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  • Here comes another week

    10/24/2016 7:34:28 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Very busy with rental home at the moment. Come home so sore I can't do much but sleep. Also my heel doesn't seem to be getting much better even though I have cut way back on the walking.... Read more

  • 10/23/16 - Bedtime

    10/23/2016 11:09:18 PM, by GORDON66

    Fall has definitely arrived. I raked leaves for the first time this season. 465 Although November is right around the corner, it was 70 degrees this afternoon, and I spent over two hours in the yard. The yard waste container is overflowing. Since they were only $.98 each, I bought a cou... Read more

  • Worked till we dropped

    10/23/2016 5:59:22 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Cant do any more but the house is getting there.... Read more

  • 10/22/16 - Bedtime

    10/22/2016 7:59:30 PM, by GORDON66

    Since it was on sale, I bought a bag of kamut berries, so now I'm searching for recipes. Ancient grains would appear to be all the rage, because there are all sorts of varieties readily available. I've tried farro and liked it a lot. I'm betting that kamut is pretty similar. I'll report back. ... Read more

  • Motivation

    10/22/2016 4:01:22 PM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    #youcandoit #try #giveityourbest... Read more

  • Have a great Saturday

    10/22/2016 8:45:08 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    The weekend is here. Lots of hard work on the new house! I am worn out all ready but having fun. Many projects going on.... Read more

  • lots of exercise today

    10/21/2016 9:09:40 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Have a big project today so will get in lots of exercise.... Read more

  • fun day

    10/20/2016 7:52:34 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Yesterday exercised for 85 minutes, so feel like I'm back on track but the heel pain is still there.... Read more

  • 10/19/16 - Bedtime

    10/19/2016 8:24:49 PM, by GORDON66

    I finally remembered to charge my iPod, so I'll have music at the gym tomorrow. The answering machine on my new phone is picking up messages!!! I'm very happy about that, and I'm sure the people trying to reach me are thrilled too. EJ really, REALLY loves his cat tree. Until I moved it t... Read more

  • More control yesterday

    10/19/2016 9:06:57 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I have so many stressors at the moment it is very difficult... Read more

  • Im on a downward spiral

    10/18/2016 1:26:45 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Eating everything in site. Nothing more to say.... Read more

  • Pray

    10/18/2016 7:09:53 AM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    Credit:kandyisley... Read more

  • Fyi

    10/18/2016 7:08:42 AM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    My workout clothes are💯😂 Smile and ENJOY life☺... Read more

  • 10/17/16 - Bedtime

    10/17/2016 11:05:40 PM, by GORDON66

    This afternoon it was 80 degrees so I got out in the garden. I yanked out some tomato plants, pulled weeds, and picked tomatoes. Out of six, I had peppers on only one plant. Unfortunately, my neighbor got to them before I did. I found one he couldn't reach. After the fact, he told me he had pic... Read more

  • 10/16/16 - Bedtime

    10/16/2016 11:54:56 PM, by GORDON66

    Drove out to spend time with my aunt, the retired nun. We had lunch and talked about all sorts of things. She's my mother's sister, so I feel a special bond. Although I didn't get back home until after 4, I managed to get the grass cut. Sami and I watched the baseball game together. Act... Read more

  • Increase activity

    10/16/2016 5:53:57 PM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    My weekly average has ⬇ now it has to ⬆ for my 💪. I can do it☺... Read more

  • Saturday night

    10/16/2016 9:14:43 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    We were invited out to dinner last night and there were appetizers (two kinds), soup or salad, pasta, entree and dessert. The pork chops were as big as a small roast. It was very difficult. I had the tomato appetizer, a half of the soup, half the pasta and ordered ahi tuna which I could not finis... Read more

  • 10/15/16 - Bedtime

    10/16/2016 12:40:38 AM, by GORDON66

    I'm happy that Kristin is back as instructor for the Saturday morning strength class. This morning it was sprinkling and a bit dreary. By the time evening rolled around, the weather couldn't have been nicer. Of course, that was really important because there was a playoff game at Wrigley Fiel... Read more

