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  • first vacation days

    9/22/2014 10:23:42 AM, by PETITFLOUR

    So after a very stressful week in Berlin we are now off to Mallorca. The vacation started with a complaint against the Hotel management. They wanted to give us this very noisy room straight in front of the kids club and right next to the disco. I mean we pai 1500 quit a week, I am not rude to reques... Read more

  • Welcome, Monday morning!

    9/22/2014 2:54:27 AM, by OPHELIE

    Energy is the word of the day for me. Yesterday, I had Schnitzel and a slice of cake at the farm fest, and yet, the scale went down again. It has been steady for a while now, and it feels SO GOOD. (I was still able to stay within my range for the day). I am finding it easier ... Read more

  • Our great granddaughter is 6 months old

    9/21/2014 11:06:00 PM, by ADJQUILTER

    And look at her standing up like a big girl! What a beautiful smile!... Read more

  • Hairdo

    9/21/2014 1:08:21 PM, by THESUBY

    Even my hairdresser noticed how much weight I have lost since May. Not that much on the scale, but quite a bit in appearance.... Read more

  • Farm fest sunday

    9/21/2014 7:58:26 AM, by OPHELIE

    So, today is day 2 of the challenge. Day 1 was great, so I figured, I would make day 2 the same. We took the kids on a long walk to a farm fest, where we could visit the animals in the different barns, have the kids take pony rides, and there was a huge buffet with live music. This yearl... Read more

  • Back on the Wagon

    9/20/2014 10:14:41 AM, by YOGAMOMOF4

    Okay. I have to start taking care of myself again. I've been so overwhelmed that I've completely neglected my health. Things have been so difficult lately, and so stressful. I've started homeschooling the kids. That's not the stressful part -- the stressful part is knowing I've got no support. ... Read more

  • And so it begins!

    9/20/2014 8:14:11 AM, by OPHELIE

    Well, today is the official start of my first timed Spark Challenge! I am on the Tiger-Monarch team, and my goal is to lose 5% of my weight by November 15th. I set all my steps, so I will be exercising 60 minutes a day (mainly walking), and I will stay within my calorie ra... Read more

  • Sooooo busy

    9/19/2014 10:42:50 PM, by THESUBY

    Spent an extra 2 hours in the classroom after school today, and I am nowhere near done. So much for exercising.... Read more

  • Feeling good!

    9/19/2014 2:15:12 PM, by OPHELIE

    Today, the scale finally decided to be my friend! 83,9kg. Under 84, and -2 kg since Sept. 6th. I went down and back up in the 85's, and kept going, and now, there is a 3 instead of a 5, so yay me! My goal being to be under 80 for new year's, I am on track. 84 was my goal weight for October 1st. ... Read more

  • Fall 5% - how to make the best of it? TIPS NEEDED!

    9/19/2014 12:23:42 PM, by HAKAPES

    Hi 5% challengers, Daisy team, and all, So on Saturday we start again the 5% challenge, for two months. Now I'm in maintenance mode, but still I like to be part of it, as it helps me stay on track. I would like this time to make the best of the challenge. I have my own strategies... Read more

  • Stress Journal - A Wonderful Change in Plans

    9/19/2014 4:16:05 AM, by DIETCOLALOLA

    I just joined the Stress Reduction Team here at SparkPeople and this will be my first stress journal post. Today, my cleaning lady called me at 7:30 this morning because she was sick so she will come tomorrow morning at 9:00. That little change in plans absolutely made my morning because I wasn't re... Read more

  • back on track!

    9/18/2014 2:48:24 AM, by OPHELIE

    Today will be a great day! Because I have decided that I won't let anything push me down, or frustrate me. First off, I got my invite to the Fall 5% challenge that I had been waiting for, so Then, I've got physical therapy, which means, a babysitter for a couple of hours, so I c... Read more

  • Frustrations, But Positive Notes!

    9/17/2014 10:46:46 AM, by STEN2791

    As far as the job search goes, it was a good week this week (for both agency offers and offers I got on my own). Monday one of the guys from the DC office called me about an opportunity with a well-known non-profit. It pays a little less than what I make now, but only because they do 37.5 hour... Read more

  • frustration

    9/17/2014 4:22:31 AM, by OPHELIE

    Today, I feel like venting. I don't mean to be pessimistic, but I feel like screaming inside, I am so frustrated with the German administration. Long story short, after a very intense meeting at the preschool last night (public preschool, therefore run by the city and the church), I feel like the... Read more

  • new beginnings

    9/16/2014 12:55:48 PM, by OPHELIE

    After the bigger kids, today was the littlest one's turn to start preschool. We went there on the bike, which she absolutely loves, and she could not get enough of it. Back to it on Friday, she will go twice a week to start. So strange to see her sporting her tiny backpack ... Read more

