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  • No change in weight but hoping for more soon

    9/26/2017 11:28:10 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am still at 195 pounds. Been eating good and exercising as much as I can. Can't do much this afternoon with my dad's appointment at 3pm. He's getting to find out about the circulation in his legs. He had a cramp in his right leg in March 2009 and finally figured out what was wrong with them. There... Read more

  • Paid the price on eating too many carbs

    9/25/2017 11:02:14 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am paying the price on eating the white bread and donuts yesterday. I gained 2 pounds. I am back up to 195 pounds today. I don't gain weight when I exercise. I usually lose weight when I exercise. I know that I'm not retaining water because its way too soon for me to do that. Plus I am on a water ... Read more

  • Think positive, let happiness follow

    9/24/2017 9:24:41 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Don't focus on being happy, just try always to become more positive. If you're in a bad situation, think "I can manage this," "This will change for the better" or "This will make me stronger." Researchers have found that those who try always to be happy usually are those who end up depressed; thos... Read more

  • Green Light Therapy Treats Chronic Pain

    9/24/2017 6:44:31 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Researchers are finding that green light therapy reduces pain. Clinics are using other wavelengths of light to treat skin disorders. See
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    ight+therapy Also google light th... Read more

  • Lost 2 more pounds and getting close in finishing 2nd mini goal

    9/23/2017 2:17:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I have lost another 2 pounds. I was at 195 pounds since Monday when I went to see my regular doctor. I checked my weight this morning and I am now at 193 pounds. So I am close in finishing my 2nd mini goal of getting to (or near) 190 pounds. If I am still at this weight a week from today (the ... Read more

  • No change in weight but in inches

    9/22/2017 2:29:28 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am still at 195 pounds. I worked out for 175 minutes yesterday. 69 of those minutes are from a long walk. It felt good but I was a little sore from the walk this morning. I am not sure now. If its not too hot when I get home after my dad's appointment, I might go for a long walk. I am hoping for t... Read more

  • Fear

    9/22/2017 11:54:15 AM, by INDYDAY

    Today I start again! The last months as I have struggled with getting and staying motivated .. After much soul searching it came to me that FEAR has been the one constant standing in my way.. Fear of success . Several years ago I lost over 100 pounds . It was not all that I thought it would be.Fear ... Read more

  • Can see results but not much

    9/21/2017 1:48:48 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I can see some results in my belly but not much. I can tell its a little smaller but at least its some. It'll take a while to REALLY see some results. I am doing what my regular doctor is telling me. I have cut down on my carbs (so far they're 27% as of lunch time) and sodium and have boosted protei... Read more

  • Calculate your target heart rate using SP calculator

    9/21/2017 7:54:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    itness_articles.asp?id=1596 How It Works To accurately measure your resting heart rate: Count your pulse on your wrist (radial pulse) or on the side of your neck (carotid pulse)—prior to getting ou... Read more

  • Plateaued and hating it

    9/20/2017 3:09:12 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I've plateaued at 195 pounds and I am hating it right now. I thought that I would be lower by now but I am not. I have another 10 days in the month to get down to (or near) 190 pounds. I have been doing good. I hope that my carbs straighten out because after I ate lunch, the pie chart on the ... Read more

  • I enjoyed these graphics

    9/20/2017 2:14:40 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • The meaning (s) of life

    9/20/2017 1:48:31 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • A Good Attitude

    9/19/2017 5:41:41 PM, by ESSCHULZE4

    Having a good attitude helps you accomplish your Spark goals and, I believe makes you healthier. I have always been a worrier and a stresser. This did nothing for my health. When I learned to allow God to carry me through the worry and stress, my attitude changed and I am a much happier person. ... Read more

  • Results of my free blood screening

    9/19/2017 11:30:57 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    A hospital from a city east of us came to our church with their Wellmobile and gave us a free checkup. The ladies of our church provided a free breakfast. I did somewhat well but its early to tell since I am trying to lower my carbs and sodium. Here are the results of what I got from the check up. ... Read more

  • Lost another 4 pounds and results from the doctor

    9/18/2017 5:25:26 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I am still keeping my 2 mini goals but they're Plan A. Get to 197 pounds by today and at or near 190 pounds by the end of the month is the 2 mini goals. What I mentioned yesterday about getting between 190 and 197 by the end of the month was Plan B. Well, today I broke the first of the mini go... Read more

  • Foods that heal your body

    9/18/2017 1:26:01 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Dr. Fabrizio Mancini wrote, in his book "The Power of Self-Healing," that the human body is naturally self-healing, but poor lifestyle habits hinder the body's ability to self-heal. In a chapter about diet, he listed foods that are especially favorable. These are apples, artichoke, avocado, beets, b... Read more

  • Walrus and the Carpenter.

