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  • Back in the saddle

    11/25/2014 7:10:15 PM, by DONNA_W

    I had been eating healthy choices and doing some exercise but no weight loss. I had begun to consider bariatric surgery. I decided to ask my doctor about weight loss medication and she advised Belviq. I started taking it this week and so far so good. It does seem to control the appetite satiety ... Read more

  • Tuesday's Quote

    11/25/2014 5:43:16 PM, by PMAY0313

    It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. --Marilu Henner ... Read more

  • No Excuses & Can You Cheat on Your Diet?

    11/25/2014 4:48:46 PM, by IRONBESS

    I had a 5th grade teacher whose standard reply to any excuses kids made for their behavior was, "There are always reasons, but there's no such thing as an excuse." His words came back to me when I decided to renew my commitment to weight loss and improved fitness. I will enjoy the holidays and... Read more

  • Giving Thanks, my pledge

    11/25/2014 11:32:43 AM, by VALERIEMAHA

    An original Dharma Comic by Leah Pearlman A PLEDGE FOR GRATEFUL LIVING -- Brother David Steindl-Rast In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome the illusion of entitlement by reminding myself that everything is gift ... Read more

  • Gratitude for a Much Needed Thanksgiving Ride!

    11/25/2014 9:26:31 AM, by DDOORN

    This past Saturday I had delivered Thanksgiving food baskets to several of my clients so I had a 1/2 day of comp time banked when we rolled into a sunny, 60+ degree day on Monday...and AGAIN, a blessed "hooky" day comes along! :-) First stop: the local state park which is practically in my back... Read more

  • The Fork is My Friend

    11/25/2014 12:32:42 AM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I had an insight today: How much healthier would my diet be if I only ate things that had to be eaten with a utensil? Clearly, fresh fruit and vegetables are, for the most part, excluded. But this rule would exclude sandwiches: although my sandwiches are healthy, they're a primary source of excess s... Read more

  • Monday, Monday; Spark Progress & Tips

    11/24/2014 1:59:09 PM, by IRONBESS

    Not feeling so good at the moment but otherwise it's a beautiful Monday. Let's see, if I tell myself I feel great, will I? It's worked before. I get occasional bouts of atrial fibrillation. When that happens, my neck feels full, my head light, and before the pacemaker I'd crumple. Today it's lasting... Read more

  • Monday's Quote

    11/24/2014 1:30:25 PM, by PMAY0313

    Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. --Erma Bombeck ... Read more

  • El Tour de Tucson

    11/24/2014 9:47:02 AM, by BILL60

    We arrived in Tucson on Thursday, after an 8-hour drive from Alpine, Tx. We stayed at a local Marriott (wife works for Marriott so, we get great rates there) until our Timeshare was ready on Friday. Had very nice supper at Pinnacle Peak with grandson and wife, followed by a good night's sleep. On Fr... Read more

  • Beware!

    11/24/2014 8:25:16 AM, by DDOORN

    While SparkPeople has in general been a relatively "safe" haven within the wild, wild frontier of the internet, I have occasionally come across unscrupulous attempts to prey on members of our SparkFamily. So I send this out to alert people to exercise due caution when incidents such as I describe be... Read more

  • Stray dog who raced 430 miles to a better home!

    11/24/2014 8:20:18 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    Stray dog who raced 430 miles to a better home: Arthur latched on to an extreme sports team during Amazon race - and what happened next will melt the hardest heart
    30-mil... Read more

  • What I've learned AFTER losing more than 100 pounds is as much a shock as losing 115 pounds.

    11/23/2014 10:46:31 PM, by SSHANTI

    So, tonight before I met with a local social group I go to, I did a 5k in the mall. Again. Because now that I've gotten a hang of the new equipment, I wanted to see what it could tell me. What I heard surprised me, lines from a song: "Slow do, you move too fast, you gotta make the walking last...... Read more

  • Today's Quote

    11/23/2014 6:02:10 PM, by ICE9CA

    Not a quote from the success calendar, but a good one just the same... ... Read more

  • Back in action!

