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  • WEDNESDAY - DAY 24

    12/17/2014 11:49:56 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    Today is sunny and cold. Took Lily for a 2 mile walk, but other than that it will be a rest day for exercise. My knees are bothering me a little from the cold and I am slightly sore from yesterday's workout. I am eating within my calorie budget so I am confident that I am still on track with my goal... Read more

  • Home Again

    12/16/2014 6:56:23 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    Home feels so good after an 8 hour drive, but unpacking, laundry, and cleaning, are not what I want to do. Driving that long leaves me in extreme pain & we don't eat on the road, so I feel like I am starving and dehydrated. Tomorrow I have quite a bit to do, yet it will be an emotional day (Grandm... Read more

  • TRAINER TUESDAY

    12/16/2014 11:48:02 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    I woke up to the sound of the west wind whipping around the house. Cold and dark...brr! I knew I had to get up and eat something before the appointment with my trainer at 8. At the gym, after a 10 minute warm up walk on the treadmill, he put me through a pretty tough 30 minute interval workout. I di... Read more

  • One last time

    12/15/2014 11:23:39 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    All I wanted was one last moment to play in the basement of Grandma's house. She wasn't my grandmother technically, but she accepted me as her's from the moment her grandson brought me home. 20 years ago on Thanksgiving, it was the first time I met this wonderful & amazing woman. At that time, sh... Read more

  • LOW MOTIVATION MONDAY

    12/15/2014 11:21:57 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    I have to admit that I was not excited about my goal this morning. Still, our unseasonably warm weather is due to blow out on a western gale this afternoon so I got my sneakers on to take Lily for one more good walk. We went 1.5 miles. Then I moaned and groaned and hauled my rear over to the gym for... Read more

  • CHRISTMAS CAROLING

    12/14/2014 6:26:18 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    I took Lily for a mile walk this morning - but that is all the exercise that I had time for. We had the Children's Christmas Program at church this morning. After church was a lunch of soup and hot dogs for the congregation. Then I went with the pastor and some of the children to go Christmas caroli... Read more

  • Craziness...

    12/14/2014 10:19:14 AM, by NOMORESHMOO

    I have never been in Grandma's house without Grandma there, it seems so bizarre. She marked some items with my name, it made me cry. A victorian table that I adore and she remembered, my name is on the bottom of the table. Then we were asked to go through and get any gifts we gave her over the ye... Read more

  • DAY 20

    12/13/2014 10:39:39 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    Today is Day 20 of my Turkey Day to New Years Day Spark Challenge! Today will mostly be a rest day. I took Lily for a 1.9 mile walk this morning, but my knees and muscles need a recovery day from yesterday's vigorous workout. I plan to do the grocery shopping, wrap Christmas presents, go to the libr... Read more

  • Why Oh Why???

    12/13/2014 12:38:12 AM, by NOMORESHMOO

    So why is there so much food? The neighbors need to quit bringing food over, or at least some healthier options. I think it is wonderful that people show their support by bringing food to the family and none of us need to go out to eat, but please stop with the pasta dishes, casseroles, and desser... Read more

  • THUMBS UP!

    12/12/2014 12:37:05 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    After a quick walk with Lily this morning I headed to the gym to try the full workout taught to me by the trainer yesterday. I did my 30 minutes walking on the treadmill at 3.5 mph on the hill program. Then I did my weights. I finished up with 5 minutes of intervals (15 seconds all out/45 seconds re... Read more

  • Living longer

    12/11/2014 8:52:46 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    We are all living longer and it's a bit difficult to grasp. My daughter has had the opportunity to know her biological paternal great grandmother, both of my grandmothers, & both of my husband's grandmothers. She is extremely lucky to have known these people, but it's hard for us to relate. We di... Read more

  • A Whole Year?!