    9/18/2017 10:46:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just had to look this up! I could not remember it at all! Thanks all for commenting on my Halloween memory blog! Chris 424 The Walrus and The Carpenter Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) The sun was shining on the sea, Shining wi... Read more

  • Back under 200 and feel tired

    9/17/2017 2:51:55 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I got the 2 pounds back off that I gained. I'm glad of that. Now I have redone my 2 mini goals. One was to get down to 197 pounds before my appointment with my regular doctor (which is tomorrow). So I guess I won't be getting 2 pounds off in 24 hours. And the other is get to or near 190 pounds... Read more

  • First writing assignment---result.

    9/17/2017 1:47:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    Costumes for Halloween have been a huge source of anxiety for me. You most likely never had that problem. And it is not a problem I have often. But at age 70, I have had more such episodes than I realized. I am trying now to figure out why I have such stress surrounding this issue. Here are some of... Read more

  • Gained 2 pounds and back into the 200s

    9/16/2017 11:50:56 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I gained 2 pounds and now I'm back into the 200s. I was at 199 pounds since Thursday and now I am back to 201 pounds. I am not sure why. I consumed around 1100 calories yesterday but burned 1699 calories in 159 minutes. I know that it was my sodium intake because it was 1493mg. And I am not tak... Read more

  • Lost another pound

    9/14/2017 6:48:59 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am finally back under 200 pounds. I am at 199 pounds. I haven't exercised much. Somehow I'm not really in the mood today for some odd reason. I did do a walk around the house with the dog and a walk up and down the street with the dog and that's about it. I hate exercising when it gets later on in... Read more

  • Shopping

    9/13/2017 4:48:48 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I haven't been clothes shopping in at least 6 months. So I just went to the nearby salvation army and picked out tons of cute things, including 3 pairs of 20 and 22's!!!! I've been wearing 24 and 26's and they've been falling off. I'm so excited!!!!! I can't wait for 16 and 18's. I wore those sizes ... Read more

  • Gained some weight but no worries

    9/13/2017 11:39:29 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I gained 3 pounds since Sunday but I have gotten a pound off of it off. I went fro 198 pounds to 201 pounds. Now I am at 200 pounds but I am not going to let that define me. I am still hoping to get back down to 197 pounds before I see the doctor on Monday. I didn't have much exercising on Sunday an... Read more

  • Rocking it!

    9/12/2017 1:48:43 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I have been busy lately. Mostly home related stuff. I went gang busters on the place yesterday. Spent about 3 hours catching up on stuff that had gotten outta hand. I know I was burning calories because I was sweating like mad. It felt good. I need to do that about once a week to really stay on top ... Read more

  • No gain or loss

    9/10/2017 2:59:43 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My weight hasn't gained nor did I lose any weight. I am still at 198 pounds. Which is a good thing. At least I am not in the 200s again. I don't want to go back there again. When I see the doctor a week from tomorrow, his scale will read me in the 200s like usual. I still have time to get my first m... Read more

  • Broke my plateau

    9/9/2017 10:22:22 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I broke a plateau that I have had since Wednesday by a pound. I've been at 199 pounds since then and I went to check my weight this morning and I am now at 198 pounds. This week I've lost 11 pounds (I've been doing it safely) and I am a pound away from one of my mini goals for the month. I want... Read more

  • Southern Baptist disaster relief

    9/9/2017 2:58:42 AM, by TEDDYBEARDONNA

    Good morning. Oh I so need to be sleeping as I have to get up in 4 hours and head to Corpus Christi with the disaster team. We are actually stopping after driving 500 miles and will drive the rest of the way the next day. We report to duty at 6 AM Monday morning. I am with a feeding unit and we ... Read more

  • A well deserved walk

    9/8/2017 7:26:01 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I got home about 20 minutes ago from a 70 minute long walk. It felt so good to go for that long of a walk. I haven't had that long of a walk since I had my carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand. There were a few times that I was going to turn around and go home but I pushed myself in going. I hate ... Read more

  • I joined a writers group--oh my!

