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  • My winter 2017/2018 5% challenge exercise plan

    12/17/2017 10:17:04 AM, by GRACEFULJOURNEY

    My plan is to make it to the gym 3 - 4 times a week to do elliptical and weight training. I will also be walking the dog in an attempt to wear her out ( a tired puppy is a well behaved puppy) daily weather permitting.... Read more

  • Sunday

    12/17/2017 9:16:10 AM, by WHITE-2

    Apart from the 2 bites of chocolate on thursday I have been working on being sugar free again for about 7 days now. The past two days were completely sugar free. From december 2nd on I ate 'rubbish' (sugar foods) for one week, and before that I was 'sugar free' for 6 weeks. I hope that this mean ... Read more

  • I Learned My Lesson Well

    12/17/2017 7:08:53 AM, by KELLIEBEAN

    As Ricky Nelson sang, "it's alright now, I learned my lesson well, you can't please everyone so you got to please yourself" It's been a year of lessons learned, sometimes learned again and again and again. There's been a lot of things out of my control so the best I could do was take care of an... Read more

  • Money Can't Buy A True Christmas

    12/17/2017 7:02:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Money cannot buy a true Christmas. It cannot buy contentment and kindness. It cannot buy patience and tolerance. It cannot buy Baby Jesus in the manger. It cannot buy fidelity and commitment. Money may put presents under the tree, but it cannot buy joy and happiness. Money cannot buy ... Read more

  • Aerobics for the first time in 14 years!

    12/17/2017 5:19:26 AM, by TIGERSEYEHEART

    Hi and thanks for stopping by. I'm thrilled to say that this week I added aerobics to my workout. It's been about 14 years since I did an aerobics class! I've read here on SP about the Kathy Smith walking workouts, so that's what I tried. They're tough but not too tough. Here are the two ... Read more

  • Saw Star Wars ..yay

    12/16/2017 10:24:13 PM, by TERRI289

    A week late, we got to celebrate my birthday with a movie and a nice lunch. Good things happen when you least expect it! ... Read more

  • Listening to My SparkFriends

    12/16/2017 6:07:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    My one word of advice: Listen to your SparkFriends. I have grown as a person and gained much better health from listening to them. Now let me explain a bit about my Spark journey. I have been Sparking for 8 years. I started by using the food journal, and then the exercise journal. Every d... Read more

  • Pots-Beck Check In: Week#5

    12/16/2017 6:03:43 AM, by KRISZTA11

    A good week again! Eating went well, I followed my written plan at all meals, except two minor swaps (for identical nutritional values). Exercise was more than usual, as I got to swim a lot at the wellness hotel. Thanks to the retreat, I reestablished my daily mindfulness and meditation practi... Read more

  • Happy Friday! Here are some pictures from today's Zumba Christmas party

    12/15/2017 11:51:39 PM, by TERRI289

    I think the logo on my jacket makes my butt look cool!! LOL... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog#136 - Goals

    12/15/2017 1:11:02 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    The year is soon coming to an end, and with it, the New Year begins. What is the first thing we think of when it comes to New Years? (right after champagne of course!) New Years Resolutions! I'm happy to report that with only a half of a month left in the year, I am still going strong at attemp... Read more

  • Friday already

    12/15/2017 11:41:39 AM, by WHITE-2

    Though I had a binge yesterday, I managed to not eat more than just a tiny amount of sugary foods. I would not have been able to eat them if a salesperson in a store had not sneaked 4 tiny chocolates in the bag of stuff I bought. 'What a nice gift' - not. Apart from those four tiny things - maybe ju... Read more

  • Christmas Time Miracle .. They happen lol

    12/15/2017 11:29:35 AM, by BBLUNDON

    well .. not THAT kind of miracle. My hubs is not a fan of Christmas - he will not tell you what he wants, doesn't like decorating, and does the minimal to be involved. Couple that with working 2 out of every 3 years on Christmas day and our marriage has been interesting at Christmas time and I... Read more

