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  • 5/2/15 - Bedtime

    5/2/2015 11:58:47 PM, by GORDON66

    I survived a 60 minute strength class followed by a 45 minute training session. Yes, I know. This is probably excessive. I let you know how I feel in the morning. Today was the most beautiful day of the year - so far. Instead of murdering them with chemicals, I dug up another bucket ful... Read more

  • 5/1/15 - Bedtime

    5/1/2015 11:54:53 PM, by GORDON66

    My official race time is 49.27, so that means I was walking at just under 16 minutes a mile. I'm pretty pleased. My goal is to finish a 5K in under 45 minutes. The temperature is definitely headed in the right direction, and it was a bright, sunny, cheerful day! While doing some weeding,... Read more

  • 4/30/15 - Bedtime

    4/30/2015 10:56:40 PM, by GORDON66

    I completed a 5K this evening in around 50 minutes. We all had a timing chip, so when the results are posted, I'll know exactly how long it took me. I finished much stronger than I started. It was downright chilly, and it took me almost a mile to get my muscles warmed up. The guy who won finishe... Read more

  • Breakfast

    4/30/2015 9:10:04 PM, by VICKI27655

    Looking for a good breakfast bar to go with my fruit. I bought a Fiber one coffee cake bar - but it is too sweet. Will be a good cookie type snack. Tired of toast, English muffin or bagel thin.... Read more

  • 4/29/15 - Bedtime

    4/29/2015 11:13:46 PM, by GORDON66

    Instead of thinking about how far I have to go, I've given much thought to how far I've come and what it took to get me here. It was worth the struggle. I've changed a lot for the better, and it has nothing to do with the weight I have or have not lost. Tomorrow might be another day, but ... Read more

  • Almost 10 years on SparkPeople

    4/29/2015 2:24:16 PM, by SANDYMCG1524

    Wow, I can't beleive I have been coming on Spark People for almost 10 years and I have not lost the weight. I actually at my highest ever!!! Why can't I get this right and stick to it. I have probably lost a 500lbs in the last 10 years, lose 10, gain 10, lose 40 gain back 40. I do it over and over... Read more

  • Day-23 Back on track

    4/29/2015 9:34:42 AM, by NORDY44

    Got back on track yesterday. I'm feeling more energized than I have in awhile. Today is definitely a better day! I'm going to hold onto this feeling as long as I can.... Read more

  • 4/28/15 - Bedtime

    4/28/2015 11:14:34 PM, by GORDON66

    One of the personal trainers is working toward a doctorate in physical therapy. We spoke this evening, and I'm going to start taking some sessions with her. She's going to help me with my shoulders, so I'm pretty excited about this. I'll also continue to train with Nick, so it's all good! Be... Read more

  • Day 22-hard day

    4/28/2015 2:55:00 PM, by NORDY44

    Gained a lb back, ughhhhhh. Not unexpeceted, but ughhhhhhh! I dropped back into my old bad habits for the last few days. Not eating horrible, just too much. Today I'm trying to get back on track. So far so good. The worst time of the day mid afternoon is still to come. I'm determined to do well. The... Read more

  • Tomorrow is Day 45!!!

    4/28/2015 1:11:31 PM, by ANIKA34

    WOW!! I can't believe that tomorrow is day number 45 in my first cycle of my 60 day program! I have been doing the best I can, staying on track about 95% of the time and it's paying off! I am hoping that when I weigh in Thursday morning that I will be at my first goal of 30 lbs lost! I am feeling AM... Read more

  • Fitbit

    4/28/2015 1:07:40 PM, by PATTIE68

    loving mine truly keeps me motivated ... Read more

  • 4/27/15 - Bedtime

    4/27/2015 10:35:53 PM, by GORDON66

    I work in an insurance agency and handle personal lines - homeowners, auto, umbrella, etc. One of our clients thought he wanted a particular company, and I convinced him to go in another direction. He ended up being happy with the choice and told me he hoped I wasn't leaving the agency anytime soo... Read more

  • 4/26/15 - Bedtime

    4/26/2015 9:50:02 PM, by GORDON66

    It was nice enough for me to get out in the yard and do some gardening. The thyme is getting out of hand so I pulled part of the plant out of the ground. The yard waste bin smells really nice. 211 I've made another healthy commitment and purchased additional fitness sessions at the Park ... Read more

