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  • Thankful

    11/27/2014 7:27:42 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have much gratitude in my life. My cancer and the scar tissue are almost gone. 2 more treatments ahead. I have strong friends in my daily life and in Sparkpeople. I am completing the presidency in an organization and look forward to serving as a past president. My church family and my breast ... Read more

  • Winter Wonderland Photos

    11/26/2014 11:17:30 PM, by _LINDA

    The cold is hard on me, but I wanted to capture all the snow laden trees and bushes in our hiking trails before the winds laid waste to them: Snow laden tree: Sn... Read more

  • New things ahead

    11/26/2014 10:39:38 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am enjoying each day and making the most of it. I worked with colleagues to encourage quality people to assume leadership roles in the Berks County Association of School Retirees. My friend, Candy, will be installed on December 4th as the new president. She assumes all the duties of the office ... Read more

  • Snow in Northern Virginia

    11/26/2014 3:25:21 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    What a nice visit with our DD, SIL, and their dog, Harley. Today, we have snow in Northern Virginia- something a South Texas lady loves! Their lab loves the... Read more

  • On To Week 10...

    11/26/2014 11:02:51 AM, by JENDAN36

    I'm just starting my 10th week here at sparkpeople, I'm so proud of myself for sticking to my plan for this long. This is the best I have ever done! Yay me! I have lost weight every week, I'm giving it my all so I'm glad to see changes for the better. I don't want to lose weight to fast, I want... Read more

  • Turning 40

    11/26/2014 8:56:16 AM, by ELLIPSISDREAM

    My 40th birthday should have been nice- I was given the gift of a day out with lunch with my Honey. It was so kind of him to take the day off and spend it with me, and trying to make the day special. And he did... I ruined my own day in some ways. I had a stressor that I could not let go o... Read more

  • Back in the saddle

    11/25/2014 7:10:15 PM, by DONNA_W

    I had been eating healthy choices and doing some exercise but no weight loss. I had begun to consider bariatric surgery. I decided to ask my doctor about weight loss medication and she advised Belviq. I started taking it this week and so far so good. It does seem to control the appetite satiety ... Read more

  • A glitch maybe???

    11/25/2014 1:34:06 AM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    I was just entering my foods and exercise for Monday and for some reason it says I've only logged in for 1 day in a row. I think there's a glitch somewhere because I have logged in every day since the 13th. Some days I logged in many times during the day. I don't know why it cut my log in down to... Read more

  • Small, But Mighty Victory

    11/24/2014 11:36:28 PM, by _LINDA

    I surprised myself when I was able to cut my fingernails today, on my LEFT hand, by my RIGHT hand. It helped the nails were very soft from the shower. It helped I had a sharp clippers. It helped that nail clippers are spring loaded to go back into a start position because I am not able to open my... Read more

  • With family for the holidays

    11/24/2014 5:08:43 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    Our daughter asked us to come visit for Thanksgiving. We love our South Texas coastal town and rather not travel, but a 3 month pregnant daughter has a lot of influence. So we packed up our terrier who hasn't traveled far. We woul... Read more

  • Learning to be present

    11/23/2014 6:15:37 PM, by FINDINGMENANLT

    I've been becoming more aware over the past few weeks of just how detrimental this being detached from my physical self has been. Not just in terms of my weight issues, but in terms of recognising how emotions feel. I've been leading up to this point for a while, but it really was brought home... Read more

  • A wee bit tired and a little over in calories

    11/23/2014 4:13:29 AM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    I am for once in my life tracking all foods & drinks that go into my mouth. I have never done that before, at least not for more than a few meals in a row. I've now tracked for 9 days, will be 10 by the end of Sunday. And I am being honest about it also. Used to be if I had just over a serving I... Read more

  • Back in the Saddle

    11/22/2014 4:09:07 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    Well I had a week of poor choices. Fortunately for some reason I did not have much appetite so that helped to keep it from being a catastrophe. Then on FRiday I bought some veggies and fruit because we were out of everything. Last night I cooked collard greens with shredded carrots and a raisin, ... Read more

