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  • Infused water is yummy

    5/4/2016 4:03:31 PM, by SSMITH762

    Continuing to plug away at my diet. Finally wrestled one of the infuser water bottles from framily. They use it for juice and water since it's 32 ounces, but I bought 1 for each of us, so when my nephew dropped it at the sink to be washed, I claimed it, lol. Tomorrow I'll start Adrienne s yoga in... Read more

  • Renaissance faire season

    5/4/2016 1:39:15 PM, by MLIEN913

    Yes, it's that time of year again. Renaissance Faires are open and the season is in full swing. This is good and bad news for me. The good news, I'm outside walking around in full garb in all weathers. Great exercise! The bad news is, I'm walking around outside in all weather in full garb. My garb c... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    5/4/2016 12:12:16 PM, by MOMMY445

    another mostly sunny day here today. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Learning, and moving on

    5/3/2016 1:37:35 PM, by JENSTRESS

    I'm getting better. My binges are less frequent and far more controlled. I did have one though. It started out Friday. We had a work meeting that was all day. It was at this country style place, and obviously they catered the food. It was NOTHING really healthy. Fried chicken... Read more

  • Down but not out

    5/3/2016 12:07:24 PM, by MLIEN913

    This morning the dog caught me off guard and I fell hard. My knee took the brunt if the fall but my back is really hurting badly too. I won't be able to workout like I want to but i have to do something. I can't let my winning turn back into losing because of an injury. I'm due to take her out again... Read more

  • it's a beautiful sunny day

    5/3/2016 9:23:25 AM, by MOMMY445

    sunny and mild here today. i have an assessment to do later this afternoon, to see where i am now with my math,english and computer skills. i know i will do just fine. my daughter says hi! all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Monday = Funday

    5/2/2016 3:10:20 PM, by MLIEN913

    Ok, so that's my mantra for today. It has been a little challenging but I'm turning each challenge into a positive. Walking the dog is my excuse to change my mode and my mood. I make each walk a little interval training. Today I saw the rain brought down more flower petals so that was my mini worko... Read more

  • feeling off today

    5/1/2016 10:00:42 PM, by MLIEN913

    I don't know what's wrong but I feel really off today. I couldn't get up most of the day. I don't feel sick but I feel sad. It's almost like I'm feeling depressed. I really have to bring myself out of this funk. Maybe it's my turn to feel sorry about the loss of the old dog and dealing with the ne... Read more

  • a new month

    5/1/2016 6:29:20 PM, by MOMMY445

    a new month has begun! let's see what it brings! i am all set for it and so is my daughter. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Ouch, skating can hurt

    4/30/2016 7:46:42 PM, by SSMITH762

    So I'm watching my 7 year old neice, 9 year old nephew and my friends 9 year old daughter today, so my brilliant idea was to make brownies and go roller skating. Despite it being 15 years since I've gone roller skating. The brownies went well. Delicious and the kids ate them, so I resisted the... Read more

  • a windy day

    4/30/2016 5:04:51 PM, by MOMMY445

    it's hard to believe another month is coming to a close. sometimes it feels like the month only began the other day. a day of rest and reflection for me today. my daughter is off playing with one of her friends from school. so i get some unexpected down time today. i will use it to reflect on april ... Read more

  • desperately in need of sleep

    4/30/2016 12:08:05 AM, by MLIEN913

    Wow. The dog is very hyper tonight. I sat with her, brushed her, took her out for a walk and she's still active. I'm so sleepy I can barely type this blog. 102 In the morning supposed to go a renaissance faire. I'm feeling confused though, because my dear cousin's funeral is finally sched... Read more

  • 7 pounds down, 68 to go

    4/29/2016 9:14:01 AM, by SSMITH762

    Woot, so I weighed myself this morning and I'm down 7 pounds. It goes to show how giving up diet soda and fast food can help. I've only eaten out of the house once in the past two weeks whereas before it was most lunches and many dinners and I never ate breakfast. When I did eat out, it was a fam... Read more

  • it's friday

    4/29/2016 8:23:41 AM, by MOMMY445

    another week is coming to a close soon. another month is almost done,too. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i am enjoying a much needed day off from running errands. i am continuing with my spring cleaning efforts. that is something which i need to get done so i can have even mo... Read more

