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  • the Week in Review November 24, 2014

    11/24/2014 2:42:31 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I've got a lot of projects going on right now. It's a good thing I got used to multi-tasking years ago. This is probably saving me right now. I sort of volunteered myself to have Thanksgiving dinner here. It's been pretty good motivation, however. I was sitting on the couch one night and ... Read more

  • it's monday

    11/24/2014 9:42:37 AM, by MOMMY445

    a very windy and mild day here today. my daughter's sooo excited about the kids/family event that is happening this coming saturday. now she has me excited about it. it's in a different city than where we now live, so we will be taking a train to get there. she likes travelling by train. when i am i... Read more

  • Believe in Yourself!!

    11/24/2014 8:18:35 AM, by CYBERCITYSHELL

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  • Midnight Musings on the Service Dog

    11/24/2014 3:13:18 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    Okay, so it is way past midnight. I know your probably tired of hearing about the dog by now, but I'm so depressed. I got a quote from the guy I've been talking to and he's pushing the board training which will be a minimum of $8,600. I've got so many questions but now he is saying that he's answer... Read more

  • Awesome Sunday!

    11/23/2014 8:48:41 PM, by CATTUTT

    Today has been a pretty fabulous day. I woke up before the alarm, which is always good. Woke up before dh went to bed, also. It's always a good start to the day when I wake up before he goes to bed and get to visit with him for a bit. After he did go lay down, I played online for a bit, then ate... Read more

  • Sunday funny :)!

    11/23/2014 8:35:25 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    A rich businessman walls down the street when he spots an old man sitting with a fishing rod next to a puddle, trying to get fish. The businessman takes pity on the old deranged man, and invited him to eat lunch with him at the coffee shop close by. After the meal, the businessman asks hi... Read more

  • Week ending 7/23/14

    11/23/2014 6:41:10 PM, by EFDUNCAN

    Not a bad week. Not a great diet week but got into the gym every morning. No weight change for the week. I need to workout hard this week. I will not be watching diet on Thanksgiving evening, plan on enjoying with family and friends. Hard to believe the Holidays are on us. Hope everyone a great... Read more

  • nov 22

    11/23/2014 3:58:02 PM, by JAZZYGF

    Wow the new me did not make it Signed up WW Sept 24 lost 4pounds Now up 8 pounds and disgusted 5k race with extra pounds well tuff Why I really don't know Busy daily first my finger then barn then husbands 2 surgeries. Dr bills now cookie baking annual event. Lots of work and lots of mo... Read more

  • it's sunday

    11/23/2014 2:27:58 PM, by MOMMY445

    today is my dad's birthday! happy birthday,dad! my uncle is treating him and my mom, along with my daughter, to lunch today. i will be hearing this week whether or not i go for an interview for the same company that called me on friday afternoon. i will continue to work in both of my online courses ... Read more

  • Day 129 of 135 - Feeling good

    11/23/2014 12:42:30 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I made it back to VA in really good time and my son and I are hanging out in a sports restaurant getting some lunch waiting to head to out little ones fundraiser show at a local Barnes and Nobles - it is their dress rehearsal for their show NEVERLAND based on Peter Pan ( the real Shows are Dec 13 an... Read more

  • Grateful

    11/23/2014 8:48:41 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    Okay, so I know I've been kinda fixated on the whole service dog thing. I had a wake up call in the form of a text from my favorite nephew. I've texted him about how excited I am about the dog and how it will be a few or more months before we can get it and he sends back this long email. My poor nep... Read more

  • Reality Check

    11/23/2014 2:39:49 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    So yesterday we went to see my in-laws and my husband breaks the news about me getting a service dog to them. They seem to agree, nod their heads like it is a good idea. So now my husband is on board. That was all it took. Kinda frustrating, but I'm so glad they are being supportive so that now he i... Read more

  • I LOVE OUR WISE NEW POPE!

    11/22/2014 10:32:32 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    10 Tips On Living a Happier Life Pope Francis was interviewed by Viva, an Argentinean publication, and offered 10 invaluable tips on how to become a happier person. Some of the tips on the list might even surprise you a bit, and even change your perspective on life. I think if we followed the ... Read more

  • Can I officially call myself a quilter?

