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  • Monday

    9/15/2014 11:02:09 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    It was a busy day! While doing three loads of needed laundry I multi-tasked and did most of my core workout. I also was able to do some much needed house cleaning. Now I am totally wiped out and need !!!... Read more

  • Day 73 - all-or-nothing

    9/15/2014 9:02:47 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Perfectionism. Do it right or don't do it at all. We have all been through this. We flub up and then quit. Spangle instructs us not to get caught up in all of this because then we lose sight of the possibilities that could benefit us. For perfectionists, things are either right/wrong, yes/n... Read more

  • 5% Fall Challenge

    9/15/2014 12:31:01 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    We received another assignment. This is one that I refuse to do. Actually I can't do it. The DVD thingamajigger in my computer is broken, it won't read a disc. Hahahahaha. I wouldn't do it anyway. We are suppose to take a picture before the challenge and then one after the challeng... Read more

  • Setting my goals lower

    9/15/2014 10:52:19 AM, by ALIIDA

    When I got the flu last month, both DD and DH said, "You've been going at this exercise thing too hard." I was wondering why I would get the flu in the summer when I'm the one in the family least likely to catch anything, even in the winter. I did feel I had been going at it a bit too intensely, and... Read more

  • Sunday

    9/14/2014 10:53:56 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I accomplished my goal of pull ups, 7 total in 5 minutes, woohoo! The won another game! Tomorrow they have the day off. Then only 13 games left in the regular season. They have a chance to hold onto the second wild card spot in the division! ... Read more

  • Day 72 - sneak eating

    9/14/2014 6:44:54 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    I have a lot of problems with weight, food and weight loss, but mostly I eat right out in the open even if it meant going up to the buffet bar in front of my co-workers long after they stopped. I would brush off the stares. When you are on a weight loss program and you slip up, you might fea... Read more

  • So much for being profitable.

    9/14/2014 5:42:20 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    Saturday was a complete waste of my time. Two people showed up and didn't buy anything. They were looking for something specific in earrings. I stayed for 3 hours then left. Today would have been a beautiful day for a flea market but I was in pain. My back was killing me, still is. I put a pai... Read more

  • Saturday

    9/13/2014 10:47:58 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I had a good day! I was able to increase my pace while walking and the weather was perfect for walking! If my knees could handle it I would consider at least jogging now. Maybe jog some then walk some. Hey jumping jacks are fun! I heard fireworks from a nearby community fall festival while watc... Read more

  • Day 71 - it's too hard!

    9/13/2014 6:42:57 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    "No one is immune from bad days, stress, and fatigue"...but that's not a good reason for giving up! Instead, you need to learn how to face the tough times without allowing them to pull off track" says Linda Spangle. We think when we have a letdown that "oh, this is too hard". But in fact, we d... Read more

  • Day 70 - no good or bad

    9/13/2014 6:21:30 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    "Since food is not a moral issue, you can't apply behavioral codes to what you do with food" says Linda Spangle. In other words, you cannot tell yourself you were bad or good because you ate non-healthy or healthy foods. It may not be good for you to eat unhealthy foods but 'you' are not bad becau... Read more

  • Why I am such a huge baseball fan, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates

    9/12/2014 10:59:09 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    When my Mom and Dad where dating they had season tickets for the Pirates at old Forbes's Field in the outfield section. Once at a game a home run ball bounced off my Mom's head. No she did not get that ball, though. Three years ago my Mom suffered from TIA's or mini-strokes. During a visit of my sis... Read more

  • TGIF????

    9/12/2014 7:05:39 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    I am going to Kit's house tomorrow morning about 8:45 and set up for a tag sale. I put it on craigslist for 9:30. I hope this is not going to be a waste of time. I put my cell phone number because I didn't want people showing up early and bothering Kit and Louis. I have not received one phone ca... Read more

  • Getting past the worries...

