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  • Good and Bad News, Sparks, and School

    6/25/2017 12:21:22 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well I got good news as far as neuropathy; I was told I do not have it. The neurologist thinks a nerve is being pinched behind my knee when I sit down that is causing the numbness. He suggests just getting up and moving when I feel it. Bad part about it is I am stuck with the condition. I cann... Read more

  • Tasty Lunch & Bonus Spa Treatment for Your Hands!

    6/24/2017 12:45:43 PM, by HEALTHYWRITER

    Don't laugh - it feels lovely. Here's the "recipe": Ingredients: 1 baking potato (about 400g) 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp iodized salt 56g roasted or canned chicken 7g lightly salted butter 1 serrano pepper (okay, this is totally optional! hot peppers are a stress buster a... Read more

  • Declaration Made & Witnessed

    6/24/2017 12:41:48 AM, by LAFFLOTS57

    On June 16, 2017 I formally declared: 198 "THAT IS THE LAST POTATO CHIP I AM GOING TO EAT FOR ONE YEAR!" The statement came after mindlessly devouring 3/4 of 2 bags of the luscious salt infused, fat laden Cape Cod wonders. This joyou... Read more

  • Meeting Goals!

    6/23/2017 11:55:42 PM, by JLCONROD

    Six months ago I made a goal of 145 pounds by my June 8 birthday. Seemed a reach since the last time I weighed that consistently was 35 years ago when my metabolism changed. Not only did I meet that goal, it's been my maintenance weight for weeks! Also, despite an LET fracture, several collaps... Read more

  • Book: Sugar Has 56 Names, by Robert Lustig, MD, 2013 Wisconsin Public Radio interview

    6/23/2017 4:41:44 PM, by MSBOOTCAMP

    Did you know that sugar has fifty-six different names? I didn't, until I heard about this book! As we start to finally (50 years later) get the FULL story on sugar (just in the year, to date, since September, 2016), here's the link to a 2013 radio interview with physician Robert Lustig. Dr. Lu... Read more

  • Loving Planet Fitness

    6/23/2017 4:23:17 PM, by MARTIO1966

    Okay, first off, I am not a Gym Rat! I am 5' 1" tall, well over 200 lbs, over 60 (in fact nearing 70) and have arthritis. However, Planet Fitness opened a new location fairly near my home in February then in March, the company I worked for announced they would pay up to $20 per month gym fees ... Read more

  • 'Health' means protecting ourselves from sugar

    6/22/2017 11:02:10 PM, by MSBOOTCAMP

    'Health' means being able, and empowered, to make logical, constructive choices about our lives. If you've been making choices, yet didn't have key facts, how could this be a "free" choice?... Read more

  • On self-confidence and respect for others

    6/22/2017 9:22:03 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Yesterday’s blog on embracing failure while on a path to success left out a discussion of obtaining self -confidence which is the main subject of today’s blog. My parents took pains to teach me self-confidence. Even so, for many reasons, I became an introvert and lacked the self-confidence necessa... Read more

  • Embrace Failure and Succeed

    6/21/2017 11:22:09 AM, by OLDEROWL

    You might be second-guessing this advice right now, that’s because many of you have been led to consider that failure is something to cringe at, to avoid and to be ashamed of. However Truman Capote said “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” Nothing is more satisfying then turnin... Read more

  • Hot!

    6/20/2017 1:13:11 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Summer heat has hit. So, walking less outdoors and doing more inside these days. Have to wear a heart monitor for 30 days (on day 6) so wearing looser clothing to conceal wires, battery and screen. Will remove to fly a few times and for my husband's retirement next week so I can wear a dress. St... Read more

  • Trying to duplicate results...without the heartbreak.

