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  • Down 24 lbs since surgery - 22 days ago!

    11/24/2015 7:25:27 PM, by DPK1210

    And I must say that I'm enjoying this journey, and nothing about it has been very difficult. I have only gotten sick and thrown up once, which was yesterday, because I ate a little too much string cheese, a little too fast. I threw it up - about a quarter of a stick, and it wasn't a big deal at al... Read more

  • Breakdown imminent, 11/24/15

    11/24/2015 2:46:17 PM, by AUBRETTE

    Without hyperbole I can verifiably say that I am on path to a major breakdown. Work is killing me. My depression is rearing. I am letting projects slide. I am less friendly. I am disappearing. Strangely, I have lost weight but been bingeing and not exercising. Go figure. I'm not quitting anyti... Read more

  • RIP Tuffy

    11/24/2015 2:38:35 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    This past weekend, we made the difficult choice to euthanize one of our cats. Tuffy showed up at our house two years ago. He walked into our garage while I was unpacking the car following a trip. We already had two cats; we were not interested in adopting a third. It was September, so not too ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/22/14

    11/24/2015 11:36:46 AM, by ICE9CA

    Speaking from my personal experiences, setting goals, along with a detailed action plan, has actually changed my life from one cast in frustration to one of purpose. - Catherine Pulsifer ... Read more

  • 6 weeks post op

    11/24/2015 10:12:06 AM, by IGNATZ50

    I had my 6 week post op check up with the surgeon. Everything is looking pretty darn good. - The nausea has become considerably less. Part of that is the healing process and part of it is learning what I can eat and how to best eat it. I still prefer softer foods over anything: smoothies, soup... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/23/15

    11/23/2015 10:47:45 AM, by ICE9CA

    Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Mulla Nasrudin
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  • Inspirational Quote - 11/22/15

    11/23/2015 9:58:48 AM, by ICE9CA

    Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. - Albert Schweitzer ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/22/15

    11/23/2015 9:58:47 AM, by ICE9CA

    Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. - Albert Schweitzer ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/21/15

    11/22/2015 8:22:46 PM, by ICE9CA

    Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. - Charles R. Swindoll ... Read more

  • Frustration

    11/21/2015 8:34:33 PM, by IGNATZ50

    I still cannot find decent plus sized swimwear. At least not without those stupid foam cup bras. Junonia is where I usually buy from, but of course they don't have anything in my size in a one piece bathing suit. Grrrrrrr....... Read more

  • What health means to me

    11/21/2015 1:26:41 PM, by DISCIPLEAD33

    Health for me means being able to live my life fully each day, feeling good, not being too heavy, keeping my belly fat under control and being able to be active without pain. I am not healthy, in my eyes, if I have a belly pooch, weigh over 170 lbs and have a BMI of over 24.... Read more

  • I survived spin class!

    11/21/2015 12:02:50 PM, by IGNATZ50

    It's been 5 years since I've taken a spin class. But I have been a bicycling fool all summer, and I don't want to lose that level of fitness. Overall, I did okay. Yeah, I was consistently 10 to 20 rpms behind what the leader was calling out, but I kept up with the resistance. So not too bad for... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/20/15

    11/20/2015 11:35:07 AM, by ICE9CA

    If I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. - Isaac Newton ... Read more

  • I am angry, 11/19/2015 ($#@^#!!)

    11/19/2015 6:52:47 PM, by AUBRETTE

    I am angry. I am on a bus in public and I try not to be a d!ck in closed quarters, so I am quiet about it. But I. Am. So. Angry. I am angry with the well-meaning condescending canned "information" that I am being fed. 1) anyone overweight is obviously unhealthy and should "educate themselves" --... Read more

  • Fancy meeting you here

    11/19/2015 1:54:04 PM, by IGNATZ50

    Today I made it back to the wellness center, 2nd day in a row. I even woke up before my alarm! This time instead of swimming I did 5 minutes warm-up on the elliptical, and then... free-weights. I lift to strengthen my back and my knees. I lift to feel strong. I lift to help my post-menopausal bones.... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/19/15

    11/19/2015 11:00:52 AM, by ICE9CA

    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/18/15

    11/18/2015 11:31:15 AM, by ICE9CA

    Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it. - Anonymous ... Read more

  • I swam today!!

