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  • Too much SP?

    3/5/2015 10:43:08 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I'm writing this blog today, partly because I read BOBCATGIRL76's blog today (linked below) which was wonderful! When I joined SP in June of last year, it was kind of a spur of the moment thing - I honestly didn't think about the fact that it would become such a big part of my life and here I a... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    3/4/2015 8:02:53 AM, by MOMMY445

    there were some power outages here last night. some are still without power. where i am, the power went out briefly, then flickered for a few hours. there is full power here this morning. it snowed and rained here yesterday. a mild day here today. my daughter is doing well and says hi. all the bird... Read more

  • ALL BOTTLED UP!

    3/3/2015 11:15:32 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    What do you get when you have a classroom full of first graders that haven't had recess in about 3 weeks? You get 20 little chihuahua puppies yappin' and nippin' at your heals! At least that's what it feels like when your penned up in a classroom with them all day. Now don't get me wrong! I love ... Read more

  • Cherry Blossoms

    3/3/2015 11:32:31 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I just heard on the news that the experts are predicting that the cherry blossoms are going to peak in their blooming from April 11-14 - they did mention that these predicted dates could change over the next couple of weeks depending on the weather. We have lived here in Northern Virginia for 2.5 ye... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    3/3/2015 8:39:57 AM, by MOMMY445

    a lovely day here today. there is going to be a bit of snow this afternoon here. that is fine by me and my daughter. spring is not too far away now. a relaxing day for me today. not too much planned. i have not heard back yet regarding the tentative job. i am continuing my search for steady work. i ... Read more

  • NO "WINING"

    3/2/2015 10:36:34 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    Thought of the day: When things aren't going as planned, come up with a new plan. For example, what do you do when you have to skip going to the gym, because your running all of your papers for the entire six weeks? You use two copy machines at opposite ends of the school and volley back and fort... Read more

  • Kids

    3/2/2015 9:55:53 PM, by SWEETMAMA227

    Well...Valentine boy took me out to dinner again tonight...with my kids. It really went well. He even thanked me for allowing him to spend some time with them. And thanked them for coming. My kids are a little older...10 and 12. I've been single for the last 8 years and haven't been out too much... Read more

  • March Challenge

    3/2/2015 3:45:37 PM, by KERMIE67

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  • it's a new month

    3/2/2015 8:11:02 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new month is now underway. i am looking forward to when spring starts and so is my daughter. she is soooooo excited about her birthday that is coming up near the end of this month. she enjoys being active and keeps me active as well. she also enjoys reading regularly,too. all of the birds are doin... Read more

  • THAT-A-GIRL!

    3/1/2015 10:51:05 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    When you live in a small East Texas town like I do, this is how your girls prepare for a big game! You see this weekend our girls made it all the way to the regional finals. That's the game before going to state tournament, so it's kind of a BIG DEAL! I gotta say, although they fell short of maki... Read more

  • A Good Day

    3/1/2015 6:04:11 PM, by PHOENIXINFERNO

    It seems like forever since I could just say "I had a good day". Today falls into that category. I was up nice and early, grabbed my shopping list and made it to the grocery store just after it opened. They had some great sales so I tried some new ideas. My favorite is a fruit salad. I sliced some o... Read more

  • A new sister in law in 212 days

    3/1/2015 3:59:23 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I am so excited - my brother in law, Andrew (my husband's brother) got engaged last weekend to a wonderful woman, Jamie and I couldn't be more happy for them. Andrew is 10 years younger than my husband and his only sibling and he and Jamie have been dating for a couple of years and we absolutely lov... Read more

  • OH HAPPY DAY

    3/1/2015 12:10:49 AM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    The BIG day has FINALLY come. UPGRADE DAY! You see, I have been carrying around this terrible, horrible, no good, VERY BAD cell phone WAY longer than I EVER wanted to and have been counting down the days when I could get a new one...darn those two year contracts! Always in the past I've gotten the p... Read more

