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  • Come-on body I don't want surgery

    10/2/2014 10:35:53 AM, by W0RLDFLAME

    Ok now I am truly discouraged .. The first week I lost 6 pounds which was encouraging.. I thought you know that meant I could actually lose weight. I have one day a week that is a cheat day.. But I have been watching what I am eating and exercising as much as I can ( average about an hour and 5 ... Read more

  • What Went - Wednesday

    10/1/2014 10:15:08 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    I had better sleep last night. I did start to ramp up in pain once I was lying down but immediately got out the ice and that helped. Paradoxically, I've been more tired today - maybe my body figured out that this sleep thing is pretty good. Today was fairly normal. We got through our chore... Read more

  • Wednesday

    10/1/2014 4:26:32 PM, by PICKIE98

    Another early long day at work today.. I started to get the nerve pain but i raced through my tasks and got home before it hit again. I am so blessed I did not get it!! I really wanted to do a epsom slats soak,but I had errands to run. I stopped at my church to check and see if they had mo... Read more

  • Are you a VICTOR or a VICTIM?

    10/1/2014 12:24:12 PM, by MJ-SHE-BEAST

    Thirteen weeks from today we will see the end of 2014. Three months from now, millions will be proclaiming the following: "I'm going to lose weight this year!" "I'm going to quit smoking!" "I'm going to get fit this yea... Read more

  • Losing weight for good

    10/1/2014 12:12:13 PM, by SVAN13MARTINS

    Well, the overeating has caught up with me. I've gained 1.4 pounds in about 3 weeks. My trainer says it's water, but I beg to differ. Usually water weight is about 2 pounds for me. And I've not been going to the gym or working out at home. I worked out only twice in two weeks. Guess when? When ... Read more

  • Maintaining...

    9/30/2014 7:58:24 PM, by CZESTES

    Two months of actually maintaining under my belt. Sure I have had up and down days, but over all it has been a success. So proud of myself for sticking with it and keeping focused. I can do this!!! ... Read more

  • Exactly what does a dog see?

    9/30/2014 6:41:31 PM, by IMAVISION

    & for checking this out. If you have ever been curious about what dogs see, this will afford excellent insight on that matter. As... Read more

  • I am trying to get into the Halloween mood. It is such a fun holiday!

    9/30/2014 5:27:42 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Which witch are you?

    9/30/2014 4:59:08 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Tuesday

    9/30/2014 3:46:23 PM, by PICKIE98

    Well, no eat-out-treat yesterday,,he was in a hurry because somebody was treating him to dinner later. He lives 30 minute drive from here and was itching to get back home. I did not clean the floors then and had planned to do it today as an alternative. Skip that idea.. I had another very b... Read more

  • Very Tough Night, Hopefully Not so Tough Day

    9/30/2014 1:37:58 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    I got up at 2 am in so much pain that I could not stand to lie down anymore. Dh (who works swing shift) was still up but even though he's an RN, there really wasn't anything he or anyone else for that matter could do. I had already taken two (compatible) RX pain meds. It hurt so much that I actua... Read more

  • Botox for Migraines TOTAL SUCCESS!!

    9/30/2014 9:46:15 AM, by MISSA526

    They moved my botox up to Friday and my insurance covered the total cost!! I have fibromyalgia so I knew it would hurt but , man, I didn't expect the number of injections! 30 injections all over my face, hairline, nape of neck, neck, and trapezious (i spelled that horribly wrong lol). So much pain ... Read more

  • No wonder women "do it all."

    9/30/2014 8:42:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is from MEN'S HEALTH MAGAZINE. YEAH! "Go through Morgenstern's four Ds: delete, delay, diminish, and delegate. Delete: Eliminate the things you really don't need to do. There's little chance your boss will take "I was wrapped up in Sports Center" as an acceptable excuse for being tardy. ... Read more

  • Bogging Myself Down

    9/29/2014 10:46:59 PM, by YAKIRA_AVIGAYIL

    Sometimes, I allow myself to get bogged down in daily occurances in life. Then I don't take care of myself like I should. For example, we brought my mom home from the hospital last week (after 3 1/2 weeks at the hospital). Then we had the home health nurse out a couple of times and the physical ther... Read more

  • What Went - Monday

    9/29/2014 10:19:42 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Today was our first day of school. Lest you get all confused, we homeschool and can set our own schedule. We had done school through the end of July and took August and September off. We had a lovely first day. Dd who is now in 7th grade and has learning disabilities is now on grade level for ev... Read more

  • Getting to know each other..please copy and paste and put in your answers!

