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  • Bureacratic Red Tape

    11/30/2015 5:04:00 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Once more I am tied down with red tape. i try to get energy assistance and they keep insisting on their stupid 1099 forms. I keep telling them I was never sent any by the companies that I have IRA's with. They will not listen to me. The women are stone faces, cold and implacable. My daughter is very... Read more

  • This Time of Year I...

    11/30/2015 1:26:38 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I hit a bump in the road and get a little depressed. I know it comes the same time every year. I hate myself for letting it come. But I have learned a little about making it go away. First, I recognize that it will happen and when it gets here. If I don't admit to something, I can't change ... Read more

  • Another Shopping funny

    11/30/2015 10:40:34 AM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

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  • Prednisone... the diet demon. Any ideas?

    11/30/2015 9:52:25 AM, by FORMYFUTUREME

    In late July I got pneumonia, a really bad case of it. It was not treated aggressively enough and after it cleared up the sickness in the lungs lingered into what they call RAD (Reactive Airway Disease) It is reversible but takes a long time to treat. Treatment has included not one, not two but so f... Read more

  • Why I haven't posted in a while

    11/30/2015 9:51:25 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    I know you are probably wondering why I haven't posted in a while. I have a very good reason for it. My mom had surgery last Friday. I have been taking care of her. I am also wore out from the long hospital stay. We had to be there at 12:45 pm and didn't leave until going on 8 pm. We got home around... Read more

  • Shopping funny

    11/29/2015 9:16:09 PM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

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  • Thanksgiving

    11/28/2015 8:48:51 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Home at last! It has been a fun-packed 4 days, but I am glad to be home! I went to my sister's on Wednesday to do the cooking for Thanksgiving. We had a fun time together with my grandma. Grandma helped us with the cooking. Although, for some reason, the cinnamon rolls didn't rise like they sho... Read more

  • Drop and give me 100...

    11/28/2015 5:58:25 PM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    Today is the day that I was finally willing to admit to myself (and others) that the reason I have not been able to do abs exercises is not because of any of the excuses that I have made, but rather because of all of the excuse-making. NO MORE! I joined a team that focuses specifically on do... Read more

  • Mental health funny

    11/28/2015 1:39:49 AM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    11/27/2015 3:03:16 AM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

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  • thankful blog #4

    11/27/2015 12:17:01 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    I am going to make this one short and sweet.I am thankful for a warm bed to sleep in and a pillow to put my head on each since some don't even have that at night.I would say more but I am ready for bed.... Read more

  • More Blogs

    11/26/2015 1:47:04 PM, by NANALISA-4

    I would love to share with all of you more of my blogs from my own personal blog site. Please check it out when you have a moment. Live Laugh Life with Lisa Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    11/26/2015 1:52:36 AM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

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  • thankful blog #3

    11/25/2015 1:47:35 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    Here is no. 3 of my gratitude and thankful blogs. I am thankful for clothes to wear. i am thankful for Bible translations that make it easier for me to read the Bible. I am thankful for my mom's support. I am thankful for my dog. I am thankful for all my doctors as well.... Read more

  • Turkey Day Humor

    11/25/2015 9:20:41 AM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

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  • Figgy Managing Stress at highest level - Level how many I don't know either...

    11/25/2015 3:18:34 AM, by MSFIGGY

    If life is a test; then I can tell I am definitely not free from this test... Just like everyone else have their own struggles I am struggling with difficulties and it seems like more you grow older more life gets crazier but it makes less sense... And I find less logic in it.... If I've learne... Read more

  • Thankful blog #2

    11/24/2015 11:44:27 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    Here is my second blog about gratitude and thankfulness. I am grateful for music by artists that help me write when I am unable to write otherwise. I am grateful for my tens unit and the fact it is working for some pain issues now. I am grateful for my pain specialists that I see who take care of me... Read more

