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  • it's monday

    4/20/2015 10:04:01 AM, by MOMMY445

    a rainy day here today. that is okay with me and with my daughter. i am taking it easy today,before i head off to work this afternoon. having to go in an hour earlier each day i work is a challenge for me. yet i will do so,at least for this week. my daughter is really enjoying school these days. all... Read more

  • Yesterday I said NO to the treadmill, but said YES to 20 plus miles and more.

    4/19/2015 7:20:01 PM, by MSKIZ69

    I had everything planned perfectly yesterday. My son was on a day trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and it was a perfect day to go the Y and get some treadmill running in. My backpack was packed(Valderi, valdera, hahaha my knapsack on my back!) and I happily started walking to th... Read more

  • Stress handling....making it work

    4/18/2015 9:17:09 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    Everyone has stress. How we react to it is different for everyone. But there is a way to control our reactions to it. Right now Plex and I have hit a very stressful time. Car repairs twice in a week. But the big one was Taxes. For this first time, we have to pay. And it's no small potatoe... Read more

  • Standing At The Crossroads

    4/18/2015 12:19:06 AM, by SHAREBEAR74

    Dear Self: This is the crossroads, My Love. you have not worked out in at least 4 weeks, though you continue to eat horribly. You don't feel great and you don't have a lot of energy. It's no mystery as to why... Your triglycerides are high and your vitamin ... Read more

  • 4/17

    4/17/2015 10:27:48 PM, by MICHELLEARJES

    I am thankful for friends without them i would be likely... Read more

  • Friday Rambles and stuuuuuuff

    4/17/2015 1:48:22 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    this past week I've been hecka busy. In between working, band meetings, and tending to hubs and the kids (an always full time job there right?) I thought about last week's blog. and what I was doing to make it better. Well, I do agree with some of the other Sparkies out there. Mojo is a nogo ... Read more

  • it's friday

    4/17/2015 9:00:52 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have some errands to complete this morning,before i go to work later this afternoon. i enjoyed spending some one on one time with my daughter the other day and i know she enjoyed it,too. all of the birds say hi. the weekend is here! hurray! I'm back to my regular work hours today and tomorrow. i n... Read more

  • it's thursday

    4/16/2015 4:23:06 PM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful spring day today. i'm enjoying some time with my daughter at the local library. all of the birds say hi! a much needed day off from work today. due to some staff being off sick, there has been extra time at work all week so far. it is easier for me to come in an hour earlier than to stay... Read more

  • Getting better

    4/16/2015 8:35:47 AM, by STODD251

    Whatever nasty cold got a hold of me over the past week, it is finally subsiding. Thank God! I do not like being sick. The only vestiges of it are a sore throat from all the coughing, and a slightly stuffy nose, and general tiredness. But, I feel like it's getting better. Best of all:only two more d... Read more

  • September 17th!!

    4/15/2015 5:34:33 PM, by COCANTU81

    I didn't realize that it's been forever since I have posted a new blog entry. Yikes!! Looking back to my last blog entry which was a year and half ago, a lot has happened since then. I posted that I was no longer engaged but that is not the case anymore. I am engaged to the greatest man around... Read more

  • Day 3- Contest continues!

    4/15/2015 12:34:33 PM, by MISSCALFO

    I am so happy right now! Our Symphonic band just made sweepstakes!!! I am so honored to have been a part of making that possible! WOOOOO!!! Today, I plan to use this happiness and the stairs more often and continue to say no to junk food, as well as consume all foods in moderation! Today ... Read more

  • Day 2- Slow but steady...

    4/15/2015 11:06:47 AM, by MISSCALFO

    If we finish this statement, we come up with "...WINS THE RACE!" I've always loved this saying and I find it true, especially when it concerns weight loss! Sorry this blog is a day late, had a busy day yesterday, and to be honest, I didn't remember to blog. We're having band contest and I mak... Read more

  • April Check in etc

    4/15/2015 9:34:47 AM, by BREEZY85

    So April isn't going to swift, I have been to the gym a few times, my wedding stuff has me frustrated and pre-occupied. I have been eating better kinda and staying more within my ranges. Still have not gotten on the scale. To be honest terrified to. I have to get my butt in gear, the month is half o... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    4/14/2015 11:51:04 AM, by MOMMY445

    i made it through another day. i had a hectic weekend. yet it was worth every minute. my daughter is enjoying school and says hi. all of the birds are doing well and say hi,too. in a while, i am off to my job. for me, i am happy to have a steady job and i am finally adjusting to the hours i need to ... Read more

  • Day 1- Ready to start!!!

