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  • Serious Sleeping Problems

    5/30/2016 4:27:07 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 7 of the "Small Changes Challenge" and the topic is trying to get a little more sleep. Good enough, but for months now I've been seriously struggling with insomnia. I can fall asleep just fine but then I get this weird feeling in my upper body that wakes me up and keeps me from falling ... Read more

  • Some pictures of recent weeks

    5/29/2016 6:32:56 PM, by MODDEDCOROLLA

    After weighing in at 207lbs in January of this year, and losing just over half of the weight I need to lose, I'm feeling a little more confident in the way I look. I currently weigh in at 181lbs, and I'm looking to get down to about 170lbs. Here's some pictures of me at 186 to 181lbs, taken in ... Read more

  • Listen up, I have something important to say.

    5/29/2016 9:45:05 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I would like to tell you about the reasons behind May Mania. It began with grief, frustration and anger. But you need some background to understand that. Let's begin with Sasha's older brother, my first child, Andrew. Andrew moved to the Pacific Northwest where he met and mar... Read more

  • May Mania Day 29

    5/29/2016 5:59:53 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Only three days left in May Mania. Here's what happened on Day 28: Steps: 11,482 Flights of stairs climbed: 18 Strength training: Upper Body Plus we spent three hours at a birthday party and I ate nothing except raw veggies and drank nothing except water! Day 29 outlook: a quiet ... Read more

  • Computer Problems are SO Frustrating

    5/28/2016 10:44:44 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    I've been having a series of computer problems that I don't care to describe here but that are keeping me from using SP as fully as I want to from day to day. But it is what it is, and I'll try my best to get it solved this week but I'm not sure what that's going to take. Whatever the case may... Read more

  • Sunshine!

    5/28/2016 3:57:21 PM, by HEATHERSTHPW68

    It has been too long since my last biog. My life has been a roller coaster both physically and emotionally ever since my Mom-o passed little over two years ago. She was more than my grandmother, she was my best friend. She was the one when I needed comfort when in pain, or loved when we wood do a... Read more

  • May Mania Day 28

    5/28/2016 6:30:12 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 27: In the hospital! Earlier in May I wrote about going to the hospital to climb stairs on a rainy day. Yesterday I was not so lucky. I have A-Fib (atrial fibrillation) where the atria of the heart decide that they march to a different drummer than the ventricles. If properly treated it ... Read more

  • Shopping for Camping

    5/27/2016 10:14:30 PM, by SSMITH762

    So those last two blogs I posted were supposed to be posted earlier this week, but for whatever reason, the app wouldn't post them. I think it's due to the internet issues we've between having this week. I'm currently obsessed with preparing for Girls Camp in a couple of weeks. It's 4 days with ... Read more

  • Yummy chicken with Basil

    5/27/2016 9:54:25 PM, by SSMITH762

    So I made pizza last week and someone mentioned in a chat about using chicken as a crust and it inspired me. I was out running errands today at lunch and wasnt hungry, so grabbed a side salad from McDonald's. It was right beside the Kwik kar where I got and oil change and my car inspected. Beca... Read more

  • Clothes Shopping is fun

    5/27/2016 9:52:08 PM, by SSMITH762

    So I found out old Navy had a 40% off sale this weekend and also stopped by maurices and Ross stopped by a couple of other stores too, but didn't pick up anything from them. I love clearance racks, I picked up a long sleeve workout shirt form old navy for $1. Whohoooo, hopefully won't fit when... Read more

  • Food Challenge

    5/27/2016 11:12:02 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 4 of the "Small Changes Challenge" and the topic is finding new foods to eat. It's to explore, have some fun, find joy in eating good things. The article linked to the challenge for the day listed 100 "superfoods," and I was happy to see that I semi-regularly eat many of the foods there... Read more

  • May Mania Day 27

    5/27/2016 6:11:44 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 26 totals: Steps: 12,928 Flights of stairs climbed: 16 Yesterday was the 100th day in a row of 10,000 or more steps a day, and since April 1st I've been maintaining an 11,000 step minimum. Previously I talked about how I once did 100 days of 20,000 or more steps a day and burnt out,... Read more

  • Can't seem to improve my mood??

