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  • 1587

    7/26/2017 8:52:29 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    So amazing how many calories eliminated by drinking my coffee black. Its not that bad, i had been consuming so many liquid cookies lately. It's a small wonder I havent gained 20lbs. Today was a struggle LO was up way too early , and was testing my limits all.day.long. I measured myself yes... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog # 76 - The Word "Diet"

    7/26/2017 1:24:16 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I think we can all agree, not many people like the word diet. I've never been a fan myself. I think for all us it brings up a feeling of fear, of shame, of dread - I'm sure there are 20 thousand feelings each of us have personally had about dieting. Our dread of an upcoming planned diet. Our regret ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    7/26/2017 10:12:04 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had two job interviews so far this week. today, i am just taking it easy regarding jobs and taking care of myself. my daughter and her soccer team won their game last night by a score of 4-2! woo hoo! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • The Changes I am Making

    7/26/2017 9:55:15 AM, by 4WARD2GOAL

    This is more of a quick list than a blog. I just wanted to take a minute to document the changes I have made starting today. 1. Living the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. That means focusing on different fuel sources for each meal - fats or carbs (not together). It also means no white bread or ... Read more

  • Distracting the Sugar Demon

    7/26/2017 8:07:12 AM, by BLUE_22

    The sugar demon. It's a thing. I consider myself to be a sugar addict, and perhaps always will. Today's strategy on my challenge is to use distraction as a tool for dialing in my desire sugar so that it won't speak to me loudly any longer. It comes down to 2 key points: awareness and figuring o... Read more

  • 2044

    7/25/2017 10:17:46 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    Squats wall presses chest pulls done thanks to 4 hour body cheat sheet i printed in march. I feel good that I did something. Will be tricky, I don't think I am ready to pull off the walk jog on a work day, so I will have to strap LO to my back for quick jaunt or pack him in the car and take... Read more

  • Strong, powerful women's bodies

    7/25/2017 12:21:30 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Want to be inspired? Then take a look here: www.adweek.com/brand-marketi
    ng/under-armour-tells-its-
    women-athletes-stories-thr
    ough-poetry-in-artful-new-ads/ Here are five ads for Under Armour that show beautiful, strong, powerful women at the top of their athletic game, perform... Read more

  • Before and After Photos

    7/25/2017 7:24:26 AM, by BLUE_22

    The first one was taken at a 5K back in 2012, I think I was hovering around 176-178# at the time. The second one was from this morning, around 155-156#. And look--same shirt, LOL. I suddenly realize that I've lost 4 pounds per year--how's that for taking it slow? ;-) But that doesn't take into accou... Read more

  • Marmite & Lavender

    7/25/2017 3:08:36 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    This is a Marmite thing - you either love it, or you hate it! A seasonal treat for me is lavender coffee! Just one stir with a lavender stem and I have an exotic, really special coffee. I love it! I savour it! Lavender flowers are so powerfully perfumed. Yesterday I put just four t... Read more

  • 1810

    7/24/2017 9:30:20 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    Thank you to all that blog about early morning exercise, i set out my clothing last night and was able to walk/jog for over two miles, before LO woke up! It was overcast/drizzly, which is perfect, no worry of over heating. I set my tomtom for intervals 2 on 1:30 off. This was too much for ... Read more

  • Current Mood

    7/24/2017 6:46:09 PM, by BLUE_22

    Wowza, I'm bushed! The grand-kids finally left on Saturday. Hey, I love'em but seriously, that's a lot of energy to have in the house at one time. It's draining, and it was nice to wave good-bye until next time ;-). Have not been on SP for a few days--had so many good intentions--but managed t... Read more

  • it's monday

    7/24/2017 5:55:05 PM, by MOMMY445

    one job interview down, one more to go. the one that is set for tomorrow is going to be a longer one, as i have to do some computer stuff while i am there. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • The moment that is changing my life-my diagnoses

    7/24/2017 2:04:09 PM, by REBUILDING_LIFE

    A few weeks ago I started on this site to help guide me through the crazy world of life changes for sustainable weight loss. This was spurred on by my need and desire to improve my life physically among other things. Shortly after starting I had an appointment to address a health concern I have, som... Read more

  • Projects!

