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  • Eyes on the prize

    7/22/2016 9:01:28 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    At least 4 more weeks until we have a hope of getting internet at home. And I need to switch the auto-correct OFF!! Fitness minutes, step goal, etc. I'm good with . . . . but I need to start tracking my food again. . . . . at least manually. Keeping my eyes on the prize .... Read more

  • Daily Goals... Short attention span?

    7/22/2016 10:46:15 AM, by TROUTPOUT

    Call it short attention span, boredom, or whatever...but I will not call myself a quitter.... I have achieved many things I have set out to do, and when I set my mind to something I usually do it up good, and exceed my own expectations. So....why am I struggling so hard with the weight. Cravings? ... Read more

  • Totally blew it Yesterday!

    7/22/2016 8:53:36 AM, by WINACHST

    I gave in to a craving and my granddaughter and I emptied a carton of Oreo thins while at the laundry mat. We both sat there reading a magazine, reached in, chomp, chomp, reached in for another. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Til i reached in and there was nothing left. I am such a bad example. Next ... Read more

  • What Is the Difference Between a Rest Day and an Active Recovery Day?

    7/21/2016 6:53:48 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    How much rest the human body requires varies from person to person and hinges on numerous factors such as sleep, age, and fitness level. You should place more emphasis on sleep during rest days, says Thieme. Its such an important part of the recovery process because it helps muscles repair, reco... Read more

  • Phase One Goal reached

    7/21/2016 9:20:23 AM, by WINACHST

    I have been struggling this year to get back down to my goal weight. I reached phase one this morning when I stepped on the scale. This is my weight that I was in early adult years. Now, I need to focus on getting rid of the excess body fat that I am carrying around. I have three pairs of jean... Read more

  • What I learned at the doctor

    7/20/2016 8:49:47 PM, by TRESSWANN

    My medical insurance. My primary doctor isn't part of the plan. We moved and she's over 20 miles away. I went to urgent care near the house. I was supposed to go back to my primary, DH has more medical issues than me so he changed months ago. He insisted I need a regular check up. I mean not ... Read more

  • Weight vs Thin

    7/18/2016 10:57:58 AM, by TRESSWANN

    I weighed and was down a half on Saturday. Truthgully, it depends on the day and time. Today, I am up 1.5 but know it will drop. Besides, this range is the least I have weighed in my adult life. And I am about 2 pounds less than my mother was just about her whole life and she was 2 inches taller... Read more

  • Ready for a skinny vaca!

    7/18/2016 10:41:04 AM, by TROUTPOUT

    Went to Hawaii in January of this year. Amazing trip, one of the best I've ever had. Just one thing... I so longed for the days where I felt comfortable in my skin, where I knew my body reflected my heart, my soul, and my personal vision for myself. I'm tired of struggling to find the right thin... Read more

  • Race Result and some Ramblings

    7/18/2016 9:46:32 AM, by WINACHST

    July 9,2016 Red Ore 5k was my best time for the season so far. 31:57 It felt good to come in under 32 minutes, that was the chip time, gun time was 32:12 I'll take the chip time. :-) At my last race, I said that I was going to work on coming in under 32 minutes. I am now beginning to train fo... Read more

  • Monday morning blues.

    7/18/2016 6:42:46 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I woke up early and my mood went downhill. I had coffee and read Spark articles. I reviewed my challenges. I entered the foods I planned to eat today. I looked up the sunrise time for today and will walk the dog after 6:23 am. I hope to walk off this "pending sense of doom" that I feel. I feel worri... Read more

  • A pretty good day of shopping...

    7/17/2016 10:51:15 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Rode my bike 10.1 miles, tracked my food & had a successful day of shopping. I was so excited to find just the right pair of tennis shoes & four watches in 4 colors. Did not sleep well last night but am hoping for some Sweet Dreams & plenty of Beauty Sleep too. Take care... JANEY 41... Read more

  • Fun stuff I've been doing while without Internet

    7/17/2016 9:43:52 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Thought I'd show you a couple pictures of stuff I've been doing while I've not had Internet. First of all I've been making more jewelry. And then I've Learned how to preserve feathers Some of these are from the Blue Jays that nested by our garage, as well as guinea hen and wild turkeys from the ... Read more

  • Been busy in the Garden

    7/17/2016 9:28:17 PM, by TROUTPOUT

    We've made some changes in the yard, and it's starting to become colorful out there. It's nice spending time being active acomplishing things at home. Loving it!... Read more

  • Short & Sweet...