  • Why eating a good breakfast will help you with weight lost

    10/15/2016 10:58:39 PM, by BOBP56

    I found this article on why eating a good breakfast will help you with your weight lost. So many of us today in our busy lives we can't always plan for a healthy breakfast. Maybe a quick bagel and specialize coffee's you say might work, or a stop at a fast food joint. Do you think you can maintain ... Read more

  • Saturday walk

    10/15/2016 8:47:06 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Not going to get to walk today and Im not that thrilled. My heel doesn't seem to be getting much better and I am impatient. Trying to do my best.... Read more

  • 10/14/16 - Bedtime

    10/14/2016 10:59:02 PM, by GORDON66

    I went to the hardware store today and bought five bags of birdseed; that's 100 pounds. One of the bags contains black oil sunflower seeds. I think they're already in birdseed mixes. I don't think I want to fill the entire feeder with the sunflower seeds, so I guess I'll add it to the other bags ... Read more

  • Been a long time

    10/14/2016 10:18:28 PM, by D_SMART1

    I cannot believe it has been over 8 years since I joined SparkPeople and over three since I last posted or used the site. These years have not been kind - or should I say I have not been kind to myself. I am at the heaviest I have ever been and MUST do something about it. Coming back here was... Read more

  • Looking forward to rain

    10/14/2016 9:51:47 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Heavy rain forecast for today, our first rain of the season. Im excited and it is helping with my disappointment over my foot and having to rest>... Read more

  • 10/13/16 - Bedtime

    10/13/2016 11:07:56 PM, by GORDON66

    Since it has gotten colder, I was able to wear my favorite denim jacket to work. The Michigan apples are finally available in the grocery store, so I had a red delicious with my lunch. Although they're not has shiny, they're tangier than the Washington State variety and have a wonderful flavor... Read more

  • Cold

    10/13/2016 9:38:23 AM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    I am heading to the gym to do cardio. My goal time is 45 mins.... Read more

  • UGH

    10/13/2016 9:16:13 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Had my foot looked at yesterday due to heel pain and I am to rest for one week!!!... Read more

  • Feeling Sore

    10/12/2016 10:08:30 PM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    I recently decided to implement working out back in my routine. I am sore because I am using muscles that haven't been used in a while. I am excited to join a gym without grunting, dropping weights, and etc. I rested today and will go back at it tomorrow. Wish me luck. 386... Read more

  • 10/12/16 - Bedtime

    10/12/2016 9:22:38 PM, by GORDON66

    Although it was raining, the birds were still jockeying for position at the feeder. It never occurred to me that they are out and about rain or shine. My aunt, the retired nun, invited me to Sunday dinner. It will be nice to see her again. Although it looked pretty grim, the Cubs pulled ... Read more

  • Some information on Fit bit type devices

    10/12/2016 3:56:03 PM, by BOBP56

    Everybody are buying these devices to help them lose weight. They are meant to keep track of your fitness, but you can't rely on them to lose weight. Check out this article I found.
    g-diet/ ... Read more

  • Late

    10/12/2016 9:22:12 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Getting a later start to day as I have been goofing off, a bath, reading emails, watching the news. I don't care! Feels great.... Read more

  • Working out day 3

    10/11/2016 1:30:48 PM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    So proud, I am trying to get back in my routine of working out. This is my day 3, I am excited. My workout goal is 4-5 times a week 30 - 45 mins then proceed to an hr then max time 1.5 mins. My exercise includes strength training and cardio. I am have a long way to go. I can do this and YOU can t... Read more

  • Off track yesterday

    10/11/2016 8:44:22 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I was going to meet a group of people at noon yesterday and fold, and stuff 2200 envelopes for church. Well some didn't show up and as a result it took to 3 to do half of them and we decided to complete the rest today. So I was completely off the grid for my plans as I was going to walk after I fi... Read more

