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  • New Health State of Mind

    11/21/2014 8:35:30 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Mind over matter. It's all in your head. And other smug remarks about the preeminence of cognition over pretty much everything. Obviously, weight loss, fitness, and health are not entirely mental things. I can't think away body fat or insulin resistance, nor will mental exercise... Read more

  • Hello for Friday

    11/21/2014 6:59:09 AM, by MUSICNUT

    Hello... Read more

  • And it goes on!

    11/21/2014 12:01:33 AM, by SKJALDDIS

    So i completely failed on my exercises on Wednesday but that's okay because i made up for it today. After i did it, i felt insanely better (probably just really happy that i did it and that it was over with) considering how tired i was due to school today. I just decided to get it done with there an... Read more

  • On Shrinking and Expanding

    11/20/2014 8:34:27 AM, by GIMMESPARK

    I was talking with a friend the other day about how I'm really making an effort to get out and do more--not just in terms of exercise, but stretching my mind, inspiring the creative parts of myself that haven't been nourished much over the past few years. Going to museums (free!), the theater, even ... Read more

  • Be the Queen of Your Own Life...

    11/19/2014 6:28:29 AM, by TRIANGLE-WOMAN

    For anyone who has not heard of "Queenisms" check out the Facebook page or website. www.queenofyourownlife.c
    om/tag/queenisms Here are a few to Spark your day ladies (no disrespect to the gentlemen out there...) This first one is what got me sharing. I've never se... Read more

  • Take What You Like

    11/18/2014 8:34:54 PM, by ALICIA363

    Although I am listening to the 21 days of the fatloser Mental Toughness program again, I haven't committed to the 90 days of 100% compliance. The Refuse to Regain book that ONEKIDSMOM worked through had a 90 day "opt-out" period, which kind of reminded me of the MT 90 days, which kind of led me bac... Read more

  • Fiesta Casino

    11/18/2014 7:24:12 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I went into the casino to apply for jobs, and ended up going to the buffet area. This looked interesting. This was some of the food in the "American" sectio... Read more

  • feelings I can't afford

    11/18/2014 2:16:26 PM, by IGNITEME101

    I am now LIVING IN THE MOMENT!! have been FEELING sorry for myself, and like all of us, it's a luxury I can't afford. Regret over the car accident is another thing I can't afford. ... Read more

  • Grandma passed away Friday night at 11 pm

    11/18/2014 10:03:35 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    My grandma passed away Friday night at 11 pm. We got a call from Uncle Bob that she had died at 11 pm. The funeral will be tomorrow morning at 11 am. We set up funeral arrangements Saturday morning at the funeral home. She died without dignity. She was in a lot of pain towards the end of her life. I... Read more

  • Day 1

    11/18/2014 2:08:41 AM, by CRAZYWRITER

    So staying on track can be hard. I went back to school and suddenly all my goals disappeared along with all my hard work. I am happy to say that I have not gain back anything. Instead I am happily at my starting weight. I'm going to simplify my diet plan. My ultimate goal lose 50 pounds in 50 w... Read more

  • just doing it - write your own story

    11/17/2014 8:08:04 PM, by ALICIA363

    I'm on Day 16 of re-listening to the Mental Toughness program that drew me into Spark: www.fatlosers.com/ Steve Siebold sounds almost heretic when he says, "Willpower works." The wag in me thinks "Won't power works. I won't eat the cake today. I won't dip into the candy ... Read more

  • Up and at em!

    11/17/2014 7:12:24 PM, by SKJALDDIS

    Well I've been falling behind a bit with my blogging, but I've been keeping up with my workouts. After a few days of contemplating what i'm going to do with my exercising, and of course after getting advice from my friend/motivator, i have decided that i will up my workouts to doing 45 minutes of zu... Read more

  • Choosing to stay positive

    11/16/2014 8:00:01 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    No matter what we do, no matter who we are, we are faced with daily choices. It could be as simple as choosing between which shoes to wear, or as complicated as what college to attend, or whether or not marrying that special someone is the right path for us. Other choices encompass how we think... Read more

