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  • Letting Go of the Larger Sizes

    7/6/2015 5:51:02 AM, by SWDOTB2

    My desire to weigh less than 165.9 is fulfilled from my true self. My desire to weigh less than 165.9 has the power to manifest. Recently I found a little black velvet long sleeve dress, it cost me $1 at a garage sale. I brought it home and tried it on. It fits just right and it is a ... Read more

  • Food Deserts

    7/5/2015 8:31:20 AM, by WINACHST

    It is so hard to eat the things that are health supporting when the majority of the choices available at the moment are not. We went to a picnic to celebrate the fourth, it was a pot luck and fortunately there were some good choices available. A couple people brought a veggie platter and some lettuc... Read more

  • Inhale...take a moment

    7/4/2015 10:48:43 PM, by IYA_EKUNDAYO

    ::inhale:: take a second or a minute or an hour or a day close your eyes and release the breath you've been holding the one that says "you can't" -- ::exhale:: ... Read more

  • Two July 4th Gifts for You!

    7/4/2015 2:06:19 PM, by IMAVISION

    195 232 283 195 232 283 195 232 283 195 232 Happy July 4th, 2015! 232 283 God bless America! 283 195 God bless you & all those you love! 195 232 283 195 232 283 195 232 283 195 232 A short (3 minutes) & beautifully put clip - well worth the time ... Read more

  • What is the one thing...

    7/3/2015 10:07:43 PM, by IYA_EKUNDAYO

    Our bodies are amazing. They respond to everything little thing going on in our lives to heal and stay in balance and we must remember that it is our job to nurture and support our bodies the best that we possibly can in any given moment. We must remember to be patient, forgiving and kind to o... Read more

  • I think that pound found me again!

    7/3/2015 11:57:51 AM, by WINACHST

    That pound I lost is back! I had a stressful week. My daughter gave birth to a beautiful little girl then had some post pregnancy problems and ended up in the hospital for a few days. I ended up eating at restaurants, which is so hard to eat healthy when someone else prepares the food. No control. ... Read more


    7/3/2015 8:30:30 AM, by SMIDGON

    I wish YOU and everyone a 'safe' and 'fun-filled' day ! Have fun, BUT, in view with all that's going on, BE ON YOUR GUARD ! GOD BLESS US ALL ! Hugs, Janet 232 283 195... Read more

  • Make a Salad Meal

    7/3/2015 1:42:58 AM, by IMAVISION

    550 551 550 551 550 551 550 551 550 551 \o/ \o/ Praising & thanking our Creator, my Heavenly Father, for His most wonderful provision of fresh vegetables & fruits to make into all sorts of healthy food choices. \o/ \o/ 550 551 550 551 550 551 550 551 550 551 ... Read more

  • My Story and How I Lost 225 Pounds

    7/1/2015 5:07:32 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now. Beth Donovan's No Weight Loss Surgery, No Crazy Diets, No Extreme Exercise Story of Joy on a Journey: Pounds lost total: 225 and counting I don't have an abundance of will power, nor am I a mega strong person. I am definitely willful a... Read more

  • Silver Linings

    6/30/2015 7:41:57 PM, by TIZSLIM

    So, Monday was weigh in day and I'd gained 4 oz. I'm not too bothered by that. If I'd lost 4 oz's I wouldn't be shouting from the roof tops after all. And lets face it, one less cup of tea, or a trip to the loo before weigh in could make all the difference......... In fact, I'm feeling very ... Read more

  • What Is Up With Me

    6/30/2015 10:17:18 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I had bunion surgery on June 3. It was quick because I was tired of being in pain and wanted to get it over with. Well... it is not so easy to get over. The good and the bad: One simply marvelous thing, miraculous really, is that in 3 weeks my bones healed to the point that no break shows o... Read more

  • 20 Tips for Becoming a Vegetarian

    6/30/2015 2:34:50 AM, by EARTHSEAME

    From 20 Tips for Becoming a Vegetarian So, if you’d like to become a vegetarian, without too much trouble, here are my suggestions: Have good reasons. If you just want to become vegetarian for kicks, you probably won’t stick with it for long — not because ... Read more

