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  • Why did I Ever Leave

    2/8/2016 11:59:06 PM, by CLARISSABOND

    I love SparkPeople and can spend hours a day reading articles responding to posts and looking at recipes. No matter how much I love it I always manage to drift away for months or even years at a time. I don't work out as diligently, or eat as well. I gain weight. I am generally less productive. The ... Read more

  • Our Superbowl Guest

    2/8/2016 9:44:37 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    My husband invited a 90 year old friend to watch the big game with us. He is pretty deaf, but would have been alone this year as his son didn't invite him this year. He used a set of our TV Ears over his hearing aids. Worked pretty well for him. I had fun preparing a mix of fun foods - leek soup... Read more

  • Starting again...

    2/8/2016 2:21:13 PM, by DJELIM

    Went out to a LARP event on Saturday and was worn out a couple of hours into the event. I decided I needed to start getting serious about losing weight and changing my habit. I have started and stopped many times but I am starting to get a little too old for me to not do something, even if it is jus... Read more

  • Day 6 of good eating

    2/7/2016 8:17:13 PM, by ALICIA363

    Kitchen work, bleh! But if I don't do it today, I may not see days 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11! I've been trying to get to the chiropractor after work, but Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are already claimed. 39 I also went down and pedalled a bit during the game. I write down each time I do, a... Read more

  • Success Equals Tracking, Water, Exercise and an Accountability Partner

    2/7/2016 6:45:51 PM, by MSDIETER1

    It has been a few months, five, but who is counting, since my last blog post and quite frankly I have no excuse other than work with the mountains of essays that I trek through in the name of grading without any steps being added to my tracker and being busy with my kids splitting myself in half bet... Read more

  • Day 5 of good eating streak

    2/6/2016 9:14:45 PM, by ALICIA363

    I'm counting yesterday, although I discovered my report was not entirely accurate. Today the ranges are where I want them. And I have been nourishing myself with food these five days, rather than abusing it. So I shall streak on!... Read more

  • Spark-a-versery

    2/6/2016 10:18:41 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    I sparkle, I shine, I am still here after all this time. SIX years. My fit bit tracker has kept me "active" when I have not gotten on as often as I'd like, but I have recently recommitted and am making it happen by baby steps once again. I am getting more sleep. Drinking at least 8 cups ... Read more

  • Snow

    2/6/2016 9:59:21 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Since we will be most likely moving, I have been packing. For nearly a year. No, I don't have that much stuff, it is just the market is lousy and our house hasn't sold. Meanwhile, since we started packing in March, I packed all my winter clothes away. Ugh. I couldn't dig back far enough into the sto... Read more

  • Day 4 of Good Eating Day Streak

    2/5/2016 6:35:58 PM, by ALICIA363

    Ate within calorie range. No sugar. No flour. At least 10% of my calories from protein. 321... Read more

  • Big Weekend!

    2/5/2016 2:29:31 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Oh, yes, there is the Superbowl thing. But, I'm more excited that my granddaughter (age 6) has her third tae kwon do class after which her big brothers have their black belt (they are 2nd degree black belts) classes and sparring and I get to watch. Then our oldest of the two boys gets to spend mos... Read more

  • Thrift Store Challenge

    2/4/2016 9:18:43 PM, by SLYDEGLYDER

    I love the hunt, finding what I want in the thrift store. I don't want just a bargain. I want a bargain on what I want. Sometimes that means a certain item. This is the biggest challenge yet. A complete set of books, the Left Behind series, for as little as possible. Thirteen books in the series wit... Read more

  • Starting the day with a self assessment

    2/4/2016 1:59:30 PM, by PATIMAGE

    "The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results." Anthony Robbins Every morning, I log into SparkPeople, spin the wheel, and begin my tracking activities: nu... Read more

  • Early bird gets the worm

    2/4/2016 1:48:02 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Early last year I tried getting up at 5am to head to the gym. I love going early because there was hardly anyone there. I also felt really good starting the day out on the right track. I only went that early like 3 times. The issue was that I wasnt going to bed early enough. I always felt ... Read more

  • Early bird gets the worm

    2/4/2016 1:48:00 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Early last year I tried getting up at 5am to head to the gym. I love going early because there was hardly anyone there. I also felt really good starting the day out on the right track. I only went that early like 3 times. The issue was that I wasnt going to bed early enough. I always felt ... Read more

  • UGH not happy can't see Dr. Araujo for one treatment til March

    2/4/2016 12:47:17 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    If you see my title you know something is up! Well I got a phone call this morning that my appointment had to be rescheduled since Dr. Araujo was get this triple booked! I wanted to scream no at the top of my lungs! This is just not funny in my opinion! Now I have to wait until March 9th for some tr... Read more

  • Two weeks does not a habit make....but....

