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  • a very warm and sunny day

    5/26/2015 10:23:16 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is a really warm and sunny day here today. i have already put in two extra hours at work this week. today, it will be an extra two hours as well. tomorrow, it will be much more, as i have to go to work for around 12:30 pm. normally, i do not have to start until either 4 or 5 pm. that comes with b... Read more

  • Continuing on my Journey!

    5/25/2015 6:21:48 PM, by RAPUNZEL53

    I took the pledge never to quit on Thursday August 16, 2012 . I am happy to say that today I am just as committed and hopefully I will be for the rest of my life. This is my second blog entry and hopefully I will write some thing every day from now onwards. I would like to wish a happy and fulf... Read more

  • Mindful May -- Additional Body Baseline

    5/25/2015 12:34:08 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    I decided to take a SP Friend's advice regarding NSVs. I have been focusing a lot this month on my body and how well it is feeling, even though the scale has not been moving much at all. In addition to these little body changes I can feel, she suggested I take some body photos as a base comparison s... Read more

  • enjoying a nice spring day

    5/25/2015 9:12:54 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am just getting my day started. i had a much needed,restful day yesterday. at work, there will be at least one person away this week. so i know it will be a busy week for me and for the rest of my department. next week, i have my annual physical checkup. then i will find out for sure how my health... Read more

  • getting ready to start my day

    5/22/2015 9:07:09 AM, by MOMMY445

    i'm off to a slow and steady start this morning. my daughter had a great time playing soccer last night and so did i. she really likes to play soccer and i enjoy watching her play. all of the birds say hi. friday is finally here. i had a really short work week this week. if i had my way,i'd work a f... Read more

  • a sunny,windy day

    5/21/2015 1:29:10 PM, by MOMMY445

    i ended up taking the day off work yesterday. i was just too wiped out and i knew i would not be able to focus that well. i will try tomorrow and take it from there. today,my daughter starts soccer. she is sooooooo excited and wants to go early after she has her supper. i am excited,too! i finally w... Read more

  • Playing

    5/21/2015 8:58:17 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    Tonight we are leaving for a short vacation/long holiday weekend, One thing about me to remember is that I like to see new places and experience new things while simultaneously being a history buff. This means that my mini-vacations are usually very physical while still be relaxing. Whe... Read more

  • working through

    5/21/2015 8:39:04 AM, by JENSTRESS

    Yesterday, I kept thinking of things to blog about, but then had no time to write the blog. Then, when I HAD time, I had no thoughts. So I'm getting this out of the way, so to speak, while the thought is in my head. So, Sunday, I don't know, I either lightly twinged a back muscle doing a work... Read more

  • Mindful May – Weighing In with BCA

    5/20/2015 10:28:58 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    I am not sure how to record my weight today. I followed through with my normal Wednesday jump-on-the-scale-first-thing this morning, and the the same scale I have been using throughout my weightloss journey indicated that I had lost 1.6 pounds. Not too shabby. I'm one step closer to breaking back in... Read more

  • Whirlwind Vacation

    5/20/2015 11:59:13 AM, by SILVER_WOLF1221

    Well it has been a while since I have updated but so much has been going on. I was consistently relosing the regained weight and once again fell off the wagon due to lack of motivation. I also knew that my vacation was coming up and that it could give me a chance to revitalize and relax and get bac... Read more

  • June Year Resolutions

    5/20/2015 11:17:36 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Okay, so It's NOT New Year's Eve, persay, but as of June 1st we will be at the half way point folks. Half way. I've accomplished nothing. and I do mean nothing. and truth be told it's just pure, simple, shame on me excuses. Meanwhile I'm watching my friend kick A$$ and I don't... Read more

  • a cool sunny day

    5/20/2015 10:34:22 AM, by MOMMY445

    it's a cool day here today. found out the other day at work that i need to take a different approach to how i am entering information. what i was doing is not working as well as i thought. so i am trying some suggestions from the boss to see if that helps. if they do not help and after my eye checku... Read more

  • Click and Spark!

