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  • Looms?

    7/26/2016 4:33:53 AM, by PURPLE0906

    This past weekend Melissa was off so I didn't get a chance to see the grand kids. She is back to work so I am sure we will be watching them the rest of the week. I did make myself go to the Farmers Market early in the morning and walk around before the heat got to me. I got some walking in, fo... Read more

  • Going Slow

    7/25/2016 9:54:39 PM, by PARKERROSALIE23

    I exercise and count calories, but the weight is not letting go.... Read more

  • Progress...I Guess

    7/25/2016 12:59:13 PM, by HMATTAX

    It has been a week since I last weighed in. I am down exactly one half of a pound. Blegh. I was hoping for something more... impressive. I probably should not have expected so much given the loss previously combined with my weight-gaining meds, but still, it stinks. To know that you are doing everyt... Read more

  • Accountability

    7/24/2016 9:53:16 PM, by HMATTAX

    Five years ago, the last time I was on SparkPeople, I lost around 40 pounds and kept it off. I kept it off until my husband died and I had no more reason to keep fit because someone physically needed me to be fit. Fast forward to 2015 and I was up to 220ish pounds and in horrible mental health. I wa... Read more

  • Exercise

    7/24/2016 8:19:48 PM, by PARKERROSALIE23

    Exercised today!... Read more

  • 35th Anniversary Trip

    7/24/2016 5:39:40 PM, by JERIBERI1

    This past week my husband and I celebrated 35 years of marriage. It doesn't seem that long. We actually only knew each other 11 days on the day we got married. He was a really good first date!! We decided to go somewhere for the weekend, but couldn't decide at where to go. Our first choice was ... Read more

  • -NEVER Apologize For Who You Are!-

    7/23/2016 9:54:29 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    Today I read a post from someone' who admitted to being 'ashamed' of being seen by anyone if she were 'caught' exercising. She said she could only exercise when 'no one' was watching. I wanted to jump from my page right to where she was and say, "C'mon ..........I will go walk with you in public ... Read more

  • Always something, please say a prayer

    7/22/2016 5:33:45 AM, by PURPLE0906

    It's been a while since I blogged. Been watching Lilly and Grayson, love both of them so much. I have also been trying to get outside and weed the garden since neither I nor John have been attending to it. The bad part is with me, I hurt 2-3 days afterwards. John was working and now he can't really ... Read more

  • Mania Induced Cleaning

    7/21/2016 5:26:29 PM, by HMATTAX

    Hi there! I spent yesterday pretty much full blown manic. I could not sit still. Everything needed to be done NOW. Thinking was too quick, to fast to process. Luckily, I did not channel that energy into shopping or other regrettable activities. No, instead I CLEANED! Yes, I went at the house ... Read more

  • Back to Work after WLS

    7/21/2016 1:08:32 PM, by NDHUNTRESS

    So today is my first day back to work. I am trying to navigate the pitfalls that will be part of my life with regards to my surgery. I tried to plan out what I will eat today but failed to figure out timing of when I will eat. I will need to figure that out better for tomorrow as it seems like I ... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - 14 days post surgery

    7/19/2016 10:36:55 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    So I am approaching the end of my time off of work going back on July 21st. I am so ready to go back. Now I need to go through my clothes and figure out what I can wear. I will need to continue wearing my knit pants for now as I still have a fair amount of abdomen tenderness which makes it dif... Read more

  • Happy Anniversary to Me

    7/18/2016 9:45:31 PM, by HMATTAX

    Today it is seven years since I was married, three since my husband passed away. I'm not going to lie, today was hard. I almost forgot that today was the anniversary till my mother-in-law emailed me with prayers and condolences (and that a good friend had just had a heart attack, but that... Read more

  • My Vacation (Long)

    7/18/2016 9:31:07 PM, by BKWERM

    Tomorrow is my last day of this round of vacation days. It's been an eventful one and in some ways, I wish I'd had more down time but it's not my last vacation from work this year so I'll try to enjoy more downtime during the remaining ones. My first day absent from work was June 30 when I wen... Read more

  • -HURRY! Comb Your Bed Hair!!-

    7/17/2016 10:11:57 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    One trick to fitness Motivation is to NOT look in the mirror first thing in the morning and see THIS! "Why....Should I wear a hairnet to bed? What could happen?" You ask Pictures are suggestive and I will explain. This kind of rumpled image speaks softly ...... "Just let... Read more

  • Here We Go Again

    7/16/2016 11:42:56 PM, by HMATTAX

    I have a lot of weight to lose. This time around I started Nutrisystem to get myself started off on correct portions again. I am officially on the edge of manic. Hypomania for those of you who want the real term. I love and hate this time. I can get so much done, write so much, get all... Read more

  • F.I.G.H.T.

