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  • Feeling good

    2/28/2015 11:21:43 PM, by SBECKER526

    I met friends for breakfast at 8 am on a Saturday at the Tomcat cafe. This restaurant got best in Berks again. The menu is overwhelming. The tables have pictures of musicians. We were at the Elvis table. I had French Toast called "Blind Faith" with cheese, bacon and apple. It was perfect - no... Read more

  • Back Intact

    2/28/2015 7:35:39 PM, by _LINDA

    Felt a lot better today and Mom and I set off for a nice hike. Still fairly cold (14 F, feels like 0, -10 C, feels like -18 C) So off to the off leash dog park area we went. It was very busy, all kinds of dogs out. We quickly went down to the lower less used trails, one along the river then up t... Read more

  • February Goal Review and New Goals for March

    2/28/2015 5:15:15 PM, by DONNA_W

    green bar = lean weight, purple bar = fat weight. Together they = total weight. Start date = Oct, bars on left are real data, Projection from real data is goal weight by end of March 2016. Streaks Login to SP everyday - 98 day streak Exercise 10 min a day - 92 day streak Exercise ... Read more

  • Bad Luck And Trouble

    2/26/2015 10:47:07 PM, by _LINDA

    Mom and Angus picked me up from home, we did a brief grocery shopping trip and went to her home. I was bending over to grab my slippers from the closet when all of a sudden an excruciating pain radiated from my back to my right side, above my hip. I could barely walk and just made it to t... Read more

  • Mid-way BLC 27

    2/26/2015 7:25:59 PM, by 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI

    First and foremost I want to thank all of you who have read my last several posts. I always like to do personal thanks but... it's been a hectic time here. Let me give a quick update and then back to my BLC 27 recap/revamp. 1. Husband is looking for a new job. 2. Coworker is pregnant 3. L... Read more

  • Quiet, but good day

    2/25/2015 11:33:44 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am doing so much better at the gym. I am using the elliptical trainer for cardio. I expect to start cycling at home on Saturday. Next week I want to take a zumba class. If all goes well, I will return to the rowing machine in 2 weeks. I have 5 more days under the surgeon's restrictions. ... Read more

  • Best Fitness Week Yet!

    2/25/2015 12:49:08 AM, by _LINDA

    Spending a lot of time on getting my steps in for the challenge. My weekly Fitbit stats: Total steps 171,558 daily average: 24508 steps! 74 miles, 10.58 miles daily. Sleep is 5 hrs 48 minutes with average 4 wake ups -because I don't move much, I don't think it gets all my wake ups. T... Read more

  • Been a While

    2/24/2015 11:59:03 AM, by CANMERA

    Wow it has been a very long time since I posted here. My last year has been with Physio 2 times in a week. I have a hard time thinking now as I have a tbi. My brains were smashed in the car accident and I hav efound recovery to be very hard. I can not tihnk like I used to. Nor can I live like i u... Read more

  • Joined a New Gym

    2/23/2015 10:14:49 AM, by JKANT88

    I found a gym close to my new house that has what I need. I had been a member of the JCC, but it was too far away so I ended up almost never going and it was a waste of money. I originally joined the JCC because they had a really nice facility with indoor and outdoor pools. With my arthritis, swi... Read more

  • Trying To Teach An Old Dog New Tricks..

    2/22/2015 1:39:56 PM, by _LINDA

    So my very helpful relatives want my trip to go as smoothly as possible. The first step was installing something called Dropbox. Oh its so good, you can put your photos in there and all your important travel documents and not worry about losing them if your electronic device blows up or is stolen... Read more

  • Feeling better

    2/21/2015 11:12:23 PM, by SBECKER526

    The pool was great. It was -20 degrees with the wind chill outside. My damp hair froze. As I drove home, the water ran down my back as my hair thawed. I felt energized and glad to be moving in the water. I am busy with my laptop finishing projects. I always seem to be doing the technology ... Read more

  • A GREAT idea

    2/20/2015 5:42:50 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I have been back on the EAT to LiVE program. I'm pleased to hear that a few of you have been following it also and are experiencing significant weight loss. It really does work....more than anything I've ever tried....even not eating at all did not give me results like this. Tonight I was in ... Read more

  • Catching up!