    6/20/2017 10:22:29 AM, by SUZEMARIE73

    If you read my last post, then you know that I haven't had the best luck with picking life partners in the past. In fact, I would say that's the understatement of my life... Unfortunately, my weight has gone up and down in response to my relationship circumstances and I'd like to find a way to kee... Read more

  • Good News No Lymes Disease and New Class and Phone Calls

    6/19/2017 3:52:47 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well the good news is that I seen the doctor last week and she said it was just an insect bite and almost gone. Only a little bit red but no bulls eye. I have had to take stuff in the past when I had ta tick on me. I am in a new class this week called Social Psychology. Interesting how they thin... Read more

  • Progress! (And just three more weeks to the Big Day!)

    6/18/2017 4:47:24 PM, by HEALTHYWRITER

    I have, mostly, done the due diligence this week - in spite of several meals at good restaurants, and special occasions like a team dinner with out of town colleagues visiting Houston, Friday night BW3 with the family, and Father's Day. I tried to make sensible choices without being a wet blanket: f... Read more

  • Left alone to carry on!

    6/17/2017 6:35:54 AM, by EOWYN2424

    My boss brought me to her home to continue with the work. The entire family has gone out for dinner but I am left alone here to continue with the data entry! However, my boss did get me some rice with mixed veggies for dinner. Her Dad actually suggested that I join them in the Korean restaurant... Read more

  • Just wait one itty bitty little moment

    6/16/2017 10:28:04 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Oh dear. Over a month. How did that happen? I guess injuries will do that. They creep up on you, then WHAM! Down and out, and out for the count. Then when You come to, it is "wah, wa, what happened?" My ankle is doing better, about 90% of the time, except if I try to walk to fast, too long, ... Read more

  • Oh how times have changed...

    6/15/2017 1:12:41 PM, by SUZEMARIE73

    A little backstory: I first joined in 2012 while married to my first husband and living in a new town. I wanted to get healthy and I needed a network of support because I had moved 1,000 miles away from the one I had. Neither the move, nor the relationship worked out. Long story, but I ended up ba... Read more

  • I Am So Much More Than The Number On My Scale

    6/15/2017 12:17:11 PM, by MARTIO1966

    I've been going to the gym (Planet Fitness) almost everyday for the last 2 weeks to walk on the treadmill. I have arthritis and can't do some of the other machines. I started out waling at 1.2 to 1.5 for a half hour, but pushed more each day until now I walk for over an hour at 2.1 to 2.8. Wel... Read more

  • Sore back and Possible Tick Bite

    6/15/2017 12:01:57 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I have a sore back tonight it aches; other times I have been getting spasm s in it. I wonder if it is from Lymes Disease. I looked it up and pain in the back is part of it. The other night my whole body was getting pins and needles sensations from my head down. I will know tomorrow when i see my pri... Read more

  • June Check In

    6/13/2017 10:38:17 PM, by EARTHRUNNER

    So June goals are: - crush sugar cravings with consistency; go a full two weeks without added sugar - rise with joy in the mornings, looking forward to morning workout and yoga, and - cultivate deep focus during day to day, hour to hour work sessions Sugar: haven't hit my stride yet. But I have t... Read more

  • Just some updating

    6/13/2017 2:53:24 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Saturday night I went to the gym and worked on my arms, shoulders, back, thighs and did some cardio. I tried 3 new machines for my upper body and I loved them. I felt great afterwards. Woke up the next day fine until around 3 or 4 pm when I slightly bent over to move a TV tray. Felt a tightness ... Read more

  • Gratitude

    6/13/2017 1:44:51 PM, by MINIMEI

    I am grateful for good health because it is the foundation of good living.... Read more

  • In it for the long haul!

    6/12/2017 9:02:16 AM, by EOWYN2424

    I was overweight again today. It's a Monday. I am usually heavier on a Monday because of the weekend. I owed the dialysis machine 1kg today. Which meant I went home weighing 62.5kg. My dry weight is 61.5kg atm. Now after 2 meals (lunch and dinner), I now weight 63.3kg. I have to make sure I control ... Read more

  • Where is the Money?