    11/18/2015 8:56:37 AM, by IGNATZ50

    I am the walrus! Koo koo kah choo! And I need a new swimsuit as my old one is JUST TOO BIG now! 334... Read more

  • Windy has stormy eyes that flash at the sound of lies! 11/18/15

    11/18/2015 8:52:21 AM, by AUBRETTE

    Gorgeous weather today, children. 25mph winds with a warm undercurrent and splashes of rain. Bluster and splatter. Puddlestomping weather. I had a bad ride Monday on my way home that left me winded with aching knees (bikes should never bug your knees, btw) so I am waiting out this weather before ... Read more

  • ready for christmas?

    11/18/2015 8:32:25 AM, by APLOUIS

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  • Dog Agility Competition

    11/18/2015 7:18:38 AM, by BILL60

    This past weekend, Wonder Dog and I packed our goodies and headed for a Dog Agility Competition. We're relatively new to this and I did not expect much. While we train almost daily, my dog and I don't have the experience competing in a big venue with many people watching. But, after 3 days, that lit... Read more

  • 5 weeks post op

    11/17/2015 2:22:19 PM, by IGNATZ50

    I have lost over 50 lbs! Now mind you, I've been tracking my weight since 2010, when I was first diagnosed as type 2 diabetic. But still, over 50 lbs lost! Hell yeah, I'll take it! I have been, unfortunately, testing some limits since Friday. I have learned that even a little bit of pizza is ve... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued - CONCLUDED! Days 39, 40, and 41

    11/17/2015 1:58:51 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 39: Keep up with Exercise Sabotaging Thought: I'm burnt out/sick/overwhelmed. I need about a week off. 1. Thinking error I'm making? All or Nothing Thinking 2. Evidence against this? In the past, two easy days or rest days normally have helped considerably in most situations, barr... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Days 35, 36, 37, and 38

    11/17/2015 1:28:08 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    * 35 is another Weigh In day, so see Day 21 for more on that. :) Days 36, 37, and 38 have similar sabotaging thoughts centered on unrealistic expectations, so I'm plopping them together. Day 36: Believe it Sabotaging Thought: Let's not get overconfident, here. You're not exactly a fitnes... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/17/15

    11/17/2015 1:15:57 PM, by ICE9CA

    Do not look at where you fell, but where you slipped. - African Proveb ... Read more

  • When success is as scary as failure, 11/17/15

    11/17/2015 9:24:06 AM, by AUBRETTE

    November two big things. The first is National Novel Writing Month. My goal is 50,000 words in a month which means at least 1667 words a day. And for eleven days straight I was doing great. I came home and cleared off the table. I sat down after a light dinner (and the gym!) and groaned, moaned, c... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/16/15

    11/16/2015 4:43:57 PM, by ICE9CA

    A man's dreams are an index to his greatness. - Zadok Robinwitz ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/14/15

    11/15/2015 10:08:56 PM, by ICE9CA

    Small opportunities are option the beginnings of great enterprises. - Demosthenes
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  • Bonus Quote - Playing...

    11/13/2015 10:59:44 AM, by ICE9CA

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  • Inspirational Quote - 11/13/15

    11/13/2015 10:57:15 AM, by ICE9CA

    I want to be all used up when I die. - George Bernard Shaw ... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 31, 32, 33, & 34

    11/12/2015 4:08:26 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    *As it turns out, 31 and 32 have very similar sabotaging thoughts, as do 33 and 34, so I'm tackling the pairs together. Day 31: Decide About Drinking Sabotaging Thought: I'll just skip drinking overall until a party or occasion comes by. That'll allow me to have as much as I'd like then.... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/12/15

    11/12/2015 2:39:32 PM, by ICE9CA

    Service is the rent we pay for being. It is very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time. - Marion Wright Edelman
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  • T.M.I., round 2

    11/12/2015 1:48:22 PM, by IGNATZ50

    I love Miralax!!!!... Read more

  • Morning routine, 11/12/2015

    11/12/2015 8:06:03 AM, by AUBRETTE

    My alarm goes off at 6AM with a jolly, tinkling set of bells that my dead-asleep husband rarely hears. I snooze it three times before maybe turning it off. Then my fitbit buzzes at 6:30. Lately I have slept even past that, waking up at 7 or even 8. Today I got up at 6:10. I stumble to the bathroo... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/11/15

    11/11/2015 11:10:10 AM, by ICE9CA

    A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 30

    11/10/2015 1:47:49 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 30: Stay in Control When Eating Out Sabotaging Thought: Don't be such a buzzkill! Eating out is supposed to be fun. 1. Thinking error I'm making? Justification, Exaggerated Thinking 2. Evidence against this? Thinking back to the first Beck day 30, I went out, had a great meal, enj... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/10/15

