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  • Sudden New Change

    8/26/2016 6:46:24 PM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I was laid off today. I can't get really upset about it, although I am in shock and shed some tears. You see, I have been working really hard long hours. I am working on my business and 25 hours at work each week, plus maintaining my house. There doesn't seem to be enough time for eating right ... Read more

  • Day 75 of log in streak

    8/26/2016 6:07:23 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I'm glad to be here at day 75 and keeping my streak going. Being consistent really helps me focus on my plan and feel successful in this part of my journey. My record streak is 301 days. Happy Friday everyone!... Read more


    8/25/2016 5:52:42 PM, by SMIDGON

    John had another set of tests this past Monday. During the night he vomited. When we took him over for his Chemo, they had already canceled it until next Tuesday. The Chemo isn't working. They are going to try another set of drugs. These can have bad side-effects. Like skin issues. ... Read more

  • I've been SPARKED by DEBVNE!

    8/24/2016 3:10:32 PM, by _RAMONA

    Check out her blog: Finding Your Fight
    sp?blog_id=6223629 So, how is your "inner, petulant brat" doing today? (THANK YOU for the laugh Deb... it gave me what I needed to MOVE through this moment in which I... Read more

  • I can do this...I can do this... I can do this

    8/23/2016 8:23:42 PM, by TIGERSPEECH

    Am I working my plan or is it working me?... Read more

  • the struggle is real

    8/23/2016 8:48:29 AM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    The struggle is real y’all. Losing those stubborn 5–10 extra pounds, or pushing past a stagnant period to meet your long-term goal is hard work. Sometimes you may wonder if it’s even possible to lose more weight or get leaner. It is! Here are some common reasons the scales don’t seem to budge, ... Read more

  • Getting wound up!

    8/21/2016 6:52:16 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Not having internet (except on my phone which has very limited data usage) since April has really messed me up. . . . well, no that's not exactly the whole truth . . . . not having access to SparkPeople and the encouragement of my teams and friends has allowed too much space for filling up with othe... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution Week 1 Day 5

    8/21/2016 9:46:41 AM, by WINACHST

    Eat Slowly and Mindfully. This skill seems to come and go for me. Sometimes, I feel like I am just shoveling in the food and not paying any attention to what is on the fork. Other times, I really pay attention to the food and am constantly amazed at how sweet fruits and vegetables really are. ... Read more

  • Day 70 of Spark log in streak

    8/21/2016 7:55:50 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I am: -logging my food -drinking 8+ glasses of water -following the Beck plan with help -comitted to starting with 20 minutes of exercise or more per day... Read more


    8/21/2016 5:49:38 AM, by SMIDGON

    What is the one thing that makes you feel good about yourself? Mine is my hair ! If my hair looks good, then I can basically deal with anything else. VANITY? I suppose so, but what the heck, if that is what it takes, so be it. I noticed that when I was drinking my morning coffee... Read more

  • motivation

    8/20/2016 11:18:47 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    AMEN!!! A reason I do what I do. I am 58 and CAN do things, and WANT to continue to do fun things. I have not seen my Dr for over a year.....NO reason to. :D I LOVE my Dr, but don't want to support her. haha Sometimes getting motivated to start a workout can be just as hard as the exercise i... Read more

  • Healthy foods

    8/20/2016 10:04:50 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    Is Sugar the New Fat? These days, the low-fat trend has quieted, and there are signs that it’s reversing. Many experts are leaping off the “blame fat bandwagon” and recommending that we eat more avocados, nuts, salmon, and even egg yolks — all sources of “healthy” fats. For example, when the 20... Read more

  • Make your dreams come true

    8/20/2016 7:46:57 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    So very true. If it's going to happen, we have to make it happen.... Read more

  • Constant Diet

    8/20/2016 10:30:52 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    Once you have certain health issues and take certain medications, losing weight becomes a permanent fixture in your life that never seems to let up. I have lost 35 pounds on this journey. For that I am truly grateful. I have gained 5 pounds since starting work. They eat all the time and there i... Read more

  • Healthy foods

    8/19/2016 11:39:35 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    Fat: Friend or Foe? In the 1940s, heart disease was the leading cause of death in America and scientists and doctors were hot on the trail to find ways to prevent and treat this killer. They published large, epidemiological studies — like the Framingham Heart Study and Seven Country Study — fol... Read more

  • Need a boost?

