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  • it's saturday

    9/23/2017 1:35:56 PM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter says hi! we are keeping cool and well hydrated today. we may go to the beach later on and enjoy the water. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • it's friday

    9/22/2017 10:56:18 AM, by MOMMY445

    another hot and humid day here today. my daughter and i are keeping cool and well hydrated. it is supposed to be like this, weather wise, for the next three days at least. i will definitely make sure i am keeping cool, well hydrated and near or in some water,too. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! ha... Read more

  • it's thursday

    9/21/2017 10:10:13 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have a follow up appointment with my doctor this afternoon to find out the results of the heart test i did a while ago. i still have some other tests to do. i will get them done as soon as i can. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • MEMORIAL ABOUND

    9/21/2017 6:21:39 AM, by SMIDGON

    I had always noticed while taking Lexie to normal vet checks. On the desk at the receptionist area is a battery operated candle. Next to it, is a framed sign which read that if you saw the candle lite, to lower your voice. IT meandt some family was saying goodbye to a beloved pet! Whe... Read more

  • Kinda worried. Weight loss?

    9/20/2017 9:58:20 PM, by PENQUINS6899

    In one week, I see the dietician. I'm kinda worried about this appointment this month as I have had a lot of cheat days. I'm just not sure that I lost weight. I still have been working hard this month to lose weight. I have been walking more, drinking my water, staying within my calorie limit, but... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    9/20/2017 12:23:45 PM, by MOMMY445

    another very warm and humid day here today. i am keeping cool and well hydrated and so is my daughter. her teacher is nice. this year, the way it works out, she has 6 different teachers, including one for home room. last year, she just had one teacher. the teacher had nothing but praise for my daugh... Read more

  • Slowing down

    9/19/2017 11:54:38 AM, by BEESHELL8

    My broken ankle has made me slow down whether I like it or not. And I don't really like it. I went to a conference on Saturday to learn more about WordPress. Unfortunately, it wasn't very helpful despite there being a beginner's track (which I attended). A classic case of people being smart ab... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    9/19/2017 10:19:34 AM, by MOMMY445

    it's meet the teacher day at my daughter's school. i always go to meet the teacher she has each school year. then i can put a face to the name i hear so much about from my daughter. it is another hot and humid day here again today. both me and my daughter are staying cool and well hydrated. all of t... Read more

  • A KEEPSAKE

    9/19/2017 6:34:33 AM, by SMIDGON

    I wanted to share with you a keepsake given to us from Lexies vet. This is a clay ornament of her 'handprints' just before she went to the "Rainbow Bridge". Fashioned after Paw prints on your heart... Read more

  • it's monday

    9/18/2017 4:43:15 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great weekend and so did my daughter! i heard from two different places today regarding job opportunities. i know that i will find the right one. i am not giving up. i found a place in the city i live that has a free, in person university course in the liberal arts area. i am going to give i... Read more

  • MORE FAVORITE SPOTS

    9/18/2017 4:04:07 PM, by SMIDGON

    Here are two more favorite spots. I like the effects of the shadows and being taken through a screen door. My favorite subjects are animals and scenery. I HOPE YOU enjoy Janet... Read more

  • Foods that heal your body

    9/18/2017 1:26:01 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Dr. Fabrizio Mancini wrote, in his book "The Power of Self-Healing," that the human body is naturally self-healing, but poor lifestyle habits hinder the body's ability to self-heal. In a chapter about diet, he listed foods that are especially favorable. These are apples, artichoke, avocado, beets, b... Read more

  • Steps at work

    9/18/2017 12:33:57 PM, by PENQUINS6899

    So I haven't been able to walk up a full flight of stairs for a while now and I always take the elevator up to my area of work. Today, the elevator was out. So I called into work. I feel so embarrassed. I guess I could have tried to walk up the steps but my legs hurt already from the swelling from k... Read more

  • Another Change in Routine

    9/18/2017 11:54:20 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    Change in routine?? Who am I kidding? It seems I lost my "routine" about 2 years ago! But, yes, my daily activities have changed again. Something different to get used to. But...I am getting into more of a nighttime routine. I'm not sleeping any better, but it's at least better than it was 3 w... Read more

  • Sunday is (not) my fun day...

