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  • Falling off the horse

    7/6/2015 1:04:56 PM, by HARRIET113

    I'm starting to feel like a broken record. It's July 6th and I essentially haven't lost any weight in the last month or so. I lose a few, gain a few, end up back where I started. There are a few reasons for this, all of them obvious: 1. I haven't been counting calories as consistently as I... Read more

  • The Results Are In...

    7/6/2015 12:21:19 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    And I think I did pretty darned well! Honestly, this weekend was so hot, all my sister and I wanted to do was lounge in front of the AC. But I did get off my booty and ran on Friday morning, though it was a tough run - so hot! At the game on Friday, I kept hydrated in upper 90's weather - ... Read more

  • Sunday Gratitude Blog

    7/6/2015 2:41:06 AM, by HANNAH_CALM

    It is sort of difficult to write a gratitude blog, between the heat wave that we are dealing with in my area and having some serious health issues. The heat has not been helping me recover! It makes it very difficult to sleep and to get things done. But there are still things to celebrate. 1.)... Read more

  • First Day

    7/5/2015 6:54:43 PM, by TERRIH0904

    Today is my first day trying to lose weight again. I've lost 45 but gained 25 back. I know I have to do this just to actually be able to feel good. I've been starting to get a little depressed.. and I know what that means. I refuse to give into it. So I'm going back to the beginning, and starting ov... Read more

  • Cake, beer, and airplanes

    7/5/2015 9:44:34 AM, by MSJESSPDX

    I did it! I made it through the Fourth, managing to indulge a bit, have fun, and stay in my calorie range. It took more planning than I usually do (pre-entering the evening's cake into my tracker in the AM), and I was probably a bit neurotic with my friends ("How many shrimp do you guys think are in... Read more

  • Motivation, Marbles, and "Supernatural"

    7/4/2015 9:55:05 AM, by MSJESSPDX

    First and most importantly, tracking food is working really well for me! For the first time, I can say having all these ridiculous devices (phone, Kindle, Chromebook, work computer) is a benefit. No matter where I am or what I'm doing, there will be a way to track my food. (For the record, the only ... Read more

  • Celebrating America’s Birthday

    7/4/2015 4:16:31 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    Grandma always said that Independence Day was America’s birthday and we liked to celebrate it with music (as well as parades, picnics and fireworks). I wanted to give you samples of some of my favorites by American (mostly) composers. I’ve tried to give you links as well. One of ... Read more

  • LATE NITE FUNNIES

    7/4/2015 3:04:24 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    Macy's has severed ties with Donald Trump and no longer will carry his men's wear collection. From now on, men who want to look like Donald Trump will have to hunt and kill their own hair piece. -Conan O'Brien Last night for the first time in 24 years Jupiter and Venus appeared almost on top of... Read more

  • Hard time lifting my dog--ugh!

    7/3/2015 9:39:21 AM, by MSJESSPDX

    Whew, hello 3 day weekend! It got off to a bit of a rough start around here--my dog, Jimmy, broke a toenail, which can apparently be quite a big deal for dogs. He spent a few hours at the vet, and when I picked him up he was *very* heavily sedated. Moving him around (he couldn't walk so well) was qu... Read more

  • I Bought A String Bikini!

    7/3/2015 3:16:29 AM, by HANNAH_CALM

    Ha! It felt good. I felt really liberated to be buying this at the store. Red and black, with an elastic string that looked pretty sturdy. Not the tying string on the bottom, that was elastic on both sides. Okay, though, this has been quite a while! Did I trick you? I was actually thirteen that y... Read more

  • Goals for the Weekend

    7/2/2015 12:01:19 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    The weekend is coming! And with this being a holiday weekend, and knowing what type of person I am, I am going to have to gird myself and ready myself for the trials ahead. Tomorrow, I'm going to a soccer game. Fun, but of course, junk food galore. Besides being ridiculously and obscenely expen... Read more

  • Successes and stresses!

    7/2/2015 9:26:03 AM, by MSJESSPDX

    Just a quick check-in this AM... Success! My weight is down today! I'm trying to actively reference my SP Nutrition Reports, and replicate meals/days that worked. My last two days were identical in what I ate, and I'm enjoying finding foods and habits that will be sustainable for me (and delici... Read more

  • Back on Track!

    7/1/2015 9:48:07 AM, by MSJESSPDX

    Yes! Yesterday was great, food-wise. I'm back down, a few ounces below where I was after my insane salt/sugar/fat orgy, in fact. I'm trying to look at major "lapses" as an important part of all this, as that can help me develop resiliency. I mean, not all the time, because regains are stupid, but o... Read more

  • HAPPY IS MY GOAL

    6/30/2015 5:35:35 PM, by LINDAM.1

    W are not poor but no doing a good job of saving. Smile we have two houses and a tent trailer. Our animals are healthy We have each other. 334 it is healthy 252... Read more

  • A good day!

