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  • Time for an update...

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

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

  • Effort and Real Effort

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

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

  • NO SUCH LUCK !!

    6/27/2016 12:02:17 AM, by GRANDMAFRANNY

    THE 54 BYPASSED US AGAIN. I AM AFRAID WHEN WE DO GET SOME WE'LL HAVE FLOODING. HEY I FEEL FOR YOU SOUTHERN SPARKER'S WELL TAKE SOME OF THAT AWAY FROM YOU. YOU HAVE A HEAVY 26 AND HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR ALL OF YOU. GOD BLESS YOU 213... Read more

  • My New Normal

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

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

  • Oh my GOODNES!! A size 16W

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

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

  • TGIF Warm Fuzzies :-)

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

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

  • The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

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

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

  • it's friday

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

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

  • 6 month check up gastric sleeve surgery

    6/22/2016 9:53:05 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Saw my surgeon today for my 6th month post op. I am doing great !! Right on track and keeping under 1000 calories a day. I told the NP that I will be logging in Sparks FOREVER to make sure calories dont creep up. I am losing about 1-2 pounds a week and I am happy with that. I found this great s... Read more

  • a much cooler day

    6/22/2016 10:45:29 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it is much cooler here today and that feels so good. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Overwhelmed with Stress

    6/21/2016 7:29:41 PM, by THECRAZYMANGO

    My stress is seriously out of hand which means my eating is out of hand. I am eating foods that I KNOW I shouldn't have... like half my box of swiss roll cakes. Often my anxiety is so high after everything calms down that I feel like I am suffocating. I am taking one anti-depression and I have PRN a... Read more

  • a much cooler day

    6/21/2016 8:10:03 AM, by MOMMY445

    not as humid and hot here today as it was yesterday. i have a job interview this morning, so i am spending the morning getting ready for it. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Gratitude and (It's not!) Selfishness

    6/20/2016 4:59:16 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I gotta tell ya something, something that I don't share a whole lot, but maybe I accidently told you, or maybe you just figured it out. I have depression and social anxiety, and I'm seeing a therapist about it. Even without the therapist, I've been doing some work on it. One of the things is meditat... Read more

  • a really warm and humid day

    6/20/2016 10:31:24 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter and i are keeping cool today. i have a good friend of mine on standby if my asthma flares up or i am otherwise not feeling well. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • My Big Trigger

    6/20/2016 8:15:13 AM, by IMASILLYMOMMA3

    As part of the 2016 Summer 5% Challenge, we were asked to name our triggers and how we do/will handle them. I decided I would just put it in blog form so I can easily go back to it if I need to. ***Red Light Foods*** Nacho Cheese Doritos -- They are the bane of my existence. These things ... Read more

  • The One Where I Start Over Starting Over...Again!

    6/19/2016 4:27:58 PM, by HALFTWO

    Two years ago - almost to the day - I gave up my struggle to lose weight. After two years of hard work getting to a fitness level and weight I hadn't known in roughly 20 years, I let the circumstances of my life be the voices in my head. Health problems and their repercussions Work stress. De... Read more

  • Another Goal Met

    6/19/2016 10:19:48 AM, by DEEKELLYE

    My goals for this year were to pay off my credit cards with my income tax return which I have done by March and to have a car by the end of August. As of June 14th that goal was met. I got a new truck. It is a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. It needs a little TLC but it's mine. Thanks to Dan for hel... Read more

  • Motivation--My Top 10 Reasons for the 2016 Summer 5% Challenge

    6/19/2016 6:16:36 AM, by IMASILLYMOMMA3

    My reasons for starting this journey... 1. To boost my self esteem by showing that I am strong, capable and beautiful no matter what. 344 2. To improve my health. I won't bore you with details. 282 3. To be a good role model for my kids who are having weight issues themselves (it's ... Read more

  • Take Off!!!