  • Thanksgiving humor

    11/24/2015 2:36:42 PM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

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  • Holidays

    11/24/2015 8:35:41 AM, by JOCONNOR03

    This afternoon I'm sending my husband and our beautiful daughters to our hometown for thanksgiving. I'm not usually nervous about it but for some reason this time I am. There is a lot of drama going on on his family and maybe it's just that I don't want to be swept into it. Part of it is that he's ... Read more

  • Double-Mindedness

    11/24/2015 6:13:59 AM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Over the summer, I ordered a Bible study called "Spiritual Wholeness and Emotional Comfort". I have slowly been going through it. I went through the first two chapters and was seriously struggling as a result of the questions they asked. I did not pick it up until today. Although, when we moved, I m... Read more

  • Dealing with Stress - BEFORE- AFTER

    11/24/2015 5:15:56 AM, by MSFIGGY

    I been thinking of writing this earlier but I chose to wait for sometime to pass to make sure the strength I felt is not a temporary moment feeling, neither just a hormonal change.... So in this almost 3 months of uncertainty and so many stress factors I had to experience, I wanted to write down t... Read more

  • Still stuck

    11/23/2015 2:47:58 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I'm still at the shelter, still looking for a home. Saturday morning we were hauled out of bed literally at dawn and told that we all had 24 hours to drug test and that if we didn't, we'd be marked as a failed test and suspended (read: sleep in the street for a few days). Boy, nothing I love more t... Read more

  • thankful blog

    11/23/2015 11:45:51 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    The Navy Ninja team captain wanted a positive thinking post on the team chat thread. I don't believe in positive thinking because that is of the world. However I do believe in gratitude and thankfulness. So I have chosen to take her positive thinking and be thankful for four things on the thread and... Read more

  • Thanksgiving traditions

    11/23/2015 10:36:56 AM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

    I'm tired of not doing anything but eat on Thanksgiving so I'm trying to find something else to do. What traditions do you do?... Read more

  • My Healthy Habits

    11/22/2015 11:31:21 PM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    I thought it would be helpful for me to list all of the healthy habits that I have developed (***or am currently working on). That way if I ever feel frustrated that I'm not reaching my goals fast enough, I can look at this list and see that I AM making significant progress and continuing to improv... Read more

  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent

    11/22/2015 5:30:25 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    November 24 is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. Even if we don't think about it or admit it, we all DO have a unique talent. Each and every one of us has the unique talent of wanting to improve ourselves and we took the first step by joining Spark People. So, on November 24, and every day ... Read more

  • 100 Days - Days 11-20

    11/21/2015 7:20:44 PM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    Oftentimes, I need to put my own spin on each lesson to make it more appropriate or applicable to me. To me, that's the point though - to read thought-provoking advice and tailor it to our own use. Unfortunately, two of the lessons in this set (15&16) were just plain provoking, not thought-provoki... Read more

  • talk about awkward

    11/19/2015 8:36:24 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    I take the test and yet the academic adviser never called me back at all. Today was the last day to register for courses for the spring semester at the tech college! I am pissed right now! I did what he asked and he doesn't call me back in time! Now here I am like a sitting duck. I know that didn't ... Read more

  • another update health and otherwise

    11/18/2015 10:06:59 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    I will first start off by saying I have gotten a Tens unit for pain management and it seems to help somewhat. I won't discount it until the month is up. If it don't work for the shoulder pain I still may keep it for other pain issues. Since it helps for my knees and back too. It is very easy to use.... Read more

  • My Potluck Luncheon Survival Story

    11/18/2015 8:26:20 AM, by MSFIGGY

    I'd like to share what kind of method I worked on today to see if I will survive today at this Thanksgiving lunch at work... And as of now it seems worked! 1 - Check: There was a list that people write down what dish they will bring. If you don't have a chance to check a list, you can at leas... Read more

  • ramblings

    11/17/2015 4:55:23 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    i don't know what's going on. i'm in a horrible mood, have been since sunday night. i've been skipping meals and not sleeping. then, drinking a soda to get rid of the headache. i can hardly function at work right now. i'm just overwhelmed with everything and just want to disappear for a while. ... Read more