    6/30/2015 12:36:43 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    Yesterday turned out to be a good day - particularly last night. Once I got off Medifast and adopted my old Bad Habits, dinners had gotten, well, out of control. You know what I mean - you have eaten pretty good all day at work, avoiding the donuts and candy by the receptionist's desk, and then... Read more

  • My Television Binge Binge

    6/30/2015 9:21:46 AM, by MSJESSPDX

    Ugh. Well, there it is, my first bona fide binge since restarting this journey. Last evening I binge watched some tv ("Jane the VIrgin," if you were wondering--cute show!), and binge ate some food. It started with dinner, pork cutlets, when I had 2 1/2 servings. That in and of itself wouldn't have b... Read more

  • STUMBLING BLOCKS?? MAKE STEPPING STONES

    6/30/2015 2:28:59 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    “The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.” I remember the first time I heard this saying. I had arrived at a huge stumbling block in my life. In fact it had stopped me cold. I was stuck and didn’t want to be -- but I couldn’t see... Read more

  • Non-Scale Victory!

    6/29/2015 1:37:19 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    So I haven't made any significant scale victory (boo!), but there is one non-scale victory (NSV) I have made: I have checked into Sparkpeople every day for the last 8 days! 208 CELEBRATION! 248 This time around, I haven't been as stringent about being on MF, which may change depending on... Read more

  • Living and Losing, Losing and Living

    6/29/2015 1:34:27 PM, by MSJESSPDX

    Living my life and losing my weight do not need to be mutually exclusive! This is such a struggle for so many of us, me included--how easy it would be to stick to our regimented eating and workout schedules, portions, pre-tracked foods, and generally avoid "risky" situations that swap out some know... Read more

  • My Weight Loss Vision Statement

    6/28/2015 10:12:39 AM, by MSJESSPDX

    Browsing through SP this morning, I came across the Mind Over Body series--such good stuff in there! I read the article on writing your own weight loss vision statement, and it resonated with me. I'm not super-prepared to do this, but I'm feeling an urgency to get something down now, even if it's no... Read more

  • What Food Is (and isn't)

    6/27/2015 10:19:01 AM, by MSJESSPDX

    I'm working hard to get back on my health journey! A huge part is changing my relationship with food, which has become a destructive one these past couple of years. Food is: Fuel Food is not: Comfort Courage Entertainment Safety A reward Friendship Of course, there can b... Read more

  • Awesome breakfast

    6/27/2015 8:13:34 AM, by -FIGHT4FIT-

    Two and a half inches cut off a chub of Sun-dried & garlic polenta: 74 cal's One cup mushrooms: 21 cal's Two eggs, over-easy: 140 cal's Non-stick cooking spray & hot sauce: 0 So much deliciousness for 235 calories 4 ... Read more

  • Drink Water!

    6/26/2015 11:43:05 AM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    Summer is here! Well, it's technically been here for nearly a week, but for my area, today and this weekend are expected to be HOT. So I figured I would do my part and post some stuff about Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: Heat Exhuastion (not as severe, but still serious): www.webmd.com/... Read more

  • Feeling Strong

    6/25/2015 4:08:13 PM, by PDXLOR

    4 weeks ago I completed my first 5K walk in over 6 years. 9 months ago, I could barely walk 2 blocks without needing to sit down because of extreme pain in both knees and in my lower back. Today, I can walk 3.1 miles with relative ease! I completed that 5K with 2 other friends. They are both ... Read more

  • A Conversation with the Scale

    6/25/2015 1:39:31 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    It's funny how things are. I stepped on the scale this morning, and it was down like .4 pounds. "Okay, scale, we need to have a talk." I stared down at it disapprovingly. "Why are you only down .4 pounds? I mean, I ran last night, I've really watched what I've eaten the last few days..." T... Read more

  • Motivator of the Day?! I Am Touched!

    6/24/2015 12:10:46 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    I checked my emails this morning, as I typically do, and imagine my (pleasant) surprise to see the email saying I was motivator of the day! OMG! Can I just squeal in pleasure for a couple of seconds? Okay, now that I'm done, there's another set of emotions that come with that. I stepped on the ... Read more

  • My Favorite Quick Get Away

    6/23/2015 11:33:11 PM, by CJWORDPLAY

    I live where I can see the majestic Mt. Hood. For as long as I can remember it has been a calming influence on me. There is something stabilizing about knowing that wherever I am driving, I can come around a corner and be gifted with a view of this always beautiful mountain. It never fails ... Read more

