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  • Phase 2 of Atkins

    5/22/2017 2:35:45 PM, by CATHYMARIE2014

    Today is Monday its beautiful and sunny. I am down 5.2 lbs now , I am starting phase 2 of Atkins, I am going to 25 grams of carbs a day . I can have milk, proteins, fats, melon, berries, or cherries, and nuts and vegetables. no whole grains or starchy vegies yet. I am noticing I am s... Read more

  • 5/21

    5/21/2017 7:12:48 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    still here. feel yucky today. stayed home from church. weird lump in my throat and achy. still feel like I am making no progress. still don't really feel like I belong anywhere. still feel like my marriage is a train wreck. my brain is still super foggy. I am ready for something to feel differen... Read more

  • Time for some rest

    5/21/2017 6:13:40 PM, by HALLOWEENLOV1

    My muscles are screaming at me to REST!!! 33 After yesterday's walk and standing at work all night my legs or soar. I did stretch after the walk and while at work, but man do I feel it today. 230 I keep reminding myself that it was worth it. 590 If I hadn't gone on the walk ... Read more

  • Archaeology Trip to Paisley Caves

    5/20/2017 11:51:38 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Today I went with friends on a trip sponsored by ASCO (Archaeological Society of Central Oregon) to Paisley Caves. Paisley Caves are above Summer Lake, which is an alkali lake formed by the remnants of a large inland sea. The caves were discovered and excavated originally in the late 1930s, by the w... Read more

  • Walk and talk with a doc event

    5/20/2017 3:51:35 PM, by HALLOWEENLOV1

    Been waiting a couple of weeks for this event today. I always like seeing what they are going to do, and who will be there. Several different vendors were at the event giving out some pretty good information. Even my new gym was there and had a coupon for $7 off one month. That w... Read more

  • Joined a Gym

    5/19/2017 8:27:13 PM, by HALLOWEENLOV1
    Centercoosbay/ Work posted about a discount for this all women's fitness center. It is set up like Curves, which is nice. I like the idea it has a sauna as well. Might have to use that in the future. They are going to be at the walk with a doc ... Read more

  • Paulina Creek Trail, and Accomplishments

    5/19/2017 8:17:07 PM, by ALIHIKES

    H, Barbara and I hiked the Paulina Creek trail in Newberry National Monument. The weather was perfect -- it is such a blessing to have sunshine after our long hard winter. The trail was just the right length (about 5.5 miles) and the creek was clear and sparkling all the way. ... Read more

  • 5/19

    5/19/2017 1:04:33 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    Today I see the doctor. I am so disappointed the loss is so small. Becoming a near vegan has been hard and I was hoping for more of a result. 200 pounds is still so far to go. It is hard to believe I can make that. I want off this medication. That means weight loss. I feel crappy today. Dizzy. Upset... Read more

  • 5/19

    5/19/2017 1:04:26 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    Today I see the doctor. I am so disappointed the loss is so small. Becoming a near vegan has been hard and I was hoping for more of a result. 200 pounds is still so far to go. It is hard to believe I can make that. I want off this medication. That means weight loss. I feel crappy today. Dizzy. Upset... Read more

  • Buster Browns first burr season

    5/19/2017 11:14:04 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Seems that it is one burr season or another..... rather than the brrrrrrr from the cold it's now burrs from weeds. So it's time to have Buster Brown and Leroy Brown clipped in their summer "Country boy" cut which means most of their beautiful hair has to come off. Buster is 6 1/2 months old n... Read more

  • Uuui

    5/18/2017 8:58:34 PM, by PAULKOVACH

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  • Happy w/pcp

    5/18/2017 3:23:24 PM, by TBRYAN-LU

    On Tuesday was my 6mo check-up! Now I no this is the one thing I hate to go to! The first thing I know she will ask is "are you staying with your diet ?" Well I got the surprise one Tuesday , first her MA ask me are you loosening weight? Yes I am. Then she congratulated me!! In walks my PCP, s... Read more

  • 5/17

    5/18/2017 10:41:21 AM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    So discouraged with weight loss. I mainly eat salad. On a rare occasion I eat meat and very little of it. I am down to a small amount of feta cheese for taste rarely. I take a couple supplements to make all this roughage move through me. And today I wake up and I've gained a pound. So done with... Read more

  • Can I control this?

