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4 pounds gone. small victories can be huge!!!
7/28/2014 9:37:49 AM,  4 COMMENTS

I know the last few blog posts have been somewhat dark, negative nancy. But I have just been dealing with inner demons that seem to show up in the fo...  Read more


2 weeks down 2 weeks to go tracking for insurance discount
7/27/2014 1:58:22 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I am half done tracking swimming 3 x a week for 30 minutes and eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. It sounds easy but the veggies a...  Read more


when do you give it all or not at all? can there be a middle?
7/27/2014 8:59:16 AM,  4 COMMENTS

When do you get really serious about your health? A man I know just died this morning, he was my age, 46. I have known him all his life, since we we...  Read more


when its time to let go, let go, dont wait til your fingers bleed!!!
7/25/2014 7:16:12 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Today I had intended to make cabbage rolls, but instead I ended up just throwing everything into the crcok pot and I ended up with a delicious soup. ...  Read more


40 pounds today
7/24/2014 2:57:07 PM,  5 COMMENTS

Morning weigh-in: 191.8 Today marks 40 pounds lost since beginning this lifestyle change. Last month I turned 41, so I am 1 pound away from losi...  Read more


i talked myself into it, or did i
7/24/2014 2:04:32 PM,  7 COMMENTS

I came to a conclusion this morning. I am a very very indecisive person. Making something as simple as a doctors appointment, or a hair appointment,...  Read more


Learned a secret of life
7/23/2014 11:24:48 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Hi Everyone :) I have been missing after my surgery (complications - knee infection). However, I had a learning that I wanted to make sure to pas...  Read more


On Saturday, the 19th, I had a fall onto sidewalk after mowing...
7/23/2014 3:35:55 PM,  1 COMMENTS

I don't know if I fell due to tripping on the hose or dizziness but I did fall and got a bruise on right upper arm and lower spine. I also have pain...  Read more


Needing to be inspired today
7/22/2014 10:59:38 AM,  0 COMMENTS

This morning I was feeling off for reasons completely unrelated to my fitness / nutrition progress. I've been coping with a situation that is not par...  Read more


calling dr. good manners
7/22/2014 10:42:32 AM,  2 COMMENTS

From the garden of my neighbor, who is 87 years old and still works his garden every year. So, today I am going to visit the local farmers mar...  Read more


My Garden
7/21/2014 7:07:49 PM,  6 COMMENTS

Hi all, This blog if for those who have asked me about my garden. I am finally getting around to putting some of the pictures together. I have b...  Read more


7/21/2014 9:40:24 AM,  0 COMMENTS

Last week was an off week for me. Daughter had national softball tournament in Iowa so travelling, not eating the best and not a whole lot of exercis...  Read more


are you there foot, its me, valarie!!!
7/20/2014 11:31:54 PM,  3 COMMENTS

Today I wanted to walk so bad, so I laced up my shoes and went to the track. For the first time in a month. After only 20 minutes, sadly I had...  Read more


So hot out...1/2 hour of gardening was dehydrating...
7/20/2014 7:21:13 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Drank 3 cups of water and 1 cup of pomegranate juice quite quickly. So glad I mowed on Friday and Saturday. The air temp is only 84 but the humi...  Read more


Can't believe that I did it!
7/20/2014 5:46:11 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I have hit a big milestone today, and I'm so excited! I have officially lost 50 pounds. The weight I'm at today, is the lowest I've been in about 17...  Read more


7/19/2014 4:53:12 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Hey Spark Friends, 524 Iím taking a writing class at and we are studying THE WRITERíS WAY by Julia Cameron. She also wrote the Artist W...  Read more


Swam AND mowed front yard yesterday...
7/19/2014 10:57:53 AM,  4 COMMENTS

I swam Thursday and Friday and plan to go today, also. I also stayed within my calorie range and my only regret was the brie and cracker I had a...  Read more


Post BLC 25 plan
7/18/2014 6:54:28 PM,  6 COMMENTS

I plan on trying to do st at least 3 to 4 days a week. Since I have slacked off on it and I also plan to track my nutrition again. I slacked off in th...  Read more


Back to Working Nights
7/18/2014 5:37:41 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I am so excited to begin working night shifts at an area hospital again after being away from such work for nearly 5 years. I know that I will face so...  Read more


my name is valarie and AM I an addict?????
7/18/2014 10:14:01 AM,  5 COMMENTS

I am just so beyond ready to get back to healthy eating and eliminating the junk from my life and the toxins from my body. And I will not be tricked...  Read more


theres a reason going down hill to the bottom is so easy
7/17/2014 8:25:38 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Today I got on the scale for the first time in about 3 weeks and I have gained 8 pounds!!! I knew vacation I had let things go and since returning h...  Read more