    11/23/2014 5:23:43 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    After 6 weeks of nothing post surgery and a week following that just trying to get myself back into the right mental state today I finally made it out to do my first post surgery walk. 1.9 miles is not a lot for someone used to doing 5k distances but it is great for someone who hasn't done diddly sq... Read more

  • Sunday morning

    11/23/2014 2:48:04 PM, by IRONBESS

    Sunday mornings I like to do something more for breakfast than the usual oatmeal with fruit or toast and an egg. There was some leftover wild goose from a crockpot meal a few nights ago (we have generous hunting friends). I tore it into small pieces, added fresh chopped broccoli, a couple thawed fr... Read more

  • simple is harder than it looks

    11/23/2014 8:05:13 AM, by APONI_KB

    My photography club's assignment this week is minimalism. These are very simple looking pictures like say a snow covered valley with a lone tree, cabin, hiker, or something to focus on. My photos tend to be rather busy. I like itty bitty apertures aka everything in focus and a lot of stuff in ... Read more

  • From discouragement to feeling okay

    11/22/2014 11:02:30 PM, by LORIVIOLA

    I have been feeling discouraged lately. Doing many of the right things.... walking for an hour every day, eating at least 5 freggies daily, getting enough sleep , drinking my eight glasses of H2O , not eating between meals (a... Read more

  • A Change Is In the Air

    11/22/2014 7:41:24 PM, by GHK1962

    Change is in the air. I can feel it. Before I go on, to those that have read previous blogs of mine – this is not a normal blog. It is neither Sparky, no goofy. I am in a reflective mood tonight. Please don’t expect me t... Read more

  • Saturday's Quote

    11/22/2014 1:22:27 PM, by PMAY0313

    You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity. --Bill Gates Read more

  • Friday's Quote

    11/21/2014 5:14:28 PM, by PMAY0313

    Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education. --Victor Hugo ... Read more

  • Do We Really Need 130g of Carbohydrates a Day?

    11/21/2014 5:09:29 PM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    Institute of Medicine explains how it “set” its carbohydrate RDA in its Dietary Reference Intakes (the DRI), Chapter 6, “Dietary Carbohydrates: Sugars and Starches”. The quotes below are taken directly from this chapter. My irreverent comments are in blue. From the summary: “The primary role of ... Read more

  • Reality..

    11/21/2014 7:41:57 AM, by MSANITAL

    well it was time to face the music, that is for sure I have not stepped on the scale the whole month of November.. I knew that is would put me in a tail spin..... I was or has been or am still struggling.. not with food so much but with everything.. the stress has gotten to me and the stress is most... Read more

  • Thought of the day 11.20.14

    11/20/2014 9:10:56 PM, by ACTIVE_AT_60

    In a week we celebrate Thanksgiving. Before you go to your Thanksgiving event recite Chris 'macca' McCormack's words (Macca is two times ironman world champion) "you are the CEO of your one person company". Yes, I am sorry to tell you - YOU are in charge of what you put in your mouth. Yo... Read more

  • Thursday's Quote

    11/20/2014 5:58:34 PM, by PMAY0313

    Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. --Victor Hugo ... Read more

  • Success Quote - 11/20/14

    11/20/2014 11:36:43 AM, by ICE9CA

    The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval. - Denis Waitley ... Read more

  • We Really Can Make Glucose From Fatty Acids After All! O Textbook, How Thy Biochemistry Hast Deceive

    11/20/2014 8:24:42 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "In July of 2011, a German research group revisited the question of converting fatty acids to carbohydrate by publishing a computational analysis of the most up-to-date information about human biochemistry available (9). These authors identified 22 pathways by which acetone could be converted to py... Read more

  • Wednesday's Quote

    11/19/2014 7:33:06 PM, by PMAY0313

    Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday. --John Wayne ... Read more

  • Success Quote - 11/19/14

    11/19/2014 1:32:17 PM, by ICE9CA

    Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to do it anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. - Anthony Robbins Read more

  • Accountability

    11/19/2014 8:27:19 AM, by BILL60

    Not much to report that's different from previous blogs. The doggie is doing super. Last class attended, he did incredibly well. One lady indicated that we were ready for competition. I remarked that one more year and we would be totally ready. The cycling continues, in spite of the frigid weather. ... Read more

  • Tuesday's Quote

    11/18/2014 10:42:22 PM, by PMAY0313

    We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. --Walt Disney ... Read more

  • Success Quote - 11/18/14

    11/18/2014 6:39:38 PM, by ICE9CA

    I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. - Dudley Field Malone ... Read more

  • 45 min walk 16372 step Planet Fitness Gym.

