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  • busy week

    10/21/2014 11:27:40 AM, by XBREW88

    I'm feeling tired today! I have a lot on my mind, one good thing is I did get a work out in this AM so that's one less thing but still have a busy week and I'm worried about staying on track. I have a wedding to go to in NY. I'll be totally out of my regular routine and I'm not sure how I will... Read more

  • 10/20/14 - Bedtime

    10/20/2014 11:00:34 PM, by GORDON66

    When I got up this morning, it was raining. By the time I was ready to leave for work, the rain had stopped, so I didn't have to drag an umbrella to work. Since it's already pretty dark by 6:30, it won't be long before it will be impossible to do anything in the yard after work. W... Read more

  • Score one for me!! Woo Hoo!

    10/20/2014 2:34:59 PM, by AMBERS_1031

    So I have to share my small victory.... Last week I purchased a Wicked Witch costume from EBay. I have been biting my nails since then because I hate buying costumes (especially dresses) because they never really fit the way I like them too and I usually end up not dressing up and feeling depr... Read more

  • Week 2

    10/20/2014 12:42:28 PM, by XBREW88

    I knew week 2 would not be as good as week one but feel like I lost more than 3 lbs, I'm pretty sure I need a new scale. Don't get me wrong I'm Happy with 3lbs totally happy with it I just FEEL like I lost more. I'm feeling great moving more than I have in months I'm so excited to be a sparks ... Read more

  • 10/19/14 - Bedtime

    10/19/2014 11:12:59 PM, by GORDON66

    It was a lovely fall day, and the temperature was perfect for raking leaves. I filled the yard waste container and two great big paper bags. I went to the gym this morning and got in 85 minutes of cardio. Along with the 90 minutes it took me to rake leaves, I did a lot of moving. The chi... Read more

  • Update!

    10/19/2014 7:22:08 PM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    I've been doing pretty good in getting strength training in. Cardio on the other hand I have 2 do more of.... Read more

  • happy sunday!

    10/19/2014 6:34:50 PM, by XBREW88

    so i have found something that will mess up all my work. sundays.... i can't get my water in and hardly any food being eaten today. today is not good i'm having fun don't get me wrong but its something that messes with the diet. drinking is not good for my program. i'm here tracking and seeing that ... Read more

  • 10/18/14 - Bedtime

    10/18/2014 11:35:56 PM, by GORDON66

    My instructor complimented me on my TRX crunches. They're killer, but it feels oh so good to be able to do them. I got in another 90 minutes of cardio at the gym and sweat like a beast. I was wearing one of those moisture wicking T-shirts, but I'm thinking I prefer garden-variety cotton. At ... Read more

  • UGH!

    10/18/2014 12:03:11 PM, by XBREW88

    I'm so bummed, I was running late this AM and totally forgot my activity tracker, I'm just working so not much moving but still I wanted every step counted. It means I'll have to move ALOT later! My bad I didn't put it in a spot where I would see it in the AM. I remembered it while getting ready the... Read more

  • Am I an old fuddy duddy?

    10/18/2014 12:32:26 AM, by GORDON66

    Going to the gym is often an exhausting experience. If you're working hard enough, even the cutest outfits end up soaked with sweat. After all, isn't that the point? Then, of course, there's stretching. It's usually done after a workout, because the muscles are supple. Since my muscles are tigh... Read more

  • 10/17/14 - Bedtime

    10/17/2014 11:45:43 PM, by GORDON66

    My doctor thinks I look younger. My heart rate was measured at 60 BPM, and my blood pressure is 117/70. Went to the gym after my doctor's appointment and logged 85 minutes on the treadmill and 25 minutes on the recumbent bike. I'm tired. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXO... Read more

  • Make a change to have a change

    10/17/2014 2:04:29 PM, by VBA2009

    I am reading a book right now called Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell. It is all about learning from your failures and moving forward. One thing I read in the book today was this: If you always do what you've always done, then you will always get what you've always gotten. How true is ... Read more

  • Is that the sun??

