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  • Update on the Activity Tracker

    5/5/2015 4:31:09 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    After I got the AT, I wondered whether having the AT would make me more active, or at least make me want to be more active. The short answer is yes. If I check the steps for the day and they are low, even by my standards, I think of ways to get in extra ones, like walking around the horse property, ... Read more

  • All WE Need Is LOVE

    5/5/2015 5:01:34 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. " Rumi Why are you doing this ? Why are you here? Are you trying to lose or maintain .? Who are you doing it for? If you want to truly succeed and get healthy and happy. It better be all about you. You have to love yourself and ... Read more

  • Accountability really helps.

    5/4/2015 1:01:56 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    My husband doesn't care how much I weigh. He really doesn't. When I tell him I've lost weight, he doesn't celebrate. He just complains that my boobs will get smaller. Well, he's a guy, so... The folks at the office, on the other hand, appreciate how hard losing weight is. Many of them are overweight... Read more

  • Brighton someone's day

    5/4/2015 5:23:28 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " You never want to give a man a present when you know he's feeling good. You want to do it when he's down." Lyndon B. Johnson If it one thing that sparkpeople are good for it is brightening other peoples days. There is nothing like bringing sunshine 67 and cheer to another 104 So i... Read more

  • Get your Healthy Stuff Together

    5/3/2015 7:45:44 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Put all your eggs in one basket and watch the basket." Carl Sandburg There are a lot of variables , formulas and methods that work or don't in weight loss. There is measuring , logging, weighing . Eating certain foods at certain times, sleeping x amounts of hours . What kind of exercise to d... Read more

  • Next goal - lose the "W"

    5/3/2015 3:22:20 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    I bought a new pair of pants today. The size starts with a "1". I did it! I wanted clothing sizes that didn't start with a "2," and I've done that. Now, I want to lose the W. The clothing manufacturers trick us, you see. They give us a size--like 18--and then they add a W. 18W. I guess that's suppos... Read more

  • On May 1st I....

    5/3/2015 1:19:10 PM, by IMAGIRL2

    On May 1st, I did the 6 min warm-up and 20 min. (I think it is called a quick workout) from the 28 Day Bootcamp video from SparkPeople, trainer is Coach Nicole. 249... Read more

  • Up Late Again

    5/3/2015 2:16:41 AM, by BDJOHNSON

    I dozed off earlier this evening and awakened at 11:49 P.M. Yes, I am still awake at 1:15 A.M. This is madness. I will grab the Agatha Christie mystery I've been trying to read and suspend electronic interaction with SparkPeople and Facebook so that I will go to sleep and stop seeing/reading intere... Read more

  • Gone fishing , after a trophy

    5/2/2015 9:08:12 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Something to think about: If you fish the wrong fly long and hard enough , it will sooner or later become the right fly. " John Gierach Today a lot of my friends in my area are doing a rad run . It's a 5K and at the end they shower you with a ton of color. Looks like a lot of fun. Not everyo... Read more

  • Why tracking food is important

    5/2/2015 12:55:08 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    Last night I met a friend at a local restaurant. We hadn't spent any time together in a while, and when she got off early because of a technical problem in her office, she called and asked if I could get off work and meet her. I readily agreed and we spent nearly three hours together, laughing and d... Read more

  • Month of May

    5/2/2015 8:32:37 AM, by TLE1103

    It is the beginning of a new month. I hope to stay focused and to include exercise daily for the month of May. I will be active on SparkPeople and stay active daily. I appreciated all of the support from my SP friends. I will try to stay positive daily. I will also read my daily Bible study mes... Read more

  • I'm proud of me!

    5/1/2015 3:17:36 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    I've lost 10 pounds in 45 days! Wahoo for me! Please understand that this is nothing short of amazing for an old, fat woman whose idea of exercise is thinking about exercising and doing nothing about it. Something clicked 45 days ago, though. I went back on a low-carb diet, changed my username in SP... Read more

  • Don't hold your parents up to contempt

    5/1/2015 5:20:18 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Don't hold your parents up to contempt . After all, you are their son , and it is just possible you may just take after them." Evelyn Waugh Mother's day is right around the corner . All I've been hearing lately is I love my mom, but Ugh She drives me insane . What we often forget is ho... Read more

  • Staying Put?