    5/20/2015 10:30:12 AM, by KEELSKICKSBUTT

    My husband and I started off the month of May as a clean eating and no drinking month. I was back at 186.6lbs (heaviest I have been in like 2 years!) and my husband weighed himself earlier this year and weighed 305lbs! I now weigh 176.4 and my husband weighs 281lbs! I'm not sure why it has cli... Read more

  • Body image

    5/20/2015 9:33:52 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    I grew up with a lot of negative words said to me about how I looked, specifically about my weight. I was a very finicky eater, and stubborn on top of it. I distinctly remember being told that I would never get myself a husband looking the way I did...all fat and out of shape. The worst par... Read more

  • Goals

    5/19/2015 2:57:03 PM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    Today is about goals. We all have dreams. It's turning those dreams into reality is another story. It's the hard part of the journey. And last, but not least (pardon the language in this one) ... Read more

  • Still running.

    5/19/2015 11:50:32 AM, by SPINSTER321

    Since finishing the SparkPeople Couch To 5K Your Way (rookie running program), I run 2-3 times per week, usually 1.25 mi. each time (NOT counting warm-up and cool-down). I wear compression sleeves because I get bad shin splints, and they help a bit. I also recently went to a specialty running store ... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    5/19/2015 10:37:53 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great time in niagara falls the other day. i may go there again next weekend. my daughter is doing well and says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep. i will be heading to work later this afternoon. have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Interesting balance

    5/19/2015 9:50:04 AM, by JENSTRESS

    Yesterday, I was all about balance, and doing things for my health. So. I have been craving chocolate for a few days (things are close... you know) and I tried ALL of my tricks to avoid eating a treat. Finally I thought to myself. I need to have balance. Yes. Sugar isn't good for me,... Read more

  • Mindful May -- Noticing a Difference

    5/18/2015 10:29:52 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    Losing weight takes time. It is just in the beginning of the third full week in May, and I have been noticing a slight difference. When I say slight, I do mean very slight. Some days I see more than others, as if all it happens to be is how much I am bloating on a particular day. My clothes seem to ... Read more

  • My weekend, my plans, my goals, my results

    5/18/2015 9:57:56 AM, by JENSTRESS

    Well, I'm very grateful that I have spark on my cell. Yeah, the APP isn't as great as getting online, but I can track my food and exercise and make sure that I'm on track. The reason I like it, is because I can get it and do it quickly, especially with my recently (and upcoming) VERY busy weekends... Read more

  • Potential

    5/18/2015 9:39:22 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    Potential is possibly the single most powerful word anyone has ever said to me. When I am told that I have potential, I feel empowered. I stand taller, carry my head higher. I think it's power comes because it is so rarely said, but it really shouldn't be hidden away from people. ... Read more

  • Mindful May -- Feeling Productive

    5/17/2015 10:28:17 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    I had quite the day today. Last night, I made good on my promise to myself and scheduled a list of things to do today. Of everything I had listed on there, there were only a few items that I did not get to. For two of them, I should have known better. One was to finish the book I am reading, and the... Read more

  • it's sunday

    5/17/2015 12:13:52 PM, by MOMMY445

    i'm off shortly to niagara falls, on the canadian side. with my family and friends. all the birds say hi and so does my daughter. have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • The most difficult thing when it comes to weight loss.

    5/17/2015 11:56:51 AM, by LOVELY-AMANDA

    Consistancy. This is my battle. To stay consistant. But I can do it. :) and so can you!... Read more

  • Challenge yourself

    5/16/2015 9:31:40 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    This week I have been finding motivation in places I didn't think to look before. One thing that rings true throughout is that I have to accept myself, flaws and all, before I begin to change myself. Knowing myself is a good first step, wouldn't you say? This quote is oh so true! ... Read more

  • Gaining back what I lost...

