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  • Day 14 10-Minute Work Out Streak Still Going Strong.

    9/20/2014 2:49:31 PM, by DLITE719

    So far so good. There was a couple of days I didn't think I would make it but I did. On one particular day I was just too tired to get up and work out before work thinking I would get my work out in after work. I forgot that I had a meeting at 6:30 pm. When I got off work I raced home to fix dinner ... Read more

  • Inadvertant Passenger

    9/20/2014 2:23:00 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Yesterday, a squirrel decided to hitch a ride with me - the hard way. I was on my CanAm Spyder RS way out in the boonies and DH was on his BMW about 3 seconds in front of me. I saw a squirrel scamper across the road ju... Read more

  • One Year Sparkversary

    9/19/2014 7:21:53 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Tomorrow will be exactly one year since I restarted Spark People. My original goal was (60-60-60) -to lose 60 pounds by the time I was 60 and weigh 160. As of this morning I weigh 168, and I have lost 54 pounds. I'll take it! My ... Read more

  • Time to Call in the Big Guns

    9/18/2014 12:31:33 PM, by CHARITYAK

    I've always been a believer in healing through nutrition and exercise. But after almost 3 weeks, my knee is not getting better. I've been doing upper body workouts, but been unable to do any significant cardio work. Yesterday I tried to bike on the stationary bike and couldn't even manage a few rota... Read more


    9/18/2014 10:40:34 AM, by HEALTHIER-VICKI

    We're doing a bit of struggling right now over menu planning with what groceries we have. Being on a very tight budget, there is no extra money to go out and buy more groceries. Not until the first of the month. So Bob is getting... Read more

  • Status on Sept. Goals

    9/17/2014 3:16:30 PM, by DIANNEMT

    These are the goals I stated earlier this month--it is past the 15th so time to check in. So 1) 10K steps per day--OKAY 2) 3 gym classes per week -- haven't had 3 ST classes every week but have gone to gym 3+ days a week 3) continue with 5% Challenge as an EL for my team --YEP 4) research a... Read more

  • Ready for 5% Challenge--Determined Daisy team

    9/17/2014 3:12:51 PM, by DIANNEMT

    The new 5% Challenge starts on Saturday. I am in maintenance--no way can i lose 5% more weight--that would be 7-8 pounds and I am already in the good BMI range. But I can drop 3-4 pounds and hope to do that this challenge. I am keeping up my 10K steps per day--hasn't been too hard but will be when ... Read more

  • Joyful in the Journey

    9/17/2014 12:18:13 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    It's been two weeks since I began an 'official' Spark break. And I'm proud of myself for hitting the pause button. I really needed it. Sometimes I just need to step off the merry-go-round. ... Read more

  • Two Weeks On Track

    9/17/2014 11:12:03 AM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 14 of my streak! This week has been going really awesome so far. On Monday, I got two great workouts done (Les Mills Pump and DDP Yoga), and then in the evening I mowed the lawn. It felt great to be so active, and... Read more

  • Big Changes

    9/17/2014 7:42:18 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    The stuff that was going on in my life concerned my daughter's problem with domestic violence. She will be staying with us for the foreseeable future. I really wasn't going to blog about it, because it is so personal, but, it is the reason that I have not been as active on Spark People. So I wanted ... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question Wednesday September 17th

    9/17/2014 6:58:51 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

    I've been so busy with family these last 4 to 5 weeks that I haven't been online on a daily basis. I can't believe we're halfway through September already!! Here's the question: ... Read more


    9/16/2014 5:32:32 PM, by HEALTHIER-VICKI

    So far everything has gone well with our new eating plan. We've stayed within 25 calories of our target number allowed and we've been way under the 2000 grams of sodium each day. We've started eating breakfast every morning and we ... Read more

  • Maintaining My Positive Attitude

    9/15/2014 10:17:23 AM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    Oh how I have missed aqua fit Friday and today! I have gout and my foot hurts, but I am still active. I went to church yesterday and out with friends. I read last night and this morning. Later I am doing chair exercises. Dh wants me to take the truck in today for detailing. Am I in pain... Read more

  • Goofy Bike Ride

    9/14/2014 11:09:09 PM, by CHARITYAK

    Had a fun day leading a bike ride with some of the kids from the church youth group I co-lead. The weather was unbelievable for this late into our Alaskan Fall. We rode in t-shirts and shorts! It was an 18 mile ride with an ice cream stop at the Mile 9 turn around point. I was nervous about r... Read more

