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  • Home Sweet Home...from the Hospital, that is...

    5/4/2016 9:24:05 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I am still in W.Va. & I finally got my son released from the hospital. It has been a long 3 days (surgery was on Mon). I made it a point to eat breakfast but sort of skipped lunch, as I was busy getting Farley checked out & then we stopped to get his Rxs. Ate dinner late & am still happy with my foo... Read more

  • Almost at 5% Target!

    5/4/2016 5:17:17 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    ROCKYCPA actually landed us today. There were team corrections that needed to be made to the exercise minutes! Thanks ROCKYCPA! If you watched the vlog, photos below, and here's the link I mentioned. Just watch from minute 9 to the end.
    ublic_journal_individual.a<... Read more

  • 11 pounds lost

    5/4/2016 8:09:57 AM, by WINACHST

    11 pounds lost, that is what I saw this morning when I logged onto SP. It was encouraging and discouraging at the same time. Wow! 11 pounds lost 30 and that was since 2011 and only 11 pounds lost! 2 I had gained 40 pounds in my adult life and regained some of that and that is what I a... Read more

  • Still "Hangin" out at the Hospital...

    5/3/2016 11:30:15 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    My son is still in the hospital but hopefully will be discharged tomorrow...then the fun begins...taking care of him myself at the hotel...I did better today eating, only had time for a banana for breakfast...ate a late lunch at 1:30 in the hosp. cafeteria & then met a good friend for a late dinner.... Read more

  • biopsy

    5/3/2016 6:19:11 AM, by SMIDGON

    Johns biopsy is next week. We got a call from our youngest late afternoon yesterday Hubby's B-i -L passed away. He was near 80 (same age as hubby). He had had a stroke on tuesday. About 20yrs. Ago he had had one that left him partially paralyzed. That is the third death in hubby's fa... Read more

  • A Long, Long Day...

    5/2/2016 11:06:14 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    OK, I'm back...I didn't have time last night to say much. I was tired & ran out of time. TODAY was a Long day... I am in W.Va. with my son, Farley had what was supposed to be outpatient surgery today for a hernia. I had to have him there at 9:00 but they didn't start surgery till 1:00. After talking... Read more

  • Fighting Mad with Fabulous Socks

    5/2/2016 6:54:36 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    After my post on Saturday I fell into a funk about that scale. Fortunately I shook myself out of it and got good and mad. Because what I said in my last blog is true. Hang in there for one more day and the weight WILL come back off. By drinking a ton of water, exercise, and making sure I kept m... Read more

  • Wendle Beaton 's 50 ThingsEvery Woman Should Have by Age 50

    5/2/2016 3:41:24 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I am passing this on from Facebook. How many do you have? Wendle Beaton April 25 at 8:22am · 50 Things Every Woman Should Have by age 50. 1. An old boyfriend who makes you smile with melancholy when you remember him and an old boyfriend who makes you proud of how far you've come. 2. ... Read more

  • The countdown begins

    5/2/2016 8:13:59 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    That's me, out there sitting under the tree. Looks like it'll be a couple months before we get wifi . . . . meanwhile, I'll have to use my phone as a hotspot to check in . . . . and we have already used up half our data for the month. So, refusing to give up my goals . . . how to t... Read more

  • a Quick One...

    5/1/2016 11:59:53 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Tired...more tomorrow JANEY... Read more

  • Race Results and random thoughts

    5/1/2016 9:49:32 AM, by WINACHST

    10k--> 1:09:14 I came in about 1 minute faster than my goal time. AND I was less than 2 minutes behind my granddaughter. It was a great run! I did a 4:1 run/walk and only a couple of times I had to cut the run time short. I had been practicing my pace on the treadmill while watching a vid... Read more

  • A Good Time...but Too Many Calories...

    4/30/2016 5:25:23 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Well...I went to a college graduation party at a Mexican reception this afternoon. I am not a big fan of Mexican food...way too spicy for me. It seemed like a safe idea to get chicken quesadilla & some rice...also had one small piece of cake...OMG...had no idea the calories were going to be so much... Read more

  • Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

    4/30/2016 11:38:47 AM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    Total Time: 3 hrs. 28 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: 3 hrs. 13 min. Yield: 10 servings, about 1 cup each Ingredients: 1 tsp. olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 medium jalapenos, seeded and deveined, finely chopped 1 lb. raw ground chicken ... Read more

  • When Weigh In Day is a Surprise

    4/30/2016 8:40:18 AM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    This morning I would like to feature the lion mug that I featured once before. I found it on a tiny little shop online. The other side reads "Sometimes Bravery Means Trying Again Tomorrow." You can get it here: and if you have been following me for a while there are e... Read more

  • Before the race

    4/30/2016 6:18:50 AM, by WINACHST

    Race starts in 3 1/2 hours and I am having my coffee. I cannot start my day without coffee. I had a restless night and woke up before the alarm. The good news is that the weather is going to be great for running. Last night we went to pick up our packets, but on the way, we picked up my 6 year... Read more

  • Poor choices, but...