    2/19/2015 9:15:53 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am returning to my activities as I reach week 6 of my healing. I get to go to the pool to swim tomorrow. I had a 12 page newsletter to edit and minutes to complete all needing to be done now. I have few more items to edit and complete the layout.... Read more

  • The scale, like the people on the bus

    2/19/2015 6:30:12 PM, by DONNA_W

    Sometimes when I get on the scale that childhood song "the people on the bus go up and down" goes through my mind. Last week I did my weigh in and had only lost 0.5 lb. OK was fine with it, but the very next day I am down 4 lbs. I did not believe that so I checked the next few days and it hovered... Read more

  • Feeling Groovy!

    2/18/2015 12:10:06 PM, by _LINDA

    So I woke up feeling pretty good this morning (except for the stuffed nose) The pain was quite manageable so I dove right into exercise. I did a variety of movement from cardio to those nasty plie squats. I find balancing work far more challenging then the toughest cardio :-P Since I was feeling... Read more

  • Been sick...

    2/18/2015 11:42:02 AM, by ECHOJULIET

    You guessed it. The Hubs brought home another bug, and of course with my immune system as wonky as it is, I picked it up. This is day 3 and I am about 3 days behind him in this illness. Dry cough, body aches, clogged nose. Can't wait until this thing is gone. Gah!... Read more

  • Messy house, Healthy body!

    2/18/2015 9:04:27 AM, by GRATEFUL_MOM_3

    On one of my walk away the pounds videos Leslie Sansone talks about leaving the dirty laundry on the floor and exercising because it's ok to have a messy house as long as we have a healthy body (or something like that!) My kids always laugh and say "see mom!!! you should listen to leslie!" lol Bu... Read more

  • Low Carbs has been helping

    2/17/2015 7:13:48 PM, by DONNA_W

    I kind of slowed down in my weight loss, so took the advise of the coaches and reviewed what worked and what didn't by reviewing my past tracking and weight reports. I had been trying to up the exercise, and am still working on that but it looks like it does not need to be a lot of exercise, but j... Read more

  • Be Mine

    2/17/2015 7:12:58 PM, by 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI

    On Valentine's Day my husband surprised me with a card (we often don't get them) and it had me in happy tears. Basically it told me how much he loved me and used some of our "cute" words like mine and more (and more mostest). For points on a Valentine's Bingo for one of my teams I'm to write m... Read more

  • Not quite off the wagon, but falling.....

    2/16/2015 9:22:05 PM, by GRATEFUL_MOM_3

    Well, I have been off the beaten path a few weeks now. I didn't completely fall off the wagon, but almost!! I was recently blessed with a new job - a full time job! I went from working approx 20 hours a week to working sometimes 48 hours a week! Yikes!! Plus my hours changed - I was working 7:3... Read more

  • I probably said it before...

    2/16/2015 3:12:03 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    ....but I'm sayin' it again. JUST DO it. I've regained some weight (about 9 lbs--maybe a little less). I have NOT been eating according to Doc Fuhrman's plan. There is absolutely no excuse. It is true that there was nothing in the house to eat over the weekend....so when my DH brought Chinese ... Read more

  • Winter is rearing it's ugly head

    2/16/2015 1:23:54 PM, by JANNY316

    Well, at home today due to ice falling and snow coming right behind it. I am very over winter right now. But on the good side, I was able to go ahead and get almost 40 minutes of walking in today, and I am starting to read a new book that I purchased on type 2 diabetes. I am taking this day for m... Read more

  • Reading and listing questions

    2/15/2015 9:53:46 AM, by SBECKER526

    I see my primary care doctor and his resident on March 3. I am getting away for a day to see the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 2. Each day I enter into my journal how I feel. I am also entering into my journal how I am managing pain and what emotions I am feeling. Over the past month, I ... Read more

  • Feeling low for a few hours

    2/13/2015 11:36:14 PM, by SBECKER526

    I really felt low for a few hours. I now see the reports from all medical tests. I'm not happy about having ankylosing spondylitis and fused discs. I do wonder how much more is wrong. Is AS just RA but of the spine? I did read the AS medical conditions under Health A to Z. I now feel bet... Read more

  • Good Day But..

    2/13/2015 6:47:06 PM, by _LINDA

    Thanks to the overpowering tiredness from the allergy medicine I have been sleeping longer in spite of the pain, but also think its not as severe thanks to the knees being up on a pillow. I am now getting a good five hours nightly, which for me is huge. After a series of pills and waiting, got ... Read more

  • Gimme Some Lovin'!

