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  • ...so glad I am able to run!

    9/30/2016 3:07:03 PM, by VISUALLYRICS

    I was looking for an opportunity to run ....with someone or a group that would empathize with me and my fickle feet. 334 After much prayer and waiting on God to direct, I began to volunteer through at a ministry for recovering substance abuse users. They had a fitness program and needed s... Read more

  • it's friday

    9/30/2016 2:00:57 PM, by MOMMY445

    another week is almost done. on the weekend, my daughter and i are going to the movies. she is really looking forward to it and so am i. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone and a wonderful weekend!... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/30/2016 8:08:52 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Got Lulu and I out for this mornings run. Even started to run. But the nausea I was feeling when I woke up didn't pass. I ran two more blocks to see if it would pass - nope. So we walked. Walked all 3 miles. Back home now, and finishing my morning routine. I need to be at work by 8am tod... Read more

  • TGIF

    9/30/2016 12:56:22 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Sending light love joy and love to my friends thank you for all your support hugs and for making me feel I count... Read more

  • Dress fitting

    9/29/2016 9:00:39 PM, by BECCAJ98

    So......we gots a problem....the whole top half is too big. So we tucked and pinned and adjusted. I go back someday next week for another fitting. My $7 dress is costing me wayyyyy more but at least it'll be what I want and flattering 😊... Read more

  • My latest adventure...entry into Square's Brassy's (shamelessly bold) :-)) award

    9/29/2016 8:40:43 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Howdy my dear sparklers!! What have I been up to lately...well mischief of course! I got an e-mail from our credit card provider Square about entering into their small business symposium. Hey...why not? With a chance to win the top prize of $10,000 and a one-day mentorship with Natio... Read more

  • Back on track... again!

    9/29/2016 5:45:28 PM, by CHANGEISGOOD

    After being without internet for a while, I was very happy to be able to get back on here a week ago and restart again! It is working, I lost 3 pounds this week! Can't wait to see my progress this next week.... Read more

  • a nice day

    9/29/2016 10:43:12 AM, by MOMMY445

    i got to hear from a good friend of mine yesterday morning. my daughter has two field trips coming up in october. one will be to the zoo that she went to before, with her other class last year and separately with me. the other one is to explore nature. today, she mentioned something about a camping ... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/29/2016 9:27:53 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Today was a day of firsts. First day I woke up with no pain in my hip. First day of running without painkillers. First day with only a slight twinge in my hip while I ran (only for a quick second, then gone). Here's hoping my hip holds out for the rest of today as well. I'm already back fro... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/29/2016 3:23:57 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " A time for work, a time for play - balance in all things." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • a lovely day

    9/28/2016 2:52:00 PM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter wants to see a movie that is coming out this weekend. it is the first movie she has shown some interest in that is not to do with harry potter. something to do with a miss peregerine, i believe. as for me, i do not mind taking her to see it. a day where i just have a few things to do and... Read more

  • BLC 32 Week 3 Lab Report

    9/28/2016 2:40:09 PM, by FITJEN48

    BLC Week 32 Spicy Sparkologist Lab Report Background Information: This is appoximately my 4th round of BLC Participation. Each round has been between 12 and 15 weeks. Added together, that equals nearly one year. I mention this because I have spent all of that save the last 3 weeks, preparing fo... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/28/2016 1:49:22 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Inner peace is a choice - make that choice today." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    9/27/2016 1:35:16 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get outdoors and enjoy! full sunshine and not too hot or cold outside. i am at the library getting some much needed computer work done. one of my online courses starts today. i have gotten started on it and i will be doing some more work on it in a while. my daughter says hi. this week, her... Read more

  • New Chapter - Job Hunting

    9/27/2016 10:04:19 AM, by MAMODIO

    With the start of this week, meant to post this yesterday, I start a new chapter in my life. Friday was my last day at my job. My position was eliminated. So now I have to find a new routine for Monday - Friday since I won't be going to work for now. I'm planning on spending more time working out, n... Read more

  • How my habits quickly pulled me out of a funk.