    11/10/2015 11:13:11 AM, by ICE9CA

    Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not the absence of fear. - Mark Twain ... Read more

  • 4th week post op

    11/10/2015 10:16:51 AM, by IGNATZ50

    I have had several health issues this year: - onset high blood pressure; put on both a beta blocker and an ACE inhibitor this year - continuing type 2 diabetes - sleep study confirming sleep apnea; landed in the hospital and had a heart catheterization because of chest pain. Cardiologist says ... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 28 & 29

    11/9/2015 2:50:31 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 28: Get Ready to Weigh In This is a repeat of Day 21, as Beck covers weigh-ins weekly, so I'll just link to that blog here:
    idual.asp?blog_id=6024641 Day 29: Resist Food Pushers Sabotaging Thought: It's rude... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - Life is Like a Camera...

    11/9/2015 1:24:05 PM, by ICE9CA

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  • Inspirational Quote - 11/09/15

    11/9/2015 1:22:48 PM, by ICE9CA

    Seeing yourself as you want to be is the key to personal growth. - Anonymous ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/07/15

    11/9/2015 1:20:44 PM, by ICE9CA

    Poverty, frost, famine, rain, disease, are the beadles and guardsmen that hold us to common sense. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ... Read more

  • Week of November 1, 2015

    11/8/2015 7:56:34 PM, by NSMANN

    Monday, Nov 2: 25 min jog @ 4.2mph, 25 min walk @ 3.0mph. 2.8 miles Wednesday, Nov 4: 16 min jog @ 4.5mph, 19 min walk @ 2.5-3.0mph. 2.0 miles Saturday, Nov 7: 8 min jog @ 4.5mph, 12 min walk @ 3.0 mph, 3 min cooldown. This week I'd like to add strength training and nutrition to t... Read more

  • Skyline Divide hike - Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

    11/8/2015 11:30:42 AM, by JUNEPA

    Hikes in the fall are magical, because we go from our green valley with fall colours up to the snowline in less than 2 hours. Then we spend some time in a winter wonderland, and later return to our green valley. There is usually someone in our group that takes photos, I used theirs this time. 14 ... Read more

  • Down weight, 11/8/15

    11/8/2015 10:47:33 AM, by AUBRETTE

    I forgot to weigh myself in the morning yesterday so I weighed myself midday with no change in weight. Then I got busy (and did a factory restart on my phone so no Spark for a day) and forgot to put in the weight. So I weighed myself this morning just to check. 190.3 lbs. I stepped on the scale a ... Read more

  • T.M.I., sorry

    11/8/2015 7:55:48 AM, by IGNATZ50

    Mirolax is my new friend.... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 26 & 27

    11/7/2015 3:24:25 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    These two days are what I've been working with consistently in the past 25 or so blogs - "Recognize Thinking Mistakes" and "Master the Seven Question Technique" - so it's time for a little break from the STs, I think, lol. A Few Thoughts on Thinking Errors and The 7 Question Technique Th... Read more

  • It's a beautiful morning

    11/7/2015 10:43:30 AM, by IRONBESS

    Have that song playing in my head. After forest fires this past summer with months of no rain, we are finally catching up. The first snowfall on the mountaintops arrived a few days ago, a month later than usual. Nearly an inch of rain fell last week, the first serious wetness in months. A... Read more

  • The fate of a Jack'O'Lantern

    11/6/2015 11:48:50 PM, by JUNEPA

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  • Bonus Quote - Plot Twist...

    11/6/2015 1:29:38 PM, by ICE9CA

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  • Observations on my journey

    11/6/2015 11:12:35 AM, by IGNATZ50

    I've been battling frustration and depression for about a week now. - Frustration that it is still kind of painful when I eat. - Frustration that I get hungry, especially around meal-time, when I can smell others cooking food that I know I would not be able to eat. - Frustration that my w... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/06/15

    11/6/2015 11:00:25 AM, by ICE9CA

    It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. - Edmund Hillary ... Read more

  • Why

    11/6/2015 10:37:43 AM, by ECKYLS

    I'll be the first to admit, I haven't gone out of my way to add a bunch of spark friends. And I tend to lurk more than post in groups and message boards. But sometimes, it's a tad discouraging when I post statuses and updates all week long and don't get so much as a single like. And I ask myself ... Read more

