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  • May Mania Day 25

    5/25/2016 12:57:26 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 24: Well it rained in the SW corner of NH on Tuesday so it was sorta quiet on the mania front. Steps: 11,134 Flights of stairs climbed: 16 Day 25 looms large with possibility. What will you do today?... Read more

  • Road Trip!

    5/24/2016 7:48:00 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    TRAVELER (David Whyte says it best) The heart's a close-in horizon that holds all distance but gives no explanation to the tidal scour of life taking us on and away from the home we know so well, tearing us from the place we tried to inhabit so firmly, t... Read more

  • Sabotage...

    5/24/2016 1:22:34 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Why did, just this morning, a retiree decide to bring doughnuts and juice around to everyone in our department...AND a student came around offering mini cupcakes to me as well. For some reason I could not bring myself to say "no, thank you" even though I did not want them. I felt like that would hav... Read more

  • Medical Weight Loss - My Experience

    5/24/2016 10:48:02 AM, by MRSGOFARR

    I knew something was wrong. Here were the signs. 1. I spent $50 a month on WW from October 2015 to April 2016 and loss 20 pounds. Proud of those 20 pounds but my body immediately started to go into pulling that weight back on and plato. It didn't matter WHAT I did. 2. For the past 4 weeks ... Read more

  • Crazy

    5/24/2016 10:04:31 AM, by HSARMYWF

    So hubby has this laundry list of stuff to do to the house before I leave. I was working on it yesterday. Back at it again today. Plus I had the kids at the track last night. By the time I got my workout in it was late. I did get it done by 10 pm no excuses. Upper body weights and treadmill. In t... Read more

  • May Mania Day 24

    5/24/2016 6:37:45 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 23 recap: Sasha and I went for a long walk. Then in the evening a friend came over to stay with him while my wife and I went salsa dancing. Total steps: 14,079 Flights of stairs climbed: 17 Day 24 outlook: errands, yard work, working out and ???... Read more

  • Moving busy week

    5/23/2016 9:44:23 AM, by HSARMYWF

    I'm leaving my house we own in GA Saturday. Going back to the rental house in the Mid-Atlantic that I rent with hubby. He's been up there the whole time. I came back at Thanksgiving to GA and have been here since then. I'm leaving Saturday morning. I have a ton of stuff to do. My kids have cycling M... Read more

  • May Mania Day 23

    5/23/2016 9:35:13 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First, the totals from Day 22: Steps: 16,103 Flights of stairs: 33 Strength Training (upper body) Today: Who knows what lies ahead??? Spark on peeps.... Read more

  • Keeping On to Keep It Off

    5/22/2016 9:24:37 AM, by SARACYCLE

    It should read to get it off, but keep it off is fine....that is pounds. I have HIT PLATEAU.... I'm sure most of us, who work hard to get the pounds off, know what that means. But for those who don't, here are the facts that I have learned as a result of coming up against this literal wall that wi... Read more

  • May Mania Day 22

    5/22/2016 5:23:59 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First a report on Day 21: Steps: 17,830 Flights of stairs climbed: 20 Only 9 days left in May Mania, on to day 22...... Read more

  • May Mania Day 21

    5/21/2016 4:09:16 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 20 Summary: Steps: 15,630 Flights of stairs climbed: 18 Day 21: This morning we went to the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH. This little museum is a hidden gem. This evening I'll be downstairs working out. Here are Sasha and the DW at the Museum (don't worry, this was somethi... Read more

  • Finally

    5/21/2016 10:54:54 AM, by HSARMYWF

    My phone wouldn't let me charge it from the port anymore. So I got a wireless charger. Still it was so dead it took awhile to charge. Hubby has another phone he will give me next weekend. My poor husb it looks like he will have his 3rd knee surgery. After running for 35 yrs he can't run anymore. H... Read more

  • Cauliflower pizza is delicious

    5/20/2016 8:42:28 PM, by SSMITH762

    I've made it once before, but didn't bother squeezing out the liquid, so the consistency was different. It's much better when ita been squeezed out. This crust was a bag of frozen cauliflower, nuked for 4 minutes, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of parmasan cheese, red pepper flakes, and my fav Italian seasoning... Read more

