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  • Day 10

    2/8/2016 12:09:21 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    I know we drive home the importance of planning and prep in this group but it really is one of the keys to success. I like to take time on Sundays to meal plan, shop and prep. That way I have a solid plan for the week & it's so much easier to keep on track when life happens & unexpected things pop u... Read more

  • A long and busy weekend...

    2/7/2016 9:17:18 PM, by SHAWFAN

    We threw my granddaughter's 8th Birthday party at a skating rink Saturday. We all had a great time. Had a lot going on both before and after the party, but I did manage to get in an elliptical workout early in the morning. Today was a bit harder. My DH, the photographer, wanted to go out ... Read more

  • Spiritual Sunday

    2/7/2016 9:02:44 PM, by KNEEMAKER

    Are you here yet?........... Read more

  • Life

    2/7/2016 8:58:24 PM, by SPEDED2

    Pray for Peace. 459... Read more

  • Day 997

    2/7/2016 2:07:38 PM, by MAWEISBERG

    Rest Day. Feeling good.... Read more

  • Day 997

    2/7/2016 2:07:38 PM, by MAWEISBERG

    Rest Day. Feeling good.... Read more

  • Dry rot of shoes??? Good, expensive shoes at that.

    2/7/2016 1:23:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I never heard of this but I guess I am now old enough to have it happen! A big, heavy pair of Drew shoes are awful. The 1/2 inch thick rubber sole is cracking across the toes area. And the leather is peeling on the top of the toe area. I am retired from teaching -about 4 years. So I know ... Read more

  • Chicken Noodle Casserole

    2/7/2016 10:44:50 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you wondering what to make for dinner? Here is a favorite of mine and I hope that it will be one of yours too! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 5 ounces (about 4 cups) dry egg noodles 2 Tbsps unsalted butter 1/2 small onion, chopped 2 Tbsps all-purpose fl... Read more

  • Winter in a blanket

    2/7/2016 10:18:59 AM, by LORNALARSON1

    I feel that all winter long, I only want to eat, watch tv, and stay in a blanket on the couch. I think I need to move to a place where there isn't winter.... Read more

  • The One-legged Wind Releasing Pose for seniors

    2/7/2016 9:54:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    I did a search for "yoga for seniors. " I had seen a site or an article or a class offered to teach "seniors" easy stances and/or exercises to keep strength and flexibility. Yeah I guess "releasing wind" is very, very important for us! 198 chris... Read more

  • Lost 40 pounds!

    2/7/2016 9:52:27 AM, by SUNSHINEYSHARON

    As of today, I've lost 39.9 pounds! I started Nov 4th, so it took 3 month and 3 days:) I would like to lose another 80 pounds. The initial weightloss is very encouraging and I'm banking on it keeping my momentum up! Weight loss Method: Eating a whole foods plant based diet:) Limited meat to ab... Read more

  • Lina's Valentine Dress

    2/7/2016 6:04:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    These dresses are so cute, and best of all they are easy! I take a little tee shirt, and then buy some matching fabric for the ruffle on the bottom. Cut the fabric at 4 inches, 5 1/2 inches and 7 inches. machine hem each fabric, then sew the 3 fabrics together. Gather the fabric, and then... Read more

  • Workout

    2/7/2016 12:42:50 AM, by SPEDED2

    Pray for Peace. 459... Read more

  • Days 4-6 of a Focused February!!

    2/6/2016 8:50:19 PM, by WHYTEBROWN

    Hey Sparkies, So it's been 3 days since my last blog which means that I didn't keep up with my accountability goal of blogging at least every 2 days. 39 Both Thursday and yesterday I didn't make the best of choices either where food was concerned. I managed to keep my stay within my calorie ra... Read more

  • Saturday Fun

    2/6/2016 4:59:33 PM, by GOLFGMA

    I 26 getting together with friends on Saturday. Today was no exception. The 259 was showing 38 degrees at 11:45 AM and we were planning to play 278 at 12:00. It was 67 and the wind wasn't blowing so we kept our plans and played . After the 18 hole round my Fitbit showed 9,311 steps. So... Read more

  • Day 996

    2/6/2016 2:50:43 PM, by MAWEISBERG

    Gym Day. Did 5 of 7 exercises. Feeling good.... Read more

  • A Recipe / Ranting on Gluten / Solutions!