    9/12/2014 4:35:52 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I just read an article on psychologytoday.com that mentioned the lives of children, who seem to be able to be fascinated by certain things in the world without regard for all of the problems that will beset them as they get older, such as making a living, finding a partner, making a relationship wor... Read more

  • 9/11

    9/11/2014 11:19:38 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I remember 9/11 well. I had taken my son to school and when I came home I saw the first plane hit one of the twin towers than the second hit the other. Then there were reports of the plane over PA that was supposedly hijacked too. I live in PA and both my wife and I were very concerned about this p... Read more

  • Day 69 - no cheating allowed

    9/11/2014 9:33:35 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Spangle is a big proponent of what words you use when you are working your weight loss program. She does not believe in the word "cheat" because it implies "the diet is in charge." After all, if "you" are in charge, you wouldn't cheat on your diet, would you? Cheat is just the wrong word be... Read more

  • Shopping for clothes

    9/11/2014 9:43:37 AM, by ALIIDA

    I'm going to a lunch, a dinner and a party in October - pretty unusual for me. I only have work or casual clothes, so I went shopping with my daughter who has a more practiced eye. We tried a stylish but cheap shop. There were loose threads, some doubtful stitching and even broken bits. The stylish ... Read more

  • Enjoying the day.

    9/10/2014 11:42:41 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Today the weather was perfect for a walk outside and I took advantage of it. In the next few days we are expecting cooler temps. Also, the Pirates won and still have a chance to make the playoffs for a wild card spot, woohoo! I hope you all had a wonderful hump day and look forward to tomorrow. Toda... Read more

  • Day 68 - I had a "pause"

    9/10/2014 11:29:22 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    When you "slipup" and blow your plan, yesterday's Chapter instructed us to stop using "harsh, punishing words". Spangle tells us to consider it a "pause" in our plan instead. So we can say "I had a brief pause, but now I'm back on track" according to Spangle. Then she tells us something inter... Read more

  • Day 67 - never say "I blew it"

    9/10/2014 11:17:34 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    I think its true that once we think we have "blown" it, we end up doing even more damage. In short, we punish ourselves for blowing it. We are very harsh on ourselves for blowing it and then for not sticking with our program. Spangle tells us to be more gentle with ourselves when this happe... Read more

  • If I were to take my needed vacation!

    9/9/2014 10:57:41 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    It was funny today. While getting my mail, I was just in time to meet my friend and mail carrier. She to agreed she really needed a vacation. I am considering that during February I would love to travel to a southern State, just like the birds will be doing soon. I love fall here in south western PA... Read more

  • SEPTEMBER

    9/9/2014 10:01:56 PM, by ICECUB

    WELL HERE IT IS SEPTEMBER 9, AND I AM STILL 205 I AM SO DISGUSTED. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WALK DUE TO RAIN. BUT I AM STILL DRINKING MY WATER AND ADDING VEGGIES. I STILL GET FAST FOOD ON OCCASION. BUT I AM BETTER ABOUT THAT. I DID RECENTLY FIT INTO A PAIR OF JEANS I BOUGHT LAST SUMMER. THAT ... Read more

  • True story

    9/9/2014 7:33:58 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    I was at my Mom's yesterday. We were sitting around the table with my older niece Kim talking about the past. We were talking about Jack, her crazy cat. A stray cat had kittens in my landlord's garage it must have been 1998 or 1999. I was still doing the flea market and I rented a UHaul van on t... Read more

  • I need a vacation!

