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  • jokes and Week 3 Blog for Aspire to Inspire

    5/22/2017 8:44:12 PM, by CANDOK1260

    This week's assignment for the Aspire and Inspire team is to blog about what outdoor activities we like to do in May. How do you like to spend your time outdoors in May? I am not much of a outdoor person, . But I do like the longer walks we can take in May, 311 Also on good night we can take a 2n... Read more

  • Culvers Facebook, and Taste Of Home

    5/22/2017 12:13:56 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I have not been on Facebook for ages since someone hacked into my account on there before and I could not get in. I just recently joined again because I was looking for a restaurant's menu in town and had to use it to find them. Turns out the little cafe does not have a menu up yet. I was look... Read more

  • Blessed By Neighbor and Short On Food Again

    5/22/2017 11:53:54 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I was surprised and blesses by our neighbor yesterday when he chose to mow our lawn in the front. It seems he is gradually coming out of his grief and helping us out. My daughter said he knew we were having trouble getting our mower together. The oil we put on it did not work the bolt is too worn do... Read more

  • Days 26-27 How to respond to sabotaging thoughts

    5/21/2017 10:01:53 AM, by OLDEROWL

    On day 25 we were asked to identify sabotaging thoughts that tempt us to stray from healthy eating. It has been over a week since I discussed day 25. I had some sabotaging thoughts, first that my efforts to share Dr. Becks 42 lessons on Cognitive Weight loss were not being well received and that I ... Read more

  • Weight Loss and Lawn Mower

    5/19/2017 9:16:47 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well the good news is I lost 2,4 pounds so far. I was at 159.6 and dropped to 157.2. I think it was varying my caloric intake and exercising that did it. A lot of the time the gain comes when I am under calories one day or so and my body tries to hold on to my weight. The bad news is we still ... Read more

  • The Benefit of Habit : Exercise with Depression (track it on SP)

    5/19/2017 4:08:15 PM, by KHUFSTETLER

    As some of my SP friends know my SP journey started in 2011 with some breaks in between (and by breaks I mean many months off at times). When I started on Spark I tracked only my food. I had created a food plan (based off a 12 step group) that worked for me and I lost 10lbs a month for 6 months WITH... Read more

  • Surveys Are All Scams and So Are Free Offers

    5/18/2017 3:41:38 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I am tired of receiving emails about surveys that pay you so much and then have you answer a 100 questions. All they do is drag it out and try to get you to take up one of their offers. I just clicked out of one where they wanted me to sign up to try free samples of stuff. If it was only so easy to ... Read more

  • Lawn mower Issues, Our Neighbor and Friends

    5/18/2017 3:03:42 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Feel like screaming right mow; we had to order a lawn mower from Walmart and put it together ourselves. Well we found out that the company shafted us on the washers for the wheels. Now we had to take the washers off of the old one to have enough. and we are having trouble getting a bolt off of the o... Read more

  • In other news...

    5/18/2017 2:36:35 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    By mid-afternoon yesterday I was so angry I was literally breathing hard. At 6:15 AM I rang for the CNA and asked to be changed. She told me she couldn't because she had to leave. I reminded her that shift didn't end until 7:00 but she said she had to leave early. I ended up not getting changed... Read more

  • Starting to see a difference!

    5/18/2017 8:53:02 AM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    I peeked at the scale ahead of tomorrow's weigh in and I'm down more than 30 pounds! So I decided to try on a dress I haven't worn for three years. It fit! What's even more amazing is when I compare it to pics I took just 2 weeks ago. Even I can see the difference. I'm still sic... Read more

  • Humor time

    5/17/2017 1:41:27 PM, by LADYIRISH317

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  • Body Aches, Woman on the Van, and the Volunteer Banquet

    5/16/2017 8:38:30 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I am so tired of my body giving me trouble. Here I sit again and my back and shoulder aches again. No call from the gastroenterologist office yet and I was given gabapentin for sleeping now. I tried it last night and it did not work. The family doctor put me on the lowest dosage of 100 milligrams; n... Read more

  • If it's Tuesday...

    5/16/2017 10:06:04 AM, by LADYIRISH317

    Tomorrow I'm going to try to get into a wheelchair. We're having my quarterly "care conference," and I know we won't be able to talk with roomie in here. She's decided that the social worker "belongs" to her. If she sees her talking to anyone else, she'll interrupt and demand her attention. It's war... Read more

  • My New Look -oo-

    5/16/2017 2:13:37 AM, by CYBERCITYSHELL

    Hello again Sparkies, I hope that you are in a good space. Since I last blogged I am restarting yet again. It is day one, after letting the coming(now past)mothers day event coming up I gave in until then. Confusing-I know. But mothers day now has come and gone, so there is no event to let stand ... Read more

  • Is it wrong?