  • The wedding

    6/29/2015 4:13:45 PM, by GIGGIN

    So I have been really busy for a some times. First my now DH 50th birthday, crazy busy at work and than the wedding and the honeymoon. Gained quite a lot, but we had the best of times on our honeymoon. But now it is back to reality. 4 weeks until vacation in Crete and BIKINI TIME!!! G... Read more

  • Don't Tell Me What I Can't Do

    6/28/2015 11:17:55 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I love the saying from the television series Lost that character John Locke always repeats, "Don’t tell me what I can’t do!" I think that’s part of where I got that attitude from. That saying just clicked with me. I think it’s because I was told that I wouldn’t and I couldn’t by so... Read more

  • A Fun 5 K With My Daughter (Her First)

    6/27/2015 1:48:03 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    This was a trail race through a state park. The Lake Dennison 5 K. It was not too hot and very pretty. My unofficial time was 34:58, which is good for me. I ran the whole thing and did not have to take walk breaks. A lot of the footing was pretty bad, so I knew I would not set any record. It... Read more

  • Day 115

    6/27/2015 7:57:56 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I 'm feeling good about tracking for 115 days for me! I am in new territory for me. I haven't consistently tracked for this long in a long time. I am on a plateau and giving myself pep talks each day. I go up and down .2 to .5 lbs. Maybe I just needed a moment to reflect and look over my shoulder ... Read more

  • I Broke Down and Bought a New Dress

    6/27/2015 6:39:03 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    First off, I am not a dress person. Secondly, I haven't bought many new clothes since I have lost weight. I live in my running clothes. Once you start wearing technical t-shirts and capris you realize how comfy and breathable they are and other clothes feel heavy. Other than my running stuff a ha... Read more

  • The Why of Weight Issues ~ Take Two!

    6/26/2015 9:10:47 PM, by IMAVISION

    15 9 15 9 15 9 15 9 15 9 304 for checking out this "revisit" blog. I enjoy reading past blogs of others & those of my own from time to time. In the case of my own, I often find myself delighted to realize how far I have come since joining Sparkpeople. I find it to be uplifting to ... Read more

  • Shortest blog on record: How I want to feel

    6/26/2015 1:20:03 PM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I want to feel comfortable in my body. I want to feel proud of my body. I want to fit in clothes without having to worry about "disguising" some part of me. I want to feel confident that I am doing the best I can for myself health-wise by eating well and moving deliciously and well (and finding tha... Read more

  • A fresh start....again :-)

    6/26/2015 10:15:55 AM, by CHANGINGELAINE

    Yesterday a dear friend of mine commented on a picture I had posted of the lilies in one of my gardens. That comment lead to us emailing each other and me finally "asking" for help. In 2011 she had coached me through many stressful months in my life while I was working on loosing weight and dealin... Read more

  • Just Don't Eat The Whole Cake

    6/25/2015 7:08:12 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    A few old college friends and I were at a birthday party, sitting near the birthday cake and talking about our dieting struggles and how hard it is to lose weight. We spoke of how many failed attempts and programs we had under our belts. We decided it was terribly daunting and only a miracle could ... Read more

  • Get FITT

    6/23/2015 9:09:25 PM, by IMAVISION

    216 315 548 406 318 356 324 359 319 358 The following is from Kaiser Permanente – page five of "Partners in Health" – Summer 2015. 216 315 548 406 318 356 324 359 319 358 Get FITT F – Frequency: The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM... Read more

  • Journeying to Mordor

    6/23/2015 7:47:59 PM, by TIZSLIM

    A long time ago I started a 'Walk to Mordor' team which kind of fell by the wayside. When I decided to do the minimum 15 minutes a day walking, I figured I'd try and get the team up and running again. So far it's a team of one so do feel free to come and join me. Even if you don't want to journey... Read more

  • Day 2 of getting back to me

    6/23/2015 6:34:18 AM, by BELLEMEMAW

    Thank you for the wonderful support you gave me yesterday; it made me feel hopeful. I'm about to get some sneakers and go for a sweaty, humid-filled walk this morning before going to my very sedentary job. On my way to my first goal of losing 5 lbs.!!! 9 244 252 521 381... Read more

  • Not really a blog, just a lady's story.

