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  • Day 9

    2/6/2016 2:54:44 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    I know there will be days that are hard and some that come easier. Remember you are a work in progress. Don't expect yourself to be perfect every day, just work on being better and the progress continues. Know that you have the power to do anything and we are all here to help each other through good... Read more

  • What are your plans for the weekend??

    2/5/2016 7:33:54 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    If the weather forecast is accurate, I'm planning on going for a ride on Sunday . . . it's supposed to be "66 and plenty of Sunshine" . . . . fingers crossed..... it's been a long, cold Winter! Keep your eyes on the prize!... Read more

  • I can do this because Gods got my back

    2/5/2016 2:32:05 PM, by SUECHRIS50

    It has been a long time since I have felt like blogging. I have yo-yo'd my weight and cant seem to lose a pound until I prayed and asked God to guide me. I have lost 8 pounds since Sunday!! We have our 15 month old grandson Aaiden living with us and I can barely find a minute for ME!! It started as ... Read more

  • Day 8

    2/4/2016 11:19:50 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    I hope you like the tip today, because I think it is key! You are making choices, not restrictions or things you can't have. This is why so many people fail at "dieting". They feel like they always have to make the "best" choices and that "better" choices just aren't good enough, so they give up! Ev... Read more

  • Beautiful You!

    2/4/2016 5:52:56 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    No matter what shape your body is in . . . ... Read more

  • Weight Loss the Buddhist Way: Mindfulness

    2/4/2016 3:03:48 PM, by EARTHSEAME

    Weight Loss the Buddhist Way: Mindfulness By R. Morgan Griffin WebMD Feature One of the biggest health stories of the year has been the rise in obesity among both adults and children in the U.S. We've all heard so much about the "obesity epidemic" that it's easy to think the story is bei... Read more

  • Day 7

    2/3/2016 10:06:03 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Whenever I find myself falling into the trap of comparing myself to others. I remember this: If we just strive to be better than we were yesterday, we will always see improvement. For today, check in with these: 1) Water 2) Name at least one thing you've improved on since beginning this ... Read more

  • Tumeric green salad

    2/3/2016 8:31:21 AM, by CLAIMTHEWORD

    Okay, so I've read that Tumeric is good for you, and I went into my fridge and found a bunch of salad-makings: lettuce, tomato, apple, cucumber, carrots, onion powder, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and tumeric! Here is what my salad looked like, and it takes good! Very refreshin... Read more

  • Paleo Pasta!

    2/3/2016 7:45:10 AM, by CLAIMTHEWORD

    I found this great recipe for paleo pasta! This is a YouTube video where the cook uses grated zucchini as his "pasta", and boy, does this look good! He uses garlic, lemon, parsley and butter and cooks this in a pan! How healthy can you get? Here's the link: https://youtu.be/IFH02Q7KRyA ... Read more

  • Goals

    2/2/2016 5:16:50 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Based on most of the responses 244 to my last blog, it appears that I'm not the only one traveling this path. Each day when I log into SparkPeople and review my list of "why's" and goals. . . it helps me committed, even when I don't "FEEL' like it. Thank ... Read more

  • She Believed She Could...

    2/2/2016 12:15:19 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 6 of my streak! My workout for this month, aside from my usual DDP Yoga, is the Coach Nicole 28 Day BootCamp. I own 3 or 4 Sparkpeople workout DVD's, but this one is my favorite! A few of my friends on the private team that I am co-leader of, FAB-ruary, are doing the workout with m... Read more

  • Back to life - back to reality

    1/31/2016 9:40:43 PM, by TIZSLIM

    From the end of October until the end of January, there are so many things going on that it's almost like I'm not totally living in the real world. October 31st - Halloween November 5th - Bonfire night 21st November - Youngest son's birthday December - The festive season New Year. 6th... Read more

  • 10 pounds gone: back to where I started over last time.....

