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 5 Week Countdown to Vacation! Thursday, March 26, 2015 <BR> <BR> Week 1, Day 1 <BR> <BR> I've decided I'm going to take a new approach to my weight loss, and rather than focusing completely on my major goal (hitting my perfect weight), I am going to do it in baby steps. The first step is to lose 6 lbs in 5 weeks, before we head down to the Keys for our beach vacation! <BR> <BR> Everyday I am going to focus on my diet, fitness, and plan cute outfits for our trip to keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> The Plan: <BR> KEEP IT P... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:53:02 EST Dragon-Chick's Healthy Journey - 2015.03 I'm planning to use this to track my food, exercise, and anything else to do with my healthy journey. <BR> <BR> GOALS: (keep them positive) <BR> - Better breathing <BR> - More energy <BR> - Wear nicer clothing <BR> - Better self esteem <BR> <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE: <BR> Date: ....... Comments: ....... Weight/loss: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Snack: <BR> Lunch: <BR> Snack: <BR> Dinner: <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> P/E/W Mood: <BR> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:52:32 EST The Koyal Group Info Mag Review på Forskerne The Koyal Group Info Mag Review på Forskerne i stand til at styre flyvningen af 'cyborg biller' for første gang <BR> <BR> Forskere har kontrolleret luften bevægelser af frit-flyvende insekter ved hjælp af en radiosender og en miniature rygsæk af elektronik båret af "cyborg biller". <BR> <BR> Biller blev gjort at tage ud og lander, flyver til højre eller venstre, og endda at hover i midten flyvning afhængigt af radio kommandoer, siger forskerne. <BR> <BR> Hvis teknologien kan være yderli... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:23:40 EST Better eating I'm eating more calories for keeping track helps me really what my calories intake is- I need to work on a more balance grouping( the daily report helps). Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:42:30 EST Nancy's 12 Week Diet/Exercise Journey Figure I got to start some where. So why not here? I'm back and ready to keep myself accountable. Goal is to post at least one time a week along with progress pictures and status. So here goes: Current weight 105.8lbs; % of BF 17.85; Waist: 24.5 Navel 27 Hips: 33.5 RT/LT: 19.25 <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:35:24 EST challenge ???? In the past I remember being part of a team that had challenges against other teams. It was about 1 1/2 years ago. I would like to do that again but don't remember how to find teams that do this. Any help would be appreciated. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:45:14 EST Tea & Sensible Eating Documenting Our Journey Back at it again! Last time I had a hard time to get the scale to budge. I had been watching what I was eating, still the scale didn't change. Well, *maybe* I have hit upon something that my body actually responds to! Changed from drinking a pot (or more) of coffee every day to drinking teas. Had a pot of Green tea and a cup of Dandelion, for the past two days and I have lost 2 lbs! On top of that, my energy level has soared (no sluggish feelings) and my mood has improved. Still watchi... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:33:30 EST Hass & Associates Online Reviews Here is how cyber warfare began, 50 years ago <BR> <BR> (CNN) Computer hacking was once the realm of curious teenagers. Its now the arena of government spies, professional thieves and soldiers of fortune. <BR> <BR> Today, its all about the money. Thats why Chinese hackers broke into Lockheed Martin and stole the blueprints to the trillion-dollar F-35 fighter jet. Its also why Russian hackers have sneaked into Western oil and gas companies for years. <BR> <BR> The stakes are higher, too. In... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:03:49 EST Daily Check-in Date: 17/03/15 <BR> <BR> Mindful Eating: Yes <BR> Moderation: Yes <BR> Exercise: No <BR> <BR> What I did well today: Ate healthy food in moderation <BR> Goal for tomorrow: Exercise <BR> I am grateful for: Family who care <BR> Emoticon: <em>434</em> <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:46:13 EST exercisedee's journal today i feel like I am finally recovering from the flu. its been more than a week, but today was the first day I just stayed in bed and rested all day. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:21:03 EST 160 Days of Moon Dust (re-losing the last 10 lbs) Hello there. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> <BR> To make a long story short, my healthy lifestyle has kept my weight in the healthy range. However, after my hysterectomy, my doctor told me that the weight gain it caused was "unavoidable". I wasn't about to head toward an unhealthy weight range without a fight. I lost the weight slowly and safely here on SparkPeople. With continued vigilance, I maintained for quite a while. <BR> <BR> <em>245</em> <BR> Then my Mom passed a... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:00:15 EST Why are people so mean? Hello, <BR> This is the first time I am opening up and spilling my guts to total strangers.....It feels weird to me but I'm hoping to......I don't know what I'm hoping for, I just need to get this off my chest. After reading other posts and responses I feel pretty safe as I have been so inspired by the positivity I see here on Sparkpeople! <BR> After returning to work in 2012 when my kids were both in school full-time I proceeded to put myself absolutely last and eventually stopped... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 10:50:40 EST How do I ask for a significant raise at work? I know this is not food, exercise, or weight related, but it is life related and I don't know who else to ask. Maybe some insight from someone else can help me. <BR> <BR> I am working as an x-ray tech in an urgent care. Because I work mainly front desk/reception and our x ray quota is usually small, I am grossly underpaid, basically I am being paid as a receptionist 15.00 dollars an hour, instead of the 25.00 an hour that a newly graduated x ray tech can expect to get paid. <BR> I have bee... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:49:38 EST WEIGH IN LAST WEEK I WAS 285 ...NOW I AM 279!!! TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!! Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:09:00 EST The Shearin Group Leadership Training in Hong Kong 4 Tips for å skape høy ytelseselskapet i 2015 <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Jeg har alltid vært fascinert av setningen på min bil speil som sier, "objekter i speilet er nærmere enn de vises." Auto eksperter som har reflektert på denne erklæringen angir at det er om feiltolkningen plass, forvrengt oppfatninger av avstand og hvordan lyset reflekteres fra mange posisjoner, om står stille eller flytte forover eller bakover. <BR> <BR> Dette er alle viktige dri... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 02:08:37 EST 2015 Miles in 2015 I didn't know about this feature until stumbling across it. Thought I'd give it a try. My biggest goal this year is completing the 2015 in 2015 Challenge ( <link><BR>in-2015-challenge/ </link> ). I'm completing it with a team member so I am required to complete half the miles (1007.5). <BR> <BR> I'm doing this by wearing my fitbit so all my movement is counted...not just running. <BR> <BR> My other goal is to complete a half marathon in September... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:37:27 EST I want my body back A few years ago when I weighed my most ever (181 lbs) I made a vow to give myself one month of healthy eating and regular exercise. I managed to strictly keep that vow and by the end of that month a pair of jeans that I had been squeezing into were falling off of me. I stuck with my routine for several more months and ended up losing 40 lbs. <BR> <BR> Now here I am again, overweight and struggling to regain my healthy habits. My weight is somewhere around 160. I refuse to get on a scale to f... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 17:20:11 EST Proud of myself I have been doing the 100 day challenge for a week now and even though I have only lost 1 pound its still a pound I have lost. I am on day 7 and I am still going strong. <em>380</em> Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:18:37 EST What a week My first week was a complete success. I had been hospitalized for 6 weeks due to a very bad accident. I had lost over 20 lbs during that time. Due to being overweight and with heart conditions I was put on a low fat low salt low everything even taste. But when I came home finally I started eating <BR> like I always did and within 2 weeks put it back on. I freaked out and that's how I came here to sparks. <BR> This week has shown me that if I get involved and watch what I am doing great ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:10:40 EST looking for a spark team or challenge I am looking for a spark team or challenge to better suit my needs. I am 42 year old woman who lives alone. A team with encouragement and advice. Anyone have any ideas. I have been on spark people now since Jan 1 of this year, fell off the band wagon trying to get back on. Looking to lose 150+ pounds. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:52:34 EST Back to Reality After quitting my job in October 2014 I really thought I would spend my extra time at the gym, hiking, walking, and really cleaning up my diet and setting new goals. In reality I did none of the above, I went into a depression and managed to gain 10 pounds and ruin my self esteem. So now I am 15lbs above my goal weight/normal weight. I have been starting and failing on a weekly basis of getting my act back together. Arguing with myself at my age (53) I do not need to care about how much I wei... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:53:14 EST my weight loss [url=<BR>oss/wjhvjUo/] <BR> [img]<BR>t/t/wjhvjUo/weight.png[/img] <BR> [/url] <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:45:05 EST Harver Health Insurance Group Tokyo News på 6 tips Mer enn 8 millioner mennesker er registrert i helseforsikring gjennom regjeringen markedet, ifølge US Department for Health and Human Services. (Alex Williamson/Ikon bilder/Corbis) <BR> <BR> Hvis du ikke har tenkt på helsevesenet dekning i 2015, nå er tiden. For planer i regjeringen exchange må du registrere av 15 desember for at dekning å starte 1 januar. Og med flere nye og kommende endringer i planer og forskrifter, gjeldende plan kan ikke lenger være det beste alternativet. <BR> <BR> "S... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:47:17 EST nighttime workouts? So I hit a time hurdle for the first time in a month. I missed my workout in the early eve and ended up working out after 8pm. I was super happy that I actually did my workout (45 min treadmill) instead of just skipping it and making up for it later this weekend, but does anyone know if there is a difference or a detriment to working out at night? I didn't notice a difference in my sleep quality, but I wasn't sure if that was a fluke or if working out regularly at night would have an effect o... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:33:56 EST My Journey back into those "skinny jeans" Lost my post ... twice... will have to find another spot for my journal :(... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:50:59 EST I've been comfy at 165-168, but now it's time to , It's been a few months and things have settled well enough in my life. <BR> <BR> I haven't had any major ups or downs in life or in weight and so I did achieve some level of consistency which was my intent when starting this. <BR> It's March 2015 now and in numerology the number 3 represents creativity and grounding. It is exactly what I have been feeling in my spirit. My focus areas are now to polish or create my ideals out of the just good enoughs and the okays that I have lived with for... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:47:37 EST gotta restart my health goals Hello, my birthday was this weekend and I gained 7 pounds, don't know how I did it but what's done is done. I just need a restart my program. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:28:01 EST Hit a goal <em>224</em> Finally got under 205 - now 203 and heading for 200 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:57:24 EST I have got to get started writing a book... So I signed up for Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:37:53 EST Freggies in March For next month, March 2015, I intend to record these goals. <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> * did I eat smoothie and salad and beans, <BR> * did I stay under 4 slices bread, <BR> * avoided junk/candy. <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> * yoga and other exercise (walking, biking etc.) <BR> <BR> Sleep: <BR> * In bed at... <BR> * hours slept. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:25:59 EST First time forever Today I actually rode my stationary bike for 1 hour. I didn't do it all at once I broke it up into 3-20 minute sessions. I haven't done that in I don't know how long. <em>244</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:45:53 EST Day 3 I am on day 3 of joining sparkpeople I was shocked when I got on the scale and I am down 6 lbs.I never feel hungry. I do not exercise because I need 2 knee surgeries.I really don`t no how I did it besides writing down what I eat everyday.Still not getting all my protein and carbs in but I am working on it.Still learning but I am very excited about the results.Thank You all for your help. <BR> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:59:58 EST UNDERSTANDING THYROID AND WEIGHT I lost 60 pounds last year only to gain it back. I was gaining weight and feeling tired all the time. I went into a deep depression and didn't understand what was happening to me. I was only 36 and felt like I was a hundred. Then, thanks to God I found out I was suffering from a fluctuation in my thyroid, I was given medication and after the dosage was finally right for my body, I begin to improve. I just want to say to anyone who may be suffering from the symptoms I described, to have their... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:38:24 EST Didnt think i could do it. Well today I did crunches, walked with my dog, situps, rode a stationary bike and walked somemore and I feel great. I did all this and still managed to make dinner and do other stuff. <em>244</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:35:56 EST Verdifulle Tips fra Cathford Credit Inc. Verdifulle Tips fra Cathford Credit Inc.:The smertefri måte å kjøpe et hus <BR> <BR> Tidligere felles eierskap ble regelen og privat eiendom ( <link> </link> ) var ikke-eksisterende. Landet var ikke engang eies av en person eller familie, men av usett åndene. I hovedsak trodde folk at landet eid folk. Fordi vi har mistet denne verdifull konsept og tatt til oss eksklusivt eierskap, kontroll og overføring av eiendom, har så mye endret seg og selv resultert i u... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:02:24 EST Goal journey Well yesterday I went for a long walk with my dog, I did squats, crunches,rode a stationary bike, did situps and last night I walked on my own. I walked about 2 miles.I hope I can do it again today. I want to and I am going to give it a dam good try.Sometimes I get in my head that I am 56 and to old for this,other times I think your never to old. <em>386</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:13:26 EST i'm just getting started need help <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> snow outside, miserable overweight, want to lose the heavy feeling! Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:09:09 EST Matthew R. Olson of Bennett Jones Lawyers <link><BR>s/Intellectual_Property_Law/ </link> <BR> <BR> Matthew R. 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At LTD & Associates Inc. we believe that knowledge is more valuable and powerful than natural resources and that success comes to the companies that have the best information. <BR> <BR> We have the experience and knowledge to implement investigative and security solutions, while working with our client partners, to bring about a realistic and cost effective way of providing desired results. <BR> <BR> Knowing and understanding client needs has earned us a solid business reputation, which wil... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:19:09 EST Digging Deep In 2008, I became dedicated to running, I ran a lot, many 5ks, 10ks, and finished my first half marathon last summer, 2014. My goal is to eventually some day run a full marathon, my time isn't amazing, 2 hours 15min, but I am focusing more on my commitment to running and mostly myself. <BR> <BR> Over the past two years, my enthusiasm for working out has slowly diminished and now I am determined to dig deep and get back on track. I have a busy night schedule that only allows maybe one hour o... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:12:19 EST Blckktty's Journal dream house After 4 years of looking, boom our dream home (a fixer upper of course couldn't afford it otherwise) pops up in our email listing! We scheduled an appointment with our realtor to see it and it is everything we hoped for and more. It is in desperate need of cleaning, painting, recarpeting, new bathrooms, new roof, and yard work, but once it is all done it will be awesome! The kids don't have to change schools, the location is perfect, the yard is bigger than ours and cleared and flat, the ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:03:21 EST I will make my goal weight in my 60th year! I have attempted for the last several years to reach my goal weight but have not been able to get there due to physical and emotional set backs. This year I am going to try to succeed! I turn 60 in 10 days and the goal is to be at my goal weight before I turn 61. I will do my best to not injure myself (bad knees and shoulders) and to not get sick (I had a bad case of poison oak and an upper respiratory infection last year). So far I have lost 15 pounds since beginning to workout on Januar... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:31:57 EST Reasons to keep going Reasons to keep up with my healthy habits and goals, even when things get busy and tough: <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> I'm learning lots of great recipes. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Cooking at home is much cheaper than eating out. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Fresh food is full of flavor. It is exciting to try new things. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Fruits and veggies are good for my hair, skin, and nails. So pretty! <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> I don't think that I even realized how poor my diet is when... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:30:35 EST 2015 AF Days I'm posting my AF Days starting today! <BR> On March 31st, I will Celebrate 8 years sober! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> <em>355</em> ODATT &#10084; &#9829;.¸¸&#9829;&#9829; &#10084; 2875 days Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:23:36 EST Accountable I wasn't going to start a journal . . . but I feel the need to do so to hold myself accountable. I'm not sticking with my healthy eating and exercise goals on a daily basis. Every weekend I pretty much give up and start over come Monday morning. So any progress I made during the week is all for not when the weekend arrives. I need to do this, I want to do this . . . The older I get the harder it is to maintain a healthy weight and life style. I want it to be my normal way of life, second... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:56:28 EST OFF I go on journey 2015 Getting my spark back at last after a slip on my journey. I know it has happened to me more than once and since I am human it will again but I hope not with the weight gain. 4 pounds I ate planned meals but skipped the work out part of my journey for several days while I had company. Thankfully I can fit into my size 16 jeans and Large tops if they are of good quality will still get extra large at times to allow for shrinkage started to my regrouped and found some gre... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:02:07 EST Kimber's Plan 2015 Monday <BR> <BR> dumbbell bench press <BR> flys <BR> incline sit ups w/ medicine ball <BR> arnold press <BR> cuban press <BR> push forwards reverse incline <BR> <BR> 25 min. HIIT cardio elliptical <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> <BR> burpees sets <BR> 20 burpees <BR> 40 sit ups <BR> 50 squats <BR> 30 ab roller <BR> 2 sets <BR> <BR> Run 3 miles outside <BR> <BR> Wednesday <BR> Bi's and Back <BR> <BR> 21's <BR> dumbbell curl <BR> close grip front pulldowns <BR> seated cable rows <BR> pull ups <B... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:27:26 EST depression and wt loss currently on track with weight loss, at times it is actually fun. I am having family issues, not my self but close people around me. I am at a lose and don't know what to do to help them. There has been a sudden violent death in our family and all are succumbing to these bad vibes, People are yelling and screaming and blaming or they just clam up and are very depressed. I feel myself going down that rabbit hole of depression and am wondering if anyone can give me some words to keep myself ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:38:19 EST Can't use grouping on tracker The last week when I try to use the nutritional tracker from my computer, no matter how high I pull the item away from the yoplait yogurt ad, everytime I click the square I get the ad. This is making tracking from grouping unuseable. <BR> <BR> PLEASE HELP Mon, 9 Feb 2015 20:10:18 EST its a struggle every day Every day I am hungry. Every time I start a new diet I weigh more than I did the last time. I can't look at myself in the mirror anymore yet I continue to eat. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:35:04 EST Thread closed Thread closed Sun, 8 Feb 2015 13:09:57 EST journal I am up 3 pounds!! I have no idea what's going on but I have been going up on the scale. I have been paying close attention and I got my period and I went down a little bit again but now that I am back in the gaining part of my cycle I will have to work extra hard not to start gaining again. <BR> <BR> I am getting back in the habit of going to the gym every morning (I've done that every morning this week which I think helped me get back to losing again) and I've been taking my vitamins eve... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 10:59:03 EST wieght gain I burn up the required calories for the week on my plan plus I eat the required calories for the week and I still gained two pounds whats up with this Sun, 8 Feb 2015 07:55:26 EST Day 1 of my journal February. 5 <BR> I so want to quit just eat not worry about weight but watching 600 pound life last night so wondering how they get that way and don't the know they weigh so much <BR> I would love surgery but is this an easy way out <BR> Counting calories exercise menus what a nightmare Thu, 5 Feb 2015 14:22:55 EST Freggies today! Intend to start posts about my goals per month. Just to get some overview of how I'm doing. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> 1 Get enough sleep (preferably 8 hours or more) <BR> 2 Stay on plan (eat mostly vegetables and fruit, beans and nuts, avoid sugar, gluten, dairy and junk) <BR> 3 Food prep 3x per week or more <BR> 4 Exercise: strive for 40 minutes per day 6x a week <BR> 5 Yoga: 3x per week or more <BR> 6 Chores in the house 2x a week or more <BR> 7. Food free at night (no eating or just f... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 14:11:16 EST 10 lbs in 10 weeks! Monday, February 2, 2015 <BR> <BR> Here I am again... I told myself I would stop counting calories, but I think it's beneficial for me to come back and start a slower weight loss plan that will be easier to maintain. Because it's been so long since I've been at my target weight, I've forgotten what "normal" amounts can look like, so this seems like the perfect place to start to get back on track! <BR> <BR> I started an attempt at better eating on January 1st with a mostly paleo diet. I los... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:13:28 EST want to lose 1 or 2 lbs a week. I want to lose 1 or 2 lbs a week. I have been up and down so many times and I am totally discouraged.I don't know what else to do. LoreJae Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:14:26 EST exercisedee's journal ok, here's my plan for this week. <BR> <BR> 1) Thursday (today) - make oatmeal with milk for breakfast. I will throw away the rest of the cupcakes I made. I won't make any more cupcakes! I will continue to eat oatmeal with milk for breakfast. And for lunch and dinner I will eat Stir Fry with vegetables and tofu and some meat. (and rice) I will plan on going home after work and drinking chamomile tea and a snack of banana and peanut butter in the evening. I will always buy a gallon of ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:31:10 EST Laura's Weight Loss Journey OK... so this is an attempt to stay motivated. Try to post here often, and talk about successes and pitfalls, and gain support and maybe advice etc. <BR> <BR> I am 3 weeks into my weight loss regime. I have lost 10lb in that time - which is good, but not as good as I'd have liked. Especially since I have been trying really hard. I am exercising a lot too - trying to get in 10-30 minutes on the exercise bike every day, and long walks at the weekend (did 2.5 miles last Saturday, and a further... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:08:38 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 Struggling I started out doing so great and now when my bf has Taco Bell in front of me it's getting really hard to not want to steal some nachos from him. My challenge for myself for the rest of the week is to track every bite I take and prepare my snacks ahead of time so that when I come home from teaching all day I don't instantly devour everything in sight. I want to practice mindless eating again where I really focus on what I'm eating and take time out to truly enjoy my food. Also, I will question... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:16:35 EST not comparing myself to who i was before I've decided to start my weight loss, fitness journey new each day ech year. I've been slender to average all my life until the last two years when a 30 pound weight gain has put me at over 190 pounds at 5 ft. 4. <BR> <BR> When i don't love and appreciate myself for how i am today and the effort I'm making mow in losing body fat and increasing fitness I get depressed. That's not good for my health or joy in life <em>249</em> . Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:41:41 EST I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than before My key to success is to never stop trying. Even when you fail. Losing weight. Kicking bad habits. Becoming healthier. It never becomes any easier to do, but you become stronger as an individual. I have gotten better at facing the challenges that I have tried facing before. I've gotten to know myself and I've gotten to know my body. How far can I push myself? Why do I keep failing? Where do I keep failing? Why am I not motivated and what motivates me the most? <BR> <BR> From now on I promise... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:51:16 EST Tammy's Daily Living Routines This will be my new routine: <BR> <BR> 5:00am - Wake up, Exercise to Leslie Sansone Start Walking at home 30 minute walk <BR> 6:00am - Shower/ Personal Hygiene get dressed for the day. Medications... <BR> 7:00am - Breakfast - Make it a healthy breakfast full of protein. Wash Dishes. <BR> 8:00am - Housework <BR> 9:00am - Bible Study <BR> 11:45am - Start fixing lunch Wash Dishes... <BR> 1:00pm - Internet time <BR> 3:00pm - Sweating to the oldies with Richard Simmons 15 minutes - 20 minutes ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:08:05 EST carb counter????? Gosh, I'm so frustrated. have diabetes 2 that i need to take seriously. Looking for a chart to calculate carbs and can't find one. looking at apps and website. u would think there's millions out there. I actually signed onto this site thinking there was one here and can't find one. Am i missing something. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:20:18 EST KAT's Journal Hoping to improve health and lose weight. Let's get started. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:23:03 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 My Journey 2015 It all began when I got married in 2003. I hadn't really struggled with my weight until then. I mean, I was actually overweight, but I was physically active and was pretty healthy. Then I moved to California and married my now ex-husband. It's not his fault I gained. Where I hadn't had difficulty before with activity because I walked everywhere I went, now I had to go everywhere in a car. It was no longer "easy" for me to work in my exercise because it wasn't built into my lifestyle. I... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:15:49 EST Working Out and Eating Right Well, I'm doing it all. This last week was the first week I ate really well and tracked everything and have been working out for nineteen days straight and I gained a pound and a half! I am so frustrated and want to give up because it's so hard to get on the treadmill everyday after teaching and I have done it and I'm gaining weight. It seems I always lose when I just die and I gain when I workout. I'm not sure if maybe I end up eating more to reward myself or what but it makes me want to jus... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:59:36 EST A Lot Has Changed Since The Last Time I logged on Before 2009 I weighed over 600 pounds. I was sick all the time. I could barely walk. I was depressed and suicidal. I was also passing out at work, even though I was sleeping more than I should. I went to the doctor to find out what was going on. I was borderline diabetic. I was actually going into sugar comas. I was drinking so much soda every day that I was crashing at work. He gave me two choices. Live...or die. He reminded me that if I died that my now ex husband(well as of the ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:46:48 EST TODAY (is the day that matters!) deleted Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:29:09 EST HELP ME OUT HERE I am 26 years old. 5'1 and weighed 159 pounds a week ago. Now I only weight 152 pounds. Although I am really excited that i lost some weight i just want to make sure im not losing too much in the first week. I have a feeling some of it is water weight because I was eating 3x the amount of sodium I was suppose to and now I am only having a normal amount of sodium a day. Any thoughts on why I may have lost so much the first week? Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:52:51 EST 2nd day o.k. so far got through the second day....along with eating better and more also aiming to increase my water intake....3 glasses in today....just wish the food list was a little more set....but will have to work around this or post in two places....definite portions....cups,oz...on anything listed ie...what tomorrow will bring is to be seen. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:48:16 EST Eating Way to Much I have been great all week journaling each bite I take. Lost 5 lbs last week. <BR> <BR> Today met a friend for lunch at a Chinese buffet. I went way over my calories today and most of all I feel yucky from over eating. I wish I could get past this problem. If I stay home I am fine but if I go to a restaurant I lose all control. I am back on track and not going to dwell on one bad meal choice but how does you ever get total control? One thing I have to realize is I can not do a buffet. Th... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:38:00 EST Curse these Kid Snacks! I keep getting distracted by the kids snacks, they are 9 and 11, both very active and while they eat lots of healthy stuff they do love their chips and cookies. I know I know - I should quit buying them for them BUT I'm the one on the diet not them. SOOOO I cleaned out a cabinet in the kitchen and put all of my "approved" snacks and foods in's far far away from the pantry where the "evil" snacks live that speak to me like the little devil on my shoulder. It's working like a drea... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:26:56 EST new to site Hi....just want to introduce myself. My name is Sheila...and I decided to give this site a try because while everyone around me is losing weight...I have gained. I never thought I would ever get so heavy...growing up I was always underweight . I was always teased and said I would blend in with the telephone pole if I turned sideway. I am the worst Junk food Junkie. <BR> So decided it was time for a change. Hoping to lose 50 lbs by this time next year. <BR> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:03:25 EST So hard...but I'm excited I'm suddenly excited for this journey to has been really hard and my first week I was really disappointed because I made no progress. I struggle with snacking, but I generally eat healthy meals. I come home and I am ravenous after work and so I eat an apple and alomond butter and hop on the treadmill for at least ten minutes every day. I get so frustrated though because whenever I workout I end up gaining weight instead of losing and I read other people's story about fitness and ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:13:09 EST Working On It (me being IT!) Realisation has hit me like a freight train and not before time! I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired, Im queen of procrastination. I've had so many wake up calls (family members getting sick due to their life choices) and have vowed to do something about it then I set myself unattainable goals that I don't achieve then I feel like a failure and go into funk. I've come to the conclusion that what I am doing to myself isn't far of self abuse and its time to stop and get off this merr... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 06:32:18 EST My Car Omg I can't believe my car broke down but hope my bf can get it fixed My cars in the shop right now I herd a knocking in the engine so I just hope I don't have to have a new engine prayers r needed please Fri, 9 Jan 2015 19:04:57 EST Random Journal Three Good Things Today <BR> <BR> 1. Feeling like I understand my stats class. <BR> 2. Excited about getting my calculator tomorrow. <BR> 3. Found some cheap tasty hummus. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 17:32:13 EST New Attitude Started this week on my weight loss journey with a new attitude. Concentrating more on getting my life in control with changing my eating habits for life. A lifetime of bad eating has made me me feel so bad with no energy and now I am type 2 diabetic. Working on clean eating and adding more fruits and vegetables in my diet and cut our the fast food. I have made my mind out I have to journal each day and realize if I don't get my eating in control now I never will. I will have to take this day... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:52:49 EST No looking back There is now dwelling on what I didn't do right yesterday that is a time past, it is a new day and a whole new beginning. I will plan out my meals so that when the time comes I will be prepared. I will also for the time being I will measure my portions until I am good at eyeing them. <BR> When I started this journey I said I was going to stick with it, I plan on doing just that, I knew it would be a struggle because I love to eat (of course I do that is what got me where I am at today) howev... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:40:10 EST Silver trek through the forest -2015 I think that is an interesting enough title to remember for my journal. <BR> First, I am not a January resolution bandwagon sparker. I've been trying to lose this weight for about three months now. Actually a little bit longer. I had my first fall these last two weeks. I didn't track and barely remembered to login and spin, but the celebration is that I still made good decisions. I drank soda but decided that what I used to drink just wasn't worth the unhealthy choice and that if I am going... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 22:41:20 EST ready to sit down and cry Today I feel like a failure, I let myself down by not watching what I ate. I was doing pretty good until I saw Dutch Brothers then came the beginning of the fall down. Then came dinner husband said just have the left overs so we did.. and I didn't measure my food I just eyeballed it with one HUGE eye. However when I recorded it I was honest and saw my count for the day I cried. <BR> I know tomorrow is another day but I have a family birthday party to go to and our family centers everythin... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:55:24 EST Michy1984's Journal Weight= 134 <BR> <BR> Intake: <BR> 3 cups coffee, sugar, half-n-half (165) <BR> pork and mac-n-cheese (700) <BR> 1 serving candy cane kisses (220) <BR> 1 serving p.b. pretzels (150) <BR> pasta (650) <BR> <BR> Total= 1885 calories <BR> <BR> Exercise= 17 mile bike ride Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:50:18 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 Tammy's Jounal Hoping to find a weight loss/ support buddy. I just signed up for planet fitness in Newark, Delaware. And would like to share with someone my accomplishments as well as my bummer days (not so good days). Planet Fitness is relatively cheap, no contracts to sign, $10 a month. I am aiming to lose 100 pounds or more. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 21:24:02 EST Kurtzie1998 Journal My goals for next 12 weeks, to get organized, lose 5% of my weight, prioritize, exercise 5x's a week (cardio and strength rotating days). Have quiet time. Mostly I need to work on using my time more wisely, I have good intentions but they get side-tracked. Today I get my hair highlighted. I am healthy, well loved and blessed. I am 72 live on the coast in Oregon. We love it here. I have been married 501/2 years, have 3 adult children, 10 grandchildren (ages 27-4) 2 step grandchildren, 18... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:27:17 EST Blckktty's Journal 2015 And the 2015 has started with a pounding for me and the minivan! I decided to start caring for what God has given to me, my body and my minivan. I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan and it was in desperate need of detailing, it has only been vacuumed since 2005. So, there were spills, gums, candy, and who knows what stuck on the carpets. I decided to hire a detailer and he came over to my home and got it detailed. He steamed cleaned the carpets and washed and waxed the exterior. Then I too... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:22:02 EST TMS Has anyone suffering from depression tried the TMS procedures? Transcranial magnetic stimulation has been shown to provide relief for many people suffering from depression and had no success treating treating the problem with meds. <BR> <BR> I recently began having the procedure and I am in my second week. There is no guarantee that this will work as there are as many people who tout its success as there are people who claim this procedure has no effect. I am holding out hope for my depressi... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 02:28:29 EST MERRY. 15 GLADIOLA's Journey This is my 4th day on spark. <BR> I discovered spark coach and am following it. <BR> I have also read one article and a couple blogs today. <BR> <BR> I have had a lot of medical challenges for 4-5 years. I am past 60 and have struggled with my weight more in the past 10 years. If I could get back to my weight of 5 years ago, I would be pleased. Even more pleased if I could reach my weight of ten years ago. But I basical told spark I wanted to weigh what I did when I was 35. That was afte... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:48:31 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 My 2015 Journal New Year New Start I actually lost weight in the month of December. I am 5.2 pounds slimmer on my way to losing 35 pounds. I would like to lose 10 pounds by my birthday February 13th. I am working towards this by exercising at least 30 minutes 5 days a week and the other 2 days at least 10. I am doing my best to get in at least 10000 steps a day as well. I will track my food intake at least 5 times a week. My last weigh in was 164.4. I weigh in on Thursdays. Keeping my fingers crossed for at least a 1... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:01:47 EST Being the best I think I need a separate place to have my complainy moments away from my blog. I do too much 'thinking aloud' there, which leaves it all a bit waffly sometimes. <BR> <BR> I also wouldn't want to come across as too whiny, so it's good to have myself a little space such as this in which to do the thinking then put the fully assembled thoughts and plans onto my blog. <BR> <BR> In an ideal world, of course, I could pick up my old CJ where I left off, but there doesn't seem a way to de-archive ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:50:00 EST Rollicing Rump--Day Two <em>30</em> Not bad yesterday--trying to start small--do alittle of this n that to get me headed in the right direction--also thinking of starting my own club--Big Butts Anonoymous--we shall see--getting cold here in Maine for the next few days--so staying in and not really planning anything New Years Eve--maybe watch Anderson Cooper ring the new year in--Nancy Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:07:26 EST Looking up Things maybe on the up for me so I am going to make this year the year I can get to the weight I want to be, I would to lose another 14 pound but willing to settle for 10 and a half stone which would just put me in the safe zone. <BR> I struggled last year(for the last few years really) because of stress problems and I tended to comfort eat. I am a fairly active person as I swim(30 lengths today), go to the gym and I like to walk when the weather is OK. <BR> <em>41</em> <em>521</em> ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:22:20 EST Rollicing Rump Journal--Part 1 <em>18</em> I know--what an odd name for a journal--butt--this is what shocked me into sensibility these last two days--going shopping to cover my butt--and coming home with the wrong size--twice--now I have a drawerful of underwear I cannot wear--tis maybe a good thing--I will finally begin the journey of losing the big butt--if it weren't so pathetic, it might even be funny. <BR> <BR> Day 2--Not so bad--had some craving for sweets this afternoon, but did not give into it--THIS time. <BR... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:34:32 EST Arm Lift SurgeryHelp In the past year, I lost decent amount of weight. Almost 50 pounds. I gained a couple back over the holiday, but am so excited to get back on track now that the New Year is almost here! <BR> <BR> I need some help. <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit of sagging skin on my arms and I want to get it removed. I already spoke to a surgeon and it costs about $6500. I already have $1500 in my savings, and I set up a GoFundMe account to try and raise the rest. <BR> <BR> When I put the link up on my Faceb... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 22:39:07 EST WIEGHT LOSS JOURNEY I am new on SP, but so far I love it, I am so happy today I weighed myself today and i <BR> am down 3lbs, still hanging in here strong and not giving up! Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:20:24 EST Serene's food journal My current plan is concerned more with the quality of the food, not the quantity. Instead of the food tracker, I'may going to try and post here daily. I'm starting my streak now. <BR> <BR> Today's planned food: <BR> <BR> Didn't plan much. Did pack a little lunch, but it was clear I need a better plan, so I went to the store after work and got stuff for tomorrow's lunch. <BR> <BR> Today's actual food: <BR> <BR> B: toast, vegan margarine, preserves, a banana <BR> <BR> L: roasted almonds... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 02:34:16 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 My Weight Loss Journal! Hello, name is Rafael. Age 45. I want to start my journey today right away. I put in my weight as 240, but I haven't gotten on the scale at home yet. I didn't want to wait. The plan is to weigh myself every week and hopefully be at a lower weight. My weigh in will definitely be in the mornings. Probably Saturday mornings, but it depends on what happens Friday evening. There is a holiday party coming up soon. OK, this is a beginning. Talk to you soon. <em>213</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:21:55 EST community journal I noticed on a friends page that they had a journal. <BR> I think I'd like to start one. <BR> I've been leaving comments on my page cuz I use my blog for fun things. <BR> Where do I go to start one? <BR> Thanks for any information you have :0) Wed, 3 Dec 2014 23:23:15 EST community journal I noticed on a friends page that they had a journal. <BR> I think I'd like to start one. <BR> I've been leaving comments on my page cuz I use my blog for fun things. <BR> Where do I go to start one? <BR> Thanks for any information you have :0) Wed, 3 Dec 2014 23:22:26 EST SHERRYS WT/FAT DECLUTTERING !!! I'm not going a diet anymore. Tired them and they don't work. Healthy living works. I have decided call it WEIGHT (Wt) FAT DECLUTTERING. I started this decluttering at 235. I have only lose 2 lbs so I start on 12/01/14 trying dig in and lose the weight as of last Saturday I weighed 233 and I hoping to have lost some this Saturday,. <BR> <BR> Saturday are my weigh iin. <BR> My exercise right now is walking, will add weights to this walking no less than 30 minutes about 10,000 or more a ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 13:02:18 EST My first public journal I've never written a public journal before. I'm gonna try writing the way I would if I were writing in my spiral notebook. Thanks for reading. <BR> <BR> So I've been feeling pretty low for a long time. I miss Grandma so much. Our first Thanksgiving without her was hard for me. I managed to hold it together, but probably because I broke down wednesday evening. It almost turned into an anxiety attack, but Jason had stepped in at the right moment. Now that it's sunday I have to face the thought... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:01:23 EST Janet's Journal (PINKIE78) Day 27 <BR> <BR> For 4 years now I've been dreaming of the day my weight would drop below 180. I still have a long way to go but for some reason that's been a big milestone for me. How cool that it happened on Thanksgiving Day! I weighed in at 179 this morning. Yayyy!!!!! <BR> <BR> I went to a community celebration for Thanksgiving Day meal and was really good about what I ate. While I hope I would've been good no matter what, I was definitely motivated by the scale. I went for a 50-minute ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:57:46 EST Caadi's journal To be absolutely honest I don't really know yet what I want to write down here. I reckon I'll get inspiration for posts as I go. So just to introduce myself. I'm Caadi, 32 and I decided that it's about time to do something with my life. Not only with weight, which is terrible ( 83 kgs with 1.60 m talland I started with weight of 97 kgs) but with motivation, organisating myself, my tasks and with gaining energy with my life. So initially I have only tracked my food and fitness but didn't get i... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:07:58 EST Malu's Journey So....I have lost weight for the first time in five years. I have been steadily gaining 60 pounds. I averaged that to one pound a month for five years. I had jus lost 40 pounds at the time I started to gain. I MAY have been at 139 for about 4-5 months. Then I stopped good habits (eating right/exercising) and took up previous habits made over another five years of steadily gaining. So suffice to say that I have been overweight the last decade+ (with the exception of the aforementioned ho... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:31 EST WEEK 1 WELL, SO FAR BEEN A HUGE EYE OPENER. TRACKING FOOD AND GUESSING SOME THINGS AT BEST ARE PROVING TO BE A LITTLE DEPRESSING, FRANKLY. TRYING TO JUST TURN OFF ME HEAD AND REMIND MYSELF THE FIRST WEEK GOING IN I KNEW IT WOULD BE A WAY TO SURPRISE MYSELF-NOT BEAT MYSELF UP. EVERY TIME I EAT NOW I AM STARTING TO WONDER HOW MUCH IS THAT GONNA CAUSE ME TO GO OVER MY CALORIES. THIS MORNING WHEN I GOT UP AT 4:12 AM, I STAYED UP FOR THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE TO BE ABLE TO TALLY 30 MIN WALK BY END OF DAY. WOR... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:19:35 EST Quick Medifast meals?? Hey everyone! I'm new here. I'm going on Medifast for the second time. I was on it about 6 months ago, lost 20 pounds and kept it off. Now I'm on it again to drop the final 15 pounds. I'm so sick of chicken!!! Does anyone have any simple and quick Medifast meals that take care of my 'lean and green' for the day? Thanks!! Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:29:27 EST Trying to Figure this out.. this is not a test.. This is not a test. had it been.. it would not be me.. <BR> Is this the place where you do journaling? <BR> I get lost there is too much to do here about recording.. ugh.. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:59:28 EST Summerings journal Weight 190 lbs <BR> BP 160/110 <BR> Cholesterol ...can't remember the numbers but was way to high. <BR> <BR> So if I can get the weight off my numbers will come down , so my doctor has given me time to do this on my own in hopes of keeping off medication. <BR> <BR> Exercise is good . Need to work on the diet part and cut empty calories from alcohol and other sugars . Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:51:37 EST #backontrack .