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  • 9/21/14 - Bedtime

    9/21/2014 10:42:52 PM, by GORDON66

    Now that fall is in the air, the kitties are in my bed. When I woke up, EJ was laying across my ankles. The Mulligatawny soup I made is really tasty. It's made with chicken thighs, onions, garlic, golden delicious apples, milk, and curry powder. The neighbor wanted to know when I was g... Read more

  • Update!

    9/21/2014 11:54:19 AM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    new job going great. I was contacted 2 work @ another job over the wkend. I'm not sure I'm going 2 do it .... Read more

  • 9/20/14 - Bedtime

    9/20/2014 11:50:47 PM, by GORDON66

    Although it rained a bit, it was a nice, warm day today, so I opened windows. There weren't a lot of people at the gym today, so I didn't feel bad for hogging a treadmill for an hour. I've got everything chopped and ready for the soup I'm making tomorrow. I'm looking forward to a little r... Read more

  • 9/19/14 - Bedtime

    9/19/2014 11:47:55 PM, by GORDON66

    It was lovely today, so I was able to put away my jacket. One of my co-workers bought a couple of pumpkin lattes from Starbuck's. Although I'm not a coffee drinker, I wondered what all the hoopla was about, so I was given a small amount to try. I could tell it was coffee, it does taste a bit ... Read more

  • Happy Friday....

    9/19/2014 9:21:06 PM, by BABY_GIRL69

    Got a good workout in yesterday. Hoping to get one in tomorrow. Dance dance dance....... Have a wonderful Friday! God bless, Dee ... Read more

  • 9/18/14 - Bedtime

    9/18/2014 10:41:22 PM, by GORDON66

    This morning, I attended a seminar about valuation of art, and breakfast was served. I took some fruit skewers, passed on the fruit juices, and selected a chocolate chip scone. The other choices were bagels, muffins, and Danish pastries. Everyone also received a pen, a notebook, a troll (that's r... Read more

  • Update!

    9/18/2014 7:10:37 AM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    I finally got a job & I started this past Monday. I'm still getting use 2 it because I'm gone all day & then have 2 rush home 2 quick make dinner 4 the family. Sometimes my husband gets home be4 I do & he has 2 wait 4 dinner, which I don't like. ... Read more

  • 9/17/14 - Bedtime

    9/17/2014 10:56:17 PM, by GORDON66

    Tom and I jogged around the building. We did two circuits the first time and one the second go a round. While I did not experience a runner's high, I was surprised how far I got before I couldn't jog any longer. It's been a very pleasant day in the Windy City, so it was nice to get out of the... Read more

  • Step It Up Challenge

    9/17/2014 10:39:42 AM, by AMBERS_1031

    CONAIR STEP IT UP CHALLENGE!!: Team - Walk Like A Girl Duration: 6 weeks Goal of at least 6,000 steps per day Walking virtually from Chicago's Wrigley Field to Tennessee's Great Smokey Mountains (approximately 1,000,000 steps / 500 miles) over 6 weeks. ... Read more

  • Changes in latitude changes in attitude

    9/17/2014 10:03:32 AM, by GORDON66

    While I haven't changed my latitude, I've definitely made changes to my attitude about exercise, and Jimmy Buffett ROCKS! When I first joined the gym and started personal training, my only goal was to lose weight. At the beginning, I was so out of shape that nothing was particularly easy. In ... Read more

  • 9/16/14 - Bedtime

    9/16/2014 10:53:57 PM, by GORDON66

    Since I'm reluctant to admit this, I suppose that it's important that I do. After many starts, stops, detours, mountain peaks, and sinkholes, I finally believe I can make it to the end of this journey to turn around my life. The hopelessness that I've always embraced is fading, and I can truly say... Read more

  • Today's Workout

    9/16/2014 9:20:12 PM, by AMBERS_1031

    My personal trainer (aka Shane, my 13-year old son) was inactive today due to an ankle injury he sustained while playing football at recess. So he was nice enough to provide me with a substitute trainer, my 6-year old daughter, MacKenzie. She's just as tough as he is....we walked and she just didn... Read more

  • 9/15/14 - Bedtime

    9/15/2014 10:41:21 PM, by GORDON66

    This evening I pulled some giant weeds out of the back of the garden. It's only Monday, and my yard waste container is almost full. Yikes! I found some more green beans hiding under the plant leaves. Yippee!!! It hasn't been chilly enough in the house for the heat to kick in. Holy ener... Read more