  • Yippee, I found a .99 store

    11/16/2014 7:44:45 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    Now most of you have probably been inside a dollar store...family dollar, general dollar, or dollar tree. But I like the .99store better then all of those other... Read more

  • Catfish for breakfast

    11/15/2014 7:20:28 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    This breakfast is served at one of the small casinos, down the road from where I am living at the moment. I could of done without the hashbrowns...but they came with the meal so I ate them. I made sure to get water and not co... Read more

  • Lose Weight with Fart

    11/15/2014 5:04:17 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Fartlek, that is. I wasn't able to run for a while, because I had a knee injury that took a while to heal, but it's much better now. So I've been doing a little fartlek, which despite my previous entries, has nothing to do with the inordinately large quantity of peas and beans in my diet. ... Read more

  • Gratitudes: an act of kindness, Christmas decorations, and a productive day.

    11/15/2014 4:16:59 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) When I was driving today, I had to swerve a little out of my lane because a guy ahead of me pulled over unexpectedly and threw his door open. It wasn't dangerous ... there was plenty of time for me to make the adjustment and I may have been being too cautious. I probably could have got by just fi... Read more

  • Rejecting Binary Eating

    11/14/2014 11:16:02 PM, by ALICIA363

    I have two unhealthy eating responses to stress: over-eat, or under-eat. The MIL's issues provide a baseline stress level these days, and my day-to-day job is inherently stressful. It requires me to use my people skills to the maximum before the work week is over. As I've mentioned before, t... Read more

  • Every Workout Counts

    11/14/2014 4:45:59 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    I had to make some adjustments to my fitness routine this winter because I'm using the UP24 and the wristband doesn't read movement on the treadmill so I can't rely on that piece of equipment to get in my walking this winter. I c... Read more

  • Christina: A Proper Young Lady

    11/14/2014 12:00:39 PM, by SUEFROMRI

    “Christina – A Proper Lady” by Sue Winn I learned an important lesson this fall: Do not let your kids decide on the family’s vacation spot. If you do, the family may end up driving the endless ribbon of winding roads throughout the Midwest, without GPS service I might add, searching for the... Read more

  • Circle of Blessings...

    11/14/2014 11:07:10 AM, by TRIANGLE-WOMAN

    "Thank you for being there." That phrase means less and less...or more and more depending on how you view the yin and yang of the World Wide Web and of social media, social websites etc. Are we more connected? Or less. I'll leave that for you to decide. But I do know that there are ... Read more

  • On the Road Again

    11/14/2014 6:02:31 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    First car I have owned in over 10 years. This picture was taken yesterday at the one & only gas station inside the Grand Canyon National Park. Well I lost a total of 25# while I was at the park this year. I did not get the car un... Read more

  • Parent - Teacher Conference

    11/13/2014 8:55:26 AM, by ANDREWMOM

    Not completely looking forward to it tonight... if he would stop pooping his pants I would but... sigh!!!... Read more

  • Third Weigh In & Measurements

    11/13/2014 8:46:56 AM, by PHOENIXXRISING

    So, I've lost, officially, roughly a pound. Yay! I know, I know, weight fluctuates, blah blah. Shut it. I lost a pound. ;P Also an inch off my hips measurement! Yea! Boo Yah! Though I've somehow managed to gain half an inch in my thigh measurements..? Eh. I'm gonna call this a win! :) So t... Read more

  • Gratitudes: writing funny, co-parenting with my daughter, a newly slim cat.

    11/13/2014 4:11:29 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) I had quite an adventure last night that started with an unwanted visitor in my bedroom and ended with my husband and I sleeping on the sofa. I wrote up the story for the Paranormalist blog and I absolutely love the post. I don't get to write funny very often so this was a treat. Also, I'm gratef... Read more

  • Renewing My Goals

    11/12/2014 3:22:25 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    Right now I am relying heavily on my UP24, using it to track my steps so I can focus on meeting my step goal right now to get myself more active again and also using the food tracker to keep track of my calories and keep myself in... Read more

  • Just for today...