  • Environmental Impact

    12/15/2017 6:19:21 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Love it Love it Love it when I find an article on SparkPeople that resonates. This morning's offering from Elizabeth Babcock hit a bulls eye.
    _setting_the_right_goals Of course - the goal setting part and the "make it someth... Read more

  • Silencing the voice of temptation

    12/15/2017 5:13:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    My new challenge is learning to ignore the temptation of eating too much food through the holidays. Just a few small strategies go a long way. Today I worked at a desk where a wonderful teacher left a candy bar for me. It took me lots of strategizing to leave that snack alone all day long. ... Read more

  • Hunger is not an emergency... and sometimes it makes no sense

    12/15/2017 5:04:56 AM, by KRISZTA11

    Before I learned "hunger is not an emergency" from the Beck Diet Solution Book, I used to think hunger is always meaningful, and if I felt a twinge of hunger I had to eat immediately or else... (or else what??). Also I used to think every time I feel like eating is true hunger (and, of course, I h... Read more

  • Staying Healthy During the Holidays

    12/14/2017 2:41:22 PM, by AMYLFA

    The year-end holiday season is a time when a lot of people travel, and attend large social gatherings and public events. This is also the time when the cold and flu season is in high gear, and predictions are that the 2017-2018 flu season is going to be severe. I have had a cold or flu ruin enough v... Read more

  • My favorite part of SparkPeople

    12/14/2017 2:40:01 PM, by ADRIENALINE

    I love the 5% challenges, I lost 55 lbs and have kept them off just because of these wonderful challenges The next one will be the 5% Winter Challenge and it will start in January. They are an 8-wk challenge and you post your exercise minutes and starting weight and get to do healthy activities call... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog#135 - Christmas Update!

    12/14/2017 1:03:52 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Well I got my first dose of Christmas reality last night. I've done my majority of shopping on-line but last night I went to "quickly grab" wrapping paper for tonight's goal of getting everything wrapped that I can. Well, after staring at a few tv's for DH (that I didn't buy and now have to go back ... Read more

  • A Merry & Affordable Christmas

    12/14/2017 5:14:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm on a mission to help my family have a Merry Christmas without going broke. A meaningful Christmas does not have to involve giving until it hurts or sets the family into financial crises mode. 1. Create an event! use your imagination to make a party festive with simple things. I bou... Read more

  • Wednesday, Dec 13th

    12/13/2017 10:51:19 PM, by TERRI289

    Sending love and prayers for all. 593... Read more

  • 2018 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation

    12/13/2017 9:40:12 PM, by PRYTANIAS

    This is your invitation! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle ... Read more

  • week 9 of therapy and an update on my recovery process

    12/13/2017 7:32:54 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    This week we finally finished chapter 1, started chapter 2 and discussed the end of one and start of the other. Now for an update on my recovery. I now have a sponsor for my recovery. I went to my first meeting via phone on Monday night. I learned a lot and realize I am a long way from being recover... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #134 - Christmas is Coming- too fast!!

    12/13/2017 3:51:50 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Is anyone else feeling it? Christmas is coming and I'm not quite ready! I'm not totally behind, but Christmas only being 12 days away is a little too soon for me! Why too soon you ask? Well the number one reason is I planned to send everyone their holiday gifts in time for Christmas. Well I don... Read more

  • High Blood Pressure | Day 1

    12/13/2017 3:13:47 PM, by ZOMBAE

    Not words I expected to hear before turning 30. A lot of factors like ever changing Thyroid medication until the right balance is found, recent stress, etc. have contributed to this new problem but it's still pretty horrifying to be young and in the back of an ambulance experiencing a Hypertens... Read more

  • Today I had the first food pusher of the season

    12/13/2017 2:36:43 PM, by ADRIENALINE

    Today, one of my teammates came by with a box of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Mint pretzels. I tried to turn it down but she insisted. Then I tried only taking half of one and she pushed until I agreed to take the second half for later. Unfortunately, I couldn't resist and I ate the first half and th... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    12/13/2017 1:40:12 PM, by MOMMY445

    i just found out today that i did not get the job that i had an interview for about a week ago. that is okay with me. i will keep on looking and trying until i get the job that is the right fit for me and that is steady. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,ever... Read more