    11/18/2014 6:20:26 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Gym 45 min walk 16372 steps at Planet Fitness Gym was my workout for last night. On track for the 10 k steps a day fitness plan listed on my profile. Workout over 12,000 steps every night on the home gym or Planet Fitness Gym. ... Read more

  • dog as marathon recovery tool

    11/18/2014 5:22:56 PM, by APONI_KB

    The hubs had his marathon on Saturday. He’s quite smug right now because he was shooting for 4:30 and came in at 4:16. I was happy about the fact that he finally got to run one of these things when he was completely healthy. It just seems like every time in the past he’s either just getting over bei... Read more

  • Last Friday's Swim

    11/18/2014 4:08:19 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I can't believe I forgot to memorialize this. I go back and re-read my blogs from time to time, and last Friday's swim was a break-through workout. I've been using a gadget called a Tech-Tok. It gives audible feedback when I'm rolling my hips enough. For a newbie swimmer like me, it's awesome. ... Read more

  • The Cold Finally Caught Me

    11/18/2014 3:55:14 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I skipped a meeting last night because I just wasn't up to it. I'd already arranged to come into work late today, because the meeting meant I wouldn't get to sleep until eleven p.m. or so. I think I have a bit of a cold. I have allergies, so I don't usually recognize I'm sick until it knocks me... Read more

  • Gained 3

    11/18/2014 1:16:10 AM, by MARIAAT160

    Gained 3 pounds when I weighed in this last Thursday so I was a little disappointed but I picked my butt off the floor and am going to push myself to get under 200 by my next weigh in appointment December 1st Today I did 30 minutes of squats, lunges, bicep curls, push-ups, and crun... Read more

  • my relationship with food

    11/18/2014 1:13:12 AM, by VICSTOWN

    On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is unhealthy and 10 is very healthy I would give myself a 4. I understand how food works and what I need to do to lose weight. I even love to eat my veggies. When I cook at home my portions are fine and the food is healthy. My problem is fast food. Since starting my new jo... Read more

  • Accountability

    11/17/2014 6:51:29 PM, by BILL60

    Last week Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were frigid. In particular, Friday was really a challenge. While I'm passionate about cycling, there's a limit to the madness. And folks, the limit.....................has not been reached. I dug deep, gave myself some choice words about not being ... Read more

  • Monday's Quote

    11/17/2014 6:12:24 PM, by PMAY0313

    If I ever had an out-of-body experience - I'd try to come back to a different one. --Tom Wilson ... Read more

  • Dilemma Solved

    11/17/2014 3:56:27 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    The lows are predicted to be in the teens most of the week, so I won't be riding my bike. I might brave the ride Thursday evening, because the overnight low should be in the 20's. But, barring that, I will be driving home the next few nights. My hopes of working out at lunch today were dashed by a m... Read more

  • End of week 2

    11/17/2014 3:32:04 PM, by IRONBESS

    No weight loss but exercising more and feeling a little bit stronger already. Decided I better use the food tracker again. Didn't want to bother but not losing weight and probably overeating without realizing it. Unwrapped a stability ball that came with some exercise videos I bought years ago... Read more

  • Part II, Days-in-the-life in Ecuador, #19, 2014-15 Trip

    11/17/2014 1:47:39 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    Thay, as Thich Nhat Hanh is affectionately known As I move through the days, the importance of the counsel from many of my teachers was forcefully brought home last week with the news of beloved Thich Nhat Hanh's critical health... Read more

  • Success Quote - 11/17/14

    11/17/2014 11:21:39 AM, by ICE9CA

    Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." - Mary Anne Radmacher ... Read more

  • Just Like Peddling a Bulldozer – Fat Bike Riding in the Snow

    11/17/2014 10:10:30 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: No Offseason Most of my riding buddies have put away their bikes and are doing offseason conditioning. You know, boring stuff like, elliptical trainers, treadmills and indoor cycling. I have a good indoor cycling trainer and an elliptical machine. I only use my boring indoor trai... Read more

  • Moderation?