    11/12/2014 6:06:42 AM, by TRIANGLE-WOMAN

    I tried a little experiment yesterday. I focused for just one day on staying in my nutritional range, drinking my water and getting in my exercise. And I logged and stayed within my nutritional ranges. I drank all my water. Took my vitamins. And worked in the yard lugging heavy pots and ... Read more

  • Points again!

    11/12/2014 1:36:40 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    I have obviously slacked in my sparking so I have not noticed that there are now more point levels to go for - yipeee, it was sad (and weird) to notice that once I reached the highest level I started to slack in my spraking as weill. Now I only wish they would bring back the "huddle" function i... Read more

  • Gratitudes: the comfort of cuddling, an appreciative son, ice cleats.

    11/12/2014 12:22:55 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) The comfort and security I derive from a long embrace with my husband. Falling asleep on his knee for a much-needed micro-nap. 2)My son's heartfelt apology for blowing off the call to dinner. When he finally tore himself away from his online game with friends, he made sure to thank me for ta... Read more

  • new beginning

    11/12/2014 12:15:23 AM, by FREEINGMYSELF3

    I still feel lost but I need to stop the negativity. I know I don't have many resources available, but I can still figure things out. Everyone's journey is different... I just need to find mine. I need to exercise more, but I need to start slow since I've slipped up. Good luck to everyone!... Read more

  • update on treatment for pain and sad news

    11/11/2014 11:41:58 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    Yesterday I went to Advanced Pain Management to see Dr. Araujo for my 2nd trigger point injection in my right foot. He asked me if I had talked to a podiatrist about orthotics yet. Since he doesn't want to be doing trigger point injections every month for me because of the cortisone. This time the s... Read more

  • Achy Breaky

    11/11/2014 10:46:28 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Legs. Leg day for me doesn't involve squats with gargantuan plates on a barbell. Nope, leg day means loading up the backpack with upwards of 50 pounds and hiking the hilly terrain around me. Or it means doing a large number of body weight legsercises, like squats, box jumps, or squat ... Read more

  • Veterans Day 2014.....

    11/11/2014 6:10:21 PM, by 100LBLIGHTER

    My Dad My Hubby The day that we set aside for our Veterans is almost over..... Facebook is just loaded with pictures of Dads, Grand parents, Sons, Daughte... Read more

  • Gratitudes: a happy son, a safe and handy husband, new members, and getting stuff done.

    11/11/2014 12:43:23 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) My son seems to have had a good day again. 2) My husband will be working from home again tomorrow, which means I won't have to drive myself to or from work, because he's awesome that way. 3) A couple of people have joined my Fit to Write team. 4) I completed everything I wanted to ... Read more

  • BREAKING INTO THE LIGHT!

    11/10/2014 9:28:09 PM, by IGNITEME101

    my for ALL of the encouraging spark mails, goodies, comments I've received during this time of recuperating!! Ist Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Once again HIS... Read more

  • Suicide Prevention Race

    11/10/2014 11:55:58 AM, by NYINME

    I participated in a 5K walk, 10K race over the weekend for support of Suicide Prevention. I did the walk since I don't run. Had I realized it was actually a race, I may have moved faster! As it was, I lingered so I could talk with... Read more

  • Lung Cancer

    11/10/2014 10:35:48 AM, by GRAMMYNSC

    Well in August I had pneumonia and then I had a sinus infection and an abcessed tooth...anywho they found 2 masses in my lungs 1 in each so I had a series of blood work, xrays and a CT scan and after all that they wanted to do a PET scan to see if "IT" had spread....went to a church meeting with my ... Read more

  • No peace until he is done

    11/10/2014 10:22:52 AM, by ANDREWMOM

    none. It will always be this way until he stops. The psych appt was better but it still is not good at home. He just does not want to stop I think... I just hope that he does not get hurt because of this, he has such great friends at school, Shame if they start treating him bad. Kids can be so... Read more

  • Gratitudes: weather wisdom, clear and simple goals, a fresh start.

