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  • Wishing you Joy & Good Cheer

    12/24/2014 8:56:45 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • Joy

    12/24/2014 7:41:35 PM, by LINDAM.1

    I send Joy to others and forget to tell myself. Happy tomorrow!... Read more

  • The Candy Cane

    12/24/2014 11:21:53 AM, by GIVEUP30

    Did you know what the candy cane stands for: the white for the purity of Christ.....J=Jesus........turn it up for the S= Shepherds ..... ... Read more

  • Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 55th Week

    12/24/2014 10:23:17 AM, by BCJCPDX2012

    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! Continue to work hard in counter-balancing the holiday treats that are so tasty this year. I still gained 2 for the week but I am only up 0.4 pounds for the month - but again, I am not worried. I am a bit bloated and somewhat irregular, so I see my weight gain as an an... Read more


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    12/23/2014 3:03:41 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    Do you remember these? I still have the set my mother used each year when I was growing up. Well, now they are old and sag a bit in places (just like me). But I like them anyway – mostly because music has always been a part of m... Read more


    12/22/2014 2:23:28 PM, by GIVEUP30


  • BFF

    12/21/2014 5:01:11 PM, by F8CONE8

    I am so blessed. I was once told that if you have one really good friend you are truly lucky. Well, even though we are miles apart she was on the phone today to find out what she can do to help. She didn't even know what was wrong! Anyway, we talked for over an hour and when we hung up I realize... Read more

  • Veins/Ankles

    12/21/2014 1:37:49 PM, by ALIHIKES

    For some time now my legs have been achy and painful. I saw my family doctor twice; then did physical therapy; then continued with massage. My legs and ankles swell so much by the end of the day that I had to change my socks: first I got rid of all the gold toe socks (tighter thinner socks); then th... Read more


    12/21/2014 12:01:43 PM, by GIVEUP30


  • WARNING SHOPPERS! BEWARE!!!! (Sorry, I couldn't help it!)

    12/20/2014 10:58:09 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    WARNING! Be on the lookout for these two guys! They are hanging out around the Wal-Mart parking lots. When you are putting your packages away they ask you for a ride to McDonald's. They are very convincing and very hot! Onc... Read more

  • Learning Curve

    12/20/2014 6:34:42 PM, by MOO7197998

    When first deciding to start a weight loss program, you feel a real drive some days you do great and some days are ok. You know your goal is a long way off but you know you can do and your determined to succeed. Then you make it a quarter of the way to your goal and you falter. You may plateau, lif... Read more

  • Job Situation/Retirement

    12/20/2014 2:01:03 AM, by ALIHIKES

    I plan to retire on April 1 2015 (I will be 64 then); my employer requested lots of advance notice even though I am required to give only one month notice. But my supervisor was aware that a co-worker who is out on maternity leave wants to move to my area (I am the sole employee in my city) and if s... Read more

  • One Week Later

    12/19/2014 11:31:56 PM, by AANGEL3

    It's been a week since I've blogged. And it's been a frustrating and stressful one. I've been working my cute butt off to get my project done. Well yesterday i did. But...there'salways a butt right?...I'm now working a child kit and I found a problem. And no one has the answer to the i... Read more

  • Change...

    12/18/2014 1:21:11 PM, by OREGONRAIN64

    My son posted on Facebook a saying that is true: "Where you are today is the sum of every choice you've ever made. If you don't like where you are, Change things!" I've started on SP before, but never stuck with it. I don't like the way my body is right now. It is the sum of every choice I eve... Read more

  • -Small Changes-Big Differences

    12/18/2014 3:37:53 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    I feel like I got a 'jump' on the New Year! I mean, what was I waiting for, Christmas? This is how I felt due to making a few changes to my overall plan. With those tweaks, I got more than I expected. In less than... Read more

  • Why I'm here

    12/17/2014 7:21:05 PM, by CHARMIN_G

    Ok, so I'm here. This must mean I, like everyone else here, am now serious and determined to get in shape and get healthy. I hate diets, I hate all the "you can't eat this, you can't eat that"... so I don't diet, never have, never will. I will never yo-yo like I see so many people doing. I do, ... Read more

  • Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 54th Week

    12/17/2014 9:31:11 AM, by BCJCPDX2012

    No real changes which is great because holiday junk food is all around me and stress seems rather high this year. Glucose reading were 125 Blood pressure was 135/85 Walked 43+ purposeful miles about 6.15 miles a day (Low was 4.1 / high 8.3) Walked 62+ miles as recorded on my Fitbit about ... Read more

  • Coughing and Christmas....

