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  • Subtle Signs

    4/23/2017 5:05:03 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    First off, I know that what I'm going to write will sound quite ridiculous to those of you who are on a big weight-loss journey. I'm a healthy weight, I'm in maintenance. My main focus on Spark is the 100 Days of Weight Loss team - which is based on Linda Spangle's book of the same name. Her book i... Read more

  • Gods Day

    4/22/2017 11:30:55 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Be blessed and send out love hugs... Read more

  • it's saturday

    4/22/2017 2:56:16 PM, by MOMMY445

    a nice and sunny day here today. woo hoo! my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i do not have too much planned for today. i will most definitely enjoy the day! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Maybe this will encourage you like it did me!

    4/22/2017 2:29:03 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    Life is hard! I don't say that as a complaint but more of an observation and really a realization. This is, to a degree, encouraging. I don't know about anyone else but I always felt like life was easier to navigate and the reason I may be having a difficult time with different situations was beca... Read more

  • Small but Steady

    4/22/2017 1:35:17 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    First of all, my apologies to my Spring 5% Weight Loss Challenge team, the Awesome A's. I DID track food, drink water, and exercise yesterday (25 minutes on the exercise bike was the highlight) but forgot to log it on the team log. So no perfect attendance for me this week! And perfectionist that I ... Read more

  • Take Control of Your Future!

    4/22/2017 10:56:34 AM, by MIRAGE727

    I saw a statement made by a SparkFriend this morning. It was a positive thought about courage yet left us to accept the unknown future. I believe what we do today can give us power to build towards our future! I started this journey to change my life, to stay on this Earth longer, t... Read more

  • Starting over

    4/22/2017 10:08:42 AM, by DEPOTMODE

    Well, I've now had another round of three epidural steroid injections in my lower back (L5-S1), and it's just been in the last week and a half I've been able to walk without limping. I did have a cervical MRI done--I've had some tingling in both my hands on and off for a year now, but there was noth... Read more

  • Review of week and Hearing aids...

    4/22/2017 8:35:35 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Waiting for the tempt to raise to about 45 so I can take my long run. We had rain yesterday so GiGi and I will be dodging puddles. This will be my 4th run of the week and I love that I am getting back into the routine and that the weather for the most part has been playing nice. I have been trying... Read more

  • It's a Big Deal!

    4/22/2017 7:27:31 AM, by ZELLAZM

    Yesterday was my 10th Sparkiversary! 804 244 804 244 804 244 804 244 First of all, I want to give shout-outs to FRANNIEDID and DDDOORN from my original class team who are still two special Spark friends and who continue to share their journeys here. 223 244 594 220 804 Today ... Read more

  • i did a 4 miler this morning

    4/21/2017 11:57:50 PM, by WINACHST

    I ran around the block this morning. I live in the country and it is about 1 mile to each road, So running around the block is just shy of 4 miles. I did a 5:3 interval. I ended up walking up a couple of hills on 2 of the run portions. There is a hill on my route that I don't even try to run u... Read more

  • a nice day

    4/21/2017 1:18:41 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get outdoors and enjoy. i am finding reasons every day to get outdoors and have fun and so is my daughter. the weekend is here! hurray! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone and a terrific weekend!... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #55 - Almost Paradise!

    4/21/2017 1:00:07 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Less than 24 hours before paradise! I had my meeting this morning to transfer my work tasks to two other people for the week I'm gone. Now to just spend the afternoon cleaning up some of the lose ends here at the office and I'll be able to enjoy my vacation without tons of interruptions! T... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution, moving onward

    4/21/2017 10:37:22 AM, by WINACHST

    I started and restarted this program so many times and always seem to quit after a few weeks, but this time instead of quitting I am moving forward. So much of this program is doing the same thing over and over. But the key is planning and preparing. In order to do that I need to make time for ... Read more

  • Julia Child said it best: Never apologize

    4/21/2017 9:31:26 AM, by ASHLEYLQ

    I've been looking back through my previous blog entries this week, reading about my past struggles, past wins, past fights. None of these things are really in the past, though. Every day offers up some kind of struggle, win, and/or fight. Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog called An Apology to Myself... Read more

  • I caught one. I finally caught one...

