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  • Restarting Simple

    12/4/2016 1:50:28 PM, by RAINTHIEF

    I've tried numerous times to replicate what I did in 2009 when I first lost weight with SP. Since then, my life and routine have changed. It's no wonder I can't maintain consistency, so it only makes sense to adapt the plan as I have adapted to life's changes. I used to make a fun and colorful... Read more

  • Changes and NSV

    12/2/2016 11:39:10 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    First off, if you haven't read this article, read it. It's hilarious. http://www.sparkpeople.com/b
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    ess_grievances Onto your irregularly scheduled update. Yesterday, I was having a rough time, but I started to see things a bit di... Read more

  • it's friday

    12/2/2016 10:38:01 AM, by MOMMY445

    another cool day here today. my daughter and some of her classmates are off to an eco trip today. she has been looking forward to this all week. next week, she goes on a different field trip with her school. then there will be one more to a place she has been before with me. today, i do not have muc... Read more

  • It's thursday

    12/1/2016 1:18:46 PM, by MOMMY445

    a very windy and cool day here today. my daughter was dressed warmly when it was time for her to get to school this morning. i made sure to dress warmly when i went out to do some much needed laundry. i got in an extra walk this morning and i feel really good about it. all of the birds say cheep,che... Read more

  • 2017 Goals

    12/1/2016 8:12:04 AM, by THECRAZYMANGO

    It's the first day of the month, end of one year and start of a new one. With fresh beginnings, I like to share some upcoming goals and plans for 2017. Somehow I have misplaced my dedication to a healthy lifestyle where I was eating fruits and vegetables and working out daily. This year I would li... Read more

  • Day 12: out of control

    12/1/2016 12:12:50 AM, by ALLISON_TILBERG

    I was doing so well, or actually better than I had been the last couple months and now something happened last night while at work (I ate chocolate) and for some reason it has triggered this un controllable urge to eat all the time. The binging is way out of control to the point where I will keep tr... Read more

  • Struggle

    11/30/2016 11:52:08 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I feel like I'm done. First off, I can't seem to give it all at the gym. There are some times where I'm lifts weights and it suddenly occurs to me just how heavy the weights are and I can just feel it. It's like when you are carrying a heavy bag for a long time, take a short break, and then pick i... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    11/30/2016 10:09:40 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to focus on my online english and math courses. i am definitely practicing more in calculating percentages, as it is not something that comes easy to me. i can do them, i just find i need a lot of time to do so. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyon... Read more

  • NaNoWriMoBusted

    11/30/2016 8:31:12 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    NaNoWriMo beat me again. Did not make my goal. Actually did not even stand in the shadow of my goal. I can't seem to get myself out of the short story mind set to write my novella. Not sure what's going on. Another novella colleague suggested I just wait until after this semester is over, but contin... Read more

  • Day 10: sticking to something

    11/29/2016 10:51:07 AM, by ALLISON_TILBERG

    It has now been 10 days and I can't believe I have managed to track most of my food for that long. Usually I give up after 1 or 2. I really think I should start working out again, but I have bee. On and off sick the last week so I'm not sure of I want to wait another few days or not. The weather is ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    11/29/2016 10:50:57 AM, by MOMMY445

    a mix of sun and clouds here today. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,.cheep! i am taking it easy today. have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Technically day 9

    11/28/2016 1:12:03 PM, by ALLISON_TILBERG

    Got sick... or I'm seriously allergic to our new bulldog meatloaf. :( either way it's now day 9 of this, which means....I have tracked my food to the best of my ability for over a week, how about that. It still isn't perfect. And sometimes I forget to track the last part of the day, and I still don'... Read more

  • it's sunday

    11/27/2016 2:30:07 PM, by MOMMY445

    i got to see a good friend of mine the other day. we got caught up on what has been happening in our lives. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Being overweight during the holidays

    11/26/2016 12:01:03 PM, by WINTERRAIN

    This past Thanksgiving I spent the day with my BF's family, just like all the previous holidays. However on Thursday I was up early and did a spin class and then went home to prepare the three dishes I had told his mom I would bring. I had expressed to my darling guy that I didn't want to ha... Read more

  • Got Some Spark!