  • May Mania Day 20

    5/20/2016 10:26:24 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Recap of Day 19: Steps: 11,926 Flights of stairs climbed: 15 Strength training: some upper body that I didn't have time for the previous day Goals for day 20: more stairs! super strict on logging food! Stay manic!!... Read more

  • Pictorial Summary of Yesterday's Yardwork

    5/20/2016 10:14:14 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    We recently moved into a one acre property that's been neglected for ten years, so we're taking it one project at a time and slowly getting it cleaned up. With each project, it feels better and better to live here! Yesterday's project was to trim our seven pine trees, and here's a few pics that show... Read more

  • I need to remind myself that I love my family

    5/19/2016 9:53:42 PM, by SSMITH762

    Look a pic of us as kids to remind myself that we had fun growing up..... Why remind myself I love my family? Because I'm sick of being the unpaid maid and cook for my brother and his son. At least my brother has made rent the past couple of months, but he hasn't helped with bills for 2 mont... Read more

  • May Moderation?!? (May Mania Day 19)

    5/19/2016 5:03:53 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    In yesterday's blog, I talked about how I once had a streak of 100 days where I walked 20,000+ steps a day (including one day over 75,000 steps!). And - in yesterday's blog - I speculated that maybe I should try and break that streak record. Enter wisdom in the form of my wife. She reminded m... Read more

  • My New Chainsaw - Final Post, I Promise!

    5/19/2016 9:41:10 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Just couldn't help but post a pic of my new toy. After posting, I'm off to eat breakfast and then trim some more trees. It's fun and a great work out as well! Hope you all have a great day. ... Read more

  • My Work in Progress

    5/19/2016 1:32:07 AM, by JULIEJULIE3

    So I'm working on getting back into shape and improving my fitness level. Apparently I have a difficult time with consistency. I'm officially taking the summer off from school, and so I have all this extra time. I still have some course work to finish up, which I hope to do pretty soon. However, my ... Read more

  • 384 cals and I'm stuffed

    5/18/2016 7:39:30 PM, by HSARMYWF

    Everything weighed and measured ate that and I'm stuffed. Healthy food can really fill you up. That's what I keep trying to tell everyone. Food logged... Read more

  • My backyard is a jungle!!! And weight loss advice

    5/18/2016 6:36:28 PM, by SSMITH762

    So my nephew's chore is to mow the backyard. Has he done it in the past month? No because he lost the cost to the electric mower. Hurumph. Also, I'm so excited, someone else volunteered to go to Puerto Rico for the confer3nce, so I don't have to go. It was too last minute for me and I like to pla... Read more

  • Lunch

    5/18/2016 12:40:46 PM, by HSARMYWF

    Chicken noodle soup and a hard boiled egg. Breakfast was good. Staying focused... Read more

  • Thanks- ride of silence today

    5/18/2016 10:43:47 AM, by HSARMYWF

    My bike mechanic my mentor. At 65 he rides 12,000 miles a year. He works full time keeping our bikes maintained. We own a lot of bikes. He has taught my kids how to ride on the road. I rode with him last year on a 200k group ride he led. I've been going to his spin classes on bike trainers in the wi... Read more

  • May Mania Day 18

    5/18/2016 9:54:46 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 17 summary: Steps: 11,198 Flights of stairs climbed: 16 Day 18 goals. Okay, it's time to take it up a notch. This morning I was looking at some of my old blogs and I noticed one from a few years ago where I was talking about how I had walked 20,000 steps (or more) a day for 100 day... Read more

  • Yesterday

    5/18/2016 9:27:52 AM, by HSARMYWF

    My Cobb salad dinner. I had egg salad sandwhich for lunch. I stayed up late talking to one of my friends. I didn't get much sleep last night. So I needed snacks late at night. Anyhow my cals came in at 1491. I could've eaten less if I would've gone to bed at a normal hour. I Did my therabands upp... Read more

  • Liquid Calories

    5/18/2016 8:55:08 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 26 of the "30 Day Plateau Busting Challenge" and the subject for today is liquid calories. They recommend that in a 2200 cal diet, around 200 or so come from liquids. I am usually around 300 for one reason and one reason only--I'm hooked on Caribou Coffee's Northern Lite Dark Chocolate ... Read more

  • Retooling: Week one...