    1/31/2016 8:04:19 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Like so many others here at SparkPeople, when I first joined in 2012, I started out with a blast, and before I realized it, I had achieved my goal! Within 3 months, I was where I wanted to be.... I maintained it for a few months . . . but before I knew it, one pound at a time, the old habits w... Read more

  • DAY 6

    1/31/2016 5:50:39 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Shaun T says this in one of his Max30 workouts and every time I hear it, it motivates me. As long as you're not quitting, you're winning. It doesn't matter if you have to take breaks, or if you can't always keep up. What matters is that you don't ever give up! Your mind is SO powerful so tell yourse... Read more

  • To Bet or not to Bet (warning - Oz Open Spoilers)

    1/30/2016 8:08:56 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Do Not Read unless; A] You know the results of the Women's final,and who is competing in the men's final or B] You don't care. Still with me? So, in a few hours, the number one and two players in the world will battle for the Australian Open title. Since Murray wo... Read more

  • How's it going?

    1/30/2016 2:11:10 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Well, I'm feeling better every day!!! I can see that my weight loss journey follows closely my activity for the week . . . this past week, with a couple of days out for dentist woes, headache, etc. my steps and fitness minutes were not what they were last week . . . . but the scale is... Read more

  • Day 5

    1/30/2016 1:40:37 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Our minds are so powerful and it can be a challenge to re-program your thinking. I'm challenging all of you to start the re-programing process NOW.... whenever you hear that little voice chime in and say things like "I can't, this is too hard or something similar", stop yourself and say I CAN and vi... Read more

  • Thought

    1/30/2016 1:39:56 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Your mind is behind your success- Usually it's the thought that we can't do it, that stops us.... Read more

  • I deserve it you know

    1/29/2016 11:08:58 PM, by TIZSLIM

    According to an email I received from my internet/phone/TV provider earlier, I deserve the ZTE Blade L3 Fantastic. If only I knew what a ZTE Blade L3 was I might appreciate how much I deserved it even more. A bit of research informed me that the ZTE Blade L3 is a 'phone. What's more, it wi... Read more

  • HAPPENINGS TO DATE

    1/29/2016 7:25:02 PM, by SMIDGON

    Well, I will see if I can post this x around! Things are hanging on here. Johns platelets have dropped for the past four sessions of treatments. Next tuesday, if they have fallen further (75)they will send him home. Then, he'll return the next Tuesday to see if they have come up any. They ... Read more

  • Day 4

    1/29/2016 7:23:28 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Weekends can be a little more difficult than the week days to stay on track. What tips do you have to stay on track? What's for lunch today? ... Read more

  • Why settle for less

    1/29/2016 3:51:15 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • The Skinny on Loose Skin After a Big Loss

    1/29/2016 11:28:49 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    First the pictures so you'll see where I was and where I went to... Now that you have seen, I will tell you that yes I had a tummy tuck but no other surgery, weight loss or skin removal. It was just between the groin and belly button, not a full on abdomnoplasty. I had 3 hernias and dead co... Read more

  • Gas and Air

    1/28/2016 6:59:25 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Ever since they were born, I've encouraged the not so tiddly, tiddly peeps, to ask or tell me anything they wanted to. Mostly this is a good thing I think. They trust me to be honest with them, to treat their concerns with respect, and I guess most importantly, it kept communication open during th... Read more

  • For the moment . . .

    1/28/2016 6:19:05 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Not sure if it was the 2 cups of strong coffee, the Excedrin with extra caffeine, the acupuncturist sticking 11 needles in my head, the Chinese herbs (whatever do they put in there, anyway???) or maybe it was just time for it to be gone, but I... Read more

  • Day 3

    1/28/2016 8:55:10 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Here are 4 tips on how to successfully set and achieve your goals: 1. BE REALISTIC with your goals. 2. WRITE DOWN your goals and be specific 3. VISUALIZE your results 4. REWARD yourself for success. #2 Good morning! "Don't wait until you've reached your goal to be proud of yourself.... Read more

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    1/27/2016 5:34:14 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Yesterday evening I tried to get a few hours shut eye because I wanted to watch three matches from the Oz Open in the wee small hours. I didn't manage to get much sleep but I got up again around 2.00 a.m and sat myself down at my computer in the dining room to indulge in the tennis. Oh and boy did... Read more

  • Day 2

    1/27/2016 8:53:44 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    For today…. 1) What are you planning to reward yourself with when you reach your goal? 2) What snacks do you have planned? 3) What is your water goal for the day?... Read more