    2/3/2016 2:43:03 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    I've walked an average of about 12,000 steps per day for the past 14 days. This is so much longer than ever before. In the past I've been so sore and tired after a couple of days of this that I've backed off for long stretches. I don't know what the difference is this time, but I do have more ene... Read more

  • Good Eating Day Streak

    2/3/2016 11:31:22 AM, by ALICIA363

    Well, I think I'm jumping on this bandwagon. It seems easier to accomplish when it's not a work day. I guess the time I used to spend tracking is now spent on our canine companion! So I've had one good eating day. Today shall be day two. I may not blog each day, but this will give me a benc... Read more

  • Biking!

    2/2/2016 1:23:03 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    Finally the extreme cold temperature went away and we got mild winds - and all of the snow disappeared! Feel a little pity for those who loves skiing, but for myself I found it wonderful to bike with doggy this sunday! Yesterday little snow fell again, enough to make the landscape white – and to ma... Read more

  • Back after 10 months

    2/1/2016 2:00:34 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Greetings friends. I've been away since I cared for my mother until her death last April. It is so good to be home and able to do things with my husband, kids and grandkids. I'm still healing and disappointed that I can't seem to get my strength back. Discovered that the multiple sclerosis lesio... Read more

  • Complain - Whine - Rant

    1/30/2016 11:44:29 AM, by ALICIA363

    Warning: Negative Blog, and about Sparkpeople. Totally understand if it disappears. I tried to put this in my status, but didn't have enough characters. Where are the 7-day per week 5K running plans? They included cross-training and rest days. Seriously, Sparkpeople?!? If it wasn't br... Read more

  • So you can't stand cottage cheese.

    1/30/2016 10:41:03 AM, by SLYDEGLYDER

    I felt the same way. It was the salty aftertaste I didn't like. After all it's loaded with protein, low calorie, low carb, filling and versatile. One day I found this one; Friendship, No Salt Added. Only 55mgs of sodium and no aftertaste. I found mine at Publix, nowhere esle, not Kroger or W... Read more

  • Wow!

    1/27/2016 10:19:17 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    This morning, I decided to try my back stretches, forgetting that we aimed on trying something else this evening. Bowling. I have not been since before my surgeries. I am sore. But I bowled, and actually can say I got a few strikes and several spares. And did 11 minutes of stretches this morning. Go... Read more

  • Jazzed about 2016!

    1/27/2016 1:46:42 PM, by PATIMAGE

    It is a new year and I am so jazzed about 2016! Like many folks, I read more than a few blogs on resolutions, "New Year New You", and looking forward to the next year. This will be a major year for me, as I recover from a knee injury and transition into retirement. In a recent email, the fin... Read more

  • Me and my crazy plans

    1/26/2016 4:06:49 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Ive wrote up so many blogs about making up exercise plans. To tell the truth, Ive never started any of them. I do though have a routine at the gym so thats really good. I get in 40 to 60 mins of cardio and 30 toning. BUT I dont make it to the gym enough to see very much of a change. Its h... Read more

  • Little by Little

    1/26/2016 1:29:29 PM, by TSARSORITO2

    I had my first weekly weigh-in this morning and found I lost 4 pounds! It's a start and I'm going in the right direction with the weight! I was down two inches on my waist, one less inch on the hips, same on the thighs and down two inches on the arms. It's going to be a LONG LONG journey!... Read more

  • A Better Mousetrap

    1/26/2016 5:28:36 AM, by DOREENKNIGHT64

    Going to the cupboard recently I made a discovery. Or at least, it was when I picked up a packet of porridge to make breakfast and ended up with little sprinklings of porridge everywhere that I realised. We have a mouse in our cupboard again. Living in the countryside means that this is not an... Read more

  • Lean Habit 2, Mastering the hunger pain (satiety clue)

    1/25/2016 7:15:51 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Doug Lisle created a video called “Losing weight without losing your sanity” www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAdqLB
    6bTuQ. eating is controlled by the part of the brain called the hypothalamus which responds to stretch receptors and nutrient receptors in the digestive system. Law of satiety: Animals ... Read more

  • Snow!!

    1/25/2016 6:50:02 PM, by GRAMMI_C

    Whew! Just too much snow. 25" here in WV.... Read more

  • Snowshoeing, 2016, part 2: "Challenges" of an Active Lifestyle - House Keys, Anyone?

