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  • Day 3

    9/3/2015 1:39:01 PM, by TEAWITCH

    I am so swollen today!! I know it's from eating Sonic yesterday morning. I even got on the scale and there is a 3 pound gain....since the beginning of the week. My feet hurt and my hands are swollen and to be honest I feel like crap. So there will be lots of water for me today. Dinner was ... Read more

  • Day 4 & 5

    9/3/2015 10:16:20 AM, by AMCARR8713

    I'm still going strong on my workout schedule. Yesterday was a little more difficult with my fasting window due to work. I ended up eating my last meal just before 6pm so I thought it may be a good opportunity to extend the window a bit. it's 9 am here now. I'm feeling good so I may try to hold out ... Read more

  • Beware of madmen

    9/2/2015 8:07:14 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Before doing someone a favor , make sure that he isn't a madman ." Eugene Labiche I had every intention of writing another motivational blog today, Have to say just not in it today, The hits just keep on coming and a girl can only jab and weave so many times before she has to retreat and... Read more

  • Day 2

    9/2/2015 12:34:33 PM, by TEAWITCH

    Day 1 of my restart is in the books. I feel like I did well in keeping my dedication to my program. I ate breakfast and a light lunch/dinner. By the time I got home from work I was too tired to eat anything and went to bed almost immediately. This morning I did go to Sonic since I have ver... Read more

  • three weeks in... just eating less and healthier. Trying to fit in exercise

    9/1/2015 12:48:50 PM, by BEACHTUDE

    three weeks in... just eating less and healthier. Trying to fit in exercise. Taking it step by step. Worried about health, family, and job situation. Figuring it out as I go. Drop me an encouraging word if you find the time! Thanks.... Read more

  • Day 3

    9/1/2015 12:30:58 PM, by AMCARR8713

    Today was day 3 of my workout schedule. I completed Back and Bis. I also completed my 1st 16 hour fast. It was not bad at all. I stopped eating at 7pm last night and I didn't eat until a little after 11 this morning. I did order BCAA's this morning. From what I read about working out fasted I will b... Read more

  • Reigniting the Spark

    9/1/2015 11:54:38 AM, by TEAWITCH

    When I started my weight loss journey this year I was adamant about getting rid of the excessive amount of extra weight I have put on over the past 10 years. It is now the beginning of September and I have managed to lose only 11 pounds. And while I am pleased that 11 pounds are gone...truth be to... Read more

  • Sleep Water and the garbage truck

    9/1/2015 9:04:38 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    I slept great last night , got up had a breakfast of cream of wheat and drank my water. Hey , don't knock my breakfast I would have loved to add fruit or juice. Truth be told after all the bills we are on a limited food budget. Last time I went grocery shopping was two long weeks ago. So we have be... Read more

  • Day 2- Exploring Intermittent Fasting

    8/31/2015 7:37:48 PM, by AMCARR8713

    I've spent the day listening to different podcasts on Intermittent Fasting. I also found this beginner's guide - James Clear - the-beginners-guide-to-intermi
    ttent-fasting I understand that is can be a little controversial. We have been taught to eat small meals throughout the day rather th... Read more

  • Be who you are

    8/31/2015 7:16:15 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all, " Rita Mae Brown "Don't go changing to try to please me. You never let me down before. I just want someone who I can talk too... Read more

  • Week 7

    8/31/2015 10:59:02 AM, by WENDYSHEPARD

    Feeling great this week, lost 12 pounds since July 11th. I am up to walking 4 miles a day now. I split it up into 2 or 3 time slots so it seems easier to achieve. Each week I have added more time to get in a better workout. I am also watching what I eat and logging it everyday. My husband has als... Read more

  • Morning silence a gift from God

    8/30/2015 9:58:26 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Aroused by light that softly permeates my mind, I sit up secretly to offer You my prayer. Words that tremble in the air, thoughts said in the mind in silence, reach the regions where You hear. As I breathe in, as I breathe out, I find the place where You are nea... Read more

  • forgive your enemies

    8/29/2015 6:46:10 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." John F. Kennedy Have a sparkly Saturday full of success and smiles . Look for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living... Read more

  • Happy Successful Aloha Friday

    8/28/2015 9:48:07 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    "Think of yourself on the threshold of unparalleled success . A whole, clear glorious life lies before you. Achieve!!! Achieve!!! Andrew Carnegie I am dropping my daughter off at college later today, I will miss my overachiever. We have become besties over the summer. She took care of me ... Read more

  • I Made it to Onederland!