    2/6/2016 1:55:59 PM, by PALEOISGOOD

    Well last night's salsa chicken was a hit. You can find it on the spark recipes site. So much flavor and so easy to make! We even had it for breakfast and we still have more. The recipe had a slight bit of dairy (dairy is not paleo) but I'm ok with that. I included the link at the bottom o... Read more

  • Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Drumsticks

    2/6/2016 12:52:37 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, My kids favorite part of the chicken are the drumsticks so guess what? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 Tbsps fresh lime juice, plus wedges for serving 2 Tbsps dark molasses 2 Tbsps olive oil 1-inch piece of fresh ginger 1 c cherry or grape tomatoes 2 ga... Read more

  • Spark-a-versery

    2/6/2016 10:18:41 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    I sparkle, I shine, I am still here after all this time. SIX years. My fit bit tracker has kept me "active" when I have not gotten on as often as I'd like, but I have recently recommitted and am making it happen by baby steps once again. I am getting more sleep. Drinking at least 8 cups ... Read more

  • Snow

    2/6/2016 9:59:21 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Since we will be most likely moving, I have been packing. For nearly a year. No, I don't have that much stuff, it is just the market is lousy and our house hasn't sold. Meanwhile, since we started packing in March, I packed all my winter clothes away. Ugh. I couldn't dig back far enough into the sto... Read more

  • New Recumbent Bike

    2/6/2016 6:55:59 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    After saving, researching, and reading reviews, I bought a new recumbent bike last weekend. My husband put it together for me Thursday night. I finally got to give it a go for a workout this morning. Oh my!! That thing is much tougher than the bikes at the Y. I was able to do 15 minutes plus t... Read more

  • Bad Weather Hike

    2/6/2016 6:16:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday school was cancelled at the last possible minute. I was already at school, preparing my lessons. It turned out to be a great day to take a short hike up Pitcher Mountain. I hiked with another teacher who had some great wisdom to share with me. She reminded me that people see the wo... Read more

  • Reverse Before & After

    2/6/2016 6:15:38 AM, by STEPH-KNEE

    This is what I'd like to call a reverse before & after pic. The one on the left is from last year, when I was at a much better weight (I was down over 80 pounds and that point and was feeling like a million bucks). The photo on the right is from my birthday this past Wednesday. Hopefully Disney forg... Read more

  • KIDS-DRESS-UP

    2/6/2016 5:08:46 AM, by MARYJOANNA

    A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, 'Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit.' 'And why not, darling?' 'You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.' ... Read more

  • Day 9

    2/6/2016 2:54:44 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    I know there will be days that are hard and some that come easier. Remember you are a work in progress. Don't expect yourself to be perfect every day, just work on being better and the progress continues. Know that you have the power to do anything and we are all here to help each other through good... Read more

  • The Worst Thing in Life

    2/5/2016 11:49:01 PM, by SPEDED2

    Pray for Peace. 459... Read more

  • Thinking of giving Weight Watchers a try

    2/5/2016 11:26:01 PM, by LORNALARSON1

    Seriously, it couldn't hurt. Can't seem to make it budge without some kind of sustained effort/accountability... Read more

  • Thinking of giving Weight Watchers a try

    2/5/2016 11:25:32 PM, by LORNALARSON1

    Seriously, it couldn't hurt. Can't seem to make it budge without some kind of sustained effort/accountability... Read more

  • Inspiring motivation

    2/5/2016 7:47:44 PM, by RENATA144

    I was shoveling a lot of snow . When I started to get tired I reminded myself of the struggles that my ancestors went through to survive. I reminded myself that I come from great people who overcame countless obstacles to survive. I was so proud off myself for completing a tough job & realiz... Read more

  • Friday and the Weekend!