  • right back to the start line

    9/14/2014 9:05:26 AM, by NJJAZZ

    looking back at my sparkpeople history ---------------------- last night i got on the scale - and there it was --- I joined SP in 2006 at 143 pounds................ and there was that number right back on the scale. At that time I was on 3 or 4 meds - sluggish and unhappy ------------ didnt exe... Read more

  • Dreams Do Come True

    9/13/2014 11:45:54 PM, by CHARITYAK

    Today was a very special day. I spent part of it checking in on a work party of local community members who were cleaning, painting and repairing the duplex that will become our first shelter for homeless youth. This one is for girls and will offer 10-12 beds. We have been working hard for this day ... Read more

  • Fit at last

    9/13/2014 7:39:01 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Not as fit as I was when my exercise was more regular, but I have just had my first few days of antibiotics and finally feel back to normal. I had a fever. I had a respiratory infection that wouldn't go away. Even when I started the day feeling better, I could only be mildly active for a few hou... Read more

  • Day 12 Keeping On

    9/12/2014 9:46:56 PM, by RAINBOWMF

    No blog from me for a few days but I never gave up, I did the healthy thing! I was just feeling low, news of a Lady passing, she is a Grandma to Boys who call me Grandma too, the news had me thinking why do I bother? Why do I care if I try to lose weight ? I mean she was 67 , not si... Read more

  • Sometimes being a good citizen backfires!

    9/12/2014 4:46:40 PM, by SUECHRIS50

    I was running after the neighbors grandson and of course he was in the busy street. I know not my business,but I'm human and nobody was watching him. I'm not going to ignore a 2 year old in the street!! Of course I rang the doorbell to hear them all hollering his name.. JUSTIN!!!His gram answered th... Read more

  • OMG! 10% increase in body fat

    9/12/2014 2:13:33 PM, by WINACHST

    I have not weighed myself for a while mostly because I did not want to know the number. I did not think I was doing too bad despite the snacking I have been doing I was able to fit in my "skinny" jeans comfortably and my fat pants were roomy. Dr. McDougall says the fat you eat is the fat you w... Read more

  • Ongoing Cholesterol Issue

    9/12/2014 12:19:41 PM, by CHARITYAK

    I had a mandatory insurance screening on Tuesday. I had a complete blood work up and the results, while not surprising, indicated that an ongoing problem with high cholesterol remains a problem. I have been fighting it for years. Part of it is genetic. My father always had high cholesterol. Part of ... Read more

  • Ten Days...ten stinkin' days!

    9/12/2014 3:01:29 AM, by CHARITYAK was ten days ago that I injured my knee and was unable to do much more than limp around with my knee in a brace. But it's been slowly getting better. And so much has gone on to catch up on... First up...Biggest Loser Fall Frenzy Challenge! I decided to join this SP event and was as... Read more

  • Day 5 of my 10-Minute per day streak

    9/11/2014 9:56:26 PM, by DLITE719

    I am pretty excited. I have accomplished meeting more than the 10 minutes each day. Thank heavens the weather has been cooler here because I have enjoyed taking walks during my lunch hour. I am down 1 pound which doesn't seem like a lot up it put me under the 160 mark. At one time I was at 157. I wa... Read more

  • I once was lost but now I'm found...

    9/11/2014 1:03:30 PM, by SUECHRIS50

    I loved that song as a child and would shamelessly step up on stage and sing my heart out to my minister Granddad. Folks I have been wallowing in grief for my dog! I realized I have not been caring for myself in the last few months. It seems I always jump into taking care of everyone but ME!!I let m... Read more

  • Missed Everyone

    9/11/2014 8:20:23 AM, by SHERYLP461

    Hello to you all, I am finally back to Sparking and hope to remain. Most of you know I have been very sick for the past 30 days, but mending fast now and so happy to be back with everyone. Unfortunately I will not be able to respond to each and everyone of you that send good wishes, but know t... Read more

  • 7 Days On Track

    9/10/2014 12:05:11 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 7 of my streak! I just wanted to do a quick blog to update how I'm doing on my fresh start. In my last blog, I confessed that I have really done terribly this year and I've gained back most of the 71 lbs that I'd lost. But I'm back on track now and I'm trying to only look forward. ... Read more

  • Tips from one of the star

    9/10/2014 9:35:39 AM, by WINACHST

    I copied the bullet points from the article which is so encouraging and inspiring for me to get with the program, any program and get rid the junk. #10 is what I need to focus on
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  • Kombucha success