  • I AM SO, SO SAD FOR KEEP BEING CODEPENDENTLY SICK WITH MY MOM

    1/26/2016 9:10:42 PM, by LADYANDREA2012

    I had been very happy and active with SparkPeople and sparking around every day. I know for sure that if I keep coming back to Sparkpeople sanity and health will stay with me always. So I come to my page and interact with my sparks friends everyday. I am as healthy asI had never before. Toni... Read more

  • Just get up and MOVE Tiz

    1/26/2016 3:51:28 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Well now, what am I going to do to get myself moving again? I can hear the chorus as you all holler, "well doh Tiz, just get up and MOVE". Fair enough. But what am I going to do when I just get up and move? How often am I going to just get up and MOVE? What will I do to make sure I remember to ... Read more

  • Tuesday - Surviving the dentist

    1/26/2016 2:11:38 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Well, I'm still hung over from the dentist yesterday. Having someone drilling and poking and grinding around inside my head is not my idea of a good time. It's been going on for over a year now . . . but at least I got it done. When I got home yesterday, i took an ibuprofen and ... Read more

  • Snow!

    1/26/2016 12:41:15 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    The blizzard of 2016 has come and gone! My family and I got through it just fine. I was really nervous that the power would go off due to the high winds. I don't mind not having the lights on, but I DO mind not having heat! But the power stayed on and we were nice and snug in our little mob... Read more

  • The Next 30 days!

    1/26/2016 8:43:55 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Who wants in? This will be done right here on my blog. For the next 30 days Starting TOMORROW!!!! This give you time to think about it, WRITE it down. It’s GOAL time!! What are your goals for the next 30 days? Sometimes it can be overwhelming to look at one giant goal so it’s sometim... Read more

  • Goals!

    1/25/2016 11:55:25 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Sometimes we think we have to make these huge grand overhauls in our lives all at once but really all we need to do to get started is to make small changes (drink more water, eat less processed food, exercise each day). These little changes over time add up & end up making a huge impact on your goal... Read more

  • A gain again

    1/25/2016 5:17:06 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Weigh in day today. Stepped on the scales to find I've re-gained 1lb 10 oz this past week. Was I disappointed? Natch. Was I surprised? Not really. I was shocked at how much I've regained but I knew I hadn't had a 'good' week. I knew I hadn't moved enough. I also knew my eating hadn't been br... Read more

  • We CAN

    1/25/2016 10:20:12 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    My spark name, ICANINSIGHT, can be either I can insight or I can in sight. It works either way. I try to say "I CAN" instead of the alternative which I don't want to cross my lips or even type. Once we make up our minds, we can do it! If you feel deprived, you will eat that pizza your friends ... Read more

  • The 'Chippy'

    1/24/2016 5:48:01 PM, by TIZSLIM

    A month or two ago, a new fish and chip shop opened at the bottom of my road. I haven't tried it. In fact, until today I hadn't been anywhere near it. My worker friend tried it when he last visited but I declined. This evening I realised I needed to get some more milk, so I had to go to the shop... Read more

  • For Dog Lovers only

    1/24/2016 3:18:21 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    10 Surprising And Secret Ways Your Dogs Says “I Love You” An article By Elyse Wanshel I have always fantasized about having the same powers as Doctor Dolittle — mostly because knowing exactly what animals are thinking and feeling would be some really valuable information to have. For in... Read more

  • This Low Carb Is A Lifestyle!

    1/24/2016 2:08:41 PM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I looked at my beautiful sister in law yesterday, who is about 7 years younger than me and has always been slim. She works about 16 hours a day and remains healthy. She runs and mainly, she had eaten low carb for years. Now occasionally, she will have a little bit of cake at celebrations and may... Read more

  • Glorioski What a Day

    1/24/2016 1:00:28 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Sometimes after a big snow, the day after is just the brightest most sparkling day you could ask for. Well, the snow stopped south of us and we got NONE, but we got the glorious day after anyway! To top things off, my back is feeling much better. Yesterday it felt OK, too, but my brain was still in ... Read more

  • Good night!

