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  • Mindset Reset

    8/23/2017 1:17:42 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I realize lately that I've drifted off course. I began making excuses for my behavior. First it was due to the semester, which is perfectly valid, however now I need to take care of myself again. This time, though, I'm changing direction. Instead of following plans set my others, I'm blazing my ow... Read more

  • 2 weeks

    8/19/2017 8:55:09 AM, by VALKYRIA-

    I'm starting to get the lay of the land at work, and I'm shadowing other developers on my team. I'm still in disbelief that I got this job (so grateful!). My car is great and I love it! I made a rule that I will not eat food in it and I've been doing well with that. That brings me to my final chal... Read more

  • Day 21

    8/17/2017 11:35:32 PM, by CHRYS00

    Attempt 20something or other in trying to post to my blog. Been trying for five days ugh. So tired of retyping this. So quick version. Yay blood sugar less then 150 for eight days. Fasting under 100 for 2 days... probably change tomorrow as my sugar levels tonight actually sucked, 146. Almost broke... Read more

  • Tough Times

    8/17/2017 2:27:26 PM, by *LISA*KAY*

    I haven't been here in a couple of months because we've had so many difficult things to deal with I have just had no energy to focus on me. I am sad to say that my Father-in-law went to his Heavenly home on May 30th. He was just not able to fight the infection and it went into sepsis. We are hear... Read more

  • Positivity Motivates

    8/15/2017 11:00:41 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    One of the big things on my mind lately has been positivity, in particular adding as much as possible to my life. There are two aspects to this: incorporating positive perspectives and activities and removing negative ones. The second tears my heartstrings a bit for several reasons. For one, I'm tie... Read more

  • Apple Cider Diet Start.

    8/15/2017 3:27:37 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    I have been on the Alli diet plan and diet pills for ten months non-stop since November of 2016. Ten full months three pills daily without even one skipped week. Now I am adding the Apple Cider diet to it. You drink 2 table spoons of unpasteurized Cider twice daily before meals and research says you... Read more

  • The New Spark-spective

    8/14/2017 4:48:28 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    So, my plan was that, once I got home yesterday, I'd go for a ~3 mile run. After all, I've got my Spartan Sprint on September 10th. Well, I hurt my ankle while playing mini-golf (cue the ironic applause). I think it's sprained, so so much for running yesterday. I am getting back on track, so I reall... Read more

  • Fly by

    8/11/2017 1:49:59 PM, by TEEZIE

    This year seems to be flying by fast. I have gone through some good times and bad times in the past month. I have survived and made it through. I haven't made it to the gym as much as I would have liked. But I have made a point to park further away if possible. I started some new medication this we... Read more

  • Day 13.. I think

    8/9/2017 5:43:51 PM, by CHRYS00

    So I went into my diabetic assessment thingy today. Learned much that will help me in the long run, like I CAN EAT NORMAL STUFF! I showed her the "glycemic index" paper that I have been basing my food off of, and the words that popped out of her mouth was "Oh dear god." Along with a very amusing loo... Read more

  • First few days

    8/8/2017 6:31:03 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    ...have gone well! I did so much walking yesterday that I couldn't even go to the gym. I was quite tired, but now I'm situated in my new office and going through the onboarding process. I can't believe I got this job. I am incredibly grateful and lucky and proud of myself. Last night I went ... Read more

  • August 6th Weekly Plan

    8/6/2017 4:16:48 PM, by IVORY1825

    Food this week: Ketogenic diet! Breakfast will be egg and veggie scrambles, and lunches will be mainly fruit, veggies, and cheese/meat roll-ups. Here's the dinner plan: Sun: bacon, chicken, cabbage saute Mon; Mexican stuffed peppers Tues: paprika chicken and cauliflower gratin Wed: s... Read more

  • Day 9

    8/5/2017 6:02:27 PM, by CHRYS00

    Been a few days since I wrote anything. Not much to tell. I lost a few pounds this week, and my blood sugar has dropped below 200. I think. Pretty sure I am using my monitor right. upped my dose of Metformin, per the doctors instructions, and I do not like that med. Not at all. BLEH Not sure my... Read more

  • Graduated!

