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  • Day 19: Kettlebell training anyone?

    5/23/2017 8:29:32 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Has anyone done kettlebells before? I did years ago. I had worked up to a 8lb one. I just recently got a 5lb kettlebell. Did you have any success with it and losing weight? Last time, I did lose a lot over the course of a few months. I do have the rotator cuff injury so my left arm cant do as ... Read more


    5/23/2017 12:00:51 AM, by JOANN25

    27 Rained until late this afternoon so didn't get outside too much. I did some housework and walked in the house. Did errands this morning in the rain so that added some walking to my day. Thank you to all who responded to my blog yesterday. As I said, I had set something up wrong and no... Read more

  • Identifying Triggers

    5/22/2017 9:54:08 AM, by KIMBERLY617

    This weekend was a bust for me. After 14 days of clean, portioned, and planned eating I knew it was coming but I'm proud to say that I learned an important lesson from it. As a back story, my partner is a journalist who often doesn't know his hours or what his day will shape up to be like. Thi... Read more

  • Day 18: The evil scale

    5/22/2017 7:40:41 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Good Monday am. I enjoy blogging. It helps keep me accountable and how I feel. Maybe it'll help others. The evil scale. It isn't our friend. I wont let it bother me but so much today. I walked over 17000 steps yesterday. I was on point with calories........nothing over. But did it reflect a... Read more


    5/21/2017 10:50:23 PM, by JOANN25

    Not a whole lot going on today but tomorrow is going to be much busier and more exercise in. Church services this a.m. were wonderful. Spent some movie time in the afternoon and went to the Nursing home to visit with my mom. We had a good visit. She is in a wheel chair and doesn't stay in on... Read more

  • Today I feel happy

    5/21/2017 6:20:39 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    So, my hubs and I went for a walk after he got off of work. I had already walked 2.5 miles with my daughter this am early. So we walked again. Walked to Target. Wanted a tank top and got a 2x which normally I would get a 3. The 3x is too big and the 2x is a little tight on the stomach but will ... Read more

  • The walks

    5/21/2017 8:42:09 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    The weather was windy this am and not so humid. It's getting easier to walk the 2 miles in the am. By evening I'm ready for bed at like 9-10pm instead of 11-12. I wear myself out trying to do extra steps each day and not so inactive. Keeping busy seems to keep me motivated. When I just lay arou... Read more

  • Day 17: NSV

    5/21/2017 6:51:18 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    So the scale is not budging. Ate chinese, up .2 lb so 229.6 this am. Not complaining. This might be TMI but what can I eat to help me go to the bathroom. For 3 days I havent been able to go. NSV this am. Hubs helped me measure this am. So I am down 2.5 in in my hips and 2 in my bust. H... Read more


    5/20/2017 11:16:51 PM, by JOANN25

    I kept my two great grandchildren today 1 8 weeks and 1 4 years. I will say they kept me busy but we had a good time. Ate okay .... some exercise other than the kids. Do better starting Monday. ... Read more

  • Haha The book

    5/20/2017 8:34:21 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    The hubs just pulled out "the spark" book. It was in a moving box from the old apt. He told me to re-read it again. He said maybe I'd get more out of it the 2nd time. I read it a few years ago. Anyone else have the book... Read more

  • any fit bit users

    5/20/2017 4:06:00 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    If anyones interested in adding me on fitbit my email is feel free to add me... Read more

  • Resetting

    5/20/2017 12:00:18 PM, by DESKJOCKEY925

    I am truly not sure where May has gone. It has been a crazy few weeks : Two out-of-town training sessions for work ...and a family wedding. My laptop died and had to get a new one ... luckily, most of my files were backed up and recovered. New project for work starts next week ... th... Read more

  • Feeling somewhat amused this am

    5/20/2017 8:20:10 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Just walking down the street with my daughter. Beautiful weather walking down to Mcdonalds this am but when we left from breakfast it was steamy. So normally when we go out to eat, I'd totally blow it getting 1-2 biscuits and some hashbrowns. The girl who normally would take our order was there t... Read more

