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  • Day #36

    2/8/2016 6:33:01 AM, by BILL60

    It was an exciting weekend. It started Friday with the dog agility competition and the latter ended yesterday. I am so very proud of my Aussie dog. In spite of my many handling blunders, he performed brilliantly. We entered 9 events and we finished: 1st 3 times, 2nd 2 times, and 3d 2 times. In only ... Read more

  • Beck Blue: Foundational Skills - Eat according to a plan and schedule

    2/7/2016 4:45:11 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Beck splits these up into two steps, but they seem to go together naturally. The authors urge readers not to graze all day and make spontaneous food choices, but rather to plan meals out ahead of time, either the day before or morning of, and eat at scheduled times. This might seem a bit rigid, but ... Read more

  • Goals for 2016!!! modified to fit me this this year.

    2/6/2016 3:43:03 PM, by HEALTH4LIFE2012

    Even though it was long in coming I did get myself started eating healthier and doing minimal exercise the last few months of 2015. My past goals are as followed: ~I want to exercise because i want to not to burn off calories i ate in a panic. (I did this!) ~I want to bike to work for the nat... Read more

  • Getting Re-Started

    2/6/2016 9:19:09 AM, by MROOTY2T

    Nearly the end of my first week. So far, I've been really great at tracking nutrition. YAY! Although really haven't started being consistent at exercise. I hate winter and can't hardly motivate myself to walk. I would like to get on the bike, but will wait until I know I can do it without overd... Read more

  • Week 5: Progress!

    2/6/2016 8:28:31 AM, by MODDEDCOROLLA

    Five weeks into 2016, and I'm doing great. I weighed in at the start of the year at 201.9lbs. I weighed in today, at a weight of 190.3lbs. That's an 11.6lbs loss so far this year, and an average weight loss of 2.3lbs a week! I track my weight on an iPhone app called "WeightRec... Read more

  • Stop waiting

    2/5/2016 8:02:58 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Dear Spark Friends, This is a note to myself, but you're welcome to read along if you wish. Stop waiting! Stop thinking that when you get to your goal weight things will be great. Stop thinking that then you'll reward yourself with a whole new wardrobe and suddenly there will be no stres... Read more

  • Day #33

    2/5/2016 6:08:12 AM, by BILL60

    We are doing so good. I can't recall going this long without a major collapse. Yesterday we did what we've been doing, walking/training/cycling. It's been an average of 3+ hours of exercise. This, of course, affords me the extra calories that the body needs to repair and recover. This weekend will b... Read more

  • Goals Update

    2/4/2016 1:24:25 PM, by RANDI_JEAN

    Since it's been a month since New Year's, I thought I'd update my goals. My half marathon training plan starts Feb. 22. Hopefully I will miss most of the nasty weather. Tommy got be a spin bike for the house after a particularly stressful week. Sometimes he is at the school from 8am-9pm ev... Read more

  • Day #32

    2/4/2016 6:52:13 AM, by BILL60

    We are "cooking with grease". It was an incredible day yesterday. Not only did I cycle, walk, and train my dogs, I also swept/vacuumed?mopped/washed/c
    lean bathrooms. Very proud of myself. To top it all off, I stayed under my caloric goals. HOOAAA!!... Read more

  • Mileage total for 2015

    2/3/2016 6:38:25 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    My 'goal' was 1000 miles in 2015. My actual was 592.66 miles. That seems like a big deficit. It really isn't though. I started in 2013 trying to get to 1000 miles in the year. I barely made it to 100 miles in 2013 due to health issues. In 2014 I barely made it to 400 miles also due to health issues.... Read more

  • Day #31

    2/3/2016 6:48:50 AM, by BILL60

    It had been a while but, after my exercises, I mowed/fertilized/ killed some weeds. Frankly, it was invigorating. As result, my nap was a bit longer. It was a good day. HOOAAA!!... Read more

  • Beck Blue: Foundational Skills - Manage Hunger and Cravings

    2/2/2016 7:44:24 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    This one is a bit self-explanatory, lol. In Beck pink, they talk about the fact that hunger is not an emergency, and both books talk about the hunger experiment, where you purposefully skip a meal (usually lunch) and monitor your hunger until you eat again. I actually loved this exercise. Well, okay... Read more

