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  • My Imaginary Horse

    10/22/2016 9:44:07 PM, by SLINKYREDDRESS

    I have what you might call and imaginary horse, although he's real enough to me. His full name is "Weight Loss Regimen" (don't ever call him Diet) but I call him Reggie for short. Reggie and I have been together for about fifty years. Sometimes he lets me ride him, other times he throws me of... Read more

  • Bathroom Remodel is DONE!

    10/22/2016 1:09:00 PM, by ALIHIKES

    My guest bathroom remodel is finally done! I'm very pleased with the results. I did not completely gut it and redo everything, but I think my lower cost remodel looks great! I used a contractor for most of the work, but as always there was quite a lot for the homeowner to do also. Here's what ... Read more

  • Making Weight Loss/Fitness an Adventure!

    10/21/2016 1:44:52 PM, by ALIHIKES

    SparkCoach suggested blogging about how to make weight loss and fitness a fun and exciting adventure, instead of a long slog of deprivation and chores. So I thought about the ways that I personally use to keep fitness fun, and what additional things I can do. Food: Buy fresh good quality foo... Read more


    10/18/2016 2:50:11 AM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy. God bless Grandma, Goodbye Grandpa

    10/18/2016 12:30:20 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    A Father put his 3 year old daughter to bed, told her a story and listened to her prayers which ended by saying, "God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma and good-bye Grandpa." The father asked, 'Why did you say good-bye Grandpa?' The little girl said, "I don't know daddy, it... Read more

  • It's Baaack :(

    10/17/2016 5:50:52 PM, by SPICY23

    Yep. That pesky one pound I thought maybe I had finally removed, is back. This just should NOT be. I ate less over the intervening weekend. I moved more. I kept up with my strength training in spite of being laughed at by my family (it might have been the awkward position they saw me attempting... Read more

  • Hike day two!

    10/17/2016 1:31:31 PM, by ROGUEKAT

    That storm tho!!! My friend, my daughter and I decided to do a six mile hike on Grizzly Peak. The storm was much wilder than the previous day! The initial climb to summit is about a mile but mostly sheltered by the trees and forest. Eventually you get on the back side of a mountain that is ... Read more

  • Sunday . . the end is not in sight

    10/16/2016 7:40:44 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    By no means is this an "official" rain gauge, but I think you'll get an idea of how much rain we've had since DH put this bucket outside his garage last Friday. . . just 2 days ago. Yep, that's 9 inches. We are very thankful the 100 mph winds dissipated as they passed over the mounta... Read more

  • Hikin the storm!

    10/15/2016 5:33:23 PM, by ROGUEKAT

    Sunrise! Here in Southern Oregon we have a huge storm front moving in… After this week at work I knew that I had to get some forest mtime if I was going to be much good for my family. Early this morning I got up around 6 AM and my 15-year-old daughter joined me. We went for a short 6... Read more

  • Winter Storm Warning! This might be the streak-breaker

    10/14/2016 7:20:04 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Well, I'm at day 477 of my log-in streak . . . . and based on the weather forecasts, I might not be able to log in for a while if the storm is as bad as they predict. We live in the woods, surrounded by lots of huge, old-growth Douglas Firs, Madrone, Oak and Pines all around us. The pow... Read more

  • BL Fall Challenge - Past the Half-way Mark

    10/14/2016 6:22:12 PM, by SPICY23

    Five weeks complete and finally one pound removed (hope it stays gone). I keep plugging along because I don't see another choice besides blimping out again. I try to stay motivated, but reading other SparkPeople's posts about their progress can frustrate me. I feel I am taking this as seriously as a... Read more

  • Weight loss surgery

    10/14/2016 12:19:01 PM, by OREGON_ANGEL

    Today I am officially 6 weeks post op from having the sleeve weight loss surgery 9/2/2016. I feel great minus energy levels not yet where I would like them and possible gall bladder matters now. Since surgery I have taken off 22.4 pounds and at least 5 inches off my waist. I get excited when I go... Read more

  • Rainy Thursday

    10/13/2016 11:04:19 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    We were expecting the rain/storm to come in last night, and it did. It's pouring! We weren't ready to pack in the riding season just yet, so we decided to go for one more ride over the hill to see the Fall colors. . . . and Bad Leroy Brown wanted to go too. It was the first time he... Read more

  • Celebrating my Sparkathon!