    5/26/2016 2:16:51 PM, by MRSGOFARR

    I got my results back from blood work and my liver is elevated and I am still borderline diabetic. I have been dieting for 9 months now after the birth of my twins to no avail. This week I have worked out 3 times and plan on going in on Friday and Saturday morning all while keeping calories at 1200 ... Read more

  • May Mania Day 26

    5/26/2016 12:12:45 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Last night I was laying in bed and suddenly got up and went into the kitchen. I went to the freezer where there was a gallon of chocolate ice cream left over from Sasha's birthday party 10 days earlier. Olya doesn't like chocolate ice cream (honestly, WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER?!?) and the ice cream h... Read more

  • Yesterday

    5/26/2016 9:17:54 AM, by HSARMYWF

    Was super crazy. My van had to go in the shop. Went to car repair place, then stitches came out, had breakfast, went back home, walked the dogs for 40 Mins, took kids to swim lesson, then back to car repair shop, got ride back home, then packing began, have no Internet other than my phone, have no v... Read more

  • Why the Calorie is Broken

    5/25/2016 7:06:08 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "Humans are not bomb calorimeters, of course, and we don't extract every calorie from the food we eat." "Even if the calorie counts themselves were accurate, dieters like Haelle and Nash would have to contend with the significant variations between the total calories in the food and the amount ... Read more

  • What It's Like to Be Overweight

    5/25/2016 3:30:13 AM, by JULIEJULIE3

    I want to write about the physical consequences for me of being larger. Just the size elements. I have a serious gut that hangs down and rubs on my thighs. I can keep it off my thighs if I stand up really straight and suck my tummy in as much as possible. But I can only do that temporarily. The... Read more

  • Stuff From Today

    5/25/2016 1:53:00 AM, by JULIEJULIE3

    This afternoon I went for a walk with my walking partner. We usually walk at the high school track about a block from my house, but the principal is tightening up on who can use school grounds during school hours. So we went to a nearby paved trail. It was great. I really enjoyed doing something new... Read more

  • May Mania Day 25

    5/25/2016 12:57:26 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 24: Well it rained in the SW corner of NH on Tuesday so it was sorta quiet on the mania front. Steps: 11,134 Flights of stairs climbed: 16 Day 25 looms large with possibility. What will you do today?... Read more

  • Road Trip!

    5/24/2016 7:48:00 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    TRAVELER (David Whyte says it best) The heart's a close-in horizon that holds all distance but gives no explanation to the tidal scour of life taking us on and away from the home we know so well, tearing us from the place we tried to inhabit so firmly, t... Read more

  • Sabotage...

    5/24/2016 1:22:34 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Why did, just this morning, a retiree decide to bring doughnuts and juice around to everyone in our department...AND a student came around offering mini cupcakes to me as well. For some reason I could not bring myself to say "no, thank you" even though I did not want them. I felt like that would hav... Read more

  • Medical Weight Loss - My Experience

    5/24/2016 10:48:02 AM, by MRSGOFARR

    I knew something was wrong. Here were the signs. 1. I spent $50 a month on WW from October 2015 to April 2016 and loss 20 pounds. Proud of those 20 pounds but my body immediately started to go into pulling that weight back on and plato. It didn't matter WHAT I did. 2. For the past 4 weeks ... Read more

  • Crazy

    5/24/2016 10:04:31 AM, by HSARMYWF

    So hubby has this laundry list of stuff to do to the house before I leave. I was working on it yesterday. Back at it again today. Plus I had the kids at the track last night. By the time I got my workout in it was late. I did get it done by 10 pm no excuses. Upper body weights and treadmill. In t... Read more

  • May Mania Day 24

    5/24/2016 6:37:45 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 23 recap: Sasha and I went for a long walk. Then in the evening a friend came over to stay with him while my wife and I went salsa dancing. Total steps: 14,079 Flights of stairs climbed: 17 Day 24 outlook: errands, yard work, working out and ???... Read more

  • Moving busy week

    5/23/2016 9:44:23 AM, by HSARMYWF

    I'm leaving my house we own in GA Saturday. Going back to the rental house in the Mid-Atlantic that I rent with hubby. He's been up there the whole time. I came back at Thanksgiving to GA and have been here since then. I'm leaving Saturday morning. I have a ton of stuff to do. My kids have cycling M... Read more