    12/16/2014 3:05:23 AM, by ARUNNINGKAT

    Oh my. Where do I start on this update? It seems like so much has happened since my last update.... but also not very much at all. And describing that in a quick read, well, it's pretty much a Christmas miracle. Here it is the last month of 2014 and I am being forced to really take a quick an... Read more

  • If You're Going To Do It, Do It Right And Do It BIG

    12/15/2014 3:49:40 PM, by THEMFOLK

    Yesterday we had a wonderful day of sunshine, and Bruce and I got outside and made the most of it. Our biggest job every day is training and exercising the puppies, so that was a focal point of the day. The breeder of the two black females had asked us for photos and updates on how they are doi... Read more

  • need help from people with activity trackers

    12/15/2014 5:12:00 AM, by DISGUISEDBYPHAT

    Personal electronic devices with active wireless / bluetooth are not allowed in my workplace, so I'm looking for a fitness tracker whose Bluetooth / wireless can be turned off during the day. I have looked at the manuals for various products - FitBit (Flex/Force/One), Nike FuelBand; Misfit Shine; et... Read more

  • The Perks of Being Over 50

    12/15/2014 3:16:53 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    -- Kidnappers are not very interested in you. -- In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first. -- No one expects you to run into a burning building. -- People call at 9 PM and ask, "Did I wake you?" -- People no longer view you as a hypochondriac. -- Ther... Read more

  • Phew! Finally!

    12/14/2014 6:19:22 PM, by MRSBENNETT2

    Young Gavin Stuart finally decided to arrive on Dec. 5th at 11:29 pm. My poor daughter had a rough time of it - they decided to induce her and right from the be... Read more

  • Tracking the Weather

    12/14/2014 12:36:45 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    It was October and the Indians on a remote reservation asked their new Chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a Chief in a modern society he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky he couldn't tell what the winter was going to be like. Neverthe... Read more

  • slicing slices

    12/13/2014 9:35:14 PM, by ROUTE26

    I had 2 whole wheat toast with peanut butter for breakfast. To make it last, I cut each slice into four pieces so I had a total of 8 pieces. It is amazing what a difference that made!! I also eat real slow which make it last so much longer. Day 2 today and still going strong!... Read more

  • EMSSBEARS -- 12 Days of Christmas Challenge December 13-24

    12/13/2014 11:47:10 AM, by ERIN_POSCH

    I found this and wanted to take the challenge myself.. i have trouble finding things again and this is the only way i could make sure i had the information. Please don't give me any credit for this... i copied it from EMSSBEARS
    idua... Read more

  • TGIF!!

    12/13/2014 1:59:44 AM, by AANGEL3

    I'm so glad it's Friday. I'm tried and I really didn't do much of anything today. It's raining here, which I like. I'm still worried about the whole Dr thing. I need to contact the office and see if I'm suppose to just take the new meds or take the new and old. For now I'll just take the new. I... Read more

  • Add spark recipes to nutrition tracker - desktop version

    12/12/2014 7:50:58 PM, by ORLIBERTY
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  • NSV: Project Clean-up!

    12/12/2014 4:33:22 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I am wildly, madly, excited that my office clean-up project resulted in MAJOR improvement! Maybe that wouldn’t be a big victory for some of you. But for me, it was HUGE! Mostly my home is pretty tidy, clean, and organized. Even if I am not naturally an immaculately tidy person – I feel more pe... Read more

  • Met another goal

    12/12/2014 12:56:55 PM, by F8CONE8

    Doctor took me off the Metformin. Told me to keep the weight off and continue exercising and he will check me again in 4 months!... Read more

  • Not A Happy Camper

    12/11/2014 10:41:44 PM, by AANGEL3

    I went to see our new Dr. today. I've been feeling really tried for a while now. I asked my old Dr about my Thyroid meds maybe needing adjusting but she said they were fine. So today the new Dr tells that not only are my thyroid meds to low, I'm pre diabetic, and my LDL levels were too high to even ... Read more

  • Weather Stone

    12/11/2014 10:08:52 PM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • Oh Yah...