    8/4/2017 9:43:19 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Today I finished my boot camp and earned my certificate of software development :) Monday I begin my new job at Chase! For my next feat, I plan to lose 50 lb between now and 2018. I'll be posting a lot more often now, promise! ... Read more

  • Training Focus

    8/3/2017 2:55:30 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I had a bit of a disconnect on Tuesday. My trainer showed me a video of me working out. I didn't look like myself. I am approaching slimness (which isn't my goal, but it's a milestone maker). Not to mention, the focus and work I was putting in isn't something I typically attribute to myself. It only... Read more

  • Day 6

    8/2/2017 7:01:23 PM, by CHRYS00

    Skipped a day on my blog. Didn't know what to say not that I cared to think on it much. Not a great couple of days for me. broke down Monday night, had to leave the game right before a big ol battle against some gargoyles, assassins, and I think it was a wizard. not sure. But apparently I (my chara... Read more

  • Building Habits Like Legos... Literally

    8/2/2017 2:10:53 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    As part of my gamification project, smaller point-items (literally, items worth a number of points, like how a quarter is worth twenty-five cents) can be earned. A certain number of each point-item can be traded for the next level up point-item. At any point, these point-items can be traded in for r... Read more

  • Creating a System That You Can Live With

    8/1/2017 12:03:56 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Perhaps one of the most difficult part of my journey was creating a flexible and adaptive system that works for me. There are definitely times where I need it to be rigid, and there are times where I need it to be lax. So, I build in different variables that work for me. I have a trainer who underst... Read more

  • Day 4 ....... sigh

    7/31/2017 5:51:01 PM, by CHRYS00

    Not much to tell. been laying in my room all day, sleeping and staring at a blank openoffice page. And working on getting myself motivated for tonight. Tonight is game night with my friends so the local game group is in the dining room right now getting ready and stuffing their face with Popeye's wh... Read more

  • I achieved what I thought was impossible

    7/31/2017 2:52:56 PM, by MATTD63

    I have gone 31 days without a soda. (or will have when I go to bed tonight) This is amazing and something I thought was impossible for me. You see, I drank a lot of soda...I mean A LOT. I would wake up and have a can. At work I would drink 3-5 more. Get home, have another can. I would fini... Read more

  • Make It a Game

    7/31/2017 2:23:49 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I've got a new idea for a game that'll be really cool to implement! I'm going to make a real life version and I think I'll turn it into an app if it works well! It'll use a lot of my favorite components from games. I've had a similar idea for a long time, but couldn't figure out a few components u... Read more

  • Day 3

    7/30/2017 1:38:26 PM, by CHRYS00

    Today has been a little trying. Yesterday I felt ok, today Im tired with a headache. I got my headache after breakfast. same yesterday but it didn't last near as long. Maybe it's the english muffin for breakfast? Or something else? It's the Whole Wheat like my list says but I don't know if it's the ... Read more

  • Why do we want to lose weight?

    7/30/2017 10:34:04 AM, by NEW_ME_IN_2017

    Sometimes putting our whys can help us remember why we are starting or continuing our journey. For me, I want to lose weight for multiple reasons. First, and most important, I want to be here for my son. I know a lot of people say that just because someone is over weight, doesn't mean they are unhe... Read more

  • Day 4 - have my starting weight!

    7/27/2017 8:26:11 AM, by VALKYRIA-

    A few days ago my scale wouldn't even weigh me (it's only supposed to go to 400 lb, so I assumed I was 405-410). Welllllll, I had a few great days (went to the gym twice, eating has been in my calorie range), and today it deigned to give me a weight: 402.2! No idea how much I lost in these 4 days b... Read more

  • Gaining Control

    7/26/2017 1:53:49 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Ironic considering what my post yesterday was. Today, I was really stressing out because I haven't been losing weight, and angry at myself for eating ice cream last night. There's multiple issues here, like that I keep switching scales, so I really don't know what I weigh (knowing what I weigh lets ... Read more

  • Just celebrated my birthday

    7/26/2017 11:57:51 AM, by WHITETURTLERAIN

    I just turned 44. I moved back to my hometown Milwaukee, WI. I signed up for online course on Life Purpose. I am writing a business plan.... Read more

  • "Some" is Good Enough

    7/25/2017 3:00:46 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Tell you what, I've written up this blog entry twenty times on just as many topics (actually more). So, perfection, understanding, and perception the topic(s) shall be. About a month ago, I downloaded some tracks of voice recordings from Camp Nerd Fitness 2016 (which I attended). Side note: I fo... Read more