    11/17/2014 8:11:32 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    I don't believe in 'all foods in moderation' because there are foods that are just plain horrible for your health. A SparkPeople article about moderation says refined sugar isn't evil or bad? WTH? Actually yes it is and the less of it you eat the healthier you will be. This journey isn't... Read more

  • bit of a financial cautionary tale

    11/17/2014 6:22:11 AM, by APONI_KB

    Once upon a time long ago hubs and I bought a house. One of the first things we did was have a fence installed so we could get dogs. We financed the fence and then when we tried to pay it off early we discovered that through some financial trickery that is probably illegal now, we were going to have... Read more

  • Sunday's Quote

    11/16/2014 5:54:38 PM, by PMAY0313

    These days an income is something you can't live without - or within. --Tom Wilson ... Read more

  • Whew! That was close!

    11/15/2014 11:18:07 PM, by LORIVIOLA

    Today was a day FULL of potential pitfalls. 1. We had goodies in the break room at work. 2. We had an event at work and there were goodies at that.... 3. I went to a concert tonight and there were goodies there too. home made goodies. sigh. i can... Read more

  • Paring Down the Apple

    11/15/2014 10:31:48 PM, by LIVIN4LISH

    I’d like to begin with an apology to my fellow Shooting Star 5% Fall Challenge Team for dropping the ball in the past few weeks. I have encountered a string of events that have been exercise unfriendly, and time consuming, more about that to follow. I am happy to report, however, that I did meet m... Read more

  • Saturday's Quote

    11/15/2014 7:54:14 PM, by PMAY0313

    I wouldn't mind the rat race - if the rats would lose once in a while. --Tom Wilson ... Read more

  • At Last - A Break Through!

    11/15/2014 7:50:05 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    I had been fighting for so long with a vicious circle I was in each day -- it started with me not getting enough sleep so that I could get up early to exercise, then I would drink lots of coffee to stay awake - this made me agitated so I would drink wine/beer to calm down - which led me to not slee... Read more

  • Scheduling Woes

    11/15/2014 1:14:33 AM, by HILLSLUG98239

    Because of the Tuesday holiday, and unseasonably cold weather, I didn't commute by bike this week. That made getting to the gym a lot easier. Monday evening, I did strength training and yoga. Wednesday, did intervals on an exercise bike. Yesterday, I swam and did yoga. Today, I got in a short s... Read more

  • Friday's Quote

    11/14/2014 10:00:48 PM, by PMAY0313

    If I had a nickel for every time I said 'Why me?' I'd have probably said 'Why me?' more often. --Tom Wilson ... Read more

  • Success Quote - 11/14/14

    11/14/2014 11:21:42 AM, by ICE9CA

    The way to love something is to realize that it might be lost. - G. K. Chesterton... Read more

  • Why I Don't Take The Numbers Too Seriously

    11/14/2014 10:08:26 AM, by HILLSLUG98239

    Wednesday, I ate within range. I walked at lunch, and I spent an hour on a exercise bike in the gym doing intervals. The following morning, both my weight and my body fat percentage were up. Yesterday, I ate lunch in a restaurant, ate an entire frozen pizza for dinner, and drank three beers. I ... Read more

  • Let's All Go Outside For This Vlog

    11/14/2014 9:02:32 AM, by GHK1962

    I brought my laptop so that after a run I could do a vlog. And, I was not the only one out running in the snow and ice yesterday. I passed by 2 young women who called out to me and said they were happy that they weren't the only crazies out. Then as I was finishing my 3 miler I saw this other... Read more

  • The Weather

    11/14/2014 8:45:09 AM, by BILL60

    I love cycling and it takes bunches to make me Not get on my bike. Day before yesterday, the temperatures dipped into the low 30's (wind chill brought it into the 20's) with extremely high winds. We toughed it out and cycled a bit. Yesterday, the same with a bit more wind and lower temps. There agai... Read more

  • Thursday's Quote

    11/13/2014 11:21:38 PM, by PMAY0313

    The waist is a terrible thing to mind. --Tom Wilson ... Read more

  • Why not?

