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  • 361 Days to Go!

    7/4/2015 8:47:59 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday seemed to go like every Friday. ... Worked and got off work a little early and picked up my repaired car. 433 Went home changed clothes and didn't do much... rested.... got hungry...made some frozen pizza then chilled out n went to bed. UGH! Lazy Friday... 480 BUT when ... Read more

  • 362 Days to Go!

    7/3/2015 4:15:27 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Holy Crap! Just realized I have less than a year to accomplish declutting my life! UGH! I have a LOT to do! The week is winding down.... I worked and went to the second job... Got home and was outside for just a few minutes and was getting ate up by mosquitoes! It was then I decided that... Read more

  • July 3, 2015

    7/3/2015 10:18:12 AM, by 1960CHICK

    It's very dreary here in Virginia this morning. More rain expected. Lots of campers pulled into the park yesterday. I hope they get some good weather while they're here. I'm off work today but I'm having trouble getting going this morning. I guess I threw my rhythm off by getting too much sleep... Read more

  • 363 Days to Go!

    7/2/2015 11:52:07 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was another busy day! Work and work! BUT was feeling better... thank you! 304 Then dealing with drama from the DH... yahoo... how come sometimes our DH are more like Dear Children???????? UGH! After second job... changed clothes and worked on the barn for over a half h... Read more

  • 364 Days to Go!

    7/1/2015 8:19:06 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was a busy day! I was working on a project that I was questioning as to how it was previously being recorded..... It worked on me.... so bad... that when the DH woke me the SECOND time at 2:15am... I COULDN'T go back to SLEEP! UGH! Couldn't look at the work so this was even worse! ... Read more

  • Hello July!

    7/1/2015 5:32:02 AM, by 1960CHICK

    No lunch time walk this morning. I have extremely high hopes of being able to leave on time this morning. :)... Read more

  • 365 Days to Go!

    6/30/2015 1:08:58 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was a busy day! I went to a dental appointment! 334 It has been long overdue, but I had a GREAT report... DH... not so much! UGH! Came back to work and was pretty busy until I went home... on the way home... went to the nutrition/vitamin store! Found out I hadn't taken suppleme... Read more

  • June 30, 2015

    6/30/2015 3:45:02 AM, by 1960CHICK

    Completed 30 minute WATP during lunch. Looking forward to getting home this morning, doing some strength training, taking a shower, and going to bed! Simple pleasures.... Read more

  • 366 Days to Go!

    6/29/2015 7:25:30 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was a long day! Overslept but make it to church! 288 After church went to work at my second job then went to the stores THEN ran home then out stuff away THEN the new farrier arrived! Stood for almost the whole time she was working on the horses.... which was over 3 hours! She di... Read more

  • Day 67 - Blessings!

    6/29/2015 3:32:47 PM, by CINDYSUNFLOWER

    Marvelous Monday is a wonderful day to stop and count my blessings! 1. Just returned from a beautiful vacation in Cancun, Mexico! Met so many amazing people at the resort. I feel so fortunate to be able to travel like we are doing! 2. Feeling so fortunate to have all of our children clo... Read more

  • goals

    6/29/2015 9:59:23 AM, by 1960CHICK

    Updated my personal goals. I think that's hardest part! The dilemma: being optimistic VS being realistic.... Read more

  • 367 Days to Go!

    6/28/2015 7:57:59 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was a great day! Worked on chores in the am... I met a neighbor who has lived there for 35 years.. she was wearing a tshirt and casual sweat pants with flip flops with painted toes! We sat on the porch and talked for a while then went inside. Both her parents had cancer..... ... Read more

  • Slow to get started

    6/27/2015 9:54:04 PM, by 1960CHICK

    Power outage last night into midday. My husband kept hoping that the power would come back on. When it wasn't this morning, we were scrambling trying to get the generator to the freezer (in our outside building) going before the $200 of food I bought yesterday spoiled. Thankfully, it wasn't too h... Read more

  • 368 Days to Go!

    6/27/2015 7:12:57 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was a busy day at work. Of course didn't get everything done that I would have liked, but it will he there Monday! 250 Friday free day for me! Went home, made some dinner, watched some tv and played some games on the ipod. 244 Looking forward to seeing the lady down the r... Read more

  • 369 Days to Go!

