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  • January Goal review and New Goals for February

    1/31/2015 6:20:38 PM, by DONNA_W

    Streaks Login to SP everyday - 70 day streak Exercise at least 90 min a week - 10 week streak Consume at least 8 cups of water per day. - 70 day streak Get 8 hours of sleep per day - 43 day streak Walk 5 miles per week - 7 week streak Exercise 10 min a day - 64 day streak Eat 2 fruit... Read more

  • Lost 6 lbs since Thursday!? And new pain meds suck. :(

    1/31/2015 4:49:46 PM, by MRLDCTYGRL

    I dunno. Weirdest thing. I'm not going to hold my breath that they're gone for good, seems like a lot for no good reason when I check my food and water and sleep history, not much has changed. Saw the pain specialist yesterday, and it went really well. I was quite excited to leave with a pres... Read more

  • More stress

    1/31/2015 3:43:26 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I came home last night late from airport. DH wanted to go to Whole Foods today. So I said that I do not want to drive, now I wish I had. He is about to take an exit on to a freeway, the car in front of him hesitates and he slams on brakes but slides into the back of this SUV. ... Read more

  • Being Real

    1/31/2015 9:24:54 AM, by NANCY-

    I had thought about not sharing what was posted in my previous blog, trust me there was more that I didn't share. To me, SP is about being honest, sharing both joys and challenges that all of us face. We are human after all and life definitely is not perfect. So I could not come back and blog with ... Read more

  • There is no "try"

    1/31/2015 5:59:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are some things in life that we must succeed at. Maybe we can't do it all today, But we can take one small step forward. Toda got it right!... Read more

  • Saturday

    1/31/2015 12:20:36 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Enjoy your day be blessed and love the little things in liife hug... Read more

  • The end??? (Yeah right) of a Saga!

    1/30/2015 2:43:31 PM, by LINNAYANEW

    So it is Jan 2015.... A year ago I was frustrated and ripping my hair about how to finally shed the weight. I dropped off spark people a bit because I found the only REALLY good fit for my eating habits, emotional state, and body type was 1. Low Carb 2. High Nutrient 3. Whole Food ... Read more

  • visit with sister over

    1/30/2015 2:05:26 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; Visit was very emotional. Still making my way home. The visit brought home so many memories that I truly wanted to keep forgotten. There were many secrets that my mother had been hiding. We found papers hidden under her bed mattress. I found a birth certificate for my father... Read more

  • 28 lbs pressure freed

    1/30/2015 10:20:35 AM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    So far. 28 lbs of pressure has been freed from my knees. I have lost (oops freed) 7 lbs now. Looks like I'm on track again. Getting ready to change into workout clothes to get my workout on. Raining and ugly here today with a little snow mixed in. I know that sunshine is behind t... Read more

  • Birthday Friends!

    1/30/2015 5:34:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a friend who I share a birthdate with. Philip is 93 this year! I am 59! Every year we take the time to enjoy a meal together and be thankful for another great year. Friends are the best gift that birthdays bring!... Read more

  • TGIF

    1/30/2015 12:33:27 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Be blessed and enjoy your day hug... Read more

  • Lost 1.2 lbs...

    1/29/2015 4:27:20 PM, by MRLDCTYGRL

    to be exact, and hey, so they're the 1.2 I put on last week, I'll still call it good. Also getting a much shorter haircut today, I'll post some before and after pics. I do eventually want to grow it out again, but it's just too much to manage right now to get mediocre results, and so it spends ... Read more

  • Update on visit

    1/29/2015 8:35:47 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; my sister was told that she could pass at any time. She is just ready to get on. It is sad but my sister says she has had an awful life and is ready to go. She does not want to fight any more. She has been having preachers from the local area coming in and giving her hope. Her... Read more

  • #59 today!

    1/29/2015 5:35:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my birthday! What a special day of work, play and seeing friends! God gives each one of us a day to know that we are unique and special! ... Read more

  • SCALE - your reign of terror has ended.