  • Got my Spark Activity Tracker

    11/22/2014 11:19:44 AM, by JKANT88

    I decided to find something to motivate me to move more often. I find that I waste so much time after work just sitting and I need something to make me want to move around. I saw that the old version of the Spark Activity Tracker was on sale because they are coming out with a new version soon. I ... Read more

  • Happy Saturday

    11/22/2014 9:32:20 AM, by ELLIPSISDREAM

    Well, I have had a perfect morning. I woke up at 5 am just because. I love the peace and quiet of the world still sleeping on a Saturday morning. Just me, my espresso, and the kitties. I surfed, I read, I relaxed, and even meditated. I had time to think about what I need to accomplish today. And it ... Read more

  • Appointment Results & Poor Choices

    11/21/2014 12:02:01 AM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    First off my appointment went better than I thought it would. I didn't get put on insulin as of today, but I go back in 2 weeks after tracking my sugar levels both before and after means. When I go back if he doesn't like the levels I will then be put on some sort of insulin. So here's to hoping m... Read more

  • Re-Start the Motivation

    11/20/2014 2:27:13 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    yesterday was hard. I went to NY to see a neurologist following some visual disturbances I've been having. And she didn't have good news. I left the office with a fist full of prescriptions for MRI, EMG and bloodwork....all to be done by next Wed. I don't drive and all of these tests are in NY ... Read more

  • Punch Drunk

    11/20/2014 1:29:43 PM, by _LINDA

    I feel like Rocky, having gone ten rounds used as a punching bag. Just reeling from the bad news. My right arm surgery was very complex and had many complications the young surgeon ran into. He did do the very best he could, but working with finicky nerves, tendons and tissues, things can go wron... Read more

  • Nervous about tomorrow's appointment - And what I've been up to the last couple days

    11/20/2014 12:38:37 AM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    Tomorrow is the big day. I get to meet with my Doctor and hear all the details of what we have to do to get my health back under control. I'm already scheduled for the visit to the rheumatologist on Jan. 15th. Must of been something in my tests that got her to get me in fast because my sister-in-... Read more

  • Feeling Good

    11/19/2014 10:09:32 AM, by ELLIPSISDREAM

    It is nice to be feeling fairly good again, after a couple of rocky weeks. I did end up going inpatient for a few days for my bipolar to deal with some medication issues. I am much better for it. I have been making better choices with food and it shows on the scale. The numbers are moving ... Read more

  • Satisfaction and JOY--the long run destinations

    11/19/2014 4:17:31 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    How cool....and how affirming, to be voted as a featured blog post. HOnestly, there are a lot of other blogs I've written that I thought were better than yesterday's...but hey, I'll take it as I can get it! I was reading an article on Spark recently--about making goals. And the writer said th... Read more

  • Never too Late to Get Back up Again!

    11/18/2014 5:28:53 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I don't know if my weight has yet reflected it, but I've made some really horrible choices in the past maybe four days. I need to do something NOW or I will regain the 14 pounds that I'd lost. What can I do? 1) exercise 2) try not to eat out 3) If I DO eat out make wise choices. I n... Read more

  • I walked 1 full mile Monday

    11/18/2014 2:42:46 AM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    I can't believe I was able to do it so soon. I've been getting in 3/4 a mile since last Friday, but was wondering when I'd make it to that mile mark. Well I did it. It was a goal of mine and I made it to my goal. Not only did I do it I also hit 2.5 mph on the treadmill. I ha... Read more

  • Every day I remind myself it is a new day

    11/17/2014 11:24:02 PM, by TAISIAKAT

    And I work very hard to keep myself from sinking into the molasses dragging feeling called despair and hopelessness. I remind myself - knowing what I know, seeing what I have been through - THIS WILL PASS. There will be a job for will happen. And that is where I realize I don't h... Read more