    12/11/2014 4:14:46 PM, by BEELALA93

    Hello everyone! It's been over a year since I last posted here! I can't believe it! I've missed this site so much and all the wonderful people on here! Life has changed quite a lot for me. I'm working in retail and I've just qualified as a make-up artist, which is super exciting! I'm ... Read more

  • FITNESS CONSULTATION

    12/11/2014 2:48:31 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    I had my fitness consultation with Justin, one of the personal trainers at my gym this morning. I learned a ton of stuff! First of all I thought I was drinking plenty of fluids, but it turns out I am only a bit more than half hydrated! The recommendation was that I would be revving up my metabolism ... Read more

  • BUSY WEDNESDAY

    12/10/2014 11:02:11 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    As usual my Wednesday will be quite busy. Last night at the staff meeting for work everyone brought Christmas treats. I chose to eat one piece of pumpkin pie without whipped topping (which was delicious!) and pass up the cookies and fudge. I ate a light dinner after the meeting and still kept my cal... Read more

  • TUESDAY

    12/9/2014 11:21:54 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    It is a bit colder today. Took Lily for a very short walk around the block and then it was time to take her to the groomer. While she was being beautified I went to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill at 3.2 mph and level 4. Then I did my strength workout. Lily looks beautiful now and I feel ... Read more

  • 2 WEEKS OF SPARK STREAK!

    12/8/2014 1:03:53 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    Today is Day 15 of the Turkey Day to New Years Day Sparkstreak! I weighed in this morning and I have lost 2 pounds - I hope I can keep losing at the same rate! No gym today as I had some house work to do. Logged the minutes of sweeping, mopping, scrubbing the bathroom and dusting. The weather is bea... Read more

  • Home Again Feels So Great!

    12/7/2014 9:28:55 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    We took out early yesterday morning for our 8 hour drive that took 10 hours. Horrible fog and a tractor trailer hit a train right before we got to the tracks. It was awful and we stayed to warn other vehicles coming down the road. Nothing was visible in that pea soup fog, including the warning li... Read more

  • QUIET SUNDAY

    12/7/2014 5:16:50 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    Today was sort of a rest day. I did go to the gym after church and I did 30 minutes on the exercise bike. I am slightly sore from yesterday's workout so I did not push things today. The weather has chilled down and skies are grey today so I did not take Lily for a long walk. I have a new book by a ... Read more

  • SUPER SATURDAY

    12/6/2014 12:05:04 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    Weather remains nice so took Lily for a decent walk this morning before I headed to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the exercise bike at level 4 and kept about 70 rpm. Then I did my weights. I am proud of a choice that I made this morning. Yesterday a box of donuts was left for the teachers where I wor... Read more

  • FOGGY FRIDAY

    12/5/2014 11:59:53 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    The weather is unseasonably mild today. Temperatures are in the 40s and it is making for a misty morning. I am slightly sore from yesterday's work out, but not bad. I guess that means I did it right! It turns out that I ate within my calorie range yesterday when it was adjusted for the calories I bu... Read more

  • The Bug-Out Bag

    12/5/2014 10:48:04 AM, by NOMORESHMOO

    I grew up in a very military family. One that lead a very structured and scheduled life. Even with every detail scheduled to the minute, we each kept our own "Bug-Out" bag. This came in handy for the occasional hunting or fishing trip and spontaneous overnight with family or friends. My husband ... Read more

  • When things get rough

    12/4/2014 11:13:26 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    When things get rough, I tend to fall off the wagon. I'm not a drinker or drug addict, I'm an eater. The good news is that junk no longer tastes good and makes me feel sick. So perhaps I can continue to eat healthy and not resort back to easy. When things get rough, I no longer want to fall off... Read more

  • BUSY THURSDAY

    12/4/2014 2:54:11 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    First thing that happened this morning is that the lens fell out of my glasses. After a short period of fuzzy vision groping around, I remembered where I had left my back up pair. The back up pair was kind of annoying when I went to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill at 3.2 mph on the hill c... Read more

  • Positive/Good Frustrations

    12/4/2014 12:54:06 AM, by NOMORESHMOO

    Someone asked me about my excess skin. Their exact question; " What do you plan on doing with all of your excess skin now?" Well, that was rude! I never even thought about it. I walked away a bit stunned. Went home and looked in the mirror, i don't see any weird excess in my normal clothes. Ye... Read more