    11/13/2014 7:00:03 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    No better time than the present to be mindful of my eating . Most of you know that I am a nurse and I work at the hospital. With the holidays fast approaching, everyone visits their loved one in the hospital. AND to show their appreciation, they bring food, and LOTS of it. And you guessed it, Candy... Read more

  • Success Quote - 11/12/14

    11/13/2014 11:41:09 AM, by ICE9CA

    Many people die at twenty-five and aren't buried until they are seventy-five. - Benjamin Franklin ... Read more

  • Recovering from an Ankle Spain and Torn Ligamnets

    11/13/2014 7:56:07 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    I sprained my ankle and tore 2 ligaments on Sunday night and had to go to the ER for x-rays because I thought I may have broken it. It was not broken, thank goodness. I was advised to wear a walking cast for 3 weeks and told it could take 3 months for the ligament to heal. Here's what I've be... Read more

  • Day #4 - on track

    11/12/2014 10:24:32 PM, by LORIVIOLA

    It's been a long long time, but i am on Day #4 of being back on track! ~ Limiting wheat. But i did eat meatballs which had breadcrumbs in them... ~ Limiting "sweets" - (i did have my small gluten free banana-oatmeal-choc chip muffins). ~ 561 days in a row of walking. ~ 7-9 freggi... Read more

  • I Must Have Short Term Memory Issues

    11/12/2014 8:10:00 PM, by GHK1962

    So yeah, I think my short term memory is shot. Yesterday I went out for a run. I intended to do a 3-miler. But cut it to 2 miles. Why? Well, for some random reason I decided to wait until it was nearly dark. It was fairly cold too. And windy. And normally I can handle the cold. ... Read more

  • Skin

    11/12/2014 7:06:16 PM, by _MOBII_

    I posted this today on Facebook....the video is amazing for so many reasons. I also included my original comments about the video below....please note...the comments are not directed at anyone in particular and I have not been picked on for posting....the video just flashed me back to comments I ha... Read more

  • Updates...mostly medical :/

    11/12/2014 6:58:59 PM, by _MOBII_

    Hi peoples.... As usual I have been slacking off on what I should be doing because life seems to get in the way. I am trying though and I am patting myself on the back, because just GOTTA! My mom has been in and out of the hospital a few more times...they said the last wasn't... Read more

  • Using the computer to remind me to move

    11/12/2014 3:49:23 PM, by IRONBESS

    I admit I can easily spend half a day on the laptop so I moved it to the office downstairs. That forces me to go up or down 17 steps every time I want to look something up, log in or out, check email, etc. I also created a screen saver with moving text that says, "Get up and move!" It comes on wh... Read more

  • Success Quote(s) - 11/12/14

    11/12/2014 1:49:25 PM, by ICE9CA

    Begin with an end in mind. - Stephen Covey ---------------- It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required. - Winston Churchill ... Read more

  • your typical city involved in a typical daydream

    11/12/2014 10:03:06 AM, by APONI_KB

    I took this picture on my after lunch walk yesterday. I think it pretty much captures the heart of the city. Also that one guy there is totally jaywalking. busted ... Read more

  • Brrrr!

    11/11/2014 11:26:02 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    As the day passed, I found myself getting sorer from last night's workout. Not terribly so, just enough to make me know I worked out. Some of it is in my upper back - probably from the yoga. Having a Tuesday holiday makes for a weird week. Normally, I would have ridden home tonight, then back... Read more

  • Hooky Day Woo Hoo!