    12/11/2014 9:51:46 PM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • Looking for the tooth fairy

    12/11/2014 9:11:34 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Beware. This is a rant. I've been complaining about a sore tooth for way too long . . . three years. My former dentist (Dr S, The Compassionate Dentist) always looked at me with puppy-dog eyes and had something 'compa... Read more

  • **Sweet Tooth Surprise**

    12/11/2014 9:24:40 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    There is just no sugar coating the truth about sweets, no matter how beautifully displayed on the banquet table. Tantalizing, seductive, but healthy? Do you... Read more

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 53rd Week

    12/10/2014 9:17:12 AM, by BCJCPDX2012

    No real news this week as far as improvements. I am still suffering from the Holiday "I WANT THIS" syndrome. Good food this time of year is often just too much temptation at times. I gained a pound and a half this last week but I am down 2 pounds for the month. Last week's huge drop was mostly ... Read more

  • A few laffs

    12/10/2014 12:28:16 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    In Court My boss is without peer when it comes to the rules and regulations that customs officials must follow. But when it comes to the law, well, that's a different story. We were attending a court case in which we were prosecuting a smuggler. The judge asked the court, "Who is making t... Read more

  • Late Nite Funnies

    12/10/2014 12:06:19 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    It was a great week for Jimmy Fallon. He welcomed a baby girl. Congratulations, Fallons! In this modern society, your little girl can grow up to be anything she wants. Except of course a late-night talk-show host. -Craig Ferguson A marine biologist in California discovered a very rare 12-pound ... Read more

  • Last Christmas - A Short Story

    12/9/2014 7:26:03 PM, by AANGEL3

    I finished my short story! I'm going to TRY to post it. If Spark will let me (Spark doesn't like some words!). In other news...washed my FitBit and killed it. Got a new one (under the Best Buy Protection Plan). Started a new blog ( ). Had a quiet 60th Birthday on ... Read more

  • Sometimes Mother's can be so frustrating.!!!!!!!!

    12/9/2014 9:48:13 AM, by PHILLIPS661 I said at the beggining of one of my early Mother was part of the reason I got back to SP...when she heard I was 260lbs....and gasped...which said a lot to me...and then there was the accident..which has hurt my legs.... Read more

  • Joy

    12/8/2014 7:28:05 PM, by LINDAM.1

    Our non paying renter is being served and the sheriff is being advised . We should have done this 6 months ago. We are suckers. Children should know there parents if possible. It is a small Place and Children were to visit , not to move in. I would like to believe her but she has not been honest... Read more

  • Retired Husband

    12/8/2014 1:24:05 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men; I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunately, my wife is like most women - she loves to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter,from... Read more

  • Fun active weekend

    12/7/2014 11:45:58 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Very nice weekend! I enjoyed Zumba on Saturday, and the Jingle Bell 5K walk/run afterward. Many of the Jingle Bell participants were in holiday costumes. I particularly liked the baby Santa, with brother as Rudolph, stroller converted into a sleigh, and dad as an elf. Read more

  • looking back and moving 7

    12/7/2014 10:23:59 AM, by ERIN_POSCH

    Be friendly…. And last, but certainly not least, after reading about people having a 32-57% chance of becoming obese if they have friends and family members that are, I realized that much of my life included that weight class and I had, indeed, followed in their tracks. So in order to make a d... Read more

  • Season's Greetings!

    12/7/2014 2:29:05 AM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • Laura's little leaps.

    12/7/2014 12:38:39 AM, by MEMA4BROOKLYN

    About three months into Spark now. Twenty-five pounds lost. They may be lost but I am not looking for them. Last time I lost my excess weight, I really didn't have the mindset to be a thin person. Well, sort of. I have been heavy all my life. Exception being the two years that I had lost 85 pounds a... Read more

  • looking back and moving 6

    12/6/2014 10:31:57 AM, by ERIN_POSCH

    Be romantic…. I’ve put more romance into our marriage, not only with the focus on the positive, but by taking the time to eat slowly and not be in a rush all the time. I had to find a way to force myself to eat slowly -- solution: have romantic meals -- often. Setting the table, having ... Read more

  • The Best Laid Plans ...

    12/6/2014 12:14:05 AM, by ALIHIKES

    I planned a nice weekend away to Portland, but it didn’t happen quite as planned. I expected to be in Portland for a business meeting Friday afternoon, so I expected my mileage would be paid by my employer. My friend is house sitting in Portland at her son’s new home, and invited several of us to vi... Read more

  • Short Story

    12/5/2014 7:00:04 PM, by AANGEL3

    I finished Chapter 13 of my WIP the other day and sent it off to my BFF and outstanding beta reader. I heard back from her and I've add notes to my Scrivener from her email. But I'd had this idea kicking around in my head the last few days. Now I have to admit, I read a couple of short story analog... Read more

