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  • woo hoo!

    4/26/2017 3:57:10 PM, by MOMMY445

    the new job starts this friday! i am so ready to work again. even my daughter is getting in on the excitement. she has another dance to go to this friday after school. she goes with her friends and some of her classmates and she really enjoys it. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day... Read more

  • High tea

    4/25/2017 5:48:49 PM, by XIMENIA

    I've no idea how to enter the calories from our high tea! I guestimated based on my experience with tracking. Hope I'm correct!... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    4/25/2017 10:54:36 AM, by MOMMY445

    it looks like i will have a different job starting later this week. i am finalizing details today and i will more than likely start this thursday. so i am making sure i have what i need to wear and enough food so i can take a meal with me when i go. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,ch... Read more

  • it's monday

    4/24/2017 1:45:51 PM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful.sunny day here today. getting a few errands done. then i will enjoy the rest of the day. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day 8 of 180

    4/24/2017 11:46:34 AM, by LUCKY1964

    Hey everyone, today makes the first day of week #2 on the 180 challenge that I started 8 days ago. I have made it to the gym for the past 7 now 8 days with no rest days. I am feeling really good and I am starting to see some change in my energy levels. This week I am one scale restriction because I ... Read more

  • Long week...

    4/24/2017 11:32:08 AM, by ALLEYCATTUS

    about sums up how I have been feeling these last weeks... will have been working two half weekends and a whole one with only 2 days off at random intervals...makes it very hard to plan for the week and get stuff done with any reasonable degree of success... especially as shifts are getting harder du... Read more

  • Monday start of a new week A good thing:)

    4/24/2017 9:48:27 AM, by KATIEWILL5

    So I got up I got dressed made my bed and then I came here to blog . I am going to find an activity I love and stick with it something that keeps me moving I think this is key This will help me with all my health goals But number one is you have to get up and make your bed Be ready to face the ... Read more

  • Marking time or Writing lines--

    4/24/2017 8:24:50 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    I need to mentally separate myself from my first draft of my novella (James Patterson calls the form Bookshot?). I'll get started on editing for the second draft in a week. BUT, I find myself just wanting to write. Kind of the same feeling I had when I was teaching: when my 3 week summer break was n... Read more

  • it's saturday

    4/22/2017 2:56:16 PM, by MOMMY445

    a nice and sunny day here today. woo hoo! my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i do not have too much planned for today. i will most definitely enjoy the day! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Well, ahh, umm?

    4/21/2017 10:46:10 PM, by WRITEMANN1

    Phlebotomy's are over (for now). I have my visit with the hematologist first week in May. I should know my prognosis then. Finished my first novella. 17,000 words. Mystery-comedy-a little super-natural. I wrote it using Google Doc's. To get it proofed I transferred it to Microsoft Word. My stor... Read more

  • I had first bone infusion today

    4/21/2017 8:05:17 PM, by JUDYAMK

    Did you ever need to have a procedure done for the first time,and your imagination ran wild. I must admit I did not want this infusion, it is the unknown that scares us all the what ifs that go thru our minds. Oh I imagined searing pain going thru as the medicine entered my bone marrow, I thought of... Read more

  • Not just physically tired

    4/21/2017 2:07:04 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    This week hasn't been great. My downward spiral continues. My energy level is really dropping, making eating right and working out even harder than usual. Plus, without the "happy chemicals" from working out as much, my depression seems to be coming back. Add in lack of sleep, stress of finals, and ... Read more

  • a nice day

    4/21/2017 1:18:41 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get outdoors and enjoy. i am finding reasons every day to get outdoors and have fun and so is my daughter. the weekend is here! hurray! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone and a terrific weekend!... Read more

  • Day 4 of the 180 challenge

    4/21/2017 12:25:59 PM, by LUCKY1964

    I am so tired. I have been working both jobs and still making myself make it into the gym. Even when that means 2:30 a.m. workouts! When you really want something you make time for it no matter where you have to take it from.... Read more

  • Meadowlark morning

    4/21/2017 10:32:38 AM, by XIMENIA

    A meadowlark was singing high up in our trees while we were doing our chores today. I love the first spring sounds! He didn't have much yellow so he may be a young one like this pic (not mine)...I feel much younger myself since restarting​ daily exercise. What a good reminder to keep on this bett... Read more

  • consistancy

    4/20/2017 2:30:25 PM, by KATIEWILL5

    it is a word we do not like to hear If you want any thing to be a habit you have to be consistent I do not like this I have lived my whole life winging it but now as I get older I see that does not always work One has to be consistent to make things work for them I am going to work on this ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    4/20/2017 11:19:28 AM, by MOMMY445

    i did not hear back from the company who was willing to reschedule the interview i was not able to go to last week. that is alright with me. i did hear from a different company regarding a full time office position. i will be speaking with them either tomorrow or on monday or tuesday of next week. i... Read more