    11/10/2014 4:34:35 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) My husband has agreed to work from home tomorrow to avoid the commute that is likely to be dangerous, thanks to our first snowstorm of the year. (We're expecting between 6 inches to more than a foot.) I'm so grateful he happened to bring his laptop home for the weekend. 2) I've sorted out so... Read more

  • lost

    11/9/2014 11:06:33 PM, by FREEINGMYSELF3

    I feel lost. I've gained so much weight. This was not suppose to be this way... I haven't paid attention to things...and now I feel like I'm back at the beginning. I wish I had someone here with me to keep m eve on track, but I don't have it available to me as of now. What do we do when this happens... Read more

  • Day Twenty-three: Cooking

    11/9/2014 10:41:20 PM, by LIKEAGROWNUP

    I like to cook. Since we moved in next-door to mom, I've been cooking for her and my uncle 2-3 times a week. I need to find more foods they will like that will fit in with my way of eating. I will have to give it some thought and do some exploration. Suggestions are welcome: they like meat and potat... Read more

  • Fascinating and simple recipe to try: Pine syrup!

    11/9/2014 4:10:28 PM, by SCOOTER4263

    This stuff is amazing in tea and I'm sure in a bunch of other things I haven't thought of yet. Following the pine syrup recipe is the recipe for using it in an Alpine Manhattan. I have not yet made this but it sounds wonderful, and would make a lovely holiday beverage. The pine syrup also be w... Read more

  • Repeat and say again

    11/9/2014 3:32:57 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Since my husband and I have been through all our health issues, and especially how far he has come, we have an ongoing mutual admiration society going. Every time we just glance at each other, sit in the car next to each other, or anytime we touch hands or elbows while sitting together, we both... Read more

  • Update on Foot Pain and Pain in General

    11/9/2014 3:21:04 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    Hello everyone, I thought I would give you an update on what is going on now. I know i haven't updated in a while. I went to see Rita last Thursday afternoon. I told her about my foot hurting at night. She wants me try another trigger point injection with Doctor Araujo. I will be going in tomorrow ... Read more

  • Fit Before Noon

    11/8/2014 11:34:06 AM, by KERELLA

    I missed my workout yesterday. Dinner took longer than I anticipated. Most Fridays DH and I just go v out to eat and come home, leaving me time to squeeze a run in before bed. Last night, though, we went shopping for a piece of office equipment and to the grocery store. So, what would have... Read more

  • Gratitudes: an improvement in my son's mood, the budget, a place for the new bowls.

    11/8/2014 1:55:39 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) After a few rough shifts in a row, my son had a good day at work. Apparently he pleased a customer enough that she gave him a fist pump. (Not a bump ... this is that thing that someone does when they say, "Yessssss!") Anyway, I've been worried about him just lately. He's pretty stable, but with h... Read more

  • Blog Numero Four

    11/7/2014 8:39:44 PM, by SKJALDDIS

    So today, i did 45 minutes of my zumba workout and i was surprised with myself. The last time i did this workout i nearly died after the half way mark, but today, instead of feeling and doing poorly, i only started to feel tired at the very end of it. Which means, i definitely have more of an energ... Read more

  • MIA Motivator

    11/7/2014 6:04:38 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Oops. Imagine my surprise when I looked at my e-mail from a couple of days ago, that I was motivator of the day! Thank you. I am grateful for your support. It motivates me to do more than I actually am. Life is hard, but we overcome and keep on keeping on. Now, let me make things cle... Read more

  • Technology is wonderful

    11/7/2014 12:11:22 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I took my car to Honest Auto for an oil change and engine light check. They have dedicated laptop computers set up at tables to use while they work on your car, and I decided to check my Spark teams. Isn't technology wonderful? My wife called me to ask if I could stop on the way back to pick up ... Read more

  • Tracking My Wellness

    11/7/2014 10:01:13 AM, by PATIMAGE

    One of my favorite features of the SparkPeople tracking system is the daily Wellness Tracker (“Track Weight”). I make it a point to do this tracking every morning, as it reminds me that: (1) my Energy Level is or should always be at a Level 5; (2) my Stress Level is or should always be at a Level 1;... Read more

  • Peace

    11/7/2014 8:23:42 AM, by ANDREWMOM

    Another Psych appt - another few weeks of peace until the explosions begin again. It happens every time. I am so tired of this cycle. Please, little man, stop this behavior before the next explosion... I can not take it anymore!!!! I know it is a control issue and he really has no idea ho... Read more