    9/8/2014 11:21:37 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Many of my great friends here at SP have been or will have been traveling. I enjoyed the summer but I want/need a 'reward' vacation!!! But there are so many things I am dealing with that I just can not take a break that I want/need! ... Read more

  • Day 66 - don't even start

    9/8/2014 7:02:17 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    So you can remove all items that are tempting from your home, but let's say you are in an area where you cannot. You need to have a "strong, self-talk plan". This means you can't even eat "one bite of the enticing food item" Make up different phrases you can use to enforce this behavior. Remembe... Read more

  • Monterey for Thanksgiving . . . and more

    9/8/2014 3:35:59 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I'm looking forward to a holiday at Thanksgiving....my younger son and I are headed to Monterey, CA to spend time with my older son, who is studying at the Defense Language Institute, as an Arabic Linguist. I found a great little rental home, not far from the Presidio and walking distance to... Read more

  • I'm in he44

    9/8/2014 10:04:31 AM, by CHERYLERBE1

    The reason I'm there is my son who is staying with us has slipped into a depression until it's his time not to be. Then he gets up eats us out of house and home and then goes back to bed. I have to wake him up to take his medication. I try to get him to go to the store with me to buy milk, juice, eg... Read more

  • Time to razz Ginie some more

    9/8/2014 8:30:41 AM, by GINIEMIE

    I got a plea from the director of volunteers to make some more stuffed animals. Happily she had some cut out, but she gave me more fabric too. I, crazy person that I am, went to Hancock Fabrics and bought a few more pieces for variety only to come home and locate fabric I had left over from my last ... Read more

  • Jodhpur thighs!

    9/8/2014 6:51:25 AM, by ALIIDA

    DH and I spent a night in a hotel overlooking the sea. It's not far from home and it was just meant as a short break - his first trip since his health problems some months ago. We didn't find it very refreshing because the hotel w... Read more

  • Sunday

    9/7/2014 9:23:11 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Great day for Pittsburgh sport teams. I did a killer core workout, which I know tomorrow their will be discomfort there! Hope you all have a healthy week! ... Read more

  • Day 65 - stimulus narrowing

    9/7/2014 12:18:40 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Never heard of this, but apparently "stimulus narrowing" is a psychological concept that means you have a narrow window of response. With food, it is where your choices are drastically limited. So here Spangle gives an example where you see your favorite food and then you have two ("split seco... Read more

  • No Chillaxin Today or tomorrow

    9/7/2014 9:57:36 AM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    Okay I am going to try and conquer that fitness tracker today. After going shopping yesterday with Gary's new girlfriend, and shopping until we dropped, I want credit for it. I took a shower and FORGOT to clip my fitbit back on . All those steps, all those hou... Read more

  • Saturday

    9/6/2014 10:01:15 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    This morning I had a very good strength & cardio workout! With the Penn State game going on the TV, I started reading a book by Piers Anthony on my Kindle. Penn State won and I finished most of the book. Then I tuned into the conclusion of the weather delayed Pirate game from Friday. The Pirates won... Read more

  • Day 64 - instant tools for triggers

    9/6/2014 5:20:40 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    At one time or another, we might choose to eat foods that do not support our weight loss program. And not only do we eat these foods, but we 'overeat' them without stopping. Spangle tells us there are some things we can do. 1) brush your teeth (someone on the blog comments mentioned this befo... Read more

  • Triggers and Strategies

    9/6/2014 2:08:36 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    Okay I am behind in my assignments. Triggers was #7 and Strategies was #8. Triggers are too many to list. I thought I had good strategies, but obviously I don't. One trigger that did happen this week is being really fatigued and going to lay down. I missed breakfast and didn't get up until almo... Read more

  • Day 63 - buffers

    9/5/2014 10:21:08 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    So how do you manage those food triggers of yours? Spangle tells us “..one of the best techniques is to create ‘buffers’ that will protect you from slipping into eating.” This means putting “distance between you and your high-risk, problem foods.” Instead of being tempted, stay away completely. ... Read more

  • A fantastic Friday!

