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  • Fifty pounds!

    4/23/2017 8:00:36 AM, by IVANHOE64

    As of this morning's weigh-in, I am down fifty pounds! Needless to say, I'm off the plateau. As to the inevitable question, "How much more?" - I'm not sure yet. I'll be calling my doc this week; I want to get his opinion. He knows me, and the height-weight charts don't. This has been a ... Read more

  • New job and newly pregnant

    4/21/2017 4:48:32 PM, by AUBRETTE

    In the beginning of November I was doing what most people in Chicago were doing: watching the cubs win the world series while cheering and drinking a beer, and then the following week watching Donald Trump with the election while drinking an entire jug of moonshine. Two weeks later, at Thanksgi... Read more

  • Step Count

    4/21/2017 3:11:11 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    High step count day on my Fitbit.... Read more

  • Trying really hard (x 2days)

    4/20/2017 9:53:01 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Ok, yesterday I made up in my mind to cut out all this mindless eating and snacking, and get serious about planning and eating what I planned. For the past week I would just track everything, and all the junk (like that was doing anything special) and then I would get frustrated when the scale wasn'... Read more

  • 6 pounds gone

    4/20/2017 11:44:16 AM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    I know, I do know! It isn't much considering how much I want and need to lose but it is loss! Since I got my Jawbone Up2 in October I've finally lost 6 pounds. That means I have 29 to lose to get to my goal weight. When I started back on the journey I had gotten up to over 180 again (highest I remem... Read more

  • Carb Loaded Meal vs Keto Diet

    4/19/2017 10:25:43 AM, by HEALTHY_42

    Well for Easter dinner I made homemade biscuits and gravy for my husband and daughter. I was going to make me something keto, but I had been working in the yard all day without a break and just didn't have the energy. Hey, they were lucky to get fed. So I stumbled and ate a biscuit with a scoop of g... Read more

  • Happy Easter!

    4/16/2017 10:16:24 PM, by IVANHOE64

    I've been quite busy the last week or so, with everything that goes into preparing Easter, but everything went beautifully. I'm tired, but very pleased. Happy Easter, everybody!... Read more

  • Today I turn 42 and celebrate Easter

    4/16/2017 8:02:51 AM, by HSARMYWF

    Enjoying the day by going to mass, working out, and going to a brunch on base at the officers club. I wasn't going to cook today. I'm down to 214 I've lost 36lbs now. Monday I go for my preop appt and meet with the anesthesia people. Then Thurs I'm getting a endoscope to make sure my esophagus is... Read more

  • Alcohol is REALLY NOT for Me!

    4/16/2017 7:53:53 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    After 60 days without alcohol, I decided that I could reintroduce it back in to my life. I enjoyed a GREAT day - feeling great - everything was all set for my Easter celebrations. Went out to dinner with my family - to a wine bar -so yeah, why not enjoy a glass of wine....or two...or two-and-a-hal... Read more

  • Emotional eating

    4/15/2017 1:42:15 PM, by SSMITH762

    I had hoped to get past emotional eating, but it's still something I struggle with. I've had an annoying couple of day. First, I loaned my car to my brother on Thursday and he got it into a wreck. And the rental companies are booked up due to a holiday, so I can't get the rental until Monday. I l... Read more

  • Hula Hoop!

    4/15/2017 11:45:20 AM, by -SHOREIDO-

    Is home and in my living room.!! I have a photo but its on my Facebook page and I don't know how to get I onto Sparkpeople. My computer is acting up and I can't seem to grab it on a choose mode. Its Easter/ Passover weekend so who cares LOL I will start practice on Tues when I get home. Thank... Read more

  • Well this was a wake up week

    4/14/2017 2:42:45 PM, by SAABSTORY

    So things haven't been going well with me. When it should all be turning up roses. I am within 6 months of hitting my retirement, my boss decides to make me do all these things i have never done and work on programs i know nothing about. All at a time when it is getting harder and harder to keep ... Read more

  • Gonna beat the sugar demon

    4/13/2017 3:08:43 PM, by BIKE4HEALTH

    Controlling the sugar intake is the most challenging vice I have had to overcome in my life. Other vices were tough but not as tough as sugar. The challenge is that sugar is everywhere. In beating other vices I didn't have to worry about the vice being hidden and snuck into my life multiple ... Read more

  • Today's GOAL! Wish me luck!!