    6/17/2016 7:22:50 PM, by JODYGIRL29

    Miracle mile 1 completed. Boy oh boy, I doubt I'll see miles 4 & 5. Not all at once anyways. Mile one has a new resistance band and you also do HIIT which means High Intensity Interval Training. If you've done most of Leslie's 1 mile walks, they're pretty easy to do. I think I'll stat wit... Read more

  • Come What May Part 2

    6/17/2016 5:49:13 PM, by JODYGIRL29

    So, I got my Leslie Sansone "Miricle Miles" set today. I will do the 1 mile tonight. I was looking through all the material and my goodness, the 4 & 5 mile walk is scarry long in the minutes. Especially with my bad back and legs. Maybe it would be okay to maybe break them up through out the da... Read more

  • Beautiful day today

    6/17/2016 1:34:42 PM, by MELSMIMI

    The day is just beautiful! Hope everyone has a great Friday!!... Read more

  • it's friday

    6/17/2016 9:22:10 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have a job interview next tuesday. woo hoo! my daughter won a nice t shirt for taking part in a physical activity for her school. hooray! she had a great tijme at the zoo with her class on wednesday. i was at the zoo,too, just in a different area. we did not get to meet up on wednesday and that is... Read more

  • AND GOAL!!!

    6/17/2016 8:19:37 AM, by CATHRINE2010

    I find it very interesting that I made GOAL! AGAIN. This time it is different. WHAT?? YEP TOTALLY. I was asked what I was going to eat after my weigh in. I laughed and laughed. They thought I was crazy. But I am not going to eat anything that I don't normally eat. That's what is different. No bin... Read more

  • Two Weeks and 4.3 Pounds To Go

    6/16/2016 7:35:06 PM, by MAMODIO

    On May 5th we started a 5% weight loss challenge at work. We had 8 weeks to lose 5% of our weight and the company we give us a $50 Amazon gift card. I was doing good the first few weeks losing at least 1 1/2 pound each week, but this week I stayed the same. This happened to me 2 weeks ago too. I jus... Read more

  • Hurts to MOVE

    6/16/2016 7:13:27 PM, by THECRAZYMANGO

    In my last blog, I think I mentioned how I wasn't motivated to work out. I don't think I gave you guys my full story. In the last year, my legs have been hurting alot. It tends to bounce around. One day it's my hip flexors. Another day it will be my ankles. Or calves. It comes down to that I need to... Read more

  • Sick of repairmen contractors laborers

    6/16/2016 12:38:35 AM, by MELSMIMI

    Sick and tired of people lying to me...had a meltdown on the nicest sprinkler repair guy today but I have reached my stress limit with all the lying cheating people... Oh well tomorrow is another day...... Read more

  • Work In Progress - Chapter sketches

    6/15/2016 9:13:15 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    Ch. 9 Topi continues to dig into the 'secret' history of Castle Crais. But he needs help. The locals are very forthcoming, except for a young, plain school teacher. She is also interested in the castle, and maybe a little in Topi. He also gets help from the 'Irish National Registry of Castl... Read more

  • (My) Freezer Meals

    6/14/2016 12:29:40 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I feel good. I've been trying to go again, doing what sets me up for success the best: preparation. I ordered some more boxes, and I'm going to be making more of these meals. I figure a few changes will add enough variation not to get bored of it. I really need to remember to overseason it. Once I f... Read more

  • a nice sunny day

    6/14/2016 8:55:22 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get outdoors and enjoy. i will do just that in a while. my daughter says hi and sends hugs. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Feeling Dirty

    6/13/2016 7:22:05 PM, by THECRAZYMANGO

    Today I was all excited to get home and finally try out the Luluroe that came in the mail! I've heard so much about it and finally I got to try it. It was thick and tight. And, I feel like a moose and pregnant. I know that is my securities coming out. Lately, I feel disgusting as I keep gaining weig... Read more

  • Back Again: The Healthy Weigh Now

    6/13/2016 11:57:36 AM, by MAMIZA

    I am starting this eating plan again after being sick. I started this journey back in 2012 and was doing pretty well on it and then I got very, very sick and had to discontinue it. I have an autoimmune disease that took heavy doses of steroids and about 18 months of various types of chemo to knock... Read more

  • it'a monday

    6/13/2016 10:27:13 AM, by MOMMY445

    another week has started. still figuring out where i can keep my stuff that i have at my parents' place. i know i will figure out something. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Satisfying and Rewarding Day