    5/18/2017 9:43:11 AM, by CATHYMARIE2014

    Todays lesson is Emotional eating. I have found my downfall and that is yes i am an emotional eater. This week has been full of anxiety and stress and i am working on channeling that stress, but okay, this emotional eating has to stop!! Today is spark coach, they asked me if this was a s... Read more

  • Positivity

    5/17/2017 5:10:07 PM, by CATHYMARIE2014

    With stress and negative things going on in my life I choose to dwell on the positive. I have a good job, and I pay the bills, and my mortgage. I have a husband who loves me unconditionally. I have loving parents. I love the Lord with all my heart, He is my refuge.... Read more

  • 5/16

    5/17/2017 4:32:14 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    I am feeling sad and annoyed today. Last night for our family prayer #4 prayed for and expressed thanks for every member of the family but me. She is trying to "earn" money for a mission which means she is doing a few chores around the house. I mentioned that I wanted to rearrange furniture and pain... Read more

  • Things I cannot control

    5/16/2017 2:41:51 PM, by CATHYMARIE2014

    My health is my focus, things are going on in my life, that I cannot control. My husband losing his job I cannot control that, the fact he may not get unemployment I cannot control that either. Stress management is needed in my life, to realize that I cannot fix his or anyones problems.... Read more

  • 5/16

    5/16/2017 10:25:17 AM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    no progresss. no real weight loss... still feel crappy... still emotionally unstable... still cry nearly everyday... still feel no hope in gaining health nor gaining a real relationship with anyone... still feel like there is no one in my life that is loyal and trust worthy... still have no real fr... Read more

  • 5/15

    5/15/2017 6:26:49 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    my mood is not improving. I have cried or been on the verge of tears all day. Tons of veggies today. I ate the last of the provolone cheese. At least I dont have that to haunt me anymore. I will make a leek and sweet potato soup for dinner... around all my lessons. #4 kid decided to "deep clean... Read more

  • 5/14

    5/14/2017 11:11:07 AM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    Yesterday was a long day with shows. I didn't get to eat a full breakfast and only had fruit available to me for lunch... the pizza the kids ate wasn't in the plan. I did good and avoided it... even if Little Ceasar's smelled good and was calling me. Still... I woke up swollen and with my clothes... Read more

  • Desert Blooms

    5/13/2017 2:45:55 PM, by ALIHIKES

    After my visit to lush green Western Oregon, I am back to my home in the high desert of Central Oregon. H and I hiked yesterday to Alder Springs. The desert has its own beauty -- but it certainly is different! Alder Springs is a canyon hike, so you start at the top and hike down, and your return hik... Read more

  • End of first week of Atkins Phase 1

    5/13/2017 1:30:51 PM, by CATHYMARIE2014

    I am down 4.5 pounds this week. It was not a perfect week but every day I learned something about myself. De stressing myself is a goal I made and a promise I made with my health coach. I took three day s off of work and went to the beach. I knew I had to be mindful of my carbs, but more tha... Read more

  • 5/12

    5/12/2017 10:31:15 AM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    It is a real frustrating thing to see me hang on so despritely to that which is killing me. Whether it is fat or a toxic relationship I don't let go. I am doing what I know to do... trust God, eat almost exclusively veggies... and no changes that are evident and obvious. I am very distcouraged. ... Read more

  • Waterfalls!

    5/11/2017 8:44:51 PM, by ALIHIKES

    We spent a day hiking at Silver Falls state park (near Silverton, Oregon). The waterfall trail is AMAZING! We took the loop that visits 7 waterfalls in 5 miles; the trail goes behind three of the falls so you have the experience of going UNDER a sheet of falling water. The waterfalls tumble down 15 ... Read more


    5/11/2017 12:23:46 PM, by ERIN_POSCH

    It's THURSDAY and I'm thankful for all my friends here that keep me up and running on days that I'm might not want to. Thank you for that, my friends! (((HUGS))) and happy wishes to one and all! TTFN! ... Read more

  • Oregon Gardens: Stunning!

    5/11/2017 12:23:35 AM, by ALIHIKES

    Pat, Jeanni, Barbara and I took a mini vacation to Oregon Gardens in Silverton Oregon. At the entrance, with Pat Jeanni and Barbara on the bridge The garden is stunning, and features numerous water gardens using recycled water. We liked the reflecting pools. ... Read more

  • Back to It!