    4/13/2015 2:11:01 PM, by MISSCALFO

    I'm starting fresh, I am starting strong! Really looking forward to doing this right! I'm on lunch break right now, and I am feeling good. Did breakfast in time, did lunch, brought healthy snacks, and dinner just needs to be made. Zumba date with my mom (finally convinced her to join m... Read more

  • Trying hard, even though my body seems to be trying to derail me.

    4/13/2015 8:18:36 AM, by STODD251

    I'm now one week into my April challenge. I did great at first, but then this weekend I started getting sick. And it kept getting worse and worse. I did get my workout in on Saturday, plus 5 miles of walking. Then yesterday I went hiking for about an hour and a half, but then I got home and tried to... Read more

  • Over 20 miles in a single day at the age of 45-age ain't nothing but a number!

    4/12/2015 12:58:54 PM, by MSKIZ69

    Yesterday was amazing to me-the first real day of spring after the cold cold(did I mention cold)winter we had I wanted to be out in the fresh hair and just breathe. Spring fever perhaps, but it felt so good to be out and walking-even did a bit of slow outside running while I was out and that felt ev... Read more

  • Here we go again.

    4/12/2015 8:50:47 AM, by SPINSTER321

    Sigh. Gained yet another pound, in spite of doing Couch To 5K. In the past 2 months, went from 15 lbs. lost, to putting back on 5 lbs. Been doing this for over 1 year now, and based on my SparkPeople report (and my own common sense), this isn't how it's supposed to go. Something has got to give. Mor... Read more

  • it's friday

    4/10/2015 9:43:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! i look forward to the weekends every week. it is a chance to unwind and enjoy doing things that are not work related. i have some computer work to do this morning. then i am off for a long walk. all the birds say hi. my daughter aced her math quiz this week! Woo hoo! Hav... Read more

  • DAY 2

    4/9/2015 10:09:24 PM, by ~*~SPUNKI~*~

    AMAZING!! I am so proud of myself... I am doing this..for real this time. I can feel it in my soul, that this is my time!! I know, I know, this is the same song and dance pretty much everyone says at one time or another...however, for me... I know this time...... I am in it for the long hau... Read more

  • it's thursday

    4/9/2015 8:42:47 PM, by MOMMY445

    i enjoyed a much needed day off today. spent time with my daughter,which is something i enjoy doing any time. got some errands done and some of my storage things sorted out. all of the birds are doing well and say hi. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Happy birthday to me... ringing in my 28th year in the best way possible

    4/9/2015 7:44:56 AM, by STODD251

    Since I started this challenge on Monday, I've been thinking this is really a great way to start off the 28th year of my life, which officially starts today. I have a lot of good things to look forward to, and they will all be better if I am healthier and happier. So now, is a good time to commit to... Read more

  • Day 1

    4/8/2015 3:25:02 PM, by ~*~SPUNKI~*~

    Well as I blogged yesterday , today is Day 1, and today I got up and did my work out. Was it my "best" work out of all times... no. However, it was better that what I've done in the past few months. Tonight before work, I will put my gym clothes in my car, and I will hit the treadmill for at lea... Read more

  • Run for it.

    4/8/2015 12:25:57 PM, by SPINSTER321

    I began SparkPeople's Couch To 5K program at the end of January. I figured it'd be a good way to spice up my exercise routine. I'm currently in Week 7. It has taken me longer than the prescribed 8 weeks - I had to restart 1 (or was it 2?) week due to falling ill, and have also been on vacation twice... Read more

  • I'm too lazy to type this right now...

    4/8/2015 11:14:08 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    We've all been there. I'm sure this is why most of us are here. You'd think after five years of Spark, I'd have the answers. Alas. I'm just out of it this month. Well, and last month, and well, maybe the month before that too... I know I just need to move. Whether it be running or C... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    4/8/2015 9:54:39 AM, by MOMMY445

    i did get the hours i hoped for at work. i am happy to still have a job and that i enjoy going to work each day. i get along well with my co workers and others i meet at the company. my daughter is doing well and says hi. i am catching up on some housework today. i am fitting in some exercise before... Read more

  • Another good day on the books!

    4/8/2015 8:36:52 AM, by STODD251

    Yesterday was the second day of my April challenge, and I've still got that momentum going. I drank over 5 liters of water throughout the day, but by the end of work, I was a little lacking in steps. Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating with me as far as getting outside for a walk, so I dec... Read more

  • Once again...

