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  • Thankful blog #2

    11/24/2015 11:44:27 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    Here is my second blog about gratitude and thankfulness. I am grateful for music by artists that help me write when I am unable to write otherwise. I am grateful for my tens unit and the fact it is working for some pain issues now. I am grateful for my pain specialists that I see who take care of me... Read more

  • Clinical Trials, BT1D, Doctor Visit, Flu Shot, SP Login Streak, PC & Smartphone

    11/23/2015 7:49:21 PM, by JLCONROD

    MY ADVENTURE THE LAST WEEK (A JOURNEY IN PROGRESS) 347 Spark Login Streak interrupted? NOT SO... My Login Streak only appears to be broken. LOW AND HIGH BLOOD SUGAR SWINGS For the last five or six days I've been dealing with severe swings between hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) a... Read more

  • Turkey and goals

    11/23/2015 11:46:49 AM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    So my gym is open this Thursday till 1pm so the plan is to prep everything the night before so all I have to do is put the turkey in and then head off to the gym for a couple hours. There isnt much to do since its just the four of us (me, my aunt, grams, and my dad). This week I would like t... Read more

  • thankful blog

    11/23/2015 11:45:51 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    The Navy Ninja team captain wanted a positive thinking post on the team chat thread. I don't believe in positive thinking because that is of the world. However I do believe in gratitude and thankfulness. So I have chosen to take her positive thinking and be thankful for four things on the thread and... Read more

  • Technofear

    11/23/2015 4:17:47 AM, by DOREENKNIGHT64

    I seem to have been going through a bad patch recently with electrical and electronic appliances. This is not a particularly new thing. I used to be known to the IT Support people at work as the Kiss of Death. I'm not taking the blame for the two reconditioned dishwashers that have ceased worki... Read more

  • 38# GAIN

    11/22/2015 10:01:01 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I weighed myself almost 6 months ago (and posted my weight on May 30th) before I moved to South Dakota, for the seasonal job at Mt Rushmore. I am now in California for a seasonal job in Death Valley National Park. I went to Walmart today because I had to buy bigger pants for work. While I... Read more

  • Health is a mind-body quantum prenominal

    11/22/2015 9:52:47 PM, by OLDEROWL

    In my work on my Spark Team "You Can Heal Your Life", I found Deepak Chopra's new book "Quantum Healing", revised and expanded November 2015, very enlightening. The book speaks of many cases of medically unexplained cases of cancer reversal including a case where the cancer metastasized to a man's... Read more

  • To Beck with it!

    11/22/2015 11:28:27 AM, by ALICIA363

    I gotta do Beck. There are voices in my head from blogs I’ve read. “You’re standing and eating!” And I fight them. “So what?” Or I'll tell myself, “I’ll just have one. I’ll stop at one.” And the voices talk back, “So, how’s that working for you? Have you ever stopped at o... Read more

  • No Time, No Inspiration, No Vember

    11/21/2015 3:59:40 PM, by DOREENKNIGHT64

    Well, not exactly no inspiration. But it's just gone in a different direction for the moment. And hello to all of you who have been dropping in recently, and sorry there's been nothing new on here. But ... November, in case you hadn't realised, and why should you, November is NaNoWriMo.... Read more

  • talk about awkward

    11/19/2015 8:36:24 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    I take the test and yet the academic adviser never called me back at all. Today was the last day to register for courses for the spring semester at the tech college! I am pissed right now! I did what he asked and he doesn't call me back in time! Now here I am like a sitting duck. I know that didn't ... Read more

  • @ the gym

    11/18/2015 11:43:29 AM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    I made it to the gym last night and I am so happy that I made myself go. I had planned to go earlier in the day and then around 6pm I just felt tired and drained. I was fighting with myself. My shoulder blades where also still sore from raking up leaves Sunday. At 830 I changed my clothes, put m... Read more

  • another update health and otherwise

    11/18/2015 10:06:59 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    I will first start off by saying I have gotten a Tens unit for pain management and it seems to help somewhat. I won't discount it until the month is up. If it don't work for the shoulder pain I still may keep it for other pain issues. Since it helps for my knees and back too. It is very easy to use.... Read more

  • Today is Hubby's Birthday

    11/17/2015 8:07:57 PM, by 100LBLIGHTER

    This is before I ever met him... but it is his birthday today. Happy Birthday Honey. I will give you your card when you get home.... Read more

  • About choice ...