    7/24/2017 3:52:16 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    I like to have some 'project' on the go. Spark's Challenges are 'projects' for me - I love to tick off the days and feel myself getting somewhere. Three of my projects came to mind this morning and I thought I'd share them in case they Spark someone else. I have to find projects that don't co... Read more

  • Monday

    7/23/2017 11:59:27 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Packed and ready see you on the flip side hugs and peace sold my brothers house and things are going to be great peace and joy... Read more

  • ????

    7/23/2017 9:47:19 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    Still off wagon on things here. LO is forgetting about potty training fail quite nicely. Meal--planned last night; hit the store today. Need to get back on track, literally.... Read more

  • Because of ...

    7/23/2017 10:47:32 AM, by MIRAGE727

    ... you who commented on a quote I wrote in my previous blog, I was inspired to create this to share. Use it as it inspires you. Much Love, Monty ... Read more

  • Stall broke!!!

    7/23/2017 9:42:34 AM, by NEED2MOVE2

    Scale is moving again. 224 I am thinking my stall was my body trying to catch up with my fat loss. The key was I was snacking too much.. all keto food but too many calories. Trying to listen to my body and only eat when hungry. Keto strong! 104... Read more

  • Fridgefull

    7/23/2017 8:50:29 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    My fridge is full of bits & bobs! There's a bowl of frozen berries defrosting for dessert later; a bowl of tofu 'cream'; half a pizza (tea tonight); box of no-bake breakfast bars for workday breakfasts to go!; a 1/4 cup of coconut milk defrosting for overnight oats; home-made sweet chilli dip ... Read more

  • Rain, the sniffles, company is coming, school starts, and others

    7/23/2017 7:39:34 AM, by BOE4LIFE2

    Ok here it goes. Man I hope this sucks as much as I think it will. Here are a list of some of my many, many, many excuses. E= Excuse S= Solution Sigh E- Rainy days S- Pick one of hundreds of body weight exercises and or stretches and just move E- I don't have time S- They have 6 ... Read more

  • ????

    7/22/2017 9:57:49 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    No tracking. beautiful weather wise, but dh was included in todays adventures with Lo so it was a challenge to keep both my boys from having a meltdown. I think dh realized he was being a tad difficult or maybe he just wanted me to clean the car, but he entertained Lo while i did just tha... Read more

  • it's saturday

    7/22/2017 3:23:27 PM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful day here today! i am out and about running errands. then my daughter and i will hang out together. i got in some extra walking today, the way it worked out. i try to take the stairs instead of taking escalators whenever possible. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,ever... Read more

  • Not much going on

    7/22/2017 1:06:22 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Been working on the Shift Shop as I promised myself. Hate it so much I'm probably going to do two more rounds. 46 100 Yeah, it's intense with the workouts everyone hates (the push ups, the burpees, etc) but dang if I don't feel my muscles the next day. I especially like his ab routi... Read more

  • Wow life moves fast

    7/22/2017 7:40:39 AM, by BOE4LIFE2

    Good day fellow Sparkers. Holy Smokes. Is it just me or do the days slip right through your fingers? I mean just yesterday I was in my college classes, wait that was in May. But it was just for a moment that my eyes were closed. Right? June is a blur and July slipped by me like a spastic wet pet tha... Read more

  • Saturday

    7/22/2017 12:10:34 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Be blessed my friends sending light and love hugs... Read more

  • July 21st, 2017 reward day

    7/21/2017 11:45:05 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    My original goal I began July 2nd --- no soda ---- achieved! So in rewarding myself I went to a Railcats game and got birthday gifts for a friend's birthday party Monday at Golden Corral. Staff and I got ice cream on the way out and she asked 930 pm central time when it started raining if I was r... Read more

  • ????

    7/21/2017 10:46:26 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    Still no logging, very crappy eating. Potty training to be continued at a later date. Not happy with the method i chose, it seemed like a proven old reliable, but it was horrible and i fear i may have tramatized him. So we are working to make good memories to outweigh the not so good ones of t... Read more

  • My long day: the good, the bad, and the ugly

    7/21/2017 2:24:29 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Yesterday was one of my extra-long days at work: Get up at 5:45, out of the house by 7am, at work by 8 (ok, so it was 8:30), run usability sessions all day long from 9-5 with a 1-hour lunch-break, debrief, clean up everything, leave the office around 7pm, drive home, read stories to the kids, reset ... Read more

  • it's friday

    7/21/2017 9:49:00 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter says hi to all of mommy's many spark friends. it is another warm and humid day here today. we are both keeping cool and well hydrated. i heard from a different place the other day regarding a different job opportunity. i will know by the middle of next week whether or not i got this one ... Read more

  • The Graft doesn't Lie....Getting back on track!

