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  • This is why we can't have nice things (photos)

    12/20/2014 1:25:28 PM, by SCOOTER4263

    The main problem: Passer and receiver: Not to be left out (the first on is still in the tree - you can pick him out if you look hard): ... Read more

  • Expectations .....Great? or None? That is The Question.

    12/20/2014 9:37:21 AM, by 100LBLIGHTER

    I spent a little time reading some of my friends blogs and comments last night after i had spent an hour or more writing my own blog. Lately my blogs have been about life... it seems to take precedence over the exercise.... and... Read more

  • Not The Christmas I was Expecting

    12/19/2014 9:37:02 PM, by 100LBLIGHTER

    This photo was taken 6 years ago... I do not even have this tree anymore. But I don't have a tree up for the first time in my adult life. No festive decorations inside or outside. ... Read more

  • Busting Excuses

    12/19/2014 4:31:18 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    I am all ready for Christmas. Today I finished up my shopping and everything is as close to perfect as it's going to get. I got all the candy for Fritzy's Christmas stocking and all his presents are wrapped and hidden in the close... Read more

  • Holiday Season

    12/19/2014 1:19:18 AM, by JUSTMEOK66

    Whewwww!! Today was a "tough day" to stay on the wagon!! BUT..the tips I read on this Spark website helped me to "fit in my exercise" by divvying it up into three segments throughout my busy day. I had to "dodge food temptation bombs" all day!!! Especially during dinner at the "Olive Garden" where I... Read more

  • Life is a journey, enjoy it.

    12/19/2014 12:24:43 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Too many of us make our happiness conditioned upon achieving a desired goal or dream. This is partly due to seeing all those ads that present various products as something we must have to be successful. It is good to have a goal or dream for it helps us plan for the future, but fears of failure of... Read more

  • Can I get a "Yay, me!"?

    12/18/2014 9:17:55 PM, by ALICIA363

    7:47 p.m. 18 minutes. That's all I need to make up the bike-riding deficits of the last 2 days. The stress has me pedaling at greater than 15 mph immediately. I still have all the cards to go. Okay, not all. Some more, and then organize for morning. 13 more minutes, Ace. Hang in there!... Read more

  • Cheese, Bubblebath, Feet, Cat Loss

    12/18/2014 9:27:10 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I am a recovering cheese addict, which I write only partly joking. I overdo my cheese intake. However, I was off of cheese for the past three weeks due to chest congestion/bronchitis. The other night, I make a small helping of nachos, with a huge helping of cheese. I immediately felt the differe... Read more

  • Just decluttering my brain

    12/17/2014 7:56:02 PM, by ALICIA363

    I should be writing out those 100 greeting cards ... I only have tonight and tomorrow to do it. And preparing special cards, and treat boxes, for special people. I have a two-night deadline because of work. But I needed to purge my brain first. I made it through "treat" day. I planned t... Read more

  • How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

    12/17/2014 7:18:33 PM, by JESPAH

    https://www.youtube.com/
    watch?v=F90Cw4l-8NY How am I gonna be an optimist about this? Easy. I've been published!! ♥ Yes, really. W00t!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ www.amazon.com/Untrustwo
    r... Read more

  • *Just a final notice* very small

    12/16/2014 11:36:58 PM, by SARCASTICALLYME

    I said I wasn't gonna do this again but after debating for the past few days I have figured it might be easier to just get one last new account rather then going through and emptying out all the past contents of this account!... Read more

  • Veggie Tales

    12/16/2014 11:36:05 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    I'm always experimenting and testing to see how different dietary approaches work with my primary concern - keeping my blood sugar in a healthy place. I've known for more than a year of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's approach to dietary diabetes management, which is essentially a vegetarian diet. I ha... Read more

  • Hesitation

    12/16/2014 10:46:11 PM, by TRIANGLE-WOMAN

    Hello folks, It's been a while since I posted. I'm going to post one thing, a link to a vlog from my middle daughter, a reading of her original poem called "Hesitation" I have looked at this many times, and it alternately gives me hope or crushes me to dust depending on the lens I loo... Read more

