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  • New Direction, and Staying the Course

    1/21/2017 11:04:05 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    Every time I change my routine to do something that seems backwards to the way I used to do it, I have a few days of anxiety. "Am I really doing the right thing?" It's a natural reaction. And I know it will pass. The first week of eating 1800 calories, and I'm feeling pretty good. I kep... Read more

  • Stop thinking about it

    1/21/2017 9:55:02 AM, by PLATINUMZACK

    I've been blessed to find an exercise I love in cycling, but with the door of opportunity swinging open I find myself wanting to reach for goals I never though possible. The big one right now is to finish a sprint triathlon in 5 months. The big problem? I've always hated running. I decided to start ... Read more

  • Seeing Results with my Sleep Goals!!

    1/21/2017 7:37:08 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    It has been quite a while since I first stumbled on the SparkPeople Sleep Challenge Group. I worked my way through the steps, but was not able to make the changes a part of my life. Some how, over time, the changes DID become a part of my routine and I have been making considerable progress. ... Read more

  • Eat More, Move More

    1/20/2017 10:54:06 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    Today wraps up my first week of my new eating plan. I haven't talked much about why I am changing my fitness and nutrition regime. Basically, I met my goal weight just before the holidays, but my body doesn't look exactly the way I want it. I'm still too flabby. So, I need to work on my body... Read more

  • "Are you OK?"

    1/20/2017 9:22:36 AM, by IVANHOE64

    Many people have commented on my weight loss; most of them want to know what I'm doing, and of course I'm glad to tell them. One of the most interesting questions I get is, "Are you OK?" Some people think that I'm losing all this weight because I'm sick. I certainly don't mind that people are tha... Read more

  • Progress, One Improvement at a Time

    1/19/2017 11:41:19 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    My calorie tracking programs are all freaking out over how many calories I am eating. I've reset them for 'maintenance' to quiet them, even though my goal is body recomposition. My new gym is a little out of my element. The clientele who go there tend to be younger, and extreme fitness types.... Read more

  • The Plan for the Next 3 Weeks

    1/18/2017 12:52:17 PM, by VHALKYRIE

    I didn't lose any weight in December, but that was to be expected. Between our cross country move, selling our house, settling into a new routine at work, and the holiday cookies/pies, it was never going to be the right conditions. However, I maintained my weight through the holidays and the same ... Read more

  • Mind, Body & Gym

    1/18/2017 10:57:42 AM, by RHETTDOG

    My motivation is low. I just finished working 39 hours in 3 days. My house is a mess and I have a mountain of laundry. 1. My mind is telling me I have no time. This is not true. Because back when I was in school I was able to get a million things done and write papers. I have to tell myself to... Read more

  • All out trinity fitness festival

    1/18/2017 10:33:14 AM, by SSMITH762

    Yay! My sister texted me yesterday about getting more fit due to a beach vacation she's taking with her boyfriend this summer. This got me ridiculously excited to have someone who will help motivate me to get out there. Her idea is to start doing 5ks. So what do I do? I make pinterest board o... Read more

  • How Do You Eat 1800-2000 Calories Per Day?

    1/17/2017 11:28:21 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    I put together a tentative meal plan to try and push my calories up to 1800. I'm finding it quite challenging. Here's my plan for today's menu: Breakfast: (426 calories) 2 hard boiled eggs Plain whole milk yogurt with blueberries, hemp hearts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and shredded c... Read more

  • Not This Time

    1/17/2017 10:06:13 AM, by THEVEGANYOGI

    It's pretty easy to get motivated when everything is going right. But, do you ever notice that the "perfect storm" is always brewing off the coast? There is always a million things that could go wrong at any given moment, and they seem to always go wrong at the same time. So, when that happens... Read more

  • 1800 Calories Per Day

    1/17/2017 9:54:06 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    After the results of my RMR test, I'm in the surprising position of having to eat *more* calories in order to meet my goals. I followed the standard dietary advice for years that I must restrict calories to be between 1200-1600 per day based on estimates that my RMR is 1180, plus exercise. My real... Read more

  • I'm already missing the weekend :p

    1/17/2017 8:20:32 AM, by SSMITH762

    So it was a lovely trip out to West Texas this weekend. I got back last night at 630.... Read more

  • Christmas is over, and I'm still in Onederland!

