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  • Free online course. Obesity (causes and consequences) by Reading University and FutureLearn

    2/1/2015 3:45:53 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    I have signed up for a free online course! The course is free to anyone anywhere, and you can study at your own pace. You can log on and study at any time of the day, and if you get behind you can catch up later. futurelearn.com/courses/
    obesity This course start... Read more

  • Whoa...mind blown. A new way to look at my goals...

    1/31/2015 2:05:33 PM, by SUNFLOWERGRRL

    So I was clicking around on the web, reading blogs about habit change. Stumbled upon this guy's wise words: "The Power of Setting a Schedule, Not a Deadline In my experience, a better way to approach your goals and build good ... Read more

  • Made myself a No S Diet calendar

    1/31/2015 4:09:50 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    Whisked it up on excel. As of today I’m aiming to make every Monday to Friday N days. No snacks, sweets or seconds. Every successful N day will be highlighted in green. Saturdays and Sundays in yellow. Any slip ups will be blue. If you want a copy of the excel doc, sparkmail me your emai... Read more

  • It is working

    1/30/2015 10:20:19 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    I was really pleased when I read in the No S Diet book that the author lost 40 pounds, which is what I want to lose! I weighed in at 193.2 (13 st 11.2 lbs) on Wednesday. A pound lighter than the week before. Some people who gave their testimonies in the book lost over 2 pounds per week. Othe... Read more

  • Day 24,tta

    1/29/2015 9:57:06 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Hello, I have been doing well working out 5-7 days a week with 2 days of strength. I gained .6 last week but my muscles were pretty sore so I chalked it up to that. But I did lose 2 inches off my waist and 1 inch off my hips. I am hoping to lose this week on the scale. I know everyone says to throw ... Read more

  • Sparkpeople Reboot: 2015 Edition

    1/29/2015 11:56:52 AM, by SUNFLOWERGRRL

    Hello Sparkfriends! I have been MIA for quite a while but I am back because...Sparkpeople WORKS! The community support, tracking and health info really help keep me on track. And of course, there's nothing more motivating than... Read more

  • I *will* stay consistently strong to build the habit that will make this non-diet work effortlessly

    1/29/2015 8:25:34 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    Yesterday, I came to the bit in the book which explained about Non-Weekend Special days. It says if you’re taking more than 2 NWS days every month you might want to reassess. Yesterday I decided to take the first two of the three days that my DH is away from home (he goes away every 5-6 weeks) as ... Read more

  • MY WALK WITH GOD...MISSING MY MOM

    1/28/2015 1:12:43 PM, by WILDXANGELS

    I LOOK BK ON MY LIFE AFTER MY MOM WENT TO HEAVEN ON OCT. 12 2014. I JUST WANT TO THANK GOD FOR GIVING ME THE STRENGTH TO GO ON EACH DAY .I WAS AT A POINT WHERE I DIDNT WANT TO GET OUT OF BED. I DIDN'T WANT TO SOCIALIZE. I DIDNT WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH LEAVING THIS HOUSE I CRIED DAILY BUT I TELL YOU... Read more

  • A NEW DIRECTION TODAY

    1/28/2015 11:10:57 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    "Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over" When you feel strongly about something and you know You Can... this is what needs to happen--- Persistence and Starting Over. Some people see these actions as weakness and would rather you look for the easy way... Read more

  • Which film director are you? fun quiz

    1/28/2015 11:04:18 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    Bizarrely the only director I love is Mike Leigh and that's who this fun quiz said I would be if I was a film director! Who would you be? about.futurelearn.com/bl
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    ent-page-4/#comment-127931 ... Read more

  • Pre Binge journal and will keep my 20 NoS days in February commitment

    1/28/2015 1:10:55 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    At 4.56 am I decided that rather than laying in bed planning a binge it would be more productive to come downstairs and draft a blog about it, and maybe even get to the bottom of why I do it. I do it when DH goes away, which he thankfully only does for a few days every 5 or 6 weeks. Why do I do it... Read more

  • Not complaining! :-)

    1/27/2015 3:15:37 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    Yesterday: Oats, skimmed milk, honey, coconut, tea Sausage sandwich, yoghurt, grapes Quiche, boiled potatoes, Bisto gravy, carrot, sprouts, broccoli, cauli, coffee Off plan snack: Frosted wheats 20 minute walk Weight today was exactly the same as last week. With all I’ve eaten ... Read more

  • Setting SMART goals. 2nd S Day was a lot better!