  • Writing for Fun

    12/13/2017 5:19:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Blogging myself happy! Why blog? These days, I'm alone but not lonely. Blogging keeps me connected to people. I came from a large family and lived across the street from my cousins. There were always lots of friends around. For most of my life, I've lived close to friends and family. Unt... Read more

  • Maintaining

    12/13/2017 5:11:16 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    Total lost from July 2017 to December 2017 is 13.2 lbs. Lots of changes in the last 5 months and weight has been up and down. Hoping to start losing again. 60th birthday is next month.... Read more

  • Happy Hanukkah!

    12/12/2017 11:20:11 PM, by TERRI289

    Wishing all who celebrate a wonderful Hanukkah! Sweet dreams!... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    12/12/2017 12:27:51 PM, by MOMMY445

    i am making great progress in both of my online courses. in one of them, i am doing really well. in the other one, i am doing good. i know i can do even better. one of my online courses deals with math lessons. that is not one of my favourite subjects, i have to admit. math is one of the courses tha... Read more

  • 2018 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation

    12/12/2017 12:22:50 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This invitation is for you! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifesty... Read more

  • Back to tracking with less baggage

    12/12/2017 7:59:27 AM, by TIGERSEYEHEART

    Since the summer, I have been using food groups through the food pyramid to track my food, which is just to ballpark calories and nutrition. This is because I've been focused on working through my emotional overeating self discovery and my exercise. I'm in a pretty good routine with exercise... Read more

  • The First and Second Snow Storms

    12/12/2017 5:25:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    The fist snow is a magical time. The world is covered in white, glistening diamonds. There's a hushed quietness that comes with this soft blanket. I feel like a playful child again as I shovel the snow from the driveway. All of nature is full of the wintery wonderland. I know that snow is a... Read more

  • Monday....why can't every weekend be a three day!

    12/11/2017 10:46:03 PM, by TERRI289

    Taught two Zumba classes...tired now..good night!!! 102... Read more

  • Accepting my imperfect self

    12/11/2017 7:08:00 PM, by TIGERSEYEHEART

    I've come to one of those milestones in my life, probably part of growing up, where I am almost comfortable with being imperfect. The final straw was trying once again to deal with my inner critic that criticises my body. I'm trying to 'fix' her along with so many other parts of me. I've don... Read more

  • it's monday

    12/11/2017 1:22:50 PM, by MOMMY445

    a cool and mostly cloudy day here today. it is supposed to snow on and off throughout the day here today. that is okay with me and with my daughter. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i have not yet heard back anything on the job opportunities i had over the last two weeks. i am not giving up. i wil... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #133 - Holiday Party!

    12/11/2017 1:01:31 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Saturday night we had a Holiday Party with our closest friends! I made three new recipes to share with the group, one of which Amelia and DH made with me! That one was a recipe for Puppy Chow! I've had it at party's before but have never made it.
    ppy-chow-che... Read more

  • I found this amusing ..

    12/11/2017 12:04:08 PM, by BBLUNDON

    This is NOT an attack on religion at all .. but I'd never thought of it this way but when you look you see what the original poster said. It makes me think about really seeing and listening to those and situations around you because things may not always be as you think. cheers spark... Read more

  • Fresh From The Pleistocene

    12/11/2017 7:46:32 AM, by BESSHAILE

    It is possible that I am the only person you know without a smart phone - for all intents and purposes, without a cell phone at all. Or ... I was. But this weekend I laid down my spear, hitched up my loin cloth, twitched the leash of my mastodon and lumbered on down to the store to buy my mobile com... Read more

  • Choose Happiness!