    4/29/2016 5:32:52 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Played euchre with the "old" people at the Sr. Ctr. today & somewhat caved in & had one too many snacks there. However the day is still young & I still have a good many calories, etc. I am determined to stay in my nutrition ranges before this day ends. Take care & have a great weekend... JANEY ... Read more

  • Just a quick check in...

    4/28/2016 9:36:04 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Had a pretty good day...busy with friends & staying on track. Mr. Happy Scale winked at me this morning. When I started back to SP, earlier this month, I weighed in at 260...this morning I weighed 247. I am tracking my food religiously & really watching portion sizes. ANYway, that is the latest from... Read more


    4/28/2016 6:11:45 AM, by SMIDGON

    Well, we took John to the oncologist yesterday afternoon. There was some areas, but, the oncologist felt they were scar tissue and such. He will be watching them. However, there are 3 suspicious spots on his liver! He will be having a biopsy. Then, if confirmed, he will have to have C... Read more

  • Stop the Madness at 9:00...

    4/27/2016 8:57:25 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I am typing as fast as I can, because tonight I plan to get OFF this laptop, take my meds by 9:00 & get to bed by 11:00. Maybe I will sleep better today. G'night sweet SP friends...Take care... JANEY 24 ... Read more

  • Been awhile

    4/27/2016 7:41:12 PM, by WINACHST

    Wow! It has been quite some time since I logged onto Spark People. We no longer have internet service where we live, so my access is very limited. How have things been for me? Well, I have lost a couple of pounds and hopefully, they will stay lost. I have been training with my 14 year old... Read more

  • Less Exercise = Grouchy Dawn

    4/27/2016 5:00:10 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    If you watched the vlog the Cow Bestie photo is at the bottom. Wanted to mention a new vlog I've been enjoying. CarlieD7. Link here:
    ?id=CARLIED7 Check it out! My husband has been commuting to New York for three days. I try to get home and get things... Read more


    4/27/2016 9:57:47 AM, by SMIDGON

    Yesterday when Hubby took John to the urologist. The urologist said, depending on the report today from the oncologist, then he would decide on whether to remove the Stent and not replace, or to replace it. You see, they have to be dealt with every three months! We go to the oncologist ... Read more

  • Just a nice day...

    4/26/2016 10:35:14 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Did not sleep well, but still managed to get up at a decent hour...had a good breakfast. Went to a monthly support group at a local nursing home. I started attending the meetings back in 2005 when my Dad was a resident there. Many people helped me through that part of my life & I have continued goin... Read more

  • Trying or doing?

    4/26/2016 1:22:22 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Each day we have the opportunity to get closer to achieving our goals. . . . Not just reaching towards them, but actually achieving . . . it is an achievement because it will take hard work, tenacity, determination. . . . a never give up attitude. Every choice I make today will reveal m... Read more


    4/26/2016 6:42:39 AM, by SMIDGON

    WHAT IN God's name is going on? ANOTHER ONE.! A young family man belonging to our Church Gatherings was ill. Instead of getting better, he steadily got worse. This past Sunday he went to the ER.. after much testing, he was admitted to the ICC in critical condition come to find out; he has... Read more

  • Just a little bit of cake...hmmmmmm...

    4/25/2016 10:41:11 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Did not sleep well & got up late...did not have breakfast, but ate a solid lunch before heading out...again...that ole thinking...well, I didn't heave a couple pieces of cake won't hurt...hmmmm...dangerous thinking. I helped to host a Hiring ceremony at the Beavercreek Fire Dept. & th... Read more

  • A Run Around Sunday...

    4/24/2016 7:54:50 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I slept better last night...even though I did a lot of things that I ate dinner too late, stayed on my laptop too long & went to bed too late. I spent most of today, running around looking at Open Houses. I am just sort of scouting the area for possible houses, should my daughter, JM & he... Read more

  • Social Event and Eating - How Did I Do?