    4/21/2017 6:35:03 AM, by BOE4LIFE2

    I got that little sucker. Caught it sneaking around in my closet. Oh you know what I mean, that little imp that goes around making all of the clothes smaller. Well I got one and I put it in my dandelion patch in my yard. There is no need to be inhumane with the lil beast they are just doing their jo... Read more

  • Sparked to simplifying my menu planning

    4/21/2017 2:56:59 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    223 I wasn't keen on the Community Feed when I first saw it.........but I trust Spark Guy........ and I am so happy to have received so much more inspiration and joy from seeing all the people who use the Spark People app, who are now much more visible to me. I don't know where I picked up... Read more

  • A reflective blog

    4/20/2017 5:06:43 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    REFLECTIONS ON EXERCISE 312 312 312 363 363 363 Today I realised that my perception of myself as a 'fit' person was based mainly around my running. For the past 2 weeks I've not been able to run as I've developed heel pain (probably plantar fasciitis) so have been resting my foot/f... Read more

  • lowest weight in years

    4/20/2017 1:43:20 PM, by NEED2MOVE2

    Love the keto lifestyle! I works for my body. I feel great.. have energy and sleep great. Creeping up on 6 weeks this Saturday... and I am down -15. 104... Read more

  • it's thursday

    4/20/2017 11:19:28 AM, by MOMMY445

    i did not hear back from the company who was willing to reschedule the interview i was not able to go to last week. that is alright with me. i did hear from a different company regarding a full time office position. i will be speaking with them either tomorrow or on monday or tuesday of next week. i... Read more

  • The perfect is the enemy of the good

    4/20/2017 1:58:35 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I'm very proud of myself today! On only five hours of sleep (a bad start, I know), I conducted a successful series of usability test. Along the way, I managed to get in a 15 minute walk around the office complex, and I also resisted the following temptations: - Candy in various bowls around the of... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #54 - Almost Vacation!

    4/19/2017 1:08:07 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    It's almost time for Puerto Rico! That's right - only 2 days, 20 hours! So here I am getting everything done so that Saturday morning it's nothing but driving to the airport, getting on a plane and not worrying about anything else! Yesterday I picked up the dogs flea and tic medicine, con... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    4/19/2017 10:50:24 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter got a few more presents from one of my uncles and aunts the other day. she is over the moon! it will be a birthday she will soon not forget. she was not expecting the presents she got, so she is bouncing up and down with joy. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! today i am just enjoying the... Read more

  • Sense of humor

    4/19/2017 4:00:52 AM, by BOE4LIFE2

    Well here I am, again. Fortunately I still have my sense of humor and I need it because I am back in school. It feels weird to be older than some of your professors and 90+% of the class. The professors like me though because they can throw out archaic references and jokes and at least one person wi... Read more

  • Nerdstrong

    4/18/2017 11:38:43 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Love the nerdy things in life? You might like sci-fi based workouts at Nerdstrong gym in Hollywood: It's a neat concept, and a fun article, but in all seriousness: how many of us have ever felt that we were out of place at our gym? How many of us have ever been bored... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #53 - Easter and a lesson

    4/18/2017 1:53:25 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Hope you had a good one just like we did! Friday night we colored eggs. DH taught Amelia and I how to dye eggs with shaving cream! Turned out pretty beautiful, huh? We had a great time dying them! Now I just have to eat them all! Only a few more days until vac... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    4/18/2017 10:29:17 AM, by MOMMY445

    a mostly sunny and cool day here today. that job is now finished. i am already actively looking for another one. the company that has a full time job still wants to see me for an interview. i will set that up today for a day this week. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a gr... Read more

  • Challenges: the good and the bad

    4/18/2017 2:26:18 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Right now I'm a member of two different challenges via two different apps. From Spark, I'm participating in the 5% weight loss challenge as a member of the Awesome A's team. So far, I have lost 1.4 pounds in the first week, and I have been very motivated to increase my exercise, drink my water, and ... Read more

  • Home and getting back to a normal routine

    4/17/2017 8:31:38 PM, by JOYOUS62

    Well the good news is that I managed to maintain the weight lost before going to Arizona. I had some great times in the sun, started learning to play golf and kept balance in exercise and eating while away. More good news is that the tendons finally healed enough to allow me to start running again... Read more

  • Shoes are so important and April thoughts....