    4/30/2015 11:21:16 PM, by BDJOHNSON

    Although I put in a request for a transfer nearly two months ago, nothing has happened, so I feel that I am to be at my current campus unless the LORD intervenes in a mighty way and clears the path for me. I will accept my place and bloom where I am planted.... Read more

  • URGENT: Weight Loss REQUIRED

    4/30/2015 2:20:11 PM, by KTTAYLOR21

    So I cancelled a Dr's appt the other day and my Dr (endocrynologist.. for my thyroid) emailed me to say that my thyroid meds are working fine BUT I am "at risk of developing Diabetes." 40 SOUND THE ALARM!!!! OH HELLLLLLLL NO!!!!!!! On my chart it says that I am Obese. My highest weight ... Read more

  • It's okay to be wrong

    4/30/2015 5:23:43 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " It's okay to be wrong " David Henry Hwang I work in a small office where we audit boxes and key in numbers all day . Sometimes you forget to write something down. Another girl in the company showed me a screen where all the info is stored in case you forget to write something down. I s... Read more

  • Don't believe everything they say about you

    4/29/2015 5:26:41 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Don't ever forget two things I'm going to tell you. One don't believe everything that is written about you . Two don't pick up too many checks" Babe Ruth I know we are not rich and famous so what does this quote have to do with me. A lot. we may not have anything written about us but peopl... Read more

  • Be Bright -----Shine

    4/28/2015 5:14:06 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Live like a mud -fish : It's skin is bright and shiny even though it lived in mud.' Ramakrishna Life can be hard depressing and hurtful. Sometimes you feel like you've been dragged through the mud and back. When this happens we can't just lay around and wallow in it and be covered by it. ... Read more

  • Keep those tips coming

    4/27/2015 5:16:26 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Tip generously. You go around only once , and tipping generously is a meaningful way to improve your own quality of life." Danny Meyer I saved a little money for a month, mostly from saving and couponing with the groceries. Yesterday I went to the mall to Target to get a few new things, On ... Read more

  • Be crazy

    4/26/2015 6:27:13 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If you're going to be crazy you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up." Hunter S Thompson Be CRAZY!!!! but in a good way !! Be crazy about good clean food. Be crazy about water . Be crazy about exercise and fresh air and sunshine. Be crazy about life. L... Read more

  • 4/26/2015

    4/26/2015 6:06:37 PM, by E-RUNNER

    I spent the weekend out at Colorado State Bend Park building trails and this gives me a heck of a workout. Eight hours of working on Saturday removing cactus and using a rouge (heavy duty hoe), moving rock and weeds. I put it in as gardening but I think its much more than this... My weight loss pl... Read more

  • You are unique

    4/25/2015 9:05:22 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Avoid foolhardiness, do not attempt to match four or six opponents at once . Restrain your ambition, this will benefit you. It is no shame to flee from four to six. " Johannes Liechtenauer We are all unique and therefore cant be all like everyone else. My daughter has gotten straight A's sinc... Read more

  • Happy Aloha Friday

    4/24/2015 5:36:31 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places ." Roald Dahl Are you rushing through your days and your walks. Then you could be missing something , a bird building it's nest or a rabbit hiding under a bush. ... Read more

  • It okay to be fat

    4/23/2015 5:39:03 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " It's okay to be fat. So you're fat . Just be fat and shut up about it . " Roseanne Barr I had my blood tested at work during our health fair a couple weeks ago, The results are in and it says I am obese. I am an inch more than the recommended waist circumference. They said my Blood pressure... Read more

  • Keep learning

    4/22/2015 5:29:12 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    "As long as you live ,keep learning how to live." Lucius Annaeus Seneca I think it so awesome that some guy from Roman times can give us advice that is still relevant today . I think it is inspiring to see a few of my spark friends in their fifties and beyond going back to school to le... Read more

  • (1/7) 10lb Milestone + Negative Thoughts & Man, She Got Hot's!