    1/17/2017 7:34:30 AM, by IVANHOE64

    I admit it, I slacked off a bit over Christmas. Lots of delicious foods found their way to my table, whether I was looking for them or not! Even so, I got on the scale this morning, and I am still in Onederland. I'm closer to the border than I should be, but not so close that I'm afraid I'll be b... Read more

  • Two 30+ minute workouts this week

    1/17/2017 7:10:25 AM, by DAVEINSEOUL

    So far, it's been a great exercise week - three days of cardio workout, and two days of spinning for more than 30 minutes. My legs are a little sore from today's workout, but I will certainly take two 30 minute workout sessions - and it's only Tuesday. The 'Spark' is coming back. I want to 'flame... Read more

  • 2017

    1/17/2017 5:58:09 AM, by NATHELESS

    Time to get back into exercising as close to daily as possible. That's my main goal for this year, and beyond. Last year was about healing and this year will be about regaining my strength and fitness. Or perhaps I should say something other than "regaining", as I also have to recogni... Read more

  • Resting Metabolic Assessment

    1/16/2017 7:46:12 PM, by VHALKYRIE

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about taking an Active Metabolic Assessment where my fat burn was measured during various levels of exercise exertion. In this way, I am able to better tailor my activities for my goals. Yesterday, I took a Resting Metabolic Assessment where my resting metabolic ... Read more

  • Because I Love Myself

    1/16/2017 11:24:55 AM, by THEVEGANYOGI

    I'm back in the 100's! Do you know how long it's been since I've been 200+ pounds? About 3 years. 200 was that magical number that I told myself I'd never cross. Then I crossed it. Then I got to 207. And, that's when I told myself "enough". If I kept going the way I was, I would never be... Read more

  • My exercise buddies, Frida and Denver

    1/15/2017 3:00:38 PM, by JUNEPA

    These photos share something of my life that I enjoy. Frida and Denver are DD's dogs and my exercise buddies. Together we walk the fields and by the river, hike and bike the close by mountains by trail and by logging road. I put in some very enjoyable miles and time with these two. On Wedn... Read more

  • Garmin wants me to succeed

    1/15/2017 1:16:16 PM, by FANGFACEKITTY

    I went for a run/walk this afternoon and wore my Garmin gps watch, and I also turned on the Runkeeper app. Apparently Garmin is invested in my success; it consistently reported an additional 1/4 to 1/3 mile the entire time I was out. I think I'm going to use the Runkeeper distance, it seems more acc... Read more

  • Up to 31 minutes

    1/15/2017 3:34:56 AM, by DAVEINSEOUL

    I am back up to 31 minutes on the bike trainer. It was a good way to start the week out right. I'm also back to tracking my food again - the Sparkpeople trackers make it so easy to do.... Read more

  • Winter 5% Challenge - Weigh In Pic & Goals

    1/14/2017 11:19:42 PM, by GOODGETNBETR

    Didn't get as far weight wise in 2016 as I hoped but I have a good feeling about 2017. Goals 1 - Track everything I eat (the good the bad & the ugly) 2 - Walk or gym at least half hour a day at least 5 days a week 3 - Drink at least 8 cups of water (not including what's in food) ... Read more

  • Mind, Body & Gym

    1/14/2017 6:48:32 PM, by RHETTDOG

    Today is my day off from the gym. I slept in (6:30am) and enjoyed my tea before everyone woke up. Funny how I keep thinking I need to go to the gym. I'm worried that all the work and pounds I lost last week will sneak back on. I go back to work tomorrow and won't be able to go to the gym. I work ... Read more

  • Finally heading out

    1/14/2017 12:37:56 PM, by SSMITH762

    So I got a really late start today, but it's a process. Fort Davis state Park here I come. Yes, I'm experimenting with camping out of my minivan since no one else wanted to go camping in January of they were going camping with another group. ⛺... Read more

  • 70 Days Without Alcohol!!

    1/14/2017 9:47:22 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    70 Days without alcohol - just crazy for me! I can't believe I have made it this far. Here are the benefits that I have experienced: * I sleep much better at night - I can put my head on the pillow and sleep through the night. If I do wake in the night, I no longer have the anxiety - racing... Read more

  • Mind, Body & Gym

    1/13/2017 9:25:21 PM, by RHETTDOG

    I am tired. Today was hard. It was the third day in a row that I went to gym. I am proud of myself. I've never gone to the gym this much. 1. Mentally I feel better about myself for going 2. My body... well it's sore and exhausted. It's a good sore they say... 3. The gym, well, just like if I was h... Read more

  • Mind Shift

    1/13/2017 2:48:52 PM, by MICHELLERDA

    Recently, I've been focusing on how I look at and think about things....particularly weight loss. Now, I've always been a glass half full kinda girl. I know, I know...that isn't good. Instead of focusing so much on numbers on a scale, I'm paying attention to how I FEEL. I'm sleeping better... Read more