    4/17/2017 9:45:50 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I once again am reminded how really important good shoes are when your active. My runs have been "off" lately. I even went to the chiropractor. Everything from my hip to neck felt just "off" when I ran. My slow runs were well "slower". I am by no mean fast but my goal for this year was to try a... Read more

  • Going from A to B!

    4/17/2017 9:32:51 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Today 'creative sprint' task was to complete this statement any way you want: One thing I know to be true..... So I chose ............... the route from A to B is rarely straight! I've always kept this knowledge in mind ever since I read it somewhere (a long time ago). And it fit... Read more

  • Danger: late night snacks!

    4/17/2017 2:09:11 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    It had been a low-calorie day, thanks to getting up late and modest meals. After an evening workout, I was hungry and under my calories. So I decided to treat myself to a Skinny Cow ice cream bar. Delicious. Except ... That delicious chocolatey taste was so good that just one bar didn't seem satisf... Read more

  • And we're walking, we're walking...

    4/16/2017 11:07:56 PM, by KRISTINALAMBERT

    Set a goal to get my steps in today, Sunday, since I never do on the weekend. And I met that goal. I went over in calories both Saturday and today but I may have done enough gardening to pay back some. But I'm going to work harder on my self control when it comes to portion sizes. ... Read more

  • Well-intentioned Granola Failure!

    4/16/2017 11:55:33 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Hmm, today, a nice leisurely, sunny Sunday - I thought it might be nice to make a batch of granola. I chose a recipe from Oh! She Glows It sounded nice, and I had enough ingredients to make half a batch - rich in almonds, walnuts, oats, seeds - but, of course, with some dried fruit, coc... Read more

  • Another mostly successful day

    4/16/2017 1:57:36 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    A great morning bike ride with the family - a fun way to be active. And since I was towing my daughter and all our stuff up and down hills, I definitely got a workout! The family got gelato at the halfway point; I tasted theirs, but got myself iced coffee instead as my treat. Tonight I had another... Read more

  • Spring Wardrobe :)

    4/15/2017 12:02:05 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    The weather has definitely turned milder........ the sun has been making a more regular appearance. As I'm on annual leave AND it's Easter holiday weekend too - I felt it was time to get out my 'Summer clothes'. I don't have a large wardrobe, but every Autumn I pack away my Summer clothes, and ev... Read more

  • The Excitement is Building

    4/15/2017 10:37:09 AM, by KLMEIRING

    For those of you who have been following me for any amount of time, I am sure that you are fully aware that I am on the final leg of what has been a very long journey. I woke up this morning and realized, oh my goodness.... I am graduating 3 weeks from today! My emotions are pretty much over the t... Read more

  • Friday, Friday

    4/15/2017 1:00:50 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    So ... I am 40 cals over my goal for today. That includes all the calories I earned from exercising too. Disappointing! But I had the following successes: - exercised for 66 minutes, including my first jog in over 6 months - reached 10k steps for the 4th day in a row - made healthy food choices al... Read more

  • Getting the munchies

    4/14/2017 6:57:38 PM, by SMITTY_B

    Have had a couple of physically hard days at work and find that I usually overeat on my day off. I'm tired, trying to catch up on my sleep and recover. So what's with being tired and overeating? I had to find out! It has to do with the endocannabinoid system. Yes that "cannabinoid" is a r... Read more

  • It's not what life gives you, it's how you respond

    4/14/2017 1:15:12 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    A great video on positivity and seeing the glass as half full:
    256939/ This man went through extreme tragedy, losing his young son. And in the aftermath he discovered: I could cry in a room every day for the rest of my life, and ... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #52 - Happy Friday!