    4/21/2015 4:25:56 PM, by LINELIJEN

    Down 10lbs today!!! (April 1 - April 21) I have seven 10lb checkpoints. 6 to go!! BUT I keep getting a negative thought in my head that goes something like, "Yah, but a year ago you weighed 20lbs less than you currently do. If you'd just stuck with it. Think about where you'd be now!" Alth... Read more

  • Just a few more minutes.

    4/21/2015 3:52:30 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    After the alarm goes off, I usually hit the snooze button for just a few more minutes. On weekends, when the alarm is mercifully silent, I'll still choose to stay in bed just a few more minutes. Lately, I've added that phrase to another part of my life. Now, as I'm exercising, I think "just one more... Read more

  • Be Ready

    4/21/2015 5:24:02 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Never play checkers with a man who carries his own board .' Branch Rickie You know if a guy is carrying his checker board around he is good right ? We all want to be that guy or girl who is a winner . But how? Well it's easy just carry your stuff around. The people who successfully dr... Read more

  • 1st month done

    4/20/2015 11:11:21 PM, by E-RUNNER

    Well I have lost some weight in the last month, I have stayed the same weight though for the last week or so. Looks like I am going to have to get serious with my cardio. This is a trend of mine. I feel great at first, lose ten to twenty pounds, then my thoughts about loosing all that weight I wante... Read more

  • Wellness Walk 30 min.

    4/20/2015 8:14:54 PM, by IMAGIRL2

    Today I did 30 min. Wellness Walk with the hubster!! We did hills :) Tired but feeling good! I want to get fit, I want to feel happy & release endorphins:) 224... Read more

  • I want to be unrecognizable. Almost.

    4/20/2015 11:53:09 AM, by HORSEBOOKS

    A few years ago, when I was not nearly as heavy as now, I mentioned to a friend that I needed to lose weight. She told me that if I did, I wouldn't be me anymore. To her, everything I looked like, did and said made me, me. I'd like to think that's not true. I realize that when people look at me, the... Read more

  • Aim High

    4/20/2015 5:31:02 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If you don't fail at least 90percent of the time, you're not aiming high enough." Alan Curtis Kay I think it is very sad that a lot of people give up or leave because they fail. Really all you have to do is pick your self up and move on. Today is Monday the beginning to a new week . Bu... Read more

  • Always wear comfortable shoes

    4/19/2015 6:23:29 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Always . in all circumstances, wear comfortable shoes .You never know when you may have to run for your life.' Callie Khouri I love horror movies and books . Almost always someone has high heels on and falls and then you know dies. eek!! But it is important to wear comfortable shoes i... Read more

  • Things people say.

    4/19/2015 2:46:08 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    The other day, as I was walking over to the park for my regular lunchtime exercise, I saw a woman leaving the church. When she intersected my path, I spoke and asked how she was. She was fine and asked about me, and I said I was fine but trying to be less fat. She said she would like to be a little ... Read more

  • Time to Read and exercise

    4/18/2015 8:37:20 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Whenever you have a little bit of time for yourself , read a book. Always carry something with characters written on it with you and look at it when no one's looking .' Hojo Soun I love to incorporate my reading and exercise. I often make reading my reward after exercise. I think a rid... Read more

  • Staying strong

    4/17/2015 10:30:12 AM, by LLHURST

    I am in week 2 of my starting over journey and I have lost 7 lbs. I am super excited and can't wait to see where I am next week. I am determined and I will conquer this! Staying strong......... Read more

  • Don't be afraid

    4/17/2015 5:37:11 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Don't be afraid, Because you're going to be afraid .But remember when you become afraid , just don't be afraid. " Joan Jett Love this quote and especially Joan and will be keeping it in mind when I get my procedure in a couple of weeks. I am set to get my frozen shoulder fixed. The procedu... Read more