    9/17/2017 1:42:31 PM, by ECKOKITTEN

    The beginning of the week is not off to a great start. I am trying to stay positive but its a rough road. My weigh in I was super excited about because at the doctors office Thursday I had lost weight and was down to 209, but today I weigh in and am at 214.6 :( Up from 212 last week. Now it cou... Read more

  • FAMILY TIME

    9/15/2017 7:16:30 PM, by SMIDGON

    Our eldest grand daughter aND her husband came down from where they live about 45min away. Nikki and Jay met us at Bob Evans here in town. We had a most enjoyable lunch. On their way home they were stopping at the cemetery where Nikki uncle (John ) is resting in peace. Nikki is our oldest G.... Read more

  • it's friday

    9/15/2017 11:00:49 AM, by MOMMY445

    another beautiful sunny and warm day here today. my daughter says hi! i am keeping cool today and doing my exercises mostly indoors. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • Update on how I'm doing

    9/15/2017 6:07:16 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    I feel like this should be titled, "other stuff that is going wrong", LOL. I'm doing okay-ish despite all that is going wrong. A little worried but then who wouldn't be with all this stuff going on? I've got people telling me I could have thyroid cancer, but it't not that bad.... bad? It's can... Read more

  • Adjusting to injury

    9/14/2017 11:47:40 PM, by BEESHELL8

    I'm slowly able to walk more and have probably pushed it. I was able to get around without pain on Tuesday, but hubby nagged me about putting the boot on and I complied...reluctantly. I've got a variety of different colors on my foot, ankle, and leg. Purple, yellow, and pink, primarily. It's v... Read more

  • it's thursday

    9/14/2017 1:21:14 PM, by MOMMY445

    i feel that i did well at the interview that i had this morning. i will keep looking for work opportunities. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it is a very warm and humid day here today, so my daughter and i are keeping cool and well hydrated. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    9/13/2017 1:28:29 PM, by MOMMY445

    i have a job interview tomorrow morning. i had a phone interview this morning for a different job. job prospects are looking up for me. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Another new beginning...with some understanding sprinkled in

    9/13/2017 12:28:38 PM, by ALASKANMOMOF2

    Well, blog reader, if you're there, I'm here again. This is a safe space, as far as I'm concerned. I'm grateful for that! SparkPeople has been a part of my healthiness journey for a number of years, and I'm really digging in this time. The diabetes numbers were getting nastier. The o... Read more

  • Favorite spot

    9/13/2017 9:15:22 AM, by SMIDGON

    Think I can do it now? Well see! This is from my backyard ENJOY Janet... Read more

  • RETREAT

    9/13/2017 8:59:52 AM, by SMIDGON

    Here I go again?! My favorite spot in my backyard HOPE YOU enjoy... Read more

  • RETREAT

    9/13/2017 6:58:22 AM, by SMIDGON

    This is my favorite spot! All in my backyard Help! I can't get the stupid picture to click. How come sometimes it will and other times not?... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    9/12/2017 1:54:14 PM, by MOMMY445

    I am out and about running some errands today. it is a beautiful day here and I am making sure I get out and enjoy it. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Weekend

    9/12/2017 10:51:16 AM, by JEEP1969

    My husband had a work function in CT on Saturday so we decided to make a weekend of it. Spent Saturday at his work get together and then drove over to Mystic to spend the night and Sunday wondering around. We went to the Aquarium and then the Olde Mystic Villiage. We went to the honey store St... Read more

  • A visit to the orthopedist and Never Forget

    9/11/2017 7:55:56 PM, by BEESHELL8

    I got in to see the orthopedist today @ UC Davis. I'm now in a boot and more immobilized - which is okay. The air cast I was in wasn't much support and also made my leg sweat and itch. This is what I've been using to get around. I put my knee on the walker and push. It's easier to do than the cru... Read more

  • it's monday

    9/11/2017 11:30:52 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new week is well underway! woo hoo! have a terrific day,everyone! i have some errands to run and i plan on getting plenty of exercise throughout my day. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep!... Read more