    2/5/2016 3:18:43 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    244 its Friday! AND Super Bowl Weekend 281 This week has been of week of change for me. Trying new things and seeing how it works. I've really upped my protein, fats and veggies and decreased my sugar. I am experimenting with a lower carb plan that includes small amounts of whole grains,... Read more

  • Day 995

    2/5/2016 1:37:33 PM, by MAWEISBERG

    Rest Day. Feeling good.... Read more

  • First month down!

    2/5/2016 12:26:21 PM, by SLIM4LIFE09

    So January was, I think, a success! I lost 9 lbs! Yes!!! 104 With February, my goals are similar. Just keep being consistent. Track everything, make smart choices, drink water, move a lot more and keep training with my couch to 5k too. I struggle with my calorie goals using My Fitness Pa... Read more

  • Wild Thyme Summer Salad

    2/5/2016 11:06:41 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I hope that you have thyme growing in your gardens! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 cups cooked rice 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into 1-inch cubes 1 8 1/2-ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped 1/3 c chopped Kalamata oliv... Read more

  • TGIF and more healthy recipes

    2/5/2016 11:05:24 AM, by PALEOISGOOD

    TGIF, Thank Goodness It's Friday Although I Love Each Day! The Paleo Ground Beef Tacos last night were a hit! My husband had his with a flour tortilla, me I just had the seasoned ground beef and some guacamole. Quite delicious! I'm trying to get rid of the oranges we have around so th... Read more

  • it's friday

    2/5/2016 8:00:04 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! time to unwind and relax for me and my daughter. all of the birds say hi. i will be trying an exercise dvd later on in the afternoon,as i have just a half day at work today. it is one that i got from the library. it is to do with the sweatin' to the oldies videos that we... Read more

  • Stretched

    2/5/2016 5:32:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I am feeling stretched! Pulled in many directions and a bit uncomfortable. I am dealing with an adult bully at my work, and learning how to stand up for myself. I have to keep reminding myself that growth is good. It is also uncomfortable at the time. Have a good day! ... Read more

  • 2.4.16

    2/5/2016 12:38:07 AM, by KASHSMOMMY

    Feeling so good about sticking with this. It's been a long time since I made it through even one well. Today is day 4. I know I can make it!... Read more

  • Day 8

    2/4/2016 11:19:50 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    I hope you like the tip today, because I think it is key! You are making choices, not restrictions or things you can't have. This is why so many people fail at "dieting". They feel like they always have to make the "best" choices and that "better" choices just aren't good enough, so they give up! Ev... Read more

  • Smart Kid?

    2/4/2016 10:18:53 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Teacher: Can any bright pupil tell me why a man's hair turns gray before his mustache? Student: 'Cause his hair has a twenty-year head start on his mustache. Sometimes you wonder what kids are really learning. The teacher pointed at the 232 , turned to the six year old, and... Read more

  • Good Thursday...

    2/4/2016 8:21:34 PM, by SHAWFAN

    Hello friends, Something must have clicked cause today was a good day all around. Other than the stress of work, that is. Today was great for nutrition. Had a fruit smoothie for breakfast, no mid morning snack, a spinach salad for lunch, with a bit of dried cranberries, almond slices, c... Read more

  • More Karma

    2/4/2016 7:46:16 PM, by SPEDED2

    Pray for Peace. 459... Read more

  • Keep Your Eyes On God, Spark Friends!

    2/4/2016 7:17:30 PM, by SUNSET09

    When you're walking with your eyes on your feet, you have no idea where you're going. The experience is entirely self-centered. There's no perspective, because you can't see how you fit into the larger landscape. The only way to make a straight line of footprints in the snow is to ignore... Read more

  • And the Scheduling Nightmare Begins

    2/4/2016 4:35:36 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    This is the time of the school year that I am the busiest. We are a magnet school, so we interview perspective students. That process starts next week. The days are very long and grueling. The entire selection process takes about a month of hard work. Some days we are at school for 13 or 14 hours. ... Read more

  • Compare trying to get healthy to using a GPS!!! What a wonderful blog-enjoy!

