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  • Been off-line for a bit.......

    10/24/2016 9:51:29 AM, by MICHELORRAINE

    Been off-line for a couple of days, but I'm up early and getting ready to do a couple of Spark videos. Time to get back to it! ... Read more

  • Turkey spaghetti squash

    10/23/2016 8:37:23 PM, by HEALTHYSHELLS

    Made the sauce from scratch. I never seem to have time to actually cook, other than easy meal prep. ... Read more

  • October 22

    10/23/2016 4:12:23 PM, by SKITTY56

    Somehow I just erased everything I just wrote. Anyway, starting over -again, job wise, divorced, weight gain, depression anxiety blah blah. Weight goal-2 pounds a week, 1 will be ok, but as I weigh upwards of 220 2 is doable. Exercise goal-I upped my step count goal today to 7000, not up to 1... Read more

  • On the road again....

    10/22/2016 7:11:44 AM, by MICHELORRAINE

    South Lake Tahoe Bound! ... Read more

  • Vacation starts tomorrow!!

    10/22/2016 12:42:13 AM, by MICHELORRAINE

    So ready!! Dave and I are heading to Lake Tahoe tomorrow, for 5 days! Not sure how the week will go as far as sparking, but we'll see. If nothing else, I'll still be getting on the treadmill. ... Read more

  • Still sick but got on the treadmill

    10/21/2016 1:34:57 AM, by MICHELORRAINE

    Just took it a little slower, but still got in my Cardio. Hope I'm feeling better tomorrow. We head out for vacation on Saturday and I don't want to be sick!... Read more

  • Dealing with a cold....

    10/19/2016 7:37:42 PM, by MICHELORRAINE

    I've been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple of days. Woke up with a sore throat yesterday and am getting progressively worse. Colds are the pits. Hope it passes quickly because we're supposed to head out for vacation this weekend. Who wants to be sick during vacation?! ... Read more

  • Those Step-Ups!

    10/17/2016 7:57:29 PM, by MICHELORRAINE

    I'm working through the Step-Ups for the ITC Fitness Step-Up Challenge. It's going slow, but it's going. I've fit in 403 step-ups today, not too bad for a work day. Between the other activity challenges and family commitments, I've not been able to do as many step-ups as I'd like. But I'm pushin... Read more

  • My first taste of a miniature Kiwi....

    10/16/2016 5:45:58 PM, by MICHELORRAINE

    I didn't know there was such a thing, but I came across them in Chuck's Produce last week. They weren't too expensive, about the same price as a pint of strawberries, so I thought I'd give it a try. I brought them home and sat them on my counter for a day or so. Didn't know how to eat them ... Read more

  • Getting a late Spark start....

    10/15/2016 7:11:43 PM, by MICHELORRAINE

    I spent all morning and a good part of the afternoon on the computer again. Then it was on to some housework. Finally took some time to get onto SparkPeople and check-in. I'm feeling a little under the weather today. I think I'm catching a cold, so I'm taking it easy on the exercise for the day.... Read more

  • Difference Between Yams & Sweet Potatoes?

    10/14/2016 12:20:24 PM, by MICHELORRAINE

    This weeks Leaves of Change ITC Challenge is SECRET INGREDIENT. The object is to find & post (and maybe try) new recipes featuring fall vegetables. Points for the team for posting a recipe: CHECK! After checking out the list of vegetables, I think "Easy peasey"! Extra points for trying out a rec... Read more

  • Maintained this last week. That's a WIN!

    10/13/2016 10:35:54 AM, by MICHELORRAINE

    After two weeks of gaining and feeling out of control, I'm finally have balance again. I'm finding time to exercise and am focusing on healthy choices again. At weigh in, I weighed exactly the same as the last weigh in. I think that's a WIN! I'll take it! Hope you have a fantastic Thursday!... Read more

  • Still working on the BINGO Challenge

    10/11/2016 10:13:48 AM, by MICHELORRAINE

    It's going well so far. I've done about 80% of both the Nutrition & Fitness activities, but there are enough gaps in my card that I only have one bingo on each. But that's cool! I'm working on the final 20% today and tomorrow. Gotta get in those multi-colored veggies and that'll take care of mos... Read more

  • What I'm doing right this BLC

    10/10/2016 11:17:27 PM, by MKATE99

    Planning. I'm learning how important it is to plan ahead, not just food but exercise too. I have to look at the week ahead and see what's coming, where will I have very little time, when will I likely be too tired to cook or exercise. And then plan accordingly. It doesn't always work the way I want ... Read more

  • Spent the day on my computer.....

    10/10/2016 1:20:58 AM, by MICHELORRAINE

    I was so engrossed in my genealogy research 149 that I ended up on the computer 17 all day. I did take periodic breaks 52, although not as often as I should have 12 . Finally finished at 7 pm 31 tonight. After evaluating my aches and pains 234 , decided the best thing to do was warm u... Read more

  • Serious step

    10/9/2016 3:41:15 AM, by MUNCHIEMAGS

    I wasn't getting anywhere with willpower. I wasn't getting anywhere with counting up to 1200-1300 calories per day. I finally took a very serious, drastic step - a VSG (vertical sleeve gasterectomy) where they surgically remove 80% of a healthy organ so that you can no longer hold the vast amounts... Read more

  • Gotta say.....I am lovin' this BINGO Challenge!

