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  • Happy Saturday!

    3/28/2015 5:10:00 AM, by SVAN13MARTINS

    Well, staying between 201 and 204 consistently. I believe the true number is 201, because of the sodium I eat from time to time. I think what is happening here is that I am maintaining my weight. That, of course, is not the object here. However, at least I am not gaining. Since February of 2013... Read more

  • Just Me and the Boys

    3/27/2015 11:01:33 PM, by BMCC488

    This morning my parents left to go see about some pain my mom's been having in her side. I thought it was her ribs. She tried to go to an urgent care type place when she wasn't able to get into her doctor's, but they had moved locations or closed it so she ended up going to the ER... and was there A... Read more

  • Day 6: Walking America

    3/27/2015 10:36:45 PM, by PTRIPP78

    My youngest daughter and I sat down this evening and created a competition. We are going to walk the United States. Here's what we did... First we found a printable map of the U.S. Then we created a table with 3 columns. The first column is the starting city and state. The second is the destina... Read more

  • Day 504 - I Got Cookies!

    3/27/2015 8:57:53 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Weight: 168. Well, I have good news and bad news. I'll start with the bad news. I'm pretty sure I'm getting sick. Okay, so the news isn't *that* bad but I still don't feel like being sick. It's definitely allergy season and Louisville is number 1 in the nation for the worst city for allergies. ... Read more

  • Wearing Yellow for Seth

    3/27/2015 8:23:13 PM, by LILLYROSEGRAM

    519 285 228 189 3 48 109 209 208 279 271 287 297 265 488 22 490 489 310 256 295 413 353 356 257 54 8 67 259 144 19 179 107 412 407 407 408 409 290 440 437 125 146 87 126 374 375 448 449 451 453 452 283 298 464 421 275 465 426 427 430 443 ... Read more

  • Day 26

    3/27/2015 8:08:56 PM, by MOONRABBIT

    Got my hair done today! Ugh what a relief. I am a natural blonde but had some highlights added. I also got a trim at the salon. My hair is pretty long but I always like it to be longer, and I'm in this stupid in-between stage of growing out my bangs. Got to see my best friend for the first time... Read more

  • Relentless day 85, Week 5 day 1, Back & Hams

    3/27/2015 7:45:12 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Back Workout: Lat Pull-down; 6 Sets, 72 Reps, 3,120 Lbs Reverse Grip Seated Cable Rows; 4 Sets, 48 Reps, 7,680 Lbs Bent Over Cable Row; 5 Sets, 60 Reps, 5,700 Lbs Dumbbell Rows; 4 Sets, 48 Reps, 960 Lbs per arm Hyper Cable Extensions (Lower Back); 3 Sets, 28 ... Read more

  • Another painful work day

    3/27/2015 4:37:58 PM, by PICKIE98

    I kind of waited to see if I am just fatigued or what is going on with me body. When I fell last Mothers day and hit my shoulder, hip and face on the wall and steel door, it never felt good again.I attributed it to that darned fall and thought I may have a hairline fracture of the hip,, after nume... Read more

  • Finally made it to the Dr. still in pain but...

    3/27/2015 4:27:12 PM, by MISSA526

    I just basically have to deal with it. I have a small tear in my rotator cuff. They gave me 10 pain pills and told me I have to move my shoulder around so it doesn't freeze up. The pain pills are so I can do this without screaming 211 I've been working out today just really modifying it, like using... Read more

  • spark coach entry

    3/27/2015 9:05:38 AM, by MISSA526

    I am grateful for my spark friends because they keep me motivated!... Read more

  • it's friday

    3/27/2015 8:43:50 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! I really enjoyed my day off yesterday. i will make having that day off a priority from now on. it is so worth it. other than working tomorrow afternoon, i do not have any specific plans for the weekend. i know that my daughter will be soooooo happy to see all the prese... Read more

  • week 2: 4.2 pounds down....what worked and what didn't.