  • Day 16: Up early

    5/20/2017 7:03:19 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    So I woke my daughter up to walk the 2.5 miles this am. Her treat, at the bottom of the hill, she wants pancakes from McD's. So I'll have a yogurt and a diet coke and shell have her treat. Then off to finish the rest of the walk. Just a note thats frustrating. I have worked really hard to s... Read more


    5/19/2017 10:54:48 PM, by JOANN25

    Sounds boring but actually it is not. It also sounds like little exercise. BUT, I found after I got started that I was getting a lot of exercise. ... stretching to the top book shelf, grabbing a load of books to take back to the table where I was working, writing down each book by author and ... Read more

  • Evening update

    5/19/2017 6:59:08 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    So did the grocery store, got my kettelbell today. Can only use one arm for it but for now that will work just fine. Did 3 mile walk got in over 10000 steps and managed to do food prep for the next few days. I think things will slowly come together. I just need to make sure I don't fall back... Read more

  • 2nd grocery trip

    5/19/2017 3:02:50 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    So i think I did good. Kroger is your friend. If you don't have Kroger, hope your area gets one soon. For $30 bucks I got: 5 lb yellow summer squash 6 tomatoes 3 lb of red seedless grapes 2.5 lb of bananas 3.7 lb of cabbage 3 lb bag of halos fresh pineapple 2 lb of strawber... Read more

  • Day 15: Still in the meh mood

    5/19/2017 9:45:15 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    I got up this am.....did my walk. Told my hubby I wanted time by myself but he insisted on walking with me. I don't think he understands how I feel down in the gut of me. On the outside, I look happy, energetic, and satisfied. On the inside, I just wanna cry. Throw myself the biggest pity party... Read more


    5/18/2017 10:45:12 PM, by JOANN25

    Good thing, too. I had a multitude of errands (tasks) to do for my son and myself. Everything went well. In and out of the car ... did walking while in town and going in and out of stores. Time ran out and I wasn't able to go to the gym but hope to make it tomorrow., Went and visited my mom... Read more

  • The view from the insecure me

    5/18/2017 10:25:56 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Continuing from a previous blog, what does life look like for me on the darkest days? I seem overly happy some days. Sometimes it seems like I have support here. Sometimes I feel I have everything. I have been on both sides of how this. Some days are really good. Then others I just wanna cry. ... Read more

  • Happy w/pcp

    5/18/2017 3:23:24 PM, by TBRYAN-LU

    On Tuesday was my 6mo check-up! Now I no this is the one thing I hate to go to! The first thing I know she will ask is "are you staying with your diet ?" Well I got the surprise one Tuesday , first her MA ask me are you loosening weight? Yes I am. Then she congratulated me!! In walks my PCP, s... Read more

  • Day 14: Enough of the humidity

    5/18/2017 9:10:42 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Today's weather is hot and humid. Almost 80 and it's only 9 am. The hubby and I went for our walk this am. Went a different way but this time my legs are burning from the hill. Going down was fine, stopped at the mcdonalds at the bottom, got a yogurt and a diet coke and came back up the hill. E... Read more


    5/17/2017 11:02:52 PM, by JOANN25

    Last night, I wrote a list of what I wanted to accomplish today. First thing that went wrong this morning was that I shut off my alarm and fell back asleep. Woke up late with about an hour and a half before I had to be at an appointment. This worked ok but after I got out I decided I needed to go... Read more

  • Any ideas

    5/17/2017 7:21:51 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    I have a love for salsa so I wont give up completely on the tortilla chips. Just limit how many I do eat. But what about the sugar cravings? I'd die for a piece of cake or cheesecake but I dont want to bring it in the house even for one piece. Why? Bc I have a food addiction and will eat it ... Read more