    5/15/2017 6:15:19 PM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    So I have the worst sore throat and I'm good and sick. Hubby bought me some sherbert, our tradition for when I'm sick. I've been avoiding it all day even though my throat hurts and I know it will soothe it, if just for a little while. I have plenty of calories to allow me to eat it. All I've man... Read more

  • Random stuff

    5/15/2017 2:41:14 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    Prayers, good thoughts or whatever you believe in are requested for my niece Samantha. She's having pregnancy complications. We want her and little one to come through strong. Last month I lost twenty pounds. The staff is fretting about it, but I feel fine. Look like I'll need new clothes when ... Read more

  • Another Glitch in the Mix and Thinking Life Over

    5/13/2017 10:55:29 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I almost forgot to say that I only have a few more classes and then I am done with college. That leaves another thing I have to pay off and with my finances I do not how that will work or how I will manage to get published even when you have to spend so much money to get copies of magazines and stuf... Read more

  • Mothers Day, Turning 60 ans Other Issues

    5/13/2017 6:24:08 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well tomorrow is Mothers Day and I wish everyone who is a mom Happy Mothers Day. It is also my birthday when I will turn 60. It should be a happy day but it is not. We still have not found another dog and it is over 6 weeks since Leah died. I am still kind of depressed and my daughter is more so. Le... Read more

  • Things really are Step by Step.

    5/12/2017 4:50:57 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I've been trying hard this year to make small changes in my life. I can look back at the last 4.5 months and see some changes, however small they may be. A little weight is off. I've weeded out things in the house that I don't know why I was hanging onto. I made some money doing that, too - adde... Read more

  • I did it!

    5/12/2017 2:19:21 PM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    Today's weigh in was 229.4. It did several things. I am now merely obese instead of obese II, under 230 pounds and I beat May's goal of 230 pounds! Next step overweight! I can hardly wait. I'm hoping these results translate to better numbers at my next doctor's visit. I do not want to be s... Read more

  • May I rant? (TMI alert)

    5/12/2017 10:09:32 AM, by LADYIRISH317

    I should have guessed that any day that starts with an abdominal ultrasound before breakfast isn't going to be a good day. (I have a large patch of cellulitis on my right side). I'm not foolish enough to expect much privacy here, but there's a certain minimum I hope for. It embarrasses me to as... Read more

  • jokes &Aspire & Inspire BSG Week 2

    5/11/2017 9:33:13 PM, by CANDOK1260

    This week for the Aspire and Inspire team challenge we are supposed to tell what qualities we admire in a mother. quality of a good mother 2. patience 3 a good listener 4 Affectionate 5 Set a good example and practice what you preach. 6 Be present in your child’s life go to t... Read more

  • "Practice what you preach, young lady!"

    5/11/2017 1:57:36 PM, by AUTIEJ

    (Mom, holding me, with Dad, 1970) I lost my mom in 2015, after she fought a long, uphill battle with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. She was only 64 when we had to bid her farewell, but she had spent many years in a nursing facility, since she was 53, slowly being torn away from us by the ravag... Read more

  • Better late...

    5/11/2017 11:54:47 AM, by LADYIRISH317

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  • Mistake With Paper and Our Neighbor's Wife

    5/7/2017 5:58:04 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Today i made the mistake of not waiting for Turnitin the plagiarism checker to give me results on my paper. Instead I just checked the 2 submit buttons; but I did not have any references on it. None were required for this assignment. We just had to discuss our values and beliefs and why we believed ... Read more

  • MAY 7 SGCC Act#1 Why I Want to be Healthy & Fit

    5/7/2017 3:19:33 PM, by ANDEEWI

    SparkGuy started this Small Goals Commitment Challenge thing (
    ?blog_id=6345185 ) a MONTH AGO! (and I'm just now seeing it - LOL) But I feel this is something I really need to DO! I NEED TO FIND MY FOCUS AGAIN! Back in January... Read more

  • I admit it

    5/7/2017 9:05:55 AM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    Sitting is the new smoking. How many times have you heard that in the last few months? I admit it. I sit too much. I watch too much TV. I'm home alone all day with the dog every day. I don't work-not because of choice but due to disability. The TV is on all day to provide background noise ... Read more