  • looking back and moving 5

    12/5/2014 11:18:32 AM, by ERIN_POSCH

    Stay positive… I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, but this year I really focused on it. I read something about the positive effects smiling can have on a person, both physically and mentally, so I tried experimenting with it. I put a pocket mirror on my desk at work. ... Read more

  • **How Would You Like An Uplift?**

    12/4/2014 10:59:03 AM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    What do you say we ARREST that "ALL OR NOTHNG" theory and break the law!! It should never be "Do or Die" when it comes to fitness and exercise ... If you have been too hard on yourself, or set unrealistic goals, it just may be... Read more

  • looking back and moving 4

    12/4/2014 10:17:05 AM, by ERIN_POSCH

    Healthier choices—or—it really is all about ME…. My goals for the 2014 were: do more for me (I’m always doing for others and neglecting myself), taking risks, accepting change and reaching out. I’ve joked about my being 54 and waiting for DH to turn 50 before having HIS midlife crisis, bu... Read more

  • Holiday to do list

    12/4/2014 12:15:54 AM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • If brains were gasoline...

    12/3/2014 11:41:27 PM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • What Santa's bringing you!

    12/3/2014 11:40:34 PM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • 50 questions...

    12/3/2014 11:38:48 PM, by STARFLOWER75

    I was puttering around my spark friends' blogs tonight and I came across post with 50 questions. I remember doing these on myspace, it was always fun to see what friends would say so here goes.... 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Nope, but my name was picked out 6 years before I was born. ... Read more

  • Republican Agenda

    12/3/2014 9:28:45 PM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • looking back and moving 3

    12/3/2014 11:02:59 AM, by ERIN_POSCH

    Track everything… On top of tracking steps and activity with the FITBIT Zip and/or SPAT (see pt 1 for details), I was more consistent in my tracking of food and weight this year. Again, it was vacations and funk times that lead me astray. However, I tracked more than I've ever done in the pas... Read more

  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 52nd Week

    12/3/2014 9:49:24 AM, by BCJCPDX2012

    1 YEAR SINCE STARTING MY NEW LIFE CHANGE and I think I did pretty damn good, even if I do say so myself. It has not been as difficult a journey as I expected. Sparkpeople and my fitbit have given me the motivation to become successful and I need to give praise and thanks to this great website and th... Read more

  • Holidays

    12/3/2014 1:19:04 AM, by LINDAM.1

    time for many no's... Read more

  • Catching Up

    12/2/2014 9:41:19 PM, by WHITNEYTEACHER

    Things have been going pretty well here since starting my Spark break until January so I decided it was time for an update. Rod’s hand surgery is scheduled for December 8, operating on both hands at the same time because he’s ... Read more

  • Appt With The Blood Suckers

    12/2/2014 7:28:08 PM, by AANGEL3

    I have a Dr appt next week. So I need to go get some blood drawn. One of the perks (?) of living in Vegas. I can make an appt to go at 5:50 AM. On my way to work. It's a fasting draw so this way I can still have my Starbucks (after of course!). So first stop in the morning...the blood suckers! Then ... Read more

  • looking back and moving 2

    12/2/2014 12:05:38 PM, by ERIN_POSCH

    Music is a must…. Having music in the background makes me want to dance around, fidget, and keep the feet moving. Having an MP3 player for listening to tunes got me moving... and they kept me moving. PODRUNNER has FREE MP3 tunes that can be used for any type of exercise. ... Read more

  • Thanksgiving will not be my Kryptonite...any more....

    12/2/2014 9:34:25 AM, by PHILLIPS661

    Today I begin a new train of thought about Thanksgiving..and wt. loss both can be done...I won't be the same person any more..all the turkey all the cranberry sauces will not sway me from being... Read more

  • Post Thanksgiving Update

    12/1/2014 6:24:16 PM, by AANGEL3

    Well...Thanksgiving is over for this year. I won't say it was an entirely stress free one but it was a good one. My mom was here from Portland. And it was so great the have her here. We did some shopping (NOT the Black Friday kind!). And had a great Turkey dinner, turkey BBQ by hubby, fixings by me.... Read more

  • looking back and moving 1

    12/1/2014 6:01:22 PM, by ERIN_POSCH

    So here and it is, December. Since I hate being one of the crowd, I don't generally wait until the New Year to come up with resolutions when everyone is doing it. This year I've surprised myself by making some marvelous choices. (This was running kind of long so I'm breaking it up into ch... Read more

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    12/1/2014 1:30:34 PM, by JOSHUAADAVIDD

    BLC 26 has been going on for nearly 11 weeks now. This is a good time for reflection anyway, but considering the dumpster fire that was my weekend, it's an even better time to reflect on my performance in general. First, the good: After ten weeks, I'm #1 overall in the BLC. I've lost 55.6 pound... Read more

  • Where are you?

