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 SINGINGLADY's CONSISTENCY JOURNAL Day 1. Starting over with an emphasis on turning away from offers of major no-no's offered by others. The ability to say NO is crucial at this point. I have gained way too much and old habits have crept up on me. Time to see it for what it is! EMOTIONAL EATING. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 04:00:28 EST Michelle G- Day 1 of Month 1 My first mini goal is to lose 5 pounds this month while baking Christmas cookies and attending holiday parties. Wish me luck! Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:04:24 EST I really need to make a change. Hi thank you for reading my post. I feel that my weight is spiraling out of control again. For me it just seems like a revolving door or a yo yo of weight loss and weight gain. I really need to do something. I was losing the weight and doing well and then I put it on the back burner. I need to make this a priority if I'm really going to get the result that I need for my health. Today I walked 1 mile and I was so out of breath. Not good. Some encouragement would be great. This is so ha... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:53:51 EST Hello :) My name is Samantha, and I am 27 years young. I am trying to get involved with SP, and I have found that tracking is my worst enemy. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any hints on how to journal/keep track? I just can't get in the swing of it! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:17:13 EST PurpleRaven72's Journal (Getting my Spark Back) I am 43, mom of two and living back at my parents house. :( I need to be more responsible. I have been struggling with my weight for most of my adult life. One of my problem's is that I am an emotional eater. :( Another problem I have is that dinner that's cooked at my parents house isn't always healthy. I don't have much space in the refrigerator and freezer to put my "healthy food". My dad is emotionally abusive and yells a lot. I can't just cook my own dinners...because my dad wouldn... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:31:24 EST My Motivation, Dee-Dee's SparkPeople Journey 11/16/2015 at 11:04a <BR> So I have finally gotten close to my 190 goal and praying about new godly goals as I read this book called ThinWithin. I read the book a few years ago, but discovered a book study on Facebook, so I am participating in that. My ultimate goal as I go through the study is grow in an even more deeper relationship with the LORD and to cut off what I need to make more time for that relationship as He leads. <BR> <BR> So now, I feel I'm entering a transitional period. I'm... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:04:31 EST Ginny's Journey I'm trying hard to lose this weight, because it's ruining my life! I have just joined a health center to work out and I've gone everyday but Sunday for 2 weeks! Now I've got to get my food in line. Here are my goals. .. <BR> 1. STOP OVEREATING. This is my biggest problem. Literally, I eat enough for 2 or 3 people! <BR> 2.Stop eating after dinner. <BR> 3. Don't drink calories. Water, Water, Water <BR> 4. Add a class for flexibility like yoga, or tai chi. <BR> I'll check in everyday. Keeping m... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:35:51 EST Finally losing again I have been on a roller coaster with weight gains and losses. Six years ago I began a great diet using the South Beach diet and successfully lost 100 lbs (352 to 255).well as the old story goes I went back to old habits and gained 45 back. During these years since my lose my daughter had gastric bypass surgery and was very successful. So I decided to start dieting again but also began investigating the surgery possibility. I was accepted to be a patient preparing for the surgery. I joined an ... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:44:58 EST Dukan Diet Started Dukan diet Saturday, weighed 224. Weighed 217 this morning. Going to go the full 10 days. I'm looking great. Also on week 4 of a 26 week beginners marathon training. 4 workouts a week. The first three days of attack were awesome. I was on cloud nine. I contribute drinking 10 glasses a water a day and not carb loading for this. My mood was stabilized. I was hydrated. I still am. Found a 10 glass portable jug at Big Lots for 3 dollars and finish one every day. <BR> <BR> My husband had... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:23:51 EST One day at a time - 2 lbs at a time! Okay, I'm starting out at 234 lbs. I'm only 5'2''. My youngest child is 10 yrs old. I have hypercholesterolemia and am at Cardiac risk (at 38 years old). I don't take my cholesterol medications because the side effect risks are worse than the diagnosis itself. I want to be healthy and be around to see my future grandchildren, if at all possible. I had a fall last week and the weight didn't help the situation. I'm tired of being obese. I've been setting unrealistic goals for the past 4... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:48:14 EST Life back to posting how sad my life is. I am spending most of my time with god daughters. They are 46 and 49 don't drive, parents dead <BR> Sue had blood clots almost died. Spent 8 days with her in hospital. She is better but still needs transportation 3 times a week <BR> Financially we are not doing well. Trying to remortgage house but it's under water so probably won't happen <BR> So crabby, depressed and will this get better Sat, 7 Nov 2015 15:11:37 EST I want to do this I want to lose 140lbs, or at least 50 inches! <BR> <BR> I found an online calculator that based on your wrist size, what your measurements all over should roughly be. I'm thinking 45 - 50inches should be lost, it says 56 inches need to go. <BR> <BR> That being said, I'm dropping everything! Sticking to fruit, veggies, sunflower seeds, granola bars, soy milk, and protein shake powders... For dinner I'll do chicken, turkey, ground turkey, steak once in a blue moon.. I want to be and eat heal... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 22:49:53 EST Diane's Day So today is my day to get back on track. I started this journey in February and my goal was to be down 40-50 lbs by now. Well I'm down 31 lbs and I'm thankful for that but I know if I had tried harder I would be closer to that 50 lbs. One thing I have learned since joining SP is not to throw in the towel. So I'm gonna pick myself up and get back to reaching my goal weight and my goal of living a healthier life! Thu, 5 Nov 2015 21:21:59 EST cat motivation.... It has taken me almost 6 years to lose 28 pounds, but I am so proud that I am finally beginning to believe I might actually be able to reach a reasonable goal weight again sometime in this lifetime. And maybe my biggest motivations lately is picking up my HUGE cat, who weighs in at 18 pounds; whenever I carry him around for awhile, I am reminded of how I would feel if I had to carry that weight around all the time, every day. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 13:43:57 EST Gastric Sleeve Hello everyone. I am 8 weeks out from my surgery date and no matter what I eat I am in terrible pain. Helppppp. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 20:43:01 EST Carol Simon´s Journal Starting new things is nice, keep them doing is my problem! <BR> So, here it goes, Day 1 of a first journal on line. <BR> I just found a way to track for other activities that I want to do, like learning German and housecleaning. Those are things that I want to do, but never have the time to do them. Or as everything else, I manage to do a lot of any activity for certain days and then I just move on to something else and stop doing what I wanted to do before! <BR> So I hope that doing a trac... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 12:04:30 EST Just the beginning Well, I started tracking today. I started out good with oatmeal for breakfast. I hardly ate any lunch and then was starved at dinner and ate more than I should have. I worked out before that. Maybe I was hungry from having worked out? Something has to change here. I'll trying something else tomorrow. I don't think I like tracking what I eat. I am not a good recordkeeper. It's probably because I don't have enough discipline. How do I get discipline? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:50:37 EST Dawn's Journal I am new here and really do want to have a healthier lifestyle but it is hard. I had lost 19 pounds but I have already gained some of it back...ugh! I just can't seem to keep it off. Tomorrow is supposed to be my 20 year high school reunion but I have decided to not go. My daughter is trying to talk me into going but I am just not really, I really have to work. It just is what it is. I actually hated high school so, well, no need to relive all that... Anyway, I started track... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 00:27:07 EST The Diabetes Solution Diet worked for me. I had my yearly check up with my Dr. On March 6, 2015. She told me my blood glucose levels were getting higher and she wanted to start me on an oral medication for Diabetes. I knew I had Diabetes for quite a few years now, and had in the past lost 30# and was doing better. But over the years I stopped worrying about what I ate and was at an all time high weight of 209#, on my 5'4' body. I was on 2 blood pressure medications and a stomach acid medication. I felt OLD and tired and awful. ... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:00:14 EST Confessions of a lazy sugar-holic Starting over (again). I did really good the first day - even started a couch to 5K training program, logged all of my food, etc. This first week I am making no changes to my diet because I want to see exactly how many calories I am consuming in a week. However, I can't help but cut back on the soda because it makes me feel like I'm at least trying *something*. <BR> <BR> Begrudgingly, I added the 8-10 (I lost count) double-stuf Oreos that crossed my path at Bible Study last night. It's my... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:23:26 EST Virginia/North Carolina What part of Virginia/North Carolina are you from? What are your weight loss/fitness goals? Sun, 18 Oct 2015 00:34:22 EST Slaying the Dragon Hi, <BR> <BR> In an attempt to get myself built up to actually use the nutritional tracker without being totally intimidated I will record my food here. My first goal is to do this for one week, from October 17 on. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> <BR> 2 coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> Whole wheat bread (2 slices) <BR> Light Peanut Butter <BR> Skim milk (2 glasses) <BR> Tangerines (2) <BR> <BR> <BR> Supper <BR> 2 slices pizza <BR> 2 hot dogs <BR> 4 cupcakes <BR> <BR> (Nobody said this w... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 12:20:51 EST My Daily Exercise Journal My daily exercise routines are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Bicep Curls with Band <BR> 2. Chest Press with Band <BR> 3. Low Mount Reverse Flys with Band <BR> 4. Seated leg extension with band <BR> 5. Low Mount Leg Curls with Band <BR> 6. Calf Rocking with Dumbbells <BR> 7. Dumbbells chest press <BR> 8. Dumbbell Lateral Raises <BR> 9. Dumbbell Pullovers <BR> 10. Dumbbell Shrugs <BR> <BR> For Cardio: <BR> Start walking with Leslie Sansone 1 mile walk 15 minutes with 5 minute cool down Wed, 14 Oct 2015 05:28:33 EST Ms Amala It's like I woke from a bad dream, and now don't recognize myself in the mirror. I checked out after a really bad break up, and now it's time for me to get it together. I need to lose 13 lbs, take control over my life, and get back out there. It's been 6.5 months, and there's too much beauty in this world to waste it. <BR> <BR> I'm happy I found a place to log, so I can go back and see my progress... physically and emotionally. I'm so ready it's like I want to start sprinting. I hope I find ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:09:05 EST The joy of losing weight I am truly amazed. I've started my journey on the 27th July and I already lost more than half the weight I aimed for (16lb). <BR> <BR> I know my journey is smaller than most here and that I only needed to loose 30lb, but I'm still amazed how the little changes in my life allowed me to change my weight so quickly. <BR> <BR> I'm still amazed how I seem to enjoy the gym for the first time in my life. That I learned to love the sweat. That running is a goal in my life, when I always thought I ... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 04:41:31 EST New Goal! I tried on an old pair of slacks today. I wore it in my 20s. I am now in my early 40s and I have menopaused. I was really disappointed to find it very tight at the waist! I could button it but it was TIGHT! Therefore my new goal is to lose my belly fat till this pair of slacks become loose and comfy again! <BR> <BR> Yeah! Go me! I WILL DO THIS!!! Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:52:42 EST Workout Did workout 2x Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:07:18 EST FITBIT STEP CHALLENGE Hi! I'm always looking for Fitbit users to add online, to invite to weekly challenges. <BR> If you are interested send me a message. <BR> <BR> ALSO, I'd love for you to check out my newest blog post: <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010080 Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:27:27 EST work out today i walk home from work i think that was a good exercise for me 2 miles of a stretch...!!!!! and a water bottle to drink(go me) <em>244</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:35:28 EST 20 minutes a day I am going to committ to at least 20 minutes a day. <em>311</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 18:19:13 EST My Own Personal Challenge Till the End of the Year Finally, today at my TOPS weigh-in I am under the weight that I was at the beginning of the year. I find it very sad that I have been up and down all year and now I am only a half a pound less than I was in Jan. of this year. But, sad or not, it is time to keep it going down. <BR> I know I can lose at least two pounds a month, but if I try really, really, hard I think I can lose three pounds each month. That will get me 9.5 pounds for the year, it may not seem like much, but when I get to t... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 19:31:53 EST 100LBS TO LOSE Week one <BR> 9/24/2015-10/1/2015 down -6.7lbs <BR> <BR> Very excited and cant wait to see the rest of my results I am taking daily pictures so we shall see how that turns out :-) <BR> <BR> I am going to try to post daily for but for sure weekly Thu, 1 Oct 2015 17:24:39 EST My new skinny jeans challenge! Hi, I am struggling to lose the fat but I am doubly challenged bcoz I am on regular dialysis treatments. I wanted to buy some new skinny jeans the other day but then I stopped to think, what will happen to my new jeans if I do manage to lose the fat? <BR> <BR> Hence my challenge to myself : if I can lose the fat and keep it off for at least 6 months, with no yo-yoing, then I will treat myself to a spanking new pair of skinny jeans in a smaller size! Then I will have truly earned it. <BR> <B... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:28:20 EST Christa's Journal When I started the weight management class I weight 287 pounds. Today I been trying to keep track of foods and exercises on Spark People. Total lost is 48 pounds. I'm so happy <em>30</em> and not having much pain from Osteoarthritis. I'm a size down now and hoping I will be able to get in another size down in a few weeks. We can do it. It's take courage and determination. Keep going even if you had gain. It it will eventually come off. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:56:14 EST Aprils 100 Day Challenge This is my 100 day challenge Journal. My 100 days starts now and ends on January 7th. I will come here every day, check in, and give my progress. <BR> <BR> Todays goals are to eat within my goal range and to log all food eaten My goal weight is 120 pounds by November 14th. I am not sure what my weight is now. I will weigh in this week. I feel like 142. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will provide an update tomorrow on my progress. Thanks for reading. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <B... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:00:30 EST SOE-ing Bean It's almost October! Fri, 25 Sep 2015 03:47:16 EST Say hello to the first artificially intelligent <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After receiving widespread criticism for their Teen Talk Barbie that lamented, “Math class is tough,” Mattel is stepping up their game by releasing Hello Barbie, full name Barbara Millicent Roberts, the first Barbie with artificial intelligence. Their goal is to create a toy that seems more lifelike because of its ability to carry on a conversation with kids. Whereas Teen Talk Barbie, ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 04:47:50 EST New Day I am so thankful for all I have been provided with, I am up and active this morning and will do all within my power to keep true to myself on this journey which has now become a lifetime commitment for me. <BR> My day includes lots of cooking as I have orders to fill. but when I cook I do not snack so I know I will stay on track today, <BR> Have a great day everyone Mon, 21 Sep 2015 07:44:33 EST Not giving up! Being SERIOUS from now on! I REALLY mean business this time! Gotta bring my water weight down to normal (I am on dialysis) and gradually lose the body fat gradually. The exercise HAS to be consistent, I WILL challenge myself and I will eat healthy and I WON'T overeat! Snacks, if any will be small and controlled but satisfying. <BR> <BR> I will keep on trying and not be discouraged and I will work closely with the renal dietitian to gradually bring my weight down! Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:35:47 EST My weight I want to lose weight but i hurt my back & can't do exercises now. I'm fixing to start physical therapy Friday so i hope that helps. I need all the support & prayers i can get. Thank you! Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:47:59 EST Luhna023's Journal I have decided to try this journal thing out. I've always had a journal, and have always loved to write. I do much less of it these days though, and I'm not really sure why. When I was in high school, I even got published in a poem compilation book and received several awards. My forte was poems, ones that don't rhyme. I always found that trying to find a word that rhymes oftentimes means finding a word that doesn't convey the real meaning of what I'm trying to say. So I said to hell with rhy... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:57:38 EST setting small goals i'm new to Spark & need to set smaller goals. my weight goal will be to celebrate every 5lbs. lost. carrot sticks for everyone!!! i also need to do arm & leg strength workouts - arms one day, legs the next. i want to post "motivational" notes throughout the house. and i want to learn how to "lighten up" on myself. i will be starting a daily journal with my fitness goals achieved & my feelings about it! here's to being positive about this journey!!!!! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:58:26 EST Realizing Yesterday I finally got the whole "don't focus on what is wrong with you and focus on what is good". Lately I've been so stressed about my weight. I've been working hard at watching what I eat and exercising everyday and being "stuck". I was sitting thinking about what can I do different this week and bam it hit me. All this time I've been thinking about the weight I haven't lost or this weight I've gained, instead of being proud that for 5 years I've kept off 58 of the 68lbs I've lost since ... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:52:28 EST choose to be happy release self doubt, remove fear and lack confidence no more know that you are valuable we can all rise above the negative thoughts we tell ourselves or think about ourselves. Start new each day and tell yourself that you have the victory because we all have a brand new day to try again. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:41:55 EST My 2 Week Cheongsam Challenge!!! I have a party in 2 weeks, on Saturday. It's a lantern festival party. I will be leading the kid's lantern procession. I already bought my lantern, it's battery operated, so i won't burn it! lol! <BR> <BR> Last Chinese New Year, I bought a cheongsam (traditional chinese dress). I haven't really worn it yet. Last night, I tried it on. It still fits but barely. So, I have 2 weeks to lose and inch or two in order to wear it to the party! <BR> <BR> Wish me success!!!!! Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:48:20 EST staying active One of my short term goals is to stay active and so far its working out good. Im exercising, im walking and im keeping a positive mind set knowing that i can do whatever i put my mind to. Although its hard work somedays im sticking with it and i can't wait until my work is done. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 22:53:47 EST Finding My Spark I am trying hard not to look back at where I was but where I need to be. I reached my goal weight and then got pregnant and gained it back. I wanted to be under 200 by today but that did not happen. I am not where I want- currently 215 but not where I was 223. So today I know I need to get back to SP on a daily basis because it was such a big part of me reaching my goals before. <BR> Starting tomorrow is my Finding My Spark Challenge <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day <BR> 2. Track food d... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 16:33:23 EST Fire bug32 2015 Sept 6 to 30 changing habits Learning to change habits is what I must do! <BR> Gonna be mindful everyday. Each month work on specific goals. <BR> 1. Etoh ( only have once a week if that) <BR> 2. Activity at least 15-20 min (most days) <BR> 3. Organize and purge my home 15-20 min (daily) <BR> <BR> And of course post my food and activity.(daily) <BR> <BR> Keep sparking everyone. I'm starting fresh.. Sun, 6 Sep 2015 19:16:04 EST work out during cramp This is my only chance to exercise and now have a heat cramp in my leg...OK to walk or run anyway? <BR> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 16:16:44 EST Shedding pounds when older. I am frustrated. A little over a year ago, I began working very diligently to lose weight. It took months, but I lost 10 pounds. But nothing has been working to get more off, and I need to lose 30 more pounds. I cannot go below 1000-1200 calories because I lose muscle mass...major/catastrophic illness led to the increase in weight AND ultimately to complete debilitation and muscle wasting to such a degree I could not walk for almost two months. I recovered and I have been rehabilitating ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 13:03:30 EST Doing it Doing it day by day. That is enough to make me happy. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:38:58 EST Belviq and phentermine Hi there, has anyone been on belviq and phentermine together? I've just been prescribed both together. I started today and am extremely sleepy. I thought that phentermine would give me that extra boost I needed. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:32:46 EST Weight watchers day 1 August 23 trying this again menu planned for today <BR> 45 min walk yet this afternoon <BR> 173 starting weight <BR> Can this work <BR> First meeting thurs Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:17:37 EST Not good enough Hello! I joined Weight Watchers in 2012. I lost 67 pounds in 11 months. I have been maintaing since then, but I have been trying to lose. I am not sure if you could call it a plateau since its been so long. I eat 26 points a day (about 40 calories per point) and eat a banana everyday plus a few extra fruits. I eat around 3-5 a day. I also eat protein for breakfast and lunch and eat light for supper. I exercise 3-4 days a week. I walk, do the elliptical, and do strength exercise. I drink aroun... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:13:22 EST Eat right for your blood type-Type O Hello, I have recently embarked on the Blood Type O diet/lifestyle change. Would love to meet and chat with experienced people following protocol. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:58:59 EST HCG Patch/Frequency App users Hi there, is there anyone else embarking on the Hcg diet using the homeopathic frequency app patches? This forum is for you! Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:57:26 EST Lori Gets Real new beginnings. read my first post to my spark blog and let me know what you think.<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980183 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:27:10 EST Kathy's Journal 2015 - Portion Control Started 8/7/2015 - Portion Control <BR> Now is the time for me to take control of my body. I have 90 lbs. to lose. I started eating smaller meals and working out on the row machine I bought. I am eating on a small plate. When I ate lunch this week I made it last 2 days. Cutting my meals in half and eating slower. When I eat dinner with the family mine is on a small plate. Eating healthy. Drinking lots of water. I don't want to wake up in the morning anymore and hate how my clothes fit.... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:03:35 EST Thin on the outside, fat on the inside. Last year my husband was diagnosed with a disease that is potentially going to kill him. <BR> <BR> He's always been lean and fairly muscular. He's a TT cyclist, climber and sailor, he's always been fit and active and one of those annoying people who could eat as much as he wanted without ever gaining a pound. He's always liked his sugar. Half a dozen coffees a day with a couple of tsps of sugar, a big hefty chunk of cake, a packet of biscuits and sugary drinks. He should be morbidly obese; ... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:09:43 EST SnowAngel135's Blog Hi all! I'm 3 weeks in, and I've been keeping an accountability journal over at SparkPage blog. Check it out if you want! Nice meeting you all! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:38:20 EST Two weeks out I've got two weeks before the Color Run. I'm getting excited and scared. Haven't had the success I wanted to have by now. I have a great group of friends going with me. They are giving me all the positive feed back I've never had in the past. This is going to be great for me. <em>521</em> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:13:50 EST Test Community Journal Test Community Journal Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:27:24 EST My "I'm fed up with being this way!" Journal Hi everyone, <BR> So, I think I've reached the breaking point. I'm not getting any younger and I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I'm sick of weighing a 100 lbs. more than I should! I'm sick of taking care of others and neglecting my own health! I'm sick of being single, lonely, and living a life that's not true to myself! I deserve health! I deserve love and relationship! I deserve to give MYSELF a better life! Every day I plan on posting what I will do for that day to achieve my ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 15:42:42 EST My Daily Sunshine I'm going to start a little journal here for my daily positive reflections. It's still morning, but I have some successes to share already! I started back on SparkPeople and gave myself a fresh start with a new account. I have an old one that I created and used over several years, but I was getting no where with it. I decided it was time for a fresh start with new perspective. So, sunshine 1 is getting back to Spark. Sunshine 2 for me today is that I actually ate breakfast. For me that's a bi... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 10:57:13 EST My Journey to 155# I know that I have to come to terms of gaining all my weight back. With joining SP in August of 2011, I weighed in at 216, where my highest at the doctor's office was 232#! Yikes, I knew that I had to do something and with losing my sister at the age of 54, made me realize that I could be going down the same road, with having diabetes in the family and that's mainly what she died from. My sister had always had a fear of doctors, so avoided them as much as possible, until she couldn't any m... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 00:42:05 EST Virtually Biking the Susquehanna <img src=""> <BR> <BR> July 28- 2 miles <BR> July 29- 2 miles- 4 miles- 440 to go Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:37:14 EST 3rd Time's a Charm! Hey All, <BR> <BR> Figure this is another great way to be held accountable! <BR> <BR> Have been a long time SP member and have finally come back to once and for all get rid of the weight and work on keeping it off! <BR> <BR> Twice before I have been to around my goal weight, but then something always comes along and it slips away. <BR> <BR> This last bout of weight gain was due to an injury, career change, wedding plans/wedding and to top it off our first child. <BR> <BR> Needless to ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:21:33 EST Losing Focus - Accountability I've been reading thru SparkPeople daily for the past couple of weeks, but have been too nervous to even create an account, let alone post anything. But here I am! <BR> <BR> I guess you could say my weight loss / fitness 'journey' began in late March 2015. I've gone thru phases when I've started working out, eating healthier, etc, but I like to think this time is different. I hope, at least. I've never been comfortable in my own appearance - I gain weight entirely in my stomach, have no che... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:03:17 EST Health Travel to a Better Life! Around that can help someone looking for affordable health treatment for their health issues! Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:26:37 EST Journey to 145 I am back at it again but this time with some extra positivity and no end date for a number on the scale. I think I have been tripped up in the past with needing to lose weight by a certain date and then falling off the wagon without meeting my goals. I know what I need to do now and I feel determined. I want and need to make a lifestyle change and an end date won't necessarily plan for that. I need to strive for my best, not perfection. <BR> <BR> A little background about me, I am a t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:09:02 EST The White Journal I intend to use this thread to post about my goals and other things that help me on my journey towards health and happiness. <BR> <BR> These are my promises to my body: <BR> <BR> 1. Be sugar-free as well as I can and limit junk foods <BR> 2. Have a green smoothie and a salad every day. <BR> 3. Biking or walking 5x a week for 30 minutes or more <BR> 4. On work days do either yoga or strength training for 30 minutes or more. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:25:18 EST One Month To Go! 23/07/15 <BR> <BR> Started the day off with a bowl of 'crunchy fruit yoghurt' - strawberries, pomegranate seeds, Mornflake nuts & seeds granola mixed in live natural yoghurt. <BR> <BR> Went to the hospital and then went shopping in Costco. While waiting for our friend to arrive, my mum and I sat down for a cup of tea and a little something to eat, but I don't drink tea and I avoided eating anything as all they were offering was junk! We were still in there at 1, when I usually have my lunch... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:23:09 EST no excuses- i know what to do and about time i do <em>198</em> Have to slap myself up side the head. I know what is causing my weight problem-- me and me alone !! Easy to blame others like I bought food for my hubby and I wont' eat it- yeah right ! I know I have started and started over but you know if you stop it was all for nothing. I am something! I saw pictures of myself from our family reunion [hello yes it was me] and was stunned how big l looked. THat didn't really hit me as much as the fact a gal I knew years ago passed and I didn'... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:24:58 EST JOURNEY TO HEALTHY My name is Renee, I will be 47 in October, I'm currently on medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I've been on my latest (there have been many, many, many) journey towards becoming healthy for 6 weeks. This time I have been taking my time and building my healthy habits slowly. It's a lifestyle change and I want to make sure it's a change I can live with for the rest of my life. Eating healthy and adding exercise to my daily habits have helped me to lose 20 pounds. I kn... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:23:22 EST Refusing to let go... <BR> Loosing weight seems like a lifetime goal for me. One diet after another, and another. Sometimes I have felt, just maybe I am meant to be overweight. But, then I would think Why should that have to be me. I looked in the mirror one day and though "How did I let Myself get this way," it was as if I did not know how it happened. Over the years avoiding mirrors and refusing to take matters into my own hands is what happened. I felt I had let myself destroy me. <BR> I have fell off the wago... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:30:59 EST . . <BR> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 01:54:11 EST Doing it Struggling with the motivation part.... went to the gym, treadmill again. I miss my goodies :*( Staying true to me. I will say I am eating a lot more healthier. Finding it hard to eat all on the food on the menu. Not doing so good with that. Have been under calories. This is though and I realize how bad I have been. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:00:47 EST ONDERLAND WITH PICS The day I have been waiting for has finally arrived. I still can't believe it. I DID IT! ONEDERLAND!!! <em>104</em> The scale read 199.5 this morning. It took 5 yrs. to achieve this day! I am finally now ready to close this chapter on my weight loss journey. I am so ready to begin a new one! This is goodbye emoticon to Twoterville forever. I am shutting the door behind me as a say goodbye. Their are three main reasons I didn't sabotage my efforts this time. You can call them my AHA moment... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 20:29:19 EST Goal: Fifty Fit and Fabulous I just turned 48 years old this month I am depressed, fat, unfit, moody, b****y, I have Graves disease and on the meds alone I gained 20lbs!! I also have another autoimmune disease called lichen sclerosis, both of these came about in the last 2 years. <BR> <BR> I have bags under my eyes, grey hair.... lots of grey hair I do color, I'm flabby and don't even care if I suck in my stomach around people anymore, I use to care but heck what is that going to do for me now. I have no will power I l... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 19:49:42 EST Kat's crazy journey! <img src="">Hello. all! After due consideration, I have decided to come back and try again....I have been thwarted on weight loss by taking Tamoxifen, which has bloated me up and caused me to put back all the weight I lost before being diagnosed with cancer. hoping that it will be good this time and that I will succeed. <BR> Will be keeping track here, and on my blog! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:19:10 EST Dolly is back Oh my I'm sure I have a journal here somewhere, but it's been a long time since I've been on spark. <BR> <BR> I was 37 when I joined, I'm now 41 :) I can't believe I'm in my 40's.......I still have a youthful look, I'm a nurse and most think I'm in my late 20's :) I would peg me at early 30's if I didn't know I was 41. I do feel fat has become very stubborn I miss being able to drop 10 lbs without much effort, now to lose 2 lbs is a colossal effort....I hate that! If I was rich I ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 01:04:30 EST 08/07/15 Today started off really well. <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had what I like to call 'crunchy fruit yoghurt' - natural yoghurt mixed with strawberries, pomegranate seeds and Mornflake granola. I love it! <BR> <BR> Lunch was a bit of fresh salmon, spinach and grilled tomatoes. <BR> <BR> I was trying not to snack but it got to 5pm and I was feeling peckish so I had a handful of plain cashew nuts. <BR> <BR> However, dinner is where I fell off the wagon... My friend came over and we ordered a c... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 17:48:12 EST weight loss i am not sure which it is. it could be change in diet or change in meds or whatever. however, i am losing weight slowly but surely and feeling better all the time. for the most part i usually have a bowl of fruit or oatmeal for breakfast and a salad for lunch and then I have a big supper.I love it when all those wonderful fruits come out in the summer time. <em>9</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 12:36:38 EST 1 Day Success Lost 3 lbs and went to the gym. <em>521</em> . Starting off slow, only did 1.5 miles this am but I may go to gym tonight after work which is 9pm. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:47:05 EST Abi's Bikini Body Journey At the end of August I'm going on a cruise and I want to feel proud of myself in a bikini. I am no where near overweight but I have a bit of a belly I want to get rid of by then, and hopefully keep it off! <BR> <BR> Starts tomorrow. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:25:51 EST No place to hide. Today is Independence Day - the day I come out of hiding from the world, hopefully with the end result of freeing myself from my hangups and the potential fate of lifelong debilitating illness(es). <BR> <BR> I'm not really sure where to start this except to say that as long as I have no place to hide, I'm forced to take responsibility and hold myself accountable. <BR> <BR> About me: I am a 45 y/o female, 5' 7.5" (171 cm) and 255 lb (116 kg). There are a lot of issues that bring me he... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 18:48:57 EST Down 52 lbs. since January! Woo Hoo! I'm so ready to start what I finishing after 5 yrs. on spark. I had 3 Aha moments in January that really reinforced me once & for all to say goodbye to Twoterville & enter into Onederland. I am now 2 lbs. away from my dream of entering into Onederland. This time I am NOT going to sabotage my efforts. Their are three main reasons.1) In January when I got back on track the weight was coming off so slow it scared me! <em>40</em> So much that I knew in my heart that my metabolism because of a... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 12:20:20 EST Dragon-Chick's Healthy Journey - 2015.07 I'm planning to use this to track my food, exercise, <BR> and anything else to do with my healthy journey. <BR> <BR> July 2015 <BR> <BR> GOALS: (keep them positive) <BR> - Better breathing <BR> - More energy <BR> - Wear nicer clothing <BR> - Better self esteem <BR> <BR> <BR> Date: 7/5/2015 ....... Comments: Sunday....... Weight/loss: ? <BR> Breakfast: . <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> Lunch: ...... <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> Dinner: ...... <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> P/E/W: ...... Mood: <BR>... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 10:24:34 EST Life goes on and I am choosing to go with it! <BR> <BR> As a mom to many that is in the final stretch of child rearing, life can be a challenge. I have marrieds with children, marrieds no children, dating, not married, single helping a married sister etc, etc <BR> <BR> My life is changing, I have no preschoolers, only 3 teens. And 3 in elementary school. <BR> <BR> As I age, I am noticing aches and pains, I am not moving as fast or as graceful as I used to...and being a natural born klutz that is scar... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 20:08:57 EST Roof farm will be used to study how roofs age <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The American Modern Insurance Group has teamed up with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) to launch a roof farm project that will last for 25 years and will hopefully provide new insights into how roofs age over time and how the elements play a role in that aging process. <BR> <BR> The project <BR> <BR> The roof farm project was officially launched on May 20th of thi... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:57:09 EST FireBugs Eat less Move MORE So Today I went to the gym! I have been working with a trainer and he has taught me some wonderful things! Unfortunately I've not been very good posting and watching what I eat. The exercising too , could be more consistent. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym, jogged/ran intervals on the TM... With some squats when I paused the TM.. <BR> <BR> I then did supersets of calf machine 110 pounds, squats three sets <BR> 3 sets of rows, in out leg kicks, and lunges <BR> <BR> some streaching... calo... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:25:41 EST BGbear01's Progress <em>521</em> <BR> Setting up my account tonight and getting ready to set out on my journey to a healthier me!! To be honest, my motivation is severely lacking these days. But I've decided to stop waiting for my mind to get right before I start getting my BODY right. I'm hoping that if I just start, my mind will catch up eventually. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 03:08:34 EST Finally got a weight scale! Now I can weight myself and see if I'm actually doing any good :D Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:24:49 EST ask me how to lose 5 pounds in 5 days All natural weight loss products Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:28:04 EST Wanting to exercise I haven't exercise in a while. I'm currently having lower back pain and afraid if I do the exercises it will make it worse. I attending to PT (went once so far) and it's help a little. I need to get this pain under control. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:43:21 EST Keeping Your Home Organized <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Home organization becomes tougher as your family grows, and it is not uncommon for families to give up on the idea of home organization all together. There is no greater feeling than an organized home, and an organized home makes home cleaning much easier of a task. No matter the size of your home and the number of people residing in it, organization is possible, and should be a priority o... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:25:34 EST Tracy's 2015 Journey to better health So this is the first time that I will be journaling in a public forum. Seems a bit intimidating, but it is what it is, so lets go. I started Sparkpeople after my 48th birthday last October. My journey is slower than others because I am making small changes that I can live with and then will make more changes as I progress. My goal is to be able to live without being stressed about every tiny thing I stick in my mouth. As of today I have thrown away 41#. I only need to do 10.5 more to be b... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 19:13:10 EST Birth Control + Losing Weight (my story) Hi everyone! I couldn't find too much information regarding trying to lose weight while on birth control, aside from the bad stories (ie. I gained 50 lbs in a year) <BR> <BR> I have this feeling that mostly those people who are having weight gain problems haven't had weight issues previously, or weren't exercising/dieting properly. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to prove this either way, even though I'm only one person. <BR> <BR> Today I got the Nexplanon inserted. Before I go on I'll say a little a... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 17:45:51 EST My Secret c25k Journey I've never been a runner. I've always maintained that running sucks. So why the heck am I doing c25k? About a month ago, my running friends posted about forming a team for a color run 5k in August, and after being assured that it's okay to walk, I got excited about the fun I could have. So I jumped right in and signed up. I had absolutely no plans on running at all, but in the back of my mind, I got the question of "but what if you did run?" And here I am. :) <BR> <BR> Why a secret? I just t... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 00:40:24 EST Dragon-Chick's Healthy Journey - 2015.06 I'm planning to use this to track my food, exercise, <BR> and anything else to do with my healthy journey. <BR> <BR> June 2015 <BR> <BR> GOALS: (keep them positive) <BR> - Better breathing <BR> - More energy <BR> - Wear nicer clothing <BR> - Better self esteem <BR> <BR> <BR> Date: 6/1/2015 ....... Comments: Monday, day off....... Weight/loss: ? <BR> Breakfast: . <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> Lunch: ...... <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> Dinner: ...... <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> P/E/W: ...... ... Sun, 31 May 2015 06:49:46 EST DiamondTear Cannot be Stopped<BR>individual.asp?gid=65234 <BR> This is my spark team that I've started, and a more in-depth story about me is there. <BR> __________ <BR> So, I'd always dreamed I'd lose all of my weight before I had my first kid.... Didn't happen. Surprise for me in January to find I was about 5 weeks pregnant by the time I saw a doctor! Yay - I guess! I thought it wouldn't be that big of a deal, I wasn't eating a lot. I didn't exercise but I didn't eat a lot... m... Sat, 30 May 2015 14:26:28 EST Keeping The Faith After doing everything I could to avoid what I considered a major interruption, I finally pushed myself away from this computer and moved for twelve minutes to music. Felt my temperature go up around the 6 minute mark, followed by a good burn in my legs. I don't mind the work out, in fact I enjoyed it but it's the 'getting started' part that's always the hardest to get pass. <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 May 2015 23:24:01 EST Time management It is time for me to work better at planning and budgeting my time to complete tasks that will help me get closer to achieving my goals. I recently found myself volunteering a little too much with my Church and gave up my exercise time as a price. And, as a result, I gained weight. This has taught me a great lesson. One cannot do it all! So, today I began the day with my early morning jog before breakfast. Just that hour made me feel oh, so good physically and mentally. My plan is to continue... Thu, 28 May 2015 15:43:33 EST It's A New Day With No Mistakes In It....Yet! I noticed a couple times eating out with friends, that I was very influenced to get off track of what my goal was going into the event, which mostly was to eat smaller portions...but social eating, having fun, wanting to be a part, I stuffed myself more than I wanted to! I am determined to lead the way in my own life, and will work on ordering first, asking for that take home box before I begin eating, putting down my fork between bites, continue to order water only, and generally, just sloo... Thu, 28 May 2015 12:14:52 EST Over 60 but not done yet I desire to have more energy and feel better about myself. I am ready for a change and need to lose some weight. I am 218 and reaching for 195. I am 63 yrs and I just need some healthy changes. I am doing this for me and no one else. With the help of my Lord Jesus Christ I can and will do this! <em>104</em> Wed, 27 May 2015 11:59:17 EST Doing what is best for me. Hi everyone. I am here to say that since May 13th, 2015 I have lost 6lbs and I'm very proud of myself. I've been trying to talk my husband into eating healthier with me so we can live longer for our soon to be 6yr old daughter. It all backfired . He said to me "I'm not into that crap. I would rather be fat and happy than