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  • Hike Photos & Wait

    9/22/2017 1:02:29 PM, by _LINDA

    Waiting for the caretaker and repairman to come fix my fridge. Water appeared again in my hallway. This time the caretaker pulled the fridge out and found water back there too. Incredible that much water coming from a frost free fridge!! Good news is no smoke since the Wednesday I came home, but... Read more

  • Sugar Blues Day 10

    9/21/2017 8:26:58 AM, by JENSHAINES

    I overate yesterday - veered from my plan that I created, because I couldn't handle the ham in the pea soup. However - only went over by 40 calories, and when I tracked, I was on the generous side in what I thought I ate. I may have eaten less. I wanted a night time snack, and decided not... Read more

  • Commuter Biking Day 1

    9/20/2017 3:57:39 PM, by SHINING_ON

    I currently weigh over 300 lbs and I'm very out of shape. But for 2 years, I've wanted to start using non-automobile transit to get to and from work/school. This summer, I finally embarked on the walk+bus combo after learning that walking 2.2 miles a day one way wasn't something I could do easily or... Read more

  • Wonder Woman!

    9/20/2017 9:28:55 AM, by BETHUMZ

    My Wonder Woman Blu-Ray came with a toy surprise! I feel all empowered! My boss probably won't let me wear it to work though... LOL ... Read more

  • Sugar Blues Day 9

    9/20/2017 7:52:19 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Continuing on with the Challenge - in my way. Today - planning my food and it's an issue because I have an all-school staff meeting from 4:30 - 6:00 - this is our once-a-month late day. Breakfast: My pumpkin apple pancakes with nonfat greek yogurt, plums and pecans Lunch: Ham and jarls l... Read more

  • Sugar Blues Day 8

    9/19/2017 3:36:52 PM, by JENSHAINES

    Moving forward. This is getting to be a routine. I'm feeling my body craving healthy foods. I'm less hungry. I'm supposed to start my sugar fast today, but I read the challenge too late - I've had about 3 grams of added sugar today. I'm going to decide by tomorrow whether or not to cu... Read more

  • News I Could Use From My Answering Machine.

    9/18/2017 11:18:34 PM, by _LINDA

    I was at Mom's during our bridge club's major regional bridge tournament that was being held as I had no partners for it and wasn't really interested in playing in it (its expensive). But I missed two calls, one from a regular partner who wanted to play and one from the partnership desk who wanted ... Read more

  • Sugar Blues Day 7

    9/17/2017 9:59:09 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Well... I missed Day 6... and I MISSED Day 6. HAVE to journal. HAVE to journal. HAVE to journal. I did really well on Day 5. I was sweating out the toxins, as I do when I get rid of sugar. I did really well on Day 6 up through dinner. Then we watched a really bad, disturbing movie. An... Read more

  • Daily Challenges I'm Doing

    9/15/2017 8:44:15 PM, by BKWERM

    I just wanted to post my daily challenges somewhere that I can refer to as necessary especially when they're a new thing for me and not routine yet. Squat Push Pull Hinge Other (SPPHO) S 1st wk 5 squats per day P 1st wk 5 bench pushups per day P 1st wk 5 towel pullups on door kno... Read more

  • Sugar Blues Day 5

    9/15/2017 6:35:52 PM, by JENSHAINES

    Okay... got through Day 4 just fine, but it was a very busy day and I had a big, late dinner. OTOH, I'm already feeling the grip of sugar disappearing... in bits and pieces. It's really interesting that I'm actually able to feel when I'm hungry and when I'm not these days...... Read more

  • Sugar Blues Day 4

    9/14/2017 1:59:48 PM, by JENSHAINES

    Okay... yesterday was mixed. I didn't entirely stick with my planned snack last night - had more than I'd planned and went (a little) over my budgeted calories for the day, BUT... didn't eat junk and found that a wedge of laughing cow light really silenced the cravings. So, definitely going to... Read more

  • Sugar Blues Day 3

    9/13/2017 8:20:42 PM, by JENSHAINES

    Again, I'm grateful for the comments, suggestions, commiseration. Got through yesterday just fine. Actually had one of my apple-blueberry power muffins instead of the toast. They are less than .5 tsp maple syrup per muffin as the sweetener and they're whole grain, high protein, and chock ... Read more

  • It's been a while

    9/13/2017 5:27:23 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Warning, this blog will be long and I will probably vent also. It's been a while since I posted anything. Seems since I have been on disability I am either sick or so busy. I have had Lilly here most of the summer and have her here most of the time now. Pat moved out and Melissa has been de... Read more

  • Sugar Blues Day 2

    9/12/2017 6:14:49 PM, by JENSHAINES

    Thanks for the support for those who commented. I really appreciate your comments and support! So, after my great intentions, I did NOT have a great day. Today, however, I did. I subbed meditation and some brief exercise for cravings and have had a healthy eating day. After dinner i... Read more

  • 10.5 Mile Day

    9/12/2017 9:51:55 AM, by _LINDA

    I did a morning workout, not knowing what the day would bring. The morning was lovely and cool. Then I saw the forecast. Starting Wednesday, the temperature was going to dramatically drop and there would be rain the next four days. I thought I would get a hike & walk in one of my favorite river ... Read more

  • BLC 35 – CAMO Crew & L'académie de magie de Beauxbâtons Goals

    9/11/2017 5:38:46 PM, by 4CYNDI

    I have so many different things I want to accomplish, some weight related and some not. It is hard to narrow my focus to just a few. If I try to do everything at once nothing will get done. This round I am only going to focus on 3 things. 1. Track my food most days (5 or more). 2. Exercis... Read more

  • Ugh Stalls ... Don't Give up!