    8/27/2015 12:03:21 PM, by HORSEBOOKS

    This morning, for the first time in more than a decade of a pound lost here, a couple gained there, when I stepped on the scale--my weight started with a ONE! Yes, friends, I made it to Onederland. Now that was only by .2 of a pound, and I know that tomorrow I may step on the scale and see a beginni... Read more

  • Having a passionate interest

    8/27/2015 11:07:32 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " A passionate interest in what you do is the secret of enjoying life--- whether it is helping old people or children , or making cheese or growing earthworms ." Julia Child We all have a passion for something . Many of us our passionate about many things. Just today setting up my ringtones fo... Read more

  • The best way out

    8/26/2015 8:03:33 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " The best way out is always through. " Robert Frost My daughter had her wisdom teeth out Monday . She was sick on the anesthesia after. She didn't want to be there in pain and sick, I didn't want to have to watch helplessly. We both wanted out of the situation, But first we had to work our way... Read more

  • Starting Anew

    8/25/2015 11:20:33 AM, by TEAWITCH

    I was going to title this "Starting Over but that isn't even close to being accurate. I am not starting over....I have been pretty steady in my food intake. Doing my best to make good decisions. I have completely eliminated soda from my diet, most candy I can no longer stomach and water is one of my... Read more

  • Trust but verify

    8/24/2015 7:49:49 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Trust but verify " Damon Runyon My daughter went for her pre-op last week. she told them many times that she gets sick on anesthesia . The doctor told her he would use gas and anesthesia and not the same kind as a regular operation, She would be fine he said. I believed him and her, ... Read more

  • Have Beautiful Dreams

    8/23/2015 9:48:23 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Dear God, We give thanks for the darkness of the night where lies the world of dreams , Guide us closer to our dreams so that we may be nour- ished by them . Give us good dreams and mem- ory of them so that we may carry their poetry and mystery into our daily liv... Read more

  • Get comfortable

    8/22/2015 9:42:44 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Everyone at a party is uncomfortable . Knowing that makes me more comfortable. " Gary Shandling So the very best way to get comfortable is to get unconformable . Get over your fears and get out there . I will guarantee you'll have a good time . For years I have been a very good rec... Read more

  • where is everything

    8/22/2015 2:57:31 PM, by LINREVETTE

    Trying to find my way around this app. Where did measurements go.... ... Read more

  • Come check out BLC 29 - new round starts very soon!

    8/21/2015 11:50:17 PM, by NINETOZE

    We are getting ready to start another round! The 29th round of BLC (The Biggest Loser Challenge) is starting in mid-September. Registration is open until SEPTEMBER 8th. Don't miss out! The Biggest Loser Challenge is inspired by the TV show, but we are more about supporting EVERYBODY gett... Read more

  • Be Happy it's Aloha Friday!!!

    8/21/2015 11:15:41 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    I urge you to please notice when you are happy, or exclaim or murmur or think at some point , " If this isn't nice , I don't know what is." Kurt Vonnegut Be happy Be serene, Be content. Be grateful and thankful Be happy in the belief that is you Have a Happy Healthy Aloha Fri... Read more

  • Soup, salad eating healthy is my goal.

    8/21/2015 3:05:58 PM, by ELIZACG9

    My lunch, and trying just to eat more veggies and fruits, no secret, sharing my pictures and, I am glad to have friends like you all to motivate me. Picture of me and a gown I never wore, being silly and, trying to look glamorous, holding iris flowers for 25 years of marriage. On... Read more

  • Feeling so bummed out. No time for me.

    8/21/2015 11:50:39 AM, by REERAM1981

    The past week and a half has been so incredibly stressful. Trying to juggle everyday life and finding time for me seems impossible lately. I have seriously slacked off this week and have found it even more difficult to get my motivation back. I haven't been able to get to the gym or even work out at... Read more

  • Steady as She Goes

    8/20/2015 8:28:55 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Work seriously and steadily. I don't even think geniuses can get good right away." Tanaka Yukio Slow down, Way down. Enjoy the scenery . Take your time and develop good solid habits, Make one small change at a time and then build . Be Bold, Shine Bright but don't rush . Be a turtl... Read more

