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  • I Am Not Supposed to Be Sick - so knock it off!

    10/8/2015 7:28:27 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I woke up Sunday morning with a sore tonsil. When I was in my teens, I'd get tonsillitis every six months or so. It's probably been thirty years since I've had tonsillitis, but I'm very familiar with the feeling. It's just one tonsil, and the adjacent lymph node in my neck is also sore. I took... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 42

    10/8/2015 3:22:54 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Practice, Practice, Practice Beck, darling, you're a gem. I finally hit my goal weight (actually, slightly under my goal) using the Beck strategies, after being stuck 5 to 10 pounds from it for months. This book really was the final push I needed. Completely stoked to be wrapping it up on such... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/08/15

    10/8/2015 12:02:09 PM, by ICE9CA

    One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low. - Thomas Fuller
    uller ... Read more

  • Trying Again: Get More Sleep - Cut Out Caffeine!!

    10/8/2015 8:19:04 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    It is interesting how we change over time, how we try new ideas - keep some, throw away others. I truly learn by reading other blog entries here on SparkPeople -from the "What are they thinking!", to the "Hey - that's a great idea!". So, here's my blog entry. As many of you know, I have been ... Read more

  • Dragging myself onto the wagon

    10/8/2015 12:19:12 AM, by AUBRETTE

    Thank God the Sparkpeople bandwagon is so low to the ground and slow-moving. It means even with my hands full of treats and my body slick with grease I can still camber into the back and catch my breath around mouthfuls of pie. I'm trying this thing again. It isn't a thing, I know. It's life. I gue... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/07/15

    10/7/2015 2:41:36 PM, by ICE9CA

    Even if you're on the right track. you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers ... Read more

  • Beck Trek TRIUMPH! And Day 41

    10/7/2015 8:49:31 AM, by AZULPAPEL

    Yesterday, when I hopped on the scale, I saw my goal weight, which I've been chasing for over a year, staring back at me. I didn't want to get overly excited, since I've been close before and gone back up. It could be, I reasoned, just a lack of water. I might be dehydrated or something. But this mo... Read more

  • Wait for's coming.....

    10/6/2015 8:02:25 PM, by HESSISCHFJ

    Nothing worthwhile is instantaneous, it's worked for, earned and comes in its own time. One of the downsides of this modern world. One of my faults.... I tend to expect quick results in regards to being able to bounce back. I tend to be hard on myself to push myself. I need to learn to rest, slo... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/06/15

    10/6/2015 11:35:02 AM, by ICE9CA

    Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. - Henry Ford ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/05/15

    10/6/2015 11:32:22 AM, by ICE9CA

    Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. - Benjamin Disraeli ... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 40

    10/6/2015 9:42:46 AM, by AZULPAPEL

    Enrich Your Life Making a list of goals was somewhat harder than I imagined it would be. I tend to have my fitness stuff (do the Tour de Cure in DC, finish Body Revolution, etc.), but I guess I'm lacking a bit in other areas. So, I tried to put everything and anything down, even if it didn't se... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 38 & 39

    10/5/2015 8:10:09 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Deal with a Plateau When I reach a plateau, I'll: first double-check how long it has lasted. If it's only been one to two weeks, I'll note any possible factors (period, stomach issues, etc.) and continue what I've been doing. If it lasts three weeks or more with no stand-out causes, I'll try u... Read more

  • Rough day, need a laugh

    10/5/2015 7:55:21 PM, by HESSISCHFJ

    Sometimes you just need a laugh. Rough day, long day. My truck got hit in the back needs to go in the shop to get checked out. Hopefully not much damage except for my rear bumper guard/step. Calf still giving me issues, hoping that will clear up in a day or so. Doing a few little 10 minute walks, n... Read more

  • A Day Filled with Unexpected Delights

    10/5/2015 1:11:57 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    Last Friday, I drove over to my parents' home. It's about a five-hour drive. I'm the child that's closest to them emotionally; one of my siblings is closer physically, but he'd kind of a jerk and they'd prefer he not come around too much. They're at the stage where they're planning to sell their hom... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/03/15

    10/5/2015 11:21:54 AM, by ICE9CA

    Be bold - and mighty forces will come to your aid. - Basil King ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/02/15

    10/5/2015 11:20:08 AM, by ICE9CA

    If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it. - Lucy Larcom ... Read more

  • Stop The Swelling !