  • Moments of forgetfulness

    12/16/2014 6:27:38 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Today was rip roaring crazy. My fitbit let me know I had made my 5000 step mark somewhere before lunch, and the day is not done. I had back to back meetings at work, and was listened to because of my being a degree holding librarian. It was a most impressive day. I worked hard, and was recognize... Read more

  • The blind men and the elephant

    12/16/2014 8:51:00 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I enjoyed John Godfrey Saxe's ( 1816-1887) version of the famous Indian legend: It was six men of Indostan, To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approach'd the Elephant, ... Read more

  • My Fitbit 2500 Mile Award

    12/15/2014 10:00:38 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Yesterday I received my Monarch Migration Award from Fitbit; they said that the Monarch butterfly migrates 2500 miles to warmer climate. And that I am giving them stiff competition with my now 2500 miles on FB. I wish I'd kept track of when I got the FB. Really don't recall. (Sometime this ... Read more

  • Healthy Leftovers

    12/14/2014 11:43:15 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    I'm pushing the definition of leftovers, but the healthy part is certain. So I eat a lot of legumes - peas and beans - and especially different kinds of dried peas and beans. I'm running out of several different types of dried peas and beans simultaneously, so I used the remnants of them ... Read more

  • After A Loss

    12/14/2014 8:35:19 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've had so many thoughts to write about the loss of my dear little fur baby, but now I'm at a loss for words. It's been very difficult and Harry has been looking everywhere for him. All of your kind messages have been very helpful and appreciated. I'll try to write more as the days go ... Read more

  • Ramblings of Sunday 12/14/2014

    12/14/2014 6:59:43 PM, by SARCASTICALLYME

    So today was/is a weigh in day and after a few good weeks it appears I have gone back up and am now at 264.6. Its not terrible but more like something that is triggering questions and the plotting of plans. So for the rest of 2014.......I QUIT! Okay so I'm going to explain that. for the ... Read more

  • Life = gone to hell

    12/13/2014 5:18:14 PM, by DRAGONCHILDE

    So my life just imploded. My husband left me. The reasons are... multitude. Suffice it to say I am not blameless; however, he is living in a situation that is not conducive to healthy... anything at the moment. It's only been a week, and my world is falling apart. I'm not eating. I'm bar... Read more

  • For me (but you can use it if it's useful to you)

    12/13/2014 11:17:15 AM, by ALICIA363

    It's the weekend, so time to get some of this week's Sparkly thoughts and learning out of my head by blogging. It clears my mind, refreshes my memory, reinforces the positive behaviors, and prepares me to learn more. I just realized that I didn't eat from the candy basket all week ... Read more

  • Devastated and Heartbroken

    12/13/2014 8:02:42 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Willie was my shadow. Woke me up each morning for 10 years. A bundle of energy and clown purrsonality. I miss him so much already. Harry is looking everywhere for him. They were very close. I'm still in shock. I was just getting over this bronchial infection, but from all the crying, my chest... Read more

  • MY CAT, PRINCE WILLIAM, DIED AN HOUR AGO

    12/12/2014 9:31:50 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've been sobbing. It looked like a heart attack. My heart is broken. p.s. Is it better for the other one to see William and say goodbye, or not see him.... Read more

  • Rain, Faulty Thirst Mechanism, Broken Hunger Mechanism

    12/12/2014 9:46:14 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Rain is headed from NoCal and due to fall any minute. After such a serious drought, this is another welcomed storm. Hope these keep coming although they are doing damage to my new yards - primarily the front yard. But it can be fixed in the Spring. Several articles I've read about water inta... Read more

  • Slow Down

    12/11/2014 7:41:23 PM, by ALICIA363

    This image has been, and still is, on my Start Page goal board since I started Spark People. There is a story about my birth: The doctor told my mother to quit pushing. My mother (I am her fourth child) told him, "I'm not pu... Read more

