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  • Day 2 of 100 Day Weight Loss

    9/2/2014 1:29:46 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    "Interested or Committed?" Are you interested in weight loss, where food, activities, life can take you off focus? OR ....Are you committed to weight loss with a "No matter what! attitude? That is easy to answer. Since the beginning of the year, I have been "interested" in losing weight. Anyt... Read more

  • Caregiving - A willing labor

    9/1/2014 4:54:15 PM, by SBECKER526

    Through my husband's and my health problems I am learning so much more. Yesterday's emergency room visit for my husband gave me more insight into knee injuries and protocols for care. He has the awkward immobilizer. He was a sight to behold wavering on crutches and attempting to get to the bedroo... Read more

  • Day 1 of 100 day weight loss

    9/1/2014 12:14:12 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    I am using Linda Spangle's book "100 Days of Weight Loss" to build motivation and make healthier choices. To prepare for Day 1: Nutrition Plan: -Track on Spark people -Stay within 1250-1550 calories -4 freggies -8 glasses water -Reduce sugar -Use Spark chart for fats, carbs, p... Read more

  • Fighting for Motivation!

    8/31/2014 3:15:00 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    I have kept about the same weight since the beginning of the year and this is through two 8 week challenges. I need to make an care about myself. Yet, I have been dragging my feet. I am finding sparks of motivation from Spark friends. I read several blogs by a friend w... Read more

  • calorie Creep

    8/29/2014 10:46:44 PM, by DREMA101

    I am slowly gaining weight, I need to rein in the creeping. My goal is to conquer my sweet tooth and make better choices to lose 20 lbs... Read more

  • Great Weather and Golf

    8/29/2014 9:02:01 PM, by SBECKER526

    I got to play Willow Hollow Golf Course today and to see the staff. Bob and Bill were friendly and helpful. I signed up for my Thursday morning league for a 8:30 am tee time. I finally did get a par on hole 9. I used my 7 hybrid and landed perfectly near the pin. WooHoo. I also had pars on... Read more

  • Morning blast...with an evening update to come.

    8/29/2014 11:28:10 AM, by ANGRITTER

    Hey everyone! I'm baaack. So yesterday's one mile feels like 5 miles to my spine today. I really think it's that walking stick. I know they are great for balance and supporting upright walking, but I think dragging it around is a hindrance some days. But I am determined to get off my tu... Read more

  • Funny pictures after surgery...

    8/28/2014 1:09:10 PM, by ANGRITTER

    Me right outta the box and without morphine, but with Joe Me finding the morphine button finally... My staples up the center of my back. ... Read more

  • 9 Days Post-Op!!

    8/28/2014 12:53:46 PM, by ANGRITTER

    And I'm doing almost great. I hate riding in cars because it hurts like a $%@$^, but I have walked a mile on a few days, a third of a mile on others, and a half mile on a couple. I can walk! I can stand up straight! I can have normal bowel movements again! I can sit down and not cry e... Read more

  • Appreciating some down time

    8/27/2014 11:24:30 PM, by SBECKER526

    I really enjoyed today. I only had a personal training booked today. I spent time at home in the morning with my husband. I got to call a friend yesterday. I hemmed two pairs of slacks for me. I played with the cat. I got to catch up. Bob was stir crazy from being at home for over a week.... Read more

  • Tunnel Mountain Climb Photos

    8/27/2014 1:35:49 PM, by _LINDA

    This is one of the lowest and most popular mountains in the Banff, Alberta Canada area. It is popular with avid exercisers as we saw many joggers and hikers going up it and it is considered a nice introductory hike for the area.. Off we go: Read more

  • Continuing the previous post - Anxiety and self esteem

    8/26/2014 4:16:40 PM, by TAISIAKAT

    Between the depression (and my PTSD), I have the more than occasional anxiety attacks. I used to be on meds for it, but they made me feel like cotton and swimming in jello. Not a very good feeling. I have a strange balance with my anxiety and self esteem which I've noticed recently as I try t... Read more

