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  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 8/27/16

    8/27/2016 9:55:22 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... ..... brunch in our "cage" this morning with daughter Sarah. Great family time. ...two hours of "Aquarius" tonight. I love that show. Hope they won't cancel it. All great actors. ... got to mow my lawn tonight. I love the smell of freshly cut... Read more

  • Accepting is hard...but easier once it's done

    8/27/2016 6:33:30 PM, by RUBYREDIVY1

    We all have things we'd rather not have or be. Things we brush under our subconscious carpet and want to forget exist and are part of us. We develop partial blindness to avoid seeing them in ourselves. We fail to accept these truths until they resurface in life and send us a shock wave. Things ... Read more

  • Ignorance is bliss

    8/27/2016 12:19:35 PM, by RUBYREDIVY1

    Sometimes it's good to be influenced by those around you and take examples. But if you're competitive and take pride on doing everything right then it isn't. What you value when no one is judging you is the real you. If you aren't into home decor and have friends who are similarly unbothered wit... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From - 8/26/16

    8/26/2016 7:29:13 AM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today. ... ....when I came home last night, my daughter Sarah was there, playing WoW on my laptop with her Dad. They don't always get along, but were a picture of harmony. And they had ice cream for dinner. We had a lovely evening. ......I found a little n... Read more

  • 3500kcals for 0.5kg or 1 pound gain

    8/26/2016 2:20:36 AM, by RUBYREDIVY1

    So...3500kcals must be consumed over that what you need to burn if you're going to gain 0.5kg or 1 pound. I'm confused. I'm trying harder since 2 weeks now and at best breaking even It means. Last week I had reached 70.kg but despite not bingeing nor overeating and calorie counting properly I do... Read more

  • Wednesday check ins

    8/24/2016 5:37:16 PM, by MINATHERED

    Because I really need to get motivated and back on track (yes, I know I sound like a broken record) I promise to check in every Wednesday. Good week, bad week, doesn't matter. I'm done with slacking. I'm done with eating to cope - I have learned better and I'm going to stay better.... Read more

  • Come join us for the 2016 5% Fall Challenge!!!

    8/24/2016 3:31:08 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Most of my friends here already know that I am a HUGE fan of the 5% Challenges that are offered here by Volunteer Spark Members themselves. I started a while ago as just another member trying to lose some weight, be accountable, have a team to support me and make some friends. What I have found is a... Read more

  • Where Does My Joy Come From 8/24/16

    8/24/2016 2:29:20 PM, by SCHNOOTIE

    Where does my joy come from today.... My parents are back home in Germany, and I miss them very much. The small house seems too big all of a sudden. Hubby had night shift, so he is sleeping, the dogs are lazy, so they are sleeping. My flowers and yard that my parents took care off wonderfully f... Read more

  • New week!!!

    8/21/2016 11:27:04 PM, by REDVELVET21

    Looking forward to the new week!!! I havent written out my plan, this weekend was busy however I didnt skip the gym!!! I'm looking forward to zumba and kickboxing!!!... Read more

  • Week 7 of Fatloss diet - tiny victory

    8/21/2016 1:24:54 AM, by STEPHLOKI

    This week was a struggle had to pay for going off the diet on the weekend and combined with cravings from periods that unexpectedly came. But with all that I still list .2kg. Not much but I take it as a victory since during periods I would usually gain, since i started perimenopause. Not just ... Read more

  • Why I socialise with friends but never with relatives

    8/19/2016 2:27:54 PM, by RUBYREDIVY1

    Family is a weird thing. Your bound by blood but it doesn't mean diddly squat about liking each other. Friends are wonderful - you know they want to be with you because they want to, not because a bond dictates that's how it should be. Asian culture is funny - we hate each others' guts bu... Read more

  • 70kg reached today!

    8/18/2016 6:58:49 AM, by RUBYREDIVY1

    Thank goodness I'm not going insane! I thought I haven't lost anything this week until today when the scale suddenly shifted from 71.6 to 70kg after being between 72 and 71.5 all week. Result!... Read more

  • Trying something new

    8/16/2016 6:18:43 PM, by REDVELVET21

    Kickboxing, I've never tried it however, I'm interested!!!! Looking for change... Read more

  • Why am I putting myself down?