    2/12/2015 10:51:09 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I was just looking through my devotions and came across what I'd written yesterday about loving myself NOW rather than AFTER I lose weight. I wrote down some concrete ways I can show myself some love. I will share a few of them here. 1) I will not talk derogatorily about my body...not even to m... Read more

  • Enjoying each day

    2/11/2015 10:18:46 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am enjoying each day. I am getting plenty of rest. I am able to listen to my body concerning fatigue and pain. Gradually I am cooking more and returning to more normal activities. I am seeing my personal trainer and working to keep arm and leg strength while I continue to heal. I do man... Read more

  • New Year's Ramblings

    2/11/2015 7:45:59 PM, by 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI

    "Don't let other people tell you what you want." Ė Pat Riley Itís been a long time between blogs. I know, I know. Everyone wants to know how Iím doing and whatís going on. The truth is that I went into a funk, got sick, got healthy, got sick and am finally coming out of it. So Iím going t... Read more

  • Lovin' the Fattie

    2/11/2015 6:14:35 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    2-11-15 Diet and Such Todayís food list: Smoothie with some juice , assorted frozen fruit. One frozen banana, plain homemade soy yogurt, and almond milk. Some pastries from Starbucks. UGH Lunch Ö..a salad some bacon pieces and bleu cheese (Probably undid all the good in the salad) A nava... Read more

  • Adjusting to My New Reality

    2/11/2015 7:23:12 AM, by _LINDA

    Changes in my disease can happen lightening quick. As did this spinal pain. I now have constant pain from my mid to lower back that radiates out to surround my right side and all around my hip. It feels like my hip is toast, but I can move it freely thankfully as it makes it easier to get my s... Read more

  • Pete? No, it's REpeat!

    2/9/2015 11:45:27 PM, by LOLLYLOOP

    So, here I am again....my own personal groundhog day, set to repeat over and over until I get it right. Is this the time, I finally figure out this weight loss/healthy lifestyle thing? I hope so. No, I know so. I have been here, so many...many times. I've lost weight, gained weight, lost ... Read more

  • Monday Feb 9,2015

    2/9/2015 6:36:30 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    It snowed again,i walked a half mile today outside,forgot to put my fitbit on. I got a 30 minute workout done and 60 minutes of yoga,a great day. Tired of snow,i know its winter,but i've hit my limit. ... Read more

  • Taking time to heal

    2/9/2015 12:01:14 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am finding that my recent surgery is taking time to heal. I am using my time wisely and not doing too much. My car was discontinued in the US in 2009 ....shortly after I bought it. Recently I discovered that I had no certified technician or parts. So I spent time finding a car that would fit ... Read more

  • Wednesday & Friday!!

    2/6/2015 6:29:00 PM, by ANGRITTER

    both days I walked 6 laps around my back yard. 1.1 miles each day. I am just starting again, and I have to remind myself of that every few minutes as I obsess about how I used to pull off 4 miles in 80 minutes. So I keep putting myself in my "disabled" place. So I'm proud. I'm kicking my own bu... Read more

  • Spine Report Rotten (Warning: Medical Terminology)

    2/6/2015 4:04:50 PM, by _LINDA

    The results of my X-Ray of the spinal column were worse than I thought. My family Dr. was shocked at the progression, saying I am facing some serious issues. Upper back: There is straightening of the normal cervical lordosis, due to degenerative changes in the lower cervi... Read more

  • uggh, Sick again

    2/4/2015 9:32:14 AM, by JANNY316

    I am so sick of being sick. Once again, I am back on antibiotics for a sinus and ear infection and off my RA meds until I get through this round of antibiotics. I have had 4 sinus infections this winter, so far. Just got over one from Christmas in early January and now, here I am again. What is ... Read more

  • Some emotional days ahead.

    2/4/2015 8:17:19 AM, by BEACHWEAR

    Today unfortunately is the 11th anniversary of losing my mother. Although time heals the pain never really goes away. I struggle with this loss because it was unnecessary. She was killed in a motor vehicle accident by a stupid kid that smoked too much marijuana and passed out. I struggle with th... Read more

  • All exercises virtual trek challenge open for sign-ups.