    10/4/2015 6:43:29 PM, by CFELTS217

    Stop the Swelling!~ I decided to see my weight gain as swelling. You know, when you have hurt part of your body or have an infection it begins to swell. Well for me the same is true if I continue to put poisons into my body such as Coke, Dr. Pepper, Stuffed Crust Pizza, etc. My body has become ... Read more

  • 10/4 NO new bike

    10/4/2015 3:19:48 AM, by GIGI_SINGS

    Well, bummed a little, but still happy regardless about the new bike. I tried to ride the road bike and my tummy gets in the way. My legs need more space to peddle especially since you have to ride in the drops to brake. I hurt my ankle last weekend and it's still pretty bad but I thought it'd... Read more

  • ... And We're Alright Down Here

    10/3/2015 10:41:53 PM, by IM30NOWWHAT

    Today, my son and I went for a bike ride. Every so often, he wanted to stop and hike this path or run up that hill... We spent two hours "exploring", as he calls it, and I think we've pretty much covered every mile of our town. During our ride, he turned to me and said, "You know, I just love ... Read more

  • Week One Recap

    10/3/2015 10:16:36 PM, by LIVIN4LISH

    OK, week one is under the belt! I began strong on Saturday, drinking my water and making careful food selections. Then, Sunday hit, and I went way off course. I almost thought I'd set myself up for failure like I did during the summer challenge, but by Monday, I realized that I couldn't let mysel... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 37

    10/3/2015 7:58:54 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Reduce Stress My rules for myself include: *I should always do my best *I should never let people down *I need to be as productive as possible I would certainly say, looking at them written down, these rules are bound to stress me out. I can't always be functioning at 100%, never m... Read more

  • Day One (Again)

    10/3/2015 11:48:36 AM, by NSMANN

    I've come up with a tentative plan for catching up on my fitness goals. This schedule is fairly aggressive but I have plenty of time to get it all done. The only obstacle is sustaining my motivation. So here is my weekly schedule: Sunday: Long Jog + swim (outside, if weather permits) M... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Days 34, 35, & 36

    10/2/2015 8:23:54 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Solve Problems A pivotal chapter for me. One of the worst things about binges is I feel like I have no control over myself. This chapter gave me a straight-forward path to recognizing and exerting my own agency; an instant, big time boost to my mental health. The next time I have a probl... Read more

  • Bike, Yoga, Breathe, Repeat

    10/2/2015 5:37:38 PM, by IM30NOWWHAT

    I've been running around like crazy, trying to get a thousand things done before I start work on Monday. There's a to-do list in my head about a mile long, and my sticky notes (I write reminders and to-dos on Post-Its) are starting to get out of hand. I didn't work out today, but I have ... Read more

  • Dealing with demons(anxiety)

    10/2/2015 5:26:42 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    We all fight our own battles. I struggle with the ups and downs of emotions. Anxiety and depression. Some times we just need to call it like we see it. Over the years, I have dismissed this. You see, I grew up in a family that didn't talk about these things.... Suck it up butter cup. Pick yo... Read more

  • The Start of Another Journey

    10/2/2015 12:05:31 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I've opted for an Endomondo training plan for my half-marathon. Because it has all my workouts stored, it calculated the training plan based upon what I've been doing. So its first workout was a 7.3 mile run at a 12:52 pace. 12:52 is a little fast for me, truth be told. I told my Garmin I wante... Read more

  • 10 / 2 New bike?

    10/2/2015 10:36:50 AM, by GIGI_SINGS

    So, I picked up a bicycle yesterday from a cycling friend that wants to sell it. He's letting me try it out for a while. It's one size smaller than I need but could work. I didn't plan to spend THIS much, but it is worth more than double what he's asking for it and it's a flipping beautiful piece of... Read more

  • The Terrible Too's!