  • 10/10/16 - Bedtime

    10/10/2016 9:42:42 PM, by GORDON66

    Opinions are like noses; everybody has one. For that reason, I decided not to get into a political discussion on Facebook. Yikes! Got up earlier. Hit the gym earlier. Finished earlier. Yippee!!! Bought broccoli crowns for $.29 a pound. Cool!!! Sweet dream everyone and go Cubs!!!... Read more

  • Two days off long walks

    10/10/2016 10:30:03 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I dialed back the step count to see if I could resolve the heel issue once and for all and it feels better today so Im going to go for a long walk.... Read more

  • Big week almost done

    10/9/2016 8:53:59 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Homecoming day was brutal. I am not talented at hair and makeup but we got through it and she looked lovely Her date picked her up and then I drove down to where they were getting group pictures. They were all freshman and it seemed to be fairly awkward for them but they were all so cute. I have... Read more

  • 10/8/16 - Bedtime

    10/9/2016 12:29:19 AM, by GORDON66

    Since the weather was so awful last Saturday, I got out today to take some photos of some cute little cheerleaders. They are in kindergarten and first and second grades. Very cute!! My car was almost running on empty, so I zoomed out of the house at about 6:10 PM to get gas and cat food. Tho... Read more

  • Feeling Great

    10/8/2016 1:13:01 PM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    I had a doctor's appointment on this past Thursday, 10-06-16. The doctor was so impressed with the way I care for myself because I am a diabetic and hypertension. My a1c (average of my blood sugar levels for past 3 months) is a 5.8. This is not bad considering 2 years ago it was 9.0 (which in my cas... Read more

  • Why is it so hard sometimes?

    10/8/2016 9:39:15 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Many articles about stress on SP. Control your stress, eliminate your stress, decrease your stress. Usually I can do ok with this but there are times when my husband is the biggest problem of all. It can be very difficult. He thinks he is a saint when he takes out the garbage and unloads the dis... Read more

  • Reminding myself of why I started

    10/7/2016 12:46:17 PM, by CHRISBEM

    I'm really struggling with trying to lose weight and to stay motivated. I kind of started this to help get my PCOS under control and to be at a healthier weight. I've had one success with the PCOS - my cycle has started back up again. But, now I have developed arthritis in my knees. I really nee... Read more

  • Weekend

    10/7/2016 9:37:52 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Yea, can't wait for this weekend to start... Read more

  • 10/6/16 - Bedtime

    10/6/2016 11:46:15 PM, by GORDON66

    I was in a bit of a panic. Instead of being on Fox or TBS, MLB Network is broadcasting the Cubs' Saturday night game. My cable subscription includes the channel! 244 Since I'm only in the office two days a week, I'm don't always know what's on the schedule, so it was a nice surprise to find ... Read more

  • Tired

    10/6/2016 10:30:15 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    So tired after staying up till midnight but Sir Paul McCartney was an amazing concert and worth this lethargy.... Read more

  • 105/16 - Bedtime/Gut check time

    10/5/2016 11:01:24 PM, by GORDON66

    I went to see my therapist today. When you have been clinically obese almost your entire life, seeing a therapist really helps. Anyway, I needed to talk to her about all the things that have happened over the last three weeks. First, I went to see my doctor. Since my last visit, I'm guessing... Read more

  • Opinions are like A-holes

    10/5/2016 8:35:52 AM, by NIKSMITH16

    This simple statement says so much and is so true. I really resonate with it. We all need to STOP believing what others think and say about us. Stop letting others kick us down, put us in the corner or let us feel anything but amazing about ourselves. Take control of our own emotions, take con... Read more

