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  • Kettle Bell Workout is Killer!!

    7/30/2014 12:55:53 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Tonight I went to visit my friend - Gym. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and do something other than the Nautilus machines. I did some free weight workouts which included tricep and bicep dumbbell work. I did 3 sets of 12 reps of squats with 20 lbs. I also searched and found a kettle bell w... Read more

  • Week 4 - - - - Non Scale Victories…Learning…..

    7/28/2014 7:28:54 PM, by JOJOSLIVIN

    Last week I was exhausted…Woke up every day early enough to get the workouts in. It seemed that even with being tired I started to wake up on my own at the same time every day. This is good…habits are forming……Another habit is that hubby has been not leaving things where he put them down, but actu... Read more

  • Frustration!

    7/28/2014 12:02:07 PM, by DYANNE4293

    I have been going to the gym since the first week of June. My typical workout includes 30-60 minutes of cardio - usually running and cycling. Or running and elliptical trainer. Then I do the circuit of Nautilus machines available. My total workout time is normally 1.5-2 hours. I workout 5-6 times a ... Read more

  • Fabulous Fish on the grill

    7/27/2014 9:36:15 PM, by MAKING-PROGRESS

    I am not a cook by traditional standards. I am a "creator". I get awesome ingredients, and then I get inspired. Tonight's dinner is turning out so well I need to share it somewhere so here goes: My husband and I went to the garlic festival in Gilroy CA. I stop... Read more

  • When you think you are at the end of your rope,dig deeper.

    7/27/2014 4:11:57 PM, by HOLLYM48

    Do you ever feel like you have had enough, done enough, tried enough? Nothing is working, you are not losing weight, you are just staying right where you are. You are frustrated, mad, ready to give up. Don't, think about it. You have come this far. You have changed a few habits, maybe it is ... Read more

  • Just for Today

    7/27/2014 10:28:46 AM, by DYANNE4293

    I am beginning to see progress in my workouts. It's been 10 weeks. No weight loss. I find myself getting discouraged about this. I remind myself this journey is not about losing weight, but about getting healthy and fit. I am losing inches off my body. Getting healthy and fit means to me keepi... Read more

  • progress

    7/26/2014 10:49:30 PM, by OKGOATGAL

    So yesterday was drive the kids to meet their dad day. No real exercise. Just did some indoor calisthenics today because I slept too late to get out before the heat. Going to bed soon so I can hit the 3rd day of week one of the 5k program. Then I get to drive to pick my son up. It will be a busy wee... Read more

  • #1 in Other Medical Conditions

    7/26/2014 12:11:15 PM, by GIMMESPARK

    Every day, I log in and complete enough actions that I can give Team Bonus Points to 5 teams. It's a ritual for me. Now, I'm on more than 5 teams, so I try to mix it up. Regardless of which teams get the points, though, this ritual of mine means that I see--and on some level, process--the existence ... Read more

  • A Gentle Reminder

    7/25/2014 11:57:39 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Today, I was reminded why I had the Gastric Sleeve surgery and why I exercise religiously. My fiance was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. He is overweight and his A1C is 9.3. His blood pressure is high and his cholesterol is high too. He drinks alot of diet sodas and "sugar-free" cookies and candies.... Read more

  • Feeling Torn

    7/25/2014 7:26:40 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, I have my daughter here, and I need to return her to ND where she is now making a home with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, this menans I will miss ONEKIDSMOM's triathalon on Saturday. I have been there for both of her Cornhusker State Games Triathalons the past two years. This year, I will not... Read more

  • building back

    7/23/2014 11:42:15 PM, by OKGOATGAL

    So yesterday I did day one of week one of the walk/jog 5k program. It was hard, but I take into consideration the facts that I live on a hilly gravel road, have a dog on a leash who wants to stop constantly, I'm carrying my phone (for music) in my hand, and I had 6 weeks off after surgery. So I expe... Read more