    9/9/2014 5:14:45 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    We have finished the first bottle of Kombucha Tea I brewed in the last couple of weeks. It was interesting and pleasant. It's not like DH to be adventurous with this type of food but it seems to have caught his fancy too. Perhaps he remembers those ginger beer bugs we used to make when we were child... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question Tuesday, September 9th

    9/9/2014 9:54:15 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Day 8 Weigh day

    9/8/2014 10:22:55 PM, by RAINBOWMF

    Hi Friends it was a great day even for a Monday ! Hubby, Panda and I walked through the woods to the lake. We crossed the river mouth and went on the north and south side of the lake. I managed to get 3.9 miles walking today, did 20 minutes on my gazelle. Drum roll for my weigh in ... Read more

  • Feeling better

    9/8/2014 3:02:31 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Visit from DS& BIL went very well, and Wellington put on a couple of lovely days. We spent time at my favorite seaside places, walked the beach, ate fabulous food, and chatted. It was a bit taxing as I wasn't feeling so flash, but antibiotic eye drops have sorted out our conjunctivitis and I am... Read more

  • Hairdresser experience

    9/8/2014 9:58:34 AM, by MARUKI52

    I have baby fine hair and it is difficult for me to find hairdressers who can deal with it. I found a great one locally but unfortunately he moved on and to a long way away too so I couldn't have him any more. Since then I have been having another guy do my hair and yes he does it okay but in a pr... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question Monday, Sept. 8th

    9/8/2014 6:57:54 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Autumn-Triggers

    9/8/2014 6:39:59 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Very quickly after I wrote my previous blog about overcoming my love of Dairy Queen blizzards, a commercial for the new apple pie and pumpkin pie blizzards for fall came on the TV and I wanted them!! If I hadn't seen that commercial I would have never thought about any kind of blizzard. Also, Dun... Read more

  • Will Play Catch Up Here Soon

    9/8/2014 1:44:38 AM, by CHARITYAK

    Have had many sweet inquiries by private message or on my spark page. I am doing fine. The knee is recovering though I can't do more than a slow walk at this point. But I"m behind on my blogging mostly because my husband is home one week out of six weeks. I have been spending every minute I ca... Read more

  • Day 7 woohoo

    9/7/2014 11:26:57 PM, by RAINBOWMF

    7 days, I made it. Walking Food Blog each day I should be writing about my plans for the up coming week but I am just too beat. I am happy that I never gave in to any cravings and that I had a successful week. Weigh day to morr... Read more

  • 9/7/2014 10-Minute Challenge

    9/7/2014 8:49:44 PM, by DLITE719

    I have read the Sparkguys mini book and know that I too can succeed. A few days ago I got on the scale (I had been staying away because I know I hadn't been good at working out or eating right). I was up 5 pounds from the 5% Summer weight loss challenge. I have taken the 10 minute workout challen... Read more

  • What I Wish People Knew

    9/7/2014 7:54:28 PM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    The world is getting crazier, or am I just getting older? I remember the days when you could trust people. Those people are now fewer and further between. I remember the days when people would dress up, for funerals especially. At yesterday's funeral, kids were wearing shorts, shirttails... Read more

  • Day 6--- Walking not enough

    9/6/2014 10:24:02 PM, by RAINBOWMF

    Saturday has been a good day. I did not get enough walking in today, we have an hour and 20 min. drive home, then by the time I put the clean laundry away, the groceries and unpacked the stuff I took away for 3 days I did not feel like going out walking. I will double my steps to morrow. ... Read more

  • over and done

    9/6/2014 5:18:45 PM, by NJJAZZ

    Ok - well came home from Florida and have not spoken to my friend that I visited since. How did that happen? I didnt call - and he didnt either. simple as that. Not even sure how I feel.............. this has been a very long term relationship that probably should have ended years... Read more

  • Fresh Start

    9/6/2014 2:02:38 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 3 of my streak! It has been a while since my last blog...over a month! Truth is, I haven't felt like blogging because I've been WAY off track,... Read more

  • I'm goin' shoppin'

    9/6/2014 1:56:43 PM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Notes on Heavy, an A&E show

    9/6/2014 9:34:39 AM, by WINACHST

    It seems like it has been a while since I last posted a blog and as I am typing I am watching an episode of Heavy. It is causing me to reevaluate what do I really want in terms of health and fitness. I definitely know that I am in control of what I put into my mouth, but I keep eating things that ar... Read more

  • Day 5 Over & a Good Day

    9/5/2014 10:17:25 PM, by RAINBOWMF

    Let me add a picture here, it is an old one of me that I made when I reached 132. I am weighing in at 165 again now but I am going to make sure that all changes in September. I don't know what has taken me so long to get working on me again but I am not going to let that bother me, I am just movi... Read more

