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  • Fall down seven times, stand up eight

    8/29/2014 12:33:15 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    I used to get down on myself because I always eventually gained back the weight I lost. I talked myself into feeling like a failure. But no more.I look at the process differently now. I have finally realized that each day on track and each pound lost (or half pound or no gain) is a victor... Read more

  • Eat

    8/28/2014 1:52:54 AM, by LINDAM.1

    Nutriionfacts.com is good I will be back after the holiday.... Read more

  • Hired a health/nutrition Coach

    8/26/2014 11:22:30 AM, by ROXIT22222

    Well a few weeks before Lake Stevens I met with and talked to a health/nutrition Coach. She is someone who will 'hold my hand' while I watch my nutrition and healthy eating choices. Someone I can send text and facebook messages to along the way. We developed my nutrition plan to start after... Read more

  • What a summer

    8/26/2014 10:32:59 AM, by ROXIT22222

    Well it's been a while. I'm sure no one has missed me on here. But I find blogging helpful for myself motivation, and to look back and the highs and lows. So I left off that I had done my first half Marathon, and was training for my first Half Ironman! So let's first catch up with those. Th... Read more

  • Day 16

    8/26/2014 9:39:07 AM, by BELMACD2

    Again I forgot to blog yesterday! It's an important part of keeping my focus where it needs to be. Have a huge weekend coming up and I need to be focused and prepared. My sister and her family are moving to Seattle from Brisbane! So we are driving up there (from Portland) to meet them at the a... Read more

  • :P This week was a total flop

    8/26/2014 12:43:32 AM, by DISGUISEDBYPHAT

    I wonder why this week was a total flop. I wonder why…….I will next week recommit. I did get more fitness minutes in this week. ... Read more

  • Back to school time

    8/25/2014 8:36:19 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    Well, summer is pretty much over for me. I am a Special Ed school bus driver, and today was my "dry run" day, a practice for me to get familiar with my new route, and it went very well. School doesn't start until Sept. 2, but this week we have practice days and a "dressed rehearsal" day where we dri... Read more

  • Day 14 Working it out

    8/24/2014 10:07:59 PM, by BELMACD2

    Really dropped the ball on my daily blogging last week. Also had a really off workout week. I only worked out once from Monday through Friday! Back at it though on Saturday and Sunday. I was just feeling so awful from TOM that I thought I was coming down with the flu. Anyway, no regrets and I didn't... Read more

  • The other half a laugh

    8/24/2014 3:52:39 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    The personnel office received an email requesting a listing of the department staff broken down by age and sex. The personnel office sent this reply... "Attached is a list of our staff. We currently have no one broken down by age or sex. However, we have a few alcoholics." A man entered ... Read more

  • Half a laugh

    8/24/2014 3:51:50 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    My mother is a cleaning fanatic. One Saturday she told me and my brother to get down to the playroom and straighten it up. We had a party there the previous evening, and she was none too happy about the mess. As she watched us work, it was clear that Mom was completely dissatisfied with our clean... Read more

  • Hitting MY Onederland! Pics!

    8/23/2014 1:55:57 PM, by RENZRYD

    For the few who have followed me from the beginning...I used to weigh 277.6 pounds and I am 5' 5 1/4" when I can stand straight up. The 2 times I was in a weight loss regime I got as low as the 194's..I have seen it twice! Never go... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge

    8/22/2014 4:14:28 PM, by PIRATEPHILLIPS

    I took the quiz, and my sweet cravings are "out of control." Which is no shock to me, because as I type this I am planning on eating a cream-filled doughnut tomorrow, as Saturday is Doughnut Day. Here are the reasons why I would like to cut back: 1. My dad had diabetes, and I saw how negative... Read more

  • My Reasons Why

    8/21/2014 4:32:11 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    I'm following BLUEJAY1969's lead and going to list my reasons for being here (again): 1. I want to get healthier and stay healthy. I am saving my life. My mother got diagnosed a few months back with diabetes, and I absolutely do not want to follow in her footsteps. I have high blood pressure, b... Read more

  • Back on the horse, day 21

    8/21/2014 2:49:34 PM, by BRANDESKA

    Looking back at the progress I made at the beginning of the year, I decided on August 1st to go back to eating what I was eating then. I had eliminated all sorts of junk and refined carbs back then, and I found that if I didn't have it then I didn't want it. Well after 21 days of no sugar, cra... Read more

  • Day 9 Acheived the impossible!