  • Good day

    2/2/2016 2:10:13 PM, by APLOUIS

    ☺💪... Read more

  • Reminded of the importance of rest

    2/2/2016 11:42:43 AM, by NATHELESS

    Last week, I was sick for most of the week. I did not get my 10k steps most of the week (or anywhere near them) and I did not lift weights again until Saturday, when the worst of it had passed. So I had six days off. It was impressive that even though I wasn't completely well, I could feel imme... Read more

  • Slap of reality

    2/2/2016 8:41:10 AM, by PLATINUMZACK

    I was on a bicycle forum for bigger folks on my high horse when answering a question about bariatric surgery. I was pretty much backing up a guy that said that he had "manned up and worked it off the right way" but in a civil manner of course. The OP congratulated me and explained that he had alread... Read more

  • Day #30

    2/2/2016 6:19:49 AM, by BILL60

    It was a good day. Walked, trained, and cycled. Getting ready for this weekend's dog agility competition.Hoping to pick up some ribbons. On the nutritional side, all went well. I went under my nutritional goal. All systems appear to be under control. It's gonna be a great month. I can feel it. HOOAA... Read more

  • Pleasant culinary revelatons while eating consciously

    2/1/2016 11:22:17 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    277Mindful Eating, Mindful Life267 As I close in on the second week of once again eating consciously, I'm steady at the helm with my nutrition tracking and quite shaky in my exercise, tracking or not. As I said in my first blog on this resolve, on January 21, I weighed at my doc's office on... Read more

  • self awareness

    2/1/2016 2:07:51 PM, by PARASELENIC

    I've been careful this past bit to eat right, not smoke, avoid booze. I've adapted a new habit of lemon water right away in the morning, and throughout the day. This has had a very weird effect on my hunger-- as in, I don't feel it. This past week, 6 out of 7 days, I came in under my min... Read more

  • The entire city has lost its mind

    2/1/2016 11:54:54 AM, by APONI_KB

    two words: Super Bowl Ok I'm excited too. In fact I got so excited that I actually checked to see how much it would cost. Yea like $20k so we'll be watching it from home. Funny thing though, I was in a IT meeting the other day where I was the only American. I think our Indian coworkers ar... Read more

  • Insight from the Dalai Lama - 2/01/16

    2/1/2016 11:54:36 AM, by ICE9CA

    Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. ... Read more

  • Day #29

    2/1/2016 8:04:56 AM, by BILL60

    Well, January is over and have to award myself the "Sticking With It" commendation. I was 95% with the program. Lost inches and weight, but most importantly, kept the focus. For February, we want to keep up the motivation and seek to be healthier. HOOAAA!!... Read more

  • Beck Blue: Foundational Skill - Strengthen Your Resistance Muscle

    1/31/2016 9:31:17 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    For some reason, "resistance muscle" as a phrase irks me, lol. But what Beck is really talking about here is forming habits. I find this to be a really pivotal skill, simply because it can make healthy living so much flippin' easier. Once something becomes a habit, it starts to be the default... Read more

  • Day #28

    1/31/2016 6:39:05 AM, by BILL60

    It's been 4 weeks since I started this craziness and am really doing very well. Yesterday was a great day. The day ended up being in the 70's and all was just right. I've been slowly but surely adding some jogging to my walks. Yesterday it was half walk and half jog. And when I say jog, trust me, it... Read more

  • Day #27

    1/30/2016 6:36:56 AM, by BILL60

    Sock it to me Baby!! All systems were go yesterday. I even dropped another pound (171). One more pound lost and I will be going back in times to '92. At that time I was a trim, good-looking Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, wearing a Green Beret. While I won't be wearing my beret, it sure will feel go... Read more

  • Day #26

    1/29/2016 6:28:40 AM, by BILL60

    Another great day under my belt. Did my daily exercises (walk, bike. lift) and was careful with my intake. Result was another day of caloric deficit. I guess that after a while, like exercise, nutrition becomes a habit. Sure makes life easier and healthier. HOOAAA!!... Read more

  • Interesting... thoughts

    1/28/2016 2:57:32 PM, by KELSIESMOM42

    I was going to start deleting blog posts from years ago because it just looks like failure that I've been on this site for seven years without any major progress but as I was reading through a few I realized... I've had these lung issues for longer than I can remember and I wish now that I had gone ... Read more

  • Restart, retry, give up, fail, get up, keep at it, restart, retry.

