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  • 402 Days to Go!

    5/22/2015 1:03:12 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Last evening I listened to a message that said you are what you think you are.... OK ready to be healthy, lean with a de-cluttered clean home inside and out! 244 No more negative labels! And I am accomplishing this with Spark People support! 304 Cleaned a sink full of dishes, a load o... Read more


    5/22/2015 10:29:03 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    I just called and talked to my husband,i'm not sure if i feel better or worse? there were things i wanted to say but couldn't because i did not want him to hang up,there were things i asked for that are mine he says hes keeping ,other things he said i could have,he said i could not come home even if... Read more

  • Day 1 - back to work

    5/22/2015 4:24:42 AM, by HIPPIECHICK

    So far it's been a "Q' night - nurses know to never say the full word for "Q"! Difficult to get back into the swing from where I was off on vacation but it's almost over. I was able to put in 15 minutes of a walking video during lunch. Now, I'm waiting to head back on the floor and get busy again... Read more

  • 12 Things to Do When You're Depressed

    5/21/2015 1:03:04 PM, by INARI_FOX

    *12 Things to Do When You're Depressed* 1. Recognize and verbalize to yourself that you are depressed as soon as possible. 2. Have a mental list ready, ahead of time, of neutral or positive thoughts to think instead of the thought "I am depressed." 3. Do just the opposite of what... Read more

  • Back to work

    5/21/2015 12:02:19 PM, by HIPPIECHICK

    Well, I was supposed to return to work tomorrow night but I'm returning tonight due to a staffing problem. I've already done a 2 mile WATP video and packed my lunch. The trick will be to stay away from the leftover cake from our medical director and his wifes' baby shower. Going to have to stay s... Read more

  • 403 Days to Go!

    5/21/2015 10:13:00 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    I have committed to journal/blog to help make myself accountable to CHANGE so I will journal the good and the bad for the next 406 days! Yeah.. yesterday at work was NUTS! It was rainy and cold outside. Didn't go to my second job, but went to dinner with a couple of friends and had a Cheddars ... Read more

  • 404 Days to go!

    5/20/2015 10:45:29 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    OK! OK! OK! This is a work in progress! Got home after the second job at a little after 9pm. Changed clothes and was pooped! Did nothing much and ended up going to sleep at around 9:43pm WOKE up at 3am... and worked on the unpaid medical bills! 244 Worked on these till after 5am and... Read more

  • Day 66 - Blessings!

    5/20/2015 9:20:26 AM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Hello Friends! So much to be grateful for today! 1. Even though I might be gone for a bit….I know that I can always come back to Spark People and that my friends will welcome me back with open arms….thank you!!! 2. I had arthroscopic knee surgery last Thursday and I'm doing great! Wal... Read more

  • Being supportive

    5/20/2015 5:50:59 AM, by HIPPIECHICK

    I really have to give my husband credit. He has been extremely supportive these past three weeks. He has encouraged me along every step. He has helped me make decisions on what to eat, listened when I talk about meal planning, encouraged my daily exercise goals, and even asked about my progress o... Read more

  • 1 mile walk

    5/19/2015 9:22:35 PM, by BECKY1960

    I had a long day BUT my husband and I took a 1 mile walk this evening. I was so tired I didn't think I could do 1/2 mile BUT WE GOT IN THE ONE MILE. I'M SO GLAD. I babysit my grand children LONG HOURS so I don't get to walk as much as I want and need to. But I'm going to try hard to make time at lea... Read more

  • 405 days to go!

    5/19/2015 12:41:55 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    OK! Day one over! Didn't get everything I wanted to get done... but for the first time in a long time...when I got home from the second job.. I didn't just lay down to go to sleep. I changed clothes and sorted laundry! Did a load of LAUNDRY! So today, I AM WEARING CLEAN CLOTHES! woo hoo! ... Read more

  • Implementing

    5/19/2015 9:30:07 AM, by HIPPIECHICK

    I've kept myself very busy these last three weeks planning my strategy, so to speak, on what my food choices each day would be, when and how I would get my fitness in, and what my overall goals were. Busy, busy, busy! In that time I've maintained that diet plan fairly well and increased my activit... Read more

  • Housework!

    5/18/2015 1:36:33 PM, by HIPPIECHICK

    I've been working in the house all morning and I haven't made very much progress. It's ridiculous that two people have so much STUFF! George Carlin has a great comedy bit on STUFF! I'm over it! I already have 3 bags in the truck to take off when my husband comes home. Now I'm waiting for the... Read more

  • Hitting the Re-Start Button! Again!

