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  • My body is like the WB Frog

    8/30/2016 9:40:07 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    My weight today is 170.4 which is great seeing that on Saturday when I needed to weigh in for my 60-day challenge it was at 172.2 at home and by the time I got to the gym it went up to 173.0. It still showed a loss from my previous week, but it definitely wasn't at the 170.6 that I saw just the day ... Read more

  • So sore, but my plan is working!

    8/29/2016 11:03:17 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    My PT session at the gym was really good. I was able to do things that I wasn't expecting to be ready for already. And the gym was pretty empty so I didn't feel so awkward doing the things that I was getting told to do. That's really good for me. So, if I want to do strength training I should really... Read more

  • When I get stuck, it is usually one thing stopping me.

    8/28/2016 11:00:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    Lately, I have had to make many decisions about our big move to Buffalo from Connecticut. A couple of things I was stuck doing and I just could not move past them' -making a budget that I'd stick to. -actually putting the move in motion Both are now accomplished! Yeah! 104 521 ... Read more

  • Body Shaming

    8/27/2016 1:24:07 AM, by RABBITART

    I have mentioned in previous blogs, I was a university student and I dropped out because of the economy and found a job working in a woman's clothing store. I meet so many wonderful women of all shapes, nationalities and ages. I am in a position to share with women a size label in the clothing do... Read more

  • Honey filled bandage patches work!

    8/26/2016 3:48:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    A good friend just told me about this. She was given "bandaids" or patches with honey inside. Wow! Who wudda thunk it! chris cid.oxfordjournals.org/conte
    nt/46/11/1677.full ... Read more

  • I might be moved by Nov. 1st!

    8/26/2016 1:39:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is so scary to me. Because of it, our house has 3 very nervous, anxious people in it right now! I am responsible for the move, of course, so I am anxious. DH is feeling bad because we will be quite far from his family. And DD is stressed because she won't have her Mom and Dad's house to live in... Read more

  • Hebron Fair, CT Sept. 8-11th

    8/26/2016 1:19:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.hebronharvestfair.org/ Dock Dogs is my favorite part of this fair. https://dockdogs.com/ Sorry, this link takes you to a search engine. I don't know why. So click on one of the results of the search engine, please. https://dockdogs.com/ chris... Read more

  • the importance of liking to strength train - I need to like it to do it

    8/26/2016 9:38:55 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    My cough is finally subsiding. Woo hoo! I've only been to the gym once this week but for a few reasons why I didn't go had to do with shopping issues. One night I had to buy new workout pieces so that I could work out and last night I had to go to Costco for things we ran out of that we needed for t... Read more

  • Hello Old Friend!

    8/25/2016 11:43:00 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Notice this blog entry does not follow the same pattern title as the others for this month... I have pretty much abandoned that Clean Eating program. So I will try again another time. I had a good few weeks in there and some good 2/3rds of days all over the place. I have learned a lot about myself a... Read more

  • Yarn Bombs

    8/25/2016 12:47:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    Apparently yarn bombing happens all over the world. I have seen a tiny example in a nearby town , near an art museum. This weekend we are planning on visiting Torrington, Ct which has been yarn bombed. www.bing.com/images/search?q=I
    nternation... Read more

  • I've seen 170 on the SCALE!! Woo hoo!

    8/25/2016 9:45:59 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I'm super thrilled to see 170.6 this morning on my scale. I haven't seen that in such a long time! I can't believe I finally got there without going back up. I see a difference as well. So many things have been working well now. I'm not stressed from work, I am eating well and at a frequency that wo... Read more

  • Exercising and asthma

    8/24/2016 12:11:45 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    In my last blog, I mentioned about my coughing. I'm an asthmatic and I normally have it completely under control. The only time that I have problems is usually just when I'm sick, but from time to time I've been in buildings that the air quality is bad and triggers it. Or, if I go to a location with... Read more

  • Today's Aformation

    8/24/2016 10:29:46 AM, by JEZEBEL99

    I focus on my inner strength and power-I have ability to change my life. ... Read more

  • Some people knit, some people search online about knitting.