    1/28/2016 1:11:53 PM, by PARASELENIC

    I spent some time this winter (holidays) eating all the things, not exercising. Spent a bit of time feeling ashamed about that. Originally, I was biking to work, but weather has not made that happen as of late, so I've been eating poorly, drinking too much beer, and not exercising. I needed a ... Read more

  • Successfully adulting

    1/28/2016 8:58:14 AM, by IGNATZ50

    Today I can truthfully say that I am successfully adult-ing! 1) I paid off my student loans today. Dear heavens, that took FOREVER, but I did it! 2) I swam a mile in 1 hour and 11 seconds. That means I'm in almost as good a shape as I was about 10 years ago, when I first started swimming ... Read more

  • the tact of a Klingon

    1/28/2016 6:29:45 AM, by APONI_KB

    My oldest sister is not the most tactful person. I don't think she means to be mean, I just think that she literally has no sense of the power of words. case in point - early on in my cancer diagnosis I made some comment about "the big c". She informed that I didn't have big c cancer, I had li... Read more

  • Day #25

    1/28/2016 6:26:48 AM, by BILL60

    It was indeed a good day, in spite of the cold and the wind. I changed a little bit of my walking routine by jogging some of the time. First time jogging in a long time. Hope to continue to expand the jogging time. Anyway, the dogs and I walked and trained, I lifted some weights, and did my cycling.... Read more

  • I think I can...

    1/27/2016 8:30:47 PM, by KELSIESMOM42

    It has been nearly three years since my last blog entry and needless to say, it didn't work out... or I guess I didn't work out enough. I worked out in order to help my body get healthy and move easily but the work that I did was only enough to help with some of the pain not with weight loss. Star... Read more

  • Half-marathon Training

    1/27/2016 3:03:08 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I'm still recovering from a bad cold that knocked me out over the MLK holiday weekend. I skipped several workouts - from the 15th through the 19th - and I've been taking it easy with workouts since then. My first run was a slow, easy one - slow as in I ran it at about 4 mph. I skipped the morni... Read more

  • Day #24

    1/27/2016 6:42:09 AM, by BILL60

    It was a limited day due to the constant rain. However, in spite of the rain, I still cycled for 1+ hours, walked the dogs, and trained the dog. Nutritionally, I did well and the weight lifting went as scheduled. Overall, a good day. HOOAAA!!... Read more

  • Progress.

    1/27/2016 12:50:45 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    3 inches lost on my belly this month! Woot, happy day!... Read more

  • Tuesday 01/26/2016

    1/26/2016 6:19:34 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I had the day off,got some 30 minute workouts in. My kayak was delivered today,i'm ready for summer. 237... Read more

  • Control

    1/26/2016 5:43:22 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    Sometimes control is a good and necessary thing in my life...like with food intake. I feel like I've been in a free fall pattern at least since August. I remember noticing, upon first getting back from Ecuador in June, that I got full eating much less than I typically had prior to going to the... Read more

  • Reminder

    1/26/2016 4:24:04 PM, by IGNATZ50

    "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes s... Read more

  • 15 weeks post op

    1/26/2016 10:33:33 AM, by IGNATZ50

    Physically Very much recovered. Had 2nd check up with primary care physician. She is taking me off of the only blood pressure medication that I am still on. And she says I only have to test my blood sugar once a week! Energy and stamina still good. Sleep still okay. Protein still no problem, ... Read more

  • Learning from My Mistakes

    1/26/2016 8:14:37 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    Tracking my food - every single item I put in my mouth truly is a pain in the butt, "butt" I do learn from it. Two days ago I was just enjoying 1/2 of the Toll House cookie and yesterday I did not eat a single one as I could not afford the calories. Last night we ate leftover pizza for dinner (as ... Read more

  • Day #23

    1/26/2016 5:58:58 AM, by BILL60

    It was another great day. Walked, lifted, rode my bike, and told my Honey that I loved her. Does it get any better? The day was beautiful, so I went for all the marbles. Exercised for 3+ hours and ate smartly. The dog and I went to our weekly agility class and were totally humbled. We have been into... Read more

  • What Happened to My Clean Eating Routine??