  • May Mania Day 23

    5/23/2016 9:35:13 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First, the totals from Day 22: Steps: 16,103 Flights of stairs: 33 Strength Training (upper body) Today: Who knows what lies ahead??? Spark on peeps.... Read more

  • Keeping On to Keep It Off

    5/22/2016 9:24:37 AM, by SARACYCLE

    It should read to get it off, but keep it off is fine....that is pounds. I have HIT PLATEAU.... I'm sure most of us, who work hard to get the pounds off, know what that means. But for those who don't, here are the facts that I have learned as a result of coming up against this literal wall that wi... Read more

  • May Mania Day 22

    5/22/2016 5:23:59 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First a report on Day 21: Steps: 17,830 Flights of stairs climbed: 20 Only 9 days left in May Mania, on to day 22...... Read more

  • May Mania Day 21

    5/21/2016 4:09:16 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 20 Summary: Steps: 15,630 Flights of stairs climbed: 18 Day 21: This morning we went to the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH. This little museum is a hidden gem. This evening I'll be downstairs working out. Here are Sasha and the DW at the Museum (don't worry, this was somethi... Read more

  • Finally

    5/21/2016 10:54:54 AM, by HSARMYWF

    My phone wouldn't let me charge it from the port anymore. So I got a wireless charger. Still it was so dead it took awhile to charge. Hubby has another phone he will give me next weekend. My poor husb it looks like he will have his 3rd knee surgery. After running for 35 yrs he can't run anymore. H... Read more

  • Cauliflower pizza is delicious

    5/20/2016 8:42:28 PM, by SSMITH762

    I've made it once before, but didn't bother squeezing out the liquid, so the consistency was different. It's much better when ita been squeezed out. This crust was a bag of frozen cauliflower, nuked for 4 minutes, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of parmasan cheese, red pepper flakes, and my fav Italian seasoning... Read more

  • May Mania Day 20

    5/20/2016 10:26:24 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Recap of Day 19: Steps: 11,926 Flights of stairs climbed: 15 Strength training: some upper body that I didn't have time for the previous day Goals for day 20: more stairs! super strict on logging food! Stay manic!!... Read more

  • Pictorial Summary of Yesterday's Yardwork

    5/20/2016 10:14:14 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    We recently moved into a one acre property that's been neglected for ten years, so we're taking it one project at a time and slowly getting it cleaned up. With each project, it feels better and better to live here! Yesterday's project was to trim our seven pine trees, and here's a few pics that show... Read more

  • I need to remind myself that I love my family

    5/19/2016 9:53:42 PM, by SSMITH762

    Look a pic of us as kids to remind myself that we had fun growing up..... Why remind myself I love my family? Because I'm sick of being the unpaid maid and cook for my brother and his son. At least my brother has made rent the past couple of months, but he hasn't helped with bills for 2 mont... Read more

  • May Moderation?!? (May Mania Day 19)

    5/19/2016 5:03:53 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    In yesterday's blog, I talked about how I once had a streak of 100 days where I walked 20,000+ steps a day (including one day over 75,000 steps!). And - in yesterday's blog - I speculated that maybe I should try and break that streak record. Enter wisdom in the form of my wife. She reminded m... Read more

  • My New Chainsaw - Final Post, I Promise!

    5/19/2016 9:41:10 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Just couldn't help but post a pic of my new toy. After posting, I'm off to eat breakfast and then trim some more trees. It's fun and a great work out as well! Hope you all have a great day. ... Read more

  • My Work in Progress

    5/19/2016 1:32:07 AM, by JULIEJULIE3

    So I'm working on getting back into shape and improving my fitness level. Apparently I have a difficult time with consistency. I'm officially taking the summer off from school, and so I have all this extra time. I still have some course work to finish up, which I hope to do pretty soon. However, my ... Read more

  • 384 cals and I'm stuffed

    5/18/2016 7:39:30 PM, by HSARMYWF

    Everything weighed and measured ate that and I'm stuffed. Healthy food can really fill you up. That's what I keep trying to tell everyone. Food logged... Read more

