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  • Curbing my appetite and finding my groove

    2/24/2017 8:03:34 PM, by FIGHT_LIKEAGIRL

    Hi all! I feel like this first week so far has really been about getting used to the new life I am trying to create by making healthier choices. I have realized that if I eat a large breakfast, I get hungry faster and don't have as many calories for the rest of the day...so I feel like I'm starvin... Read more

  • Head Trips

    2/24/2017 4:37:36 PM, by SPICY23

    Trips: a. voyages, excursions, or journeys? OR b. slips, stumbles, or mistakes? Head Trips: All of the Above This morning, as I went to start my routine cardio workout, I hesitated; for the first time in years. Why? I paused to consider that. Because my SPAT tracker no longer com... Read more

  • Three Accomplishments!

    2/23/2017 1:23:28 PM, by ALIHIKES

    SparkCoach today asked me to blog about three accomplishments that I am proud of. So here are three relatively recent accomplishments! 1. I have kept up cross country skiing, and have even improved my skills. Skiing with Barbara last month 2. I have worked hard to improve my hik... Read more

  • Keeping up the daily blogging.

    2/22/2017 1:46:55 AM, by OAKBORN

    I met all my 4 goals today. I'm really happy about that and that included my getting onto the treadmill. I have been faithfully tracking. Drawing in my calendar actually really helps. Gives me the mental space and time to slow down at the end of a busy day. Hope everyone is having their... Read more

  • Still Working at it

    2/22/2017 1:24:25 AM, by BLOUWHITE

    Yup, still working working at it, even though it has been challenging at times. Not going to beat myself up about though, tomorrow is another day to do better. Lately I have been aiming for 10,000/5 miles. Finally figure out how to to do so in 1 hour, walk run the whole thing. Going to have to... Read more

  • Celebrating Friendship

    2/21/2017 10:32:05 PM, by CJWORDPLAY

    In February we especially celebrate our friendships. What comes to mind when you think of the word "friend"? When I think of friendship I remember Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. Perhaps one reason I fell in love with the Winnie the Pooh stories is how much I ... Read more

  • Today's calendarizing

    2/21/2017 1:55:43 AM, by OAKBORN

    I managed to hot on all cylinders!... Read more

  • Bouncing all over the place and going nowhere

    2/20/2017 8:58:04 PM, by FERRISLL6

    So, my plateau is not over with. I lost 1.5 kilos and thought I was on my way, but then the last two weeks it bounced up to where it was before and has hovered. I am eating better and exercising more. I keep having to remind myself that this is about health. This is about health. Its the consistency... Read more

  • Kind of a day off

    2/20/2017 12:39:52 AM, by OAKBORN

    I got busy with art and making stuff.... Read more

  • Slow & steady wins the race

    2/19/2017 2:15:38 PM, by MUNCHIEMAGS

    So it has been a full four weeks working with a personal trainer at 24Hr Fitness. Rachel has been motivating, understanding, fair but tough with me. She just compared my starting measurements to my measurements at the 4 week mark and there is definite improvement. Is it drastic improvement? No. ... Read more

  • Illustrated

    2/19/2017 2:07:21 AM, by OAKBORN

    This is relaxing and helps me focus.... Read more

  • So Far, Mostly Good x 3 days...

    2/18/2017 11:59:57 PM, by OAKBORN

    So here are my goals for the rest of the week (I'm doing Monday to Sunday weeks)... 1) 8000 daily steps 2) 1800 max calories 3) 8+ glasses of water 4) 10" daily activity I didn't blog yesterday... so this will be for the 2 days. Friday (the 17th) 1) Fitbit: 8184, Garmin: 8736 ... Read more

  • Huh? Mangled Instructions!

    2/18/2017 6:22:39 PM, by ALIHIKES

    The instructions on my new DVD external drive for my computer make NO sense whatsoever. Here's the instructions, verbatim: " Products through standard USB data cable to the computer USP port properly connected, the computer monitor should appear in the lower-right corner of the icon. Click “My... Read more

  • Enjoying a Rainy Day, Movie Review, and Deer!

    2/17/2017 1:54:15 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Wow I am SO grateful that it is raining, instead of snowing. And I am grateful that my roof is not leaking! (I had damage from an ice dam during the big snow storm last month. The roof is fixed; the ceiling still needs refinishing) I went to AquaZumba class yesterday morning, it was a lot of fu... Read more

  • A day of resolve...

