills and to solve any problem that arise in implementing them every d... Read more

  • bah-humbug **grumpy emoticon**

    1/21/2015 11:22:31 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Well truly this year has started off with no bang, no confetti, and really just has been a struggle: the same as 2014. Which is, in my book, poopy. **envision a pile of poopy emoticon right here** I just got back from Denver from visiting my hubby. I was a very lovely picturesque visit and I... Read more

  • Key West

    1/20/2015 9:44:29 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Key West is a very fun place and quite beautiful. You can get everywhere you want to go by bicycle. It is actually a biking paradise. There are bike lanes and bike trails all over and the streets are easy to share with cars. We spen... Read more

  • Race Picks and Goals for 2015

    1/20/2015 4:09:09 PM, by MBTEPP

    This is my third season of running races. Last year I ran 4 HMs, and 14 races total, mostly 5 and 10Ks. This year, I am going to do my first 10 Miler (hard to find in this area), 5 HMs, 5 10Ks. I am excited about 10M! I could not find an adequate HM in March, so the 10 Miler presented itself as ... Read more

  • Watching the clock

    1/20/2015 2:53:30 PM, by BA5454

    Spin class this morning was not in any way, shape or form fun. It was a sweaty, gory mess riding up those imagined hills, let me tell ya. It's the first class I've done since last year and the only one I ever watch the clock to see if we're close to being finished. It's a love-hate relationship: hat... Read more

  • Beck: Am I Ready for Stage 4?

    1/20/2015 9:32:25 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck says it is crucial to master inflexible eating before moving on to Stage 4 which introduces more flexible eating. We want to aim for flexible, not loose, eating. Beck predicts that if you have not successfully eaten inflexibly for several weeks, that you will have a hard time getting back in co... Read more

  • Remember to breathe

    1/19/2015 1:56:01 PM, by BA5454

    I was at water aerobics this morning and it was terrific to get back in the water again. It was the first since the new year (due to illness, travel, snow days at the gym, etc.). At the end of the class, we usually do some stretching movements which are always good, but this time she said to close o... Read more

  • Beck Stage 3: Confidently Follow Your Plan When Life Gets Stressful

    1/19/2015 9:02:39 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    "You've learned the skill of making time for dieting. But sometimes, no matter how well you practice this skill, life gets in the way." Beck's examples: series of dental appointments; fender bender and loss of car for a week; strain your back; parent in the hospital; or you take a second job. She ci... Read more

  • If I had a pre-set weigh-in day, I might feel really bad this morning.

    1/19/2015 7:39:12 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    My daily Spark email includes yet another article about avoiding the scale. “4 Signs It’s Time to Step off the Scale.” Oh, there I am in #3 “You can recite your weight to the nearest fraction at all times” Yeah, sure I can. I step on the scale every morning, while in my PJs, on the... Read more

  • Why I don’t get excited by race expos

    1/18/2015 10:24:59 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    Before going out for my long run this weekend, I went through the ritual of looking through my gel collection, and then just going back to my tried and true gels. Over the years, I have picked all these up at race expos. I don’... Read more

  • Challenging a troubled part of my personality

    1/18/2015 8:27:56 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I can use my will to make choices that will empower me. I can take the advice of my friend who tells me that I do not have to react in anger because I am angry, withdraw emotionally because I am jealous, or delay working on my most important task because I am upset at the outcome of the Greenbay Pa... Read more

  • On a Scale of 1-10 I'm a 13.1

    1/18/2015 7:52:18 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Ha ha. I finished my first half marathon and get to use the funny blog title. Here is my fake picture: Well, that IS me, and it is mile 12 and I did go on to finish, but I was NOT that happy - I was dying! My daughter finished 4 s... Read more

  • What's weird...