  • Wondering about this scale info I read

    12/11/2014 11:47:49 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    A couple of articles mentioned that a scale shouldn't be used by multiple people. Just one individual should use each home scale. Why would that be? It's not as though it will change accuracy. Just curious. Anyone have ideas on this? I've been doing weekly weigh-ins and happy about pro... Read more

  • Today's Insight

    12/11/2014 9:37:43 AM, by NYINME

    I had an insight today that surprised me. Last time, I wrote here about self-sabotage. Today, I'm thinking about ways in which I've been setting myself up for success rather than failure. All throughout my day, I notice things I've previously planned or set up so that I'd have healthy choices to mak... Read more

  • Birthday wishes

    12/11/2014 12:50:19 AM, by FREEINGMYSELF3

    Hi, my name is Stephanie. I weigh 248 pounds, and as of midnight, I am now 24 years old. I am making vow here and now to myself, that I will NOT stay or gain anymore pounds. I will lose this weight and be well under 200 pounds by my birthday next year. I am giving myself this year.. a year to ... Read more

  • Thank you, Becksters! (Beckians?)

    12/10/2014 6:58:37 AM, by ALICIA363

    This is a little longer than a status update, so I'm putting it out on the blog. I just want to say thank you to the Spark People who are sharing the Beck information, because I am able to take away and use ideas. When I was inhaling lunch at my desk yesterday, I remembered to slow down and th... Read more

  • Work, Backs, Collisions, and stuff

    12/9/2014 7:59:30 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    My oh my oh my! It is that season of ultra busy ness. I have been working full time since August, so I rarely get on the computer at night. Work is going well, and I love it. My back was doing pretty good, without a whole lot of extra bad stuff going on. I was feeling pretty good about ... Read more

  • Will Calorie Posting Make a Difference to Most People?

    12/9/2014 9:15:43 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    There's a lot of talk these days about the upcoming enforcement in 2015 of all venues that sell food to post calories. All - hot dog vendors, food trucks, etc. While the theory might be great, I wonder if a population that eats badly will actually care about those postings. Not to mention t... Read more

  • Time Wasted

    12/9/2014 7:58:53 AM, by SQUIDDY

    I find if I sit at the computer for any length of time I tend to go down the rabbit hole and hours disappear that I could definatetly squeeze at least 1 or 2 workout periods into. Facebook is my worst enemy to my workouts as I get sucked into all the games and posted videos so I keep up with all my... Read more

  • Roll Bounce

    12/8/2014 10:29:00 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Just to mix things up with fitness, I periodically incorporate a few things that aren't my usual fitness fare. Among them are an ab wheel (Roll), and an exercise ball (Bounce). There are variations of different exercises for both, but both are excellent for core work and are cheap addition... Read more

  • Diet News

    12/7/2014 11:59:49 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    I'm dieting from the news. I can only ingest so much traumatic, disheartening, infuriating, disgraceful examples of human cruelty, greed, and indifference per day. I'm pretty sure that stuff is not good for my health. Or my sanity.... Read more

  • OMG! Hide the Cheetos

    12/7/2014 9:45:35 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I was sitting here reading my school book (yes I started school last week) and got the munchies so as I turned the pages with 1 hand, the other hand was digging into a 9 ounce bag of cheetos without even looking at the bag. When I finally did look at the bag it was 1/2 empty. There is supposed ... Read more

  • Writer's block or ? new goals

    12/7/2014 4:42:17 PM, by IGNITEME101

    I don't think I've ever gone so long without writing a spark blog. Doing the best I can. I feel like these are my choices in life: OR: ... Read more

  • Watching Friend's Addiction to Mountain Dew

    12/7/2014 1:06:29 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I'm not the type of person who intrudes on others' lives unless my opinion is sought. It's tough to see a friend who is totally hooked on Mtn. Dew - the worst of all poisons to drink. Yikes! I try to provide general info in a tactful way, but have no real control. Sad to see friends destroying t... Read more