  • Day 13: Getting easier

    5/17/2017 9:24:06 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    13 days in. Not too bad. Maintaining the loss from the past week, no gain, no loss today. Got a 2.5 mile walk in this am. It's got hot now so we're in for the time being. I dont like it when it's over 90 degrees out. So hot natured. Last night we got the bike together. Hopefully in time ... Read more

  • Sunny day

    5/16/2017 6:23:24 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Today has been beautiful. My steps have been limited as I've had to wait for UPS all day. They came at 6 and the bike is here. Hubby is putting it together. So excited. Tomorrow the weights come, then thurs my computer desk which will be nice so I can have everything organized for once........ Read more


    5/16/2017 4:00:18 PM, by JOANN25

    i have not been on the Elyptical for a while as I was consistently skipping going to the gym. Went back to Sweatshop today and could only do 8.03 minutes. I was doing about 35 when I was doing it before. I have to be more consistent and get to the gym as many days as possible. I really have to s... Read more

  • We can do this!!!

    5/16/2017 9:36:26 AM, by RAGNAR359

    I saw this yesterday in a documentary, it said tell yourself everyday, before all the negative thoughts or mean people out there try to wear you down: I'm perfectly happy with who I am right now at this moment!! Now this doesn't mean that your not working on yourself but I believe it can stren... Read more

  • Day 12: Emotional eating

    5/16/2017 8:26:02 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    I hear this a lot. I have found myself reflecting over the past week. What causes me to overeat? Is it b/c its convenient? Laziness to cook the right things? Giving in b/c everyone else is eating it? Stress? I've never had the conversation with friends or family about why I gained all t... Read more


    5/15/2017 10:30:04 PM, by JOANN25

    i just realized how long it had been since I had written a blog ... May 8 . much too long. No good reason that would stand up. My fit bit died so have been unable to track steps. I think this is what motivated me to do better. Until I get one I just have to motivate myself better. I have b... Read more

  • Just an observation from dinner

    5/15/2017 8:03:43 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    For the past week since I restarted this journey, I have measured every thing except the two meals I ate out. So tonight I measured out exactly the following....4 oz of roasted chicken. 1 cup of squash (fried just a bit with tad oil) and 1/2 cup of fruit salad (pineapple, apples, banana, grapes, s... Read more

  • Day 11: What a beautiful Monday

    5/15/2017 12:11:44 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    No snooze button this am. Went for a 2 mile walk as soon as we put my daughter on the bus. What a beautiful day for it. It was a bit breezy but I cannot complain as I am so hot natured so it kept me from being overheated. Bike will be here either tomorrow or Wed. The rest by Thursday. Wal... Read more

  • Sort of rest day

    5/14/2017 8:35:56 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    I cleaned this am and then went for a small walk.. Overall today though, I took it fairly easy. After all it is mothers day. Spent the day with my daughter. So tomorrow back to routine.... Read more

  • Happy mother's day to the moms that do" the spark people shuffle "

    5/14/2017 7:50:21 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there . You know who you are the moms that step up and shuffle their lives around to make sure they are doing the healthy thing. I like to call it. " The Spark People Shuffle, " Here's to the moms that get up at the c... Read more

  • Day 10: Feeling tired this am

    5/14/2017 8:35:17 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Feeling really tired. I am doing updates this am for the computer then going for a walk. Aiming for 10000 steps today now that I can track how much I am really walking with the fitbit. Thinking about eating some cereal but dont have much of an appetite this am. Anyone else have this problem. ... Read more

  • Had a great day

    5/14/2017 3:11:34 AM, by REDDYOUNG

    My AA group had a picnic for all the rehabs in the area. Around 125 people. It was fun .... Read more

  • Hexagon Rebounders (mini trampoline)

    5/14/2017 12:06:44 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I just posted this in the Urban Reboinder team, but on the wild chance that there are other Sparkers who rebound, but are not in the Urban Rebounder team (which is not limited to owners of the specific Urban Rebounder brand...), I thought I would re-post here in my blog: Curious if anyone here ... Read more

