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  • Day 17 - 18 of 100 Days of Weight Loss

    9/18/2014 6:45:52 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    Day 17 and 18 in Linda Spangle's book are interconnected. Day 17-Stop Wasting Food asks you to consider if you have a "Clean your plate message" from childhood. Every time you eat food you don't need, you are wasting food. Day 18 encourages you to retrain your eating habits by leaving something... Read more

  • Working on less stress!

    9/17/2014 8:18:25 PM, by SBECKER526

    I decided to stick with doing less and enjoying what I do moreso. I have an executive meeting at 9 am tomorrow. I have a hair appt at 1 pm and a class on nutrition and cancer at 3. I am not overbooked as the next appointment meetin g is on the way back from the first. If I have the energy, I wi... Read more

  • Line dancing

    9/16/2014 3:19:32 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    Those of you who have known me a while are aware that I love line dancing! Some have mentioned an interest in learning. If you go to www.worldlinedancenewsletter.c
    om, and click on "where to dance", you may find a class near you! Line dancing, for the most part, is not the country western dan... Read more

  • Day 16 of 100 Days of Weight Loss

    9/16/2014 10:55:53 AM, by ROCKPORT9

    Linda Spangle's message for Day 16 of her book is about the "Nurturing Power of Food". When you're feeling stressed, sad, or lonely ....food does seem to make you feel better. But for how long? The first two bites of food have th... Read more

  • Incredible, Magical Forest Photos

    9/16/2014 7:47:17 AM, by _LINDA

    The Giant Cedars Boardwalk was one of the absolute highlights of my trip: It was all boardwalk to make sure people stayed on the walk and didn't cause any damage: ... Read more

  • Day 15 of 100 Days of Weight Loss

    9/15/2014 3:57:20 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    The message for Day 15 of Linda Spangle's is regarding the "power of the first two bites", having the most flavor. When, you keep eating the food, you are just "feeding" which is o k if you need fuel. She proposed an exercise: With any food you love, eat the first two bites very slowly, notic... Read more

  • RA issues...

    9/15/2014 11:41:40 AM, by ECHOJULIET

    Change of season blows. Could not get out of bed because of the front that is passing the area. Grrr... RA blows.... Read more

  • Days 13 - 14 of 100 Days of Weight Loss

    9/14/2014 7:09:55 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    In Linda Spangle's book - 100 Days of Weight Loss, her message for Day 13 " Opps I forgot to eat" encourages us to eat three meals a day and snacks. Skipping meals may sound like an easy way to lose weight, but rarely works. Our body begins to hoard calories. Being retired, I rarely have proble... Read more

  • Drive By Mountain Photos

    9/14/2014 6:32:29 PM, by _LINDA

    We had a very long trip driving to BC and back, so there was a lot of scenery viewed through a car window. There simply was not enough time to stop at every point of interest along the way: Trying to get a good glacier photo... Read more

  • Tracking streak blown in one day...

    9/14/2014 12:52:06 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Yesterday, we did not have internet access. Consequently, the tracking that I usually do was blown. Grrrr.... some goof cut the fiber optic cable. Those months of work gone in one whack. Ah well... Starting over.... Read more

  • What a day!

    9/13/2014 10:15:46 PM, by SBECKER526

    My day began at 4 am. I finished my husband's dialysis at 4:33 am. Time to eat breakfast and get dressed. I needed to be at the golf course for the tournament preparation by 6 am. I picked up a large bag of ice at Giant at 5:30 am. The past 2 weeks were filled with small tasks getting ready... Read more

  • Day 12 of 100 days of Weight Loss

    9/12/2014 8:45:09 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    Today's message in Linda Spangle's book is to take a close look at the food you eat and determine if it is---- - Fuel: to keep your body running OR - Filler: often gets sent directly to fat stores. Quality fuel provides solid, nutritious content with limited amounts of fat, sugar, empty cal... Read more