    1/18/2015 6:56:08 PM, by BA5454

    ...is googling 'Frozen Butternut Squash Cubes" for a killer soup recipe and finding this listed along with bags of vegetables: I think someone needs to "let it go". You're welcome for the earworm ;-).... Read more

  • Beck Stage 3: Challenging Situations

    1/18/2015 10:15:00 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Weekend Skills 'My body doesn't know or care that it's a weekend, and if I eat too many calories I will gain weight." Beck suggests planning your entire weekend eating on Fridays or Saturday morning, eating meals at structured time (she dislikes brunch), reading your cards more often, get out o... Read more

  • Beck Stage 3: Special Advice for Sickness and Injury

    1/17/2015 10:04:26 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I'm turning about 30 pages ahead to the end of Stage 3 to the section of "Special Advice for When You Are Sick or Injured" because 1. my throat is scratchy (hope I'm shaking off a cold and not getting one) and 2. my feet hurt much worse than yesterday. I was thinking that if my left foot healed up ... Read more

  • Dance, Feet, Beck Updates

    1/16/2015 7:13:04 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Weight -- Very Slowly Getting there: Trending Weight 130.99 lb Recorded Weight 130.20 lb One Week Change ↓ 0.32 lb One Month Change ↓ 2.11 lb One Month Prediction 128.88 lb Target Weight: 129.0 Feet: Had a great time at Senior Dance yesterday, but I overdi... Read more

  • Life Lessons From Potty-Training a Three-Year-Old

    1/15/2015 10:05:01 AM, by AMANDANCES

    Little Bear is struggling with the potty. He tends to wait too long, and then he goes in his pull-up and doesn't get a sticker. It's a very depressing thing to watch, from a parent's perspective, because he tries so hard most of the time. There are dozens of theories and "tricks" other pa... Read more

  • Beck Blog Later

    1/15/2015 8:58:03 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I'm about to leave to go to Senior Dance. My left foot feels almost healed; my right foot is improving. Hope to dance more today. I have new black dance shoes, just like my Gingers only black, that I got for Christmas. When my granddaughter opened up the door this morning, she said "Wow!" She l... Read more

  • Started taking Phentermine today after backsliding and gaining back weight.

    1/15/2015 8:51:59 AM, by DAVIDINOHIO

    I met with my Dr yesterday. I have gained back pretty much all of the weight I lost a few years ago. She prescribed Phentermine for me to take along with diet and exercise. I'm a little nervous about taking it, since as I understand it, it's a form of "speed" but I'm also excited at the same ... Read more

  • What a surprise! I’m “elderly”!

    1/14/2015 6:45:19 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    When did that happen? I don’t feel elderly. When DH & I travel to Europe, we like to stay in hotels popular with local people rather than the US style chains. When traveling with family and staying in one place 3 days or more, we rent an apartment. I expect to make adjustments especiall... Read more

  • A Winter Run and Feeling Nervous about the Half

    1/13/2015 4:52:47 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    This morning when I walked the dogs it was bitterly cold and very windy. I was dreading my scheduled run, even though it was only 3 miles. However by 11 there was bright sunshine and the wind had died down. I was reminded why I love... Read more

  • 2014 Santa & Suds 5K (Dec 21)

    1/13/2015 9:57:44 AM, by MIRAGE727

    My last race for 2014 was special! First & foremost, I was running escort for one of my Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa Teammates! Secondly, this race reall... Read more

  • Beck: Stage 3: Challenging Situation Skills

    1/13/2015 9:39:20 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here is the summary of challenging situation skills that Dr. Beck sets out. She says to write it down in your Diet Notebook as is. Then she spends the next 33 pages going into detail. Before the Event: 1. Change your mindset. 2. Consult your memory box. 3. Develop an eating plan. 4. Rev... Read more

  • Resuming SP Again - See Below :)

    1/13/2015 9:37:08 AM, by MULEDOGGIE

    Had another extended period without tracking food/ex on SP for various reasons: heart meds that severely limited my heart rate, hip problem, laziness, resting on my past accomplishments, belief I had "outgrown the need to track daily", and others. Net effect: gained back a good chunk of what I'... Read more

  • A brief update in life

    1/12/2015 8:11:43 PM, by KONRAD695

    My son is on his third day of getting his work done. Last night he couldn't sleep, so he did his laundry. This is a major accomplishment, Wife and I are getting to each others emotions, but not fighting. Let the re-learning continue. (there's a little sarcasm in there) My new comp... Read more

  • Constant Vigilance!

