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  • Good news and some projects done!

    1/29/2015 10:18:49 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am so happy. My surgeon felt I'm progressing well. I may return to the gym with modifications in exercises for 4 weeks. I may return to swimming in 2 weeks. Life is getting better. I finished several projects. I need to proof one report tomorrow morning. I am meeting with an expert on ... Read more

  • SCALE - your reign of terror has ended.

    1/28/2015 10:29:40 PM, by DONNA_W

    The scale is a tool we all use to measure our progress. I let it get to me. If I loose weight, I am gleeful, if I gain weight, I get down and less motivated. I had a weight gain last week that I KNEW was fluid retention, as that usually happens when I have an arthritis flare. Even though I knew ... Read more

  • Meet the new family member and preparing to say good bye to another

    1/28/2015 8:56:44 PM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    Well I haven't been here for a while. I've been busy with personal issues. Also busy because I received a wonderful birthday gift this year......meet the newest member of the family.....BUG....Bug is a chocolate lab puppy. Sh... Read more

  • Plans, Planes and Pondering

    1/28/2015 8:37:22 PM, by _LINDA

    My first plan is to stop procrastinating and get busy booking a trip or two. Mom suggested going to Las Vegas with my brother and his son. His son wants to play in these Magic (fantasy card game) tournaments so my brother will be free to wander around most of the time. Its a thought. I do not ... Read more

  • Projects underway - feeling more alive

    1/28/2015 8:27:35 PM, by SBECKER526

    Today I resolved to get to my computer. I have a report to my friends on the Board of Directors due Friday. I got most of my information today. The membership committee of the Retired school employees is doing a great job with the materials for a membership drive. I am so pleased. I am tr... Read more

  • Today I'm 40.

    1/28/2015 2:04:07 PM, by ANGRITTER

    And about 40 pounds away from my goal as well. I looked at my weight tracker & it says I should be 212 today. I think I'm gonna erase that sucker so I don't have to look at it anymore. That graph is defeatist, and I'm better than that... As we ALL are. My sweety gave me a really sappy card, and ... Read more

  • Appreciating Kindness of Friends

    1/27/2015 8:58:30 PM, by SBECKER526

    Today almost overwhelmed me with kindness. The caring and compassion of two friends really touched my heart. One friend offered a tortellini soup and brought pink tulips as well. She had a beautiful card and has been offering prayers. The other friend made an awesome and tasty ... Read more

  • A small success?

    1/27/2015 7:43:51 AM, by BEACHWEAR

    So I thought I would step on the scale this morning again just to see what is going on. Down 2 pounds. I should be estatic but in reality I'm technically down only 1 pound from last week. I know that the prednisone is messing with my body but honestly I thought this stuff was suppose to help ... Read more

  • Watching the storm

    1/26/2015 11:34:09 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am watching the storm along with Snaggles, the cat. We like the front window to see people, birds, and animals. Yesterday Snaggles had a cat visitor. They growled at each other. I put extra food out for the Kitty. With my recovery I literally do not have to go out. I can relax and curl... Read more

  • Frustrated

    1/26/2015 8:01:27 AM, by BEACHWEAR

    A new week and still the same weight. I think the medication that I started on is not allowing me to lose any weight. I can step on the scale 3-4 days from now and be down 3 pounds, then weigh in day I'm back to where I was. Very frustrating. This has happened to me the past two weeks. I monito... Read more

  • Help! Need Canoe!

    1/26/2015 12:46:25 AM, by _LINDA

    Started out my morning with my favorite activity, working out, decided to push on the elliptical with intervals. Was 40 minutes along when*SNAP*!! I just about fell off! Tentatively carried on, it hadn't seem to have affected my elliptical and I could see no parts lying around and there were no ... Read more

  • Making small steps of progress

    1/25/2015 10:50:06 AM, by SBECKER526

    It is often difficult to be a caregiver when I am recovering from surgery. I must really set priorities. I can take care of my husband's meds, shots, dialysis, grooming and even showers within reason. I can do the same for me. Then I need a nap. My friends covered meals for the first week. ... Read more