    11/25/2016 2:50:01 PM, by OHMEMEME

    Just an update for you, me, myself, and I. Asked for Spark a few months back and got it. Recovered from back injury. Back to work out routine. Got my nutrition back in order. Dropped about 10 lbs this Fall. Back at goal weight. Survived the Thanksgiving feast with a few food treats. Moving on i... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/25/2016 11:05:54 AM, by MOMMY445

    i'm headed off to an event called food,fashion and fun in a while. i find these events fun,lively and informative. there is always great food at these events and nice people. my daughter has started to write out her christmas wish list. i wrote down, on a separate piece of paper, two things that she... Read more

  • Day 5: thanksgiving part II

    11/24/2016 7:49:23 PM, by ALLISON_TILBERG

    today is a day we celebrate to spend time with friends and family that we love (or don't). I would like to take this moment to not only be grateful for what I do have but keep those who could not be with their families or those who are missing someone this holiday in my thoughts. One of my friends f... Read more

  • I ACCOMPLISHED MY GOAL!!! And, now I have set a new one.

    11/24/2016 12:36:23 PM, by CLASCOTT

    I did it! I finished my 5k!!! I wasn't able to run (jog) the whole thing, but I finished! That was my goal. My new goal is to be able to run the entire way. ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    11/24/2016 10:09:40 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is lightly raining here today. i am okay with that and so is my daughter. she is feeling much better and is back at school today. i am taking some english,math courses online. i enjoy learning new things and refreshing the skills i do have. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,... Read more

  • Day By Day by Day - Catching Up

    11/24/2016 8:47:18 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    Weight - 230 a little better. If I can get below 229 and keep doing it it will be a personal milestone. Last time I droped below 229 was over 5 years ago. Writing - slow but steady. Hardest thing for me in going from 12K to 30K+ words, besides the basic math, is making sure my main characters s... Read more

  • Day 4: unexpected thanksgiving

    11/23/2016 9:24:54 PM, by ALLISON_TILBERG

    Well today was a total flop apart from breakfast, but it was a good day for other stuff. I got a lot of the cleaning I wanted to get done, I got to spend time with boyfriend, and he also made a very delicious early thanksgiving dinner for just us two. It was very nice. I feel like a good chunk of th... Read more

  • Interesting facts

    11/23/2016 11:15:02 AM, by CORALINE01

    I copied this from a chat board. I am posting it here to save, remember and share. #9 is down right freaky. My apologies to the original author, I don't remember who or where. 1. 130 pounds of sugar is equal to 1,767,900 Skittles! ~ I don't know about you but I'm slightly ashamed of how many Skittl... Read more

  • a nice sunny day

    11/23/2016 10:20:31 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day for me to catch up on some of my online course work. my daughter is feeling a bit under the weather, so she did not go to school today. she will rest,drink plenty of fluids. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Factotum

    11/23/2016 8:31:33 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    Wife: Sapphire Me: What? Wife: Sapphire. Me: You want me to stock up on gin for the holidays? Wife:(a bit perturbed) The gem. Me: No thanks. I do like Tiger's eye, though. Wife: Honey? (throws pillow at me) Me: Ok, sapphire, I get it already! Wife: Good. Either earrings or a ring. ... Read more

  • Day 3

    11/22/2016 10:58:37 PM, by ALLISON_TILBERG

    Well... the food I ate wasn't exactly the best but it was mostly due to the fact I didn't plan today out very well... like at all. Except my snacks. But so far ( to the best of my abilities) I tracked everything as best as I could concidering I didn't know what half the stuff I was earing nor am I 1... Read more

  • a beautiful fall day

    11/22/2016 12:53:07 PM, by MOMMY445

    i got my laundry done this morning. now i am out and about to enjoy the nice fall air today. i met up with a good friend of mine the other night. it put an even brighter outlook on my day. i enjoy spending time with my friends, no matter for how long it ends up being. right now, i will be heading to... Read more

  • Day 2

    11/21/2016 10:49:16 PM, by ALLISON_TILBERG

    So... I once again didn't make it exactly in my calorie range ( I didn't track everything I ate today) and when I decided to go through my spark people stuff I edited it like I was starting over for the first time. Then I found that new setting that changes your caloric range depending on your activ... Read more

  • Three Days and Counting!!!

    11/21/2016 3:57:16 PM, by CLASCOTT

    I am three days away from my first 5k. I feel ready. I feel strong. I have watched the numbers on the stopwatch decrease just like I have watched the numbers on the scale decrease. I knew my clothes were getting looser. I even gave away half of my slacks because I couldn't wear them anymore. Y... Read more

  • a cool,windy day

    11/21/2016 10:19:57 AM, by MOMMY445

    it has also been snowing here a bit as well.that is okay with me and my daughter. she bundled up for school this morning. she loves the new boots she got to wear! she brightens up my day every day. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a marvelous day,everyone! I will most likely hear more details ... Read more

  • Re-commitment Update

    11/21/2016 9:19:21 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    On Halloween, I stated that I'm recommitting to this whole weight loss thing, and I've not done horrible on that. I've missed about two workouts since then, but then I've actually added a workout in there too. One day, I even went twice in one day! I'm pushing myself harder and harder on the st... Read more

  • A brand new start.

