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  • 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... 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

  • Day 47 - kick the can't

    8/20/2014 8:23:15 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Saying “I can’t” generally stops you from being successful. Usually, when people say, “I can’t”, they “provide some sort of legitimate excuse” to justify their behavior. Some examples are: “it’s not my fault” “I can’t help it” “I can’t eat right, I am too stressed” “I can’t exercise reg... Read more

  • Pastor coming to dinner-Help needed with MENU!

    8/20/2014 7:02:46 AM, by GINIEMIE

    Father Eric doesn't like onions (specially raw), can't eat coconut and is mildly lactose intolerant. I've come up with: Apple-Pecan roll-up chicken which contains brown rice, zucchin- I might just roast it with italian seasonings ( I have two from my garden) ... Read more

  • Strange in the summer

    8/20/2014 5:24:50 AM, by ALIIDA

    Last week, I got the flu. I thought the flu was something you got in the winter. I haven't had it for nearly twenty years. Surprising because I have students breathing and coughing in my face every winter. I checked the internet, and yes, it fits exactly. A woman in the same writing workshop seems t... Read more

  • Tiring Tuesday

    8/19/2014 10:08:43 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I did three loads of laundry. I spent time cleaning and organizing my home. I also went to the VA. I am in the middle of hopefully ending the use of my rep-payee and being in total charge of my VA pension. I also enjoyed a pleasant long walk and even did jumping jacks! Around 6pm I was watching... Read more

  • Day 46 - if not food, then what?

    8/19/2014 6:41:42 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    The day before was all about making food unimportant. Spangle lets us know that we have to “replace it with something else.” So make a list from 1-10 and put ‘food’ next to the #1 slot. Then put different items that mean something important to you in the other numbers from #2-#10. Ex... Read more

  • Feeling Fresh

    8/19/2014 8:34:19 AM, by FUNLOVEN

    Since I was released July 10the from my doctor after my last surgery life has been a whirlwind and I have thrown all caution to the wind. Life has been packed full of activities and many of them have included food and drink at restaurants. One 10 day vacation done, a 4 day mini vacation done, and ... Read more

  • Throwing in the towel, and sticking to it.

    8/19/2014 1:53:13 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Okay. I've certainly tried. I had a problem getting my weight down. 8 months ago I started eating only when hungry, and only till satisfied. Then, after that didn't work on it's own, I started at the gym three days per week 18 weeks ago. Then, when that didn't bring my weight down, I lowered my su... Read more

  • A Manic Monday!

    8/18/2014 11:02:06 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Today was a Manic Monday. For those who enjoy music, I borrow the words 'Manic Monday' from the song by one of my favorite all woman bands the 'Bangles' who came out with this song in 1985. Today I had to arrange for my ride to the VA with my driver for tomorrow to meet with a Social Worker con... Read more

  • AUGUST GOALS

    8/18/2014 9:59:59 PM, by ICECUB

    I AM A LITTLE LATE THIS WEEK WITH MY BLOG. I HAVE BEEN HAVING DIFFICULTIES WITH MY COMPUTER. STILL NOT LOSING ANY WEIGHT. I AM STILL DRINKING10 CUPS OF WATER. SO FAR NO FAST FOOD THIS WEEK. I HAVE BEEN SLEEEPING BETTER. TODAY WAS MY FIRST DAY BACK AFTER VACATION. TODAY IT RAIN MOST OF THE DAY. WE N... Read more

  • Day 45 - food - important or not?

    8/18/2014 6:34:51 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    So how often do you think about food? It used to be, and maybe in a different way is still, overwhelmingly important to me. So much so it’s all I could think about. Now I think about SP and the 100 Day Challenge each day. I look forward to what I can learn to put my life in a better framework. S... Read more

  • A Place at the Table for Everyone

    8/18/2014 5:53:59 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    It's a round table. Beautifully set, with lovely linen napkins and shining silverware. I'm mostly aware of the napkins and silver -- but the rest of the picture includes beautiful china, on chargers, a tablecloth, and fresh flowers in shades of white and light green -- including lilies, hydrangea, a... Read more

  • Would like some help or validation.