  • 30 day check in, plus one

    1/25/2015 9:07:26 AM, by GRATEFUL_MOM_3

    Today is actually my 31st day tracking my food, water and exercise. It just occurred to me that I would like to check in and reflect every 30 days so that I can (hopefully) see progress. Good news: I have already seen progress! Yay me! I am starting to feel better, sleep better and not expe... Read more

  • Workout Work-A-Day

    1/24/2015 7:53:16 PM, by _LINDA

    It was time I started organizing in ernest the transfer of materials to the new club manager. I had accumulated a lot of outdated material and am ready to take my second lot of papers to the recycle bin. To make sure I was not sitting on my posterior all day sorting it out, I worked out at periodi... Read more

  • My 100 days of exercising!!

    1/24/2015 12:42:42 PM, by --MAY--

    Hello all, Today. I have rebounded 15 minutes!, I love the. Interval Timer on my IPAD And Hula-Hooped 15 minutes, and one minute in the opposite direction. And going walking!, Love my Fitbit! , 1/24 day 2 1/25 Day3 1/26 Day 4. Read more

  • I Am Free!

    1/22/2015 9:17:47 PM, by _LINDA

    Its official. February 1st there is a new club manager to take over my position! I have to fully train him first of course, before he can actually take over. He was a past president of our club and a wonderful man, very well liked, a perfect replacement! I had a day off, so I decided on ... Read more

  • A BETTER DAY IS AHEAD

    1/22/2015 9:06:45 AM, by JANNY316

    It has been such an inspiration to be on this site and with the teams that I am involved in. It is hard when you do feel alone and are struggling, but I don't feel that way anymore. The more active I get here, the more I meet people and get encouraged. It is humbling. Today is a better day... Read more

  • Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

    1/21/2015 4:26:20 PM, by _LINDA

    I started off my morning with my favorite routine, exercise. I enjoyed a low impact 35 min DVD, then switched to online videos. I discovered a chair cardio and did that for 25 minutes -it was actually a good workout, using a towel held firmly in your hands with your arms apart to boost the workout... Read more

  • Recovery Underway

    1/21/2015 10:29:13 AM, by SBECKER526

    I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how things happened so fast! I was preparing for my CT scan and taking those wonderful drugs to keep me from getting hives. I used the GI doctor's patient record system and got an email from him with the results on Wednesday. My test was Tuesda... Read more

  • 2 days down...

    1/21/2015 9:58:31 AM, by ANGRITTER

    After walking the past two days, today is a big fat question mark (?)! I may have bit off more than I can chew by starting to shave Jacko. His Sasquatch-side of the family is showing through a bit much, and I've found his undercoat matted in some places. And I am feeling defeated by it. Poor Jac... Read more

  • Streaks and Goals Success

    1/21/2015 9:39:04 AM, by DONNA_W

    Today I noticed that I have 60 day streak of logging in and tracking food and exercise. Also a 60 day streak of exercising at least 10 min a day. And I have lost 12 lbs in that time or 0.2 lb/day. This is a good rate. And at this rate I will loose 73 lb in by the time I started 60 days ago. Of ... Read more

  • Ups & Downs

    1/21/2015 9:15:11 AM, by BKWERM

    Downer - The Linkin Park/Rise Against concert that I was looking forward to going to and for which I've had tickets since November has been cancelled due to one of the band members breaking his ankle during a concert, continuing the concert and now needing surgery on said ankle. ... Read more

  • Update On Me

    1/20/2015 2:44:18 PM, by SEATTLE58

    Hello everyone and here I am, still plugging along and not giving up, just as my motto says. I had my total knee replacement on Dec. 15th, and am trying to get back to exercising and eating right. I have to admit that I've gained 30# through this ordeal. I read somewhere that said that on an aver... Read more

  • Trying to pick myself up

    1/20/2015 12:06:26 PM, by JANNY316

    I am trying very hard to stay positive and pick myself up right now. My RA is not letting this be an easy process. But, with all the kind words and help that I have received on this site, I am determined to do this. This too shall pass. It is just a bad time and everything seems to be piling on,... Read more

  • 190 Fitness Minutes!