    1/26/2015 10:42:02 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    2nd S Day was a lot better. I think I can do this! :-) Yesterday (S Day) Oats, skimmed milk, coconut, honey, tea, coffee Soup, rolls, apple Sausages, chips, fried egg, choc sponge pud, custard Fairy cake 10 minutes walking So far today (NoS Day) Oats, skimmed milk, honey, coc... Read more

  • Can't wait

    1/25/2015 1:48:17 AM, by NYCALIGIRL

    So I'm starting off the new year to a great start being sicker than ever...so here I am sick as a dog about 3 weeks now. First the flu which was the worst ever and then when i thought I was better a bacterial infection in my chest which caused the dr. to put me on bed rest for another 6 days. Afte... Read more

  • First S Day today - feels scary so will journal!

    1/24/2015 4:07:57 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    Yesterday (I think) was another successful NoS day. I was really hungry before lunch and before tea. Perhaps because of too much bread. So I had some rice cakes and peanut butter as a second course at teatime. Is that counted as an S or not? I ate: 3 slices of wholemeal toast with bu... Read more

  • Day 53 - Blessings!

    1/23/2015 8:50:06 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Today might be my last entry for about a week. We're leaving for our cruise tomorrow morning and I don't know if I'll have internet access on the ship. No worries….I will just pick up where I left off when I return next Saturday. I wish you all a very happy and healthy week with lots of fun on th... Read more

  • Pre binge milky coffee and keeping NoS Diet simple.

    1/23/2015 3:10:44 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    I realised that before my binge the other night I wanted a milky coffee, but told myself no because it was only 7pm. If I had had that coffee I might not have binged. So I have resolved to have a milky coffee any time I want to binge in future. I have put it on my ticker to hopefully keep i... Read more

  • Day 17,tta

    1/22/2015 9:14:46 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Good Evening, I did my weight training tonight but I feel so stupid doing weight training with this fat on my body. I realize that muscle burns more calories than fat but I still feel stupid. Plus, I only burned 204 calories in the 60 minutes I did. Oh well.... Read more

  • Day 52 - Blessings!

    1/22/2015 8:04:04 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Today I feel blessed! 1. Husband got a good report from his surgeon today. 2. Got lots of things done this morning! 3. Babysat for both daughters this morning. 4. Preparing for our cruise which leaves on Saturday! 5. Feeling tired….but very happy, peaceful, and full of gratitude! ... Read more

  • Day 2 ok except for evening binge

    1/22/2015 4:38:39 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    All went well yesterday until the evening when I binged on 2 slices of cheese on toast and 2 bowls of porridge. I don’t know why I do this. I am going to start writing down what I was thinking and feeling immediately before I went off plan, and see if I can get to the bottom of it. Food... Read more

  • Day 51 - Blessings!

    1/21/2015 11:04:51 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Wednesday is almost done…..need to post my list for today. 1. So grateful that my husband is finally feeling better from his surgery and is seeming more like his old self. 2. So grateful that I was able to help my daughter today by picking up my granddaughter at pre-school and then spending... Read more

  • Have started the No S Diet!

    1/21/2015 3:13:00 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    Did ok yesterday. Since starting I have had No snacks (wanted one but kept telling myself I can look forward to sweets, snacks and seconds on S days. I have a difficult few weeks coming up and this is what I’m going to be telling myself a lot I think!) No sweets (did the washi... Read more

  • Day 50 - Blessings!!!

    1/20/2015 10:26:00 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Wow…..50 days of counting my blessings….it has definitely become a habit!! A very good habit!!! Here's my short list for today! 1. Simple pleasures are very important to me! 2. Good conversations with my family and friends! 3. Spending time with children and grandchildren! 4. Readi... Read more

  • Day 15,tta

    1/20/2015 9:33:34 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Good Evening, well, tonight I didn't get to workout because I had to go to the hospital and have an xray on my foot. A couple of weeks ago I dropped a big log from chest height on my foot and it just isn't getting any better and has a painful lump bigger than a pea on the top of my foot so I called ... Read more

  • Day 49 - Blessings!!!