    10/12/2016 2:29:18 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Just celebrating some fun stuff . . . 4 year anniversary! 475 day log in streak! 1500 minutes! 1200 lifetime miles! What a difference in my life when I think back to where and who I was 4 years ago when i first came to SparkPeople. . . . . now if you'... Read more

  • Doing it right again today

    10/11/2016 11:17:18 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    It seems that it takes a lot more to get back on track than just saying the words. But I'm keeping my eyes on the prize and not giving up. These past two days I've begun to feel the changes and see the scale nudging downward again. Ever so slightly. But it is going in the right direction. And I ... Read more

  • Trying this again!

    10/10/2016 9:12:30 PM, by DISNEYGIRL07

    This week I have given a lot of thought to my life and being healthy. On Saturday I had gone to a football game and my seat was row 71, where I had to walk up what felt like 1,000 steps. I felt that I was going to pass out when I finally got there. Then there was the cheering and standing when the g... Read more

  • Outside my Window

    10/10/2016 3:23:59 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Guess who was visiting the Celtic cross outside my bedroom sliding door? ... Read more

  • Autumn 2016 -- Quarterly Goal Review

    10/10/2016 12:04:28 PM, by ERIN_POSCH

    2016 goals: * maintain daily step goals of 10,000 or more -YES! * maintain daily fitness minutes goals 45 minutes or more - YES! * maintain daily reading of 30 minutes or more - YES! * avoid C.R.A.P. by purchasing more whole foods - YES! * avoid impulse food purchases by... Read more

  • Spin Class is not my thing!

    10/9/2016 8:08:29 PM, by FERRISLL6

    My son wanted to take a spin class, which sounds so dull it makes my eyes glaze over. But at my gym, since he is only 11, he can take group classes with an adult with him. So I went, and I guess I will probably go again, because he liked it. But I don't get it. Riding the stationary bike is bo... Read more

  • Feeling a little Husky

    10/9/2016 1:03:30 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    That's me, at lunch yesterday. We took the day off and drove up to Union Creek to a little diner we found years ago, and try to visit at least once a year . . . during Huckleberry season because they have the best Huckleberry pies. What you see in front of me is a Turkey Club sandwich an... Read more

  • Serious step

    10/9/2016 3:41:15 AM, by MUNCHIEMAGS

    I wasn't getting anywhere with willpower. I wasn't getting anywhere with counting up to 1200-1300 calories per day. I finally took a very serious, drastic step - a VSG (vertical sleeve gasterectomy) where they surgically remove 80% of a healthy organ so that you can no longer hold the vast amounts... Read more

  • Staying Healthy While Feeling Miserable :)

    10/8/2016 3:44:25 PM, by ALIHIKES

    My poor face. I came home from my coastal trip with poison oak (the negative side of outdoor adventures!) I know I am very allergic, but I am usually able to avoid contact because I recognize the leaves. But by this time the leaves had all fallen, and apparently I brushed up against a stick. By the ... Read more

  • GRIT!

    10/8/2016 3:03:58 PM, by ERIN_POSCH

    Linda Kaplan Thaler on "Grit to Great" If you have 16 1/2 minutes take the time to watch this video. She is absolutely spot on. Share with friends and family. Please copy and paste because I couldn't get the link to work. Definitely worth watching.
    v=w5y... Read more

  • Be Proud of You Now Bingo Blog

    10/7/2016 1:23:38 PM, by 5KGRANNY

    What I am doing right this round-- I'm watching what I eat, I exercise every day at least a half hour -- more on weekends and I'm drinking my water and getting lots of rest. My biggest challenge is binge eating. I have a terrible sweet tooth and it rear's it's ugly head quite frequently. As long... Read more

  • Making plans

    10/6/2016 3:12:00 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    To celebrate Halloween this year, I had planned to go to a 200 year old building that is set up with shriveled up old corpses, dangerous bandits, bloodsucking vampires, hellbent soulless demons, and the like. Unfortunately, it turns out the Capitol Building is closed for tours until the electi... Read more

  • Redwoods and Coastline

    10/6/2016 1:30:26 AM, by ALIHIKES

    My friend Becky (from my book club) invited me and 3 of her other friends to spend several days at her family's cabin near Crescent City, California. The cabin was located on the Smith River; here is the lovely river view from the cabin porch. And here are my friends at Crescent Beach. ... Read more

  • A couple of resting days...

