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  • How things have changed!

    7/23/2017 2:46:46 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Sorry I've been gone so long! 1. Mental Health- the Lamictal has been wonderful for me. I feel so much better on it and will continue to take it. 2. The boot camp - is going really well. We are about to start week 11, and our graduation date is Aug 4. Right now we are working on final projects, s... Read more

  • Lost another 2 pounds and hopefully more

    7/22/2017 9:17:33 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I finally broke my plateau. I was pretty much at 197 pounds for most of the week and this morning I checked my weight and it showed that I was at 195 pounds. So I lost 2 pounds. I finally got the 10 pounds that I gained while my dad and I were in Minnesota in May plus 2 more pounds off. At lea... Read more

  • I'm thinking of...

    7/21/2017 3:35:36 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    This coming Monday I'm thinking of mowing the yard and do some trimming since that day is going to be cooler that day. But it'll have to wait until I get back from my doctor's appointment with my lung doctor. I feel somewhat okay enough to do them both. The surgeon didn't say that I couldn't. I feel... Read more

  • Too hot to do anything

    7/20/2017 6:12:47 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well its too hot to do anything today. Can't go out and go for a walk because its above 90 degrees outside. So it looks like I have to do something inside. I am not sure what I want to do yet. I took my dog Lady for a walk up and down our street this morning before it got really hot. It was 78 degre... Read more

  • Not fair--we were dropped from pet insurance.

    7/20/2017 11:24:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    I got a notice from our insurance for our cat's health insurance that the credit card I used for automatic payments got outdated and did not work. I fell behind in payments. I then got a second notice to pay $20 and catch up in payments and it would be re-instated. By the time I actually paid t... Read more

  • Free from FEMA food for survival in an emergency. Have you heard of this?

    7/20/2017 10:44:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.secure.72hourfoodkit.com/c
    heckout/freefood/index.php
    ?AFID=google&source=885134
    052&gclid=COC50_GLmNUCFVuBswod20EJHg I CAN'T GET THIS LINK TO WORK??? DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT TO DO? I am curious about this, but I am reluctant to pursue it. chris... Read more

  • Lot the 2 pounds that were gained

    7/19/2017 4:45:23 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I lost the 2 pounds that I gained. Was at 199 pounds and now back to 197 pounds. It feels so much better to be back to that amount. But at the appointment today I went from 221 to 213 pounds according to their scale. So I lost 8 pounds there. I have another doctor's appointment coming up on Mo... Read more

  • No change in weight and not back in the 200s

    7/18/2017 5:36:24 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    There is no change in my weight. At least that I am not back in the 200s. I am so close in going outside (where its in the mid 80s) and pick up sticks in our yard. Not just for the exercise but its something to do. I'm bored. I need to get some exercise anyway. Tomorrow is the day that I get m... Read more

  • Gained 2 pounds but didn't go back in the 200s

    7/17/2017 11:50:34 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I gained 2 pounds. I was at 197 pounds but now I'm at 199 pounds. I'm just glad that I didn't go back into the 200 pound range. I ate some foods that I shouldn't of ate yesterday and I didn't get as much exercising in as I wanted. We had a concert at our church last night. It was an acapella b... Read more

  • SP article: Comparison of protein powders.

    7/17/2017 8:47:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/resource/n
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1964 58 chris... Read more

  • Doctor this morning

    7/17/2017 7:57:15 AM, by MREE777

    My next visit with the doctor is this morning. So, I got up and did the weigh in, but also all the measurements. Since I started this program on April 17 down 32.8lbs water has gone up 2% fat has gone down 3% chest down 4.5 inches waist down 4 inches hips down 5 inches thighs ... Read more

  • It's Up to Me

    7/16/2017 7:22:08 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    You've heard about it or seen it, and maybe you've even thought it was true about you and food. I'm talking about the 12 Step first step: "We admitted we were powerless..." At the risk of offending anyone, that is true for some (but not all) alcoholics who have a specific medical issue. It... Read more

