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  • guessing game

    5/31/2016 3:07:09 PM, by SMIDGON

    Today's blog will be a 2 - part series! Someone came to the door, hubby was outside for a good amount of x. He came back in announcing someone was coming to trim our big beautiful trees. AND, they are doing it for a terrific price. I have seen how some of these yahoo's trim your trees! ... Read more

  • Metformin - an environmental hazard?

    5/30/2016 4:41:55 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I was reading another article ("Come on, Julia, stop reading so much already!") and I had NO idea that Metformin is present in some of our Great Lakes. Of course, being in Kansas now, we have no "Great Lakes", but I have to wonder how Metformin may be impacting us here. http://articles.mercola.... Read more

  • Cheeseburger in Paradise.

    5/30/2016 12:17:42 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    This blog is absolutely necessary for me today. I have been mourning since I got the call Saturday. I cried last night, finally. The obit is generic. Wesley Smith, 30 years old, died as a result of complications of Epilepsy. There will be no services, as everyone in the world had "written... Read more

  • Having surgery on Wednesday!

    5/30/2016 12:04:49 AM, by IMJETTA8

    I have been going back and forth about fear of the big C and the upcoming surgery. They will take out at least my right thryoid but the worst case scenario is both sides and some lymph nodes. If I let my fears/ego get the best of me, I would be petrified of it being cancer. My angels and guides... Read more

  • BMI Is BS - A Great Article!

    5/29/2016 9:59:22 PM, by EMBRACINGHAPPY

    Well, I am feeling kind of frustrated that I've been sick so much since starting the "Finding 10" Challenge this time around. I've had to stop to lay down because of fevers and other problems just as many days as I've been able to do something. And so much is going on in my life, tracking food is di... Read more

  • Learn EFT in Free Webinar by my Life Coach Nicola Vitkovich 5/30/2016 7 pm Pacific time

    5/29/2016 1:55:31 PM, by DYSMITH0365

    Hi Everyone, I received news on Thursday that a co-worker committed suicide. When I told my life coach, she offered to teach some of my co-workers and I how to do EFT tapping to release some of the strong emotions we were experiencing. She is doing this on Monday, May 30, 2016. Anyone who wants... Read more

  • Let the Uproar Begin AND: poking fun at me, for sure!

    5/29/2016 1:06:14 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    ARrrgh now James Fell says the whole low carb high fat thing is bogus and will cause more problems... and the "back to the drawing board" is just eat fewer calories! (Duh!) I have wondered, being as it is so hard to stay in Keto. I am thinking the balance should be more in the middle favoring g... Read more

  • 10 Ways To Get Up And Exercise!

    5/28/2016 9:45:35 AM, by AURA18

    SP Coach Nichole's "40 things to do when you don't want to work out" I was inspired to focus on 10 to keep me motivated. For 7 weeks I went to the gym for a weight training class. I worked out a routine for strengthening every muscle in my body. Everything I read about strengthening m... Read more

  • This is how We "Wittle" Our Pounds Away, a Wittle Bit at a Time.

    5/27/2016 3:55:40 PM, by CERIUSLY

    Ok so I've been asked where this bog disappered to. The original link wouldn't work so I found the video on youtube. Hope it works. it's fascinating to watch!
    drilling-through-an-entire-tree.html... Read more

  • Sugar Coated vs Reality (Your Liver will Thank-you)

    5/27/2016 1:03:05 PM, by AURA18 "If you want to know how sugar politics really works, see this film!" -Marion Nestle The food industry seduced the world, one spoonful at a time. The IRN is proud to be involved with Sugar Coated, a documentary by award winning Michele Hozer, documentary producer and he... Read more

  • FAIL!

    5/27/2016 11:31:34 AM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Ok I did the playing with food thing- trying to figure out what made my BS high - well I am back to the tried and true. Sometimes if things aren't too broke, you shouldn't try to fix them. I have found out that regardless of what my dietician says, my best readings come from keeping my carb le... Read more

  • late nite funnees

    5/25/2016 3:15:59 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    "There was a brief security scare yesterday when some party balloons drifted over the White House fence. The White House staff were pretty worried, especially when they saw Obama tying those balloons to a lawn chair." -Jimmy Fallon *** "A new study has found that beautiful people have tot... Read more

  • Food, Fitness, Challenges

    5/25/2016 12:26:18 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Lots I want to share today! 550 Today was Weigh In day! I joined the X-Weighted 04 Challenge for Wolf Spirit 8 weeks ago. I met my goal 248 of losing 10 lbs for the 8 week challenge. This wasn't easy, as I am a metabolic mess, and could pick up 5 lbs of water over night. I also made some cho... Read more

  • Tongan - Kansan Wedding, part 2

    5/23/2016 10:05:18 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Remember the wedding I went to in April? They released their video on YouTube -
    I'm posting here, so you can get a quick flavor of the wedding. They showed some of the food I had there, but really didn't focus on the more unique items that we had. It's more of a qu... Read more

  • This weeks intentions!