    9/29/2014 7:44:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    Your go to chewing gum flavor…BUBBLE GUM--I get things flavored like this--toothpaste--those round lollipops---mouthwash at the dentist... Best time of the year... Fall Leaves are lovely and bushes and flowers are the biggest they will be all year. Roses, mums, annuals, ........... Read more

  • Day 51 countdown. New chiropractor asked "What are you eating?"

    9/29/2014 6:54:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    The New chiropractor asked "What are you eating?" I could have given her SP Food Tracker pages for days and days! In fact I will do that. Won't she be surprised! She asked if I eat processed foods. I guess she thinks I eat chips and dips and muffins and McDonald's of... Read more

  • Starting a new outlook...

    9/29/2014 3:48:14 PM, by CZESTES

    I've always been "one of the boys" and had eating disorders. It was an absolute insult when people called me a "tiny girl" or "little girl." Yesterday, my husband looked at me and said he had forgotten that I was such a "tiny girl." For the first time, I took that as a wonderful compliment. Ov... Read more

  • Monday

    9/29/2014 3:24:07 PM, by PICKIE98

    I hate when I am scheduled to work at 5 am MOnday. That being said, it was a good day, lots of smiles and joking. My walking is done there, at least 10,000 steps, plus 99% of my cardio. I never stop, or sit down except my half hour break halfway through my day. I was supposed to come hom... Read more

  • Day 29 of 45X45

    9/29/2014 1:12:50 PM, by JILLYBEAN3628

    Just a quick blurb to shout out my 6.8 weight loss this week! I had what I thought was a pretty rough week...but my body was all like, "No problem, I got this." Looking forward to another rough week if that's what it takes to get rid of the pounds! Read more

  • hmm.. lets see..

    9/29/2014 12:29:16 AM, by AUTUMSUN

    I wake up at 6 am to go to work (on the few days that I work a month at a reg job).. Mind you I'm a receptionist at a Park/Resort.. My housekeeper didn't come in, nor did she call to let me know she wasn't coming in.. so I wait.. and wait.. An hour goes by and she doesn't show. So I had no choice t... Read more

  • My Earthly Reward

    9/29/2014 12:03:08 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Last night I treated myself for losing 5 pounds by buying two shirts at Talbots. It was supposed to be a treat for losing 10 pounds and it was supposed to be only one shirt but apparently I have instant gratification issues! Actually the reason I did it now is because I got a really good deal. I ... Read more

  • Can I hide inside forever

    9/28/2014 10:36:58 PM, by W0RLDFLAME

    I have never been called such nasty names simply for reacting to a situation.. I asked Doug not to go and defend my honor. But for the first time in 8 months I decided to try and walk the 10 minutes to the store and I asked my daughter to go with me.. In the 3 years we have lived here and she has wa... Read more

  • Rawr :)

    9/28/2014 5:08:45 PM, by W0RLDFLAME

    Woohoo to getting stronger. I went out today and bought some new walking shoes since I wore mine out.. Got on my treadmill and did 45 minutes at a speed of 3.0 and an incline of about 1.5. The real point to this post is that I only had to stop once and stretch my lower back. With how ... Read more

  • Decorating...

    9/28/2014 1:57:45 PM, by CZESTES

    First the gripes... 1. Why did I put the Halloween decorations in the back of the shed? Had to move everything out in order to get to them. 2. Why are they so heavy this year? I swear there is a dead body in at least one of the large containers. 3. Keep driving there is nothing to see here... Read more

  • Loss, acceptance, and Engaging.