  • Plans for upcoming week

    5/13/2017 8:34:38 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    The hubs is surprisingly off........Monday, wed, thurs and friday. Which NEVER happens. So I think each day, I am gna get him to go with me on a mile or two walk at least. This is until the bike comes next week. I cannot wait......but till then, I'll make due with what I have. I still love ... Read more

  • So update on stuff

    5/13/2017 7:26:59 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    So I went to to buy the flex 2. They went back up to $99. So, the smart butt I am, got my tennis shoes on and walked the mile to the best buy down the street and they had it for $59 Hahaha. Worth the savings. Went to Walmart and got a good digital scale, food scale, and a new coffee ... Read more

  • Day 9: Keep going despite yesterdays mess up

    5/13/2017 8:55:16 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Good morning. Back up in time to do workouts and house chores. It's still RAINING. I wish it'd stop now. Enough is enough. Last week we had 3 rainy days, same this week and it's annoying. Yesterday I messed up calorie wise. The scale moved back a lb which could be water or could be from... Read more

  • Tonight feeling meh

    5/12/2017 9:36:36 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    So I am totally like blah.......went to lunch and gave in with chinese food. I ate a chicken salad for dinner but the calories from the chinese did me totally in for the day. I feel bummed, tired, burnt out, and just ready to call it a day. I did do over 2000 steps on the wii....1000 this am and ... Read more

  • Day 8: Baby steps

    5/12/2017 10:20:54 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Been at this a whole week. I still go over calories a little but not like when I started. I have found i Love putting a slice of turkey with mustard on a piece of lettuce and wrapping it. It's not bad and I thought it would be. I did 1000 steps on the wii fit last night. Paid off bc b/t watchin... Read more

  • It is almost Friday

    5/12/2017 12:48:32 AM, by REDDYOUNG

    I have almost made it... Read more

  • Try this recipe for ground turkey meatloaf

    5/11/2017 7:29:45 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    I dont time the oven when cooking so check frequently to see if done. Cook at 350 degrees 2 eggs 1.25 lb ground turkey garlic powder(salt) Minced onion yellow mustard just a bit black pepper italian bread crumbs (use kroger brand) worchester sauce (just a little bit) Mix an... Read more

  • The New Normal

    5/11/2017 4:16:20 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    I'm a new widow. My husband died two weeks ago today. Now, I'm not crazy about the word "widow" and I'm not sure how to be one, so I'm choosing to call myself single. That's easy, because I was single longer than I was married, even though I'm turning 66 in a couple of days. As a friend said to me, ... Read more

  • 229....a week into the restart of health journey

    5/11/2017 11:51:08 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    How does it feel when you finally break out of a certain weight and havent been there for say like 20 feels absolutely wonderful. How did I get to be the highest weight? Most of mine was due to stress eating and honestly let's be honest with each other........pure laziness to get... Read more

  • Day 7: dragging a bit

    5/11/2017 10:58:48 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    It's raining. Gloomy. Just hit the snooze button and slept another 2 hours. But I got up and got to work right away. These rainy days suck. I am tired of pollen, rain and bad weather. Just want some pretty sunshine to go out and walk. I am stuck inside doing the wii fit or marching in p... Read more

  • Day 6: How I feel

    5/10/2017 9:14:31 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    So the hubs was off today. We went with a friend to Kroger to finish the grocery shopping. Got fresh pineapple for $1, some cabbage, carrots, strawberries and watermelon. So yummy. I also did all the food prep and he helped!!! Last time I tried to do this, he this time I think he... Read more

  • It has been rough month so far

    5/10/2017 5:19:03 PM, by REDDYOUNG

    Work bites. My mood has been very blue. I have walking and eating good but not great... Read more

  • Olive oil and when to use?