    1/12/2015 1:54:06 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will recognize the title of my blog as a quote by Mad-Eye Moody. (And you will probably hear it in his voice, if you've seen the movie.) Anyway, I was reminded of that quote by something my friend SMILINGTREE wrote in a blog about how all that conventional wisdom... Read more

  • Good Busy Day

    1/12/2015 1:07:30 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Busy day, but I did want to blog that I am absolutely back on track. Weighed 130.2 this morning, which is tied with my lowest weigh in of over 3 months. I did a 35 minute elliptical workout, then good strength workout, and 35 minutes on stationary bike at the Y this morning. My left foot feels ... Read more

  • Wisdom...

    1/12/2015 8:40:44 AM, by BA5454

    I'm slowly getting it! ... Read more

  • To, Two, Too, Morning

    1/12/2015 8:00:35 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    To walk - two dogs- two leashes-two bags- two mittens-too clumsy-too funny. Ps - bags= poo bags I'm glad I can laugh at myself because nobody else will, - oh wait.... Read more

  • Beck: Back to Stage 1, Success Skill 9

    1/11/2015 10:14:48 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Bless WeightGrapher. It is encouraging. It says I'm still trending down (weight today 131.0) and that my 30-day prediction is 129.11. OK. I'll take it. Focus on the positive. Today I was suppose to start Stage 3, but I'm embarrassed to say, after doing 40 good Beck days and feeling so very in c... Read more

  • My thoughts on self-esteem, Part 2

    1/11/2015 12:25:18 AM, by OLDEROWL

    A friend mentioned that I should not post as if I am lecturing as I am only a lay person and do not have professional credentials. Sorry for coming across so strongly , but I have a passion for giving advice since helping others cope with life issues helps my own self-esteem. Also I had self-estee... Read more

  • Beck: Last Day on Stage 2

    1/10/2015 1:50:20 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck says to spend 2-3 weeks minimum in Stage 2 until: 1) you have successfully followed the entire Think Thin Initial Eating Plan (all meals and snacks) without any slips for at least 2 weeks. 2) you have filled out the Stage 2 Success Skills Sheet and made contact with your Diet Buddy daily. ... Read more

  • Beck: Last Day on Stage 2

    1/10/2015 1:49:05 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck says to spend 2-3 weeks minimum in Stage 2 until: 1) you have successfully followed the entire Think Thin Initial Eating Plan (all meals and snacks) without any slips for at least 2 weeks. 2) you have filled out the Stage 2 Success Skills Sheet and made contact with your Diet Buddy daily. ... Read more

  • Beck: Stage 2 -- Eating Your Favorite Foods in Moderation

    1/9/2015 1:42:34 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck says it is important to learn how to eat your favorite foods in moderation. (This reminds me of Weight Watcher's concept of Flexible Restraint.) Her plan includes 150 - 200 calories per day, depending on your calorie limit, that you can spend on anything. She says if you think that you can nev... Read more

  • Resolutions 2015

    1/9/2015 1:22:09 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Can today be January 1st? I think I'm a little behind folks. Just updated my page and still trying to figure out where 2014 went. Today, as I sit engulfing my plain coffee I thought I'd spend a little time catching my brain up to today's activities. I seem to be on auto pilot lately just g... Read more

  • Happy Friday

    1/9/2015 8:29:48 AM, by BA5454

    Make it a good one! ... Read more

  • Keeping the POSITIVE, and FIND YOUR STRONG!