    9/28/2014 1:47:59 PM, by RACHAELANN810

    I really hit a wall as Sept seems to be the month of losses for me. Years back My grandmother, my Uncle passed at a time I was truly appreciating who they were. My father and I have not communicated in a year (another type of loss) and now, a friend has died. On top of that I started a new career I ... Read more

  • Misconceptions

    9/28/2014 8:53:39 AM, by PICKIE98

    I feel the need to reiterate about yesterday's blog. I was whining about the pharmacist,but the real problem is the insurance company. They will only pay for any Rx if it is in one month increments! The Rx was filled according to doc's order,which was the same as before, when I was getting three... Read more

  • A good day!

    9/27/2014 9:48:26 PM, by CZESTES

    Went to a Reptile Expo today. Got there too early and took a walk around the convention center parking lots and the parking lots to the ballpark. Then walked around the convention center where my daughter fell in love and had to purchase a Veiled Chameleon and 3 Crested Geckos. Oh they were too a... Read more

  • easier the last couple of days

    9/27/2014 5:05:46 PM, by W0RLDFLAME

    Last week was rough. No matter what I did I was just hungry. I know why.. Darn hormones. the last 3 days however are back to normal and I have more energy as well. So I got my bike ride in today 6 miles and my legs are burning. I can't wait till I can go 25 miles.. But I am on my wa... Read more

  • reenne

    9/27/2014 12:18:03 PM, by REENNE

    I'm back and i;m going for it... Read more

  • The Plan for Saturday

    9/27/2014 11:59:24 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    So much pain last night. Is it just because my chiropractor is out of town and so I wasn't able to get adjusted again? Is it because I did that very light 12 min. chair workout? My abs are pretty sore from my workout so I suppose I should expect at least some of my back muscles to be sore from it... Read more

  • Dentist and car repair today.....

    9/27/2014 11:34:49 AM, by TEDDYTEDDY

    The car work will be over $1000 and who knows how much at the dentist... Problem with gums which may have been aggravated by new night guard that does not fit right. Jaw pain, ear pains and headaches continue virtually nonstop for about a month. Hope to get some relief soon. ... Read more

  • Looking back at my history and my SP history

    9/27/2014 10:49:13 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am a really slow learner! I joined SP in 2008. I had been a member of several web sites a little like this before. There a few out there. You can join and chat with friends to help yourself focus on health. But then I found SPARKPEOPLE I couldn't believe how much help there is here. I was very hap... Read more

  • Streak

    9/27/2014 9:31:56 AM, by NATNOEL

    I am going to start a streak of getting all my water in . I am not great at drinking water and I need to change that. So today is day 1 of my streak I am going to keep until we leave for our vacation to London which is in 28 days ! The scale is not moving and since the food I eat 99% of the ... Read more

  • Super cleaning Saturday!

    9/27/2014 7:36:21 AM, by PICKIE98

    Up and at 'em for cleaning day.. DD and I made the rounds yesterday after work: First to Kroger to pick up one Rx. With the new insurance, they will only pay for one month at a time, so for the EIGHT Rx's I have, I will be constantly there picking them up! Pharmacist initially charged me a co... Read more

  • 100 Miles Challenge

    9/26/2014 7:51:06 PM, by AZULVIOLETA6

    At the end of July, a friend asked me to participate in the #August100MileChallenge. It is a program geared toward runners, and the goal is, obviously, to go 100 miles in a month. Since I cannot run any significant distance due... Read more

  • Friend feed question about workouts

    9/26/2014 7:25:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    Apparently when we reclassify a workout, that does not register on the friend feed. Am I right. I get lots of unspecified workouts when I had changed them to, for example, water aerobics. Just wondering. No biggie! chris... Read more

  • Strange Cravings

    9/26/2014 7:21:31 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    I am craving seaweed. And eggs. And cream cheese. I had cream cheese California rolls today which gave me two out of three. ;) I don't know if this is a coincidence or not but I got these cravings after going gluten free again. My back is sore today but doing ok. I was either full-hardy, b... Read more

  • DAY 54 count down. Some successes with planning meals.