    3/27/2015 8:40:58 AM, by ZOEWMU

    Wow! I never expected results like this. I haven't really exercised, although I've taken a few 5 minutes walks. I have been very careful about what I eat, planning in advance. What worked: 1) Water, Water, Water. Take that cup with me everywhere. Drink lots. I probably drink between 9 a... Read more

  • My Inspiration Today

    3/27/2015 1:38:06 AM, by LILLYROSEGRAM

    311 A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step 312 Lao-Tzu Don’t Ask What The World Needs. ASK WHAT MAKES YOU COME ALIVE AND GO DO IT. Because What The World Needs Is More Peo... Read more

  • Calculated Risks

    3/26/2015 10:47:19 PM, by BMCC488

    Yesterday I noticed a toe or a few toes on my left foot were hurting while I was out on my walk. I thought it was just part of my joint problem and I would figure it out later. Sometimes my joints slide around in their sockets and it causes a lot of pain for me, but half of the time rights itself as... Read more

  • Workshops, planning, board meetings, and more

    3/26/2015 7:51:37 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am feeling better, but watch how much I try to do in a day's time. Several of my passions involve my volunteering. I still work with the retirement workshop for retiring members of the community college, career and technology centers, the intermediate unit and our 18 school districts. I have 11... Read more

  • Wearing Purple

    3/26/2015 7:41:20 PM, by CHUBBY_MOM

    Today is Epilepsy Awareness Day. To show your support of someone with epilepsy and to raise awareness you are encouraged to wear purple. Today I wear purple for my granddaughter. My granddaughter had her first seizure when she was just 11 days old and has been on medication to try and control the ... Read more

  • "Feel More Focused"

    3/26/2015 5:05:29 PM, by PASTORSHA

    I feel more focused today and also feel alot better about myself. I know that I could never turn back the hands of time and be that young spring chicken again, but I am on a new journey in life. And God is writing a new book to add to my life library. So, even though I cannot go backwards, it wil... Read more

  • Thursday

    3/26/2015 4:21:27 PM, by PICKIE98

    I had an epiphany this morning at work. I had severe aching and pain in my right hip after an hour at work. My left hip area ached also, now it is my knee too..but not so severely. I had the same thing yesterday, but I attributed it to the task I was doing at the time. I am coming to the real... Read more

  • Day 503 - Picking Myself Back Up

    3/26/2015 2:13:17 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Weight: 169.0 You know, one thing I find incredibly curious is why I seem to fall apart when I'm doing really well and I'm super proud of myself. I was so excited at my progress and I was high on life when I just...stopped. No rhyme or reason. I just gave up again. I originally thought about wr... Read more

  • it's thursday

    3/26/2015 1:38:49 PM, by MOMMY445

    a much needed day off for me. i have been putting in a bit of extra time at work this week to make up for the hours i did not have to work last week. so i have less free time to pursue what i enjoy and to get some errands done. i will be working on my online courses tomorrow, as it will be the only ... Read more

  • Day 25

    3/26/2015 12:56:22 PM, by MOONRABBIT

    I just had a good chuckle at some of the comments I got from yesterday's blogs. I am so blessed to have such great friends :) I have days like that where I just get so overwhelmed that I literally drive myself crazy. I eventually had to take a Xanax and it calmed me down enough to where I was a... Read more

  • Relentless day 85, MI40 Routine, Week 4 Day 7, Rest Day

    3/26/2015 12:54:38 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    This ends the 4th week of MI40 Routine. How quick little things add up when you relentlessly take small steps. Ben Pakulski's routine gives you 40 different exercises over six weeks; his method balances out the workouts so that your recovery between sessions is optimal for muscle growth. His p... Read more

  • Tired of being sick and tired

    3/26/2015 12:44:18 PM, by HEALTHYGRACE

    I am so annoyed with myself - each time I try to get healthy, I cave in within A WEEK! Not to mention that my eating habits grow worse and worse. I used to work a full time job and manage to cook food for myself and my husband but now I am unemployed, staying at home and do nothing all day but I ... Read more

  • DH left this morning. Mixed feelings

    3/26/2015 11:10:26 AM, by MEXGAL1

    Our neighbor drove my DH to the airport as it was dark and my honey doesn't like me driving in the dark. My eyes just aren't as good as they used to be. So very nice of our neighbor to take him for me. So when I got up DH was gone. He likes to get the first flight out so he leaves home at the cr... Read more

  • I Broke.