    5/15/2015 12:34:37 PM, by JENSTRESS

    As many of you know, I took a sabbatical (or completely fell apart) for nearly two months. My eating, exercise, everything fell apart. But, even though I gained back a few pounds that I lost, things are changing. I'm gaining back my desire to exercise. My desire to be fit. I'm g... Read more

  • Limits

    5/15/2015 9:03:44 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    Do I believe in limits? Yes, but not in the say your thinking. I believe in speed limits, maximum weight limits on step ladders, upper and lower manufacturing limits. I don't believe in limits on human nature though. I have a very dear friend who shows me each and every day that ... Read more

  • it's friday

    5/15/2015 8:51:32 AM, by MOMMY445

    a cloudy and not extra warm day here today. i am still taking it easy on the days when i have to work,more than i was doing. i am trying a few suggestions from my good friend and family to see if i can get back the energy,focus i need to do well in every area of my life. sometimes it feels like ther... Read more

  • Mindful May -- Lists and Schedules

    5/14/2015 11:01:09 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    There are so many things I want to do this summer. I need to sit down and make a list of everything, but I know that there is not going to be enough time to accomplish it all. I just worry about getting even one thing checked off that soon to be made list. I have been focusing a lot on taking ... Read more

  • 21DFX - Lower extreme

    5/14/2015 2:44:35 PM, by JENSTRESS

    Can I just say... OUCH. Okay, I'm in a little muscle soreness. My legs were still a little sore from Monday's Plyo workout, and I seriously almost skipped today's workout because of it. Yeah, here was my rationale, "Your legs are too sore, wait until tonight to do it, just do some light w... Read more

  • a bright sunny day

    5/14/2015 9:49:16 AM, by MOMMY445

    a much needed day off for me today. i am just getting my day going. my daughter is really looking forward to going to soccer next week. what she does not know is that mommy will be at the game next week. the first night is practice. the second one, on the thursday night, is the actual game. this tim... Read more

  • It's the little things

    5/14/2015 8:24:34 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    I saw this quote and thought to myself that it needed to be shared. It's very very true, and something that I believe shouts in it's quiet way why Sparkpeople works for so many. Forgiving ourselves is one of the hardest habits to break. I'm still working on that. I've come a very long way,... Read more

  • Mindful May – Weighing In

    5/13/2015 9:02:33 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    My day did not start off on a great note. Since it is Wednesday, the only day I jump on the scale, I started my morning routine by checking in with the number of the week. Unfortunately, I did not lose any weight at all. On a different note, I did not gain any either. I maintained up to the exact te... Read more

  • Need I say more?

    5/13/2015 10:59:57 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

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  • it's wednesday

    5/13/2015 10:32:04 AM, by MOMMY445

    another busy day coming up at work for me today. i am going in even earlier than i did yesterday. i will really enjoy my off day tomorrow. i am definitely going to need it. all the birds say hi. my daughter sends hugs. have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Getting back in it

    5/13/2015 10:30:15 AM, by JENSTRESS

    It is funny, apparently I have more to say since I've been back, or just with the experiences of my life because of my fall. My self-confidence is at an all time LOW. I gained a tiny bit of weight, and I feel like I gained it all back. I'm still in all my clothes, everything fits, but serious... Read more

  • 21DFX - Pilates

    5/13/2015 9:24:19 AM, by JENSTRESS

    So, I was relieved that Pilates was today's workout, given that I was sore from the earlier workouts. Except then, it was Pilates with a RESISTANCE BAND. This was far more difficult than I imagined it would be, however, it felt really good and like it worked my muscles in a good way. So, that is ... Read more

  • 21 DFX my new program!!!

    5/12/2015 12:21:03 PM, by JENSTRESS

    So, yesterday, I started 21 Day Fix Extreme. I LOVE it. It is definitely not for everyone (and good lord I'm definitely going to be sore) as this program is VERY different from the original. There isn't REALLY a modifier. There is a woman who doesn't jump in the Plyo workout (first... Read more

  • explanations... hopefully this helps

    5/12/2015 12:05:21 PM, by JENSTRESS

    Every year (in the past) I would resolve (January 1) to lose weight and eat right. And every April/May I would fail. Something would give. I would fall into a pit of depression that felt like I was drowning. I couldn't get enough sleep, I couldn't focus on work, each limb felt like it weight a f... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    5/12/2015 10:24:53 AM, by MOMMY445

    at work, there were two less people available in our department yesterday. ended up working until 1am last night. feeling tired this morning, so i will take it easy until i head to work later. i may treat myself to something before i head to work today. my daughter enjoys going to school. she starts... Read more

  • Dear Sparkpeople...

