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  • Navarre Beach, 2017

    6/25/2017 11:50:33 PM, by BEVPRESLEY

    Yup, you can tell we were at the beach cause a tropical storm popped up suddenly and flooded everything between our house and the beach. We drove through torrential rain that caused traffic to crawl. But we made it and had a nice little cabin at Navarre Beach Camping Resort to spend th... Read more

  • No Excuses for Excuses

    6/24/2017 10:01:17 AM, by RSILVERSEA

    Yesterday was the last full day of school. We had a special snack to celebrate the summer birthdays and I overindulged. I'm not thrilled but today is a new day. I have continued slowly adding in exercise and have decided it's time to add in water, which is hard for me since I can't stand water. ... Read more

  • Keep it right here

    6/24/2017 8:12:35 AM, by IVANHOE64

    My doctor tells me that I have reached my ideal weight, so it's time for me to go into maintenance mode. The ideal weight by his definition is more . . . shall we say, generous, than the ideal weight set by the height-weight charts. The charts, however, seem unrealistic to me. The chart doesn't k... Read more

  • 174lbs 76 lbs lost

    6/22/2017 8:04:30 PM, by HSARMYWF

    It's a whole new world... Read more

  • Gods gift (Water)

    6/22/2017 12:54:31 PM, by -SHOREIDO-

    After reading a blog on water today I was motivated to write the following: It was a great subject and a great read! WATER: Our creator, no matter what title we assign to him(or her) put it on earth for a reason. It's purpose is to hydrate everything and anything(including the human bod... Read more

  • Must be a test

    6/22/2017 10:39:33 AM, by JUST_DEBORAH

    So I have been working on keeping to a healthy diet- not too extreme, but benchmarks to keeping me honest with myself, like tracking food and measuring not every time, but often to keep my "eyeing portions" real. My losses were not incredible, but the turtle won the race, right? Well in the last t... Read more

  • Why Coconut Oil Won’t Kill You, But Listening to the American Heart Association Might!

    6/22/2017 9:20:50 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "Most nutrition research is based on epidemiological data that can only show correlations, or connections, and cannot determine causation between two variables. For example, the number of films Nicolas Cage has been in correlates with the number of people who have drowned falling into a pool."... Read more

  • My Back is Improving

    6/22/2017 8:36:24 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    About every year-and-one-half or so, my lower back goes out. It starts with feeling slight muscular discomfort, and then within days gets so bad that I can hardly walk and find it hard to function day to day. Yesterday I woke up with the back feeling pretty good, but after sitting in a stiff chair a... Read more

  • Feeling good

    6/22/2017 8:16:29 AM, by HSARMYWF

    I lost 17lbs of muscle since surgery :( my exercise physiologist said. I started back doing CrossFit, spin, circuit training, swimming, running and walking. I can lift up to 20 lbs this week and modified body weight exercises. I'm starting a triathlon training plan. I've lost 76 lbs now... Read more

  • Small Steps

    6/22/2017 7:59:23 AM, by RSILVERSEA

    After adjusting my eating habits, I have decided to start adding in the exercise. I have done very well keeping track of what I have eaten. I have cut way back on sugar and how much I eat with only a couple of off-track days (darn summer birthdays at school!) I'm not discouraged though which usua... Read more

  • Eating Art

    6/21/2017 12:38:23 PM, by -SHOREIDO-

    I shared the following with a fellow Sparker after reading her blog: It is hard!! (Eating right) so here's one program idea that I've put into place and its working great! It's title is "Paint or draw a meal". I stand before my fridge and pick my "colors" . Last night I "painted" a beautifu... Read more

  • Change parking lot.