    7/16/2016 11:35:05 AM, by ROCKPORT9

    This past week, I had a difficult time with "bad sugar ". 495 Fortunately, I gained less than 1 pound (0.8). This next week, I'm going to F.I.G.H.T. When I head toward "bad sugar", I will look to alternatives: F- fiber foods with fiber I- insight...why do I want sugary foods (bor... Read more

  • Polar tracker with heart rate monitor here I come! :)

    7/15/2016 10:34:11 AM, by MIAMIRN

    So I finally did my research and after much though and comparison with the Garmin products I decided to go with the Polar A300 tracker with the H7 heart rate monitor that you wear around your chest. I must say I'm beyond excited. It does everything, but cook dinner! Lol. I love, love, love to track ... Read more

  • Thursday 7/14/2016

    7/14/2016 5:43:54 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Been watching Lilly and Grayson at times when Melissa and Pat work night shift. Melissa's works 2 to 10 and now Pat does also. They are closing the Best buy around us so Pat got a job at another Best buy but it is like 20 - 25 mins. away... go figure. It's hard on me because Grayson is around 25 pou... Read more

  • Exercising during a flare

    7/13/2016 11:47:56 PM, by SBECKER526

    I want to keep exercising when I have a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare, but do not want to cause more joint damage. I also changed my exercising routine to adjust to limitations. Sunday - Line dancing for 1 hour Monday - yoga flow and training Tuesday - golf Wednesday - walking, cycling in apt ... Read more

  • Variety is the Spice of Life

    7/13/2016 7:52:27 PM, by BKWERM

    So, I'm one of those people who gets bored with doing the same thing all the time especially exercise (except hiking and swimming, which I love doing anytime 41 ) and because I get bored easily with my exercise, I usually buy myself a new workout to do so consequently, I have over 150 workouts on D... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - 7 days post surgery

    7/12/2016 12:06:13 PM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Well I continue to feel better and move much easier. Today's achievement was that I could bend comfortably enough to pit on my own socks and shoes. I then proceeded to take my first outdoor walk since having surgery. It was a short .6 of a mile but it was a good start. I did not feel like my i... Read more

  • Response: to a blog and to my circumstances

    7/11/2016 10:59:48 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I usually start the week with a menu plan and it must have a wide range of strength and ingredients that it will require to prepare it. A friend pointed me to a popular blog post about meal and grocery planning and it prompted these thoughts. I used to cook 7 dinners a week...using left overs... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - 5 days post surgery

    7/10/2016 5:52:06 PM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Things have been going great so far. I had a minor hiccup with chicken not setting well with Rita my new tummy. Do not want the experience of dumping again. Having genepro with Powerade to get my protein in for the day. I am going to try refried bean and bacon soup for supper. May add a little... Read more

  • Try drinking alcohol while trying to lose weight. Here's the inside story.

    7/9/2016 11:56:38 PM, by MIAMIRN

    I love Spark People Trivia, because it's fun and I learn something every day. Today was the topic of alcohol comsumption. I had no utter idea what alcohol did in the system. I did know it's digested and absorbed differently by the body unlike any other nutrient. What I did not know was how importan... Read more

  • -Our Lifestyle Can Make Us or Break Us!-

    7/9/2016 11:03:46 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    I ask: Who can afford to be sick in terms of high health care costs , let alone endure something we could have prevented. ...Certainly some things may be due to injury, some genetic, and things out of our control. But many illnesses are preventable if we will exercise our common sense, exercise an... Read more

  • Feeling more connected and happy

    7/8/2016 11:07:11 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am having less pain if I limit what I do. The newsletter is almost done. Printing for my organizations is done. My mailing committee needs to accomplish two small mailings. I can only work at the computer for 30 minutes at a time. I am spending less time on Facebook and Sparkpeople. I g... Read more

  • An Update on My Mother-in-Law

    7/8/2016 7:36:04 PM, by BKWERM

    We moved my MIL into her new home on June 15. I ended up taking the day off work so I could be there if I wanted to. DH drew the "short straw" as the sibling to take his mum to her new home but the night before the move, his sister and brother both said they wanted to be there, too so it turned in... Read more

  • Cheesy Yoda Heads!