    8/19/2014 4:51:55 PM, by BELMACD2

    That is, I got my kids to eat veggies! I roasted up a couple of those spaghetti squashes last night, and instead of removing them from the skin I left them as is and filled them with sautéed bacon, chicken, chard and mushrooms and my kids ate it! Both of them! I called my creation bacon boats! I th... Read more

  • To get where you are in your life and or your goal weight ..did you cut people out of your life?

    8/19/2014 4:40:16 PM, by DISGUISEDBYPHAT

    Many self help people and authors suggest that one surround themselves with positive uplifting people. Do you feel or believe that one should cut out bad, negative, substance abusers, severely mentally ill people, etc? why or why not? Can we coexist or is it a waste of breath to have these peopl... Read more

  • Sponsors on this site

    8/19/2014 1:22:52 PM, by DISGUISEDBYPHAT

    Do you think that they should allow non-healthy food adverts on this site? I just saw one for Ice cream bars. (and not the calorically responsible ones.) Do you think that they should allow them to be a sponsor? why or why not?... Read more

  • It's not a diet, it's a life style change….or is it really…..

    8/19/2014 12:54:48 PM, by DISGUISEDBYPHAT

    Those who have reached the finish line say the same thing. "It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change". But is't it really reinventing yourself? Why or why not…..? To succeed in this journey…..isn't it a reinvention of yourself??????... Read more

  • new short term goal date Mid-October!!

    8/19/2014 1:24:13 AM, by DISGUISEDBYPHAT

    So I have friends coming in from outta town that I have not seen in a few years. I know I have gained about 30 lbs since they seen me. this is a great excuse to set a short term goal for mid-october. I am still here and still charting. I have not been fully committed to RFD but I am eating a good ... Read more

  • Fun at the Beach

    8/18/2014 10:38:21 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    I just got home from an overnight at the beach, we had a great time. We stayed in a nice motel right on the water, and we ate a nice (healthy) dinner last night. We walked all over the place, I must have done 3 miles around town, and we hiked at least 2 hours on the beach this afternoon before headi... Read more

  • Week 1

    8/18/2014 4:23:06 PM, by NIFFERY

    Well, I lost one pound. Part of me was disappointed, wishing it was more. And part of me was relieved I lost anything at all. I started tracking what I was eating two days ago, and I realized I was eating waaaaaayyyyy too many calories. So yeah, I gotta start keeping that in check, it is... Read more

  • Day 8 I love summer

    8/18/2014 2:12:29 PM, by BELMACD2

    Packed my kids off to summer science camp this morning and got a chance to work some long hours in the veggie garden instead of going to the gym. I'm always so sore the day after combat/cx classes that a day off is called for. Anyway, came home with about 10 lbs of veggies. 3 largish spaghetti squas... Read more

  • Day 7.. one week, 4.6 lbs down!

    8/17/2014 2:25:52 PM, by BELMACD2

    Can't believe I undid all that bloat so fast! Loved combat class this morning because I felt super light and energized from the drop. I always feel so much more agile when I've been eating right and less. And cx is feeling fantastic, nothing like a good core burn to make one feel slimmer. Well... Read more

  • Mini Vacation! Yey!