    6/23/2015 1:10:44 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body? Before I started Beachbody programs, I was 350 pounds. I lacked the energy I needed to keep up with my kids. My inside didn’t match the smile I hid behind; you know the one you paste on when y... Read more

  • The available evidence.........

    6/22/2015 8:01:41 PM, by TIZSLIM

    ............suggests that the minimum of 15 minutes per day walking is working. Despite how small an amount of walking that actually is. A total of ten miles last week. Weigh in today and the stray half a stone had stayed off, plus I'd lost 2.8lbs. 244 Extra chuffed as that took me just b... Read more

  • "Public" confession

    6/22/2015 12:13:46 PM, by BELLEMEMAW

    I got on the scale this morning. I've gained back *almost* all the weight I originally lost with Spark People. It's been creeping back on slowly, but surely, for over two years now. I have to get back to basics and get rid of at least some of the weight I've put back on. I'm starting with a goa... Read more

  • Down a pound

    6/22/2015 10:56:50 AM, by WINACHST

    I am down a pound this morning, I have been trying to cut way back on the amount of junk I have been eating. My goal for this week in not to buy any junk food. I think I will be successful if I do not go shopping (giggle). Too often I have an argument going on in my head as I stand in front of... Read more

  • Brrr, I'm back again.

    6/21/2015 10:21:37 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    OOOHHHH but its cold! Southerly wind (from the South Pole which is not so far away), 5 degrees centigrade but feels like 0 due to the 70 km wind gusts. Also sporadic horizontal rain. I simply Do. Not. Want. To. Go. Outside. Luckily I don't have to. We've had our shortest day and after that the ... Read more

  • How to RESET Your Weight Loss Goal on SparkPeople

    6/21/2015 12:34:58 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I have to keep changing things up. I reset my spark nutrition tracker goal every 10-20 pounds so that it stays relevant to my new weight so I continue to lose. This is also good for breaking a plateau and for raising or lowering your weight loss expectations. I tried in the past for all 220 p... Read more

  • Best Time so far this year

    6/21/2015 10:34:00 AM, by WINACHST

    My 5k race time on Saturday was 33:30 I tied 3rd place for my age group. This is my best time so far this year. I seem to be able to run for a longer time before I feel like I am dying and need a walk break, but my speed has gotten slower. I feel like I am on a comeback now! 185... Read more

  • This Week's Workout Plan

    6/21/2015 8:09:12 AM, by TUPELO_HONEY

    Monday - Chris Freytag HIIT series, Upper Body 104 Tuesday - Bob Harper Bob's Workout, lower body and core 104 Wednesday - Chris Freytag, HIIT series, Total Body 104 Thursday - Jessica Smith Walk On Strength Walk 104 Friday - Jessica Smith Look Better Naked Metabolic 104 Saturday, Jilli... Read more

  • Dealing with Frustration!

    6/20/2015 7:42:13 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Hugely frustrating as it has put me so behind on a lot of work. Plus of course I couldn't 'spark'. Fear not though, I have been keeping up with my minimum 15 minutes walking per day. And I took the time to do some batch cooking. Bright blessings.... Read more

  • Plateaus By, Justine Holberg

    6/19/2015 11:18:29 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    You're tracking calories, working out each day, then bam! For a week or two, the scale refuses to budge...and you realize you've hit a dreaded weight loss plateau. Now what? Even though it's completely normal to hit a snag in your fitness journey, a perceived setback like this can send even the... Read more

  • 6 week goals

    6/19/2015 10:25:31 AM, by JOE_ANNE2

    So my Bariatrics wls group meeting was today and my goals for the next 6 weeks are to walk 1 mile at three times per week and to use my portion plate daily. In other news I gained 3 pounds in three months, I've missed three months of meetings. I had a very stressful previous three months, but Jalape... Read more