    9/27/2016 8:22:03 AM, by FITJEN48

    This post kind of means a lot to me. Probably more than I am comfortable putting into words, at least anywhere online. I'm always writing about habits and routines, self-discipline and calendars. And today, I'm writing about it again, but from an unexpected angle. I had made it a goal to m... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/27/2016 7:43:44 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Still here. Still running Hip still sore. Swelling this morning. It's getting frustrating. Still no time. I'll update when I get some time to play online. In the meantime, here's some motivation to get out and get 'er done ... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/27/2016 1:25:06 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I Create Today As a Celebration of My Life." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • a rainy day

    9/26/2016 2:02:47 PM, by MOMMY445

    it started to rain here about an hour ago and it will rain for another few hours, at least. my daughter and i are both prepared for the weather today. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i decided to pause the night school sessions i was taking, for a while. i have other stuff going on and i do not ha... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/26/2016 8:44:51 AM, by BLUEROSE73

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  • Today's Inspiration

    9/26/2016 1:13:59 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Nature speaks God's Truth." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Expression

    9/25/2016 4:12:04 PM, by FITJEN48

    I've always been a fan of differences. Same is just boring. If you take a good look at my marriage, people sometimes have to turn their head to the side to process what they see. He is very instinctive, while I tend to want to think a thing to death. One of the things I loved about my hubby when I f... Read more

  • Last night's Peace Accord HELD...YIP!

    9/25/2016 11:24:53 AM, by FLORIDASUN

    380 We gave 'peace' a chance last night at our weekly dine-in dinner DH and I hosted. Thankfully reaching out to all the wounded parties at the big 'dust up' a few weeks back where the hostess got so upset she threw out my two favorite sisters...and was on such a tear..she then threw out the entire... Read more

  • CICO Shove Off! 'New Kid on the (Nutritional) Block' Hits Mainstream: LCHF/Keto

    9/25/2016 2:19:06 AM, by _RAMONA

    On Fox News TODAY: Why outdated information is to blame for weight gain www.foxnews.com/health/2016/
    09/25/why-outdated-informa
    tion-is-to-blame-for-weigh
    t-gain.html Since I began following a ketogenic nutritional plan (under the Paleo umbrella) almost a year ago, I've n... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/25/2016 1:34:26 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " God expects us to care for His world - to clean up our sewage and our industrial pollution - to respect His forests and His wild animals." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/25/2016 1:18:04 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Resilience is about believing in yourself, and trusting your own wisdom rather than being swayed by the opinion of others." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/25/2016 12:38:18 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    YOU make a difference to the world. Act on your dreams today." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Starting Again...With Weekly Weigh-In Photos

    9/24/2016 8:28:30 PM, by GOODGETNBETR

    This worked years ago in helping me stay accountable by posting these like entering all, or at least most, of what I eat during the day. This guy intends to meet the Fall 5% Challenge! Good luck to everyone that's participating. 381 ... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/24/2016 9:13:45 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Today is a rough day to get out and run. It's pouring rain. I haven't had a good, strong run in 2 weeks now. My hip has been in too much pain. Despite this I haven't given up. But even though I've been walking, I'm so frustrated. I got on the scale this morning. My weight is going up again. I... Read more

  • Holy BALLS of fire!

    9/23/2016 9:26:15 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Tomorrow is the big night. I'm hosting our dine-in group so today was house cleaning day. UNTIL my trusty Oreck vacuum caught on FIRE! I mean literally...I could have burnt the whole darn house down! It was lucky I was just backing out of the room and only had my fingers on the handle where the ... Read more

  • it's friday

    9/23/2016 1:05:38 PM, by MOMMY445

    another day with not too much planned. tomorrow, i am going to a mini high school reunion. i have not seen or been in touch with my old high school much. i plan to change that as of today. i have to admit i miss seeing and hearing from classmates that went to the high school when i did. i am also in... Read more

  • Pulling myself out of a cookie coma.

