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  • Saturday

    11/1/2014 12:12:08 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Be blessed and enjoy your dy prayers and nlessings hugx... Read more

  • OCTOBER 2014 RESULTS & NOVEMBER 2014 GOALS

    10/31/2014 10:44:30 PM, by SUCCESSN2014

    OCTOBER 2014 RESULTS October 1st WI: 185.2 October 31st WI: 190.8 5.6 lbs OCTOBER RESULTS: I had set goals of losing 2 pounds,... Read more

  • Maintained

    10/31/2014 10:53:17 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    So instead of my usual weigh-in being Saturday morning, I decided to do it today, since my Mom is coming over, and my neighbors stay outside to handout candy, sort of like a 'block party', and we'll be having a drink or two. Mom wants to make a vegetarian ho... Read more

  • Exciting day

    10/31/2014 10:02:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    Halloween is a stressful day for a teacher. Costumes, snacks and excitement!!! Also, our pumpkin coloring contest. ... Read more

  • Went to gym this morning

    10/31/2014 10:00:46 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; got a tune up at my counselor's. She said it was very normal to have memories come up after a death of a parent. She told me to embrace it and vision my mom as an old woman who does not have any power over me any more. Forgive her and move on. She said that I was handling it very... Read more

  • TGIF

    10/31/2014 12:11:38 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Glad it is friday going to the gym to walk in the water sending prayers and blessings hugx... Read more

  • Evil Furby

    10/30/2014 3:05:11 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    Our community had a neighborhood garage sale a couple of weeks ago, and I came across this purple furby, and the lady only asked for $1. These things used to be $60 new! We have a white one at home, and I heard that they can talk to each other, so I bought this one to watch them talk. ... Read more

  • SICKNESS & OVER DOING IT

    10/30/2014 12:50:37 PM, by SUCCESSN2014

    I still for the most part feel okay but clearly my body is telling me otherwise. Yesterday I did 12 miles on my recumbent bike and felt fine. Today a simple few minutes of vacuuming and bending over to get baseboards and I'm worn out. Okay, mental note no crazy house cleaning until later. I did mana... Read more

  • Time for renewal

    10/30/2014 10:28:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I can feel the tiredness of working long and hard at school and home. It is time for me to find renewal for my soul. Some days are just that way. ... Read more

  • Spending - DH still on vacation mode

    10/30/2014 9:50:45 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; My Dh had "fun" spending during vacation. I told him why do we need this stuff. He says he is buying for himself. His whole family are collectors of stuff. He has gotten worse lately- ever since his last birthday. The Age has really effected him. Oh dear! The older he gets the... Read more

  • Thursday

    10/30/2014 12:17:14 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    If I feel better I will walk in the pool tomorrow sending blessings hugz... Read more

  • Since 1997

    10/29/2014 8:01:40 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    I have a journal I have written in since 1996. (actually I have 4 of them.) I decided to read through them to remove any remarks that my loved ones would be hurt by, if they were to read it after I'm gone. (we all vent...and I knew I had a few hurtful words in there ab... Read more

  • Learning from my mistakes

    10/29/2014 11:30:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have been working with my students on safety. I used a recent hiking accident and an old nursery rhyme to bring it to life. Jackie and Jill went up the hill To see a pretty view. Jack fell down and hurt her crown, And John... Read more

  • Happy Hump Day

    10/29/2014 12:21:33 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Start real pt next monday so I can push hard doing better sending blessings and prayerds... Read more

  • Ever growing woodpile!

    10/28/2014 1:48:39 PM, by JSTETSER

    We should all be like my wood pile: Growing a little more every day! ... Read more

  • went to gym this morning

    10/28/2014 9:23:41 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning; I am getting back into exercising daily again. My sister sent me an email and had a phone call- this one is the younger one that mom lived with b/4 she died since 2003. Mom had dementia. she was on bio-polar medicine. She would have screaming and crying tantrums. I guess before ... Read more

  • Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Cruise was AMAZING!

    10/27/2014 5:55:54 PM, by SUCCESSN2014

    A few notes before I begin what will more than likely turn into a novel: Yes, we are 2 grown adults going on a Disney cruise Yes, there were a ton of kids ranging from a few months old to 17 onboard Yes, I would book another Disney cruise No, I was not annoyed or bothered by all the kids ... Read more

  • Keep it positive!

