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  • Day 75

    10/8/2015 5:57:23 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Walked a couple of times today, trying to fit a bit of exercise into a busy day. My eating went a bit because I ate out for both lunch and dinner, but I'll just try to do better tomorrow. That's all I can do.... Read more

  • Thankful Thursday

    10/8/2015 12:05:39 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Today I'm thankful for this beautiful day! It's still a little warm here in the deep south (it's 79 degrees today). It's that time between the hot and humid days of summer and the glorious season of autumn. It reminds me of this song we used to sing at Camp Winnataska about Indi... Read more

  • Thankful Thursday

    10/8/2015 12:05:39 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Today I'm thankful for this beautiful day! It's still a little warm here in the deep south (it's 79 degrees today). It's that time between the hot and humid days of summer and the glorious season of autumn. It reminds me of this song we used to sing at Camp Winnetaska about Indian Summer called "Try... Read more

  • Please prayers for brother in law--prostate cancer diagnosis.

    10/8/2015 10:18:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    thank you, all! chris You don't even have to comment--just say a prayer---thanks! His name is Bill. chris... Read more

  • Going to have gallbladder surgery

    10/7/2015 10:20:48 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, saw the doctor who will be doing my gallbladder surgery today. I'm going to have the surgery on Monday at 8am CST. I have to be there an hour an a half before the surgery and I'm the 2nd person who will be having surgery that day. Its not going to be much. Just a few slits in my belly and then... Read more

  • Beck Day 8--make time and energy for dieting. I will be on this day for a few days!!!

    10/7/2015 8:56:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. NO PROBLEMO! I even remember all 5 due to the pneumonic! "cCRIED" ___I read other Response cards as needed. NO PROBLEMO! ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the ti... Read more

  • Beck Day 7: Changing your environment

    10/7/2015 7:00:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. +___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. + __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors _... Read more

  • Day 13 of Whole30

    10/7/2015 6:02:51 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Wednesday: Breakfast: scrambled eggs with leftover sausage, peppers & onion Lunch: smoked turkey on romaine lettuce with tomatoes, avocado and shredded carrots, with Tessemae's Cracked Pepper Dressing Dinner: grassfed ground beef burger (wrapped in butter lettuce, with sauteed onion... Read more

  • Day 12 of Whole30

    10/7/2015 5:57:26 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Tuesday: Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee, scrambled eggs and sausage Lunch: Golden Cauliflower Soup topped with slivered almonds; pear with almond butter Dinner: Andouille Sausage,Peppers & Onions Snack: Oven Roasted Okra, mixed nuts Exercise: running/walking/HIIT, Aqua Zumba ... Read more

  • Day 11 of Whole30

    10/7/2015 5:53:49 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    I'm a bit behind with this blog, this was Monday Breakfast- Banana Berry Smoothie; scrambled eggs, smoked sausage Lunch- Pot Roast and veggies Dinner- Barbacoa over lettuce and topped with diced tomatoes and guacamole with Tessemae's Zesty Ranch dressing Snack - Banana Exe... Read more

  • Day 74

    10/7/2015 5:37:08 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Cycled for just over an hour today, with a break for shopping. Had a bit of trouble with resistance and squeaking because (I think) my gears and everything need oiling. Busy day tomorrow, but hopefully I'll manage to fit in some walking somewhere.... Read more

  • SP diabetes menu plan--does anyone use this. I have used it now for about 3 days.

    10/7/2015 3:56:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    Today's lunch was cooked cauliflower with a cheese sauce (cheddar, low fat sour cream, soy milk, Mrs Dash)over it. With a fruit and 2 pieces of Italian bread. Oh I precooked the canned beans and put it all together to microwave for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese. I had whole grain bread... Read more

  • Still working on consistency

    10/7/2015 11:52:35 AM, by GRATEFUL_DAWN

    About a month ago someone got my debit card number, probably online, and started using is fraudulently. SparkCoach was one of the programs that I received monthly with that card. I miss SparkCoach a lot, but have decided to wait to start up the program again until my finances are in a better place. ... Read more

