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  • Yikes! Partnership of Coca-Cola, UCSD, and Monsanto

    4/25/2015 12:48:04 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    The following article appeared in the April 16 copy of the San Diego Reader. Yikes! I just read it this morning and thought I'd share. Just two weeks after The Onion reported that the majority of the planet's uncontaminated water was contained in Coca-Cola products, SD on the QT has learned t... Read more

  • Thursday: Embrace Failure

    4/23/2015 2:43:23 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Re-frame failures as learning opportunities. Write a few healthy choices I made, and a few failures, ans how I can learn from them in the future. 1. I went to zumba, even though I was pressed for time 2. I stayed within calorie range for a week and a day W-D 3. I made spinach balls for t... Read more

  • Fed Up (documentary)

    4/23/2015 9:31:52 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Found this on Netflix yesterday and what a major bummer. Most of it is common knowledge, but to see it concretely is something else. Demon sugar is the protagonist and facts that we already know - that sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine. And how the food industry works to create t... Read more

  • JOKES GALORE

    4/23/2015 12:37:55 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    Serious Golf... The minister drove into a sand trap. He picked up his golf club, broke it but didn't say a word. Then he picked up the golf bag and tore it to shreds but didn't say a word. He then took out all the golf balls and flung them into the woods but did not say one word. ... Read more

  • Wednesday: Be a Leader

    4/22/2015 10:07:43 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I aspire to be a good leader. I am open & honest about my ups & downs. To be a good leader, I don't have to be perfect, just passionate. I invite you to share what you've learned on your weight loss journey. Well, I managed to stay within calorie limits for a whole week, with a W! I wa... Read more

  • My foundation is being shaken and tested

    4/22/2015 2:18:18 AM, by IMJETTA8

    I have been going through a lot of new memories the past month. A new layer of the onion, a really hard one too. It has shaken my whole foundation and belief system. I know once I get through this layer, I will be much stronger and closer to God. Just hard going through it, I trusted the sup... Read more

  • Tuesday: Work Out Your Brain

    4/21/2015 2:29:29 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Today's challenge is to do some research about my goals. Read an article, talk to someone, visit a new (to me) blog. Write 3 things I learned from my research. I went to Reader's Digest for these tips. www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-
    loss/how-to-lose-weight/ 1. Walk 5 min every 2 hours.... Read more

  • omigosh a running streak!

    4/21/2015 10:43:41 AM, by STRINGS58

    I think this is week 6 of my self-designed program to gradually work up to 20 miles. I did NOT meet my mileage goal last week, but I stayed in the game. Early in that week my body was giving me too many fatigue messages and much of my time was dedicated to music performances. This week is off to a g... Read more

  • More on Fasting --

    4/21/2015 12:50:25 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Just read this SparkPeople article: How Fasting Affects Your Health www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
    asp?post=you_asked_how_do_
    religious_fasts_impact_my_
    health_weight_loss and so it reminds me I have some sermons I need to watch on Fasting. In addition, it reminds me that I ha... Read more

  • Monday: Make It Automatic

    4/20/2015 9:21:12 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Make it automatic: 1. Lay out your gym clothes the night before 2. Plan & shop for all your meals for the week 3. My exercise days a routine M/W cardio, T/Th strength 4. Schedule exercise on the calendar, an unbreakable appointment with yourself 5. Schedule your meals on the calendar, ... Read more

  • Crazy-Making / Mocha Ate Paper AGAIN / Armand Part of It…

    4/19/2015 9:14:49 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Quick Check-in With/For Self

    4/19/2015 8:43:26 PM, by WELLNESS_WOMAN

    So today was a lot of in-head time, not very much in-body time. I sat most of the day. Many of the grand plans for the day petered out. Did a great job cooking and eating what's in the house. With income really tight right now, I have to stay vigilant about using what's on hand and only care... Read more

  • Sunday, another productive day

    4/19/2015 8:02:36 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I had another very productive day. Worked on the yard, food shopped, fixed the dryer hose, vacuumed the attic, did laundry, and made ribs for dinner. What a treat! But high cal. I'm done with my calories for the day. Too bad I don't get ice cream. but this is a real NSV for me to stay within my calo... Read more

  • What a Week Ahead!