  • Procrastination = self sabotage

    5/6/2017 11:29:01 AM, by KHUFSTETLER

    I find that procrastination not only steals my energy but it steals my joy. That guilt thing-- self condemnation lowers my mood and then I lose the impulse to do the right thing not only today but tomorrow again as well. Over the last couple months my goals shifted from 12 miles of walkin... Read more

  • Just a Blurt about a New Blog

    5/5/2017 7:57:43 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I just read the blog about 5 ways to add protein to your breakfast.The author of it was promoting Eggland's Best Eggs. Saying how much better they are than regular eggs and have more nutrients in. That may be all well and good for her but I am not shelling out over 2 dollars for a dozen eggs! I simp... Read more

  • Friday melt

    5/5/2017 6:22:17 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I'm wilted after the week I had. At least the temperature has dropped to a civilized level! Just waiting for roomie (who wears a zipped up pile lined parka 24/7 regardless of the temperature) to howl that she's freezing and I have to close the window before she gets pneumonia. My new bed finall... Read more

  • Not Making Any Headway Now

    5/5/2017 10:07:02 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well I just weighed myself this morning and I gained a pound again. Once again sodium and IBS is causing me to gain weight instead of lose it. This diet I am on is not helping either. I lost 2 meals and snacks yesterday. I cheated and had a protein bar and pudding to bring up my calories and still I... Read more

  • Soap Opera Update

    5/4/2017 10:57:00 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I realized that I feel that I am a character on a soap opera. So many twists and turns in my life lately. People coming in from all sides to throw another monkey wrench in my life. And then I am the nanny that takes children to the park and somehow gets stuck on the merry-go-round. t... Read more

  • Day 20 Getting Back on Track

    5/4/2017 10:00:58 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Adapted from Judith Beck's book 'The Beck Diet Solution' Yesterday, we learned about thoughts that tend to justify giving into cravings and how to deal with them. Today we are going to learn how to respond to an even more damaging thought that encourages you to abandon your diet after you gave... Read more

  • Day 19 Stop fooling yourself

    5/4/2017 8:39:16 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Adapted from Judith Beck's Book The Beck Diet Solution Healthy eating is a choice, but many overweight people might make very rational and reasonable choices when it comes to financial decisions but find it easy to excuse eating something that is not on their diet plan by fooling themselves that ... Read more

  • Worn out

    5/4/2017 12:36:56 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    We're having ninety-degree heat, so by three in the afternoon I'm as wilted as overcooked spinach. It's supposed to start cooling in the next day or two. I certainly hope so. I hope this isn't going to sound heartless. Living in close quarters with a roommate who has dementia and other long-ter... Read more

  • Anything is Possible

    5/3/2017 6:52:11 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Anything is Possible Anything is Possible But you might end up in the hospital! Anything is possible Maybe even plausible They say anything goes Is it for all \Mary and Joes? Anything is possible Will we all get rich quick? Or will we all just get sick? It might be possi... Read more

  • New Class, My Diet, and the State

    5/3/2017 4:47:51 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well I am in a new class now about Western Thoughts and how we got our values and beliefs. It is very interesting even though it is a small class. So far I am managing to keep ahead and have both questions answered and am working on my assignment now. This diet is for the birds! I am struggling... Read more

  • Hump day humor

    5/3/2017 10:55:33 AM, by LADYIRISH317

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  • That's it

    5/3/2017 7:46:16 AM, by JOESANGEL79

    Ok so this is me right now 1. I cry myself to sleep every night. 2. I feel empty inside. 3. When I do sleep I have night terrors. 4. It seems the harder I try, the more I mess things up, at home and at work. 5. I get distracted so easy. 6. I feel hopeless. 7. No one can help me, even the people that... Read more

  • Lurking in my closet

    5/3/2017 7:14:48 AM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    For the first time I feel thinner today so I decided to look in my closet to see if I could find anything in there that fits me now. The first thing I found were these jeans. Can't even remember the last time I wore them, but it's been years. They are a little tight still, but I can walk ar... Read more

  • jokes &Aspire & Inspire BSG Week 1 Blog: Review/Goals

    5/2/2017 8:40:11 PM, by CANDOK1260

    jokes &Aspire & Inspire BSG Week 1 Blog: Review/Goals For my BSG I am to Blog about my progress the past month and my. goals for this month. My April. . goals 1. take me time at least 4 time a week do something special for me -done 2. finished with 500 fitness min- done 3 Eat t less ... Read more

