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  • Acid Reflux vs Keeping the Balance Right

    1/22/2018 2:04:13 AM, by JENNIFERQUINLAN

    It's funny how easy it is to ignore what I know is true about my body and just pay the consequences later. Eat carbs and very little veg then eat super spicy, super fatty foods = chug Mylanta and chew Tums for the rest of the day/night. I know my body will hate me for my choices and yet I do i... Read more

  • I miss big losses

    1/21/2018 10:04:16 PM, by STARDUSTD

    I miss the good ole days, where I lost several pounds per week when I was first getting started. The more I weighed, the more weight I lost, at least in the beginning. The immediate positive feedback set me on a positive upward spiral right from the start. This go-around is SO SLOW. It's bee... Read more

  • The Twenty-first Day of the First Month

    1/21/2018 2:56:53 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    The home-made choco-mint ball was great. Although while I was at work and the Bounce Ball was in my bag, my mind kept going to it - so in the end I gave it to a work colleague to get it away from temptation! Phew! I also made a little bit of trail mix tto take with me last night - and that wa... Read more

  • it's sunday

    1/21/2018 2:02:10 PM, by MOMMY445

    my left leg is still feeling sore. it is not as sore as it was on friday,though. i will see how i feel as the day progresses. then i will decide whether or not to go to work tomorrow. i will continue to take it easy and not do anything too strenuous. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say, cheep,... Read more

  • Foot Pain

    1/21/2018 12:37:01 AM, by JENNIFERQUINLAN

    Trying not to continue to give in to the excuse that pain from an injury months ago requires me to sit it out when I know the more I use the foot the better it gets (as per the physical therapist). While I've been cleared to resume exercise, and while prior to the injury I was running, as much as... Read more

  • Second goal weight met!

    1/20/2018 8:49:07 AM, by WINACHST

    Well, I met my second goal weight and I am still attempting to get with my eating goal. I have a goal of doing the Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue for 7 consecutive days. I have been working on this since January 2017 == Yep, I whole year and I cannot seem to make it 7 days.Their motto is: "It's only for ... Read more

  • The Twentieth Day of the First Month

    1/20/2018 6:16:19 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    The new challenges are colourful and motivational - they are like an enhanced version of Spark Streaks really, based on the Fast Break goals. The initiative is to engage the wider community - you don't have to be signed up to Spark People to join in . They are encouraging participation via Facebo... Read more

  • self-doubt does not define me

    1/19/2018 10:32:21 PM, by STARDUSTD

    Weight Loss Version 2.0 encompasses reverting back to the things that helped me lose weight during Version 1.0. One of those things was blogging. I blogged a lot, about successes and struggles alike. So I find myself re-reading my old blogs to see what wisdom I find from my experiences. Yest... Read more

  • The Nineteenth Day of the First Month

    1/19/2018 4:36:48 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    I ate my curry this evening before I remembered about taking a photo - so you've been spared! It was a curry full of veggies, with some raw peanuts mixed in, and some poppadoms on the side. Nice. I was OK today - my breakfast (at work) wasn't eaten until about 11am - breakfast bar, apple,... Read more

  • Viva La Mexico!

    1/19/2018 1:19:53 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Well it's official - this weekend we book vacation! The other night I was going to convince DH that I had found the perfect vacation spot. It didn't go as planned. DH loved the place and the price, but there was no casino nearby. We had a little bit of a disagreement and I got stressed out. So... Read more

  • it's friday

    1/19/2018 10:32:00 AM, by MOMMY445

    i'm feeling a bit sore today in my left leg. i took the day off work today to recover. if i do not feel better later, i will go and see my doctor, to make sure my leg is okay. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone and a great weekend! it looks like the j... Read more

  • The Eighteenth Day of the First Month

    1/18/2018 3:41:48 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Dinner - Mexican beans (black beans, tomatoes, onions, red pepper, mushroom) with couscous, avocado & lime, roasted corn. Plating this up I was reminded how when I was young, a curry was always served up with the rice in a circle round the plate. This was a magnificent pull-back from s... Read more

  • Today is a new day!