    1/24/2016 12:47:56 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Had a great day! DH is home safe and I'm getting ready to shut off the computer . . . just wanted to say good night. Hope y'all had a great Saturday!!! ... Read more

  • A mother's dilemma

    1/23/2016 6:55:20 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I am facing a huge financial problem. Which brings with it a moral or 'parental' dilemma. Forgive me, I don't want to go into the details here. But is there a point as a parent, when it is OK to put our own needs or desires first? Or at least on an equal footing. My children are aged 22, 21, an... Read more

  • update on woek out room

    1/23/2016 9:44:10 AM, by TETHATSME

    It started with a clean out of the packed garage, then plywood on ceiling to cover the beams, Lots of cleaning to do The Beast main section We figured this thing(the Beast) has been sitting for about ten years. some parts in the garage and some on the carport in front of the garag... Read more

  • TROUBLE POSTING.

    1/23/2016 6:35:09 AM, by SMIDGON

    I just wanted to post about Johns condition; plus the weather. It was rejected! Anyone else having problems?... Read more

  • Friday

    1/22/2016 9:45:43 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Happy Friday!!! and Happy Weekend!!!! This weekend is going to be weird . . . DH will be gone tomorrow so I'll have all day to myself. Well, Bad Leroy Brown will demand his fair share of attention . . . . walks, treats, nap, treats, walk, etc. I think I've got all the housew... Read more

  • My Gorgeous Girl

    1/22/2016 6:54:34 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Today my daughter completed her final exams in her Neurobiology Degree course. Earlier she rang me to say she'd also got the first of her results back and she'd got a first in her translation of science into medicine, course work. Naturally I am extremely pleased for her. Plus immensely proud of ... Read more

  • Back Pain and Pain

    1/22/2016 8:35:39 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I have a recurring problem with back pain. Everybody in my family is sick of it, including me. It's not really muscle strain or even a pulled muscle-it's a spasm. I can't sleep through it, I can't stand it and it makes me one unhappy camper. No one really understands (channeling my inner teenager) ... Read more

  • Where there's a will

    1/21/2016 6:47:10 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I blogged recently about aiming to look/be 'ten years younger/healthier' and in particular how during week one I was going to work on my sleep pattern. Possibly not the best timing because, I've found another site to stream the tennis. Which means now the Australian Open is on, I am up until the w... Read more

  • Thursday smiles

    1/21/2016 5:48:45 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    So far, I've vacuumed everything, moved/rearranged all the furniture in the living room, to make room for the dining table and chairs that's been stored in the garage for the past couple of months. I'm already 3000 over my step goal for today . . . and it's not even 3 o'clock! Woohoo ... Read more

  • I feel great

    1/20/2016 8:57:01 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    For the past few days, I've had such a toothache, well, two of them, that I could not do as much as I wanted to do . . . I still met my step and fitness goals each day, but beyond that, not so much. Well last night, DH suggested I try some of that toothache gel . . . and wow! that did the tric... Read more

  • Weight, Perceptions and Mother

    1/20/2016 8:19:07 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I thought I had already blogged about this before but see I have not, maybe just in chat. Late last year I weighed less than my mother did for most of her life and I am two inches shorter! My mother came out of the hospital after having me, weighing less than before she became pregnant. Uh, I was... Read more

  • He's got the key to the door, never been 21 before...........

    1/20/2016 6:25:04 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Greetings my Sparkly friends. The birthday celebrations were fab. The present opening took quite some time. Firstly because there were soooooooooooooo many presents. Secondly [as I taught all my children to do], the birthday boy read each card carefully. And studied each... Read more

  • Today

    1/20/2016 12:35:41 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    This bag of pictures that mom gave me yesterday are essentially a visual record of my life. I'm having a blast reminiscing, going back in time (in my minds eye, at least) and remembering the experiences I'd had up to that point in my life . . . . what was going on at that time . . . and ... Read more

  • ~indygirl's Weight Loss Tips

    1/19/2016 10:04:14 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Don't worry about being perfect, think about being better than yesterday. Never look back unless it's to see how far you've come. Track and measure. Really. Track and measure. Protein. Not necessarily low carb, but be sure to get your protein in. Use smaller lunch sized plates. (I bought pre... Read more

  • Walk down memory lane

    1/18/2016 10:50:22 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Today while I was in the city, I dropped DH off for his dentist appointment, and I went over to visit with my mom. She's 85 years young and still lives on her own. Mom brought out a bag of old pictures from when I was a kid. Did I say OLD?!! Anyway, this one is from 1972 or 1973, and it... Read more

  • Fifty seven & feeling fabulous!