  • I'm hurt

    4/29/2016 4:55:26 AM, by DENRNAJ

    The man that I thought I would spend many years with told me yesterday that he had found someone that he could "have a real future with". I'm hurt and feel very foolish for putting so many of my hopes into the relationship. Someone that I communicated every day with is suddenly gone. I feel very alo... Read more

  • The scale finally moved again

    4/28/2016 3:20:03 PM, by MLIEN913

    Since it was my birthday yesterday I decided to weigh myself to compare later. I was happy to see that I was down 5lbs more. Let's see if I'm still down after the sushi feast yesterday.... Read more

  • a sunny day

    4/28/2016 1:42:34 PM, by MOMMY445

    a cool sunny day here today. my daughter says hi. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Happy birthday to me

    4/27/2016 8:02:43 PM, by MLIEN913

    Another year marked on the calendar. I love being able to say I'm 54 and seeing the surprise on people's faces. Now that working on getting into shape and eating healthy people will be even more impressed. Loving life!... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    4/27/2016 4:00:23 PM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful,sunny day here today. i just found that my parents will be moving in the next few months, closer to the biggest city in the province of canada where i live,ontario. that means i need to get to their place and go through what i still have there as soon as i can. i am also going through st... Read more

  • Happily making changes

    4/27/2016 2:25:06 PM, by JENSTRESS

    It is funny, just a few days ago I was complaining about my FIL and Step-dad and their HORRIBLE food choices that lead to major health complications, but my husband went over to my FIL's and spoke with him about making the changes that we know he needs to make, and he was completely on board. ... Read more

  • a cooler day

    4/26/2016 6:32:07 PM, by MOMMY445

    it started off raining here and cool. now the sun is shining brightly and it is still cool outside. that is okay with me and my daughter. all the birds say cheep,cheep! i get to hear quite a few different birds chirping outside these days, including robins and cardinals. have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Slacker

    4/26/2016 12:43:13 PM, by MLIEN913

    I feel like I've been a slacker this week. Saturday, Sunday and Monday were all crazy jumbled days. I did not eat well, mostly because I forgot to eat or only ate once. My exercising was off too. I did a lot of walking but little else. I'm doing better today, but tomorrow is my birthday.😆 I can't... Read more

  • Getting back up

    4/26/2016 9:17:39 AM, by JENSTRESS

    This journey, changing your life, making goals, keeping them, and everything, well, it is HARD. I have fallen and given up so many times. But I got back up. My daughter is 4. She is SUPER cute. (I'm not biased, she is freaking cute. Okay, maybe a little biased.) A little more ... Read more

  • Hotel event night

    4/25/2016 11:00:43 PM, by MLIEN913

    I did well at Tour Connection, the major hotel event I attend each year. While I didn't eat I did keep well hydrated. This year they had tables with bottles of water so I drank them often. It was great to network like that and meet so many great people. I walked for 3.5 hrs going from table to tabl... Read more

  • a rainy day

    4/25/2016 11:58:57 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is also a cooler day here today. that is okay with me. i feel that i did well on the job interview today. i will relax for the rest of the day. my daughter says hi to all of mommy's friends! all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Is the scale evil?

    4/25/2016 9:18:05 AM, by JENSTRESS

    Oh, the scale. Some days I feel like it is my nemesis. Other days, my best friend. One thing I know, it is something I have to learn to live with, but more than that, I have to learn HOW. Here is the thing. I had a scale a LONG time ago, and then it broke. I don't remember wh... Read more

  • Blessed day

    4/25/2016 1:56:35 AM, by MLIEN913

    Seeing Third Day was fantastic. Hearing the messages if their songs has made my heart sing. The new dog is not settling in very well on her firat night. She has chaesd the cats abd destroyed things in the kitchen. Now she's whining for attention. My poor husband is sleeping downstairs trying to c... Read more

  • I just don't get it.

