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  • Nervous

    12/18/2014 1:15:14 AM, by SALAM4545

    Tomorrow I go to court against my ex to see if my restraining order can be made permanent. Considering the issues my kids have had with their dad, I am hoping he will not yet get unsupervised visitation. He's not stable enough, and the kids have only just started to get comfortable since his last b... Read more

  • Christmas Confession.

    12/17/2014 1:13:02 PM, by BLUEBERRYDONUTS

    the holidays slow me down. not cause i am out spending money or buying gifts or being with my family. but, just the entire nostalgic memories, which haunt me. my mom died when i had just turned a teenager and i have residual PTSD. i have since tried to do things the way (i was taught to do them)... Read more

  • I survived the family get together

    12/17/2014 11:53:52 AM, by SLIMLILA

    Glad it's done and I was right to be apprehensive, I dont' have a nice family, and I dont' fit in but I did my duty, first all siblings photo in 35 years and it will be that long again before I appear for one. I did see a nice Christmas concert....time travel with teens and little kids...very c... Read more

  • December 14th 2015

    12/14/2014 10:12:37 PM, by AMYROSEC

    I am working on implementing my High Oxalate Management Diet and taking the potassium citrate pills I have a hard time taking them 3 times a day. It is still highly restrictive even with the Dietician giving me some room to work with. On the 9th I was invited by my sons' to attend their compan... Read more

  • Weekend

    12/14/2014 6:31:00 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    This weekend has been horrible for my calories. Friday, when I went outside to return to work from lunch (I came home for lunch), my car wouldn't start. So, my hubby drove me to work and then picked me up when I was finished. We spent most of Saturday wondering if we were going to have to run to my ... Read more

  • Some Things I Don't Want to Know

    12/14/2014 2:32:31 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I don't want to see my activity tracker report tomorrow. Most days this week, I know I got close to getting in my 10,000 steps...but no cigar. And I was getting to the point where I would hit at least 12,000 a couple days. With my daughters and granddaughter in town, taking care of my mom, an... Read more

  • WOAH! A Lost Day!

    12/13/2014 7:14:10 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    It's been a busy, stressful week. Thank goodness that I have my sunshine with me. Helena was in her Momma's arms yesterday and actually reached out to me for me to hold her. That in itself is such a great present! Sherry said that Helena had never done that before with anyone. I am blessed! ... Read more

  • The Friday after

    12/12/2014 9:49:50 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I stayed home with a hammering headache today. The car interior has two days to dry out, then we get a new storm on Monday. Meantime, I'm feeling kind of draggy and out of it.... Read more

  • The Friday after

    12/12/2014 9:49:50 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I stayed home with a hammering headache today. The car interior has two days to dry out, then we get a new storm on Monday. Meantime, I'm feeling kind of draggy and out of it.... Read more

  • How rainy is it?

    12/11/2014 11:16:24 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    Some old dude was lining up pairs of animals outside my apartment. Well, not quite. But we've had flooding and my office closed early today. I drive to and from work every day on Lakeville road, and today it definitely lived up to that name. The end I commute on runs through pastures, all of wh... Read more

  • A Special Lady is no Longer With Us

    12/11/2014 8:55:15 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    My first mother-in-law, Helen Ridlon, is my girls' grandma and one of the two Helens that my Helena was named for. (The other is my Mom.) She's been in declining health for about 4 years. The last two weeks showed a rapid decline in her health. She ended up in ICU. My girls rushed in without eve... Read more

  • I wish, today would be

    12/11/2014 4:55:33 PM, by BLUEBERRYDONUTS

    the day that i completely - cold Turkey give up diet drinks, (on-purpose) sugar, self-doubt, and lack of exercise. They claim the first step is admitting you have a problem ... seriously, ~ Naomi... Read more

  • Merry Christmas

    12/11/2014 4:52:52 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    I went Christmas shopping today. Although, I spent more than I intended on, I got gifts for my son and niece that will be born tomorrow (C-section). Work was a breeze because I took the morning off so I could take my husband to the dentist first thing this morning. We were back home by about 9:30, s... Read more

