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  • 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

  • May Focal Points

    5/1/2016 8:58:19 PM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    334 Teeth Me -- 5 crowns prepped on May 2. 5 crowns installed on May 16. Mom (95 year old frail elderly) -- Multiple extractions on May 26. 528 Money Spend less by getting things for reduced prices at Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Aldi, and resale shops. 204 Femininity Enj... Read more

  • May 1 May Intentions

    5/1/2016 2:36:05 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Another month is here! I love a new month , especially one that starts on a Sunday! May Intentions: Lose 2 lbs a week 192 Keep sodium levels around 1500 Exercise: M-W-F Water Aerobics T-Th Strength Training Sat- Dance /Yoga ... Read more

  • Roll with the Punches

    4/30/2016 2:14:37 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Life is always throwing us curve balls. Someone we care for gets ill, loses their job or even passes away. It upsets us. Children don't always do what we think they should. But if we take each day as it comes, stay centered, and take care of us, then the storms will pass. Wha... Read more

  • Roll with the Punches

    4/30/2016 2:14:37 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Life is always throwing us curve balls. Someone we care for gets ill, loses their job or even passes away. It upsets us. Children don't always do what we think they should. But if we take each day as it comes. Stay centered, and take care of us, then the storms will pass. Wha... Read more

  • 237.8. Down 62.2

    4/29/2016 12:57:03 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I will soon be at the weight of 228 that I had reached years ago with Paul McKenna program. I suggest that if you are considering gastric surgery to give that a try first. I am eating basically what I did on his program which at the time shocked me because I was NOT hungry. It tealized later that... Read more

  • April Progress!

    4/29/2016 12:39:07 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    I have averaged a 2 lb weight loss every week for 4 weeks 104 More importantly my blood sugar readings in the morning are below 140. That is a big win for me 48 My hips are 7" smaller 48 This is attributed to eating well- I dropped my calorie range to 1200-1500, and adjusted my carb leve... Read more

  • Our Father feeds the Ravens...

    4/29/2016 10:26:11 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Adding more scriptures that I sensed applies to my overeating and under exercising ... I have a Flashcard app on phone, where I create decks of "flashcards". One of the topics consists of various scriptures having to do with eating, exercise, not being anxious, and similar issues... It's an ongoing ... Read more

  • Erma Bombeck

    4/28/2016 10:18:26 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    One of the most inspirational writers to me was Erma Bombeck. She was funny, she had a heart and you could identify with her. Maybe I am not a writer, maybe I am a humorist. I adore Jeanne Robertson
    eanneRobertson I believe she is correct. We have to find th... Read more

  • Eating Out w/Beck or FIRST Thing to do When Eating Out.

    4/28/2016 8:57:09 AM, by --KREN

    I randomly review chapters in my Beck workbook to stay inspired and motivated. Last night I was reading Day 30, Eat Out with Ease. She gives some good tips for eating out and they mostly involve PLANNING. The last tip on this page is the FIRST THING TO DO WHEN EATING OUT! Decide in a... Read more


    4/28/2016 6:11:45 AM, by SMIDGON

    Well, we took John to the oncologist yesterday afternoon. There was some areas, but, the oncologist felt they were scar tissue and such. He will be watching them. However, there are 3 suspicious spots on his liver! He will be having a biopsy. Then, if confirmed, he will have to have C... Read more

  • Walking

    4/27/2016 11:27:59 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    When I go for a walk, I usually bring my iPod to listen to something. I walk the same route, about an hour. I walk 3 mph, which is slow. It's not a cardio workout. I call it functional movement. It builds up endurance, so that if I'm ever on vacation, doing a walking tour or whatever, I can keep up ... Read more


    4/27/2016 9:57:47 AM, by SMIDGON

    Yesterday when Hubby took John to the urologist. The urologist said, depending on the report today from the oncologist, then he would decide on whether to remove the Stent and not replace, or to replace it. You see, they have to be dealt with every three months! We go to the oncologist ... Read more

  • A non scale victory!!

    4/26/2016 5:31:46 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Yesterday, I put on a size 26 shorts because it was getting hot. I hate tight jeans or shorts. They were so huge they kept falling even with them being tied as tight as I could get it. I started to look for some smaller ones. I had 3 pair of size 20s on a shelf in my closet, but the last time ... Read more

  • Perfectionism- The 2nd Deadly Sin!