  • 4/25/15 - Bedtime

    4/25/2015 11:37:36 PM, by GORDON66

    It's been raining most of the day, so I'm thankful for the gym and fitness center. I ran into a neighbor at the gym, and we had a nice chat. The SNL 40th anniversary program has been sitting in my DVR for quite some time. I finally got to watch it this evening, and it's really, really, ... Read more

  • 4/24/15

    4/24/2015 11:55:25 PM, by GORDON66

    I signed up for my first 5K of the season. Between the leg presses and deadlifts, my legs are already feeling a bit sore. Oh well - I worked hard. When my boss is out of town, it's amazing how much of a decrease there is in the office craziness. Sweet dreams everyone!!!! Lesli... Read more

  • Day 18- Happy and Scared

    4/24/2015 11:46:14 AM, by NORDY44

    I've lost 3 lbs in a few weeks which doesn't sound like a lot, but for me is pretty amazing. I'm so proud of losing the weight and more importantly proud of the fact that I can fit back into the clothes that I want to be wearing. The scarey part is, the other part of me that feels anxiety about feel... Read more

  • 4/23/15 - Bedtime

    4/23/2015 11:20:35 PM, by GORDON66

    Don't tell anyone, but this evening's team training session was free!!! 244 Got in a nice long outdoor walk. 244 Although it was chilly, the sun was shining brightly, and it felt good on my back. 67 Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • 4/22/15 - Bedtime

    4/22/2015 11:06:50 PM, by GORDON66

    Although it was rather chilly, I spent a good part of the evening clearing a flower bed. The very fresh air was invigorating. I opened the box and found the coneflowers and geraniums I ordered are bulbs. That shows you how much I know about gardening. At least, I can wait for warmer weather ... Read more

  • Day 16

    4/22/2015 8:43:43 AM, by NORDY44

    Wasn't feeling well yesterday. Took it easy and ate whatever felt right at the moment. Wasn't a stellar day for health and activity, but it was enough. Today I've been back on track. It has been so long since I actually took a real break from everything even when sick, that I feel relaxed and refres... Read more

  • Weight changes

    4/22/2015 7:52:28 AM, by VICKI27655

    I'm happy my weight FINALLY went down a pound. That puts me in a great mood.....even though my clothes are fitting better I'm not as happy if the scale doesn't move. Which brings me to why the scale finally moved.......I followed the program! No cheating really made a difference. I know this! I ... Read more

  • 4/21/15 - Bedtime

    4/21/2015 10:50:04 PM, by GORDON66

    When I got home from the gym, I found a box with the coneflowers and geraniums I ordered. 244 I hope I can get them all in the ground tomorrow. Red is a good color for me. Since the temperatures dropped, I was able to wear my red turtleneck, red jacket, and red gloves. 244 As I was doi... Read more

  • 4/20/15 - Bedtime

    4/20/2015 10:45:15 PM, by GORDON66

    Since I was feeling sorry for myself and needed to prove a point, I took two strength training classes yesterday morning. I'll gladly admit that I've made much wiser decisions. I survived and didn't poke my head into a gym today. My calves are thanking me. I was very happy I found a pair of ... Read more

  • Day 14; still going

    4/20/2015 8:23:05 AM, by NORDY44

    Two weeks in, I'm feeling really proud of myself. I'm sticking with my goals without completely going overboard. I'm letting myself have a big meal every once in a while. I had a few beers this weekend (but less than I would normally have had), Nothing is really off limits, just smaller quantities. ... Read more

  • 4/18/15 - Bedtime

    4/19/2015 12:08:14 AM, by GORDON66

    For the first time this season, I mowed the lawn. Freshly cut grass smells terrific!!!! I'm thankful that I have the mobility, energy, and strength to be able to use a push reel mower to deal with the lawn. I tend to take my body for granted instead of being grateful. Sweet dreams ev... Read more

  • 4/17/15 - Bedtime

    4/18/2015 12:02:38 AM, by GORDON66

    Completed a 110-pound deadlift. 244 Completed a set of 140-pound let presses. 244 This evening it was warm enough that I didn't need to wear a jacket. 244 Sweet dreams everyone!!! 244 Leslie XXXOOOXXX ... Read more

  • 4/16/15 - Bedtime

    4/16/2015 10:53:49 PM, by GORDON66

    I held a plank for three minutes. 244 My goal is five minutes, so I'm getting closer. My clothes in the spring colors are getting closer to the front of my closet. I wore a pink jacket on Monday. My kitties are on my bed and curled up together. I hope there's room for me! =^..^= =^..^=... Read more