    1/28/2015 10:29:40 PM, by DONNA_W

    The scale is a tool we all use to measure our progress. I let it get to me. If I loose weight, I am gleeful, if I gain weight, I get down and less motivated. I had a weight gain last week that I KNEW was fluid retention, as that usually happens when I have an arthritis flare. Even though I knew ... Read more

  • For every pound freed......

    1/28/2015 9:58:27 AM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    I won't say "lost". That's because it implies that I will find it again. So I'm freeing the pounds into the atmosphere. I was reading yesterday "for every pound "freed" it takes 4 lbs of pressure off your knees. I am entering my senior years this year. I turn 55 in June. I seriously don'... Read more

  • visiting dying sister

    1/28/2015 7:33:04 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Oh. my what day with my dying sister. She is really in bad shape. She has stage 4 thyroid cancer. Yesterday, she would talk for hours about our terrible child hood. It was terrible bringing back memories that we had experienced. My mother abused her mental for years. I had left home around ... Read more

  • Mistakes are like the snow in my dirveway...

    1/28/2015 5:45:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    Mistakes are like the snow in my driveway- either I can take the time to fix the situation, or I will have to deal with it every time I walk or drive out the driveway until Spring. In January I am much more proactive than I am ... Read more

  • Today was a better day.

    1/28/2015 12:22:27 AM, by MRLDCTYGRL

    My therapy session was canceled today due to my therapist getting a flat tire, but we'll do a double session tomorrow, so we'll work it out. In other news, we met with our Senior Pastor tonight to talk through some challenges we've been having. Our congregation has totally outgrown what was a ... Read more

  • Rolling along

    1/27/2015 2:40:44 PM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    Day 32 of New me in 2015. Scale starting to turn down. Really feel in control of eating. Messed up a bit on carb counting but am on track with the low carb for 10 days. Won't give up . Just keep going! Did my exercise today. Always good when you get it in early. Less guilt that way... Read more

  • Wow it's already been 20 days!

    1/27/2015 11:29:19 AM, by 14BLESSED1

    Time is flying by. I didn't realize it is 20 days today. I splurged a couple of days ago and got right back on the program the next morning. I really am not having a problem with the adjustment in my eating but getting off my butt is the biggest... Read more

  • By Request-How to make Sweater Mittens

    1/27/2015 5:23:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Making mittens takes a little practice to get it right. 1. Start by making a fleece liner with a pattern that you can buy at a fabric store like Joanne Fabrics, or download from I have a friend who made me a copy of the pattern that she purchased at Joann's. Read more

  • Make each day count Day 2 of 12

    1/27/2015 3:51:12 AM, by APPLEADAY2015

    My belly feels flatter already - is that even possible? I ate loads yesterday but I had healthier foods and I got some exercise in. I felt like I should be rushing the gym and eating even less but that kind of thinking is what makes me fail - slow and stead for me is the key in the aim of sticking... Read more

  • My story isn't over yet.

    1/26/2015 8:05:49 PM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    Day 31 of a new me in 2015. I started off down today because of the scale. Highest weight attained yet again. So went in search of motivation on Sparkpeople. I learned that my selfspeak could use some work. Not the things I say here. But the things I say to myself. So as ... Read more

  • One Hot Mess

    1/26/2015 12:34:41 PM, by NANCY-

    Okay perhaps the "hot" should have been left out. The last six weeks have been a drama laden, pity party. 1. Just before Christmas, hubby got laid off. Oh yes and we were hosting both Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Dinner. So now he has decided to retire he finally wants to figure out... Read more

  • Great Article

    1/26/2015 11:14:47 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    I found this article to be surprisingly helpful.
    mmer-108487717653.html Hope all my SPARKLES out there are doing well. Keep on keeping on! ... Read more

  • Never quit

    1/26/2015 5:39:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    Some days are easier than others. Some times I make more progress. Even on the hard days, put one foot I. Front of the other. . That is progress. Never quit! Never. Ever. Good things are competing for each of us. Read more

  • Can I PLEASE have a "do-over" of the past three years?!