    1/20/2015 12:58:24 AM, by _LINDA

    Ran an easy game, came home and napped for an hour, then started working out. I had some niggling little injuries, so stuck with low impact workouts. This meant I could handle more of them, and Jessica Smith makes them all fun and interesting. I really like her workouts! She is an engaging energ... Read more

  • My First Steps of 2015!!

    1/19/2015 6:49:53 PM, by ANGRITTER

    I am aware that I've been taking small steps inside the house without my wallet, and I've also been doing a tiny bit of Spring cleaning. But today I finally was able to go outside & WALK MY TRAIL IN MY YARD!!! I'm excited yet exhausted as well. I knew not to push it so I sat on the porch with my ... Read more

  • Algebra, the bane of my existance.

    1/19/2015 4:40:42 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Today I spend 2.5 hours tutoring my Hubs in Algebra. I am fairly good at algebra, however he has one of those 'hyper analytical' minds that needs the 'why' of everything. I get that. In fact, it is a necessary part of the language, "order matters". But, when there is only one way to explain somethin... Read more

  • later

    1/18/2015 2:45:34 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    In case you were wondering how on earth I lost five pounds in three days --I did it by jogging. Jogging back and forth from the bathroom to either puke or poop or do them both at the same time. YUCK what a mess. And now my daughter and my husband are feeling sick and miserable. My heart goes o... Read more

  • A new day

    1/18/2015 1:58:52 PM, by FABGRAMMA

    Good morning it's a new day, I have been logging into SP everyday, I have not walked everyday as I said I would, but managed to get the 1 mile in the next day along with my regular mile. I have managed to stay away from FB, checking in only in the morning....a couple more times in the day then I s... Read more

  • Whew!

    1/17/2015 7:09:47 PM, by _LINDA

    I started off the morning doing a 60 minute Zumba DVD, followed by a 50 minute Boxercise (with weights) and then showered. I managed to cut and file both my toe nails and fingernails! So now I was ready to shop for groceries! Costco here I come! Stepdad had to get gas so he dropped Mom and I off... Read more

  • Three Appointments

    1/16/2015 12:53:19 AM, by _LINDA

    First up was the spinal surgeon. He did a thorough head to neck examination, then sent me for X-Rays. He concluded the changes in my spine are similar to the changes that the RA made in my hands. People with RA tend to get these spinal changes more often. He does want to send me for a MRI. I am... Read more

  • This is how I am reaching my goal...

    1/15/2015 5:29:44 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Yesterday, a gentle soul asked how I am planning on losing weight, so I thought I would post the plan here. Eating Plan 1. Eating 5x/day. Approximately every 3 hours to balance blood sugar 2. Eating protein and non-starchy veggies at each meal/snack 3. 3oz lean protein/meal 4. Drink ... Read more

  • Time related goal

    1/14/2015 8:35:03 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    I am thinking about making a time related goal. I will lose 12 pounds by Tuesday, Feb 25. That is 2# a week. In my mind I should be able to do that with my eyes closed. I got to thinking that I never set a 'hard' goal relating to my number on the scale and feel that it is time to d... Read more

  • Rewards of exercise

    1/14/2015 7:38:57 PM, by DONNA_W

    At the suggestion of SP I had make a reward system for my progress: Massage - for every month I exercise every day for at least 10 min. Facial - for every 20 lb lost. Today I had my first reward massage for exercising at least 10 min a day for a whole month. In the future I will try to exe... Read more

  • Wow

    1/14/2015 1:53:33 PM, by FABGRAMMA

    Well hello again, looks like its been a long time since I blogged, well decided it's enough self pity time and get myself back into action. I returned back to sparks and my goal is to stay in touch with it by logging in everyday, maybe not my teams but track my food, water and the 3o day kick start ... Read more

  • Addendum to Yesterday's Blog

    1/14/2015 11:58:46 AM, by _LINDA

    I was bullied in elementary school for being different, a gimp, ugly, the usual, but I did have one friend who I hung around with throughout my years. But one day she invited me over and when I got there the guys who bullied me were hiding behind her couch. I immediately left and they followed me ... Read more