  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

    4/16/2015 10:16:33 AM, by GORDON66

    "Don't be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something better." I binge to fill an unnamed void. Although I've changed my life with exercise, I continue eating recklessly. When I posed the question "how is that possible?', I was told that I've figured out that I ... Read more

  • 4/15/15 - Bedtime

    4/15/2015 11:28:56 PM, by GORDON66

    Talking to an objective person about my weight issues is very helpful. I stopped at the gym to take advantage of the Tax Day Special and used a treadmill. All good! The sun was shining so I got a nice dose of vitamin D. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • Waking up thin

    4/15/2015 10:15:37 AM, by GORDON66

    Whenever I get a chance to wish upon a star, I make a wish to be thin. I've thought how wonderful it would be to get out of bed with my nightgown practically falling off of me. What a miracle that would be!!! My life would be transformed or would it? A lighter me would be a whiz in the gym. All... Read more

  • 4/14/15 - Bedtime

    4/14/2015 11:09:51 PM, by GORDON66

    I filed my IL state taxes, and I'm getting a refund. 244 Tomorrow is the gym's tax day sale on personal training. I bought a fair number of sessions for Black Friday and ended up being bitten in the butt. Although I'm making a commitment to myself, it's also a commitment to the trainer. I d... Read more

  • When food means love

    4/14/2015 10:32:00 AM, by GORDON66

    It's called a journey, a change in lifestyle, love of self, etc. Journeys and changes come with highs and lows, but self-love is a completely different concept. How does one express love for his/her self? After all, the body is just a shell for our essence. Therein lies the problem, or, at least,... Read more

  • Day 9

    4/14/2015 9:37:07 AM, by NORDY44

    I haven't been perfect in these first few days of starting over. But, I'm not looking for perfect; I'm looking to find my good place. Healthy balance of healthful eating and exercising. I enjoy working out, so that is not normally the problem. It is the excessive eating. I love food and like to eat ... Read more

  • 4/13/15 - Bedtime

    4/13/2015 10:31:40 PM, by GORDON66

    Finally finished my federal taxes. 198 I shouldn't have waited until the last minute, because I'm getting a return! 244 After work, I raked the front yard lawn and said "hello" to everyone walking by. 224 Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • Approaching Day 30 (tomorrow)

    4/13/2015 10:26:54 AM, by ANIKA34

    Approaching Day 30 of my 60 day journey (which I am going to start right back up after this round ends) and I am feeling pretty good about my journey so far! Minus the cramps today and just feeling blah, but overall I feel like I have done pretty good to sticking to my plan. Couple days of some not ... Read more

  • 4/11/15 - Bedtime

    4/11/2015 11:39:54 PM, by GORDON66

    It was a lovely morning so I was able to walk outside. For the first time this year, I opened my car's sunroof. 244 Since the temperatures were so mild, I cracked open my bedroom windows, and the kitties were delighted!!! Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX ... Read more

  • Back on track...

    4/11/2015 3:09:54 PM, by NORVEL

    Not that I ever really left here, but I seem to use this site in spurts. Things have changed, though, I stopped paying for weight watcher (C) and am now using this site full time. I am fighting my depression through diet and exercise and not binge eating and sleep. I invested in a Fitbit Surge watch... Read more

  • 4/10/15 - Bedtime

    4/10/2015 11:58:35 PM, by GORDON66

    I'm thinking it's about time to store my flannel top away for the winter. 244 The strawberries I bought this evening look good. I completed a lot of sets of deadlifts this evening, and I'm pooped. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX ... Read more

  • Day 5

    4/10/2015 10:46:06 AM, by NORDY44

    Still feeling it! I want to hold onto this determination and never let it go. I am on the way to fulfilling my goals.... Read more

  • Be grateful

    4/10/2015 10:11:44 AM, by GORDON66

    I live in the Midwestern area of the US. It's spring, so it's the season for volatile weather. Over the last several days, it had been predicted that heavy thunderstorms were on the way. When I got up this morning, I had a roof over my head, there was no water in the basement, and the kitties... Read more

  • 4/9/15 - Bedtime

    4/9/2015 11:04:36 PM, by GORDON66

    It's been rainy all day, but I'm thankful we didn't get torrential downpours, damaging hail, and/or high winds. The puddles are large, but I can step around them. Gosh darn - I worked hard at the gym this evening, and I completed 2 sets of 130 leg presses. While the weather wasn't best, t... Read more