    1/18/2016 10:40:38 AM, by FRANCESCANAZ

    Thank you to everyone of you who wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday. It really made my day. It took me 62 minutes to swim my 57 laps (1.25+ mile) & my sinus was burning after the first 47. I can still see the marks left behind from my goggles (damn aging skin) But, with every lap I recalled ... Read more

  • Lazy, Rainy Sunday

    1/18/2016 12:02:15 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Well, I was up early, like 4AM early . . . tossed and turned, finally got up. So, it's been a bit of a lazy day. We had rain, lots and lots of rain . . . the poor little hummingbirds were dodging raindrops that must have seemed like bowling balls to them. I got in my ste... Read more

  • 21 for 21

    1/17/2016 7:49:35 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Just hours now until we celebrate my eldest boy's 21st. He remains disinterested. He was clear he didn't want to 'go out'. In fact, he didn't want a 'fuss' made at all. He didn't want any presents, and he'd really rather just have a normal day. I told him I accept his right not to celebrate, bu... Read more

  • A Comment by My Brother

    1/17/2016 6:43:57 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Over the holidays my brother and his daughter (my niece) came for a visit. My brother is 10 years older. He has never had the weight problem that I have, but he has been up and down and does battle with excess weight. This picture is from the summer when I stayed with him to go to my cousin's 80... Read more

  • Birthday Cakes

    1/16/2016 6:59:12 PM, by TIZSLIM

    When my children were small, I'd make their birthday cakes. No problem. Oh but the decorating of them. I'd try and keep it simple but even so, I just couldn't do it. I'd be in tears of frustration. One year, on my daughter's fifth or sixth birthday, my friend P rang, firstly to wish me happy bir... Read more

  • A funny thing happened on the way to the Bat Mitzvah...

    1/16/2016 5:27:43 PM, by SADAPARIBHUTA

    I'm going to a Bat Mitzvah next week, so I gave my outfit a dress rehearsal, even though I'm wearing the same outfit as the last Bat Mitzvah, six weeks ago. Good. Thing. I. Checked. The dress SHRANK in my CLOSET! It's the only possible explanation! The little angel on my one shoulder said,... Read more

  • Offsetting Emotional Eating With Mindfulness

    1/16/2016 11:46:09 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there's a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. It's a way of being completely in the moment without going forward or... Read more

  • New work out room

    1/16/2016 9:25:33 AM, by TETHATSME

    Hubby has been busy the last few weeks, he has been spending time in our garage cleaning it out, which is a workout in itself, for this was the place where 25 years of all mismatched, overused, broken, things drag home from others peoples thrown away curb piles where brought and stored away labeled ... Read more

  • Dietary adjustments

    1/15/2016 11:14:22 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    So, I'm doing this 30 day Fit & Fiber - Full Wellness Challenge about a week into it, they tell me not to increase your fiber too quickly. Well, now ya tell me. Thanks anyway. So, my lesson for today is "Making dietary changes slowly". I've gotta go now..... Clas... Read more

  • The 28 Day Home Workout Challenge

    1/15/2016 9:53:11 PM, by MARYANNB25

    Joined this challenge and boy am I glad I did. I joined it late on evening so I didn't actually do any exercise till the next day. On day 2, I actually did the exercise for Day 1 and also Day 2 to catch myself up. So far I have done Day's 1-4. I was worried that I may not be able to do the exercise... Read more

  • My not so tiddly, tiddly peeps

    1/15/2016 7:02:24 PM, by TIZSLIM

    On Monday, we will celebrate my eldest son's 21st birthday. I'm struggling to get my head around that. When they were mere toddlers, I started to sometimes call my children 'my tiddly peeps'. Tiddly = small. Peeps = a slang word for People, mostly used in the 80's and 90's. More recently,... Read more

  • Back again ...again

    1/15/2016 1:48:03 PM, by TETHATSME

    Ok I keep coming back do good for a bit and by the time summer come around I am back to the old ways of not doing quite the best I could. Thro even coming back now and then, I am still using the habits I have learned for here at sparks. So in general I am not doing bad just not doing my best. So I ... Read more

  • No longer super-morbidly obese

    1/15/2016 7:53:10 AM, by BECKYF3506

    I saw 273 on the scale this morning, which means that I'm no longer in the super-morbidly obese category. :-)... Read more