    6/12/2016 11:40:47 PM, by CINDIE19561

    Day off to a good start...gluten free bread...gluten free hickory smoked turkey..slice of cheese..cup of black coffee..and I was full..content. Got to work and a note for me said "Thank you ..you are a good cook you make me such good sandwiches"..now this residence has to have her food pureed every ... Read more

  • Fresh start

    6/12/2016 7:46:13 AM, by VON_1962

    It time for a fresh start! I have been on and off the path to being healthy and fit for a bit now. Life has had its twists and turns, from my children being grown and on their own. To recently losing my father and dealing with lots of issues with his loss. I have come to the conclusion life is goin... Read more

  • Work In Progress

    6/12/2016 7:33:26 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    Ch. 7 More info on the secret life of Castle Crais. We compress time to show how this secret has been kept useful through the Cold War. Ch. 8 Topi arrives to claim his ancestral home, unawares of the covert baggage it will bring into his life.... Read more

  • Was a Good day Today

    6/11/2016 9:57:20 PM, by CINDIE19561

    Work today was much easier...got a lot of work done...was able to prep some of tomorrow's menu..this morning I had a smoothie...chocolate whey protein powder..ioogo yogurt..Cantaloupe..a bit of milk...one ice cube and a bit of bottle water...got to say since I have been having smoothies before work ... Read more

  • Their smiles were priceless when I told them it was all free better than the money!!!

    6/11/2016 6:49:16 PM, by JUDYAMK

    Our community had our annual yard sale, I always have a table full of books ,magazines such as Good Old Days, Victorian, & English Gardens I always put a free sign on that table,because so many people seem not to read as years ago. I love the feel of a book in my hand & the turning of pages. The fir... Read more

  • Time: Can't live with it, can't live without it.

    6/11/2016 7:59:31 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    I was doing pretty good on posting my novel's chapter summaries, then I got a poke in the head from a proofreader that I left several scenes unresolved. So, back to the keyboard. Re-writing is a writers crap-shoot. The story can end up very polished, ready for publication, or, it can become a totall... Read more

  • What can I say but "ugg"

    6/10/2016 1:36:16 PM, by CINDIE19561

    Well what can I say but "ugg"...I was 202 lbs...since march I have gained 3lbs...my guess is because we brought those Nasty potato chips and balogna back into the house...my Favorite foods....bad idea...big mistake...guess I wasn't fully ready mind set wise to try to bring them back. I have decided ... Read more

  • it's friday

    6/10/2016 8:34:09 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today. woo hoo! my daughter says hi and sends hugs! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it is supposed to be very warm here tomorrow. my daughter and i are prepared for it. have a terrific day,everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • Come What May

    6/9/2016 2:29:35 PM, by JODYGIRL29

    Well, I'm new at this blogging stuff, but will try it. I lose interest in things pretty quickly. So, here we go. I'll be 63 in August and I'm on disability for degenerative disc disease and a left leg problem. I've walked with Leslie for years, off and on. But, then I lose motivation. I thin... Read more

  • What I am doing to lose my weight !! MINDFUL eating is the key & It is staying off!!

    6/8/2016 6:05:06 PM, by JUDYAMK

    I walk 2 to 4 miles a day (more often 2 ) I swim for an hour 3 times a week, and I go to Zumba twice a week. I also cook Japanese food once a day as my husband will not eat it. I went on line and have lots of easy recipes the sight is called " Just One Cookbook" for a Japanese gal .When I use th... Read more

  • Poke

    6/8/2016 4:09:23 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Yeah, I'm still kicking. I've got to set up a food habit. It's difficult though. I can fix lunch and even breakfast, but I always mess up at dinner or late snack (i.e. dessert). Well, I think I'll have to do my "ultra" idea, which I deemed a bit severe, but would fix the issue. Freeze enough mea... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    6/8/2016 9:15:50 AM, by MOMMY445

    a much cooler day here today. my daughter had a great soccer game last night! woo hoo! i am making progress in going through my stuff i have at my parents' place. i figure i will be done by next week. i am still figuring out where to keep what will be left. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a g... Read more

  • Travelers Home Insurance Company is in the running for JERK of the year.!!