    4/7/2015 3:18:01 PM, by ~*~SPUNKI~*~

    Here I sit, at my original weight with no motivation to do anything about it. Life is such a funny , chaotic thing..however, I can't seem to keep myself first in line. I say tomorrow I will go to the gym, and tomorrow never comes. I can't seem to find motivation within myself, even though I have ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    4/7/2015 10:42:47 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great long weekend. easter was wonderful and my daughter is very happy. i am catching up on some computer work today. later this afternoon, i will be off to work. i am adjusting to the afternoon shift much better now. there is a slight chance i may not have to be there as late at work. i wil... Read more

  • Rocked the after work work-out yesterday!

    4/7/2015 8:28:40 AM, by STODD251

    Yesterday, I had the benefit of a nice long night of sleep. I woke refreshed and had a good, productive day at work. I even stayed late to get a few extra things done. When I got home, I put on my workout pants right away. I posted in my April Challenge facebook group, and I seriously thought about ... Read more

  • Gratitude is a forever thing...

    4/6/2015 2:52:26 PM, by KACEYSW

    Reflecting on many things today. On this journey that is my life, I have always been given the strength to face the seemingly insurmountable with the grace and assistance of people who were placed in my life. There are so many to whom I am grateful for their kind words, firm shoulders, true rudders,... Read more

  • April Challenge

    4/6/2015 7:58:56 AM, by STODD251

    I decided a little bit ago to sign up for an April Challenge which starts today. That makes today as good a day as any to mention it on Sparkpeople. Basically, I'm going to be following Beachbody's 21 Day Fix. For those of you who don't know: the basic idea is portion control and clean eating, suppl... Read more

  • ~ DAY 5 : 5/5/15 AND UPDATE ~

    4/5/2015 6:38:08 PM, by JAZZID

    Hi guys just wanted to update you regarding my reset and my trip to the ER. First my reset: ~ DAY 5 ~... is going well! EATS: IF: 16 hours Lunch: Cabbage soup / apple pecan claflouti / pomegranate white tea Dinner: TBD EXERCISE: AM Cardio: Turbo Jam - 20 minutes [.... Read more

  • ~ How to Have a Paleo Friendly Cheat Day ~

    4/5/2015 5:56:30 PM, by JAZZID

    A version of this article previously appeared on A few years back, cheat days were all the rage. Initially the idea of “stepping out” on your diet was met with skepticism, but as research emerged supporting the idea that taking a day off could actually speed the r... Read more

  • my common excuse

    4/3/2015 10:20:33 AM, by PINKSPARKLESTAR

    Sometimes I would rather stay in bed ..because it's so comfortable... rather than get up and workout occasionally... Read more

  • New season, new challenge

    4/3/2015 9:01:56 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    Hello there! I'm baaacckkk!! 334 Whatever it was keeping me down on Tuesday seems to have worked its way out of my system, so I am feeling better. I've just been feeling very quiet of late. Happens every once in a while LOL So tomorrow I begin the 5% spring challenge. Yup, I'm at it... Read more

  • it's thursday

    4/2/2015 12:19:48 PM, by MOMMY445

    i'm feeling better today. i have some errands to run and some computer work to do today. it is my day off from work. i also get tomorrow off as well. then i have to work on saturday. i will take it. the time off gives me a chance to relax and to do what i like to do. my daughter is really looking fo... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    4/1/2015 11:36:42 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am feeling better than i did yesterday. i will go to work this afternoon and see how i feel while i am there. my family is concerned that i will be alright,as i very seldom get sick. my good friend is making sure i am alright,too. if my cough does not improve much today,or increases, then i will h... Read more

  • 1 year today.

