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  • Losing weight is a walk in the park

    1/21/2017 9:45:04 PM, by MINATHERED

    I didn't want to go to the park this morning. I wanted to crawl back into bed. I wanted to have hot chocolate and bacon and eggs and pancakes for breakfast. I wanted to play on the Internet. But, instead I loaded the dog into the car and off we went to the park for a good mile walk. And I'm re... Read more

  • Commitment & Determination pay off!

    1/21/2017 8:37:34 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    The last 8 weeks of working out consistently have been great! I am done letting life's challenges interfere with how we want our life to look. In the past I would get so busy that I would always put my needs on the back burner. I love working out (mostly strength training) but have pushed it away ... Read more

  • Where's the stress?

    1/21/2017 5:43:29 PM, by SOXYINMO

    SparkCoach asked about stress or anxiety associated with my weight loss journey. My stress levels have been pretty high lately but mostly because of my mom falling, her moving into an assisted care facility and having to get everything out of her house so quickly. This adds stress to my health j... Read more

  • Balance

    1/21/2017 3:12:45 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    This is not about the balance in our lives, though I get we all need it. this is about Chisel Balance. I had a video to put up, but can't figure out how to do it. Let's just say, it's candid. And it's not pretty. But, I wanted to post it to show people of all statures, that it's not easy. ... Read more

  • "Born to die" ... not exactly encouraging thing to hear

    1/21/2017 2:01:30 PM, by WINACHST

    well, I can check off one thing of my bucket list of things to do: I created a map in ifit for a run in Key Largo. I created a 6.2 miler at the end. I must admit it was a boring run except at the end. *-* A few things about today's run: 1. It was supposed to be a cross-training or rest day. ... Read more

  • January 21st - It's a brain thing

    1/21/2017 10:33:32 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Since discovering the No S diet a couple of years' ago now, I've been fascinated to discover how powerful the concepts of habit formation are. With the No S diet, this is a habit of only eating three times a day on weekdays - with 'treats' allowed at the weekends (this is a simplification of ... Read more

  • Re-mind and Re-place

    1/21/2017 4:47:50 AM, by ZELLAZM

    Can you read this? Yes, friends, I've gotten to the point where I need to write things on my hand if I want to remember them. Somehow, my list-making and post-it posting skills have diminished lately. I've washed my hands several times since I wrote this, by the way! 20 Yesterday, as my... Read more

  • Saturday

    1/20/2017 11:08:36 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a wonderful day tell someone how much you care hugs... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #11 - The Weekend

    1/20/2017 12:59:39 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Last night I wanted to beat my husband. Happens to us all doesn't it? It all stemmed from me being really excited by the prospect of going to Puerto Rico. I found the best plane ticket prices (less than $500 a ticket!) two great hotels right on the beach AND a friend from Crossfit is from Puerto Ri... Read more

  • it's friday

    1/20/2017 10:18:03 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to enjoy and have fun! i have a phone interview this afternoon for a full time job. the phone interview is the first step. if i do well on the phone interview, i will be asked to go in for an in person interview. i am ready to do the interview. i prepared well the other day and i practiced thi... Read more

  • One heck of a day...

    1/19/2017 9:15:02 PM, by FITMAMA_

    It was been one heck of a day! One meeting after another and my laptop is having MAJOR issues. Looks like I will need to replace it as it is a must for my job. Thankfully I had a nurse for my daughter for 12 hours today... that helped tremendously as my husband is out of town and I had to ... Read more

  • Is it another week already?

    1/19/2017 4:30:45 PM, by DDHEART

    Update time! Down a pound...I should be celebrating...except...I'm still a pound up from my summer weight, and 7 pounds up from my lowest here on SP and 15 pounds away from the dream weight. LOL Good thing it's not about the scale! So how's the making every choice what's good for me ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    1/19/2017 3:21:27 PM, by MOMMY445

    another mild winter day here today. i am out and about enjoying the nice weather today. my daughter says hi! i heard from a different place regarding another job. i will need to do a phone interview with them before i find out if i get the job or not. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrifi... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #10 - Vacation Help Needed!