  • Everyday is so busy

    10/5/2016 7:24:20 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    It is getting harder to get the exercise in. Very busy week with homecoming, harvest festival for 7th grader. soccer, volleyball and now basketball conditioning has started for the 9th grader. That means some extra trips to school to pick them up as they don't make their usual rides home. By the ti... Read more

  • 10/4/16 - Bedtime

    10/5/2016 12:02:07 AM, by GORDON66

    For the last month or so, I've been finding excuses to avoid the gym on Tuesday evenings. Not tonight! 244 Truth to be told; there was only one can of cat food in the cabinet, and I needed to cash my pay check. The gym, Jewel, and the bank are all within a couple of blocks of each other, so it m... Read more

  • Busy Tuesday

    10/4/2016 9:36:16 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Lots of conflicts in schedule today, meetings, both kids who go to different schools have activities at the same time. I am going down to put chicken breasts and vegetables in crock pot and then I am going to walk!!!!! Have a good day everyone.... Read more

  • 10/3/16 - Bedtime

    10/3/2016 11:03:00 PM, by GORDON66

    Mary's cat, Lennon, is 15 and arthritic. Since he can no longer navigate his cat condo, she brought it over for Sami and EJ. They both thing it's pretty cool. Tried a new recipe, and I used tomatoes, zucchini, basil, and oregano fresh from the garden. It's a keeper! When we get a lot of... Read more

  • So thankful

    10/3/2016 10:06:00 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I am so thankful that my family is good and that I am able to be supported on my journey on SP. I have made small gains with my exercise and diet and I am thankful for that.... Read more

  • 10/2/16 - Bedtime

    10/2/2016 11:59:39 PM, by GORDON66

    I got a real kick out of watching a chipmunk's little cheeks expand as he stuffed peanuts in his mouth. 334 Picked some more tomatoes from the garden. 370 All the rain we've been having has made the lawn green again. Unfortunately, it also gave me more grass to cut. 379 Sweet drea... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    10/2/2016 5:31:33 PM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    #Sunday... Read more

  • Early Sunday morning

    10/2/2016 9:06:48 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I have a few minutes in the early morning every day now as it is still very dark when I wake up and I don't want to go walking until it is just a bit lighter outside, so Ive been doing my sparking in bed and it feels so luxurious and indulgent. Just that few minutes on my laptop doing something for... Read more

  • 10/1/16 - Bedtime

    10/1/2016 8:18:59 PM, by GORDON66

    The gym finally has all the recumbent bikes fixed. 244 It rained most of the day, so I was glad I was able to keep dry by staying inside the gym and house. I am looking forward to watching Saturday Night Live. After the presidential debate, it should be pretty entertaining. Sweet dr... Read more

  • Tips to stay full on a diet

    10/1/2016 6:45:33 PM, by BOBP56

    I saw this article and wanted to share it with everyone who are currently dieting or counting calories. I find it hard myself at times when I start to get food cravings. So enjoyed this article and I hope you can get some useful information from it. Have a great day and stay the course on your goals... Read more

  • Saturday walk

    10/1/2016 7:32:13 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Going to go for a shorter walk today and ease up on the miles, over 700 minutes of walking this week, I need a rest day.... Read more

  • 9/30/16 - Bedtime

    9/30/2016 11:07:21 PM, by GORDON66

    I might not like them, but I'm strong and healthy enough to do squats. Although it's incredibly boring, I'm strong and healthy enough to put in an hour on the recumbent bike. While it might be overkill, I'm strong and healthy enough to take a TRX class and follow it up with a training sess... Read more

  • Obesity took a friend of mine

    9/30/2016 11:01:35 PM, by GORDON66

    On Wednesday, I got a call to tell me that a friend had passed away. She was only 59. When I met her 40 years ago, she was 19 and obese, so we shared the love of horses and obesity. As the years went by, she became a professional in the horse business, and I was destined to pay training bills for... Read more