    6/26/2015 12:32:38 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was horrible! I didn't get much sleep from the previous nite ... the DH doesn't have to be anywhere... at anytime... sooooo....two of the three times I was up was because he was having issues.... the third was because there was a thunderstorm going on! 54 So went into the day with mayb... Read more

  • 370 Days to Go!

    6/25/2015 1:59:33 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday... Worked and the day went quickly! Needed to stop by the store and spoke to a lady that has been cancer free for a couple of years. At the store, I looked at what she was buying... All good stuff... I had some junk in my groceries.... I re-introduced myself and asked her if I coul... Read more

  • Self-Esteem For Depression

    6/25/2015 11:41:32 AM, by INARI_FOX

    8 Suggestions for Strengthening Self-Esteem When You Have Depression By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., Associate Editor Depression and low self-esteem often go hand-in-hand. Low self-esteem leaves individuals vulnerable to depression. Depression batters self-esteem. * “Depression often d... Read more

  • 6/25/15

    6/25/2015 9:02:32 AM, by 1960CHICK

    Small victory - doughnuts at work but I stayed away... Read more

  • 371 Days to Go!

    6/24/2015 10:42:55 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was a mess... seemed to be behind the whole day! UGH! Worked and when I went home... I changed clothes to make dinner... eventually made dinner... took a break and although I didn't go outside to chip at a stall.. I DID SHINE MY SINK AND CLEANED A BIG CHUNK OF KITCHEN COUNTER! 244 ... Read more

  • 372 Days to Go!

    6/23/2015 12:25:34 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday had some pretty good sleeps... kinda Worked ... but didn't seem to get much done... Went to second job... didn't seem to get much accomplished there either! Went HOME! Seemed like the sky was falling! UGH! just quieted the waters and went to bed! Was awakened at least ... Read more

  • 373 Days to Go!

    6/22/2015 3:24:09 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday ran out of steam! Got up late and so we were late to church! Then since it was Father's day we met the families to have lunch! Since we were late starting we were then late doing the weekly shopping! Then since we had to make an unexpected stop to check on a renter (who didn't kn... Read more

  • feeling overwhelmed

    6/21/2015 2:05:52 PM, by WILDXANGELS

    feeling overwhelmed I'm so tired today! Tired of trying so hard, to keep moving forward, to think the right things, to not miss...ect ect! My life is lonely. Nobody looks at me and says I love you. How do I keep going through this everyday?... Read more

  • 374 Days to Go!

    6/21/2015 7:16:07 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday started with chores and going to my horseback riding lesson. 30 it is amazing how there are people who seek support. People needing encouragement. It is nice sometimes to just TALK about what troubles them.... This forum with the support of 223 help me. I hope the COWGIRL UP SISTERHOO... Read more

  • 375 Days to go!

    6/20/2015 9:40:42 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was a Friday! Seems like all that happens on a Friday is to get through it! 198 After work inhad a long awaited eye doctor appointment. 52 last year I went to a new eye doctor ... new insurance but I didn't get the forms filled out n couldn't find a place to fill the contact or... Read more

  • challenges

    6/20/2015 10:21:37 AM, by 1960CHICK

    It's hard to think about making time for your health when you work such long shifts.... Read more

  • 376 Days to Go!

    6/19/2015 3:02:31 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday started productive, but then the demands of the day crept in! CRAZY! Papers everywhere! Too many plates on the fire! UGH! Glad when the day ended! 198 Went home and was confronted by the DH! We were supposed to have the horses' feet trimmed on Friday while I am at work. Well,... Read more

  • My New TV Shows 2

    6/18/2015 10:53:56 PM, by ALSGIRL4

    So as I said I've been watching my 600 pound life. I enjoy the show although my family think I'm crazy. I can relate to what they are going through. I feel like I understand the stories they are talking about, I'm in no way 600LBS, but I have a weight loss journey and even though it isn't as much we... Read more

  • Exercise

    6/18/2015 2:48:33 PM, by 1960CHICK

    Just got home from my meetings. Went to the store to pick up some things. Traffic was so congested with 2 wrecks on my way home. The remainder of the day I'm going to enjoy being at home alone and watching TV. Exercising later.... Read more

  • 377 Days to Go!

