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  • 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

  • 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 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 Actually trying to reel myself in from weekend eating, I did alright on Saturday & Sunday but yesterday I ate quite a few rib 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