    1/25/2016 8:45:45 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    I'll tell you what happened - the blasted snowstorm came into town and for whatever reason, I thought that meant I could enjoy "comfort" food. Friday I made toll house cookies for my family - though of course I had to nibble here and there to make sure they tasted okay. I did not realize that Toll... Read more

  • Day #22

    1/25/2016 7:53:17 AM, by BILL60

    Yesterday was a slack day and boy did I ever abuse myself. Way too many chocolate chip cookies. Anyway, I owed myself a bit of a break. Today we're back on course and ready for some challenging exercising. HOOAAA!!... Read more

  • Happy birthday to me!

    1/24/2016 8:12:51 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    What better gift can I give myself than good health, right? I weighed in at the doc's office on Jan 20. I'm not going to use my scale here at home. I'll weigh in next month at the doc's office again on or about my birthday, Feb 22-23. I'm committed to taking care of the "temple" or as my friend B... Read more

  • Day #21

    1/24/2016 2:38:25 PM, by BILL60

    Ended the week with a big bang!! Did 4+ hours of exercise and attended a Dinner Theater for the first time. Overall, it was a super active week. Averaged 3+ hrs of daily exercise and stuck to the nutritional goals, except for dinner last night. Pretty proud of myself. HOOAAA!!... Read more

  • Best. Breakfast. Ever.

    1/24/2016 10:12:08 AM, by MODDEDCOROLLA

    So, I saw this breakfast picture online and I felt like recreating it.. Here it is! It's the best breakfast ever! Of course, this is not what it looks like.. :) This is a healthy breakfast of apple, yoghurt, and a peach.. disguised as fren... Read more

  • Beck Blue: Foundational Skill - Weigh Yourself Daily

    1/24/2016 10:11:52 AM, by AZULPAPEL

    Hopping on the scale has been part of my morning routine for a while now. I do it at the same time, wearing the same thing, and place the scale on the same spot on the floor. This could come off as a little obsessive, lol, but it's really a matter of controlling variables. Beck does a good job of... Read more

  • game day

    1/24/2016 9:08:18 AM, by APONI_KB

    We've had an ice storm that has thankfully moved on but it's going to be freaking COLD at that game today. Even better hubs has a cold and is refusing to back off the tailgating plans. what do you do, its the NFC Championship caught a cardinal spying on our pre-game prep today ... Read more

  • Five Studies on the Links Between Sugar and Heart Disease

    1/24/2016 8:02:11 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "Here are the five studies you need to read to understand the scientific evidence for whether eating too much sugar causes obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. The evidence isn't bulletproof, but some public health researchers argue it's enough to tell people to cut back on soda and other sw... Read more

  • Dieters, it's Time to Eat Real Food!

    1/24/2016 7:43:39 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "Most diets are destined to fail because they are too strict and don't have enough fat in them, says Harvard University nutritionist Dr. David Ludwig. Traditional low-fat diets, in which fats are replaced by carbohydrates and sugars, fuel a vicious circle of hunger by throwing the body into starvati... Read more

  • Eating poop pills could make you thin. Seriously.

    1/24/2016 7:32:35 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "In March 2016, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston will launch a clinical trial (Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Obesity and Metabolism) to study the impact of gut bacteria on weight. By transplanting the intestinal bacteria from a stool sample of a healthy, lean person into the... Read more

  • Motivation

    1/24/2016 7:00:45 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I'll be honest, this blog is just an excuse to post a picture of shopping with my little bear. I tried to upload this to my status, but the photo uploader kept flipping it upside down for some reason. Still, since I'm here, I would like to say that it is amazing how much motivation Sas... Read more

  • Day #20

    1/23/2016 6:19:33 AM, by BILL60

    It's going so good that it's almost boring. Had another great day. Walked/trained my dogs, lifted some weights and rode my bike 3+ hours. It was quite a challenge, with the cold and wind. I appeared to be the only nut on the road. My goal this month was to drop 5 lbs. Think I'm gonna exceed that. We... Read more

  • Onward!