    9/26/2014 5:07:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just copied 4 days of meals from this week to next week! It was so easy on the Nutrition Tracker. Of course right now those next 4 days are exactly the same. Still, it gives me something to work with that I can tweak. This is a major breakthrough. chris... Read more

  • Fitness Tracking, Really???

    9/26/2014 3:39:46 PM, by CZESTES

    How in the world do you track your day? Some of my "activites," I can't even figure out how to track. When I go places and run up and down the stairs, I time myself and put in a stair stepper, but that isn't really accurate. You burn different calories according to foot work, but some stairs make... Read more

  • Just Like Sugar

    9/26/2014 8:53:10 AM, by WINACHST

    I was read a blog, Forks and Beans, and was learning about the different substitutions to make for vegan baking. Great guide, very informative for what to use for dairy, egg and gluten-free flours. When I came to the guide for the sugar alternatives comment section, someone mentioned this product, J... Read more

  • Sunbreaks

    9/25/2014 9:12:08 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Living in a rainy climate, sunbreaks are important. They are also important in a stormy life. My back is slowly getting better. I've been going daily to the chiropractor and I'm finally able to stop taking pain relievers around the clock. This weekend is the real test though - the chiropra... Read more

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    9/25/2014 8:27:40 PM, by CZESTES

    People tell me I have OCD. Yes, I am sure it is funny when I go to a seminar or training and have multi-colored pens and highlighters with all of them in a specific order, but my notes are easier to read. Sure, my doctors love me to visit since I put all of their magazines away in alphabetical and... Read more

  • NO NERVE PAIN TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9/25/2014 5:46:57 PM, by PICKIE98

    Praise my Creator, no nerve pain today,, just the regular old other stuff.. At about the same time as usual at work, it started to feel like my groin was on fire, but only for about a minute. Whew!! A good work day, beautiful weather and I just paid a pile of bills.. Hoping the weekend lets m... Read more

  • DAY 55 countdown Getting the hang of this food plan

    9/25/2014 7:10:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    Things have gotten easier. Rotating foods every 4 days presents challenges for sure! And having substitutions for wheat,rye,oats! And having substitutions for dairy foods! And having substitutions for eggs because eggs are only once every 4 days. Hopefully by Day 1 (from 90!) I will be abl... Read more

  • Time flies...

    9/24/2014 11:31:03 PM, by CZESTES

    The year is so close to being over. So much to do and so little time. I made my weight loss goal, but haven't even began planning out the holidays. I must plan everything carefully, or all of the good health improvements will be lost. My baking must be done and out of the house before my husband... Read more

  • Wednesday

    9/24/2014 4:17:03 PM, by PICKIE98

    An absolutely beautiful day here. In the low 70's , sunny,, great weather. I did have yet another nerve pain thingie,, same time at work,,it seems to hit at about the same time everyday,but my job is extremely routine and standing on the concrete floors is what is doing it. I never have them at ho... Read more

  • Wow, where'd that come from??

    9/24/2014 2:36:31 PM, by AUTUMSUN

    I dunno what it is.. today I woke up feeling crappy.. but I started getting my errands done, and got online to do some BB work, when all of a sudden I get this burst of motivation, and positivity! I'm super pumped right now and I feel like I can do ANYTHING!! Wish every day was like this, but my non... Read more

  • Spring Herb Dressing on the cute cuke thingys in my last blog.

    9/24/2014 1:51:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    This was a recipe from my last blog. It is so beautiful! I was curious about the white creamy dollop. It is Spring Herb Dressing. Spring Herb Dressing Ingredients 1 avocado 3 tbsp water 2 tbsp tahini 2 tbsp l... Read more

  • How to sprout your own chia seedlings to eat.

    9/24/2014 1:42:27 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • It was so easy to dry my own mint! Wish I had done this years ago.

