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  • It feels surreal

    6/29/2015 9:18:34 PM, by BECWAL

    I hit the 80 pound mark and only 10 more pounds I'll be saying good bye to the 200s. I'm working on the next pound with the tears just wont stop flowing. I can't believe I've done this! A year ago I would have never believed I was capable of what I have just achieved. 80 pounds! Just WOW. If I... Read more

  • Hot & Hazy!

    6/29/2015 4:22:47 PM, by _LINDA

    Day 4 of very high temperatures for us. Averaging 30 + C (86 F) when our usual is only 23 C (73 F) this time of year. This morning Mom calls out come see the red sun. Blanketing our city is a heavy forest fire haze. You can't even see across the river. The sun is blocked out, but the tempera... Read more

  • Lisa's gift from the heart

    6/28/2015 11:33:09 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am blessed with a wonderful and compassionate friend who gave me the best birthday present, A Day at the Beach. I am my husband's dialysis nurse so we rarely get anywhere. I shared how I longed to put my toes in the ocean and feel the sand and surf. A few week before my birthday, our schedules ... Read more

  • #ProjectSaltAndLight

    6/28/2015 8:40:41 PM, by D710DANCE

    Historically and as a rule, I do not openly discuss political and controversial topics; however, the atrocious massacre of the nine innocent lives that took place at Mother Emmanuel on Wednesday, June 17th in the year of our Lord 2015 have completely awaken me and left me forever changed. Yes... Read more

  • Putting fork down between bites

    6/28/2015 11:38:46 AM, by --MAY--

    Hey, I atarted doing this yesterday, though it is hard to remember it will come, just like Marilyn says it will be automatic, like putting on sunscreen after getting burned, or not putting your hand on a hot Iron even when your 82 year old Mother said it was turned OFF!! I Will Never do that again! ... Read more

  • 2015 5%Summer Challenge

    6/27/2015 7:38:24 PM, by DONNA_W

    I enjoyed participating in and was successful with the 2015 5% Spring challenge. I did loose 5% of my weight and I was one of three 'last firecrackers standing' I also was lucky enough to win a Spark Cookbook, so now I have lots of new ideas for all the veggies I am getting from my CSA. For th... Read more

  • 2015 Goals & How I'm Doing

    6/27/2015 4:35:07 PM, by BKWERM

    Review and tweaking our goals is part of the weekend challenge for this round of BLC. Here are my 2015 goals and how I'm doing on them: - lose 10 pounds (I've lost 4 so far) - eat clean more often and eat less junk (I'm doing pretty well on this. Weekends are still tougher as I feel like... Read more

  • CSA provides lots of veggies and a challenge for creativity

    6/27/2015 9:58:58 AM, by DONNA_W

    Picked up this week's CSA share. I did manage to use up all the vegetables from last week except for a half a head of Napa cabbage which I will use this week. Anyway here's what I have for this week and will be looking for lots of new recipes to try. Anyone have favorite recipe for rhubarb or ideas ... Read more

  • Changing the Tide

    6/27/2015 8:06:17 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I just got out of the hospital where i was for 9 days on HIGH doses of IV steroids. Usually I can guarantee a 20 lb weight gain in the time spent in the hospital and then another 20 at home. HOwever this time, despite eating fairly hefty meals,...I actually LOST weight. 5 lbs in the hospital and... Read more

  • It's a love-hate situation

    6/27/2015 7:09:11 AM, by BECWAL

    I was excited to see that my little bathroom scales were correct when I weighed in at the doctor's yesterday morning. Just imagine my frustration when the darn thing couldn't give me just one tenth of a pound this morning, really. don't get me wrong, I'm proud and excited that I'm going to enter... Read more

  • Step by step

    6/24/2015 11:51:42 PM, by SBECKER526

    I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I am doing better. Each day I tackle one item - closet, drawers in a chest, or a box in the attic. Gentle progress is being made. I mark the box as to its contents and probable final destination. 198... Read more

  • Tuesday June 23,2015

    6/23/2015 7:00:55 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I live in upstate NY. Very quiet ,lots of farms. We travel 45 minutes to grocery shop,nothing local. We have bears,we see often,deer,turkeys,love it. ... Read more

  • First Tablet Photo Uploads

    6/23/2015 3:56:57 PM, by _LINDA

    This is Mom and I standing in front of the statue that inspired the design on our medals. This amazing woman was doing the whole marathon Our amazing mayor Mom and I ready to go The huge inflatable obstacle course that was in the back yard The building being demolishe... Read more

  • can I keep this up?

