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 90 Day Challenge - Day 7 Hey Guys, I have started on a 90 Day Challenge since Fri, 7th Oct in order to meet my goals. The objective is 2 fold: <BR> <BR> 1. To sleep (max 11pm) and wake up early (between 5 and 6pm) everyday and <BR> 2. To meet my goals for this quarter <BR> <BR> Will post my daily successes and failures and lessons learnt from today on wards on a daily basis in this journal in order to stay accountable and keep track of the progress that I'm making. <BR> <BR> Will share my goals for the quarter w... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:40:32 EST Request due to Setback Surround me with your Sparkpeople Love everyone! Not long ago I realized MOMENTUM was a key to my weight management & chronic pain management success. Momentum has been rolling along smoothly until today when sinusitis struck. Now with heavy head I feel like staying in bed most of the day. I know this will pss, I'm just bummed about the momentum slowing to a halt and the chronic pain possibly returning. I know there is power in friendship so please focus a few minutes a day on my speedy recov... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:50:52 EST Maintenance Is there a place on spark just for maintenance? Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:40:36 EST calories for 9/29/2016 Calories for 9/29/2016 thursday is 1600 <BR> exercise: walk one hour Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:27:25 EST calories calories for tuesday 27th was 1266 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:24:11 EST Dot's Daily Gratitudes 9/17/16--I am so grateful for: <BR> ~Jesus, my savior - helps me through any tough times <BR> ~Family, Sonya and Don- my biggest supports <BR> ~my extended family as well- loving sisters, brother, and Mom. They're the best <BR> ~Good health <BR> ~beautiful new home <BR> ~new church with loving, supportive members--potential friends <BR> ~hiking and kayaking clubs-enjoying getting to know new friends <BR> ~Spark People support <BR> ~early retirement <BR> (Since this is my first gratitude post... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:28:33 EST HCG I just want to ad my humble and honest two cents to the conversation. <BR> <BR> Of course at 500 cals. anyone can lose weight with and without the HCG.!!! <BR> <BR> The thing is that with HCG you are not just at 500.. you are at over a 1,000 cal. because the HCG what it does is that TAKES FROM YOUR FAT the rest calories needed to go througout your day (some you eat, and some it will be taken from your stored 'material') <BR> <BR> With a 500 cals. diet WITHOUT the HCG, the rest the body n... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:29:51 EST Want To Move To Your Home With Packers And Movers Hyderabad is such a wonderful city with allot many historic places as well as with allot many tourists. Hyderabad is famous for its brilliant Indian foods as if it is always being a city of Nawab’s which is famous for their life styles and food traditions.If you have a thought of moving to Hyderabad or from Hyderabad to some other destination then you should preferably choose Packers and Movers Hyderabad. In such a huge city if you think that you can hire domestic workers for your relocation ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 03:50:20 EST Tracy 6659's Lifestyle Journal <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> New journal for the new stage that I am in on my fitness and better health journey. <BR> <BR> I continue to make strides in achieving my new lifestyle. I often struggle on a daily basis with something or another. Often it is myself being too hard on me. <BR> <BR> I struggle with being tired. Tired of always having to be "on" and "working hard". Many times I just want to give up. The big picture is just so overwhelming. <BR> <BR> I am at a stage where I am try... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:14:25 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 starting over So I live with my mom and it seems that sometimes she prefers me to be heavier. I think it is like a way of knowing that I will need her or something The other day I was at work at a girl told me that I looked like the golden egg from willie wonka. it hurt I know that I need to lose the wright and I know that I can. I am going to start going to a gym. People ask me why when I have a treadmill at home, I feel that if I am paying my hard earned money than that is a way of holding me accountable... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 01:18:58 EST Juice fast day 29 I'm on day 29 of a 90 day juice fast. I've never done any fasting for 90 days but I feel like if I can do 29 then I can do 90. I've lost 23 pounds. I think men and younger women would probably lose weight faster but my metabolism is slow at best. <BR> <BR> I started walking and even started to run yesterday for the first time! I only made it a quarter around the track before I had to stop, but I walked ran for 4 laps. I think I ran too fast. I always do things in excess so will try again to... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:32:10 EST Starting over Here I am back on Sparkpeople. <em>252</em> It has worked for me in the past and I'm sure it will continue to work if I'm sticking to the basics of exercise and moderate eating. I'm hoping to keep this as a diary and food journal. I'm exercising at home using Jillian Michael's Body Revolution and it has worked wonders for my strength at the beginning of the year. Otherwise, I'm planning on increasing my daily step count from around 6500 steps to eventually 10000 daily steps by beating my ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:03:34 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 Bad influnces I've tried over and over again to eat healthier and keep a regular workout routine. I know my body is my burden, but it can also be my blessing if I want it to be. I try to maintain my social life as well, however all my friends seem to always want to be doing something unhealthy, and they are always trying to discourage me from working out or eating healthy. If I want to go for a jog, they have a way to talk me out of it, if I want to eat a salad, they talk me into a pizza. I'm not trying to... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:23:08 EST Hidden Calories Gaining and confused why. Eating balanced meals, but coffee and cereal was having to much sugar added to it. Began a review of intake. I was eating the right amount of food and drinking enough water. I had cut out Latte drinks and sodas. <BR> <BR> I see the problem; sugar packets. Each raw sugar packet is 16 kcal of which I have been using way to much. Plan to focus on how many I use. This morning only used one in my hot tea. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:12:27 EST How can you get more followers going through... Hello Everyone, <BR> I am on day 72 of my journey and write blog entries about the process I am taking that other women may relate to. I copy and paste my blog from wordpress but only have a handful of readers. I'd really like blogging buddies who can give me feedback and who I can give feedback to on their blog. If you are interested, visit my page and let me know. This is very important to me being that we are heading towards holiday time again and this will be a difficult ( though it does... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:40 EST exercise i am making it a point to exercise 30 minutes 5 times a week at the fitness center. sometimes i just want to stay home, and then i remember how important exercise is for my body. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:35:04 EST STRUgGLE I Seem to struggle with my trying to loose weight but i am not going to give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:39:33 EST TRYING BUT NOT TRYING !!! I have taking a small break from dieting and exercising. I'm ready to start again, all over again a fresh start. This time I'm not stressing over it. Not thinking about it 24/7. I'm going to make healthy choices and I know I will make unhealthy choices that's just me. It might get easier along the way but until it does that's what I'm going to do. Going to exercise mostly walking and then throw some weights in there. I'm not going to put a ban on all food, not going to call it a diet (cause... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:20:52 EST JERZGURL'S JUNKET Hmm, what is JUNKET?? <BR> <BR> 1) a dish of sweetened and flavored curds of milk, often served with fruit. <BR> <BR> 2) an extravagant trip or celebration, in particular one enjoyed by a government official at public expense. <BR> <BR> Well, since diabetes threat or rather diagnosis (I think) the sweetened part of this JOURNEY will be minimal <BR> <BR> I'll take #2 since in fact, I am retired and my Social Security is now supporting my extravagant celebration of life. <BR> <BR> This is... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:29:48 EST PATTYKLAVER's Grandma Journal I'm writing in this because I believe I need a new computer and printer. If only I could keep Helena off them if I do get new ones! She loves to figure out things; push buttons, look in things, etc. <BR> <BR> Saturday evening was a fun night for the 4 of us girls. Helena saw her first real life rainbow in the back yard. She loved it. Then Sarah and Sherry took the truck into the cul-de-sac and had Helena drive it (the one she got for her birthday). They took turns having Helena chase a... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:52:31 EST Looking for Fitness Buddies Hi there! My name is Lala (Laura in the Hawaiian language). I am one of those who has "started fresh" a gazillion times. Well, this time... I'm getting SERIOUS! No, REALLY!! That's why I need YOU... and why you need ME! <BR> I am "designing" my workout plan and plan to start on Sept 1. You won't have to do the same exercises as I'll be doing, but the intention is to hold each other accountable, check in each day, report your activity(ies) and cheer each other on. What do you think? Wo... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:02:54 EST Looking for Spark friends Would love to get some visitors, followers and comments on my page/blog or twitter <BR> shiftinbeautymovement <BR> Sun, 7 Aug 2016 13:47:50 EST Not a Diet! Just Trying to Find Balance. This is the most basic way to describe my journey now! I'm tired of the container meal plan, counting points, etc. I have to find a way to live healthy, lose some fluff pounds and still enjoy life! More to come.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 12:48:50 EST Fitbit friends... I'm looking for new fitbit friends! Please add me :) // Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:00:54 EST Fit & Healthy at 40 I'm returning to Sparkpeople after a few months' break. <BR> <BR> I was quite successful at the beginning of the year with consistent exercise and moderate eating, but life got in the way and I got bored. Thankfully, I haven't put on any weight, which to me is just confirmation that what I did earlier in the year really worked. I'm concentrating again on getting healthy and strong... <BR> <BR> I'm not calorie counting, but it does help to write things down. So this will be a food journal ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:00:43 EST Ending the Summer Strong Tuesday, July 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> My Beachbody group has fizzled out, and I seem to really need the accountability, so I'm going back to recording a journal here! <BR> <BR> It's been a great summer. I started running consistently and keeping track of my diet in April, and lost the 10 lbs that I gained over the winter! However, I really fell off track after the 4th of July, and haven't done much exercising since. <BR> <BR> My worst problem is with my eating habits. There is no middle groun... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:28:14 EST Need a schedule for life to get motivated. The last few years have seen my schedule become worse and worse until it doesn't exist. I need to get hold of it to correct my sleeping and eating patterns. <BR> Gotten into the habit of staying up half the night and sleeping from 12-18 hours a day. That means that I start eating most of the time after 5 or 6 pm and having lots of sleepless nights. I know that improper sleep causes weight gain so that certainly goes against my goal of losing weight. <BR> Since this all started I have gained o... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:17:48 EST Willow's very honest accountability journal I'm gaining weight. Dating does not make it easy. I can't blame's my choices. The nighttime eating and self sabotage is all me and something I don't yet understand. I'm determined to make changes but I'm weary from trying...I'm not giving up though. <BR> <BR> Today I ate 1380 cals. The report says it was mostly fat, carbs and then protein. So that tells me I need to get over my fear of cooking and try some new foods here at home that will serve me better. <BR> <BR> I also did 4... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 01:35:52 EST yum_yum's accountability journal This journal is to track my daily fitness and feelings. I have entered a triathlon in September and i also have about 15-20lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> Today I tried running and failed. It was mostly walking but I still managed to do 5km in 45mins. I am concerned that the run is going to be part that lets me down. It is hard as I am a much stronger swimmer but the swimming section is only 750m compared to the 5km run. There is arunning club that meets at 8.30am on a Sunday. I am going to a... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:13:25 EST Dominika wants to lose 10 kg (22 lbs) Yesterday my scale showed me 66,7 kg. My goal weight is 56,7 kg. That means that I need to lose exactly 10 kg to lose weight. I'll take this as a sign. <BR> <BR> I'm starting over. First time I tried, I wanted to start small. Long story short - I didn't. And so I gave up. <BR> <BR> This time, I want to want to focus on one habit - doing yoga every day - at the time. After finishing my 30 days. I'll reward myself with a new yoga mat. <BR> <BR> I hope that by this, I can build a habit of ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 03:21:44 EST A Healthy Me So I just signed on with one of the fastbreak goals to post to the message boards. This one caught my eye and so here I am. My real goal is to be as healthy as I can despite some health issues that aren't going anywhere anytime soon. I have fibromyalgia, diabetes, am bipolar, have an anxiety disorder and bursitis (that hopefully will go away though). I have found that changing my health lifestyle has had a positive effect on a few of these. I just recently got to cut my diabetes medicine in h... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:06:24 EST My Self-Discovery Journey & Journal I am slowly awakening- I no longer feel blocked- Subdued in the heavy fog. The grey matter in my brain slowly dissolving- as the heavy dose of medication leaves my body. <BR> <BR> I LOVE my Psychiatrist. I really do. He has helped me get through some very tough times. I can't say I fully "trust" him though- as when I became pregnant with my now 12 year old "healthy" daughter- he had told me the medication I was taking (and still am) wouldn't harm her. I really don't know if it was j... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:19:12 EST Blasting Out of My Rut I have a community journal on here somewhere, buried deep when I stopped posting in it after 9ish months. I celebrated my 2-year sparkversary on May 28th of this year. However, I've been stuck in a rut for the past couple months, just keep repeating the same mistakes. I'm nowhere close to giving up but feeling a bit stuck and like I may never get out of this rut. So I'm trying things that I did when I FIRST started my journey, because on some levels, I feel like I went back in time. I've main... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 01:20:45 EST beginning again with the help of God. Trying to ma back again . fighting the fight. I now found a new incentive to lose. Don't want to be a fat cow anymore. Want to get healthy and be able to get my energy back., I am so tired all the time. I know there is something off in my body. Because I am losing hair like crazy and I am so tired all the time. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:42:35 EST Just For Today Day 3 of my "Eating For Life" trial (I'm sticking to it until June 30 to see if this plan works for me). <BR> <BR> I'm shocked that I'm not hungry. I was so hungry the first time I tried it that I thought I would implode. <BR> <BR> I named my journal "Just For Today" because that thought has helped me make difficult life improvements in the past. If I think I can't do it, I tell myself that it's just for today. It makes me do it now! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:45:37 EST Weigh in Wednesdays: the good the bad and the ugly I am restarting Spark People with a goal in mind: to lose 50 pounds before my birthday next year. I will be posting here weekly - I need accountability! <BR> <BR> I am power walking for 30 minutes almost every day to start. <BR> <BR> Weight: 175.5 <BR> <BR> Lets do this! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:03:42 EST Up and down and up again I've been with Spark for about 4 years now, but this is my first time trying the community journal. <BR> <BR> I started this journey when I got a new job, and had to buy a size 16 suit for the interview. At 200 lbs, I was the highest I had been, not counting pregnancy. <BR> <BR> During those 4 years, I lost weight, suffered an injury, am still recovering from it, and gained weight again. <BR> <BR> So now, I am preparing for a new job. I wore the same size 16 suit again, and am back to ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:38:35 EST 30kg Weight Loss Journey Hi guys! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> So I'm finally back after, who knows, probably two or three years? When I was 15/16 years old, I managed to loose around 15 kg by myself, using SparkPeople daily for motivation. Then I met my boyfriend, and I gained all of the weight back +++. We didn't have a scale at the time and therefore I was unable to see how much weight I actually had gained. Then you can understand the shock when I went to the doctor and he told me I was 95 kg's, right? That is waa... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:34:31 EST Wendy's "Garden of Success" Hi All, <BR> Here I am going to record my journey to success in becoming fitter and in charge of my life. After a long time of knowing that I needed to be fitter and have more energy I am finally doing something about it. Bravo, bravo comes from the background. I am finally in a place where I can take charge and with God's strength be who I am meant to be. <BR> <BR> This journey began last June/July when I finally admitted that I couldn't keep on going the way I had been for years. I had a t... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 07:23:30 EST Aura 5 Reasons I want to reach a healthy goal weight: <BR> 1. Health Promotion & Disease prevention <BR> 2. Independence to care for myself <BR> 3. Narrow down clothes to what I use to have 1 closet and 1 dresser <BR> 4. Energy to exercise and keep active <BR> 5. Strong muscles to maintain balance and flexibility <BR> ... Read 1-5 everyday to commit. Sat, 4 Jun 2016 02:59:56 EST Turtle (71) Journey to Lose 18 Pounds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> June 1st, 2016 weight is 152.6 pounds. Had a 1 pound gain in May. Plans were to lose 3 pounds but that clearly did not happen. <BR> <BR> June plans are to lose 4 pounds. Walk a minimum of 4000 steps a day. Drink 64 ozs. water (liquids) a day. Limit sweets, choose lean proteins and fresh vegetables. <BR> <BR> I am capable of accomplishing these June goals. I am capable to eating and ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:28:15 EST Ups and Downs The journey to healthy has a lot of ups and downs. I think I want a small space here to keep track of the ups, my successes, motivators, inspirations, and gratitudes where I can celebrate and reflect on the positive. But also mention the downs so I can remind myself life's like a jump rope and while I acknowledge the down in my life I'm not going to let myself dwell on it. <BR> <BR> Ups: Made some healthy choices, got outside and played, visited with family, actually got away from my compute... Sun, 29 May 2016 23:33:01 EST Can't back down Hi, I'm Jess. 23 - almost 24 years old. I had my son in Sept. 2015, and i put on 60 lbs since conception... I NEED to lose this weight because I swore I'd never be over 300lbs. I'm too close to it, still, even though I've lost 5lbs. I was 250 when I got pregnant with Rayne. I wanted to cry at my weight since he was born... it just went up.. Granted, I had the depo shot and unfortunately it can make one eat more than they need/gain weight. I'm off of it and on a hormone BC now, depo is complet... Sun, 22 May 2016 21:02:50 EST Lose weight in 6 weeks 164 today-goal 150 Sat, 21 May 2016 06:40:51 EST Mistys blog I will try to come in every day. Need to get a new scale (i am saving up the money for it) and exercise every day. I can do it in the morning and in the evening if I can remember and have the time. Seems like when I move more, I don't have the time thanks to my job. I do have days where I have to work 12 hours apart and I don't drive (I could walk or bike from work). Fri, 20 May 2016 21:28:35 EST Shelly's Journal I have decided to do one of these as well. I have read a few of the other journals and find that this will be motivational for me! Here's to a great journey for becoming healthier! <em>521</em> Tue, 17 May 2016 12:31:16 EST Ready To Do This Right! I'm probably like a lot of people here I've jumped on and off the healthy eating/ exercising bandwagon more times than I can remember and tried most of the quick fixes that are out there, some of them worked, for a time, but then I reverted to my old habits and the lb's just came back on because essentially nothing had changed. <BR> <BR> So what is different this time? Well I'm sick of starting over and I'm ready to make lasting changes. I'm 46, 50lb overweight and have niggling aches and... Tue, 17 May 2016 06:26:19 EST Self Care, the only two words you need for success For years i was all about not taking care of myself and making sure that everyone around me had anything and everything they needed to be successful. By the time i realized that there was absolutely NO ONE doing the same for me, it seemed almost too late. I had run myself into the group suffering from chronic fatigue, never ending fibromyalgia flares, chronic fatigue, and uncontrolled diabetes. until 35 days ago, the last 5 years had been pure hell. Today, my self care comes from me and i... Fri, 13 May 2016 21:53:44 EST Ever hear of an eating plan based on blood type? I recently was approached by the mother of one of my friends about an eating plan she has been following for a few years with great success. It involves changing your diet according to your blood type and several characteristics about your body. She was telling me what her typical nutritional intake is, and I have to admit I was intrigued! <BR> <BR> What really impressed me though was that she has literally lost HALF of her body weight and is still losing weight! She weighed almost 600 lbs ... Fri, 13 May 2016 10:08:32 EST Elaine's Struggles, goals, and accomplishments I became a member in 2005 and thought "wow this is great a free program who needs a weight trainer I can do this it's simple." <BR> <BR> Wrong not so simple. It turns out that I had a lot of work to do with motivation and changing the way I eat. I am happy to say I love the new way of eating and I still fall off now and then but eating fat free foods and vegetables is not the problem. It is TIME. I have to learn to plan a ahead with my meal and excercise. I was a gym member but my long commu... Sat, 7 May 2016 10:48:59 EST 31lbs in 96 days Hi everyone, <BR> I have lost 31 lbs since January 29 and I am very happy about. I still have 70lbs to lose but I don't think I can keep up with the rhythm. Maybe I should slow down. <BR> <BR> There are a few things I learn: <BR> - my metabolism (my family's) has a toxic reaction to carbs, it's just the way it is <BR> - if I don't eat carbs, I can actually eat more calories and still lose a lot weight <BR> - if I don't eat carbs, I can do not exercise at all and still lose a lot of weight <... Thu, 5 May 2016 19:52:19 EST I'm Not Dead Yet! An Errant Sparker Tries Again This is not my first time on SparkPeople - nooo, not by a long shot. But this is my first time actually venturing onto the message boards. Somehow I've never drifted this direction before, and in the spirit of trying to utilize everything that SparkPeople has to offer? Well, here I am. <BR> <BR> I did this for the first time a handful of years ago, and when I was doing it, I was pretty successful and lost over 30 pounds. It helped though that I was working at a fitness center, so every day ... Wed, 4 May 2016 00:56:30 EST 300 pounds! I have lost 29 pounds since mid December. I am now weighing in at 300 pounds! Woohoo! I might just make my goal of 250 by October 21. It is definitely looking like it. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Even if I don't make the goal I know that I am okay and that weight does not make the woman. I am happy with myself however I look or weigh. I am doing this for my health, in hopes that some day I will be able to stop the blood pressure and cholesterol meds. <BR> <BR> I know I have lost inches bec... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:06:43 EST Time to try something different! Hi everyone - I'm not really sure how this is supposed to work, but I'm going to just put my thoughts out there and see if anyone replies! <BR> <BR> To tell you a bit about myself - I'm 27 years old and have been overweight for about 8 years. I stand to lose 30 lbs. I tried changing my diet and exercising but could never stick with it in the past. About six weeks ago I went on antibiotics, and well, I'm still on antibiotics. I've tried 5 different types of medication and nothing is sticking!... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:51:08 EST Debbie's journey to a healthier life I am new to this and not sure what to do here, so I will start with some background. <BR> <BR> August 2012. I weighed in around 150 pounds and felt great. On August 13 I went to my family doctor for my yearly "female appt". Ms. Melissa discovered an area of concern in my right breast. After a whirlwind week of mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy, I was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. Breast cancer. Stage IIB. Holy crap!!! Fast forward through the next 3 1/2 years, a bilatera... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:37:17 EST Just starting Over 50 So I've read a few of these messages, and here is what my thing is so far. I want to stay on track, make small improvements, hold myself accountable, and share my failures when they occur. Then find some encouragement, and try again. I'm not trying to lose 100 pounds in one day, one month, or even one year. I want a life style change that I can live with for the next 30 years or so. <BR> Challenges are always restaurants. <BR> Drinking enough water. <BR> Drinking alcohol. <BR> Weight training... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 10:07:09 EST Just working hard I am at a stand still with my fitness and my weight i wanna get down to 150 but im stuck in the 170s Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:13:14 EST Vitamins Funny thing. I never thought to track my vitamins. Just found out that adds an additional 140 calories to my weekly totals. Hopefully the nutrition out weighs the calories. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:36:08 EST Tracking food keeps you on track Recently hit a weight loss plateau and decided to try the 21 day challenge. The number 1 discovery was that even though I was eating a vegan diet and drinking lots of water, I was eating way too much and not getting enough of certain nutrients. With the daily nutrition tracker, though it takes some time, I am seeing marked improvement in my weight loss, am more conscious about how much and what I'm consuming and am better able to make better food choices based on what I am lacking in my nut... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:08:44 EST Jumbo PB cup Cookies Wanted 5 cookies, ate one and stopped there. They were absolutely delicious, so I consider that a victory in and of itself. No walk today, so my back and legs are killing me! Planning to do a little yoga before bed to help stretch it all out <em>386</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:57:34 EST I lost 27 lbs! started at 138, now down to 111 lbs <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145998 </link> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:57:52 EST My goals I'm told this will help me stick to my goals. We'll see. <BR> <BR> 1. Not eat unless I'm hungry. Stop when not hungry. <BR> 2. Fruit for snacks. <BR> 3. More protein, less bread, crackers etc. <BR> 4. Keep moving. <BR> 5. Enjoy being with the people in the room. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:04:32 EST Losin' weight ain't easy girl...but it's workin'! Losing 2 pounds a week. Taking FOREVER it seems. Been methodically scheduled working out with my own "weigh in' on Saturday a.m.'s Weighed 234 this a.m. Yes! My dhort term goal is 199. Long term is 155. Slow process but slow is way to go in order to get in shape for me so I won"t hurt my knee again (so much better now 1 year later hurting my knee was like a total setback initially though ugh!). Beginner weight training video on Tuesdays & Fridays for 43 minutes. Using 5 pounds weight s lovi... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 21:54:24 EST 259 DAYS TO MAKE 2016 A SUCCESS! This is something I posted on my spark page. I am posting it here to hold myself accountable. I am trying everything to get back on track. I must be honest with myself! I finally have been doing some soul searching which is a very good thing for me. So far 2016 has been a disaster. <em>4</em> <em>15</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>46</em> need I say more. I have come to the realization that their are still 263 days left to make this a successful year! (it will be 259 days whe... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:43:55 EST Beating the Blues I have been overweight most of my life. I was thin (i thought I was fat) in my teen years because I spent endless hours in the pool or in the ocean while I was living in Florida. When I moved to Kansas, got married, and had two children and that it was when the weight starting piling on. All the while I was living with depression.. I ate because I depressed I was depressed because I ate and was fat. I am 5' weight ballooned into 150.. I would go on a diet, lose a few pounds only to watc... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:01:41 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 Changing My Lifestyle one little thing at a time! Changing My Lifestyle one little thing at a time! <BR> <BR> One day we're here and the next day gone.!!! <em>253</em> Sat, 9 Apr 2016 09:17:23 EST My LIFESTYLE one little thing at a time! ~~~~~ 2016 ~~~~~~ <BR> Changing My Lifestyle <BR> one little thing at a time! <BR> <BR> 1/29/16 <BR> I discovered THM "Trim Healthy Mama" Lifestyle <BR> 2/10 Received THM Plan Book <BR> 3/10 Received THM Cookbook <BR> 3/18 Received CIZE The End of Exercize!!! <BR> 3/25 Started Chantix to stop smoking. <BR> <em>247</em> Charlie Fri, 8 Apr 2016 10:18:49 EST This is MY year!! I've been saying that for quite a while but always in regard to showing my horse. I realize now that I can take all the effort and energy I put into my riding and training and use it to accomplish my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> #1 goal: lose some weight <BR> <BR> #2 keep blood sugars at acceptable levels <BR> <BR> Those are my two goals. The way I'm going to go about it to STOP sabotaging myself by giving in to whims of the moment. I'm going to stop and ask myself "are you really hung... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 16:19:17 EST Michael's Journal 3/26/16 - I have spent many sedentary years working at my desk. Now I'm overweight, out of shape, and in pain. I hurt every single day, all day long. The pain in my legs / feet / ankles just never stops. I have a bone spur growing into my Achilles tendon and haven't been able to use my right foot effectively in over a year. I feel horrible and I miss walking normally, dancing with my wife, roller skating, walking the dog, driving comfortably, sleeping through the night, and doing things with ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:13:02 EST My Current Weight! :) Current Weight: 244.8 <BR> <BR> Hello, I'm starting something where I post my weight in the mornings. I've noticed in the past that I can't guarantee I can post my weight everyday, but I can post it most days. My goal is to first keep my weight under control, and second lose weight in a healthy way. So this is a first step. :) Tue, 5 Apr 2016 07:02:59 EST Nana's Journey to a healthy life I've always known I should be journaling to help with my weight loss.. but didn't. I'm going to attempt it now because this is the last time of trying, ... I'm running out of years. I'm 68, in my head 48 but the body is worn out...........I will be weighing every Sunday morning and will definitely post right here and share my truthful feelings about it.. <BR> <BR> March 27, 2016 Weight is 230.0 lbs. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my first weigh-in and I'm feeling good about it. I'm eating and tra... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 00:55:20 EST Coffee Break, No Donuts! <em>271</em> no <em>473</em> ! <BR> <BR> I'm back at SparkPeople and determined to make it work for me this time. So I'm taking advantage of what this site has to offer, which includes this spot for journaling. After years of yo-yo dieting caused by fad diets interspersed with binge eating, I'm at my heaviest ever. I feel fat, sluggish and uncomfortable. It's time to do something about it. <BR> <BR> I've been back for 1 week now, and am down 1.5 lbs, so I'm off to a good start! <BR> ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 15:21:43 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 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 running aroun... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:59:16 EST April Fools Starting tomorrow I will begin to exercise 3x a week. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:37:30 EST special foods Lately I have been drinking a lot of protein shakes. I am still not losing weight but basically plateauing. It frustrates me when I can not lose. Nevertheless, snacking still has not stopped. I am back to eating fish,chicken and ground beef. I plan my meals weekly. <em>347</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:38:34 EST 22 Minute Hardcorps Journal Friday, March 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> I've decided to officially begin Beachbody's new program, 22 Minute Hardcorps, next week! This thread will act as my journal through the 8 week journey. <BR> <BR> To prep: <BR> <BR> Use SP to track all of my food today-Sunday. It's the weekend, and I'm hosting a big Easter brunch on Sunday, so it won't look like my typical diet structure! This way I'll get a sense of my "normal" diet as well. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, take before measurements, photos, and the F... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:06:52 EST Jumping in with both feet March 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> Well, I've officially hit my heaviest weight. I'm constantly unhappy with the way I look and feel in my own skin, so it's time to drop the excuses and buckle down to turn it all around. I'm ready to be in the best shape of my life again! <BR> <BR> I was on a great track in February, but bronchitis/pneumonia put an end to that. Now spring is fast approaching, and I need to be prepared for shorts weather when it arrives! <BR> <BR> So here we go. This is my plan: <B... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:03:53 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 To be Healthy So there are so many factors to consider when one wants to get healthy Yes diet and exercise but what about more then that? What about our Mental Health? We are seeing so many people now that suffer from Depression and anxiety We hear the stigmas 'so and so is so bipolar' and i ask Isn't mental health just as important and Physical? Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:49:51 EST Eat Every 3 Hours and Lose Weight Hi, Kathy here, I just started the 3 hour diet. I am down 4 lbs. I finally found something that makes sense and satisfies my hunger. Eating every 3 hours is about eating smart and staying full. So far I have been waking up without "fog brain". I am eating under 100 Sugar Calories a day. So I can pick what I want for those calories. It is very healthy eating. If anyone is doing something similar let me know. I would love to have a cyber buddy to work with. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:48:17 EST Lifting Weights and the Resistance Band I was in a slump because I could not lose weight for a year now. I fell on black ice in December of 2012 and could hardly walk or lift anything for a year and a half. I worked through different issues but came to a stand still last year. I had to try something different. I have never been interested in weight lifting but I thought the Resistance Band was interesting and in my budget. It was hard for the first month, January. I got bored with it by the middle of February. I bought adjustable f... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 18:44:05 EST SHERRY'S UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!! (MY STORY);;; I have a lot of things in my life to work on. Weight. getting healthy, mind, body and spiritually are just some of the things I need to work on. I have decided today to stop focusing on being on a diet. It's all I think about 24/7. I thank is one reason I can't lose it, all I do is lose 2-3 pounds then gain it back. My famous saying is "I'm going to start losing weight I'm going to start exercising". I'm going to start but only to start then stop. I have said this so much over the years, 'm ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 22:06:36 EST Goal setting... the reason for success or failure! Like most on this site, and those that have not yet joined, we have all set goals for ourselves and failed time and time again. During my years as a leader in the military, I constantly stressed for my Soldiers to set personal goals to better themselves and their careers. What I found, as many of you have, that our goals are rarely achieved, and we give up for a bit, or quit altogether. It took many years of watching myself fail at weight loss over and over and over again, and seeing other... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 22:07:25 EST having trouble losing weight. I'm having trouble losing weight. I love to eat ice cream and I need to get back on track I gain one pound. I do go to see a dietitian and go to classes like low sodium, low fat, weight management. I still have 91 pounds to lose. I'm hoping to lose it sometime in few years. Like 3-4 years. <BR> I'm so tired from helping my neighbor in apt #3. They constantly need help and does not have a car. One lady I drive to work doesn't give me money for gas. I can't take her. She spending on thi... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:35:48 EST I did make it I was able to hit my revised goal weight of 185 on Friday. Something I am very proud of and worked hard to do. Not sure if I am going to keep going lower, or just maintain for a while... I am feeling pretty good where I am not, and want to maintain a healthy balance in my life. It has been nice to know I still have the freedom to eat what I want, but I have made changes to my eating habits and am really enjoying the lifestyle program I found 3 months ago that has been an important key to my ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:04:29 EST To a GREAT 2017! Feeling excited to start and can't wait to see the results! <BR> <BR> 3-12-16 last pb reading 151/94 226lbs Sun, 13 Mar 2016 20:11:43 EST 1 to go Wow, dropped another 2 lbs yesterday... surprised because I had some cinnamon raisin bread last night too, but was good otherwise... need to lose 1 lb today to hit revised goal... and I will do that... Still Thriving and feeling great... Now just have to decide if I want to stay there and maintain, or go lower... Feel I am in a good place right now... <BR> <BR> Thanks again for your support... that does mean a lot.. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Len Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:20:34 EST Almost there!!!! Wow, got on the scale today.... 188... started at 217 at Thanksgiving... original goal was 200, but hit that first week in January... revised goal is 185.... almost there... <BR> <BR> Been a great ride and I am loving it... feel so much better about myself... and made some wise lifestyle changes too... Thrive played a big role... great program and allowed me to modify my eating habits on my terms.... I now make healthy eating decisions because I want to, and I enjoy getting on the scale e... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:18:43 EST HAZEL's Plan. My Daily/Weekly Posts Catching up on this week - March 2016: <BR> <BR> Fri 3/4 <BR> *Gym time is ME TIME! This is my time to make myself better...physically, could I have gone for so long without this time?! <BR> <BR> Sat 3/5 <BR> *I am grateful for an incredible rebound in health that has me back in the gym, and out walking several miles <BR> *also grateful for the gift of amazing girl friends <BR> *making dinner using this morning's fresh organic leafy greens from the Winter farmer's market <BR>... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:58:03 EST I'm healthy! What now?! I came today to the realization that my weight is within the healthy range and so is my body fat índex. Yeah me! I did it. <BR> <BR> I'm still 0,5 Kgs from my goal, and although I'm not a supermodel I must now consider myself an healthy person. <BR> <BR> The maintenance monster is lurking and scaring me half to death. <BR> <BR> I still want to achieve fitness. That is, I think, my next goal. And I don't mean have a great body. I mean running a bit, and not getting out of breath with every... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 05:35:30 EST doing well-ahead of schedule I have been on the site for the second time. This time for 43 days. My original goal was to lose 21 pounds, down to 198. Presently I have lost 15 pounds, well ahead of schedule. My wife and I are doing this together and supporting each other. Only 6 more pounds to go. When I reach this goal, I'll set a new goal. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 10:46:40 EST Thankful for making changes I am so happy that I am making positive changes in my life. Yesterday we got 4 inches of snow and I not only was able to shovel my driveway and very long sidewalk but I had the strength to also do my elderly neighbors too. It took me 90 mins but on the plus side I burned over 1000 calories. Also a couple weeks ago I took my daughters and grand son to the trampoline park and I actually joined them jumping for over 30 mins. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 11:24:04 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 Starting Over - Again Entry #1 <BR> <BR> For the upteenth time I'm trying to lose weight. This has been the story of my life. <BR> <BR> I half hearted started this past week - but I gained a pound as I went off the rails a couple of times. <BR> <BR> I am definitely an emotional eater. <BR> <BR> I have to believe that today I will follow my food plan. Thu, 3 Mar 2016 05:32:53 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 March 20th is right around the corner! I am getting married in 19 days from today ! I have been eating healthy for the past 2 weeks, and I just started working out. Hopefully this push for a healthy lifestyle will continue after the wedding :) <em>244</em> <em>337</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 08:55:35 EST Weather It is amazing here today. It is just like spring, love it. Sure is helping out the long winter, time is flying. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:32:37 EST I WANT TO LIVE! I turned 60 on the 2nd of this month. I WAS STRESSING BIG TIME for several months prior; I spent this birthday in the hospital; I was admitted January 31st with what was pre-diagnosed as pancreatitis, a week later, they did an endoscopy and found my lap band had eroded my stomach and I was dumping stomach contents into my abdominal cavity, causing septic shock. I was immediately taken to OR and lap band was removed, my stomach was patched as best possible and I was told my abdomen was so ful... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:33:21 EST Hard to find my way around this site.... I am a young senior & came back to start over. I'm in Idaho & can't seem to find the same Message Boards twice. I type in 'Idaho' & it's not recognized. Seems like I found a place where only one person was posting every day. Maybe I need to have my daughter help me find the over 50, 100 lb to lose, arthritic people in Idaho group. It's discouraging to not connect with anyone. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:00:21 EST Trying to help my wife... My wife is going through the same battle as most folks as we get older, she is overweight. In fact we both had gained a lot of weight since we first met 15 years ago. I have wanted to help her work on her weight for a long time, I got her walking 3 miles a day, bought a treadmill, exercise bike, built a weight room,and other things. I worked hard and lost 70lbs on my own to show her it could be done. But I am not sure how to get her started again. She always talks about wanting to lose w... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:33:57 EST My non-food treat for sticking to my plan I went to see my Doctor this morning. I had oatmeal with a handful of raisins for breakfast. After my appt I had herbal chicken noodles for lunch. <BR> <BR> I decided to treat myself to a luxurious, natural body wash. St Ives. I thought why not pamper myself. <BR> <BR> I had a healthy home cooked dinner of rice, sweet and sour pork and bitter gourd. My snacks were 3 small clementines and 2 small pineapple tarts. <BR> <BR> I kept to my calories today and I don't have that awful hunger today... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:11:25 EST Wondering I am just wondering if there is a way to few the next weeks meals at one time, or is there a grocery list for the upcoming weeks meals. I would like to eat by the meals chosen for me, but never have it available when I am grocery shopping. Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:09:29 EST Almost there Wow, got on the scale this morning.... 187.4.... original goal at Thanksgiving was 200.... Started at 217.... revised goal in January of 185.. close to college weight almost 40 years ago.... might have to think about setting another revised goal now, though don't expect to go too much lower... mostly maintain weight going forward... have Thrive to thank for helping me get there, and Spark People will help me maintain as I am tracking multiple things now. I feel great! Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:06:23 EST Occasional Indulgences Hello! My goal is to lose 45 lbs. I have already lost 6 lbs. My starting weight was 192.6. This morning I was at 186.2. Currently, I am doing a reboot VLCD. This is necessary because I have binge eating disorder and I also have chronic pain and knee problems so I need to shed some pounds quickly for my knees. My plan is to stick to this plan for two weeks. Then I will start adding calories slowly. Ultimate goal is to maintain weight on 1300 cals a day with the occasional indulgence. Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:21:49 EST Starting new 2/22/16 So I'm working on not being so hard on myself. To take it one day at a time. I'm here with an open mind and determination. My goal to lose 50 pounds. NO more diets, but instead, looking to eat healthier and move more and to look for more fun in my life. Packing my lunch for work, and planning will help me to get there. I will be sharing this journey here most days. It will keep me on track. Of course I would love feed back and light hearted chit chat. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 19:05:17 EST Scale won't move Hi everyone, I'm 7 days in to my challenge, I weighed myself today and the scale did not move an ounce! I little bit bummed, I stayed on track and worked out 3 days at the gym. I am not going to let this deter me, I remember years ago, I joined Weight Watchers and I actually put a pound on, then the next week I lost 3. Well, I know for sure my body must be in " the fat saving mode"! Danm, us women are so efficient at saving fat <em>234</em> anyone else have this issue? Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:40:36 EST Kimber's Plan 2016 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am back to tracking for a few reasons: <BR> <BR> One, I am striving for some important goals with a timeline on them and want to hit them. (tracking always helps keep me honest to do so) <BR> <BR> Second, I am leading my honey through a diet and fitness program based off my Kimber's Plan and so while tracking for him, I am tracking for me! <BR> <BR> My previous Community Journals insp... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 16:29:04 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 Reward Jar I am starting a reward jar. Every time I do some small thing right for exercise, weight loss or healthy living I am going to put a penny in the reward jar. When I fill the jar I will reward myself with something special! Tue, 16 Feb 2016 15:09:57 EST Virgin Diet Hi <BR> I'm new to this site and starting the Virgin Diet today. Step 1 elimination 7 food for 21 days. I CAN DO THIS! :) <BR> Has anyone been on this plan? Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:23:34 EST It's all about the food I'm going to use this journal to track my food intake and journal about my sugar cravings (as suggested in the 'Tame your sweet tooth' challenge). At the moment I'm guesstimating most of the time with the food tracker and I'm not consistently using it. I hope this will help me to write down more regularly what and how much I eat and will eventually lead to more <em>550</em> and less cravings for <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:45:03 EST Getting closer to goal Wow, this has been quite a ride. I slowed down on the weight loss a little recently, choosing to eat a more regular diet, but still trying to be good. After starting my journey at 217 at Thanksgiving, I hit my goal of 200 lbs in early January.... first time there in over 20 years, so I had to revise my goal.... now to college weight of 185 (I am 59 yrs old). Been doing well, and actually joined a new gym a couple weeks ago too. I knew I would be flirting with 180's during the day yesterday... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:04:20 EST 46 Days ...Feb 10 - Mar 26... Personal Challenge Started today! <BR> For 46 days I will not eat any See's Lollypops for a snack. <BR> Also, No snacking or eating after 9:00 p.m.! <BR> Day 1. Doing okay, no lollypop. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:23:27 EST First Week Done The first week completed with a cheat day on Superbowl Sunday and still lost 4.2lbs! I'm so excited, gives me the incentive to keep going. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:02:51 EST Who has a Fitbit?? Super excited I bought a fitbit flex, It should be at my house by the time I get home. Anyone have one and hows the motivation for you??? Just curious Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:00:26 EST Mokiki's Journey Wednesday, February 3, 2016 <BR> <BR> Here I am... AGAIN. This month last year, I really set out to make a long term change to improve my health, and I did pretty well in general. From February through July, I was able to stay motivated with workouts, keep a semi-paleo diet, and got down to my goal weight. There were plenty of treats and slip-ups along the way, but I did a great job of creating healthy habits, so I was able to bounce back quickly. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to a year later, and... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:48:16 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 Going Lower Wow, caught a brief glimpse of the 180's on Saturday, even though I know it was only temporary for now. I really started my "serious" journey back in November when I incorporated Thrive into my daily regime. I was 217 at the time, and set an initial goal of 200 lbs, at target I hadn't seen in over 20 years... had been close at times, but never got there... My new goal is 185... pretty much my college weight, of 40 years I am at 191 now..... and will need to step up my workouts to... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:42:08 EST Becoming a whole new me Ok, getting back to me <BR> <BR> This will be hard b/c I have three diet restrictions <BR> <BR> First I am Gluten Free - that one would be easy <BR> Then I am Dairy Free - That one is also easy (allergic to Casein) <BR> <BR> Then my GI added in another problem - I have Gastroparesis - my stomach has a hard time digesting food. I have to eat low fat and low fiber - the list of foods I CAN eat is actually pretty low. Not many fruits, not many veggies <BR> <BR> ESP when I add in the glu... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:54:00 EST I have a dream... To get as healthy as I can. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:17:59 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 Trying to succeed but fearful of failure I lost 130 lbs on my own 4 years ago but I've gained 30lbs back. I'm back at it again because I really do want to feel better. I want to fit comfortably in a movie theater seat. I want to go places without feeling like people are staring at me and making jokes at my expense. I want to have more energy and less pain. I am tired of being tired. I know there are a lot of changes I can make but I keep thinking about all of my road blocks. My biggest road block is my pain level. I cannot physical... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:04:16 EST Close to a new milestone Wow, got on the scale this morning and looking really close to 190. Really excited about this. While my scale may not be as accurate as some, gives a pretty good idea. I was at 217 at Thanksgiving, so that is 27 lbs in about 2 months. Really amazing. <BR> <BR> Spark people has helped with support. I like tracking my activity, and seeing stories, recipes, etc. Helps with motivation. I also started doing Thrive, really a great product/program. That is what really put me over the top. I had t... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:10:17 EST emotions I am in week 3 of my journey and I can't believe how over emotional I feel! I have high days where I am exuberant then low low's where I just feel like wow where did I go wrong in life. I am not sure if it is just my body adjusting to the changes I am making, or maybe I am just losing my mind (haha it was gone long ago!) <BR> Is anyone else going through this? I just want to know if it is going to even out again! I am not looking for an excuse to quit, believe me I will take this weight off ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:18:22 EST Aiming to lose inches and drop down a dress size! My aim is not so much to lose weight per se, but to lose a dress size and inches all over. I am trying to eat healthier and trying not to overeat. <BR> <BR> I am also doing Pilates, HIIT, and walking 2 to 4 km each time. I also do workout DVDs. I do snack on chips occassionaly but I am trying to minimise that, only having a small portion when the cravings get too strong. Otherwise, I just resist buying junk. <BR> <BR> Like yesterday at the convenience store, I saw jelly beans in holiday fl... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:59:05 EST Missing an opportunity I was hoping to do volunteer work at a nursing home. It fell through. It was a great opportunity. It was next door to a fitness center. I had planned to go there 3 days each week. I planned to got to the fitness center in the morning before going to nursing home. It was all planned. Still plan to go to fitness center and find another place to volunteer. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:52:10 EST No cravings!!! YES! I was very satisfied with my food choices today and didn't even eat all the calories I'm allotted in a day! Meals were so filling and I have no cravings at all! I'm so elated! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:22:43 EST New Year Big Changes At 23 I weighed 87 pounds and now at 48 I weigh 175. While most of the weight gain came after my hysterectomy in 2010, I know I can no longer continue to hold on to this weight. So on January 1st I began a strict diet and exercise plan. It is now January 18th and I have lost 6 pounds and i am still sticking to my diet and exercise. My energy is at an all time high and my stress at an all time low. While I have no desire to ever weigh 87 pounds again, I would like to achieve a weight that will... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:03:53 EST I was sad today. I didn't have any reason to be sad, I just woke up sad. I went to the gym to weigh in for my weight loss challenge. I've lost 4.5 pounds in 2 weeks. So that's good. I came home and did ok most of the morning and then broke down crying. My husband thinks I'm just tired, which I probably am. The baby slept awful last night and my oldest woke me up early. We decided that today instead of tomorrow was my cheat day. Eventually I'll get to the point where I don't want comfort food when I'm sad but ... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 03:32:54 EST 2016 Its gonna happen!!! So It just seems like I complain about the same stuff,and do the same stuff. Nothing changes! Because I'm not changing my habits and my thinking. <BR> <BR> I read somewhere that habits make your life, choices you make every day every minute affects your future. <BR> <BR> So Im here to say, its time to do it this year. I will keep a journal to vent , to share, and hopefully get some support . <BR> <BR> I love this web site, so much information and support how can I go wrong? So here ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:07:37 EST My Exercise Accountability I'm starting this journal to help hold myself accountable for daily exercise. I started of not being able to walk more than 5mins at a time. At this time, I can walk 30-45 mins at a time on the treadmill and a up to 2hrs outdoors. My weekly goals now <BR> <BR> *Cardio 5/7 times a week. <BR> <BR> *Stay within my calories. <BR> <BR> *Journal as much a possible. <BR> <BR> Team Healthy!!! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:27:09 EST baby steps I keep on trying to get rid of the fluff that holds me back. after developing health issues from not taking care of myself for years it has turned ugly. I am trying to turn it around before its too late. I have now started by cutting way way back on drinking pop. Just having one once in a while. My biggest down fall. I have begun to notice <BR> things that trigger me. Since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I have a goal of 50 lbs . to lose. So far the scale is beginning to move in the ri... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:28:33 EST Still Losing Got on scale this morning. Down to 197. Hopefully the 200s are gone forever... I have been careful with what I eat and trying to maintain. Joined planet fitness yesterday too... will try to squeeze some time at the gym between both <BR> <BR> really excited about the weight loss... incentives from Spark People have helped... and Thrive has been a big factor as well, that is what really put me over top... great combination... next goal is 185... I know I will get it and deci... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:05:01 EST My 145 days journey Day 1: 01/11/2016 <BR> <BR> Hi Y'all, <BR> I am new to Spark! <BR> What made me join Spark? Just wanted to stop slacking and take control of my life. Sharing this journey with y'all makes me feel less lonely. <BR> Why 145 days? <BR> I will turn 35 in 145 days and I want to set goals to become the 35 year old I have always wanted to be. <BR> What are my goals? <BR> 1. To have a positive MINDSET and a 'I Can do it' attitude. <BR> 2. Be MINDFUL of the time that is rapidly slipping away and als... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:10:38 EST Day one again for the last time After a gluttonous holiday season and over a year missing in action I am back and ready to restart my journey back to better health. I mustered up the courage to step on the scale this morning so I have a new starting point for my weight. Now I have to set a plan to start moving my body again. I have a few limitations this time but i will find a way to work with them. I am doing this! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 07:17:01 EST Journey To My Best Body!!! I am always finding things to motivate me to keep at this journey and help me accomplish all my goals. So I saw a video of a lady going to the gym for 100 days in a thing on Instagram called #GiveIt100. That inspired me last year and wanted to do it but wasn't sure what I should do. <em>3</em> But a couple of days ago I saw this commercial with a familiar public figure stating 2016 will be "the year of my best body" which gave me an idea, cause that is what I want ultimately--the best heal... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 13:46:21 EST Being responsible It's about time to become responsible. I have kept list of my calorie intake for quite some time. But, this website gives me so much more! I am facing the challenge of learning the site. <BR> <BR> Food I used from the lists yesterday are gone today. I even added a food that was not on the list and it is gone today also. Becoming time consuming. Looked for my favorites list using instructions in previous conversation, and cannot find them. (articles then more). <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? <... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:31:19 EST Dee-Dee's Awesome Sauce & WooHoo Moments :) So happy I earned 500 SparkPoint Goodies today and finally got another syncpoint to upload my exercise activity <em>345</em> Sauce!!! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 17:30:36 EST NeroPlasti -- What'chu Talkin'bout Yo?!?! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Humminah, humminah, humminahhhh...What shall we chat about today???? <BR> <BR> Listening to my heart...hang on...Let's see...How bout' this??? <BR> <BR> YOU ARE LIMITLESS -- You can do ANYTHING when you CHANGE your PERCEPTION. <BR> <BR> Alright...Ready to Dive In? <BR> <BR> Let's take the first part...YOU ARE LIMITLESS...What in the Heck am I talkin' about? Right? Limitless...If we were... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:19:32 EST Turning it around The title applies to just about everything in my life. I got off course a few years ago and I really need to turn a lot of things around. But for me for right now my focus is on my obsessive dieting mindset which has set off a horrible pattern of bingeing. I would love to say I am just going to focus on not bingeing but I have found over the last few years it is a lot more complicated than I thought. My head constantly goes back into diet mode and when I try to stop it I get scared that ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 11:48:49 EST 2016 revised goals Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to thank you all for the support, some of your great articles, recipes, ets... I finished 2015 with a bang, and am looking forward to 2016. So excited about my weight loss.. I lost 17 lbs in 5 weeks.. had set an initial goal of getting back to 200 lbs... I'm 6' tall, and while not obese, hadn't been there in a long time... Well, I made it and am shooting lower.. . new target is going to be 185... approaching weight from high school, and I am 59 now..... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 08:58:45 EST What I am learning as a new member Hi! I just wanted to share what I have learned already on this new program. First of all, I am very motivated by the connection to others who have similar experiences. The articles have been very informative and the Sparks Points have motivated me to spend time on the site looking at the different resources. What I learned tonight though was especially interesting. I have only been on the program a couple of days and was focused on making sure I stayed within the calorie range. When I l... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:48:13 EST Where do you stand.....? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Which side of that door are you standing? My door is opening slower than I would like but I am stepping through today!! Tue, 5 Jan 2016 16:54:44 EST The Year of Me! Each year our comps selects a "Year of....". A Year of Drive was ours for 2015. 2016 will not be revealed until later this month,but personally I have chosen my 2016 Year of and it is Me! Selfish? No! I need to focus on me so that I can be a better wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend. <BR> Each month I will choose one area of my life that I feel I could improve upon. Some areas will feed other areas. <BR> January will be my month of self-reflection. I realize that in order to change... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 08:05:39 EST Rafael's Weight Loss Journal Hello. I have a 5K I am training for and its on February 27. I want to lose weight before the run, so that's why I am posting. My current weight is 244. I will just post a couple times a week. My goal is a safe 2-3 pounds a week. I might even post some images once I figure it out. :) Mon, 4 Jan 2016 19:05:57 EST try it again I tried this before but did not stick to it. It takes awhile to navigate and is time consuming , however, I do like the program alot. I am not way over weight but I would be more comfortable with 10 pounds off. I took off 25-30 pounds over 10 years ago with weight watchers, and have kept it off. I still attend meetings 1-2 times per month since the group is very supportive, plus I pick up new tips. As I age and am around people who eat alot of food, with sugar and carbs, it is rather ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:21:00 EST A New Resolve Hello to all who read. To make a new start takes more than just speaking the words. It takes commitment, determination, flexibility and the help of many people. I couldn't think of a good New Years Resolution that wasn't used a million and one times so I asked a coworker to pick a good one for me. Her answer: "Think more positive". I was hurt with that response. Am I a negative thinker?! I knew I had negative thoughts but outwardly I thought I was a positive thinker and motivator. Wa... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 17:31:32 EST Michelle's - JOY 2016 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS/GOALS JOY <BR> <BR> 1. CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD J-JESUS <BR> A. Start the day with prayer. <BR> B. Morning Bible Reading - EVERYDAY BIBLE DEVOTIONAL <BR> C. Prayer before meals <BR> D. Evening Chronological Bible Reading <BR> E. Evening Bible Study: for Wednesday Night Service (starting with Ephesians). <BR> F. End the day with prayer. <BR> G. Go to church Wednesday night, Sunday morning and Sunday night. <BR> <BR> 2. TREAT OTHERS WITH GOD'S O-OTHERS ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 00:14:29 EST Jayne's Jabber I decided to start my own community journal to kind of keep track of that I am doing this year. This is just for me to kind of let out thoughts and feelings. <BR> <BR> Today I read my Bible: Exodus 1, 2. <BR> Ate conservatively. <BR> My tracker tracked about 2000 steps. (Not enough.) <BR> Had a nice lunch out with my husband. <BR> Spent time with my children and 2 of my grandchildren. <BR> This morning I weighed 188. Last Sept I weighed 205! <BR> <BR> O got this via email today thought... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:12:42 EST 2016 Can I create a streak? <BR> <BR> Do at least one of the following: <BR> 10 minutes of movement <BR> 10 squats <BR> 10 crunches <BR> 10 push ups Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:54:37 EST journals is there a way I can keep a private journal on this site? Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:31:13 EST A New Start in 2016 Happy New Year to ME <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:22:55 EST Pam's new focus, new commitment I've been losing weight and getting fit for about the last year and a half, through Weight Watchers and the gym. I recently quit Weight Watchers because I don't have faith in the new program, so I have turned to SparkPeople to continue my success. I've gotten slack and complacent, but now it's time to refocus and charge forward. I'm thinking that if I post my calorie and exercise totals, it will help keep me more accountable. Wish me luck - my 60th birthday is in 2 weeks! <BR> <BR> 12/30/15:... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:37:14 EST My 100 Days Journey (starting 1/1/ 2016) I'm getting ready for the next 100 days with Linda Spangle's Book: 100 Days of Weight Loss. I will post everyday for the next 100 days. <em>521</em> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:12:47 EST Atrial Fibrillation <em>51</em> <em>282</em> <em>26</em> <em>273</em> <em>51</em> <em>282</em> <em>26</em> <em>273</em> <BR> I've started a team for Atrial Fibrillation. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65892 </link> <BR> <BR> Hoping people can have a place to chat. <BR> <BR> It's a very frustrating issue / condition. <BR> <BR> I'm not a medical expert - just someone that suffers from Atrial Fib. <BR> <em>51</em> <em>282</em> <em>26</em>... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:35:59 EST 2016 Journey to Remember As 2015 comes to a close in just a few short days. I welcome in the new year with some new goals! <BR> Goals for 2016: <BR> 1 Protein shake every morning with the exception of Sunday <BR> 2. Take my vitamins/supplements everyday- As i have been slacking which could be the reason I am low on energy and tired all the time. <BR> 3. Cut back on sugar- This will be the tough one to tackle- I must go slow and take it one step at a time and be patient with myself <BR> 4. Jounal everyday <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 03:24:06 EST SHERRY'S GIVE IT 100 DAYS AND BEYOND!!! Today Is the 1st day of my challenge I'm going to hopefully will be able to do this. My daughter is suppose to do this with me, we shall see if she does. <BR> <BR> My rules are... <BR> 1. got to do some form of exercise doesn't matter what. <BR> 2. have to be at least 30 minutes no less. Can be longer. <BR> <BR> That is it. Will track on here and in a notebook or calendar. <BR> <em>331</em> <em>311</em> <em>362</em> <em>315</em> <BR> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 19:52:47 EST Jae's Journey I am Jae...I suffer with Chronic Depression..which means it has been with me most of my life. I also suffer with SAD...and FibroI want to lose weight..Makes it difficult when I want to turn to food for comfort.,That being said..I must not allow these things reasons for not trying to reach my health goals. <BR> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:06:42 EST SHERRY'S EAT PRAY AND WORKOUT JOURNAL Got to get this weight off. This will be my finding me journal. I have lost myself somewhere in this fat body or maybe I have never found me because of this fat body of mine. I have been hiding me behind it, all this years, well it's time for a change. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:57:43 EST Year 2015 This has been a good year. We had some sad times but the majority of the year I feel was truly blessed. I have not reached my weight goal but I feel have accomplished getting into a routine of eating healthy. My test results show that. That is a goal met. <BR> Looking forward to 2016. It is half as good as this year it will also be a blessed year. <BR> <BR> Happy 2016 to everyone. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:12:21 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 excited! Todays a great day! I tried on a pair of jeans today that i couldnt button wouldnt even come close to the button reaching the button hole. Today, i can almost button them! My other jeans are baggy! Today i will be well over my usual 4 (16.9 oz. each) bottle of water I'm on my 3rd already! I've already got my exercise in for the day and have made healthier eating choices. Babysteps. One day at a time! Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:12:44 EST Seniors Weight Lost I know it is much harder to take this weight off now then a few years back. Seems I just look at food and boom 5 pounds more are on the belly,.. Anyone know why it is so much harder to lose weight as a senior then at any other age? Sat, 19 Dec 2015 10:45:53 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 Not sure if this is the correct place to post this I'd just like to say, despite all my whining and self-pity, I AM grateful for my dialysis treatments. I AM grateful for all the caring nurses here! They may chew my ears sometimes but that is only bcoz they really care what happens to me! <BR> <BR> And even if some of them hold grudges against me, at least they are professional enough to do their jobs! But it isn't nice to be ignored even after I apologized! Fri, 18 Dec 2015 01:07:45 EST Trying to change for the better Hi I have been there and back and over the last five years I have become even more over weight. Seems the lose of my daughter and husband hit me to the point I eat to fill the void. Raising two of her children has been the joy in my life but there still has been such a empty feeling and things just are not the same. Holidays, dinners, traditions are not the same. <BR> Sometimes people tend to run all over me and I allow them to get away with it. <BR> I now have been feeling terrible due t... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:07:21 EST Bookmark I'm sorry I didn't know where to ask this question, but how do I bookmark a page? Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:20:56 EST Hcg 1234 I was wondering has any one eles taken this along with working out Sun, 13 Dec 2015 17:32:30 EST wrong weight entered I entered the wrong weight how do i fix it Sun, 13 Dec 2015 17:30:48 EST Journaling to 125 This is a journal that I want to start to help hold me accountable and to get my thoughts out somewhere. My end goal weight is 125. This morning I weighed 135.5. I have been doing really bad lately and I've been over-indulging in not only holiday foods but food in general. <BR> <BR> Typically, I like to keep an Excel log to track my weight, calories, and exercise each day. Ultimately, when I'm trying to maintain 125-130, I'd like to keep a food journal and focus on long-term habits and try ... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:55:23 EST out with the old in with the new i am on my way to a healthier me. i am going to work hard at learning to eat healthy. <BR> i know it will take time but i am not going to give up. <BR> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 15:33:41 EST AMANDADAWN's Journal I already write a daily journal about my day and what I did and I currently blog my results of how I'm doing. But I lack seeing the good in what I've done so far, seeing the changes to my weight loss. I track my food and exercise but it's great to see temporarily and to make changes as needed, but it doesn't help to show me I'm more than I feel I am. I find my brain constantly telling me that I'm not good enough, that I can't do this and should give up. I don't want to but I need to find a wa... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:24:53 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 Help Please stop sending me texts. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:30:00 EST SINGINGLADY's CONSISTENCY JOURNAL Day 1. Starting over with an emphasis on turning away from offers of major no-no's offered by others. The ability to say NO is crucial at this point. I have gained way too much and old habits have crept up on me. Time to see it for what it is! EMOTIONAL EATING. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 04:00:28 EST Michelle G- Day 1 of Month 1 My first mini goal is to lose 5 pounds this month while baking Christmas cookies and attending holiday parties. Wish me luck! Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:04:24 EST I really need to make a change. Hi thank you for reading my post. I feel that my weight is spiraling out of control again. For me it just seems like a revolving door or a yo yo of weight loss and weight gain. I really need to do something. I was losing the weight and doing well and then I put it on the back burner. I need to make this a priority if I'm really going to get the result that I need for my health. Today I walked 1 mile and I was so out of breath. Not good. Some encouragement would be great. This is so ha... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:53:51 EST Hello :) My name is Samantha, and I am 27 years young. I am trying to get involved with SP, and I have found that tracking is my worst enemy. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any hints on how to journal/keep track? I just can't get in the swing of it! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:17:13 EST PurpleRaven72's Journal (Getting my Spark Back) I am 43, mom of two and living back at my parents house. :( I need to be more responsible. I have been struggling with my weight for most of my adult life. One of my problem's is that I am an emotional eater. :( Another problem I have is that dinner that's cooked at my parents house isn't always healthy. I don't have much space in the refrigerator and freezer to put my "healthy food". My dad is emotionally abusive and yells a lot. I can't just cook my own dinners...because my dad wouldn... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:31:24 EST My Motivation, Dee-Dee's SparkPeople Journey <em>55</em> 11/16/2015 at 11:04a <em>55</em> <BR> So I have finally gotten close to my 190 goal and praying about new godly goals as I read this book called ThinWithin. I read the book a few years ago, but discovered a book study on Facebook, so I am participating in that. My ultimate goal as I go through the study is grow in an even more deeper relationship with the LORD and to cut off what I need to make more time for that relationship as He leads. <BR> <BR> So now, I feel I'm enterin... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:04:31 EST Ginny's Journey I'm trying hard to lose this weight, because it's ruining my life! I have just joined a health center to work out and I've gone everyday but Sunday for 2 weeks! Now I've got to get my food in line. Here are my goals. .. <BR> 1. STOP OVEREATING. This is my biggest problem. Literally, I eat enough for 2 or 3 people! <BR> 2.Stop eating after dinner. <BR> 3. Don't drink calories. Water, Water, Water <BR> 4. Add a class for flexibility like yoga, or tai chi. <BR> I'll check in everyday. Keeping m... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:35:51 EST Finally losing again I have been on a roller coaster with weight gains and losses. Six years ago I began a great diet using the South Beach diet and successfully lost 100 lbs (352 to 255).well as the old story goes I went back to old habits and gained 45 back. During these years since my lose my daughter had gastric bypass surgery and was very successful. So I decided to start dieting again but also began investigating the surgery possibility. I was accepted to be a patient preparing for the surgery. I joined an ... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:44:58 EST Dukan Diet Started Dukan diet Saturday, weighed 224. Weighed 217 this morning. Going to go the full 10 days. I'm looking great. Also on week 4 of a 26 week beginners marathon training. 4 workouts a week. The first three days of attack were awesome. I was on cloud nine. I contribute drinking 10 glasses a water a day and not carb loading for this. My mood was stabilized. I was hydrated. I still am. Found a 10 glass portable jug at Big Lots for 3 dollars and finish one every day. <BR> <BR> My husband had... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:23:51 EST One day at a time - 2 lbs at a time! Okay, I'm starting out at 234 lbs. I'm only 5'2''. My youngest child is 10 yrs old. I have hypercholesterolemia and am at Cardiac risk (at 38 years old). I don't take my cholesterol medications because the side effect risks are worse than the diagnosis itself. I want to be healthy and be around to see my future grandchildren, if at all possible. I had a fall last week and the weight didn't help the situation. I'm tired of being obese. I've been setting unrealistic goals for the past 4... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:48:14 EST Life back to posting how sad my life is. I am spending most of my time with god daughters. They are 46 and 49 don't drive, parents dead <BR> Sue had blood clots almost died. Spent 8 days with her in hospital. She is better but still needs transportation 3 times a week <BR> Financially we are not doing well. Trying to remortgage house but it's under water so probably won't happen <BR> So crabby, depressed and will this get better Sat, 7 Nov 2015 15:11:37 EST I want to do this I want to lose 140lbs, or at least 50 inches! <BR> <BR> I found an online calculator that based on your wrist size, what your measurements all over should roughly be. I'm thinking 45 - 50inches should be lost, it says 56 inches need to go. <BR> <BR> That being said, I'm dropping everything! Sticking to fruit, veggies, sunflower seeds, granola bars, soy milk, and protein shake powders... For dinner I'll do chicken, turkey, ground turkey, steak once in a blue moon.. I want to be and eat heal... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 22:49:53 EST Diane's Day So today is my day to get back on track. I started this journey in February and my goal was to be down 40-50 lbs by now. Well I'm down 31 lbs and I'm thankful for that but I know if I had tried harder I would be closer to that 50 lbs. One thing I have learned since joining SP is not to throw in the towel. So I'm gonna pick myself up and get back to reaching my goal weight and my goal of living a healthier life! Thu, 5 Nov 2015 21:21:59 EST cat motivation.... It has taken me almost 6 years to lose 28 pounds, but I am so proud that I am finally beginning to believe I might actually be able to reach a reasonable goal weight again sometime in this lifetime. And maybe my biggest motivations lately is picking up my HUGE cat, who weighs in at 18 pounds; whenever I carry him around for awhile, I am reminded of how I would feel if I had to carry that weight around all the time, every day. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 13:43:57 EST Gastric Sleeve Hello everyone. I am 8 weeks out from my surgery date and no matter what I eat I am in terrible pain. Helppppp. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 20:43:01 EST Carol Simon´s Journal Starting new things is nice, keep them doing is my problem! <BR> So, here it goes, Day 1 of a first journal on line. <BR> I just found a way to track for other activities that I want to do, like learning German and housecleaning. Those are things that I want to do, but never have the time to do them. Or as everything else, I manage to do a lot of any activity for certain days and then I just move on to something else and stop doing what I wanted to do before! <BR> So I hope that doing a trac... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 12:04:30 EST Just the beginning Well, I started tracking today. I started out good with oatmeal for breakfast. I hardly ate any lunch and then was starved at dinner and ate more than I should have. I worked out before that. Maybe I was hungry from having worked out? Something has to change here. I'll trying something else tomorrow. I don't think I like tracking what I eat. I am not a good recordkeeper. It's probably because I don't have enough discipline. How do I get discipline? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:50:37 EST Dawn's Journal I am new here and really do want to have a healthier lifestyle but it is hard. I had lost 19 pounds but I have already gained some of it back...ugh! I just can't seem to keep it off. Tomorrow is supposed to be my 20 year high school reunion but I have decided to not go. My daughter is trying to talk me into going but I am just not really, I really have to work. It just is what it is. I actually hated high school so, well, no need to relive all that... Anyway, I started track... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 00:27:07 EST The Diabetes Solution Diet worked for me. I had my yearly check up with my Dr. On March 6, 2015. She told me my blood glucose levels were getting higher and she wanted to start me on an oral medication for Diabetes. I knew I had Diabetes for quite a few years now, and had in the past lost 30# and was doing better. But over the years I stopped worrying about what I ate and was at an all time high weight of 209#, on my 5'4' body. I was on 2 blood pressure medications and a stomach acid medication. I felt OLD and tired and awful. ... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:00:14 EST Confessions of a lazy sugar-holic Starting over (again). I did really good the first day - even started a couch to 5K training program, logged all of my food, etc. This first week I am making no changes to my diet because I want to see exactly how many calories I am consuming in a week. However, I can't help but cut back on the soda because it makes me feel like I'm at least trying *something*. <BR> <BR> Begrudgingly, I added the 8-10 (I lost count) double-stuf Oreos that crossed my path at Bible Study last night. It's my... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:23:26 EST Slaying the Dragon Hi, <BR> <BR> In an attempt to get myself built up to actually use the nutritional tracker without being totally intimidated I will record my food here. My first goal is to do this for one week, from October 17 on. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> <BR> 2 coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> Whole wheat bread (2 slices) <BR> Light Peanut Butter <BR> Skim milk (2 glasses) <BR> Tangerines (2) <BR> <BR> <BR> Supper <BR> 2 slices pizza <BR> 2 hot dogs <BR> 4 cupcakes <BR> <BR> (Nobody said this w... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 12:20:51 EST Ms Amala It's like I woke from a bad dream, and now don't recognize myself in the mirror. I checked out after a really bad break up, and now it's time for me to get it together. I need to lose 13 lbs, take control over my life, and get back out there. It's been 6.5 months, and there's too much beauty in this world to waste it. <BR> <BR> I'm happy I found a place to log, so I can go back and see my progress... physically and emotionally. I'm so ready it's like I want to start sprinting. I hope I find ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:09:05 EST FITBIT STEP CHALLENGE Hi! I'm always looking for Fitbit users to add online, to invite to weekly challenges. <BR> If you are interested send me a message. <BR> <BR> ALSO, I'd love for you to check out my newest blog post: <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010080 Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:27:27 EST My new skinny jeans challenge! Hi, I am struggling to lose the fat but I am doubly challenged bcoz I am on regular dialysis treatments. I wanted to buy some new skinny jeans the other day but then I stopped to think, what will happen to my new jeans if I do manage to lose the fat? <BR> <BR> Hence my challenge to myself : if I can lose the fat and keep it off for at least 6 months, with no yo-yoing, then I will treat myself to a spanking new pair of skinny jeans in a smaller size! Then I will have truly earned it. <BR> <B... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:28:20 EST SOE-ing Bean It's almost October! Fri, 25 Sep 2015 03:47:16 EST My weight I want to lose weight but i hurt my back & can't do exercises now. I'm fixing to start physical therapy Friday so i hope that helps. I need all the support & prayers i can get. Thank you! Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:47:59 EST Finding My Spark I am trying hard not to look back at where I was but where I need to be. I reached my goal weight and then got pregnant and gained it back. I wanted to be under 200 by today but that did not happen. I am not where I want- currently 215 but not where I was 223. So today I know I need to get back to SP on a daily basis because it was such a big part of me reaching my goals before. <BR> Starting tomorrow is my Finding My Spark Challenge <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day <BR> 2. Track food d... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 16:33:23 EST Shedding pounds when older. I am frustrated. A little over a year ago, I began working very diligently to lose weight. It took months, but I lost 10 pounds. But nothing has been working to get more off, and I need to lose 30 more pounds. I cannot go below 1000-1200 calories because I lose muscle mass...major/catastrophic illness led to the increase in weight AND ultimately to complete debilitation and muscle wasting to such a degree I could not walk for almost two months. I recovered and I have been rehabilitating ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 13:03:30 EST My Daily Sunshine I'm going to start a little journal here for my daily positive reflections. It's still morning, but I have some successes to share already! I started back on SparkPeople and gave myself a fresh start with a new account. I have an old one that I created and used over several years, but I was getting no where with it. I decided it was time for a fresh start with new perspective. So, sunshine 1 is getting back to Spark. Sunshine 2 for me today is that I actually ate breakfast. For me that's a bi... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 10:57:13 EST Journey to 145 I am back at it again but this time with some extra positivity and no end date for a number on the scale. I think I have been tripped up in the past with needing to lose weight by a certain date and then falling off the wagon without meeting my goals. I know what I need to do now and I feel determined. I want and need to make a lifestyle change and an end date won't necessarily plan for that. I need to strive for my best, not perfection. <BR> <BR> A little background about me, I am a t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:09:02 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 Dragon-Chick's Healthy Journey - 2015.07 I'm planning to use this to track my food, exercise, <BR> and anything else to do with my healthy journey. <BR> <BR> July 2015 <BR> <BR> GOALS: (keep them positive) <BR> - Better breathing <BR> - More energy <BR> - Wear nicer clothing <BR> - Better self esteem <BR> <BR> <BR> Date: 7/5/2015 ....... Comments: Sunday....... Weight/loss: ? <BR> Breakfast: . <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> Lunch: ...... <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> Dinner: ...... <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> P/E/W: ...... Mood: <BR>... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 10:24:34 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 Tracy's 2015 Journey to better health So this is the first time that I will be journaling in a public forum. Seems a bit intimidating, but it is what it is, so lets go. I started Sparkpeople after my 48th birthday last October. My journey is slower than others because I am making small changes that I can live with and then will make more changes as I progress. My goal is to be able to live without being stressed about every tiny thing I stick in my mouth. As of today I have thrown away 41#. I only need to do 10.5 more to be b... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 19:13:10 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 Begging for a Beautiful Body I am Beth from Alabama. I am on a journey to get my life back and in the process gain a beautiful body. One reason and the most important is my health. I am a diabetic with many other health problems. I know if I lose weight I will be healthier and happier. Another reason is my son is getting married in about 11 months. I don't want to embarrass him or myself by being fat and flabby. <BR> So far I have only lost 3 pounds... that was all in the first week. I am now 3 weeks in and no loss. ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:35:07 EST hi <em>521</em> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:02:07 EST Trina's Journal Another day another workout completed before 10 am. I have been working out for 2ish weeks now and i must say i am feeling better. Glad to be here Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:50:50 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 2015 Fitness journey I am returning from a spark leave of absence. I left to join a different fitness site, one I thought would be a better fit for me. WRONG! Nothing is a better fit than good ol' Sparkpeople. It didn't take long for me to realize how wonderful Spark is. Lucky for me all my friends were still here and most of them very active and of course like the prodigal daughter had open arms to welcome me back home. They were understanding of my mistakes and never placed judgement. Afterall, we are Sp... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 06:33:26 EST 2015 January goals: <BR> 1) I have been scared to join the local masters team. I will sign up for this month and go swimming 2x a week. <BR> <BR> Signed up 1/3 and did first swim <BR> <BR> 2) I will cook once a week to have home made lunches. Home made lunch at least 3x week, even of it is pbj. <BR> <BR> I made meatballs and will make sandwiches this weekend. <BR> <BR> 3) i read that if you have all meals within a 12 hour window during the day, it helps avoid weight gain. <BR> <BR> 1,2,3... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:38:57 EST SOOKIE'S NEW DAY, FRESH START! I started these on the mobile chat via the app, but its a challenge to get on there. So I'm moving them to a community journal. Subscribe or check back daily for the New Day Fresh Start motivator! As I encourage others, I encourage myself on this journey! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - New Day, Fresh Start <BR> Day 2 - Do something today that your future self will thank you for. <BR> Day 3 - Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time - not all at ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:09:24 EST Quotes I cannot do without “I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. ” ~George Balanchine <BR> <BR> “Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let's dance.” ~James Howe <BR> <BR> “When life gets you down, improvise as if crawling was part of the choreography.” ~Iveta Cherneva <BR> <BR> “We don't need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives ch... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:26:31 EST Nola's Journal I am learning to eat Gluten Free and also hoping to shed at least 30 pounds. I am quite motivated. I am a former WW member (for over 20+ years) and quit. I tried to return, but just couldn't get motivated. I found this site quite by accident and am so excited. It is super knowing that there are so many people with the same goals as I have. The support is outstanding.. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:46:24 EST Patty Klaver's Mom's Story My mom got out of the hospital on January 1, the day that I can down with shingles. My niece Lisa went to pick her up and called me from the hospital so I could look up the meds that she was given. Harry went to the store 3 times to pick it up. He questioned whether it was right and the pharmacist assured that it was. <BR> <BR> Barbara stayed with mom because Harry had to work. She took the pills upstairs with her so mom couldn't be picking and choosing what pills to take. She also w... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 03:36:09 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 A 50 Something's Journal My first week on SparkPeople. I didn't think I would like doing this online, but by the second day I loved it! I lost 5 lbs this week!!!! Now comes the hard part. Usually, after a week or so of dieting, I give up. Not this time. Today I am still going strong and did a 20 minute aerobic workout. I feel great! <BR> <BR> That may not sound like a lot to some, but for me it is pretty great. I can usually find an excuse for not working out or for eating things I shouldn't. Can't wait ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:03:23 EST Recovering from the Omnitrition Diet (hCG) Anybody who has read my blog knows I went through a horrible time with side effects because of the Omnitriton diet. Basically, this company came about when reports started coming out about the harmful effects of Herbalife. A couple of the people just created Omnitrition with similar dangerous products. Found out the hard way. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, took three months of recovery but am exercising again daily. I'm so excited and I'm finally feeling healthy again! My first goal is to journal m... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 16:45:49 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 I AM DOING THIS This year one of my major goals is to keep this journal active in the hope to be helped by sparkies in 2013. I am determined to tell all about my fears, my victories, my challenges and breakthroughs as I go on. <BR> <BR> Watch out for me. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:08:44 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 25 steps to taking care of myself. My reason for behavioral change. 1) to reflect God's glory.2) to be healthy, live the way God intended his creation to live 3) to get my blood sugar in control and lose weight. My specific goal: I will engage my steps toward health each day, aiming for 20/25. I will get a record of them in Sparks people blog. I will record calories, carbs and nutrients in Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> steps to take care of myself. <BR> 1. Stretch and Morning prayer. <BR> 2. fasting blood sugar _____________ ... Sun, 20 May 2012 23:17:32 EST A Journal of Simple Joys & Gratitudes There is always always something to be grateful for. And each day filled with simple joys. This journal is my attempt to notice them more. <BR> <BR> Today's simple joys: <BR> ~ falling back to sleep in the early morning <BR> ~ my mom's daily calls. May I learn to appreciate them more. <BR> ~ a good book <BR> ~ watching the birds at the bird bath <BR> ~ enjoying the breeze this evening <BR> ~ a spunky chipmunk doing somersaults in the neighbour's yard <BR> ~ finding cash in an bag I have... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:14:27 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 My day by day struggle to lose those last 5 pounds Tuesday, July 15 <BR> <BR> Today I weigh 140 pounds. My goal is 135. I weighed 139.5 exactly 1 week ago so I guess you could say that these last 5 pounds are giving me grief. I am hoping that by posting here daily I will be able to stay on track and "Git R Done". I had a great day yesterday. I played tennis for an hour and ate at the low end of my range. To be honest, I was surprised that I didn't lose more than 1/2 a pound. However, if I could lose 1/2 a pound every day, I'd weigh 13... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 18:04:17 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