    8/23/2016 7:19:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    Me? Nope. I don't knit but DD does. In her honor: honest, my Mom made me this eons ago! Sorry about this one. We now have at least 100 different colored balls of yarn in the living room. It seems to be multiplying like coat hangers! c... Read more

  • Went to the gym for the first time in a LONG time yesterday - dreading today

    8/23/2016 10:45:05 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    Start of a new challenge so I started going back to the gym. Yesterday, I ended up just going on the elliptical for 30 min. I'm still a little congested in my chest even though I feel fine (I'm not sure if I'm still recovering from an illness or if it's my office air that is causing it ... it's been... Read more

  • Today's affirmation

    8/23/2016 10:25:14 AM, by JEZEBEL99

    I am becoming better at recognising POSITIVE or NEGATIVE THOUGHTS, confidently choosing what to accept or dismiss. ... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 22

    8/23/2016 12:15:43 AM, by MBETTIS3

    I am noticing a trend here. My blog posts are getting further and further apart.... all indicative of me gearing back up for school and my summer solstice coming to an end. BUT this year I want to do things differently. I need to stop compartmentalizing my life and let everything coexist. This new ... Read more

  • Gratitude!

    8/22/2016 6:04:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    A year ago I was running back and forth from 2 hospitals for hubby and for our daughter. I am very, very grateful they are both here and doing very well! chris... Read more

  • Starting a 60-day challenge to lose 20 lbs in 2 months

    8/22/2016 9:16:45 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I wasn't going to at first, but I am so wanting to get back to normal I'll do anything to make it happen. I have 4 sessions with a PT to get me started on my strength training. I'm still eating the IF way (it actually is making me feel more normal or more like myself ... I find it funny that it has ... Read more

  • My Resting Metabolic Rate test results ... what a surprise!

    8/21/2016 6:58:46 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    First, I ended up doing this test after doing the IF (intermittent fasting) for the whole week. So, it must have influenced my results and doesn't explain why I have been weighing so much and having a hard time losing weight. The good news is that nothing is wrong with my metabolism. It's over ... Read more

  • Blessed Be

    8/21/2016 3:12:05 PM, by JEZEBEL99

    Today I went for a walk in the Bird sanctuary. It was so refreshing to connect with nature and to listen to my inner thoughts and be with myself on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. I plan on more walks throughout the year in the Bird sanctuary. I especially am going to enjoy it when it comes to f... Read more

  • Blessed Be

    8/21/2016 3:12:00 PM, by JEZEBEL99

    Today I went for a walk in the Bird sanctuary. It was so refreshing to connect with nature and to listen to my inner thoughts and be with myself on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. I plan on more walks throughout the year in the Bird sanctuary. I especially am going to enjoy it when it comes to f... Read more

  • DD's latest knitting project--a hat like you've never seen before!

    8/20/2016 11:40:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yes, it is a hat!... Read more

  • Biewer Yorkie Terrier--and no barking!

    8/19/2016 12:07:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    Mostly she did not bark. And if she did, it was quiet. Not at all aggravating. 338 chris... Read more

  • magnesium can cause drowsiness????

    8/19/2016 11:55:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    "One of the most common side effects associated with magnesium supplements is drowsiness." www.livestrong.com/article/487
    587-magnesium-supplements-
    drowsiness/ I have definitely had more energy in the last 2 weeks. I went through these thoughts: -I was busy in Buffalo doing t... Read more

  • Biewer Yorkie Terrier

    8/18/2016 10:20:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    A friend had the cutest doggie. I hope I have the correct breed. This is an internet picture, not the dog I actually saw. The little dog, Pipa, played and played for hours. She made us pay attention to her and would nudge us if someone did not through her ball to fetch. She was a bundle o... Read more

  • Clean eating August - Day 18 reflection

    8/18/2016 11:15:59 AM, by MBETTIS3

    I skipped some days in there somewhere but I felt I needed to create a Reflection blog. What I have come to realize is that I am real good at MAINTAINING... As I look at my weight graphic here. I have been in the same spot for quite some time. I will +/-3 or 4 pounds each week depending on what... Read more

  • Tomorrow I have to meet my coach and bummed out

    8/18/2016 9:44:45 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    Even though I have been making process to go back down this week, it's still disappointing that I went up so much from last Friday to this past Tuesday. Last Friday I was at 172.4 and by Tuesday I was up to 174.0. Not exactly what I wanted to do in such a short amount of time. I'm back down this mor... Read more

  • Day 2 and doing really well

    8/17/2016 1:34:11 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    This morning I weighed myself and though I know it isn't much of a difference (0.2 lbs down), it's at least better than staying the same weight or going up. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. This morning I completely forgot to eat until 11 am. My body is at least adjusting to waiting longer to g... Read more

  • Internet search about "Why not?"