    9/5/2014 9:57:19 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    First my Kindle Fire is working now. I finished a book I was in the middle of reading when the Kindle stopped working! Now I will be reading books again. I found a great deal on a Crock Pot from Kohl's, so I'll be cooking more nutritious hot meals! The weather was great for a morning walk! Looking f... Read more

  • Well Josh is home again

    9/5/2014 2:44:46 PM, by CHERYLERBE1

    Well Josh is home again with no real improvement, He thinks he avoids conflict when really he starts it. He starts yelling at me and I raise my voice back. Now If I've already raised my voice at you wouldn't that mean I need to be left alone.? I guess this is what a blog is for to ask questions to? ... Read more

  • Dakota

    9/4/2014 9:33:19 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    For the past two days I have been updating about the case of my friends and their daughter Dakota. The birth father lives in Erie PA and Dakota, her Mom and fiancé have been living here in south western PA, where both her Mom and Anthony, the fiancé work. The birth father has a criminal record for d... Read more

  • Day 62 - non-food triggers

    9/4/2014 1:20:43 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Yesterday's Chapter was about food triggers, but today's information concerns non-food triggers that can “easily send you to the refrigerator or the cupboard.” These are “habits you have previously associated with food”, “uncomfortable emotions, demands from others, or even high expectations of you... Read more

  • 5% Fall Challenge assignment 6

    9/4/2014 10:30:29 AM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    This was yesterday's assignment. When I read it, I went straight to bed. How retarded is that? For awhile now I have been feeling a little fatigued. I chalked it up to not eating right and not exercising. I was eating ice cream, and you know how you get that sugar crash. Last month I feel I co... Read more

  • Wednesday.

    9/3/2014 10:08:59 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    In my friends court case, when Dakota's mother was on the stand she was asked if she would relocate to keep custody of Dakota. Fearing that if she did not agree the Mother said 'Yes'. As a result the mother will have to move but will still keep custody of Dakota. But the birth father will have right... Read more

  • We had to admit him

    9/3/2014 9:20:56 PM, by CHERYLERBE1

    Yes after him sleeping 5 days straight and not hearing from his therapist we had to admit my son. In the beginning he was eating food because I was asking him too, by the end it didn't matter he wasn't eating, drinking, nothing he would just sleep and get up for bathroom breaks then back to sleep. I... Read more

  • Day 61 - food triggers

    9/3/2014 5:54:36 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Triggers and Word Play series “Food cues or triggers include all those little signals and thoughts that prompt you to eat during those times when you weren’t planning on it,” says Linda Spangle. Spangle lets us know that there are different types of triggers such as visual, emotional/mental, a... Read more

  • The Scale Moveth Not

    9/3/2014 10:43:01 AM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    Just an acknowledgement here. I haven't had a scale victory -- I've had many other victories -- but no weight loss. I am at 254. So, I'm glad for the 34 pounds and all of the healthy changes I've made. I'll have to change it up, exercise consistently -- I fall back on this - and its probably the ... Read more

  • Tuesday, sending prayers for close friends for Wednessday.

    9/2/2014 9:00:08 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Here where I live a couple has a wonderful 5 year old daughter. Her birth father has taken them to court to recieve custody of the dareling girl. The parents are wonderful parents and the birth father is a total a@@hole! He is just doing this to get revenge on his ex-wife and not considering the we... Read more

  • Day 60 - create a stop sign

    9/2/2014 4:16:11 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Spangle says that in addition to using the "insteads" list for both head and heart hunger, you have to create an "instant response plan" as well. What does this mean? She gives a great example of a firehouse stiuation. When the call comes in to the station, everyone quits what they are doing... Read more

  • WWLD

    9/2/2014 11:44:54 AM, by CASHER52

    You know the saying WWJD (what would Jesus do?) Well, I have a best friend named Linda that is the most real life biggest loser and dedicated exerciser I know! She has lost and kept off over a 100 pounds all by herself! She is my inspiration person, so my new saying every time I don't want to exerci... Read more

  • 5% Fall Challenge

    9/2/2014 9:50:29 AM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    These are assignments 4 and 5 for the challenge. They are kind of the same but I did my best. Win Today Check List Do you already have a daily routine that includes your fitness and well being? I made my September fitness and nutrition commitment and posted it in a blog on my spark... Read more

  • Day 59 - hear hunger 'insteads'

    9/1/2014 7:10:35 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    When tempted to eat due to heart hunger, you will need to address through solace. Examples by Linda Spangle are: hold or stroke a live animal... take a warm bath or hot shower hug or hold somebody do gardening or other activities that involve nature get a massage ... Read more

  • August what an amazing month for me!