    5/18/2015 11:54:47 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Remember - I may have lost a couple of battles... but now TIME to start winning the war! I am starting today! I have troubles getting up - my knees are killing me... let alone going up and down stairs I am on the edge of high cholesterol and blood pressure... let alone what else may b... Read more

  • Giving thanks

    5/16/2015 9:58:19 PM, by HIPPIECHICK

    I just did a great walking video on YouTube. Weight Watchers 30-minute walk with Ellen Barrett. I had a wonderful workout partner. Thanks to my BFF Chloe for making the time spent a lot more fun. She's very tired now!... Read more

  • Rethinking what's important

    5/16/2015 9:53:18 PM, by HIPPIECHICK

    I've been so focused on getting fit, making sure that I'm staying on track that a great deal of my time has been taken up with just these issues. I've taken some vacation days and won't go back to work until Friday. In the meantime, I have friends with serious health issues. Their health, at th... Read more

  • Food

    5/15/2015 11:47:26 AM, by HIPPIECHICK

    My relationship with food has been a unhealthy one with scattered periods of me trying to be the one in control. In truth I always gave in too easily and never took responsibility for my actions. I now take ownership of my decisions, good or bad. I now strive every day to make better decisions ab... Read more

  • Lost again

    5/14/2015 11:55:25 AM, by HARROGATEWEB

    Lost again now down to 18st 3lb (116KG - 255lb). Happy Days!... Read more

  • Day 39-still going

    5/14/2015 8:06:31 AM, by NORDY44

    I may have finally found my groove to get back to a healthier me. The answer is not easy. It is moving more than I think I have to. I used to generally walk 10000 steps a day and not eat horribly, but did binge on candy and drank on the weekends. What I've found is working for me is getting in... Read more

  • water intake

    5/13/2015 7:52:18 PM, by HIPPIECHICK

    Started late today drinking my water. I had errands to run and I have a long drive from where I had to be to back home with very few places to run to the bathroom. I'm paying for it now as I didn't start drinking until around 3 pm and I've already drank 6 glasses! Feeling waterlogged. ... Read more

  • I took a short walk but i feel better

    5/12/2015 7:20:22 PM, by BECKY1960

    I took an 1/2 mile walk, a lot slower and a lot shorter then last summer BUT I started back exercising so it is better then nothing. I knew I was not going to go as far or as fast as I used to just started back into walking. I am VERY HAPPY I DID IT, I FEEL BETTER. I plan on walking tomorrow if it d... Read more

  • weekly weigh-in

    5/12/2015 2:02:24 PM, by HIPPIECHICK

    3 pounds down since Thursday. I know it's good progress but I'm not as happy about as I should be. I'm going to keep on working towards my goals and taking it one day at a time.... Read more

  • Food as reward and punishment

    5/11/2015 11:28:49 AM, by HIPPIECHICK

    I had a very chaotic, stressful 13 hours at work last night. As I was driving home I had an urge to drive thru Pal's and get a hot dog! Then I got to thinking about why I wanted one, what the implications, complications, and overall benefits I would get from eating the hot dog. I had all these... Read more

  • Being authentic

    5/10/2015 10:44:29 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    The new year always has many people thinking about what they would like to improve in their life, me included. I read over my goals that I posted and I am not doing very good job of reaching them. I still believe I can come out ahead on most everything I put on that list but I am dealing with some... Read more

  • List: How I Take Care Of Myself When I Have A Cold

    5/7/2015 11:59:27 AM, by INARI_FOX

    How I Take Care of Myself When I Have A Cold 1. I keep some soup and cold medicine on hand at all times so I don't have to go shopping or ask someone else to. 2. I do the dishes and take out the trash so that the kitchen doesn't fill up. 3. I don't sweat the rest of the household jobs... Read more

  • NSV

    5/7/2015 11:43:35 AM, by FITTEREVERYDAY

    I really do love when someone notices my loss. DH told me this morning he's starting to notice muscle definition in my back and that I now have an actual curve in where my waist is.... Read more

  • List: Things I Wanted As A Child

    5/6/2015 6:14:25 PM, by INARI_FOX

    Things I Wanted As A Child But Never Got: 1. Those china figurines of a girl in a long party dress holding up the number of her age. You were supposed to get one every birthday from the day you were born until age 18. 2. A vanity with a mirror, a skirt, a little bench, a silver brush set, ... Read more

  • Hitting the Re-Start Button!

    5/4/2015 2:31:10 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Kinda had a V-8 moment this past weekend.... At church... at the end of mass the Priest was talking about that this past Sunday was the celebration for St. James the Lessor..... his message was not so much that we know God's message, but that it really doesn't mean anything unless we DO somethi... Read more

  • Bad Week for Food

    5/3/2015 2:37:53 PM, by FITVENTI

    This week is crazy and I'm trying to give myself some grace. I'm moving across the ocean soon. My husband was out of town and I had the house and child to take care of. There was a special day out and a birthday party. Lots of "life." Guess how my body feels? If you said terrible, you are... Read more

  • Great Birthday Surprise!