    10/6/2016 12:43:04 AM, by OAKBORN

    I really needed a good day or two to rest... My right hip and knee got twisted in my sleep, rather like when you sleep funny on your neck... so I took last night off.. it was apparently the right decision since everything was pretty much back to normal today. Today I just used my walk to work and a ... Read more

  • BL Fall Challenge - 4 weeks Completed - Results

    10/5/2016 6:58:32 PM, by SPICY23

    For all you rooters out there, here are my stats: (Lots of NSVs) Actions I will Take Consistently: > keep AM routine of cardio and healthy breakfast - Yes 27/28 > Read my Goal/Advantages List and Response Cards as needed - yes, when needed > add reps of Strength Training daily - Yes ... Read more

  • 10 Percent Less

    10/5/2016 3:51:21 PM, by CHELSEYG29

    I haven't been doing a very good job blogging lately or recording much of anything for that matter. After school started for the kiddos life has really not settled and that's okay, I guess that's just life! Aside from the kids and hubby's changing schedules; my manager decided to take a new position... Read more

  • Proud of myself

    10/4/2016 9:50:38 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    First of all, let me say I have been looking forward to seeing my former brother-in-law who I have seen twice in the last 25-30 years. And, today was the day he was passing through my neck of the woods. Knowing that we have a difference . . . H U G E difference of opinion on most political i... Read more

  • Getting better everyday!

    10/4/2016 12:57:48 AM, by OAKBORN

    This morning I was down to 176.8#, it's a small bump from last week, but the needle is moving. I have dropped my calorie goal to 1600 this week, I was successful yesterday and only over by 100 today. I have also (as of tonight) completed a full 4 weeks of my 10K trainer. I completed my 3 & 5 m... Read more

  • Staying On Track; What if it's the Wrong Track?

    10/3/2016 6:16:25 PM, by SPICY23

    Track: definition: noun: - a rough path or minor road, typically one beaten by use rather than constructed. - a continuous line of rails on a railroad. verb: - to follow the course or trail of (someone or something), typically in order to find them or ... Read more

  • What is working for us.

    10/3/2016 4:05:57 PM, by STEELHEAD01

    My wife and I have been on the "Always Hungry Plan" by Dr Ludwig since February. Believe that we are eating much more healthy. First we cut out the deadly "whites". No processed sugar, no white flour, no white rice, and no white potatoes. Within two weeks, was sleeping better than have in years.... Read more

  • So, DH says to me . . .

    10/3/2016 2:17:14 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    He says, I've put on some weight and don't feel good. I need to exercise. Would you want to match me, minute for minute on the treadmill and elliptical? So, here we go! ---- please notice, those are beads in the background :)... Read more

  • Nik is Back So Of Course I Lost All Mojo

    10/2/2016 10:50:36 PM, by FERRISLL6

    ...But I think I will be ok tomorrow. I haven't screwed up on eating and it was just today that I laid around all day and did nothing. Finally, at 7:00pm, I was like, I'm gross. I have to do something. So I did 10 minutes of FitStar. I have the little ten minute FitStar thing (Daily Dose) as t... Read more

  • No more exercise for me

    10/1/2016 7:19:57 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Just kidding. But I am taking it easy today. I'll be back on it again tomorrow. Hope you're having a great first day of October!!! ... Read more

  • What If This Is As Good As it Gets?

    9/30/2016 8:27:25 PM, by SPICY23

    What if this IS as good as it gets? This is sobering thought. Especially in light of this recent post:
    ual.asp?blog_id=6243780 But I do not intend this to be negative or depressing. No. But as a thought exercise: wha... Read more

  • Loss...