    5/10/2017 2:32:39 PM, by FERRISLL6

    I have fallen off the SP wagon sporadically in the last month or so. Luckily, though, I have not gained back any weight, so I suppose my habits have not been that far off, I just haven't been recording everything. My goal line is going to come up flat next week on my weight chart. I'm not ther... Read more

  • 5/10

    5/10/2017 1:54:36 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    One of the most frustrating things about weight loss and trying to be health is the fact that your efforts lead to nowhere. Sure the first few weeks of eating only salad your make progress... then your smart body gets your number and comes to a stand still... 2 weeks and no change. Still can't sleep... Read more

  • Taking time for me

    5/10/2017 1:17:51 PM, by CATHYMARIE2014

    This is a start of my vacation, yes I am actually taking more than one day off. My boss encouraged me to take more time off, due to employee stress burnout and just stress in my life, because I do not take vacations which is not good, I always think there are things that need to be done, bills need... Read more

  • 5/9

    5/9/2017 3:00:53 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    It is so frustrating to make dinner and no one eats it. My 14 year old is notorious for not eating what I make. She eats junk food or no food. Gah! I yelled at her today for it. She really doesn't want my health problems in the future. Meanwhile, I am getting more and more anxious about my hus... Read more

  • Tuesday's chuckle

    5/9/2017 10:08:57 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Ready to hit the trail. Got to go back to the city .... time to pick out a new mattress And today is the eighth anniversary of our wedding day. Wow... Read more

  • 5/8

    5/8/2017 5:33:49 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    The sun is shining and it isn't too hot. I like days like this. I was able to pay a debt down by $2000. It is a drop in the bucket, but it is less than it was. I have had mostly veggies today. I fasted yesterday and gained a pound. Rats! No food for 24 hours and gain a pound? Gah! I need 10 ... Read more

  • Monday Monday

    5/8/2017 9:37:14 AM, by CATHYMARIE2014

    First day of a new week , I am ready to grip diabetes by the horns and kick it into remission. My husband helped me with my meal planning, and I am good to go, he is so supportive and I can share my fears with him and he just knows what to say to make everything alright. Atkins is the best ro... Read more

  • A New Goal for May

    5/8/2017 2:24:41 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    I'm astonished that May is here already and it's time to think about my goals. Last month my goal was to focus on persistence. I checked in every day in April and did my best to exercise and eat healthy. AND I'm still here. Yes - that's persistence. The best part of this goal... Read more

  • Return to Kah-Nee-Tah Trails

    5/8/2017 1:01:55 AM, by ALIHIKES

    I returned to hike the trails at Kah-Nee-Tah today, and I am so glad I went back. Golden bee plants were blooming all over the painted hills canyon!!! Golden bee plants seem to love the red clay soil. They have a short blooming season, and here in Central Oregon we don't see them often. The flowers ... Read more

  • 5/7

    5/7/2017 7:17:00 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    Yesterday was Marathon Day for my show. I love seeing the kids succeed and get better... but I am sad that I don't really think I make much of a difference to them or frankly, to the world. I am usually seen as a patsy... someone to walk all over and then to be forgotten. I am still doing everyth... Read more

  • Wake up call

    5/7/2017 12:44:16 PM, by CATHYMARIE2014

    With my weight loss j ourney , my goal is also to get my diabetes into remission. Well, yesterday I had a wake up call and a health scare. I went to get my eyes checked, and I now have to go see an opthamologist, because the doctor found a little bleeding behind my eye due to diabetes. ... Read more

  • Tam-A-Lau Trail: Challenging hike!

    5/6/2017 1:13:14 AM, by ALIHIKES

    H, Barbara and I hike the Tam-A-Lau trail above Lake Billy Chinook (in Central Oregon) today. It was a beautiful but challenging hike, about 8 miles with a healthy elevation gain. The weather was comfortable (about 60 degrees F) and the spring wildflowers were blooming. Tam-A-Lau means "place o... Read more

  • Let's Be Honest Here...

    5/5/2017 5:35:32 PM, by TAMYTOO

    I don't know that I'm ever really going to lose the weight. I try, then I stop. I get motivated, then I stop. I want to, I really do, but can't keep myself motivated. 198 I'm not consistently on Spark People, to say the least. Oh, I have at least a dozen excuses of why I can't seem to make... Read more

  • 5/5

    5/5/2017 1:50:08 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    I have been working tons and have not had time for food prep. My husband, who is never home to eat dinner with me, complains that I am not making food. Whatever! I eat alone most of time and sometimes need to through out food because it goes to waste before I can eat it. Anyway, being this busy is h... Read more

  • Sunshine and better mood

    5/4/2017 2:27:02 PM, by CATHYMARIE2014

    Finally some sunshine here in Oregon! A little too warm for me, but I am not going to complain after it has been so cold and gray here. I think of things that I am doing for my health , and I am at that point in my journey I will do whatever is neccessary no matter how long it takes to be in go... Read more

  • 5/3

    5/3/2017 8:05:07 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    Today I was a sub again. I stopped at the store on the way to work and got a salad, some raspberries and a a fruit smoothie. I also tried a couple nut protien bars. I really shouldn't be drinking my calories, not should I be eating protien bars. Small problem. I had no time to make breakfast or... Read more

  • How have I been?

