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  • Minimums

    8/28/2016 7:19:52 PM, by SOULFISH80

    So, I've thought a lot about this over the years. Minimum calorie consumption and starvation mode. It seems to me to have been pretty true and accurate in the past, if I didn't hit minimum calories, I'd go into starvation mode, then gain weight. But now, on the lower carb eating plan, I'm consuming ... Read more

  • Ohhhhh man!

    8/28/2016 2:36:39 PM, by SOULFISH80

    So I had this odd feeling that my scale was broke. It did weird things like weigh differently within a seconds time difference. I was losing or gaining multiple lbs overnight. Weird stuff like that. So, I bought a new one today and yes, I was right, to the tune of 8lbs!!! Oh jeeze, so now I've lost ... 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

  • Relationship with food

    8/28/2016 8:58:23 AM, by ABBYANDYNME

    My relationship is a 7. I know what I need to do, just don't do it some days!... 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

  • Outgrown clothes

    8/26/2016 11:08:56 AM, by ABBYANDYNME

    The blog question for today is what will I do with my outgrown clothes? I will definitely get rid of them! They don't spark joy and don't need to take up space!... Read more

  • Another one bites the dust

    8/25/2016 1:02:38 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I lost another lb, that's two this week. I could get used to this! My new diet is very satisfying, and I seem to be craving the veg more than I did before going on the lower carb eating plan. I ate two spinach and tomatoe salads and fresh broccoli yesterday. It was all so good. I want to ramp up my ... 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

  • ROWING MACHINE and other rants

    8/25/2016 10:04:20 AM, by IGOTTHISYOUBET

    There is something about the rowing machine that I really like. It's meditative a bit because I have to pay attention to my form, make note of my breathing. It's very cool and it's hard for me. I'll stop, take a break and start up again. I'm using new muscles, I burn calories. Today my back... Read more

  • An extra hour a day

    8/24/2016 7:51:57 PM, by ABBYANDYNME

    I could definitely decrease my computer time and reclaim that time as "me" time. I will set a timer and allow myself to log onto Facebook or games only after my workout is done and food is logged. I will check my email a set four times a day and delete anything left at the end of the day. I will uns... Read more

  • Walkers / Runners

    8/24/2016 7:28:09 AM, by IGOTTHISYOUBET

    I got out of bed and with every step I said "ouch", "ouch" lol. My feet hurt! Since early June, I have been making a concentrated effort to walk around town, walk on the treadmill etc. I am curious how runners / walkers do it? Run long distances and possibly having pain on the soles of your fe... Read more

  • Good Grief!!!

    8/24/2016 2:34:01 AM, by ANDEEWI

    I want to QUIT! But I want to SUCCEED too! I want to crawl into a cave somewhere away from everyone and everything! And I want to get up and go, travel to wherever my family & friends are and enjoy spending time with them! I want so much... then I want so little. So I'm fighting... 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

  • Keep it going

    8/23/2016 2:44:47 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Well my higher protein/veg diet, water versus diet soda and daily fit mins are working. I lost 1 lb since last week and I'm feeling hopeful that this will last. Also Tim and I talked about buying an elliptical machine to shove in our tiny apartment. We both like those machines, so I think it will ge... Read more

  • To me "health" means

    8/23/2016 1:14:46 PM, by ABBYANDYNME

    Being able to comfortably carry out my everyday activities.... 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

  • Challenging myself

    8/22/2016 2:04:46 PM, by ABBYANDYNME

    I need to get back on track with SparkPeople. I went premium on the app and started back at Day 1! Added it to my daily routine. Trying to track my food for the day up front. Way too easy to overeat or "forget" to track.... Read more

  • I've gained weight

    8/21/2016 3:52:35 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I was at 183 pounds at the end of this past week and now I am at 193 pounds now. Not much exercising and the greatest choices in food. I am hoping to be better for the rest of the week. I know that Wednesday and Friday of this week is going to be busy. But I am not going to let that bother me.... Read more