    12/11/2017 5:25:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    I choose Happiness I choose to see the good in others. I choose to be thankful. I choose to make changes in my life every day. I choose to ignore petty problems. The glass is half full, and my life matters. When I choose happiness, others feel love, acceptance and contentment. ... Read more

  • 63 Plus 1..thanks for the well wishes!

    12/10/2017 10:52:06 PM, by TERRI289

    The day after my birthday was good. I got to do the laundry, went out for breakfast, and got to read and declutter. I also rested my knee...a good day overall. Have a great week!! 247... Read more

  • Week One Done

    12/10/2017 1:36:57 PM, by JBIRDBAKER

    Okay, I just wrote out a huge novel for this and it didn't post, so I am not going to bother doing that one again. The gist was - this week I logged everything to find my starting point. I was brutally honest about it and found that I over eat and I don't move (like at all). So my small c... Read more

  • Sunday

    12/10/2017 10:39:34 AM, by WHITE-2

    My goals are basically always: SLEEP, FOOD, EXERCISE Right now they are: 1. Go to bed on time (WHY is this SO hard?!!!) 2. Stick to food plan 3. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Preferably more. It's 4.35 PM here so most of the sunday has been spent. Yesterday I w... Read more

  • Post-Beck check in: Week#4

    12/10/2017 7:42:54 AM, by KRISZTA11

    This was a good week again, both on the eating and the exercise front. I had a written plan every day, and stuck to it at all times, except husband's birthday dinner, when I ate an extra slice of toast with salmon, and 30 extra grams of dark chocolate. But no inner struggles, when I wanted to ea... Read more

  • Small Victories and Snow on My Chair

    12/10/2017 5:36:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    It snowed all of Saturday and long into the night. The roads were not good. Still, I was happy to see the first real snowfall come. The whole world looks clean and white. Maybe I won't be sitting in my chair on the deck, but I'll brush it off when a shovel the 4 inches of snow off the deck, an... Read more

  • Mind Meld

    12/10/2017 5:31:41 AM, by BESSHAILE

    I love so many things here on Spark People. On-line friends. People who blog. Challenges. That adorable Coach Nicole - someone I've enjoyed watching evolve over the years. And my favorite mind melding author here - Dean Anderson. I really love his way of explaining things and his ideas seem to... Read more

  • December Goals

    12/9/2017 10:52:05 PM, by DANCIN2ANEWME

    I have not blogged for sometime and to be 100% honest, I have not truly made any goals either. I have had a rough year, 2017 was not the easiest for me. I think after having my little one last November I was expecting to just jump right back to where I was prior to pregnancy. Rude awakening... Read more

  • It's my birthday!!!

    12/9/2017 10:40:07 PM, by TERRI289

    Happy 63rd birthday to me! It started out a bit stinky with the winter storm benji upending my plans for the day. My Max developed a sore leg right before bed so I slept on the couch with him(or tried to do so) and this morning we went to the vet. One injection later, he seemed better and is wi... Read more

  • it's saturday

    12/9/2017 1:03:03 PM, by MOMMY445

    a nice day to get outdoors and enjoy! my daughter says hi. i am getting caught up with some of my online courses today. then i will get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Favorite Christmas Books for Kids (and us grownups too)

    12/9/2017 10:36:56 AM, by BESSHAILE

    These are my top picks for Christmas reads to young and old. Some are not entirely Christmas themed but have such vivid delicious descriptions of the holiday they deserve to be among the chosen. Remember - you are NEVER too old for a Christmas Picture Book. Peter Spier's Christmas by Peter Sp... Read more

  • Saturday

    12/9/2017 9:55:50 AM, by WHITE-2

    Yesterday I ate more than was in my plan, but did not binge and stayed almost sugar free (had just one whole wheat biscuit). Not perfect by any means but I am doing better than before and hopefully, moving back on track.... Read more

  • Attitude is EVERYTHING!

