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  • Thought for the Day

    12/19/2014 9:58:18 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Fear is only an illusion. It is the illusion that creates the feeling of separateness - the false sense of isolation that exists only in your imagination. --Jeraldine Sounders We are only alone in our minds. In reality, we are each contributing necessary parts offering completion to the wholeness o... Read more

  • It wasn't so bad

    12/16/2014 8:11:00 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    The whirlwind trip to Grand Forks was not as bad as anticipated. I guess when you prepare for the worst, you get pleasantly surprised when it isn't as bad as you imagined. With the exception of funding (wasn't able to pay cash like I wanted because the funds were not yet available) the car buy... Read more

  • Maintenance, an ongoing journey.

    12/14/2014 9:54:36 AM, by HOLLYM48

    Our journey here on Spark People is never really over. It is not over when we hit that goal number. There was a lot of hard work that got you there, but are you prepared for the hard work that will keep you there? Especially during this time of year where there are parties to go to, family an... Read more

  • Winter blues

    12/13/2014 8:39:32 PM, by NYCALIGIRL

    Wow it's been for ever as I have been so busy with life, work, school, family and everything. I barely have time for me these days. With winter setting in, and the days growing shorter, are year is also coming to a close which means soon enough I will be another year older. I'm feeling a bit of s... Read more

  • Thought for the day

    12/12/2014 12:33:46 PM, by DYANNE4293

    The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. --Swedish proverb During our illness, we hurt others. We hurt ourselves. We messed up a lot. So, a lot of us come into recovery not trusting ourselves very much. The truth is, as addicts, we couldn't be trusted. But in recovery, ... Read more

  • Fun (NOT) weekend ahead

    12/11/2014 8:58:31 PM, by SPINNINGJW

    Where to start? So, I had a lovely Thanksgiving with my children - all three of them in the same place at the same time! Got to spend individual time with each of them - the majority of it with the youngest in the car 8 1/2 hrs each way Friday, I was coming back to the house (in Grand For... Read more

  • Knowledge is power

    12/9/2014 8:54:23 PM, by KMRJPR

    So I've been talking about revamping my program/routine for months, have I done it yet? Not completely. But I'm much more inspired and aware and willing to really put in the work now than I've been in a while. Have I worked as hard at this as I should? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Have I se... Read more

  • Today's Thought from Hazelden

    12/9/2014 9:23:58 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Today's thought from Hazelden Is: Anticipate the good so that you may enjoy it. --Ethiopian Proverb Newcomer I'm getting closer to 90 days - I'm in the 80s now. I'm excited. It's a miracle that I've been able to stay in recovery without interruption for this long. But I feel worried, too - or mayb... Read more

  • Inspired, motivated and moved

    12/8/2014 5:28:25 PM, by KMRJPR

    I just watched the most amazing video. These things happen to me when it seems like I need to hear the message. I dare you to watch this video and not be moved or inspired:
    ail.asp?video=32 I have some chronic pa... Read more

  • Proactive Makes a Difference!

    12/6/2014 2:37:46 PM, by DYANNE4293

    This week I went back to the gym. I increased my cardio. I got rid of junk food from my house and bought fresh fruit to snack on. I have not engaged in binge eating at bedtime all week. The results: I'm down 3lbs! Perseverance pays off and being proactive with my health and diet. ... Read more

  • Another lb Bites the Dust!

    12/4/2014 4:18:55 PM, by CENTAURI

    I was a little worried I would gain weight over Thanksgiving by treating myself to a couple sweets. I am happy to announce I have lost a lb! Yes! What this tells me is it is okay to treat yourself once in awhile to a special yummy something. The key is limitation. On Thanksgiving I... Read more

  • Vitamin D

    12/4/2014 9:56:26 AM, by DYANNE4293

    I've been reading studies on Vitamin D deficiencies. I'm amazed at how this affects my body. I am vitamin D deficient. I have diabetes, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis. All are associated with Vitamin D deficiency. Furthermore, Vitamin D deficiency contributes to depression, insomnia, and brain fog... Read more

  • Day 1

    12/3/2014 2:28:50 PM, by DYANNE4293

    I have gained 5lbs this month. My mistakes: 1. Slacking off with exercise. 2. Binging on sweets 3. Eating in bed late at night 4. Not journaling my food and calorie intake. Today is day 1 back on the right track. I've been to the gym 2 days in a row. No sweets yesterday and no snacking/grazing last... Read more

  • My Thanksgiving plan worked!!

