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  • The good, the bad, and the ugly: a trip recap

    2/13/2016 9:42:41 AM, by MINATHERED

    I had a great trip for work. I learned a lot, got to meet people with whom I've worked for half a year, and see a state I'd not seen before. But, I made some poor choices when it came to food. The good: no seat belt extender needed! You can bet I reveled in that! My hotel room was on the fourth... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/12

    2/13/2016 12:57:53 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .. ....daughter Julia confirmed she is going to visit us next weekend and will bring her best friend with her. It will be his first time coming to our home. Found out he is also vegetarian which will make food planning easier. ....work was very good. Not too c... Read more

  • Best part of my day

    2/12/2016 12:09:14 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    Riding my riding my exercise bike. I feel so good afterwards.... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/11

    2/12/2016 12:20:46 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .. ....I spent all day sneaking about, while hubby slept after night shift, so he could get some sound sleep for the next shift. When he got up at 4:30pm, I learned that he did not have to work tonight. So he took me out to dinner instead. ....found that the... Read more

  • Will it work: Turmeric Powder

    2/11/2016 1:23:47 AM, by OTEMPURA

    I have a very VERY very bad complexion; I always have. I got it from my father. My skin gets oily, prone to blackheads/pimples and if you put me in the sun long enough it will burn then tan...unevenly, usually. I blame it on my ancestry :P I have tried so many things to control my acne (... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/10

    2/11/2016 1:06:41 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... .... daughter Sarah went to a presentation from her College for a study opportunity in Mexico. I did not get a chance to talk to her about it, but it appears her advisor, and who ever else enrolls will go as a group. The course there will count as a credit, and... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/9

    2/10/2016 12:37:54 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... ..... I might say I had a productive day. I conquered something I wanted to try for a long time.... I made a rump roast in my crock pot to portion out and freeze for my husband. I am a vegetarian, but will cook meat for my husband. He would be just as ha... Read more

  • How my life is better

    2/9/2016 1:28:00 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    I am no longer pre-diabetic. My blood work from chemotherapy is finally normal! My self confidence has risen. I have more energy.... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/8

    2/9/2016 12:29:08 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today..... ....hubby and I went to the little hardware store around the corner to get thin curtain rods for the kitchen. He liked my idea to hide the appliances and the dishes behind a little curtain. We ended up driving to Home Depot and Walmart to get the things... Read more

  • Look, Ma... no extender!

    2/8/2016 9:10:34 AM, by MINATHERED

    On the plane and no seat belt extender! Victory!... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/7

    2/8/2016 5:31:31 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. ... ....had a nice long phone conversation with my mother in Germany. I know she gets lonely. She does go out to my sisters a few times a week, but mostly just does housework there and tries to fly under the radar. The kids are grown up and it's really hard for... Read more

  • Emotional Eating

    2/7/2016 11:07:43 AM, by OTEMPURA

    My father died a week and a half ago and I now have to admit that I've been doing "emotional eating." It's something I've claimed to have done before but now I recognize that I wasn't really doing that. I was putting a name to eating for boredom because it seemed like a good excuse for my exc... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/6

    2/6/2016 9:16:24 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... ..... had a very long phone conversation with my best friend Annette in Germany this morning. We covered a lot of stuff, talked about our children, how they are all grown up and picking professions, trying to figure out what to do after they graduate. We ta... Read more

  • Challenge myself

    2/6/2016 10:45:57 AM, by CHRISTINA155

    I bought a manual treadmill three weeks ago. I have a knee injury so I am taking it very slowly. I am up to 5 minutes 45seconds. I want to walk 30 minutes. I know this is going to take many months.... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From 2/5

    2/6/2016 2:31:51 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .. .....my brother-in-law Giles went into surgery early this morning to have parts of his lymph nodes removed. It appears that the doctor got the cancerous cells. He is recovering in the ICU. Radiation is the next step. Lots of prayers went out to him. Thank yo... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/4

    2/5/2016 2:02:49 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... .... since Craig was not home to take care of the puppies, I ended up taking them to work, and I booked a day boarding day for both Velvet and Bunny. I texted my friend Rita, who oversees the Kennels. When I got there, the Kennel girls had set up both cages... Read more