    5/22/2016 11:25:58 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    This next week 228 194 I am working on lowering my blood sugars. I am eliminating rice, bread, grains,beans,potato and corn. All my carbs will be from veggies and bananas, grapes and berries. I will test my modified meals upon waking ( fasting), 1 hours after each meal and 2 hours after each ... Read more

  • Don't Fear The Fat - and alternative viewpoints on reversing Diabetes

    5/22/2016 9:31:48 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Wow, got a new doctor and here are the links she recommended that I view: Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines - Sarah Hallberg - TEDxPurdueU
    =da1vvigy5tQ Don't Fear The Fat!
    =Z4FGvss_-8... Read more

  • 70lbs gone for good!!

    5/22/2016 12:02:34 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Well, I didnt wait a week to weigh so it was only .4 lost, but yahooooo it put me at 70 lbs gone for good. 70lbs....that sounds like it is to good to be true! Half way there :)... Read more

  • Johns acceptance of BAD NEWS.

    5/21/2016 3:27:56 PM, by SMIDGON

    John realizes that Chemo is his only option. He talks freely of death and Heaven. There are places he wants to see and places to eat. That is something he has control over. Whatever he wants and we possibly can do, we will see he gets what he wants. Lord, have Mercy!... Read more

  • Notes to self

    5/21/2016 12:36:21 PM, by DOKEYOKEY

    The parts make up the whole ~> Get enough sleep....delicious! ~ HALT ~ Exercise feels great! ~ Cooking well and creatively for myself feels beautiful! Remember, the following are not emergencies: * Hunger...instead : Prepare for it and savor it as a part of the ever changing wholeness of li... Read more

  • Low cholesterol diet

    5/20/2016 2:39:20 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    The results of my blood work are in. My cholesterol is a little too high. I was asked if I wanted to start Lipitor & I said yes. He also wants me on a low cholesterol diet. I'm new to the concept, and will have to do my research. But so far I've switched from eggs to egg whites, skipped ice cream, b... Read more

  • Finally, Progress!

    5/20/2016 1:42:14 PM, by EMBRACINGHAPPY

    Well, I averaged about a lb a week for about 15 wks, 9 of which were on this site. And then, my body said no more. It took 6.5 wks, with my weight going up and down and my life being really exhausting and out of control, before I was able to lose the last pound. So, I guess I should be celebra... Read more

  • Hey hey hey 69.6 lbs gfg

    5/19/2016 5:08:46 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I don't usually weigh but once a week. I was kind of surprised when I had only lost a pound on my weigh in, so I decided to weigh today. Another pound gone! I knew I had lost more. It felt like it. 230.4. Do you know how good that feels to say!! It feels fantastic fabulous incredible magnif... Read more

  • Thursday- Friday Eve

    5/19/2016 2:34:12 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Good morning fellow Sparkers! 341 I am patting my self on the back for not having a binge in ten days! I have been tweaking my nutritional tracker and just reset the boundaries to 1200-1800 calories per day. I am trying to keep my sodium below 1500 mg. I have highs and low but my averages a... Read more

  • Food, food, food. It's all about logging!

    5/19/2016 7:46:38 AM, by TOTORO66

    Finally the birthdays at our house are over and I can reel it all back in. Because, boy howdy, I let out some slack! I kept up the exercise because that is already fixed into my schedule. Got to get strict. Food is my biggest challenge. Any advice???... Read more

  • Only 3 more lbs to my weight 10 years ago...

    5/19/2016 12:48:07 AM, by MELSMIMI

    Wow!! 68.6 lbs gone for good. 231.4 Only 3 more lbs until I hit 228 which is what I weighed 10 years ago here on Sparks...unreal! I can't believe I got to 300. Why didn't I stop it?? I tried. Last year I joined WW and lost 50 lbs, but the 50 a month was just too much money so I stopped going. ... Read more

  • BAD NEWS !