  • Rinstein Woods Nature Preserve walk

    7/16/2017 11:47:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    The photos are from the Internet, not my own photos. We saw all these things (and more) but not the beaver because we were therein the afternoon. chris green heron Beavers can be seen in the evenings. Great White Egret "I am thrilled... Read more

  • Weight Loss Mentor

    7/16/2017 8:54:46 AM, by ABBYANDYNME

    I have a fabulous weight loss mentor in real life!! Every day she asks me what I am doing to reach my goals! She encourages me when I fall short and motivates me when I struggle! She keeps me accountable and I know that I couldn't do this without her!... Read more

  • No change in weight and feeling somewhat better

    7/15/2017 4:03:46 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    There is no change in my weight right now. So I'm stuck at 197 pounds. But I have some time until my next 2 doctor's appointments. I have one coming up this coming Wednesday for my surgery from 8 days ago with the doctor who did my carpel tunnel surgery. I have another one after that on the 24th wit... Read more

  • Caribbean Cruise Update

    7/15/2017 9:36:24 AM, by MREE777

    It's been a while since I wrote here. Been super busy with full time job, part time job, and volunteering to help with a website and church and social functions. Busy, but good. So, I am now at 31lbs lost. I have my next follow up visit with the doctor on Monday. As for the cruise--it's... Read more

  • Pep talk for all

    7/14/2017 6:05:52 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Don't compare your achievement with that of others, find and use your own inner strengths to overcome all handicaps and fears. I know the pain of trying to break bad habits and set new ones, or overcoming other challenges, I've been there. My main path to success was to be thankful for all my b... Read more

  • Staying positive through gains

    7/14/2017 1:19:08 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I've stayed in my calorie range and have been consistent with fit mins, yet I had a 5 lb gain this week. I know fluctuations are normal, but it's always a bummer to gain when you're on track working your program to the best of your ability. I've started today with a full water jug and a healthy brea... Read more

  • Lost another pound and feeling a little better

    7/14/2017 12:46:02 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I lost another pound. I was at 198 pounds yesterday and now I'm at 197 pounds. I was at this weight when my dad and I went to Minnesota back in May. I am feeling so much better now that my weight has gotten below 200 pounds. I am hoping to lose more weight before my appointment this coming Wed... Read more

  • Waaaaa????

    7/13/2017 9:19:03 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I was just tracking and it took me to an ad for ice cream???? This isn't the first time I've been on SP and been directed to an ad for junk food. So wrong!!!!... Read more

  • Hard

    7/13/2017 8:59:43 PM, by SOULFISH80

    It's hot, I'm tired, work was blah......but I still managed to stay in my calorie range and get my two mile walk in. I'm proud of myself, I wanted to lay around after work, but I managed to get off my booty and walk....woo hoo for small victories.... Read more

  • Finally broke the plateau

    7/13/2017 9:15:26 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I was beginning to wonder if I was going to break my plateau of being at 200 pounds. Well, I did. I lost 2 pounds and now I'm at 198 pounds. It feels great to be back out of the 200s (again) and back into the 190s (again). I'm a pound heavier than I was about 2 months ago when we were in Minnesota f... Read more

  • cont Wind release yoga info ; )

    7/13/2017 6:49:11 AM, by CTUPTON

    Photo to go with the last blog: Several more suggestions without photos: Seated spinal twist About the pose: Twisting wrings out the old blood from our organs, stimulating fresh blood flow. It also helps get digestive juices flowing and gets the food moving on through! Twisti... Read more

  • Has it been a year?

    7/12/2017 11:09:56 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Yep, a year ago the company I work for started a wellness program. Some of it was a little silly, but it got me going. In the first month, I started exercising. And then I thought I needed a fitness tracker, so I got one. Here's what I've achieved so far. I lost 15 pounds, which doesn't seem li... Read more

  • Finally got my daughter to commit to her health

    7/12/2017 8:56:54 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I am Mr. Owl. I was a member of the Winter 2017 Awesome A’s 5% Challenge team and lost the last 8 lbs to get to my goal weight of 158 lbs, and decided to lead a Spring 5% challenge team so that I could better encourage my 4th daughter to lose weight. She is my youngest daughter at age 42 and is a v... Read more

  • 100%?

