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  • Scale Isn't Moving, But My Body Is

    9/28/2016 12:00:08 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I'm being such a good girl (smiling), but the scale refuses to acknowledge it. But I can see several good changes in my body, including comments from others, and it's encouraging. So, who cares about the scale? Doing great without sugar, less starches, and much less cheese. Have you ever don... Read more

  • Happy hump day

    9/27/2016 11:29:09 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Be blessed when my brother passed away it took half my heart and soul with him miss him so much hugs... Read more

  • September Has Been About Rewiring My Brain

    9/27/2016 9:32:31 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I set a goal of five pounds gone in September. I've gotten rid of four. But, more importantly, I've retrained my brain to realize that I'm not going to be eating as much as I have always eaten. It has taken a lot of conscious restructuring to make my psyche aware that I do not need that amount of... Read more

  • Thank you for your prayers for my friend!

    9/27/2016 12:15:18 AM, by GRANDMABABA

    I so appreciate all the prayers and encouragement from SP friends. My dear friend, Connie, died last Wednesday and I went to her funeral today. When I visited her, her husband told me they would take her off life support in a couple hours. Still, I spoke to her and prayed for her and blessed her.... Read more

  • Another blah day

    9/26/2016 10:58:24 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today is another blah day and I wish that I knew why. I lost 2 pounds last week. I am trying to use up what I have on leftover yarn until I can get some more (whenever that will be). I do get out and walk with the dog (twice yesterday and twice this morning) and I walked to church yesterday (my dad ... Read more

  • Hair Loss from Stress, Heat Wave, Misc.

    9/26/2016 12:27:57 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    One of the most obvious ways stress continues to affect me is hair loss. I'm steadily losing a lot and wonder if I'll become an old, bald lady. Whatever. This extreme heat is so uncomfortable; summer just doesn't seem to want to leave. Please go away now and come back next year. Trying ... Read more

  • Watching Relatives Slowly Getting Sicker From Poor Eating Habits

    9/25/2016 12:37:43 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've done what I can to help influence two loved ones, but to no avail. It is very stressful to see them get sicker as they pay no attention to healthy choices. Very sad. Have a fun weekend.... Read more

  • NSV's in Sept, Stress, Misc.

    9/24/2016 10:43:14 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I had set a modest goal of five pounds lost in September, but have only lost two so far. However, my clothes are fitting much better and I've received several nice compliments that reinforce that I am on the right track. I'm not going to let the scale get me down. The scientists I heard on th... Read more

  • LET THEM EAT DIRT (BOOK)

    9/23/2016 10:03:31 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Yesterday, two Canadian scientists (who authored the above titled book) were on the radio discussing how living in an overly-sanitized world is adversely affecting our health. It was interesting. They said that the scientific community always knew that the brain talks to the gut, but only recently... Read more

  • Feeling down

    9/23/2016 9:47:29 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm feeling kind of down today. I know that its not because its fall and its a little gloomy outside. I've gained weight (up to 192 pounds) and its not that. I just wish that I had some extra yarn to make something out of. I have a leftover yarn afghan to work on but I don't have enough in the yarn ... Read more

  • Bayer-Monsanto Merger Nightmare

    9/22/2016 10:26:52 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    As I was falling asleep last night, I heard a radio guest talk about this $66B merger and what it means for our food chain. Although I don't remember the specifics, it is a nightmare of the worst order. Then they mentioned the role Dupont plays in all of this. Yikes! No wonder disease has been r... Read more

  • Lysine and Apple Cider Vinegar - Two "Miracle" Remedies

    9/21/2016 8:59:59 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Several years ago, my cat Prince Harry started to have eye infection flare-ups from his feline herpes virus. Going to the vet got expensive and the antibiotic drops didn't work very well. Then I researched on the internet and found the recommendation for L-lysine. Several SP friends at that time ... Read more

  • I Dreamt of My Deceased Cat Last Night

    9/20/2016 9:21:08 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I don't think I've ever had a dream about a pet that I've lost. William was Harry's brother (both Princes) and died two years ago this December. I miss him every single day; he had puppy personality and even though he looked super grouchy, he was the happiest little soul I've ever seen. I awo... Read more