  • Something is Better Than Nothing

    6/19/2015 10:10:46 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Something is better than nothing. If you can't exercise 30 minutes, do 10. Do 5. Do it a few times a day if you have to. Cut back just a little at meals. Nobody says you have to starve your weight off. There is nothing wrong with doing things the slow way. I started in 2005 at 460 pounds with... Read more

  • The $100,000 Workout - Yours Free

    6/18/2015 7:22:00 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I'm not sure how much we actually paid for my son's college education, I just picked a high sounding number. But this is what I got for my money. He is getting a degree in exercise physiology and he wrote me up a plan. I was originally doing 5x5's (Arnold's method) - but my son talked me out o... Read more

  • There Is No Cure!

    6/17/2015 7:15:47 PM, by IMAVISION

    390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 Although difficult to watch, this is simply POWERFUL!
    s-no-cure/ 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 For more on Holley Kitchen's story & a bit more concerning Metastatic Breast Cancer:... Read more

  • GOALS!

    6/16/2015 11:35:40 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Philosophers and great leaders throughout all of recorded history have disagreed on just about any and every subject we could name. Notice that I wrote "...just about any and every..." There is one area in which all great minds appear to agree, literally without exception. This alone commands absolu... Read more

  • A BIG nsv (for me)

    6/16/2015 6:36:17 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    My daughter and granddaughter. We've had a jet ski for about 15 years. We bought it used and it has been a great deal of fun as our kids grew up. One of our best purchases! Now our grandchildren are enjoying it. I have never been able to pull myself up on the back of it. I really hated the fac... Read more

  • Eat your way to flat abs

    6/16/2015 2:09:29 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    When it comes to creating incredible abs, even the most effective workout programs can only bring you so far. That’s because you can’t get a flat, hard midsection without losing body fat. No matter how much effort you put into creating a six-pack, no one’s going to see it if it’s covered by ... Read more

  • Mi[crazy]body

    6/15/2015 8:08:20 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Monday is my weigh in day but I didn't plan on weighing myself today given the business with the mibody super dooper scales last week etc. Then I thought 'no matter' again. Figured I'd weigh myself [expecting it to be pretty much the same as yesterday] simply so I'd have a true 'weekly' record. ... Read more

  • Update on the Trail Race

    6/14/2015 12:42:04 PM, by WINACHST

    Worst time ever! (1:21:17) But it was a gorgeous run, beautiful scenery. I made it to and through the finish line without pain! I ran the first 4 miles well, but then those voices in my head got a bit too loud. I was playing my Cher playlist and some of the words sort of matched how I was feel... Read more

  • Ginger Bread Cake

    6/14/2015 12:38:56 PM, by WINACHST

    I finally got around to making this:
    an-gingerbread-cake.html I used an 8x8-inch pan and then topped it with cooked pears and apples. Yum! I omitted the chips. This recipe is a keeper. I used whole wheat flour instead of the spelt flour. So ... Read more

  • An awe-inspiring joy to watch!

    6/14/2015 11:40:07 AM, by IMAVISION

    268 40 345 268 40 345 268 40 345 268 I found this to be very impressive! Simply astonishing! I hope you enjoy it as much as I. God bless your Sunday in unrepeatable & glorious ways! 40 345 268 40 345 268 40 345 268 40 more

  • "the lines run deep, you know," (samskaras)

    6/14/2015 10:02:52 AM, by SWDOTB2

    A poem I wrote on Friday: remember the day we walked the coolness under the tall pines you pointed to a red-headed woodpecker sitting on top of a pole and I chose to steer through the gates the lines run deep you know... ...I whispered my intent to individuals choo... Read more

  • Fail Better

    6/14/2015 6:56:08 AM, by TIZSLIM

    I don't like Stan Wawrinka much. I was glad he beat Novak Djokovic for the French Open title though. I like Djokovic even less. There's no denying they are both amazing tennis players - especially Djokovic. But I don't like the level of 'gamesmanship' Djokovic employs. Anyway, Wawrinka has a ta... Read more