    6/23/2015 12:27:20 PM, by JANNY316

    I am really having a good June, so far. Can I continue on? I have really made exercise a priority in my life, no matter what and have succeeded in watching my portions sizes as well. Besides the sinus infection last week, which knocked me down for a few days, I have been doing really well, even o... Read more

  • Weekend

    6/23/2015 1:29:57 AM, by _LINDA

    Our Mayor's Marathon started out gloomy and spitting rain. Mom and I got there way too early and had to stand around for 90 min before our race start. There was no water to be found anywhere! We did get to chat with the Mayor himself. The race was not a big one, only 300 people with staggere... Read more

  • Monday June 22,2015

    6/22/2015 9:06:08 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Evening. I did dirty 30,21 day workout this morning before a 9 hour shift. I did my measurements this morning,lost 1/2 inch,still progress. The outside pic,is a farm i pass everyday.... Read more

  • Busy, productive weekend

    6/22/2015 6:36:45 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Lilly was not over this weekend but we got a lot done. John worked on side jobs with Marty (his friend) and also got some cleaning done in the garage. I worked on laundry, cleaning the house, getting winter clothes put away, organizing. Late yesterday afternoon John and I went to BJ's and got a lot ... Read more

  • Sunday June 21,2015

    6/21/2015 7:57:55 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Happy Father's Day! It rained a lot here. I visited friends this morning then walked this afternoon.I got my nails done,i'm human again,lol.... Read more

  • Some thoughts Borne of a Long Hospital Afternoon.

    6/21/2015 2:08:25 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    Today is day 7 of my hospital stay. Now the docs say I can (maybe) go home this coming Tuesday. My lungs are improved ...but my BP has been through the sky. The doctors want to try yet one more pill for Hypertension to try to get a grip on it. Today I finally got an order for a shower. My plan ... Read more

  • Great Grandfather

    6/20/2015 9:23:29 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Below is a pic of John's granddaughter (Alicia), boyfriend (Brandon) and their son. Jeremiah Scott Ball-Flores was born on Wed. 6/17/2015. He is adorable and looks so much like her. They live in West Virginia so we will not be able to visit them. Yes, they are very young so hoping and praying for... Read more

  • Worked on downsizing

    6/19/2015 11:10:26 PM, by SBECKER526

    I got wonderful tips on making the most of my apartment. Bob's dialysis supplies (28 boxes) will fit in 1/2 of the closet of our bedroom. I will ask for a dedicated grounded outlet for his cycler in that room. The senior mover suggested that I put shelving in the dining area closet. It is a do... Read more

  • Busy Day Today, Tomorrow and This Weekend!

    6/18/2015 12:39:01 AM, by _LINDA

    I started my morning off cleaning. First the hardest, vacuuming, always a challenge with my weak arms. Then the mopping, hard on my back. Was keeping my fingers crossed my right arm would hold up. Since I am doing barefoot workouts and am preferring to walk around barefoot on my tender feet, ... Read more

  • Wed June 17,2015

    6/17/2015 5:56:36 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I biked 21 miles today. I woke up thinking about what my exercise today would be and that was it. I was only able to bike that route once last summer. ... Read more

  • 6-17-2015

    6/17/2015 7:12:00 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Have not really been blogging lately. This weather is hot, humid and zapping my energy. Had Lilly last weekend, she loves coming over here and it's nice to have her spend time with us. Chick peas Poblano Peppers Jalapeno Peppers Garden 2015 So excited, this mor... Read more

  • Feeling some better

    6/16/2015 11:43:57 PM, by SBECKER526

    We made a formal application to the Highlands after touring our apartment. I went to get a massage and then could not stop sobbing. My home meant so much to me. I must remember that I am not running my home and doing as much cooking so I can take care of me as well as my husband. I also did ... Read more

  • Where is my Spark?

    6/16/2015 3:39:19 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    Yes, here I am once more: in the hospital struggling to breath. I have severe asthma and have been admitted once more for at least a week of IV steroids (Solule Medrol). This drug causes me intense hunger and can usually be counted on for at least a twenty pound weight gain. I want to cry. Hones... Read more

  • SENIOR OLYMPICS Ready Set Go! 55 years old and older.