    1/9/2015 6:40:09 AM, by HILLRUNNER

    BLC is starting again! I really like the focus...Starting the New Year on a POSITIVE! I like that quote..it IS what lies inside of me that will get me to the places I want to occupy. What is taking me there....what is my mindset?... Read more

  • Beck Stage 2: The Longer you Stay on the Program

    1/8/2015 1:52:12 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck says that the longer you stay on the program the more you will see your rebellious streak weakening in you. She advises to notice the thoughts that are running through your mind when you see yourself railing against the program. Answer those thoughts. Her example is a "I don't care, I'm going t... Read more

  • Cardinals everywhere

    1/8/2015 10:20:18 AM, by BA5454

    Not sure what's going on, but we've had a plethora of cardinals around lately. I think the low temps brings them out the feeders. They're a favorite of mine--*points to icon*. And this year they seem more red than ever. Here's a few shots from yesterday: Read more

  • -6 Degrees out

    1/8/2015 9:49:46 AM, by MARGARITTM

    feels like -24 nope no outdoor running for me today!... Read more

  • Beck Stage 2: Aha

    1/7/2015 1:00:53 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I've been reading those response cards for 39 days this time. Some really resonate with me and some I skim and flip thinking they don't really apply to me. Well, I had a sudden realization. Although I didn't recognize any "adolescent rebellion" in regard my eating behavior, it was there. For years ... Read more

  • Excited for Healing

    1/7/2015 9:57:04 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I'm just about to leave to go get my first laser treatment on my feet. I am very excited at the prospect of some healing with this issue that has bothered me for two years now. I am very hopeful that it will work!! Will do a Beck blog later!!... Read more

  • 3 dog night

    1/7/2015 9:16:48 AM, by BA5454

    When it got to be really cold in our neck of the woods, my father had a saying: 'It's a three dog night.' I'm sure it's not original to him, but the saying stuck with me for life. And since the temps have dropped into single digits, I'm saying it now, too. 6 degrees this morning...sheesh. lol ... Read more

  • Taking my own advice – not always easy

    1/7/2015 7:17:02 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    1) “Rest and come back stronger” That’s something I’ve said to others who are sick or injured. I do believe it, but last week when I was a lump on the couch (see last blog), it was tough advice to accept. There was that voice in my head. “Get up, you need to get some steps in.” Hah! ... Read more

  • Taking aim on 2015.

    1/6/2015 10:59:34 PM, by KONRAD695

    No resolutions this year, not one. My goal will be to keep going with the processes started in 2014. Last year was set forth with many goals with almost all of them half completed. The only one taken care of was to run the 7 half-marathons I signed up for, and this had one not completed. T... Read more

  • 2014 Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic (Dec 20)

    1/6/2015 1:26:52 PM, by MIRAGE727

    D & I hadn't done this race in a couple of years. This year, Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa would represent so we jumped in!! Of course Pancakes... and bling... ... Read more

  • Beck Stage 2: Keep the Advantages Deck Fresh!

    1/6/2015 10:03:55 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I've been reading my Beck Advantages Deck and response cards this time for 38 days in a row. At first I read them every morning and every evening after dinner. Used to be after dinner eating was a problem for me, but now it has been weeks since I had anything other than my planned snack and calorie-... Read more

  • Tuesday 4 x 4

    1/6/2015 8:40:43 AM, by BA5454

    I saw this post on another blog and I thought it be fun to join in: Four Names That People Call Me: 1. Barb 2. Honey 3. Grandma 4. Ma’am Four Jobs I've Had: 1. Registered nurse 2. Cavern guide 3. Horse trail guide 4. Bartender Four Movies I have Watched More Than Once... Read more

  • New Self Esteem Building Spark Team

    1/5/2015 11:51:57 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Most of the unhappiness of the world can be attributed to egos damaged by low self esteem and by the actions of others having low self esteem. I have tried forming several Spark teams none of which have yet taken off despite my good intents, but this is one team which deals with a subject which I a... Read more