  • Surgery

    9/12/2014 7:51:29 AM, by JANNY316

    Ok, I am just over it! Every time lately when I get on a good roll with my health goals, something slaps me down. This time, surgery! I had a kidney stone and they said for my first one it was a doozy. It is 8mm which is hard to pass, but along with this, it caused a very bad kidney infection so... Read more

  • Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning - Have You Forgotten

    9/11/2014 11:16:59 PM, by HOT_MAMA_13

    The title of this post is taken from 2 songs that came up in the days not long after 9/11/01. I know exactly where I was that morning. I remember waking up in the recliner in my parents' living room and trying to focus on the television. I remember watching that second plane just disappear into the ... Read more

  • Day 11 of 100 Days of Weight Loss

    9/11/2014 9:14:28 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    The message for today's reading in Linda Spangle's book is- there are two purposes of food: 1. To fuel your body 2. To appreciate flavors If you eat outside these guidelines, it may be emotional eating. You are encouraged to have consistent meals- every 3-4 hours, snacks in between. As I ... Read more

  • Difficult 2 Weeks

    9/11/2014 5:58:20 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    It started with a power outage from a storm that was passing the area. Strong front passes the area leaving me a mess. Several days to recover. The next day, water leak from sink to ice maker. This was a Friday night before the holiday weekend, and I was NOT calling a plumber on 'holiday' rates! Mon... Read more

  • grateful again!

    9/11/2014 12:28:23 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am recovering from back spasms. I h as d difficulty caring for Bob. I am grateful to be able to care for him again.... Read more

  • Days 8-10 pf 100 Days of Weight Loss

    9/10/2014 2:41:16 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    Days 8-10 in Linda Spangle's book "100 Days of Weight Loss" have to do with asking for support. Day 8 message- Help me please! Talks about how to get the support you want from people around you. Day 9 message - Here's what I want talks about how to be specific. Day 10 message- Appreciate Go... Read more

  • It won't get me down....I THINK!

    9/10/2014 10:36:43 AM, by CARYNRICKY525

    Hello SparkFamily.... What an up and down journey I've been having. When I started on SparkPeople I weighed in at 233 lbs. I got a personal trainer and was going hard at it in the gym. Down the road "he" hurt my back and I was out of commission for 1 year. No exercise just intense therapy. We... Read more

  • Day 3

    9/9/2014 2:45:58 PM, by QPONDEALER

    Major fitness goal that I'm working on is making healthy habits routine. Fast breaks are exactly what I need! Planning ahead to fit health into my life and schedule is so important to my success. Today I believe I will succeed.... Read more

  • Wild Wetlands Tour Photos and News

    9/9/2014 10:21:00 AM, by _LINDA

    On my BC trip, not far from Golden, was this Wetlands boat tour. There was a nice walk up trail to get to the launch: But then there was this scariest suspension bridge -looks well built and stable, but as soon as you got on it, e... Read more

  • day 2

    9/8/2014 10:26:20 PM, by QPONDEALER

    Doing well. Fast break goals... Baby steps... are really helping to stay on track. So far I am drinking 10 or more glasses of water daily, eating at least 2 fruit or vegetable daily, and logging all my food. Logging my food has really changed my eating! Here's to a good day 3!... Read more

  • Special Meeting

    9/7/2014 8:27:03 PM, by SBECKER526

    I felt energized by the Berks County Association of School Retirees Meeting yesterday. We passed our bylaws and explained how they impact our subchapters and members. We awarded the Lauretta Woodson awards to Andrea White and Gloria Mendez. We gave the volunteer of the year award to Elizabeth Sto... Read more

  • Day 7 of 100 days of weight loss

    9/7/2014 4:38:56 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    What a difference a day makes! The last few days, I had enough butter and sugar to make me an official doughboy. Linda Spangle, author of 100 Days of Weight Loss and co leader of the 100 Days Spark team suggested I read one of her blogs: 5 Steps Pull up Plan. This plan is to pull you ou... Read more

