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  • Getting over the Mental Block of Plateaus

    8/19/2017 2:30:01 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    We have all had our Plateaus. In fact sometimes we just all out camp out and live there. We set up our tent, pull out our lawn chair and umbrella, grab a cold drink and just sit there. And sit. And sit. And sit. Stop just sitting there. Stand up and move! Perhaps that is the p... Read more

  • Inspiration

    8/19/2017 1:52:53 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Trouble with Mail and New class Coming Up

    8/18/2017 11:42:56 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I do not know what is wrong with the mail service lately but twice the company that has my IRA money tried to send me a check and both times it never got here. Someone must be dropping it somewhere. I could use a little extra money now. Too many things need fixing and I am low in cash flow. To... Read more

  • A little spacey

    8/18/2017 8:33:45 PM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Saying Hello to My Little Friend

    8/18/2017 2:57:02 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    What a difference a day makes, and weighing at the proper time. Aria made me look better today, and brought me back into the 213 range. I also said hello to an old friend, that I left in the corner of my office. 324 My recumbent bike: I went on after supper last night after I changed its... Read more

  • Body Kindness

    8/18/2017 6:33:14 AM, by CIARAMBLECKA

    The main thing I've been working on for the past few weeks is body kindness. I've been working on being kinder and more loving with myself and doing habits and activities that support a healthier and happier lifestyle. Overall I feel better about myself and am happier and am continuing to work on th... Read more

  • Making friends with my new scale

    8/17/2017 7:45:19 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Make new friends, but keep the old, One is silver and the other gold. Well, in my case, regarding my scales - one is pink (wii fit balance board cover), and my fitbit Aria is white. The replacement Aria arrived today, this afternoon, after I had lunch, and about 32 oz of water. It did not sho... Read more

  • Reflect Regroup Restore

    8/17/2017 3:09:42 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    In between working, waiting for files to arrive, perfect time to Spark and add a thought or two. My replacement scale arrived. I really don't want to weigh mid day after two meals on an off day after eating gluten. Uh uh. But, I need to get it connected with my Fitbit. I walked over 7000 steps ... Read more

  • Colors

    8/17/2017 2:50:19 AM, by COURTENAYE

    Enjoying colors and fall type weather and simple joys: colors, tastes, textures.... Read more

  • Picture Day

    8/16/2017 9:16:04 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Today I wore a dress I like. Yes, it is not sleek or form fitting, but loose and cottony for this hot 99 degree day. I wore it to story time. My husband came with me, and he took my picture. It was one of those, oh dear I am fat moments. Quick, banish that picture. Picture a better me in the fu... Read more

  • Ritual party

    8/16/2017 2:22:52 AM, by COURTENAYE

    Wanted to bring my mom something sweet to celebrate her coming home from the hospital but didn't want all of the calories so I invented a "virtual party quote and send an email to our favorite neighbors to see if they wanted any cake. My mom got her slice of cake, as did about six wonderful neighbor... Read more

  • Please pray for a nurse I know

    8/15/2017 9:25:48 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    I wouldn't normally ask for prayer for a nurse. But in this case I am. The nurse in question is grieving the loss of her mother and also getting married at the same time. I know this because someone else told me who is a nurse for a doctor who I see at Aurora in my area. Her name is Ashley Noasconi.... Read more

  • Low Sodium Food

    8/15/2017 5:48:34 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I know there were a couple of people on my BLC team that mentioned buying low sodium food or making everything from scratch. is I cannot afford it since my food money has been cut. I have to go with what I can manage each week. I will try to use lower sodium recipes when I can instead. `As it is nex... Read more

  • Looking up and smelling the rain

    8/15/2017 5:26:44 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Good afternoon everyone. This picture is from a few days ago, before today's rain. It is the view from out my front window across the street. I am in a small town, but here this little place looks like a primordial forest. This afternoon, after a thunderous rain, I walked back ove... Read more

  • Favoritism on the Senior Van and Kmart

    8/15/2017 2:53:41 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I think the van driver and the transportation coordinator are playing favorites now. When I talked to the van driver about this guy Josh who was on again and what happened on the bus; he said that the coordinator said it was okay for him to drop him off at home . This time we were in the minivan an... Read more

  • Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy & Joyous Living

    8/15/2017 9:15:37 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I decided that I should amend my Spark page as follows: First I note that although I attend a Christian church with my wife, I am not a full believer in the divinity of Jesus and that the bible does have its faults. However, I believe a) that Jesus and his followers were inspired by God or by t... Read more