    3/26/2015 8:39:00 AM, by TAYLERHOUSLEY

    Yesterday, I did really well until the evening. When I got home from work, I just broke and ate a ton of unhealthy things. This morning, I had a cup of coffee, with a lot of creamer. 😁 I need to do better than I did yesterday.... Read more

  • 3/26/15

    3/26/2015 8:19:45 AM, by KNUCHI

    Things are starting to look up! My nail tech is the best! He did my pedicure first so that my toes were dry enough to wear my closed toe shoes home. I went with a springy, Eastery green. (Its the same color as the green Easter M&Ms). Then I had a veggie burger wrap (I chopped up a grilled veggie... Read more

  • Lesson well learnt.

    3/26/2015 5:32:09 AM, by GOANNA2

    A young doctor moved out to Victoria to replace a doctor who was retiring. The older doctor suggested that the young one accompany him on his rounds, so the community could become used to a new doctor. At the first house a woman complains, "I've been a little sick to my stomach." The older ... Read more

  • Seeing the Bright Side

    3/26/2015 12:56:59 AM, by LILLYROSEGRAM

    8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 Don't lose hope.... When the sun goes down, the stars come out! Unknown 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31... Read more

  • Halfway through the Week

    3/26/2015 12:28:08 AM, by BMCC488

    This morning I got up at six forty-five and the first order of business was weighing in. Unfortunately, I gained half a pound. I'm getting a bit frustrated with the "process" at this point. I stay the same for a couple weeks, lose a moderate chunk (for that time frame), and then gain back half of a ... Read more

  • Tablet!

    3/25/2015 11:50:31 PM, by CAROLEDDE

    Today I bought a new Tablet! Thought it would be good to have something on the go. I think it will make my time of decision at a restaurant a little easier. It takes getting use to though. Good night to all my friends. 190... Read more

  • Day 4: Wednesday~

    3/25/2015 9:49:21 PM, by PTRIPP78

    Today did not prove to be very successful at hitting any goals in exercise. I did very little. A whopping 10 minutes this morning. However, I did track my food today for the 2nd day in a row. I think I'm on the right track. I am trying to be accountable. I guess maybe I did kind of hit a goal th... Read more

  • Relentless day 84, MI40 Routine, Week 4 Day 6, Chest & Biceps

    3/25/2015 9:27:27 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    This was a heavy workout day. My weights have increased to the point that morning and afternoon sessions were conducted. Chest workout: Morning Session. Started 11:25 AM & Finished 12:46 PM. Bench Press; 7 Sets, 79 Reps, 4,013 Lbs Dumbbell Incline Press; 5 Sets, 26 Reps, 820... Read more

  • The Black Hole

    3/25/2015 8:51:25 PM, by IMAVISION

    20 40 24 20 40 24 20 40 24 20 I found this both sad 46 & funny 246! Hope viewing it tickles your funny bone! It sure did mine! 100 20 40 24 20 40 24 20 40 24 20 biggeekdad.com/2015/03/the-bla
    ck-hole/ 20 40 24 20 40 24 20 40 24 20... Read more

  • What a Roller coaster!

    3/25/2015 7:40:18 PM, by PASTORSHA

    I am returning again for the umpteenth time. But I have decided to not focus on losing weight but on feeling better and looking great in my own skin. If I lose weight that will be the by-product from my work of taking better care of myself. On that decision I jumped up grabbed my dog(5 months) and... Read more

  • My fault!

    3/25/2015 3:37:29 PM, by PICKIE98

    It is my fault on the rainy weather: I washed my car!! IT went from rain to sleet, then back to rain again.. Finally stopped at noon..... Read more

  • Day 24

    3/25/2015 3:00:14 PM, by MOONRABBIT

    Not in a great mood today. Yesterday, one of my best friends at work turned in her resignation. She was so happy afterwards, smiling from ear to ear. I am so happy for her. She is just going to keep one of her two jobs as her husband works and they sold a rental property for extra income. ... Read more

  • Up 1.9 pounds :(

    3/25/2015 1:05:36 PM, by ANA3400

    I started Spark two weeks ago. Week one I started tracking my calories and activity, and I was down almost a pound in the first week. Day five or so, my weight started to go up a bit, then I got my period. My food and activity stayed the same. I weigh in today, and I was up AGAIN.. Now I'm at ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    3/25/2015 11:43:40 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful,mild spring day here today. my daughter has grown some more. now she is a bit taller and she now takes a different size in shoes. she is counting down the days until her birthday. my sister and her husband are coming down for a visit on sunday afternoon and they definitely have something... Read more

  • Lunch with Jantheblonde and good friend Gail

    3/25/2015 11:23:57 AM, by MEXGAL1

    We ladies had a nice time yesterday. The husbands went to a different place and they too had fun. Really enjoyed me time getting to know Jantheblonde in person. They leave today and I wish them safe travels. Today is my DH's last day here until like after Father's day. I will meet him... Read more

  • New Doctor?