    9/8/2017 11:05:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    Of course we have an assignment. The leader asked for suggestions. I said , Halloween." My reasoning is that it is a wide open topic. People can write about their own experiences, spooky stuff, belief in the hereafter, spiritual beings here on earth, weather in the fall, how the holiday started... Read more

  • On busting weight loss plateaus

    9/7/2017 3:50:03 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I was asked in another forum to post on Dr. Judith Beck's Day 38, topic "Deal with a weight loss plateau." I found Beck's solution too simplistic. According to Beck the most likely explanation for a weight plateau is that your body no longer needs as much energy (calories) as before. She concludes t... Read more

  • September

    9/7/2017 12:22:25 PM, by SOULFISH80

    So I'm at a plateau I guess. No movement in either direction. Nothing has changed with my plan.....maybe that's the problem. Probably need to shake things up a bit. Things are going good here. Tim's enjoying his new job and the shop has been busy this summer. We bought a new car two weeks ago, whic... Read more

  • My weight has leveled off

    9/7/2017 10:13:08 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I haven't gained or lost anymore weight so far. I am still at 199 pounds. I am glad that it hasn't changed since then. I am hoping to get the last of the weight gain from last month when I went from 197 pounds to 209 pounds in 24 hours. I am hoping to get it off or more before I see my regular... Read more

  • Down another 2 pounds

    9/6/2017 1:05:34 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I checked my weight this morning and I lost another 2 pounds bringing my weight loss for the week to 10 pounds. I was at 209 pounds on Sunday and today I'm at 199 pounds. I am finally back below 200 pounds again. I have 2 more pounds to go until I get the 12 pounds off that I gained after my carpel ... Read more

  • Down 8 pounds this week

    9/5/2017 1:38:34 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    The past couple of days I've lost 8 pounds. I went from 209 pounds to 201 pounds. I am glad that I did but I am hoping to keep it that way or go down before I see the doctor in 13 days. I am still going to see him because of my belly still being the way it is no matter where I am at. When I was at 1... Read more

  • reason to rejoice

    9/5/2017 7:09:26 AM, by MREE777

    As you know, I booked a cruise for myself and two friends. The idea was that such an active vacation would motivate me to exercise. Not so much....I've been walking more and do plan to exercise, but between my two jobs and church, time is extremely limited. I'm confident though that I will get th... Read more

  • Be in the hot dessert (desert?) for a week!I could not do that!

    9/4/2017 9:29:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    With 70,000 other people. I think I will stick to watching little movies and photos on the computer. for the burning man event... Read more

  • Boy Scout Law--every once in awhile I like to re-remember this list

    9/4/2017 9:26:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    Boy Scout Law A Scout is: •Trustworthy, •Loyal, •Helpful, •Friendly, •Courteous, •Kind, •Obedient, •Cheerful, •Thrifty, •Brave, •Clean, •and Reverent. ... Read more

  • I just heard about the "burning man" event . I am years late. Fascinating.

    9/4/2017 9:14:44 AM, by CTUPTON Read more

  • Thank you all for prayers and goodwishes for my nephew.

    9/4/2017 9:13:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    I love you all. He knows how dire his situation is. But he has come to grips with it. I see him only rarely, more often now that we have moved to this area. Due to the circulation problem , as a young man he had both legs taken and has worn artificial legs below the knee. And his life has been ... Read more

  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - oh my!

    9/3/2017 3:58:05 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Had a great time at work Friday playing games with some residents as a way of remembering a man who left us. He was always fun, always helpful, and always just a little bit crazy. Friday nights are crazy for me. It's really busy on Twitter, and I almost never get anything else done other than ... Read more

  • weight report

    9/3/2017 1:24:54 PM, by TEDDYBEARDONNA

    I was just thinking this morning how discouraging it is to go run a report on my weight and know I am doing everything right and it only show a .4 weight loss for the week. I wish that there was a way that we could put in our goal for the week instead of the automated 2 lb. expected weight loss. N... Read more

  • Asking prayers for a dear nephew of mine.

    9/3/2017 12:19:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    His Mom just passed away and he is now battling cancer of the esophagus--after many long years of battling a circulatory disease. Life sure isn't fair sometimes. He is about 50 years old now. chris... Read more

  • Gimmee coffee!!! (Said like Cookie Monster talks.)