    11/16/2015 8:42:05 PM, by ALICIA363

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  • My New Mascot=The Turtle : D

    11/16/2015 8:41:07 PM, by JUSTMEOK66

    I had lost 29 lbs last year within 6 mos. I thought wowwww..if I can lose 30 slowly, let me "double that and lose quickly"..I gained 24.5 lbs back with the "quick loss..rabbit mentality. YIIKEESSS!! I was "desperate to lose again" that I took some "diet pills and products along with some natural h... Read more

  • cough UPDATE

    11/16/2015 4:18:23 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    This cough is coming to an end which means I can return to the gym. Im not going tonight because Im really sore from raking up leaves yesterday. I did do some exercises and I plan to go for a walk tonight. Tomorrow, Thursday and early Saturday morning I plan on going. I might also go Saturday ni... Read more

  • Health & Happiness Focus

    11/16/2015 3:27:47 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    I'm nine pounds overweight. At 159 I'll be in the healthy BMI range. But being so close to entering the healthy weight range doesn't mean I don't still have my work cut out for me in developing healthier habits. Right now my body fat percentage leaves something to be desired. I'm at 36.8% and 30% i... Read more

  • How I spent World Diabetes Day November 14

    11/15/2015 9:34:03 PM, by JLCONROD

    World Diabetes Day coincides with my "Diaversary", November 14, 1970. My symptoms of extreme dehydration, severe weight loss, constant thirst and urination, vision changes, and fruity breath found my physician sending me to the hospital for a Glucose Tolerance Test. That test confirmed ... Read more

  • World Diabetes Day and my Diaversary.

    11/14/2015 5:52:16 PM, by JLCONROD

    November 14 is World Diabetes Day and my Diaversary. Find out more and help spread Diabetes Awareness. Contact me: http://minimedambassadors/john
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  • Whatever It Took

    11/14/2015 8:49:05 AM, by ALICIA363

    ONEKIDSMOM was right: I am mentally tough. I will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get what I want. I wanted to run a half marathon with my siblings. And I did whatever it took. Whatever it took included a physical. I haven’t had one of those since I can remember. Whatever it took included... Read more

  • Down to the 160's

    11/13/2015 11:46:02 AM, by SUPER_CIARA

    I had planned to wait until the end of November to weigh myself, but I had a spell of depression and anxiety and seeing that I had made it back into the 160's was helpful in moving me forward. At some point I felt like I would never see the 60's again, but here they are. I am also fitting smaller cl... Read more

  • another health update

    11/13/2015 11:20:12 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    well first off I don't have M.S. The MRI didn't show anything serious and it came back normal. My numbness went away on its own. My foot just goes numb. I have tendinitis in my bicep however causing me pain and I am in therapy along with getting a Tens machine soon. Hopefully soon that will help me ... Read more

  • Daily Renewal

    11/12/2015 11:12:12 PM, by YUKIJANE

    After I got baptized and entered the world of Jesus and the Bible, new things are happening. Actually, my pastor had told me before I got baptized that my life would change for the better and better because now God would be in charge. I listened to her, but was not sure if my life would revolve. ... Read more

  • Where is my motivation?

    11/12/2015 11:27:14 AM, by MORBIDDOLL0224

    I am trying to look at today as a new day. But, it seems like I do that every morning that I wake up. I tell myself that I am going to be motivated today, today I exercise, today I eat better, today I put my best foot forward. Then I get out of bed, have coffee, maybe clean a little, & that is what... Read more

  • November

    11/11/2015 6:55:15 PM, by ALICIA363

    It's a cold, gray, rainy day here. Perfect for watching movies and eating popcorn and snuggling under cozy blankets with your loved ones. But alas, I must work for a living, attempt to walk the dog, and make decisions about what to do next. I was supposed to get in one last weeknight run....B... Read more

  • got the cough... again

    11/11/2015 11:12:33 AM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    On November 2nd I watched my little cousin who HAD to give me kisses all day. She coughed a couple times but I didnt pay to much attention. On the 3rd I watched her again and she was still coughing. Later that day I went to the gym and there I started to cough. Today we are still both coughing. ... Read more

  • Life is Tough, but I'm Tougher

    11/11/2015 8:56:06 AM, by BUGGY1968

    After being hit with one crisis after another, I am finally feeling better about life! My goal was to be able to survive the problems, but instead of just coping, I am actually doing pretty well. In fact, I am feeling very blessed right now! Mom is recovering well from her stroke; my stepmom may ... Read more

  • Scaling...

