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  • Winner -Not!!

    11/26/2015 6:43:23 PM, by _LINDA

    I have been scratching to win an Air Miles contest online for a month now without any luck, so when I logged in to play the daily contest this morning, I saw: It showed me winning five air miles! But, since there was no way I could 'scratch' it, evidently it could not register my win! B... Read more

  • Gratitude

    11/26/2015 4:57:10 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    It's here!! Have a very happy - and grateful - Thanksgiving Day! This year we are doing things a little differently in my family. Today I will be cooking some side dishes--but our real holiday meal will be held tomorrow (Black Friday) when our daughter will be here to celebrate with us. I bou... Read more

  • Different Holidays

    11/25/2015 11:35:34 PM, by SBECKER526

    We are beginning our holiday season with dinner in the restaurant we enjoy. The meal will be at 12:30 pm. 428 We consider that we are celebrating with our new family. I made reservations for Christmas Day. 460 I have new Jewish friends so we will enjoy a Jewish meal on December 10 for Han... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    11/25/2015 6:46:45 PM, by _LINDA

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I am thankful for this website (Thank you Chris !!) and all the wonderful people who have crossed my path and hung around :-) One thing we all strive for is to be happy. Despite the odds against me, I am happy and content with my life. Ther... Read more

  • Work Thanksgiving Buffet Lunch Today...

    11/24/2015 8:39:05 AM, by BETHUMZ

    What that means is everyone cooks something ridiculously fattening, brings it in and we put out a HUGE spread. I made a big salad with lots of colorful veggies that is healthy, has creamy looking dressing on it (fat-free Greek yogurt) but is really low-calorie. Other than my salad, some turkey ... Read more

  • Returning to Work, etc.

    11/23/2015 3:11:00 PM, by BKWERM

    I had a Return to Work meeting on Thursday with my boss, HR and my union rep. It was held at my office and I was feeling pretty anxious about it. HR says they always try to schedule Return to Work meetings in the same location the employee works to give them some time to check out their workstatio... Read more

  • Back To Smoking...

    11/22/2015 10:09:38 PM, by _LINDA

    ...Or might as well take it up!! After a month of glorious fresh air, being able to leave my bedroom door open, and hanging coats in the entrance area, I came home to that old familiar smell 28 After a month in the hospital, my neighbor came home, spewing her filth into my air. I was hoping sh... Read more

  • Quick Weight Loss clinic continued....

    11/22/2015 6:09:40 PM, by MIAMIRN

    Hi guys! 9 Yes, Quick Weight Loss Center program is working! I have lost 4 lbs in three weeks. It's not much, but it's better than zero pounds in six months! Here's the scoop on the clinic. Initially, they told me I would be eating grocery foods. That's true, but what they did not tell m... Read more

  • 11/21/2015

    11/21/2015 8:08:26 PM, by PURPLE0906

    Had Lilly the past couple of days. One night we had Grayson and Lilly. Been a while since I took care of an infant. He did well but wanted to be held a lot which was a lot on my neck and back. It was hard holding him (15 pounds) standing up but that of course is what he wanted. He is such a good b... Read more

  • Torn To Pieces

    11/20/2015 10:38:46 PM, by _LINDA
    v=e8A9J94UWI8 As I sit here nursing yet another failing body part back to health, I get yet another look into the darkness that awaits me in my future. My surgeon confirmed what my physiotherapist said. I should not lift anything remotely heavy with m... Read more

  • The Emotional Warehousing of Fat

    11/20/2015 3:24:16 PM, by BETHUMZ

    Wow, this is a fascinating article for me because I was/am/fight with emotional eating. http://www.elephantjournal.c
    arehousing-of-fat/ The author's teacher said, "Unresolved or undigested emotions store in our cell tissues as pain, fat, dullness or disconn... Read more

  • Patience is a virtue

    11/19/2015 1:10:37 PM, by NDHUNTRESS

    Or so I keep telling myself. I have been working on tabling my frustration over insurance as I know there is no other way around this. I am working on preparing my family for this major change in my life. I am also working on learning to chew really really well. I had a minor set back in t... Read more