  • My Only Competition

    1/13/2017 1:59:00 PM, by THEVEGANYOGI

    Do you ever notice how true this is? I didn't for a long time. But now I go to the gym and I look around and see that no one is there to laugh at me. In fact, if I ask anyone for help, they smile and show me how to properly use a machine or spot me in a bench press. When I visit this web... Read more

  • 131 days

    1/13/2017 12:56:14 PM, by GREENGENES

    131 days. About 4 months. That is how long it has been since I updated my status. A lot has changed in those four months. Almost all of it good - some of it very good - but one negative gnaws at me - I not only lost site of my fitness goals but have gained back ALL the weight I had lost and I can fe... Read more

  • Camping over the holiday weekend

    1/12/2017 10:52:04 AM, by SSMITH762

    I cant wait for the 3 day weekend coming up. My new years resolution is to go camping at least once every month and that camping trip has to include some sort of hike! Since I get MLK Day off, I reckon this particular 3 day weekend is ripe for some camping joy. Unfortunately, my camping partners ... Read more

  • Keep Pushing Through

    1/12/2017 9:25:03 AM, by THEVEGANYOGI

    I'm on Day 18 of what I'm calling my 2017 Project. I began on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. I guess I wanted to get out in front of the crowds of people that make resolutions that don't stick on Jan 1. Maybe starting early made me feel like they were less of a "resolution" and more of a "goal" or lifestyle... Read more

  • Mind, Body & Gym

    1/12/2017 7:12:49 AM, by RHETTDOG

    From what I learned from yesterday is, you must have a strategy when making friends with your Mind, Body & Gym. 1. Make going to the gym like your meeting your mother in law for lunch (no offense anyone) the point is you wouldn't want her waiting, SO DON'T BE LATE! 2. Have a plan of what exercises... Read more

  • New Year, new you!

    1/11/2017 7:57:15 PM, by HEATHERSTHPW68

    When I saw my dentist the other day, I wished him a happy new year even though it was past the first of the year. i explained to him that if it was the first time I see someone it is always a new year. When I went home after all my errands I sat down and thought about this phrase that I have eithe... Read more

  • Fantastic Gym Day

    1/11/2017 9:38:19 AM, by THEVEGANYOGI

    Do you ever have a day in the gym, where everything goes right and you just don't want to leave? That was me yesterday. I left work early because Tuesdays are yoga, but there was NO traffic on the road, so I got there with plenty of time to spare. I changed clothes and decided to do two miles before... Read more

  • Mind, Body & Gym

    1/11/2017 6:51:25 AM, by RHETTDOG

    Mind, Body & Gym, I had to laugh. How can these three things be my worst enemy? In the next two weeks I will make them my best friends! Watch Out!! ????... Read more

  • Monday Mornings, Birthdays and Breakfast Tacos

    1/9/2017 12:24:37 PM, by THEVEGANYOGI

    If your office is anything like mine, you celebrate birthdays. When your office has over 300 employees, however, those birthdays come just about every day. There's always something hanging around and way too many temptations! This morning was breakfast tacos. From Taco Cabana who, in my opinio... Read more

  • Starbucks Motivation

    1/8/2017 7:53:27 PM, by THEVEGANYOGI

    So, today, this happened! It's so cold outside and my plan today was to stay in, clean house, maybe go grocery shopping and finish some laundry. But, my husband surprised me with a day off and we decided to go exploring and find a new trail! LOVED this trail! 15 miles and I could have easily d... Read more

  • 45 years young

    1/8/2017 4:45:36 AM, by RUSTY720108

    Another year ticked off. As is usual for me this is when I start my new years goals so out for a run I went. 5k in just over 32 minutes Is a good place to start the year, I hope to get back under 30 minutes in a month or so then the goal is to get up to 10k for a race in mid March. Over the p... Read more

  • New Year, New Goals

    1/7/2017 9:52:57 PM, by THEVEGANYOGI

    There are a lot of people that have asked me why I wait until a new year to create new goals. Why don't I just take my goals minute by minute, hour by hour, week by week? If I mess up for one meal, just make the next one count. I just can't do things that way. To me, the new year means a... Read more

  • Winter 2017 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

    1/7/2017 3:47:54 PM, by KKINNEA

    I want to take off the extra 15 pounds I've been carrying around for a year - I'm committed to it! My plan: - Continue my run training for cardio - Add spinning and swimming for fat burn - Add more to my current 5 mins/3x week strength training - Do more meal planning to support my exer... Read more