  • A face only a mamma would love

    8/21/2016 12:12:26 PM, by IGOTTHISYOUBET

    Exercised at the park, the 4 of us, DH, 2 dogs and I. Here is a pick of ou 10 1/2 year old English Bulldog. He is smiling because he loves his walks!... Read more

  • DAY 183

    8/20/2016 11:18:00 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Today is my 6 month sparkversary! Thanks SP for all the support!!... Read more

  • Being a mad scientist

    8/20/2016 12:21:17 PM, by MREE777

    That's what I feel like when I cook sometimes. Here's the process: "hmmm, what sounds good to cook?" "Aha!, But I don't know how to make that....let me find a recipe" The search begins. I finally find a recipe that sounds good. But, there are a couple of things I want to change. Oh, and I ... 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

  • Addicted to my FitBit

    8/20/2016 1:14:36 AM, by IGOTTHISYOUBET

    My Fitbit would not sync. I ended up getting in 20K in steps woo hoo but my FitBit would not sync. I ended up googling the FitBit number and viola, a click here and there and now it syncs. I was really surprised at how much I rely on getting my steps in and syncing! Off to bed no... Read more

  • DAY 182

    8/19/2016 11:34:21 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Had a good day. Boys are feeling a bit better, still quarantined but their appetites are coming back. Today is the last day of the 5% Challenge & my team, the Cloverleafs were all amazingly supportive. Tomorrow is the last weigh-in & I hope I made it. Thanks for a great 8 weeks! Drank all my wat... Read more

  • Tracking my little victories

    8/19/2016 1:02:28 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I'm on day three of starting my mornings off with eggs. Seems to be making all of the difference in my morning energy/hunger. Boy is protein satisfying! I also walked in my living room yesterday. Only 15 mins, which I think was about 1 mile. I'm starting super slow, which in the past was what seemed... 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

  • DAY 181

    8/18/2016 10:52:02 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Found out today that my boys & I will be spending 6 weeks in sunny California on the beach in September & October. Bittersweet because DH will still be recovering from his surgery. Got all the pre-op done today at the hospital. Staff was nice & Dr. spent time with DH explaining in more depth the ... 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

  • Getting going

    8/18/2016 2:13:14 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I'm on the planning end of starting, once again, a new eating/exercising routine. I feel like I've learned so much over the years of what works and what doesn't work. I hope I'm going into this with the tools I need. Low and slow with the exercise to start. I've been doing little things here and the... Read more

  • DAY 180

    8/17/2016 10:56:02 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Woke up to the Dr. telling me my younger son has strep throat along with Coxsackie(ugh). Then I had to bring my older son to the Dr. to check to see if he has strep. He's been running a fever & sore throat all day. Now he's also starting to get itchy. Then went to pharmacy to pick up antibiotics ... 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

  • My weight is at a plateau

    8/17/2016 9:41:21 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, my weight hasn't moved from 185 pounds. I have been eating a little bit better than I have been. There have been days that I haven't exercised that much (sometimes due to a headache) and some days we have been busy. I know that I shouldn't make excuses but when the days that you don't feel lik... 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/
    team_messageboard_thread.a
    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

  • DAY 179

    8/16/2016 10:53:11 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Pretty rough day today. Brought my younger son to the Dr. & found out he has Coxsackie virus (hand ,foot, mouth disease). He's in the rash phase & it's not good. Highly contagious & quarantined for 7-10 days. Older son has had a fever & headache all day. Hopefully he didn't catch virus. Then wen... Read more

  • Another day of earning my fitness points

    8/16/2016 7:51:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, another day of earning my fitness points. 4 walks with the dog for 15 minutes each, a 2 minute walk to the post office while waiting for my lunch, 14 minutes of doing some trimming of trees near the house and carrying them to the brush pile, and 69 minutes of mowing the yard. I'm tired. The la... Read more