    10/2/2015 8:49:32 AM, by LORIVIOLA

    I hate the terrible too-s! I should never let myself get there... Too hungry, too tired, too hot, too busy, too overwhelmed. Etc... It is a recipe for disaster and bad choices in overeating and not exercising enough and not paying close enough attention to my blood sugar. I will try to be more awar... Read more

  • Be Positive

    10/1/2015 7:29:38 PM, by HESSISCHFJ

    Some days this may be hard. But looking for the upside to a bad situation will help you in so many ways. Not just mentally/emotionally but also in your problem solving process. It's much harder to plan yourself out of a bad situation if your not thinking clearly and being negative. You will miss op... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 10/01/15

    10/1/2015 10:52:47 AM, by ICE9CA

    The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. - Carl Rogers ... Read more

  • Oh, October! How I've Missed You!

    10/1/2015 10:23:29 AM, by IM30NOWWHAT

    Yes, yes.... I know fall officially started some 6 or 7 days ago, but to me, October always seems to say, "Fall is finally here!!!" I stepped outside today, and the weather was crisp and cool and absolutely wonderful! So, naturally, it helped me start my day off on a great note: I went for a bi... Read more

  • Goodbye September

    10/1/2015 7:48:39 AM, by BIGMAMAT

    Enjoying my morning coffee this morning, reflecting on September. Total loss in September 6.5 pounds. for a total of 20 pounds. 250 Thanks friends for the support. 220 I would just like to say that I am not a fan of the scale. It makes me ride the ups and downs of weight loss but ... Read more

  • Value

    9/30/2015 7:17:40 PM, by HESSISCHFJ

    Each and everything has value. No one person is any better than another. Everyone, in thier own way, IS special. Everybody deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Try never to sink to another's level. Treat yourself with honour and dignity, even if/when others dont. Realise your own worth... Read more

  • Today.

    9/30/2015 6:37:29 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    I am so glad it's evening. No where left to go. Making supper. potato's, chicken(rotisserie , thank you Walmart. )beans and rolls. Hubby is hunting. two oldest are working. enjoying a nice cup of coffee on this rainy evening. Made an appointment 8 weeks ago to have my hair cut and colored t... Read more

  • I'm still hanging around here ... quietly.

    9/30/2015 12:18:24 PM, by CAROKNITS

    It's been almost two and a half years since I updated my Spark information, or wrote anything on my blog. It falls into the 'no news is good news' category. I've been living life, trying to live life off the computer instead of sitting at a screen (or standing at a screen ... we're in the midst, s... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/30/15

    9/30/2015 11:14:58 AM, by ICE9CA

    Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. - John Heywood ... Read more

  • Dear Body,

    9/30/2015 9:46:44 AM, by HEALTHY_42

    We have a tumultuous relationship at times. You make me angry when you don't cooperate in the ways I want you to. I do not like seeing the rows of fat that I have placed upon you and feel very bad for my many years of negligence, but I want to say today thank you. Thank you for taking on the e... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 33

    9/29/2015 9:02:20 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Eliminate Emotional Eating For me, the most important mindset strategies are labeling what I'm feeling and picturing the aftermath of a binge. I know from experience that soothing or entertaining myself with food never leads to anything good, so picturing my feelings of anger and disappointmen... Read more

  • Had to get it done

    9/29/2015 6:58:32 PM, by HESSISCHFJ

    Started out 3 times today to go for a walk and it began to rain. Last time I started I got about 10-15 minutes in and it began to rain. Just had to carry on. Was a light rain, no lightning and I was really wanting my walk. Did 55 minutes in the rain. Felt great! About 5 minutes after I stopped so di... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/29/15

    9/29/2015 11:01:34 AM, by ICE9CA

    How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself - so always think positively. - Norman Vincent Peale ... Read more

  • over weight children (sensitive subject ahead)

    9/29/2015 8:55:03 AM, by BIGMAMAT

    The subject of over weight children has always been a sensitive subject for me. You see, I was one. For most of my life, I struggled with my weight. I was always active, but I liked to eat. Did I eat fruits and veggies?. Yes. But I lived for sweets. I grew up in a nice," normal" family for all... Read more

