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  • Day 46- going for distance

    2/11/2016 6:48:00 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    A little high on the protein today, but still within range to be 100% compliant. Went to the gym with my brother, Jeremy, this morning. Woke up before my alarm. It was early enough that Cooper did not get out of bed with me and "assist" me with my yoga... he stayed snuggled in the blankets an... Read more

  • February Ideas!

    2/11/2016 3:36:14 PM, by DSJB9999

    I had a really strange moment yesterday in my Ash Wednesday Communion Service at work/school and although a Christian, I have NEVER given anything up for LENT. Yesterday I decided to not eat Chocolate, Cereal Bars and Crisps for the 40 days (plus weekends). I have not told my family yet but hav... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/11/2016 10:50:30 AM, by MOMMY445

    a really,really cold day here today. the next few days are going to be really cold here. i made sure that my daughter was warmly dressed this morning before she headed to school. i will be warmly dressed later, once i get caught up on some housework, including some laundry. all of the birds say chee... Read more

  • Day 45- Compliant... taking it a little easier today

    2/10/2016 3:43:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It snowed last night and got colder, so Cooper isn't as interested in going for long rambles when I take him out for his walks, which means that I am actually taking it a little bit easier today. (notice I didn't say taking it easy... just easier...) The drive out to mom and dad's was a bit of an ... Read more

  • alright!

    2/10/2016 12:31:14 PM, by MOMMY445

    i found out today that i got into an academic program i signed up for that will help me with my math even more. i start it on tuesday and it is not too far to go for me. my daughter says hi and happy valentine's day to everyone! all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day 44- Compliant... new PR

    2/9/2016 4:59:31 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Food is pretty much spot on once again. Went to the gym this morning with my brother. I decided to really go for the speed today, and ended up with 8.09 miles in 65 minutes, at incline. I was huffing and puffing, and sweating like crazy! Then I did 65 minutes on the elliptical, and 16 minute... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    2/9/2016 8:37:27 AM, by MOMMY445

    another nice day here today. it snowed a bit last night here and that is fine with me and my daughter. i have a few errands to run today. having some errands to run gets me out of the house for a while and keeps me active. i will be bringing a few snacks with me,such as an apple. this way, if the er... Read more

  • Day 43- Compliant... practicing resistance

    2/8/2016 6:24:47 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Food is pretty much perfect again. I think I am really getting the hang of this food thing. By the time 100 days rolls around it should pretty much be automatic. That said, I got practice today in resisting the food pushers. Both at lunch and dinner. Lunch was easy, as I had errands to run, so ... Read more

  • it's monday

    2/8/2016 8:21:04 AM, by MOMMY445

    another week is now underway. a weekend to basically relax for me. i have a lot to get done this week. i have one job interview this week for sure. another important appointment tomorrow morning for a different matter, school related. then i will have yet another job interview this week for a comple... Read more

  • Day 42- Compliant... and new PR

    2/7/2016 11:21:09 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Today was a gym workout day with my brother, Jeremy. Normally we hop on treadmills next to each other and go for 65 minutes (60 minutes of workout and a 5 minute cool down). I thought I was pushing myself harder with him beside me, but I blew that theory out of the water today. Today he decided t... Read more

  • Day 41- Compliant

    2/6/2016 5:50:59 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I do 30 minutes of yoga when I first get up in the morning. It isn't pretty or graceful by any means, but it gets me moving in the morning, and I feel more centered during the day if I do it. It means getting up 30 minutes earlier, which can be difficult at times as I am very much NOT a morning pe... Read more

  • Day 40- Compliant

    2/5/2016 6:47:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Pretty much perfect on the food plan today. I tend to eat similar things on a daily basis, so I know what the macronutrient proportions are going to look like when I plan my day's menu in the morning. I eat a low carb/high fat diet, which is sort of a modified Atkins meal plan. I lost a few pound... Read more

  • Getting unstuck and back on track

    2/5/2016 3:59:12 PM, by EJRANVILLE

    It's been a tough 2016 for me thus far. I had originally planned on this being the year. Like Oprah keeps telling me from the TV, making 2016 my best body yet! However, life keeps happening. I've had issues with my elbow and shoulder (bad tennis elbow--I have home stretch and strengthen exercis... Read more

  • it's friday

    2/5/2016 8:00:04 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! time to unwind and relax for me and my daughter. all of the birds say hi. i will be trying an exercise dvd later on in the afternoon,as i have just a half day at work today. it is one that i got from the library. it is to do with the sweatin' to the oldies videos that we... Read more

  • Find cold relief FAST!