  • 9 monhts ago

    11/7/2014 2:06:51 AM, by EVILPASSION

    nine months ago I lost my daughter and I've kind of lost em too, along the way. Both the youngest and i are still mourning, jsut not ever second of every day now. So muc we could have said, or done. Oddly, I know that if she were here right now, she'd be saying, "Get ofver it ma!' iN THE MEANTI... Read more

  • Day Twenty: Life is a walk on the beach

    11/6/2014 11:16:53 PM, by LIKEAGROWNUP

    Or at least today was, literally. After my job interview, I picked up my partner and we went and walked along the beach for a while--lovely way to get in some exercise. It was nice to take the break, and then we went to buy a few things, and picked up some take-out to share with the family. The res... Read more

  • Week Forty-Four Weigh-In Day

    11/6/2014 9:24:24 AM, by EABHA70

    Hmmm. I seem to have missed a few weeks... Well, things got tough. It started shortly after my last weigh-in blog at the end of September when I discovered the candy bar at the 7-Eleven around the corner. Ugh. I've never been one for gummies or sours, but I started buying them by the bagful. Th... Read more

  • Gratitudes: candy from a stranger, extra sleep, and time with my daughter.

    11/6/2014 2:46:26 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) At work tonight I was making chit-chat with a guest who was checking in. I mentioned that the hotel's snack machine broke, so I couldn't get my weekly candy bar. (I know - candy bars are bad, but it's my weekly treat on Wed. nights.) ANYWAY. I got him all set up, but instead of going up to his ro... Read more

  • A visit to the doctor

    11/5/2014 11:02:07 PM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    I had a busy day yesterday - three press conferences in a row and all three with articles that was supposed to be delievered for todays paper. State of the world market and prognosis for 2015 ... brought the computer and between that conference and the next (that was about how the city centers shopp... Read more

  • Blogging o.o

    11/5/2014 7:22:41 PM, by SKJALDDIS

    I have come to my own conclusion that after every time I work out, or at least one- three times a week, I will blog about how i feel. That way in several weeks or even a month i can read an old one and see how much stronger and healthier i've become. Usually i don't do blogging, but i find that i t... Read more

  • Day 3..

    11/5/2014 10:50:59 AM, by CARIMCNICHOL

    It was so hard to get out of bed and head to the gym this morning. I feel like, with work, I am completely exhausted. I did manage to read for a little while yesterday, but as soon as I sit still, I start to get sleepy.. I was at the gym by a little after 6 this morning. I was so tired that th... Read more

  • Okay, time for a new plan.

    11/5/2014 9:27:56 AM, by SCOOTER4263

    All summer - basically early May through now - I work as a landscaper and professional gardener. I don't have to try to get my 10,000 steps in every day - I usually have them by noon - and I lift just plenty of heavy things, so I honestly don't worry about exercise. Sometimes I watch... Read more

  • Wolfes and more...

    11/5/2014 3:42:08 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    Had planned to go to the gym yesterday and signed up for a group with circle training - couldn´t find one of hte shoes so I never got there. Thought doggy was guilty but found the other shoe in my car later... Compensated with joining the dog walk in the evening (a facebookgroup that gathers u... Read more

  • no cohesive theme, just nattering

    11/4/2014 9:54:26 PM, by ALICIA363

    Once every couple of years I make Butternut Squash soup. It's fairly labor intensive, for me, and there aren't a lot of recipes out there that are worth this effort. I made it tonight, though, and I had forgotten how perfectly this one suits my tastes. Seriously, we go together almost as well... Read more

  • Second Weigh In and Nano Update

    11/4/2014 3:01:56 PM, by PHOENIXXRISING

    Ok, so weigh in number two rolled around and, I admit, I was a little disappointed to see that 205 still staring up at me from the digital scale under my feet. But I know why it was. I have been exercising, yes, and I have been tracking my food, yes, at least for the most part. I'd say I hit between... Read more

  • I'm Back, Muhahaha

    11/4/2014 1:41:53 PM, by SKJALDDIS

    So last week wasn't great, at the most i worked out 40 minutes due to a minor foot injury that i needed to make sure was healed before I went back to working out, which means it's been about a week since i've really had a good exercise, which i am slightly disappointed in. I am overall though, happy... Read more

  • Gratitudes: soft, clean skin, accepting failure(s), and moving on.