    8/17/2014 11:34:08 AM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    We are off to the coast for an overnight adventure. I want to smell the ocean, feel the sand on my toes and just get away. I realized that I haven't been out of town for over a year! Plus it's going to be hot here in the city again, and it's always cooler at the beach! I am packing up some healthy s... Read more

  • Some jokes...

    8/17/2014 12:36:34 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    Two men, sentenced to die in the electric chair on the same day, were led down to the room in which they would meet their maker. The priest had given them last rites, the formal speech had been given by the warden, and a final prayer had been said among the participants. The warden, turning to th... Read more

  • Aug 16 2014

    8/16/2014 10:34:09 PM, by MTNDAISY

    In class for the weekend. Tired today from my workout yesterday. I ate a box of Almond Dream Bites last night and felt really tired this morning. Tonight after last evening and all day today, I am tired, hot and unmotivated to cook for myself (even though I baked a chicken last night just so I ha... Read more

  • Keepin on

    8/16/2014 10:06:42 PM, by BELMACD2

    Still staying within calorie count but I sure get hungry sometimes!... Read more

  • My Official "Before" Photos

    8/16/2014 4:55:00 PM, by NIFFERY

    Well, it had to be done, so here they are. My face: And all of me: I think I will continue to take them monthly and/or whenever I lose 10-20 lbs.... Read more

  • We can do it!

    8/16/2014 1:38:09 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    Just a reminder that you are in control and have the choice of whether or not you are successful, no one else.... Read more

  • Day 5

    8/15/2014 10:16:55 PM, by BELMACD2

    Wowzas I exercised a lot today.. and now I am extremely hungry. But I'm not sorry I exercised so much. I haven't done the 90 minutes class I did today for some time. Felt really, really good! Then I had to get new tires and that required me walking from the tire store and back. I did stay within my ... Read more

  • Babysitting

    8/15/2014 12:36:01 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    Yesterday I babysat the niblings (isn't that a great word? it's the actual plural of nieces and nephews!) and once again I came home exhausted! I am actually sort of looking forward to September since I will be back to work and my nephew will be in Kindergarten, so I won't have to do this every week... Read more

  • Desired Changes

    8/15/2014 2:04:18 AM, by MTNDAISY

    Aug 15, 2014 Changing career paths is often slow sloggy work. I've been on a 4 year path to figuring out what my true desires in life are. I've had more than one physical set back, a love gone awry, and jobs that just didn't bring satisfaction to me. With each of those trials I came closer to ... Read more

  • Day 4

    8/14/2014 10:12:25 AM, by BELMACD2

    Oops! I meant to blug yesterday but didn't get a chance. Totally rolling along here, staying in calorie range, no chocolate and doing just fine without it, not really thinking about it. I've lost a lb a day the last 3 days. Probably I had a little water bloat and it's going bye-byes. Then comes the ... Read more

  • Cool!

    8/13/2014 9:21:44 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    Today was much much cooler. We had some rain last night and the temp is in the 70's today. I am so thankful. For me, life is just so much better when it is not sweltering. I have been doing well with my walking, I walked twice today 30 minutes each time. It helps to have a dog that NEEDS a walk... Read more

  • Two Years From Now...

    8/13/2014 11:55:27 AM, by NIFFERY

    If you like reading inspirational, sun-shiny blogs, keep moving, because this isn't one of them. This is even quite possibly, the worst. Not to say my problems are more terrible than anyone else's (because everyone is usually going through something), it's just things for me, have just never be... Read more

  • I am in the top ten of the biggest loser challenge this week!