    10/17/2014 11:37:36 AM, by XBREW88

    yes it is, happy happy Friday to you!! The sun is out I did so much this am before work, cleaned my stove and my bathroom and vacuumed. WOW an extra 500 cals today. seems crazy just cuz I cleaned my house I get to eat more. If I don't eat all the extra 500 cals that's a problem. I just can't see mys... Read more

  • 10/16/14 - Bedtime

    10/17/2014 12:01:21 AM, by GORDON66

    For a change, we had no rain. I got a high five from Tom, but I'm not exactly sure why. I'm guessing it might have something to do with the fact that I didn't whine, cry, or protest while he helping stretch my muscles. It hurt like hell. Even though I have to go to doctor, I'm ... Read more

  • Pay it Forward

    10/16/2014 3:31:27 PM, by VBA2009

    I have been part of a challenge group on Facebook where we inspire and motivate each other on our fitness/health journey. This is my second month doing it and it has been life changing. I would never have thought a group of people I did not know could change my life in so many different ways. Not... Read more

  • Feeling Unpretty

    10/16/2014 2:58:44 PM, by ME_THATS_WHO

    My boyfriend is a lot bigger than I am. and he told me he is not happy with himself being so heavy and he is not happy that I am either. It offended me because I was this big when we met and I haven't gained any more weight. I feel like instead of him motivating me he pulls me down. Then he tells me... Read more

  • Update!

    10/16/2014 8:05:24 AM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    I've been able 2 get in some in but I don't think it's enough. I'm trying 2 bring lunch w/me everyday & if I order I try & make sure it's healthy.... Read more

  • Update!

    10/16/2014 8:04:53 AM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    I've been able 2 get in some in but I don't think it's enough. I'm trying 2 bring lunch w/me everyday & if I order I try & make sure it's healthy.... Read more

  • update!

    10/16/2014 8:02:12 AM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    I've been able 2 get in some ... Read more

  • 10/15/14 - Bedtime

    10/15/2014 11:23:58 PM, by GORDON66

    I remembered to bring a magazine to the gym, so my 55 minutes on the treadmill were productive. My lunges today were much better than yesterday. I'm glad I bought the Honeycrisp apples because they're really good. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • Eating Healthy

    10/15/2014 1:42:51 PM, by VBA2009

    I have always been fond of good food...just eat way to much. Being on this journey has really showed me how to portion out my foods and eat the right foods without going hungry. I am still satisfied and my cravings are no more :) Feeling sooooo great!... Read more

  • Missing the sun!

    10/15/2014 10:48:41 AM, by XBREW88

    It's been raining for 3 days, I miss the sun so much! At least the rain is coming from the south and the temperatures have been in the high 60's and not high 30's! but still I need the sun it's so gloomy even though I'm feeling good and sticking to my program drank all my water so if I do it today i... Read more

  • 10/14/14 - Bedtime

    10/14/2014 11:05:26 PM, by GORDON66

    After my training session, the last thing I wanted to do was put in 45 minutes on the treadmill, but I did it anyway. I mailed my entry fee for a two-mile walk at the end of this month. I brought some Autumn Chicken Stew to Tom. It makes me feel good to bring him dinner, because he's alwa... Read more

  • What is working for me :-)

    10/14/2014 4:38:25 PM, by VBA2009

    It's crazy how things enter into your life. My sister-in-law started a weight loss journey and posted about it on Facebook one day. She was doing the 21 Day Fix program with shakeology and was part of a challenge group on Facebook. Her journey and story really inspired me so I decide to try what s... Read more

  • 10/13/14 - Bedtime

    10/13/2014 10:32:34 PM, by GORDON66

    My boss gave me his newspaper, so I didn't have to buy one. As I sprinted to catch the train, the motorman saw me and left the doors open so I could board. Trust me. That doesn't always happen. When I got off, I thanked him. It was humid, damp, and misty, so that means I had a... Read more

  • Week 1

    10/13/2014 12:11:50 PM, by XBREW88

    Week 1 is the hardest, but don't you just love week 1 weigh in day! This week I worked so hard to stick too it but didn't always and that's okay cuz tomorrow is another day! This week started to move again, just getting up and doing something, walk around the block, deep clean the house, cut t... Read more

  • 10/12/14 - Bedtime

    10/12/2014 11:03:25 PM, by GORDON66

    Today was the Chicago Marathon. Although I didn't walk 26.2 miles, I spent 80 minutes on the treadmill. It was about 4 1/2 miles. Since it will be in the 50's overnight, I'm going to open the windows a bit and enjoy the fresh air. I tried a new recipe today - Autumn Chicken Stew. It inc... Read more

  • 10/10/14 - Bedtime

    10/11/2014 12:00:20 AM, by GORDON66

    I paid $.79 a pound for Honeycrisp apples. I started cutting the grass at 5:50 PM and managed to get it done before it got too dark to see what I was doing. This evening the ride home on the "L" was speedy and without drama. I even got to read my newspaper!! Sweet dreams ev... Read more

  • me shy??