    4/24/2016 3:40:34 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    Checking in after the Seder I went to, which was my last big challenge for the weekend. It was wonderful. The hosts did a really unique thing. We did not all know each other, so we were asked to bring something that was a representation of us. I took a sugar shaker my grandmother left to me. Inside ... Read more

  • Mini update

    4/24/2016 11:25:58 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I"ve been tracking all week...even the two days when I fell out of sync with my goals. I'm realizing how far I had fallen away from my ideals of eating really healthy food. I have gotten sidetracked by convenience, taste, and simply dulling myself to the importance of eating well. However: Here I ... Read more

  • Another Fun Day...

    4/23/2016 10:11:48 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Played euchre with some other "old people" at a different Senior Ctr. that included a meal. I enjoyed the cards, declined the meal & WON...yes, I WON the 50-50 raffle...$104.00 Could not believe it. Went out to dinner with two friends at Longhorn Steakhouse. I had a 6oz. prime rib, potato & a small ... Read more

  • Oh Dear!

    4/23/2016 6:32:25 PM, by TIZSLIM

    It's election time and as party chair, I have to approve everything. Last night I had to draft a leaflet that needed to be printed and delivered today. No worries, I quickly composed the draft and asked the main candidate to make any adjustments he felt were appropriate. He couldn't do it last ni... Read more

  • Keeping on Program While Traveling

    4/23/2016 1:24:46 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    Photo of a wall that I found especially beautiful at the Washington Dulles Airport. Back from business travel! The trip was a great success both from a business and personal perspective. I am delighted to report that I met the goals I set for myself. My travel buddy and I kept each other on ... Read more

  • Forward . . . onward to success

    4/23/2016 11:01:36 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Okay, i'm baaaaaccckkkkk . . . at least for the moment, the internet is working . . . Update on my goals for this month. I'll admit I haven't been as diligent as I could have been, but thankfully, I'm not gaining. I won't punish myself if I don't reach my short-term (April) goal as ... Read more

  • A very disrupted schedule today...

    4/22/2016 10:44:28 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I slept better last night & had a great day...played euchre with the "old people" at the local Senior Center & yes I fit right in, even at 67. I ate breakfast at home & had two cookies & some strawberries at the Ctr. instead of a healthy lunch. I made a meatloaf but just had a small amt. before I wa... Read more

  • Fantabulous Friday

    4/22/2016 10:11:27 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    It's been a crazy week . . . another crazy week. We've been fighting with our phone/internet provider for so many years . . . they didn't even argue the last time I called tech support and told them we were yanking it out of the wall !!! Not only does their internet work have the tim... Read more

  • Travel Day 2

    4/22/2016 8:18:40 AM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    Yesterday was a long one. I didn't finish with work until 10 PM. But I did manage to get in 22 minutes of exercise. I took my travel buddy with me walking the airport. Dragging our luggage behind us and everything! Today I plan to get in my full 120 minutes of exercise, which I don't think I ha... Read more

  • WHAT S UP?

    4/21/2016 6:08:18 PM, by SMIDGON

    Well, today starts Johns testing. As you know, he finished his Chemo.. Today he had his blood work drawn. This next Monday he has his colon/abdominal cavity /kidney/and pelvis area CT SCAN done. Also, they added the second CT SCAN for his chest. On Tuesday of next week he has his kid... Read more

  • Just another Rainy Day...

    4/21/2016 3:06:27 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Did not sleep well, but thank You, Lord that I am retired & was able to sleep in a bit. Did not have breakfast, because my husband & I were meeting friends for lunch. Even though I got my stitches, I still find myself looking for soft food. I chose a bowl of broccoli & cheese soup & some applesauce.... Read more

  • It's not really Thursday...

    4/21/2016 12:26:03 AM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I was typing as fast as I can but couldn't get my post in before midnight, but I still consider this my Wed. blog. I had a busy day, running errands...I broke down & had a pkg. of M&Ms...the first chocolate (REAL chocolate) since my dental surgery (April 7th). It tasted wonderful & it did not throw ... Read more

  • Getting More People to Walk with Me

    4/20/2016 8:23:35 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    I got two new colleagues to walk with me today. I knew I had to pack when I got home and would not want to get my exercise in. So we got it on lunch break. It was a beautiful day for it! I have engaged my travel partner in my plan. I got her hooked on Sparkpeople a few weeks ago. We are going t... Read more

  • Make ahead

    4/20/2016 7:55:14 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    I don't know about you, but when I finish a bike ride, or a workout the LAST thing I want to do is cook! For a recipe to work we have to be able to make it fast or ahead of time, make it fit, and make it taste really good. Planning really is key, it makes life so much easier. The more ... Read more

  • Mary had a little lamb . . . but someone stole it!

