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  • Meh. January. MEH.

    1/21/2015 1:25:40 PM, by GSEATON

    So I've never been diagnosed with that stuff, what's it called? - Seasonal Affective Disorder? BUT I have it. For real, people. Every damn wint... Read more

  • Month 4

    1/18/2015 9:28:34 AM, by AUNT_JENNY

    The last four months have been a rollercoaster; so much so that I had to restart my healthy lifestyle on December 29th. Some of the rollercoast... Read more

  • Laughter

    1/11/2015 12:18:49 PM, by LEORAJO

    Have you laughed yet today? I have. I put on a funny movie. Words for the week: Hug harder, Laugh louder, Smile bigger, Love longer.... Read more

  • January in Iowa

    1/10/2015 11:33:54 AM, by LEORAJO

    It's January in Iowa. Cold, white and windy. No need to complain or explain. It is what it is. I am going to make it a great day.... Read more

  • A Long Cold Week

    1/9/2015 12:15:53 PM, by LEORAJO

    It was a week of frigid temperatures, ground blizzards and little sunshine. I went back to preschool after a long break. Work was fine. It was go... Read more

  • Red Sky at Morning

    1/5/2015 8:45:44 AM, by LEORAJO

    The sun is about to rise and the horizon is scarlet red. Snow is predicted for later today with frigid temperatures the rest of the week. Back to... Read more

  • For the Birds

    1/4/2015 3:44:15 PM, by LEORAJO

    Once again this morning I spent an hour drinking my coffee, sitting in my favorite chair next to the window. The birds were very active after las... Read more

  • Enjoying the Morning

    1/2/2015 10:40:35 AM, by LEORAJO

    Sitting in my favorite chair with my coffee. Gazing out the into the frozen flower garden where the bird feeders hang. I love to start the day th... Read more

  • I Have a Choice

    12/31/2014 2:32:56 PM, by LEORAJO

    A guest on a talk show really inspired me yesterday. Her first name was Petra, she was a model and she was recalling the horrible tsunami 10 year... Read more

  • Ready to say goodbye to 2014

    12/29/2014 2:50:12 PM, by LEORAJO

    My dear Spark Friends, It probably seems as though I have been absent the past months but in reality I have been taking in your wisdom from afa... Read more

  • So THIS is the time of year I usually do "it", people.......

    12/13/2014 9:38:53 PM, by GSEATON

    -Start making candies and cookies like a banshee on ACID. I make everything- you name it- peppermint this, chocolate covered that, caramel dippe... Read more

  • Stage 3 is a go.

    11/26/2014 11:41:44 PM, by KO1215

    So I've started stage 3 foods. This has been a little more difficult. I can't seem to sense when I'm full and some foods are disagreeing with m... Read more

  • I did it again

    11/25/2014 12:12:30 PM, by CAMPINGFAN

    I did it again. I woke up with the goal of exercising on my exerpeutic bike right away and did just that. 31 minutes so far today. And I ate a se... Read more

  • Whatever it takes

    11/24/2014 10:48:01 PM, by CAMPINGFAN

    I made myself feel guilty about the time I've been just watching tv and not doing much of anything else. So I worked out on the Exerpeutic bike f... Read more

  • Laid off Nov. 13, 2014

    11/14/2014 10:44:32 PM, by CAMPINGFAN

    I was laid off yesterday and said ever since I went back to work that I wanted to continue with my spark when I got laid off. I feel I did really... Read more

  • Lunch

    11/14/2014 1:08:24 PM, by KO1215

    Yummy!... Read more

  • Progress in the works...

    11/13/2014 3:38:00 PM, by KO1215

    So it's been three days since surgery. I am still pretty sore and on pain meds. Thank goodness! I have 5 incisions on my stomach and all o... Read more

  • I did it!

    11/12/2014 4:51:59 PM, by KO1215

    I came through surgery really well. In addition to the gastric sleeve, they removed my gall bladder and repaired a hernia. So I was a tripl... Read more

  • True Motivation

    11/12/2014 9:42:39 AM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    So what is my true motivation behind this lifestyle change? I actually realized that about a month ago when I was at a baptism for my newes... Read more

  • Temporary end?