  • DAY 178

    8/15/2016 11:00:32 PM, by GOODLIL991

    I got a lot done today. Went to work on a last minute project & banged it out. Then went to the district office & presented plans for the year. Went very well. Came home & realized both boys caught a bug from camp. Need to bring younger son to Dr. to make sure he doesn't have strep throat. Never ... 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

  • PMDD

    8/15/2016 5:52:05 PM, by REDHAWK17

    a severe form of PMS. I believe I have it according to what I've read. That's why the middle of the month I get so tired and have cramps and no energy at all.... Read more

  • DAY 177

    8/14/2016 11:21:14 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Very hot again today 108°. Made a nice Sunday breakfast & dinner for the family. Did some chores & completed curriculum for the year. Getting ready for school. Enjoyed watching the Olympics. Drank all my water & stayed within my macros. Overall, a very good day.... 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

  • DAY 176

    8/13/2016 11:26:05 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Today was a nice day. Ran errands with the boys & way too hot to be outside. Spent the rest of the day with DH & kids. Pizza & movie night. Then watched the night sky. Great flashes of light, thought it was lightening at first, but turned out to be part of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Pretty cool. ... Read more

  • Trying to get the house clean and earn some fitness points

    8/13/2016 10:27:58 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am killing 2 birds with 1 stone today. Getting some of the house cleaned (mostly before my dad gets up since some of it I can't do until he is up) and get some fitness into my day. On some of the things that I need to get done I should of done before I went to Wisconsin with my aunt and uncle last... Read more

  • Weight Loss

    8/12/2016 11:44:31 PM, by REDHAWK17

    It seems if I do some type of cardio everyday I can lose weight or maintain it... Read more

  • DAY 175

    8/12/2016 10:29:38 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Last day of camp today! My boys had the best time & can't wait to go back next year. So grateful for the clouds that covered the sun & the breeze on the shaded sidewalk, because the real feel today was 110. Did a lot of walking, almost 12,000 steps. Even with a bum knee I kept at it. Very sore. But... 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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  • DAY 174

    8/11/2016 10:12:38 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Today was a good day. Very hot in the city. Lots of walking today. Drank a lot of water. Kids had a lot of fun.... Read more

  • Have increased time on plank

    8/11/2016 5:16:36 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    The day after I got home from Wisconsin, I increased my time on my plank by a minute. I'm up to 3 minutes. I am proud of myself and its still a workout for that amount of time. I am going to wait a while to increase my time on it again. I am not sure how long it will be but it will be a while. ... Read more

  • DAY 173

    8/10/2016 9:47:20 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Had a good day. Spent the day in the city. Really tired. Need more sleep. Drank all my water & stayed within my macros.... 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

  • DAY 172

    8/9/2016 11:04:44 PM, by GOODLIL991

    We had another great day. So glad my boys are enjoying camp. I'm also enjoying my time with new & old mommy friends. Did alot of walking. Drank all my water & stayed within my macros. My son sent me this pic today.... Read more

  • DAY 171

    8/8/2016 10:25:02 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Started my day at 4:45 am & spent the day in the city with my kids. Made it home @ 7 pm. Lots of walking & drank all my water. Stayed within my macros. Overall, a great day.... Read more

  • July 5th to August 8th

    8/8/2016 12:09:12 PM, by IGOTTHISYOUBET

    The dreaded doctor visit on 7/5th. My cholesterol and weight was the highest ever. The last 3 years have been the happiest in my life. I put exercise and healthy eating on the back burner. I tried paleo and clean eating. Lost 9 pounds in a month but the weight cane back. Last month, I said I a... Read more

  • DAY 170

    8/7/2016 10:52:48 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Slept in & had 2 gluten free pancakes for breakfast. It's been years & they were so good. Went shopping for lunches for the kids camp this week. Kept it healthy. No cookies or chips. Fresh fruit, pickles & granola bars for snacks. Drank all my water. Had a good day.... Read more