    9/30/2016 4:37:44 PM, by SLMUELLER83

    It has been a while since I wrote anything on here or even made it to the site. There is so much on my mind and in my heart that is hard for me to share, but I need to do something. I have been suffering with shortness of breath since June 18th. I have had to stop all exercise routines and do j... Read more

  • Food addiction

    9/30/2016 1:02:47 PM, by GRAMMACATHY

    I have always said I was a foodaholic, but never seriously thought about what that meant. I suppose it was more of an excuse for my compulsive eating. ** say....but you eat so healthy???? True, that is all true. I do eat healthy when I am on track and focused. I eat simp... Read more

  • "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" -- What It Means To Me

    9/30/2016 12:52:41 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    The song "RESPECT" is a favorite workout song for me. Aretha Franklin spells out the word so I began to think about what respect means to me and my Spark experience. R -- Recognize that I need to make changes in my life in order to become stronger and healthier. E -- Expect... Read more

  • Day 2

    9/29/2016 12:14:04 PM, by BIRDYRIFFLR

    I am great full for moments with my kids,because I see pure love in their eveys.... Read more

  • I'm going down down down!

    9/28/2016 12:20:38 AM, by OAKBORN

    I was down to 177# today! It's a slow but steady decline and it feels great. I think I have found my old mojo from 2008. I'm doing lots of journaling and tracking things here and in my bullet journals... yes I have two, one for the focus on what I need to do for losing weight and a more everyday one... Read more

  • Confronting Doubt

    9/27/2016 8:54:26 PM, by SPICY23

    Coming up on weigh in for the BL Fall Challenge and battling DOUBT. By every quantitative means available, I should have lost something by now: pounds, inches, softness, anything... No. Just by the numbers it should be close to 5#, but realistically, I was hoping for 3 (1#/wk). No.... Read more

  • Brok my ankle

    9/27/2016 7:43:43 PM, by ALICECHESS

    I broke my ankle. Not happy with my care. Felt like I was shoved through a cattle chute.... Read more

  • Fall

    9/27/2016 5:11:13 PM, by NORAHSEMP

    is finally here, for which I'm gr8ful. Summer was tough - Now must be busy being ready for winter. It's a challenge. 521 Hope you all are enjoying the Golden Days of Autumn - while we can 465 ~S ... Read more

  • 3 Complements (Spark Coach)

    9/27/2016 1:21:01 PM, by FERRISLL6

    Here are my three, I invite you to put three complements to yourself in my comments! Would love to read them. 1. I don't give up. 2. I am extremely resourceful, not too much that can't be done. 3. For the past two months, I've been rocking this health and fitness thing.... Read more

  • Starting late

    9/27/2016 12:12:18 AM, by BIRDYRIFFLR

    Right now I eat what everyone else eats in my home. I feel self-conscious. I know I shouldn't but I do. Hubby is semi supportive, but I have given up so many times that I don't get the true support I here I go again.... Read more

  • Quick and Easy Meals

    9/26/2016 7:05:59 PM, by JUNEWORM

    Today's Spark Coach recommends making a blog with quick and easy meal ideas. Right now I don't have many ideas, but I thought I'd start the blog and add to it as I come up with more. If any of you can help me add to the list, I'd greatly appreciate it! 41 In no particular order, quick and ea... Read more

  • Puzzles, Patterns, & Conundrums = Confuddled

    9/26/2016 5:25:47 PM, by SPICY23

    Here are a few random puzzle pieces: (I like puzzles) > Fresh water is a miracle. Hot fresh water on demand (think shower) is an amazing luxury we in the US enjoy frequently. The poorest US citizen is rich beyond compare. > In college, I spent time on a research project with the University... Read more

  • The Spark

    9/25/2016 8:14:02 PM, by FERRISLL6

    This post is just notes for me. I read books using a Mac or iPhone with VoiceOver and a refreshable Braille Display. (I'll put a picture of one here if I find one and you don't know what it is. They have improved my life like 1000%!) Anyway, it is hard to skim with this system, so sometim... Read more