  • Now I'm getting nervous

    2/4/2016 7:46:15 PM, by MINATHERED

    It's three days until my trip - I leave Monday morning - and I'm starting to get nervous. I have my plan in place, but... I was recently reminded that mortgage lender offices often have donuts in the break room, lunches brought in by loan officers, even the occasional happy hour. Then I am startin... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/3

    2/4/2016 12:52:28 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... .... Daughter Sarah interviewed and got the second internship as well. She is on a roll. All sounds so interesting. And the best part.... they seem to have two huge Boxers on premises that like to cuddle. Dogs just make everything better. ....sat on m... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/2

    2/2/2016 11:58:50 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .. ....daughter Sarah landed a paid graphic design internship on campus and is interviewing tomorrow for another one close to the college. Unpaid, but possibility for commission if work leads to a sale. Makes me happy to see her be courageous and get out there... Read more

  • Major fitness goal

    2/2/2016 6:18:37 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    Being able to walk 30 minutes on my manual treadmill. I am up to 5 minutes now.... Read more

  • Still Struggling

    2/2/2016 4:26:14 PM, by DUCKTURNIP

    So my goal was to lose 10 lbs. by March 14th, the start of Lent. I don't know that that's going to happen. I've lost two pounds in the past month (so 1/2 lb. per week), but I'm just below where i was on Christmas Day. It took me 6 weeks of regaining and redropping weight to get to that point I was o... Read more

  • I have a plan

    2/2/2016 11:07:30 AM, by MINATHERED

    So with the new job comes some training for new responsibilities and my new employer is flying me out to Colorado for a week. I'm rather excited - I can't wait to meet the people I work with. I have new clothes. I don't expect to need a seat belt extender for the first time in years! And, I have... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/1

    2/1/2016 10:47:29 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... .....got to spend all day in my PJ's, next to my night shifty hubby, who was snoring along side the puppies. I must have been more exhausted than I realized, because I just could not get myself up and at it. That's okay. I am taking care of my soul. It was ... Read more

  • The best part of my day

    2/1/2016 9:02:08 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    My marriage is in crisis and I know I am not alone. I have the ear of our First Lady. She is praying for me. She is having one of the Associate Pastors call me tomorrow. God, I love my church.... Read more

  • the truth about depression: bbc documentary

    2/1/2016 7:09:12 PM, by SPARKCHANTAL

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=F5YubjEqbZ8 if this doesn't change your attitude towards depression.... what are the causes? could be a variety of things, trauma or hormones; what happens in the body? what can be done about it? these are some of the issues addressed in this hour-long ... Read more

  • First of the month measurements

    2/1/2016 1:05:30 PM, by MINATHERED

    I had my monthly measurements today and I am very well pleased. I started measuring Jun 14, 2015, about a month after I started walking, and just about when I started counting calories. Measurement | Overall | since last month Weight | -82.4 lbs | -10.8 Waist | -7" | 0 Hips | -8.75" | -... Read more

  • I've been better :(

    2/1/2016 6:01:35 AM, by 12KELLY10

    It's been a while, I know. But for the first time since I started gaining weight, I'm not really responsible for not exercising. Well, maybe a little bit because I'm apparently too stupid to walk around without an accident :( 2 days before christmas, I was walking and I'm not sure if there was ice... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 31

    1/31/2016 10:55:15 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .. ....this is the tower of interlocking lunch containers. I tripped over them as I was grocery shopping the other day. They have become my favorite item in my kitchen. They are like Legos filled with yummy healthy stuff. So convenient to prepare and take t... Read more

  • Fitness goal

    1/31/2016 5:49:57 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    I am dealing with a knee injury. I want to be able to walk on my manual treadmill for 30minutes. I can walk 4 minutes now without my knee hurting. I have a long way to go.... Read more

  • Fitness goal

    1/31/2016 5:49:57 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    I am dealing with a knee injury. I want to be able to walk on my manual treadmill for 30minutes. I can walk 4 minutes now without my knee hurting. I have a long way to go.... Read more

  • A walk around Bremen, Germany

    1/31/2016 4:06:03 PM, by WENDYANNE61

    Last week I had an hour's wait between two medical appointments in town, so instead of reading rubbishy magazines in the waiting room after the first consultation, I grabbed my coat and switched on the camera on my cell phone. I have lived in Bremen for the past thirty seven years and I still love i... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 30

    1/31/2016 11:55:21 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .. ....busy Saturday at the vet. We had a lot of emergencies come in and were short staffed in all departments. It was a joy to see everyone stepping up. It is like a beautiful dance to see the whole hospital work as one team. .....Settlers of Catan game evening... Read more

  • Good news, good news?