  • Gallbladder and coughing

    10/6/2015 11:23:06 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I've been coughing and hacking like crazy for a week but been taking an antibiotic since Friday. Its working some but not at night for a while. I also take a OTC cough syrup that the doctor recommends and Vitamin C cough drops. I feel somewhat okay but the coughing is driving me crazy. Might s... Read more

  • Day 73

    10/6/2015 12:11:23 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Nice walk into the town centre today. Managed to get there before the rain and so missed most of it. Had a lovely vegetarian corn taco for lunch 30 I have to finish a book called 'Promise of Blood' for Thursday, when my next book club meeting is. I'm not enjoying it so far. It's a bit too muc... Read more

  • Ending a viscous negative Circumstance-Thought-Feel
    ing-Action-Result Cycle

    10/5/2015 10:51:01 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I was reading a book by Brooke Castillo titled "Self Coaching 101 - Used Your Mind - Don't Let It Use You". The basis of his book is: 1 We cannot control the world; 2 Nothing outside of us has the power to make us sad or bad unless we concede our power; 3 Stress is not due to our circumstances,... Read more

  • My RUN AWAY foods

    10/5/2015 11:13:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    I can eat tons of these and not feel full: cookies muffins chips milk chocolate entrées like spaghetti, lasagna, most casseroles donuts bagels cereals can be a problem but I know (within reason) they are good for me chris 424 chris... Read more

  • Day 72

    10/5/2015 10:57:56 AM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Miserable weather today, I had to use all my waterproofs and keep wiping my glasses.Glad to be home and dry having done it now though!... Read more

  • Re-writing response cards -pneumonic so I can remember the list.

    10/5/2015 10:46:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    cCRIED clothes, confidence, respect, intelligence, energy, doctor The sentences are written in a previous blog about the Beck program. The list is typed on 3X5 cards taped to a few places in the house. chris 424... Read more

  • A featured blog I enjoyed.

    10/5/2015 9:54:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    HONEYLEA Sept. 28th (or 29th) I loved this blog. chris... Read more

  • Beck Day 6--make plans to get a diet coach

    10/5/2015 9:35:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    It is only morning but I am resolute today. I WILL eat at the table! I WILL eat slowly and savor every bite! Nothing can stop me! 521 +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. +___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every ... Read more

  • Thank you Indy~ for your blog about foods to RUN AWAY from--like in Monty Python and the bunny

    10/5/2015 9:16:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    "On my journey to healthy living, I have learned to group food into three categories: "good for you," "occasional treat," and "RUN AWAY." You Monty Python Fans got that, right? In case you’re not familiar, in the movie "Monty Python and The Holy Grail," a group of knights face a ... Read more

  • I have a "featured blog!" How exciting--about rewarding yourself!

    10/5/2015 9:10:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    Can I gloat? I am just doin' what I love to do--share and chat with sparkfriends! chris... Read more

  • Finished "shaped by .fire

    10/4/2015 11:17:30 PM, by KARENGROSS

    Great read about growing up I east st liuis... Read more

  • Cat Halloween costumes! Hilarious!

    10/4/2015 6:27:43 PM, by CTUPTON
    t-a-smile-on-your-face-01037524 Do you have a favorite? I keep picking a favorite and then changing my mind when I see the next one. I think I'll pick the witch hat cat. Or maybe Red Ridin... Read more

  • Ideas for rewards when you make a healthy choice. How do you reward yourself?

    10/4/2015 6:24:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    from an SP article: Compliment yourself. Write down what you would say to anyone else who accomplished what you did. • Create an actual plaque or trophy. 208 • Give yourself badges of honor for different levels of accomplishment. • Take a vacation or weekend getaway. 334 • Tak... Read more

  • Beck Day 5 Give myself credit DONE

    10/4/2015 4:20:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. + ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. +__Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors __Every t... Read more

  • Day 71

    10/4/2015 11:55:57 AM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Long walk today, got my heart rate going and felt good. I saw some people playing 'Quidditch' in the park, which was interesting. I'm not sure what the rules are for this version, and I've never seen it being played before. It has been another difficult day food wise - I can't seem to curb my d... Read more