    1/18/2018 9:10:14 AM, by WINACHST

    I don't know where the time has gone. It has been 6 days since my last blog. Yesterday we had some warmer weather and I did not get to enjoy the outdoors. Bummer for me! I feel myself falling into a slump and I need to get a grip and pull myself out -- and fast! I am following some facebo... Read more

  • a wonderful day

    1/17/2018 7:14:05 PM, by MOMMY445

    i am still at the 1 week job and i like it. i get along great with all of my co-workers and the bosses are nice,too. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! the job may go past a week. i will take it day to day and enjoy the learning i am doing. i am learning new things every day and ... Read more

  • The Seventeenth Day of the First Month

    1/17/2018 1:54:30 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Tonight I tried some red lentil pasta, which I've not had before - it had a good texture, is just made from lentils - amazing! and I made a kind of 'mac 'n cheeze' making a sauce with sweet potato, nutritional yeast, soya milk, a bit of cornflower, salt & pepper. The I stirred in some steamed... Read more

  • Steps up!

    1/17/2018 1:15:15 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I made my steps for the week! Monday my weekly fitbit e-mail came around and there it was - the first week I made over 47,000 steps! I'm up over 10,000 steps from the week before! I can't say I'm proud of all of my eating habits - but I was nice and active! I'm already up to 600 fitness m... Read more

  • local weight loss/maintenance resources

    1/17/2018 7:52:13 AM, by STARDUSTD

    I determined to lose my regained weight in a sustainable fashion -- as sustainable as possible, of course, knowing that circumstances can change in completely unforeseeable ways. One of the ways I plan to do this is by tapping into my At Goal and Maintaining group here. In addition, I am VERY exci... Read more

  • Food Fight (Probably not what you think)

    1/16/2018 10:42:25 PM, by CHEEKYGEEK

    Wow. I haven’t blogged in forever. Since 2014 to be precise. How time flies! I think I’ve lost the same 20 pounds at least 5 times since then. Twenty seems to be my trigger number. As soon as I lose it, I start to self-sabotage. In fact, I’m not sure it’s actually self-sabotage or exhaustion. I... Read more

  • perspective on weight regain

    1/16/2018 11:54:31 AM, by STARDUSTD

    I've been transparent in expressing that my weight regain has resulted in feelings of shame, regret, anger with myself, and generally like a huge FAILURE. On Sunday, I had the most extraordinary experience that gave me perspective on the regain. I read over my blogs from the point after reachi... Read more

  • The Sixteenth Day of the First Month

    1/16/2018 7:25:38 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Today I am back on track. I had porridge for breakfast - with some cranberries (gosh, yes, they were probably 'sweetened' a little), Allspice, and some chopped almonds. I chose not to toast the almonds, as toasting things gives them a very desireable flavour which excites the taste-buds! I sta... Read more

  • On Comfort Foods

    1/16/2018 6:03:54 AM, by ADDISONLJONES

    I may be a little bit weird. I get that. I seem to be the only person in the world (except for people who love snow—yuck!) who actually likes this time of year. But for me, loving winter isn’t really about the weather. It’s about the food. Here’s the thing: I’m a healthy eater (mostly) and... Read more

  • The Fifteenth Day of the First Month

    1/15/2018 3:37:21 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    The 'good' 'raw' 'vegan' sugar-free' Pulsin snack bars I bought last week have been causing me problems. Too tempting. I won't buy them again. I seem to be OK with the Nakd' bars, so I'll stick to them. Well, it was a good day foodwise - I had my breakfast bar and some red grapes for break... Read more

  • New Program and Vegan Feast

    1/15/2018 1:52:30 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I did it. I finished "Clean Week" DVD on Beachbody on Demand. I had finally completed it to day 5 only to find out day 5-7 were the same as 1-3. Which means, TECHNICALLY, I've completed that sucker 3x or more. LOL (I kept wanting to finish and would start over) I was going to reward my... Read more

  • Reasons to lose weight

    1/14/2018 9:29:47 PM, by STARDUSTD

    It's time for an updated list. A number of these were taken from the list I originally penned in 2010. A host from the full list are omitted this time around, as my 0foray into mainten0ance0 taught me that weight loss wasn't, in fact, going to solve as many problems as I thought. I wan... Read more

  • The Walk and the Talk!