    10/27/2014 10:04:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Whenever possible, keep your attitude and conversation positive! We all need a little extra joy in our hearts! ... Read more

  • I am back

    10/27/2014 9:47:15 AM, by NJJ-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning - went on vacation. My Mom died -siblings fighting over will. I made it clear that I did not want any part of the will or anything. Mom was not a very good mom. I have not talked to her for many years. She was abusive in many ways. I wish her peace, but I am so very glad she thr... Read more

  • New Week

    10/27/2014 12:12:31 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    trying to be and do better sending prayers and blessings hugx... Read more

  • Gingham jumper

    10/26/2014 8:49:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    I started in August buying the material and cutting out the pattern. When school started for me, the project took a back seat. I have worked on the jumper with the help of the Sewing Sisters Babette and Suzie. Last night I finished the jumper. today I start on the hat and a Ragedy Ann doll to m... Read more

  • Gods Day

    10/26/2014 12:33:50 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Be blessed sending blessings and prayers hugx... Read more

  • Warmed twice

    10/25/2014 7:31:09 PM, by JSTETSER

    Today's workout = tomorrow's woood stove fire. ... Read more

  • My baby girl. Costume Photos

    10/25/2014 4:18:52 PM, by JUNESHOPE

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  • Going Down. before/after pics

    10/25/2014 1:03:35 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    Before/After pics.. helps to see the transformation my face is going through. So excited. 21 pounds down. I seem to always lose it in my face first. weird. ... Read more

  • day 4 and 5

    10/24/2014 8:21:46 PM, by KATH_MANDU

    Day 4 was an extension of Day 3. Absolutely horrible. I was so self destructive when it came to food today and exercising too for that matter. But you know, I felt bad because of it.. emotionally of course.. but what caught my attention was the physical feeling bad that resulted. I am glad that I ... Read more

  • Long time no see!

    10/24/2014 2:25:02 PM, by LARAESTAR

    Hi Sparkfriends! Fall is here and the weather is beautiful. I thought I was going to go crazy if I had to be stuck inside due to rain in South Carolina any longer! I'm here to answer the big question I have received in my inbox a few times. I only had a small handful of people wa... Read more

  • Still in the 240's!

    10/24/2014 11:21:22 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    When I reach a new '10' (260, 50's 40's, etc.) I always get so nervous that I'm going to do something wrong that's going to throw me back up into the previous 10. But so far so good, and with this 'program' I'm on, it's been relatively easy. When I reached 249 on Satur... Read more

  • In everything give thanks,

    10/24/2014 10:10:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    No matter what happens today, we have many things to be thankful for. Just look around at the joy and love that can be found. I found some creative kids! ... Read more

  • TGIF

    10/24/2014 1:18:26 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Glad it is Friday praying for all I have to get x'ray and ultra sound Monday to make sure no clots when I fell so still walking but painful can not where anything tight hugx... Read more

  • I Eat Because I'm Lonely

    10/23/2014 2:08:14 PM, by JUNIORSSISTER

    To say I eat because I'm lonely, is not a shocking announcement to anyone especially me. Keeping it in check, is a news flash. When I look back at the pictures of when my dad was first diagnosed with Cancer, you can physically see the painful change, the sicker he got, the bigger I got. With the pas... Read more

  • I still can do what I can do.

    10/23/2014 10:07:50 AM, by NANCY-

    It's been a bit of a struggle as of late with my digestive issues. I have fallen back into old ways of eating and adopted adaptive behaviors in order to get things done. For example: I'll have breakfast after going out and running errands. This way I avoid gastric distress while I'm out. The... Read more

  • Rain rain rain

    10/23/2014 9:57:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yep, it is raining outside. I have to remember that there is no such thing as bad weather! ... Read more

  • Happy Hump Day

    10/22/2014 12:23:43 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    I need to get better soon and I will asap be blessed sending prayers... Read more

  • day 2, 3

    10/21/2014 9:45:27 PM, by KATH_MANDU

    day two was amazing. I have been praying a lot for the grace to limit my food intake and I must say it is getting noticeably easier to stop eating and to wait until I am hungry to eat again. I am eating smaller portions and I like that. :) I also got a nice walk in. Day 3. Still good. but sta... Read more

  • Happy to serve others

    10/21/2014 1:16:13 PM, by JSTETSER

    One of my greatest joys in life is being able to help others through teaching. Every time I take time to really teach (not just going through the motions), I learn a lot. The more I give, the richer I become. I am happy to serve! Living a life of both giveing and receiving brings us to summi... Read more

  • Work and Weight Loss

    10/21/2014 10:15:46 AM, by DREAMSEEKER9

    I've been frustrated lately... with work, with the scale, with the feeling of not having enough time to give this weight loss effort my full commitment. I've been trading the same 2 pounds, on and off, since mid-August. I know that I need to increase my workout minutes and decrease my calories. B... Read more