  • Hanging with my daughter

    7/22/2014 10:48:01 PM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, as I blogged earlier, I drove from Nebraska to North Dakota to pick up my daughter for her great-grandmother's funeral. It was nice to chat with her about a variety of topics. She has shared some of her goals/plans for her new life with her boyfriend in ND - schooling, what kind of job she wou... Read more

  • Week Three Clutter of the mind affects EVERYTHING

    7/22/2014 8:47:08 PM, by JOJOSLIVIN

    Week 3 brought me Hula hooping. Boy is it challenging and fun! I stuck to getting out of bed at least 30 minutes early(now at 45 min) and filled that time with Hula Hooping added some lunges, squats and stretching. I found that I got ready for work quite a bit faster after I worked out and had a ... Read more

  • Upcoming week

    7/21/2014 9:25:04 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, the weekend went by in a whirlwind of driving. Had a nice time in ND, seeing the community where my DD will be living. The time there was too short, I would have loved to see more of the town, but needed to get back to the homefront to get ready for the Family obligations that death brings. ... Read more

  • More vacation pics from Chicago

    7/20/2014 11:08:30 AM, by HOLLYM48

    Today was weigh in day after being on vacation for the past 2 weeks. The results were not too bad, I gained about 2 to 3 lbs but that is not bad since we enjoyed a lot of great food and desserts and wine and a few other alcoholic beverages while in Chicago. Now it is back to real life and eating muc... Read more

  • Lots of Driving

    7/20/2014 10:20:02 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, I am presently in North Dakota to pick up my daughter. At some point today, we will head back to Glenwood IA. Tuesday it will be to Aurora NE for her great-grandmother's funeral. (her dad's grandma) and then back to Glenwood so I can work on Thursday and Friday. Then, I will need to bring he... Read more

  • A picture blog of Chicago

    7/19/2014 9:38:37 PM, by HOLLYM48

    We were so lucky to be able to take a 4 day trip to Chicago as a family. Here are a few fun pics of the first couple of days. So much to see and do while you are there. The downtown area is so much fun, so clean and so many parks a... Read more

  • Death and Life

    7/18/2014 10:10:29 PM, by SPINNINGJW

    Today I got the news that my kids great grandmother passed away. She was 91 years and recently got a diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer. I found out before STBX did, and on facebook no less. When I called him to find out if it was going to change visitation with the 13 yr old, he had not yet heard. ... Read more

  • Down 3 more pounds!

    7/18/2014 3:10:31 PM, by CENTAURI

    I'm so excited to be losing weight! Down 23 lbs now since May. Heading to the local Farmer's Market tomorrow morning to get more fruits and veggies. The blackberries were soooo yum! And the lemon never had one before so I bought two to try. Love them! ... Read more

  • progress

    7/17/2014 8:19:06 PM, by OKGOATGAL

    Making progress feels good! I'm back to adding some running intervals into my walks. I love working into a good solid sweat! This cooler weather helps too. My son leaves Monday for basic training and has been going to recruit physical training every week. I went with him Wednesday and we played voll... Read more

  • My relationship with my friend - Gym

    7/16/2014 11:28:04 AM, by DYANNE4293

    I've been going to visit my friend regularly since the first week of June. I am still enjoying spending time with my friend Gym. He is welcoming when I go visit. I don't feel any resistance. I visit often. This month I have realized that taking a day or 2 off is good. Gym gets on my nerves if I go e... Read more

  • thinking

    7/15/2014 1:50:55 PM, by OKGOATGAL

    I think too much. Sleep doesn't come easily. Because I think about all kinds of random crap. I am beyond ready for school to start back. I need to get back to my routine.... Read more

  • Step 2 Working on fixing the problem

    7/14/2014 9:34:57 PM, by JOJOSLIVIN

    Last week I admitted I was lazy. That was the first step. Many great tidbits of advice or Spark comments and blogs I have been reading, have helped me realize that it was fear making me lazy. Yes I do know what I am fearful of, and I’m not going to let it hold me back. For the past week I ha... Read more

  • Recovering yet again

    7/14/2014 3:07:59 PM, by KMRJPR

    2 weeks ago, I underwent an extraction of the tooth that has been problematic for the past year. I underwent a complex root canal and had a cap placed after a complex cleaning, several rounds of antibiotics for an infection at the root level that had also entered the bone. All of these treatments ... Read more

  • The 2014 Color Run- pure awesome!