    1/25/2015 11:43:34 PM, by MRLDCTYGRL

    So this past summer, my friend Bob asked me to work for him as an office manager to run his phones, do his books, make all his appointments, manage all the billing and network with his accountant for payroll etc (this seemed like it would be awesome because I could work from home, which I really nee... Read more

  • Life is good!

    1/25/2015 11:40:29 AM, by LILYPUDGE

    Things are way better at my house. Hubs and I worked through our financial issues. We have resumed saving with a vengeance and and I am feeling waa-aay more secure! My foot wound has healed. I pray it stays that way. I'm accepting my limitations. I have really adjusted my exercise and... Read more

  • Here comes the Stupor Bowl

    1/25/2015 11:07:22 AM, by NANCY-

    First of all I am not a big sports fan to begin with. I have never understood why massive quantities of greasy and calorie laden food need to be consumed surrounding a sporting event. It's not like the fans will be expending energy like the athletes. Beer flowing to wash all the food down, post game... Read more

  • Clean and organized with a new attitude

    1/25/2015 5:59:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    I know it's still Winter, but I started my Spring cleaning early-I always do. I love being outside in the Spring, and getting my cleaning done on a snowy day gets me outside earlier. Yesterday I tackled my sewing room. I did n... Read more

  • Doing yard work today

    1/24/2015 10:43:50 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; there is a break in the weather so DH and I are going out and getting the yard done or as much as possible this weekend. This will be my PA today. DH woke up and weighed on scale and was upset. He went to WW today so he will get back on the swing of things. He says he gained lots... Read more

  • Organizing mitten supplies

    1/24/2015 7:01:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes I just want to dig in and create my craft. Sometimes I end up with chaos in the craft room. But I know what really works, and I am cutting my sweaters into mitten sized pieces, and getting them ready to sew together.... Read more

  • Friday Woo Hoo!

    1/23/2015 9:03:46 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    Tracking - 100% CPAP - yep 10 min exercise - 100% Calories - I have two words for you: Red Robin. I tracked it tho, painful as it was. It ended up putting me about 800 calories over. But, you know, it was a one-off thing. I ate it, I enjoyed every bite, I tracked it. Today, I'm back to... Read more

  • Eyes on the prize!

    1/23/2015 5:48:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, I am looking ahead to days that I can spend with my grandkids Every day, I pray for them, and I think about what I can do when we spend our time together. Still, I live in this wonderful day, and I make it the best day possible. Don't lose the joy of today while waiting for tomorrow! ... Read more

  • Unsupervised!

    1/22/2015 11:48:05 PM, by MRLDCTYGRL

    So my daughter is my PT caregiver 3 days/week, and my hubby works from home 3 days/week, so they generally overlap a day on Mondays, which allows both of them to get a lot more done. Well this week my hubby got called into work three days, and my daughter and her hubby have a terrible cold/flu ... Read more

  • Thursday Check In

    1/22/2015 8:48:35 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    Everything continues. CPAPing, tracking, moving when I'm in the red zone. Yesterday was hard because I didn't eat enough at lunch. So when I got off work at 4 pm? I was STARVING. I ran to Costco for chicken and salad mix, and it was all I could do in the car, smelling the chicken, to not pull ... Read more

  • Working together

    1/22/2015 5:30:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Valentine's Day is coming, and that means decorating the school with love. I taught the Before School Kids about symmetry and look what they did with the idea. When we work together, we can make something beautiful! ... Read more

  • Joined Weight Watchers Today

    1/21/2015 1:36:10 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    Well....I did it. I joined weight watchers AGAIN!... 3rd time's a charm right? LOL .. Actually I only joined for 3 months (1 month free), just to use as a 'cheer leading team' to jump start me back on track. I've done that before, where I just used their meeti... Read more

  • Ode to MindSets!