    6/18/2015 11:53:44 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday I was operating on little sleep. I was busy worried about trying to get all sorts of things done. Got through the day at job #1 and went to job #2. I finished my work and headed home.... headed to sleep! 102 UGH! Maybe this is my pattern... work .. rest... day on ... day o... Read more


    6/18/2015 7:44:28 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    I GOT OUT ALIVE: "Why did you stay?" It's my least favorite question. No matter how nicely someone askes me, with their tilted head and sad eyes, it still sounds derogatory. It's my fault. Yes I stayed, more times than I can count. I stayed after each bruise, after each horrible insult and his che... Read more

  • I didn't let the rain stop me

    6/17/2015 8:23:18 PM, by BECKY1960

    I was determined to walk today, I didn't feel good, had a slight headache and it was raining. I waited until it stopped and I got dressed, took my phone that tracks my miles, time and calories burned. a bottle of water and my umbrella. as soon as I walked out to the street I had to put up my umbrell... Read more

  • Another hot one

    6/17/2015 6:18:50 PM, by 1960CHICK

    I'm sitting outside on my porch enjoying some fresh air and sunshine (from a distance). It's another very hot day here but there is a wonderful breeze blowing. The cats are outside with me having some supervised time. So far they've not ventured too far from the shaded porch. They love to play o... Read more

  • 378 Days to Go!

    6/17/2015 4:06:27 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    I have all of you to thank for this segment about yesterday..... 223 252 Yesterday started LATE.... and I was LATE getting EVERYTHING done! Down to one car because of repairs and one of the vehicles going to car heaven... We went to pick up the other car and I was just NOT motivated ... Read more

  • June 17, 2015

    6/17/2015 12:50:47 PM, by 1960CHICK

    30 minutes of WATP hips and thighs already under my belt. I like to do morning cardio! Hopefully I can get more in this evening. Heading to bed now after working last night. I hope everyone has a joy filled day. Keep Sparking!... Read more

  • Day 72 and still moving forward

    6/17/2015 8:18:32 AM, by NORDY44

    Today I'm officially 5 lbs down. This isn't a lot for most people but it is for me! I've been really working hard at it for the last 3 months with definite ups and downs in losing the weight, eating healthily, and staying motivated, but, now I see the success. It is a great feeling I intend to carry... Read more

  • 379 Days to Go!

    6/16/2015 11:33:01 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was certainly a Monday! It seemed like everyone wanted something and wanted it now! 198 We picked up my sorta fixed car after work... 24 And dropped off the OTHER car! UGH! Got home and felt like one big ITCH! Stomach ache... laid down and tried to rest. Got up to mak... Read more

  • June 16, 2015

    6/16/2015 9:21:14 AM, by 1960CHICK

    Exercise and lots of chores this morning. My bandana today! ... Read more

  • 380 Days to Go!

    6/15/2015 10:47:36 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday woke up and did chores! Got ready for church 288 and was just a little late! I kept resisting the urge to scratch at my face! Interesting my DH said I should have waited to work on the fences... cause there was poison Ivy out there! Well now, waited till when? He kept asking ... Read more

  • Weight

    6/15/2015 8:58:56 AM, by 1960CHICK

    I've had a 1 pound weight gain from edema in my legs. I usually get a lot after I work a couple of days straight but can get rid of it on my off days, but it's just hanging on this time. Going to have to really push fluids today because it's back to work tomorrow and it's a busy week with meetings... Read more

  • Getting back up

    6/15/2015 12:50:06 AM, by 1960CHICK

    Persistence needed, not perfection, on this journey to improved health. Keep getting back up when you let yourself get knocked down.... Read more

  • friends with benefits

    6/15/2015 12:14:46 AM, by 1960CHICK

    My BFF got her exercise in yesterday too! We're both tired and ready for bed. Hope everyone has a good night... Read more

  • a better day for overall health

    6/14/2015 8:45:45 PM, by 1960CHICK

    I did much better today on my plan. I made a very nutritious taco soup with ground turkey and low sodium ingredients. I did use some sour cream and cheese but only a fraction of what I used in the past. I tracked everything and I'm under my allotted calories for the day. I've already done a 30 m... Read more


    6/14/2015 8:19:49 PM, by BECKY1960

    My husband and I just came home from a 2 mile walk. I wish I could get in more walking days. most days I'm too busy and some days I'm just to tired. I love walking outside.... Read more

  • 381 Days to Go!