    5/3/2017 9:44:33 AM, by CATHYMARIE2014

    How am I? Well to be honest I am not sure. I have been gaining weight instead of losing it, I am trying to de stress myself but guess what that stresses me out even more!! I think I need professional help and go to see my counselor again. My husband lost his job last week, in 22 years of ma... Read more

  • Still loosing

    5/3/2017 1:00:31 AM, by BLOUWHITE

    Although the scale numbers are slowly moving down, I'm glad to say I haven't given up. My size 16's are getting crazy loose so I'm very happy about. So even though there have been hiccups along the way with more to come progress is being made at the same 9... Read more

  • Two Great Hikes! (and reality check ...)

    5/2/2017 8:32:27 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I enjoyed two great hikes this week. H and I hiked the loop trail at Wychus Creek Nature Preserve. Views down to the canyon were great. And we could look west to the Cascade Mountains. The Three Sisters are below. Wildflowers were blooming. Oregon grape, our state flo... Read more

  • Forgotten Treasures in the Closet

    5/1/2017 9:13:11 PM, by SPICY23

    Looking back through some prior posts I found this observation: I have been 'noticing' thoughts I have about my meals and food choices and how they relate to my subsequent behavior. I am finding I am doing a lot of 'judging' about adequacy and satisfaction in particular. For example, 'it's only... Read more

  • 5/1

    5/1/2017 10:43:23 AM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    April showers bring May flowers. I wish. I'm not feeling it today. I feel as alone as ever. I can't really bring myself to write 5 things I like about me like the doctor said. I really can't think of anything. All I really see is my worth is little. I am only valuable to God. My husband has ... Read more

  • Finding Strength After Mental/Emotional/Psycholo
    gical Abuse

    4/30/2017 12:04:32 PM, by YANKEEINENGLAND

    Wow! This is really hard, admitting to myself that I have been emotionally, mentally and psychologically battered. I really tend to blame myself for most everything that goes wrong. I have felt it's all my fault -- I am not lovable, not worth being loved, I don't do things in the right way, I thi... Read more

  • Roots, stems or leaves

    4/30/2017 11:04:16 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Roots stay and give suport and nourishment. .. Stems/ branches are there as long as they get something from you, ... Leaves leave when the wind blows. If we figure our "friends" it becomes easier to know who is meant to stay and who will leave. ... We should live life with no expectations and then... Read more

  • 4/29

    4/29/2017 11:12:47 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    It has been a long couple of days. I had tech day for my current show. That mean I worked all day yesterday on getting ready. I even missed acupuncture because I was distracted by painting the set, setting lights and sound cues and setting up all the sound needed for the show. My co-worker hasn'... Read more

  • Positives About Me

    4/29/2017 5:57:43 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    The Aspire & Inspire Team has been focusing on being positive this month so our task was to blog about positive things about ourselves. I wasn't sure what to include so I turned to my daughter and asked her what she thinks my positive qualities are. This is Stephanie's list. ... Read more

  • Pick a Tough Challenge

    4/29/2017 1:16:34 AM, by ALIHIKES

    SparkCoach suggested picking a tough challenge (not necessarily fitness or diet related) and plan steps to meet the challenge. My challenge for right now is financial -- I want to gain control of my budget, I’m finding it more challenging than I thought to live within my perfectly adequate retiremen... Read more

  • 4/27

    4/27/2017 3:10:28 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    Yesterday started early and ran late. I didn't have time to pee, let alone blog. I got lunch late. My friend was kind and got me a salad for dinner. Yesterday and today my stomach is hurling. Nothing is moving the way it is suppose to. I have a headache and I still have periods of being dizzy.... Read more