  • My backyard is a jungle!!! And weight loss advice

    5/18/2016 6:36:28 PM, by SSMITH762

    So my nephew's chore is to mow the backyard. Has he done it in the past month? No because he lost the cost to the electric mower. Hurumph. Also, I'm so excited, someone else volunteered to go to Puerto Rico for the confer3nce, so I don't have to go. It was too last minute for me and I like to pla... Read more

  • Lunch

    5/18/2016 12:40:46 PM, by HSARMYWF

    Chicken noodle soup and a hard boiled egg. Breakfast was good. Staying focused... Read more

  • Thanks- ride of silence today

    5/18/2016 10:43:47 AM, by HSARMYWF

    My bike mechanic my mentor. At 65 he rides 12,000 miles a year. He works full time keeping our bikes maintained. We own a lot of bikes. He has taught my kids how to ride on the road. I rode with him last year on a 200k group ride he led. I've been going to his spin classes on bike trainers in the wi... Read more

  • May Mania Day 18

    5/18/2016 9:54:46 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 17 summary: Steps: 11,198 Flights of stairs climbed: 16 Day 18 goals. Okay, it's time to take it up a notch. This morning I was looking at some of my old blogs and I noticed one from a few years ago where I was talking about how I had walked 20,000 steps (or more) a day for 100 day... Read more

  • Yesterday

    5/18/2016 9:27:52 AM, by HSARMYWF

    My Cobb salad dinner. I had egg salad sandwhich for lunch. I stayed up late talking to one of my friends. I didn't get much sleep last night. So I needed snacks late at night. Anyhow my cals came in at 1491. I could've eaten less if I would've gone to bed at a normal hour. I Did my therabands upp... Read more

  • Liquid Calories

    5/18/2016 8:55:08 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 26 of the "30 Day Plateau Busting Challenge" and the subject for today is liquid calories. They recommend that in a 2200 cal diet, around 200 or so come from liquids. I am usually around 300 for one reason and one reason only--I'm hooked on Caribou Coffee's Northern Lite Dark Chocolate ... Read more

  • Retooling: Week one...

    5/18/2016 12:21:23 AM, by MBETTIS3

    I went to the Dr. last week after not being there in quite some time. I went in very confident because I had begun some very good changes in my diet and I have seen some weight come off... well that was not enough (for her). I did not get any congratulations from the doctor instead I got a prescript... Read more

  • Going to Puerto Rico, maybe

    5/17/2016 7:14:41 PM, by SSMITH762

    So I got a call at work today asking if I want to for to Puerto Rico for a training next week. Honestly, I'd rather not go, but I feel like it's a good opportunity. And I've never been there, so that'll be fun. But while my nephew is a teen he's not responsible enough to be left alone in the... Read more

  • Perimenopause

    5/17/2016 5:01:16 PM, by YISHAY

    Well it seem that in the past couple of years i have hit menopause like some of my friends have and i put on 40 extra pounds and went up to 187.8 at some point but at the moment i have been helping my mum take care of my stepfather and care for the house so i have been up to lots of cleaning indoor ... Read more

  • Sharing some Soul Food(Kind of)

    5/17/2016 3:46:36 PM, by -SHOREIDO-

    Recently joined a new team (Living and eating mindfully) and shared this post with them on their "Front Porch" Don't you just love it! 41 Lots of good conversations shared on that porch! Check it out~ It read as follows: Sorry I missed the front porch on Monday. I was busy getting my sore mus... Read more

  • May Mania Day 17

    5/17/2016 3:18:35 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Recap of Day 16: Meetings, meetings, meetings. Neuroscience group, followed by Sasha's one-year check-up (3 shots, poor thing), followed by faculty meeting. Aaarrgh! Oh for the "endless days of summer." Still: Steps: 11,760 Flights of stairs climbed: 16 Tuesday: piano lesson, Sp... Read more

  • Theraband workout

    5/17/2016 1:04:03 PM, by HSARMYWF

    Lifted upper body weights yesterday. Today I did upper body theraband workout. Since I can't do cardio still this is a great alternative. Great you tube videos on how to do this.... Read more