    4/26/2016 11:55:32 AM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    A very dear friend posted this and I wanted to share it. My grandmother taught me that if you couldn't say anything nice then say nothing at all. That is such a wonderful adage to live by. What happens to us that makes us want or need to criticize everything? Do we learn this at our gr... Read more


    4/26/2016 6:42:39 AM, by SMIDGON

    WHAT IN God's name is going on? ANOTHER ONE.! A young family man belonging to our Church Gatherings was ill. Instead of getting better, he steadily got worse. This past Sunday he went to the ER.. after much testing, he was admitted to the ICC in critical condition come to find out; he has... Read more

  • Fear

    4/26/2016 1:10:14 AM, by IMJETTA8

    I can't believe that I haven't written a blog this whole year! At the beginning of this year, we moved from California to Washington and the 2nd day we were here it snowed. In which I slipped on the icy driveway and hurt my neck/back. They did an MRI on my neck which found some large nodules o... Read more

  • 60.8 gone for good!!

    4/25/2016 3:07:58 PM, by MELSMIMI

    My friend forstlittle taught me the gone for good" GFG. She said that your subconscious will help you FIND things you LOSE. When you say you lost 3 lbs well it will try to help you find them. I had learned a long time ago in a behavorial stop smoking class to phrase things in the positive becaus... Read more

  • Prince

    4/25/2016 2:41:59 PM, by AURA18

    Remembering Prince 1980s-90s I listen to radio stations that played Prince's hits Right after high school I went out dancing every weekend in the Quad Cities We started in Iowa around 8pm dancing at 3 clubs till Midnight. Then over to Illinois to close a club at 3:30am, WOW that's 7 ho... Read more

  • Hooking and Stripping in Retirement.

    4/24/2016 12:39:41 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    This is an article I wrote that was my first published piece. Enjoy, have a giggle and feel free to critique it. I will use the feed back to become a better writer. Hooking and Stripping at Retirement By Sunny Howard I retired from my job as an accountant in 2011. For forty-two year... Read more

  • Mini update

    4/24/2016 11:25:58 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I"ve been tracking all week...even the two days when I fell out of sync with my goals. I'm realizing how far I had fallen away from my ideals of eating really healthy food. I have gotten sidetracked by convenience, taste, and simply dulling myself to the importance of eating well. However: Here I ... Read more

  • 100 Year Old Role Model!!

    4/24/2016 1:38:46 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Wow, what an inspiring woman!!
    contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=Blogs (Later -... Read more

  • Re-Blog Late Night Eating

    4/23/2016 1:35:09 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    I ran across this today as I was going through my email. It promotes a product called Meal Enders. I checked them out and think they are a little out of my price range. It was the idea that hooked me. A little something to signal the end of the meal. That is why most restaurants have those little ... Read more

  • WOWZA!! .8 away from 60 lbs gone for good!

    4/22/2016 10:43:39 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I look back and I was 240 back in 2009 just about this same time using the Paul Mckenna program. I remember how LIGHT i felt. I can not begin to tell you how this surgery is changing my life. My problem is portion control. If it is there I eat it. I did not and do not care for sweets. I told my... Read more

  • Friday

    4/22/2016 7:34:08 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Todays flight plan went pretty well. I did it on scratch paper as I went through my morning meditations and medications ( still do M & M's- just not the unhealthy ones). This is a random process that is tough to describe. Dinner - oh yeah, go get the roast out of the freezer; back to desk- Wh... Read more

  • Trainwreck In A Bowl

    4/22/2016 12:07:34 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I bought this stuff a few months ago when a local Asian grocery store was going out of business. It was nominated by my husband to go out with the leavening as ingredients list merely says "raising agents". Finally got my reading magnifiers on and read the ingredients list (I don't ... Read more

  • Why am I doing this?

    4/22/2016 8:53:26 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I was having dinner. A full serving of dinner, even though I had a binge in the afternoon, when no one else was around. Sneak eating is my shameful secret. I ate dinner, and I was stuffed. Even though I wanted to lose weight, I still was binge eating, stuffing myself, feeling shame. I was acting in ... Read more

  • WHAT S UP?