  • A little good, a little bad

    12/11/2014 12:13:37 AM, by LADYIRISH317

    On the up-side, my boss has actually gone three days without chewing me out for anything. She continues to pile on the work, but at least she hasn't jumped all over me. It's a pleasant switch. The Blue Bombshell developed a bit of a hiccup. One of the windows has decided to quit working. It's s... Read more

  • Can it all be enjoyable........ I say "thumbs up"

    12/10/2014 12:47:16 PM, by SMALLSTEPSNOW

    Recently I was in on a discussion about weight loss in a group with about five other women – and a question was posed: Is it possible to create meaningful, sustainable lifestyle changes? Can the process of weight management/weight loss actually be enjoyable? I was actually surprised by t... Read more

  • Bummed Out

    12/10/2014 12:32:02 AM, by SALAM4545

    So I looked at the scale and thought "I'm back where I started." Okay, it's disappointing, but it forces me to be honest with myself. I have learned a lot this year, and being honest with myself is a big one. The body doesn't lie. If I am being realistic, my kids and I eat out way too often. I ... Read more

  • Hallelujah, tis done.

    12/9/2014 11:52:57 PM, by SLIMLILA

    The course is finished, I wrote the exam today. And she called while I was out to say I had done very well... Yeah..... Glad I didnt' stress out totally over it. Bro is visiting and I have a big long list for him To Do... and he kept me busy running and holding etc. today, so I didnt' have tim... Read more

  • alone

    12/9/2014 1:46:53 PM, by WILDXANGELS

    have no family that will take me in or help me,i found out today my daughters moving a girl into my moms room so cuz she has no family,a stranger,guess i am not family.this is hurting me bad but they dont care.i told her and she calls me "dumb" cuz i feel hurt and feel the way i do,that they should ... Read more

  • Last Week in Review December 9, 2014

    12/9/2014 9:44:08 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    Such a busy, busy week last week! It was so busy that I confused some times and didn't help others as I should have, but I made it through. My Sarah came in Friday night. She went right to the hospital to see her paternal grandma who is in ICU. She's 90 years old, has dementia and was admi... Read more

  • food was a old friend no more

    12/9/2014 5:25:56 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    Last night I had a lot of emotions I was repressing and it turned into a numbing anger. Before I realized I was going down that road (which often leads to depression), I was acting out in anger and also tried "soothing" myself with food (it did nothing for me and felt pointless). I finally allowed t... Read more

  • my blessing for you

    12/9/2014 5:13:51 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    For each and everyone of you that is having a tough time, pain or issues of any kind, I wish to say to you that your not alone and loved. I wish to also send you my smiles, laughs, happiness, positive vibes, peace, harmony, understanding, kindness, caring, strength, compassion, passion, my hopes, wi... Read more

  • Rainy Monday evening

    12/8/2014 9:57:18 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    Well, I think my Blue Bombshell was a bit taken aback that her ten-month vacation was over! I was sure she was bound for Pick-N-Pull, but thanks to Sacha, her husband and their friend it runs like a dream. You wouldn't think a 21yo car could run like that. I'll admit, as I came up to the arched brid... Read more

  • I'm stunned right now

    12/8/2014 12:47:28 AM, by LADYIRISH317

    Oh, my God. My former carpool buddy Sacha came by tonight. Back in September she and her husband took my nonworking car and said he'd "take a look at it." They also loaned me their second car for the three months they had it. Tonight she gave me back the car along with a card detailing what all they... Read more

  • Doing something for myself

    12/7/2014 7:32:57 PM, by SALAM4545

    When you are used to putting yourself last, taking care of yourself is really, really hard. My weight has been just a symptom of my other issues. Basically, it was a part of depression, living with emotional abuse, having a lifestyle that meant being busy all the time...all things that can aff... Read more

  • pass it forward

    12/7/2014 6:05:49 PM, by WILDXANGELS

    I AM CHALLENGING THAT EVERYONE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO PONDER WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU AND DO AN ACT OF KINDNESS STARTING TODAY UNTIL AT LEAST CHRISTMAS, BUT REALLY TO THE END OF THIS YEAR.. I understand that everyone has a different belief about the Christmas season….and do not want to wish nor take away... Read more