    4/14/2017 12:55:36 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    It's Friday and my official weigh in day! Well, I'm lucky I got my 4 weeks being below 125 before this week - because I gained 1.2 lbs! I'm officially 125.6. 39 But guess what? It's not a reason to get down, it's a reason to keep moving. Literally! I'm really hoping to push and lose that 1.2 lbs b... Read more

  • Cream Tea or Disaster?

    4/14/2017 7:23:52 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    It's Good Friday. And everyone is in a kind of festive mood. I went into town this morning, to deliver a birthday card & gift to a friend. My friend was out, so I left the bag hanging on her door. Town was a-buzz with holiday visitors, here for the holidays, drinking coffees, eating ice-creams an... Read more

  • I am the kind of person who ...

    4/14/2017 1:55:53 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Listened to a great podcast today: Freakonomics' episode called, "Could Solving This One Problem Solve All the Others?"
    ng-one-problem-solve-others/ In this podcast, two scientists talk about a project to figure out how to effect long-term behavioral change. ... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #51 - Vacation Planning!

    4/13/2017 12:56:43 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    As I begin this blog I am officially 8 days, 21 hours, 10 minutes and 37, 36, 35, 34...seconds until I'm on a plane to Puerto Rico. You get the point! And yes - I was staring at my countdown on my laptop! The type A in me is racing with thoughts and lists and just all kinds of things that need ... Read more

  • Look it up!

    4/13/2017 9:51:16 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Today's creative sprint was inspired by what I found beneath my feet! Yup, I sit at my computer with my feet on a big fat dictionary - because I'm quite short, and it allows me to sit more comfortably. I also love my dictionaries - I have three Cornish-English dictionaries which are the... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    4/13/2017 9:45:33 AM, by MOMMY445

    i made it through my first day of work. i took today off as i have stuff to do that i will not be able to do tomorrow or saturday. i am back to work tomorrow. this job goes until next wednesday for sure, or thursday if the day is needed. i will take it. i like it there and i like the people i am wor... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution - onward to day 4

    4/13/2017 7:46:46 AM, by WINACHST

    Pink: Starting day 4, again . i cannot believe how many times I started, quit, started, quit this. My pink book is worn in the front half but looks unused in the back. I have yet to make it through this book. I am down 2 pounds since day 1. But this is because I had been pigging out before I ... Read more

  • A day of not great choices

    4/13/2017 6:14:48 AM, by NVRUNB4

    It happens to all of us right? You start the day with the best of intentions and then.. you know. Had an exhausting dentist appointment, needed soft foods to take meds. Could I have eaten yogurt? yes. Did I? Would I have titled this blog post "not great choices" if I had? I tracked all of the cra... Read more

  • Running for my life

    4/13/2017 2:28:39 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Here's one more reason to get back to running when I'm cleared by the physical therapist: An hour of running may add up to 7 hours of lifespan.
    s-to-your-life.html In addition to the other benefi... Read more

  • Thursday

    4/12/2017 11:18:42 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    My biggest deal is people that do not keep their word I do not take that lightly if you can't do it do not commit your self to something but when I say I will do something I will do it no matter what do you have any deals Sometimes I leave my friends for doing that I want only people that are loya... Read more

  • Visit to Grandchild pics

    4/12/2017 4:54:18 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    I've met my grandson! It was really very special. I didn't cry (which I thought I might) but it was really lovely to be there with him, and his mum & dad. As a 12-day old baby, he was asleep half the time, and feeding half the time. I hope to be able to see him again when he's about 3 months... Read more

  • Two days in and feeling great

    4/12/2017 4:39:23 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I've just started the Spring 5% Weight Loss Challenge, and I feel terrific! It's amazing what a big difference it makes to have some confidence that I'm on the right path. I've committed to eating within my calories (and I unlinked my Fitbit so that I don't get all the erroneous extra calories... Read more

  • Walk today!