    4/21/2016 6:08:18 PM, by SMIDGON

    Well, today starts Johns testing. As you know, he finished his Chemo.. Today he had his blood work drawn. This next Monday he has his colon/abdominal cavity /kidney/and pelvis area CT SCAN done. Also, they added the second CT SCAN for his chest. On Tuesday of next week he has his kid... Read more

  • Yes!! It is all going to be fixed

    4/21/2016 2:48:33 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I am so thankful that between the two claims all the damage to the house and fence is going to be fixed. I am so sad for the people in Houston. They are under like 5 or 6 feet of water in places that don't normally flood. Pictures of a street where the cars are UNDER the water was a shocker. ... Read more

  • Daily Flight Plan

    4/21/2016 2:33:39 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Start where you can, use what you have. To improve commitment, focus on actions. Identify tasks that I don't "feel" like doing, and do them anyway. Identify fears and then address them. Thursday Intentions . Food plan done! Breakfast avocado toast, Lunch- left over chicken. Din... Read more

  • My struggle

    4/21/2016 10:35:07 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I've had my ups & downs. Successes & losses. I struggle with my weight & binge eating. My weight is OVER 200 again, close to my all time highest weight. I feel uncomfortable bending & stretching with the added midsection. I found myself binging 2 days ago, and asked myself "What are you doing?" I tr... Read more

  • Week 3- Intentions

    4/20/2016 11:12:07 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Tuesday - I didn't get to Home Depot 39 I didn't get to the pool either. I had a productive day, I got my meals planned for the week, revamped the pantry a bit, got the laundry done, and got caught up on my 100 days to weight loss. By the time I got through all that, I was exhausted. I ma... Read more

  • Rainbows

    4/19/2016 7:14:58 PM, by AURA18

    27 Don't turn around. Don't look back. Keep moving forward. Keep pushing. The pot of gold is at the end of the rainbow, not the beginning 437 440 Thanks for visiting my rainbows 257 437... Read more

  • The begginning of the end

    4/19/2016 3:08:21 PM, by MELSMIMI

    The end of my nightmare called the mother of all hailstorms. Yea!! The second adjuster was here yesterday and made a settlement for the damage. Of course since it was a second event, there is a second deductible. Oh well that's life. Having worked for an insurance company for 24 years I understan... Read more

  • Tuesday! Why isn't the scale moving.

    4/19/2016 2:39:10 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Another new day, another opportunity to grow, live and love! This is my favorite saying for the day. Life is a series of ups and downs. Todays take away is from 100 days of weight loss, There are many things that affect our scale weight. We have control over the effects of : Time... Read more

  • Never Stop Fighting this Challenge!

    4/19/2016 11:49:47 AM, by BLINGQUEEN:O)

    Ugh! I am exactly, where I was last year as far as measurements, weight, etc... I yo-yo about 2-3 xs annually for well, what seems like forever. I could be very discouraging but alas, I know exactly where I am and what I need to do. I was thinking today, "I NEED TO CHANGE MY LIFE!" I had been a... Read more

  • New Intentions

    4/18/2016 11:59:46 AM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Today's Spark Coach Activity is to reset goals. I have been reading other's blogs and had an idea burning in my head. Today, when I read the Spark Activity, it was like AHA- now is the time. Last week was a pretty good week for me. I lost a little weight and ramped up my exercise. And I survive... Read more

  • A Multi-cultural Wedding - Kansas and Tonga!!

    4/18/2016 12:36:39 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Just got back from a wedding this afternoon, for a local Kansas girl we have known from our church family. I grew up with her mom and aunts and uncles, and her grandparents are about same ages as my parents were (although both her granddad and my dad have passed away just in the last year.). This w... Read more

  • Back, again.

    4/17/2016 10:36:31 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I'm back, again. This time, having gained back 100% of the weight I lost six years ago. Clearly, I gotta make it a priority not just to lose weight and be healthy, but to find ways to take it one day at a time (one minute at a time, sometimes) and press the re-set button for all the overeat/sweet t... Read more

  • In Serious Kidney Disease, & Maybe Cancer, Caused By Medication

    4/16/2016 3:56:12 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

    I was supposed to get an MRI scan of my kidneys done with Gadolinium contrast, but they were unable to use the contrast because of the seriousness of my health conditions, so they were unable to tell if the mass in my kidney is cancer. So, for that it will be "wait & watch / rescan later to see if i... Read more

  • Final Results of Winter 2016 5% Weight Loss Challenge

    4/16/2016 2:01:39 PM, by CERIUSLY

    If you would like to know more about the 5% Weight Loss Challenge, here is a link to the FAQ Blog
    idual.asp?blog_id=5944437 This Challenge ran from 1/2/16 through 2/26/16 Sorry for the delay in posting. 536 535 536 ... Read more

  • Weight Loss after Gastric Sleeve 1/29/16

    4/15/2016 3:47:26 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I am losing an avg 4.3 pounds a week and that is exciting for me. I was losing like this using the Paul Mckeena program and hypnosis CD about 5 or so years ago UNTIL a friend of mine told me 800 calories a day was unhealthy. After non stop listening to her I started FORCING myself to eat the 1500... Read more

  • Something new and fun! Vegetable cake!