    1/19/2017 1:06:28 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    So I'm pretty type A. Great for instance - we're planning a vacation and for most people that's not an item that takes hours of planning before you even pick your destination! But me? I've got a Pinterest Board full of hotels and their rates for different days, I'm tracking 8 different flights on Go... Read more

  • Here I go again!

    1/19/2017 12:43:31 PM, by DEEYOUCANDOIT

    Well its been 5.5 years since I had gastric bypass surgery! I was originally 372 pounds, got down to 165 through a combination of using Alli, gastric bypass, and all on my own (I lost about 84 pounds prior to having gastric bypass surgery). My life has changed so much! A lot of it for the better.... Read more

  • oh my oh my oh my

    1/19/2017 10:24:49 AM, by WINACHST

    I am so frustrated. My weight is up again. I am stuck in this zone and cannot seem to get out of it. ARRRRRRRGH! On the positive, I am getting my cravings under control. Last night at a Bible study, there were cookies and brownies and guess how much I had? Not one bite. I was not even tempted. ... Read more

  • Facing the Music

    1/19/2017 8:52:15 AM, by JODROX

    Howdy! I'm doing a little better with eating and exercise -- getting back on track! Hurrah! Last night I ran for the first time since having my knee inspected by Dr. nearly 3 weeks ago. I mostly walked -- ran 1 minute for every 4 walked. But hey, it's something. It's a start. And my knee was f... Read more

  • 1.19.17

    1/19/2017 8:04:13 AM, by CARILOUIE

    I've been drinking lots of water each day, which is fantastic. The part I hate about getting back into the water habit is that I constantly have to pee. C'mon body, get used to this water a little more quickly! Today should be a pretty easy day at work; I'm also meeting a friend for lunch, and ... Read more

  • New Job

    1/18/2017 6:30:46 PM, by DEBBIE0468

    Today I went to my new job....Oh its a good one. The Stag Shop! RIGHT!! The Stag Shop is a wonderful place that sells things to enhance your love life...sex life! I am learning so much! This is so much fun. The plus part of this job is not only can you have fun at work and sell some amazing ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    1/18/2017 3:03:56 PM, by MOMMY445

    i am putting in some extra time on my online courses today. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep. i am taking it easy today. i had a one day job the other day and i enjoyed it. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • January 18th - things happen in threes

    1/18/2017 2:13:06 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    There is a saying that things happen in threes - not sure where that saying comes from, but it's a well-used saying! I certainly felt that I had three things today - or perhaps I was just looking for things to 'count' as one of my 'three' - each was resolved in some way. First thing was my swe... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #9 - "New Year Newbies"

    1/18/2017 12:03:49 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    You won't be the first to think "new year, new you." You won't be the last. I'm not alone in having joined new gyms, started new diets, changed to new habits, etc in the month of January. Millions of people each year do it. Unfortunately, statistics show that the dedication does not last all year lo... Read more

  • I'ma so sore

    1/17/2017 6:08:36 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    But I'm still doing it. Haven't blogged much (to my dismay) as my lovely college girl was here for the week. I can't believe this week is gone! She landed safely back to her "home". I've been still plugging away at my workout calendar and Missy Mo even did a workout with me! I do NOT want t... Read more

  • Spark on Your Best Day, Spark on Your Worst Day

    1/17/2017 3:48:27 PM, by DIANALAZZELL

    OK so sometimes i can't sleep. it's not often. i really need those 8 hours a night to maintain an even keel. but last night was terrible. i sprang awake at midnight and that was it, hours of relaxation music later, and i was still wide awake. i realized the work day was going to be a real challenge.... Read more

  • January 17th - books, apples, and trainers

    1/17/2017 1:39:45 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Well, just when I was thinking that my January theme was a bit lacking in substance - I notice a big box in the vestibule of the library asking for books, for a money-raising event. 149 Today, I went through my book-case and filled quite a large bag with books that I no longer need to ha... Read more