  • Serengeti and High Tops

    11/17/2015 3:40:33 AM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    6 weeks ago, I entered the gym for the first time in over a year (due to breaking my ankle and shredding the ligaments). My ankle would only allow me to do 10 min on the stationary bike at a time, which I repeated 3 times. None of these 30 minutes could be ranked as cardio exercise, however, becau... Read more

  • Today

    11/16/2015 6:56:52 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Ever since I got home, I have been wondering what to write. Today has been such a jumble. The startling alarm clock that my hubby thought was a phone call, the fact that I only slept a few hours, a work day that dragged, a super rough lunch (without me eating), then a therapy appointment. I do... Read more

  • Temptation

    11/15/2015 9:19:15 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Tonight's lesson at church was on responding to temptation. The pastor said several things that I do not recall hearing before. He differentiated between believing God's word as Truth and trusting God's word as Truth. I want to have a conversation with him on that and get some more details. Th... Read more

  • Change

    11/15/2015 12:47:27 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Pastor preached on change this morning. His text was Mark 1: 14-20. In it he talks about how the disciples' lifestyles changed the instant Jesus commanded them to follow Him. Pastor talked about how change can be scary, good, and bad, all at the same time. It got me to thinking about several things.... Read more

  • Wedding Invites

    11/15/2015 10:03:27 AM, by NANALISA-4

    September 5, 2011 Wedding Invites Today I went to the grocery store to buy ingredients to make muffins which I will have the day after Angie's wedding at the brunch we will be serving during "gift opening". As I passed thru the isles I came upon the flower department. Tha... Read more

  • Lord Give Me Courage

    11/15/2015 9:57:53 AM, by NANALISA-4

    August 15, 2011 Lord Give Me Courage You told me not to worry you told me not to be concerned I really wish I could do exactly what from you I have learned. But as hard as I try I can not let go of my fears The ones that keep me tense the ones... Read more

  • Kaylee names my angels

    11/15/2015 9:56:11 AM, by NANALISA-4

    July 24, 2011 Kaylee names my angels Those of you who know me well, will understand my warm fuzzies I felt from the following story. Kaylee and I were walking around the house and she noticed my two angels (ok, so one is a fairy, but she calls them both angels). She says to me "Na... Read more

  • I will miss you

    11/15/2015 9:52:50 AM, by NANALISA-4

    July 27, 2011 I will miss you God came to the garden early this morning and picked the prettiest flower to take home with him. The one that will shine and bring joy and beauty to his home. I'm just ever so grateful that he allowed me to have enjoyed this beautiful flower for the leng... Read more

  • I Spent Time With You Today

    11/15/2015 9:50:18 AM, by NANALISA-4

    June 24, 2011 I Spent Time With You Today The sun shone down on me today it lasted for only a short time Within that time I realized Just what was really mine I smiled as I sat there reading the Word you have written I understood what ... Read more

  • Morning Song

    11/15/2015 9:47:58 AM, by NANALISA-4

    Morning Song May 29, 2011 I sit here in my front porch on this early Sunday morn and just listen. What I hear is the world around me awakening. As the sky slowly brightens its appearance to a lighter blue, the birds sing in glory of its light. They take no turns, yet rejoice together in their... Read more

  • My Morning Coffee

    11/15/2015 9:45:24 AM, by NANALISA-4

    May 10, 2011 My Morning Coffee I love to sit here every morning and watch the birds in the feeders. Mother cardinal filling up for a busy day. A little gold finch dancing in the grass a distance away. Slowly making its way up to the feeder. The bright orange orioles sucking away at the ... Read more

  • Silence is Golden

    11/15/2015 9:43:37 AM, by NANALISA-4

    Silence is Golden . Sunday, September 12, 2010 After days of doing nothing but walking, touring, walking, shopping, walking, sight seeing, walking, picture taking, walking, flying, walking, eating, walking, and more and more walking.....I am home. It was a most enjoyable vacation eve... Read more

  • I remember

    11/15/2015 9:39:27 AM, by NANALISA-4

    I remember . April 29, 2011 I write to you today my friend to tell you how much I miss you to tell you what you've meant to me before your passing and ever since you were the best friend I ever had you were there for me always we had so much fun in high ... Read more

  • another health update

    11/13/2015 11:20:12 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    well first off I don't have M.S. The MRI didn't show anything serious and it came back normal. My numbness went away on its own. My foot just goes numb. I have tendinitis in my bicep however causing me pain and I am in therapy along with getting a Tens machine soon. Hopefully soon that will help me ... Read more

  • My confession...