  • IT'S ME AGAIN

    2/28/2015 10:07:06 PM, by LUVLIFE20

    here we go again...life gets so busy and hectic, but I am determined to get back on the right track 521... Read more

  • INVINCIBLE by Kelly Clarkson

    2/28/2015 2:44:13 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I recently heard Kelly Clarkson's new song, Invincible and I was so touched by it - I have to admit I have loved Kelly Clarkson since I watched her on American Idol - that feels like SUCH a lifetime ago, and her lyrics always speak to me. Here is a link to the lyrics to the song and some comme... Read more

  • Dinner

    2/28/2015 10:08:21 AM, by SWEETMAMA227

    Hi everybody! Well...we were gonna go to this local place that is supposed to have awesome food...but we got a late start and when we got there, not one parking place to be had. So, we ended up at Red Lobster...which has one of my favorite meals ever...so it was good. We sat there and ate and talked... Read more

  • Goin out

    2/27/2015 2:08:29 PM, by SWEETMAMA227

    Well...tonight is the long-awaited date #3. We are actually going out this time...no cooking involved! Although I'm not exactly sure where we are going...all I was told was somewhere warm with good food. Guess I'll let y'all know tomorrow. The pessimist in me is just waiting for it all to fall apa... Read more

  • Pre ITC challenge - write a letter to yourself

    2/27/2015 12:44:13 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    For the upcoming challenge, we were asked to write a Pre ITC challenge, so here it is: Dear Self, It has been a while since you have been truly committed and honest with yourself. With mom dying in mid-December and the cold, snowy winter, it has been an uphill battle for the last several m... Read more

  • it's friday

    2/27/2015 9:59:26 AM, by MOMMY445

    my allergies are really acting up this morning. i will just go out once in the afternoon to run a few errands. it got cold very fast yesterday outside. today is superhero day at my daughter's school. she has a cool outfit ready to wear. she was up early this morning, as she wanted to put on her supe... Read more

  • WINTER THOUGHTS

    2/26/2015 9:47:37 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    This week my mind has thought a lot about animals that hibernate. You see here in East Texas we got two, that's right, TWO snow days. For some of my spark friends from the northeast, this may not seem like a big deal, but here in East Texas snow days are far and few between. My northeastern spark... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/26/2015 8:47:50 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to reflect and recharge for me today. i am all caught up in both of my online courses, so i have some spare time on my hands. my daughter is looking forward to celebrating her birthday next month. she keeps changing her mind on how she wants to celebrate it. i know she will make up her mind s... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    2/25/2015 8:19:28 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get outdoors and enjoy! even though it is cold here, it is sunny today. i am feeling a lot better today, so i will be outdoors more than i was the other day. my daughter is enjoying the weather these days. all of the birds say hi. have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • That time of year

    2/24/2015 8:17:28 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Went in for my yearly check up. According to the numbers from my blood work, everything is pretty much the same as last year. Need to work on the weight problem. I was told that people with A, B, or AB blood types have a harder time losing weight. I'm AB, and according to the book "Eat Right for... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    2/24/2015 8:37:09 AM, by MOMMY445

    i found, in the daily newspaper, an opportunity to get some extra work in to improve my math and english skills even more. i will inquire into that today, as well as some other options to get another job. my daughter says hi to everyone and sends hugs. all of the birds are doing well and say cheep,c... Read more

  • Sleep

    2/24/2015 5:20:23 AM, by SWEETMAMA227

    I didn't sleep very well last night. I went to bed at 10:45 and was up at 12:30 and 2:15 and finally just got up out of bed at 3:00 cuz just laying there wasn't doing me any good. So I got up and got cleaned up and got to my workout. Not sure what was up with me...just couldn't turn my mind off. I... Read more

  • it's monday

    2/23/2015 9:08:12 AM, by MOMMY445

    off to a slow start this morning. my allergies are acting up just now, so i am taking it easy. my daughter was all bundled up for school today. i may go out later in the afternoon. i will see how i feel by then and if it has warmed up outside,too. i am continuing to look for another job, to work on ... Read more