  • WARM WEDNESDAY

    12/3/2014 11:34:42 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    We are on a roll with the weather! Well above freezing today so Lily and I had another good walk this morning. I signed up at the gym for a free promotional session with one of the personal trainers. I am looking forward to interviewing him next week and hopefully learning some new exercises I can d... Read more

  • SUNNY TUESDAY

    12/2/2014 11:20:24 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    I managed to eat within my calorie range yesterday. A small snack in the afternoon helped. I was hungry, but not ravenous when I got home from work. Good thing - after carefully preparing a veggie heavy fajita mix to leave in the slow cooker... I missed turning it on! I had to fall back on Tyson fro... Read more

  • Not an easy answer, but easy to do...

    12/2/2014 10:12:23 AM, by NOMORESHMOO

    So people keep asking me what I've done to lose weight and keep it off so far. I tell them tracking what I eat, weighing daily, and reviewing my daily nutrition reports to figure out what I can or can not eat. Then I tell them I workout according to what my health issues allow and reviewing that d... Read more

  • 1 WEEK OF STREAK!

    12/1/2014 12:02:10 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    Today marks 1 week of my Turkey Day Spark Streak ( I began the Monday before Thanksgiving). I am doing well with the goal of doing at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. I have done that every day for the whole week. I am not doing so great with keeping my calories within the range - but I am close.... Read more

  • Help!

    11/30/2014 7:58:43 PM, by GYMMOMM3

    i am beginning again...AGAIN! I am so tired of starting over. I need to keep focused. I need to jump over stumbling blocks.... Read more

  • CHILLY SUNDAY

    11/30/2014 2:34:05 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    Yesterday the temperatures reached - almost 60 (F) this morning the wind chill was only in the teens... BRRR! I dug out my heaviest sweatshirt and found a scarf and neck warmer to put around my throat - then on with the hat, gloves and heavy coat. Lily and I took off for our walk . I m... Read more

  • Answers found

    11/30/2014 2:14:04 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    I think I've figured it out. Thank you Jennstress! I was better yesterday until I was in that bathroom for a few hours. Then it got bad again, but this time I broke out into a rash, too. My husband started feeling sick as well, so we figure it's all of the dust we have created. Couldn't make m... Read more

  • SUPER SATURDAY

    11/29/2014 6:04:32 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    I feel really good about today. I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the exercise bike and then did my regular strength workout - just used very light weights (5 Lb) as it is the first time I have done a strength workout in a while. My legs are going to be a little sore in the morning I think. ... Read more

  • Sick?

    11/28/2014 10:52:45 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    I have spent most of the day sleeping. After dessert yesterday, I got nauseous & had to leave. When I left my mom's, I was driving when dizziness hit. Got home and it just kept getting worse. This morning I got up feeling a little funny. Workouts done, ate, and then kept losing my balance. ... Read more

  • BLACK FRIDAY

    11/28/2014 8:56:41 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    I had intended to skip tracking yesterday and start again today. I did fairly well during the Thanksgiving Feast yesterday, choosing small portions and not eating too much. Unfortunately, while a guest today, I ate too many leftovers. It was one of those situations where there was no polite way to r... Read more

  • Just a bit of fun

    11/28/2014 1:21:01 AM, by NOMORESHMOO

    We all took a break at my in-laws for a bit of fun. The girls dancing and singing. My 22 y/o daughter, SIL, MIL, and me. And we always do one good pic and one crazy pic. I love the crazy pic. ... Read more

  • THANKSGIVING DAY

    11/27/2014 10:32:06 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    I am on Day 4 of this Turkey Day Sparkstreak. Today is Thanksgiving Day. I am so grateful for my beautiful, talented daughter, my friends, my dog, my warm home and food. I am grateful that I am now healthy enough to work part of the day in the field of education again. I am grateful for the people I... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/27/2014 12:35:05 AM, by NOMORESHMOO

    Happy Thanksgiving Americans! Enjoy the feasting!... Read more

  • FEELING LIKE A TURKEY

    11/26/2014 11:10:45 AM, by CORGIMOM10

    Yesterday I started blogging about this challenge. I determined that my goals were: 1. 30 minutes of exercise daily 2. Track food and eat withing calorie range daily 3. Blog about the Challenge. 4. Spark Daily I felt really good about yesterday up until dinner time. I came home from work r... Read more