  • Knew This Would Happen

    11/17/2015 9:57:49 PM, by VEG954

    I have been struggling for so long with pain and loss of balance. Frustration got to me. Have been falling and/or losing my balance frequently. Haven't been able to do much physically and am deconditioned. Depression kicked in with a vengeance and I had a big meltdown. Feeling scared, d... Read more

  • It Can Be Done

    11/16/2015 10:58:43 PM, by _LINDA

    I recorded my lowest step count last week after my surgery. But my weight remained the same. No excuses. Less fitness = less calories = weight maintenance. I am still dealing with the plugged ears, sinuses and blocked Eustachian Tubes which sometimes make me dizzy and over heated. I am on st... Read more

  • Monday 11-16-2015

    11/16/2015 7:23:12 PM, by PURPLE0906

    Sorry I have not blogged in a while. For the past couple of weeks I have been fighting bronchitis and still have the cough. Lilly had it but is on antibiotics, then Grayson, Pat and Melissa got it. Melissa did take Grayson to A.I. Hospital for Children. He was there for 2 days and they kept watch ov... Read more

  • 6th Year Maintaining

    11/14/2015 5:58:28 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 amazing ... Read more

  • Update on My Health & Job

    11/13/2015 3:56:46 PM, by BKWERM

    So, the good news is that the cough hardly bothers me at all these days, usually just a little bit in the morning especially when I'm exercising. The bad news is that my left ear for the most part and sometimes my right ear are clogged. I did go to the doctor about it over a week ago and doesn't i... Read more

  • Less is More!

    11/12/2015 3:15:13 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have less space and things. I now can find what I need. I am learning to toss out stuff if I want to replace something. Gifts are really special events or services when I can do so! I will do some gift cards to places my friends like. I am shopping at the gift shop at the Highlands, Its a... Read more

  • Sugar! Sugar! Sugar!

    11/12/2015 3:07:58 PM, by MIJAMAGS

    Super tough day today....I can not seem to control my sugar intake!! It also did not help that my coworkers have leftover sweets from a birthday party that was held yesterday. I guess I am worried about my son's exam today. He has studied so hard for this difficult exam. I know that is not an ex... Read more

  • This is weird...

    11/12/2015 12:04:15 PM, by BETHUMZ

    I can't get warm. It's 72F outside and I'm freezing. No, I'm not sick. I'm just still cold from this morning. This is the oddest thing. I remember several years ago when I was 400 pounds, I was always hot and sweaty, even in the winter. I would have to carry a napkin around in my pocket t... Read more

  • My Reward

    11/11/2015 2:59:56 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I broke the 200 lb barrier today..(see the blog prior) and I was chatting with a friend who asked me what kind of reward I was giving myself. I never in the past rewarded myself. I felt like losing and wearing smaller clothes etc, was reward enough. But today I felt that I really do deserve a rew... Read more

  • Starting to Get back on track

    11/10/2015 7:09:48 PM, by ESHARA43

    Hi everyone, I am getting back on track this week by going for long walks so my legs wont be so sore during the night as I sleep. I went out on yesterday and I managed to get in 2.5 miles which was great because I haven't really tried to do that before. Walking and getting 1 to 1.5 miles a day wa... Read more

  • Getting back into gear

    11/10/2015 4:34:10 PM, by ANGRITTER

    My year has been plagued with sickness, infections after surgery, now a social security review at the height of the holiday season just getting under way, so Doctor appts to get records & such. Doc says "I'm not concerned that u gained weight, just glad you're still alive". Made me feel less confi... Read more

  • What? You're going to a weight loss clinic?