  • Oh Humbug it's Christmas

    12/6/2014 8:20:39 PM, by HYATTI1

    Oh my gosh, I am worn out from the Thanksgiving Holiday now I am facing Christmas and all that brings. I so enjoy getting together the few times a year, but as the years go by it seems like it tires me more and more. Our Thanksgiving was filled with a ton of food, ( I did not over eat th... Read more

  • Catching Up, The Domino Maze, and Slowly

    12/6/2014 4:50:21 PM, by ALICIA363

    Catching Up The relief of successfully navigating Thanksgiving evidently triggered something in me that said it was okay to eat, eat, eat. I kept calm and observed myself and watched the scale numbers creep up. I knew I wouldn't be doing this forever, and I tried to learn by self-observing. The... Read more

  • How Do You

    12/6/2014 2:09:32 PM, by AOLIVER2013

    Was sitting here at my computer and was thinking, what could I do to get me more into the holiday spirit. Ever since haven't had any contact with my kids and my family contact is so limited getting into the mood for Christmas has been really hard. For the past years haven't decorated the house. My f... Read more

  • Getting into the Swing of Things

    12/6/2014 12:01:32 PM, by SUEFROMRI

    I just can't make this eating right and fitness an established habit. I do well until the fibro really acts up, then I fall off the wagon, get run over and dragged 50 feet. I keep trying though. One of these days it will stick regardless of what life throws at me.... Read more

  • Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

    12/5/2014 4:53:52 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    I've been making progress, but it's been slow progress. My biggest focus is on establishing a good routine and sticking with it. I've continued to track my food on a regular basis and I've been loosely following a meal plan, allow... Read more

  • It feels so good to be back!

    12/5/2014 4:05:06 PM, by EYELAROSE

    I did this for a while back when I was in high school, but it was the Sparkteens website. I was actually unaware they had one for people out of their teens; I actually found this site while trying to find stores with a variety of vegan friendly foods. Back then, I was hiding the fact that I was... Read more

  • Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2 (spoiler alert)

    12/5/2014 9:35:39 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I was totally blown away after reading a Spfriend's blog that she saw the second film of Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. And that both Joe and the truck driver have gained their weight back! Yikes! If you've seen the original, you know why this is shocking. Wishing all a happy day.... Read more

  • Gratitudes: my dog & the people I don't know who share my world

    12/5/2014 4:12:20 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) I'm grateful that I have a good dog who loves me. 2) I'm grateful for the way strangers respond to me. I just read a blog post where the author was talking about how unfriendly and rude the world is and that's just not my experience. It feels like there's something about me that makes people... Read more

  • I Love My Baby

    12/4/2014 11:48:36 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    And by that I mean baby kale. I'm always exploring different greens, and I'm infatuated with baby kale. It has the nutritional benefits of kale, which is rightly called a super food, but it's less, shall we say, firm. That makes it great not only for cooking, but also excellent for sa... Read more

  • Weigh In, Animated Symphony of the Bells

    12/4/2014 8:43:41 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    After a few months of not weighing, I decided to do so today and weekly from this point on. Happy with results, considering the pumpkin pie caper on Thanksgiving. (smiling) The other day, when I got my Christmas shopping done, I saw a lovely music box that fascinated me. It was kind of pricey... Read more

  • Gratitudes: the moon, learning about music, hanging with my daughter (virtually)

    12/4/2014 12:34:58 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1)I am grateful for the beauty of the nearly full moon which can make even a frigid night more bearable. 2) I'm grateful for a benefit I was unaware of when I joined Audible. It turns out they have something called Great Courses, which are basically a semester's worth (at least in some cases) o... Read more

  • Rain, Cold, Xmas Stuff Done

    12/3/2014 8:48:45 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Hooray, we have gotten some rain. Some is better than none in severe drought conditions. Fighting a cold and hope like crazy it doesn't lead to where the other colds have lead - pneumonia. Got EVERYTHING done - cards out, gifts bought (within budget!!!), decorations up. Hooray for me, ... Read more

  • Gratitudes: a raise, my son, and my husband.