  • Doctor Visit

    1/13/2015 7:03:46 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    In 3 months I did put on weight, not that I didn't expect it. It is what it is. I did tell him of the depression and how the trip out of town went. Told him that I had been minding my caloric intake along with understanding that my new eating plan is a way of living now. He suggested Phentramine. So... Read more

  • Definition of Temperatures Internationally vs Canadian

    1/13/2015 6:17:06 PM, by BKWERM

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  • So Incredibly Sad

    1/13/2015 5:34:24 PM, by _LINDA

    I was playing with my bridge mentor Barb today. 21 years ago I came into the club not having a clue about bridge. After taking the lessons, the very first game I played in was one she was running. I had no partner so she played with me. She saw some kind of potential in me. So began a wonderful... Read more

  • Keep Pushing

    1/13/2015 12:27:48 AM, by PEYTKAM

    I am at day 12 and I need to remind myself to keep pushing. It is so easy to go off the rails. Here's to a strong day 13! ... Read more

  • 2 years ago.......

    1/12/2015 10:46:43 AM, by UMBLAH21

    2 years ago I weighed 255 pounds, my all time high weight. I remember feeling terrible and looking terrible. I started Spark January 2013 and learned about food and calories. In the first 6 months the weight melted off. After the first 12 months I hit a platform. Hovering around 200 pounds. I stayed... Read more

  • I Did It!

    1/12/2015 10:36:13 AM, by _LINDA

    I put in my request for a transfer to a new apartment building downtown. I specifically asked for a south facing suite and requested all linoleum flooring for ease of movement and cleaning. I said I would wait for these conditions to be met. So I have no idea how long it will take. My Mom was ... Read more

  • And more of me

    1/11/2015 6:29:13 PM, by JANNY316

    I am still on the feeling sorry for myself kick. It has been such a hard weekend with my RA acting up and not being able to participate in things like I want to. I just feel lost. I wish I could be different and be able to plan exactly what I want to do when I want to do it, but it is about impos... Read more

  • Water Aerobics

    1/11/2015 4:04:44 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Tomorrow is the day that I start water aerobics. I am looking forward to this. I am excited to be going back. It always amazes me at how quickly the body responds to this kind of exercise. It usually is within a week that I start feeling stronger in my legs and stamina that I regain is amazing. So, ... Read more

  • I did it!

    1/11/2015 1:08:53 PM, by SBECKER526

    At each Pink in the Rink game, the Reading Royals Charities' donates funds to the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks and the Susan Koman Group of Philadelphia. Survivors are invited to be goal shooters. During the first intermission you go behind the scenes at the ice hockey arena and come ... Read more

  • Better Ball Day!

    1/11/2015 12:26:49 AM, by _LINDA

    Tried my hardest to sleep in. Ended up 6 hrs 42 min with an 11 min wake up with 7 restless times totaling 19 minutes. Really just made me overly tired and groggy and had a hard time getting it going. Ended up having breakfast late, then found some online videos totaling 60 minutes to do, one bein... Read more

  • Feeling the Spark--This Time We'll Reach Goal

    1/10/2015 3:43:52 PM, by FONTELLAMARIE

    Even though it's only January 10 and most of us are still tending our resolutions at this point, I'm feeling strongly optimistic about 2015. Perhaps it was because I was SO very over 2014--happy to see it go. I'm feeling cautiously optimistic, energized, and enthused about reaching my Spark go... Read more

  • Next Doctor Visit

    1/9/2015 11:39:48 PM, by SBECKER526

    I really do not mind visiting my internist/primary care resident and doctor. They are so focused with my care and ailments. I get nervous with each specialist visit. What races through my mind is what tests do I need to have done? What is causing the problem that got me to the specialist? Well,... Read more

  • Getting Back To Kicking Some Booty!!

