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  • WOOHOO !!!

    7/23/2016 9:02:37 AM, by GRANDMAFRANNY


  • Dating

    7/23/2016 9:01:55 AM, by JAG-OH

    I've battled my weight for as long as I can remember, and I've usually subscribed to the mindset of, "If you don't love yourself, you can't expect someone else to love you." In some ways it's true, if I start dating, I question his motives and his loyalty and sanity. I don't love myself completely. ... Read more

  • When you've gone too far

    7/22/2016 10:15:13 PM, by JAG-OH

    I'm at that point where I've gone so far in the wrong direction, that I feel like I need a new destination. But I don't know what that is ... Is it simply a different number? Is it not a number at all? I have no idea. All I know is that I gave up too soon and for the wrong reasons, and now I have to... Read more

  • it's friday

    7/22/2016 10:51:08 AM, by MOMMY445

    another hot,hazy and humid day here today. i'm getting caught up with my online courses and working on some extra math practice,too. i did a math test last week and i did not do as well as i know i can do. so i am putting in some extra practice over the weekend. my daughter is also practicing her ma... Read more

  • a warm,sunny and humid day

    7/21/2016 1:13:08 PM, by MOMMY445

    if the company that has the full time job is satisfied with my test results and my resume,i will be meeting with them in the next few days. in the meantime, i heard from another place i applied to for a job. it has been a long time since i have been in demand work wise. so any downtime i have i like... Read more

  • Leg day is no joke ;)

    7/20/2016 10:59:54 PM, by WINTERRAIN

    On Monday I started ST again, I cannot tell you how long it has been since I last did an actual squat using my body weight. Sure I've been going to the Y and doing some ST there....but I felt I wasn't being challenged enough. I also decided to restart my C25k program over on Monday....Yep Mond... Read more

  • Day 11, Round Two

    7/20/2016 2:24:02 PM, by STORMIE62

    Another bad night... So tired and hurting I took a pain medication Numb and nauseated, feel like I am going to be sick. Try to rest, but keep hearing voices, doors opening and closing. Yet I know I am alone and doors are locked... dreaming or hallucinating? Hot shower to ease the aches ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    7/20/2016 12:30:55 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a phone interview this morning for a job. if all goes well, i well do a phone interview with the actual company. this job will be for three months starting in august. i also touched base with another place that had contacted me about another job. this second one is full time. plus, i have an i... Read more

  • a beautiful day

    7/19/2016 1:34:39 PM, by MOMMY445

    i managed to get my housework done this morning so i can get outdoors and have fun with my daughter. all the bird say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day Ten, Round Two

    7/19/2016 12:14:55 PM, by STORMIE62

    Motivational speaker Les Brown (born 1945) made his name encouraging others to overcome any odds that might stand in their way. He is quoted in saying "You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers." I am sure everyone has heard it before. To achie... Read more

  • Patience Pays Off

    7/19/2016 8:38:44 AM, by HALFTWO

    Just a quickie this morning to share the news that my being patient has really paid off in my gym decision. If I were a super hero, I would be Instant Gratification Girl! I usually just make a decision and go with it, which is sometimes good and sometimes bad. A couple of weeks ago I decided I... Read more

  • 82 lbs gone for good!!

    7/18/2016 9:41:58 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I have now slowed down to 1 lb every 2 weeks, but it is still going down so I am happy. I am staying at around 1200 calories a day. To keep up with the lb a week I need to go back under 1000 a day OR start exercising. It is calories in and out no matter what plan you are following! That T shi... Read more

  • Grateful for 5 Years on Spark and more...