    6/20/2017 11:05:31 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Having a change my parking lot sort of a day.... Read more

  • Which scale is for everyday

    6/20/2017 10:25:15 AM, by JUST_DEBORAH

    Got active with Spark People and obsessed with weighing myself daily. This resulted in frustration over ups and downs. The scale I will pull out and require myself to use is the food scale and measuring cups. Pretty certain my eyeing the portions is far too generous. While I know best practice I... Read more

  • Which scale is for everyday

    6/20/2017 10:23:31 AM, by JUST_DEBORAH

    Got active with Spark People and obsessed with weighing myself daily. This resulted in frustration over ups and downs. The scale I will pull out and require myself to use is the food scale and measuring cups. Pretty certain my eyeing the portions is far too generous. While I know best practice I... Read more

  • Accountability

    6/19/2017 11:28:23 PM, by HEATHERSTHPW68

    I have been a little slow on setting my goals this year. As usual i set new ones at the beginning of the new year but don't follow through with them. but recently I have started all over. I have recently got in touch with a couple of friends from high school years ago. One who moved back from Ok... Read more

  • Down a pound.

    6/19/2017 8:56:34 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Poedaughter7 Lost 0.5 lbs since last weighing in! Poedaughter7's lost 14.5 lbs so far. Woot, down a bit since I re-started class. The best diet plan in the world is being AWAY from the fridge. It is important to be so busy you only eat when you are really hungry, and not just bored. Extra work and s... Read more

  • Lower Back Pain - Any Suggestions?

    6/19/2017 6:39:16 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    I just got over a cold, and now my lower back hurting and making it hard to walk or function. This is the third time this has happened over the last few years, and I'm wondering if any of you all have suggestions as to how to get through this, and what to do about it long term.... Read more

  • Haven't updated in awhile

    6/17/2017 3:09:54 PM, by SSMITH762

    I stopped at the thrift Store yesterday and they just happened to be having a 50% off all clothes sale. I found a cute 'the last unicorn' t-shirt but also got this awesome 'how to be a ninja' t-shirt. The shirt and pants were only $.2.50!!! So my weight-loss has stalled around 170 since th... Read more

  • day 7 of my own challenge - travel day

    6/16/2017 6:36:27 AM, by APONI_KB

    I'm packed and pretty much ready to go and just oh so looking forward to getting this flying part of this over with. I'm having my usual breakfast. The flight leaves at 11:30 so I'm concerned about how I'm going to track the rest of the day.... Read more

  • Happy day.

    6/15/2017 10:57:36 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Made it to class AND the gym today. Woot happy day. I had a cold a little while ago, so it was not easy.... Read more

  • When skipping exercise is the right thing to do

    6/15/2017 9:57:33 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    I'm usually pretty disciplined about doing my exercise everyday, and I planned to go out to the golf range, strike some balls, and then go for a walk. But I have been struggling with a summer cold and I'm very weak and dizzy, and I thought it best to forego the workout today. Normally I think it's b... Read more

  • Day 6 of my keeping it together challenge

    6/15/2017 10:36:57 AM, by APONI_KB

    While I can technically say that I have not going over my calories since I restarted Spark, last night I had a 34 calorie cushion so it was close. I'm not entering any of my workouts. I'm thinking that if I can pull that off I can lose the weight faster. In the oh boy am I ready for vacation c... Read more

  • Day 5 of my own little challenge - biding my time

    6/14/2017 12:03:08 PM, by APONI_KB

    I have today and one more day of work before vacation. At this point work is divided up into things I need to do before I go, things that I could wait to do but I don't want them hanging over my head, and things to deal with when I get back. I really really really need this vacation. The... Read more

  • The Tour of France is Coming!