    5/18/2016 12:21:23 AM, by MBETTIS3

    I went to the Dr. last week after not being there in quite some time. I went in very confident because I had begun some very good changes in my diet and I have seen some weight come off... well that was not enough (for her). I did not get any congratulations from the doctor instead I got a prescript... Read more

  • Going to Puerto Rico, maybe

    5/17/2016 7:14:41 PM, by SSMITH762

    So I got a call at work today asking if I want to for to Puerto Rico for a training next week. Honestly, I'd rather not go, but I feel like it's a good opportunity. And I've never been there, so that'll be fun. But while my nephew is a teen he's not responsible enough to be left alone in the... Read more

  • Perimenopause

    5/17/2016 5:01:16 PM, by YISHAY

    Well it seem that in the past couple of years i have hit menopause like some of my friends have and i put on 40 extra pounds and went up to 187.8 at some point but at the moment i have been helping my mum take care of my stepfather and care for the house so i have been up to lots of cleaning indoor ... Read more

  • Sharing some Soul Food(Kind of)

    5/17/2016 3:46:36 PM, by -SHOREIDO-

    Recently joined a new team (Living and eating mindfully) and shared this post with them on their "Front Porch" Don't you just love it! 41 Lots of good conversations shared on that porch! Check it out~ It read as follows: Sorry I missed the front porch on Monday. I was busy getting my sore mus... Read more

  • May Mania Day 17

    5/17/2016 3:18:35 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Recap of Day 16: Meetings, meetings, meetings. Neuroscience group, followed by Sasha's one-year check-up (3 shots, poor thing), followed by faculty meeting. Aaarrgh! Oh for the "endless days of summer." Still: Steps: 11,760 Flights of stairs climbed: 16 Tuesday: piano lesson, Sp... Read more

  • Theraband workout

    5/17/2016 1:04:03 PM, by HSARMYWF

    Lifted upper body weights yesterday. Today I did upper body theraband workout. Since I can't do cardio still this is a great alternative. Great you tube videos on how to do this.... Read more

  • My New Chainsaw - Day Two

    5/17/2016 10:21:44 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    I got a new chainsaw on Sunday and used it for about 10 minutes just to see how everything worked, but yesterday I spent about eight hours cutting down, cutting up, and hauling trees (we recently moved into a house that sits on an acre that's been neglected for 10 years). For the first 2/3 of the da... Read more

  • Breakfast

    5/17/2016 10:00:54 AM, by HSARMYWF

    354 cal had coffee with half and half and Stevia. Then had this breakfast sandwhich. It's 35 cal bread fried egg over hard, and spicy black bean patty. I had to drop my oldest off at work. It's a complete downpour outside. She usually rides her bike to work. Her car needs repair. So I picked up m... Read more

  • Dinner

    5/16/2016 11:55:57 PM, by HSARMYWF

    Had a good salad for dinner and a 100 cal Dessert rounded out my cals to 1174. Got upper body dumbell work in today. Wasn't feeling like doing it. Once I got started I got into it. Since I can't do cardio my cals are down but I don't feel deprived. My exercise always makes me more hungry. Since I... Read more

  • Lose the clutter lose the weight

    5/16/2016 10:21:14 PM, by NEWLIBRARIAN

    This is the title of a book I have checked out from the library. I recommend the text if not the specific program described. There are a lot of studies cited about the impact of clutter in our minds and homes and schedules also affecting weight. Also read an article right her on spark people. As... Read more

  • One week down and already seeing results!

    5/16/2016 5:52:29 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    My husband bought me some nice pants for Mother's Day and when they came in they wouldn't button, much less zip. That was it! I had to do something to fix this issue. So last week my 23 year-old and I started at the gym. 3 days we went and worked out, hard core, 2 leg days and one arm day, then t... Read more

  • Lunch

    5/16/2016 2:08:12 PM, by HSARMYWF

    384 cals total spicy black bean patty, 1/2 cup brown rice with onion powder, 1 cup broccoli with 28gm shredded sharp cheddar. Very tasty, healthy and filling. Clamping down harder on the food. Especially since my exercise has to be zilch until Thursday. I also wait 20 mins after eating to drink w... Read more

  • Anyone else love their crockpot?