#backtontrack - started August 2013 and managed to lose15# by January - then slowly and steadily gained back 10 this past summer. I am once again #backontrack though with a bit of a shaky start. <BR> <BR> # - Track Food every day <BR> # - Track steps with Fitbit <BR> # - Calories 1200 - 1550 - aim for 250 - 500 calorie deficit each day <BR> # - Water aerobics/water jogging 2 - 3 X week (ST when pool closed) <BR> # - Walk 10 - 20 minutes 5X week <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:17:35 EST Lose 14 lbs in 2014! November 4, 2014 <BR> <BR> Laziness and being unhappy with my body stops here! <BR> <BR> I'm tired of looking through old photos and realizing how much better I looked a year ago, 2 years ago, 3 years ago... I'm ready to get back down to my "happy" weight and STAY there. I'm going to do so by making a commitment to eating right and exercising EVERY DAY, as well as keeping this daily journal for extra motivation. Here we go! <BR> <BR> I just finished Total Body Circuit for the first time si... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:33:21 EST Lisa is Determined! I have been with the program for a little over three weeks. I have lost 18 pounds through exercise and eating healthy. I have not been starving myself and so far have not had any big cravings. I have been focusing on getting full by eating healthy meals or snacks several times a day. I feel good about myself and feel determined that I will be able to take off my goal weight! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:53:45 EST Eat Less, Move More Journal for Diane Well here I go again. How many times do I start anew and "this is it, gonna happen" scenario? I guess all I can say is every time I fall down I get back up. I'm not a quitter I know what I need to do. So Here I go with not much fan fair other than to say I'll stop in to sparks daily. I will post food and activity challenge myself to change habits and work on incorporating healthier better habits. I am not someone who deprives, because that will send me off into the deep end. But I am ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:34:14 EST stomach virus I started spark on Oct 25th and sure enough on the 26th I contracted a stomach virus. I am feeling better and getting back on track today. Good health to everyone. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:09:44 EST 5K My goal is to be ready to run many 5K's this summer with my family....I would love to keep up with my 12 year old daughter. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:40:47 EST lose weight naturally people should opt the ways of losing weight naturally avoiding all artificial means so the result would be consistent and long lasting. <BR> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:57:06 EST recipes 1. tinkyada brand "rice fecuttine" <BR> 2. Hot pepper assorted <BR> 3. two carrots <BR> 4. boiled avocado seed <BR> 5. tbsp xtra virgin olive oil <BR> delish <BR> sea salt and yummo creamy great awesome surprise Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:53:59 EST NEEDTOLOOSE_2014 JOURNAL <em>2</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:17:32 EST SHERRY'S @ THIS MOMENT JOURNAL!!! I'm going t o start taking things a moment at a time. Baby steps, not going to worry about tomorrow or the whole 100 lbs I have to lose, because if I do I will give up right now like I have always do. I am going to live in the moment. <BR> <BR> Going to try to cut back on drinking diet mt dews and regular cokes and cut back on eating sweets. My 2 biggest proplem, well I do have one more and that is fast foods, working on cuttting back on that too. More cooking at home. <BR> <BR> Going to... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:04:05 EST I'm losing weight but the scale is not moving much I've packed on the exercise, look slimmer, and have followed religiously the trackers, but the scale doesn't move. Maybe it's because I just ate about an hour and a half ago. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:37:27 EST Losing the last 5kg Well here I am, starry eyed, full of determination and motivation. This time I'm going to make it all the way to goal. This time will be different. This time I won't listen to the "near enough is good enough" voices. <BR> Today is all about preparation. Meals will be planned, clothes will be ironed, work will be done. Nothing will stand in my way! I have this. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:41:33 EST started again last week I am proud of myself. I decided to get back on the exercise/watch what I eat routine after weighing myself after months of sitting on my butt. I weighed in at 142. Started using MFP and here, as well as drinking alot more water (was maybe drinking 1-3 cups per day) now 6 and doing Leslie Sansone. Today I weighed myself (5 days later) and l lost 2 pounds which I think is mostly water weight. Hopefuly after this, I will go back to losing no more that 1/2 to 1 pound per week. My goal is 135. Tho... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:50:14 EST Losing Weight in College Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Beth and I am a 20 year old college student. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I grew up as a chubby kid and was bullied a lot. It definitely affected my self esteem and gave me a distorted picture of myself. While I lost the baby weight and was never terribly overweight throughout middle school and high school, every time I looked in the mirror I hated what I saw and was never comfortable in my body. Just a few years ago, I began loving myself... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:38:55 EST losing the baby weight I gave birth to my second daughter on 08/30 I was 196 at the hospital before her birth. I know weigh 168.8 and I want to go back down to 145 before Christmas. I am trying to eat healthy and get some exercise <em>320</em> in even though I feel like im not getting enough sleep its been tough but I am working through it. I have slipped up a little eating too much sugary things and gained some weight a few lbs but now I am on track again and trying to stay motivated. <em>446</em> <em>443<... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:53:17 EST Can someone help I would like to succeed with the program this time. I need a buddy to help me. Someone to encourage me and teach me how to work the program step by step. I need to start like today is my first day. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:32:13 EST Trying to get stared again I have bee away for a long time. I have tried to come back several times but it did not work for me. <BR> I have had some difficult times in the last few years. March 15 2013 my youngest daughter passed away suddenly. She had not see been sick. We were supposed to go to see a movie together but she needed to get some work done on her car. My husband was suppose to go with her. She told us it was okay for us to go to the movies and we would meet for lunch. The last thing she said as she was s... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:55:08 EST Reaching Out I've always considered myself a lone achiever. About 8 years ago, I was a college sophomore maxing out at 206 pounds. I realized that I allowed so much weight to creep up on me because I was too enthralled by how other people evaluated my appearance. Contrary to some people's overweight experiences, no one ever criticized me or made me feel self-conscience about my appearance. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Men still found me attractive, and as I worked my way up from a size 16 to 18 to ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:41:00 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 Over 65 years old <em>521</em> I'm 66 years old and weighted 254 pounds on September 19th. My health hasn't been this poor in years! Also, I haven't been weighed this much ever!!!.. <BR> Five days later, today, I've lost 3.5 pounds. I hope to be under 250 again real soon. <BR> I also wanted to keep a journal this time so this is the reason for this topic. <BR> I'm committed to drink 4 glasses of water a day. so far so good.I will increase my water intake to 8 glasses a day but had to begin baby stepping ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:55:36 EST Struggling I had weight loss surgery nearly 3 years ago. Have been doing great. Lost nearly 100 pounds but now am struggling as my weight seems to be creeping slowly up. This past year I have put on 15 pounds. The weight loss team says this is normal but I am worried I will keep gaining. Does anyone else out there have these challenges? If so how are you coping? I feel great and have lots of energy. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:46:36 EST Dee's Day I had a setback a few days ago where I went to an italian restaurant that serves too much bread. I need to put that one on the blacklist. Every time we go there we eat too much bread. <BR> <BR> Ok restaurants at Santana Row: <BR> <BR> Veggie Grill (they serve healthy grains like quinoa, and you can get lots of healthy vegetables roasted etc.) <BR> Plutos (you can get any salad you want) <BR> <BR> These 2 restaurants are the best. We can just always go to these 2 restaurants! Why go a... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:46:47 EST Rewired Rewired - understanding why I'm at the weight I'm currently at today. Today is a new day for me. Understanding why I continue to start over is something I had to understand before attempting another weight loss journey. I use to think I could just jump in and start losing weight but there was something deeper within me that made me quit. I'm a feeler so that means I emotional eat, I'm self-conscientious about working out in the gym, and I always feel that I'm being judged. One thing about me ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:56:52 EST What if What if is the start of lots of good ideas. It is also the beginning of many nothings. I want this what if to be successful. So, I am gonna work this program full bore. <BR> <BR> My goal is to get back to a healthy weight. If that weight is 150 pounds, great. If that weight is 135 pounds, that is fine, too. I know that I will never be that teeny tiny 118 pounds again. And, that's okay. <BR> <BR> I'm gonna be able to look in a mirror with thinking "who is that?" I will be able to ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:43:34 EST Today I need to clean up the house a little bit. go to the grocery store for juicing ingredients and fresh veggies. <BR> <BR> This morning I'm going to walk the dog on a long walk, go buy some health food at safeway, and clean the house. <BR> <BR> then if there's time i'll go to the gym or just do some exercises at home. i'll try and fix the roku. <BR> <BR> I will bring some health food with me to work for dinner and some tea. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:03:05 EST BLC26 - Special Agent BONNYSPARKGIRL 18 September 2014 <BR> <BR> So BLC26 has finally arrived. I have officially been appointed to the Fushia Beauties Incorporated (aka F.B.I.) <BR> I am hoping to use this journal to track my progress. <BR> Wish me luck <BR> <em>129</em> <em>184</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:36:14 EST Dee's Day I feel a little unmotivated because I ate some steak sandwich last night and I was trying to focus on only an asian diet but I'm not going to give up! I've been noticing some real changes in my body and being slimmer and I'm going to stick to it. I'm right before my period is due and I wish I would get pregnant but it's pretty unlikely. I'm assuming that right now I am fighting off PMS and I've read the best ways to keep sane is to eat frequent small meals and exercise. <BR> <BR> I don't ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:06:34 EST Amanda's C25K Journal I have done Week 1 Day 1 and 2 and it is going well so far! <BR> <BR> Here is how yesterday went: <BR> <BR> Well, I was suppose to start on Monday, but my husband had his schedule changed and I couldn't do it. But, Week 1 Day 1 was finished this morning! <BR> <BR> I definitely shocked myself. <BR> <BR> For the first 3 intervals, I ran the full minute. I was soooo shocked! But, by the fourth and until the eighth interval, I could only run 35-50 seconds at a time. I'll take that anyway. <BR... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:10:47 EST Dee's Day I've had so much transition lately, with switching work schedules from day to night and switching what days I work on, it makes things difficult. Now I have 3 days off in a row. I'm worried I will never see my fiance. <BR> <BR> Plus, I'm changing my eating habits. I usually eat healthy meals, but I'm switching by going from chocolate mocha to green tea made at home. And not eating processed snacks so no more energy bars with frosting. <BR> <BR> So now I'm switching to fruit for snacks... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:28:29 EST My Fall journey <em>252</em> Good morning <BR> A fall like start to the day but they it will be in the 80’s before the day is over. Home from Mass and working on cookies to send to Tom and then head to the post office and stop at ther gym on the way home. <BR> Starting to put the summer things away but witrh some warm weather to come will leave a couple pair of shorts out. Racey went home but comes back tomorrow mom need some Racey time. But had to take him with her since the lady she cares for has a cat. ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:52:10 EST How do you keep going when scale isn't moving? HI, I'm having a tough time here stuck at 255 for a couple of weeks. I am eating healthy and excersizing daily. I'm feeling very discouraged and like my body isn't cooperating. Any suggestions? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:22:55 EST I'm back Don't you just hate it when life gets in the way? <BR> Started fostering and became a sloth that ate non stop. Owning it! <BR> So here I am starting over. <BR> Dabbling with the 5:2 way of life. This has nothing to do with the weight loss claims. Was very interested in the dementia claims as it runs in the family. <BR> Also thinking about reducing carbs - not eliminating as I like my fruit and veg too much. <BR> Find exercise a challenge. Newborn are exhausting and 7 and 8 yo birth children ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:18:29 EST Dietitian. Should everyone have one? HI! In the last 2 months, I have dropped 7 pounds. I have been on SP since 2010, trying to lose those same pounds. The thing that changed was I went to see a nutritionist/dietitian. She set a plan for me to lower my cholesterol that my doctor never came close to saying. Is this a normal thing? Do doctors not give out nutrition advice? And, if doctors don't, then should everyone have a "family nutritionist" as well as a family doctor? Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:31:24 EST why are pounds not coming off faster? I work out 5 days a week for an hour ; MWF I do aerobics with stretching and on T TH I do 30 minutes on my treadmill and 30 minutes on my universal gym with floor exercises. I started back up with SPARK PEOPLE on Aug, 18th and have only lost 2 lbs. I follow the nutritional guidelines and keep track. I am staying within all perimeters, What am I doing wrong? Am I being to impatient? I have about 30 to 45 lbs. to go to meet my goal by end of April 2015. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your advice !! H... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:17:58 EST journal feeling anxious. I worked out as normal this morning. normally I go to work on Friday. so not sure what to do with my day. work days are easier for me. I pack a lunch and that's it. no extra options to side track me. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:25:22 EST eating I feel like I eat more now then when I ate junk. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:14:54 EST Reina's Gratitude Journal What I am thankful for right now: <BR> 1. getting more sleep all week since last Friday <BR> 2. having a little gas in my car <BR> 3. and having a car <BR> 4. that I have a job and potentially another job <BR> 5. that fall is nearly upon us <BR> 6. for my wonderful dog LindyLou <BR> 7. for my star trek movies <BR> 8. that I'm nearly done with college <BR> 9. that April is still working <BR> 10. for Dominic <BR> 11. that T is trying to repair the damage he did <BR> 12. that I have the books I ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:51:16 EST Life is so good Last night I managed to walk/run 2.7 miles and it felt great. I feel so empowered! It's a great feeling to see your potential and then go past your potential onto something so much more. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:06:59 EST Peace Having a peaceful day so far. It's so amazing to have meditation to participate in at home. There's so much of life's challenges that can be solved with a little meditation at the start of your day. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:42:24 EST broken to my fabulous 40'S <em>46</em> Have you ever woke up one day looked in the mirror and just saw BROKEN? Years of life piled so high on your shoulders that your knees just buckled under you and BAM! Down you went. Well let me well you, climbing out from underneath years and years and years of being strong, was like pulling out your un-manicured nails one by one. Your hair sticking straight out and not only feeling, but looking like you were run over by a mac truck oh and for giggles the truck backed over you ju... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:48:02 EST Scary Start <em>40</em> <BR> I sit here at work, 3am, and I have been watching t.v. for 4 hours now; tired, sleepy, fatigue. I'm so tired of being tired. I worry about my heart, if my weight will go even higher, my health, my influence I make to my daughter. I'm scared; scared to change; scared to deal; scared to start. I signed up on this website and felt like crieing; why? Is it because I'm disgusted in how I've let myself go? Is it because I know the joint and muscle pain I will feel? The th... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:55:08 EST Zumba Anyone?? Hi All, <BR> I am about to embark on a ZUMBA Class... funny thing is I keep hearing that the best time to do exercise is in the AM how true is this.. and that late exercise is not good??? <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:27:49 EST Seasons of Exercise I'm making a new plan to stave off boredom and bring variety to my life. All about lifestyle right, so working on the finer details and will hopefully use this journal spot for this plan to keep me motivated and on it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 05:09:52 EST Bypass or Sleeve? Hi, <BR> <BR> My wife plans to have surgical weight loss. Just looking for your opinions on the pros and cons of gastric bypass and sleeve. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:54:07 EST after vacation Hi Good People of Spark!! Back from vacation and though I haven't stepped on the scale I know that ate healthy and in correct portions. Even though I had two scoops of ice cream I didn't feel bad about myself. I was able to eat healthy and enjoy the scenery and mostly the rain....I learned to play scrabble and now it's time to get back to tracking. I have come a long way in my thinking in the past two months. I find that I can like myself - no matter what the scale says. <BR> <BR> In H... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:38:01 EST McKenzie Corp Boiler Fireside Care and Boiler There are two sides to every fire tube boiler and we don't mean the inside and outside of the boiler. We are really referring to the Water Side and the Fire Side of the boiler. Both require inspection and the appropriate maintenance in order to keep your equipment running at peak efficiency. <BR> <BR> A visual inspection should be conducted twice a year <BR> <BR> The fireside of your boiler will include all refractories, tubes, tube sheets and the furnace. A visual inspection should be con... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 03:23:49 EST Somewhat new to SparkP... Tammy's Journal I need to lose weight. I need to lose weight for health reasons and also for Me. I am sick and tired of being obese. I just need to put my foot down and finally do this for myself. I would love to be off of some of my medications and my cpap machine. It takes small steps for better results I hear. So I have set my fast break goals. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 4 bottles of 16.9 ounces of water every day. <BR> 2. Exercise at least 10 minutes a day, every day. <BR> 3. Post on message boards fo... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:00:10 EST Road to Healthy Moderation I have been interested in some form of diet and exercise since I was about 12 years old, but it wasn't by any means healthy. As a kid, I struggled with several family issues and early onset of mental illness. My food and exercise really became a way of controlling my life. In the quest to feel better, I actually developed some very unhealthy habits that included binge eating and hours of daily exercise. After years of doing everything in excess, I realize I can't continue like this. My goals ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:54:46 EST happy with my progress I am really active don't sit still alot. I cut down on the amount of food i was eating. My appetite when down.Just really proud of myself. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:53:23 EST SHERRY'S GETTING HEALTHY, NO MORE DIETING!!! For the past few months I have been walking, trying to get in 10,000 steps or more I have taken over 600,000 steps since June the 1st, but my eating hasnt change much, still eating junk. <BR> Last week I hurt my calf muscle, and I took a week off from walking until my leg gets better, I weighed this morning and I have lost 1 lb tis week. I don't really understand it, not doing any walking for exercising, I lost a pound and I haven't change my eating at all. I guess You need to take time of... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:02:19 EST New on here... I'm getting desparate... I need to lose the weight I've put on over the last 6 months, plus some. I know what I need to do, and I'm somewhat active. My big problem is snacking in the evening. I need to focus on using some self control. I'm hoping that by tracking, and being part of an on line community, I'll be motivated to stick to some basic changes. I'd love to 'meet' some new friends on here and develope a bit of a support group to share frustrations, etc... My husband loves my body the w... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:59:15 EST Has anyone lost weight monitoring Carbs only! I hate monitoring all my food. Especially when you're at the mercy of a computer for data entry. Since diabetics have a set amount of carbs each meal they should not go over, (mine was set by my doctor) I think I will try this approach to a food diary. <BR> Not sure how to go about this, but after dieting as many years as possible, and knowing the rules re: calories & nutrients, seems to me this may work. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried just doing this, and has it worked. VERY interested; Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:03:46 EST Sashay40's Daily Journal Hello and welcome to my journal. I didn't have too bad of a day today. I am reading The Beck Diet Solution- by Judith Beck. SO far So Good! But learning all of these little tips and how to's, I'm sure it will help with the 100 pounds I want to lose. Today I found myself eating when I wasn't shouldn't have been. A lot of my eating is not due to hunger. Anyway, I will be trying to work thru that soon, along with doing the daily homework from The Beck Diet Solution. <BR> <BR> I have bre... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:16:43 EST busy day to love the people even when they get under your skin, like shopping walmart, traffic, Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:45:58 EST perfect attendance award Woo Hoo things are coming along <em>386</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:56:09 EST time for self have to build in time now for curves, Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:23:36 EST HCG hormone free drops I am on R1/P2/D15 and am losing inches and weight. I had a stall at day 6, 7, 8. but I am back on track. I feel really good. Lots of energy and mood is great. I am a little concerned about the maintenance thats coming up. But all in all, I am glad I have done this diet, well life style change. I have great support from family. And huge support from the group I am working with to succeed. just got to stay on track. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:16:42 EST health Doing my exercise <em>334</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 15:58:40 EST praying, and excerise, this evening going to see granddaughter, dinner, busy day with the house, and talk to a friend , and computer , got a lot to do the rest of the week. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:15:48 EST praying, and excerise, this evening going to see granddaughter, dinner, busy day with the house, and talk to a friend , and computer , got a lot to do the rest of the week. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:15:28 EST No support As anyone ever felt like they would have to lose a lot of weight before anyone would get excited for them? Everytime I tell my husband or kids how much I have lost, it's like you can hear a cricket in the room. After I am done telling them, the room is quiet or they started talking about something else. I feel like I don't have any support, no one cheering me on. <em>39</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 13:06:11 EST Coffeeonmymind for the win! Even tho this journal is just for me, I'm going to write it as if other people will read it. I find that if I have an audience, I tend to be more conscientious about my obligations. (I'm really a slacker at heart!) <BR> <BR> Today is day 2 of my second go-round at the South Beach diet. Of course, my husband dragged me to a rib cookoff yesterday (day 1). To my credit, I only had 1 rib and 2 drinks, so I was able to keep my calorie count in range, even tho the rib and alcohol were not strictly... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 10:13:45 EST move, move, move I find if I keep myself through out the day I feel better. I want to loss 10 pounds by the time I go back to college in Sept. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:38:38 EST Chi's Journal I've been fighting with my weight for a long time now and have made several great victories towards self love and health. I've lost quite a lot of weight from what I used to be at worst I remember being recorded was 450. However it's been more than just a scale or body fat I've done battle with, loving myself, fighting depression, accepting myself and coming into my own identity have all been very hard for me. I am an overweight transexual female with depression and self esteem issues to boot... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:48:05 EST to make dreams come true thank you for prayers, and to be able to excise and be able to see the holy spirit at work thank you father . Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:32:59 EST Yoga Chica's new plan for success Time to get seriously serious! <BR> <BR> My eating plan: <BR> Breakfast will be a fruit and greens smoothie or scrambled egg with veggies <BR> Lunch will be a large salad with beans or small amount of meat <BR> Dinner will be a combo of protein, cooked and/or raw veggies, low fat sauce (one of my homemade bean sauces), and maybe a whole grain if I'm extra hungry. <BR> Evening snack will be Ezekiel bread with some type of spread or avocado and glass of nondairy milk. <BR>... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:31:54 EST my Aug plan 1. It doesn’t matter how slowly you are going as long as you don’t stop the class reunion is 11 days away can't get that journal to open so stating my the Journal i planned to start after the reunion. <BR> continuing with the Spark Guy Challenge and see how many days i can get by my birthday in Dec. and hit that number 65 <BR> started Spark guy challenge on July 17th so today is day 14 <em>244</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:46:56 EST The Rest of 2014 Life is about to become hectic again with work and school - so to finish off 2014, I need to be more focused. 5 months of the year left - 9 months til our niece' wedding - it would be nice to feel better about myself by the end of this year. <BR> <BR> I'm much more focused on exercise and eating better since January, but the weight keeps packing on. I messed up my metabolism horribly last year with all the job stress and eating/not eating. I can't get back to that this fall. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:37:12 EST &#10048;lbloss65 Daily Goal Log 2014&#10048; Now keeping track of my goals on a daily basis to keep myself accountable. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> = All daily goals completed <BR> <em>67</em> = Goal completed <BR> <em>27</em> = Goal not completed Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:05:10 EST Sapphireblue - Journal begins today Hi everyone, I am new here, and I'm finally finding my way around, and, starting to dig in deeper. I joined the sparkcoach, and I'm here because I'm told that if I tell people my goals, I will be more likely to stick with them, so... <BR> <BR> I started walking around the end of June, sometimes missing a week, or a few days, but when I walk I always walk between 3 and 7 miles, so as long as the weather permits I will be walking at least 3 miles, a minimum of 4 days a week. <BR> <BR> Two wee... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:07:19 EST My Left Foot---the saga of! 1 On January 8th, 2013, is where the story picks up. I had been walking for weight loss, and doing pretty well for about 6 to 8 months at that point. <BR> I had lost 70 pounds and while I did have some slight foot issues, needing orthotic inserts, some pain from too much walking, wrong shoes, etc. Things were going well. <BR> Then I broke my foot. <BR> While at the walking track, Walking. I suffered a stress fracture of the 5th metatarsil bone. <BR> And that has led to where I am today. <BR> S... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:55:14 EST My Time Is Now My head is in the right place to do this after years of starting and stopping and half heartedness - as of yesterday my heart is in it 100% as well. My mom had a huge stroke yesterday and is currently being assessed as to what her long term needs will be. More than enough of a jolt for me to see that I need to do this, for me. Time to stop procrastinating and just playing at things (getting healthy and losing weight just one of them). <BR> <BR> I refuse to be the overweight one any more t... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:53:36 EST Newport International Group Projects Company Læger: Rejsetips for en sund ferie <BR> <BR> (Newport Travel) - Du har tælle ned sekunderne til din ferie-Lad ikke en kolde, ubehagelige mave udstede, sove problem eller værre ødelægge din længe ventede tiden væk. Her er tre måder til at hjælpe dig forblive sunde mens rejser: <BR> <BR> Prep før du går. Dette er vigtigt, uanset om du bor i landet eller udlandet, på vej —svømning i en sø, for eksempel, udsættelse for allergener eller insekter, eller enddaændringer i højde, kan gøre dig syg hv... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:29:25 EST Anyone doing the 24 day Advocare challenge? Hi, my name is Tracy. I used to be a spark member, then fell off the spark wagon. <BR> <BR> I decided to do the 24 day challenge to help me get back to healthy eating and regularly exercising. I couldn't seem to get motivated to do what I already know to do- so I spent money to get me motivated! <BR> <BR> As I searched the net to see what others had to say, the only blogs/forums were from 20 somethings who just had a baby, and had a "few pounds to lose". That is NOT me. I am in my 50... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:41:23 EST Pumping insulin and intense exercise? Does anyone experience low blood sugars with intense workouts ( Insanity by How do you prepare: reduced basal rates at a certain hour in the day, no bolus after a meal, detach pump at a certain time, and what carbs are eaten if any? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:23:51 EST Asha's Journal Am just starting out again....have always started and given up adding up on more weight. Am going to break this cycle. Am going to have a body that is fit and healthy and one that makes any dress look good on me. <em>244</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:33:24 EST Ideal protein At some point you may get tired of vegetables !!! I changed my strategy to juicing vegetables. I have edema issues especially with the summer heat. So I juices veggies most beneficial for my situation- celery- kale - parsley- I put a few chunks of frozen pineapple for taste. Of course I added water - just so it was less of a smoothie. I could sip on a cold drink all day and get in about 8 cups of veggies. I hope this helps you have a little more variety. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:58:36 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 Finally I lost weight I weight myself today and I lost 13 pound. I'm so happy. I will go to my nutrition class today and see what their scale say. I hope I lost more weight. Thank to SP and your motivation and help. I couldn't done it without you. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:41:57 EST Journal town: a place for writing it out This will be a place for me to just generally journal... it may be long, boring, personal, disgusting complain-y, angry...whatever. <BR> <BR> I am not trying to be positive or motivational here, that's for my blog. <BR> <BR> But if you do read, thanks for listening, and check out my Spark Page and blog! <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:23:28 EST Firebug32's journal A new me! Well here I am again starting over. What the Heck! Oh well I do need to cut me some slack. My father died in may, and I am still dealing with all the emotional as well as dealing with the estate issues. Which is no excuse, but it sure did not help with me reverting back to my old way of eating. Defiently it was to help me cope with the sadness. <BR> <BR> But today I got up and I physically hurt. OMG.. my back, my knees my headache. Not only am I sad but I am in pain! Before all of t... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:06:56 EST depression, painful scolios and obesity I am trying to change my life. its been difficult. i went to the gym 4 days in a row this week. so i am impressed with that. today was more difficult because of the back pain plus my sleep patterns are all over the place. i cant fall asleep till early morn which causes me to sleep in most of the morning. it gets hopeless at times, but im not giving up. i will find a way through all this... <em>386</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:46:05 EST Melissa's Journal I started out many times here on Sparks in the past but was never consistent with anything. My weight would go up and down and the more I gained the more depressed I became. <BR> I suffer from Bi-Polar 2 with is more depressive than manic, so anything that adds to depression does not help me. I get to where I will do nothing but read or watch TV. <BR> One day in April, I was in one of my moods when something clicked inside, get up get moving, make changes eat right and exercise and not only... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:19:39 EST chrystal's journal Well started my journey again Monday and already I have failed myself. I do great for breakfast great for lunch but than I come home an screw it all up. My man will say he doesn't want to cook an am so drain from work I just give in an we eat out. When he was working I would come home go for a work cook an play with the kids. I have to cover cone this or I will never get anywhere. My story is I have two kids I work 4am -12 pm most weeks I work six days weeks. I gained 100lbs got up to 210.... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:49:03 EST New motivation Hi everyone! My name is Cynthia! I have been a Sparkpeople member for years...just not I would get motivated, stay in the game for a few weeks, and then I'd give up. Life would get too busy and I'd make every excuse in the book not to exercise or eat right. <BR> At my thinnest I was 130 and I would love to get back down to that weight. So I my latest motivation comes from becoming a Beachbody coach. If I have people who are expecting my sweaty pic post or look forward to ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:24:31 EST Struggling with weight lost I was doing so good once I started seeing my nutritionist. I had upper respiratory infection and was taking Predisone. gosh that made me so hungry. I finish that pill and then now I lost so far 4-5 pounds. Today I'm full of energy and cleaning my apartment up and getting rid of stuffs I don't want. As I will be moving soon. some days I just don't have any energy at all. I hope I can continue to finish my cleaning and packing. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:22:09 EST Coalition Against Insurance Fraud About us <BR> • Mission, objectives and vision <BR> • Achievements <BR> • Board of directors and officers <BR> • Members <BR> • Staff <BR> <BR> About the Coalition <BR> The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud is America’s only anti-fraud alliance speaking for consumers, insurance companies, government agencies and others. <BR> <BR> Through its unique work, the Coalition empowers consumers to fight back, helps fraud fighters better detect this crime and deters more people from committing fraud... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:05:24 EST Cindy's Journal This isn't anything special - just a place for me to put my thoughts about my daily grind. That's how I have to take this, too. One day at a time, like an addict - if I don't, I become overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it's like that for everyone, but I'm used to that for myself. I'm okay with it. I don't judge myself for it. Disordered eating in the past or not, we're all different but now, I'll change it and get healthy. I gotta. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:16:44 EST Rutjam's Weight Loss Journey I have been trying and trying to lose weight, but just plain do the yo-yo thing. This time is going to be different. I am not following any particular diet but am going to try to watch how much I eat! Paying close attention to serving sizes on packages and recipes. Going to stay within calorie, fat, fiber etc. limits of SP suggestions. Seems to be working as I am on a losing path!!!! Some days I screw up but most days are right on key. I will try harder this week! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:37:30 EST new start 43 and new beginning . I am at my heaviest I have ever been. So much is going o in my life and I have let that take over so today is the new beginning because I want to live to see my grand kids. Sitting at home all day does not help so I started on Monday doing a 20 minute cardio. Its a start. I hope this will help my panic attacks they are getting out of control . I spend my days on face book so from now on I will spend some time on spark people . So let me start here . Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:16:06 EST Shaun's Journal Sorry, I couldn't think of a snappy title. <BR> <BR> Just a little about myself...I am a mother of 3 (15,13, and 2), a wife of 14 yrs and I work outside of the home. I have been a Spark member for a few years but took time away when I had my daughter (the two year old). My heaviest after pregnancy was 178lbs which is disgusting considering I am only 5'4". <BR> When I went back to work I dropped about 14lbs but it quickly came back on due to stress, bad eating and lack of exercise. I tried ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:06:28 EST Half Marathon Training Journal I officially signed up for my very first half marathon last week! It's in mid-October, so my actual training begins at the end of July, but I need to start getting my body into gear right away. I'm about 12 pounds heavier than my ideal weight, and feeling pretty out of shape. <BR> <BR> I've had a rough few months due to lots of moving around and never truly feeling "settled." Our new place is slowly coming together and feeling like home, and life is finally finding a new normal. This is huge... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:51:50 EST PIYO 60-Day Challenge Journal Yes! I'm starting the Piyo 60-day challenge tonight! <BR> <BR> This is my accountability journal, but feel free to comment/ask questions. <BR> <BR> I'll post my starting measurements tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I start with the 1st workout, which isn't a real workout, but an introduction to the PIYO moves/form. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:09:48 EST Sad and Feeling Defeated <BR> I am down 17 pounds since I started 4/30/14. I am having a bad weekend due to friends who do not understand what I am going through. I am so sick of them saying we hating our body too. Yeah I wish I was 105 pound, too. Also last night while we were lighting ur sparklers I felt I was back at high school and I didn't fit in. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:31:38 EST Sync Your Spark tracker! I need help! My spark tracker is not sync. Does anyone know how to get it back? Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:42:16 EST SHERRY'S WALKING JOURNAL!!!!! I love to walk and take in all the nature. I like to walk out side and on my treadmill. I count my steps, miles and minutes. I will be counting my total steps for all day and miles and I will be posting my what i call exercises steps, miles and minutes and also where I walk, and if anything that happens or anything I see, think or heard on my walks. I most of the time while I am walking I pray and have a talk with God. I sure can't do this without Him in my life. <BR> <em>250</em> <em... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:37:32 EST Working through the first weight plateau I have been following Sparkpeople for 27 days. I have lost 15 pounds so far and I am already feeling better. I have plateaued for over a week now, but I am following my weight management program without discouragement. I know that my body's metabolism is in a readjustment phase, and soon when I step on the scale I will be very happy at seeing more weight loss. NEVER GIVE UP !!! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 18:00:04 EST make new goals keep positive on loosing weight and getting to curves Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:30:12 EST Moly's journal I just started a 21 day healthy cleanse for my body. It is time to take action. <BR> I love my body and so I have decided to take care of it and make it a priority. <BR> I have already done 10 minutes of breathing exercises, had my smoothie and will do some yoga in the evening. <BR> going to go for some veggie and fruit shopping. also, buying myself a weighing scale. <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> For every pound i lose, i am going to put 10 dollars in my piggy bank. I will need a new wardrobe onc... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:42:54 EST count down to class reunion I have been sparking along for several years and play the yo yo game very well loge it gain it back. struggling to get out and stay out of the 160 "S the good thing is I started at 195 and now bounce between 159 and 164 . i received my class reunion announcement this month. Its being held in Aug so this gives me time to get a few pounds off before the reunion. its our 45 th class reunion ! This week I say the new I phone ad and the chick... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:06:47 EST Losing for Burning Man! Hi everyone! Making a public journal like this feels pretty drastic for me, but I could really use some strength via fantastic SP support. I think just knowing this might be read by others will keep me on task. I hope so, because I constantly fall off the wagon. <BR> <BR> I work at many different festivals all over the U.S. and at the end of August I'm attending Burning Man for the first time in the northern Nevada desert - 8 days of working my ass off in a hot, dusty desert in late August ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:38:18 EST Making It Work Back to the drawing board. Again. <BR> <BR> I have come to the conclusion that I am overthinking this, and it's causing me to just stay in a static state. I'm not moving forward. I'm not getting where I need to be. So........the solution? Something I read recently (thanks, Sean Anderson) provided me with an "a-ha" moment. Focus on the 24 hours in front of you. Tomorrow will come soon enough. <BR> <BR> Seriously. I've been looking at big, big picture, and it's always daunting. Overwhelming... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:45:47 EST Cautiously optimistic about starting over On the one hand, I feel completely inspired to get started, and this morning I started out doing everything just right: I had coffee and didn't overeat at breakfast, I ordered a salad and split mac and cheese with a friend; I realized I wasn't as hungry as I thought I was and was pleased to have been paying attention to such things. I took the dogs on a walk in the field and then went to the gym to see if I could free up my back any (since I hurt it at the gym with the trainer earlier this w... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:31:50 EST Patsy's Journal It's been a pretty good 5 days on Spark People. It' nice to have such a detailed site to track transitioning to a healthy diet & life style. Today however, I had three teeth removed surgically and am taking pain meds. It's soft foods and liquids for awhile, plus there is a colonoscopy coming up on morning. It's not going to be a pleasant week end but maybe it will be a good kick start for weight loss. I've already dropped 4 lbs this week. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:47:11 EST 40 til 40 daily journal I have a goal of losing 40lbs by my 40th birthday. I believe daily journaling will help me get here goes.....I'm on a 6 day streak of SPARK and feeling good today. Had my tennis clinic today, but it wasn't as difficult as normal practiced a lot of vollying at the net and the girls were more chatty than usual (complaining about the heat) so Scott chose drills that didn't require a lot of feetwork. Proud of my food choices today and feeling very satiated, but debating if I shoul... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:39:38 EST Big Break Through I have been losing a bit of weight. Kind of stuck but finally had a break through. I am going to do it this time. I am not going to worry and I don't even own a scale. Just going to get weighed every few months at the doctor. I am just going to relax and follow the simple rules I have wrote for myself. I am sharing them so I can be more accountable for my actions. So my rules for myself are: No Bread, sugar, Junk food, fast food or Pop. (Cake on my birthday and indulge a bit on Holidays). Now... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:20:10 EST Wobbly's Every Other Day Diet Adventure I haven't been on SP in ages, but I was looking for a community based forum to keep track of my experience with the Every Other Day Diet. I'm going to see how it goes here... <BR> For background on ADF (alternate day fasting) you can start here <link><BR>archive/2014/06/08/alternate-day-fasti<BR>ng.aspx </link> and then look at google. I've been researching this for awhile and I feel comfortable enough with what I've read that I'm willing to try it now. ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:49:19 EST I just calculated my BMI Okay, two steps forward and one step back. I have been doing really well this month with sticking to an active lifestyle and eating well. I think I have lost about 9 pounds. Progress! I am also set on getting 1,000 fitness minutes in the month of June. I already have 614 minutes and I still have 15 days left. So, great! <BR> <BR> Okay...I just looked online and calculated my BMI. I got a whopping 33.9. Anything over 30 is obese. I guess I just didn't want to hear that. Even though I am feeli... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:27:17 EST Raising a child and living with a schitzophrenic My struggle is truly a great one. I am always stressed out. My doctor has put me on Anti-depression medication and it seems to help a little. I have about 280 lbs to lose before I am at a healthy weight. I am constantly being sabotaged because my significant other (who is schitzophrenic) is afraid if I get healthy I'll leave him. He was recently diagnosed with diabetes and he doesn't want to change the way he is eating. Pop is my weakness and he continually brings it into the home. Most days ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:05:46 EST The Woo Group RBC Wealth Management Hong Kong USA About RBC Wealth Management of <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Who We Are <BR> RBC Wealth Management is a premier provider of global financial solutions serving high net worth client select market around the world. <BR> <BR> What We Do <BR> At RBC Wealth Management, we’ll help you unlock the full potential of your wealth. Through our local knowledge and global expertise, we provide customized solutions that integrate every aspect of your financial ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:00:36 EST listen to the word of god to be stronger then family member and other grandmother to know they both need to grow, and be healed they are making plans that will never work, give me a break to grow in my future with health, hearing aids, and exercise, and spark people, thank you lord for your son. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:05:00 EST listen to the word of god to be stronger then family member and other grandmother to know they both need to grow, and be healed they are making plans that will never work, give me a break to grow in my future with health, hearing aids, and exercise, and spark people, thank you lord for your son. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:04:26 EST What is in it for me Starting a new fitness plan and healthy lifestyle. It is hard but worth it. <BR> I recently heard a family friend say "You pay for all the things you don't do for your health later.." Her mother lay in a hospital bed unable to walk with severe pain in her lower back and left hip. I couldn't help but think how skinny and fragile she seemed. But here is the thing she was never very active. I would like to think that as long as I can walk I will. Yet I am the first to always find the closet par... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:25:20 EST Book Reviews Dyman Associates Publishing Inc: Clas How the Media Influences Your Investment Decisions for Better or Worse by Joshua M. Brown and Jeff Macke (McGraw-Hill, 2014) is a book by financial pundits about financial pundits. It alternates between reflections on the financial media (I assume written by Josh Brown) and interviews conducted by Jeff Macke. The interviewees are Jim Rogers, Ben Stein, Karen Finerman, Henry Blodget, Herb Greenberg, James Altucher, Barry Ritholtz, and Jim Cramer. <BR> <BR> Since both authors are members of th... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:38:19 EST Weight Gain from SSRI I gained weight from taking a SSRI. Yes, from an SSRI and not from poor eating habits. <BR> <BR> Prior to taking this I was able to maintain a weight that I could deal with, even though I wanted to drop another 10 pounds. Now I have 30 pounds to lose and I gained those in a few short months. <BR> <BR> I truly wish that there was more information out there for those who take SSRI's. Not just informing us about the STRONG possibility of weight gain and how it alters your metabolism for the w... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:28:23 EST weight blood work need all the help I can get in the next two weeks for moral support, I have to have blood work for all things, please pray I will exercise, every day and watch what I put in my mouth, and read the right scriptures, god bless Mon, 9 Jun 2014 21:16:29 EST Need someone to talk to Today is not a good day because I still dont have my son back yet , He is still in foster care and my family is not the same without him. All I do is cry at night because I miss him so much. The visitations are okay but they are only 2 times a week, my hubby misses our son as well. We just dont know what to do anymore. <BR> <BR> We cleaned the house up and now we have painters coming sometime to paint and I hope that it will be enough to get my son back but I have no faith left. Social serv... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 15:21:27 EST Koyal Group Training Services: FORSIKRING SVIG IFØLGE ABI HÆVDER FALSKE I DET FORENEDE KONGERIGE, SIDSTE ÅR TOPPEDE 1,3MIA £. <BR> <BR> Sammenslutningen af britiske forsikringsselskaber (ABI) har nu afsløret sin seneste talvedrørende forsikring svig, som har vist, at sidste år falske påstande overskredet 1,3milliarder pund, rekorder fra tidligere år. <BR> <BR> STØRSTEDELEN AF DETTE SAMLEDE BELØB KOM FRA FALSK ELLER OVERDREVNEPÅSTANDE OM AUTO POLITIKKER. <BR> <BR> ABI påpegede også, at forsikring svig i hele industrien – ikke kun i auto... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 03:56:32 EST How do you know??? That you're doing it right?? I feel like theres soo much information out there and so much advice that i can never tell whats right or wrong. <BR> <BR> <BR> Im afraid of the scale. i used to be obsessed to the point that i quit when i didnt see the scale going down. I no longer weigh myself now <BR> <BR> I guesstimate im anywhere from 195-200lbs, my highest was 270lbs. Im 5'7and 32 years old, i quit smoking 6 weeks ago and decided to at least make the step toward trying to be a better me. ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:12:53 EST Creating the spark to get me going I am working on taking off 100 pounds. I am not consistent with tracking/writing my journey but I will be really working on this. I do like support because it helps to keep me motivated. <em>192</em> <em>193</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 13:55:53 EST Getting Started One week down and four pounds down. I know it's mainly water weight, but it still feels good. It also feels good to feel less bloated and less in the clutches of sugary foods. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 15:07:38 EST Just Joined Hi I am new to Spark and am on a quest to lose weight. I want to get healthy and fit for myself and my two grand children so I can do more with them. Any and all help and advise would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:32:50 EST to get weight off and allegeries to get to felling better today a bad day with sinus headache, and allegers to move on in life with our family even though we have a very lost sinful granddaughter please lord heal her ugly heart, . Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:13:51 EST Plateau over!!! I have been on a plateau for a month and finally broke it, losing 3.4 pounds since my weigh in last week!!! Yay! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:43:03 EST The Koyal Group Info Mag News What if your cell phone didn’t come with a battery? Imagine, instead, if the material from which your phone was built was a battery. <BR> <BR> The promise of strong load-bearing materials that can also work as batteries represents something of a holy grail for engineers. And in a letter published online in Nano Letters last week, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University describes what it says is a breakthrough in turning that dream into an electrocharged reality. <BR> <BR> The resea... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 04:57:48 EST Bonnie 2014 Journal This is "day 4" and three days since I weighed in. I'm feeling better about myself and the future. I was battling a bout of depression after an extremely busy and stressful month and a half prior to it. I got my before pictures taken today and posted. <BR> <BR> I got two videos in today, one kickboxing and a 1 mile walk video. I feel good about that. I did the first one this morning before I found out it was a bad air quality day from noon to midnight, that was disappointing because I wanted... Sat, 31 May 2014 17:05:20 EST Getting Back on Track Day Two is down and I did okay. I ate within my calorie range, did the Day One bootcamp video for ten minutes, drank water, ate clean foods and then topped off a successful day of no snacking on junk with a three mile walk with a friend. Not a bad start (except for the blisters). <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a birthday brunch and that will be a challenge. I'm not super committed to counting calories and I know that sausage, bacon, pancakes and quiche all add up very quickly. <BR> <BR> I also kn... Sat, 31 May 2014 00:57:48 EST Back Again! I am returning to Spark for the third time. Hopefully the third time IS the charm. I am goalsetting. I am doing some things for me. I am saying "no" more often when I don't want to do something...this one is a biggie! <BR> This time I think I hae a realistic goal in mind for my weight loss....I would be happy minus twenty pounds and am willing to re-evaluate after that. <BR> I want to maintain a presence in this community(on-line) and hope for some ecouraging words and likewise hope to offer ... Fri, 30 May 2014 09:02:06 EST Blood Test Has Potential to Predict Alzheimer’s The Koyal Group InfoMag New - In March of this year, a team of Georgetown University scientists published research showing that, for the first time ever, a blood test has the potential to predict Alzheimer's disease before patients start showing symptoms. AACC is pleased to announce that a late-breaking session at the 2014 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago will expand upon this groundbreaking research and discuss why it could be the key to curing this devastating illness. <BR... Thu, 29 May 2014 03:44:03 EST Catrina's Road to Peace I've been using spark people on and off for some time. I've lost 33 pounds to-date. Its been a slow process, but a healthy one. <BR> <BR> Recently I found out my husband has been having an affair with a co-worker. Its been a six year affair and they have a child together that is now 3.5 years old. Its a painful time that has turned my world upside down. I'm trying to focus on staying healthy and using SparkPeople tools to keep on track. <BR> <BR> Since emotional health is now also ... Wed, 28 May 2014 15:29:31 EST Dyman Associates Insurance Group of Companies Five Health Insurance Tips that Can Make Your Workforce Appreciate You <BR> <BR> Watched: <BR> <link><BR>hDj6HU </link> <BR> <link><BR>oHlV8c </link> <BR> <BR> Over the past several months, small businesses may have grappled to understand the many changes and regulations to the evolving health care landscape. In developing compliant strategies, employers have made, and continue to make, key benefits decisions that w... Tue, 27 May 2014 23:54:16 EST Bucket List for Health 3 days of fitness classes and 5 days of walking to and from work (equal to approx 40 min a day) this is my pledge to myself Tue, 27 May 2014 12:29:41 EST Mac's Journal this is my 2nd day with SP and the second day that I have been running. I'm 65 years old so this will be a slow start but i am determined to get through the next 15 years. Tue, 27 May 2014 05:05:34 EST SHERRYS234'S Health and Fitness JOURNAL!!! my starting weight is 234. I will post weight lost or gain. exercise I do, goals I sit. <BR> <BR> I want to lose 100 -+ lbs. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow 05/27/2014 goal is to walk 10,000 steps. eat less sweets and drink less diet mt dews. <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:01:29 EST SHERRY'S IT'S NOT A DIET JOURNAL!!!! I'm going to start posting here. I don't like the word diet when it attached to losing weight cause when you do, the diet is bound to fail or at least for me it does. I want to get healthy, I know my eating likes a lot of work and I mean a lot of adjusting. I have started exercising more. I try to walk every chance I get. <BR> <BR> Sweets and Dt Mt Dews are my weakness. If I could just cut back or stop them all together I would be doing good. <BR> Today is Memorial Day and my uncle and a... Mon, 26 May 2014 19:02:09 EST Sherry's Eat, Sleep and Exercise Journal!!! Starting this tomorrow May 24 2014 (Sat) My plan is to....... <BR> 1. Eating- make healthier choices. <BR> 2. Sleep- get in bed earlier aiming for 7-9 hours of sleep a night. <BR> 3. Exercise- exercise for no less than 30 minutes for 4-5 days a week. <BR> Exercise I mostly do is walking, want to work up to jogging. <BR> <BR> I need to change my way of thinking be more positive than negative. Don't let set backs get to me cause I know I will have them I am only human. <BR> I'm going to... Sat, 24 May 2014 00:07:15 EST How to Lose 160 pounds Ok I am being honest here. I started out on April 8 weighing over 300 pounds! I KNOW! That's absolutely horrible. But unfortunately the only one who wasn't concerned was me. Then I realized...I need to lose an entire person to be healthy again! AN ENTIRE PERSON! <BR> <BR> So on April 8 I logged back into Spark People after an extended absence. A VERY extended absence and began my new challenge. I need to lose 160 pounds at the very least. <BR> <BR> As of today I have lost 16 pou... Fri, 23 May 2014 23:34:16 EST Picnic I posted my status a few minutes ago, talking about going to my grandson's school picnic. I mention the people and how I enjoyed visiting, and just the picnic in general. The kids are great. You know what I didn't even think to mention the food. I forgot--it wasn't important. And believe me there was some great food there--I stuck to my plan and goals. Hooah! Fri, 23 May 2014 15:41:24 EST bad days Today was one of my "bad days", I fell short and let my stomach get the better of me ,I felt like my will power just gave way to stomach and all that it wanted to do. I know I'm suppose to be the stronger person with the right mind set but it isn't always that easy. Nothings wrong with falling short, but make sure to accept it and not let it defeat you. Every time you fall short is an opportunity for you to learn from it and do better, even though I fell short today I can say with confidence... Wed, 21 May 2014 19:57:38 EST 2014 Week 21 <BR> <BR> Day 139 todo <BR> Workout: w7d1 rookie running program, stretch <em>248</em> <BR> Focus: office work <em>248</em> <BR> Nutrition: track food, cico <em>248</em> <BR> Mind: listen to meditation tape when arriving home...showered and streched <BR> Order: dry clothes, prep for tomorrow <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Calorie Differential -455 Mon, 19 May 2014 12:07:22 EST Good Food to Eat salmon <BR> turkey <BR> eggs <BR> kale <BR> cabbage <BR> broccoli <BR> spinach <BR> tomatoes <BR> onions <BR> mushrooms <BR> yams <BR> brown rice <BR> oatmeal <BR> apples <BR> strawberries <BR> blueberries <BR> almonds <BR> sunflower seeds <BR> olive oil <BR> yogurt Sun, 18 May 2014 00:54:59 EST Money: The Woo Group RBC Wealth Management Tokyo COLOR OF MONEY: ‘GOOD ADVICE FROM BAD PEOPLE’ AND THE FINANCIAL TIPS ‘THEY’ GIVE <BR> <BR> Article by Michelle Singletary <BR> <BR> Who are “they”? - That’s the question I often ask people when they want my opinion about some financial advice they’ve heard. Here are some of the things “they” say... <BR> <link><BR>dates/p/the-woo-group-rbc-wealth-manag<BR>ement-tokyo--color-of-money-good-advic<BR>e-from-bad-people-and-the-financial-ti<BR>ps-they-give <... Fri, 16 May 2014 22:55:09 EST Overworked but not overwrought...yet Hi all, <BR> <BR> I work in a deadline-driven environment and this week's been full of 12+ hour days. Normally, that's enough to send me into the fast food drive-thru--forget about carving out time for a workout! I've made it to Friday (ok, reeeeeaaaaaaalllly early Friday) without giving in/up. Any inspiration out there to help keep me going? <BR> <BR> thanks! Fri, 16 May 2014 00:34:11 EST Amazing Things I Can Do... In life I've learned that half the battle to success is having a strong desire to want to make it happen. In other words, I have "a Want To." Although it may take many tries to do something...Try...try...again. In life I've taught myself how to knit, how to use a computer, how to do Decoupage, lived in the jungle of Guatemala, and more. So why does this weight thing always stump me? I believe I lose motivation and determination. This time...if it happens I want to figure out why and not just ... Thu, 15 May 2014 14:46:45 EST getting my spark back After reading several blogs I learned that I am not the only Sparker who is experiencing falls and wheels coming off our wagon . I feel better that I am not the only one struggling. I know my flame becomes low after Tom goes back and I am again cooking for one some times its so easy to just pop a TV dinner in the over or open a can of soup the first few days he is gone for some reason I find cooking for one no fun . I experienced post race burn out I found the spark trail becoming rocky. <BR... Thu, 15 May 2014 14:16:59 EST When chocolate is too hard to pass up in my opinion chocolate is way to hard to pass up but if you don't even look at it and look at the treadmill it will pass fast. Thu, 15 May 2014 08:53:15 EST Costs involved in following Gabriel Method I realize there is a commitment I want and need to make to follow this program, and that it is a business as well as a community benefit being run by TGM, so costs are involved. <BR> <BR> That said, I'm on a fixed income, and within the first 10 days, I realize I've committed a fair amount of money as well as time to this effort. I am pleased and motivated, even inspired, by what I'm learning and doing. <BR> <BR> But thought it might be a good thing to keep track of costs. <BR> <BR> So fa... Wed, 14 May 2014 14:22:57 EST excerise weight, to work harder on weight, diet, and keep up my faith in the holy spirit Tue, 13 May 2014 15:47:43 EST Tracking progress with Gabriel method I rejoined SP after being jolted, shocked, sobered by realizing I had hit 247.5 pounds -- exactly 100 pounds over my personal ideal weight. <BR> <BR> This didn't happen overnight, or in a vacuum. <BR> <BR> It can't be dealt with overnight, or in a vacuum. And I'm on my way. <BR> <BR> Today, I weighted in at 242.5 -- an even five pounds -- and though I know the first weeks are always the time of most rapid loss, the number encourages me and the Gabriel method has made more sense and good, n... Tue, 13 May 2014 11:30:07 EST Betty's Time Ok, I am starting over once again with SP. Going to try and give up the beer during the week which will be hard, but I can do it. Instead I will start going back to gym that I am paying for for a year :( I ate good food today and will try to always keep some on hand so I don't get tempted to buy junk food. I always feel good and that I can do this when I first start out, but it goes away after a while and I lost any motivation that I had. I need to get that back. I love the feeling afte... Mon, 12 May 2014 16:26:34 EST New Beginnings <BR> I have been blessed to have a husband who is incredible supportive and he believes in my ability to heal and be the person that I want to become. Although he loves me just the