  • Consistency

    9/16/2014 11:06:39 AM, by SNUFFKINS

    I have a problem with consistency. I have these splurges of motivation and then I just drop ... I struggle a lot with tracking. I'm just ... lazy. Too lazy to log in and track. I want to be able to keep my food intake in check by just ... trying to cook healthy and listen to my body more. Tomorrow ... Read more

  • My NSV is Pride in Accomplishments

    9/16/2014 7:34:52 AM, by DIETCOLALOLA

    I’m proud because I did everything on my To Do list last week and I did it as planned. I am slowly starting to declutter things and that is a really good thing. Of course, what I’m not so proud of is how much money I have wasted in the past on stuff I didn’t need, and I have done it time and time a... Read more

  • Celebrating on year in Germany!

    9/15/2014 2:03:57 PM, by SAMZA83

    Hello everyone, I don't do too many Facebook statuses, yet, here is the one I've made for this very special day: "Today September 15th marks a year! And I hope the celebratory fortune cookie message I got comes to fruition in the next: “Sie werden häuslichen Frieden, finanzielle Sicherheit... Read more

  • Parents

    9/15/2014 1:18:37 PM, by BLOSSOMGIRL2

    It's been awhile. The last months were extremely stressful. Due to some emotionally very challenging events, I couldn't eat for 2 weeks in April and lost 10 pounds. I then gained them back, got a stomach bug and lost 12 pounds. Gained them back, lost 5 again, gained them back and so on. It has be... Read more

  • Monday morning

    9/15/2014 4:42:56 AM, by OPHELIE

    I had a good week end. I stayed on track with nutrition and fitness. I walked a lot. We also met new people who moved in our village from South Africa, and our kids bonded. Looking forward to a new potential friendship! Everyone is back at school, and so it begins... Monday morning rush! House ... Read more

  • Great Day for a Walk

    9/14/2014 2:04:32 PM, by ADJQUILTER

    67 degrees, 53% humidity, mostly sunny. I did it! I went for a real walk today. 2.74 miles, 6753 steps! And I did 30 minutes on my stationary bike this morning before church, and I intend to do 30 more minutes. When I got home from my walk, I treated myself to 20 minutes with my Homedics foot bu... Read more

  • Marle´s Melody

    9/14/2014 1:48:21 PM, by WENDYANNE61

    This morning there was a lovely breeze blowing here in North Kurdistan and I lay in the hammock, working on a short story that has been percolating for a few days. I tend to drift away into a little world of my own, and memories of things unconnected to the story often rise up in the mist... Today I... Read more

  • About failure and success

    9/14/2014 4:53:18 AM, by OPHELIE

    So, I've had one of THESE weeks... Well, it was not that bad, but eye opening in a way. I started with a high level of motivation. I have found myself super dedicated to SP this month, and as I went on the leaderboard, I realized that I can get to page 1. Whaaat???? Me? Well, then, challenge a... Read more

  • After a rest day

    9/13/2014 5:24:37 AM, by OPHELIE

    Yesterday, I took a rest day for myself. First off, it was another non stop kind of a day, with appointments (CPA, school fest, eldest coming back from week long class trip, birthday party....) and then, since I have been somewhat "plateau-ing" for the past few days, I figured I would try something ... Read more

  • It's working.

    9/12/2014 10:01:26 AM, by THESUBY

    Finally my meds are working better. The healthy lifestyle is paying off.... Read more

  • September 11th, 2014

    9/11/2014 7:30:57 AM, by OPHELIE

    The power of success, and then, the "other side of the coin". yesterday was a good day. Yesterday was a great day. Phoebe entered first grade, we had a nice visit with family and neighbors, I was good with my calories, etc... So good, that I decided to put in a movie when the kids were asleep, a... Read more

  • Great Day, I'm totally jazzed!

    9/11/2014 5:38:59 AM, by DIETCOLALOLA

    Great day so far. I got myself to the gym but was a little later than usual and it was totally empty. I think I like going at that time on on home office days. By the time I’m done with my workout, I can come home and have lunch right away. I’m usually starved after the workout anyway. Fridays I ha... Read more

  • September 10th, 2014

    9/10/2014 10:55:32 AM, by OPHELIE

    Einschulung! Today, my daughter entered first grade, and that is a big deal here in Germany. We had company, so my diet got "changed " a bit for breakfast, and, well, of course lunch. However, I managed to not overeat for breakfast, and I ordered the light meal at the restaurant, keeping the calo... Read more