    1/14/2018 1:44:06 PM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    I haven't blogged in awhile. I have been busy with the move, unpacking and the holidays. Although we have been dedicated to unpacking we have been taking our time because we want our new apartment to be organized including labels. I love knowing exactly where to look for anything and waking up to a ... Read more

  • The Fourteenth Day of the First Month

    1/14/2018 12:00:08 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    It has been a bit of a Sunday kind of a day! I worked a sleep-in shift last night, so got home about 11am. I ate my clemantine at work, and my breakfast bar whilst I was waiting for the bus home. I had resisted the urge to go into Costa and spend unnecessary money on a coffee - I told myself I cou... Read more

  • my current motivational picture

    1/13/2018 12:31:06 PM, by STARDUSTD

    This is me the day I hit my goal weight (June 2011). I may have gained weight, but I lost it before and I can lose it again. I can do this, I can do this, I can do this. ... Read more

  • First 2 goals achieved

    1/13/2018 11:56:51 AM, by STARDUSTD

    Starting Weight: 205 lb First 2 Short-Term Goals: 5 lb: 200 -> Met 1/13/18 (199.8 lb) Under 200 lb: 199.9 -> Met 1/13/18 (199.8 lb) Goal Weight: 145... Read more

  • The Thirteenth Day of the First Month

    1/13/2018 9:20:06 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Three photos today! I'm almost 2 weeks into my sugar-free life. Today, being a Saturday, I did wake up anticipating some kind of 'weekend treat'. I'd already done my menu plans for the next week, and I really couldn't think of anything exciting to treat myself to that didn't involve sugar! ... Read more

  • The Twelfth Day of the First Month

    1/12/2018 3:38:41 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    There is a photo today. 100 An early start meant taking breakfast to work: breakfast bar, a few nuts, a small banana - I ate that about 9.30am. Lunch at work was a gluten-free roll with vegan cheeze, pickle, some slices of cucumber, a tomato, and a Lemon Drizzle Nakd bar - oh, and 25g of ... Read more

  • New dawn...

    1/12/2018 1:42:41 PM, by FAIRLIGHT914

    So the holidays came and went so quickly! It’s all still a blur. Now I find myself in the middle of January wondering how In the world I got here. Like everyone else, I had the best intention of starting the proverbial NEW year diet with the highest expectation of sticking to it BUT truth is, I didn... Read more

  • AeroGarden!

    1/12/2018 1:09:51 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    As the great "white death" sweeps down on Cincinnati, I can't help but be grateful for indoor activities like yoga! I also am very thankful for DH's new AeroGarden. I didn't quite understand his fascination when he talked about it, but now that it's up and running it's pretty cool to watch the progr... Read more

  • Day 12, Beach Vacation

    1/12/2018 12:54:09 PM, by STORMIN5

    Motivated and disciplined. Even while vacationing with my husband at beach kept my resolve. Pre-planned meals and workouts. Ran/walked 29 miles. Moving in right direction towards my goals!... Read more

  • Lost and Found

    1/12/2018 10:30:03 AM, by ZELLAZM

    On my way to my gramma's funeral in CT, my bag got stuck in Atlanta. I had posted a prayer request on Facebook and here's the follow-up post: "UPDATE! My bag has been found! Not by some anonymous employee in the dark recesses of the Atlanta airport, but by Ms. Alma R, who I spoke to last eve... Read more

  • Up and Down

    1/12/2018 9:37:14 AM, by WINACHST

    Well, my weight is fluctuating again and now I have to reach that 2nd goal weight again. But I did some strength training yesterday and the scale was showing an increase in lean body mass. So, I ought not be too concerned on the number on the scale. My main concern is to lose body fat %, not necessa... Read more

  • The Eleventh Day of the First Month

    1/11/2018 5:22:30 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    No photos today. I enjoyed some of those goji berries and cranberries, that my friend gave me, in my porridge this morning, and I used ground ginger instead of my usual mixed spice. It was a nice change. Lunch was a tortilla wrap made into a kind of pizza - topped with tomato paste, sliced... Read more


    1/11/2018 12:57:06 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    That's my goal. It's been my goal for quite some time. But, what I learned already in the 11 days of 2018 is that consistency doesn't necessarily mean every. single. day. Already, this year I fell into my old "trap" I had missed two days of working out. The first day was because my ... Read more

  • Made it past the first bump in the road!