    7/21/2017 9:41:48 AM, by LDYHAZ

    It has been a rough couple of months. I have fallen back on my "Food for Comfort" mind set. This morning weigh in was a wake up call. Up by 2 more lbs. I went to the graft page and there it was. That line steadily going upwards. Why is it that the weight comes back so easy. What takes months ... Read more

  • Rainy Day Reminiscing

    7/21/2017 8:15:40 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Once the computer is on and we're connected to the Web - one thing can lead to another, right? Today I've been out for a longish run, it's still raining, and I'm happy to be here at home in the dry. I found myself listening to golden oldies on You Tube, and ended up finding a lovely acoustic s... Read more

  • 2017 summer bucket list

    7/21/2017 2:07:04 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Summer is going by so fast! Here is a partial list of things I want to do before summer is over: 😎 go stand up paddle boarding – date set! This will be a week from Sunday morning while the kids stay at my parents' house. 😎 eat at Simmzy's, a very popular restaurant near our house. ... Read more

  • TGIF

    7/21/2017 12:09:49 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Sending light and love finishing packing leaving Monday for Germany be blessed... Read more

  • ????

    7/20/2017 10:06:59 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    No logging today. Just spent my SP time creating a script and typed notes for tomorrows Potty training day. Was in bed early last night, used my screen until 10 pm, but that is better than most nights and I woke feeling good. Tonight I am bringing a paper back. 2017 and goals are a frien... Read more

  • it's thursday

    7/20/2017 10:31:37 AM, by MOMMY445

    i will know tomorrow whether or not i got the job where i did the phone interview for the other day. i heard from yet another place regarding a different job opportunity. i will be speaking with them later on today or early tomorrow. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terr... Read more

  • Your Reply Better Not Be an excuse!

    7/20/2017 10:03:26 AM, by MIRAGE727

    After almost 7 years on Sparkpeople, I'm starting to get why other SparkFriends, blog it out! It's the reason, I started doing blogs again after a year sabbatical. I blog it out when I feel a personal need to or to help others. Fasten Your Seatbelts! I encourage positivity with no excuses... Read more

  • To fail to plan is to plan to fail

    7/20/2017 2:44:50 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    There are people who like to plan and those who don't. I like to plan - it's how I prevent myself becoming overwhelmed by choices. I was with a friend yesterday who doesn't like to plan. As a planner myself, I find that hard to understand. She says she doesn't like feeling constrained - she is... Read more

  • HappyDay

    7/20/2017 12:13:46 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a wonderful day and be blessed hugs... Read more

  • 1762

    7/19/2017 9:21:20 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    So, I looked up breastfeeding calories calculator and found what I ready knew, during the 1st six months, its an extra 500 a day, but lo is almost two so let's not kid ourselves. So I revised my goal to 100 less than maintenance because one article said reduce calories by no more tha... Read more

  • #killin it

    7/19/2017 9:11:41 PM, by CARRIMERRIOTT

    Got another workout down along with sensible eating today...any day it's not fast food or concession stand food is a good day around here...also got in my 10000 steps today...that's my new goal every day!!! Keep on moving...never give up!!... Read more

  • Grand-kids...Whew!

    7/19/2017 6:09:30 PM, by BLUE_22

    Just spent the last few days with our three grand-kids, 5, 6 and 8--all girls, not that it makes a difference. Who gave them so much energy? We ended up going to a couple of parks, seeing a historical farm, watching horses and cows, and running around a lake. I think I made my exercise quota for the... Read more

  • 2027

    7/18/2017 9:54:42 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    Still going over range, but cal goal doesnt account for continued breastfeeding, i am not sure how many calories that burns at this point. We. Are going to try the potty training in one day method on Friday, i am nervous about how it will go, but the book has really help me help him to lea... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    7/18/2017 2:38:23 PM, by MOMMY445

    i'm getting ready to go for a much needed long walk. my daughter says hi, she has her soccer game tonight and she is really looking forward to it. i have a phone interview for a full time job tomorrow morning. i did not hear back from the one i called and left a message for. that is okay with me. pe... Read more

  • Fell off the wagon for a few years

    7/18/2017 10:34:46 AM, by CARRIMERRIOTT

    But jumped back on about 2 months ago...started with physical therapy for my neck issues...back in the swing of working out daily again...joined the gym again...lifting heavy, trying to make gains in muscle QUICK...lots of protein and veggies for me lately...AND get my WATER in!!! At least 8 glasses... Read more

  • Play!