    11/22/2014 9:15:37 PM, by CATTUTT

    I woke up this morning before 9 so I could call the library at 9 to see if I could get one of the tutor rooms for The Buddy and I so she could teach me to quilt by hand. Happily, a room was available and I booked it for 2 pm. After that I finished the book I was reading and worked on the lette... Read more

  • i need a meeting

    11/22/2014 5:13:30 PM, by WILDXANGELS

    Beginning to see and experience the difference between childish and child like. A childish 56 year old is not very pretty. A child -like 56 year old is a beautiful creation of God. Full of love, trust. Compassion. Able to use her past drama in a positive way to help others. That is my goal fro... Read more

  • Week 20: THE PAY OFF FOR PERSISTENCE

    11/22/2014 12:45:42 PM, by CRAMPERELLA

    THERE IS A PAY OFF FOR PERSISTENCE This has not been an easy journey for me. It has been extremely HARD WORK. I had to dig really deep at times to keep going and I still have some bad days, but I am amazed at how much I have accomplished. I came from: ➢ Being morbidly obese... Read more

  • Day 128 of 135 - Good News

    11/22/2014 10:57:36 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    My mom is off the ventilator and breathing on her own since yesterday afternoon which is fantastic news. Just 2 days ago, the doctors were telling us they were very worried that her diaphragm wasn't working well since she could only breathe on her own for 30 minutes at a time before getting tired an... Read more

  • Day 128 of 135 - Good News

    11/22/2014 10:53:10 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    My mom is off the ventilator and breathing on her own since yesterday afternoon which is fantastic news. Just 2 days ago, the doctors were telling us they were very worried that her diaphragm wasn't working well since she could only breathe on her own for 30 minutes at a time before getting tired an... Read more

  • it's saturday

    11/22/2014 9:28:09 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am catching up on some computer work today. then i'm off to spend some time with my daughter. all of the birds say hi! my daughter is enjoying the weather these days. a great day to get outdoors and have some fun! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Never forget how unique and special you are!

    11/21/2014 10:37:03 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Snow flakes have nothing on us humans. We were all created equally, yet with such an amalgamation of different traits and personalities, wants and interests that we seem almost alien to each other. But we are all God's creatures, and we are all, every one of us - unique. In this holiday seas... Read more

  • Crafty Friday evening...

    11/21/2014 8:51:03 PM, by CATTUTT

    Today has been, for the most part, completely ordinary and unremarkable. Woke up, had breakfast, and headed to the library. I wrote for a couple hours, then decided to pack it up and head home and get some cleaning done. Got home and caught up on Spark tasks, then got up and cleaned a bit whi... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/21/2014 11:52:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    i heard from my good friend who is overseas today. I gave him a brief update of what I have been doing and how I am doing. earlier, I was thinking about him and how he is doing. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep, including two that one of my good friend's neighbours are minding t... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/21/2014 11:52:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    i heard from my good friend who is overseas today. I gave him a brief update of what I have been doing and how I am doing. earlier, I was thinking about him and how he is doing. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep, including two that one of my good friend's neighbours are minding t... Read more

  • Friday's Musings

    11/21/2014 6:19:36 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    I wrote a blog entry last night about how excited I am about the probability of getting a service dog and I won't add more except that I found some pups that are a few months old and are less than a grand, which is great! I wrote back to the guy from the training company and can't wait to hear back ... Read more

  • So Excited!

    11/21/2014 12:34:26 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    I'm so excited I just had to write a quick blog. As far as I'm concerned, the service dog is a go. I still have to get hubby on board, and save up the money for the initial cost of getting the dog. I want a German Shepherd, don't know how much they cost but I know it isn't cheap! So it will tak... Read more

  • Time & Money to GOD

    11/20/2014 9:45:13 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    A man meets God and has a some questions and a request: Man: "God, how much is a million years for you?" God: "Like a minute." Man: "God, how much is a million dollars for you?" God: "Like a penny." Man: "Then, could you lend me a penny?" God: "In a minute..." H... Read more

  • Is Thanksgiving really only a week away??