    4/19/2015 10:40:47 AM, by WELLNESS_WOMAN

    Spring has sprung--and way past spring into summer-high temperatures already! Fortunately, today is more like spring, with a light breeze and cooler weather that invites being outdoors. And still I am at home in PJs, reading a book and thinking about the week ahead. So here's my intention for... Read more

  • Buncha jokes

    4/19/2015 1:37:34 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    Lawyer Humor You Know You Need A New Lawyer When: - The prosecutor sees your lawyer in the hall, and they high-five each other. - During your initial consultation he tries to sell you Amway. - He tells you that his last good case was a "Budweiser." - He picks the jury by... Read more

  • Saturday: Treat Yourself

    4/18/2015 8:18:22 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Every little victory deserves a celebration! Treat yourself to a little pampering, like a bubble bath or manicure. Acknowledging today's accomplishments sets me up for future success. Busy, busy day, and yet, I tracked my food & stayed within my calorie range! Win! I dropped of DS16 at the... Read more

  • Tie to low magnesium intake and Type 2 diabetes

    4/18/2015 11:13:54 AM, by MZZCHIEF

    hey Sparkers! I've been reading a lot recently about insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, since those of us with who are overweight... or in my case, within my BMI, but at the top range of it... tend to have problems with blood sugar, more so than our thinner sisters. In any case, here'... Read more

  • Friday: Create Positive Routines

    4/17/2015 10:48:51 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Identify one bad habit that's preventing success, replace it with a better habit. #HealthyHabitsReset My bad habit is: NOT TRACKING MY FOOD. To be honest with myself, when I don't track, it's usually because I'm sneaking in more calories than I intend. When my actions are other than my intenti... Read more

  • Weight Loss Is Not The Only Answer

    4/16/2015 7:57:27 PM, by SMYLEERED

    Everyone here wants to lose some weight. That seems to be a universal quest. But many of us can't put the food down in time even though we truly want to do that. It's like a curse. We may have inherited the dreaded habit from a relative without even knowing it. Hitting the candy bags whenever a... Read more

  • Carpets Cleaned, Stiff towels, Walking Challenge, Holding onto Erroneous Thought

    4/16/2015 3:13:41 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    This morning I cleaned carpets; I have a small home so I do them every two months. Plus, my 11 year old cat, Harry, has started leaving his poop on the carpet. So I am vigilant about making sure the place is clean. I've blogged about it before, nothing has changed for him and he does go in the li... Read more

  • Thursday: Try New Things

    4/16/2015 2:47:21 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I love water! Remember to drink plenty of water. Try new things. I love to try new things, just for the sake of trying new things. My latest, I put my bike in the shop for a tune-up. I haven't ridden in years, and both tires were flat. Now that I bought my new house and moved into town, I can... Read more

  • Wednesday: See the Good in Others

    4/15/2015 10:55:09 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Today I'm going to put aside my snarkiness and be kind to everyone. If you're kind to others, it sets up a virtuous cycle, a win-win for everyone. Compliment at least 3 people IRL today (in real life). I'm feeling much better, as long as the sinus meds are in effect. The moment they wear of... Read more

  • Working Out Towards "Our Arrival"

    4/15/2015 9:55:09 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I was looking for some funeral music for the rabbit we found a few days ago, which has now passed on to the ground, to become one with the dust. Then after reading ~INDIEGIRL 's blog (Beth), I thought of a cheerier piece. It's one that was bundled up in the soundtrack for the recent Summer Olympic... Read more

  • Tuesday

    4/14/2015 11:28:38 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I'm taking a sick day today because of sever sinus headache that I've had since yesterday. I missed Zumba yesterday because I laid down to clear my headache & slept right through. Woke up this morning still feeling bad. So I asked my DS27 to pick up some sinus meds. Wow! that really worked! I wish I... Read more

  • Some of my Fears....