    12/9/2017 5:40:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Our attitude can bring us higher or lower. I've seen both the positive and negative of this truth. Christmas can be a season of stress. Today I'm bringing my 95-year-old Mom out shopping. Now THAT is stressful! I choose to do it in a gentle and kind manner, and take her home when she shows s... Read more

  • it's friday

    12/8/2017 10:12:47 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! i am looking forward to it and so is my daughter. she says hi to everyone! i am taking it easy today and not doing too much housework or errands. i will still do my exercise, that is for sure. i am finding that i really enjoy exercising regularly now. have a wonderful da... Read more

  • Day 2 - second blog of the day

    12/8/2017 5:35:56 AM, by WHITE-2

    Yesterday I managed to stick to my food plan, after messing up for 5 days. I'm very glad. Got rid of the triggers foods and since noon yesterday stayed sugar free. I've also managed to get two nights of good sleep (using some sleep medication...). I hope that this way I will be able to g... Read more

  • Ask The Magic Question!

    12/8/2017 4:35:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Magic Question: What can I do today to bring lower blood sugar levels tomorrow? I found this question in the article My Magic Question: What can I do today to bring lower blood sugar levels tomorrow? I found this question in the article A solution My Magic Question: What can I do toda... Read more

  • 'Diet training'

    12/8/2017 2:40:30 AM, by WHITE-2

    Recently I read a lot about how to train dogs, these days there are new insights. The best thing, they say, is to never say 'NO' to a dog as it does not get it and research showed that they become insecure, scared AND, they perform commands less well than dogs who never hear 'no'. The ide... Read more

  • I love sleep

    12/7/2017 11:13:25 PM, by TERRI289

    Since my dh' s work hours changed , sleep has been disrupted. The long naps are helping but I miss my tv time. My right leg is doing better. I see the doctor next Thursday. Hope everyone is doing well! 220... Read more

  • This season is a B*tch

    12/7/2017 3:34:45 PM, by ADRIENALINE

    I had three cookie exchanges scheduled this week, a very caloric dinner for the last two nights and we are eating out tonite. None of this fits into my process and I'm competing in a Maintain Don't Gain" challenge at work. My last weigh in for the challenge (after the three cookie exchanges) was 129... Read more

  • it's thursday

    12/7/2017 1:20:34 PM, by MOMMY445

    i feel that the job interview this morning went really well. i will know by the middle of next week whether or not i get this job. i am not giving up until i get a steady job that i enjoy going to. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day ?

    12/7/2017 12:53:41 PM, by WHITE-2

    Saturday I got into a some sort of emotional crisis. Sad to say it led to binge eating in the past days. I had been avoding sugars for 6 weeks, and been on a food plan that allows me to lose weight for 10 days. In the past days I kept trying to get back on track and then at night I'd fail and ... Read more

  • Day 30 Postpone Eating & Reminder of Red Light Foods

    12/7/2017 12:33:25 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Food addicts don’t want to give up their binge foods; they just want to avoid the consequences of eating. Change the way you manage snack foods and desserts, decide that you will postpone eating them and minimize the amount. Tell yourself you can always have some of the food, but that you’ll wa... Read more

  • From Where I Am To A Better Place

    12/7/2017 8:34:54 AM, by BESSHAILE

    I've been at this game a loooooong time. My first diet was when I was 13. 65 now. Yeah. A long journey. And I KNEW about diets way years before that. At 7 I knew women should have small waists. At the time I was pretty confident about my own waist but I knew my mother was anxious about hers and my 1... Read more

  • Aware of the Bear

    12/7/2017 5:23:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    Aware of the Bear Understanding and respect are the keys to understanding bear behavior. There's no reason to fear the bear. Bears don't care all that much about people. They mainly care about our food and their cubs. 1. Bears are not interested in people! When people understand the... Read more

  • Tonight is the company Christmas party

    12/7/2017 3:07:13 AM, by PLAINJANEDOE

    I got up an hour early so I can do yoga before kickboxing (i.e. before the gym opens) instead of after, so that I can get to work early. Maybe if I am efficient I can sneak in one of the 10- or 15-min yoga sessions in my office since I don't have time to come home between work and party. Ugh.... Read more