  • Perspective, 11/5/2015

    11/6/2015 9:10:15 AM, by AUBRETTE

    I was getting overwhelmed at work and a bit cranky. A slice of very good apricot cake with some *much* needed coffee helped, but then the stress returned as usual. Then, somehow, I got curious about black holes on my lunch break. I Read through what I could of the Wikipedia article and asked my f... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 25

    11/5/2015 3:36:16 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 25: Identify Sabotaging Thoughts Sabotaging Thought: Look, I can't sit there in contemplation every time I make an eating choice. I'll figure the STs out later when I've got time. 1. Thinking error I'm making? Exaggerated Thinking, Justification 2. Evidence against this? Pretty m... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/05/15

    11/5/2015 10:48:28 AM, by ICE9CA

    Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. - Dalai Lama ... Read more

  • Thursdays are a JOKE, 11/5/15

    11/5/2015 8:46:52 AM, by AUBRETTE

    Go away Thursday, you're drunk. I don't need Thursday. Thursday doesn't serve me. Give me Friday or for God's sake just give me Saturday already. Thursday should be the end of the week, instead it is a horrible minute to minute realization that Oh God I have to go through another day of this be... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 24

    11/4/2015 6:02:09 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 24: Deal with Discouragement Sabotaging Thought: I'm burnt from all of this; I can't keep it up. 1. Thinking error I'm making? All or Nothing Thinking 2. Evidence against this? There are times when it's tough, but those are actually fleeting, and becoming more infrequent as I go alo... Read more

  • 3rd week post-op

    11/4/2015 2:59:55 PM, by IGNATZ50

    Yesterday marked the end of the 3rd full week since gastric sleeve surgery. I am trying to take my sister-the-nurse's advice and evaluate my condition knowing that it takes a full 6 weeks to recover from major surgery. In other words, I need to be a more patient patient, a lot more. Observation... Read more

  • A Month of Gratitude Day 4

    11/4/2015 2:14:31 PM, by DANCINGGARDENER

    A month of Gratitude day 4: How can I even start to be thankful for the love of my life Jeff? We've been best friends for nigh onto 30 years now. He is the rock, no the cliff, on which I stand to watch the universe unfold. His is the hand I hold throughout this mortal coil and his the arms I curl i... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - Before...

    11/4/2015 12:37:35 PM, by ICE9CA

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  • Inspirational Quote - 11/04/15

    11/4/2015 12:36:17 PM, by ICE9CA

    Seek first to understand, then be understood. - Stephen Covey ... Read more

  • Wednesday, what even are you? 11/4/15

    11/4/2015 8:50:16 AM, by AUBRETTE

    Why don't we have midweek holidays? Four day workweek sounds solid to me. Wednesdays are just a hurdle. Novelling is going surprisingly well and yesterday I did a better arms day than I thought! I use a counterweight for the assisted pull-up (goal is to bring counterweight to zero so you are lift... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 23

    11/3/2015 4:51:22 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 23: Counter the Unfairness Syndrome Sabotaging Thought: Why can't I just exercise and eat what I want? It's unfair and sucky. 1. Thinking error I'm making? Emotional Reasoning, Self-deluding Thinking 2. Evidence against this? Looking at the calories I burn during a workout, I know f... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/03/15

    11/3/2015 1:44:48 PM, by ICE9CA

    It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. - Paulo Caelho ... Read more

  • A month of gratitude: Day 3

    11/3/2015 1:22:51 PM, by DANCINGGARDENER

    A month of gratitude Day 3: I am thankful that after all of these years I am doing what I am good at, with passionate and effective people I adore, for a purpose that is real, and with the genuine feeling that this will impact my grandchildren's lives for the good. Thank you Wisconsin Lakes Partners... Read more

  • Cram life into every minute, 11/3/15

    11/3/2015 8:38:53 AM, by AUBRETTE

    Fall back! It is clear, at least to me, that my own frenetic pace is making me sick. For my own health I need to cut down my productivity at work, which fills me with shame and fear. I feel like that dutchboy with his finger in the dam, and I feel like I just decided to walk away. I pull my hour... Read more

  • Welcome November

    11/2/2015 11:25:49 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    Hello November! So great to see you again. It's a great month to reflect on reasons to be thankful. Friends , Family, Sparkfriends, jobs, food in the fridge. So thankful I truly don't know what hungry is. On occasion, famished perhaps. Like the time I biked 15 miles one way and was completely HAN... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 11/02/15

    11/2/2015 12:22:21 PM, by ICE9CA

    As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/31/15

    11/2/2015 12:14:35 PM, by ICE9CA

    Great minds discuss ideas: Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt ... Read more

  • Start with Gratitude... the mother of all good habits.