    11/20/2014 9:05:15 PM, by CATTUTT

    I can't believe it is already the 20th of Nov. This month has flown by. The holidays are flying by. I know in some opinions they don't even really start until Thanksgiving, but by my opinion they've started, and they're going so fast! It doesn't seem possible that it's only a week til Thanksgivi... Read more

  • it's thursday

    11/20/2014 10:29:53 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am spending some time reading up,making notes on the company that contacted me for a phone interview. that will take place tomorrow afternoon and it will take about twenty minutes to complete. i am getting prepared now so that when i hear from the company tomorrow, i will not be surprised to lear... Read more

  • Hitting the 70# mark!

    11/20/2014 9:54:42 AM, by NICOLES0305

    I'm so excited today! I finally hit the 70# mark! Seventy pounds are gone! I'm down a clothing size, both tops and bottoms. I've been noticing more and more subtle changes in my body. Last night, I felt the backs of my knees and noticed how much different they feel, lol. A totally random place, one ... Read more

  • Service Dog: Yes?

    11/20/2014 8:46:46 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    Appointment went well yesterday. I have my psych-doc appointment today, and I'm hoping he cooperates with what I'm wanting. I need something to be able to make the car trip there and back, yes I get anxiety when I drive and it is worse when someone else is driving, especially in the heavy traffic we... Read more

  • Happy Hump Day

    11/19/2014 9:34:43 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    After yesterday I want to de-stress by telling a Hump day joke: A handsome two hump male Camel saw a beautiful one hump lady camel. He was enamored so pursued her as his mate. She seeing his attention and handsomeness feel in love with him. So they got together and soon had a delightful no hump baby... Read more

  • Not a stellar day, and I'm paying the price for it...

    11/19/2014 9:11:38 PM, by CATTUTT

    Today started out well. I woke up early again and was ready to start the day. I woke up before dh went to bed, so I visited with him for a bit. Then I made some breakfast and ate. After that, it was off to the library. To the library via the coffee shop though. It was once again bone chill... Read more

  • I'd love your opinion!!!

    11/19/2014 6:33:27 PM, by CYBERCITYSHELL

    Hello Sparkies, I hope you are on top of anything that you need to conquer. If not, persevere,you may actually get there. Whereas if you quit and except defeat, well the game is over-you lose!! Never quit trying and you are doing well. You will get there in the end. ... Read more

  • A Little Ahead...I'm Already thinking of New Year!

    11/19/2014 11:54:29 AM, by HLTHAPPINESS4C

    I hope everyone has had a wonderful year thus far and that your holidays are HAP hAP HAPPY! This year has been a not so great year health wise. I sooo can not wait until the coming New Year. I know a New Year doesn't always mean better or that things will turn out great, but I am h... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    11/19/2014 11:27:24 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am helping out my good friend who went overseas, by looking after his place while he is away. i spend a lot of time there lately. my daughter says hi. i found out that a company wants to do a phone interview with me on friday. so i said yes and i let them know which time is best for me. i will mak... Read more

  • Therapy Wednesday!

    11/19/2014 8:03:00 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    Therapy day! I'm not looking forward to picking apart why I'm having all these panic attacks, I know that is what is going to happen. I've written down what dates and what happened and I plan to read that to her. Part of me really wants to figure it out so that I can stop these anxiety attacks, part... Read more

  • A trying Tuesday.

    11/18/2014 11:33:52 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    My nurse from the VA was suppose to visit around 1pm. About 9 am I called her but only got her voice mail, and so I left a massage to confirm we would meet around 1pm. She didn't call me back until 12:30 pm and would be here at 2pm. She eventually showed up around 2:30 pm. So I one for three and a h... Read more

  • Under 250 lbs? Say what?

