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  • Gluten Free: Day 30

    2/21/2017 9:11:04 AM, by DMARTIN302

    It has gotten a lot easier and less scary to eat gluten free. I've learned to read every single label. I've replaced all my old cutting boards, spatulas, and other kitchen items that can harbor residual gluten. I've cleaned out my pantries, drawers, and cupboards. And there are so many recipes that ... Read more

  • Is it Spring yet?

    2/19/2017 3:05:15 PM, by FANGFACEKITTY

    I am so ready for Spring/Summer. Winter is my least favorite season.I can accept the need for it, but after about the first week of January I am done with it. Now if only Mother Nature would get on my schedule. I don't even have it too bad. Normal winter temps here are 35-45 on average, and no ... Read more

  • Sleep Goal Update

    2/18/2017 7:30:37 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    Well, my sleep has been interrupted with hot flashes for the past few days - maybe a week or so. The hot flashes wake me throughout the night. I've decided that I just have to deal with this - accept it and get back to sleep. At first I was thinking that I should sleep in to make up for the missed... Read more

  • Back at the helm

    2/15/2017 8:40:41 AM, by IVANHOE64

    Vacation is over, and I am back at the parish! It's great to take vacation during the cool weather months, and I'm grateful that I had the opportunity. I trust that this rest time will help me to pursue all of my goals - professional, personal, and spiritual - with renewed energy and vigor.... Read more

  • Steps and more steps

    2/14/2017 11:25:03 PM, by NEWLIBRARIAN

    So I am working out a relationship with the fitbit Charge 2 hr I like it a lot but . . . I have a bum knee and therefore all this stepping has some consequences and limits and I think I have reached it today. I had done two days over 11, 000 and I am back around 10,000 today because I was done... Read more

  • Used a smart BMI calculator and Im almost a normal weight!!!!

    2/14/2017 3:36:08 PM, by SSMITH762

    Here's my current BMI, i know it's not a great way to measure health, so it's not something I think about, but I was in a mood to calculate it today any way. :). I can't believe that at this time last year I was very obese and now I'm almost a normal weight. It's unreal! Here's a link if you want... Read more

  • Gluten Free: Day 24. Valentine's Day

    2/14/2017 9:10:04 AM, by DMARTIN302

    Valentine's Day. A day where one shares a meal and sweets with their loved ones. It's usually a special meal (translation: high calorie) with desserts and sweets (translation: even more calories). Share is a keyword. And sharing implies some sort of equality. It's not very fun when a Valentine gifts... Read more

  • Fermenting

    2/12/2017 1:25:25 PM, by FANGFACEKITTY

    I tried kimchi for the first time back in 2015 on a trip to Shanghai and really liked it. After returning to France I went several times to a Korean restaurant in Paris with a Korean colleague. He said the restaurant was pretty authentic and he should know lol. I continued going once a month or so e... Read more

  • Low carb Eggs Benedict for breakfast

    2/12/2017 10:23:42 AM, by SSMITH762

    So yummy and easy to do. It's cauliflower toast topped with poached eggs and a hollandaise sauce. The cauliflower toast is a bag of frozen cauliflower thawed in the microwave and riced with a food processor. Then I squeezed out as much of the water as I could, then I added an egg and garlic salt... Read more

  • Hiking with siblings yesterday

    2/12/2017 10:11:49 AM, by SSMITH762

    It was a lot of fun taking advantage of the 80 degree day and sun yesterday. We had a picnic and then went on a short hike at a nearby Park. I really enjoyed it. Since I'm no longer roomies width my brother and his son, I find I miss them so it was nice visiting with them. Turns out they ar... Read more

  • All Green Bars

    2/11/2017 6:27:52 PM, by GREENGENES

    After reaching my 10K step goal for today my FitBit dashboard shows all green bars indicating 28+ days of reaching my goal (I'm actually at 31 consecutive days). It feels great to get some consistency back in my fitness routine. I'm also slowly increasing my strength training routine and adding back... Read more

  • No fish!

    2/11/2017 8:25:53 AM, by IVANHOE64

    I'm a little more than halfway through my vacation,and I have yet to catch a fish! (There's a reason that they call it "fishing", and not "catching".) However, I'm having a very restful time and I've enjoyed an afternoon of walking through some nature trails and another afternoon of sightseeing i... Read more

  • Best Diets 2017 - US News and World Report

    2/10/2017 5:41:32 PM, by MWWENSIN

    I've been motivated to try and help out a work to try and figure out how to improve my own and other people's health in general. The main issue is how to motivate other people when diet/exercise plans are hard to follow, stay committed, etc. etc. So I'd like some help from other people on here... Read more

  • ADL

    2/10/2017 1:14:03 PM, by NEWLIBRARIAN

    So ADL is an acronym for Activities of Daily Living. I have been thinking about this for the past week or so. I remember one of the many wake up calls when i was at my heaviest was being at a friends home for a meal and wearing fairly tight jeans. I struggled so to get close enough to my feet ... Read more

  • One pound lost.