  • Respecting My Body

    12/6/2017 9:56:52 PM, by CIARAMBLECKA

    I'm working through the last three chapters of Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating workbook right now and an important one for me is learning to respect my body. Lately I've been feeling a sense of low self esteem because I'm back to being a size 3XL/22W, back where I was when I joined Sparkpe... Read more

  • Week 8 of my therapy

    12/6/2017 8:06:35 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    Yesterday we made more headway in chapter 1. We are almost done reading chapter 1. I finished reading chapter 6 and the stuff is hitting me hard once again. I am now in a group on yahoo for my eating disorder called Angels on Assignment. It is a faith based group for eating disorders. I am going to ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    12/6/2017 11:04:36 AM, by MOMMY445

    a much colder day here today. i made sure that my daughter was well dressed when she went to school this morning. she did the same to me. she made sure i was bundled up and ready to go. a day to catch up on my online courses and some housework. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i am looking forward ... Read more

  • Jones Rd Stonearch Bridge

    12/6/2017 5:22:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Not too far from my home, there's a lovely stone arch bridge. Every year, neighbors decorate the bridge for the holidays with an evergreen chain with red bows. On Saturday, I was out for my afternoon walk and came upon Abby and Jeff preparing the bridge for its winter adornment. I stopped and hel... Read more

  • Logical solution to an emotional problem?

    12/5/2017 7:46:27 PM, by TIGERSEYEHEART

    I've become acutely aware of the fact that I'm looking for a logical solution to an emotional problem. The emotional problem is overeating. The logical solution I have been seeking is getting buried in a numbers game of weight loss. The numbers I've been looking at are nutritional values and m... Read more

  • Walking is my go-to

    12/5/2017 3:06:09 PM, by ADRIENALINE

    I love to walk and I don't usually ever have any trouble taking off during lunch for an hour to walk around. I know my fitbit enjoys the walk too.Today they gifted me with a trophy for 5000 miles I only got my fitbit in 2014 so that's just 3 years for 5000 miles. I feel pretty accomplished.... Read more

  • Day 28 Eating because it’s there

    12/5/2017 12:36:16 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Found Food - bits of free food that crosses your path, it came into your line of vision. When you grab food because it’s in front of you, you’re not trying to appreciate flavors. You are eating because it's there! Stop automatic eating use this magic line... I don't eat food just because it's ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    12/5/2017 10:47:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have another job interview for a full time job on thursday morning. i had a phone interview for a steady part time job. for that one, and the in person interview yesterday morning, i will know by the end of this week if i get either job. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i fee... Read more

  • Overcoming Overeating At Home

    12/5/2017 5:15:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    The urge to eat: sometimes I have a tough time not eating when alone at home. Telling myself NO! in front of the mirror is something that I'd rather not do! There are times when just say NO doesn't work for me. My plan: 1. Carry my drink with me! I can fill up the cup as I go. If ... Read more

  • How Spark has changed!

    12/5/2017 12:59:57 AM, by PAOLINA

    I joined in 2002, not because I needed to lose weight but because some of the members were discussing a book I was reading: "The Power of Now" by Eckhardt Tolle. At that time there were no food or exercise trackers and no official challenges. Even Sparkguy didn't exist, just Chris and Joe runni... Read more

  • Sunday's activities

    12/4/2017 8:13:34 PM, by ADRIENALINE

    Sunday was a beautiful weather day. My DH and I walked to Costco after having breakfast of homemade whole wheat bread, almond butter and honey and our last lovely fruit salad of the season from now on it will persimmons, grapes, apples and a bunch of tropical fruits from far away. I have a ... Read more

  • it's monday

    12/4/2017 2:24:49 PM, by MOMMY445

    the interview i had for a job this morning was reschuled. the date will be later on this week. i did have a phone interview this afternoon with fedex freight for a permanent part time position. i am still waiting to hear back on the other interviews i had over the last few weeks for jobs. my daughte... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #132 - Monday Night Football!!