    10/10/2014 11:27:31 AM, by XBREW88

    I'm totally not sure what my deal is, I've never been shy before all of a sudden I can't talk to anyone on here? I am not sure what my deal is gotta, stop worrying if what I say will sound dumb and just start making friends!! that's all for now, you'd never know it but I'm in a great ... Read more

  • 10/9/14 - Bedtime

    10/9/2014 11:06:07 PM, by GORDON66

    I ride Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line to and from work each day. When I got to my subway stop this evening, I could tell there hadn't been a train in awhile. I checked the tracking board and saw that a train wasn't due for another 10 minutes. People were already standing three deep waiting... Read more

  • Update!

    10/9/2014 9:21:50 AM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    My job has been going good. I don't know y I don't have x 2 exercise. I work from 7:30 -4:30, then I come home 2 make dinner, house cleaning, dishes & laundry. I need 2 try & get exercise in somehow... Read more

  • 10/8/14 - Bedtime

    10/8/2014 11:31:36 PM, by GORDON66

    Since I've been spending so much time on the treadmill, I've decided to subscribe to yet another magazine. I need all the reading material I can get. I did a side plank on my left side - yippee - but I wasn't getting it done on the right side. Since practice makes perfect, I have something to... Read more

  • 10/7/14 - Bedtime

    10/7/2014 10:40:13 PM, by GORDON66

    Today I was the first person to arrive at the office, so I enjoyed the peace and quiet. The mirrors at the gym aren't nearly so frightening or intimidating as they used to be. While I still don't like them, I no longer hate triceps dips. I have muscles in my upper arms!! Sweet dreams... Read more

  • Why I keep pushing

    10/7/2014 10:19:16 AM, by GORDON66

    George Santayana has said some terrific stuff. "Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment." ...and "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." For me, happiness was elusive at best. It wa... Read more

  • A little behind....

    10/7/2014 9:45:27 AM, by AMBERS_1031

    Good morning Spark Friends!! My last blog entry was on September 17th so I guess I'm a little behind. It's amazing how quickly October has snuck up on us this year. Halloween (and my birthday) are just around the corner. ... Read more

  • 10/6/14 - Bedtime

    10/6/2014 10:55:59 PM, by GORDON66

    I remembered to put my Insurance Identification Card in the glove compartment of my car. If I was stopped by the police and couldn't produce it, I don't think I would ever be able to live it down. After work, I started pulling some annuals out of the ground. Yikes! Fall is here. ... Read more

  • The switch - finding it and then having the courage to turn it on

    10/6/2014 10:24:43 AM, by GORDON66

    I have spent a lifetime searching for the reasons that I haven't been able to take off weight and kept it off. I've been a member of TOPS, Weight Watchers, and Diet Workshop, went to behavior modification classes, and even tried Overeaters Anonymous. OA was way too intense for me, and, after one m... Read more

  • 10/5/14 - Bedtime

    10/5/2014 10:48:00 PM, by GORDON66

    I'm pleased to have two kitties who have taken it upon themselves to keep the house safe from crickets. Somehow I don't think the crickets share my enthusiasm. I'm grateful that I live in a community that takes the health of its citizens seriously. The park district partners with an excellent... Read more

  • 10/4/14 - Bedtime

    10/4/2014 11:44:57 PM, by GORDON66

    Even though it was darned chilly, I enjoyed participating in the 2.5K walk for my church. I picked up my T-shirt and number for the 5K walk I'm doing tomorrow morning. It's at 8 AM, so I'll have to set an alarm clock. This morning I over slept and got to my TRX class just on time. Today ... Read more

  • 10/3/14 - Bedtime

    10/3/2014 11:47:30 PM, by GORDON66

    For my evening commute, trains were delayed. When that happens, the "L" train is crowded, and I can't always board. The first two train were jammed, so I had to wait for the third one to arrive. I got on, but we were stuffed in like sardines in a can. In the past, this would be agonizing, becaus... Read more