  • Ch Ch Ch Changes

    9/15/2014 3:13:58 PM, by GORDON66

    Yesterday morning, I got my bucket out of the sack, had my breakfast of old fashioned oatmeal, strawberries, and cinnamon (good stuff!), and headed to the gym. I brought along water and a TIME magazine and proceeded read my way through an hour on the treadmill. Since I tend to hunch at the should... Read more

  • 9/14/14 - Bedtime

    9/14/2014 10:55:50 PM, by GORDON66

    Measured my waist, and it 34 inches. I read that being under 35 inches is supposed to be more important than your BMI. Since I'm still clinically obese, I'll take it. It was a really nice day today. After 80 minutes of cardio at the gym, I still had plenty of energy to spend 70 minutes c... Read more

  • 9/13/14 - Bedtime

    9/13/2014 11:50:10 PM, by GORDON66

    I am pleased that I put together my chicken stew this evening. It's in the crock pot in the refrigerator, so I can plug it in tomorrow morning before heading to the gym. Preparing healthy dishes can be rather time consuming. Although it was chilly, it was a beautiful, sunny day. I'm deli... Read more

  • 9/12/14 - Bedtime

    9/12/2014 11:47:24 PM, by GORDON66

    I was VERY glad to leave the office today. There's a tin of chocolate chip cookies in the office. and I haven't even taken so much as a peek. I DVR'd The Biggest Loser and zipped right through it this evening. I had promised myself that I wouldn't get sucked in again for another season, b... Read more

  • 9/11/14 - Bedtime

    9/11/2014 10:27:00 PM, by GORDON66

    I signed up for a 5K run/walk. I'll be walking. I got a pat on the shoulder for doing a good job. I'm happy, hopeful, and tired. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX ... Read more

  • Woo Hoo!!! I Jogged Today!!!

    9/11/2014 10:03:03 PM, by AMBERS_1031

    My 13 year old son, Shane, is getting ready to start basketball in October and he wanted to start conditioning before practice begins. He found out that I started a couple challenges yesterday and decided that we should workout together. It sounded like a really good idea at the time but now I'm p... Read more

  • How my life has changed in one short year

    9/11/2014 3:06:30 PM, by GORDON66

    Today it has been one year since I joined a gym and started working with Trainer Tom. On the radar screen of his life, I'm a client so, basically, I'm but a minor blip. On the other, he's made a profound difference in my life. When it came to workout ethic, mine was zero. I didn't even know how ... Read more

  • In Memoriam - 9/11

    9/11/2014 10:07:14 AM, by AMBERS_1031

    I remember exactly where I was and exactly what I was doing when word reached us about what had happened in New York. It impacted so many lives that day, directly or indirectly. Since then, I have heard people say that we shou... Read more

  • 9/10/14 - Bedtime

    9/10/2014 10:51:10 PM, by GORDON66

    At lunch, I took a bite of my apple, and it was icky. Since I was still hungry, I headed to Walgreens. Instead of picking out several candy bars, I actually bought a banana. For me, that is real progress. All the rain has made the weeds easier to pull. My shoes are good and muddy, but the f... Read more

  • Week One Challenges & September Goals

    9/10/2014 12:15:49 PM, by AMBERS_1031

    I am excited because today I start two new challenges....one on Spark People and one at work. SPARK PEOPLE BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE: Team Purple Passion Duration: 10 weeks Starting Weight: 189.8 lbs Goal Weight: 170.... Read more

  • 9/9/14 - Bedtime

    9/9/2014 10:34:47 PM, by GORDON66

    Those work place muffins are still hanging around, and I passed them by. Yippee! I'm going to purchase more training sessions. Before I retire, I think it's important that I be a lean, mean, fighting machine. On second thought, make that a lean machine. I had a great workout this evenin... Read more

  • 9/8/14 - Bedtime

    9/8/2014 10:27:05 PM, by GORDON66

    I had an unplanned portion of a muffin this morning and did not allow the indulgence to turn into a binge. Since that's my standard MO, I feel pretty good about it. Lately, I been doing all my walking on a treadmill, but this evening I took to the neighborhood sidewalks. I had forgotten how e... Read more