  • Nutritional info

    9/28/2015 6:32:19 PM, by HESSISCHFJ

    Sorry had to take picture eyes are blurry from eye Dr thank God for autocorrect. Well actually never thought I would EVERYTHING say that but it looks like it is (hopefully) fixing any errors correctly.... Read more

  • In the store today

    9/28/2015 6:29:05 PM, by HESSISCHFJ

    Saw this in the store and had to try it So I try it and I believe it will satisfy my pumpkin cravings I get during this time of year when the cakes, pies, donuts and cookies come out. I will not be sabotaged by the season.... Read more

  • Multnomah Falls Trail Run and What's Next

    9/28/2015 3:42:38 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    This run was a milestone for me. I worked hard, I made sacrifices, I did what I need to do, and I WON ..... the Best Costume contest. My prize? A bottle of maple syrup. 334 Here's the costume. Yeah, it's pretty awesome. Yes, that is a Lariat of Truth hanging from my race belt. All kid... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 32

    9/28/2015 12:41:05 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Plan for Travel Great timing here! I leave tomorrow for my week-long vacation. My last trip during our Beck Trek was only a weekend, so this will be a bit more of a test. The Plan: *Keep in-home meals at around 400 cals *Stick to four meals a day, about four hours apart (unless you s... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/28/15

    9/28/2015 12:34:19 PM, by ICE9CA

    Not all of us can do great things, But we can do small things with great love. - Mother Teresa ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/27/15

    9/28/2015 12:24:08 PM, by ICE9CA

    Big thinking precedes great achievement. - Wifred A. Peterson ... Read more

  • I have decided...

    9/27/2015 11:31:32 PM, by MBLIFE24

    ...that I want a road bike. I have a decent hybrid, but it is really a 'get around town' kind of bike. I have been wanting a nice road bike for a long time, and I think this is the year. I don't care if it is used or new. I *love* riding and I am toying with the thought of joining a bike group..... Read more

  • The upcoming week

    9/27/2015 7:27:35 PM, by HESSISCHFJ

    Wishing everyone well for this new week. What has ever happened up till now is passed us now. Whether good or bad, we are moving forward. We are going to improve ourselves, get healthier and get more enjoyment out of life. It is, after all, your life so you need to be able to enjoy it. If your prev... Read more

  • Take time out for tea......

    9/27/2015 6:46:55 PM, by LUVS2BIKE101

    Has there ever been a time in your life when you are being pulled in every direction? Many of us who work full time have additional responsibilities that demand much more time and energy than just what is required for our daily jobs outside the home. Are we burning the candle at both ends? ... Read more

  • feeling blah, but I'm still here. Week 11

    9/27/2015 11:52:26 AM, by BIGMAMAT

    feeling blah. Week 11 was by far my crapiest week yet. dealing with dad being sick and all the emotions that come with this really reaped havoc on my emotions this week. I understand that I am not alone with this. Stress/ emotional eating has always been my way to cope with stress. Eating feeds... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Days 30 and 31

    9/27/2015 10:05:05 AM, by AZULPAPEL

    Stay in Control When Eating Out I actually practiced this skill a back when I went on vacation. In the past when eating out, I had typically just enjoyed whatever I wanted, ate from moderate to over fullness, and, at best, tried to eat lighter during the rest of the day; at worst, I'd just con... Read more

  • 1 hour is only 4% of your day

    9/27/2015 8:02:13 AM, by GIGI_SINGS

    I found a nice post on facebook that said this, it's got me thinking about bike commuting in a much more positive light. October is a 3 paycheck month so I'll be using my extra paycheck to buy a new road bike and I've already got it narrowed down, it'll depend on if the one I want is still 25% of... Read more

  • The cooktop island is in!

