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  • GOOD MORNING SPARKPEOPLE !!

    9/15/2014 1:25:05 AM, by GRANDMAFRANNY

    TRYING TO SOUND LIKE ROBIN WILLIAM'S IN "GOOD MORNING, VIET NAM" MAY HE REST IN PEACE. HE WAS A MOTIVATOR AND I TRY TO BE. SO START ING THOSE UMM IT OUT, THROUGH THE WIND LIKE . YOU HAVE TO DO IT. COME ON I AM NOT ALONE IN THIS AND NEITHER SHOUL... Read more

  • it's sunday

    9/14/2014 3:26:54 PM, by MOMMY445

    a new week has begun. i was able to meet up with my good friend the other night. we are meeting up again this evening. my daughter got the book she was waiting for from the library and she has already read three chapters of it. at the rate she is going, she will have it finished in just over a week.... Read more

  • it's saturday

    9/13/2014 11:57:15 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am finally getting going on my day. my daughter and her grandma went to the library this morning. she loves to go to the library and encourages both of her grandparents to do the same. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it feels good to not have a specific plan in place for a change,at least for me... Read more

  • Biggest Loser

    9/13/2014 7:37:56 AM, by DEEKELLYE

    I gotta have my coffee in the mornings. Mom used to drink coffee every morning but now she drinks it on Saturdays and Sundays and any scheduled day off during the week. She drinks decaff coffee. I drink the coffee that has caffein... Read more

  • Overcoming: replacing excuses with opportunities

    9/12/2014 7:51:21 PM, by PRESSINGON3:14

    Overcoming has been my theme and focus this year. Like so many things in life, I am realizing that this is an on-going process. Overcoming is not something that can be accomplished overnight. Nor does one come to a point when they ... Read more

  • it's friday

    9/12/2014 9:54:02 AM, by MOMMY445

    another week is just about complete. it is supposed to be raining quite a bit here tomorrow, so i am getting as many outdoor errands done as i can today. my daughter is doing well and says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep. i have not made any weekend plans yet. i will see how it goes each day an... Read more

  • woohoo! woohoo! WOOHOO! 500!

    9/12/2014 9:06:33 AM, by LORIVIOLA

    500 yes 500 500 days in a row of walking. I am halfway to my 1000 days goal. Have a great day, Sparklers! Read more

  • Reflection journey... what happened?

    9/11/2014 9:26:22 PM, by ANGELFMABV

    Been doing a lot of thinking on what happened and how I lost my way. There are many different reasons. So today's blog are the reasons or simply put what happened? My brain storming list. 1) feeling deprived 2) love food 3) holidays 4) tired 5) stress 6) bored 7) busy 8) over... Read more

  • it's thursday

    9/11/2014 4:37:05 PM, by MOMMY445

    i am catching up on some reading today. the weather here yesterday was really rainy and windy. today, it is just windy and it is much cooler outside. my daughter is trying out for the cross country running team at her school, this week. she loves to run, so i encouraged her to go and try out for it.... Read more

  • Old goals and things I accomplished once before.

    9/10/2014 9:49:35 PM, by ANGELFMABV

    I am needing to start fresh. I lost my way but did not want to lose my notes. So this blog is to just have a copy of my notes from my page so I can clear that area and start again. Take small steps this time. I have decided to set small goals and really work on some trouble spots. ... Read more

  • Why Not Now?

    9/10/2014 2:21:56 PM, by DISTRESSEDM

    An exploration on the mindset behind why Monday never comes and my struggle with the voice inside my head.... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    9/10/2014 11:04:52 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to do some errands for me. i was not expecting to see my good friend until this weekend. i got to see him yesterday for a few hours. he is still finalizing his trip plans. i am following up with those places i got in touch with in regard to the women's program i want to get into, today. i appl... Read more

  • Finding my internal spark to reps ark my motivation and weight loss.

