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  • Prediabetes The Journey Begins

    7/26/2014 3:40:24 AM, by DEBTEVELDAHL

    Yesterday I got a call from my doctor's office. The nurse explained to me that I am prediabetic. She wanted me to make an appointment to come in and take a class from the Clinic Registered Dietitian. I, of course, made the appointment. You could have knocked me over with a feather when she annou... Read more

  • Back from Vacation...

    7/24/2014 7:17:32 PM, by BOOKAPHILE

    I'm back from 3 weeks sailing around Washington State's San Juan Islands. Our sailboat is 26 feet long, and has no room for my scale or many steps while onboard. I consider it a victory that I only gained 1 pound over that 3 week period. Of course, I started with some up pounds, so I have my work... Read more

  • Keeping Active

    7/24/2014 12:57:15 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    My mom was diagnosed with diabetes last month, and she has started following a Dr. supervised weight loss program. I decided to help her get some exercise by getting her to go for walks with me. Of course it helps me too. She has never really exercised in her whole life, so I have to be patient. Yes... Read more

  • would you put your hard earned cash on the line?

    7/23/2014 9:35:02 PM, by DISGUISEDBYPHAT

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  • Lost weight on vacation!

    7/22/2014 8:34:08 PM, by VEGGIE_ADDICT

    I seriously impressed myself by losing over a pound on a two week vacation. That's never happened before! What a great success. Put me over 10 pounds lost so far. Just gotta keep pushing - I seriously went off my plan on vacation but was super conscious of portions and did a lot of walking. Rig... Read more

  • Yeah I got the APP for SP but it doesn't work! I have an I-POD

    7/21/2014 11:31:18 PM, by DISGUISEDBYPHAT

    I have an i-pod that is about 2yo and the spark people app tracker will not work for it. GGGRRRRRRR!!!!!!!... Read more

  • I will not be derailed!

    7/21/2014 5:00:04 PM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    Me and sleep do not always get along. Last week we had a pretty bad falling out, and I just barely slept the entire week. Why? Heat wave? Kittens in the bed? Fan on or fan off? All of these reasons added up to a perfect storm of insomnia. And when I have insomnia I am barely functioning during ... Read more

  • Sunday, a new beginning

    7/20/2014 3:48:40 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    My depression is better today and I feel like making a plan. So, I have simplified my goals once again. I changed my goal to losing 17 lbs.(one pound a week) That will mean I will weigh 199.5, which is under 200, a major miles... Read more

  • Breaking habits

    7/19/2014 11:21:04 AM, by CATHYHASSPARK

    I am in a spark challenge that is realistic for me and the expectations are easier for me to meet at this current time. I am working on breaking the habit of not putting myself first and being so busy helping other people I am forgetting about me, and there are times I need to let people do stuff f... Read more

  • A Little Better

    7/18/2014 12:21:50 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    It's a little cooler here, it only supposed to be in the 80s today. Hooray! That is really helping make me feel a little more alive... My depression has been really making this month difficult. So I am just practicing some baby steps to get back in the swing of things. Yesterday was a go... Read more

  • Stuck

    7/17/2014 12:27:17 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    Ugh, my motivation ran away, and I can't find it. I'm depressed and hot.. I really feel like I have been stuck lately. I am going to force myself to go out do something today... and to make one goal. 1. No TV today. OK, I can handle that one. ... Read more

  • Late Nite funnees

    7/17/2014 2:20:07 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    While he was in Cuba this weekend, Vladimir Putin met with Fidel Castro and promised to revive Cuba's oil industry. Not to be confused with the other thing Cuba's always having to revive: Fidel Castro. -Jimmy Fallon Germany won, but they're still mad at us for spying on them. So they're conside... Read more

  • This Dang Plateau!

    7/15/2014 7:57:45 PM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    I'm not sure you can call it a plateau, but I'm not sure you can't. In all, I've lost over 150 lbs and also gained like 200. Which should be equally impressive! Bring on the pasta and garlic bread! But what I'm getting at, is that I should be a weight loss GURU by this point. I should probably ... Read more

  • Good timing

    7/14/2014 11:45:11 PM, by LINDAM.1

    My open heart with two veins replaced came as a sunrise. Murmur to be fixed is why the camera was in my heart. They backed out and told me open heart in a couple of weeks. That was years ago but remembering the good is helpful some times! Open hearts was my first team.... Read more

  • Beach vacation = so much walking!

    7/14/2014 10:57:15 AM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    I have never walked so much in my life I don't believe. Now, granted, I did my long workout on Friday morning before we left because I didn't think I'd get enough mileage over the weekend. Boy, was I pretty wrong! My fitbit totals were: Friday: 19,651 steps = 9.26 miles Saturday: ... Read more

  • The chiropractor

    7/14/2014 1:39:30 AM, by LINDAM.1

    I have been putting in my husbands tea what the chiropractor,perscribed... Read more

  • Senile Moment

    7/14/2014 12:39:23 AM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • Never give up. The only way to fail is to stop trying.