    11/8/2015 10:49:03 PM, by MIAMIRN

    I figure, because I'm getting some question about the weight loss clinic I'm in I would blog about it, The name of it is "Quick Weight Loss" clinic. There are several located in and around my city. Originally, I didn't think anything would become of going to a weight loss clinic, that is , out... Read more

  • Choices

    11/8/2015 8:14:47 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I was just looking at the pic on the front of my Spark page when I was at my book signing. Wow,. Just wow. Talk about a wake up call.! I'm very happy to say that I am about 20-25 pounds less than that now...but I know: a mere "drop in the bucket". I still have not done any exercise as of yet.... Read more

  • Frustrated with Insurance

    11/5/2015 5:16:46 PM, by NDHUNTRESS

    So I received a jumbled response to my email I sent in Tuesday after seeing that Bariatric surgery would be covered as of January 1, 2016. So I decided to call them today and find out what the status was on my approval. Was told that a letter of denial was sent out on October 8th. I never receive... Read more

  • Suprising Development

    11/3/2015 11:46:19 AM, by NDHUNTRESS

    So today I received an email newsletter from my insurance company. As of Jan 1 2016 they will now cover Bariatric Surgery. Woohoo now just waiting for them to respond to the email I just sent asking if there would be a chance of getting the approval needed and steps required early so that I could ... Read more

  • Tuesday 11-3-15

    11/3/2015 10:24:31 AM, by PURPLE0906

    From what I understand Pat's Grandmother has Diabetes and high blood pressure. Hopefully she can get them under control. Melissa picked up Lilly yesterday and took her to the Doctor's. She had a long wait due to only one Doctor being there and a lot of sick kids. Lilly has a bad cold (virus). I fe... Read more

  • 3 more pounds down!

    11/3/2015 8:23:56 AM, by BETHUMZ

    Ha! 3 more pounds down in spite of myself! I say that because I've been feeling sorry for myself due to my RA diagnosis. I've been sticking to my calories and logging my food every day but I've been slacking off on my exercising big time and it certainly shows on my weight loss. I made myself get on... Read more

  • The Importance of Walking

    11/3/2015 3:00:10 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I thought this was very funny. I hope you all enjoy it! Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.. My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he's 97 years old ... Read more

  • Get one thing settled and another issue rears its ugly head

    11/2/2015 1:39:03 PM, by JANNY316

    Why is that when you get one issue taken care of, something else comes along and blows your mind? I am getting frustrated with myself and how I handle things. Since I am beginning to understand that things may never settle down in my life, I have got to learn to handle those little problems that a... Read more

  • Halloween Photos

    11/1/2015 10:23:01 PM, by _LINDA

    My first thing to do on Halloween was go to the mall, where a lot of merchants generously hand out treats from 4:30-6:30 or until they run out of stuff which they quite often do as this event is very popular every year. This family was happy to pose for a photo, they looked great, I love i... Read more

  • The during stage

    11/1/2015 1:57:12 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am enjoying life so much more now that I am in my apartment. It helped me purge my material possessions and get my priorities straight. I am still adjusting to the new life. I am enjoying each day. I think many times before I purchase an item. I am trying to determine how much cooking I need ... Read more

  • Sunday 11/1

    11/1/2015 7:11:31 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Well last Thursday was not feeling well at all, basically I slept the whole day and night. Must of needed it, felt better on Friday. John was selling things at the local Farmers Market, so I took two Imodium's and headed down there. Didn't buy anything but did get some walking in. Later in the day... Read more

  • Happy Halloween :)

    10/30/2015 9:58:50 AM, by BETHUMZ

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  • Incredible Flowers & Waterfowl Of London Parks

    10/30/2015 8:41:18 AM, by _LINDA

    It was such a treat seeing the incredible greenery, flowers and birds in Hyde Park and other parks in London. I loved seeing the incredible historical buildings, but needed to have some nature space on my trip too. Looks close to a blanket flower: Just loved these bright flashes of color... Read more

  • Trying not to let fading daylight fade my energy

    10/29/2015 9:31:24 PM, by HAWTHER

    I always have trouble this time of year. I don't get depressed, which I know is a major issue for many as the daylight hours fade, but I do start to feel more physically run down and crave higher calorie food. I'm having to actively fight the urge to stay home and stuff my face instead of going to... Read more

  • History, Stonehenge and Sad News

    10/29/2015 7:16:56 PM, by _LINDA

    In high school one of my worst subjects was history (after math). I found it boring and tedious. The only time I perked up was when they covered WW II. Why? Because that was real and lifelike to me. There was a legion only blocks from my home that I have visited, enjoyed their museum and talki... Read more