  • Friday

    9/30/2016 8:21:25 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Nothing earth shattering going on with me today. Carpool, household chores, etc, etc. I did get most of the halloween decorations up and the yard decorated. Kids love it! It was very hot in Sacramento yesterday and day before so it was hard to get in the fall spirit. I am going to tackle my clo... Read more

  • 9/29/16 - Bedtime

    9/29/2016 11:47:32 PM, by GORDON66

    Since I managed to get to the gym earlier today, I got more cardio out of the way before my training session. That also meant I got home sooner. I'm very happy to be alive. It's jacket weather, and that also means that I'll be able to snuggle under a blanket. I think it's time for bed! ... Read more

  • Good

    9/29/2016 4:11:38 PM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    #realgood... Read more

  • Is it getting easier?

    9/29/2016 9:45:11 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Im coming to the end of the first month of really ramped up exercise and Im not sure it is any easier. I am doing a lot more outside of the exercise so that is great that I am overall more active. I am invested in not missing a day and that seems to be building the more days I have in my streak. ... Read more

  • Starting later today

    9/28/2016 8:50:57 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Had a bit of a scare the other day when I went walking in early morning darkness so Im pushing back start time a bit today. Really got freaked out was walking along in an area with no sidewalks or streetlights and I heard someone clear their throat. Turns out it was a guy standing there in bushes ... Read more

  • 9/27/16 - Bedtime

    9/28/2016 12:03:28 AM, by GORDON66

    It's that time a year again - flu shots. Our office building offers the tenants the convenience of getting shots on site. As usual, I passed. I'm such a coward. After walking the 5K on Sunday, my shins were really sore. Cement is not a very forgiving surface, so I finally pulled out my foam... Read more

  • Lack of sleep link to diabetes and heart disease

    9/27/2016 4:51:21 PM, by BOBP56

    Check out this link
    and-heart-disease/... Read more

  • Walking with partner

    9/27/2016 8:51:42 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Walking with a partner today and I can't wait. ITs always more fun when you have someone to talk with. Last Tuesday I did 8 mies. My heel feels better and I find Im overall more active since I don't have to hobble around. Thankful I got new shoes and orthotics.... Read more

  • Pain free today

    9/26/2016 6:15:37 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Nice way to start the week, my feet feel so much better. Should have gotten new shoe sooner.... Read more

  • 9/25/16 - Bedtime

    9/25/2016 11:20:44 PM, by GORDON66

    I put together a chili recipe, and it's sitting in the refrigerator in the slow cooker. It get plugged in tomorrow morning and will be ready for dinner. No fuss; no muss. It was unseasonably warm today, but the winds are starting to bring in cooler air. I'm thinking I'm going to need a blank... Read more

  • Judging

    9/25/2016 9:35:30 PM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    #truth... Read more

  • O'Hare 5K on the Runway

    9/25/2016 5:08:59 PM, by GORDON66

    My best friend, Mary, her daughter and my goddaughter, Libby, and I got up early for a 5K walk/run on O'Hare's 10R runway. Mary and I walked and Libby ran. When you're only 22, that's what you do. With 4,000 entrants, I have never participated in such a large event. Needless to say, there were a... Read more

  • New shoes

    9/25/2016 9:26:29 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Finally went and bought new shoes yesterday with inserts. World of difference even walking in the store. Of course no one to help me but I had read the runners magazine so tried the top three choices. Went up half size as it was recommended and my feet are in heaven. Much less heel pain when I ... Read more

  • 9/24/16 - Bedtime

    9/24/2016 11:00:06 PM, by GORDON66

    I finally put together the summer black bean and pasta salad. By tomorrow, it should be very flavorful. Worked on an afghan outside and fell asleep too. After my workout, my knees felt really good so walking in tomorrow's 5K should be a pleasant experience. Sweet dreams everyone!!! ... Read more

  • Your will

    9/24/2016 5:32:42 PM, by SONIA_THORNTON

    To God be the glory 🙏☝😊... Read more