  • Beck Stage 2: Designate a Food Preparation Day

    1/5/2015 7:00:12 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck suggests that we pick each week one evening, day, or spread it over a weekend, to prepare and freeze a number of meal options. This day is also used to plan meal preparation for the week and get a head start for the week to come, for example, by chopping the vegetables needed for salads and sou... Read more

  • 2015

    1/4/2015 7:52:00 PM, by NINETOZE

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  • Howard Hughes could have been on to something

    1/4/2015 9:06:53 AM, by BA5454

    Let's just say I haven't been sick since I retired from nursing over 3 years ago. But we spent a few good days visiting relatives in the hinterlands of Iowa--approximately 35 of 'em in an enclosed space. What a breeding ground. I had a friend who worked in Pediatrics and she was constantly sick beca... Read more

  • Beck Stage 2: Options and Portions

    1/4/2015 7:57:08 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck recommends that you try as many of the food options on her plan as you can. Then she wants you to narrow your choices down to a smaller group of meals that you really enjoy and can easily make so that it simplifies your planning and shopping. That makes sense to me. When it comes to portio... Read more

  • Beck Stage 2: Create a Weekly Plan

    1/3/2015 2:17:56 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck says that it is "quite useful to take a few minutes once a week to think about the meals and snacks you will choose for the rest of the week." This is an area for me to improve. I have repeatedly had trouble with meal planning. Why? Well, breakfast, snacks, and lunch are not much of a problem. ... Read more

  • OK. I'm not in a hopeless situation after all.

    1/2/2015 8:55:32 PM, by HEALTHIERKEN

    A big THANK YOU to SparkPeople's Dean Anderson, who writes in 3 Weight Loss Tips for Men, ". . . you don’t need a six pack to greatly reduce your health risk. What you want is to lose your keg—to be able to lay down flat on your back without your stomach sticking up higher than your rib cage." ... Read more

  • My Daughter's Wonderful Comment

    1/2/2015 12:01:18 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    My daughter and I were in Wal Mart today with the kids and we separated for awhile. She came up to me and said' " I can never find you in a store anymore! I've walked past you three times and didn't recognize you-you're so skinny!" Well that made my day and perhaps my week. But I have to avoid any l... Read more

  • Foot Update

    1/2/2015 10:55:11 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Foot Update: I got the stitches out this morning. The biopsy confirmed it is psoriasis, but at least I know for sure now. (Not cancer, not fungus, not dermatitis, etc.) Right now I have bleeding splits on both heels and when I told the doctor I could feel them when I run she was surprised I would th... Read more

  • A non-spark day so bad it’s actually funny

    1/2/2015 7:18:57 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    On Wednesday I posted a status that I was feeling “under the weather.” My attitude was as bad as I felt, especially since I know my situation could have been avoided. What turned me from an energetic, determined sparker into a lump on the couch was perfume. Perfume, along with cigarette ... Read more

  • Hangover Classic

    1/1/2015 6:50:45 PM, by MARGARITTM

    I took over a minute and a half off of last year's race! woohoo!... Read more

  • Goals for 2015

    1/1/2015 6:30:51 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    2015 Goals These look familiar! They are very similar to my goals for the last three years. Now I’m going to have change up my action plan so I can achieve a higher level of success over the next 12 months. A. Nutrition: Get my weight back down to my goal and maintain it there by doing som... Read more

  • Happy New Year!