    4/12/2017 4:07:32 PM, by KRISTINALAMBERT

    Going for my walk after work today. 30 mins. I felt like I couldn't' get my heart rate high enough using the recumbent bike the other day. But my body wasn't really feeling great anyway - today again i'm exceptionally tired. Like sleepy tired. I may have to adjust my migraine meds.... Read more

  • I will succeed....because I said so

    4/12/2017 2:40:12 PM, by WINTERRAIN

    I am quite surprised it has been since my horrid experience on Thanksgiving that I have posted a blog. So much has happened since lets play catch shall we? I took that experience on Thanksgiving with my BF's dad and turned it around to something motivating to me. Not positive, but m... Read more

  • Accepting Your Body - Life After Weight Loss

    4/12/2017 12:59:31 PM, by DIANALAZZELL

    I am nearing my goal and realizing it's a bit unreasonable. I'm trying to get back to a weight where I was super fit and even skinny. I have been on a plateau for a very long time and it's time to realize that I don't need to lose weight anymore. Weird, right? I've been on this journey for ove... Read more

  • My Time in now!

    4/12/2017 11:39:11 AM, by PHOOANN

    I am taking back my life. But I need help! I am enveloping myself in this. I am working this site to keep my goals out in front of my face. I have recently gone through a difficult time in my life and am trying to work through it. My Mom had some health issues and I gave up my life t... Read more

  • This is my year!

    4/12/2017 11:37:19 AM, by PHOOANN

    One year after my mom passed away on the weekend of the anniversary of her death my dad ended up in the hospital with health issues and eventually having a stroke. I spend the next several months doing what I did for my mom before she passed, committing all my time to be there for him. We eventua... Read more

  • Why I quit weight watchers

    4/12/2017 5:57:59 AM, by NVRUNB4

    I went back to weight watchers, and I was successful. Lost 13.6 lbs, feeling great. Why did I quit? I realized I wanted to know what I was eating and what I was burning, and points couldn't do that. I realized that the meetings were okay, but not actually giving me what I needed. I realized that ... Read more

  • Spring Challenge day 3

    4/11/2017 3:30:21 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    Today i did 10 minutes strength training on 3 machines without rest in between.. 35 on this machine, don't know what it's called...1.19 miles in aerobic 2orkout, I got to pedal I'm including that in my workout challenge! Top photo shows miles and calories burned I've only used 20... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #50 - A Weekend of Paint!

    4/11/2017 1:55:51 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    It's official - it's Blog #50 of "A Year In The Life!" Well on my way to the hopeful 200 Blogs this year! This weekend was a great weekend. DH and I started staining the privacy fence! While it's harder than we imagined - we are making some good progress! As of Monday night we are about 2/3 of... Read more

  • Addiction

    4/11/2017 12:50:43 PM, by GOODFELINE

    I think I have to admit I have a sugar addiction. My hubby and I went to a movie on Sunday where we had dinner. I did really well - got myself a mixed greens, tofu, and goat cheese wrap. It came with tortilla chips, which I didn't eat. I got ice water to drink. I did splurge a little and order a cho... Read more

  • woo hoo!

    4/11/2017 10:51:52 AM, by MOMMY445

    i went to see the bon jovi concert last night, near my place! i had a fabulous time! it was so worth it to get the ticket and to go. i enjoyed myself so much. i also found out the other day that the temporary job i got will start earlier than planned. which is fine by me. it feels good to be out in ... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution Day 1 - read along

    4/10/2017 10:54:31 PM, by WINACHST

    I made my list of Advantages for Healthy Eating to be short so they'd all fit on one line on a recipe card. Also so they'd be easier for me to remember when I begin to have that dialogue in my head. 1. I only live once 2. To nourish my body. 3. To have more energy. 4. To sleep better.... Read more

  • Why do you want to lose weight?