    9/3/2017 11:31:45 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • 17 weeks to new year's eve

    9/3/2017 9:44:14 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Late last night, we just got back from visiting my daughter in King George and my wife announced this morning that she had a change of heart about not going down to Chesapeake, Virginia to help care for one of our other daughters who just had an operation. Right after church we are going down. Good... Read more

  • Feeling somewhat okay but mood stinks

    9/2/2017 2:00:19 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am feeling okay but my mood stinks. I was up to 208 pounds but now I'm down to 204 pounds. I am trying to get the weight off (or some of it off) before I see my regular doctor in 16 days about the weight gain and to see why my belly won't change when my weight does. When I was at 182 pounds a year... Read more


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  • Thursday - Even Better

    8/31/2017 11:58:37 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    I had cravings today, but! I was prepared. I had my high protein snacks ready, and so I made it through the day without any misbehavior. The day at work was kind of boring. That's a relief and I enjoyed it while it lasted. I'm doing something unusual and funny at work tomorrow. Looking forward ... Read more

  • Got an appointment about the weight gain

    8/31/2017 11:07:10 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I finally got an appointment with the doctor about the weight gain. Got that made on the day I called the doctor. He wasn't in that day and the nurse asked around to the other doctors to see what to do. They told her that I should come in to see the doctor since the other doctors didn't know m... Read more

  • Wednesday - Better

    8/31/2017 12:05:00 AM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    I had a better day today, although it started off with me forgetting to pack my protein bar, so I was heavier on the carbs than I meant to be. I had lunch with the CEO's admin assistant today. I don't really know her, but we had a good talk, and I walked out with an invitation to serve on a pr... Read more

  • HIIT-for me??? I never even considered it but...

    8/30/2017 10:42:16 AM, by CTUPTON
    itness_articles.asp?id=2288 Maybe there are some exercises I can do faster . chris... Read more

  • Tuesday - Ugh

    8/30/2017 12:45:19 AM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Lots of things today just didn't work for me. First, I forgot to tell Alexa to wake me up. So I ran late, missed my protein shake, got the hungries at 9 am, which morphed into the hangries by 10 am. I never bounced back from that. Binged in the afternoon on something I shouldn't have eaten. Log... Read more

  • Re 5% weight lost fall challenge

    8/29/2017 2:29:48 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Although I no longer need to lose weight I do need to continue a healthy eating and exercise routine and feel up to motivating others as an extra leader, or maybe an even greater leadership responsibility, so I am going to continue and join the 5% fall challenge. See the poster The grou... Read more

  • Encouraged

    8/29/2017 10:33:10 AM, by ESSCHULZE4

    I am feeling very encouraged today. I worked out yesterday, and today I was concerned about having too many things to do to get to the gym. Well, what pops up but the 10 minute a day program. I can do that. I will be able to work that in on the days I cannot go to the gym. Aside from me, ... Read more

  • this is cool

    8/29/2017 6:58:27 AM, by MREE777

    I hadn't remembered this site, but was looking for a way to visualize my weight loss and found it again. Kind of fun. ... Read more

  • Monday

    8/28/2017 11:14:52 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    The pesto I made yesterday was delicious. Really made my morning to have that as a snack. I did the plank on the stability ball for 30 seconds again today. Easier. Will keep doing this every day until I can do it for 60 seconds, and then I work on doing it without having to push the ball agains... Read more

  • Finally--seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

    8/28/2017 12:54:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    It has been years trying to get our life under control--many years. Today 2 friends helped me do the next step in emptying the large storage unit I am paying for. Not done yet but getting there. DD 2 weeks ago took out a van-full of stuff. Today, we just moved the old handicap equipm... Read more

  • Sitting and waiting for the doctor

    8/28/2017 10:55:21 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I called the doctor's office to see what to do about the weight gain that I had after I had the carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand 17 days ago. The nurse calls back and says that he is out of the office until tomorrow but will see what another doctor thinks. I am hoping that they will have somet... Read more

  • Healthy snacks from SP--but.... my problem is portion control!

    8/28/2017 9:17:44 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Sunday

    8/27/2017 9:39:06 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Not too much to say about today, but I want to get in the habit of blogging more frequently. I also want to get in the habit of checking my Friend Feed every day. Bought a lot of produce at Sprouts today. I got a dragonfruit. I've never tried one. Someone on the gardening site I go to has start... Read more