    8/16/2016 2:36:14 PM, by STEPHLOKI

    Yes by end of next week I had hoped to be 10kg down. But I have done well. I am 6.7kg down in 7 weeks. Hey that is an average of almost 1kg a week, or 2 pounds! At the same time I have battled another boil and had a minor surgery. Still can't go to the gym, but am playing 9 holes of golf once in ... Read more

  • Random Ramblings

    8/16/2016 1:48:18 AM, by WENDYANNE61

    Hi all you brave Sparkies, this is an attempt to blog on my mobile - here we go with a rambling medly. Pasta and baked beans are not my friends, so I am not inviting them round to any dinner parties this week. I am going to stick with my besties - chicken soup and salmon with broccoli! Dessert ... Read more

  • Winning

    8/15/2016 8:49:13 PM, by REDVELVET21

    We are Winning just by being here. Winning by thinking of your health, taking one small step is better than no step at all. We are winning by each physical and mental step. We are winning by each food choice we take, change or notate!!! We are winning by each positive affirmation that we reflect on... Read more

  • Need to focus again

    8/15/2016 2:05:40 PM, by STEPHLOKI

    I did loose 1 pound last week. But still struggling with the wound healing so slowly and am only working half day. Can't sit longer than that. I have exhausted my fully paid sick days. Not sure yet if they will deduct from my salary or use next year's annual leave. Over the weekend I went to visi... Read more

  • 3 Major Accomplishments

    8/15/2016 12:42:45 PM, by RUBYREDIVY1

    So I'm back on it again as usual, trying to go down, bit by bit, taking it slow - but focusing on being strict with the numbers. Going ok so far. I am maintaining more than losing, but it's all good. I just thought I'd look at the accomplishments that aren't so easy to see to change my perspe... Read more

  • I'm still questioning my success AND fearing failure

    8/14/2016 3:58:28 PM, by CGPS1795

    Why is it that I/we keep hedging our bets so to speak? OK, so I'm down 210-211 pounds 24-25 pounds from my interim goal weight. Yet I'm still afraid I won't make it. Oh, I'm not willing to say this out loud, but: * This past week a trusted friend, one of Mar's physical/occupational therap... Read more

  • Tinkerbelle love

    8/14/2016 2:54:06 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    My car Tinkerbelle decided I needed extra love last night and kept me awake. I did go to church. I am tracking my food today. I think I am going to take a nap.... Read more

  • Football is back

    8/12/2016 7:45:41 PM, by CHRISTINA155

    So happy that football is back. I had to buy new Ravens wear because I'm 58 pounds lighter this year.... Read more

  • Week 6 of fat loss lab diet

    8/6/2016 1:37:48 AM, by STEPHLOKI

    I am still on daily dressings and sick-off, but finally my leg is feeling better. Even though I ate something that I should not every day I have lost 1kg. So something seems to be going right.... Read more

  • Morning exercise

    8/5/2016 10:55:39 AM, by MINATHERED

    I have such better days when I exercise first thing. It's not my preferred time. Right around 8:30 pm is when I'm raring to go. But when I start the day with exercise I feel like I've accomplished something and so I'm inspired to do more. I'm not the slacker who over sleeps or sits on the couch all ... Read more

  • Week 5 on Fatloss diet

    8/3/2016 1:54:58 AM, by STEPHLOKI

    It has been a tumultuous week and a half since my last blog. My body has finally settled in and I do not feel hungry any more. But I developed boils again. Not worried about the small ones. Those I am used to But there is that big one that got worse when travelling over the weekend. When I got b... Read more

  • starting another streak

    8/2/2016 2:00:47 PM, by PUJA2016

    Having a mother and her kid visiting was wonderful but also stressful. i ate vegan the whole week because they eat this way. even their dog does... ;) i weighed again this morning and had gained 0.5 kg. thats gonna be off soon if i keep on doing what i did today. batch cooked a chili with lots o... Read more

  • Andalusia

    7/31/2016 4:48:43 PM, by WENDYANNE61

    I don't have a bucket list of feats I plan to accomplish before I die, but I do have a list of places I would like to visit one day. The region of Andalusia in Spain is on this list, so I was very pleased when my hubs said he would like to go on a hiking holiday in a mountainous area this summer - A... Read more

  • try, try and try again

    7/31/2016 1:37:50 PM, by WENDYANNE61

    Trying to upload another pic - testing, testing! . Okay, using google chrome to go to the Spark site seems to make a difference.... ... Read more

  • fiddly afternoon

    7/31/2016 1:25:46 PM, by WENDYANNE61

    I have just spent a very annoying couple of hours trying to upload photos into a blog here on Spark using my new laptop - it is only loading about one pic per 20 attempts - I have had enough for now, I am afraid! Agghhh! ... Read more

  • Re Committed.....

    7/31/2016 10:03:25 AM, by REDVELVET21

    Tomorrow comes a new month I have a committed to a friend to celebrate her birthday in a challenge of walking, running, hopping, skipping or jumping 40 miles for her 40th birthday!!! I have opted to walk 40 miles and I will show my results through my fitbit log!!! This past month I ... Read more