    9/1/2014 2:10:24 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I have told some of my friends that last month I was voted SparkPeople Motivator for positive attitude. I would like to express to my spark friends and the spark community for this honor. There are four people I really want express my thanks for though: First my Mom. Three years ago she su... Read more

  • Assignment 3--5% Fall challenge

    9/1/2014 11:34:39 AM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    Assignment 3 is update your spark page. I have already done that. I usually update my page once a month depending on what is happening that month. My background is the same as last month. Last month was Gary and Tyler's birthday on August 8 and my niece Kim's birthday on August 3. This month is... Read more

  • SEPTEMBER GOALS

    9/1/2014 6:24:37 AM, by ICECUB

    WELL IT IS SEPTEMBER 1ST TODAY. THIS MORNING I WEIGHED 205LBS I WAS HOPING TO BE OUT OF THE 200S BY NOW .IT SEEMS SO SLOW . MY GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER ARE: 1) TO KEEP DRINKING WATER, 2) ADDING FRUITS AND VEGGIES, 3) I AM CUTTING MY PORTION SIZE BACK( I THINK THIS HELPS) 4)WALK MORE AND EXERCISE MORE... Read more

  • I want to do better in September...

    9/1/2014 5:28:12 AM, by ALIIDA

    ...than I did in August. There's nothing I especially have to do on my sabbatical, so it's easy to waste time, but I want to end this year off school with a feeling of fulfillment - that I've done things I usually want to do but ... Read more

  • Labor Day.

    8/31/2014 10:10:28 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Tomorrow is Labor Day. My nephew who graduated two years ago with High Honors from RMU in Secondary Education for Social Studies and a minor in Theater, finally found a job working! It is not in his major but the bookstore at RMU! To him teaching would be a job and Theater is his passion. Over the p... Read more

  • Day 58 - heart hunger

    8/31/2014 3:34:08 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Emotional Eating: The other day we explored head hunger with Linda Spangle and today it is heart hunger. The differences: head hunger - you know specifically what you want to eat chewy or crunchy textures replacing what you would really like to do to someone else instead more to ... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge Nutrition Commitment

    8/31/2014 1:05:32 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    This is assignment #2 for the 5% Fall Challenge. I have lost the weight that I regained. I am once again maintaining my weight. Right now since I am not really exercising, I usually eat under 1250 calories. Starting this week, I will start back with an exercise routine ... Read more

  • The one thing I know I can do for myself.

    8/31/2014 6:01:51 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I wrote a few days ago about my legs being fatigued from all of the activities I do for myself and my wife. I decided that most important for me was to take off some weight, to help ease the burden. When I work out at the gym, I start out with the stationary bike, do my strength training, and ... Read more

  • Bummer.

    8/31/2014 3:28:26 AM, by COSMICWATCHER

    Summer was slow. In a slow kind of way… In my last blog i talked about having gained a few pounds over the exam period (which was ok) and that I was reluctant to step on the scale to find out the size of the dam... Read more

  • Day 57 - head hunger 'insteads'

    8/30/2014 5:11:26 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    So here are Linda Spangle's list of "insteads" of eating when "head hunger" strikes. Remember this is caused by emotional issues specifically when you are "chewing" on something to do with "anger, frustration, or resentment" as well as "stress, deadlines, and other people." It is generally when yo... Read more

  • Football and baseball!

    8/30/2014 2:24:23 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    The Pitrates won 2 -1 lat night! My Moon High School football team won lat night! Penn State kicked a field goal in the last 3 seconds to win! Oh for my friend Mary Beth, GO AUBURN!!! ... Read more

  • Well it's been another couple of days...