  • Exhaustion sneaks up on me

    11/17/2014 9:40:00 AM, by SBECKER526

    I try to keep a balance in my life. I aim for 8 hours sleep a night. With caregiving and nightly dialysis, I get 5.5 hours at best overnight. There are days that I cannot squeeze a nap in. Yesterday overwhelmed me. I had pain with my lymphedema due to doing to much lifting with dialysis s... Read more

  • Day 2 & 3

    11/16/2014 6:29:42 PM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    Day 2 was good. I did another 3/4 mile on the treadmill. I thought I ate a lot but when I plugged it into my tracker it wasn't all that bad. I was low on protein, calories, and carbs....but spot on for fats. So am looking for ways to pump up the protein while keeping the carbs and fat down. Hav... Read more

  • No I haven't been on here in a while.

    11/16/2014 3:55:08 PM, by XENA1956

    Too many things going on. Went to AZ for a few days when my daughter Samra had surgery. She is doing fine, and back at work. While I was there my husband had a stress test that didn't go too well and he landed in the ER and hospital overnight. He has been off cigs now for close to 4 weeks, he is on ... Read more

  • Oh no! Old habits are back

    11/16/2014 1:15:00 PM, by JANNY316

    Been on a bit of a "feeling sorry for myself" boat lately and have totally left my good eating habits behind. I am noticing back that I do this pretty often when the weather cools down. Is this a pattern? I wonder why am I not one of these lucky folks who can just eat whatever and look good and... Read more

  • Posted As Requested By NUTINLOOKSLIKE

    11/16/2014 12:23:23 PM, by JENDAN36

    "We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhib... Read more

  • Feeling Strong

    11/16/2014 9:02:28 AM, by ELLIPSISDREAM

    The past week I have made mostly good food choices, although I did not exercise. I do not know why the exercise is so hard to do, but I find every excuse in the book. Usually it is the I am too tired one. Sometimes it is about being so busy. I know I can make the time. It is about setting it aside- ... Read more

  • Going back in time

    11/15/2014 10:26:08 PM, by SBECKER526

    My friend and I drove to visit her daughter's church bazaar. It is neat to see Pastor Linda with her congregation. She has a good group of people. I found some gifts for friends and enjoyed a bowl of soup. It was a crisp day. There were a few autumn leaves. This brought back memories o... Read more

  • Today Was The First Day of The Rest of My Healthy Life

    11/14/2014 11:13:26 PM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    After my melt down yesterday over my new medical test results I of course posted here, my first video blog, but I also started talking to a few friends about what was going on also. I also sent my shrink a message so they could be informed. And I had a talk with the Lord, letting Him know I'd try ... Read more

  • First Video Blog - I Need to Make Serious Changes

    11/14/2014 1:33:37 AM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    This is my first Vblog, so I don't know exactly how to do them yet..... but I'm not going to try dozens of shots and post the best because I'm choosing to do this for accountability. I feel so silly being on video, and I'm kicked back in my recliner doing this one which probably wasn't the best cho... Read more

  • Masterful Maintenance Tips

    11/13/2014 8:50:41 PM, by _LINDA

    I first joined Sparkpeople May 13 2009, but long before that I was on the old weight rollercoaster of fun, starting in my 20's. Living with a chronic condition and having multiple surgeries over my life lead me to being a real expert at weight loss. But finally, through this website and the amazin... Read more

  • Happy Happy Joy Joy

    11/12/2014 11:34:32 AM, by JENDAN36

    I'm feeling so in control and happy with myself. I haven't been able to say that in a very long time. Today was my weekly weigh in, I lost 2.5lbs which puts me at a total of 15.4lbs gone! I reached my 5% goal today to. I feel like I am actually going to go all the way this time and better my life. I... Read more

  • Excellent care team

    11/11/2014 10:13:47 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am blessed with an excellent care team - palliative, compassionate and supportive. In the past year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in an early stage. I journeyed from my gynocologist to a surgeon. From the surgeon I moved onto the team from the Cancer Center - a second surgeon, a radiation... Read more