    4/10/2017 8:13:58 PM, by SMITTY_B

    Started a read-through of Judith S. Beck's book (and yes, I'm still Spangling) and the first few chapters just hold so much common sense I feel like that guy in the V-8 commercial who hits his head. Only I don't want a V-8, I want to lose weight! And here are my best 5 advantages so far: 1. I'l... Read more

  • Spring Challenge Day 2

    4/10/2017 2:07:24 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    I'm at 606 calories, my Sparkpeople calorie range is 1200-1560. The challenge i began before this one til Easter (start a new habit or break a bad one) is reduce red meat intake. Tonight is my roommate's turn to cook..she's making sloppy joe, red potatoes...I reminded her of my challenge for Eas... Read more

  • Weight Loss Report

    4/10/2017 11:40:43 AM, by AL-EE-SUN

    I'm a bit disappointed to see that I'm back above the goal line on my weight loss report. It's not by much (1.4 pounds), but it's still enough to upset me. I realize it's not the only measure of success, but I lost the first eight pounds and don't want to watch them creep back on. I know I inc... Read more

  • Biggest Loser Update

    4/10/2017 8:46:30 AM, by JODROX

    Here's a quick update on how Biggest Loser is going: UGH! I started the first week off GREAT and then fizzled by the end of the week. Truth is I have some personal stuff going on right now that's a bit... um.... chaotic. So it's been harder than usual to stick with an exercise routine and reaso... Read more

  • A poem

    4/10/2017 7:33:53 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Today's creative sprint instruction was to write a poem, or create something inspired by a poem I like. So - I decided to have a go at writing a poem. The thing uppermost on my mind at the moment is that I'm travelling to meet my new grandson tomorrow. So I wrote a poem about that. Th... Read more

  • Day 1 Of spring challenge

    4/9/2017 3:28:01 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    I'm excited SparkGuy announced a speing challenge. It's a great way to keep accountable. I participated in the start good habit/break a bad habit during lent. I started day after Fat Tuesday (I've always wondered what fat Tuesday means, its purpose and how it got its name!) Anyhow, I chose to redu... Read more

  • Inflatable art?

    4/9/2017 2:41:55 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Today's instruction was to work with balloons as your material or inspiration! 410 410 410 410 410 I had a bag in my 'stuff' drawer that said 'balloons' but it had no balloons in it - just some star-shaped shiny sprinkles. Hmm........ What is a balloon - a plastic kind of bag, right? We... Read more

  • Tumblr

    4/9/2017 2:24:46 PM, by SEXYBEANS

    I finally joined my generation and started a blog on Tumblr. I chose to do a blog there because it is completely anonymous. I do not wish to disgrace my family by airing dirty laundry in a way that they can be recognized. However, my brain is burning because I need to get stuff out and a therapy ses... Read more

  • Family day and 2nd 5K.....This is WHY

    4/9/2017 11:44:51 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Up at the crack of dawn with grandson number 1. He has some problem with night time bed wetting. He is 7 and boy do we hope he grows out of it soon. 4am total bed change not the way I like to start the day. Of course I can't fall back asleep so my day started. Several hours later I fixed... Read more

  • The great toilet paper debate

    4/8/2017 8:38:48 PM, by SMITTY_B

    It's Saturday, which is actually my Sunday (as I work tomorrow). I can't take anything serious on my Sunday, lol. Hope this solves the great debate! ... Read more

  • 5K Fundraising!

    4/8/2017 5:36:56 PM, by GOODFELINE

    I made the homepage of the 5k I am walking for later this month as a top fundraiser! I am at the very bottom of the top fundraiser list, but I am on it! My goal was $100 and I have hit $195 so far. It's the 2017 Nebraska Lymphoma Walk, which is dear to me as it is occurring the same week I get my 3 ... Read more

  • Mind Map Mind!

    4/8/2017 10:11:10 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Today the instructions were to spin around three times, and the create something inspired by what you first see. I ended up looking at my Mind Map which is on the wall next to my computer desk. Hmm........... what next? a map of my mind.............maps - I have quite a few of those, ... Read more

  • What a beautiful day to start something new!