    7/12/2017 10:55:21 AM, by ABBYANDYNME

    Not even close! Why do I cheat myself by not giving 100%? If I'm going to devote 30 minutes to a workout, then I need to give 100% to that workout! When I sit down to a healthy meal with my family, then I need to give 100% to the conversation with them. Today I am going to start being mindful and fo... Read more

  • I hate plateaus

    7/12/2017 10:21:02 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I hate plateaus. I have been stuck at 200 pounds since Sunday. I'm hating it. Can't do much exercising with the 1 hand being bandaged up from carpel tunnel surgery & its too hot to do it all outside. And we have had storms since Sunday night. I thought that I would be lower on my weight by now. At l... Read more

  • "Wind release" yoga pose. Do on right side only...oh Who knew!

    7/11/2017 3:00:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Wind-Relief" Pose About the pose: Yes, this pose does exactly what you think it does. It helps relieve gas and bloating because, by bringing the right knee into the chest, we apply pressure on the ascending colon, which helps aid digestion. Make sure you're doing this with only the righ... Read more

  • I made it!!!

    7/11/2017 1:16:32 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Woo hoo!!!! For three consecutive visits to my dr. my weight has stayed the same according to his scale. Mine would show a few lb loss and his would show the same. Well, yesterday I stepped on his scale and it showed a 9 lb loss since my last visit!!!! My scale shows 7 lbs lighter than that. Which, ... Read more

  • Looking to buy a replacement handicap van-- oh my!

    7/11/2017 10:41:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    not this one-it is just an example Ours is getting old and starting to need work , We've had it 10 yrs and got it used. I never thought I would ever have to buy another one. I guess that is good, right. Hubby is still with us. I am so much more experienced now than 11 years ago!... Read more

  • I know I've had a good workout when

    7/10/2017 10:46:08 AM, by ABBYANDYNME

    I look in the mirror and see my smile!... Read more

  • Lost a pound and pain is almost gone

    7/10/2017 9:57:42 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I lost a pound yesterday so I'm now down to 200 pounds from 201 pounds. I'm surprised that I have been losing weight with the way that I've been eating and the amount of exercising that I've been doing. I am not sure how much walking that I will get outside today. We're suppose to get rain and... Read more

  • The day after surgery

    7/8/2017 5:31:17 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, its the day after my carpel tunnel surgery on my left hand. I didn't get the pain med that the surgeon wants me to take because my insurance won't cover it & I can't pay for it. But I have been taking Tylenol and its helped a lot. I am not in much pain. Even trying the best that I can to type ... Read more

  • Surgery day

    7/7/2017 6:22:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, my carpel tunnel surgery on my left hand went fine. Got there just before 6am and was out a little after 9am. Couldn't get the pain med because it was too much money & they didn't run it through my insurance. So I have to wait until tomorrow to get it. I am taking OTC pain med until then. I am... Read more

  • Vacation

    7/7/2017 1:31:35 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I posted my vacation pics last blog but I didn't talk much about it. We had a blast! We started in Mt. Lassen. It was all snowy and gorgeous. We took a little hike there, in the snow. Some drifts were above our head. It was really lovely. We wanted to see some geysers, but they were all buried wi... Read more

  • Haps

    7/6/2017 12:42:10 PM, by SOULFISH80

    So Tim decided to join SP with me. I've been in a slump since April. So we've both lost 4 lbs this week and I'm 6 lbs from breaking into twoderland. This feels great, but I've been here a few times lately and somehow never make it. I've lost 41lbs since last year, which amounted to 2 lost pants ... Read more

  • Tomorrow is carpel tunnel surgery day

    7/6/2017 9:51:10 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, tomorrow is the day. I am having carpel tunnel surgery on my left hand. I am between nervous about it and also happy that it is going to get done. At least it'll get done and I will be out of pain when its all said in done in that left hand. My hands were bothering me yesterday when I was havi... Read more

  • Happy 4th of July!!!!!

