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  • disappointing people

    10/7/2015 12:01:47 PM, by HAWTHER

    So, closing in on 75 lbs down people are noticing and starting to ask how I've done it. The look of disappointment on people's faces when I tell them "eating less and exercising" is really telling. You just know they wanted to hear it was some medication, surgery, or special diet. What I'm not su... Read more

  • Feeling Better

    10/7/2015 11:22:00 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Well I am feeling better and not as hungry this week as last week. Found out it could take up to 60 days to get a response from the insurance company regarding weight loss surgery. Trying to be very patient. Not sure that I can continue on this low of calorie meal plan for that long. But I w... Read more

  • Health Benefits of Sauerkraut

    10/6/2015 6:58:35 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Health Benefits of Sauerkraut Some of the health benefits of sauerkraut include its ability to increase your digestive health, boost your circulation, protect your heart health, provide you with quick energy, stimulate your immune system, strengthen your bones, reduce your overall cholesterol l... Read more

  • Busy Weekend

    10/5/2015 9:39:43 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    So I had a busy weekend and not entirely on plan either. I tried to do the best I could which in the end I don't think was too bad. Hubby planned a weekend away for us. This made it interesting for meals but being the loving husband he is he packed a cooler with my protein shakes & bottles of wat... Read more

  • Back to Smoothies

    10/5/2015 8:07:45 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Melissa stopped by Friday afternoon with Grayson and Lilly. Lilly stayed with us until Sunday afternoon. She just loves being here and I love her staying here. Hate when she leaves, she gets so upset and keeps saying I will miss you Mom Mom, I don't want to go. I just keep telling her she will be ba... Read more

  • The Divide

    10/5/2015 1:13:19 AM, by _LINDA

    We had a very interesting Black Cab tour of Belfast. They claim the Troubles are over, but they really are not. There is a huge wall surrounding the Catholic enclave. At night they close three gates and have a check point in the open area. On weekends, it is closed all the time. We toured each... Read more

  • Returning to exercise classes

    10/4/2015 5:48:06 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am getting back into attending exercise classes - now at the Highlands. I enjoyed a yoga class, two aquatic exercise classes, water walking/swimming, walking a trail, qigong, zumba and more. I did all of these in 6 days. I did not have to drive. I cross one road and get to my favorite trai... Read more

  • Good Time In Galway!

    10/3/2015 1:26:53 AM, by _LINDA

    Our big attraction here was the Cliffs of Mohar. The morning started out with a heavy fog. We had to traverse the most narrow, winding road in all of Ireland. It was incredible how close we came to other vehicles. One bus even had to back up so we could get by. It was looking grim for the Cl... Read more

  • Went over on my calories today...

    10/2/2015 9:49:03 PM, by M_DOBREV

    I went over on my calories today, but not by too much. I still feel okay, sometimes you have to allow for a little wiggle room. I just need to keep plugging away. :) ... Read more

  • Thankful the week is nearly over

    10/2/2015 9:12:43 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Well this has been a crazy week getting use to the new plan that the Dr has me on. I have not been 100% faithful I will admit that straight up. But my deviation from the plan has been fairly minor and not junk food. I had a couple of hard boiled eggs one morning when I was starving (lol not like ... Read more

  • Friday 10/2/15

    10/2/2015 9:06:34 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Went to PT yesterday morning, then went and picked up the cd from my neck MRI. Went to my Doctor's appointment which was at 2pm. Waited an hr and a half to see him. After making many calls the Doctor's office finally got the results. We went over them and let him know how I have been feeling. Goi... Read more

  • Day #10

    10/1/2015 5:50:10 PM, by M_DOBREV

    I like the sound of that. It has been a long time since I have had a 10 day streak. 10 days of mindful eating. 10 days of treating my body better. Today was still rough. Things are so stressful right now I feel like a raw open wound. But everyday I get up, I do as much as I can. Thi... Read more

  • The plus side of a Sadistic Dr.