    11/4/2014 3:14:28 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    Actually this was a rough day. I'm here because I believe it MOST important to do my gratitude practice on days when it's hard. 1) The exfoliation products I wrote about yesterday are AWESOME. I'm sooo smooth right now. 2) I'm excited about starting a new SP team for writers. It didn't wor... Read more

  • Celebrating november

    11/4/2014 12:17:28 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    November has always been special to me - I admit that september and october are mostly better autumn months but as I am born in november I always felt good about it and it is only later years that I have realised that it is the darkest and rudest month if I consider rain, darness and cold... Bu... Read more

  • Live in the present and reach your goals

    11/3/2014 9:28:08 AM, by OLDEROWL

    This is meant to be merely an introduction to my The Holistic, Naturopathic Alternative Group which is meant to enable us to gain the knowledge and motivation to treat food, exercise and thought like medicines so we allow our bodies digestion and immune systems and stress response to prevent and rem... Read more

  • Gratitudes: laughing, finding a skin product, understanding why other dogs don't like mine

    11/3/2014 1:49:59 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) I mentioned last night that I had a good time playing a board game with my menfolk, and grocery shopping with my husband. I realized after I went to bed that I was pretty vague about it. What I should have written as my gratitude was that I laughed a lot yesterday. At one point, during the b... Read more

  • Another Monday

    11/3/2014 12:06:26 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    Waking up fairly early, think I´ll give myself ten minutes of accordian practice before I start moving... my ambition today is to make the plan for next edition and start doing some small things with it. For the moment I am a quitter with the standup next week...I feel silly not wanting to do i... Read more

  • Day Sixteen: not every day goes great

    11/2/2014 11:17:45 PM, by LIKEAGROWNUP

    I've lost track of things the past couple of days, but I'm not going to let it derail me. There will be rough days--that's just life. Onward and upward!... Read more

  • Ramblings of Sunday 11/2/2014

    11/2/2014 8:15:35 PM, by SARCASTICALLYME

    Well today is/was a weigh in day and since weighing in I have been trying to brainstorm. Mostly about my weight and the goals around it and the best way to stage the next weigh down goal. I now I don't want to just aim the goal on the base of Obese, Overweight, Normal. So my question I guess is how ... Read more

  • Best Friends

    11/2/2014 5:34:44 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    I saw a quote today that I want to add to my own list of regular reminders. Consistency is Results' best friend. I agree, and upon consideration, I understand this to be true in more ways than one. At first glance what I got from this is that it matches my experience with managing my ... Read more

  • How to find your passion and follow it

    11/2/2014 3:35:11 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I am a bit disappointed with my self because I haven't actually started an anti-inflammation diet although I read enough material on the subject, tried a couple of meals and started a team devoted to it. You see I don't do the cooking in my house, and I'm having difficulty even discussing the topi... Read more

  • Phobias

    11/2/2014 2:18:25 PM, by WINDYCITYCYNDEE

    Well, I revealed in my status yesterday that I overcame a phobia. This is for Nora and Carolyn, who wanted to hear the story! Last year, I taught a graduate course for the first time and had a blast doing so. When I got the evaluations back from the students, they were crankier than... Read more

  • Will the REAL Me PLEASE Stand up???

    11/2/2014 11:44:01 AM, by IGNITEME101

    Have any of my sparked friends been suffering with emotional pain from abuse or shame/regret over your past? Are you emotionally eating, once again? The warfare can make us feel as though we are *LESS than what Jesus says!! He says I'm HIS!! If we have HIM in our lives, if we claim... Read more

  • Recharging my Spark Program

    11/2/2014 10:16:36 AM, by NYINME

    OK, so I love Halloween. I see that I joined Spark People exactly a year ago, right after that wonderful holiday. Candy has always been my downfall. I bought lots of it for our trick-or-treaters, then the weather report kept most... Read more

  • free 21 day law of attraction meditation series starts 11/3

    11/2/2014 7:06:18 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Oprah Winfrey and her meditation expert, Deepak Chopra, every so often give us free 21 Day meditation sessions to enjoy. Sorry for the late notice but I just notice that this session focuses on using the power of positivity to attract improvements, even more wealth, into your life. To register go... Read more

  • Gratitudes: gorcery shopping, game playing and bathing.