  • Day 10 of Whole30

    10/4/2015 11:03:45 AM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    I'm still in Mobile and today we are celebrating my grandmother's 107th birthday! Exercised in hotel suite and found hard boiled eggs, bananas, and apples in breakfast bar at hotel (that was the only Whole30 compliant food they had). Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs,1 banana Lunch: lots o... Read more

  • Day 9 of Whole30

    10/4/2015 10:58:52 AM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Traveled to Mobile today. I worked out and ate breakfast before I left, packed a salad for lunch that I ate when I arrived at the hotel, and dinner was at Chipotle's with more exercise doing a lot of walking while shopping with Courtney. Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee, 1 egg over leftover shred... Read more

  • balls to the wall

    10/4/2015 8:41:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    balls to the wall  term used by pilots. when accelerating quickly, the throttle is pushed all the way to the panel and the throttle lever (ball) actually touches the panel (wall). Hence, balls to the wall. I bet you all looked, didn't you!... Read more

  • Beck Day 4 done--sort of

    10/4/2015 8:14:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. -___I read other Response cards as needed. +___I created a reminder system for giving myself credit. -___I sat down to eat. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. -___I gave myself credit __E... Read more

  • Day 70

    10/3/2015 4:49:29 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Had a nice day out today at a tabletop sale and plant sale. This evening I did a couple of exercise videos and felt really worked out, which is a good feeling. ... Read more

  • Road to Recovery

    10/3/2015 1:11:00 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Just lost a nice long blog, not in the mood to write another. All is well, better than I expected. I have been getting stronger and healthier each day. I have a nice pot of ham and beans on the stove, so I will go tend to that. Hope you are all well :) 465 27 465 27 465 27... Read more

  • Beck Day 9: Select an Exercise Program. Note, this is an UNFINISHED blog

    10/3/2015 9:43:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful eating behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 8: Make time and energy for dieting. Unfinished blog . To be completed in a few days.

    10/3/2015 9:41:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful eating behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 7: Arrange your Environment. Unfinished blog. To be completed in a few days.

    10/3/2015 9:35:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 6: Find a diet coach. Unfinished blog. To be completed in a couple of days from now.

    10/3/2015 9:32:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 5: Unfinished to do list. To be continued tomorrow.

    10/3/2015 9:29:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 4-Unfinished to-do list-to be continued later in the day....

    10/3/2015 9:26:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I created a reminder system for giving myself credit. ___I sat down to eat. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit __Every tim... Read more

  • Beck Day 4--Give Yourself Credit

    10/3/2015 9:19:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yesterday I ate at the table 4 times--breakfast , mid-morning , lunch, afternoon snack... Tootin' my own horn for those successes! 243 244 380 224 I will try again to eat at the table--even when I am tired...... NOT while using the computer! NOT while reading in bed! N... Read more

  • Beck-my 3 sabotaging thoughts-not the way I always feel--just my thoughts sometimes

    10/3/2015 9:10:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    I might have mislead the Beck Trekkers. 198 I did not mean I feel that way all the time. I just mean those are my thoughts --sometimes 24 ! Those are the hardest times for me. Sorry 245 if I made you think I am totally tired all the time! Oops! 198 I did get plenty of sympathy. 2... Read more

  • Day 8 of Whole30

    10/2/2015 9:30:56 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon (SF/uncured);Bulletproof Coffee Lunch: Romaine, Super Greens, organic smoked turkey breast, avocado,grape tomatoes,shredded carrots, olives, Tessemae's Zesty Ranch dressing Dinner: Pot Roast with carrots, celery, potatoes, 1/2 baked sweet potato with ghee ... Read more

  • Day 7 of Whole30

    10/2/2015 9:28:06 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    I'm a bit behind on blogging, this was yesterday's menu. Breakfast: Earthbound Organics Mango, Carrot, Peach Smoothie Kickstart (frozen fruit) blended with water and collagen peptides; Bulletproof Coffee Lunch: Leftover grassfed ground beef, onions, and diced tomatoes spaghetti sauce over ... Read more