    6/15/2015 11:15:43 AM, by MIAMIRN

    Hi all! This is for everyone over 55 that would like to compete or is thinking of competing in the Senior Olympics. Yes if you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see a link to the Senior Olympics 2015 Newsletter. There's an abundance of sports such as swimming, triathlon, walking, ... Read more

  • Pride Day and Walk Photos

    6/14/2015 9:59:46 PM, by _LINDA

    We started out from the Farmer's Market, up high: Other direction: Then we went down along the river briefly then up again, strolling along the parade's marshaling point. Not wanting to take photos in the middle of all the confusion, we walked on, a few blocks away trying to get a good v... Read more

  • More things to do!

    6/14/2015 12:19:47 PM, by SBECKER526

    Still waiting to get the feedback on my financial disclosures and my application to a retirement community. I may have to wait awhile. That will be okay. I'm young to go to the community at this time (age 65). My husband is older. I must redo my living will and get a medical power of atto... Read more

  • Clean eating in moderation has paid off.

    6/13/2015 9:43:35 AM, by BECWAL

    December 1st, 2014. 290 pounds with BMI of 46.8 Morbidly Obese June 13th, 2015. 215 pounds with BMI of 34.7 Obese (BMI of 30 is no longer Obese) 194 days = 27.7 weeks= 6.4 months Averages= 75 pound loss in 194 days = 6.18 ounces a day or 2.7 pounds a week... Read more

  • Thank You

    6/12/2015 8:46:07 PM, by BKWERM

    I just got an email from SP saying SP has received enough votes for me to become a "SparkPeople Motivator." Congratulations! For recognition, your SparkPage now has a special "SparkPeople Motivator" icon, and your SparkPage will be featured more prominently on the main SparkPages section of the... Read more

  • Goodies I Got For Top Fundraiser

    6/12/2015 9:06:11 AM, by _LINDA

    Mom finally delivered my goodies from the Bust A Move fundraiser. It was more than I was expecting. She had forgotten them on the last delivery. Large cooler pack with the Bust A Move logo. Nice big colorful beach towel with their logo, portable lawn chair also with their logo and finall... Read more

  • Not So Hot Medical News..

    6/11/2015 10:27:33 AM, by _LINDA

    My arm surgeon said there isn't too much he can do with my shoulder, because in people with RA the tendons and ligaments would be too frail to reattach in the case of a rotator cuff tear. Also a shoulder replacement would prove difficult because of the elbow replacement already in there, same goes ... Read more

  • DRATS: Computer Issues

    6/11/2015 1:03:07 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I had reached 40 + consecutive spins on the spark wheel. And then my computer cord died...only we thought it was the battery. So Ii ordered a new battery -only to find that that was not the problem. And for some odd reason- my Kindle refuses to let me sign on to Spark my streak of si... Read more

  • The Simple Diet - 3rd times the charm

    6/10/2015 1:36:56 PM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Well here I am again. I have been off track for way to long. Got back on track on 6/2/15 and am already noticing changes. Down nearly 16 pounds so far but so far to go yet with 174 to go. Doing a 30 day squat challenge stated that on 6/8/15 with 5 adding 5 each day and resting every 5th day. 15 ... Read more

  • Meal Plan Yesterday

    6/10/2015 8:50:12 AM, by _LINDA

    Due to the planned 10 hour power outage yesterday, they gave us free snacks and meals so we wouldn't have to open our refrigerators. Snack 10 am: orange juice unsweetened 200 mL box, Nutrigrain bar. Lunch Noon: egg salad sandwich on wheat, 3 oz macaroni salad, 22 g rice crispie sq... Read more

  • Into The Dark -Planned Power Outage!

    6/9/2015 7:07:39 AM, by _LINDA

    Apparently my 35 year old Apartment Building needs repairs on its two Transformers. This will take from 9 am to 7 pm so that is how long we will be without power :-( The Housing Authority's manager will hold an Information Session today at 1:15 during which any questions will be answered (... Read more

  • Mindful of busyness

    6/8/2015 11:00:42 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am really working at using my time wisely. I tend to over schedule myself. Now I am putting meetings, appointments, exercise times in my schedule. I also put "down" time in where I cannot schedule myself. What a difference that makes! I also have some "ME" time to read, meditate, pray, or... Read more

  • My Lung Function Test, etc.

    6/8/2015 2:45:31 PM, by BKWERM

    The day didn't start well. We had a thunderstorm overnight and it gave me a wicked headache, which in turn made me feel nauseous but I got up anyways and exercised (sort of). I had done some research about lung function tests online and it said not to do strenuous exercise before the test so I had... Read more

  • Mom's Nascent Garden Photos

    6/8/2015 1:22:42 AM, by _LINDA

    Had to share this gorgeous mounding spirea photo with you: Her Rockery: She has just planted her annuals so they are just getting going: Her shade garden, she has many hostas she has had to split over and over again: back view: She is trying not to do too much this yea... Read more

  • It's 3AM and I'm not alone.