    4/13/2015 11:26:31 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I read this blog... www.goodhousekeeping.com/hea
    lth/wellness/advice/a19888
    /miss-about-being-fat/ and though I haven't lost any weight these last 10 years (other then the usual back and forth 5 or so pounds)...this gal hits it square on the head some of the issues I dealt with year... Read more

  • Monday: Find a Better Balance

    4/13/2015 4:11:02 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Is there some area of my life out of balance? It's got to be self pampering. I planned to give myself a mani/pedicure, but didn't get past laying down a base coat on my toes. I got too busy. Zumba tonight at 5:40. My knees are feeling really great.... Read more

  • All the Way to Qi Gong Only to Find Class Was Cancelled

    4/13/2015 2:02:22 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Gas prices are still high even though they've been dropping. Not to mention that time is valuable. So I checked the website before I left and, yes, Qi Gong was scheduled for this morning. Made the trek only to be told that it had been cancelled. Of course, when I arrived back home, it had be... Read more

  • Birthday Intention

    4/13/2015 10:49:26 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I have a goal to lose eight to nine pounds by the next Hakomi residency (a convenient point in time that happens to be in just over a month). Perhaps that is ambitious for a middle-aged lady, but I'm setting the intention and the actions (below) to make it happen, even if it takes longer than that.... Read more

  • I Received This Message Yesterday from FITBIT - A Sahara Badge

    4/12/2015 11:36:00 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Awesome! You've earned the Sahara badge You've walked 2,983 miles! That's more than the length of the Sahara Desert, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. Congratulations on making it over this huge hump and securing the Sahara badge. ... Read more

  • Plan B

    4/11/2015 10:19:30 PM, by STRINGS58

    My running buddy and I were all set to run a 5K race tonight. The rain was light but the lightning... they held the race after a delay, but the lighting was still too close for us. We found a dry place and ate the light meal that we were supposed to enjoy afterwards. I was counting on the mileage t... Read more

  • Finished Project, Next Project, Inversion Table Decision, etc.

    4/11/2015 10:09:43 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Well, I finished the huge painting project on Wed and am soooo pleased with the results. After the patio, I decided to give the fence a second coat. Those who've seen it are totally raving, which feels good since it was so much work. Next project is one I've already started watching youtube... Read more

  • Friday: Stop the Slump

    4/10/2015 10:16:23 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I had a motivational slump that lasted a long time. Is there a way I can catch myself quickly, and snap out of a slump faster? What was it; winter, hormones, holiday blues, chronic knee pain? Whatever. If I feel my resolve slipping, and I'm tempted to skip a workout, remember that exercise make i... Read more

  • Passover Thoughts

    4/10/2015 8:23:32 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Philippians 3:13-19 13) Brothers, I don't regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Forget about... Read more

  • Thurday: Be Invincible

    4/9/2015 8:51:18 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Have you ever had that feeling like you could do anything? Like you're on top of the world? Take a minute to reflect on that, and use that feeling to take steps toward my goals. Like that song, That Power. Here's some of the lyrics. www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/will
    iam/thatpower.html ... Read more

  • Words Can Bless, Words Can Heal

    4/8/2015 3:51:17 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I am fairly certain that I've written on this before, as I have one of the books mentioned in this blog that I read today. But I'm not going to go look for it. Right now, it's enough to just read this blog and see the dramatic words of kind words vs negative words on just ONE apple. The woman c... Read more

  • Wednesday: Acentuate the Positive

    4/8/2015 9:10:17 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I used to mentally beat myself up All The Time. I thought being harshly self-judgmental would keep me disciplined. Never cutting myself the slightest bit of slack would keep me focused. My negative self-talk used language that I would never use on friend or family. And in my own head, the harangu... Read more