    4/1/2015 11:35:16 AM, by SPINSTER321

    Wow. Can't believe that today marks 1 year since joining SparkPeople. I've stuck it out thus far; may as well continue on the road, even when it aggravates me. What have I accomplished within the past year? - Learned about calorie intake - Learned about portion sizes - Cooked a little... Read more

  • Diet options vs lifestyle changes vs maintainance

    3/31/2015 9:16:56 PM, by UNCOMMONANGEL

    I still feel that some of us need this in STAGES. Especially those of us with MASSIVE CRAVINGS. Uncontrollable cravings and prone to massive binges. Those of us that are all-or-nothin'. Needless to say, that is ME. The only times I have managed to lose weight, is to start with a VERY low calori... Read more

  • had a great day at work

    3/31/2015 8:36:42 PM, by PINKSPARKLESTAR

    Boss asked if I would like some overtime..what a blessing... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    3/31/2015 1:34:35 PM, by MOMMY445

    i feel like i have come down with something. i wonder if it is still the same cold i had before, or a different one. i ended up having to take the day off work today. that is how tired,sick i feel. my daughter says hi to everyone. all of the birds say hi,too. i am taking it easy today. hav e a great... Read more

  • Making adjustments

    3/31/2015 8:22:11 AM, by WAYSOFGRACE

    My body is making adjustments to the new medications. Actually, I should be clear that it's one new medication for my HDL and back on an old medication for my blood sugar. After a month long stand still I am losing weight again, which is happy making for me. Sugar wise I've been adjusting to ... Read more

  • it's monday

    3/30/2015 8:16:25 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter's birthday is today! she is soooooooooo excited and happy! she loves the presents she got so far and the cards she has received. now she is off to school shortly. i am feeling a lot better than i did a few days ago. it is a short work week for me this week. my daughter has a short week o... Read more

  • Beautiful positive day

    3/29/2015 7:54:04 PM, by PINKSPARKLESTAR

    Went to church.. Went swimming at gym.. I'm working on mindful eating Hard to believe I'm allowing myself whatever I want and I'm actually feeling less hunger through the day... questions is this a good approach because It kind of sounds like not disciplining myself any feedback please world be grea... Read more

  • Tracking on Track!

    3/29/2015 7:18:58 PM, by MIMMICA

    Yesterday was a lazy day for me. I offered to help a friend, who is moving in three weeks, and he brought me a bin full of dvds, cds and games and asked me if I could sort through them all and match them with their boxes. It took about three hours, and he was pleased with how I got them all organi... Read more

  • Sunday Funday

    3/29/2015 2:51:31 PM, by KIM_POSSIBLE77

    Had a wonderful night last night with my husband. I was able to get all dressed up which is every girls favorite thing. We both looked fantastic and had a blast catching up with friends that we work with for the youth sports leauge. But I also got to talk about how much I love Shakeology with a frie... Read more

  • kind of strange start

    3/28/2015 7:27:50 PM, by PINKSPARKLESTAR

    Took my morning walk in the neighborhood..with my daughter... Found 20 dollars on my path that has never happened in my life... Read more

  • Joined my first Challenge

    3/28/2015 10:31:29 AM, by SILVERHIGHQUEEN

    I joined the 10 min a day fitness Challenge. I'm actually supposed to be running a marathon in April, but I have really fallen off the band wagon with training. The longest run I've managed is 18.2 miles, which nearly sent me mad. The training has put me off running I'll admit, and I've been avoidin... Read more

  • Thanks for your support sparks family

    3/28/2015 2:05:05 AM, by PINKSPARKLESTAR

    Today has been challenging and rewarding my Father in Heaven let me here the keys not only to a car... I have been Blessed with a 2015 Silver one my eyes won't stop crying Praise be to The Lord I've never sat in a new car
    -Note/2015-S... Read more

  • Mission Accomplished! I Resisted and Won!!

    3/27/2015 8:36:45 PM, by MIMMICA

    I woke up this morning, peeked out the window and saw snow. YUCK! After packing up the cake I made and sending my friend on his way, I did some tidying up in my kitchen. I had two good sized pieces of cake left. I put the two large pieces into a ziplock bag, folded it up, and was trying to d... Read more

  • feeling blessed and challenged today

    3/27/2015 12:15:54 PM, by PINKSPARKLESTAR

    I'm grateful for this day of challenge... Read more

  • 10 Reasons

    3/27/2015 9:49:01 AM, by KIM_POSSIBLE77

    I have an assignment for one of the Challenge groups I'm in and that is to write down 10 reasons I want to lose weight. So here are my reasons in no defined order.... 1) Self Confidence.....I want this back. Losing weight won't give this to me automatically. However as I get stronger and the mo... Read more

  • it's friday

    3/27/2015 8:43:50 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! I really enjoyed my day off yesterday. i will make having that day off a priority from now on. it is so worth it. other than working tomorrow afternoon, i do not have any specific plans for the weekend. i know that my daughter will be soooooo happy to see all the prese... Read more

  • The Good Things...