    4/13/2017 1:20:34 PM, by -SHOREIDO-

    Today, the 13th of April I vow to make it the long awaited purchase day of my 1st Hula Hoop!!! it will join the ranks of my (at home gym). Since what seems like forever when "most mom1" introduced us all to one of the oldest "workout tools" I have never made it to that section to purchase one. ... Read more

  • 5K training ho!

    4/10/2017 10:47:04 PM, by IVANHOE64

    I went for a brisk walk this evening, and at one point, toward the end of my walk, on a whim, I took off jogging for about two minutes. I sure hadn't planned it, but I did it without any difficulty. I'll consider it a warm-up: after Easter, I'm going to start the 5K Running Challenge. Running a 5... Read more

  • Spring Cleaning

    4/8/2017 1:30:11 PM, by IVANHOE64

    I had a much-needed clean-up day at the parish this morning. Some parishioners came out and helped me to get things in order for Holy Week. As of 12:30 local time, I've gotten in more than 9,000 steps already! My feet are tired, but the church grounds look good!... Read more

  • Random Babblings 4/5/17

    4/5/2017 10:03:46 AM, by MBETTIS3

    It is Spring Break. We are at home in the cold and rainy weather. The kids are bored and I am trying to be productive. Some people from school shipped out to FL on last Friday. Being from Florida doesn't make me want to go to FL every Spring Break but it might have been a nice departure from doin... Read more

  • 2 Months Gluten Free

    4/4/2017 5:04:02 PM, by DMARTIN302

    So a few weeks ago, I hit two months gluten free. I didn't feel any different going gluten free. I had bloodwork drawn at the start of the trial, then at the two month mark, I had more tests done. Since I need them drawn again in another two months, I decided that I'd stop the gluten free and see if... Read more

  • Weight to Height Ratio Predictor for Insulin Resistance

    4/4/2017 10:17:08 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    Hello, Sparklers! How have you all been? Sorry I haven't been around for a couple of months. My life has gone topsy turvy - again! Life happens when you're trying to do other things. More about what's been going on with me later. About 10 years ago I made the startling discovery that m... Read more

  • My decision

    4/4/2017 8:36:11 AM, by IVANHOE64

    This morning I am announcing my decision to retire from blogging. Yesterday's blog was so successful that I'm afraid I can't top it. If I were to continue blogging, there would be many disappointed readers who would read future entries, compare them to yesterday's entry, and think, "Gee, he's sure... Read more

  • Trying on a swimsuit and I actually like it

    4/3/2017 12:19:19 PM, by SSMITH762

    Woot! I ordered a cheap swimsuit from China and actually like it. It fits and I think it's cute. My sister call it sporty lol. It came in a week and a half from China. What a difference 85 pounds makes. Last year I was totally not excited about going to the beach or pool parties. Now I'm like, "oh... Read more

  • Why I'm not upset about being on a plateau

    4/3/2017 8:13:59 AM, by IVANHOE64

    I've been on a plateau for about three months now. I must take my fair share of the blame for it, although some of it - well, as we know, sometimes plateaus just happen. I read on the Feed that many people get upset and frustrated about being on plateaus, and I certainly can understand it. Ho... Read more

  • Down to 215- 35 lbs down now

    4/2/2017 10:21:19 PM, by HSARMYWF

    I'm trying to get to 200lbs by May 11 my surgery date. So I'm working very hard to get to my goal. So many changes coming with the upcoming surgery then the move in August. Thankfully they have bariatrics where I'm going and the hospital is right across the streeet from our housing on post. ... Read more

  • April Fools on the farm.

    4/1/2017 10:55:51 PM, by BEVPRESLEY

    When we arrived at my parent's last night, oldest grand heard something scurrying around in the roof over the porch. DH discovered a place where the siding was loose, and that was added to the to do list on Saturday. Well, turns out it was loose because the wood behind it was rotten. So DH takes ... Read more

  • Bluebonnets at the park!!!