    1/21/2015 12:11:27 PM, by GROWINGINGRACE

    As with every other person in the country, I have high expectations and fumes off the fire from resolutions. My mind is there. Back on Spark. Joined a run group, eating right -- but not yet active. I've moved to florida. love my regentrified (sp?) neighborhood, but its not safe enough for me to vent... Read more

  • Streaks and Goals Success

    1/21/2015 9:39:04 AM, by DONNA_W

    Today I noticed that I have 60 day streak of logging in and tracking food and exercise. Also a 60 day streak of exercising at least 10 min a day. And I have lost 12 lbs in that time or 0.2 lb/day. This is a good rate. And at this rate I will loose 73 lb in by the time I started 60 days ago. Of ... Read more

  • Wednesday Check In

    1/21/2015 8:32:19 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    2 days tracking every bite, every sip: 100% 10 min exercise: 100% Increase steps to 6K : Blown out of the water both days around 8K CPAP: 100% Mood: 8 on scale of 1-10. So, yesterday, I got hungry. And I got a little anxious. See, this tracking every sip thing? Yeah. In the past, I d... Read more

  • Sparking a new life

    1/21/2015 6:37:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every morning I wake up to choices: Will I be happy or complain? Will I eat the oatmeal or the donut? Will I sit and watch tv or go for a walk? Will I care about others or stay in my own little world? I have the power to spark positive change in myself and do you! Read more

  • Sparking a new life

    1/21/2015 6:37:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every morning I wake up to choices: Will I be happy or complain? Will I eat the oatmeal or the donut? Will I sit and watch tv or go for a walk? Will I care about others or stay in my own little world? I have the power to spark positive change in myself and do you! Read more

  • Day 27 of a new me in 2015

    1/20/2015 7:42:41 PM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    Day 27! Still going for it. Today I have committed to 30 days without alcohol. Did 60 minutes of sweating today. I love it. Rockin Body workouts with killer abs. Love it. Hope all is doing well. Love it when the day goes well! Ally... Read more

  • So clearly I've been gone a while . . .

    1/20/2015 6:23:08 PM, by SOSIREGIME

    I'm not sure what happened last fall. I went on THE BEST vacation biking around Germany and Austria. Loved it! Felt so fit! Then came home and proceeded to do nothing but eat for the next 3 months. This is a good recipe, by the way, if you need one, for packing on the pounds. But stil... Read more

  • Went to see MIL

    1/20/2015 9:25:12 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am so tired - got in last night. MIL is very weak, but still walking around and visiting. The house was over 85 degrees in house. I thought I was having hot flashes again. The weather had a heatwave 30's - we bundled up but would roast at the house. Had a good visit with eve... Read more

  • Tuesday Check In

    1/20/2015 8:19:17 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    So, yesterday was a pretty big deal for me. Why? Because I tracked every bit of food/beverage that went into my mouth. This is not something I'm great at, and to do it for the entire day was a big deal for me. If my Fitbit said I was in the red (too many calories in for output of calories), I ... Read more

  • New pair of mittens

    1/20/2015 6:38:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night I made my first commissioned pair of mittens for a man out of his old, worn out favorite sweater. Repurposed clothing. I love it! ... Read more

  • Getting serious here!

    1/19/2015 1:31:33 PM, by NOREGRET2010

    Woke up feeling great this a.m. That is fabulous, let me tell you, after several months of NOT feeling fabulous, well rested, happy, motivated....feels good to feel good! Facing this encroaching gain-instead-of-loss thing, I began tracking every bite and every sip this a.m. I watch my Fit... Read more

  • I have a DREAM!