    11/20/2016 5:09:41 PM, by ALLISON_TILBERG

    A lot has happened in the last few months and I feel different. But a good different. The last year in itself has definitely been a hard test on me physically, emotionally and mentally and I just couldn't do it anymore. Doing anything made me depressed especially being at home. I had put on all my w... Read more

  • Doctors and Scales

    11/20/2016 2:41:26 PM, by DEEKELLYE

    The scale at the doctor's office has begun to scare me. At my heaviest I was 232 pounds. I don't ever want to see that number again. At my first doctor's appointment with this pregnancy I was 220 and I fought hard to get out of the 220s at the beginning when I first started losing weight and a... Read more

  • it's sunday

    11/20/2016 8:16:29 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new week has started. it is now cold and windy here today. i have my cooler weather clothes,accessories handy and ready to wear. my daughter liked her field trip the other day. today, we are both taking it easy. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • it's saturday

    11/19/2016 10:15:22 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter loves the movie the fantastic beasts and where to find them. later this afternoon, she is off on a field trip with her school to see some musicians perform live. she will not be back until later in the evening, after supper. she is soo ready to go. as for me, i am taking it easy today. i... Read more

  • Friday part 2

    11/19/2016 8:34:34 AM, by MAMODIO

    Since I've had some requests as to telling you what I do thought I'd do a part 2 to yesterday's blog. I am a Controller/Office Manager. I've been an accountant for almost 30 years so that part of my job search is not new to me,. I just have to learn the system and the procedures the company does. Th... Read more

  • Friday

    11/18/2016 9:11:19 PM, by MAMODIO

    Well, I completed my first week back to work. I had gotten used to sleeping until 8:00 each morning, so it's taking me some adjusting to getting up at 6:00. Today I got in some exercise at work by moving prior year files into our warehouse. Today I am thankful that I made it through my first week b... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/18/2016 5:56:59 PM, by MOMMY445

    this afternoon, i went to an anniversary to a place that has helped me to get jobs before. there was food, great company and entertainment. i had a great time. my daughter and her friends went together with one of the other moms to see the movie fantastic beasts. my daughter was so excited to go tod... Read more

  • One Week and Counting

    11/18/2016 8:56:23 AM, by CLASCOTT

    In September, I let my daughter talk me into entering a 5k race on Thanksgiving Day. When I registered, I was sure I wouldn't be able to run the whole thing, but I would just be happy not finishing last. It is one week until the race, and my attitude (and ability) has changed. I can now run... Read more

  • Cluttered mind

    11/17/2016 8:08:38 PM, by DHORNS

    I look around my home or at the calendar full of events and feel overwhelmed. Numbing my feels with unhealthy things. I had to give up being a Girl Scout leader which is a good thing. I still have to may balls in the air. But realizing I can't do it all is a start. Why do mom's feel guilty if they d... Read more

  • a beautiful fall day

    11/17/2016 11:49:12 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am currently out running a few errands. then i will be off to help out a good friend of mine for a while. after that, i will definitely be taking it easy. being active is becoming second nature to me. i make time in my day to just relax or to do absolutely nothing. my daughter wants to see the fan... Read more

  • 11/16/2016

    11/16/2016 9:33:36 PM, by MAMODIO

    Today I managed to get more activity in while I was at work. We had to make a shopping trip to the store to pick up supplies for our Thanksgiving luncheon next week. I also took a look at the industrial park I work in to find where I can walk during my lunch break when the weather is nice. I think b... Read more

  • Day By Day by Day 12

    11/16/2016 4:50:32 PM, by WRITEMANN1

    Rough day. I didn't over eat, but I didn't get in much walking. I'm trying chair yoga. Now that both knees are up I'm more limited on bodyweight exercises. My right knee has a fluid build-up. I guess it just happens. Put aside the Hemingway bio to read an Allen Furst spy chaser. My ... Read more

  • a mild fall day

    11/16/2016 11:52:12 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am getting caught up with a few of my online courses today. my daughter says hello. all of the birds say cheep,cheep. i am taking a live math class this afternoon, to get in some extra practice and to refresh what i already know. it is a nice change of pace for me and it gives me something differe... Read more