  • Tues

    10/21/2014 12:12:29 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Wow I wish life was better today sending prayers and blessings hugz... Read more

  • Focus on the good and positive

    10/20/2014 4:57:22 PM, by JSTETSER

    Some days are a struggle. Some days people are not pleased with our decisions. Some days we just have to look up. and know that tomorrow will bring good and positive things. Transitions can be hard, but worth going through! ... Read more

  • Nearly a month

    10/20/2014 12:54:49 PM, by ALLYCANDOIT

    Wow! It's been nearly a month since I blogged. So depressed because I couldn't run. My knee has finally healed. Lesson: Watch amount of walking done on cobblestones. I ran my first run again today in 6 weeks. So happy. Hope all is well with everyone. Posted a few more ... Read more

  • My favorite (picture posted)

    10/20/2014 11:30:37 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    This is my favorite type of Christmas tree. I'm going to try to manipulate a fake tree to look like this one, since I can't find any artificial ones out there that look like this already. ... Read more

  • New Week

    10/20/2014 12:13:08 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    hope to feel better tomorrow and get an xray and some extended theray sending prayers and blessings huhx... Read more

  • I'm gonna POP!

    10/19/2014 9:47:31 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    This blog has nothing to do with weight-loss.. Well, maybe it does in a round about way. I'm so excited for Christmas I just feel like I'm going to pop! I can't wait to put up all my Christmas stuff. I think as soon as Halloween is over, I'm going to drag everything... Read more

  • Forgiveness is not a four-letter word!

    10/19/2014 7:07:20 PM, by LILYPUDGE

    Oh my. I had to do a ton of praying on this one. I have struggled for over two months with someone in authority who uses verbal threats to communicate with me. I have cried so much through all this. And what makes it worse is that its such deja vu...my mother and my ex dis a lot of these exact ... Read more

  • School Daze

    10/19/2014 8:00:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    I hope that all my friends are doing well. My commitments at school have kept me from blogging, but I have continued to hike and eat healthy. School responsibilities have increased, but now it is leveling out. Here is a shot from last weekend on Mt. Chocorua. Read more

  • Gods Day

    10/19/2014 12:05:30 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    I am going to try to go out to church tomorrow my first time in a month surgery bites sending love prayers and blessings... Read more

  • Well that didn't work!

    10/18/2014 11:42:02 AM, by NANCY-

    Went back to my doctor and have yet another pill. ARGH!!! If this doesn't work it's off to the GI doc. What is infuriating is that usually folks with GI issues lose weight, me not so much. So ... What's a girl to do. Exercising has gone to the back burner while I try to quell my abdominal discom... Read more

  • OMGoodness!!!!

    10/18/2014 10:47:18 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    I FINALLY GOT INTO THE 240'S!!!!!! I graduated into the next level of the 40's... then the 30's, 20's 10's & ONEDERLAND!! Yesterday afternoon I realized I sure do keep pulling my pants up all the time, and then I noticed jus... Read more

  • Saturday

    10/18/2014 12:23:06 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Hope I feel better tomorrow I feel like I have been beaten with a bat sending prayers and blessings please pray that I do not have to go bavk to the hospital hugz... Read more

  • TGIF

    10/17/2014 12:23:17 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    minor setback I fell and I am in bed icing my wound be blessed prayers and blessings... Read more

  • Boolyia?

    10/16/2014 11:16:53 PM, by LITTLEWIND53

    Boolyia? Snap?... Read more

  • From the heart

    10/16/2014 11:32:43 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    I feel at peace with things, even though life is throwing us a few curves. My eyes seem to be open more to where I'm starting to enjoy the actual daily steps of life. Sometimes in the past I've wondered "what's the use", "does anyone really enjoy life", is 'happiness a... Read more

  • All Or Nothing

    10/16/2014 10:46:59 AM, by ITSASUNNYDAY

    One thing I'm learning is to drop the "All or Nothing" mindset. I hadn't realized how much it affected my healthy lifestyle journey until I started becoming more aware of it with the help of my BLC groups and Spark Coach. When I mess up in the area of food or exercise it is easy to say that I'll fix... Read more

  • Stepped into stupid

    10/16/2014 9:23:28 AM, by DEPOTMODE

    I am pretty sure that I'm currently in the middle of a fatty liver flare-up. (I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in 2012.) Since we moved out to the beach in June, I've been eating all the wrong things. I also discovered some new-to-me tastes that I like…too much. I never used ... Read more

  • Thursday

    10/16/2014 1:26:09 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    I walked the farthest yest and am sore sending love light prayers and blessings... Read more

  • Thursday

    10/16/2014 1:26:06 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    I walked the farthest yest and am sore sending love light prayers and blessings... Read more

  • YESTERDAY WAS CRAZY!