    11/2/2014 6:32:35 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) We went shopping today, and spent A LOT of money on groceries and I'm looking forward to many good meals. Also, shopping with my husband is so much more fun than it has any right to be. 2) I got to spend some tie playing that game Pandemic with my menfolk. It's really such a fascinating game... Read more

  • November - starting from skratch..again.

    11/2/2014 4:11:02 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    One good thing with being on the bottom is that there is only one way to go - upwards! Not entirely true because I CAN get deeper, I can gain more and feel even lousier. And that scares me stiff is that I don´t trust myself t be able to turn things round. Read more

  • Not like the others

    11/1/2014 9:07:46 PM, by ALICIA363

    I didn't look like the other runners out there this morning. But it didn't stop us from exchanging a friendly "hi" or giddy happy smiles when we passed each other. We all knew we were nuts. It was 31 degrees with significant wi... Read more

  • Gratitudes: Halloween, making masks, my family.

    11/1/2014 1:46:38 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) We had an unusual Halloween for us ... very low key. I never did carve my Jack, nor did I put up my decorations. That's VERY weird for me. I voiced my concerns that maybe I am depressed and don't know it to my husband. I explained that I REALLY don't feel sad or numb or anything, but that I could... Read more

  • Day Fourteen

    10/31/2014 10:28:15 PM, by LIKEAGROWNUP

    Nice day today. Got some new shoes, did a lot of walking, took it mostly easy. Tomorrow, my partner and I are moving most of our stuff into our temporary room, but even if all I have time for is logging in, I'm not going to break my streak. Have a lovely weekend, SparkFriends!... Read more

  • Update on crutches

    10/31/2014 2:58:17 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    This is officially the last week on the crutches and boot right now. I know I haven't kept you updated all the time. I have been swamped with course work of late. I however have found so far no relief from foot pain. It has actually gotten worse or stayed the same most of the time with the boot and... Read more

  • MUSIC MUSINGS.

    10/31/2014 2:28:05 PM, by ANGELBELIEVER

    Good afternoon y'all from sunny, breezy Fl. We are going down to the low 50's tonight and low 40's Sunday morning. I hate cold weather. I know, I'm whining compared to the weather some of you have. Forgive me! This is the organ ... Read more

  • Happy Halloweenie!

    10/31/2014 1:44:15 PM, by ANDREWMOM

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  • ESI is probably not a surgery ?

    10/31/2014 10:56:53 AM, by IGNITEME101

    After talk... Read more

  • Gratitudes: fuzzy booties, Pandemic, professional courtesy.

    10/31/2014 3:34:05 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) Putting on brand-new fuzzy booties for the very first time. SO soft and snuggle-some. I wish they would stay so plush. 2) My son used some of his tip-money to buy a new board game. It's called Pandemic and it's one of the best games I've ever played. I am not naturally competitive. When... Read more

  • A Sack of Potatoes, A Pumpkin, A Baby

    10/30/2014 11:26:28 PM, by WINDYCITYCYNDEE

    So yesterday, I threw a fit because I had only lost .1 pounds at weigh-in and I had been such a good Sparker all week. Today I got on the scale for a second weigh-in and found that the .9 other part of a pound was gone. That means I've lost 10 pounds on Spark since my first weigh-in, pre-BL, ... Read more

  • Day Thirteen: Stress will not win

    10/30/2014 11:19:29 PM, by LIKEAGROWNUP

    Stressy day. Not so much for me as for my family, but it threw me off my routine. Still did pretty well, and now that my tracker is here, had fun putting some steps on it. Tomorrow we move out of the apartment for the next step in the process of renovation the house. I need to do some menu plan... Read more

  • WALKING ON MY TREADMILL DAILY.