    2/17/2017 12:28:59 AM, by OAKBORN

    Okay, time to buckle down. I know what to do. I have the tools. So, it was 190.8 this morning. EEEP! My overall weight loss goal is to get down to 150, a total of 40.8 to lose.I'm going to try 10% chunks, which is 4.08 lbs. So I will round that up to 4.1#... so goal #1 is to get down to 1... Read more

  • Lessons learned from my dog

    2/16/2017 7:42:47 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    No diets for me. 602 Days ago, I started with SparkPeople. It took me a while to figure out it out, but . . . . I'm still here! I discovered right away that the road to better health was not found in a magic pill And it takes dedication, caution and perseverance. ... Read more

  • Color the Coast 5K for Autism Society of Oregon

    2/16/2017 6:48:19 PM, by GRAMMACATHY

    Sunday, Feb. 5th I told my daughter that I loved TOPS, and it was keeping me from gaining weight, but I wasn't losing any either. I needed a ten week challenge. Something with a beginning and an ending. My daily walk average was 2000-3000 steps. All winter, I lapped the dog park once a day ... Read more

  • Too much.

    2/16/2017 11:37:20 AM, by OAKBORN

    I was doing well up until the election. I have gained 15#. I weighed in today @ 190.8. I have got to get it together or I won't be alive to be part of the fight.... Read more

  • Valentine's Day Hike!

    2/14/2017 8:22:57 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I hiked up Pilot Butte today, to enjoy a hike with views before the next big storm (tonight). The trail was icy and slushy most of the way. I used my yak-trax so I did not slip and slide on the trail. And it is quite steep. I am proud whenever I can make it to the top without stopping to ... Read more

  • Improper Motivation

    2/14/2017 4:53:16 PM, by PAVLOVSPUPPY

    So far I've been motivated by how much weight I've lost and so I've been very motivated. After my first two weeks it was tough. I was depressed the next two weeks. I really tightened the belt and worked hard, because I only lost one pound. But then I dropped 15 more. It's been almost another two wee... Read more

  • Happy Valentine's Day

    2/14/2017 2:34:34 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Happy Valentine's Day to my spark friends. Hope you have a lot of fun today and keep your eyes on the prize... Read more

  • Happy Valentines Day!

    2/14/2017 3:15:20 AM, by AMYISSUCCEEDING

    Wishing you all a wonderful day! Thank you Sparkfriends for all of your support. 129 214 129 214 129 214 214 129 214... Read more

  • I'm Still Here

    2/13/2017 8:36:20 AM, by AINTSKEERD

    Just a quick "hello" to let you all know I'm still around. I am caught up in the craziness of life at the moment but am thinking of you all. Details to come but the nutshell is: we are in the midst of selling our house, buying a house, a job promotion and recently learned we will be grandparent... Read more

  • I am just so tuckered out

    2/13/2017 3:51:04 AM, by BECKY672

    11 = 167 222 =6 194 = 4 24 It looks as though I no longer have any trainings left to do, but will have apply it now to my job, lol which is fine, my brain hurts though...Lol My eating habits are all messed up,back & forth discussions with my hubby have not had any good short or l... Read more

  • Can I be fat and have an eating disorder?

    2/11/2017 1:26:18 PM, by EMILYSNEWLIFE

    I have been overweight my whole life pretty much an not that i have the motivation to lose the weight at 27 nothing can stop me. I have been on my diet for about 2 months now and have been doing great.. i am down 20 lbs already!! i couldn't be happier. What i am struggling with now is since i have j... Read more

  • Not enough hours in a day....holy cow....

    2/11/2017 7:37:56 AM, by BECKY672

    Just a note. I'm still working on the diet &all, but have been super busy with trAinings at work & home life...have lost my focus & my organization. Darn it... all I can say for now will return soon ...Thank you for your support 213... Read more

  • New SparkCoach Track, New Driver License Photo

    2/9/2017 4:40:13 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I noticed that my SparkCoach program was repeating some of the lectures and suggestions, so I e-mailed a Coach. Apparently I made it all the way through the first program (Diet) and it was starting over again. The Coach's response explained that I could switch to a new program, so I started the Dail... Read more

  • February Goals -- I'm frustrated

    2/8/2017 1:59:55 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    I am frustrated. This is the time to look at my progress in January and set goals for February. I found this beautiful rosy picture and then I thought and thought and thought about what I want to achieve in February. Nothing felt right. There are many health issues that make it hard for me to... Read more

  • 10 YEARS?!?!