    7/16/2016 11:18:16 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    It is past 11:00 & I should be in bed. Even though I have not blogged since the 13th, I have been tracking my food & exercise. I'm still down 29 lbs. & feeling pretty good. Hope that all of you are having a great weekend. Take care... JANEY 41... Read more

  • How I don't want to look anymore!

    7/16/2016 11:02:43 PM, by DEEDEEGRAM

    This picture was taken of me while on holidays this past month ( July, 2016). I don't want to look as heavy as this by next July (2017). All this excess weight made it hard for me to do a lot of walking up hills while we were sightseeing. I want to be able to fit comfortably in a booth at a... Read more

  • Happenings at the Gym

    7/14/2016 4:15:51 PM, by TRESSWANN

    So, DH gets my foot into sneaker today. Yeah. Head off to gym. Yesterday, there was a detour but I made it. Today, I pull up and there's a police car in front of the gym. I call DH and he says maybe someone is getting a ticket. No. No other car. I do see people going in and DH says if it's ... Read more

  • Making the most of it

    7/14/2016 12:57:00 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I have to admit, I am really enjoying not having unlimited access to the internet. So many other things to do rather than sitting in a chair looking at a computer screen. For example, I've been painting more as well as experimenting with polymer clay for making focals and com... Read more

  • DH and Funnies?

    7/13/2016 7:28:55 PM, by TRESSWANN

    As you know, due to my condition, I fall from time to time. As a rule I do it well. We were leaving the house after my first gym visit to go to Home depot for garden things when my leg buckled and went out from under me. Luckily, I grabbed the wrought iron front step and crumpled very gracefully.... Read more

  • Insert obscenity here

    7/13/2016 4:57:41 PM, by TIZSLIM

    For almost 3 weeks I have been trying to compose a blog. The collective madness that seemed to take over large swathes of the UK - or at least large parts of England and Wales, rendered me unable to string more than a couple of words together. As each new madness unfolded, the words that mostly sp... Read more

  • Good Lord, I'm slipping...

    7/13/2016 4:22:22 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I have not fallen off the wagon. It's been a... "Life Gets in the Way" kind of week. I last blogged on July 8th & last rode my bike on Mon. Yesterday & today, I have been helping with a friend...took her to the hospital Tues. & spent the day there...stayed with her kids last night & will do the same... Read more


    7/12/2016 5:44:00 AM, by SMIDGON

    It is so hot and dry! We are to get storms which aren't good. I HATE storms! Especially at night. I had a melt down yesterday. There's Johns Chemo today. Then Larry will have to spend a lot of time with him. He has to have his temperature taken every hour. I am getting things ... Read more

  • Have to stay focussedm

    7/10/2016 7:47:36 PM, by REENEY2

    What is keeping me from staying focussed on weight loss.i need to do this!!... Read more

  • Whoops, I missed another day...

    7/8/2016 9:55:51 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Short & Sweet...I rode 10.3 miles, tracked my food & this is my blog. Have a good weekend... JANEY 41... Read more


    7/8/2016 6:24:47 AM, by SMIDGON


  • Gym Excuses and another NSV

    7/7/2016 5:45:09 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I have been unable to do much of anything because of my deep wound blisters. Finally, I have a scab, much less swelling. Yesterday, I was ready and psyched to go to the gym, last visit was a week ago which triggered a relapse on the wound. I have to wear the spectral leg aka brace to walk outsid... Read more

  • What the H is going on?

    7/6/2016 10:06:21 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I'm going to try to be honest with myself...I have not blogged since Sun. Today is Wed. I did not ride my bike today & I have not tracked my food yesterday or today. I didn't even weigh myself what is going on? Hmmmm...let's see...I went out to dinner Mon. eve. with my husband & some frie... Read more

  • True but...