    8/17/2016 12:13:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    I used to make up stuff in my bio all the time, that I used to be a professional ice-skater and stuff like that. I found it so inspirational. Why not make myself cooler than I am? Stephen Colbert Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quo
    tes/keywords/why_not_2.html Let's se... Read more

  • Love Your Body Pledge on the 50+ team

    8/17/2016 9:29:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    I made the pledge again. I needed that! chris www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
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    sp?board=906x11534x55575409... Read more

  • I'd also like to see updated emoticons! We deserve this.

    8/17/2016 8:49:06 AM, by CTUPTON

    272 32 204 For "video" I had to use the old fashioned film emoticon. I can't stand using the emoticon head shot of someone looking in a mirror! Ugleee! Many, many of the emoticons are very outdated! Couldn't we have a new set of emoticons??? Spread the word on the tec... Read more

  • I'd like to see videos of people eating healthy.

    8/17/2016 8:39:40 AM, by CTUPTON

    Visuals41 of people help me way more than cute sayings. 24 I put up photos of my counselor and my doctor. This DID STOP 227 me from chowing down 29 at my computer desk. 17 I have at least 20 typed labels around my computer desk. They DO NOTHING 15 24 to make me stop and think about... Read more

  • Nine surprising fitness tips

    8/16/2016 1:42:47 PM, by JEZEBEL99

    3 9 surprising fitness tips x 1. Go barefoot for whole-body health If you refuse to wear shoes in the summer, you may enjoy better blood circulation, a happier mood, stronger bones and better posture. According to Barefoot in Toronto, a group that promotes a barefoot lifestyle, barefoot walking ... Read more

  • Frustrated by my eating habits ... making a major change

    8/16/2016 10:15:53 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    This morning I woke up after having a very upsetting dream and was in a funk. Then I saw my weight on the scale this morning and had enough. I haven't been losing a single ounce of weight. I've just been gaining. Not exactly the route I was hoping to go. So, I quickly made up my mind that I'm going ... Read more

  • Camping Trip

    8/15/2016 6:55:11 PM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Well for the first time in a long time we went camping - we chose to do Crown Land camping, which was fun in general as we chose to camp out at the Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve for a few days. It was enjoyable save for the minor detail that it was the hottest week they had had since 1937 so ya... Read more

  • Another way to buy a week of nutritious prepared meals.

    8/15/2016 6:10:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is not an ad. It is just FYI. I visited the Buffalo area and someone showed me this business. We saw the "store." It was run by a couple of muscley men and a woman. I don't know if those were the only workers. they give you a list of meals available for the week. My friend was very in... Read more

  • Planks first thing in the morning

    8/15/2016 10:41:15 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I have finally found something that I can do first thing in the morning as an exercise. This weekend I started doing a full plank for 20-30 sec each time. But I saw online that you really should be doing 2 min of planks every morning. So, today I did 2 min of bended knee plank (1 min at a time as I ... Read more

  • Weekend edition addendum

    8/14/2016 11:25:09 PM, by MBETTIS3

    I forgot to mention, but maybe it doesn't matter... but after the 364 race (way later) my heel spur started acting the fool!!! 40 198 39 46 331 But I claim healing... too bad I didn't have my custom insoles before the race.... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 12-14; WEEKEND edition

    8/14/2016 10:15:38 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Wow. I haven't blogged since day 11!!! Man do I have lots to tell you. I don't want this to turn into the novel (I am writing one) so I will try to only focus on the high and low points of the past few days... Friday: I don't really remember much about Friday. I didn't exercise at all. I meant ... Read more

  • Renting out our condo? Till the market picks up.

    8/14/2016 5:26:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    Two condos in our complex just dropped their prices. It is upsetting to me. DH's nephew was here to put in our bathroom flooring. He seriously suggested I rent out our condo till the market picked up. to me this is a headache. But I might be forced to do this. I am also considering re... Read more

  • I might play a joke on DD...

    8/14/2016 3:03:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    My daughter just bought eggs. Hmmm..... chris... Read more

  • I went with a Kickboxing Groupon instead

    8/13/2016 5:38:34 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    I didn't bother with the juice cleanse deal because at the end of the day I don't think it will be worth the money or effort to do something like that. I don't believe I need to "detox" my body with fruit/veggie juice. That said, I did have a smoothie for breakfast. Instead of a juice cleanse,... Read more

  • When a Roomba meets a pile of dooggie poop at 1:30 am.