    6/7/2016 11:44:24 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I live in Wylie and we had two huge hailstorms back to back in April. The second one was classed as catastrophic. 85% of home in Wylie have had damage. We look like a bombed out mess. Travelers alone from the first storm gad 22,000 claims. I didnt hear a number on the second horrible SOFTBALL si... Read more

  • I May Not Be There Yet...UPDATED Photo Essay

    6/7/2016 2:27:31 PM, by TREKPURRSON

    THEN: SIZE 22 NOW: SIZE 14 ... Read more

  • Colposcopy

    6/7/2016 11:05:29 AM, by THECRAZYMANGO

    This morning I went to my colposcopy. Basically, the Obgyn magnifies my cervix to see if there are any abnormal cells or areas. Sometimes they take a biopsy if they can't see as well or if there are some abnormal cells. Unfortunately for me she took one because of abnormal cells. I will find out in ... Read more

  • a beautiful day

    6/7/2016 10:50:49 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is not as hot here today, which is great for me and my daughter. i am making considerable progress in math and english courses. i will step up my efforts and do even better than i am doing now. i know i can do even better. i am super motivated to do really well in all areas of my life. if i can s... Read more

  • Hello today here we go!

    6/7/2016 10:41:17 AM, by LUCKY1964

    Getting ready to take on the day got my lunch and dinner planned out, have a plan to get two hours of walking done by the end of the day. Planning on seeing results at next weeks weigh in. I am posting my journey on all my social media to make me accountable hopefully it pushes me harder this time... Read more

  • I went as Alice & Wonderland to an event !! I am 65 Alice is much younger!!! (pictures)

    6/6/2016 11:13:30 PM, by JUDYAMK

    I went to an event as Alice & Wonderland I always loved Alice ,even though I am 65 it is never to late to do what you dreamed of doing!! Our entire group had so much fun we were like little girls giggling at our selves!! Never to late to enjoy the things you love at any age !!... Read more

  • Saw my Vascular Surgeon today

    6/6/2016 10:48:07 PM, by MELSMIMI

    In 2012 I had a minor stroke. They started monitoring my neck arteries with a sonigram. I went from 50% blockage to 90 in 3 months after the stroke so my neurologist sent me to Vascular surgeon. He did a carotid endarterectomy which is where they make a 4 inch incision in your neck, open up the ... Read more

  • Reminders

    6/6/2016 6:36:18 PM, by THECRAZYMANGO

    I have been every size between 10 and 24 and have seen how people treat women in each of these sizes. Some good, some bad. Today I was reminded how people are overweight are treated. I realize I am the biggest person in our department. Ironically, I am the most active at the job and out of the job. ... Read more

  • Food trip

    6/6/2016 12:32:06 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I'm wondering if it's time to dangle a large reward in front of me. I'm thinking of a lonesome trip around the country, working with food. I have several objectives here. The primary one is that I want to learn more about where my food comes from and to physically be a part of it. The other reasons ... Read more

  • a bright windy day

    6/6/2016 9:34:05 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is not as hot here today,which is fine by me and my daughter. back to school for both of us this week. for me, for today,tomorrow and wednesday, i have day school and night school. then after that i am off to go through more of my stuff at my parents' place. i am almost done going through it. a g... Read more

  • it's sunday

    6/5/2016 2:52:05 PM, by MOMMY445

    a windy day here today. my daughter and i are taking it easy. not much planned. a relaxing day. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Walking, the Zoo, and Pictures, too!

    6/5/2016 1:16:42 PM, by IMASILLYMOMMA3

    If you've ever fully read my Sparkpage, you might have noticed that I have an fondness for animals. Yes, I will try to talk to them in their native language.... LOL I also love taking pictures when I'm out and about. What better way to enjoy both of those things and get a little exercise than... Read more

  • 10,000 of us got together in Hershey Pa. for a 5 k color run/walk for Rett syndrome pictures

    6/4/2016 9:35:30 PM, by JUDYAMK

    Rett syndrome is a rare postnatal neurological disorder of the grey matter of the brain & mostly affects females. What an awesome 5 k with over 10,000 coming from all over to raise awareness & monies for the cause, Was very emotional to be apart of this & to see the people there come together me ... Read more