    10/15/2014 1:52:43 AM, by SUCCESSN2014

    I felt like a chicken running around with my head cut off. We spent the day getting prepared for our upcoming cruise. First things first, a trip to Wal-Mart! We stocked up on toiletries and then I had to go find panty hose. While I was off trying to decide Alan had gone to the other end of th... Read more

  • Happy Hump Day

    10/15/2014 12:12:59 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    I actually walked about 10 houses today wow is it hard to regain all my strength sending love prayers and blessings hugz... Read more

  • Derailed a little

    10/14/2014 11:34:44 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    So yesterday I went off program. Not sure what happened, but I binged a little on 1 & 1/2 cupcakes. They were the gourmet kind, made at the bakery with lots of icing. Very sugary. I ate a huge Carl's Jr. Burger, which actually made me incredibly sick. I haven't eate... Read more

  • Tues

    10/14/2014 1:51:29 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    am in a good place hugz... Read more

  • CARRIBBEAN BOUND COMING SOON!

    10/13/2014 1:50:40 AM, by SUCCESSN2014

    We are setting sail on Disney Fantasy Saturday for the Eastern Carribbean. We will enjoy port calls in St Marteen, US Virgin Islands (St Thomas Island), and Castaway Key, Disney's private island. I still have a few things I nee... Read more

  • Monday

    10/13/2014 12:38:42 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    I hope to be able to walk past my mailbox enjoy youe day be blessed... Read more

  • Getting my head back in the game

    10/12/2014 2:58:18 PM, by JUNIORSSISTER

    Since the injury to my foot, it's been a tough couple of weeks. Labor day weekend I injured my foot, initially thought to be a break in a small bone, tests and a follow up appointment have shown this to be an injury to a tendon in my foot. Mostly caused by having a high arch, and the need for add... Read more

  • Gods Day

    10/12/2014 12:39:45 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Be blessed sending prayers hugz... Read more

  • This Week's Progress Thus Far (Oct 8 - 14)

    10/11/2014 11:06:54 PM, by SUCCESSN2014

    EXERCISE: I'm accomplishing the goal I set out at the beginning of the month. 3 cardio, 2 ST, & 2 rest days per week. CARDIO: THURSDAY & FRIDAY AND SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW ST: TODAY (SAT) AND SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY REST: WED & MONDAY WATER: Is getting better.. I've had a few days where ... Read more

  • Staying clear from Agave

    10/11/2014 10:07:20 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    No more Agave sweetener for me! Last year when I was dieting, and things were going along well, I changed from using organic honey to organic agave, and my weight started creeping back up rather quickly. I wasn't sure if it was the agave or not, but suspected it, so I... Read more

  • Pumpkin here, Pumpkin there, Pumpkin everywhere.

    10/11/2014 9:36:17 AM, by NANCY-

    Whatever happened to moderation! The almighty pumpkin should share it's marketing agent with apples, beets, turnips and all the other bounty of the autumn harvest. Here's one of my Fall Favs Cider-Braised Cabbag... Read more

  • saturday

    10/11/2014 12:38:44 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Enjoy your day sending love light joy prayers and happiness hugz... Read more

  • TGIF

    10/10/2014 12:48:30 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Glad the week is through sending ;oce jou prayer wnd ;OVE JNQ... Read more

  • Thank YOU!

    10/9/2014 4:02:04 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    Thank you all for your encouragement on my last blog. I have a sneaky suspicion of what was causing the extra cravings, and scale changes, but I'll share that later once I have a little more evidence. I honestly feel that nothing is going to stop me from trying. ... Read more

  • where are stink bugs favorite place to hide?

    10/9/2014 1:57:20 PM, by BYEPOUNDS

    stink bugs are everywhere, and they like my closet, especially knit material ... Read more

  • Happy Hump Day

    10/9/2014 12:54:33 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    I am a little slow by being off a day you lose time in the hospital now that I am home I hope my memory is geting nbetter sending light love prayers and blwaaings hugz... Read more

  • Lord give me strength

    10/8/2014 6:47:49 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    The past 2 days I have been having more sugar cravings than normal. I'm not sure what triggered it, but its been pretty hard to fight off. I'm doing fairly good at it though. You would think me being so close to the 240's that I wouldn't want to jeopard... Read more