    6/14/2017 9:36:30 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    J'aime Le Tour de France! July 1-23 - the best in the world compete in the greatest bike race in the world! ... Read more

  • My View at Breakfast

    6/13/2017 10:52:29 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Every morning is I sit to eat the first meal of the day, I get to look out my window and see this. I feel so grateful to live in this place, and get to watch the birds day after day and marvel at the wisdom, power, and grace of God seen in creation.... Read more

  • Day 4 of my keeping it together challenge

    6/13/2017 7:00:27 AM, by APONI_KB

    Last night we had pork chops for dinner. Usually we get the thin ones but these were thick cut and 7 ounces each. I'm looking for 3-4 ounces of meat at dinner so half of mine went to the dog. The hubs didn't really like the thick cut one either, took longer to cook so it was a bit dry. don't t... Read more

  • Barren River Lake Campground

    6/13/2017 12:04:56 AM, by BEVPRESLEY

    We took the grands to Kentucky to visit some long time friends and meet their grands. We stayed at the kentuckystateparks.reserveamer
    ica.com/camping/barren-riv
    er-lake-state-resort-park/
    r/campgroundDetails.do?con
    tractCode=KY&parkId=91901 . Kimberly is in charge of the campground an... Read more

  • Golfing Today

    6/12/2017 7:49:41 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today I got to go play a round of golf with a good friend of mine. While I hit some good shots here and there, I also had some horrible holes and therefore ended up with the terrible score. But overall, I was happy with my game and look forward to getting out again later this week. Besides the de... Read more

  • Day 3 of my own keeping it together through vacation challenge

    6/12/2017 3:41:49 PM, by APONI_KB

    I am caught up on everything I have to do at work before I go. More stuff may come in here in the next few days but for right now, today I am all caught up... except for The departmental newsletter. I am suddenly the editor. I am only on this little project because I'm a hobby photog... Read more

  • Day 2 of my own keeping it together through vacation challenge

    6/11/2017 8:04:59 AM, by APONI_KB

    I got quite a bit done on the check list yesterday. Not all of it of course but quite a bit. Also got sidetracked jacking the Specto addon for Kodi on the new Amazon fire stick so we can backdoor into streaming sites. Then when it was up and running, someone took the remote and was a bit too amazed ... Read more

  • Seven Days Strong

    6/11/2017 7:35:01 AM, by RSILVERSEA

    After an exceedingly rough three years, I finally hit rock bottom. I gave up. I made excuses. And last week I said "Enough." I have made the unhealthiest of lifestyle choices and, after a doctor's appointment, I told the doctor I'm changing. I have the biggest supporter right now in my doctor a... Read more

  • 30 years old, and I might just be in the best shape of my life.

    6/10/2017 7:03:25 PM, by MODDEDCOROLLA

    Yesterday was my birthday, I just turned 30. And I might just be in the best shape of my life. In January of 2013 I almost had to switch from wearing size XL clothing to size XXL clothing, which was the wake up call I needed. Around my 26th birthday in 2013, I had dropped down to size L clot... Read more

  • Summer 2017 5% Challenge Eating Plan Commitment

    6/10/2017 3:02:56 PM, by KKINNEA

    My 3 big goals for this challenge: - Log food as consistently as possible - Prepare more meals ahead of time - Stay within calorie limits 5 days a week... Read more

  • Summer 2017 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

    6/10/2017 2:55:06 PM, by KKINNEA

    I'm cribbing a little from something I saw for another member of the challenge! - Perform quality running workouts as assigned by my coach towards a November BQ time - Perform at least 1 strength training session per week - Perform plank circuit at least 5 times per week - Aim for 16,000 ... Read more

  • my own challenge: 15 day keep it together through vacation challenge

    6/10/2017 10:15:55 AM, by APONI_KB

    I just cruised through the challenges and either I am not doing it right or there are not as many challenges going on that there once were. It kind of seems like overall site activity is down a bit but I have everything I need so it's cool and maybe I'm just not looking in the right places. ... Read more

  • The Apple Test

    6/10/2017 9:27:15 AM, by IVANHOE64

    Some of us know about "the apple test". Basically, it's this: if you feel hungry, would you eat an apple? This question will help you to determine whether it's really hunger or a craving - perhaps for something not quite so healthy. Well, yesterday, I put it to the test, and let me tell you, ... Read more