    1/19/2015 7:27:49 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Wow…..I had such a productive day today! Very busy…..but got lots accomplished! Makes me very happy and grateful!! 1. Took my mini-Cooper to the dealership for a maintenance update! 2. Took the last of the Christmas stuff to our storage unit….Christmas is officially over!!! 3. Went to ... Read more

  • Dy 48 - Blessings!

    1/18/2015 8:38:13 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Super Sunday! 1. Thankful that I lost a pound this week at my WW meeting! 2. Thankful that my husband is getting much better now after a setback on his surgery! 3. Thankful that we're going on a cruise this coming Saturday! 4. Thankful that we have been having some really beautiful ... Read more

  • Dy 47 - Blessings!

    1/17/2015 10:39:36 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Getting late……can't forget my list! I'm grateful for: 1. My heart 2. My health 3. My happiness 4. My home 5. My HOPE!!!! ... Read more

  • Day 12,tta

    1/17/2015 9:49:32 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Good evening, Well, it was a very busy day running around town so I didn't get a chance to workout again. Soooo, yesterday and today were my rest days and back to it tomorrow. Today was weigh day! I lost 2.4 pounds! Woohoo! I lost 2.6 the first week so I have lost 5 pounds now in 2 weeks! I hope I c... Read more

  • On my way

    1/17/2015 3:35:21 AM, by HARROGATEWEB

    Thrilled with 4.4kg weight loss the walking for walk1000 must be working, know this is a first week special but thrilled to kick start my weight loss journey again. follow me www.facebook.com/1000mil
    esin2015 ... Read more

  • Day 46 - Blessings!

    1/16/2015 9:24:05 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Today started early for us…..3:30 in the morning!!! Woke up to the sound of my husband taking a shower! When I went to check on him….I found him trying to stop bleeding from his incision! Very scary stuff! Thank goodness he had a follow up dr. appt. at 8:15. Thank God my husband was staying ver... Read more

  • Day 11,tta

    1/16/2015 9:09:05 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Good Evening, I had an ok day. Had to take the dog to get his nails trimmed which I hate doing! My son is feeling better today!(thanks lyn for the prayers) Today is my rest day and I feel like I should have exercised. I did carry firewood in as usual but just feel like I should have done a proper wo... Read more

  • Day 10,tta

    1/15/2015 8:03:06 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Well another pretty good day for my diet but my dog was sick and my son is sick so not so good for my family. Dog is better now but my son is in bed so we will see when he gets up if he feels any better or if I am going to be making a trip to the hospital. He hasn't been to a doctor in a long time a... Read more

  • Day 45 - Blessings!

    1/15/2015 1:10:25 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    I admit right here and now that I'm a sucker for reality TV. I know….it's embarrassing sometimes…but it's the truth…..I enjoy it!! My husband used to watch with me….but now he won't watch it. He's tired of it…..as many people are…..but not me! I enjoy it, Not sure I should count this as a bless... Read more

  • Day 44 - Blessings!

    1/14/2015 4:41:19 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Wonderful Wednesday is here! Here's my list for today! 1. Have spent a quiet day around the house….I always enjoy that after a busy day yesterday! 2. Went to lunch with my husband…..first restaurant meal since his surgery! 3. Knee still feeling pretty good…..thanks for that! 4. Just ... Read more

  • Benefits of an Assistant at Work

    1/14/2015 4:03:16 PM, by TRUCKERSMRS

    My new Assistant is now in her second week and, although there is a lot to teach her (reckon 12 months till she is comfortable), I already feel that this could work well. Benefits : Whilst I am talking/training I am not grazing! I am thinking ahead and she is helping to put things in place... Read more

  • Day 8, tta

    1/13/2015 10:48:32 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Good Evening, The last couple of days have been good. Keep moving forward. I did a 3 mile walk away the pound tonight cause I am a little sore from biggest loser last night. Bob's a killer! We finally got our water last night. It had been frozen for about 5 days. It is not fun to be without water! A... Read more

  • Day 43 - Blessings!!