    9/11/2017 1:40:08 PM, by KARAOKECARRIE

    So I have been in a stall for the last 2 months. Bouncing around in the same range 180-184. I was trying not to get discouraged. But was fearful that my weight loss journey had come to an end. About a week ago I decided to make sure I went back to the basics and started getting my meals se... Read more

  • Sugar Blues

    9/11/2017 7:32:13 AM, by JENSHAINES

    The cycle: Eat sugar=being hungry all the time, especially at night=gain weight Cut out sugar=leptin and ghrelin seem to regulate=lose weight I. know. this. However, I can't seem to get rid of the sugar. The sugar is very tied to my current emotional stresses, which include some... Read more

  • BLC 35 goals

    9/10/2017 3:32:07 PM, by SUZQ45

    My goals for BLC 35 are to Log my food so I can stay in my calorie range. It's easier for me to eat right when I track my calories closely. Workout at least 180 minutes a week. I have a streak of 85 weeks and don't want to break it. Strength training at least once a week. I hate s... Read more

  • Can Too Much Water actually KILL You?

    9/10/2017 6:36:36 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I spent last weekend in the hospital with hyponatremia (low blood sodium) and low potassium and magnesium. They padded my bed rails with blankets and put me on a heart numbers were so low that seizures and cardiac arrest were real dangers. They got the potassium and magnesium levels i... Read more

  • Hurricane Harvey

    9/9/2017 11:24:57 AM, by ROCKPORT9

    I live in Rockport, Texas. My husband never evacuates. I always evacuate. This time I stayed with my dear husband and sweet terrier. Category 5- Good grief! August 25th - 26th was 24 hours of worry (our condo creaked once during front of storm), beauty as the eye came over us, fear as the back side ... Read more

  • Free Trip To The Football Game! Also Garden and Hike Photos.

    9/8/2017 10:22:47 AM, by _LINDA

    I had been to a live Canadian Football League game once before -but it was in their old stadium in pouring rain! In fact, lower areas were flooded trying to get in! But on this day, it was sunny, but with a brisk wind. The trip was sponsored by a beer company and a radio station. We had to... Read more

  • New Normal

    9/2/2017 7:51:56 PM, by SBECKER526

    Bob passed away on August 9, 2017. I was his acute caregiver for 5 years. We had almost 45 years of marriage. Yet, I am at peace. His body had weakened. His mind was sharp. We did what we could to keep him going. I am now defining the new me. I have a few plans. Time will heal. I am ... Read more

  • How Would You Prefer to Contact a Friend?

    9/1/2017 9:07:38 PM, by _LINDA

    A poll by a national polling center I belonged had these results: Call: 31% Text: 47% Send e-mail: 10% Use social media: 8% Meet Them In Person: 5% I prefer to meet them face to face. The world we live in has turned electronic. I guess I prefer to be a dinosaur. ... Read more

  • It Might Have Worked

    9/1/2017 12:26:15 PM, by BKWERM

    So, I've been doing the RushFit exercise program for a month now and as you might expect, I've had to make some modifications because of my wonky knees and the arthritis in them as well as the rest of my joints but today, I proved to myself that I definitely have balance problems as it was during th... Read more

  • Getting results and motivated.

    8/30/2017 10:36:54 AM, by BECWAL

    My 60th birthday is on my heals (April) . I'm having trouble dealing with this one. I've made a promise that I am going to be the best I've ever been on my birthday. A week ago I started back doing what I did to lose 100 pounds. It's working. I went back to eating 1400-1600 calories of healthy ... Read more

  • The Breathing Hole

    8/27/2017 7:05:07 PM, by BKWERM

    My husband and I just saw this play at the Stratford (Ontario) Festival and it was really good. Here's a description of the play plus a photo of the main characters: In 1534, an Inuit widow, Huumittuq, has a strange dream. The next day, she discovers an orphaned polar bear cub and – somewhat t... Read more


    8/26/2017 1:38:48 AM, by _LINDA

    I can't believe I actually won something! I went way out of my comfort zone to go watch TV in a bar (because I don't have one) to see my Canadian Football League Saskatchewan Roughriders play. The team is in a rebuilding phase and hasn't won an away game since 2014! But lately, they have been sho... Read more

  • New beginning

    8/24/2017 4:18:33 PM, by FABGRAMMA

    Well it has been a long time, Starting fresh with making myself use Sparks support site. I need to get back on track and make me a priority. My health has gone by the way side...suffered from a bit of depression for a while but now back in focus. Have found a daily partner to connect with to h... Read more