  • Little trees, little leaves

    4/16/2015 11:54:03 AM, by HORSEBOOKS

    I drive by a pecan orchard on my way to and from work every day. Some of the trees have been there years or even decades, and I'm sure produce lots of fruit for the farmer. Others are mid-sized, on their way to being big trees. But some are little bitty, just starting out as trees. To me, they repre... Read more

  • Fated to be Happy

    4/16/2015 11:17:16 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If fate means you to lose , give him a good fight anyhow .' William McFee Fate can throw us through a loop sometimes. We have no control over what disease's where born with. Sometimes it is just fate that we get a disease or an infliction, Sometimes for no fault of our own we lose our job,... Read more

  • Yes I can!

    4/15/2015 10:02:58 AM, by LLHURST

    Making wonderful progress in my "starting over" journey. I will stay positive, I will not give in to the bad, bad, bad sugar demon & I will conquer my weight loss goals. Even baby steps are better than doing nothing. For all of us in this together, WE CAN DO IT!... Read more

  • Sometimes you have to be Bitc#

    4/15/2015 5:41:46 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Sometimes You have to be a bitc# to get things done ." Madonna Ever Go on a Bitc# walk ? Your mad 234 Mad at something or someone The kids 183 your spouse 342 your friends 361 the bills 528 your job, 387 or maybe your mad at the whole darn world 432 . So you get your ipod... Read more

  • Shoes + Activity Tracker + Good Weather + Park = Exercise

    4/14/2015 3:24:07 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    A long title to this blog, but I'm happy to report the results of buying an AT plus good walking shoes, having time at lunch and an incredibly beautiful day to walk from my office to the park across the street. I put in a mile in 20 minutes (okay, I'm old and out of shape), but I don't feel sleepy a... Read more

  • Don't stay in the wrong place

    4/14/2015 5:32:02 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    All suffering is caused by being in the wrong place.. If you are unhappy where you are, Move. Timothy Leary Sometimes we are not happy where we are . In that case we should try to change some things, Sometimes we don't feel like we have the power . We do. Just changing a little thing can make... Read more

  • -4.2

    4/13/2015 10:47:36 PM, by IMAGIRL2

    39 I lost in a week but I think because I was working long hours through the weekend (and I am tired & back hurts) but stressed too:( Anyways, that is good news because I have been tracking so I know it is the food portions/points.... Read more

  • Genuine Wham-O

    4/13/2015 5:01:59 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    The other day I went to a local sporting goods store and bought good walking shoes. They're wonderful, comfortable, and springy. That's important to an old, fat woman. On the way to the register, I, the queen of the impulse purchase, saw what I had been seeking for the last year or so--a genuine, of... Read more

  • Ask Questions

    4/13/2015 5:17:49 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions: Why am I doing it? What will the results be? Will I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions , go ahead." Chanakya Being here involves work. Eating right, drinking water, sleepi... Read more

  • Planting the seeds

    4/12/2015 7:31:08 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If you have a garden and a library , you have everything you need. " Marcus Tullius Cicero Yes , the ground is warming and we are making plans for our upcoming garden . Of course it may be a month or more before we can begin . But we are learning planning and reading. Some of the vegetable... Read more

  • When to eat diet food?

    4/11/2015 7:22:25 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " The only time to eat diet food is while waiting for the steak to cook" Julia Child Julia almost had it right . The only time to eat diet food is NEVER!!!!! When do you eat healthy food? ALWAYS or okay 85% of the time. If you eat healthy 85% of the time you will succeed And You'll ... Read more

  • Day 23

    4/11/2015 11:40:08 AM, by E-RUNNER

    I stayed fairly on my schedule for the week, Coming home to lift weights for lunch is a really good idea. If I had the time during lunch I would do a short video, it was rare but fun. We had an awesome weather day yesterday so I did a 3 mile walk in less than an hour, I booked... I could not find ... Read more

  • Figuring it out !!!!