  • 11/15/2016

    11/15/2016 9:46:31 PM, by MAMODIO

    Today I'm thankful for the person training me at work that I will be replacing. He is not leaving by his own choice so this could be a very uncomfortable situation but he is making sure he shows me everything. Unfortunately, he was hired to replace someone who had been there for 22 years and people ... Read more

  • A beautiful day

    11/15/2016 10:46:43 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am getting caught up on housework, including laundry, this morning. then i am off to enjoy the rest of my day. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • First Day Back to Work

    11/14/2016 9:34:15 PM, by MAMODIO

    Today was my first day back to work after being out of work for 7 weeks. It was nice to be back behind a desk, and the home remodeling was waiting for me to do some work when I got home. I was much less active than I had been, so I will definitely have to plan some exercise/activity into my day. I a... Read more

  • A walk around the block

    11/14/2016 8:24:22 PM, by CORALINE01

    So I've been ancy, bored, cabin fever. I decided to go for a little walk tonight so I put on my neon reflective vest, grabbed the flashlight and started walking down the road. I'm listening to my earphones and walking. All of a sudden I'm at the stop sign. I feel okay, so I'll keep walking a little ... Read more

  • a beautiful fall day

    11/14/2016 8:12:25 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am getting going on my day. i have some errands to run this morning. i have already gathered up some healthy snacks,water and food to take with me on my travels, so i will not get hungry or thirsty when i am out. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i will find out more details t... Read more

  • Day By Day by Day 11

    11/14/2016 6:55:59 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    CW - 230 Food - 1900 cal Exercise - still doing bodyweight and now a couple of chair yoga poses Writing - 400-600 WPD, really off my goal Reading - Hemingway bio. Nonfiction written like a novel. Only way to read a Bio. Spiritual - not so much lately... Read more

  • 11/13/16

    11/13/2016 9:02:36 PM, by MAMODIO

    I'm looking forward to starting my new job tomorrow. I'm hoping it gets me back into a routine, which will help me make healthier food choices. The past 7 weeks have been hard being home all day and my husband doesn't eat as healthy as I do for lunch. I know being part of the Fall 5% Challenge has h... Read more

  • That's Enough

    11/13/2016 11:32:37 AM, by HALFTWO

    So, that happened. Another gain. Small, for sure. But if I don't nip this in the bud right now - and I mean RIGHT NOW - things are going to get out of hand rather quickly. I've been doing this long enough to know that there are plateaus and weeks where weight creeps up from unexpected places... Read more

  • it's saturday

    11/12/2016 8:25:38 AM, by MOMMY445

    i found out the other day that i will have a job, starting the second last week of november! woo hoo! i am soooooo happy! my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day and a great weekend,everyone!... Read more

  • NaNoWriMo Day 8/9

    11/11/2016 9:27:29 PM, by WRITEMANN1

    Under 1K words. Letting myself seek and find distractions. I need to 'protect' my writing time and space. Not sure how but it's do-able.... Read more

  • Day By Day by Day 10

    11/11/2016 9:17:27 PM, by WRITEMANN1

    CW -231 Food - let's move on Exercise - just doing what I can around the house Writing - 487 words still need to pick up the pace Spiritual - Focus Reading - Starting Hemingway Bio ... Read more

  • 11/9, 11/10 and 11/11

    11/11/2016 8:40:37 PM, by MAMODIO

    It has been a few busy days cleaning out the basement and moving stuff to the attic. Many of the things we had stored in our basement got moldy so I am going through boxes, repacking stuff and moving it up to the attic where it won't get moldy. I figure strength training at the gym isn't needed sinc... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/11/2016 8:55:17 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! happy rememberance day to all who celebrate it. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i have some online course work to do later on. i like to learn new things and new ways to do what i have learned already. learning is an ongoing thing for me. have a terrific d... Read more

  • a lovely sunny day

    11/10/2016 12:18:26 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get outdoors and enjoy. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i'm taking it easy today. i now enjoy being active pretty much every day. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day By Day by Day--Extra

    11/9/2016 7:27:09 PM, by WRITEMANN1

    Went to my orthopedic doctor. He took some x-rays, did some tests that didn't feel good, but he seemed satisfied. Upshot: I have tortioned the pad that cushions my Right knee joint. It is not torn, but very inflamed. So I received a cortisone shot, told to take 2400 mg of Motrin a day and don't u... Read more

  • a great day!