    5/11/2015 3:46:00 PM, by JENSTRESS

    I was wrong... So so wrong. I can't do this alone. I can't leave. I also don't need to. Here I am SP Friends, back, again. Here is how this backslide started. The week before vacation, I had NO time to get on here. I was feeling this "funk" and I could NOT get out. Howe... Read more

  • it's monday

    5/11/2015 11:13:00 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great weekend and a great mother's day yesterday! my daughter made me a beautiful card and bracelet. i am wearing the bracelet now and i will wear it to work later. my french online course starts tomorrow and i am ready to start it. i am still working on my other two online college courses. ... Read more

  • Body image

    5/11/2015 8:30:18 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    I have a healthy perspective on body image for the most part, but bad habits have recently started to creep in again. The good news is I recognize that they are not healthy, so I can DO something about it. I avoid mirrors for the most part. I use them to brush my teeth, comb my hair, but that... Read more

  • Mindful May -- First Virtual 5k

    5/10/2015 11:11:21 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    It sometimes amazes me that there is still so much about SP that I do not know. Hunting around for a new challenge yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time on SP looking around for something that would intrigue me enough to motivate my workouts. I found a couple challenges (one of them I'm not sure I'... Read more

  • fitness goal

    5/10/2015 12:15:16 AM, by LOVELY-AMANDA

    A fitness goal I will set for myself is I want to be able to comfortably hike up one of our surrounding mountains and make it to the top with a smile. :)... Read more

  • Starting Over

    5/9/2015 8:44:22 AM, by KCHRISTIE4

    Starting over is never easy especially when I know how hard I worked. any After my car accident in July 2013. I suffer from back pain and left knee issues. Well those are the residual issues anyway. I stop working out as intensely at first I could handle it and then it was just easier not to wor... Read more

  • Mindful May -- Feeling Tired

    5/8/2015 8:29:33 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    I know I have been working out a lot this week. I know this because I have a calendar hanging on the wall in front of my treadmill. I purchased it at the dollar store, along with some colored sharpie markers so I could motivate myself. It has been amazingly motivating this past week! I use my green ... Read more

  • A warm sunny spring day

    5/8/2015 9:01:38 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter is feeling much better today and went to school. i found a few more places to live that are within my budget. my good friend is helping me to find somewhere that is affordable and not too far from work for me. a place where the bus service goes late if i need to use it. he is also lookin... Read more

  • it's thursday

    5/7/2015 10:13:19 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter is a bit under the weather today and is home from school. i was not feeling well myself the other day. perhaps there is something going around. i am heading out the door shortly to spend some extra time with her and to get something for my mom for mother's day. all the birds say hi. anot... Read more

  • how I feel today

    5/7/2015 9:31:55 AM, by LOVELY-AMANDA

    I feel powerful, focused, and loved.... Read more

  • One last big push

    5/7/2015 8:49:21 AM, by STODD251

    We are now into crunch time before the wedding. We're only about 5 weeks away from the big day, so there's a lot that needs to be done. I am slowly, but surely working on getting as much stuff in my apartment packed or donated as possible. We are also still finishing up a few wedding details. We hav... Read more

  • Mindful May – Weighing In

    5/6/2015 9:46:34 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    It has been six days since I reworked my weightloss strategy, deciding to focus on my inner being rather than my outer. It is Wednesday, the day I chose to be the only day of the week that I would step onto the scale. I didn’t have a major loss, but I did weigh exactly 1 pound less than I did last... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    5/6/2015 9:39:03 AM, by MOMMY445

    at work this week, our department is short handed. yesterday, it was short two people, which resulted in everyone having to work past midnight last night. today, it will be short one person, who is off due to illness. it looks like a very busy week at work this week. i put in a bit of extra time yes... Read more