  • 5% Challenge--Triggers

    9/5/2014 12:46:06 PM, by DIANNEMT

    Trigger situations and foods that trigger my over consumption of calories. My triggers are salty things like Ruffle Potato Chips and dip like french onion Plan - replacement habit or behavior---I do not keep these in the house. When I am at a party, I allow myself a few and then get AWAY... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question Friday, September 5th

    9/5/2014 6:42:55 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Day 4-- Good choices

    9/5/2014 12:35:06 AM, by RAINBOWMF

    Had a great Thursday. Breakfast was planned for my motel morning Coffee, boiled egg, ham and peaches. A steam sauna and hot shower. Then I was off visiting. I brought my sister out side so she could have a chat with Panda and my Hubby (Jim) Read more

  • SPARKPEOPLE - stop changing the format of the site!!

    9/4/2014 11:23:53 PM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

    I've been with SparkPeople for nearly 5 years now and have seen a lot of changes to the site. The new format they have now is HORRIBLE! Do they allow us to actually send a question to an actual human being anymore when we have a question? I tried sending an email (via my SparkMail) to support@spa... Read more

  • A new quarter

    9/4/2014 3:20:17 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Spring is a big thing, and usually I have had a plan in place. But I am kind of playing catch up at the moment. So I will just do a little thinking aloud. Im not going into work today because I am a little unwell. I have a headache, and caught conjunctivitis off DH, so I will lay low and take my e... Read more

  • With God's help I will overcome!

    9/4/2014 12:24:28 PM, by SUECHRIS50

    Where do I begin?Everything seems to have gone haywire!I guess I will start with my beloved mother in law.She had a relapse from a previous stroke.We rushed to her side and were thrilled to see her sitting up giving the nurses grief(they love her)Our grandsons son was born(that makes us 4 greats)our... Read more

  • Not trying Whole 30 just yet

    9/4/2014 8:03:18 AM, by DIANNEMT

    I have decided that I am not going to try Whole 30. I need to get and read the book and see if this makes sense for me--cause no dairy, grains or beans will really change the way I eat for me and for hubby. I need a better understanding of "why" and "how". So--I am focusing on portion control and ... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question Thursday, September 4th

    9/4/2014 6:52:21 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Day 3 Challenging

    9/3/2014 10:37:15 PM, by RAINBOWMF

    I had a trip away from home today so that made eating a challenge. I did it by planning what I would eat. Still drinking my water tonight to get my 8 glasses in. I only walked 3 miles but I had to go up and down 12 steps 7 times so that should help with the exercise. I have treate... Read more

  • Singing the Praises of PB2!

    9/3/2014 4:16:54 PM, by CHARITYAK

    I am here, loud and proud, to sing the praises of PB2! I adore peanut butter but the fat and calorie count were doing dismal things to my nutrition tracker. So when I read about PB2 on one of the Diet and Nutrition message boa... Read more

  • OUCH!

    9/2/2014 11:10:05 PM, by DLITE719

    Okay, I have increased my exercise time. So what to I do about the leg cramps I get in the middle of the night that wake me up? It seems that when I stretch my legs when I am sleeping I am triggering something because I get really really bad charlie horse cramps that have me in tears. I stretch be... Read more

  • Day 2 Learning

    9/2/2014 10:07:10 PM, by RAINBOWMF

    I am learning, yes learning. I know what I do wrong, I have the choice to do the right things, I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, repeat, repeat. I got through today OK with a lot of talking to myself and replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Eating wa... Read more

  • Get your Flu Shot!

    9/2/2014 7:51:52 PM, by DIANESKATZ

    September is here and many of the grocery store chains, drug stores and doctors' offices are now giving the flu shot. My sister and I got ours at Albertsons and didn't pay anything! Our insurances covered the full cost. Though we don't work anymore we are around lots of people at ... Read more

  • Sooooooo Aggravating!

    9/2/2014 1:50:36 PM, by CHARITYAK

    I was headed out the door on my way to the gym this morning and as I stepped on the exterior mat it slid causing me to take a bad tumble. I twisted my knee and back. What makes this particularly aggravating is that I have Von Willebrand's Disease which is a blood disorder that causes me to be at ris... Read more

  • In The News- Can You Train Your Brain To Like Healthy Foods?