    11/29/2014 10:55:05 AM, by DYANNE4293

    my plan for Thanksgiving worked! I ate what I wanted. I didn't worry about journaling my food. I decided to simply enjoy the day! It worked! And my portions were small. I've not been to the gym in a week. That changes today. Happy Holidays!!! ... Read more

  • Thanksgiving and food

    11/29/2014 10:53:29 AM, by DYANNE4293

    my plan for Thanksgiving worked! I ate what I wanted. I didn't worry about journaling my food. I decided to simply enjoy the day! It worked! And my portions were small. I've not been to the gym in a week. That changes today. Happy Holidays!!! ... Read more

  • Thankfulness and Sadness

    11/28/2014 9:18:33 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    I am very grateful that I have a job that permitted me to travel 8.5 hours to spend Thanksgiving with my adult children. I am grateful for their father who altered his visitation schedule so I could bring our 13 year old with me. I am grateful to my daughter's boyfriend/fiance who has opened his l... Read more

  • San Antonio Texas day 2 and 3

    11/26/2014 10:49:42 AM, by HOLLYM48

    On our first day in SA Texas, I think I had 6.5 miles of walking by the time I was done for the day. Day 2 was 10 miles and day 3 was 8.5 miles so as you can see, I decided that I would make the most of my time outdoors. The weather there was kind of fickle, the sun would come out and shine for ... Read more

  • Slow & Steady

    11/25/2014 4:43:22 PM, by CENTAURI

    The weight is still coming off slow and steady. I have now lost a total of 41 lbs. This is with no exercise. We have been living in an RV 5th wheel trailer for the past year which makes it difficult to exercise. I go for walks when spirit moves me. I truly believe that losing this weight slowly will... Read more

  • San Antonio Texas

    11/25/2014 10:22:17 AM, by HOLLYM48

    We were lucky enough to be able to get away for a few days to a warmer climate since I am from Minnesota and we have had an early winter visiting us. Here are a few pics of the fun that I had. Some of the time I was alone because my husband went for a conference and so while he went to different s... Read more

  • Unexpected Turning Point

    11/23/2014 10:32:40 AM, by GIMMESPARK

    I'm mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore! I really enjoy watching professional sports. It's always bugged me that these events seem tied to ads for junk food (fat-filled tailgate, anyone?), but last week I crossed some kind of boundary. So as not offend any potential SP advertise... Read more

  • Discouraged? Me?

    11/22/2014 10:46:05 AM, by GIMMESPARK

    One of my Spark emails today said this at the bottom: Paul the SparkPeople programmer says: Don't ever feel bad for getting discouraged. It is just part of the process, not a permanent state. Such a simple observation, but so wise! How often do I cheer for my son's football team when... Read more

  • Grief and Loss

    11/22/2014 10:28:35 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    I am struggling with how to approach this subject with DS. His best friend just lost his dad. DS's friend told my DS that he isn't sad, and that he is okay. I call Bullsh**. I don't know if my son has the maturity to understand that grief is an individual process, and each person handles it ... Read more

  • On Shrinking and Expanding

    11/20/2014 8:34:27 AM, by GIMMESPARK

    I was talking with a friend the other day about how I'm really making an effort to get out and do more--not just in terms of exercise, but stretching my mind, inspiring the creative parts of myself that haven't been nourished much over the past few years. Going to museums (free!), the theater, even ... Read more