    2/4/2015 4:23:45 AM, by MIAMIRN

    Yes, we're going on a trek to beautiful South Africa. it's a virtual challenge anyone can join. Will you join with me? There's plenty of room. ANYONE CAN JOIN! YOU ALL ARE INVITED! I've always wanted to see the people, the animals, the incredible environment and landscape and no... Read more

  • My day of Stardom

    2/2/2015 4:50:42 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    It took me quite by surprise to find that my blog was featured in the Community Highlight this week. I've gotten to meet a lot of Sparkers as a result of blog comments, page comments and Goodies. Thank you all for this amazing support. Now , two months after I wrote that blog---I've now lo... Read more

  • Feb 1,2015

    2/1/2015 6:14:06 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I went hiking this morning. The falls were frozen. The last pic is me and Chii doing yoga on the wii board,she loves it.... Read more

  • Mileage & Steps For the Month Of January!

    2/1/2015 4:33:50 PM, by _LINDA

    As I am in a senior Globe Walk to the Moon challenge, for the first time I am tracking my steps and mileage in a month. I averaged 19051.39 steps in a day, going 8.55 miles daily. I was kind of hoping I would hit 20,000 but oh well. When you have a body that is failing even the most willin... Read more

  • 2/1/2015 (32 Days into 90 day Challenge)

    2/1/2015 3:41:03 PM, by LISALOSING52

    Here it is February already. I am part of Pixie's 90 Day Challenge. Part of that challenge is to take pictures or measurements of yourself every 30 days. I did take my measurements but decided to bite the bullet and do pictures also. In all honesty I was embarrassed by doing so because I've gain... Read more

  • One heck of a Major Set Back

    2/1/2015 1:42:55 AM, by ESHARA43

    I hate to say this but here it goes, I had one heck of a major set back this past 9 months and it has thrown me off track big time. I lost control of the big picture and now I am fighting a losing battle with myself. I thought I had everything under control, I was losing weight and keeping it o... Read more

  • January Goal review and New Goals for February

    1/31/2015 6:20:38 PM, by DONNA_W

    Streaks Login to SP everyday - 70 day streak Exercise at least 90 min a week - 10 week streak Consume at least 8 cups of water per day. - 70 day streak Get 8 hours of sleep per day - 43 day streak Walk 5 miles per week - 7 week streak Exercise 10 min a day - 64 day streak Eat 2 fruit... Read more

  • Winter Shines Festival Photos

    1/31/2015 5:55:19 PM, by _LINDA

    There were two locations holding winter festivals on this bitterly cold day. One was at the Farmer's Market. They had a petting zoo: Sleigh Ride: There were pony rides and a wondrous ice park for the children consisting of a climbing wall, slide and big dome tent. The ice... Read more

  • The State of Dis-Union

    1/31/2015 4:05:26 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I had a stomach virus about a week or two ago....and I lost 6 lbs in short order. ...And then I gained them back and then some. 24 It started a couple of days ago when my husband "thoughtfully" brought me home Taco Bell as a gift. So, okay. I ate it (I mean I couldn't be rude and pitch it in the... Read more

  • Flaw In Nutrition Tracker? Rant Alert!

    1/30/2015 11:42:06 PM, by _LINDA

    As I do more and frequent workouts daily and track them in the Fitness Tracker, naturally the calorie range on my Nutrition Tracker rises, sometimes to amazing levels! BUT, and it is a big but, the range for fat and carbohydrates remains exactly the same!! I challenge you to try get into the rang... Read more

  • Small improvements

    1/30/2015 10:46:54 PM, by SBECKER526

    Bob and I wish to remain in our home. A retirement community is not what we want at this time. We analyzed our home and where we wanted peace of mind. A home generator that swtiches on automatically 20 seconds after the power goes out seems good to us. Bob uses his dialysis equipment nightly for... Read more

  • Blew it

    1/30/2015 11:22:50 AM, by FABGRAMMA

    Well had been on a good streak with checking into spark people, then had to go out of town for meetings. One day travel, drive 4 hours to catch a plane to Toronto then sit in a day and half meetings, 5pm flight back to Thunder Bay where stayed the night.....didn't log in once and the scale was up th... Read more

  • Great Strides

    1/30/2015 8:36:21 AM, by BEACHWEAR

    This RA thing has had me down for a few months now because I was unable to do so many of the things I enjoyed doing before such as my kickboxing class and body pump. Last night I was finally able to do some football shuffles and actually run 1 lap around the track with NO PAIN!!! I am very s... Read more