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  • 50 day streak of logging into Spark.

    12/7/2016 6:53:30 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I met my goal of logging into Spark for 50 days and now it is on to 100. Previously I made it to 301. Now to add some consistent food and exercise tracking. Have an enjoyable day everyone.... Read more

  • Lily and the Snowman

    12/6/2016 1:51:51 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I was going to blog about my woes of weightloss . . . but this 2 minute video has a much more inspiring message. It's about the things that really count. I hope you will enjoy it..... http://youtu.be/bZUQVC_UFSc (If the link doesn't work, just go to YouTube and search for Lily an... Read more

  • HOLIDAYS

    12/6/2016 6:59:31 AM, by SMIDGON

    Hubby and I made it through the THANKSGIVING We didn't go to younger daughters family get-together. We felt we might not be good company since it was the first holiday w/o John ! Hubby went and got out carry-out dinner. Then we spent the rest of the day, watching separate TV'S in separate... Read more

  • Today would have been................

    12/5/2016 8:37:25 PM, by TIZSLIM

    ..................my wedding anniversary. Scrub that. Today IS [yesterday now] my wedding anniversary. Though obviously I don't celebrate as we divorced some years ago. Yet still, it is the anniversary of the day I got married. 24 years ago. 24 years! How is that possible? The weather w... Read more

  • ''Tis the season''

    12/5/2016 8:14:15 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Weatherpersons are calling for snow tonight. We're keeping our fingers crossed. For 15 years, DH commuted an hour one way to the city for work. Ice. Driving rain. Sleet. Snow. Didn't matter, he was never late and didn't miss a day. Since he retired two years ago, we haven't seen so much as... Read more

  • Infusion Update

    12/5/2016 5:47:30 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers. I sailed through the infusion - no reactions. I was a wreck going in this morning. I saw quite a few of my old commuter mates on the way in. It was hard as I have so deteriorated, especially in the last few weeks. It made me weepy. I hardly ev... Read more

  • Infusion

    12/4/2016 9:15:38 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Tomorrow I go for a Rituxin infusion - 6 hours! I hate needles. In a word, I am scared. Moderately hopeful,too. My understanding is that there will be Benadryl because of hives. Maybe nausea. Nausea doesn't frighten me. We will have to be in NYC during hopefully early rush hour. My hope is... Read more

  • Design Flaw

    12/4/2016 6:39:50 PM, by TIZSLIM

    If you read my previous blog entry, you may have thought there was a slight technical hitch. After all, I was starting on 'Shine it Sunday'. And how could I shine anything with all the clutter that's in the way? That dear Sparklers, was why my cunning plan was so bad it was good. All I had to do ... Read more

  • In honor of National cookie day

    12/4/2016 5:46:52 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    In honor of National Cookie Day we give you the following tips: 1. A cookie eaten fresh off the baking sheet is a test, thus it has no calories. 2. Cookie Crumbs have no calories, after all, they aren't actually cookies. 3. Cookies eaten while under stress have no calories, they are medicine... Read more

  • thinking ahead

    12/4/2016 9:33:16 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    The date reminded me today that my birthday is in one month and I will be 59 years old. So, in one month and one year I will be 60 years old. I'll be giving some thought to what I want to do in that time.... Read more

  • I did it!

    12/3/2016 9:07:45 PM, by WINACHST

    I finally did it! I ran a sub20 2-miler this morning. I have been working on making this goal for about 7 years now. WHOOHOO!... Read more

  • Papa Elf

    12/3/2016 8:24:00 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Well, I was at a holiday vendor show. DH helps me. Once he gets going, he is gracious. Plus, he loves to shop the shows. Captured this today. Tee hee!... Read more

  • Clutter!

    12/3/2016 7:47:16 PM, by TIZSLIM

    OK I know I keep on about de cluttering and sorting this house out. But that's because it is such an issue for me. In one of her recent blogs, Maringal suggested a method for easily doing one drawer at a time. The odd thing is, most of my cupboards and drawers are well organised. It's everywhere... Read more

  • still learning after all these years

    12/3/2016 1:59:38 PM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I'm trying to remind myself that peace of mind and wanting to make improvements don't have to be at odds with each other. I'm also trying to quiet my self-critical inner voice which allows more room for gratitude. As the year enters the last 30 days I work on remember things that will help me grow.... Read more

  • Eat more to lose weight!!