    5/16/2016 1:52:10 PM, by SSMITH762

    I maybe have a bit of a love affair with my crockpot. It made me fajitas yesterday and today it's making me rosemary crusted pot roast. I may sometimes stray to my food processor, but I think my crock pot understands it's just a fling. ;) I should probably take better care of it though. The temp... Read more

  • New Chainsaw

    5/16/2016 8:52:03 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    I got a new chainsaw last night and couldn't help but try it out a little, but today I get to try it out a lot and I'm so excited!... Read more

  • Skin cancer no joke

    5/16/2016 12:53:23 AM, by HSARMYWF

    So I'm of Irish decent. Quite pale actually. This is what happens when a mole gets removed. It comes back with abnormal cells and is considered aggressive. Then they excise a large chunk of skin. It's very painful. It's in a place I sit and sleep on. It's bruised now. I'm taking no meds for it. Th... Read more

  • May Mania Day 16

    5/16/2016 12:11:59 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Over 45 people showed up to Sasha's first birthday party! There were acres of cake and mountains of ice cream as well as lots of other decadent treats, but I stuck to the veggie platters and the sparkling water. Sasha didn't have any cake either, for that matter, and - like all one year olds - was... Read more

  • Extremely hormonal

    5/15/2016 10:22:19 PM, by HSARMYWF

    Had a very bad day. I haven't been able to work out like I'm used to. It took a huge toll on my emotional well being. Horrible cycle this month. Struggling with this and the excision. Have little energy. Had an emotional discussion with hubby over the phone. Probably wasn't a good idea. He is also i... Read more

  • Loving my new water bottle and crock pot fajitas

    5/15/2016 8:39:36 PM, by SSMITH762

    I picked up a new Britta hard sided 22 ounce filtered water bottle from amazon this week. So far I'm loving it. It easy to sip from and the water tastes fine. Its also nice that its 22 ounces rather than my other 32 ounce bottle. So I walked the dogs while my nephew was in choir practice at chur... Read more

  • May Mania Day 15

    5/15/2016 6:57:32 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I've reached the halfway point for May Mania. When I get to the end, I'll post a blog explaining what it was all about. First, a report on day 14: I didn't have much free time but managed to get my minimums in: Steps: 13,019 Flights of stairs climbed: 21 Looking ahead to day 15... Read more

  • Uggh

    5/14/2016 8:45:58 PM, by HSARMYWF

    So my kids are roller skating without me. I can't do it for 3 weeks because of my skin excision. This is brutal watching everyone else have fun. I'm just sitting here watching. Listening to my music.... Read more

  • May Mania Day 14

    5/14/2016 3:04:10 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    About Day 13: it was ... interesting I knew it would be a tough day going in. My department held their end-of-the-semester retreat and that meant sitting for hours. I knew I wouldn't be able to be manic, I was just hoping I wouldn't lose my streaks. For a long time now I've set myself a dail... Read more

  • Feeling human again

    5/14/2016 1:32:53 PM, by SSMITH762

    Ugh, so shark week started this morning. I always feel like crap for the first half a day or so, then feel a bit better gradually, by the second day, I feel fine. So since it hit this morning, no 5k for me. It was raining and I was cold, nauseated, cramping, and headachy. So I spent my morning mo... Read more

  • Fad Diets

    5/13/2016 4:14:47 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 21 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is fad diets, including all of the detox diets that are out there these days. This subject is not applicable to me as I've never been attracted to diet fads. There is simply no replacement for eating the right amount of cals, ... Read more

  • Maybe its diet rage...