    11/18/2014 9:03:04 PM, by CATTUTT

    I got a SHOCK when I got on the scale this morning. 249.8. I had to rub my eyes to be sure I was reading it clearly. The last time I weighed myself, on Saturday, I was 253. something or another. Today, 249.8. Woo hoo! I've been saying that keeping myself busy is helping, and now there's proof ... Read more

  • Problems and Solutions for Thanksgiving Vacation

    11/18/2014 8:53:46 PM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    I insisted when we moved away that we spend Thanksgivings at Grandma's house back where we had moved from and it has become a family tradition. Every year we pile into Grandma's house for a week of Thanksgiving fun and family time. I love it. But with everything there have been problems, so this yea... Read more

  • Week Review of Nov. 9-16

    11/18/2014 7:33:16 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    It was a strange week. I sort of felt better, but I still was wiped out at the end of the day. Steps: 83664/80952 :) Minutes: 911/967 :( calories: 3391/3559 :( Miles: 17.66/15/77 :) I'm not sure how my steps and miles were up but my calories and minutes were down. I'... Read more

  • "Pay yourself first"

    11/18/2014 11:33:47 AM, by GSR24F

    So I've been going to the gym, but fairly irregularly (1-2 x per week). Before I moved, I was going 3-4 times a week at the same time every day but my schedule was far more predictable then. Now, my schedule is far more variable depending on meetings and whatnot. Also, with all the things that come ... Read more

  • Doing a Little Better

    11/18/2014 8:48:59 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    This morning the sky is stripes of light blue and the lightest of pinks. Beautiful. God's beautiful handiwork. I had nightmares last night, but only mild anxiety, yay! I had an anxiety attack yesterday but was able to breath through it. My anxiety is still high, but I think I'm doing much bett... Read more

  • A marvelous & manic Monday!

    11/17/2014 11:44:29 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I was able to accomplish a lot today! I washed two loads of laundry. It is great having a dryer that works well, this has cut my time doing laudry down so much! I also was able to get a lot of cardio exercises in today! I worked out on the elliptical, stationary bike, treadmill and enjoyed walking a... Read more

  • Wonderful snow day...

    11/17/2014 8:56:31 PM, by CATTUTT

    I woke up around 9:30 this morning, once again very early for me. I just wanted to be awake and doing things. I wish I could keep this holiday energy going all the time. It's nice to feel excited about life! The weather people were not wrong about the snow coming. We ended up getting a few ... Read more

  • Day 123 of 135 - An ICU Diary for my mom

    11/17/2014 5:03:13 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Today marks the 14th day of my mom being in the ICU and the 12th day she has been on the ventilator. It has been very up and down as she has been very sick with multiple infections as well but in the last 2 days, we are seeing some very encouraging signs - she is becoming more responsive - she answe... Read more

  • Finishing 10 minute daily exercise streak challenge + Mind Over Body Step #9

    11/17/2014 2:58:45 PM, by FEISTYLIZARD

    Well, I'm proud to be finishing this challenge strong. There was a week when I only exercised 4 times, the other weeks 5 times, but this week I managed to streak and finish by exercising all 7 days- or I will, after I'm done braving the cold to take a brisk walk. This challenge forced me to prioriti... Read more

  • I hate being this fat

    11/17/2014 11:57:57 AM, by HAZYSKIES

    I have to stick with the program this time. I have to do this! The last time I did the program and had lots of success with it, but I got sick and started falling back on old habits...ie...tons of candy and junk food. I WILL do this this time. I will get thin so I can fit in normal sizes a... Read more

  • more snow

    11/17/2014 9:45:27 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is snowing some more here today and my daughter loves it! she enjoys playing in the snow. all of the birds say cheep,cheep. my self esteem workshop went really well. i would do it again in a heartbeat. i will have to find my other boots that i can wear in the snow later on today. i have already ... Read more

  • Monday

    11/17/2014 7:47:04 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    Thank you all for the positive comments, you help keep me going! This quote is so true. How I approach my daily to do list or chores for the day totally affects how I'm able to do that chore, or if I even get it done at all let a... Read more

  • Sunday

    11/16/2014 9:59:01 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I enjoyed a great night of !!! I walked to the store and bought some needed groceries in case I have problems getting out due to the predicted snow coming, I also deposited into my checking account. I had the gym all to myself today for an hour and a half. I had a very go... Read more

  • Appetite of a linebacker!