    12/4/2017 12:55:40 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Working a short day today so I'm not going to write a long blog on my lunch break. Why am I working a short day? MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!! Tonight I'm heading to the Steelers vs. Bengals game here in Cincinnati. I'm going with 5 other Steelers fans, 3 of which drove in from Pittsburgh. I've... Read more

  • Two Gifts From Nature

    12/4/2017 7:23:14 AM, by BESSHAILE

    I lent my camera to my daughter last week so I haven't any photographs of these two gifts. I am going to try to paint them with words. Let's see if I succeed. On a walk out across the winter bare fields of our eastern Virginia farm I was blanketed with the bluest of December skies. The pale gol... Read more

  • Overcoming Overeating at parties

    12/4/2017 5:23:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    The urge to eat Sometimes I have a tough time not eating at social events. Overcoming overeating is a discipline! Telling myself NO! in front of others is something that I'd rather not do! My plan: 1. Carry my drink with me! I can fill up the cup as I go. If something like herbal te... Read more

  • Long week..possible misaligned hip

    12/3/2017 11:26:55 PM, by TERRI289

    So of course my knee hurts too. It is the right leg that I had the issue with when I stepped in the hole while while walking the dog. I went to Urgent Care yesterday and they xrayed etc. Hopefully the knee is just a sprain. No one seems to be paying attention to my hip except my massage therapists. ... Read more

  • Shopping at Normal Stores

    12/3/2017 7:04:04 PM, by DREAMERSPIRITT

    I'm at the point where I can consistently shop at "normal" clothing stores. It still feels kind of unreal... it doesn't really register that I'm a size XL (sometimes even a large.) I oftentimes find myself gravitating to the 2XL section before realizing, "wait... this stuff doesn't fit me anymore." ... Read more

  • Post-Beck Check-in Week #3

    12/3/2017 9:55:59 AM, by KRISZTA11

    I had a good week again. Yesterday I completed my Beck to do list and read my response cards. Planned my meals ahead of time, in writing, and monitored my eating. Ate 3 meals a day, nothing in between. I didn't eat anything standing up, and ate my meals slowly (20-40 minutes each), noticing ev... Read more

  • No, I'm not Santa!

    12/3/2017 5:50:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    Christmas is a time of love and good cheer! It's a great time of giving. Sometimes It's a time of very high expectations from others. I cannot meet all of the Expectations and Etiquette of Christmas. This year, I've given a lot of thought to how I need to act (my etiquette) and expectations. ... Read more

  • Fitmas Challenge

    12/3/2017 5:25:24 AM, by TIGERSEYEHEART

    A Spark friend @thejackiedean12 is doing what she calls a Fitmas Challenge. I love the idea so am doing one too. My Fitmas Challenge is every week for the four weeks of December I will do three one-hour sessions of yoga, three one-hour sessions of walking/cardio machine and three one-hour sessi... Read more

  • Running mental block

    12/2/2017 7:06:08 PM, by QWESTING

    I have a mental block about running. I haven't been out for four or five months and even that last time was a sporadic outing. I stopped when I started a full time job and fertility treatment at the same time. But I've dropped to part time, stopped treatment, the weather is nice... And still I don'... Read more

  • My Stuff is Junk

    12/2/2017 2:12:41 PM, by BBLUNDON

    Hi all as i ready to renovate and am purging the house of things i'm coming across things i forgot i had or bocked that i had we have been putting online to sell for whatever they're worth to hubs and me some are worth a bit more than what i see others are selling similar items for ... Read more

  • A December to Remember

    12/2/2017 5:53:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    This December, I'm going to have some tangible goals that I know I can reach. For the last few months, I've drifted away from the practice of having monthly goals for my health. My excuse has been my job and my family. Who has time for themselves with a busy job and family? I'm sure that many... Read more

  • Day 9

    12/1/2017 3:32:18 PM, by WHITE-2

    I know I am making good efforts even though yesterday and today I consumed more calories than are in my plan. This mostly because I ate different foods, not MORE food than was in the plan... Yesterday we could not cook a meal because we had to hurry to get to a workshop that I went to, invited by... Read more

  • Day 25 Smaller amounts, less often & Gaining ONE with ONE meal!