    9/10/2014 3:26:52 AM, by 1ALISSUCCESS

    Some of you may know that I recently joined Curves and have worked out about 7 times now. I am noticing that it's starting to get a little easier every day I go! I am really motivated to do it and Realized that Curves Complete is just another vehicle to help me reach my end goal. I had Acu... Read more

  • Conquer the Beast

    9/9/2014 3:44:38 PM, by CATHRINE2010

    Yes that's right- Conquer the Beast . Only you can do it. No one will or can do it for you. The Challenge here is your Beast within you. You have to master it. You need to control it. You must do this all by yourself. The tools you need are here on Spark... use them. Yes there are times when you ... Read more

  • a nice day

    9/9/2014 2:19:50 PM, by MOMMY445

    i'm taking it easy today,as far as errands are concerned. i did so many yesterday that i am taking it slower today. my daughter wants to get her hair cut shorter now. that is fine with me,since she wants it and it is making her happy. all of the birds say hello,hello. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day at Home

    9/9/2014 8:40:47 AM, by DEEKELLYE

    About 11 last night Elijah opens my door and goes into the living room coughing. So I go into the bathroom to get him some cough medicine and while I am doing that he's throwing up in the toilet. After he's done we go into his ro... Read more

  • Busy Monday

    9/8/2014 12:40:51 PM, by DEEKELLYE

    My sister and I did this video on Friday afternoon and I woke up on Saturday morning with sore sides. I attempted to do the video again Saturday night to ease up the pain in my sides and I could not do a single candlestick dipper.... Read more

  • a new week

    9/8/2014 11:43:27 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great weekend and so did my daughter! the job interview went well. now i am catching up on some computer work and some errands that i did not get to do over the past few days. my good friend has some of his family visiting with him this week, so i will not get to see too much of him. that is... Read more

  • The Power Of Morning Ritual

    9/8/2014 11:35:07 AM, by STORMIE62

    This weekend was not a good weekend. I gained 2.4 lbs and I know why. I did not track my food and I did not exercise, all because I did not follow my morning ritual. Yes the secret to supercharging your day is through the power ... Read more

  • Yoga/Pilates

    9/6/2014 8:58:19 PM, by THEENFP

    I tried doing a class at the gym today called ''Centergy''. My trainer said I would love it. It is supposed to be a mix between yoga and pilates. I joined in for the first 10-15 minutes, then watched for about 20 minutes, then left. I couldn't even do the basic poses, it sure is tough! I feel l... Read more

  • Almost out of canning jars

    9/6/2014 9:51:25 AM, by PEGGY11

    My oldest stepson came over this morning to get our car running. He said his wife was busy canning. I told him that I had done up a lot of cucumbers and only had a dozen pint jars left and haven't even started doing tomatoes so I was going to have to buy a whole lot more. He said no you don't. A... Read more

  • Saturday Morning Peace and Quiet

    9/6/2014 8:34:47 AM, by DEEKELLYE

    A little after 4:30 my door opens and then closes and then a certain little boy climbs into my bed because he's cold. We forgot to put socks on his feet last night. Elijah sleeps in lang sleeves and pants 7 days a week 365 days a... Read more

  • It's Friday!

    9/5/2014 3:32:30 PM, by DEEKELLYE

    Yesterday and today I went to Sam's Club with my sister and we got fountain drinks and I got diet coke both days. Needless to say I got my fill of soda for a while. I'm not really a soda drinker any more but it's nice to have som... Read more

  • it's friday

    9/5/2014 1:34:49 PM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have not yet made plans for the weekend. i will just take it as it comes. have a terrific day,everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • Barrier to Any Future Fast Food

    9/5/2014 1:14:26 PM, by THEENFP

    Yesterday was an emotional day for me. I posted on here, but ended up deleting the blog because I felt like I wasn't being fair. I have been having friendship troubles, with one of my friends taking advantage of me. I got upset because it seemed like she was using me again, so I nearly turned t... Read more

  • it's thursday

    9/4/2014 12:34:02 PM, by MOMMY445

    i heard from another place regarding a contract position. i meet with them on monday morning. so i will more than likely be staying at one of my friend's places the night before. then i can get ready to go from there and be dressed more business like. i have some of my work related clothes there, so... Read more