    7/6/2016 3:40:43 PM, by TROUTPOUT

    True but, unfortunately there is ice cream.... I love ice for now I count.... Read more

  • things are in an uproar !

    7/6/2016 2:32:46 PM, by SMIDGON

    John is still undergoing Chemo. He has made his peace a d periodically talks about the road ahead. I t hurts to hear him do such, but glad he is not in denial. As for me, I have been going to the dr a good bit. A lot of blood work. The dr says I look terrific . But I'm not! He c... Read more

  • Amping It up

    7/6/2016 11:27:33 AM, by TRESSWANN

    My blister is finally on the mend. I was able to get into sandals and go to lunch with my stepson, then afterwards to Target. I bought a new battery for my zip. I didn't get to the gym but decided to use my stepper. Last week, I couldn't get on it; my legs couldn't make it. Last night I had a s... Read more

  • Picture of Our new to us Harley

    7/5/2016 11:30:37 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Finally figured out how to post this Picture from my phone. As you can notice Hubby has a peg leg, and the BMW had a very tall seat and high center of gravity, especially with me on back, so this works better. And yes I kept my Can Am Spyder. It can out maneuver the Harley in the ... Read more

  • Still frustrated - step tracking

    7/5/2016 12:07:55 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I have mobility issues so its critical I know how many steps I take. I have been on a quest. For awhile, my Fitbit zip was just the ticket. I usually wear dresses so I can attach the zip in my bra. I have also used a Jawbone UP, and a Move, all with mixed results. I know I can track on the p... Read more

  • July 4th Check in

    7/4/2016 11:26:21 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Just a quick check in today. Hope you're all doing well.... wow, do I miss my Spark friends and teams. The last we heard from the local internet company is that we MIGHT . . . say again M-I-G-H-T . . . see the installer around the first week of August. So, cross your fingers and toes,... Read more

  • I guess that I missed yesterday...

    7/3/2016 7:15:08 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Blogging that is...I tracked my exercise...10.3 miles on my bike (July 2)...& my food too. Today I rode my bike 10.2 miles. When I got up, it was raining slightly...actually just a sprinkle. I was determined to get my ride in, even if I got wet...I just don't do lightning & thunder. I managed to com... Read more

  • Be kind to your self too!

    7/3/2016 2:11:37 PM, by TROUTPOUT

    Hello. Good Morning. Go on out there and treat yourself right. You deserve it!... Read more

  • Bored?

    7/2/2016 9:57:14 PM, by TROUTPOUT

    I think this is true a lot!!... Read more

  • Can't believe that July has arrived...

    7/1/2016 8:48:59 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Rode my recumbent bike 10.1 miles today. Played euchre & there were no refreshments...probably a good is usually junk food/wasted calories. Went to the Kroger & bought a ton of healthy food for the weekend. The Kroger was SO felt like Thanksgiving. All in all, it has been a g... Read more

  • My self and my son

    7/1/2016 4:36:14 PM, by CBEVNOW

    I want to say I have not been on SP for some time now. My oldest son has had 2 major surgery's in 3 months. the first surgery is when they discovered he had cancer of his left Kidney. when he had the surgery for the cancer of his left Kidney any thing that could go wrong did go wrong. He survived... Read more

  • I am not fat, i have fat. :)

    7/1/2016 3:00:59 PM, by TROUTPOUT

    I am I. We are we. We just need to be, The best that we can be, So we are all we can be. I, We, deserve it. Lets try, and see.... Read more

  • This is ever so true...

    7/1/2016 2:59:30 AM, by TROUTPOUT

    I look in the mirror. I look again. Who is that person I see. Is that really me?... Read more

  • Where did this week go?