  • May Flowers

    5/1/2017 10:51:03 AM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    May flowers blossom and bloom. Today I am a May flower. I wore a new dress. Not just any dress, but a bright red look at me dress and I felt good in it! I feel strong and good and ready to meet new challenges. This week I will start Zumba again. I didn't think I have the stamina or strengt... Read more

  • Catching Up and My Life Story

    4/29/2017 3:11:21 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well I am scheduled to have a colonsocopy on May 10th,. That is the day of my husband's birthday and the day in June when I get my first Social Security check. The new gastroenterologist thinks it is some microbiological thing or diverticulitis causing my problems so he wants to take so,e biopsies ... Read more

  • Reflections on my first 20 pounds

    4/28/2017 11:17:19 PM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    Four weeks and twenty pounds lost. Joy at that accomplishment is tempered by the fact that I still have 88 pounds left to loose. Will I be strong enough to see this through? I've done it before, so maybe. But I've also quit before with just 20 pounds left to lose. So maybe I won't make it but co... Read more

  • jokes and Week 4 Blog for Aspire to Inspire

    4/27/2017 9:33:40 PM, by CANDOK1260

    Our blog assignment for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenges week 4 is: List three positive things about yourself, both inside AND out! my positive 1. I am a responsible person 2. I am a caring and kind person 3. I am a loyal friend 4 i seems to be Humorous 5 I am Nurturing 6 I am Im... Read more

  • Present Perfect

    4/27/2017 3:30:40 PM, by AUTIEJ

    I am an editor, which comes as no surprise to many who knew me when I was young, and a favorite hobby of mine was diagramming sentences. Does this mean I will never make a typo or a grammatical error in my writing or speaking? NO! If you need confirmation of that, ask my handwritten journals, wit... Read more

  • Here we go again...

    4/26/2017 11:43:44 PM, by KRAZYKAT16

    Every days a fresh start. What's going to be different this time? Honestly I don't know. I do know I have dropped some stressors and if I don't lose the weight I am making what I consider a life ending decision. Diabetes! Cholesterol! High blood pressure! Nothing good about anyone of these! I did... Read more

  • Tuesday-Week 2 Recap

    4/26/2017 10:44:56 AM, by RAINEEDAYZE

    Wasn't feeling too hot so I stayed home yesterday. Once I was well enough, was able to put in 35 minutes of walking. Slowly but surely, it's becoming a little easier to find time and motivation to work out. Did get a huge craving for Hot Fries and my boyfriend brought some home. Was able to save t... Read more

  • Giggle time

    4/26/2017 10:24:25 AM, by LADYIRISH317

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  • No more naps

    4/26/2017 5:00:30 AM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    So I finally got my butt in gear and started working out again. Five days in a row so far. What amazes is the amount of energy I now have. Prior to starting this journey I would nap twice a day; once in the morning and again in the afternoon. It was as if just existing was too much exertion. Th... Read more

  • Monday - Week 2

    4/24/2017 11:27:51 PM, by RAINEEDAYZE

    Today was pretty hard. Got sick at school so I came home early. Wanted to still make sure I stayed on track but when you're sick, you crave comfort foods! Mine just happens to be cup ramen...ate one of those and I can definitely say, real food is more satisfying. Rested for a bit until I felt go... Read more

  • Moving ahead with new goals

    4/24/2017 10:17:40 AM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    These goals are intended to reflect a new more positive, confident me consistent with the spark principle of a living a healthy full life. They are really simple and most people do them everyday without even thinking about them. To me they are a major accomplishment showing that I am no longer ind... Read more

  • Sunday-end of Week 1

    4/24/2017 2:45:55 AM, by RAINEEDAYZE

    Today was a great day. Actually ate a good, filling breakfast and went for a run. Well, I ran inside while watching Buffy but holy moly! After my timer went off, I looked like a hot mess. I felt really good about it and I realized running indoors is way more motivating than running outside. Since I ... Read more

  • Saturday

    4/23/2017 4:50:26 AM, by RAINEEDAYZE

    So proud of yesterday. Went to the trails for a few hours and got to see nature up close! I even saw a deer! Plus, I was able to burn off the slightly less healthy breakfast I had. 😂 Also went grocery shopping and for the first time in a long time, our groceries were about 70% produce. So happy ... Read more

  • Back From Dinner

    4/22/2017 11:17:24 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well we got back a while ago and there was only four of us there. me, my daughter and my friend and her husband. Who I believe has bad feelings when it comes to dogs based on the fact he got bit when he was a child. He regaled us with stories of children being bit by dogs as if to say all dogs are b... Read more