    7/12/2014 5:02:15 PM, by OREGONFAERIE

    After reviewing my blog posts since joining Sparkpeople back in September of 2010 I have a feeling that if it can be done I will make it happen. There is one thing for certain, accusations of a lack of determination will never stick to me. Shortly after my last blog post I began experiencing ye... Read more

  • a pic reminder - and a box of ice cream bars if I don't lose weight soon

    7/9/2014 10:21:17 PM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    I was looking back through old blogs, and I found a before/during picture of myself at 55 lbs lost. I'm now at around 70 lbs lost: It freaks me out because I look so thin, and I've lost even more weight since this time.. But I... Read more

  • Laughs

    7/9/2014 11:17:10 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    A Dreadful Fight Three weeks after her wedding day, Joanna called her minister. "Reverend," she wailed, "John and I had a DREADFUL fight!" "Calm down, my child," said the minister, "it's not half as bad as you think. Every marriage has to have its first fight!" "I know, I know!" said Joan... Read more

  • Day 17

    7/8/2014 1:02:50 PM, by ITSLADYA

    Day 17 and I have never felt better! I believe my scale isn't accurate but that's okay. The way my clothes are fitting and my energy level is what speaks volumes to me right now, more so than the numbers. Either way, I stepped on the scale this morning and I will post it below. Have a great day ... Read more

  • I'm back

    7/8/2014 12:04:01 PM, by JULIEJULIE3

    Apparently it's been forever since I did anything meaningful here. My life is changed so much since my last entry. I got married last December. We have nine people living in our house now. We also have two dogs and four cats. Im currently going to nursing school and have about nine months left until... Read more

  • Popular Blog Trophy?! Wow!

    7/8/2014 10:52:48 AM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    WOW! Thank you everyone! I have been on SP since 2006 and as far as I can remember, I have never, ever, had a Popular Blog Post! I feel so totally honored. The love and support I've gotten from my SP family has gotten me through some tough times, and I am really grateful for this site. Why do I... Read more

  • Vacation

    7/8/2014 12:55:18 AM, by LINDAM.1

    Vacation was much better than I expected. Got to know our renters better. One renter we have known for years. She is not seeing well enough to drive, friends her age can not come see her. We had a nice chat. Found raw filberts(hazel nuts) in the fridge. got spinach, peach, 4 raspberries , baby ... Read more

  • the timeline of how SP fixed my day

    7/7/2014 12:50:11 AM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    Today was like a whirlwind of emotions. I'll just give you the timeline play by play. 8am - I'm awake. It's painful. It's already hot in my bedroom. My heart wants to go out and run, and my body does NOT. 8am - 9:45am I try to convince my body that it DOES, in fact, want to go out and run... Read more

  • Late Nite Funniest

    7/6/2014 9:45:54 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    I'm trying to figure out what to make for the Fourth of July. Hamburgers and hot dogs get a lot of attention, but the Fourth is really the blueberry's day to shine. When you need a blue food to round out your red, white, and blue items, there's nowhere else to turn but the blueberry. -Jimmy Kimmel ... Read more

  • Hello -- I have questions!

    7/5/2014 11:52:57 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety-one? If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one out of five enjoys it? ... Read more

  • Setting and Meeting Goals

    7/5/2014 12:29:29 PM, by RENZRYD

    So nearly 3 months has passed since my last informative blog...sorry, but I have so little time to do what need to do in a day, you have to choose your battles. Mine is the gym or "exercise" time. My newest job (much better pay) is great, I get to walk up and down the stairs for 3 floors and up and ... Read more

  • The tough job ahead

    7/4/2014 5:48:07 PM, by VEGGIE_ADDICT

    I'm feeling on a roll! Already down 7 pounds, gaining my flexibility back and doing an excellent job of tracking and reducing my alcohol intake. I'm sure you've heard something similar before. From yourself, right? And there's where the tough job will begin... When motivation once again b... Read more

  • c25k week 2 - I must gush

    7/4/2014 2:53:08 PM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    My friends and family are getting sick of me hearing how great I feel at the end of every workout, and I can only gush to Facebook so much before someone wants to punch me in the face. So you guys get to hear it! Today was probably the best I've felt while running, yet! I'm in the middle of wee... Read more

  • Contemplating Cats

    7/3/2014 1:02:06 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." --Anonymous "Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." --Anonymous "Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." --Jeff Valdez "In a cat's eye... Read more

  • Laughs

    7/1/2014 9:46:42 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    At breakfast one day, I eagerly waited for my husband to comment on my first attempt at homemade cinnamon rolls. After several minutes with no reaction, I asked, "If I baked these commercially, how much do you think I could get for one of them?" Without looking up from his paper my husband repli... Read more

  • A wet swimsuit clinging to your body leaves no prisoners....