    2/4/2016 3:40:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic_journal_individual.asp
    ?blog_id=6085587 and this blog has another link within it! So basing your weight loss journey on the scale can be as misleading as using a GPS! 198... Read more

  • Day 994

    2/4/2016 2:39:01 PM, by MAWEISBERG

    Gym Day. Did 5 of 7 exercises. Feeling good.... Read more

  • Early bird gets the worm

    2/4/2016 1:48:02 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Early last year I tried getting up at 5am to head to the gym. I love going early because there was hardly anyone there. I also felt really good starting the day out on the right track. I only went that early like 3 times. The issue was that I wasnt going to bed early enough. I always felt ... Read more

  • Early bird gets the worm

    2/4/2016 1:48:00 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Early last year I tried getting up at 5am to head to the gym. I love going early because there was hardly anyone there. I also felt really good starting the day out on the right track. I only went that early like 3 times. The issue was that I wasnt going to bed early enough. I always felt ... Read more

  • Mistakes and Corrections

    2/4/2016 1:06:14 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    Aye a Mistake! Shocker, right? 246 Here is the crux of it. My good friend is following some sort of low carb plan that you cycle between eating grains and not eating them. So many days on and so many days off. She has been ordering a breve with steamed HEAVY CREAM because it is super low ... Read more

  • It depends

    2/4/2016 12:53:50 PM, by PALEOISGOOD

    Is Rice Paleo friendly? That appears to be a discussion point. I read an article today that indicates that brown rice is not Paleo friendly. White rice; could be; depends if you are trying to gain weight (yes), lose weight (eat white rice sparingly). If you are relatively active, white r... Read more

  • Enjoy your day peeps!!

    2/4/2016 12:40:06 PM, by PALEOISGOOD

    Last year a friend at work introduced me to Paleo. I joined the program in November! I love eating whole foods - vegetables, meats, etc. and how great it makes me feel. I've been doing a lot of research online and want to grow and share what I've learned. It's pretty cool. It se... Read more

  • Getting back

    2/4/2016 12:26:47 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    After surviving weeks of the bronchitis from Hell - my plan was to get back to my program starting the first of February Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate - we had a big blizzard and I could not even get out to go to the gym! I also started an online college class and have had to make ad... Read more

  • changing my workouts

    2/4/2016 12:17:54 PM, by JPTOWNSEND

    I love hiking and walking outdoors, and yet I know I need to mix it up. So, at the physical therapist's suggestion I started water jogging in deep water - no impact. It's ok. But boring. I really have to discipline myself to stay focused and working hard. The hot tub soak at the end is my reward. ;... Read more

  • A belated Groundhog Day funny.

    2/4/2016 11:29:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • Fresh Apple Salad With Grilled Chicken And Crumbled Cheddar

    2/4/2016 10:42:53 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am hungry for a fresh salad! How 'bout you? Take a peek! Ingredients~ For the Salad~ 1 grilled chicken breast, thinly sliced 2 honeycrisp apples (or your favorite variety), cored and thinly sliced 1 red onion, thinly sliced 2 Tbsps dried cranberr... Read more

  • what a beautiful day

    2/4/2016 9:11:36 AM, by MOMMY445

    it looks like this job will just go for this week. that is fine with me. i have an interview set up for next week for a full time job. my daughter says hi and sends hugs to all of mommy's friends. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Learning to Trust

    2/4/2016 5:18:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. Psalm 125:1 I have never been to Israel and climbed Mount Zion. I have climbed many mountains in New England. I do know that if for any reason, I could not reach the peak today, or during the climb... Read more

  • Tired. Steam less.