    9/24/2014 8:07:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    Here are some internet pictures. I did not do it exactly like all the pictures show. I just dried it on paper towels for a few days. Ideas: ... Read more

  • Healthy changes

    9/23/2014 11:29:19 PM, by CZESTES

    The point on my weight loss had nothing to do with looks and everything to do with becoming healthy. I was merely looking to become healthier, get the diabetes under control, try to lower pain, yadda yadda. What I have now is a slimmer physique, more energy, long healthy hair, long healthy nails,... Read more

  • My Son is Good for Me

    9/23/2014 9:33:22 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Pain = cravings for soft carby foods. My 17 year old son wanted a salad for dinner. I drove to the grocery store just five minutes away and we both chose salads. I did have a little bit of sushi on the side. I've been doing gluten free in a probably vain attempt to lower some of the inflammation... Read more

  • Delicious! Spaghetti squash mixed with marinated artichokes!

    9/23/2014 5:07:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    Spaghetti squash mixed with marinated artichokes! My new eating plan is forcing me to combine foods in different ways, This combination was a great success. I j... Read more

  • What's Going - Tuesday

    9/23/2014 4:39:07 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    I've stopped talking. I've obviously not stopped typing. Can I just communicate with my family by text today? Talking takes too much out of me right now. Yesterday afternoon and evening I kept alternating ice packs. Last night I broke out the muscle relaxant. I can't be responsible for kid... Read more

  • Tuesday

    9/23/2014 2:58:03 PM, by PICKIE98

    A beautiful day here, weather wise.. almost 70 degrees and sunny!! I thank you all for concern and suggestions. I will say that I drank some chamomile tea, then room-temp sprite, a few sips, then Tums, gas-X later.. finally,after all of that and some indelicate belching, I felt a little be... Read more

  • You can eat the sprouts on chia pets! Who knew!

    9/23/2014 2:17:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    The article says: And one more note about Chia Pets. Even though Chia seeds are too sticky for conventional sprouting jars, they do sprout very easily when spread out on earthenware. The Mexicans have long made earthenware in the ... Read more

  • Side effects of chia seeds-who knew!

    9/23/2014 2:05:22 PM, by CTUPTON

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    gspot.ca/ I have not had a problem--so far. But I have a tablespoon once every 4 days at most. chris... Read more

  • DAY 57 countdown--chia banana pudding, learning how to save recipes for DAY 1,2,3,4

    9/23/2014 1:52:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    Breakfast:chia seeds, frozen banana, cinnamon, coconut milk. Saved as a group so I can easily enter this on future day ones (of 4). Slowly I am making it easy to follow the 4 day elimination/rotation eating plan. It is working. I am feeling more alert and have fewer food cravings and the scale ... Read more

  • Update on P.T., etc.

    9/23/2014 1:05:26 PM, by SVAN13MARTINS

    Well, went to physical therapy. I didn't realize that P.T. would actually HURT!!! LOL. Oh well. Working on keeping my calories under control today. Yesterday I ate my entire BMR, or about 2100 calories. Ack! The physical therapist said that the leg curl machine and leg extension machine are ... Read more

  • Toe injury

    9/23/2014 6:44:45 AM, by MISSA526

    I fell of the bed (long story, don't ask) and managed to rip off the top half of my toenail . so know I;min a bit of a situation. I don;t know how I'm going to exercise! We have an elliptical atgvg ves I can do, but I have no clue what to do for aerobics. I don't have a bicycle. walking... Read more

  • Mirrors

    9/22/2014 11:06:18 PM, by CZESTES

    I HATE mirrors! Absolutely despise them. No matter what my age is or what size I am, the image I see peering back at me is NOT a healthy image. I know it is just in my head, my measurements, the scale, and clothes have proven that I am no longer 200+ pounds. So I ignore the mirror. For a health... Read more

  • What's Going - Monday

    9/22/2014 9:17:27 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    I went back to the chiropractor today. I had e-mailed him again over the weekend explaining things more in depth and from a more personal point of view. My first e-mail had been an FYI on the procedure. This one was a "I'm hurt and angry and this is why" e-mail. It helped a lot. He told me toda... Read more

  • sooooo hungry

    9/22/2014 5:43:24 PM, by W0RLDFLAME

    /cry i can't seem to stop eating today.. I really hope I don't end up gaining the weight back that I lost.. Gotta wait till next week to start exercising hard again. Even with all the food I have eaten and liquid I have had to drink. I am still hungry.. Stomach growling etc... Not jus... Read more

  • Found a substitute for tapioca! Chia seeds!

