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  • Today is the Day!

    7/25/2017 3:15:29 PM, by CINDY247

    Funny how I happen upon these Spark articles just when I need them! 189 Today, I read: DO FORGIVENESS AND HEALTH GO HAND-IN-HAND Here's how to master the "Art of Forgiveness" 1. Recognize Your Resentment 2. Share Your Pain 3. Accept The Situation 4. Give Up Control 5. Pract... Read more

  • I should stop now...

    7/25/2017 12:10:40 PM, by CFODEL

    This almost never happens... For a brief moment, I contemplated stopping for the day right here! 521... Read more

  • Motivation Monday

    7/24/2017 7:17:53 PM, by CINDY247

    Not really that motivated today... Lately, I have been disappointed by so many different people... It is starting to affect my personality and my mood... Do I expect too much? I don't think I do... I just expect people to do what they say they are going to do & if they can't then d... Read more

  • I'm such a loser...

    7/24/2017 11:14:55 AM, by CFODEL

    I am such a loser that I actually LOST weight this week in my 5% challenge. A whole pound! I was actually down more on Friday, but our weigh-ins are Saturday. Ah, well. I of course then promptly had a bit of binge eating on Sunday. Sigh. I had been craving salty, crunchy foods. And I ga... Read more

  • Swim, eat, swim....

    7/22/2017 8:36:36 PM, by CINDY247

    I thought having a pool & swimming everyday would be great... It is...but now I'm always hungry... Been eating more for sure top of my calorie range... So I guess I will have to keep swimming or cut back on my eating & my swimming... Or I will start gaining... ugh! Maintenance is harder than... Read more

  • Thought it was TGIF

    7/21/2017 8:39:13 PM, by CINDY247

    But no we're working tomorrow. .. OT is always good ! Have a great weekend everyone! Until tomorrow KEEP ON SPARKING!... Read more

  • TGIF!

    7/21/2017 3:59:52 PM, by CFODEL

    It's Friday, and I have survived two days of my youngest child being able to drive himself in my car... alone. I must say, not having to haul myself out at 6:45 am to take him to cross country practice is something I could get used to. I promise, promise I will comment on my cruises here in ... Read more

  • Wednesday working it !

    7/19/2017 5:27:25 PM, by CINDY247

    I've been so hungry lately ... I think it's because I've been outdoors a lot doing more & swimming more So I eat healthy whole foods. It seems like a lot of food but I'm still eating near the bottom of my calorie range. ... Life's short if you are truly hungry eat girlfriend eat!! But only in... Read more

  • Tuesday

    7/18/2017 9:11:43 PM, by CINDY247

    Not much to report Leg is still bothering me... Not as bad as it was but I'm managing Just doing what I need to do ! Until tomorrow KEEP ON SPARKING! One of our cookouts last weekend!... Read more

  • Slowly....

    7/18/2017 9:31:51 AM, by CFODEL

    The weight is starting to come off. I think I am losing water weight at the moment. I am having to pee a lot (sorry, I know, TMI) even though my blood sugars are good. This morning's weigh in was the first drop below my starting weight for this 5% challenge! WooHOO! I really try hard to celebr... Read more

  • Lots Of Eating Events...

    7/15/2017 8:47:03 AM, by CINDY247

    Good Morning Sparkers! I usually write my blog in the evenings. I am writing this morning because we have a busy weekend planned.... Cookouts today AND tomorrow.... 579 I have no idea what will be cooked/served either day & I am seriously thinking of taking a salad in my lil cooler ... Read more

  • TGIF !!!

    7/14/2017 5:59:01 PM, by CINDY247

    My spark coach challenge for today was to eat at the top of my calorie range.... scary for me ... but I did manage to eat 300 calories more than normal - I'm usually under sparks recommended range of 1390 and usually eat around 1200. Today, so far I'm at 1500 with 300 left. I think I'm good ! Lol... Read more

  • Two days in...

    7/14/2017 8:57:40 AM, by CFODEL

    Well, this is day 3 of taking 325 mg of supplemental iron a day. Day 1 I took it with breakfast, and noticed nothing other than a brief spurt of energy about 11pm. Day 2 (yesterday) I took them just after breakfast. I had an episode of acid reflux. UGH. Just as tired yesterday, but I did notice... Read more

  • Wednesday = 6 months !

    7/13/2017 9:16:14 PM, by CINDY247

    Time flies when you're having fun! ! Love love love Spark People! ! 6 months & - 38 lbs !!!! Thanks for being here !!! Until tomorrow KEEP ON SPARKING! ! I New pool sign I ordered from Etsy !... Read more

  • And the results are in....

    7/12/2017 9:27:25 AM, by CFODEL

    Yep, iron deficient! Iron was 38 -- Normal is 45 - 160 Iron Saturation is 9 -- Normal is 11 - 50% Iron Binding Capacity is 426 -- Normal is 250 - 450 (apparently high results is an iron deficient sign?) Ferritin was 75 -- Nor... Read more

  • GI Visit

    7/12/2017 8:07:55 AM, by CFODEL

    Warning: This blog entry will most likely be TMI for some. You have been warned. I had a surprisingly good visit with the gastroenterologist yesterday. It was simply a six month checkup. I saw a PA for most of the visit. We had a good conversation about poop. I seem to not be able to be "... Read more

  • Tuesday

    7/11/2017 6:13:47 PM, by CINDY247

    Still experiencing sciatica... Doing a lil, resting a lil.... Going for a swim later, I sure hope it helps... Staying on track all, but the exercising. . One day at a time ! Until tomorrow KEEP ON SPARKING! ! I... Read more

  • Where to start?