    6/14/2015 7:25:55 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was Saturday.... my only day to sleep in. 102 I did get moving and did chores outside. It was super muggy and hot. I was soaked and went inside for a break and to cool off. My big goal was to re-string a fence with electric rope that had gotten torn n tattered last year. I ... Read more

  • a new day

    6/14/2015 4:08:59 PM, by 1960CHICK

    The only thing good about yesterday, is that it ended. Just one of those days - frustrating, stressful, and long! Today's a better day. Off from work and back on track (sorta). Did some errands this morning. Traffic was very busy for a Sunday. Stores were crowded too. I'm glad that all I ha... Read more

  • 382 Days to Go!

    6/13/2015 8:49:18 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was a Friday! 48 Chipped away at work. Ran some errands after work, but did nothing when I got home. Restart tomorrow.... 41 24 days into this adventure. 41... Read more

  • 383 Days to Go!

    6/12/2015 5:52:40 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was quite a day!......!....!...! Chipped away at work... while at work found out the DH had OPENED my 1st retirement check! Pretty exciting for me... but not if the DH knows how much it is! Busy dreaming of spending the money.... my gut gets tied into knots! I was going to use the ... Read more

  • Exercise

    6/12/2015 10:22:20 AM, by 1960CHICK

    I am still puzzled as to how Fitbit comes up with "activity" minutes. Some days I can complete 46 minutes of WATP and only get 21 minutes. Other times I can do 36 minutes and get 29. I thought at first it had to do with how much exertion you put in but I really don't think that's exactly right ei... Read more

  • 384 Days to Go!

    6/11/2015 10:32:48 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    UGH! Yesterday got sooo busy and crazy! Thought I had made a blog entry for the day before, but no! Was kinda crazy on my eating too.... so need to hit the re-start and commit to journaling my food consumption! The scale went up a pound! UGH! 39 As it turned out... all that work fro... Read more

  • keep hydrated

    6/11/2015 9:52:31 AM, by 1960CHICK

    It's going to be another hot one today. Be sure to drink your water (I definitely need a reminder). It's the hardest part of my program!... Read more

  • Day 65 and counting

    6/10/2015 3:35:39 PM, by NORDY44

    I've been feeling run down over the last few days. There's been a lot going on. I have an exam coming up, was traveling to college orientation for my daughter and work as ramped back up as well. I've gave myself permission to take it a little easier yesterday and will do the same today to try to get... Read more

  • Nutrition labels

    6/10/2015 3:13:47 PM, by 1960CHICK

    So this morning I went grocery shopping. I bought some food to actually cook for myself and my husband today. At the store I checked serving size and calories and sugar/sodium content but to be honest on some items I didn't check the fat. So, it had been awhile since breakfast and I needed to get... Read more

  • I want to thank EVERY ONE and info about ME

    6/9/2015 9:47:46 PM, by BECKY1960

    I want to thank every one who leave me comments on my blog. I really appreciate all of them. I may not be on here every day but plan to try for more time so I can thank every one personally and send messages to friends and send goodies as well. I am busy watching my grand children most days I ... Read more

  • a walk with my husband

    6/9/2015 9:36:25 PM, by BECKY1960

    My Husband and I took a walk this evening. We walked 2.2 miles in 36.52 minutes. burned up 243 calories. before our walk we went shopping and to my doctor Tim's office. mom wanted a knew large living rook rug we bought it and took it to her. I ran her sweeper. Visited my friend Bre... Read more

  • Happy June Birthday!

    6/9/2015 12:57:32 PM, by INARI_FOX

    Sending wishes for a very Happy Birthday to all those born in June! ... Read more

  • 385 Days to Go!

    6/9/2015 12:08:12 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday started out so hopeful! WANTED to work on the pasture fences and the barn BUT after stopped to drop the car off to get fixed, stopped to get some fencing material and got home AND changed clothes.. and put my hair up to get ready to go outside... Yeah... laid down for a minute cause ... Read more

  • water reminder!