    8/18/2014 5:09:45 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Well, I've tried a lot of things to get my weight down. Even gave up drinking, and reduced my sugar and fast food consumption. I now work out three times per week, and have done so for 18 weeks. But the weight has not come down, and the inches only barely. However, I don't feel willing to make any... Read more

  • New Goals...New Motto

    8/18/2014 8:26:53 AM, by CASHER52

    My 55th birthday is coming up this year at the end of November. I have decided to change my motto from STILL alive at 55 to FEELING alive at 55! What a difference just changing 2 words can make! I have 2 goals (birthday wishes) I would like to reach by my birthday. My new goal weight is 165 by Nov. ... Read more

  • Are we putting the cart before the horse?

    8/18/2014 3:29:34 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Just read a blog on Psychology Today about diet that said that we are perhaps putting the cart before the horse when it comes to weight loss. The author said we choose to lose weight, then stabilize. Actually, the argument goes, we should be stabilizing, then losing weight. According to him, a beha... Read more

  • The scale

    8/17/2014 10:39:08 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    When I was reading an article here on sparks I came across a quote: "You are so much more than the number you see on the scale!" Under this Sparks explained what they meant about this. I will paraphrase this: The scale does not tell how good you feel. The scale does not tell you how m... Read more

  • Early Birthday celebrations!

    8/17/2014 7:32:45 PM, by GINIEMIE

    Okay my sweet friends! I went to the chiropractor Saturday morning, she fixed my back and my knee and massaged some of those pesky stress knots away-Thanks Doc! I hired someone to do my yard for a change! While he mowed I took that huge zucchini cored and shredded it and made Zucchini bread w... Read more

  • Day 44 - it's not the right time

    8/17/2014 2:13:39 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Is there ever a ‘right time’ to lose weight? There are always things that will interfere such as a stressful job, stressful home life, worry about debt, worry about children, etc. My personal opinion is that I do believe some of us are in a chronic state where the pressure upon us is so great that i... Read more

  • Summer fun!

    8/16/2014 11:54:50 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Today was our community end of summer pool party. I had a lot of fun! I enjoyed throwing a ball around the pool. I knew almost all the people at the party. The most fun were the kids. There were about 10-12 kids there. I think I over did it a bit as my left knee hurts and I scraped up my right knee ... Read more

  • Day 43 - choose to - not have to

    8/16/2014 5:07:07 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    So basically the chapter is about feeling, thinking, saying “I choose to” rather than “I have to” in life. We say, “I ‘have to’ to go to work early” or “I ‘have to’ lose my weight”, but the truth of the matter is we don’t ‘have to’ do anything. We ‘choose to’ go to work because don’t like that we ... Read more

  • Fun Friday, looking forward to Sunny Swimming Saturday

    8/15/2014 9:39:27 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I had a great Friday and am looking forward to a sunny, swimming Saturday! Tomorrow is our annual end of Summer pool party. The weather is expected to be great, lots of sunshine and in the low 80's. There will be a DJ, free food and free drinks. ... Read more

  • Day 42 - make it matter

    8/15/2014 9:23:08 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    "Ambivalence is one of the biggest enemies of change." says Linda Spangle. She also says that when the penduluum swings, 'ambivalence' (or the 'dark side' as like I think of it) will win almost all of the time. To overcome this, she tells us that "...you have to raise the importance of your g... Read more

  • Please let me on the Merry-go-round and off the Roller coaster

    8/15/2014 7:43:33 AM, by GINIEMIE

    Okay, so as my eldest son says "you do it to yourself mom, why do you schedule so much in one week" Last week the painters began by patching, moving furniture away from walls and moving stuff in general in the four rooms being painted. I had already removed stuff from on top of the mantle, the des... Read more

  • I have to realize I had become very alcohol dependent.

    8/15/2014 12:40:47 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I quit drinking about a month ago. I had been primarily a wine drinker, but sometimes drank Scotch or Irish Whiskey, and brandy was one of my favorites. Never really thought I had much of a problem. Saw myself as a moderate drinker, but could get up to five drinks on weekend nights. I quit becaus... Read more

  • THANK YOU SPARK FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY

    8/14/2014 9:30:19 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    All of you who read my blog yesterday and responded so kindly, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! YES, I too am very happy I failed in my suicide attempt. Since then I enjoyed being an Uncle and Godfather to my amazing nephew Mike. Also I will always cherish being allowed to be the step f... Read more

  • Day 41 - motivation is a choice

    8/14/2014 10:14:08 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    It is a choice that you create yourself "through your thoughts, your self-talk, and your attitude." says Linda Spangle. Notice that when you have motivation, you are gung-ho, but when you don't, it is like pulling teeth to get it back. Still Spangle tells us we can get it back. We need to g... Read more