  • Not sure

    1/14/2016 9:27:54 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    So, I've been trying to post a blog for about half an hour . . SparkPeople's message keeps telling me "NO html" Well, there is none. . . . So, I'm not sure what's going on, if it has something to do with the new updates that Windows took 3 hours installing l... Read more

  • Truly Madly Deeply

    1/14/2016 6:03:07 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Two weeks in and already I'm beginning to truly madly deeply think, that I'm not all that keen on 2016. My not so tiddly, tiddly peeps, are truly, madly, deeply saddened. First Bowie who they all loved, now 'Snape' as they think of him. Both only 69, both lost to cancer. Take heart I told the no... Read more

  • Changing Things Up

    1/14/2016 11:59:40 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    This picture has nothing to do with the Title, but I went to another paint night and had fun. My daughter is on my right and my son's GF is on my left. The picture, though, does represent where I am now. I'm happy and having fun and looking pretty good, for me. But, I have been struggling late... Read more

  • Two NSV's!

    1/14/2016 9:43:22 AM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 19 of my streak! I've got two NSV's to share, but first I want to tell you about a challenge I started on Monday with some of my Sparkfriends on my private team. We're doing a 30 Workouts Challenge. The goal is to see how long it will take us to get 30 workouts done. So far I... Read more

  • Wet and Wild Wednesday

    1/13/2016 8:18:48 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    We had some kinda storm blow through . . . wind and lots and lots of rain. Well, I'm feeling great today. Yeah!!! I had a follow up appointment with the acupuncturist. And today is her birthday, so I gave her a big bundle of gratitude. She's a very special person. ... Read more

  • Sleep - perchance to dream

    1/13/2016 6:44:42 PM, by TIZSLIM

    10 years younger/healthier I said. By 20th March I said. Well it's not going to happen on it's own is it. Is it? No, almost certainly not. So I figured I'd best you know, actually make some plans, set some goals, and all that jazz. About 14/15 years ago when my children were still very y... Read more

  • 1-13-2016

    1/13/2016 5:55:46 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I am back near the cusp of a new weight and am working on getting to the other side. Slow and steady with some ups and downs seems to be the only way I know to go. Now after the birthday I am re-dedicating myself to see this journey more clearly and work it more diligently.... Read more

  • Negatives into Positives / Struggles into Strength.

    1/12/2016 9:42:32 PM, by MARYANNB25

    I saw the above quote and after reading it I realized how true it really is. I have been on this journey to lose weight for awhile. And there are good days and bad days but I always seem to lean toward the negative. Why is that? I have been trying to keep myself positive and for the most part ... Read more

  • Did it!

    1/12/2016 8:41:54 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Hope you're having a great day! I sure am. Even if I have to have another root canal, that's 3 weeks away. Today, I'm making the most of it. Today was the first beading class following a 3 week holiday break and it was good to catch up with the girls again. When I got home, I ... Read more

  • Thoughtful choices of recipe ingredients saves money

    1/12/2016 12:25:16 PM, by CLAIMTHEWORD

    Before I shop for groceries, I look at what's in my refrigerator/freezer as well as in my pantry, such as canned food and dry food. I try to use up what I have before shopping and I put leftovers in tupperware and plastic bags in the freezer to save for a rainy day. Once I see what I have left... Read more

  • Gain Control Trick

    1/12/2016 10:06:46 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Seize the moment, not just the day! What can you do each moment to make your life a little healthier? So maybe you blew it a minute ago... Picture a big red stop sign in your head and clear your mind of all else. Keep repeating STOP! Then imagine a new scene, a beach maybe, and say, REFRESH! Cl... Read more

  • Monday

    1/11/2016 7:30:48 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Just back from a trip to town and another visit with the dentist, prepping for a crown . . . or another root canal. The next couple of weeks will tell. Before leaving this morning, I stepped on the scale and I'm down another 2 pounds. I know that's not real, probably water . . . but at l... Read more

  • You remind me of the babe

    1/11/2016 5:25:04 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Goodbye Starman - you Legend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=ZvyNOg4jSRg Bright blessings.... Read more

  • IF the last ones didn't sink in, here are a few more tips

    1/11/2016 8:48:37 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Are you stuck in a weight-loss plateau? Don't fret, you're in good company. It happens to many people after a certain period of time and can last a few weeks or longer. During this time, try to assess your situation and see if there is anything you can do about it beyond an unhealthy and drastic cal... Read more

  • Here is a few more tips!!