    10/1/2015 9:48:17 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    So I mentioned the plan my Dr is having me on to drop 18 pounds prior to surgery. Have I mentioned he is sadistic :) Well I am still wanting to have bacon & fruit I am seeing progress already. I weighed in on Wednesday and was already down 3 pounds after only 2 days on this restrictive plan. I w... Read more

  • October Goals

    10/1/2015 1:06:28 AM, by BLUBBERBLASTER5

    It's October already?! This year has gone by so fast! I lost 5.9lbs in September, not what I was hoping but it's still a loss. I'm excited about October and I know this month will be better. My goals for October are... *lose 10lbs this month *track all food and drinks everyday *measur... Read more

  • Sad today.

    9/30/2015 8:14:56 PM, by M_DOBREV

    Woke up sad. Just really sad. My head keeps repeating all the negative thoughts on an endless loop and everything seems so hopeless. At least I stayed on track, sort of. I didn't eat enough calories today. At least I didn't binge.... Read more

  • Weighty decision

    9/30/2015 1:56:18 PM, by NDHUNTRESS

    So I have battled my weight problem since my early teens. At 43 I hit an all time high of nearly 400 pounds. My knees, ankles and feet hurt so much that I have mobility issues and my abdomen is sore all the time. Most likely cause is a abdominal hernia caused partly by previous surgeries and not ... Read more

  • Wednesday 9-30

    9/30/2015 7:47:11 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Have PT this morning at 9 am, then Family Doctor at 2 pm. Have not really been doing much, just do not have the energy and kind of feel like a zombie. A couple hrs after I take the medication, I just want to lay down. I tried taking both in the morning, but that was no help. So I am taking one in th... Read more

  • One week down.

    9/29/2015 6:31:21 PM, by M_DOBREV

    Feeling good. Feeling better. For 2 days in a row I met my nutritional goals. I lost 4 pounds this week, but don't be alarmed that always happens to me right when I jump on the wagon. Things will even out in the next couple of weeks. I no longer drink soda and I only have 1 cup of co... Read more

  • Life Will Go On...

    9/29/2015 11:21:21 AM, by BLUBBERBLASTER5

    I gained 0.7lbs this week and I have no idea why... maybe my scale broke 334 . I thought I did great last week, I tracked and measured everything everyday. I drank all my water and added in some exercises. I did stay in my mid- high range, maybe this week I'll try to stay in my lower range. Ugh, I f... Read more

  • Loving my new life

    9/28/2015 9:06:12 PM, by SBECKER526

    I moved into the Highlands at Wyomissing 3 weeks ago. I prepared for the move for 9 weeks ahead of that. I visualized my new life and felt ready to make the move. Caring for the house interfered with the care of my husband and my own needs. It was time to move. I feel I need to pinch myself... Read more

  • Tomorrow is one week.

    9/28/2015 7:33:58 PM, by M_DOBREV

    One week back on the wagon. One week back on track. One week counting calories. One week staying within my allotted calories. One whole week better than nothing. I feel good. I feel better. I feel motivated, because at least I am doing something. I am being conscious and making better... Read more

  • Day #6

    9/27/2015 8:15:13 PM, by M_DOBREV

    I took my first crack at making a homemade chicken pot pie tonight, and it really turned out nice. It seems that is my milieu. I have a knack for warm, hearty, savory comfort food. I need to teach myself to make light, healthy fare. Short blog today, but I am pleased because at least ... Read more

  • Saturday 9/26

    9/27/2015 6:51:33 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Poor Lilly is still not feeling well. I decided not to take her to the Art on the Green. John had called and said it was cold and windy so Lilly and I just stayed home. We watched tv, played with sand, play dough, read books and cuddled. I have been sneezing and have a sore throat so hope it don't g... Read more