    4/8/2017 5:47:21 AM, by ZELLAZM

    It's a great day for starting a new 5% challenge with the Firecracker team. I reeeeaaallly need this challenge. Even my "fat jeans" are tighter than they should be these days. UGH! Suffice it to say that a very long, stubborn case of bronchitis threw a cog into the workings of my restart, at ... Read more

  • Recipe: southwest marinade

    4/7/2017 6:10:34 PM, by SMITTY_B

    Came up with this marinade for chicken after much experimentation ;-). Ingredients: 1 T chili powder 1 T lime juice 1 T honey 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1.5 pounds chicken (I ... Read more

  • 10 Reasons to Lose Weight

    4/7/2017 4:54:35 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    As inspired by the Spring 2017 5% Weight Loss Challenge: - Have energy to run, jump, and play with my children - Fit into my clothes (nice dresses, work pants, maybe even my prom dress) - Not have to buy new clothes - Feel great when I look at myself - Stay healthy as I age - Less st... Read more

  • Arizona - slacking on the tracking

    4/7/2017 4:30:53 PM, by JOYOUS62

    At the condo in Arizona for 3 weeks - first week I made an effort to track. Second week - hopeless. One week left and I am going to at least track my activity! Today I set out for a 7 k run. I was a bit late getting on the trail and it was warm! I overheated at 4 k and walked the last 3K... Read more

  • TGIF!

    4/7/2017 4:20:33 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    Busy day at work! I like that because I make some money and time flies when there's work! Tonight is volleyball practice, I'm looking forward. Coach Mark says he wants to start every practice with calisthenics before scrimmages. Tuesday was 25 minutes circuit training at Planet fitness, so Wednes... Read more

  • Win for Tomorrow checklist

    4/7/2017 4:10:24 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Here's what I need to do each day to get ready for tomorrow: - Plan breakfast - Plan dinner - what foods for family? - Pack gym bag - Have water bottle available - If going to work, pack snack, work bag, coffee - Make coffee if needed (cold brew) - Make kids' lunches if needed -... Read more

  • Win for Today Checklist

    4/7/2017 4:08:36 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    As encouraged by the Spring 2017 5% Weight Loss challenge, here is my Win for Today checklist: Wake up - 8am Sunscreen, brush teeth, nasal rinse Include protein with breakfast, use portion control Track breakfast soon after eating Gym - have a plan for when to go and when to do leg exe... Read more

  • Make it stick!

    4/7/2017 4:04:12 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    When I got home from work, I eagerly checked my emails to see what today's creative sprint was: use sticky materials to create something. What did I have that was sticky? What could I make? First I found some old post-it notes in my desk drawer - but the stick had gone from them so that didn'... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #49 - One Month!

    4/7/2017 1:19:46 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Another Friday morning, another weigh in day. I was nervous, I can't say I 100% behaved this week. When do I ever? But I've come to realize it's not perfection I'm looking for. And luckily - progress won out over perfection. I didn't lose weight this week. Actually I gained (damn lady tim... Read more

  • Day 6 of Biggest Loser

    4/7/2017 7:42:41 AM, by JODROX

    Oops. I went off the rails yesterday. Overdid it, eating-wise, all day long, especially at dinner at a Mexican restaurant. I'm still full. Back on track today. Lots and lots of water.... Read more

  • Diet Commitment for Spring 2017 5% Weight Loss Challenge

    4/6/2017 9:56:59 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I am not following a particular diet, but I generally eat, and will continue to eat, according to the following tenets: - Journal all food - Stick to calorie range, max 1700 calories (don't increase for exercise) - Focus on protein, and some healthy fats. Lots of fruits and veggies. - L... Read more

  • Exercise Commitment for 2017 Spring 5% Weight Loss Challenge

    4/6/2017 9:45:08 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Here's what I commit to for Spring 2017: Leg ACL rehab exercise set - 6 days/week (including days I go to physical therapy) Exercise bike OR elliptical - 20+ minutes 4-5 days/week Upper body and core weights - 2-3x/week Other exercise (walking, biking, etc.) 2-3 days/week Hit 10,000 st... Read more

  • Trash Transformation

    4/6/2017 2:22:23 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Hmm, today's creative sprint task was to take something destined for the trash and transform it into something I'd want to keep. I felt a bit stumped at first - I thought about those jeans that I had ready to recycle, and how I'm going to use the denim to make a waistcoat - but that's not something... Read more

  • AYIT - Blog #48 - Noodle Cup!