    5/18/2016 4:41:26 PM, by SMIDGON

    The bottom fell out of our world this afternoon. John is now STAGE 4 All three suspicious spots on his liver are cancerous. He will have to have Chemo. Indefinitely. He will start June 1st..... Read more

  • BIL, 50 had a heart attack

    5/17/2016 7:22:26 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    My brother in law, age 50, had a heart attack on Saturday. I was so surprised, because that's so young. BIL doesn't even eat red meat. But, as is brother pointed out, that was the same age as his father & grandfather had their first heart attacks. BIL had 99% blockage, & had a stent put in, an... Read more

  • Sunday

    5/16/2016 12:46:04 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    DH and I became members of Red Mountain United Methodist Church yesterday. We have been visiting different churches for the past year, trying to find one that we could embrace and feel comfortable in. When we were discussing the pros and cons of each one, we kept coming back to this church and cong... Read more

  • Communication/conversatio
    n thought

    5/15/2016 9:34:33 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    The new technique that I'm trying for bringing up difficult topics that just might possibly work..... I decided that I needed to sound very casual and undramatic when I bring things up that are really bothering me (and apparently aren't really bothering other people). Getting all dramatic & emoti... Read more

  • Decluttering -- Toss Ten

    5/14/2016 7:38:36 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    I'm not ready to move to a tiny house yet, but I do think it is wise for me to realize there may be a move to a smaller residence in my future. Plus decluttering is something I do periodically. I invented a game that works for me. It's called "Toss Ten." Every day I get rid of ten things. ... Read more

  • NEWS

    5/13/2016 3:02:31 PM, by SMIDGON

    I thank you all for your prayers. we got a call that John goes back to the oncologist next Wednesday for the result of the last testing. He has been complaining about his back hurting. Oh, Lordy, NO! please PRAY, PRAY, PRAY,!!! ... Read more

  • AFJROTC AWARDS My granddaughter!!

    5/13/2016 1:37:54 PM, by MELSMIMI

    My granddaughter , a freshman in high school, won 12 AFJROTC awards which she gets a pin /ribbon for her uniform PLUS a National Award "National Society United States Daughters of 1812. She was one of 4 freshman to be award with a National honor. We are all so proud of her. She also earned her... Read more

  • Starting Over, From Where I Left Off

    5/13/2016 11:08:07 AM, by EMBRACINGHAPPY

    Well, I think it has been nearly 2 months since I was working on this. Life came in and took over. I got really sick. At the same time, I had a bunch of work commitments all come at the same time, with new deadlines every single day for huge projects that I have prepared a long time for. I barely kn... Read more

  • Hungry for Change?

    5/13/2016 10:46:09 AM, by AURA18

    Look at pdf. link below, its clearer... I have watched "Hungry for Change" twice. Today someone remind me of the video and I went to the site and found this***10 Step Action Plan. I have been adding steps from watching the video. Almost everyday I have parsley, cilantro and chia seeds. Now... Read more

  • Positive Body Mantras !!

    5/13/2016 8:04:36 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Great article with lots of positive ideas....Rah ! Rah ! 104 321
    e-mantras... Read more

  • Attitude Somewhat Adjusted

    5/12/2016 11:01:47 PM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    This blog is a follow-up to the venting blog I wrote earlier today. Where my head is at right now is this...... All the problems I vented about center around two things, money problems & communication. The problems are in some ways intertwined. And what perpetuates them is my lack of facing ... Read more

  • Yea Picking up Rainey

    5/12/2016 2:31:38 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Rainey came through her surgery and is doing well. She had 8 small stones..poor baby. I am so glad she had the surgery and will now be okay. She will be on a special diet to prvent stones in the future.... Read more

  • Working on an Attitude Adjustment

    5/12/2016 6:35:21 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Warning ....vent ahead. I have been very bummed out and am trying to figure out why. This happens every now and then to me. This is what I have come up with to deal with. Problem areas: Husband -- I opened up to him about a month ago about a couple of areas in our life that troubled... Read more

  • The new normal.

    5/11/2016 10:14:19 AM, by SELENAMDZ

    To say my life isn't completely different..would be a lie. Everything is different. I am trying to find a new normal. The last few months have been hell, and are getting worse with time. There is much more to my husbands diagnoses then "you are going to die, eventually". His symptoms are... Read more

  • Rainey my furbaby

    5/10/2016 7:36:17 PM, by MELSMIMI

    My poor kitty, Rainey had to go back to the vet again with blood in her urine. When the vet was sqeezing her bladder for stones, about 1/4 a cup of blood came out..they did xrays and found several stones. These were probably caused by me changing their food to try and entice my other cat, Mooney... Read more

  • The Original Beck

    5/10/2016 8:13:59 AM, by --KREN

    So many of us are blogging about BECK, meaning "The Beck Diet Solution" by Judith Beck, and how it is changing our relationship with food. This link is an article on Judith Beck's father, Aaron Beck, the originator of CBT.
    cognitive-behavioral-therapy/ ... Read more

  • AFJROTC Banquet tonight

    5/9/2016 12:55:39 PM, by MELSMIMI

    My granddaughter is a freshman in high school in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. I am so proud of her. I think she has found her calling. She love all aspects of being a cadet. Tonight is their banquet where they give out awards and protions for next year. She has worked... Read more

  • Sunday Thought

    5/8/2016 10:28:42 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD
    h-bec20b13af78#.k47ajb5bc Here is a very interesting article on Body shaming, how we buy into it and how destructive it is. I want each of you to take a few minutes, and note how this affects you... Read more

  • Mother's Day Shine

    5/8/2016 5:15:51 PM, by TOTORO66

    Yippee!! I finally got my Misfit Shine for Mother's Day. I've been wanting one for a long time because it will track swimming. I have had a Spark Activity Tracker for a long time which I really like. For now I plan to use both. When I get a better sense of the Shine and its capabilities, I will be ... Read more

  • Happy Mothers Day!!

