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  • When Short February's Done

    3/1/2015 9:53:38 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    Here we are at the beginning of a new month. February was short, but very sweet for me. I started the month at 348.8 lbs. I'm not sure where I ended it it as my weigh in isn't until tomorrow night, but as of last Monday night I was 333.4 lbs. putting me at a 15.4 lbs. loss for the month. My goal for... Read more

  • Day 2: Discipline

    2/27/2015 1:51:37 AM, by VIDYARP

    I read this wonderful caption somewhere yesterday and thought to myself -"How appropriate" It goes like this: "Discipline is the bridge that closes the gap between goal and accomplishment" So here i am on day 2 and already feeling a lot better. I certainly want to bridge that gap between ... Read more

  • Day 1 - Feeling positive

    2/26/2015 1:31:33 AM, by VIDYARP

    Today is the first day in my 40th year where i commit myself to work for a better tomorrow. I am so done with the procrastination, so done with pity parties and self loathing, so done with all those failed efforts. I am done!! Enough of it! I cannot live the rest of my life thinking about all the lo... Read more

  • Walking with Pain and Politics

    2/25/2015 7:46:33 PM, by CHEFTONITO

    Arthritis is a bitch, especially when the weather is changing. I live in the Pacific Northwest, and while it has been unseasonably warm, we still have fronts going through daily. And I feel every one in my knees. I try to walk at least 20 minutes every lunchtime, and being on Oregon's Capital Mall i... Read more

  • Looking Forward to Enjoying Life

    2/24/2015 11:37:42 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I'm getting the hang of socializing while maintaining my lifestyle changes. My Dear Husband came home from work ready to hit the gym so we went on an active date. We rode bikes side by side and I resisted the urge to compete with anyone but myself. He has done the Pan Ohio three years in a row ... Read more

  • The Joys of Strength Training

    2/23/2015 6:13:59 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    As I was commenting on a blog today, I noticed my response was quickly growing into a blog post of its own. I really love strength training and I want to tell you why. Although you don't get that sticker shock award for burning huge amounts of cardio calories, it has an appeal all its own. I love t... Read more

  • Learning to Live With It

    2/20/2015 8:40:36 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    Tonight we had another movie night tonight with special food. Our friend brought a dish made from a Thug Kitchen recipe: Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Quinoa with @$!#/ Cranberries. It was delicious and better for me than the Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread and Frank's Buffalo Chicken Dip. I'm so great ... Read more

  • Making Progress

    2/19/2015 10:59:25 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I had a great workout while the girls went to their first spinning class. Then I went and locked the only key to the Pacifica in the car. Part of the problem was I had too much to carry and couldn't feel my fingers, even with gloves on. Thank goodness we were already home. I could just kick myself, ... Read more

  • A Weekend of Adventure

    2/18/2015 1:48:25 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I'm finally getting a chance to sit down and write after a four day weekend with all three kids and their friends at home. Besides the temptation of Valentines Day in general, my husband wanted a party with guests and snacks and party food. The snow actually made it a very small party as well as pr... Read more

  • TUESDAY

    2/17/2015 5:03:48 PM, by ICECUB

    HI EVERYONE, HOPE EVERYONE IS STAYING WARM. WE GOT ABOUT 3 INCHES OF SNOW YESTERDAY. MOST HAVE MELTED OFF THE STREET NOT THE GROUND. I AM MOVING ON DOWN TO 197 LBS. MY DR'S OFFICE CALLED AND SAID MY ECHO WAS NORMAL. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PRAYERS AND KIND NOTE. IT DID GIVE ME THE INCENTIV... Read more

  • IT IS SNOWING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2/16/2015 5:36:04 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Winter is rearing it's ugly head

    2/16/2015 1:23:54 PM, by JANNY316

    Well, at home today due to ice falling and snow coming right behind it. I am very over winter right now. But on the good side, I was able to go ahead and get almost 40 minutes of walking in today, and I am starting to read a new book that I purchased on type 2 diabetes. I am taking this day for m... Read more

  • A Different Kind of Workout

    2/13/2015 9:34:29 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    This will be the first time since I started that I really true meant to go get my cardio in, but didn't. I feel like I have already hit that minus the wonderful feel good endorphins. I'm worn out. I did the shopping for the next two weeks for my family of five today, bringing home lots of high quali... Read more

  • It's The Simple Things That Make The Struggle Worthwhile

    2/12/2015 8:48:46 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    This is going to sound strange, but I've found another way to measure my progress. I managed to get two loads of laundry rolled down two flights of stairs and then made several trips carefully wading through the basement to run both of them. I climbed stairs up and down at least ten times today. Wit... Read more

  • I Had My Date and Got to Eat Too

    2/11/2015 9:39:46 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I'm going to sleep well tonight! I took Alex Sines and two of her friends with me to the YMCA. We got a great workout in before going out for the night. My DH and I love Pasttimes which is a little bar and grill nearby. It has mostly fried foods, great wings, sandwiches or pizza, and the best ... Read more

  • Persistence Pays Off

    2/10/2015 10:21:39 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I had a strong finish to a blah day. I woke up tired ad drug my butt all day. I did manage to get down into the basement to run laundry, which is a real hard thing for me. It's a regular mine field down there and I can't effectively use my cane. I also got clean clothes back, folded and put away so ... Read more

  • Goals In Sight

    2/9/2015 9:22:00 AM, by LDYSABELLA

    I've had a very full and wonderful weekend. I got all my errands done and managed to get in my full strength training Saturday and a good cardio workout on the recumbent bike on Sunday. I'm improving on stamina, but I really want to get my resistance and RPMs up. I figure it will come with tim... Read more

  • SUNDAY

    2/8/2015 5:22:15 PM, by ICECUB

    LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING... Read more

  • ONEDERLAND!