  • Day 69

    10/2/2015 11:16:57 AM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Had a great cycle today where I pushed myself a bit and felt great. When I eat well and exercise I feel so healthy, but when I slip into eating less well and slacking on my exercise I feel bloated, dispirited and unhealthy. It doesn't help that a comment that I had on my blog post a couple of d... Read more

  • Use the Force

    10/2/2015 10:51:25 AM, by BPXDOMINO

    Signed up for the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge - a 10k followed by a half-marathon at Disney World in 2016. I kind of want to be done with running, but not without hitting my ultimate goal - running it in under 2 hours. I need to therefore run at a 9:05 min/mile pace - I currently run at a 10... Read more

  • Beck: sabotaging thoughts

    10/2/2015 10:10:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    -I am so tired! I am drained and I just want to lie in bed and read and eat and shut out the world. -I need to 'veg' at the computer, playing Trivia Crack or Solitaire---and snack on something tasty. In fact, I like to eat my meals at the computer , too. -I am very, very uncomfortable, anxious, ... Read more

  • Beck: Day 3 Sit Down to Eat

    10/2/2015 10:03:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mine should say "Sit up to eat." and "Sit at the table." I tend to read in bed and eat. Or, I eat while at the computer. Or, I eat in the car while driving. Maybe if I kept my cell phone attached to my ear, like many people I see, I'd not gain weight. Even this "cell phone thing" is a sign... Read more

  • Beck Day 2-- anyone want to be my Beck coach?

    10/2/2015 9:38:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    I believe I am a challenge to help. 24 I am way, way resistant to actually eating fewer times a day. 4 I have only been able to lose 40 lbs (6 years) by changing(drastically) the foods I eat, 550 through the day drinking tonic water 91 instead of eating something, and doing water aerobics fait... Read more

  • Day 68

    10/1/2015 11:28:20 AM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Started out for my walk today full of enthusiasm, but quickly became self concious and unsure. I don't know why, but I suddenly felt fat and ugly for the first time in a long while. I couldn't shake it either, not even when I looked in a mirror and saw that I looked fine. Oh well, just one of those ... Read more

  • Day 6 of Whole30

    10/1/2015 10:20:47 AM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Day 6 Done! Breakfast: sugar-free, uncured bacon and eggs Lunch: Shredded pork over romaine and super greens, with avocado, grape tomatoes, and Tessemae's Cracked Pepper dressing Snack: 1/2 apple Dinner: Grassfed ground beef, onions, diced tomatoes over zucchini noodles, cup of Golden Cau... Read more

  • Day 67

    9/30/2015 10:28:44 AM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Nice long cycle in the sun today. Almost seven miles in an hour. Also feeling great today because I managed to fit into some clothes that I couldn't before, and I think I look good in them, which is not my default frame of mind. My stomach is feeling a lot better already too. I had fallen back into... Read more

  • Day 5 of Whole30

    9/29/2015 10:08:20 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    I had to leave early this morning to drive to Tuscaloosa for my friend's father's funeral. After a short workout (running) I put a Boston Butt Pork Roast in the crockpot before leaving so dinner would be ready when I got home from work. I coated the pork roast with spices (cumin, turmeric, oregano,... Read more

  • Day 66

    9/29/2015 4:03:24 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Walked for just over an hour in sunshine today. Sat for a little while in the middle to read Storm of Swords (3.1 of the Game of Thrones series) but the wind was a bit cold. My stomach has been gripey lately, I think mainly because I have drifted into eating popchips which have milk in the ingr... Read more

  • Day 4 of Whole30

    9/28/2015 11:35:04 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Breakfast: BP Coffee, sugar-free uncured bacon, 2 eggs Lunch; Cauliflower soup (meant to have a salad too but ran out of time before I had to be back at work) Dinner: Baked cod with baby broccoli and lemon ghee sauce Snack: 1/2 apple with cashew nut butter Exercise: running 25 minutes, wa... Read more

  • Day 65

    9/28/2015 12:47:58 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Bit of a rest today after running yesterday, got out to cycle late afternoon for about 46 minutes. My legs were still tired from yesterday, so it was a bit difficult to keep going. I've also been enjoying some vegan, gluten free, sugar free muffins that I baked on Sunday. They're delicious an... Read more