    1/10/2018 4:20:37 PM, by JESS0000

    I actually feel slightly pleased with myself at the moment. I managed to work through a bump and continue logging in, tracking my food, and now I'm getting back on track. See...last weekend was my birthday. I had actually made plans on how to deal with this - I was going to make my birthday cak... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    1/10/2018 3:13:57 PM, by MOMMY445

    i feel good today. my daughter says hi. i am all set to start my job on friday. it has been a really long time since i worked. i am actually looking forward to it. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Tenth Day of the First Month

    1/10/2018 1:49:48 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Today's dinner was the second half of the nutroast & mixed root veg mash I made on Sunday. I added a large portion of steamed cabbage. Then I topped it with a mushroom & tomato gravy (mushroom, tomato, sage, soy sauce, cornflour, water, black pepper) which made it different from Sunday's meal, ... Read more

  • 10 pounds gone since April

    1/10/2018 8:40:10 AM, by WINACHST

    I just looked at my report for weight and realized that since last April, I am down 10 pounds... Read more

  • Day 9, Running

    1/9/2018 10:14:16 PM, by STORMIN5

    "You can't go it alone. Never, Ever, Quit." Admiral McRaven - Make Your Bed book 9 days into new year. Focused and doing great. Have added lots of fresh fruit into my day. Family vacation in sunny Florida but staying the course with meal planning and prep. For instance, packing carrots, lau... Read more

  • Walk!

    1/9/2018 1:13:38 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    After not making my 49,000 steps last week I have decided to truly take matters in to my own hands, or feet as it was. Last night was my first step in making sure this week is more successful. DH was stuck working late so I cleaned up the kitchen, took the dogs out, did a few things and then wa... Read more

  • The Ninth Day of the First Month

    1/9/2018 12:27:36 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    I woke up with blocked sinuses and a vague headache - I didn't have to go to work today, so I've had what my Spark buddy called a 'retreat' day! They do me the power of good, and I know I'm very fortunate to be able to do this. Sometimes living alone can be a downer - but sometimes, being the only... Read more

  • Hooray for Winter!

    1/9/2018 5:54:19 AM, by ADDISONLJONES

    I love this time of year. I know, I know. Most people think I’m crazy. What’s to love about subzero temperatures, icy roads, and darkness setting in at 5:00 p.m.? I boldly answer: Everything. Okay, I’ll admit—the snow and ice kind of do stink, and I hate having to check the temperatu... Read more

  • Mindless Eating

    1/8/2018 4:12:32 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    We all make mistakes. I made a few yesterday. Yesterday was a day of not enough steps and some mindless eating. Saturday night I went out for a girls night with some of my friends. We typically just drink wine and have dinner at someone's house and do crafts. While there is drinking involved, ... Read more

  • The Eighth Day of the First Month

    1/8/2018 6:05:58 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Quick blog today as I have to get off to work, and won't be home until bed-time! This is my sort of Buddha Bowl main meal (will eat at lunch-time while it's still fresh) which I'm taking to work. I made it last night. Quinoa, aduki beans, cucumber, tomato, avocado, walnut-mushroom pate (raw), ... Read more

  • The Seventh Day of The First Month

    1/7/2018 3:13:36 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Sunday dinner was a three-course affair! Nutroast, steamed cabbage, mixed root veg mash (carrot, parsnip, sweet potato) - I also had a spoonful of some cranberry sauce that I was given for Xmas - it was too sweet and I didn't eat much of it - and I threw the rest of the jar away. I followe... Read more

  • Getting back in the game

    1/7/2018 1:34:41 PM, by S3XY_DIVA_QUE3N

    It has been awhile since I have given SparkPeople (or a healthy lifestyle) a real shot. I still worked out semi-consistently and ate healthy some of the time. But lately even those half-efforts have fallen by the wayside. I can’t remember the last time I went to the gym. There are reasons, things h... Read more

  • New year, new goals.