    1/19/2015 6:09:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a dream, and I am walking to the fulfillment of that dream. I dream of hiking and biking with my grandkids. I dream of being strong in body, spirit and mind in my 90's. I turn 59 this month. I dream of seeing my family and friends living healthier and happier lives. Every day, I live ... Read more

  • Thank you for your prayers & well wishes

    1/19/2015 12:24:42 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    Thank you all so much for your responses to my "sick" blog. I was soooo sick, but finally got a break in it today. I still can't taste anything, which I don't guess is all that bad...LOL. But I still have 100 temp, and frequent nausea. But the constant cough is gon... Read more

  • Sparking others

    1/18/2015 8:02:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I am volunteering at the foot of Washington, sparking others to climb safely. Even with a weather report of negative number temps and high winds, there are probably 70 people hiking, skiing and ice climbing on Mt. Washington.... Read more

  • How cold is -70?

    1/17/2015 8:00:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am at the foot of Mt. Washington this weekend, advising people who are hiking up the mountain. With the wind chill, the temperature is around -70. That is NOT my idea of good hiking conditions, but there are ways of hiking safely. Read more

  • Getting overwhelmed

    1/16/2015 8:38:05 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DS came home for a short visit. We had some nice talks. He is trying so hard. He has a VA appt - wants me to go alone with him, but I have a serious family commitment. He is so anxious about seeing an organization that is supposed to help him. My sister is still in hospice - tex... Read more

  • Sparked! Without coffee

    1/16/2015 5:10:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    The coffee maker broke this morning. But have no fear! I can still have a great day! I will make tea! Believe it or not, this woman does not live on coffee alone. I will have a nice cup of tea, and get on with this great da... Read more

  • Sick

    1/15/2015 2:15:54 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    prayers please... I haven't gotten sick in a very long time. I used to get this every year, and always felt like I was dying! But I've been blessed with around 2 yrs of clean health. What doesn't make since is that I'm already on steroids & antibiotics f... Read more

  • Thursday Check In

    1/15/2015 7:41:57 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    CPAP: 100% Mood: Much improved Fatigue: Still causing problems, but slowly getting better with CPAP use, I think? Organization goal: Missed yesterday, but otherwise good 10 Min exercise: Missed yesterday The good sleep, mood improvement and less fatigue are pretty much vital to the... Read more

  • Treasure this time!

    1/15/2015 5:37:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    One day my sons were in my womb. I remember saying to myself, "treasure this time, for it is precious". They grew, and were under foot. Now they live far away. When I see them, I still say to myself, "treasure this time, for it is precious". Today, wherever you may be, Treasure your time,... Read more

  • by by gallbladder

    1/14/2015 11:59:57 PM, by MSEGURA

    I have been having mass heartburn,pain,for a year.finally 2 weeks ago after 9 hours of seevere pain I went to the hospital.turns out that thanks to my diet of fried gallbladder was infected and I had multiple gallstones.unfortunately being obese dint scare me nor did the dx ... Read more

  • Rewards of exercise

    1/14/2015 7:38:57 PM, by DONNA_W

    At the suggestion of SP I had make a reward system for my progress: Massage - for every month I exercise every day for at least 10 min. Facial - for every 20 lb lost. Today I had my first reward massage for exercising at least 10 min a day for a whole month. In the future I will try to exe... Read more

  • If it is not one thing it is another

    1/14/2015 7:52:38 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; DS came home for a short visit. We discussed his DD. We are obtaining another lawyer to help with a better solution to custody for his DD. Her environment is not good. They recently found out stuff that is disturbing. Still planning to see my sister as soon as she ... Read more

  • Early morning coffee cup

    1/14/2015 5:36:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I am thankful for my old coffee cup. Eleven years ago, I was in Warsaw, Poland with Mike S. And his family. Mike had spent the previous year living in my home in the US as a foreign exchange student. Now I was spending a month with his family in Poland. It was a life changing experience t... Read more

