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  • Collective Wisdom Needed Please

    11/24/2014 11:53:29 AM, by RADOOGA

    Dear Spark Ladies. This has nothing to do with losing weight, and everything to do with the personal... This afternoon I had a row with my brother. He is...and I hesitate to write this, an alcoholic. He is 2 years older than me. My mum's death hit him really hard, after some other bad thing... Read more

  • Changing Faces

    11/24/2014 7:31:41 AM, by RADOOGA

    Afternoon ladies, from a very chilly England, had to scrape ice off the windscreen this morning (I realise you have 8 feet of snow in some parts of the States, but for us, this is freezing!) I just wanted to ponder for a minute on something my dear friend Blondedog said in a recent blog. A col... Read more

  • 2lbs to go!

    11/23/2014 5:00:58 AM, by RADOOGA

    Morning lovely Sparklies. Just a quick one this morning as I have a huge amount of work to get through today. After being a bit down for a few weeks, I have decided to implement a new personal organisation system to try and keep me on track. Currently I just put everything in a pile and work ... Read more

  • Breakfast nummies

    11/20/2014 10:19:13 AM, by SAMAFIN

    I generally have a hard time eating breakfast, just from lack of interest in food til later in the day. Since I started on this path, I've been drinking slimfast because it gives me a nutritional "breakfast" that I don't really have to think about. Because I had started exercising and my cal... Read more

  • Losing days

    11/19/2014 11:20:53 PM, by SAMAFIN

    Eventually I'll catch up with myself. Yesterday was a 13 hour day with my sister and her kids, today was nearly as bad between doctor appointments and gathering for the upcoming holiday. I thought I posted yesterday, and the day before. I guess not. When I stepped on the scale today, I was... Read more

  • Heathrow Airport and Too Much Tea!

    11/19/2014 5:51:01 AM, by RADOOGA

    So I drove to Heathrow airport yesterday, with traffic and stops it took about five hours, met my brother, and we waited three and a half hours for my dad's delayed plane, then sat around drinking more tea whilst we caught up with each other, then another four hour drive home. I'm pretty shattered ... Read more

  • Quick PCOS info summary

    11/18/2014 5:58:02 AM, by RADOOGA

    Hello ladies. After suffering for over 20 years with this, and for the main part just trying to treat the symptoms (and failing), I have had some renewed interest and hope. I have come across a lot more info lately which seems to be well supported and many women have testified that these thing... Read more

  • Gained 3

    11/18/2014 1:16:10 AM, by MARIAAT160

    Gained 3 pounds when I weighed in this last Thursday so I was a little disappointed but I picked my butt off the floor and am going to push myself to get under 200 by my next weigh in appointment December 1st Today I did 30 minutes of squats, lunges, bicep curls, push-ups, and crun... Read more

  • Blood pressure, kiss my chart! PCOS stuff.

    11/17/2014 6:13:27 AM, by RADOOGA

    Fantastic start to the day. My blood pressure has been wobbly for a while (started at 164/104), and has come down slowly over the last few months of losing weight. Occasionally it spikes, I don't really know why, but I think it is to do with hormonal fluctuations (I have PCOS so hormones tend to b... Read more

  • Giving up on the day.

    11/17/2014 12:15:27 AM, by SAMAFIN

    I got a couple of rooms mostly cleaned, and a few loads of laundry ran through for my sister to sort while she's packing up the rest of her stuff. I'm trying to figure out how the hell I lost the dust pan! Cleaning is supposed to help you FIND things, not LOSE them. LOL I figure I'll keep going an... Read more

  • Tired but content

    11/16/2014 11:15:23 AM, by SAMAFIN

    I'm at a resting place in time. My sister is staying at her new place, so I have my bed back. Last night was the first night in about a year that I slept in a bed that I didn't have to share with my daughter. I didn't get a lot of exercise done last week, but I am okay with that. I was "running" t... Read more

  • The End is Nigh!

    11/15/2014 5:01:44 AM, by RADOOGA

    Good morning beautiful Sparklies. Weighed myself this morning,anand had to do a cartoon rub of the eyes and double take. Down 2 lbs! Which only leaves 3 to go until goal. It's very exciting. Tried my wedding dress on again Thursday,... Read more

  • where did the week go?

    11/13/2014 8:14:52 PM, by SAMAFIN

    I haven't been to the gym since Monday. Tuesday was a holiday, I had my 2 year old niece from 2am Wednesday until when my sister got home at eight last night. This morning I helped my sister move stuff into her new apartment and nearly forgot lunch. For dinner I threw together burritos. I know th... Read more

  • Some housework, some tears, bad hair day :-)

    11/12/2014 9:25:43 AM, by RADOOGA

    Second blog, just a few random thoughts as I go about my day off after a few extremely long days working. Am enjoying vlogging, but need a hair and make-up team!... Read more

  • Pretty good day

    11/12/2014 12:04:22 AM, by SAMAFIN

    I had a fairly busy day for not getting to go to the gym. My niece had an hour drive this afternoon to take her son to a dr appointment. Of course, both of her vehicles are broken down, so I let her borrow mine. I drove over and picked her up and she took me to my dr's office so that I could weig... Read more

