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  • Friiiddaaaayyyy!

    8/28/2015 11:50:48 AM, by SOULFISH80

    Yay, we are still alive! All is good. Tim had an MRI yesterday, we should hear the results today. Thanks for all of your support. It's been a real blessing to us :) 212 212 212 212 212 212 212... Read more

  • Welcome to my weekend

    8/28/2015 3:50:40 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    It's almost 2am, and I can't seem to get comfortable enough to sleep. I am having a case of heartburn that won't go away. That's what I had for lunch in the employee dining room. I ate a late dinner in my dorm room..just applesauce & Campbell soup. If I can ever get to sleep and feel b... Read more

  • Using a more powerful computer (the brain)

    8/27/2015 6:02:35 PM, by OLDEROWL

    odays computers have become more powerful but the human brain is more powerful. But then like computers, the human brain does not preform well unless we remove any bugs and install good software. Some of the bugs your mind might have, that should be removed are: 1. believing that you are not go... Read more

  • Day's haps

    8/26/2015 10:42:09 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Hey you wonderful peeps. All is good in the hood for today. We still don't have any income, but our friends and family has been so amazing to us. We did some deep cleaning today. By we I mostly mean me. I went through our outside storage unit, and then through our inside coat closet and my clothes c... Read more

  • Rough road ahead

    8/25/2015 4:18:17 PM, by MCUNNINGHAM12

    well today at work there were some goodies brought in and placed in the area behind my cubicle. There were fruit and cheese Danishes, and a huge cheesecake. I looked but didn't touch. I am proud that even though I wanted a taste or two, my brain fought hard and refused to give in. I'm proud of myse... Read more

  • A new week

    8/24/2015 11:51:12 PM, by SOULFISH80

    We survived the weekend, and quite well I might add. The food in the cupboards and fridge were so full that we have barely made a dent in it. My freezer is full of meals I've prepared, along with a few tasty homemade treats. All of them are in small, sturdy plastic containers with good, freezer read... Read more

  • Been down this road before, but this time.....

    8/24/2015 9:06:41 PM, by MCUNNINGHAM12

    Yea, so I have been down this road before... Ups and downs, trying new diets and ways to lose weight. This time must be different! I got a not so good lab report back from my doctor and it kinda scares me. I have acid reflux which was so bad I could hardly eat and was taking in less than 1,200 cal... Read more

  • 24 questions to focus on when I tend to overeat. From Judith S. Beck.

    8/23/2015 8:46:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    Note: I saw this in a spark friend's blog. I found it very useful. My own responses are shown. All the Beck books are about Cognitive Behavior Therapy's approach to being successful in following whatever program you have chosen to use for weight loss (or maintenance). Beck Blue, officially titl... Read more

  • Sunday (pics)

    8/23/2015 8:19:52 PM, by SOULFISH80

    We went to church today for the first time in awhile. It was exactly what we needed. I am so glad that God put it in our hearts to get up and get going this morning. There were tears, some singing, smiles, hugs, and new faces. I loved it. The sermon was lead by a young gentleman youth leader, and he... Read more

  • Could I have sleep apnea?

    8/23/2015 8:53:05 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Went to the lung doctor this past Wednesday. He thinks that I might have sleep apnea. With my short neck, weight, bloated legs, and some chest pains, I might have sleep apnea. Plus there are a few other symptoms like the headaches, shortness of breath, and being tired could be connected to sleep apn... Read more

  • Eating out in Keystone, SD

    8/22/2015 10:31:39 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I love the wood carved sign outside. The menu board I had the chicken bacon ranch sandwich melt with a side of onion rings. This is 1 of many pics of President Teddy Roosevelt that's displayed on the walls. I assume he is the reason the place got the name " Teddy's Deli"... Read more

  • Thank God for new days....

    8/22/2015 9:45:25 PM, by AMYDOYLE1

    I haven't had a great couple of days. I was super motivated on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday were challenging but I did it. Friday and today have been reminders that I have a long way to go. How do I keep my momentum strong? That's my problem. I have done SO amazingly well changi... Read more

  • Picture Day from Keystone, SD

    8/21/2015 8:35:04 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Sorry that I haven't posted much lately. Work has been busy this last month but today was my day off so I had to go down to the post office in Keystone this morning. While I was there I took a few pics of the town....well the tourist part of it. I have pics from my train rid... Read more

  • salmon and "blistered pears" yum taste combination

    8/21/2015 4:09:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    The whole meal was a few things over arugula and a light vinaigrette dressing. But I have salmon and the "blistered" pears left for my dinner. the taste together is great. I liked the original meal, too. First "blister" 1/2 ear of corn on a frying pan--cut off the kernels for the sala... Read more

  • Not moving for another whole year! I am not happy about this!