    4/20/2016 1:46:48 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I cannot believe it! Someone stole 2 of the baby lambs from the neighbors field next door. The two dark lambs in the middle are the two that disappeared. No evidence of cougar or any type of predator activity . . . . so they're thinking it was the two-legged variety. I... Read more

  • Turning my upward trend down a little bit, slowly.

    4/20/2016 11:05:21 AM, by SEHCHANGE2016

    I really, really want to see 180-something on that scale, and soon! 386... Read more

  • Allergic Reaction Continues

    4/19/2016 10:40:02 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    I don't mean to be a whiner. I really don't. But golly this is unpleasant. The citric acid reaction continues. If you didn't read yesterday's blog, yes, I'm a freak. I'm allergic to citric acid. I have a number of bizarre food allergies that I normally don't mention. They're just ridiculously o... Read more

  • Tuesday

    4/19/2016 9:42:32 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Had fun with the girls yesterday driving them up to the Caves with all our lovingly created baskets, jewelry and handmade items . . . but it really wore me out.... I'm the youngest among them so I offered to use my 2 wheel cart to transport all their boxes of goodies down the treacherous pat... Read more

  • A nice but expensive disruption in my schedule...

    4/19/2016 3:37:06 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    My husband & I drove to Lebanon, OH to meet my sister-in-law & brother-in-law for lunch. The restaurant (Golden Lamb) was beautiful, but pricey & the menu was limited for me. Because I get my stitches out today, I am still limited as to what I can eat..also it is hard to track the food. I had to jus... Read more

  • Why I didn't go to the gym yesterday

    4/19/2016 11:43:44 AM, by TRESSWANN

    I had every intention of going to the gym yesterday. I am encouraged that my doctor found that I am a little bit stronger and a little bit faster. I need to leverage that. And since I am not employed, I have been losing ground. Yes, it's nice not to have to struggle through Grand Central, Times ... Read more

  • Decisions

    4/18/2016 7:19:41 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I blogged some time ago about the situation with my house. Trying to come to a decision has been so hard. Not least because obviously it has a knock on effect to so many other aspects of my life plus impacts on the children, especially my sons who both still live with me. I have gone round a... Read more

  • Planning for Travel

    4/18/2016 7:08:02 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    Today was gorgeous. I worked from home and attended a meeting while soaking up the sunshine on my patio. It was glorious. I've been so good about getting my water with lemon juice. I get my water easily. But this weekend it caught up with me. I have a weird allergy. I'm allergic to citric acid.... Read more

  • I am on a medication that is known to cause weight gain.

    4/18/2016 3:39:20 PM, by SEHCHANGE2016

    Because of this and other side effects, I sent a note to my doctor stating that I am looking to get off of it (this drug is for high blood pressure). I have a home BP monitor now so I am going to go for alternative treatment and avoid the prescription. And the scale says I'm up about 4 pounds ... Read more

  • Tried something new...

    4/18/2016 2:45:36 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Slept better last night...woke up & found myself in the kitchen trying to decide on something different for breakfast. I ended up creating something new for myself. I don't drink coffee & my husband seldom drinks any, so I decided to put away the coffeemaker & bring out the ole blender. I figure tha... Read more

  • Emotional Hunger vs Physical Hunger

    4/18/2016 9:04:47 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I found this graphic to be so helpful in identifying which is which. I've personally found that if you stay full of healthy foods on a regular schedule and avoid sweets and processed junk, you can waylay much physical hunger. Once you have physical hunger under control, it is much easier to tackl... Read more

  • Sunday evening

    4/17/2016 11:22:34 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Didn't get a lot done today but I enjoyed every bit of the day. Tomorrow's the big day . . . . I'm driving up to the Oregon Caves. I'll be chauffeuring three of the ladies from our Senior Center beading class so the front will be filled with chatter and laughter. The back of the SUV... Read more

  • The Birthday

    4/17/2016 6:36:29 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Monday 11th April was mine and my daughter's birthday. Usually we go to the beauty salon near my home and have a treat or two but they aren't open on Monday's. So we did that the Saturday before. On our actual birthday, my daughter arrived just before 9 a.m with a lovely bouquet of flowers for me... Read more

  • Not much going on...