  • HEALTHY CHOICES TO MAKE

    2/22/2015 12:09:02 PM, by READYRUBBIES

    make your own salad dressings, for your oils try:olive oil,grape seed oil,sesame oil,nut oils,or avocado oils.For your acid try:lemon juice,vinegars,and the other flavors to add try:mustard,jams or jelly,herbs like parsley or basil,garlic,shallots,onions,g
    inger,soy sauce,tahini to add a kick to ... Read more

  • it's sunday

    2/22/2015 11:10:36 AM, by MOMMY445

    it's the last week of february and a week full of challenges for me. still looking for another job while continuing to do my two online college courses. my daughter and i are at the library for a while. then we are off on a walk. all the birds say hi. have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Luck

    2/21/2015 7:46:01 AM, by SWEETMAMA227

    I never seem to have much luck in the way of dating. I usually get through about 2 dates and then I never hear from them again. My second date with Valentine boy went well. I made dinner this time...chicken sautéed with peppers and onion on a bed of brown rice. He enjoyed it as he is kind of a healt... Read more

  • Stop and look at the clouds

    2/20/2015 11:43:27 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    So, this being the third snow day this week (this time for extreme cold), the boys and I dressed warmly in layers and went outside to get some freezing but fresh air. I was just going to watch the boys play but I got right in there with them and played. My oldest was making snow angels when he stopp... Read more

  • it's friday

    2/20/2015 9:58:07 AM, by MOMMY445

    another very cool day here today. i will head out in a while to run an errand or two. a day to catch up on housework and course work for me. then i can enjoy the weekend to the fullest! all of the birds say hi. my daughter is now taking part in basketball at school. she really enjoys being active an... Read more

  • Still Here

    2/19/2015 7:52:32 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    524 I'm still here, but have been slacking about getting on SparkPeople. I wish I could stay away from Facebook as easily as I do here. I was sick over the weekend, 15 and slept as much as I could 102 I've been kind of bummed 39 lately, since I'm not able to go to church or women... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/19/2015 8:03:54 AM, by MOMMY445

    a very cool day here today. i just have to go out once and do one errand and then i am back inside for the day. my daughter was all bundled up this morning. i will be when i head out in a while. all of the birds say cheep,cheep. the sun is shining brightly here this morning. which is a wonderful thi... Read more

  • THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

    2/18/2015 11:09:01 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    If I have learned anything from this weight loss journey, it is this...you have to take the good with the bad. Take today for instance: The good- It's teacher appreciation week at school and I resisted temptation. The bad- PTA thought they should show their appreciation by sending donuts this m... Read more

  • My Brother's Birthday, 2 snow days and I finished the photo book

    2/18/2015 3:43:41 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Today is my brother's 35th birthday and its a good thing to celebrate but it is also making me sad. He is the "Baby" and it is the first birthday of all of us kids that my mom is missing and it's making me miss her even more. I haven't been doing too well these last couple of weeks - being very spor... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    2/18/2015 9:02:45 AM, by MOMMY445

    a not as cool of a day here today. tomorrow it is supposed to be really cold here. so i will get the errands i need to do done today, so i can stay indoors and keep warm tomorrow. my allergies are flaring up this morning, so i am off to a slow start. i will go out in a while and complete the last of... Read more

  • Inches

    2/18/2015 4:57:02 AM, by SWEETMAMA227

    I am officially down 16 pounds. Woohoo!!!! And I feel really good. I've never tracked my other measurements before but the SparkCoach said it would be a good idea...so when the pounds may not seem to be moving, the inches might. So I thought I'd give it a shot. I tracked my first measurements almo... Read more

  • MAKE IT STOP!