    3/25/2015 9:16:12 AM, by KELLY48647

    I will be seeing yet another new doctor next week. I have heard good things about him from a few of his patients, so hopefully this one will be one who will be willing to work with me and help get my issues straightened out. He is an hour away, but if he can help me it will be well worth the drive.... Read more

  • 3/25/15

    3/25/2015 8:40:20 AM, by KNUCHI

    This is clearly not my week. Got to work late because of an accident on the highway. Forgot my ID badge (that's also my computer login), and my throat is killing me. The good news is I have a 2 hour meeting this morning, so I won't have time for my morning snacking routine, which will sam... Read more

  • Disrupt your routine...change your life.

    3/25/2015 8:39:02 AM, by ZOEWMU

    As I sat down on the couch to read my book last night, my head starting talking about the leftovers in the kitchen and how good they sounded. I told myself that I don't eat after dinner and I had already eaten everything today that I was going to. I acknowledged that I wasn't hungry. But still, m... Read more

  • The media has a lot to answer for the Body Image it demands.

    3/25/2015 7:44:04 AM, by GOANNA2

    I am so angry. A young lady who went to university with my son went to Mexico to have buttock enhancement surgery and she died. She was 29 years old and so beautiful, but she felt inadequate in the image of young women portrayed by the media and magazines. She had her whole life ahead of... Read more

  • Working On Not Drinking Pop (Soda)

    3/25/2015 12:11:54 AM, by TAYLERHOUSLEY

    I haven't had pop (soda) in the past 8 days. I'm working on not drinking them at all. Who else is quitting this habit? Or has already quit? If you have quit, was it difficult for you? So far, I've been drinking coffee, so I can get my caffeine. Is that okay? Or should I quit doing that as well?!... Read more

  • Tired... Why?

    3/24/2015 10:26:07 PM, by BMCC488

    This morning when I woke up, I didn't feel like braving the cold for a walk outside. All the snow was still there and it just didn't sound appealing at all. Hot coffee indoors sounded much better haha. Most of the snow melted as the day went on, well maybe at least half anyway. My collarbone, should... Read more

  • More Benefits of Being a Sparker

    3/24/2015 10:09:12 PM, by LILLYROSEGRAM

    For a few weeks now, I have enjoyed reading articles and blogs and participating in the games on the message boards here at SparkPeople in the evening. Every once in awhile it has crossed my mind that maybe I should find something more productive to do. So when that thought popped into my mind this ... Read more

  • Goodies!

    3/24/2015 9:28:44 PM, by CAROLEDDE

    Today I received my first "Goodie". 100 It's fun and motivational to get a Goodie. Thanks Barceloname! Today has been a good day. Learning more about nutritional values and the things I eat. Need to change a few things in my regular diet plan. It's all exciting to be learning so much. ... Read more

  • Relentless day 83, MI40 Routine, Week 4, Delts & Triceps

    3/24/2015 8:03:53 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Deltoid Workout: Landmine Shoulder Press; 5 Sets, 48 Reps, 2,075 Lbs per Arm Bent Over Lateral Raises; 4 Sets, 44 Reps, 700 Lbs per Arm Dumbbell Front Raises; 5 Sets, 45 Reps, 284 Lbs per Arm Cable Side Laterals; 2 Sets, 24 Reps, 360 Lbs per Arm Total Deltoid Work... Read more

  • SIBO for FIBRO treatment (FODMAPs +)

    3/24/2015 4:25:59 PM, by DOTSLADY

    I have been seeing a paleo doctor (occasionally). It's a "boutique" service where I "get" to pay an extra $2k a year for personal attention. You know, like you idealistically believe you'll get from an allopathic doctor? Not to complain. I have credit cards for this. :P He is wonderful, btw. It's... Read more

  • Car wash!!!!!!!!!