    8/19/2015 10:22:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    Our daughter has to be in CT twice a month for another whole year. If she does not live with us, she has no place to go. This is a very hard decision for me. Unless her situation changes drastically, she will be living with us. Prayers are definitely welcome! chris... Read more

  • Day 8 of 84

    8/18/2015 11:33:34 AM, by STRONGNFIERCE

    Day 8 was a great day, got in a lot of work even though I didn't want to, I had such a hard time getting up eating and leaving the house. I arrived at the parking garage was to go into the gym and almost turned around...luckily once your in your trapped unless you pay....hahaha...It was worth it in ... Read more

  • Day 7 of 84

    8/17/2015 1:42:18 PM, by STRONGNFIERCE

    Soooo today was HILARIOUS.... it was supposed to be a total rest day, but I decided to go for a short walk and maybe some yoga.. Well...being bored of all the trails around the house, I decided we should try a trail at the Fundy Trail Parkway. Well on the map it looked like a short little 3.7km hi... Read more

  • Day 6 of 84

    8/17/2015 1:34:42 PM, by STRONGNFIERCE

    Great Rest day today...although I had to do some yoga and a short WOD just to keep things moving! It was super nice to do a bit of crossfit style after a week of not doing it....this is going to take some getting used to. I guess I didn't move as much as I thought I did, but we went for a long walk ... Read more

  • Day 5 of 84

    8/17/2015 1:19:21 PM, by STRONGNFIERCE

    This was an awesome day! I got in the weights I needed too and even a bit of Yoga...I was on track for the weekend and feeling awesome possum! I felt strong and really enjoyed the Leg and shoulder workout...it's pretty hilarious, I have uber weak shoulders, so it felt very strange going from moving ... Read more

  • Advice for young People

    8/16/2015 9:57:49 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Leo Babauta of Zen Habits wrote a wonderful piece of advice for people in their 20's. I am 69 and I think the advice is good for people in their 30's also. You have a lot of time ahead of you to get your life right. See zenhabits.net/scary-20s/. Again, I will make a plug for my new team called ... Read more

  • Calorie Range

    8/16/2015 8:35:17 AM, by ABBYANDYNME

    I typically stay within my calorie range. Sometimes I'm below because it goes up with evening exercise and I'm not hungry. But I'm very rarely over!... Read more

  • Getting used to having our grown daughter and her cat living with us...

    8/15/2015 10:07:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is not so much having her live here--I like the company and I like getting to know her better. It is the long recovery she has ahead of her. Prayers are welcomed. He male cat thankfully and our male cat seem to be getting along. Each is finding spots in the condo to call their own. Dau... Read more

  • It ends tonight

    8/15/2015 4:45:13 PM, by MANDYLOVE_76

    i signed my divorce papers this week. While most are celebrating the fact they can get married, I'm becoming a statistic. It's not what I wanted but it happens. Life is moving on and I'm still a huge fan of marriage. Now more than ever I am cheering for my friends who are married. Offering up the ... Read more

  • Day 4 of 84

    8/13/2015 8:58:00 AM, by STRONGNFIERCE

    Eek have to do some rearranging today... I went for a run this morning instead of weights as I had a longer commute this morning than usual. I wouldn't normally do this as it means running twice within 12 hours...I figured the runs were short (30 min) and it was better than doing nothing at all... Read more

  • Day 3 of 84

    8/13/2015 8:51:46 AM, by STRONGNFIERCE

    Great day! I actually got in my run after work...for those of you who don't know me...this is an epic feat! I never seem to be able to peel myself out of the office in time to go for a run without making excuses that I should just go home and try again the next morning. Well it was a success for ... Read more

  • Still afloat :)