    9/22/2016 1:38:21 PM, by FITJEN48

    There are just people in our lives who, to put it mildly, can trigger less than favorable emotional responses. Sometimes I wonder if the chlorophyll escapes from the leaves, converts into crazy, and absorbs into the skin of people during the months that lead into heavy holiday hoedowns. In my... Read more

  • a beautiful day

    9/22/2016 11:50:02 AM, by MOMMY445

    enjoying some much needed solo time. my daughter is at school and says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it's the first day of fall. a day of fresh starts and new challenges. fall is one of my favourite times of the year. the weather is finally not as hot and yet it is not too cool,either. a tim... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/22/2016 9:38:32 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Once again, I'm just back from this mornings run. I was actually able to push myself this morning. I'm just hoping I didn't hurt myself - my hip still isn't 100% . So here are some motivational images to help push you out the door today ... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/22/2016 2:16:05 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Look closely...See with new eyes... Don't just pass by what is familiar without a thought. Pay attention and look closely. There is beauty - there is discovery - there is a whole new world hiding beneath the face of the familiar. " - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sai... Read more

  • Working on a few goals for our fall 5% challenge

    9/21/2016 7:47:55 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    465 Our 5% Fall challenge begins soon. I'm SO excited to be back on my beloved Teddy Bear team. I always love these challenges because they hold me accountable and I'm a loyal member of my team. Where I might not do everything right for me...you can bet I'll go the extra mile for those bears! 174... Read more

  • it's a wonderful day

    9/21/2016 2:21:40 PM, by MOMMY445

    i heard from a good friend of mine this morning. it definitely brightened up my day. my daughter says hi to all! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! a more mellow kind of day for me today. i do not have much planned and it feels so good. i try and have at least one day a week like this. it keeps me ba... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation

    9/21/2016 2:05:10 PM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I say NO to the demands of the world. I say YES to the longings of my own heart." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Small Successes

    9/21/2016 9:56:15 AM, by POSEY440

    Well I am finally in the right mind set. It feels good. I just brook 185, I was 184 this morning. Next small goal is to break 180 to be in the 170's' little baby steps but I know it works just have to keep your eyes on the goal. Forgot to tell you the goal, want to lose all the weight I can by F... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/21/2016 8:17:30 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Once again, back from today's run already. The pain in my hip is still not gone, but it's not getting worse. In fact, it seems to be easing up. At least I hope it really is and not just in my head. I've got so much to do again today. I'll be logging off sparkpeople within a few minutes, a... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/20/2016 1:58:46 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " True learning is not about facts, but about conscious appreciation of the experience of living. Let each day be a time to learn new appreciation for life. To learn more about ourselves and the nature of life. To learn what brings happiness to ourselves and to those around us." - Jona... Read more

  • Addiction and withdrawl

    9/19/2016 6:21:20 PM, by BECCAJ98

    Yesterday while cleaning my house (deep spring style due to upcoming wedding which means family in town....), I lost my addiction :(, my favorite tool, funnest aide.....my activity tracker. It came out of its casing on my wrist. I loved that little thing....flashing lights when I reached 12,000, enc... Read more

  • Sometimes being 'peacekeeper' actually works! Shocked face :-))

    9/19/2016 12:31:37 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Howdy my dear sparkly friends! You remember the big ole' dust up with our long term group of friends dine in/dine group a few weeks back? Thankfully DH and I weren't at that particular dinner party as we were on vacation...but believe me, I heard all about it from every guest in atte... Read more

  • What a difference a word can make.