  • Veggie Tikka Masala

    1/17/2017 12:46:18 PM, by WINACHST

    Well, I just ate a meal of my version of a Tikka Masala. OMG! that was so amazing I made mine with all veggies. The sauce is a variation of Vegan Richa's that i found in her cookbook. I did not follow the recipe and have no idea how it made this. So it will be an adventure next time I wan... Read more

  • Ice, Ice Baby

    1/17/2017 8:18:23 AM, by JODROX

    Today in paradise, EVERYTHING is closed due to icy conditions. I'm hoping things melt or get cleared away by late morning so I can venture out. Yesterday I managed to eat a little better -- not quite in the 1200-1300 range I was aiming for. But better. I also managed to do just the tiniest... Read more

  • Yesterday

    1/17/2017 6:33:13 AM, by GABYMORRIS

    I was in so much pain. I took a light walk around the mall it came out to 1.89 better than nothing. Today I don't feel sore. I will be at it again with either a run or zumba tonight.... Read more

  • New Goals

    1/16/2017 4:26:02 PM, by FITMAMA_

    Since the Holiday Challenge ended, I have decided to keep going as my ultimate goal is to get under 20% body fat and to be fit, healthy and strong. So with that in mind, I have come up with a new goal to work toward... Long Term Goal: · I weigh 120 lbs and have less than 20% body f... Read more

  • Inspiration: Ernestine Shepherd

    1/16/2017 2:27:12 PM, by NATUREGIRL71

    So apparently this lady just clocked her *80th* birthday. Shut the front door. As my friend who posted this said, "Excuses have no merit", LOL. ... Read more

  • 1.16.17

    1/16/2017 2:09:28 PM, by CARILOUIE

    I'm back from my weekend singing in NYC! I hadn't sung there in a few years, and it was nice to be back. One of my biggest challenges (I posted this earlier over the weekend) while there was to find food that fit not only into the "relatively healthy" category, but also into the "relatively budget-f... Read more

  • Time for change

    1/16/2017 12:27:24 PM, by DEPOTMODE

    Starting over from a different place. I re-injured my back in November, and have had another round of oral steroids. Also more muscle relaxers, all to tide me over until I can see my neurosurgeon...in March. (Not happy about that, let me just say.) Anyway, I have gained weight due to this back injur... Read more

  • Time for change

    1/16/2017 12:27:23 PM, by DEPOTMODE

    Starting over from a different place. I re-injured my back in November, and have had another round of oral steroids. Also more muscle relaxers, all to tide me over until I can see my neurosurgeon...in March. (Not happy about that, let me just say.) Anyway, I have gained weight due to this back injur... Read more

  • January: Fresh Beginnings!

    1/16/2017 7:42:56 AM, by JODROX

    I vanished! Like magic! No, really, I've just got a whole lot of personal stuff going on right now. I can see why losing weight worked for me a few years back. I had the time and space in my life to 100% obsess on food and exercise. Now… it's been more difficult. But I don't feel as good -- me... Read more

  • inspiration: keep going

    1/15/2017 4:57:15 PM, by NATUREGIRL71

    some images to keep my spirits up - was 0.5 lb more this week but not letting it derail me. Just keep swimming! 583 While I don't drink soda, this mantra is easy to remember: ... Read more

  • Fake Foods article on SparkPeople

    1/15/2017 4:20:47 PM, by DAWNGW

    I wanted to post this article I just read on SparkPeople... it is really important to know what it is that you are putting into your body. What an interesting and important article to read these days, with so much food choices that we have. Why not choose real food over anything with tons of chemi... Read more

  • Don't forget to stretch!