    8/12/2015 9:26:10 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Well, as of today, although our plans have changed ten + times, everything seems almost bearable. I went to the pool for an hour, soaked up the sun, tread some water, did a little water aerobics and stretching. It was nice. Tim is off for the rest of the week again. He is not feeling stable yet, and... Read more

  • just needed to vent (don't have to read)

    8/12/2015 8:26:45 AM, by MREE777

    yesterday was a very bad day... I had a very hard time going to sleep the night before and had to be up at 3:30am so that I could be at work at 5:30am. I worked very hard--we had a truck come in early and I put up many, many totes containing product. I took a lunch break at 11am and recei... Read more

  • How to avoid negatively reacting to stress

    8/11/2015 4:44:03 PM, by OLDEROWL

    From my advice to a Spark member dealing with daily care of five children and the animals: The best way to remove stress is to accept the past or whatever life brings you and to have no fear of the future. Have faith in your power to meet everyday challenges. I know life is tough with 5 kids to ta... Read more

  • Sugar Detox

    8/11/2015 3:57:28 PM, by TARAFALLOWS

    Week 1: Reduce sugar intake to one OPTIONS hot chocolate a night, or 1 x red wine and 2 x small pieces of fruit. OR honey and hot water. Week 2: Hot- chocolate 2 x a week only. 1 x sml red wine when needed. Week 3: Hot chocolate with no sugar, and 1 x sml red wine when required. ... Read more

  • Day 2 of 84

    8/11/2015 12:57:46 PM, by STRONGNFIERCE

    Good Afternoon Sparklers! So yesterday was good...I didn't stay on plan for food ... i snuck a few extras in there in the evening...instead of really listening to my body, and realizing it was thirsty and bored, I ate mindlessly. Nothing too crazy, but seriously Day One??? Anyway, I'm on track... Read more

  • Why I love Spark

    8/11/2015 11:35:37 AM, by OLDEROWL

    When I started at 67 years old I was 190 lbs and thought my health was good. But my health insurance provider Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Fed Program challenged me to reduce my weight. That's when I found out about Sparkpeople. I don't remember exactly how except I think it was through a TV news progra... Read more

  • Day 1 of 84

    8/10/2015 11:13:57 AM, by STRONGNFIERCE

    So here we go...let's see how long I can keep this going ;) Today I start my next 12 week program, I received my meal plan and workouts for the first four weeks this weekend, and did all the prep work for the first week. I weighed in at a whopping 195.2 this morning (up a whole lot more than in... Read more

  • Routine. My Watchword.

    8/10/2015 10:43:48 AM, by PATTYR81

    A new week, a new opportunity to start fresh yet again 224 Today I need to focus on taking care of MY needs. I've been out of protein drinks and fiber powder for several days now. I was busy running around taking care of family's "wants" (they are old enough to take care of their own needs). ... Read more

  • 3 visits to the ER and really low blood sugar

    8/10/2015 10:36:40 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, since I last posted in here, I have been to the ER at least 3 times and the over the weekend my blood sugar got low. So low that it scared me. The days that I went to the emergency room was July 30th and 31st with dizzy spells. Come to find out that I was suffering from vertigo. Then this past... Read more

  • A friend posted this. Made in the USA! Very informative!

    8/10/2015 9:32:06 AM, by CTUPTON

    Made in the USA - Very Encouraging! READ ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM! LOTS OF GOOD INFO HERE! Costco sells Goodyear wiper blades for almost half the price that you will pay elsewhere and they are made in the USA! Please read and do the following. Unfortunately our po... Read more

  • Forming 3 simple self discipline habits

    8/9/2015 9:54:59 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I don't think anyone should try to be disciplined every moment, but at the end of the day we should be able to say that we had a constructive day. Even at the end of vacation days, one should have pride in the memories of joyful moments one formed during the day even if it is merely a good feeling o... Read more

  • Made in the USA

    8/9/2015 8:33:25 PM, by IMAVISION

    232 189 232 189 232 189 232 189 232 189 The following was sent to me through e-mail. It gives one lots of "food for thought". Many years back, my beloved MrV's aunt used to be very careful to buy only products/goods produced in the United States. At the time, I saw no sen... Read more

  • American Discovery Trail

    8/9/2015 11:03:54 AM, by MREE777

    I find the idea interesting; a network of trails connected crossing the country. If anyone's done this, it would be great to hear about it! ... Read more

  • Three good things

    8/9/2015 8:57:51 AM, by ABBYANDYNME

    1. Celebrated mine and Andy's birthday on Monday. 2. Abby made an awesome gluten free peanut butter/Reese's Cup cheesecake. 3. Avery walked with me!... Read more

  • Question

    8/8/2015 11:47:21 AM, by MREE777

    Has anyone here walked the American Discovery Trail?... Read more

  • Thank you all for your good wishes-- pray the family problems work out...