    8/13/2014 10:47:19 AM, by CATHYHASSPARK

    After two weeks of gaining, I lost 3.5 last week, and I am in one of the top ten in the challenge this week for weight loss, I am excited about that, that is the first time in a long time this has happened. I feel my momentum coming back to me, I am still only focusing on food intake and ma... Read more

  • Never ask a Georgia grandma a question if you aren't prepared for the answer

    8/13/2014 1:05:24 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    Lawyers should never ask a Georgia grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer. In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know me?' She responded, '... Read more

  • Challenging Week

    8/12/2014 8:10:00 PM, by OTTERMOM2

    This past week was a toughie for me. There wasn't really anything BIG going on, but I let my aim slip a bit. First of all, there was the licorice. Last week, my husband and I went to Costco with the kids and they were having a special on Aussie-style licorice. I LOVE this stuff and, before... Read more

  • Hot

    8/12/2014 1:49:21 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    Portland is having another heatwave. It was close to 100 yesterday. I took a walk early on and mostly stayed inside and read in front of the fan. I stayed on track with my eating, and drank LOTS of water. Today, hubby has the day off, but I am feeling real... Read more

  • Day 2

    8/12/2014 10:14:34 AM, by BELMACD2

    I did it! Got through a day without chocolate or any sugar for that matter. Chocolate is the only thing in my diet that had sugar in it. I feel better already and weighed a lb less this morning. I was worried I messed up by eating rotisserie chicken yesterday which is so salty and that the scales mi... Read more

  • LATE NITE JOKES

    8/12/2014 2:04:03 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    Pope Francis is calling on young people to get off the Internet and start doing something productive with their lives. Teens were like, "Uh, how do you think we saw you say that? We watched it on YouTube, dude!" -Jimmy Fallon A bear was attacking a Russian man, and he was able to repel the atta... Read more

  • Fell off the wagon

    8/11/2014 10:44:39 AM, by BELMACD2

    Getting back on. The key for today is don't buy any chocolate. Then I won't eat it. Keep busy in the late afternoon. Don't let the kids get on my nerves. Gain: 6 lbs. Cause: too much chocolate (whole bars in a day!) and beer (camping). Get back to tracking food, cut out all the sugar! Should... Read more

  • Moon is special tonight

    8/11/2014 1:18:46 AM, by LINDAM.1

    Watch the moon tonight it is the closet this year.... Read more

  • #backontrack Day 10

    8/11/2014 12:49:03 AM, by JRDUPREE

    Day 10 brought a wonderful surprise. First I did keep my 10 minutes of exercise streak but the main thing from today is a clean closet and lots of "new" clothes. I spent the day cleaning and organizing my clothes and closet. I found a lot of clothes that had gotten crammed into corners that now fi... Read more

  • I feel good!

    8/10/2014 12:27:57 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    I'm feeling much better today, since I rested most of the day yesterday. I also lost 2 lbs., so that cheered me right up this morning! Yey! Last night we went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant (my favorite!) and I ordered a vegetable burrito and a salad. The salad had lettuce, tomatoes, sliced... Read more

  • #backontrack Day 9

    8/10/2014 2:23:18 AM, by JRDUPREE

    Day 9 is in the books and it was a success. I am still on my exercise streak and even added something new for me. In my garage I had a pedal stand that you sit in a chair and pedal like a stationary bike. I dug it out tonight and completed 2 sessions at 20 minutes total. It was a nice change fro... Read more

  • Still Tired...

    8/9/2014 1:57:23 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    Yesterday I babysat again, and things went a little better, since I played "hidden object" games on my iPad with the kids most of the day, so they were distracted from mauling the poor kitten. My sister is going to keep it, but hasn't taken it to the vet yet, and I am not sure if she will. She has... Read more

  • Remembering words of wisdom

    8/9/2014 10:49:04 AM, by CATHYHASSPARK

    This week I am recalling words of wisdom from my weight watcher leader. She encouraged me one day and said for now just focus on my food intake and getting in my points the movement will come later. Not that I do not m ove every day but I stress out because I feel I m not meeting the expectations ... Read more

  • Having a good week so far and not stressing

    8/8/2014 3:57:57 PM, by CATHYHASSPARK

    I am having a hard time as of late, I was taking a medication that was causing weight gain which really affected my mood, either the weight gain or medication or a bit of both. I am starting to feel better, and this week I am primarly concentrating on food intake and making sure I get enough food a... Read more

