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  • Trying to stay positive

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

    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


    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 CZESTES

    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 CZESTES

    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 Read more

  • Positivity...

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

    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 CZESTES

    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 CZESTES

    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

  • Melissa McCarthy

    11/17/2014 9:42:35 PM, by CZESTES

    Anyone see the article in SHAPE regarding Melissa McCarthy? I just LOVE Melissa McCarthy, her timing, humor, and acting, are superb. The fact that this woman has made a very critical world not only accept her as she is, but made us fall in love with her and see her true beauty. Reading her reason... Read more

  • Considering an IronMan?

    11/17/2014 7:01:11 PM, by OPTIMIST1948

    I know - its unlikely, but just in case you are.... I just got an email from (where you register for these things) and they are offering a special deal for Ironman Lake Placid Its says that to race is only $50 -- which is CRAZY cheap for a triathlon of any distance. Coupon expi... Read more

  • Troubles or Comedy of Errors...

    11/17/2014 12:34:51 PM, by CZESTES

    Funny thing, I dealt with and accepted myself at the size I was. It's hard for me to realize. I keep expecting those tiny looking jeans to fit too tight, cut me in half, etc... My husband feels the same way. I know I've changed & I bought smaller clothes in order to not have my pants fall down. ... Read more

  • Woods Sprints

    11/17/2014 6:10:37 AM, by OPTIMIST1948

    Just a short one: I'm trying and routinely failing to carve out time to exercise. One of my more successful ventures in previous years was running at my MILs house before Sunday dinner. She's a widow so we routinely arrive at around 3pm so that my husband can help with any heavy lifting necessar... Read more

  • I guess exercise IS part of my plan

    11/14/2014 6:33:31 AM, by CAPE2ISLAND

    So this has been the work week from hell. Long, long days and NO exercise at all. Even though I have eaten well all week, I am up 1 pound! Just 3 days a week has been enough to keep the scale going down when coupled with good eating habits. So my 28 pound weight loss is now 27 pounds. I mus... Read more

  • Not your average day

    11/12/2014 10:38:12 PM, by CZESTES

    Still working on the bathroom. Currently it is naked. Such an odd sight to see. I realized today that my back will no longer allow me to even help lift the drywall and cement board. How did I get it off the wall by myself? Oh my is it heavy! The new bathroom will have a new tub, lights in the ... Read more

  • Bracing myself for Thanksgiving

    11/11/2014 7:13:05 AM, by CAPE2ISLAND

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am already thinking about what strategies I will use to balance the 3 F's (Family, Food, Festivities) with my health goals. I do not always meet my goals, but what I HOPE to do is: Limit the extra food and calories to Thanksgiving Day & the day after... Read more

  • The Changes

    11/10/2014 10:41:12 PM, by CZESTES

    Losing 2 forty pound bags and a ten pound bag of dog food, makes a world of difference. The energy level alone is amazing, but my knees feel so much better. Spending a day up and down, stripping wallpaper and cleaning a wall for 5 hours, plus bending to do laundry and making beds, and almost no pa... Read more

  • The Doctor's Visit that Got Me Started

    11/10/2014 6:16:16 AM, by CAPE2ISLAND

    Today, November 10, 2014 I am down 27 pounds with about 22 more to go. But the moment of change was when my blood work was presented to me with alarmingly dangerous numbers in every critical category - that was in July, 2014. On top of that, my weight had fallen into the obese level 1 grouping. ... Read more

  • Bathroom renovation

    11/9/2014 12:09:35 PM, by CZESTES

    Well, I am behind on the bathroom renovation. I wanted it completely done and clean before my daughter gets home, but had to wait for help (not to mention my toe set me back). Yesterday my husband did some pricing with me, looked at items I wanted to replace, and finally got the drain out of the t... Read more

  • Goofball

    11/6/2014 4:24:08 PM, by CZESTES

    Yep, that's me, I'm a goofball! What do I do, I get dressed hours before meeting up with friends. Why, I don't wear make up and can't do anything with my hair, so really Why? If I get ready early, then I'm not freaking out last minute. In this case, it was to test out shoes. Had to make my husb... Read more

  • My hardest time

    11/6/2014 9:55:11 AM, by CZESTES

    It's here... Yep, my hardest time of the year. Starting October 1 and not ending until the middle of January, I run around like a crazy person. No time to breathe. Finding time to cook healthy, exercise, and get everything done is a challenge. One month down and so far so good, kind of... I h... Read more

  • 90lbs lighter, what I've learned

    11/3/2014 9:22:45 AM, by CZESTES

    Thanks to SparkPeople & a team of doctors, I've learned quite a bit about myself & my needs. 1. That each person is unique and what works for one person isn't necessarily right for me. 2. There is no "Magic" wand, pill, powder, or program that will make you thin and stay thin. It takes hard wo... Read more

  • My outlook has changed

    11/2/2014 1:43:48 AM, by CZESTES

    My husband was so wonderful about dressing up this year. I couldn't fit in most of my costumes and had to improvise by throwing together something from items I could wear. Ultimate compliments from my wonderful MIL about my weig... Read more

  • Happy November!

    11/1/2014 11:41:07 PM, by KALEWINE

    The hubbs and I started the day with a trip to the rec. center to work out. I did weight machines (legs and core) and then swam for 30 minutes. He did weight machines and then got on the exercise bike until I was done swimming. Then we came home and watched football. It's been a mostly disappointing... Read more

  • Halloween

    10/31/2014 12:49:32 AM, by CZESTES

    Oh no, nothing fits! I gave all of my "too small" costumes to my daughter and when she moved in with me, she put them in storage. When I tried on the costumes I have, all are way too big. Sadly, my daughter is working out of town for 4 weeks and I can't go to her storage unit to find something th... Read more

  • Almost the Weekend!

    10/30/2014 10:24:38 PM, by KALEWINE

    I did find the vacuum cleaner belt online. The first website I went to wanted to charge more in shipping than the part itself cost. I'm sorry, but that makes no sense to me. So I checked out amazon. Free shipping! Yay! In other news, I had a total of one student across four dance classes t... Read more

  • Vacuum Cleaner Blues

    10/27/2014 11:34:35 PM, by KALEWINE

    Today I taught Pilates, 2nd/3rd grade ballet, k/1st grade ballet, 2nd/3rd grade jazz. Mondays are always tiring for me. The rest of the week isn't as bad. I guess it's because the younger the children are that I'm teaching, the more energy they require from their teacher. I also did 9.3 miles on... Read more

  • Vacuum Cleaner Blues

    10/27/2014 11:34:31 PM, by KALEWINE

    Today I taught Pilates, 2nd/3rd grade ballet, k/1st grade ballet, 2nd/3rd grade jazz. Mondays are always tiring for me. The rest of the week isn't as bad. I guess it's because the younger the children are that I'm teaching, the more energy they require from their teacher. I also did 9.3 miles on... Read more