  • My New Chainsaw - Day Two

    5/17/2016 10:21:44 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    I got a new chainsaw on Sunday and used it for about 10 minutes just to see how everything worked, but yesterday I spent about eight hours cutting down, cutting up, and hauling trees (we recently moved into a house that sits on an acre that's been neglected for 10 years). For the first 2/3 of the da... Read more

  • Breakfast

    5/17/2016 10:00:54 AM, by HSARMYWF

    354 cal had coffee with half and half and Stevia. Then had this breakfast sandwhich. It's 35 cal bread fried egg over hard, and spicy black bean patty. I had to drop my oldest off at work. It's a complete downpour outside. She usually rides her bike to work. Her car needs repair. So I picked up m... Read more

  • Dinner

    5/16/2016 11:55:57 PM, by HSARMYWF

    Had a good salad for dinner and a 100 cal Dessert rounded out my cals to 1174. Got upper body dumbell work in today. Wasn't feeling like doing it. Once I got started I got into it. Since I can't do cardio my cals are down but I don't feel deprived. My exercise always makes me more hungry. Since I... Read more

  • Lose the clutter lose the weight

    5/16/2016 10:21:14 PM, by NEWLIBRARIAN

    This is the title of a book I have checked out from the library. I recommend the text if not the specific program described. There are a lot of studies cited about the impact of clutter in our minds and homes and schedules also affecting weight. Also read an article right her on spark people. As... Read more

  • One week down and already seeing results!

    5/16/2016 5:52:29 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    My husband bought me some nice pants for Mother's Day and when they came in they wouldn't button, much less zip. That was it! I had to do something to fix this issue. So last week my 23 year-old and I started at the gym. 3 days we went and worked out, hard core, 2 leg days and one arm day, then t... Read more

  • Lunch

    5/16/2016 2:08:12 PM, by HSARMYWF

    384 cals total spicy black bean patty, 1/2 cup brown rice with onion powder, 1 cup broccoli with 28gm shredded sharp cheddar. Very tasty, healthy and filling. Clamping down harder on the food. Especially since my exercise has to be zilch until Thursday. I also wait 20 mins after eating to drink w... Read more

  • Anyone else love their crockpot?

    5/16/2016 1:52:10 PM, by SSMITH762

    I maybe have a bit of a love affair with my crockpot. It made me fajitas yesterday and today it's making me rosemary crusted pot roast. I may sometimes stray to my food processor, but I think my crock pot understands it's just a fling. ;) I should probably take better care of it though. The temp... Read more

  • New Chainsaw

    5/16/2016 8:52:03 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    I got a new chainsaw last night and couldn't help but try it out a little, but today I get to try it out a lot and I'm so excited!... Read more

  • Skin cancer no joke

    5/16/2016 12:53:23 AM, by HSARMYWF

    So I'm of Irish decent. Quite pale actually. This is what happens when a mole gets removed. It comes back with abnormal cells and is considered aggressive. Then they excise a large chunk of skin. It's very painful. It's in a place I sit and sleep on. It's bruised now. I'm taking no meds for it. Th... Read more

  • May Mania Day 16

    5/16/2016 12:11:59 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Over 45 people showed up to Sasha's first birthday party! There were acres of cake and mountains of ice cream as well as lots of other decadent treats, but I stuck to the veggie platters and the sparkling water. Sasha didn't have any cake either, for that matter, and - like all one year olds - was... Read more

  • Extremely hormonal

    5/15/2016 10:22:19 PM, by HSARMYWF

    Had a very bad day. I haven't been able to work out like I'm used to. It took a huge toll on my emotional well being. Horrible cycle this month. Struggling with this and the excision. Have little energy. Had an emotional discussion with hubby over the phone. Probably wasn't a good idea. He is also i... Read more

  • Loving my new water bottle and crock pot fajitas

    5/15/2016 8:39:36 PM, by SSMITH762

    I picked up a new Britta hard sided 22 ounce filtered water bottle from amazon this week. So far I'm loving it. It easy to sip from and the water tastes fine. Its also nice that its 22 ounces rather than my other 32 ounce bottle. So I walked the dogs while my nephew was in choir practice at chur... Read more

  • May Mania Day 15

    5/15/2016 6:57:32 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I've reached the halfway point for May Mania. When I get to the end, I'll post a blog explaining what it was all about. First, a report on day 14: I didn't have much free time but managed to get my minimums in: Steps: 13,019 Flights of stairs climbed: 21 Looking ahead to day 15... Read more