  • 9/7/14 - Bedtime

    9/7/2014 10:33:40 PM, by GORDON66

    I went to the gym first thing this morning and put in 80 minutes of cardio. When they were on the clearance rack, I bought sweat pants that were a little too small. They fit!!!!! It was a lovely, lovely day, so I was able to sit outside as I crocheted squares. Sweet dreams everyone!!... Read more

  • 9/6/14 - Bedtime

    9/6/2014 11:31:56 PM, by GORDON66

    Tonight I made Quinoa Chicken Black Bean Chili. One of the ingredients is a chipotle pepper, so it has a bit of a kick. It's good!! I got a lot of chores done today, so I should have plenty of time to crochet granny squares for the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Tomorrow is supposed to be another ni... Read more

  • 9/5/14 - Bedtime

    9/5/2014 11:40:00 PM, by GORDON66

    Although my anxiety was at nuclear meltdown levels, I managed to not eat any of the Dunkin Donuts brought into the office today. Since I can't seem to stop making myself a little wacky, I checked the box and found that my favorite - double chocolate - had been eaten by one of my co-workers. Thankf... Read more

  • Yikes! There's a box of Dunkin' Donuts in the office!!!

    9/5/2014 9:19:01 AM, by GORDON66

    One of my co-workers bought donuts this morning and dropped by my office to let me know there is a DOUBLE CHOCOLATE in the box!!! This is not the same type of emergency as the Krispy Cremes. No way! This much more dire. What to do? What to do? OK, first step is to quit obsessing. Deep breathe... Read more

  • 9/4/14 - Bedtime

    9/4/2014 10:41:44 PM, by GORDON66

    In a mailer, I got a coupon book for Dunkin' Donuts. I gave it away but kept the coupon for a $.99 iced green tea. I LOVE iced tea! I know I shouldn't compare myself to others, but I thank the stars above that I'm not a drama queen. Who needs that garbage? Held a plank with my arms on t... Read more

  • Accountability Worksheet and Day 2

    9/4/2014 10:16:28 AM, by ANDREA08NICOLE

    Yesterday was a smashing success! I got all my goals completed and it felt great to sign my name on that completed line! Woo hoo! I think these sheets will be great for me! I'm a very visual learner and I think this might be the best way to change my habits and keep on track! I would like to eve... Read more

  • Starting All Over Again....

    9/4/2014 9:50:51 AM, by KYME2014

    Yogi Bear says you can never fail if you never stop trying. Actually, that's an original quote by Albert Einstein... but I feel much closer to Yogi (I can't find a place on the internet that says Albert Einstein ever stole a picnic basket). I last posted on June 5th... and I continued to do w... Read more

  • Update!

    9/4/2014 8:07:25 AM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    I've been having problems w/my internet since Monday. I was told that my browser was high jacked & I wasn't the 1st 1 2 call about this. \I now have 2 have a full system, tune up & a full virus & infection removal done & it'll cost me about $500 to have this done. So now I don't know what 2 ... Read more

  • 9/3/14 - Bedtime

    9/3/2014 10:45:28 PM, by GORDON66

    Good gravy! Those pesky mosquitoes were out in full force this evening. I had to move very quickly to keep from being bitten. Except for cake and ice cream that I bought for Mary's birthday, I have not purchased any junk food for the last 17 days. I'm so happy I was able to type that sentenc... Read more

  • Accountability Worksheet

    9/3/2014 4:40:27 PM, by ANDREA08NICOLE

    I'm going to be filling this out both online and a hard copy, to keep myself accountable. Day: Wednesday 09-03-14 Food and Drink: Breakfast [ X ] Atkins Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich. 260 Calories. Lunch [ X ] Smart Ones Chicken Strips and Fries. 310 Calories. Diner ... Read more

  • 9/2/14 - Bedtime

    9/2/2014 10:48:13 PM, by GORDON66

    Pulled a pair of pants out of the darkest corner of my closet, and they fit!! It's been many moons since I fit into a misses size 16. For trainer Tom, it would appear that breakin' up is hard to do. I emailed him a poem that just happened to be posted today in a very special member's blog. I... Read more

  • I'm Hungry....