    4/24/2016 8:00:02 PM, by JENSTRESS

    Look, we all know our health is affected by what and how much we eat. I definitely understand food addictions, overeating issues, binges, and everything else. It's a been there done that situation. My problem are this. Medical professionals don't seem to often "prescribe" healthy eating. I'm not... Read more

  • A new dog

    4/24/2016 5:38:17 PM, by MLIEN913

    What a day! We found our new forever friend. She's a black lab/weimaraner mix and she just turned 1 on April 7th. Right now she's a bit if a handful being so young. She chased the cats and she loves to run . I hope we can get her to stop chasing the cats soon. Now I'm on my was to see Third Day and... Read more

  • a new day

    4/24/2016 11:03:49 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have a job interview tomorrow morning for a steady job! woo hoo! so today i am taking it easy and making sure i have what i want to wear,bring ready. my daughter says hi! all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Take care of you, part 2

    4/22/2016 2:18:58 PM, by JENSTRESS

    Quick update on my FIL. He is still in the hospital, his infection was far worse than anything I've ever seen. It was vomit-inducing. They are actually taking him back for tests to see if he has GANGRENE. Yes, you read that correctly. Here is what we have discovered. He is a ty... Read more

  • it's friday

    4/22/2016 9:12:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    a mild day again here today. then it will be cooler and more sunny over the weekend, with a chance of rain on sunday. that is fine with me and my daughter. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • What's in YOUR diet?

    4/21/2016 1:04:54 PM, by JENSTRESS

    My diet (I use the regular term as everyone follows a diet, this is for my life, it isn't temporary) doesn't have a lot of "restrictions." My mind doesn't do well with restrictions. I do, however, have LIMITS. I'm an overeater. I have been for a very long time. I'm not sure why or when it s... Read more

  • Lazy day

    4/20/2016 9:24:12 PM, by MLIEN913

    Shame on me. After all the working out and moving I did yesterday I was pretty lazy today. Ok, so I was in training at work today so I couldn't break away for workouts like I did yesterday but I still don't feel good about it. My eating was very good today. I've lost almost another pound. N... Read more

  • Take care of you.

    4/20/2016 1:21:12 PM, by JENSTRESS

    I'm exhausted. I slept terribly, because my husband wasn't home most of the night. He was at the hospital with his dad. My father-in-law doesn't have great health. He isn't in terrible health, but he is a type 2 diabetic. His doctor, apparently, isn't helping to take care of him. ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    4/20/2016 9:39:27 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Keeping it real today

    4/19/2016 12:29:42 PM, by MLIEN913

    Each day I start out with great plans on how I'm going to workout and walk a lot. Most days it doesn't go as planned. Today I feel the need to keep moving. Some of the stuff I've done doesn't translate into anything trackable but I still do it because it makes me feel good. My competitive side wants... Read more

  • a sunny day

    4/19/2016 9:41:19 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day where my allergies are flaring up a bit this morning. the other day, they really flared up. at the moment, they are not flaring up too much. my daughter says hi. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • How do YOU workout?

    4/19/2016 9:12:12 AM, by JENSTRESS

    A lot of people talk about working out, and a lot of things about it. You should do this, you should do that. I tend to put a lot of faith in experts more than some people, but here is what I have found. There are TONS of different exercises. Tons of programs. Tons of variations. ... Read more

  • How???

    4/18/2016 4:14:44 PM, by JENSTRESS

    I can't believe myself. I'm laughing at how unbelievable I can be. This morning, even all weekend, I was feeling strong, successful with my weight loss. First, Friday, I was looking for a new pair of jeans. I needed a new pair, and have not wanted to buy them yet. But, we had a co... Read more

  • Good morning Sparkers

    4/18/2016 12:31:27 PM, by MLIEN913

    It is a great day here in NJ. The sun is up and it's 77 degrees out there. I may be inside for now but as soon as possible I am going outside to enjoy it. Maybe I'll take a walk for lunch.... Read more

  • it is a sunny day

    4/18/2016 9:00:44 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is also very mild here,too! woo hoo! all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyoen!... Read more

  • Naughty me

    4/17/2016 11:37:56 AM, by MLIEN913

    Yesterday I didn't eat right but I did keep within my calories. Running around visiting my doctor, then going into NYC for the Bible Tour concert. The show ended late then I had to rush to get my train home. I finally got home around midnight and ate a piece of cheesy garlic bread and some yogurt. G... Read more

  • Day 1: habits

    4/17/2016 2:54:18 AM, by DENRNAJ

    My homework for the day- Write down 3 tiny habits that you can incorporate into your life this week.... 1. set my alarm to get up 20 minutes earlier that I usually do 2. have next day exercise clothes with shoes and work clothes with shoes set out the day before 3. walk for 1 mile on the tread... Read more

  • Bible Tour Concert tonight

    4/16/2016 3:09:50 PM, by MLIEN913

    Taking my mom to see the Bible Tour concert at the Beacon Theatre tonight. I ate earlier today to make sure I kept within my calories. My doctor says that I am getting bronchitis so he put me on antibiotics and heavy cough syrup.... Read more