    5/3/2015 10:36:27 AM, by HARROGATEWEB

    Tomorrow is my Birthday, so went shopping to White Rose Centre in Leeds. One of the side effects of my weight loss, is that none of my shirts fit me anymore, was 3XL and had quite a few designer shirts which I am now slowly listing for sale on eBay. Anyway lost weight again this week, now down ... Read more

  • Progress

    5/3/2015 10:16:39 AM, by HIPPIECHICK

    I'm doing well with my nutrition. I'm progressing well with the diet part of my program but the consistency with exercise just won't get a firm commitment from me. I'm not sure why because in the past I've always been into the gym and loved walking. That is my focus for the next couple of days. ... Read more

  • preserverance

    5/2/2015 6:24:26 PM, by HIPPIECHICK

    Continuing to take one step at a time.... Read more

  • it didn't kill me!

    5/2/2015 9:19:24 AM, by HIPPIECHICK

    I made it through my first 20 minutes of cardio in MANY years! It was very hard but I struggled through. The extra weight I had put on since the last time certainly didn't help. But my mindset is different. I feel that I must make some changes if I'm going to survive. So I'm taking one day at a... Read more

  • be happy

    5/1/2015 7:36:40 PM, by WILDXANGELS

    trying not to let my depression demons get me...but it is really hard.though i wanted to just sit home and cry.i went out and had a good time.i know that not isolating is one of the important things in dealing with it..this will pass eventually..sooner than later i hope... Read more

  • The Benefits of Journaling

    5/1/2015 9:54:19 AM, by INARI_FOX

    I found the following article inspiring:
    _b_5588478.html The Benefits of Journaling and Tips for Getting Started by Dr. Gail Gross In today's busy world, we hear a lot about remembering to slow down, to unplug from t... Read more

  • No longer obese :)

    4/29/2015 10:40:17 AM, by FITTEREVERYDAY

    Not the best picture I know (photo of a screen after all), but I'm proud of it.... Read more

  • Day-23 Back on track

    4/29/2015 9:34:42 AM, by NORDY44

    Got back on track yesterday. I'm feeling more energized than I have in awhile. Today is definitely a better day! I'm going to hold onto this feeling as long as I can.... Read more

  • Day 22-hard day

    4/28/2015 2:55:00 PM, by NORDY44

    Gained a lb back, ughhhhhh. Not unexpeceted, but ughhhhhhh! I dropped back into my old bad habits for the last few days. Not eating horrible, just too much. Today I'm trying to get back on track. So far so good. The worst time of the day mid afternoon is still to come. I'm determined to do well. The... Read more

  • Day 65 - Blessings!

    4/26/2015 2:15:37 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Let me stop to count my blessings on this Super Sunday!! 1. Both daughters and their daughters came over this morning….what fun we have with our 5 beautiful granddaughters!!! 2. Husband can drive again… that is a blessing that I don't have to chauffeur him around….we do much bett... Read more

  • pain and loss

    4/26/2015 10:35:54 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    PAIN AND LOSS Really struggling tonight. Bawling my eyes out. Just want someone to hold but I have no one. I've been in a toxic abusive marriage and I'm still totally in love with him. I don't know what is wrong with me, I'm living in a room .,pennyless and he kept all my things and my 4 cats and ... Read more

  • Thought for the day

    4/24/2015 1:23:42 PM, by FITVENTI

    I've been thinking...eating intentionally and spacing my meals, stopping after dinner... I'm happier on less, and have not had the urge to see how many calories I can get away with, no urges to binge. Plus, eating less in the morning and mid day gives me wiggle room for the unexpected. Is... Read more

  • Day 18- Happy and Scared

    4/24/2015 11:46:14 AM, by NORDY44

    I've lost 3 lbs in a few weeks which doesn't sound like a lot, but for me is pretty amazing. I'm so proud of losing the weight and more importantly proud of the fact that I can fit back into the clothes that I want to be wearing. The scarey part is, the other part of me that feels anxiety about feel... Read more

  • Offer Your Depression

    4/24/2015 10:18:37 AM, by INARI_FOX
    epression/ I love the following blog post from Susan Piver. It is about Buddhism, depression, and publishing--three things I have experience with. :) Offer Your Depression by Susan Piver | April 14, 2015 Photo © Sarolta Sasa Gyoker. Once I... Read more

  • hopeful

    4/23/2015 10:49:02 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    i have not had a 5 dollar bill since feb,as my assistance from the state and government is pending!!!! i cant pay my rent ,get meds or buy my own toilet paper.its so degrading to me and my family says oh dont whine!!!! like geeeze,i just want to die.How can i make myself want to live under these cir... Read more

  • Day 64 - Blessings!

    4/23/2015 10:16:15 AM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Thursday Gratitude! 1. My husband had knee replacement surgery on April 7th and he is doing really well….thank you! 2. He goes to Physical Therapy 3 times a week and has a wonderful physical therapist! 3. I am so glad that I am retired and can help him during this recovery! 4. I con... Read more

  • angry

    4/23/2015 9:54:46 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    The Real Me : I am feeling angry and full of rage this morning.Now that I left my abuser no one in the real world outside of these groups wants to hear my Voice now that I got me back!!!!! Not even my therapist! Everyone wants me to pretend I'm just okay now and happy and tells me i should just let ... Read more