    3/24/2015 4:17:31 PM, by PICKIE98

    When I got home from work, DD filled the gas tank in my car and we ran errands,,, stopped at church to drop something off,, on to credit union for some dough-ray-me! A block from there is my car dealership, sow we went through their free car wash!! I cannot tell you what it means in MIchigan to be ... Read more

  • Back from hiatus.

    3/24/2015 3:47:50 PM, by THINISTHENEWFAT

    Wow. It's been a little over 6 weeks since my last blog entry. I have been a putz. I haven't been treadmilling lately. I was all full of excuses too! My hip was hurting, I was too busy, my cough was too bad ... and the truth was, I just didn't feel like it. So no treadmilling meant I couldn't eat as... Read more

  • Day 3: Doctor, Doctor, give me the news.....

    3/24/2015 12:22:32 PM, by PTRIPP78

    I spent my day yesterday starving after having to fast for blood work. I had a 6:45pm appt and didn't even get into a room until 8pm. INSANE! I was waaaay over due for a physical. Mostly because I knew how it was going to go. A little background: Once upon a time in Michigan there wa... Read more

  • 3/24/15

    3/24/2015 11:36:27 AM, by KNUCHI

    Way to get off on the wrong foot... I was supposed to have an interview this morning, but the person interviewing me completely forgot and after having me wait around for 35 minutes, asked if we could reschedule. Normally, I'm all about accommodating people, because we all have crazy busy sche... Read more

  • Ajijic Colors

    3/24/2015 10:55:12 AM, by MEXGAL1

    Thought I would start the morning by showing you all some of the colors of Ajijic, our Mexican village. This is some of the colors that Jantheblonde and her DH have been seeing. I love our village. Looking forward to a lunch with Jantheblonde and another girlfriend. The guys are eati... Read more

  • Day 23

    3/24/2015 10:25:37 AM, by MOONRABBIT

    I had so many great comments and messages from my Sparkles (that's what you guys are!) giving me advice on shoes and support while running and walking. I will look into a new pair of shoes and was even given the idea of asking my chiropractor. I used to go for weekly adjustments because my neck was ... Read more

  • Taking Care of Myself

    3/23/2015 10:46:20 PM, by LILLYROSEGRAM

    I am on a roll in taking care of important preventative medical care. I went to two medical appointments today. One was for an annual full body dermatological check, and the other was a blood draw that is the first part of an annual health screening my previous employer offers (I am retired bu... Read more

  • Braving the Cold & Snow

    3/23/2015 10:32:44 PM, by BMCC488

    Today I wasn't successful in getting a predawn workout. I can't remember the last time I actually did it... When you get woken up at least once by a kid crying, and at least once by your furbaby crying for attention (ugh), then you don't have the motivation to get up after only four hours of sleep t... Read more

  • Relentless day 81, MI40 Routine, Week 4, Unscheduled Rest

    3/23/2015 6:05:54 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Yesterday was an intense back workout; Well today was scheduled a Delt/Tricep workout. Since yesterdays secondary Muscle Groups consisted of Deltoids/Triceps; it makes no sense to jump into a high intensity workout without adequate rest. Its a great way to re-injure an old shoulder mishap. ... Read more

  • Snow Flakes

    3/23/2015 4:40:49 PM, by CAROLEDDE

    Well just a few scattered snow flakes here in Indy, but a nice warm house to exercise in! - and a great Spark site to keep us motivated to reach our goals.... Read more

  • Snowy spring

    3/23/2015 3:18:37 PM, by PICKIE98

    Here comes summer! !We got some snow today. On the bright side, it is 22 degrees...... Read more

  • Day 22 post #2

    3/23/2015 2:23:50 PM, by MOONRABBIT

    i forgot to add a few things to my last blog. 1. My mom said something surprisingly nice to me last night. She said "it's nice having you around." I smiled really big. She doesn't usually say things like that. I took it to heart. 2. I am 90% sure that I want to join the Navy as a Cryptolog... Read more

  • Day 22

    3/23/2015 1:29:04 PM, by MOONRABBIT

    This blog is going to be all over the place! I am smiling over here after reading all the wonderful comments on my blogs! I cannot believe anyone is still reading these. I blog every day (or try to) just so I can read the wonderful comments from you all. So much love! I'm depressed today. ... Read more