    7/1/2014 1:07:12 PM, by SHARBEAR100

    I just had the most wonderful vacation I've had in years. I go with some friends every year to Mexico and then typically other friends or family join us. The people make the difference in how good an experience it is, and this year was great. I didn't work myself into a frenzy trying to get... Read more

  • Late Nite Funnies

    6/30/2014 11:56:57 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    A man walked into McDonald's with a knife in his back. Yeah, with a knife in his back. His heart wasn't in danger until he ordered the food, said doctors. -Conan O'Brien NBC is making a movie about the Beatles. However, they will not be allowed to use the Beatles music and they will not be allo... Read more

  • C25k day 3! Blocking out the bad messages.

    6/30/2014 8:38:59 PM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    Oh wow I'm tired. My guy moved in with me this weekend and according to my fitbit I got over 10k steps a day. We both took Monday off, supposedly to rest, but it's 5:30pm and we're not even done for the day yet. UGH. But I keep thinking about all the exercise I'm getting. I got up and did my run tra... Read more

  • Busy Weekend

    6/30/2014 7:07:03 PM, by JLANIJ

    I took a 1/2 day off on Friday to go hiking with a friend. Of course with unpredictable Oregon, even the end of June isn't safe from rain, and we got rained on, but we did about 4.2 miles along the Sandy River Delta. That night I went to a paint and drink wine class where they teach you how to pai... Read more

  • Back where I started. But I'll do it again.

    6/30/2014 5:55:19 PM, by JOSHUAADAVIDD

    I'm Josh, and I've been here before. When I started on May 20, 2012, I weighed 403 pounds. I struggled to walk three miles at a time, usually finishing in an hour, sweaty and out of breath. But I kept walking, kept tracking my food, and the weight came off and the miles increased. On June 22nd, I wa... Read more

  • If Abraham had tweeted:

    6/29/2014 9:33:53 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    The Gettysburg Address 87 yrs ago, our fathers did stuff. Now big war. Govt by people good. On the south's firing upon Fort Sumter Oh No you Di'int The Emanipation Proclamation Slaves free! (if living in Confed.) rest of you--not so much. Ford's Theater Play s'posed 2 B... Read more

  • im ok

    6/29/2014 8:44:12 PM, by CATHYHASSPARK

    Hi friends, I am doing better today. I thank you for your love and support. I went to church by myself today. and you know sometimes that is just the best thing to do. I realized how I need to do what I need to do, and just let God take care of my husband. I am grateful he is working and goin... Read more

  • Oh, those doctor bills!

    6/29/2014 3:53:39 PM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • Cleanse day 8

    6/29/2014 2:13:23 PM, by ITSLADYA

    So on day 6 of my cleanse I weighed myself and I was down 6 pounds. I will have an official number on day 11 (after the 10 day cleanse) along with my measurements (or shall I say the change in them.) Starting day 11-24 I will be continuing my 24 day challenge and I will be tracking my weight and m... Read more

  • Depressed and feeling overwhelmed

    6/28/2014 4:23:06 PM, by CATHYHASSPARK

    I am not in a good mood today my friends. my health and weight are so much on my mind and I feel overwhelmed. I know I am doing this again to me, I am taking care of other people , I am not taking care of m yself, my husband is my first priority , things need to change I need to be first pri... Read more

  • Measurements

    6/27/2014 1:41:36 PM, by VEGGIE_ADDICT

    Effectively starting over... Again. This time I'm determined. Got DDP yoga, and I really want to get healthy and fit, and make this a complete lifestyle change. I'm going to post my measurements here so that I have them for later (spark doesn't have a place to measure arms which I also wanted... Read more

  • My New Motto

    6/27/2014 12:38:22 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    It is important to constantly remind myself of this. ... Read more

  • hey fat girl running: we've got this!

    6/27/2014 12:25:05 PM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    OK today was not as easy. First of all, it's raining. I ran anyway. When I became a runner last time, I totally did all my training on a treadmill, so this outside thing is a whole new experience. But what I learned last time is that when race time comes, if you've trained outside, your body will be... Read more

  • Going the wrong way...

    6/26/2014 11:15:56 PM, by BOOKAPHILE

    I've been struggling with my weight lately. The latest challenge was moving into my sister's home, while she and her family were on vacation for 10 days, to care for our Dad. My husband and I got home yesterday. Dad's 88 with major health issues, and he needs encouragement to eat and help to get ... Read more

  • getting back into things!

    6/26/2014 12:56:12 PM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    OK it's day 3 of being back, and I'm drinking all that freaking water I was told to drink. It's getting easier! I'm sore and tired today. I am kind of glad I didn't have to run this morning, but I might try to do a light workout tonight. I worked a 12 hour day yesterday, and ate too many calories. I... Read more