    1/1/2015 4:04:01 PM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    So this is my way to start the new year: ... Read more

  • Bonus Graph Blog: Laughing at Myself and Learning from Mistakes

    1/1/2015 2:15:31 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    The reason I couldn't find that graph file in order to turn it the correct way was because I looked for it on the wrong computer. It was on the computer where I created it. Imagine that!!?! DUH. That happened in 2014. I could commit to not making silly mistakes in 2015, but I decided not to put th... Read more

  • Beck: Stage 2 -- Don't Make It Worse

    1/1/2015 10:08:19 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    The party went well -- lots of fun, although I don't usually stay up so late and I'm a bit -- yawn -- tired this morning. I slept in later than usual, but changes in routine are harder than they used to be. Oh, well. Thanks for all the helpful comments and support; I went feeling confident -- ... Read more

  • Last walk of 2014

    1/1/2015 8:10:59 AM, by BA5454

    It's not the miles that'll hurt ya, it's the 13 degree temps, lol. It warmed up to 16 degrees by the time we were finished. Heat wave! I've never seen the old lady (Sophie the wonder dog) hustle so fast for 4.5 miles. No, that's not my purse strap--it's the dog leash, too cold to bother with it ;-).... Read more

  • Lost Blog: Great Outdoors Part 3 - Are You Trying to Kill Me?

    1/1/2015 2:58:27 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Lost Blog(s) 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 these "Lost Blogs". This blog, "Are you Trying to Kill Me?" is the third and last in a series. T... Read more

  • Best Runs & Hikes of 2014

    12/31/2014 9:11:23 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    I had the pleasure of running and hiking in many places this year. These are all pictures I took (or one of me DH took) during my run or hike. This was the view from my hotel room in Philadelphia while I was there for work. I ran on the treadmill at the gym there. Read more

  • My biggest struggle of 2014

    12/31/2014 7:53:02 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    A&I BSG Week 4 Bonus Blog Our assignment: Blog about working on your struggle this month, how did it go? Did you learn anything helpful about you or your struggle to help you in the future? Blog about your plans for the coming year! Do you have a plan B ?? How do you plan to handle setbacks? ... Read more

  • Christmastide

    12/31/2014 7:42:56 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    My assignment for A&I BSG Week 4: What does the Christmas season mean to you? How did you spend your Christmas holiday? Christmas brings a celebration of the incarnation in human form of God. It reminds me that I have an endless source of love from God as long as I allow it to flow through m... Read more

  • Goodbye 2014, hello 2015

    12/31/2014 6:39:00 PM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    2014 in review: My short term goals: Ski 20 times (I only did 14) Showshoe 5 times (I did 6) Cross country ski at least 5 times (I did 4) (My skis) Read more

  • Review of 2014 Goals

    12/31/2014 5:01:50 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    December 31 review of my 2014 goals: After getting very close to goal weight in the spring, by late October I realized that I was very much off track and wanted to get back into shape so I could achieve my goals for 2015. I had resumed eating for comfort, mainly in response to my mom’s worseni... Read more

  • testing to see if graph will go in blog -- hold on

    12/31/2014 1:40:48 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    This is a graph of my Weight Watcher weigh ins from 1982 until present. Data from 2011 is missing; other blank areas I wasn't going to WW. In 2005-2006 I was using Curves Member eating plan. Other blank areas, I was probably stuf... Read more

  • Beck: Stage 2 - Eat at Home

    12/31/2014 8:03:41 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck says during this stage to eat at home or carry your meals and snacks with you as often as possible for at least for several weeks. She says that restaurant eating requires special skills because of double portions and hundreds of hidden calories. Once you are well established on the Think Thin ... Read more

  • A new year!

    12/30/2014 7:38:52 PM, by BA5454

    Well, almost. I love a new year--there's always so much hope involved. And I hope 2015 is kind and generous to you all! ... Read more

  • Beck Success Skill 9: Get Back on Track - Right Away

    12/30/2014 4:51:42 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck Success Skill 9: Get Back on Track I skimmed over this very important section earlier and wanted to return to it in order to share with those who might benefit and reinforce it for myself. When I look at my weight data since 1982 that I am trying to graph, it is very apparent to me, had I ... Read more

  • I Have Never Been So Surprised in My Life!

    12/30/2014 2:39:19 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    It's been a long time since I wrote a blog, and I must admit, I've been slacking a bit in my Sparking. It's just been a very busy time, and our home computer is having problems, which makes it easier to track in my head than to actually log in and do it properly. The holidays started off with... Read more

  • 2015 Goal - Anyone want to join e?

