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  • 2nd surgery in 10 days

    5/24/2017 9:52:56 AM, by HSARMYWF

    I had sleeve gastrectomy 5/12/17 Then had gallbladder removal on Monday. Just trying to feel better. My Dr said I can do cardio in 3 wks and lifting in 6 wks :) the painkillers are making me sleepy I'm hoping to go off them tomorrow ... Read more

  • Just Did It: A Follow-Up

    5/23/2017 12:50:19 PM, by FUCHSIARASCAL

    Despite yesterday's post saying I was going to go to the gym and get my workout done even though I didn't feel like it, I still spent most of yesterday trying to convince myself to go. In fact, I was in the locker room and still like, "I could just go home..." Terrible, right? The motivation just wa... Read more

  • day 2: rethinking everything

    5/23/2017 9:09:31 AM, by APONI_KB

    The hubs and I had a little chit chat about our meal plans. I'm just going to start over and look at everything we're doing again. We're going to look at the nutritional information on everything, delete all of my groups, go over all of the recipes I have in here and just make sure that it's what I'... Read more

  • Motivational Monday: Just Doing It

    5/22/2017 5:43:50 PM, by FUCHSIARASCAL

    I'll admit it. After being sick last week, I'm still off my game. I had to force myself to complete my workouts this weekend to finish my Gym Pact (or else pay ten bucks... no thanks), and I didn't track my food at all. Two things I normally have no problems with. My habits are off track. So th... Read more

  • I bought new fat clothes

    5/22/2017 1:28:40 PM, by SPIFF37

    Soooooo... much as I hate to say it, I have gained back all the weight plus an additional 10 pounds. I have lost large amounts of weight on three separate occasions but this time I have bumped back up to the original high number. I've spent a lot of time thinking about why and wondering what the hel... Read more

  • long time no spark

    5/22/2017 12:49:48 PM, by APONI_KB

    It's been oh gosh a year since I've been on here. If I were a pessimist I'd say that everything fell apart for me. If I were an optimist I could point out a few things that went well. fact is - it's been a rough year and I'm trying to get a handle on my life again. I started having some ... Read more

  • Uggh

    5/20/2017 7:45:40 PM, by HSARMYWF

    So it looks like Im having a gallbladder issue now. I had gallstones before surgery they thought the actigall would work but Ive been losing so much weight on another 2 wks of liquids 10.2 lost eight days after surgery and 16 lbs the 2 wk liquid preop. 58 lbs lost in 5 mo. Hopefully I can hold out u... Read more

  • Had gastric sleeve surgery a week ago

    5/19/2017 12:06:51 PM, by HSARMYWF

    So I had my gastric sleeve done at Walter Reed last Friday. It went very well. I got excellent care. I lost 9lbs in a week on top of the 7lbs of IV fluid. So my surgical weight was 202. I'm now 193. I lost 48lbs before surgery. My goal is 130lbs. I'm 5'3" I ended up losing 16 lbs on my preop liquid... Read more

  • Spark friends ROCK!!

    5/18/2017 11:59:12 AM, by -SHOREIDO-

    198 Is it me or does anyone else feel a real blow when they leave their Fit Bit (or any type of tracker)behind and run out the door? I feel that way because my Fit Bit is my main source of motivation, along with all you guys here on SparkPeople.Com Where would we be without each other? Probably... Read more

  • weigh in wednesday.

    5/17/2017 11:19:51 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    week 3- Down another pound this week. 595 I'll take it. I am getting a stinkin cold... ugh. perfect timing. I am flying to Minnesota to visit my beautiful daughter on Friday. hitting the zicam hard. lol. must stock up on cough drops and tissues. lol. Anyway, I'm still doing low carb. m... Read more

  • Music Monday: Motivational Melodies

    5/15/2017 1:42:06 PM, by FUCHSIARASCAL

    New blog post is up at
    ional-melodies.html Due to the nature of formatting on SparkPeople blogs, the entire thing is over there. Sorry! Click through for songs and videos.... Read more

  • Great Smokey Mountains, day 3

    5/14/2017 11:27:49 PM, by BEVPRESLEY

    Thursday we had special plans. Hike a couple of trails and have a nice day. So we took our time getting to the Little Brier Gap Trail to hike to the Walker Sister's Cabin. The trailhead is at an old one room school house. This trail is mostly a closed dirt road and should have b... Read more

  • Great Smokey Mountains, day 2

    5/13/2017 11:42:48 PM, by BEVPRESLEY

    Wednesday and Saturday Cades Cove Loop opens at sunrise and is closed to car traffic till 10 am. So as soon as we could get going we headed for the cove. The loop is 11 miles and has some of the most beautiful vistas around. There are views of the mountains, large fields, and preserved cabins. W... Read more