  • Breaking bread

    4/20/2017 8:18:37 AM, by XIMENIA

    Well, I know I went over my calories yesterday, but I don't consider it overeating. I ate appropriately at breakfast & lunch and went out to a friend's for supper, where I enjoyed appropriate portions of too many choices and did not feel overfull. I also had a small portion of her lovely apple pie ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    4/19/2017 10:50:24 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter got a few more presents from one of my uncles and aunts the other day. she is over the moon! it will be a birthday she will soon not forget. she was not expecting the presents she got, so she is bouncing up and down with joy. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! today i am just enjoying the... Read more

  • Getting the hang of tracking

    4/18/2017 8:43:59 PM, by XIMENIA

    At first, it seemed onerous to weigh & measure everything. Sometimes, when rushed or busy, it still is! But I've learned to fit it into my routine and read some motivational articles that also remind me of my goals. It is amazing knowing how many more calorie I have been consuming unknowingly. I als... Read more

  • A 180 gym challenge!!!

    4/18/2017 2:58:25 PM, by LUCKY1964

    I am challenging myself to do a 180 days in the gym with no excuses!!! Today was day 1 it was awesome and I had the support of a good friend that went with me. I KNOW there will be times I do not want to go....days and nights that call my name but we gotta commit. I bought five work out outfits, 3 g... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    4/18/2017 10:29:17 AM, by MOMMY445

    a mostly sunny and cool day here today. that job is now finished. i am already actively looking for another one. the company that has a full time job still wants to see me for an interview. i will set that up today for a day this week. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a gr... Read more

  • Bone infusion on Friday scared

    4/18/2017 1:11:59 AM, by JUDYAMK

    Good evening everyone, I am apprehensive for Friday. I have a bone infusion to be done and leery of the side effects down the road. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis I am 66 ,but Dr. told me my spine is like a 80 year old, it is all porous and if it breaks or shatters it will be very detrimental to ... Read more

  • Hard day!

    4/17/2017 7:57:49 PM, by XIMENIA

    I just don't feel satisfied with what I've eaten today. I'm in my calorie zone so I'm determined to quit here. But it is hard today!... Read more

  • Chaotic Food

    4/17/2017 12:07:16 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Well, this past week's food has been chaotic. Some days have been REALLY low and some days have been high. Yesterday was considerably high, but it was a holiday, so it's a freebie. I'm confused on what I need to do to stabilize my diet. I know the issue is that I wasn't happy with it, as it was hi... Read more

  • Good weekend

    4/16/2017 10:14:03 PM, by XIMENIA

    I was able to track all weekend & while still going over my goal calories slightly, I'm finding it easier to say no to mindless eating. I feel the reward less when I eat a craving because I know it is not what I need. Remember, one step at a time and keep goals in mind.... Read more

  • Forcing Myself

    4/16/2017 6:09:55 PM, by HALFTWO

    Things have gotten out of hand, to say the least. Winter depression, job stress, my mother having knee surgery...all of it added up to me never quite getting on the band wagon. But I got on the scale this morning and I logged the number. Not only did I gain the same five pounds I've been batt... Read more

  • Once More With Ouch!

    4/15/2017 8:12:06 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    I have one more phlebotomy session, then I wait until I hear from the Hematologist for the next step. It can be from a strict less red meat and less alcohol diet, to more phlebotomy's and ???. Doing Holiday cooking today for daughter, SIL and granddaughters. Big meal is supper I'll be firing up... Read more

  • No over stuffed Turkey day feeling for Easter dinner

    4/15/2017 5:13:40 AM, by JUDYAMK

    I am setting my goals a day ahead of time regarding eating and walking. I will be measuring and weighing my food out for the big dinner. Will it be hard yes,because so many of my favorite foods. i will be making for or diner with family and friends. On holiday meals I do not ever do this. Will be a... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    4/13/2017 9:45:33 AM, by MOMMY445

    i made it through my first day of work. i took today off as i have stuff to do that i will not be able to do tomorrow or saturday. i am back to work tomorrow. this job goes until next wednesday for sure, or thursday if the day is needed. i will take it. i like it there and i like the people i am wor... Read more

  • Even A Little Goes A Long Way

    4/13/2017 3:06:16 AM, by SEXYONE4

    I found myself pressed for time, but I really wanted to get a work-out in. So, I carved out 20 minutes to get a session in. I felt good that I still managed to find a way to get some exercise in without skipping a work-out even though I was really pressed for time. It would have been eas... Read more

  • I will succeed....because I said so

    4/12/2017 2:40:12 PM, by WINTERRAIN

    I am quite surprised it has been since my horrid experience on Thanksgiving that I have posted a blog. So much has happened since then...so lets play catch shall we? I took that experience on Thanksgiving with my BF's dad and turned it around to something motivating to me. Not positive, but m... Read more

  • Going for a sleep study for sleep apnea & not sleeping fully any one have this issue ?