  • Please pray for my friend

    9/20/2016 6:56:54 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Please pray for my dear friend, Bible study pal, and prayer partner. Connie is on life support since yesterday due to heart failure. Her poor heart has struggled for years though she is only in her 60s. Previously, medications and procedures have gotten her back on track. Last Thursday she told ... Read more

  • Visualizing Whenever I'm Hungry

    9/19/2016 8:59:35 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I remind my body, whenever I get hungry, that there's a little reservoir of fat it needs to use first before I'm going to eat. I visualize it chomping away on that yucky fat (see my SP pics for a reminder of what it looks like). Yummy! (smiling) Wishing all a happy, healthy day.... Read more

  • Parched Skin, Mini Facial Massager, Heat Wave

    9/18/2016 10:02:04 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    San Diego is a pretty city, but in the middle of a five-year drought. So it is brown and dry. Some visitors complain that it isn't green enough and I do understand that. It is so important to stay hydrated when the atmosphere is sucking so much moisture from your body. I also have to use a lot o... Read more

  • Easing joint pain without having to see the doctor

    9/17/2016 8:51:32 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Here I am at 38 years old (yes I'm admitting my age) and I am having joint pain. Ever since I have been losing weight (the past year or so now) my joints in my arms and legs have been miserable. No matter how much movement I do or weight that has dropped, the pain gets almost to the point where it c... Read more

  • Confession of a Cheese Addict, Chromium's "Magic" & Harvest Moon

    9/17/2016 12:36:38 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I can only say that I have been a cheese maniac for most of my life. There's no describing how much I've loved it. However, I just started eliminating cheese over the past few weeks. Not totally, just a LOT less. Which is like totally eliminating it for me. It's amazing how the body responds wh... Read more

  • Plateau busted!

    9/16/2016 2:21:02 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Well, sort of. I'm in maintenance mode, but do want to lose some more pounds for vanity reasons. I got off the plateau the wrong way. I gained weight. Ouch!!! However, I'm pretty sure I gained mostly, if not all, water. I didn't get quite as much water as usual for a few days. In addition I ... Read more

  • My Most Hated Veggie

    9/16/2016 8:27:51 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    BEETS. Made me puke as a kid, and just the thought of them makes my stomach start hurting. Quite an extreme reaction to such an innocent veggie. (smiling) Do you have any that does similar to you? Food tracking is still a work in progress. I do fine during the first half of the day, but ge... Read more

  • Repairs, Raspberry Ketones, Red Lobster

    9/14/2016 9:50:40 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    This past couple of months have ushered in a plethora of repairs that have driven me nuts with their accompanying charges. First, electrical repairs. Then, water heater replacement and plumber. This morning, garage door opener. Yes, it's just part of life, but I still had to whine a bit and get... Read more

  • Survived Yesterday's Extreme Stress

    9/13/2016 9:09:29 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Literally from dawn to dusk, I was helping from long distance (by phone and texts) with a relative in extreme distress and a potentially life-threatening situation. Can't go into details here, but suffice it to say, my adrenaline was pumping big time. At the eleventh hour, all turned out fine. I... Read more

  • Frustration, NSV, Food Tracking and Misc.

    9/12/2016 8:38:06 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I had a goal of 5 lbs lost in September. After doing all the right things, the scale is not moving. However, clothes are fitting looser, which is a good sign. I realized, after seeing my Ninja pic that I posted here on SP, that I sometimes wear baggy clothes which make me look larger. I need to ... Read more

  • 15 Years Later, I Still Cry

    9/11/2016 10:37:11 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've never forgotten and just lit my huge candle in honor of the 3,000 victims of 9/11, their families, and their friends. ... Read more

  • Incidental exercise is probably my favorite.

    9/11/2016 8:39:32 AM, by GRANDMABABA

    I chugged mostly uphill to our annual street fair to help with one of the booths. It's about 1 1/2 miles. (I thought longingly to the walk home, mostly down the hills.) Then I was on my feet for the three hours as I helped share information about our upcoming Scottish Festival. It was such fun. ... Read more

  • Complacent!