  • OA WORKS

    12/7/2014 9:33:10 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    You do not have to follow a specific food plan to recover in OA. The goal of OA is to abstain from compulsive overeating, and a food plan helps to achieve that, but which food plan you follow is up to you. I get the feeling that many people have forgotten this. You can read the book, "Abstinence: Me... Read more

  • Update from Yesterday

    12/7/2014 5:28:28 AM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Well, I took the pregnancy test this morning, and I am not pregnant, as I thought. I started the pills to begin my cycle today. I will be taking fertility pills as soon as I have a cycle, so I will hopefully be pregnant soon.... Read more

  • Attempting to Move Forward...

    12/7/2014 1:38:47 AM, by BLUEBERRYDONUTS

    So it has been two months since the accident and one month home. It feels like it has been about 3 months, not just a mere 43 days. the BF is healing, slowly. And that is good. But, I am not doing well. My anxiety and depr... Read more

  • This Week

    12/6/2014 12:58:42 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    This has been a tough week for weightloss. I kind of lost my focus this week. I have been doing well for about a month now, but I splurged a lot this week. When I weigh in on Monday, I will probably have gained a couple of lbs. But, I'm determined to continue on my journey. I just reset my goal. My ... Read more

  • I owe everybody an apology

    12/6/2014 12:50:31 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I know I've been completely AWOL lately. There's no excuse, but there are reasons. This is going to be a long, whining vent, so please feel free to ignore it. I feel like I'm one step from the edge of the cliff. I know nobody gets everything they want in life, but I really think I've had more t... Read more

  • Making a weight lost binder... oxox

    12/5/2014 12:31:20 PM, by BABECAVE

    Why & How to Make an Awesome Weight Loss Binder To keep you organized. Organization is really important to your weight loss success, believe it or not. You want to make sure you’ve got everything you need all in one easy to get to place. To help hold you accountable. ◦Food journaling... Read more

  • Balance in Life

    12/5/2014 7:46:24 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    As I read a few blogs this morning, I realized quickly that there was a common basic theme. Many people are a bit frazzled right now, including me. I went on to look up my day's motivational quote and came up with this: Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between what people nee... Read more

  • Results of my Dietician Visit

    12/4/2014 3:03:41 PM, by AMYROSEC

    The Dietician felt that my highly restrictive diet was a bit to restrictive. She said to limit my intake of the fruits and veggies to 1 cup to a meal and to include a calcium supplement if needed. I am to have no more than 1,500mg of calcium a day. She said that 8oz milk equals 300mg. I am to also h... Read more

  • Life Happens

    12/4/2014 9:36:39 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I know there's a saying about life getting in the way. It has just reminded me that I have to go with the flow and take it as it comes. This Saturday is my church's English Tea Fundraiser. Today and tomorrow we'll be getting the hall and the food ready. I'm in charge of the cookies so I've b... Read more

  • I changed my SparkName and am going private - message me to befriend

    12/3/2014 4:06:58 PM, by DOGMOMMA2THREE

    Hi, Long time no chat! I had a hard Fall (fall as in autumn and not a tumble) but I'm getting back to "normal". I also recently had an incident at work where I was "made to feel very uncomfortable" by a computer-savvy co-worker - hence the name change! It was in the form of an ... Read more

  • brand new day

    12/2/2014 7:16:15 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    Today, I will force myself, if necessary, to live my own life. I will act in my own best interest, in a way that reflects self-love. If I have given power or control of my life to someone other than myself, and someone besides a Power greater than myself, I will take it back. I will begin acting in ... Read more

  • Appointment With a Dietician Tomorrow Dec 2nd

    12/2/2014 1:01:17 AM, by AMYROSEC

    I am meeting with a Dietician tomorrow afternoon to go over my highly restrictive dietary changes that I have to make there are so many things that I can't eat including fruits and veggies This is to prevent new kidney stones from forming. For a month now I have no idea how to go about... Read more

  • The best CHRISTmas present ever!