    7/13/2014 1:48:31 PM, by HOLLYM48

    So today in St. Paul MN, they held the 2014 5K Color Run at the State Fair Grounds. Here are some of the fun pics from the day. It was great. I was able to run the whole thing, it is not timed, many people walk it, and there are lots of kids and adults and fun for the whole family. Once again, my... Read more

  • Ben is coming home

    7/13/2014 9:27:05 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    After 3 1/2 weeks at camp, then returning to his dad's house, my 13 yr old son will be coming home this afternoon/evening. I have not yet talked to his dad about what time they may arrive, but I do know that Ben wanted to go to Amtgard this afternoon, so they likely won't get on the road till 3 or ... Read more

  • It's okay to be hungry

    7/12/2014 9:31:06 PM, by SPINNINGJW

    I want to eat. I am not really hungry. I allowed myself a small piece of chocolate and I did try to savor it. The chocolate did not satisfy my desire to eat. I don't know why I want to eat. I walked around the block, but I still want to eat. So far, I have resisted. ... Read more

  • Mindfulness

    7/12/2014 2:37:56 PM, by SPINNINGJW

    Living in a community without a Jewish congregation has made it more difficult for me to attend services regularly. Yesterday, I decided pretty much first thing in the morning, possibly even Thursday evening that I was going to attend services on Friday evening at Temple Israel in Omaha. So, I did... Read more

  • Surprising signs of progress

    7/11/2014 1:13:09 AM, by MAKING-PROGRESS

    The scale is not my friend. Not only is mine fickle and somewhat inaccurate, but it also is not reflecting all of this hard work! I have to admit that measurements at this point have been less than remarkable too. But there are other ways to see progress... My h... Read more

  • building back2

    7/11/2014 1:10:50 AM, by OKGOATGAL

    Well. I added a couple of (4) run intervals of 50-75 ish feet (I'm not good at estimating distances) to my walk today. Felt great. Also stopped and did 10 squats 4 different times during the walk. Still finished 2 miles in 32 minutes. Yeah! I'll get it back!... Read more

  • New parks for long walks with plenty of pics!

    7/10/2014 5:53:00 PM, by HOLLYM48

    Because I am on vacation this week, I love to go for long walks. I am not sure my husband loves them as much as I do, but he goes along with my craziness and walks with me. We went for 2 today. One around Lake Phalen and another thru Keller Lake. Here is some of the beauty that I was surrounded by... Read more

  • Hail Storm Pix (13/100)

    7/10/2014 8:59:24 AM, by SARIANEC

    Two hours after storm, still had hail in my flower pots. Shredded Garden And an long tim... Read more

  • This week is dragging

    7/10/2014 7:17:51 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    In case you are wondering about the S H I T in my status, it means Sorry, Honey, It's Thursday. We actually did get into the pool yesterday, so that was good. I doubt we will be able to go today, as it is scheduled in the afternoon, and that gives it a lot of time to heat up in the pool area t... Read more

  • Today's lunch!

    7/9/2014 6:57:57 PM, by CENTAURI

    I made a really yummy lunch today, I thought I would share! 3 cans of tuna 4 oversized tsps of mayo drizzle on equal amount of balsamic vinegar dressing (I used Marie's in the produce section of your grocery store) a handful of dried cranberries a handful of sliced or diced almonds ... Read more

  • building back

    7/9/2014 12:12:33 AM, by OKGOATGAL

    Well. My daughter's little dog disappeared into the woods with my son's big dog today. So I went looking for the little creature. She's only had him a few days so he's not familiar with this area yet. Walked up the road to the neighbor's house since the big dog likes to visit them but the little one... Read more