    1/30/2016 10:57:34 PM, by MINATHERED

    I have a new-ish job! I've been a 1099 contractor for the last three years. The client for whom I'm currently working is pretty awesome, so when there was an opening there I applied and I got it! I'm thrilled. This means that I'm going to Colorado for a week for additional training to do the bit... Read more

  • 4 years of maintenance - three key lessons to be successful

    1/30/2016 3:15:03 AM, by HAKAPES

    Thanks for all the good wishes for the 4 year maintenance anniversary. It was unexpected, and really made my day! For those who have the journey ahead, and for those who are just interested, I thought to share some of my key learning from my experience. 1. It's the maintenance anniversary ... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 29

    1/29/2016 10:50:44 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... .....my daughter Julia has come home to me from Argentina. Sitting on the couch, chatting, being.... well, being perfect. Missed her so much, and now she is here. Wait, must pinch her to see if it is true....Squeak. Yep. She is here. .... as she is he... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 28

    1/29/2016 1:15:44 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. ... ....roasted some sweet potatoes for lunch this morning. I can't believe I lived without them for so long. Last Thanksgiving, I thought how tragic it is to only make them once a year (at least in my household so far). Then like magic, recipes kept popping up... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 27

    1/27/2016 10:45:23 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... .... the fact that a woman can change her mind. The other day I read (I think it was KathyJo who posted it) that a woman's mind is cleaner than a man's because she changes it more often. Made me and hubby snicker. Yesterday I ripped the old rusty microwa... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 26

    1/26/2016 7:49:15 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today..... ....I love the friend feed here on Spark. A few times a day I check it with my cell phone and see what my SparkFriends are up to. I like to read their blogs, see what their thoughts are, check what they do this day. Some might need encouragement, or they ... Read more

  • Temptations

    1/26/2016 1:54:54 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    I wanted two pieces of fudge but only ate one. Two would have made me go over my calorie limit.... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 25

    1/25/2016 11:27:19 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today... .... I didn't get any exercise in for my team over the weekend. So I wanted to do extra today. Plus, Monday, Wednesday and Friday are my additional strength days. Ergo, I perched my new and shiny laptop in the middle of the living room table, logged on to ... Read more

  • Who else is benefitting?

    1/25/2016 11:26:30 AM, by CHRISTINA155

    My husband. He used to have frequent bouts of upset stomach issues. They have greatly decrease now that he eats SparkRecipe dinners.... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 24

    1/25/2016 12:37:22 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .... ....hubby and I ventured out to get me a new laptop. I went with the cheapest possible one that still has everything I need. Since I am stingy (kind souls call it frugal), I declined his offer to get me what I really wanted, a MacBook Pro, to replace the one ... Read more

  • A different life

    1/24/2016 5:29:50 PM, by MINATHERED

    We were swamped by winter storm Jonas. 30"+ of snow. I went out and shoveled for an hour, took a break, then went out for another hour of shoveling. (Barely made a dent, alas. That's a lot of snow!) Then I came in and made lunch. Put on some music and danced with my husband. Got dressed again ... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 23

    1/24/2016 11:57:40 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .... ....the challenge for our team this week is preplanning and pre tracking 3 main meals the evening before AND spending at least 20 minutes per meal eating. My hubby was in stitches about it. Everyone at my house knows I take forever to eat. We earn 5 point... Read more

  • Just another Sunday......

    1/24/2016 10:05:57 AM, by LUISE2512

    Happy Sunday to all... Read more

  • Doing better today.

    1/23/2016 12:11:04 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    I don't drink enough water. I plan to make more of an effort to start drinking water right after breakfast.... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 22

    1/23/2016 1:35:34 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. ... ..... on my way to work I found a new radio station, Mix 106.1. They played some really great 80's and 90's music I had completely forgotten about. My favorite this morning was "King of Pain" by The Police. Guess I found a new favorite station. .....I got to... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 21

    1/22/2016 2:12:44 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .. ....my Shooting Star team mates. I love to visit their pages and blogs, I love to read what they have to say. It's amazing to me that we can all have such different backgrounds, and still come together to add up those workout minutes. There are people who ha... Read more

  • Just one of those sleepless nights

    1/21/2016 10:20:56 PM, by LUISE2512

    Me being a "couch tomato"... Read more

  • Are my friends a good influence?