    1/15/2017 1:33:25 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    Not too long ago I wrote about how important I have found that eating right is. When my husband and I skip dinner or don't eat a well balanced healthy dinner our energy levels are low and our ability to lift heavy weights early in the morning is diminished. We found out yesterday how important som... Read more

  • Sunday

    1/15/2017 9:53:39 AM, by GABYMORRIS

    I woke up feeling good. Weighed myself down 2.8 lbs. I got 90.4 lbs to go. If I can lose an average of 7 lbs a month I will reach my goal weight by Jan 1, 2018. I can do this.... Read more

  • Waiting on Storm

    1/15/2017 9:14:35 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Sounds like most of it will be south of us. Hey?? when did they start naming "all" storms? is this a new thing ? Picked up the very happy Beagle and the weather was just warm enough that I got in a nice RUN! Yes an outside RUN! 4 miles and I was feeling so good. My mind cleared and there ... Read more

  • The Year of "Re"

    1/14/2017 3:09:12 PM, by ZELLAZM

    2017 - New Year, trying again! 5% Challenge starts today but I've already started on my way down. Too hard to choose one word so I'm focussing attention this year on words that start with "Re-", like RENEWAL and RESUME - as in commitment and good habits! Lots of others...it will be a fun and REWARDI... Read more

  • Staples grocery list

    1/14/2017 1:38:46 PM, by SCOTIANRUNNER

    As per Thursdays "get started" goal, I made/updated my grocery list for the week. Tomorrow, I hope to shop and do meal prep for the week so I stay on track. Here's mine(what do you have on yours?) Staples grocery list: Unsweetened almond milk Bananas Baby bel cheese Chicken breasts... Read more

  • Week 3: building a rhythm

    1/14/2017 11:53:52 AM, by NATUREGIRL71

    Saturday has become family day at the Y. Boys go to the kids drop-in program while hub and I workout. Then we all shoot hoops and carry on with our "market-day" errands. This morning even started with a housework blitz. Feeling juiced, running to Stevie Wonder: #10k Trainer week 7d2 Ran 2... Read more

  • Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #8!

    1/14/2017 11:46:26 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Great start to the weekend! I ended up being able to leave work early to do an extra Crossfit class at 5 pm. The workout was great and it was the right way to start what I'm planning to be a healthier weekend than usual. Afterwards, my husband and I went to dinner. I held strong and ordered a s... Read more

  • Home..

    1/14/2017 9:29:59 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Drove home last afternoon. So very nice to have our own bed. Mother in law was sleeping most of the day yesterday. Have noticed some disorientation with father in law. Stress and being out of his own surroundings. Dales brother took over being with FIL. We may have to make the trip again in a ... Read more

  • 1.13.17

    1/13/2017 9:56:44 PM, by CARILOUIE

    Friday the 13th! I'm actually not superstitious about the date, but it's still fun to say it in a spooky voice. I was up in New York early this morning for a rehearsal - I am singing in Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon and have two days of rehearsal before then. One of my challenges was findin... Read more

  • New Chapter of My Life

    1/13/2017 1:48:51 PM, by KLMEIRING

    Hello Spark Community. I am probably not going to be seen in the Community very much for the next 16 weeks or so. I am on the home stretch of completing my graduate studies and my schedule is pretty intense right now. In 16 weeks (if all goes well) I will be graduating! Can't tell you how ex... Read more

  • Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #7!

    1/13/2017 1:10:01 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Happy Friday everyone! So far the week is going well and I'm staying on track! I've only eaten out once during the week, which was yesterday for lunch. When I did, I was sure to track and eat healthy. I woke up in the morning with a craving for sushi. As a vegetarian, my sushi is really just ri... Read more

  • I think I am going to blow up

    1/13/2017 12:28:14 PM, by NEED2MOVE2

    Bad belly bloating, gas , burps and abdominal pain! Trying no wheat and lactose free. Hoping it helps. Here is to a positive change!!! 198... Read more

  • Winter challenge checklist

    1/13/2017 12:02:47 PM, by SCOTIANRUNNER

    Saturday: Campfire Introduction (introduce yourself on our boards) 248 Sunday: Weigh in post (set up your winter challenge weigh in post, no weight necessary yet) 248 Monday: Spark Page Setup and ready for team interactions 248 Tuesday: Exercise and Nutrition goals posted on your Spar... Read more

  • it's friday

    1/13/2017 11:15:30 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today. my daughter says hI! i am catching up on some errands and housework today. other than that, i have no other plans for the day. i brought some healthy snacks,food and a bottle of water with me to have when i am out and about. have a terrific day,everyone and a great ... Read more