    9/26/2015 2:30:06 PM, by IRONBESS

    I've waited a long time for this as we haven't borrowed money and have done the work ourselves when we can. Time and money rarely co-exist in our household. The Kitchen Queen wood cookstove in the background is great during winter for both cooking and heating. The new kitchen has a double oven, DW, ... Read more

  • Let's Do This Thing!

    9/26/2015 8:22:25 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    Today begins the Fall 5% Challenge. I've done this before, I know what to do. The difference this time is that I will continue doing it! It's time for me to face my excuses, and move forward with my life. I came across this quote the other day; When I read it, I realized that I have been st... Read more

  • A New Season and Tabata

    9/25/2015 10:11:15 PM, by MBLIFE24

    School is back in session and I have twenty-five sweet, new kindergartners. The start of school is much like the end of school...crazy busy. And as is often the case, my great summer consistency takes a nose dive for awhile. Ha. However, things have started to settle into a rhythm of sorts ... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Days 28 and 29

    9/25/2015 4:51:34 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Get Ready to Weigh In Before I weighed in, I told myself: weight loss is a slow, jagged process. I won't lose every week, but it will trend down, as long as I stick to my plan and practice Beck's strategies. No sabotaging thoughts here! Getting used to the idea of a scale as a simple too... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/24/15

    9/25/2015 11:49:05 AM, by ICE9CA

    No one knows what he can do until he tries. - Publilius Syrus
    s_Syrus ... Read more

  • I will be good.

    9/25/2015 10:42:31 AM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    I will stay in my calorie range, I will choose 551 and 496 and 277 I will have way more 194 I don't want to feel like 15 I want to feel like 9 But I really need to 363 and 328 I need to avoid 33 and 489 and 471... Read more

  • Fall 2015 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

    9/24/2015 2:29:16 PM, by KKINNEA

    I am keeping my goals simple again to ensure I can achieve them: - Run TCM Oct 4 - Resume strength training proscribed by coach Oct 13 - Resume swimming on Friday evenings Oct 16 - Run easy through the end of 2015... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/24/15

    9/24/2015 11:39:22 AM, by ICE9CA

    As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do. - Andrew Carnegie ... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 27

    9/23/2015 9:48:43 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Master the Seven Question Technique Today, I used this technique to breakdown my "Oh Well" sabotaging thought. ST: Saying "Oh well" and submitting to restrictions makes me feel powerless. 1. What are the errors? Emotional Thinking and Exaggerated Thinking 2. Evidence against this... Read more

  • What I Know

    9/23/2015 11:37:34 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    I know that I am currently 25-30 pounds overweight. I know that I eat too much. I know that I feel better when I am on a healthy course, choosing nutritional whole foods, and moderate exercise. I know that I do not want to be "on a diet," but rather to live a lifestyle that includes a diet that i... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/23/15

    9/23/2015 10:58:07 AM, by ICE9CA

    No great man ever complains of want of opportunity. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/22/15

    9/23/2015 10:56:24 AM, by ICE9CA

    Fall seven times, stand up eight. - Japanese Proverb ... Read more

  • stress eating.

    9/22/2015 9:20:56 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    well it started at midnight. I had a latte, cheese and salami wrap, and a donut.... 40 Got a call from my mom that they were taking Dad to the hospital for chest pain. Ugh... He has a huge cardiac history. so while I was waiting for them to transfer him to a bigger/cardiac hospital which ha... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 26

    9/22/2015 9:08:13 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Recognize Thinking Mistakes My most common cognitive distortions are: Exaggerated Thinking Emotional Reasoning These two often come together when I'm dealing with my worst saboteur, rebelling against the "unfair" struggle of dieting. My situation always seems worse than it is, and... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 25

    9/21/2015 3:50:49 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Identify Sabotaging Thoughts My most common sabotaging thoughts: * Screw it - life's too short. * I don't want to worry about anything right now. * This is incredible - I have to have it. * It's just a little. * They really want me to try it. * I'm so upset; I don't care. *... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/21/15

    9/21/2015 10:50:01 AM, by ICE9CA

    Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. - George S. Patton ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/19/15

    9/21/2015 10:48:20 AM, by ICE9CA

    A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. - Charles m. Schwab ... Read more