  • Staying home sick tonight

    1/6/2017 8:16:44 PM, by SSMITH762

    I'm getting to real feel the cold that's been threatening for a few days. Oh well, I'm going to take a few days to relax. So friends are going out tonight, and being sick is a good excuse to avoid being social. In any case, I just wanted to show off the new shirt I bought last weekend at the ... Read more

  • Chicken, peppers, and cauliflower rice

    1/6/2017 3:02:04 PM, by SSMITH762

    I realized I haven't posted pica of my meals in awhile and I miss it. Today, lunch is leftover chicken sautéed with cauliflower that was riced in a blender, the frozen pepper and onion mix, a can of jalapeno and diced tomatoes, and spices like cayenne, garlic salt, and cumin. So yummy. I a... Read more

  • Happy New year!

    1/5/2017 7:06:19 PM, by HEATHERSTHPW68

    Happy new year every one! Ii am off to a slow star but it's better late than never. A lot has happened this past year that has slowed me down from accomplishing the goals I had set out but I haven't given up! When I went for a workout with my favorite group every one was happy to see me especiall... Read more

  • Looking forward to 2017

    1/3/2017 8:17:15 PM, by SSMITH762

    Admittedly, I’ve taken a bit of a break from tracking for the past month due to being distracted by the move and stress over the holidays. I didn’t gain anything , but I also didn’t lose anything. I’ve kept faithful to lchf for the most part. Said ‘no, but thank you’ to all the treats p... Read more

  • Cleaning out my closets today

    1/2/2017 8:47:54 PM, by SSMITH762

    Since I've lost some weight this year (75 pounds). I had a lot of colleges in my closet that I don't fit. I was supposed to clean it all before we moved to new place this month, but it didn't happen. So I sorted through my clothes and have a huge pile of clothes ready for goodwill. Whats Sa... Read more

  • Starting out the new year in a size 12 dress!!!

    1/1/2017 10:46:07 AM, by SSMITH762

    When I started changing my habits in April, I was wearing a size2x/ 20/22. 75 pounds later, today I'm wearing a size 12 dress to church this morning. I also wore some size 12 jeans yesterday! Won't. I still have a way to go, but it's nice to look back and see the progress you make. Ple... Read more

  • The 2017 General plan

    1/1/2017 10:35:35 AM, by LORENVER

    01 Jan 2017 The start of a new year. First on my list is to continue doing things that I am doing well. This is: Accomplishing things at work with positivity and joy, even though the environment is wroth with negativity and uncertainty (company merger). Working out regularly, includin... Read more

  • Hubby's Progression Montage

    1/1/2017 10:15:10 AM, by TAMIP62

    I am so proud of my hubby (BobP56). He has been doing so well on our healthy lifestyle journey. He's lost 31 pounds since June when we started (he'd lost a few pounds before that as well, I'm not sure what the exact amount is, but probably about 10 pounds over the course of a few years). He sent me ... Read more

  • New year, new start- There's a reason New Years day is my favorite holiday!

    1/1/2017 7:56:32 AM, by JONNA64

    I did a slam bang job last year but got off my program a bit at the end of the year. Now, it's time to get back on it. I'm going through my SparkPage, finding the most active teams that will give me the most support. That is one of the things I fell away from- I was only really active on one team, a... Read more

  • As 2016 finally comes to a close

    12/31/2016 2:16:06 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    2016 has been a year...not a good year but not totally a bad year either. It has presented our family with obstacles to overcome and with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that we can never truly express our gratitude for. As I sit here, pondering the last 12 months I have come to realize that, at 45, ... Read more

  • Decembers goal

    12/31/2016 1:04:38 PM, by 2AWESOME4U

    My goal for December was to maintain, I did very well all month. Then Christmas hit and it was a 3 day binge of sugar craziness (and goodness), that I am still struggling to reign in. I'm winning the battle though one fight at a time. To be honest though there is still enough goodies in a bag in ... Read more

  • Where's The Party?