  • Trains

    1/13/2017 10:23:26 AM, by BEWITCHED_0226

    I live out in a newer part of the city that until recently was over ran with commerce. They took some of the empty fields out there and are starting to build them into some wonderful communities - but we don't have much shopping yet and no sit down restaurants - but I love being on the ground floor ... Read more

  • GOODMORNING

    1/13/2017 10:14:42 AM, by DEBBIE0468

    I had an amazing breakfast today!! The sun is shining, I went to the Dr and found out that I have high Cholesterol as well as I have high blood pressure. Now if that is not a wake up call I don't know what is! So time to put on my big girl panties and get this underway. I have started this and ... Read more

  • Good day.....

    1/13/2017 9:24:52 AM, by LDYHAZ

    She was alert and oriented. Concerned about everyone. Was a major relief that she looked so well yesterday. This morning not so good. Pain and discomfort up along with nasty nausea. We expected as much but very hard on FIL. I of course want to fix the world. So I will be good and stay in the waiting... Read more

  • Diet sabotoge

    1/13/2017 7:46:03 AM, by SOXYINMO

    Is someone sabotaging my healthy eating plan? There have been little snippets here & there. My mom is about the worst. She managed to lose a lot of weight and has put it back on and more. I do believe that when the people in my life act in a sabotor type way, it's because of jealousy. My plan of ... Read more

  • Thursday

    1/13/2017 6:35:27 AM, by GABYMORRIS

    Well my intentions were good. I told myself all day I would work out and take a run on the treadmill when I got home. Nope I didn't do it. But I did manage to not over eat. I ate 1360 calories for my day. I guess that makes up for my slack of working out. I will try for tonight for a zumba work out ... Read more

  • What a stressful and busy week

    1/12/2017 9:03:50 PM, by SMILEABBYG

    What a week! Ever since I arrived , I did nothing but go out, haven't really stayed at home for the whole day yet, well I guess this week I did all my walking exercise outside haha . . Hopefully next week would kinda calm down a bit haha . . At least I was able to sign up for more fun runs :D... Read more

  • Just the facts

    1/12/2017 4:21:34 PM, by ZIPITUP

    Our first report was due yesterday and I did want to do a "Tale form the Scales" 40 192 but was busy and good news I am actually down a little from yesterday's report! I LOVE this as I am now 30 pounds exactly from goal weight. Yes 123.4 here I come........ Read more

  • Realizations

    1/12/2017 3:58:13 PM, by BEWITCHED_0226

    So I have been tracking my food intake and really trying to think about what my goals should be when someone on here told me about flylady.com. I was reading through her page and figured it out - I want a clean house. This is not going to be an easy thing to admit but the house is always... Read more

  • Goals update January 8-14

    1/12/2017 3:18:35 PM, by GET2BEFIT

    Soda sober aka completely off soda New year's day ACHIEVED Begin certified personal fitness trainer and corrective exercise specialist program ACHIEVED (Courses began January 10th! ) Exercise minimum of three days minimum 30 minutes each ACHIEVED Keep current in studying -- in pr... Read more

  • And Another Week

    1/12/2017 9:51:48 AM, by DDHEART

    The second week of January 2017. The severe cold I have had has gotten better. My activity level has returned to nearly normal. That is, I'm meeting and exceeding my step goal, I've added some little Sparks of strength and flexibility exercises but in order to do all that, I still have to ... Read more

  • Rough time

    1/12/2017 7:00:59 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Arlene ended up having quadruple bypass and remained out of it at the time we took father in law to hotel. Prayers for a good night for all and a bright hopeful day. Thank you all for your prayers. It really helps... Read more

  • Freecycle, Goodwill, Not-ironing etc reply to yesterday's blog!