    2/17/2015 11:11:42 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    227 Crunch berry cereal at 10:00 at night...this can't be good! Even though I am within my calorie range, I've got the late night munchies. MAKE IT STOP! On another note it was day two of using my spark tracker, and I gotta say I'm loving it! While I was not as mobile as I would have liked to ... Read more

  • Great work out day

    2/17/2015 8:22:30 PM, by MOMTOCONNOR2003

    So today I used my gym for the first time. I converted my 4th bedroom into a gym but for the past week I have continued to exercise downstairs. Using the wii, weights and videos. Today it felt great to work out upstair but it reminded me how out of shape I am. I could not event workout at the rat... Read more

  • My hurt knee

    2/17/2015 1:50:25 PM, by CHELE0329

    I was so excited to get working out this year, I even joined a gym. I was doing great and last Thursday i hurt my knee. My friend gave me and my husband a ski trip for Christmas, so we went last Thursday. I have never been skiing before and goodness I hurt my knee. I fell so many times it was horrib... Read more

  • a cool day

    2/17/2015 9:05:43 AM, by MOMMY445

    it has started to lightly snow here today. i will be off shortly to run a few errands and to get my job search going full speed ahead. my daughter is doing really well in school and enjoys going there. she does not like to miss school, even when she is not feeling well. i got to spend some time with... Read more

  • I'M A REAL GLOW GETTER!

    2/16/2015 9:35:48 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    Well I FINALLY got my spark activity tracker set up last night and today was my first day to track steps. One thing I noticed right off the bat is how hard it is to get in 6000 steps, especially when it is rainy and freezing outside. Several times today my sister (lennondj) and I were literally wal... Read more

  • it's monday

    2/16/2015 8:16:20 AM, by MOMMY445

    i'm taking it easy today and enjoying some much needed down time. my daughter says hi! all of the birds are doing well and say hello,hello. have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Date.....Continued

    2/16/2015 5:53:22 AM, by SWEETMAMA227

    Ok...the date went really well. It's one for the record books! First date...on Valentines Day...in blizzard conditions....with temperatures below zero. He spent all day making homemade spaghetti sauce and it was delicious. He served it over linguini. I've never been out with more of a gentleman...... Read more

  • Almost Forgot

    2/16/2015 12:01:08 AM, by BIGGESTLOSER44

    Don't know if I will make this on time. I almost forgot to write my daily blog. Didn't have time this morning and I worked until 11:00 pm. Just got home a short time ago and did a weigh in. Results weren't good but then again I did my weigh in yesterday in the afternoon. That could account for ... Read more

  • WHO'S YOUR CADDY?!?!

    2/15/2015 10:46:17 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    I had a great weekend. I got to go play golf with one of my girlfriends on Saturday. The weather was fabulous! Oh yeah, I guess I should preface this by saying that by "playing golf", I really mean she played and I drove the golf cart, or as I like to call it the go cart. If you have read many of m... Read more

  • An the right track

    2/15/2015 4:27:47 PM, by MOMTOCONNOR2003

    Okay so I am not going to beat myself up over my eating on Valentines Day because it was a holiday and I did work out like crazy today to make up for it. I walked so much today my feet are hurting so I think I made up for the extra pieces of candy I consumed along with the morning Bellini's I drank... Read more

  • NO! I'm Slack'n On My Track'n!

    2/15/2015 2:54:11 PM, by DEECANDOITAGAIN

    Positivity Needed. ASAP! This past week I've been slack'n on my track'n which could result in a setback. I don't have to track every single bite to benefit. I do well when I track everything until dinner. Then I can see exactly what I have left for the day. My Fitbit friends have helped qu... Read more

  • The Lifestyle Plan

    2/14/2015 7:18:23 PM, by BIGGESTLOSER44

    Well it has been a long time since I have visited this site and my waistline is showing it!! The weight I lost 6 years ago has slowly crept back on (not all of it but a good portion of it). I have decided to give a healthier lifestyle another go and the weight I lose in the process will be a huge ... Read more

  • happy valentine's day

    2/14/2015 8:57:29 AM, by MOMMY445

    i found out yesterday that my contract job was completed. now i will be looking for other work. i am doing well in my online college courses. my daughter says hi and sends hugs. all of the birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep! happy valentine's day to all! have a wonderful weekend!... Read more

  • Anniversary

    2/13/2015 3:44:17 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Seven years ago today I met the man of my dreams. We started chatting online on 12/1/2007 and then talking on the phone on 12/3. We met in person on 2/13/2008. I still remember that kiss in the parking lot where we met. 26 129 26 129 We have reservations for dinner tonight. ... Read more

  • Venting is the answer!