    2/3/2016 10:23:23 PM, by LORNALARSON1

    Feeling pretty drained. Been working very hard, long hours and my kitchen is filthy.... Read more

  • Day 7

    2/3/2016 10:06:03 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Whenever I find myself falling into the trap of comparing myself to others. I remember this: If we just strive to be better than we were yesterday, we will always see improvement. For today, check in with these: 1) Water 2) Name at least one thing you've improved on since beginning this ... Read more

  • Try Me

    2/3/2016 9:33:51 PM, by SPEDED2

    Pray for Peace. 459... Read more

  • Wednesdays Entry

    2/3/2016 9:16:42 PM, by SHAWFAN

    Hello friends, I need to be in bed very soon so this will probably be short...again. Today was a good day for movement. 45 minutes walking this morning. 21 minutes with Jamie McFaden video on leg work, also this morning. 31 minutes on elliptical this evening at the gym. Stair climbin... Read more

  • No Way!

    2/3/2016 8:58:16 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Yes, Way! Today was a 27 day here in North Carolina. It could have been a good day for 102 . I had a hair dresser's appointment at 9:00. I did not go back to sleep when I woke at 5:20. 128 After getting out of bed I had 106 and my toast. I had lots of time then before getting ready to ... Read more

  • what I didn't eat

    2/3/2016 8:54:59 PM, by CYNKINGFEELING

    Today I said no to half a chocolate chip cookie. I turned down a piece of chocolate. I didn't eat any York Peppermint Patties. I didn't buy fast food. I'm ignoring the Donettes in the pantry. I have to remember these small victories. I ate more than my fair share of calories today, but I could h... Read more

  • Day 3 of a Focused February!!

    2/3/2016 6:19:28 PM, by WHYTEBROWN

    Hey Sparkies, So today was another green dot day and another 10/10 where my goals are concerned!! 334 Not only that but today is also day 10 of My 30 day Stay Within My Calorie Range Challenge!! 244 I'm 1/3 of the way there!! Today also I weighed in for the BLC Challenge which I'm a p... Read more

  • Squats

    2/3/2016 3:27:15 PM, by LONDONFOG222

    Oh, my! I try these and I can't seem to get the right form to make it through....any ideas?... Read more

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Pita Pockets

    2/3/2016 2:49:36 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am sorry that I have not been here in a couple of days. My data did not roll over like it should have and so in-turn, no internet! So, now that I gave them a good 'ol spark talk, I am here! Are you ready to get your slow cookers out? I bet you are so...Take a peek! ... Read more

  • Some days...greed gets me

    2/3/2016 12:17:02 PM, by RUBYREDIVY1

    I'm having one of those days - instead of fighting it, I'm just hitting my maintenance calories today - if I deprive myself I will go overboard.... Read more

  • Birthday Celebrations

    2/3/2016 11:33:41 AM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    I started my lower carb adventure on February 1st. My daughter celebrated her 13th birthday yesterday on day 2 of my low carb adventure. She picked Chinese for dinner and wanted ice cream for dessert. I kept my portions small but nonetheless went over my carb limit for the day. I did learn ... Read more

  • Day 993

    2/3/2016 11:25:24 AM, by MAWEISBERG

    Rest Day. Feeling good.... Read more

  • I can relate to this!

    2/3/2016 9:13:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    ... Read more

  • Stress management - article from a Florida friend

    2/3/2016 8:26:19 AM, by IRISHEI

    This is from a friend of mine and I thought it was worth sharing. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 525 250 1. Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue. 2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them. 3. Always read st... Read more

  • Healthy Breakfast

    2/3/2016 6:54:14 AM, by WENDYSPARKS

    Hi to all Sparkers! I hope you have been doing well. I have been on a healthy spree lately...this morning I started the day with a healthy breakfast of oatmeal....with chia seeds....I often mix it up on what I add to the oatmeal or cereal....today it was chia... I have been walking a lot at my ... Read more

  • Cool New Water Bottle

    2/3/2016 6:03:10 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    This blog is going to sound like a commercial, but it isn't . I have found a tool that is working for me, so I want to share. I splurged a little and bought myself a new water bottle. Its a My Hydrate bottle. It has an electronic sensor that helps keep track of the amount of water drank in a 24 hour... Read more

  • SHAME ON HER

    2/3/2016 5:55:32 AM, by MARYJOANNA

    Mildred, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor os the church's morals, kept sticking her nose into other people's business. Several members did not approve of her extra curricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain silence. She made a mistake, however, when she accused E... Read more