    1/7/2018 8:34:33 AM, by DEPOTMODE

    I deliberately didn't start back on my weight-loss journey on January 1. I had to do some additional travel right after the new year, so it seemed sort of pointless. I have been tracking my food intake through the holidays, even though I sort of didn't pay attention to the calorie range. I just fini... Read more

  • Weight Goals

    1/6/2018 3:39:40 PM, by STARDUSTD

    Starting Weight: 205 lb Short-Term Goals: 5 lb: 200 -> at 200.2 as of 1/6/18 Under 200 lb: 199.9 "overweight" BMI: 196.9 5%: 194.8 15 lb: 190 10%: 184.5 25 lb: 180 15%: 174.3 35 lb: 170 20%/"normal" BMI: 164 45 lb: 160 lb **50 lb**: 155 ***150 lb*** Goal Weight: ... Read more

  • The Sixth Day of the First Month

    1/6/2018 3:10:21 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Today's dinner - cauliflower cheeze (vegan), with peas and carrots (I also added a spoonful of chilli beans left over from Thursday - I forgot to put them on the plate before I took the photo!), then a small dish of 1/2 an apple, chopped up small, and a few grapes. Today's lunch - vegan... Read more

  • Tuning in....Turning on

    1/6/2018 10:13:57 AM, by DDHEART

    Today I woke up feeling like cooking up some things for my quick grab snacks or meals. The sorts of things that would be met with lots of resistance if they showed up on our shared table. My husband is not crazy about lentils. That's not quite true. He probably really almost hates them. I c... Read more

  • Let's Do This... Again!!!

    1/5/2018 9:15:49 PM, by RUNNING2LIVE

    First Week of Rocking out the tracking... holla! 30 Now to keep it up! because it is so easy to let portions get out of control!... Read more

  • Small goals challenge December January 5th, 2018

    1/5/2018 9:11:45 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    It's an adjustment writing 2018!I'm still in the habit writing 2017! Today was a crazy day! But I'm falling asleep writing this and playing games on my phone and finishing last cup of coffee to keep warm! I'm seriously thinking about making tomorrow a lazy day... house clothes all da... Read more

  • The Fifth Day of the First Month

    1/5/2018 4:06:13 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Tonight's dinner was: tofu scramble (with turmeric, paprika, bouillion powder, black pepper), Brussels sprouts, and half a Royal Gala apple and a few small Brazil nuts. Today went well diet-wise. Breakfast was a home-made breakfast bar and a clemantine (eaten at work about 9.30am). ... Read more

  • Not quite ready for take-off...

    1/5/2018 2:03:19 PM, by ZELLAZM

    I'm flying from Germany to Connecticut in the morning, so I will be taking off IRL as well as with the 5% Challenge teams here online. I weighed in early so I don't have to do that when I'm in a rush tomorrow morning Although this is probably not the best time to be flying to New England, given... Read more

  • Inspiring

    1/5/2018 1:29:27 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    A lot of people inspire me. From people here on Spark People like the inspiring IndyGirl! I've been following her since I started SparkPeople and her story is truly amazing. I think the thing that inspires me the most is that she keeps up her hard work, hasn't gained the weight back and continues t... Read more

  • it's friday

    1/5/2018 12:54:48 PM, by MOMMY445

    i heard today about the one week contract job, it starts next friday and goes for at least a week. that news made my day even better! my daughter's so happy for me. she knows how much and how long i have been looking for a job. it is a really,really cold day here today. my daughter and i are keeping... Read more

  • January 2018 - - 30 Days to Build a Habit

    1/5/2018 10:42:11 AM, by 15MINUTES

    January 3rd, first day back to work, means exercising 6/7 days per week for the month. Once this goal is accomplished, I'll move on to Month 2 and a new goal.... Read more

  • it's thursday

    1/4/2018 7:23:43 PM, by MOMMY445

    i'm just taking it easy. it is going to be really cold here the next few days. my daughter and i are prepared for it. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • The Fourth Day of The First Month

    1/4/2018 3:22:46 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Tonight's meal is a 'chilli' made with the rest of those black-eyed beans, with some triangles of vegan 'cheeze' and 1/4 avocado dressed in lime juice + banana 'ice cream' (1 banana, 1tsp cocoa, 1tsp almond butter, 1tsp coconut milk) My breakfast was a home-made breakfast bar, and some grap... Read more

  • Now You're Cookin!