  • Monday, Monday

    11/10/2014 11:13:11 PM, by SAMAFIN

    I forgot to mention yesterday that my daughter DID find my ring. The whole reason I was looking for it was because of a suggested spark reward. It suggested having your rings resized with weight loss, so I was going to see if the ring was any looser. I was amazed to find out that it is much loose... Read more

  • Checking in Today

    11/10/2014 2:58:55 PM, by MARIAAT160

    Haven't been going to the gym in the last 5 days since my baby has been sick but he is doing better so I didn't workout for two days then I did a bit of cardio over the weekend via videos and jump rope. Today I finished up about 30 minutes of a circuit style training so a min for each. I started wit... Read more

  • My Misadventures In Housework. Part 1

    11/10/2014 9:40:49 AM, by RADOOGA

    My first Vlog. I was going to wait until the house was tidy, and I looked glamorous. But then I decided that I would be drawing my pension by then, so I decided to bare my soul, and my messy house, to my lovely SP friends.... Read more

  • Winter descends

    11/9/2014 11:35:57 PM, by SAMAFIN

    It was a fairly decent day, in the forties, but rainy. All day. I got more cleaning and arranging done and finally got my daughter in to her room to clean it as well. Of course, she finishes up by bringing out another three loads of laundry after I'm done with everything. Ahh well, I guess that ... Read more

  • Sunday Weigh In

    11/9/2014 12:45:28 PM, by RADOOGA

    So, with five pounds to go, the scale settled about half a pound down from last week. I have been bouncing around the same pound and a half for a week, and I'm sure tomorrow it will have gone down, but in truth, I'm not really bothered. Feeling very slim the last couple of days, clothes definitel... Read more

  • Mermaid dress.

    11/8/2014 4:29:35 PM, by RADOOGA

    This is my lovely sparkly 'mermaid dress', that I can get into again finally! Now I just need somewhere to wear it! X Hope you are all having a good weekend xx... Read more

  • Wow. I missed a day.

    11/8/2014 2:27:11 PM, by SAMAFIN

    It must have been a busy day yesterday. I completely forgot to do an entry. Ahh well. I stopped in at the dr office in case I don't make it in on monday, since it's going to be a crazy day, and I logged the two pounds I lost. All my workout energy today is being spent on house cleaning, si... Read more

  • Friday Afternoon Friends

    11/7/2014 10:00:49 AM, by RADOOGA

    Afternoon my lovelies. In a reflective mood today, that I can't seem to really shake off. My dad is abroad, and has been taken into ICU. Nothing I can do about it from here, except sort the insurance out, speak to doctors etc. He will be ok I think, and certainly sounds chirpier than the last ti... Read more

  • I have a hard time carving out "me" time

    11/6/2014 5:25:37 PM, by SAMAFIN

    I don't know what it is, maybe I'm just a helper bee. I think about spending some time on my own, doing what I want and relaxing. Most days it ends up lost in a whirl of "Aunt Sam, can you take me here? Aunt Sam, I (or my kids) have an appointment, can you take us?". I just have a really hard time... Read more

  • Not a bad day

    11/5/2014 8:45:12 PM, by SAMAFIN

    Busy as heck, but not bad all the way around. I guess it's all in the way you take it. I got up, got my daughter off to school and my sister off to work. I went to the gym and got my workout done, went straight to the dentist for my cleaning, then went to my moms house to go with her to her doctor ... Read more

  • My Home Town On TV

    11/5/2014 3:29:43 PM, by RADOOGA

    Hey Sparkies. If anyone is interested, my hometown is featured on a programme on TV tonight. If you download BBC iPlayer, it is on BBC 2, 5th November, and is called Interior Designer of The Year. Just watched it, and thought myself very lucky to live in such a beautiful place by the sea. Where they... Read more

  • Back In The Saddle

    11/5/2014 5:40:10 AM, by RADOOGA

    Dropped my son off at school today, and came straight home and did a kickboxing dvd. Knee a bit graunchy, but it held up. I could actually do some of the things that I haven't been able to do properly before, like side planks and oblique crunches. I did it, and I wish I could say I felt amazing, ... Read more

  • Crankiness be my name

    11/4/2014 9:18:29 PM, by SAMAFIN

    I'm just feeling frustrated today. Maybe I have a sub headache, maybe I'm doing some weird hormonal thing. I just want to give up and fall face first into my pillow. I feel like I give what I can and the people in my life just keep asking for more and more. It's only the fourth and I'm d... Read more

  • Good thing Ibuprofen doesn't have calories

    11/3/2014 10:51:46 PM, by SAMAFIN

    I went for my check up at the Dr. office today and got a great review. She and I talked about goals and progress and how I was going to get to where I'm going. Sometimes it will be tough because it's winter and I have a pre-teen child (who loves candy). I know that I can do this, for me and for h... Read more

  • Neat Freaks Look Away Now

    11/3/2014 1:41:23 PM, by RADOOGA

    I don't normally blog every day, but I might start doing it more often, it helps to keep me accountable, and provides some respite from housework. This is for my domestically challenged friends (you know who you are!). I had defrosted the fridge (finally, about a week ago, by which, I mean I s... Read more

  • Finally Home

    11/2/2014 5:35:56 PM, by SAMAFIN

    It's been a long day. I woke up at about 615, which with the time change was 515. I puttered around the hotel room for a few, went down and got some coffee, and decided after getting onto spark, that I was GOING to the fitness room at the hotel. I spent thirty minutes on the exercise bike and coun... Read more

  • 2 more down, 6 more to go!