    9/19/2016 12:30:57 PM, by FITJEN48

    Should: Used in auxiliary function to express obligation, propriety or expediency. Must: Be required by immediate need or purpose. Words mean things. And shifting just one word from "should" to "must" can illicit major change in our lives. Guess what? Change hurts. In each and every ... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    9/19/2016 11:04:35 AM, by MOMMY445

    one errand completed. a few more to go and then i can relax. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/19/2016 9:59:50 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Yesterday's run brought back the hip pain. This mornings run made it worse again. I am beyond frustrated. My weight loss has been stalled since I've had to stop running. Today I made it farther than I expected, but I did things a little different. I took a pain killer on my way out ... Read more

  • New Start - New Beginnings

    9/19/2016 9:19:20 AM, by ANGELHOPE69

    And Now all I need is the motivation to match..... I Am tired and frustrated :( Trying to get into motivation to run, ride or even clean the house Urgh. Now I say I am determined to drop 32-35 lb by Jan 2017.... But Honestly its tough. Things have dramatically changed for me in the ... Read more

  • Cat Sitting Duties

    9/18/2016 8:48:45 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    239 240 241 Today was day one of our cat sitting duties. We are taking care of our neighbor's three cats for a week while they are on vacation. They decided to board their dog as it needs to be walked 3 times a day and with our work schedule that is not possible. I was up early this mor... Read more

  • It's not the diet and exercise

    9/18/2016 4:19:50 PM, by BECCAJ98

    I've been on this journey a long time. I've lost and maintained and lost some more, so I know a little bit about what works and doesn't. I hate reading some of the things people write because I know unfortunately it's not going to be a lasting thing. They will drop the weight and then put at least ... Read more

  • a new week

    9/18/2016 2:00:33 PM, by MOMMY445

    i have a somewhat busy week coming up this week. i am also helping my daughter to fund raise for her school. that is not due back to the school for a while yet. i have an appointment tomorrow that i have to keep. i am on the go pretty much every day this week. i will be attending a mini high school ... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/18/2016 12:24:02 PM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " All Life is a risk - even crossing the street, or sitting in your easy chair. So relax, don't worry, and live the most productive and enjoyable life you can." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com ... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/18/2016 10:21:28 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Today is only a little kick. The plan is to go running this morning. First time in a week. I'm really hoping my hip holds up alright. It was pain free yesterday - first time it's actually been completely pain free. I'll be taking it easy, but I'm hoping it all goes well so I can get back ... Read more

  • Will it ever end?

    9/17/2016 12:51:17 PM, by MUSIC2HISEARS

    I've been a medical anomaly since May. I am in so much pain right now it isn't funny. And it is interesting the number of "armchair" doctor's who pop up on social media when you do start to say something is wrong. On August 8th, I started having intense nausea followed by vomiting. I did go to ... Read more

  • Mini goal met

    9/17/2016 10:18:24 AM, by BECCAJ98

    As of this morning, I am officially less then my lowest before the gain from divorce started. That number is also lower than what I weighed in Jr High when I started seeing civilian doctors. It means that I am only 4# away from my goal for wedding in October!! I am ready to start playing in ... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/17/2016 2:50:37 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Standing in the inspiring vision of my future, I boldly take every step - large and small - with courage and intent." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Stupid move...?

    9/16/2016 6:53:33 PM, by BECCAJ98

    Before I broke my foot 2 yrs ago, I was training to actually RUN a 5k. Well, crutches put a damper on that. Fast forward 9 months, released but tendinitis and arthritis has set into my hip. I'm unable to move some days. I trying running off and on but only able to do between quarter and half mile b... Read more

  • it's friday

    9/16/2016 2:47:50 PM, by MOMMY445

    another week is coming to a close. i am taking it easy today and not doing too much. i am still very active. i am just not taking on anything extra today. the weekend is finally here! hurray! going to see a movie will be just the break i need after what turned out to be a very busy week for me. my ... Read more

  • Plans for the Weekend

    9/16/2016 8:51:23 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Tomorrow I'll be weighing in. I haven't had a chance to do an actual weigh in for the past week. My mornings consist of getting up and getting out the door within 10-15minutes so I can get my walk in before I have to get ready for work. Today too. In fact, I only have 5min before I have to get u... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation

    9/16/2016 2:40:27 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " i welcome change as a great adventure." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • a bright and sunny day