  • Mindful May -- Cravings Coinciding with Irritation

    5/5/2015 9:11:42 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    I am craving sweets today. Well, not today exactly. The cravings really only kicked in tonight. I am fighting them off right now actually. How? With a tall glass of water and surfing SP. I can't say that it is in any way stopping the cravings, but I am doing pretty well fighting them off by ke... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    5/5/2015 1:11:21 PM, by MOMMY445

    another mild day here today. my daughter is enjoying the weather these days and so am i. getting ready to leave for work shortly. all the birds say hi. have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • things to do when I feel the urge to binge

    5/5/2015 9:41:06 AM, by LOVELY-AMANDA

    Go outside Clean something in the house Drink a glass of water Review goals Organize something Walk my dog ... Read more

  • Mindful May -- Rethinking the 10,000 Steps a Day

    5/4/2015 10:14:12 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    In late March, I finally broke down and bought a fitbit. I had been wanting one for quite a while, but was afraid to spend the money on it until I knew that it functioned as well as the company’s marketing team claimed. I read reviews and blog posts from people who had them, but it wasn’t until ... Read more

  • it's monday

    5/4/2015 8:58:19 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new week has begun! with incredible weather here,too! i treated my good friend to dinner the other day. he has been such a huge help and is a huge supporter of what i do and of who i am. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i will get outdoors in a while and get some necessities.... Read more

  • Mindful May -- Lunches

    5/3/2015 11:12:29 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    I am very proud of myself today. I was asked earlier this afternoon to join some friends for dinner tonight. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to fully finish all of my Sunday chores before I left. And, of course, once we ate, we sat around chatting for quite some time. By the time I left, I ... Read more

  • My Weightloss Motivation

    5/3/2015 10:22:05 AM, by WATCHMEGO!

    A friend asked me what my motivation is to lose weight this time around, I've been regaining for over a year and am having a hard time getting and staying on track. Since this friend could see that I clearly am not sufficiently motivated by the number on the scale climbing or the need to buy new, bi... Read more

  • Mindful May -- Breakfasts

    5/2/2015 12:40:12 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    I have never really been a breakfast eater. From early childhood I have simply had an odd aversion to eating first thing in the morning. I attribute it to not being a morning person. It's not just food that I don't care for in the wee morning hours, but most everything outside of my hot cup of coff... Read more

  • Mindful May -- The Beginning

    5/1/2015 6:56:01 PM, by SADIEMAE32

    This month I have decided to set my focus upon the goal of being mindful. Of course, this means I will work at being mindful of what I put into my mouth and how much time and effort I put into working out. However, I choose to go beyond that spectrum and establish mindfulness in all aspects of my li... Read more

  • April's End and May's Goals

    5/1/2015 11:17:52 AM, by BREEZY85

    May Goals: Exercise 10x Track food 5x a week Limit alcohol intake Walk 8 miles 500 Fitness minutes Take Body Measurements Weigh myself every Saturday morning De-Clutter Have a yard sale So there they are. Didn't do so hot in April, got distracted very easily and was exha... Read more

  • it's friday

    5/1/2015 9:18:12 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! the weather is going to be warm and mostly sunny here this weekend. so i will definitely get out and enjoy it and i know my daughter will be doing so,too. she got an a and another a on two different quizzes at school the other day. she had to show me and anyone that woul... Read more

  • plenty of sunshine

    4/30/2015 8:58:43 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful,sunny spring day here today! woo hoo! a day for me to get outdoors and have fun! get to spend some time with my family today,including my beautiful daughter. i do have a few errands to run this afternoon and that is it. i will make the most out of the great weather here and have a terrif... Read more

  • Big wheel keeps on turning

    4/29/2015 8:31:10 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    I have been unfocused the past month. Not just on my health, but on everything. It's like that tax business shut off my ability to think. I've been going through the motions, but not really getting anywhere. The good news is that I am recognizing it now. I need to wake up from this fog and ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    4/28/2015 1:39:51 PM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful,sunny spring day here today. went out for a long walk this morning. heading off to work shortly. my daughter says hi and so do all the birds. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • it's sunday

    4/26/2015 9:13:04 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day to rest and reflect for me today. got some course work done, some housework done and the grocery shopping done. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say hi,too. have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more