    12/3/2014 3:17:18 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) I discovered today that I got a $.50 per hour raise at work ... about a month and a half ago. I didn't notice it when it happened, but today I got a larger than expected paycheck and I decided to track down the reason. 2)About 10 minutes ago, my son came out to the living room to say good n... Read more

  • Toilet-to-Tap Coming; Rain Expected this Morning

    12/2/2014 9:37:04 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    San Diego is experiencing a horrendous drought and the city powers-that-be have recently passed an approval to begin the toilet-to-tap water process for consumer usage that is working well in Orange County. Although I've seen the extensive purification system used, I still can't wrap my mind around... Read more

  • Tuesday

    12/2/2014 8:39:36 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    One of my chornicle has been shared over 3000 times whoppeee I am going viral! To be honest it stresses me a little, I wrote a piece about egocentric behaviour, I did it as a reaction that swedish shop organisation has decided that "activity bracelet" is the christmas gift of the year and underlines... Read more

  • Gratitudes: shadowy though they may be.

    12/2/2014 1:00:25 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    These are hard right now. I am noticing that I'm talking a lot more about what I accomplish than what is given to me. Those are actually successes, and they are almost but not quite interchangeable with true gratitudes. I'm okay with stating them, but so much of my life right now feels like WORK tha... Read more

  • Lighten Up, Will You?

    12/1/2014 11:23:46 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    It's not Winter, technically, but days are shorter, night is longer, and the opportunity to experience daylight is smaller. It's one of the reasons that depression is more common this time of year (having to deal with family for Thanksgiving probably has a role to play as well). Our brain ... Read more

  • Ramblings of Monday 12/01/2014

    12/1/2014 3:17:25 PM, by SARCASTICALLYME

    Of Experiments & Forgotten Facts: My weekend was quite interesting so say the least. I finally stocked up on tape and glue for my origami boxes. I learned to make a couple of years ago but got bored with the standard design so began to play with it. The average box is only 1 piece of paper as t... Read more

  • Gratitudes: hot rollers, feeling pretty, my blog readers

    12/1/2014 3:20:04 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) I bought a set of hot rollers and a natural bristle brush today and they work beautifully for my hair. I've been fighting a texture change since my hair started to go gray. Too often lately I've felt that I had no recourse but to cut my hair short to make it less frizzy and scraggly. Now I've got... Read more

  • Monday

    12/1/2014 1:50:11 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    Time to photofood again - yesterdays lunch was salmon with rice and coarrots and aioli sauce (garlic, sour milk mayonnaise): ... Read more

  • Mind and Space

    11/30/2014 7:41:38 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    So it's clearly not Spring, but I had to do a mini Spring cleaning today. My mind felt cluttered, because my work space WAS cluttered. Working feverishly on some things, I have, over the past few weeks, shrugged off the sorting of some magazines, papers, and hobby equipment, resulting in... Read more

  • Free podcasts that I find helpful

    11/30/2014 1:59:04 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Thought for this week. Renee Stephens provides an archive of podcasts that can be listened to free at www.insideoutweightloss.
    com/podcasts . There is a link to podcasts on self care that are relevant to many life events as well as to weight loss. Listening to them will allow you ... Read more

  • What Have You Done Today?

    11/30/2014 10:38:33 AM, by ALICIA363

    If you immediately started berating yourself for what you haven't done: I know. I go there. Like this morning, when I skipped the exercise bike ride in favor of sleeping more. I seem to need more sleep when I'm actively losing weight. Go figure. After the bike ride, I typical... Read more

  • Self-sabotage

    11/30/2014 8:37:32 AM, by NYINME

    The best thing I did for myself recently was to re-join the Spark Coach option. It keeps me connected with my health and fitness program, and makes me realize each day how much work has been put into this site. I start my day with the Welcome Message, and there are many times when I believe it was m... Read more

  • Crazy days...