    6/30/2016 5:22:42 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I rode my bike 9.2 miles in 64 min. I can't believe that it is almost the end of the week & it is the end of the month...this week seemed to fly by. I'm glad that the weather cooled off a little, at least the humidity feels less. I've been trying to get to bed every night at 11:00, so that I can get... Read more

  • Sedentary and Alta

    6/30/2016 8:40:09 AM, by TRESSWANN

    I have always loved to walk. It's how I sort things out. And I am known for literally walking with my feet. 16 years ago I literally lost over 20 pounds when I started my last job because I walked to and from work and at lunchtime. Then disease hit. I have mobility issues. Outside of my hom... Read more

  • A pretty normal day

    6/29/2016 9:42:35 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    HEY EVERYONE...I didn't do much today, other than 10.3 miles on my bike. I just did "stuff" around the house, but I was very pleased to have Mr. Scale smile at me...I have lost about 28 lbs. since April 4th. One thing that I have been trying to do this week, is to increase my amt. of protein & keep ... Read more

  • Another Funny NSV

    6/29/2016 11:22:34 AM, by TRESSWANN

    I am a woman of a certain age so when nature calls, it calls. That being said, three years ago I bought a pair of tan shorts at Target, size 8. Last year I was able to get in them by laying on the bed, holding my breath and zipping them up. This year I have lost more weight. So the other day whe... Read more

  • Wowzers!

    6/29/2016 10:03:53 AM, by TROUTPOUT

    When you look at it this way a pound is suddenly a big deal!... Read more

  • Transcending Unresolved Issues

    6/29/2016 9:23:43 AM, by EARTHSEAME

    "Awareness or presence is never avoidance. In awareness, you allow yourself to feel whatever it is that you feel; you do not repress it in any way. Do you sense unresolved pain within? How are you going to resolve the pain except by allowing yourself to feel it? I believe it was Carl Jung who s... Read more

  • Not eating enough??

    6/28/2016 11:34:41 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Rode my bike 10.1 avg. 8 mph in 72 min. VERY seldom, in the past...was I ever guilty of NOT eating enough, but lately I have been messing with my crazy schedule & have not been eating my meals at the same time every day. It seems to disrupt my food choices, as I tell myself oh it's OK to eat that, b... Read more

  • Taking The Time!

    6/28/2016 7:50:26 PM, by TROUTPOUT

    I have many times, taken the time. My problem is continuing to find the time. Im tired of making excuses, im ready to give this the time that it will take to achieve my goals!... Read more

  • Back at it on Monday...

    6/27/2016 5:53:30 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    10.4 miles in 72 minutes with average 8 mph. I have decided to add my activity for the day, because I still haven't figured out how to track my mileage & be able to go back to a previous date to see what my mileage was that day. I have been going to my fitness tracker page. I click on the mileage ta... Read more

  • Fear.

    6/27/2016 10:54:31 AM, by TROUTPOUT

    When we gain confidence in the things we do, we lose fear, and we succeed.... Read more

  • Sunday...just checking in...

    6/26/2016 10:19:05 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Rode 8.7 miles...went to a stage show (Grease) ate too much but had a good day with friends. Take care... JANEY 41... Read more

  • Stay Active Gardening

    6/26/2016 9:38:44 PM, by TROUTPOUT

    Worked in the garden and on my deck for several hours today. Fun to stay active doing things that make our home look beautiful. One of my goals is to become more fit, doing hard work here at home as part of my workouts ,doing things that I seem to never have enough time for.... Read more

  • Blogging earlier in the Day...

    6/25/2016 9:32:16 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I did not have breakfast this morning...rode my bike 11.4 miles, had a 500+ calories for lunch & then went to a picnic with my husband & ate way too much junk...I will need to ride about 15 miles tomorrow. Took my meds & plan to be IN bed by 11:00. Take care... JANEY 24... Read more

  • challenges

    6/25/2016 10:17:53 AM, by TRESSWANN

    I am starting a 5% challenge. Here's the challenge - I have finally reached a point where 5% may be too much for me. I have been so used to always being overweight. I reached my original goal last year and realized I was still carrying too much weight so I kept on going. What works for everyone ... Read more

  • Today 20,012 SparkPoints!!

    6/25/2016 10:16:21 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    Today I met a big goal for myself by passing 20k SparkPoints.... Read more

  • I have a question...

    6/24/2016 10:52:02 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I started back on SP on April 4th but didn't start exercising (riding my recumbent bike) on June 9th. I have been tracking the amt. of time, the number of miles & the type of activity but I can't find the figure that says how many TOTAL miles I have ridden since June 9th. Any suggestions? It is almo... Read more