    1/9/2015 9:36:24 PM, by JENDAN36

    I fell off track during December, what a crazy month it was! It's a new year and I'm ready to get back to making changes. I have joined Weight Watchers, my very first meeting and weigh in is tomorrow morning. I'm so excited. My husband is starting it with me. He lost 50lbs 2 years ago so I know he w... Read more

  • With the help...

    1/9/2015 12:42:23 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    ... of Lasix, the swelling in my feet and ankles have lessened. I imagine that monitoring my food intake has helped, since we don't eat a lot of salt. Yeah! There is some fluid still there so it is one more day of Lasix for me. I will be so glad when the excess is gone. In other news: we have ... Read more

  • Now This is Cold!!

    1/9/2015 7:04:27 AM, by _LINDA

    The big story around here is how cold its been. Currently its -24 C, but feels like -34 C (-11 F, feels like -29 F) The cold wouldn't really be that bad, but its the non stop wind on the flat prairies that makes it dangerous :-( So my outdoor walking has been confined to trips back and forth to t... Read more

  • Being Me Takes Work

    1/8/2015 6:20:16 PM, by NEWMARILYN

    I just started to realize that I can be the me that I want to be. But, I need to see myself healthy, happy and normal weighted. And, I need to do the work. It is so hard, though. I've been her so many times before. But, I want to live out the rest of my days being healthier and able to have a quali... Read more

  • Moderation - what area of my life needs it?

    1/8/2015 6:01:43 PM, by DONNA_W

    When I am active sparking, I do pretty well with moderating food and exercise but I do tend to become obsessed with spark points and being very accurate with data, both nutritional and exercise. Don't get me wrong I do love being on Spark, it is so inspirational to see how much others have accompli... Read more

  • Give or take a Hundred

    1/8/2015 6:02:00 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    My daughter is very sick...flu or a bad upper respiratory infection. My husband and I were just talking about how I never get colds or viruses....But mycoplasma Pneumonia, endocarditis MRSA, or Encephla-spinal meningistis..? Bring it on! Go big or get out! I am hoping not to catch my daughter... Read more

  • Nice News!

    1/7/2015 6:44:11 PM, by _LINDA

    I got a letter stating Safeway was giving me 1000 air miles for being a good customer! My mentor and I came first in a tough bridge game of 15 tables. Scores were low, we won with a 59% while the next closest was 56% I got another cool Fitbit badge: FrodohYEAH! You've earned th... Read more

  • Back at it...

    1/7/2015 6:32:03 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    I took the holiday season off. I just was not up for the mental head trip this time around. I became depressed and simply did not care. Went to a reunion of sorts back where I was raised. Realized that I am of value on several levels and that life is worth living. Yeah. So I am back on th... Read more

  • Exercise was squeezed in on busy day -- YEAH

    1/5/2015 11:17:22 PM, by DONNA_W

    Today I had a busy day, well busy for a retired person. I tried to think ahead of how I might fit exercise into my day. When I looked over the days plan I realized I had a two hour window that would allow me time to exercise for 45 min. It was hot here today so I chose the pool. Then I still had... Read more

  • 1/5/15

    1/5/2015 6:33:18 PM, by LISALOSING52

    On one of my teams, The 90 Day Challenge with my friend Pixie, she suggested we take before pics and then post a pic at the beginning of each month to see the changes. I wasn't going to do this because I don't like any pictures that I'm in any more. I thought I would just take measurements and go ... Read more

  • Nothingness is the worst!

    1/5/2015 12:09:44 PM, by NEWMARILYN

    As I was preparing for my day on today, I thought about the abyss of deep depression that I have been in for such a long time, and my futile attempts to deal with that torturous mental pain. I have attempted many ways to get rid of the pain. The addition of the physical pain that has also plagued me... Read more

  • New Fridge & Phone Call From Doctor

    1/4/2015 9:33:33 PM, by _LINDA

    I had another relaxing visit with my sister and niece. Another feast of turkey, curried bean quinoa, sweet potato baked fries, too much again. Spencer plated another dessert -a pineapple ring covered with a sauce she cooked on the stove using rum and spices and then topped of with a small amount o... Read more

  • Why the Heck not?