    5/13/2016 11:59:15 AM, by MRSGOFARR

    I have been in a real nasty mood lately. I am kinda angry at everything unnecessarily. I am just going to write my feelings out and unpack each thing I am feel and maybe...just maybe it will make me feel better. 1. I am ready to move on to my next job. I am a senior staff member at an organizat... Read more

  • I think i'll take the old dog to the 5k tomorrow

    5/13/2016 9:56:24 AM, by SSMITH762

    She'll be a lot better behaved :) my 2 year old pittie is a lot more excitable. In any case, things are still going well. My skin is so much more clear when I give up sugar, soda, and fast food. You know? I was up late last night, so I had a low carb cheesecake in a mug, bug a few bites satisfie... Read more

  • May Mania Day 13

    5/13/2016 6:45:24 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 12 wasn't that many steps but a lot of them were stairs: Steps: 11,585 Flights of stairs climbed: 29 Strength training: Lower body and core Today on day thirteen: my end-of-the-year departmental retreat: lot's of sitting with a bunch of people, some of whom are nice and ... well, b... Read more

  • Finding Ways to De-Stress

    5/12/2016 10:21:54 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 20 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the topic for the day is finding ways to de-stress. I read the description and article for the day about 1:00 a.m. last night after returning from a concert with Allen Stone, a young R&B / Soul artist who delivers one of the best live-per... Read more

  • May Mania Day 12

    5/12/2016 12:31:05 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First, a report on Day 11: Steps: 15,778 Flights of stairs climbed: 40 Strength training: Upper body Other: Tai Chi class Day 12: I have no idea what this day will bring except that it will be manic. Of course, if I don't get to bed soon, nothing much will happen!... Read more

  • I have to give it my all...

    5/11/2016 6:57:14 PM, by MRSGOFARR

    Sometimes I feel defeated. Somettimes, I feel annoyed and irritated. Why do I have to have a weight issue. Why must I always have to think about food or eating less food,etc. I want to lose it all NOW so I can focus on maintenance and living. 3 kids later I know this time will take TIME. It will tak... Read more

  • May Mania Day 11

    5/11/2016 12:10:42 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Even the May Maniac needs a rest day now and then, so on Day 10, I took it a little easier: Steps: 12,009 Flights of stairs climbed: 15 Strength training: Lower Body & Core Day 11: Sasha turns one! Happy Birthday Sasha! ... Read more

  • Too many health issues

    5/10/2016 11:06:43 PM, by KELSIESMOM42

    Thanks to my lovely health issues, I've been off the workouts for over a month. Every time I feel like I am healthy enough to workout, something else knocks me down. I'm getting a little frustrated by the fact that my body is being a punk. I've been able to do little workouts but nothing like I w... Read more

  • The Importance of Rest and Recovery

    5/10/2016 4:14:15 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 18 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject of the day is how important it is to deliberately work rest days into our exercise regime. Ironically, one thing that can stall or stop our weight loss is working out too much because it's the body's way of saying, "Hey, I nee... Read more

  • 05/10/16 Old Sparkpage description

    5/10/2016 3:57:06 PM, by BOILERINAZ

    WHEW it has been a crazy few years! I am not even sure where to start! Short Story: Joined Spark 7ish years ago and lost 80+ pounds. Kept it off for a few years. Was super active ran all the time, completed 2 full marathons, a bunch of half marathons, and tons of other crazy races. I hiked all ... Read more

  • Caring for elderly parents

    5/10/2016 11:37:49 AM, by IRONBESS

    My husband and I recently visited my parents who live in another state. We spent some time making their home a little safer. One of my nephews organized a work party of his friends and a few cousins to build a non-skid ramp at the back door as my dad is unsteady and resists using a walker. Though a ... Read more

  • New to me recipe for tuna patties

    5/10/2016 11:07:03 AM, by SSMITH762

    Mhmmm, so I'm down to 238 as of this morning. Woot. I can't believe how happy I am that my weight is moving in the right direction. This weekend, I'm doing a 5k with my dog. My problem is that I have 2 of them and I want both to come. Maybe I need to steal a neighbors kid to help. Or I could jus... Read more

  • The Universe is Smiling Down On Me...!