    4/14/2016 6:43:53 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD
    ake-salad/#hQenCKaENGqQ This is a link to something I found very exciting. Of course it is in Japan, so unless the creative bug hits me, it may be awhile before I get to try it. Vegodecoratecake. The entire cake is made from vegetables! Aren't these... Read more


    4/14/2016 10:03:59 AM, by SMIDGON

    All this stress is starting to take its toll on hubby and I! the signs keep rearing their ugly heads. But, that's neither here nor there. I try to outsmart everything that comes along. Anywoo, yesterday before I went down to Johns I went to "Dollar Tree ". I wanted to get a few things, ... Read more

  • Failed and Bailed- Girlfriends in God repost

    4/13/2016 12:21:41 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    This is one of my favorite devotional sites. Always thought provoking, and always gentle on the soul. When Youve Failed and Bailed Apr 13, 2016 | Sharon Jaynes Today's Truth The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every m... Read more

  • Wylie's hailstorms

    4/12/2016 9:58:36 PM, by MELSMIMI

    So 2 weeks ago we had a hailstorm with fifty cent size hail. Did a lot of damage. Travelers claim adjustor came out Sunday and settled the claim for roof and fence, Blah blah...MONDAY yes MONDAY (yesterday) just one day later we get hit with the mother of all hailstorms golfball, baseball and ... Read more

  • Day 210- Progress is in proportion to the effort put in

    4/12/2016 4:47:11 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    I have started the Make Friends with your Scale 100 days of Weight Loss . I have been a team member for a while, but have puttered about, and other than buying the books have only dabbled. I really enjoyed Lessons 1 & 2. I had to let go of some of the teams I am on. Although I find the... Read more

  • Letter to myself

    4/10/2016 12:25:05 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    My Spark Coach assignment for today was to write a supportive letter to myself., from a friends perspective. What can I say, when ever I need a boost, or a kick in the pants, there is something external that speaks to my heart. Dear Sunny, You have been actively working your program since ... Read more

  • Dancing with the Devil

    4/9/2016 5:39:25 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    I am reducing the number of teams that I participate in. I am starting to feel overwhelmed. As I was deciding which to keep and which to let go of, I scrolled down to a topic that interested me. Dancing with the Devil. The comments were good, but I decided that maybe this team wasn't a good m... Read more


    4/9/2016 9:27:33 AM, by SMIDGON

    We woke up to 3-4" of snow overnight! Underneath it all, ICE ! It is to be in the 20 ' s all day! John and I are staying in all day, because of our weak bones! Hugs, Lexie and Janet... Read more

  • Is Your Past Still Tripping You Up? Girlfriends in God

    4/8/2016 6:04:00 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Girlfriends in God. I am signed up to get daily postings. Some of the posting create a stirring in my soul. I want to share this one with you. Is Your Past Still Tripping You Up? Apr 08, 2016 | Gwen Smith Today's Truth But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and strainin... Read more

  • #TIBET

    4/8/2016 8:37:06 AM, by SMIDGON

    Yesterday I went to the dr. Due to almost impossible weight bearing! They took an x-ray. I was concern because of neuropathy and because of osporsporous (???) But, it is similiar to my long - x back problems. Wear and tear of joints! I am determined NO SURGERY. So I got a call from the phar... Read more

  • Kidney Cancer?

    4/7/2016 3:08:54 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

    For the past 3 years I have been in CKD. Recent tests showed significant worsening, so was sent for an ultrasound, which shows a mass on my left kidney. Doctor thinks it's cancer, especially since I have been having severe night sweats for about 6 weeks now. Being I have been facing death conti... Read more


    4/6/2016 4:34:52 PM, by SMIDGON

    We spent the morning in a legal conference call for Special Needs Trust Fund. Anyone done this?... Read more


    4/6/2016 12:18:01 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD
    ctivities.html I have a full day today. Water Aerobics, this morning. Physical Therapy at 1 and a Therapeutic Massage at 2:30. So I am trying to put all this into my exercise tracker. I am in a challenge to get 5,000 steps a day. OK , I know I am a li... Read more


    4/6/2016 12:16:05 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD
    ctivities.html I have a full day today. Water Aerobics, this morning. Physical Therapy at 1 and aTherapeutic Massage at 2:30. So I am trying to put all this into my exercise tracker. I am in a challenge to get 5,000 steps a day. OK , I know I am a lig... Read more

  • I need to change - from Complaining to Complimenting

    4/5/2016 5:36:33 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Just read this article on SparkPeople
    ign=weekly-spark... Read more