    2/8/2017 12:37:12 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    I started the Alli diet plan with diet cooking book and pills on November 15th. Here is my latest update: Poedaughter7 lost 1 lb since her last weigh-in! Poedaughter7's lost 10.8 lbs so far. Poedaughter7 3 minutes ago has logged in for 20 days in a row! At the second month it started giving me abou... Read more

  • Personal Best

    2/7/2017 2:01:09 PM, by TAMIP62

    Walked .8 miles today! Made it to the park the LONG way Meant to add this pic too! ... Read more

  • Vacation!

    2/6/2017 11:22:25 AM, by IVANHOE64

    It's a quiet time of year, so it's a perfect time to knock off for a week of vacation! The next week will find me fishing, birdwatching, beach combing, or, when all else fails, curled up with a good book and a cup of herbal tea. I take off this afternoon. I may post updates - or I may not! I... Read more

  • 21 days of the walking challenge down!

    2/5/2017 3:11:05 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    So far it has been 21 days. I've had days I have just slammed the goal to the floor and kicked it but there have been days I've barely made even 1/4 of the goal. That being said I've walked 85,140 steps or 36.53 miles in those 21 days. I'm seeing some results in my measurements and I'm finding mysel... Read more

  • Breaking up is hard to do

    2/5/2017 2:53:37 PM, by FANGFACEKITTY

    When I started running I researched and purchased a Garmin Forerunner 610 in blue. I loved my Garmin, in part because it didn't look like a large blocky obviously sport watch made for men's bigger wrists. Plus, it was blue. I like blue. We had a good relationship. I thought we would be to... Read more

  • Gluten Free: Day 14.

    2/5/2017 10:17:43 AM, by DMARTIN302

    Now is a time full of gluten distractions, what with the Superbowl and Girl Scout cookies. Or maybe it's a good thing, since the additional calories are bundled with gluten. More reason not to eat them. I'm actually not craving the delicious, gluten-filled staples of my diet. What I do miss is ... Read more

  • Today was my day off of training

    2/4/2017 8:05:41 PM, by HSARMYWF

    My mind is telling me I want to workout. I fought that all day. I'm addicted to exercise. Drove kids to swim team. Read a book in the car. Then went to the bike shop. My kids are in a youth mechanic non profit program. My daughter finished her bike. Then my son built a bike for someone else. I was... Read more

  • Motivation spelt F-I-T-B-I-T

    2/4/2017 6:59:16 PM, by NEWLIBRARIAN

    So I have wanted a fitbit for a while now. I started wanting a wrist based tracker that would read my heart rate. That technology if finally available in a little less expensive and less bulky form. So why is this motivational. 1. like sparkpeople it gives me rewards, not tangible but sti... Read more

  • Hello Carbs!!

    2/4/2017 9:55:41 AM, by PLATINUMZACK

    Quit low-carb yesterday and good riddance! I didn't realize how much it was bringing me down in every aspect. I thought I was feeling pretty good but, woah! It's like I just crawled out of a damp dark cave of depression. Not only did I go mountain biking and running yesterday but it's like I took a ... Read more

  • My husb celebrates 29 yrs of military service

    2/3/2017 7:58:00 AM, by HSARMYWF

    I've been with my husband for 15 yrs. so more than half of his military service. I'm very proud of where he is. He is working at the top of the top. He wrote a major policy for the DOD this year that was monumental. I'm very proud of all the work he does. He will keep serving until he stops gettin... Read more

  • Another before pic at my heaviest

    2/3/2017 7:46:17 AM, by HSARMYWF

    From this summer now 21 lbs gone and still losing. See my I'm back blog post to see how much I've lost. ... Read more

  • Before

    2/3/2017 7:31:06 AM, by HSARMYWF

    Me this summer wearing a sz 18 suit. So you can see the difference. I swam 1.5 miles in the Potomac river at National Harbor MD here. I'm now in a sz 14 speedo see my other blog post for the pic of what I look like now. 21 lbs gone since after Thanksgiving ... Read more

  • I'm back

    2/3/2017 7:24:34 AM, by HSARMYWF

    Sorry I started tracking my food on my fitness pal instead so I forgot to do my SP stuff. So I have lost a total of 21 lbs since after Thanksgiving. I'm again in a bariatric program. I only have two appointments left until my checklist is done. This program is SO MUCH better than the last one I was... Read more