    11/2/2015 11:33:47 AM, by DANCINGGARDENER

    I am dedicating November to Being Grateful, not just one November Thursday. I missed putting this up yesterday so I will start with two days worth.... A month of gratitude Day 1: I am thankful that I am surrounded by my fabulous friends and family and coworkers and wool workers everyday. I am... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 22

    11/2/2015 8:05:25 AM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 22: Say "Oh Well" to Disappointment Sabotaging Thought: Saying "Oh well" makes me feel powerless. 1. Thinking error I'm making? Exaggerated Thinking 2. Evidence against this? When I binge, I feel rebellious in the moment, but it's not long before I feel out of control, almost held ... Read more

  • Gastric Bypass surgery 11.02.15

    11/2/2015 12:09:46 AM, by DPK1210

    I'm having gastric bypass tomorrow at 1 o'clock p.m. at Marian Medical Center here in Santa Maria California. About 6 months ago I had a consultation down at UCLA in Los Angeles. The spinal surgeon that I saw said that the type of surgery that I need, based on how really truly bad my back is, is a v... Read more

  • Upweight, Sunday November 1, 2015

    11/1/2015 2:49:12 PM, by AUBRETTE

    Welp, November will be an adventure from 195 to 190. I suppose I was only kidding myself that I could skip the game, eat more junk, and still lose the weight. But to be honest, Sparkpeople fed my delusion. I bike to work. Have for years. I wore a HTC monitor and average maybe 130 bpm for the trip,... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 20 & 21

    11/1/2015 10:30:31 AM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 20: Get Back on Track {Perfect for me to do today, since Halloween did not go as well as I planned!} Sabotaging Thought: I should be past making mistakes like this! I was doing so well. 1. Thinking error I'm making? Exaggerated Thinking, All or Nothing Thinking, Unhelpful Rules ... Read more

  • Getting Back on Track!!!

    10/31/2015 8:20:32 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    Three weeks of travel totally threw me off my game!!! Little by little I threw in the towel on things I know help me sleep, feel good, and be on top of my game. Each time I thought, "Well, just once won't hurt me" and then the next time, "Well, what's one more time", etc, etc. So, what happened??... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/30/15

    10/30/2015 3:48:37 PM, by ICE9CA

    If you're not sure where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else. - Laurence J. Peter ... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 18 & 19

    10/30/2015 1:39:27 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 18: Change Your Definition of Full Sabotaging Thought: Sure, I can tell I'm normally full, but I've already planned the calories for today and what's left is nutritious. 1. Thinking error I'm making? Justification. 2. Evidence against this? Being below my calories for the day or s... Read more

  • So that didn't happen lol, 10/30/2015

    10/30/2015 8:43:15 AM, by AUBRETTE

    I didn't gym last night (though I did bike) and I don't really regret it because I had the opportunity to be a good friend to someone instead. I do regret that second slice of cake at work tho!!! I don't have lunch planned so I should pick up a big ol' salad a my treat. Especially since I plan on ... Read more

  • A welcome compliment

    10/30/2015 3:56:57 AM, by KAHANGI

    I have always received compliments from my peers and others around me, some positive and others, though few, negative. They always tell me that I am loosing weight. And I like hearing that. Today was different. I have a jogging buddy. This is strange, because we have only jogged once together, ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/29/15

    10/29/2015 12:56:27 PM, by ICE9CA

    Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. - Albert Einstein ... Read more

  • Look at this cute Tight End 10/29/15

    10/29/2015 9:03:56 AM, by AUBRETTE

    Weekend is coming and I plan to own it. That means I need to plan these next two days carefully and stick to the plan. Late-ish night tonight with cardio at the gym after so I can sprint out early on Friday. Tonight is football and my adorable TE Jordan Cameron (not Cameron Jordan lol) is playin... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 17

    10/28/2015 6:15:34 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 17: End Overeating Sabotaging Thought: I've been trying to avoid having too much on my plate! Everything has been perfectly portioned on small plates to make it seem like a lot and allow me the psychological satisfaction of knowing I can have all of it. Now, knowing some food is off-limits... Read more