    4/17/2016 4:44:21 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Pretty normal day...tracking my food, drinking my water, walked a mile with a neighbor & happy to be back in SP world... 30 JANEY... Read more

  • Back, again.

    4/17/2016 10:36:31 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I'm back, again. This time, having gained back 100% of the weight I lost six years ago. Clearly, I gotta make it a priority not just to lose weight and be healthy, but to find ways to take it one day at a time (one minute at a time, sometimes) and press the re-set button for all the overeat/sweet t... Read more

  • Keeping Busy...

    4/16/2016 10:36:51 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Did not sleep well...had a busy day though...managed to get a lot of household "chores" done in the morning & spent a good part of the day, making some calls to good friends & then I had to go to a BFD Aux. meeting that lasted 3+ hours. The weather was beautiful & I also managed to track my food & p... Read more

  • Thank you SparkPeople!!!! -- free workouts available 24/7

    4/16/2016 4:16:25 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Did you know that gives you 24/7 access to free fitness videos??? Just type in or on your menu bar on your Start Page, under "Articles & Videos" you'll find a drop down menu where you can click on . . . and you're on your way. Thank y... Read more

  • On Hiatus Due to a Fall

    4/16/2016 12:19:01 PM, by J.A.M.

    Just about 2 weeks ago I fell down some concrete steps. Apparently, the fall looked worst than the injury. I injured my lower right leg and bruised a bit of my hip and back. The only pain I felt was on the right knee which got scraped. 234 Had my doctors check up last week and he says my injuries we... Read more

  • Coffee and Tiaras. Seriously.

    4/16/2016 11:47:47 AM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    I check in about the new challenges as part of the 5% Spring Challenge as well as personal challenges I am facing. Effective today we're supposed to be making the bed. *wrinkled nose* I am a morning person and my husband is a night owl. I am not going to tell him he has to get up when I get up.... Read more

  • Living on the Edge...

    4/15/2016 11:36:18 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I slept better, but did not stick to a very healthy food plan today. My schedule was sort of off & I made some poor decisions choosing trigger foods. I stayed within all my nutrition ranges, but I will feel better, when I get back on my regular schedule...tracking my food right away, eating my meals... Read more

  • Real food...

    4/14/2016 5:33:24 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Slept better...had lunch with some friends today & felt like it was my first Real Food meal...had a small portion of grilled meatloaf (never had it that way) small amt. of mashed potatoes & a side of applesauce. It was all soft enough to eat & I enjoyed every morsel...washed it all down with gallons... Read more

  • I Don't Want to be in Charge of the Cake!

    4/14/2016 5:25:46 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    My vlog where I share my EMBARRASSING story about how I terrorized some poor soul because I was a fan girl. *facepalm* Skip everything and start watching at the 9 minute mark. And laugh. A LOT! *embarrassed hiding* This is where I am inappropriate because I am TOO excited with someone who has no ide... Read more


    4/14/2016 10:03:59 AM, by SMIDGON

    All this stress is starting to take its toll on hubby and I! the signs keep rearing their ugly heads. But, that's neither here nor there. I try to outsmart everything that comes along. Anywoo, yesterday before I went down to Johns I went to "Dollar Tree ". I wanted to get a few things, ... Read more

  • a little discouraged

    4/14/2016 6:22:00 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I say "a little" because I am not giving up, but my 2 week lower carb food plan isn't fun anymore-ha! It doesn't have to fun. Thought I would shake things up a bit and 2 weeks is up on Monday. Then it is back to regular careful eating. I think this is always the stressful part of my year (somewhat... Read more

  • Another Good Day...

    4/13/2016 7:51:36 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Did not sleep really tired of saying that...Hoping for a better night tonight. My husband, Henry & I went to see a movie this afternoon...Big Fat Greek Wedding #2...It was so funny & sad at times too. Laughter is good for the soul & I enjoyed relaxing. I have to continue eating soft food u... Read more

  • Avoided Emotional Eating - Progress!

    4/13/2016 8:23:34 AM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    Originally posted to my 5% Spring Challenge. I liked it well enough I'm also posting here. Yesterday was super hard. If you're someone who reads/watches my blogs you know I have a friend who is going through a very difficult health challenge with cancer. Yesterday I dropped off a big basket of ... Read more

  • Ya know how ya know . . . .