way I am, its finding that compassion for myself that I have to find. <BR> <BR> So here is to being kind to myself and kind to my progress. And forgetting that two steps forwards sometime feels like 10 steps back when I fall short of my goals.So here is to new beginnings, on finding the balance between loving mys... Mon, 12 May 2014 13:25:52 EST My inspirational quote Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned." <BR> -- unknown Sat, 10 May 2014 02:10:20 EST listen to body Im learning again to LISTEN to my body when its in need of food and to enjoy my meals. While training for fitness shows it was always a TIME TO EAT THIS and drink that, while getting gym time, work and what little social life I had at the time in :)- Wed, 7 May 2014 13:31:43 EST my goals throughout, 14th day of the 4th .momth goal 1 was to not have sugar if possible <BR> <BR> meeting this goal. i have not had any sugar snacks since jan 1 2014. except dark choc. almonds, good for the heart ( one oz a day is ok) <BR> <BR> goal 2.stop being an overeater <BR> <BR> this one two i think i have done a great job on. it is still hard to not munch in the afternoon when i finally sit down between 7pm and 10pm when i go to bed. i have tryed to stick to cutie oranges, apples and peanut butter , celery, carrots with veg. d... Tue, 6 May 2014 11:44:01 EST Diane's Journey I'm starting a new journal that I will write in every day (or as often as I can) from now on. I looked on a BMI website and discovered that I am in the "obese" range. That really made want to get up off my duff and do something about losing this weight. I want to be healthy and live a long time so I can be here for my fiance, family and friends. I started the BLC 25 and I plan to really do my best. I will try to max out the points every day. Three positive things for today: <BR> <BR> 1. I d... Mon, 5 May 2014 15:35:41 EST to be successful as we age we seem to slack off but im nor ready to make that commitment Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:48:14 EST Picking Up Where I Left Off Started Spark People over a year ago--was doing really well and then life happened. After a brief illness last summer, (took care of her at her home with help from Hospice) she passed. The stress of dealing with that, dealing with siblings through the courts due to my dad having dementia, it was only too easy to "deserve a treat", time after time. Finally feeling like I am actually living again, rather than simply going through the day. <BR> <BR> Picked up a book, The Metabolism Miracle t... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:01:12 EST Gained back 20 Well, I put it out there. Changed my weight to my current weight. Reflects the fact that I lost 40 and gained 20 back. I know exactly how and why it happened. <BR> <BR> My dog died. I lost my way. I'm still a little lost. I ate, I didn't take care of myself. I grieved. I still grieve. <BR> <BR> Then the puppy came and I didn't have the time or energy to take care of myself. I was lucky to grab something to eat at all. <BR> <BR> Now it's been 8 months since my heart broke; puppy is... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:47:02 EST One week of dieting down, 14 to go . . . I've done this so many times before, but haven't committed fully in so, so long. Every time I track calories religiously, I have weight loss success. I use LS MyPlate because I'm used to it, but the forms over there are not nearly as fantastic as here since they overhauled the site. And so, hello, Spark People! <BR> <BR> Anyway. I'm 5'1, 131.4 pounds as of this morning. Looking to get down to my goal weight of 120 by August. I've got a good 13 weeks to get there. <BR> <BR> This marks the ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:37:20 EST Rebecca's Journey to Becoming a Healthy Mommy My name is Rebecca, 31, Mommy to 5 (yep, 5!) gorgeously amazing kiddos...Chloe Elizabeth 8, Noah 7, Eli 5, Gabriel 2, and Amery 8months! <BR> I have been a member of spark for a longggggg time. I am determined to be successful this time though. I am done having children and its now time to get serious about getting healthy and getting this weight off so that I can be around to watch my precious babes grow up. Tomorrow is Sunday...the beginning to a new week and also the first week of May. I d... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:30:48 EST Sleep Diary for Official Better Sleep Challenge I learned a LOT from week one of the Official Better Sleep Challenge <BR> DOing this challenge. Tonight is my first night doing the diary. Here it is: <BR> Monday, April 21, 2014 <BR> 1. What time did you wake up today? 4:30am <BR> 2. What time are lying down to go to sleep? 8:00pm <BR> 3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Put in dnner on SP after I tucked kids in bed. Brush and floss teeth. Condition hair...set alarm <BR> 4. What were the last foods you ate? Nonfat milk and salad ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:36:11 EST MY Calorie Range;-) Sweet! I got a hold of my calorie range! I can do IT!!! I am doing 1200 calorie diet: I have a range of 1200-1350 calories per day. I don't want to go under 1200 calories a day, because it will hurt my metabolism. <BR> <BR> 300 calories for breakfast <BR> 100 calories for AM snack <BR> 300 calories for lunch <BR> 100 calories for PM snack <BR> 400 calories for dinner <BR> <BR> Try Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge and Official Healthy Cooking Challenge to find YOUR calorie range Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:19:03 EST My program My Program: <BR> These are my exercises for 4.26.2014;-) This has been built up over time. I am now in a great routine and love it. I started off by walking 5min on the treadmill and added to it. I have 55 lbs to lose so I need this attack plan. All the workouts are SP. <BR> <BR> I make an electronic list then add it to my fitness tracker as I get it done. <BR> <BR> 20 min workout time WEEK 1 of HIIT (2x) <BR> <BR> 30 min of walking on treadmill <BR> <BR> (1x) 10 min SP NEW YOU Bootca... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:18:19 EST Sleep Diary DOing this challenge. Tonight is my first night doing the diary. Here it is: <BR> Monday, April 21, 2014 <BR> 1. What time did you wake up today? 4:30am <BR> 2. What time are lying down to go to sleep? 8:00pm <BR> 3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Put in dnner on SP after I tucked kids in bed. Brush and floss teeth. Condition hair...set alarm <BR> 4. What were the last foods you ate? Nonfat milk and salad at dinner <BR> 5. Did you exercise today? 4:30am I did this: <BR> 20 min worko... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:17:37 EST I just made another mini-goal: to reach 170 lbs by I just made another mini-goal: to reach 170 lbs by today, Apr. 26! <BR> <BR> Today is special because I am driving to meet up with my oldest friend and we have not seen each other since August 2013 when I was at my heaviest. I imagine she will note the difference <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 07:18:37 EST Good News and Bad News The bad news is I'm only losing 1/2 pound a week! The good news is at least I'm losing 1/2 pound a week! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:01 EST pleasantly surprised When I stepped on the scale this morning I was surprise I had lost almost another pound this week <em>224</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:18:19 EST my plan well my journey started by reading a book by a doctor on the tv show the doctors. my daughter bought it for me. since that day I have not eaten any sweet snacks at all. I joined a wellness coach with my insurance and she told me to look on line and track my calories. this is how I found spark people. I have eaten between 1200 and 1300 calories a day, do exercise on the gazelle. and drink 8 glasses of water and at least 5 vegetables a day. I write down everything I eat in a note book. this als... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:04:49 EST SHERRY'S GETTING HEALTHY, NO MORE DIETING!!! Dieting doesn't work for me so I'm done with it throwing in the diet towel. Eating.. making smart choices and fitness... getting up and moving. Is the right way to lose it. <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:19:41 EST Portions and grams I keep a food journal, in which I list what I ate by grams. When looking up calories and nutrition for new foods, I find that the portions listed don't always make sense. Example: This morning I ate 29 grams of an Albertsons Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Icing. When I looks this up for portion size, I get: 1 serving, 1 roll, 1 small roll, 1 medium roll or 1 large roll. There is nothing that tells me the gram weight for any of the above sizes. This makes keeping my journal very diffic... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:47:54 EST i am still movin today is the 4th day of cleaning room to room. painting what needs painted and organizing things that I have accumulated.. I think I have used every muscle in my body and at the end of the day I am tired. lol. still eating good food too. keeping my goals in line. lose some weight and keep moving. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:17:43 EST Happiness, Health, Healing, Hope – A Journal “10 minutes until cupcakes!” was the call from my boss’ office this morning, as the clocked ticked down to morning tea. My mouth salivated in anticipation while my thoughts rushed to “No no no…you had such a great workout this morning…don’t undo your hard work!” <BR> <BR> Isn’t this just an all-too-familiar situation? My (non-intentional) saboteurs come in the loveliest forms – well-meaning colleagues, smiling students, caring friends and family. They come bearing delicious treats and goodie... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:17:33 EST Help! Hi all, my brother just got engaged and I have to loose 30 lbs by November! Not entirely sure how to do this!? Any support, encouragement, and help is welcome! Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:12:11 EST eating myself to death goals yesterday. had a plan and good food. today all i did was eat and even when i wasn't comfortable i ate some more. i want to lose weight and be in a more healthy place. but i seem to fail every day. i cant seem to get my brain to stop telling me to eat. and when i tried the water trick i just ate anyhow. i seem to self sabotage on a regular basis. set up and goal in place. and then zap eat like mad, get sick over it (physically from over eating) not learn any lesson and do it again. food ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:01:17 EST Tellme your exercise that is past the comfort zone I have done plenty of exercises that goes past a normal comfort zone, so I'm opening up this motivation thread for anyone that wants to post an upcoming exercise that is now past their normal comfort zone and then probably will post some thoughts and achievements along the way along with mine. Tell me what motivates you and how far away your exercise achievement is. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:15:12 EST Remember that girl you used to be? I went through some old photos tonight and I can't believe how the time has passed so quickly. When I was younger I was fit and reasonably athletic. As I gained weight, there are fewer and fewer pictures of me. I look (and act) totally different now. I am a lot more shy and I am a little agoraphobic. I hate seeing people I know, because they will know my dirty little secret when they see me. I cannot wait to drop this weight! I miss me! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:44:29 EST feeling extremely positive today I don't know whtbe because I keep having small discouragements but I am extremely positive today. I left this feeling because it seems like forever since I have felt this way. Maybe it's because I am not letting my discouragements get to me. I have found writing in any type of journal helps me through. It does not only help me get things off my chest but it let's me do what I love, which is write. It seem like an eternity since I have written as much as I have this past week. Knowing this no... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:09:56 EST Committed to Reaching a Goal Although I am not on here faithfully, and although I have made several false starts, I am determined and committed to reaching the short-term goal of "Under 250". I have been hovering around 280-290 for sooo long. Today I weighed 273. So close to being under 270. My short term goals are to break my long term final goal into 10 lb increments. I will try to celebrate each 10 lb victory in some way or another. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:09:31 EST SHERRYS233 EXERCISE JOURNAL!!! <em>249</em> Starting weight <em>192</em> is 233 as of today 4-8-14 (Tuesday). <BR> <BR> My exercise minutes <em>128</em> goal for 4-8-14 to 4-14-14 is 250 that's 45 minutes 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> Walking <em>315</em> <em>311</em> <em>313</em> --- 4 to 5 days a week. No less than 30 minutes. 2.50 to 3.00 miles when I do walk. <BR> <BR> Steps <em>311</em> --- 10,000 a day of just normal walking like at work and around the house. <BR> Exercise steps about 6,000 to 8,00... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:59:36 EST Laci's Journal I am feeling so good about myself today! I started my journey 1 month ago and when I stepped on that scale at my gym yesterday I never felt such excitement with my weight...i finally didn't have to move the little weight over to the 250 mark and then add with the tiny weight!! I moved it to the 200 & then the other one went to the 46 slot and I yelled out..."I did it, I don't hate this scale anymore, it does actually work"....i didn't even care who was around because I was so proud of ME!!!! ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 10:10:13 EST Dang it So I started doing three thirty day challenges that I thought were going to be awesome. Burpee, Ab, and Squat challenges. I started yesterday and didn't do nearly as bad as I thought I would. Today my daughter and I woke up late and were gone all day so I didn't start off with exercising which was fine since I figured I would do it later in the day anyways. Well we got home and ended up hanging out with our neighbors and having dinner over there. I did actually eat pretty healthy today but I ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 01:27:19 EST Trying this AGAIN! HI everyone! <BR> I, like most of you, have been struggling for YEARS with this issue. YoYoing is my worst enemy. I think my biggest problem has been trying to do too much too fast. Now, I am sad to say that at 250lbs I am at my heaviest. But...I will not give up. <BR> <BR> So now I am committed to a better lifestyle...for ME. <BR> <BR> Since I like to lift weights, there isn't so much a weight change as there is a SIZE change. <BR> <BR> <BR> My first goal is to lose two pants... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:04:54 EST Re staring over again Hello, I was doing really well for a long time. I had lost 40 lbs, and was feeling awesome. Then I took a few days off from working day went into 2, then a week, and so on. I got lazy. Shortly after that I started getting back into the game. Was not long after I had an accident and that prevented me from doing much. From not doing anything, I put on almost 20 lbs, and all muscle I had gained, I lost and I am feeling crappy. <BR> So, I am ready to get back into the game once a... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 14:29:11 EST I have plans <em>334</em> <BR> I have plans for the rest of my life and one of thee main goals is to finally get to my goal weight. It has been a long, long time and the mindset is finally with me to succeed. <BR> <BR> I am 55 yrs. old, in a marriage that should have ended many, many years ago. I am making plans to get this weight off, get this house in order, get my son the help he needs, and get myself out of here with an entirely new outlook in life. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I deserve happines... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:51:12 EST Yay I'm in Onederland!! If thats not motivation I don't know what is! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:59:27 EST on my way! So far I have lost 29.5inches :) <BR> I have realized 2.5 inches go about every 20 days. <BR> <BR> <BR> 7-16 more months and I could have my figure :) <BR> <BR> Randomly, once every so many months, I take a side pic of me at my workplace due to the longer mirror....and I decided one day to compare it. <BR> My thighs have dropped 12inches, so those were one of the first things to go, with my face and neck. Next was an inch off my calves lost about 2.5inches and I have heard majo... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:28:16 EST