  • The Mountains are calling,

    2/3/2016 5:23:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    The Mountains are calling, and I must go!~John Muir My husband John at Mummy's Toe in Nevada... Read more

  • Finished off that bread

    2/2/2016 11:33:06 PM, by LORNALARSON1

    Ate bread and chicken. Shoveled a lot of snow. There is something relaxing about shoveling snow when you have time. I really dislike winter but it is pretty when it snows. Overate today. Time to cut back.... Read more

  • Finished off that bread

    2/2/2016 11:33:00 PM, by LORNALARSON1

    Ate bread and chicken. Shoveled a lot of snow. There is something relaxing about shoveling snow when you have time. I really dislike winter but it is pretty when it snows. Overate today. Time to cut back.... Read more

  • Tuesday entry

    2/2/2016 10:08:51 PM, by SHAWFAN

    Hello friends, Not a bad day, even with the rain this morning. Elliptical workout before work totaling 35 minutes. Walking throughout the day, plus stair climbing. Didn't eat any chinese food that was ordered by office manager. Kept to plan, pretty much, with a couple of small exception... Read more

  • Win Some, Lose Some

    2/2/2016 9:51:27 PM, by BROOKE008

    Hello everyone! I hope that all of you who I had the pleasure of talking with yesterday are continuing to work hard toward their goals! I'm not going to lie - today I made many good choices and some bad choices. I drank more water and stayed in my calorie/fat/carb/protein targets. Could I have m... Read more

  • Learning

    2/2/2016 9:00:24 PM, by SPEDED2

    Pray for Peace. 459... Read more

  • Day 2 of a Focused February!!

    2/2/2016 6:57:46 PM, by WHYTEBROWN

    Hey Sparkies, I'm happy to report that today is day 9 of My 30 day Stay Within My Calorie Range Challenge!! 244 Today was also a green dot and 10/10 day where my daily goals are concerned!! Double 244 I also had an 345 NSV today by realizing exactly how powerful my mind is!! ... Read more

  • Back again, with new energy

    2/2/2016 6:06:02 PM, by SHARBEAR100

    How many blogs start with that title - Back again? I hate to be another one, but here I am. I've been peeking in now and then and even tracked my food a little bit here and there, but I haven't been able to stay with it. The last 15 months or so have been pretty hard. Looking back, I can see th... Read more

  • Join This Game

    2/2/2016 5:04:24 PM, by GOLFGMA

    This morning, while reading a blog someone wrote here on Spark People, I remember commenting that I could never imagine not having some sweet treats in my life. I would rather do more exercise and have a 1 oz. snack than do without all together. Moderation is key if trying this. Eating sugar w... Read more

  • Lower Carb Day 2 - Early Recap

    2/2/2016 4:13:59 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    I wanted to do a Day 2 recap early since I will be busy celebrating my daughter's birthday tonight. I started the day off with a fabulous omelet (2 eggs, 1.5 slices of ham, 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper, 2 TBSP of cheese) and coffee w/ 3 TBSP of half and half. Super satisfying and I'm pretty... Read more

  • Day 992

    2/2/2016 3:47:44 PM, by MAWEISBERG

    Gym Day. Did 5 of 7 exercises. Feeling good.... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    2/2/2016 12:13:24 PM, by MOMMY445

    i got the job! i start tomorrow and it goes until next wednesday! woo hoo! i am soooooo excited and happy! it has been a really long time since i last worked and i am relieved that i finally got a job. my good friend treated me out to dinner the other day to celebrate the good news. i definitely did... Read more

  • February Goals

    2/2/2016 5:43:25 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    My goals for February are to continue make my minimum of 150 exercise minutes per week. For Lent, I am giving up Beer. I bought a MyHydrate Bottle which is a pretty cool little device. I am going to track my water for February and then set a water goal for March. ... Read more

  • A brighter day

    2/2/2016 5:24:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm going to make today a lot brighter with a smile on my face and a kind word in my mouth. Sometimes just a smile can change the day!... Read more

  • Great start....kind of bad finish...