skinny and sad." I wanted to cry . I felt like I don't have any support for what I'm going. That's when I had an epiphany. If I can show him how much determination I have, m... Mon, 25 May 2015 15:06:55 EST Doing what is best for me. Hi everyone. I am here to say that since May 13th, 2015 I have lost 6lbs and I'm very proud of myself. I've been trying to talk my husband into eating healthier with me so we can live longer for our soon to be 6yr old daughter. It all backfired . He said to me "I'm not into that crap. I would rather be fat and happy than skinny and sad." I wanted to cry . I felt like I don't have any support for what I'm going. That's when I had an epiphany. If I can show him how much determination I have, m... Mon, 25 May 2015 15:05:14 EST Doing what is best for me. Hi everyone. I am here to say that since May 13th, 2015 I have lost 6lbs and I'm very proud of myself. I've been trying to talk my husband into eating healthier with me so we can live longer for our soon to be 6yr old daughter. It all backfired . He said to me "I'm not into that crap. I would rather be fat and happy than skinny and sad." I wanted to cry . I felt like I don't have any support for what I'm going. That's when I had an epiphany. If I can show him how much determination I have, m... Mon, 25 May 2015 15:04:50 EST Only I can do this! Started about a week ago. Giving Atkins another try, down 13 pounds! Started at 180, would like to see 150 again (been about 12 years since I've seen that number). This long Memorial weekend has given me ample time to get lots of walking and arm weights in, enough to keep me motivated through the next week of work. My commute is about 1.5 hours plus each way so I sometimes am beat by the time I get home and don't want to exercise, I try to get my walks in on my breaks at work. <BR> <BR> Ne... Mon, 25 May 2015 11:27:11 EST DOING IT FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS THIS TIME I am back for good this time, I have been going through some things for the past year and haven;t had time to come in as much as I want but I am back now and nothing will stop me now. <BR> <BR> I have been so depressed in the past but now I am feeling way better because I have decided not to let people get me down. When people tell me that I cant reach my goals in life , I just tell then to lay off of me because my goals are worth reaching more now than ever. I am going to do it all over ag... Wed, 20 May 2015 20:44:26 EST Investing Guide at Deep Blue Group Publications 5 Financial Tips for Singles <BR> <BR> When you are single, you're possibly too busy living the life instead of thinking about serious things like savings or investing because anything related to finance and money doesn't hold much weight to you. But you should also consider investing your money for the future. <BR> <BR> Deep Blue Group Publications provided some important financial tips below for singles. <BR> <BR> Begin having a budget <BR> <BR> Without a budget, you will never find out... Mon, 18 May 2015 03:46:03 EST New Beginning Today I did something that I am ashamed to say I haven't done in a long time. I worked out for 80 minutes and I ate within calorie range. I finally admit that things are getting out of hand, and after gaining back all the 90+ pounds that I initally lost in 2011, I finally realize that holding a grudge with myself isn't helping anything. I've finally come around and have truly forgiven myself. <BR> <BR> I noticed that I have been feeling horribly uncomfortable. I have arthritis in my knees,... Mon, 18 May 2015 00:35:36 EST What did I actually eat today? I have been doing a food journal type blog on my Spark page for about 4 weeks and (a) found it very useful for my own accountability and (b) found that comments soon dropped off as people got bored with it! I don't really want comments, but I DO want a place to keep a record and hold myself to account. So I'm starting a community journal. <BR> <BR> How my food journal works is: <BR> 1 = what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I eat which is not really good food (... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:31:00 EST CC Summer Reset I've been 'flirting' with a few forums and need to make a commitment for the summer. So Sparkpeople is my choice. It's time to get serious - at least for the summer. <BR> <BR> Got a clean bill of health - various appointments last week and this week to check everything out. There is nothing 'wrong' with me. Well - I do need to have a blood test repeated Thursday to make sure glucose levels are ok - we'll see. BUT - all-in-all, I am blessed to be in a healthy position. <BR> <BR> This su... Tue, 12 May 2015 13:56:51 EST I miss the old me. Time to get her back. Day One: Check! <BR> <BR> I've been slowly, steadily putting on weight over the course of some life changes, the main three being: After a traumatic car accident, I switched jobs from an on your feet, high energy job working with kids, to a more secured job which now is sitting at a desk. After transitioning to this new job, I also lost my mom. Which, as she was a single parent, was really hard to deal with. I realized that I kind of gave up caring. <BR> <BR> At first the slight weight gai... Mon, 11 May 2015 23:49:17 EST If I can do it, anyone can For those who have just started SparkPeople or at the beginning of their journey I just wanted to say KEEP AT IT. <BR> <BR> I am 61 years old and when I started on SparkPeople my BMI was 32.3. I currently have BMI of 22.3 and aiming to get to 21.7. <BR> <BR> I am 5'1" and can now wear size 2/4 Petite. I really have not change many habits, but tracking my calories really did the trick for me. In the past I would snack on BIG tablespoons of peanut butter, cheese and crackers, and peanuts o... Fri, 8 May 2015 11:38:09 EST WholeFoodLover's journal I'm going to try to use this to keep track of my numbers and progress instead of putting it in blogs every day. Maybe I will make a weekly blog post about it, but the numbers, while encouraging to me, aren't the most exciting part of this journey, so I don't want to be all "blah, blah, blah" about them on my blog. <BR> <BR> Anyway, started off on 5/4 (May the Fourth, a.k.a. Star Wars Day) at 333 pounds. I am tracking all my food, but I wasn't 100% about it on the 4th and 5th. I started my st... Fri, 8 May 2015 06:56:42 EST Never give up!! yu can do it I have 11lbs remaining to lose and I would reach my goal. There are some days I just want to give up, if the scale doesn't move for long. But I tell myself I can do it and I kept pushing. I started weigh loss journey on the 16th of march and, trust me it wasn't easy for me to just start a new work out routine and start eat healthy all of a sudden. But when I look at the mirror each day, saw how my clothes didn't fit me anymore, my mum was kind of complaining and I started losing myself; I sai... Thu, 7 May 2015 06:55:30 EST Warm Weather, sun and guilt Do you suffer from weather guilt? I do. If there is a nice day I feel like I "should" go out to exercise. The thing is, the "should" in that sentence and in that mind needs to change. It need to become a "want" or "desire" or even a "wouldn't it be nice." <BR> <BR> So, today, right now, okay, after I have my breakfast, I am going for my exercise. Funny thing - feel great after and during exercise, but before I feel like I am wearing boots made of lead to get to my place of exercise (g... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:18:26 EST Trying to stop going to restaurants. I'm dealing with traumatic stress and schizoaffective disorder. The stress makes me go to restaurants. I make healthy choices at restaurants, but I gain weight anyway. I can't go to a restaurant without gaining weight. And every week I end up going to a restaurant about three times. It's draining my finances too. Now I'm gaining weight after maintaining 175 pounds for a year. Help! <BR> I get so bored with my dirty apartment that I just want to go out and drink, and drinking makes m... Sat, 2 May 2015 23:46:20 EST Dragon-Chick's Healthy Journey - 2015.05 I'm planning to use this to track my food, exercise, <BR> and anything else to do with my healthy journey. <BR> <BR> May 2015 <BR> <BR> GOALS: (keep them positive) <BR> - Better breathing <BR> - More energy <BR> - Wear nicer clothing <BR> - Better self esteem <BR> <BR> <BR> Date: 5/1/2015 ....... Comments: Friday, pizza yesterday at work ....... Weight/loss: +1lb <BR> Breakfast: . coffee, bread <BR> Snack: ...... trail mix <BR> Lunch: ...... salad <BR> Snack: ...... fruit, <BR> Dinn... Sat, 2 May 2015 08:22:27 EST Vicki's May Challenge This is my attempt to stay on track, meet my daily goals and be 15 lbs lighter by May 31st. I am no stranger to Spark and have lost and regained weight numerous times. I stepped on the scale this morning after a long hiatus, only to see that I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life. 15 lbs seems like a lofty goal but I can eat healthy and exercise and it's attainable for my body. This blog is to hold me accountable for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Drinking at least 8 cups of water e... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:18:39 EST Freggie's month of May Deleted... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:19:26 EST Progress with a Capital P! It's been a while since I wrote a blog! May 4th will be 4 months since I've been back on track. I had 2 little detours but I'm doing good. <em>43</em> I have lost 46 lbs. since January. <em>104</em> As I've said numerous times I am losing the weight at a decent pace but I know in my heart it's only a matter of time before my weight loss slows down. How much it slows down? I have know idea? <em>40</em> I realize the closer you get to your goal the slower the weight will come off. I... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:24:37 EST Transforming Me - 21 Day Habit Changes deleted Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:15:46 EST Begging for a Beautiful Body I am Beth from Alabama. I am on a journey to get my life back and in the process gain a beautiful body. One reason and the most important is my health. I am a diabetic with many other health problems. I know if I lose weight I will be healthier and happier. Another reason is my son is getting married in about 11 months. I don't want to embarrass him or myself by being fat and flabby. <BR> So far I have only lost 3 pounds... that was all in the first week. I am now 3 weeks in and no loss. ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:35:07 EST DWILK'S My Day Today has been good. I've been cleaning house so I've been very active! We had a bar-b-q dinner at church tonight so I had a hard time tracking my food for that meal. I didn't get a chance to walk today but hopefully I will get a few miles in before it rains tomorrow <em>311</em> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:34:48 EST What your jounral lookas like Hi All, <BR> I am new to Spark People. I was wondering what your food journals looks like? I know everyones food journal varies. I am on about 1500 calories little over a day. Would anyone like to share with me? It greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks in Advance, <BR> Joni Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:55:34 EST Builder’s Risk Insurance We have heard a lot of insurance. From insured buttocks to insured smiles, anything can be insured. Now we ask, how about those in risking their everyday lives? Can they be insured as well? Axis Capital, a group of insurance and reinsurance company based in Bahamas with branches in Singapore, Australia, UK and America has defined this kind of insurance for you to review. <BR> <BR> What it is? <BR> <BR> Builder's risk insurance is a special type of property insurance which indemnifies agains... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:30:47 EST Progress and failures of Jazzygf monday April 20 another new start .i have been at this point since age15 and I have lost weight then gained back more <BR> I suspect depression, anxiety, my life is hectic with dr bills, kids, and bad choices <BR> So trying to have an outlet for seeing my thoughts on paper Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:59:25 EST Perfect Attendance Question I have been trying very hard to remember to spin the wheel. I log in every day but sometimes would forget. I'm approaching 100 days of remembering. It's nice to see the reward each month that I did good. However, I never did get one for March. Who do I contact to get that fixed? Thank you! Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:08:41 EST Starting over today! I'm down 44.5 as of today but have gained 12.8 pounds from my lowest point of 57.2... Gotta stay focused! Planned my food out for today and have my fitness plan for the week! Today's been great so far... The test will be when I get home! Wish me luck! <em>504</em> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 14:26:14 EST staying motivated This is my first message to the boards, so I don't know if I'm doing this right. I started on Mar 19th at 240 (I'm only 5'4"). after 16 days I've lost 5 pounds! I'm hoping to keep it going this time. I've tried so many times before. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 08:49:18 EST Big Weightloss Journal!!! This is Day 0 of this journal. The missing item to most weight loss and fitness attempts is accountability. I will hold myself accountable and I am sure someone reading this will hold me accountable too. Tomorrow is Day 1. Nothing unusual. Just counting calories and increasing exercises.Night... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 22:56:22 EST Dragon-Chick's Healthy Journey - 2015.04 I'm planning to use this to track my food, exercise, and anything else to do with my healthy journey. <BR> <BR> April 2015 <BR> <BR> GOALS: (keep them positive) <BR> - Better breathing <BR> - More energy <BR> - Wear nicer clothing <BR> - Better self esteem <BR> <BR> <BR> Date: 4/1/2015 ....... Comments: Wednesday ....... Weight/loss: <BR> Breakfast: . coffee, choc chip cookie <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> Lunch: ...... (caf) tacos <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> Dinner: ...... rice & veggies <... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 11:13:36 EST Awesome Sauce 18 LBS Down - Portion Control does work!!!! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:15:23 EST Freggie's April This month I intend to track less topics than before: <BR> <BR> Sugar / Binge Free days <BR> Less than 7 slices of bread <BR> Exercise / Yoga <BR> In bed before 23.00 <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 02:13:52 EST The Koyal Group Info Mag on Unusual square ice The surprising discovery of "square ice" which forms at room temperature was made by an international team of researchers last week. <BR> <BR> The study was published in Nature by a team of scientists from UK and Germany led by Andre Geim of University of Manchester and G. Algara-Siller of University of Ulm. The accompanying review article was done by Alan Soper of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in UK. <BR> <BR> "We didn't expect to find square ice ... We found there is something strange in... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:15:27 EST Portion Control Portion Control is my struggle. Anyone else? Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:47:04 EST ForgetChocolate - ups and downs and in-betweens :) I thought I'd have a community journal in addition to my SP page blog. <BR> There are a number of pounds that I need to get rid off. <BR> <BR> Then there is me, carrying those extra pounds, and wanting my body back. I used to be a "eat clean freak", I used to be ripped and loved it. After some devastating news, not too long ago I had this "nothing's worth it" revelation (yes, 'revelation' is meant to be sarcasm) and pretty much my work of years went down the drain. Poof! <BR> <BR> Now I w... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:12:47 EST 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> Breakfast: . <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> Lunch: ...... <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> Dinner: ...... <BR> Snack: ...... <BR> P/E/W: / / ...... Mood: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:52:32 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 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 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 . . 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 7 lbs down, on my way. I lost 7 lbs in 2 weeks. Feeling good. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:29:27 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Patty Klaver's Mom's Story My mom got out of the hospital on January 1, the day that I can down with shingles. My niece Lisa went to pick her up and called me from the hospital so I could look up the meds that she was given. Harry went to the store 3 times to pick it up. He questioned whether it was right and the pharmacist assured that it was. <BR> <BR> Barbara stayed with mom because Harry had to work. She took the pills upstairs with her so mom couldn't be picking and choosing what pills to take. She also w... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 03:36:09 EST Emmy"s Determined Virtuoso Transformational Desk <em>268</em> I am a Determined Daisy, Violet Virtuoso, and co-leader of Transformations team and this journal was started in response to the Challengers of Hogwart's Ravens Into Writing Desks challenge for the 2014 New Year, hence the topic name of this message board. <BR> <BR> HUGS, <BR> Emmy Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:42:52 EST Deby is BLESSed <em>104</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:45:56 EST journal every day I'd been away from SP for a while, back now and have been trying to remember where I kept my journal. It's been driving me crazy!! At first I thought maybe it was the blog on my SP. Then thought maybe it was the journal in the planner section. But I just stumbled onto this section, and its looking very familiar. I think at one time I also had a link to my journal on my SP, but thats gone too. Anyone have any suggestions? Sat, 9 Nov 2013 13:34:58 EST starting fresh I am starting fresh right now 162 to 140 by 11/22 Thu, 5 Sep 2013 02:27:53 EST PATTYKLAVER'S Goal Journal August 29, 2013: I have been telling myself all summer (well, at least since July) that I was going to do a few things. Although I feel that I have made some small strides, I really haven't pushed myself as I want to or should do. So, I start this journal to write down my goals. I will consciously think of them. I will come up with short, medium and long term goals. I will only take a few on at a time as to not overwhelm myself and not do them again. <BR> <BR> This week: <BR> 1) I wi... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:18:26 EST A 50 Something's Journal My first week on SparkPeople. I didn't think I would like doing this online, but by the second day I loved it! I lost 5 lbs this week!!!! Now comes the hard part. Usually, after a week or so of dieting, I give up. Not this time. Today I am still going strong and did a 20 minute aerobic workout. I feel great! <BR> <BR> That may not sound like a lot to some, but for me it is pretty great. I can usually find an excuse for not working out or for eating things I shouldn't. Can't wait ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:03:23 EST Recovering from the Omnitrition Diet (hCG) Anybody who has read my blog knows I went through a horrible time with side effects because of the Omnitriton diet. Basically, this company came about when reports started coming out about the harmful effects of Herbalife. A couple of the people just created Omnitrition with similar dangerous products. Found out the hard way. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, took three months of recovery but am exercising again daily. I'm so excited and I'm finally feeling healthy again! My first goal is to journal m... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 16:45:49 EST The life journal of Theresa <em>49</em> <em>55</em> that's my life! Thu, 4 Apr 2013 06:44:51 EST GWynlee's accountablity journal this journal is for me to hold myself accountable for losing weight. I am coming up with my goals and will post them soon Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:35:23 EST One Day at a Time 12 February 2013 <BR> I thought I'd give the community journal thing a go - because I am finding I have things I want to talk about every day that are not blog-worthy! Like why I ate that doughnut after being good all day yesterday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ate about 1,600 calories made up of fruit and nuts and a boiled egg. It worked alright for me, I wasn't hungry, and I got lots of water-rich fruits and lots of vitamins. <BR> <BR> But today I swung right the other way - almost like I ha... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:39:20 EST I AM DOING THIS This year one of my major goals is to keep this journal active in the hope to be helped by sparkies in 2013. I am determined to tell all about my fears, my victories, my challenges and breakthroughs as I go on. <BR> <BR> Watch out for me. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:08:44 EST Rhonda's Ramblings About 10 days ago, I started a new personal challenge. I decided that each day I would do a 1 minute plank. I know it doesn't sound like much, but if you add up the numbers just doing 1 minute a day adds up to 6 hours a year. That has to be worth something! I'm hoping that as time progresses I will add additional 1 minute daily challenges. Other ideas include push-ups, crunches, scissor kicks, jumping jacks, jump rope, etc. I think anything that can be done without equipment would work ... Tue, 22 May 2012 11:37:37 EST 25 steps to taking care of myself. My reason for behavioral change. 1) to reflect God's glory.2) to be healthy, live the way God intended his creation to live 3) to get my blood sugar in control and lose weight. My specific goal: I will engage my steps toward health each day, aiming for 20/25. I will get a record of them in Sparks people blog. I will record calories, carbs and nutrients in Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> steps to take care of myself. <BR> 1. Stretch and Morning prayer. <BR> 2. fasting blood sugar _____________ ... Sun, 20 May 2012 23:17:32 EST The "Body By Vi" Experiment DISCLAIMER: I am NOT promoting, recommending, or selling these products. Anything I write here is for information purposes ONLY and should not be interpreted as suggestion to try the products. This is my own personal experience documented for my own reference and those interested in reading. I am not and nor do I claim to know the short- or long-term implications of using these products. Do your research and consult with a medical professional before you decide to make any changes to your die... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:32:57 EST A Journal of Simple Joys & Gratitudes There is always always something to be grateful for. And each day filled with simple joys. This journal is my attempt to notice them more. <BR> <BR> Today's simple joys: <BR> ~ falling back to sleep in the early morning <BR> ~ my mom's daily calls. May I learn to appreciate them more. <BR> ~ a good book <BR> ~ watching the birds at the bird bath <BR> ~ enjoying the breeze this evening <BR> ~ a spunky chipmunk doing somersaults in the neighbour's yard <BR> ~ finding cash in an bag I have... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:14:27 EST I will not give up! Day 1. I finally got my Zumba DVD's after waiting for 10 days. The moves are much harder than I thought. It was really frustrating. Thats ok because at least I know I will get a good workout. My husband wants to go to Las Vegas in a month. Good I have something to work towards. Lose 2 pounds a week. I hope journaling helps keeps me accountable. Here we go gang. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 22:00:56 EST PATTYKLAVER's Journal The doctor is trying to lower my dose of Geodon. I usually take 80 mg at night. The first time, he lowered it to 40 mg. I'd not sleep that much and about 2 pm, I'd become so tired I was almost comatose. After two days of that, I started taking the 80 mg again. <BR> <BR> The second time, the dose got lowered to 60 mg. I didn't sleep good and I noticed that I felt more depressed. Sometimes the depression was pretty bad. <BR> <BR> So, the last two nights, I have been taking the 80 mg ag... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 08:15:08 EST Jibbie's 2010 sedulous, pluck, Moxie, doggedness. <em>15</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:38:50 EST PAT'S EXERCISE RECORD. <em>249</em> FEBRUARY <BR> <BR> 1. AEROBICS 30 MIN. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12 <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> I LOVE ME BETTER THAN THAT <em>473</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:34:00 EST My day by day struggle to lose those last 5 pounds Tuesday, July 15 <BR> <BR> Today I weigh 140 pounds. My goal is 135. I weighed 139.5 exactly 1 week ago so I guess you could say that these last 5 pounds are giving me grief. I am hoping that by posting here daily I will be able to stay on track and "Git R Done". I had a great day yesterday. I played tennis for an hour and ate at the low end of my range. To be honest, I was surprised that I didn't lose more than 1/2 a pound. However, if I could lose 1/2 a pound every day, I'd weigh 13... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 18:04:17 EST Annie's Journal Down 13.5 pounds since I created my Spark Page on May 12, 2008. Down 22 pounds from my January 1st weight. I'm learning some good habits, and feel good about my journey. <BR> <BR> My personal goals: <BR> 1. Eat mostly healthy whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables. <BR> 2. 8 glasses of water <BR> 3. Stop at one helping. <BR> 4. Don't eat after supper. <BR> 5. Work with weights a minimum of three times a week. <BR> 6. Get 7 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> I have been very successful with t... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 21:41:40 EST Audrey's Ramblings Today is New Year's Eve here in Australia. A new start is imminent! <BR> I'm disappointed that I've put on over the Christmas period, and my exercise is out the window! I'm so close and yet so far. The first half was easy but now it's one step forward, two steps back. The motivation is low. Sat, 30 Dec 2006 17:02:07 EST Pressing toward the goal... Good Morning and Happy August to you! <BR> <BR> Well, it's time for me to get back on this wonderful wagon. The last month has been a flurry of activity and challenge as we celebrated my sister's wedding. Now that we have them safely moved and off on their honeymoon, it's time to take my focus inward once more and look toward the next leg of this journey to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am ashamed to admit how quickly old habits return when I'm not focused here. After a year at SP, I... Tue, 8 Aug 2006 07:10:05 EST never give up For those of you who might remember, I'm the same Linloseandwin. Still trying to focus. <em>103</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks, Denise for the invite back/info and thank you Sparkpeople for the membership! <BR> <BR> Planning to continue the gains (losses), I made the last time I was here, with help from my friends! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe I can get back to "I can see clearly now....." <BR> <BR> Lin Mon, 23 Jan 2006 11:51:40 EST Getting to it....again I'm back, heavier than ever and looking at starting all over again. It's hard to admit because I thought I could handle it on my own. Just not so. At least not yet. I still believe I can do it some day but I wasn't ready before. So here I am again, approaching my 44th birthday, starting to count my calories and track everything. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to reading everyone's posts and getting inspired. I remember this as a great group of people who were very encouraging to me before. ... Mon, 1 Aug 2005 15:00:34 EST Welcome to: Challenging US! This is a new kind of challenge board and we decided to set it up on the journal board. <BR> <BR> What we, Janice and I have been discussing, is a different way of challenging ourselves. What we came up with is to set our own challenges and goals and work on them for a week at a time. <BR> <BR> A few of the challenges that each of us might consider is: tracking the minutes you expend on a daily basis for work out/exercise and anything else that expends energy on a day by day basis. Countin... Sun, 12 Dec 2004 07:59:07 EST