  • Tuesday Check In

    1/13/2015 8:38:37 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    Well, here we are....Tuesday. Yesterday step goal was 7K, didn't make it. This is a bit deceiving. I danced about 1.5-2 hours yesterday and I sweated my butt off.. The nature of belly dance is to dance with bent knees, the feet glide. So steps don't register the same. I'm happy with my exerci... Read more

  • Sink or swim

    1/13/2015 5:39:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am in a tough place when it comes to retirement. I ran a day care for many years, and did not save enough money. Most of what I did save got eatten up when our house burned. Now I have to figure out how to supplement my income for the retirement years. If you know that you could sink, learn h... Read more

  • just talked with sister

    1/12/2015 5:11:01 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; I talked with her DD. They are moving my sister again. They want me to wait coming until they know where she is going to land. The hospice says she is not at the level of illness to go there yet so they want to find a nursing home. I am on standby until we know more. Doctor... Read more

  • And here it is Monday again...

    1/12/2015 10:23:02 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    So, yesterday's weigh in had me up 1 pound. This is okay, because the week before I'd lost 3. So I am exactly on track for my 1 pound a week goal. Thinking about that one pound, I know the culprit. Safeway oatmeal craisin cookies. They come in packs of two and are delicious. Really delicious. ... Read more

  • Late night call

    1/12/2015 5:18:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love callas from my kids-whenever they may call. Last night, after I was sound asleep-my son called, just to say hello. Clearly he had time to talk, and talk he did! We talked about everything, especially Baby Lina, and I am so happy for the conversation. This morning I am not quite as pe... Read more

  • DAy 18 of new me in 2015

    1/11/2015 3:15:35 PM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    Not sure what is going on. I'm down 9 lbs? The big drop is concerning but there have been some different changes in the way I'm taking care of myself as you all have seen. Carbs have been down and I have made sure that I hit my 10k steps per day no matter what. That is very new for me. Even on... Read more

  • when is it my turn to be in a bad mood?

    1/11/2015 9:14:17 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My DH was not in the greatest mood when we went away for the holidays. This weekend he is in a terrible mood. He has had too many turns. Today I do not feel great- yesterday I got a call from my little sister. She is terminal with only weeks to live. I am supposed to go and visi... Read more

  • I know what I cannot do

    1/11/2015 7:02:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    About a week and a half ago, I wrote about a beloved family with a problem of dog urine and feces in their hard wood floors. As much as I want to help them, I am unable to do or say anything to my friend. She has chosen not to receive my words. I am sure that she knows that there is a problem, an... Read more

  • Saturday Check In

    1/10/2015 8:05:29 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    6K step a day goal: Floundering. I think I need to revise it. Rather than "rise to 6K steps a day in two weeks" Perhaps "Increase step count by 10% each week". Thinking on it 10 Min organization goal: Hit and miss, but more hit than miss. CPAP: 100% - though I have played a bit with taki... Read more

  • Sweater Mittens

    1/10/2015 6:39:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Over the past year, I have learned how to make mittens. In the process, I have given away over 100 pairs, and now am getting pretty good at it. By next year, I hope to be able to sell some of my creations. Most will still be gif... Read more

  • something inspirational

    1/9/2015 12:09:24 PM, by KATH_MANDU

    I just wanted to share this since its on my heart and mind.. I am pretty sureThe Holy Spirit put a nice little quote in my head and I want to share the love... "Every step you take is one toward greatness!" Especially in the exercise world I think,,, you know as long as you don't over ... Read more

  • Day 16 of New me in 2015

    1/9/2015 9:51:47 AM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    Today is day 16. I am on track! Yesterday was a challenge because I was literally on the bus most of the day. I wound up getting 4 1/2 hours of sleep so I'll be napping shortly. But, it was a win because when I had the few breaks I was determined to get in my 10,000 steps and th... Read more

  • More snow!

    1/9/2015 5:37:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am heading out to school. It will be a slow ride with icy conditions and snow. Thank God for the white stuff!... Read more

  • Moderation - what area of my life needs it?