    11/16/2014 9:20:25 PM, by CATTUTT

    WOW today has been a hungry day! I imagine that's probably because I got up at a little after 8 am. I woke up and just wanted to get up and get the day started. It sure is a nice feeling to wake up and want to get up and get going, instead of trying to force myself back to sleep because I know I'... Read more

  • Week ending 11/16/14

    11/16/2014 6:54:57 PM, by EFDUNCAN

    The years is flying by!!!! 11 days until Thanksgiving! Had a good week. Down a pound put me back at pre-vacation weight. I keep feeling I have a bug trying to sneak up on me. Fighting it tooth and nail!!!Will focus on exercise and diet this week. Still 5 pounds away from my new year's goal. That sho... Read more

  • Stress Journal #12 + Mind Over Body Step #8

    11/16/2014 6:36:14 PM, by FEISTYLIZARD

    As I am reaching the end of the Official Stress Busting Challenge, this will be my final official "stress journal". This has been quite the 4 weeks, and I'm proud to have stuck it out - I rarely finish what I start. I can't recommend the program enough, whether you feel like you're drowning like I w... Read more

  • Week 19: MEDICALLY INDUCED ANXIETY

    11/16/2014 3:59:05 PM, by CRAMPERELLA

    The other day I wrote a blog about MEDICAL FAT BIAS. The day after writing the blog I visited my NEW doctor for my GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER and my BINGE EATING DISORDER. I sat through a visit looking at a doctor who looked tired and a ... Read more

  • Puchero-Suggestions?

    11/16/2014 12:54:32 PM, by SAGE150

    I cooked an Argentinean soup this weekend that gave me great difficulty when I tried to enter it into my Nutrition Tracker. It is a soup that is chock full of vegetables and has lots of homemade beef stock in it. Here is the re... Read more

  • it's snowing!

    11/16/2014 12:44:08 PM, by MOMMY445

    it has been steadily snowing here since this morning. my daughter is out enjoying it just now at her friend's place. i am at the workshop and i am really enjoying it! all the birds say hi. have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • PFP

    11/15/2014 11:39:10 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I need !!! So this is just a PF3P ~ post for 3points. Have a swell SONday!!!... Read more

  • Distraction techniques really work!

    11/15/2014 8:47:20 PM, by CATTUTT

    Today was the final weigh in for the Fall 5% Challenge. I ended up losing 6.8 lbs during the 8 weeks of the challenge. I'm pretty happy with that. It wasn't the 13 I needed to reach 5% lost, but I never really expected to lose a full 13 lbs in 8 weeks. I was down another couple lbs before TOM ca... Read more

  • Getting worse

    11/15/2014 5:29:34 PM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    So I was able to get an emergency appointment with my psych-doc only have him have an emergency and have to cancel just hours before. So I was like, you don't understand this was an emergency appointment for me, what do I do? So he'll get a message from me (and probably a billion others) on Monday a... Read more

  • Day 121 of 135 - Walking SPARKY while sparking

    11/15/2014 11:02:23 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    So I'm back in NJ to spend the weekend with my mom in the hospital and also to spend time with my Dad and other family. My mom is so lucky to have so many great friends from childhood who care so much about her and are there every day and checking in all the time. I think my Dad is glad he has someo... Read more

  • Friday

    11/14/2014 11:35:31 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I deleted the updates that my computer installed and I am mostly happy now with the results. There are a few things still different, but this just means I will learn new things about how to use my computer. This is similar to spark updates and changes, I just adapt! I LOVE my new dryer, also to... Read more

  • Mind Over Body Step #7 - Weight loss goals set!

    11/14/2014 10:42:37 PM, by FEISTYLIZARD

    Spark People's Mind Over Body: 10 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
    urce/mind_over_body_fat.asp Step 7: Plot your strategy This step is all about effective goal setting, and utilizing the 6 characteristics of effective goal setting. Challen... Read more

  • Reining myself in a little...