    11/30/2014 4:37:22 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    Opening night went well: Sold out (70 people!) and the audience was really happy. On the way to the theatre we stopped by the gas staion and bought some gingerbread, buns, cookies and "julmust" (swedish soda for christmas) , di... Read more

  • Carb-less Spaghetti

    11/29/2014 8:12:44 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    ....squash. There is no such thing as carb-less spaghetti. But Spaghetti squash is good stuff. It takes only a few minutes to steam, and I add a dab of salted butter and it makes a delicious, healthy addition to a savory meal. For me, the butter is a happy necessity, since my die... Read more

  • Pecan Pie, Battling Coffee Cravings, No Xmas Decorations for Me

    11/29/2014 8:12:20 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I picked up a few groceries early this morning - on an empty stomach. You know where that could lead. It was bittersweet to see they had no pumpkin pies marked down; yes, I remembered that I am officially off sugar. Then I passed delicious nuts. The only thing was, they were in pecan pie. I tho... Read more

  • Bad way to remember Thanksgiving

    11/29/2014 6:58:38 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    Day before Thanksgiving I ended up burning my stomach with hot oil from a frying pan on Wed. night. It is extremely sore and painful right now. I am also not able to grieve right now I can't cry at all. Two things I made my grandma before her passing were stolen by her own flesh and blood and how do... Read more

  • Where did the past three months go?

    11/29/2014 11:51:19 AM, by SUEFROMRI

    I'm still getting ready for the Back to School sales! Has anyone seen the past three months? Boy did they fly by!!... Read more

  • Back to the routine

    11/29/2014 8:19:31 AM, by ALICIA363

    I gave myself a couple of days off. And I have the pounds to prove it. But now it's time to get back to business. I searched for a pretty image of one of my favorite sayings: "Attitude isn't everything; it's the only thing." Many nice images came up, but none with those words. This one... Read more

  • Not so beautiful food...

    11/29/2014 1:05:47 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    Maybe I should go back to phographing my food and presenting it in the blog... the other day I looked at my plate and realised that it looked like a bowl of dog food... I had fried kale and spinach and onions and bell pepper and then mixed beans with come cream and blue cheese and stirred in it, ver... Read more

  • Squash the Fat

    11/28/2014 11:59:59 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Well, not in that way. There are a lot of different types of squash with all kinds of flavors and textures, but they all have something important in common. They are all very low in carbs and high in fiber. Fat-busting food if ever there was.... Read more

  • Ramblings of Friday 11/28/2014

    11/28/2014 10:00:54 PM, by SARCASTICALLYME

    So the clash between the bleached blonde and my dark roots was very amusing for a while. How its beginning to get annoying so I have decided to dye it dark either like my roots or darker. I'm getting the dye Sunday so I only have until then to choose between the two colors that interested me the mos... Read more

  • that time of year

    11/28/2014 9:19:27 PM, by FREEINGMYSELF3

    No, I'm not talking about the holidays, even though that is coming.... I'm talking about my birthday! I've never really had a good one.. I've been sick or hurt every time. Hopefully things change. I didn't hit my goal for myself, but there are more to come. I haven't had a party the past few years b... Read more

  • I GAVE AWAY ALL OF MY COFFEE SUPPLIES

    11/28/2014 9:34:42 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I gave up caffeine over three months ago, but kept all of the supplies "just in case." Yesterday, when I said goodbye to my Thanksgiving guests, I sent them away with my stash of coffee, coffeemaker and filters. It was time. Now I've gotta kick sugar's butt - once and for all. Wishing al... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/27/2014 9:40:20 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    To everyone on SP who celebrate this holiday, I wish you all a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. Here's to a wonderful day.... Read more

  • Sono grata a tutti voi!

    11/27/2014 8:42:01 AM, by TRIANGLE-WOMAN

    Sono grata a tutti voi! Which Elizabeth Gilbert says (see essay below) means "I am grateful for allof you!" https://www.facebook.com
    /GilbertLiz XOXO ... Read more

  • Gratitudes: The coming long, low-stress, weekend.