    1/8/2015 6:01:43 PM, by DONNA_W

    When I am active sparking, I do pretty well with moderating food and exercise but I do tend to become obsessed with spark points and being very accurate with data, both nutritional and exercise. Don't get me wrong I do love being on Spark, it is so inspirational to see how much others have accompli... Read more

  • Kicking it up a notch

    1/8/2015 12:45:03 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    Well, it's time to kick this plan up a notch. I've been trying to get back on track, but I am so super busy lately that I've fallen back into "quick" foods, and "I deserve it because I'm so tired" syndrome. After weighing myself this morning, and se... Read more

  • Just got a call from GD

    1/8/2015 12:30:59 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning/afternoon; what a morning! DD called very early - Facetime - I had just got back from gym. 7 am my time. She had my grandson and just wanted to chat. She says she has to go. I get a call from my sister- she is terminal with cancer. I talk with her about 30 minutes. My Ipad come... Read more

  • well its a new year . time to report in and tell all . well most .

    1/8/2015 11:02:06 AM, by SUGARSMOM2

    i am still under doctor care for my shoulder . they operated on me in Oct . they said my shoulder was badly out of place and i broke the cuff . they repaired it and then the long road of physical threap . twice a week . i have worked with two great trainers at the Weston medial center . they have wo... Read more

  • Just one little Spark has changed my world

    1/8/2015 5:22:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's an every morning discipline. I track my food, and my exercise, then visit my teams and my friends. I post something about my life - usually something positive- a photo of a grandchild, a hike or a mitten project. Then I take care of the rest of my life. This discipline has ... Read more

  • Talking too much today

    1/7/2015 5:12:35 PM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good afternoon; My DD called and talked about 1 hour with me. She had my GS when she FACE timed. He is such a happy baby. He goes to Day care and simply loves the interaction with the other babies. I was talking to him and he was smiling. He laughs when he is on the swing. Big sister is tel... Read more

  • Starting in earnest today.

    1/7/2015 2:55:59 PM, by 14BLESSED1

    I came back to Sparkpeople last month but today I started tracking my food. I am going to go out and walk for at least 10 minutes every day. Today I will start and continue to make beneficial choices for myself. I am fortunate to have many wonderful things happening in my life a... Read more

  • Day 14 of New me in 2015

    1/7/2015 11:42:47 AM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    Today is day 14 of new me in 2015. That's right, I started in December '14. What do you guys think? Since I am now the heaviest I have EVER been and obviously have not been faithful to the plan. "People don't plan to fail, they fail to plan" and I would add "and execute". Should I start ov... Read more

  • Ton of Fun Weigh-in!

    1/7/2015 9:16:42 AM, by NANCY-

    Made it to the weigh-in, it was good to see familiar faces and a bunch of new. There were some new partners for this challenge too. Feeling a bit weak, I just took the info and return home. Still doing mostly the BRAT diet thing, Bland is good, as I really cannot taste anything anyway. Okay en... Read more

  • Wednesday Check In

    1/7/2015 8:37:16 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    6K step a day goal: Up and down, hit and miss. CPAP goal: 100% 10 min organizing goal: Little hit and miss 10 min exercise goal: 75% Depression - better, slow climb out of the tar pits of blackness. Stress: This continues to be an issue. Work stress is high. Supervisi... Read more

  • 3 great years and going STRONG!