    11/9/2014 10:02:48 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    The boys and I went on an overland hike this morning down by the river. I am hoping that it isn't the end of our nice weather permanently. It w... Read more

  • Here we go....

    11/9/2014 5:55:27 PM, by KO1215

    Surgery is tomorrow. I'm as ready as I'm ever going to be. Scared, excited, nervous....all those things. Think of me tomorrow...Okay?... Read more

  • I DID IT!!!!

    11/8/2014 7:10:06 PM, by MISTY1127

    I ran my second 5k today. I only had 2 weeks between the two races, so I didn't get alot of time to train. I am so ecited, I had a goal of unde... Read more

  • just short today!

    11/7/2014 10:35:41 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    I had a pretty good day. Now I'm home and wiped out after a busy day plus bowling tonight. I saw a friend who I haven't seen in a month because ... Read more

  • Changes

    11/6/2014 3:47:56 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    I can't believe how much better I am feeling and all it took was some exercise and portion control. My anxiety is so much less. True story.... Read more

  • Work and Eating

    11/5/2014 10:18:46 AM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    I have a busy day today and I have to eat out, always a challenge. Through my work I have a fair amount of public speaking engagements and... Read more

  • Exercise excuses

    11/4/2014 11:46:49 AM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    I have two big exercise excuses: too tired and too busy. So how am I combating those? Morning exercise, which is turns out is awesome becau... Read more

  • Picky Eaters

    11/3/2014 4:24:14 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    Picky eaters, oh yeah, I live with one and he's not a kid. He is 44 and a perfect example of how not to teach your kid to eat. This guy won... Read more

  • Improvements that aren't the scale

    11/2/2014 3:19:50 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    Even though the scale is moving, other great things are happening to me. I am down a size in clothing. I bought a few things yesterday that... Read more

  • good things

    11/1/2014 9:22:40 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    I ate birthday cake and didn't go crazy. I ate a Chinese buffet and didn't go crazy. I exercised everyday this week. It's all payi... Read more

  • It's time to get back with the program!!!!

    10/31/2014 5:04:15 PM, by DAVENPLK

    I haven't been here for awhile.....It shows. My progress went backwards. It's time for me to remotivate myself and start tracking............ Read more

  • It's time to get back with the program!!!!

    10/31/2014 5:04:13 PM, by DAVENPLK

    I haven't been here for awhile.....It shows. My progress went backwards. It's time for me to remotivate myself and start tracking............ Read more

  • Scouting

    10/31/2014 2:19:50 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    Next weekend is our first hike in the area. I'm excited! I'm also really glad that I started exercising. I'm going to be able to hike those bo... Read more

  • When a good friend owns a bakery

    10/30/2014 1:03:13 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    Oh yes, one of my best friends owns a bakery. She makes amazing stuff, just check out this Angry Bird cake she made for my dad! Read more

  • My Weight Loss Adventure

    10/28/2014 10:39:56 PM, by KO1215

    Thinking about having weight loss surgery is very frustrating. There are so many pros and cons. Two blogs ago, I talked about how after getting... Read more

  • Fi on being a girl

    10/28/2014 3:39:33 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    Ok, not really, I actually really like being a woman. I like being that rabble rouser that's gets guys underroos in a twist now and then. I lik... Read more

  • Fall is here

    10/27/2014 2:24:33 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    It has been an amazing fall, just amazing. Beautiful weather for the most part. By this time last year, South Dakota had already been hit by wi... Read more

  • 279

    10/26/2014 2:25:48 PM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    What does that number mean? That means I am below 280 for the first time in about a year an a half. My starting weight was 312, so hey, I've ma... Read more

  • Hooray!!!

    10/25/2014 2:02:14 PM, by MISTY1127

    I completed my first 5k this morning. It was so much fun! I can't wait until the next one!! Read more

  • Saturday

    10/25/2014 10:07:54 AM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    I was up at 7 am on Saturday. Heck I wasn't even up at 7 am on a weekday not too long ago. This is going to be quick because I promised H... Read more

  • Hanging at the Grocery Store

    10/24/2014 11:59:52 AM, by BELLEINBLUE1978

    I'm a Cub Scout den leader. I have a soft spot for a kid that needed a leader for his den and here I am. Yesterday we handed out grocery ... Read more

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