  • I'm not dealing well anymore

    11/11/2014 6:24:39 PM, by TAISIAKAT

    I have bad nightmares at night, and they wake me up. I am living on pins and needles watching everything we built up - disappear I feel the walls closing in around us and there is no end in sight ALL I WANT IS A DECENT PAYING JOB!!!! What part of the 25 years solid active career seems ... Read more

  • random thoughts

    11/11/2014 6:12:36 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    well, today was a mixed bag ....I didn't eat anything BAD except for some sweet potato fries.....and no, they weren't baked. And then I made a vegetable/bean/rice soup that had too many starchy veggies in it so it wasn't idea. But I didn't go nuts today like I did yesterday. I was praising God t... Read more

  • Time to change things up, and I did just that

    11/11/2014 12:41:30 AM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    On my spark page that is. First I reset my account. It's time to focus on things and seeing that I started this journey so long ago and how small a distance I've come, even though it's my own fault, was just so frustrating. I could see the goals I had set and never achieved. So I reset, an... Read more

  • Quiet days together

    11/10/2014 11:06:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    My friends from church ask how my husband is doing frequently. We are not dwelling on all the things wrong, but want to focus on making the most of each day. He is still able to move about the house, but has difficulty going anywhere for any length of time. He likes to go to some restaurants, but... Read more

  • Motivation...

    11/10/2014 6:22:13 PM, by 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI

    This week on the CAMO Crew team of the BLC 26 we are talking about motivation. I was going to post this in the team thread but it got a bit long. So Im going to turn it into a blog Motivation - Do I have it? Yes, but probably not in the traditional sense. I have motivation... I want to b... Read more

  • Organizing the attic commences

    11/9/2014 9:13:50 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have a plan to work on my attic storage area. I realize I cannot trim a Christmas tree that is 7 feet high and lug it from the attic to the living room. After watching Snaggles climb a ladder, I feel he would be the "star" on the top of the tree. I am happy to report that a friend arrived today... Read more

  • My sister is great!

    11/8/2014 6:39:13 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    For the last two weeks, I have been fighting a virus. Then, the weather changed and my rheumatoid arthritis flared. I didn't share all this with my sister. Yet, last Thursday a very large paraffin bath arrived. It looked like a crockpot full of hot wax! What was my sister thinking?!! I re... Read more

  • Slow Start- But Moving Through It

    11/8/2014 10:45:59 AM, by ELLIPSISDREAM

    So today I have had a slow start. There is much on my to-do list, yet here at my pc I am, with it being after 10:00 am, already. I am trying to rationalize that it is okay. I am not on a time line today. I have a lot to get done, but the house will be empty the majority of the day and evening. There... Read more

  • Snaggles and Sandy in the Video

    11/7/2014 2:46:41 PM, by SBECKER526

    The Berks County Animal Rescue League's video about adoptions and family life featured my cat, Snaggles, and me. The link to the video is listed below: ... Read more

  • Not All or Nothing

    11/7/2014 2:34:27 PM, by ELLIPSISDREAM

    So I binged this morning. I had a tough week and ended up taking a mental health day. And I apparently decided to comfort my tired, wounded self with food... BUT. I stopped and decided to be honest and track everything. I faced the music and was honest with myself. And I am okay. And I do ... Read more

  • Decluttering The Home And the Mind

    11/6/2014 6:46:35 PM, by _LINDA

    I was a serious paper pack rat. I saved magazines, article clippings, whatever interested me. I had a huge metal Office Filing cabinet, three drawers high and three feet long stuffed. Fortunately, when I had to move into a much smaller apartment, I could see this wasn't going to fit, so got rid o... Read more

  • Greater Patience!

