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  • Confession

    1/20/2017 9:48:40 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I must admit I meant to hit the gym four to five times this week, but I didn't. I also meant to eat right today, but I didn't. In fact, most of this week has been a lazy week. My sleep has been out of whack, making it so I just didn't have my usual energy. In addition, my appetite was low, mean... Read more

  • At it again!

    1/20/2017 2:19:24 PM, by PACOPUPPY27

    Well the weightloss wagan ran me over once again and left a few scars. Here I go again, this is so hard, Just don't understand why I can't stick with it. UGH!... Read more

  • it's friday

    1/20/2017 10:18:03 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to enjoy and have fun! i have a phone interview this afternoon for a full time job. the phone interview is the first step. if i do well on the phone interview, i will be asked to go in for an in person interview. i am ready to do the interview. i prepared well the other day and i practiced thi... Read more

  • it's thursday

    1/19/2017 3:21:27 PM, by MOMMY445

    another mild winter day here today. i am out and about enjoying the nice weather today. my daughter says hi! i heard from a different place regarding another job. i will need to do a phone interview with them before i find out if i get the job or not. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrifi... Read more

  • Probably Overtraining

    1/19/2017 9:10:36 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I've been trying to live by the "never miss two" philosophy, but I'm torn about today. The never miss two philosophy is that you don't skip two workouts in a row and don't mess up two days via calories in a row. Calories aren't the issue for me (but it can be). Instead, we're talking workouts. I thi... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    1/18/2017 3:03:56 PM, by MOMMY445

    i am putting in some extra time on my online courses today. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep. i am taking it easy today. i had a one day job the other day and i enjoyed it. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Results, Progress, and "I need to do better"s

    1/17/2017 11:32:47 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    So, I upped the intensity last night, with the trainer. I felt like it was the first day all over again. I kept thinking "I don't remember it being this hard" and "I was able to do this before." I actually got light-headed and had to stop for a bit. Flexibility in my shoulder and hips are still... Read more

  • Progressing

    1/15/2017 7:11:40 AM, by JEB03253

    Back at the beginning of December I started this blog after a doctors visit and a fall that brought home to me the need to make some changes. The changes are slowly moving me in the right direction. I've been eating healthier for the most part, getting a little exercise most days and noticing ... Read more

  • Adventures in Breastfeeding

    1/14/2017 4:19:40 PM, by DEEKELLYE

    I attempted to breastfeed Elijah after he was born but it didn't work out so well. He didn't latch on and I ended up with blisters on my nipples. I am attempting to breastfeed Wyatt. It's going way better than the first time. He latches on well and has a good suck. My nipples do hurt. My milk ... Read more

  • Motivation all around

    1/14/2017 8:11:06 AM, by JEB03253

    Motivation doesn't have to totally come from within. It is all around you if you open your eyes and look for it. This morning I was reminded of the old Beatles song: "And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me Shine until tomorrow, let it be . . . There will be... Read more

  • Progress Update: Pushing Harder, and Nutrition Mindset

    1/13/2017 11:35:43 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Lately, I've had an... interesting phenomena. My cardio system is outlasting my physical system. I.e. My muscles fatigue before I get really exhausted. When I was with my boxing coach last night, he ran me ragged; bad enough that my coordination was off. Despite that, five minutes later I felt fully... Read more

  • it's friday

    1/13/2017 11:15:30 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today. my daughter says hI! i am catching up on some errands and housework today. other than that, i have no other plans for the day. i brought some healthy snacks,food and a bottle of water with me to have when i am out and about. have a terrific day,everyone and a great ... Read more

  • Newest Arrival

    1/13/2017 10:23:13 AM, by DEEKELLYE

    This is the last picture of me being pregnant. I am 40 weeks 4 days pregnant in this picture. This picture was taken right before I went back to have a c-section. I had another round of cervadell and pitocin on Monday. When the doctor came in to check me Tuesday morning I wasn't dilated and I ... Read more