    2/4/2016 11:06:15 PM, by IMAVISION

    488 488 488 488 488 488 488 488 488 488 Thankfully, I just do not catch cold - it is just the way my system works! However, I did find the following information interesting on many levels & wish to share it with others here in "Sparkville". God bless! 488 488 488 488 488 488 ... Read more

  • Day 39- I think I will aim for 100

    2/4/2016 6:48:30 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    100 days that is... of 100% compliance with my nutrition plan. So far I have missed the target on four days, so my letter grade would still be pretty good. That is a little over two more months of sticking like glue to my nutrition plan on a daily basis. I think I have proven to myself that I can... Read more

  • what a beautiful day

    2/4/2016 9:11:36 AM, by MOMMY445

    it looks like this job will just go for this week. that is fine with me. i have an interview set up for next week for a full time job. my daughter says hi and sends hugs to all of mommy's friends. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day 38- Active Recovery

    2/3/2016 5:23:25 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The forecast this morning was for rain, but it cleared up by 10am, so guess who wanted to walk? Yep, you guessed it... the Cooper dog! I walked him a little over 5 miles this morning, and a mile this afternoon, and he gets a walk after dinner as well. The wind was crazy overnight and the barometr... Read more

  • Day 37- 100% compliant

    2/2/2016 3:44:45 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I like feeling safe enough to drive the car with the new tires... though all the snow has pretty much melted anyways, so it would probably be okay with the old tires right now. We are expecting more snow tomorrow night though. So most mornings I drive out to mom and dad's and have coffee with them... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    2/2/2016 12:13:24 PM, by MOMMY445

    i got the job! i start tomorrow and it goes until next wednesday! woo hoo! i am soooooo excited and happy! it has been a really long time since i last worked and i am relieved that i finally got a job. my good friend treated me out to dinner the other day to celebrate the good news. i definitely did... Read more

  • Day 36- Back on track

    2/1/2016 6:39:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was a minor detour off of 100% compliance with my nutrition plan. I got right back on track today. It was a decent day weather wise, and Cooper wanted to walk, so I indulged him. We have walked over 10 miles so far, and he gets one more walk after dinner still. I have a feeling it might be a... Read more

  • it's monday

    2/1/2016 8:37:36 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new day and a new month have begun! off to a fresh start for me today. i like to change things up when a new month starts. i do have some errands to run today. then i will get outdoors and enjoy the rest of the day. all the birds say cheep,cheep! my daughter says hi! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • So this is popping off starting tomorrow...

    2/1/2016 12:14:41 AM, by TAYGRL

    And I'm pretty excited about it. End. Of. Story.... Read more

  • Day 35- Perhaps I spoke too soon

    1/31/2016 5:57:59 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Or maybe my inner rebel had a fit when I said in yesterday's blog that being compliant with my nutrition plan was becoming a habit... because today I took a little detour down cheesecake lane. I doubt it will do any damage in the long run, but it is kind of ironic that I caved the day after posting... Read more

  • Day 34- It is becoming a habit to be compliant

    1/30/2016 8:37:55 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Went out to my parents' house for lunch today. They have gotten used to my dietary quirks, and enjoy what I cook for them. I always add an item or two for them, that I just don't put on my plate. Today was sauteed veggies with a garnish of crispy pork, and a salad... and they had homemade applesa... Read more

  • it's saturday

    1/30/2016 1:04:11 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had another interview yesterday for a different job. if i get this one, i would start next wednesday and go for at least a week. things are looking up even more for me now. my daughter says hi! all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone and a terrific weekend!... Read more

  • Day 33- Compliant

    1/29/2016 9:23:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I failed to meet the challenge of planning my meals the night before for the last two days. It just doesn't work for me. Planning in the morning as I plan out my day works much better. I have a routine that I stick to most of the time, but there is always the possibility of going to the gym, whic... Read more

  • New month

    1/29/2016 6:11:13 PM, by JUMPINJULIE

    So the holidays were good. I didn't gain but I didn't lose either so that isn't good. But this month has been really good. I'm back to walking the treadmill it feels so good I wonder why I stopped. So these are my goals for this month walk for an hour and track what I eat.... Read more

  • Day 32- Back to 100% Compliance

    1/28/2016 7:04:11 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    After yesterday's detour, I got right back on track today. Yesterday was weird though. I eat a high fat/low carb diet, and yesterday I ate whatever struck my fancy, so french fries and a sub ended up going down the hatch... or way more carbs than I am used to. I got full fast, and I didn't get hu... Read more

  • 5 Ways to Feel Better in Your Body

    1/28/2016 11:52:26 AM, by TAYGRL
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  • Day 31- Not compliant... but I knew ahead of time