    1/12/2017 4:32:14 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    I was surprised by all the comments on my new iron blog yesterday. I found I needed to make several replies, so forgive me if I put them all together here! Freecycle Yes, I belong to my local Freecycle group - I tend to make offers more than requests. Freecycle can also be tricky in terms... Read more

  • Dinner out

    1/11/2017 10:23:41 PM, by GINGERSSPARK

    So for the first time since I started this program I went out to dinner to Red Robin. I love a good hamburger but I pulled up the menu online and went thru the light fare and picked what I would order and decided on an additional side of vegetables. It doesn't sound like much but for all the y... Read more

  • 1.11.17

    1/11/2017 9:07:12 PM, by CARILOUIE

    I went to a hot yoga class tonight with hubs - I'm feeling relaxed and loose. Tomorrow night I have a trapeze class, and then a few days off of working out to give my body some time to recover. It's been a while since I worked out this hard, and I kind of forgot how much extra rest my body needs whi... Read more

  • Winter challenge

    1/11/2017 3:51:05 PM, by SCOTIANRUNNER

    Over the next 8 weeks my goals are: Nutritional- 274 Drink 64 ounces a day. 267 Bring vegetables back into my routine. 2-3 a day 301 Track it all. Exercise- 363 Continue running 3 days a week. 403 Practice yoga once a week, or more. 23 Strength train once a week, or more. ... Read more

  • I want it so bad!

    1/11/2017 2:39:27 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Healthbet has officially kicked off this week. I had every intention of doing my H/C Strength yesterday as ST is one of my all time favorites. Well, between writing a paper for school and straightening up before the college girl got here, time just slipped away. But no worries, I took it as a rest... Read more

  • Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #6!

    1/11/2017 12:49:52 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I picked up arugula last week. I'm honestly not really sure why. Most likely I saw it in a recipe on Food Network and thought "ohhhh arugula!" That or I was looking up recipes and saw a lot of recipes where arugula was a part of it. So it's been sitting in the fridge. I HATE when food "dies" in the ... Read more

  • January 11th - pressing situation!

    1/11/2017 8:22:40 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    Well, I had a feeling January would be about de-cluttering, and I knew I would need a new iron sooner or later - but I didn't expect it to fall apart whilst I was ironing! The bottom plate fell off - and the inside is...... well, completely corroded and caput! I suddenly realised that an iron ... Read more

  • Yesterday

    1/11/2017 7:51:27 AM, by GABYMORRIS

    I ran on the treadmill for 30 min and did 1.96 miles on it. Color run 5 k in March here I come!... Read more

  • Prayers

    1/11/2017 6:41:48 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Dale's mother is having triple bypass this morning. Please send all prayers for Arlene.... Read more

  • The 1st morning

    1/10/2017 5:06:27 PM, by BEWITCHED_0226

    So this morning I was determined to start the new routine. Getting up early appears to be my downfall - and I know it stems from going to bed too late and not sleeping solidly. I have always been a light sleeper and last night the wind was howling and the dog was scared of the wind and there ... Read more

  • Toy Problem here huhuhu

    1/10/2017 1:42:05 PM, by SMILEABBYG

    I just can't seem to log in in fitbit, always saying that my email and password are incorrect, and most of the time fitbit.com is down for maintenance , has anybody of you encountered such problems as well?... Read more

  • Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #5

    1/10/2017 1:10:05 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Some things in this struggle are easier to do than others. The last few weeks I've done a great job of going to Crossfit 2 days a week. Before Christmas I was lucky if I made it once week! I've also been doing a good job most days with calories. (which again - before Christmas was hindered by chocol... Read more

  • Holiday Challenge

    1/10/2017 1:02:50 PM, by FITMAMA_

    I just completed a 7 week Holiday Challenge to help keep me on track during the holidays. I am very happy to report... I have LOST a total of 7.6 lbs, and LOST 6% body fat, total fat weight LOST was 10 lbs and I GAINED 2.40 lbs in lean weight! 244 I had 3-4 weeks there where I didn't lose a... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    1/10/2017 11:11:57 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have decided to just stick to work not too far away. it was not worth all of the time,expense i would have incurred by working in a city far away from home. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Healthy life motivation

    1/10/2017 7:05:22 AM, by SOXYINMO

    My mom's health has not been the best over her lifetime. She has indulged in many things she shouldn't and that has taken its toll. A few years ago she was doing tai chi, going to the Senior Center to do LIT there and looking and feeling good. Then her 'friend' got cancer and told my mom 'life is sh... Read more

  • Manic Monday

    1/10/2017 12:00:13 AM, by GABYMORRIS

    Another day down. Four more to go. I rested on the working out. My legs are sore from this past weekend. I lost the daily show down fit bit challenge to my husband. :(... Read more

  • Following the Rules....