  • When It Feels Like a Plateau, Divide (and Conquer)

    8/15/2017 9:09:04 AM, by HEALTHYWRITER

    "I've gotten entirely too good at maintenance, already," I thought, looking at the scales, this morning. The number has changed in increments of a tenth of a pound - up, down, up, down, no change at all - despite "doing everything right." I see that a lot - moaning that nothing's changed, despite "d... Read more

  • Friends

    8/15/2017 1:20:01 AM, by COURTENAYE

    Barbie came by tonight and was so surprised to see me – she said I look different, said I lost weight and I looked fabulous it was nice... Read more

  • Sometimes you fall

    8/14/2017 9:28:10 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Alas, those nights beget those days when you feel like you have fallen flat on your face. On top of my back, the pleurisy kicked in, kicking me in the side, right by the back. And on top of the Epic Scale Fail (See yesterday's blog), my TENS unit, faithful with all its bumps and falls, fell on... Read more

  • Fighting Evil

    8/14/2017 12:04:59 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I decided that I add to my blog the following paragraph: First I note that although I attend a Christian church with my wife, I am not a full believer in the divinity of Jesus and that the bible does have its faults. However, I believe a) that Jesus and his followers were inspired by God or by ... Read more

  • Exercise in Futility

    8/13/2017 4:51:58 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Nothing is hopeless. Almost. 225 Finally, after waiting for years to order one, I ordered a fitbit aria scale. Oooh I was like a little kid with a new toy. I am part techno geek - must be the librarian in me. Or perhaps a little bit of my brother rubbed off on me growing up. Sad, he won't even g... Read more

  • Hard work

    8/13/2017 2:07:39 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    I'm sure I have wrote up a blog about this but I cant remember everything. The conversations you have with yourself in your head seem to hit so much harder than the talks you have with a friend. I was just thinking about how I never have energy to exercise. Then I tell myself how it just is... Read more

  • The Monster at 3 A.M.

    8/13/2017 4:16:25 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    There is a monster lurking, when sleep eludes me, and I want to nest, and cuddle, and sleep. As sleep resists me, like the sandman lurking somewhere down the street, or on the moon, the monster called sleeplessness takes over bringing his best buddy, Hungry Will Solveit. Hungry Will does NOT solve i... Read more

  • From that thin area called sleep

    8/12/2017 5:39:52 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Oh yes, I know, we are told that getting a decent night's sleep can help with your weight loss. So as I try desperately to grab that eluded sleep, I see in my mind's eyes those extra pounds just slipping away, between the covers, and sliding down on the floor and evaporating. Every night I lie restl... Read more

  • Looking up no matter what

    8/11/2017 7:22:40 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    I believe I had at least three nights of pretty good sleep, with minimal pain. Then the night before happened, but I still felt, that's ok, I had three nights, I can deal with one. Then last night happened, and my stamina crashed. I had every intention to get on my wii fit this morning, exercise,... Read more

  • Fines, Weight, Sodium and Thinking Too Much

    8/11/2017 6:51:02 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well I lost 2.4 pounds this week but my sodium was high last week. Only had a few days where it was low and same with this week. Guess i have to drink plenty of water to keep it down then. I managed to remember my library DVD's this week and renewed them on Wednesday. My daughter found a free thing ... Read more

  • Have you seen "Carb-Loaded"?!!

    8/11/2017 8:13:37 AM, by MSBOOTCAMP

    Would you tend to think that THIN people can't get diabetes in the USA?? Think again!! And if you haven't seen it yet, you might want to see - and share- "CARB-LOADED: A Culture Dying to Eat" (2014). It's a *really* entertaining and informative (and pretty sobering) FOOD documentary by Lathe Poland ... Read more

  • Where did the time go?

    8/10/2017 12:15:14 AM, by NOLLIE_KIKFLIP

    I can't believe it has been 6 years since I decided to lose the weight. I just can't believe it! What happened to the time? I could swear it was just a few years ago... I've been lanquishing behind a computer for absolute years. I've been telling myself I was going to "get back to it" for years ... Read more

  • Work and sleep

    8/9/2017 6:49:37 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Sleep was bad, but I am grateful I have had a few good nights with minimal pain . Perhaps I am in the right direction with adjusting my food intake and staying away from the bad stuff. Working at my desk was troublesome as my sciatic has been hurting since about 4 in the morning, the TENs unit help... Read more