    7/18/2017 4:50:49 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Funny how the messages arrive sometimes, isn't it? Yesterday I posted the lovely picture I have on my status update at the moment - setting the intention to have fun and be playful. This morning on my twitter feed I had two consecutive messages about being playful; the first was from Spirit... Read more

  • 1783

    7/17/2017 10:48:08 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    beach day good times. Thunder rolls want to say more but its stormy and i should shut down later ... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #76 -Salsa Bar!

    7/17/2017 1:20:25 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    What a wonderful weekend! The main event for this weekend was DH and I's birthday party on Saturday. We got super lucky and the weather was absolutely beautiful out. Typically with our parties we spend much of the time outside and Saturday was no exception. We had over 30 people and partied fo... Read more

  • it's monday

    7/17/2017 1:00:13 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is a beautiful and sunny day here today. my daughter is spending some time at the local park with her friends. later, the two of us will go for a long walk. i am waiting to hear back from two different places regarding jobs and interviews. i will continue to look for more work in the meantime. . ... Read more

  • it's monday

    7/17/2017 1:00:12 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is a beautiful and sunny day here today. my daughter is spending some time at the local park with her friends. later, the two of us will go for a long walk. i am waiting to hear back from two different places regarding jobs and interviews. i will continue to look for more work in the meantime. . ... Read more

  • Stalled weight

    7/17/2017 10:43:38 AM, by NEED2MOVE2

    My weight has not moved in a month... But I feel awesome, sleep well, blood work is perfect. No giving up .. Staying Keto strong! I like to think it is my body catching up to my weight loss. Positive Vibes!!! 521... Read more

  • Sparked!

    7/17/2017 6:18:19 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    It was one of those days - in a good way! I clicked through to today's featured article on getting rid of back fat (even though I no longer have back fat - yipee!) and was freshly inspired to continue with my strength training programme, and to add in some exercises to work those back muscles harder... Read more

  • New week

    7/17/2017 12:09:05 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a blessed day enjoy... Read more

  • 2379

    7/16/2017 11:02:13 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    sundays are easy Room clean. walk with lo in the woods, no ticks. couple of friends stopped by visit. ... Read more

  • A Bit of Fun: Myers Briggs carbs

    7/16/2017 8:45:36 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    if you don't know what Myers Briggs is, this will mean nothing to you - it's a psychological type-assessment often used in workplaces etc. Not everyone agrees that it's accurate - like all these things, it has its uses. I come up as an ISFJ (Introverted, Sensitive, Feeling, Judging) - I think that... Read more

  • E+S 4eva

    7/15/2017 10:56:15 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    Went to a friends wedding; they did it early, served brunch, we were home by 1, it was nice. helped dh clean out basement. Washed a car seat cover. Any other konmari converts who look forward to folding laundry? Finally moved LO's crib into his room, master seems so big and airy. any... Read more

  • Yoga

    7/15/2017 11:12:37 AM, by GABYMORRIS

    So excited I got an online one year membership for yoga for 12 bucks. My husband showed me an app that will stream it on the roku. This will help when I pick up running again. But I am definetly gonna try it today since the weather is bad for outdoor activity in AZ... Read more

  • Monkey Brain and Focus

    7/15/2017 6:57:38 AM, by BLUE_22

    As I couldn't get back to sleep at 3AM this morning, weird thoughts kept popping into my brain: "I can't lose weight." "You should give up." "Your current weight is just fine." "It's too hard." "Have a donut." I had monkey brain, just random self-doubting thoughts that sabota... Read more

  • The things I have accomplished since April 1

    7/15/2017 1:53:24 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    So, today I gained about 3/4 of a pound since Wednesday's weigh in. I've been doing great with food and exercise, but I did eat out yesterday, so I think it's probably mostly water gain. Nevertheless, discouraging. (I know it's not recommended to weigh in more than once a week, especially f... Read more

  • food log woes

    7/14/2017 10:31:09 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    I want to get to bed earlier, but sp is getting in the way,this is the only screen time I have, as i try my best to not bring it out in front of the LO. I should really try to log food as i go, but i dont want to do it while i eat. I guess i could try to plan all the meals, but that sounds so co... Read more

  • I published my first book!