    5/10/2016 10:32:58 AM, by DDOORN

    Two weekends ago I had already planned to sort of double date with close friends (a couple) in the bike club who are riding out to a B&B near Ithaca ( to stay overnight and test out a special hot tub that is available in the suite. My partner had mentioned that our local Cyber... Read more

  • May Mania Day 10

    5/10/2016 1:52:21 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    As usual, I start with a report on the previous day. Day 9: Steps: 36,508 Floors of stairs climbed: 45 Strength training: Upper body, 3 sets of each exercise to failure AND I FINISHED GRADING!!!!! Coming up on Day 10: Now that grading is done, I want to reintroduce myself to my ... Read more

  • Before picture, getting back on track

    5/9/2016 2:37:08 PM, by G.I.JANE

    I've let the stress of my pending divorce and his high will to keep my daughter away from me put a halt on my goals. I took another big step and blocked his abusive texts. They were really bringing me down. I'm going to get that fantastic feeling that I get with exercising and being healthy. J... Read more

  • Planning to Eat, Eating by the Plan

    5/9/2016 9:22:40 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 17 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is planning our meals. The idea is that if we fail to plan, we will plan to fail and end up eating in such a way as to stall or reverse our weight loss journey. It is true that we're going to think about what we meet, either b... Read more

  • May Mania Day 9

    5/9/2016 7:19:45 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    As usual, I first look at the previous day's results: Day 8: Strength training: rest day Steps: 38,239 Floors of stairs climbed: 44 Coming up on Day 9, I HAVE TO FINISH GRADING. I HAVE TO FINISH GRADING. I HAVE TO FINISH GRADING. (Gosh, I hate grading). P.S. I've had enoug... Read more

  • May Mania Day 8

    5/8/2016 12:04:03 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Well, today is Sunday (one minute past midnight) and Sunday is my first official May Mania weigh-in. But that will have to wait until I get up in the morning. Now I'll just give my totals from day 7: Strength training: upper body Steps: 22,709 Floors of stairs climbed: 37 Update: It'... Read more

  • No diet dr pepper today, lol

    5/7/2016 9:00:28 PM, by SSMITH762

    Perhaps I wasn't meant to have by diet dr pepper today. I was running late on my way to my niece's birthday party and I knew I'd be tempted by the cake and ice cream if I didn't stop, so I stopped for a side salad and diet dr pepper from the Jack in the box drivethru. Hurumph, its been 3 weeks si... Read more

  • May Mania Day 7

    5/7/2016 12:08:31 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First, a report on Day 6: Friday was a mixture of sun and rain. Unfortunately, I spent most of the sunny period in a hardware store as I fought with my lawn mower. Replaced the spark plug and the air filter and still the thing won't start. Any suggestions, Spark Friends? Still, that didn... Read more

  • No more pity party! No more excuses!

    5/6/2016 10:16:33 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    I was sitting here feeling sorry for my dumpy self tonight and had enough! I got off the round tushy & got down on the floor & exercised right here. No more poor me & nothing fits! I'm taking back my life & my body! It isn't going to be easy, this is war! It will be a battle every single day to quit... Read more

  • Accurately Estimating Calories Burned

    5/6/2016 7:56:49 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 14 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is ensuring that we're not overestimating our calorie burn each day and thus eating too much. They suggest getting a heart-rate monitor to get the most accurate measurement, and I get that, but I'm not that interested in doing... Read more

  • May Mania Day 6

    5/6/2016 12:11:46 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Report on Day 5: Strength training: Upper body, 3 sets of each exercise, reps until failure Steps: 20,840 Floors of stairs climbed: 26 Day 6: More grading, more mania.... Read more

  • Yummy cabbage in the cockpot

    5/5/2016 2:39:51 PM, by SSMITH762

    I reckon we'll have tacos tonight for Cinco DE mayo, so I was trying to think of a delicious side dish and decided to experiment. We'll have to see how cabbage with taco seasoning will co. I added salt and pepper, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and lots of cumin. It smells divine.... Read more

  • Weighing In - When, How, and Why?