    1/25/2016 9:24:43 AM, by MSBOOTCAMP

    Just call them the "challenges" of an active lifestyle! Feeling much better than I thought I would after overdoing it - just a bit - yesterday. Daughter spared me the hike a mile or so back home, and after dark. Outside, things also were icing up. Due to snow-blocked streets, as I requested, she dro... Read more

  • Snowshoeing, January 2016! DC's Big Snowstorm

    1/25/2016 12:00:28 AM, by MSBOOTCAMP

    Greetings, everyone!! Haven't updated in months and months. Now it's January. We finally had a great snowfall on the U.S. East Coast, including Washington. Finally got to use my snowshoes I got in March, 2015, but they arrived a week too late to use at the end of last winter. Ten months was a loooon... Read more

  • Staying on track

    1/24/2016 10:14:29 PM, by TSARSORITO2

    It's Day 5 and I'm staying on track and DETERMINED to lose 118 pounds and get my health back! 30... Read more

  • Exercise at home

    1/24/2016 1:12:50 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    This weekend has showed me that it is going to be a challenge for me to keep my gram off her broken toes. We've tried to keep the boot off of her and have her just put her foot up but because of the dementia she has to follower you if you leave the room to do something. What me and my aunt had to ... Read more

  • Don't want to take the stairs!

    1/24/2016 10:44:12 AM, by ALICIA363

    The quote at the bottom of my spark page today says, "There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs." In the recent past, when my status gets stale, I snag the quote and put it as my status. Keeping the spark alive, as it were. The quotes that I borrow seem to get a lot of lik... Read more

  • Wow! I am in my over head already!

    1/23/2016 11:51:00 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    Why do I say I am in my over head already. Because I am in class that are deeper than I have realized. But I know I am in God's will. For I have complete peace in this situation. My faith holds me steady. The reading material gets more in-depth now.... Read more

  • just for fun

    1/23/2016 1:14:08 AM, by JUNESHOPE

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  • Health update

    1/21/2016 6:21:54 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    I would like to update you on my health. I am now on something for Restless legs however my Irritable bowel syndrome is acting up from the pill itself. I am hoping it will go away in time. I will only say it makes eating anything difficult because I can't keep it in.... Read more

  • The struggle with eating out

    1/21/2016 12:38:04 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    So this month was our "no eat out" month. Never happened. My aunt HATES to cook so when my back was out we ate out like 4 nights in a row. We also ate out last night because it was a long stressful day and my aunt didnt want to eat the potato soup I had planned to fix. Tuesday my grandma had a f... Read more

  • Faith & Trust

    1/18/2016 9:50:51 PM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    Look to the heavens for the answers. Examine the hearts of those who dream. Question the minds of others who don't believe, And rehearse your final speech within your heart, To include errors and omissions in your life. Proclaim the beauty of nature surrendered. Exhaust your consci... Read more

  • New Year, New and Not-so-new Me

    1/18/2016 8:40:07 PM, by ALICIA363

    You know, I didn't make new year's resolutions before Spark people. I guess I still don't. But I'm not immune to the cultural phenomenon of this time of year, when people are clutching harder to their attempts to be healthier and simultaneously feeling like those goals are slipping farther away. ... Read more

  • Catching the Fruits of Life

    1/18/2016 10:37:46 AM, by YUKIJANE

    I admit that I am hitting a plateau. I have lost only two pounds since I re-started with SparkPeople in last September. Other than the weight issue, my life has been very well, so I am not so worried about it and concentrating on daily exercise and foods I am taking. With exercise, I am wal... Read more

  • Self-care Isn't a Bad Thing

    1/18/2016 5:34:54 AM, by ZANNACHAN

    I read an article online last week that has been bothering me ever since, and since I can't sleep I decided to write out the thoughts spinning in my head. The full article can be found here: thoughtcatalog.com/chelsea-fag
    an/2015/05/your-anxiety-is
    nt-an-excuse-to-be-an-asshole/, but ... Read more

  • Still whining...

    1/17/2016 11:54:47 PM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    ...about the cold weather. We have had a postcard weekend - sun and snow makes the landscape stunningly beautiful, but - 20 C is too low for my house, I have problems keeping it warm enough inside. Should not be complaining, the EU-migrants that camps in the city lives in caravans without electricit... Read more

  • FEELING REALLY GOOD.