  • Opportunities to make good healthy choices

    8/26/2014 10:08:21 AM, by JANNY316

    Every day I am faced with challenges concerning food. Every day I am challenged with choices on to exercise or not. These are opportunities to make good healthy choices! Maybe it is not the best choice, but if I make a choice to turn down a cookie, that is a good healthy choice. I may not turn i... Read more

  • An OCD woo-hoo moment for me

    8/26/2014 6:37:49 AM, by 1888MICHELLE

    I started with my new personal trainer on Friday. I did a lot, but it just didn't seem difficult. Heck...I didn't even break a sweat. Yesterday, however, was a different story. I sweated all over everything. I was drenched. He had me doing things that were deceptively simple, and turned ou... Read more

  • BC Trip Canoe Paddle

    8/25/2014 6:50:22 PM, by _LINDA

    I was very reluctant to go on a canoe ride because of two reasons: the useless arm and the inability to get up and down from a low position. But my loving sister convinced me they didn't mind hauling me around and the renters had a little chair for me to sit on so it wasn't so bad. Spencer ... Read more

  • Water Aerobics, Week 2

    8/25/2014 6:19:28 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Maybe it is my imagination but I feel stronger in more than one area of my body. Already?!?!? I had no clue that the human body could turn around this quickly. I am pleased with the progress. Of course, I do 2 hours at a whack but the pay off is that I can move so much more better than I was moving ... Read more

  • Neat Family

    8/24/2014 4:06:07 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have three super friends in one family. Hen is my golf partner and neighbor. Linda is a new pastor of Calvary United Church of Christ in Barto, PA. Cyndi is the other daughter who is super at so much. The third daughter, Debbie, is a former student. This family is so outgoing and welcom... Read more

  • Any good, active groups for people with chronic illness? Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibro

    8/23/2014 8:58:37 PM, by KELLY_SS

    Specifically rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I'm just coming back to SP after being away for a long spell due to RA and Fibro. I am not able to do much physically but I would like to find a team here that is for people with these type of illnesses, teams that are still active. I looked... Read more

  • My Life at the Moment

    8/23/2014 3:15:05 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband is needing almost constant care. He is almost housebound. When that time comes we will need to bring in outside help. Currently I do his meds, his shots, his dialysis, and manage the charting of everything. I record all foods that he eats and tally the potassium, calcium, sodium and ... Read more

  • It's that time of year...

    8/23/2014 12:36:41 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    ...where the season is changing. The body aches with the change. RA blows. Grrr...... Read more

  • Water aerobics, part deux...

    8/22/2014 5:24:55 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    It appears that I over did it on Wednesday. I ached all day Thursday. I went back this morning and only did 1.5 hours and seem to be ok. Yeah! We will see if 1.5 hours is the golden ticket. Next class is on Monday. Can't wait to go back. Woot! EJ... Read more

  • Canyon Hike Photos

    8/20/2014 9:12:11 PM, by _LINDA

    This was our first hike. It was complicated by the fact we kept taking wrong pathways :-P We crossed a gravely dried out river bed and carried on a well worn path only to find ourselves at the edge of a quarry with no trespa... Read more

  • Water Aerobics

    8/20/2014 6:44:20 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    I went to water aerobics and it was wonderful! That first hour was rough, balance issues, but that was expected since I have been sedentary for so long, too long. The second hour I could actually do everything in time with the music! Woot! Can't wait until Friday to do it again. The hubs went t... Read more

  • Juggling Treatments

    8/19/2014 4:51:18 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I weighed myself this my PJs and with a full bladder....and I weghed 223 which his down from 230 very recently. Then before I got into my shower I thought "What the heck" and stepped on the scale. 221! This is the lowest I've been all summer ....and of course my asthma is acting up and... Read more

  • fitness goal

    8/19/2014 2:47:41 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am working on swimming strokes to regain full use of right arm after breast cancer radiation and surgery.... Read more