    11/9/2015 10:21:38 PM, by DEBORAHLEE82

    Okay, since increasing my physical fitness has resulted in some weird reaction from my body, I've decided to listen to it, and scaled back on the daily intense exercise workouts and revisited a book that I read, probably two or three years ago called Thin Within by Judy Halliday, R.N. and Arthur Ha... Read more

  • 34 Spark Points so far today!

    11/9/2015 8:57:40 PM, by JLCONROD

    Using the updated Spark Android app earned 34 points so far today! Get it free on Google Play Store and Spark away from your computer. Highly recommended.... Read more

  • Catching up on an Autumn night

    11/8/2015 5:22:20 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    I have been busy. Working 40 hours feels like more. I come home pretty spent. I am still trying to walk 5000 steps per day, and when I last went on the scale, I had lost the few pounds extra I had put on, so am back to what I have posted. My focus has been better sleep. Sounds ridiculous... Read more

  • Stop the World, I want to get off

    11/8/2015 9:46:27 AM, by ALICIA363

    Breathe. A week has passed, and I don't feel I've thoroughly processed yet. Life keeps rushing in, and I can't stay still. I crave stillness. I'm getting some now, as I blog. Although I have to live in today, I want to record a few more memories of race day before they fade ... I f... Read more

  • Travel Joys and Issues

    11/6/2015 12:44:14 PM, by PATTYPI0601

    My sister and I went took a quick hop to Victoria, British Columbia for a couple of days. Black Ball ferry from Port Angeles and a walk-to hotel were all part of the package my sister found. Both the ferry and the hotel worked out well. We enjoyed the museum, the government building tour, and ... Read more

  • November 2015

    11/5/2015 3:08:54 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    It's been a couple months since I posted here, so here's a new picture taken at my new employee dorm (sorry I am using a tablet & couldn't figure out how to turn the pic). The dorms are rather small with 2-3 people sharing space. I no longer have my bathroom scales, so I have no idea what I... Read more

  • More Veggies Plan

    11/4/2015 4:38:38 PM, by RUNAMOKQT

    I've been having trouble getting my veggies in lately so I did some googling and I love thick soup so I came up with this plan: Veggies plan- Blend mixed frozen veggies Or whatever beans, spinach or kale, or other greens, and 2 other seasonal veggies with tomato soup or chicken broth Fewer tha... Read more

  • Making Measurable Progress

    11/4/2015 3:55:48 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    I was scale free this morning and it was much easier than I was afraid it was going to be. Doing a positive ritual in the morning helped a lot to change that desire to weigh myself first thing in the morning. I put my scale in the closet yesterday and with it out of sight, it was easier to ignore it... Read more

  • Steady as she goes ...

    11/4/2015 6:12:14 AM, by ALICIA363

    Spark People had a survey on my start page yesterday. I tried to take it, really I did. But when it asked what my main challenge was in living a healthy life, I got stuck and frustrated and bailed. "Main challenge"? None of them stand out as being primary. Finding time for exercise (I h... Read more

  • Burning More Calories & Doing A Calorie Check

    11/3/2015 4:18:46 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    Now that I got up the resolve today to put my scale in my closet and commit to this scale-free month I realized it would make it much easier and much more fun for me this month if I had something to focus on. I like having something measurable to mark my progress with my fitness journey and what I a... Read more

  • Halloween Candy

    11/3/2015 7:19:19 AM, by BUGGY1968

    I've eaten more of my son's Halloween candy than he has. I allow calories for one little piece of candy and then eat the fun sized snickers. That part is okay. It's when I eat another half dozen little chocolate bars that I get into trouble. I really need the candy out of the house, and ap... Read more

  • Before and After, still processing the experience

    11/3/2015 5:57:08 AM, by ALICIA363

    Before and After Courtesy of my niece, who chronicled many of this weekend’s events in pictures. How self-unaware am I? DH had to tell me, “This was big for you.” Huh? To explain, he said, “What part of this involved sitting quietly with your hands in your lap?” We joke that one of... Read more

  • Will it or won't it?