    8/19/2016 8:34:08 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Do you find yourself doing this??? Then, sign up for SparkCoach . . . it'll keep ya moving!... Read more

  • "healthy" foods

    8/18/2016 7:18:22 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    Is There an Official Definition for “Healthy” Food? Yes. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a food can only be marketed as healthy if each serving: Contains less than the threshold amount for total fat (Contains at least 10 percent of your daily value for vitamins A, C, c... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution Week 1 Day 4

    8/18/2016 7:38:35 AM, by WINACHST

    I spent a couple days on day 3 and have not mastered that, but I fear if I stay with it until I master it, I will once again not finish this course. Today is "Give Yourself Credit", I used to think this was such a stupid exercise, after all, I am not in the third grade where I need to have a p... Read more

  • SparkPeople Premium - I did it! Woohoo!!!

    8/17/2016 11:38:50 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Love the new SparkPeople Premium!!!! So, I signed up for Premium . . . . and I absolutely love it. I too had the adBlocker Plus so the ads were removed, but the main reason I took advantage of Premium was for the SparkCoach feature . . . which takes priority even over the ad-free app . . ... Read more

  • Healthy foods

    8/17/2016 10:49:12 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    Is There an Official Definition for “Healthy” Food? Yes. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a food can only be marketed as healthy if each serving: Contains less than the threshold amount for total fat (Contains at least 10 percent of your daily value for vitamins A, C, c... Read more

  • Wonderful Rain

    8/17/2016 4:41:00 PM, by ICANINSIGHT

    Still home sick, but the weather is fabulous! Here in this part of Texas we are in the 100's most of August. This week, we have been getting rain and our high was 74 one day! Today it is in the 80's. Unbelievable! We are supposed to get more rain and track up into the 90's but still u... Read more

  • I don't believe it, the sun is shining, here in central Ohio !

    8/17/2016 4:19:10 PM, by SMIDGON

    My hair completely dried out. The little natural curl I have, showed up! I 'picked' it out this morning. The cut was good enough , and styling that it isn't the way like I wanted it, but, it'll do until I go in Friday. I prefer to go in twice a week. My arms are weak so it's impossibl... Read more


    8/17/2016 6:48:18 AM, by SMIDGON

    We needed the rain so bad---but, REALLY, enough, enough ! Next Monday John has the 3mo. CAT/IMAGING. Then his blood work for Chemo. That's on Tuesday. This round of Chemo is starting to wear him out. Outside of sitting on the porch, he spends much of his time in his room, napping. T... Read more

  • Healthy foods

    8/17/2016 12:25:59 AM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    How We’re Taught Which Foods Are Healthy Most of us learn to judge a food’s healthiness from the people around us. Mom, a teacher, a fit friend, and experts, like doctors and nutritionists, guide our opinions. This knowledge of food comes from a rich, but conflicting, body of science focused on... Read more

  • Fings is looking up

    8/16/2016 9:38:11 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I haven't blogged for a few weeks. Mostly because the saga of the back pain just went on and on. Continuously in pain, taking diazepam, tramadol, and paracetamol, plus constantly having a hottie strapped to my back. Being sick every few days due to my body not being able to cope very well with tr... Read more

  • Not So Fun End To A Fun Weekend

    8/16/2016 10:11:19 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    We finally drove down to the coast to see dh's sister and her husband. They live in a fabulous home right on Baffin Bay with a pool and a guest house. Yeah! Very nice. They wined and dined us with good food and drink. My favorite part was staying in the pool. The weather was hot at f... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution Week 1 Day 3

    8/16/2016 9:40:33 AM, by WINACHST

    Eat Sitting Down That is one that is going to take some effort for me. I have become aware of all the places I nibble from doing this one in the past. There is an episode of Fat Families where a person was told to make the car a no-eat zone. That is something I ought to do because eating ... Read more