  • Week two check in:

    1/12/2017 5:43:58 PM, by LUCKY1964

    DOWN 5 LBS. More energy than before and I spent the days cooped up in the house over last weekend decluttering my closet and getting rid of some clothes and things that I never seem to find time to wear.....I have also started keeping a better log of what I eat and holding myself accountable more.... Read more

  • New change

    1/12/2017 10:55:19 AM, by JOEBIRD01

    Today I make a change in my life. I am challenging myself to the next 60 days of a healthy focused centered lifestyle. On a journey to find my true me??... Read more

  • Day 4

    1/11/2017 5:26:13 PM, by KIWINURSE

    Had my #4 work out at curves this morning! Curves offers 5 workouts with a trainer before you start working out on your own. I have to say that at the beginning, I thought great! But after working a 12 hour night shift and then going to meet with the trainer, I am over it! I just want to get there o... Read more

  • Not time to throw your hands in the air

    1/10/2017 11:53:33 PM, by KATIEWILL5

    January 10 I made myself a bunch of healthy veggies today Still not getting my walk in every day but I am going more often I have often felt like what ever these days so I read some of my old blogs I can be very encouraging sometimes I said never throw your hands up in the air and just forget... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    1/10/2017 11:11:57 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have decided to just stick to work not too far away. it was not worth all of the time,expense i would have incurred by working in a city far away from home. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Thought for today

    1/10/2017 7:40:49 AM, by JEB03253

    This was part of my Spark Coach session today: It was a good reminder that my dream of walking into a store and up to the Misses section (rather that Plus) requires work on my part. I'm committed to make it happen! ... Read more

  • Thresholds and Objectives

    1/9/2017 5:28:24 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Thresholds (T) and Objectives (O) for 2017: Drop another 40 (T) to 60 (O) pounds. Up all my strength training by 25 (T) to 50 (O) pounds. Learn to play a stringed instrument well enough that the song is recognizable (T) and pleasing to listen to (O). Run at a 5% incline for 5 (T) to 15 (O) m... Read more

  • Action Plan

    1/9/2017 9:50:11 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    On SparkCoach, the Daily Visualization is: "Today, picture yourself at your goal weight, working out effortlessly alongside your former self. You see your former self struggling with exercises that have now become easy. How does it feel to see yourself on both sides of your journey? What habits ca... Read more

  • New Year Evaluation

    1/9/2017 8:44:07 AM, by HALFTWO

    Phfft! [Blows cobwebs away.] Hello. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? How are all doing? Me? Oh…I’m doing okay. As I believe you know, we flew to AZ for a long weekend in November. As usual, I gave myself permission not to log food while I was there. We ate all our meals in resta... Read more

  • Snow Day

    1/8/2017 9:33:40 PM, by CONNIEKACZ1

    Stayed firm and on the plan.... Read more

  • My Year

    1/7/2017 4:00:23 PM, by KIWINURSE

    Well, here we go again...........I am now at my heaviest and feel blah! I have been up and down in my weight and diet plans, always trying something new! But no more! Have taken this year as my year to get REAL! My son (who was the baby of the family) has not only left home but left the state, so no... Read more

  • Quote

    1/7/2017 10:13:31 AM, by JEB03253

    Although I'm not much into New Age, I love this quote! I try to remember it as I go through my day. ... Read more

  • No Change

    1/6/2017 2:26:55 PM, by DEEKELLYE

    This is my first attempt at being induced with this pregnancy. They gave me a round of cervadell and 12 hours later they took it out and let me have a break from being hooked up and stuck in bed before they gave me pitocin. I was having contractions with the cervadell and they got stronger wit... Read more

  • it's friday

    1/6/2017 11:03:42 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter is feeling a lot better today. i have a few job opportunities that have come up. i will pursue them to the fullest, while i continue to look for other work. i will sit down with my good friend sometime on the weekend and figure out whether or not to pursue any job opportunities that will... Read more

  • Update and Starting Over

    1/5/2017 3:43:04 AM, by HEATHERKORINNE

    Hi all, So it's been a while since I've done one of these, and lots of things have occurred. I was doing really really well through Sept/Oct 2014 (yes- I know that was a while ago), then life happened. I got married in Sept 2014, then got a sinus infection in Oct, three rounds of strep throat ... Read more

  • Do you start strong or do you baby step it?