  • Interesting

    5/13/2017 5:08:00 PM, by BILL60

    So, do you want to cycle a bit faster? If so, what can you add to your bike that would make you go approximately 2 miles per hour faster? I did a test beginning last Saturday. I cycled a relatively flat, but windy course with my daily training wheels. My average per mile was 14.4. Today I ran the sa... Read more

  • Great Smokey Mountains, day 1

    5/12/2017 10:27:37 PM, by BEVPRESLEY

    We have been planning to head back to the Smokey Mountains to ride around Cades Cove and do some hiking for some time now. So we decided to do it before the grands get out for summer and we get really busy. Monday we drove to Townsend, TN and stayed at the Tremont Lodge and Resort. It wasn't any... Read more

  • On Starting Over (again)

    5/12/2017 3:34:45 PM, by FUCHSIARASCAL

    ...yeah, I've been here before. Yeah, it kind of sucks. Last time I was here, five years ago, I even wrote a blog post describing exactly how I once again feel.
    self.html I told myself, I have it in writing, that I'd never come back her... Read more

  • My Secret Weapon

    5/12/2017 9:13:50 AM, by IVANHOE64

    I got on SparkPeople to lose weight, but I now see that weight loss, though important in my case, is not the goal. The goal is healthy living. Losing the weight is helping me to get there, but there's more. I've learned a lot about diet and exercise on SP (much of which I should have known al... Read more

  • 10 Reasons I'm Motivated to Get Fit

    5/11/2017 11:37:42 AM, by FUCHSIARASCAL

    We all need a little motivation, right? Here are my top ten reasons why I'm working out and getting fit. Some of them may look familiar if you've been around me for a while. But repeating these reasons doesn't hurt! 1. Back pain. I have been living the past month with varying degrees of back... Read more

  • 2nd week weighin

    5/11/2017 7:39:11 AM, by BIGMAMAT

    Well yesterday was office weigh in. I lost 3.6 more! Yay. 9 so that's a total of 9.4 total. Yay! so excited. Moving on. loving the low carb. our office has lost a total of 18 pounds in the last two weeks. Keep moving forward sparkfriends. 213... Read more

  • Lost 16 pounds.

    5/9/2017 4:41:13 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Progress, at long last! Going back to school, and going to Gold's Gym from Planet Fitness, plus using the Alli diet plan, and the low fat cookbook has really been the magic thing.... Read more

  • let's talk about apps!

    5/9/2017 11:48:56 AM, by FUCHSIARASCAL

    I wrote a new blog post talking about my top five fitness apps. Guess what's number one!
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  • Motivation

    5/8/2017 7:01:28 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    So, our work group decided to step up our game. We determined our goals for weight loss by June 21, 2017. Then we made a large poster, declaring that our office would loose 58 pounds by June 21st! It kinda looks like the united way goal. We will color in the tube every week depending on how much... Read more

  • This is a very selfish blog entry. Please don't read if you are biased.

    5/5/2017 11:23:59 PM, by KAJERO

    I went on a rather long bike ride today. It is the topic of my previous blog. The one thing these long rides do is make me think a lot. And I do think. Today my thoughts resolved around wishes. Not for things money can buy. I decided to figure out if wishes came true what I would wish for. So ... Read more

  • I wish this "up" feeling would last. Exercising does work -- for a while.

    5/5/2017 10:29:18 PM, by KAJERO

    Yesterday I could hardly get out of bed. I I was going to stay in bed all day today but then I FORCED myself to get out of bed and get outside. I hated doing it, but I needed to. I love to go bicycle riding. I have two bicycles -- a carbon one that is supposed to go fast --huh??? and one I u... Read more

  • Day 6 on liquid diet for surgery

    5/4/2017 7:08:15 AM, by HSARMYWF

    So far I've lost 12 lbs since 4/27 when I started liquids. 44lbs lost at together since 11/25. I'm working out 3 times a day now still. I'm on 1,000 cals a day and making it happen. Almost there May 12 :) Yesterday was our 15th wedding anniversary. Hubby came home from his biz trip and we spent so... Read more

  • Weigh in Wednesday.

    5/3/2017 7:59:07 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    So we are doing this weigh in at work thing.... We've recently changed to low carb and the results have been great! this week I lost 4.8 lbs. and the three of us in the office combined have lost 12 pounds. 104 I have stepped up my water. I have my inspirational cup with dorey from finding ne... Read more

  • College Graduation and Finding a New Wave of Motivation.

    5/3/2017 4:20:04 PM, by SPIRIT-WALKER

    It was 2 years ago that I shattered my wrist and I had to have plate and 9 pins put into it. During that time I gained about 50 lbs. At first, it was not wanting to get up and do anything and then the wave of college was also taking over. College is made up of constant homework and projects, so it l... Read more

  • Liquid diet

    5/2/2017 8:26:48 AM, by HSARMYWF

    I'm on my liquid diet for my gastric sleeve surgery 5/12. I've been on it since 4/27. I've been working out twice a day. I've lost 10 lbs. I'm down to 208lbs. I'm averaging 1-2 lbs a day weightloss. Getting closer to my goal of 200lbs before surgery. 8lbs left to go. 42 lbs lost since 11/25. PCOS do... Read more

  • Hit 19

    5/1/2017 10:52:55 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Hit the 19 mark on steps.... Read more

  • New plan, New start.