    3/27/2015 12:54:31 AM, by ALLIENOBLE1

    I’m not sure how to feel right now. Today was such an exhausting day. I want to write about all the struggles and give excuses and then tell myself that it will all be alright. But – I’m really sick of doing that. Instead, I’m going to focus on all the good things that have happened, since I... Read more

  • it's thursday

    3/26/2015 1:38:49 PM, by MOMMY445

    a much needed day off for me. i have been putting in a bit of extra time at work this week to make up for the hours i did not have to work last week. so i have less free time to pursue what i enjoy and to get some errands done. i will be working on my online courses tomorrow, as it will be the only ... Read more

  • Feeling the Spark!

    3/25/2015 5:07:02 PM, by MIMMICA

    Isn’t it a funny thing – you can strive for days, weeks, months, even years to find inspiration and motivation, and suddenly, out of nowhere, you find the spark that you need to get you going. Here are a few things that have happened recently that have helped to keep me motivated and insp... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    3/25/2015 11:43:40 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful,mild spring day here today. my daughter has grown some more. now she is a bit taller and she now takes a different size in shoes. she is counting down the days until her birthday. my sister and her husband are coming down for a visit on sunday afternoon and they definitely have something... Read more

  • Let the Spark Activities begin.....

    3/24/2015 4:02:46 PM, by MIMMICA

    I arrived home yesterday and was delighted to find my new Spark Activity Tracker in my mailbox. YAY! I just couldn’t wait to open it up. I had a quick look at it before I got dinner started. After we ate, I read the instructions, set it up, and we were ready to head out for a walk with the... Read more

  • needing some advice

    3/24/2015 12:48:17 PM, by PINKSPARKLESTAR

    Just got approved for a car payments would be 300 a month that is a lot my car is having engine problems but I own that one I not sure what is the best option for me any landlord raised rent 150 extra a month..... Read more

  • Mini goal setting

    3/24/2015 12:12:27 PM, by SILVERHIGHQUEEN

    I'm not a great blogger unless I know only I will see it. When it's just me, I can let out a stream of unconcious thought and not worry about other people seeing it. When it's online, I'm concious that others may read it and want to pass comment. So I guess the best thing to do is just write out my ... Read more

  • well today I walked kids

    3/24/2015 11:03:23 AM, by PINKSPARKLESTAR

    To school ..continuing my walk for 1 hour feels great... Read more

  • Bits and pieces of the last week...

    3/23/2015 4:03:25 PM, by MIMMICA

    Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since last Monday. I did manage to post to various teams, but never got around to blogging. It was a busy week at the office. In terms of my progress, I did manage to get in a lot of walking all week. I also tracked all my food (except for Fri... Read more

  • it's monday

    3/23/2015 12:56:34 PM, by MOMMY445

    i'm catching up on some computer work now before i head to my job in a few hours. my daughter says hi and sends hugs. all of the birds are doing well and also say hi. i feel a bit better today, so i will go to work. i will see how i feel while i am there and go from there. have a wonderful day,every... Read more

  • feeling blessed this new first day of week

    3/23/2015 8:35:36 AM, by PINKSPARKLESTAR

    Top of the day to my spark family☆☆... Read more

  • Feeling much better

    3/22/2015 8:53:41 PM, by JENIYE707

    I had surgery on feb 18, 2015, Since I had my surgery I have been feeling a 100% better than I have in 2 years. At my surgery I weighed in at 202 pounds. I was so upset with my self I cryed and the nurse at the hospital gave me a hug and told me it will be okay. Once my surgery will be over I will ... Read more

  • it's sunday

    3/22/2015 8:26:27 PM, by MOMMY445

    i feel like i have come down with a cold. no wonder i want to take it easy these days. my daughter says hi and so do the birds. have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Proud of myself!

    3/22/2015 7:38:57 PM, by MKLOMBARD333

    Like so many of us, I eat when I'm bored. And it's mindless, too. No portion control; just stick my hand in that bag of chips! Today, I got bored. We're talking mind-numbing, watch paint dry, how many times can you vacuum bored. Today, though, I decided to do something different. Under nor... Read more

  • first of all I want to thank all my sparks family

    3/22/2015 2:29:11 PM, by PINKSPARKLESTAR

    You all have been a blessing in my life.. I realize today there will never be a quick fix to my weight issues depriving myself of food only makes me worst not better. I Do really well when Im on a sensible diet. I know this so no more ups and downs for me.. I'm glad to get today grandpa is ba... Read more