    12/1/2014 1:10:51 PM, by IMAVISION

    Just want to make it clear that the best CHRISTmas gift EVER was/is God's plan of salvation through His beloved Son, Christ Jesus, my Lord Savior. ... Read more

  • Week in Review: 12/2/14

    12/1/2014 11:36:07 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    Looking at my tracker numbers, it appears I am still pretty much at a standstill. steps: 83732/82,952 :) minutes: 956/973 :( calories: 3764/3964 :( miles: 18.26/18.03 :) I did get one of my craft projects completed. But then I went to the craft store and picked up more to do... Read more

  • Thanksgiving

    11/30/2014 7:48:05 AM, by BEEKAHBUG

    I have had a very busy week this week. Thanksgiving was really nice! We went to my in-laws on Thanksgiving for dinner. We had a nice spread and good family time. We went down Wednesday evening and returned home around 7 Thanksgiving night. The morning of Thanksgiving, I was at my husband's grandmoth... Read more

  • Bad way to remember Thanksgiving

    11/29/2014 6:58:38 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    Day before Thanksgiving I ended up burning my stomach with hot oil from a frying pan on Wed. night. It is extremely sore and painful right now. I am also not able to grieve right now I can't cry at all. Two things I made my grandma before her passing were stolen by her own flesh and blood and how do... Read more

  • Didn't Listen

    11/29/2014 8:03:01 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    At my last appointment, my doctor told me that winter is generally not a good time to change up certain medicines. I didn't listen; I thought I would try lowering my dosage of Zoloft. At the end of the year and at birthdays, most people can tend to get reflective. I am no different, especia... Read more

  • thoughts for today

    11/28/2014 6:49:19 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    hope it's okay to post this here,if not please delete and forgive me,I just had some thoughts i hope will feel better if i put them down. 1./ I invited daughter down for a birthday dinner for her n my grand daughter and got them nice presents,said they would come but didnt cuz babysitted for my othe... Read more

  • reality

    11/28/2014 6:16:29 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    I was in so love with him..I loved who I wanted him to be in my mind. To be loved the happy moments.having our kids,loving the cats,not being homeless and alone,having a warm place to lay my head at night, (but that was not his true colors) I had hope for him..he was a challenge (I can fix him) I th... Read more

  • winter blues

    11/28/2014 5:01:29 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    so upset this jerk has been making my life unbearable and treating me rotten and telling me to get out when i have no money,no family and no where to go,plus my health is so bad i am sick to my stomach and shaking.I just also lost my mom,i wish i had my own place so very bad.... Read more

  • 11/27/2014 Joke of the Day

    11/27/2014 10:31:56 AM, by WINDSONG26

    A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all of the cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted, behind the counter on the shelf. He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refu... Read more

  • Poem i wrote about mother

    11/26/2014 10:32:12 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Shattered Like glass falling on the floor Scattering everywhere A thousand little fragments Tiny shards of memory Moments etched in time Forever in my mind Her laugh and her smile Imbedde... Read more

  • BE THANKFUL

    11/26/2014 3:41:57 PM, by WILDXANGELS

    To all my dear friends and family out there who take tomorrow as the one day they give themselves permission to eat all they want, please rethink this!!! It's not worth it and if you're a food addict like me it could be the day that leads to a thousand more days of nonstop eating. I, myself, cannot ... Read more

  • Ran away from home.

    11/26/2014 7:27:27 AM, by FATCAT216

    This last weekend was the first time I have had a weekend away from home since Mom had her stroke a year ago. I didn't realize what a difference just 2 days away would make. I came back a better person for us both. Yes, I still get stressed out during the day, but not as much and am able to deep ... Read more

  • Knew it was Coming

    11/25/2014 10:21:08 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    Sometimes I know things will happen soon. But, with this one, I still wasn't ready! I was so hoping Helena would take a little more time even though I knew before she was born that she is intelligent. ... Read more

  • the Week in Review November 24, 2014

    11/24/2014 2:42:31 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I've got a lot of projects going on right now. It's a good thing I got used to multi-tasking years ago. This is probably saving me right now. I sort of volunteered myself to have Thanksgiving dinner here. It's been pretty good motivation, however. I was sitting on the couch one night and ... Read more

  • Believe in Yourself!!