  • Working My Way Up

    2/2/2017 12:32:23 PM, by TAMIP62

    Finally up to 3 miles at one time on the upright stationary bike (actually a real bike on an indoor trainer). I am going to shoot for another 3 miles this afternoon as well. My main goal is to be able to do that easily so that in another 5 or 6 weeks when the weather is good again (I... Read more

  • Cognitive Dissonance

    1/31/2017 1:48:36 PM, by WORDLILY

    I am now 60 pounds — and 1 clothing size — from what I was when I got married, basically the smallest I've ever been. I'm having trouble making those things make sense together in my head. This, though, is basically the difference all the muscle I've gained in the past 7 months of doing CrossFi... Read more

  • Good News.

    1/31/2017 1:40:51 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    I woke up to this good news today on my profile: “Poedaughter7 lost 2.8 lbs since her last weigh-in! Poedaughter7's lost 9.8 lbs so far.” Woot, progress! The first 5 pounds could just be water, but when it gets to be 9 or 10 there is real progress going on. The Alli diet plan with book is full... Read more

  • I'm a Size 6!

    1/30/2017 11:01:10 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    I put on a pair of old size 6 work pants this morning, and they fit perfectly! No tugging, pulling, or squeezing to get in, and I can sit down in them without splitting my seat. I tried putting on a pair of size 4, but they are too snug. I can get them over my rear and zip up, but sitting d... Read more

  • Gadgets galore!

    1/29/2017 2:53:44 PM, by FANGFACEKITTY

    I love gadgets. On today's run I had my patellar braces on, my Fitbit, my Garmin and two phones - my US phone in case my kids called and my French phone to use RunKeeper because sometimes Garmin is a little loose with reporting distances. I could have run Endomondo on the US phone but I figured that... Read more

  • Update

    1/28/2017 11:59:58 PM, by MWWENSIN

    Over the years I've adjusted my goals from losing weight to becoming healthier. By this I mean to become more active, stay active, eat better and learn more about nutrition. I have also looked for tools that can help motivate me. I use a fitbit to help count steps, a garmin to accurately meas... Read more

  • Many Positive Changes

    1/28/2017 10:32:37 PM, by IVANHOE64

    My time on SparkPeople has produced many positive changes. First and foremost, of course, is that I've lost forty-five pounds. I'm wearing clothes in smaller sizes than before. I'm watching my calories more carefully, making healthier food choices, and exercising pretty regularly. There are ... Read more

  • Fit Saturday - Fatbike Race #3

    1/28/2017 7:55:34 PM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    Today I raced in the 3rd Fatbike race (mountain bike racing on snow with really big snow tires), of a 5 race series. I rode 22.14 miles, climbing 1,087 feet of elevation in 2 hours 27 minutes or 35.6 kms, 331.3 meters in 2 hours 27 minutes. It was a fun race. My husband and son raced as well.... Read more

  • Watch Your Mouth

    1/26/2017 4:27:18 PM, by TAMIP62

    We all know that words hurt. It's important to realize that our own words can hurt us just as much as someone else's. After all, we may not always believe what someone else says, but we probably believe ourselves when we say something. Watch out for negatives, the will bring you down. Success i... Read more

  • Gym

    1/26/2017 11:46:12 AM, by RHETTDOG

    I just found out that my local mall opens at 6am for walkers! I went this morning and actually broke a sweat. When I was done going outside in 25 degrees felt sooo good, funny 😂 I hope everyone has joy and peace through out their day and most of all remember that we are all blessed and beautiful �... Read more

  • Finally

    1/25/2017 10:24:53 PM, by MARMA55

    I'm not much of a blogger. And sometimes sharing isn't easy for me. But I'm going to try! I had a great time during the fall challenge. Everything was going pretty well. I didn't hit my goal but I lost and I was exercising! Walking a lot! Stretching! Tai Chi, etc. Then right before Thanksgiving... Read more

  • It Feels So Good! So, why did I stop???

    1/25/2017 12:27:38 PM, by IMSMILEY88

    I just finished a strength training workout and my muscles are shaking. But, during the workout, at times it just felt SO GOOD! It was relaxing and empowering. I know I will carry part of that peacefulness throughout the day. If it feels so good, and the results make me look better, feel better abou... Read more

  • Beginning Again, This Time Gluten-Free

    1/24/2017 9:17:23 AM, by DMARTIN302

    I noticed my last blog entry was 9/18/15, just 2 days before my last sprint triathlon -- where I proudly came in second in my age group! My hip was SO painful that I walked the majority of the run. I'd have handily won if I could have run. It had been painful for a couple of months, so the next... Read more