    1/10/2016 8:47:05 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Rule number one for weight loss is to eat less calories than you burn. Obviously, this is easier said than done. We’d like to present you with a short list of tricks to help you consume less. 1. start every meal and snack with a glass or two of water. In some cases, the brain misinterprets thir... Read more

  • What I did today.

    1/10/2016 8:44:35 PM, by MARYANNB25

    Just a couple of pictures of things I have been working on recently. Finished the shawl I have been working on the last few days. I think it turned out really good. I already have a girl friend that is wanting me to make her one...... Other than that. Today went well. I did 45... Read more

  • Deep Breath

    1/10/2016 6:46:20 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I said I'd try and organise my 'start pictures' today for the '10 years younger [healthier] project because my daughter was due to visit and I knew she'd take the pictures for me. She did indeed visit but we were so busy chatting that I forgot to ask her. Late this evening I remembered and so aske... Read more

  • Hope

    1/10/2016 5:59:55 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    While walking around the yard this morning, I noticed buds on the Lilac bushes. In the flower beds, the hyacinths, crocus, tulips, daffodils and narcissus are already poking their first blades above ground. That gives me hope and inspires me on my journey. I've lost 5 pounds so far and... Read more

  • Happy Weekend!

    1/10/2016 1:19:56 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • Ten Years Younger

    1/9/2016 5:48:53 PM, by TIZSLIM

    A long time ago I wrote on my spark page that I wanted to look 10 years younger. The phrase comes from a TV programme that years ago my daughter and I would occasionally watch and frankly - extract the urine from. Basically they took the subject [victim] of each weeks show [occasionally a man but ... Read more

  • I AM ENOUGH

    1/9/2016 4:30:33 PM, by MARYANNB25

    I found this online today and it touched my soul. I have made mistakes but I have learned from them. Today I realized that I AM ENOUGH. 521 386 390 247... Read more

  • Body positivity-where should we draw the line?

    1/9/2016 3:23:11 PM, by BECKYF3506

    I just watched this short video, and am not sure how I feel about it, so I'm putting it here so I can find it again if I want to. I do agree with her that we can do what we can do to try to have our healthiest body possible, but I'm not so sure that our weight is within our control, at least no... Read more

  • Feeling constrained

    1/9/2016 7:13:19 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I started to feel to numbers driven and stopped signing into spark every day on 12/20/15. Yes, 301 days helped me, but I'm trying to simplify even more now. -focus on water -add more movement -care for my feelings -be centered and consciously slow down in movements, walking, breathing, and t... Read more

  • Such a gloomy day.

    1/8/2016 11:57:37 PM, by MARYANNB25

    It was so gloomy and dreary out today that I found it hard to get myself motivated. However I pushed on and did 40 minutes on Wii Fit Free Run. Then 35 minutes just walking around the house. I actually got over 10000 steps in today and I feel good about that. Took a break from my crocheting today bu... Read more

  • Do you have a happy heart?

    1/8/2016 2:44:48 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Recently I read an article about aging in America and how increased stress and busy-ness together with the lack of exercise was shortening productivity and diminishing vitality at an earlier age than ever before. It was further stated that a simple exercise plan, begun ear... Read more

  • Day 4

    1/7/2016 11:04:32 PM, by MARYANNB25

    Another good day. I finally got some sleep last night, Actually about 10 hours. At least I felt better today than I did yesterday. I actually did 46 minutes on Wii Fit. 1 mile with Leslie Sansone walking dvd and then 30 Minute Latin Spice Walking Workout video from SP.... Today was a good day. I am... Read more

  • Transition diets

    1/7/2016 9:44:13 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Transition diets are one of the easiest ways to become a healthier eater. I’ve been doing them since the ’80s and, in fact, one of the first articles I ever wrote for Beachbody, in January 2001, was a 6-week transition plan. They’re not only great for first-time dieters but are also great for a... Read more

  • 12th Night and beyond.

    1/7/2016 7:16:17 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Well so I'm told. Because my cunning plan worked - as usual. Some of my friends did indeed come and hoover up the calories for me. Before the onslaught: Early evening - joshing with some of the youngsters: Of course when the dining room g... Read more