  • Back in the swing

    8/19/2014 1:40:09 PM, by JANNY316

    Trying to get back to normal in life. Have had a flare, an illness, another flare, and now I have a cold again, so I have not been on the site in a long while. I guess I was depressed about what all was going on in my health. But I am back on my feet, kind of, and wanting to get back to work. I ... Read more

  • I am Back! Starting Trip Photos

    8/19/2014 1:54:48 AM, by _LINDA

    My sister did an amazing job planning and getting us to our destinations and hotels on time. She tried to make the trip as comfortable and enjoyable for me as possible. Meals were pretty bad, usually getting a free continental breakfast (hello carbs -where's the fruit??) and eating only one sort o... Read more

  • Tkr

    8/18/2014 9:10:09 PM, by MUSIC66

    Well I have a surgery date for a LTKR it will be the 15th of September at tbh feeling nervous as now only four weeks to go for new knee... Read more

  • 08/18/14

    8/18/2014 4:52:47 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I love my days off. Today i was up up at 4,hit the gym,came back home,then went to the beach with friends. ... Read more

  • grateful

    8/18/2014 1:43:19 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am so grateful for each for each day. I am surprised with all the good things that happen to me. I am concerned about world events. ... Read more

  • Having fun

    8/17/2014 9:19:38 AM, by JERIBERI1

    Yesterday my daughter and I went for a 7 mile run. We came back with tree bark on us from climbing trees and swinging on vines. Her husband said, "You climbed trees? That's dangerous." Well, hmmm... (swinging from a vine) Read more

  • Changes with respect to Sparkpeople

    8/16/2014 4:41:26 PM, by SBECKER526

    I normally spent 1 hour on Sparkpeople per day. I had to learn about tracking foods and entering my groups. I then entered my favorite exercises. I did Sparkpeople radio and much more. I still find that I have much I can do. As I look at my day and demands of caregiving, I cannot spend as m... Read more

  • This coming week...

    8/16/2014 1:51:54 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    is one of many changes. The Hubs worked the day shift today and will be working that again tomorrow. Leaving me home for doing my morning routine by myself. Erm... it has been an adventure, but I am happy to know that, YES, I can do things on my own. The hubs also starts school full time on We... Read more

  • 08/13/14

    8/13/2014 10:32:59 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I have been walking everyday,4 miles or more. If i don't walk i bike or swim,6 days sometimes 7 days a week. Getting ready for a 10 k walk. Tonight i got the email,the Biggest Loser canceled the event at great escape. I'm sad,disappointed. I'm still planning on walking my 4 plus miles in the am.... Read more

  • Scaling Back

    8/13/2014 9:29:33 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am now golfing just on Tuesdays in a league. I am having hand, foot and knee problems with my meds. I now take 3000 international units of vitamin D to counteract effects of my anastrazole. I don't want joint damage with my RA. I decided to cut back the golf. I will take a lesson with my ... Read more

  • Depression - living with it

    8/12/2014 7:22:36 PM, by TAISIAKAT

    First, I am so sad to see such a fine, wonderful human being who lost his battle to Depression. Robin Williams will be missed. I know his movies, his comedy, his personal touch touch hundreds of thousands of individuals like myself. His most profound roles, When Dreams May Come, especially, left ... Read more

  • Keeping Calm

    8/12/2014 3:17:14 PM, by SBECKER526

    I decided that getting upset is not working in my favor. So now I must figure out how to keep calm in the midst of disorder. Why is there disorder? My biggest reason is overscheduling that causes volunteer work to spill over into ME time. So I must reflect on how much volunteering I can reall... Read more

  • USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships

    8/11/2014 10:34:44 AM, by JERIBERI1

    Saturday, August 9th, I got to participate in something I thought I'd never, ever do. I competed in the USAT Age Group National Championships, Olympic Distance Triathlon. When I got the invitation to participate, I initially ignored it. I'd only done two other triathlons, and I really wasn't ve... Read more

  • Wow...