    2/8/2015 5:11:30 PM, by ICECUB

    HELLO EVERYONE, WELL I FINALLY MADE IT TO ONDERLAND. I THINK WORRYING ABOUT TESTS HELPED. BUT I HAVE STUCK WITH FRUITS AND VEGGIES. WALKING EIYHER INSIDE OR OUTSIDE. QALKING DOES MAKE ME FEEL BETTER. BUT THINGS WILL GET BETTER WITH GOD.... Read more

  • Another Year Older

    2/8/2015 9:29:55 AM, by MUSIKAT62

    Yesterday was my uh hmm 53rd birthday. Every year I seem to think "this year is going to be different" and inevitably ends up being "SOSDD". I suppose it is one of those things, if you keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result, well you know the rest. I know I have done a few thi... Read more

  • When the going gets tough it's time to get going.

    2/7/2015 10:53:00 PM, by MAMAZ4

    I was sliding down a slippery slope and in danger of losing ground on all the progress I had made. Why? Because I was letting the bad things in my life slow me down. I was switching my focus from me to the things around me and the situations I could not control. I, thankfully, realized that if I do... Read more

  • Keep at It Because Sometimes It's Just Hard to Get Started

    2/6/2015 10:48:17 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I didn't sleep very well last night. I never sleep as well after one of my light days. I woke up groggy and achy after a very restless night. I kicked myself in the pants and waited for my girls to get home to make sure I was properly motivated to get to the YMCA. With three teens in tow, we made it... Read more

  • My fear of OCD vs. my fight to get organized

    2/6/2015 7:58:57 AM, by UTMIZ_2000

    I can remember the day I became afraid of developing OCD. I know where the fear came from. Now I'm fighting to rid myself of this fear that keeps me from getting organized. It's important that I conquer this because not being organized sabotages my ability to do the things in the kitchen that will g... Read more

  • Wednesday 2-4-15

    2/5/2015 1:05:17 AM, by PANDABEAR42

    it was a beautiful sunny day today and we had visitors through the day. Hubby said early in the morning he saw 3 deer very close to the house eating what i put out for the turkeys. when i was making my breakfast i had company for breakfast.... i took this from my bedroom window as these 2 tur... Read more

  • Finding Joy in the Job of Getting Fit

    2/4/2015 11:07:37 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I got to the YMCA tonight before the snow started. It was great to have my two daughters and adoptive DD with me. They have been incredibly supportive. I'm having a great time. My workouts are less work and more gratification. I love each time I can push a little harder, lift a little more, or go a ... Read more

  • HI

    2/4/2015 11:40:04 AM, by ICECUB

    HI, WELL I HAVE A APP. IN AEW HOURS WITH THE HEART DR. I AM VERY NERVOUS. SO PLEASE REMEMBER ME IN YOUR PRAYERS. ALSO LAST WEEK I SAID MY SISTER WAS OK, WELL HER DR CALL AND SAID THE TEST WERE INCONCLUSIVE. HE WANT HER TO SEE SOMEONE ELSE. PLEASE REMEMBER MY SISTER IN YOUR PRAYERS TOO. I UST WISH IT... Read more

  • uggh, Sick again

    2/4/2015 9:32:14 AM, by JANNY316

    I am so sick of being sick. Once again, I am back on antibiotics for a sinus and ear infection and off my RA meds until I get through this round of antibiotics. I have had 4 sinus infections this winter, so far. Just got over one from Christmas in early January and now, here I am again. What is ... Read more

  • We are Not Alone

    2/3/2015 5:16:53 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    February has been great so far. I feel good, and I'm ready to carry on with new and expanded goals. I can't emphasize enough what a treasure the SparkPeople community has been. When you have as much to lose as I do, you get overwhelmed by doubt easily. Negative self talk sneaks back in as you look a... Read more

  • One Month in...

    2/1/2015 2:29:29 PM, by UTMIZ_2000

    One of my New Year's resolutions was to trim 50 pounds from my body. Step One: Started Physical Therapy for my knees and hips. It's difficult to exercise if your joints and muscles are a mess. Step Two: I planned to go back on the Atkin's eating plan. I did well on that over 10 y... Read more

  • Looking Back and Moving Forward

    1/31/2015 7:03:55 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I'm finishing up January with a true sense of accomplishment. I rode out my 1 pound gain last week to weigh in with a 3.8 pound loss this week. I got in to our little office gym last night and got to the Y this morning to finish the month on a high note with a rousing Strength Training session. ... Read more