    2/1/2016 10:38:09 PM, by SHAWFAN

    Hello friends, I started out the day full blast with 48 minutes walking, then walking throughout the day. Had planned on going to the gym after work. That didn't happen because my tummy started acting up. Ran back and forth to the restroom all day. 39 At least I got my steps in. 246 ... Read more

  • January 2016

    2/1/2016 9:50:55 PM, by HEALTHYEMAN

    January 2016: -------------------------- Wed, Jan 6 - 166.2 Thurs, Jan 14 - 165.8 (before our trip to Vegas) Fri, Jan 22 - 165.7 (not bad after our trip! we did end up walking 16 miles on Saturday, ran a race on Sunday and walked another 9 miles :D) Fri, Jan 29 - 164.9 (under 165! reached ... Read more

  • Goals

    2/1/2016 9:27:57 PM, by ERCELLAJS

    January has come and gone and I managed to log in 30 days out of the 31 days. I stayed within my calorie range 80 to 90% of the time. For February I would like to get that closer to 100% of the time. DH and I have been going to the YMCA for the last year and we try to get there 3 times a week but... Read more

  • We've Got This

    2/1/2016 9:16:27 PM, by BROOKE008

    This is for everyone who has lost 50 lbs and gained it all back (and then some). For the ones who started out with the best of intentions but somehow lost steam. For everyone who has ever gone to the gym religiously for months but allowed the stress of their lives to make them feel like their health... Read more

  • Better Not Bitter

    2/1/2016 8:40:14 PM, by SPEDED2

    Pray for Peace. 459... Read more

  • Day 1 of A Focused February!!

    2/1/2016 7:45:18 PM, by WHYTEBROWN

    Hey Sparkies, So today is new month and I don't know about you but I see that as another opportunity to achieve 250 things!! I am therefore committing to a "Focused February!!" This month I hope to apply something that I read recently in another Spark member's blog about "Con... Read more

  • Ate a lot of bread today

    2/1/2016 7:40:50 PM, by LORNALARSON1

    I love thos loavs of bread from Breadsmith, but slicing them you can't control the size as well of your portion. One slice isn't enough. Then I've had 4 slices. With tomato sauce.wow. Did great today besides that. Was gonna try going to the gym but Wesley is coming with me to bells and we can't stop... Read more

  • Lower Carb - Day 1

    2/1/2016 6:16:49 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    My mom has been doing a lower carb diet since just after Thanksgiving and has experienced the greatest weight loss success in years. She firmly believes its the process that works best for her body. She told me this morning that she is now wearing the smallest jeans she owns for the first time in ... Read more

  • Energy

    2/1/2016 4:39:59 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Proteins provide 4 calories per gram. They can be used as an energy source. Here's a tip: Stuff a baked potato with cottage cheese, steamed broccoli, and a sprinkling of Parmesan for a meal filled with protein and good nutrition. ... Read more

  • Tough One Today!

    2/1/2016 4:37:34 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    What a beautiful day outside! I decided that I would walk my neighborhood. I wanted to get in some hill work and its just a beautiful day. Oh MY!!! I have been on those flat walking tracks way too long! I thought that I was going to end up on the side of the road curled up in a ball! That... Read more

  • turning 40

    2/1/2016 3:22:45 PM, by MITCHARVEY

    In six months and 21 days I will 40 years old. Normally birthdays aren't a big deal for me, they are just another day BUT with cake. This year I want to be at my goal weight (140) and MAINTAIN it for an entire year. need to get started HUGE goal to obtain... Read more

  • Day 991

    2/1/2016 1:12:44 PM, by MAWEISBERG

    Rest Day. Feeling good.... Read more

  • AARP free course! The Big KNOW! About self-help becoming more happy.

    2/1/2016 12:24:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did not hold much hope that I'd benefit from this online free course. I tried it and I love it. It is NOT someone preaching at you! It is very, very well structured. ANd it is free! It can take 3 weeks to do or do it quicker if you want. You do have to be a member of AARP--a... Read more