    9/15/2016 1:06:25 PM, by MOMMY445

    i printed out the movie tickets i won. they are for the movie storks. even my daughter is interested in seeing it. if she does not hear from one of her friends regarding a play date, she wants to come with me. if not, that is okay with me. i encourage her to keep up with the friendships she has and ... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/15/2016 2:35:40 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Give yourself the gift of forgiving everyone you are angry with - for every action you resent. " - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Exercise

    9/14/2016 2:34:29 PM, by ABBYANDYNME

    When it comes to consistency, I'm really good when the sun is out, but need to work on a rainy day plan.... Read more

  • a beautiful day

    9/14/2016 11:39:59 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is a very windy and much cooler day here today. my daughter says hi! i feel that the job interview this morning went really well. i will know by this friday at the latest if i get this job or not. i am also awaiting to hear from a different place on whether or not i got the job there. i have a ph... Read more

  • Wedding dress

    9/14/2016 10:24:53 AM, by BECCAJ98

    Wedding is in just over 5 weeks....I tried on my dress for first time in almost a year....went from I can't move in it to whole thing has to be taken in. But....because of that....I get options with the alterations! So when we remove the elastic waistband I have always hated, we are putting in a... Read more

  • It's never too late to say never :-))

    9/14/2016 9:59:33 AM, by FLORIDASUN

    104 As some of you know we stay in close touch on Facebook with many of Josh's (our dearly departed son) friends. DH stays on top of Facebook happenings closer than I do...I have my hands full with my Sparkie duties. But when one of our young adults (who we love as our very own kids) are hav... Read more

  • Today's kick in the butt

    9/14/2016 9:13:17 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Already back from this mornings power walk. I LOVE getting my fitness in right at the start of my day. It helps wake me up, and I end up feeling accomplished before my work day even starts. My hip is still bothering me, but it's not getting worse. It is however getting a bit better. ... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/14/2016 2:52:26 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Let me bring Peace into moments of chaos." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to Sail7@sail7.com -... Read more

  • Samesies!

    9/13/2016 11:19:22 PM, by PEACAN

    I lost nothing this week, but didn't gain either, it just maintained. I am happy with that. My back is out so I have been doing very little the last couple of days but it feels better now that it did so hopefully I'm on the up of that curve now. Looking forward to this next week :)... Read more

  • it's a beautiful day

    9/13/2016 1:43:20 PM, by MOMMY445

    i have a job interview tomorrow morning, for a full time job. i heard today from another place i applied to. this one is for a 1 year position as a mailroom associate. I will be speaking with the team leader regarding this one on thursday morning. it feels like all of a sudden i am in demand work wi... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/13/2016 3:36:13 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Believe in yourself, in your vision for your future and in your ability to take a small step each day toward achieving your vision." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Card Challenge Revisited...

    9/13/2016 2:31:23 AM, by SPARKINON

    Had taken a break from doing Card Challenges, as the friend who had joined me in doing them, has since passed away. To do them without her was too sad. It still is sad, it always will be. The Card Challenge had brought us both joy, and she wouldn't want that to stop. To keep going with it, also brin... Read more

  • it's a nice day

    9/12/2016 2:52:28 PM, by MOMMY445

    i'm out and about running some errands today. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! my daughter is enjoying school and says hi. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Goals: Compelled? Can you be?

    9/12/2016 8:52:44 AM, by FITJEN48

    When I began this leg of my journey on Spark something was different. For once in my life, this became a have to and not just a should. The issue with my weight needed to be solved for good. What I thought about the whole thing was that this was more of a mental issue than a weight issue and that, ... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/12/2016 8:13:15 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    I'm up. I just took my thrive. Giving it a few minutes to kick in. When I was at dance lessons last night, doing the body isolations - especially the hip rotations and movements - loosened up my hip. I had no more problems with my hip for the evening. My plan for today is to get out t... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/12/2016 12:33:35 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Most everything in life is about our point - of view, rather than any absolute." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Why can't I?