  • Choices, life and moderation

    4/16/2016 4:46:36 AM, by JENSTRESS

    Last night we went to a cookout/bonfire at a friend's home. I knew that burgers, brats or hotdogs would be the food option. So, I made healthy choices during the day in preparation. We got there and I was so hungry. I was already a little nervous. Rhett was a ton of unhealthy food, some okay food,... Read more

  • Life and annoyances

    4/15/2016 11:01:18 AM, by JENSTRESS

    Yesterday I typed out a huge blog and it didn't post, I couldn't get it back, and I refused to re-type it. SO that happened... ANNOYING! Honestly, I've been doing so well, that I forget some times that I've been struggling this month, it is mostly in the evenings, but it comes and goes. L... Read more

  • New day and new me

    4/15/2016 10:48:48 AM, by MLIEN913

    So I'm still not up to a full workout but there are still little things that can add up. I tried some crunches but they made me feel sick. So instead of giving up I lifted some lighter weights then got on my bike. Ok, so the biking also made me nauseated but I did something and that's what counts.... Read more

  • it is a sunny day

    4/15/2016 8:53:37 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful,mild,sunny spring day here today. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • still fighting the good fight

    4/14/2016 10:53:06 PM, by MLIEN913

    527 Today was challenging. My cold has progressed to the point where breathing is very difficult. I had to leave work early today because I couldn't get enough air to talk. I didn't even have the energy to do the "Under the weather workout" today. Tomorrow is another day to succeed. Hopefu... Read more

  • New Day, New Efforts to Move Forward

    4/14/2016 4:42:23 PM, by KACEYSW

    When life throws me curve balls, I either have to scramble to catch them or watch them sail in their quixotic arcs and try to duck as they attempt to take my head off my shoulders. As a general rule, I am a pretty effective catcher (especially given that the mitt I am "wearing" is far smaller than r... Read more

  • Slept in today

    4/13/2016 6:05:06 PM, by MLIEN913

    I'm still really sick with this cold or whatever it is. Since my local power company shut off power to the town to do an upgrade I had ths chance to sleep and get some much needed rest. When I woke up I felt bad that I wasn't getting exercise so I did some gardening and planted seeds and some plants... Read more

  • You Take It As It Comes

    4/13/2016 4:35:33 PM, by KACEYSW

    It is always interesting coming back from a week's vacation. Even though it is buttressed by 2 full weekends, that week off never seems quite long enough (or, for some reason, the time-space continuum alters for those 9 days that makes it just seem that way). I must really learn not to make my perso... Read more

  • Moving on up... or down, actually!

    4/13/2016 11:09:29 AM, by JENSTRESS

    I admit, I SUCK at weighing in. I forget to do it first thing in the morning, I end up doing it after I eat, or drink or whatever, and because of that, it isn't really ever accurate, though I have trends. (This is better than it was before, because I finally have a scale in my home!) Anyway, ... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    4/13/2016 9:33:27 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get outside and enjoy! the rest of the week here will be sunny and not too cold. my daughter is sooo excited! she loves to be outdoors. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Twists and turns

    4/12/2016 10:59:22 AM, by MLIEN913

    I've received more bad news. My cousin, who was like an older sister, has passed. Her passing is spurring me to do more to stay healthy. There are many disease risk factors in my family tree and I want to decrease my chances of getting anymore than I already have. Even though I'm fighting a cold I... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    4/12/2016 10:47:55 AM, by MOMMY445

    a sunny and cooler day here today. my daughter says hi. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • What a weeknd!

    4/11/2016 12:24:54 PM, by JENSTRESS

    Wow. What a weekend! We had a lot going on this weekend. Friday night was a pretty relaxing night at home because of all the things that we had to do the rest of the weekend. So we enjoyed each other and relaxed (after I got my workout in, of course! hahaha) Saturday, I normally go to z... Read more

  • Sick day

    4/11/2016 11:27:20 AM, by MLIEN913

    Crap! I either caught a really bad cold or I have a sinus infection. All I know for sure is that my throat feels swollen and painful, my head is congested and breathing I'd difficult. I'll have to do workouts that call for too many body position changes or too much breathing.... Read more