  • Uggh

    5/14/2016 8:45:58 PM, by HSARMYWF

    So my kids are roller skating without me. I can't do it for 3 weeks because of my skin excision. This is brutal watching everyone else have fun. I'm just sitting here watching. Listening to my music.... Read more

  • May Mania Day 14

    5/14/2016 3:04:10 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    About Day 13: it was ... interesting I knew it would be a tough day going in. My department held their end-of-the-semester retreat and that meant sitting for hours. I knew I wouldn't be able to be manic, I was just hoping I wouldn't lose my streaks. For a long time now I've set myself a dail... Read more

  • Feeling human again

    5/14/2016 1:32:53 PM, by SSMITH762

    Ugh, so shark week started this morning. I always feel like crap for the first half a day or so, then feel a bit better gradually, by the second day, I feel fine. So since it hit this morning, no 5k for me. It was raining and I was cold, nauseated, cramping, and headachy. So I spent my morning mo... Read more

  • Fad Diets

    5/13/2016 4:14:47 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 21 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is fad diets, including all of the detox diets that are out there these days. This subject is not applicable to me as I've never been attracted to diet fads. There is simply no replacement for eating the right amount of cals, ... Read more

  • Maybe its diet rage...

    5/13/2016 11:59:15 AM, by MRSGOFARR

    I have been in a real nasty mood lately. I am kinda angry at everything unnecessarily. I am just going to write my feelings out and unpack each thing I am feel and maybe...just maybe it will make me feel better. 1. I am ready to move on to my next job. I am a senior staff member at an organizat... Read more

  • I think i'll take the old dog to the 5k tomorrow

    5/13/2016 9:56:24 AM, by SSMITH762

    She'll be a lot better behaved :) my 2 year old pittie is a lot more excitable. In any case, things are still going well. My skin is so much more clear when I give up sugar, soda, and fast food. You know? I was up late last night, so I had a low carb cheesecake in a mug, bug a few bites satisfie... Read more

  • May Mania Day 13

    5/13/2016 6:45:24 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 12 wasn't that many steps but a lot of them were stairs: Steps: 11,585 Flights of stairs climbed: 29 Strength training: Lower body and core Today on day thirteen: my end-of-the-year departmental retreat: lot's of sitting with a bunch of people, some of whom are nice and ... well, b... Read more

  • Finding Ways to De-Stress

    5/12/2016 10:21:54 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 20 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the topic for the day is finding ways to de-stress. I read the description and article for the day about 1:00 a.m. last night after returning from a concert with Allen Stone, a young R&B / Soul artist who delivers one of the best live-per... Read more

  • May Mania Day 12

    5/12/2016 12:31:05 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First, a report on Day 11: Steps: 15,778 Flights of stairs climbed: 40 Strength training: Upper body Other: Tai Chi class Day 12: I have no idea what this day will bring except that it will be manic. Of course, if I don't get to bed soon, nothing much will happen!... Read more

  • I have to give it my all...

    5/11/2016 6:57:14 PM, by MRSGOFARR

    Sometimes I feel defeated. Somettimes, I feel annoyed and irritated. Why do I have to have a weight issue. Why must I always have to think about food or eating less food,etc. I want to lose it all NOW so I can focus on maintenance and living. 3 kids later I know this time will take TIME. It will tak... Read more

  • May Mania Day 11

    5/11/2016 12:10:42 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Even the May Maniac needs a rest day now and then, so on Day 10, I took it a little easier: Steps: 12,009 Flights of stairs climbed: 15 Strength training: Lower Body & Core Day 11: Sasha turns one! Happy Birthday Sasha! ... Read more

  • Too many health issues

    5/10/2016 11:06:43 PM, by KELSIESMOM42

    Thanks to my lovely health issues, I've been off the workouts for over a month. Every time I feel like I am healthy enough to workout, something else knocks me down. I'm getting a little frustrated by the fact that my body is being a punk. I've been able to do little workouts but nothing like I w... Read more