    2/13/2015 10:24:33 AM, by MOMTOCONNOR2003

    So yesterday I was really down because my weight had not changed in one and a half weeks. So I did alot of venting my frustrations because I was working so hard and not seeing results. I am happy to say that as of this morning my scale finally moved and I lost a pound. YAHHHH! That make 11 s... Read more

  • Throw Back Thursday

    2/12/2015 10:09:53 AM, by MOMTOCONNOR2003

    On Throw back Thursday most people post memorable pictures of themselves or people they love. Not me! Throw back Thursday reminds me of how off track I am. I look back at the pictures and think I remember thinking I looked fat when they took that picture and wishing I was that size again. I reme... Read more

  • Date

    2/12/2015 5:33:11 AM, by SWEETMAMA227

    Ok guys...I could use some words of wisdom and encouragement.... I am going on my first date in almost 2 years....and it's on Saturday...which also happens to be Valentines Day...no pressure there. But this guy is so pleasant and respectful...it's unreal. He is cooking me dinner and then we are watc... Read more

  • NO REGRETS

    2/11/2015 11:06:07 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    Wednesday nights have become date night for the hubs and me. I love this little rendezvous we share together each week and wonder why we haven't done this our whole married life! Tonight was no different. My honey took me to eat at one of our local favorite restaurants. I had been good all day with... Read more

  • Trying something new

    2/11/2015 10:17:16 AM, by MOMTOCONNOR2003

    So this morning I did 30 minutes of belly dancing and then put in the cardio blast dvd. I have not done that DVD in a year or so, so that was my new thing this week. Every week I am trying something new so I don't get bored with my workouts. Last week was belly dancing and this week is cardio bla... Read more

  • IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT

    2/10/2015 11:00:42 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    This evening I decided to take a leisurely walk. I knew it would be getting dark soon, so I decided to only walk 30 minutes. I live out in the country, so I get kind of scared being out after dark. I tried not to worry too much though. I figured I have a flashlight on my phone, so I'd be ok. I he... Read more

  • You do you and I'll do me

    2/10/2015 6:22:29 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Since I was still feeling sick yesterday after more than a week of a cold and a GI bug, I decided to try exercising a bit and then have a "me" day. So I walked on the treadmill for about an hour while watching the news and felt okay but still a bit nauseous and didn't want to push it anymore. ... Read more

  • Lifes many ups and downs

    2/10/2015 10:16:22 AM, by MOMTOCONNOR2003

    For those who do not know me, I am an emotional eatter. I have gained 50 pounds since my husband retired a year and a half ago and became a full time student. He is really enjoying not working and going to school. However it has been a huge adjustment for me. I am still doing the housework, pick... Read more

  • ONE STEP FORWARD AND TWO STEPS BACK

    2/9/2015 10:07:59 PM, by REYNOLDSDJ

    Well Mr. Flu Bug hung around WAY longer than I wanted him to and COMPLETELY sabotaged all my goals! 39 I'm still not 100%. I have a lingering cough and little energy, but I'm hopeful to get back on track this week. I tracked my food today and holy-moly...I went WAY over! 483 Darn those goodies at... Read more

  • Back on track after a not so good weekend!