    7/14/2017 10:24:31 PM, by TBOURLON

    I have been busy, busy, busy not just with running goals, but other goals as well. This past week I've taken a different sort of plunge, in self-publishing my first book on Kindle - here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/Talamk-
    Eisc-Book-Celtic-Rings-ebo
    ok/dp/B073PN1998/ref=pd_rh
    f_gw_p... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #75 - Party Prep!

    7/14/2017 12:55:41 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    One day until the big birthday celebration! When it comes to stuff like this I am SOOO Type A! I've been planning and working and doing for the past 2 weeks to make sure these last few days (especially the day of) goes smoothly. What type of planning you may ask? Well, I pick a menu idea, and t... Read more

  • it's friday

    7/14/2017 12:11:17 PM, by MOMMY445

    it's a beautiful day here today! my daughter says hi! i am looking forward to a weekend where there is not much planned for me or for my daughter. I heard from another place regarding a full time job and i will have a phone interview with that company next week. i am actively looking for work and lo... Read more

  • Friday Funny

    7/14/2017 7:06:16 AM, by BLUE_22

    Have the best Friday, friends!... Read more

  • TGIF

    7/13/2017 11:44:27 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a wonderful day filled with light... Read more

  • think positively

    7/13/2017 9:45:45 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    This is what i tell myself as i try to bang out a daily blog. In my head i am really thinking what a total blah day. It rained here and went from wilting hot to egads where is my wool sweater. Slightly over calorie range. I went to the grocery store hungry with no list because we were o... Read more

  • Taste Buds

    7/13/2017 7:33:19 PM, by BLUE_22

    Since going off sugar, my taste buds are on fiah! Especially for sweet things. Without thinking about it, I used ketchup tonight and wowza, it was awesome! And then, surprisingly, it wasn't--too sweet. Hm, this is an interesting journey! ... Read more

  • Forever Swimming in Positive Waves!

    7/13/2017 3:21:32 PM, by MIRAGE727

    I just read a lot of negativity on "I can't!" and "limits." You know how that gets me! I don't waste time on my "shortcomings." Once again, physical situations do have a degree of legitimacy but I always look for work arounds or substitutes. I'm just going to answer with this. I'm training for ... Read more

  • Hi guys!

    7/13/2017 1:51:34 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I've thought about you a lot. I really have. But, you know, here's summer and I've been LOVING it. Washington State FINALLY decided to get with the rest of the nation and invite the sun in to play. It's been the first time I've really enjoyed my walks around the loops (10,000 steps a day goal ba... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #74 - Avocado!

    7/13/2017 1:06:14 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I'm not going to lie - I've had an avocado obsession lately! From toast, to in salads, on sandwiches; for breakfast, lunch and even a snack - I can't get enough! So today for lunch I incorporated a 1/2 of one in to one of my favorite lunches - the loaded sweet potato! Meet the Mexican Sweet Pot... Read more

  • Two Foods

    7/13/2017 11:09:50 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Well this is a cool website I found! www.twofoods.com I have a pineapple fried recipe on my menu plan for tonight, but I also have lots of new potatoes to be used up. So I considered having potato with my stir-fried veggies, instead of brown rice. I had a look on Spark, but didn't fi... Read more

  • it's thursday

    7/13/2017 9:48:40 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter says hi! she is enjoying the summer so far! i had a job interview yesterday afternoon for a full time job. i will know by early next week if i get this job or not. in the meantime, i am actively looking for work. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • hawtness

    7/12/2017 8:38:17 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    Sometimes i think we are meant to be semi nocturnal in the summer. Everyone was so sleepy today. We all needed to go take a nap in the shade. I just wilt on days like today. In real terms this means I didnt break out the running shoes, Good news is i stayed within calorie goal. I felt... Read more

  • 4 months of KETO

    7/12/2017 10:56:32 AM, by NEED2MOVE2

    So.. I have been following a ketogenic menu for 4. I feel awesome! Down -25 pounds. My blood work in January was bad. Today all my blood work came back NORMAL! I love this life! 9... Read more

  • Sweet-Tooth Cravings

    7/12/2017 8:28:22 AM, by BLUE_22

    I've been writing down my sweet-tooth cravings these past few days and here are the results: Yes, I've got one. But really, the cravings for something sweet start right after a meal, especially if the meal involves red meat and/or hummus. As for times during the day, it's very early ... Read more

  • New shoes, new attitude.

