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  • Mournful Morning Musings

    12/20/2014 11:17:07 AM, by _LINDA

    It started with a sore finger. I thought I had sprained it. Then another one. Then it spread like wildfire. In three months I went from lifting 50 lb bales of leather and taking zen karate six days a week to being bedridden and admitted to hospital. My rheumatoid arthritis had returned with a ... Read more

  • Insulin Resistance/metabolic Syndrome and Fatty Liver Disease. Omg!

    12/19/2014 6:45:50 PM, by MIAMIRN

    Hi you'all out there, Today, I'm a little glum. A good time to share, because I'm usually a happy soul. This is me today. I have a 5.1 A1C with metabolic Syndrome/insulin resistance. An A1C is a blood test that measures your blood glucose over a three month period. I also have Hashi... Read more

  • BLC 27 registration open

    12/17/2014 7:57:02 PM, by 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI

    I know I do this about once a quarter, but this team is the ONE team that has consistently helped my meet my goals and to maintain a healthier weight over the past several years. So it is that time where those who have not been involved in BLC 26 can register for the new round starting mid January.... Read more

  • Reality and Christmas

    12/16/2014 10:13:11 AM, by SBECKER526

    Cancer did change my outlook on life and helped me set priorities. I can't do everything I used to do, but I appreciate everything I can do. What I learned: 1. Take care of me. 2.Take care of my husband. 3. Take time for the relationships that are soo important. 4. Don't worry about ... Read more

  • Learning more

    12/15/2014 1:29:58 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am finishing up projects and trainings for the retired school employees. I began reading minutes and key documents for board members of Breast Cancer Support Services. I feel good about my new role.... Read more

  • Practical Means of Eating Well in a Crowd

    12/14/2014 2:27:19 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    Last night went well.. Before I left I had a personal pizza on a whole wheat pita with black olives on it. Then I had a bowl of homemade vegetable soup I'd made the day before yesterday. This really helped me. After I ate the salad I was not at all tempted by the lasagna. The hostess filled... Read more

  • Sleep is wonderful

    12/14/2014 9:24:56 AM, by SBECKER526

    With the new cycler in place, we had no alarms go off during the night. I actually got to sleep for a longer period of time. I feel so much better and have some energy. I am happy to be more alert. I will be able to enjoy a Christmas Jazz worship today at 11 am. I will attend the cafe to se... Read more

  • I don't know how I did it

    12/13/2014 11:30:12 PM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    I've lost another 5 pounds.....I like that idea. That's what this journey is about....well that and learning to eat healthier and how to incorporate exercise in my life. I've been so stressed out and busy lately I really don't know how I lost this 5 pounds. But I did and I'll take it. Every ... Read more

  • New normal?

    12/13/2014 11:26:06 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am so relieved and happy. My husband's dialysis cycler machine had a system error on Thursday evening. I called tech support who got me through the proper end of cycle procedure for his dialysis. I called our dialysis support nurse who suggested that I request a new machine. Bob is diabetic an... Read more

  • Apparently I have a rib fracture

    12/13/2014 10:53:22 PM, by DONNA_W

    In my zeal to get organized I was cleaning up my studio when I lost my balance. The table to reached for is kind of light so it just slide and I ended up on the floor. Did not think much of if, mostly a bruised ego. Then a day later it seemed like I pulled a muscle but then I noticed today ... Read more

  • Triple Workouts -Done!

    12/13/2014 3:23:53 PM, by _LINDA

    The sidewalks were totally covered in ice, but the streets were okay, so I drove my scooter to the fitness center and enjoyed my three classes back to back, Zumba, Boxercise and Step! Woohoo! I got my Fitbit July 17 and my notice that I had walked 736 miles Dec 10, so if there is anyone out ... Read more

  • Making BETTER Choices--when the Best ones are not Possible

    12/13/2014 4:57:34 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I've been struggling this week. I"ve "caved in" a couple of times while eating out. It was my birthday and a friend took me out for dinner to the Olive Garden. MMMmmm breadsticks!! and I was having fantasies of pasta Alfredo...However when the time came to order, I had decided on Grilled Salmon an... Read more

  • The scale goes up, the scale goes down!

    12/13/2014 3:01:37 AM, by LOLLYLOOP

    Weight loss is one of those things that never go as smoothly as we want....the scale goes down, the scale goes up, the scale is a harsh reminder that no matter what I tell myself, the reality will be reflected in a shocking number looking back at me! So, will I give up? No. Will I rant and ra... Read more

  • Glimmer of Hope?