    11/24/2014 8:18:35 AM, by CYBERCITYSHELL

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  • I'm really not whining, but...

    11/23/2014 10:20:41 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    The guests I'd invited for Thanksgiving aren't coming so I'll be alone. People tell me to do volunteer work on Thanksgiving, but I've looked and there are no opportunities for people with my mobility issues. I've recorded a marathon of Thanksgiving episodes of my favorite shows (Chopped, Cutthroat K... Read more

  • SLow Progress is stiLL Progress ...!

    11/23/2014 8:23:44 PM, by BLUEBERRYDONUTS

    October 3rd, the BF was in a truck accident and he broke his neck in 4 places. Doctors continue to tell him he is lucky to be alive and / or not paralyzed. Everything on him works, he did not require any sort of therapy. He ha... Read more

  • Learning to be present

    11/23/2014 6:15:37 PM, by FINDINGMENANLT

    I've been becoming more aware over the past few weeks of just how detrimental this being detached from my physical self has been. Not just in terms of my weight issues, but in terms of recognising how emotions feel. I've been leading up to this point for a while, but it really was brought home... Read more

  • November 23, 2014

    11/23/2014 8:39:20 AM, by BEEKAHBUG

    This has been a surprisingly good week. I am completely off my anxiety meds, and suffering no ill-effects from it. I haven't seen the therapist for about a week and a half, but I'm doing well. However, as long as I'm not on my anxiety meds I'm going to continue seeing him frequently... Read more

  • i need a meeting

    11/22/2014 5:13:30 PM, by WILDXANGELS

    Beginning to see and experience the difference between childish and child like. A childish 56 year old is not very pretty. A child -like 56 year old is a beautiful creation of God. Full of love, trust. Compassion. Able to use her past drama in a positive way to help others. That is my goal fro... Read more

  • *Buzz Buzz*... Buzz... Buzz...

    11/21/2014 11:47:31 PM, by BABECAVE

    So I seen this awhile back... But It suddenly popped in my head about 25 minutes ago... To use my cell phone alarm... to get off the computer... Because I spend way to many minutes on it... or even hours... You may be... Read more

  • ramblings

    11/20/2014 7:27:11 PM, by BEEKAHBUG

    Well, last Monday I talked to the doctor about my meds and getting pregnant. He thinks the Latuda and the OCD med will be fine at my current dose. They both present little risk of birth defects. The highest percent is 6%, and a normal pregnancy has like a 3% chance of birth defects. So, in the scope... Read more

  • Clothing - not so much fun....

    11/20/2014 12:34:31 PM, by SMALLSTEPSNOW

    I have always been amazed when I have lost a notable amount of weight what I emotionally go through as I lose the weight and how I feel about what clothing I am wearing - We often talk about our three or four sizes - stashed in our wardrobes; something I don't any longer have for various reaso... Read more

  • I'd love your opinion!!!

    11/19/2014 6:33:27 PM, by CYBERCITYSHELL

    Hello Sparkies, I hope you are on top of anything that you need to conquer. If not, persevere,you may actually get there. Whereas if you quit and except defeat, well the game is over-you lose!! Never quit trying and you are doing well. You will get there in the end. ... Read more

  • Week Review of Nov. 9-16

    11/18/2014 7:33:16 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    It was a strange week. I sort of felt better, but I still was wiped out at the end of the day. Steps: 83664/80952 :) Minutes: 911/967 :( calories: 3391/3559 :( Miles: 17.66/15/77 :) I'm not sure how my steps and miles were up but my calories and minutes were down. I'... Read more

  • Grandma passed away Friday night at 11 pm

    11/18/2014 10:03:35 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    My grandma passed away Friday night at 11 pm. We got a call from Uncle Bob that she had died at 11 pm. The funeral will be tomorrow morning at 11 am. We set up funeral arrangements Saturday morning at the funeral home. She died without dignity. She was in a lot of pain towards the end of her life. I... Read more