  • Farmer's Market in Cedar City, UT

    8/7/2016 12:09:29 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I am now in Utah. I lived here about 28 years ago, and it's rather nice to re-learn this small city. It's grown alot from when I lived here back in the 80's. I was flipping through a local free paper yesterday and saw an ad for the farmer's market that runs every Saturday. Now the best pe... Read more

  • crazy fun worship at my chruch

    8/7/2016 9:26:17 AM, by MREE777

    https://youtu.be/f3w7X7uG1Vg https://youtu.be/elrj8KCsEwg I don't know why you weren't able to view this, sorry. I'll try again https://youtu.be/f3w7X7uG1Vg 3rd attempt...maybe sp doesn't allow youtube videos? https://youtu.be/f3w7X7uG1Vg https://youtu.be/f3w7X7uG1Vg https://... Read more

  • Yahoo!

    8/7/2016 9:15:02 AM, by MREE777

    As of this morning I'm down 25lbs since starting low carb eating in the middle of May. Thank you , Jesus! Next goal: to lose another 10lbs by the first week of October when I go on vacation.... Read more

  • DAY 169

    8/6/2016 11:53:23 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Had the best time last night at my high school reunion. Didn't eat but a few bites of salmon. Too busy catching up with everyone. Did have a few glasses of white wine. Had a massive headache this morning. It was worth it, had so much fun. Woke up very early & took kids to Home Depot for the kids... Read more

  • DAY 168

    8/5/2016 11:32:21 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Had a blast at my reunion! So glad I went. Tomorrow getting together again at our school!... Read more

  • DAY 167

    8/4/2016 11:21:17 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Did a lot of city walking today. Got a facial, mani-pedi & my teeth whitened. Ran a few last minute errands. Ran into old friends today. Very nice. Drank all my water & stayed within my macros. Overall a very busy day.... Read more

  • Well Back once again

    8/4/2016 1:02:38 PM, by CHICK256

    I keep coming back, so I guess that is a positive thing. Since my last post, I've been diagnosed with high cholesterol. I started taking meds for it, but I had to stop. Dr. says it is hereditary, that my diet isn't contributing to the problem, which is good, I guess. I have a gluten sensitivit... Read more

  • Feeling better after getting back to normal

    8/4/2016 11:13:23 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I had to get a stool softener to get back to normal after my aunt and uncle thought that I was overdoing it on the fish oil. I was so backed up that I had to get the stool softener. I had no choice because I was gaining weight. I gained like 7 pounds and 3 of those pounds was just from the tri... Read more

  • DAY 166

    8/3/2016 11:21:21 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Finally went clothes shopping this evening. Was procrastinating because the last time I went 6 months ago I was very discouraged. I found a dress that makes me very happy, surprisingly in the junior department! Decided to treat myself with new undergarments, stockings & 2 new pair of heels. I tri... 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

  • DAY 165

    8/2/2016 10:56:06 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Thankful for great days!... Read more

  • Aug 2 2016 TRACK MY FOOD

    8/2/2016 12:02:41 PM, by FELICIA45014

    ok tired of playing around, i really need to get one the ball and track my food,, Lets do this 4... Read more

  • DAY 164

    8/1/2016 11:12:46 PM, by GOODLIL991

    I try to practice this every day. :)... Read more

  • DAY 163

    7/31/2016 10:56:08 PM, by GOODLIL991

    It was another hot & humid day followed thankfully by the rain. Had habanero sausage with sauerkraut & mustard without the bun. Did curb my hot dog craving. Also had a bunless organic cheeseburger. I did have 2 spoonfuls of Dutch potato salad. It had been so long. Oh well, will start again tomorro... Read more

  • DAY 162

    7/30/2016 10:44:50 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Love the rabbit family that lives under my deck, but don't love the round patch hole they make in my front yard. Had a good day. Drank all my water & stayed within my macros.... Read more

  • DAY 161

    7/29/2016 11:04:02 PM, by GOODLIL991

    I believe this to be true...... Read more