    1/22/2016 2:34:38 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    I'm so grateful for all the comments and helpful feedback on yesterday's "Attention Call." It is indeed time to pay attention, if I want to continue with the high quality of health that I now enjoy. I've never had to take any ongoing pills, except for my self-prescribed vitamins and supplement... Read more

  • Day #19

    1/22/2016 5:50:52 AM, by BILL60

    Oops! Noticed that I repeated day #17. So, I'm getting back on schedule and skipping #18. Yesterday was another incredible day. I cleaned the house (while my Cuchi was hard at work), walked/trained the dogs, lifted some weights, rode my bike 2.5+ hrs, and did some bedding/towel washes. The nutr... Read more

  • Working out "everything" : )

    1/21/2016 2:38:51 PM, by -SHOREIDO-

    Sharing a good thing!! It's so important to work on all of our gifts that come with this magnificent thing called our body!! This week I returned to school for my certification as a CNA (Certified Nurses Assisistant/ Long Term Care) I've been blessed and feel it's time now to pay it forward an... Read more

  • Working out "everything" : )

    1/21/2016 2:38:51 PM, by -SHOREIDO-

    Sharing a good thing!! It's so important to work on all of our gifts that come with this magnificent thing called our body!! This week I returned to school for my certification as a CNA (Certified Nurses Assisistant/ Long Term Care) I've been blessed and feel it's time now to pay it forward an... Read more

  • Day 21, 99 miles down

    1/21/2016 2:32:44 PM, by GIGI_SINGS

    woooo hooo, I just finished a 32 mile bike ride and it's brought my total miles this month to 99. I'm ahead of being on track to finish my 1000 miles by years end. Bad art is, I hurt and might not be able to ride Saturday but I'm going to stay positive, take some aleve and call my friend to see if I... Read more

  • Insight from the Dalai Lama - 1/21/16

    1/21/2016 11:54:48 AM, by ICE9CA

    In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. ... Read more

  • Attention Call!

    1/21/2016 10:57:13 AM, by VALERIEMAHA

    When I returned from Ecuador I weighed 133 at my doc's office on June 11. Yesterday, January 20, I stopped by the office once again to weigh. This time, seven months later, I weighed 153. That's a weight gain of almost 3 pounds per month. I'm aghast and ashamed and anxious. This should not be.... Read more

  • Beck Blue: Foundational Skill - Respond to Sabotaging Thoughts 2

    1/21/2016 6:56:36 AM, by AZULPAPEL

    I had a thought yesterday that surprised me. I was going over possible STs I might run into during the day, and it suddenly dawned on me that almost every day, I tell myself that I have a bingeing problem. Actually, multiple times a day; usually whenever I'm confronted with food I really want. Well,... Read more

  • Day #17

    1/21/2016 5:43:58 AM, by BILL60

    Another incredible day filled with accomplishments. Again, I had a wish list and again the wish list was completed. Walked the doggies, trained the dog 3X, rode my bike 2+ hrs, lifted some weights, and detailed both cars. Needless to say, I slept like a baby. As for nutrition, my Yuchi-Cuchi took ca... Read more

  • 14 weeks post op

    1/20/2016 11:07:43 AM, by IGNATZ50

    Physically The weight loss has slowed considerably but does continue. I believe this is due to my food choices, which are not good sometimes, even if I am still eating "toddler portions" as my daughter calls it. Energy and stamina are still good. Amount of sleep is slowly improving. ... Read more

  • Day #17

    1/20/2016 6:37:09 AM, by BILL60

    Another outstanding day. Made a wish list of all that I wanted to do and did it all. That is rare. But here's what we accomplished; Fed and walked the dogs; trained the dog 3X; biked almost 2 hrs; lifted; mowed the yard; went to grocery store; set up the obstacles for tomorrow's training; and took m... Read more