  • What is healthy at Wendy's? SP article

    9/28/2015 10:34:06 AM, by CTUPTON
    parkdining-eatery.asp?id=4 My husband almost daily asks for food from one of the fast food restaurants. He is on a diabetic diet by the way. He also recently developed some choking while eating--a speech therapist has been working with him and advising us... Read more

  • Day 3 of Whole30

    9/27/2015 6:07:02 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Breakfast: Beef and Sweet Potato Hash (leftover grassfed ground beef, tomatoes, and onions from last night) and 1/2 sweet potato diced; Bulletproof Coffee (coffee, 1 tsp ghee, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp MCT oil) and 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Lunch: 2 eggs over sauteed organic girl ... Read more

  • Day 64

    9/27/2015 2:57:24 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    I really enjoyed my Rainbow Run today, so much so that I accidentally did three laps instead of two, oops haha. So I ran/jogged/walked 4.5km instead of 3km. I was pleasantly surprised at how well I did with running and feeling fit. I got covered in paint and raised £105 for charity, which is ... Read more

  • SP article: What does 5 fruits and veggies look like? Great visuals!

    9/27/2015 10:35:02 AM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=2044... Read more

  • Day 2 Whole30

    9/26/2015 8:51:53 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Day 2 done! Breakfast: bulletproof coffee, sugar free uncured bacon Lunch- romaine lettuce, avocado, grape tomatoes, turkey sliced (all organic), Tessemae's Zesty Ranch dressing Dinner- grassfed ground beef, diced tomatoes, onions, sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon Snack - mixe... Read more

  • Day 63

    9/26/2015 3:53:16 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Did a little bit of exercise videos today, but otherwise rested. I'm looking forward to the 3k run/walk I'm doing for charity tomorrow! It's going to be fun running (or walking) and getting covered in powdered paint. The weather is supposed to be good too. It'll be my first ever properly organised r... Read more

  • Revelations

    9/26/2015 9:05:09 AM, by SOULFISH80

    Well, this morning has brought me to another point of revelation. It is apparent, at this stage in my life, that permanent disability may be my only real option for survival. I cannot begin to tell you how hard this is to admit. But as time goes by, I see it is most likely the only way. I cannot see... Read more

  • Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Pepperjack Macaroni & Cheese

    9/25/2015 9:30:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Pepperjack Macaroni & Cheese 2-4 servings-- sorry nutritional info was not available but at least there are veggies in this dish!--chris Kick up your mac 'n' cheese with some roasted brussels, bacon and lots of Pepperjack cheese. Delish! Prep: 10 mins ... Read more

  • Weekend healthy eating!

    9/25/2015 7:28:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    Keep calm and continue the healthy habits over the weekend. We don't think this way anymore: Have a great , healthy, happy weekend! chris ... Read more

  • Beck: food pushers

    9/25/2015 7:03:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is hard to say "no" to someone who is offering their hard-effort, home made foods to us. The food is usually the very delicious kind and made to look as tempting as possible. My Mom even cried once when I said no thanks to her . Yeah--she actually cried. But saying I will have some later... Read more

  • Day 62

    9/25/2015 1:44:25 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    I cycled into the city centre and back again today. It was really nice and sunny so it was very enjoyable. It took me 72 minutes in all. I also tried some quinoa chips for lunch, which were delicious and quite healthy. I'd already tried the hummus and lentil varieties in the same brand, and I l... Read more

  • Day 1 of Whole30

    9/25/2015 11:35:33 AM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Before breakfast: Water, High Intensity Interval Training (walking/running) 30 minutes, journaling, blogging Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee and 2 pasture eggs over sauteed super greens (kale,arugula, chard,spinach), supplements, water Morning snack: 1 oz serving of mixed nuts (ca... Read more

  • Fabulous Friday! Starting Whole30

    9/25/2015 10:27:33 AM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Today I start the Whole 30 plan! For the next 30 days, I'm putting away my scale and the tape measure! Sort of looking forward to this part but also I little nervous too! Hopefully I will not miss that scale one bit! I will be giving up: *gluten and all grains (not a big deal,... Read more