  • Day #5

    9/26/2015 5:46:37 PM, by M_DOBREV

    I didn't really feel like blogging today, but I promised myself I would. I am frustrated. I am sad. I am stressed out. I am on Day #5. At least I can say that for 5 days I have stayed within my allotted calories. I am sleeping better. I am going to go find a recipe to make for d... Read more

  • Day #4

    9/25/2015 8:52:19 PM, by M_DOBREV

    Tonight I went out to eat with my husband and kids. I was able to have a satisfying meal and treat myself for dessert while still saying within my allotted calories. That is a huge win for me and it felt really good. I also feel like I had more energy today. I think coming back to sparkpeople ... Read more

  • More Updates

    9/25/2015 11:48:42 AM, by _LINDA

    We took our time going around the Tower of London, there was a lot to see in the fort including the real crown jewels of which no photos were allowed. After that we decided to walk the parks as it was such a lovely day and who wants to be inside. So we walked from St. James Park and Green Park to ... Read more

  • September 24

    9/25/2015 6:28:24 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Went to PT at 9 am which went well. I am starting to get the routine of the exercises I have to do. I was also shown how to use one of the machines the correct way so I don't get the neck pain. I also have to watch and make sure the weights are not too much. On one I have to do 30 reps (both arms pu... Read more

  • The waiting game

    9/25/2015 2:58:47 AM, by MUSIC66

    Well my LTKR is twelve months and one week out now one waiting list since March 16 2015 knee has got worse my arthritis dr try to get them to do my right knee this year have been approved for wheelie walker have had a steriod shot in right knee been seeing ots and a pt and a pedierest she was not m... Read more

  • So, it's been a really long time.

    9/24/2015 7:56:55 PM, by M_DOBREV

    The past is the past. All I can do in focus on the now. Right now I am on day 3. Better than day 0. Better than not trying at all. Positives... 1. I stopped drinking Diet Coke, really all sodas, almost two months ago. 2. I am down to one cup of coffee a day. Still need to work o... Read more

  • My Trip Update

    9/23/2015 8:02:55 PM, by _LINDA

    I never slept on my overnight flight to The UK. It didn't seem to affect me too much. I was ready to start seeing things right away. I was grateful for my fitness level hauling around two heavy bags through two airports up and down stairs to no ill effects for a long distance. I had to carry th... Read more

  • About Me Survey

    9/23/2015 6:28:04 PM, by BLUBBERBLASTER5

    What's your name? Jennifer How tall are you? 5'6 Do you wear glasses/contacts? Glasses What color is your hair? Brown What color are your eyes? Blue Your best physical feature: None right now Your best personality trait: Friendly Last movie you watched: Divergent Do yo... Read more

  • Update on EMG and Many, Many Thanks to everyone for the best wishes

    9/22/2015 5:38:35 PM, by PURPLE0906

    I was full of anxiety about the EMG. I had checked on the internet and really got myself all worked up. Well the appointment was at 2:30 today. I was not even there 5 mins and they took me in. The Doctor was really really nice and explained everything that he was going to do and what I would be feel... Read more

  • Down 6.6lbs So Far!!

    9/22/2015 11:03:16 AM, by BLUBBERBLASTER5

    That's right! This girl is down 6.6lbs!! I keep track of what I lose each week on my sparkpage, the first week I actually gained 2.6lbs. I admit, I didn't even try that week, so I actually started Sept 8th with a few days missed of tracking my food. This past week I tracked everyday! I feel like I'm... Read more

  • so scared and worried

    9/21/2015 7:22:18 PM, by PURPLE0906

    Tomorrow i have the EMG, it scares me. I read about it and hope and pray its not as painful as it sounds... Read more

  • Off to a good start.