    6/9/2015 10:56:11 AM, by 1960CHICK

    Remember to put out fresh water for our little animal friends! They need more water in this heat too! ... Read more

  • Breakfast

    6/9/2015 10:35:43 AM, by 1960CHICK

    This morning I'm not eating my typical breakfast of Special K Red Berries (they're the bomb) and 1% milk. I'm eating 1 scrambled egg (no milk, cooked using Pam for my pan), 1 slices of toast (knead for seed, 1 small dollop of real butter, and cinnamon), 2 pieces of no added sugar bacon, and 6 oz o... Read more

  • still fighting

    6/9/2015 6:49:29 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    still fighting !!!!! At the end of the day when I crawl into bed and all the lights go out, my thoughts can finally rise to the surface. Yes I’m a little bruised, slightly broken, and permanently scarred but I’m still here, I’m still fighting, I’m still waking up everyday to go through it al... Read more

  • Cleaning out the refrigerator

    6/8/2015 7:04:36 PM, by 1960CHICK

    OMG. Started cleaning out and organizing my refrigerator. It is totally ridiculous how much money from expired food that I threw away. I absolutely hate to go to the grocery store and when I do I buy way too much. I usually use resealable Food Saver bags and use the vacuum sealer when I open any... Read more

  • 386 Days to Go!

    6/8/2015 9:43:16 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday was a good day! Although it started out pretty rough - I wasn't feeling very well from the drama of the Dog, Max taking a bite of the Cat, Henry. Henry did drink water and finally ate a bite of food! 244 Got morning chores done, but felt horrible and after chores laid down to res... Read more

  • I love walking outside

    6/7/2015 8:05:45 PM, by BECKY1960

    I love walking outside. I got in 2.63 miles in 50 minutes. not fast but It was VERY HOT and I wanted to quit but I didn't. I need to try walking a little later in the evening.... Read more

  • Another 2 bites the dust

    6/7/2015 4:41:27 PM, by 1960CHICK

    Weighed today and I've lost another 2 pounds! So pleased to see a loss. It's just a drop in the ocean compared to what I need to lose, but I'll take it. I'm just focusing on following my plan and rolling with the punches. I'm really excited that it's been relatively pain free so far. Just track... Read more

  • 387 Days to Go!

    6/7/2015 9:49:55 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday morning did chores and was off to my horseback riding lesson. I took a sample of a new beverage we are now distributing through work for whoever was at the barn! Everyone liked it! Next time I will also bring a nonalcoholic sample too! lesson went well. This was the first real lesson ... Read more

  • a glorious day

    6/7/2015 8:47:26 AM, by 1960CHICK

    It's going to be a beautiful day here in Virginia. I hope everyone gets out and enjoys some outdoor activities. Sending prayers for a sunshiny day wherever my fellow Sparkers are! Stay active/hydrated and don't forget your sunscreen! Keep Sparking! ... Read more

  • I'm At It, Again!

    6/6/2015 8:56:39 PM, by SWIMMING_GLEE

    I went to my first general physical in, say, 10 years. As a Woman, I most often make sure that my Plumbing still works. LoL. I have had notes of slight cholesterol issues and a sweet tooth that didn't seem to know when to quit. Thankfully, my new doctor has confirmed that I am rather successfu... Read more

  • goodbye heartache

    6/6/2015 7:51:51 PM, by WILDXANGELS

    goodbye heartache!!!!!! I feel compelled to share it with the rest of you, in the hopes that you will see that there is life beyond heartbreak. I truly pray that it will help. TRIGGER WARNING: I once fell madly in love with a man who hurt me very badly : physically and emotionally. I didn't care; I... Read more

  • Aiming for 10

    6/6/2015 9:38:57 AM, by 1960CHICK

    I woke this morning in a crummy mood and I really don't know why. I have resented everything I've had to do this morning. There isn't anything to feel that bad about so I'm counting my blessings and hoping to ease my way out of it. That said, I'm just planning on getting a 30 minute WATP wal... Read more

  • 388 Days to Go!

    6/6/2015 7:52:56 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Yesterday went like all Fridays seem to go. Work and get to 5pm to make it to the weekend! I think that is a song! 211 I went home let out the animals, changed clothes, and RELAXED! 41 I have come to realize..... Fridays... not to expect much from myself. This will be my FREE eve... Read more


    6/5/2015 7:42:24 PM, by WILDXANGELS

    ⁀‵⁀,) .`⋎´ ¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•. ... ¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•. ...•°*”˜˜”*°• live today,Don't depend too much on anyone in this world. Because even your shadow leaves you when you're in darkness. People hurt you, God will heal you. People humiliate you, God w... Read more

  • 389 Days to Go!

    6/5/2015 10:45:43 AM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Ok! This is interesting! I was sooo busy yesterday I forgot to blog/journal. So do I skip the day and say there is one less day? Or do I keep at it and say I have an additional day to go? I'm thinking I will need to journal/blog the additional day because I want to make this a conscious eff... Read more