  • SICK and stuff

    9/11/2017 9:40:35 AM, by INEEDMYPHONE

    Got a sinus infection that seems to be affecting my whole body. No workouts. Busy at work Busy at home School stuff Healthy life hiatus. That's it. Weight loss on hold 527... Read more

  • REMEMBER TODAY

    9/11/2017 6:34:40 AM, by SMIDGON

    Let's not forget today. Today is 9-11 I have not heard any reference to it this year. Lets not forget!... Read more

  • REMEMBER TODAY

    9/11/2017 6:34:31 AM, by SMIDGON

    Let's not forget today. Today is 9-11 I have not heard any reference to it this year. Lets not forget!... Read more

  • A new beginning

    9/10/2017 9:26:37 PM, by ECKOKITTEN

    So a new beginning... yet again. Maybe life is full of new beginnings. It is a twisting, turning path full of ends and new starts. So here I sit once again claiming a fresh start to my life. Alot has been going on. Lets talk about health first... I haven't gained back a ton of weight ... Read more

  • it's friday

    9/8/2017 10:07:01 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! my daughter says hi! i am going to try a walking route i have not done for quite a while. it covers quite a bit of an area and i walked it before i put on the extra weight last year. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • Finally an Answer! More Health Problems

    9/8/2017 9:54:26 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    I was beginning to think that all my health problems were stemming from me not getting enough sleep, but how would so much stomach pain come from that? I saw my favorite NP and she ordered some tests for something I had never heard of. Turns out, I have it. Won't say what it is, but it can cause all... Read more

  • Strength

    9/8/2017 1:01:38 AM, by PENQUINS6899

    On August 14, 2017, I visited my dietician. It was a month on this diet and I lost 3 pounds. While I only lost 3 pounds I can honestly say I gained a lot. I gained knowledge, strength, and health this past month. Let me explain. I gained knowledge in that I have and am still learning what to eat and... Read more

  • Joined a fitness center!

    9/7/2017 10:18:25 PM, by DRAGONSTAIL

    I joined the new fitness center that is just down the street from me. It's so close I can walk to it so I might as well be a member! No more excuses now! I'm enjoying it so far, tonight was my second night there. There aren't a lot of people yet so I'm more comfortable since no one is fighting ... Read more

  • On busting weight loss plateaus

    9/7/2017 3:50:03 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I was asked in another forum to post on Dr. Judith Beck's Day 38, topic "Deal with a weight loss plateau." I found Beck's solution too simplistic. According to Beck the most likely explanation for a weight plateau is that your body no longer needs as much energy (calories) as before. She concludes t... Read more

  • it's thursday

    9/7/2017 11:52:19 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today! woo hoo! my daughter says hi! i am out and about running some errands today. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • "Stop the World, I want to get off!"

    9/6/2017 6:03:28 PM, by TOI-TOI-TOI

    There is a lot going on in my life. Right now I am juggling too many things. I am trying to find my way back and I think paying attention to Spark People and its programs is the one I need most. I just resigned from a heavy-responsibility job (as of Dec. 31st upcoming) herding cats---no, reall... Read more

  • It's hard to ask for help

    9/6/2017 12:27:14 PM, by BEESHELL8

    I've always been independent to the extreme and I find it really hard to ask for help of any kind. This has brought a whole new level of complication to managing with this broken ankle. And it's only been 2 days.... 40 Yesterday I had an appointment with the primary care doctor and an xray con... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    9/6/2017 11:30:10 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter had a great day yesterday! she likes her teacher and she has some of her friends in her class,too. i am actively looking for work and working on my online courses.i enjoy getting outdoors and having fun. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    9/5/2017 4:55:11 PM, by MOMMY445

    i just finished up a doctor's appointment. i had to have an echocardiogram, as my doctor found a murmur during my checkup in mid august. i will know the results of that test and some others i have to do within the next two weeks. my daughter likes her new teacher and she got to see some of her frien... Read more

  • Vlogging?/ Looking at the positive!