  • Health Isues

    4/27/2017 3:17:55 AM, by BECKY672

    192 =171 24 Hi, I know it's been a while since I have been on.... I had started to do sit ups since the last blog, ...unfortunately I had noticed a lot of pain in abdomen on my right side, ...first Dr.(Nurse Practioner) thought it was kidney stones, when ft scan done, there was not anythin... Read more

  • Great Basin National Park

    4/26/2017 2:02:50 PM, by ALIHIKES

    The final destination of our Southwest trip was Great Basin National Park in Nevada. This park is at a fairly high elevation (7,000 - over 10,000 ft; or 2,000 to 3,000 meters). We changed our plans to camp at one of the beautiful campgrounds because it was pouring rain the night we arrived, and the ... Read more

  • 4/25

    4/25/2017 9:54:17 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    Feel awful today. Verigo. nausia. Still had to work. Don't really feel like eating or pretty much anything. Don't really feel any hope today. Always alone. No one is ever home and yet I am accused of never being home. Alone is this eating thing. Bet noone eats what I made for dinner today. ... Read more

  • Back on the Saddle

    4/25/2017 7:30:50 PM, by CHELSEYG29

    Towards the end of last year I was doing so good, I had lost 30lbs and was on my way to a healthier me but then life happened and I lost focus. Story of my life, excuse of my life! There are dozens of reasons I could give, changing job tasks, buying a house, hectic life and on and on. Truth is that ... Read more

  • Antelope Canyon, Cedar Breaks road, and Parowan Gap

    4/25/2017 2:54:19 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Our trip to the Southwest continued, with glorious weather and new destinations. I had never been to Antelope Canyon (on the Navaho reservation, near Page Arizona). It was stunningly beautiful -- but very crowded, with groups led by Navaho guides. The canyon is very narrow. We paid a $10 extra for a... Read more

  • 4/24

    4/24/2017 10:49:21 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    I am tired today. I worked a s sub and then came home to teach voice. I asked #5 to help by putting spaghetti squash in the oven... it didn't happen. I asked her to help unload the dishwasher... it didn't happen. #4 was too busy with her stuff to be helpful too. sigh. Now I have eaten dinner la... Read more

  • Canyon de Chelly

    4/24/2017 12:28:20 PM, by ALIHIKES

    After Chaco Canyon, we traveled to Canyon de Chelly, another beautiful site with many Anasazi cliff houses and rock art. Canyon de Chelly is located on the Navaho reservation, and visitors can view sites from the canyon rim, hike on one designated trail (to White House ruin), or access many more sit... Read more

  • 4/23

    4/23/2017 10:16:13 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    Today is Sunday. I have so much to do to get ready for my week because I am subbing for 3 days and I tech a show at the end of the week. Planning for food is impossible because I have much to do and no help. I made a huge pot of lentil soup today and I am hoping it will last me most of the week b... Read more

  • Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon

    4/23/2017 2:52:26 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Mesa Verde in New Mexico is the most famous of the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) -- I think I will use the name that is used at each location rather than double naming this ancestral tribe!) sites. It is both a national park and a world heritage site. The cliff dwellings are well preserved, but they ... Read more

  • Are you awake yet?

    4/23/2017 10:41:34 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Tried to take a nap yesterday after our trip to the big city. Buster Brown was so happy to have us home. He will soon be six months old. And goes in for his "big boy" surgery on Tuesday. Buster and Leroy Brown are getting along so much better. And they are very thankful for the better weather t... Read more

  • Nine Mile Canyon and House on Fire ruin

    4/23/2017 12:58:30 AM, by ALIHIKES

    I just got back from two weeks traveling in the Southwest with my friend Deb. It was a great vacation. The weather was beautiful, and we enjoyed hiking and visiting archeological sites. I was very grateful that the pains in my legs subsided (the pain was a side effect from medication). I flew ... Read more

  • 4/22

    4/22/2017 11:32:01 PM, by 2TIRED2BTIRED

    Today was a long day. I am still not sleeping well because I hurt. The aching and throbbing in my legs and hips wakes me in the night. I can't find a comfy place to lay. Today It took me an hour to get out of bed and take a shower. I was 10 minutes late to the chiropractor and didn'tget to eat ... Read more

  • Cake!

    4/22/2017 8:06:54 PM, by AMYISSUCCEEDING

    I have been craving Cake ALL day long but have not given into it. We grew up having cake for breakfast and let me tell you it's not easy. I go to my yoga class and I find myself thinking about cake. We had potluck on Tuesday and I just never went to it. We had another potluck at bible stud... Read more