  • Tired

    8/8/2014 12:20:42 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    I babysat my niece and nephew ( ages 4 and 5) yesterday. They found a young kitten out in their bushes the day before. It is small, malnourished and sickly, and all they wanted to do was play with it. My sister didn't take it to the vet, like I would have. Being an ex-veterinary tech, I wanted to ma... Read more

  • Tomato Wrap (Flat Out)

    8/8/2014 11:44:51 AM, by YELLOWDAHLIA

    I love these Flat Outs! 90 calories! And 9g of protein! This is what I've been having for breakfast everyday for the last few weeks ... Read more

  • backontrack Day 7

    8/7/2014 11:40:09 PM, by JRDUPREE

    Exercise streak day 4 . After 7 days of working at staying within my calorie limit I have also accomplished another . I have made a mini goal of being under 300 pounds when I go on my business trip in September. I want to take a few extra days and visit family that ... Read more

  • Water, water...everywhere

    8/7/2014 12:12:09 AM, by OTTERMOM2

    I went back to my WW meeting yesterday and the scale wasn't as kind as I'd hoped. It wasn't a surprise as I'd weighed in at home beforehand (I always do a second-thing-in-the-morning-bu
    ck-naked weigh in on my WW days for my "real" weight). I'd been completely OP since coming back from our trip... Read more

  • No Soda Challenge...

    8/7/2014 12:08:06 AM, by RJFERRARO315

    Still going strong. I'm drinking more water, and about the same amount of coffee. I choose unsweetened iced tea when I want something other than water. Still tastes good. Rebecca ... Read more

  • #backontrack Day 6

    8/6/2014 11:31:09 PM, by JRDUPREE

    Day 6 of getting #backontrack has been a successful day. I have a 3 day streak of exercise going and am happy with myself. It is a small step of 10 minutes per day but it is more than I have been doing since May. I had a 31 day streak in May and my goal was a pedicure if I completed my challenge.... Read more

  • It takes a lot for a habit to stick

    8/6/2014 2:36:14 PM, by BRANDESKA

    Just like it takes an average of 8 times of trying to quit before someone actually does quit smoking, it seems to be true for losing weight. I fell off the horse back in March, tried to get back on but wasn't able to. Well I'm getting back on the horse AGAIN. It's easier now, though, because ... Read more

  • #backontrack Day 5

    8/5/2014 10:42:32 PM, by JRDUPREE

    Day 5 of getting #backontrack goal was to start an exercise streak. I had managed to walk yesterday (twice due to not timing the first walk) and as exercise is my biggest hurdle I choose the streak as my goal. I have never like to exercise, even as a youngster. The only exercise I got was p... Read more

  • Whole food

    8/5/2014 7:06:28 PM, by LINDAM.1

    Bran is a part of the grain . The outside. fiber. good for you! any whole food is better than processed. White wheat has had the bran removed. That is why I do cracked grains. ... Read more

  • A better day today!

    8/5/2014 12:43:27 AM, by AMCMASTER3

    Well, I found a job! A really good job! But today I finally remembered to put my spark tracker on my work shoes and just found out that I lost it! Bleh! I have been walking a lot now that I am working again and I wanted to see just how much. Sad face.... All in all things are pretty good. I j... Read more

  • #backontrack Day 4

    8/4/2014 11:40:35 PM, by JRDUPREE

    Goal for Day 4 of getting #backontrack - 10 minutes of exercise. I only went for a walk but I ended up doing it twice. I left my work for an afternoon break to go for a walk and forgot to bring my phone and set a timer. I walked what I normally do in 10 minutes but apparently I can walk faster th... Read more

  • Weird depression day

    8/4/2014 6:33:15 PM, by THECOOLESTSARAH

    I had one of those scary days yesterday that reminds me where I've been and where I do not want to be ever again. I just felt... blah. Emotionless. Numb. My boyfriend asked me 57 times what was wrong, did I want a root beer, did I want to go out for pizza, did I want to work out, did I want to ... Read more

  • Fun with the kids!