    1/4/2018 1:17:18 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    My inspiration to cook seems to come in spurts. The new year, a refreshed mind and body seems to have brought me inspiration! Last night I got it in my head that I wanted meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn. In our house, that means different things for different people. For DH and DSD it means ... Read more

  • Can't start a long trek without first tying your shoes! LOL

    1/4/2018 10:59:03 AM, by DDHEART

    I awakened this morning and gave my first focused thoughts over to how I would choose to start my day. Would I allow my OCD tinged habit of grabbing the tablet and following my sequenced routine? Would I get up and do those morning stretches that I enjoyed so much yesterday? (after the tab... Read more

  • Small goals challenge December January 4th, 2018

    1/4/2018 8:11:48 AM, by GET2BEFIT

    It's a great day but cold outside, and perfect for coffee! Weather is in single digits, but grateful it's above zero....4 degrees as of 645 AM central time...I'm double layering...a zip Up sweater over a shirt I just finished recording all 3 meals and it's rare I do....I've got a habi... Read more

  • Small goals challenge December January 3rd, 2018

    1/3/2018 10:22:25 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    Freezing cold outside, coffee inside....i could drink coffee all day in this weather! 4 degrees, winds -3, so I double layer my clothes to keep warm! Today I stayed at my low range of the Sparkpeople recommended range is 1200-1560! I deep cleaned the kitchen 45... Read more

  • Fixing my negative, all-or-nothing self-talk

    1/3/2018 5:55:39 PM, by JESS0000

    I'm proud of myself for the small steps I've been taking to keep going. Every time I keep logging in, keep tracking what I eat, don't feel completely defeated when I eat too much or something less healthy, every time I do even a short workout video - I'm taking a step forward. I keep telling myself ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    1/3/2018 3:13:26 PM, by MOMMY445

    a new year is now underway. so far, i have heard from a few different places regarding job opportunities. i am looking into taking a few online courses that start next month in a few different areas, including geography. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,ever... Read more

  • The Third Day of the First Month

    1/3/2018 2:54:26 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    I'm very proud of myself for sticking to my plan today. I attended a training course at work - which was quite 'emotional' and when I left at 4.30pm I felt I needed something to comfort myself. I considered buying a Costa coffee........ but didn't. I went into Boots chemist and bought ... Read more

  • First Fitness of 2018!

    1/3/2018 1:04:49 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    On this, only the third day of 2018 I already have a good feeling about my fitness! Last night was my first Crossfit Class of 2018. First class - first PR(personal record) already! Actually my first 2 PR's! (Not that I'm tracking PR's this year but still!) It was a good night for PR's though as... Read more

  • Only 3 days into the new year

    1/3/2018 9:54:20 AM, by WINACHST

    It is only 3 days into the new year and I am already struggling with doing what I need to do to accomplish my goals. I have 3 challenges beginning this week and perhaps it is too much going on in my brain for the planning. But, that should not be the case, because all of the challenges are in... Read more

  • A Low-Key Reboot

    1/2/2018 9:19:00 PM, by JODNEX

    Today I ate like a reasonable person. I stretched and toned a tiny bit. I ran/walked. I drank lots of water. It felt normal. Nothing craaaazzzy out of the ordinary. Sustainable. I'm on the road to a healthier me. Life is good.... Read more

  • 2018: the year of the challenges!

    1/2/2018 6:02:12 PM, by AMANDANCES

    So once again, I started the new year running a 5k race, outside in the frigid 1-degree weather. I actually managed to dress appropriately this year and I really didn't get cold -- well, frozen. LOL. I do want one of those bandana things for cold-weather running, to keep my breath warm, but on to ot... Read more

  • The Second Day of the First Month

    1/2/2018 3:59:42 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    I'm not sure how long I'll keep this up, but for now, here's Day Two! Today I was at work for a 10hr shift, with a 1hr commute each end. So - I take breakfast with me: it's a home-made breakfast bar (coconut milk, peanut butter, pea protein, orange essence, rolled oats), and a clemantine.... Read more

  • 2017 Results!

    1/2/2018 10:12:40 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Well congratulations - not only did I make it through a wonderful year - but you made it with me! One hundred and forty blogs of flowing A Year In The Life! And the results were good! I didn't make all of my goals - but I stuck with my resolutions for an entire year - tracking and striving! Most peo... Read more

  • Happy New Year Sparkers!