    8/30/2014 10:12:28 AM, by CHERYLERBE1

    Well it's been another couple of days. Thursday after his EEG he came home and slept most of the day. Waking up to eat and take his meds. Friday he has a walking class down at the counselor's office. We had to fight to get him up and ready for that but he made it out the door. He took his new laptop... Read more

  • Last day to enjoy our community pool!

    8/29/2014 10:39:09 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Our outdoor pool officially closes on Monday. The weather is expected to be terrible until Monday! So today I enjoyed my last plunges of the summer season! Today was a great day to enjoy our pool, about 85 degrees, sunshine and warm water. I will so miss my swims! Some good news, my mouth was t... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

    8/29/2014 11:26:16 AM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    I have signed up for the Starfish team again. Maybe this will help kick my butt into gear. All I know is I only have 2 more months on my membership and I am wasting money. If I am going to have the double knee replacement this winter, it would be in my best interest to be in the best possible con... Read more

  • Day 56 - head hunger

    8/29/2014 10:01:28 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    If you are an emotional eater like me, this is a powerful message. Over the course of Linda Spangle's consultations, she has come to distinguish between what Spangle calls "head" and "heart" hunger. This particular chapter/topic is about the head hunger. "Head hunger usually starts with a 'sp... Read more

  • What to do about sore, overworked legs?

    8/28/2014 11:50:20 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Well. I would call it an epiphany. Yet it is so obvious, I should have arrived at it a long time ago. That is, I spend a lot of my days and nights getting up and doing things. I am the sole caregiver for my severely disabled wife. I do for her and I do for me, much of the time. That includes all... Read more

  • Wednesday Dental visit as promised.

    8/28/2014 9:18:14 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    First off am Not a morning person. But my Dentist is so scheduled the appointment at 8 am. Somehow I woke at 4: 30 am 45 minutes before my alarm clock was set for 5:15. Since I was up early I decided to spark. For my early sparking I was awarded 25 points on my bonus spin, woohoo, an unexpected posi... Read more

  • Day 55 - food is the consolation prize

    8/28/2014 8:26:05 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    "If you always reach for something to eat when you don't like how you fee, you eventually create a link between food and your emotional needs" says Linda Spangle. What is important about this is something we don't like to admit - and that is that food works. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for long... Read more

  • RICE! This recipe is worth trying!

    8/28/2014 9:03:53 AM, by GINIEMIE

    Good morning friends! This week we had another guest, one of our deacons lost his wife and we invite him every so often to eat with us-well I invite him, Erik enjoys his visits. So my dilemma was what to serve that is good for me and tasty for someone with different tastes. We had a pork roast... Read more

  • Day 54 - eating to feel better

    8/27/2014 11:50:25 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    This is right up my alley. I am working feverishly to catch up on my work at home. Thank goodness my supervisor has allowed this. I am so busy catching up that I am exhausted and could not get on yesterday except to track so I lost some of my Sparkstreaks. Not to mention I am still feeling lousy... Read more

  • Day 53 - food is my best friend

    8/27/2014 11:32:41 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    When we are emotionally upset for 'any' reason, food becomes our comfort, our nurturer, our 'best friend'. It works for almost everything - never mind that it also ticks us off after we have overeaten and "resent the very solution it provides." Food provides relief, entertainment, solace, cou... Read more

  • Today was a long interesting day!

    8/27/2014 10:24:58 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    As many of you know I had a Dental appointment earlier today. Right now my mouth is sore, my head hurts and I am whooped. I just want to relax and rest. I promise to blog about today'sy experience tomorrow. Hopefully I will be in better shape tomorrow after a good night of ... Read more

  • 1ST YEAR SP ANNIVERSARY

    8/27/2014 2:39:18 AM, by SETTIMIA

    Hello wonderful, caring, kind, encouraging, supportive, I could go on and on.... today is a great achievement for me, as I celebrate my 1st year SP Anniversary. I did not think that I would make it through a whole year as past times I became distracted very easily and my healthy lifestyle was p... Read more

  • Why?