    10/30/2014 11:02:07 PM, by ANGELBELIEVER

    Hi everyone. I love, love, love my treadmill. I am now doing 20 minutes twice a day on the off days from Curves. When I go to Curves I only walk 20 minutes at night. I stay about 1.5 MPH but I did do 10 minutes of 2 MPH last night. I tried the first of 6 walking for wt. loss settings tonight and I... Read more

  • Stopping repeated negative thoughts

    10/30/2014 8:59:13 AM, by OLDEROWL

    The Power Of Positivity If your struggling to fight off negative thoughts that keep occurring then remember the five S’s: 1. Sense the negative thought creeping in. Watch your emotions come and go. If some emotion of feeling anxious, hurt, ashamed, angry or depressed lingers, then you are in ... Read more

  • stumble

    10/30/2014 5:55:20 AM, by FREEINGMYSELF3

    I have no motivation to exercise.... I'm afraid to go back to the weight I was. I don't want to do this a bad way. I feel lost. I need to make myself get outside... but how do I make myself do that? To be honest I feel kind of hopeless. I feel like I can't control anything anymore... I don't have a ... Read more

  • Gratitudes: my work, my other work, and my critters.

    10/30/2014 4:03:36 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) I'm really happy with the post I wrote at the paranormalist blog today. I did an in-depth, spoiler-filled review of the extreme haunted attraction I went to last Friday. It's long, but its purpose was two-fold. Not only is it appropriate fodder for the blog, but it will also serve as a my memory ... Read more

  • Addicted

    10/29/2014 11:47:33 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Hi, I'm Shoto and I'm a sugar addict. Okay, so as far as I know, there isn't ACTUALLY a 12-step program for that. But there probably should be. I walked into the supermarket hungry yesterday, made beeline for the bakery (which does actual on-site baking), and looked over their fare wi... Read more

  • Day Twelve: tracker!

    10/29/2014 11:33:18 PM, by LIKEAGROWNUP

    Got my Spark tracker in the mail today. Yay! Well, I already had one, but I misplaced it and they're on half-price sale right now, so I went for it. Looking forward to the extra motivation I get from tracking. ... Read more

  • my stressors, overeating, and sleep

    10/29/2014 10:48:49 PM, by ALICIA363

    Hi, guys! I miss being out here more. But you know, I have to take care of myself. It's a very stressful time in our household, with MIL going from ER to ICU to hospital room to nursing home in the past couple of weeks. Next week, she'll go to an assisted care facility. She has many chronic... Read more

  • Turn negative thoughts into positive action

    10/29/2014 8:47:54 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Experiencing setbacks and having stressful situations is a fact of life. In order to avoid feelings of being over whelmed by stress and to make positive gains, we first need to learn to look for the positive side of everything. The following is an exercise I got from the lawofattraction.com. St... Read more

  • Ramblings of Wednesday 10/29/2014

    10/29/2014 5:10:52 PM, by SARCASTICALLYME

    Wow my last blog post was 18 days ago! Well nothing major has happened really. Other then I have started crocheting again and I am currently addicted to it. When I am crocheting its like I gets lost in my own little bubble of time and I can and will lose track of time as I am working on a project. W... Read more

  • Are you in pain and suffering?

    10/29/2014 8:33:59 AM, by IGNITEME101

    My HELP COMES FROM THE ONE WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH Turn around! MORE & MORE WE NEED TO LOOK AT THIS ISSUE: ... Read more

  • Blood pressure rocketing!

    10/29/2014 2:41:27 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    If you have been reading my blogs for a while you know that I developed high blood pressure 15 months ago - and that I thoguh exercise and losing weight got it down to normal. I have to admit that I did not really believe it was me - I thought that my doctor fooled me a bit by giving me medicine agi... Read more

  • Gratitudes: work, my son, my French braid.

    10/29/2014 2:24:35 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    Tired tonight, and I still have about an hour's worth of stuff to do, so a quick set and I'm out. 1) Work today wasn't particularly exciting or stressful. Good enough. 2) My son and I have developed the habit of checking in on each other's work days, even if only one of us had a shift. My ... Read more