    5/1/2017 8:27:51 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    So one of the girls in the office decided to try low carb. Why not? I thought I'd try it too. I've tried everything else. For real. Everything . We have been low carb for 5 days now. It's different. Anyone else out there focus on low carb? I can say it has jump started my weight loss. Fo... Read more

  • I am still so sad. I am trying excercising and getting out but . . .

    5/1/2017 6:33:05 PM, by KAJERO

    I am beginning to wonder if grief/depression ever will lessen or even go away. It is so lonely and quiet here. It is so different without Don here. I know I can't rush things, but I wonder if I will ever feel good again (like I did last summer). I am getting out and doing things, but it doesn't seem... Read more

  • Get by with a little help from my friends

    5/1/2017 1:01:40 PM, by -SHOREIDO-

    Sharing this with all as every little bit helps. As I was working out this A.M and walked over to the blah, blah box(my T.V.) I heard the host ask her guest about their subject matter (Alzheimers) and picked up this useful information. Working out your brain and thought processing etc using ... Read more

  • New chance at life

    4/30/2017 7:39:56 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    Everyday we wake up we get a new chance. A chance to make all things new again. We can open our eyes with a fresh perspective. A positive outlook and a new start. It was a beautiful day today and My two sons and my husband and I went to Ohiopyle, pa today. we had a nice lunch and then we we... Read more

  • Why is this so hard?

    4/30/2017 12:35:15 PM, by DRAGONCHILDE

    From SP Motivator to 204 pile of miserable. I've gained back all but about 6 pounds of what I'd lost. And I've tried several times to get back on; why is it so hard to come back? I know I can do this. I've done it! VERY successfully; I'd gotten down to 164. The right way. Slowly, with he... Read more

  • A picture tells it all

    4/28/2017 1:58:48 PM, by IMSHINY

    Yesterday I participated in a work team building event. We were cooking and it was fun. Today I saw the pictures and felt ashamed. I've grown so large. I talk of losing weight but just keep eating. Now I have a double chin. Worse in gatherings I feels very conscience of how large I am whe... Read more

  • meal plans for single people?

    4/27/2017 12:46:42 PM, by FUCHSIARASCAL

    Yesterday, I checked off the meal plan option, thinking this would be a GREAT way to figure out what to buy and eat. I hate grocery shopping, because I never know what to get and I get overwhelmed and end up crying in the produce section... honestly. But boy, was I wrong! Sparkpeople, I love you, bu... Read more

  • Started 2 wk liquid diet for surgery

    4/27/2017 8:06:36 AM, by HSARMYWF

    I went down to visit my daughter in GA. I did a ton of work on the house. I came back yesterday afternoon. I started liquids today. My surgery is in 2 weeks :) ... Read more

  • Completed BLC33 15week challenge while WFPB... RESULTS!

    4/26/2017 12:38:20 PM, by JOANN562

    I started this challenge while steadily losing eating whole food, plant based... & really was not sure I would lose any more weight so debated changing to maintenance, but opted to just ride it out as a challenger... not so much that I was not happy with the scale, but wanted to lose more belly fat.... Read more

  • once again...

    4/26/2017 10:46:09 AM, by FUCHSIARASCAL

    The last two entries in my blog have been "I'm coming back!" and then no forward momentum. So I hope this isn't the case this time, because I paid for 20 sessions of personal training and don't want to waste all that money. So... I'm coming back! I've got personal training set up through July and LE... Read more

  • When the cat's away this fat mouse will make her own dinners I guess

    4/25/2017 7:35:25 PM, by AUBRETTE

    My handsome, perfect, lovely husband has gone on a business trip for a week. Once he returns, he will just pack up and go on another trip for another week. And then a little after that he is going back to his family in Pennsylvania for his baby shower -- without me! To be clear, I encouraged hi... Read more

  • Depression . . . why doesn't it leave me alone!!!

    4/25/2017 7:29:27 PM, by KAJERO

    Why doesn’t it leave me alone? Why can’t I be happy? Why am I so miserable? I HAVE SO MANY POSITIVE THINGS IN MY LIFE. • I have three sisters who are more than supportive. One sister is going through the same depressive things I am going through. I think she also has some grief because sh... Read more

  • Riding a Bicycle Outdoors for Excercise Can Result in Amazing Experiences.

    4/24/2017 9:51:26 PM, by KAJERO

    I had a highly unusual wonderful bicycle riding experience. I suffer from chronic depression. Along with the grief from Don’s passing January 21, 2017, I am on an emotional roller coaster. The one thing that seems to give me some relieve from the emotional exhaustion is bicycle riding. I know ... Read more