    5/5/2016 8:50:56 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 13 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and today's topic is weighing in. They suggest weighing in (1) once per week, (2) with the same scale, (3) at the same time, and (4) with the same clothes or lack thereof. Fair enough, but they're missing a very important element: even if on... Read more

  • May Mania Day 5

    5/5/2016 12:13:50 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    A report on Day 4: Yet another day of rain dampened the clothes, but not the spirits, of the May Maniac. Steps: 13,540 Floors climbed: 24 Strength training: rest day Coming up day 5: the exams are done, now it's just grading, grading, grading. Be manic friends!... Read more

  • App Problems.... #techsupport

    5/4/2016 11:42:02 PM, by AUSNBREEZY1

    Hey SparkPeep #techsupport Why does my app give me a blank screen when posting a new blog or hitting reply on comments sometimes? Here's a screenshot. Just a blank window with no keyboard...... Read more

  • Strength Training and Metabolism

    5/4/2016 11:12:50 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 12 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is strength training, and more specifically, adding variety thereto. For me, I'm just getting back into shape and it's important for the long-term that I not do too much too soon, and additionally, at this time of year I mainl... Read more

  • Infused water is yummy

    5/4/2016 4:03:31 PM, by SSMITH762

    Continuing to plug away at my diet. Finally wrestled one of the infuser water bottles from framily. They use it for juice and water since it's 32 ounces, but I bought 1 for each of us, so when my nephew dropped it at the sink to be washed, I claimed it, lol. Tomorrow I'll start Adrienne s yoga in... Read more

  • Look at This Crap Cheerios Is Trying to Pull

    5/4/2016 8:45:08 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "Now, we're talking about a much bigger serving size: 55 grams. This new-and-improved Cheerios iteration delivers 7 grams of protein and 17 grams of sugar at this enlarged serving size. To compare the two, I adjusted the original Cheerios numbers to reflect a 55 gram serving. Just for fun, I ad... Read more

  • May Mania Day 4

    5/4/2016 7:00:27 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First a report on Day 3: Tuesday was the first day of May here it didn't rain. Took Sasha for a long walk in the stroller and finished the day with: Steps: 24,146 Floors climbed: 21 Strength training: core workout Day 4 will be a rest day from strength training. It will also be b... Read more

  • Fiber- and Water-Rich Foods Suppress Hunger

    5/3/2016 7:57:10 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 11 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject of the day is battling the constant feeling of hunger by adding fiber- and water-rich foods to our diets. As I looked at the list of foods that are high in fiber, I'm doing pretty well in that regard although I think I'll add ... Read more

  • May Mania Day 3

    5/3/2016 6:37:44 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I begin with a report on Day 2. It was another rainy day. I spent some of the day in the hospital. No, there's nothing wrong with me - I didn't even make a co-pay - it was for May Mania. Often when its rainy or cold, I head to the "big box stores" to get my steps in, but because May Mania is a... Read more


    5/2/2016 4:40:28 PM, by AUSNBREEZY1

    Feeling a little unmotivated today... Until after my workout. My daughter comes home from school and asks me, "Have you lost any weight?". I say, "Not sure..". She says enthusiastically, "Well, you look skinnier!". Best feeling in the world right there! Goal: 50 lbs by her birthday, 9/1 Lost: 1... Read more

  • Once again, time to get mad.

    5/2/2016 11:33:06 AM, by PLATINUMZACK

    I touched on this a while ago that I know I'm going to have to make this lifestyle change for the rest of my life, but that doesn't mean the part of me that is capable of reaching nearly 500 pounds is not aways waiting in the wings, plotting to take control as soon as I let my guard down. I have bee... Read more

  • What is May Mania?

    5/2/2016 10:11:29 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Fitness is a permanent change in the way we live our lives, not something we do for a time and then stop like a "diet" (as in "I want a bikini body by summer". Of course, if you ever saw this hairy old man in a bikini, you'd die laughing. Wait, am I digressing? Focus, Steve, focus.). But eve... Read more

  • New Cardio Ideas - What Are Your Favorites?

    5/2/2016 7:22:18 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 10 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is shaking up our cardio habits. My primary cardio exercises are the elliptical machine and treadmill in the gym and cycling and walking out of the gym. I'd love to find five more cardio exercises that I like to work in at lea... Read more

  • May Mania Day 2

    5/2/2016 12:20:33 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Results from day 1: Core workout, plus 12,592 steps and 32 floors climbed. Coming up on day two I'll be doing upper body ST. I'll have to work around office hours and giving a make-up exam but that's not a problem because I'm a May Maniac!... Read more