    1/13/2015 7:53:27 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Terrific Tuesday and all is well! Stopping to count my blessings! 1. My knee feels better today and that makes me happy!!! 2. Got to see both daughters and their girls today….that makes me very happy!!! 3. Husband is finally getting better since his surgery….that makes me happy!! 4. ... Read more

  • Walking in the snow

    1/13/2015 11:11:04 AM, by FITTEREVERYDAY

    I have to say having four inches on the trails makes walking more akin to snowshoeing (which I love and would do every day if I had the chance). It's too deep for my running shoes but i still feel like I'm getting an amazing workout because dragging my feet is not an option.... Read more

  • Day 42 - Blessings!

    1/12/2015 5:38:14 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    I am so grateful that I have the ability to read….it brings me so much pleasure!! Here are the things I'm reading now. 1. Daily Word….there is a prayer and message for each day. 2. Daily Word for Weight Loss….this is spiritual guidance on my weight loss journey. 3. Simple Abundance…..a ... Read more

  • New Year (yes very late)

    1/12/2015 11:21:46 AM, by FITTEREVERYDAY

    Sorry about the lateness. I've been massively enjoying the snow that I was really expecting to get starting last month and I've just been wanting to be out more than online. Anyway I am fully convinced that I can reach my weight goal this year. It's only 33 lbs away and with hard work and pers... Read more

  • Day 6, tta

    1/11/2015 8:42:44 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Good Evening, It's been a very busy weekend. Yesterday was weigh day even though my official start day was Tuesday my weigh day has always been Saturday. I lost 2.6 pounds! I am happy with that because the only exercise I got this week was bringing firewood in every evening after work. Butttt... I j... Read more

  • Day 41 - Blessings!!!

    1/11/2015 1:49:35 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Feeling very blessed! 1. Spending a nice, quiet, happy day at home. 2. Husband took a shower for the first time today after hernia surgery. I know he feels so much better! 3. So thankful for my daily reading. 4. Very thankful for the small pleasures in life. 5. So thankful for Spark People and my... Read more

  • Day 40 - Blessings!!!

    1/10/2015 6:10:30 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Super Saturday! 1. Thankful for the cooler weather we're having right now…..makes you appreciate the nice warm days that we normally have. 2, Thankful that I got up early to go help my daughters with their garage sale. 3. Thankful that we're going on a cruise in 2 weeks! 4. Thankful t... Read more

  • Day 4, this time around

    1/9/2015 10:21:20 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Good evening, Today was a pretty good day. Most of the day I did great! Tonight we got pizza and I had too much. I am a little upset with myself but am going to keep on pushing. This is day 4 and I am not giving up! The evenings and weekends are the worst for me. Tomorrow afternoon is supposed to be... Read more

  • Day 39 - Blessings!

    1/9/2015 8:50:52 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Fantastic Friday…..here's my list for today! 1. Very excited….lost 3.4 pounds at WW this morning! 2. Husband is improving each day….that's good news! 3. Feeling inspired again to hit my weight loss goals! 4. Thankful for my friends Morticia, Karen, and Beth who commented on my blog….t... Read more

  • Day 3, this time around

    1/8/2015 10:34:00 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Good Evening, Another pretty good day! Even though I didn't get the exercise in that I wanted. I forgot to mention last night that I do carry wood in every single night. I guess that is a little bit of exercise. Our water is frozen here. It was -15 wind chill today and is in the single digits. Hate ... Read more

  • Day 38 - Blessings!

    1/8/2015 6:25:34 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Today I have so many blessings in my life! 1. Husband is in much more pain today than yesterday…..this was expected…..I have enjoyed taking care of him and I think he has enjoyed it, too! 2. So grateful for the good doctors that we have to take care of us! 3. Appreciate our 3 children who... Read more

  • Shocked at weight gain Why???

    1/8/2015 3:48:41 AM, by HARROGATEWEB

    Massive shock at weight gain, back on the plan. After losing 15kg over 2012-2013, my weight loss was derailed last year by having minor surgery, which basically stopped me exercising for 2-3 months. Following on from that I must admit to a fair amount of complacency and avoiding the scales. ... Read more

  • Day 37 - Blessings!