    1/27/2016 5:22:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Today was my 3rd day missing the target of 100% compliance with my nutrition plan, but I had decided yesterday that I was going to go off plan today. I tracked everything, and I am still under calories for the day after a killer workout at the gym, but my macronutrients are all out of whack, and I ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    1/27/2016 3:38:10 PM, by MOMMY445

    i feel that the job interview went well. i will know in a few days whether or not i get this job. i am continuing to look in the meantime. my daughter says hi. today, she is going to the local library, which is holding some kind of minion thing. she is big into minions and anything even remotely min... Read more


    1/26/2016 9:10:42 PM, by LADYANDREA2012

    I had been very happy and active with SparkPeople and sparking around every day. I know for sure that if I keep coming back to Sparkpeople sanity and health will stay with me always. So I come to my page and interact with my sparks friends everyday. I am as healthy asI had never before. Toni... Read more

  • Day 30- Compliant

    1/26/2016 7:00:56 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Today ended up being a rest day for me and Cooper, as it rained all morning, so Cooper did NOT want to walk this morning and I had my neurology appointment this afternoon. Cooper spent the afternoon with my parents. Dad said they let him out a couple of times by himself (no leash), and he was wait... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    1/26/2016 7:52:55 AM, by MOMMY445

    a mild and slightly rainy day here today. the weekend i just relaxed with my daughter. today i have some errands to do and some course work to get caught up on. all of the birds say hi. have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day 29- Compliant

    1/25/2016 5:59:18 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Close to a perfect day for food. Fitness wasn't bad either. Started the day with 30 minutes of yoga ( with Cooper "helping"), then took Cooper out for a 30 minute walk. Crated him, and walked to the gym. Jeremy and I were both early to the gym today, which NEVER happens... one or the other ... Read more

  • Day 28- Compliant

    1/24/2016 4:03:43 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    That is 4 weeks of compliance with my nutrition plan (minus two days off plan)... What next? Well, the pre-planning challenge for the 5% challenge continues for another week, so I think I am going to go for another week of 100% compliance. I am not sure if it will happen though, as Wednesday will... Read more

  • Day 27- Compliant

    1/23/2016 5:49:21 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Quiet day at home with the dog. I am still resisting driving, even though the roads are mostly clear now. So, no trip out to mom and dad's for lunch. I did take Cooper out for a 4 mile hike in the snow before breakfast. But spent most most of the day puttering or pedaling and reading. I got ch... Read more

  • And on it goes

    1/23/2016 5:38:52 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    Trying to gather all the necessary documentation for my transitional housing application. Geeze, I wish I'd known at the time that all those "you're on the waiting list" letters would be needed for documentation! And some time this coming week I'm talking to someone in the Fair Housing office about ... Read more

  • Day 26- Compliant

    1/22/2016 7:07:35 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Went to the gym this morning, so that meant an earlier than usual start to the day. Got in my 30 minutes of yoga (with accompanying puppy antics), then took Cooper out for a 35 minute walk, before crating him, and making the walk to the gym. Not so dreadfully cold today, so I didn't layer up as mu... Read more

  • it's friday

    1/22/2016 8:11:36 AM, by MOMMY445

    i was a bit restless last night. i feel a bit tired now. i will take it easy and not do too much today. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • Day 25- Compliant

    1/21/2016 5:21:14 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Finally got back out on the snowshoes! Gorgeous conditions. It snowed a lot up on the hill overnight so there was plenty of fresh powder. I am still boycotting the driving thing, so Jeremy came to get me around 2:45pm. We had to go that late because the visiting nurse was scheduled to come visit... Read more

  • it's thursday

    1/21/2016 8:48:29 AM, by MOMMY445

    a mostly sunny day here today. my daughter says hi to all of mommy's friends. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day 24- Compliant

    1/20/2016 9:13:26 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Stayed 100% compliant on the nutrition front, but reminded myself to stay flexible with my fitness plans. Jeremy decided he would rather wait and go snow shoeing tomorrow, so I walked Cooper 3 times, and pedaled and read, did 4 miles with Leslie Sansone, and a short dance workout. That's enough. ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    1/20/2016 9:11:58 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to just relax and enjoy for me. i am taking a much needed day to just relax. my daughter says hi. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day 23- Nutrition compliant... fitness derailed

    1/19/2016 4:35:00 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    That demon migraine got me again today. I woke up with it this morning, so I took the medicine, climbed back in bed and stayed there until nearly 10:30am, when Cooper insisted I HAD to get up and take him for a walk. It had backed off enough that I was able to take him out for as long as he wanted... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    1/19/2016 10:47:15 AM, by MOMMY445

    laundry day here today. getting caught up with the laundry. my daughter says hi to all of mommy's friends and that she is feeling better. i now have two less online courses to work on. two are finished. i got into a different one that starts in march and i will know about two others the first week o... Read more