    1/9/2017 4:12:44 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I missed Saturday's workout with a nasty cold and intended on doing Sunday. Well, like my dear friend far far away, I too got a call. My friend of over 30 years had passed. I hadn't seen her much truthfully and when we moved back to Washington she was one of the first we hooked up... Read more

  • Being an adult

    1/9/2017 3:13:00 PM, by BEWITCHED_0226

    In the process of trying to figure out what my goals will be and how I will proceed with my life - I realize that I never really learned how to be an adult. Sure - I know all the skills that I need to know in order to accomplish it - but finding the process of applying them in all the right order ju... Read more

  • January 9th - sweet inspiration

    1/9/2017 2:50:55 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    I enjoyed a lovely sweet potato which I'd cooked in my slow cooker today - it was soft, buttery, delicious. As I have a bag of sweet potatoes this week, I've been noticing sweet potato recipes. I aim to be mainly vegan - so these both recipes are both vegan - both recipes I am going to try! ... Read more

  • Week 1 - 2017

    1/9/2017 2:22:41 PM, by FITMAMA_

    So my first week into 2017 was a successful one. I was able to drop the weight I had gained the previous week (enjoying too many goodies for the holidays). I had to slow down my walking and exercise a bit as my hip flexors were screaming that I was doing too much. I have to keep in mind that I ha... Read more

  • My New Toys LOL

    1/9/2017 11:25:48 AM, by SMILEABBYG

    Any tips on how to make the best out of it?? ?? Really hope they are worth it ??... Read more

  • 1.9.17

    1/9/2017 7:58:26 AM, by CARILOUIE

    I took a closer look at my Spark page this morning and saw that I have been a member here since 2009. !!!! That's a really long time. Eight years of Sparking! Not always consistent, but here I am. So much has changed in 8 years. I've moved to the city, embraced running and challenging workouts... Read more

  • January 8th - cleaning & connecting

    1/8/2017 1:40:46 PM, by RAWCOOKIE

    I started my Sunday with a leisurely run out into the countryside - it is winter, but not too cold here, in fact the sun came out to encourage me. There was low cloud over the hills, but it drifted out to sea, and didn't descend on me (that would have been cold!). When I got home I made some f... Read more

  • About Saturday

    1/8/2017 12:45:08 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    This cold is kicking my bootay. Went to make coffee in my Keurig this morning, started it up and realized I forgot to put in my coffee cup. Maybe it's the ninja fat cells wagin war on ME, now that I'm waging war on it. Could be. It's okay, I won't be defeated. They may have won Sa... Read more

  • January 8, 2017 , A Date to Remember

    1/8/2017 7:00:46 AM, by SMILEABBYG

    WOW!!! Today will definitely be a day worth remembering, not only was it my first fun run of the year, but it was also my first 21K!!! I can't believe it! I made it to the finish line WEWW!!! And now I can feel the pain hahaha, but the pain is worth it, because the feeling of accomplishing something... Read more

  • 45 years young

    1/8/2017 4:45:36 AM, by RUSTY720108

    Another year ticked off. As is usual for me this is when I start my new years goals so out for a run I went. 5k in just over 32 minutes Is a good place to start the year, I hope to get back under 30 minutes in a month or so then the goal is to get up to 10k for a race in mid March. Over the p... Read more

  • Week 2: finally moving in the right direction!

    1/7/2017 3:29:42 PM, by NATUREGIRL71

    After a blowout Friday night when I stopped tracking and thoroughly enjoyed it (!), I got back on the horse with a family trip to the gym this morning. It was packed, with everyone on the new year's roll! After my workout (including w7,d1 of the #10kTrainer: a run of 25-min straight), I did this wee... Read more

  • 1.7.17

    1/7/2017 11:29:35 AM, by CARILOUIE

    It's snowing in Philadelphia today, and it's also very cold. I'll be staying in, thank you very much. Working on being more mindful in all aspects of my life, particularly eating and finances. This morning I didn't have any sausage (we are all out) and I didn't even miss it. So two positive thing... Read more

  • January 7th - Shock Absorbers!