    7/10/2017 6:49:03 PM, by CFODEL

    Goodness, what a busy few weeks! On vacation for the last three weeks (other than 3 days) so I have NOT been home. High/low moments: I got 2nd degree burns on the bottoms of both feet on 7/1 in Florida from hot sand. Saw the urgent care doctor, but seeing my doctor tomorrow. They are ... Read more

  • Motivated Monday

    7/10/2017 5:41:14 PM, by CINDY247

    Felt better this morning By afternoon I had to get off my feet Then back at it And now off my feet again... Getting older is not for sissies I don't like it either... lol ! Oh well I'll just roll with the punches! Until tomorrow KEEP ON SPARKING! Hubby in his watermelon dress ! Lol !... Read more

  • Sunday & King Neptune - Eastern Shore Va.

    7/9/2017 7:46:54 PM, by CINDY247

    Not feeling it today Yesterday while shoveling & planting palm trees I did something??? & today my Sciatic nerve has been killing me all day to where I can hardly walk... Resting & praying I'll be better tomorrow Until tomorrow KEEP ON SPARKING!... Read more

  • Sunny Saturday

    7/8/2017 3:48:14 PM, by CINDY247

    What a beautiful day for being outdoors ! Yard work, grilling out & swimming! I love summer ! Until tomorrow KEEP ON SPARKING!... Read more

  • Friday !

    7/7/2017 5:27:34 PM, by CINDY247

    Hey everyone! Long day on the road yesterday Exploring places we've never seen It was a fun trip ! This picture was taken on the beach in Cape Charles which is on the Eastern Shore of Virginia About an hour from our home Until tomorrow KEEP ON SPARKING! I hope everyone has a great ... Read more

  • Traveling Today !

    7/6/2017 8:54:29 PM, by CINDY247

    HI ! No Internet where we've traveled to But I had it for a few so I thought I'd say KEEP ON SPARKING!... Read more

  • Taking a Rest Day

    7/5/2017 6:10:54 PM, by CINDY247

    Rest days are very important to me. If I don't chill out at least 1 day a week, I won't be able to give it 100% the other 6 days. So today was rest day & boy did I need it ! Lol ! Until tomorrow, Keep on Sparking!... Read more

  • 4th of July

    7/4/2017 4:29:43 PM, by CINDY247

    Hey everyone ! I hope everyone is having a safe & "happy" 4th ! 232 We were enjoying the pool until a thunderstorm struck 27 So, now I'm doing my Spark "stuff" yeah me ! 43 In a lil bit we will enjoy some pork that we smoked today along with fresh greens, turnips, to... Read more

  • Move Me Monday

    7/3/2017 6:50:20 PM, by CINDY247

    This girl is slow moving today ! All my busy has caught up with me Going for a swim this evening ! I hope everyone has a safe & fun 4th of July ! Until tomorrow KEEP ON SPARKING!... Read more

  • Great Day with the Family!

    7/2/2017 8:03:28 PM, by CINDY247

    Hey everyone! I hope you all had a blessed day! I sure did! 129 All that hard work was so worth it!! Didn't capture the "surprise" on film but it was definitely a "Kodak moment" ! I wish everyday could be like today! 334 Here's a pic of us in the pool! This was my... Read more

  • Sunday Family Funday !

    7/1/2017 9:50:13 PM, by CINDY247

    All my kids & grandsons will be here tomorrow! They do not know about our new pool... They were told to wear bathing suits because we will be kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing off our dock I cannot wait to see their faces when they see the pool ! There's going to be some happy kids around h... Read more

  • 6 Months of Sparking!

    6/29/2017 4:09:15 PM, by CINDY247

    HI ! Six months ago I joined Spark People Never in a million years did I think that: I would be: 34 lbs lighter Working out 5 - 6 days a week Weighing & tracking my food Earning spark points every day Enjoying this experience more than I could of imagined ! I want to thank all of you for shar... Read more

  • Tomorrow is 6 months !

    6/28/2017 5:53:07 PM, by CINDY247

    Hey ! Tomorrow will make 6 months since I joined Spark People! It's hard for me to believe it's been that long even though I've undergone so many changes! These changes include weight loss, improved health, stamina along with a more positive outlook on my life and a change in the way I look at &... Read more

  • The Last Tuesday in June...

    6/27/2017 8:58:11 PM, by CINDY247

    Wow, has this month flown by or what?? I can't believe that June is almost gone... time flies! Anyways, not much going on today... I did not touch a shovel that's for sure! Lol !!! I saw this somewhere today and it stuck with me: Set Goals Reach Goals Repeat That's what ... Read more

  • Monday Fun

    6/26/2017 9:54:31 PM, by CINDY247

    Still landscaping our back yard 1 ton of dirt is now distributed throughout our entire yard ! When I'm done I'll post pics ! I'm breaking my own records !! WOOHOO! ! ! ! Keep On Sparking! !... Read more