    6/7/2015 3:59:38 AM, by BECWAL

    OK, right were I am right now. I was eating cold pizza straight out of the fridge. I would eat it mindlessly, my thoughts blank on the consequences. So just now when I woke up in the middle of the night, (I do this often), I went straight from the bathroom to the fridge. Of course there is no c... Read more

  • Cherry Lane Photos

    6/6/2015 8:35:11 AM, by _LINDA

    These photos were taken on my birthday on Sunday May 31 when my sister came into the city from the farm to wish me a happy birthday and was just three days before my surgery. Its my first effort using my tablet. For the most part the photos were sharp and clear, not that you can tell that on Spa... Read more

  • My Sister and I Walk/Hike Photos

    6/5/2015 10:25:45 AM, by _LINDA

    Oh Boy! Addled brain here needs to get a digital calendar going that will remind me of days and dates. I was a week ahead of myself, my appointment is next week!! 198 I really miss Sparkpeople's Planner they did away with, was very convenient getting e-mail notifications of my appointments. ... Read more

  • Stupid To Smart!

    6/4/2015 11:48:11 PM, by _LINDA

    Under the stupid headings -I had gone to the wrong hospital for my surgery 2 Thanks to my Mom's insistence on being super early, I still made it on time. The second was bad. I missed my appointment with the arm specialist :-( It was the day after my surgery. Not sure what will happen there,... Read more

  • Thursday June 4,2015

    6/4/2015 11:55:51 AM, by NYKIMMIE

    I had the day off,loves those! I walked 5 miles on the rail trail this morning. Cleaned house and gave the cats lots of attention.... Read more

  • Wed June 3,2015

    6/3/2015 8:59:05 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I had a good day,walked 4 miles this morning. Made the most of work,i enjoy my job,hate politics n people moving up the cooperate ladder. Here are today's pics,this mornings walk and tonight's sunset as i was coming over the mtn.... Read more

  • Was No Big Deal Except..

    6/2/2015 10:38:06 PM, by _LINDA

    The needles. Must have had a million pokes in my lifetime, but still don't like 'em. Amazingly the anesthetist got my vein the first time. Good boy :-) The foot needles, not so much. Didn't anticipate five separate pokes all around the operating area :-( Ouchies. I have had freezing needl... Read more

  • Tuesday June 2,2015

    6/2/2015 9:25:05 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Rough day today,i made a healthy lunch last night. I didn't eat it,i didn't eat anything all day. I had my work evaluation march 1,was told i was getting a raise. I have been waiting was told today,it was not going to happen,declined. On a good note,i walked 2 miles on my lunch break to breath.... Read more

  • Living proof that hard work pays off

    6/2/2015 10:08:59 AM, by BECWAL

    I feel better today than I have in many years. I want to thank all of the wonderful people I have met since joining. I have loved, laughed, learned and shared grief with wonderful people from places I only dream of. I'm also excited about Sparky friends that are close by! I know where there's a... Read more

  • Wrap Up!

    6/2/2015 12:55:06 AM, by _LINDA

    My Mom, Stepdad and Sister went to the Cactus Club Cafe a restaurant with dishes inspired by Rob Feenie, Canada's first Iron Chef. I had Bengal Chicken curry, my Stepdad had the fish tacos, my sister the short rib sandwich, and Mom the pesto chicken quesadilla. We all enjoyed it and would be ha... Read more

  • 90 day Bikini Mommy Challenge

    6/1/2015 12:53:17 PM, by --MAY--

    This is what I did on July 23rd, 2014 Well I did the fitness test! WOW is all I could say So here is day one: 1. Squats 30 2. Hi-knees 49 3. Push-ups 13 on knees and full and only went down a couple inches but I did SOME! 4. Squat Jumps 19 5. Tri-cep Dips 18 6. Burpe... Read more

  • My Legs are not as bad as I thought, and getting rid of my Fluffy parts

    6/1/2015 12:46:35 PM, by --MAY--

    I have hated my legs for so long!! My Mom told me when I was a teen they looked like Telephone Poles!! When I see them I see awful legs, but when I took the picture, they really are not that bad!! And I do not need my Sparkfriends to tell me that, just putting this out there, so everyo... Read more

  • Sunday May 31,2015

    5/31/2015 8:51:41 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Last day of May. I went hiking this morning,cloudy n cool,but so nice getting out.... Read more