    12/2/2016 11:26:54 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    What Happens When You Under-eat and Increase Exercise There’s more to our energy system than calories in/calories out. Among other things, we are designed to survive prolonged famine. On the other hand, we weren’t designed to handle prolonged abundance, which is why the absurd wealth of high-ca... Read more

  • Overeating

    12/2/2016 10:15:09 PM, by BECCABOO127

    I am interested in knowing the reasons why peeps overeat. For me, it can be that I am remembering good times, bad times, boredom, mainly. Today I overate. I am in the middle of saying goodbye to my Aunt's house which I've always loved. Her house was close enough to my parent's house, so... Read more

  • My Mother-in-law has passed

    12/2/2016 8:04:54 PM, by WINACHST

    It has been a rough few days. My mother-in-law has passed on to glory. She had COPD and ended up in intensive care and then it was decided that she go into hospice care. The nursing home she was at had an awesome staff. She was kept comfortable and I was amazed at how many of the nurses and caregive... Read more

  • My Haul

    12/1/2016 6:17:45 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Well, since I have been home and without work for a year, I have lost 3 -5 pounds. However, since I have been home I go to the gym pretty religiously. Things have shifted around. So, two years ago I bought some nice new pants, primarily at Talbots; some at Saks Off Fifth and dress pants at Calvin... Read more

  • Reflection

    12/1/2016 10:10:46 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I always start the new year with high expectations and high hopes and I expect 2017 will be no different. Even though I have not reached my weight loss goals in 2016, I have accomplished some major things on the health front. 1. I lost weight. I lost 35 and gained back 10, but that is still a ... Read more

  • Beans and Rice

    11/30/2016 11:59:01 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    Savory Slow Cooker Beans with Rice Cost per serving: 70¢ Beans and rice are staple foods in many cultures for a reason: they’re cheap and can easily be transformed into a variety of meals. This savory dish flavored with garlic, chiles, and tomatoes, cooks all day in a crock pot, and is ready for... Read more

  • Eating healthy is NOT expensive

    11/29/2016 8:54:26 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    Eating healthy does not have to be expensive. If that’s the excuse you’ve been using to put off improving your diet, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s simply not true. Healthy food doesn’t mean $10 juices and $12 açaí bowls and so on. Healthy food doesn’t have to be elite. It also doesn’... Read more

  • Day 4 - challenging day

    11/28/2016 6:56:23 PM, by HEALTHYLU1

    I woke up over early because of work worries. I was unable to address these worries today at work. I have home stuff to do also. I really need to focus on getting these cleared away. Rats!... Read more

  • Two too many!

    11/27/2016 9:10:40 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Birthdays that is. Not mine. Although thinking about it - I certainly feel I've had 'too many birthdays'. Still, that can't be helped - no way to turn the clock back that far! No, I'm referring to other peoples birthday celebrations. Firstly at the beginning of the week, it was my younges... Read more

  • Sunday check in - Day 521

    11/27/2016 8:17:26 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    334 Today I give myself a big smile -- 342 314 did the elliptical and a long walk I've already met my step goal for today 185 and I think I stayed within my lowered calorie range. (I never really know because when DH cooks, he does not follow the recipe.) ... Read more

  • Back On Track

    11/27/2016 11:00:03 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    The Thanksgiving yummy Turkey and Dressing and Pecan Pie orgy is over now, but I still have pie in the house! I had a slice yesterday. After three Thanksgiving meals last week, I am planning a mini fast. This fast is just eating fruits and vegetables for a few days. Then back to healthy eating.... Read more

  • Kickin' it up a notch

    11/26/2016 10:07:37 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    So, today I kicked it up a notch. I've added weights and treadmill/elliptical back into my regiment. And increased my daily step goal. And joined the Pre-diabetic Sparkers team and The Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. (No, I'm not diabetic. Yet. But I am Pre-D. . . . and i ... Read more

  • Back on Track

    11/26/2016 6:28:44 PM, by HEALTHYLU1

    Day 2 -Today is day 2 of tracking food again. I'm feeling pretty good and enjoying time away from work. I did a little puttering but also made significant progress on a quilt. A good day for me.... Read more

  • There Ain't No Cure For The Holiday Blues

    11/26/2016 11:12:57 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    Just kidding. Every year I approach the holidays with a sense of dread. I have no family left and do not really enjoy my husband's family. So yes, we see his family every holiday. Sigh. Thanksgiving Day we were off to see his parents. It was nice! No negativity, a nice meal and football!... Read more

  • The Elves Workshop 2016

    11/26/2016 9:58:46 AM, by TRESSWANN

    8 hours (11;30 - 7:30, not including prep time) 7 pounds of butter and 3 pounds of chocolate and the Elves Workshop, aka Elfday, aka Suze's Sweatshop for children is a wrap. We did 17 different cookies and candies and one centerpiece each. This is our 8th year. We started with my two nieces and a... Read more

  • How was your thanksgiving??