  • Day 4 taking it slow but steady

    4/9/2015 11:20:36 AM, by NORDY44

    So want to be past the point of feeling like I'm not doing enough. I have this thing about taking on too much all at once; cutting calories and working out hard. This time I'm trying to take it slow, thus feeling like I'm pretending at this game of health. I will get there! I need to stay the course... Read more

  • 4/8/15 - Bedtime

    4/8/2015 10:56:35 PM, by GORDON66

    After a four day hiatus, I returned to the gym today. 244 While four days seemed like a long time, I know I haven't been allowing my muscles enough recovery time. I have sore muscles all the time, and, in particular, my upper arms have been taking a real beating. Today I felt energized. ... Read more

  • After yesterday, I'm very happy that today is the tomorrow that's only a day away

    4/8/2015 10:30:14 AM, by GORDON66

    Yesterday was a throwback to the old me, and it felt surprisingly uncomfortable. Although I have a 10 minute walk to the train, I hardly moved from my office from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and, in the last hour and a half, I was in crisis mode. When I left work, my boss was happy. That was the upside t... Read more

  • 4/7/15 - Bedtime

    4/7/2015 10:42:26 PM, by GORDON66

    Although I ended up staying at work an extra hour, I got a sticky issued handled and out of the way. My boss was very happy, because the client is rather difficult. I don't often sit down to watch TV. However, I DVR'd Dancing With the Stars (how amazing is Noah?) and watched it with with my k... Read more

  • Random.

    4/7/2015 12:19:17 PM, by MISS_MANDAJ

    Today is gloomy. But this does not put me down. Yesterday. I splurged. I know it is okay once in a while. I need to plan one day a week to be a splurge day I think. That way. It's not too often. Losing weight is hard. I know this. I cannot keep on the path of splurging. I know it was a holiday. But ... Read more

  • Day 2

    4/7/2015 8:59:33 AM, by NORDY44

    Yeah Day1. I did a pretty good job. Didn't exercise as much as I should have but will do that today as well as tracking what I'm eating. My goal for Day 2. Remember my overall goal of getting healthier and losing 5 lbs! I can do it! I have to want it more than my bad habits!... Read more

  • 4/6/15 - Bedtime

    4/6/2015 10:41:23 PM, by GORDON66

    Even though it was a bit chilly, I worked in the garden after work. I found the sock that mysteriously disappeared! 244 I'm glad the yard waste container was emptied, because now I have room for more leaves, weeds, crab grass, etc. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX ... Read more

  • Starting over (again) Day 1

    4/6/2015 8:52:04 AM, by NORDY44

    life happens. I'm continually trying to do the right thing and then I fall off. Life happens. But, I can't help but wonder if I haven't embraced this healthy living thing completely or if it is a natural cycle of life. For today I'm not going to worry about it. I'm dusting off the old and beginning ... Read more

  • 4/5/15 - Bedtime

    4/5/2015 10:49:39 PM, by GORDON66

    I am grateful I am fit and strong enough to walk to church and stand and kneel during Easter mass. I enjoyed the time I spent with my family for Easter dinner. It was an incredibly gorgeous Easter Sunday, so I'm just happy to be alive!!! Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOO... Read more

  • 4/4/15 - Bedtime

    4/4/2015 11:50:53 PM, by GORDON66

    The car never came out of the garage. I walked everywhere I needed to go. I cleaned out the "junk" drawer. There was definitely a lot of junk. I haven't stopped for Chinese food in forever, and I found soy sauce packets. Yikes! It's going to be so nice that I'm planning on wearing my t... Read more

  • 4/3/15 - Bedtime

    4/3/2015 11:53:36 PM, by GORDON66

    I was able to get off the treadmill and walk outside. 244 Since the temperature dropped during working hours, I'm glad I wore my heavier jacket today. Besides it's a pretty color. I made some good choices today, and I'm proud of myself. Since I'm trying harder to be kinder to me, a pat ... Read more

  • Shake it up.

    4/3/2015 1:14:33 PM, by MISS_MANDAJ

    I have started these protein shakes. I guess Protein is a main necessity for weight loss. as a "meal replacement". Not really a meal replacement when i never ate breakfast to begin with is it? But none the less. they are DELICIOUS. so many recipes. so many options.Chocolate banana one day, Strawberr... Read more