    4/6/2017 1:27:50 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    It's been a good 24 hours of new recipes! Starting with last night and the avocado black bean quesadilla. I was happy to get home to two people who were in for Mexican so I got my wish to make a new quesadilla! And it was absolutely delicious.
    3/avocado-veggie-qu... Read more

  • Understanding the concept of wanting more....And accepting the concept of less

    4/6/2017 1:07:29 PM, by DDHEART

    It's windy out. I mean, it's WINDY! All last night and early this morning I listened to the wind and thought about how today was a run day and that wind sounded so forbidding. Now, at this stage of my return to running, probably the most important thing is consistency. It's important to push... Read more

  • it's thursday

    4/6/2017 10:43:59 AM, by MOMMY445

    i heard back from a different place regarding a temporary job. i will get in touch with them today and see if it is the right one for me. i do not give up. when one thing does not work out, i move on to something else. i have learned to not dwell on something that may have been or that may have happ... Read more

  • Finally Friday...oh, wait

    4/6/2017 7:49:01 AM, by SMITTY_B

    It's my Friday, anyway. Which totally throws me off for the weekend, lol. How did your week go? Mine was basically a quote from Dickens: 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' I'm continuing my beginner running program and finding a way to make it work. Had a r... Read more

  • It does not taste good.

    4/6/2017 7:32:46 AM, by WINACHST

    i need a plan. I need to stick with a plan. I need a plan that I will follow daily. I cannot seem to choose what plan to follow. ARGH!! What frustration I am experiencing these days. I fell off plan a few weeks ago and put on 8 pounds and now the junk food cravings are unreal. I seem to h... Read more

  • Day 5 of Biggest Loser

    4/5/2017 11:15:17 PM, by JODROX

    Today... get ready. You are NOT gonna believe this. I ran IN THE MORNING. I am NOT a morning person. I like to run at 4 or 5 pm. But I did it. I'm still building up stamina since I had a cold. So... there was MUCH walking on this run, but hey, I did it. I also went for a walk AND a short hike.... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #47 - More Recipe Time!

    4/5/2017 4:45:28 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I feel like I've been slacking with my new recipes, so it's time to kick back in to recipe mode! I tried to start back up this weekend. And ya know what happened? RECIPE FAIL. I still am giving myself credit for trying and ending up with sweet potato hash instead of an egg baked in a sweet potato! L... Read more

  • The Festival of Good Luck

    4/5/2017 2:45:24 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Each month I love to share the month's spiritual ritual suggestions from - you will find each month in my 'photos'.
    ils-mystical-holidays.html It's a bit of fun, a... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    4/5/2017 11:23:45 AM, by MOMMY445

    i found out yesterday that i did not get the interview with the company that is hiring for full time work. that is okay with me. now i am actively looking for work. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day 2

    4/4/2017 11:18:18 PM, by RACING4ME

    So, I can tell my attitude has shifted. I tracked all my food once I ate it, and am in range for everything today. I hiked up Mount Boucherie by myself this morning - 1.5 hours, it was 4C out, so a big difference from the 25C that was in California!! This afternoon I did an hour workout with my t... Read more

  • Happy hump day

    4/4/2017 11:15:06 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    So glad god is good raising kids to be able to be aware and protect themselves is very important thanks for your support iI am glad she is do strong hugs... Read more

  • Days 3-4 of Biggest Loser

    4/4/2017 8:51:17 PM, by JODROX

    I'm doing pretty well as far as eating lighter and exercising. My biggest problems right now are..... stress and lack of sleep. I'm working on both of them! I'll share more later. Not much to say today.... Read more

  • YES...I CAN!

    4/4/2017 7:42:40 PM, by DDHEART

    Whenever we get ready to climb back up and get on track, we wonder..... Can I do this? Do I want it enough? Do I have what it takes to make this happen? Can I fight the lethargy that keeps trying to pull me back? Most of us have found that the answers to these questions can ... Read more