    1/7/2017 10:00:43 AM, by RAWCOOKIE

    mystery object?! Today's clutter-clearing celebration was tossing out my well-worn sports bra! The elastic is now slack, and it's frankly too big for me! I bought a new one - and, gosh, what a difference! Now that I'm a 'real' runner, I feel justified in buying 'real' equipment! ... Read more

  • Another one bites the dust

    1/6/2017 4:35:29 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Yesterday was rest day and although I had planned on doing Yoga AND abs, abs won. I'm not disappointed with my self at ALL. With this cold coming on, I still prevailed to get in a workout. Boom. Hub and I sitting on the couch and we're watching "Life Below Zero". Now, I'm watching thi... Read more

  • 300 days reflection

    1/6/2017 2:46:12 PM, by DIANALAZZELL

    I used MyFitnessPal for a year and lost some weight, my sister used Spark so I decided to check it out. I found what you found, that it's a great online support community for weight loss and maintenance. I just wanted to share what i've learned as I near my goal weight. 1. Do what you love in t... Read more

  • Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #4

    1/6/2017 1:20:11 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I was messaging with a friend this morning and he asked how I was. I said really good, how are you? And his answer amazed me. "I'm always good" was his reply. And of course I had to ask him what his secret was. He must be a really smart guy as he said "I simply choose to be." This morning I ha... Read more

  • it's friday

    1/6/2017 11:03:42 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter is feeling a lot better today. i have a few job opportunities that have come up. i will pursue them to the fullest, while i continue to look for other work. i will sit down with my good friend sometime on the weekend and figure out whether or not to pursue any job opportunities that will... Read more

  • Sugar cravings journal day 3

    1/6/2017 8:53:55 AM, by AGABAI

    So. I didn't need to worry about craving sugar after dinner because I succumbed by 6 PM and had Twix. Well. Done. Dinner was super healthy, though, so I do feel good about not letting one mistake ruin the entire day. And I KNOW I got the Twix from the vending machine that is in the basement of... Read more

  • I have a problem with SALT!

    1/6/2017 8:48:01 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I step on the scale this morning and I KNOW the number should be down.... They are not :( I then sit here and go over what I have eaten the last couple of days. SALT. I had chicken broth and oyster crackers...SALT....I had a hard boiled egg and applied... SALT..I had my chicken curry and ground th... Read more

  • 1.6.17

    1/6/2017 8:03:08 AM, by CARILOUIE

    For months, my breakfast routine has been exactly the same. Wake up, shower, make my coffee, two eggs, one sausage patty, and two pieces of toast. Today I changed that. I ate about an hour later so I wouldn't feel so hungry at work in the mid-morning. I kept the same food, and paid attention t... Read more

  • E2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet Challenge Day 3

    1/6/2017 7:30:02 AM, by WINACHST

    Well, I made it through the first two days and realized how many calories I am not eating by eliminating the junk food. Too be honest, I am amazed at how many calories I have eaten in the past from junk food (candy or chips) in one sitting. I am down a pound. But I am not going to get too exci... Read more

  • Survive, Thrive, Grow

    1/5/2017 8:38:53 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    I've been looking at my old blogs from when I first started using SparkPeople. I'm happy about how far I have come. Since 2007 I have become more fit, more patient, more able to deal with stress, stronger, happier, more chill, to name a few. I've truly grown. That reminds me. Starting in 2... Read more

  • Now Boarding

    1/5/2017 8:36:56 PM, by SMILEABBYG

    I'm leaving on an airplane ?? Time to take my journey in another place A place where I once failed Here I am again going there with the motivation Hopefully this time I will succeed As I am more wiser than the last A few months ago I started off just fine, I was exercising regularly and was eat... Read more