    8/10/2014 5:17:46 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Watching TLC's binge of 'My 600-lb Life'. It's a real eye opener. I am speechless. They have already run three of them, and will carry on through the evening until Long Island Medium. Humbled by watching this. ... Read more

  • Status update...

    8/10/2014 1:59:55 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    The summer is slipping by so fast. I think I am finally back to normal from the Dallas trip. Don't want to do that anytime soon. It was so hard on my body and when I hurt that much it just trashes my attitude. No I didn't over do it with food, so I didn't gain anything but certainly didn't los... Read more

  • Looking back over the past weeks with gratitude

    8/9/2014 11:37:19 AM, by SBECKER526

    I took time today to pause and reflect over what has happened to my husband and me over the last 3 weeks. I feel deep gratitude for all the support people have offered. I am doing well from the perspective of my surgeon and medical oncologist. I had my first mammogram since surgery and radia... Read more

  • Flower Identify?

    8/9/2014 10:44:55 AM, by _LINDA

    We had a good storm last night, but it produced very little rain, just two quick bursts. One lightening strike was close and loud so we must have been just on the edge of it passing though. Woke up to a darkly overcast cool morning only 13 C (56 F) Mom said she didn't know what some of the... Read more

  • Friday Flower Photos and News

    8/8/2014 7:02:30 PM, by _LINDA

    Some new blooms in Mom's garden: Even the coleus was blooming: Not sure what these purple star like flowers are: ... Read more

  • EX Some Photos

    8/8/2014 1:24:51 AM, by _LINDA

    My sister was coming into the city on a major overpass when she saw smoke coming out of her tail pipe and so pulled over and called for help. They came reasonably fast and the tow truck driver said her car needed something to be fixed, but that it was entirely safe to drive. Her car is still under... Read more

  • Got Lucky and Trail Photos

    8/6/2014 1:03:18 PM, by _LINDA

    I was lucky to get in this morning for a podiatry appointment. The sympathetic secretary put me ahead of a huge waiting list so I could get my toe fixed before my trip! Wonderful of her, they are usually pretty firm with the wait lists. I saw someone new as my regular Dr. had her baby a month ear... Read more

  • Getting my extra hour per day

    8/6/2014 12:21:33 PM, by SBECKER526

    I'm working on getting that extra hour per day. I refined my number of trips to the gym to what really matters: personal training, body combat, zumba, and swimming. Training and use of the pool really motivated me to go to the gym. I took cycling off my gym plan. I have a spin bike at home t... Read more

  • one more hour per day

    8/5/2014 10:28:48 PM, by SBECKER526

    If I had one more hour per day, I would spend it with my husband and cat. I would listen to his thoughts and concerns. I would play with the cat,...i try to do this every day.... Read more

  • Everyday woes...

    8/5/2014 4:56:13 PM, by ANGRITTER

    Well, Joe has been online looking for jobs. It really sucks that there are so many out there that pay nothing, but unemployment barely covers his child support. Who ever decided what the unemployment pay rate is should have to live on that money for 6 months and see if they can save up for a full ... Read more

  • Wildflower Walk 2 Photos and Video Woes.

    8/5/2014 8:58:50 AM, by _LINDA

    When Mom and I went on our long hike, we saw some new blooms. This ravine was full of baby's breath (tumbleweed) which its normally not four different colors on this wildflower: ... Read more

  • News, Various Photos

    8/5/2014 1:53:00 AM, by _LINDA

    Its official! My sister, her daughter and I will be hitting the road August 10 until August 18! My Mom's double blue delphinium that just bloomed: One bad thing is I will miss my long awaited podiatrist appointment -... Read more

  • Dallas trip... part deux...

    8/4/2014 5:51:56 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    That trip took a tole on my body. We have been back home for 2 days and I still feel like I have been run over by a truck. From what I understand, this is part of the disease process of RA. Oh joy. ::eyeroll:: So, from here on out I have to pick and choose what I do and when I do it. This is go... Read more