    11/11/2015 4:05:03 PM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    I am human. That's right, despite all my best efforts to "overcome" this particular obstacle, the fact remains that I am human. That means that I have good days and bad, that I have determination and that I screw up, that I can only do so much without getting overwhelmed, that I should not set unr... Read more

  • Wednesday, November 11th

    11/11/2015 6:47:55 AM, by AMYROSEC

    I went for my follow up Dr. visit yesterday and thankfully my potassium level is back to normal. Since Thursday however I just can't keep myself awake for more than an hour at a time and I have been for the most part waking up every 4 hours. She told me that I am dehydrated and I don't doubt that wi... Read more

  • Goals

    11/11/2015 5:34:24 AM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Today's Spark Coach session was about setting goals. I haven't exactly updated my goals for a really long time! And, I haven't written any down for years. So, here we go. I'm going to write out my goals for the next few months: Long Term Goal: I will lose 80 lbs by Thanksgiving 2016 S... Read more

  • Stairs

    11/11/2015 1:57:54 AM, by JOCONNOR03

    I took the stairs today. I have taken the stairs into and out of work since November 1st. This may not seem like a big deal to some but to me this is something. There were many times I would tell myself, ok you are going to take the stairs, and then come up with some reason why I didn't need to. You... Read more

  • 100 Days - Days 1-10

    11/10/2015 7:14:31 PM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    Beginning on Nov 1, I've been working my way through Linda Spangle's book, 100 Days of Weight Loss. A couple of years ago, I had started this process, but only made it about 1/4 of the through. This time, I will keep going and complete all 100 Days! Theme for the first 10 days: SET UP FOR S... Read more

  • "Crazy Busy with Emotions Added" Recipe

    11/10/2015 5:15:33 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    We accepted an offer on Mom's house. 244 That means she'll have more means to stay in the assisted living place that she's finally accustomed to. But, I always said there are three sides to every story. The second side is that we will no longer be able to "go back home" that's been the home to t... Read more

  • Awareness

    11/10/2015 4:15:48 AM, by MSFIGGY

    Thank you if you read the whole thing :) If you can't it is still ok, I wish you the best in your journey... I'm surprised, even tho this is not the first time... Surprised how blind can people be, about their selves, about their environment and about some of the truth... Last time God gav... Read more

  • My Fat Suit

    11/9/2015 2:12:52 AM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    Sometimes I feel like all this excess body surrounding me isn't actually a part of me. How could it be? I love being active and doing adventurous things. Granted, I've been overweight for most of my life, but now it's to the point where all of this fat seems to be an entity of its own. I feel li... Read more

  • Can one exercise too much????

    11/8/2015 6:17:09 PM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

    This past year I have been on a weight loss, get healthier, mission. This year I have lost 45 pounds (or more depending on the day) and have gone from 175 pounds to 125-130 and I stand 5"3'. Technically I am in the healthy range for my height but I still have fat pockets on my butt, hips, thighs and... Read more

  • Today

    11/8/2015 4:06:47 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Well, today has been a pretty good day. I woke up this morning, well, around 5 when my hubby got home from work, and was in a really good mood....which is rare for me. In fact, I actually stayed up until 9:00 last night. Then, when I woke up around 5, I felt refreshed. That is a first. Normally, I'm... Read more

  • Week 1

    11/7/2015 11:08:51 AM, by BEEKAHBUG

    I've done pretty good with my eating this week. I only had pizza once! I have been making my own coffee instead of getting a coffee/cappuccino mix from a gas station. And, I've been eating my prepared breakfasts instead of grabbing something from a gas station. I'm still eating lunches at work, but ... Read more