    5/10/2017 3:46:10 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    So a friend said to get olive oil and it's healthy, but what do you use it in/on and how.... Read more

  • Day 6: Refreshing feeling

    5/10/2017 9:55:04 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    87 87 87 87 87 So I wasnt going to do another blog today as I did one last night but cant help myself. 229.8......its under's 50 lbs since I originally started this journey in 2011. Baby steps. It dont seem like much but it's that feeling of Onederland almost. It... Read more

  • Day 6: A day with the hubs (Wed)

    5/9/2017 9:28:49 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Doing the blog a bit early for Wed. Tomorrow the hubs is off and we're going to a 2 mile walk in the am. Then we're going to watch a movie and get some together time. He's not had many days off lately. So Wed might be more of a rest day after I get my walk in. But he's agreed to eat the same mea... Read more

  • Question: What can I do with imitation crabmeat

    5/9/2017 3:03:35 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    I love imitation crabmeat. Is there anything like a dip or something that I can make that I wont eat the entire package at a time. I want to limit how much but dont want to give it up entirely since its one of the things I like to eat.... Read more

  • Day 5: My body is telling me to stop but I wont

    5/9/2017 7:04:15 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    I woke up this am, exhausted. Dont know why b/c I slept 8 hours. Anyhow........old habits are just turn back over in the bed and sleep some more or just lay there. I got up and got dressed. Right now I am just sitting here pondering how I let myself get to be over 200#. Why couldnt I stop mysel... Read more

  • What a beautiful day out

    5/8/2017 3:58:39 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    You know, the past few weeks have been rough on me due to seasonal allergies. But this am, now that the clouds are mostly gone and the wind has died down, it's absolutely beautiful. It's days like this that we all need to get a bit of fresh air and realize how good life is and can be. It's just a ... Read more

  • Day Four: Preparing a new type of grocery list

    5/8/2017 11:10:55 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Well I got to day 4. It isnt always easy. Yesterday I think I did too much so today Im still gna walk and all but rest a bit more. Today I am going to make a new kind of list. No junk. No candy. No sugary treats. This time I plan on going to buy fresh fruit, veggies and meat. The only pr... Read more

  • Be the change

    5/7/2017 7:29:59 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Having a bad day it's okay because maybe today was not just about you . Maybe today was supposed to be all about the people you helped without realizing it. The people you motivated or just touched their lives or soul. The guy you let go first at the red light. The old man you gave directions... Read more

  • Day 3: doing more

    5/7/2017 11:30:01 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Hey all. Good Morning!!! I didn't hit the snooze button this am. I got up and started planning this next week. Going to the store on Tuesday to get fresh veggies and stuff. This am I ate a Mcchicken biscuit and a yogurt parfait. I didnt realize how many carbs was in it all so I know for next ti... Read more

  • Mental Health and being a big girl

    5/6/2017 6:57:58 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Everytime I turn around I hear of people being suicidal and depressed. Look I get it. I am 230 lbs. I was almost 300 when I started this journey back in 2011. I recently watched 13 reasons why and it was a good series however, I would like to motivate any of you out there on SP struggling with d... Read more

  • Just a thought....regarding binge eating

    5/6/2017 6:23:32 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    How many of us struggle with this? I know I do. I wanted that chinese food today. I still cant say no, but I will. It's really hard to get away from fast food when you're so used to eating it. What about snacks? Everything has carbs. Dont matter what I snack on it seems like it has tons of ca... Read more

  • Day 2: Feeling good

    5/6/2017 7:58:16 AM, by JCOLEMAN15

    Day two has started good. Logged breakfast. Weighed on the wii fit. down 1.5 lb today......I think it's water weight though. But I will take it. I plan on walking for a half hour today in addition to the step thing on the wii fit. Slow still but getting there. It's better to try than to sit a... Read more

  • Day 1 Starting over

    5/5/2017 8:39:11 PM, by JCOLEMAN15

    So it's been awhile. Out of routine. Fell off the wagon and jumping back on. I will and can do this. I am dealing with diabetes and a rotator cuff injury. It sucks but itll be ok. I feel sometimes its hard to find people who have the same issues and wanna talk. I feel so alone in the journey ... Read more