    7/4/2017 10:55:01 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Happy 4th of July to all of my USA friends on here. May it be healthy and strong for everyone. Don't overeat on the unhealthy stuff today. I had a good breakfast of an Earl Grey tea and a Banana Chocolaty Chip Bagel this morning. I was going to have something else this morning but going to save that... Read more

  • DD has myofascial pain syndrom along with fibromyalgia(hopefully links are fixed)

    7/4/2017 9:28:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    She has spent her life dealing with her widespread body pain. She is hoping she finally found a doctor who can treat this. The link below she found helpful. Maybe it will help others, too. So I posted this. Fybromyalgia and MPS overlap but are not exactly the same. She recently was a... Read more

  • Protecting our freedom--Eisenhower quote

    7/4/2017 8:15:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    From the website of Jonathan Lockwood Huie: How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without? - Dwight D. Eisenhower The end does NOT justify the means. Freedom cannot be gained by sacrificing the freedom of others. Free speech... Read more

  • The OTHER Diet

    7/3/2017 4:29:55 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    I know we're all here to lose weight and get fit, but for me it's more than that. I want a healthy lifestyle in all 8 dimensions of wellness. Those 8 dimensions are: 1.Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships. Working on that with my stress eating challenge. 2... Read more

  • Our Mon. morning walking group was taken to the Japanese Garden in Buffalo, NY

    7/3/2017 1:36:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is in Delaware Park next to the Buffalo Zoo and Historical Society and also Albright Knox Art Museum. We had a lovely walk and the weather was perfect. chris... Read more

  • Blue Bloods show star loks up to Teddy Roosevelt

    7/3/2017 9:03:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    see below for bigger print. Frank, the Commissioner, has Theodore Roosevelt's Picture in his office . And his mustache seems to be similar. And when he wears glasses, the glasses are old fashioned. I thank my DD for pointing this out to me. I never would have caught it. chris... Read more

  • Stop eating CRAP. eat more FOOD.

    7/2/2017 9:52:38 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Back on the path ways

    7/1/2017 8:04:30 PM, by KATZABELLAMAMA

    The last couple of weekends I've been getting back at running. My pace is slow of course. My endurance needs a boost too. But it sure does feel great getting out there. Today I got in 6.67 km combination of jogging and walking. Pushing and running with a 30lb kid in a stroller sure is a work out. ... Read more

  • To succeed in life you need:

    6/30/2017 8:39:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. Reba McEntire... Read more

  • AA uses the H.A.L.T. acronym, but what can a dieter use?

    6/30/2017 3:42:09 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    I've been really thinking this week about stress eating and how sometimes it's not stress that makes me hungry. I've seen people refer to H.A.L.T. , the AA acronym for Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. Those are things that make it more likely that an alcoholic will relapse and take a drink. I feel th... Read more

  • Have confidence that you will slay your dragons

    6/30/2017 8:31:21 AM, by OLDEROWL

    252 I owe my success to the likes of Judith Beck (The Beck Diet Solution) and Linda Spangle (100 Days of Weight Loss) who taught me the use of cognitive behavior theory and confident optimism for weight loss. I now go by the rule “If you think it’s too hard or if you have a little doubt, do it anywa... Read more

  • Stress Eating Challenge Day 4

    6/29/2017 8:47:47 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Day 4 went great. I did boring reports all day, but wasn't hungry at all as I ate my planned snacks on schedule. So I was thinking more about what happened on Day 2 that made it so different, and it suddenly dawned on me. ****WARNING - DIET HERESY AHEAD**** My body doesn't like breakf... Read more

  • Just for today...

    6/29/2017 11:17:31 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • I am very confused. But I made a plan .

    6/29/2017 10:09:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    So what's new. But this is about exercise in my life. Since we moved last October, I have not gotten regular exercise back. I just now began (once in awhile) getting to the 10:00 exercise classes here. So easy to attend. They are just downstairs. No driving! The classes are various types and go... Read more

  • Down 2 more pounds since last post

    6/29/2017 9:49:12 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, since I posted last, I've lost 2 pounds. I was at 201 pounds when I last posted and now I'm at 199 pounds. I'm finally back in Onederland. It feels great that I am back under 200 pounds. I gained 10 pounds while my dad and I were in Minnesota last month (went from 197 pounds to 207 pounds). An... Read more

  • Thank you all ....