    12/12/2014 10:40:28 PM, by _LINDA

    I have said it before, I will say it again, a good physiotherapist is worth their weight in gold! Maybelle gave me a treatment today and suggested I may get nerve regeneration, but that it could take 1-2 years. In the mean time, she is sending me to an occupational therapist get splinted so the th... Read more

  • Progress so far

    12/12/2014 10:44:32 AM, by DONNA_W

    It has been a little over 2 weeks since I started taking Belviq and the best thing about it is I am not constantly hungry. This has enabled all sorts of positive things. For one I am learning how to eat smaller portion sizes. This has allowed me to eat once forbidden foods for when I was trying t... Read more

  • Little Frustrations..

    12/11/2014 11:21:23 PM, by _LINDA

    I am not progressing with my arm. I can't even budge the yellow band to straighten out my tricep. Two and a half months after surgery and it still doesn't feel like a normal human being arm. It feels weird to the touch. I have a mysterious rash on my back, so in case it was an allergic re... Read more

  • Getting My Spark Back

    12/11/2014 9:03:52 PM, by FITMAMA_

    Life. For the last few years it always seems to get in the way of my fitness goals. But I have come to the realization that my life is a little more demanding these days than even 3 years ago... For those who know me well would be surprised to hear me say that because my life was pretty darn deman... Read more

  • More changes

    12/11/2014 9:01:20 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am willing to make changes if it benefits me and others. I am working with my husband to help him adjust to some new problems. We received information about dialysis supplies that would come from Ireland instead of the US. I was nervous about that. We were told that the sugars would be d... Read more

  • Merry Christmas!

    12/10/2014 4:32:47 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    A fresh wreath on the door A little frosted tree A poinsettia on the table Not a lot... Read more

  • Choices

    12/10/2014 2:50:52 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    All you are today, is the consequence of your choices. It is true that things happen about which we lack control...sickness, financial issues, etc. But it is true that we have choices in how we will respond to such difficulties. You know the expression, "That which does not kill me, makes me stron... Read more

  • Plans

    12/8/2014 6:21:12 PM, by 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI

    I need a plan for between BLC rounds. Yup, just in time for the Holidays we are officially on break between rounds. This is a very mixed blessing for me. First I donít have to try to keep up with a team during a very hectic time of year, including time away for vacation at some point which is a b... Read more

  • Adjustments

    12/8/2014 6:53:50 AM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    First is the adjustment to being on insulin. I was put on night time insulin a week ago. It means a dedicated bed time and more of a schedule for meal times. It doesn't bother me to give myself a shot, what bothers me is even needing that shot in the first place. Sometimes it sucks being a diabe... Read more

  • Safe exercise for RA

    12/7/2014 11:19:33 PM, by JENNIEVAND

    I am 37 years old and I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis (Rheumatic Immune Disorder) for 5 years, diagnosed 3 years ago. I have about 100 lbs to take off. I have neuropathy in my legs and feet and pain in my knees, right hip, and shoulders. MY pain management Dr. Says to loose weight but to NOT yoga or... Read more

  • The pool is cold but exercising warms me up

    12/7/2014 7:56:07 PM, by DONNA_W

    I like to do water yoga and pilates and then some aerobic water jogging. Love the way the yoga and pilates makes me feel. I have Arthritis and these water exercises are great. I'm often tempted to do them longer and skip the aerobic part. But when the pool is cold it really makes me want to get... Read more

  • Keeping positive

    12/6/2014 9:59:37 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am getting more balance in my life. We had some problems with my husband's dialysis setup. For several days I had poor sleep. I rescheduled so I have fewer morning appointments at 8 -10 am. That way I can sleep later. I have fixed training times so I can get my fitness done at my convenie... Read more

  • Meal Plans for a week

    12/6/2014 7:51:21 PM, by DONNA_W

    Breakfast - 1. egg whites, spinach, mushrooms, whole wheat toast 2. fat free yogurt, blackberries, ground flax seed 3. Protein berry smooth y 4. strawberries, granola bar 5. breakfast burrito made with egg whites 6. whole wheat toast, slice of Dubliner Cheese 7. fat free yogurt, blueb... Read more

  • ITC Prechallenge - Fearless Fuchsia

    12/6/2014 5:40:34 PM, by JENDAN36

    I am a Fearless Fuchsia in the BL Winter Freeze Off challenge. I'm so excited to start this challenge. We have a little challenge between the teams, we have to write a letter to ourselves about our expectations for the next 10 weeks. Here is my letter... Dear Jennifer, I promise to do the... Read more

  • New Eyeglasses!