    2/7/2017 7:44:00 PM, by *AMBER512

    Yup, it's true. Today is my TENTH "Sparkiversary." Okay, so I don't really come onto Sparkpeople as much as I used to. I typed up a great blog for my 5-year Sparkiversary and I couldn't even begin to come up with anything better. I left a link below in case you want to check it out. ww... Read more

  • January Wrap Up/February Goals

    2/5/2017 7:51:41 PM, by FERRISLL6

    Plateau Breakthrough? Well, I was hoping to just maintain weight this week and get my focus back to healthy habits. I did get to a point of exercising and walking more. My eating improved, but still needs more improvement. But then my weigh in today had me losing almost 3 pounds, and I made my ... Read more

  • Sugar-Free Me

    2/4/2017 9:51:42 PM, by SLINKYREDDRESS

    This month I'm aiming for a sugar-free month. I went sugar-free for an entire year about 35 years ago. I was vegetarian at the time and even though there is no animal protein in sugar, I had read the book "Sugar Blues" by William Duffy and was convinced it should be avoided. (I should read ... Read more

  • The Trouble With Exercising

    2/4/2017 3:04:07 PM, by PAVLOVSPUPPY

    This is my first blog and I've been on Spark for over a month now. I decided to weigh in only every two weeks, because when I did Weight Watchers, I would always be up one week and down the next for years without exception. I think I'll have a more consistent reading by weighing every two weeks. My ... Read more

  • Oh happy day.

    2/2/2017 6:39:03 PM, by STEELHEAD01

    On Feb. 1, my wife and I have been on the Ludwig eating plan for one year. I tried on, and got into a pair of jeans that were 4 inches smaller in the waist than when we started. Do wish I have taken body measurements when we started to have a reference. Am also down 31 pounds for the year. We bo... Read more

  • January Results, and New Hike Through Snow!

    2/1/2017 1:14:52 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Last month, I did pretty well meeting my goals. I lost 4 pounds. I logged my food, and counted my steps. I drastically reduced sugar intake, and I cut my caffeine intake. I was off sick for about 10 days (flu), but I did pretty well with exercise the rest of the time. I am up to my full step goal an... Read more

  • Tuesday Check-In - Intuitive Eating

    1/31/2017 4:59:40 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    Happy Tuesday! I feel somewhat bad about not posting my progress last Thursday, but last week was distressing and I'm trying not to live with regrets. That said, "No regrets" doesn't mean, "Eat anything and everything and as much as you can pack away!" This week's book is "Intuitive Eating... Read more

  • Report of Results on the Extreme Veggie Experiment

    1/30/2017 8:05:47 PM, by SPICY23

    How long should you try a new approach before coming to a conclusion about it's effectiveness or lack thereof? We are all an experiment of one. It's hard to accumulate enough objective data with such a small sample size. Even within our experiment, the results are often not consistent, much less rep... Read more

  • I have an agreement....

    1/30/2017 4:12:44 AM, by BECKY672

    192 = 168 42 222 222 222 222 222 222 = 6 ( in 4 days) (so not to bad..) 194 194 194 =3 (in 6 days ) (NOT GOOD) 42 I am writing this eating pumpkin seeds (roasted & salted) , trying not to eat them all in one setting (8 oz.), My husband & I have been talking to a some friends... Read more

  • Kicking my ass

    1/29/2017 11:14:37 PM, by MUNCHIEMAGS

    For Christmas my dear hubby bought me 15 hours with a personal trainer at 24Hr Fitness. Yesterday was training day #1 (the Saturday before that was more of a questionnaire completion/goal setting/get to know you day). Training day #1 had 7 activities that left me feeling fairly tired, but enthused... Read more

  • Sunday check-in

    1/29/2017 5:11:10 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    This little puppy is consuming so much of my time. But it is going to be so worth it. Just like anything else, tenacity and hard work eventually pay off. We named Our new addition Buster Brown, but now were thinking we should call him Harry Houdini, because he is an escape artist. Rarely is ... Read more

  • The last couple of year had been tough yet forgiving

    1/29/2017 1:56:07 PM, by LOVINGLORIN

    Now that I feel I am at peace with myself and forgiving of others and myself I am ready to complete this journey I have started. I am into week 5 of 60 to obtain my goal. I am not afraid of having loose baggy skin at the end of this weight loss, which I was before. I am looking forward to feeli... Read more

  • Winter Hike in Badlands! And Deer in my Driveway

    1/28/2017 6:48:23 PM, by ALIHIKES

    This morning I awoke to the deer herd traveling through my yard and hanging out in my driveway. The deer are delightful to watch. But the town south of us (La Pine, Oregon) had to kill FIVE cougars that were roaming into town and killing pets and livestock. The cougars usually hunt... Read more

  • This hunger thing

    1/27/2017 7:29:40 PM, by LISAG66

    I used to think that I was always hungry. It seemed like food was constantly on my mind and I would rarely say no to an opportunity to eat something. My spouse was having a snack? I had to have one too, only twice as big. Someone offered me a cookie or piece of candy? It would be rude to say no, eve... Read more