  • I AM SO EXCITED

    8/14/2014 8:01:39 AM, by SETTIMIA

    HI WONDERFUL COMMUNITY, I AM SO EXCITED BECAUSE TOMORROW MY LITTLE SISTA IS COMING TO VISIT ME SO I CAN SHOW HER AND HER FRIEND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREST. I HAVE GONE TO CHECK OUT THE ACCESSIBILITY AS SHE WILL BE EITHER IN A WHEELCHAIR OR HER BUGGY. I REALLY HOPE THAT IT WILL NOT RAIN, AS ... Read more

  • Sometimes an attempted suicide is not selfish, it is because you care too much for those you love!

    8/13/2014 9:52:41 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    The first time I tried to commit suicide was not selfish, it was just the oppisite. I had been honorablly discharged from the Navy and living with my parents. At the time I was on medication for being Bi-polar. 30 years ago before the introduction of generic medications, medication was very expensiv... Read more

  • Down time

    8/13/2014 8:02:00 PM, by FORMYDARLINGS

    It has hit me again. I am in a slump. I finally begged my DH to take me out for coffee after 3 days of being inside. My strength is not coming back in my legs as fast as I had hoped it would but after nearly 3 years of immobility I guess I am over anxious. It gets discouraging though. I am able to w... Read more

  • Goal weight?

    8/13/2014 7:58:29 PM, by ALIIDA

    A close relation took the photo of me on the right when I was 49 years old and at my maximum weight - BMI a little over 30. He played around with the photo and made a slimmed down version on the left which struck me as looking lik... Read more

  • Day 40 - having an eating experience

    8/13/2014 12:38:24 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    This is similar to an earlier Chapter (34) relating to social and/or family gatherings where the "experience of eating" is more tied in with the fun of being with others. It is not necessarily about the food itself. "Instead, we simply want to enjoy being around it." Spangle tells us that sh... Read more

  • Depression

    8/12/2014 10:45:59 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    One thing I like about Sparks are the well written health articles. If you go to the orange tab: ARTICLES & VIDEOS in the blue section there is: Health & Wellness. First place your cursor on this and then go to the right where you can scroll down to Depression. With the news of Robin Williams death... Read more

  • Day 39 - flavor or texture

    8/12/2014 5:05:38 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    It may be that instead of flavor, you like the texture of the food in your mouth. When you list a number of favorite foods, e.g., tortilla chips, ice cream, crunchy cheetoes or foods with some zest, it just may not be the flavor you are inticed by, but the texture. "...its possible you simply love ... Read more

  • In mourning right now for comedian, actor and performer Robin Williams

    8/11/2014 11:14:12 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Robin Williams was one of my favorite artists. I always watched Mork & Mindy, his reports to his superiors were always full of wisdom concerning humans. I once had the chance to enjoy him in concert while attending Penn State University years ago. Depression can occur no matter how well or gr... Read more

  • Day 38 - food as power

    8/11/2014 4:46:35 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    This is such a timely chapter for me especially since I learned of the death of a SP member. Linda Spangle mentions that in “many stressful situations that involve food, eating can become linked to your need to feel stronger or have more power in life.” This sentence is important as I think i... Read more

  • Slow Starting, Sunny SONday

    8/10/2014 9:53:05 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    As I wrote yesterday I am a slow morning started. I am a night owl. Both my body and mind work much better later in the day. Once I got going though I had a super SONday. Made it to the store and a lot of the stuff I wanted was on sale!!! The Pirates and Steelers lost last night, still they wer... Read more

  • Day 37 - I love to eat!

    8/10/2014 3:08:26 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Well, this is sure a true statement - after all, I do love to eat! I just have to channel it differently - to learn eat for fuel or eat for flavor. To eat slowly, not overeat and to be careful not to eat for emotional reasons. Since I have been on this Challenge, I have felt the urge to eat d... Read more

  • People Watching

    8/10/2014 11:07:19 AM, by FUNLOVEN

    Our first vacation of the summer is done. It is estimated that the attendance at Sturgis Bike Week will beat last years record of 466,000 motorcycles. It has been something on my Bucket List and I am glad we went. I don't think I have never seen so many motorcycles in one place, but this is the s... Read more

  • Lost a SP friend

    8/9/2014 10:38:41 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    I lost a SP friend today and realized how much it affected me. A couple of years ago I felt close to her and had her listed as one of my top 6 friends. We corresponded a lot. But then I left SP for about two years. When I came back, I wasn't sure she remembered me totally. I understood completel... Read more

  • Satisfying Saturday and I still have the evening!!!