    9/2/2014 5:35:33 PM, by BABY_GIRL69

    For Sparkpoints that is..lol Actually trying to reel myself in from weekend eating, I did alright on Saturday & Sunday but yesterday I ate quite a few rib tips....so here goes... breakfast: bowl of cereal Lunch: vanilla oreo cookies with milk, spaghetti & slice of bread & salad Snack: ... Read more

  • 9/1/14 - Bedtime

    9/1/2014 11:05:18 PM, by GORDON66

    Enjoyed spending time with my friend Mary. Surprised myself and went to the gym this morning. Made a soup with red and yellow tomatoes from my garden. With carrots, the colorful soup looks really festive, and it tastes great too. Sweet dreams everyone!!!!... Read more

  • Hello September!

    9/1/2014 12:23:25 AM, by BABY_GIRL69

    Good Day Sparkfam! As summer rounds out and the fall vastly approaching time to take some challenges to keep being healthy a focus. What's your plan?! God bless, Dee... Read more

  • 8/31/14 - Bedtime

    9/1/2014 12:04:32 AM, by GORDON66

    I went to the gym today, and I haven't gone on a Sunday since winter. I shopped at Mariano's and purchased cottage cheese and canned beans. This the same store that I would go to when I was making cookie and ice cream runs. My hamstrings are sore from my TRX workout. Who would have ever ... Read more

  • 8/30/14 - Bedtime

    8/30/2014 11:19:57 PM, by GORDON66

    I started today with a great workout. First it was TRX, and I followed that up with cardio at the gym. Since I had a gift card, I went to the mall and got all sorts of goodies from Bath and Body Works. They have absolutely the best sales and discount cards. This afternoon I had my very f... Read more

  • 8/29/14 - Bedtime

    8/29/2014 11:18:32 PM, by GORDON66

    I finally made an appointment for a massage. This supposed to be all about loosening my shoulders. This should be interesting. Got out of work at 1:45, so I went to the gym for an hour of cardio. Since I was sweaty and it's humid, my shower felt reallllllllllllly good. Sweet dreams ... Read more

  • 8/28/14 - Bedtime

    8/28/2014 10:42:16 PM, by GORDON66

    Since I've been very careful about what I'm eating, I have more money. Loading the grocery cart with junk is expensive. A Chicago Little League team is the national champion, and there was a parade to celebrate. How cool is that?! I hauled out some old photographs, so that I could apprec... Read more

  • 8/27/14 - Bedtime

    8/27/2014 10:51:01 PM, by GORDON66

    The cake left over from my boss's birthday celebration is sitting in the refrigerator at work, and I didn't help myself to another piece. Victory!!! I'm still getting in my daily planks, and it's a lot easier when you wear shoes. Note to self. Stop being lazy and put on the darned sneakers. ... Read more

  • Update!

    8/27/2014 11:41:13 AM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    2 day is going pretty good, just really . I'm not so stressed & down like I was. I still haven't exercised in a long x, which is not good. As soon as the kids start school next wk, I'm going 2 get back 2 exercising (I hope).... Read more

  • 8/26/14 - Bedtime

    8/26/2014 10:43:24 PM, by GORDON66

    Several years ago, I bought a pair of slacks. When I tried them on in the store, I cried in the dressing room, because I was so thrilled that they fit. Today, they are down right baggy. At the gym, an extremely fit member commented to Tom about how well I'm doing. I'm always shocked when s... Read more

  • 8/25/14 - Bedtime

    8/25/2014 10:39:30 PM, by GORDON66

    I'm not a real fan of air conditioning. On top of that, my heat is base board hot water, so I've never felt the need to spend a ton of money for central AC. I do have a good sized window unit that I haven't used all year. We're having a late summer heat wave, so I closed all the windows and turne... Read more

  • 8/24/14 - Bedtime

    8/24/2014 10:42:20 PM, by GORDON66

    I'm happy the car sat in the garage all day. I'm pleased I had all the ingredients I needed to make chili. The watermelon I bought tastes terrific! Sweet dreams everyone!!!!... Read more

  • 8/23/14 - Bedtime

    8/23/2014 11:56:08 PM, by GORDON66

    I went to Jewel to do some grocery shopping, and there were two young women at the entrance collecting food for the hungry. They had a list of items that were needed for their food bank, and I took it into the store. First of all, I've never been hungry - really, truly desperate hunger. Instead o... Read more