    11/6/2014 4:46:08 PM, by SBECKER526

    I definitely have greater patience. I realize that one benefit of having cancer is having more patience and endurance. Things will always involve challenges. The attitude that I bring to the day can make things better and more tolerable. I am also scheduling fewer things. Today I got my car... Read more

  • At the ARL Gala

    11/5/2014 11:33:37 PM, by SBECKER526

    I attended the Gala for the Berks County Animal Rescue League. I am in the center of this picture. The director of the Adoption Video, Tracey Schott, is on the left. My personal Trainer, Lisa Leayman, is on the right. It was thril... Read more

  • Self Care

    11/4/2014 12:17:11 PM, by ELLIPSISDREAM

    As I come from a Supervision meeting with my boss, I find myself with a renewed commitment to my own self care. Things have been so stressful lately- with a new job and some stress at home, coupled with my need to be making the changes for me to regain my health.... and trying to quit smoking... and... Read more

  • #BeMonumental

    11/3/2014 8:52:33 AM, by JERIBERI1

    Saturday I ran the Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis. Their hashtag on twitter and instagram is #BeMonumental. And people were. Funny thing, I don't remember much about the actual race. It was so cold, I think my brain froze. I was doing a 3:1 run/walk. That's how I trained for it, and that's... Read more

  • Super Hero Strength

    11/3/2014 6:11:02 AM, by BKWERM

    One day when I was 4 and my sisters were 2 (M) and a baby (less than a year), my 2-year-old sister and I were playing in the backyard and my mum was inside with the baby. I got busy doing something (don't remember what) and next thing I know M isn't there anymore and I don't know where she went so ... Read more

  • I survived my first 5k!!!

    11/2/2014 3:44:50 PM, by SHES5150

    We have finally been getting some beautiful fall weather here in sunny SoCal. It started Halloween night with a pretty decent storm rolling through. Got some rain which always makes my joints freak out. Maybe not the best a day before my first race! My husband and I got to the start of the r... Read more

  • 3 Weeks on the Fast Diet- First Weigh-in

    11/2/2014 7:50:39 AM, by JKANT88

    I went to get my monthly infusion a couple days ago, and this means I got weighed. From being on the Fast Diet for 3 weeks, I've lost 2 pounds! The diet is easy for me to follow, and something I can see myself maintaining long term. There is so much less pressure on me knowing that I only have to... Read more

  • Lymphedema - not arm

    10/31/2014 10:13:04 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have lymphedema in my radiated breast. My radiation oncologist recommended that I have treatments to handle the spider webs of scar tissue and the trapped lymph in my radiated breast. I just thought that lymphedema was in the arm. I had my first treatment with Dr. Stacea Boss. She spoke... Read more


    10/31/2014 9:25:58 PM, by ESHARA43

    I am writing this blog because it is the only was i can express my feeling towards my goal. You see I lost my dad yesterday to cancer and Pneumonia. He was hoping that he could see me when I loss this weight and get to my goal weight but he didnt get the chance. So now my journey to reach my go... Read more

  • Better than NOthing

    10/30/2014 2:34:23 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    today is day 4 of my return to the Eat to Live program. I made the mistake of weighing myself...gained two pounds since i began....I have some reason to think that that weight is not fat....we'll see how it resolves if you know what I mean. Anyway I've gone over board a couple of times and ha... Read more

  • I'm 30 pounds up and am running a 5k Sunday

    10/29/2014 9:39:20 PM, by SHES5150

    Not sure why I chose to participate in my first 5k when I am at my heaviest weight in 15 years. This seems like a poor life choice at this point in time. I just finished my run for today and just slogged my way through. It seemed like I was stopping to walk every 2 minutes. I get home and h... Read more

  • Fall - eh

    10/29/2014 4:26:59 PM, by TAISIAKAT

    I had a real hard night, worked myself up into such a tizzy about these upcoming faires I am selling at. Then had nightmares about previous companies I have worked for, all turning into one jumbled mess of shame, sadness, feeling betrayed, feeling neglected, feeling fear of rejection, and so on. Som... Read more