    11/2/2014 10:46:39 AM, by RADOOGA

    In my size 16 skinny jeans, which are starting to feel a bit loose!Afternoon Sparkies. 2 lbs lost this week, and amazingly into the 12stone something range, only just, but my brain jumped on that stat and did some backflips. 12 s... Read more

  • Little goals and big goals.

    11/2/2014 12:27:14 AM, by SAMAFIN

    My little goals are fifty pound increments, with the occasional reward at the 25 pound marks. I'm still working on what those goals will be. I know my first fifty pound loss is going to be a massage. I'm thinking about my end goal, which is to be under 200 by the time i'm 45. I'm thinking that a ... Read more

  • Building steam...

    10/31/2014 6:33:51 PM, by PINKHOPE

    Things are looking up or would that be down? I've strung together a few good days of tracking, food choices, intentional exercise, accountability etc. AND the scale has rewarded me with a small drop. Yes, I know WHAT I need to do - it's doing it! The house project continues to be front and... Read more

  • Here comes the weekend.

    10/31/2014 12:52:46 PM, by SAMAFIN

    I managed to get three visits to the gym in, but the gym is closed on the weekends. I was planning to go to the aquatic center and either doing some water jogging or swimming some laps, but celebrations are going to get in the way. I'm heading up to Whitefish on Saturday for a party for my oldest ... Read more

  • BLC WEC 7 Secret Identity

    10/31/2014 9:23:41 AM, by GOTTALOOSE0122

    What is your secret identity? What are you hiding/ Does wearing the mask allow you to be the person youíve always dreamed of being? If you remove your mask what would we find? Wow! I so donít want to go here. Behind the mask I am a strong woman when I need to be, but I have a very compassiona... Read more

  • woohoo down 6!

    10/31/2014 5:11:24 AM, by MARIAAT160

    201 baby life is good! Im almost under 200 if I can get into the 190s in 2 wks at my next visit I will be so happy :-D This is what I have been doing. 5 days a week I go to my local gym and workout 30-45 mins. Mainly cardio at the moment. I haven't been food logging and that has helped lower s... Read more

  • weird question

    10/30/2014 11:08:53 PM, by SAMAFIN

    Is it a good idea or bad idea to buy a goal dress?... Read more

  • Getting ready for the weekend.

    10/30/2014 1:21:59 PM, by SAMAFIN

    I managed to get up and moving early this morning, but didn't hit the gym until 9. Got in 20 on the bike and almost 20 on the track. I am making plans for this weekend to go to the aquatic center, since the gym is closed on the weekends. Hopefully that will work out. I talked to my ni... Read more

  • Not waiting for passengers

    10/29/2014 3:49:52 PM, by SAMAFIN

    Last night, my sister agreed to go to the gym with me, if I could wait until 11, so that she could sleep in, since she has to to work 3-11 tonight. She just showed no inclination, so I finally confirmed that she didn't want to do this at around 1230. I texted my niece, who signed up for the gym wi... Read more

  • Making something old new again.

    10/29/2014 11:55:25 AM, by PINKHOPE

    Most of us have had weight loss success at some time. I'm not saying most have managed to get to goal weight but at least have had a week or two or maybe even months where weight loss has happened. In my lifetime I have gained and lost a few "humans". I know WHAT it takes to make the scale go dow... Read more

  • Crazy kids

    10/28/2014 8:28:38 PM, by SAMAFIN

    My daughter has decided that she wants to sign up for sparkpeople. I don't know how much she'll get out of it, but I think that any effort to be healthier is a step in the right direction. She probably won't track as much as I do, but she's been over my shoulder for the last week trying to "help" ... Read more

  • Not too bad of a day

    10/27/2014 10:07:04 PM, by SAMAFIN

    Well, I can't say I started out with the most energy, but I think I managed to finish with a flourish. I got up and took my niece to the dr to weigh, then I went to diabetic foot care and got my tootsies pedicure'd, and got a reminder that I can go to the aquatic center for free because of th... Read more

  • End of the week as we know it

    10/26/2014 9:33:16 PM, by SAMAFIN

    Ok, I didn't do the cabbage thing for dinner. I was crazy doing other stuff and ended up visiting my mom. She bought my daughter two mcchicken sandwiches and I made a spinach and polish sausage quesadilla. Don't laugh, it worked out pretty well. LOL.... Read more