  • Fun with filters

    6/10/2017 1:04:13 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Fun with filters: This is the Urban filter on Prisma on a selfie I took last May. People have been pushing me to put some new photos up online, so here ya go.... Read more

  • steel yourself

    6/9/2017 6:46:44 PM, by APONI_KB

    Things are going well, the weekend is both my chance to work out more and also my chance for the diet to go off the rails. Next week we're heading out to spend a few days with my sister and her kids, assorted spouses and a couple of little elementary school boys who think my husband walks on wa... Read more

  • the next hurdle to cross

    6/8/2017 6:33:36 PM, by APONI_KB

    I've been at - I'm not sure what to call it. I have never warmed to the word journey. I'm sick of blaming cancer for everything but it's really my own version of rebuilding my life. I could get uber dramatic and call it a Phoenix rising from the ashes. 246 Phase One: What to do wh... Read more

  • Birthday Blog Thank You

    6/8/2017 4:38:04 PM, by -SHOREIDO-

    Still 2days later my heart is so thankful. Filled with appreciation for all of my Spark friends here @ Sparkpeople.com. Truth be said I'm sure all of us Spark members will be forever grateful to Chris Downing for building such a caring and helpful site. We, each of us, come here for help and nev... Read more

  • dog is famous

    6/8/2017 7:57:10 AM, by APONI_KB

    and having knee surgery later this month poor guy We've been through this before and they swear he's out of knees to replace. ... Read more

  • peonies for the 2 pounds

    6/7/2017 7:31:29 PM, by ZIPITUP

    I rewarded myself for my two pound loss. Love peonies! I have some in the yard that will bloom too. The smell if wonderful! kind of out of focus Wish I could send you the smell 334... Read more

  • Awesome Walk Today

    6/7/2017 2:29:12 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    I had the privilege today of walking for about an hour while meditating on John 6:1-15, the story of Jesus feeding 5000 plus with only Five Loaves and two fish. I'll leave the details for another time, but it was such a great time of faith stretching meditation and also of pursuing health. And to to... Read more

  • Tales from the scales-First report due- Go NEON NINJAS!!!!

    6/7/2017 9:54:03 AM, by ZIPITUP

    Our first weekly report is due today. I sent out goodies for our team challenge to our team and to the All teams. 248 Got 633 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of ST. 362 332 311 312 216 My weight is down 2 pounds: 334 Now on to week 2 and to 386... Read more

  • Items Missed

    6/6/2017 10:00:49 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    These are fitness items I missed using when I was sick last week with a long horrible Summer cold. Thank you doctor antibiotics for making me alive again.... Read more

  • owning a home is like whack-a-mole

    6/6/2017 6:54:31 PM, by APONI_KB

    We've been working on what was to be, at least on paper, a simple study remodel. We mostly emptied out the room and had an electrician update the wiring because the house was built in the 1950's a bit before people ran more juice through a spare bedroom than NASA used to launch the Apollo missions. ... Read more

  • Tilling and Planting Today

    6/6/2017 11:22:35 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    We have a fairly big yard but two areas are completed shaded and the grass has given way to bare ground. So later today I plan to till up the ground, prepare it for seeds, and then plant those seeds this evening or tomorrow. I'm eager to do this job and see that grass grow! Hope you all have a... Read more

  • My Birthday

    6/6/2017 10:33:27 AM, by -SHOREIDO-

    383 Since losing my Mom in 1981 @ the young age of 59(yes I still cry for her). I made a silent promise to retrieve as many of those years she was deprived of as I could. Today we start year 14 Mom and I'm smiling for you through my tears. So if you could please send down a huge 304 from hea... Read more

  • Socializing with exercise

    6/6/2017 8:36:27 AM, by JUST_DEBORAH

    Walking/hiking, bike riding, spin and piyo I do alone or with my dog. I see walking/hiking buddies and biking groups, but finding people with like interests and abilities has always been a challenge. If lifestyle changes are the solution and I feel I know they are I believe I need to look to addin... Read more

  • More carbs please!