    2/9/2015 11:19:07 AM, by MOMTOCONNOR2003

    So I have to confess I did not have a great weekend. My normal free day is Friday's because we often go out to dinner or host a dinner party on Friday nights. So I have my once a week wine on Friday. However this Friday I had 3 glasses of wine, cookies, chips and dips, gummy bears, etc. I did no... Read more

  • Walk

    2/9/2015 5:15:15 AM, by SWEETMAMA227

    Believe it or not, it was 53 degrees in Ohio yesterday. I actually got to go for a mile walk outside! I miss the green grass. It's nice to look out and not see white everywhere. I went to take the dog out a few minutes ago and as I opened the front door there were 2 big deer standing by my porch. M... Read more

  • Meal Plan

    2/8/2015 8:39:18 PM, by GWEN_EVRA

    As some of you may know this is not the first time I have lost weight on the Spark People Plan, I had lost 60 pounds following this plan, when life happened. I had a death in my family and we moved, and some financial stuff happened, and I did not feel right spending all the money on food for me, wh... Read more

  • Photo-A-Week: Week 5: SELF

    2/8/2015 5:18:46 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    I'm a week behind. This is from my Senior year 1984.... Read more

  • Things

    2/8/2015 8:49:30 AM, by SWEETMAMA227

    Every year I save $$ in a Christmas club account at my bank. This way, I know I won't have to worry about big bills after the holidays. So, after I am done shopping for my friends and family, I use whatever money is left to buy some new piece of fitness equipment. This is my present to myself every ... Read more

  • Feeling good

    2/7/2015 6:23:44 AM, by SWEETMAMA227

    I can't believe my motivation is still going strong. I am down 10 pounds now, which isn't much considering the end goal because I'd really like to lose about 100. I don't know if I'll ever quite get there, But it's a great feeling when people start noticing. My confidence is up and I am feeling good... Read more

  • it's friday

    2/6/2015 8:00:05 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great time the other day,when the company treated our department to lunch. i was able to make healthy choices,too. i found out last night that i have to go this morning and pick up a bag that i had left at my previous place. i will head there first thing, then come back to my current place, ... Read more

  • A reward for me

    2/5/2015 4:10:42 PM, by MOMTOCONNOR2003

    So today is one month and I lost 10 pounds from January 5 to February 5. My weigh in days are normally Mondays but I did jump on the scale only a few days after just checking on Monday and I did not lose more but I am happy with my 10 pound loss. Now I have to lose 7 more pounds by February 28th. ... Read more

  • It's been a while

    2/5/2015 2:07:56 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I haven't written a blog in a while because its been a busy and "bug" filled week. The boys and I went up to my sisters outside of Boston last Thursday for a long weekend to celebrate my nieces birthdays - we were supposed to drive home Monday, but had to delay it until Tuesday as Boston received a ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/5/2015 8:31:42 AM, by MOMMY445

    today, at work, our department is going out for lunch. it is the company's treat. so i remembered to not make a lunch to take with me to work today. my daughter is so happy these days. which makes me even happier than usual. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it is a very cold day here today. so i ma... Read more

  • I think I can! I Know I can! I think I can!

    2/4/2015 2:40:13 PM, by MOMTOCONNOR2003

    So I keep repeating these words to myself today. In the past I have been the little engine that got 1/2 way there, losts steam and rolled back down to the start. This time I am determined to get over that hill. I want to be a sucess story this time. I want to post fat pictures of myself and look... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    2/4/2015 8:49:23 AM, by MOMMY445

    i feel much better today than i did yesterday. my daughter is enjoying school these days. i am making more progress with both of my courses. all of the birds are doing well and say hi! my good friend has been a huge help. i am more organized now than before we met. i am slowly getting back into a mo... Read more

  • I need to focus more!

    2/3/2015 2:31:56 PM, by MOMTOCONNOR2003

    So I have been doing good, but with a goal like 2 pounds a week the month of February I need to focus on eatting on the small end of my calorie range. I have been eatting on the high end now for two days. So tomorrow I will need to focus on eating on the small end. I need a deficet of 7,000 calor... Read more