  • Risk it all your worth it

    8/19/2015 8:56:09 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Risk!! Risk anything !! Care no more for the opinion of others , for those voices . Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for your self . Face the truth ." Katherine Mansfield The older I get the more I am finding my voice. We all have one , and an inner spirit but we often let others... Read more

  • Aug. 19th :/

    8/19/2015 12:58:03 PM, by IMAGIRL2

    Yikes gained weight AGAIN!!! Have to do something!!! 24... Read more

  • Another "first" day

    8/19/2015 9:28:24 AM, by TISH0125

    I'm logging back in... Gained little almost 15lbs since last year... I started my "gotta get moving" workout today consisting of walk, run, then drop 10 in 10. Day 1 - done... Read more

  • Assume your combat stance

    8/18/2015 8:25:55 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " In all forms of strategy, it is necessary to maintain the combat stance in everyday life and to make your everyday stance your combat stance . Miyamoto Musashi Hope you had a terrific Tuesday . Now get out there with your combat stance . Look a winner . Be a winner . Much hugs an... Read more

  • However Long It Takes

    8/18/2015 4:25:22 PM, by JOANN25

    I am now in the Consistency and Motivation section of Spark People. It would be so easy to just stop at this poiint but I have not reached my weight loss goal so am going forward for whatever steps Spark People gives me to do. I am learning so much but feel as if I have more to learn. I now fin... Read more

  • August 16 - Back at Work

    8/16/2015 11:34:43 PM, by JUDITH1654

    Today was my third day back to work in the regular schedule and I must say, it's amazing how quickly one can get used to taking afternoon naps! 102 Boy, do my feet hurt! Not used to standing on them for eight or nine hours after being off of them for almost a month.... Read more

  • Gifts I ask and am grateful for

    8/16/2015 7:01:33 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    These are the gifts I ask , Of thee spirit serene : Strength for the daily task, Courage to face the road, Good cheer to help me bear the traveler's load, And for the hours of rest that come between, An inward joy of all things heard and seen." ... Read more

  • Eating clean and healthy my way

    8/15/2015 8:18:33 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Never tell people how to do things, Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity ." George S. Patton Tons of recipes , thousands of cookbooks. Hundreds of different diets, many different ways to cook. What and how to do it. I learned what to do and did it my wa... Read more

  • Aim out of the ballpark

    8/14/2015 9:36:13 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Don't bunt . Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of immortals ." David Ogilvy We are stronger than we know, We are all super heroes in our own way. Have a Happy Healthy Aloha Friday Let's take care of the world we are given. Let's be thankful for the many gifts we rec... Read more

  • Finished 30 day challenge for plateau busting

    8/14/2015 2:56:50 PM, by JOANN25

    I did finish the challenge and have followed instructions all the way through. I busted the plateau but not enough to get the weight loss I need so will keep tracking, eating healthy and exercising daily until the end of this familiar challenge comes. I am going to take a good look at my goals and... Read more

  • A wonderful pleasant unexpected rest day

    8/14/2015 12:14:32 PM, by REERAM1981

    For those of you who read my blog yesterday know how fired up I was about heading to the gym after work. Well my amazingly wonderful husband had a different idea in mind.... I got home around 5:30 completely pumped and ready to head to the gym. I walked in the door the smell of tacos cooking in... Read more

  • Don"t own to much

    8/12/2015 7:55:41 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " It's possible to own to much. A man with one watch knows what time it is: a man with two watches is never quite sure." Lee Segall I find this to be so true lately . I used to have a spark tracker and I loved it. It was simple and easy to use. I always get my daughters technological hand m... Read more

  • Back up your hard drive

    8/11/2015 7:46:03 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Back up your Hard Drive. What do I mean by that? Although your life may be cruising along smoothly, I recommend that every once in a while, you stop and envision a sudden shipwreck occurring. Then think, re-think and remember what you would really want to hold on to if disaster should strike." La... Read more

  • Work Honestly

    8/10/2015 7:35:28 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Work honestly and build build build, That's all I can tell you .J. R. Simplot I have been here a long time. Over six years, You would think I know what to do and how to do it by now. I do in theory . But I can be better in practice. The scale hasn't moved in forever. How can it wit... Read more

  • Back to Basics

    8/10/2015 2:29:18 PM, by JOANN25

    I got off on the weekend and put on a little over a pound. What am I doing about it? Last night I printed out the menu suggested by Spark People for the week. I planned my meals for today and am sticking to it. I just read the challenge of closing the kitchen and turning out the lights after dinn... Read more