    7/18/2016 6:48:24 PM, by OHMEMEME

    Just read a few heartwarming blogs about gratefulness and was inspired. Then as writing (and losing the first draft :( I was Sparked to rewrite a whole different blog. My first draft was "grateful" for 10 lbs that I lose and regain yearly... 101 Also mentioned that I'm always wishing to ... Read more

  • It's All About The Plan

    7/18/2016 12:05:29 PM, by HALFTWO

    I did so well last week, I am stoked! I knew I had an event on Saturday that would be calorie heavy. It was our annual trip to see the Mudhen's play in Toledo. I kept it in mind all week and used it to motivate me to stay within my calorie range until then. And it worked! I made good cho... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    7/18/2016 11:31:42 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new week is well underway. i have started a different online course called health for life and i am really enjoying it. it just goes for one month, so it can get pretty intense at times. i do not mind. when i am really enjoying something, i do whatever is needed and then some. the course is also h... Read more

  • Day Nine, Round Two

    7/18/2016 10:23:03 AM, by STORMIE62

    Well this weekend may not have gone the way I had planned, I lost two days to the pain and the medicated haze sleep. But it is monday, the start of a new week. With that I have a new mantra... " I will start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible and then I will see that I am d... Read more

  • Starting over ... Again

    7/17/2016 9:22:14 PM, by JAG-OH

    About six years ago I was a regular on here. I was happy and engaged and working towards a healthier me. But, such is life, I stopped blogging, stopped checking in, and eventually stopped taking care of myself. At my best point in about 2012, I was down 100+ pounds. Woohoo! But then pumpkin pie got ... Read more

  • it's sunday

    7/17/2016 12:52:45 PM, by MOMMY445

    a warm and sunny day here today. my daughter and i are going outside in a while to have fun! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Honesty is the best policy

    7/17/2016 10:05:16 AM, by SWEETNSKINNY

    Its been a LONG time! I'm here because I need to start being accountable to myself. I looked in the mirror yesterday, and I truly did not recognize myself. I am at the highest weight I think ive ever been (well at least that i've seen on the scale). I ONLY wear stretchy pants, and even some of ... Read more

  • Day Six, Round Two

    7/15/2016 7:02:04 PM, by STORMIE62

    One really never know what's going on in someone's life - You don't know me nor do I know you. How could you know what I go through or how I suffer in my own private time? Just because I am writing this blog doesn't mean I am expressing my feelings the right way. I am frustrated with my... Read more

  • An Attic Full of Skinny Clothes

    7/15/2016 4:25:43 PM, by MENSCH00

    Some folks on Spark have struggled with their weight since childhood. Others, like me, didn't put the extra weight on until later, perhaps in their 20s or 30s. For me, it was my mid-30s and the weight gain was initially related to a knee injury, followed by fertility treatment hormones and pregnanc... Read more

  • My new way of eating !!!!

    7/15/2016 12:46:33 PM, by JUDYAMK

    Well I had made a big dinner & I will tell you how much I ate & what I felt like after wards now make sure you read the amount I had eaten, 2 ounces of roasted skinless chicken 2 tbls, of baked beans 2 tbls. of corn 2tbls gravy 2 tables mashed potatoes 1/2 cup filling ( stuffing ) 3/4 ... Read more

  • it's friday

    7/15/2016 10:31:22 AM, by MOMMY445

    i'm taking it easy today. i heard from two more places yesterday regarding jobs. i will see what the companies have to offer and go from there. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone and a terrific weekend!... Read more

  • Join me in eating like a baby & see what happnes check out my blog!!!

    7/14/2016 2:26:48 PM, by JUDYAMK

    Here is something for all of us to think about & put in motion. Let's all of us eat like babies , yes babies.!! Babies eat when they are hungry,& stop when they are satisfied. Did you ever know of a baby that counts calories, fat grams, or carbs ,Babies do not starve themselves nor do they over eat ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    7/14/2016 1:19:57 PM, by MOMMY445

    another warm day here today. figuring out whether or not i can take a much needed vacation next month. i have heard about some more job opportunities,one of which will start later next month. i will be sitting down later and figuring out what i can realistically afford. there is a family reunion nex... Read more

  • Day Five, Round Two

    7/14/2016 8:33:35 AM, by STORMIE62

    Wow it is day five and I am feeling wiped out. Going to the Doctor today because of the pain in my back has gotten worse. I am afraid I may have done something serious to myself while trying to find an exercise program that I can do to help lose this weight gain after scoliosis spinal surgery. ... Read more

  • Pokemon Go

    7/13/2016 2:53:52 PM, by MELSMIMI

    My granddaughter and daughter and SIL are playing Pokemon Go. Hopefully this will get me up and walking :) I just drove Melanie and Drew to the downtown Wylie to get all the pokemon stops there. I drove as they catch pokemons on my phone for me. There are a lot on my street so when it cools down... Read more

  • Day Four, Round Two

    7/13/2016 11:18:17 AM, by STORMIE62

    Today Karma reached out and kinda smacked me in the forehead with a can of V8... The second law of Karma: The Law of Creation Life requires our participation to happen. It does not happen by itself. We are one with the Universe, both inside and out. Whatever surrounds us gives us... Read more

  • Am I ready...?

