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  • Migraine-induced deep sleep

    10/6/2015 8:43:05 AM, by THESUBY

    I had a migraine yesterday, so I ate (too much) after work, took some tylenol, and took a nap. The plan was to exercise after waking up headache free. I woke up when my alarm rang - at 6 a.m.! I must have slept 12 hours! So much for my plans. But at least the headache is gone, and I feel very ... Read more

  • Dysfunctional Workplace (bullying, scandal)

    10/4/2015 4:24:20 PM, by SAMZA83

    Hello everyone. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve logged into Sparkpeople---let alone posted a blog. When thought of titles for this entry and the reasons why it’s been so long it became clear how difficult this would be to write. “Bullying, Scandal and Cancer.” “Working fo... Read more

  • Weighing Everyday - The Evolution

    10/4/2015 7:57:57 AM, by BEATLETOT

    I think some people might feel strongly on this issue. Should one weigh everyday? Or will it just cause neurosis? There are ups and downs on the scale. You don't want to be so obsessed with a number. Or discouraged if you have a higher number due to water weight, food in your belly, hormones, etc., ... Read more

  • Walked

    10/3/2015 10:58:29 AM, by THESUBY

    Got to my conference early, walked 15 min.... Read more

  • Wonderful Holiday in South Africa

    10/3/2015 4:50:28 AM, by STEPHLOKI

    I know this blog is way overdue, since I came back 1 month ago. But I have been so busy since that on weekends or in the evenings I could simply not bring myself to open the computer.... My 3 days in Capetown had been planned through before I went, since I wanted to make the most of it. I ... Read more

  • Dancing and Dealing with Food Pushers

    9/30/2015 12:57:52 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Well, so my wonderful hubby is a night shifter. He likes to bring me a breakfast sandwich in bed along with coffee from a local Food Hut. He is aware that I am tracking my food and beginning a healthy workout and eating life. I have no problem telling him what I like to eat, usually he brings me a f... Read more

  • Doctor's Report

    9/29/2015 11:30:22 PM, by THESUBY

    So I finally went to the doctor. It was as expected; 8.9 A1c, it should be 7 or lower. Since there have been so many changes in my life due to moving and I'm getting back into a routine now, we agreed to keep the meds as they are and focus on lifestyle: exercise, diet, etc. Good.... Read more

  • Moving day and Car Inspection..

    9/29/2015 11:26:20 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    So we went to NYC on Sunday to help my broken hearted daughter Julia move to a new apartment shared with two other women. She and her boyfriend broke up, and now have to move out of the Studio Apartment. The last time I helped someone move I was a lot younger. And less... uhm.... FLUFFY. Both apart... Read more

  • Falling out of place to FALL into place....

    9/27/2015 5:52:50 PM, by REDVELVET21

    Life is busy for me right now, so many things are falling out of place so that the right things can fall into place. No longer will I try to hang onto people or things that are not in Gods plan to be in my life. I have so many things that I need to release that I cannot continue to hold on when its ... Read more

  • Within limits

    9/26/2015 11:19:27 PM, by THESUBY

    I managed to eat out (On the Border) and still stay within my limits for all the nutritional categories. The Border Smart Fajitas helped. My blood sugar was actually within normal ranges - still elevated, but at least much closer to target. I'm feeling more energetic already.... Read more

  • I am a Shooting Star AND a Phoenix!

    9/26/2015 11:19:01 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Well, there you have it. Today is the first day of our Fall 5% Challenge. I was invited to the Shooting Star team, and within this team, smaller groups were put together to help encourage each other and watch out for each other. So I am also in the Phoenix Constellation group within the team. I coul... Read more

  • Back on Track

    9/25/2015 8:44:09 AM, by THESUBY

    I really got off track the last half year, but at least the causes are easy to identify. I got my American citizenship, bought a house, and visited my parents in Germany for 2 months this summer. Of course I also had to work, and in addition, I taught a class for the local university (2 weekends whi... Read more

  • Strategy to render my top 3 excuses powerless.....