    1/1/2018 10:43:54 PM, by TBOURLON

    Just put in 45 minutes on the elliptical - my first workout for 2018. Man, I've REALLY let the fitness minutes slide, gotta get that going again! 314 320 363 Things are very different for me, we moved into our new house last November. I'm farther from work and the gym, and am still working on e... Read more

  • Here's to you and your News Years Resolution

    1/1/2018 6:00:29 PM, by WINTERRAIN

    I just got back from the YMCA, and it was packed. Not surprising because it is after all January 1st, and people are jumping into to their resolutions to improve themselves. I don't mind a packed YMCA and I don't mind a half-empty YMCA. However, while I was putting my purse and coat in a ha... Read more

  • happy new year!

    1/1/2018 3:54:54 PM, by MOMMY445

    Hope that everyone has a wonderful year filled with blessings,joy, peace. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • NOW - Week 1

    1/1/2018 3:02:34 PM, by CHIGGERCANE

    My 3rd Best Year of My Life is a week in. Has it been a perfect week? No...but it is a good week. I have made progress on cleaning up, organizing, motivating myself, and finding the message inside myself to make NOW matter. A work in progress...and I am grateful to have seen the year 2018 begin.... Read more

  • The First Day of the First Month

    1/1/2018 2:30:50 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Inspired by my American friends, I made myself a kind of Hoppin' John for dinner, with a dessert of fruit and coconut cream. All good. rice, black-eyed beans, veggies (I used brussels sprouts for my greens) - smoked paprika. banana, pineapple, clemantine My New Year's Day has gon... Read more

  • Small goals challenge December January 1st, 2018

    1/1/2018 1:24:45 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    Great day and -2 outside! I took the garbage out and am spending entire day inside with the heat on! Dad gave me $20 for a coat with hood at goodwill and I think coats will cost more than that ... BEFORE sales taxes, he thought it'd be $20 or less with it. I'll give it a shot. I normally... Read more

  • Back on tracking!

    1/1/2018 12:59:08 PM, by LDYHAZ

    So Happy to See 2018!!! Lets just say Dec 2017 has a hard month. After DH accident with the skill saw and my continued cough I didn't think anything else could top that. Then on the Saturday after I wrote my last blog our work truck was stolen from our yard. 10 am in the morning with my husba... Read more

  • It's ALL About Choices

    1/1/2018 12:14:26 PM, by DDHEART

    The start of a new year and many people make resolutions for the year ahead. I'm not a resolution maker. Statistics show many resolutions only make it a short distance into the year anyway. But I do end each year thinking about where I am, where I want to be, and how I want to get there. A... Read more

  • Happy New Year!

    1/1/2018 10:41:07 AM, by ACTIVEGODDESS

    This time last year I was 276 lbs. Now I'm just under 232 lbs. I feel different and I don't. I'm on antibiotics right now while last year I was in the hospital with a loved one. Watching family health problems that knocked me off my feet went a long way to galvanize me to eat less junk (no juice, no... Read more

  • My New Year’s Resolutions

    1/1/2018 6:00:09 AM, by ADDISONLJONES

    I am a planner. Always have been. The only thing I enjoy more than getting stuff done is making extensive lists of things I PLAN to get done. For a chronic list-maker like me, this time of year is pure joy: The New Year gives you a blank slate, ready to be filled up with tasks and plans an... Read more

  • happy new year!

    12/31/2017 8:13:59 PM, by MOMMY445

    happy new year to everyone! may 2018 bring you all joy,good health, happiness. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a fantastic day,everyone!... Read more

  • Small goals challenge December 31st, 2017

    12/31/2017 4:15:01 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    Continued from my status: 1270 is in my low calories range from Sparkpeople. 1200-1560 is my range. Balanced meals was a challenge during Christmas through New Years, but somehow ZERO second servings, exercised doing farm work, sledding and shovel snow, all of which I counted as exercise! Tho... Read more

  • old year out- new year in

    12/31/2017 11:42:08 AM, by NEED2MOVE2

    excited for 2018 2017 was a good and hard year good I have a handle on my health hard I lost my dad Miss him daily. hoping 2018 bring good changes 382 386... Read more