  • 10/2/14 - Bedtime

    10/2/2014 10:48:44 PM, by GORDON66

    Even though it's only October, my nephews, my sister-in-law, and I are buying out tickets to Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale. It should be a good time! It hope he wears the Twisted Sister wig. For breakfast, I added honeydew melon to my cottage cheese, and it tasted great. I us... Read more

  • 10/1/14 - Bedtime

    10/1/2014 11:10:12 PM, by GORDON66

    After taking a good look in the mirror, I'm going to have to do something about the sorry state of my clothing, and I have just the answer. I've got a Talbot's gift card, and an outlet store is right next to the gym!!!!! I might actually start getting some enjoyment out of shopping. At lunc... Read more

  • 9/30/14 - Bedtime

    9/30/2014 10:47:02 PM, by GORDON66

    A marketing rep took me out to lunch today, and she chose the Corner Bakery. It's not a favorite of mine, because they don't have the best choices for someone trying to limit their calories. I ended up with a chicken sandwich that was around 500 calories; not the best, but I'll live. There was al... Read more

  • 9/29/14 - Bedtime

    9/29/2014 10:31:07 PM, by GORDON66

    I took the day off from work "just because". Except for a TRX class and trip to the gym, I had nothing planned. I enjoyed making up things as I went along. I made roasted garlic and potato soup. Wrapped in aluminum foil, the garlic was in the oven for an hour. Although the garlic smelled te... Read more

  • 9/28/14 - Bedtime

    9/28/2014 11:39:46 PM, by GORDON66

    It was an absolutely, positively gorgeous day in the Windy City, so I spent some time in the yard. The Fall Into Fitness 5K run/walk was well attended and well run. Although I was hoping for something speedier, I finished the walk in 49:59. It was fun!! Next Sunday I get to try again. I... Read more

  • Update!

    9/28/2014 7:29:32 PM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    Well! I didn't get the other job, but I do clean my friends bar & her house on the wkend. I barely have x 2 clean my own house, but it gets done.... Read more

  • 9/27/14 - Bedtime

    9/27/2014 11:29:12 PM, by GORDON66

    This evening I purchased a pair of size 14 pants. Never in my entire life have I been able to fit into a size so small. Bonus points. I also bought for the gym a pair of Everlast capri length pants that I found on the clearance rack. Today I spent 70 minutes on the treadmill. I'... Read more

  • 9/26/14 - Bedtime

    9/26/2014 11:55:50 PM, by GORDON66

    Since I no longer take up more space than I should, I'm enjoying seating where ever I would like on the "L". When I go down the stairs at the "L" station, my knees no longer hurt. It was a lovely, lovely fall day in the Windy City, so I was happy to wear a short sleeved T-shirt to mow th... Read more

  • 9/25/14 - Bedtime

    9/25/2014 10:39:13 PM, by GORDON66

    My trip to the gym has left me feeling euphoric. I knew that working out would be good for the body, but I never knew how it would affect my soul. As corny as that may sound, it's true. People are rooting for me. Since I had no expectations, I'm pretty overwhelmed. Last but not least, I... Read more

  • 9/24/14 - Bedtime

    9/24/2014 10:28:45 PM, by GORDON66

    I'm finally making peace with my body. When I do planks, my lower back no longer hurts. Hopefully, it's because my core and glutes are doing their jobs. I'm signing up for a 2.5K and another 5K. One is on Saturday and the other on Sunday of the same weekend. I have no doubt that I'll be... Read more

  • 9/23/14 - Bedtime

    9/23/2014 10:39:23 PM, by GORDON66

    I found out that I can dead lift a pair of 40-pound kettle bells. Who knew? I did two sets of 10 plank jacks, and I finished the second set without collapsing. The best thing of all is that it's so much easier for me to get up off the floor. Gosh darn. There were times it was ... Read more

  • 9/22/14 - Bedtime

    9/22/2014 10:39:09 PM, by GORDON66

    Today I was able to wear the smallest clothes I own, and my co-workers noticed that I'm progressing. Although the weather has gotten chillier, it hasn't affected the mosquitoes. I managed to thwart those pesky little insects by covering myself from head to foot. At work, someone filled th... Read more

  • 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