  • Beck Blue: Foundational Skills - Respond to Sabotaging Thoughts

    1/19/2016 7:44:21 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Hello STs, my old friends... Sabotaging thoughts, nearly instantaneous reactions to temptations or challenges that lead dieters astray, were tackled very thoroughly in Beck Pink, and I made myself almost an expert at dissecting them during my last run-through of that book. This book's breakdow... Read more

  • Insight from the Dalai Lama - 1/19/16

    1/19/2016 6:52:08 PM, by ICE9CA

    We need to develop wisdom realizing emptiness, to cut through false appearances. We must overcome selfish thoughts. ... Read more

  • Day #16

    1/19/2016 6:27:56 AM, by BILL60

    It was a great day. Walked the dogs, trained the dog 2X, did resistance, rode my bike, did some chores around the house, and went to class with my dog. On the nutritional front, did real good. Happy with the day. HOOAAA!!... Read more

  • weekly wrap-up

    1/18/2016 1:57:21 PM, by NATHELESS

    Last week was another good fitness week: 78651 steps 5 days at 10k+ (2 days over 15k!) Best day: 16531 steps Least-active day: 7039 steps Kettlebells on 3 days plus Intervals on bike 1 of those days Not quite as many steps as the week before, but more weights and my least-active... Read more

  • Fifty seven & feeling fabulous!

    1/18/2016 10:40:38 AM, by FRANCESCANAZ

    Thank you to everyone of you who wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday. It really made my day. It took me 62 minutes to swim my 57 laps (1.25+ mile) & my sinus was burning after the first 47. I can still see the marks left behind from my goggles (damn aging skin) But, with every lap I recalled ... Read more

  • I Hate Being Sick

    1/18/2016 10:00:56 AM, by ALLTHECUPCAKES

    I thought I was getting better, but not so much. Achy, runny nose, and now a delightful cough that keeps me up at night. Woo! I've probably been pushing myself too hard. I don't like to stop and rest. I have too much to do and my list doesn't have room for pushing fluids and sleeping...although... Read more

  • Day 15

    1/18/2016 6:35:28 AM, by BILL60

    Well, we finished the agility competition with one more qualifying round (3 total).Overall, I was happy with my dog's performance, but not with mine. I sat down yesterday and wrote down where we need to wrk in order togged better. We have 3 weeks before the next competition. I have to remember to ke... Read more

  • Sunday 1/17/16

    1/17/2016 5:27:18 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I hiked this morning,chilly but fun with friends. Cleaned some,and took a well deserved nap. 224... Read more

  • Day #14

    1/17/2016 6:24:43 AM, by BILL60

    So, day 14 was a good one. We entered and finished our 2nd day of agility competition. While we entered 2 events, we came in first in one. The 2nd event proved to be a learning lesson. I had finished the first event and had to run to make the 2nd event on time. Unfortunately, I was unable to walk th... Read more

  • Day 16, 65 miles

    1/17/2016 1:09:06 AM, by GIGI_SINGS

    I've gotten off track taking my vitamins & meal tracking this last week. I did get in some cycling miles though = My work schedule has been CRAZY. I'm working 3 12hr overnight shifts, 1 off, 2 day shifts, 1 off. My sleep & energy is suffering. I still haven't made a grocery list or shopped for the ... Read more

  • seeing results

    1/16/2016 6:17:46 PM, by NATHELESS

    Since December 1st, when I started weight training again and generally being more mindful, active and moderate, I've been plugging away dutifully... managed not to be too excessive over the holidays and kept at it, and I am starting to really see results now. Lost some inches here and there and... Read more

  • Watch that sodium for more consitent weigh-ins

    1/16/2016 9:51:52 AM, by PLATINUMZACK

    A couple months ago I decided to step it up a notch and keep my sodium intake in line due to water retention. Since then I have been able to see sodium excess on the scale. To give an example of sodium water retention, we went to a little Vietnamese joint and I got a large bowl of Pho(+Sriracha and ... Read more

  • Day #13

    1/16/2016 5:47:51 AM, by BILL60

    First day of Agility competition was a bit disappointing. Guess I expected too much. Anyway, we came in 2nd in one of the events, didn't qualify in two and are waiting for the results of the 4th. Guess the doggie and I need to do some serious work, if we are to become the "Big Dogs". Guess we were s... Read more

  • January 2016: the "before" pictures.