    11/27/2014 4:30:56 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    Tired tonight: 1) I am grateful that it's now officially the holiday weekend. 2) I am grateful that I don't have any big, stressful plans for the weekend. 3)I am grateful that I'm not far behind on anything in particular so I don't have to be concerned about being super-productive.... Read more

  • Motivation

    11/26/2014 11:14:45 AM, by NYINME

    I have thirty pounds to lose. I went onto the scale today and thought about the number -- if it would be thirty pounds less, it would have to start with one. Then I thought ten. I'm going to focus on the fact that I want to lose ten pounds, not thirty. That makes it easier for me to motivate myself.... Read more

  • One more TED Talk you might find worth watching....

    11/26/2014 8:52:49 AM, by TRIANGLE-WOMAN

    I know, I know. So many videos, so little time. And wouldn't that time be better spent exercising at the gym, walking the dog, or preparing a healthy meal? Maybe. However, this is 15 minutes of sound advice on how to reframe your exercise and weight issues. It starts a little slo... Read more

  • Gratitudes: Things are looking up. (Work, writing, energy, Christmas, etc.)

    11/26/2014 4:47:10 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) I had an easy day at work which was nice after having a couple of busy and semi-stressful shifts. Now I have reason to think that cold weather is GOOD ... if it gets warm (and the snow melts) then the roof at the hotel leaks and I have to arrange buckets to catch drips and mop up water and ride i... Read more

  • While I Was Away

    11/25/2014 4:21:53 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    It'll be six years in January that I've been here on SP, and very rarely took a break. This past month was the longest I've been away and really needed the time back that I spent on the computer. I learned that I can do fine now w/o SP. But I did miss you guys and gals, plus it's a lot easier... Read more

  • Create a new you!

    11/25/2014 6:11:35 AM, by TRIANGLE-WOMAN

    Just a little reminder folks, to treat yourself as you would your dearest and most precious child. Break down those barriers of "can't" and create something beautiful today. And it can be fitness related... Maybe a beautiful and healthy meal? Or jazz up your water with vibran... Read more

  • Meditation: The REALLY Short Version

    11/24/2014 11:30:03 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    If you know how to worry you already know how to meditate. It means to think of something over and over. - Joyce Meyer The trick is to think of something GOOD over and over.... Read more

  • Ramblings of Monday 11/24/2014

    11/24/2014 4:58:12 PM, by SARCASTICALLYME

    So this post is going to pretty much mostly be a bit of self confession. I can honestly say that i have had basically abandoned my journey to a better me. My sleep cycle is basically sleeping whenever and I seem to have developed a terrible habit of forgetting to eat and ordering take out way more o... Read more

  • stuff

    11/24/2014 1:47:45 PM, by FREEINGMYSELF3

    Hopefully in a year or two, I can have enough money to move. I need to find a job but also focus on getting healthy. It's hard, but I may have to choose getting employment of health right now. The plan is to move to Florida. I don't know what the future holds, but I know the area that I'm in is not ... Read more

  • Thanksgiving Week

    11/24/2014 8:51:32 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Hi SP friends. I have to say that life has been a proverbial roller coaster ride this past month. But we survive and thrive - or do not. I'm still trying to figure out which is accurate for me. Another year has been flying by and I can't believe this week is Thanksgiving. I've been very t... Read more

  • Unexpected Turning Point

    11/23/2014 10:32:40 AM, by GIMMESPARK

    I'm mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore! I really enjoy watching professional sports. It's always bugged me that these events seem tied to ads for junk food (fat-filled tailgate, anyone?), but last week I crossed some kind of boundary. So as not offend any potential SP advertise... Read more

  • Kind of Healthy

    11/22/2014 11:59:05 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Be kind to others, both in thoughts of them, and in actions toward them. They may or may not appreciate it, but your mental and physical health definitely will.... Read more

  • When Did This Happen?

    11/22/2014 1:18:54 PM, by ALICIA363

    In desperation, I turned to Sparkpeople. It had worked for ONEKIDSMOM, so I figured it was worth a look. I had low to no expectations; I didn't put any effort into a screen name because I didn't think I'd be here very long. I started with my Start Page. I guessed a weight I'd like to be agai... Read more