    11/30/2014 4:05:29 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Where am I, today, in relationship to where I was last year and where I want to be next year??? I refuse to wait another day without putting this in writing. Some folks will wait until it's time for New Years Resolution . . . but not me. Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    11/30/2014 3:37:20 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I enjoyed a very nice visit to Phoenix with my older brother and his family. It was really nice to be in a warmer climate, and to share time with them. For the past several years, I have seen my brother when we have both been visiting our very elderly ... Read more

  • Back on track?

    11/30/2014 11:22:04 AM, by F8CONE8

    This last week I fell into one of my worst habits. Yes, I was trying to eat my way out of my stress. It shows! I gained 3 pounds and have heartburn from overeating. Not a good thing. I read a motivational Spark message today reminding me to take my health seriously and one good choice at ... Read more

  • Remove a curse...

    11/29/2014 7:17:41 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    An old man goes to the Wizard to ask him if he can remove a curse he has been living with for the last 50 years. The wizard says, “Maybe, but you will have to tell me the exact words that were used to put the course on you.” The old man says without hesitation, “I now pronounce you man and wife.”... Read more

  • Teenagers

    11/29/2014 2:10:22 PM, by SPARKLINGMAMA

    My daughter turns 13 the day after Christmas and she's more then a little in the zoom with the attitude that comes with it. She hurt me dearly last night. And today I have no desire to even be around her. I did something smart though. I worked out this morning. My excuse was to get out of the h... Read more

  • Thanksgiving menu musings

    11/28/2014 2:51:38 AM, by MYAH150

    I am quite pleased with how this year's Thanksgiving dinner turned out. Last year's was good and all but I was so strict with it that it wasn't really very satisfying on several levels. This year I still stayed true to being gluten and grain free but decided not to worry about sugar or carbs. Thi... Read more

  • Some pertinent what I don't know!

    11/27/2014 8:22:55 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'... She fooled them all .... "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquire... Read more

  • Be Thankful! today and every day

    11/27/2014 1:35:06 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • -Simply Thankful-

    11/27/2014 12:15:29 PM, by 2BDYNAMIC

    I just wanted to say 'Happy Thanksgiving' to everyone. Our day will be quiet and fairly simple, yet reflect on the many things we are richly blessed with... Read more

  • Thankfulness

    11/27/2014 10:58:55 AM, by PBOUCHIE

    Today is just one of many days to remember to be thankful for what we have. So often I do focus on the negative, and need to remember Thanksgiving in my heart everyday. So here are my top 12 list for today: 1. I'm thankful for the beautiful morning and my wonderful home here in California. ... Read more

  • A Thanksgiving Blessing...

    11/27/2014 9:11:36 AM, by ERIN_POSCH

    May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump, May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious and may your pies take the prize, and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs! _________... Read more

  • Lost in Translation

    11/26/2014 12:19:17 PM, by TUBLADY

    Wong Chow calls into work and says" I can't come in, sick, got headache,stomach ache, legs hurt, I no work." The boss says," You know Wong, I really need you today. When I feel sick like you do, I go to my wife and tell her to give me sex. That makes everything better and I go to work. You try ... Read more

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 51st Week

    11/26/2014 10:20:24 AM, by BCJCPDX2012

    I pretty much made my exercise goals this week however I did not eat to the plan. I only had 2 successful 64 ounce water days, and 5 of the 7 days I ate over my 2,000 calories allotment. My problem... popcorn and late night snacking. I'll do so well all day long and then after dinner, consume t... Read more

  • It doesn't have to be bad

    11/25/2014 8:44:35 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Having a great Thanksgiving - or any holiday for that matter - doesn't have to be a bummer just because we're following a healthy plan for our health, weight loss, etc. Yes, the holidays do seem to push those 'indulge thyself' ... Read more

  • Bookmark Cauliflower recipe

    11/25/2014 5:13:18 PM, by DISGUISEDBYPHAT
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  • Babies sure like to take their own sweet time....

    11/24/2014 11:34:52 PM, by MRSBENNETT2

    We have been on Baby Alert here since last night. My daughter has been having contractions all morning, about 20 minutes apart. She told me this and i did my immediate freak-out, so hopefully I can be calm and collected when we get our clue to head to the hospital. She already had a doctors... Read more