  • Day 6 of 100 Days of Weight Loss

    9/6/2014 9:40:57 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    Today's message from Linda Spangle's book is "Protect your program!". No one will care as much about your program as you. Opps! The last few days, I have gone from being "interested" in my program to destroying it! When people try to encourage to eat something or s... Read more

  • getting back on track after baby

    9/6/2014 5:20:21 PM, by QPONDEALER

    My baby girl is now 5 weeks old and though I'm still feeling a bit overwhelmed I'm ready to start working towards reaching my goals and making progress. I'm taking the weekend to prepare myself to have a great next week!... Read more

  • Awesome last place finish

    9/6/2014 2:40:40 PM, by JERIBERI1

    My niece. She is 32 yrs old and has cerebral palsy. Her first 5K today. Her shirt says "excuses suck." Everyone stood and waited for her. A hundred plus people were cheering for her. Sorry the video is blurry. It's the best I could do... Read more

  • Day 5 of 100 day weight loss

    9/5/2014 6:30:31 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    The message for Day 5 in Linda Spangle's book is "Magic Notebook". When you want to make poor food choices, journal about it describing the taste, texture of this food. Even if I read this earlier today......nothing was stopping me today! I awoke feeling much better than yesterday. M... Read more

  • In Production!

    9/5/2014 5:10:14 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    That's my manuscript...not me. My days of "production" are long gone. I got the email today that said that everything that my manuscript needed was done and now they are going about typesetting it and printing the galleys. I am REALLY curious how many pages it will end up being. The length of th... Read more

  • Banff National Park Photos

    9/5/2014 8:46:09 AM, by _LINDA

    Banff National Park in Alberta Was Canada's first National Park. We decided to start with the World famous Lake Louise: The photo doesn't do it justice, being hazy with the forest fire smoke. The place was so packed with pe... Read more

  • Day 4 of 100 Day Weight Loss

    9/4/2014 9:07:54 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    Today's message is "boundaries" rather than "rules". Be flexible with weight loss so you don't as easily feel you have failed. By defining flexible boundaries or guidelines, you can more sensibly move forward on the road to weight loss. That has been my approach....common sense guidelines......... Read more

  • No excuses

    9/4/2014 8:31:27 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am not making excuses and making myself look good. I am being honest in as much as humanly possible. I am accepting who I am.... Read more

  • BLC 26 starts soon!

    9/4/2014 7:18:52 PM, by 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI

    The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 8+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. I have been involved w... Read more

  • short note....

    9/4/2014 12:25:24 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    Today I have been busy readying my manuscript to send via email to the publisher. Ran into a snag and have to wait for a phone call from them. Paid some bills and now am signing onto Spark for the first time in a while. I cannot decide if the new medicine is working for me or not. My hands lo... Read more

  • Wow has been a while, 35 days.

    9/3/2014 9:25:30 PM, by XENA1956

    One reason I haven't been online is my husband was off most of August. We cleared out his bedroom and moved him into the living room. We took down all the popcorn ceiling, closed up the old smaller closet and opened up the wall along one side of the bedroom for a larger closet area. He put in new in... Read more

  • Hoodoo Photos

    9/3/2014 8:50:32 PM, by _LINDA

    The trail to this landmark was well groomed: A hoodoo is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of a drainage basin or badland. They are usually formed of soft rock covered by a harder stone which stops th... Read more

  • time for me = better me for others

    9/3/2014 8:45:36 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am taking time each day for me. I see a pattern where I have free time during Bob's morning nap and also during the afternoon. I use this time to exercise or do something on the me list. I have more energy and therefore can do a better job at cooking or caregiving. I feel me time yield... Read more

  • Day 3 of 100 Day Weight Loss

    9/3/2014 3:25:25 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    I am following Linda Spangle's book "100 Days of Weight Loss". It is a book of motivational messages not a diet book. On Day 3, the message is " Do it anyway"!". I seem to be building self talk mantras: - On Monday, it was "Just do it!" (This was my own mantra...not the book) -On Tuesday, i... Read more

  • 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 effort......to 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