  • Trying to stay positive

    11/25/2014 11:15:28 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    Too much crap piling up makes everything smell bad. So I am searching for my positives while wading in poo. Hmmmmm... Thankful for my gorgeous & wonderful husband! I have an amazing & beautiful daughter! They both support and help me out. The rescue Bassett is insane, but so cute, he keep... Read more

  • TURKEY DAY TO NEW YEAR'S DAY SPARK STREAK!

    11/25/2014 2:49:14 PM, by CORGIMOM10

    Due to having a back injury this summer, then a bad round of bronchitis - also general laziness... I have put on a few pounds this fall. OK... more than a few. I have decided to start what I am calling the TURKEY DAY TO NEW YEARS DAY SPARK STREAK CHALLENGE for myself. My goal is to do 30 minutes of ... Read more

  • Humor in the midst of stress

    11/24/2014 1:15:31 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    Don't you wish we could this week? For all of the haters out there, watch out, I'm in a mood. Not allowing anyone to derail me with the nasty jealous comments. ... Read more

  • Met my January 1 goal on 11/23 -- Gotta keep going!

    11/23/2014 8:22:07 AM, by CAPE2ISLAND

    So pleased that I met my 30 pound weight loss by 1/1/15 in November! But I am not sitting back gloating about it. The holidays are ahead, and I need to continue my common sense eating and steady exercise program. So, I will relax just a bit, and seek a modest 4 pound loss from 11/24 to 1/1/15... Read more

  • Today is the day it all changes.

    11/23/2014 6:07:14 AM, by JADELYNDSEY

    Well, technically, I sort of started last night, BUT TODAY! I am following what I set out to do, to the letter! What am I going to do? Well, this involves eating better, (I counted my calories from one day last week, it was in excess of 4,000 calories, and this was a pretty average day...) ... Read more

  • Not so funny, I need this!

    11/22/2014 11:26:24 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    I have been so busy, that I realize it is close to the end of the day and I run to get on SparkPeople. My husband laughs at me. He sees me make my meal decisions by using my SparkPeople app on my phone and every night, regardless how exhausted I am, I have to log in to the website. He finds my pa... Read more

  • I dumped the dump cake?!

    11/22/2014 10:42:49 AM, by GIGI4AUSTIN

    I am so very proud of myself this morning. I did something that made me feel great! I made a dump cake on Monday for a church meeting being held at our house. Unfortunately, there was some left over. I was tempted to eat a serving for breakfast this morning.....I took one bite and thought, "... Read more

  • This has nothing to do with Exercise - move along

    11/22/2014 10:05:13 AM, by OPTIMIST1948

    Just a note of lunacy in an otherwise ordinary Saturday. My title for today shall be: "Furious Commando of Desert Tortoise Persuasion" (although being a Commando of Persuasion may perhaps be oxymoronic - which leads to the moron question) Title comes from herbertlives.com/blo... Read more

  • Positivity...

    11/21/2014 9:07:08 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    Positivity is the key to sanity. Many people say it is the key to success, but I have never seen that. I have seen that negativity drives people to insanity, self abuse, and depression. I try desperately to search for the positive in each day and in each bad thing that happens. Some days are har... Read more

  • Update...

    11/20/2014 12:39:21 AM, by NOMORESHMOO

    The plumbing is fixed, the tub is in place, the shower valve is replaced, and the walls are going up. Now I have to get tiles and mortar, floor tiles, and paint. I am so happy that I finally found a plumber who wasn't ridiculous. Really, the pricing of the big name plumbers was next to crazy. ... Read more

  • Holiday Planning

    11/18/2014 2:21:27 PM, by NOMORESHMOO

    My busiest time of the year just keeps getting busier. Craziness will take over if I don't keep my mind and everything in check. Due to the wild schedule and all of the gatherings, I have to keep planning and stick to those plans. One day eating outside of my norm is fine, but three or more days ... Read more