  • where to find trivia crack

    9/24/2015 12:11:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    I play it on the desktop and on our kindle. I did n online search. It seemed best for me to use it from my facebook but that is not necessary. My daughter uses it on her cell phone. that is probably an app. I hope you can find it. chris... Read more

  • weight gain

    9/24/2015 11:24:15 AM, by SUNGIRL822

    So I haven't logged onto the site in 72 days. I had a great summer. But it came with 14lbs. I'm so discouraged. Why is it so hard? I know, I know nothing is easy but geez. I want to dedicate time to losing weight. Sometimes, it just doesn't seem fair.... Read more

  • Day 61

    9/24/2015 10:01:42 AM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Went for a 72 minute walk in the sunshine, went a slightly different route than usual and saw a few squirrels. Had some chips for lunch today, which wasn't the best, but as long as I'm counting them in to my nutrition I should be okay. I'll just keep soldiering on anyway.... Read more

  • Sick

    9/23/2015 8:08:12 PM, by DARKWITCH

    Still sick... Read more

  • Day 60

    9/23/2015 5:59:39 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Cycled 50 mins to a friend's house today. Bigger roads than I'm used to, but I did fine. Not much to say today, so I'll put this here: ... Read more

  • 62 Pounds Gone Forever!

    9/22/2015 10:12:13 PM, by PRODIGALCHILD

    Hi everyone! I pray that you are all well :) I am still fighting the good fight here :) This morning's weigh in: 215 pounds :) I am pretty happy about that. I am getting nervous though as my appointment with a specialist for my UC is on September 29th and I fear they are going to want to take my col... Read more

  • Day 59

    9/22/2015 1:49:16 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    A horrible rainy day today. I got soaked on my walk and cut it a little shorter (just under 1 hour) because it was so wet. It is nice to get home and dry off and warm up after a wet outing. I tried some dry soya mince today that I had to soak before cooking. It smelt so nice as it was soaking, ... Read more

  • Nine days (after today) left in Sept.

    9/21/2015 12:06:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    40 How can that be?... Read more

  • Trivia Crack

    9/21/2015 12:04:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is a fun game on the smart phone, Kindle, or desktop. Is anyone else hooked yet?... Read more

  • Monday Motivation

    9/21/2015 11:57:05 AM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    What are some things that have worked for you to get up and get started? What keeps you going? For me tracking my nutrition and fitness helps keep me motivated and accountable. Sometimes I also have to take a break from the scale and focus on non-scale victories and I love reading motiva... Read more

  • Lest we forget.....

    9/21/2015 5:40:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    Buffalo, NY last winter! My niece's house.---winter of course, not right now! I am living in Connecticut. But my plans are to move "back home" near my family . Maybe I should rethink this move... chris... Read more

  • I want to change my sparkpage but I am loving the little owls too much!

    9/21/2015 5:33:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    Which is your favorite owl? Right now the sleepy one with the zzzz's is drawing my attention. chris... Read more

  • Sleepy weekend

    9/20/2015 11:21:24 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Well, all is good in the hood here. We got our disability checks, finally. I started a new job this week, making next to nothing and only working three days!! LOL! It's all good. I was so freaking tired from those three days that I nearly passed out each day on the walk to the van. We will see how t... Read more

  • H.A.L.T. and R.I.D. and how to use your

    9/20/2015 12:48:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    I hope I can remember this when I get my next bout of anxiety--and I want to EAT! 198 Anxiety is from a fight or flight response, triggered when the amygdala in the brain perceives threat. It doesn’t matter whether the threat is real or not – the brain thinks it is and acts as though its... Read more

  • Day 24, Deal with Discouragement

    9/20/2015 12:05:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    Day 24, Deal with Discouragement Oh yeah! this is my day! I am dealing with allergies. No energy. Itchy eyes. Slight headache. The no energy is my downfall! I have fought that all my life. I am doing everything I know how to lessen these allergies! This morning it seems to be h... Read more

  • Self Care and Positive Self Talk

    9/20/2015 11:53:48 AM, by BROADWAYMAVEN

    Why are we so hard on ourselves? We would never speak to our friends or family members the way we speak to ourselves. We aren't bad if we eat chocolate or skip a workout. We are beautiful even with a few extra pounds or loose skin. We need to love ourselves for our strength and love we give to other... Read more