  • it's monday

    3/23/2015 12:56:34 PM, by MOMMY445

    i'm catching up on some computer work now before i head to my job in a few hours. my daughter says hi and sends hugs. all of the birds are doing well and also say hi. i feel a bit better today, so i will go to work. i will see how i feel while i am there and go from there. have a wonderful day,every... Read more

  • Fun brunch with Jantheblonde and neighbors

    3/23/2015 12:34:00 PM, by MEXGAL1

    Great time for all at the brunch yesterday. My dishes seemed to turn out pretty good and not very many leftovers...always a good sign. Jantheblonde and her DH really fit in with all us "mountain" people. I ate too much junk/sugar so have a sugar hangover. Up a bit in weight as well but a... Read more

  • Day 2: I'm so excited.....and I just can't hide it.....

    3/23/2015 12:08:51 PM, by PTRIPP78

    Cheesy title? Maybe......or maybe not. I mean, who doesn't need a little 80's in their workout to really get that blood flowing! Either way, I really am SOOOOO EXCITED! I made a very big purchase on Saturday. I went out and bought myself a treadmill. We spent half the day yesterday putting ... Read more

  • Monday, March 23

    3/23/2015 11:46:40 AM, by SLDAVIS53

    Last week was birthday week so I ate too much and exercised too little. I did better yesterday - ate well and worked in the yard for about 90 minutes. I have an eating and exercising plan for today.... Read more

  • The joys of food

    3/23/2015 10:32:38 AM, by R1DESDRESSAGE

    I enjoy food. I like the flavors, the aromas and the art of cooking. So my challenge is to reconcile this love of food with my goal to loose weight and get fit again. I have found that my favorite sandwiches are still ok! I am discovering new foods that are also great sources of protein (Th... Read more

  • Semaine du 16 au 22 Mars 2015

    3/23/2015 10:09:43 AM, by ZEPHI8RINE

    Augmentation de poids de 143.5 à 144.5 lbs= +1 lb De 36% MG à 37% MG Semaine extrêmement stressante: Je n'ai pas fait d' exercice de la semaine. J'ai mangé tout croche. Les événements ont l'air à vouloir rentrer dans l'ordre heureusement !! 381... Read more

  • Trying & Failing, and Trying Again

    3/23/2015 5:08:15 AM, by SMOLLETTRI76

    Well, here it is morning again, with a whole new slate to fill with successes and failures. For a long time, between October and January, I was writing in a Victory Journal every success I had throughout the day. I got out of the habit when I became sick again and started "acting out" with bad behav... Read more

  • Being Happy

    3/23/2015 12:31:09 AM, by LILLYROSEGRAM

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  • Not the Usual Sunday

    3/22/2015 11:45:18 PM, by BMCC488

    Today has been a long day of what has felt like nothingness. I got up and had breakfast before my brother left, as well as starting the coffee. My coffee got cold fast with both cups which kind of sucked the calming effect out of it. So I had the boys 8:30-4:30 today... and we just watched movies al... Read more

  • another update for you

    3/22/2015 10:52:14 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    computer working and health update... Read more

  • When your friends' cognitive distortions affect you.

    3/22/2015 10:33:07 PM, by ZOEWMU

    I remember reading once that, if you wanted to be thin and active, hang out with thin and active people. Now, I know why. If you're like me, and your friends have a weight loss journey of their own to take, this blog is for you. As I spent the weekend with my best friend, I realized something... Read more

  • it's sunday

    3/22/2015 8:26:27 PM, by MOMMY445

    i feel like i have come down with a cold. no wonder i want to take it easy these days. my daughter says hi and so do the birds. have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Birthday, Hike

    3/22/2015 8:11:27 PM, by ALIHIKES

    My friends threw a nice birthday dinner for me last night, it was a really fun evening. 10 people attended, including my nephew (which was a surprise). The dinner was very good – coq au vin with potatoes, peas with pancetta, large salad, good bread, and chocolate cake. Birthday dinne... Read more