    12/31/2016 12:56:32 PM, by MUSCLE-UP

    It's New Years Eve. Time to bring in this New Year right. Definitely join up on one of the Teams. My personal favorite is BLC 33. It's where you get to be a Crimson Butterfly or a Periwinkle Pirate or sit out on Azure Island wearing fip flops, painting your toe nails while getting margaritas fr... Read more

  • Video of my Fish Tank

    12/31/2016 12:33:45 PM, by TAMIP62

    This was really just meant to be an add on to my last post, but can't add video to a regular post. It seems like it isn't showing up for some so here is the youtube link
    LHRo8& I wasn't going to post it there, but oh well. It's just a short clip.... Read more

  • Getting a Good Workout with the Bike Trainer

    12/31/2016 12:32:31 PM, by TAMIP62

    I got my new bike trainer the other day. It is a lot more of a workout than the recumbent peddler. I finally got it all adjusted to the resistance level that is best for me at the moment, but there is a LOT of higher levels for me to work up to. LOL It was pretty easy (sort of) to set up once Bob ra... Read more

  • Plugging away.... Plus my new phone finally came in

    12/30/2016 9:46:06 AM, by SSMITH762

    So here's the view out of my window as I work. It's also nice because I have 2 neighbors across the street and I see them all the time. Unfortunately, during my move, I dropped my phone and shattered the screen. Since it's an old galaxy note 3(i love that phone), I opted to replace it rathe... Read more

  • Snow shoe to Silverdaisy yurt

    12/29/2016 11:22:19 PM, by JUNEPA

    I went with 3 friends for an overnight snow shoe. We stayed in a yurt, so we had a cozy sleep, not like my overnight winter snow shoes last year when we stayed in tents. One of my friends is an international mountain guide, and although he now mostly works close to home, he has a lot of contacts i... Read more

  • Post Bike Accident Update

    12/29/2016 8:52:23 PM, by DAVEINSEOUL

    Here is a 2 1/2 year update since my pretty horrible bike accident in July 2014.. I am almost completely recovered - I have some lingering arm discomfort that doesn't want to go away, and have an arm that has become a very reliable weather vane (I know for certain when it will rain or snow - a... Read more

  • Resistance Training Day

    12/29/2016 9:44:54 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    Resistance training is my biggest weakness in my fitness goals. I know it's good for me. I'm just not consistent or disciplined in doing it. Mostly it's because I don't know what I'm doing. I would actually love to be one of those people that walks right in, picks up some weights, and rocks ... Read more

  • Active Metabolic Assessment Results Part 4

    12/28/2016 10:37:00 PM, by VHALKYRIE

    Today I completed Day 3 of my Active Metabolic Assessment plan. Wednesday's workout is a light "base interval" where I stay within Zone 1-2 of my max heart rate. I was experimenting with my app and it didn't do what I expected, so my info wasn't saved in a nice breakdown sheet like last time. ... Read more

  • Hate To Say It, but the PB2 Has to Go

    12/28/2016 11:50:42 AM, by TAMIP62

    I wrote a blog a few days ago about the fabulous find hubby had with the PB2 (powdered peanut butter). Make no mistake, it really is a great find, and has far FAR fewer calories than standard peanut butter, and less fat too. It tastes fantastic, that's not the problem, and for many people it would p... Read more

  • Active Metabolic Assessment Results Part 3

    12/27/2016 12:05:08 PM, by VHALKYRIE

    Last night I completed the first set of my 4 week program based on the results of my Active Metabolic Assessment I took last week. The charts I got from my assessment are quite nice. It's very educational and helpful to see the information laid out in clear terms. Here are samples: ... Read more

  • Another year

    12/27/2016 11:09:19 AM, by APLOUIS

    The pup one year ago... Read more

  • Active Metabolic Assessment Results Part 2

    12/23/2016 10:34:11 PM, by VHALKYRIE

    Continued from my last blog... I got the results of my active metabolic assessment from the gym today. It was a test that scientifically measured my real metabolic response during various levels of exercise intensity. I wore an oxygen mask that looked similar to this one, and was hooked up to... Read more

  • Active Metabolic Assessment Results Part 1

    12/23/2016 3:10:12 PM, by VHALKYRIE

    As mentioned in my last blog, I purchased an active metabolic assessment as part of my new gym package. I went to my appointment yesterday to get tested, and got my results and workout schedule today. During the assessment, I wore a mask that recorded my oxygen levels, fitness level, and fat b... Read more

  • Best Thing Since Peanut Butter

    12/23/2016 10:51:05 AM, by TAMIP62

    I LOVE peanut butter--and, it's at least one of the good fats. However, I have never been able to justify the huge amount of calories for a small serving size, so I don't really eat it normally--until NOW. Hubby (BobP56) saw an interesting ad in a magazine at the doctor's office the other day, ... Read more

  • My Model Goal

    12/22/2016 9:19:30 PM, by TAMIP62 is fun to play around with. According to the simulator there this is my before and after 'look' (with my current hairstyle type) I did these a few months back This one was fun too ... Read more