  • Paying Attention to Nutrients

    5/1/2016 7:58:28 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 9 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the assignment of the day is to ensure that we're taking in the right nutrients in the right ranges. My diet is already pretty well balanced, but I'm going to take this day as a challenge to read my daily nutrition reports more carefully a... Read more

  • May Mania Day 1

    5/1/2016 2:26:02 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Rainy day here, but that couldn't dampen my spirits for May Mania. Did core work today: farmer's walks, planks, mountain climbers, ab wheel, crunches and more. I'll post step and stair totals tomorrow. Mother's Day is coming up. I'm thinking of having this pic of Sasha printed and framed for ... Read more

  • Bicycling Summer

    5/1/2016 8:32:26 AM, by KATAPILLAR

    I've been working the night shift for 12 hours daily and only one day off. Now that the Callaway Nuke Refuel is over, there will be time to bike this summer. It rained almost every time on my day off, so had not gotten hardly any time on the trails. Last summer my longest ride was 35 miles and ho... Read more

  • Get Ready for May Mania

    4/30/2016 9:42:29 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Classes ended on Friday. Now there's a week of exams and a frenzy of grading and then it's summer. I'll have more time to play with Sasha and focus on my health. To celebrate I've decided to make a real push this month. I'll be stepping, lifting, tracking, and all those good things. I'll p... Read more

  • Ouch, skating can hurt

    4/30/2016 7:46:42 PM, by SSMITH762

    So I'm watching my 7 year old neice, 9 year old nephew and my friends 9 year old daughter today, so my brilliant idea was to make brownies and go roller skating. Despite it being 15 years since I've gone roller skating. The brownies went well. Delicious and the kids ate them, so I resisted the... Read more

  • Exercise Excuse Busters - What Are Yours?

    4/30/2016 2:58:09 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 8 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject of the day is exercise excuse busters. They recommend commiting to and scheduling at least 10 minutes of exercise every day for the rest of the challenge but since I've already worked exercise back into my daily habits (includi... Read more

  • 7 pounds down, 68 to go

    4/29/2016 9:14:01 AM, by SSMITH762

    Woot, so I weighed myself this morning and I'm down 7 pounds. It goes to show how giving up diet soda and fast food can help. I've only eaten out of the house once in the past two weeks whereas before it was most lunches and many dinners and I never ate breakfast. When I did eat out, it was a fam... Read more

  • Progress

    4/29/2016 5:09:02 AM, by RUSTY720108

    So i am still on the clean eating plan well into the 4th week and a few victories to celebrate. with the eating, I am past the always feeling hungry stage and I'm really starting to enjoy the food i am eating. My sins in the past week are 2 slices of wholemeal bread toasted, 1 small baked potato and... Read more

  • Week One is Done

    4/29/2016 3:23:34 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 7 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the task of the day is to assess how things are going and either to make adjustments or to celebrate. For me, it's definitely time to celebrate because, first and foremost, the challenge has helped me to be more disciplined about several i... Read more

  • Making Sure the Numbers Are Accurate

    4/28/2016 8:55:17 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 6 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is ensuring that our food, fitness, and weight goals are correct. The point of today is that as our weight shifts, our calorie-range also shifts and one reason people plateau is that they do not properly track their weight in S... Read more

  • Changing Up the Workout Routine

    4/27/2016 9:35:29 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is day 5 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is changing up our workout routines. As you probably know, the body, amazing creation that it is, adapts to exercise and learns to handle it more efficiently, that is, it burns less calories for the same exercise as it gets use... Read more

  • The Power of Tracking (Pictures of the baby)

    4/27/2016 8:24:21 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I want to tell you about my recent experiences with food tracking. During my wife's pregnancy, I put on quite a bit of "sympathetic" weight gain. Then my wife gave birth to our son, Sasha, and I was still pregnant. In December I got my first ever smart phone (I'm not exactly on the cutting ... Read more

  • Not letting it control my life anymore

    4/26/2016 1:47:42 PM, by MJWITHTWINS

    I just stress ate my entire day's worth of calories in one gross and unhealthy meal. I decided I was done! I'm sitting at my desk feeling gross. I'm too full and have. Bad taste in my mouth and I just feel gross. So I picked up my phone and decided it was time to stop letting my unhealthy life... Read more