    11/11/2014 7:13:53 PM, by DDOORN

    Actually it wasn't precisely "hooky" but...I and only one other person in our non-profit human service agency are shared by the state office of mental health. State employees are being downsized in numbers tremendously as cost cutting measures result in farming out the work that we do to the lowest ... Read more

  • Success Quote - 11/11/14

    11/11/2014 1:36:43 PM, by ICE9CA

    You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. - either Audrey Hepburn or Leo Aikman. I'll let you be the judge. ... Read more

  • Tuesday's Quote

    11/11/2014 1:25:50 PM, by PMAY0313

    Happy Veteran's Day to all the people who have and are serving! ... Read more

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    11/11/2014 1:21:27 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I leave work at 5 p.m. Yoga starts at 6:15. I can get to the club in 15 minutes, so yesterday, it occurred to me that I can probably get in a strength training workout before yoga. With the exception of the short, body-weight strength training in the Racing Weight Quick Start, I haven't done a... Read more

  • Days-in-the-Life in Ecuador (in photos) #18, 2014-5 Trip

    11/11/2014 11:23:27 AM, by VALERIEMAHA

    Here is the home of Adelaida and Amrita, out in the country between Otavalo and Quiroga -- ALL three (including the house!) welcoming me to this new adventure. I spent my first month here. ... Read more

  • drunk and walking through walls apparently

    11/11/2014 9:57:37 AM, by APONI_KB

    I'm trying to keep a friend of mine jazzed on her walking routine. I don't know if it helps to have me and my camera tagging along but maybe. Anyway when I run I wear a gps watch. When I ride my bike I use a bike computer. When I swim I totally lose count of the laps and just sort of go back an... Read more

  • How to not gain weight while on vacation....

    11/11/2014 9:10:16 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I made an interesting discovery last month while I was on vacation. I learned how to not gain weight while eating out and being on the road every day for a month. I didn't do it just happened. I was diagnosed with Celiac sprue (gluten intolerance) last summer. Over 80% of... Read more

  • My Triumphant Return!

    11/11/2014 7:36:42 AM, by AMOHAME2

    Ever since my first marathon, things have been going slowly, but steadily, downhill. I didn't notice it at first because it's been so slow, but I look back to that time and compared to the way I am now, the difference is so huge. I'm 20lbs heavier and 28 minutes slower, and I'm not happy or confid... Read more

  • Grateful for my own life....sad for some friends

    11/10/2014 5:41:18 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    As the fall weather sets in, I'm very aware of how low I was feeling this time last year from chemo. As each week passed last November, I would feel weaker and worse than the week before. This year, as the days wear on, I'm feeling better and better. I'm able to do two workouts a day now and don... Read more

  • Checking in Today

    11/10/2014 2:58:55 PM, by MARIAAT160

    Haven't been going to the gym in the last 5 days since my baby has been sick but he is doing better so I didn't workout for two days then I did a bit of cardio over the weekend via videos and jump rope. Today I finished up about 30 minutes of a circuit style training so a min for each. I started wit... Read more

  • Two Blog Posts In One Morning? Is Facebook Broken?

    11/10/2014 2:47:59 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    Apparently I'm feeling long-winded. Or inspired. Or bored. I just changed my ticker to reflect my goal weight. In the past, I've set goals that represent losing 10% of my body weight. That's a lot less intimidating than putting that BIG goal out there. But recently, I decided that, although thi... Read more

  • A Most Amazing Monday

    11/10/2014 1:50:41 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    Yay! It's Monday! I have no idea why I'm so happy it's Monday, but I am feeling really upbeat. Let's hear it for maintaining this positive mood! So, had a nice chat with the potential coach Friday evening. If I hire her, I will be her first official client. She's been a multi-sport athlete... Read more

  • End of week 1

    11/10/2014 12:21:29 PM, by IRONBESS

    Weighed in for my mate and for my Spark Buddy in our pound-per-week challenge. No weight change for me. Frankly I ate too much. Remember, IronBess, there may be reasons but NO EXCUSES! So it's ONE SERVING from now on and a half slice toast instead of a whole. Baby steps. On the other hand, I st... Read more

  • Success Quote - 11/10/14

    11/10/2014 11:55:33 AM, by ICE9CA

    The purpose of life is not be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ... Read more

  • 45 min walk 13145 steps.

    11/10/2014 1:52:22 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    45 min walk 13145 steps was my step count for last night. On track for the 10 k steps a day fitness plan listed on my profile. 3 days per week - Workouts on Treadmill at Planet Fitness Gym. Done and done. :-)... Read more

  • Sunday's Quote

    11/9/2014 9:11:53 PM, by PMAY0313

    Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. --Tom Wilson ... Read more

  • help! i'm in danger of eating stuff i dont want to!!!!