  • The Importance of Rest and Recovery

    5/10/2016 4:14:15 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 18 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject of the day is how important it is to deliberately work rest days into our exercise regime. Ironically, one thing that can stall or stop our weight loss is working out too much because it's the body's way of saying, "Hey, I nee... Read more

  • 05/10/16 Old Sparkpage description

    5/10/2016 3:57:06 PM, by BOILERINAZ

    WHEW it has been a crazy few years! I am not even sure where to start! Short Story: Joined Spark 7ish years ago and lost 80+ pounds. Kept it off for a few years. Was super active ran all the time, completed 2 full marathons, a bunch of half marathons, and tons of other crazy races. I hiked all ... Read more

  • Caring for elderly parents

    5/10/2016 11:37:49 AM, by IRONBESS

    My husband and I recently visited my parents who live in another state. We spent some time making their home a little safer. One of my nephews organized a work party of his friends and a few cousins to build a non-skid ramp at the back door as my dad is unsteady and resists using a walker. Though a ... Read more

  • New to me recipe for tuna patties

    5/10/2016 11:07:03 AM, by SSMITH762

    Mhmmm, so I'm down to 238 as of this morning. Woot. I can't believe how happy I am that my weight is moving in the right direction. This weekend, I'm doing a 5k with my dog. My problem is that I have 2 of them and I want both to come. Maybe I need to steal a neighbors kid to help. Or I could jus... Read more

  • The Universe is Smiling Down On Me...!

    5/10/2016 10:32:58 AM, by DDOORN

    Two weekends ago I had already planned to sort of double date with close friends (a couple) in the bike club who are riding out to a B&B near Ithaca (tenwoodlodge.com/) to stay overnight and test out a special hot tub that is available in the suite. My partner had mentioned that our local Cyber... Read more

  • May Mania Day 10

    5/10/2016 1:52:21 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    As usual, I start with a report on the previous day. Day 9: Steps: 36,508 Floors of stairs climbed: 45 Strength training: Upper body, 3 sets of each exercise to failure AND I FINISHED GRADING!!!!! Coming up on Day 10: Now that grading is done, I want to reintroduce myself to my ... Read more

  • Before picture, getting back on track

    5/9/2016 2:37:08 PM, by G.I.JANE

    I've let the stress of my pending divorce and his high will to keep my daughter away from me put a halt on my goals. I took another big step and blocked his abusive texts. They were really bringing me down. I'm going to get that fantastic feeling that I get with exercising and being healthy. J... Read more

  • Planning to Eat, Eating by the Plan

    5/9/2016 9:22:40 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 17 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is planning our meals. The idea is that if we fail to plan, we will plan to fail and end up eating in such a way as to stall or reverse our weight loss journey. It is true that we're going to think about what we meet, either b... Read more

  • May Mania Day 9

    5/9/2016 7:19:45 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    As usual, I first look at the previous day's results: Day 8: Strength training: rest day Steps: 38,239 Floors of stairs climbed: 44 Coming up on Day 9, I HAVE TO FINISH GRADING. I HAVE TO FINISH GRADING. I HAVE TO FINISH GRADING. (Gosh, I hate grading). P.S. I've had enoug... Read more

  • May Mania Day 8

    5/8/2016 12:04:03 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Well, today is Sunday (one minute past midnight) and Sunday is my first official May Mania weigh-in. But that will have to wait until I get up in the morning. Now I'll just give my totals from day 7: Strength training: upper body Steps: 22,709 Floors of stairs climbed: 37 Update: It'... Read more

  • No diet dr pepper today, lol

    5/7/2016 9:00:28 PM, by SSMITH762

    Perhaps I wasn't meant to have by diet dr pepper today. I was running late on my way to my niece's birthday party and I knew I'd be tempted by the cake and ice cream if I didn't stop, so I stopped for a side salad and diet dr pepper from the Jack in the box drivethru. Hurumph, its been 3 weeks si... Read more

  • May Mania Day 7

    5/7/2016 12:08:31 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First, a report on Day 6: Friday was a mixture of sun and rain. Unfortunately, I spent most of the sunny period in a hardware store as I fought with my lawn mower. Replaced the spark plug and the air filter and still the thing won't start. Any suggestions, Spark Friends? Still, that didn... Read more

  • No more pity party! No more excuses!