    8/26/2014 11:42:53 PM, by CHERYLERBE1

    Someone yesterday asked me why did I let my son move back in? The reason we agreed to let him back in was he went to a psych. hospital in Seattle he spent the better part of 4 months in lock down on this ward. He went through very strenuous I think that is the word I want to say, any way he went to ... Read more

  • Dental appointment Wednesday!

    8/26/2014 9:13:27 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    For me the hardest parts about my visit tomorrow will just be waking up and the pain shot before the work begins. I have a 3 - 4 hour appointment starting from 8am until 11am or 12 noon. I trust my Dentist. He is great at making the process as pain free as possible and giving warnings of what will h... Read more

  • I have become pathetic since June

    8/26/2014 11:05:51 AM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    Fitness minutes goals 1500 Fitness minutes this month 200 Fitness minutes to goal 1300 8/1- 28 8/2- 5 Weekly total 33 8/3-8 8/4-29 8/5-8 8/6-4 8/7-22 8/8-5 8/9-2 Weekly total 78 8/10-8 8/11-7 8/12-4 8/13-3 8/14-26 8/15-8 8/16-4 Weekly... Read more

  • I do not like the changes either!

    8/25/2014 8:32:45 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Like my friend Keke wrote, we think we no longer earn points for blogging! Plus now you have to look all over the place since everything is in different places! And sparks again to my knowledge gave no warnings of these stupid changes. Now sparks is more complicated than before, I am frust... Read more

  • Finally a real walk!

    8/25/2014 10:16:34 AM, by ALIIDA

    I went out at 9:30 pm to buy a few things from the local supermarket. For the first time in I don't know how long, the temps were below eighty. Oh bliss! I walked for a straight 43 minutes - briskly. It must be about a month since I've done that. First it was too hot and humid, and then the flu or w... Read more

  • Day 52 - food is an instant fix

    8/25/2014 8:46:43 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    "Food provides a reliable instant fix" says Linda Spangle. It can be: * "a great source of entertainment" * "a great way to procrastinate" * a great way to not do anything!" Spangle tells us that "it's easy to slip into 'wandering around eating' - where you allow food to solve your ... Read more

  • Long time nothing to say just staying stable.

    8/25/2014 6:40:20 AM, by CHERYLERBE1

    This is me now. Went through a hair catastrophe. Hand nice mid back hair and the lady I went in to see mistakes the mid arm trim with up to neck trim. No matter what I tried I had hair in my eyes so I went and did this. That totally ... Read more

  • Day 51 - what is emotional eating

    8/24/2014 3:13:15 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    "Emotional eating: Anytime you reach for food when you aren't physically hungry or needing nutrition" My SP page has this declaration: 'I have been an emotional overeater who has eaten when upset, anxious, or bored...although any reason would do.' When I first started this 100 Day Challeng... Read more

  • Only 55 And Older Need Apply

    8/24/2014 2:16:50 PM, by FUNLOVEN

    First of all, for those of you who are not 55 or older and thought they would take a peek to see just what in the heck I was talking about, please take no offense to my reference to age. Hopefully you will get to meaning of my title. I am not much of one for visual ques and/or reminders. I re... Read more

  • Let's go Bucs!!!

    8/23/2014 11:51:51 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    As you have read I am disappointed and frustrated with the whole Steelers organization. I am lucky that here in Pittsburgh there are the Pirates (Bucs), Penguins and the Steelers. The last three days the Pirates have won in exciting games. This year for the second year in a row the Pirates have a c... Read more

  • A SMALL VICTORY

    8/23/2014 9:17:25 PM, by ICECUB

    I HAVE A SMALL VICTORY. I WEIGHED THIS MORNING AND I WEIGH 208. I AM WALKING. I CONTINUE TO DRINK MY WATER 8-10 CUPS. EATING MY VEGGIES. NO SOFT DRINKS THIS WEEK. NO FAST FOOD THIS WEEK. A LITTLE CHOCOLATE. I HAVE BEEN DOING CRUNCHES AND PUSH UPS DURING THE COMMERCIALS OF DIRTY HARRY MOVES. AND... Read more

  • Day 50 - 10-minute solution

    8/23/2014 1:10:58 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    I can hardly believe that I am on Day 50 of the 100 Day Challenge...too bad I have been ill for 11 days of it so nothing is showing up on the scale. But that doesn't reduce my accomplishment of achieving this goal. So let's say that, "...you don't feel like doing your activity again the next d... Read more

  • On taking your life, 2014.