    9/22/2014 4:30:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    Apparently I have a food sensitivity to tapioca. I love it. I don't eat it all that often but I would miss it. Chia seeds should be soaked in water or milk to make a gelatin. Pudding can be made from this goo! SP have quite a few... Read more

  • strange feeling

    9/22/2014 3:11:15 PM, by PICKIE98

    I went to work today, did have the nerve pain as the same time..but continued to work, walked it off as best I cold. Took my break, went home and showered... Sat in chair watching Teresa Caputo that DD recorded for me last night.. I then fell asleep in the chair for an hour,,but when I awoke,... Read more

  • DAY 58 countdown Buckwheat pancakes, delay shoulder surgery, etc.

    9/22/2014 12:58:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    Buckwheat Pancake makeover fit into my ALCAT eating plan! I have not been having such great meals. So I am now focusing on how to put together more tasty meals within the eating plan. I did a recipe makeover and saved it as DAY 4 Makeover Buckwheat Pancakes. Next time I want to use t... Read more

  • Broke the barrier

    9/22/2014 10:06:29 AM, by LOOSELINKS

    I haven't posted for a long time due to illness, etc. but I can now report that I have broken the 140 barrior . AS of today, I weigh 138 on my way to my 135 goal.... Read more

  • How did you lose the weight?

    9/21/2014 11:42:17 PM, by CZESTES

    Everyone asks, but few people like the answer. It seems most people want to hear of a magic pill, surgery, tea, or some easy way to lose weight. The answer isn't so easy. Even if there was a magic pill, it wouldn't last. It takes a complete relearning of how to eat, listening to your body, and r... Read more

  • Fear of change... I will kick you in the butt!!

    9/21/2014 7:59:48 PM, by CTTAGENT

    Have you ever found that you are needing a change in something in your life, but every time you think of something it just does not seem quite right? Then you found something that really attracted you and decided to go for it, even though the whole process was scary, and was going to take a year? ... Read more

  • What's Going - Sunday

    9/21/2014 6:52:12 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    It's only 3:45 so I still have a ways to go for Sunday to be over. But I'm typing this now in an attempt to get my head on straight. The back pain isn't going away. In fact, I'd say that today is a bit worse. Possibly because I walked a lot yesterday? Do you know what I'd really really li... Read more

  • Gluten free and/or Low Carb

    9/21/2014 12:26:48 PM, by YAKIRA_AVIGAYIL

    I really do wish that Sparkpeople would add a gluten free meal plan to their meal plans or even a low carb plan. I really need to eat both and would love to use their meal plans. Does anyone else eat gluten free or low carb and use their meal plans?... Read more

  • Life goes on...

    9/21/2014 11:34:44 AM, by TEDDYTEDDY

    Still headachy. Hard to say cause. This past week had a migraine,1st in over a year. Jaw still hurts, sinuses are bothering to fall pollen allergies. Seeing neurologist this week and will ask if any of these symptoms are neurologic. Walking and standing are causing severe back pain and burni... Read more

  • Another rainy day,,Sunday

    9/21/2014 6:21:40 AM, by PICKIE98

    I was pretty tired from yesterday, fell asleep in the chair reading mail.. I DID mix up the dishwasher soap recipe that CATUT gave me,, I just checked the dishes I had in the dishwasher: a couple plates had what looked like soot on them,, residue form the water I am guessing,,have not checked the cu... Read more

  • Happy Sunday / Update

    9/21/2014 5:30:28 AM, by SVAN13MARTINS

    Chugging right along. Nothing new to report, really. Trying to keep my calories around 1200 or so for yesterday and today. Going to strength train today. Hip and all. I'm going to use the leg curl machine and leg extension machine and calf machine today. I figure, what can that do to the hip/ side o... Read more

  • What Went - Saturday

    9/20/2014 11:47:58 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Dd and I went out for a nice lunch. A nice lunch at a nicer restaurant is so much easier to keep healthy with access to healthy vegetables and cooking methods. I then took her shopping for some pants. Shopping with her so easy because all she has to worry about is if she likes the style, color an... Read more

  • Yep, I know, I see you laughing...