    1/17/2016 9:17:00 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    58 I'm feeling really good physically, and with a good since of well being. I'm staying busy, and I'm being more attentive to my family. 17 I think I'm about to go back to work full time. That will be a huge change for me. Other than this short part time preschool position I recently held,... Read more

  • Better back and no more funk

    1/17/2016 12:16:46 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    My back is 100% better. Yesterday I was a little sore from using my muscles differently but I was able to bend over :) Over the next 7 days Im going to stretch and do some yoga. Then next Sunday Im heading to the gym. I need to start a routine because I really need to make the gym a norm i... Read more

  • Unstoppable Motivation

    1/17/2016 9:44:02 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Listen to the podcast at podcasts.personallifemedia.com
    /podcasts/216-inside-out-w
    eight-loss/episodes/2789-u
    nstoppable-weightloss/play. Continue with the tapping from the prologue, See www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/te
    am_messageboard_thread.asp
    ?board=4806x20380x63417223 and also tap... Read more

  • September Song

    1/17/2016 6:20:35 AM, by DOREENKNIGHT64

    We left our heroine ... back in England waiting for the electrician to be ready. We had already planned on a trip to France in September, when the cost of the ferry crossing drops from its summer high, and by luck this year I had no Creative Writing classes in the autumn term to work around. Ou... Read more

  • The attitude email - re: hair

    1/16/2016 8:26:30 PM, by ALICIA363

    A frequent whine of mine is about my thinning hair. I've had my thyroid tested. Nope, not that. Just genetic female pattern baldness. A recent blog reminded me of this email gem sent to me by a young friend, back in 2007. (I've been whining for some time now.) Attitude There once was a... Read more

  • Day #5 and 7lbs lost since Sunday!

    1/15/2016 4:00:27 PM, by OMNOMKAWAII

    I guess whatever I am doing is working. I've lost 7 lbs since Sunday! No, I am not starving myself... I have been eating between 1500-2300 calories a day :) When you cut out all the junky foods like I have, you lose a lot of weight the first two weeks. My weight loss will most likely slow down once ... Read more

  • My daily reminder

    1/15/2016 11:44:26 AM, by COMIC_BOOK_MAMA

    This is so important as I struggle to push on in many things this month... getting back on track with my diet and exercise, getting my business back up and going. ... Read more

  • Exploring the slow cooker

    1/15/2016 2:27:18 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    As I have written earlier, I invested in a crock pot and I am still exploring it - yesterday I made a "honey mustard chicken" recipe from Spark People and it was delicious -but I think it was delicious because of the spicing so this morning I have started another corckpot with the same honey-mustard... Read more

  • Woman's World

    1/14/2016 11:55:19 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    191 I'm going to try a 48 hr "Christmas Cleanse" that I read about in the Dec 28th 2015 publication of Woman's World. It's basically just 2 days of low calorie, and no bread. It sounds pretty simple, so I'm going to give it a try, sort of like a 'kick-start'. I'll let you know how it works... Read more

  • Praying for your enemies

    1/13/2016 1:04:44 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    I know this is a different blog post than I normally write but I chose to write about it since I am praying for an enemy of my own right now. I would love to know your thoughts and comments on this. Do you agree with what the Bible says? Can you pray for me to have patience with my enemy and see her... Read more

  • Horrible week

    1/13/2016 12:42:14 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Sunday I woke up with a sinus headache. I was hurting all day. My sinus headache always knock me out. Monday I woke up feeling so much better. My aunt left for work after I cleaned off her car and I stayed up and watched some TV. My gram was up and I could tell she was tired so I told her... Read more

  • Jessica Smith

    1/13/2016 12:06:40 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    I really enjoy these FREE EXERCISE VIDEOS ON-LINE. (through Spark People) Enjoying the short 10 minute workouts with Jessica Smith. Several to choose from when you scroll down on this link. jessicasmithtv.com/exercise-vi
    deos/ This link is her new 15 minute ballet workout. (LUNGE... Read more

  • peeved

    1/11/2016 12:20:05 PM, by JUNESHOPE

    198 Ever have an in-law or friend that acts like they're just sooooo busy, fit & fabulous...and you are just sooooo beneath them? She's tall....yes... But she's overweight too, and thinks she's a beauty queen with no weight issues... But me... we'll I'm just a little terd on the ground with n... Read more

  • Efficiency

    1/11/2016 4:59:22 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    I did manage to finish my exam this weekend - but it took me all sunday and i did not get around to write the article that starts to get hard to write because the notes are old... I should be a lot more generous when I assign time for my goals - because as I will not succeed with all the assign... Read more

  • Getting back on track

    1/10/2016 10:39:56 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    I have been out of it since before Thanksgiving. Actually time has just flown by since August. Anyways, I am out of the woods and back on the trail. My cousin had her second little girl Friday so now I have 3 months to get this house ready for a 3 month old and a 3 year old. First off I ne... Read more

  • Worst Present Ever

    1/10/2016 11:41:47 AM, by DOREENKNIGHT64

    Not this year, I hasten to add. This year was fine, spending time with family and all. We're lucky to creep in at the edge of my son-in-law's extended family for Christmas Day, and we then went to spend New Year with our two sons and cook them a belated Christmas dinner. And frankly we've got to the... Read more