  • names game

    9/20/2015 11:52:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    Maybe make your screen zoom to 200% I do that in my lower right corner of my screen I chose Elderly Hermione Granger chris... Read more

  • BECK trying some things to lessen allergies

    9/19/2015 8:44:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    -put the air purifier on high in our bedroom -used the nose irrigation bottle of saline-yuk I hate it but it works -took one mucinex -used a mask to filter the air I was breathing when I was reading my book in the bedroom--mask like for sanding or painting projects--it couldn't hurt, right? ... Read more

  • BECK problems

    9/19/2015 2:34:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have not been feeling good in general. How does a person keep doing the "to do " list when they don't feel well? Again this morning I again (like a week ago) had a slight headache, very tired , body somewhat sore. None of these symptoms are pronounced. It is more than a blah feeling. Possibl... Read more

  • Good

    9/19/2015 9:51:09 AM, by DARKWITCH

    Doing good with food choices.... Read more

  • update and the power of prayer

    9/17/2015 6:46:18 PM, by MREE777

    The power of prayer was demonstrated today in grace upon grace. I am always amazed at the love and mercy that God showers upon me. My boss (who is a volatile man), was very calm and quiet and only asked me what happened. No lecture. When the loss prevention supervisor came in, he too wa... Read more

  • HALT

    9/17/2015 5:35:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I traditionally have used "HALT" to analyze how I am feeling when I have a craving. Well--I try to use it anyway. Why do I want food? Am I hungry for real? Am I angry at someone? Am I lonely (bored usually)? Am I tired? The idea is : if it is not hunger, then food won't fix it! 40 Right now I ... Read more

  • Thankful Thursday

    9/17/2015 5:15:57 PM, by BONNIEBELLE2

    Today I am thankful for books and that I developed a love for reading! You are never alone if you have a book! A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. –Neil Gaiman... Read more

  • coconut rice

    9/17/2015 4:32:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is pretty good. I cooked brown rice in half light coconut milk and half water. chris... Read more

  • Fluke--I Know WHy the Winged Whale Sings --a book I think I want to read...

    9/17/2015 4:18:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings is the seventh novel by Christopher Moore. Published in 2003, it combines elements of absurdist and fantasy fiction, as well as the author's own brand of social commentary and humor. A serious theme in the novel involves environmentalism, particularly tha... Read more

  • "Your worth should never depend on another persons opinion"

    9/17/2015 11:46:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    "Your worth should never depend on another persons opinion." Duh...but a hard lesson to learn! chris I found this on a 12 stem program page of quotes. ... Read more

  • A freeing feeling: I am enough.

    9/17/2015 10:33:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    “Say it, and feel it, carry it with you and be it:
‘I am ready to let go of the chase, of the escape, and simply be myself. I am enough. What I am is enough. There is no failure. There is no lack. There is nothing going wrong. I release all expectations that I put upon myself, either dir... Read more

  • I am (already) enough.... so spread my wings and fly! More thoughts on "I am enough."

    9/17/2015 10:06:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    “I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are... Read more

  • More about "I am enough."

    9/17/2015 9:46:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    This seems to be a complex idea. It seems like women especially are always striving to be better and better and do more and more. I am a bit confused. I am thinking women are programed to try to make others happy. If it doesn't work , we feel like failures. -am I on the right track? -d... Read more

  • September 16: Beating Cancer

    9/17/2015 12:51:45 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Kim has been cancer free for 3 years, but she still has checkups and tests to make sure. Goals for today are to go with Kim to the Image Center per her oncologist, and then have lunch, share with her my love and joy, be positive about our preparations for moving, and return home to continue to wee... Read more

  • Why do people steal?

    9/16/2015 11:52:38 PM, by MREE777

    Why do they feel they have the right to steal? Someone stole my keys at work today and opened up a case and stole about $600 worth of merchandise. My fault. I left my keys on the table I was working on when I got called to the front of the store. When I got back my keys were gone. I thought... Read more