    6/6/2017 7:52:24 AM, by ZIPITUP

    I have added in more carbs to my daily food choices. Good results- good energy! Today's food- Breakfast-Oatmeal with almond milk (home made). Flaxseed (ground-I grind fresh) Blueberries Lunch-Vegetable and bean soup. Baba Ganoush veggie wrap-(sprouted bread) Supper-Wild ric... Read more

  • What determines who makes it and who doesn't?

    6/5/2017 1:33:58 PM, by APONI_KB

    This is something I've been thinking about lately. I was "away" for some time but this time it's just different. It's something I can feel. Maybe part of it is that I can reflect on what has and has not worked for me in the past and then seeing the community feed on the start page just has me ... Read more

  • Day Off...Probably Going to Golf

    6/5/2017 9:23:55 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is my one day off per week, and oh am I tempted to go golfing! There's a little executive course near my house that's very challenging but not very busy so that I basically get the course to myself. I just love going for a long stroll, taking my time, enjoying the day, and getting to golf a li... Read more

  • I'm Sleepy

    6/4/2017 11:03:38 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    It's been a long day, a good day, and I'm sleepy! Time to crash, night-night, ya'll.... Read more

  • Don't Run. Sprint!

    6/4/2017 9:31:14 PM, by VHALKYRIE

    I found this interesting article over the weekend: Running is the Worst Way to Get Fit tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/r
    unning-is-the-worst-way-to
    -get-fit I never had aspirations to run a 10K. I'm not a runner. I don't enjoy running, I never have. Running has always made my k... Read more

  • Got some miles in this weekend

    6/4/2017 3:14:05 PM, by ZIPITUP

    590 I got a 10 mile run in yesterday 312 I have not run that many miles since I was in my twenties! Three decades later I am at it again! 40 I feel better after a long run than I did then- I think it is all the healthy food I am eating 550 Beets can't be beat! lol as a recovery food so go... Read more

  • Freshii calls Ontario calorie count rules ‘simplistic’ in wake of inspection

    6/4/2017 8:51:44 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "Founded in Toronto in 2005, Freshii promotes itself as an alternative to its greasier fast-food competitors, selling salads, wraps and smoothies to appeal to a more health-conscious customer. Its motto is “Count nutrients, not calories.” On its website, the company makes a point of discouragin... Read more

  • Health food aisle products not as nutritious as they claim to be!

    6/4/2017 8:41:14 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    www.smh.com.au/business/consum
    er-affairs/health-food-ais
    le-products-not-as-nutriti
    ous-as-they-claim-to-be-20
    170525-gwdaf0.html Don't be fooled by labels even in the health food aisle. Unprocessed real whole foods are the way to go!... Read more

  • well this is disappointing

    6/4/2017 7:34:42 AM, by APONI_KB

    We had a camping trip planned with my nephew and his wife at Dry Tortugas National Park. It's an island off the coast of Key West. Amazing place. All about snorkeling, kayaking, more snorkeling. we got an email yesterday that the coast guard is doing their annual inspection of the ship that go... Read more

  • Day of Meditation

    6/3/2017 7:55:25 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    I am the preaching pastor of a church near Minneapolis and since I was behind in my normal message preparation, I had to devote my entire day to that. This means that I had the privilege of meditating on and writing about the words of Jesus in John 5:31-47. My message, "The Testimony of the Father,"... Read more

  • a bit of cleanup

    6/2/2017 11:41:31 AM, by APONI_KB

    I don't want to offend anyone but I'm going through all of my sparkfriends and teams from long ago and leaving anything that isn't current. just trying to tidy up a bit ... Read more

  • Another Beautiful Day!

    6/2/2017 9:51:01 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    It's another beautiful day in the Minneapolis area, and I look forward to doing my work outside today. I am a white-collar guy, but I can work from just about anywhere so today it's work in the park with my bike and fishing pole by my side! What are your plans for today?... Read more

  • Get to go Golfing!

