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  • SparkCoach blog: 3 things I did for my health today

    5/29/2016 3:26:05 PM, by MINATHERED

    1. Had a (relatively) healthy lunch. Bibimbop instead of drive through. Also, far more delicious. 2. Have spent most of the day working outside. 3. Took a short nap.... Read more

  • Weight loss and my spirituality

    5/28/2016 7:34:43 AM, by MINATHERED

    One of the many unexpected benefits to weight loss is how much closer I feel to my Gods. One of the things I didn't realize being overweight caused was lethargy. Not sure if it's a chicken/egg thing, but I didn't like to get outside when I would sweat at the drop of a hat. I liked nature, but I nev... Read more

  • I was quoted in a SparkPeople article!

    5/26/2016 7:21:51 AM, by MINATHERED

    How cool is that? Last one at the bottom. What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self? @SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/blo
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  • Why join us for the 2016 Summer 5% Challenge?

    5/25/2016 8:45:35 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Well, let me tell you about this amazing challenge. Put together by "the people". All Spark Members like you and I. These challenges run every season for 8 weeks. They start out with a sign up team, the 2016 Summer 5% Challenge Community....and here is the link: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/gr<... Read more

  • Update

    5/25/2016 6:45:09 AM, by MINATHERED

    I'm here, I swear! I just haven't felt terribly social lately. I've been hibernating IRL, too. All I want to do is read and work in the garden/orchard*/etc. I haven't wanted to go into town or do outside the house things that require me to talk to people. I think it's all the rain we've had causing ... Read more

  • Still Fighting the Good Fight - 2016 Summer 5% Challenge is OPEN. You're Invited

    5/24/2016 11:01:27 PM, by CGPS1795

    Thanks everybody for your well wishes! I couldn't believe how a little novocaine and cortisone could knock me for such a loop! The hand therapist (where Mark does PT) told me I should take it easy because of the effect of cortico-steriods on my diabetes. I'm still feeling iffy, but the pain in the r... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/24/16

    5/24/2016 7:30:03 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. . ...daughter Sarah came to breakfast with the intend of working from home afterwards. MY home. She had a hair appointment in the next town over with her boyfriend's sister's salon. I really liked the way she cut Sarah's hair last time and needed a hair cut an... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/22/16

    5/22/2016 8:21:46 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from.... ...the 5% Summer Challenge Community has opened up for joining. I saw that a lot of my friends are signing up again to be part of the amazing challenge. Start date to be announced. Here is the link if anyone would like to check it out www.sparkpeople.com/myspark... Read more

  • Fremdscham

    5/22/2016 2:41:06 PM, by BEATLETOT

    I've been watching the probably unsurprising uproar about the changes to the SparkPages since I first clicked on a blog link on my Friend Feed and realized there was a change. The changes are fine. I agree that the old pages looked, well, old. These are more modern, and everything is still there. ... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/18/16

    5/18/2016 4:27:57 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... .....excitement with all the planning for the 5% Summer Challenge for the Shooting Stars. As we are closing out the challenge with week 8's walk to Copenhagen, the happiest place in the world, I am in communication with our fabulous leader team and the amaz... Read more

  • New Start

    5/18/2016 9:40:10 AM, by POLLYPOPPINS

    I am going to make a new start here today! Not sure how or where to start, but very determined Hoping to lose and learn a lot here And hoping for some real good friends. I am alone most of the time (Mothers day, Birthdays, Every day) So maybe losing weight will also bring me so... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/14/16

    5/14/2016 6:26:06 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... ...listening to my girls (24 on Monday) chatter about in the dining room. One a Graphic Design student, the other one working on her Masters presentation. One helping the other with the presentation poster. It took so long for them to get along and into a r... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/13/16

    5/13/2016 4:43:29 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. ... ....my smoke tree we planted last year for my birthday survived the winter. I see little buds coming up and I can't wait to watch it grow. For all of you who do not know what a smoke tree looks like.... imagine pink or white cotton candy on a bush with roundi... Read more

  • The Incredible Shrinking Woman! Progress pictures

    5/11/2016 8:55:02 AM, by MINATHERED

    I was going to wait until I hit goal weight to post progress pictures, but I was looking at my little PowerPoint with all my progress photos and, well, here I am. This is 100 lbs lost. The biggest change I see? I don't stand like I'm wearing a snow suit anymore, you know, with my arms point... Read more

  • SparkPeople's "Customer" Service

    5/8/2016 11:48:43 AM, by BEATLETOT

    This is so the kind of blog that I would pretend that I was going to register a very serious complaint, but I just can't today. 252252252252252252252 On Tuesday, while getting out of my friend's car, my SparkPeople Activity Tracker got caught on something and broke off. 40 I posted... Read more

  • I've officially lost 100 lbs

    5/7/2016 6:09:44 AM, by MINATHERED

    Today's weigh in put me over 100 lbs lost. I started just about a year ago at 310 lbs and today I weighed in at 209. I am absolutely thrilled! 49 lbs to go to my first goal, 64 to my stretch goal. Doing the happy dance!... Read more

  • Bad farming day (if you're vegetarian, vegan, or easily disturbed don't read)

    5/6/2016 5:36:57 PM, by MINATHERED

    So here is my attempt at a rewrite. It's been a long day at work, so I'm sure it won't be as insightful or well thought out as my earlier post would have been. It's certainly far more wordy than my first attempt, but here goes. :) Farming can be a lot of fun. Getting out in the sunshine and ... Read more

  • Stupid app!

    5/6/2016 9:45:49 AM, by MINATHERED

    I had a long post here about the ups and downs of farm life and the SparkCoach app ate it. Apparently if you let it time out for even a minute it erases everything you've written. So, instead of a long-winded post about the sometimes hard aspects of farming and how it relates to my weight loss you g... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From 5/4/16

    5/4/2016 8:31:28 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... ....my daughter Julia is in her last weeks of her Master's Program at City College of NY. She has been so stressed, and being a perfectionist, she is working her butt off. She spilled a glass of water on her new laptop she just got a month ago while working... Read more

  • New Goals

    5/2/2016 4:00:50 PM, by DUCKTURNIP

    So it's Bright Monday. Pascha (Easter Orthodox Easter) was yesterday, and it was wonderful and exciting. But my weight has not been so great. I fluctuated all during Lent, even though I was making an effort to eat less and stay within my calorie range daily. One week I lost 3.5 pounds, and... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 5/2/16

    5/2/2016 7:34:39 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. .. ....found out that a treasured Sparkfriend (KathyJo) is out of the hospital, recovering and blogging again. It's amazing how I met people here who have become important in some form or other, and I miss them when they are not around. I will make a point today... Read more