    9/2/2014 10:51:12 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    The answer is yes and they had a news feature on the study this morning on TV. When I first started the "diet" that has been working for me I had just read "the Skinny on Losing Weight" . A couple of things really stood out to me. One is that Dr. Aronne explained how there is a physiological reaso... Read more

  • September mornings

    9/2/2014 10:32:08 AM, by NATNOEL

    My head is spinning because it is already September and my daughter is leaving in eight days for London where she will do fall semester this year . While I am very happy and excited for her I am also full of dread because she is my only child and I have never been that far away from her. She w... Read more

  • Well I never......

    9/2/2014 9:43:59 AM, by MARUKI52

    Just opened an email in my inbox and what do I find.............a selection of Christmas cards available for purchase! It seems like Summer is over Autumn has arrived and Christmas, on September 2nd, is now the main item on some people's agenda! Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier each yea... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question Tuesday, September 2nd

    9/2/2014 7:04:41 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Years Later

    9/1/2014 8:34:29 PM, by RAINBOWMF

    September is here - Monday is here, no better time to start fresh. All my close friends know that I have been slowly gaining weight back. I kept procrastinating on my healthy lifestyle until I managed to go from 130 up to 165 No more, to day was the day I made changes, I started li... Read more

  • A Day at the Races

    9/1/2014 11:13:34 AM, by CHARITYAK

    My eldest son and my beloved daughter-in-law are still out for the holiday weekend. Yesterday we spent the day at the local drag strip watching her father race his self-built '69 mustang race car. it is currently considered the fastest car in Alaska. When it is running! LOL! I guess the faster these... Read more

  • Ugh!

    9/1/2014 9:46:23 AM, by MARUKI52

    Feeling tired and sleepy today with little motivation to do anything but sleep. I only had just over 3 hours sleep last night. Can't think why because I had a good day on Sunday so there shouldn't have been any problem at all with sleeping. Had a great night on Saturday but the previ... Read more

  • September goals

    9/1/2014 7:47:44 AM, by DIANNEMT

    Funny how Sept 1 feels like the beginning of a new year--I guess it is the school year mentality. Working with schools, even though my kids are done with school, keeps me in tune with that! So--I need to spell out my goals for this month. I aimed for 10K steps as my "challenge goal" for August and... Read more

  • Spring!

    8/31/2014 9:09:26 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    First day of spring, I love the weather warming up, the birds. Planted my first lettuces, yay! Had a great weekend, last night walked an outdoors exhibition, Lux, with multiple installations of lights around the waterfront. Truly beautiful on that still, warm night. And on Saturday, went to a ga... Read more

  • September SMART Goals

    8/31/2014 1:23:14 PM, by CHARITYAK

    I have had one of the best summers I can remember. I have done many new hikes. I've made great progress in both weight loss and fitness. I've had fun with family and friends. I've got to invest in the lives of many youth. I've won some important grants. It's just been a delightful couple of months. ... Read more

  • Hiking Government Peak

    8/31/2014 1:40:08 AM, by CHARITYAK

    The kids are visiting today and Brittany wanted to do a hike. First, I fixed us a big "British" breakfast of Yorkshire Pudding and Irish Potatoes and Eggs and Fried buttons and Chamomile tea with milk! It was yummy!! Good thing today was my once-every-two-weeks no counting calories day!!! We ra... Read more

  • Taking a Spark break

    8/31/2014 12:04:51 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    So much going on right now and I'm feeling guilty about not keeping up with my SparkFriends and Teams, etc. I'm taking a break and I'll be back in a week or two. ... Read more

  • And met yet one more!!

    8/30/2014 8:57:37 PM, by DIANNEMT

    Meeting Spark friends is great! I have met 5 now--all on my Almost Empty Nester's Team. Ohio, Maryland, Wisconsin, California and Michigan--I get around--and so do they since California came east!! (Oh, yes--I'm in NJ.) So add Mare to the list! Now--Anne is next on the list!! LONG trip hom... Read more

  • Starting the Countdown...

    8/30/2014 5:35:36 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    My daughter, Jan-Marie is getting married in Nov. but starts a new job in Michigan on Sept. 8th & will be moving there this Friday. I haven't checked in much this week. I was out of town Mon. - Wed. last week, helping JM look for a house to rent & did not get any exercise or tracking done...It showe... Read more

  • Mountain Biking Kincaid Park

    8/30/2014 4:47:53 AM, by CHARITYAK

    We are having such a beautiful August here in Alaska. Usually that is our rainy month but I was grocery shopping today in shorts, flip-flops and a tee shirt! Fabulous! In the late afternoon, I went mountain biking at Kincaid Park (in Anchorage) with my daughter-in-law. They recently installed ... Read more