    8/12/2016 4:29:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    The machine was stopped only because a child woke up in the middle of the night. www.scarymommy.com/roomba-me
    ets-pile-of-poop-jesse-new
    ton/?utm_source=FB I have 2 cats now. No robot room vacuum for me! chris... Read more

  • Not ready for that kind of commitment

    8/12/2016 10:19:29 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • To Juice or Not to Juice ... hmmm

    8/12/2016 8:51:39 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    So, I saw a Groupon today for a 3 day juice cleanse and I started thinking about it. It would be 3 days of not eating anything, just drinking the set amount of juices that are all veggies and fruits. That means barely any protein at all in my diet for 3 days though lots of minerals and vitamins. The... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 11

    8/11/2016 9:53:03 PM, by MBETTIS3

    104 Victory... I have been working hard to regain control and praise God I made it today. I ate some more Mexican 670 left overs but I logged it all and stayed within calorie range. 224 I did water aerobics this afternoon. 237 I polished the day off with an arm workout after dinner. 3... Read more

  • Finally! Feeling good enough to start back into exercising

    8/11/2016 1:34:20 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    Last night was the first time in a month that I was able to workout. It was only for 11 min, but it was a HIIT for 5 min and 6 min pilates workout for the lower body. I went at my own pace and I definitely feel a little sore from it. My plan is to gradually build back into doing exercise every week ... Read more

  • NOT Clean Eating August - Day 10

    8/11/2016 12:11:03 AM, by MBETTIS3

    I changed the name today because it happened again. I was good ALL day.... I had breakfast. I drank my shake as a snack between meals... 274 I went to water aerobics, 237 and worked hard. 85 I came home and ate a delicious pre-made meal of baked chicken breast, spinach, mushrooms and peppers... Read more

  • Gaining weight even though I'm tracking

    8/10/2016 10:18:29 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    This is my second full week of tracking my food intake and even though I'm definitely not eating as much as I was before, I'm still gaining weight. This isn't the start of a new effort that I was looking for. It's just so darn frustrating! I just looked it up and because of the antibiotics I h... Read more

  • Back from house hunting near Buffalo, NY.

    8/10/2016 9:59:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    I had a great week. 334 My brother is so wonderful for having me in his "hotel." His upstairs is like a private suite! I am very, very lucky. What a blessing . For a whole week I could just focus on seeing family and looking at various types of living situations. The weather cooperated--in f... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 9 - 8/9

    8/9/2016 10:52:41 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Clean eating... NOT Today! It was pretty Dirty!!! *****Disclaimer: This post is about lady stuff. 361 One thing I will have to do is learn to manage #TOM. I am not in terrible pain, nothing that a little advil won't fix and even that will be over tomorrow. What I can't shake is the run... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 8 - 8/8

    8/8/2016 11:37:03 PM, by MBETTIS3

    So it is Monday and I am one whole week into this thing. I am feeling good about my choices. I missed water aerobics, but I went to open pool to get a little workout in. I also made it to dance class this evening. 355 237 Where I feel a little out of whack was in my eating... but then I f... Read more

  • Starting to finally get better! Slowly going to get back to working out soon

    8/8/2016 9:38:27 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I've been sick for over 3 weeks now (cold turned into bronchitis) and I'm finally getting to the point that I can breathe without coughing all the time. I'm still taking it easy so no working out just yet, but soon! I finally found a reasonably priced step that I can purchase so that I can have... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 6&7 - 8/6-7 - WEEKEND edition

    8/7/2016 10:59:01 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Well it has been a glorious weekend. The weather has been great, although I hear this week is going to be steamy and stormy 24 Praise report: I weighed in at 264.6. That is down from where I have been teetering for the past year. As I look back at my weight graphic I have been lingering betwee... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 5 - 8/5 - WEEKEND edition

    8/5/2016 11:22:51 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Ok, this blog is going to be one of those TBH blogs.... I had to call this Blog (and the next two) the "Weekend edition" because these weekend days are never status quo... With summer school being over, no water aerobics and sometimes no real agenda these weekend days can become a setback. My... Read more

  • Please read and share! My team needs help!