  • AA vs SMART Recovery

    3/22/2015 7:47:51 PM, by SMOLLETTRI76

    Hello All. I have come to the conclusion that there is going to be a controversy between my feelings for 12-Step Programs and other people's feelings about 12-Step Programs. While I do not like 12-Step Programs due to the Spiritual Aspect, as well as the fact that they make you dig through you... Read more

  • BLC27 First 6 weeks Results

    3/22/2015 7:38:18 PM, by NEWVINE

    This challenge has been everything I was looking for. At first I wasn't sure I would find the time, but is what this challenge is all about. Comfort zone- I have learned to ask for help, and have made many friends that are there to help me, and are also trying ... Read more

  • Relentless day 80, MI40 Routine, Week 4, Day 2; Back & Hams

    3/22/2015 7:24:10 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Continued with the MI40 Routine where I left off on March 16th. The rest from weights went well as did the landscaping. After that workout I'm glad to get back to the weights; tree planting for me is a minimum of 6 hours work; my workouts take only 45 to 70 minutes. Back Workout: ... Read more

  • Resilience and Hope

    3/22/2015 3:08:58 PM, by SBECKER526

    I endured a rough winter with much snow, ice and cold temperatures. I also had surgery and numerous health problems. Hence a publication headline jumped out at me. Resilience and hope! The quote that turned me around is this. "Life stretches and compresses us all. To be spiritually well do... Read more

  • Day 21

    3/22/2015 1:31:50 PM, by MOONRABBIT

    I wanted to post a blog with my story. My whole story. It might be a long one, but I think it can help people to relate to me, and help me to connect to even more people in my position. Here goes. Growing up I was always thin, more average in middle school. I went on my first diet in 6th grade,... Read more

  • Day 19

    3/22/2015 1:06:01 PM, by MOONRABBIT

    So after work yesterday I met up with Bobcatgirl76 at Panera Bread near my work. So crazy that I had no idea she lived in Michigan, let alone so close to me, when I was reading her blogs and decided to shoot her a quick message. It was so nice meeting someone who understands what it is like to ... Read more

  • Another photo of Jantheblonde and I

    3/22/2015 11:19:54 AM, by MEXGAL1

    Jantheblonde and I have so much in comment it's funny. Looking forward to her and her DH coming to our brunch today to meet the "mountain people", our neighbors. Hope you all have a terrific Sunday. Sallie... Read more

  • 3/22/15

    3/22/2015 11:00:58 AM, by KNUCHI

    I cannot tell you how awesome yesterday was! I started my day at 7 am, because The Boy had to go into work, so I worked out a bit, since I didn't have to meet up with my mom to go shopping until 9. I left early because it was snowing, and I wanted to take my time getting there. My usual 35 mi... Read more

  • Day 499 - When Will I Learn?

    3/22/2015 10:03:20 AM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Weight: 169.0 I'm having a hard time with myself today. Originally I was hoping to post a really happy blog about how I was 166.4 which meant I reached my goal of losing 5 pounds per month yesterday. I was beyond the moon excited. But then I let myself get out of control. I went out to eat... Read more

  • Time for a change

    3/22/2015 9:40:11 AM, by ANGELWINGS6774

    I am really just fed up with this Hashimoto's that is running my life , I need to be free of all of the symptoms and lose weight so that when it does sneak up on me , I will be ready for it . I am ready to give this all I have and begin a Gluten free Lifestyle. It will be hard and I know this but I ... Read more

  • Day 1: Dear Future Self

    3/22/2015 9:24:59 AM, by PTRIPP78

    Dear future Paula, There is so much you have learned on this journey you've embarked upon. For so long you didn't think you could do it but guess what! You did! You've thrown out everything you thought you knew about weight loss and started this journey with a clear head. You got rid of all ... Read more

  • Sunday

    3/22/2015 8:15:49 AM, by PICKIE98

    A beautiful sunrise,, I actually slept for about seven hours!! I am happy that my FBS is 118 this morning. Just the usual things today,, relaxing, walking, household..I baked a berry pie yesterday as long as I was baking lasagna. I always batch cook and double up on things in the oven, ma... Read more

  • OMG!!! Is it really THAT early?!

    3/22/2015 3:56:29 AM, by SMOLLETTRI76

    It is 3am here. Cannot sleep anymore. I ate last night, nothing good, mostly junk, but today I am DETERMINED to stick to my food plan. I wrote it out already, you can see it if you'd like. I figure, it should be set in stone that way, even though I tried to do that Saturday and failed MISERABLY!! Bu... Read more

  • Joke time.