    9/20/2014 9:54:46 PM, by W0RLDFLAME

    I know that a big lady like me peddling really fast on my little bike looks funny to you; but at least I am doing something about it because I refuse to give up and leave surgery as my only option... ( not looking down on anyone who has had it and I know quite a few, I just don't want to have surger... Read more

  • TA DA

    9/20/2014 6:09:30 PM, by CZESTES

    I actually went pant shopping and more surprising I bought 2 pairs of "Super Skinny" jeans and a pair of "skinny" crop pants. WOW. To top it off, a size 6 in one pair and size 8 in the others. Oh my, when was the last time I bought anything for me in a ... Read more

  • Saturday

    9/20/2014 2:09:34 PM, by PICKIE98

    My femoral nerve pain finally went away through the night, but I only got about four hours sleep, awake ever single hour. It is still very tender to the touch, but I am going to take the suggestion from a dear Sparker yesterday:Ice! A cool pack to it may help... DD and I went to the academ... Read more

  • Yeah! (A low energy person) I cleaned some clutter from the kitchen counter!

    9/20/2014 10:57:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yeah! I cleaned some clutter from the kitchen counter. Usually I find one or 2 things and run to that room to put a couple things away. Needless to say I get tired quickly. Today I used my labeled containers --one for each room. The clutter went into the labeled container. Now it is easy to pu... Read more

  • challenge update

    9/20/2014 5:11:37 AM, by FREEINGMYSELF3

    I just did my starting weigh in... 242... I lost 3 pounds from the week before. The goal is for 229 or lower at the end of the 8 weeks. Good luck everyone!... Read more

  • Straight up journal time..Today was a hard.

    9/19/2014 10:34:55 PM, by AUTUMSUN

    Yesterday I had gotten a call to come into work today. I normally work on the weekends ALONE in the office by myself. I haven't worked with anyone in almost 2 months.. so today was kinda nerve racking for me.. I suddenly felt all self conscience about my ability to perform my daily duties. It sta... Read more

  • What Went - Friday

    9/19/2014 8:49:07 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    I went back to the chiropractor today. I still have not made a decision on further treatment but I did need to see him in order to get more information. I embarrassed myself by crying again. And I was not able to verbally communicate all I wanted to. I find it much easier to deal with strong emo... Read more

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome / Random Thoughts

    9/19/2014 6:04:29 PM, by SVAN13MARTINS

    I saw my doctor today for the test results about Paget's disease of the bone. Briefly, my test results for a liver enzyme have indicated it might be this rare bone problem. Thankfully, after an x-ray and more blood tests, he determined that it is not the dreaded bone disease. Thank God. What i... Read more

  • DAY 61: What to do with a turnip?-- remember I rarely cook ...

    9/19/2014 5:53:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been reading here at SP about roasting vegetables. I peeled the turnip, cut it into cubes, coated it with olive oil--roasted it in my toaster oven. 400 degrees for 30 min. turning once. Delicious. Now I have cubed beets in the oven. chris ... Read more

  • Pain is back...

    9/19/2014 4:17:55 PM, by PICKIE98

    I was feeling great today, and suddenly about two hours before quitting time, my femoral nerve pain came back... lasted for an hour.. I tried to move my leg and foot to stop it.. finally they let me go home early, it subsided after about a half hour home,, now, three hours later, it is back,,just st... Read more

  • Feeling awful

    9/19/2014 1:57:25 PM, by CZESTES

    I feel awful having to do chair exercises today. This week has been awful with my lower back and headaches, but I have tried to push through. Lowered my exercise and shortened my walks, but today I am thinking I need more of a break. It's awful to be 43 years old and confined. I lost all of this... Read more

  • Doing Great!