  • Dangerous Drop in my Potassiun Level

    11/7/2015 7:39:58 AM, by AMYROSEC

    I woke up yesterday morning at 1:30am to get ready for work at 3am to ringing in the ears that progressed to severe dizziness, lighthededness and weakness with a severe headache. Instead of going to work I got a ride from my mom to the ER. A couple of hours later the Dr. sad my potassium level was s... Read more

  • Hard Week

    11/7/2015 5:30:02 AM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    There is nothing more satisfying after a long, hard, stressful week than to stuff your face at the end of it, is there? YES, THERE IS! The satisfaction of NOT sabotaging your program and progress is far superior to the temporary high of a binge followed by the ultimate let-down afterwards. ... Read more

  • HUGE dilemma

    11/6/2015 2:29:59 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    Affordable housing here in Sonoma County practically doesn't exist. The cheapest I've been able to find is a $1,100 one-bedroom in a questionable neighborhood in Santa Rosa. However, I've lived in this county for 17 years and know it well. If I'm willing to move about an hour away to Sacramento... Read more

  • 35

    11/4/2015 12:54:37 AM, by JOCONNOR03

    I turned 35 this summer. Why it was hard for me I'm not really sure. But one day, in the middle of mowing the lawn and dwelling on things and people in the past I had a wake up call. I realized that the people in my past that have affected me the most negatively are probably not laying around somew... Read more

  • N is for NURTURE

    11/3/2015 6:01:20 PM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    Every month, I create a goal board message that gives me some focus for the month.... and, I like alliteration. When I started back up with Spark People in September, my goal board still had "Stay on Track in September" ... from last year. So, I left that message but knew that I was really g... Read more

  • Thoughts on deprivation goals....

    11/3/2015 5:11:51 PM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    I recently made a post to a team forum. As I wrote it, it felt like kind of a controlled rant, and so I was bracing myself for some backlash when I returned to the message thread. Instead, many people responded that what I said really resonated with them. I was encouraged to share my thoughts wit... Read more

  • Distractions

    11/2/2015 6:57:59 AM, by REBIRTH4LOVE

    After you get a breakthrough and the enemy comes with (((Distractions))) or life-threatening attacks. FEAR NOT!!!! For what God has birth in us, the illumination outlast the darkness. Psalm 139:15-16 SO IT IS WELL!!! Tell satan what he does not have (Luke 9:1). Bless the Lord.... (2 Chronicles... Read more

  • Advocacy

    11/2/2015 6:56:42 AM, by REBIRTH4LOVE

    Providing faith and support to every single person that may be disadvantaged, underprivileged or rejected by their unique qualities. Providing knowledge to empower people in the community to succeed. Read more

  • tell my kids I love them lol

    11/1/2015 7:17:03 PM, by LYNNA1968

    Today was the first day I exercised in literaly months. Started gaining weight, joined 2 fb support groups but mostly people recently post op and their losses are impressive but I feel like I don't fit in. I'm very happy for them but jealous at the same time. So starting off slow, warm up was... Read more

  • Slow learner

    11/1/2015 4:08:04 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I've learned that I have to limit my ex to just one call per week. He was hospitalized for a leg injury earlier this week (he's home now). Well, when I call to check on him, he tells me how he's relaxing in his recliner, watching TV and enjoying a meal he cooked for himself (he hates to cook). He kn... Read more

  • Fresh Start

    11/1/2015 9:07:06 AM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Well, my days of excuses are over! I just organized our "kitchen" yesterday. We only have a roaster and a plate burner to cook on. But, I went to the grocery store yesterday and I'm going to cook up some meals today. I checked on SparkRecipes and found a few that sounded good, so I'm going to try to... Read more

  • Pre-New Year's Goal

    11/1/2015 6:25:59 AM, by HUYANA_PHOENIX

    I recently read an interesting blog proposing that instead of waiting to create a New Year's Resolution, we should create a Pre-New Year's Goal that will be accomplished BEFORE Jan 1
    ?blog_id=6022198 I think that this is a great ... Read more