    6/29/2017 8:03:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    Your prayers and good wishes helped me greatly and I know they helped my sister in law, Betty, and her family. She is now in peace, out of pain and suffering, in heaven. You all are such a gift to me. Thank you for everything. chris... Read more

  • DD went home. It was so much fun having her visit !

    6/29/2017 8:00:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    We chatted and chatted even late at night. I am so grateful for her recovery. She is working continually to get herself healthy. She visited 5 days. It was a joy. The last evening and night she set herself a huge task to help me declutter--from the many years of being unable to declutter. I h... Read more

  • Day 2 and 3 of Stress Eating Challenge: A Tale of 2 Cities

    6/29/2017 12:49:29 AM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Day 2: I had my snacks. I ate them as the day before. And I spent all day with a hunger scale of 10 out of 10. I was bored rather than stressed. When I got home I ate and ate and blew my calories away for the day. Awful. Day 3: I had my snacks. I ate some of them, but wasn't really hungry so le... Read more

  • Begin Again -

    6/28/2017 10:04:25 AM, by SUNNYDAYTLH

    OK I am about to begin again. I was doing great. I started a new job. Lost Focus. Quit using SP. Weight back up 10lbs of the weight I had lost and no way to make my Goal by my Sept 3rd Birthday. All in all, that is ok. I am still 10lbs under my all time big weight. I am walking mor... Read more

  • Down 3 pounds and feeling somewhat better

    6/27/2017 9:08:09 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I'm down 3 pounds now. I went from 204 pounds on Saturday to 201 pounds now. I feel so much better. I am getting closer to where I want to before my physical for my carpel tunnel surgery. The physical is a week from tomorrow. I have been exercising pretty good and splurging the past few days b... Read more

  • Day 1 Stress Eating Challenge

    6/26/2017 6:06:25 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    I packed some good snacks to bring to work today. At 9 am I started out with a 30 calorie can of Spicy V8. I used to drink that all the time and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. It tasted really good. At 10 am I had some rice crackers with some pesto I made from my garden yesterday. I... Read more

  • Trying to think of ways to do things with 1 hand

    6/26/2017 10:04:06 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am trying to figure out was to do things with 1 hand when it comes time to have my carpel tunnel surgeries. Its been too long since this has happened. It was 1995 when I had my left arm in a cast after I broke my wrist in high school after trying to learn how to roller skate. I did last night when... Read more

  • Trying to keep pain at bay with some exercising

    6/25/2017 4:13:29 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm trying the best that I can with the carpel tunnel pain at bay with some exercising today. While at church and having lunch it was horrible. Couldn't hold the hymnal without being in pain. Instead of having my hands flat or holding it at the edges (when open) without having pain. So I made fists ... Read more

  • Going After my Stress Eating Habit This Week

    6/25/2017 12:48:18 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    I paid for the premium version of SparkPeople yesterday, and one of the benefits is being able to ask a question every week to one of the coaches. I sent in a question about stress eating. I didn't want to get the standard advice, because I've tried the standard advice without success. sent very det... Read more

  • Why I Love Exercise

    6/24/2017 1:33:06 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Some days it's hard to get myself out from behind the computer and out into the pool. I tell myself all the reasons I can't exercise right now. I'm too tired, I'm in too much pain, the eczema will flare up, it's too late in the evening, I'm too busy, blah, blah, blah. The truth is that I always... Read more

  • Lost a pound and getting in some light exercising

    6/24/2017 11:50:51 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I'm back down to 204 pounds. I was up to 206 pounds towards the beginning of the week until I was down to 205 pounds on Thursday. Been eating somewhat better here the past couple of days. I am going to keep going. I have about 11 days (July 5th) until my physical and 13 days until my surgery on... Read more