    11/24/2016 10:35:01 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I'm doing a Happy dance --- Cos I did good today!!!! I Made good choices and serving sizes and didn't feel like a stuffed turkey!!!! Proud of me!!!! How did your day go???... Read more

  • Overslept and missed the Turkey Run Now Gobble Later 5k

    11/24/2016 8:52:27 PM, by WINACHST

    So Bummed! My cat woke me up and I shooed her away not thinking to get up early to go for the 5k. I woke up with no time to get there before the race started. So, I loaded the route on my ifit treadmill and ran a virtual 5k. My time was 33:47, ha, but my scenery was sunny and green (summertime). It ... Read more

  • Thanksgiving Adventures

    11/24/2016 8:22:28 PM, by TRESSWANN

    As I've said before, I have mixed feelings and experience with Thanksgiving. My mother was West Indian and always said it wasn't her holiday. She tried. And I felt at an early age,it was very hypocritical. I was denounced as a Communist for my views in 7th grade. I do believe in being thankful... Read more

  • So much to be thankful for!

    11/23/2016 7:11:21 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I am thankful that I still have a few friends left after the election. I am thankful for a sense of humor . . . And I am thankful that there are 10 pounds less of me than at this time last year. Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.... Read more

  • Whoa!!!

    11/23/2016 10:50:01 AM, by WINACHST

    Man, I just realized that I have been eating a lot of junk AND I am stressed. Time for me to take a time out!... Read more

  • Anyone for Tennis?

    11/22/2016 6:03:58 PM, by TIZSLIM

    As I'm sure some of you may recall [due to my banging on about it], last week [Monday 14th November], I went to the WTF at the O2. My children and future son in law had bought the tickets for my birthday so I'd been looking forward to it since April. We had a wonderful day. Each session inclu... Read more

  • Hey remember me?

    11/21/2016 8:09:23 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Seems like forever since I've done a blog. It's been absolutely crazy here, especially after the election which fell on my birthday this year. We just got back from a nice walk in the sunshine on this cool winter afternoon and a break in the rain which is supposed to return this evening. Just s... Read more

  • Autoimmunity Demystified (Part 2)

    11/21/2016 7:20:39 PM, by _RAMONA

    Apparently there is a limit for how long a blog post can be, and I reached it with my last post, LOL! My notes for the first part of the following series can be found here (the last 2 episodes have yet to air... and I can't guess how much longer the youtube links will remain active... techni... Read more

  • Letting Go of the Cane in Recovery

    11/21/2016 4:58:10 AM, by SWDOTB2

    Friday morning, November 18th (16 days after knee replacement surgery): I ventured out alone and carried my cane with me, but not using it for weight bearing. The weather was so nice that I took my jacket off and carried it. Pushed myself by deciding to go around the little circle the second time... Read more

  • BDS Day 3 - Eat Sitting Down | Day 5 - Eat Slowly

    11/19/2016 10:10:39 AM, by WINACHST

    I think I am going to park myself on days 3 and 5 for awhile. Eat sitting down and eat more slowly. I seem to be having difficulty with these things. Mindlessly putting things in my mouth and woofing them down at the same time. Both these unhelpful habits are keeping me from actually enjoying my foo... Read more

  • A Very Scary moment That set me straight!!

    11/17/2016 3:19:50 PM, by SUECHRIS50

    I went back to the Old Way of thinking that everyone that needed me came before ME! There was 6 babies born into the family the past two years.I've been running back and forth between them helping out and running everyone around like a Taxi.I was cooking cleaning and watching the other kids and tryi... Read more

  • Finally!

    11/17/2016 10:32:35 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I finally lost a pound. The weekends are killers because we visit and go out to eat with friends. I really enjoy those times and need them. However, when you eat out, even trying to be healthy, you don't know exactly what you are getting. I do know they put too much salt in everything! A little... Read more

  • BDS - Day 4 Give yourself credit

    11/16/2016 11:51:31 AM, by WINACHST

    Well, 521 , The fact that I Have not given up considering how many times I have started, quit, and started again tells me that I am still plugging away at trying to get rid of my junk food habit. Good job! to me for not giving up completely and getting right back to it.... Read more

  • Autoimmunity Demystified (Part 1)

    11/15/2016 11:10:01 AM, by _RAMONA

    If you've never before participated in a FREE on-line educational event, let this be the first: Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They're Not Telling You "This documentary is crucial for you if you know someone with autoimmune disease, have it yourself or simply want to be... Read more

  • BDS - Day 3 eat sitting down.