    7/11/2017 10:04:30 PM, by POCKETFULOFSUN

    Getting caught up: son is 22 months working part time for summer in process of konmari method of tyding up. Last weekend local shoe store was having a huge annual sale, I found a pair of brooks running shoes for $54. They match the tom-tom running watch I was given for Christmas when I w... Read more

  • AYITL -Blog #73 - More Crossfit and Recipes!

    7/11/2017 12:49:14 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    It's been a busy few weeks. Lots going on with family, work and just life in general! Sorry I haven't been on here as much but happy I've been keeping up with other healthy habits in my life! Last week I went to Crossfit on Thursday, Friday and Saturday even though I missed Tuesday for the hol... Read more

  • If We Were Having Lunch Together...

    7/11/2017 11:36:59 AM, by BLUE_22

    I would tell you that I'm on Day 26 of the 5K Your Way program. But I'm supposed to be on Day 32! Finding it hard to sneak in a run when I work because I'm on my feet all day and get numerous miles there. Not cardio, but I think the toning counts, at least a little. After the waiter finishes f... Read more

  • I love oversharing!

    7/11/2017 12:16:01 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I have benefited so much from the new and improved Spark since I returned to this site for real in April. My favorite thing about it is the Friend Feed. Every day, I start the morning by surfing through the Friend Feed. It is inspiring to see so many people achieving goals, so many happy scale... Read more

  • Realistic Resolutions

    7/10/2017 1:50:41 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    I've decided on doing the Realistic Resolutions Challenge next. There are heaps of 'old' Spark Challenges hidden in the archives if you know where to look (I don't - I just find them by accident mostly!). I have been maintaining a healthy weight for several months now - but would still like t... Read more

  • Almost Naked Run.......

    7/10/2017 9:10:13 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Ok lets clear this up right away! I was fully clothed :). The almost naked part was that for the first time I turned the music off. I started my run with the head set on and after a 10 minute warm up I turned it off. My legs still worked and there I was running for the "1st" time without music. ... Read more

  • Timed Challenges Get Me Moving

    7/10/2017 8:54:18 AM, by 15MINUTES

    Flylady said it best: You can do anything for 15 minutes (or 10, or 5). This philosophy fits for exercise, cleaning, studying, writing...whatever you need to start. I find once started, I end up going longer; but, initially I just have to convince myself to get started. That's why SparkG... Read more

  • July Small Goals challenge July 9th, 2017

    7/9/2017 7:37:39 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    a friend of mine is a tops member, this is a magnet I read to remind myself why I'm losing weight and learning lifestyle changes are key to success! GOAL: week 2 NO SODA! No withdrawal symptoms, no headaches, easier to fall asleep and stay asleep, no mood swings, optimistic outlook for life, more... Read more

  • Better Nutrition Challenge - completed!

    7/9/2017 6:13:46 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Day 28 - This day was about Vitamin A for 'zapping free-radicals'. It told us that the best sources were from animal products, but some fruit & veg with beta-carotene had Vitamin A too. The link was to a recipe using eggs, bacon and cheese with sweet potato. https://recipes.sparkpeople.
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  • it's friday

    7/7/2017 10:49:34 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am keeping cool today and so is my daughter. it is calling for some rain, with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.that is okay with me. i have heard from one of the agencies regarding a few job opportunities. i will keep on looking for work in the meantime. i got in plenty of walking the oth... Read more

  • Riding out the Storm

    7/7/2017 9:15:23 AM, by JODROX

    Last night I had a bit of an emotional set-back. I think I mentioned I'm going through some stuff. Anyway, I was feeling upset and after journaling about it, I decided to go for a walk. It was supposed to rain all day, but it kept getting pushed back and the % chance decreasing, until it looked like... Read more

  • a beautiful warm and sunny day

    7/6/2017 11:35:34 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter says hi! i am keeping well hydrated and cool with this very warm weather here today and so is my daughter. she had a great soccer game on tuesday night! her team won the game 5-1! woo hoo! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • More Good Than Bad

    7/6/2017 8:16:48 AM, by JODROX

    I really do feel more motivated than I've been in a while to stick to my efforts! I'm not 100% perfect about it, but I'm not letting that derail me. As usual, I'm keeping close tabs in Sparkpeople and in my lil spreadsheet. So I know where I'm succeeding and where I need to work harder. What'... Read more