    11/14/2014 9:10:18 PM, by CATTUTT

    Today has been a healthier day than yesterday, I'll say that much at least. No greasy fast food today, so that's a pretty good start on a healthier day. I'm always so hungry during TOM, but I"m trying to at least stick to healthy foods instead of greasy junk and various other crap. So far I'm doi... Read more

  • Adjusted BMR and Mindful Eating

    11/14/2014 8:13:53 PM, by SAGE150

    I have been examining my BMR lately. I have gone to independent sites to calculate it, and it is around 1700 calories. Spark tends to focus on our adjusted BMR, but everyone's metabolism and level of activity is different so applying the universally accepted multiplier of 1.2 for living a sedentar... Read more

  • Countdown Time

    11/14/2014 10:21:49 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    In two weeks, it will be Thanksgiving. I used to be so much more organized. I'd have my cards written. The presents that I had already bought were wrapped and ready. It's not like that this year. Granted, it's been a long, busy year, but I need to get the lead out. I've got some errands to... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/14/2014 9:41:56 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have a self esteem workshop to go to this weekend. my daughter will be staying overnight on saturday at one of her friend's homes. so i will have some extra time on my hands. i may not get to be on spark much over the weekend, as the workshop goes all day on saturday and on sunday. all of the bird... Read more

  • Friday!!

    11/14/2014 8:36:53 AM, by SUNGIRL822

    I know it's not much, but I'm so excited and wanted to share. I am down 5.5 lbs in 16 days!!! I thought my face looked a little smaller this morning!!! I am trying and it's so hard to stay consistent. Last time I tried to lose weight I got very sick. Imagine doing something healthy and ge... Read more

  • FEELING BLUE

    11/14/2014 6:15:17 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    Today I'm feeling blue. I'm ready to not care about my diabetes any longer. By the time I lose weight and finally get a healthy control on my life I feel like I'll just be a sack of excess skin walking around. It really demotivated me. I overate tonight and didn't care about my sugars just to try an... Read more

  • Thursday

    11/13/2014 10:53:27 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Because my old clothes dryer was a fire hazard because the sensor that shuts down the dryer when it gets too hot did not work, they installed a new Whirlpool dryer today!!! Tomorrow morning my peer support counselor will pick me up and take me to downtown Pittsburgh. I have all the... Read more

  • Stress Journal #11 + Mind Over Body Step #6

    11/13/2014 10:49:10 PM, by FEISTYLIZARD

    Last night marked the start of what I like to call Shark Week. Yes, the Red Army had invaded, and I started my morning unable to locate my tea ball, so I snarled and slammed some cupboards. I eventually calmed down, relaxed, and then did some exercise. I weighed myself after, to find out that I had ... Read more

  • A surprise message...

    11/13/2014 9:12:23 PM, by CATTUTT

    I wished my dad's girlfriend a happy birthday today, and I'm guessing she then made him send me a message and talk to me for a little while... since he sent me a message and talked to me for a little while. lol First time I've talked to him since we came home from Virginia in August, where dh and ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    11/13/2014 2:43:19 PM, by MOMMY445

    i enjoyed the day the other day. i got to spend quite a bit of time with my daughter and i got some errands done,too. today, i did some volunteering through the other college i was at in the spring. i really enjoyed it. i have a workshop that goes on saturday and sunday at the other college. i still... Read more

  • MEDICAL FAT BIAS

    11/13/2014 2:20:00 PM, by CRAMPERELLA

    I don't usually write more than one blog per week, but I was inspired by SWEET_CAROLYN's post about medical professionals and fat bias. My former doctor was a tiny, frail woman who I suspect had food issues of her own. Whe... Read more

  • Hello! Doggy news.............

    11/13/2014 8:17:49 AM, by PCOH051610

    Hi, It seems like forever that I sat down to write a "newsy" blog. Don't hold your breath, either because this one is going to be relatively short. Just touching base. I'm feeling better and returned to work this week after being off since October 7th. In that time, my weight has skyrocket... Read more

  • Back to Job Hunting

    11/12/2014 10:23:19 PM, by PAZUZURISES

    Its been a few days since my last day working at a Local Haunted Trail Attraction... It was awesome... Lost count of how many kids I made cry, Adults pee themselves, and Groups knocking themselves to the ground... But now... its time to find an 'actual' job... ... Read more

  • VA care today for me.