    9/5/2017 4:27:23 PM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    Today was hard. I did my H Pylori test this morning, took DD to therapy, then she started saying she was still sick and feeling bad, so we debated and kept her home. So instead of going home and taking a rest (I can't seem to nap any more) I had my DD chattering away at me. We had a great talk, but ... Read more

  • Big sigh

    9/5/2017 12:58:58 PM, by BEESHELL8

    ...because I slipped while trying to get into a kayak yesterday and fell ON MY ANKLE. I never was able to kayak and had to spend the rest of the day with my foot up and iced. Luckily, I had brought a zero gravity chair and our group had lots of ice. This was at Lake Natoma... 282 So I'm a bit b... Read more

  • new start

    9/4/2017 9:23:58 PM, by JEEP1969

    Today was the day. I started a new. Gave up the sugary coffee I love. Stuck to the diet and made sure I took in at least 3 meals. I hate the increased weight gain and I know I may not get where I want as some of it is my meds but I started stitching and getting my muscles ready for the reali... Read more

  • Indoor Yard Sale

    9/4/2017 2:59:53 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    Where we live, we have home owners associations. There are community yard sales in the spring and fall. It's a ton of work and where the house is, there's not a lot of foot traffic. Most of what we have is girl baby clothes. Helena has gone from 12-18 month clothes when we moved in two years ag... Read more

  • Surviving the heat

    9/4/2017 12:02:21 AM, by BEESHELL8

    Yes it's been hot in the Sacramento area. 67 I skipped Friday's early morning bike ride as I haven't been feeling great. But yesterday, I joined my cycling group and we rode from downtown Sac to Davis (about 15 miles). There's a program where you can ride there (to Davis) and get a free train... Read more

  • Breaking Up (With Sugar) Is Hard To Do!!

    9/3/2017 4:27:26 PM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    The only sugar I had yesterday was in my coffee. 244 I usually have 2 spoons of sugar and I'm cutting back to one. Then I will change back over to Splenda, or quit coffee completely. But I kept looking at things to eat! I could have cereal... no I'm lactose intolerant and quitting sugar, can'... Read more

  • 17 weeks to new year's eve

    9/3/2017 9:44:14 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Late last night, we just got back from visiting my daughter in King George and my wife announced this morning that she had a change of heart about not going down to Chesapeake, Virginia to help care for one of our other daughters who just had an operation. Right after church we are going down. Good... Read more

  • Cutting Out Sugar/Getting Back on Track

    9/2/2017 10:47:30 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    DH came home yesterday and told me he is going to cut out sugar. What?! My sugar loving DH is going to cut it out? Coolness! I told him I would do the same, except my coffee at first, I'll wean myself off my sugar in my coffee. Nope, he says, all sugar. Oh, boy! I'm actually excited about this. I've... Read more

  • it's friday

    9/1/2017 10:30:43 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new month has started! a time to make changes and to continue with the healthy habits i now have. my daughter says hi. it is a long weekend here in canada. the holiday on monday is called labour day. after the long weekend, my daughter starts school. she will be in grade 7 this year. sometimes it ... Read more

  • The Little Things/Success is...

    9/1/2017 10:27:11 AM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    Sometimes it is the little things in life. I'm getting by on so little sleep, I'm not functioning very well again. I had a few good days of sleep, but I'm back to 3 hours again last night. I'm doing the best I can though,a and trying to make the most of it. My anxiety has been crippling, and I think... Read more

  • Off my game

    9/1/2017 12:54:14 AM, by BEESHELL8

    Not feeling great today. Got a walk in, then got ready to go meet a friend for a pedicure and lunch. She retired recently and got a gift card to Arden Hills Country Club...so she treated me to a pedicure. Nice place - pricey pedicures... 528 It was a nice experience though as they had a relaxation a... Read more

  • it's thursday

    8/31/2017 11:12:26 AM, by MOMMY445

    i heard from a few other places regarding work opportunities. i will keep on looking until i find a steady job. i am not giving up that easily. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • I'm Back!/ Update

    8/30/2017 7:48:32 PM, by CROUCHINGFLEA

    Hi Sparks! I'm back, for now, I'm doing a little better and wanted to try to get back into the swing of things. I'm getting a little more sleep, enough to maybe start working out again. I've been eating better, more salads, less sugary things. I've lost 4 pounds without trying. Could be because I'm ... Read more

  • To know or not to know?