    1/7/2015 5:45:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    Tomorrow will be my third Sparkversary. I love being a part of such a positive proactive group! I have learned how to change my life for the better, and I have the support to do so. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Di... Read more

  • It has been a minute

    1/6/2015 1:04:00 PM, by MRSYATES84

    Whew! I am back! I took a few months off because I burned out. I hit this point where weight loss was starting to feel like a chore and there was a lot of life stress going on. So I stopped tracking my food. Instead I concentrated on making good choices and not beating myself up for the bad cho... Read more

  • Courtship and Self Improvement

    1/6/2015 12:46:31 PM, by JAHNFAR

    Looking back and reading some old blog entries. Amazing how much has changed in my life in three years. A roller coaster of weight loss/gain, careers, relationships.... no wonder I am where I am right now... unhappy with my body but ready to make a change. I've learned that I tend to take on to... Read more

  • Daily changes make a difference

    1/6/2015 12:32:08 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    Just read an article about making daily changes, and how it has helped this person lose almost 100 pounds. I agree with that for sure. I make small changes slowly. Even with exercise. I don't go 'all-in' in the beginning...I add exercise slowly. The reason I do that is so that... Read more

  • Going to be a great year

    1/6/2015 10:12:02 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I have a new goal for this first quarter. Doctor called and wants me to come in for checkup in the next couple of months. I am shooting for the end of Feb or March. I put on some weight this holiday season. My glucose numbers are higher in 90s, when it is normally 80's. I need... Read more

  • A good start!

    1/6/2015 5:21:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    Start every morning with a smile, And find something to be thankful for! I am thankful for a warm stove on this cold morning! ... Read more

  • Exercise was squeezed in on busy day -- YEAH

    1/5/2015 11:17:22 PM, by DONNA_W

    Today I had a busy day, well busy for a retired person. I tried to think ahead of how I might fit exercise into my day. When I looked over the days plan I realized I had a two hour window that would allow me time to exercise for 45 min. It was hot here today so I chose the pool. Then I still had... Read more

  • Helping others also raises our feelings of purpose.

    1/5/2015 11:47:01 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    I read an article recently about 10 steps to emotional happy health, and one of those steps was to volunteer and help others. This gives a since of purpose, and builds self esteem. But after I read a story this morning on FB, see below, it also made me see that it's something God has ... Read more

  • Focusing on the Why's

    1/5/2015 8:32:33 AM, by DREAMSEEKER9

    As I detox from all the holiday sugar, once again eliminate gluten from my diet, plan my meals, log my calories, and start another exercise program, I am choosing to not focus on my past failures. That doesn't mean that I'm not taking those lessons from those failures and applying them to my efforts... Read more

  • Monday, Monday

    1/5/2015 7:55:27 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    I've been doing the 1 pound a week loss challenge over at 50 somethings with 50-99 team (or something like that anyway!) and so far, so good - 3 pounds last week. This is, however, recycled weight. I keep losing and gaining the same 10 pounds since fall. I'm hoping with the challenge I can get ... Read more

  • Time to go Back

    1/5/2015 5:35:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Vacation was fun, but it's time to go back Leave behind the extra play and time to slack Lessons to teach and books to read Science lessons on plants and seed Questions to and swear, jokes to laugh Stories to share with the staff It's time to go back Read more

  • Yeah - You Blend....

    1/4/2015 7:19:50 PM, by JUNIORSSISTER

    For the first time in many years, I am not starting the New Year with a resolution to lose weight. I'm starting out my new year with the resolution to CONTINUE to lose weight. There's a difference. Sometimes on a long journey it's easy to forget exactly how far we've come. This point was illu... Read more

  • Oh Crap!!! Weigh is tomorrow!

    1/4/2015 12:57:04 PM, by NANCY-

    My weight is down three pounds since December 18th, 2015 hasn't been very kind so far, and having tons of mucus, a sore throat and the worst case of conjunctivitis, my doctor has ever seen, has not left me with much of an appetite lately, Okay now that I have probably grossed you out, I do not thi... Read more

  • The light at the end of the tunnel

    1/4/2015 8:55:37 AM, by NOREGRET2010

    i don't think I realized how depressed I really was until a friend was over yesterday and for no real reason at all I wanted to bawl my eyes out. I'm not a fact, I think it might be helpful for me if I COULD release some of my stress etc in tears. So to just well up with tears out of nowh... Read more