    12/1/2017 2:18:36 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I am really into 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle now. As I did the exercise today I researched servings sizes of holiday foods. I was shocked to see how with just one meal I can gain more than one pound! Day 25 Smaller amounts, less often By using the guideline of smaller amounts,... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #131 - Sorry!

    12/1/2017 1:16:55 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Wow - what a long time it's been since I've written a Blog! I'm so sorry! Where do I begin other than to beg you to forgive me and continue to read my blog? It's been a busy few weeks with a trip to Pennsylvania so while I have a reason, I will not even dare to use it as an excuse! So once again - S... Read more

  • it's friday

    12/1/2017 11:24:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day for me to get outdoors and enjoy. the next few days here are going to be milder than usual. my daughter says hi. a new month has begun. i am looking forward to what it will bring and what i will accomplish this month. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone and a great w... Read more

  • Making My Holidays Special

    12/1/2017 5:15:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    This week I started my yearly tradition of personally handing out Christmas cards and small gifts to friends. My holidays seem so much richer when I take time to talk with friends and hand them a card that I created. I have lots of friends that I seldom take time to acknowledge in a pers... Read more

  • Calorie Adjustment

    11/30/2017 4:57:44 PM, by ADRIENALINE

    I've been using intuitive eating for some time which means for me that I might skip lunch because I'm not hungry or just grab a Kirkland nut bar at 3:00 and then go home to dinner. Because of this when I run my "Daily Nutrition Feedback Report" Sparkpeople admonishes me for going below my calorie th... Read more

  • Realizing that if I don't change things I will miss a lot of things in life

    11/30/2017 2:24:04 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    As I read the book I am realizing that I need to make changes and those changes start with me taking action and choosing to leave ED/BESSY behind. It also means finds a mentor for my eating disorder and other areas of my life so I can grow as a person and truly learn how to be healthy and learn from... Read more

  • it's thursday

    11/30/2017 10:16:42 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to reflect and relax. my daughter says hi. i have a job interview on monday morning for a full time job. i feel good about this. i approach each opportunity with a positive attitude. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Dealing with Diabetes

    11/30/2017 5:06:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    don't ignore it. It won't just go away. It silently creeps up and one day will overtake your ability to enjoy this world, if you let it. I chose to face Type II and change my life for the better. I've cut out most sugars and carbs. It's a daily battle, not too much different from what an... Read more

  • My dreams are coming true

    11/29/2017 7:45:16 PM, by TIGERSEYEHEART

    Ever since I moved to Spain three years ago, my dreams have all been coming true. Some of these dreams were lifelong dreams. Most of these dreams I had fought tooth and claw for. Some of these dreams I considered to be in the "pipe dream" category - including living in Spain :) One of my dreams... Read more

  • Book Review - The Problem of Pain

    11/29/2017 6:55:22 PM, by ERINLINDSAY83

    "The Problem of Pain" - C.S. Lewis 2 out of 5 stars I am sad to give this book such a poor review, since I have LOVED many of CS Lewis' other books. But alas, I couldn't wait until I was done reading this one. As you may or may not know, I deal with terrible chronic pain. At times, ... Read more

  • Challenges all over

    11/29/2017 4:46:31 PM, by ADRIENALINE

    Not only are challenges a way of life on Spark. I joined a challenge at the Fitness Center here at work. They are running a Maintain Don't Gain Challenge from 11/17-1/15. You go there on 11/17 and get weighed, fat percentage BMI and Waist and Hip measurement. I typically weigh myself before I step i... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    11/29/2017 1:17:47 PM, by MOMMY445

    another sunny and mild day here today. my daughter says hi! i approach each day with a positive outlook and mindset. i have applied for some other jobs while i am waiting to hear from the three phone interviews i had over the past two weeks. i know the right job is out there for me. i will not give ... Read more