    11/9/2014 5:55:36 PM, by LORIVIOLA

    i had such a bad night of sleep last night because my blood sugar was really bad... my legs and feet were throbbing and it kept me awake. i have done well so far today-- 7 freggies by lunchtime... 5 mile walk-- and now, i am home, alone and HUNGRY! i am trying to stay away from suga... Read more

  • walking tour of the city

    11/9/2014 9:09:10 AM, by APONI_KB

    I have a friend at work who is trying very hard to stick to a walking routine. I've been "helping" if by helping you mean tagging along with my camera. I try not to slow her down with my picture taking since she's out there to work out but I figure if I start going with her then she'll be more likel... Read more

  • Saturday'so Quote

    11/8/2014 5:24:20 PM, by PMAY0313

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  • When Vlogs Serve No Purpose - A Companion Piece

    11/8/2014 2:10:08 PM, by GHK1962

    Basically an explanation of why my blogs are so stoopid.... Read more

  • full disclosure

    11/8/2014 8:02:56 AM, by LORIVIOLA

    yesterday i blogged about a NSV and it definitely was one. and then..... i went out to an event an ate about 12 (or more?!) cookies!!!! (they were delicious) i was out of control. it was stress eating of a different sort. i was having a good time. surrounded by good people. ... Read more

  • when work is a scary scary place

    11/8/2014 7:54:23 AM, by APONI_KB

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  • Gotta Love It

    11/8/2014 7:21:35 AM, by BILL60

    Some of us have a tendency to make up for not being good on the nutritional intake by really kicking butt on the exercise regimen. As was pointed out by my good buddy GHK1962, after doing not so good last weekend, I would make up for it by going hard on the bike. Well, that is just what happened. Be... Read more

  • Day 5

    11/8/2014 1:33:12 AM, by IRONBESS

    From the responses to yesterday's post, it must have been Costco day everywhere. Gosh, Bill, I can't believe you got out of there spending only $60+! Thanks, Don, for the tip about fitting in extra steps wherever you can. If we lived closer to Costco, I'd buy most of our produ... Read more

  • Friday's Quote

    11/7/2014 6:52:08 PM, by PMAY0313

    I try not to worry about the future - so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time. --Tom Wilson ... Read more

  • a definite NSV!

    11/7/2014 5:55:14 PM, by LORIVIOLA

    i had a very stressful day at work. i came home to more stress. there was a bit of bread on the table (I LOVE BREAD with LOTS of BUTTER) I reached for it and then said "NO". I couldnt say no to the the M&M's today, but i said no to the bread so i consider that a p... Read more

  • Quick cancer update...good news!

    11/7/2014 5:48:57 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    One of the consequences of having had breast cancer is that I now go for checkups every few months with either my medical oncologist or my breast surgeon. At my last checkup last week, my oncologist ordered another mammogram and ultrasound for some new lumps I have developed. She also ordered a nu... Read more

  • Swim? Mow the Lawn? Sell a Kidney?

    11/7/2014 3:29:47 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    It's my afternoon off, and I don't have to go to court. I'd planned to go for a swim, but a little while ago, it occurred to me that I could go home now and mow the lawn while there's still daylight so that we don't have to do it tomorrow. And I can pick the last of the veggies that won't survive a ... Read more

  • Lost Blog: Weight Loss Gimmicks

    11/7/2014 11:26:13 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Introduction During the five years that I have been on SparkPeople, I have composed several blogs, that for one reason or another, I never posted. I have decided to post a few of the "Lost Blogs". Lost Blog: February 9, 2010 - Weight Loss Gimmicks It is always nice when someone ... Read more

  • What day is this??

    11/7/2014 12:14:26 AM, by IRONBESS

    Some days it's hard to remember what day it is. It's one of those things that happens to my husband and I and a lot of our friends. Some of you may know what it's like to go up or down stairs and forget why when you get there. The other thing is misplacing eyeglasses. Part of the problem is it's ha... Read more

  • 45 min walk 10682 steps.

    11/6/2014 9:37:31 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    45 min walk with a step count of 10582 steps was my workout for last night. On track for the ten thousand steps a day fitness plan listed on my profile.... Read more