    8/30/2017 1:12:41 PM, by BEESHELL8

    I'm really trying to track EVERYTHING this week. And in keeping with this, I just searched for the calories for a Leatherby's hot fudge sundae. Leatherby's is a local ice cream place. I'm meeting my sisters there for lunch, and odds are, I'll have dessert. So I decided to be proactive and figu... Read more

  • Re 5% weight lost fall challenge

    8/29/2017 2:29:48 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Although I no longer need to lose weight I do need to continue a healthy eating and exercise routine and feel up to motivating others as an extra leader, or maybe an even greater leadership responsibility, so I am going to continue and join the 5% fall challenge. See the poster The grou... Read more

  • Be Your Own Advocate

    8/29/2017 10:43:34 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    A few years ago, I was put on a medicine that I didn't think I needed. The doctors kept telling me that if a doctor prescribed it, there was a reason. Soon I was having trouble swallowing. I don't remember how many tests I went through and nothing showed up. I did a web search on the medicine an... Read more

  • Dodged a bullet

    8/29/2017 12:10:35 AM, by BEESHELL8

    ...I sat down today to log into spark and then pay some bills. I drink a lot of water - never a problem for me - so I had my glass nearby. And...promptly dumped it all over my laptop. I quickly unplugged everything, turned it upside down on a towel, and googled what to do on my ipad. Basically,... Read more

  • Love as a sign of the zodiac

    8/28/2017 3:06:47 PM, by TOI-TOI-TOI

    Thanks to her I confronted my inner self for the first time as my ninetieth year went by. I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right style, was not the well-deserved reward of an ordered mind but just the opposite: ... Read more

  • it's monday

    8/28/2017 11:00:05 AM, by MOMMY445

    a really nice day here today. the humidity that was around for most of last week has finally gone. my daughter says hi. i am pacing myself today, as i had a busy and enjoyable weekend. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Words and phrases from my year of birth

    8/27/2017 3:37:17 PM, by TOI-TOI-TOI

    The following are selected words and phrases that first entered the dictionary during the year I was born. What about you? Take a look at this site to see the words or phrases that are precisely as dated as you are! The link is below. I am surprised that some of these took so long to app... Read more

  • Rest day

    8/27/2017 1:50:10 PM, by BEESHELL8

    The past few days I've been very active. Friday was an 18 mile bike ride and a 30 minute swim, yesterday did 6.2 miles (hey, a 10k!) trail hike. So I was pretty pooped yesterday and am resting today. Which means I also earned my massage! Can't wait. I've also been trying to get on top of... Read more

  • My weekly progress and dancing

    8/27/2017 7:23:00 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Sunday Morning by Mr. Owl Review of my goals 1. I will say aloud these affirmations each Saturday after I post my weight. I almost did not post my weight timely last night, in fact, I posted after my planned bedtime and did not say my affirmations aloud as it would disturb my wife. Ho... Read more

  • The Carb Question

    8/26/2017 4:21:07 PM, by TOI-TOI-TOI

    My husband is a dedicated vegetarian. I cook dinner and typically we will have some sort of variation on grain bowls, beans & rice, lentil salads, baked potatoes, a vat of oatmeal, etc. And typically I have had not much sense of satiation, even when I know that I've consumed a lot of calories. E... Read more

  • Committing to Success: What's Stopping Me?

    8/26/2017 11:35:58 AM, by LADYROVER

    I posted a personal pep talk the other day: "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." How true!? I've been contemplating this weight loss journey for at least 8 years now. I doubt my success. But, I'm too afraid! Of what, you ask? Of failure, working hard, not seeing result, trying new thi... Read more

  • Brick workout - cycling and swimming

    8/25/2017 6:10:13 PM, by BEESHELL8

    I didn't plan it but ended up cycling AND swimming today. For the second week, I joined the early morning group of cyclists for a 6 a.m. ride. I was a bit sore from the tri on Wednesday, but warmed up. We did 18 miles and then our coffee reward at starbucks...(insert coffee emoticon here..why ... Read more

  • it's friday

    8/25/2017 2:19:01 PM, by MOMMY445

    woo hoo! the weekend is here! hurray! i am off to spend some time with my family and we are going out for dinner today. no one feels like cooking after a very busy week for all. my daughter says hi. i got something for my daughter that i know she will like. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a t... Read more