    9/22/2015 8:35:33 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    This is part of the Fall 5% Challenge Team exercises to get ready for the launch on Saturday. Got me thinking. It's not really all that difficult to find out why I didn't do all that well in the past. I gotta say, with the Spark App, I have such a great time playing, it's better than Candy Crush and... Read more

  • stuffed bell peppers á la Kurdi

    9/22/2015 2:57:08 PM, by WENDYANNE61

    Another Sparkie (SCHNOOTIE) asked me to post my stuffed bell pepper recipe, so here it is! Stuffed Bell Peppers á la Kurdi Ingredients: Serves 2-3 people 4 fresh bell peppers (orange, red, yellow and green for fun) 1 cup risotto rice 6 medium sized tomatoes 2 small onions 2... Read more

  • It's Drag Your Husband To The Park Day!

    9/21/2015 7:12:25 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    And that is just what happened. I love to walk in the park, but haven't done so in recent years, because we always want to do things together. Hubby has a lot of night shifts and gets tired and sluggish at hours that I am usually up an running. And every time I want to do something active together, ... Read more

  • Time Frame.....

    9/20/2015 5:35:15 PM, by REDVELVET21

    Two sets of time frames that I am looking at include: "15 Weeks until 2016 " This can help with the new year to come and reach a goal of 30 pounds loss!!! And continue unto the success of staying on my journey of weight loss!!!! 9 months until Summer 2016 I want to be out of the... Read more

  • 2 Tales of Time.....

    9/20/2015 5:18:11 PM, by REDVELVET21

    Close to the end of the month I like to look at the time that has passed, and the time to come. It helps me to reflect on what I have been doing that has been helping me and the changes that I need to make to help me even more. So the tale of time is that I need to watch my food choices more. ... Read more

  • Team Assignment Triggers...

    9/20/2015 4:26:28 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    This is the post that I wrote for the Team Assignment to explore and tackle our triggers, whatever that may be. It took me a bit to think them up. It's not easy to look at yourself and find out what you are doing. So much is auto pilot. It was very eye opening... Trigger situations and foods th... Read more

  • Just a thought

    9/20/2015 2:00:15 PM, by LUISE2512

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  • a Kurdish fruit and veg market

    9/18/2015 1:07:09 PM, by WENDYANNE61

    We love fresh fruit and veggies, so when we are in Kurdistan we make a beeline for the local market when it is held in our part of town on Tuesday. It is about 10 minutes on foot from our house and the stalls are spread out on both sides of an ordinary road, which is cleared of traffic for the day. ... Read more

  • My Top 10 Reasons to Commit to the Fall Challenge

    9/14/2015 11:50:21 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    All these things are within reach as I am getting ready to join the team for the Challenge. 1. take pressure off my knees to prevent further damage 2. prevent high cholesterol 3. help my heart stay healthy 4. prevent diabetes 5. set a good example for my husband 6. regain flexibilit... Read more

  • 2015 Fall 5 % Challenge Commitment

    9/14/2015 2:54:58 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    I have thought long and hard what I will commit to. I want this to be doable, fun and successful. But more specific than usual. I thought about what I like, what I really don't like and found that this Commitment is quite exciting actually. I can't wait to start the Challenge. I am getting everythin... Read more

  • I am a Seenager

    9/11/2015 10:30:45 PM, by LUISE2512

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  • Not feeling great, but in good spirits...

    9/11/2015 11:41:29 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    I am still coughing and stuffed up. I have to go to work today. So I started my day with stretches and some strength training right there in my bed. And vacuuming the house. I feel better just knowing I moved while making sure not to overdo it. Now having a healthy breakfast and I will try to walk... Read more

  • Tackling my fear and trying new things....

    9/10/2015 7:12:44 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    It seems I come back to Spark a lot, and then stay for a while and when things get tough, I go away as if I failed. So silly. The Sparkers are such a great bunch of people and always willing to help, support, cheer on. I know, because I am one of them. So now that I am 46, I thought, what if I actua... Read more

  • Random Questions answered

    9/9/2015 9:09:24 AM, by WENDYANNE61

    A few of my spark friends answered these questions in blogs recently and I thought i would try them out too! Where is your cell phone? On the kitchen table Spouse? Hüseyin, Kurdish, kind and handsome Your hair? brown with silver, or silver with brown! Your ... Read more