    8/5/2016 11:14:09 AM, by TRINITYEMMALISE

    About two weeks ago, my 12 year old daughter talked me into signing up for a world wide scavenger hunt, She was not old enough to participate but wanted to see what it was all about, so after some research, I joined. It is called G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S, which means "the Greatest International Scaveng... Read more

  • Sad news ... I have to give up my gym membership

    8/5/2016 8:52:09 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I really love the gym that I belong to. It's the best gym I've ever been able to workout at. It has activities that are for both my daughter and me. It's three floors of things to do. Just utterly fantastic. But it's so very expensive. So much so that I can't see myself continuing to spend that mone... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 4 - 8/4

    8/4/2016 11:04:34 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Welp, summer school is over. I now have to focus my attentions on the regular school year.... Will someone tell August to slow it up please. 39 I am enjoying my time in the pool doing water aerobics but today, after the fourth day in a row I am feeling beat 237 198 . Someone made the commen... Read more

  • Blessed Be

    8/4/2016 6:18:34 PM, by JEZEBEL99

    Neurologists claim that every time you resist acting on your anger, you're rewiring your brain to be calmer and...... Read more

  • No sweets yesterday! Woo hoo!

    8/4/2016 9:20:56 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I have a sweet tooth that has been very hard controlling. Even when I did WW last time, I relied on the snacks that they provided to at least have some sweets during the day. I love chocolate, nutter butters, oreos ... essentially anything that is sweet and vegan I'll go for. I'll also go for crunch... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 3 - 8/3

    8/3/2016 10:53:05 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Hooray I had a HIGH protein breakfast after being motivated by #TRexPBS show a picture of an olympic breakfast plate of yogurt, berries, 3 boiled eggs, sausage, and ham... I thought WOW! How can I be down? I did manage to make a super protein drink with VEGA and powdered peanut butter... it actu... Read more

  • Weight not as bad as I feared

    8/3/2016 2:24:56 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    This morning I got on my new scale and considering how much salt and little water I had yesterday I was pleasantly surprised that I only went up to 171.6. If I am hydrated enough I'll probably lose 3-5 more pounds of pure water weight which puts me in the high 160s. At least, that's my theory ;) ... Read more

  • Viewing various housing possibilities near family

    8/3/2016 2:19:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    A huge range of possibilities! Money will be the deciding factor as usual. If I rent, I could move us both and sell or finish up selling the CT condo. I would have hubby already moved and settled. If the rent is reasonable and the condo seems quickly salable. If. ! 2 manufactured homes were both p... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 2 - 8/2

    8/2/2016 8:31:35 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Today I was beat... After getting to water aerobics late (thanks kids!) I tried to amp up my workout and it was a good one. I went home afterward and read a few chapters of my latest #SummerReading novel and I promptly went to sleep. My daughter kept trying to revive me with announcements of... Read more

  • Just waiting for the scale to come ... oh boy

    8/2/2016 11:51:32 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    How likely will the scale be inaccurate so that it looks like I weigh lighter than I do? Is it possible that I could have lost 5 lbs without seeing anything change in my clothes? (jk) Right now, I'm really wishing that there was something that could get me to lose weight super fast. I know it's... Read more

  • Clean Eating August - Day 1 - 8/1

    8/2/2016 12:04:10 AM, by MBETTIS3

    SO I decided to eat cleaner for August to help jump start my weight loss... Today was good. I managed to get in 80g of protein and I successfully worked through some cravings.... dounghnuts and other sweets were the main culprits calling my name but I held strong! I went to water aerobics... Read more

  • walking water challenge at work

    8/1/2016 3:09:28 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Today starts the walking and water challenge at work. We have three teams. I think there are at least 49 people participating. I am on team 2, and we have several people that are already counting steps and daily walkers. Work will be awarding gift cards for participating, most steps taken, water dru... Read more

  • I'm getting on the scale tomorrow and I'm so scared!!

    8/1/2016 10:13:49 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I've decided to go back to WWs because no matter what I do on my own I can't seem to lose weight. This time I'm doing the online with the coaching so that I am accountable to someone. I have friends that I have tried to do this with, but because they find me okay just the way that I am, it's not ver... Read more

  • Pre-August... 7/31 Blog

    7/31/2016 11:47:29 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Well today was a glorious day. Church was good. The temp was not too hot 259 , and it was sunny 67 . After a pizza 480 dinner (no one wanted to cook) we took a walk downtown. I should have worn the pedometer but I didn't. It was nice. The kids put their feet in the lake and me and hubby watched an... Read more