    12/6/2014 4:27:54 PM, by _LINDA

    I purchased two pair, one for reading and close up work, of which I do an incredible amount: They are in my favorite color for eyeglasses, bronze, brown, and gold tones, probably hard to see with Spark's poor resolution. They had... Read more

  • Ho Ho Hum

    12/6/2014 5:16:53 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    My house does not have the tiniest bit of Christmas about it. I should at least change the table cloth and get the one with the autumn leaves off of it. I honestly cannot go out to the garage and bring in boxes. I cannot take all the current decorations in my house down into the basement. My da... Read more

  • Not all exercise videos are created equal

    12/5/2014 9:42:44 PM, by DONNA_W

    I decided to incorporate some videos into my routine, especially the short ones as kind of a quick start and to find something doable to ensure success. Well yesterday I tried one called crunchless core workout and while I can see working up to this, I failed miserably at this video. I kept trying... Read more

  • Back Home

    12/5/2014 9:08:43 PM, by _LINDA

    I am fully moved back home now. Eating a care package of parsnip and carrots from the Farmer's market and some snap peas for supper and Mom's home made lasagna. When they dropped me off with my boxes of stuff, Mom insisted on scrubbing off the tape from a failed attempt at sealing my cupboards fro... Read more

  • On Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County Board

    12/3/2014 9:09:10 PM, by SBECKER526

    In November I was asked to serve on the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County Board. I weighed my activities and discerned my passion. I received my diagnosis of breast cancer on Dec. 23, 2013. So tonight in less than one year I was elected to this position. I did the board applica... Read more

  • I saw my surgeon today..

    12/2/2014 6:00:00 PM, by _LINDA

    ..and as it turns out my hip is fine. My spinal column, not so much. It is an abnormal curve that wasn't there three years ago. I am being referred to a spinal surgeon. Yet another one to add to my speed dial ;-) In our health care system, all the orthopaedic surgeons specialize in one body are... Read more

  • 8 Pounds Down!

    12/2/2014 12:40:27 PM, by JKANT88

    It has been about 2 months since I started The Fast Diet and I have already lost 8 pounds. I went to the doctor yesterday to get my infusion done and I have to admit that I was a little nervous and anxious to get on the scale. I had skipped one of my two fast days this past week during Thanksgivin... Read more

  • Bump In The Road

    12/1/2014 3:22:50 PM, by JENDAN36

    In 9 weeks I lost 28 lbs, or so I thought. My husband and I decided to go out and buy a new scale. Our old one was so old and wasn't accurate all the time. I stepped on the new scale and it showed that I gained 20 lbs in one week?! How does that happen?? I was so upset, I thought I was doing great, ... Read more

  • First full week of rededicated effort

    11/30/2014 7:15:29 PM, by DONNA_W

    Well it has been one full week since I made new goals and started my program to exercise, eat well and loose weight. I am more aware that I need to be practical in my goals, especially exercise. I can do less now that I am 64 than I could when I was 34 or even 10 years ago. So I need to be sati... Read more

  • Last Photos From BC: Glacier

    11/30/2014 9:04:37 AM, by _LINDA

    The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal 'toes' of the Columbia Icefield. It is the most visited glacier in North America because its easy to access. It is close to the Icefields Parkway between the Alberta towns of Banff and Jasper, very popular tourist destinations. This was on... Read more

  • Good day for exercise and food choices

    11/29/2014 11:09:27 PM, by DONNA_W

    I managed to do both cardio (treadmill hill program & mall walking) as well as my back exercises. I think I may have to the physical therapist as I'm not sure I remember all the back exercises, but I do recall my back pain lessened, my balance was better and my walking stride was less limpy. ... Read more

  • Storage Area

    11/29/2014 7:31:00 PM, by SBECKER526

    My friend and I worked on the attic storage portion last Saturday and today. We went through every carton and took almost everything to the locations to benefit others. My husband will have days of shredding of receipts and papers. I also got rid of much of my mother's belongings. Next up is... Read more

  • No Shopping...Volunteering

    11/28/2014 11:29:18 PM, by SBECKER526

    Ten members of the Berks County Association of School Retirees were teammates as we worked to make the holiday a little brighter for PA soldiers. We also got to see the facility the Keystone Soldiers has to bring items to servicemen and veterans. I worked with our membership chair and our trea... Read more

  • 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