    1/4/2017 12:07:30 PM, by TRISH1206

    Every time I've ever wanted to lose weight, I plan out my food and my workout routines, but I never do the workouts first. I always allow myself a week or two to let my body adapt to the food changes first before I incorporate the workouts. Does anyone else do this? It feels a little path... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    1/4/2017 10:24:24 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful, sunny day here today. i will be in touch with the two places i heard from yesterday regarding work opportunities. i will see what they have to say and then i will decide what my next steps will be from there. i include my daughter in all decisions i make, especially ones that involve m... Read more

  • Quick Update

    1/3/2017 2:47:30 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I felt a little defeated today, but I can still see huge progress from where I was. I guess my "defeat" is actually simply my frozen shoulder (diagnosed on Friday), which limits my strength progression in my back and shoulders. In addition, I'm also excited for the next year to increase my speed,... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    1/3/2017 11:41:54 AM, by MOMMY445

    i heard from two other places regarding work opportunities, with one of them being full time. If i can figure out how to get there properly and back, i am really considering the full time job. i do not mind if i need to relocate to the town so i can get to work a lot easier and cheaper. i will meet ... Read more

  • Doing it, and doing it well

    1/3/2017 10:17:55 AM, by LUCKY1964

    I have started this off by deciding to not eat any more red meat. I am also going to make sure that I go to the gym at least 4 to 5 times a week I work two jobs and I have a child so sometimes it's hard for me to make it to the gym everyday also in his home to make sure that I am drinking enough wat... Read more

  • I chose to overeat. Now I must choose HEALTH!

    1/3/2017 9:02:42 AM, by TRISH1206

    So I have this little book promotion company (@Bookbeasts on Twitter) and I posted this image today. Of course, it's meant to inspire the authors who follow me, but it really applies to every aspect of our lives. I chose to quit smoking 10 years ago and never looked back and my life is S... Read more

  • it's monday

    1/2/2017 5:57:55 PM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter is feeling much better today. she is still taking it easy. i am now caught up on my housework, so i have some unexpected yet welcome free time. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • So much better than Weight Watchers.

    1/2/2017 10:42:28 AM, by TRISH1206

    Last week, I joined WW on a whim. I paid $50 for three months of online only. I could NOT believe how little you get for the money. I was like, "Sparkpeople" is 100x better and they are free!! I promptly online chatted with a WW agent and had them refund my money. Damn, Oprah commercials!... Read more

  • Morning exercise

    1/2/2017 3:17:24 AM, by COUGARZ4LIFE

    It's difficult because I haven't established the habit yet. If I don't work out in the morning, it just doesn't get done. I like to schedule it as an appointment. Just not so late in the day because I'll have trouble sleeping. It's a work in progress. I like to exercise during commercials!! It mak... Read more

  • I am so happy to be back and to be alive!!

    1/1/2017 11:00:55 PM, by JUDYAMK

    [ Did you ever have a year with tremendous sadness & pain within your soul you thought you would be devoured by it?? That was me all started in 2015 when I almost lost my hand, I will forever have pain in my hand because of the extensive nerve damage.... Read more

  • My Goals for 2017

    1/1/2017 12:02:11 PM, by CLASCOTT

    This is the first year I can remember that I didn't make a resolution at the start of the new year. Instead, I made goals for myself. My goals for 2017 are: Goal 1: By May 1, 2017, I will be able to run a full two miles. Goal 2: June 30, 2017, I will be within 5 pounds of my goal weigh... Read more

  • Happy new year Chears to start overs

    1/1/2017 11:44:05 AM, by KATIEWILL5

    This is something to think about Our hearts a real reason to get healthy I never want to struggle to do the things I enjoy doing if I go back and ruin all that I have done for myself that will happen 2016 was nothing to be proud of 2017 I will make it a year that will give me bragging rights... Read more

  • happy new year's!