  • My granddaughter

    6/4/2016 7:27:12 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I am so proud of my granddaughter! She is going to be a sophomore next year. This year as a freshman in AFJROTC she won 13 ribbons and one National medal! She is serving as an AFJROTC usher at graduation today. She was able to pin on her 13 award pins but couldnt get the medal to hang right so... Read more

  • Notice the difference

    6/3/2016 7:58:05 PM, by ALLRONIX

    I definitely notice the difference on days where I exercise and days I don't. Had to miss a couple days this week again due to family stuff and the contrast was pretty obvious. I felt more tired and forgetful on the days I didn't work out. On the upside, Costco has some dirty traps like frozen jun... Read more

  • a bright sunny day

    6/3/2016 9:27:38 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter says hi! i am making huge progress in going through the stuff i am storing at my parents place. i figure that i will be done by the middle of this month or sooner. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day and a great weekend,everyone!... Read more

  • Life: The great balancing act

    6/2/2016 12:40:38 AM, by MEDUSA1977

    SO I haven't logged in three weeks. I was on a team and the last 2 weeks of the challenge I let my team down and myself down and I let life get in the way. I started a business out of my home 5 years ago. It's grown and grown and finally we found a real office space. I just simply could not w... Read more

  • a lovely spring day

    6/1/2016 11:07:00 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day for me to catch up on a few things and to get outdoors and enjoy the weather. it is not as humid and hot here today as it was the other day. my daughter and her soccer team won their game last night by a score of 8-2! woo hoo! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • New name, location found

    6/1/2016 7:44:55 AM, by WRITEMANN1

    Richard Columba did not like his name. His new name now fits his character Richard Me'Fein, translated as Richard Myself. Since he is an orphan, it makes sense. Castle Crais is located in NW County Meath. The town that has built up around it is Killbegg which is situated between two branches of Ri... Read more

  • Need to see about some new clothes.

    5/31/2016 10:17:23 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I don't want to spend much because I know I am going to continue losing. I think I will check out some consignment shops. I was wearing 28s in pants and OMG they were tight!! I have gone through all I had in my closet 28, 26, 24, 22 down to size 20. The 20s jeans are so lose after about 10 minutes... Read more

  • Find Joy in what ever you do !!

    5/31/2016 10:13:30 PM, by JUDYAMK

    My husband's cousin's wife was visiting with me, and she told me her philosophy in life is if there is something she must do and does not like it ,she makes it a point to find joy in it,no matter how small she finds it. Plus if she has an issue she always ask herself okay what is the worse that can ... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    5/31/2016 9:28:35 AM, by MOMMY445

    there is a beautiful breeze blowing here today. it feels good after the really warm weather that was here on the weekend. even my daughter did not want to do much unless it was cooler. she still played outside, just not at the hottest parts of the day. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great ... Read more

  • Achoimre Cu'ig

    5/30/2016 3:51:16 PM, by WRITEMANN1

    Ch. 5 - Time travel time: Eire early 17th century, County Meath dedicating of Castle Crais. We meet Topi's ancestor Baron Robert Columba as he takes possession of the castle. We follow this ancestral line to the 1950's. We get introduced to various characters along the way; villains, heroes... Read more

  • it's monday

    5/30/2016 11:44:53 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful warm spring day here today! my daughter is getting an award at school today! woo hoo! that is the kind of news i love to hear! it made my day and now i am even more determined to stick to my educational goals. for now, i am focusing on math,english and typing courses. i will build on tho... Read more

  • "Nemo me impune' "

    5/29/2016 11:03:26 PM, by WRITEMANN1

    Ch.4 - Topi is out of luck acquiring a big shovel or backhoe. He is ready to rent a car but soon finds out that there are no roads connecting towns. Since it is Spring, he must choose between airplane, boat, or hot air balloon. He pays for a ticket to ride a restored German U-Boat. But Thuleites war... Read more

  • Crunching Numbers and What it Means to Me--Accountability Check

    5/29/2016 10:08:35 AM, by IMASILLYMOMMA3

    I have to admit that I have been very discouraged as of late. To me, it seemed as though I was getting nowhere. I'd been back with Sparkpeople for a little over a month and had only lost 10 pounds. The last few weeks have been very slow-going. I haven't lost much at all, and I am struggling to keep ... Read more