  • End of 2017

    12/31/2017 10:14:21 AM, by WINACHST

    Well, another year has gone by and while it may seem like I had not been successful in some areas, that is not really the case. I did not give up! No matter how many times I slipped, fell, etc. I still got up, brushed myself off and plodded onward. Looking forward to the new year! ... Read more

  • Eating better and better in 2018

    12/31/2017 9:54:53 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    As the New Year approaches, I'm assessing where I stand on my health and happiness journey. Things that are working:- 48 No S diet, yes, that's a keeper - no snacks, no sweets, no seconds except, sometimes, on days that begin with S (Saturday, Sunday, special days, sick days). 48 m... Read more

  • Small goals challenge December 29th 2017

    12/30/2017 12:45:50 AM, by GET2BEFIT

    Today is Friday! Good gracious how time flies! This morning i worked on my cousin Brandon's farm with farm chores then came back to grandpa's farm and cleaning all afternoon! Not exactly my favorite thing to do, but it burns mega calories! This afternoon dad whipped me and mom playing... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #140 - Sweet Potato Friday

    12/29/2017 1:07:22 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    As I often do on Friday's - it's Sweet Potato Friday lunch time! Full of fiber, full of flavor - it's one of my favorite lunches! Would you believe there is vegetarian bacon and a 1/2 a cup of cottage cheese on there? It's buried under all of that broccoli! First Crossfit after Chr... Read more

  • a lovely day

    12/28/2017 6:58:34 PM, by MOMMY445

    i just found out today that i did not get the part time job i wanted. that is okay with me. i will have a temporary job for a week in january 2018. that is a good start. i will keep on looking for steady work. i know it is out there. i just have to find the job that is right for me and that is stead... Read more

  • Small goals challenge December 28th 2017

    12/28/2017 4:18:18 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    Today I'm shopping with my mom and aunt Debbie and helping them spend their money! With mom, helping works, aunt Debbie not so much... Aunt Debbie took us to Panera for and I ordered from the pick 2 menu, aunt Debbie got soup and bagel and paid for all of us... Dad and uncle Bill are... Read more

  • Considering my future relationship with sugar

    12/28/2017 3:23:12 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Today was the second day (at work) where I succumbed to the temptations of cookies and chocolates. I feel pretty annoyed with myself. The loss of 'control' feels terrible when I keep going back for another, and another. I cannot be 'moderate' about sugar. In October I went 'suga... Read more

  • Thinking like a naughty child

    12/28/2017 1:51:34 PM, by DDHEART

    Can you remember being a small child who wants to do something that you knew was not allowed or was bad but you couldn't resist being naughty? Of course you got caught with your hand in the cookie jar and probably got a spanking (if you're my age when spanking was the punishment of choice) or made ... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #139 - 2018 Goals

    12/28/2017 1:18:49 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Since the year is not quite over, I'm holding off for a few days to reflect on my 2017 goals. With that in mind, I decided to start planning my 2018 goals. This year I decided to keep things a bit simpler. After thinking about it over the last few weeks I came up with the following 2018 goals: ... Read more

  • Not a diet... a lifestyle

    12/27/2017 2:31:46 PM, by NEED2MOVE2

    so.. the Holidays came and went.. I stayed on menu.. never even wanted to go off it. I feel relief to know that I have found a new lifestyle. So.. HAPPY I have found a menu that works for me. Feeling blessed. Excited to see what 2018 holds! 590... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #138 - Happy Holidays!

    12/27/2017 12:58:14 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Happy Holidays all!! Whether you celebrate Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, Festivus, Yule or anything else in between - Happy Holidays!!! I got lots of great presents including an Amazon Fire, jewelry, make-up, new Steelers gear, lots of new clothes, and well, more things than I can think of! DH re... Read more

  • Stuck again or maybe not

    12/27/2017 9:08:40 AM, by WINACHST

    I seem to be stuck at a particular weight again. But, I am not discouraged because I know that the scale is only a part of the process and alone, it does not tell the whole story of my success on my journey. My scale alno measures body fat %, hydration, bone density and lean muscle. AND, this m... Read more