    11/12/2014 10:20:19 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I recieved excellent Dental care at my VA today! My usual is now a ! Tomorrow I will relax though continue my healthy lifestyle. On friday my peer support counselor WILL take care of the difference between IN-compentancy and compentancy with at Department of Veterans Affa... Read more

  • Fighting a losing battle today...

    11/12/2014 9:28:23 PM, by CATTUTT

    Today has just not been a great day. TOM is sapping every ounce of energy I have, and also making me hungrier than 3 wild horses. So it hasn't been a healthy day. The only thing I can say for it is that I haven't stuffed myself, just haven't made very good choices. It was a good day otherwis... Read more

  • Mind Over Body Step #5

    11/12/2014 12:48:08 PM, by FEISTYLIZARD

    Spark People's Mind Over Body: 10 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
    urce/mind_over_body_fat.asp Step 5: Take the mystery out of staying motivated This step starts out with a quiz that helps you identify the issues that you have with motivat... Read more

  • Rethinking my Plan

    11/12/2014 8:23:37 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    So yesterday morning went okay, we took a lot of review breaks, but that is good, the girls didn't retain the memorization for the past three weeks like they normally do. But come afternoon when we were supposed to be doing school, it was a mess, they wanted to play outside and didn't want to do sch... Read more

  • +4 lbs

    11/12/2014 7:36:31 AM, by SAGE150

    Over the last month, I have gained 4 lbs, not lost. The scale doesn't lie. I have eaten too much at parties. I have eaten too much at home with numerous binges or just by going over my calorie range. I have not exercised enough, and yet I continued to eat as though I was following through with ... Read more

  • Motivation

    11/12/2014 12:05:31 AM, by RISINGBLUESTAR

    Took some pics today. Hated them. Looked terrible but the good part is it made me want to work on getting fit again. Never thought I would be this fat. Now, some words of encouragement would be helpful. 😄... Read more

  • Veterans Day

    11/11/2014 10:15:08 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    As a service connected disabled Navy Vet I THANK first all my fellow Vets in all the US services. Next I THANK the loved ones of Vets for their support during and after service. I THANK everyone who has ever reached out in any way to help a Vet in any way! I would also like to Thank those who have n... Read more

  • Feeling like an elf tonight...

    11/11/2014 9:18:13 PM, by CATTUTT

    I just found the perfect gift for my stepdad, and got a great price on it to boot. Gotta love when that happens. He's very hard to shop for, but this year I got a good one! And I was also smart and picked something small and light, so when it arrives, it will be easy to wrap up and mail to my mom... Read more

  • Day 117 of 135 - Life with my mom in the ICU

    11/11/2014 4:47:37 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    It has been a very difficult few weeks and I would like to thank the spark community for their support! I still can't believe that my mom had been in the ICU on a ventilator for almost a week. She is being treated for multiple infections and her kidneys shut down, but she seems to be improving so... Read more

  • Stress Journal #10 + Mind Over Body Step #4

    11/11/2014 1:08:35 PM, by FEISTYLIZARD

    For the past week or so I haven't been particularly stressed out. A big part of that is I haven't been working- I've been relaxing at home and working on my Spark People goals. I've slept 8 hours, give or take every night. I've ate more or less well, increasingly better as the days pass. I've been e... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    11/11/2014 10:53:15 AM, by MOMMY445

    it's rememberance day here in canada. time to reflect on those who have participated in helping to protect canada and for those who are helping other countries. my grandfather was in the second world war, so i got to hear about that quite a bit as a child. he has since passed on and is dearly missed... Read more

  • Vanity Sizing Blues

    11/11/2014 9:27:43 AM, by SHARSUE

    Today, I'm wearing size 8 jeans. Size 8. A single-digit size for the first time in my adult life. Am I happy about this? No. And the reason is simple: vanity sizing. I've been bouncing back and forth between 160 and 170 pounds for the past three years or so (currently holding stea... Read more