  • it's monday

    4/11/2016 10:42:37 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get back on track in every way for me. my daughter says hi! all the birds say cheep,cheep! i'm back at school and i am actively looking for work. i plan on going back to college either this september or next january. it is becoming very challenging to keep a steady job these days. i am find... Read more

  • Sunday Apr 10th

    4/10/2016 4:39:28 PM, by MLIEN913

    It is a beautiful sunny day in NJ. It's also warmer than it has been the past week. Unfortunately, I am not enjoying it like I should because I'm still grieving the loss of my pup. I had to clear away her things today. That was hard. The up-side was that it gave me a little workout cleaning up ... Read more

  • Incredibly sad day

    4/9/2016 9:23:57 PM, by MLIEN913

    I have nearly been able to eat or drink today. Exercise was minimal. My darling dog, Knightshade, has gone to the great playground beyond. She was 14yrs old and had multiple tumors causing her pain. This is one of the hardest days of my life. I keep telling myself that she has gone to play with my s... Read more

  • its saturday

    4/9/2016 2:00:44 PM, by MOMMY445

    A beautiful and cool sunny day here today. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! my daughter and i are taking it easy today. we both enjoyed seeing the movie zootopia yesterday. it was well worth it to go. i'd gladly go again with my daughter to see another movie,anytime. i really enjoy spending time wi... Read more

  • I think I know why I've been off

    4/8/2016 9:08:34 PM, by MLIEN913

    All week I've been fatigued and "hungry". My poor old dog is starting to go down hill. Her breathing is incredibly laboured, she's barely eating or drinking and she barks a lot, especially at night. I've seen this coming for a while now but my husband has finally admitted that she is suffering. ... Read more

  • Friday finally.

    4/8/2016 11:19:18 AM, by MLIEN913

    This has been a very challenging week for me. I've been fighting the munchies which hit hard at night. Some nights I've lost the battle. Today I feel exhausted even though I got to bed 1hr earlier. Hopefully it just the changing weather that has me feeling run down. I'm forcing myself to move so I... Read more

  • it's friday

    4/8/2016 8:57:02 AM, by MOMMY445

    a mixed weather day here today. it is lightly snowing now and cool. the snow is supposed to let up this morning. my daughter is prepared and so am i. when she was born eleven years ago at the end of march, it was a mix of rain and snow outside. my daughter and i will be heading to see the movie zoot... Read more

  • Happy day

    4/7/2016 2:29:14 PM, by JENSTRESS

    This week has been INSANE.  I'm thrilled it is Thursday, but even happier that tomorrow is Friday!  I have a lot to do, but plenty of time at work to get it done.  My boss is out, so that means I can listen to music and try to organize the mess the move has made.  I'm looking forward to it. ... Read more

  • Grumpy day

    4/7/2016 1:09:16 PM, by MLIEN913

    I'm just not in the mood for anything today. All I want to do is read my book and eat blackberries. Well that won't work. There aren't enough berries in the house to start with. Besides, I'm only hurting myself if I give in to this childish mood. So, I'm workingout. I'm even trying things that are... Read more

  • New movement, interesting life

    4/6/2016 3:53:27 PM, by JENSTRESS

    Fitbit has some new features that are pretty cool. The new fitbit Alta (which I do not have) has little alerts to keep you moving every hour. I thought it was unnecessary. Now the fitbit app has a period of time during the day where it wants you to get 250 (or more) steps every hour. ... Read more

  • Trying new things...again

    4/6/2016 11:35:53 AM, by MLIEN913

    Today I decided to try some of the Spark video execrises. Yow! They are great and boy do you workout. Oddly, during the Pilates workout I felt more in my thighs than in my core. It could be due to some earlier yoga hip stretches. I think I've done enough for now. I'll try some more workouts la... Read more

  • a nice day

    4/6/2016 8:47:39 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is going to snow a bit here this morning. then it will rain later in the afternoon into the evening. i am prepared and so is my daughter. on friday, we will be going to see a movie. the movie is still to be decided on by the both of us. it has been a really long time since either one of us has be... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    4/5/2016 12:18:02 PM, by MOMMY445

    a sunny and cool day here. my daughter says hi. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Fun-day

    4/5/2016 12:14:44 PM, by MLIEN913

    I put the massaging hula hoop together. I'm not good at it anymore but I managed 5 minutes of fumbling with the hoop. Next is my combo fit board boxing. Today is all about having fun while exercising.... Read more