    10/8/2016 1:29:47 PM, by MICHELORRAINE

    It's true. I am a gaming nerd! All kinds of games! Board games, arcade games (throwback to the 70s), on-line games, virtual gaming, etc.....So this is definitely for me! And I do love BINGO. It started as it does with so many others, Saturday's with my elders. My Grandma and Mom in t... Read more

  • Lost Momentum!

    10/7/2016 9:48:47 AM, by MICHELORRAINE

    These last two weeks haven't been my greatest. After a great two week loss, a bit of fear set in. Which kind of derailed me. But I'm back at it. After forgetting to check in yesterday, I'm still ready for Week 5! ... Read more

  • A couple of resting days...

    10/6/2016 12:43:04 AM, by OAKBORN

    I really needed a good day or two to rest... My right hip and knee got twisted in my sleep, rather like when you sleep funny on your neck... so I took last night off.. it was apparently the right decision since everything was pretty much back to normal today. Today I just used my walk to work and a ... Read more

  • Dinner

    10/4/2016 9:01:50 PM, by HEALTHYSHELLS

    Chicken brown rice and sugar snap peas I had a long day at work, at least I stayed with my nutrition. ... Read more

  • Getting better everyday!

    10/4/2016 12:57:48 AM, by OAKBORN

    This morning I was down to 176.8#, it's a small bump from last week, but the needle is moving. I have dropped my calorie goal to 1600 this week, I was successful yesterday and only over by 100 today. I have also (as of tonight) completed a full 4 weeks of my 10K trainer. I completed my 3 & 5 m... Read more

  • Stay positive, stay focused, stay calm

    10/3/2016 12:13:00 PM, by SHMEMZ

    My mantra for the day and well for my life ... Read more

  • Why I Started & Why I Won't Give Up

    10/3/2016 1:02:25 AM, by MKATE99

    WHY I STARTED I started these BLC challenges almost a year ago. I mostly wanted to lose weight because I was done with feeling terrible and tired all the time. I knew I needed to quit sugar. I also found a very supportive doctor who is like no other doctor I've had. When *I* mentioned wanting to l... Read more

  • Think happy thoughts

    10/2/2016 11:26:43 PM, by SHMEMZ

    I feel like for the past 26 years I've been procrastinating on my entire life. Ok, that may be an exaggeration but I do feel as though my entire adult life has been put on pause because of my crippling fear to grow up ..... It's time for this Peter Pan to leave never land ... Read more

  • In the words of Doctor Phil

    10/2/2016 11:11:32 PM, by SHMEMZ

    "Why do you do the things you do?" This is a question I've asked myself my whole life..... I find myself repeatedly choosing the obviously wrong decision, harder path or destructive course. How do I end the only cycle I've ever known? ... Read more

  • Winner winner chicken dinner

    10/2/2016 8:57:32 PM, by HEALTHYSHELLS

    Chicken 1/2 cup brown rice and there was steamed cauliflower ... Read more

  • 2 years of healthy, active living

    10/1/2016 5:58:24 PM, by PDXLOR

    Tuesday, 10/4/16 will mark two years since my restart on a healthy lifestyle. I'm still not at my weight goal, and may not be able to get there. I'm working on accepting that. I've not lost any weight, inches, or clothing sizes in 5 months. That said, I have adopted a healthy, active life sty... Read more

  • "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" -- What It Means To Me

    9/30/2016 12:52:41 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    The song "RESPECT" is a favorite workout song for me. Aretha Franklin spells out the word so I began to think about what respect means to me and my Spark experience. R -- Recognize that I need to make changes in my life in order to become stronger and healthier. E -- Expect... Read more

  • Not the best week, but it's OKAY!

    9/29/2016 10:49:23 AM, by MICHELORRAINE

    This was not my best week. I started out with a good mind set, knowing that I'd be out of town for a long weekend. I also knew that most of my long weekend would be full of activities and didn't allow any 'me' time. My husband & I took a road trip to Seattle on Friday and I spent Friday and Satur... Read more

  • I'm going down down down!

    9/28/2016 12:20:38 AM, by OAKBORN

    I was down to 177# today! It's a slow but steady decline and it feels great. I think I have found my old mojo from 2008. I'm doing lots of journaling and tracking things here and in my bullet journals... yes I have two, one for the focus on what I need to do for losing weight and a more everyday one... Read more

  • Got in my Cardio!

    9/25/2016 10:33:25 AM, by MICHELORRAINE

    Finally had a chance to get in my Cardio. Hotel Fitness Center opened at 6 am & guess who was there for the opening?! This Girl! 128 104 216 231... Read more