  • week#10

    9/20/2015 9:09:39 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    Starting Weight : 243 Today's weight: 222 This weeks weight loss : 1 # 334 Total weight loss : 21 # OK week. Making more healthy food choices most of the time. Love this weather for biking. Went on anther long 20 mile bike ride with my son. Love the deckers creek trail wh... Read more

  • Sunday Sept 20,2015

    9/20/2015 7:24:13 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Home from the balloon fest. Walked everyday. ... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 23 & 24

    9/20/2015 4:41:44 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Counter the Unfairness Syndrome Whenever I hear myself saying that dieting isn't fair, I'm going to: admit that maybe it isn't, but think about all the advantages I have in my life that I have in no way earned. I'll remind myself that life is not interested in being fair to any one person, and ... Read more

  • back on track countdown - menu planning

    9/20/2015 9:21:43 AM, by APONI_KB

    I'm trying to figure out a date to start on the grand plan, but I don't know exactly when I'm going to push past the chemo ick. Right now though it's helping me to get a plan in place. starting with recipes I have untold amounts of recipes and have never been able to figure out how to org... Read more

  • a little backyard nature

    9/19/2015 9:28:15 AM, by APONI_KB

    I'm afraid that I've let my photography go lately. Its not that I've lost interest, just focused on other things. get it FOCUSED on other things come on that was good Anyway I saw this little critter in the backyard yesterday. I just had my bridge camera so I may head out there today ... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 22

    9/18/2015 10:48:12 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Say "Oh Well" Whenever I'm struggling with feelings of unfairness or rebelliousness, I'm going to: tell myself "Oh well. This is what it takes, and my goals are worth it." I'll review my ARC, or, if I'm really feeling irritable, rewrite it on a new card to solidify my commitment and remind mys... Read more

  • Activity Tracker Observation on Distance

    9/18/2015 9:52:24 PM, by DMARTIN302

    Many of us have some sort of step or activity tracker attached to us. We look at the number of steps and are either motivated to take more or shrug and wonder how we can possibly meet that 10,000 step goal. One fairly common way to increase your step count is to park farther away from the store... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/18/15

    9/18/2015 11:02:47 AM, by ICE9CA

    Dwell in possibility. - Emily Dickenson ... Read more

  • The Sargasso Sea

    9/18/2015 10:52:18 AM, by IGNATZ50

    For the last two days (maybe even longer) I've been in "F* it" mode. I've not been able to talk myself out of bed when the alarm goes off. I've not been motivated enough to get to the gym in the morning. Yesterday evening, even though it was beautiful and cool out, I did not get on my bike and pedal... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 21

    9/17/2015 8:35:31 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Get Ready to Weigh In Before I get on the scale tomorrow, I'm going to tell myself: that this is an important piece of information about my progress, but not about my worth or personality (whether it's good or bad). I'll also keep in mind that a small increase is normal, and while I won't los... Read more

  • last day of chemo

    9/17/2015 3:40:43 PM, by APONI_KB

    I have mixed feelings about being elated about this. Fact is, its going to be kind of a tough week ahead but at least this time whatever happens is going to be the last time I have to deal with this particular devilry. and I don't have to do this again: ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/17/15

    9/17/2015 1:14:20 PM, by ICE9CA

    It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference. - Zig Ziglar ... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Days 18, 19, and 20

    9/16/2015 8:43:47 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    Catching up :) Change Your Definition of Full When I recognize that I'm probably full, I'm going to: take a breath and push my food (if any is left) away, then busy myself tidying up - doing my dishes, putting my place mat away. If I feel like I need more food, I'll make myself a cup of b... Read more

  • Switching Gears

    9/16/2015 7:51:43 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    The trail run I'm doing at the end of the month has an 1800' elevation gain. There's no where nearby that I can train for that. The only trail runs I've done have been on relatively flat ground. While they give my lower legs the challenge of running on a trail, there's no substitute for running up a... Read more

  • The Way Wings Should (Thx to VALERIEMAHA!)