    4/12/2017 2:33:17 PM, by JUDYAMK

    I was a little girl when I told my mother I did not sleep nights that I would sit on the floor looking up at the moon & stars she would say no you were sleeping. I knew I was not, this followed me all my life. When I married my husband did not know how I functioned working full time and taking care ... Read more

  • First place YAY!

    4/12/2017 12:31:57 AM, by LUCKY1964

    I joined a weight loss challenge 6 weeks ago to try and kick myself into gear and get my weight loss started tonight was the payout night for the challenge and I was not expecting my name to be called for the top 10 list let alone be one of the first place Prize winners. I was shocked to find out th... Read more

  • Self-Trust and -Forgiveness

    4/11/2017 3:20:40 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Recently, I've taken a lot of time to examine my journey so far. I found my main strength is sheer stubbornness. In addition, I'm still using anger to get through some workouts, but, lately, it feels like there's less of that anger. I'm making it through workouts, as dumb as it may sound, on my athl... Read more

  • woo hoo!

    4/11/2017 10:51:52 AM, by MOMMY445

    i went to see the bon jovi concert last night, near my place! i had a fabulous time! it was so worth it to get the ticket and to go. i enjoyed myself so much. i also found out the other day that the temporary job i got will start earlier than planned. which is fine by me. it feels good to be out in ... Read more

  • Slip Up

    4/10/2017 3:27:16 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    So, this weekend, calorie-wise I was great, but quality wise... I made bad decisions. You can fit fried chicken and ice cream into calories if you skip a meal, but that's not what I want to do. I mean, I want fried chicken and ice cream, but I want it every day and having it once makes it worse. I... Read more

  • Refocused!

    4/7/2017 10:02:08 PM, by TREKPURRSON

    Well, 2016 was NOT an easy year... 39 I overate, 29 due to lots of stress, including 27 THE GREAT AUGUST FLOOD (see my previous blog on the flood), and regained weight 15 up to 205 pounds, when I HAD reached 185 pounds (halfway to goal!) 9 198 in 2015...Thanks, Spark People, 220 for bei... Read more

  • Mini Zucchini Cheese Bites Enjoy !!!!

    4/7/2017 12:42:48 AM, by JUDYAMK

    Mini Zucchini Cheese Bites Ingredients -2 cups grated zucchini ( about 1 medium) -1 egg -1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese -optional: 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, salt & pepper Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl mix th... Read more

  • Weight Watchers way ins

    4/6/2017 10:49:16 PM, by MADAMEBIZINI

    247.5 March 24 244 March 30 237 april 16 April 30 234 May 31 226 June 30 218 July 31 210 Aug 31 202 Sept 30 196 Oct 31 188 Nov 30 180 Dec 31 172 ... Read more

  • I was wrong...

    4/6/2017 12:50:56 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    So, it turns out that dropping my calories was easy to do, but not good. My trainer disagreed, but did alter my meal plan. Less food, but more calorie-dense. I'm going to finish out this week on my old plan (at the full calories), then shift for next week. Also, huzzah! I've lost 19.4 pounds since... Read more

  • it's thursday

    4/6/2017 10:43:59 AM, by MOMMY445

    i heard back from a different place regarding a temporary job. i will get in touch with them today and see if it is the right one for me. i do not give up. when one thing does not work out, i move on to something else. i have learned to not dwell on something that may have been or that may have happ... Read more

  • Spring is here. Clean it!

    4/5/2017 10:10:48 PM, by LAM_MURPHY

    So i organized my front room. It took three hours to do. It has been my catch all room for a whole. So praise God it is done. Trying to get everything done before my son and daughter in law come for Christmas. One closet and bathroom to go. Then the whole house will be done. Except for the gar... Read more

  • Frustrating day!

    4/5/2017 5:30:02 PM, by XIMENIA

    I just found out this afternoon that my holidays for this month will be cancelled. That could definitely send me searching out comfort food. I must remind myself of my goals and find other ways to deal with my frustration. Like writing it here! :)... Read more

  • Retribution

    4/5/2017 2:19:54 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I decided to cut calories once again. The 1700-1900 range was not comfortable for me. Instead, I will be eating at 1450-1750. Part of this drop is in response to Sunday's debacle. There is a little piece of me that says that it is a fear based response. However, the drop really isn't based on that. ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    4/5/2017 11:23:45 AM, by MOMMY445

    i found out yesterday that i did not get the interview with the company that is hiring for full time work. that is okay with me. now i am actively looking for work. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • tracking is a challenge

    4/4/2017 11:06:39 PM, by XIMENIA

    I am trying to make wise choices and reduce portions. I am succeeding at that, mostly. I see when I track that I still must make improvements to reduce calories so I can lose weight. It is tempting to become discouraged. What I am focusing on is being consistent and measuring my success in that way,... Read more

  • a rainy day

    4/4/2017 2:52:28 PM, by MOMMY445

    i got caught up on some housework this morning. now i am out and about running a few errands. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Exercise?