  • September 9th, 2014

    9/9/2014 8:29:17 AM, by OPHELIE

    I did it! Yesterday, I walked over 20,000 steps! When I picked up my son at school, we had an hour to "kill" until his sister's dance lesson was over. He offered that we stay and walked around the stadium for laps, to help me with my daily steps count. It was great, we walked (it was hot, and I was ... Read more

  • September 8th, 2014

    9/8/2014 6:54:49 AM, by OPHELIE

    Back to school day! Got up early, went to the store, dropped off my oldest at the bus stop for his week long class trip, picked up my other son and my two girls, and we dropped him off for his first day. Then, once the house was empty (well, just me and the girls...), we VACUUMED. And oh, boy di... Read more

  • September 6th, 2014

    9/6/2014 2:45:19 AM, by OPHELIE

    It's the week end! and this past week, I was able to stay on "schedule" for most of my goals. My crockpot was in use almost daily, I stayed within my calorie range, and walked and/or biked everyday. No more evening snacks /sweets. I started physiotherapy for my back, and it is improving a bit a... Read more

  • disapointing outcomes

    9/5/2014 4:45:07 AM, by PETITFLOUR

    In Germany we have this story from the pitch black Mary and the golden Mary. The golden one was eager and kind, talented and good. The black one was greedy, lazy and had a bad temper. Currently I feel like the pitch black one. The reason is my boss. I am due to leave in a couple of days. Today we ha... Read more

  • It's Time Now

    9/4/2014 3:44:57 AM, by DIETCOLALOLA

    It’s time to do so many things… now that I got the good news that I am perfectly healthy, I need to start doing some things to stay that way. I want to get back to my goal weight of 74 kilos and maybe even lower. How do I do th... Read more

  • Dating

    9/3/2014 9:43:36 AM, by PETITFLOUR

    I did a stupid and wrong thing. A couple weeks back I registered on a dating site. That's not bad, I know that, but I am married and for this reason shouldn't have done anything like that. Yet I was curious. I had spoken to a friend about that and I guess part of me also just wanted to be desired ag... Read more

  • Major Changes

    8/31/2014 7:58:20 PM, by MORECOFFEE96

    I am facing another challenge in my life right now. My marriage of almost 17 years is ending. Instead of crumbling I am trying to do the opposite. Sure I have cried and felt sorry for myself but now is the time to rise. I went for a real run tonight. It started to rain and instead of runnin... Read more

  • August 31st, 2014

    8/31/2014 1:54:09 PM, by OPHELIE

    I got a new-to-me bike today, and my husband tuned it all up for me. We even got out the kid seat and installed it, so I can finally ride around town instead of pushing the stroller all the time. Even though it was raining, we took all the kids out and went for a short ride as a family. It felt gr... Read more

  • August 29, 2014

    8/29/2014 11:52:56 AM, by OPHELIE

    Back from vacation yesterday. Today, getting the household organized, and getting back on track. One kilo gained on our trip, need to focus more and more consistently.... Read more

  • Wow.... am still in a daze

    8/29/2014 5:35:30 AM, by STEPHLOKI

    After overworking myself for 6 months on the new job and feeling at times like I am on the wrong boat here yet accomplishing a LOT suddenly it has become so much easier. Well Monday I lost my temper with the procurement guy and went home feeling like I am the biggest twit ever who just does not... Read more

  • 'Kinder Krank' and my Experience with the German Medical System.

    8/28/2014 3:12:51 AM, by SAMZA83

    Hello everyone, I keep meaning to do an update to that very intense blog entry I did two months ago----and I will I am busy (even when sick) but here are two tidbits for those of you who are wondering: The boss, who many of you rightly (but sadly) called a 'lunatic' is gone. She came down... Read more

  • what a cat!!!

    8/26/2014 3:37:28 AM, by SPARKCHANTAL

    any georgie-friends still there? (georgie is on my profile pic & wallpaper) you can't believe this, he's still around. actually, i'm the one who can't believe it. at the beginning of last year he had some sort of attacks, couldn't jump up onto his favorite closet, and was losing control o... Read more

  • Numbers are down....

    8/25/2014 7:53:55 PM, by MUSOLF6

    Had a doctor's appointment last week and found out that all my labs were great, even lost 5 lbs. He reduced my blood pressure medication... But on the bad side , my blood sugar is too low and he encouraged me to eat more. But the right things. That is going to be very h... Read more

  • I am having some serious commitment issues

    8/25/2014 9:56:35 AM, by MICHELLE_391

    Commitment to friends, family, work, and myself has all gone to the wayside. I’m all about being satisfied right NOW, while, of course, not really being satisfied at all. The past six weeks have seen me reverting to old ways of eating and not exercising enough. So many mornings I have promised ... Read more