    9/21/2015 12:09:39 PM, by 2DANUME

    So, this morning hasn't been quite easy on my stress level. But I have laundry to do and some new books I would like to start. :-) Kids don't have school today because of an trip to the Zoo. So I have plenty of time to relax and work on improving the better me. I have to learn to plan things out, in... Read more

  • Motivation and Determination

    9/21/2015 1:06:28 AM, by ESHARA43

    I have been sitting here thinking of what I want to do before my 48th birthday and I have decided that I want a healthier life style before then. I plan to set small goals at first to see how it goes and the take it up to the next level. I have to be better at it this time, I want to have mor... Read more

  • One step at a time.

    9/20/2015 9:12:03 PM, by 2DANUME

    So day two and I woke up tired and sore. I know this isn't going to be easy but I want to start off strong and stay that way. Today I've had no sodas and no sweets. I did however had a cappuccino and chips because I forgot to bring a snack to work. I think I need to do some better planning. Above a... Read more

  • Sunday Sept 20,2015

    9/20/2015 7:24:13 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Home from the balloon fest. Walked everyday. ... Read more

  • at home

    9/19/2015 11:39:14 PM, by SBECKER526

    I love our new home. I also am happy with less stuff. I am resorting items and finding more order in my life. I really like having a stackable washer-dryer in my walkin closet. I am in heaven. Snaggles adjusted well. He is playful and loves the deep window sills in our rooms.... Read more

  • To the new me!!!

    9/19/2015 2:06:51 PM, by 2DANUME

    9/19/2015 Starting today I am getting prepared and getting ready to transform myself from this person I am now to the person I want and know I can be. I have a lot of obstacles in my way and know that it is going to be hard, but I am ready. I have made commitments like this in the past before a... Read more

  • 30 Day Squat Challenge

    9/19/2015 10:58:04 AM, by --MAY--

    Have never finished this!! So I am gonna finish it this time!! If anyone wants to join me feel free!! And Good Luck, cuz if I do not I will still be fat in one month!! ... Read more

  • Health Update

    9/18/2015 7:16:41 PM, by BKWERM

    I thought you might like to have a little update about how I’m doing. I don’t feel like I’m doing well at all. I still have the cough, although it’s not as bad as it initially was. My family doctor is following up on the respirologist referral and I should find out next week when I’... Read more

  • Eating

    9/18/2015 1:59:05 PM, by HAWTHER

    I'm not on a diet. I'm eating an appropriate number of calories per day to achieve weight loss and eventually maintenance. This mindset helps me a lot. Being on a diet is about rules and restriction. Give me rules and restrictions and suddenly I'm a 13 year old again, rebelling. Not on my diet? I'... Read more

  • Should have known

    9/18/2015 5:01:47 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Wednesday I had my second PT. The place was extremely crowded. It started out fine, then they had me on 3 different machines. The 1st one was not too bad, it was like a cycle and all I did was move my arms backwards for a period of time. After that was done I did other arm, neck exercises. But then ... Read more

  • And another pound goes down!

    9/17/2015 11:25:34 AM, by JANNY316

    Ok, so not much to someone else, but a great deal to me: one more pound lost this past week. And it is hard earned for me with my RA. I struggle every day to convince myself that I have enough energy to just get through the day let alone exercise. But I have to!!! It is so very important. Now i... Read more

  • My New Shoes

    9/17/2015 1:30:05 AM, by _LINDA

    I had never heard of these shoes before until I saw them on sale. I couldn't imagine paying $180 dollars for a pair of shoes. Then I tried them on and $90 was looking like a real bargain. Called Hoka One, I forget what type these are: I thought about how nice it would be to take these... Read more

  • Tuesday 9-15

    9/16/2015 9:27:51 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Since I could not sleep, I was able to take some pictures and list things on Ebay. I did try to lay down but Ivory kept barking and before we knew it Melissa, Lilly and Grayson stopped in. Melissa did bring her laundry and we got that all done. I love having them here, both are growing up so fast.... Read more