  • Responding to my Day 2 BDS Blog

    8/16/2016 9:24:31 AM, by WINACHST

    Wouldn't you know it? As soon as I say I am going to start saying "no" to other people's requests to do things for them, my daughter calls with a request. It involved an activity for my grandson. I gave in and said I'd do it. It's like she read my mind and called to irritate me. 211 I know th... Read more

  • what is healthy

    8/16/2016 8:35:28 AM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    Picture healthy food; what comes to mind? A farmer’s market stand brimming with organic fruits and vegetables? Maybe the “health food” section of your local grocery store stocked with granola, coconut oil, and almond milk. Perhaps you recall the trendy Washington Post article, No Food is Healthy. No... Read more


    8/15/2016 7:55:09 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    So… What Exactly Is Clean Eating? With all the buzzwords out there, Faye’s desire for more education could certainly come in handy. A 2014 study published in the journal Food Studies found that buzzwords on packaging — i.e. “organic,” “antioxidants” and “all natural” — proved confusing to a 318... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution Week 1, Day 2

    8/15/2016 9:46:38 AM, by WINACHST

    Pick Two Reasonable Diets This day is the one that I think has been my downfall because lately, I just cannot seem to get with a plan, any plan. I really want to focus on eating a whole food plant based diet and eliminate a lot of the junk food that I have been eating. Plan A ~ whol... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution Day 1, AGAIN

    8/14/2016 10:28:32 AM, by WINACHST

    Adding a new advantage for getting a grip on what I put in my mouth I want to give healthy eating a higher priority than satisfying a momentary desire because of the addictive (and destructive) attributes of eating junk food. I totally binged on chips last night and woke up in the middle ... Read more

  • Learned at the Salon

    8/14/2016 9:35:54 AM, by TRESSWANN

    I guess this is part of the "wedding" blog I arranged to go to the salon prior to SS's wedding. I knew it was an event that was going to make me feel vulnerable. That being said, I was brought up to regard salons as hell on earth. I see time there mostly as a necessary evil. Friday I went in... Read more

  • THANK YOU for visiting my page today...

    8/14/2016 4:10:23 AM, by _RAMONA

    Being SparkPeople Motivator of the Day is a double-edged sword. While it is certainly an honour, and I appreciate the acknowledgement of my contribution to this site over the years, it is impossible to respond to everyone who will visit my page this day in the same personal way that tr... Read more

  • SparkPeople Premium - Ad Free

    8/13/2016 12:58:04 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Here's a link to the new feature by SparkPeople:
    spark/premium.asp It's ad free, and has a number of other advantages. Before I sign up, I'm curious if anyone else has, and what you think of it . . . . I'm all for ad-free SparkPeople..... ... Read more

  • Thursday's humor

    8/11/2016 12:44:06 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • Thursday's humor

    8/11/2016 12:43:26 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • I don't want to share

    8/11/2016 10:27:03 AM, by WINACHST

    I am trying to figure out why I keep giving in to eating junk food. I think that somewhere deep inside my brain is the thought that if I do not eat it then someone else might. Heaven forbid if I should share! This realization came to me when my hubby pulled out a chocolate covered coconut bite ... Read more

  • Body Fat %

    8/11/2016 10:14:05 AM, by WINACHST

    I pulled out my Engine 2 Diet Book and was flipping through the pages. When I came to a part where it said the body fat % for a woman should be 25%, I realized that I have some serious tweaking to do with my diet. I am currently at my goal weight, am fairly active, but my fat % hovers between 3... Read more

  • What happens when I (or you) binge on sugar

    8/11/2016 9:34:58 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I've been making excellent progress on being dairy-free (haven't had cheese in weeks). I've also been making (slow) progress in increasing my water intake, and my new observation is that to get enough water in, it's a really good idea for me to start drinking water right away in the morning. ... Read more

  • one more notch

    8/10/2016 11:36:11 AM, by WINACHST

    Yesterday, I put on a pair of jeans that I purchased about 7 pounds ago and need to wear a belt to hold them up I had to move it in a notch... Read more

  • back to work after a great summer break

    8/10/2016 6:37:22 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    Things I am looking forward to at work... -seeing friends and meeting new people -rearranging my work space -staying with my eating and exercise plan -continuing to learn about handling stress ... Read more

  • Thank you ClaireinParis for posting the poem "The Guest House"

    8/9/2016 6:33:34 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

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  • Can't or Won't?