  • calling the insurance

    10/8/2014 12:34:33 PM, by BYEPOUNDS

    my doctor has ordered a brace for me that will include doing exercises three times a day for a half hour each I'm glad that the technology is there to help me. I'm told that shoulders heal slowly, so I have a while to do this hope that I'm up to the challenge not meeting with the... Read more

  • Happy Hump Day

    10/8/2014 12:34:53 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Be blessed sending prayers and blessings hugz... Read more

  • Tuwa

    10/7/2014 8:44:13 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Mocing better happier at home still pain but better sending light love joy prayers ans blessinggzs hu... Read more

  • talked to the therapist

    10/7/2014 4:56:21 PM, by BYEPOUNDS

    I talked to my physical therapist and she is shuffling some of the activities around. she says that I do better when I can have more control over my body so has set me up with the weight machines then before she stretches me, we both go to the nearby weight room and she monitors some of th... Read more

  • New Week

    10/6/2014 12:29:25 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Be blessed and enjoy your week hugz... Read more

  • Great motivator phrase

    10/5/2014 9:59:06 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    There are 7 days in the week, and SOMEDAY isn't one of them.... Read more

  • C-Diff and Exercise

    10/5/2014 8:30:30 AM, by LILYPUDGE

    In May, I had sepsis, an infection in my blood stream. They got it early so no respiratory issues and intubation needed this time. Unfortunately, I developed c-diff from the antibiotics needed to make me well. Here it is October, and they STILL have not cleared te c-diff up. Watery diarrhea ove... Read more

  • Sunday

    10/5/2014 6:17:25 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Let us celebrate wotjh our Father... Read more

  • Delicious Autumn!

    10/5/2014 6:05:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    "Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." George Eliot Painting by Linda Dessaint... Read more

  • 2 pounds this week

    10/4/2014 4:01:56 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    2 pounds... yeah! This week was a little tough. I had some pretty big temptations, but I was able to thwart most of them off. I exercised for the first time!! 3 times this week! By the 3rd time, I could tell it was already g... Read more

  • G R O A N ...

    10/4/2014 1:11:29 PM, by RENIESSPARKIN

    Dear SparkPeople Friends: Sorry I haven't been in contact. Charlie, our community dog, decided to make a swift change of directions on the evening of 9/23. (He's much cuter than this & is a Cock-a-Poo, white & apricot). I broke my tailbone, whipl... Read more

  • Thinking of you

    10/4/2014 3:21:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Spark Friends, Just thinking of you makes me smile And you’ve been on my mind for quite a while! Every day when I arise, Every night as the sun dies, I thank God that you and I are friends, The good things in life never end!! So today as I blog, I think of you more, And the wond... Read more

  • Saturday

    10/4/2014 12:37:47 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    I amn so happy I am at home I will finally get sleep tonight no more screaming , alarms I do feel bad for the others who can not speak up for them selves I need time to get mo get some healing in. Thank God for being in my own bed I am in horrifying pain but I will managre it to keep it at a cert... Read more

  • The Fall Foliage Finest

    10/3/2014 7:26:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Unfortunately, my tree is sideways. Fall in New England is a glorious sight, It fills my heart with such delight. Every day when I go out I have a reason for a shout I always love hiking these hills New England in Autumn is s... Read more

  • TGIF

    10/3/2014 12:28:53 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Getting staples out and then going home so happy maybe I will get sleep and be able to just get and do what I need to to get back to being happy aand healthy sending prayers and hugz thanks for all your support it means so much to me... Read more

  • September a Surprise Success

    10/2/2014 7:26:37 PM, by MADLYINLOVE

    Oh yeah. Yesterday was a great day. I weighed in and much to my surprise realized I had fully met my September goal. I lost 4% of my body weight from Sep 3 - Oct 1 and I'm seriously surprised. I'm unable to do any fierce workouts involving heavy weights or high-impact running... Read more

  • Sunset on a Monadnock

    10/2/2014 5:51:46 PM, by JSTETSER

    One reason that I love to hike is the most satisfying sunsets are seen on the summit. Hike on!... Read more

  • SEPTEMBER 2014 RESULTS & OCTOBER GOALS

    10/2/2014 4:40:18 PM, by SUCCESSN2014

    SEPTEMBER 2014 RESULTS September 3rd WI: 188.2 October 1st WI: 185.2 3 POUNDS! (ST, DAYS OFF, OTHER CARDIO NUMBERS REFLECT THE ... Read more

  • Eye opener

    10/2/2014 11:36:43 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    OMG... while driving my daughter to school yesterday I saw a city worker trimming the grass & pulling the weeds on one of the medians. When he walked under a tree branch coming towards me, I saw him in full form. He had a large belly hanging over his jeans, a big white t-shirt, and a ... Read more