    4/13/2016 12:18:48 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Ya know how ya know if you've learned your lesson about making healthy choices?? Wait until somebody brings home a bucket of chicken from KFC . . . ... Read more

  • Hangover Tuesday...

    4/12/2016 12:56:13 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    No, I didn't get drunk...seriously. Every Monday night I get together with some friends & we party food or drink...just TV & laughter. We don't get started till 8-9:00 & I often do not get home till after 1:00 A.M. After I got home last night, I got on my laptop & stayed up way too late & ... Read more

  • Juicing "Reboot" blog

    4/12/2016 6:09:27 AM, by CLAIMTHEWORD

    I have been writing a blog about my juicing "reboot" and how I've lost 10 lbs. in the process! During my first six days I juiced only and lost 10 lbs. That was on March 28th, 2016. I have kept the 10 pounds off to this day (April 12, 2016). I began incorporating blender drinks of veggies... Read more

  • Ewes . . . no kidding

    4/11/2016 11:03:34 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Sorry, I couldn't resist . . . . here are our new neighbors. . . . Leroy hasn't been able to get close enough to them to give them an official welcome kiss, yet. Four moms and 5 babies.... one of the twins is dappled black and white . . . and it seems to be the feistiest... Read more

  • Excuses

    4/11/2016 8:15:32 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    Excuse: You’re too tired at the end of the day. The Fix: First, fuel up smarter in the afternoon. Swap out your high-carb, energy-spiking granola bar or yogurt snack for an energy-sustaining protein shake, or a handful of nuts or sesame seeds. Next, enlist some social support. “Find a fun, motivat... Read more

  • Monday, Monday...

    4/11/2016 7:33:54 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    HI EVERYONE, Did not sleep well again last night. I take Melatonin every night but last night I tossed & turned until after 4:00 A.M. Maybe some of the meds from my dental surgery, have side effects concerning sleeping. I went to the dentist this morning & got a "touch-up" on my new smile. I st... Read more

  • Still working on myself

    4/10/2016 11:44:54 PM, by CAYER203

    I have not been active here for a long time. I'm still working on my weight loss goals. Last year I managed to gain 25 lbs as I concentrated on being employed again. The good news is that I lost it and another 20 so the year wasn't a total loss. No fad diets or going on and off diets, just eati... Read more

  • There goes the neighborhood

    4/10/2016 7:58:21 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Last year, our neighbor brought in a horse and a few sheep to do some 'natural' weed control on his 5 acre parcel next door to us. Unfortunately, it was too late in the season by the time they arrived and all that they had was dry stubble. This year our neighbor is on the ball and surprised u... Read more

  • Lazy Day Sunday Afternoon...

    4/10/2016 6:02:20 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Did not sleep well again last night...which really disturbs my schedule. I am not eating normal food because of my dental surgery on Thurs. Because I am just eating small amts. of soft food, I feel hungry & I think that I am eating too close to bedtime & that might be keeping me awake. Read more

  • The Benefits of Nutritional Tracking EVERYTHING

    4/10/2016 10:05:14 AM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    Video blog is 11 minutes long. Golly I'm chatty lately. I put my feet on the cat's heated chair. We have a throw over a chair for her that is heated. It's UGLY but it works and makes her happy. She just got a haircut on Friday because she was getting matted. She's a 17 year old long-haired cat.... Read more

  • Feeling a little more control

    4/10/2016 7:18:31 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I'm happy that I was able to lose 2.4 lbs. this week, but honestly it was hard work. After a lab test showed I had a glucose of 101 I knew I had to change even more of my eating habits. I added more protein and less carbs. I went longer periods of time between meals and snacks. I skipped one meal on... Read more

  • Nuff said

    4/9/2016 11:12:42 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • Just checking in...

    4/9/2016 6:15:48 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    HEY EVERYONE, Did not sleep well last night & took a short nap this afternoon. Still eating soft foods & drinking lots of water. This is The Masters weekend of golf. I used to watch it every year with my Dad. I used to play golf a lot, but haven't played in years. Pinched nerves lead to spinal inj... Read more

  • Feeling Fat and Cleaning Up

    4/9/2016 1:17:34 PM, by TRESSWANN

    It's one of the times of year that my husband hates. I switch my seasonal closets. Because I am no longer strong enough I can no longer do this by myself. It also becomes slightly depressing. I like dresses, skirts. I was brought up by women who believed that ladies don't wear trousers. The ni... Read more


    4/9/2016 9:27:33 AM, by SMIDGON

    We woke up to 3-4" of snow overnight! Underneath it all, ICE ! It is to be in the 20 ' s all day! John and I are staying in all day, because of our weak bones! Hugs, Lexie and Janet... Read more

  • Birthday Girl with a Great Smile...