  • Disgustingly healthy fridge

    6/12/2015 6:22:48 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I haven't been much in evidence on 'Spark' since my last blog as there has been a 'lot going on' in my off line life. Rest assured though, I have been sticking with my healthy eating etc. Having completely emptied my freezer, fridge, and pretty much my store cupboard too, I had a large internet g... Read more

  • Minor Crisis

    6/12/2015 2:22:04 PM, by ICANINSIGHT

    With my foot all bandaged up and in a "boot", bathing has been a challenge. I like to wash and style my hair every day, well, there have been some days that did not happen! Yesterday, for the first time, I put my foot, boot and all in a plastic bag and taped it all around. And for the first time... Read more

  • Half of a Half Trail Race tomorrow...

    6/12/2015 10:38:48 AM, by WINACHST

    My profile is a photo from the first year I ran it. Last year my legs hurt so bad coming up to the finish line that the photographer did not even take my photo. YIKES! I must have really looked miserable. I have mixed emotions this year about doing the run. Deep down, somewhere inside me is the... Read more

  • Words to Inspire #8

    6/11/2015 5:45:01 PM, by IMAVISION

    195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 "Honesty & frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest & frank anyway!" & "The good you do today will be forgotten. Do good anyway!" ~ Mother Teresa - Catholic Nun & Missionary 195 ... Read more

  • Want a better butt? Do these

    6/11/2015 11:38:38 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Narrow Squat Stand with your feet parallel and 4″–5″ apart. Keep your chest lifted, abs engaged, and your weight in your heels. Bend both knees, lowering your glutes as low as you can and then extend your knees, standing ¾ of the way up. Bend knees again deeply and repeat. If you feel li... Read more

  • Emotional Eating and My Latest Trials

    6/11/2015 9:22:00 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    After having lost over 220 pounds on SparkPeople, I think the best advice I can give on the subject would be to ask yourself what you are trying to feel when you are about to emotionally eat. Usually I want to feel warm, safe and comforted, for example. So I got a luxury soft blanket, some richly ... Read more

  • Short Quiz #6 (for fun)!

    6/9/2015 12:43:24 AM, by IMAVISION

    38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 Number of Americans who struggle to digest milk? 1) About 34 million 2) About 50 million 3) About 67 million Which musician was not born in New Orleans? 1) Louis Armstrong 2) Aaron Neville 3) Patti LaBelle ... Read more

  • ditch the junk

    6/9/2015 12:32:24 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    1. Clean all the junk food out of your home. Think of the stereotypical image of the woman getting dumped by her boyfriend and climbing into bed with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s. If that tub wasn’t in the freezer to begin with, odds are that our protagonist would have instead settled for a soak in... Read more

  • Lose Your Self Control?

    6/8/2015 10:08:38 AM, by WINACHST

    My daughter posted a link to the Hey Sigmund site and I found myself reading one article after another, even the comments are helpful to me in understanding some issues I am dealing with. This article talks about the justifications we say to indulge in things we know we really ought not to ... Read more

  • BMI

    6/8/2015 8:10:40 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I'm trying to think of a acronym for body mass index , like bmi stands for "be myself independently " or "better move idjett". ( I had put idiot, but change it). Apparently numbers really matter to me. Like SCALE #s and BMI #s. I am so happy I am now only "overweight" instead of "obese" on the BMI ... Read more

  • Almost 100 days/

    6/8/2015 7:34:20 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    When small goals add up to big goals I should be happier. I will reach 100 days of tracking this week. This is huge for me. I have lost 20 lbs. but feel my weight loss has slowed and am feeling a little panicky. Things I am doing right: - tracking daily - using activity tracker( temp. lost and ... Read more

  • Why I Don't Starve Myself

    6/8/2015 3:09:16 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    After losing 220 pounds, I'm having to cut portions a bit more. My body is very used to the calories it has been getting. I hate this part.... That's why I only cut by enough to lose .5 pounds more a week when I cut. I HATE feeling like I'm starving and I can only do that for so long before I bl... Read more