    7/13/2016 11:09:52 AM, by OHMEMEME

    175 Still a number of satisfaction and the fact that it is holding steady there with no plan is awesome BUT -5lbs to 170 would be perfect for wedding and starting school... Reality says ??!!??!! That's what I want but is it achievable? Or should I say am I ready to commit enough to make it ha... Read more

  • "Bad" Foods - A Personal Choice

    7/13/2016 10:56:55 AM, by HALFTWO

    There is a lot of controversy in the weight loss world regarding labeling foods as "good" or "bad". In WW, it was always taught that no foods were off limits as long as it fits into one's plan. It has been said that labeling foods leads to guilt when eating certain things. When dining with my mo... Read more

  • a very warm and humid day here today

    7/13/2016 9:46:58 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter and i are keeping cool again today. we have plenty of water in the fridge, ready to drink. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Anyone Can Say 'Yes'

    7/12/2016 1:45:35 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Anyone can say 'Yes', but not everyone can say 'No.' It's a fact of life that we can't avoid everything bad. It's not always the case of a necessary evil, but sometimes it might be as small as the chocolate that somehow made it's way into your mouth when you weren't looking. The "avoidance" or... Read more

  • First Post - Feeling Profound

    7/12/2016 12:39:52 PM, by MENSCH00

    I was thin and athletic growing up. A lot of people in my generation were. I grew up in a working class family and our diet wasn't really healthy. A lot of canned vegetables and weird things like chipped beef. We drank a lot of Coca Cola and Koolaid. On hot summer days our parents gave us popsi... Read more

  • a very warm and sunny day

    7/12/2016 11:39:54 AM, by MOMMY445

    there is a heat alert here for the next few days. my daughter and i are keeping cool as much as possible today. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i heard about a few more job opportunities today. i will deal with them in a while. i have some computer work to catch up on first, then i will deal with ... Read more

  • Day Three, Round Two

    7/12/2016 3:47:55 AM, by STORMIE62

    My comfort zone feels safe, familiar and relaxing. That's problem, I am spending too much time there and I may not be growing and evolving as a person that I want to be. It takes a tremendous amount of bravery to do what is unfamiliar and uncomfortable. The good news is, the payoff is worth it.... Read more

  • Day Two Round Two

    7/11/2016 8:23:37 PM, by STORMIE62

    Have you ever thought about Karma? Did you know there are 12 laws of Karma? I didn't until today. I was struck by the third law - "The Law of Humility: Accept what is, let go of what was and make changes toward what will be." All I could think of was wow that is where I am ... ... Read more

  • Keeping the Light

    7/11/2016 11:56:03 AM, by HALFTWO

    So...I had a ever so slight gain this week. I blame it on the ice cream and the humidity. The ice cream is gone. The humidity is another story. I am choosing not to dwell and to look for things I can do differently to improve this week. That's kind of my plan. Include one new (old) habit e... Read more

  • Did you ever do a 5K for a cause & if so what did you do it for?