  • "Enjery"

    9/25/2016 7:23:54 PM, by FERRISLL6

    Enjery is what my 6 year old says when he is trying to say energy. He has a lot of it! It has been one of my biggest struggles. I'm almost to the midpoint of my "single mothering" since my husband is in Sweden. He comes back late Friday. I have 5 days to go. I'm kind of rocking this. The last t... Read more

  • The Dilemma of a New Car

    9/25/2016 2:58:49 PM, by JUNEWORM

    On Monday, September 19, 2016, I bought a new car. I'm suppose to be excited. I know this because so many people have said, "You must be sooooo excited!". I've been through many emotions, but 'excitement' doesn't fit any of them. Don't get me wrong, I think I made a good choice; and, given that I'm ... Read more

  • Kodachrome and Red Canyon Parks

    9/25/2016 2:28:07 PM, by ALIHIKES

    In addition to the big national parks in Utah, my sisters and I visited Red Canyon and Kodachrome parks. These were much smaller, but also much less crowded. Red Canyon is on the route between Zion and Bryce National Parks. It is the Dixie National Forest, only about 13 miles from Bryce Canyon... Read more

  • 15 weeks--15 pounds

    9/25/2016 9:09:59 AM, by PAGE2015

    My goal is to weigh 215 by New Years Eve...heres to the challenge! 9/25/16: Starting weight 230.1 10/2/16:230.1 10/9/16:232.4 10/16/16: 10/23/16: 10/30/16: 11/6/16: 11/13/16: 11/20/16: 11/27/16: 12/4/16: 12/11/16: 12/18/16: 12/25/16 1/1/17 ending weight goal=215... Read more

  • Fall into the Holidays challenge

    9/25/2016 9:07:17 AM, by PAGE2015

    9/25/16: Starting weight 230.1 10/2/16:230.1 10/9/16: 10/16/16: 10/23/16: 10/30/16: 11/6/16: 11/13/16: 11/20/16: 11/27/16: 12/4/16: 12/11/16: 12/18/16: 12/25/16 goal 215... Read more

  • Panic Attacks

    9/25/2016 3:05:38 AM, by GRAMMACATHY

    Yes, I had one in college at age forty two while working on my MS. However, what prompted this is that GDs friend texted her from college. My GD is living at home while attending community college, but her friend moved to a dorm. Tonight she asked for help because she was having a panic attack and... Read more

  • Saturday check in

    9/24/2016 7:45:26 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Hope you're having a wonderful Saturday. We are enjoying some awesome fall weather. Temperature in the mid 70s today. Supposed to be closer to 90 tomorrow and hopefully that will give some of the tomatoes chance to ripen. Thought I would share a picture of my lunch today. Turkey wraps w... Read more

  • Successful week overall!

    9/24/2016 10:29:11 AM, by OAKBORN

    The scale is my friend this week, but there was been (mostly) consistent work to make it that way as well. I'm down to 177.2, after that crazy bump last week to over 180 (EEP!!). So I'm feeling confident. My water intake is good, I'm tracking all the foods, even last night's "night off"... I ... Read more

  • Goals

    9/23/2016 9:56:35 PM, by KAREN1990

    I matched all of my food goals today, and drank my water!... Read more

  • Regarding the Two Pound Rule and Weigh-In Madness

    9/23/2016 8:58:51 PM, by SPICY23

    BL Fall Challenge - Day 16 (1/5 Challenge complete) Weigh-In Madness So many Spark People post a familiar theme: Weigh in with an unexpected, negative (gain) result and their motivation is shaken. They cry "foul". They binge. They go off plan for a time. Then they regroup and tell each other to... Read more

  • Bryce Canyon National Park

    9/23/2016 6:22:25 PM, by ALIHIKES

    After our wonderful hiking vacation in Zion National Park, my sisters and I drove to Bryce Canyon National Park. Our hotel was pretty far out of town and old, but we were not there to luxuriate in a hotel! We took the free shuttle bus into the park. I liked taking the shuttle bus; parking was ... Read more