  • sore

    9/4/2014 11:43:09 AM, by PEGGY11

    So sore this morning from all my walking and pickling yesterday. I was exhausted last night. Lots of pickling today. 12 quarts of icicle pickles done this morning , sweet mixed pickles this afternoon. Maybe I can walk tonight when it cools off. Hopefully I won't be hurting so much then. My we... Read more

  • Hitting the Reset Button

    9/4/2014 12:54:00 AM, by LULUBELLE65

    I struggled for most of last year with losing weight. I significantly upped my exercise, taking Zumba and swimming a mile 3-4 times a week. I felt great, and my body changed in shape, but the weight didn't come off like it should have. I adjusted my calories, fiddled with my tracker, posted quer... Read more

  • Fruit and Vege Boxes

    9/3/2014 8:48:14 PM, by THEENFP

    I wanted to get a Fruit and Vege box from the Crazy Pumpkin, but it was $20. Luckily I found someone to split one with, so I brought one today. I was mistaken though, a Fruit box is $20 and a Vege box is $20. Last time I went there, they made it sound like a fruit box was $10 and a mixed box was $20... Read more

  • friend found

    9/3/2014 2:51:12 PM, by PEGGY11

    Through friends on Facebook I was able to connect with my childhood best friend. There was a space of about 10 years when we did not see each other. Then in 1966 we met again. Both were married and had 2 boys. Hers were Bob and Rick and mine were Rick and Bob. What a coincidence. We had not be... Read more

  • Midweek Adventure Time

    9/3/2014 2:47:02 PM, by DEEKELLYE

    Last night was the premier of 19 Kids and Counting so I watched that until 9. There was also a new episode of Extreme Weight Loss that started at the same time. From 8-9 I watched all of 19 Kids and Counting and missing Extreme We... Read more

  • a warm,sunny day

    9/3/2014 11:56:25 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get several errands done and to get going on my online college course. i did not get that job. that is okay with me. i will step up my search to find another one. my daughter says hi! all the birds say cheep,cheep! my daughter likes her teacher. have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Fresh Starts Feel SO Good!

    9/3/2014 7:23:49 AM, by LABEAUTEVRAIE

    No, but seriously, they do. Between that time of the month (sorry TMI) and eating really well the past two days, I've already managed to drop over 4 lbs. Now, I know weighing yourself daily is the easiest way to go nuts ... But I feel like that's about accurate. :) I feel SOOOOO much bett... Read more

  • pickles

    9/2/2014 1:13:00 PM, by PEGGY11

    My friend is dropping by this afternoon with a bushel of cucumbers, some tomatoes, and some beets. I am going to make bread and butter pickles and maybe mixed pickles. Found a recipe for red horseradish. It is a beet and horseradish relish. There is nothing tastier on a burger. It perks them up... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    9/2/2014 10:23:38 AM, by MOMMY445

    i just started school today and so did my daughter. i got to see who her teacher will be this year at school. now i'm doing some online course work, then i have some errands to run after lunch. all of the birds say hi. i had a great weekend away. i feel refreshed and ready to go. a new month has sta... Read more

  • Back on track, and this time I mean it!!

    9/2/2014 8:10:48 AM, by JROBSON2

    Here it is, the day I set aside to get back on track, get the ball rolling again in the right direction. Using the tools at Sparkpeople has worked before and I believe that it can work again, because Sparkpeople is not magic, it is a tool or a weapon even that will help me finally win this war. Eac... Read more

  • September Goals - a small list that I hope I can keep up with.

    9/1/2014 6:41:35 PM, by LORIVIOLA

    I have been struggling lately with a lot of things. Eating right, good dental care, stretching, strength... and I have signed up for the 28 day challenge a few times, and didnt do it hardly at all. Which I found really frustrating and got down on myself. And the depression is sometimes nag... Read more

  • Doing the Best I Can!!!

    9/1/2014 9:38:32 AM, by JANZDIET2014

    Since starting my new work schedule, I've not had time to exercise as much as I would like; however, I am doing MY BEST!!! Also, I challenge myself & others to spend less time on FaceBook.com and more time connecting with others on SparkPeople.com! That's all for now,... Read more

  • I came across a blog today...