    7/10/2016 4:50:50 PM, by JUDYAMK

    me with the black hat on, next to me is Angela, Tina & Debbie. My other 2 friends were all set to come ,but Lori had to be rushed to hospital in the middle of the night & my other friend her Mom Alison stayed with her she has 2 kidney stones, pray she passes them soon. My friends & I went Sat.... Read more

  • it's sunday

    7/10/2016 1:01:10 PM, by MOMMY445

    a not as humid day here as it was last week. very windy and sunny here today. i am catching up on some computer work, then i am going to enjoy the day with my daughter. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day One Round Two

    7/10/2016 10:45:33 AM, by STORMIE62

    Well I don't know what happened... but I went back and was reading my blogs. It's interesting I was doing so well and then poof, I just stopped, like the person with the drive just disappeared. I have been going over the past months trying to pin point when I went off and got lost. What e... Read more

  • Today July 9 is sooooo special

    7/9/2016 9:54:40 PM, by MELSMIMI

    It is my granddaughter's 15th birthday today. We are exactly 50 years apart for 11 days until my birthday on July 20. Melanie is the joy and the light in my life!!... Read more

  • TGIF Laughs!

    7/8/2016 5:29:55 PM, by TREKPURRSON

    For all my Spark Friends who make my life SO much happier, these are for you! Stay cool, smile, laugh! When life gets tough and your motivation dips, remember: You are SO WORTH IT! ... Read more

  • it's friday

    7/8/2016 12:16:33 PM, by MOMMY445

    the weather here has been mostly hot and humid, with some rain inbetween. my daughter and i went to a kids event in the big city here and we had so much fun! The rain that came down did not deter us from enjoying the day. now i am figuring out the next outing we can go on together. all of the birds ... Read more

  • My Return

    7/8/2016 1:04:16 AM, by PINKFIT2011

    So I have yet again failed! Anyone who has read my page or goes and reads it now will see that I fail a lot.....I'm serious I fail so much. Part of me feels like it is because I set my goals unrealistically but they are not, another part of me feels like eh this is how it's been for so many years wh... Read more

  • Progress

    7/7/2016 11:52:06 AM, by HALFTWO

    Thank you all for the lovely comments and support. I'll get around to thanking each one of you, I promise. Things are going well but slow. I found out I didn't fully upload my first week's weight so it looks awesome after week two! 9 At a little over five pounds down, I'm on pace. Unfortu... Read more

  • Happy Dancing!

    7/6/2016 4:27:55 PM, by MELSMIMI

    The trim around the house and garage including repairs to the fascia and soffits is being painted right now. They have been working on it since yesterday and the are doing a fantastic job. The gutters are next. The fence is on the schedule and the skylight will be installed in 4 weeks. What a... Read more

  • 81 lbs gone for good

    7/5/2016 11:39:50 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I weighed today and I am at 219.0. Wowza being down in the 21x. Haven't been there for over 15 or 16 years. 20 lbs and I will be in WUNDERLAND OR IS THAT ONEDERLAND hahaha. I can not wait to make that MAJOR milestone. I will be a Sparks member forever and I count myself blessed that I found it ab... Read more

  • any one out there try P90X ??

    7/5/2016 9:06:58 PM, by JUDYAMK

    Oh my oh my I am a fool for punishment. i took a class tonight at the YMCA called P90X from 7 to 8. I will never complain about Zumba again!!!! ( P stands for power 90 is the number of days it takes to tone your body in 90 days, & the X stands for extreme ) The instructor gave me plenty of modific... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    7/5/2016 8:26:37 AM, by MOMMY445

    i still have not heard about that job i went for an interview last week. i will check in with the agency and see what is happening. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • it's monday

    7/4/2016 8:10:35 AM, by MOMMY445

    i find out today whether or not i get that job i went for an interview last week for. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it will be a very warm day here today. the next few days will be very warm,too. my daughter and i are prepared. tomorrow, we are going on an outing and there w... Read more

  • Diet Coke was keeping me from losing weight!

    7/3/2016 6:41:20 PM, by TREKPURRSON

    Eliminating Diet Coke was hard because I was totally addicted to 3 cans a day!, It was totally worth it, to keep me losing weight! I gradually cut down to 2 12- ounce cans a day, then only one a day, then every other day, and finally QUIT all diet sodas! I discovered that the carbonation (bubbles) w... Read more

  • Injury and territory for me...

    7/2/2016 9:52:35 PM, by OHMEMEME

    First time ever in 52.5 years that I have an injury. Out of nowhere severe pain in hip and leg! Explained as sciatica from who knows what??? No point of injury, just happened. Overuse? Aging? That's what they tell me. Suffering for 3 days but have found some treatment and finally relief! So out of c... Read more

  • 2 picnics oh no what will I do ??? Guess what movie star I will imitate in the eating category ??

