SparkPeople Community Journals Messageboard Telling people about your goals is one of the surest ways to reach them. We will cheer your successes and support you during your setbacks. SparkPeople Community Journals Messageboard First Morning... So I was watching "Grace and Franky" the other night... when I occured to me that the character Grace, played by Jane Fonda, gets her tiny tush up, dresses fully, and no doubt makes her bed, before hobbling (yes she hobbles... so do i... but she is in her 70s) downstairs to start her day. I can't remember EVER doing that... in all my life, I jumped up to get kids ready for school... or rush myself to get ready for work. And my days off... lucky if I put sweat pants on... definitely no bra. ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:17:26 EST Getting back to my Fightin' Weight I lost 100 lbs using this site about 13 years ago <BR> <BR> I have gotten lax (not to mention older) and find my weight has crept back up to an uncomfortable level. <BR> <BR> I always benefit from kicking off things with a liquid fast - and today is day one. <BR> <BR> Going to try to post my intake and weight here daily to keep me focused and moving forward <BR> <BR> Intake so far today - lots of Diet Dr. Pepper, water, and a pot of coffee with Splenda and powdered creamer. <BR> <BR> I d... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:21:06 EST The Eagle's Journey : Journal (lol) Hello, <BR> I am 52 year old single mother of two teenage boys. <BR> Jared is soon to be 16 years old (April 2018)and is in 10th grade, <BR> ~He is 6'5" and size 18 feet?! Great Basketball player. <BR> Drake just turned 15 years old last September, in 8th Grade and he is 6') <BR> ~and size 14 feet! Nickname: 'THE MOUTH', <BR> ~he already built his own computer from scratch. <BR> I am a nurse, who needs to practice what I preach to others, but my emotions and stress get the best of me a... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:04:47 EST Does color therapy work? My wife is obsessed with a new wallpapering. We start quarreling and can't come to a conclusion if wallpapers should be green, blue or yellow. I'd like to have white-painted walls and she needs yellow with some green shades. The thing is that Shan, my wife, learned a lot while coloring her adult coloring pages. Since that moment she believes in "art therapy", "color therapy" and so on. I can't explain her, that it doesn't matter what color are wallpapers of, the most important is that we have... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:22:18 EST Gettin my health on track at 50 A year ago, I woke up the day after Christmas, feeling terrible. I decided I have got to do something about my health. Stepping on the scales, the digital readout was disappointing..... 282 lbs. (By the way, I am 6'4".) January 2nd, 2017, I started working out. Mainly I focused on Elliptical work, but also did some light weight training 5-6 days a week. I didn't change my diet too much and on February 6th I had only dropped 5 lbs, to 277 lbs. <BR> <BR> I had lost 60 lbs, earlier in li... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:15:38 EST 50 to 60 pounds to lose! And bye bye pounds I won't miss you!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Already making progress. Down 3 pounds and my pics show a big difference already. <BR> <BR> Excited! Mon, 8 Jan 2018 10:06:06 EST Stay Warm in the Bitter Cold Today is another record cold day in the NorthEast, and many people like me just cannot stay inside. Today I have to drive 90 minutes to care for my mother. I am responsible for her care on Saturdays. Yesterday I was out in the cold as I shoveled snow. Earlier, I was out snowshoeing for exercise. I always find a reason to be outside every day! <BR> There are 3 things that I do to stay warm: <BR> [img=216095] <BR> 1. Always dress in layers. I start with a thin shell-either tights, pantyh... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 21:44:12 EST positive weight loss year Last summer I finally got fed up after gaining weight that I had lost. I finally decided to seek a weight loss management doctor. I was put on a low carb high fat diet. since then I have lost 18 pounds. Praying I can keep motivated in losing and not give up. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 21:05:31 EST Do-over Well, With the new year I am starting again. I will make myself the priority. So far i have exercised each day and tracked what I am eating, need to slowly start eating better. I have taken out pop an sugary snacks so for. Tips welcome :) Wed, 3 Jan 2018 20:25:03 EST LOSE EXCUES--FOUND RESULTS I was going to start this jan 1 but everyone does, so I wanted to be different. Today I have exactly 10 months before my birthday so that is why I decided to start today. <BR> <BR> My game plan is to kinda of simple.... <BR> 1. exercise no less than 30 minutes- 4-5 days a week. <BR> 2. watch what I eat, make smarter/healthier food choice. Cut back way back on the junk food. <BR> 3. Drink my water 64-128 ozs a day. <BR> 4. Sleep 6-8 hours a night. <BR> 5. Journal/track it all. <BR> Each mont... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 19:53:34 EST Bringing positivity into 2018 starts with ME. Happy New Year everyone! I hit a dark patch with my PTSD this past year or so, doctor put me on mood stabilizers which I think are helping. But during this last year of numb autopilot, I didn't really give regard to much, let alone assuring eating healthy. It's frustrating that all the progress I made when I last joined, losing about 40lbs, has been erased and I think replaced with even more pudge. I have to buy a new lithium battery this week so I can see what the damage really is but I'm gl... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 02:00:18 EST Coffee On My Mind 30 minutes cardio, 30 minutes on the strength machines. Feelin' strong! <em>344</em> Loving the new Planet Fitness that just opened less than 5 minutes from my house. No more excuses! <BR> <BR> I've also been sticking pretty close to my eating plan since my holiday overeating. <BR> <BR> Baby steps Fri, 29 Dec 2017 19:52:13 EST 135 or bust 172 pounds. <BR> The heaviest I have been in forever. <BR> I am really disappointed with myself. <BR> I am so angry that I have allowed myself to be one of the ones that has to “start over”. <BR> Today is not my day one- I have had so many of those. <BR> Not sure what I want to call it other than I refuse to go backwards. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:31:40 EST Moving forward even without family support My husband has PTSD and, when I'd lost 10 pounds, he said I'd surely find it again...It's a struggle when he's so negative, but bound and determined to move forward to goal! <BR> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 23:06:18 EST Fell off the wagon - but got back up! Okay. So yesterday, I accidentally fell into a tin of Christmas Butter Cookies and IT WAS UGLY. Went to bed feeling guilty and ashamed of myself. How could I let myself do that after being so careful all day? Woke up today with resolve to get back on track and had a great day. Whew! Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:35:15 EST BC people connect Marilyn from Kamloops wanted to start a BC Connect so I started a link. <BR> <BR> I think anyone with a link to this (so save the link) can comment here. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:31:07 EST SHERRY'S GAME PLAN!!! My game plans is simple. <BR> 1. workout on Mon-Wed-Thur-Sat-Sun Right now Tues and Fris are going to be my off days, After Feburary they might change. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat halthier, Make better eating choices. Portion control-serving size. <BR> <BR> 3. Drink 64-128 ozs of water. Less Cokes and Diet cokes <BR> <BR> 4. Watch sugar and carbs. <BR> <BR> 5. Sleep 6-8 hours a night. <BR> <BR> 6. Journal food ate, water drank, workouts,thoughts, ideas, quotes, etc. <BR> <BR> 7.Reward my self but... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:06:36 EST Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Here we go again! I'm back on the diet train for what seems like the millionth time ever, but am more motivated than ever to make a healthy lifestyle change! <BR> <BR> I'm at the highest weight I've ever been (26 years old and over 280 lbs) and am unhappy and lacking confidence after more than a decade of failed diet attempts and an unhealthy relationship with food. After receiving some scary high A1C levels from my blood test last week, I am more committed than ever to lose weight and chang... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 15:18:58 EST rondajo's journal... Nov 2017 Daily journal. <BR> Wednesday, November 01, 2017 <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>592</em> <BR> 11/30 Thurs. EOM Recap on month <BR> <BR> begin: 264.8 ending....255.6 === -9.2 lbs <BR> BMI 44.1%..... END 42.6% == 1.5% <BR> BF 60% .. END... 57.2 == -2.8% <BR> BW 29.3% ..END.. 31.3-- - +2% (SINCE THIS IS WATER- I ASSUME THAT'S GOOD) <BR> waist-- 51.5 now .. 50 ... -1.5 <BR> hips 56 now.. 55 .. -1 <BR> thigh..30 .. now..29... -1 <BR> chest... 52 now 52 <BR> <BR> Good month... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 17:53:56 EST Misha's Monologue I've been saying for a while that I need to start eating healthier. I've been commenting all summer about how I want to lose weight. I kept putting it off, and putting it off and I suffered for it. Well I am putting it off no longer! <BR> <BR> This journal is for me to document my journey. I want to keep track of my daily moods, sleep, and what I did that day. I'm definitely wanting to keep track of what I eat. Though it helps to use the trackers here on this website, tracking everything he... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 00:33:28 EST Starting where I am..... and only looking forward. <BR> <BR> age: 53 <BR> height: 5'2.5" <BR> weight 147.8 <BR> <BR> 10,081/7,050 (actual/goal) Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:46:32 EST MY LIFE AND THE SWEET STUFF!!! Here I am still addictic to sugar, I did do pretty good this week about my eating and I manage to gain weight. Story of my life. Getting tired of it about to give up and call it quits. I might give it until end of December. I need to try something diffent. But what I guess I will figure it out. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:11:56 EST Food addiction Deep breath, here goes... <BR> My name isVictoria and I’m addicted to food. <BR> I scored 8/8 and answered yes to all questions that expose you as an addict. But acknowledging this is kind of liberating. It’s not that I now have an excuse to carry on with this destructive behaviour, far from it. It’s more like I can begin to forgive myself and not see myself as weak and pathetic. <BR> I now have some very clear steps to follow to begin my recovery. It’s not going to be easy but I’m going to p... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:46:23 EST Just A Warning About My Former College Program If you are from western Mass, be very careful of Sherri Sheer from BCC if you're considering a degree in personal training. She isn't someone you want to deal with. She's a jerk. She told me I didn't look "strong enough" to be in the program. When I said I could work hard to get stronger, she just said to me...... "sure, but I'm not holding my breath." She rode me constantly while I was there and had strong favoritism against me. And I ultimately left the program and got my ace elsewher... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:24:47 EST Skatmans Journal On July 11th 2017- then at 228lbs, 31lbs ago, after my Doctors visit and watching a few Documentaries; Fat sick, Cow Conscious and Food Inc ,too name a few, My mind was made up to go Vegan and use Sparkpeolpe tracker, I even got back into my walk/run routine, up to a 20K on Sundays. <BR> <BR> My Vision Statement: Why I wanted to loose weight was to get off of my medications- simvastatin and Levothyroxine, finish a marathon, too look better and able to fit in clothes I like, too be more flexi... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:16:00 EST Wraps, Shakes, Etc. Has anyone had any success with wraps and/or shakes? I am 59 and have basically just stuck with watching my calories. I cannot exercise too much due to the need for a hip replacement. Any suggestions? Sun, 12 Nov 2017 22:05:51 EST Take etch day at a time I find looking forward to loosing weight can be discouraging if you go by the scale. I stopped weighing in each week, I now weigh in every two or three weeks and I find it more encouraging . I have been working out since Sept.1/2017 today is Nov 7/2017 I have only lost four pounds. I have six more to loose. I feel great my clothes are loose and I have lost inches . To me this is a better way to reach my goal without getting frustrated. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:41:11 EST Betty s Journal Up a lot last night but reach my water goal yesterday and kick 3 pounds off body Tue, 7 Nov 2017 08:35:27 EST It's Alive! My fit bit stopped working 2 and a half weeks ago. It is my 3rd fitbit. I had two HR's before downgrading to the flex 2 in the hopes that it would be harder for me to damage. I was so frustrated I didn't even try to take advantage of the warranty. I did the whole trouble shooting thing and then just put it in a drawer. Then a few days ago I decided to try again. I put it on to charge and left it alone. This morning I tried it and it worked! The bluetooth is working and it is tracking my steps... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 09:12:36 EST Halloween When I was in my twenties Halloween was an excuse to drink in excess and dress in raunchy clothing. Now I'm looking forward to handing out candy dressed as a unicorn. I have snacks that I'm making for my teenage kids and their friends. None of those snacks should provide much temptation for me. My main temptation today will come from the Halloween candy. I have to purchase that today. <em>431</em> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:36:55 EST Confession I had an urge for the past week for a Nations Burger. It's so unhealthy. I also wanted a chocolate shake and pie and fries. I gave in yesterday and had a cheeseburger and the pie. I feel guilty and super duper bloated this morning. It tasted great but I'm paying for it now. I think I felt better when I had cut back on my meat intake. I want another burger, but this time I want to make a black bean burger. <em>527</em> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:30:17 EST zilvbisheng journal I have been always overweight in my 41 years of life. I actually don't mind being overweight and typically keep myself active by jogging on the weekends and walking whenever I can. However, it is about time for midlife crisis and I don't like my identity being mediocre. I would like to give my future self a gift and give my two daughters a gift and give me wife of 17 years a gift: a better me, a fitter me and a stronger me. It is a challenge for me. I want to win this battle. I want to be bet... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:17:55 EST I tracked For the first time in awhile I tracked my meals. Now I understand why I've been basically in the same spot on the scale. In my mind I was eating well. It wasn't until I looked at the amount of calories that I was consuming that I understood I need to make a change in that area. I've made changes in other areas like my activity level. I was coming in under 5000 steps per day for the longest. So my first goal was to get 5000 steps. Now my goal is 8000 per day and eventually I will end up at 100... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:31:22 EST Finding it hard to focus It's difficult for me to remain focused on my goal. I start to worry about a lot of other things that are beyond my control. Then I get stressed out and my meal plan gets thrown out of the window and I everyday becomes a cheat day. I'm trying to log in to Spark and read something or comment on something to keep my focus. It is physically more difficult to lose weight at 45 and mentally as well. I have two teenagers and they take turns worrying me half to death. My 14 year old son is doing mis... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:42:36 EST new fund raising effort I am raising funds at Tue, 3 Oct 2017 07:45:30 EST 100 days until my 30th birthday! I am on a mission to get in better shape before my 30th birthday! My goal is to eat clean for 100 days and live an active life style in order to achieve it! Rather than focusing on an exact goal weight by then, I will focus on giving it my best effort: 100/100 for the upcoming days. <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> Ate clean <BR> Walked outdoors and on the tredmill <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 20:37:47 EST Full-time student/employee with 12 yr old child I am in my last semester of my undergraduate program. I am currently working two full time jobs (one internship the other regular employment). I also have a child and a SO to make time for. My exercise program has been lacking since the start of the semester. I'm still exercising, but have not been consistently getting in my 5 cardio sessions. <BR> My goal for the next 30 days is to get back on track with my exercise by getting in 5 cardio sessions a week. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:37:22 EST 90 days to ONEderland! When I started on January 5th I came out of the gate smoking. But since going on vacation in July and then again in August I have not really got totally back on track. And as we all do from time to time I gave myself a pep talk and said that if I was going to achieve my goal of being in ONEderland (under 200 pounds) by the end of the year I had better get back in the saddle and get going. <BR> <BR> So today I started what I call my 90 days to ONEderland journey. Since getting started is the ... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:25:34 EST hoping this goes well 2 weeks ago I cut my leg right above my knee. Had 7 staples in my leg. Got them out on Monday. The doctor said I could go back to the gym on Wednesday only to walk. It still hurts and sore. I'm hoping things go good for tomorrow. Wed, 6 Sep 2017 23:24:24 EST Gut Balancing Revolution I'm one week into new way of living. Lost 4 pounds in first week, which I'm not completely wowed by, as my weight fluctuates in this range all the time. It's getting into the 160 range that my body hasn't done for years and years. Over 50, and I have a belly and back fat that seems permanently attached. I asked my doctor at my physical what my idea weight should be...she calculated BMI and said, you are within normal, this isn't a priority for me. Well, fine, I'm going to go with pre ba... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 09:56:11 EST 180 by Christmas 2017 In July I weighed in at 222, last year I got down to 206 but lost interest and gained weight up to 224. <BR> <BR> I started a Vegan diet in July and in august lost 14 lbs. <BR> I started running a couple weeks ago and ran three miles this Tuesday. <BR> <BR> In 2015 I was down too 200lbs <BR> <BR> The challenge is getting below the 200lbs mark. <BR> <BR> Getting to. 180 will put me in overweight class instead of obese. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get my high cholesterol meds dropped completel... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 06:19:12 EST My Motivation Journal :) I'm starting this journal for motivational purposes. <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:28:08 EST Sherry's S.P.E.E.D. A new thing I'm trying. Started today. What is Sherry's SPEED it's the main things I'm doing to lose weight. Trying to keep it simply. Not jumping in head firat in the deep in but start off slow. This is what it stands for. <BR> S= Sleep try to get 7-8 hours. <BR> P= Pray, can't do this without God. <BR> E= Eat healthier, make healthier food choices, Portion control. <BR> E= Exercise, No less than 30 minutes 4+ days a week. <BR> D= Drink water. 64-128 ozs. <BR> Than about sums it up. <BR> ... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:53:45 EST Lifestyle revamp trumps statins! Well it took 4 mo of lifestyle revamp but got my total cholesterol down from 300+ to 166 Trigs down 420 to 78 and HDL up 40-56. No statins! Don't let doctors tell you it's baked in your DNA/genes/heredity. It's actually baked in your diet - period1! Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:28:41 EST Journal of a Motorcycle Racer Figured I'd start a journal here to jot down thoughts and feelings, ups and downs as they happen. <BR> <BR> To give some background, Part 1: <BR> Most of my younger adult life (up until my very early 30's) was fit, trim, and generally pretty healthy without a lot of "extra" effort. Not that I never counted calories or had to focus on working out, but I was never too overweight - usually within 10 pounds of my "ideal" weight. <BR> <BR> Landing a more professional job meant sitting behind a d... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:02:58 EST Please Help!!!!!!!!! 1} I have a lot of health problems and 2 of them keep getting in the way. my arthritis and i am diabetic. a lot of veggies have natural sugar and so do fruits. i have to watch how many and how often i eat them. so that route for healthy eating has some road blocks. i am going to talk to my doctor about diabetic meal replacement shakes and see how that goes. <BR> 2} my arthritis is in my back, hips and working on my knees. so i cant do most of the exercises that they have. I wrote some down an... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:39:04 EST The Diet Starts Monday (famous last words) "No no really, I am 100% most definitely starting my diet this Monday!" <BR> <BR> I have been saying this every Friday evening over a glass of wine and a takeaway for the last 2 years and my weight... well, I've gained 5 and a half stone!!!! Yup, in just 2 years! (Going from a slim 14 to a voluptuous 22) <BR> <BR> I feel disgusting, I know it's vein but the fact I've piled so much weight on has caused me great depression. I can't bear to look in the mirror, I dread going out the house for ... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:25:03 EST The Diet Starts Monday (famous last words) No really!!!!! THIS Monday I REALLY TRULY AM GOING TO DIET. Ive said this every week for the last two years and have gained 5 and a half stone!!!!! Sat, 19 Aug 2017 03:43:16 EST Good news from the doctor Today I went for a second opinion about my ongoing hip problems. This doctor told me he would do cortisone injections. I'm going to try it. I know I need surgery but I'm not ready for it yet. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:16:08 EST Depression & Binge-Eating Disorder kicking my butt I'm in a very, very bad place right now and I really need some support. I'm turning here, because I'm not ready to share this with people that I actually know. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with depression when I was 20-years-old and have spent the intervening 20 years on-and-off antidepressents and antianxiety meds. I'm currently in my darkest period since that initial diagnosis. I think a lot about dying and even about suicide, but have never gone so far as to plan anything- just thought about... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:31:09 EST The Queen of Saboteur I find that for every ten or so pounds I lose, I manage to botch up my drive. I don't understand it, but I plan to end that cycle today. I refuse to allow all my hard work to fall south. I need to stay steady with this. Now to find my inspiration, where it lies most! Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:35:21 EST BMI issues Is anyone pretty fit with a low body fat percentage, but still considered overweight when it comes to their BMI? <BR> <BR> I am on the overweight/obese border and am looking to lower my BMI. <BR> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:25:55 EST Sherry's keeping it simple. Wen it comes to weight loss, there's no magic pill, no fairy Godmother that going to wave their wand over you and boom you are skinny or may say at least your goal weight. No fad diets or diet pill, wraps or what else that is out there trying to take your money and it turns out it didn't work or if it did it was only short term and the weight creeps back. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is simple... <BR> 1 exercise start out slow and work up to more and longer. <BR> <BR> 2 make... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 20:57:36 EST My Journal of 1000 miles I have actually walked around 3000 miles but I love the quote " The journey of 1000 miles must start with a single step". It has stuck with me this whole time. It is a mental attitude I have adopted and will never fade. This is my life. Walking is so powerful and represents so much to me. It has changed me. It has changed my mind. It has taken me far. I will never be happy without it. Moving forward is necessary. <BR> It's no longer about the outside. It's about the inside and wellness. Heal... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 12:18:26 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> Positive words: ENERGETIC and EFFECTIVE <BR> <BR> Had an okay day yesterday. Nice lunch with my friend - ate more than I needed and then came home to beef stew and biscuits. <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, walk for 20 minutes, 64 oz water <BR> 2. ... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 06:06:57 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> Had a quiet day yesterday. Church and then out to eat. Afternoon of reading and lazing around! <BR> <BR> Today will be a different story! Goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, walk, 64 oz of water <BR> 2. Lunch with a friend <BR> 3. Laundry <BR> <BR> Positive words: Small... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 05:48:03 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> -------------------- <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Positive words for today: JOYFUL and DETERMINED <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday - got busy downstairs and didn't get in all my water, but will do better today. I did get everything done down there that I wanted to. I think I am done cleaning, and getting rid ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 05:52:56 EST Green_jeans' Non-Negotiables When I came back to Spark a few weeks ago, I started out strong with daily exercise & reasonably good eating. That lasted a couple of weeks until I went completely off track. I haven't exercised in a week (high heat/humidity & storms are not helping my motivation). I've just eaten a ton of sugar (m&ms, frozen yogurt, a cookie...). At least I had a good breakfast. <BR> <BR> For the time being, I'm going to focus on doing 3 things daily. These are my NON-NEGOTIABLES. I'll track my results here... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 14:05:53 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------------ <BR> <BR> Positive words to start our day: I am AWARE that I can ACHIEVE everything I want! <BR> <BR> Great day yesterday - got in my walk, counted all my points, did some arm exercises and sit-ups. Went downstairs and cleaned out the last 2 file cabinets. Got a whole bag of garbage tha... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 05:44:26 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> Didn't make it to the gym yesterday with everything else that was going on - will go today instead. Rest of day went as planned~ <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, gym, 64 oz of water <BR> 2. Vacuum and dust <BR> 3. Get downstairs and continue cleaning ... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 05:32:44 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ============= <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, gym, 64 oz water <BR> 2. Grocery shopping <BR> 3. Hair and Pedi appointment <BR> <BR> Going to be a busy day, but that is okay - will get at my other work tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone an awesome day! <BR> <... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 05:22:57 EST Michelle's Journey Journal So I have been on this journey for some time. I really finally got into it when I found myself pregnant with my now 5 yr old. I have been up and down now since having him and seems like forever that I'm bouncing from 155-153 lbs all the time. <BR> <BR> I keep saying the same thing over and over. Tomorrow I will start. Then I don't follow through. Tomorrow I will work out and then find myself sitting on the sofa. Tomorrow I will journal and keep track and again not do it. Tomorrow I will wake... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 20:43:50 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ----------------------- <BR> Had a good day yesterday. Weather was perfect for hanging out sheets, whites and some of my dark clothes. A light breeze helped them dry nicely. Going up and down the steps and then walking to the lines, bending and stretching helped me get in my steps and exercise too! <BR> <BR> Go... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 05:37:25 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ---------------- <BR> <BR> What a beautiful day we had yesterday. Left here around 7:30 and got back around 5:30. Made 450 on our little ride - made it to the restaurant for lunch just before NOON. Ate more points that I thought, and then came home and had strawberry shortcake for DS's birthday! Today I will g... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:51:22 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------ <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Did a lot of cooking and baking yesterday. Made all of sons favorite foods for his birthday; which is today. It's always a good day when I can spend a day in the kitchen! Did get downstairs and worked on another file drawer.....slowly but surely I am getting them c... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 05:13:34 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Positive words to start the day: Active and Bold <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday - got all my house cleaned, mostly because I was looking for a bracelet I had lost! It had the word "Believe" inscribed on it and the only time I took it off was in the morning wh... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 05:56:17 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------ <BR> Didn't make it downstairs yesterday, but will today. I decided to wash the sheets in the guest bedroom and give that room a thorough cleaning since DGS went back home on Tuesday. Did clean out several kitchen cabinets and did some rearranging there....still more to do! <BR> <BR> Goals for today ... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:33:53 EST 3 Goals for Today <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------- <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Made it to the grocery store and the gym yesterday. That took up half of the day - the rest was doing things around the house. Too hot to work outside again - hopefully today will be be a bit more bearable! <BR> <BR> Jibbie, thanks for stopping by - hope you... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:40:52 EST To take statins or not I am a 65 year old woman and my doctor just recommended that I start taking statins and I am reading conflicting info on whether I should take them or not based on my numbers so I am looking for opinions Thanks <BR> <BR> LDL 151 <BR> Triglicerides 135 <BR> HDL 68 <BR> Total Cholesterol 258 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:37:46 EST 3 Goals for Today <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> --------------- <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Went to WW first thing yesterday morning - lost 0.4 lbs; which is pretty good - 1.2 lbs gone in 2 weeks! Then hubby and I took the desktop computer to Best Buy; they couldn't find anything wrong with it so he spent 1 1/2 hrs on the phone with our internet provider... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:46:24 EST Doc challenged me so the competition was on. Was actually looking forward to going for my physical last week. My Doc wanted me down 20 & I knew I had beaten that. According to his scale I was down 27.5. According to mine 30.5 <BR> All the corresponding numbers were down also - cholesteral, BP etc. <BR> <BR> And than we get to the listening part with the stethescope & he tells me something doesn't sound right & an EKG shows afib. <BR> <BR> So with losing weight & hitting the Y really well, I feel betrayed by my own body. <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:53:53 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------ <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Didn't make it to the gym yesterday. Ended up with a migraine headache around NOON. I did, however, go down and walk on the treadmill. I also brought up my weighted hula hoops and worked with them for a bit. It wasn't quite as easy as when I was a kid - and ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:43:41 EST 3 Goals for Today <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> It sounded as though we might have gotten some rain during the night. The thunder woke me up. Hoping that it will cool things off a bit - yesterday the temps hit 96 degrees! <BR> <BR> We went to IHOP after church for lunch. I had looked up the pts/ca... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:36:54 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive day! <BR> --------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Went to WW meeting yesterday morning (lost 0.8 lbs!) Came home and worked on our DS's scrapbook most of the day. DH asked if I wanted to go with him to pick up the program to upgrade his computer to Windows 10 so I rode along. He even took me out to dinner so I wouldn... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:09 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive day! <BR> ---------------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I had a productive day yesterday - got my tile floors wiped up, DH did the vacuuming so I cleaned the wood floors, cleaned the bathrooms, did a couple of loads of laundry....and made it to the gym in the afternoon! <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:39:49 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive day! <BR> ------------------- <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> My day didn't go quite as I expected yesterday, but that's okay! I decided to work on our DD's scrapbook and try to get that finished since our DS was going to be out of the house all day (I'm making one for him as well). I thought I had our DD's all done and then ... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:33:51 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive today! <BR> --------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> We hit 93 degrees yesterday and today looks like it will be close to that. No rain in sight so will need to water again today. <BR> <BR> Got my grocery shopping done yesterday. Kept telling myself "I am not that person anymore" when I saw an unhealthy item tha... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:45:10 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive today! <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> We are starting out with 68 degrees so it is promising to be another hot day (in the 90's) with no rain in sight. I did get out and watered my flowers and garden yesterday and will probably have to do the same today. It seems to dry out quickly with the heat tha... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:31:36 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and lets make today a productive day! <BR> ---------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Going to be a warm day in East TN today. No rain, unless we get a pop up shower this afternoon! Will be watering my flowers and veggie garden this morning. <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday - friends made it here around 4 PM. I made a pork chop/hash brown dish... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:24:31 EST TamshaUmeno's personal log LoShar DarLeya: An Adventure <BR> Loshar Darleya and Shapeshifter: How they met (A tale of Ishteh) <BR> A loud clang erupted as her sword rang from the force of the blows she rained down on her opponent. Sweat stung at her eyes from under her helm and bitter regret twisted her mouth as she struck the final blow. Ignoring the blood on her face she turns to survey the clearing for a brief moment. <BR> Satisfied that all was fallen she withdrew from the battlefield, always wary of her surrou... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:49:38 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and lets make today a productive day! <BR> ------------ <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I decided to work at getting the pictures of my good jewelry organized, in a picture album; with prices that I paid for each piece, the sentimental value (if any) and the appraised value. My sister left a mess when she died because her husband had no idea what was the go... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:22:29 EST Thoreau <BR> <BR> I believe Henry David Thoreau when he said, "If a man advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." It's true for women too;-). Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:08:56 EST 3 Goals for Today <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and lets make today a productive day! <BR> <BR> ---------------------------- <BR> <BR> Had an okay day yesterday....stayed within my points/calories and got most of my water in and did get my exercise in. Spent a lot of the day finding phone numbers and getting them entered into my new phone. Also did a couple of loads of laundry and gave myself a m... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 05:43:47 EST Goal mapping Ultimate long term: avoid assisted living. <BR> factors: health, finances , mental capacity <BR> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:33:04 EST Working on me I still struggle with trying the right thing because while I'm grounded here at the mission because of poor choices I'm trying not to want soda or anything that's not healthy Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:26:26 EST 3 Goals for Today Good Morning! <BR> <BR> 73 degrees and raining this morning. They say a cool front (cool as in the mid 80's) will be coming through after the rain. That will be welcomed after the 90+ degree days and the humidity we've been having. Well, I guess it is summer so we can expect that! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> The problem with my phone was not the battery, so I spent a couple of hours in the store trying to decide what I wanted (ended up with a newer version of my old one). They couldn't g... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 05:37:01 EST 3 Goals for Today Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and lets make today a productive day! <BR> <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> We made it to the gym yesterday and had a good workout. Could have done a bit better with my food selections, but stayed within my pts/calories so all is good! I finished the scrapbook I was working on for our DD - am very please with how it turned out a... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:34:50 EST Today I will Today I will encourage someone. Today I will help someone. Today I will do something special for myself. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:43:22 EST 3 Goals for Today Good Morning ! <BR> <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Join me and lets make today a productive day! <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, gym, 64 oz of water <BR> 2. Work on scrapbook for DD's Christmas present <BR> 3. Water flower gardens and planters <BR> <BR> Positive words for today: Happiness and Appreciation <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! <BR> Carol <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:19:21 EST Tracking I am wondering if I can do this program without doing the calories for what I eat. Instead follow Weight Watchers plan I am use to ? <BR> Thx, <BR> Diane Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:05:56 EST 3 Goals for Today Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Looks like it is the start of another hot, humid day in East TN - starting out with 66 degrees already ! <BR> <BR> I went to WW yesterday - lost 1.2 lbs (did a happy dance as I lose so slowly, but put it on so quickly! After lunch we went to the gym and I got in my aerobic and strength exercise! <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, 20 minutes on treadmill, 64 oz water <BR> 2. Grocery shopping <BR> 3. Vacuum, dust and get ready for o... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:56:57 EST Mairo's Journey Rejoined SP today for the 100th time. I am not exaggerating. <BR> I presently don't own a drives me crazy. The last time I weighed myself I weighed 226lbs. I am looking to loose 76lbs. <BR> <BR> so I will drink 8 250ml cups of water <BR> exercise 30mins a day 6 days a week <BR> log food at least 4 times a day <BR> <BR> Lord help me help me. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:53:30 EST 3 Goals for Today Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I find that making small goals daily helps me stay focused and I get more accomplished; whether it is weight related or just getting myself organized for the day! Anyone wishing to join is welcomed! <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, gym, 64 oz of water <BR> 2. Laundry <BR> 3. Work on DD scrapbook that I'm making her for Christmas <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:50:16 EST Starting a new diet Starting weight 150 lbs. Goal weight is 125. Small goals: drink 10 cups of water, sleep 7 hours, cardio 5 times a week, strength/core 3 times a week, and eat cleaner. Wed, 5 Jul 2017 13:01:55 EST . . Mon, 3 Jul 2017 22:16:44 EST Something moved! My blood pressure and blood glucose are going down. <BR> I get weighed at the Dr.'s office every few weeks. Last check 10 days ago it was the same. <BR> However, I am thrilled for the 1 1/2 inch loss! <BR> I have some challenges with exercise (arthritis, osteoporosis, back issues) and think I'll have to slow exercise min. down for a bit to prevent injury/chronic pain flare-- <BR> but I do feel stronger in the legs and core. And this is the longest I've tracked in about a year. <BR> <BR> That... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 00:40:09 EST Time To Get Real I've been talking about losing weight and going thru the motions for as long as I can remember - like years. I lose some, I put it back on... and nothing really changes in my life. Now I've had a wake up call health wise that means that I need to do this for real - I've got thyroid problems, kidney problems, high cholesterol and it's starting to impact my life so no more waffling and prevaricating, time to knuckle down and get it done this time. <BR> <BR> whilst I'm at it it's also time t... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 04:05:52 EST Feeling determined I started dieting on February 23, 2017. I've lost 34 lbs but the last three days have been horrible. Double cheeseburgers, ice cream, pizza, etc. today I'm back on track. I am NOT gaining this weight back. I have more to loose. My next goal is to loose 30 lbs then I'll choose my next goal. IVE GOT THIS! Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:48:32 EST Kicking Diabetes to the Curb Since joining SparkPeople I'm getting my blood sugar down. My long-term goal coming up in about 3 months is to have a normal A1C and normal cholesterol numbers. My last A1C was excellent, but I noticed my daily blood sugar numbers going up. <BR> <BR> Today I am struggling with the heat to get 30 more minutes of a workout in ...I will do it even if it takes 6 intervals of 5 minutes. I have 10 done for one challenge. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:44:57 EST Brenda's path to health and wellness Hello SparkFriends! I have been a SparkPeople member for almost 10 years now and have reached goal weight a handful of times, but have never learned how to maintain my weight loss. I am hoping to change that by working harder on consistency. I am charting my weight, sleep, water intake, calorie intake, exercise, and trying to prevent late night eating. If you are reading this, thanks for stopping by and if you have any tips or suggestions, please share! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:12:17 EST Being Healthier Can't lie, it hasn't always been easy to make the right decisions when it comes to health. However, I am doing far better than before. I look at the past and have learned so many things and today is better because of those lessons. <BR> <BR> Each day I am striving to be better, do more, learn more. It is a journey with ups and downs and I still choose life. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:10:33 EST I have to get motivated again I've got to get my head back on right. This is my chance to do this. <em>593</em> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:22:20 EST Weight Loss I'm down 1 lb after 2 weeks. I know to some it may not seem like much but I'm writing about it so that I chime back in after losing 2 lbs etc. This will keep me motivated. I would love to hear about your weight loss as well and what you did to lose the weight. What helped you? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:06:33 EST 2nd job sometimes gets in the way of workouts My 2nd job is working for a Funeral Home doing after hours removals. The bad part is when I get called out at some god awful time of night, I don't get to my gym the next day. <BR> The good part is the pay, I don't know of another part time job that would pay like this for the amount of hours worked. It's usually not unpleasant, but occasionally it is-think car accidents, decomps, suicides etc. <BR> This week has been busy so I have only worked out 1 day this week compared to 6 days last week... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:39:48 EST Michelle Great Journey to Health and Fitness Hi My name is Michelle. I am 48...will be 49 July 29th. I am a stay at home christian Mom. My husband and I have been married 17 years. We have a 16 year old daughter. <BR> <BR> I lost 60+ pounds with SparkPeople in 2006. I was bit by a copperhead on August 1, 2006. I gained all the weight back plus some. I know suffer from severe Anxiety and Depression which contribute to... Pancreatitis, Gastroparesis, IBS, Diabetes, Ulcers, Insomnia, and RLS. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 87 po... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:18:51 EST My journal for here. Since I am working towards my goal of getting down to 95 lbs, I going to keep a journal of triggers. It will be a great way of seeing what is keeping me from losing the weight I need to lose the weight I need to lose. <BR> <BR> I do let stress control my life and I don't need to let do that. I need to see what is triggering that as well. Coming here will help and I hope to help others as well. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 21:55:03 EST I'm a mess and not even a hot one. I'm a mess, my hair, my clothes, my house, my car and pretty much my life. I'm obese probably morbit obese and I'm short on top of that. I have let my self go. I guess being way over weight I just don't care. I don't have the energy to care. I'm depressed, I throw my self pity parties, but not to a lot of people mostly to my self and close friends and family. I'm always putting everything off to the last minute. Most of the time I say I'm going to do something then only change my mind and ... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 20:43:17 EST Having a career sucks I recently retired from teaching after 27 years in the classroom. Although I loved my job, it has taken a toll on my body. I am exactly 100 pounds heavier now than when I started my first class. How did that happen! I always ate breakfast because I didn't always get lunch. By 3:00 I was starving. But I don't snack like a mad woman now that I'm retired. I don't drink alcohol or gorge on sweets or even drink soda. But I can't get the scale to budge, and my husband was finally brave enough to s... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 20:08:35 EST diabetes and breast cancer I am a year into treatment for breast cancer. Currently on glimeperide and metaformin. Just finished herceptin treatment and have gained at least 25 lbs. <BR> all in the tummy and upper thighs. Has anyone else experienced this and if so how <BR> did you handle it. I eat lots of protein and avoid carbs and exercise regularly. Nothing seems to help. The scale is totally stuck. Where do I go from here? Mon, 29 May 2017 18:15:13 EST Recommitting to health Last year, I hit my goal weight of 145. Then....Fat Megan took over (You can have one cupcake, it's fine...) and regained half of what I lost. Today represents Day One of my journey to lose the pounds again. Sat, 27 May 2017 15:16:52 EST Sherry's trying to Escape the LBS! I have gained about 6 pounds seems like the story of my life and I need to rewrite it. I'm the worst one out there I can't start a diet it never happens. I do a lot of talk but no do.I can ever give up and throw in the towel or I can use it to wipe the sweat off, so I guess I will stop typing and start sweating. <BR> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:59:12 EST The light at the end of the tunnel!!! I started what I call my final weight loss journey on January 5th of this year at 288.8. As of my last weigh in I was 236.6, which is a loss of 52.2 pounds. Over the last few weeks I have not really cheated but to be honest I have not given it my all. Tuesday I gave myself a little pep talk and reminded myself that life is always going to have issues whether it be family, work or whatever it is I can not let it stand in my way of getting healthy and losing this weight. Well it seems to have w... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:44:47 EST My journey to better healthy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 1 = May 17 2017 <BR> <BR> I am in need of losing over 100 pounds therefore I will be using this as my journal of how I am doing this. <BR> <BR> I will be for the next 100 days using the 100 days of weight loss to help with motivation and to get me focused. <BR> <BR> SO...... <BR> <BR> It says to record my weight = yuck = 282 pounds <BR> <BR> 10 reasons why I want to lose weight are:... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:42:36 EST Finished First 5k / Office Challenge & Sugar ! Greetings all! <BR> <BR> I have a semi rant /accomplishment this morning. First , I finished my first 5k! I clocked in at 32 mins which is huge for me considering it took me almost an hour to run /walk 3 miles 2 months ago. I started at 165lbs & am now between 155-158(wight fluctuates a lot). In conjunction to this awesome feat , I was also participating in an office weight loss challenge. It started in March & ended this past Friday(team name was 'Gorditas no more' ). My weigh ins were unmo... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:59:01 EST Creating a Healthy Life Writing is my passion, so I thought a journal would be really great way to add to my connection with SparkPeople and maybe with myself. My life seems like it is just an obsession with dieting and weight loss. I would like very much to get off the diet roller coaster and just live a simple, healthy life that makes me look and feel good. <BR> <BR> I am just going into my second week at SparkPeople and I find that the most important thing I can do right now is build a foundation for the lifes... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:39:47 EST feel down for now Scarlet said, "After all, tomorrow is another day." I have a harness to protect me from heart failure. Hopefully it is just for 3 months. After all, next month is another month!!! (;-) Wed, 3 May 2017 00:01:37 EST Tired of how things are!!!! Starting a new way of eating for me tomorrow. Going to start watching carbs and sugars. I'm giving my self 5 months that will be my birthday to lose about 36 pounds, that will get me out of the 200's. Going to throw exercising in there too. <BR> Going to keep it simple at the beginning. No so much limiting any food but cutting back on it at first then a little more as time goes on. <BR> <BR> Some of my reasons why; <BR> 1. to see if the world will see me different. <BR> 2. to feel bette... Tue, 2 May 2017 20:49:33 EST 50 yrs ago tonight I remember how nervous, excited, etc. this night 50 years ago. I was going to sleep on the Air Force cot one more night, then leave the base one more time. Many emotions. It had been 4 years less 2 days that night. then as now I could recite my Air Force serial number!!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:59:55 EST Weight Goal Achieved I have been tracking since the end of May last year, due to a medication side effect of weight gain. I am weaning off of the meds and have lost 7 pounds!! Goal reached! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:30:53 EST Losing Weight Abroad - Emma's Diary Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> This is my first post on SparkPeople so I'm really not sure what I'm doing. But I just thought I'd start a little journal to keep myself motivated and accountable every step of the way during my weight loss journey. I am currently living abroad in South America with a host family, and so weight loss has been slow and difficult - I have no control over the meals I eat, although I am taking care with my portion control and am trying to get more exercise in when possible... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:00:18 EST Losing 20 lbs: The Countdown So I set a goal to lose twenty pounds a while ago by July 1st. <BR> At that time (4/18/17), I was at 206 so recording that as my starting weight. <BR> <BR> I'm doing a challenge by the Walk at Home lady, Leslie Sansone's called The Great Walk Challenge: 100 miles in 100 days (TGWC)! Today is Day 21. And speaking of days, in this community journal for losing twenty pounds, I'm not gonna label each entry as "Day 1" like in TGWC. Instead I am going to do it in "Days left" like a countdown to... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:02:39 EST Stripes:the war within myself- MsJennifer's Day 1- <BR> <BR> The War Within Myself begins with preparation... <BR> <BR> -Today I choose to keep a food journal. <BR> -Today I choose to get in cardio exercise and strength exercises <BR> 20+ minutes of either treadmill or elliptical at the gym <BR> A home workout of various strength exercises (arms- legs and back & abs) <BR> I've been following a stretching routine on DVD with Miranda Esmonde White <BR> each day. <BR> - Emotions Journal Wed, 19 Apr 2017 03:22:23 EST Goal To Work out every other day. I'm Going to Work hard at this. My Goal is To Do a Different exercise every day. but For Sure Exercise Every other day. I found some Videos Here I Will Do. and You Tube Has So Much I can't Believe how much is out there. I Have Loads of Mr. Simmons DVDs Too So I'm not Going to Be With out any of Them either. Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:30:19 EST Challenged by holiday and trips out of town I did well at Christmas. Sweets are a real challenge for me. Easter has proven to be more of a challenge. I have candy out in the house the past few days, and I need to put it away and get rid of some. I am less likely to overindulge if I can have a taste now and then. Putting the candy in a cupboard means I need to think about having any and ration myself. Having it out is just too tempting to have many helpings. It's not that I'm gaining this week. It's just that I did gain weight by the fr... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:20:57 EST Ten Suggestions, round 3. Here I will track how I do on a daily basis. These are my goals for the day: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347528 </link> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:15:47 EST Holli's Healthy Life So here I go. Yesterday, I started my life reboot and it's going to be hard. I have so much to do in the next 6 months, and it's so tempting not to do any of it, and just let my life cruise along as it is -- but I won't. I've wasted too much of my time doing nothing to improve my life, simply existing, and I won't do that anymore. I'm going to start actually LIVING. <BR> <BR> I have challenges and health issues, but I can overcome them with persistence and dedication (and maybe some surgery)... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:32:23 EST 100 days April 1, 2017 <BR> <BR> My struggle with weight loss has been ongoing for years. One issue I have is I tend to get bored, tired, or just lazy and stop trying. I lack commitment, I lack motivation and I just never get any where on my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> So today I am DETERMINED to change and get committed, get motivated and lose the weight. Today I am starting a 100 day journey of weight loss. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> Check in at SP and post daily. <BR> Walk at least 10 minute... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:46:11 EST Weight Watcher Smart Points Looking for Sample Menu Plans Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:21:55 EST I ROBOT PROGRESS REPORT 1 hour walk on treadmill Zone 2 <BR> <BR> 10 minutes BOOTCAMP Alternate these two <BR> Standing row 45# 10 reps Zone 4 <BR> Jumping jacks until legs hurt from lactic acid Zone 5 <BR> <BR> Max HR 149 <BR> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:19:16 EST Lisa's healthy highway travels Hello today is my first day of journaling, but my journey started March 1st. I am doing a whole 30, then I plan to live a paleo lifestyle to maintain my health and wieght. Allowing some special treats on very special occasions. So far it has been going pretty well, the beginning was rough, and at first I had some dizziness, and headaches, but at this stage, I am feeling great, my energy level has improved greatly, my mood has been good and stable, my sleep has improved. I fall asleep easier, ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:15:17 EST Introduce myself Hi all im new here. So i want to say hello Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:58:10 EST They quit the bonouses For what ever the reason Spark quit the clicking onto various challenges/teams for extra points. That was a motivator that cuts back a desire. May quit?!? Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:14:08 EST Mix 'n Match 28 day challenge. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332136 </link> <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow: Mix 'n Match 28 day challenge! <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:55:25 EST Sherry's Sweet Escape & Walking to Escape the LBS! Sweet's has been my way to escape from everything. My sweets of choice are candy bars, Little Debbies snack cakes, cakes, pies etc, I'm including all cokes and diet ones too Tired I eat sweets, happy I eat sweets, unhappy I eat sweets, bored I eat sweet's. The junk food I eat. I want to escape from this way of eating and being lazy. <BR> <BR> I did great about a month ago, I went from eat sweets 5-6 times a day to eating them maybe 1-2 a day. I lost a little bit of weight, energy level ca... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:58:28 EST . . Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:53:32 EST How to add an icon Can anyone help me to add the little turtle to my icon? You know that tracks your weight loss. Someone told me to edit my page but I tried that and can't find what I need. I can't private message that person and this site isn't set up to help you easily find threads you've commented on. <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:02:42 EST Alley''s Diet journey <img src="">Hello, all! <BR> Alley here! After a long while away, I have decided to return here and give it another go, especially as I have to lose weight due to health issues... I did lose a lot before but put it back on during cancer it all has to go so that I can deal with knee and back problems. I have made a start and am more committed than ever... I hope I can make it this time! <BR> <em>239... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:30:52 EST Roxanne's Rant So I have had to keep my dads surgery under wraps he didn't want anyone to know and I found out after he was in the hospital for 2 days. He went in on thurs and I found out on sat. Didn't really like that. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 23:41:02 EST Sharon's Sugar Challenge - Join Me! 3/6/17 - Day One - A Gift to My Health <BR> <BR> Starting right now at 9:34AM EST. Just had about 3 tsp. sugar in coffee but challenging myself to stop all sugar until April 16. That is Easter and will be celebrating my DH birthday with family. My guess is that if I can stay off or at least severely restrict sugar/desserts, that I will not even want to break the challenge in April. <em>449</em> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:38:18 EST Tracking Anyway Yesterday I went to a party. Drank, ate, enjoyed myself without over indulging. This morning I did some reflecting and tracked what I ate. Obviously I didn't eat like I would have at home but I didn't go over-board so I'm happy. I gained 0.6 but that's OK. No more wine this week, no more cookies, no more cheese. I can do this. I already blogged my menu for today so I'm not going to repeat it. Anyone can read that if they want. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to good day of staying on plan ... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 11:33:35 EST ASDASD ASDASDASDASD Fri, 3 Mar 2017 01:30:58 EST My community Journal I am so glad I found this. Just notes to myself about myself. For now! Wed, 1 Mar 2017 14:56:39 EST Lenten Challenge Hello amazing people, am starting a new challenge from today as my Lenten challenge after a couple of failed attempts in the past. The challenge is to wake up earlier every morning, do my morning routine including workouts and take small actions towards my goals. Will continue this till Easter Sunday with today being my first day. <BR> Do drop in a message or a word of encouragement if you happen to drop by this page. I will update on my actions later today and on following days as well. Hav... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:23:37 EST My community journal I am done with thinking about me Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:39:09 EST Marianne's Journal Today is my second day on SparkPeople this time around, and goshdarnit, this is the last time I'm starting over! <BR> <BR> My plan has 3 prongs: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition. For me that's low carb. I'm pre-diabetic and determined not to go over that line into the disease that killed my mom and grandmother. Eating low carb keeps my blood sugar stable, so that's that. My goal is to log everything I eat, no exceptions. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness. I'm not concerned with running a 5K or looking... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:54:56 EST trying to lose again I got off track recently. i'm now gaining instead of losing so I want to make myself more accountable. so I joined this group. if anyone would like a partner I still haven't found one. I recently have lost 17lbs. taking two off for the weight I gained back. it could have been 19. I lost some weight,about 22 lbs before and then I started focusing on other things but luckily didn't gain the weight back. so I started out at 267 and have now gotten down to 228. but my resolve has been broken. I l... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:04:33 EST 2017 Pick Your Part Challenge I started my journal in another section of the boards and am moving it here. <BR> <BR> This is where it started: <link><BR>oard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=40913089&<BR>strViewThisPage=1 </link> <BR> <BR> It came from an idea that I needed to make my own challenge because others' challenges did not quite work for me. This blog describes this:<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311358 <BR> <BR> I got through a we... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:14:05 EST Week by Week Week 1: I managed to lose 4 lbs my first week back even with eating out twice. It's a bit shocking when you start booking restaurant meals, especially the sodium. I told my husband that we needed to limit going out b/c it doesn't allow as much control over our diet as eating at home...We'll see how that works out. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:40:56 EST My Weight Loss Ok, been back on track for a week now. Woo Hoo. <BR> <BR> I cut out sugar and sugar substitutes and I'm no longer craving sugar. <BR> <BR> This week I lost 10.4 pounds. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:01:22 EST A little about me My name is Stacy, I am 42 years old, I am a T1D since I was a year old, so, yes, over 41 years of experience being an extremely brittle Diabetic. I am currently working with my doctors to be put on an insulin pump, hopefully, one with a built in CGM, will be a fight to get my secondary insurance to cover what medicare will not cover, but my endocrinologist has told me she will help me fight for coverage if need be, because she feels I will die without a pump and a CGM. Please wish me luck, ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 04:09:48 EST Passionate about letting meat rest after roasting? How passionate are you about letting meat rest after roasting? Would you start an argument about it, take over and do the carving yourself? Inform the other person how important resting the meat is? Please tell me how passionate you are. I kind of get if vegetarians and vegans really don't want to get involved. I'm a bit confused as I didn't think this was an inflammatory topic. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:29:14 EST How do i get through this without gaining weight Im new to spark but have already started my diet 2 months ago.. so far i have lost 15 lbs.. lastnight i found out my uncle who i loved very very much passed away in august of cancer and no member of my family told me anything about it. I am devastated and have been fighting hard to not eat away my pain and sorrow from losing my uncle without getting to say goodbye or i love you.. spark is my only outlet for support! How do i fight this emotional eating nightmare i could really use some kind w... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:32:54 EST Joyful Life Years ago, with help from SparkPeople, my weight dropped from 228 to 172 pounds. I still needed to lose more, but I maintained that loss for 12 years or so. Suddenly, within this last month or so, I gained 8 pounds (I turn 60 this summer, which likely has something to do with it). So I'm back and working to remind myself of what worked before. <BR> <BR> Now, however, my task is more complicated. I have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, tachycardia and Neurofibro... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:46:03 EST Tracy6659's 2017 Journal <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Starting a fresh journal for the new year. I have restarted my travels. Tired of calling it my "journey". <BR> <BR> I have been doing really good with my foods the past week or so. I have been eating fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I am down 2# this week. Which is fantastic because I was up 5# last week! Today I am holding water..which I normally don't do. Hoping whatever it is will pass. Trying to push my water intake tod... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 17:16:29 EST Challenging Myself Daily Today I have stepped 8, 467 steps. 2,663 calories burned. 3.59 miles walked and 32 active minutes. These are my fitbit statistics and I am proud of these stats. Almost 10,000 steps, My tomorrows goal is to at least get 8,700 steps. I have that motivation. I am morbidly obese and I would be ecstatic to get under 300 pounds by my birthday on February 28. I will turn 44 and hopefully I am on a track to a healthier me. I am eating nothing but fruits and vegetables and some protein. I th... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:51:58 EST Life is.... "like a box of chocolates. You never know what your gonna get" <BR> <BR> Any one who has seen the movie Forest Gump knows that quote. It is one of the most accurate analogies I've ever heard. I never really know what any one day will bring. Sure certain aspects and little things we can plan for and actually make happen, but somewhere along the line life throws a curve ball to put us off our game. <BR> <BR> I can plan what I'm going to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks until... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:14:24 EST Misbehaving <em>524</em> <BR> Well, I joined spark people I think in 2011, & I have been in & out of here , numerous times(unfortunately). Still working on self motivation, so I'm trying again....adding spark people onto my to do list least 2-3Times per week...seems like I have gotten myself into a revolving New year's resolution door, I seem to come on strong for each new year but Peter out after first month or so... <BR> As I looked at my blogs just for 2017, I have already gone into lazy m... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:35:13 EST I want to be free I have always liked the idea of documenting my journey, but never had the courage - mainly because I wasn't sure I could do it. Now I understand that failure is part of the journey..... <BR> <BR> After years of trying and failing, I now believe that I am in the right place to give myself the 100% commitment that I deserve. So, 2017 is my year for freedom - to be free of the burden of carrying extra weight, feeling unhealthy, unworthy, and feeling guilty if I put myself first. I want to be fr... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:12:23 EST Food Journaling: Jenna Wolfe's Thinner in Thirty Day 2: Share My Food Journal Daily: <BR> <BR> Checking back in at the end of the day with a full update. Anyone care to join me? Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:26:11 EST Clare's Journey - Journal This journal records my path to a better body weight, happier disposition, greater willingness to participate in (minor) physical challenges and to loving my life more. I will know I am winning when (a) I love to get up and get going at tasks and can keep some endurance going and (b) it is easy to move snappily and do things like run, play tennis. <BR> <BR> Week 1 completed Started at almost 128 and 1.8 kg disposed of. And am up to 2 km a day on cross trainer. 126.1 kg now. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:38:06 EST 2017 and all that it will bring Day 1 <BR> <BR> Like so many others, I've chosen today to start anew. <BR> <BR> My goals for the month of January: <BR> No chocolate <BR> No chips of any kind <BR> No booze unless I have it outside of my home <BR> At least 40 ozs of water daily <BR> At least 5000 steps daily <BR> <BR> I tried to enlist a few of my friends to join me in setting goals for the new year. None of them were enthusiastic about making a fresh healthful start. Well, all except one - my coworker who's a wee little t... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:32:47 EST My Own 10% Challenge 219 Days Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:39:37 EST Spark Points So excited, only 800 more points until 100,000 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:26:31 EST My Zero Carbs and Atkins Diet So I messed up this week with my carbs. I was originally following the Orange Atkins Book where you start on 20 net carbs made up of mainly green salad. I lost the first week then nothing. I have been here before. So I dropped the carbs and followed the original Atkins diet from the 70's. Zero Carbs following the Induction Sheet. This has worked well and I have had between 1 and 2lb losses per week. My daily carb intake has been between 2 and 8 carbs from mainly salad (not net carbs). If it w... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 04:07:46 EST Candycane's Goals for Success Journal Most real, long term successes start out small and slow. I don't mean the kind that cause the roller-coaster effect, but that last a lifetime. So I'll only start with 2 little goals. <BR> <BR> My Beginning Plan for Success... <BR> ...drinking 8 cups of water a day <BR> ...walking for AT LEAST, but not limited to 10 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> That's all for starters....and until those goals are so a part of my life that they're habits, I'll not set any others for now. Believe me, just maki... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:42:22 EST Maintenance Is there a place on spark just for maintenance? Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:40:36 EST The WHITE journal I think it's a good idea to post about my goals on this thread. I need to keep this simple! <BR> <BR> Goal nr. 1: be rested - go to bed on time, take breaks, manage my agenda to plan in enough time to rest. <BR> Goal nr. 2: stick to my food plan. <BR> Goal nr. 3: exercise daily, 40 minutes per day or more if I can. <BR> Goal nr. 4: do yoga and foot exercises at least 3x per week. <BR> Mon, 5 Sep 2016 05:22:43 EST My Fitness Journal <em>198</em> Time to make some fitness goals. I've fallen off the proverbial wagon. It doesn't matter why. It only matters that I start again. <BR> <BR> Since I never really know what I can do from one day to the next I am breaking this up into 2 week segments. <BR> Week 1 - Treadmill 4 times a week for at least 15 minutes. Longer if I can. <BR> Strength training twice a week. Remembering to start slow. <BR> Stretching 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> Once I... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:47:40 EST Misc. 1 Sat, 4 Jun 2016 02:59:56 EST Caution.... Curves Ahead. That's not my main goal but it would be a nice benefit. <BR> I started again in January but got a bit side tracked by life. April 5, 2016 will be my day to remember. I am soooo motivated. I am taking charge of my life and refuse to give up regardless of challenges that present themselves. Best of all - my sweet hubby is doing it with me. All of it. So here we go. Baby steps. One day at a time. <BR> Today was the second day in a row I was on the treadmill. In a few days I will add s... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 01:34:03 EST Mary's Really Losing It!! This will be my public journal here on SP, and I hope you'll all join me on this difficult--but awesome--ride :) <BR> <BR> Here's my weight timeline, to start with! <BR> <BR> Age 3 - Went up 6 clothing sizes in one summer due to being a picky eater that my adopted mom severely indulged. I pretty much existed on greasy burgers, fries, and chips. <BR> <BR> Ages 4-8 - I was a pretty overweight kid, probably in obese territory. I didn't play outside a lot, and when I did, I wasn't runni... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:59:16 EST I just realized! I've been on SP for 10 years! I joined in 2006, it's now 2016! And in all this time, I've done nothing but gain! Sigh! I really need to work harder at this! However, I have more definition in my abs now! But I need to further shrink my waist because I can't fit into my tightest shorts! <BR> <BR> Do you think I'm being unrealistic? After all I am in my 40s now, no more in my 30s or 20s. Maybe I should accept my new size? Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:04:43 EST Wandering Cuppa's Wanderings Journal. Interesting. Writing this just to hold my place...checking out how this "journal" thing works here.... <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> Fri, 4 Mar 2016 23:08:35 EST Elaine's Fitness Journal I really didn't feel like exercising yesterday evening. I had done cardio 2 days in a row over the weekend, so I decided to do some bodyweight exercises. <BR> <BR> I set my hiit timer to 45 secs work, 15 secs rest, 30X. It was over before I knew it and I even sweated a little. I did crunches (3 kinds), planks, pushups, bridges, double leg lifts, single leg drops. <BR> <BR> It wasn't much but it was better than nothing! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:46:22 EST I've Figured it Out! (Fasting/Nutritional Ketosis) NOTE: Currently Fasting (water only, as per Dr. Fung's protocol): <BR> Tues. Feb. 9 - 9:00 PM through Sat. Feb 20 - 1:00 PM <BR> 10 DAYS, 16 hours <BR> <BR> Re-Feeding day: Saturday, February 20th <BR> <BR> <BR> A ketogenic diet: "eat small portions of protein, about twice that of veggies (the green leafy stuff), and a third more fats" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Keto Macros: <BR> 2 - 5 % (10 - 20 grams) Carbs <BR> 10 - 12 % (35 - 45 grams) Protein <BR> 83 - 88 % (105 - 145 grams) Fat <... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:20:50 EST Kelly's Not So Exciting Conversations in Her Head This is a journal where I will try to sort out my thoughts concerning weight loss and trying to improve health. It will be boring with such great thoughts as "Do I really care about getting healthier? Why wouldn't I. Why doesn't this motivate me?" <BR> <BR> I will also journal foods I have trouble resisting and should probably stop buying: like Ritz crackers and rotisserie chicken (no!!!!!! how can I give up my yummy salty rotisserie chicken. . . sigh). <BR> <BR> I will honestly report my d... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:48:52 EST Middle Earth Routes I plan to (virtually) explore Middle Earth through the following link: <BR> <link><BR>alk/walk.html </link> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:21:24 EST A New Start in 2016 Happy New Year to ME <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:22:55 EST Serene's food journal I'm going to put each day's food into these entries, but I'm also going to put an asterisk by any food that I find truly delicious -- that is, I wouldn't mind eating it once a day forever if necessary. <BR> <BR> Today's plan: <BR> <BR> B: Grape-nuts with almond milk, apple <BR> L: Vegan chili <BR> D: At mom's: shrimp scampi, pasta, broccoli <BR> S: Frozen cherries; hummus/toast; soup <BR> <BR> Today's actual: <BR> <BR> B: *Grape-nuts with almond milk <BR> L: Lunch out with Dad. Ate one pl... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:16:14 EST Baconburger's Zero Carb Journal I am a zero carb eater. <BR> <BR> stats are 234---188---170 and below! <BR> <BR> I thrive on meat and high fat with a little dairy. period :) <BR> <BR> I monkeyed with LC a long time. carbs called my name constantly and I sunk into zero carb and would climb the carb ladder a little and not do well. <BR> <BR> until I just stayed at ZC I found my stride. Like everyone I want food in my life mostly :) but I realized I had to get off the carb yo yo failure plan----my way was ZC and I am do... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:23:25 EST The Ultimate Life Journey Here on the first day of December, 2015 I'm starting my community journal to track my progress as I take on SparkPeople's Ultimate Life Challenge. I intend to track my progress during personal challenges here. I intend to set goals and create some public accountability for myself. My SparkFriends are welcome to join me and comment on my posts, or post your own goals or progress. New friends are always welcome! <BR> <BR> I'm currently working on FOCUS cornerstone. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:09:41 EST Goal: Fifty Fit and Fabulous I just turned 48 years old this month I am depressed, fat, unfit, moody, b****y, I have Graves disease and on the meds alone I gained 20lbs!! I also have another autoimmune disease called lichen sclerosis, both of these came about in the last 2 years. <BR> <BR> I have bags under my eyes, grey hair.... lots of grey hair I do color, I'm flabby and don't even care if I suck in my stomach around people anymore, I use to care but heck what is that going to do for me now. I have no will power I l... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 19:49:42 EST Life goes on and I am choosing to go with it! <BR> <BR> As a mom to many that is in the final stretch of child rearing, life can be a challenge. I have marrieds with children, marrieds no children, dating, not married, single helping a married sister etc, etc <BR> <BR> My life is changing, I have no preschoolers, only 3 teens. And 3 in elementary school. <BR> <BR> As I age, I am noticing aches and pains, I am not moving as fast or as graceful as I used to...and being a natural born klutz that is scar... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 20:08:57 EST The Four Cornerstones: Focus, Fitness, Fire, Force I have been doing a food journal type blog on my Spark page for about 4 weeks and (a) found it very useful for my own accountability and (b) found that comments soon dropped off as people got bored with it! I don't really want comments, but I DO want a place to keep a record and hold myself to account. So I'm starting a community journal. <BR> <BR> How my food journal works is: <BR> 1 = what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I eat which is not really good food (... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:31:00 EST Chiggers Best Year of my Life I've been 'flirting' with a few forums and need to make a commitment for the summer. So Sparkpeople is my choice. It's time to get serious - at least for the summer. <BR> <BR> Got a clean bill of health - various appointments last week and this week to check everything out. There is nothing 'wrong' with me. Well - I do need to have a blood test repeated Thursday to make sure glucose levels are ok - we'll see. BUT - all-in-all, I am blessed to be in a healthy position. <BR> <BR> This su... Tue, 12 May 2015 13:56:51 EST LillyRose Gratitude Journal Blessing of warm home to live in <BR> Healthy family members <BR> Day to relax Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:24:47 EST Deby is BLESSed <em>104</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:45:56 EST starting fresh I am starting fresh right now 162 to 140 by 11/22 Thu, 5 Sep 2013 02:27:53 EST PATTYKLAVER'S Goal Journal August 29, 2013: I have been telling myself all summer (well, at least since July) that I was going to do a few things. Although I feel that I have made some small strides, I really haven't pushed myself as I want to or should do. So, I start this journal to write down my goals. I will consciously think of them. I will come up with short, medium and long term goals. I will only take a few on at a time as to not overwhelm myself and not do them again. <BR> <BR> This week: <BR> 1) I wi... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:18:26 EST GWynlee's accountablity journal this journal is for me to hold myself accountable for losing weight. I am coming up with my goals and will post them soon Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:35:23 EST Rhonda's Ramblings About 10 days ago, I started a new personal challenge. I decided that each day I would do a 1 minute plank. I know it doesn't sound like much, but if you add up the numbers just doing 1 minute a day adds up to 6 hours a year. That has to be worth something! I'm hoping that as time progresses I will add additional 1 minute daily challenges. Other ideas include push-ups, crunches, scissor kicks, jumping jacks, jump rope, etc. I think anything that can be done without equipment would work ... Tue, 22 May 2012 11:37:37 EST PATTYKLAVER's Journal The doctor is trying to lower my dose of Geodon. I usually take 80 mg at night. The first time, he lowered it to 40 mg. I'd not sleep that much and about 2 pm, I'd become so tired I was almost comatose. After two days of that, I started taking the 80 mg again. <BR> <BR> The second time, the dose got lowered to 60 mg. I didn't sleep good and I noticed that I felt more depressed. Sometimes the depression was pretty bad. <BR> <BR> So, the last two nights, I have been taking the 80 mg ag... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 08:15:08 EST Jibbie's 2010 sedulous, pluck, Moxie, doggedness. <em>15</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:38:50 EST PAT'S EXERCISE RECORD. <em>249</em> FEBRUARY <BR> <BR> 1. AEROBICS 30 MIN. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12 <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> I LOVE ME BETTER THAN THAT <em>473</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:34:00 EST Annie's Journal Down 13.5 pounds since I created my Spark Page on May 12, 2008. Down 22 pounds from my January 1st weight. I'm learning some good habits, and feel good about my journey. <BR> <BR> My personal goals: <BR> 1. Eat mostly healthy whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables. <BR> 2. 8 glasses of water <BR> 3. Stop at one helping. <BR> 4. Don't eat after supper. <BR> 5. Work with weights a minimum of three times a week. <BR> 6. Get 7 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> I have been very successful with t... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 21:41:40 EST Audrey's Ramblings Today is New Year's Eve here in Australia. A new start is imminent! <BR> I'm disappointed that I've put on over the Christmas period, and my exercise is out the window! I'm so close and yet so far. The first half was easy but now it's one step forward, two steps back. The motivation is low. Sat, 30 Dec 2006 17:02:07 EST never give up For those of you who might remember, I'm the same Linloseandwin. Still trying to focus. <em>103</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks, Denise for the invite back/info and thank you Sparkpeople for the membership! <BR> <BR> Planning to continue the gains (losses), I made the last time I was here, with help from my friends! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe I can get back to "I can see clearly now....." <BR> <BR> Lin Mon, 23 Jan 2006 11:51:40 EST Welcome to: Challenging US! This is a new kind of challenge board and we decided to set it up on the journal board. <BR> <BR> What we, Janice and I have been discussing, is a different way of challenging ourselves. What we came up with is to set our own challenges and goals and work on them for a week at a time. <BR> <BR> A few of the challenges that each of us might consider is: tracking the minutes you expend on a daily basis for work out/exercise and anything else that expends energy on a day by day basis. Countin... Sun, 12 Dec 2004 07:59:07 EST