  • Sunday and Monday update

    9/15/2015 4:37:17 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Sunday was a pretty full day. John's sister (Nancy) and brother in law (Mike) came over to help around the house and garage. John and Mike worked on the garage and Nancy and I worked inside. It was a cool day so we had the windows open to air the house out. We picked up around the house, swept the f... Read more

  • Nice Time At Mom's

    9/15/2015 12:33:34 AM, by _LINDA

    I had a relaxing time at Mom's enjoying her company and Daisy. Mom isn't feeling well, been that way for a while. She finally saw a Dr. and was put on a strong antiviral medicine which is giving her side effects of upset stomach and headache. Her Dr. thought her shingles might be acting up. She... Read more

  • Moving accomplished

    9/13/2015 11:46:23 PM, by SBECKER526

    We moved to our apartment a few days ago. We no longer have boxes in each room. The movers and resettlers did a great job. I have a few things to finish. I have a group cleaning out my house this coming week. I prayed much during the week. When the movers arrived, we had a praying mantis ... Read more

  • Saturday 9-12-2015

    9/13/2015 6:59:55 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Had a very good day yesterday. My friend Pat asked if I would go to the Farmers Market early and meet her there. I got there around 7:30, walked around and finally found her. We walked around the flea market checking out things people were selling. One of her vendor friends finally arrived and had a... Read more

  • Non Scale Victory

    9/12/2015 10:03:56 PM, by DONNA_W

    The plateau is starting to yield but I also have been increasing the exercise. I do consider this a lifestyle so I never deprive myself of anything but I do plan to have it fit into my daily food goals. I did have a non scale victory recently. I went shopping for jeans and I tried on two sizes... Read more

  • Yesterday

    9/12/2015 5:25:57 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Was able to find the place for the MRI with no problem. They were running about 30 mins. behind so I had to wait a little while before they took me in. It was an open MRI (open at both ends), they gave me ear plugs and padded around my head. I had to lay still for 20 mins, flat on my back with my kn... Read more

  • Follow up from Most Popular Blog

    9/11/2015 3:39:02 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I just re-read the blogpost that was voted most motivational blog post for 1/29/15. As usual I can talk a good talk and write a good post....but can i really make right choices consistently? I just spent a month in the hospital for respiratory issues and was on a TON of IV steroids.....needles... Read more

  • MRI on neck

    9/11/2015 7:52:29 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Well, this morning is the day for the MRI on my neck, hope it goes well. It is an open MRI so hope I don't freak out too bad. Later today I want to make my own Pomegranate juice, it's so expensive at the stores. Also going to try and get John to get back to cleaning out the garage. I am planning ... Read more

  • Pain

    9/11/2015 12:49:09 AM, by _LINDA

    Another bad night of many. Just in too much pain to find a way to get comfortable. I am so dead tired I fall asleep as soon as I hit the pillow. But I quickly wake up again and so goes the cycle. In some ways I think the new medication has helped. My left shoulder isn't so painful and my l... Read more

  • Update

    9/10/2015 6:49:38 PM, by PURPLE0906

    This past Tuesday, John decided to take a ride to Cowtown in New Jersey. We took our neighbor Marie and walked around, then stopped at the Jersey produce stand. I did get some pomegranates, 4 large plums and Jersey tomato's. When we got home Melissa was there with Lilly and Grayson. Marie and I spl... Read more

  • Today

    9/8/2015 4:57:20 PM, by BKWERM

    I feel tired, unsettled and anxious today. I don't know why as I'm just hanging out alone, reading on the deck, which usually calms me. Maybe, it's the humidity, although it's quite pleasant today with a nice breeze. Maybe, it's that the air conditioner on my truck broke on Sunday but it's ge... Read more

  • Pushing through

    9/8/2015 6:06:20 AM, by PURPLE0906

    First, let me say I do not like the medication the Doctor put me on. One makes me feel like a zombie and the one's I take at night keep me up all night. I will need to talk to the Doctor about them. Anyway, yesterday I decided to try and get some things done. John and I went into the garden and pi... Read more