  • Building New Habits

    6/23/2015 12:13:46 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    I am naturally lazy. That's not entirely fair, because I lost that massive 100+ pounds back in 2013 because of my hard work and the support of my family. But let's face it: it's incredibly easy to just cheat and grab a quick meal than to prepare one yourself or spend the necessary time to check... Read more

  • Back When

    6/22/2015 9:55:49 PM, by LINDAM.1

    Looking back I was a bit clairvoyant in High school. My dog got hit and without seeing it I TOLD MY MOM SAMBO HA BEEN HIT ON MY WAY TOSEE IT. THIS CAM back YOU UME BECAUSE A KID IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD COULD STAY IN BED UNTILL SAMBO THE DOG .... Read more

  • Starting Out

    6/22/2015 5:35:01 PM, by -FIGHT4FIT-

    It hasn't been a week yet, but I went ahead and weighed & measured myself so that it would be a Monday thing. To my joy, my waist was 2.5 inches smaller. Yes, I just recovered from my monthly cycle, so I'm sure 99% of that was bloatedness, but I'm glad just the same....and I feel better too! An... Read more

  • Far too long

    6/22/2015 4:34:14 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    It's funny how these things work. One day, you tell yourself, "I'm tired, I'll take a break." Then the next day you don't feel better. Then the next. And suddenly, half a year is gone and then you're like, "I can't come back now - look how long it's been." Well, that's my excuse. I think we all... Read more

  • Happy Fathers Day...

    6/21/2015 5:57:35 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    Water Beds Since I had been selling water beds for almost four years, I thought I had heard every question imaginable. But then a customer asked me, "Can you deliver it filled with water?" Stunned, I replied, "Are you kidding? It would weigh over twelve hundred pounds!" After a shor... Read more

  • CELEBRATING FATHER'S DAY

    6/21/2015 3:09:04 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    Here it is – the special day we have set aside to celebrate fathers. Many thoughts come to mind when we say the word “father”. We use it to designate our biological or adopted father. We describe our ancestors as our fore-fathers. We look to the oldest and wisest as fathers ... Read more

  • One Day of Healthy Recipes

    6/16/2015 3:02:57 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    A good day starts with breakfast, especially when breakfast includes chocolate. CHOCOLATE BANANA OATMEAL This recipe is quick, easy, requires no cooking and includes protein, grains (can be gluten-free) and fruit. All it requires is a banana, some protein powder, cocoa and oat... Read more

  • Still going and still frustrated

    6/15/2015 1:42:56 PM, by HARRIET113

    So I've been fighting the same pound for nearly 2 weeks. It's maddening. My weight loss is basically at a complete standstill. What is causing this to happen? I have been tracking my foods, and walking, and all that jazz. Where am I failing? 1) Drinking too frequently. Although I've curbed it s... Read more

  • Farmers market

    6/11/2015 5:09:17 PM, by LINDAM.1

    fresh organic raspberries. strawberries garlic with raspberry yogurt local. raspberry, oats for heart duck egg for fresh chicken... Read more

  • Starting

    6/10/2015 7:11:13 PM, by KIMSPDX

    This is a little visual journal page I did to mark my new start. Today I weighed in for the first time in a few weeks. I gained back 6 of the 9 lbs. I had lost since March. I also took my measurements, and I tracked my calories to help me reacquaint myself with the idea. I've been doi... Read more

  • Self-Care 101

    6/10/2015 1:15:32 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    It has taken many years for me to realize the wisdom of self-care. I come from a tradition that honors submerging one’s own needs to meet the demands of others. I received praise for ignoring myself and was scolded for being selfish or self-indulgent if I chose to do something that honored... Read more

  • Family

    6/9/2015 10:33:39 PM, by LINDAM.1

    Family is so important I have an adopted family my friend and I met when we were just about 1 .her family knew me from about 61 years. We have a 2 year one weak younger brother cousin s, nieces etc. plus my husbands... Read more

  • Again?

    6/9/2015 6:41:14 PM, by KIMSPDX

    I don't know what will work, what will get me started, what will keep me going. I know I don't want to be where I am. So that's my starting point right now. It's a negative, but it's where I am, and it's something at least related to making changes in my life. I want to write so many things I... Read more

  • Dancing helps

    6/9/2015 12:02:18 AM, by LINDAM.1

    Dancing helps. 350 Rose festival in Portland. 214 emoticonal in Portland parade on national I be leave. 146 214 Dancing to me is volunteer exercise ... Read more

  • Slow going

    6/8/2015 6:04:36 PM, by HARRIET113

    It's been almost 4 months since I started dieting and I've lost about 18 pounds. It's much more tedious than the last time I was on a diet. The hardest part for me is not drinking alcohol - I really can't just stop at 1 drink so basically I try to only drink 1 night a week. That's my "free" day. How... Read more