    9/1/2014 9:11:40 AM, by STORMIE62

    I came across a blog today "Getting Back on the Wagon" by SUNSHINEINIOWA She wrote: Monday, September 01, 2014 I'm constantly recommitting, and as a result, I am still not at my goal weight. I've been thinking this weekend about what it will take for me to get and STAY recommitted. I'm 47 year... Read more

  • Weekend Adventures

    9/1/2014 7:50:28 AM, by DEEKELLYE

    Saturday we went to New Orleans to go to the aquarium and the insectarium but we only got to go to the aquarium and the mall because of the rain. The insectarium ... Read more

  • Become your own cheerleader!

    9/1/2014 6:43:36 AM, by STORMIE62

    It's great when you have support and you feel like those around you are rooting for you, but there will be times that you feel you are alone. Making the commitment to change your life and lose weight is a big deal. Following th... Read more

  • Peace of mind comes with daily discipline.

    8/31/2014 4:49:28 PM, by STORMIE62

    Cultivating peace requires discipline. Many women pray, some exercise and some meditate to achieve this goal. Whatever they do, each of these women has fou... Read more

  • Binge with my sister

    8/31/2014 12:05:57 AM, by THEENFP

    I've been staying in Hamilton, NZ for about ten days because my sister invited me, after getting hammered down with a pretty serious cold. I only just made it home. I wasn't supposed to be here until tomorrow. I decided to contribute to groceries for staying there by taking their list, and... Read more

  • it's friday!

    8/29/2014 11:25:02 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! my daughter is getting some clothes for school today. my good friend wants to get her some clothes for school,too. so i said okay. i know that my daughter does not refuse clothes, no matter where they came from or who got them for her. she is a budding fashionista these ... Read more

  • A Deuce of Thoughts

    8/29/2014 9:15:31 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    >1 I've been trying to start a writer's critique group in my town, or county. I did get some good suggestions from a few of my SP Friends. Hey Folks, I did try them. Mostly what I ended up with was a few people who just wanted to write bible stories for the 'modern' reader. After several e-mails b... Read more

  • it's thursday

    8/28/2014 12:46:44 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day of errands and relaxation. my daughter is pretty much all set for school now. all of the birds say hi. i will be meeting up with my good friend later on today. have a terrific day,everyone and a fabulous weekend!... Read more

  • Still Learning

    8/28/2014 11:00:25 AM, by DEEKELLYE

    Last week Elijah's first day out of the red was on Thursday. So far this week he's been in the red. I am hoping that today he's out of the red and is having a good day. Last Friday he was out of the red as well. I am hoping he's o... Read more

  • Hello!

    8/27/2014 10:24:53 PM, by LORIVIOLA

    Hi! I am too tired for a long blog. Hello and Goodnight, Sparklers. Sending good things your way. Sleep well. ... Read more

  • low hydro bill.

    8/27/2014 2:19:24 PM, by PEGGY11

    My hydro bill today is the lowest it has been in years. A good part of that is putting the clothes on the line. Sure they are not as soft, but I can live with that. We only use air conditioning at night as it helps us sleep. Last year we used 2 window air conditioners steadily. It is relief to ... Read more

  • a nice day

    8/27/2014 11:58:51 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to enjoy and to take it easy. it is not as hot here today,which is a relief. went for a really long walk yesterday and i felt good afterwards. all birds are okay and say hello,hello. my daughter will be getting some more clothes today for school. i will see what i can do. i know what she likes... Read more

  • Many things ..

    8/27/2014 11:01:14 AM, by CATHRINE2010

    When I started this journey at spark I felt is was a simple thing. Calories in vs. calories out. Log some exercise... Now as I am contemplating finishing my journey I realized how many things can go wrong in that simplicity. The human mind is a complicated muscle and very much overlooked when it com... Read more

  • Brief, But to the Point

    8/27/2014 10:44:16 AM, by LABEAUTEVRAIE

    Generally I don't update this very much during the summer, since I don't usually get on a laptop or a desktop during it ... And last summer I killed it. I did so well! But I've put on at least 15 lbs. in the last three months. I haven't been terrible, but I haven't been tracking, I haven't been... Read more

  • Time Flies

    8/27/2014 9:58:55 AM, by DEEKELLYE

    Time has been flying since Elijah started schools. My days definitely do not drag like they used before he started school. There were days when it was like only 9 or 10 in the morning and it felt like it should be 3 or 4 in the aft... Read more

  • WooHoo!