    4/10/2015 6:02:56 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Learning what you don't want to do is the next best thing to figuring out what you do want to do." Anderson Cooper Today is my birthday !!!!!!! 383 236 410 383 236 410 Tomorrow is opening day fishing 14 So the husband is spending all day preparing . The living room is full of ... Read more

  • SQUISHY GRAPES CAN MAKE GREAT WINE!!

    4/10/2015 4:11:45 PM, by LINELIJEN

    When things start happening in your life that cause significant changes, really think about what you can do from the situation you've been put in. Let me give you a synopsis of my life in the past month: I am currently working as a Personal Assistant which is the job I had been searching and ho... Read more

  • Another week of success

    4/10/2015 12:09:54 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    Success is a relative term, but I have another week done of not going over my calorie range, keeping my carbs low, exercising to a certain degree (any exercise is more than I was doing before), seeing progress on my activity tracker, and generally being in good spirits. Wednesday was a bust on exerc... Read more

  • April 9 - Medical

    4/10/2015 12:45:18 AM, by JUDITH1654

    The mole the doctor was supposed to freeze off didn't take very well. Only some of it has come off so I have to go back and have him re-do it. I didn't have this problem the first time he did it but what is really strange is that he won't do it in the morning! Only the afternoon. Weird. ... Read more

  • The values of lying low

    4/9/2015 7:50:50 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If you don't feel like doing something , don't do it. My cardiologist told me that .' Red Auerbach Ever have do something you really didn't want to? Then you force yourself , go through all that stress and find out you suddenly have a whooper of a cold. ? One of the reasons some people ... Read more

  • Kept Track...

    4/9/2015 6:52:26 AM, by IMAGIRL2

    175.2...kept track of points....worked 4 hrs straight non-stop yesterday. Drank 6 glasses of water too. 91... Read more

  • Don't be afraid of the truth

    4/8/2015 6:25:36 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Don't be afraid of the truth . John A .Vucetich The truth is I can do better I should try harder . I am not happy with the way things are, I should push myself more, I should be more friendly and outgoing, I need to buckle down and get serious on some issues, ... Read more

  • April 7 - Visit

    4/7/2015 11:29:03 PM, by JUDITH1654

    Got to visit with my daughter and grandson today and it was wonderful to see them! They'll be returning to San Antonio in a couple of days but was so glad for the chance to see them on my day off. So it's back to work tomorrow!!... Read more

  • Do not fear

    4/7/2015 6:52:28 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    "Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric." Bethrand Russell Your ideas and views are just as if not more important than others, Never be afraid to speak up to take a leap , To have your say. To do things your way, Today I had the honor o... Read more

  • I'm buying walking shoes.

    4/7/2015 11:23:21 AM, by HORSEBOOKS

    I don't play tennis, I don't jog, I certainly don't run, and I don't do much else. That's why I'm here. I do walk, though, and I like it. All my adult life, I've bought all-purpose shoes, athletic shoes, that sort of thing. Today, I'm splurging on real walking shoes from people who actually sell wal... Read more

  • Duh, WINNING!

    4/7/2015 11:07:26 AM, by MIHN2014

    4/6 UPDATE: I informed my co-worker/competitor yesterday that there are no extensions or "do-overs." We made an agreement 12 weeks ago, shook on it, checked our progress throughout, and we will weigh-in as planned! I tried very hard not to get offended, but can you imagine the nerve?! So then, he sa... Read more

  • Watch the world like a child

    4/6/2015 7:32:08 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you , because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places, " Roald Dahl Lately some strange but good stuff has been happening to me. The little six year old imp down the street called me by my first name yesterday even t... Read more

  • What??

    4/6/2015 12:17:56 PM, by MIHN2014

    My co-worker(fellow competitor) has asked for an EXTENSION to our contest! What? We have been in a 12-week competition and I had a reasonable eating weekend in anticipation for the end of the contest, and now he wants to extend it?! What do you think? 253... Read more