    8/8/2015 7:46:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    I need to greatly limit my time on SP. I love reading your posts, blogs, looking at your new sparkpages and your photos! Love to all, chris... Read more

  • From a wonderful spark friend!

    8/8/2015 7:43:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    A SPARK Garden For Spring In my garden, I would first plant five rows of peas: Planning, perseverance, politeness, participation and prayer. Next to them I would plant three rows of squash: Squash junk food, squash negativity, squash high calorie foods. Then, I would put in f... Read more

  • Current haps.........

    8/7/2015 3:21:24 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Well heck, where to start? I actually, truly don't know. It's been a wild ride this last month or so. All seems to possibly be working out, and possibly be moving in a positive direction. Only time will tell. I am still unemployed. Tim's shoulder is still injured. In fact he should be seeing a neuro... Read more

  • Allergic to Exercise

    8/6/2015 3:27:36 PM, by ESSCHULZE4

    I am doing really well on my diet, but cannot seem to make myself exercise. I live in Texas and it is too hot to walk. I am just too tired all the time to get up and exercise. I am 65 years old and keep my 3 year old grandson two to three days a week. I live on a farm so there is always someth... Read more

  • Third Times the Charm

    8/4/2015 3:51:15 PM, by ESSCHULZE4

    Today I am keeping my 3 yr. old grandson. He is such a joy, but needless to say this is my third attempt to blog today. For some strange reason I get interrupted a lot. I have been attempting to sing the praises of the SP App. for the IPhone. I absolutely love it. I will give you the quick vers... Read more

  • companion meal?

    8/3/2015 8:17:00 AM, by MREE777

    Yesterday all of my diet rules went out the window. A friend sent me a text early saying that her father has passed away that morning and she wanted my roommate and I to come over and share a meal and watch something lighthearted. Of course we agreed. I even offered to fix a meal for her. But, ... Read more

  • My 5 minutes on Sparkpeople today! From TUT --notes from the UNIVERSE

    8/3/2015 8:01:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    What if you were to see your every action and inaction in this life so far, CHRISTINE, your every strength and weakness, your every hope and fear, as proof of your divinity? 526 chris... Read more

  • Gluten in my Meds

    8/2/2015 12:19:18 PM, by ESSCHULZE4

    Yesterday was a good day other than stomach cramps, diahrea and severe allergies. My doctor switched some of my meds , and I didn't think anything about. Well, I had also switched pharmacies. The generic form of my med produced by this company has gluten in it. Sometimes it is overwhelming tryin... Read more

  • Back to Stay

    8/1/2015 12:12:45 PM, by ESSCHULZE4

    I have't posted anything in quite a while as I gave up for a while on my weight. It is so easy to look at the world and say to yourself that there are a lot of people in worse shape than I am, so why should I work at it. Well, I finally have my head on straight! I have so much to live for, and I ... Read more

  • Defeating discouragement

    8/1/2015 10:49:14 AM, by MREE777

    Yesterday I ate within my carb range and walked almost 10,000 steps. And yet, I gained a pound. Along with some weird allergy that showed up on my face yesterday it was pretty discouraging. So, what can I do to combat the discouragement? 1) change up the diet--although I've been eati... Read more

  • You can heal your life

    7/31/2015 6:26:26 PM, by OLDEROWL

    This is the title and philosophy of a new spark team that I just formed. This team www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/gr
    oups_individual.asp?gid=65503 is based on my viewpoint that the unhappiness in our lives is caused not by the events in our lives, but by negative thoughts brought on by these events,... Read more

  • Taking a Sparkpeople break to deal with family problems.

    7/31/2015 9:30:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    Prayers for hubby's health, daughter's problems (age 33) and my ability to hang in there. Thank you all for support you provided in the past and now. "All will be well." chris... Read more