    8/27/2014 8:44:34 AM, by OMMAMA7

    Do you ever have mornings where you just feel better and lighter? You just feel like you've lost weight? And then you weigh yourself and you have had a drop? Well that just happened to me - love it!! I have, internally, a big cheesy grin right now. Externally, a happy little smirk. When ... Read more

  • In a University now and living by myself.

    8/26/2014 9:24:02 PM, by SLAPTHEFATCAT

    Well, this is different. I rented a 4-bedroom apt in off-campus housing, where everyone pays the same amount for whichever room you get. I happened to luck out and get a 4-bedroom all to myself. It is very different with no one at home making bad decisions. I never noticed that I kind of need those ... Read more

  • a lovely day

    8/26/2014 3:31:16 PM, by MOMMY445

    a very hot and humid day here today. even my daughter, who loves to be outdoors, is taking it easy today. all of the birds are doing well and say hi. it looks like i will finally get the reference i need to get into the women's program i want. i am definitely in school from september of this year un... Read more

  • a beautiful,sunny day

    8/25/2014 11:32:39 AM, by MOMMY445

    i feel that my job interview went really well. in the meantime, i will work on other things while i wait. today, my daughter has one of her friends over that she met at day camp. they will spend the afternoon together. i am glad to see that she is making friends pretty much wherever she goes. i went... Read more

  • What Are You Looking For?

    8/25/2014 10:46:42 AM, by STORMIE62

    When I joined this site I was looking to find motivation and support. Instead I found much more than that. I found out why I keep failing in my battle with the bulge. I was trying to work on all areas of my life at once, and what I... Read more

  • Tips To Dropping Weight (over 200 pounds worth!)

    8/25/2014 7:43:10 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I used SparkPeople and ate MORE naturally, in other words, less processed foods. I started by eliminating growth hormones, which can make cows fat (and thus the people who eat and drink from the cows fat) from meat and milk and buyi... Read more

  • School started !

    8/22/2014 6:26:55 PM, by K1TT3N

    So 2 of my kids are in school , my oldest graduated last year. He is looking for a job and hopefully he will be heading to take classes soon also. I have been fighting off chest pain for 5 days but I made my self , with the help of my hubby go to the gym today and did 35 minutes on the treadmi... Read more

  • it's friday

    8/22/2014 1:34:52 PM, by MOMMY445

    i am having a good day so far! woo hoo! my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it's friday! the weekend is here! yay! i am looking forward to meeting up with one of my friends this afternoon. then i meet up with my good friend later on, for supper and a visit. have a wonderful day,ev... Read more

  • Elijah's Good Day

    8/22/2014 9:05:24 AM, by DEEKELLYE

    Elijah had a wonderful day yesterday and since he was in the purple he was able to go to the centers. I hope he has another good day today. I packed him a lunch today because beef and bean burrito is on the menu as well as cor, ba... Read more

  • To Commit or Not To Commit

    8/21/2014 10:18:00 PM, by STORMIE62

    Commitment is not just a simple act of wishing for something. Commitment is a decision to do whatever it takes. You may wish to be in awesome shape. But, you won’t succeed until you decide to put down the chocolates, get off the couch, and start exercising, regularly! Yes, this is hard to ... Read more

  • woo hoo!

    8/21/2014 3:24:03 PM, by MOMMY445

    i just found out a while ago that i got into the online upgrading course i wanted! yes! i will have to take math separately, at a different place. the coordinator for the program will send me the links for that one this week. then i can go ahead and plan to be in college for september 2015, full tim... Read more

  • Quietness

    8/21/2014 1:30:17 PM, by DEEKELLYE

    I got on the treadmill and did 30 minutes this morning after Elijah was on the bus. I came home and made myself some tea before going to the fitness center. It was a nice workout. I didn't lift weights this morning. I might pop in... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    8/20/2014 3:18:58 PM, by MOMMY445

    another nice summer day. my daughter's last day at day camp is tomorrow, it is a full day at the camp for her. she gets to see the movie frozen.all of the birds are doing well and say hello,hello! it was calling for rain for most of the day here. so far, it only rained once in the morning. there is ... Read more