    6/12/2017 12:29:11 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I got a letter from the place that loans money for college this week. I have not opened it yet to see the damage. I do not know how in the world I am going to pay it off without a job. As it is I have two credit things to pay off. One form Shopko and the other from Paypal. Now my neighbor is telling... Read more

  • Silly Fitbit Aria!

    6/10/2017 8:15:01 PM, by HEALTHYWRITER

    I did not lose 16 lbs. today. Just so you don't think I've developed an eating disorder or got my whole arm chewed off by an alligator during my walk around Kickerillo-Misher Preserve. I was deleting old weight entries that (I think) may have been from my son using my scale, before I got him his own... Read more

  • Celebrate or...?

    6/10/2017 10:46:14 AM, by HEALTHYWRITER

    I am within five pounds of my lowest weight since last December, which is 36 lbs. below my highest weight ever. (Yay, progress!) I am just 14 pounds over where I was when I joined SparkPeople in January 2006. (Not going to break my arm patting myself on the back for THAT one!) The first ti... Read more

  • My liver up Diaries

    6/9/2017 3:32:57 PM, by BLACKFLAME17

    Ryuu Nishikawa, 28 Happier and healthier skin:clear Migraines: rare to none Lost: 4 lbs belly: flat so far Energy: Increases stress: very low My migraines was really bad. They come out of nowhere- I feel tried and lightheaded for a hour or two. It was debilitating. I have to l... Read more

  • Know It Alls, and Culvers

    6/9/2017 3:00:22 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I hate people who think they know it all. I have two people on the van like that. One is that bossy woman who kept insisting that J.C. Penny;s does not really have any sales or discounts in the store and I know that is not so cause I got a coat there that was over half off there. It was over 100 dol... Read more

  • Bills and More Bills and Books

    6/8/2017 11:59:24 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well I need a miracle in order to pay the bills now. Especially next month when the water and taxes come due.Now I have some money left in IRA's but after that I will have to scrimp and save just to pay the taxes. I am not giving half of my check away for taxes. then what the heck I am supposed to d... Read more

  • Hassle With Department of Motor Vehicles

    6/7/2017 4:58:44 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    What a hassle and pain in the butt! They are the ones who sent it but I never received my new ID card. I paid for mine and my DD's and she only got hers a while back. Now they tell me I have to shell out some more money for a replacement when it is their fault. Or I can apply for for a voter ID but ... Read more

  • Addicted to.. Exercise? 😮😵

    6/6/2017 1:34:07 AM, by LUNANIEVE

    Well, it seems as though my addiction has turned away from food to exercise. That should be a good thing, right? But now it's almost as complusive as my eating was at one time. Now I love exercise and I HAVE to do it every single day or I feel really cranky and it's like I crave it! I know that this... Read more

  • New Exercise DVD Tonight and Low in Calories Again, and DD Colonoscopy and Diet

    6/5/2017 11:14:52 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I got 7 DVD's from the library today. The one I did tonight had weights along with a stability ball. It was very intense. I did arm exercises, legs, pelvic, and buttocks, along with core using weights and the ball. it was about 49 minutes long. I felt it too and I had trouble doing some of the exerc... Read more

  • Changing gears...

    6/5/2017 4:46:05 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    My husband is retiring in about three weeks. We are so looking forward to doing even more together as time goes on. Our kids and their kids will be at the celebration. I'm surprising him with cruise for all of us to Alaska in August. Hoping to keep it to about $35,000 for 11 of us. The cabins a... Read more

  • I feel betrayed by my own body!