  • Tuesday: Appreciate What You Have

    4/7/2015 9:40:45 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I've come to deeply & completely accept myself as I am. My life view is reality-based, without regrets, blinders or wishful thinking. Things are the way they are...until they're not. But I think sometimes don't appreciate my strengths. I am strong, like a tiger! Today, my challenge is to list... Read more

  • Not Sure Whether or Not to Believe Tomorrow's Weather Forecast

    4/6/2015 3:00:53 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    L.A. weather report says it’s going to start raining in the morning. San Diego says it’ll start in afternoon. I really want to get this project in full throttle, so I don’t know whether to ignore both reports and hope for the best. The worst that will happen is that I’ll have to pack ... Read more

  • Monday: Pick a Role Model

    4/6/2015 11:19:17 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I thought about the people I admire & respect, who have reached the goal I'm trying to achieve. 1. Heather Robertson at halfsizeme.com lost over 100 pounds & has a weekly podcast 2. Brooke, from her blog Brook Not on a Diet, who lost 172 pounds, and refused to put on a shirt for Shape Magazine ... Read more

  • Lexie's Easter pics.

    4/6/2015 11:09:29 AM, by SMIDGON

    To see Lexie's Easter finery; check out my Gallery!... Read more

  • Easter pics. today

    4/6/2015 10:59:55 AM, by SMIDGON

    I decided to depart from the usual today. I wanted to see if I could get some Easter pics on here. Haven't tried it for awhile. ... Read more

  • Sunday: Create a Vision Board

    4/5/2015 2:31:10 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Vision boards keep my goal in front of me at all times. What would I put on my vision board? Literally, my avatar. That's me on the left at my highest weight 209 (5'3") and on the right last summer at 170. I'm about 13 pounds more now, and would love to get back into those size 10 capris this sum... Read more

  • Ya Gotta Watch Those Typos

    4/4/2015 10:56:53 AM, by CERIUSLY

    Check out my activity feed for a chuckle. I entered my new weight, (glad SP doesn't announce gains), with a huge typo. When I noticed the typo I went back and corrected it. So this is what appeared on my feed! Great start for the Spring Challenge! CERIUSLY lost 2090 pounds! Congratulatio... Read more

  • Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Gratitude for Good Health

    4/4/2015 10:37:18 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Last night's blood moon was stunning. Awesome in every sense of the word. I'm an early riser and went out a few times to see the progress of the lunar eclipse. Seen one, seen them all - NOT - I enjoy everything celestial. (smiling) In the news these past few days were two illnesses that rem... Read more

  • Saturday: Clear the Clutter

    4/4/2015 8:51:40 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    When my home, office desk, car are neat and clean, I feel more relaxed and in control. Today's challenge is to clear my space of clutter. For cleaning inspiration, follow Fly Lady, she breaks decluttering down into manageable chunks www.flylady.net/ I'm also working on insulating my attic, and ... Read more

  • Anyone Out There Use an Inversion Table?

    4/3/2015 3:04:11 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Would love to know your experiences with it. Yes, I'm thinking of getting one. Wishing all a Happy Easter, Happy Passover, or Happy Day - whatever you celebrate or don't. ... Read more

  • Friday: Crush Your Comfort Zone

    4/3/2015 9:56:29 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Try something new today, out of my comfort zone. This is not easy for me. I'm almost OCD about my habits and routines. I'm going to take a baby step, and eat vegetarian all day today. Here's a link to The Science of Your "Comfort Zone." and Why It's So Hard to Leave It lifehacker.com/the-scie... Read more

  • Flowers and Hail

    4/3/2015 2:55:08 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    We had a hailstorm last week - not sure I can upload that video now. Then the crabapple trees bloomed in spite of the hailstorm: Tonight about 11 pm the lights were flickering and I shut computer down, knowing we were under severe weather alert. We did get some hail but some of my frie... Read more