    8/23/2014 2:51:37 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Just read of yet another suicide. This was the percussionist for a band in Portland, OR. 43 years old. Shot himself. Even prior to the suicide of Mr. Williams, this has been a year of an uncommon amount of those in the spotlight taking their lives. It is almost becoming as common place a the prov... Read more

  • Quite an eventful week.

    8/23/2014 1:07:02 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    But one that did smooth out. Spark people deserve all the credit they are given. Thanks to all for some great rewards (and awards). Glenn... Read more

  • Weider Balance Ball -- Should I buy or not?

    8/23/2014 1:05:15 AM, by TUDAFD

    Has anyone tried this balance ball? I'm trying to decide if I should purchase it or not and I haven't been able to find any reviews on it. Thanks for the advice. :)... Read more

  • Day 49 - just do something

    8/22/2014 5:22:09 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Sometimes we get in a bit rut where we say we are going to start tomorrow to lose weight, but the next day becomes next week, next month or the next year. If you are in this rut, then "Just do something, then you're started." By doing something, you move past your apathy and recognize success... Read more

  • Update on the Steelers

    8/22/2014 2:07:54 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I am very disappointed with the Steelers. Both running backs who violated our laws played in the preseason game against Philly last night. The coach did not bench them! It is disgusting!!! Hey I will say I am happy that the Steelers lost the game, they deserved to. When players break the law, at lea... Read more

  • Emotions

    8/22/2014 10:57:22 AM, by FUNLOVEN

    Yesterday was an emotionally charged day that is for sure. I took on the task with the support of my DH of having my dad's cat euthized. At 20 years old and with the increasing issues he was having it was time. This was my mother's cat and when she passed away a few years ago my dad inherite... Read more

  • HAPPINESS IS...

    8/22/2014 2:29:13 AM, by SETTIMIA

    HULA HOOPING IN THE FOREST ... Read more

  • News from Pittsburgh PA!

    8/21/2014 10:05:05 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Last night I turned on the TV and watched our local news. Yesterday we had a crazy weather day with thunderstorms, lightening and flooding. In downtown Pittsburgh a van was struck by lightening. Luckily someone saw smoke coming from the van and made sure the driver got out. The news showed the ... Read more

  • Day 48 - you gotta want to

    8/21/2014 3:39:48 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    This is v. similiar to yesterday's Chapter in that what you say determines your course of action. Bottom line: Don't say "I can't". Change that to "I don't want to" or better yet decide to say, "of course I want to!" So many times we say "I can't do this or that", but most of the time it is ... Read more

  • Pastor's dinner a success

    8/21/2014 7:57:56 AM, by GINIEMIE

    Dinner was a success ! Thanks for the encouragement , I don't like fussing but I like to make a good meal. Funny because I'm frequently trying new recipes on my guests this time there were two new recipes. That's not usually wise but it insures that I'm extra careful in the... Read more

  • Great news today at the last minute.

    8/21/2014 4:03:39 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Just as I giving up on all new weight loss attempts, and stated that I would still exercise and still initiate the changes for consumption that are already in practice. At that time I stated I would give up on the scale and measuring for while. Today was planned to be my last day of measuring, but ... Read more

  • Hey, I will make this a Wacky Wednesday with 10 wacky quotes by Groucho Marx!

    8/20/2014 9:40:07 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it..." "Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?" "When you're in jail, a g... Read more