    11/2/2015 7:13:24 PM, by ALICIA363

    “ . . . if you catch yourself questioning whether or not something is going to happen for you, you can know for sure that you have fallen away from your commitment.” Jean Adrienne (Thank you 1CRAZYDOG!)... Read more

  • Will it or won't it?

    11/2/2015 7:13:23 PM, by ALICIA363

    “ . . . if you catch yourself questioning whether or not something is going to happen for you, you can know for sure that you have fallen away from your commitment.” Jean Adrienne (Thank you 1CRAZYDOG!)... Read more


    11/2/2015 6:50:05 PM, by SCHIZOAFFECTION

    I became very sick last week and was bedridden. I am planning to start my whole diet/workout routine all over again. Sorry for not coming on and updating you sooner, but I was just so sick. I was feeling feverish and missed a whole week's worth of work, so now I am down the drain with money. If... Read more

  • Down to a Size 10

    11/2/2015 6:27:59 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    Things have really fallen into place lately and I have settled more and more into a strong sense of what works for me and where I want to go in my weight loss journey--and where I want to stop! Before I could never get thin enough. If I was a size 3 then I thought I was fat because I wasn't a size ... Read more

  • Taking Turtle Steps..but in the right direction!!

    11/2/2015 1:27:57 PM, by JUSTMEOK66

    Some days I feel like a wee turtle..but am still taking turtle steps in the "right direction"!! : )) Angel... Read more

  • My Birthday

    11/2/2015 8:25:22 AM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Yesterday I turned 33 and my day was GREAT!!! I got up at 7 and spent about 80 minutes at the gym. It felt so good to be there. Its been 3 or 4 months since Ive been due to family things and me just feeling drained. The only spot on me thats sore is my chest. I plan to go back tomorrow night an... Read more

  • Race Report

    11/1/2015 4:36:32 PM, by ALICIA363

    That was fun. And that's why I did it. It sounded fun to be in the same event, so I did it. My favorite training run? The "stay loose" two miles ... in my work clothes, over the bridge, no clutter. Like I started running. In the clothes I had, because I didn't know if it would grow int... Read more

  • We'll I didn't...

    11/1/2015 11:49:18 AM, by JUNESHOPE

    387 I wrote "stepping up my game" in my status bar back on Oct 4th, and needless to say... I DIDN'T! 90 150 Most of you know I was doing really well, and then I took a preschool teaching position for 2-3 yr olds, of which I had done previously for many years. But since the last time I was... Read more

  • Pre-race

    11/1/2015 8:35:40 AM, by ALICIA363

    We're leaving the house in eleven minutes. If I had more hours in the day, I'd blog about Halloween. Yep, my life is pretty darn busy! See you after my long run 211... Read more

  • Habit time!

    11/1/2015 5:20:36 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    The habit of adding habits did not work ;-) Mostly because I ran out of ideas of habits that I really wanted, there were many things that I "ought to" but my heart was not in it. But now I have an idea that inspires me ... Background: I have learned that logistics is very important to me... Read more

  • Calorie Range

    10/31/2015 2:35:37 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    Both Sparkpeople and the Fitbit calculate how many calories I should get each day and give me a calorie range--or, rather, Fitbit gives me a set number and Sparkpeople gives me a range. Spark's bottom estimate is usually close to what my Fitbit says, but they both use how much exercise I get through... Read more

  • One day to go!

    10/31/2015 12:49:18 PM, by ALICIA363

    Twenty-four hours from now, I will be walking and running my way through 13.1 miles. Today I'll enjoy today, even if all I get done is packet pick up and walking the dog. I slept well last night, and plan to do the same tonight. More news later, as activities allow. 247... Read more

  • 2 Days: Surreal

    10/30/2015 7:20:28 PM, by ALICIA363

    Today feels like Friday. Like a regular day, which it pretty much was. It's hard to believe I'll go 13.1 miles with 5,999 other people (or after them) in about a day and a half. I am in desperate need of sleep. TTYL!... Read more

  • Plateau-Busting

    10/30/2015 10:25:46 AM, by SUPER_CIARA

    I recently joined both the Sparkcoach Plateau-Busting program as well as the Plateau-Busting Challenge on Sparkpeople. I've noticed some of the same advice in both the challenge & the program, like taking your measurements and weighing & measuring your food, but my thinking is that by taking them b... Read more

  • Off the Beaten Path

    10/30/2015 7:25:18 AM, by BUGGY1968

    Ever since my husband got laid off, I have not been on program. There have been added stresses that hit around the same time (kid with impacted bowels, dad's bladder cancer returned, step mom declining rapidly, mom's stroke). Even though we are handling things well overall, I feel like an ADD hike... Read more

  • And then there were 3 ...