    1/15/2016 7:13:08 PM, by MODDEDCOROLLA

    I took a few pictures of myself a few days ago, And I guess these are my "before" pictures for this year. I aim to be able to post the "after" pictures around this summer! Here's my workout plans that proved successful for me, once again: - weigh in every Saturday morn... Read more

  • Beck Blue: Foundational Skill - Give Yourself Credit 2

    1/15/2016 4:41:38 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    For some reason, nothing quite calls to my pissy inner critic like this exercise. Even knowing that acknowledging effort is valid and important, there is part of me that scoffs every time I note something I've done: "Stayed in your calorie limit, huh? Geez, what an accomplishment - don't break your ... Read more

  • Sjogren's Group

    1/15/2016 1:23:51 PM, by ALLTHECUPCAKES

    I created a team for those with Sjogren's Syndrome. There are currently no active teams for it, so hopefully a few of us can get together and support each other. Here is the link to the team: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
    groups_individual.asp?gid=
    66419 If you're curious what Sjo... Read more

  • Being tested

    1/15/2016 9:10:04 AM, by MGEDDES1

    It can be disheartening to find out what you've done in the past doesn't work anymore. This past week I had high hopes for a change in the scale but even though I exercised faithfully and stayed within the recommended calorie amount my weight didn't budge. Of course, I admit I'm eating calories at t... Read more

  • Day #12

    1/15/2016 6:39:47 AM, by BILL60

    What a wonderfully full day yesterday. Much was accomplished: 1. Walked/trained my dogs. 2. Did 35 minutes of intensive lifting. 3. Rode my bike for 1+ hours. 4. Did 4 washes. 5. Went to the Oakley place and had lenses replaced. 6. Had the car dealership help me with pairing my new I-Pho... Read more

  • my meeting with a trainer

    1/14/2016 8:22:27 PM, by APONI_KB

    Well I'm sore, kind of figured. The good news is that she said that I was not as out of shape as I led her to believe over the phone. Also that I'm on the right track. I showed her what I've been doing at home with my stability ball and medicine ball. She corrected a few things and gave me a few oth... Read more

  • Write Your Story

    1/14/2016 12:26:06 PM, by AFITDADDY

    I left this blog when I was -60 pounds. I wish I could say that I continued on my fitness journey from there, but I didn't. There, I said it. I didn't, and that's OK. This is the part where I forgive myself. Today I've lost 70 pounds since my doctor gave me a bad report in November 2009. ... Read more

  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

    1/14/2016 10:20:21 AM, by ALLTHECUPCAKES

    My niece is missing someone she lost a few years ago. I told her that the death of someone we love is one of the hardest lessons of life and grief. We certainly don't "get over it" like some people say we should, no matter how much time has passed. But how wonderful to love and be loved so passiona... Read more

  • Eating to please

    1/14/2016 9:11:56 AM, by MGEDDES1

    When I'm on my own I eat to please myself. This tends to be healthy choices though I will splurge on occasion. My choices are strongly influenced when eating with others because I want to please them. For instance, my husband offers to fix me breakfast. I never want to turn that down!! But it's panc... Read more

  • POEDAUGHTER7 is STILL sticking to the New Years Resolutions of 2016.

    1/14/2016 12:30:15 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    POEDAUGHTER7 is STILL sticking to the New Years Resolutions of 2016. As I jam to 80s music. ... Read more

  • Water!

    1/13/2016 4:45:56 PM, by MGEDDES1

    I know it's good for me but having to run to the bathroom so often kind of makes me crazy Seems like I could be drinking too much ni think I will start counting coffee and measuring what I drink.... Read more

  • Beck Blue: Foundational Skill - Give Yourself Credit

    1/12/2016 8:57:18 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    On to something lighter! When I first dealt with this skill in Beck Pink, I was a bit resistant. It seemed to be in the same vein as that weird, kinda desperate self-talk that people often advocate - "Just tell yourself you're beautiful, because you are!" I don't think I'm a hugely cynical person, b... Read more