    6/1/2017 2:33:13 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    It's a beautiful day in the Minneapolis area: 75 degrees, sunny, slight breeze. So I'm going golfing on a little 18 hole executive course. It's not a busy one, so I'll be out there by myself and I'm really looking forward to it! God bless your day!... Read more

  • Weekly Update

    5/31/2017 3:49:04 PM, by FUCHSIARASCAL

    Another Tuesday training session has come and gone... so it's time for an update! Last night was a legs/cardio workout, which was good because I had a make-up session on Saturday where we did arms and I was still sore from that! Another battle with the stairmaster, and then we did a lot of work on t... Read more

  • doing things a bit different this time

    5/31/2017 3:03:58 PM, by APONI_KB

    I was an athletic kid so I never had to worry about my weight until I finished school and started working behind a desk. Worse I was working in a big 4 accounting firm so there were bagels or donuts at morning meetings, client lunches, and dinner ordered in because we worked around the clock. ... Read more

  • Caffeine - The Key Obstacle in my Journey

    5/31/2017 11:51:29 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Over the years, I've walked away from SP a number of times and for a variety of reasons, but every time I've done so, I've gained weight. This time I've gone almost all the way back to my original starting weight of 242. That was in 2009, but after joining SP, I steadily lost weight over two years u... Read more

  • I Should Be Happy

    5/31/2017 9:59:51 AM, by DMARTIN302

    I've finally been discharged from physical therapy and cleared to return to exercise. I should be excited, right? I mean, all this PT has been to get back to triathlon training, so I should be thrilled. Here's the problem: I've been sedentary for *TWENTY ONE MONTHS* now, under the care of vario... Read more

  • I broke the napping cycle

    5/30/2017 3:43:13 PM, by APONI_KB

    I don't know how this happened really but somehow I got into a loop of not getting enough sleep during the week and then taking naps on the weekend. The result of the nap was that I was staying up later so I'd be tired the next day which would lead to another nap and boy doesn't that make Mond... Read more

  • Still working.

    5/30/2017 1:16:23 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    I have been on the Alli diet plan non stop since November of this year, and lost 15 pounds. Check in time Tuesday to see if it is still working.... Read more

  • Hike/Bike to Lothlorien

    5/29/2017 9:18:35 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    Last year as part of my fitness reboot motivation, I started the "Pilgrimage to Rivendell" challenge. It's a modification of the "Walk to Rivendell" idea from the Nerd Fitness site to motivate sedentary nerd types to move more. Since most of my fitness miles come in the form of cycling, my challen... Read more

  • its my anniversary - kind of

    5/29/2017 8:21:34 AM, by APONI_KB

    Two years ago today the hubs and I made our now 27 year long relationship legal. I don't know if we're more married than we were when we bought a house together but is all official now. It just wasn't all that important to either of us but made sense when I was going through a lot of medical stuff t... Read more

  • three card monte - homeowner style

    5/28/2017 11:20:06 AM, by APONI_KB

    We're completely redoing the study. phase one: moving three bookcases from the study into the unused bedroom that I have claimed for my piano. phase two: jump everything from the study into the piano room which is making me crazy but it's only for a few days. phase three: have an el... Read more

  • Memorial Day Weekend

    5/28/2017 10:08:33 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    Hello, Sparklers! Hope you all have been well! It's been almost a year since I started my fitness 'reboot'. I manage to lose 25 lbs, but I'm still not quite where I want to be. My fitness goals were put on halt due to a cross country move, a change in job, and building a house, so I haven't ... Read more

  • Feeling good

    5/27/2017 7:08:10 PM, by HSARMYWF

    I'm having puréed food and it's going well. I feel good I walked 7k steps yesterday. My sleeve surgery 5/12 and my emergency gallbladder surgery 5/22 went went well and Im recovering nicely. I'm cleared to workout 6/12 and lifting 6/22 ... Read more