    7/8/2016 2:01:21 PM, by BETHUMZ

    Why yes, I had Cheesy Yoda Heads for dinner last night and they were yummy! And yes, I like saying Cheesy Yoda Heads. Cheesy Yoda Heads! LOL The entire bag has 240 calories. I added some more steamed broccoli to make it a bit more filling and a chicken breast. It was quite good. So, her... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - 3 days post surgery

    7/8/2016 12:14:20 PM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Well yesterday I came home and I have slept a lot. Not really hungry but have managed to eat a little. Having a protein shake this morning to get ahead a little with protein. I am going to pick up some light lemonade today as I am having trouble drinking water. Perhaps I will get some fresh fr... Read more

  • No more days like yesterday

    7/7/2016 11:58:50 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Nope, no more days like yesterday and last night. The old Cindy needs to come back. I need to do this for me and also my daughter, grandchildren and John. So I got myself on the treadmill and did 25 mins. at a slow pace to start. Afterwards, I made a blueberry, green grape, raw honey and ginge... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - 2 days post op

    7/7/2016 8:32:08 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Well purée food went well. Was not able to shower yesterday but should be able to today. Already got yo and took some laps. Really want to get off the IV so I can walk faster. Seems like nonstop food or shakes coming to my room. I am so n minimal pain but as I continue to move and heal that will les... Read more

  • Not a good day

    7/6/2016 11:45:10 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Called the Doctor's office again this morning. Was told he will try to get the papers out tomorrow. I let them know the LTD claim was closed since the Doctor did not send any information to them. I also let them know how much worse my anxiety and depression is now. So glad only the animals are her... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - 1 day post op

    7/6/2016 4:17:26 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Feeling great. Pain has been fairly minimal. Walking helped a lot. I look so reward to liquids this morning. My care team has been wonderful. I am hoping I will be able to take a shower later today to help with the itchy of dry skin from the pre op body wash. Found out that the issue I w... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - surgery

    7/5/2016 3:05:10 PM, by NDHUNTRESS

    So today was surgery. I am told everything went as expected. I am sore but have already been up for a walk. Really want a drink but not allowed until tomorrow.... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - less than 1 day to go

    7/4/2016 9:51:01 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    So yesterday I prepped up 3 different foods. Ricotta bake, cauliflower pepperoni purée, and chicken tenders. These are all set up in the fridge in small portions. Today I need to finish packing my bag it is nearly done just a few last minute things to grab. Yesterday one of my best friends tol... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - less than 2 days to go

    7/3/2016 10:32:04 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Well the time is drawing near. I am less than 2 days away from surgery. I am nearly ready. Getting my bag packed today and cooking up some meals for when I get home. Purée foods will be on the menu and I have stocked up on them. Have Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and soups on hand for ready to eat fo... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - Liquid Diet Day 9

    6/29/2016 9:16:13 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Well another day closer and I passed my goal to be under 325 before surgery. Not sure that I will update my goal now until after surgery. For sure my next goal will be 300 which from my highest will be -90 pounds. After that of course 290 will be huge as that will be 100 pounds off from high. Re... Read more

  • Need to Simplify My Life Further

    6/29/2016 1:43:33 AM, by SBECKER526

    Dear Sparkpeople Friends, I am needing to spend more time at home with the cat and husband. I must cut back my technology time. It appears that I need more rest. I have been cutting back. I am doing fine. I feel blessed and face the future with gratitude. Bob has some tests ahead. I h... Read more

  • WLS - My Journey - Liquid Diet Day 8

    6/28/2016 9:15:58 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Okay it is getting more difficult to drink the protein shakes. So I pulled out the Ninja Blender last night and blended one up. Was a lot easier to drink. Absolutely no powder pockets so that helped a lot. So I blended my shake this morning and packed the Ninja to bring to work. Need to mak... Read more

  • 6/28/2016 Tuesday

    6/28/2016 4:17:55 AM, by PURPLE0906

    This past weekend was pretty low keyed. Melissa was off Saturday, Sunday and Monday. John and I did go to the Farmers Market (flea market) Saturday morning. We walked around, went inside and ate at our favorite place, walked outside more. I did pick up a couple of things for Ebay but not much. Sunda... Read more