    1/4/2015 2:32:06 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    The whole world is crazy busy. I know that because if I need to find a friend to drive me to the pharmacy - a ten minute trip- everyone I ask is too tied up to help. And it's not because it's no fun to go to the pharmacy. I've invited people over to sample from my enormous collection of tea...an... Read more

  • Dinner And A Movie

    1/3/2015 11:30:00 PM, by _LINDA

    My sister and her daughter were in town and spent the day shopping for shoes. I met up with them at Mom's, in time for a nice turkey dinner with all the trimmings, then Spencer presented her dessert, a pavlova, nicely made and topped with kiwi, blackberry and raspberry with a small amount of ice cr... Read more

  • Feeling positive

    1/3/2015 11:16:16 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am doing better with my RA. My home looks better as the clutter is dimishing. Today the upstairs closet got its floor cleared. My plans are to try on all clothes and purge the ones that do not suit me. I've changed so much since cancer and RA. I will visit the resale store of Opportunity ... Read more

  • No food is off limit

    1/2/2015 10:39:28 PM, by DONNA_W

    It was my husband's B-day so we went out to lunch, had a Tuscan Kale salad with grilled chicken. Then we saw a movie and after the movie we stopped at a DQ and I had a small Blizzard. That was dinner so to speak. I made the decision to do this even though it is not part of my nutrition plan but I... Read more

  • New Year -Not A Great Start!

    1/2/2015 2:35:04 PM, by _LINDA

    It turned out there was a bridge game on New Year's Day after all. Seven full tables. I played with my old friend, one of the club's worst players and we came predictably last, with a 38% game. People brought snacks and someone brought an incredible selection of home made goodies. I did overindu... Read more

  • Happy Realization to Start 2015

    1/2/2015 12:26:28 AM, by ANGRITTER

    I just realized that after 2.5 years I have been able to keep 40 pounds off my body. (Insert happy dance here!) Granted, it should have been the 60 originally lost, but I'm not gonna sweat 20 pounds after all the hospital-abuse I've taken this year & the fact that I've been stuck in bed for 4 soli... Read more

  • I'm back again.

    1/1/2015 8:44:46 PM, by MOODYMOLLYR

    I'm back and hoping to actually accomplish something this year, at least more than I have accomplished. Much has happened in my life and that of my family and not all for the better. In late September my daughter had and lost within an hour her sixth child, her fifth daughter, from an extreme... Read more

  • More Energy Today

    1/1/2015 7:43:28 PM, by DONNA_W

    After sleeping for 11 hours last night, I felt wonderful today and was able to get back to my routine exercise schedule. Felt good. Was going to go in the pool in the afternoon but it started raining so I gave myself a manicure instead. I am excited about being able to work on... Read more

  • So I missed out on a lot this year...

    1/1/2015 6:02:35 AM, by ANGRITTER

    I'm back. Not 100% as I have to remember that I must learn to walk again before I can get up and run, run, run like I'm used to. I do believe I left you in August stating I had my surgery but them had a twinge in my back at dinner on the 29th. Well, I went straight to the ER & admitted for 6 days... Read more

  • 31 day 10 min of exercise a day Streak - thank you Spark People

    12/31/2014 10:29:22 PM, by DONNA_W

    I have exercised at least 10 minutes a day for the whole month of December. Was not always easy but did it. Actually its currently 39 day streak. Because of the suggestion on Spark Coach I made a reward system for the 10 min a day exercise. My reward for each month that I have 10 min of... Read more

  • New Year's Eve!

    12/31/2014 5:11:29 PM, by _LINDA

    Going to be a quiet one at home alone. I don't usually celebrate it. For those of you who do, wishing you a fun evening in moderation! No plans for the New Year, just a continuation of what I am doing now. Trying to get back in shape after almost a year long layoff from exercising. Seems ... Read more

  • Grateful

    12/31/2014 11:53:55 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am so grateful for my family, friends, and cat. I am so grateful for my church family and online friends. I am grateful that I have the finances to get medical help. I am grateful that I can use my brain with the email and Internet. I have sooo many blessings. I hold up those who ar... Read more