  • Japanese School

    5/5/2017 2:39:02 PM, by BDJOHNSON

    My teaching partner and I are having our students experience what it is like to be in a Japanese classroom. They are leaving their shoes outside the door. They stand, bow, and greet me with "Good morning, teacher" or "Good afternoon, teacher," according to time of day. I am wearing my yukata kimono ... Read more

  • Reinventing myself - Happy Aloha Friday

    5/5/2017 2:12:53 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    In October I was over 15 pounds heavier and out of a job. I decided to try something new to reinvent myself in a way. I always loved the elderly so I found myself a job in the kitchen as a dietary aide, in a nursing home . It does not pay much at all. It is a very physical job with a lot of steps ... Read more

  • A Great Day

    5/4/2017 11:52:08 PM, by JOANN25

    Didn't do a lot of exercise today as I took a friend to the doctor. We were there for over 2 hours and that took a great chunk out of my day. On the plus side ... we have a great time visiting while we were waiting. Next time, we are going to try to have lunch while we were out if she feels l... Read more


    4/29/2017 11:15:47 PM, by JOANN25

    I mentioned in my last blog that my fit bit was gradually falling apart. It's not gradual anymore it has actually to the point where I can't charge it. What does this matter? My Fit Bit motivated me to do more.. If I was short a couple of thousand steps at the end of the day, I would quick... Read more

  • Friday!

    4/28/2017 2:54:09 PM, by BDJOHNSON

    I am just glad today is Friday. We had a four-day work week with our students, and somehow, it feels longer than a five day work week. Go figure. I have two more classes, and then I'll be able to listen to my unacceptable rock music at ear-splitting levels without damaging the psyche of my young cha... Read more

  • Confronting stress on my way to an Aloha Friday

    4/28/2017 1:39:38 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Nobody cares if your miserable, so you might as well be happy." Cynthia Nelms " Those that are at war with others are not at peace with themselves." William Hazlitt " Stress is an ignorant state . It believes that everything is an emergency." Natalie Goldberg " Life's under no ob... Read more

  • Crud

    4/27/2017 3:14:21 PM, by JUDITH1654

    Have had an upper respiratory since around the 10th. Finished medicine a week ago but can't get rid of the cough, which means I have no voice Consequently, I haven't been able to work since the 15th. Mostly, my energy level is almost non-existent. Doctor's office hasn't yet returned my ... Read more

  • Feeling great!!

    4/27/2017 9:37:37 AM, by RAGNAR359

    Good morning spark sisters and brothers, so for the last 3 days I have been trying to go to the gym near my house with my son, and for 3 days things have come up to stop me weird things, unexpected things!! So yesterday I took time and meditated on this issue. The conclusion I came up with is that... Read more

  • Crushing It

    4/26/2017 8:15:30 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    My husband and I work opposite shifts, He sent me a text message this morning. He said," I know you usually make pasta on Wednesday we are out of tomato sauce , so maybe you could make macaroni and cheese , or just use butter with the pasta . " I' m at work thinking 38 39 198 3 So as... Read more

  • Another Night Wasted

    4/26/2017 3:05:22 AM, by BDJOHNSON

    I fell asleep in my bedroom while my husband played his video game in the den. This has happened each night since Sunday evening. He stays up late. I wake up to the lamp still on in my room, and I hear the game's sounds and see the den light on. I get angry and get up out of the bed to go to the res... Read more

  • I'm Back!

    4/24/2017 12:39:33 PM, by THEALEXIS

    Lots has changed since I was here last, but I'll give you the highlights. I ended my career in 2016 and moved to East Africa in May 2016. Whatever funk I was in prior to the move has since lifted and I'm proud to say, I've been consistently active since November 2016. However, I'm fat again, so her... Read more