    1/1/2017 10:50:26 AM, by MOMMY445

    happy 2017,everyone! a new year has begun! a fresh start and time for me to mix up and to try different exercises. my daughter is recovering from a cold and she is taking it easy today. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Officially at my biggest!

    12/31/2016 10:11:49 AM, by TRISH1206

    And my saddest. Life, right? I cannot look at myself anymore when someone gets a photo of me (usually I dodge the cameras but someone always manages to sneak one and POST IT ON FB fortheloveofgod). It's really disheartening. I've never been able to lose more than 12 lbs during a 'diet', so I... Read more

  • I'm back!!!

    12/30/2016 6:58:26 PM, by COUGARZ4LIFE

    I'm 53 now and I have maintained my weight within 5 lbs or so over the years. I've tried other apps, but I missed Spark People. The community support is just what I need. I want to lose a few pounds and remain healthy. My 51 year old best friend recently had a stroke. I have many friends and family ... Read more

  • Reaching for the stars, hitting the moon

    12/30/2016 3:42:10 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I'm at a point where it seems that the harder I push, the less I can do. Conversely, though, when I stop trying and just do whatever, I seem to get farther. My workouts have been killing me. I keep trying to go up on weight and I can't seem to, then I move to the next activity, not trying to beat my... Read more

  • New Year, New Start

    12/29/2016 11:46:04 PM, by KINGDMSONG

    There's one thing I'm good at- starting again. Here I am. Starting again. Hoping this time to take more advantage of SparkCoach and Spark Teams. One of my favorite teams is gone. I wasn't paying attention and it went away. I'm sad because I loved The Goonies. Maybe it will return.... still plenty... Read more

  • New Year, New Start

    12/29/2016 11:46:04 PM, by KINGDMSONG

    There's one thing I'm good at- starting again. Here I am. Starting again. Hoping this time to take more advantage of SparkCoach and Spark Teams. One of my favorite teams is gone. I wasn't paying attention and it went away. I'm sad because I loved The Goonies. Maybe it will return.... still plenty... Read more

  • Returning to Our Normally Scheduled Program (Update)

    12/27/2016 1:01:35 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    So, as expected, I put on some weight at Christmas; about 1.3 pounds, to be exact. The funny part is, with all my strength training and gym dedication, two things popped in my head first, before the negative mumbo jumbo. First, it was "Great! More fuel for my workouts!", quickly followed by, "It's... Read more

  • 2017

    12/27/2016 12:51:18 PM, by KATIEWILL5

    Structure and rule I stick by that is what the new year will be about I have to report my food I have to work out I have to eat right They should be want toos but lately that has not worked so for now they will be have toos... Read more

  • Exercise

    12/27/2016 7:47:38 AM, by JEB03253

    This mornings Spark Coach challenged me to make a list of reasons to exercise when I really want to make an excuse not to. Here's my list: - Exercise makes me feel good AFTER I've done it - Exercise makes me feel confident - Exercise makes me feel stronger - I want to feel good in my cloth... Read more

  • merry christmas

    12/25/2016 6:47:53 PM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter and i wish everyone a very merry christmas! she had a great day and so did i. she got more presents than she expected to get and she is still sooo happy! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • it's friday

    12/23/2016 11:56:57 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today! woo hoo! my daughter brought two snacks for the class with her when she went to school today. as for me, i just finished up the last of my christmas shopping. i am glad i waited and went back today. i found some even better deals than i saw at the mall the other day... Read more