    8/8/2016 10:21:57 AM, by WINACHST

    I have my Beck Diet Solution book open to a page (p. 201) that has a response card that says, " It's not that I can't control myself, it's that I don't want to control myself at this moment...." Boy, does that describe me in a lot of situations. That perspective also changes the amount of contr... Read more

  • Need some comic relief???

    8/8/2016 12:50:02 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    And that's all I got to say about that.... Hope you're ready for a great week... Read more

  • No more Mrs. Doubtfire... or Picture UPDATE at nearly 100 lbs. ELIMINATED!

    8/6/2016 4:43:29 PM, by _RAMONA

    First of all, no one was harmed in the making of this video (at least not much, LOL... I'm not sure husbands are always the best resource in these situations)! We are SO not photographers, and he even less so than I, so this little project tested our mettle as couple. He i... Read more

  • Went to the county fair...

    8/4/2016 8:51:57 AM, by WINACHST

    and I bought and ate a funnel cake. I had them hold back on most of the sugar. Does that make it better for me? lol I will admit that I enjoyed it, but am thinking I can do without another one. In the past, i always stopped and bought a milk shake, but not this time. It did not even appeal to m... Read more

  • R&R

    8/3/2016 10:41:33 AM, by TROUTPOUT

    Everybody needs a little R&R. don't keep putting it on hold. It's good for the heart and soul. And get active while your out there ;)... Read more

  • Going to be working on clearing out clutter.

    8/3/2016 9:31:47 AM, by WINACHST

    I am attempting to clear out clutter in my house. In the past, when a quick cleanup was needed, things got thrown in a box and stuffed somewhere out of sight. Well, I am now clearing out those out-of-sight hiding spots. My, oh, my! anybody say packrat?! i cannot believe how much "stuff" has accumula... Read more

  • more than cardio to lose weight

    8/2/2016 7:06:01 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    When it comes to dropping pounds, most people go about it precisely the wrong way: They underestimate the importance of diet, and overestimate the power of cardio. Jogging, bike riding (not to be confused with cycling), and other low-intensity exercises can benefit your heart, lungs, and mood, but t... Read more

  • 4 days MIA...

    7/31/2016 9:37:58 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    4 Days is better than 4 weeks or 4 months. I have been tracking my food, water & exercise. I just have not been blogging. I set alarms on my cell phone for...6:00, stop drinking water, 9:00, get off the laptop & take your eve. meds & 11:00, go to bed. So far I've missed two of my goals/curfews...I'm... Read more

  • Goings On

    7/31/2016 1:24:16 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Yesterday I had a plan. I was signed up for a wineglass painting class in the afternoon and was going to go to gym mid – late morning. I need to space things out in terms of energy. Also, lately my feet burn painfully in my brace after a couple of hours. It literally feels like my foot is on fi... Read more

  • Why Do I Even Eat That?

    7/31/2016 10:49:03 AM, by WINACHST

    I have been struggling with eliminating junk food--he so-called "food-products" that are manufactured in the lab. It is a struggle because junk food is everywhere I go. Once I went to an auto parts store and the first aisle was a candy and chip aisle. I guess the manager wanted to make sure that he ... Read more

  • Want to Change, then be as you are

    7/29/2016 1:06:04 PM, by WINACHST

    Ok. I just found a file on my computer that I copied from Hey Sigmund and the jest of the article was when wanting to change not to fret too much over all those goals you want to accomplish but to live in the moment. All right, i am paraphrasing big time. But, what i got out of the article was ... Read more

  • weight loss calculations

    7/29/2016 1:35:44 AM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    let's do some math, it takes 3600 calories to lose a pound. You ate healthy today, you worked out. You kept your calorie count at your range, (I'm going to use mine to keep this simple). 1200 - You never want to go under that for more than 3 days, you will get sick, your metabolism will shut down.... Read more