    9/9/2016 4:30:13 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    I've been in a bit of a rut lately. I'm way over extended at the moment with no end in sight. I love all I am doing. It's just a lot. Which brings me to my rut. I've not really challenged my body recently as I've worked out, walked, etc. I've slipped up more often than usual in eating some les... Read more

  • Nothing In Particular, Just Checking In

    9/9/2016 9:47:19 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I run out of things to say in blogs, but still want to check in to say hello. Wishing all a wonderful day.... Read more

  • Do Good Works - Inside and Outside

    9/9/2016 12:44:38 AM, by SUNSET09

    There seems to be one in every family, in every church, in every town—people who go out of their way to make sure everyone knows the latest "good thing" they have done for God. But God says that if you want to do something worthwhile, you should do it “for the Lord,” without pretense and whenever... Read more

  • Hiking Poles

    9/6/2016 2:56:45 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Every few years I go through this; I read about how they burn more calories when walking and I buy some. I always intend to use them during my regular walks, then realize how ridiculous it looks along the road. Not that I mind looking ridiculous. (smiling) I give them away, and then a few years l... Read more

  • Labor Day

    9/5/2016 8:19:35 PM, by KAMCCLARY

    Fifth day of the month, getting ready to return to work tomorrow and I was able to reflect on this Labor Day how far I have come, where I want to go and making a plan to get there. I am thankful for the message in yesterday sermon that reminded me of the power of the Holy Spirit, that God lef... Read more

  • Sad for My Friend, Huge Prayer Candle, Misc.

    9/4/2016 1:47:52 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    My dear friend's mother died last week as a result of nursing home abuse and neglect. My friend had gotten a lawyer and kept all of the evidence along the way, and it is indeed a criminal case, per the attorney. The young police officer who went above and beyond in trying to help my friend and her... Read more

  • Happy Sabbath Day, SparkFriends!

    9/4/2016 12:07:03 AM, by SUNSET09

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  • Father gone...

    9/3/2016 8:02:40 PM, by KAMCCLARY

    I am returning back from Minnesota from the burial of my father-in-law. Another Dad gone, that is both of our dads in an eight month time span. August was by far the hottest, most trying month for me this year. It was just grueling and as I sat at the airport on the last day waiting for my flight... Read more

  • Good Saturday.

    9/3/2016 3:52:45 PM, by BABY_GIRL69

    Feeling blue but satisfied. Desiring to run but pulling up the covers so naptime it is... God bless, D... Read more

  • Post Office Head-Scratcher, Misc

    9/2/2016 11:57:26 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    The other day I went to the post office and told the rep at the checkout that I wanted the package to get there by Saturday. I spent a fortune on priority mail which is two-day service. As I'm paying a king's ransom, he says, "It's not guaranteed to get there on Saturday, but we try our best." I ... Read more

  • Goal for September

    9/1/2016 10:08:05 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Can it possibly be September already? Yesterday I pondered how much weight I plan to lose this month. At first I was going for a bigger number, but soon realized that I have to be realistic. Since I've been a slow loser, it's unlikely that I'll suddenly pick up steam. So I settled on 5 lbs. Yes... Read more

  • Too much sadness...again!

    8/31/2016 9:49:44 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    At the beginning of this year my grand nephew was violently murdered at work by a deranged co-worker. His body was found about a week later. His murderer sits in jail supposedly unable to stand trial at this time. Meanwhile our family is so sad and missing him every day. He was his mom's only ch... Read more

  • Weigh-In After Months (!), Ridiculous Things I Sometimes Tell Myself, Misc.

    8/31/2016 9:47:37 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I am going in the right direction; my clothes are fitting looser. Haven't weighed for several months and decided that I'm going to do so weekly. Starting today. Am pleased with the number on the scale this morning, and will continue my new-found motivation, which has been in the background this ... Read more

  • Day 35: Healthy Lifestyle Streak

    8/30/2016 4:42:30 PM, by CARAMELO83

    Still not doing so well... binged last night. I felt better after blogging yesterday, but everytime I eat I just lose control. I know why, but it's so hard when I can't stop. 39 ... Read more

  • The "Habit" of Eating, Posted Pics, Misc.

    8/30/2016 8:45:37 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I heard the tail end of a radio segment by Dr. Sanjay Gupta who was saying that eating is a habit. Something clicked inside my brain; yes, an "aha" moment. Stated that way, I realized that I have kicked other habits and can surely kick this eating "habit." I have done great since hearing that sim... Read more