    8/9/2014 9:09:01 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I am a slow starter in the morning. I think of all the things I want to accomplish in the day, then try to keep my head under the covers as long as possible. Then my body and mind say enough is enough, the things you are going to do will for the most part be fun!! I did something today that I h... Read more

  • Day 36 - slow down your eating

    8/9/2014 3:32:04 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    The ‘pause’ helps you realize you need to stop eating. The trouble is 'do you really want to listen to this 'pause’? Probably not, but if you did and waited just a minute or so, you would find that you really are full (+1 on the fullness scale). The Chapter goes on to say that some days you are m... Read more

  • Accountability update

    8/9/2014 2:05:23 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I am at the end of this summer cold -- I hope. I still have an unpredictable cough and wheeze, but I am definitely getting better. So much for my plans for training this week!!! This next week, I will be more actively getting ready for the semester with meetings, etc. Time to be more structure... Read more

  • Wow, what a week!

    8/9/2014 8:26:25 AM, by GINIEMIE

    Monday was Erik's second day with Erik and according to him, she works him like a dog! Sarah is good for Erik as he accepts her corrections and his trying to do his best-show off for her. I think the walking up the driveway Saturday and Sunday had something to do with proving to all wh... Read more

  • Frantic Friday!!!

    8/8/2014 9:38:10 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I think the plate today was overfilled. When you are retired life is suppose to be easy, YEAH RIGHT!!! I hope Saturday is a stress free Saturday!!! ... Read more

  • STILL STRIVING FOR GOOD HEALTH

    8/8/2014 9:22:05 PM, by ICECUB

    I STILL WEIGHT 211. I DID NOT GAIN BUT A DIDN'T LOSE EITHER. TODAY HAS BEEN BUSY. I HAD A DR APPOINTMENT THIS MORNING. (EYE DOCTOR) GOT A GOOD REPORT I HAVE NO DISEASES OF THE EYES. I WENT TO THE GROCERY STORE TO PICK UP FEW ITEMS. THEN I SPENT A GOOD PART OF THE DAY TRYING TO PICK UP SOMETHING... Read more

  • Fed Up, The Movie, available on DVD in Early September

    8/8/2014 12:25:30 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I was reminded, when I read Mark Bittman this morning (NYTimes food editor), of the forthcoming movie, FED UP, to be released on DVD in early September. Katie Couric is one of the Executive Producers and the film has received good reviews in exposing the incredible amount of sugar in our food supp... Read more

  • Vanity?

    8/8/2014 8:52:49 AM, by ALIIDA

    I've been thinking about how we're often shy about admitting to wanting to enjoy our appearance, and I'd been thinking about the word "Vanity" a lot. Then today, I read WATERMELLEN'S blog entitled "Vanity." I checked definitions: excessive pride in one's appearance; narcissicism etc. Is there a posi... Read more

  • Day 35 - the eating pause

    8/8/2014 3:08:44 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Amazing insight and this Chapter has now replaced my favorite which was the one that asked, 'I am committed or just interested' in losing weight. The fullness scale is my third favorite! Linda Spangle relays her observations after years of “weight-loss counseling” and tells us that people “pau... Read more

  • A terrific Thursday for me, but very concerned for many Americans right now!!!

    8/7/2014 10:42:23 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Hey a late blog, but it has been an active day! I did a lot of walking and swimming, beautiful day here in Pittsburgh! Please pray for those who live in and around the State of Hawaii! They are at the focus of two hurricanes and some quakes right now! ... Read more

  • Day 34 - listen accurately

    8/7/2014 10:09:02 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Linda Spangle says listen to your stomach and 'not' your brain. Apparently, it takes 20 minutes before your brain says you are full. She gives an example of holding your stomach when you are full. "So by noticing the way your stomach feels, not what your head thinks, you'll be able to recognize th... Read more

  • More good reports...Can't emphasize the gym enough!

    8/7/2014 7:00:27 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Two weeks ago I had a treadmill stress test and a chemical stress test from a cardiologist. Yesterday, got the results. Doctor showed me my arteries in different views and my actual beating heart. He said the heart was beating great, the arteries were very clear, and my heart was in GREAT shape (He... Read more