  • Vacation Blog: Week 3: South Dakota and Wyoming

    10/28/2015 5:15:22 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    Most of week three of our trip was spent in South Dakota and Wyoming where we had both the hottest and coldest weather of our trip within just a couple days of each other. Sept. 3: Souix Falls, SD We spent most of the day driving from our campsite outside Minneapolis to Souix Falls, SD. We ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/28/15

    10/28/2015 11:19:22 AM, by ICE9CA

    People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. - John C. Maxwell also attributed to Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt ... Read more

  • Wednesday October 28, 2015 The Day I Chose Writing for Survival

    10/28/2015 9:21:59 AM, by AUBRETTE

    Work boundaries are tough, yo. I don't know how the Japanese survive having an even stricter work culture than Americans but I guess the answer is that they don't. Well, if I have to work in this country with these busy standards and burn-out norms, I am going to do it on my terms! I am joining... Read more

  • New / Old: It's All Good!

    10/28/2015 9:08:33 AM, by DDOORN

    Enough slacking! A "hills" ride with the bike club over the past weekend had me *GASP* WALKING up a hill on a climb for the first time since like forever! It was a new hill for me, so I don't know if it was one I would've climbed successfully in the past. But it was a 5-bell-alarm that I was overdue... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 16

    10/27/2015 2:42:23 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 16: Prevent Unplanned Eating Sabotaging Thought: "No Choice" is too restrictive. I'm bound to rebel after a while. 1. Thinking error I'm making? Negative fortune-telling, Justification 2. Evidence against this? Yes, I have a track record of rebelling when I'm been too restrictive ... Read more

  • Vacation Blog: Week 2: Great Lakes (Continued)

    10/27/2015 11:44:20 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    This blog is a continuation of my blog from yesterday covering week 2 of our two-month long road trip..... Sunday: Aug. 30 After visiting Mackinac Island and camping one more night at the Straits State Park, we packed up our car and drove to Sault Ste. Marie. On the U.S. side, there are sever... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/27/15

    10/27/2015 10:50:56 AM, by ICE9CA

    Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. - Albert Einstein ... Read more

  • Tuesday October 27, 2015

    10/27/2015 8:49:44 AM, by AUBRETTE

    I work myself sick. In December I have a doctor's appointment to confirm that (as well as to prescribe anti-nausea meds) but based on the 3AM bout of anxiety I had last night and the vague work-related nightmares that haunted my migraine, I am doing this to myself. If I was in a job interview an... Read more

  • Beck Trek Continued! Day 15

    10/26/2015 6:16:52 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Day 15: Monitor Your Eating Sabotaging Thought: I'll just do this if I hit a plateau. I don't want eating to be a constant hassle. 1. Thinking error I'm making? Overly Negative Fortune-Telling 2. Evidence against this? I originally thought planning my food was going to be a huge pain ... Read more

  • Two weeks

    10/26/2015 1:16:15 PM, by IGNATZ50

    Yeah, I'm jumping on this a day early but what the heck! My blood sugars are closer to normal than they have ever been since I was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 5 years ago! If that was the only criteria on which to judge having had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery, then I would say i... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/26/15

    10/26/2015 12:03:20 PM, by ICE9CA

    Peace begins with a smile. - Mother Teresa ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/24/15

    10/26/2015 12:01:44 PM, by ICE9CA

    Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. - Emily Dicksenson ... Read more

  • Monday October 26, 2015

    10/26/2015 8:11:40 AM, by AUBRETTE

    I missed posting Sunday but at least I was no longer sick! A friend came over and made me matzo ball soup--yum! Cured all my ills. Blessed as we are in this family we still seem to have ills. Hubs is very stressed, I can tell because he talks in his sleep. I've been pulling long nights and getti... Read more

  • Vacation Blog: Week2: The Great Lakes

    10/26/2015 8:09:40 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    Hubby and I just finished a two-month long vacation. It was hard to blog while I was gone because we were camping a lot and I had very limited access to the internet. Week 1 of our vacation was spent travelling from our home in Tennessee to our old stomping grounds in the Chicago area to visit fri... Read more

  • Having Trouble with Healthy Food Choices on the Road

    10/26/2015 6:34:37 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    I am on business travel until Wednesday evening. I usually do okay with selecting healthy food choices, but for the past two nights - what I thought would be a healthy food choice turned out to anything but healthy. What get's me is why don't I have the guts to say, "I can't eat this" and send the... Read more