    6/5/2017 10:10:11 AM, by EOWYN2424

    After I tried my best to control my fluid intake this weekend, I only put on 3.5kg. Therefore I set the target at 4kg to give allowance for the saline given to clear the bloodlines. However, towards the last 15 mins, I started feeling sick bcoz my blood pressure was dangerously low. The nurses ... Read more

  • Betty is ours

    6/2/2017 6:46:04 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    Today officially mom and I adopted another dog named Betty. She is a hound. I have been chosen by her.... Read more

  • 5 Month Sparkaversary

    6/2/2017 3:43:17 PM, by PIPSANDMSMAMA79

    529 593 208 So, today is my 5 month Sparkaversary. It's been an amazing 5 months and I feel so much better. I feel so much healthier. I still have a lot of work to do, but I've come so far. I have to admit. I've slacked a bit on the healthy eating the last month or so. I don't plan on ... Read more

  • Getting Another Dog Tomorrow and Short on Food Again

    6/1/2017 9:57:54 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well good news, we are getting another dog tomorrow. Her name is Betty and she is a hound. Finally we will be able to heal from losing Leah. It is 9 weeks since she died and my daughter still hurts from it. We are hoping that Betty is in better shape than Leah was. Once more we are short on fo... Read more

  • At goal doesn't mean not paying attention!

    5/30/2017 2:24:57 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    I don't track every bite every day anymore, but I do track. I don't obsess over steps, but I continue to walk far beyond the 10,000 steps each day wearing my fitbit. I don't watch carbs particularly, but I just enjoy all the seasonal fruits and veggies along with whole grains that I love. I don't... Read more

  • Soooooo Mad!!!

    5/30/2017 10:57:07 AM, by EOWYN2424

    I rushed home from work without even going home to bathe only to be told by the maid working in the host's house that today there was no Bible Study! But there was! I was certain of it! Our church is taking a 3 week break from Bible Study because of the school holidays but our group agreed to 1... Read more

  • BLC34, Pain Issues, Recurring IBS Yet, and Depression

    5/30/2017 12:31:51 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well another round of BLC is starting up on the 7th. It will help keep me on track and motivated. Some old member s are returning and a new one as well. Always interesting to meet new people and see where they come from. I had knee trouble before and now I had back and leg issues today which ... Read more

  • New (Used) Bicycle!

    5/29/2017 6:28:10 PM, by LUNANIEVE

    Eek! I'm totally geeking out. My husband found two bikes on craigslist for $100. I thought it was way too good to be true, but we went to check them out and they are great! They have a little rust on the handlebars, but very little use otherwise and the couple were such wonderful people! They even g... Read more

  • My Resolve!!!!

    5/29/2017 12:26:16 AM, by EOWYN2424

    I have made up my mind to really watch what I eat and drink. This is because I'm on dialysis and everything I drink gets stuck in my body until the next treatment! I don't want any complications to my health, therefore I am resolving to really watch everything I eat and drink! Food has weight t... Read more

  • "Sugar is Not Only a Drug, But a Poison" Dr. David Samadi, MD (2016, Huff Post)

    5/28/2017 5:54:47 PM, by MSBOOTCAMP

    I am so thankful to have stumbled upon the truth about sugar. All I can do is thank medical professionals, like Dr. David Samadi, and growing numbers of others, who are honestly and courageously sounding the alarm about what sugar is doing, and already has done, to us, and to let us know about the *... Read more

  • Lawn Mower Fixed and Knee Problems

    5/27/2017 10:58:40 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well my brother fixed the lawn mower for us so I could cut the grass today. Boy was it long and it took twice as long almost to cut it too. Only problem is the guard they put on it is not very good. The screws came off of it when I was mowing. I only got parts for one side of it not the other. It wi... Read more

  • Traveling, Surgery, and Emotional Eating

    5/27/2017 5:49:50 AM, by LUNANIEVE

    Boy, these last few days have been horrible as far as my diet goes, it's been too much take out and not enough exercise to compensate. My husband injured his shoulder at work about three weeks ago and has been going through physical therapy, but seeing very little progress. He had a MRI Friday and w... Read more

  • Struggles

    5/27/2017 1:30:44 AM, by CIEAIRA

    I gave up pop and fast food at the begging of the year. About two months ago I went vegetarian. Idk what happened last week. However I ended up starting to drink pop again. Along with eating meat. To top it off I had fast food too. Idk if I was just depriving myself from so much stuff I liked. Or... Read more