    5/6/2016 10:16:33 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    I was sitting here feeling sorry for my dumpy self tonight and had enough! I got off the round tushy & got down on the floor & exercised right here. No more poor me & nothing fits! I'm taking back my life & my body! It isn't going to be easy, this is war! It will be a battle every single day to quit... Read more

  • Accurately Estimating Calories Burned

    5/6/2016 7:56:49 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 14 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is ensuring that we're not overestimating our calorie burn each day and thus eating too much. They suggest getting a heart-rate monitor to get the most accurate measurement, and I get that, but I'm not that interested in doing... Read more

  • May Mania Day 6

    5/6/2016 12:11:46 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Report on Day 5: Strength training: Upper body, 3 sets of each exercise, reps until failure Steps: 20,840 Floors of stairs climbed: 26 Day 6: More grading, more mania.... Read more

  • Yummy cabbage in the cockpot

    5/5/2016 2:39:51 PM, by SSMITH762

    I reckon we'll have tacos tonight for Cinco DE mayo, so I was trying to think of a delicious side dish and decided to experiment. We'll have to see how cabbage with taco seasoning will co. I added salt and pepper, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and lots of cumin. It smells divine.... Read more

  • Weighing In - When, How, and Why?

    5/5/2016 8:50:56 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 13 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and today's topic is weighing in. They suggest weighing in (1) once per week, (2) with the same scale, (3) at the same time, and (4) with the same clothes or lack thereof. Fair enough, but they're missing a very important element: even if on... Read more

  • May Mania Day 5

    5/5/2016 12:13:50 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    A report on Day 4: Yet another day of rain dampened the clothes, but not the spirits, of the May Maniac. Steps: 13,540 Floors climbed: 24 Strength training: rest day Coming up day 5: the exams are done, now it's just grading, grading, grading. Be manic friends!... Read more

  • App Problems.... #techsupport

    5/4/2016 11:42:02 PM, by AUSNBREEZY1

    Hey SparkPeep #techsupport Why does my app give me a blank screen when posting a new blog or hitting reply on comments sometimes? Here's a screenshot. Just a blank window with no keyboard...... Read more

  • Strength Training and Metabolism

    5/4/2016 11:12:50 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 12 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject is strength training, and more specifically, adding variety thereto. For me, I'm just getting back into shape and it's important for the long-term that I not do too much too soon, and additionally, at this time of year I mainl... Read more

  • Infused water is yummy

    5/4/2016 4:03:31 PM, by SSMITH762

    Continuing to plug away at my diet. Finally wrestled one of the infuser water bottles from framily. They use it for juice and water since it's 32 ounces, but I bought 1 for each of us, so when my nephew dropped it at the sink to be washed, I claimed it, lol. Tomorrow I'll start Adrienne s yoga in... Read more

  • Look at This Crap Cheerios Is Trying to Pull

    5/4/2016 8:45:08 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "Now, we're talking about a much bigger serving size: 55 grams. This new-and-improved Cheerios iteration delivers 7 grams of protein and 17 grams of sugar at this enlarged serving size. To compare the two, I adjusted the original Cheerios numbers to reflect a 55 gram serving. Just for fun, I ad... Read more

  • May Mania Day 4

    5/4/2016 7:00:27 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First a report on Day 3: Tuesday was the first day of May here it didn't rain. Took Sasha for a long walk in the stroller and finished the day with: Steps: 24,146 Floors climbed: 21 Strength training: core workout Day 4 will be a rest day from strength training. It will also be b... Read more

  • Fiber- and Water-Rich Foods Suppress Hunger

    5/3/2016 7:57:10 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Today is Day 11 of the "30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge" and the subject of the day is battling the constant feeling of hunger by adding fiber- and water-rich foods to our diets. As I looked at the list of foods that are high in fiber, I'm doing pretty well in that regard although I think I'll add ... Read more

  • May Mania Day 3

    5/3/2016 6:37:44 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I begin with a report on Day 2. It was another rainy day. I spent some of the day in the hospital. No, there's nothing wrong with me - I didn't even make a co-pay - it was for May Mania. Often when its rainy or cold, I head to the "big box stores" to get my steps in, but because May Mania is a... Read more