    4/3/2017 3:07:04 PM, by ALLEYCATTUS

    That was always a bone of contention with me... at school, I used to enjoy PE and would even take extra lessons in any sport I could get into. Then I discovered the awful truth that I had unstable knees and they would dislocate at the drop of a hat...Later in life I started out at the gym, and for 5... Read more

  • a great day

    4/3/2017 2:56:37 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day for me to start getting caught up in my online courses and to get the laundry done. my daughter had a great birthday last thursday! she loves all of the presents she got and sends thanks out to all who wished her a happy birthday. she is now 12 years old and she is such a joy. she is also on t... Read more

  • A Big Flub Up, New Components, and a New Objective

    4/3/2017 10:51:04 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I'm so peeved at myself. Of course, I'd like to use a more "descriptive" word here, but, ya know, gotta keep it PG. Yesterday, about 8pm, I was at 2350kcal. Perfect day for a day with a cheat meal. Then, something in my mind whispered, "Hey. You've got some of those honey mustard pretzels. One han... Read more

  • Progress vs Time

    4/2/2017 8:47:07 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I keep feeling or seeing things new to me. I had something on my arm, went to wipe it off, and could feel my bicep, despite not flexing or anything. My back and shoulders have excellent definition. My legs are coming along well. But this belly and my love handles are so stubborn. Plus, I keep compar... Read more

  • It's always great...

    4/1/2017 2:08:25 PM, by ALLEYCATTUS

    ... to hear from friends on one's blog or page! It is one of the things that keeps me going even when life is rough... Non- scale ways of knowing that I am on the right track... ok, let's see,,, Clothes- now that is a def for me as I have lots of clothes that used to fit and didn't, but no... Read more

  • Leeching - 2017

    3/30/2017 4:39:18 PM, by WRITEMANN1

    First phlebotomy today. Three more to go. This one took about an hour, but hey, free unsweetened ice tea and two Oreo Thin cookies and a 16-gauge needle in my wrist. I did get a call from the Doctor of Hematology telling me I was off ALL alcohol for the next 4-6 weeks. Red meats are also includ... Read more

  • Trudging Upward

    3/30/2017 3:20:24 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Wow! I had some great responses on my last blog! What I've realized is that I've happened across a multi-pronged issue. For one, I am at the upper limit of my appetite, meaning that I need to add an extra meal into my day and spread my calories further (to shrink my meals), or eat smaller, more ca... Read more

  • Full Week - Full Month

    3/29/2017 10:17:00 PM, by WRITEMANN1

    I started my every other week series of blood labs today. Tomorrow I begin a once a week phlebotomy, and this Friday I go in for an abdominal CT scan. After this week of tests I'll visit with my Doctor of Hematology about what it all means for the present and/or the rest of my life (not to be t... Read more

  • Down (-)

    3/29/2017 3:26:17 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I don't know what's going on today, but I feel down in the dumps. My (good) shoulder hurts, I'm tired, and I feel like giving up. I mean, I want to really splurge and eat a crap load of junk, but I can't. Every day for the past week and a half, I've eaten 2100 kcal or more. I should be eating abo... Read more

  • All sorts of stuff in this entry

    3/28/2017 3:18:49 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Sunday and yesterday, I managed to really push myself. Yesterday was particularly rough, but motivating, as I pushed myself beyond where I thought I "should" be. We (meaning, I, with the assistance of my trainer) benched 185 yesterday ten times. I could only do it for one set, it's still faaaaar pas... Read more

  • Start off right today!!!!

    3/28/2017 5:48:26 AM, by LAM_MURPHY

    I can do it today. Getting up earlier so I can get my butt up. Get going, eat breakfast. Head to the gym, I have not been in sometime. I think th roof might cave in or something, sceduled for a spin class. Still need to go find my spin shoes đŸ‘ , but I do know where my seat is for my bi... Read more

  • Spring is in the Air

    3/27/2017 11:19:33 PM, by LAM_MURPHY

    Something funny đŸ˜‚. So I have asthma, and my husband was wearing this deodorant that was bothering my lungs. He threw it away. And I told him I'd buy him a new one. While in the store I found one that would work. We went outside and I put some on him. On our way home I told him I don't think thi... Read more

  • 1 Week Strong

    3/27/2017 6:51:05 PM, by RAINTHIEF

    It's been a while, and consistency has been a struggle. But I've completed a week of regular 30min exercise sessions and am a few days into my 2nd. I'm starting small instead of jumping in and wearing myself out. I've been cycling, doing pilates, and keeping up with my physical therapy. I'm starting... Read more