  • Thursday: Visualize Your Success

    4/2/2015 9:03:48 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Visualize how it will feel to finally reach my goal, and carry that feeling today to fuel my choices. OK, when I get to goal weight, it's not like I'm going to dust off my hands and think I'm done. It's more like, I'm going to feel proud (do a little happy dance), yet determined keep up my healthy l... Read more

  • RIP Cynthia Lennon

    4/1/2015 3:46:16 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    There's a beautiful musical tribute by her son Julian on the internet. Sad. ( If you have to ask who she is, you weren't a Beatles fan.) Today I finished the patio and took some photos, so if I can get a friend to help me get them off my phone, I'll post. If not, just take my word for it, it ... Read more

  • Wednesday: Go for your (mini) goal

    4/1/2015 9:14:06 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Big goals can take a long time to reach, that's why I break it down to daily goals for myself, that add up to the process of weight loss. Wednesday Goals: 1. Write it before I bite it (avoid accidentally going over calories) 2. Eat every 2-3 hours 3. stay within calorie range 4. Zu... Read more

  • Tuesday Topple Your Obstacles

    3/31/2015 8:42:43 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Joy (center of photo) has reduced kidney function. We really got lucky! I was afraid it was diabetes, cancer, thyroid, something serious. He's on some crazy-expensive prescription cat food, and we expect to enjoy Joy for many years to come. Vet visit was $300. Yikes, pets are pricey! This is why ... Read more

  • Things Were Going Fantastic & Then 5 Days Out of My Life Due to FOOD POISONING! Thanks Chuck! (NOT)

    3/30/2015 4:40:15 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Monday Spend Time, Not Money

    3/30/2015 8:51:54 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I woke up and thought "It's Monday; Zumba!" Day 7 of the #HealthyHabitsReset is Spend Time, Not Money. This is a great reminder for me to work on my budget for April. I'm debt free except for the house, thanks to budgeting, living within my means, and having an emergency fund. I got out of the... Read more

  • Weighing the Numbers! Final Results of the 5% Winter Challenge!!

    3/29/2015 11:45:27 AM, by CERIUSLY

    252 For anyone wishing to join us for the 5% Spring Challenge, the Community Team is open. The Challenge begins April 4th so you still have plenty of time to sign up. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
    groups_individual.asp?gid=
    64746 If you would like to know more about the 5% Weight Loss ... Read more

  • Sunday Pare Down Your Priorities

    3/29/2015 11:42:04 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Uh Oh! DQ Blizzard after DS16's jazz concert yesterday was (in hind-sight) not a good idea. I went over calories. But the good news is that I got to the gym, did some healthy food shopping, and cleaned a bit. Day 5 of #HealthyHabitsReset is Pare Down Your Priorities. Oh, they called me out on t... Read more

  • Late Late

    3/29/2015 3:43:40 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    Yesterday presidential candidate Ted Cruz said that he will in fact be signing up for Obamacare despite saying earlier that he wants to repeal every word of it. It's a good thing he's signing up, because Cruz just went to the hospital in hypocritical condition. -Jimmy Fallon Obamacare, tea par... Read more

  • Some quotes...

    3/28/2015 10:06:23 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~Jay Leno~ The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~Henry Cate, VII~ We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~Aesop~ If we got one-tenth of what was promised to u... Read more

  • Pays to Get Good Project Supplies

    3/28/2015 12:25:56 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I'm giving myself a couple of days off from this patio painting project and went to Home Depot early this morning. Got myself some supplies that will make this second half soooo much easier. I wound up doing a second coat on the first half of the patio and what a difference it made. Looks stu... Read more

  • Saturday goals

    3/28/2015 8:35:46 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Day 5 Spread the Word #HealthyHabitReset So, I'm supposed to announce to the world my goal via something like, I don't know, a blog. Well, duh! What do you think I do every day? Today's intent is to walk an hour in the gym. Maybe do the weekend workout at 12. DS16 has a concert at 2:00. Also... Read more