    1/21/2016 6:04:00 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    99% of them are. They are either trying to loose weight or are maintaining.... Read more

  • Are my friends a good influence?

    1/21/2016 6:04:00 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    99% of them are. They are either trying to loose weight or are maintaining.... Read more

  • Nothing special

    1/21/2016 10:43:33 AM, by MINATHERED

    So after the excitement of hitting my halfway mark I've really had a bit of a struggle this week. It's not been terrible, not like week before last where the cravings were hitting me hard. Just the sense, that I get every time I hit a goal point, that "ok, we're done now, you hit your goal, let's ... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 20

    1/20/2016 8:42:07 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .. ....sat down this morning with my hubby to enjoy a nice breakfast before work. Just as I took the first bite, my phone rings, it's work "Good morning! Did you know you are on at 8?" Argh! For some unknown reason I was convinced my shift started at 10 am. This ... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 19

    1/19/2016 11:50:15 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. ... .... my hubby Craig is just hilarious. Gosh, I wish I could repeat some of the stuff he says, but in all honesty I can't. It might be offensive to some. Some years ago we were out to breakfast and he spoke. ...I laughed do hard that coffee came out my nose. ... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 18

    1/19/2016 9:23:14 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. ... .... Didn't really feel like working out, but didnt want to let my team down. So I looked up Jessica Smith Workouts on youtube, since a lot of Sparkers seem to enjoy her. She tapes her workouts from her home, and has a little dog named Peanut that was milling... Read more

  • On the downhill slope

    1/18/2016 9:55:31 AM, by MINATHERED

    I had a thrilling weigh-in Saturday. I hit my halfway mark of 80 lbs down. Yes - I've gone from 310 lbs to 230 lbs in seven months and hope to be down the next 80 to weigh 150 in the next seven months. (I originally had a goal of 150 by December, but my birthday is in August and I would LOVE to h... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 17

    1/17/2016 10:51:55 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .... .....poodle Bunny is bored these days. She always loved tissues, pulls them right out of the box to chew them. I have now caught her a few times in the bathroom gently snacking toilet paper right from the roll. So to give her something less naughty to think ... Read more

  • Ran 10k for the first time! Starting the year off right!

    1/17/2016 11:36:40 AM, by OTEMPURA

    10k, 670 Calories, 5.5 MPH, about 72 minutes. Those are the stats on the first time I've managed to run 10k distance (not an official race mind you, just one of my own making.) I am beyond proud of myself because last year when I took up running I couldn't run for more than 1-3 minutes without... Read more

  • just testing .....

    1/17/2016 10:51:58 AM, by WENDYANNE61

    Hi Guys, I'm just testing my apostrophes from a German keyboard to see if those wierd question marks with a black background get posted! Wendy's books are on DH' s shelves etc. etc.... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 16

    1/16/2016 8:36:51 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. ... ....an icy rain storm was forecast for the morning commute. Both my daughter Sarah and I had to work, so she slept over and we took my all wheel drive into work. We had such a nice time, reminiscing about her getting her first summer job at my vet hospital ... Read more

  • Trying to stay on track- and focused

    1/16/2016 7:31:17 PM, by DUCKTURNIP

    So my current goal is to lose 10 more pounds by the start of Lent, which is March 14th. I think this is a realistic goal, if I could get my eating more in line. I have been cheating way too many days per week and overeating at night when I get cravings. I'm great during the day-- it's after about 9 ... Read more

  • Another Boil

    1/16/2016 3:11:10 AM, by STEPHLOKI

    I got another boil and like the previous ones I have been getting the last 8 months it has been slow to ripen and resolve. Have gone for thorough check-up to figure out what is causing them. First we thought it was the detox. But now I have not been detoxing in a while. Got some lab results which... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 15

    1/15/2016 11:45:26 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .. ....had a chance to ask my co worker about which books her little boy enjoys. This sparked such a great conversation. This girl got so excited talking about all the books in her house, the ones he gets to handle and explore and love, and the special ones... Read more