    10/29/2015 7:04:20 PM, by ALICIA363

    3 days to go 3 sparking siblings in the race 311 312 186 Yesterday my "stay loose" miles were over "the big bridge". My coworker was excited about the finish of the race going over the big bridge, and I wasn't really aware of what that was. So I found it, and went over it, and the very s... Read more

  • UGH!! I just saw.. 'it' (not the movie)

    10/29/2015 4:18:47 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    I open up my lap top and in the black screen I spot it. The other chin. I need to put my foot down and focus on my goals and work my ass off to reach them. My birthday is this Sunday so I have decided to wake up early and head off to the gym. We are going to see Crimson Peak at 11am so I have to... Read more

  • So many changes!!

    10/29/2015 1:42:22 PM, by JEZEBEL2880

    Since my last blog post I've been married and am now expecting a baby in May! I am 10 weeks and 5 days and have been losing weight ever since they took me off of seroquel for sleep....I rocketed up 20+ pounds after they put me on it!! Anyway, the doctors are not concerned about the weight loss, so... Read more

  • 4 days to go

    10/28/2015 12:41:18 PM, by ALICIA363

    and I'm pretty excited about it! Planning on a walk-run of a mile or two to "stay loose", as my twenty-something co-worker calls it. Note to self: Don't eat Takis. The spice makes my belly hurt. 213... Read more

  • My VLCD and LCD

    10/28/2015 1:33:12 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    First: I have my doctors permission and even encouragement to follow the 12 weeks of VLCD and LCD (500 kcal three weeks, 800 kcal nine weeks) that starts the two-year commitment I have made. My blood and other tests shows now problems and I have felt no dizziness, nausea or even lack of energy duri... Read more

  • 5 days

    10/27/2015 8:24:19 PM, by ALICIA363

    Remember those people who told you it wasn't worth the effort and you can't do it? They were wrong. Go spark! 381 529... Read more

  • Freshening Up

    10/27/2015 6:08:01 PM, by FLYPIGGIEFLY

    I moved to Minnesota to start a new life. I moved to be closer to my ex's family for the sake of my son. And while I am lonely and missing bits of Oklahoma, I know eventually I will find stability. It is hard as I am not finding a job and very frustrated with this. I dyed my hair orange when I... Read more

  • From Setback to A Challenge: How I Changed My Perspective :)

    10/27/2015 3:15:02 PM, by DEBORAHLEE82

    I've been jumping back and forth between 195 and 194 for the past couple of weeks. Five years ago, I would have been so frustrated 33 but now, I'm looking at it in a different view 224 . First, as I mentioned before, I'm so proud at how far I've come, being able to fit into my clothes and wear jea... Read more

  • Current situation

    10/27/2015 1:52:37 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    Usually, when I fall silent on Spark it is because I am having a bad streak, eating compulsively and gaining weight. This time it has been the opposite. My situation in august was desperate. I had not managed to lose any weight during vacation and started my autumn fatter than ever before, my s... Read more

  • 6 days and the pre-race freak out

    10/26/2015 9:04:02 PM, by ALICIA363

    Darn Goal Board Check-In. I was having quite a nice pre-race freak out, when I read, "I can do this." I can, and I will. But the freak out I was enjoying was good ... I didn't run far enough, I don't feel worked out. How can I run 13.1 when I'm not being allowed to run more than 4 if... Read more

  • November Goals & Reflecting on October

    10/26/2015 4:22:51 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    I joined the Plateau-Busting Sparkcoach program for November as throughout October my weight fluctuated a few pounds on a couple of occasions but has otherwise remained around 175. In the first Sparkcoach video the coach mentioned that people usually hit a plateau two months into their program and I... Read more

  • First accordion gig...

    10/26/2015 3:35:13 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    I don´t remember if I posted about my total accordion passion that hit me august last year. In connection with tha swedish election in september same year I was moderating a meeting for women of the socialdemocratic party and was asked if I would entertain at their district 100-year celebration. As ... Read more