  • Day #10

    1/12/2016 6:57:46 AM, by BILL60

    It was indeed a good day. Exceeded 4 hours of exercise (and still alive), ate with focus, and slept like a baby. It just doesn't get much better. Went tour weekly dog agility class and was happy with our performance. Hopefully, we can maintain the sharpness during our upcoming competition this weeke... Read more

  • Beck Blue: Foundational Skill - Eat Mindfully 2

    1/11/2016 7:48:58 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Today, I spent some time paying attention to what I think and feel while I'm eating. It's actually been quite a while since I just kind of tuned in without judgement or trying to change what's going on up there. Learning to challenges ST in Beck Pink was an hugely useful skill, but I think it made m... Read more

  • Commitment

    1/11/2016 5:43:54 PM, by MGEDDES1

    Even though I have actually gained weight since I returned to SparkPeople a few weeks ago I'm not giving up. I know what I need to do: exercise every day and track what I eat. Hopefully signing up with the coaching will give me the support I need to stay on track. I'm not far from my goal weight, bu... Read more

  • Thanks, God!

    1/11/2016 12:57:11 PM, by ALLTHECUPCAKES

    God and I have not been on the same page lately. Not through any fault of His. This is all on me. I've been exhausted for weeks now. My joints have been killing me. There have been some stressful things happening. I've been having a fabulous pity party complete with balloons and streamers (and... Read more

  • Fabulous article on nutrition: you're all doing it wrong. And you're doing it right.

    1/11/2016 12:17:24 PM, by PARASELENIC

    Essentially, we're misinformed-- with bad data, bad results, bad conclusions. http://fivethirtyeight.com/f
    eatures/you-cant-trust-wha
    t-you-read-about-nutrition/ But, I really like the conclusion: "What is a healthy diet? We know the basics- we need sufficient calories and pro... Read more

  • Fat Athlete

    1/11/2016 10:36:51 AM, by PLATINUMZACK

    Okay, maybe not really an athlete, but the past couple of months have really hit home why the goal weight is starting to to fall parallel to my fitness goals instead of the only thing that matters. I am about to load my trailer for work and I'm not at all worried about my back killing me, being out ... Read more

  • Another week begins

    1/11/2016 7:03:12 AM, by NATHELESS

    Last week was pretty good, fitness-wise: 84064 steps 5 days at 10k+ Best day: 18193 steps Least-active day: 6109 steps Kettlebells on 2 days plus Intervals on bike 1 of those days The 18k day was a bit painful, afterwards.Veins on fire. Proud of myself for keeping up, esp. sin... Read more

  • Day #9

    1/11/2016 6:40:49 AM, by BILL60

    It was a day of rest, a day of cheating, and a day to let it all hang out. I must admit that, in spite of feeling guilty, it was fun. The food choices were totally horrible, but after 8 days of total discipline, I owed myself a good old-fashioned day of feasting. Do I feel bad about it? Hell no. I e... Read more

  • January

    1/10/2016 9:12:50 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    New beginnings , goals, and dreams. gotta love January. Down a few pounds from the new year. I joined weight watchers for a fresh perspective . If you do WW, what are a few of your favorite things? Hope all is well with you. Have a great week! Tricia 41... Read more

  • Having Type 2 Diabetes Doesn't Just Hurt You

    1/10/2016 1:30:41 PM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    I just found out this weekend that my dad is on insulin to treat his type 2 diabetes. I'm really bummed by this news. My grandpa died at 77 from liver and kidney failure after two triple heart bypasses, and being a type 2 diabetic for over half his life. He went from oral meds to insulin plus... Read more

  • 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - Thoughts?

    1/10/2016 10:22:39 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    The new dietary guidelines just came out. Have you had a chance to check them out yet? What are your thoughts? ------------- Guidelines here - http://health.gov/dietaryguide
    lines/2015/guidelines/ Registered Dietitians respond to the guidelines here - www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-... Read more

  • Day #8

    1/10/2016 6:42:42 AM, by BILL60

    Another day, another $$. Continue to amaze myself with the total commitment, so afar this new year. Put in over 3.5 hours of exercise and kept my nutrition in total check. It's been many years since I started a year off so well. Today, however, we're gonna take a break and give the old bod a well de... Read more