  • Day 16

    8/10/2015 11:52:17 AM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Managed to cycle for 50 minutes before it rained for the rest of the day. Felt great exercising in the morning, but then my stomach started feeling upset again, and the temptations set in. So now feeling quite low.... Read more

  • In Closing

    8/9/2015 8:30:36 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    In closing As I turn off the light And prepare for the night I thank You ,Lord , for the gift of today For the comfortable bed on which I lay. I thank You Lord, for the strength to be Open to those that needed me . In peaceful s... Read more

  • Day 15

    8/9/2015 4:08:25 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    I've been so tired today because looking after my two young nephews is tiring. I went for a half hour walk at about 10am, but then when I got back I fell asleep til 12! After I woke up I decided to fit another walk in, so I walked another half an hour in the sunshine. I have been feeling a bit disc... Read more

  • August 8 - Visit

    8/8/2015 9:15:49 PM, by JUDITH1654

    Got to visit with my daughter and grandson. They were up from San Antonio for a quick visit. It was really good to see them. Thankfully (sort of), work still doesn't have me on the schedule so I didn't have to deal with tax-free weekend. I go back to work tomorrow for three days only. Hopefully... Read more

  • Easy on the mayo

    8/8/2015 8:41:59 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Easy on the mayo." Mark Bricklin Go easy on the mayo Chips Ice cream Cake Soda Crackers Brownies Cupcakes Scones All junk food , non nutritiousness food , salty and fat food. Almost everything else is fair game . Have a smilingly S... Read more

  • Day 14

    8/8/2015 2:28:52 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Another restish day for me. I didn't cycle or walk, but I did a cardio workout video, which was good. It has been two weeks since I started this fitness regime, and I'm proud that I've continued to exercise every day and made healthier food choices. I'm feeling a lot healthier and happier even ... Read more

  • Lucky or Not Do you even know ?

    8/7/2015 8:02:48 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " You gotta try your luck at least once a day , because you could be gong around lucky all day and not even know it." Jimmy Dean Most times we are incredibly lucky and don't even know it. Have you ever stopped and wondered how complex the human, mind spirit ,and body is, How so many things co... Read more

  • Day 13

    8/7/2015 12:37:35 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Cycled for half an hour today. Couldn't do any more because I had my mum and my little nephews with me. Still, at least I did something :) It was a gorgeous sunny day for being out today, which helped. My issue sometimes is expecting myself to achieve the impossible, and disregarding an... Read more

  • Develop Good Judgement

    8/6/2015 8:07:56 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Use Your good judgement in all situations . There are no additional rules." Nordstrom's Rules For Employees Have you used your good judgement lately. You know we really should , try . Should I really be eating that? Do I really need to exercise? How much damage will I... Read more

  • Day 12

    8/6/2015 10:28:54 AM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Walked for 70 minutes this afternoon. I noticed that I was less out of breath when I was walking up hills and that I was feeling fitter than I have done. Met a guy on my walk who was telling me about all the cycle routes in my area, so that would be good to check out to change up my cycles. Feelin... Read more

  • Finished plateau busting 21 day challenge

    8/6/2015 12:36:08 AM, by JOANN25

    I have just completed the 21 day plateau busting challenge. I did bust the plateau but still have not achieved my goal weight. Where to from here? Continue with Spark People to try to reach my goal weight. I don't know exactly if I should continue with repeating the plateau busting challenge o... Read more

  • Cheers

    8/5/2015 7:48:15 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up. ' Mark Twain Works every time, Have a wild wacky Wednesday let your inner child out to play . Look for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living... Read more

  • Day 11

    8/5/2015 12:03:00 PM, by GODRICKIMMY

    Did some stretching exercises this morning, and then went cycling after lunch. Cycled for 70 minutes with a couple of breaks when I wore myself out. Issues - Cycling or walking up hills tires me out quickly. Eating the wrong things when I'm tired or emotional.... Read more

  • Go on get dirty !!!

    8/4/2015 7:29:49 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    To survive you often have to fight , and to fight you have to dirty yourself." George Orwell It was muggy hot again here in New England . In the great state of Connecticut to be exact. The pool was calling me loudly . Look cool ,blue water. Cool relief over here. !!! I had to put my earb... Read more