  • Day 22- Compliant

    1/18/2016 5:05:25 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Residual hungries from yesterday, but I am sticking to the plan. The snow tapered off over the morning, but the side streets were still slimy, as I found out when I walked to the lab to get my blood work done. I had to walk in the street as the sidewalks weren't cleared, and were actually blocked ... Read more

  • Winter Wonderland

    1/18/2016 3:48:40 PM, by WILDFLOWERMA

    After a lovely day with family, I slept in and woke to a beautiful winter wonderland. We were only supposed to get 1", but the storm was a little more intense for coastal areas. A nice 5-6 inches made it easy to shovel and enjoy a brief walk. I wanted to go on the trails, but I had to do some wor... Read more

  • it's monday

    1/18/2016 8:07:10 AM, by MOMMY445

    a really cold day here today. my daughter was all bundled up for school this morning and so was i. i have to go back out in the cold later on to run a few errands. then i will be in for the rest of the day. all the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Day 21- Compliant

    1/17/2016 3:26:36 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The day isn't over, but I figure I will be compliant if I made it this far. The rebel in me is really fighting this planning the night before thing though. I am following the plan so far, but it isn't making me happy, and I doubt it is a habit I will maintain. I met my brother at the gym to... Read more

  • And still more

    1/16/2016 4:14:43 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    The craziness continues. My old landlord is down to one one-bedroom apartment and wants $1,700 a month for it. Yeah, THAT'S gonna happen. I'm not even going to bother talking to them. Transitional housing is terminating at the end of the year (HUD is taking it over to be veterans-only housin... Read more

  • Day 20- I will be compliant?

    1/16/2016 3:51:20 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The day's not over, so it isn't a guarantee, but I feel good about the probability. I have walked Cooper a little over 7 miles so far today, and he still gets one more walk this evening after Dinner. We actually had mostly clear sidewalks today after a warmer day yesterday and sporadic rain overni... Read more

  • Face to Face with gargantuan bitterness, still wringing out the stains.

    1/16/2016 3:38:56 PM, by JITZUROE

    My apologies in advance for this laborious and confusing rant. I'm still having quite a difficult time talking about this, so I'm hopeful that typing it out helps me move closer toward some answers, and further from tears. I was admitted to the hospital on 12/28 for a new drug trial for my EM. ... Read more

  • Day 19- Compliant

    1/15/2016 5:02:12 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I broke down and dug out the car today. I forget how heavy snow is... until I have to shovel some, then I quickly remember! I got down to black top, and cleared the car off completely. Only took me about 20 minutes to unbury the car. Not bad. Of course, it is supposed to snow again on snow agai... Read more

  • it's friday

    1/15/2016 9:37:51 AM, by MOMMY445

    a not as cold day here today. there is a chance of rain this afternoon and tonight. that is okay with me and my daughter. i am taking it easy today. yesterday, i was out for quite a bit of the day. i just need to do a few things that the doctor asked me to do, and then go from there. i will go out l... Read more

  • Day 18- Compliant

    1/14/2016 11:36:28 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was a quiet day today. I did get some cleaning done. And I walked Cooper for an hour in the snow. Battled that stupid migraine again today, but felt well enough to go out with my brother and his daughter for dinner. That meant Cooper went in the crate for three hours this evening. I always w... Read more

  • Kyler Bradley ~ Update on ten-year-old who is fighting pediatric brain cancer.

    1/14/2016 8:45:23 PM, by IMAVISION

    458 458 458 458 458 458 458 458 458 458 Please continue to pray for 10-year-old Kyler Bradley, who is fighting pediatric brain cancer. He believes that, if we will pray, God will hear & heal him. He does not want to die. Where there is life there is hope. Please share t... Read more

  • it's thursday

    1/14/2016 3:14:52 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a job interview this morning. if i get this job, i would start working next week. i am looking forward to working again, whenever that may happen. in the meantime, i am enjoying some much needed down time. my daughter is feeling a bit better today and went to school. all of the birds say cheep... Read more

  • Day 17- Compliant

    1/13/2016 9:31:54 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Nutrition was pretty much spot on today... or it will be if I eat my last snack of the day. Last night I didn't eat my last two snacks, so I ended up quite low on calories. That has been happening more often lately. I get distracted, and then it is bedtime, and I have only eaten 800-900 calories ... Read more

  • Good grief...

    1/13/2016 3:34:01 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    As the protagonist on the TV show Fringe once said, "Isn't there a point where it just can't get any weirder?" I am so tired and beaten down, I can barely move. Next week I'm going to go crawling to my old complex and beg them to take me back. They're hard up for tenants, so it's a possibili... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    1/13/2016 9:39:34 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to get fully caught up in two of my online courses. my daughter did really well with her presentation at school the other day. i do not have much planned for today. i will see how the day goes one part at a time. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it is lightly snowing here now. it did snow yes... Read more