  • 8/20/14 Finally Have Some Good News to Share

    8/20/2014 9:29:45 AM, by WINDSONG26

    Alright, I'm just gonna cut to the chase and share my good news. I got a phone call yesterday from the HR manager lady that I interviewed with last week at the company my husband works for. She had already recommended me for hire but it was up in the air if I was actually going to get it because of ... Read more

  • Working the Knot

    8/19/2014 9:17:06 PM, by WRITEMANN1

    My Personal Trainer and I are taking a break. It was a good relationship. However, the last few meetings she's seemed distracted during the workouts. She showed up late a couple of times. I'm not sure if she had some serious 'stuff' going on, or was getting over-extended with clients. On our last me... Read more

  • More Cleaning

    8/19/2014 1:23:42 PM, by DEEKELLYE

    So Monday and today I have cleaned some more but this time it was in my bedroom. I got papers picked up. Trash picked up. My carpet got vacuumed and cleaned. I took everything out of my bedroom that I could. I have a loft bed and ... Read more

  • a beautiful day

    8/19/2014 1:02:17 PM, by MOMMY445

    i do have some errands to run today. it is a really nice,sunny day here. my daughter and i will be doing some back to school shopping tomorrow. i picked up some supplies that i will need for school. all of the birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep. i am still working on being able to go to schoo... Read more

  • Stardate: 2014.818

    8/18/2014 8:14:04 PM, by BLUEMICH07

    I really don't feel much like blogging. But I'm hoping it will keep me more accountable. Today I was thinking about something my Dad once said to me. He said that if I just exercise, but don't diet, i will end up looking like a Brinks armored truck. Today i feel a little like that. I feel... Read more

  • it's monday

    8/18/2014 11:46:42 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have made some inquiries on help i need to complete one section of an application package i need to finish filling out to be accepted into a women's program that specifically helps single moms to get back on their feet. my daughter says hi and sends hugs! all of the birds are doing well and say ch... Read more

  • I hate rollercoasters......so why am I on one?

    8/18/2014 9:24:15 AM, by CSMAIL71

    I am tired of gaining and losing the same 2-3 pounds. I am learning (or have known) that I am an emotional eater. I am also realizing that I get bored and want to eat "like a normal person" but either way I am not. so what ends up happening is I have a great week, then get lazy and have a not so ... Read more

  • To Control or to Learn?

    8/18/2014 8:45:02 AM, by STORMIE62

    If you say, "I'm feeling really stressed. I've been doing some inner work and it's not helping. Could you help me explore what this stress is about?", then your intent is to learn. You want to take responsibility for your own feelings and you want help in doing so. The other person may or may not be... Read more

  • Are We Listening To Ourselves?

    8/17/2014 2:06:14 PM, by STORMIE62

    What's stopping YOU right now at this very moment from losing weight and looking the best you can? Write down everything that's stopping you from reaching your weight loss goals and then beside each thing that's stopping you… Make a plan to eliminate the problem You can make a bet with yourself... Read more

  • Star Date: 2014.817

    8/17/2014 1:24:50 PM, by BLUEMICH07

    Getting ready to start again. Today I am going to take measurements and new "before" pics. My new plan for workouts is 3 on, then rest a day. I am going to alternate my cardio and weight days. I use the Firm videos for weight training. For cardio I run or use my stationary bike. ... Read more

  • just a note

    8/16/2014 9:09:18 PM, by COO_KIE

    I got a lot accomplished today. Emptied and refilled 1 1/2 closets. It took me most of the day, but I have to say that it looks pretty good. No one had better touch anything....including me. I haven't given up on Sparks, but I sure have stalled.... Read more

  • what a rainy day

    8/16/2014 2:56:23 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is really raining here. my daughter's soccer tournament went really well. now we are at the library relaxing. it was so worth it to get up extra early to come to see my daughter play soccer. i would do that again anytime, no matter what sport she wants to play in the future. her arm is all better... Read more