    8/4/2014 5:04:44 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    I got up early, and my sister brought over her kids, ages 4 and 5, so I could watch them while she went to a funeral. We walked to a coffee shop and we got breakfast (and my niece spilled her entire cup of hot chocolate on her dress and my pants!). We then went on a 2 hour hike in a nature preserve ... Read more

  • Hi, my name is...

    8/4/2014 10:17:02 AM, by CBAILEYC

    Dire warning - or at least, it should be. Maybe I can also be a measure of small hope for some? I'm trying. Again. Really. 272.8 was what my scale said yesterday morning. That was before I had breakfast, based on the menu for this coming week that I set up late Saturday night before going to be... Read more

  • Retirement Options

    8/4/2014 12:07:25 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    You can retire to Phoenix, Arizona where... 1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade. 2. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town. 3. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food. 4. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits ... Read more

  • #backontrack Day 3

    8/3/2014 8:11:14 PM, by JRDUPREE

    Day 3 of getting back to why I joined Sparkpeople. I spend a good portion of the morning cleaning those veggies I bought at the Farmers Market yesterday. I washed and cleaned, blanched and chopped as needed. I am ready for many days of fresh and healthy food. I am trying some new recipes with my... Read more

  • Feeling Great!

    8/3/2014 1:02:02 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    First of all: I lost 2.5 lbs. last week! Happy dance! Second of all, I have been feeling pretty great lately. I really have a sense that the eating plan I am following ("Eat To Live", plant based whole foods) is just what I needed. I feel healthy. I haven't felt depriv... Read more

  • Shopping Fit not Fat---what a different mindset!

    8/3/2014 11:08:42 AM, by RENZRYD

    Yesterday afternoon I had to a little shopping..things were looking just too baggy in some departments, and when I say departments the ladies bra boutique was the first place. Now i am not talking about Victoria's secret or Sear's but an actual place that not only fits bras for women but has sizes l... Read more

  • #backontrack Day 2

    8/2/2014 10:51:32 PM, by JRDUPREE

    Day 2 of #backontrack is behind me and I feel I did better than my last all day long outing. Today came with some challenges, but I did think about every choice I was making. We went to my neighbors art exhibit opening and I was very good in the fact I passed on the treat table. Tho... Read more

  • August Goals

    8/2/2014 1:45:07 PM, by KIRSTENLYNN62

    My goals this month are pretty simple: Continue with: drinking lots of water walking every day short strength training sessions 3 times a week plant based eating positive self talk daily focusing on small, permanent changes SparkPeople daily To do a 20 minute yoga session... Read more

  • Maxine

    8/2/2014 3:04:15 AM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • No Soda challenge

    8/2/2014 12:06:11 AM, by RJFERRARO315

    I'm joining a wellness challenge at work this month. No soda for August. The last couple weeks I've been paying more attention to how much pop I've been drinking and trying to make healthier choices. Eh. But today is the day. No pop for me. I know a result will be I drink more water which I hav... Read more

  • #backontrack Day 1

    8/1/2014 1:58:56 PM, by JRDUPREE

    I have been very easy going on my SparkPeople for several weeks now. I go through the motions without really embracing them. I have only been tracking my food 75% of the time and not making good choices. I read my goal board without really thinking about what the goals really mean to me. I have ... Read more

  • The Next Step

    8/1/2014 11:14:01 AM, by DEBTEVELDAHL

    Now for the next step. I started out with an appointment with my nutritionist. She sat me down and explained to me in detail what prediabetes is. She said that my A1C is 5.7. That is good news to me, since that is just on the cusp of prediabetes. The range is 5.7 to 6.4. Prediabetes is a risk... Read more