    9/16/2015 11:30:49 AM, by DDOORN

    VALERIEMAHA recently shared this sublime verse from Rumi: THE WAY WINGS SHOULD – RUMI What will our children do in the morning? Will they wake with their hearts wanting to play, the way wings should? Will they have dreamed the needed flights and gathered the strength fr... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/16/15

    9/16/2015 11:19:59 AM, by ICE9CA

    Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/15/15

    9/16/2015 11:18:16 AM, by ICE9CA

    A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. - Hugh Downs ... Read more

  • Swimming goal met

    9/16/2015 1:19:14 AM, by GERALD_G

    Met a swimming goal of mine tonight. I managed to average 30 seconds per 25m length of the pool for 60 minutes, and swim 120 lengths. That's 3km in an hour. Also my wife tells me the pants I bought just last month, as I was shrinking out of my old pants, are now also shrunk out of. Swimm... Read more

  • Richmond area points.

    9/15/2015 7:42:31 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Oh no, somehow I forgot to join the Richmond Sparkteam. No longer will I forget to give team points here. Richmond will win the points game for the area!... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/14/15

    9/15/2015 12:36:10 PM, by ICE9CA

    Motivation is the fuel necessary to keep the human engine running. - Zig Ziglar ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 9/12/15

    9/15/2015 12:33:00 PM, by ICE9CA

    Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. - George S. Patton ... Read more

  • The broke philosopher ponders being single...

    9/15/2015 12:00:40 PM, by MAD_WRITER_TAL

    You know, there's something that's bothered me the past few months. I've tried to get out there and be more sociable and meet new people and perhaps (gulp) date like a young 30-something oughta try and do. The thing is, I've gone out there, met a person or two, and suddenly things went so damne... Read more

  • A New Life!

    9/15/2015 9:19:28 AM, by DDOORN

    Just a quickie today, life just doesn't know how to slow down...whew! After a long, long weekend of struggles and waiting, my son & daughter-in-law are proud parents of a healthy baby boy! It's an amazing thing holding a new life in one's arms! Don ps...out of respect for privacy... Read more

  • In Sync

    9/15/2015 7:03:45 AM, by BILL60

    I was just about finished with my blog and suddenly it disappeared. So, I'm starting again. So far this month I'm a bit ahead of schedule with my goal of 1,000 cycling miles. All systems are go and hopefully, I'll make it by the end of the month. In th last 3 weeks I've added some strength exercises... Read more

  • Day 1

    9/14/2015 11:40:27 PM, by CHICKINTHEHAT

    Time to turn this ship around and get back to weight loss. ... Read more

  • Just lost a blog....grrr!

    9/14/2015 9:06:33 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I'm about three weeks into a two-month long road trip and I'm in a hotel in Portland OR tonight. I just wrote a blog about the first three weeks of the trip and just as I was about to post it, the hotel internet cut me off and the blog was lost. Rather than trying to rewrite the blog....... Read more

  • Making it great

    9/14/2015 9:49:18 AM, by APLOUIS

    I'm working on trying to make this a great fall.... Read more

  • Switch to Fitbit One from Fitbit Zip

    9/13/2015 9:33:26 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Switch to the Fitbit One from the Fitbit Zip This month I switched from the Fitbit One to the Fitbit Zip step counter. They are both great gadgets for increasing your activity levels. There are many studies internationally confirming that 10,000 steps per day increases health. In addition 12... Read more

  • Beck Trek! Day 17

    9/13/2015 9:31:57 PM, by AZULPAPEL

    End Overeating To learn the skill of not overeating, I'm going to: practice having more food on my plate than I planned on eating. Sheesh, this wasn't fun! I've been used to portioning out exactly what I allowed myself, and using tricks to make it look like a lot (small plates, wide arrang... Read more

  • Skinny Olympians eating 5 Eggs Daily

    9/13/2015 9:11:38 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Here is a good article on "How the Olympic Athletes Eat" online. There seems to be popular myth online that to be small you must eat no more than 1,500 calories per day. “There is no fitness that can counteract diet.” However, these athletes featured are NOT huge in weight, are in prime activit... Read more