Oops! Wake Up Call
7/16/2014 11:13:57 AM,  12 COMMENTS

I've caught myself making a major gaffe! I've been so hot with our weather here in northern Utah, that I started drinking McD's Caramel Frappes!...  Read more


the impatient patient
7/16/2014 9:36:40 AM,  1 COMMENTS

The last few days have been pretty much playing catch up from vacation. Cleaning house, laundry, grocery shopping and two doctors appointments. He...  Read more


dog saga ends happily
7/15/2014 6:54:18 PM,  4 COMMENTS

The story of the dog---my son took his dog with him camping a few weeks ago, and let him off his leash because they all went into the lake and the dog...  Read more


I "was gonna" mow the lawn after work but...
7/15/2014 12:59:42 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Just as I got out of the car, there was a downpour. For exercise, I could have used the treadmill, but will do that tonight it if rains again....  Read more


day after docs appointment
7/14/2014 8:42:48 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I overslept, I got there on time, but one thing I hate is getting up late and not having time to sit around awhile first. Anyway, good news and not...  Read more


the night before doc appt
7/13/2014 9:31:28 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Beach pics---only a few, as I am short on time tonight. I will try to add some more another blog. Tonight I am anticipating this long...  Read more


A broken record....
7/13/2014 6:14:32 PM,  0 COMMENTS

I really do sound like a broken record!! I'm back!! I wish I had the support that I need at home to help me stay consistent, but sad to say when my hu...  Read more


Eye is good...not sore now. Need to find support group for prediabetes, etc.
7/13/2014 1:51:09 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Dr. put me on Lipitor for cholesterol at 250 and very high bad cholesterol. I also am prediabetic and having issues with hypoglycemia which cause...  Read more


Not much left to do...
7/12/2014 4:23:37 PM,  0 COMMENTS

Well, lots of good news this week. First of all, ALL my tests came back normal. EGD, Spirometry, CT Scan, all good. Very happy about that. I had t...  Read more


vacation is over!!! really really over!!!
7/12/2014 8:18:27 AM,  5 COMMENTS

Home from vacation. Had a good time, but not as good as it could have been. First, injuries and pains and aches plagued me the whole time. On July...  Read more


Wow! Who knew?
7/11/2014 2:28:02 PM,  7 COMMENTS

I can hardly believe it, but ... Since I've been getting the shots to build my immune system and get rid of the miserable hives, I'VE BEEN FEELIN...  Read more


The Joy of Finding that Sweet Spot for a Healthy Routine
7/11/2014 12:31:38 AM,  6 COMMENTS

Hi all. I hope I am not sounding like a broken record with my blogs lately. I am just so up and at it that I feel a need to get my thoughts writte...  Read more


Dr. apt update
7/10/2014 5:16:47 PM,  8 COMMENTS

Today I seen Denamur for the third time. This time we are going to try a surgical fracture boot for my foot for four weeks. I will be wearing it 24/7...  Read more


Dreams...why subconcious, why?!?!?
7/10/2014 9:38:50 AM,  3 COMMENTS

So my dreams are usually very vivid and when I do dream, about 90% of the time I can remember them. Sometimes they are very strange and you could mak...  Read more


update on my foot
7/9/2014 11:42:52 PM,  3 COMMENTS

I am now using a cane for support to walk. I will be seeing the doctor tomorrow. I wrote out everything I plan to tell him. I had aqua therapy twice t...  Read more


4th of July Photos
7/9/2014 10:19:15 AM,  22 COMMENTS

I do not know where the time has gone this week. I am squeaking in at the last minute with this blog. Our 4th of July got switched to July 5th du...  Read more


Monthly supervisor meeting went very well
7/9/2014 6:42:48 AM,  6 COMMENTS

Got another "certificate" of excellence. I have done this 4 months in a row. It helps to track my numbers accurately and keep an eye on the clock....  Read more


Off Site means Off Track
7/9/2014 3:18:02 AM,  4 COMMENTS

It seems that every time I let my job or life take me away from the site, I lose control. I get "busy", then "stressed" then I go for my binge foods....  Read more


Sugar and Simple Carbs: What I have learned
7/8/2014 8:13:05 PM,  3 COMMENTS

It is a hot day outside and getting my exercise in has been a challenge. Succeeding in some, but having to substitute in others. I am not a lover...  Read more


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