    5/8/2016 12:37:34 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Happy Mother's Day (USA, officially, but Worldwide, as far as I am concerned - should be Every Day!) to everyone who has children, whether alive now, or alive in our hearts and cherished memories, adopted in love, foster, step-mom, men who have raised children, fur babies, Grandmothers, ... Read more

  • My "Other Moms"

    5/8/2016 10:30:51 AM, by CERIUSLY

    This was a personal post I put on Facebook, so the names, (of people I tagged), won't mean a lot to my Spark Friends, but the message is the same for anyone. 125 146 87 214 184 126 Happy Mother's Day! As I was driving a distance yesterday I got to thinking about Mother's Day, and all... Read more

  • Blessed Mother's Day to you all!

    5/7/2016 11:45:59 PM, by IMJETTA8

    Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's your breath in the air on a cold winte... Read more


    5/7/2016 9:38:09 AM, by --KREN

    I'm beginning a weekly BECK CHECK as initiated and motivated by SLENDERELLA61. THANK YOU, MARSHA! I reached goal about a month ago, on April 1st. So I am very new to maintaining. I lost about 20 - 25 lbs in the years before I discovered Beck and fluctuated between 3 - 12 lbs over goal for YE... Read more

  • Mayo Clinic Webinar on Weight Loss

    5/5/2016 1:49:05 AM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD
    v=8NIN0Uw90Rc Here is a link to a webinar on weight loss from Mayo Clinic. This is a good video, especially for those of us who are just starting out, or having difficulty staying on a program. Maybe you have misplaced your motivation. This discussion covers ... Read more

  • I need to work to feel good

    5/4/2016 3:41:38 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    At the start of my day, I thought I had one new contract, and working coming in from one existing contract. The first fell through. I'm OK with that, because it wasn't much money. But, when the existing client said the expected files weren't coming today, I need those files before I can start anythi... Read more

  • Always Looking for the Sweet Spot (and I don't mean the donut shop)

    5/4/2016 9:13:44 AM, by TOTORO66

    Sometimes I get really tired of logging every little thing. Logging my daily food and exercise isn't so bad because of all the nifty electronic trackers. But last month I was completely overwhelmed by the tracking at my gym and on my sparkteams that I had to take a step away from the computer. Do... Read more

  • What an eye opener this was for me!!

    5/3/2016 10:40:07 PM, by MELSMIMI

    "A study of contestants from “The Biggest Loser” found their metabolisms slowed during and after the competition, making it difficult to maintain weight loss." Scientists are shocked and stunned at how the body fights to gain the weight back. It turns out that those of us who have lost and t... Read more

  • Had a scare this morning :(

    5/3/2016 3:36:54 PM, by MELSMIMI

    One of my kitty kats, Rainey, looked like she was peeing beside her box. When I leaned over and was talking to her she just stayed that way for a minute. When she moved there was no urine, but a small amount of watery blood. Rushed her to the vet. Bladder infection. He put her on antibiotics. ... Read more

  • biopsy

    5/3/2016 6:19:11 AM, by SMIDGON

    Johns biopsy is next week. We got a call from our youngest late afternoon yesterday Hubby's B-i -L passed away. He was near 80 (same age as hubby). He had had a stroke on tuesday. About 20yrs. Ago he had had one that left him partially paralyzed. That is the third death in hubby's fa... Read more

  • Additional May Focal Point

    5/2/2016 5:51:10 PM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    I wanted to add this to my May Focal Point Blog of May 1 220 129 Family First Help adult kids with their plans and goals. Attend important events of grand kids. Create family memories. Nourish relationship with spouse. (Reduce work hours -- that is why I am trying to economize in oth... Read more

  • 236.2. Down 63.8

    5/2/2016 3:41:15 PM, by MELSMIMI

    228 is my sights and I am excited!!... Read more

  • Pinch Punch, First of the Month

    5/2/2016 12:08:56 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I used to have a habit of taking my measurements on the first of every month. Going through my period of ennui, I let that slide. Today, was my day of reckoning. I measured bicepts, waist, hips & thigh. I opened the tracker on SparkPeople, and saw that my last measurements were January 2015. Nearly ... Read more