    3/30/2017 7:25:23 PM, by SSMITH762

    I just got home from cycling around the park 2 times. I just started cycling regularly last week, but it's alr ady getting easier and more comfortable. Although that might have something to do with my buying actual padded cycling shorts this week. If you are new to cycling and your bum hurts, p... Read more

  • Crashed and Burned

    3/29/2017 11:15:38 PM, by BILL60

    Was on the tail end of my Sunday ride when suddenly gravel popped up and threw me hard on the ground. Eventually, had to pedal home with one leg. The other leg was useless. Will be out for a while.... Read more

  • A significant NSV

    3/29/2017 8:16:21 AM, by IVANHOE64

    Yesterday I went to the dentist, and, as is usual on such visits, they took my blood pressure. The reading was 125/70. Not too long ago, I was getting readings of 140/100; sometimes, my readings were even higher. I should add that my dental appointment was at 1:00 in the afternoon - I've been get... Read more

  • School is my nemesis

    3/28/2017 11:26:14 PM, by MBETTIS3

    I have told you all for years now that school and teaching is anti-weight loss for me.... and here I am back at my heaviest in the middle of the school year. Actually we are nearing the end with about 9 more weeks left. I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to be in a different place when graduation comes aro... Read more

  • Dressing up for a mudder

    3/28/2017 3:25:06 PM, by SSMITH762

    I was looking at my upcoming weekends and saw that the muddy mortal is on a couple of months and I hadn't yet bought a ticket. Plus they have a coupon code for $20 off. Didn't need to tell me twice, I bought my ticket. It's supposed to be a whole weekend event. It started Friday night with a wiza... Read more

  • Change vs Improve

    3/28/2017 11:46:34 AM, by BIKE4HEALTH

    I found that in my communications the message is best sent if the word IMPROVE is used in place of the work Change. Change con-notates we could be losing something. Many people resist change. If we state it as improve however, it still gets us the same result. But we all want to IMPROVE . ... Read more

  • Daily spiced hot cocoa

    3/28/2017 10:40:32 AM, by SSMITH762

    I thought I'd post about my favorite morning beverage. Yes I have it every day. I try to mostly drink water, so I suppose this is my daily treat. Ingredients 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1 packet stevia Cinnamon Cayenne pepper Black pepper Turmeric Ginger Water H
    eavy whipping cream The spices giv... Read more

  • Made the neice and nephew come with me to the Jazz festival

    3/27/2017 7:01:13 PM, by SSMITH762

    One thing I've noticed since I've started losing weight is that I have a lot more energy. Whereas before, I spent my weekend at home on the computer or watching TV, now I try to get out and do things. Yesterday that meant I got to attend the 4th annual jazz Sunday social. They had a couple of liv... Read more

  • Spring 2017 5% Challenge Eating Plan Commitment

    3/27/2017 6:32:48 PM, by KKINNEA

    I have pretty well cast the word "diet" out of my vocabulary. I truly believe that we should follow a healthy eating plan, one that allows us to feel satisfied and to stick to it. I have been targeting recipes from Oh My Veggies emails that allow me to stick to a healthy eating plan. I try to e... Read more

  • 40 Things....

    3/26/2017 10:39:43 PM, by WWWDOTJOHN

    Copied from my friend Ute Thanks! :) Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. 1. Do you like blue cheese? God, yes 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? I hate to admit it but I did...for a long time...until 2009 3. Do you own a gun? No, ... Read more

  • Down to 217 33lbs gone now

    3/26/2017 7:54:26 AM, by HSARMYWF

    Broke through a plateau and the scale is finally moving again. I can now wear clothes I wore 2 yrs ago ... Read more

  • My Favorite Winter Pasttime

    3/25/2017 12:36:49 PM, by LUVS2BIKE101

    Stewart Forest Preserve has been my favorite winter playground for a number of years. The trails are plentiful for all levels of fitness. Celebrating my recent birthday in Nature as I snowshoe is so uplifting. Enjoying the pristine views, "quiet" sounds, "songs" of feathered friends, and relaxing so... Read more