    11/14/2016 9:51:06 PM, by WINACHST

    Well, I managed to sit down when I ate today. However, a couple times I ate in the car. I need to learn to not do any other activity while I eat. If my memory serves me correctly, that will be a later exercise. My eating has been horrendous this past month. One of the grocery chains has vegetab... Read more

  • Better than our former selves

    11/14/2016 5:18:06 AM, by BELLAMEMAW

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  • 11/14/16 Daily Pledge

    11/14/2016 5:15:56 AM, by BELLAMEMAW

    Today, I promise to respect my body and my mind. I promise to make healthy choices and to thank God for this day. Today, I will exercise, when possible, and be mindful of the benefits exercise brings to my body. Today, I promise to be mindful of the food I take into my body and to be mor... Read more

  • 11/14/16 Daily Pledge

    11/14/2016 5:15:52 AM, by BELLAMEMAW

    Today, I promise to respect my body and my mind. I promise to make healthy choices and to thank God for this day. Today, I will exercise, when possible, and be mindful of the benefits exercise brings to my body. Today, I promise to be mindful of the food I take into my body and to be mor... Read more

  • ANOTHER BUSY WEEKEND

    11/13/2016 5:00:42 PM, by SMIDGON

    Yesterday morning our youngest came in for the weekend. We sorted 15+ big black garbage bags of Johns clothes. In October we had gone through some bags. I didn't know men had that many clothes! He had scads of clothes with tags on them. I kept a denim jacket, blue T-shirt and Ohio State... Read more

  • A Juice Blend from the gifts of friends

    11/13/2016 10:24:21 AM, by SWDOTB2

    1 sweet potato - that was gifted to me from my brother's wife, my sister-in-law last Monday evening (11/07/16) when she came to visit me in my recovery from knee replacement surgery (11/02/16) She brought other vegetables as well which included beautiful little new potatoes, carrots, etc. 2 p... Read more

  • This sugar beast has got to go!

    11/13/2016 8:55:16 AM, by WINACHST

    I cannot believe how much junk I am eating these days. I cannot seem to pinpoint exactly what is going on inside my head. A while back I restarted the Beck Diet Solution and made it through Day 1. I blogged my advantages and have been rereading them whenever I log onto SparkPeople. The Beck Die... Read more

  • Being Positive is having Faith

    11/13/2016 7:01:51 AM, by BELLAMEMAW

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  • 11/13/16 Daily Pledge

    11/13/2016 7:00:40 AM, by BELLAMEMAW

    Today, I promise to respect my body and my mind. I promise to make healthy choices and to thank God for this day. Today, I will exercise, when possible, and be mindful of the benefits exercise brings to my body. Today, I promise to be mindful of the food I take into my body and to be ... Read more

  • Que sera sera

    11/12/2016 5:50:06 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Quite some time ago I wrote about the problems regarding my house. The mortgage officially ended in March at which point as it was an endowment mortgage, there was 75 thousand pounds to pay. Needless to say I didn't and don't have 75 thousand pounds. My biggest concern then was to be able to stay ... Read more

  • Critiqueing my cravings

    11/12/2016 12:02:21 PM, by WINACHST

    I find that I have a tendency to eat a lot of sugary snacks when I am tired and/or bored. I often hear myself justifying a bad choice by saying I need a sugar rush for energy and then am wanting the crash when it is over so I will be able to sleep. I also find that I crave salty, oily potato ch... Read more

  • Death of a Ladies Man

    11/11/2016 6:14:21 PM, by TIZSLIM

    After my usual morning routine, the first thing I read today regarding 'news' was that Leonard Cohen had died. I let out a loud anguished cry of "NOoooooooooooooooo"! Some people notice I don't use 'Lol'. Well very rarely, and only if I have actually laughed out loud. So you can safely deduce th... Read more

  • Dumb and Dumber?

    11/10/2016 5:38:05 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Then again, who knows............... Bright blessings.... Read more

  • LIFE GOES ON!

    11/9/2016 2:19:29 PM, by SMIDGON

    I felt like it was time to blog again. After Johns funeral I became sick. UTI . As usual I got a reaction from the shot. I became disornated. Then, itching. When I got the notification that John had passed, I felt unusually calm. It was expectef. Just not necessarily then. Even ... Read more

  • A tad excited

    11/8/2016 5:59:02 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I can't remember if I mentioned that back in April, my children and my future SIL bought tickets for the World Tour Finals for my birthday. Naturally I was delighted and excited. Of course I get more excited as the date gets closer. I will be going with my daughter, my SIL to be, and my eldest so... Read more