    12/30/2014 10:43:18 AM, by MARGARITTM

    I made it even with a stress fracture back in May 1000 miles and 24000 exercise minutes. I plan to bump it up for 2015 by 10% 1100 miles and 24240 exercise minutes! Who is in!... Read more

  • How I Ended Up Returning to Food Tracking

    12/30/2014 9:25:18 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here is a graph of all the weights I've put into SparkPeople since June of 2010. I wish I had not reset all my data then, but I did, and lost what I had from October of 2009. Oh, well. If I remember correctly, I started SP weighing 143 pounds. So this is my "maintenance" for the past 4.5 years: ... Read more

  • Putting Money where my weight is!

    12/30/2014 12:30:15 AM, by NINETOZE

    I joined a weight loss challenge where you "bet" money that you will lose weight. If you do, you win a share of the pot! If you meet the goal you are guaranteed to get as much back as you put in. Going to give it a try. I joined a long challenge (6 months) with a overall goal of 10%. I current... Read more

  • Steps to a greater understanding

    12/29/2014 11:13:32 PM, by OLDEROWL

    The steps to a greater understanding 1) Know that you are framing your reality by perceiving things through a lens fogged by past experiences or mass media. 2) Allow that it is just one way of perceiving among many, that others have different lenses formed by different life experiences. 3) Le... Read more

  • Foot and Beck Updates

    12/29/2014 7:12:10 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Update on foot issue: I did 40 minutes outside in my neighborhood yesterday, 10 minute walk, 20 minutes run, and 10 minutes cool down walk with the dog. I was glad to be able to do it, although it was not pain-free. I get the stitches out on Friday and hope to start the laser treatments then, too. W... Read more

  • Lost Blog: Great Outdoors Part 2 - Disaster Strikes

    12/28/2014 9:29:01 PM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Lost Blog(s) 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 these "Lost Blogs". This blog is the second in a series. However, the three "Great Outdoors" blo... Read more

  • First Day in the Transition to the Beck Eating Plan

    12/28/2014 8:40:36 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Stage 2: The Think Thin Initial Eating Plan, Page 106 First you use a complicated formula to determine your calorie level. Yesterday a SparkFriend asked if Beck gave any allowances for exercise or activity level. Yes. My computed calorie need is 1453.97 if I exercise 30 minutes per day or less... Read more

  • “Good Luck Getting into Heaven”

    12/28/2014 6:50:57 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    At first I only heard the first two words. I had been running and I thought that the man I encountered during my cool down was encouraging me to keep going. “Excuse me,” I asked and he repeated all 5 words. You see, I was wearing a T-Shirt with our church’s logo on it. My traditio... Read more

  • Join us in the new BLC Challenge starting very soon!

    12/28/2014 12:28:58 AM, by NINETOZE

    The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 8+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. What is it YOU need to... Read more

  • Lost Blog: Great Outdoors Part 1 - Moderately Fit

    12/27/2014 4:03:53 PM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Lost Blog(s) 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 these "Lost Blogs". The original “Great Outdoors” blog was almost a miniature book. When I atte... Read more

  • Beck: Resistance Technique 11 (Bonus Blog)

    12/27/2014 2:22:51 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    The Complete Beck's Diet for Life, Stage One, Resistance Technique 11: Distract Yourself. While waiting for an urge to eat to pass, get out the Distractions Box you created in Chapter 3. Start the activity that you expect to be most distracting. If you finish it and the urge has not passed, go... Read more

  • Beck: The One Situation in Which You Should Not Stick to Your Eating Plan

    12/27/2014 8:42:11 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beck says it is very important to refrain from eating if you are feeling upset, stressed, or rushed - even if it is time to eat. It's important to wait because you can't possibly enjoy your food when you are feeling this way, and you are likely to overeat and/or feel unsatisfied. That makes a lot of... Read more