    1/7/2015 11:23:32 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Today I am grateful and appreciative for one main thing…..my husband did very well with his hernia surgery. It was done laproscopically and so far he is pain free. Not sure how tomorrow will be….the doctor said the second day is usually the worst. But we are following doctor's orders with icing e... Read more

  • Day 2, this time around

    1/7/2015 8:38:11 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    hello, Today was a pretty good day. Not too hungry in between meals. I do not like fruit and vegetables so it is tough. Any suggestions about how to get these in would be great! I have tried forcing myself to eat them but gag. Also, I haven't started my exercise yet because it is too warm inside and... Read more

  • Not In a Hurray

    1/7/2015 12:47:04 PM, by INARI_FOX

    I had a great day yesterday. I got out and raked some leaves, took a relaxing bath, and talked to my daughter for a long time. Then I picked my sweetie up from work and we went to the first Mardi Gras parade of the season--the Krewe of Joan of Arc. We then went out to one of our favorite restaurant... Read more

  • 1st day, starting again!

    1/6/2015 11:14:14 PM, by CHRISSYPA

    Hello, I have a terrible food addiction and self worth problem. I am restarting for the probably 20th time. I am hoping that this time will be for good. I am up further in my weight than I have been in quite some time and feel terrible! I'm bloated all the time, my joints hurt, my head is fuzzy. I k... Read more

  • Day 36 - Blessings!!!

    1/6/2015 9:16:19 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Feeling tired, ready for bed, but here I go with my list! 1. Thankful that I have my daughters…..love those girls….had so much fun at our Bachelor party last night! 2. Thankful that I am able to spend so much time with my children….nothing better! 3. Thankful that my husband is having he... Read more

  • Who knew? Not me! 01/05/15

    1/6/2015 1:57:51 AM, by LADYBLUE340

    I have been going to the gym 5 days a week. Me the woman who does not like to sweat is at Curves before work and after work and 3 days a week during my lunch hour. The other 2 days I go to L A fitness and ride the bike for 30 minutes (it has a fan on it). WhBo knew working out would feel so good... Read more

  • Day 35 - Blessings!

    1/5/2015 2:07:30 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Feeling blessed on this Monday afternoon! 1. Blessed to have a beautiful home to live in…..so comfy….I do enjoy my home! 2. Blessed to have a beautiful and sunny Florida day….going to be around 68 today! 3. Blessed to have both of my parents still living…..I always enjoy talking to them ... Read more

  • From cacophony to symphony

    1/5/2015 9:37:18 AM, by INARI_FOX

    I'm working on sustaining moderate energy rather than doing too much and crashing. I would enjoy being able to do all the things that I love for a little bit every day rather than overindulge and then be deprived. So a day would look like: work, do yoga, write, cook, read, meditate, get out into the... Read more

  • Day 34 - Blessings!

    1/4/2015 7:28:45 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Sunday Gratitude! 1. Grateful for my 2 daughters….we all went to the mall together and they bought my lunch…what a treat! 2. Grateful for my husband although he has been a bit grumpy lately. 3. Grateful for the fact that my knee is feeling better than it did yesterday! 4. Gr... Read more

  • Day 33 - Blessings!

    1/3/2015 7:19:19 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Super Saturday! Here's my short list for today! 1. My good health! 2. My family! 3. My faith! 4. My Spark Friends! 5. My determination! Blessings to all! ... Read more

  • New Year and New Beginnings

    1/3/2015 10:19:08 AM, by INARI_FOX

    Hi, lovely SparkFriends! I am starting to get more settled in our new house and I now have more time for plotting and planning. My thoughts this time of year turn towards planting seeds. While out walking yesterday I passed a yard that was full of untended Canna Lilies with full to bursting seed pod... Read more

  • Day 32 - Blessings!

    1/2/2015 8:16:06 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Fantastic Friday to you all! Feeling thankful for so many things in my life! 1. Went to my WW meeting this morning. I did weigh in although the results were not very good! But at least I went, held myself accountable, and can do better next week! 2. Spent time with daughters and grandchil... Read more