    3/22/2015 12:31:30 AM, by GOANNA2

    A woman went to a doctor's office and was seen by one of the new doctors. But about four minutes in the examination room, she burst out, screaming as she ran down the hall. An older doctor stopped her and asked her what the problem was, and when she explained, he had her sit down and... Read more

  • Picture of Health

    3/22/2015 12:05:43 AM, by LILLYROSEGRAM

    The root of all health is in the brain 376 The trunk of it is in emotion 378 The branches and leaves are the body 465 The flower of health blooms when all parts work together. 184 Kurdish Saying ... Read more

  • Struggling with follow through...

    3/21/2015 11:06:02 PM, by CALART

    I am great at planning and mapping goals out but when it comes to the health ones, I have a hard time with following through with them. I "know" I can walk the block with or without my dog Nellie, but actually doing it is a whole other thing. I do well at the Y "when" I am there. I set reasona... Read more

  • Days 61-63 of my 90 Day Challenge!!

    3/21/2015 10:59:38 PM, by WHYTEBROWN

    Hey Sparkies, Sorry that I haven't written a blog in a while but my laptop is out of commission & I'm not that fond of typing on my tablet. Honestly my laptop troubles are just 1 of the many troubles that my husband & I have been plagued with these past two weeks so if you're a believer & read... Read more

  • Full Saturday

    3/21/2015 10:08:59 PM, by BMCC488

    This morning was pretty normal of a weekend, minus a sick and fussy kid and his brother who is feeling a bit lost. I had a very small breakfast because I wasn't feeling like making what I planned, which was oatmeal with peaches, I ended up just having applesauce and what was left of my can of pears.... Read more

  • Snow melted - Sunny Day

    3/21/2015 10:07:32 PM, by SBECKER526

    I felt better in attitude today with the sunshine and the melting of yesterday's snow. I want to walk outdoors and not have to bundle up. I felt energetic. My helper and I got the groceries. She put them away for me. It is amazing how fast a bag of groceries gets too heavy for me. My ine... Read more

  • Too Tired to Eat?!!

    3/21/2015 8:40:22 PM, by SMOLLETTRI76

    Hello my fellow Sparkers, I am just touching base here to let you all know half my house is CLEAN!!! My kitchen and bathroom are SPARKLING!!! I cleaned EVERYTHING in the bathroom, nearly broke my back doing so too. I made a bad choice today with eating, you can see it on my food tracker. It was sill... Read more

  • Finally got to meet Jantheblonde

    3/21/2015 12:24:28 PM, by MEXGAL1

    Had a wonderful time yesterday with Jan and her DH. Our spouses really hit it off as well. And of course she is even more fantastic in person! Looking forward to them coming to brunch tomorrow so they can meet some of our neighbors here on the mountain. Love you Jan! Hope you all have a w... Read more

  • Relentless day 79; 5th Day of Rest from MI40 Routine

    3/21/2015 11:39:51 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    My Central Nervous System (CNS) has recovered so tomorrow I'm back in the trenches of weight Lifting. 323 But in the meantime I've another tree to plant. 378 Take care Sparkers. 104... Read more

  • Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment!

    3/21/2015 10:21:32 AM, by 56ROSE

    My Commitment : 30-45 Minutes 5x/Week Stationary Bike: 10-15 Minutes Stretching: 5-10 Minutes Walking: 15-20 Minutes 521 316 521 311 521 135 ... Read more

  • Saturday

    3/21/2015 7:29:12 AM, by PICKIE98

    I awoke early so walked out to the mailbox, enjoying the darkness and stars. The neighborhood is still asleep and I enjoy the quiet. found a few more bills in the mail, so I just finished paying everything, including mom's bills. Filled out a hospice survey, set up online payments for health c... Read more

  • Who knew it could be so Easy?

    3/21/2015 5:38:57 AM, by SMOLLETTRI76

    Okay, so I just made out my food menu for today. Some of the foods are not that great, like the Cheddar Cheese I use. But I am going shopping this morning and getting Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese, and we will see if that makes a difference. I am doing pretty good this morning, and it's only 5:30am. ... Read more