  • Admitting ou problem is the first step

    7/8/2014 6:07:08 PM, by JOJOSLIVIN

    LAZY…….L…A…Z…Y..…………to defeat a problem you have to recognize what it is… problem hindering the process of being healthy and losing some of this excess is pure laziness. I am 85-90% in the calorie range on average. I really like healthy foods. My mother always said food was not my issue. It... Read more

  • Vacation - Not Really

    7/8/2014 1:54:21 PM, by HEALTHY4CAROLYN

    I've had some much needed time off from work! Unfortunately, I didn't go to some spectacular vacation spot. We have had family visit from China - but originally from WA State - all last week. I took off work Wednesday, Thursday, and of course the 4th was Friday so I enjoyed having an extended "we... Read more

  • Turn off the TV and go to bed!

    7/7/2014 10:31:38 AM, by MAKING-PROGRESS

    I was doing so well. Healthy dinner: grilled steak and big green salad, my husband offered to go for a walk with me (2 mi. in 45 min.), and I even got in a little weight training ...but then.... I was ready for bed but I was in the middle of watching ... Read more

  • Super Inspiration

    7/6/2014 6:21:49 PM, by MAKING-PROGRESS

    Many years ago, I was inspired by Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2. I even found her work out in a magazine and started doing it....then I got pregnant (good thing I was on a health kick) and my dreams of a sculpted body went away. Recently, my husband has been on a ... Read more

  • Thoughts from a Spark Tracker Addict

    7/6/2014 4:44:02 PM, by GIMMESPARK

    In case I wondered if that little mechanism on my foot really made a difference in my behavior, losing connectivity with the data center this long weekend has made the point. I'm an addict. I crave reinforcement that I'm not only being active, but I'm being WORKOUT active! Seriously, I don't kn... Read more

  • Get out there and just do it!

    7/6/2014 4:31:55 PM, by HOLLYM48

    Every day is a new day to try to get it right. You will stumble and you may fall, but get right back up and try again. There are no guarantees in life but don't let that stop you. I found out that running 3.1 miles or a 5K is very hard on my knees lately, but that does not stop me from wanti... Read more

  • I met a Spark friend!!

    7/6/2014 4:27:05 PM, by BRENJET

    It was a beautiful day to meet a new friend! Cheri (68Anne) has been such a huge source of support and inspiration to me since I joined Sparkpeople. She co-leads our NH team and I have always admired her ability to keep us togethe... Read more

  • Progress?

    7/5/2014 9:14:40 PM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, I am enjoying my 3-day holiday weekend at ONEKIDSMOM's place. I have gotten to see quite a few friends and family, and will travel back home tomorrow. I packed my "outfit" to see if it is time to post an updated picture. Th... Read more

  • Open yourself up to all possibilities

    7/5/2014 8:16:37 PM, by HOLLYM48

    Just as this rose is about to open and face all of the sunshine, so should we in life. We never know what is waiting for us so don't be afraid, try something new. Try an exercise that you have always been afraid to do. You are c... Read more

  • summer

    7/5/2014 11:32:04 AM, by OKGOATGAL

    Anyone who knows me knows I do not like hot weather. So summer is not my favorite time of year even though, as a teacher, I am "off" during the summer. I much prefer the cooler weather and structured days of the school year. Recovering from surgery this last month, I have been forced to take it easy... Read more

  • The first step of any journey is always the hardest....

    7/4/2014 9:36:53 AM, by HOLLYM48

    But go ahead and take it anyway. Have you ever had the pleasure of watching a baby learn to walk? Seeing the determination and courage in their eyes and they crawl over to a chair and pull themselves up and then let go for the first time and take a step. They always fall down on their cute little ... Read more

  • Slower pace - Shout out to #100HappyDays

    6/30/2014 8:53:33 PM, by SPINNINGJW

    This evening I went for a walk. Usually, I try to see if I can keep my pace where I want it - under 18 minute miles. Today, though, I was thinking about the #100HappyDays challenge and thinking I should take some pictures of things that make me happy on my walks. Read more