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  • 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

  • Golfing in PA on Oct 28

    10/28/2014 11:29:19 PM, by SBECKER526

    This is alledgedly Fall. Yes, the leaves are colorful and falling. Yet, I played golf today. It was 81 degrees in my car on the way home. I live in PA. Well, the weather was perfect. They had removed the leaves from the course. It was so beautiful to be outside and enjoy sunshine. Had a ... Read more

  • Do Over

    10/28/2014 11:02:41 AM, by ELLIPSISDREAM

    I have been gone for quite some time. I have tried some other fitness apps, and then I just gave up. On fitness. On myself. I think I have really hit my personal bottom with my lifestyle. I am fat and unhappy all of the time. It seems all I think about is my weight and food. I hate feeling this way.... Read more

  • Do Over

    10/28/2014 11:02:40 AM, by ELLIPSISDREAM

    I have been gone for quite some time. I have tried some other fitness apps, and then I just gave up. On fitness. On myself. I think I have really hit my personal bottom with my lifestyle. I am fat and unhappy all of the time. It seems all I think about is my weight and food. I hate feeling this way.... Read more

  • Day three

    10/28/2014 4:33:09 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    Today I go to see a new pain MD. I am hoping that he will agree to take me as a patient and that he will be willing to help me meet my pain management needs and goals. That makes two MD visits in two days. I am really feeling wiped out...not at all like showering and getting dressed and taking th... Read more

  • Incredible Bryce Canyon Falls.

    10/27/2014 8:37:46 PM, by _LINDA

    This was the most breath taking vista we saw. The bridge entrance over the falls: View from the top: Long view: ... Read more

  • Life moves forward....

    10/27/2014 6:05:46 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    A coupla weeks ago, I went to water aerobics on a day when a strong front was passing the area. I hurt for 3 days. Grrrr..... I am always amazed at what this ridiculous disease will come up next. ::eyeroll:: I went to Water aerobics today and had a great time and feel stronger for going. I am v... Read more

  • Friend's ordination

    10/26/2014 6:16:49 PM, by SBECKER526

    Today was a wonderful day. My friend, Linda, was ordained. She was called to a church in Barto, PA. She is really called and prepared diligently over the years. She had many life challenges that will make her a caring pastor. I assisted by serving communion at her service. I felt so honore... Read more

  • Sorry For My Absence

    10/26/2014 4:53:05 PM, by LADYJEZEBEL

    I have been going through a lot lately. I have been having troubles with my heart racing for a few years now, and it keeps progressing as time goes on. I cannot even walk a block without having to stop 10 times to catch my breath. My cardiologist is looking at blood clots or coronary heart disease, ... Read more

  • BC Trip Into The Clouds

    10/26/2014 9:16:32 AM, by _LINDA

    It was still overcast and foggy when we went to see the 2nd longest falls in Canada: We had to go up this very narrow switchback road to get there: There h... Read more

  • Back to Dr Fuhrman

    10/26/2014 5:46:35 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    When I took a good look at the photo on the previous page, I realized how much weight I've gained and how it has badly affected my appearance. I am also not feeling well...chest pain which may or may not be gastric in origin. Hopefully that's all it is. I know that the only way I'm going to lose... Read more

  • Today's Hike w/Photos

    10/25/2014 6:48:27 PM, by BKWERM

    My MIL and I hiked for an hour on the Bruce Trail and here are photos from the hike: Read more

  • My Memoir

    10/25/2014 8:44:13 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    Well, my goal for four years has been to complete my memoir. And a couple of weeks ago my dream was realized. Treasures from Darkness is available at Amazon and Barnes and Nobel. (search for Cynthia Lott Vogel, books and you will find it). I am very proud of the book and have gotten wonderful rep... Read more