  • MY MOM IS REALLY GONE

    11/11/2014 8:09:57 AM, by WILDXANGELS

    I woke up and for just a fleeting moment I forgot you are gone from this world,I can't steal my own car to come and see you or call you on the phone to hear your voice.It will be a whole month gone by tomorrow.I would give anything if I could do that for just One more day. feeling devastated.... Read more

  • Today's Plan

    11/11/2014 7:18:15 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    So I got a little bit done yesterday, not much, for the most part I rested and napped. Having that anxiety attack and then not being able to sleep did a number on me! I'm feeling much better today and ready to get started! So here is my plan for the rest of the week. I'm at my best, most energi... Read more

  • Monday

    11/10/2014 11:21:47 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    It was a manic Monday. I made the calls to find out what was the problem with my VA pension competency review. After an hour with a very caring and qualified VA representative together we were able to establish the problem and hopefully the solution to the situation. At some point along the w... Read more

  • Am I the only one excited for the cold weather to arrive?

    11/10/2014 8:58:37 PM, by CATTUTT

    Today was warm, and tomorrow will be warm... then the high Wed is about 20 degrees colder, and it will get even colder as the week goes on. And I am SO EXCITED about it. Am I the only one? My brain is already in holiday mode, but then it gets confused when I walk out to warm weather. I'm ready f... Read more

  • A very quick hello

    11/10/2014 6:30:37 PM, by PCOH051610

    I'm still here! A lot has happened in the past few weeks but the main thing is I'm still here. Right?!... Read more

  • Week in Review 11/10/2014

    11/10/2014 6:14:29 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    From Wednesday on last week, I definitely got sicker as the week went on. So, I definitely got some different numbers. I had more steps: 80952/78024. Everything else was down a little: Minutes: 967/1031, calories: 3559/3974, miles, 15.77/18.26. I was down a pound when I went to the doctor... Read more

  • Brutally honest

    11/10/2014 3:01:19 PM, by NICOLES0305

    I'm wild and crazy. I'm a creator and an artist. I feel deeply and internalize everything. I feel slightly neurotic most of the time, like a million different people all living together in one singular person. I carry out conversations with the voices in my head. I can get lost in a good book, forci... Read more

  • Mind Over Body Step #3

    11/10/2014 11:31:10 AM, by FEISTYLIZARD

    Spark People's Mind Over Body: 10 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
    urce/mind_over_body_fat.asp Step 3: Tame your 'toxic guilt' before it wipes out your willpower If you've ever ate a cupcake and thought "screw it, I've blown the whole day... Read more

  • it's monday

    11/10/2014 9:31:04 AM, by MOMMY445

    my parents had a great day yesterday! my daughter really enjoyed her sleepover the other night. today, back to working on both of my online courses. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Anxiety Attack

    11/10/2014 8:49:15 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    So I've been having anxiety attacks in my sleep for the past few months. Or I suppose it would be better to say I've been waking up in the middle of having an anxiety attack while I was sleeping. I've taken to taking my anxiety meds right before bed and that has made it less, but not gotten rid of i... Read more

  • Sunday

    11/9/2014 11:15:18 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Had a great time at our community annual Steelers bash, over 50 people came through at some time during the game! Though there was one small detail I was unhappy about, the Steelers threw and fumbled away the game against the 1 - 8 Jets! Also my good friend Mike, one of those dirty Bro... Read more

  • Starting to find the holiday spirit...

    11/9/2014 8:16:06 PM, by CATTUTT

    It occurred to me this evening that I didn't want to repeat a mistake I made last year. I wanted to read Christmas fiction last year, but by the time it occurred to me to try to get some from the library, I was too late to get it. It was all checked out and not due back til after Christmas. So th... Read more

  • Week ending 11/9/14

    11/9/2014 7:03:28 PM, by EFDUNCAN

    Good week. Down a pound and had some good workouts and runs. Had a beer last night at dinner and two with the neighbor today. Need to limit my beer, they are a motivation killer. Looking forward to a good week, still need to drop anoth pound I have left over from vacation.... Read more