    7/2/2016 11:36:18 AM, by JUDYAMK

    Good morning everyone, do not know if you all stepped out side yet,it is a cool breezy sun filled morning here in North Eastern Pa.The air conditioner got turned off, & the window sashes thrown up!! I have a family picnic today at 3 & one at 6 tomorrow. I must be completely MINDFUL of how much I eat... Read more

  • Not To Be Perfect

    7/1/2016 1:09:24 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    In my last blog entry,
    ?blog_id=6190565, I talked about putting in actual effort and not just casting an illusion on yourself to think you were. But you also need to keep in mind, as Rachel Platten says in her new song, "you don't need ... Read more

  • I'm Restarting

    6/30/2016 9:43:49 PM, by SLAPTHEFATCAT

    I lost 35-40 lbs, then gained it back, plus ~5 lbs. I have abandoned almost every aspect of making healthy choices, with exception of controlling my drinks at work. (I work at a seafood restaurant that offers sodas and tea, as much as I can drink for free) I will allow myself one calorie-dense drink... Read more

  • woo hoo!

    6/30/2016 12:15:33 PM, by MOMMY445

    i feel great today! the sun is shining brightly here and i feel i did really well at my job interview this morning. i have a few errands to run, then i will be enjoying the rest of the day with my beautiful daughter. we have a few places in mind to go to tomorrow, for canada day. for all canadian sp... Read more

  • Let's talk about STUFF!! There are 2 kinds of STUFF !!!

    6/28/2016 1:56:10 PM, by JUDYAMK

    Let's talk about STUFF!! You know the kind of Stuff we have sitting around, or like me the things I have packed away & do not even remember I had the STUFF. Yesterday & this morning I went thru a 5 foot rubber tub that I had things wrapped in newspaper & tissue paper. let's see I found several... Read more

  • Time for an update...

    6/27/2016 3:12:51 PM, by OHMEMEME

    Time to check in with myself and update my Spark friends! I hit my 4 year Maintenance Anniversary and 5 years of Sparking is just a couple weeks away! Success equals 50lb loss and most importantly, maintaining. Those who follow me here know I struggle with seasonal ups and downs with the sca... Read more

  • Effort and Real Effort

    6/27/2016 12:40:08 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    One of the main issues that I have seen in my own progress is probably one that many others have seen. I perceive that I am putting in a lot of effort while I don't actually put in a lot of ACTUAL effort. I think about working out and eating right, but the thoughts do not become action. While it i... Read more

  • My New Normal

    6/26/2016 10:43:27 AM, by CLASCOTT

    April 19, 2016 was an eye opening day for me. I have struggled with my weight and depression for most of my life. For me, as with many others, it turned into a vicious cycle. I would eat to make myself feel better, which made me gain weight. Then I would spin into depression because I was fat. ... Read more

  • Oh my GOODNES!! A size 16W

    6/26/2016 4:05:24 AM, by MELSMIMI

    I love the krinkle polyester style swimsuits. They last forever. About ten years ago they ran 65.00. I saw one on this outlet site in the color and style I love. Only problem was it was a 16W but for 17.00 I thought I am losing weight so I will be able to wear it eventually. Well, I never ... Read more

  • TGIF Warm Fuzzies :-)

    6/24/2016 6:36:37 PM, by TREKPURRSON

    Laughter is good medicine! Wishing all my Sparkies a great, happy weekend! 252... Read more

  • The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

    6/24/2016 2:42:12 PM, by HALFTWO

    It's almost been a week since I logged back on. It has gone well in some ways and not in others. It's that old idea that if I can put on five pounds in a long weekend, I should be able to drop ten in a week of behaving myself. But that wouldn't be true, even if I were adhering to a stri... Read more

  • it's friday

    6/24/2016 10:07:51 AM, by MOMMY445

    i heard about another upcoming job that will go for a few months. i am still waiting to hear back on the two others i applied to. the day school part of my schedule finishes today. then i will just have math and english at night school. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a g... Read more