    11/9/2016 11:27:29 AM, by MOMMY445

    today, it is my parent's 50th wedding anniversary! wishes have been pouring in for them from my many relatives and from their friends. i will more than likely take them to dinner tonight. they do so much for me and my daughter. they are a huge source of love and support for the two of us. all of the... Read more

  • 11/8/2016

    11/8/2016 8:40:02 PM, by MAMODIO

    This morning we were not woken by squirrels running across our roof. Looks like we managed to get rid of their access to the roof. 244 I spent most of the day painting our bathroom. The color we picked out wasn't what we were looking for so off to the store we went after I already had about 1/2 of ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    11/8/2016 10:56:47 AM, by MOMMY445

    one of my good friends now has a budgie bird for her pet. she loves animals and her bird is soo cute! my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • THE HARD PART

    11/8/2016 9:47:18 AM, by HALFTWO

    I had my first gain a week or so back. It has bothered me because this all suddenly seems so hard. And we are getting into the difficult time of year for weight loss. We started with Halloween. I usually get large amounts of candy I don't like so I'm not tempted to shove it in my face. I w... Read more

  • NaNoWriMo Day 7

    11/8/2016 8:06:20 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    500 words last night. I seem to do my writing after 8:00p.m. I tell myself I'm only going to write for 10 minutes, next thing I know an hour or more has passed. Still not near my daily goal, but I'm not that far behind in total words. ... Read more

  • Day By Day by Day 9

    11/8/2016 8:00:56 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    CW - no change Exercise - managed a 'rough' mile yesterday Food - 1909 holding Writing - 500 words Spiritual - maintaining focus Reading - will finish Winspear book today, then on to Hemingway bio.... Read more

  • 11/6/2016 and 11/7/2016

    11/7/2016 6:37:56 PM, by MAMODIO

    Missed posting last night, so today I'm posting for yesterday and today. We had a guest speaker at church yesterday who is a missionary who rescues children from sex slavery. He saves children all over the world, including right here in the U.S. This is something that I knew happened elsewhere... Read more

  • it's monday

    11/7/2016 8:42:04 AM, by MOMMY445

    a fresh start to the week for me today. i will be trying a few new to me different exercises for the first time. i like to mix up the kinds of exercise i do. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • NaNoWriMo Day 6

    11/7/2016 7:28:45 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    Not a lot of writing on novella. Updated my storyboard.... Read more

  • Day By Day by Day 8

    11/7/2016 7:27:35 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    CW - 231 Food - 1902 better Exercise -- just work around the house, my knees refused to cooperate Writing - worked on storyboard Reading - two more chapters left with Winspear, then a biography on Hemingway, Spiritual - focused on small goals... Read more

  • a new week

    11/6/2016 8:36:35 AM, by MOMMY445

    a fresh start to the week today. here it is sunny and mild for the day. i will most definitely be getting outdoors to enjoy it today. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep. have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day By Day by Day 6/7

    11/6/2016 6:18:04 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    Day 6 - I did not note my numbers, but I did eat healthy. Day 7 - 2373 calories...OUCH. Eating was on auto-pilot. Shopping and walking Wrote Back in focus on my goals Winspear book just gets better. ... Read more

  • NaNoWriMo Day 4/5

    11/6/2016 5:59:42 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    Day 4 - Worked on my storyboard and did some research on Eastern European cars and motorcycles. Also read an article on the history of IED's. Day 5 - 920 words written today, not too bad. But still behind my word count goal. ... Read more

  • New Life - Day 00

    11/5/2016 10:05:54 PM, by SLAPTHEFATCAT

    It's been a while since I have worked out and my nutrition choices are poor. I didn't realize just how bad I've gotten until today. Most of what I ate today was copious amounts of sugar cereal and some ramen, topped with half a pot of coffee with about half a cup of sugar. My only exercise is walkin... Read more

  • 11/5/2016

    11/5/2016 9:02:56 PM, by MAMODIO

    Today I managed to get to the gym for over an hour to get in some activity I traditionally think of as "exercise". For the past 6 weeks since I haven't been spending the day sitting behind a desk for 8 hours I have been more active with things I don't think of as exercise. I've been doing a lot of p... Read more

  • a beautiful day

    11/5/2016 11:05:30 AM, by MOMMY445

    a nice fall day here today. a day to get out and enjoy. i am feeling much better today. i will get out and about more throughout the day. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone and a terrific weekend!... Read more