    4/8/2016 10:54:14 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    TODAY is my Birthday...woke up with a nice big, much prettier smile on my face, than I have had for years. My surgery yesterday went well & no problem with pain &/or bleeding. My diet consists of soft foods & lots of water. I woke up to a beautiful, wonderful text from my younger sister. She put Hal... Read more

  • about turning back the clock

    4/8/2016 1:02:13 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • #TIBET

    4/8/2016 8:37:06 AM, by SMIDGON

    Yesterday I went to the dr. Due to almost impossible weight bearing! They took an x-ray. I was concern because of neuropathy and because of osporsporous (???) But, it is similiar to my long - x back problems. Wear and tear of joints! I am determined NO SURGERY. So I got a call from the phar... Read more

  • Get Enough Sleep Challenge and More

    4/8/2016 7:47:15 AM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    Longest vlog EVAH. 15 minutes. Apparently I am chatty with morning coffee. Blog summary begins below sock photos. Here is the link to the cute tiny store with the mugs I mentioned. Love them! This is the lion mug I show in my vlog. and this is the other mug I... Read more

  • I'm a Survivor...

    4/7/2016 11:12:31 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Survived my dental surgery this morning...had three teeth extracted. My "flipper is in place & tomorrow, just soft foods...mashed potatoes, eggs & any (any suggestions welcome), I guess that this is a good time for my body to get used to smaller portions. Thank you for your many comments, encouragin... Read more

  • Okay

    4/7/2016 9:38:09 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I had a good day. I ran off to the city to 'hunt and gather' as DH calls it . . . girl shopping, mindlessly wandering through shops with no goal or purpose except to clear the brain. Since the temp was supposed to be in the 90's (92 actually, and broke all sorts of records!) I decided to wear... Read more

  • Wasn't ready for this

    4/7/2016 12:42:37 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Well, on Monday I was all set for lunch with mom and sister (belated birthday) . . . but sometimes things take a turn we don't see coming. Without going into details, by the end of Monday, I was emotionally bled out. To start off, I found out my 20 year old nephew has cancer (in his nasal ... Read more

  • Crickets?

    4/6/2016 11:30:43 PM, by COACHSANDRALEE

    Should Crickets Be Part of Your Meal Plan? Jon Luman March 31, 2016 People around the world have been eating crickets for centuries, but now eating crickets and cricket flour are becoming trendy Stateside. Should you hop on the trend? Signs point to maybe. What are your thoughts?... Read more

  • A Busy Day...

    4/6/2016 10:48:59 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I slept better last night which always helps. Had an appt. with my family doctor this morning just for a follow up...she had seen me at my worst back in Jan. when I was dealing with a serious pinched nerve. She was pleased that I was feeling so much too. afterwards I went shopping & boug... Read more

  • Now is Your Chance!

    4/6/2016 6:06:33 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    Remember when I was saying the other week that I think we are a community and we should speak up about those Sparkfriends who inspire us that we'd like to recommend to others? Here's your chance! Bobcatgirl, who is someone with a FAR broader circle of buddies than I have, is asking the sam... Read more


    4/6/2016 4:34:52 PM, by SMIDGON

    We spent the morning in a legal conference call for Special Needs Trust Fund. Anyone done this?... Read more

  • Water Really Works!

    4/5/2016 10:11:14 PM, by DAWNSUCCESS

    As you know I'm drinking my water while I am on my 5% Spring Challenge. I realized that I had zero soda this last weekend. I was just really into my water. It slipped my mind. Which is really funny when you think about it. Yesterday and today I've been enjoying a big glass of water as I unwind ... Read more

  • Day #2 of My Re-entry to SP World

    4/5/2016 2:57:06 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    Feeling pretty good today. Did not sleep well, so I didn't really have breakfast at my regular time. Need to correct that...getting to bed at the same time & up at the same time. I do much better if I have some structure. I know that most plans discourage daily "contact" with the lovely scale, but f... Read more