    9/11/2016 9:38:14 PM, by BECCAJ98

    Today, I met up with a few girlfriends for walking the Wildlife Park. First thing one said to me (whom I'd just seen a week ago) commented on how tiny I was. Then after my walk and hike, i had errands. Stop one was my sister inlaw made comment on how I wasn't gonna fit in my dress for the wedding in... Read more

  • Needing to rethink things

    9/11/2016 3:42:14 PM, by BLUEROSE73

    My hip hurt again during today's run. Not a little nagging ache. Actual pain. I didn't even finish walking the entire route. Lulu and I stopped and went straight home. Since finishing, my hip is really bothering me. On Friday when I walked the rest of the route, I realized later in... Read more

  • a lovely day

    9/11/2016 1:57:27 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day to relax and enjoy. i have quite a few things to do this week, including picking up some movie passes i won last week. i like to enter contests and quite a few times, i do win stuff. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • a lovely day

    9/11/2016 1:57:24 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day to relax and enjoy. i have quite a few things to do this week, including picking up some movie passes i won last week. i like to enter contests and quite a few times, i do win stuff. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Nutrition Plan (2016 Fall 5% Challenge)

    9/11/2016 12:28:33 PM, by MUSIC2HISEARS

    Yes, I know...two blogs just minutes between each other. Oh, well...it is good to have a plan in place before you get going. I have not been doing well dieting on my own. About 18 months ago, I joined The Onion Factory ( www.onioncamp.com ) where they prepare your food on a daily basis. The foo... Read more

  • My Exercise Plan (2016 Fall 5% Challenge)

    9/11/2016 12:18:53 PM, by MUSIC2HISEARS

    I've had a rough year physically, mentally, and emotionally. I was riding high on the wave until mid-April of this year. Yeah, I gained a few pounds, but I was happy and in love. Fast forward to September, and now I'm just fat and sassy. Time to keep the sass, but lose the fat. The Onion Factor... Read more

  • 11-Sep-2016 Taking 5-Day Break

    9/11/2016 11:19:32 AM, by FATHINSN

    I decided to take 5 days 'holiday' from the 30-Day Bodyweight Challenge. First of all, today is my first period day and with the cramps and feeling too bloody, I usually take 3 days off from exercise. Secondly, tomorrow will be Eid Adha (one of celebrations in Islam and the peak of Hajj) so tod... Read more

  • Cat/dog watcher reporting for duty...woo~hoo!

    9/11/2016 10:11:11 AM, by FLORIDASUN

    Our neighbors were out for a walk the other day and DH was out working in our front yard. They explained that they are going on vacation and they are in a pinch the second week for a pet sitter. They have three cats and just recently acquired a puppy. Their adult son lives next door and can take ... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/11/2016 8:51:01 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    I'm frustrated today. I got on the scale this morning. When I weigh about an hour after waking up - no food or water - my weight is at it's lowest for the day. This past week I've had to do my weigh in's later in the day - once even right at the end of my day. I saw higher numbers, but was... Read more

  • Addicted To Vacation & Better For It!

    9/10/2016 6:59:46 PM, by VISUALLYRICS

    Having not been on a "solo" vacation since 1999, 40 I quite honestly forgot I even needed one until a friend suggested I take one. 334 And even then, I put the whole notion off as other important priorities stared back at me... You see, I used to travel all the time....loved it, and fo... Read more

  • My Goals for this week, and review of last weeks goals

    9/10/2016 6:29:33 PM, by BLUEROSE73

    I didn't actually do a review of the previous week, or define this weeks goals at all. I was just too busy. Despite this, I can still review how my week went. 194 over 8 glasses a day - over 12 most days 17 Tracking all of my food (all 5/6 days. 80% on remaining day). This is an i... Read more

  • No Kick in the Butt today

    9/10/2016 6:17:14 PM, by BLUEROSE73

    I was up at 2am making a roast beef dinner for 250 people. Around 200 showed up. I had to go home after 13 hours. I started to have stomach cramps - I think I was around too much gluten for too long (I have celiac disease). I got in over 10,000 steps before I got home. Right now... Read more

  • New Beginnings 3: Black Ceasar, blood and the guts to go for it.