  • What a summer

    8/9/2017 2:58:01 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Back in May my grandma was going back and forth from hospital to nursing home. Since then she has been doing a lot better. Shes able to get up by herself but she still needs the walker. Shes eating a lot better and is talking more. She has dementia. It hit her hard back in June of 2014 an... Read more

  • Time for an update on me and my book

    8/8/2017 9:46:54 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    I know I haven't blogged in a while. I have been feeling down in the dumps with all that's going on. Today I seen a new provider hoping for a solution to something I am dealing with and basically got the runaround and now I feel like I want to throw my hands up in the air and just quit! I am tired o... Read more

  • Keeping it real - Keeping things in perspective

    8/8/2017 12:01:22 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    This past Saturday we visited the Farmers' Market, and when we left we drove through some back roads in town. This sight caught my attention, because this building gave such a sense of perspective that it looked forced and rather unreal. So my husband met my curiosity by driving by the buildin... Read more

  • Peaceful Sunday

    8/6/2017 2:43:25 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    This is the view from my front door, and I pass it every time I walk to the mailbox, or to church. I am still dealing with a lot of back pain. I know weight IS a major issue here. I am working at kicking WEIGHT in the butt. This morning looking in the mirror, in my Sunday go to meeting dres... Read more

  • Nothing on the schedule

    8/5/2017 9:22:14 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    First time in months I had no "work " (freelance". It was a tough night sleeping anyway and I slept in this morning. We went to the Farmer's Market and picked up some zucchini and peppers and used them for supper. I also spent most of the afternoon making some tomato sauce. That was my day - fo... Read more

  • Updates and Fines

    8/5/2017 12:24:43 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well the professor just made a typo when she graded my response; so I got full points for that. I am about a quarter way done with the term paper now. I am writing about ageism for mine. How appropriate since my daughter heard from my neighbor that his work place was letting him go because of his ... Read more

  • What goes Up must come Down

    8/4/2017 1:02:12 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    So, I got my official weigh-in with the mini group I have joined - 214.8 on my wii fit balance board, so that means I have officially dropped weight since I went to the doctors a couple days ago. I am determined. I have to make this happen, for my health, for my back's sake. Last night I slept lo... Read more

  • Back at you

    8/3/2017 9:57:27 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    No, I am not giving you a greeting. This has been the state of my back: at me. I got my first x-ray of my back "hardware" in several years (it's been 6 years since the fusion). The fusion looks ok, but to my untrained eye, the disc and spine just above look a little, off, to me. Anyway, I have... Read more

  • 15%? 20%? A Big Chunk?

    8/2/2017 5:13:17 PM, by HEALTHYWRITER

    I remember reading, once, that people start noticing your weight loss in 20% increments. It may be a bit less than that, if they don't see you every day. (It's a weird formula, seems to be fairly accurate!) I've been working from home a lot, and my cubicle when I AM in the office is pretty far ... Read more

  • My Life , Professor, Term Paper , Losing Food and New Guy on Van

    8/1/2017 8:58:42 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well all I have to say is my life is totally on the other end of the spectrum compared to the new lady on the van. Unlike me she not only gets out once a week to go shopping but she goes to the meal site every week. She has family around that she sees and has a different viewpoint of the town then... Read more

  • I'm out of time and excuses

    7/31/2017 3:34:38 AM, by KITKABOO

    I was trying to find my mojo so I went back to my goals page that I started once I had lost 181lbs (12st 13lbs) in 18 months to see what I felt like then and what motivated me. There I saw what I had done to lose the weight before and it worked really well. I treated it like I treated my business an... Read more

  • What I am Learning and Have You Tried Cize?

    7/24/2017 8:34:24 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Last week we learned all about physical attraction and helping others. For my part I think this beauty thing we have in the U.S. is a bunch of crock! We focus so much on the facial beauty and the body shape we forget about the person. There is more to a person than just a body. There is the personal... Read more

  • More about my book

    7/23/2017 6:31:38 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    My book's main character is Gwen Jeffreys. Her opposition is Julie Prince. Gwen's love interest is Gunn Buffton. Throughout the series the reader they will see Gwen challenged by her opposition. I introduced several new characters in the first book. Since four characters fade out.... Read more

  • Lots Going On

    7/21/2017 9:11:03 AM, by CIARAMBLECKA

    "Trust & Allow. If it is meant to be, it will be." I missed a couple blogs here and there because of my schedule and I have to say LOTS has been going on. I've been doing a lot of work with body positivity foremost and have started a book called _Body Kindness_ which has a lot of diary exercise... Read more