  • Better Nutrition Challenge - the last few days

    7/5/2017 2:32:36 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Day 25 was called 'Be a cell helper' by getting enough folate - best sources, it says, are "Good sources of folate include Eggland's Best eggs, dark, leafy greens, asparagus, citrus fruits, broccoli, squash, Brussels sprouts and beans. I had a good portion of spinach with my stuffed mushrooms ... Read more

  • Hitting the reset button on life

    7/5/2017 12:03:34 PM, by REBUILDING_LIFE

    I have a bit of a confession. I am 34 and have no idea how to take care of myself physically. I can balance a budget, run a family, manage a successful career, but i have no idea how to take care of me. I was never taught anything like how to do makeup, how to handle my curly hair, weight management... Read more

  • Sweet Journaling

    7/5/2017 8:03:10 AM, by BLUE_22

    Did the quiz for sugar cravings and came out on top! Unfortunately, that isn't good. Well, no surprise there. For me, it has to become a problem before I do anything about it and sugar is becoming my go-to for stress, lack of sleep, special occasions, you name it. But SP is the place to d... Read more

  • a new day

    7/4/2017 11:02:38 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new month is well underway. a great time to make a fresh start and to change up my exercise routines. on saturday, my daughter and i had some raspberries, a bit of kiwi and shared some blueberries. she enjoys eating fresh foods more than processed foods these days and i am now following her. i pre... Read more

  • Let Freedom Ring!

    7/4/2017 9:33:57 AM, by JODROX

    Hello again, Sparklers! 283 232 283 232 283 I haven't posted for ages. Life has been hectic, chaotic, messy, complicated, tumultuous, and stressful. How's that for an excuse? The dust is settling, or maybe it's a mirage. But man oh man, I do not want to gain more weight from the stress. ... Read more

  • Happy 4th of July!

    7/4/2017 7:26:12 AM, by BLUE_22

    A quote from Erma Bombeck, an American humorist (and a fellow Ohioan): “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw ... Read more

  • 8 Things I've Learned on This Journey

    7/4/2017 12:44:14 AM, by LARKINMUSE

    I’ve been on this weight-loss-get-fit journey for longer than I’d like. I’m both proud of myself for hanging in there, and disappointed in myself that I’ve not been consistent so I could put this journey behind me already. (Yes, maintenance will be another trip, but one journey at a time, please!... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #72 - 4th of July Weekend!

    7/3/2017 2:48:07 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I hope everyone out there is enjoying their Independence Day weekend! I hope you're lucky and you're like me and have a long weekend full of friends, family, sun and fun! I did a little work from home today but more or less have a wonderful 4 day weekend. I kicked it off Friday with a great Crossfit... Read more

  • Time to Express More Gratitude

    7/3/2017 11:24:15 AM, by KLMEIRING

    I am grateful for a day off from work so I could sleep until I was done. Grateful for a job that I love. Grateful for air conditioners that work and keep my living space pleasant on the really hot days. Grateful for my family and friends. Grateful for mobility, that I can still walk up and d... Read more

  • Better Nutrition & Fun

    7/2/2017 12:05:15 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Day 24 is to ditch the after dinner eating. End of. I don't usually go for evening snacks, but I know a lot of people do. The advice given is to eat a nutritious dinner - link to recipes. The Eggland website and recipes isn't bad, and if I was an egg eater I would be glad of the ideas. Some of th... Read more

  • Back on the path ways

    7/1/2017 8:04:30 PM, by KATZABELLAMAMA

    The last couple of weekends I've been getting back at running. My pace is slow of course. My endurance needs a boost too. But it sure does feel great getting out there. Today I got in 6.67 km combination of jogging and walking. Pushing and running with a 30lb kid in a stroller sure is a work out. ... Read more

  • Better Nutrition Challenge - getting near the end of this!

    7/1/2017 2:36:42 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Day 21 - was about Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) "It helps your body convert carbs to sugar, which is then used for fuel. It's also great for your skin, hair and nails." Well, that sounds good, doesn't it? I checked my multi-vitamins - yes, I get enough B2 in that tablet, so I'm covered. Here's what... Read more

  • Month of June -4

    7/1/2017 1:39:46 PM, by NEED2MOVE2

    I will take it! 104... Read more