    9/10/2016 2:10:00 PM, by FITJEN48

    Leave it to me to find a takeaway hidden in a 1973 movie called, "Black Caesar." Now, before you go judging me or making any assumptions, you must know the following. I have a household of men. They hog our living room TV. I do not pay for satellite in my bedroom. AND my belly was hurting really bad... Read more

  • Sep 10 episode record and why tracking is an important tool.

    9/10/2016 1:25:07 PM, by FITJEN48

    This post should provide some added emphasis to the value of tracking. It's so much more than a weight reduction tool. I thought I could find a little spot for notes on my nutritional tracker, I think that used to be a feature here on spark. For now, I am recording my most recent "episode" here... Read more

  • 10-Sep-2016 Rest Day!

    9/10/2016 11:55:58 AM, by FATHINSN

    ... or to be accurate, lots of napping haha. Day 10 of 30-Day Bodyweight Workout Challenge. Another day I skip the 'burn out' day and spend more time in bed, either sleeping or reading lol Sometimes you just want to have a total lazy day in bed haha. Though, I did a few productive, not lazy activit... Read more

  • a much cooler day

    9/10/2016 11:10:12 AM, by MOMMY445

    it will be raining on and off here throughout the day, with a chance of some thunderstorms later in the afternoon. that is okay with me and my daughter. she is meeting up with one of her friends today. more than likely, they will be playing indoors rather than outdoors. all of the birds say cheep,ch... Read more

  • Jeans, Part 2

    9/10/2016 10:01:33 AM, by BECCAJ98

    I don't see differences in me when I lose weight. I still see the very round 300#. A month ago (and 4 lbs) I posted a very embarrassing post on a pair of jeans I was given a year ago that wouldn't even get on my thighs. I could button, but was a sickening site. While cleaning closet today, I tri... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/10/2016 3:52:01 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Knowledge is of the mind, wisdom is of the soul. " - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    9/10/2016 12:48:22 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " " Success " isn't about money or fame. Success is living a life you feel proud of." Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to sail7@sail7.com... Read more

  • Playing 'peacemaker' is exhausting!

    9/9/2016 9:57:27 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Today I had a LOT of paperwork planned. But first I had to call a friend that just had back surgery. Those well wishes turned into a blow by blow rundown of the big dust up last Friday night about our Friday night dinner group. Geez oh Pete...this is the fourth version I've recently hea... Read more

  • 09-Sep-2016 Another Accidental Comedic Act

    9/9/2016 11:31:08 AM, by FATHINSN

    Day 9 of 30-Day Bodyweight Workout Challenge. Pretty happy for many things today. First, my third weight in showed that I'm starting to have weight loss hehe. Second, had a short 15-min walk and no one got upset, yay (my attempts to regularly exercise always cause negative reaction from someone i... Read more

  • a beautiful day

    9/9/2016 11:12:27 AM, by MOMMY445

    i managed to get some online course work done this morning. then i am off to run a few errands. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i have another job interview next week, on the wednesday. i will give it my best and go from there. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Today's kick in the Butt

    9/9/2016 8:07:02 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    I'm still on track with my stepbet. I have also joined two dietbets as well. One starts today, the other on Monday (I'll be weighing in on Saturday or Sunday) This morning I had to get up early to make my salad for lunch. I was so tired last night by the time I got all of my school work down... Read more

  • Day 45

    9/8/2016 7:54:01 PM, by _SHERRY_

    I said I would blog every day! But I didn't, lol. This week has been full of ups and downs. The good thing is that most days I've been under control. I did have a pizza episode last night 29 480 But what I've learned over the past few weeks is that I CAN come back from a bad day or a ba... Read more

  • New Beginnings 2: Tools from the past.

    9/8/2016 5:33:01 PM, by FITJEN48

    Recognizing where you are now. And NOT comparing it to where you were in (insert year of your life here) is paramount to a successful new beginning. In order to be clear about where you want to go, we have to recognize where you are. This is the starting point. Let's take an inventory. Are ... Read more