    9/19/2014 12:40:24 PM, by SVAN13MARTINS

    Well, I have this "health coach" from my insurance company who calls about once a month. I was able to report 4 lbs lost during that month. It was actually about six weeks in between our conversations. I figured it out to be 0.7 pounds per week lost. It's not the one pound I want per week, but I rej... Read more

  • I did not quite understand this before.... oh....

    9/19/2014 8:43:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkamerica.com/ ... Read more

  • What Went - Thursday Part 2

    9/19/2014 1:42:57 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    One of the toilets is now clogged. A friend is not being very supportive. I have a splitting headache. I just discovered that my daughter got fingernail polish all over the kitchen sink and some of my dishes.... Read more

  • slow progress is still progress!

    9/18/2014 11:11:05 PM, by AUTUMSUN

    I have a few more posts in my challenge group.. and I'm thinking of signing up for the Beachbody (Coaching) Fall Classic. The only thing stopping me is we have to pair up in 2 person teams..and I'm so new I'm afraid no one will want to partner with me lol I feel like I'm in grade school again. I p... Read more

  • Fun at the Big E New England Exposition 2014--here is just a little of the circus

    9/18/2014 9:23:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not all of these were exactly what we saw. This is only the circus part of the Big E. There is lots more. ... Read more

  • What Went - Thursday

    9/18/2014 9:11:11 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Today was a bit of an stressful and emotional day. Nothing catastrophic but a lot of small to medium things going on. First, I took my daughter to the dentist for her scheduled fillings. They didn't have her scheduled. Fortunately they just had someone cancel so they could take her anyway, s... Read more

  • DAY 62 We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters

    9/18/2014 4:51:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am supposed to be getting better at following my ALCAT elimination/rotation eating plan. To remember the foods I am not supposed to eat --due to food sensitivities ( not allergies), these are the 2 mnemonics I am using. STOP VICE We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some ... Read more

  • Getting much colder!

    9/18/2014 3:16:39 PM, by PICKIE98

    Okay, this is not fun anymore!! People (not me!) wearing winter jackets, hurrying in from the weather!! It is cold, rainy, wet, windy,ugh! Still summer but late autumn weather!! Today is phone call day. You know how you find things that need to be done, but when yo think about them, it is pas... Read more

  • One thing Leads to Another

    9/18/2014 2:15:54 PM, by CLAYMACT

    Note to the reader: This blog is exceptionally long, but I believe worth reading. (That's why I wrote it). Who says you shouldn't cry over spilt milk? My journey starts as a young child. I am the oldest of seven children in seven years. My mom and dad made nine of us. There was always enou... Read more

  • Day 18 of 45X45 (Fibro)

    9/18/2014 1:19:40 PM, by JILLYBEAN3628

    I talk about my recent diagnosis and my plan of action.... Read more

  • So confused

    9/18/2014 2:46:16 AM, by CZESTES

    This post goes with yesterday. More reasons for me to hate clothes shopping. So, what in the world is up with the descriptions on jeans? I have looked at articles in regard to "the perfect pant for your body type." All of them said I should be in "curvy." Ok, I google jeans for curvy women... Read more

  • Created my first B.B Challenge group!!

    9/17/2014 11:02:43 PM, by AUTUMSUN

    Okay well the title says it all! I wasn't sure how to start it out at first.. like what I wanted it to be about. But after talking to some leads and finding out what they really NEEDED it all ended up coming together perfectly. Now I am doing two challenges in one technically. I have the big challen... Read more

  • Glory Days

    9/17/2014 10:37:32 PM, by JAMER123

    I have never been a millionaire, but I have enjoyed a great meal, a crackling fire, a glorious sunset, a walk with a friend, a hug from a child, a cup of soup, a kiss behind the ear. There are plenty of life's tiny delights for all of us. - Jack Anthony So true to my feelings. Every da... Read more